Islam Upon the Way of the Righteous Predecessors - Purifying
Aqeedah, Its Meaning and Importance
by Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Qari
From "Aqeedah (Matters of Faith) First...If They But Knew"
The Messenger informed Mu'adh bin Jabal, when he was going to the
land of Yemen, "You are going to a people from the People of the Book.
Let the first thing that you call them to be the worship of Allah. If they
acknowledge Allah, then inform them that Allah has obligated upon
them five prayers during their days and nights." [Al-Bukhari, Muslim]
This hadith is clear. It does not require much of an explanation. The
Prophet applied this principle in his practical calling to Islam. He stayed
in Makkah for thirteen years to each the people iman and to educate his
Companions on this point and to correct the beliefs of the people. That
is the pattern upon which the Companions were brought up.
Jundub Ibn Abdullah al-Bajaly said, "We learned iman (faith) and then
we learned the Quran and it increased our iman." Abdullah ibn Umar
said, "We lived during an instant of time in which one of us would
receive faith first before receiving the Quran and when the surahs were
revealed we would learn what they permitted and what they prohibited
and what they forbade and what they ordered and what should be the
stance towards them. But I have seen many men from whom one is
given the Quran before iman and he reads it from the opening of the
Book to its closing and he does not know what it orders and what it
forbids and what should be his stance towards it. He is like someone
who is just throwing out dates [i.e., he does not get any benefit from
That is the manner in which the Prophet brought up his companions:
Iman first and then the Quran. This is similar to what Imam Abu Hanifa
pointed out: Understanding in the religion first (i.e. tauheed) and then
understanding in the science (i.e. the shariah).
The beliefs must be corrected first, th