The subject matter of this work is of paramount importance and utmost interest for two major reasons: Firstly, it is concerned with one of Islamʹs main foundations, namely the qualities of al‐walaʹ waʹbaraʹ, which are two major prerequisites of true faith: al‐walaʹ is a manifestation of sincere love for Allah, His prophets and the believers; al‐baraʹ, on the other hand, is an expression of enmity and hatred towards falsehood and its adherents. Both are evidence of iman. Secondly, it has been written at a very crucial time: everything has become so mixed up that some Muslims are no longer aware of those qualities which distinguish the believers from the non‐believers; their faith has become so weak that they have adopted patterns of behaviour that are absolutely repugnant to a sincere believer; they have taken the disbelievers as their friends, while displaying enmity towards many of the believers by disparaging their character and degrading them.Reply
Tawhid will never be achieved on earth until we apply the doctrine of al‐Walaʹ Wal Baraʹ. Some people think that the principle of faith is a matter of secondary importance, but in reality it is the opposite. It is a matter of belief and disbelief, as Allah says: “O You who believe! Do not take your fathers or your brothers as protectors if they prefer disbelief to faith. Whoever among you takes them for protectors will only be wrongdoers. Say, If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your kinsmen, the wealth which you have acquired, the commerce in which you fear a decline, or the houses you love ‐ if these are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger, and striving hard and fighting in His cause, then wait until Allah brings about His Decision (torment). Allah does not guide those who are AlFaasiqun.” (Surat at‐Tawbah: Verses 23 ‐ 24) Allah says: “O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Awliyaʹ (friends, protectors), they are but Awliyaʹ to one another. And if any amongst you takes them as Awliyaʹ, then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allah guides not those people who are the Zaalimun (polytheists, wrong‐doers)” (Surat al‐Maʹidah: Verse 51)
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