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Specifying Specific Scholars as Reference Points in the Correction of Affairs is a Form of Hizbiyyah



Author: Shaikh Rabee' bin Haadee
Source: Tele-Link from UK
Article ID : GRV130006  [3320]       

Question: Is it permissible for us to make a specific Salafi Shaykh from those who know our problems as a reference point for ourselves in order to solve our disputes of methodology in our centre [i.e. in the running and organisation of affairs] specifically, such that no deception can occur in the questions (put to him)?

Shaykh Rabee' bin Haadee: There is splitting and partisanship (tahazzub) contained in this. And we have seen some people showing partisanship to the people of Shaam, and other people showing partisanship to the people of Riyaadh and others showing partisanship to the people of Yemen. So all of this is splitting and partisanship. However, make all of the Mashaayikh, together to be in front of you.

For they are your brothers, your fathers, your beloved ones, and your true friends. And because this distinction and this separation (i.e. of specifying specific people) was not known, except [now] in these days. And some attempts have begun now to specify so and so and so and so to solve the problems, and we have rejected this, since these manifestations of haughtiness have come to us from America, with every group wanting to specify a specific Shaykh for itself. This is partisanship. So consider yourselves in the whole world as a single Jamaa'ah, and consider the Shaykhs in the world as a whole, as one brotherhood, and leave aside this nationalism, and these things that separate and split.

This is because the Mashaayikh, amongst them are those who are lenient (mutasaahil), and those who are upright and balanced, and those who are severe, this is how it is. So if you were to be eager for the one who is severe, he will deprive you, and if you were to be eager for the one who is lenient, he will deprive you. Hence, count all the Mashaayikh, may Allaah bless you, so that you benefit from this one and from that one, may Allaah bless you. And prayers and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad.
This was from a link up with the Shaykh on Sunday, 13th January 2001, from the UK, Leicester, and is recorded on cassette.
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[1] With this, we advise all the Ahl us-Sunnah, the Salafis, the Atharis to consider all of the scholars as reference points in the issues that arise amongst them and not just so and and so and so, as this causes splitting and differing and undue partisanship.

[2] This applies especially so to those involved with the running of centres or organisations, as this is the context of the question.

[3] And it applies also, generally speaking, to the affairs of da'wah.
Source: www.salafipublications.com (Groups and Parties Section)

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The Splitting And Differing In the Ummah Is Due to the Innovations and Innovators



Author: Imaam ash-Shatibee
Source: Al-I'tisaam
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Imaam ash-Shaatibee (rahimahullaah) said in al-I'tisaam (1/40-45):

And Ibn Wahb said: "I heard Maalik saying: ıThere is no verse in the Book of Allaah that is harder upon those in disagreement amongst the People of Desires than this verse:

On the Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection) when some faces will become white and some faces will become black; as for those whose faces will become black (to them will be said): "Did you reject Faith after accepting it? Then taste the torment (in Hell) for rejecting Faith." [Aali Imraan 3:106]

Maalik said: "And which words are more clearer than these?ı And I saw him explaining these verses in reference to the People of Desires."

Ibn al-Qaasim reported this and added: "Maalik said to me: ıThis verse is about the people of the qiblah [i.e. Muslims]." And what Imaam Maalik has said about this verse has been narrated from more than one person as has preceded such as al-Hasan.

From Qataadah, that he said regarding the saying of Allaah:

And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them [Aali Imraan 3:105]

"Meaning: The People of Innovation."

And from Ibn Abbaas, that he said regarding the saying of Allaah:

On the Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection) when some faces will become white and some faces will become black [Aali Imraan 3:106]

"The faces of Ahl us-Sunnah will become white and the faces of Ahl ul-Bid'ah will become black."

And also amongst the verses [that are related to the censure of innovation] is His saying:

"And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path. This He has ordained for you that you may become Al-Muttaqın" [Al-An'aam 6:153]

The Siraat ul-Mustaqeem (Straight Path) is the path to which Allaah has called and that is the Sunnah. And Subul (other paths) are the paths of the people of disagreement who turn away from the Straight Path, and they are the People of Innovation. And the intent here is not the paths of disobedience because no one makes disobedience a path that he continuously treads upon - in imitation of and resemblance to the legislation, but rather this description is specifically for the invented innovations.

And what Ismaa'eel has narrated from Sulaimaan bin Harb gives evidence to this: "Hammaad bin Zaid narrated to us from Aasim bin Bahdalah from Abu Waa'il from Abdullaah [Ibn ıAbbaas] who said: "ıOne Day the Messenger (sallallaahu -alaihi wasallam) drew for us a long, straight lineı and then Sulaimaan drew for us a long, straight line, ıand then he drew lines to its right and to its left and then said: This is the Path of Allaah. Then he drew lines to its right and to its left and said: These are different paths, upon each of these ways is a devil calling to itı, and then he recited the verse:

"And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) pathsı" [Al-Anıaam 6:153]

meaning these paths

"ıfor they will separate you away from His Path" Al-Anıaam 6:153]"

Bikr bin ıAlaa said: "He meant the devils amongst men and these are the innovations and Allaah knows best.

And the hadeeth has been reported in many ways.

And ıUmar bin Salamah al-Hamdaanee said: "We were sitting in the circle of Ibn Masıood in the mosque, which had been plain land after it had been covered with gravel. ıUbaidullaah bin Umar ibn al-Khattaab, who had just returned from an expedition, said to him: ıWhat is the straight path O Abu ıAbdur-Rahmaan?ı He replied: ıBy the Lord of the Kaıbah, it is that which your father was firmly established upon until he entered Paradiseı and then he swore firmly upon that three times, Then he drew a line in the ground with his hand and also drew lines to either side of it and said: ıYour Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) left you upon this end and its other end is in Paradise. So whoever remains steadily upon it will enter Paradise and whoever takes any of these lines will be destroyed."


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And in another narration: "O Abu Abdur-Rahmaan, what is the straight path?" He said: "The Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) left us upon the nearest end of the line and its other end is in Paradise. And to its left and right are roads in which there are men who invite those who pass by them, saying: Come this way! Come this way!" So whoever is taken by them to those paths will end up in Hellfire and whoever remains steadfast upon the great path will end up, through it, in Paradise." Then Ibn Masood recited:

"And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path. This He has ordained for you that you may become Al-Muttaqın" [Al-Anaam 6:153]
And Mujaahid said about the saying of Allaah:

And follow not (other) paths [Al-Anaam 6:153]"The innovations and doubts."

And Abdur-Rahmaan bin Mahdee said: "Maalik bin Anas had been asked about the Sunnah and he said: It is whatever has no other name for it except the Sunnah and he recited:

"And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path. [Al-Anaam 6:153]

Bikr bin Alaa said: "He means - if Allaah wills - the hadeeth of Ibn Masood that the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) drew a line..." and he mentioned the hadeeth.

And this explanation (tafseer) shows that the verse includes all the different paths of innovation and does not specify one innovation over others.

And also amongst the verses [that are related to the censure of innovation] is the saying of Allaah the Exalted:

And upon Allıh is the responsibility to explain the Straight Path but there are ways that turn aside. And had He willed, He would have guided you all (mankind). [An-Nahl 16:9]

The explained path is the Path of Truth and that which is other than it, turns away from the truth - and these are the paths of innovations and misguidance - may Allaah protect us, by His Excellence, from travelling upon them. It is sufficient for whatever turns away [from the Truth] that it is warned against and the verse contains a warning and a prohibition [of taking other paths that turn deviate from the Truth].

And Ibn Waddaah mentioned, saying: "Aasim bin Bahdalah was questioned: O Abu Bakr, have you considered the saying of Allaah, the Exalted:

And upon Allıh is the responsibility to explain the Straight Path but there are ways that turn aside. And had He willed, He would have guided you all (mankind). [An-Nahl 16:9]

He replied: Abu Waail informed us, from Abdullaah Ibn Masood saying: "Abdullaah bin Masood drew a straight line and drew lines to its right and to its left and then said: The Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) drew just like this, and he said about the straight line: This is the path of Allaah and about the lines to its right and left he said: These are different ways, upon each of these ways is a devil calling to it." Allaah the Exalted said:

"And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it& [Al-Anaam 6:153]
to the end of the verse.

From at-Tustaree, that he said: "Explanation of the path (qasd us-sabeel) - that is the path of the Sunnah,  ways that turn aside (wa minhaa jaair) - meaning to the Hellfire and they are the sects and innovations."

And from Mujaahid, that he said: ""Explanation of the path (qasd us-sabeel) - meaning the one who is justly balanced between exaggeration and negligence and this shows that the one who turns aside is one who commits excesses or is negligent, and both of them are amongst the descriptions of the innovations."

And from Alee (radiallaahu anhu), that he used to read it: "Wa minkum jaair&" (And amongst you is one that turns aside). They said: He means by that this Ummah.

So it is as if this verse along with the one before it have come with the same meaning.

And amongst the verses is the saying of Allaah:

Verily, those who divide their religion and break up into sects (all kinds of religious sects), you (O Muhammad) have no concern in them in the least. Their affair is only with Allıh, Who then will tell them what they used to do. [Al-Anaam 6:159]

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The explanation (tafseer) of this verse has come in the hadeeth from Aa'ishah (radiallaahu anhaa) who said: "The Messenger sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

''O Aa'ishah! Verily, those who divide their religion and break up into sects. Who are they? So I said: Allaah and His Messenger know best. He replied: They are the People of Desires, the People of Innovations and the People of Misguidance from this Ummah. O Aaishah! For every sin there is repentance, except [for] the People of Desires and Innovations, there is no repentance from them and I am free and innocent of them and they of me."

Ibn Atiyyah said: ''This verse includes the People of Desires, Innovations and Deviation in the minor matters and others besides them from amongst the people engrossed in argumentation, and disputation with theological rhetoric (kalaam). All of this is directed towards the mistakes and the arena of evil beliefs.''

And he means - and Allaah knows best - by amongst the people engrossed in argumentation, and disputation in the minor matters what Abu Umar bin Abdul-Barr in the chapter on 'Censure of Ra'I (Opinion)' in his book 'Kitaab ul-'Ilm' and we shall mention it [in due course] with the power of Allaah.

And Ibn Battaal quotes in his Sharh ul-Bukhaaree from Abu Haneefah that he said: "I met Ataa ibn Rabaah in Makkah and I asked him about something and he said: From which place are you? I said: Kufah. He said: Are you from the town [whose inhabitants] split their religion and break into sects? I said: Yes. He said: From which group are you? I said: From those who do not revile and abuse the Salaf (Pious Predecessors), who have faith in Qadr and who do not declare anyone to be a disbeliever on account a sin [that he committed]. So Ataa said: You know [the truth] so hold fast."

And from al-Hasan who said: "Uthmaan bin Affaan (radiallaahu anhu) came out one day and addressed us with a sermon but the people interrupted his speech and began to throw pebbles at each other until---- He said: And we heard a voice from one of the rooms of the Wives of Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) and it was said: This is the voice of the Mother of the Believers. He said: So I heard it and she was saying: Verily, your Prophet is free and innocent from the one who divides his religion and breaks up into a sect and she recited:

Verily, those who divide their religion and break up into sects (all kinds of religious sects), you (O Muhammad) have no concern in them in the least [Al-An'aam 6:159]

Al-Qaadee Ismaa'eel said: "I consider that he means by his saying Mother of the Believers to be Umm Salamah, that has been mentioned in some of the hadeeth and Aai'shah at that time was performing Hajj."

And from Abu Hurairah: "That this verse was revealed in connection with this Ummah." And from Abu Umaamah: "They are the Khawaarij."

Al-Qaadee said: The apparent meaning (dhaahir) of the Qur'aan indicates that everyone who introduces an innovation into the religion such as the Khawaarij and others besides them - that they come under this verse, because when they innovate, they argue and dispute [over this innovation], cause divisions and break off into sects."

And amongst such verses is the saying of the Exalted:

And be not of AlMushrikoon (the disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah, polytheists, idolaters, etc). Of those who split up their religion (i.e. the true Islaamic Monotheism), and became sects, [i.e. they invented new things in the religion (Bid'ah), and followed their vain desires], each sect rejoicing in that which is with it. [Rum 30:31-32]

It is also read as faaraqoo [instead of farraqoo - thereby giving it the meaning depart from and sever oneself from the religion]. Abu Hurairah explained it with reference to the Khawaarij and Abu Umaamah has reported this in marfoo form.

It has also been said: They are the People of Desires and Innovations. They said: Aa'ishah (radiallaahu anhaa) reported it from the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) and that is because this is the nature of the one who innovates - as Ismaa'eel al-Qaadee has said and as has preceded in the other verses.

And amongst such verses is the saying of the Exalted:

Say: ''He has power to send torment on you from above or from under your feet, or to cover you with confusion in party strife, and make you to taste the violence of one another. [Al-Anaam 6:65]

From Ibn Abbaas that: ''Covering you with confusion in party strife, this is the divergent and varying desires (i.e. innovations).'' And built upon His saying:

And make you to taste the violence of one another. [Al-An'aam 6:65]

To be continued......InshaaAllaah

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Allaah said:

Say: ''He has power to send torment on you from above or from under your feet, or to cover you with confusion in party strife, and make you to taste the violence of one another. [Al-An'aam 6:65]

From Ibn Abbaas that: ''Covering you with confusion in party strife, this is the divergent and varying desires (i.e. innovations).'' And built upon His saying:

And make you to taste the violence of one another. [Al-An'aam 6:65]
is the pronunciation of takfeer [declaring someone a disbeliever] of some of you over others so that they fight each other, as occurred with the Khawaarij when they revolted against the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah. And it has been said that the meaning of:

..or to cover you with confusion in party strife [Al-An'aam 6:65]
is "Covering with differences/disunity"

Mujaahid and Abu al-Aaliyah said: "This verse is about the Ummah of Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam)." Abu al-Aaliyah said: ''They are four in number, two of them appeared twenty-five years after the death of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), so they were covered with the confusion of party-strife and some of them were made to taste the violence of others - and two remained and they will occur, for sure:

Being swallowed from underneath you (i.e. by the earth) and being transformed/disfigured from above you."

And this, all of it, is very clear in that the differences and desires (i.e. innovations) are disliked and not liked and are blameworthy and not praiseworthy.

And from what has been reported from Mujaahid about the saying of Allaah:
But they will not cease to disagree - except him on whom your Lord has bestowed His Mercy (the follower of truth - Islımic Monotheism) and for that did He create them. [Hud 11:118-119]

He said about 'those who disagree': ''They are the People of Falsehood'' and about 'except him on whom your Lord has bestowed His Mercy': The People of Truth, there is no difference amongst them.''

And it has been reported from Mutarrif bin ash-Shakheer that he said: ''If the desires had been but one (i.e. united) then a person would have said: Perhaps the truth is in it. But when the desires split and separate [and become many], every possessor of intelligence knows that the truth never splits [contradicting itself].''

From Ikrimah ''But they will not cease to disagree', meaning in the desires [i.e. their innovations] and except him on whom your Lord has bestowed His Mercy, they are the Ahl us-Sunnah.''

And Abu Bakr bin Thaabit al-Khateeb has quoted from Mansoor bin Abdur-Rahmaan that he said: "We were sitting with al-Hasan and there was a man behind me standing and he began to order me to ask him about the saying of Allaah:

But they will not cease to disagree - except him on whom your Lord has bestowed His Mercy [Hud 11:118-119]

So he said: ''Yes, they will not cease to disagree upon their different ways except on whom your Lord has bestowed His Mercy so whomever He bestows His Mercy upon does not disagree.[i.e. he is not in disagreement as to the truth, he is clear about it.]

And Ibn Wahb reports from Umar bin Abdul Azeez and Maalik bin Anas: "The People of Mercy do not differ." And this verse has a beautiful explanation which will come later - if Allaah wills."

To be continued...Inshaa-Allaah

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The Dangers Of A Brotherhood Devoid Of Enjoining Good And Forbidding Evil



Sheikh Saaleh al Fawzaan (hafidha-hullaah) said:

When punishment descends on the disobedient ones, it touches both the righteous and the wicked one, except the one who rejected evil.  Indeed he (the one who rejected evil) will be saved.  As for the one who did not reject evil, he will be destroyed even if he a righteous person.  He will be destroyed along with those who are destroyed, just as what took place with As-haabus sabt (the people of the sabt-those who violated the sabt).  

Allaah (subhaanah) did not mention anything concerning those who kept quiet (i.e. those who did not reject evil); rather He (subhaanah) only mentioned those who forbade from evil.  

As for the second group, those who said: Why do you preach to a people whom Allıh is about to destroy or to punish with a severe torment?" (7:164), Allaah (Jalla-Wa-Alaa) kept quiet about them (i.e. those who made this statement), no information is given regarding whether they were either amongst the destroyed or those saved.  What is apparent is that they were amongst the destroyed.

And when he (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) recited the statement of Allaah:

''Those among the Children of Israel who disbelieved were cursed by the tongue of Daawood and Eesaa, son of Maryam.  That was because they disobeyed (Allaah and the Messengers) and were ever transgressing beyond bounds.  They used not to forbid one another from evil which they committed.  Vile indeed was what they used to do.'' (5:78-79), he said:

The reason for them being cursed was that they did not forbid one another from evil which they committed.  So Allaah cursed all of them.

He (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said:

''By no means, I swear by Allaah, you must enjoin good and forbid evil, prevent the wrongdoer, bend him into conformity with what is right, and restrict him to what is right, or Allaah will mingle your hearts together and curse you as He cursed them'' (Abu Daawood)

SOURCE: 'The Means To Safety For The Ummah'By Sheikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan(hafidha-hullaah)


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Splitting And Differing




Imaam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhaab  (rahimahullaah) stated in Masaa-ilil Jaahiliyyah (the second Mas-alah):

Indeed, they (the people of the era of pre-Islaamic ignorance) divided into (sects) in their Religion, as Allaah (Ta-aalaa) stated:

"Each sect rejoicing in that which is with it". 30:32

And likewise they were divided with regards to their worldly affairs; and they regarded that to be the right thing to do.  So Allaah commanded Ijtimaa (unity and agreement) in the Religion, saying:

He (Allıh) has ordained for you the same religion (Islım) which He ordained for Nıh (Noah), and that which We have inspired in you (O Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)), and that which We ordained for Ibrahım (Abraham), Mısa (Moses) and 'Iesa (Jesus) saying you should establish religion (i.e. to do what it orders you to do practically), and make no divisions in it (religion) (i.e. various sects in religion).42:13

And He (subhaanah) said:

"Verily, those who divide their religion and break up into sects (all kinds of religious sects), you (O Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)) have no concern in them in the least"6:159

And Allaah forbade us (Muslims) from being like them, saying:

"And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them".3:105

And Allaah forbade us (Muslims) from splitting into (sects) in the Religion, saying:

"And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allıh (i.e. this Qur'ın), and be not divided among yourselves" 3:103


Sheikh Saaleh al Fawzaan (hafidha-hullaah) stated in explanation of the above:

This is the second affair, of those affairs which the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) was in opposition AGAINST the people of Jaahiliyyah; and that is the people of Jaahiliyyah used to be divided in their Religious and worldly (affairs).  Their (state of affairs) was characterized with splitting and differing, as He (subhaanahu-Wata-aalaa) said:

"And be not of Al-Mushrikuun (the polytheists, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allaah).  Of those who split up their religion and became sects, [i.e. they invented new things in the religion (Bid'ah), and followed their vain desires], each sect rejoicing in that which is with it" 30:31-32

This is a characteristic of the people of the era of pre-Islaamic ignorance, from amongst the Jews, Christians and idol worshippers.  All the religions of the Pre-Islaamic era of ignorance were upon this way; divided in their religion, and each of them had a religion they called to.  

The Christians called to Christianity and the Jews called to Judaism, and each of these two religions (i.e. their followers) belied the religion of the other, as He (Ta-aalaa) said:

"The Jews said that the Christians follow nothing (i.e. are not on the right religion); and the Christians said that the Jews follow nothing (i.e. are not on the right religion); though they both recite the Scripture.  Like unto their word, said (the pagans) who know not." 2:113

The pagans are those ones who do not know; because they neither had a Book nor a religion revealed from the heavens, and they also belied and opposed each another.

"Allaah will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection about that wherein they have been differing" 2:113

Allaah (subhaanahu-Wata-alaa) has made known regarding who is upon truth and who is upon falsehood, and He will reward all according to their actions; and Allaah's Religion is one, as Allaah said:

"And I (Allaah) created not the Jinn and Mankind except that they should worship Me (alone)" 51:56

And He (subhaanah) said:

"O mankind! Worship your Lord (Allaah), Who created you and those who were before you so that you may become Muttaquun (pious)" 2:21

To be continued...Inshaa-Allaah

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Sheikh Saaleh al Fawzaan (hafidha-hullaah) continues....

Allaah's Religion is one, and it is for all the creation; (it is for) the Jew, the Christian, the idol worshipper, the Arab and the non Arab.  Allaah's Religion is One (Religion), and that is to worship Him Alone and not ascribe partners with Him in (worship).  

However, (the people of the era of Pre-Islaamic Ignorance) divided their Religion, and each party had a Religion that was in opposition to that of the others.   The Jews differed amongst themselves (and) the Christians (also) differed, and they are upon this differing to this day.

Likewise, the Pagan Arabs differed in their ibaadah (affairs of worship).  From them were those who worshipped the sun.   There were those who worshipped the moon and those who worshipped idols.  And from them were those who worshipped the Angels and those who worshipped the Awliyaa and the Saaliheen.  And from them were those who worshipped trees and stones.

This was the condition of the (people of the era of Pre-Islaamic Ignorance) from amongst the Ahlul kitaab (Jews and Christians) and the Ummiyyeen [the illiterates-(i.e. the pagan Arabs-who neither had a Book nor a religion revealed from the heavens)].  They were not united upon a (singular) religion, and were of (various parties); "EACH SECT REJOICING IN THAT WHICH IS WITH IT" 30:32.  

This is an absolute trial and a punishment; (for) a human being to rejoice in that which he is upon of misguidance.

This (rejoicing in misguidance) is the opposite of that which is obligatory; and that is the human being is to fear misguidance, deviation and destruction.  However, the (people of the era of Pre-Islaamic Ignorance) were upon that which is opposite to this, "EACH SECT REJOICING IN THAT WHICH IS WITH IT", without examining whether what they were upon is truth or falsehood.   What was of importance is that (the path they followed) was the creed of their fathers, forefathers and close relatives, and they did not give importance as to whether it was truth or falsehood.
  
    THIS (REJOICING IN MISGUIDANCE AND FALSEHOOD) IS A TRIAL AND A TEST.  

Therefore, it is PUNISHMENT when a human being rejoices in falsehood; because when he rejoices in falsehood, he will not be able to escape from it.  THIS IS A CHARACTERISTIC OF THE PEOPLE OF THE PRE-ISLAAMIC PERIOD OF IGNORANCE AND ALLAAH FORBADE US FROM THAT.  

He (Ta-aalaa) said:

"And be not of Al- Mushrikın (the disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah, polytheists, idolaters, etc.).  Of those who split up their religion (i.e. who left the true Islımic Monotheism), and became sects, [i.e. they invented new things in the religion (Bid'ah), and followed their vain desires]" 30:31-32

And He (Ta-aalaa) said:

"Verily, those who divide their religion and break up into sects (all kinds of religious sects), you (O Muhammad) have no concern in them in the least. Their affair is only with Allıh, Who then will tell them what they used to do." 6:159

And He (subhaanah) revealed to His Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam), saying:

"He (Allıh) has ordained for you the same religion (Islım) which He ordained for Nıh (Noah), and that which We have inspired in you (O Muhammad ), and that which We ordained for Ibrahım (Abraham), Mısa (Mosesı) and 'Iesa (Jesus) saying you should establish religion (i.e. to do what it orders you to do practically), and make no divisions in it (religion) (i.e. various sects in religion)." 42:13

To be continued....Inshaa-Allaah

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And He (subhaanah) revealed to His Messenger, saying:

"He (Allıh) has ordained for you the same religion (Islım) which He ordained for Nıh (Noah), and that which We have inspired in you (O Muhammad ), and that which We ordained for Ibrahım (Abraham), Mısa (Moses) and 'Iesa (Jesus) saying you should establish religion (i.e. to do what it orders you to do practically), and make no divisions in it (religion) (i.e. various sects in religion)." 42:13

This is what Allaah has legislated, and that is to establish the Religion; the religion of Nuh, Ibraaheem, Musaa, Esaa and Muhammad (may Allaahs Peace and Blessings be upon all of them).  However, these (five Messengers) have been mentioned because they are the best of all the Messengers. And (they)are the Messengers of strong will;THE FIVE: Nuh, Ibraaheem, Musaa, Esaa and Muhammad (sallal-laahu-wasallama-alayhim)are the Messengers of strong will and the best of the Messengers.  Allaah took the covenant from all the Messengers and in particular from these five.  He (Ta-aalaa) said:

''And (remember) when We took from the Prophets their covenant, and from you (O Muhammad), and from Nıh (Noah), Ibrıhim (Abraham), Moosaa (Moses), and 'Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary). We took from them a strong covenant'' 33:7

The Religion of all the Messengers is one, and that is to worship Allaah (Alone) and not associate partners with Him.  This is the Religion of all the Messengers in general and that of the five (Messengers of strong will).  Neither differing nor division is accepted (in this), and neither is it that everyone has his own religion nor that every group has its own religion; rather the Religion is One for everyone.  It is the Religion of Allaah (Jalla-Wa-Alaa) for all the creation.

"And I (Allıh) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone)" 51:56

The Religion of all the Jinn and humankind must be one (Religion), and that is Tawheed and to single Allaah out in worship.  The Messengers have clarified what Ibaadah (worship) is.  It (ibaadah) is not (an affair) that is entrusted to the people; rather Books have been sent down to us, and Messengers have been sent to us, saying: "This is the Religion and this is Worship".  

It (worship and Religion) is Tawqeefiyyah (established through the sharee-ah of Allaah).  Religion is Tawqeefiy and it is not a right of the people to legislate religions (for others); rather it is the Right of Allaah, and He is the One Who legislates the Religion.

"Or have they partners with Allıh (false gods), who have instituted for them a religion which Allıh has not allowed" 42:21

This is inkaar (rejection) from Him (Subhaanah), for Religion is that which He has legislated and revealed in His Books and upon the tongue of His Messengers (alayhimus-salaatu-wassalaam).  

So it (Religion and Worship) is Tawqeefiy.  The Messengers are only conveyers from Allaah (Jalla-Wa-Alaa).  They convey from Allaah what He has legislated for His servants.  This is the job of the Messengers (alayhimus-salaatu-was-salaam).  They are followers of the Religion like others.  They are slaves who worship Allaah with the Religion He has legislated for them and their nations.

To be continued.....Inshaa-Allaah

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And He (subhaanahu Wata-Aalaa) said:

'And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment' 3:105

This is a prohibition that we do not become like the people of the era of pre-Islaamic ignorance; those who divided and differed.  And this (differing) was not out of ignorance on their part; rather it was due to desires 'after the clear proofs had come to them''

They abandoned the clear proofs and followed desires.  It was desires that carried them towards Splitting; wal-iyaadho-billaah- they took their desires as gods besides Allaah (Azza-Wa-Jal).   And Allaah (Jalla-Wa-Alaa) has not failed to establish the proof on anyone, (for) He has sent the Messengers and revealed the Books:
  
''THEN WHENEVER THERE COMES TO YOU GUIDANCE FROM ME, AND WHOEVER FOLLOWS MY GUIDANCE, THERE SHALL BE NO FEAR ON THEM, NOR SHALL THEY GRIEVE.  BUT THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE AND BELIE OUR AYAAT SUCH ARE THE DWELLERS OF THE FIRE, THEY SHALL ABIDE THEREIN FOREVER'' 2:38-39
  
So Allaah did not leave mankind (just like that) from the time Aadam landed on earth.   He (subhaanah) did not leave mankind without a Religion and a Prophet; rather He (Jalla-Wa-Alaa) has not ceased to send Messengers in succession to legislate and explain the deen for the people, up until He finalised that with (the sending of Muhammad-sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam), whose Religion will never be abrogated until the establishment of the hour, and its support is the Kitaab and the Sunnah.

There has not been a period from the various periods, except that there was a Messenger who came with the Religion of Allaah.  ''And there never was a nation but a warner had passed among them'' 35:24

''Messengers as bearers of good news as well as of warning in order that mankind should have no plea against Allıh after the Messengers (4:165).  And no one has proof to say: "There came unto us no bringer of glad tidings and no warner (5:19), for Allaah (Jalla-Wa-Alaa) has established the proof upon the creation.

However, the people of the era of pre-islamic ignorance opposed not that which the Messengers came with out of ignorance, rather it was out of following desires, particularly the Jews and the Christians, who were upon knowledge and awareness regarding that.  And for that reason Allaah called them Ahlul Kitaab (The People Of The Scripture) from the angle of blame/censure.  Indeed, they are People of the Scripture and People of Knowledge, but along with this they opposed the command of Allaah (subhaanahu-Wata-Aalaa) and followed their desires.

Allaah has prohibited this ummah from traversing this Jaahili path and commanded them to hold onto the religion which He revealed to His Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam), and it is that (Religion/path) which the sahaabah of the Messenger and the Rightly guided Khulafaa followed.  This is the Religion incumbent upon the Ummah to hold onto up until the establishment of the hour.  And if the (ummah of Muhammad) differs on any affair, they are to refer it to the Kitaab and the Sunnah.

'And if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allıh and His Messenger, if you believe in Allıh and in the Last Day'' 4:59)

To be continued..........Inshaa-Allaah

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Differing is from human nature, but Allaah (Jalla-Wa-Alaa) has directed/guided us to the Kitaab and the Sunnah when we differ and know not which of us is upon correctness.  (So) we are to return to the Kitaab and the sunnah, and then take what the Kitaab and the Sunnah declares to be the truth and abandon what the (the Kitaab and the sunnah) declares to the other than the truth; because our objective is to follow the truth, and not to gain the upper hand through either OPINIONS, EXALTING FOREFATHERS, ANCESTORS OR SHUYOOKH.  This is not the concern of the Muslims.  

The truth is the desired goal of the Muslim; and he takes it wherever he finds it.  The objective is to (take) the truth, 'IF YOU BELIEVE IN ALLAAH AND THE LAST DAY'.  'THAT IS BETTER' for you than being upon differing.  'AND THAT IS BETTER AND MORE SUITABLE FOR FINAL DETERMINATION', meaning: that is a better end result.

This is from the Mercy of Allaah (subhaanahu-wata-aalaa) upon us; He preserved within ourselves that which will stop differing and that which leads to the truth, and that is the Kitaab (The Qur'aan).  And for that reason He (subhaanah) said:

'AND HOLD FAST, ALL OF YOU TOGETHER, TO THE ROPE OF ALLAAH', and that is: 'ALL OF YOU' (should hold onto the Qur'aan), and not just some of you; rather all of you, all the creation and this Ummah (of Muhammad) in particular.

'AND BE NOT DIVIDED AMONG YOURSELVES, AND REMEMBER ALLAAHS FAVOUR ON YOU, FOR YOU WERE ENEMIES ONE TO ANOTHER BUT HE JOINED YOUR HEARTS TOGETHER, SO THAT, BY HIS GRACE, YOU BECAME BRETHEN (IN ISLAAMIC FAITH), AND YOU WERE ON THE BRINK OF A PIT OF FIRE, AND HE SAVED YOU FROM IT3:103

'AND YOU WERE ON THE BRINK OF A PIT OF FIRE', (upon the Religion of Pre-Islaamic Ignorance) and 'HE (ALLAAH) SAVED YOU FROM IT'.  He saved you through Islaam and this Qur'aan.  Therefore, remember Allaah's Favour.  And Holding onto the Rope of Allaah is to hold onto the Kitaab; because the Kitaab is the expansive Book of Allaah, which brings safety to the one who traverses upon it and destruction to the one who slips away from it.  

This is from that which Allaah has related to us about the condition of the people of the era of pre-islaamic ignorance; that, 'They split up their Religion (i.e. left the true Islaamic Monotheism), and became sects, [i.e. they invented new things in the Religion (Bid'ah), and followed their vain desires], each sect rejoicing in that which is with it' 30:32.  Thereafter, Allaah forbade us from that (splitting) and from imitating them in that, and commanded us to hold onto His Book, which (brings) about Safety from division, differing and destruction.

There is no safety except through holding onto the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam), 'AND HOLD FAST, ALL OF YOU TOGETHER, TO THE ROPE OF ALLAAH, AND BE NOT DIVIDED AMONG YOURSELVES', for the people of the pre-islaamic era of ignorance were divided in their Religion, as He (Ta-aalaa) said: 'EACH SECT REJOICING IN THAT WHICH IS WITH IT' 30:32

They were pleased with their mad-habs even when that happened to be falsehood.  Likewise, they were divided in their worldly affairs; because the one who is straitened in the affairs of his Religion will be straitened in the affairs of the Dunyah.  They were divided in the affairs of the worldly life and were not a united body; rather tribes ruled themselves, and each tribe declared lawful the blood and wealth of the other tribe/s.

To be continued....Inshaa-Allaah

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A Principle On Unity And Differing



Sheikh Saaleh al Fawzaan (Hafidha-hullaah) said:

He [Sheikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah)] mentioned a principle on unity and differing, its causes and result(s); he embarks upon this principle with the statement of Allaah (Ta-aalaa):

'He (Allaah) has ordained for you the same religion (Islaam) which He ordained for Nuh (Noah), and that which We have inspired in you (O Muhammad), and that which We ordained for Ibrahım (Abraham), Musa (Moses) and 'Iesa (Jesus) saying you should establish religion (i.e. to do what it orders you to do practically), and make no divisions in it (religion) (i.e. various sects in religion)'. 42:13

Then he [sheikhul Islaam ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah)] stated:

Allaah (subhaanah) informed that He legislated for us that which He ordained for Nuh and that which He inspired in Muhammad and that which he ordained for the three mentioned [i.e. Ibraaheem, Musa and Isa)].   They (Muhammad, Nuh, Ibraaheem, Musa and Isaa) are the Ulul Azmi (The Messengers of Strong will) from whom Allaah took the covenant, in His (Subhaanah) saying:

'And (remember) when We took from the Prophets their covenant, and from you (O Muhammad), and from Nooh (Noah), Ibraahim (Abraham), Moosaa (Moses), and 'Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary)'. 33:7

And His (subhaanah) saying: 'And that which He ordained for Nuh (Noah), and that which We have inspired in you (O Muhammad), and that which We ordained for you''42:13

So the term inspiration has been confirmed for Muhammad and the term ordained (confirmed) for the rest of the Messengers, up until he (rahimahullaah) stated: Indeed that which has been legislated for us is that which was ordained for the Messengers, and that is the command to establish the Religion and prohibition from making divisions in it.  

And if Allaah had commanded those who came first and those who came later, that they establish the Religion and not make divisions in it, and that He has legislated for us that which He ordained for Nuh and that which He inspired in Muhammad; then this carries two affairs:

THE FIRST OF THE TWO AFFAIRS: Is that what Muhammad (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) has been inspired with comprises of his Sharee-ah, which has been specified for us.  Indeed all that Muhammad came with is an inspiration to him of fundamentals and subsidiary issues (of the Religion), as apposed to Nuh and other than him from the Messengers. For that which has been legislated for us is what has been ordained to be established as the Religion and to refrain from division in it.  The Religion they are agreed upon is the foundation; and this (affair) comprises of some speech (i.e. by way of clarification):

THE FIRST OF THEM:

He (subhaanah) legislated for us the Religion that is (common between all) and this is a general Islaam and Eemaan.  (And He legislated for us) a Religion that has been specified for us, and that is a specified Islaam and Eemaan.  

SECONDLY:

He (subhaanah) has commanded us to establish (both) the Religion that is common between (us) and the Religion that has been specified for (us), and has prohibited us from making divisions in it.

Then he (rahimahullaah) clarified that differing is of two types:

THE FIRST TYPE: Blameworthy differing, and it is what is supported by partisanship and pride after being aware of the truth and the clarity of the evidence(s).  

THE SECOND TYPE: The differing that is not blameworthy, and it is what is supported with Ijtihaad.  And the intent (behind this) is to reach the truth with the evidence(s).  

And he (rahimahullaah) established this with the statement of Allaah:

'And they divided not till after knowledge had come to them, through (selfish) transgression between themselves' 42:14

So Allaah informed that their differing took place after knowledge had come to them regarding what they are to avoid.  Indeed, Allaah caused not any people to go astray until after He clarified for them what to avoid, and He has informed that they did not differ except through (selfish) transgression.  Transgression is to overstep the limits, and this is different from Ijtihaad, which has nothing to do with having either knowledge or the intention to transgress, such as the permissible differing between the scholars.  

Transgression either causes the truth to be lost or overstepping the limits; it either causes abandonment of what is obligatory or doing what is forbidden.  So it is known that this is what inevitably brings about divisions, such as what Allaah said about the People of the Scripture:

'And from those who call themselves Christians, We took their covenant, but they have abandoned a good part of the Message that was sent to them.  So We planted amongst them enmity and hatred till the Day of Resurrection' 5:14

He (subhaanah) informed that their abandoning a part of the Message that was sent to them was that they abandoned action upon some of what they were commanded with.  This was the cause of incitement towards enmity and transgression amongst them. And this is the state of affairs of the people of our Religion, similar to what we find between the differing parties with regards to their differences in the Fundaments of their Religion and much in the subsidiary issues.

[Source: Adwaa-i Min Fatawaa, (Sheikh Saaleh al Fawzaan. page:24-26)]

To be continued....Inshaa-Allaah

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He [sheikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah)] likened this (division) to what took place between those who based their understanding and practice of the Religion on the outward actions and those who based their understanding and practice of the Religion on the actions of the inner self; each of these two (parties) negated the path of the other and claimed that it was not the path of the people of the Religion, or opposed it with an opposition of one who considers it not to be from the Religion.  Thus enmity and hatred occurred between them.

Indeed Allaah has commanded with (both) outward and inner purification; outward purification from ritual impurity and filth and inner purification from shirk, disbelief and hypocrisy.  Allaah (Ta-aalaa) said:

'Verily, the Mushrikuun (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allaah and in the Message of Muhammad) are impure' 9:28

Allaah (Ta-aalaa) said:

'Those are the ones whose hearts Allaah does not purify (from disbelief and hypocrisy)' 5:41

The Sheikh (Ibn Taymiyyah) then stated:

So we find many of the worshippers (from those who base their understanding and practice of the Religion on the outward actions) giving importance only to the purification of the body.  They exceeded the limits beyond what is prescribed (of purification of the body) and abandoned that which is obligatory or recommended with regards to purification of the heart.  They understand not the affair of purification except in relation to the purification of the body!  

And we find many of the people of Tasawwuf giving importance only to the purification of the heart, until they exceeded the limits beyond what is prescribed and abandoned that which is obligatory or recommended with regards to purification of the body.

So the first (group) emerged with a blameworthy concern with regards to their excess use of water, declaring impure that which is not impure and avoiding that which was not prescribed to be avoided; whilst their hearts contained hatred, pride and malice of different types towards their brothers.  In this is a manifest resemblance to the Jews.

The other group went to extremes in (pursuing) the soundness of the inner self.  They were ignorant of what was necessary in regards to the knowledge required to bring about the soundness of the inner self.  And alongside this ignorance (of theirs), they neither avoided the impure things nor performed the obligatory acts of purification, in resemblance to the Christians.

Enmity occurred between these two parties as a result of their abandonment of some of that which they were commanded and as a result of transgressing beyond the limits.

To be continued....Inshaa-Allaah

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Then [sheikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah)] mentioned aayaat regarding the prohibition of division and a clarification of its causes.  He then stated:

So it is evident that the (affairs of the Religion) and action upon all of it are a result of unity and harmony; and that is to worship Allaah (alone) and not associate partners with Him, as commanded (both) inwardly and outwardly.   Division is caused by transgression and abandonment of that which the slave has been commanded with.

Allaah's Mercy, His Pleasure and Blessings are (gained) as a result of Unity.  Unity (results) in happiness in this world and the Hereafter and illumination of the faces; and division results in the Punishment and Curse of Allaah, darkening of the faces and a declaration of the Messenger's freedom from them (i.e. from those make divisions in the Religion).  This is one of the evidences that unity is a clear authority.  

If they unite, they will become obedient to Allaah and be from those who are shown Mercy.  And the Mercy of Allaah and obedience to Him cannot be (achieved) with action upon that which has not been commanded of belief, speech and action.  

Indeed [sheikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah)] clarified through this principle: THAT THE UNITY OF THE MUSLIMS COMES ABOUT THROUGH ACTION UPON THE BOOK AND THE SUNNAH (BOTH) OUTWARDLY AND INWARDLY, AND THAT UNITY RESULTS IN HAPPINESS AND MERCY IN THIS LIFE AND THE HEREAFTER.    

And abandonment of the Book and the Sunnah, or acting upon them outwardly without (acting) upon them inwardly, or acting upon them inwardly without acting upon them outwardly is the cause of division between the Muslims.  It is what brings about enmity between them, similar to that which befell the People of the Scripture.

The Sheikh [Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah)] then mentioned a hadith from the Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam); he (rahimahullaah) stated: the Messenger of Allaah has stated in a well known hadith in the sunan, narrated by Abdullaah Bin Mas'ood and Zaid Ibn Thaabit (radiyallaahu-anhumaa):

'The heart of the believer does not harbour hatred towards three (things/affairs); (they are): to perform actions sincerely for Allaah, to give sincere advice to the Muslim rulers and adherence to the Jamaa-ah of the Muslims; because their supplication encompasses them.' (Abu Daawood-No: 3660)

And in the hadith of Abu Hurayrah (radiyallaahu-anhu)

'Verily Allaah likes three things for you.  He is pleased with you that you worship Him and not associate anything with Him, and that you hold fast to the rope of Allaah and be not divided; and that you give sincere advice to the one who has been placed in charge over your affairs.'  [Saheeh Muslim, (No: 1715)]

He [Sheikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah)] then stated:

Indeed, there are three qualities gathered in these two narrations: (they are): TO PERFORM ACTIONS SINCERELY FOR ALLAAH, TO GIVE SINCERE ADVISE TO THE MUSLIM RULERS AND ADHERENCE TO THE JAMAA-AH OF THE MUSLIMS.  These three (qualities) consolidate the Fundamentals and Principles of the religion, the Rights of Allaah, the rights of His slaves and organization of the affairs that (bring about) benefits in this life and the Hereafter.  

To be continued...Inshaa-Allaah

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The Scholars Testify To Their Adherence To The Manhaj And Their Ability To Teach The People The Basics Of Their Religion



Abee Musa (radiyallaahu-anhu) said that the Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: "The example of guidance and knowledge with which Allah has sent me is like abundant Ghayth falling on the earth, some of which was fertile soil that absorbed the water and brought forth vegetation and grass in abundance. (And) another portion of it was hard and held the water and Allah benefited the people with it and they utilized it for drinking, making their animals drink from it and for irrigation of the land for cultivation. (And) a portion of it was barren which could neither hold the water nor bring forth vegetation (then that land gave no benefits).

The first is the example of the person who comprehends Allah's religion and gets benefit (from the knowledge) which Allah has revealed through me (the Prophets and learns and then teaches others. The last example is that of a person who does not care for it and does not take Allah's guidance revealed through me (He is like that barren land.)" (Bukhaari No: 79 Book of Knowledge)

Imaam Muhammad Ibnu Saalih Al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) commented on this hadith saying:

In this similitude given by the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) is that: 'The EXAMPLE of GUIDANCE and KNOWLEDGE, with which Allaah has sent me with, is like abundant 'ghayth' falling on the earth.'

'Al-Ghayth': means 'Rain', and this earth (upon which the rain fell) is of three types:

THE FIRST TYPE OF EARTH: is the (earth) that absorbed the water and produced an abundance of grass and vegetation.  So the people were benefited through that.  THE OTHER TYPE OF EARTH is a plain: it retained the water and the people benefited from it.  They utilized it for drinking and as a source of irrigation (for cultivation).  THE THIRD TYPE OF EARTH is a swampy/salty earth.  It absorbed the water but does not produce any benefit.  

This is the relationship between the PEOPLE and the KNOWLEDGE and GUIDANCE with which the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) was sent with.

THE FIRST CATEGORY OF (PEOPLE)

Amongst them is one who has understanding of the Religion of Allaah, so he learns and teaches others.  He benefits the people and (benefits) himself through his knowledge.  THIS IS SIMILAR TO THE EARTH THAT PRODUCES GRASS AND VEGETATION, SO THAT THE PEOPLE AND THE ANIMALS EAT FROM IT.  

THE SECOND CATEGORY OF (PEOPLE)

They are a people who have been entrusted with the guidance, but they do not possess any understanding in (relation to it).  Meaning: there exists transmission of knowledge and hadith within them, but they do not possess understanding.  THE SIMILITUDE OF THESE ONES IS THAT OF THE EARTH THAT RETAINED THE WATER, AND THE PEOPLE WERE PROVIDED WITH WATER BY IT.  THEY UTILIZED IT FOR DRINKING AND [(MADE THEIR ANIMALS DRINK FROM IT, AND THEY (ALSO) UTILIZED IT AS A SOURCE OF IRRIGATION)], BUT THE EARTH ITSELF DOES NOT PRODUCE ANYTHING.  This is because (these people) narrate and transmit ahaadith, BUT (they) NEITHER POSSESS FIQH NOR UNDERSTANDING IN IT.

THE THIRD CATEGORY:

Is the one who is not benefited by the KNOWLEDGE and GUIDANCE the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) was sent with.  He turns away and does not incline towards it.  He is neither benefited by that which the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) was sent with nor does he benefit others.  His similitude is that of the earth that absorbed the water, but does not produce anything.

SOURCE: Ash-sharhul Mamool Li-imthaali- Ar-Rasool' by Imam Muhammad Ibnu Saalih Al-Uthaymeen ((rahimahullaah) page:7-8)
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Then understand this well O Salafi Athari! There are those who sit with the scholars and benefit from them.  And not only are they known and trusted by the scholars, rather they also transmit the saheeh aqeedah and manhaj they have acquired from them.  They benefit the Salafi centres and transmit what the Rabbaani scholars recommend to be transmitted from the affairs of Aqeedah, fiqh and the correct manhaj positions.  And they transmit that which the Rabbaani scholars recommend of warning against shirk, bidah, the deviated groups and parties and tahazzub.  The scholars testify to their adherence to this blessed manhajus Salafi, and their ability to benefit and teach the people the basics of their religion.  Therefore, the one who seeks to bring doubt and confusion in this affair is either a person of envy who wishes that the virtues of people are not to be recognized or that he is an idle gossiper.

''Whoever believes in Allaah and the last day should utter what is good or keep silent''

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The Guides Of This Ummah Have Been Described With That Softness And Sterness That Brought About Great Benefits For The Ummah In Both Their Religious And Worldly Affairs
  


Amr Ibnul Aas (radiyallaahu-anhu) was one of those given authority and so was Abu Ubaydah Bin Jarraah (radiyallaahu-anhu).  And Khaalid Bin Waleed (radiyallaahu-anhu) was given preference over them due to his bravery and usefulness in Jihaad.  

When Abu Bakr (radiyallaahu-anhu) passed away, Umar Ibnul Khattaab (radiyallaahu-anhu) gave Abu Ubaydah authority over all of them; for Umar ibnul khattaab used to be STERN for the sake of Allaah, so he appointed Abu Ubaydah for he was SOFT.  And Abu Bakr was SOFT and Khaalid was STERN against the disbelievers; so the SOFT ONE gave authority to the STERN ONE and the STERN ONE gave authority to the SOFT ONE in order to BALANCE THE AFFAIRS.  These two (Abu Bakr and Umar) acted in a manner most beloved to Allaah with regards to fulfilling His Rights.  

Indeed our Prophet (the most perfect human being amongst the creation) was STERN against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and Allaah favoured him with the most perfect of the revealed laws; as He (Ta-aalaa) stated whilst describing his ummah:

'Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves' 48:29

And He (Ta-aalaa) stated about them:

'Humble towards the believers, stern towards the disbelievers, fighting in the Way of Allaah, and never afraid of the blame of the blamers'. 5:54

And it has been established in the saheeh, that when the prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) consulted his companions regarding the affair of the kuffaar prisoners of war at the battle of Badr, Abu Bakr suggested that they should be set free after taking ransom on their behalf and Umar suggested that they should be executed; so the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said:

'Indeed Allaah softens the hearts of men until they become softer than cloth (of linen or cotton), and He toughens the hearts of men until they become tougher than a rock.  And your likeness O Abu Bakr is that of Ibraaheem (alayhis-salaam) when he said:

'But whoever follows me, he verily is of me. And whoever disobeys me, - still You are indeed Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful'. 14:36, and like Esaa (alayhis-salaam) when he said: 'If You punish them, they are Your slaves, and if You forgive them, verily You, only You are the All Mighty, the All Wise.'5:118

And your likeness O Umar is that of Nuh (alayhis-salaam) when he said:

'And Nuh (Noah) said: 'My Lord! Leave not one of the disbelievers on the earth!'71:26 and like Musaa (alayhis-salaam) when he said: 'Our Lord! You have indeed bestowed on Fir'aun (Pharaoh) and his chiefs splendour and wealth in the life of this world, our Lord! That they may lead men astray from Your Path. Our Lord! Destroy their wealth, and harden their hearts, so that they will not believe until they see the painful torment.'10:88

They (Abu Bakr and Umar) were as the Messenger described them during his lifetime, and they were (also) his disciples to the people of the earth.

[SOURCE: Ad-waa Min Fataawaa Sheikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah), by Sheikh Saaleh al Fawzaan: Vol: 2, page: 568-569]

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We ask Allaah to keep our feet firm upon the path of our Salafus Saaleh.  Indeed, amongst them were those who were soft and those who were stern.  However, their softness and sternness was utilised in reaching the truth and making the Sunnah of the Messenger manifest.   And they also sought the assistance of those soft and stern ones to bring about great benefits for the ummah in both their Religious and worldly affairs.

Likewise, this path of theirs is neither that of those who make false claims of bringing about benefit for the ummah nor that of those who utilise softness and sternness in following desires.  The people of TAHAZZUB seek the assistance and company of those who wage war against the Sunnah.  Their sternness is directed at the people of the haqq and their softness is for the people of Baatil and Bidah.  

Whenever they speak about mas-lahah on behalf of the ummah and a need to balance the affairs, they would then employ false principles, fabrications and sinful compromise in order to unite the diseased sects of bidah with the people of the sound aqeedah and the manhaj...wal-iyaadho-billaah.  

So be cautious O Sunni athari! And hold onto the clear verdicts of the ulema against Tahazzub, its people and its various manifestations in the arena of Ta-aawun and dawah.

We ask Allaah for safety

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Whoever Abandons The Truth Will Be Tried With Falsehood



Sheikh Saaleh al Fawzaan (hafidha-hullaah) says: The sheikh [Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah)] proceeded with the clarification, that the one who abandons the truth or some of it will be tried with falsehood.

So he (rahimahullaah) said:

This is the case with ahlul bidah; you will not find anyone who has abandoned some of the Sunnah which is to be affirmed and acted upon, except that he falls to bidah.  You will not find a person of innovation except that he has abandoned something from the Sunnah, as reported in the hadith:

'A people do not bring about an innovation, except after abandoning something similar to it of the Sunnah' (Reported by Ahmad)

Allaah (Ta-aa-laa) said:

'But they have abandoned a good part of the Message that was sent to them.  So We planted amongst them enmity and hatred.' 5:14

So after they abandoned a part of the message that was sent to them, they then held onto other than it; thus enmity and hatred occurred between them.

Allaah (Ta-aalaa) said:

'And whosoever turns away (blinds himself) from the remembrance of the Most Beneficent (Allaah) (i.e. this Qur'aan and worship of Allaah), We appoint for him Shaitaan (Satan  devil) to be a Qareen (an intimate companion) to him.' 43:36, that is: 'The remembrance' (i.e. the revelation) sent down by Ar-Rahmaan [Allaah (subhaanahu-wata-aalaa)].

Allaah said:

'Then if there comes to you guidance from Me, then whoever follows My Guidance shall neither go astray, nor fall into distress and misery.  But whosoever turns away from My Reminder (i.e. neither believes in this Qur'aan nor acts on its orders, etc.) verily, for him is a life of hardship, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection.' 20:123-124

And He (Ta-aalaa) said:

'Follow what has been sent down unto you from your Lord (the Qur'aan and Prophet Muhammad's Sunnah), and follow not any Auliyaa' (protectors and helpers, etc. who order you to associate partners in worship with Allaah), besides Him (Allaah). Little do you remember!' 7:3

So, they have been commanded to follow what has been sent down, and have been prohibited from that which is in opposition to it; and that is to follow protectors and helpers besides Him (Allaah).  So whoever does not follow one of them will follow the other, and that is why He (Ta-aalaa) said:

'And follows other than the way of the believers' (the companions)' 4:115

The ulema say, 'the one who does not follow their path (i.e. the path of the companions) will follow other than their path; so they utilise this as proof, that it is obligatory to follow their path (i.e. that of the companions).  And it is not for anyone to leave that which they are agreed upon'.

[Source: Ad-waa Min Fataawaa Vol 2: page: 864]

To be continued....Inshaa-Allaah


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Then understand this well O sunni Athari, for you will find that when the people of hizbiyyah deliberately abandon the advise of the salaf of this ummah and that of the ulema of ahlus sunnah, with regards boycotting those known for calling to bidah in this present era, they are then tried with the falsehood of principles and views they have invented for themselves in the arena of Dawah and Ta-aawun.  

They do not give any weight to the verdicts of the Rabbaani ulema of this era regarding the boycotting of the destructive sects of innovation such as Ikhwaan Mufliseen, Jamaa-atut Tabligh etc; and they attack and charge the salafis with guluww when they transmit the fatawaa of the scholars against hizbiyyah and its people. We ask Allaah for safety.

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Why Are Those Who Transmit The Saheeh Aqeedah And Manhaj In The West Being Attacked From All Directions?



Allaah (subhaanah) said:

'And so We have appointed for every Prophet enemies- Shayaateen (devils) among mankind and jinns, inspiring one another with adorned speech as a delusion (or by way of deception). If your Lord had so willed, they would not have done it, so leave them alone with their fabrications.' 6:112

Imaam Sadi (rahimahullaah) said, 'Allaah (Ta'aalaa) stated in consolation to His Messenger Muhammad (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam)--:

And like this, We have appointed for you enemies who reject your call, waging war against you and being envious towards you; for this is Our way, that we appoint for every Prophet sent to the creation enemies-from the Shayaateen (devils) among mankind and Jinn, who set out to oppose that which the Messengers came with.  

'Inspiring one another with adorned speech as a delusion', that is: beautifying the falsehood they call to, and adorning it with expressions until it is made to appear in the best image/in a good light, so that the foolish ones are deceived by it, and the stupid ones, those who neither understand the reality of things nor their meanings are made to comply with it; nay they are amazed by beautified statements and distorted expressions, so they believe that that which is truth is falsehood and that which is falsehood is truth.....

And Imaam Sadi (rahimahullaah) also said:  And from the Wisdom of Allaah in appointing enemies for the Prophets, and (in appointing) supporters to falsehood calling to it; is that the slaves are encountered with trials and tests, in order that the truthful one is differentiated from the liar, the one of sound intelligence from the ignorant and the one with insight from the blind one.


We ask Allaah by His Greatest Name to include us among those who return to the Book, The Sunnah and the Ulema, with the intention of holding onto the clear proofs.  We ask Him (subhaanah) to protect us from the desires, envy and falsehood that have afflicted many of those who attack the salafis.  And we ask Him (subhaanah) to make us steadfast upon the path of the Salaf in Speech and Action. (Aameen)  

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The Miser Is Not Only The One Who Refrains From Spending, Rather The Miser Can Also Be One Who Calls To Falsehood And Hides Knowledge Which The People Are In Need Of



Allaah (subhaanah) said:

'Those who are miserly and enjoin miserliness on other men and hide what Allaah has bestowed upon them of His Bounties.  And We have prepared for the disbelievers a disgraceful torment.'4:37

Imaam Sadi (rahimahullaah) said about the statement of Allaah:

'Those who are miserly', that is: they refrain from fulfilling the rights obligatory upon them to fulfil.

'And enjoin miserliness on other men' through their statements and actions.

'And hide what Allaah has bestowed upon them of His Bounties', that is: of knowledge, by which the astray are guided and the ignorant ones are led aright; so they hide that from them and make apparent to them falsehood that comes between them and the truth.  Thus they have gathered between miserliness with regards to wealth and knowledge, and between hastening towards loss for themselves and for others.  This is a characteristic of the disbelievers, and for that reason Allaah (Ta-aalaa) said:

'And We have prepared for the disbelievers a disgraceful torment.'......
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We ask Allaah to protect us from those who mix truth with falsehood in the affairs of this blessed Manhajus Salafi

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False Claimants To The Methodology Of The Salafus Saaleh



Imaam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhaab (rahimahullaah) stated in Ma'saa'ilil Jaahiliyyah [the 120th Mas-alah]

They (People of the pre-islaamic era of ignorance) claimed to follow the Salaf (righteous predecessors), while they clearly opposed and contradicted them.

Sheikh Saaleh al Fawzaan (hafidha-hullaah) commented on the above statement saying:

The general (people) from amongst the Jews and the Christians, and the people of misguidance from amongst those who attribute themselves to Islaam; all of them claim to follow the believers who preceded them.  

So the Jews claim that they follow Moosaa (alyahis-salaam) and those who believed in him; and the Christians claim that they follow the Messiah (alayhis-salaam) and those who believed in him; and the people of misguidance of this Ummah claim that they follow the salaf of this ummah, from amongst the sahaabah and the Taa'bi'een and their followers, and that what they are upon is the way of the salaf.  

And it is not the case that the claim of everyone who claims to be upon the Madhab of the salaf or upon the manhaj of the salaf is a sound claim; until he makes apparent what he is upon of the Manhaj of the salaf; so if that conforms to (the Manhaj of the Salaf), then he is upon the manhaj of the Salaf, and if it is in opposition, then he is not upon the Manhaj of the Salaf, even if he makes that claim.

Every deviated party/sect at present claims to be upon the way of the Salaf, but they are not upon the Manhaj of the Salaf; because the statement of the prophet regarding the precise (definition) of the way of the salaf: 'those upon that which I and my companions are upon', is not applicable to them.  This is what it (means) to be upon the methodology of the Salaf, and as for the one who is in opposition to this, then he is not upon the methodology of the Salaf, even if he claims that.  

And the Claim is not what is taken into consideration; rather the reality is what is taken into consideration.  Those who claim salafiyyah are many, but they must make apparent what they are upon of the Manhaj of the Salafus Saaleh, and if that is in conformity, then it is truth, and if in opposition, then they are not upon the Manhaj of the Salafus Saaleh.

Likewise, there are those who attribute themselves to the madhabs of the Four Imaams, whilst being in opposition to the Imaams in Aqeedah; so their ascription is not correct, because they oppose (the Imaams) in the most important of affairs, and that is Aqeedah.

[Sharh- Ma'saa'ilil Jaahiliyyah of Sheikh Fawzaan (Page: 295-296)]  
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We ask Allaah to include us amongst those who truly follow the Ulema in making apparent the manhaj of the salaf in all affairs of the deen, be it in the affairs of belief, co-operating upon bir and taqwah, walaa wal baraa etc.  And we ask Him (subhaanah) to protect us from all those who seek to confuse the common people in the affairs of the manhaj, after the Ulema have already clarified its signposts.

Abu Mu-aawiyyah Abdullah Bin AbuBakr Al-Fulaani Gambi




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