“Hold onto the rope of Allah, and do not be divided amongst yourselves” [EMQ 3:103]
We have been ordered to hold onto the rope of Allah (swt), and once we have it, we must unite upon it. Many today are uniting upon nationalism, tribalism etc. – everyone has there own ism to unite upon. But Allah (swt) has rejected all unities, except the one that is based on His Rope, which is the Qur’an and the Sunnah. This ittisaam is from Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah and is very important for us to possess, for there is an aim for the ummah and as an individual, which is to follow the Messenger Muhammad [saw]. Unless the individual holds onto the rope of Allah (swt), he will never be able to follow the Messenger Muhammad (saw). For example, the Sufis, Barelvis etc, all say that they follow the way of the Messenger Muhammad (saw), yet they do not hold onto the Rope. So no matter how hard they try, it will never be accepted from them, because in order for your deeds to be accepted, two conditions must prevail. The objective must firstly be to hold on fast to the Rope of Allah (swt), by following the Qur’an and Sunnah, and also hifz ud deen- the protection of the deen. There is no way to protect the deen unless we hold on to the Rope of Allah (swt). Just look around. Muslims are being attacked everywhere and the Muslim lands are occupied, simply because Muslims are not holding onto the rope of Allah (swt).
‘Do not take the disbelivers as your auliyah. They are but supporters of one another, and anyone who does take them as supporters, he is one of them’. [EMQ 5:51]
So it is very important for us to hold onto the Rope of Allah (swt), and this is manifested in many degrees. Firstly, we must close the door to innovation as it will lead to the Hellfire. The Prophet (saw) told us to beware of innovation even before it comes near us, so that we can reject it and close the door that leads to it.
The Salaf were asked, which was worse; bid’ah or sin? They replied that when a person does a sin, he knows it is wrong and will repent from it if he is sincere and knows in his heart that what he is doing is wrong. But when a person does what is bid’ah he does it sincerely in their heart thinking that he is doing good, so how will he seek forgiveness for it?
The Messenger Muhammad (saw) said that every bid’ah is dalalah [misguidance] and every dalalah leads to hellfire. He said there will be a lot of havoc and many divisions because people will begin making decisions from their desires. Bid’ah is anything added onto the deen, or taken away from the deen, or distorted in the Shariah. ibn Abbas (ra) narrated that the Messenger Muhammad [saw] said, ‘A group of my ummah will be dragged towards the left, I will say that they are my Companions’ [Usayhabi: not the general companions, but those in his time who met him (saw)]. You did not know what they invented after you. He (saw) quoted. “Never did I say to them aught except what You did command me to say: ‘Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.’ And I was a witness over them while I dwelt amongst them, but when You took me up, You were the Watcher over them, and You are a Witness to all things.’ (EMQ 5: 117)
The Messenger Muhammad (saw) would call them Usayhabi, but they were actually murtadeen because at that time there were many who would reject the revelation when it was conveyed e.g. they didn’t give the zakah. At that time they only refused the zakah, but look today how many rules have been rejected, and changing and innovating in the deen is the greatest cause of fitna and a cause of apostasy.
Make not the calling of the Messenger among you as your calling of one another. Allah knows those of you who slip away under shelter. And let those who oppose the Messenger’s commandment (among the sects) beware, lest some Fitnah befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them. [EMQ 24: 63]
And from those who call themselves Christians, We took their covenant, but they have abandoned a good part of the Message that was sent to them. So We planted amongst them enmity and hatred till the Day of Resurrection, and Allah will inform them of what they used to do. [EMQ 5: 14]
In this verse Allah (swt) talks about the People of the Book who committed a great bid’ah in their time and were punished, and He (swt) put enmity between them i.e. today, if someone is a Hannafi, they won’t let their daughter marry a Shafi’ and this is one of the sicknesses we suffer. We need to now ask ourselves that if we are Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah how can we block the doors of innovation rather than closing them? On the Day of Judgment, Allah (swt) won’t account us if we successfully change our reality, but we will be asked about our duties. Imam Bukhari said in his Kitaab ul Itisaam: “Block the doors of innovation by constantly speaking about it and continue warning others about it”.
So whatever the bid’ah is, Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah will always speak about it so that others are warned and are aware of it. As far as bid’ah is concerned, just like the kufr and shirk, it as two types; bid’ah, akbar (which makes the person) murtad; and bid’ah asghar, which leads towards bid’ah akbar. So we should follow the ulema and not the ignorant; we must expose any false analogies and opinions, such as those that say that voting is allowed – the evil analogy has been condemned in the Qur’an. The first of creation ever to make a false and evil analogy was Iblis who said that he was made from the fire and Adam was made from clay, thus refusing to obey Allah (swt), but he was from among the losers. We must expose ourselves; if we are about to do a sin, we must expose ourselves and not blame the deen and engage in matters of exaggeration and dwelling deep into things. The Shariah doesn’t talk about certain matters, nor do we need to talk about it, but people wish to dig deep, but this deepness is too much, questioning everything, digging deep into matters and by doing this, people will enter into innovation.
Jundub Ibn Abdullah narrated that the Messenger Muhammad (saw) said, ‘Read the Qur’an as long as your heart is close to each other, if you differ, leave it and leave the Qur’an, because that is what will cause dispute’.(Sahih Bukhari)
A group of Sahabah mentioned an ayah from the Qur’an and started to argue until their voices had risen. The Messenger Muhammad (saw) came out angrily, and threw sand at them saying, ‘Take it easy people, slow down!’ His face was red by this time. He said, ‘It is by this that many nations before were destroyed. They differed among each other about their nabi, and argued about their books and made contradictions between the ayah. The Qur’an never came down to negate anything, rather it came down to support the other. Whatever you know, act upon it and whatever you are ignorant about, refer it back to the aalim.’
So don’t argue for the sake of arguing; rather refer to the ulema when you are not sure about something. Allah (swt) said, ‘They are not equal, those who know and those who dont know’. Although people may have legitimate arguments, one person may have an argument, and the other says that it is not allowed. It is allowed to debate like this provided that the arguments are based on evidence. The whole point of debating is for the haq to prevail, and not for the sake of arguing.
Truly, the religion with Allah is Islam. Those who were given the Scripture did not differ except, out of mutual jealousy, after knowledge had come to them. And whoever disbelieves in the Ayah of Allah, then surely, Allah is Swift in calling to account’ [EMQ 3: 19]
It is forbidden to follow or imitate the Kuffar and take your Deen from them. Allah (swt) says:
O you who believe! If you obey those who disbelieve, they will send you back on your heels, and you will turn back (from Faith) as losers. [EMQ 3: 149]
When a person starts to obey and refer to the disbelievers, they will naturally refer to organisations like the MCB, who have become the voice the eyes the ears of the non-Muslims.
Never will the disbelievers be pleased with you till you follow their religion. Say: “Verily, the Guidance of Allah that is the (only) Guidance. And if you were to follow their desires after what you have received of Knowledge then you would have against Allah neither any Walî nor any helper. [EMQ 2:120]
Allah (swt) is telling us that once we have established the Haq, we must never turn to the kuffar
O you who believe! Take not as Bitânah those outside your religion since they will not fail to do their best to corrupt you. They desire to harm you severely. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, but what their breasts conceal is far worse. Indeed We have made plain to you the Ayah if you understand. [EMQ 3:118]
Abu Saeed Al-Khidri narrated that the Messenger Muhammad (saw) said, ‘You are going to imitate the people before you arm by arm, hand-span by hand-span until you enter the lizard’s hole’. The Sahabah asked if it was the Yahoodi wal Nasaar and He (saw) replied, ‘Who else?’ (Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim)
Imaam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal narrated from Abdullah Ibn Omar (ra) that the Messenger Muhammad (saw) said ‘Whoever imitates a people he is part of them’.
So how have the people followed the kuffar? They celebrate the birthdays of their Prophets, just as the kuffar do. They build places of worship over graves, and take their Sheikh’s word over the word of Allah (swt), just like the kuffar took their priests and rabbis as their Lords; the kuffar call for democracy as do the Muslims; they call for interfaith, as do the Muslims, and the kuffar have an organisation called Christian Aid – Muslims have Muslim Aid
In conclusion, there are a few things that we can do, in order to make the haq prevail and for the bid’ah to be exposed. They are as follows:
1. Stop bid’ah
2. Stop the jaahil from being in charge
3. Encourage the ulema
4. Expose false analogies.
5. Stop exaggerating in the deen
6. Stop people from bickering and arguing