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From the foremost of bad manners is directing any act of worship to other than Allaah, or denying any Name or Attribute of Allaah, or rejecting or doubting a Qur`anic aya or authentic hadeeth when it reaches, or not accepting what Allaah decreed. And, of course, harming the creation and disobedience to parents, and the like, follows.

The people of bid’ah (innovation) often limit their definition of bad manners to falsely describe the one who enjoins the good and forbids the evil, or the one who doesn’t sit with them, or the one who rejects their bid’ah, or the one who warns against them, or the one who doesn’t support them, or the one who is forced to leave immediately following the salat in fear of their shubuhaat (doubts) entering his ears, or the “strange” one who “dares” call to Tawheed – a call they ignorantly belittle and declare “devisive.” So they criticize him even though he is abiding by the commands of Allaah (‘azza wa jall) in these matters. Refuge in Allaah is sought from all deviance.

Shaikh Hassan ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhab al-Banna (hafidhahullaah) told us two summers ago while he was in Masjid Rahmah, Newark, N.J.:

Someone may say the Deen is the Deen of manners, and they don’t mention ‘Aqidah, and these people are in tremendous error.”

And since the shaikh shared with us the tafsir of Surat al-Hujuraat and its connection to manners, he specifically mentioned the ignorance of people of bid’ah regarding this matter, and said:

If you pay attention to the start of the surat (al-Hujuraat), Allaah addresses the believers – those who have sound ‘Aqidah.”

[Meaning that Allaah’s commands to not raise one’s voice in an unlegislated way, and His commands to verify news, to make peace, not to backbite {without a legislated reason}, or mock others, or slander or defame them, and to avoid suspicion – all this comes after Allaah addresses them as believers, i.e., already having correct ‘Aqidah.]

Reading to us from the tafseer of Imam as-Sa’dee (rahimahullaah), Shaikh Hassan ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhab al-Banna (hafidhahullaah) said about the first ayah: O you who believe! Do not put (yourselves) forward before Allaah and His Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), and fear Allaah. Verily! Allaah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. (Al-Hujurat 49:1)

This includes one having respect and manners for Allaah and His Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) by submitting to Allaah and His command, and following the Sunnah. This is the reality of manners. And this is a warning from putting one’s statements ahead of Allaah and His Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).

In another lecture, Shaikh Hassan ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhab al-Banna (hafidhahullaah) gave during that same summer, he said:

Start with what the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) started with – Tawheed. [The mushrikeen] drank, stole and even made tawaaf naked, yet the Prophet started with Tawheed. …We don’t say like [Firqat] at-Tableegh, ‘We rely on Allaah, let’s leave the country and call to manners [with the created beings].’ They [Firqat at-Tableegh] don’t call to ‘aqidah. They call to manners with the created beings. They don’t know that the greatest of the akhlaaq [character and manners] is the akhlaaq with Allaah (‘azza wa jall).”

Shaikh Muhammad ibn Salih al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) authored a highly beneficial book Upright Moral Character – A Concise Guide to Attaining Dignified Islaamic Character, which our dear brother Moosa Richardson translated, in which Shaikh Al-‘Uthaimeen classified manners in two groups: firstly, manners with Allaah (‘azza wa jall), and then manners with the creation.

And from the manners with Allaah (‘azza wa jall) are: (1) accepting/believing Allaah’s reports (Qur`an and Sunnah) when they reach you without wavering or doubting, (2) implementing them, and (3) accepting what Allaah decreed.

And when describing the outstanding attributes of the Saved Sect in Fatawa Arkan-ul-Islam, Vol. 1, Sixth Question, Shaikh al-‘Uthaimeen said:

“In character, one finds that likewise, they stand out from others due to their fine character, such as in their love of what is good for the Muslims, their open heartedness, cheerful faces, good way of speaking, generosity, bravery and other noble traits of character and qualities. 

In conduct, one finds them treating the people with honesty and openness, and these two qualities were referred to by the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihiwasallam) in his words: “Both parties in a business transaction have the right to annul it as long as they have not separated; and if they speak the truth and make everything clear, they will be blessed in their transaction; but if they tell a lie and conceal anything, the blessing on their transaction will be blotted out.” [1]


In commenting on some ahadeeth dealing with shirk, Shaikh Muhammad Nasir ud-Deen al-Albanee (rahimahullaah) said:

And there are various other similiar wordings of Shirk, which is obligatory to stop using, and to repent from using them in order to have correct manners with Allaah Tabarak wa Ta’aala. Indeed, many of the common folk have been negligent of this noble mannerism. 

Likewise, there are specific people (who claim to have knowledge) who justify their utterances, such as these statements of Shirk like calling on other than Allaah at times of hardship, and seeking help from the dead from amongst the righteous people, and swearing by them – and not by Allaah Ta’aala – and swearing by them above Allaah ‘azza wa jall.

When a scholar of the Book and Sunnah criticizes them for this, rather than helping the scholar forbid the evil, they show enmity by criticizing him and they say, “Indeed the intentions of these people who call on other than Allaah is good! And actions are but by intentions, as found in the hadeeth!

So they are ignorant – or pretend to be ignorant – to please the common folk. They claim that the intention is good. You find this among the previously mentioned people, and it does not make an evil action into a good action.

The meaning of the previously mentioned hadeeth is that good actions are with sincere intentions, not that actions which oppose the Sharee’ah are converted to legislated good actions due to being similiar to a good action. This is something which only an ignorant biased person says!

Do you not see that if a man prays toward a grave, then this would be an evil action even though he is praying; and this is due to his opposition to the ahadeeth and the athar that are mentioned about the prohibition of facing a grave for prayer.

So would an intelligent person say to the one who turns to face the grave (after having knowledge that the Sharee’ah prohibited this) that his intention is good and his action is permissible? [2]



[1] Reported by Al-Bukhari  in the Book of Sales, in the Chapter: If Two Parties in a Business Transaction are Open and do not Hide Anything and Act in Good Faith (2079); and it was reported by Muslim in the Book of Sales, in the Chapter on Honesty and Openness in Business Dealings (1532).

[2] Taken from Silsilah Ahadeeth As-Saheeh Vol. 1, ahadeeth no. 136-139, pp. 263-267. From those Mannerisms that are Obligatory with Allaah Ta’ala

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