On Harshness | 3 | An Advice to the Salafis to Show Kindness and Softness: The Blessing of Tawheed
by The Albaani Site
The Imaam continues, “Without doubt it was through the sending of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم to them with the Book of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, and through his clarification/explanation [of it] عليه الصلاة والسلام.
Do you think we have a share in this aayah? We thank Allaah that we have a portion not to be slighted of this aayah where Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, spoke … especially its middle part [where He said], “And remember the favour of Allaah upon you–when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favour, brothers.”
What is it that brought our hearts together and gathered us together here and there? It is nothing but eemaan in the obligation of returning to the Book and the Sunnah and returning to them for judgement always and forever … such that if something appears which indicates that there will be some difference and disunity, as He, the Most High, said, in the aayah which you all know very well, “And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allaah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allaah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.” Nisaa 4:59 … this is from what Allaah the Blessed and Most High has blessed and favoured us with …
… the Mighty and Majestic addressed us in the generality of the text whereas He addressed the Companions with it specifically, saying, “…And remember the favour of Allaah upon you–when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favour, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it.”
We used to be as most of the Muslims today live, and they are Muslims, but the Saying of Allaah the Blessed and Most High applies to a lot of them if not most of them, “And most of them believe not in Allaah except while they associate others with Him.” Yusuf 12:106
“… Alhamdulillaah, Allaah the Mighty and Majestic has saved us from shirk, rather from all forms of shirk, so this is from the greatest of blessings upon us …”
So, alhamdulillaah, Allaah the Mighty and Majestic has saved us from shirk, rather from all forms of shirk, so this is from the greatest of blessings upon us. But we have to realise the completion of this blessing upon us by agreeing and not differing, as the beginning of this aayah orders us, “And hold firmly to the rope of Allaah all together and do not become divided.”
That which confirms or that which can be a cause to preserve the unity of our ranks and unite our word if something which hints at division occurs, is what I said just now: sincerely advising one another regarding the religion of Allaah the Mighty and Majestic.
But this advice has to be as Allaah the Mighty and Majestic ordered in the following aayah, “Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.” Nahl 16:125
We read this in the Quraan all the time, but how often we, regretfully, leave [the limits set by] this aayah and do not implement it, nor do we call our brothers who share with us in our inclination and this Salafi methodology [based upon it], let alone other than them. Rarely do we follow this way and path which Allaah the Blessed and Most High ordered us with.
“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best.” Arguing in a way that is best requires what we mentioned just now: some tolerance, and this tolerance demands two things from us …”