Author’s Preface and Acknowledgements

Assalamualaikum w.b.t.

This is my first blog for the first time in my life.

All praise and thanks belong to Allah alone, the One, the Almighty, and All-Merciful. Blessing and peace be upon Prophet Muhammad, the last of His Messengers and Prophets, and upon his family, his Companions and all those who follow in his footsteps until the end of time.

Verily all praise is due to Allah. We praise Him and we seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah S.W.T from the evil of ourselves and the evil of our actions. Whomsoever Allah guides, no one can misguide and whomsoever He does not guide, no one can guide. I testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and that Muhammad S.A.W is His Slave and Messenger.

Often when it comes to learning about Islam, a lot of emphasis is put on learning the rules of Islamic jurisprudence: what we can and cannot do, what is forbidden  and what is not. But what use is this knowledge if we do not first believe in Allah? How do we believe in Allah without knowledge of Him? The rules deal with obedience to Allah S.W.T, but to whom is this obedience due? Who is Allah?

What I intend with this work is to introduce the readers to Allah, our Lord, the Only One deserving of worship, by not only dealing with the names and attributes of Allah S.W.T, but going beyond that and relating this knowledge to our everyday lives. I hope to give the readers a means of drawing closer to Allah.

Sadly, I have come across many erroneous ideas about Allah amongst Muslims from thinking that our sins hurt Allah to denying that Allah S.W.T has a face. This is a result, I believe of the lack of effort put forth by Muslims to get to know their Lord. Far too often, we learn that Allah S.W.T is One, and that He is Merciful and He punishes, and then the understanding of Allah is limited to those few beliefs.

Knowing Allah is vital to practicing Islam and to achieving happiness in this life and the next, based upon His love. In order for the soul to be at peace with itself and be content with the worship of the Lord of the universe, it must first know Him (to the extent that we humans can) by knowing His lofty attributes, His actions and His essence.

There is and abundance of information about Allah S.W.T in the Quran itself. Just reading the Quran on a daily basis can give Muslims a good sense of who our Lord is. Added to that is the great quantity of information about Allah that was taught to us by the Messenger of Allah S.W.T. What better way is there to learn about Allah than from Allah, the Mighty, the Glorious Himself and the Messenger of Allah S.W.T?

Certainly Allah is greater than we can ever know. He only revealed a small amount of knowledge of Himself, but it is enough knowledge to enable us to know Him, worship Him and love Him.

I hope that reading and drawing upon what is in this blog shall help all of us to deepen our relationship with Allah, and reap the benefits of that unique bond that each of us can have with our Creator.
I ask Allah S.W.T to make this a work done purely for His sake, to make it beneficial to the Muslim Ummah, and to guide all Muslim men and Women to knowing their Lord and filling theirs souls with faith in Him.