Part 9: Conclusion- The Means to Safety for The Ummah. By Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him]
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Those [i.e. the affairs mentioned in posts 1-8] are the means to safety for the Ummah.  To listen to the Muslim rulers and being obedient to them in that which is good.  Follow the Qur’aan and the Sunnah. Allaah [The Most High] said: [وَٱعۡتَصِمُواْ بِحَبۡلِ ٱللَّهِ جَمِيعً۬ا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُواْۚ -And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allaah [i.e. this Qur’aan] and be not divided amongst yourselves. [3:103]
And Allaah said: [وَأَنَّ هَـٰذَا صِرَٲطِى مُسۡتَقِيمً۬ا فَٱتَّبِعُوهُۖ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُواْ ٱلسُّبُلَ فَتَفَرَّقَ بِكُمۡ عَن سَبِيلِهِۦۚ ذَٲلِكُمۡ وَصَّٮٰكُم بِهِۦ لَعَلَّڪُمۡ تَتَّقُونَ – And verily this is My Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His path. This He has ordained for you that you may become Al Muttaqoon (the pious). [6:153]
 Enjoining good and forbidding evil based on one’s ability and strength. Allaah said:
[وَتَعَاوَنُواْ عَلَى ٱلۡبِرِّ وَٱلتَّقۡوَىٰۖ وَلَا تَعَاوَنُواْ عَلَى ٱلۡإِثۡمِ وَٱلۡعُدۡوَٲنِۚ – Help you one another in Virtue and Righteousness; but do not help one another in Sin and Transgression]. [5:2]
Also, from the means to safety for the Ummah is that that there should be brotherhood and love between the Muslims. The Prophet [sallal-laahu alayhi-wasallam] said, ‘’A believer is like a brick for another believer, the one supporting the other’’. [Saheeh Muslim]
And the Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said, ‘’The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love, affection, and fellow-feeling, is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever’’. [Saheeh Muslim]
Mutual advice between Muslims is an obligation. The Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said, ”The religion is Naseehah…..”
Love between the Muslims is an obligation. The Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said, ‘’You shall not enter Paradise so long as you do not believe, and you will not believe as long as you do not love one another. Should I not direct you to a thing which, if you do, will foster love amongst you: practice giving salutation to one another by saying as-salaamu alaikum’’. [Saheeh Muslim]
Reconciliation between the Muslims is an obligation. Allaah [The Most High] said:
لَّا خَيۡرَ فِى ڪَثِيرٍ۬ مِّن نَّجۡوَٮٰهُمۡ إِلَّا مَنۡ أَمَرَ بِصَدَقَةٍ أَوۡ مَعۡرُوفٍ أَوۡ إِصۡلَـٰحِۭ بَيۡنَ ٱلنَّاسِۚ وَمَن يَفۡعَلۡ ذَٲلِكَ ٱبۡتِغَآءَ مَرۡضَاتِ ٱللَّهِ فَسَوۡفَ نُؤۡتِيهِ أَجۡرًا عَظِيمً۬ا
There is no good in most of their secret talks save (in) him who orders Sadaqah (charity in Allaah’s Cause), or Ma’ruuf (Islaamic Monotheism and all the good and righteous deeds which Allaah has ordained), or conciliation between mankind; and he who does this, seeking the good Pleasure of Allaah, We shall give him a great reward. [4:114]
And Allaah [The Most High] said:
وَإِن طَآٮِٕفَتَانِ مِنَ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ ٱقۡتَتَلُواْ فَأَصۡلِحُواْ بَيۡنَہُمَاۖ فَإِنۢ بَغَتۡ إِحۡدَٮٰهُمَا عَلَى ٱلۡأُخۡرَىٰ فَقَـٰتِلُواْ ٱلَّتِى تَبۡغِى حَتَّىٰ تَفِىٓءَ إِلَىٰٓ أَمۡرِ ٱللَّهِۚ فَإِن فَآءَتۡ فَأَصۡلِحُواْ بَيۡنَہُمَا بِٱلۡعَدۡلِ وَأَقۡسِطُوٓاْۖ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُحِبُّ ٱلۡمُقۡسِطِينَ
And if two parties or groups among the believers fall to fighting, then make peace between them both. But if one of them outrages against the other, then fight you (all) against the one that which outrages till it complies with the Command of Allaah. Then if it complies, then make reconciliation between them justly, and be equitable. Verily! Allaah loves those who are the equitable?? (49:9)
Similarly, from the means to safety for the ummah is that they stop hating and making mockery of one another. Allaah [The Most High] said:
يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ لَا يَسۡخَرۡ قَوۡمٌ۬ مِّن قَوۡمٍ عَسَىٰٓ أَن يَكُونُواْ خَيۡرً۬ا مِّنۡہُمۡ وَلَا نِسَآءٌ۬ مِّن نِّسَآءٍ عَسَىٰٓ أَن يَكُنَّ خَيۡرً۬ا مِّنۡہُنَّۖ وَلَا تَلۡمِزُوٓاْ أَنفُسَكُمۡ وَلَا تَنَابَزُواْ بِٱلۡأَلۡقَـٰبِۖ بِئۡسَ ٱلِٱسۡمُ ٱلۡفُسُوقُ بَعۡدَ ٱلۡإِيمَـٰنِۚ وَمَن لَّمۡ يَتُبۡ فَأُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ هُمُ ٱلظَّـٰلِمُونَ
O you who believe! Let not a group scoff at another group; it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor let (some) women scoff at other women, it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. How bad is it to insult one’s brother after having faith [i.e. to call your Muslim brother (a faithful believer) as ‘O sinner’ or ‘O wicked One’]. And whosoever does not repent, then such are indeed Zaalimuun (wrong-doers, etc.) (49:11)
These [affairs] are from the means to safety for the Ummah, so that they become an upright community that loves one another. The Muslim neither deceives another Muslim in dealings nor cheats in a business transaction. He does not propose to a woman for marriage who has already agreed to marry his brother Muslim. He neither undercuts his Muslim brother in business transactions nor outbids him after he has agreed on a transaction. He honours his brother Muslim and safeguards his rights. The Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said, ‘’A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim; he neither oppresses him nor does he fail him, he neither lies to him nor does he hold him in contempt. Piety is right here-and he pointed to his heart three times. It is evil enough for a man to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. The whole of a Muslim for another Muslim is inviolable: his blood, his property, and his honour.” [Saheeh Muslim]
This is from the means to safety for the ummah: To spread love between the Muslims; advice one another, enjoin good and forbid evil, and to co-operate upon virtue and righteousness.
Imaam Maalik [rahimahullaah] said, ‘’The latter part of this ummah will not be rectified except with that which rectified its earliest part.’’ Its earliest part was rectified through Islaam and holding firmly to the religion. Likewise, its latter part will not be rectified except through that which rectified its earliest part. Destruction will take place if the latter part of the ummah is isolated from its earliest part; but the callers to misguidance say something else at present. They say, ‘’These commands and prohibitions are for those who came earlier. It does not rectify the [affairs] of this era!! Al Walaa Wal Baraa does not bring rectification in this era’’. So, according to the claim of these transgressors, acting upon the Qur’aan ceases to exist and and that at present we need a new religion- a new system.
[Therefore, it is said to them]: Is not the Prophet [sallal-laahu-layhi-wasallam] a Messenger sent to the entire world; is he not a Messenger until the establishment of the hour; is his Religion not to remain till the establishment of the hour, and is his religion not complete and comprehensive for all times and places? Those who say that these [commands and prohibitions of the Sharee-ah] have ceased to exist with the passing of the early era and that at present we are in a new world, and that we need a new system (of regulations)] – these are statements of the people of falsehood and the Munaafiqoon, those who display Islaam and hide kufr. These are statements of those who spread propaganda against Islaam. When trials and tribulations occur, they manifest their Nifaaq and that which is in their hearts. Therefore, they are not to be given attention. Do not incline towards them and their statements. Even if we are belittled and mocked at by those who belittle and mock, or we are spoken against by those who speak, it is [still] obligated on us to follow the path of truth and the Sunnah. We have nothing to do with these ones and we are free from them. We follow a clear and manifest path based on the book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Messenger.
The Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said: I have left you with two affairs, which if you strictly adhere to, you shall not be misguided. That is the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Prophet’’. [Musnad Ahmad]
And Allaah [The Most High] said:
وَأَنَّ هَـٰذَا صِرَٲطِى مُسۡتَقِيمً۬ا فَٱتَّبِعُوهُۖ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُواْ ٱلسُّبُلَ فَتَفَرَّقَ بِكُمۡ عَن سَبِيلِهِۦۚ ذَٲلِكُمۡ وَصَّٮٰكُم بِهِۦ لَعَلَّڪُمۡ تَتَّقُونَ
And verily, this is My Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path. This He has ordained for you that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious) [6:153]
An Excerpt: Abridged and slightly paraphrased. Source: From a booklet of the Shaikh titled Asbaab An-Najaat Lil Ummah, see Pdf here: http://www.albaidha.net/vb/showthread.php?t=58811
We ask Allaah to grant Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan well-being and reward him with abundant good in this life and the next. We ask Allaah to preserve all the upright scholars of the Ummah, guide those who have strayed and grant us all the Tawfeeq to follow all the means to rectification and safety. Aameen.