Special Session with a Group of American Muslims
Mina, Saudi Arabia 13/11/1416 – 5/5/1996
The following is part of a meeting with the eminent scholar, Muhammad Ibn Saleh Al-‘Uthaimeen (
رحيمه االله) who was gracious enough to meet with a group of us during Hajj. He made a special visit to us and it is a day few of us who were there will forget in shaa Allah. I took the additional step however of not only recording the meeting, but translating it for the benefit of others. May Allah accept it as done for His sake alone, aameen.
I am very pleased on this day, Wednesday the thirteenth of Dhul-Hijjah 1416 Hijri, to meet this group of Muslim brethren here to perform Hajj from the United States of America. I thank Allah who has made it easy. I encourage you to thank Allah سبحانه وتعالى for making it easy for them to get to Bait Al-Haraam to perform their rites completely and correctly. I would like to advise our brothers on this happy occasion with the following:
First: Implement and realize fully the worship of Allah which cannot be done except through fulfilling two matters:
One: Doing it purely for Allah (Ikhlaas lillaahi);
Two: (Mutaabi’) Complete adherence to the sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ).
The meaning of worship of Allah with Ikhlaas is for the person to worship his Rabb exclusively and not any angel, messenger, president, minister, king or any powerful person or anything besides Allah, the Mighty and Majestic. Worship is made purely for Allah and none are to be worshiped besides Him.
The meaning of mutaabi’ of the messenger of Allah ﷺ is to not worship Allah except in the manner shown by Muhammad ﷺ. This is according to the word of Allah تعالى “And they were not ordered except to worship Allah purely, for Him is the Deen….” and “Worship Allah purely, for Him is the deen.” As far as following or adhering to the sunnah, Allah says [to Muhammad]“Say: If you love Allah then follow me and He will love you.” [Al-Imran, 31] Also “Believe in Allah and His Messenger, the unlettered prophet who believes in Allah and His words and follow him.” Also there are the words of the Prophet ﷺ which he narrates from his Rabb [hadeeth qudsi]: Ana aghnaa shurakaa’i anish-shirk man ‘amila ‘amalan ashraka feehi ma’eya ghairee taraktuhu wa shirkahu [I am the most self-sufficient of those who you associate partners with so whoever does any deed for the sake of any partners other than Me, I will leave him and his shirk] Also the words of the Messenger ﷺ: “Whoever performs a deed which is not from our affair then it is rejected” meaning not accepted by Allah.
Second: Fear Allah in every circumstance, every crisis, every place so that you will take as many chances possible during life for ‘ibaadah [to worship] for in truth a person’s life should be spent in obedience of Allah. Every hour that passes in which there is no ‘ibaadah is a definite loss.
Third: Act well among the people when giving da’wa to Allah using gentleness and ease. According to Allah’s statement about His Messenger (ﷺ) It is only due to the mercy from Allah to you that you were tender with the people for were you to be harsh or hard-hearted they would have gone away from you. [Al-Imran, 159]
For this reason, it is not fitting for us when calling others to Islam to do so harshly because harshness destroys more than it builds.
Fourth: To show others through good deeds which make clear that the deen of Islam is ‘ibaadah and action. They (the Muslims) deal with people honestly, sincerely and clearly. For example, if one is selling goods and that item has a defect in it, he (the Muslim) must make that defect known to the buyer so that he will decide to make the purchase based upon clear knowledge. Even if the one you are dealing with is not a Muslim you must be honest and sincere.
Fifth: Giving full rights to relatives; the first of which is good treatment of parents even if they are not Muslims. This is according to the words of Allah تعالى: We advise man to be kind to parents – his mother carried him in hardship upon hardship and weaned him in two years – and thank Me and your parents, to me is your return. If they argue to force you to make shirk in that which you have no knowledge, do not obey them yet keep kind company with them in this life. It may be that through your kind treatment you may be a cause for them to accept Islam. You would then be the reason for their guidance to Islam and this would be the greatest gift and the best treatment of them that you could give. It is likewise important to maintain family ties. Showing them Islaam in an easy manner and by behaving well with parents is a part of kindness to them and keeping family ties.
Sixth: Giving the rights to neighbors. Our Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day let him be generous and kind to his neighbor.” And “When you cook a broth add more to it so that you may be able to give some to your neighbors.” It is my belief that if a person is mindful of his non-Muslim neighbors rights it will be the strongest type of invitation to Islam.
Seventh: To encourage the wives and children to be obedient to Allah whether forcefully or through education. As Allah states: Oh you who believe save yourselves and your families from the Fire whose fuel is men and stones.. [At-Tahreem, 6] Also, there is the saying of the Prophet (ﷺ): “Each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock.” And “Teach your children the salaat at the the age of seven and beat them (for not doing it) at the age of ten.”
Eighth: Those among you who were in religions other than Islam; and have been guided to Islam and who are well educated and able to write well, should write comparisons based upon rational and textual proofs between the religion of Islam and the religion which you left behind until the truth can be clearly discerned from falsehood.
Ninth: Avoid enmity and animosity towards others without justification. This means that, if you see one of the kuffaar practicing or displaying some religious symbol, it is not your place to do anything against him as long as the government has an agreement between you and them to preserve order. For example, you do not believe in the cross but you find some person wearing the cross. Of course he is wrong and his belief is false. However, it is not possible that you correct it by beating the person or killing them because there is an agreement between you and the government that you all live within the country under its order.
Tenth: Make contact with the educational attaché of Saudi Arabia within your country because it is my belief – and I say this without boastfulness or nationalistic feeling – that there is no other nation representing or supporting Islam to the degree that this nation is. I say to you that another country can’t be found – without exception – that represents Islam to the degree of this nation and for this reason it must be a source and fear Allah as much as you are able. I say that, believing that Allah will ask me about what I am testifying to. However, I will be prepared, if Allah wills, with the answer based on what I know of the countries claiming to be Islamic in the world today.
One more piece of advice that I would like to add to the ten given previously is to remain together so that you may be strong because when you are divided it is a cause of failure. Finally, I say all praise and thanks is due to Allah the Rabb of all the worlds.