Advice to the Youth

  Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī

General advice from the Imām of al-Jarḥ wa-al-Taʿdīl, al-ʿAllāmah Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī concerning the ills that plague the youth today.

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  We hope for the Muslim youth that they do not open the door of destructive explanations for the Sunnah and for the Salafī methodology, as we hope for them to stick to the principles and foundations of the Salafī methodology, established upon respect for the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), and lauding it, and revering it, and honouring it.
al-ʿAllāmah Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī

 
Verily Allāh the Exalted said:

So No! By your Lord, they cannot believe until they make you (O Muḥammad) a judge in all disputes that they have between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decision, but accept them with full submission. [Sūrah Nisāʾ: 12]

We remind them that they should not exceed their sense of honour towards Islām over the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), nor over the leaders of Islām.

We hope for the Muslim youth that they do not open the door of destructive explanations for the Sunnah and for the Salafī methodology, as we hope for them to stick to the principles and foundations of the Salafī methodology, established upon respect for the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), and lauding it, and revering it, and honouring it.

Verily these explanations and scrutinization devalue the great position of the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) and they have left the door wide open for anyone to play around with the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) and his methodology.

So lastly we advise the Muslims, their general masses, and their youth especially with:

A) That they hold fast to the Book of their Lord, and the Sunnah of their Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) in their creed, and their worship, and the current affairs of their lives.

B) That they exert their seriousness at establishing the oneness of Allāh among the ranks of the Muslims, upon Tawḥīd, and the Sunnah, and truth, and trustworthiness.

C) That they single out Allāh in their worship, and their Jihād (struggle against their own souls), and their actions, and their sciences, and in their matters of conduct.

D) To spread between themselves that which is a reason for love and brotherhood, and friendship, and to distance themselves from everything that is a reason for differing and division, which is also the most dangerous weapon against the Islamic Ummah, and which is assassinating it and it's unity. And it is strengthening the one who works for the destruction of its fragrance.

E) That they keep good opinions of the scholars of the Sunnah and Tawḥīd. For verily having evil thoughts about the scholars is extremely dangerous. Not relying upon them, and not respecting them fires the youth with a zeal which makes them surrender their control to the people of innovation and misguidance, and to ruin, and ignorance, and disaster, and destruction in their worldly matters, and their religion.

So verily we perceive a great danger from some of the youth, so we call them with excitement to the fear of Allāh, and contemplating on Him. And to distance oneself from emotional outbursts, and to attending of the gatherings of the scholars so that knowledge can be learnt from them, and manners, and modesty, and being very gentle-hearted towards the Muslims. So one must have mercy upon their young ones, and respect for their elders, and he must be aware of their authority, and their rank.

O Allāh! Establish this Ummah upon a righteous affair, strengthening by it the people who obey You, and subduing by it the people who disobey You, and raising by it Your Word. O Allāh! Bestow your blessings upon your slave and messenger Muḥammad, and upon his family, and upon his companions; complete and abundant greetings.


Endnotes:

[1] The following is a slightly abridged translation of the conclusion from Shaykh Rabīʿs book, Ṣadd ʿUdwān al-Mulhadīn (p. 83-85).

Translated by Maaz Qureshi.

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