The Ten Principles of Hassan al-Banna
1.) The Unity of the Ummah. He considered it in itself a primary and
important goal that we must strive for. "Do no
disagree, then you fail and lose the wind (in your tail."
2.) The Agreement on Principal Matters. Such that we start by
considering everyone who declares shahadah - La
ilah illaAllah, Muhammad arrusulAllah - as our companion and part of the
3.) Assume First that You, Not Your Muslim Brother, May be Wrong. And
see how you find the truth impartially.
4.) The Manners for Disagreement. That you should be as keen about
listening to your brother's evidence and
argument as you are about giving your evidence and argument, and be
pleasant and smiling whether the result is for
you or against you.
5.) Avoiding Arguing, Self-Righteousness, and Belittling of Others. Al
Banna said: "No nation went astray after
being guided, except after it fell to cursing and arguing." And: "He
will have a place in Heaven that leaves arguing
when he is wrong, and a higher place in Heaven if he leaves arguing when
he is right."
6.) The Possibility of Mulitiple Correct Answers. He referred to the
Prophet telling the sahabah to pray Asr in Bani
Quraiza, how some of them prayed Asr when it's time came, while others
prayed it when they reached Bani Quraiza
after sundown, and how the Prophet praised both parties.
7.) The Group Participation in Agreed Upon Matters and to Excuse One
Another in What is Disagreed Upon. He
emphasized, "We all agree on prohibiting alcohol, adultery, and
gambling, and we agree on the duty to govern
according to Quran so let us invite governments to implement it; we
agree that honor and respect are due to
Muslims, so let us impart these ideals to Muslims, we agree that jihad
is the means to accomplish honor so let us
train the individual, and to raise children with the necessary spiritual
and physical training."
8.) Thinking of the Danger of the Common Adversary. He reminded
Muslims of the present external enemies who
do not differentiate between Muslims or different views or different
national origin. The enemy considers Muslims
enemies of his religion, and their homelands a prize to be dominated for
its resources. He emphasized the need
for unity to deter aggression.
9.) Opening the Avenues for Work and Productivity. He recognized the
duel purpose of working hard, to produce
more and to stay free from the evil of idleness. He encouraged members
to excel in schools and jobs, and to seek
earning from lawful sources and to shun laziness and dependence on
others. He encouraged them to fill in duties
that others have not even identified, such as visiting brothers far and
near, volunteerism, and to allow time each day
for examining how they have done for the sake of Allah.
10.) Sympathy for Those Who Do Not See the Light. Rather than being
angry with them or exposing their
shortcomings. He never attacked his accusers or distractors on personal
matter, but rather sought Allah's help in
making His message clearer to those who were listening.