3 Keys to Fearing Allah and Leaving Sin

These are the three things, this real fear, this deep rooted fear in the heart of a person comes from three things:

*     That he knows about the crime he has committed, the sin, the violation of Allaah’s order.  He knows how disgusting it is, how filthy it is and how hated it is to Allaah ta’alaa.  Meaning he has knowledge of the texts from Allaah and His Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), describing the sin he did to know about its true status and how much Allaah ta’alaa hates it.  First step to have fear in your heart.  To have knowledge of the sin that you are committing.  Know how much it is a crime against Allaah ta’alaa. How much He hates it. 

*   To believe in the punishment, to believe sincerely and firmly with conviction that that punishment has been legislated for the people who do that thing.  Allaah ta’alaa has assigned it as something that is a just recompense  for the crime committed.  Then you know the reality.  What is the key point in that second point?  To have knowledge. Knowledge of the sin.  Knowledge of the punishment that is waiting in line for the person who commits that sin.

*   He knows that he will never know whether he’ll be allowed to make tawbah for that sin or not.  He is afraid that perhaps something will come between him and repentance to Allaah ta’alaa.  This fear, the reality, that I might not live to make repentance from this sin that I am about to do, or that I do, that I repeat often.

With these three things:  Knowledge of the crime and how filthy it is, knowledge of the punishment for the people who commit this crime, reminding himself that he may not get a chance to repent from that sin.

Hiding Behind the Names of Al-Albaanee, Ibn Baaz, and Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

In the Name of Allaah…

* Updated 9/29/1433

There are some people who mention the scholars, and generally do not mention beyond the three biggest names of scholars in recent times – Al-Albaanee, Ibn Baaz, and Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have Mercy on all of them).

Since some people claim an attachment to them yet contradict their basic teachings, a good and wise tactic to use in calling them to the Truth would be to mention to them what those scholars have said about that issue that they are mistaken in, so that they could accept the correction more easily, coming from these mountains of knowledge – Al-Albaanee, Ibn Baaz, and Ibn ‘Uthaymeen.

While some people may honestly mention them and them only, perhaps for the aforementioned reason, or perhaps since they were the greatest and most notable people of knowledge in these times, there are others who hide behind mention of their names due to their immense popularity, but are not actually pleased with following their way.

We are always happy to hear people mention these outstanding scholars with goodness and attach themselves to them, yet for some people it is a mere cover for what they are really upon, and speaking against any of those three would only expose their reality clearly.

The three scholars, Al-Albaanee, Ibn Baaz, and Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have Mercy on them) recommended other well-known scholars and warned against certain callers. And through their recommendations, we should allow ourselves to get to know and learn from the next generation of scholars that remained after their passing, as the Muslims are in dire need of returning to their scholars who are alive for modern day issues, and we can not suffice with following only those who have passed.

So the three of them – Al-Albaanee, Ibn Baaz, and Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – all spoke quite highly of one of today’s scholars and outspoken critics, Shaykh Rabee’ ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee.  Those who earnestly love and truly follow the three mentioned scholars should be aware of their clear statements in praise of one of the finest of today’s scholars – Shaykh Rabee’ al-Madkhalee.

Click here for a series of articles showing the clear, specific praises of these three scholars and others for Shaykh Rabee’ al-Madkhalee. 

Example: Hiding Behind the Three Names

I’d like to mention a specific example of this, that is sadly too common to hear. People say, “I prefer the manhaj of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen over the manhaj of Shaykh Rabee’ al-Madkhalee…” Or they may say Shaykh Ibn Baaz or Shaykh Al-Albaanee in place of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, or all three of them!

Let’s be perfectly clear on this issue – This is not the speech of the people of knowledge. All three of those great scholars were upon the same manhaj of Shaykh Rabee’ ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee (may Allaah preserve him) – the manhaj of the Salaf. This is not merely a devoted student’s opinion, rather, all three of those scholars have clear and specific praises of Shaykh Rabee’, his teachings, his books, his recordings, and even his refutations.

As for the statements of taxi drivers and their students, anonymous internet writers, or so-called “Islamic” TV stars, that the manhaj of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was other than themanhaj of Shaykh Rabee’, etc… then it is simply jahl murak-kab (compound ignorance), when a person hears a specific point of disagreement between two scholars, and assumes that it means that a major disagreement has taken place, and that they have parted ways and gone forth on two different paths!  Or he hears about a difference in personal preferences of how gatherings should be conducted and concludes that this necessitates a difference in manhaj, and thus one is on the Sunnah and the other is not!

Some ignoramuses have done this, and actually have come to this conclusion, when they learned that Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen generally did not prefer to have names mentioned when people’s mistakes needed referred to him for clarification.  Shaykh Rabee’ does not share the same general approach.  As a result of this difference of personal preference, some ignorant people say that they were upon two different ways entirely, the way of Ibn ‘Uthaymeen being the way of Ahlus-Sunnah, the way of Rabee’ being deviance!  This is how far they have gone with their own deductions, while the clear and explicit speech of Ibn ‘Uthaymeen remains an unanswerable proof of how far off their conclusions really are!

As an abundantly clear example, here are the words of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen himself, about the visit of Shaykh Rabee’ ibn Haadee al-Madkalee to his city (Unayzah) around the year 1421 shortly before the death of Shaykh Ibn Úthaymeen:

…Our brother (Shaykh Rabee’), may Allaah grant us and him success, is upon Salafiyyah, the way of the Salaf. And I do not mean here that Salafiyyah is a hizb (party) which is set up to oppose the Muslims outside of it, but I mean by Salafiyyah, that he is upon the path of the Salaf in his Manhaj. Especially in the field of actualizing towheed and rejecting what opposes this [manhaj].

The visit of our brother, Shaikh Rabee bin Haadee to this region, our city, Unayzah, no doubt will have a good effect, and it will also become clear to many of the people what used to be hidden from them due to the scare-mongering and rumour-mongering, and also letting loose the tongue [of discord].

You may access the original Arabic audio, transcription, and translation, including other helpful articles on the topic here.

So let those who insist that Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was upon a different manhaj than Shaykh Rabee’ repent from their audacious lie against Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, and their oppression of Shaykh Rabee’ as well.  And let those who are ignorant of the scholars’ ranks and their support of each other refrain from diverting the everyday Muslims from their scholars.

Another Recent Example of Hiding Behind the Names

A shameful example of this trickery, hiding behind the names of the major scholars, yet calling to the exact opposite of their message, would be what a Huda TV star (may Allaah guide him and us) recently said when asked about Shaykh Rabee’ al-Madkhalee (02/15/2012):

I don’t know him personally and I have not heard anything for him but I know that he keeps on criticizing scholars and Da’ees and labeling them and most of them are not in accordance to his methodology so he easily takes them out of the fold of Ahlu Sunnah.

One should neglect him and listen to real scholars such as Ibn Bazz and Ibn Othaimeen.

Source: Screenshot from his own personal website, taken 9/28/1433

What an amazing contradiction and an obvious case of this deceptive attachment to the names of Shaykh Ibn Baaz and Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen!

As shown previously, both of these scholars (and many other major scholars of Islaam) praised Shaykh Rabee’ and recommended the Muslims to learn from him.  Furthermore, those two scholars actively invited the Muslims to behave honestly and fairly, and they warned the Muslims from dishonesty, treachery, and turning to ignorant people for Islamic rulings.

He Can Only Be One of Two Types

This Huda TV star either said these words knowing what the two scholars have said, or unknowingly.

If he honeslty did not know this, then – quite frankly – one would think that it is time for this man to stop answering questions, and turn himself towards the scholars and begin (or continue) learning for his own sake, as knowledge comes before speech and action!

If he did know what the two scholars he has quoted said, then this is treachery and a clear violation of the trust of conveying knowledge – to knowingly guide the people away from the teachings of the scholars, while pretending to speak on their behalf!

While this Huda TV star disagrees with the major scholars (like Al-Albaanee, Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, Ibn Baaz, Al-Fowzaan, al-Luhaydaan, etc.) and believes that people should “neglect” Shaykh Rabee’ al-Madkhalee, let it be known that the scholars have spoken highly of Shaykh Rabee’ and recommended him.  If the issue is presented to people honestly and without deception, the people can be free to decide for themselves if they want to follow the guidance of the major scholars of their time or misguided ramblings of this TV personality.

The TV Star’s Source of Information

With a conclusion as corrupt as this, its source must also be just as corrupt!  It should be known that the source of information used by this man is an article on the official website of ‘Alee ibn Hasan al-Halabee (may Allaah guide him), who was identified bythe Permanent Committee of Scholars for Research and Fatwaa some 15 years ago as someone who:

  • Deceptively quotes things from the scholars’ books out of context
  • Truncates passages in a way that distorts their intended meanings
  • Lies on the scholars, as they concluded he flat-out lied on Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah
  • Distorts the intended meanings of the words of the scholars, as they concluded he attributed positions to Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem that he never held
  • Based his writings on the heretic beliefs of the Murji’ah sect, not the math-hab ofAhlus-Sunnah

And the conclusion of the Committee, after studying some of the books of ‘Alee al-Halabee, and highlighting the above points, was as follows:

Accordingly, the Permanent Committee believes that it is not permissible to print, publish, or distribute the two books because of the falsehood and fabrications they contain. We advise the author to fear Allah for himself and for Muslims, especially the youth, and endeavor to acquire knowledge of the Shari`ah (Islamic law) at the hands of scholars trusted for their knowledge and beliefs. Knowledge is a trust which should not be spread unless it is in accordance with the Qur’an and the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet). The author must renounce these opinions and highly shameful approaches in distorting the statements of the people of knowledge. It is known that returning to the truth is a virtue and a cause of dignity for Muslims.

[Click here for the Permanent Committee’s official warning against al-Halabee and his writings.]

Shaykh Rabee’ tried for many years to advise and correct al-Halabee, and began openly warning against him a few years ago.  This is when he began openly attacking Shaykh Rabee, a reward for the shaykh’s many years of patience and private advice.  Let it be known that this man – ’Alee al-Halabee (may Allaah guide him) – is the source of the TV star’s confusion.

So are people really expected to stumble around like him, avoiding the clear, explicit praises and recommendations from the highest-ranking senior scholars of our era, to follow the claims of those with personal vendettas against thier critic?!  People who have been criticized by the senior scholars (way before Shaykh Rabee’) for serious flaws in the trust of conveying knowledge and other issues of deviation in ‘aqeedah?!

Al-hamdulillaah, praise be to Allaah, the One who blessed us with intellects!

Personal Experience and Testimony

It really hurts to hear people slander a great man like Shaykh Rabee’, a man of the Sunnah, a concerned advisor, patient, full of love for the Muslims and hope for the success of their da’wah, busy with knowledge day and night, reading, writing, researching, compiling, falling asleep on a thin mattress on the floor with a book on his chest and books all around him, critical of his own self and his own students, a brave and guided critic whose writings are blessed with academic strength and clarity, a gracious host, a father-figure to people all over the world, a man who cries when he hears about things that harm the image of our da’wah, a man who reads a book about the history of the rightous Salaf and the trials they faced and becomes engaged in the story and attached to it more devoutly than how common people watch an action movie!!

The flesh of the scholars is poisonous! The way that Allaah exposes those who belittle them is well known! Those who unleash their tongues (with falsehood) against the scholars, Allaah shall cause them to suffer from the death of their hearts before their lives end! ( So let those who contradict his order be warned that a trial may befall them, or a painful punishment! )

(Words attributed to Ibn ‘Asaakir, as quoted in An-Nawawee’s Tibyaan)

I say this, being fully capable of saying much more in favor of this scholar, while I praise no one above Allaah, al-’Alee al-Qadeer, and it is HE alone who is his Reckoner.

And I do not endorse or encourage the blind following of Shaykh Rabee’, or any other specific scholar.

And Allaah knows best.

Written by: Moosaa Richardson

ST Archives: 01-14-2011 (since modified and updated)

The Evil of Surooriyah, a revolutionary off-shoot of the Khawaarij!

Surooriyah is an ascription to its astray founder Muhammad Suroor bin Naayif Zayn-ul-‘Aabideen, a takfeeri who ascribes to the ‘aqeedah of the Khawaarij, harbors hatred for the books of ‘Aqeedah, shows and conveys displeasure with the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah, and shows severe hatred and opposition to the genuine scholars of Islaam – whom he slanders for a specific purpose – and Salafees (Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’ah) as a whole.

Imaam Muqbil (rahimahullaah) said:

As for Surooriyyah, then it is an attribution to the brother Muhammad Suroor and he is a Syrian brother. Indeed in the beginning, his condition – the apparent of it was uprightness – and this is the hizbee’s situation. They conceal and don’t reveal what is with them [of deviance] until their strength increases and they know that criticism won’t affect them, then they start to make apparent what is with them gradually. {Taken from the book: Al Majmoo Ath Thamin min Aqwaal An Nasih Al Amin

Muhammad Suroor has also been described as:

…the notorious innovator, al-mubtadi’, Muhammad Suroor Zainul-Aabideen. In brief, he is from the major heads of the modern-day Khawaarij. His hatred for the scholars is well-known. [He is] likewise well-known for his declaration that all the rulers of every Muslim land are “apostates.” He is currectly being protected by the British authorities and is under political assylum.

He is the ‘ideology’ behind the cameleon-like organization based in London called ‘Al-Muntadah Al-Islaamee’. He also is the head of the deviated, Khaarijee publication called ‘As-Sunnah’. A magazine full of the ideas of the innovators and marxist-affected political activists. This magazine is published by another organization headed by him called ‘Dar Al-Arqam’ in Birmingham.

The term ‘Surooree’ is given to anyone who adopts the idealogy of this evil innovator.

Muhammad Suroor stated in the early nineties that the Scholars – and by direct implication Ibn Baaz and Ibn al-Uthaimeen – were “slaves of the CIA and the Jews.”

This Muhammad Suroor is truly a foul individual with foul ideas. He was raised upon the ideas of Sayyid Qutb and Mawdoodee. He stated that the books of ‘Aqeedah of the Salaf are ‘dry’ and useless for our times.

Al-Mujaddid Ibn Baaz, rahimahullah, said that this statement would only emanate from an apostate.

As for IPO [the deviant publisher who publishes the evil work of Suroor], then they are upon the methodology of Muhammad Suroor.

Shaikh Muhammad Nasir-ud-Deen al-Albanee (rahimahullaah) called Suroor’s sect and his supporters The Khawaarij of the Era.

And before showing you evidences for Muhammad Suroor’s deviance, here is a brief reminder that Salafiyyah (The Saved Sect, the correct Islam, true Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’ah) is from Allaah, while the one who introduces a new belief, a new manhaj, a new sect can only be misguided and misguiding others.

The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

“This Ummah will divide into 73 sects, all of them in the hellfire except one.” He was asked, “Which one is that, o Messenger of Allaah?” He (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “That which I and my companions are upon.”

In showing the deviance of all the astray groups, Shaikh Al-Albanee (rahimahullaah) illustrated all these astray groups had a human founder – a deviant, for no upright person would dare bring anything new into the religion, much less introduce a whole sect (new ‘aqeedah, manhaj), aoodhubillaah! – whereas the correct Islaam (Salafiyyah) was sent down by Allaah, ‘azza wa jall – i.e. founded and legislated by Allaah.

Allaah, subhanahu wa ta’aala, said:

This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. (Al-Ma`idah, ayah 3)

So the religion is complete and perfect, and whatever was not part of the religion then cannot be part of the religion today.

Shaikh ‘Ubayd al-Jabiree (hafidhahullaah) said:

Ad-Da’watus-Salafiyyah was not founded by any specific person. And perhaps this is the reason why people ask when did ad-Da’watus-Salafiyyah begin? So I say that Ad-Da’watus-Salafiyyah was not founded or established by any one specific person. Rather, the Prophets and Messengers were sent with this da’wah by Allaah the Glorified and Exalted. Therefore, my son, the origin of ad-Da’watus-Salafiyyah is the text (Qur`an and Sunnah) and Ijma` (consensus of the scholars) and its origin is not based upon a simple notion, concept or opinion. So the leaders of ad-Da’watus-Salafiyyah are the Prophets (‘alayhimus-salaam), and they are the Imaams of the creation.

Shaikh al-Jabiree also said about Salafiyyah – The Saved Sect – from the 73:

…Ad-Da’watus-Salafiyyah is the pure Religion which calls to Tawheed and sincerity of worship. It is the Da’wah or the call to belief in Allaah, His Angels, His Books, His Mesengers, the Day of Judgement, and belief in Qadr (pre-Decree). …And ad-Da’watus-Salafiyyah is understanding the Qur`an and Sunnah as Allaah and His Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) commanded us to do so. …So the history of ad-Da’watus-Salafiyyah is not something that can be limited to one hundred years or two hundred years or five hundred years. The only thing that can be limited to a specific time period are the activities of certain astray groups such as Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen and Jama’at at-Tableegh and the Surooriyah/Qutubiyah and other than them from the da’wah groups that have recently arisen.

The evil of this man – Muhammad Suroor (may Allaah guide him, and rectify his affairs) – is not concealed, for he brandishes it out in the open.

Jamaal bin bin Furayhaan al-Haarithee, in his footnotes to Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan‘sBeneficial Answers to Questions on Innovated Methodologies, wrote about Muhammad Suroor in footnote 62:

This man is known for his deviant ideologies through his writings and enmity for the followers of the Sunnah in this country (Saudia). We do not need to use any witness to testify to this other than what his own hand and pen have written and recorded. Below are some of his statements in this regard along with their references:

Then al-Haarithee listed some of Surooriyah’s major points of deviance.

First: Suroor’s hatred for the books of ‘Aqeedah…

Read this question about statements Suroor made, and then read Shaikh Fawzaan‘s answer to it in his book Beneficial Answers to Questions on Innovated Methodologies:

QUESTION 28: I read a book called “The methodology of the Prophets in calling to Allaah”*, written by Muhammad Suroor bin Naayif Zainul Aabideen, in which he states:

“I looked into the books of Creed and realized that they were written in times that are different from that of ours, and that they served as solutions to the issues and problems of the times in which they were written. However, the problems of our time require new solutions. As a result, there is a lot of coarseness in the format of these (old) books of Creed, since they just consist of texts and rulings. And most of the youth reject and turn away from this.” (Vol. 1, pg. 8) What are your comments to these words?

Answer by Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan: Why do we import our idelogies from abroad? Why do we import these ideologies from Muhammad Suroor Zaynul Aabideen who is in London, or from someone else?

Why don’t we go back and refer to the books that we have with us, such as the books of the Salaf and the books of the Scholars of Tawheed, which were produced by scholars and not some writer or some intellectual whose objectives are not known – nor is his level of knowledge (known)?

With these words of his, this man – Muhammad Suroor – has misguided the youth and turned them away from the authentic books of Creed and the books of the Salaf. And he has instead directed them instead to new ideologies and new books, which contain deviant ideas.

The bad thing about the books of Creed according to Muhammad Suroor is that they consist of just texts and ruling. These books consist of “Allaah says” and “the Messenger of Allaah said.” However, he prefers the ideas of so and so and so and so – and not texts and rulings!

So, you must warn against these false plots, which are only meant to turn the youth away from the books of the salaf-u-saleh (righteous predecessors).

All praise is for Allaah; we have been sufficed with what our pious predecessors left behind for us, such as the books of Creed and the books of Da’wah. And they are not “coarse,” as this author claims. Rather they were written in a knowledge-based manner utilizing the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, the likes of Saheeh Al-Bukharee, Saheeh Muslim and all the other books of Hadeeth.

They contain verses from the Qur`an, which falsehood cannot approach whether from before nor behind it. And they also contain ahaadeeth from the books of Sunnah, such as the book As-Sunnah of Ibn Abee ‘Aasim, Ash-Sharee’ah of Al-Aajuree, As-Sunnah of Abdullah ibn Ahmad, the books of Shaykhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyaah and his student Ibnul Qayyim, and the books of Shaikhul Islaam, the reformer, Muhammad ibn ‘Abdil Wahhaab. So stick to these books and take from them.

So if the Qur`an and the Sunnah are “coarse” [to Suroor] and the words of the distinguished scholars contain “dryness” in them [to Suroor], then it is due to the blindness in one’s eyes, as a poet once said:

“The eye rejects the sunlight due to inflammation

And the mouth rejects the taste of water due to sickness

The Creed is not taken except from the texts of the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah

Not from the ideologies of so and so.”

Concerning the statement of one who says The Qur`an and Sunnah are “coarse,” Shaikh Ibn Baaz (rahimahullaah) said:

This is a huge error….the books of Creed the correct stance with regard to them is that there is no coarseness in them. They only contain ‘Allaah said’ and ‘the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said.’ So if he is describing the Qur`an and Sunnah as ‘coarse,’ then this is apostasy from Islaam. This is a vile and disgusting statement.

[Refuge in Allaah is sought from meeting Allaah on the Day of Judgment with this statement and belief! Aoodhubillaah!]

Then Shaikh Ibn Baaz was asked about the ruling of selling this book to which he replied:

If this statement is found within it, then it is not permissible to sell it; rather it is obligatory to destroy it. (From a lecture called “Consequences of the Tongue,” which Shaikh Ibn Baaz delivered 12/29/1413H, in the city of Taa`if.) It can also be found in footnote 63 of Beneficial Answers to Questions on Innovated Methodologies.

Second: Suroor’s ascribing to the beliefs of the Khawaarij:

This consists of “declaring Muslims disbelievers based on major sins” and applying that to oppressive rulers and nations. As for the rulers, then his writings in the magazine “As-Sunnah” are abundant on this subject, and it is not something he keeps hidden. As for declaring entire nations disbelievers due to majors sins, then in the book “Methodology of the Prophets in Calling to Allaah” (vol. 1, pg 158) he holds that even if the people of Loot had believed in their prophet (‘alaihi salaam) and not abandoned their vile act (homosexuality), that Faith (belief) in Allaah would be of no benefit to them…He declares disbelief on people generally due to major sins even though those people may not deem such sins as being lawful.

Suroor even accused the Muslim rulers of worshipping George Bush, ridiculously saying, “This is why they make their pilgrimage to him and present their oaths and sacrificial offerings to him…” [Source: As-Sunnah magazine, Issue 26, pages 2-3, as cited on page 87 of Beneficial Answers]

The fact that his rambling speech and writings comprise of lies and fabrications and baseless and fact-less accusations – in addition to opposing Allaah’s revelations and commands and prohibitions – serves to show how ignorant Suroor’s followers are that they would believe this man without evidence, and in total opposition to the Qur`an and Sunnah that Suroor does not suffice himself with. These blind followers are, of course, following their desires.

Allaah, subhanahu wa ta’aala, said to Iblees (Satan):

Certainly, you shall have no authority over My slaves, except those who follow you of the Ghaaween. (Al-Hijr, ayah 42)

And ignorance is what the Khawaarij were described with by the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and the sahaabah.

Ignorance, without a doubt, is one of the greatest characteristics of the Khawaarij.

The Ignorance and Hastiness of the Khawaarij [Some of what follows in this specific section (quote block) is not verbatim, but a summary from an excellent ‘aqeedah and manhaj class a few years ago; may Allaah reward the khateeb with good and preserve him.]

You may or may not remember that in Pakistan a few years ago, people rebelled and took to establishing their own government in a masjid they named “The Red Mosque.” If these renegades found someone committing zina (adultery), they brought him in and punished him in the masjid. But they left the grave-worshippers across the street alone.

They don’t have the right in either case to punish anyone, since they are not the government – and especially not in the masjid. But the point is: out of ignorance, they made zina worse than shirk.

In light of the above scenario, contemplate upon the following hadeeth from the sahihain on the authority of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree (radiallaahu ‘anhu) that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:


A people will recite the Qur`an – it will not pass their throats. They will exit the Religion just as an arrow shoots through the hunted beast. They will fight the people of Islaam and leave alone the people of idolatry. Were I to reach them when they appear, I would slaughter them with the slaughtering meted out to [the people of] ‘Aad.

Allaah told the truth, and His Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) told the truth.

Another characteristic of the Khawaarij is hastiness. Ibn Mas’ood (radiallaahu ‘anhu) said:


When things of unsure matters happen, be hesitant and take your time in making the right decision. For it is better to be a follower of good than a leader of evil.

In light of the above, contemplate upon this hadeeth:

‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (radiallaahu ‘anhu) said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) saying:


Near the end of time, a people will emerge, young in age and ignorant in intellect. They will speak with the best statements of creation, and they will recite the Qur`an, but it will not reach beyond their throats. They will go through and out of the religion just as an arrow goes through its target. So if you meet them, fight and kill them because in killing them there is a reward with Allaah on the Day of Resurrection for he who does so.[Bukhari]

There is more to Suroor’s deviance.

Third: Suroor’s hatred for the People of the Sunnah – the Salafees (particularly the Senior Scholars): He mocks and ridicules the scholars of the Salafee Da’wah, and attacking and belittling the scholars of Saudia, particularly the Senior Scholars.

Suroor says about the scholars of Ahlus-Sunnah that although they “always talk about Tawheed” – which is actually a proof against Suroor – that they are slaves of the rulers and slaves of George Bush. Suroor also accused the scholars of hypocrisy. Aoodhubillaah!

In the footnotes of Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan‘s book, Jamaal bin Furayhaan al-Haarithee (hafidhahullaah) wrote:

By Allaah, my brother, answer the following question with total impartiality and fear of Allaah: “Who is it who speaks about Tawheed from the ranks of the Scholars? Is it not the scholars of Saudi Arabia, the likes of Shaikh Ibn Baaz, Ibn Uthaymeen, Saalih al-Luhaydaan, Saalih al-Fawzaan, and their brothers from among the senior scholars? So now someone comes along today and describes them as “slaves of the rulers” and ultimately “slaves to George Bush”! The Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) spoke the truth when he said, If you have no shame, then do as you wish. [Reported by al-Bukharee no. 3296 from the narration of Abu Mas’ood al-Badree radiyallaahu anhu.]”

Shaikh al-Fawzaan said there is a purpose to Suroor slandering scholars.

In answering a similar question to the one above, Shaikh Fawzaan said:

As I have already pointed out in the lecture, there are people who have renounced the study of ‘Aqeedah and they have renounced the books of the Salaf (Prophet Muhammad and his companions, and second and third generations) and they have renounced the writings of the Imams of Islam. And they want to direct the people to their own writings and to their likes from the juhaal (ignoramusus) and the du’aat-u-dalaal (callers to misguidance). The one who made this statement is from the du’aat-u-dalaal (callers to misguidance). We ask Allaah for protection. So it is obligatory upon us to beware of this book and to warn against it.

And I mention to you that the Shaikh Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee – [rahimahullah] – has produced an entire audio tape about this issue. This statement that “the books of ‘Aqeedah are rigid or pointless texts and ahkam” as he says. The shaikh has refuted it with a profound refutation. So it is upon you to search for this audio tape and to spread it amongst the Muslims, so that they may be warned against such wickedness and against this evil which has arrived in the lands of the Muslims.

The audio tape, oh brothers, that the shaikh has informed about is available at the Da’wah center in at-Ta`if. Yes, this a very valuable audio tape. May Allaah reward our shaikh – Shaikh Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee – with khair (good).

And may Allaah aid Islam and the Muslims through him.

And while we have righteous scholars such as Shaikh Rabee’ bin Hadee al-Madkhalee (hafidhahullaah) striving to direct the youth to the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), deviants such as Muhammad Suroor stand in clear opposition. Suroor and his likes prey upon the youth because of their obvious ignorance – as is the way of the Khawaarij – awaiting the youngsters upon the way before pouncing upon them to redirect them away from the path of the Salaf (the Prophet and his sahaabah) to the dangerous detour that is the sect of the Khawaarij.

Shaikh Muqbil said about Suroor:

The magazine “As-Sunnah”, of which it is more proper that it be called “Al-Bid’ah,” calls people away from the scholars and it accuses them of being inactive, paid by the government and not having an understanding of current affairs.

But all praise is for Allaah; the reality of the Surooris came out in the open during the Gulf Crisis. This was from the Grace of Allaah, ‘azza wa jall. I remember reading at that time some words (in their magazine) in which there was an attack against Shaikh Al-Albaanee for having produced a tape called: “An Encounter with a Suroori.” Then a few pages later, they praised Shaikh Ibn Baaz. So I realized the significance of this praise – so that it won’t be said that: “They attack the scholars!” [Shaikh al-Albanee and Shaikh Ibn Baaz were both scholars of the same ‘aqeedah.]

Some days after the fatwah of Shaikh Ibn Baaz concerning the permissibility of making a treaty with the Jews was issued, they launched an attack against Shaikh Ibn Baaz. So it was in fact a well-devised scheme to chase the people away from the scholars! And the magazines “Al-Bayaan” and “As-Sunnah” gave the understanding that it was more proper to refer to those Salafees who understood the current affairs in Yemen concerning the affair of the Yemeni Crisis.

So I say: O you masaakeen…who is it that is unaware of the condition of the Muslims? Rather, all of the matter lies in fixing this current situation we find ourselves in.

So what has befallen the Muslims from losses, fear and suffering, then it is due to our sins. Allaah says (what means):

Allaah puts forth the example of a town (Makkah) that dwelt in security and well-being; it’s provision coming to it in abundance from every place, but it denied the Blessings of Allaah. So Allaah made them taste the extreme hunger (famine) and fear because of what they used to do. [Surah An-Nahl, ayah 112]

So if we have come to realize the sickness, then what is the cure?

Allaah says (what means):

Allaah has promised those among you who believe and do good deeds, that He will certainly grant them ascendancy (i.e. Khilaafah) in the land as he granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the ability to practice the Religion, which He has chosen for them. And He will place in exchange of their fear a sense of security (provided), that they worship Me and do not ascribe any partners to Me. [Surah An-Noor, ayah 55]

So it is the sins that have brought humiliation upon the Muslims. And it is their dealing with interest, their allowing of fornication in many of the Islamic lands and their preferring and submitting to man-made laws brought by way of the enemies of Islaam, and how much more can we list…and the going out without Hijaab and indecent exposure, and their mixing of the sexes in the schools and the universities.

So the cure is in returning to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah, and then by returning to the scholars.

Allaah says:

And when there came to them a matter concerning (public) security or fear, they announced it to the people. But if only they had referred it back to the Messenger or to those encharged with authority amongst them, those who have the ability to derive a proper conclusion from it would have understood it. [Surah An-Nisaa, ayah 83]

So it is an obligation on us to return to the scholars:

These are the parables that We send forth to the people, yet no one (truly) understands them except those with knowledge. [Surah Al-‘Ankaboot, ayah 43]

But what you see is a person memorizing three or four subjects and then he takes that around to the masaajid, charging and ramming (like a bull). Then his companions nickname him “Shaikh-ul-Islaam!” So is this knowledge? Rather, knowledge is sitting upon a mat with your needs tucked below you (hearing from a shaikh) – enduring with patience the hardships of hunger and bareness. Just look at the condition of the Companions of Allaah’s Messenger and what they went through.

And the people of knowledge, they are the ones who put each thing in its proper place, as was stated in the previous ayah. And Allaah says (what means): Verily, in that is a reminder to those who possess knowledge. [Surah Ar-Room, ayah 22]

And Allaah says: Is the one who knows that what has been revealed to you from your Lord is the truth then like he who is blind? But it is only the men of understanding who pay heed. [Surah Ar-Ra’ad, ayah 19]

The affliction that the Muslims are being tested by is their being ignorant about their Religion. So anyone who memorizes some ayaat and ahaadeeth and then begins to talk about it, especially if he has some eloquence in speech, people say: “This is a Shaikh.”

All praise is for Allaah, the reality of the matter became clear, as it is said:

“If you hear the eloquent one speaking, do not give yourself into him

For this unnatural (way of speaking) is something artificial

Be pleased with taking knowledge and understanding, and

His eloquent speech will come to an end without any fight.”

[Tuhfat-ul-Mujeeb ‘alaa As’ilat-il-Haadir wal-Ghareeb (pg. 179-185) of Shaikh Muqbil]

Shaikh Muqbil added:

So [Surooriyah] is a Da’wah (call) that is based on lies and deceptions, but the reality will become manifest. For the Da’wah of ‘Alee Ibn Al-Fadl manifested itself and the reality of the Da’wah of the Mu’tazilah, the Shee’ah and Sufis manifested themselves. And the ones who will expose and make these realities manifest, by the Permission of Allaah, are Ahlus-Sunnah.

And all praise is for Allaah; Ahlus-Sunnah are the ones who always examine and rectify the Muslim ummah. The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: There will not cease to be a group from my ummah that is triumphant upon the truth. Those who abandon them will not be able to harm them until Allaah’s Command (i.e. Promise) comes to pass and they are upon that (condition).

So Shaikh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee – hafidhahullaah – in the lands of the Haramayn and Najd is exposing the Hizbees and clarifying what beliefs they are upon.


So I advise the brothers, because many of them – all praise is for Allaah – are receptive, to return to the Qur`aan and the Sunnah and to call to them, and to not waste away their lives in glorifying shaikh so and so. And if they were to abandon such shaikhs, they [Surooris] would say: “Beware of him, he is from Jamaa’at At-Takfeer” or “He is a government agent.” These are words of one who doesn’t fear Allaah.

* This deviant book of Muhammad Suroor is not to be confused with Shaikh Rabee bin Hadee al-Madkhalee’s highly beneficial book by the same title The Methodology of the Prophets in Calling to Allaah, That is the Way of Wisdom and Intelligence

Additional Sources: The former Al-Ibaanah website (may Allaah reward them), and West London Da’wah (may Allaah reward them and preserve them)

Post Courtesy: Compiled by brother  Maher ibn Ahmad Attiyeh (hafidhahullaah)  via SalafiTalk.net

Common mistakes in prayer

Common mistakes in prayer

Very enlightening. short and brief with illustrations.

The sunnah acts of Eid-ul-Fitr

Dr. Murtuza Baksh:

All praise is for Allaah, Lord of all the Worlds, who ordered us to follow His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and to call to His Way, and may Allaah send praises and blessings of peace upon our Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), and upon his family, his Companions, and those who truly follow them until the Day of Judgment.

We implore Allaah, the Most High, to make the approaching Eid a moment of blessing for everyone. May this Eid bring peace and prosperity globally. Indeed, Eid is the day of blessings and great reward by Almighty Allaah for good observance of fasting and Salaah, thus we need to express our gratitude to Allaah, Who has enabled us to observe virtues deed and, at the same time, granted us abundant provision during this blessed month.

Ahlus-Sunnah sees Eid as a day of joy, cooperation, solidarity and brotherhood. They adhere to the below mentioned Sunnah of the Salaf al Ummah while celebrating it.

Bathing and Putting On the Best Clothes :

Imaam Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahim’ullaah) said, “..He (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would wear his best clothes when proceeding to the two Eids and the day of jumah (Friday)…” refer : Zaad-ul-Ma’aad, 1/441

Imaam Naafi (rahim’ullaah) reports : “Abdullah Ibn Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) used to bathe on the day of fitr (Eid-al-fitr) before setting out to the musallaa.” refer : Muwatta Imaam Malik, 1/177

Imaam Ibn Qudamah (rahim’ullaah) said, “It is preferred to purify oneself by bathing for Eid. Ibn Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) used to bathe on the day of fitr (Eid-al-fitr). This is also reported upon Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) and it is the opinion of ‘Urwah, ‘Ataa, An-Nakhaa’ee, Ash-Sha’bee, Qatadah Abu Zinaad Malik, Ash-Shaafi and Ibn Mundhir..” refer :  Al-Mughnee, 2/370

Eating Before Salaah :

Anas (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would not set out in the morning of Eid-al-fitr until he had eaten some dates.” refer : Sahih Bukhari

Imaam Al-Muhallab (rahim’ullaah) said : “The wisdom behind eating before the Eid Sahah is so that no person doubts that fasting remains until after the Salaah. So it is as if he (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) wanted to stop this from occurring.” refer : Fath-ul-Bari, 2/447

Takbeer :

The Imaam of Ahlus-Sunnah, our beloved Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to emerge on the day of Eid-al-fitr and say the takbeer up until he reached the musallaa and up until he had performed the Salaah. So when he had performed the Salaah he stopped saying the takbeerrefer : Silsilatul Ahadeeth As-Saheehah, 170, Shaykh Al-Albani (rahim’ullaah) said, “This Hadith contains evidence of saying the takbeer aloud on the way to the musallaa; even though many Muslims have become negligent of this Sunnah to such an extent that it has nearly become a “thing of the past”.

Ibn Masud (radiyallahu ‘anhu) used to say : “Allaahu-AkbarAllaahu-AkbarLaa ilaaha illallah. Wa-Allaahu Akbar. Allaahu-Akbaar. Wa lillaahil-Hamd” (Allaah is the Greatest. Allaah is the Greatest. There is none who has the right to be worshipped except Allaah. Allaah is the Greatest. Allaah is the Greatest and to Allaah belongs all praise.) refer : al-Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah

Saying the Takbeer aloud does not mean that it is permitted to say it in unison, as some people do. Likewise, all other supplications in which raising the voice has or has not been prescribed, then reciting the supplication in unison is not permissible. So be cautious of this and let us always focus upon the fact that the best guidance is the guidance of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

Taking Different Route :

Jabir Bin Abdullah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “When it was the day of Eid the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to alter his route (of returning).” refer : Sahih Bukhari

Imaam Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahim’ullaah) wrote, “The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to change his route on the days of Eid, such that he went by one route and returned by another. According to the m ost correct opinion, he did this to make manifest the rituals of Islam.” refer : Zaad-ul-Ma’aad, 1/449

Praying Eid at Musallaa is Mustahab (recommended) :

Abu Saeed Al-Khudree (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said : “The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) on the days of Eid-al-fitr and Eid-al-adhaa used to go out to the Musallaa and the first thing that he would begin with was the Salaah…” refer : Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim

Musallaa (literally means an open place where Salaah is performed or where congregations are held, it is also referred to a place where Eid Salaah is held), it is even permitted to pray Eid atmasajid.

Listening Eid Khutbah : 

Imaam Nawawi (rahim’ullaah) said : “ It is Mustahab (recommended) for people to listen to thekhutbah, although the khutbah and listening to it are not essential conditions of Eid Salaah. But Imaam Ash-Shaafi (rahim’ullaah) said : “I do not like it that someone does not listen to thekhutbah of Eid, (or) at the time of an eclipse, when Salaah for rain are offered, or during Hajj, or he speaks during one of these khutbahs or leaves, but he does not have to repeat the Salaah.”refer : al-Majmoo, p. 23 

Women’s attendance of Salaat al-Eid  : 

Hafsah (radiyallahu ‘anha) said : “We used to prevent pre-pubescent girls from attending Salaatal-Eid ’. Then a woman came and stayed at the fort of Banu Khalaf, and told us about her sister. Her sister’s husband had taken part in twelve campaigns with the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and [she said], ‘My sister was with him on six of them. She said, “We used to treat the wounded and take care of the sick. My sister asked the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) whether there was anything wrong with her not going out [on Eid] if she did not have a jilbaab. He said, ‘Let her friend give her one of her jilbaab so that she may witness the blessings of Eid and see the Muslims gathering.’’ When Um ‘Atiyah came, I asked her, ‘Did you hear the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) [say this]?’ She said, ‘May my father be sacrificed for him’ – and she never mentioned him without saying ‘may my father be sacrificed for him’ – ‘I heard him saying that we should bring out the young girls and those who were secluded, or the young girls who were secluded, and the menstruating women, so that they could witness the blessings ofEid and see the gathering of the believers, but those who were menstruating were to keep away from the Salaah-place itself.” refer : Sahih Bukhari

Imaam at-Tirmidhi (rahim’ullaah) said in his Sunnan, after quoting the hadith of Umm ‘Atiyah : “Some of the Scholars referred to this hadeeth and allowed women to go out to the Salaat al-Eid , and some of them disliked this. It was reported that Imaam Abdullaah Ibn al-Mubaarak (rahim’ullaah) said : ‘I do not like for women to go out to Salaat al-Eid  nowadays. If a woman insists on going out, her husband should let her, if she goes out wearing her shabbiest clothes and not adorning herself. If she insists on adorning herself, then she should not go out. In this case the husband has the right to stop her from going out. It was reported that Aishah (radiyallahu ‘anha)  said : ‘If the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) had seen what has happened to women, he would have stopped them from going to the mosques, just as the women of Bani Israaeel were stopped.’ It was reported that Imaam Sufyaan al-Thawri did not like women to go to the Salaat al-Eid in his days.” refer : Sunnan Tirmidhi

Men should check on their womenfolk when they going out for the Salaah to make sure that their hijaab is complete, further they the women should not be adorned or wear perfume. Menstruating women should not enter the mosque or Salaah-place; they can wait in the car, for example, where they can hear the khutbah.

Eid Greetings :

Shaykh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahim’ullaah) said : “As for people greeting each other after theeid Salaah by, ‘Taqaballaahu Minna Wa Minkum‘ (may Allaah accept it (i.e. good deeds) from us and you) – it is reported that some of the Shahabah practiced it, and the scholars permitted it. refer : Majmoo al-Fataawaa, 24/253.

Imaam Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr Al-Asqalani (rahim’ullaah) said : “We have related in “Mahaamiliyaat” with a chain of narration that is hasan, from Jabyr ibn Nufayr who said : ‘When the companions of Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) met on the day of Eid, they would say to each other, ‘Taqaballaahu Minna Wa Minkum” refer : Fath ul Bari, 2/446.

Imaam Ibn Qudaamah (rahim’ullaah) mentioned that Muhammad Ibn Ziyad said : I was with Abu Umamah al Bahili and some other companions of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) When they returned from the Eid (salaah), they said to each other, ‘Taqabbalallaahu Minna Wa Minkum . refer :  Al-Mughnee, 2/259.

Post Courtesy: Abu Mariyah Junaid Bin Munawar Bin Ali Al-Hindi

Ramadhan Kareem 2010

Official Decision and Announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia…

Just a short time ago, Fatwa-Online was informed of the official decision and announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia that since the moon of Ramadhaan was sighted this evening, here in Saudi Arabia, we have completed twenty nine (29) days of Sha’baan (1431 A.H.), in accordance with the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam):

((Fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you, then complete thirty days of Sha’baan. And break your fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you then fast thirty days)), [transmitted by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim].

Subsequently, we shall be starting our taraaweeh prayers tonight (Tuesday 10 August 2010) after the ‘Ishaa. prayer, in preparation for the first fast of Ramadhaan on Wednesday 11 August 2010, inshaa.-Allaah.


Bidah Alert for 15th of Shaban

Question: We see some people specifying the 15th of Sha’baan with particular supplications and reciting the Qur.aan and performing naafilah prayers. So what is the correct position concerning this, and may Allaah reward you with good?

Response: That which is correct is that fasting the 15th of Sha’baan or specifying it with reciting (the Qur.aan) or making (particular) supplications has no basis. So the day of the 15th of Sha’baan is like any other 15th day of other months. So from that which is known is that it has been legislated for a person to fast the 13th, 14th and 15th of every month, however, Sha’baan is characterised unlike the other months in that (except for Ramadhaan) the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) used to fast more in Sha’baan than any other month . So he used to either fast all of Sha’baan or just a little. Therefore, as long as it does not cause difficulty for a person, it is befitting to increase in fasting during Sha’baan in adherence to the example of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam).

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen
al-Bid’u wal-Muhdathaat wa maa laa Asla lahu – Page 612
Fataawa Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen – Volume 1, Page 190

Question: Is standing the night of the 15th of Sha’baan in prayer and fasting during it’s day legislated?

Response: Nothing firm and reliable has been established on the authority of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) that he stood in prayer in the night and fasted during the day of the 15th of Sha’baan. So the night of the 15th of Sha’baan is like any other night, and if someone is a regular worshipper during other nights, then he may stand the night in prayer on this night without assuming anything special (because of it being the night of the 15th of Sha’baan). This is because specifying a time for any act of worship requires a authentic proof, so if there is no authentic proof then the act is regarded as an innovation and all innovations are misguidance. Likewsie, regarding specifically fasting during the 15th day of Sha’baan, then no (authentic) proof has been established on the authority of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) to indicate the legislation of fasting on that particular day.

As for that which is mentioned from the ahaadeeth regarding this subject, then all of it is weak as the people of knowledge have indicated. However, whoever has the habit of fasting the 13th, 14th and 15th (of every month), then he can continue and fast during Sha’baan as he fasts during the other months, without assuming anything special about the 15th of Sha’baan. Also, the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) used to increase in fasting during this month (Sha’baan), however, he did not particularise the 15th day, rather proceeded as per norm.

Shaykh Ibn Fowzaan

al-Bid’u wal-Muhdathaat wa maa laa asla lahu – Page 614
Noorun alad-Darb Fataawa Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fowzaan – Volume 1, Page 87

Question: When my father was alive, he entrusted me to give sadaqah (charity) according to my means on the 15th of Sha’baan every year, and likewise I have been doing this ever since. However, some people have admonished me for doing so saying it is not permissible. So is giving sadaqah on the night of the 15th of Sha’baan permissible according to the willment of my father or not? Kindly advise us and may Allaah reward you with good.

Response: To specify the giving of sadaqah on the night of the 15th of Sha’baan every year is an innovation, and despite your father having entrusted you with that, it is not permissible. It is befitting you give this sadaqah without specifying the night of the 15th of Sha’baan, rather do so every year and in whichever month, but without particularising any one month (on a consistent basis). However, it is permissible to do so in the month of Ramadhaan (for the evidence which indicates so).

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa
al-Bid’u wal-Muhdathaat wa maa laa Asla lahu – Page 611
Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. – Fatwa No. 9760

Source: fatwa-online.com

The Signs Of Ahlul-Bid’ah – The People Of Innovation

Imaam Abu ‘Uthmaan Ismaa’eel ibn ‘AbdurRahmaan as-Saaboonee [d.449AH]
Taken From His Great Book ‘Aqeedatus-Salaf As.Haabul-Hadeeth
Published By: Masjid Ibnu Taymeeyah

148. The signs of Ahlul-Bid’ah are not hidden but are apparent. Their most apparent sign and trait is their intense enmity and hatred for the carriers of the ahaadeeth of the Prophet, (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam). They look down at them and they name them Hashwiyyah, Jahalah, Dhaahiriyyah and Mushshabihah because of their different beliefs regarding the ahaadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah, (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam) ; that it does not contain knowledge, and that knowledge which the shaytaan gives them as a result of their corrupt minds, the whisperings of their darkened breasts, the misgiving notions of their hearts which are devoid of any good and their speech and invalid proofs. In fact they are nothing more than untenable and false doubts.
“They are the ones who Allaah has cursed. So He has made them deaf and blinded in their vision.”[1]

“And whomsoever Allaah disgraces, none can honour. Indeed Allaah does what He wills.”[2]

149. Al-Haakim Aboo ‘Abdullaah al-Haafidh, informed me from Aboo ‘Alee al-Hussain ibn ‘Alee al-Haafidh, who heard from Ja’far ibn Ahmad ibn Sinaan al-Waasitee, who heard from Ahmad ibn Sinaan al-Qataan, who said:

“There is no innovator in the world except that he hates the People of Hadeeth. Whenever a man innovates, the sweetness of the ahaadeeth is removed from his heart.”[3]

150. Al-Haakim informed me from Aboo al-Hussain Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Handhalee, who heard from Aboo Ismaa’eel Muhammad ibn Ismaa’eel at-Tirmidhee, who said:

“I and Ahmad ibn al-Hasan at-Tirmidhee were with the Imaam of the Religion Aboo ‘Abdullaah Ahmad ibn Hanbal when Ahmad ibn al-Hasan said to him, ‘O Aboo Abdullaah! They mentioned to Ibn Abee Qutailah, in Makkah, about the People of Hadeeth. So he (Ibn Abee Qutailah) replied, ‘The People of Hadeeth are a bad people’.’

Ahmad ibn Hanbal stood up and shook the dust off his clothes and left, saying, ‘Zindeeq (heretic), Zindeeq, Zindeeq,’ until he entered his home.”[4]

151. Al-Haakim Aboo ‘Abdullaah informed me from Aboo Nasr Ahmad ibn Sahl al-Faqhee in Bukhaara, who heard Aboo Nasr ibn Salaam al-Faqhee say:

“There is nothing more difficult upon the heretics and more hated to them than the listening and transmitting of ahaadeeth, with their asaaneed.”[5]
152. I heard al-Haakim say, that he heard the Shaykh Aboo Bakr Ahmad ibn Ishaaq ibn Ayyoob al-Faqhee say whilst he was debating with a man:
“‘Such a person related to me…’ (i.e. he related a hadeeth to the man).
The man replied, ‘Leave this relating business, up to where will you relate from.’ So the Shaykh responded by saying:

‘Stand O unbeliever, it is not allowed for you to enter my home after this.’

He turned to us and said:
‘I have never said this to anyone before him, not to enter my house, except him.’”[6]
153. I heard Aboo Mansoor Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullaah ibn Hamshaad the scholar az-Zaahid, raheemahullaah, say that he heard Aboo al-Qaasim Ja’far ibn Ahmad al-Muqree ar-Raazee say that it was read over ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Abee Haatim ar-Raazee and I was listening, that he heard his father the Imaam of his country Aboo Haatim Muhammad ibn Idrees al-Handhalee ar-Raazee say:

“The traits of Ahlul-Bid’ah are that they battle with the people of narrations. A trait of the Zanaadiqah is that they name the people of narrations as Hashwiyyah, intending by that the relegation of the narrations. A trait of the Qadariyyah is that they name AhlusSunnah as Mujabbirah. A trait of the Jahmiyyah is that they name AhlusSunnah as Mushshabihah. A trait of the Rawaafidhah is that they name the People of Hadeeth as Naabitah or Naasibah.”[7]

154. It is all from party spirit, as there is no name for Ahl us-Sunnah except the name Ahlul-Hadeeth (The People of Hadeeth).

155. I see that the Ahl ul-Bid’ah, by attaching these names to Ahl us-Sunnah, are following the behaviour of the unbelievers, may Allaah curse them, who were present in the time of the Messenger of Allaah, (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam). They sought to harass him by calling him names. Some of them would say that he is a magician. Some would say a sorcerer. Some would say a poet. Some would say a madman, a charmer, a fabricator or a liar. The Prophet, (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam), was far and free from those abuses. He was merely a Messenger, Mustapha, and a Prophet, (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam).
“See how they can make similitudes for you. So they have gone astray and they will not be able to find the (straight) path.”[8]
156. Also the innovators, may Allaah destroy them, seek to attack and try to cause controversy over the carriers and transmitters of his ahaadeeth, those who seek to follow him and seek guidance through his Sunnah. They are known as the People of Hadeeth. They labeled them as Hashwiyyah, Mushshabihah, Naabitah, Naasibah or Jabariyyah. The People of Hadeeth are far (protected) from these labels, being free, pure and clean from them.
They are not anything, other than the people of the complete Sunnah; the approved way; the level path and the decisive proofs. Allaah, The Most Majestic, has given them the tawfeeq to adhering to His Book, His Revelation and His Message, they follow the Messenger of Allaah, (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam), through his narrations in which he ordered with good for his Ummah, by way of speech and actions, and in which he kept them from evil. He (Allaah) helped them to follow his, (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam), Seerah and achieve guidance by attaching themselves to his Sunnah. He made the ones who adhere to it his closest allies.
He (Allaah) opened their hearts to love him and the aa’immah of His Sharee’ah and the scholars of the Ummah. One who loves a people, then he will be with them on the Day of Resurrection, as the Messenger of Allaah, (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam), said:
“A man will be with those whom he loves.” [9]

f o o t n o t e s
1 Sooratul-Muhammad (47):23
2 Sooratul-Hajj (22):18
3 Related in al-Ma’rifah (p.4) and also related by al-Baghdaadee in Sharf Ashaab ul-Hadeeth (p.7) with a Saheeh isnaad.
4 Related in al-Ma’rifah (p.4) and also related by al-Baghdaadee (p.74)
5 Related in al-Ma’rifah (p.4) and also related by al-Baghdaadee (p.73-74)
6 Also related by as-Subkee in at-Tabaqaat (3:10). Its isnaad is Saheeh
7 [Ibn Abee Haatim also mentions it in his Usoolus-Sunnah wa ‘Itiqaad ud-Deen (p.21-22), al-Laalakaa’ee (2:179) and adhDhahabee in Mukhtasir al-‘Uloom (256). The isnaad is Saheeh.
8 Sooratul-Furqaan (25):9
9  Related by al-Bukhaaree (6168), Muslim (2640), Aboo Daawood (5127) and at-Tirmidhee (2505-2507).]

The Signs Of Ahlus-Sunnah – The People Of The Sunnah

Imaam Abu ‘Uthmaan Ismaa’eel ibn ‘AbdurRahmaan as-Saaboonee [d.449AH]
Taken From His Great Book ‘Aqeedatus-Salaf As.Haabul-Hadeeth
Published By: Masjid Ibnu Taymeeyah

157. One of the signs of AhlusSunnah is their love for the Aa’immah (Imaams) of the Sunnah, the scholars, its friends and allies. They show enmity to the leaders of Bid’ah, who are calling to Hell and leading its followers to the place of failure. Indeed Allaah, The One free from all deficiencies, has adorned the hearts of AhlusSunnah and enlightened them by instilling a love for the scholars as a favor from Him, The Most Majestic.
158. Al-Haakim Aboo ‘Abdullaah al-Haafidh, may Allaah house him and us in Paradise together, informed me from Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem ibn al-Fadl al-Muzakkee, who related from Ahmad ibn Salamah, who related that Aboo Rajaa Qutaibah ibn Sa’eed read to us from his book al-Eemaan. (It was written at the end of the book):

“If you observe a man loving Sufyaan ath-Thawree (d.161), Maalik bin Anas (d.179), al-Awzaa’ee (d.157), Shu’bah (d.160), Ibn al-Mubaarak (d.181), Aboo al-Ahwas (d.179), Shareek (d.177), Wakee’ (d.197), Yahya ibn Sa’eed (d.145) and ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Mahdee (d.198) then know that he is from AhlusSunnah.”

Ahmad ibn Salamah, raheemahullaah, said: “With my own writing I added to the list: Yahya ibn Yahya (d.226), Ahmad ibn Hanbal (d.241), and Ishaaq ibn Raahawaih (d.238). When we had completed this list, the People of Neesaaboor looked at us and they said that those people dislike Yahya ibn Yahya. So we said, ‘O Aboo Rajaa! What about Yahya ibn Yahya?’ He replied, ‘A righteous man and an Imaam of the Muslims.’ Ishaaq ibn Raahawaih is an Imaam and Ahmad ibn Hanbal is the greatest of those I have named.”

159. I also attach to this list the following which Qutaibah, raheemahullaah, has mentioned. For whoever loves them is a companion of the Sunnah. They are the scholars of hadeeth who are imitated and with their guidance people are rightly guided. From their group and party are others who are counted amongst them and those whose narrations are followed. You will find another group, more than what has just been mentioned. They are:

Muhammad ibn Idrees ash-Shaafi’ee (d.204) and Sa’eed ibn Jubair (d.95), az-Zuhree (d.124), ash-Sha’bee (d.103) and at-Taimee (d.143). Those after them are:

Laith ibn Sa’d al-Misree (d.175), al-Awzaa’ee (d.157), ath-Thawree (d.161), Sufyaan ibn ‘Uyainah (d.198), Hammaad ibn Salamah (d.167), Hammaad ibn Zaid (d.179), Yoonus ibn ‘Ubaid (d.139), Ayyoob as-Sakhtiyaanee (d.131), Ibn ‘Awn (d.150) and those after them like:

Yazeed ibn Haaroon al-Wasitee (d.206), ‘Abdur-Razzaq ibn Hammaam as-San’aanee (d.211), Jareer ibn ‘Abdul-Hameed ad-Dubee (d.188) and those after them like:

Muhammad ibn Yahya adhDhulee (d.258), Muhammad ibn Ismaa’eel al-Bukhaaree (d.256), Muslim ibn al-Hajjaaj al-Qushayree (d.261), Aboo Dawood as-Sijjistaanee (d.275), Aboo Zur’ah ar-Raazee (d.264), Aboo Haatim ar-Raazee (d.277), Ibn Abee Haatim (d.328), Muhammad ibn Muslim ibn Warah (d.270), Muhammad ibn Aslam at-Toosee (d.242), Aboo Sa’eed ‘Uthmaan ibn Sa’eed ad-Daarimee (d.280), Muhammad ibn Ishaaq ibn Khuzaimah (d.311) who was called the Imaam of the scholars. In my lifetime he is indeed the Imaam of the scholars in his era and time. Aboo Ya’qoob Ishaaq ibn Ismaa’eel al-Bustee (d.303) and al-Hasan ibn Sufyaan an-Nasawee (d.303).

My forefathers from Aboo Sa’eed Yahya ibn Mansoor az-Zaahid al-Harwee (d.292), ‘Adee ibn Hamdawaih as-Saaboonee and his two sons, the two swords of the Sunnah Aboo ‘Abdullaah as-Saaboonee and Aboo ‘Abdur-Rahmaan as-Saaboonee and many other Aa’immah who adhered to the Sunnah, supporting it, calling to it and following it.
160. The total sum of what has been established in this book is the Creed of all of them. None of them opposed each other in this. On the contrary they were all united upon it and there is nothing established from any of them that they approved of anything which opposed it.
161. They were agreed upon subduing Ahlul-Bid’ah by debasing them, degrading them, keeping them afar, being distant from them, never accompanying them or living with them, and upon seeking a nearness to Allaah, The Most Mighty and The Most Majestic, by avoiding and abandoning them.
162. By the blessings of Allaah, The Most Mighty and The Most Majestic, I am following their narrations seeking enlightenment by their lights. I advise my brothers and companions that they do not be far from their rays and do not follow anything other than their sayings. Do not get involved in these newly invented matters from the Bid’ah which have spread between the Muslims and all other evil matters which have appeared. If one of these innovations appeared on the tongues of one of them in the time of those Aa’immah, they would have abandoned them, accused them of heresy and lies and developed hatred for them.

Do not be misled my brothers, may Allaah preserve you, by the numbers of Ahlul-Bid’ah, their size and the number of their groups. Indeed the large groups of falsehood and few in number from the people of the truth is one of the signs of the Day of Judgement, as the Messenger of Allaah, (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam), said:

“Indeed one of the signs of the last hour coming closer, is the diminishing of knowledge and the spreading of ignorance.” [1]
164. Knowledge is Sunnah and ignorance is Bid’ah.
165. He, (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam), said:

“Indeed, Eemaan will be driven back into al-Madeenah just as a snake returns to its hole.” [2]

166 He, (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam), said:

“The last hour will not arrive until there remains no one on the earth saying, Allaah.” [3]
167. One who adheres to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah, (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam), today, acting on it, being firm on it and calling to it, his reward would be more than the one who did this in the beginning of Islaam, as the Messenger of Allaah, (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam), said:
“He will have the reward of fifty.”
They the Companions asked, ‘Fifty of them?’ He replied:
“Rather of you.” [4]
168. He, (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam), stated that about one who acts according to the Sunnah when the Ummah gets corrupted.

169. I found in a book written by my grandfather, Aboo ‘Abdullaah Muhammad ibn ‘Adee ibn Hamadawaih as-Saaboonee, raheemahullaah, it said he heard from Aboo al-‘Abbaas al-Hasan ibn Sufyaan an-Nasawee, who related from al-‘Abbaas ibn Sabeeh, who related from ‘Abdul-Jabbaar ibn Taahir, who related from Ma’mar ibn Raashid, who related from Ibn Shihaab az-Zuhree, who said:

“Studying of the Sunnah is better than performing worship for two hundred years.”
170. Aboo Bakr Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullaah ibn Muhammad ibn Zakariyyah ash-Shaybaanee informed me from Aboo al-‘Abbaas Muhammad ibn ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ad-Daghoolee, who heard from Muhammad ibn Haatim al-Mudhfaree, who heard from ‘Amr ibn Muhammad who said: Aboo Mu’aawiyyah ad-Dareer related a story to Haaroon ur-Rasheed, wherein he mentioned the hadeeth of Aboo Hurairah: “…Aadam and Moosa disputed.” [5] So ‘Alee ibn Ja’far said: ‘How is it that they disputed?! What was between them?’ Haaroon jumped up and said:
“A hadeeth is narrated to you from the Prophet, (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam), and you turn away and ask how?”
He kept on saying that until his anger abated. [6]
171. This is the way a person must glorify the narrations of the Messenger of Allaah, (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam), accepting them with submission, approval and belief in it. Anyone who treads a path other than the one Haaroon ur-Rasheed trod should be opposed strongly. As an authentic hadeeth which one hears and questions it by saying “how” in a rejective manner [7], is distancing oneself from the hadeeth and not accepting it. It is an obligation to accept all that is reported from the Messenger of Allaah, (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam).
172. I hope that Allaah, The One free from all deficiencies, has included us amongst those who listen to advice and follow it’s best/uppermost part and adhere to the Religion during the period of their life in this world with the Qur’aan and Sunnah. I hope that He keeps us away from our misguided whims, meager opinions and from a humiliating calamity, by His Blessings and Bounties.

f o o t n o t e s
1. It is related from Anas from the Prophet, (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam): “Amongst the signs of the last hour is the lifting up of knowledge and the appearance of ignorance.” Related by al-Bukhaaree (81,5577,6808), Muslim (2671), at-Tirmidhee (2315) and Ibn Maajah (4045).
2. by al-Bukhaaree (1876), Muslim (147) and Ibn Maajah (3111).
3. Related by Muslim (148), at-Tirmidhee (2317).
4. Related by Aboo Daawood (4341), at-Tirmidhee (3058), Ibn Maajah (4015) and at-Tabaraanee al-Kabeer (17:289). Its isnaad is Saheeh with the wording: “Indeed days of patience are to come. The adherents in that time will be upon that which you are upon and they will get the reward of fifty of you.”
5. Related by Ahmad (2.398), at-Tirmidhee (2134) and Ibn Abee ‘Aasim (140). The hadeeth has a Saheeh isnaad.
6. It has a Saheeh isnaad. See Taareekh Baghdaad (5:243).
7. TRANSLATORS NOTE – This does not include, the one who asks “how” in order to understand something which is not clear to him, but believing that there is no contradiction or error in that which is authentically reported from the Messenger (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi was-sallam).

Is it correct for a Salafy Daa’ee to mix with the Hizbees in order to rectify them?

Is it correct for a Salafy Daa’ee to mix with the Hizbees in order to rectify them?
A question posed to The Carrier of the flag of Jarh wa Ta’deel
The Noble Shaikh, Shaikh Rabee’ Bin Haadee Al Madkhalee
(May Allah preserve him)
Source: www.Sahab.net                              

Translated by Abu ‘Abdis Salaam Siddiq Al Juyaanee
Originally posted www.SalafyInk.com  
Q: (Is it correct for) a caller to Allah (a daa’ee) who is upon the Minhaj (Methodology) of the Salaf, to mix from time to time with a partisan (i.e. Hizbee) group from the Hizbees with the intention of learning their mistakes, secrets, secret affairs and corrupt ideologies (in order) to then free himself from them and make clear to the (Islaamic) Nation the mistakes (of these Hizbee groups) so that they may be warned from them?
A: By Allah I say, O my brother, it is sufficient for you that those Hizbee groups that you mix with have already spread their misguided ideologies and that the ‘Ulamah have already refuted them; do not expose (and open) yourself up to lost! Verily, many people have entered into them for this same exact reason which after some time resulted in them being engulfed and swept away by the matter and (subsequently) finished. So the Believer must beware and cautious. The Salaf did not mix with the Jahmiyyah, the Mu’tazilah, nor the Khawaarij in order to rectify them! Therefore it is upon you to be upon the way of the Salaf, may Allah bless you.
Evil sittings and keeping evil company will harm you. The example of the righteous sitting and the evil sitting is like the example of the merchant of fine perfumes and the ironsmith. The merchant of fine perfumes may give you a gift, or you will find with him a good smell, or you may purchase some perfume from him. As for the ironsmith, he will either burn your garment and/or you will find from him a disgusting odor. So it is upon you O my brothers, to sit with those who are righteous, the people of piety, those who abstain from matters/things out of fear of falling into that which is forbidden, those who are abstentious from worldly affairs and/or that which does not benefit them, and those who have respect for the Sunnah (i.e. those who are upon the Sunnah). These are the righteous sittings and gatherings. Beware of (and stay away from) the sitting with the people of desires, for verily they have with them misconceptions. It is possible that they may gradually allure and temp you. One may say to you, “enter amongst them and rectify them from the inside”, but they almost never rectify themselves except for that and he whom Allah wills.
Or do you think that you will learn about them (by doing what you have mentioned)?! This is not the way of Islaam; Islaam does not support this, may Allah bless you. I advise you not to mix with them no matter the excuse. This is because their evil has already been widespread, publicized and known about until it has reached the level of explosions, destruction and devastation. I have already written and refuted Sayid Qutub as well as the Ikhwaan (i.e. the Muslim Brotherhood). (In fact) they themselves has already written, made clear (and illustrated their corrupt ideas) in their own books, while they perceive not. You have been sufficed O my brother. By Allah, (this is the case) except if there is a Salafy scholar who embarks upon giving da’wah to one whom he hopes will accept the truth, then this is for him, and ok for him (the Salafy SCHOLAR). Rather, it is incumbent upon him to give him da’wah and to clarify to him the truth. As for the Salafy who is weak in his knowledge and personality, then it is upon him to stay far away from them so that he may protect and keep safe what he has with him from the truth, and there is nothing comparable to safety.

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