Religion is the guidance which was first instilled by the Almighty in human nature and after that it was given by Him with all essential details to mankind through His prophets. Muhammad (sws) is the last of these prophets. Consequently, it is now he alone who in this world is the sole source of religion. It is only through him that man can receive divine guidance, and it is only he who, through his words, deeds or tacit approvals, has the authority to regard something as part of Islam until the Day of Judgement.[1]

We call upon all people of this world to profess faith in this religion and to purify their individual and collective lives in accordance with it. The reward of those who accept this call to profess faith and to purify themselves is Paradise which is as extensive as this universe. It is a place where there is no concept of death with life, pain with pleasure, sorrow with happiness, anxiety with satisfaction, hardship with ease and bane with boon. Its comfort is everlasting, its bliss is endless, its days and nights are abiding; its peace unending, its pleasure eternal, its majesty enduring and its perfection impeccable. In it, God Almighty has provided for His servants what has never been seen by the eyes, never been heard by the ears and never been imagined by the hearts.[2]

We invite those who believe in this religion in these times that in order to acquire this Paradise, they should act in accordance with their faith, fulfil the rights of God and His servants with full honesty and sincerity and not commit any excess against the life, wealth and honour of anyone.[3]

We invite them to urge people in their surroundings and in their circle of influence to do good and to refrain from evil. This is an obligation imposed on them by their Lord. It should be discharged by a father towards his son and a son towards his father, a husband towards his wife and a wife towards her husband, a brother towards his sister and a sister towards her brother, a friend towards his friend and a neighbour towards his neighbour – in short, a person should discharge it towards every person who has an immediate relation with him. Consequently, wherever they see someone known to them adopting an attitude which is contrary to the truth, they – according to their knowledge, capacity and ability – should try to urge him to mend his ways.[4]

If emotions, vested-interests and biases try to divert them from justice in some worldly or religious matter, they should adhere to justice; in fact, if their testimony is required in these matters, they should do so even if it puts their life in danger. They should speak the truth and submit to it; they should adhere to justice and bear witness to it, and hold fast to it in their beliefs and deeds.[5]

If they face religious persecution, then instead of retaliating with violence, they should show patience,[6] and if possible should leave the place where they face such persecution and migrate to a place where they can openly practice their religion.[7]

In current times, the leading scholars of the Farahi School with the help and blessing of God have been able to cleanse Islam – the true religion - from every juristic and scholastic intrusion and from every adulteration of philosophy and tasawwuf, and have presented it in its pristine form purely on the basis of the Qur’an and the Sunnah. The communication and dissemination of this religion, education and instruction of people on its basis and the reconstruction of Muslim religious thought in its light is a great jihad. We invite all Muslims to help us in this jihad by offering their support, time and resources for it. This is the nusrah (help and support) of the true religion of God from which nothing should be dearer to a true believer:[8]

 

یٰۤاَیُّہَا  الَّذِیۡنَ  اٰمَنُوۡا کُوۡنُوۡۤا  اَنۡصَارَ اللّٰہِ کَمَا قَالَ عِیۡسَی ابۡنُ  مَرۡیَمَ لِلۡحَوَارِیّٖنَ مَنۡ  اَنۡصَارِیۡۤ  اِلَی اللّٰہِ ؕ قَالَ الۡحَوَارِیُّوۡنَ نَحۡنُ  اَنۡصَارُ اللّٰہِ  (61: 14)

 

Believers! Be God’s helpers, the way Jesus, son of Mary, called upon his disciples: “Who will be my helper in the cause of God?” The disciples replied: “We are God’s helpers.” (61:14)

(Translated by Dr Shehzad Saleem)

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[1]. The Qur’an, 62:2.

[2]. The Qur’an, 87:14-17.

[3]. The Qur’an, 16:90.

[4]. The Qur’an, 9:71.

[5]. The Qur’an, 4:135; 5:8.

[6]. The Qur’an, 41:33-35.

[7]. The Qur’an, 4:97.

[8]. The Qur’an, 9:24.