ILTIZÂM – الالتزام
A being or becoming inseparable from. A taking upon one's self. A being solicitous about; a sedulously looking after the interests or advancement of.
A holding to a thing so as never to quit it; constant attendance; persistency. To cling to a thing never to leave it; to be constant, persistent or assiduous.
Supporting something by supposing it to be a necessity. Considering something as necessary.
What is the reason for this calamity, which arises from the wrongdoings of some individuals, taking the form of a general calamity in the country to a degree?
The Answer: From the point of general calamity being aroused from the wrongdoings of the majority, most people in a ma’nawî manner participate in the actions of those dhâlim individuals by supporting them through their actions or with iltizâm or through joining them; they cause the general calamity.
The Conclusion of the Fourteenth Word
The meaning of the non-mu’min Muslim and the non-Muslim mu’min is this: At the early period of the Freedom1 , I was seeing irreligious people, those who penetrated among the members of the Party of Union and Progress2 ; they accepted that Islam and the Sharî’ah of Ahmad contain profitable and valuable sublime principles for the social life of humankind and particularly for the politics of the Ottoman and they were supporters of the Sharî’ah of Ahmad with all their strength. At that point, they were Muslims, that is although they were supporters of haqq and had iltizâm of haqq they were not mu’mins. That is to say, they were deserving of being categorized as a non-mu’min Muslim. But now, although he is a supporter of the European methods and the currents of bid’ah which impairs the Sharî’ah under the name of civilization, one carries îmân in Allah, the âkhirah and the Prophet and knows himself as a mu’min. Since he does not perform iltizâm and true support to the laws of the Sharî’ah of Ahmad, which are haqq and haqiqah, he becomes a non-Muslim mu’min. As Islam without îmân can not be the means of salvation, neither îmân can withstand without Islam knowingly. It can be said, it can not give salvation.
Barla Addendum (349)