Shaykh Ibraheem Ar-Ruhaylee said, “…It is imperative to know that Ahlus Sunnah are the first ones to thoroughly exemplify the religion of Islam, whether in the issues of Aqeedah (creed) or Sulook (i.e. manners and etiquettes).
It is from a restricted understanding and outlook to believe that the Sunni or the Salafi is one who only exemplifies the creed of Islam without emphasizing the appropriate Islamic manners and etiquettes, and discharging the rights that are due to every Muslim from amongst them.
Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said towards the end of his book Al Aqeedah Wasiteeyah after mentioning the principles of Ahlus Sunnah in relation to Aqeedah,
“…And they (Ahlus Sunnah) along with these principles, enjoin the good and forbid evil, based upon the legislative guidelines (of the Quran and the Sunnah). They see the obligation of performing Hajj, Jihad, Jumuah and the Eid prayers alongside the Muslim ruler, whether they are righteous or rebellious and disobedient. They work diligently to preserve the Muslim community, they deem it part of the religion to give naseehah (advice) to the Ummah and believe wholeheartedly in the statement of the Messenger of Allah,
“The believer to another believer is like one solid structure, one part strengthening the other” then he interlocked his fingers to demonstrate.”(1)
And in the statement of the messenger, “The example of the believers in their love, mercy and kindness for one another is like one body. If one part aches then the rest of the body calls on each other with fervor and vigilance…”(2)
They exhort one another with patience in times of trial, and with gratitude in the times of ease and with being content with being content with the bitter and unpleasant obstacles that are decreed for them (i.e. the Qadr). They call one another to exemplify good behavior and etiquettes in dealing with others and they believe in the statement of the messenger,
“The most complete of the believers in Iman (faith) are those who have the best character.”(3)
They (Ahlu Sunnah) consider it praiseworthy to join relations with those that cut them off and give to the one who withholds from giving (to them) and to pardon the one who transgressed against them.
They command one another to be kind to their parents, to keep family ties and to be good neighbors.
They caution against arrogance and speaking about people excessively, whether rightfully, or without just cause.
They command one another to have the most excellent character and manners and caution against the most repugnant of them.
They follow the book and the Sunnah and their methodology is Islam, which Allah sent Muhammad with.”(4)
1. Found in Sahih al Bukhaari and Muslim
2. Found in Sahih al Bukhaari and Muslim
3. Found in the Sunan of Abu Dawud, at Tirmithi and the Musnad of Imam Ahmad and Sheikh al-Albaani declared it to be hassan.
4. Mentioned in Aqeedah Waasitiyah by Sheikhul Islam Ibn Taymiyah.
Ref: Advice to the Youth of Ahlus Sunnah
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