I man this is the unshakeable faith in one, all-power-
full Creator, about whose essence and existence it is
ordained to us to learn from the revelations of His Prophet,
may Allah bless his name.
There are two ways of believing.
Some simply accept the faith, perceiving the vital
need for it and its truth, and strengthen their belief by
means of reasonable arguments. We call this yakini iman
or true faith.
Others believe by drawing wisdom from books and
from the words of the mullah. Such people need special
dedication to the object of their faith and spiritual strength
in order to withstand thousands of temptations and not
waver even in the face of death. This is the taklidi man or
To keep man within one’s self, a person must have a
courageous heart, firm will and confidence in his powers.
But what about those who lack the knowledge to be among
the adherents of yakini man, or those who have по firm
belief, who too easily succumb to temptations and cajolery,
who for gain will call black white, and white black, who
will perjure themselves by passing of lies as truth and so
cannot be called taklidi man believers? May Allah pre-
serve us from such people! Each and every one of us
should remember that there can be по other iman save
these. Let apostates not reckon on infinite divine grace:
they deserve neither Allah’s forgiveness nor the Prophet’s
intercession. Cursed be the man who believes in the false
proverbs: The edge of the sword is sharper than an oath
and There is по sin that Allah will not pardon.