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Using false Proof and its? destructive results
Explanation of the Hadith ?Remove the pagans from the Arabian peninsula by Sheik Fawzan
All praises belong to ALLAH who sent His prophet with the guidance and the religion of truth, so he conveyed the truth and carried out the trust and made clear to the people what was revealed to them from their Lord. So may the peace and blessings of ALLAH be upon him, his family and his companions the flag bears of guidance, the lights in the shadows. ALLAH the Exalted said, ?It is He Who has sent down to you (Muhammad) the Book (this Quran). In it are Verses that are entirely clear, they are the foundations of the Book and others not entirely clear. So as for those in whose hearts there is a deviation (from the truth) they follow that which is not entirely clear thereof, seeking Al-Fitnah (polytheism and trials, etc.), and seeking for its hidden meanings, but none knows its hidden meanings except ALLAH. And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: "We believe in it; the whole of it (clear and unclear Verses) are from our Lord." (Chapter 3 verse 7)
The Unclear verses are those verses where the intended meaning is not understood until it is referred back to other text; and the other texts explain the meaning. And the clear verses are those verses that don?t need other verses to explain its? intended meaning. And this is like the unrestricted and the restricted and the specific and the general and that which is stated in brief and what is mentioned in detail and the verse that abrogates another verse and the verse that is abrogated. And this level of discernment it not known except by those whom are firm in knowledge; those whom refer the unclear verses back to the clear verses therefore the clear verses explain the unclear verses. And the scholars say, "We believe in it; the whole of it (clear and unclear Verses) are from our Lord." (Chapter 3 verse 7) Therefore some of ALLAH?S speech explains other parts of ALLAH?S speech, and parts of ALLAH?S speech makes clear other parts of ALLAH?S speech.
But as for the people who have a disease in their hearts and those who are astray then they seek proof from the unclear verses, just like Imam Ahmad said, may ALLAH have mercy upon him; and they leave alone the clear verses seeking some fitna (trials, tribulations etc.) and they split apart what ALLAH has commanded them to join, and they spread corruption in the land, and they say, ?We are taking our proofs from the Koran?, but in reality they don?t take their proofs from the Koran rather they take parts of it and leave other parts.
They are like the ones who use as a proof the statement of ALLAH the Exalted, ?Woe be to those who pray? as a proof to leave off the prayer, but they don?t use the verse that comes after that which is ?Those who delay their prayer from their stated fixed times?
And it is possible that they are not from those who have a disease in their hearts but rather they could be from those who are ignorant or from those who pretend to have knowledge or from those who are overzealous upon ignorance; and they are not from those whom are firm upon knowledge nor do they return their affairs back to those whom are firm upon knowledge. So they fall into destruction and they cause others to fall into destruction.
Take for example during our time those who cause havoc and destruction, those who frighten the people and cause corruption through-out the land; they have taken to blowing up buildings and demolishing them upon whoever is inside them. And they are killing the people whom ALLAH has forbidden them to kill; (and they have been forbidden to be killed) either because they are Muslims or non Muslims who have a covenant with the Muslims or non Muslims who are under the protection of the Muslims.
And they use as a proof the statement of the Messenger of ALLAH peace and blessings are upon him, ?Remove the Jews and Christians from the Arabian peninsula?.
But what they don?t know is that firstly: The one who is being addressed here is the Muslim ruler who is in charge of the affairs of the people, and he is not addressing just anyone from amongst the people. And the proof for this is that the companions of the Messenger of ALLAH may ALLAH be pleased with them, never acted upon this individually, rather the only one that acted upon this was Umar bin Khattab who was the second Muslim ruler. (The second Muslim ruler after the death of the Prophet, peace and blessings are upon him) So this is proof that the one who is to carry out this action is the leader of the Muslim, if he sees a greater benefit in carrying out this action.
Secondly: The Messenger of ALLAH peace and blessing are upon him, said ?Remove them?, he didn?t say kill them and he did not say act treacherously towards them when you have given them safety. Rather ALLAH the Glorified said to His Prophet peace and blessings are upon him, ?And if anyone of the pagans seeks your protection then grant him protection, so that he may hear the Word of Allah (the Qur?an), and then escort him to where he can be secure?. (Chapter 9 verse 6) And returning him to where he can be secured means returning him to his land safe and sound. Because Islam is a religion that calls for one to fulfill his promises, it is not a religion that calls for treachery.
The Prophet Muhammad peace and blessing are upon him said, ?Whoever has killed a person having a treaty with the Muslims shall not smell the fragrance of Paradise, though its fragrance is found for a span of forty years.? (Related in Bukari and Muslim)
Thirdly: Removing the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula does not prohibit them from being employed to perform the jobs that they do and then returning them to their lands after they have completed their task, such as the ambassadors, the workers, the merchants or the ones that have specialty skills that the Muslims need and they don?t have anyone to fulfill that certain need. And the Prophet Muhammad peace and blessing are upon him, hired a pagan to show him the way to Medina during his migration. And the Prophet peace and blessing are upon him took a loan from a Jewish man in his city of Medina, and a Christian man from Najran (a city in southwestern Saudi Arabia near the frontier with Yemen) entered upon him while he was in his Masjid and negotiated with him. And Thamama ibn Athal was tied up in the masjid while he was a pagan.
Verily what those ignorant people are doing by way of destruction and killing those persons who have been giving safety by the Muslims is only a distortion of Islam and it is turning people away from Islam. And it is not permissible and it is disobedience to ALLAH and His Messenger. Therefore it is obligatory for those who want to save themselves and those who have any sense left to return to that which is correct and to repent to his Lord. And the leader of the Muslims has presented them with the chance to return to that which is correct and to repent, and if they do that then they will be treated fairly. And the one who repents from a sin is like the one who does not have a sin and the repentance wipes out what comes before it. So it is obligatory upon them to repent to ALLAH and to throw down their weapons, and to put their hands in the hands of their Muslim brothers and to adhere to listening to and being obedient to the Muslim leaders; and ALLAH the Exalted said, ?O you who believe! Obey ALLAH and obey the Messenger, and those of you who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to ALLAH and His Messenger if you believe in ALLAH and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination. And the Prophet peace and blessings are upon him said, ?I command you to hear and obey even if a slave is put in charge of you.? And He said, ?Whoever defected from the obedience (to the ruler) and separated from the main body and dies would have died the death of the times of ignorance.? (Or as the Prophet peace and blessings are upon him said.) Ending it with this, I ask ALLAH to guide those Muslims who are astray and to return their mistakes to that which is correct and may the peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and his companions.
(Sheik) Salih Fawzan
Member of the Permanent Committee of Scholars
Translator?s note: Thamama ibn Athal was a prisoner of war who was tied in the masjid. The Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings are upon him, ordered that he be treated good and brought food. He was released after his third day of captivity where upon he accepted Islam.
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