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The Meaning of the Word Tawheed
Shaykh Saalih ibn 'Abdillaah Al-Fawzaan

From his book Duroos min Al-Qur'aan Al-Kareem (p.11-12)
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[ In the Name of Allaah, the All-Merciful, may His Salaah and Salaam be upon His final Messenger, and upon all his family members and companions, to proceed... ]

What exactly is this tawheed that is so important, that which holds such a high position?

Liguistically, the word tawheed comes from the word wah-hada, which means to make something waahid (singular). Waahid is the opposite of two, three, etc., the opposite of plurality. So waahid is something that will continue to be singular and never become a partner of something else.

As for the Sharee'ah's definition, the tawheed means to single out Allaah with all forms of worship, so that you make all of your worship for Allaah alone. Allaah says [1]:

( …and the religion will be entirely for Allaah )

The word religion in this verse means worship, as Allaah says [2]:

( and I have not created the Jinn nor Mankind except to worship Me )

And Allaah says [3]:

( and worship Allaah, and do not ascribe a single partner to Him )

Allaah also says [4]:

( So call on Allaah, making the religion entirely for Him, even if the disbelievers detest it )

This is the meaning of tawheed - to single out Allaah in all acts of worship and to abandon the worship of anything else.

This article was taken from BAKKAHnet (


[1] the meaning of Soorah Al-Anfaal (8):39

[2] the meaning of Soorah Ath-Thaariyaat (51):56

[3] the meaning of Soorah An-Nisaa' (4):36

[4] the meaning of Soorah Ghaafir (40):14



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