Rectify your own self first then others

Reference: An-Naseehah page 11

From the established principles of the religion is that the Muslim, before he busies himself with rectifying other people, should be concerned with the rectification of his own self, and striving to save himself from the causes of his own destruction.

Allaah, the Most High, said:

{By Time, indeed all of Mankind is in loss. Except those who believe and do righteous deed, encourage each other upon the truth and encourage each other upon patience} [103:1-3]

Allaah informed us regarding those who will be saved from loss and destruction, they are the those within whom the above attributes are found. Allaah  mentioned the establishment of Imaan and righteous actions within themselves. This is before their preaching to others by encouraging them with the truth and encouraging them with patience. This is therefore a confirmation of this matter.

Also, Allaah criticized Banu Israaeel when they opposed this principle, He said:

{Do you order other people with righteousness yet forget yourselves, whilst you recite the scriptures? Then will you not reason?} [02:44]

It is therefore upon the youth to be concerned with rectifying themselves before they [busy themselves] with the rectification of others. If they become firm upon this, and combine between following the religion of Allaah themselves as well as calling other to it – they will have actualized the guidance of the Salaf, and Allaah will make them an avenue of benefit.

They will therefore become callers to the Sunnah through both their speech and action. By Allaah, this is the greatest of ranks, whoever is guided to it will be from the best of the servants of Allaah on the Day of Resurrection.

Allaah, the most High, said:

{…and who is better in speech than the one who invites to Allaah, does righteous deeds and says, ‘Indeed, I am of the Muslims’} [41:33]

الإشتغال بإصلاح النفس مقدم على إصلاح الغير

المرجع: النصيحة للشيخ إبراهيم الرحيلي حفظه الله تعالى من ص11-

إن من الأصول المقررة في الدين أن المسلم معني بإصلاح نفسه وسعيه في تحقيق نجاتها والابتعاد عن أسباب هلاكها قبل اشتغاله بغيره من الناس كما قال تعالى

{والعصر إن الإنسان لفي خسر. إلا الذين آمنوا وعملوا الصالحات وتواصوا بالحق وتواصوا بالصبر} ( العصر :1-3)

فأخبر الله عن الناجين من الخسران بأنهم من تحققت فيهم هذه الخصال فذكر تحقيقهم للإيمان والعمل الصالح في أنفسهم قبل دعوتهم لغيرهم بالتواصي بالحق والتواصي بالصبر وهذا تقرير لهذه  المسألة .

وقد عاب الله على بني إسرائيل مخالفتهم لهذا الأصل بقوله :

{أتأمرون الناس بالبر وتنسون أنفسكم وأنتم تتلون الكتاب أفلا تعقلون} (البقرة : 44 )

فعلى الشباب أن يعتنوا بإصلاح أنفسهم قبل إصلاح غيرهم فإذا ما استقاموا على ذلك وجمعوا بين الامتثال لدين الله في أنفسهم ودعوتهم غيرهم إليه كانوا على هدي السلف بحق ونفع الله  بهم وكانوا دعاة للسنة بأقوالهم وأفعالهم وهذه لعمر الله أعظم المراتب التي من وفق إليها  كان من خيار عباد الله منزلة يوم القيامة قال الله تعالى

{ومن أحسن قولاً ممن دعا إلى الله وعمل صالحاً وقال إنني من المسلمين} (فصلت: 33 )

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2010. He currently resides in Nelson, Lancashire and is the Imam of Masijd Sunnah.

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