Book :قواعد الأربع (The Four Principles).
Explained by : Shaykh Mohammad bin Ramzaan Al Haajiree حفظه الله
Notes by : Om Zakariyaa Al Baakistaaniyyah.
Note Number 6.
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Topic : The Fourth Principle
Matan(TEXT) from Book
أن مشركي زماننا أغلظ شركاً من الأولين؛ لأن الأولين يشركون في الرخاء، ويخلصون في الشدة، ومشركي زماننا شركهم دائماً في الرخاء والشدة، والدليل: قوله تعالى
فَإِذَا رَكِبُوا فِي الْفُلْكِ دَعَوُا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ فَلَمَّا نَجَّاهُمْ إِلَى الْبَرِّ إِذَا هُمْ يُشْرِكُونَ
تمت وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وآله وصحبه وسلم
The fourth principle is that the mushrikeen of our time are worse in their shirk than the mushrikeen who came before. This is because those who came before committed shirk during times of ease and made their worship purely for Allaah during times of difficulty. However, the shirk of the mushrikeen of our time is continuous, during times of ease and difficulty. The proof is His, the Most High’s, saying, “And when they embark on a ship they invoke Allaah making their faith pure for Him only, but when He brings them safely to land, behold, they give a share of their worship to others.” [al-Ankaboot (29):65] , so based upon this, the caller (one who supplicates) then he is actually a worshiper (by this supplication), and the evidence is His, the Most High’s saying, “And who is more astray than one who calls (invokes) besides Allâh, such as will not answer him till the Day of Resurrection, and who are (even) unaware of their calls (invocations) to them?” [Al-Ahqaf (46):5]
And Allaah, the Sublime, knows best. Prayers and peace be upon Muhammad, his family and companions.
Explanation ( الشرح )
- This Fourth Principle revolves around the result the Author have come to.
- And it is Authors Statement that the, Mushrikoon of Past were better than of our time because those of past, if calamity befalls on them they would go back to Allaah عزوجل and seek refuge from Him and make dua’aa to him. And Allaah عزوجل says in Soorah Al Israa’ verse 67, ‘’ And when harm touches you upon the sea, those that you call upon besides Him vanish from you except Him (Allah Alone). But when He brings you safely to land, you turn away (from Him). And man is ever ungrateful.’’
- But now those who commit Shirk, commit in times of Calamity and as well as in times of Ease.