An-Nasaaih i'd Diniyyah (Sincere Religious Advices)
Translated by: Shaykh Mohamed Mlamali Adam, UK
And there is no strength nor power save by the Will and Grace of Allah, the Sublime, the Magnificent. Glory to Thee! Of knowledge we have none, except for what Thou has taught us: in truth it is Thou who are perfect in knowledge and wisdom. The Laud is but Allah's, the Creator, the Possessor, the Sustainer, the Cherisher and the Provider of the worlds. He who has made the invitation to righteousness and the call to goodness and giving counsel to Muslims among the best acts which draw one nigh to Allah's Ridwan - the infinite beatitude - the best which attract the highest promotions and the most important of religious duties. Indeed, that way lies the path of Allah's duly appointed Prophets, that of his virtuous saints and such ulama who live accordingly to their knowledge and who are firmly established in 'ilm and certitude - al-yaqin. May the blessings and peace of Allah descend upon our sire and master Muhammad, the faithful Apostle, the steadfast beloved of Allah, the Seal of the Prophets, the leader of the dedicated in Taqwa, and the sovereign of the foremost and their successors. (May such blessings and peace also) embrace his veracious and sincere kinsfolk as well as his companions and those who followed them in the spirit of beneficience; and may such blessings and peace abide until the appointed Day.
Indeed after the foregoing blessed invocation of Allah's Name, Most Sublime, expressions of Laud unto Allah and supplications of blessings and peace upon the Prophet (may I recall) that the Messenger of Allah, upon whom be blessings and peace says: "Verily, actions shall be judged but by intentions and verily, to each man there will be a reward equal to his intention. Whosoever sets upon Hijra - emigration - to Allah and His Apostle will have it hallowed as a Hijra to Allah and His Apostle, and whosoever sets out on a Hijra for the sake of worldly gain or a woman it is his desire to marry, the Hijra of such a one will be to whatever his Hijra is set upon" (Recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim). And says he, upon whom be blessings and peace of Allah: "Verily religion is whole-hearted, whole souled sincerity. They say: to whom, O Messenger of Allah? Says he: to Allah and His Book and His Messenger and to the Imams of Muslims and to the rank and file" (Recorded by Muslim).
And this is a book which we have written and have assembled in it some sincere religious counsels in matters of faith. And our intention hereby is that we ourselves should benefit and enable others to do so. It is also our aim to remind and admonish ourselves as well as Muslim brothers. We have intentionally written it in easy and simple language and straightforward style in order that Muslims and Mu'uminin - believers - of all walks may understand it. And we have called it "An Nasaihi ad-Diniyyah wal-Wasaya al-Imaniyyah" - Sincere Religious Advices and Counsels of Faith. We pray to Allah, the Exalted, that all this effort should be for the sake of Allah, the Exalted, that it may draw (us) nigh to His Sublime Presence in Paradise, that He may through it, bestow most abundant benefactions upon us as well as all our Muslim brethren. Verily, Allah is the Aider in that and has Power over that and Allah is our Sufficiency and supremely to be trusted is He. Of success I have none except that which comes from Allah, in Him I trust and unto Him to turn and return.
Source: Imam 'Abdallah Ibn 'Alawi al-Haddad, An-Nasaaih i'd Diniyyah (Sincere Religious Advices), translated by Shaykh Mohamed Mlamali Adam in 'Alawiyyah, Vol.1, No.1, July 1988, p. 2-3.