A CALL FOR AHLE SUNNAH
الحمد لله رب العالمين ، والصلاة والسلام على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين
When we look at the current state of Muslim in the world, we realize that deviant sects have taken control of Muslim Ummah and are making all out effort to erase Sahih Iman from this world.
The true Ahle Sunnah Wal Jama'a, the people of Sahih Iman have been replaced by different kinds of Muslims in the World. A large chunk of present day Muslim population consists of Sectarian Missionary Militant Muslims whose views about the Prophet of Islam (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) are disrespectful and outrageous.
This book is an important read for Ahle Sunnah, particularly their youth.
HOW TO PROTECT SAHIH IMAN
It is a known fact that real Muslims have been reduced to a miserable minority within their own community. They shy away from exposure and avoid open expression of truthful Islamic beliefs fearing ill treatment by majority Sectarian Militant Missionary Muslims. They prefer to live within their shell where they feel secure and comfortable. It looks they have left themselves at the mercy of fate. When someone counsels them to come out and express their views, they show their inability by citing scores of reasons.
How can we protect Sahih Iman and allow it to flourish in the World?
The current practice of real Ahle Sunnah Wal Jama'a is that during interaction with others and among themselves, they always emphasize and quote virtuous deeds and sayings of the past Islamic Scholars and Sufi Shuyookh because they trust them and look at them as their icons. They consider lives of their icons as role model of true Islam. But times have changed now. The spread of wrong notions and wrong interpretations of Quranic verses and Ahadith has changed the mindset of people. Majority of Muslims have been brain washed into distrusting great Imams, Sufi Shuyookh and scholars of the past.
Ahle Sunnah Wal Jama'a need to understand this scenario. They can quote their icons, but they should also learn and make it a habit to add a reference or two from Quran and authentic Ahadith during their discussions.
If you want others to know what you believe is right, then you need to open up a little and start expressing your views quoting Quran and Sunnah. Let people in your close circle, your family members, relatives and close friends know what you think is correct from Islamic point of view. If you want your children and near and dear not to become victims of wrong beliefs, you should learn to adopt to new environment. If you don't do it now during your life time, the coming generations will forget you as the people of past.
We all know that if a person does not have rightful beliefs in Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) and His Apostle (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم), there is no chance of his salvation on the Day of Judgment. You should be able to prove it in the light of Quran and Ahadith in the language easily understood by present day people.
EXPLAIN SAHIH IMAN AS PER THE UNDERSTANDING REQUIREMENT OF PEOPLE
Now-a-days, the new generations of men and women would like to know everything in the light of Quran and Hadith. We should provide these people with correct interpretations of Quranic verses and Ahadith so that they get enlightened with straight path of Islam. There is an urgent need to educate the people of real Ahle Sunnah Wal Jama'a in this regard.
A section of Ahle Sunnah places emphasis on good deeds and expect that one day people will change looking at their deeds. This is true, but alas the times have changed. All your good deeds and expressions of love and appreciation of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) and past Imams and Shuyookh are seen with suspicion. Your love of Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) and simple actions are branded as Shirk and Kufr.
Think coolly how to reverse this trend. Open up a little, learn to quote Quranic verses and Ahadith in your daily interactions. Imbibe Correct Islamic Faith and true love of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) into the hearts of people. Lit individual lamps of Sahih Iman in your homes and neighborhoods. With these individual lamps lit, we can help Muslim community at large and bring out a quiet revolution.
The cultural demands and understanding abilities of our times are different from the past. New versions of Islam are being presented to people via books, lectures, media, Da'wa campaigns, internet and social media. As a result, modern men and women want prove of every Islamic action from Quran and Sunnah. Let us meet this demand and explain them Sahih Iman in the language they understand well. This is the only way to keep true Islam alive in the world. In this context, following points are important.
(i) Read correct interpretations of Quran and Ahadith Try to memorize them as far as possible. You will find these correct interpretations in Tafseer-e-Asadi, Hadith book guides and over 100 book I have written. Everything is available online free.
(ii) Explain to your family members and relatives and friends what you have read. Generate interest in them to know more about Sahih Iman. Emphasize the importance of rightful beliefs for their salvation on the Day of Judgment. When you interact with others on this issue, you will get to know how to make them understand this important aspect.
(iii) Initiate friendly dialogue over tea, etc., among your friends on the issue of Sahih Iman and explain them what you have read. You can casually start the conversation saying that you happened to stumble upon an online interesting information about Sahih Iman. During these interactions, if you come across certain questions that should be answered, then go back to the related book, In Sha Allah, you will find answers to all your questions.
(iv) During your interactions, take others' points of view coolly. Do not jump into conclusions. Always remember, they are not your enemies and you are not their enemy. It is a friendly dialogue that should remain pleasant and polite at all costs.
(v) Avoid heated arguments. These arguments kill the purpose of your dialogue. Do not say to people on their face that they are wrong doers. This hurts individual ego and results in communication deadlock. Tell them that the purpose of your discussion is to clear misunderstandings and misconceptions about Quranic verses and Ahadith. Do not emphasize upon the sayings of the Sufi Shuyookh. You can always quote their good deeds, but try to reason your arguments more from Quran and Sunnah because this is the only way acceptable to people these days.
(vi) In spite of all your efforts, sometimes some people never come to common terms and insist upon their way of thinking. What can we do about it. Leave them there. But your dialogues do help you in many ways as below.
(a) It helps you to come out of your shell and learn the art of effective communications. Gradually it makes you an expert in religious polemics (debates).
(b) Your friends start appreciating you as a person of knowledge. Gradually you gain their confidence. They start trusting you and come to you for various issues related to faith.
(c) Most important of all, it helps neutral people to make up their mind and come to the right path of Islam.
(d) Generally in a group of 5 to 10 people, only two or three will be talking and the rest will be silent listeners. The listeners evaluate the soundness of arguments of both sides. Your win and catch is here. You can change the mindset of the silent listeners. Do not bother if the people who have argued with you did not agree to your way of explanations. But you have been successful to bring a few people back to the right path of Islam. Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) will reward you abundantly for your efforts.
(e) Your win does not end there. The people who were convinced from you during the dialogue will bring more people to you. Gradually you can do wonders. This process generally takes years and sometimes decades. Don't bother. You are loosing nothing. A few hours time weekly for such a great task is worth the trial. Rewards do come. Don't lose heart from people's apathy (indifference) and criticism in the initial months and years. Things do change over time. Have strong faith in Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) and Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم).
During your discussions, keep the following points in view.
(a) Focus on the basic issue of Islamic Faith. Always remember, we are not discussing side issues or issues related to Salah, Zakat, Hajj and Fasting. We are discussing the basic faith of Islam.
(b) Catch them for their wrong beliefs about Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ). Explain them that it is Shirk to claim hands, face etc., for Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ).
(c) Discuss their misconceptions about Tawheed and their ill gotten beliefs in Allah's (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) attributes (Sifaat).
(d) Discuss issues of Iman related with Prophets, particularly Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم).
(e) Mention their insulting beliefs about Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) and his family members and companions. Quote references from their books and other study material.
(f) Remind them for their foul mouthness about critical issues related to basic faith and explain them that their believes are contrary to the basic teachings of Islam.(g) Let them know the seriousness of their wrong notions and the possible consequence on the Day of Judgment. Use mild friendly language but make sure that your message goes across effectively and creates the required impact. You are their well wisher. If they understand your explanations, they will benefit both in this world and in Hereafter.(h) Wahhabis and their like minded groups tend to turn debates about basic Islamic beliefs into historical debates; because it is easy to spread doubts about historical events. It is very difficult in most cases to establish facts without a fragment of doubt as to what actually happened in the past. The news of past events arrives to us by various sources that involve inadvertent mistakes and sometimes deliberate lies. Thus, Salafis and their like minded make hey on these fields and keep on arguing for weeks and months and try to sow the seeds of faithlessness in your heart. Do not get distracted with these kind of arguments and focus your attention on 'Sahih Iman' in the light of Quran and Ahadith.Before the start of the dialogue make yourself abundantly clear that you are discussing the basic Islamic faith. Side issues will be avoided as far as possible. In this context, following points are important.(a) Fateha is a non issue. If someone does it, he will get rewards as well as he is helping his dead relatives. If someone chooses not to do, he will pay for it. Therefore, avoid discussing this issue. We have written a book on this subject it can be read online.(b) Visiting Dargah of Awliya Allah and graves of relatives is also a non-issue. If they do not want to do it, it is their hard luck. We have written many books in this context. Read these books to prepare yourself for this debate.(c) If someone insist that Sunnis are involved in Shirk by visiting graves of their relatives, refute them with conclusive evidence from many books I have written on this subject. Remember, once you confront them with evidence, they will either accept your argument or will leave you for ever. In both the cases, you are the winner.(d) Do not get bogged down in discussing side issues. Tell them you are here to discuss Sahih Iman and not other issues.(e) The knowledge of unseen of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) is an issue related with Iman. Read this information on related books in this context.(g) Milad-un-Nabi (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) celebration is an open and shut issue. Those who love the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم), who consider themselves lucky to have born in his Ummah will definitely celebrate the occasion. Those who do not feel it that way, will avoid. This issue is "clear-cut and resolved" before it is discussed. We have written a book in this regard. You can read it online.(h) As far as the issue of recitation of Na'at, Salam and Sama is concerned, it is obligatory on those who love the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم). It is in Hadith, unless you love Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) more than your children, your parents and your own self, your Iman will not be complete. We are always busy in singing the praises of our Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) by conducting Sama mehfils, na'at and Salam recitations with and without music. This is our style of paying loving tribute to our beloved Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم). If someone chooses not to do these and still claims he loves Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم), it is a strange argument. We will leave him to pay for his lies.(i) However, if a person insist that Sunnis are involved in Haraam by involving in the above activities, particularly when they use music, then we have written a book on this subject. Read it. This information will be very useful for you.(j) Avoid discussing issue related with Islamic Fiqh in general, like the way we perform Salah, or other rituals, etc., because people misquote the great Imams to support their arguments. Always focus your attention on Sahih Iman. Because our mission is to save it.PREPARE TO DEFEND SAHIH IMANWe cannot do anything without doing proper home work. In this context following points are important.(a) Before we attempt to do anything in life, we will have to develop a positive mindset. This is the most difficult thing. We need motivation to develop positive emotions. To motivate yourself, think coolly. Do we really love Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم)? If we do, then we should be able to prove it. The Islam he brought for us and its traditions he established are fast fading from the face of this earth. Can't we motivate ourselves to reverse this trend. Start with a modest target of explaining Sahih Iman to your family members and close associates. If circumstances permit, expand the area of your operations.(b) Once you have decided, start working on it immediately. Procrastination, "I will start from tomorrow, from next week, after this month" - all these are negative thoughts. They gradually kill your motivation.(c) Form small group of 2 or 3 or more like minded people. Select a drawing room of one of your group members where you can have some privacy. Sit there in a relaxed mood. Let every member speak on the subject one after the other, both in English and in your mother tongue.(d) Organize these practice sessions regularly for a few days. When you are convinced that you can speak on this subject freely, without searching for words, invite other friends at mutually acceptable locations. Start talking on the subject of Sahih Iman casually. Mention about our Data Base of Sahih Iman 'www.sahihiman.com' or other sources that are mutually acceptable and trustworthy.(e) Don't be afraid if you are let down in the first few meetings. This will motivate you to study further and prepare yourself more before interacting on the subject.(f) Gradually, you will realize that you are more successful in your trials. Later, you don't have to prepare for anything. You can casually go and talk to anyone on the subject. Your confidence will speak and impress them.(g) There are many Private Groups on internet / social media. If you happen to be a member of such groups, initiate a dialogue on Sahih Iman and try to motivate people to come forward and work in this Project.(h) People will resist. Some may even criticize you. Don't bother. Keep cool and politely answer their apprehensions and psychological barriers they have developed in their minds. Someone has to come forward. Others will follow. As memberships of these private groups are large, you will have a ready-made platform to spread the correct message of Islam.(i) Be positive. Be assured. You are working for a cause. Allah's (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) help and Prophet Mohammad's (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) blessings are with you. Sooner than later, you will succeed in this endeavor. Not only you will save your family members, but in sha Allah you will also save many more in your neighborhood / town from falling victim to faithlessness.(j) In sha Allah, your name will be added to the list of those who stood against all odds of their times and saved Islam and Muslims from falling into the hands of faithless people.