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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 11


The discussion of shirk parallels the categories of Tawheed discussed

in Chapter 1. It includes consideration of Shirk by Association,

by Negation, by Humanization, and by Deification. The chapter

concludes with the subjects of Major Shirk (the worship of any

other than Allah) and Minor Shirk (riyaa, the practice of worship

for show).


The subjects discussed include The Barzakh, (the partition be-

tween death and resurrection), Pre-Creation, (the soul of each

child is created prior to its birth on earth), The Fitrah, (an infant’s

natural belief in Allah), the Born Muslim, (is not automatically

guaranteed Paradise), the Covenant, (between man and Allah

made during pre-creation is to practice the principle of Tawheed

into our daily lives). Included is a refutation of the Hindu and

Buddhist concept of reincarnation and Karma.

Chapter 4. -- CHARMS AND OMENS

The subjects discussed include Charms, (such as the Rabbit’s

foot, horseshoes, and the improper use of the Quran), Ruling on

Charms, (Charms are shirk), Omens (belief in omens, or tiyarah,

was practiced in pre-Islamic Arabia, but is shirk in Islam), Fa’l,

(the Good Omen, which has very limited and strict acceptance

only if used as an “optimistic term”), and The Islamic Ruling on

Omens, (belief in omens has been rejected by the Sunnah of the

Prophet (saw).) This chapter concludes with a brief consideration

of some of the more popular “bad luck” omens prevalent in

Western society such as knocking on wood, spilling salt, breaking

a mirror, black cats, and the # 13.


The subjects discussed are the World of the Jinn, (Jinn are a

creation of Allah which co-exists with man on the earth and

may have occult powers), the Islamic Ruling on Fortunetelling,

(Islam opposes any form of association with those who practice

fortunetelling), Visitation of Fortunetellers, (forbidden), Belief

in Fortune Tellers, (makes a Muslim a disbeliever and includes

those who read the books and writings of fortunetellers, listen

to them on radio, or watch them on television). All the various

methods of fortunetelling used around the world are forbidden,

including palm-reading, I-Ching, fortune cookies, tea leaves,

Zodiacal signs and Bio-rhythm computer programs.

Chapter 6. -- ASTROLOGY

The relatively lengthy principle subject of this chapter is the

Arguments of Muslim Astrologists, (in support of the practice

of astrology including the use of court astrologers by the later

Umayyad caliphs), and the Islamic argument against it. The Is-

lamic Ruling on Horoscopes (is that they are forbidden). This is a

particularly important chapter because of the widespread belief

and influence of astrology in Western society, and apparently

among some contemporary Muslims.

Chapter 7. -- MAGIC

This chapter discusses the Reality of Magic, and the Islamic

Ruling on Magic (the practice and learning of magic is classified

as Kufr). This fascinating chapter includes consideration of the

reality of occult phenomena such as haunted houses, levitation,

possession, clairvoyance, materialization and reincarnation. It

offers some explanations for their causes, such as the influence

of jinns, and concludes with a strong warning against involve-

ment with magic. Like the previous chapter on astrology, this is

another important one because of the widespread belief in the

occult in Western society.


This chapter discusses the concept of Allah’s transcendency over

all creation, its Significance in helping man avoid belief in the

erroneous concept of the immanence of Allah, the Danger of

the Immanence Concept which could lead one to treat created

matter as equal to Allah or to believe that one may be possessed

of ivinity equal to Allah, and Clear Proofs of Allah’s transcendency

including consideration of the following proofs: natural proof,

rayer proof, the Mir’raaj proof, Quranic proof, Hadeethic proof,

logical proof, and the consensus of Early Scholars. The discussion

of these proofs is sometimes tends to the abstract and may require

diligent effort on the part of the reader to grasp.

Chapter 9. -- SEEING ALLAH

This chapter discusses several diverse issues related to the ques-

tion of whether or not Allah can be seen by humans. The issues

include whether or not Allah was seen by Moses and Muhammad

(saws), as well as the spiritual wisdom of not being able to see


Chapter 10. -- SAINT WORSHIP

This chapter discusses Saint worship and its bases, including Al-

lah’s Favor of some people over others as a test of their spiritual

integrity; Taqwaa, the spiritual power of the pious, which cannot

be judged by others; Wallee: the “Saint”, the error of the Sufi

practices of worshipping saints; Fanaa, the Sufi’s mystical beliefs

and practices which allegedly lead to union of Man with God; and

Roohullaah, the “Spirit” of Allah mentioned in the Quran often

used by Sufis to support the mystic belief in the re-unification of

the human soul with Allah. The author makes a valiant attempt

to discuss these complex ideas as clearly as possible.

Chapter 11. -- GRAVE WORSHIP

This chapter discusses the practice of grave worship in Islam

and rejects it. The discussion includes consideration of Prayers

to the Dead, The Evolutionary Model of Religion, The Degener-

ation Model of Religion, The Beginning of Shirk, The Excessive

Praise of the Righteous, Grave Restrictions, “Taking Graves as

places of Worship”. Masjids with Graves, The Prophet’s Grave,

Salaah in the Prophet’s Masjid (salah may be performed). This

chapter is very clear in its argument against grave worship,

and includes an interesting reference to the Chinese practice

of ancestor worship.

The book ends with a two page “Conclusion” which holds that is the duty of every sincere believer in God to put aside

his or her cultural experiences and emotional ties to family,

tribe or nation, and acquire a working knowledge of Tawheed,

the foundation of faith. For, it is only in the application of that

knowledge that man may achieve salvation. p. 204.

This book is recommended reading. It provides a detailed

exposition of Islamic monotheism written specifically with

the English-speaking reader in mind. The book is a compact

reference source for information on the principle of Tawheed

as well as western and other beliefs and practices which may

violate this principle. The knowledge it provides will help to

keep the devout English-speaking Muslim, and others, on the

Straight Path.