Brother in Islam! Who are true Muslims? Let us see what Allah and his Messenger
have to say about their lives and hearts:
Say: My prayers and my sacrifices, and my living and my dying are for God
alone, the Lord of all the worlds. No partner has He. Thus I have been
commanded, and I am foremost among those who surrender [themselves unto him]
(al-An’ am 6: 163-4).
The same theme is elucidated by the Prophet, blessings and peace is on him:
One who loves for the sake of Allah alone and hates for the sake of Allah
alone; and whatever he gives, gives for the sake of Allah alone, and whatever
he with holds, withholds for the sake of Allah alone indeed, he perfects his
Iman (Adu Daud).
The Qur’an makes clear what Allah demands of you. You should live for Him
alone; you should die for Him alone. You, and the world around you, entirely
belong to Allah; let nobody have a share in what belongs to Allah. That is to
say, you should not server anyone but him, nor live or die for anyone but Him.
The Prophet! Blessings and peace be on him, explains what the Qur’an has said.
To be true believers you love and enmity for everything, all your affections,
all relations and transactions in your lives, should have only one purpose: to
seek Allah’s pleasure without this your Iman itself will not be complete; the
possibility of rising higher in the sight of God does not arise. The greater
the deficiency in this respect, the more defective the Iman.
Some people think that these qualities are required only to reach higher
spiritual stations and are not essentials to Iman and Islam. In the other
words, even without these qualities a person can be a good Mumin and a Muslim.
This mistaken notion has arisen because people in general do not differentiate
between legal Islam and true Islam which alone is truly authentic in the sight
Two types of Islam