Salafis always refute!? Do they really?
A person may have come across individuals, Dawah organisations who ascribe to the Salafi Dawah or may have heard from others, that Salafis always refute, are hasty, judgemental. That Salafis think they are the saved group. That they are the only ones upon the truth. That they think they are the only ones going to Jannah and other such statements.
Yes, there is a minority of Salafis, who are Salafis in Aqeedah and Manhaj, who have gone to the extreme in refutations and boycotting. They are loud, sophisticated and very active in Dawah. Though we oppose them in their extremism in refutations, but we have to be just, they don’t claim that they are the only ones going to Jannah, as it is only in the knowledge of Allah. But they do say they are the ones upon the truth. They boycott and refute indiscriminately, applying the principles of Ahlul Bidah on other known Salafis, due to mistakes, slip of the tongue, misunderstandings or disagreement on their tabdee, declaring a person to be a Mubtadee, a person of innovation. These Salafis have gone overboard in refutations. They have misused this blessed legislated name, Salafi. Using it as a badge, as a cult like mentality and behaviour. They refer to a handful of Scholars who they agree with in refutations and utilise them for their own agenda. The major Scholars, such as Ibn Baz, Al Albani, Ibn Uthyameen, Abdul Muhsin Al-Abbad have spoken of this evil characteristics of busying oneself in refutations and taking Salafiyyah as a cultish group.
Though refutation is part of our religion. To refute and clarify the evil, sins in our society, community. To refute and clarify the Shirk, Bidah, innovations in our society, community etc is part of the deen. To refute individuals and groups who call to innovations and false principles in Aqeedah and Manhaj is part of our religion. First the erroneous concept is to be clarified and at the same time advice is to be given in private. But If the advice was not accepted and the person continues in his errors, then naming and refuting is to be done with wisdom, gentleness, good manners, rahmah, dua etc, providing he is proven to be from the Ahul Bidah and totally opposes the Salafi principles in Aqeedah and manhaj and opposes the Salafi Scholars. Also, a person may have the Salafi Aqeedah but the manhaj is Ekhwan Muslimoon, so this person cannot be regarded as Ahlul Bidah if he hasn’t opposed the Salafi Aqeedah. But he is to be warned against of his manhaj. A known Salafi who is a Salafi in Aqeedah and Manhaj, cannot be ousted from the manhaj just for some mistake/misunderstanding here and there.
So due to this, we find today, all Salafis, anyone who ascribes to the Salafi Dawah are stereotyped into the same category (hasty, judgmental, bad behaviour) because of the minority of Salafis busying themselves with refutations. There is a campaign by certain groups and speakers to silence all Salafis, whether it is the extreme Ghulat Salafis or the balance Salafis. They are casting doubts, misconceptions on the principles of Salafi Dawah without any proofs, whilst furthering their own innovated principles. From the false principles they are propagating are; 1.Take the good and leave the bad from everybody 2.dont refute anybody 3.unite as we are Muslims 4.Take from one you trust and remain quite about others 5.work together in what we agree and overlook what we disagee and so on…
Salafi Dawah is a methodology, it is based on principles and methodologies derived from the Quran and the authentic ahadeeth as understood by the Salaf as-Salih on various issues. It is the pure, original teachings of Islam, the Islam that which Rasool sallallahu alaihi wa sallam and his companions radhi Allahu anhum were upon. It is a must that all Muslims understand this path and adhere to it. It has no leader that founded it, nor does it have innovated principles like other groups. The leader is the Messenger of Allah sallal lahu alaihi wa sallam and the Scholars are the guide, the inheritors of the Prophet. It has various legislated names that it is recognised by. Such as; Salafi Dawah, Salafiyyah, Ahlul Hadeeth, Ahlul Athar, Ahlus Sunnah, Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah, Sunni, Firqat al Najiya, Taif at Al Mansoorah… These are all ascriptions and characteristics that one recognises them by, not as a cult, a group, holding a badge , anyone that disagrees is out. No. It is belief, knowledge , statements and actions.
So any person that has a problem, should direct their problem to those extreme ghulat Spubs Salafis and refute them and their extremism, and should not blame the whole Salafi manhaj. If one disagrees with the Salafi Manhaj and favours another, then they are just following their whims and desires. Rather as Muslims, we must return to the truth in all issues and traverse upon what the Companions were upon in Aqeedah and Manhaj.
Does a non-Muslim blames and finds fault with Islam, due to the extremism of some Muslims or the behaviour of the ignorant non practising Muslims? So due to this group of Salafis who are extreme in refutations and boycotting, does a person find fault with the Salafi Dawah? Rather Salafi Dawah is free from them, particularly on this issue of refuting indiscriminately.
The Messeneger of Allah sallal lahu alaihi wa sallam prophesised that the Ummah will devide into various sects in their Aqeeedah and Manhaj. Generally the Ummah will divide into 73sects. To the extent that 72sects will go to hell (Allah protect us all and save us)……… and only one will go to Jannah….. The rest are Muslims no doubt, but due to their deviated Aqeedah they will enter Jahannam until Allah wills when they are to come out. This is due them being in opposition to the saved victorious group, what the Messenger of Allah and his Sahabah were upon. So for those who come after from the time of the Sahabah, up to Yawm al Qiyamah, we all must follow that saved victorious group in belief, knowledge, statements and actions. In Aqeedah and Mahaj. So the true Ahlus Sunnah, Salafi, Ahlul Hadeeth need to be distinguished from the Ahlul Bidah as an identification.
Various sects have appeared from the end of the Sahabahs time, Khawarij, Jahmiyyah, Qadariyyah, Martudis, Mutazila, Asharis, Naqshabandis and so on and from them their offshoots in our time guised as Dawah/political organisations; Tablighee Jamaat, Hizb at-Tahrir, Ekhwan al-Muslimoon, Al-Muhajiroon and others…
On the authority of Abu Najeeh al-’Irbaad ibn Saariyah radhi Allahu anhu who said:
…………….Verily he who among you lives long will see great controversy, so you must keep to my Sunnah and to the Sunnah of the Khulafa ar-Rashideen (the rightly guided caliphs), those who guide to the right way. Cling to it stubbornly [literally: with your molar teeth]. Beware of newly invented matters [in the religion], for verily every bidah (innovation) is misguidance.” It was related by at-Tirmidhi, who said that it was a good and sound hadeeth
Mu‘aawiyah bin Abu Sufyaan radhi Allahu anhu, who said: The Messenger of Allah sallal lahu alaihi wa sallam stood up amongst us and said: “Those who came before you of the people of the Book split into seventy-two sects, and this ummah will split into seventy-three sects, seventy-two of which will be in the Fire and one in Paradise. That is the jamaa’ah (the main body of Muslims).” Narrated by Abu Dawood (4597) and others; classed as saheeh by al-Haakim (1/128). In fact he said: It is an important hadeeth that highlights a major fundamental issue. It was also classed as saheeh by Ibn Taymiyah in Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa (3/345), ash-Shaatibi in al-I‘tisaam (1/430) and al-‘Iraqi in Takhreej al-Ihya’ (3/199).
The hadeeth was also narrated by at-Tirmidhi (2641) as follows: “My ummah will split into seventy-three sects, all of whom will be in the Fire except one sect.” They said: Who are they, O Messenger of Allah? He said: “[Those who follow] the path which I and my companions follow.” It was classed as hasan by Ibn al-‘Arabi in Ahkaam al-Qur’an (3/432), al-‘Iraqi in Takhreej al-Ihya’ (3/284) and al-Albaani in Saheeh at-Tirmidhi.
The words of the Prophet sallal lahu alaihi wa sallam, “My ummah will split into seventy-three sects” indicate that the differences that lead to splitting are differences concerning fundamentals and beliefs, not in minor issues and rulings of fiqh.
This saved victorious group has charcteristics that one can recognise by, derived from the sources of Islam. It is known by various legislated names as an ascrpition to dentify them in all time. It is important to see whats behind the name, as some may claim it, but the reality is different. The true Scholars will always clarify the truth and preserve it.
The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said,
“There will not cease to be a group of my Ummah uppermost upon the truth. They will not be harmed by those who forsake them, until Allah’s affair comes to pass and they are uppermost.” Reported by Muslim Eng. trans. 3/1061/no.4715), at-Tirmidhee (no.2230) and Ibn Maajah (no.10). Also refer to Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (Eng. trans. 9/309/nos.414-415) and Saheeh Muslim (Eng. trans. 3/1061-1062/nos.4716-4722).
Also The Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said,
“This knowledge will be carried by the trustworthy ones of every generation. They will expel from it the alterations made by those going beyond bounds, the false claims of the liars and the false interpretations of the ignorant.” Reported by Ibn ‘Adiyy, Ibn ‘Asaakir and others and it is saheeh.
This group who are ‘aided upon the truth’ are referred to as Taa’ifatul Mansoorah. Abdullah ibn Al-Mubarak (d. 181H) said: “They are, in my opinion, the People of Hadith.”
So Ahlul-Hadith are the Aided Group, they are also the Saved Sect, as Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal said (as reported by Ibn Sa’ad in At-Tabaqaat): “If the Saved Sect are not Ahlul-Hadith then I don’t know who they are.”
And they are the group which is clearly upon the truth. And how is their truth made manifest? By them holding to the revelation that was sent to Muhammad (salallaahu `alaihi wassallam). They are not harmed by those who show them enmity, they are not harmed by those who oppose them or forsake them, as long as they follow the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger (salallaahu `alaihi wassallam) – and as long as the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger (salallaahu `alaihi wassallam) remains amongst them, then they are considered the Aided Group, and they are those who agree upon following and acting upon the narrations of Allah’s Messenger (salallaahu `alaihi wassallam), and abandoning innovations, opinions of men and desires.
From Abu Hurairah radhi Allahu anhu; The Messenger of Allah sallal lahu alaihi wa sallam said: “Islam began as something strange and will return to being strange as it began, so give glad tidings to the strangers.” Collected by Muslim (145)
Abdullāh ibn Mas’ood (radiyallāhu ‘anhu), stated that the Prophet (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) said:
“Indeed, Islam began as something strange, and it will return to being strange just as it began, so glad tidings of paradise be for the strangers.” It was said to the Prophet (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam): “Who are they?” He (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) responded, “They are those who rectify when the people become corrupted.” This Hadith has been collected by Muslim, at-Tirmidhi, Ahmad, and other than them from the scholars of hadeeth, and it has been declared authentic by Al-Albani.
In a narration, he (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Those who rectify themselves [and others] when the people have become corrupt.” Reported by Ahmad and At-Tabarāni.
And there occurs in a report from ‘Amr Ibn al-‘Ās (radiyallāhu ‘anhumā) that the Prophet (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) was asked: “Who are they?” He (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) responded, “They are righteous people amongst many people who are evil, and those who obey them are few as compared to those who disobey them.” In another narration: “Those who hate them are numerous.”
In a report transmitted by Imam Ahmad and At-Tabarāni from the hadeeth of ‘Abdullāh Ibn ‘Amr (radiyallāhu ‘anhumā) the Prophet (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Toobā is for the strangers.” It was said: “And who are the strangers?” He (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied: “A righteous people surrounded by an abundance of evil people. Those who disobey them are more numerous than those who obey them.” Reported in the Musnad of Imam Ahmad (2/177). Imām Al-Albāni authenticated it in Saheeh al-Jāmi’ as-Sagheer (no. 3291)
That is because the one who holds on to the truth, in times when Islaam and the Sunnah, the way of the Sahābah, has become scarce, tainted, has become difficult, has become strange, is like the one who is holding onto hot coals. In times of fitnah holding onto the Deen is extremely important.
Anas ibn Malik(Radi Allahu anhu) narrated Allah’s Messenger sallal lahu alaihi wa sallam said : “ There will come an era when a person patiently practicing his religion will be like holding on to hot coals.”[At-Tirmithi 2260]
So generally, practising Islam will be difficult, awkard whilst residing, living, working and studying in a non-Muslim land and likewise specifically, practising the Sunnah and Manhaj Salaf as-Salih amongst the Muslims of all types, will be difficult just like holding onto hot coil.
In conclusion; today in our time a band have appeared who are Salafi upon the Aqeedah and Manhaj, but they have created a cult sort of mentality. They have gone to extremes in refutations and boycotting without any hiqmah. Using principles of Ahlul Bidah without hiqmah and on fellow Salafis. Using the words of a Shaykh against another Shaykh to further their agenda, all in the name of defending Salafiyyah. Trying to force everyone to adopt the view of the Shaykh they follow on tabdee on an individual, whereas other Scholars have differed on the tabdee of that individual. They have started to take well known Salafis out of the manaj. Anyone that differs with them or doesn’t agree with their critsism they take them off the manhaj. Even if it clear to see the person is a Salafi, calls to it, takes from the same Ulamah they take from, refutes bida and Ahlul Bida.
As for those who may possess the Salafi Aqeedah but not the manhaj. Like ones who have the Salafi Aqeedah and Ekhwan Muslimoom manhaj. Then they also need to be adviced of their errors and warned of their contradiction in manhaj. But to label them as Ahlul Bidah needs more details and clear proofs if they have gone against the fundamentals and beliefs of Ahlus Sunnah.
As Muslims it is obligatory to learn, adhere to and traverse upon the Aqeedah and Manhaj of our Salaf as-Salih. Be please with what they were upon and stop where they stopped. Be A balanced Muslim and a balanced Salafi in all issues.