In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Must listen to lectures By Shaikh Abdul Waahid Abu Khadeejah [may Allaah preserve him]
The Foundation That Will Never Crumble
Allaah [The Most High] said:
أَفَمَنْ أَسَّسَ بُنْيَانَهُ عَلَىٰ تَقْوَىٰ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَانٍ خَيْرٌ أَمْ مَنْ أَسَّسَ بُنْيَانَهُ عَلَىٰ شَفَا جُرُفٍ هَارٍ فَانْهَارَ بِهِ فِي نَارِ جَهَنَّمَ ۗ وَاللَّهُ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ
Is it then he, who laid the foundation of his building on piety to Allah and His Good Pleasure, better, or he who laid the foundation of his building on an undetermined brink of a precipice ready to crumble down, so that it crumbled to pieces with him into the Fire of Hell. And Allah guides not the people who are wrong doers. [Surah At-Tawbah. Verse 109]
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said,
“Whoever wants their building to be elevated, then it is incumbent to strengthen and fortify its foundation, because the elevation of the building is based on the firmness and fortification of its foundation. Deeds are a building and Eemaan is their foundation. If the foundation is strong, it carries and elevates the building, and if a part of the building is damaged, it is easy for it to bear the (damage); but if the foundation is not firm, then neither will the building be elevated nor will it be firm. And if something from the foundation is damaged, the building will either collapse or come close to that. Therefore, the duty of a knowledgeable is that he (she) makes the foundation sound and fortified. As for the ignorant person, he (or she) elevates (the building) whilst building upon other than a (strong) foundation, so their building does not remain. The foundation of deeds is like the physical strength of a person, if the strength is vigorous, the body will be able to withstand burden and repel many harmful things; but if it is weak, the body’s ability to withstand burden is weakened and harm quickly overcomes the person. Therefore, support your building (i.e. your actions and deeds) with the foundation of Eemaan, because if something from the top of your building decays and falls down, then it would be much easier for the (building) to bear (the damage) rather than the destruction of the foundation. This foundation (i.e. Eemaan) is based on two affairs: first, sound knowledge and awareness of Allaah, His Commandments, Names and Attributes. Second, complete submission to Allaah alone (i.e. by worshipping Allaah alone) and (unconditional obedience to) Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him]. This is the firmest foundation upon which the a servant of Allaah establishes his (or her) building (one’s actions and deeds). Therefore, one solidifies the foundation, preserves its strength and carries on being enthusiastic, and thus what is desired (i.e. success in this life and the next) will be reached”. (1)
Indeed, recently, we hear many people criticizing some Muslim governments for withdrawing from the Convention on Women’s Rights and they portray this withdrawal as a disregard for women’s dignity! However, what one finds is that some Muslim authorities have raised valid concerns that this convention – although its aim should be to eradicate violence against women – interferes with family unity and has been utilized by the LGBT movement to promote their agendas in Muslim societies. [Read more here about the LGBT Movement: https://www.abukhadeejah.com/lgbtq-homosexuality-gay-muslims-and-islam/ ]
Therefore, although Muslim societies must make an exerted effort to preserve the dignity Islam has given women, however one should not allow this to be mixed with the Un-Islamic agendas of outsiders. Muslim authorities have a right to scrutinize these conventions and protect their societies. Imaam As-Sadi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] stated:
“Allaah [The Most High] said: [ ٱلۡيَوۡمَ أَكۡمَلۡتُ لَكُمۡ دِينَكُمۡ وَأَتۡمَمۡتُ عَلَيۡكُمۡ نِعۡمَتِى وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ ٱلۡإِسۡلَـٰمَ دِينً۬اۚ – This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion].
Allaah [The Most High] said: [وَمَنۡ أَحۡسَنُ مِنَ ٱللَّهِ حُكۡمً۬ا لِّقَوۡمٍ۬ يُوقِنُونَ – And who is better in judgement than Allah for a people who have firm Faith].
Whoever utilizes sound intellect to examine what the Messengers brought – what they commanded and guided the people to, such as knowledge and Awareness of Allaah, to worship Allaah alone, turn to Allaah in repentance and obedience with true Faith (Islamic Monotheism) and the command to fulfil all the rights (of the people) based on courteous good will, perfecting one’s actions (i.e. based on sincerity to Allaah alone) and treating others with kindness (by sincerely seeking to benefit them though one’s knowledge, wealth or position), and that which they (i.e. Messengers) forbade; then he examines what the Mul’hidoon [i.e. in this context – those who have completely deviated from right conduct due abandoning the guidance of the Prophets] call to, he will know that good (and its outcomes), success, sound rectification of the hearts and deeds, (sound rectification of) the worldly affairs and (sound rectification of the religious affairs and their end results in the afterlife) are all in agreement with what the Messengers called to. On the other hand, he will know that the call of the Mul’hidoon is designed to do away with good manners, whose end result is nothing but absolute chaos and a state of afairs in which one goes along with lust (or evil desires of the soul) until animals become more noble and beneficial than humans. This is no doubt their state of affairs – clearly manifested by what they are upon and what they proclaim with their tongues. One of the most amazing affairs is that many contemporary writers and politicians seek to remedy the many social ills and try to do so do from many angles, however as for the problem of Il’haad- [i.e. deviation from right conduct due to abandoning the path of the Prophets]– whose surge has carried away the majority of young people, they have not rushed to stop it by returning to sound Eemaan and certainty; rather they have been abandoned to wander blindly in their misguidance and wavering in beguilement, and thus the social ills they seek to remedy give birth to other social ills, because if the path to remedying social ills is not based on Eemaan and sound religion, they will increase and become worse”. (2)
Therefore, when Muslim authorities point out that there are other agendas hidden within these conventions- agendas that threaten the very moral foundation of the Muslim societies, then indeed they have the right to protect their societies based on the Qur’aan and authentic Sunnah, and there is no harm in those customs that are clearly identified as ones that do not contradict the divine revelation, because the religion of Islaam has a perfect solution to every problem and it embraces every virtuous act. As for when one finds us – Muslims – in a state of confusion, then indeed that is either due to deviating from the command of the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] or giving preference to something else. Abu Musa [may Allaah be pleased with him] said that the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “My example, and the example of what I have been sent with is that of a man who came to some people and said, ‘O people! I have seen the enemy’s army with my own eyes and I am a plain warner, so protect yourselves!’ Then a group of his people obeyed him and fled at night proceeding stealthily till they were safe, while another group of them disbelieved him and stayed at their places till morning when the army came upon them and killed and ruined them completely. So this is the example of that person who obeys me and follows that truth which I have brought (the Qur’aan and the Sunnah), and the example of the one who disobeys me and disbelieves the Truth I have brought”. (3)
Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee [may Allaah preserve him] stated, “The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, ‘I have left amongst you that which if you hold fast to it, you will never go astray after me: the book of Allah and my Sunnah’. Likewise is the statement of the Prophet, ‘The best speech is the Book of Allaah and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad. And the worst of all affairs are the newly invented matters (in the religion) and every innovation is misguidance’. [Reported by Muslim] In the majority of the Prophet’s sermons, he uttered this statement, in order to urge (people) towards adherence to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah”. (4) He also said, “And just as Allaah commanded His Messenger to follow the revelation and to be guided by it, He also commanded the Ummah to follow the revelation and to be guided by it. Therefore, O Muslims! It is (obligated) on us to (take the) Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] as a (source of) guidance with truthfulness, sincerity, diligence and determination, and not with wishful thinking; rather we should be truthful to Allaah with regards to holding fast to this Book [i.e. the Qur’aan] and the Sunnah, just as Allaah [Glorified and Exalted be He] said to His slave Yahyah [peace be upon him]: [يَا يَحْيَىٰ خُذِ الْكِتَابَ بِقُوَّةٍ ۖ – O Yahya (John)! Hold fast the Scripture (the Taurat -Torah)]. [Surah Maryam. Verse 12]
Therefore, it is obligated on us to hold onto (the Qur’an) with diligence- neither with a slack nor lackadaisical (attitude) and nor through blameworthy blind following; rather it is obligated on us to ponder upon this Qur’aan just as He [Allaah (The Most High)] stated: [كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ لِّيَدَّبَّرُوا آيَاتِهِ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ – (This is) a Book (the Qur’an) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember]. This Qur’aan was sent down to be pondered upon and to acquire (sound) understanding from it. And the one whom Allaah wishes good for, He gives him (or her) understanding in the religion”. (5)
[Ref 1: An Excerpt from ‘Al-Fawaa’id: page 154. slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 2: An Excerpt from Al-Adillatul Qawaatiq Wal Baraaheen Fee Ibtaal Usool Al-Mulhideen. pages 40-41. slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 3: Saheeh Al-Bukhaari. Vol 9. Number: 7283]
[Ref 4 and 5: An Excerpt from ‘Bahjatul Qaariy Bi-Fawaa’id Manhajiyyah Wa Duroos Tarbawiyyah Min Kitaab Al-I’tisaam Bil-Kitaab Was-Sunnah Min Saheeh Al-Bukhaari. Pages: 11-17. slightly paraphrased]