Shaikh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan As-Sa’dee on Tawheed & Its Actualization


الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين،  أما بعد


Shaikh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan bin Naasir As-Sa’dee (rahimahullaah) said:


“The actualization of Tawheed and its refinement as well as its purification from major shirk and from the minor (shirk), likewise from innovated dogmatic pronouncements as well as innovated deeds/procedures that are practically applied as well as from sins – is done by perfecting ones sincerity for the sake of Allaah in statements and actions and intents.

This; whilst being safeguarded from major shirk – which is contradictory to the foundational basis of Tawheed; and from the lesser shirk which negates its perfection; as well as being safeguarded from innovations. Likewise from sins which tarnish Tawheed and so obstruct its perfection and thus hinder a person from attaining its effect.

So whoever achieves the correct actualization of Tawheed; in that his heart becomes filled with Eemaan and Tawheed and sincerity and hence the actions attest to this in that they follow through with the commands of Allaah in obedience – turning repentantly in humility and humbleness to Allaah. Likewise one does not impair that through the continuation of anything from sins – then this is the one who enters Paradise without reckoning; and will be from amongst the foremost to enter it and to take up residence within it.

From that which exclusively indicates its actualization is the perfection of the humble submissiveness to Allaah and the strength of one’s reliance and trust upon Allaah. Such that one’s heart does not turn in attention to the creation in any affair from their circumstances; nor does he pay attention to them (in want or desire) with his heart; nor does he ask from them through inward or outward expression.

Rather; his outer manifestation as well as his inner self; and his statements and his actions; and his loving and his hating – and all of his circumstances; what is intended by them is The Face of Allaah by following out the Messenger of Allaah within them.

The people in this immense standpoint are of levels:

{وَلِكُلٍّ دَرَجَاتٌ مِّمَّا عَمِلُوا}

 ((And for all, there will be degrees according to that which they did)) (Al-Ahqaaf: 19)


and Tawheed is not actualized through mere hope or through claims which are void of any realities and nor through useless embellishments. Rather it is through that which settles and so remains in the hearts by way of the creed of true faith and through the true essence of Ihsaan – and they are attested to by way of beautiful manners and righteous honourable actions.

So whoever achieves the correct actualization of Tawheed in this mannerism; then there transpires for him all of the virtues alluded to in the previous chapter[1] in their most complete manner – and Allaah Knows best.”



(Taken from: Al-Qawl as-Sadeed Sharh Kitaab at-Tawheed p.20-23)




[1] From the virtues and fruits of Tawheed that bring about good in this life as well as in the Hereafter  which the Shaikh mentioned in the previous chapter of his book are summarized in the following:

  1. It is the greatest of factors for the liberation from the major distresses in this life as well as in the Hereafter.
  2. From its most outstanding benefits is that it prevents a person from remaining in the Hell-Fire for eternity – if there is the smallest atoms weight of it to be found in the heart.
  3. If it is perfected in the heart; then it prevents the entry into the Fire in totality.
  4. It attains complete guidance and total safety and security for its adherent in this life as well as in the Hereafter.
  5. It is the only means of obtaining the Pleasure of Allaah and His reward.
  6. From its greatest virtues is that all of the actions and statements – outwardly and inwardly are dependent upon its acceptance and its completeness as well as the level of reward for it is based upon Tawheed.
  7. It facilitates ease for the servant in his performance of good and in the abandonment of bad deeds and it withdraws him from calamities. So the one who is sincere to Allaah in his Eemaan and in his Tawheed will have the acts of obedience made light for him due to his hoping in the reward of his Lord and of His Pleasure. Likewise it will be made easy for him to abandon that which the soul desires from sins – due to his fearing His (Lord’s) Anger and Punishment.
  8. If Tawheed is completely perfected in the heart; Allaah will make its adherent love Eemaan and so will adorn it in his heart and will cause him to dislike disbelief and evil-doing and sinfulness and will make him from amongst the rightly guided.
  9. It lightens the load of disagreeable matters upon the servant and facilitates ease upon him in any suffering. So in accordance to the servant’s perfect completion of Tawheed and Eemaan; then the disagreeable matters and suffering are met with a delighted heart and a soul which is content and is submissive and is pleased with the distressing pre-ordainments of Allaah.
  10. It liberates the servant from any bondage (being in neediness) of the creation and being attached to them and fearing them and hoping in them and carrying out actions due to them. This is true honour; and elevated nobility.
  11. If Tawheed is complete and is perfected in the heart and is actualized in complete effectuation and with total sincerity; then as such – even a small amount of his action (deed) becomes a lot; and his actions and statements are multiplied manifold without encompassment or calculation.
  12. Allaah provides its people with victory and aid in this life by way of honour and nobility and the attainment of guidance and will be facilitated towards ease and toward the rectification of circumstances and in the upright appropriation in statements and actions.
  13. From its benefits is that Allaah repels the evils of the life of this world and the Hereafter from the people of Tawheed – the people of Eemaan. He likewise bestows upon them a goodly life and tranquil peacefulness to Him and tranquil peacefulness of His remembrance.

(See: Al-Qawl as-Sadeed p.15-19)

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