Rectification of Modern Societies- [Introduction]- By Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [rahimahullaah]
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Society – Muslim and Non-Muslim- is greatly in need of rectification. However, from a certain perspective, the Islamic society is in great need of adhering to an upright path through which it will be rectified – the path that was followed by the best of the Muslim Ummah; the friend of Allaah and the most righteous amongst His slaves, our leader Muhammad [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam].
It is well known that the path through which Islamic and non-Islamic societies will be rectified is the path that was established by Muhammad [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam]-the leader of the Messengers and seal of the Prophets. This path was also established by his noble companions-foremost amongst them were the Rightly Guided Khulafaa: Abu-Bakr As-Siddeeq, Umar, Uthmaan and Ali, and the other companions of the Messenger [may Allaah be pleased with all of them and include us amongst those who follow them in righteousness]. It is well known that this path was established by our Prophet Muhammad (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) in Makkah- first and foremost, and then in Madeenah.
‘’The latter part of this Muslim nation will not be rectified except through that which rectified its early part’’, just as the people of knowledge and Eemaan have stated. This is a statement of the well-known scholar of sound understanding and piety- Imaam Maalik. Likewise, many other people of knowledge reported this statement during and after his era and they all agreed with it- that ‘’The latter part of this Muslim nation will not be rectified except by way of that which rectified its earlier part.” This means that the path which its earlier part adhered to -the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His noble Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam)- is what will rectify its latter part until the Day of Judgement.
The one who wishes to rectify an Islamic society or any other society in this worldly life through other than the path and practical steps that rectified those who have preceded [i.e. the Prophet and his companions], then such a person is mistaken and has spoken untruth. There is no path [to rectification] other than the path [of the Messenger and his companions]. The only path of rectification and uprightness is the one that was followed by our Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] and his noble companions, and then those who follow them exactly in righteousness till this era of ours. And that is:
(a) To give close attention to the Great Qur’aan and the authentic Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah-and conveying them to the people.
(b) To acquire understanding of the Qur’aan and authentic Sunnah, and convey both of them with knowledge and clear-sightedness.
(c) To clarify the rulings found in the Qur’aan and the Sunnah; including – first and foremost – the sound creed and the views which the Islamic society must accept. On the other hand, one should make known the forbidden creeds and views which an Islamic society must avoid.
(d)To clarify the boundaries of Halaal and Haraam legislated by Allaah and His Messenger, so that they are not violated. Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic] said: [تِلْكَ حُدُودُ اللَّهِ فَلَا تَقْرَبُوهَا – These are the limits (set) by Allah, so approach them not.” [Soorah Al-Baqarah: Ayah 187]. These limits are the unlawful deeds, which Allaah has forbidden because they lead to sins. And just as Allaah forbade mankind from going beyond the boundaries of Halaal and Haraam, He also legislated acts of worship and rulings in the religion.
To be continued…InShaaAllaah
[Source: (Awaamil Islaah Al-Mujtama’ah pages 6-10) slightly paraphrased and abridged]