In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Indeed all praises are due to Allah, we praise Him, we seek His help, we ask for His forgiveness, and we rely solely on Him. We seek His refuge from the evil in our souls and from our wicked deeds. Whoever Allah guides, no one can misguide. And whomever Allah misguides, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah, He is One, with no partners, and I testify that Mohammad PBUH is His Messenger and His slave.
O mankind, fear your Lord, the One who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and from them spread many men and women. O People fear Allah, as he should be feared, and always speak the truth. He will direct you to righteous deeds and He will forgive your for your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has indeed achieved a great achievement.
The Prophet PBUH said: "The best speech is the Book of Allah and the best guidance and example is that of Muhammad PBUH. And the worst of all things are the newly invented things (in religion), for every innovation is error and misguidance." [Reported by Muslim] and in another narration, "every newly invented matter (in religion) is a bid'ah and every bid'ah is a dalaalah (misguidance) and every dalaalah is in the (hell) Fire." [Reported by At-Tirmithi].
In another warning the Prophet PBUH said: "Whoever introduces into this affair of ours something that we have not commanded, it is to be rejected." [Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
The Prophet PBUH said: "He among you who witnesses an evil, let him change it with his hand, if he cannot do that, then by his tongue, if he cannot do even that, then with his heart, and this is the weakest faith." [Reported by Muslim].
Allah (swt) has commanded from us justice and good conduct, and forbidden oppression and immorality. He said,
إِنَّ اللَّـهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ ۚ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ
16:90 “Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded”.
Allah (swt) has commanded us to enjoin what is right and prohibit what is wrong. Allah (swt) said:
The Prophet (pbuh) said: "He among you who witnesses an evil, let him change it with his hand, if he cannot do that, then by his tongue, if he cannot do even that, then with his heart, and this is the weakest faith." [Reported by Muslim].
Allah (swt) also said:
We follow the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) and his guidance and commandment of the Quran.
We follow Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh) and we do not deviate from it. Allah (swt) said:
We reject any innovation into the Deen of Allah (swt).
The Prophet (pbuh) warned people: من أحدث في أمرنا هذا ما ليس فيه فهو رد - "Whoever introduces into this affair of ours something that we have not commanded, it is to be rejected." [Reported by Bukhari and Muslim].
The Prophet (pbuh) said: مَنْ عَمِلَ عَمَلًا لَيْسَ عَلَيْهِ أَمْرُنَا فَهُوَ رَد – “Whoever commits an act that does not conform with our matter (religion), then it will be rejected of him” [Tafsir Ibn Khatir].
Our manhaj (methodology) is that of Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jama'ah, which is in complete agreement with the way of Allah's messenger, peace be upon him, his companions, his followers from the people of the three better centuries, then their good successors. Of whom are the imams of jurisprudence and Hadith, such as iman Abu Hanifa, imam Malik, imam Shafei, imam Ahmad, Al-Thawri, Al-Awzaahi, Al-Laith Bin Saad, Al-Hassan Al-Basri, and others who followed them on the same path such as Ibn Taimeyah, Ibn Al-Qayyim, Ibn Katheer, Mohammad Bin Abd Al-Wahaab, imam Al-Shanqeety, sheikh Mohammad Bin Ibrahim, imam Al-Dosary, Sayed Qutb, and Al-Mawdudi; and all the imams of Sunnah whom were mentioned and those not mentioned may Allah be pleased with them as all.
My fellow Muslims, indeed all Muslim think wholeheartedly that Islam is the true Religion and His swt’s blessing on us, and they all praise and thank Allah swt for giving us such beautiful religion. While Allah swt has favored us with His religion, we also have a responsibility. Our responsibility is to understand his religion and accept it in full. Allah swt said:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ ادْخُلُواْ فِي السِّلْمِ كَآفَّةً وَلاَ تَتَّبِعُواْ خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ
2.208 O you who believe! Enter perfectly in Islam (by obeying all the rules and regulations of the Islamic religion) and follow not the footsteps of Shaitan (Satan). Verily! He is to you a plain enemy.
Invitation to learn the Deen of Allah (swt)
One may ask how we can enter into Islam perfectly. The first step towards it is Elm علم (knowledge) and rejection of ignorance.
Islam is is first “علم” knowledge then “ايمان” faith in it. The real difference between believer and non believer is “Elm” علم– knowledge. Thus, Allah (swt) said:
Muslim is really the person who knows the system of Islam, its teachings, its tenants, his role and his responsibilities, his obligations, and then only by knowing and understanding it, he submits to it, and he leads his life according to this teachings.
This was the real mission of all Prophets and Prophet Mohammad (pbuh):
كَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا فِيكُمْ رَسُولاً مِّنكُمْ يَتْلُو عَلَيْكُمْ آيَاتِنَا وَيُزَكِّيكُمْ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُم مَّا لَمْ تَكُونُواْ تَعْلَمُونَ
- 2:151“Just as We have sent among you a messenger from yourselves reciting to you Our verses and purifying you and teaching you the Book and wisdom and teaching you that which you did not know”.
Thus, Allah (swt) said:
Thus, we established that Islam and ignorance cannot co-exist. One cannot claim to have practiced Islam without having prior knowledge of it.
The Prophet (pbuh) emphasized Muslims to educate themselves. He said: طلبة العلم فريضة علي كل مسلم Seeking knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim.
The biggest threat Islam has is from within itself. The threat of ignorance, the threat of not knowing what has been revealed in Quran, the threat of not knowing what the Prophet (pbuh) explained to us. The Prophet (pbuh) has reportedly said: من يرد الله به خيرا يفقهه في الدين Whoever Allah wants to do good, He gives him knowledge of His Deen. (Al-Bukhari and al-Muslim).
Allah (swt) said:
فَمَن يُرِدِ اللّهُ أَن يَهْدِيَهُ يَشْرَحْ صَدْرَهُ لِلإِسْلاَمِ وَمَن يُرِدْ أَن يُضِلَّهُ يَجْعَلْ صَدْرَهُ ضَيِّقًا حَرَجًا كَأَنَّمَا يَصَّعَّدُ فِي السَّمَاء كَذَلِكَ يَجْعَلُ اللّهُ الرِّجْسَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ
6.125 And whomsoever Allah wills to guide, He opens his breast to Islam, and whomsoever He wills to send astray, He makes his breast closed and constricted, as if he is climbing up to the sky. Thus Allah puts the wrath on those who believe not.
أَفَمَن شَرَحَ اللَّهُ صَدْرَهُ لِلْإِسْلَامِ فَهُوَ عَلَى نُورٍ مِّن رَّبِّهِ فَوَيْلٌ لِّلْقَاسِيَةِ قُلُوبُهُم مِّن ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ أُوْلَئِكَ فِي ضَلَالٍ مُبِينٍ
39.22 Is he whose breast Allah has opened to Islam, so that he is in light from His Lord (as he who is non-Muslim)? So, woe to those whose hearts are hardened against remembrance of Allah! They are in plain error!
Thus, we need to defeat the ignorance and educate ourselves with the right knowledge and given to us by Allah swt in the Quran and explained by the Messenger of Allah swt
Like our predecessors, Imams and the righteous salafs, one of our main challenges in this century is to revive Tawheed and spread of right knowledge. In order to meet the new challenges, we must strive hard to learn our own religion first. We must understand first what Allah swt wanted us to do; and the purpose of our creation and our final destination. Only the correct understanding of Aqueeda and Tawheed pure from any impact of Sect and their Sub Sects or that of mass media can guide us to right path. Thus, we invite you to learn the Tawheed and Shariah.
When Allah (swt) gave prophet hood to Musa (as) and asked him to invite mankind to Tawheed and way of Allah (swt), he prayed to Allah (swt):
And we ask Allah (swt) to grand us same. Amen.