On Harshness | 1 | An Advice to the Salafis to Show Kindness and Softness and to Reject Disunity and Differences … and to Leave the Unlegislated Type of Boycotting
The Imaam said, “All Praise is due to Allaah, we praise Him, and seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allaah, the Most High, from the evils of our own selves and from our wicked deeds. Whosoever has been guided by Allaah, none can misguide him, and whosoever has been misguided by Allaah, none can guide him. I bear witness that there is no true god worthy of being worshipped except Allaah, Alone, without partner or associate. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His true slave and Messenger.
O you who believe! Fear Allaah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islaam (as Muslims with complete submission to Allaah). Aali-Imraan 3:102
O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam) and from him He created his wife, and from them both He created many men and women, and fear Allaah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights) and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allaah is ever an All-Watcher over you. An-Nisaa 4:1
O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allaah and fear Him, and speak (always) the Truth, He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allaah and His Messenger, he has indeed achieved a great success. Al-Ahzaab 33: 70-71
As for what follows: Then the best of speech is the Speech of Allaah, and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad. The worst of affairs are the newly-invented matters, and every newly-invented matter is an innovation and every innovation is misguidance and all misguidance is in the Fire.
The [following] saying of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم is known amongst us all, ‘The religion is sincerity, the religion is sincerity, the religion is sincerity.’ We asked, “To whom, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “To Allaah, His Book, His Messenger, and the leaders of the Muslims and to the common Muslim.’
And it is obligatory upon every sincere advisor to direct advice to we Muslims today from the general folk, more particularly, we Salafis who make up a large proportion of this huge number of Muslims, and who are proud that Allaah, the Blessed and Most High, has favoured them over many Muslims by facilitating the understanding of tawheed for them, which is the foundation for being saved in the Hereafter from the enduring punishment, … tawheed which we have studied and come to know well and which we have fulfilled through [our] aqidah.
But I feel, and sorrow fills my heart, that what you see regarding ourselves when we stop at this aqidah and what it entails, from those things which are known such as acting upon the Book and the Sunnah and not putting anything else but the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم forward … we have taken this stance, of correctly understanding tawheed, which it is obligatory on every Muslim to take, and to act upon what is established in the Book and the Sunnah concerning that which is connected to fiqh which has, through the passing of these many years, split into various schools of thought and divided ways …
But it appears, and this is what I have repeated on many occasions, that this Islamic world, which includes the Salafis themselves, has become preoccupied from [focusing on] an important aspect of this Islaam which we have adopted as an ideology. A general, all-encompassing Islaam for all aspects of life–and from that is manners and being upright on the Path.
Many of us do not give importance to this aspect of Islaam, i.e., to improving manners and [one’s] conduct. We read the saying of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم in the books of the authentic Sunnah, ‘Indeed a man will reach the ranks of the one who stands to pray at night and fasts during the day through his good manners.’ And in the Noble Quraan we read that the Muslims splitting amongst themselves is not from Islamic manners, especially we Salafis, over things that do not necessitate differing or discord; concerning that we read His Saying, the Most High, ‘… and do not dispute and [thus] lose courage and [then] your strength would depart …’ Anfaal 8:46.
And indeed what is truly sad is that we hear–and not only in the Islamic countries–that the Muslims have divided into many groups and numerous sects, even in the current battle between them and the disbelievers who invaded some of the lands [of the Muslims], like our brothers for example in Afghanistan. All of us know that they are now in a battle with the communists, but regretfully they have divided into groups. And the cause for that is nothing but turning away from some of the direction that Islaam has given regarding uniting and throwing aside schism and discord, the previous aayah is clear about that, ‘… and do not dispute and [thus] lose courage and [then] your strength would depart …’ Anfaal 8:46.
I say: this differing and conflict did not stop at the borders of those countries far from us, but rather it has reached us too.
And we Salafis who claim that we cling to the Book and the authentic Sunnah–we are not rejecting the favour of Allaah the Blessed and Most High on us, wherewith He guided us to tawheed and to acting upon what is established in the Book and the Sunnah–but isn’t it established in the Book and the Sunnah that we do not envy each other, nor hate each other and that we be brothers as Allaah the Mighty and Majestic ordered us in His Book and His Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم in his sunnah? Yes.
This is something which we know as being a piece of knowledge, but which we did not implement practically. And maybe we will [hopefully] implement and strive for it rapidly.
It is lamentable that there is some disunity and discord for extremely petty reasons; as such it is obligatory to …”