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1 Contents Preface2 Introduction..4 Part One: Our Ultimate Goal8 Part Two: Our ‚Aqeedah20 Part Three: Our Understanding34 Part Four: Our Aim47 1. Bringing people to the worship of their Lord48 2. Establishing a Caliphate following the guidance of the Prophet .54 Part Five: Our Path.61 1. Da’wah.66 2. Hisbah (Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil)73 3. Waging Jihad in the Way of Allah85 4. Working within the Framework of a Jama’ah103 5. A Jama’ah Regulated by the Shari’ah109 6. A Jama’ah which draws lessons from past experiences..110 Part Six: Our Provisions..112 1. Taqwa (Piety)114 2. Knowledge..120 3. Certainty..123 4. Total Reliance On Allah.125 5. Gratitude..131 6. Endurance133 7. Doing without the life of this world in preference for the Hereafter.138 Part Seven: Our Walaa© (Loyalty).143 Part Eight: Our ©Adaa© (Animosity).146 Part Nine: Our Gathering..148 Glossary of Arabic Terms..152
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2 Preface All praise is due to Allah . We praise Him and seek His assistance. We ask for His forgiveness and take refuge in Him from the evil within ourselves and from the evil of our deeds. He whom Allah guides will never be diverted yet whomever He sends astray will never find his way. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone, He has no partner, and I bear witness that Muhammed is His servant and messenger. On the authority of Abu Dardaa’ , the Messenger of Allah said: ﬁVerily, the scholars are the heirs of the Prophets.ﬂ 1 The righteous scholars are the heirs of the Prophets; Imams of the people after the Prophets; they guide and direct the people to Allah and teach them His Deen; and they have noble manners and praiseworthy attributes. They are the scholars of the truth; scholars of guidance and successors to the Prophets; they fear Allah much and are constantly checking their actions, and pay great importance to what He orders and forbids. They follow in the footsteps of the Prophets: in their teaching and instructing, their character and actions, their words and conduct and, as a result, they suffer in the same way that the Prophets did. The righteous scholars suffer persecution and oppression, mockery and ridicule, torture and imprisonment and murder in the same way that the Prophets did. They speak and uphold the truth wherever they go in order that the religion of Allah may “be superior over all other religions even though the disbelievers may detest it,” 2 and they pay for it dearly. On the authority of Anas bin Malik, the Messenger of Allah said: “Among the signs of the Hour will be the disappearance of knowledge and the appearance of ignorance.” 3 Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalanee said, commenting on this Hadeeth: “Indeed it will not disappear except with the deaths of the Ulama.” 4 In this day and age, how few are the scholars that are suffering for no other reason except that they are speaking the truth. Some of them have been assassinated and some of them have been imprisoned, whilst others still remain under house arrest. This book, “In Pursuit of Allah’s Pleasure” is the translation of a book titled: “Al-Meethaaq Al-Aml Al-Islami” (The Charter for Islamic Work) written by three scholars: Dr. Naajeh Ibrahim, Asim Abdul-Majid and Esaam-ud-Deen Darbaalah and released from behind the bars of Liman Turrah Prison, Egypt, in February 1984. The checking of this book was carried out by Dr. Sheikh Umar AbdurRahman, currently serving a life sentence in the USA, for no other reason than upholding the truth. In this book the authors outlined a complete methodology for Islamic work today. From `Aqeedah to Da’wah, Jihad to Khilafah and Taqwa to Sabr (patience), they explained how all of these parts of Islam come together for the sole objective of each and every Muslim: to seek the 1 Classified as Sahih by Ahmad, Abu Dawud and Ibn Maajah. 2 Surah At-Taubah (9), Ayah 33. 3 Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. 4 Fath-ul-Baaree. Vol. 1, Page 239, Hadith No. 80.
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3 Pleasure of Allah , the Irresistible. It was written in a manner portraying the true situation of the Muslims today and, coming from imprisoned scholars: a realistic portrayal. This book is an excellent read by itself and an even better guide if used as a syllabus in learning Islam in an organised, collective manner. It is ideal as a basis for study circles and acts as a comprehensive manual. Coupled with the supplementary reading of some other books in the English language and memorisation of the Holy Quran, it can consolidate the knowledge of anyone seeking to work for Islam in this day and age. We ask Allah to accept the efforts of these scholars and protect them. To make this book a means of reviving the glory of His religion. To make our actions sincerely for His Sake and to include them on our Scale of good deeds on the Day of Judgement. Ameen.
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4 Introduction In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful All praise is due to Allah . We praise Him and seek His assistance. We ask for His forgiveness and take refuge in Him from the evil within ourselves and from the evil of our deeds. He whom Allah guides will never be diverted yet whomever He sends astray will never find his way. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone, He has no partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. “O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except as Muslims.” [Surah Ale-Imran (3), Ayah 102.] “O Mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you front a single person (Adam), and from him (Adam) He created his wife (Eve), and from them both He created many men and women. And fear Allah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (Kinship). Surely, Allah is Ever an All-Watcher over you.” [Surah An-Nisa (4), Ayah 1.] “O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and always speak the truth. He will direct you to do righteous deeds arid will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger, has indeed achieved a great achievement.” [Surah Al-Ahzaab (33), Ayah 70-71.] To proceed: Allah says: “Allah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession (to the present rulers) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practice their religion, that which He has chosen for them (Islam). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear, provided they (believers) worship Him and do not associate anything (in worship) with Him.” [Surah An-Nur (24), Ayah 55.] This is a promise from Allah to grant us victory, success, domination and glory. This promise appears to us like a luminous glimpse of hope, enlightening our way in this gloomy darkness encompassing our Ummah. This Ummah, which dominated the world for a long period of time, through which the Khilafah extended remarkably to protect most of the countries and govern them by Allah’s (SWT) Book. Unfortunately today, this same Ummah is swallowing the bitterness of humiliation and degradation. Its glory and pride have become like an old song chanted by children. Its Khilafah has fragmented into several petty states. Some have been seized by the
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5 Christians, some by the Jews, some controlled by atheists and idol worshippers, and the rest, so called ‚Islamic States™, have been seized by secular rulers. The enemies have flocked towards us. Enemies of all kinds. Schools and creeds, theories and philosophies, organisations and institutions, states and countries. They have all gathered to fight Islam and the Muslims. Some of them are incited by a hidden hatred and some by an old animosity. The Twentieth Century has witnessed one of the fiercest blows inflicted upon our Ummah by our enemy: the collapse of the Khilafah. If only their conspiracy had stopped at the demise of Khilafah. But they went on to indoctrinate Muslims with strange, foreign ideas and concepts, in order to confuse our understanding of our Deen. Once we wake up and try to return to our original Deen, we will be confronted with an intellectual perplexity, in which evil and good is mixed. Hence, the truth will be ambiguous and we will go astray, and lose the true understanding of Islam. This is our situation, or you can say, this is our ordeal engendered from our ignorance and negligence before the conspiracy of our enemy could inflict it upon us. However the promise of Allah to those who believe and do righteous good deeds remains: “that He will certainly grant them succession (to the present rulers) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practice their religion, that which He has chosen for them (Islam). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fearﬂ [Surah An-Nur (24), Ayah 55.] In fact, Allah, had granted the first generation of this Ummah, the generation of the Sahabah, succession in the earth and domination when they succeeded to follow and submit their souls to the teaching of Islam, and adopted it, alone, as a basis for their unit and solidarity. Then they proceeded to practice it and implement it in their lives through a collective organised movement. This is the path to their domination and succession. And it is the path to our success if we wake up one day and want to return to our Islam; if one day we accept to challenge our enemies and restore our Islam. We have to hasten and rectify the abyss that has extended between us and our ancestors. We have to comply with their understanding of Islam and their actions, efforts and Jihad for the sake of Islam. We are in great need to follow the footsteps of our Prophet Muhammad , his Companions and those who followed them with righteousness. Al-Awza’ee was right when he said:ﬁBe patient and follow the Sunnah. Stick to what the Salaf said, say what they said, do not get involved in what they refrained .from and follow the way of the righteous ancestors then you will obtain what they achieved.ﬂ The first path to follow is to learn not to decide before Allah and His Messenger not to raise our voices above the voice of the Prophet
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7 – What is our Ultimate Goal? – What is our Aqeedah? – What is our Understanding? – What is our Aim? – What is our Methodology to achieve this aim? – What is our Provision? – To whom shall our Loyalty be? – Who is our Enemy? – Whom shall we accept in our assembly? – Whom shall we Dismiss and refuse and why? We do not need to mention that answers to these questions must be sprung from Islam alone. Islam as revealed by Allah to His Messenger Muhammad as the Companions of the Prophet understood it and as our worthy ancestors taught us. If we do what is right, it is only from Allah : “Whatever good reaches you is from Allah,ﬂ [Surah An-Nisa (4), Ayah 79.] All praise is to Him. If we do what is wrong, it is from ourselves : “But whatever evil befalls you is from yourself,ﬂ [Surah An-Nisa (4), Ayah 79.] Was Salamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah. Liman Turrah Prison 25 Jamadi ul-Awla 1404 27 February 1984
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8 Part One: Our Ultimate Goal To attain the Pleasure of Allah by: 1. Directing our sincere devotion to Him alone. 2. Achieving the true following of His messenger, Muhammad . Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree relates that the Prophet said: “Allah, the Lord of Honour and Glory, will call the inmates of Paradise, ‘O Residents of Paradise!’ They will respond, ‘Here we are, our Lord, and all good is in Your Hands. ‚He will ask them: ‘Are you now pleased?’ They will answer: ‘Why should we not be pleased, our Lord? When You have bestowed upon us such bounties which You have not bestowed on any of Your other creation. ‚He will then say to them: ‘Shall I not bestow upon you something even better than that?’ The inhabitants of Paradise will inquire: ‘What could be better than that?’ Allah will say, ‘I bestow upon you My Pleasure and shall never thereafter be displeased with you.™” 5 Verily, our Lord, Your Pleasure is more exalted and precious than any felicity. We put Your pleasure above and before all else. By doing so we follow in the footsteps of our Prophet who sought Your pleasure before asking for Paradise in his supplications: ﬁO Allah, I ask You for Your Pleasure and Paradise.ﬂ Allah is indeed more precious to us than anything else, and He is Greater than all else. His pleasure is also more valuable than any other objective: “But the greatest bliss is the good Pleasure of Allah: that is the supreme success.ﬂ [Surah At-Taubah (9), Ayah 72.] Allah, Exalted is He, is the First: there is nothing before Him; and He is the Last: there is nothing after Him. He is the Most High: there is nothing above Him, and He is the Most Near: there is nothing nearer than Him. He is the Ever-Living and the One who sustains and protects all that exists. He is the All-Mighty; the All-Wise; the All-Aware; the All-Knowing; the All-Seeing; the Owner of Power; the Most Strong. He has power over all things; everything is in need of Him; all actions are easy for Him; and He is in need of nothing whatsoever: “There is nothing like unto Him; and He is the All-Hearer, the Ever-Watching.” [Surah Ash-Shura (42), Ayah 11.] It is He who creates all things from nothing and provides after destitution. He gives life and causes death. He resurrects the dead from their graves; and to Him will be the final return on the Day of Judgment, when He forgives whom He wishes to forgive, out of benevolence, and punishes whom He wishes to punish, out of justice: 5 Bukhari and Muslim.
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9 “Such is Allah, your Lord. His is the Sovereignty. None has the right to be worshipped but He. How then are you turned away?” [Surah Az-Zumar (39), Ayah 6.] All save Him, Exalted is He, will perish: “Whatsoever is on it [the earth] will perish; but the Face of your Lord, full of Majesty and Honor will abide forever.ﬂ[Surah Ar-Rahman (55), Ayah 26-27.] So how could we not consider the Pleasure of Allah: to be our ultimate goal for which we strive and break away from whatever opposes it, so that we can have recourse to its protection and delight in it? “So flee to Allah (front His Torment to His Mercy) Verily, I (Muhammad) am a plain Warner to you from Him.ﬂ [Surah Az-Zariyat (51), Ayah 50.] Our Prophet taught us that the Pleasure of our Lord is our refuge and shelter: A’isha said: “I missed the Messenger of Allah in bed (one night) so I looked for him and (suddenly) my hand perchance felt the sole of his feet in the mosque. They were upright (in sujud position) and he was saying: Allaahumma innee A’udu biridhaaka min Sakhatika, wabimu ‘aafaatika min ‘Uqoobatika, wa A’udhu bika minka, Laa Uhsee Thanaa’an ‘Alaika, Anta kamaa Athnaita ‘Alaa Nafsika.ﬂ (“O Allah! I seek refuge in Your Pleasure front Your Wrath, and in Your Pardon from Your Punishment; and I seek refuge in You from You. I could never praise You enough (as You deserve], You are as You have praised Yourself.”) 6 The Pleasure of Allah, Mighty is He, is an objective before which all other objectives diminish in importance: “And Allah is better [as regards reward in comparison to your reward], and more lasting [as regards punishment in comparison your punishment.” [Surah Ta-Ha (20), Ayah 73.] Whoever finds and attains it has indeed found everything could possibly need; and whoever loses it or is misguided away from has lost everything. This is the person that Allah, has left astray,”and sealed his hearing and his heart, and put a cover on his sight. Who, then, will guide him after Allah? [Surah Al-Jaathiya (45), Ayah 23.] One of the mercies that Allah has granted His creation is His undertaking to realize this aim (of pleasing Him) for all those who seek it with sincerity: “Allah chooses for Himself those whom He wishes, and guides unto Himself those who turn to Him in repentance and in obedience.ﬂ [Surah Ash-Shura (42), Ayah 13.] Allah, Exalted is He, never turns away anybody seeking His guidance. Instead, He assists and guides them to it: 6 Muslim.
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10 “As for those who strive hard in Our cause, We will surely guide them to Our Paths (Allah’s religion).ﬂ [Surah Al-‚Ankabut (29), Ayah 69.] On the authority of Abu Hurairah who said that the Prophet said: ﬁAllah the Almighty says: ‚I am as My servant expects Me to be. I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me a hand’s span, I draw near to him arm™s length; and if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.™ ﬂ 7 How could we not then make Allah’s (SWT) Pleasure our ultimate goal? On the authority of Abu Dharr al-Ghifari from the Prophet is that among the sayings he relates from his Lord, Exalted is He, is that He said: “O My servants, I have forbidden oppression for Myself and have made it forbidden amongst you, so do not oppress one another. O My servants, all of you are astray except for those I have guided, so seek guidance of Me and I shall guide you. O My servants, all of you are hungry except for those I have fed, so seek food from Me and I shall feed you. O My servants, all of you are naked except for those I have clothed, so seek clothing of Me and I shall clothe you. O My servants, you sin by night and by day, and I forgive all sins, so seek forgiveness of Me and I shall forgive you. O My servants, you will not attain harming Me so as to harm Me, and you will not attain benefiting Me so as to benefit Me. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as pious as the most pious heart of any man amongst you, that would not increase My Kingdom in anything. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you as wicked as the most wicked heart of any man amongst you, that would not decrease My Kingdom in anything. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you, to rise up in one place and make a request of Me, and were I to give everyone what he requested, that would not decrease what I have, any more than a needle decreases the sea if put into it.8 O My servants, it is but your deeds that I reckon up for you and then recompense you for, so let him who finds good (in the Hereafter) praise Allah and let him who finds other than that blame no-one but himself.ﬂ 9 How could we not seek His Pleasure and aspire to be amongst His beloved friends whom he defends and assists: 7 Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah. 8 This refers to the minute amount of water adhering to a needle if dipped into the sea and then withdrawn. 9 Muslim, Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah.
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