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Shaikh Falah Isma'eel (hafidhahullaah) on the Mawqif (position) of a Muslim regarding the events in Egypt
[The following, from three weeks ago in Philadelphia, PA, is not verbatim.]
After saying the khutbat al-Hajjah, and praising and thanking Allaah, and asking Allaah to send peace and blessings upon the Prophet (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam), and asking Allaah for His Bounty, the shaikh then thanked the people for their generous hospitality in receiving him and their well treatment of him.
|Question: What is the Mawqif (position) of a Muslim in regards to the current events taking place in Egypt?|
|What is the position of a Muslim regarding these current events that are taking place, and other than that? I say - and with Allaah is Tawfeeq (success) - that the asl origin is hearing and obeying the Muslim leaders in charge of the Muslim countries. |
To adhere to obedience to the Muslim leaders in charge of Muslim countries. That is the origin due to the command of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam). As you know, the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) ordered us to worship Allaah subhanahu wa ta'aala, and from that which is considered worship of Allaah is hearing and obeying the Muslim leader. So a person worships Allaah by hearing and obeying the Muslim leaders. That is the asl (origin), as the Prophet (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) commanded.
However, the Prophet (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) made an exception - except that a person sees kufr al bawaaH (clear and open kufr). That a person sees clear disbelief. Al-Waadih, al-Bayin (clear). The disbelief must be clear as day. And as the Prophet (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said: And that you have with Allaah (subhanahu wa ta'aala) a clear evidence and proof... So the origin is that a person worships Allaah by hearing and obedience to the Muslim leaders, those who are in charge, except if you see from a Muslim leader al-Kufr al-BawaaH (clear disbelief).
So that is the origin. So the haakim - the Muslim leader, the one who is in charge, in authority - is to obeyed. As the scholars explained, he is to be obeyed regardless if he was agreed upon as the Muslim leader or if he got to be the leader by force. Similar to that today is obedience to the Muslim leader, whether [he was agreed upon or if he took the position by force]. Still it is incumbent to hear and obey the Muslim leader, and worship Allaah by hearing and obeying the Muslim leader.
It doesn't matter if the Muslim leader himself fell into oppression, if he stole, oppressed you, or hit your back or took your money. As far as what the Muslim leader does of sins, that's between him and Allaah. However, it is still incumbent upon you to hear and obey the Muslim leaders, due to the command of the Prophet (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam), who said: Even if he beats your back and takes your wealth, submit and obey. Then he (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) made an exception - except for kufr bawaaH (clear and open kufr).
Regarding the events in Egypt, no doubt this is a fitnah - trial, tribulation, calamity... It's mixed - everyone who is righteous and not righteous have been mixed. Everybody claims to be upon the truth, and everybody wants to be in charge, and they all want leadership, and they all want power. Some of them are upon the truth and some of them are oppressors. There are so many different types of people. It's mixed. The origin is that in fitnah, the person should not participate. So if a person wants to participate with this one: No. So if a person want to participate with this one: No.
The Prophet (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) specifically informed us the closer to the end, the fitnah will increase and become more and more, all of that due to the closeness to the later times at the end. Now the fitnah is increasing; every time the fitnah gets larger and bigger and increases. This is due to the statement of the Prophet (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam):
|There shall soon be a Fitnah: the one who sits in that time is better than the one who stands, and the one who stands is better than the one who walks [towards it] - [The shaikh interjected while mentioning the hadeeth and said: especially if the fitnah is not clear] - and the one who walks is better than the one who hastens to it. And the closer you get to it, the closer it would get to you. Therefore, whoever is able to seek refuge in a shelter, let him do it.|
Why because the one who stands sees more fitnah, and the one sitting sees less.
There's another narration in which the Prophet (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said: the one who stops is better than the one who walks to it.
There's even another narration in which the Prophet (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said: the one lying down is better than the one sitting.
Why did the Prophet (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) give all these descriptions? All three of them - the one sitting, the one walking and the one hastening - are words that indicate al-musharaka (participating and sharing in the fitnah). Why did the Prophet (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) say that? Because a person could be with so and so, and [therefore] incline toward so and so. Or he could be with such and such, and [therefore] incline toward such and such.
|The Fitnah - all of it - the mawqif (position) of a Muslim should be to stay away from it; his position should be to not join it nor participate in it, neither by statements, nor actions, nor protesting, nor marching, nor things of that nature. He [shouldn't] participate. This is from what our Prophet (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) informed.|
The first fitnah in this Ummah was between the sahaabah, what happened between 'Alee and Mu'awiyah (radiallaahu 'anhum ajma'een). Fitnah! But the fitnah took place between the sahaabah. As the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) informed that the fitnah would lead to haleemu hairaan (forbearing bewilderment) - meaning much differeing.
From them were those with 'Alee, and from them were those with Mu'awiyah, and from them were those who stopped, fell back, neither with 'Alee, nor with Mu'awiyah. What was the outcome? All of the sahaabah - after the fitnah - [joined] the third group, the group that refrained and did not participate.
So this is my advise to myself and all of you, and to those in Egypt: to not particpate. It is upon us to ask Allaah to remove the evil of the fitnah from our brothers in Misr (Egypt), to rectify them, to remove the evil from them. And to ask Allaah tabarak wa ta'aala with Sidq (truthfulness) and Ikhlaas (sincerity) to save our brothers from the evil of the fitaan (trials, tribulations), those brothers who are being tested in Misr. This is the position of the Muslim: to not participate. Rather, we fall back and stay away.
Some people curse the Egyptian leader Husni Mubarak, calling him "Fir'awn" [or "Taghoot," or "Oppressor"] to the end of it. And you see what is going on, with regards to fitnah, with people's wealth being transgressed upon, people's cars being transgressed upon, people's property being transgressed upon.
As the Prophet (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said: The one who is Sa'eed (happy) is the one who stays away from the fitaan (trials, tribulations).
We supplicate to Allaah to protect our brothers there and to gather the Muslim upon the kalima of one.
Translated by: 'Abdur-Razzaq
Subhanak Allaahuma wa bihamdika ash-hadu anlaa illaaha illa anta astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk
If I said anything correct, then it is from Allaah (subhanahu wa taa'ala), and if I erred, then that is from me and shaytan.