The firmness of the Aqeedah of the Salaf & Its safety from alteration
Verily the pure unadulterated correct Islamic Aqeedah is the most
important of all affairs and the most imperative of the obligations.
Therefore, it is a must to place the concern for this before the concern
for everything else. So when we reflect upon the biographies of our
righteous predecessors (may Allāh have mercy on them and house them in
paradise, and grant them good on behalf of the Muslims), we find them
giving great concern for the affair of Aqeedah. Their concern for it was
intense, and they gave it precedence over all other matters. It is the
greatest of their concerns, the utmost of their intents, and the noblest
of their purposes. Their concern for the Aqeedah manifests in various
areas and is the reason for them preserving and maintaining it by
authoring beneficial works and valuable books to establish the Aqeedah,
clarify it, and mention its evidences. Also to protect the Aqeedah from
the plots of the plotters, the assault of the violators, and those who
negate and who distort it.
The Salaf (may Allāh have mercy on them) have enormous efforts in this
tremendous arena. They have great actions, and service to the Aqeedah,
aiding it, and establishing the significant obligations towards it. They
have written hundreds, of books clarifying and explaining it, with
proofs and evidence. Rather they have authored thousands of books; some
are lengthy while some are concise; some are complete in describing
every facet while some are limited to a particular subject matter. Some
of these books lay the foundation for the truth and that which is
correct while others refute those who oppose.
The scholars who follow them take their Aqeedah from those who preceded
them that which is as bright as the sun in the middle of the day. Their
Aqeedah is upon clarity with no deception within, and no ambiguity due
to its authentic evidences, sound, and strong proofs, and its clarity.
Consequently the believers who follow them inherit it, generation after
generation, and century after century. Every generation that follows
makes a significant commitment and takes a tremendous responsibility,
then they deliver it to those who come after them in its original form
without change, alteration, or deviation. Generations come after them
who give the same importance to it which was given by their
predecessors. They give importance to it by preserving it. Like this,
the Aqeedah is inherited generation after generation. There will never
cease to be a group from the Ummah of Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam) victorious upon the truth. They will not be harmed by those who
forsake them, nor those who oppose them, until the Day of Judgment.