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

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