Al-Waahid (The One),

This Attribute means the One. The Arabic word waahid is used for “1”. But after “1” is the long series of numbers that is 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and so on. Allah is the One God, Creator, Lord and Sustainer, is One Being not composed of many components. The Attribute Al-Waahid is followed by the Attribute Al-Ahad which means the One Only, the Unique One. So the number “1” cannot proceed ahead to other numbers. For e.g. if there is one pen then other pens similar to this pen also exist. But saying that Allah is the Waahid and the Ahad means that nothing and no one is like unto Allah so that Allah is the Only One and the Unique One.

The Attribute Al-Waahid came many times in the verses of the Holy Quraan, the translation of some of them is given below.

Surah Al-Zumar (Az-Zumar) verse 4:

4. Had Allah willed to take a son (or offspring or children), He could have chosen whom He pleased out of those whom He created. But glory is to Him! (He is above such things). He is Allah, the One, the Irresistible.

In this verse 4 of the surah Az-Zumar Allah informed us that Allah is the Lord of Glory, is very High above the quality of taking or having a son. Here Allah used the Attribute “Al-Qahhaar (The Irresistible)” after Al-Waahid. Al-Qahhaar is the Attribute from which every one of us must get frightened!!! Therefore, all of us must abstain from making someone to be HIS son. Astaghfirulah!!!

Surah Al-Baqarah verse 163 (Only translation):

(2:163) Your God is One God, there is no god but He; the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate.

Here after “Ilaahun-W-Waahid” Allah repeated the words “There is no God but HE”.

Surah Yoosuf 39:

(12:39) Fellow-prisoners! Is it better that there be diverse lords, or just Allah, the One, the Irresistible?

This verse 12;39 tells us about the preaching of Yoosuf alaihi salaam to some prisoners while He was imprisoned by Zulekhaa because she failed to lead Him astray!! The Prophet Yoosuf (Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him) invited His fellow prisoners to Tawheed (the Absolute Oneness of God Allah.). Here also Al-Waahid is followed by the Al-Qahhaar (the Irresistible).

Surah Saad, verse 65:

(38:65) Tell them, (O Prophet):56 “I am nothing but a warner.57 There is no deity but Allah, the One, the Supreme,

Another translation of the verse 65 of the Surah Saad is:

65. Say (O Muhammad SAW): “I am only a warner and there is no Ilah (God) except Allah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah) the One, the Irresistible,

We see repeatedly that the attribute “Al-Waahid” is followed by Al-Qahhaar (The irresistible). So we must note the emphasis on the Tawheed of Allah. Allah is ONE in HIS Person, ONE in HIS Attributes and ONE in HIS FUNCTIONS. There is no place for associating any partner with Allah. Associating any partner with Allah is called shirk (polytheism). Shirk is a horrible sin for which there is no forgiveness in the Here-After!!!

Allah said in the following verses (here is the translation only):

Surah Al-Nisaa (An-Nisaa) verse 171:

(4:171) O People of the Book! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, and attribute to Allah nothing except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, was only a Messenger of Allah, and His command that He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and in His Messengers, and do not say: (Allah is a) trinity. Give up this assertion; it would be better for you. Allah is indeed just one God. Far is it from His glory that He should have a son. To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and in the earth. Allah is sufficient for a guardian.

Surah Al-Ma’idah 73:

(5:73) Those who said: ‘Allah is one of the Three’, certainly they disbelieved, for there is no god save the One God. And if they do not give up this claim, all who have disbelieved among them shall be subjected to painful chastisement. 

People of the Book means Christians and Jews. We all must believe in the Al-Waahid, Al-Ahad attributes i.e. Tawheed of Allah with our hearts /minds, testify with our tongues and prove it with our actions

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