Advice from the Senior Scholars to those who busy themselves in criticising others and looking for mistakes in them
It has become known that there is extremism of some of those who affiliate to the Salafi Dawah by Being Harsh and Severe with other Salafis that disagree with them on matters of Hajr, Tabdee, Jarh wa Tadeel…Boycotting, declaring Salafis to be non-Salafi, busying with Refutation… to the extent that Salafis, Ahlul Hadeeth are now stereotyped as always refuting others.
Even though refuting innovators and innovations is part of the deen, is enjoining the good and forbidding the evil, clarifying the truth, like all issues there need to be a balance, time and place, using ilm, hiqmah, Rahmah, good adhab, dua etc.. Does the mistake, misunderstanding take one out of Salafiyyah? Is that person generally known to be Salafi? or known to be other than it?
Allaah The Most High says concerning harshness:
“And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you…) [Surah Al-Imran: 159]
And He also says:
“Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. And those who are with him are severe against the disbelievers and merciful amongst themselves.” [Surah Al-Fath: 29]
And The Prophet of Allaah sal’lal’laahu’alaihi wa sallam said:
“Facilitate things for the people (treat the people in the most agreeable way), and do not make things difficult for them, and give them glad tidings, and let them not have aversion (i.e. to make the people hate good deeds)…” Saheeh Al-Bukhaari (Eng. Trans. Vol. 8, Pg.)
He also said:
“Give good tidings (to the people); do not create (in their minds) aversion (towards religion); show them leniency and do not be hard upon them” Saheeh Muslim (Eng. Trans. Vol. 3, Pg. 944)
“Kindness is not to be found in anything but that it adds to its beauty and it is not withdrawn from anything but it makes it defective”. Saheeh Muslim (Eng. Trans. Vol. 4, Pg. 1370)
Also He sal’lal’laahu’alaihi wa sallam said:
“Beware of exaggeration in the Religion, for indeed, those before you were destroyed due to exaggeration in the Religion”. [Saheeh. Ahmad, an-Nasa’ee and Ibn Maajah]
Advice from the Senior Scholars to those who busy themselves in criticising others and looking for mistakes in them
ADVICE FROM SHAYKH MUHAMMAD NASIR UDDIN AL-ALBANI
“Listen my brother. I sincerely advise you and other youths like you, who stand upon a type of deviation – as it seems to us, and Allâh knows best – that do not waste your time in refuting each other, saying that such and such has this in him, and such and such has that in him. This is because; firstly: there is no knowledge at all in this, and secondly: this mannerism only breeds enmity and hatred in the hearts, and causes contempt and rancour to develop in the hearts. So It is upon you to seek knowledge. It is knowledge that will make clear to you the reality of the speech which is in praise of a particular person having many mistakes, and whether he is deserving of being labelled as an innovator. Yet why do we wish to delve into such issues. Indeed I advise you not to delve into such issues. The reality is that we complain about this splitting which has occurred between those who ascribe themselves to the da’wah to the Book and the Sunnah – or as we say, ad-Da’watus-Salafiyyah the greatest cause of this splitting, and Allâh knows best, is the following of whims and desires and the evil dictates of one’s soul. It is not due to the presence of differences in thoughts and ideas. So this is my sincere advice.” [Silsilatul Hudâ wan-Nûr (784/1), dated the 1st of Rabî’ al Awwal 1414H (9-12-1993)]
ADVICE FROM SHAYKH ABDUL AZIZ BIN ABDULLAAH BIN BAZ
“What has become common in this age, is that many of those who ascribe themselves to knowledge and calling to good, fall into belittling many of their brothers who are well-known dâ’îs, and speaking against the honour of the students of knowledge and the dâ’îs. This is done sometimes secretly in their circles, sometimes on cassettes which are then circulated amongst the people, or sometimes publicly mentioned in their gatherings in the mosques. And this matter opposes the command of Allâh and His Messenger from a number of angles … So I sincerely advise those brothers who have fallen into slandering and maligning the dâ’îs, that they should repent to Allâh, the Most High, for what they have written with their own hands, and what they have said with their own tongues; which may have been a cause for corrupting the hearts of some of the youths; filling their hearts with hatred and malice, and pre-occupying them away from acquiring beneficial knowledge and calling to Allâh, because of being pre-occupied with qîl and qâl (gossiping and rumour mongering); and with speech about this person and that person; and with hunting for the mistakes of people, and burdening them with this. Likewise, I sincerely advise them that they should retract whatever they have done, and declare themselves free from the likes of these actions, through writing or methods other than this. They should remove whatever may have entered the minds and thoughts of those who listened to them, and they should take to doing those fruitful actions that will draw them closer to Allâh, and which will be of benefit to the worshippers.
They should beware of being hasty in pronouncing takfîr, tafsîq or tabdî upon people, without the truth being explained, and without the proofs being established. The Prophet sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Whosoever says to his brother: ‘O unbeliever’ then it will return to one of them. “ The authenticity of this hadîth has been agreed upon.” [Majmû’ Fatawa wa Maqalat Mutanawwi’ah (7/311-314), abridged.]
ADVICE FROM SHAYKH MUHAMMAD BIN SÂLIH AL-‘UTHAYMEEN
“It is essential for a student of knowledge to safeguard his time from being wasted. And time wasting occurs in a number of ways:- Firstly: That one leaves committing to memory and revising what one has read. Secondly: That one sits with his friends and indulges in vain and idle talk which contains no benefit. Thirdly, and this is the most harmful of them upon a student of knowledge: That he has no concern except pursuing people’s statements with he said this and he said that (mâ qîla wa mâ qâla) and with what occurred and what is taking place regarding an issue that is of no concern to him. And there is no doubt that this is from a weakness of [his] Islâm, since the Prophet sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Part of a person’s good Islâm is to leave alone that which does not concern him.” And busying oneself with qîla wa qâla and excessive questioning are time-wasters. And it is, in reality, a disease which, when it comes into man – we ask Allâh for well-being – it becomes his greatest concern. Due to this, he may even sometimes show enmity (‘adâ) to one who does not deserve enmity, or show allegiance (walâ) to one who does not deserve allegiance, because of concerning himself with these issues which pre-occupy him away from knowledge, under the pretext of “championing the truth”, whilst this is not the case! Rather, this is part of pre-occupying oneself with an issue that does not concern him. If, however, a report comes to you without you having pursued or sought it, then all people receive news, but they do not busy themselves with it, nor does it become their greatest concern. This is because this pre-occupies the student of knowledge, corrupts his affair; and opens up for the Ummah the door of bigoted partisanship (hizbiyyah), which then splits the Ummah.” [Kitâbul ‘Ilm (204-205)]
Also the Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen Rahimahullaah stated in the taped lecture that was delivered in Unayzah. The tape is part of his Sharh of An-Nawawi’s 40 hadeeth, in the sharh of the hadeeth of Irbaad ibn Saariyah (no.28).
From his [the Prophet] sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam’s statement; “Whoever lives amongst you will see much differing, so adhere to my Sunnah”,
It can be learnt that if parties (ahzaab) within the ummah emerge in increasing numbers then one should not affiliate himself to a party (hizb). In the past, many groups have appeared; Khwaarij, Mu’tazilah, Jahmiyyah, Shee’ah, even Raafidah. Then there appeared, later on Ikhwanis, Salafis, Tablighis, and all those like them. Put all of them to one side and take [the path] ahead. Which is what the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallaam guided to, “Adhere to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided caliphs.” No doubt, it is obligatory for all Muslims to adopt the way of the salaf as their madhhab, not affiliation to a specific party (hizb) named, “The Salafis”. It is obligatory for the Islamic Ummah to adopt the way of the salaf as-salih as their madhhab, not bigotry to those called “the salafis”. Pay attention to the difference: There is the way of the salaf, and there is a party (hizb) called “the salafis”.
What is the objective? Following the Salaf. Why? The salafi brothers are the closest sect to that which is right, no doubt, but their problem is the same as others, that some of these sects declare others as being misguided, they declare them to be innovators and as being sinners. We don’t censure this, if they deserve it, but we censure handling this bid’ah in this way. It is obligatory for the leaders of these sects to get together and say, “Between us is the book of Allah, and the Sunnah of His messenger, so let us judge by them and not according to desires, opinions and not according to personalities. Everyone makes mistakes and achieves correctness no matter what he has reached with regards to knowledge and worship. Infallibility is [only] in the religion of Islam.”
In this hadeeth the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallaam guided to the way in which a person secures himself. He doesn’t affiliate himself to any sect, only the way of the Salaf as-Salih, to the Sunnah of our Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallaam and the rightly guided caliphs.
And he also stated in Liqaa-al-Baab al-Maftooh Q # 1322
“Thus, Salafiyyah that is taken to mean a special party (Hizb) with specific rules whose members consider anyone who differs with them as astray then they have nothing to do with Salafiyyah”
ADVICE FROM SHAYKH ABDULLAAH AL-GHUNAYMAAN
Amongst the consequences of the actions of these individuals is that they have confused the thoughts of many of the youth. Thus, as a result, some youths have strayed from the path of guidance and have begun to follow what those – who criticize others, and who have stood in the path of da’wah and blocked the path of Allâh – have drawn up for them. Some of the youth, as a result of those individuals who criticize others, now sense a great gap between them and the Scholars, and now harbour great misgivings, causing them to stay away from the Scholars. Some have begun to categorize people according to what he hears from these people, saying: so and so is from the Ikhwân, because he talks, visits or sits with a person from the Ikhwân; or that such and such is from the Surûrîs; or such and such is from the profiterors [i.e. those who wish to please everybody, even at the expense of the truth], etc. The amazing thing is that these people imagine that by doing so, they are applying the methodology of al-jarh wat-ta’dîl.
However, they have adopted in this action, ignorant leaders who are misguided and who misguide others. Thus, it is upon the Muslim to fear Allâh regarding himself and those poor souls who are not even a quarter, or a tenth of the learned.
There occurs in the authentic hadîth: “That Allâh guides through you even a single person, is better than the red camel (the most expensive quality Camel in those days).” [Related by al-Bukhârî (2942), from Sahl Ibn Sa’d radiallâhu ‘anhu]
Meaning that it is better for you in this world. Likewise, whosoever misguides even a single person, will bear a great burden; as Allâh – the Most High – said, after mentioning the story of one of the Âdam’s children killing his brother: “Because of that, We ordained for the Children of Isra’îl that whosoever kills a person, not because of a life for a life; or killed a person in order to spread corruption upon the earth, it is as if he has killed the whole of mankind.” [5:32].
Thus, to send someone astray in his religion is far far greater than killing him. So statements regarding matters of religion must be stated along with their proofs from either Allâh’s Book, or the Sunnah of His Messenger sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and that when making such statements one should seek by that the Face of Allâh alone; and also one should ascertain if the harm resulting from such speech is not greater than the benefit, or that one’s intention is not due to envy of a particular individual, or due to the following of one’s desires. [Al Hawâ wa Atharuhu fil Khilâf (33-34)]
ADVICE FROM SHAYKH ABDUL-MUHSIN AL-ABBAAD
And close to the bid’ah of testing the people by personalities is what arose during this time of a small band (fi’atun qaleelah) from Ahlus-Sunnah’s infatuation with the tajreeh of some of their brothers from Ahlus-Sunnah, and the tabdee’ of them, as well as what resulted from that of abandonment (hajr), severance of mutual relations (taqaatu’) between them and cutting off the path of benefit from them. And that tajreeh and tabdee’, from it is what is built on thinking what is not an innovation (bid’ah) is a innovation.
[al-Hathu ‘alaa Ittibaa’ is-Sunnati wat-Tahdheeri min al-Bida’i wa Bayaani Khatarihaa]
ADVICE FROM SHAYKH RABEE BIN HADI’EE www.salafimanhaj.com
Question: Do the followers of the mubtadi’… do they join him with regards to hajr?
So the Shaykh, may Allah preserve and protect him, replied: The one who is misled from them, he is taught, O brothers. Do not be hasty. Teach them and make clear to them, because many of them desire the good – even the Soofiyyah. By Allaah, if there were a (strong) Salafee drive, you would see them entering into Salafiyyah in groups and individually.
So the principle with you should not only be hajr… hajr… hajr… hajr… the basis is hajr! The basis should be the guidance of the people, entering the people into the good. The matter of hajr might be understood mistakenly. If you make hajr of the people, all of them, who will enter into the Sunnah?
This hajr, O its brothers, it was during the days of Imaam Ahmad… the dunyaa was filled with Salafiyyah. And if Imaam Ahmad said, “Fulaan is a mubtadi’,” he fell. As for now, you have Salafiyyah… it is like the white hair on a black bull.
The basis with you should be the guidance of the people, saving them from the falsehood. Be gentle with the people, call them and bring them close… the masses of the Salafiyyeen will grow inshaa’allaah, and you will gather many of the people.
On the other hand, you are muntafikh (blown up, puffed up, inflated) and in this manner. And all the people are misguided. You do not advise, and there is nothing, no explanation… (This is) a mistake. This, its meaning is closing the doors of good in the faces of people. So with you, it should not be only rebuke… rebuke…
Hajr, when he said, “make hajr,” it is possible that a innovating person will return, he is forced to return. He sees the dunyaa – all of it – in front of him are Salafiyyeen, so he is forced to return… As for now, he turns like that, he does not see salafiyyeen… he goes with the people. So then take heed of these things.
The principle with you should be – the basis – it is the guidance of people, entering them into the Sunnah and saving them from misguidance. This should be the principle with you. And be patient, be tolerant and like this and like that… Afterwards, the last of the remedies is cauterization. As for it being from the first time, this is a mistake, baarakallaahu feekum!
So let the principle with you, it should be saving the people. And by Allaah, many of the people have good in them, they desire good. They go to the masaajid, what do they seek? They desire Jannah O brothers, they desire good… However, the methods… your methods need to be wise, by Allaah, the wise, merciful ways.
The one who feels that you are being haughty towards him, when he feels that you are haughty towards him, he will not enter with you. He will not want the truth from you. However, if you humble yourself to him, lower your wing, be gentle with him, invite him with wisdom, inshaa’allaah, many of the people will enter.
India, all of it, used to be (filled with) people of superstition, grave worshippers, and Ahl ul-Hadeeth came with knowledge and wisdom. They gathered millions with their wisdom and their knowledge. Three… (or) four of the major students of Shaikh Nadheer Hasan, they turned India upside-down, with their wisdom and their knowledge. One of them, Allaah tested him. A mubtadi’ came and beat him with a pickax until he was finished and dead in his eyes. They came and took this criminal and threw him in prison. The moment when he woke up from his unconsciousness he said, “This is the one who beat me… where did he go?” They said, “They threw him in prison.” He said, “No, he should not be imprisoned. He is free, I forgive him.” They said, “It is done, they imprisoned him.” They refused to release him… He (the one who was beat) would spend on the children of the criminal… when he (the criminal) came out of the prison, he entered into Salafiyyah, (he was) from the major criminals! There was a person whose name was Abul-Mahjoob in Sudan. He was the first to spread Salafiyyah in Sudan. They used to beat him and constrain him by his feet and throw him outside of the masjid. The moment he got up, he would grin and he would not harbour any feelings of hatred for anyone, nor would he take revenge… not anything. he would grin and smile. And many people from his mashaa’ikh entered into the Da’wat us-Salafiyyah!
The attestation is I do not seek for you to reach this level. However, I seek for you to have something, O brothers, of wisdom, gentleness, patience and good intent. And if the intent is the guidance of the people, may Allaah bless you, by Allaah with wise character and gentleness, the people will accept your da’wah… and if you did not have but roughness and harshness, “and if you had been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you” [Aali ‘Imraan (3):159]… This is the Messenger of Allaah, ‘alaihis-Salaatu was-Salaam. Allaah said this to him!
O brothers, may Allaah bless you, some of our brothers have this excessive harshness that expels (people) from Salafiyyah, it does not enter (them into it). It expels (people), it chases (them) away from Salafiyyah, it does not enter anyone (into it). This is found now… So these people who chase others away… it is upon them to repent to Allaah, ‘azza wa jall, to improve their character and to be guides to Allaah, ‘azza wa jall, may Allaah bless you, and these manners are obligatory upon you. The principle with you should not be hajr… hajr… hajr… hajr and that’s it. Hajr is legislated however, (only) when it benefits. (If) you were in the lifetime of (Imaam) Ahmad, make hajr. However, whose lifetime are you in? So gentleness and patience is necessary… may Allaah bless you, and bring the people close to good and entering them into it.