Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
سلسلة علّمني ديني
My Religion Taught Me...
By: Shaykh Muhammad bin Umar Bāzmūl –hafidhahullah–
Translations and Annotations by Misbaah Olagunju (Abu Aamaal)
 My Religion Taught Me:
That people generally are of two parties: the party of Ar-Rahman and the party of shaytaan, whoever treads the path of the glorious Qur'an and the pure Sunnah seeking guidance in what has been transmitted from the Salaf (pious predecessors) in understanding and acting by both of them (the Qur'an and Sunnah) - then such a person belongs to the party of Ar-Rahman, and as for the one who treads a path different from this, then he has followed a path of desire and lust, and he has been beguiled by self-conceit, and he is from the party of shaytaan.
The bestower of blessing, the exalted had said:
وَمَن یَتَوَلَّ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥ وَٱلَّذِینَ ءَامَنُوا۟ فَإِنَّ حِزۡبَ ٱللَّهِ هُمُ ٱلۡغَـٰلِبُونَ
"And whosoever takes Allah, His Messenger, and those who have believed, as Protectors (friends) then the party of Allah will be the victorious."
[Surah Al-Ma'idah: 56]
The exalted again said:
إِنَّ ٱلشَّیۡطَـٰنَ لَكُمۡ عَدُوࣱّ فَٱتَّخِذُوهُ عَدُوًّاۚ إِنَّمَا یَدۡعُوا۟ حِزۡبَهُۥ لِیَكُونُوا۟ مِنۡ أَصۡحَـٰبِ ٱلسَّعِیرِ
"Surely, Shaitan (Satan) is an enemy to you, so take (treat) him as an enemy. He only invites his Hizb (followers) that they may become the dwellers of the blazing Fire."
[Surah Faatir: 6]
The exalted again said:
ٱسۡتَحۡوَذَ عَلَیۡهِمُ ٱلشَّیۡطَـٰنُ فَأَنسَىٰهُمۡ ذِكۡرَ ٱللَّهِۚ أُو۟لَـٰۤىِٕكَ حِزۡبُ ٱلشَّیۡطَـٰنِۚ أَلَاۤ إِنَّ حِزۡبَ ٱلشَّیۡطَـٰنِ هُمُ ٱلۡخَـٰسِرُونَ
"Shaitan (Satan) has overtaken them. So he has made them forget the remembrance of Allah. They are the party of Shaitan (Satan). Verily, it is the party of Shaitan (Satan) that will be the losers!"
[Surah Al-Mujaadila: 19]
The exalted again said:
لَّا تَجِدُ قَوۡمࣰا یُؤۡمِنُونَ بِٱللَّهِ وَٱلۡیَوۡمِ ٱلۡـَٔاخِرِ یُوَاۤدُّونَ مَنۡ حَاۤدَّ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥ وَلَوۡ كَانُوۤا۟ ءَابَاۤءَهُمۡ أَوۡ أَبۡنَاۤءَهُمۡ أَوۡ إِخۡوَ ٰنَهُمۡ أَوۡ عَشِیرَتَهُمۡۚ أُو۟لَـٰۤىِٕكَ كَتَبَ فِی قُلُوبِهِمُ ٱلۡإِیمَـٰنَ وَأَیَّدَهُم بِرُوحࣲ مِّنۡهُۖ وَیُدۡخِلُهُمۡ جَنَّـٰتࣲ تَجۡرِی مِن تَحۡتِهَا ٱلۡأَنۡهَـٰرُ خَـٰلِدِینَ فِیهَاۚ رَضِیَ ٱللَّهُ عَنۡهُمۡ وَرَضُوا۟ عَنۡهُۚ أُو۟لَـٰۤىِٕكَ حِزۡبُ ٱللَّهِۚ أَلَاۤ إِنَّ حِزۡبَ ٱللَّهِ هُمُ
"You (O Muhammad) will not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day, making friendship with those who oppose Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad), even though they were their fathers, or their sons, or their brothers, or their kindred (people). For such He has written Faith in their hearts, and strengthened them with Ruh (proofs, light and true guidance) from Himself. And We will admit them to Gardens (Paradise) under which rivers flow, to dwell therein (forever). Allah is pleased with them, and they with Him. They are the Party of Allah. Verily, it is the Party of Allah that will be the successful."
[Surah Al-Mujadila: 22]
Here the Shaykh alluded to the categorisation of people based on their loyalty and partisanship. In terms of these, people are largely divided into two parties: hizbur-Rahman (the party of Allah) and hizbush-shaytaan (the party of shaytaan), as for hizbur-Rahman, they are those who give their loyalty to Allah, His messenger, His religion and the believers, they are those who are conscious of their Lord in open and in secret, they are devoted to His worship, and they venerate no one above Him. They have fervent love for His messenger and his Sunnah and prefer no guidance over the guidance of Allah's messenger. They are those who are persistent upon furthering the deen of Allah and aiding the believers with their lives and wealth. And they are the victorious party here in this world in the face of all tribulations, and the successful party in the hereafter when they meet with their Lord. They are the Awliyaa'u (friends) of Allah, and regarding them Shaykhul Islam rahimahullah said:
"They are those who believe in Him, makes friend with Him, then love whatever He loves and are pleased with whatever pleases Him, and are enraged by whatever angers Him, and they command with whatever He commands and proscribe from all that He prohibits, they give to those whom He loves to be given and hinders from those whom He loves to be hindered from, just as it has been reported by At-Tirmidhi and by other than from from the prophet —Allah raise his rank and grant him peace—, where he said:
أوثق عرى الإيمان: الحب في الله والبغض في الله
"The strongest handhold of Eemaan is loving for the sake of Allah and hating for the sake of Allah" - [Musnad Imam Ahmad: 4/286].
In another report in the sunan of Abu Daawuud, he said:
من احب لله وابغض لله، وأعطى لله ومنع لله، فقد استكمل الإيمان
"Whoever loves for the sake of Allah and hates for the sake of Allah, and gives for the sake of Allah and hinders for the sake of Allah has perfected his Eemaan" - [Abu Daawuud: 4681]
He rahimahullah said further; therefore the waliy of Allah is the one who assent and follow Him in whatever He loves, whatever pleases Him, whatever He hates and whatever angers Him, and follow Him in whatever He commands with as well as in all that He prohibits from. Therefore enmity towards His waliy is enmity towards Him and whoever makes enmity with His Awliyaa'u has made enmity with Allah, and whoever makes enmity with Allah has waged war against Him, and that is why He —the mighty and sublime— said:
ومن عادى لي وليا فقد بارزني بالمحاربة
"Whoever makes enmity with my waliy has challenged me to war"." End of his statement [Al-Furqaan bayna Awliyaa'urRahman wa Awliyaa'ushaytaan: 8-10]
Hizbush-shaytaan on the other hand are the enemies of Allah, His Messenger, His religion and the believers, they wage war against Allah and all that is of Him, and they continously seek after extinguishing the torch of Allah's religion, alas, they are the losers in every of their endeavours in this world and awaiting them in the hereafter is a humiliating torment in the blazing fire.
Once again my religion taught me that people are of two parties, the party of Allah and the party of shaytaan: the believers are the Awliyaa'u of Allah and they give their loyalty to Him and His Messenger - Sallallaahu alahyi wa sallam - and they are the successful because they are hizbur-Rahman, while those who follow other than the path of Allah and the guidance of His messenger are hizbush-shaytaan and they are his Awliyaa'u, and for them is loss here and in the hereafter.
And that ends the nineth lesson.
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