Praise be to Allah, the kind offered by people who are conscious of Allah with certainty and know the greatness of His favour and kindness. May the peace and blessings of Allah be on His honourable Messenger sent as mercy to mankind, our Prophet Muhammad, on all his pure family members and companions, and all those who follow their path and adhere to laws of Allah till the Day of Judgment.
The Secretariat of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy(IIFA), having seen the statement issued by the conference held in Grozny, capital of Chechnya, from 25 – 27 August 2016 under the theme: (Who are the Ahlu-s-Sunnah) and the discussions and controversies that trailed the statement, hereby affirms that the unity of Muslims is one of the most important obligations prescribed by the religious law. Unity is an essential trait of the Muslim ummah. Allah says: “Hold fast to Allah’s rope all together; do not split into factions.” Allah also says:“Verily, this community of yours is one community. And I am your Lord, so serve me.” The Almighty also says: “As for those who have divided their religion and broken up into factions, have nothing to do with them [prophet].” This was confirmed by the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) when he said: “The blood of Muslims is of equal value; they unite against their (enemies) and can be represented by the lowly amongst them.”
In applying the foregoing, the Secretariat of the IIFA appeals to Muslims in all parts of the world to work towards uniting their voices and ranks and to avoid all sayings and actions that could dismember the ummah, thereby weakening and fragmenting it. Allah says: “Do not quarrel with one another, or you may lose your heart and your spirit may desert you.”
The IIFA Secretariat also believes that the Ahlu-s-Sunnah wa-l-Jamaa‘ah is anyone who testifies that there is no deity except Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, who respects the companions of the Messenger of Allah, who has high regard for members of the Prophet’s household and loves them.
The IIFA affirms that Ahlu-s-Sunnah wa-l-Jamaa‘ah is anyone who believes in the articles of faith, who is certain about the pillars of Islam, who does not deny any information that is self-evidently part of Islam, including making lawful what is prohibited by religious law such as killing. It is crystal clear from the decision of the 17th session of the IIFA held in Amman, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from 28 Jumadal Ula – 2 Jumadal Aakhira 1427H (24-28 June 2006) which was endorsed and reiterated by the 3rd Extraordinary Islamic Summit Conference held in Makkah Al-Mukarramah from 5 – 6 Dhul Qaada 1426H (7 – 8 December 2005) and stipulated in the Ten-Year Programme of Action of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
The IIFA is committed to combating extremism and terrorism with wide ranging activities and to explaining the Islamic approach with centrism and moderation.
The IIFA also trains scholars and Islamic callers who know the truth of Islam, who are attuned to the reality and challenges, who understand ways of presenting discourse and utilize it with knowledge. They master the various disciplines of religious knowledge: theology, Qur’an and exegesis, Hadith sciences, jurisprudence and its principles, biography of the Prophet and ethics.
The IIFA calls for participation of academic institutions across the ummah namely, fatwa (religious edicts) academies and councils and universities in pioneering scholarly projects. The IIFA is in support of diversity and facilitation for educationalinstitutions. It rejects all forms of deviation in religious scholarship and endeavours to prohibit such. It seeks to uncover all types of defects and corruption, and calls for dialogue and cooperation. It encourages moderate religious knowledge which understands Islam as revealed by Allah. It calls for the expansion of the fields of Islamic education in schools, universities and various guidance and information institutions in order to train specialists who understand the challenges and diligently preserve the path.
The Secretariat of the Islamic Fiqh Academy prays to Allah to spare the Muslims of all evil and protect them against seen and unseen tribulations. May He unite their voices and ranks and assist them to work for their unity and protect their path. May the peace and blessings of Allah be on our Prophet Muhammad and all his family members and companions.