Scholarly advice concerning the current events effecting Muslim countries
He says, “May Allaah bless you. Would you be so good as to give an advice to the students of knowledge in particular and the Muslims in general regarding the current events in Egypt, and is the new government seen as an Islamic government?”
Shaykh Sulaymaan ar-Ruhaylee:
I ask Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – by His Beautiful Names and Lofty Attributes to spare the blood of the Muslims and to remove the calamity.
And there is no doubt that every possessor of sound knowledge and right understanding is happy with every deed which spares the blood of the Muslims and removes this great evil. And there is no doubt that I say: that which is obligatory upon the people of Egypt is that they strive to prevent bloodshed and to withhold from the deeds that lead to killing and to the departing of the souls (i.e. death) from all parties. For verily, the affair of blood is a very serious one!
«لَا يَزَالُ الْمُؤْمِنُ مُعْنِقًا صَالِحًا، مَا لَمْ يُصِبْ دَمًا حَرَامًا، فَإِذَا أَصَابَ دَمًا حَرَامًا بَلَّح»
“The believer will remain unburdened in righteousness as long as he does not shed prohibited blood. When he sheds forbidden blood, he will become burdened.”
And that which is established with Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa‘ah is that the ruler who took power by force, with the sword, if he took power by force and the affair is settled for him with the general people, then he becomes an Islamic ruler.
And this is why we say, O brothers: Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa‘ah might say that something is haraam (forbidden, unlawful), but they mention the fruits that are a result [of staying away from this haraam issue]. Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa‘ah do not allow to take power by force. They do not allow anyone to come and take power by force, and this is haraam! But when it happens and he gets authority, then the authority is established for this person who took power by force.
And we ask Allaah to grant the rulers of the Ummah – from our rulers and the honourable scholars who are enlightened with the Sunnah – we ask Allaah to give them success in employing the means which prevent bloodshed and remove the evil.
And the advice to the students of knowledge is, first of all, that a person should not get involved in that which is not meant for him. So that which is not meant for you, then do not involve yourself in it. And ask Allaah to give success to and guide the one who has been burdened with this affair.
And secondly: beware of oppression! Do not oppress anyone! For verily, the consequence of oppression is evil.
And thirdly: realize the good that you are in, and thank and praise Allaah for it. And cooperate with the rulers in your country and your scholars upon good. And preserve the good that is present in your country.
And if you are from the people of advising, then advise through the correct, sound and proper Legislated ways which actualize good and prevent evil.
Then: I advise the brothers to not spread the words that appear in the modern media which contain no good. Like now, we find that audio’s appear, on that which is called “Twitter”, by people who speak with false speech concerning these events. Some people spread these words with a good intention; his intent is to show its repulsiveness. But in reality he spreads it and then the shubuhaat (doubts) reach many people. Things like this, I do not view them [as permissible]. And I view that there is no problem that these words are looked at by someone from who it is known that he understands, so that he knows the reality of the affairs. As for this being spread to the general people, and these words being spread, then this entails that these evil words are spread; so you find some people speaking ill of the rulers of the Emirates because of their stance or the rulers of Saudi Arabia because of their stance, with evil and false speech!
So some people spread this generally, we say that this is not permissible because it results in the spreading of this falsehood and this corruption. As for sending it to the one who knows and understands, so that he knows the reality of the affair, then it seems to me – and Allaah knows best – that there is no problem in this.
And in fact you become amazed from people who claim wasatiyyah, i‘tidaal (moderation), etc. You find them now speaking with clear and straight takfeer or indirectly suggesting [that they are disbelievers] and despising the Muslims. And speaking honestly, you find those who claim to have knowledge despising the rulers of the Emirates, despising the people of the Emirates, despising the police of the Emirates or despising the rulers of Saudi Arabia. And his speech contains much of this, and there is no doubt that his speech is from falsehood and great evil, which exposes the different kinds of people and clarifies their realities. There are many who claim to be upon wasatiyyah and i‘tidaal (moderation) and [claim to be] accurate in their speech, and in these events it becomes apparent that he is the most daring of the people [to violate] the honour of the Muslims. Why? Because they opposed him in his desires, and not [judging] from a correct Islamic perspective.
In any case: we ask Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – to remove this calamity, to grant the people of Egypt security and peace, to aid the intelligent ones to cooperate upon warding off the evils of this fitnah and to give success to our rulers to contribute in establishing the good and keeping away the evil. And Allaah knows best.
Translated by Yâsîn Abu Ibrâhîm
The call of Shaykh Sâlih as-Suhaymî to the Egyptians
Shaykh Sâlih as-Suhaymî said:
This is from the signs of the Hour. That which is happening now in the Muslim countries in particular and in the countries of the world [in general], is from the signs of the hour. The Prophet – salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam – informed us about the large amount of turmoil. Sometimes the killer doesn’t know why he’s killing; he sees the people doing something so he starts shooting. As is the situation of the people of the Arab Frost (instead of Arab Spring); they are shouting to each other and braying – refuge is sought with Allaah – like the braying of the animals! And they hit each other. Why? Because of revolution, because of bread, because of hunger, because of so and so; “we want to redeem so and so”, and the one they want to redeem might be a Taaghoot from the Tawaagheet! And everyone is a shaheed (martyr) [according to them], even if he is a Christian, a Jew or a grave-worshipping polytheist! Everyone is a martyr according to them. Allaah forbid!
It is sad and regrettable that one of the “scholars” of the TV channels – and he has reached an extreme old age – says that they are shuhadaa’ (martyrs)! And he asks for shahaadah (martyrdom)… I myself have not heard him asking for martyrdom. As for him giving a fatwaa that they are martyrs, then I have heard him [saying this]. But it has been said that he says: “O Allaah! Make me a martyr like them!” And this is deviation and misguidance – refuge is sought with Allaah! Have mercy upon yourself, Yaa akhi, worship your Lord! Seek refuge with Allaah, while you are 90 years old or more. And everyone is exposed to death; the old and the young. But you come and beautify falsehood for the people?! And you dare doing the likes of these deeds? Beware, O brothers! Supplicate to Allaah for the Muslim countries where these fitan (trials, tribulations, calamities) are being spread, and supplicate to Allaah that He protects all of the Muslim countries from these fitan, in which the killer doesn’t know why he killed or the killed one why he was killed, except that he will stand before Allaah, carry his head and say to the killer: “Why have you killed me?” He will carry his head in his hands and meet Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – and say to the killer: “Why have you killed me?”
Besides: why do you participate in this rabble-rousing? Millions [are participating]! Millions! Where is the religion?! Where is the Islaam?! Where is your intellect?!
Yaa akhi: when Sumayyah was killed in a horrible way, the Muslims did not go demonstrate and shout in the streets. When the Jews tried to kill the Prophet – salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam -, they (i.e. the Prophet and the Companions) did not demonstrate. Instead they went to do Jihaad in the Path of Allaah and drove the Jews out of al-Madeenah, with the command of the Messenger of Allaah – salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam -.
The issue is not an issue of demonstrations or… You fill up the public squares while the men are mixed with the women, and then raping takes place, violation of honour, zinaa (fornication), khumoor (alcohol), lack of shame, singing and free mixing between men and women! Is this from the religion of Allaah?! By Allaah, verily, the West beautifies this to you, O you dead people who are braying in these public squares!! They bray like the braying of the donkeys! Fear Allaah and return to your houses!! Convey to them this message! Tell them to fear Allaah and to return to their houses!! And to stay in their houses instead of this shouting, braying and barking! Fear Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – with regards to Egypt, which – by Allaah – is beloved and of great value to us, but to many of its people it (i.e. Egypt) is not beloved and of great value, otherwise they wouldn’t have done these thing to it.
I ask Allaah to protect them from the evil of this fitnah (trial, tribulation, calamity), to return them to their senses and to keep those hiding [agitators] away from them, those who hide between them and excite these dangerous fanatical instincts.
Right now, the West manifests itself: “And we (the West) are reconciling between the Islamic Ahzaab (parties), between the Ahzaab there.” America and other than America (is doing this). You (the West) are the ones who encouraged them [to do this]!! And now they want to interfere, maa-shaa-al-Laah. Even the Jews who are occupying Palestine say: “We want to interfere to reconcile between the clashing groups in those countries.”
O people, fear Allaah! Return to your houses and this problem will be over! And be patient upon your rulers! Correct, we disapprove of their first revolt when they revolted against the first one (i.e. Mubaarak). This act of them is baatil (falsehood). But after they overcame & took power, it is obligatory that we are silent and acknowledge… Yes, we demand through the Legislated ways, not by gathering, killing and breaking into [government] buildings!
They are the Ahzaab in itself! All these Tahazzubaat (partisanships) are baatil (falsehood)! All of it is imitation of the Jews and the Christians, even if they call themselves ‘Islamic Ahzaab’. But I say: right now they have no other choice than to fear Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic! Then: according to their way – even though I do not believe in elections – they should be patient until other elections come, and then they elect other than him. Even though all of these elections in itself are Taaghoot, I do not believe in them!
But, O brothers: convey [this] to them, let them fear Allaah with regards to the blood of their brothers. Let them fear Allaah with regards to their destroyed country! Let them fear Allaah with regards to Egypt! Convey this message to them! Return to your senses! By Allaah, nobody does this; no child, no insane person and no idiot [does this]! Never! These demonstrations are the action of the idiots! The action of the insane people! The action of those who have no intellect at all! And everyone shouts the name of so and so: “Long live so and so, down with so and so.” We ask Allaah for well-being and safety.
And the religion is done; no one calls to the religion of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic! Our brothers, who stayed away from this fitnah – and all praise is due to Allaah -, call to the religion of Allaah and call to the Sunnah. And they are safe from entering into these fitan and from participating in the killing of Muslims and non-Muslims.
I ask Allaah, the Most Generous, to be kind to the Muslim countries, to have mercy upon them and to unite their word upon Tawheed.
Return to the Sunnah, O people of Egypt!! Return to the Tawheed! Get rid of the tombs that are worshipped besides Allaah! Get rid of Hizbiyyah (partisanship) and the Ahzaab (parties)! Return to your Lord, the Glorified and Most High! And unite upon the tahqeeq (actualization) of ‘Laa ilaaha illal-Laah, Muhammadun Rasoolul-Laah”! Convey this call to them, even if [you convey it] through some websites!
I ask Allaah to be kind to the Muslims in every place. And may Allaah raise the rank of our Prophet Muhammed, his family and all of his Companions, grant them peace and bless them.
Translated by: Yâsîn Abu Ibrâhîm
The Salafi Position Towards What is Occurring in Egypt!
by Shaikh Saalih Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah)
The trials and turmoils that are currently affecting Egypt are not hidden from you. What is your advice to the general masses of Muslims who reside in Egypt and the students of knowledge in these lands?
Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) :
This is Fitnah, and the Muslim should stay far away from trials and tribulations and distance themselves from (Fitan)
They should not speak except about that which involves good for everyone; (they should) speak about that which is good for everyone, which will extinguish the Fitnah and remove this evil from the Muslims.
However, if they are unable to do this; if they are unable to bring about reconciliation between the fighting factions, then they should refrain from this (turmoil) and stay far away from the Fitnah.
There remains for them supplication, as the door of supplication is open. He can supplicate for the Muslims in all places, the people of Egypt and other than them, that Allah provides for them a way out and relief.
On the Toppling of Muhammad Mursi in Egypt: The Path Through Which You Came to Power Is the Path Through Which You Went From Power
Shaykh Muhammad Bin Hadee
This person says: There is one who says the attainment of power by the Ikhwaan al-Muslimoon in Egypt is like the Believers being aided in the battle of Badr and when they fell it was like the battle of Uhud. Amongst them are those who say this is a struggle between Islaam and kufr?
We have heard this just as you have heard it, how much of Islaam have they implemented? By Allaah, I wont hide it from you, I wished that they would complete four years (in power) so that the proof can be cut off completely, so that all the people can see how much of Islaam they implement. This is the first thing.
The second thing is that the command of Allaah is in effect and His will dominates, there is none to repel his decree and judgement, the Sublime and Exalted.
Thirdly, they have passed over a year, what have they done therein?
Fourthly, who is the first deputy (minister)? A Christian.
Fifthly, before they took power, they said cutting and lashing are not from the Sharee’ah, this is their leader (Mursi) who went to a debate before he became a leader, before the elections, when he was nominated, he said cutting and lashing is not from the Sharee’ah, it is ijtihaadiyyah, they are matters of (individual) jurisprudence, and this is present, recorded with his voice, this Internet preserves everything, return to it and you will find it with his voice and picture… so where is this (alleged) support (for Ikhwan) which resembles the day of Badr?
In any case, they are callers to democracy from the very first day. And I myself – leave us aside – I heard him say that the rule belongs to the society and its source is the society, it is not Allaah, the Sublime and Exalted, “Verily, the command belongs to Allaah, He has ordered that you worship none but Him”, they have caused us to perish by its frequent repetition, by (their) takfeer of the Muslims in general because they (the Muslims) do not implement (the rule of Allaah) as they (the Ikhwan) claim. So now, when (the current situation) has come, (this slogan) has not returned, “the rule belongs to the society”, he came himself today, having said (prior) if a thousand, I don’t know, ten thousand, if they sign that they do not want me, then fine, I will stand down (from power). And now there are millions who have come, they don’t want you, so now the moment of truth has come.
Sixth, the path through which you came (to power) is the path through which you went (from power). The path through which you came was Tahrir Square, correct or not? And al-Qaradawi came and whoever was with him, they gave sermon therein and prayed Jumu’ah with the people, and afterwards you took power. Now, it is the very same way through which you stepped down from power. The route through which you entered (into power) you returned leaving (from power), Tahrir Square, it is one and the same, both coming and going…
Ninth, they (the Ikhwan) said that these governments are the tail-ends (stooges) of America and they are with the Jews and with Israel. As soon as they took power they renewed the treaties with Israel, and America is the one that pressurized them, it said “except the ratified clauses, treaties and agreements with the previous government” (i.e. that they have to be maintained), and Mursi did not come (to power) except after America ascertained that they will not change the rule as it relates to Israel pertaining to the treaties and you may have seen this and heard this. Fine, (now), how on that day was that one (Mubarak) a kaafir and now, the second one who renews is not a kaafir? We do not make takfir of any of them, however upon their speech (that of the Ikhwan), how were Husni (Mubarak), Sadat and other than them, disbelievers because they ratified the agreements. Fine, (now) the one who renews the agreements, emphasizes them and makes them firm? …
The current crisis has clearly demonstrated that the old Mubarak era – US backed system is still fully in force, nothing has changed in Egypt! Furthermore, this crisis has been projected by the Arab and Western media as a failure of political Islam.
This isn’t a failure of political Islam as Islam was never implemented in Egypt, rather it ‘s a failed experiment of trying to mix Islam with a secular system which will only ever ends in disaster and humiliation. This disastrous experiment that mixes pure Islam with a diseased secular system that is past its expiry date; a system that keeps the Muslim Ummah in servitude to colonial powers; is a system whose bitter fruit we have tasted for far too long!
Shaykh Ali Hasan al-Halabi (foremost student of Shaykh al-Albani) on Egypt
Shaykh Salih as-Suhaymi (Teacher in Masjid an-Nabawi and Madeenah Islamic Univercity) on Egypt