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Giving Offensive Labels – The legacy of the enemies of the Messenger of Allaah

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Mulla ‘Ali Qaari (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in his Explanation of Mishkat al-Masaabih:

وَهَذَا الْكَلَامُ مِنْ شَيْخِ الْإِسْلَامِ يُبَيِّنُ مَرْتَبَتَهُ مِنَ السُّنَّةِ، وَمِقْدَارَهُ فِي الْعِلْمِ، وَأَنَّهُ بَرِيءٌ مِمَّا رَمَاهُ أَعْدَاؤُهُ الْجَهْمِيَّةُ مِنَ التَّشْبِيهِ وَالتَّمْثِيلِ عَلَى عَادَاتِهِمْ فِي رَمْيِ أَهْلِ الْحَدِيثِ وَالسُّنَّةِ بِذَلِكَ، كَرَمْيِ الرَّافِضَةِ لَهُمْ بِأَنَّهُمْ نَوَاصِبُ، وَالنَّوَاصِبِ بِأَنَّهُمْ رَوَافِضُ، وَالْمُعْتَزِلَةِ بِأَنَّهُمْ نَوَائِبُ حَشْوِيَّةٌ،

وَذَلِكَ مِيرَاثٌ مِنْ أَعْدَاءِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ – صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ – فِي رَمْيِهِ وَرَمْيِ أَصْحَابِهِ، بِأَنَّهُمْ صُرَاةٌ قَدِ ابْتَدَعُوا دِينًا مُحْدَثًا، وَهَذَا مِيرَاثٌ لِأَهْلِ الْحَدِيثِ وَالْمَيْمَنَةِ مِنْ نَبِيِّهِمْ بِتَلْقِيبِ أَهْلِ الْبَاطِلِ لَهُمْ بِالْأَلْقَابِ الْمَذْمُومَةِ،

“These words of Shaykh al-Islam highlight his position as a prominent scholar of Ahl al-Sunnah, and his status among scholars, and it demonstrates that he is innocent of what his Jahami enemies accused him of, that he likened Allaah to His creation, as they usually accused the scholars of hadeeth and Sunnah, just as the Raafidis accuse them of being Naasibis, and the Naasibis accuse them of being Raafidis, and the Mu’tazilah accuse them of being anthropomorphists.

That is a legacy of the enemies of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) who accused him and his companions of having invented a new religion. And this is a legacy of the scholars of hadeeth and Sunnah from their Prophet, that the people of falsehood give them offensive labels.

وَقَدَّسَ اللَّهُ رُوحَ الشَّافِعِيِّ حَيْثُ يَقُولُ، وَقَدْ نُسِبَ إِلَيْهِ الرَّفْضُ:

إِنْ كَانَ رَفْضًا حُبُّ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ فَلْيَشْهَدِ الثَّقَلَانِ أَنِّي رَافِضِيٌّ

May Allaah sanctify the soul of al-Shaafa’i, who said when he was accused of being a Raafidi:

If being a Raafidi means loving the family of Muhammad, then let the two races (of mankind and jinn) bear witness that I am a Raafidi.

وَرَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْ شَيْخِنَا أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ تَيْمِيَةَ حَيْثُ يَقُولُ:

إِنْ كَانَ نَصْبًا حُبُّ صَحْبِ مُحَمَّدٍ فَلْيَشْهَدِ الثِّقْلَانِ أَنِّي نَاصِبِيُّ

May Allaah be pleased with our Shaykh Abu’l-‘Abbaas ibn Taymiyah when he said:

If being a Naasibi means loving the family of Muhammad, then let the two races (of mankind and jinn) bear witness that I am a Naasibi.

وَعَفَا اللَّهُ عَنِ الثَّالِثِ حَيْثُ يَقُولُ:

فَإِنْ كَانَ تَجْسِيمًا ثُبُوتُ صِفَاتِهِ وَتَنْزِيهُهَا عَنْ كُلِّ تَأْوِيلٍ مُفْتَرٍ

فَإِنِّي بِحَمْدِ اللَّهِ رَبِّي مُجَسِّمٌ هَلُمُّوا شُهُودًا وَامْلَئُوا كُلَّ مَحْضَرِ

May Allaah forgive the third – Ibn al-Qayyim – when he said:

If being an anthropomorphist means affirming the divine attributes and regarding them as being above the interpretation of a liar,

Then praise be to Allaah, I am an anthropomorphist; bring your witnesses.

[Source: Mirqaah al-Mafaateeh Sharh Mishkat al-Masaabih by al-Mulla ‘Ali Qaari, Volume 7 page 2778.]

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08/09/2012 at 10:10 PM

Religion is not something left to the intellect and opinions of men

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Imaam Al-Barbahaaree (d. 329H) (rahimahullaah), The Imaaam of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah of his time, writes in his Kitaab Sharh us-Sunnah,

May Allaah have mercy upon you. Know that the Religion is what came from Allaah, the Blessed and Most High. It is not something left to the intellect and opinions of men.

Knowledge it is what comes from Allaah and His Messenger, so do not follow anything based upon your desires and so deviate away from the Religion and leave Islaam. There will be no excuse for you since Allaah’s Messenger explained the Sunnah to his Ummah and made it clear to his Companions and they are the Jamaa’ah, and they are the Main Body (as-Sawaad ul-A’dham), and the Main Body is the truth and its followers. [1]

So he who contradicts the Companions of Allaah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) in any of the affairs of the Religion, then he has fallen into disbelief. [2]

Source: Taken From “Kitaab Sharh us-Sunnah” by Abu Muhammad Al-Hasan ibn ‘Alee ibn Khalaf Al-Barbahaaree (rahimahullaah), Point 5 (Adhering to the Understanding of the Companions)

Footnotes:

1. lmaam Ahmad reports in his Musnad (4/278) with hasan isnaad narration of Nu’maan ibn Basheer: Abu Umaamah al-Baahilee, radiallaahu ‘anhu, said, “Stick to the main body (as-Sawaadul – a’dham), so a man said, “What is the ‘Main Body’? So Abu Umaamah said,’This Ayah (54) in Soorah an-Noor:

“But if you turn away,he Muhammad is oniy responsible for the duty placed on him and you for that placed on you.”

Ibn Mas’ood, radiallahu ‘anhu, said,”The Jamaa’ah is what conforms to the truth, even if you are alone.” Reported by Ibn’Asaakir in Taareekh Dimashq with a saheeh isnaad as pointed out by Shaikh al-Albaanee in al-Mishkaat (1/61).

2. Allaah, the Most High, did not only warn against opposing His Messenger sallallahu alaihiwasallam, but also warned against the following of any way other than that of the first Believers: the Companions, radiallaahu ‘anhum, amongst whom the Qur’aan was sent down and who learned directly from the Messenger sallallahu alaihiwasallam. Allaah, the Most High says:

If anyone contends with the Messenger even after guidance has been plainly conveyed to him and follows a path other than that of the Believers (i.e. the Companions), We shall leave him in the path he has chosen and land him in Hell. What an evil refuge! (Surah an-Nisaa’ (4):115)

So he who totally abondons their way and instead follows the way of the devils, like the extreme Raafidess, Baatinees and the extreme Soofees who worship others besides Allaah, then he has left the religion.

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15/06/2012 at 11:26 AM

The Salaf’s Manhaj with respect to the Innovators

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The Scholars of the Salaf detest argumentation with the People of Innovation and sitting with them. In fact they forbade even the mentioning and quotation of their doubts and explaining them to the people and this was due to their fear of the weakness (if the one who quotes it, his incapability to refute it and render it futile the and as a result of which, he is put to trial by it after he had heard or read it.

In this there is a defense for the hearts of the Muslims and a protection for their minds and thoughts. This is an addition to it also being a means of humiliating the Innovators and a barrier against their opinions and their arrogation in not using the books of the Salaf for evaluating their deviant Opinions.

Among the narrations from the Salaf which make their methodology (with respect to the Innovators) clear are:

The saying of Sufyaan ath-Thawree (d. 161H), “Whoever hears an innovation, let him not inform his companions with it (so) that he does not throw it into their hearts (i.e., they become affected by it).” [Sharhus-Sunnah of al-Baghawee, 1/227]

Ayyoob as-Sakhtiyaanee said (d. 131H), “You will not refute them with anything more severe than silence (i.e., do not argue with them).” [Al-Ibanah of Ibn-Battah, 2/365-366]

‘Abdullaah ibn as-Sariyy said, “It is not the Sunnah with us, that the People of Desires should be argued with, but the Sunnah with us, is that we did not talk to a single one of them.” [Al-Ibanah of Ibn-Battah, 2/365-366]

Ma’mmar said, “The son of Taawoos (d. 104H) was sitting and a man from the Mu’tazilah came and began to speak. Taawoos placed his fingers in his ears and said, ‘0 my son! Place your fingers in your ears so that you do not hear anything of what he says, for this heart is weak (i.e., his son’s.)’ Then he said, ‘0 my son! Press you fingers harder, harder.’ And he never stopped saying, ‘Harder, until the man-stood and left.” [Reported by al-Laalikaa’ee in Sharh Usoolul-I’tiqaad, no. 248 with a different wording.]

This then, is the methodology of the Salaf in the affirmation and preservation of their ‘aqeedah and this will become clear to the one who looks into their books, from the earliest to the later times.

[Source: Taken from Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (rahimahullaah)’s, ‘Usool us-sunnah’ Chapter 9]

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13/06/2012 at 9:00 PM

The Salaf’s way regarding choosing words

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Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah have mercy upon him) stated in Dar at-Ta’arud al-Aql wan-Naql [vol 1, pg 254]:

قال شيخ الإسلام ابن تيمية – رحمه الله – في “درء تعارض العقل والنقل” (1/254) :
فطريقة السلف والأئمة أنهم يراعون المعاني الصحيحة المعلومة بالشرع والعقل.
ويرُاعون أيضاً الألفاظ الشرعية ، فيعبرون بها ما وجدوا إلى ذلك سبيلا. ومن تكلم بما فيه معنى باطل يخالف الكتاب والسنة ردوا عليه.
ومن تكلم بلفظ مبتدع يحتمل حقا وباطلا نسبوه إلى البدعة أيضا ، وقالوا : إنما قابل بدعة ببدعة وردَّ باطلا بباطل” .

“So the way of the Salaf and the Imaams of the past is that they would carefully consider and utilize the correct meanings that were confirmed by the religion and by the intellect.They would likewise carefully consider and utilize the terms and expressions that were confirmed by the religion, thus utilizing them in their speech whenever they could.

So whosoever spoke with a term that contained a false meaning, thereby opposing the Book and the Sunnah, then they, (the ‘Salaf’ and the Imaams) would refute him.

And whosoever came with an innovated term or expression that contained within it, truth and falsehood, then likewise they, (the ‘Salaf’ and the Imaams), would ascribe him to innovation as well, and they would say: ‘Indeed he has only confronted an innovation with another innovation, and has refuted falsehood with that which is false itself.'”

End Quote.

Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadi al-Madkhalee (may Allaah preserve him) commented on these words of Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah have mercy upon him):

أقول:
في هذا النص بيان أمور عظيمة ومهمة يسلكها السلف الصالح للحفاظ على دينهم الحق وحمايته من غوائل البدع والأخطاء منها:

“I say, This passage demonstrates some of the great and important affairs that the ‘Salaf As Saaleh’ would embark upon in order to protect and preserve their true religion. Likewise, the passage demonstrates the means of precaution that the ‘Salaf’ would take with regards to the dangers and calamities that may arise from innovations and mistakes.

From amongst these affairs are:

1- شدة حذرهم من البدع ومراعاتهم للألفاظ والمعاني الصحيحة المعلومة بالشرع والعقل، فلا يعبرون – قدر الإمكان – إلا بالألفاظ الشرعية ولا يطلقونها إلا على المعاني الشرعية الصحيحة الثابتة بالشرع المحمدي.

1. Their severe warning against innovation, and their concern for the utilization of the correct terms and meanings affirmed by both the religion and the intellect. So, in as much as they were able to do so, they would never speak except with them. Likewise, they would never apply the correct terms and expressions except upon the correct meanings established in the religion.

2- أنهم حراس الدين وحماته، فمن تكلم بكلام فيه معنى باطل يخالف الكتاب و السنة ردوا عليه.

ومن تكلم بلفظ مبتدع يحتمل حقاً وباطلاً نسبوه إلى البدعة ولو كان يرد على اهل الباطل، وقالوا إنما قابل بدعة ببدعة أخرى، ورد باطلا بباطل ، ولو كان هذا الراد من أفاضل أهل السنة والجماعة، ولا يقولون ولن يقولوا يحمل مجمله على مفصله لأنا نعرف أنه من أهل السنة.

2. Their severe warning against innovation, and their concern for the utilization of the correct terms and meanings affirmed by both the religion and the intellect. So, in as much as they were able to do so, they would never speak except with them. Likewise, they would never apply the correct terms and expressions except upon the correct meanings established in the religion.

And whosoever spoke with an innovated term containing truth and falsehood then they would ascribe him to innovation even if he was refuting ‘Ahlul Baatil’, (the people of falsehood), and they, (the Salaf ), would say: “Indeed he has only confronted an innovation with another innovation, and has refuted falsehood with that which is false itself.” And this may have been the case, even if the refuter was from amongst the most virtuous of ‘Ahlus Sunnah.’ And they, (the Salaf), would never say: “Rather his ‘Mujmal’ (general and ambiguous statements) should be referred back to his ‘Mufassal’ (detailed and explained ones) because we know him to be from ‘Ahlus Sunnah’”

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03/06/2012 at 12:00 PM

Ahlus Sunnah follow the Salaf us-Saalih

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Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) said [1]:

“The Salaf are Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah, and this description cannot be true for anyone else other than them. So how can those who oppose the Sunnah be called Ahlus-Sunnah, this is not possible. How is it possible to say Ahlus-Sunnah are of three differing groups, but we say that they are in agreement? So where is the agreement and consensus?

Rather, Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah are those who hold on to what the Prophet (swallallahu alaihi wasallam) and his Companions were upon, and to the aqeedah of the Salaf, until the Day of Judgement — and they are the Salafees.”

[Source: Sharh ‘Aqeedatil ’Waasitiyyah, 1/123]

Imaam as-Saaboonee said about Ahlus-Sunnah, “They follow the Salafus-Saalih, the Imaams and the Scholars of the Muslims, and they cling to the firm deen that they clung to and to the clear truth. And they hate Ahul-Bid’ah (the People of Innovation) who innovate into the Deen that which is not from it. They do not love them and they do not keep company with them. They do not listen to their sayings, nor sit with them, nor argue with them about the Deen, nor debate with them. Rather, they protect their ears from hearing their futility; things, which if they pass through the ears and settle in the hearts, will cause harm and cause doubts and wicked ideas to appear. And concerning this Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, sent down:

“And when you see people engaged in vain discourse about Our Signs, then turn away from them unless they turn to a different theme.” [Soorah al-An’aam (6):68] “

Source: Risaalah fil-I’’tiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah Ashaabil-Hadeeth, p. 100, of Imaam as-Saaboonee.

Footnotes:

[1] The Shaykh said this in reply to the claim that Ahlus-Sunnah are three groups: the Salafees, the Ash’arees and the Maatooreedees, and explained clearly that whoever says so, is indeed mistaken. He said, that the Ash’arees and the Maatooreede’s are not considered from Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah in the matter concerning the Names and Attributes of Allaah). And then said that the Salafis are the Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah

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02/06/2012 at 1:03 PM

The fundamental principles of the Sunnah

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The Aider of the Sunnah and Destroyer of Innovations, Imaam Ahmad (d.241 H) (may Allaah have mercy on him) said,

“The fundamental principles of the Sunnah with us are:

(i) Holding fast to what the Companions of Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) were upon.

(ii) Seeking them (and their way) as a model of guidance.

(iii) Abandoning innovation, for every innovation is misguidance.

(iv) Abandoning controversies and abandoning sitting with the People of Desires.

(v) And abandoning quarrelling, argumentation and controversies in the religion.”

[Reported by al-Laalikaa’ee in his Sharh Usoolul-I’tiqaad (1/152)].

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20/05/2012 at 12:43 PM

Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah and Salafiyyah

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Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah

1) Shaykh Saalih ibn Abdul-Azeez Aal us-Shaykh:

So Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah, this word was coined at the end of the second generation after Hijri by the followers of the narrations [Aathaar], and the opponents to the various sects that left the way of the companions [Sahaabah] and their students [Taabi’een].

And the first to use it [terminology] were some of the teachers of Al Bukharee – rahimahumuAllaah – and they joined the two words as-Sunnah and al-Jamaa’ah because there are those who call towards following Sunnah but they might not be with the Jamaa’ah. And there are those who call towards Jamaa’ah without following the Sunnah.

So the differentiation of the way of the people of Hadeeth and narrations [Athar] and the followers of the pious predecessors [Salaf-us-Saalih] is based upon two things:

“Following the Sunnah and the Jamaa’ah”

And each from both of these is bound to the other.

So following the Sunnah is following the Jamaa’ah and following theJamaa’ah is following the Sunnah; because it has been authentically reported from the Prophet – sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam – the narration which is in the ‘Sunan’, that he said:

“And this nation will split into seventy three sects. All of them are in the hell fire except one and that is the Jamaa’ah.”

And [speech unclear] sects in the hell fire – meaning – that are promised with entering into the hell fire, and the victorious is only one sect and that is the Jamaa’ah. And they are the followers of theSunnah, exemplifying the saying of the Prophet – sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam

“Upon you is my Sunnah and Sunnah of the rightly guided Caliphs, those who guide to righteousness, after me. Hold on to it and bite upon it with your molars” – The Hadeeth

(Translation source: http://www.islaam.ae)

Salafiyyah

 2) Shaykh Saalih bin Fawzaan al-Fawzaan

Question: Is Salafiyyah a hizb (party) amongst the parties? And is ascribing to them (the Salafis) a blameworthy thing?

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan: As-Salafiyyah is the Saved Sect and they are Ahl us-Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah. It is not a hizb (party) from amongst the various parties, those which are called parties today.

Rather they are the Jamaa’ah, the Jamaa’ah upon the Sunnah and upon the Deen (Religion). They are Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah.

The Prophet – Sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam – said, “There will not cease to be a group from my Ummah (nation) manifest and upon the truth, not being harmed by those who forsake them neither by those who oppose them.”

And he – Sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam – also said, “And this Ummah will split into seventy-three sects, all of them in the Hell-Fire except one.” They said, “Which one is this O Messenger of Allaah?” He replied, “They are those who are upon what I and my companions are upon today.”

Hence, Salafiyyah is a group of people (the Salafis) upon the madhab of the Salaf, upon what the Messenger – Sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam – and his companions were upon.

And it is not a hizb from amongst the contemporary groups present today.

Rather it is the very old Jamaa’ah, from the time of the Messenger – Sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam – which inherits (this way) and continues, and which never ceases to be upon the manifest truth until the establishment of the Hour, as he (Sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam) has informed us.

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09/05/2012 at 1:06 PM

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