A SINGLE UMMAH
: THE OBLIGATION TO UNIFY THE RANKS:
Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen – hafidhahullaah – said: “From the sincere advice which I hold to be necessary in the Religion to give to the youths, a word which I hope that Allaah – the Most Perfect, the Most High – will cause to be of benefit, and it is: That they should all be in conformity and harmony, so that they may become strong, and become an obstacle blocking the way of those who plot against Islaam and its people. This is what Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – has enjoined upon us. He – the Most High – said: “And hold fast altogether to the rope of Allaah and do not be divided. And remember the favor of Allaah upon you, in that you were once enemies to one another, but He joined your hearts together, so that by His Grace you became brothers.” [Soorah Aali-’Imraan 3:103]
And Allaah the Blessed, the Most High – said: “Let there arise from amongst you a group of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. It is they who are the successful ones. And do not be like those who differed amongst themselves after the clear proofs had come to them; for them is a painful punishment.” [Soorah Aali-’Imraan 3:104-105]
So Allaah ordered that they should all cling together to His rope and He forbade splitting, and in other aayaat He forbade differing, and informed us that it is the cause of failure and the cause of decline of strength, and He ordered us to persevere patiently. So Allaah – the Most High – said: “And do not differ, lest you lose courage and your strength departs, and be patient. Indeed Allaah is with those who are patient.” [Sooratul-Anfaal 8:46]
And as is known, the people of good who help the youths of the revival in their work – with what they are able from wealth, and so on – if they see them splitting in this way, then they will not be so eager to help and assist them. So I call all of our brothers to unite together, and to fear Allaah with regards to themselves and with regards to the Ummah (nation) of Islaam, and that they should not cover up this light which has appeared on the horizon; the call to Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic…” 
Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) – rahimahullaah – said: “Holding fast to the rope of Allaah altogether and not becoming divided is one of the greatest usool (fundamentals) of Islaam.” 
:THE PROHIBITION OF SPLITTING:
Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan – hafidhahullaah – said: “Splitting up is not from the Religion, since the Religion commands us with unity and that we should be a single Jamaa’ah and a single Ummah upon the ’aqeedah (belief) of Tawheed (i.e. to single out Allaah alone for worship) and upon following the Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam). Allaah – the Most High – said: “Indeed this Ummah of yours is a single Ummah and I am your Lord, so worship Me alone.” [Sooratul-Anbiyaa‘ 21:92]
And Allaah – the Most High – said: “And hold fast altogether to the rope of Allaah and do not become divided.” [Soorah Aali-’Imraan 3:103]
And Allaah – the Most Perfect – said: “Indeed those who split-up their Religion and become sects, you have no part with them in the least. Their affair is with Allaah who will tell them what they used to do.” [Soorah al-An’aam 6:159]
So this contains a severe warning against splitting and differing. Allaah – the Most High – said: “And do not be like there who split-up and differed after the clear evidences came to them. For them is a tremendous punishment.” [Soorah Aal-’Imraan 3:105]
So our Religion is the Religion of al-Jamaa’ah, and the Religion of agreement and unity. Splitting is not from the Religion, since the Religion orders that we are a single Jamaa’ah and the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said: “The Believer to the Believer is like a building, one part supporting the other.”  And he (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) also said: “The example of the Believers with respect to their mutual love, mercy and affection is like the example of a single body.”  And it is known that a building and a body are a single cohesive thing, not disunited and fragmented – since if a building splits then it will collapse; and likewise a body, if it splits, then life will be lost. Thus, there must be a unity and we must be a single Jamaa’ah whose foundation is Tawheed and whose methodology is the da’wah (call) of the Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam); and which proceeds upon the Religion of Islaam. Allaah – the Most High – said: “And this is My Straight Path, so follow it, and do not follow other paths that will separate you from His Path.” [Sooratul-An’aam 6:153]
So these groups, and this splitting which is present today, is not approved of by Islaam. Rather, Islaam forbids it severely and commands uniting upon the ’aqeedah (belief) of Tawheed and upon the methodology of Islaam, a single Jamaa’ah and a single Ummah, just as our Lord – the Most Perfect, the Most High – ordered. And splitting and their being many (differing) groups and parties is from the plots of the devils – from the jinn and mankind against this Ummah. So the kuffaar (disbelievers) and the munaafiqs (hypocrites) have never ceased, since olden times, introducing their poison in order to split the Ummah. The Jews said previously: “And a party of the People of the Book say: Believe in the morning in that which is revealed to the Muslims, but reject it at the end of the day, so they turn back.” [Soorah Aali-’Imraan 3:72]
Meaning: that the Muslims will leave their religion when they see you leaving it. And the Hypocrites said: “Do not spend on those who are with Allaah’s Messenger until they desert him.” [Sooratul-Munaafiqoon 63:7]
”And as for those who erect a mosque by way of disbelief and seeking to harm and disunite the Believers…” [Sooratut-Tawbah 9:107].” 
: THE CONNECTION BETWEEN UNITY AND REFUTING FALSE BELIEFS AND PRACTICES:
Shaykh ’Abdul-’Azeez Ibn Baaz – rahimahullaah – said: “There is no doubt that it is obligatory upon the Muslims to unify their ranks and to unite their word upon the truth and to co-operate in goodness and piety against the enemies of Islaam – as Allaah, the Most Perfect – ordered them with in His saying: “And hold fast altogether to the rope of Allaah and do not become divided.” [Soorah Aal-’Imraan 3:102]
And likewise, Allaah has warned the Muslims against splitting up, as occurs in His – the Most Perfect’s – saying: “And do not be like those who differed and split-up after the clear evidences came to them.” [Soorah Aali-’Imraan 3:105]
However, the order to unify the Muslims and unite their word upon the truth and to hold fast to the rope of Allaah, does not mean that they should not censure wrong beliefs and practices – whether from the Soofiyyah or other than them. Rather, what the order to hold fast to the Rope of Allaah necessitates is: To order the good; forbid the evil; to clarify the truth, with the clear Sharee’ah proofs, to whomsoever is misguided or has a mistaken opinion, until they unite upon the truth and turn away from that which opposes it. All of this is included in His – the Most Perfect’s – saying: “And help you one another in righteousness and piety, and do not help one another in sin and transgression.” [Sooratul-Maa‘idah 5:2]
And His – the Most Perfect’s – saying: “Let there arise from amongst you a group of people calling to all that is good, enjoining the good and forbidding the evil, they are the ones who are successful.” [Soorah Aali-’Imraan 3:110]
And when the people of truth hold back from clarifying the mistakes of those who have erred or are mistaken, then they will not have achieved that which Allaah ordered them with, as regards calling to goodness, ordering the good and forbidding the evil. So the person in error will remain upon his error, and the one acting in opposition to the truth will remain upon his mistake. And this is contrary to what Allaah – the Most Perfect – prescribed, with regards to sincere advice, co-operation upon goodness, ordering the good and forbidding the evil – and Allaah alone is the One Who grants success.” 
Shaykhul-lslaam Ibn Taymiyyah – rahimahullaah – said: “Refuting the People of Innovation is a Jihaad, to the extent that Yahyaa Ibn Yahyaa (d.226H) said: “Defence of the Sunnah is more excellent than Jihaad in the Path of Allaah.””
Imaam al-Humaydee (d.218H) – rahimahullaah – said: “By Allaah, that I fight against those who reject the hadeeth of Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) is more beloved to me than fighting the unbelievers.” 
Imaam Ibnul-Qayyim (d.751H) – rahimahullaah – said: “Jihaad with the clear proofs and the tongue; Comes before Jihaad with the sword and the spear.” 
Shaykhul-lslaam Ibn Taymiyyah – rahimahullaah – said: “When some people asked Ahmad bin Hanbal (d.241H) that they felt uneasy about (criticising people) by saying that such and such is this, and such and such is that, he replied: “If I were to remain silent, how would the ignorant ones know the authentic (narrations) from the inauthentic?” Similarly, the innovators who introduce heretical writings which oppose the Qur‘aan and the Sunnah, and those who innovate in matters of worship, then explaining their true condition and warning the Ummah against them is an obligation by the unanimous agreement of the Muslim Scholars. In fact, when Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal was asked whether a person who fasted, prayed and secluded himself in the mosque for worship was dearer to him than a person who spoke out against Ahlul-Bid’ah (the people of innovators), he replied: “When he fasts and prays and secludes himself, then he does so for the benefit of his own self. However, when he speaks out against the innovators, he does so for the benefit of the Muslims in general, and this is more virtuous.” So it is clear that opposing the Innovators is of general benefit to the Muslims and is considered one of the types of Jihaad in the path of Allaah. Since purifying the Religion of Allaah, and its minhaaj (methodology), its Sharee’ah, and defending it from their attacks and that of their enemies is a collective obligation – a fact which is agreed upon by the Scholars. For if Allaah did not raise up some people to repel the harms (caused by) others, then the Religion would become corrupted. Indeed, this type of corruption is even greater than the corruption resulting from the disbelievers conquering the Muslims. This is because when the disbelievers conquer the Muslims, they do not corrupt their hearts nor their Religion, except after some time. Whereas the innovators corrupt the hearts from the very outset.” 
 From a series of questions and answers, recorded on the 16th of Dhul-Hijjah 416H (corresponding to the 3rd of May 1996CE)
 Majmoo’ul-Fataawaa (22/359)
 Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 481) and Muslim (no. 2585), from Aboo Hurayrah (radiyallaahu ’anhu)
 Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 6011) and Muslim (no. 2586), from an-Nu’maan Ibn Basheer (radiyallaahu ’anhu)
 Maraaji’aat fee Fiqhil-Waaqi’ (pp. 44-45)
[ 6] Tanbeehaat fir-Radd ’alaa man Ta‘awwallis-Sifaat (pp. 31-32)
 Siyar A’laamun-Nubalaa‘ (10/18)
 Naqdul-Mantaq wal-Kalaam (p. 12)
 Related by adh-Dhahabee in Siyar A’laamun-Nubalaa‘ (10/619)
 Qaseedatun-Nooniyyah (1/112)
 Majmoo’ul-Fataawaa (28/231-232)
WHAT COLOR WAS THE DOG?
Why Muslims are in such a dire state today
Once there was a community of Muslims who were small in number yet large in iman and strong in action. So much so that, the kufaar [non-believers] could not defeat them in battle even though they had the Muslims out numbered. One day a young man from the kufaar pretended to enter into Islam and he went to the big sheik [learned man] in one part of the city and listened to his teaching of the Quran. The subject happened to be on the chapter of the Quran called Al Kahaf (the Cave, #18].
When the sheik completed his talk he offered a chance for the brothers present to ask some questions. When it came the turn of the kafar, he asked the sheik the question: “Sir, in the story of the ‘sleepers’ in the cave, there is mention of a dog. And I was wondering if I might inquire as to what colour the dog might have been? I hope you don’t mind my asking, especially if it is something that maybe you don’t know the answer to.”
Immediately the sheik says to the young man, “That’s no problem at all, everyone should know that the dog was YELLOW.”
The young man said, “Are you sure? I mean, could it have been another colour?”
“No.” replied the old sheik, “It was definitely YELLOW.” Once again the young man thanked him and when on his way.
The next night the young kafr man went to the other side of town and sat in another gathering of knowledge and they too were discussing different things about verses in the Quran.
So when it came time for the teacher to give each person attending, the opportunity to ask a question, the kafr man raised his hand and then asked the question, “In the chapter about the “Cave”, the sleepers are mentioned in different numbers but each time there is a reference to their dog as being counted along with them. Now I was wondering whether or not anyone of knowledge has ever made any reference to what the colour the dog might have been?”
The sheik immediately said, “Yes! The dog in this story in the Quran was BLACK.”
The young kafar man was pleased and continued, “Sir, are you quite certain that the colour of the dog mentioned in the story was BLACK?”
“Young man,” he quickly replied, “I’ll stake my reputation on that as a fact.”
“Thank you, sir.” Said the young man.
The next night the kafar posing as a Muslim went back to the first sheik and then when it came time for the questions and answers he raised his hand and asked, “Sheik, may Allah reward you for all your effort and knowledge and for sharing it with us. Could you maybe remind me about the answer to the question the other night about the colour of the dog in the cave in Surah Al-Kahaf?” (Holy Quran: Chapter 18).
The sheik said, “There is no doubt whatsoever amongst the great scholars of Islam on this question. The dog was YELLOW. And anyone who says other than this has no knowledge.”
With that the young man spoke up again and said, “Sir, what would you say if someone else said that he would stake his reputation of being a scholar in Islam on the fact that the dog is not yellow, but rather that the dog is most certainly BLACK?”
The sheik quickly replied, “Then his reputation is not that of a scholar but one of a fool.”
Now the next time the kafr man went to the sheik that was upholding the idea of the dog being BLACK, he told the sheik that the sheik on the other side of town was calling him names and saying that he had no knowledge of Islam and that for sure that the dog was YELLOW. The old sheik became angry and shouted, “You tell him, that I said he is the one without knowledge. I’m the one who graduated from the greatest of schools of Islam, while he is but a fool.”
The plan was working. Before long the community was divided into two groups. Each group was claiming that their sheik was the one with the correct answer.
Fighting broke out in the streets and the Muslims began attacking each other all over the city. Everyone became involved to the extent that there was not a single person who was excluded from this terrible situation. Screaming, shouting, hitting and fighting were everywhere.
And then it happened. The kafr went back out to his people and told them, “Let us go to fight them now. You will now find them most easy to defeat.”
And that is exactly what they did.
WHY ARE WE SO DIVIDED?
From The Clear Path
… Because of Shirk, innovations and leaving the Sunnah
All Praise is for Allaah (swt) Lord of all the creation and May His peace and Blessings be upon is last Prophet Muhammad (saws) and upon the Prophet’s (saws) family and upon the companions and on all those who follow the path of guidance until the last day. We saw in last weeks issue that without doubt the Muslim Ummah is in a divided and fragmented state and that this division is prohibited in Islaam. Rather Allaah (swt) has enjoined upon us to hold onto the rope of Allaah (swt), which we established is the Qur’aan and the Sunnah as understood by the Companions. But how did we reach this state in the first place, what causes disunity?
Shirk: Associating partners in worship with Allaah (swt) Without doubt one of the major causes for people splitting up the religion and leaving holding on to the rope of Allaah (swt) is shirk. This is the grave sin of ascribing partners with Allaah (swt) in worship. Today throughout the world there are numerous examples of shirk amongst the Ummah, such as those who call upon the dead in the grave. Allaah (swt) says: “And invoke not besides Allaah anything that will neither profit you nor hurt you, but if (in case) you did so, you shall certainly be one of the Dhalimoon (polytheists and wrong-doers).” [Surah Yoonus 10:106]
Verily Allaah (swt) has created us to worship Him alone, as He (swt) says: “And I (Allaah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).” [Surah adh-Dhaariyaat 51:56]
So the one who gives worship to other than Allaah (swt) has he not committed the most severe sin. Allaah (swt) says: “Verily! Allaah forgives not (the sin of) setting up partners (in worship) with Him, but He forgives whom He wills sins other than that.” [Surah an-Nisaa 4:116]
It is reported that Ibn Masood (raa) asked the Prophet (saws): “Which is the Greatest sin?” The Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said: “That you set up a rival for Allaah, While He is the one who created you.” [Bukhaaree]
O noble reader it will not be hidden from you that throughout the world Muslims are stooped in such practices of calling upon the dead saint in the grave, asking him to remove their difficulty whether it be Abdul Qaadir al Jeelanee or al Badawee or other people who’s graves have been made places of worship. How can unity be achieved amongst the Muslims when some Muslims can not unify their worship for Allaah (swt) alone? O noble reader consider the following, how many Muslims:Wear Amulets and charms, despite the Prophet (saws) saying: “Whoever wears an amulet has committed shirk.” [Ahmad]
Read astrology in magazines or go to fortune tellers, despite the Prophet (saws) saying: “Whoever goes to a fortune-teller and asks him something and believes in his words, will have his prayers rejected for forty days.” [Muslim]
So while all these non-Islaamic beliefs and practices are present amongst the Muslims how can unity take place? Is not our first obligation to give da’wah to those Muslims who are stooped in these practices? Thereby calling to tawheed as all 124,000 Prophets from Aadam (as) to the Prophet (saws) did. They all began their call to the people with Tawheed – worshipping Allaah (swt) alone.
Having incorrect beliefs: Another major reason for disunity is the wide range of beliefs prevalent amongst the Muslims. Despite us having the same Qur’aan and the same Prophet (saws), Muslims still have different beliefs. Why is this? If we all are referring back to the Qur’aan and the Sunnah in every matter then why the differences. Allaah (swt) says: “(And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allaah and His Messenger (saws), if you believe in Allaah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination.” [Surah an-Nisaa 4:59]
So verily O noble reader imagine if every Muslim acted upon this ayah – would there be any differences then? NO except maybe in the issues of fiqh, such as the prayer. But our beliefs and methodology would be one, so why is this not the case? It is because many Muslims today do not refer every issue back to Allaah (swt) and His Messenger (saws), rather they ask their local Imaam or their parents or refer it back to their madhab.Know O noble reader that the first thing that all the Prophets called to was the rectification of the beliefs, before calling to the Islaamic state or to Jihaad, the first thing was purifying the beliefs of the Muslim. So how can we have unity while there are Muslims who believe:That Allaah (swt) is everywhere, despite Allaah (swt) saying: “They fear their Lord Who is above them, and they do what they are commanded.” [Surah an-Nahl 16:50]
That the Prophet (saws) was not human and was made from light, despite Allaah (swt) saying: “Say (O Muhammad saws): ‘I am only a human being like you. It is revealed to me that your Ilaah (God worthy of being worshipped) is One Ilaah (God).” [Surah Fussilat 41:6]
That the saying of an Imaam should be acted upon over the hadeeth, despite Allaah (swt) saying: “And let those who oppose the Messenger’s (Muhammad saws) commandment (i.e. his Sunnah) beware, lest some Fitnah (trials i.e. shirk) should befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them.” [Surah an-Noor 24:63]
That Imaan does not increase or decrease, despite the Prophet (saws) saying: “Imaan has seventy odd or sixty odd branches. The most virtuous of them is the statement, ‘There is none worthy of worship except Allaah’, and the slightest of them is to remove something harmful from the road. And hayaa is a branch of Imaan.” [Bukhaaree and Muslim]
Bid’ah – Innovations in the religionAnother cause for disunity and not holding fast to the rope of Allaah (swt) is the occurrence of innovations in this Ummah.Allaah (swt) has informed us in the Qur’aan that He has completed this religion of Islaam for us as He (swt) says: “This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion.” [Surah al-Maa’idah, 5:3]
Since the religion is complete how can it be that we need to add new things and ways of worship to Islaam? Whatever was not part of the religion at the time of the Prophet (saws) can not be accepted as a part of the religion now. The Prophet (saws) has warned us against adding new things to the religion when he (saws) said: “Whoever Innovates in this affair of ours that which is not from it will have it rejected.” [Muslim]
The people who propose unity at all costs have a saying that ‘An innovation that unites us is better than a Sunnah which divides’.SubhanAllaah look at such a statement O noble reader, innovations are grave and serious and a cause for entering the fire as he (saws) said: “… and every innovation is misguidance and all misguidance is in the Hellfire.” [Reported by an-Nasaa’ee (1/224)]
So if someone said to you look there is a fire over there lets all hold hands and unify and then go in to it, you would think they were crazy! So how can we come together upon something as dangerous as innovations, such as the innovations of mystics, who practice all kinds of weird and innovated invocations, which at times involve switching off the lights or chanting one of Allaah’s name so that after some time what they are chanting is unrecognisable as a name of Allaah (swt). Or the innovations of those who take their scholars as ‘spiritual leaders’ giving their allegiance to them and ‘selling’ themselves to these ‘scholars’ obeying everything they say. How O noble reader can unity occur amongst all the Muslims as long as these practices, which have nothing to do with Islaam, keep occurring?
Blind following and Partisanship: This is one of the most evil of occurrences today and a major cause for disunity. Muslims are following their madhabs or their scholars over and above the Sunnah of the Prophet (saws) despite Allaah (swt) saying: “And whosoever opposes the Messenger (Muhammad saws) after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers’ way, We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell – what an evil destination!” [Surah an-Nisaa 4:115]
When you tell Muslims that ‘you should do this because it says so in the Qur’aan and the Sunnah’, they reply ‘well that’s not what it says in my madhab’ or ‘that’s not what my Shaykh says’. SubhanAllaah, O noble reader why did Allaah (swt) send us His final Messenger (saws) if it was not to teach us the religion of Islaam. Allaah (swt) says: “But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (O Muhammad saws) judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission.” [Surah an-Nisaa 4:65]
No Muslim will openly say I am disobeying the Prophet (saws), but how many of us ask for the proof on issues of beliefs and practices and look to see what is the truth. Another problem is the setting up of groups and parties with members, then being loyal only to that party, believing in the beliefs and aims of that party – not questioning it. Allaah (swt) has warned against this: “And be not of Al-Mushrikoon (polytheists). Of those who split their religion, and became sects, each group rejoicing in that which is with it.” [Surah ar-Room 30:31-32]
Setting up groups is a cause for disunity and spreads hatred amongst the Muslims so that a Muslim from one group will not give salaam to a Muslim from another group just because they belong to different groups. Or a group from one masjid will not like Muslims from another masjid to come and pray in their mosque. All this stems from partisanship and it divides the Ummah. Unity will not occur whilst Muslims are in this state rather unity will occur when an end is put to partisanship (hizbiyyah) and Muslims love each other because they are all have the same aims, beliefs and practices.
The Means for Revival: Having looked at the reason why we are so divided, the question now arises as to what the means for reviving this Ummah are. Allaah (swt) has given us the means for the revival of this Ummah, when He (swt) says: “Verily! Allaah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is within themselves.” [Surah ar-Ra’d 13:11]
The Prophet (saws) also said: “When you involve yourselves in interest bearing business transactions, and you hold on to the tails of cows, and you are pleased with agriculture (i.e. the land) and you abandon making Jihaad in the Cause of Allaah, Allaah will send humiliation down upon you. He will not remove it from you until you return back to your Religion.” [Abu Dawood and al-Bayhaqee]
So this humiliation that Muslims are under will not be removed from us until we return back to the religion of Islaam. So what is the religion of Islaam if not Tawheed, having the correct Aqeedah, worshipping Allaah (swt) correctly? So should we not start our revival with these issues.So just as the condition of the Arabs during the Days of Ignorance (Jaahiliyyah) was not rectified except by the coming of their Prophet Muhammad (saws) with revelation from the heavens, which aided them in this world and which will save them in the next, then know O noble reader the foundation that the Islaamic revival must be built upon in this time, is nothing else but the return to the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, as implemented by the noble companions.We know from the Book of Allaah (swt) and the Sunnah of His Messenger (saws) that the way towards realising this revival is only one way, and it is the way which Allaah (swt) has mentioned in His (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) saying: “And verily, this is My Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path.” [Surah al-An’aam 6:153]
The Messenger of Allaah (saws) explained this to his Companions. Thus, one day he (saws) drew a straight line for them on the ground and then drew short lines on the sides of it. Then, while his (saws) noble finger moved up and down the straight line, he (saws) recited the aforementioned verse. Then he (saws) pointed to the lines that were drawn on the sides of the straight line and said: “This is the Path of Allaah and these are the (other) paths. At the top of each of these (other) ways, there is a devil calling towards it.” [Authentic hadeeth, graded in Dhilaal-ul-Jannah fee Takhreej-is Sunnah(16-17)]
Furthermore, Allaah (swt) says: “And whosoever opposes the Messenger (Muhammad sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers’ way, We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell – what an evil destination!” [Surah an-Nisaa 4:115]
In this ayah there is profound and extensive wisdom, for Allaah (swt), has connected the “the believers’ way” to what the Messenger (saws) came with. The Messenger (saws) has (also) indicated this point in the hadeeth about the splitting up of the Ummah into sects. When he (saws) was asked concerning the saved sect, he (saws) responded: “That which (adheres to what) I and my companions are upon today.”What then is the wisdom behind Allaah’s mentioning of “the believers’ way” in this ayah? And what is the significance in the Messenger of Allaah’s (saws) linking of his companions to himself in the previous hadeeth?The answer is: These noble Companions (raa) were the ones who received the two revelations (i.e. the Qur’aan and Sunnah) from the Messenger of Allaah (saws), having that explained to them by him (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) directly, without there being any intermediary. They best knew how to implement the Sunnah, so after knowing this O noble reader can any Islaamic revival take place when the way of the Companions (raa) is abandoned and not adhered to, rather No it can not. For us to revive Islaam and bring unity to the Muslims we must adopt the way and example of the Noble Companions (raa) said: “The latter part of this Ummah will not be rectified except by that which rectified its former part.” [ash-Shifaa of Qaadee ‘Iyyaadh, (2/676)]
So it will be clear to the reader that the only way to revive the Ummah is to return every affair of the Muslim back to the Qur’aan and the Sunnah as understood and implemented by the best generation, the Companions (raa). To believe as they believed, to worship as they worshipped, to look like them, to give da’wah in the way they gave it. Then only will we be united and have a true Islaamic revival.
SO DEAR NOBLE BROTHERS AND SISTERS YOUR LORD SAYS…. “Has not the time come for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allaah’s Reminder (this Qur’aan), and that which has been revealed of the truth.” [Surah al-Hadeed 57:16].