In the Name of Allāh, the Most Merciful, the Most Kind.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shaykh Salih Al-Uthaymeen رحمه الله was born in Unayzah, Saudi Arabia. He was taught under many prominent scholars such as Shaykh Muhammad al-Amin ash-Shanqitee and Shaykh Abdul-Aziz ibn Bāz, may Allāh have mercy upon them.
Shaykh Salih Al-Uthaymeen رحمه الله was known for his own style of interpretations. He is from among those scholars who served Islam without any type of religious prejudice and kept themselves away from the limitations of blind-following. He is distinguished in his exertion of effort in religious matters, which proved his understanding of Islam. Furthermore, the Shaykh’s rulings were based on the manhaj of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah.
May Allāh have mercy upon him and enter him into the highest levels of jannah, ameen.
ABOUT THE BOOK
This book is aimed at the youth of the islamic awakening. When giving da’wah, guiding people to Islam, there is a huge emphasis on adhering to the Qur’ān and the Sunnah as well as being aware that there will be people that will oppose it.
يُرِيدُونَ لِيُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَاللَّهُ مُتِمُّ نُورِهِ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْكَافِرُونَ
They intend to put out the Light of Allah with their mouths. But Allah will complete His Light even though the disbelievers hate it. (61:8)
The book is divided into three sections:
- Guidelines for the success of an islamic awakening
- Moderation and mildness in calling others to Islam
- Questions and answers for the youth of this awakening
However, I will only be going through one of the principles of the first section inshaAllāh.
Adhering to the Qur’ān and Sunnah
You must strive in order to adhere to the Qur’ān. Allāh سبحانه و تعالى says:
كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ لِّيَدَّبَّرُوا آيَاتِهِ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ
This is a Book which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember. (38:29)
If the Qur’ān was revealed to understand and remember, then return to the Qur’ān and ponder over its verses and apply its teachings. If you follow His guidance, then you will not fall into distress and misery. The one who turns away from the Qur’ān, from the words of Allāh, will have a life of hardship. That is why you will not find anyone who is at peace in his heart than the believer.
مَنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَىٰ وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَلَنُحْيِيَنَّهُ حَيَاةً طَيِّبَةً ۖ وَلَنَجْزِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْرَهُم بِأَحْسَنِ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ
Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he or she is a true believer, verily, to him We will give a good life, and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do. (16:97)
In reference to the “good life”, Shaykh Salih Al Uthaymeen رحمه الله clarifies that a good life is not an abundance of wealth or having many children. Rather it is having a peaceful content heart, even if one is in the most difficult of circumstances. Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم said:
“How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for the affair of the believer is good in its entireity, and that is a quality that is for no one. If he is afflicted with hardship, he is patient, and that is better for him. And if something good befalls him, he is thankful to Allāh, and that is better for him.”(Muslim 2999)
Shaykh Salih Al Uthaymeen رحمه الله suggests that when a disbeliever is afflicted with hardship, he is not patient. Rather he becomes sad and the world is constricted for him. But, the believer is patient and finds that the joy of patience results in contentment.
Furthermore, Shaykh Salih رحمه الله also points out how to bring harmony between returning to the Qur’ān and Sunnah, and the schools of thought. For example, if you offer a religious ruling to one of them referring to the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم teachings and a person says “I am of the Hanafi/Maliki/Hanbali’Shafi’i madh-hab (school of thought)”. You should respond with “We all say, ‘I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Allāh, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allāh.” The reason for this is because it is the sayings of the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم so do not oppose it with anything else.
It is important that we return to Allāh’s Book and the Sunnah of Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه و سلم. We must not give preference to any sayings over them, no matter who it is that is in opposition of them.
In order to be fully content in your heart, as a believer, it is important to ponder over the verses of the Qur’ān, apply its teachings, aim to follow His guidance, and be patient in times of trials and hardship.
With verses of the Qur’ān and teachings from Sunnah intertwined into each section, Shaykh Salih Al Uthaymeen رحمه الله discusses in great detail of the key components of a successful islamic awakening.
This is only a short snippet of the book, and there are many more important principles discussed. I highly recommend this book to those who want to give advice to others or want to engage in da’wah. One of the key guidelines is the youth should have open minds and hearts regarding the differences of opinion. In this day and age, there are many people who use social media and other platforms to refute scholars. May Allāh guide us all.
I hope this has benefited you all InshaAllāh. And Allāh knows best.