WHAT IS A TRUE MUSLIM LIKE?
The first thing is to correct the belief in accordance with those which the Ahl as-sunna savants communicate in their books. It is only this Madhhab that will be saved from Hell. May Allâhu ta’âlâ give plenty of rewards for the efforts of those great people!
Scholars of the four Madhhabs, who reached the grade of ijtihâd and the great scholars educated by them are called Ahl as-sunna scholars. After correcting the belief (îmân), it is necessary to perform the acts of worship conveyed in the knowledge of fiqh, i.e. to do the commands of the Sharî’at and to abstain from what it prohibits. One should perform namâz five times each day without reluctance or slackness, and should be careful about its conditions and ta’dîl-i arkân. He who has as much money or property as nisâb should give zakât. Imâm-i a’zâm Abû Hanîfa says, “Also, it is necessary to give the zakât of gold and silver which women use as ornaments.”
One should not waste his precious life on trivialities even if they are permitted (mubâh). It is certainly necessary not to waste time on the harâm. We should not busy ourselves with taghannî, singing, musical instruments, or songs. We should not be deceived by the pleasure they give our nafses. These are poisons mixed with honey and covered with sugar.
One should not commit giybat. Giybat is harâm. [Giybat means to talk about a Muslim’s or a Zimmî’s secret faults behind his back. It is necessary to tell a Muslim about the faults of the Harbîs, about the sins of those who commit these sins in public, about the evils of those who torment Muslims and who deceive Muslims in buying and selling. Thus, Muslims will be aware of their harms. To expose the slander of those who talk and write about Islam wrongfully is not giybat. (Radd-ul-Muhtâr: 5-263)]
One should not spread gossip (carry words) among Muslims. It has been declared that various kinds of torments will be inflicted on those who commit these two kinds of sins. Also, it is harâm to lie and slander; these must be abstained from. These two evils were harâm in every religion. Their punishments are very heavy. It is very blessed to conceal Muslims’ defects, not to spread their secret sins and to forgive them for their faults. One should pity one’s inferiors, those under one’s command [such as wives, children, students, soldiers] and the poor. One should not reproach them for their faults. One should not hurt or beat or swear at those who are weak for trival reasons. One should not attack another’s property, life, honour, or chastity. Debts to anyone or to the government must be paid. Bribery, accepting or giving, is harâm. However, it will not be bribery to give it when there is no other way out, e.g. under a tyrant’s oppression. However, it is harâm to take a bribe even under such conditions. Everybody should see their own defects, and should every hour think of the faults which they have committed towards Allâhu ta’âlâ. They should always bear in mind that Allâhu ta’âlâ does not hurry in punishing them, nor does He cut off their sustenance. The orders from one’s parents, or from the government, compatible with the sharî’a must be obeyed, but those incompatible with the sharî’a should not be resisted in a way that will provoke fitna. [See the 123rd letter in the second volume of the book Maktûbât-i Ma’thûmiyya.]
After correcting the belief and doing the commands of fiqh, one should spend all one’s time remembering Allâhu ta’âlâ. One should continue remembering and mentioning Allâhu ta’âlâ as the great men of religion have prescribed. One should feel hostility towards all the things that will prevent the heart from remembering Allâhu ta’âlâ. The more you adhere to the Sharî’at, the more delicious will it be to remember Him. As indolence and laziness increase in obeying the Sharî’at, that flavour will gradually decrease, eventually disappearing. What can I write more than what I have written already? It will be enough for a reasonable person. We should not fall into the traps of the enemies of Islam by falling for their lies and slanders.