Celebrations In Islaam
Prelude

Our Da`wah and Objectives
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Our goal in this and our other works is to propagate the True Da`wah1 that derives from the Book of Allaah (SWT) and the Sunnah2 of His Messenger saws. Propagating this Da_wah is a duty that every Muslim should cherish. Allaah (SWT) says:
Let there arise from you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islaam), enjoining what is right (according to Islaam), and forbidding what is wrong (according to Islaam). These are the ones who will achieve success.3

     This Da`wah may be summarized in two words: tasfiyah (cleansing and purification) and tarbiyah (cultivation and education). Allaah (SWT) refers to this in the following:
He it is who has sent unto the unlettered people a Messenger from among themselves to convey unto them His messages, to purify them, and to teach them the Book and the Wisdom - whereas before that they had been, most obviously, in clear misguidance.4

     Propagating the True Da`wah must then be pursued through purifying Islaam from baseless beliefs and practices, and working patiently to assist the Muslims abide by the true and purified religion. This must be done at various levels as follows:
  1. We must uphold the sublime Qur'aan and the Prophet's authentic Sunnah, and comprehend them in accordance with the understanding and practice of the righteous Salaf5. Allaah (SWT) commands with this once and again. For example, He says:
     
    If anyone contends with the Messenger after the Guidance has been plainly conveyed to him, and follows a path other than that of the believers, We shall leave him in the path he has chosen, and land him in Hell: What an evil abode!6

     
    And He (SWT) says:
     
    So if they believe as you believe7, they are indeed on the right path.8

     
  2. We must enlighten and educate the Muslims, urging them to comply with the true Deen9, act according to its teachings, and adorn themselves with its virtues and ethics. This will ensure Allaah's acceptance, through which they will realize happiness and glory, as indicated in the following:



    By the passing time, man is indeed in loss, except those who believe, do good deeds, enjoin upon one another the keeping to truth, and enjoin upon one another patience in adversity. 10

     
  3. We must caution Muslims and exhort them to absolve their lives of all forms of shirk (polytheism), bid`ahs, philosophy, or any other thoughts alien to the pure, essential tenets of Islaam. This is a duty that Allaah (SWT) enjoins on us by saying:
    Help one another in righteousness and piety; and do not help one another in sinning and transgression.11

     
  4. We must help cleanse the Sunnah of weak and fabricated narrations. The weak reports and unfounded beliefs have marred the clarity of Islaam, preventing the advancement of Muslims. This duty is of such absolute vitality that the Messenger saws praised those who perform it by saying:
    This knowledge will be carried by the trustworthy ones of every generation - they will expel from it the alterations made by those going beyond bounds, the false claims of the liars, and the false interpretations of the ignorant.12

     
  5. We must strive to revive unobstructed Islaamic thought within the boundaries of Islaamic principles13, oppose stubborn adherence to mathhabs14, and oppose prejudiced loyalty to parties. Neglecting this in the past has caused rust to dwell on the hearts and minds of Muslims, diverting them from the pure original sources of Islaam, and causing them to deviate from the honest Islaamic brotherhood called to by Allaah (SWT):
    And hold fast all together, by the rope of Allaah, and be not divided among yourselves.15
    And by His Messenger saws:
    Be, worshippers of Allaah, one brethren.16

     
  6. We must help provide realistic Islaamic solutions to contemporary problems, and strive to resume a true Islaamic way of life and establish a true Islaamic society governed by Allaah's law. Allaah (SWT) says:
    Hence, judge between them in accordance with what Allaah has revealed, and do not follow their errant views.17

     
We call upon all Muslims to support us in carrying out this noble trust. This will surely elevate and honor them and spread the eternal message of Islaam all over the earth, as is Allaah's true promise:

He it is who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Religion of Truth, in order to make it prevail over all [false] religion, however hateful this may be to the Mushrikeen (those who ascribe divinity to other than Allaah).18

  1. Da`wah: Call and mission.  - Back to text 
     
  2. Sunnah: Way, guidance, teachings, etc.  - Back to text 
     
  3. Aal `Imr_n 3:104.  - Back to text 
     
  4. Al-Jumu`ah 62:2.  - Back to text 
     
  5. The Sahaabah (the Prophet's Companions radiAllahu `anhum) and their true followers.  - Back to text 
     
  6. An-Nisaa 4:115.  - Back to text 
     
  7. The address here is to the Companions of the Messenger saws.  - Back to text 
     
  8. Al-Baqarah 2:137.  - Back to text 
     
  9. Deen : Religion.  - Back to text 
     
  10. Al-`Asr 103:1-3.  - Back to text 
     
  11. Al-Maa`idah 5:2.  - Back to text 
     
  12. Authentic - Reported by Ibn `Adiyy and others.  - Back to text 
     
  13. These principles are described in point "1" above.  - Back to text 
     
  14. Mathhab: Way or approach. It mostly refers to one of the four Islaamic schools of legislation and jurisprudence that were based on the research and understanding of the Four Imaams: Abu Haneefah an-Nu`maan Bin Thaabit, Maalik Bin Anas, Ahmad Bin Hanbal, and Muhammad Bin Idrees ash-Shaafi`ee - May Allaah (SWT) bestow His mercy on them all.  - Back to text 
     
  15. Aal `Imr_n 3:103.  - Back to text 
     
  16. Al-Bukhaari and Muslim.  - Back to text 
     
  17. Al-Maa`idah 5:49.  - Back to text 
     
  18. As-Saff 61:9.  - Back to text 
     
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