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The Eternal Islam

The Eternal Islam

By The Religious Head Al Hajj Ibrahim Niasse

 

Praise be to Allah (swt), Who has honored us and has favored us by sending to us our master, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), as was announced to previous generations (61:6). Due to him we’ve this particular saying, “We sent you for nothing, but as a Mercy to the Worlds” (21:107). He revealed the Book to him of which we have been communicated. That message no doubt is a straight path for the pious. He has sent him with the true religion in order to manifest it over all other religions. (61:9)(48:28

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, upon his family, upon his virtuous companions and upon all those who follow his faith to the last Day of Judgement.

On the occasion of the Remembrance Day of the birth (Maulid un Nabiy) of the Light (33:46), the manner of the salutation favorable in the two dwellings (Mecca & Medina), I renew my appeal for the acceptance of faith in Islam, Allah’s (swt) Eternal Religion. He has asked us to refuse any religion other than Islam, and is satisfied with us for our acceptance of it. The Qur`an testifies that Islam is the only religion recognized by Allah (swt). The Glorious Qur`an says, “He who follows any religion other than Islam, it would not be accepted of him.” (3:85)

Islam is the belief in a single One God, the reality of justice among people, and resignation (submission) to the will of The One God. It is explained to us in the Qur`an, that all the Prophets have used the word ‘ISLAM’ in order to explain their religions. Islam is indeed a universal call, which encompasses the essence of all the religions. No modification or transformation from human beings can stain it. It traces to you in respect to worship and belief, as was commended to Abraham (a.s.), Moses (a.s.), and Jesus (a.s.), and that means ‘to release yourself to worship and don’t divide yourself to its purpose’ (42:13). The Qur`an reminds us about religions which were altered by their followers (2:79). Those religions had already lost their appeal before being replaced (3:187). This is because Muhammad’s (pbuh) religion has excelled all the previous religions. “This community (brotherhood) of yours, it is a unique community and I am your Lord, worship Me.” (21:92).

It is to this welfare that I urge all others: Africans, Europeans, Asians, and Americans to come into a common term between you and us so that we do not worship but only ONE GOD, associate nothing with Him, and never take any lord but God. “If then they turn back, say: ‘Bear witness that we are Muslims’.” (3:64)

Islam is a simple belief with eternal principles:

No divine being but God,

Muhammad (pbuh) is his servant and messenger,

All human beings are equal,

That there is no superiority for an Arab over a non Arab or the red man (or white man over a black man unless by piety.

But this piety, as explained by the Qur`an signifies obeying orders and refraining from prohibitions.

INDIVIDUAL DUTIES

In Islam, the duties placed upon each individual are tied to the family. Those duties are tied to the society and to the entire world. Among the duties that are incumbent upon each individual, as instructed, is the obligatory prescription for each Muslim man or woman, to adopt good behavior and good manners. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “The most perfect believer is the most educated one in morality.” Good Morals (manners, Adab), is the virtue for which one is praised (most). I’ll quote to you that Allah (swt) had already praised His Prophet (pbuh) saying: “You certainly have the Highest Virtues” (48:4), and A`isha (r.a.) said: “His morals are the Qur`an.” Through good morals the believer begins to raise himself. A good Muslim strives to improve his morals and those of others. His behavior ought to be an example for all men or women to follow.

IN RELATION TO THE FAMILY

Islam builds the family on the basis of love and leniency. Allah (swt) says: “Among His signs is one of having created for you wives coming out of you (30:21), in order that you should rest near them, and having placed between you affection and leniency.” He also says (2:187): “Your wives are clothes for you and you are clothes for them.” He says again: “Wives have rights same as those invested in their husbands according to what is said to be suitably recognized.” (2:228). However, men have over them some pre-eminence (4:34). This pre-eminence is properly ruled and organized by an administration, which is indispensable in every association.

IN RELATION TO THE SOCIETY

Islam perceives the society as the re-unification of the members of the same body. This is why it is much preoccupied by the welfare of the needy and the poor, and the necessity of instituting mutual assistance in the field of charity. Allah (swt) says: “Help ye one another in righteousness and piety, ... fear Allah:...” (5:3) (2:177)

RELATION TO POWER (ABILITY)

Allah (swt) says (42:38): “Their affairs are organized by deliberations among them.” He defines the attributes between them (those who believe). He defines the necessary attributes of the one who has the power by these words: “It is part of the Mercy of Allah that you deal gently with them. If you had been severe, or harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from around you. So pass over their faults, and ask for forgiveness. Do also consult them henceforth about any matter. When you are going to decide, do seek support from Allah.” (3:159)

IN RELATION TO THE WORLD

Your Lord is One. You are descendants from the same person (Adam , pbuh). Dear Muslims of the East and of the West. Let us attach ourselves strongly to that immense treasure. It ensures us all that we need for peace, for civilization, and progress. No salvation, no security, and no tranquility is for the one who does not attach himself to the solid cord. “Attach yourselves solidly to Allah’s (swt) rope in totality, and do not be divided... “ (3:103

The best advice is to attach your own self to it at first, before inviting others. Allah (swt) says: “Do you instruct the others in good manners and forget yourself ..”(2:44), you’ll then be a real instructor.

People of Islam! Those who are leaving off from practicing the principles of their religion in order to follow the customs of others have known the decline more completely in their own welfare. The Materialism that feeds their pride and detaches them from the Spiritualism of Islam has led them to ruin. Hasn’t time come for those who believe, that their hearts be humbled before Allah’s command, and before the truth which has descended from the heavens? So that they will never be as those who having received the scripture previously, and found the time too long (to wait); their hearts became harder and many of them became corrupt.

The Muslim community had known a florid beginning because its people had accepted the prescriptions of the Holy Qur`an. Allah (swt) does not change the state of people who have not changed their internal behavior (13:11). To ward off the threats that are manifest on the horizon, we must enliven their hope by rethinking over our methods and our behavior in order to tell the others, ‘let’s be together towards benevolence and peace in the two worlds.’

The call towards Islam, rightly through good advice, and by prohibition of ugly and frightful things, is an obligation on a preacher. What a nice thing it is to spring from a community that calls for goodness, organizes the suitable, prohibits the blameworthy things and initiates benevolence.

Razi (r.a.), quoting from Sayyidina `Ali (r.a.) says: “The Prophet (pbuh) said: ‘What would become of you if your daughters are spoiled and your wives are corrupters?’ The followers said: ‘O Allah’s Messenger (pbuh), is that possible?’ The Prophet (pbuh) said: ‘Yes indeed, and much more if you consider the suitable thing as the blameworthy, and the blameworthy as the suitable.’”

Abu Daud and Tirmizi both relate that Abu Sahlaba (r.a.) questioned the Prophet (pbuh) about the verse: “I recommend you to your clean selves.”

The Prophet (pbuh) replied: “Commend and organize the good, and prohibit the ugly and the sinful. If even the blameworthy is obeyed, passions will be followed until the world is chosen, and everyone is amazed at what he sees in it. I recommend you to protect your clean selves”.

It is an obligation to send missionaries of Islam, at the example of non-Muslims. To those who’ll say it is contrary to Islam, the reply will be furnished with the Hadith of Tabarany, of Omar ibn As. The Prophet (.pbuh) said: “I have been concerned with being sent to other people as was done with Jesus (a.s.) and his apostles; [we will send out] Muaz ben Jebel, Saleem the servant of Abi Huzayfat, Abi ben Mahbir, and Ibn Masoud.” A man said: “Are not Abu Bakr and Umar more suitable to accomplished this mission?” And the Prophet (pbuh) answered: “I cannot do without them. They occupy a place in the religion as the same places that the sight and hearing occupy in the human body”.

Muslims, particularly the “Ulamas” (the learned), ought to engage themselves in this mission and call all human beings to what will be really useful for them against the Day when fortune and children will not serve to help you, unless you are among those who will be presented before God with a pure and sound heart.

Chiefs who exercise their authority on Muslims should do their best to promote the unity of believers, both in their speeches and in their acts. They should press their ranks for justice outside of all consideration for race or color. To be related through religion is above all other relationships.

Islam condemns all racial and tribal divisions. I therefore invite all Muslim and non-Muslim Heads of States who govern Muslim countries, to never take measures which can enter into contradiction with positions as contained in the Qur`an. That will be undermining the honor of Islam, which Muslims would not support. They must establish severe penalties against those who practice Usury, Allah (swt) has made commerce lawful but forbids Usury saying, “Allah (swt) will (on the Last Day of Judgement) make nothing the profits of the Usurer and will make fruitful the merits of alms” (2:276). This condemnation of Usury is also justified by the consequences apparent in the economic lives of countries (National Debts).

O Muslims! Many people in Africa and Asia have become free and independent, but the national sovereignty does not guarantee them any stability. Oppression and injustice still rule, seemingly, without any possibility of Muslims escaping such a situation. Some of them, nauseated by this kind of situation, manifest their revolt (of Muslims leaders) by showing their preference to be governed by non-Muslim responsible persons. H wever, the inequality and injustice with which they are governed is not at all ascribed to Islam, but to reactionary Muslim leaders who are far from obeying the principles of Islam. I pray that Allah (swt) the Almighty preserves the Muslims against the misdeeds of injustice. The Prophet (pbuh) has said according to Bukhari: “There are three forms of injustice: the injustice that is never forgiven by Allah (swt); the injustice that may be pardoned by Allah (swt); and the injustice that Allah (swt) has not abandoned.” The injustice that is never forgiven or pardoned is the ‘Shirk’ (ascribing partners to Allah). The injustice that Allah (swt) may pardon is the one committed by the servants against themselves, by not keeping to the prescriptions of Allah (swt). The injustice that Allah (swt) never abandons, by letting justice overcome injustice, is the one committed against one’s fellow being.

Beware of injustice. It is a destroyer if it persists. People can live for a long time with the unfaithful, but will not last long with the unjust. Many leaders use every means given to them by their authority, even if they cause injustice.

I will not end my speeches without reciting in your presence the verse that can be sufficient for all constitutions. Thus a call (to the faith)! Go right, as it has been ordered on you. Do not follow precious doctrines (of the unfaithful)! “Say: ‘I believe in the Book that Allah (swt) has sent. He has ordered me to judge fairly between you. Allah (swt) is our Lord and your Lord, for us our works and for you your works. No argument between us and you. Allah (swt) will gather us together, and to Him is the goal.’”(42:15). I have used the verse with confidence, which is among the essential foundations that no one and no society can misunderstand. I feel proud in associating myself like this each year with my Arab Muslim brothers on the occasion of Muslim feasts. That should not be astonishing because through Islam we are all brothers. Our acts are associated, and our hopes and sufferings are united. I am hopeful in Allah (swt), for myself and for you, for granting our salvation.

To end my speech, I pray to Allah the Glorious, to reform, widen, assist, and raise the people of Muhammad (pbuh), wherever they may be in all parts of the world, until they reach their glory and rule themselves by what Allah (swt) has revealed.

Dear Muslims, I wish you many happy returns of the day, so that you find yourselves each year in prosperity. May God grant you peace and blessings.

[This speech was made at Kaolack, Senegal, the 19 of the Lunar month of Rabi’ al Awwal.

The above article was taken from the Special 25 July 1992 AL FAYDATOU TIJANIA magazine. It was published by Shaykh Muhamadul Maamoune Ibrahim Niasse on the anniversary of the Thirtieth year since Shaykh Al Islam sent three of his first students: Macky, Maamoune, and Hassan (Cisse), in July 1962, to pursue their studies at the Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. It has been re-edited.

This article, A Man Apart, and The 17 Anniversary of the Disappearance of Shaykh Ibrahim were published in Newsletters of The African American Islamic Institute, in 1998, but the newsletters were not distributed. You may contact us by e:mail for copies. Insha-llah.

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