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Article 3

The Creed

Article 3
The main creed of Jama’at-e-Islami Pakistan shall be La ilaha illa-Allah Muhammad Ur Rasul Ullah: There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.
Explanation: The first part of this creed i.e. ‘there is no God but Allah’ means that He alone is the Creator, Sustainer, Lord, and such a Sovereign who is the Maker and the Law-Giver. No one shares any of these attributes with Him.
Knowing and admitting this, it becomes imperative:
1. Not to consider any one else as Patron, Accomplisher, Satisfier of needs, Resolver of difficulties, Hearer of supplications, Supporter and Helper, because none else possesses any power.
2. Not to consider any one else as Benefactor or Injurer, be afraid of or dutiful to none, trust reliance in none, and vest no hope in any one else, because all powers are vested in Him.
3. To supplicate to none but Allah, seek refuge with none beside Him, and call none else for help. Not to think that one can influence or interfere with Allah’s management of things and that one’s intercession can change Allah’s Will, because all are subjects in Allah’s empire and without authority, be they angels or prophets and saints.
4. Prostrate to none but Allah, adore none, offer sacrifices to none, and not to think of any as the polytheists do about their deities, because Allah alone has the right to be worshipped.
5. Accept none as King, Sovereign, and Supreme Ruler, look upon none as capable of issuing orders on his own, not to think of any one as Law-Giver in own right, and refuse to submit to any orders that do not conform to Allah’s obedience and abide by His Law, because Allah alone is the Lord of His Universe and legitimate Sovereign of His creation. None else has any right to lordship Sovereignty.
Moreover, acceptance of this faith obligates:
6. Renunciation of own liberty and freedom, give up devotion to one’s own selfish desires, and instead be slave of Allah —Whom one has accepted as God.
7. Not to think of own self as having authority on and ownership of anything, but to think of everything, even one’s own life, limbs as well as intellectual and physical abilities as Allah’s belongings and a trust from Him.
8. Consider one’s own self as responsible and answerable before Allah; and always keep in mind that he has to render an account of all uses of his potentials and consumption before Allah on the Day of Judgement.
9. What Allah likes or dislikes should be the criterion for one’s own likes and dislikes.
10. The objective of one’s all efforts and struggle, of entire life, should be the achievement of Allah’s pleasure and one’s proximity with Him.
11. Accept Allah’s guidance in every sphere of life: ethics, conduct, social and family life, economics, and politics; and reject every rule of conduct that is opposed to Allah’s shari’ah.
The next part of this creed, i.e., Muhammad is Allah’s messenger, means that the last prophet whom certified guidance and a code of law were sent through, and who was appointed to establish a perfect example in accordance with that code, is Muhammad (pbuh).
Knowing and admitting this, it becomes imperative:
1. To accept without the least hesitation every teaching and guidance proved on the authority of Muhammad (pbuh).
2. The knowledge of an order or prohibition by the Prophet of Allah should be sufficient to induce one to act upon certain instruction or refrain from following certain way. No other consideration should influence his obedience.
3. Not to accept leadership or guidance of anyone beside that of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Obedience to others should be subordinated to the Book of Allah and Sunnah of His Prophet, not independent of these.
4. To accept, in all matters of one’s life, the book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Prophet as final argument, authority and reference; adopt a thought, belief or rule that is in accordance with the Book and Sunnah, and give up whatever is opposed to these; and refer to the same source of guidance for the solution of problems.
5. Cleanse the heart of all prejudices, be they personal, family-related, tribal or racial, national or patriotic, sectarian or group-oriented. One must not be so overwhelmed by love for or devotion to someone as to let it dominate the love and devotion to the truth brought by the prophet of Allah, or become its competitor.
6. Take no one, besides the Prophet of Allah, as the criterion of truth, not to consider anyone above criticism, not to indulge in mental slavery of anyone. Evaluate everyone by this God-sent perfect criterion, and grade others against that criterion.
7. Not to accord such a status to anyone born after Muhammad that believing or not believing him determines one’s kufr or Iman (i.e., disbelief and Faith).

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