Rectification of Modern Societies- [The First Basis of Rectification]- By Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [rahimahullaah]
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
The first obligation and foundation established by the Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] was the call to Tawheed [i.e. worship Allaah alone sincerely and associate no partner to Him in worship]. This is the first obligation and fundamental he spoke about, proclaimed and followed. He called the people to worship Allaah alone and guided them to its details. The statement upon which this obligation is founded is the testimony of faith [لا إله إلا الله- None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah]. This is the solid foundation, alongside the testimony [محمدا رسول الله – Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah]. These two important fundamentals and foundations are the basis of Islaam and the basis for the rectification of this Ummah. Therefore, whoever adheres to these two foundations and acts upon them steadfastly with knowledge; calls to them and exercises patience [whilst facing hardships in this path], he [or she] will become upright and Allaah will rectify the Ummah through him [or her] based on the level of his [or her] striving, strength and the sound legislated means he [or she] employs whilst following such a path. And whoever neglects both these fundamentals or one of them, he [or she] will be ruined and destroyed.
When Allaah sent His Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] and revealed the Qur’aan, the first [soorah] revealed to him was Iqrah and then Muddath-thir; so he [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wsallam] started to warn the people against Shirk [polytheism] and called them to Tawheed [pure Islamic Monotheism]. He warned them, saying: ‘’O people! Testify that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah and you will be successful [i.e. testify with your tongues, sincerely believe in your heart and carry out acts of worship sincerely for Allaah alone and keep away from every other deity worshipped or invoked besides Allaah]. However, the polytheists became haughty and rejected the Prophet’s advice because they were not prepared to accept it. It was something they never heard from their predecessors [i.e. forefathers] and thus they turned away. Allaah [The Most High] informed us in the Qur’aan that they responded to the Prophet, saying: [ أَجَعَلَ ٱلۡأَلِهَةَ إِلَـٰهً۬ا وَٲحِدًاۖ إِنَّ هَـٰذَا لَشَىۡءٌ عُجَابٌ۬- Has he made the aliha (gods) (all) into One Ilah (God – Allah). Verily, this is a curious thing!]
And Allaah [The Most High] also informed us that they said: [وَيَقُولُونَ أَٮِٕنَّا لَتَارِكُوٓاْ ءَالِهَتِنَا لِشَاعِرٍ۬ مَّجۡنُونِۭ–And (they) said: “Are we going to abandon our aliha (gods) for the sake of a mad poet?]
They responded in such a manner because they were told to testify that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah, just as Allaah said: [ إِنَّہُمۡ كَانُوٓاْ إِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمۡ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا ٱللَّهُ يَسۡتَكۡبِرُونَ –Truly, when it was said to them: La ilaha ill-Allah “(none has the right to be worshipped but Allah), they puffed themselves up with pride (i.e. denied it)]; therefore, Allaah replied to them (saying):
[ بَلۡ جَآءَ بِٱلۡحَقِّ وَصَدَّقَ ٱلۡمُرۡسَلِينَ- Nay! he (Muhammad) has come with the truth (i.e. Allah’s Religion – Islamic Monotheism and this Qur’an) and he confirms the Messengers (before him who brought Allah’s religion – Islamic Monotheism)].
To be continued InShaaAllaah
[Source: (Awaamil Islaah Al-Mujtama’ah pages 10-14). Abridged & slightly paraphrased]