There is no Islaam except with unity, and there is no unity except with leadership, and there is no leadership except with obedience [to Allaah (‘Azza wa Jall)].
Indeed, you are unable to please all of the people, so rectify that which is between you and Allaah, and do not concern yourself with [what] the people [may think or say].
Muhammad ibn Abee Haatim narrates that a man came to Abu ‘Abdillaah al-Bukhaaree and said: ‘O Abaa ‘Abdillaah, such and such has said that you are a disbeliever!!’
[Only the one] who [truly] knows [about] Allaah will [be able to] love Him, and when he does love Him, he shall obey Him.
“O people! Being patient upon obedience to Allaah is easier than being patient at the punishment of Allaah.