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Dear Brothers and Sisters assalamu alaikum wa rahmatu Allahi wa barakatuh
It is by the Grace of Allah that a very useful contemporary work on `Aqeedah and Manhaj written by Sh. Abdurrahman Abdulkhaliq has been translated to English some ten years ago and then revised and edited over the years. The work is a concise book entitled "The General Prescripts of Belief in the Qur'an and the Sunnah" [al-Qadhaaya al-`aammah lil-i`tiqaad fil-Qur'an was-Sunnah].
al-HamduliLLAH, Sr. S.M.A. from MA put it for us in a short messages format so that it be sent on the internet in a part basis. May Allah reward Sr. S.M.A. and make her work a sadaqa Jariya.
This concise discourse will be sent to you in parts every week or so inshaa' Allah. For those of you who have the original book in Arabic or have the translated book in English, who find any mistakes, typos, or suggest a better translation of words or ideas, please share it with us, jazakum allahu khairen.
Without talking too much here is the book.
All praise is due to Allah the Exalted, and may peace be on Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets, who delivered the message of his Lord in the best manner.
The Apostle of Allah was reported to have said: "If you deal with `eenah (1) and hold the cows' tails, and become content with employing yourselves with agriculture, and abandon jihad in the way of Allah, Allah would permit your humiliation and would not relieve you of it until you return to your religion." (2)
The preoccupations mentioned in the above hadeeth are not all that we must be aware of. We must also beware of all that may be inferred from them, taking them in a metaphorical sense. `Eenah transactions and holding cows' tails, and contentment with employing in agriculture represent inclination towards the affairs of this world. They all lead to abandoning jihad in the way of Allah.
Indeed, the words of the Prophet (Peace be on Him) serve as a warning to the Muslims of a future which has been realized. He was describing our present time, and informing us of the significance of our present activities.
Relief cannot come through embracing false beliefs and deviant tenets. The Prophet Muhammad, (Peace be on Him) on the other hand, foretold the fact that his ummah would be divided into seventy-three sects, all of which would end up in the Fire except one only, and that is Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jama'ah. Many of those sects claim their adherence to the Book (3) and Sunnah. If, for the sake of argument, their claim is held to be true, then there has to be something else which distinguishes the safe sect from the other seventy-two.
Indeed, it is the way of understanding the Book and the Sunnah which makes the difference. The two great sources of Islam have to be understood the way they were understood by the pious predecessors amongst whom the Prophet lived.
Allah says: "Whoever opposes the Apostle after the right way has been clearly shown to him, and follows other than the believers' way, we shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell, and what an evil destination." 4.115
The reader will find in this book the fundamentals of Islam and the prescripts of faith, and other important issues supported by proofs from the Qur'an and Sunnah and other reliable references.
I tried my best to convey the message of the basic text of this book, and be faithful to the language of the original. Where necessary for the sake of making an idea clear, a strictly literal translation has been abandoned, and besides the quotations from the Qur'an and Sunnah, I have introduced footnotes and commentary where I felt that a term or a concept requried some elaboration. However, I would like to draw the kind attention of the reader that although Qur'anic texts and Prophetic traditions in this book are preceded with "Allah says" or "the Prophet said", yet only their meaning is quoted in this book.
In conclusion, I am grateful to Allah that He gave me the chance to serve His religion and my brothers-in-Islam.
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