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AQD032E: Al-Walaa' Wal Baraa'

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Question (via email):

Can you explain what is Walaa Wal Baraa' and how the Companions and Tabi'in practised it and whether it is still applicable in Singapore?

Jazakallahu khair.

Regards,
Muhammad Khairy


Answer:

Praise be to Allaah, we praise Him and seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allaah from the evil of our own selves and from our evil deeds. Whomsoever Allaah guides, none can lead astray, and whomsoever He sends astray, none can guide.

One of the key factors that causes some Muslims to disregard or despise the concept of al-walaa’ wal-baraa’ is the widespread propaganda via mass media about the concept of "Unity of Religions". This false concept attempts to erase the line between Islam and Kufr, between haq (truth) & baathil (falsehood), between ma'ruf (good) & munkar (evil) and between Muslims & Kaafirs are propagated by those who are ghuluw (extreme) in their ideology of religious harmony.

The following is an extract from Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid's article entitled "Non-Muslim Religious Celebrations and Ruling on Participating" available on IslamQA.com.

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One of the most important basic principles of our religion is that of al-walaa’ wal-baraa’, loyalty (walaa’) to Islam and its people, and diavowal (baraa’) of kufr and its people. One of the essential features of this disavowal of kufr and its people is that the Muslim should be distinct from the people of kufr, and he should feel proud of his religion and of being a Muslim, no matter how strong and advanced and civilized the kuffaar may be, and no matter how weak and backward and divided the Muslims may be. It is not permissible under any circumstances to take the strength of the kuffaar and the weakness of the Muslims as an excuse for imitating and resembling them, as some hypocrites and defeatist Muslims claim. The texts which forbid imitating the kuffaar do not make any distinction between whether Muslims are strong or weak, because the Muslim can be distinct in his religion and be proud of being Muslim even when he is in a weak position.

Allaah calls us to be proud of Islam, and considers this to be the best of speech and the best kind of pride, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And who is better in speech than he who [says: “My Lord is Allah (believes in His Oneness),” and then stands firm (acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to Allah’s (Islamic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: “I am one of the Muslims.” [Fussilat 41:33]

Because it is so important for the Muslim to be distinguished from the kaafir, the Muslim is commanded to pray to Allaah at least seventeen times each day to help him to avoid the path of the kaafireen and to guide him to the Straight Path:

“Guide us to the Straight Way. The way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray” [al-Faatihah 1:6-7 – interpretation of the meaning].

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Wallaahu a'lam.
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