He wasn't a wealthy man or a carrier politician. He was neither the son of a prominent family nor the friend of an influential leader. His friends admired him, his foes respected him. His message appealed to the rich and the poor, the male and the female, the old and the youth, the intellectual and the illiterate, the urban resident and the rural peasant. He despised oppression and dedicated his entire life struggling against it. At the time of his tragic death, many people, including his Christian friends, defied government orders not to participate in his funeral and risked their lives for paying respect to his grieving family.
His name was Hasan al-Banna, the Imam, the leader, and the reformer whose legacy not only influenced Muslims in Egypt but also inspired the oppressed, the reformers and the grassroots activists around the world until the present times.
In 1938, at the age of 32, Hasan al-Banna synthesized his concepts of grassroots activism in several concise points. More than 50 years after his martyrdom in 1949 and with all of the socio-economic, political and cultural developments that our world has witnessed, his words couldn't be more relevant today than they were half a century ago.
Following is the clear and simple advice he gave to Muslims:
Be engaged in Dawah (promote the message of our Most Merciful Creator) efforts following the authentic sources of Islam as prescribed in the Quran and Prophet Muhammad's tradition and as understood by the early righteous followers of Islam.
Abide by the words, actions, and instructions of the Messenger of Allah in all spheres of life, especially in matters of creed and worship.
Recognize the importance of purifying the heart and becoming close to the creator through Dhikr, repentance, love for Allah, and supererogatory acts.
Be organized politically, demanding the reformation of Muslim governments and seeking to re-establish a just and equitable Islamic political order.
Establish athletic associations, understanding that the development of fitness in preparation for worship is an essential part of the training for the individual.
Promote culture and learning, encouraging Muslims to acquire knowledge of Islam and other subjects and culturing their bodies, intellect and heart.
Strengthen their economic status through lawful means.
Develop a welfare system, attending to the problems of the society, discovering their cures and keeping their nations healthy.
Avoid disagreements in matters of jurisprudence.
Remain free from the control of the rich and influential.
Have no alliance with political parties and organizations.
Apply a gradual approach in confronting challenges, favoring practical and constructive aspects of the work rather than seeking publicity and propaganda.
Pay attention to the youth and reach out to people in the cities and villages.
Create a balance between 'intellect and emotion' and between 'reality and imagination'.
Refrain from insulting other groups and personalities.
thank for the good work you are doing jazakallahu khaeran
i just wish you could let me have the detailed life history of the imam
God help us.
May every one of us enjoy the peace and blessings of arRahman, arRaheem. May each of us be grateful to Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) for what we do and don't receive. May my reward be the glorification of Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) - wAllahu A'lam. As Salaamu Alaikum.
I just read the points of this gentleman's struggle in 1940s Egypt trying to promote activism and social justice in the face of the decadent monarchy of King Farouk.
Hasan Elbanna paid for his commitment with his life, and he is guiding us to a better understading of Islam in death as well as he did in life.
May God Bless his soul.
I heard about Hasan-al-Banna and had an opportunity to read some part of a book about him when I was too young to understand the inner spirit of the whole thing, that was about 30 yrs.back.
Thanks to your website thorough which now I got a chance to find graphic picture of that very great pioneer of Islam. I pray to Allah for the salvation of that SAHID SOUL.
All of we should follow such pioneer in our lives. May Allah help us in such an adverse time.
Thanks again to the web site.
(Please don't allow my email address to be abused by else.)
wow, Masha Allah, this man had some very good advice. I hope the Ummah benefits from it someday, I'm absolutely sure I am going to use it
Thank's for sending these information about Hassan Al-banaa.
I hope to know it..
Thank's again, and best regards
Thanks for publishing these quotes from Hasan al Banna, may Allah be merciful on him, forgive him, and grant him jannatul Firdous.
This is a timely reminder to all of us in this critical phase of history, and we need more leaders like Hasan al-Bannah, a leader with wisdom, knowledge, and courage, and righteous. May Allah prepare all of us like him. Amin.
The suggestions too vague and general to be put into practice by individuals like me. There are thousands and thousands of simple minded Muslims accross the country (perhaps world) who wish to correct the wrong image of Islam. Unfortunately without organisation and direction from suitable leadership of national or international stature, nothing substantial is taking place. It is indeed a pathetic situation. We have so many internal differences be it political, social, religious, that sharing a common platform for a simple public function has become impossible.
A close study of the message of the holy Qur'an and the life of the holy Prophet (SAWS) reveals that we are doing exactly what the Ahlul Kitab did as so clearly and bluntly recorded in the holy Qur'an. The irony of the matter lies in the fact that our speakers (Jumu'a)leave no stone unturned to malign them using the same ayaats which are there as a sample NOT TO BE FOLLOWED. This is suppressed and the Jews and Christians and all others are condemned and branded as the ememies of Islam! There can be no better example of self deception.
May Allah (SWT) grant us the wisdome to unite and bless us with a leader to facilitate it.
Your Website is doing a wonderful job. Keept it up. I have only one suggestion. Kindly shift the focus from non-Muslims to Muslims themeselves. If any thing is cuasing more damage to the fair name of Islam, it is the behaviour and attitude of the common Muslim on the street who somehow has become hypocracy personified. Speaking against others and critisizing them day and night, he has lost sight of his own shortcomings. This needs to be correctedsd.
We must thank allah (SWT) for granting us the complete freedom, where ever we are, to practice Islam, which means adhering to the basic tenets and behaving in a manner befitting the greatest religions of all times. Our attitude and character should speek not the firey speaches or verbose writings.
I.4 ENCOURAGES POSITIVE POLITICAL ACTION.
I.11 DISCOURAGES POLITICAL ASSOCIATIONS/ AFFILIATION.
Thank u very much for sending me weekly bulletin.May God bless u.for every good thing u r doing for the humanity.May God bless all with good moral character.thanks once more.
i would love to a member of islamicity but am not in the US thus i don't have a credit card and i can't send a check.so how can we in this part of the world be members of islamicity?
i think if you want to invite people to islam please try to make such sites free for peolpe like me and millions of other people.
show the light of right path
show the sun glowing,
blooming into the history of future
to the known
HOWEVER, WITH THE RAPID CHANGES IN THE POLITICAL TERRAIN ALL OVER THE WORLD, ARE YOU STILL SAYING MUSLIMS SHOULD NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE GOVERNANCE OF THE COUNTRY WHERE THEY LIVE! THIS IS INDEED INTRIGUING.
Looking at the picture of Imam Hassan Al-Banna, it is clear to me that I am looking at a modern man, my own contemporary.
Look at his Tarbouche, his suit and his neck-tie. Look at his beard, the modern attire and modern fashionable beard of his day. He is wearing the most fashionable in his day. He is teaching us.
He does not see in Islam the necessity of wearing the clothes or growing the beard of old times. It is comfort taste and fashion and the spirit of the time that lightens his way.
This great man is telling us to live with the time. In the twenty-first century, you live in the twenty-first century not in seventh or eigth.
As with the clothes on your body, so should we be with the thoughts in our mind. Science is part and parcel of religion. Science is the sea and religion is its minaret. Build your body and mind Hassan Al-Banna says. Learn how to worship God and how to deal with man, he says, as religion preaches.
With my own ears, not teltale, I hear him say: No more Jizyah for our citizen of another religion and gave the reasons. He gave the reasons and he repeated the reasons. Though Jizyah is part and parcel of our Islamic teachings, traditon and practice for more than a millenium, here comes the great Muslim and abolishes it in the spirit of the time, a lesson for all times. Islam is not only for the thereafter, it is for the herenow as well.
The Prophet SWS never followed Sufi "Dhikr" ways. THe Dhikr that we need to do is what he SWS allowed. Invoking deads and ask them for help is a shirk, it's associating someone in worship with Allah...which is against what Islam stands for.
The prophet SWS never used to form "political parties" according to todays political concept. He started by teaching people their deen, and Tawheed. Engaging in today's politics with its dirty non islamic rules, will oblige us to lie and cheat in order to win elections and get people votes. Being a part of a parliament in its current shape is not what Islam wants us to do. We have to start from teaching the BASE, their deen, until we get the knowledge that will change what's in our hearts...then Allah will change our situation. "Allah will not change the condition of people until they change what's in their hearts" So let's change what's in our hearts first, then Allah will give us victory and prosperity insh'Allah.
Any sect that claim to follow the Sunnah of the prophet, but in reality does not, is for sure among those 72 sects that the Prophet SWS say they are in hell fire.
i saw in them, the ardent desire and the deep, pure love for the Prophet. Hasan Al-Banna exhorted muslims towards a practical Islam, not just the ritualistic.
May Allah bless Shaheed Hasan Al-Banna with the companionship of Muhammad(saw), and Brother Tariq with abundance of righteousness and piety, a lofty status both in this world and the hereafter, and with nearness to Himself..i hope Allah blesses me too with these.. ameen..
Imam Hasan al-Banna was obviously a saint and messenger from the Creator. He inspired great reform and pride for those following Islam as prescribed by the Quran and the prophet Muhammad's tradition.
Now is a good time to remind all followers in the Islamic faith of this great man and share his teachings to show how the consciousness and beliefs can be so corrupted by the rich and powerful - those with an agenda, the leaders, the rulers, those having an interest or a profit to gain by corrupting the average individual!
Are we all not children of the Creator - call it God, Allah, Great Spirit or whatever Name or no Name - are we all not children of LOVE? Therefor, are we all not Brothers and Sisters, being a childe of God, sharing the same seed called consciousness - awareness - MIND?
I encourage every-One to visit and ponder my web site at: www.NeuroLogicalUniverse.net so the chains of bondage can be removed to restore the Light of Freedom for ALL!
with Love, Peace and Freedom, I AM
Rev. Bob Alexander, RM, R. EEG T.
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I do remember one his comprehensive statement on Islam. But I don't remember the exact words of that statement. It is somewhat like the following: For us, Islam is Ibadat, Zakat, Salah, Fasting, Education, Finance, Politics, Agriculture, Family Affairs, marriage, entertainment, penal codes etc etc. we don't know on what basis those people out there are making any partitions on Islam". Would you pls. try to get me these quotes ? Jazakumullahu Khairan,
Agee with every thing except, not joining political parties. Muslims must be politically active and involved.