"The vanguard (of Islam) - the first of those who forsook (their homes) and of Those who gave them aid and (also) Those who follow them in good deeds. - Well pleased is Allah with them. As they are with Him. For them hath He prepared Gardens under which rivers flow. To dwell therein for ever. That is the Supreme Felicity."
Ideologically, the group is influenced by the writings of Sayyid Qutb, Maulana Maududi, Uthman Dan Fodio, Kalim Siddiqui, Ayatollah Khomeini, Hamid Algar and Muhammad Abduh. Organizational leadership has delivered numerous speeches in the United States and abroad, contributing their analysis and efforts to solve contemporary problems in the Muslim world and the urban America. The paramount goal of the movement is the establishment of a modern Islamic state, or Caliphate, governed by shariah (Islamic law). Imam Musa has indicated a dedication to avoid what he calls an "absolutist" outlook on the advancement of Muslims. For example, while the group does not personally advocate participation in the American political process as an ideal method for advancing Islamic issues in the US, he does not criticize groups who do. The As-Sabiqun philosophy stresses unity between the various Islamic organizations, regardless of methods, in the attainment of common goals. Cooperation on domestic social issues with like-minded non-Muslim groups is also encouraged, as long as Islamic ethics and morality are not compromised. Additionally, although the As-Sabiqun is a Sunni movement, they have publicly voiced support for Shia movements and organizations such as the 1979 Iranian Revolution and Hizbullah. Imam Musa has repeatedly stressed that the tendency by some Muslims to focus on the differences between Sunni and Shia Islam at this juncture in history is counterproductive to the goals of the Islamic movement as a whole.
Imam Abdul Alim Musa has recommended a list of five "Things to do Now", to facilitate personal development, which include:
Daily Islamic studies classes are given at the various As-Sabiqun masajid (mosques) across the country on a variety of topics including fiqh, hadith, Quran, seerah, strengthening family relations and analysis of contemporary political events. In addition, the As-Sabiqun movement runs an Islamic elementary school which provides students with both religious and secular education. They also provide youth mentorship, community food drives (especially during Ramadan), a prison outreach program, and employment assistance for ex-convicts.