Shaykh Ahmad Baazmool's Warning Against the New Book of 'Alee Hasan al-Halabee
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"Safeguard your Religion and your knowledge and your manhaj so that al-Halabee is not able to corrupt it for you as he has corrupted it for other than you..."
On January 11, 2009CE, Shaykh Ahmad Ibn 'Umar Baazmool - may Allaah preserve him - wrote on Sahab.net,
"So I direct a naseehah to all of our Salafee brothers in all the areas of the earth, acting thereby in accordance with the the statement of the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam), "The Religion is sincere advice." We said, "To whom?" He replied, "To Allaah, His Book, His Messenger and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common-folk." [Related by Muslim (no. 55).]
[The advice is] that they beware of a book written by 'Alee Ibn Hasan Ibn 'Abdul-Hameed al-Halabee, which he has entitled, "Manhajus-Salafis-Saalih fee Tarjeehil-Masaalih wa Tatweehil-Mafaasid wal-Qabaa`ih fee Usoolin-Naqd wal-Jarh wan-Nasaa`ih" (The Methodology of the Salafus-Saalih in Weighing the Benefits and Tossing Away the Harms and Evils in Principles of Criticism and Disparagement and Advices).
So this book - O my brothers - what is inside it from contents opposes its title. Indeed, it comprises very many evils, from them:
: Establishing principles and foundations in opposition to the manhaj of the Salafus-Saalih in dealing with the people of innovations and desires.
: Reviling the Scholars of Salafiyyah, about whom there is no doubt about their righteousness and piety, through deceptive methods. So he does not mention them with their names, but he mentions affairs by which every Salafee knows that he is referring to them. So he takes to explaining them and exaggerating them in a manner that opposes the truth.
: Praise and glorification for the people of innovations and describing them as muwahhideen (people of Tawheed) by utilizing a principle of not connecting between manhaj and 'aqeedah. So even though he does not mention these people of innovation by name [in the book], he is known for defending them and praising them in his sittings and in his tapes. These include the likes of Muhammad Hassaan, [Abul-Hasan] al-Ma`ribee and al-Maghraawee.
: He defends Jam'iyyah Ihyaa`ut-Turaath and Jam'iyyatul-Birr in Dubai with a reckless defence, which proves the dangerous deviation this man has.
: He describes the Salafee youth in this book and in other than it with descriptions that he does not even describe the people of innovations and desires. So he attacks them with descriptions of the most vile beasts, he says that they are, "bloodsuckers" and that they are like flies and that, "They go to sleep upon a dispute and they wake up upon it, they constantly think about it and make it their main theme! Rather, they (almost) have no concern other than tabdee' (declaring people innovators), tashnee' (dishonouring) and tafdhee' (defamation)!!" And what was the crime of the Salafees according to him, except that they spoke out against Muhammad Hasaan and al-Ma`ribee and al-Maghraawee? And whosoever defends them, then he is deserving of this blame and rebuke. And there is no might, nor power, except with Allaah the Exalted, the Magnificent.
: What the book comprises from wicked plots that its author - may Allaah blacken the faces of the people of innovations - employs to turn the Salafees against each other and to turn the Salafees against their rulers.
: What the book contains from his harshness against the Salafees and his meekness and slackness and mercy and compassion for the people of innovations and desires.
He presents all of that with philosophical and argumentative methods to cause doubt about the realities through them. And he covers up the falsehood through these methods and he beautifies through kalaam and he employs the rhymed prose of a soothsayer.
And the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam] spoke truthfully when he said, "Indeed, some speech is magic." [ Saheeh: Related by Ahmad in al-Musnad (no. 4981), Aboo Daawood (no. 4359), at-Tirmidhee (no. 1951) and Maalik in al-Muwatta` (no. 1564). It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Saheehul-Jaami' (no. 2215-2216).]
So after all of this - O my brothers - should we read this book? So after all of this - O Salafiyyeen - is there anyone who can come and defend this man? So how much longer must we remain silent about this man? And it is as if he is a spoiled child who does whatever he pleases. Does he imagine that we are afraid or cowardly towards him? Does he imagine that we will see the falsehood and remain silent about him? By the Lord of the heavens and the earth - no!
We will not remain silent about him and we will not be bigoted towards him. So the truth is more beloved to us than him. So safeguard your Religion and your knowledge and your manhaj so that al-Halabee is not able to corrupt it for you as he has corrupted it for other than you.
I ask Allaah to guide this man to the truth or to suffice us from his evil.
Your loving brother,
Ahmad Ibn 'Umar Ibn Saalim Baazmool
Translation: Maaz Qureshi
NOTE: Inshaaa` Allaah, a serialized translation of the strong, knowledge-based refutation, Tanbeehul-Fateen li Tahaafut Ta`seelaat 'Alee al-Halabee al-Miskeen (Notification to the Intelligent About the Nonsensical Principles of 'Alee al-Halabee al-Miskeen), of Sa'd Ibn Fathee az-Za'taree - which has been receiving critical acclaim from the Shuyookh - will follow in the coming days - along with the statements of the Shaykhs in praise of it.
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In The name of Allaah, the most beneficent and the most merciful.
All praises be to Allaah, and peace and blessings of Allaah be upon the Messenger of Allaah, and upon his family, his companions and those who have aided him.
Glad tidings to all the Salafees everywhere upon the happy news, which indeed is the praise of our Shaykh, the flag-bearer of Jarh and Ta'deel (The science of criticizing and praising), Rabee' bin Haadee al-Madkhaalee, may Allaah preserve him (from all harm), for the book "A Warning to the Prudent Ones from the Flimsiness of the reasoning of 'Alee al-Halabee, the Miskeen" which has been written by Shaykh Abee 'Abdur-Rahmaan Sa'ad bin Fathee bin Saıeed az-Za'taree.
So, I asked (Rabee' bin Haadee al-Madkhaalee), may Allaah preserve him, his opinion about the book?
So he (Rabee' bin Hadee al-Madkhaalee ), may Allaah preserve him, said:
"I have read the book in its entirety, and the writer has done very well. And al-Halabee has been subdued over (his explanation) of many of different issues, and has been made to face the correct stance. And it is indeed a strong knowledge-based refutation, maa shaa Allaah ta'aalaa, may Allaah reward the writer the best of rewards."
I have written this on: 15/01/1430AH (12/01/2009)
All praises be to Allaah, Lord of the Worlds. And may the Peace and Blessings of Allaah be upon the Leader of the First and the Last (Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa salam)
From the one who loves you for the sake of Allaah:
Ahmad bin 'Umar bin Saalim Bazmool