Understanding Allah’s Rights, Understanding your status.
Bismillah Al Hamdulillah!
Names, Thoughts and Ideas about Allah:
Allah’s Right over you is that you name Him, Think about Him only what He revealed about Himself, what He give you knowledge about Himself, Al-Aleem.
Other than that, you are violating His Right.
Ideas or thoughts you have about Allah, Al-Azeez, for which He didn’t send any knowledge is violating His Right.
When Quraish was naming different Idols as their ‘Gods’, Allah Says,
Sura An-Najm 53:19-23
“They are not but [mere] names you have named them – you and your forefathers – for which Allah has sent down no authority. They follow not except assumption and what [their] souls desire, and there has already come to them from their Rabb guidance.”
Therefore, any other names must have originated from people’s own mind, from their own desires, which must finds its roots to Shirk.
Therefore, when you call Allah by any other names you are violating Allah’s Right.
Thus calling Allah by ‘God’, ‘Khoda’, ‘Isshor’ or any other names that Allah didn’t reveal for Himself nor Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam mentioned in any authentic narration is a violation of Allah’s Right.
And Allah knows best.
To understand and leave any doubt from your mind about this, you might like to read this article: (20 minutes read), ‘GOD’ is the name of an IDOL; O Muslims, why do you call Allah by that name
‘And the Credit goes to’:
And Allah’s Right is that you give Credit to Him for which only He deserves the Credit.
Giving Credit to someone or something else for which He, Tabaraka Wa Ta’ala deserves the Credit, is violation of His Right.
And He, Al-Ahad, the ONE, treated them as Kafirun even though they believed in Him.
Sura Al- Abasa 80:24-3, Allah, Ar-Rabb says,
(24) Then let mankind look at his food –
(25) How We poured down water in torrents,
(26) Then We broke open the earth, splitting [it with sprouts],
(27) And caused to grow within it grain
(28) And grapes and herbage
(29) And olive and palm trees
(30) And gardens of dense shrubbery
(31) And fruit and grass –
Rain is from Allah, Al-Razzak
Harvest is from Allah, Ar-Razzak
Produce is from Allah, Al-Baasit, the Extender.
And Rasulullah Sallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam said “Allah says,
“In this morning some of My worshipers remained as true believers and some became Kafirun; he who said that it had rained with the blessing and mercy of Allah is the one who believes in Me and does not believe in star, but he who said it had rained because of such and such is a Kafir in Me and is a believer in star.’ ”
Saheeh Bukhari 1038.
So, giving credit to anywhere else for which Allah deserves the credit is a violation of Allah’s right. And it is not only Shirk but treated as KUFR.
And do you not understand now, how many layers of Shirk and Kufr you are wrapped with only because your parents put you in the ‘manufacturing plant’ of the ‘children of shaitan’ where they taught you the causes of rain in such a way, as If science itself is the cause of rain while your ‘Mullah’ (whoever applicable to) prescribed you a recipe for Jannah by keeping you away from understanding the Quran?
(Whatever happened is happened, I ask Allah to forgive them and I ask Allah to guide the living ones)
The Way you worship Allah:
And then Allah’s right is that you worship only Him.
And then, you have to have the evidence to worship Him, Al-Ilaha, the only one deserves to be worshiped.
Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says, 18:15
“These, our people, have taken besides Him deities. Why do they not bring for [worship of] them a clear authority? And who is more unjust than one who invents about Allah a lie?”
And Allah says, 22:71
“And they worship besides Allah that for which He has not sent down authority and that of which they have no knowledge. And there will not be for the wrongdoers any helper.”
And then His Right over you is that you worship Him only the Way He taught you to worship Him, Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. If you worship Him any other ways other than which He prescribed, you are doing a violation of His Right.
And all these violation is warned for Fire, Jahannam.
Allah Ajja Wa Jallah says, 2:238-239
“Maintain with care the [obligatory] prayers and [in particular] the middle prayer and stand before Allah , devoutly obedient.
And if you fear [an enemy, then pray] on foot or riding.
But when you are secure, then remember Allah [in prayer],
as He has taught you that which you did not [previously] know.”
The Root Causes of Religions and Sects:
You know the Hadith,
The Jews have divided in 71 Sects
The Christians have divided in 72 sects
And the Muslims will be divided in 73 sects.
And all these sects will be in fire except ONLY ONE.
(Abu Dawud 4597, Saheeh)
If you analyse the reason of all these religions out there, you will find the issues they differ is in the ideas they have about Allah, (or their ‘God’),
(But after that what makes them different from Islam is the rejection of Muhammad, Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, as the last messenger, which also make them Kafirun.)
Then, within each of these religions, there are sects.
And each sects has got different Churches (as for the example of Christianity) only because they basically differ about the Idea about Allah and in the Method of worship.
Then, if you look within Islam, it is the same.
All these sects in Islam also find its roots to three major causes:
It is the Ideas they have about Allah.
It is the method, the Way they worship Allah.
It is giving credit to elsewhere for which Allah deserves the Credit.
And these things are summerised and defined in a simple term, ‘the violation of Allah’s Rights’.
And you violate any of the Rights of Allah, you become a Mushirk or Kafir (whoever applicable to) depending of your case,
even though you believe in Allah,
even though you claim yourself a Muslim,
even though you do the rituals of Islam.
And Allah knows best.
May Allah turn us to Deen
May Allah give you and me the proper understanding of Deen.