Readings in Qaradawism : Part 4 : Discontinuation of Jihaad

INTRODUCTIONThat by which the Ummah has been put to trial in current times is the emergence of a people who wear the gown of knowledge, abrogate the Sharee’ah in the name of “revivalism” and facilitate all of the ways to corruption in the name of “understanding the ease and lenience of Islaam”. And so they opened up evil and despicable avenues in the name of “ijtihaad”. Then they belittled the affairs of the Sunnah in the name of the “understanding of priorities” and they also declared their loyalty for the Infidels in the name of “creating a good picture of Islaam”.

And at the head of them is the Muftee known as Yusuf al-Qaradaawi who has worked in order to spread this ideology by way of the Internet, lectures, lessons, books and conferences and others ways. THE STRAYING MUFTEE ONLY AFFIRMS DEFENSIVE JIHAADO Mankind! Indeed there is a great lesson in this chapter. Neo-Qutubite Apologeticism had argued that Ahl ul-Hadeeth wal-Athar, As-haab us-Sunnah held onto the notion of the discontinuation of Jihaad – as an argument to support their own innovated doctrines. So many of the biased partisans began to resound with this great and mighty slander by which they intended to destroy the da’wah and manhaj of Shaikh ul-Islaam al-Albaani and his brothers, the other Imaams from Ahl us-Sunnah of the contemporary times, yet Allaah will perfect it even though the Innovators may detest it.

So they began to caution the common-folk against this da’wah and they made them flee from the Methodology of the Prophets in calling to Allaah, and every time a Political Activist, born of the Awakening of Ikhwaan ul-Mufliseen, reared his head and raised his unwanted voice against this da’wah and against its principles, such as the Wicked Muftee whose condition we are discussing, they raised him and aggrandised him and presented his “fiqh of priorities” to the world at large. Yet at the same time, they ridiculed our Imaams and made great the lie when they accused them of disallowing Jihaad.

Stated the Muftee, the Faqeeh ul-Waaqi’ – may Allaah sever his lips and protect the Ummah from his misguidance, “Some people say to us that you desire to have discussions with the Christians and others in order to arrive at what you call “World Peace”? So we reply to them “Yes, and why not!” They say because the basis and foundation concerning the relationship of the Muslims to those besides them is Jihad and it is not just peace. And this view actually exists, yet we do not subscribe to it.” (al-Islaam wal-Gharb, p.16).

And he also says, “The issue of Jihaad in the path of Allaah for defending the land, the honours (of people) and the sanctities is a matter in which there is no further discussion. But as for defence for the sake of attacking the rest of the world, as some people imagine, is not a matter that is mentioned. And we actually base our position and build upon it based upon what the contemporary Scholars of the Muslims have held as their position, the likes of Shaikh Abu Zahrah, Shaikh Rasheed Ridaa, Shaikh Shaltut, Shaikh Abdullaah Daaraz and Shaikh al-Ghazaali. And all of those are of the view that Jihaad in Islaam is for the sake of defence of the religion and the state, the sanctities, the land and the honours of people…. And it is not for military expeditions as some of the people imagine…” (al-Islaam wal-Gharb, p.19)

And the Muftee also opined, “We do not fight the Jews for the sake of Aqidah, we fight them for the sake of the land. And we do not fight the Kuffar because they are Kuffar, but because they have occupied our lands and our homes and have taken them without any due right” (ar-Raayah magazine, no. 4696, 24th Sha’baan 1995).

And as for these statements then they are the resultant effects of the Qaradawite theorem of loyalty and disownment (al-walaa wal-baraa) – as the author of ‘Raf’ al-Lathaam’, Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Mansoor al-‘Adeeni has stated in his refutation of this Wicked Muftee.

Now, any Sunni knows that the purpose of Jihaad is to make the word of Allaah supreme, and that is none other than worshipping Him alone, and establishing and spreading Tawheed. So if the Qaradawite Think Tank and its theoreticians claim that this is not the motive and reason, and it is but land, then the land in the view of Qaradawite Thought, is more lofty and more noble and more worthy than the Islamic Aqidah.

Stated the Lord of Majesty and Honour, “Fight against those who believe not in Allâh, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allâh and His Messenger and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islâm) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” (At-Tawbah 9:29) And the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said, “I have been ordered to fight the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah alone…” (Muslim)Shaikh Rabee’ bin Haadee, the Ibn Ma’een of the Era, stated, “Verily, refraining from the jihaad against the Mushriks (pagans) when a caller calls to jihaad, and when the Imaam of the Muslims calls them to come out and fight – even if the Imaam was a sinner (faajir) is counted one of the shades of Nifaaq (hypocrisy), in fact it may be more intense than it.” Then after this he begins quoting some of the verses of Jihaad and then says: “So refraining away from Jihaad [the Jihaad behind an Ameer] and to be very laxed/sluggish towards it is one of the characteristics of the Hypocrites and one of the causes of punishment in the world and destruction in the Hereafter.” (Ahl ul-Hadeeth p. 158)

Then there comes this Extremist Murji’, lying upon Allaah and His Messenger, making tabdeel of the deen of Allaah, abolishing many of the important aspects of the Sharee’ah and renders the Christians as Believers…may Allaah sever his lips…and deliver the Ummah from his misguidance, and refuge is from Allaah.

And this should come as no surprise, since many of the main figureheads of the Bankrupt Brotherhood distort, twist and water down the objectives of Jihaad. Stated Sayyid Qutb, “For Islam does not desire the freedom of worship for its followers only, rather it affirms this right for all the different religions and it tasks the Muslims to fight and defend this right for all people and it [even] allows them to fight under this flag, the flag which guarantees the freedom of worship for the adherents of all other religions and by this it confirms that it (Islaam) is a worldly organisation (providing) freedom – everyone is able to live in its shade, in safety, enjoying their religious freedom – having equality with the Muslims and having the protection of the Muslims.” (Towards an Islamic Society, p.105) Also refer to Adwaa alaa Aqeedah Sayyid Qutb – Illuminations upon the Creed of Sayyid Qutb p.224, by Shaikh Rabee’.

And it is this type of thought that al-Qaradawi is poisoned with, as will become clear, when we look in more detail at the Qaradawite theorem of al-walaa and al-baraa and his philosophical ramblings on unity between religions.

As for Ahl ul-Hadeeth wal-Athar then they opine that Jihaad will continue until the establishment of the Hour, behind the leaders, sinful or pious. They also hold that defensive Jihaad is recurring and may be performed by small bands of individuals anytime, anywhere, in defence of those who are oppressed and wronged. And as for the other Jihaad in which Islaam is taken to the people of the world, then that is behind an Ameer, as has been stated by the likes of Imaam al-Albaani and Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen (the latter mentioned this on the 28th July, 2000, after his lecture “The Sunnah is Like Noah’s Ark”, delivered at 5th National Da’wah Conference, Birmingham, UK), and others. And the most erudite and perceptive of Imaams give greater emphasis to Tasfiyah wat-Tarbiyah, over giving emphasis to Jihaad (that is the second type of the two types mentioned above), because this helps to bring about the precursors that will ensure that the Jihaad bears its fruits. So in essence they are actually calling to the true Jihaad, and laying its foundations and putting its requirements in place. And they exaggerate in this emphasis due to their perfect knowledge and experience with the Ummah and its humiliating defeats over the decades, in recent times – and they tie all of that to the emergence of Shirk, Innovation and deviation in manhaj – rather they tie all of that (humiliation and defeat) to what Allaah and His Messenger tied it to, and what the Imaams of the Salaf tied it to, the likes of Imaam Maalik and others. And perhaps for this reason, the brethren of Satan, that is the Jamaa’at ul-Jihaad, as Imaam Ibn Baaz labelled them, due to the great tribulation they bring to the Muslims and the lands of the Muslims, perhaps for this reason they made the lie against our Mashaayikh, that they believe in the discontinuation of Jihaad. Indeed they are a foolish and idiotic people, who understand not – because they see not, and hear not, adn they have very little fiqh of the religion, as a result of which they wander blindly.

As for the exaggerationists, the revolutionary takfiris, then they but rouse the sentiments of people, gather them into one huge lump, and then … … nothing!!! And this is how Imaam al-Albaani described the da’wah of the activists, like al-Awdah and Abdur-Rahmaan Abdul-Khaaliq – which has no fruits and no blessings and refuge is from Allaah from this wastage of the minds and intellects of the youth of the Ummah.

In summary, let the biased partisans repent to Allaah for their great slanders against Ahl us-Sunnah and its Imaams, and let them know that the Innovators of Islaam are far more dangerous to Islaam and the Muslims, than the non-Muslims themselves, as has been textually stated by our Imaams, past and present. And perhaps in al-Qaradawi, there is the most perfect illustration of the hidden enemy within.