EMAAN AND NOT AQEEDAH?

An important reminder by Abu Ibraheem Hussnayn

From the major problems in this ummah is that we take people who are unqualified as scholars, giving their opinions weight when in actual fact they are weightless. They can say ridiculous things yet the people still flock to them because of their celebrity status.

“We need emaan not aqeedah”
“The companions never had aqeedah”
“Aqeedah isn’t mentioned in the Qur’an”
“The ummah needs emaan”
“Aqeedah is dividing the ummah”

Statements similar to those above have been coming from “duaat” who many of the people see as “scholars” – in reality they are not scholars and their lack of understanding is clear to see for those whom Allah has given the tawfique.

Suppose we agree that we need Emaan. What will the people have emaan in? Allah. Ok, but what about the rest of the things that a muslim must have emaan in? As mentioned in the hadith of Jibreel where he came to the messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) and said to him –

Tell me about “Emaan” He said: “It is to believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day, and in the Divine Decree, its good and its bad.”

They say they want you to take your Emaan directly from the Qur’an and from the teachings of the prophets found therein – “because they’re the best teachers”

Suppose we agree with them. Will we then direct the lay muslim to this over-simplified and frankly dangerous approach of opening the Qur’an and deriving their Emaan for themselves? Will we leave the muslims to tangle themselves into destruction?

Of course the answer is NO. And this why the scholars wrote books on AQEEDAH – to teach the people what to have EMAAN in – proving everything they said from the Qur’an and Sunnah (on a side note – sometimes they don’t doesn’t even mention the sunnah as a source of Emaan)

To understand this we must understand the meaning of the word aqeedah in this context – aqeedah refers to those beliefs that a muslim holds to be true, they are firmly rooted in his heart and he has no doubts concerning them. So he has firm belief in Allah, His angels, books etc.

Now let’s imagine a person believes in Allâh but not the angels or the day of judgement. This is his aqeedah because he firmly believes it to be true. Is his Emaan correct? Of course not because it is not in accordance to the book of Allah or the sunnah of the messenger.

So how can we say that the muslims need Emaan and not aqeedah. There can be no emaan without the correct aqeedah! And how can we say that the companions didn’t have aqeedah – that is outrageous. Their aqeedah was the aqeedah of the messenger of Allâh.

Shaykh Saalih Al Fawzan says “And this is for the one who says: That the Eemaan is sufficient without having interest for the Aqeedah. This is contradictory because Eemaan is not eemaan except if the Aqeedah is correct. And if the Aqeedah is not correct, then there is no Eemaan, and (there is) no deen (religion).” (Fataawa as-Siyaasah ash-Shar’iyyah, Question-1)

Finally we come to the doubt – “aqeedah” is not mentioned in the Qur’an”. We say – subhan’Allah!! Show us where the sciences of hadith are mentioned in the Qur’an!? Show us where the usul of fiqh are mentioned in the Qur’an?! In fact, this “Emaan” which you keep mentioning necessitates that we pray 5x a day – show us where the Qur’an describes the prayer?!

In fact, the companions would say “we LEARNT emaan before we learnt the Qur’an.” So what were they learning? This proves that the messenger of Allâh focused on teaching them what they must have emaan in – the same way Jibreel was asking what we must have emaan in. The same way the books of aqeedah teach us what to have emaan in!

So we see, and all praise is to Allâh, that aqeedah and emaan are interlinked and the soundness of one depends on the soundness of the other. The scholars wrote books of aqeedah to explain and detail the things we must have emaan in. For someone to come today and try to separate is one of three things:

1) Compound ignorance
2) A hatred for the people of the sunnah who emphasise the correct aqeedah first and foremost
3) A combination of the two

And this is why we say – stick to the scholars of the sunnah and stay away from these sufi-inspired speakers who will only lead you astray.

Correct your aqeedah and your Emaan will be upright and remember that the acceptance of your emaan depends on the soundness of your aqeedah.

If you prayed 2 units of prayer with the best concentration ever, perfecting your prayer for Allâh, crying and focusing as much as you could; BUT you prayed without wudhu. Would this prayer be accepted by Allah? The answer is NO. You would not receive a single reward for it because purification is a pre-condition to the acceptance of the salah.

Likewise, meeting Allah with pure tawheed, having singled Him out in His Lordship, His worship and His names and attributes is a pre-condition for the acceptance of each and every single one of your deeds. If you meet Allâh having been a person of shirk then all of your actions are in vain – regardless of how inspired you were and how much vigour you had.

“Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with him in worship, but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He pleases, and whoever sets up partners with Allah in worship, he has indeed invented a tremendous sin” (an-Nisa’ 4:48)

With this in mind, know that EVERY prophet taught tawheed and the correct aqeedah. Our messenger salAllahu alayhi wa sallam was no different. In so many ahadeeth he highlighted the importance of tawheed, the dangers of shirk and taught the aqeedah of islam. As for the Qur’an? Then it is a book of aqeedah – for every single verse points to the Oneness of Allah through its perfection.

“And We sent not before you any messenger except that We revealed to him that, “There is no deity except Me, so worship Me.” (21:25)

“And indeed it has been revealed to you (O Muhammad SAW), as it was to those (Allah’s Messengers) before you: ‘If you join others in worship with Allah, (then) surely (all) your deeds will be in vain, and you will certainly be among the losers.’ No! But worship Allah (Alone and none else), and be among the grateful” (az-Zumar 39:65-66).

They want us to “connect” with the book of Allah and feel spirituality – well let me tell you; if you don’t know the correct aqeedah then your “connection” and “spirituality” won’t benefit you in front of Allah – in fact they are just moments of self delusion and your bubble will soon explode.

We connect with the Book of Allah through our aqeedah. The mushrik grave worshipper “connects” to the same Qur’an but will it benefit him? The one who performs tawaf around the graves and believes the messenger has knowledge of the unseen also “connects” and has “spirituality”. The one who believes Allâh is everywhere might even have memorised the entire Qur’an! But is his spirituality going to benefit him? By Allâh i have seen these “spiritual” people in their walk, talk and actions – they are so soft and meek in everything they do. They make drinking a cup of tea seem like an art! But it’s all false. Because their actions are based on the false aqeedah.

Focusing on their connection and spirituality without rectifying their aqeedah is like a mirage in a desert. It’s beautiful from afar but when the penny drops, you’re the loser.

Yes! Aqeedah is divisive! The same way the messenger (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) divided between the Quraysh when he came with the message of tawheed – a father being a mushrik and his son being a muslim. Dividing truth from falsehood is not a bad thing, and believe me you will not *unite* the ummah upon falsehood.

Behind all the nice woolly posts from these people trying to promote a “Western” Islam – we see the true damage that they do. The hearts of the lay-people are attached to them and then they inject this poison. Until we find their followers having no problem with the false beliefs, as long as you “love Allah” and are “spiritual” – w’Allahul musta’an!

We MUST understand. They are NOT scholars. 30/40 year – old people coming with new ideas and new concepts that the scholars of Islam were not upon. Then they have the audacity to claim they know better. But to add insult to injury, they speak with such arrogance and surety that one would think they encompass the knowledge in its entirety!

After this, we ask Allah to guide us and them to the methodology of the prophets and to make us humble.

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