In The Name of God, The Most Merciful, The Ever-Merciful to His believing servants.
1. We believe in God, His Names, Attributes and Actions, as they were mentioned in His Book and in the Life of His Final Messenger, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace, without distorting, interpreting, likening Him to what He has created, nor resemblance, nor denying them.
2. We love the Companions of the Messenger of God, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace, and we hate those who speak against them. We believe that to speak ill of them is to speak ill of the Religion, because they are the ones who conveyed it to us. And we love the Family of the Prophet, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace, with love that is permitted by the Divine Legislation. ‘Imraan Ibn Husayn, may God be please with him, said, “O people! Learn the knowledge of the religion from us, if you do not do so, then you will certainly be misguided.” (al-Kifaayah (p.15) of al-Khateeb al Baghdaadee)
3. We love the People of The Prophetic Narrations and all of the Orthodox Predecessors of the Muslim Nation. Imam Shaatibee (d.790H) said, “The Pious Predecessors, the Companions, the taabi’een (the students of the Companions) and their successors knew the Qur’aan, its sciences and its meanings the best.” (al-Muwaafiqaat (2/79) of ash-Shaatibee).
4. We despise theological rhetoric, and we view it to be from amongst the greatest reasons for the division in the Muslim Nation.
5. We do not accept anything from the books of jurisprudence, nor from the books of explanation of the Qur’aan, nor from the ancient stories, nor from the biography of the Prophet, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace, except that which has been confirmed from God or His Messenger, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace. We do not mean that we have rejected them, nor do we claim that we are not in need of them. Rather, we benefit from the works of our Scholars and the jurists and other than them. However, we do not accept a ruling, except with authentic proof.
6. We do not write in our books, nor do we cover in our lessons, nor do we give sermons with anything except the Qur’aan or the authentic and authoritative Prophetic Narrations. And we detest that emanates from many books and admonishers in terms of false stories and weak and fabricated narrations. ‘Abdullah Ibnul-Mubaarak (d.181H), said, “The authentic narrations are sufficient and the weak narrations are not needed.” (al-Jaami’ li-Aklaaqir-Raawee (2/159) of as-Suyootee).
7. We do not declare a Muslim to be a non-believer due to any sin, except polytheism with God, or the abandonment of the Obligatory Prayer, or apostasy. We seek refuge in God from that.
8. We believe that the Qur’aan is the Speech of God, it is not created.
9. We hold that our ‘obligation is to co-operate with the group that traverses the methodology of the Book and the Prophetic Way, and what the Predecessors of the Muslim Nation were upon: in terms of calling to God the Glorified, and being sincere in worship of Him, and warning from polytheism, heresy, and disobedience, and to advise all of the groups that oppose this (from a fatwa by the Committee of Major Scholars dated: 11/16/1417. (no. 18870). It was signed by al-‘Allamah ‘Abdul-Azeez Ibn Baaz, Shaykh Abdul Azeez ibn Abdullah aalush-Shaykh, Shaykh Abdullah Ibn Abdur-Rahmaan al-Ghudayyaan, Shaykh Bakr Ibn Abduullah Aboo Zayd, and Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan). So co-opeating upon righteousness and piety and mutual advising necessitates warning against evil and not co-operating with the wicked (From the words of Shaykh Ibn Baaz in al-Furqaan magazine (issue no. 14, p. 15).
10. We do not deem it correct to revolt against the Muslim rulers as long as they are Muslims, nor do we feel that revolutions bring about reconciliation. Rather, they corrupt the community.
11. We hold that the multiplicity of present day parties is a reason for the division of the Muslim and their weakness. So therefore we set about ‘freeing the minds from the fetters of blind-following and the darkness of sectarianism and party spirit. ‘(Fiqhul-Waaqi’ (p.49) of al-Albaanee)
12. We restrict our understanding of the Book of God and of the Sunnah of the Messenger of God, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace, to the understanding of the Orthodox Predecessors of the Muslim Nation from the Scholars of Prophetic Narrations, not the blind-followers of their individuals. Rather, we take the truth from wherever it comes. And we know that there are those who claim Orthodoxy, yet Orthodox Islam is free from them, since they bring to the society that which God has prohibited. We believe in ‘cultivating the young generation upon this Islam, purified from all that we have mentioned, giving to them correct Islamic education from the start without any influence from the disbelieving western educations.’ (Fiqhul-Waaqi (p.51) of al-Albaanee).
13. We believe politics is a part of the Religion, and those who try to separate the Religion from politics are only attempting to destroy the Religion and to spread chaos.
14. We believe there will be no honour or victory for the Muslims until they return to the Book of God and to the Ways of the Messenger of God, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace.
15. We oppose those who divide the Religion into trivialities and important issues. And we know that this is a destructive call.
16. We oppose those who attempt to put down the knowledge of the Prophetic Way, and say that this is not the time for it. Likewise, we oppose those who put down acting upon the Way of the Messenger of God, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace.
17. Our Call and our Creed and Belief is more beloved to us than our own selves, our wealth and our offspring. We are not prepared to part with it for gold, nor silver. We say this so that no one may have hope in buying out our call, nor should he think that it is possible for him to purchase it from us for gold or silver coins (or modern currency!).
18. We love the present day Scholars of the Prophetic Way and hope to benefit from them and regret the passing away of many of them. Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) (d.179H) said, “The knowledge of Prophetic Narrations is your flesh and blood and you will be asked concerning it on the Day of Judgement, so look who you are taking it from.” (al-Muhaddithul-Faasil (p.416) and al-Kifaayah (p21) of al-Khateeb).
19. We do not accept a ruling except from the Book of God and the Way of the Messenger of God, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace.
These are glimpses into our ‘Creed and Belief and our call. So if one has any objection to this, then we are prepared to accept advice if it is truthful, and to refute it if it is erroneous, and to avoid it if it is stubborn rejection.
And God knows best.
May God extol His Messenger in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace, his family and companions altogether.
Adapted from Sunnah Publishing, may God preserve them and strengthen their call.