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A priority often neglected

Written by Abu Jabir Abdullah Penabdul 

A priority often neglected

I begin with the Name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.

I’ve met with great scholars and teachers and each of them left their indelible impression in my heart by reminding me first of Tauheed and Aqeedah before anything. We barely meet and they will start by talking about Aqeedah and Tauheed.

The gap we are having today in the Muslim world is lack of emphasis on the issue of Tauheed and Aqeedah. Many schools are opened but very few give preference to it. You can learn Arabic and memorize the Quran and study Fiqh but if your Aqeedah is not sound, you’ll still not attain stability.

The back and forth we experience everyday with Muslims finding it difficult to come to terms with certain Shariah injunctions is a manifestation of our negligence to the issue of Tauheed and Aqeedah. The Prophet SAW spent 13 years in Makkah solely on that. Today we shun it.

Dr. Sharofdeen [حفظه الله] said,

“People give no importance to knowledge of the religion. So when things happen, they seek for it by way of emergency, and due to that, they spit nonsense thinking it is knowledge.”

When we neglect what the Prophet SAW prioritized, we will prioritize what will breed confusion in the Ummah.

The statement of Faith (There is no deity worthy of worship except Allaah alone and Muhamamd is His Messenger) has two parts and each part has its conditions. When we assimilate the meaning and what it necessitates, we will be at peace with Shariah injunctions.

We all know what is right and what is wrong but we prefer to listen to what will mask our wrong. There is what we NEED to hear and there is what we WANT to hear. When we are told what we need to hear sometimes we feel attacked and get defensive.

The rich man that built that masjid and perhaps is involved in corrupt practices or shirk or Bid’ah doesn’t want you talk against corruption or shirk or Bid’ah. He knows they are wrong but he doesn’t want you to talk about them. Rather, talk about divorce, charity, tolerance..

The young man or lady that does not appear modestly feels attacked when you speak about modesty and good family upbringing. He or she knows that it’s wrong to appear in that manner but would rather prefer you talk about how they can do other righteous deeds.

We become better people when we embrace the bitter truth.