Friday, September 9, 2011

Shaykh Fawzaan on the Signs of Walaa [Friendship, Allegiance, Loyalty] Between the Muslims


And from amongst the signs of Al-Mahabbah [friendship, allegiance, loyalty]and that which necessitates Al-Mahabbah is:

1 At-Tazaawur [to visit one another] [from tazaawara yatazaawaru tazawuran]

The visiting for the sake of Allaah between the Mutahaabeen and this is from the signs of Al-Mahabbah.

And in the authentic hadeeth:

“Indeed a man from amongst those who came before us visited one of his brothers for the pleasure of Allaah in another village, so Allaah Subhanaanahu wa Ta’aalaa intended to test him, so Allaah observed him while he was on his way-meaning throughout his travels-and sent an angel to him to ask, where are you going?
He said: [the Man] “I want to visit my brother in this village.”
He said [the Angel] “Do you wish to derive any benefit from him?”
He said [the Man] “No, except that I love him for the sake of Allaah Azza wa Jall”
So the angel said to the man: “Verily I am the messenger of Allaah to you that verily Allaah loves you just as you love for His sake.”

2.The Sitting with the Believers

And from the signs of Al-Mahabbah is sitting with the believers and being present in the Islaamic Jamaa’aat [gatherings] and that is because it is one Jamaa’ah! Allaahu Ta’aalaa says:

“And keep yourself patiently with those who call upon their Lord morning and afternoon, seeking His Face.” [18:28]

3.Enjoining What is Right and Forbidding What is Wrong

And from that which is necessitated by this Mahabbah likewise, is the enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong…so the Muslim enjoins upon his brother the good and it is: to do every type of good and act of obedience and that is because in that is a benefit now and in the life to come just as forbidding him from what is wrong: and it is from every act of disobedience and from anything that contradicts or opposes obedience, and that is because in that is a harm for him now and in the life to come.

And Allaah Ta’Aaalaa says in describing the believers:

“They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and they establish the prayer and give the Zakaat and they obey Allaah and His Messenger” [9:71]

And these are from amongst the signs of Imaan and Mahabbah Fillaah Azza wa Jall.
Al-Muqadimah Li- Al-Walaa wal Baraa Fil Islaam


The issue of Walaa wal Baraa is a very important matter from our Aqeedah and Manhaj that must be learned and implemented by every muslim. Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan [hafidhahullaah] mentioned: “So the topic of this discussion, it is from the important topics in Aqeedah of which many from amongst mankind have remained heedless of: and it is the topic of al-Walaa wal Baraa and expressed in another way Al-Mahabbah Fillaah wal Bughdhu Fillaah which is the firmest most clearest expression of Imaan.[Muhaadhiraat Fil Aqeedah wad-Dawah pg. 255]

Our beloved Sheikh Saalih Al-Fawzaan [hafidhahullaah] said concerning it, “from the Usool of the Islaamic Creed is that it is obligatory upon every Muslim to worship [Allaah] with this Aqeedah and to align ones self with its people and to take as enemies those who oppose it. And that it is obligatory upon him, that he loves the people of Tawheed and Ikhlaas [sincerity] and that he aligns himself with them and that he hates the people of shirk and that he takes them as enemies. And that is the Millah [religion] of Ibraheem and those with him, those whom we were commanded to follow their example when Allaah says:

“Indeed there has been an excellent example for you in Ibraheem and those with him, when they said to their people: “verily we are free from you and whatever you worship besides Allaah, we have rejected you and there has started between us and you hostility and hatred forever, until you believe in Allaah alone.” [60:4]

And it is the deen of Muhammad [Alayhi Salaatu wa Salaam]. Allaah the Most High says:

“Oh you who believe! Take not the Jews and Christians as Auliya [friends, protectors, helpers] they are but Auliya to one another. And if any amongst you takes them as Auliya then surely he is from amongst them. Verily Allaah guides not those who are Zalimoon [polytheist and wrongdoers and unjust].” [5:51]

And this is a prohibition for having muwaalaat [love and allegiance] for the people of the book specifically. And as for what is said for the prohibition of Muwaalaat of the Kuffaar generally is:

“Oh you who believe! Take not my enemies and your enemies as Auliya” [60:1]

But rather, what has been made impermissible upon the believer is Muwaalaatul Kuffaar even if he be from amongst those who are closest in relationship to him. Allaah the Most High says:

“Oh you who believe! Take not your fathers and your brothers as Auliya if they prefer disbelief to belief. And whoever of you does so then he is one of the Zalimoon.” [9:23]

And Allaah the Most High says:

“You will not find a believing people who believe in Allaah and the Last Day making friendship with those who oppose Allaah and His Messenger even though they were their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred [people]” [58:22]

Indeed many people have remained ignorant of this great principle, even to the point that I have heard many who ascribe themselves to knowledge and dawah in their Arabic programs say that the Nasaraa [Christians] verily they are our brothers, Yaa Lahaa Min Kalimatin Khateerah [oh what a dangerous statement!]

And just as Allaah Subhaanahu prohibited friendship with the Kuffaar the enemies of the Islaamic Aqeedah so Subhaanahu has also made it obligatory to have Muwaalaat of the Mu’mineen and to have love for them, Ta’aalaa said:

“Verily, Your Walee(Protector or Helper) is none other than Allaah, His Messenger, and the believers,-those who perform As-Salat (Iqaamat-as-Salah), and give Zakat and they are Raki’un (those who bow down or submit themselves with obedience to Allaah in prayer). And whosoever takes Allaah, His Messenger and those who have believed, as Protectors, then the party of Allaah will be the victorious.” [5:55-56]

And Ta’aalaa said:

“Muhammad is the messenger of Allaah and those that are with him are severe against the Kuffaar and merciful amongst themselves.” [48:29]

And Ta’aalaa said:

“Indeed the believers are only brothers” [49:10]

So the believers are brothers in Deen and Aqeedah even if they are distant by their insaab [relations] and their countries and time periods Ta’aalaa said:

“And those who came after them say, oh our Lord forgive us and our brothers, those that preceded us in Imaan and put not in our hearts any hatred against those who have believed, our Lord! You are indeed full of kindness, Most Merciful.” [59:10]

So the believers from the first of the creation until the last of them whether they are distant by their countries or distant throughout the ages of time are loving brothers guiding the latter of them by the former of them supplicating one for the other seeking forgiveness one for the other.

Alaamaatul Al-Walaa Baynal Muslimeen
Signs of Walaa [Friendship, Allegiance, Loyalty] Between the Muslims
Extracted From Muhaadhiraat Fil Aqeedah wa Ad-Dawah pg.257-258 volume 1
By: Sheikh Saalih Ibn Fawzaan Ibn Abdillaah Al-Fawzaan [Hafidhahullaah]

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