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[Must read] Mutual love and Good relations must for brothers involved in Dawah- Shaikh Ibn Uthaymeen

 

In this Islamic awakening,  it is compulsory upon us to be brothers in Allah’s religion, to have mutual love for one another. Allah says:

“The believers are but brothers.”

[Quran 49:10]

 

And the Prophet Muhammed [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] said:

“Be slaves of Allah, as brothers [unto one another]”

Al-Bukhari 6065

 

This brotherhood implies that we cannot transgress one another. The natural result, then, is that we become one Nation, undivided in Allah’s religion, away from desires and personal opinions that are contrary to Islam.

 

This being said, we must now consider what has happened among the youth, or more correctly, among those youth who have certain leanings, leanings in matter of Ijtihad where it is permissible to make Ijtihad, where revealed texts can reasonably lead to infer a different ruling. However,

some people want to force others to accept what they see as being the truth, even when another person holds a different view, deeming it to be correct view [based on proofs and valid Ijtihad and valid inferences]

 

believers-are-brothers

There are youth today whom Allah has blessed  with guidance; they strive ardently to apply Shariah, but at the same time they show aversion to those who disagree with them in matters wherein disagreement is valid, in matters of Ijtihad, when revealed texts can reasonably bear two interpretations, which lead to two different rulings.

It has become common for one to want all people to follow his opinion, and if they do not do so, he considers them to be upon misguidance and error; and this contrary to what the companions of the Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] were upon, and what those who came after them were upon.

 

 

Were you to pore through the books of disagreements [in books of Islamic jurisprudence], you would find that scholars differ in many issues, but not one from them rules that another scholar is upon misguidance because of his view or his ijtihad; at the same time , one of them realizes that it is compulsory upon him to follow the truth without favoring any particular person. So yes, you should call the people to the truth, but invite them to it with gentleness, with ease, and with good words, so that you reach your desired goal.

 

Every single youth and student of knowledge should follow the one whom he sees as being closet to the truth, and he should excuse the one who has a different view in given issue, if the latter disagrees based on proof.

Whenever one feels that people must follow him. he has – whether he realizes or not raised himself to the status of the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu alaihi wasallam]!

 

Is it fair for you to use your understanding as a proof against others, and not to make their understanding as a proof against you?

Think about those despise Islam and who are enemies to Islam; they rejoice greatly  upon seeing division among the Muslim youth. They hope from the very depth of their hearts to find that they Muslim youth are divided.

 

Verily, Allah says:

“and do not dispute and [thus] lose courage and [then] your strength would depart.”

[Quran 8: 46]

And Allah says:

“He has ordained for you of religion what He enjoined upon Noah and that which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what We enjoined upon Abraham and Moses and Jesus – to establish the religion and not be divided therein.”

[Quran 42: 13]

 

 

I invite you, the Muslim youth, to come towards unity and mutual harmony upon the religion of Allah. I call upon you to be deliberate and wise in your affairs and in calling others to Allah: victory will be written for you, in sha Allah, because you will be upon what is right and you will be upon sure knowledge in the religion of Allah.

 

[The Islamic Awakening, page 51-53 by Ibn Uthaymeen]

 

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