TAWHEED #1- Explanation of The Three Fundamental Principles/ Outline Notes -Shaykh Ahmad Jibril
Brief introduction: First Classical Study
"Whoever seeks knowledge in a lumpsome over night, that knowledge leaves him in a lumpsome. Knowledge is supposed to be attained slowely over days & nights. Knowledge needs patience, persistance and takes time. " -Ibn Shihab's statement on taking knowledge in a lump sum.Knowledge will get difficult be patience. Alkhateeb Albaghdady narrates the story of the man who seen water dripping on a stone. A man found knowledge of hadith very difficult. He became discouraged and wanted to give up. He found himself walking and he observed water dripping unto stone. He noticed the stone had a dent from where the water was dripping for a certain period of time. He reflected on his condition. He thought to himself, "Water is so light and it effected the stone as hard as it was. Knowledge is lighter than water and my heart isn't as hard as a heart."
Becoming a student of knowledge has its own procedure.
*3 level of studying from a teacher:
1) Samaa Mubashir - direct from a Shiekh/teacher.
2) Wasitah - through a mediator
3) Wijadah - through a book
Studying through the internet is a level between the first and second, possibly closer or right under the first. Writing knowledge or taking notes is important. However if you could find a real Sheikh and are able to seek knowledge, do it. The salaf encouraged it. Those who do not write knowledge down aren't able to retain the information.
*Study of the Usool Thalatah beings.
The author starts with Bismallah Allah Alrahman Alraheem, called Basmallah:
1) The aspect of Taweed Al-uluhieh in mentioning Allah's name on anything.
When you say Bismillah Er-Rahman Er-Raheem what are you saying? What does this mean?
As a student of knowledge you are supposed to get the whole entire perspective of why you are saying Bismilliah before you start an activity? You are doing this because its exerting your entire tawheed to Allah on the matter you are saying Bismillah. Allah permits me to do this, if Allah did not allow me to do it I would have not done it. Ya Allah I am doing this for your sake. It's halal and permissiable.
2) The aspect of Taweed Ar-rububieh in mentioning Allah's name on anything. I could not have done this without the power he has given me. Who gave you the power to write? Allah gave you the power to write, when you say Bismillah it means, I cannot have done this without the power of Allah my hand would have been paralyzed. Bismillah, I have eaten because Allah has given me the provision, If it wasn't for Allah I wouldn't be able to eat. It's equivalant to saying:
لا حَوْلَ وَ لا قُوَّةَ اِلَّا بِاللّهِ - La Hawla wa la Quwatta illa Billah (There is no Might or Power except with Allah) That's why Allah say ,"Every provision you have is from Allah."
3) The aspect of Taweed asamaa wassifat in mentioning Allah's name on anything. Using the name of Allah to bless the act you're doing.
4) Arabic grammatical rule: When you say Bismallah it automatically implies your saying - Bismallah I drink in that order.
-Arabic language eliminates the need to mention the act your saying basmalah for.
5) 2nd grammatical rule in Bismallah: Why is it (Bismallah I eat) in that order and not (I eat Bismallah)?
a) To bless your name by mentioning Allah's name prior to mentioning the act itself.
b) In Arabic saying (Bismallah I eat) rather than (I eat Bismallah) limits the action solely for the sake of Allah and no one else.
6) Proof that it's permissible to start your writings with Basmalah.
7) General barakah and virtues on saying Bismallah for everything good.