In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet Muhammad and his pure and noble family
(1) We acknowledge that whosoever submits to the oneness of Allah, believes in His Messenger Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) and all that was revealed to him from Allah is a Muslim. Declaring that person an apostate is impossible and impermissible. Verily his (or her) blood, honour, and property are inviolable.
Moreover, it is neither possible nor permissible to declare whosoever subscribes to the Ash`ari creed or whoever practices real Tasawwuf (Sufism) an apostate. Likewise, it is neither possible nor permissible to declare whosoever subscribes to true Salafi thought an apostate. Equally, it is neither possible nor permissible to declare as apostates any group of Muslims who believe in God, Glorified and Exalted be He, and His Messenger (may peace and blessings be upon him) and the pillars of faith, and acknowledges the five pillars of Islam, and does not deny any necessarily self-evident tenet of religion.
(2) We acknowledge that there exists more in common between the various schools of Islamic jurisprudence than there is difference between them. The adherents to the four schools of Islamic jurisprudence are in agreement as regards to the basic principles of Islam. All believe in Allah (God), Glorified and Exalted be He, the One and the Unique; that the Noble Qur’an is the Revealed Word of God; and that our master Muhammad, may blessings and peace be upon him, is a Prophet and Messenger unto all mankind.
All are in agreement about the five pillars of Islam: the two testaments of faith (shahadatayn); the ritual prayer (salat); almsgiving (zakat); fasting the month of Ramadan (sawm), and the Hajj to the sacred house of God (in Mecca). All are also in agreement about the foundations of belief: belief in Allah (God), His angels, His scriptures, His messengers, and in the Day of Judgment, in Divine Providence in good and in evil.
Disagreements between the ‘ulama (scholars) of the four schools of Islamic jurisprudence are only with respect to the ancillary branches of religion (furu`) and not as regards the principles and fundamentals (usul) [of the religion of Islam]. Disagreement with respect to the ancillary branches of religion (furu`) is a mercy. Long ago it was said that variance in opinion among the ‘ulama (scholars) “is a good affair”.
(3) Acknowledgement of the schools of Islamic jurisprudence (Mathahib) within Islam means adhering to a fundamental methodology in the issuance of fatwas: no one may issue a fatwa without the requisite personal qualifications which each school of Islamic jurisprudence determines [for its own adherents]. No one may issue a fatwa without adhering to the methodology of the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.
No one may claim to do unlimited Ijtihad and create a new school of Islamic jurisprudence or to issue unacceptable fatwas that take Muslims out of the principles and certainties of the Shari`ah and what has been established in respect to its schools of jurisprudence.
(4) We proclaim that those who commit acts of terror, murder and cruelty in the name of Islam are not only destroying innocent lives, but are also betraying the values of the faith they claim to represent. No injustice done to Muslims can ever justify the massacre of innocent people, and no act of terror will ever serve the cause of Islam.
We repudiate and dissociate ourselves from any Muslim group or individual who commits such brutal and un-Islamic acts. We refuse to allow our faith to be held hostage by the criminal actions of a tiny minority acting outside the teachings of both the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him and all the Prophets.
(5) We proclaim that the way of Islam calls us to affiliate with and participate in modern society, and to contribute to its elevation and progress, helping one another with every faculty to achieve good and to comprehend, desiring justice for all peoples regardless of race or religion, while faithfully proclaiming the truth of our religion, and sincerely expressing the soundness of our faith and beliefs—all of which are founded upon God’s call for coexistence and piety.
(6) We proclaim that Islam affirms that the way of calling [others] to God, Muslim and non-Muslim, is founded upon kindness and gentleness: Call to the path of your Lord with wisdom and a beautiful exhortation, and debate with them in that which is most beautiful (ahsan) Quran 16:125.
(7) We proclaim that Islam has made clear that the goal of its message is realizing mercy and good for all people and calls for treating others as one desires to be treated. It urges the tolerance and forgiveness that express the nobility of the human being.
List of Signatories
- Affinity Intercultural Foundation
- Al-Bayan Institute
- Al-Ghazzali Centre
- Al-Imdaad Foundation
- Al-Kauthar Institute
- Australian Islamic Mission (AIM)
- Benevolence Australia
- Campbelltown Youth Centre (CYC)
- Daar Aisha Shariah College
- Daar Ibn Abbas
- Federation of Australia Muslim Students & Youth (FAMSY)
- Fitya Centre
- Hikmah Way
- Human Appeal International Australia
- Islam Sciences & Research Academy of Australia (ISRA)
- Islamic Council of NSW (ICNSW)
- Islamic Egyptian Society (NSW)
- Islamic Forum for Australian Muslims (IFAM)
- Islamic Women’s Welfare Association (IWWA)
- Islamic Society of South Australia (ISSA)
- Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA)
- Mission of Hope (MOH)
- Muslim Aid Australia
- Muslim Students’ Association of Australia (MSAA)
- Muslim Women’s Association (MWA)
- Semerkand Community & Youth Club
- United Cultural Community Center Ryde
- United Muslims of Australia (UMA)
- Young Muslims of Australia (YMA)
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