Al wasiyyat ul- kubra
AL WASIYYAT UL- KUBRA
From the Book:This is a translation of Al-Wasiyatul-Kuburaa, by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, which I was commissioned to work on four or five years ago, I was asked to edit a translation of the text.
During the course of my “editing” work, I had to re-translate a good amount of it. Unfortunately, the book could not be printed, so I am making the translation available to benefit the English speaking audience.
The Fiqh of Da‘wah
15. May Allah cause you to prosper. Allah has bestowed upon you an affiliation to Islam which is His religion, and He cured you of the afflictions which those outside of Islam, the idolaters and the People of the Book suffer from.
Islam is the greatest and most sublime of blessings, for Allah does not accept from anyone a religion other than it: If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah), never will it be accepted of him; and in the hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (All spiritual good) . [Al ‘Imran (3): 85].
Allah guarded you by your attachment to the Sunnah from most of the errant innovations, such as much of the innovation of the Rafidhiyah, the Jahmiyah, the Khawaarij and the Qadiriyah. For that He made you abhor those who curse the companions of Allah’s Messenger (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam), or deny the names of Allah, His attributes,
His decrees, and His will. Abhorrence for these innovations is the way of Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jama‘ah, and this is of the greatest gifts which Allah gives, through it comes the completion of faith and the perfection of religion.
And for this reason, there are many people of goodness and religion among you, and those people who struggle fighting in the way of Allah, such as do not exist among the innovative sects.
And for this reason aid to victory remains among the military of the Muslims, and Allah’s soldiers are defending you, with Allah’s religion supporting you and strengthening the believers, and in the people of zuhud and the people of worship among you,
those whose condition is that of purity and the accepted way, those of miracles who bring benefit to the Muslims , and those pious awliyaa’ among you gifted with a truthful tongue.
And indeed in the venerable shaykhs who were among you such as the one called Shaykh al-Islam Abu al-Hasan ‘Ali bin Ahmad bin Yusuf al-Qarshi al-Hikkaari  , and after him the exemplary learned Shaykh ‘Adi bin Musaafir al-Umawi and those who follow their way.
Among them are those of virtue and religion and benefit, following the Sunnah, as Allah honored them and gave them strength, illuminating thier way.
And Shaykh ‘Adi, may Allah bless his soul, was among the most virtuous of the righteous servants of Allah, and among the greatest of those shaykhs who are followed, having pure praiseworthy qualities, as is known by the people familiar with his life.
His reputation is well-known among the ummah, having a truthful tongue of remembrance, and his creed that has been preserved from him remained within the creed of the shaykhs that preceded him,
those whose paths have been followed such as Shaykh al-Imaam as-Saalih Abu al-Faraj ‘Abdul- Waahad bin Muhammad bin ‘Ali al-Ansaari ash-Shiraazi, later known as ad- Dimashqi  ; Shaykh al-Islam al-Hikkaari and others.
These shaykhs did not leave the major fundamentals of Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jama‘ah, rather they were proponents of the fundamentals of Ahl as-Sunnah, they invited to them, they were active in its propagation, and eradicating those who contradicted that by their virtuous religious practice.
By these great acts Allah raised their rank and illuminated and extended thier guiding way, as is said about them in the popular news of their lives.
All of this is so, although in thier statements and the statements of those who followed them there exists some blame-able issues, some weak evidences, like hadiths that are not confirmable, and analogies that were not yet refuted, as is known by the people of insightful knowledge.
16. One may adhere or not to the words of anyone, except for the words of the Messenger of Allah (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam).
One must be more careful especially with the words of the later scholars of the ummah who did not make judgments based upon complete knowledge and understanding of the Book, the Sunnah, nor did they distinguish between the sound hadiths and the weak ones, nor were they able to make proper well grounded analogies.
With that, being surrounded by desire, and many opinions, division and differences, resulting from enmity and discord.