General advice to Muslims by Imaam Ibn Baaz

From `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to my fellow Muslims. May Allaah guide them and me to walk in the path of His believing servants and to hold fast to the truth and correct knowledge of religion, and may Allaah safeguard them and me from the path of those who earned His Anger, nor of those who went astray, Aaameeen!

al-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you).

I render this advice and reminder to you as a duty ordained in the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) that reads: And remind (by preaching the Qur’aan, O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), for verily, the reminding profits the believers. And in another Aayah in which Allaah (Exalted be He) says: Help you one another in Al-Birr and Al-Taqwaa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. Also, the Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said, Religion is sincerity (in advice, actions and so on).’ It was asked, ‘To whom, O Messenger of Allaah?’ He (peace be upon him) replied, ‘To Allaah, His Book, His Messenger, and the leaders of Muslims and their common people.’ 

According to another Hadeeth: ‘A faithful believer to a faithful believer is like the bricks of a wall, enforcing each other.’ While saying so, the Prophet (peace be upon him) clasped his hands, by interlacing his fingers. He (peace be upon him) is also reported in another Hadeeth to have said: The similitude of believers in regard to their mutual love, mercy, and compassion is that of the body; when any of its parts complains, the whole body calls upon one another (sharing) with (it) sleeplessness and fever. Everyone is familiar about the heedlessness and apathy that have befallen the Muslims toward the purpose for which they have been created, and the devotion of most of them to living this worldly life and enjoying its transient pleasures and spending all their time on its various paths and activities. They, on the other hand, have forgotten the Hereafter and preparing for it. As a consequence, this has led them to split, have differences, and suffer enmity and feud among themselves.

Furthermore, attitudes of loyalty and disassociation for Allaah’s Sake have come to be based on the transient interests of the worldly life, disregarding the Hereafter and the necessary provision for it… read more here.