Mission & Philosophy
What Allah wants from us
Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:
So, why should it not be that a group from every section of believers goes forth, so that they may acquire a perfect understanding of the Faith, and so that they may warn their people when they return to them, so that they may take due care (of the rules of Islamic Law). [At-Tawbah (9): 122]
In this verse, Allah sets forth a responsibility upon all Muslims to always prepare a group from among them to learn the rules of Islam, especially those that apply to their daily lives. This verse of the Holy Qur’an is the base of our mission here at CJIIS; to prepare the Muslim community to navigate themselves in their journey of the dunya (wordly life) as they prepare to enter into the realms of the akhirah (hereafter).
The road of knowledge
The essence of this religion is to bring everything into practice, but in order to bring anything into practice, knowledge is required beforehand. `Allamah Abu Layth al-Samarqandi (d. 373 AH) mentions in his Tanbih al-Ghafilin:
Some of the wise people mentioned, ‘Practice (upon anything) requires four things in order to be safe from errors, and the first of these is to have knowledge of the action before initiating it. The reason for this is that a deed will always be prone to error unless there is prior knowledge (to correct that error). When any deed is performed without prior knowledge, then the negativity created through it is more far-reaching than the reformation it was meant to create (in that action).
Our mission, our responsibility
Our mission is to impart the knowledge as handed down to us from the previous generations of `Ulama’ (scholars) while taking precaution in preserving the etiquette and methods of imparting `ilm (sacred knowledge) as observed by the `Ulama’ of our tradition.
In doing so, we aim to gain proximity to Allah as a group of His servants working to preserve the sacred tradition of Islam. Our success and our failure solely lie in His hands.