The concept of “Tawheed” is the most fundamental concept of Islam as a religion and one that each and every muslim should subscribe to. Every Muslim should believe in the one true God alone and should not worship any deity other than Him.
For one to identify as a muslim, they should have a real understanding of Allah and should possess knowledge of what makes him unique and why He is the only one worthy of worship.
Islam teaches that Allah(God) has among others, the following qualities that distinguish Him from all other beings:
The concept of Tawheed and Allah’s uniqueness is well articulated in various parts of the Quran,but It is more straightforward and well summarised in the 112th
chapter of the Quran known as “Surat – Ikhlas”. Given below is the translation of that chapter:
“Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; None is born of Him, nor is He born; And there is none like Him.”
For one to identify as a muslim, he or she should believe in the oneness of God and should not ascribe any partners to him whatsoever. Doing anything other than that will take one out of the fold of Islam.
Shahada: Proclamation of faith
The concept of Tauhid is a central part of the first pillar of Islam. Which is to proclaim the Shahada. The Shahada is a declaration of faith and is the very first statement that one should utter when converting to Islam. The Shahada should be memorised by every muslim in the arabic language and should be uttered at least once in a lifetime with a full understanding of its meaning.
Shahada in Arabic: “Laa ilaaha Illa-llah Muhammad Rasuulu llah”(I bear witness that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is His messenger)
The Shahada should be well known to every muslim by heart. Islam teaches that who ever utters the Shahadah as their last words will be admitted to paradise according to a famous saying by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):
“If a person’s last words are Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, Paradise will be guaranteed for him.”
99 names of Allah
Throughout the Quran, Allah is described with a number of names which total up to 99 in number. The names of Allah help muslims understand the concept of Allah’s uniques and help understand the different qualities that He possesses
Some of the names of Allah include:
Al-Rahman: The All Merciful
Al Raheem: The most merciful
Al Malik: The King
Al Quddus: The most Holy.
Islam as a religion revolves around the concept of Tawheed(monotheism). Tawheed is the single most important aspect of Islam and failure to believe and understand this concept invalidates one’s Islam. Islam as a religion is defined as complete submission to the will of the one true God and one can only submit to the One true God only if they understand His uniqueness.