Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah [d. 728 AH] said regarding the statement of Allāh:
الم ﴿١﴾ اللَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ ﴿٢﴾
‘Alif, Lām, Mīm. Allāh – there is no deity [worthy of worship] except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of existence.’
[Alī ʿImrān, 3:1-2]
Several of the mufassirīn [interpreters of the Qurʾān] have mentioned the reason for the revelation of the verses [at the beginning of sūrah Āli ʿImrān]. Among them is what is narrated by [Imām] Muḥammad ibn Jarīr al-Ṭabarī in his tafsīr. He said:
Indeed, the Christians came to the Messenger of Allāh...
Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 728 AH) said:
“The Christians say: ‘God is One, the Creator is One, the Sustainer is One.’
This [phrase] is true in and of itself except that the Christians contradict this in the words of their own creed: ‘We believe in one God; Jesus the Messiah, the only son of God. The true God from the true God. Made from the essence of his Father, equal to Him in essence.’
Here, the Christians have confirmed the existence of two gods followed by the Holy Spirit as a third by claiming that they prostrate before him. Thus, they confirm three [different] gods.
Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah [d. 721 AH] said:
What was mentioned by Allāh, the Most High, in the verse that guides towards arguing with the People of the Scripture in a way that is best, except for those who commit injustice among them, is a fully actionable passage, free from abrogation. This is also the case with what the Most High has alluded to from arguing with any individual from the creation as a whole:
ادْعُ إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ ۖ وَجَادِلْهُم بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ ۚ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَن ضَلَّ عَن سَبِيلِهِ ۖ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ...
Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 728 AH) said:
“The [attitude] they [the Christians] have taken concerning the Qurʿān is the very same [attitude] they have adopted with [all] of the books [of Allāh] that have preceded it, and the speech of the Prophets as related in the Tawrāh, the Injīl, the Zabūr and others. For truly these resources contain countless passages that explicitly call to the Oneness of Allāh and the fact that the Masīḥ [Jesus] was his slave. There are but a few words [in those resources] that hold a degree of obscurity. They [the Christians] chose to hold on to those few obscure,...
This lecture revolves around the ḥadīth of the Ṣaḥābī, Jābir ibn Sulaym (raḍiAllāhu ʿanhu), and the account of his very first meeting with the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ). It is an important ḥadīth for people who wish to call to, and welcome a new Muslim to Islam. It is an example of how one should treat a new Muslim whose knowledge of the basics of Islām is deficient, outlining the obligations and methods of wisdom to be used in calling to Allāh’s religion; all of which can be gained and benefitted from in this ḥadīth of the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ).
The ḥadīth is reported by Imām Abū Dāwūd...
Our noble brother Abū ʿUways (rahīmaḥullāh) details the many slanderous lies Christians to portray against ‘Isá (ʿalayhi al-salām) and His Lord, Allāh subḥānahū wa taʿāla. This is an especially important talk for those of us living in Western countries, dominated by the Christian belief. It should not be the case that we are not fazed by such absurdities, rather upon us is to be callers to Allāh’s dīn, and to refute these heinous claims against Him,ʿaza wa jal, and His messengers.
And they say: “The Most Beneficent (Allāh) has begotten a son (or offspring or children) [as...
Today, the abundance of Islamic callers is overwhelming. The Internet has enhanced the claim of many digitized Youtube callers, claiming to call to the truth. From these callers are those who invite the disbelievers to Islām using verses from the Bible, such as Zakir Naik and Shabir Ally. This methodology in daʿwah often opens up the door to interfaith dialogues. Is this methodology of calling to Allāh correct? Are there any consequences to this way? Alhamdulillāh, our Shaykh, briefly discussed this issue in Questions from the Salafīs of Toronto to the Imām of Yemen.
Verily, Allāh is not ashamed to set forth a parable even of a mosquito or so much more when it is bigger than it. And as for those who believe, they know that it is the Truth from their Lord, but as for those who disbelieve, they say; “What did Allāh intend by this parable?” By it He misleads many and many He guides thereby. And He misleads thereby only those who are rebellious, disobedient to Allāh. Those who break Allāh’s Covenant after ratifying it and sever what Allāh has ordered to be joined and do mischief on earth, it is they who are the losers.
Sūrah al-Baqarah, 2:26–27