Some Excellent Characteristics and Virtues of The Islamic Religion – By Imaam As-Sadi [Part 1]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Imaam As-Sadi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said:

All praise be to Allaah; we praise Him, seek His Help, seek His Forgiveness and repent to Him. We seek refuge in Allaah from the evils of ourselves and the evils of our actions. Whoever Allaah guides, none can misguide him, and whoever Allaah allows to be misguided (due to a perversion in his heart), there is no guide for him. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah, alone without partner; and that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger [صلى الله عليه وسلم تسليما كثيرا ].

To proceed: Indeed, the religion of Islam that Muhammad [صلى الله عليه ] brought is the most complete and best of religions, the loftiest and the most exalted. It contains beautiful characteristics, perfection, righteousness, mercy, justice and wisdom that testify to Allaah’s absolute perfection, His All-Encompassing Knowledge and Wisdom. It testifies to the fact that Allaah’s Prophet[صلى الله عليه وسلم ] is indeed a true Messenger of Allaah, and that he is the truthful and trustworthy, who does not speak out of desire; rather [إن هو إلا وحي يوحى – It (the Qur’aan and Sunnah) is only an Inspiration that is inspired (to him)]. [Surah An-Najm. Aayah 4]

This Islamic religion is the greatest proof and the most exalted witness regarding the fact that Allaah alone is singled with absolute perfection, and a witness regarding the Messengship and truthfulness of His Prophet. My aim behind this annotation is to make known – based on what I possess of knowledge – the foundations of the virtues of this great religion, even though my knowledge and awareness would be very deficient in expressing some of the majesty, beauty and perfection found in this religion. My statements would be weak in explaining it in general, let alone in detail speech. However, with regards to what is not all understood and its goal cannot be reached or most of it, a person should not abandon what he knows from it due to his inability in what he does not know, because Allaah does not burden a soul beyond its capacity. Allaah said: [فاتقوا الله ما استطعتم – So fear Allaah as much as you can]. [Surat Al-Taghabun. Aayah 16]

And that is because acquaintance with this knowledge has many benefits, and this includes the following:

– Engaging in this topic, which is the most honourable and exalted topic, is one of the most virtuous righteous deeds. Knowing it, searching for it, reflecting about it, and taking every path that leads to acquaintance with it, is the best thing that a servant of Allaah can preoccupy himself (or herself) with; and the time that is spent on that is in your favour and not against you.

-Acknowledging and speaking about the blessings of Allaah has been commanded by Allaah and His Messenger, and it is one of the greatest of good deeds. There is no doubt that research in this affair is acknowledgement, speech and reflection regarding Allaah’s loftiest blessings which He has bestowed on His servants, and that is the Islamic religion besides which no other religion is accepted by Allaah. So, this discourse is a means of showing gratitude to Allaah for His blessings and seeking for an increase of this blessing.

– Indeed, people vary greatly in faith and its perfection. And the more a servant of Allaah knows about this religion, venerates it more, takes pleasure and rejoices in it, the more complete one’s faith and the sounder his (or her) certainty, because indeed it is proof of all the fundamentals of faith and its principles.

– One of the greatest invitations to the religion of Islam is through explanation of what it contains of the virtues that are accepted and admitted by every person of sound mind and sound (uncorrupted) innate natural disposition. If men were to embark upon calling to this religion- explaining its realities and its welfare to the people- that would be completely sufficient in attracting the people to it- without the need to confront the doubts of the opponents and refuting the religion of those in opposition to Islaam- because of what they would see regarding its agreement with the welfare for both the religious and worldly affairs, rectification of the deeds and hearts. That is because Islaam itself repels every doubt that contradicts it, and because it is truth accompanied with clear explanation, and proofs leading to certainty. If some of the facts of this religion are revealed, it becomes the greatest reason for its acceptance and given preference over others. (see footnote a) (Ref 1)


Footnote a: An Affair Related to Detailing Good In Most Cases, Warning Against Evil In General Sometimes And In Detail at Other Times, Being Careful of Ambiguities And Generalities When Detail Is Greatly Needed:

To be continued InShaaAllaah

[Ref 1: An Excerpt from Ad-Durar Al-Mukhtasar Fee Mahaasin Ad-Deen Al-Islaamiy. pages 5-9. slightly paraphrased]

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