Correct Beliefs – Foundation of Islamic Faith
The superstructure of Islam, with all its pillars of Faith, rests on a rock-solid foundation of correct beliefs that are explicitly established from the Quran and Authentic Traditions of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. Generally our focus is on the visible structure of a building above the ground and we admire its design and architecture. Yet the architects and engineers have to ensure that their foundation is rock-solid or else the entire structure will collapse as a heap of worthless rubble. Exactly is the case with the faith of Islam.
A person can strive to be a devoted worshipper and have mountains of good deeds, but if his/her beliefs are contrary to that taught by the Quran and Prophetic Traditions, then alas, those good deeds are as useless as ashes!
The first source of Shariah Law is the Glorious Quran, with the authentic Prophetic Traditions being the second source. It follows then, that any belief or practice adhered to by a Muslim as part of Islam, must be established either from the Quran or from the authentic Prophetic Traditions to be valid and accepted in Shariah. Moreover, the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam is considered the ideal role-model to be followed in all aspects pertaining to beliefs, practices and behaviour:
“Most certainly for you, in the Messenger of Allah, is an excellent model for the one who hopes (to meet) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah frequently” (S.: 33; V. 21).
In the Majestic Quran we find the second chapter, Surah Baqara begins with the description of the Muttaqeen (god-fearing) with these opening remarks:
“Alif, Laam, Meem! That Book, in it is no doubt. A means of guidance for the God-fearing! Who believe in the unseen…”. The key quality of the god-fearing is to believe in the unseen, which is elaborated in a later verse:
“The Messenger has faith (believed) in whatever has been revealed to him from his Lord, and (so do) the Believers; each one believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers;….” (S.2; V. 285)
The following verse makes explicitly clear that good deeds will have no value if they are not based on correct beliefs as determined by the Quran and Prophetic Traditions:
“Say: Shall We inform you of those who are the greatest losers in terms of their Deeds? Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they thought that they were acquiring good by their deeds. They are those who deny the Aayaat (proofs, verses, signs) of their Lord and the Meeting with Him (in the Hereafter). So their deeds are in vain, and on the Day of Resurrection, We shall assign no weight for them. That shall be their recompense: Hell, because they disbelieved and took my signs and my Messengers as means of jest and mockery. (S.18; V. 103 to 106)
Furthermore, in the next verse, the Glorious Quran makes abundantly clear that the Holy Prophet’s Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam Companions Radhiyallahu Anhum are the standard bearers of Correct Beliefs of Islam since they were the direct students of the Messenger Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam and were present during the period of revelation. This meant that their knowledge, understanding and interpretation of the Revelations and Prophetic Traditions would be the most correct and reliable:
“So if they believe as you (the companions of Prophet Muhammad) believe, then they (the non-believers) indeed are guided.” (S.2; V 137)
We can have no shadow of doubt regarding the fundamental importance of correct beliefs when one reads this verse:
“The likeness of those who reject faith in their Lord is that their (good) deeds are as (worthless) as dust, on which the wind blows furiously on a stormy day; they shall acquire naught of what they have earned. That is the straying, far away (from the Right Path).” (S.14; V-18)
Finally, to crown this all, the one who holds the highest position among creation, and is the most beloved in the sight of Allah Almighty, is given a stern warning regarding false beliefs as a lesson to the rest of mankind:
“And most certainly it has been revealed to you (O Muhammad) as it was (revealed) to those (Prophets) before you, that ‘If you ascribe (any) partners with Allah in worship, (then) surely all your deeds will be nullified, and you will certainly be among the losers.’” (S. 39; V. 65)
We have to keep in mind that as Islam continues to gain ground among people in the West, the anti-Islamic forces grow more desperate to destroy Islam. The Wise Quran reminds us in the following two verses:
“The Jews and Christians will never be satisfied with you unless you follow their way (system)”; (S. 2; V. 120)
“They (the disbelievers) desire to extinguish the Light of Allah with their mouths and Allah will complete His Light even though the disbelievers detest it.” (S. 61; V. 8)
The allocation of billions of dollars to global media cartels together with dedicated efforts to mount a sophisticated ideological war in order to demonize Islam and win the battle for the hearts and minds of the masses has failed miserably. As a result we see an increase in False-Flag Operations (covert military or paramilitary operations designed to deceive in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities, groups or nations than those who actually planned and executed them). Also an age-old strategy employed by the Imperialist powers and which never seems to fail is simply stated as: “DIVIDED-WE RULE”.
This means that in order to keep control over the masses, the easiest method is to divert the population with internal conflict by sowing dissent and division. In this regard, imperialist Zionist-linked forces have spawned many deviated sects under the banner of Islam to mislead Muslims. The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam had warned the Ummah in this famous tradition:
“The Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: “My community will experience everything that the Children of Israel had experienced, following in their footsteps exactly, so much so that if one of their number had approached his mother publicly for sex, one of my community will do the same. The Children of Israel divided into 72 sects. My community will divide into 73 sects, and all of them will be in the Hellfire save one.”
The people asked him: “And which one will that be?”
He replied: “The one that follows what I and my Companions are upon right now.” (Tirmizi, Hadith 2641)
The Hadith can be found in the four Sunan works and in Musnad Ahmad with different chains of transmission and has been declared authentic by al-Tirmidhi, al-Hakim, al-Dhahabi, Ibn Taymiyah, and Ibn Hajar al-Asqalaani.
The early history of Islam records various deviant sects like the Khawaarij, Mu’tazilites, Murj’ias, Shias etc. In recent times we had Ahmadis, Bahais, Qadiani’s who have tried under the British Empire’s influence to create divisions and weaken Muslims. With the rise of Iran under the late Ayatollah Khomeini, Shiasm has again revived its deceptive head, particularly the ‘Ithna Ashari’ sect of Shiasm.
This sect is most aggressive and focuses on Da’wah largely among ‘Sunni’ Muslims while they deceptively sloganize: “There is no difference between Sunnis and Shias, we are all brothers.”
Yet their literature continues to pass negative remarks against the Companions of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam especially the first three Khalifas, Hazrat Abu Bakr Radhiyallahu Anhu, Hazrat Umar Radhiyallahu Anhu and Hazrat Uthman Radhiyallahu Anhu, as well as Hazrat Muaawiya Radhiyallahu Anhu and Sayyidatuna Ayesha Radhiyallahu Anha. Their slogans ring hollow when one observes that their main focus is to convert ‘Sunni’ Muslims so that they also despise the Prophet’s Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam Companions Radhiyallahu Anhum. Such betrayal undermines the foundation of Islam since the Prophetic Companions y are the main link in the chain of transmission of this valuable Deen to us all. This main link of the Prophetic Companions to the generations that came after has always been accepted by the overwhelming majority. The deviant minority Shia sect rejects the fundamental position and role of the Prophet’s Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam companions y except for a very few of them such as Sayyiduna Ali Radhiyallahu Anhu and Salman Farsi Radhiyallahu Anhu. Instead they hold on to an innovated belief of Twelve Imaams which has no basis in the Quran nor Hadeeth and is at odds with the mainstream Sunni position. In this regard the following Quraanic verse should suffice for the Muttaqeen (God-fearing):
“And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger after the Guidance (right path) has become manifestly clear to him, and he follows a path other than that of the believers (mainstream majority), We will leave him to that which he turns and We will enter him into Hell-what an evil destination.” (S: 4; V.: 115)
Regrettably it has been noticed that due to lack of sound knowledge with regards to correct Islamic beliefs, people are impressed with the political theatrics and rhetoric of Iran. The Muslim world, understandably, is earnestly searching for a Muslim power to take on the West and champion the cause of Islam. It is the natural desire of every true believer. So when we see the technological progress and military muscle displayed by Iran and it’s confrontational posturing against the superpowers, as well as it’s inflammatory rhetoric against the vile enemy of Muslims, Israel, naturally Muslims are inspired. Furthermore, when Muslims see the corrupt, oppressive and divided Arab world, they feel weak and hopeless. As Muslims, we identify with and understand these sentiments. But alas, we are in an era of great deception and therefore cannot even be sympathizers of the Shias as this certainly places a big question mark on one’s Imaan!! This is an era perhaps heralding the Great Deceiver, Dajjaal. If one studies objectively and scholarly, the beliefs of the Shias in general, and particularly the dominant Ithna Ashari sect of the Shias of Iran from their own original sources, the conclusion will be unavoidable. The Shias come to us in the form of Islam, but in fact, they are the farthest away from the True Path and original teachings of Islam.
Much literature will soon be published by the Ulama bodies in South Africa exposing the dangerous Kufr beliefs of the group that makes the hollow claim of love for Ahlul Bait, while deeming it an article of faith to curse the rest of the Prophetic Companions Radhiyallahu Anhum. May Allah Ta’ala save us from such blatant Kufr.
In regards to sympathizers the Majestic Quran states in no uncertain terms:
“And do not incline towards those who perpetrate zulm (wrongdoing) or the Fire will seize you!” (S.: 11; V.: 113)
وما علينا الا البلاغ المبين
And our duty is only to clearly convey (the message).
United Ulama Council of South Africa