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The first and most important treasure which is vital for all your good deeds to be accepted and to be labeled a 'Muslim', is Tawheed (Oneness of Allah The Almighty). Tawheed is the mother of all obligations, basically you will not harvest your good deeds without having this belief.

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In my previous article, we had addressed the reason behind attaining the winning trade, as it  was guaranteed for you by Allah The Allmighty. The two outcomes  you shall receive from this trade are the pleasure of Allah The Allmighty (Doing it for His sake only) and to attain Paradise (Jannah).

Great! Now in this article, we will delve deeper into the hidden treasures that will lead us to the winning trade.

The first and most important treasure which is vital for all your good deeds to be accepted and to be labeled  a 'Muslim', is Tawheed (Oneness of Allah The Almighty). Tawheed is the mother of all obligations, basically you will not harvest your good deeds without having this belief.  

Wonder why?!
The main goal of your existence as a servant of Allah The Almighty, as our lord Allah The Almighty informed us in the Holy Qu'ran:

قال الله تعالى: {وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُون}  الذاريات:56

(Interpretation of what Allah The Almighty said): "And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me" [Surat adh-Dhariyat:verse 56].

Allah The Allmighty also informed us in another verse:

قال الله تعالى: {ذَلِكُمُ اللَّهُ رَبُّكُمْ خَالِقُ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ لّا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ فَأَنَّى تُؤْفَكُونَ} غافر:62

(Interpretation of what Allah The Almighty said): "That is Allah, your Lord, the Creator of all things: there is no god but Allah. How then are you turning away [from the Path of Truth]?" [Surat Gahfir:verse 62].

Tawheed was the message that all the Prophets came to convey (Prayer and peace of Allah The Almighty be upon all of Them) as they strove for its sake, and it is the only way for all your good deeds to be accepted and to attain Paradise.

Contradictory of Tawheed is Shirk ( associating Allah The Almighty with other deities) which can lead to the entry of hell fire and a permanent stay there.

Allah The Allmighty said :

قال الله تعالى: {وَلَقَدْ أُوحِيَ إِلَيْكَ وَإِلَى الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكَ لَئِنْ أَشْرَكْتَ لَيَحْبَطَنَّ عَمَلُكَ وَلَتَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِين} الزمر:65

(Interpretation of what Allah The Almighty said): "And it was already revealed to you and to those before you that if you should associate [anything] with Allah, your work would surely become worthless, and you would surely be among the losers" [Surat az-Zumar:verse 65].

Learning about Tawheed and the steps to fulfill it is one of the most important concepts any Muslim can achieve.

Tawheed has three different types or categories:
"Tawheed al-Ruboobiyyah (Oneness of Divine Lordship), Tawheed al-Uloohiyyah (Oneness of Divinity) and Tawheed al-Asma’ wa’l-Sifaat (Oneness of the Divine Names and Attributes).

1: Tawheed al-Ruboobiyyah (Oneness of Divine Lordship): means believing in Allaah as One and Unique with regard to His actions such as creation, sovereignty, control, giving life and death, and so on.

2: Tawheed al-Uloohiyyah means devoting all acts of worship, both inward and outward, in word and deed, to Allaah Alone, and not worshipping anything or anyone other than Allaah, no matter who he is. Allah The Almighty says:

قال الله تعالى: {وقَضَى رَبُّكَ أَلاَّ تَعْبُدُواْ إِلاَّ إِيَّاهُ} الإسراء من الآية:23.

(Interpretation of what Allah The Almighty said):
“And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him” [al-Isra’:23]

3: Tawheed al-Asma’ wa’l Sifaat(Oneness of the Divine Names and Attributes), this means affirming the names and attributes of Allah and believing that there is none like unto Allah The Almighty in His Names and Attributes."

(Source: Islam Question and Answer website)

The reward of Tawheed:

1: Obtaining the blessing of  Paradise (Jannah ) and avoiding the punishment of hell fire.

It was narrated that Anas bin Malik (may Allah The Almighty be pleased with him) said: Allah’s Prophets (Prayer and peace of Allah The Almighty be upon Him) said:

عن أنس بن مالك رضي الله تعالى عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: «مَا مِنْ أَحَدٍ يَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَأَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صِدْقًا مِنْ قَلْبِهِ إِلاَّ حَرَّمَهُ اللَّهُ عَلَى النَّارِ» البخاري

(Interpretation of what the Prophet Muhammad (Prayer and peace of Allah The Almighty be upon Him) said: "If any one testifies sincerely from his heart that there is no God except Allah and Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah, Allah will save him from Hell fire" (Al-Bukhari).

Also it was narrated in another Hadith, narrated by Othman ibn affan (may Allah The Almighty be pleased with him) said: the Messenger of Allah (Prayer and peace of Allah The Almighty be upon Him) said:

عن عثمان رضي الله تعالى عنه، قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: «من مات وهو يعلم أنه لا إله إلا الله دخل الجنة» مسلم


(Interpretation of what the Prophet Muhammad (Prayer and peace of Allah The Almighty be upon Him) said: “He, who dies and he knows (and has faith in the fact) that there is no deity except for Allah would enter Paradise” [Muslim].

2: It will be a reason to attain Intercession for some people who have entered Hell fire, that they might be brought forth from it, as they will not stay in hell fire for ever.

Also narrated by Anas ibn Malik (may Allah the Almighty be pleased with him) that, the Prophet (Prayer and peace of Allah The Almighty be upon Him) said : " Allah The Allmighty will say:

عن أنس رضي الله تعالى عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: «إن الله تعالى يقول: وعزتي وجلالي لأخرجن من النار من قال لا إله إلا الله» البخاري ومسلم

(Interpretation of what the Prophet Muhammad (Prayer and peace of Allah The Almighty be upon Him) told us about what Allah The Almighty will say: "by My Might, My Majesty, My Supremacy and my Greatness, I will most certainly bring forth from it those who said laa ilahaa illa Allah (there is no God except Allah The Almighty)" [Bukhari and Muslim].  

3: Obtaining the Intercession of the Prophet (Prayer and peace of Allah The Almighty be upon Him)

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله تعالى عنه: قال: «يا رسول الله أي الناس أسعد بشفاعتك يوم القيامة قال: يا أبا هريرة لقد ظننت أن لا يسألني عن هذا الحديث أحد أولى منك، لما رأيته من حرصك على الحديث، أسعد الناس بشفاعتي يوم القيامة، من قال: لا إله إلا الله، يبتغي بها وجه الله» البخاري


It was narrated that  Abu Huraira (may Allah The Almighty be pleased with him) said to the Prophet (Prayer and peace of Allah The Almighty be upon Him):
 "O Allah's Messenger (ﷺ)! Who will be the luckiest person who will gain your Intercession on the Day of Resurrection?"

(Interpretation of what The Prophet (ﷺ) said): "O Abu Huraira! I have thought that none will ask me about this Hadith before you, as I know your longing for the (learning of) Hadiths. The luckiest person who will have my intercession on the Day of Resurrection will be the one who said, 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,' sincerely from the bottom of his heart" [Al-Bukhari].

So in order to win the trade you have chosen, you need to do good actions and for those actions to be accepted, you need to fulfill Tawheed (Oneness of Allah).

To fulfill the highest level of Tawheed, you need to believe in all three categories of Tawheed, Tawheed al-Ruboobiyyah, Tawheed al-Uloohiyyah and Tawheed al-Asma’ wa’l-Sifaat.

I ask Allah The Aamighty to grant us firmness on the word of Tawheed and to
keep us on the path of the Prophets ( Prayer and peace of Allah The Almighty be upon  all of them); Ameen.

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