Question to Ash-Shaikhul-Imaam Ibn Baaz, rahimahullaah:
Question:“Based upon the Saying of Allaah, the Most High:
Help you one another in al-Birr and at-Taqwaa, but do not help one another in sin and transgression. Soorah al-Maaidah (5):2
It is said that it is obligatory to co-operate with all of the Islamic Jamaa’ahs, even though they differ with us with regard to methodologies and their way in giving dawah. So Jamaaatut-Tableegh has a way of giving dawah different to the way of the Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen and Hizbut-Tahreer and Jamaaatul-Jihaad and the Salafees. So how is this co-operation to be? And is it restricted for example to joint participation in conferences and gatherings? And what is to be the case when dawah is being given to non-Muslims, since confusion may be caused in the minds of new Muslims by the fact that each Jamaaah from these Jamaaahs will direct them to their own centres and their own scholars, which will confuse them. So how will it be possible to avert this matter?”
Answer:“What is obligatory is to co-operate with the Jamaa’ah that proceeds upon the manhaj (methodology) of the Book and the Sunnah and that which the Salaf of the Ummah were upon in calling to the Tawheed of Allaah, the One free of all imperfections, and making worship purely and sincerely for Him, and warning against shirk and innovations and sins, and to advise the Jamaaahs that are contrary to that.
So if they return to what is correct, then they are to be co-operated with. But if they persist upon being contrary then it is obligatory to keep away from them and to adhere to the Book and the Sunnah..”
(Fatwaa no. 18870 dated 11/6/1417H)
Ash-Shaikhul-Allaamah Saaleh al-Fawzaan, hafidhahullaah:
QUESTION: Is there harm in warning against these Sects that are in opposition to the Methodology of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah?
ANSWER: “We warn against all those who oppose [the Salaf] generally and we say: ‘We adhere to the path of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah and we we abandon those who oppose Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah regardless of whether their opposition is MAJOR or MINOR. This is because if we are lenient with the opposition, then perhaps it may grow and increase. So opposition is not allowed AT ALL.
Furthermore, it is obligatory to adhere to the path of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah in both major and minor issues.”
QUESTION: Are we require to mention the good qualities of those we warn against?
ANSWER: “If you mention their good qualities, then this means that you have called (the people) to follow them. Know, DO NOT MENTION THEIR GOOD QUALITIES. Mention the error they are upon only. You are not entrusted to praise and approve of their actions – you are ONLY entrusted with exposing the error they are upon so that they may repent from it, and so others can beware of it.
It may even be that the error that they are upon wipes away their good deeds if it is kufr or shirk. It could also be that this error outweighs their good deeds. And perhaps it may seem like they are good deeds in your eyes, yet they ARE NOT SO IN THE SIGHT OF ALLAAH.”
(“Al-Ajwibatul-Mufeedah ‘an As’ilatil-Manaahijil-Jadeedah”, Shaykh Saaleh al-Fawzaan)
Bismillah ir Rahmaan ir Raheem
As salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
All praise is due to Allah and may the Salaat and Salaam be upon the final Messenger of Allah, his family and his Companions.
Recently, for those who are not aware of it, there was a pledge of mutual respect and co-operation made between many of the speakers (not scholars) in the West of various institutions (The biggest two institutes that many of those who made this pledge belong to or have association with are Al-Maghrib Institute and Zaytuna Institute) to unite upon the broad understanding of the term “Sunni Islaam.”
It simply is a call to unite falsehood with falsehood while labeling themselves to be Sunni. Indeed, this is not something new as this is clearly the manhaj of Syed Qutb and Hasan al-Banna.
As for Syed Qutb, the innovator and guide of Al-Ikhwaanul-Muslimoon, then he said:
“And Islaam does not feel uneasy about about the differences of mankind in ‘aqeedah and manhaj, rather it considers this as something necessitated by natural disposition and a goal from a Higher Will…”
(‘Nahwa Mujtami’ Islaami’ p. 103)
Hasan al-Banna, the deviated founder of Al-Ikhwaanul-Muslimoon, said:
“Let us work together in that which we agree and excuse each other in that which we disagree.”
“You know, O brothers, that there is no Imaam in the present day and it is necessary for us to forget everything and abandon everything (in disputes) for freeing the Islamic lands..”
(From the words of Hasan al-Banna also from the book ‘Fee Qaafilatil-Ikhwaan al-Muslimeen’)
Below is the scholars’ response to this supposed “pledge of cooperation”, as this issue was presented to the scholars for clarification. And this shows you that the people of the Sunnah always take their matters back to those who are more know knowledgeable than them. And indeed, this is a distinguishing sign for those who are upon the way of the earlier generations (as salaf us-saalih) in opposition to those who only make claims to be following the earlier generations, yet they neglect to follow them in all matters of the religion. And with Allah lies success.
RESPONSE FROM THE SCHOLARS ON THIS RECENT PLEDGE
All praise is due to Allaah and may the Salaat and Salaam be upon the final Messenger of Allaah, his family and his companions.
Concerning the propagation of the recent “Pledge of Mutual Respect and Co-operation” that was signed by a number of callers of diverse theological backgrounds and students from the West, we thought it befitting that it be presented to some of the Scholars so that they may clarify the legislated stance towards such a pledge, and that the view point of the people of knowledge could be shared with the Muslim minorities in the West. We also present the translated copy of the pledge for those who would like to ascertain what is being presented to the people of knowledge and that no additions or subtractions were made that may affect their responses. Any issues that may arise concerning the accuracy of the translation can be sent to:
…and we will make the necessary changes, inshaa.-Allaah, if such changes affect the meanings of what is being presented
The first Scholar approached concerning the pledge was Shaykh `Alee Naasir Faqeehee (a lecturer at al-Masjid an-Nabawee and the Islaamic University of Madeenah, and Head of the Department of Knowledge Related Affairs at the King Fahd Qur.aan Printing Complex) on the 22nd of Ramadhaan 1428. We will continue to share the views of the people of knowledge concerning this pledge as we present it to them, and add their comments to this document with the permission of Allaah the Exalted.
The Shaykh, may Allaah preserve him, mentioned a number of points which are worthy of reflecting upon – for all:
After reading it, the Shaykh began by stating that this is not the first, second, tenth or even hundredth time that an attempt such as this has been made. For a long time efforts have been made in order to produce such a formula, the only thing that differs is the method and the wordings. It should be known that achieving the objectives of such a pledge is impossible; it is like shooting a stray bullet that will never reach its target. How can (a pledge such as) this be possible, bringing together people of different theological backgrounds that are contradictory to each other?!
The Shaykh described the basis for such a pledge as proceeding from the principle of “let us co-operate amongst ourselves in the issues that we agree upon, and excuse one another in the issues that we disagree upon”.
In support of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, the Shaykh iterated: “Just because some of the co-signers (of “The Pledge”) are graduates from the Islaamic University (of Madeenah) does not mean that the methodology of the University is at fault. Rather, the methodology of the University is correct, however, the University cannot guarantee that all the students who graduate from it are or will remain upon the same methodology”.
In reference to the claim that “The Pledge” is specific to issues pertaining to the West, the Shaykh vehemently rejected this by saying: “Their claim that this is a Western issue and that Major Scholars elsewhere do not need to be involved: We say to them that the same Islaam you have over there in the West is the same Islaam we have here. What is false and contradictory to Islaam over here is also false and contradictory to Islaam over there. Islaam is suitable for all times and places”.
The Shaykh advised that the pledge be taken to other scholars so that the legislated stance towards the falsehood that it consists of can be further elaborated on. Until that time, we would like to share the comments of Shaykh Ibn `Uthaymeen concerning the error of those who include other groups such as the Ashaai`rah and Maturidiyyah in the circle of Ahlus Sunnah, as occurs in the Shaykh`s Majmoo` al-Fataawa:
“Therefore they are united upon the Sunnah, they are Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa`ah. It is understood from the author`s words that those who disagree with them in their methodology are not included with them. So the Ashaa`irah and Maturidiyyah for example are not considered to be from Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa`ah because they are in opposition to what the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, and his companions were upon in terms of understanding and implementing the Attributes of Allaah the Elevated with their apparent meanings.
Therefore, those who claim that Ahlus Sunnah are compromised of three groups; Salafiyoon, Ashaa`irah and Maturidiyyah, are erroneous. We say; how can all of them be from Ahlus Sunnah while they contradict each other? Is there anything after the truth except falsehood?! How could all of them be Ahlus Sunnah while each one refutes the other? This is impossible, it could only be possible if two opposites can be combined, if so then yes this would be possible.
There is no doubt that only one of these groups alone are the Sunnis, so which one is it; the Ashaa`irah, Maturidiyyah or Salafiyyah? We say that whoever is in accord with the Sunnah is the Sunni (adherer to the Sunnah) and whoever is in opposition to the Sunnah is not a Sunni. We say that the Salaf, they are the ones who adhered to the Sunnah and they are the Jamaa`ah, and this label cannot be attributed to other than them. Never!
Words are according to their meanings, so let`s look and see, how could we label those who oppose the Sunnah `Ahlus Sunnah` [or Sunnis for short]?! It is impossible, and how can we claim that three groups that differ with each other are united? Where is the unity?!
Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa`ah are those who follow the Salaf in their `Aqeedah, including individuals from the latter [generations] until the Day of Resurrection. If an individual is upon the way of the Prophet,صلى الله عليه وسلم, and his companions, then indeed he is a Salafee.”
– revised and approved by:
Abu Abdul Waahid Nadir Ahmad
Abu Abdullaah Mohammed Akhtar Chaudhry
Zulfiker Ibrahim al-Memoni al-Athari
 The term used by the Shaykh was “Aqeedah” which is translated into creed, but being that the term “theology” was used for creed in the pledge, it was retained for consistency.
 Shaykhul-Islaam ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah have mercy upon him.
 As an added benefit, Ibn `Uthaymeen states in his explanation of al-`Aqeedah as-Safariniyyah:
“Who are Ahlul Athar? They are the people who adhered to the narrations, they adhered to the Book and the Sunnah and the statements of the Sahaabah, may Allaah be pleased with them. This label cannot be applied upon any group or sect except the Salafees, those who adhere to the methodology of the Salaf.”
Interesting questions and answers. Check it out inshaAllah ta’ala.
The Ultimate Success
Saturday, October 27, 2007
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Living a Successful Life in this Dunya: A Muslim in the West
Shaykh Muhammad al-Imaam
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