MUST ’AQEEDAH COME FIRST?
’aqeedah (creed) must
come first because it is the foundation of the da’wah
(call) of the Prophets as Allaah the Exalted said upon the tongue of
every Prophet He sent to his people: “O
people! Worship Allaah, you do not have a deity other than Him.”
[Soorah Hood 11:84]
’aqeedah (creed) must
come first because it is the decisive partition between abiding in the
Fire (forever) and being saved from it. Have you not heard the
statement of Allaah – Sublime is His Affair – :
Allaah does not forgive that shirk
(association) be made with
Him, and He forgives whatever is less than that for whomever He
wishes. And whoever commits shirk with Allaah, then he has indeed
perpetrated a great sin.” [Sooratun-Nisaa‘ 4:48]
the greatest of those things which negate Tawheed,
whish is the basis for the correctness of the correct ’aqeedah.
’aqeedah must come first because shirk with Allaah is the greatest
form of oppression as Allah the Exalted says: “Verily
Shirk is indeed a great transgression.” [Soorah Luqmaan 31:13]
’aqeedah must come first
because the only real cause for the differing and destruction that has
come upon our Islaamic world is the purified ’aqeedah.
So indeed the creed of many of the Muslims today has become
corrupted by matters of greater shirk
from making tawaaf
(encircling) the graves, and seeking help from the dead people inside
of them, and trying to fulfill ones needs and affairs from them.
So they return to the first jaahiliyyah
(pre-Islaamic times of ignorance), and it is as if they have not heard
the statement of Allaah the Exalted: ‘‘Verily
those whom you call upon besides Allaah do not hear your calls.
And if they were able to hear you, then they would not be able
to answer you.
And upon the Day of Judgement, they will disown your worship of
them, and there is none like He who is the All-Knower.” [Sooratul-Faatir
we prohibit you from the innovations of the Soofiyyah
which many of the common folk of the Muslims have erected to (such) an
educational level that whole countries have institutionalized these
innovations, such as the celebration of the Birthday of the Prophet.
And (innovations such as) accompanying the Christians in their
festivals, not to mention the deviations in dealings and manners and
other than that from that which separates their countries from the
Book and the authenticated Sunnah,
with the permission of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic.
after this beloved brother of mine we have shown the truth of our
statement that the ’aqeedah
must come first