Allahu ta'ala, pitying all the people in the world, creates and sends useful things to them. In the next world, favoring whomever He wishes of those guilty Muslims who are to go to Hell, He will forgive them and put them into Paradise. He alone is the One who creates every living creature, keeps all beings in existence every moment and who protects all against fear and horror. Trusting ourselves to the honorable name of Allahu ta'ala, we begin to write this book.
Infinite thanks be to Allahu ta'ala! Peace and blessings be on His most beloved Prophet, Muhammad ('alaihi 's-salam)! Auspicious prayers be for the pure Ahl al-Bait and for each of the just, faithful Companions, as-Sahabat al-kiram (radi-Allahu ta'ala 'anhum ajmain), of that exalted Prophet!
Allahu ta'ala is Rabb al-'alamin. He created every kind of the living things and also the non-living orderly, well-calculated and beneficial. With His attributes Khaliq, Baree, Musawwir, Badi' and Hakim, He created all beings in perfect order and very beautiful. He set relations between them so that they would be orderly and beautiful. He made them reasons, means, and causes for one another so that they would be existent and go on existing. We give names, such as natural events, physical or chemical laws, astronomical formulae and physiological processes to these relations and their being causes of one another. Science is the research into the design, calculations, interactions and relations between the beings created by Allahu ta'ala, and thereafter making use of them.
Allahu ta'ala willed every being to be orderly and well-calculated and created as He willed. He made substances, power and energy causes and means for His creating. Allahu ta'ala willed the life of human beings to be in order and beneficial, too, and He made the willpower of mankind the reason and means for this. When man wants to do something, Allahu ta'ala creates it if He wills. Men have to wish good, right and useful things so that their individual, private and social life may be in harmony. Allahu ta'ala endowed wisdom ('aql) on them so that their wishes would be good. Wisdom is a power which distinguishes good from evil. As human beings need many things and have to get what they need, the force called "nafs" in man, while striving to acquire them, misleads wisdom. It makes anything desired look beautiful to wisdom, even if it is harmful.
Allahu ta'ala, pitying His servants, sent the knowledge called "din" (religion) by means of an angel to selected men called "prophets" ('alaihimu 's-salawatu wa 't-taslimat). Prophets taught it to human beings. The Din, Islam, preached by the Prophet Muhammad ('alaihi 's-salam) distinguishes between good and evil, beneficial and harmful, which anyone may come across anywhere and orders us to do what is beneficial.
Still the nafs deceives men and does not want to obey Islamic knowledge. It even tends to change and distort it and the essentials of faith which are to be believed. Allahu ta'ala's Prophet, Muhammad ('alaihi 's-salam), foretold that mankind, following their nafs, would attempt to change Islam. He said, "My umma will divide into seventy-three groups; only one of them will go to Paradise." The seventy-two groups which, as it had been declared, would go to Hell because of their heretical beliefs, did come into being. These seventy-two groups are not disbelievers for their erroneous understanding of the ambiguous, obscure meanings of the Qur'an al-karim and the Hadith ash-Sharif. But they will go to Hell because they changed Islam. They are called ahl al-bidat or dalala, that is, dissenters. The dissenters, because they are Muslims, will later be taken out from Hell and will go to Paradise. Besides them, there are those who are nominally Muslims, but change Islam according to their corrupt knowledge and short sight, thus going out of Islam. They will remain in Hell eternally. They are zindiqs and reformers.
Today, the la-madhhabi people, by spending millions and millions of dollars, have been striving to disseminate their heretical beliefs in every country. It is seen with regret that most of the ignorant of Islam, with a desire for much money, or being deceived, have gone into this distorted heretical path, departing from the right path shown by the 'ulama' (scholars) of Ahl as-Sunnat. They have been struggling to cast aspersions upon the books by the scholars of Ahl as-Sunnat. It therefore became an obligation to explain the evil beliefs unconformable to Ahl as-Sunnat as held by the Wahhabis, a group of the la-madhhabi, in a separate book with documents and to explain the oppression and persecution directed towards Muslims by these cruel, ignorant people. Hence, it became necessary for Muslims to see this terrifying danger and to protect themselves from being taken in by false, deceitful words and writings.
A man named Muhammad ibn'Abd-ul-Wahhab wrote a booklet entitled Kitab at-tawhid. Although his grandson Sulaiman ibn 'Abdullah had started expounding this booklet, he died when Ibrahim Pasha went to Dar'iyya and punished them in 1233 A.H. (1817). His second grandson, 'Abd ar-Rahman ibn Hasan, expounded it in a book entitled Fat'h al-majid. Later on he prepared a second book, Qurrat al-'uyun, abridging his former commentary. In the seventh edition of the commentary published with additions by a Wahhabi named Muhammad Hamid in 1377 A.H. (1957), the ayats which descended about kafirs and many hadiths were written to delude Muslims, and wrong, distorted meanings were extracted from them to attack Ahl as-Sunnat, the true Muslims, and to call those pure Muslims "kafirs." On many pages of this book, he spits fire, calling the Shiites "damned polytheists." He takes most of this commentary from Ibn Taymiyya and his student Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya and his grandson Ahmad ibn 'Abd al-Halim, for whom he says "Radi-Allahu 'Anh." "'allama" and "Shaikh al-Islam, Abu 'l-'Abbas." respectively.
We came by a small Wahhabite book entitled Jewab-i Numan in Turkish while preparing this book. It was reprinted for the second time in Damascus in 1385 A.H. (1965) and was being distributed free of charge, deluding the Turkish pilgrims to mislead them away from the path of Ahl as-Sunnat. By Allahu ta'ala's benevolence and favor, it fell to our lot to write documented correct answers to the heretical and false statements in that book, too.
The book Advice for the Muslim consists of two parts. In the first part, statements from the books Fat'h al-majid and Jawab-i Numan are quoted and answers from the books of Islamic scholars (rahimahum-Allahu ta'ala) are given in thirty-five articles.
The second part deals with how the Wahhabis came forth, how they spread out, how those ignorant and brutal people who infiltrated into the Wahhabis to obtain wealth and power massacred Muslims and destroyed their possessions, how they brutally attacked Muslim countries, how they were punished by the Ottoman State, and how they established a new state after the First World War.
May Allahu ta'ala protect Muslims from catching the pestilence of Wahhabism and Shiism! May He redeem the unlucky people who have slipped into these paths from this perdition! Amin.
In the text, the interpreted ayats of the Qur'an al-karim are given as ma'al Sharif (meaning concluded by the mufassirs), which may or may not be the same as what Allahu ta'ala meant in the ayat. A glossary of Arabic and other non-English terms foreign to the English reader is appended.
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