In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
All praise is due to Allah ( SWT ). 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 ( SWT ) 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 ( SWT ) 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.]
Allah ( SWT ) 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 ( SWT ) 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 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, organizations 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 ( SWT ) 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 fear..." [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 organized 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: "Be 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."
The first path to follow is to learn not to decide before Allah ( SWT ) and His Messenger ,
not to raise our voices above the voice of the Prophet , to rid ourselves of any loyalty and to devote ourselves exclusively to Allah ( SWT ) and His religion.
Then, it will be easier for us to start and mould our characters according to a true and sincere Islamic code as a preliminary step towards the revival of this Deen.
"Verily, Allah will help those who help His (cause)." [Surah Al-Hajj (22), Ayah 40.]
Therefore, we introduce this book "In Pursuit of Allah's Pleasure", as a clear message and a reminder of the principles and fundamentals of Shari'ah which should not be absent from any Islamic movement drawn into committing itself, in all matters, to Shari'ah laws.
These principles are not new or innovated, but they are established facts which cannot he ignored by any Muslim, let alone be denied. Unfortunately, most of these fundamentals have slipped from the minds of most of those working for this Deen. Some people know some fundamentals hut ignore others. Others implement some but neglect others.
While these principles and fundamentals of Shari'ah have been long absent and intentionally been kept away, we take it upon ourselves to introduce, or to display, them as an advice to our Ummah because it is a duty and an obligation. By this, we aim to elucidate the characteristics of the path, determine its objective and to indicate how to follow its course. Our endeavor is to clarify the picture for men who boldly embark upon Islamic activities so that the Islamic movement would not be deflected in the middle of its progress or divert from the right path to different paths. Furthermore, such paths are diverse and difficult. Also, we will not forget our objective, nor be confused, nor neglect our duty to commit the Islamic movement to Shari'ah principles, which if abandoned, will make the movement lose all hopes of victory.
This is our purpose in presenting these principles and fundamentals. Once they become clear and more deeply rooted in people's minds, we could, then, unite in a single group in order to work for the benefit of Islam. Therefore, these fundamentals will be like a compulsory introduction in order to reach an imperative intellectual unity before starting our progress.
Whoever overlooks this intellectual unity which we pursue, and exceeds it to give first priority to the people's assembly is making a grave mistake, because his movement contains, without his knowledge, elements of its disintegration. An assembly with no compatibility among its members is a disorganized collection of heterogeneous ideas and concepts, which, in the first real test, will break up and may even fight each other.
Any assembly which aims to work for the welfare of Islam but whose members have not yet agreed about the legal fundamentals (based on Shari'ah) which should govern this assembly, the members of this assembly, leaders and soldiers, must ask these questions:
- 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 ( SWT ) 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 ( SWT ) :
"Whatever good reaches you is from Allah," [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," [Surah An-Nisa (4), Ayah 79.]
Was Salamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah.
Liman Turrah Prison
25 Jamadi ul-Awla 1404
27 February 1984