No real advancement for the Muslims without a Return to their Religion


Saudi King Abdul Azeez (rahimahullaah) said:

“O Muslims! It is obligatory that we hold onto the Rope of Allaah (i.e. the Qur’aan), follow the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam), follow the guidance of the Messenger, act on Allaah’s orders and keep away from what Allaah has forbidden.

Indeed, every speech that is not followed by action is false. There can be no rectification for the Muslims except through their unity upon singling out their Lord in [His Lordship, Names and Attributes and worshipping Him alone and associate none to Him as a partner in Worship].

[And in the event of] every differing that leads to splitting and division, the Religion commands us to hold onto Allaah’s Sharee’ah, enjoin one another with the truth and patience, just as Allaah  [The Most High] commanded us in the Qur’aan.

We should be truly acquainted with our Lord and seek His Aid and Assistance. We do not fear except the (consequences of) our sins and it is obligated on the Muslims to follow Allaah’s Religion and obey all that Allaah has ordered, practically. In this is the (means of) rectifying their worldly affairs and the upright establishment of all their (other) affairs.”

He also said:

“It is obligatory that we adhere to the Rope of Allaah  (i.e. the Qur’aan, Sunnah etc) and that which the Salafus Saaleh were upon. If we adhere to this, we will be (true) callers to Allaah  [i.e. Callers to Tawheed, the Sunnah and everything Allaah has commanded], establish our affairs based on what Allaah has revealed, speak and establish our economic affairs based on Taqwaa [i.e. fulfilling everything Allaah has commanded and keeping away from everything Allaah has forbidden]; so that Allaah may show us kindness. However, if we do not do so and we are abandoned to our own selves, then we might become like what Ali  (radhiAllaahu anhu) said that Allaah said: [“They have forgotten Allah, so He has forgotten them” (Quran, 8:67)]

He also said:

“Indeed, the progress and advancement of the Muslims is among those affairs we (pursue) – we call to it by the will of Allaah. [However] there cannot be advancement for the Muslims without a return to their religion, adherence to their sound creed and holding onto the Rope of Allaah (i.e. the Qur’aan and the Sunnah). The path towards this is clear and provided for the one who wants to follow it, and that is to single out Allaah in worship – to be free from shirk and bidah- and act on that which the religion has commanded us, for indeed there is no benefit in speech if not (accompanied) by action.”

[Source: Haqeeqah Manhaj Al-Mamlakah Al-Arabiyyah As-Su’oodiyyah’ page 31-33 -by Shaikh Muhammad Baazmool. Abridged and slightly paraphrased]
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