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Salafiyyah

CALLING ONESELF ‘SALAFEE’

By Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Haadee Al Madkhalee

Translated by Abu Az-Zubayr, Shadeed Muhammad

Question: Is ascribing oneself to the (Manhaj of the ) Salaf or calling oneself “Salafee” considered to be a form of Tazkiyah (praise) to oneself?

Answer: No it is not a Tazkiyah for yourself when you say; “I am Salafee”, rather it is a declaration of the path that you are upon especially if there is a necessity that calls for that, and in this day and time the necessity calls for it because how many sects are there which call themselves Jama’at ad da’wiyah right now? How many? They are in abundance. There are a lot so it is imperative for you to clarify that you follow no path except the path of the Salafus Saalih.

So if you are asked then it is upon you to respond in order that you distance yourself from any type of accusation or Shubhah (doubt) , because it maybe that someone would just remain silent (when asked) or respond in a general manner which is known from [the ways] of the people of desires and Bid’ah. He says “I’m Muslim!” We all call ourselves Muslims, we say La Ilaha IlaAllaah Muhammdur Rasool Allaah, but what are their actions in regards to this (Shahadatain)?

From them (actions) is Shirkul Akbar (major shirk) such as making Tawaaf around the graves, slaughtering for them, swearing by them and seeking their needs from them. So if a person is asked then he should clarify and this is not to be considered a trial or a test for the people.

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CALLING ONESELF SALAFI

By Shaikh Salih Al-Fawzan

Source: Al-Ajwibah al-Mufidah of Jamal bin Farihan al-Harithi (trans. Abu Iyaad as-Salafi)

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Q. Is one who calls himself a “Salafi” to be considered a partisan (hizbi?)

A. There is not harm [1] in labelling oneself with Salafiyyah when it is in truth. However, if it is merely a claim then it is not permissible to label oneself with Salafiyyah, whilst one is upon a manhaj other than that of the Salaf.

The Ash’aris for example, say “We are Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah” and this is not correct. This is because what they are upon is not the manhaj of Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah. It is likewise for the Mu’tazilah who call themselves “Muwahhideen” (Monotheists).

All of them claim to have love for Laylaa

Yet Laylaa does not affirm this for any of them

Hence, the one who claims that he is upon the madhhab of Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah [actually] follows the path of Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah and abandons the Opposers. However if he [is one who] wants to unite the lizard and the fisth – as they say – meaning, to unite a creature from the land with a creature from the sea, then this is not possible. Or to unite water and fire in a vessel. In light of this, Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah do not reconcile with the path (madhhab) of those who oppose them such as the Khawarij, the Mu’tazilah, the Hizbiyyeen amongst those who call themselves, the Contemporary Muslims. Such is one who wants to unite between the errors and misguidance of the contemporaries with the manhaj of the Salaf. So “the latter part of this Ummah will not be corrected except by that which corrected its earliest part.” The essence of the matter is that it is necessary to weigh matters and to separate them.

NOTES

[1] Shaikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah said: “There is no criticism for the one who proclaims the way (madhdhab) of the Salaf, who attaches himself to it and refers to it. Rather, it is obligatory to accept that from him by unanimous agreement (Ittifaaq) because the way (madhdhab) of the Salaf is nothing but the Truth (Haqq)” [Majmoo al-Fataawaa 4:149]

I say: Reflect – dear reader – upon the words of Shaikh ul-Islaam which [were uttered] before approximately eight centuries, and it is as if he is refuting one of the contemporaries of today who ascribes himself to knowledge and says, ‘Whoever makes it obligatory upon the people that he should be an Ikhwani or a Salafi or a Tablighi or a Sururi, then his repentance should be sought. Either he repents or he is to be killed.’!!!

He said this in a cassette which circulated heavily amongst the youth and which was called “Flee from Hizbiyyah Like you would from a Lion” [*]

[*] After completing this book some papers reached me which contained some of Aa’id al-Qarni’s recantations from some of his errors. I found that amongst them was his recantation of this grave error. It is from justice that we mention this particular one: “Fourteen: I had said in a cassette, ‘Whoever makes it obligatory upon the people that he should be an Ikhwani or a Salafi or a Tablighi or a Sururi, then his repentance should be sought. Either he repents or he is to be killed.’ This is an error that emanated from me and I seek Allaah’s forgiveness from it. What I meant was that whoever did that, then he has legislated (into the religion). However, it is an error regardless and I pardon myself from it. I believe that the madhhab of the Salaf is the correct madhhab and it is the one that is obligatory for the people to follow, to be guided by it and to traverse its path.”

So I say: Subhanallaah! How has he granted himself the right to place the True Salafi Manhaj amongst these other methodologies (manahij) and astray, innovative deviant sects?

And our question to this person who actually lives in the land of Tawhid – and who holds a Masters degree in Hadith – is if a person is not a Salafi then what is he?

And the ‘Allaamah, ‘Abdul-‘Aziz Ibn Baz – the [former] mufti of Saudi Arabia was asked: What do you say about the one who calls himself ‘Salafi’ or ‘Athari’? Is this is a tazkiyah (purification) of his own self?

So he replied – may Allaah have mercy upon him – “When he is being truthful [in his claim] that he is Salafi or Athari then there is not harm in that, [this is] similar to what the Salaf used to say, ‘So and so is a Salafi’, ‘So and so is Athari’ as a tazkiyah (commendation) which was necessary, a tazkiyah that is obligatory.” [Cassette: Haqq ul-Muslim 16/1/1413 Ta’if]

And Shaikh Bikr Abu Zaid said, “And when it is said, ‘Salaf’ or ‘the Salafis’ or ‘Salafiyyah’ then this is an ascription to the Salaf us-Salih, all of the Sahabah – may Allaah be pleased with them. So whoever followed them in goodness, and not those who were led astray with desires… And those who were firm upon the methodology (minhaj) of Prophethood were associated (by others) to the Salaf us-Salih. Hence it was said to them, [that they are], ‘the Salaf’, ‘the Salafis’ and an ascription to them [being the word] ‘Salafi’. So upon this, the word Salaf means, the Salaf us-Salih (the Righteous Predecessors). And this word when it is applied generally means everyone who guides himself by the Sahabah – may Allaah be pleased with them – even if he was in this modern time of ours. It is like this, and this is what the sayings of the People of Knowledge are agreed upon. Therefore, this is an ascription which does not have any aspect which departs from the requirements of the Book and the Sunnah. Rather it is an ascription which does not depart, even for one moment, from the very first generation [of Muslims]. It is from them and returns to them. As for the one who opposes them with a particular name or custom, then no, even if he lived amongst them and in their time.” [Hukm ul-Intimaa p.36].

I say: This ascription occurs in the books of biographies (of narrators).

Imaam adh-Dhahabi says in the biography of Muhammad bin Muhammad al-Bahrani, “And he was devout, good, a Salafi”. [Mu’jam ash-Shuyukh(2/280)]

And he said in the biography of Ahmad bin Ahmad bin Ni’mah al-Maqdisi, “And he was upon the aqidah of the Salaf” [Mu’jam ash-Shuyukh (1/34)]

Therefore, ascribing oneself to the Salaf is an ascription which is necessary and required so that a differentiation can be made between the true Salafi and the one who hides behind them. Also so that the affair does not become confusing to those who want to guide themselves by them {the Salaf). So when the heretical groups and astray partisanships that lead astray have increased, then the People of Truth announce and declare their ascription to the Salaf with a view to free themselves from those who oppose them. And Allaah the Most High says to his Prophet and the Believers,

And who is better in speech than he who [says: "My Lord is Allâh (believes in His Oneness)," and then stands straight (acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to Allâh’s (Islâmic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: “I am one of the Muslims.” [Fussilat 41:33]

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10 POINTS ON THE SALAFEE MANHAJ

By Shaikh Ahmad bin Yahyaa An-Najmee

Source Al-Fataawaa al-Jaliyyah anil-Manaahij Ad-Dawiyyah (pg. 56-57) compiled by Hasan Ibn Mahmood Ibn Mansoor ad-Daghreeri

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The Salafee Manhaj

1. We worship Allaah by way of Tawheed. So we do not supplicate to anyone besides Allaah nor do we seek refuge in anyone besides Him in matters of bringing about good or repelling some harm. We perform worship by having hatred and enmity for the polytheists. However, we are obligated to call them to Tawheed first and clarify to them that there is no Islaam without Tawheed and that whoever calls unto other than Allaah has committed disbelief. So whoever persists after that, then at that point we are obligated to distance ourselves from him and hate him for the sake of Allaah.

2. The Creed of the Salaf is established upon the principle that “Allaah is described with what He has described himself with in His Book and upon the tongue of His Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), without resorting to tahreef, tamtheel, tashbeeh, tateel or taweel.” [1]

3. We affirm for Allaah the best of Names, which He has affirmed for Himself and which He has praised Himself with, whether they are mentioned in the Quraan or the Sunnah.

4. We believe that there is no path towards achieving Allaahs contentment, or a way towards Paradise, except through the Way of Allaahs Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). And whoever seeks a way towards gaining Allaahs contentment through other than the Way of Allaahs Messenger, then he has gone astray and been blinded from the truth. And he has lost in this world and the next.

5. We believe that the Legislation of Allaah is what has been brought down through the two revelations: The Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). This is what our Lord has indicated in his saying: “Then we placed you on a Sharee’ah (Legislated System) based on Our Command, so follow it, and do not follow the desires of those who have no knowledge.” [Surah Al-Jaathiyah: 18]

6. We believe that the Quraan is the Speech of Allaah, which was revealed and not created, and that the Sunnah is what explains and clarifies it. The Quraan is interpreted by the Sunnah and by the interpretations of the Sahaabah (Companions) and those who followed them in goodness. So the interpretation of the Quraan is by way of the narration, meaning by way of the Sahaabah, the Taabieen and the Ahaadeeth concerning it. And the books that contain these interpretations are the ones we are obligated to acquire and read, such as the Tafseer of Ibn Jareer, the Tafseer of Ibn Katheer, the Tafseer of Al-Baghawee, the Tafseer “Ad-Durr Al-Manthoor” of As-Suyootee and so on.

7. We are obligated to take the Sunnah according to the way of the Muhadditheen – in terms of their authenticity or weakness. So we take what is found to be authentic and leave off what is weak.

8. We worship Allaah by obeying the rulers, as long as they are Muslims who seek judgement through Allaahs Legislation and who establish the prescribed punishments, and as long as they establish the prayer. Obeying them is an obligation even if they commit oppression. And whoever says something contrary to this and makes it permissible to revolt against the Muslim leader, even if he may be oppressive, then he is an innovator and a deviant. And it is obligatory on the Muslim scholars to refute this statement of his and to expose his deviance.

9. We hold that it is not permissible to spread the faults of the leaders, because doing this influences and brings about trials and afflictions (fitan), and causes them to spread.

10. We are obligated to worship Allaah through the Sunnah, by following it and by loathing innovations and the innovators. This is based on the Prophets saying: “Whoever does a deed, which is not in accordance to our affair (i.e. the Sunnah) is rejected.” And in another narration: “Whoever introduces into our affair (Sunnah) that which isnt part of it is rejected.”

This is a summary and some brief words on the Creed of the Salaf, which we are obligated to accept and follow if we truly want salvation and the truth. And we must renounce those opinions of men, which cannot be traced back to any source of evidence, since men are known by way of the truth and the truth is not known by way of men. Lastly, we must beg and implore Allaah to show us the truth as true and enable us to follow it, and to show us the falsehood as false and enable us to avoid it. Indeed Allaah is Responsible for that and Able to make it happen. And may the peace and blessings of Allaah be on Muhammad – the best, most dutiful, most pious and purest of creation – and on his family and his Companions.

Footnotes:

[1] Translators Note: These are forbidden acts committed against Allaahs Names and Attributes. Tahreef means to change or distort the wording of Allaahs name or attribute. Tamtheel and tashbeeh means to give a like resemblance to a name or an attribute. Tateel means total denial of a name or an attribute. Taweel means to misinterpret a name or an attribute, thus changing its meaning.

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WHAT IS SALAFIYYAH?

By Shaykh Muhammad Salih Ibn al-Uthaymeen

Shaykh Muhammad Salih Ibn al-Uthaymeen said: “Salafiyyah is following the way of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) and his Sahabah for they are our Salaf (predecessors) who preceded us, so following them is Salafiyyah. As for taking Salafiyyah as a special Manhaj (Methodology such that everyone who differs with it is considered astray even if he was on the truth; then this is beyond doubt opposite to Salafiyyah”

All the Salaf called to Islam and to unite upon the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger (Peace and blessings be upon him) and they did not declare astray anyone who differs with them (in a certain issue) because of (a different) interpretation (Taweel), except in matters of Aqeedah (beliefs) because they considered him, who differed in Aqeedah as astray.

But, in our time, some who took the path of Salafiyyah consider astray everyone who differs from them even if the truth were to be on his side. And they took a Hizbi (partisan) Manhaj, just like the other Hizbs (parties), who divide the religion. This (their way) must be rejected and not be approved of.

It is said, ‘Look at the way of the Salaf as-Salih and what did they do in regards to differences and wideness of their hearts with regards to Ikhtilaaf (differences) in matters in which Ijtihad was feasible. (They differed with each other) to the degree that they differed in big issues, in (minor) issues of Aqeedah and (minor) issues of knowledge – for example, some of them denied that Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) saw His Lord and some of them confirmed of it. Some of them said, ‘the deeds would be weighted on the Day of Judgment’, whilst others held that “the books which record the deeds will be weighed.” They also differ in matters of Fiqh, Marriage, obligations, buying and selling, etc. Despite this, they did not declare each other astray.

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.

But the Salafiyyah that is to follow the Salaf in beliefs, sayings, actions, their way of differing and unity, their way of being merciful and compassion to one another as the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said, “You see the believers as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind, resembling one body, so that, if any part of the body is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness (insomnia) and fever with it.”[1]

Then this is the true Salafiyyah.” [Liqaa-al-Baab al-Maftooh Q # 1322] (1) Aqeedah: The principles and specific details of belief that one holds in his heart. (ex. Tawheed, Eeman)

Imaam al-Asbahaanee (d.535H) – rahimahullaah – said: “The sign of Ahlus-Sunnah is that they follow the Salafus-Saalih and abandon all that is innovated and newly introduced into the Deen.” [Al-Hujjah fee Bayaanil Mahajjah 1/364]

Shaykh-ul-Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah rahimahullaah Said: “It is not for anyone to place for the ummah a person calling to his path showing loyalty or enmity because of that path other than The Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu ‘Alaihi Was-Sallam).

And it is not permissible to place for them speech, show loyalty or enmity because of it other than the speech of Allaah and His messenger (Sallallaahu ‘Alaihi Was-Sallam) and that which The Ummah has united upon.

Rather, this is what the people of innovation do who place for themselves a person or some speech and they divide with it the ummah, showing loyalty or enmity upon that person or that kalaam or that attribute. [Majmoo’ alF-Fataawa vol20/p124]

Imaam al-Asbahaanee (d.535H) – raheemahullaah – said: “The sign of Ahlus-Sunnah is that they follow the Salafus-Saalih and abandon all that is innovated and newly introduced into the Deen.” [Al-Hujjah fee Bayaanil Mahajjah 1/364]

Shaykh-ul-Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah raheemahullaah Said: “It is not for anyone to place for the ummah a person calling to his path showing loyalty or enmity because of that path other than The Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu ‘Alaihi Was-Sallam).

And it is not permissible to place for them speech, show loyalty or enmity because of it other than the speech of Allaah and His messenger (Sallallaahu ‘Alaihi Was-Sallam) and that which The Ummah has united upon.

Rather, this is what the people of innovation do who place for themselves a person or some speech and they divide with it the ummah, showing loyalty or enmity upon that person or that kalaam or that attribute. [Majmoo’ alF-Fataawa vol20/p124]

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WHAT IS SALAFIYYAH?

By Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baaz

Translated by Abu Khadeejah

Source http://www.assalafi.com

Question: What is As-Salafiyyah and what is your opinion regarding it?

Answer: All praise is due to Allaah alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger, his family and his Companions.

To proceed:

“As-Salafiyyah” is an attachment or affiliation to the ‘Salaf’. And “The Salaf” are the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) and the Imaams of guidance (may Allaah be pleased with them) from the first three generations, those whose goodness Allaah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) bore witness to in his statement: “The best of mankind is my generation, then those who follow them, then those who follow them. Then there will come people where bearing witness of one of them will precede his taking an oath and his taking an oath will be his bearing witness.” [Reported by Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal in the 'Musnad', 'Al-Bukhaaree', and Muslim]*

And “The Salafiyyoon [or Salafees]” is the plural of “Salafi”, an attachment or affiliation to the Salaf, and its meaning has already preceded above – and they are those who traverse upon the Methodology (Manhaj) of the Salaf in following the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah [of the Messenger of Allaah], and inviting to them, and acting upon them, and they are, due to this, Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah.

* Imaam Ahmad: (4/426). Al-Bukhaaree: (2651). Muslim: (2535).

“Fataawa Al-Lajnah Ad-Daa’imah”: (2/165-166). Fatwa No. (1361).

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TEN POINTS CONCERNING MANHAJ

By Shaykh Saleem al-Hilaalee

THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE SALAFEE METHODOLOGY

All praise is due to Allaah We praise Him and seek His aid and forgiveness from the evil of our selves and from our evil actions. Whomsoever Allaah guides there is none to misguide and whomsoever Allaah leaves unguided then there is none that can guide. I testify that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah and that Muhammad (SAW) in His slave and Messenger.

After which then the best speech is the speech of Allaah and the best guidance is that of the Messenger (SAW). The worst of the affairs are the newly invented matters and the every newly invented matter is an innovation and every innovation is a misguidance and every misguidance leads only to the fire.

This manhaj is based upon the Qur*aan and Sunnah and the Ijmaa (consensus) of the scholars of Ahlus-Sunnah (the People of the Sunnah).

[1] WHO ARE THE SALAFUS-SAALIH?

Allaah the Exalted says: “The first to embrace Islaam from the Emigrants (Muhaajiroon) and the Helpers (Ansaar) and those that follow them upon righteousness, Allaah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him.” [Sooratut-Tawbah 9:100]

This verse shows that the Salaf are the Companions of the Messenger (saws). The first to embrace Islaam (Saabiqoon) does not refer to a group amongst the companions. It refers to all of them. So the Salaf are the companions and those that followed them upon righteousness.

The Prophet (saws) said: “The best of people is my generation and then to come after them and them to come after them then lies will be widespread.” [1]

They are the best people.

[2] THE SUPERIORITY OF THE SALAFUS-SAALIH

Allaah the Exalted said: “You are the best nation that has come out to the people, you enjoin that which is good and forbid that which is evil and you believe in Allaah.” [Soorah aali-'Imraan 3:110]

Aboo Sa’eed al-Khudree (raa) said: “The Prophet (SAW) said: “Do not revile my Companions, for I swear by the one who holds my soul that if you were to give charity as much as mount ‘Uhud in gold, you would not attain even a mudd (handful) of one of them or even half of it.” [2]

The meaning of, “Do not revile my companions”, is that not to mention them in an evil and bad way. Do not put yourself in front of them. Do not prefer yourself to them. It was said between a disagreement between Khaalid Ibnul-Waleed and ‘Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn ‘Awf, that Khaalid Ibnul-Waleed who came into Islaam later after the Conquest of Makkah said to ‘Abdulrahman Ibn ‘Awf: “It is not but a few days that you have proceeded us by!”

He made similarities between himself and ‘Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn ‘Awf. So Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn ‘Awf brought this news to the Messenger (saws) so he said this hadeeth. So, if later Companions were not allowed to put themselves in front of the earliest amongst themselves then no doubt the later people should obviously not put themselves in front of them.

Especially in terms of:

Knowledge (‘ilm)

Piety (taqwaa)

Abstinence from the world (zuhd)

Actions (‘amaal)

Etiquette (sulook)

Understanding (fahm)

They cannot claim to be better than Allaah and His Messenger in any of these things. The Prophet (saws) said: “If the qadr (Pre-Decree) is mentioned then withhold and if the companions are mentioned then withhold.” [3]

[3] HOW DO WE KNOW THE METHODOLOGY OF THE SALAF AND WHO ARE ITS CALLERS?

‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Amr Ibn-ul-‘Aas said that the Prophet (saws) said: “Allaah does not snatch away the knowledge from the servants but He takes it by taking away the scholars. Until there is no scholar left and the people take the ignorant ones as their leaders and they are asked and they give fataawaa (Islaamic verdicts) without knowledge so they go astray and they lead others astray.” [4]

This shows that the scholars are the ones holding this Religion because they are inheritors of the Prophet (saws).

The Messenger of Allaah (saws) said: “The scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets. Indeed the Prophets do not leave behind deenaars nor dirhams, but they leave behind knowledge so whoever attains it has attained a great treasure.” [5]

[4] THE SCHOLARS ARE THE CALLERS TO ALLAAH

The superiority of the scholar over the servant is like the moon over the stars.

“This is my way, I call to it to Allah, upon knowledge, me and whomsoever follows me. May Allaah be glorifed and I am not of the Polytheists (mushrikeen).” [Soorah Yoosuf 12:108]

Allaah shows that the followers of the Messenger (saws) are the people of understanding and knowledge (baseerah). The callers to the methodology of the Messenger are the people of Baseerah. Baseerah is the understanding of the knowledge and the understanding of the Religion. These are the scholars.

Allaah the Exalted: “Allaah will raise amongst those who believe, and those who have been given knowledge, many levels.” [Sooratul-Mujaadilah 58:11]

There is no faith (eemaan) except with knowledge and no knowledge except with eemaan. It is because the benefit of knowledge is that you believe in Allaah and faith without knowledge is unacceptable.

Allaah the Exalted says: “Allaah has witnessed that there is none to be worshipped except Him, and the angels and the possessors of knowledge.” [Soorah Aali-'Imraan 3:18]

If they are witnesses to Allaah’s oneness, then they are witnesses to Allaah’s creation. I warn you that some partisan (hizbee) groups have differentiated between scholars and callers. Such and such is a scholar and such and such is a caller to Islaam. This is an innovation since the scholars are the callers.

Aboo Umayyah al-Jumahee said that the Messenger of Allaah (saws) said: “A sign of the hour that people will seek knowledge from the youngsters.” [6]

Ibnul-Mubaarak said: “They are the people of desires (ahwaa) and innovation.” [7]

[5] SPECIFIC ATTRIBUTES OF THE METHODOLOGY OF THE SALAF

a) It is Clear:

The Messenger of Allaah (saws) said: “I have left you upon a clear way, its night is like its day, no one flees from it after me except that he is destroyed.” [8]

b) Openness of the Da*wah

Allaah the Exalted says: “Who is better in speech than one who calls to Islaam and does good deeds and says I am from the Muslims.” [Sooratul-Fussilat 41:33]

It is not secret but open.

‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdul-‘Azeez said in a letter to Muhammad Ibn Abee Hazm “Knowledge will not be destroyed until it is secret.” [9]

‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdul-‘Azeez said: “If you see people in secret hiding not the general things then know that they have opened a door to misguidance.” [10]

d) One Methodology, One Way Allaah the Exalted says: “Follow my way not other ways*” [Sooratul-An'aam 8:153]

He – the Exalted – also says: “This is my way*”[Sooratul-An’aam 8:153]

‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood said: “The Messenger (saws) drew a line for us and said:

“This is a way of Allaah. Then he drew other lines to the right and left of the first line and said: Upon every one of these other lines is a devil calling to his misguidance. Then he read the above verse.” [11]

Allaah the Exalted says: “Those who split their religion and became groups then you are not from them and they are not from you in anything.” [Sooratul-An’aam 8:159]

He – the Exalted also says: “Hold on to the rope of Allaah altogether and do not split up.” [Soorah Aali-'Imraan 3:103]

Whoever wants to split it up then he must be hit over the hand and be stayed away from.

e) Clear Proofs for Following the Methodology of the Salaf Allaah the Glorified and Exalted says: “Whoever goes against the Messenger after the proof has been given… “[Sooratun-Nisaa 4:115]

Imaam Ibn Abee Jamrah said: “They are the companions of Muhammad (saws)” [12]

Abee Moosaa al-Ash’aree said that the Messenger of Allaah (saws): “The stars are a guidance on the sky so if the stars go then what will befall it will happen. And I am a guide to my companions so if I go then what will befall my companions will happen and the companions are a guide for my Ummah and if they go then what will befall it will happen.” [13]

What is the station of the Prophet? It is clearly to be a witness unto the companions then what is the Companions station towards us? It is that they will also be witnesses unto us.

Allaah the Exalted says: “We have made you a justly balanced nation that you be witnesses unto mankind and the Messenger will also be a witness unto you.” [Sooratul-Baqarah 2:143]

[6] THE METHODOLOGY OF THE SALAF IS THE METHODOLOGY OF THE SAVED-SECT (al-Firqatun-Naajiyah)

The proof of this is from the saying of the Prophet (saws): “The Jews split into split into seventy-one sects and the Christians split into seventy-two sects and my Nation (Ummah) will split into seventy-three sects, all of it in the fire except one.”

They said: “Who are they, O Messenger of Allaah?”

He said: “That which I am upon today and my Companions.” [14]

The methodology of the Salaf is the methodology of the Companions, which is the methodology of the Saved-Sect.

In other narration form the hadeeth of splitting: The Messenger (saws) said (after being asked who the saved sect was): “It is the Jamaa’ah.” [15]

The question that should be asked is, was there a Jamaa’ah in the time of the Messenger of Allaah other than the Jamaa’ah of the companions? There was no other Jamaa*ah in the time of the Prophet (saws) except the Jamaa’ah of the Companions. The people of knowledge say that the Saved-Sect are the Salafees.

[7] AD-DA*WATUS-SALAFIYYAH IS THE METHODOLOGY OF THE SAVED-SECT (at-Taa’ifatul-Mansoorah)

From the statement of the Prophet (saws): “There will not seize to be a group from amongst my Ummah being clear upon the truth, not being harmed by those that oppose them nor from those that differ from them until the Command of Allaah is brought forward and they are upon that.” [16]

The greatest attribute here is that they are clear upon the truth. What is the truth? The truth is what the Messenger (SAW) and his companions were upon. So just as Allaah gave victory to the Companions, so too, Allaah will give victory to the aided group that follow them.

CLARIFICATION: The Victorious-Group is the Saved-Sect (they are the same). The hadeeth of the Saved-Sect were revealed concerning splitting and the Prophet (SAW) explained that they will be saved. Saved from what? It will be saved from differing and the Fire. So it is saved and victorious. The meaning of “victorious” (mansoorah) is that it is clear upon the truth and that it is the one that will bring victory. It will give people back their honour by the Will of Allaah.

[8] WHAT DOES THIS DA*WATUS-SALAFIYYAH BRING FORTH TO THE PEOPLE?

We bring to the people four things:

I) Purifying (Tasfiyah) this Religion From Desires and Innovations that Changed Islaam.

The Prophet (saws) said: “This knowledge will be carried by the trustworthy ones of every generation, they will expel by it the distortions of those that go beyond bounds (extremist), the rejections of the rejecters and the false explanations of the ignorant ones.” [17]

“This knowledge will be carried”, means that the Religion will be carried.

Muhammad Ibn Sireen (rahimahullaah) said: “This knowledge is the Religion so look to where you take your religion from.” [18]

So the ones that are carrying this Religion are the trustworthy ones of his Ummah. They are the scholars of ad-Da’watus-Salafiyyah. What do they do? They purify Islaam from any and all innovations. They purify Islaam from any shirk (association of partners with Allaah). They purify Islaam from false ahaadeeth. They purify Islaam for desires and misguidance. They purify Islaam from that which is not from it. All of these people the extremist, the ignorant, the rejecters they wish to invalidate the Religion of Allaah. Who are the ones who are standing up to them? They expel their false opinions. They are indeed the trustworthy ones of this Ummah. The ones who are holding this da*wah are the elder Salafee scholars.

II) Renewal (Tajdeed)

The Da’watus-Salafiyyah is the one that returns the people to their true Religion.

As the Prophet (SAW) said that: “Indeed Allaah sends down, at the head of every one-hundred years, those that return the to the ummah their Religion.” [19]

This means that the Religion, at some time, was not clear to the Ummah. The Religion became strange to the Ummah! Allaah, out of His Mercy, sends down those that return it to its original state of affairs, in a clear way. Who are the ones who are upright upon doing this? They are the scholars of ad-Da’watus-Salafiyyah. This is clear now-a-days. Who are the ones that have returned the brothers back to the way of the Companions? Who are the ones pushing the authentic da’wah? Are they not the scholars of ad-Da’watus-Salafiyyah? Can you mention one learned man from the people of innovation who has returned the Ummah to their Religion?

III) Education (Tarbiyyah)

They teach the Ummah about their Religion.

As Allaah the Exalted said: “Be you Rabbaaniyoon (learned men of religion who practice what they know and also teach others), because you are teaching the Book, and you are studying it.” [Soorah Aali-'Imraan 3:79]

You teach the Ummah, one after the other, until the ummah reaches a stage when Allaah will give it victory. Then Allaah will give it victory and honor.

The Prophet (saws) said: “If you deal in ‘eenah (a form of usury interest transaction) and are content with agriculture and hold onto the tails of cows and leave Jihaad for the sake of Allaah, then Allaah will permit your humiliation until you return to your Religion.” [20]

IV) Rectification of the Muslim Nation (Islaahul-Ummah)

The Prophet (SAW) said: “Islaam began as a stranger and shall return as a stranger so give glad tiding to the strangers. Those that put right to that which the people have corrupted.” [21]

They put their own religion right and they put right whatever needs to be put right. They are the scholars and the callers. Not like the other partisan (hizbee) groups who see many things wrong in their own group but they never correct these evils. (So they sow the mistakes together with the correct things). This is the methodology of the brothers of al-Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen. This is the methodology of sewing things together (patching up things). These groups have the methodology of violence (thawrah). Those that spill blood and carry arms and light up the problems (in the name of Islaam). This is the methodology of the Khawaarij. Our methodology (manhaj) is in the middle between both of these, the manhaj of the prophets.

Allaah the Exalted says in His Noble Book: “I do not want except to put things right to the best of my ability, my result is in the hands of Allaah, To Him I put my trust and to Him I turn to.” [Soorah Hood 11:88]

[9] WHAT IS THE WAY FROM TRIBULATION? (Makhraj minal-Fitnah)

In the Hadeeth of al-Irbaadh Ibn Saariyah, the Prophet (saws) said: “Whoever lives amongst you will see many differences so stick closely to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs after me, bite onto it with your molar teeth. Beware of the newly invented matters for every newly invented matter is an innovation and every innovation is a misguidance and every misguidance is in the Fire.” [22]

The way out from differing is to hold onto the Sunnah and the way of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs. Meaning his Companions (raa). The Companions Sunnah does not differ from the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (saws). He (saws) did not say to hold onto the two of them, but he said hold onto it (singular, as they are the same).

Aboo Waaqid al-Laythee said: “We were sitting in the company of the Messenger of Allaah (saws).

So he (saws) said: “Indeed it will become a fitnah. The Companions did not pay attention so Mu’aadh Ibn Jabal (raa) said:

“Do you not listen to the Messenger of Allaah?”

They said: “What did he say?”

Mu’aadh the repeated to them what he (saws) said.

So they in turn said: “What is the way out of it, O Messenger of Allaah (saws)?”

He (saws) said: “You should return to your original state of affairs.” [23]

He (saws) said: “In front of you will come times of patience. Holding onto your Religion will be like holding on to hot coals. Those who do actions then will have the reward of fifty.

They said: “Fifty of us or them?”

He (SAW) said: “Fifty of you.”[24]

[10] AD-DA*WATUS-SALAFIYYAH WILL HAVE THE FUTURE

The Prophet (saws) showed in many hadeeths that the future is for Islaam. In the Hadeeth of Thawbaan, the Prophet (saws) said: “Allaah showed be the earth in one spacious plane and I could see its east and west and my Ummah will be given the rule over it.” [25]

In the Hadeeth of Tameem, the Prophet (saws) said: “This Religion will reach as far as the night and day has come upon” [26]

Allaah the Exalted says: “He is the one who has sent His messenger with guidance and the Religion of Truth, that it may encompass all of the religions.” [Soorat-us-Saff 61:9]

[11] PROOF THAT THIS ISLAAM IS THE DA*WATUS-SALAFIYYAH

In the Hadeeth of Hudhayfah, the Prophet (saws) said: “Prophethood will remain amongst you until Allaah wills then Allaah will raise it, then there will be successorship upon the methodology of the Prophets until Allaah wills, then Allaah will raise it. Then there will be (inheritors) rulers until Allaah wills and then Allaah will raise it. Then there will be evil kings until Allaah wills, then Allaah will raise it. Then there will be the successorship upon the methodology of the prophets.” Then the Prophet (saws) kept quiet. [27]

The Prophet (saws) said: “You will kill the Jews until a Jew hides behind a tree and the tree will say O Muslim, O servant of Allaah, there is a Jew behind me come and kill him; except the Garqad tree for it is from the trees of the Jews.” [28]

The Prophet (saws) is saying that the Companions will kill the Jews, but how can they when they will not be there at the end of time? Ibn Hajar explains that they will be just like the Companions because they followed them in their footsteps. [29]

The future is for this Da’watus-Salafiyyah, if we are sincere to Allaah, if we are upon the heart of one man as Allaah said: “Do not dispute then you will become weak, your strength will disappear.” [Sooratul-Anfaal 8:46]

So we must call upon the Salafees to agree and hold onto the rope of Allaah, do not split up for the responsibility of this Ummah is upon you necks, Allaah will question you about it. Did you complete your trusts that were given to you? Were you what Allaah wanted you to be? This Ummah is waiting for you O servants of Allaah! Will you not comply and follow this methodology. We pray that we are upon that.

Footnotes:

[1] Saheeh: Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 2652) and Muslim (no. 2533).

[2] Saheeh: Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 3362) and Muslim (no. 2541).

[3] Related by at-Tabaraanee, it was authenticated by Shaykh al-Albaanee in Silsilatul-Ahaadeethus-Saheehah (no. 34).

[4] Saheeh: Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 7308) and Muslim (no. 2673).

[5] Related by at-Tirmidthee (no. 3682) and by Aboo Daawood (no. 3641). It was authenticated by al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar in Fathul-Baaree (1/159-160).

[6] Related in Sharh Usoolul-I*tiqaad (no. 102) of Imaam al-Laalikaa’ee.

[7] Related by Ibnul-Mubaarak in az-Zuhd (no. 61) and by al-Khateeb al-Baghdaadee in al-Jaami* li-Ahkaam (1/137).

[8] Related by Ahmad (4/126) and Ibn Maajah (no. 43). It was authenticated by Shaykh *Alee Hasan al-Halabee in ad-Da*wah wad-Du’aat (no. 6).

[9] Reported by Ibn Hajar in Fathul-Baaree (1/194).

[10] Related by Imaam Ahmad in az-Zuhd (p. 48) and by ad-Daarimee (1/91).

[11] Related by Nisaa’ee (no. 184) and Ahmad (1/435) and this wording is by him. It is also related by ad-Daarimee (1/67-68) and at-Tabaree in Jaami*ul-Bayaan (8/65), it was authenticated by Shaykh Saleem al-Hilaalee in Basaa’ir Dhush-Sharaf (p. 82).

[12] Bahjatun-Nufoos (1/4)

[13] Related by Muslim (no. 2531).

[14] Hasan: Related by at-Tirmidthee (no. 2641) and by al-Haakim in al-Mustadrak (1/128-129).

[15] Hasan: Related by Ibn Maajah (no. 3992) and by Ibn Abee Aasim in as-Sunnah (no. 63) and by Imaam al-Laalikaa’ee (no. 149).

[16] Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 3641) and Muslim (no. 1037).

[17] Related by Ibn *Asaakir in Taareekh Dimashq (1/232/2) and it is Hasan due to other than itself.

[18] Related in Sharh Saheeh Muslim (1/87) of Imaam an-Nawawee.

[19] Related by Aboo Daawood (no. 4291), it was authenticated by al-Haakim (4/522).

[20] Related by Aboo Daawood (no. 3462), it was authenticated by Shaykh Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee (hafidhahullaah) in as-Saheehah (no. 11).

[21] Related by Muslim (no. 45). It has been mentioned by Shaykh al-Albaanee in as-Saheehah (no. 1273), Saheehul-Jaami* (no. 1576) and in Saheeh Sunan Ibn Maajah (no. 3221-3223).

[22] Hasan Saheeh: Related by Aboo Daawood (5/13) and at-Tirmidthee (5/44) and he said: “It is Hasan Saheeh.” It was also reported by Ahmad (4/146-147) and Ibn Maajah (6/42-43) and by ad-Daarimee (1/34).

[23] Saheeh: Related by at-Tabaraanee in al-Awsat (no. 8657) and in al-Kabeer (no. 3307).

[24] Hasan due to witnesses: Related by Aboo Daawood (no. 4341) and by at-Tirmidthee (no. 3058).

[25] Saheeh: Related by Muslim (no. 2889) and by Ahmad (4/123), it has a witness from the Hadeeth of Haddaad Ibn Aws.

[26] Saheeh: Related by Ahmad (4/103) and it was authenticated by al-Haakim (4/430-431).

[27] Saheeh by other than itself: Related by Ahmad (4/273) and in the Musnad (no. 438) of at-Tiyaalisee.

[28] Saheeh: Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 2926) and Muslim (no. 2922).

[29] Refer to Fathul-Baaree (6/610) of al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar.

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CALLING ONESELF A SUNNI OR SALAFY

By Shaykh Muhammad ‘Umar Baazmool

QUESTION: Please I would like to know if there is anything wrong with not subscribing to a math-hab. I learn from both the Salafees and Sunnees (ie. I try to adhere to the Qur’aan and the Sunnah) but I don’t like to claim either of the two because I fear that pride that might grow in me and cause me to avoid the truth if it comes from another source. In other words, I don’t want to be like some people who follow a math-hab and don’t want to change when the proof is against them. Please advise me.

ANSWER: This question requires that we clarify some issues first. In the first part of the question, it seems the questioner is asking about blindly following math-habs. Then, the questioner refers to the following of a general manhaj, one that includes the math-habs of Fiqh and others, called the Salafee manhaj, or Sunnee (manhaj).

Then, he makes a distinction between a Salafee and a Sunnee, while the Salafee is the who who follows the Sunnah of the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam), the one he was upon as understood by the Salaf, may Allaah have Mercy on them. So every Salafee is a Sunnee, and every Sunnee is a Salafee most definitely, if we are using the word “Sunnee” with its proper meaning.

His statement in the question, “I learn from both the Salafees and Sunnees,” seems to make a distinction between the Salafee Muslims and the Sunnees. It can be understood from this that the questioner does not understand that Salafiyyah and Sunniyyah are the same thing, and that every Salafee is a Sunnee and every Sunnee is a Salafee…

[ Someone interrupts, "Or it could be that they are learning from Sunnees, meaning the Soofees that claim they are Sunnees, saying, 'We are Ahlus-Sunnah...'" ]

…So there seems to be some confusion about these names… if it is the case that some Soofees are saying that they are the Sunnees while they are actually Soofees, then this is a big form of deception that must be warned against. [1]

Anyway, let me rephrase the question and then answer it.

Is the Muslim obliged to follow a Fiqh math-hab? And is the Muslim obliged to follow Salafiyyah, or should he follow the manhaj of other groups and parties… like the manhaj of the Tableeghees, the Soofees, the Ikhwaanees, the Tahreerees, etc.?

So then as for the Muslim following a Fiqh math-hab, like the Hanafee math-hab, the Maalikee math-hab, the Shaafi’ee math-hab, or the Hambalee math-hab, I say: The basic ruling regarding this affair is that a Muslim is not required to follow any of these four math-habs.

The Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) only called the people to follow the Book and the Sunnah. And he clarified to them that they must understand the Book and the Sunnah as he and his Companions (may Allaah be pleased with them) understood it. He also emphasized that we follow the rightly-guided khaleefahs. This remained the case all the way to the era of the four imaams of Fiqh and others. There was never any obligation for the Muslim to follow any of these four math-habs.

So then, based on this, I say that the correct position is that Islaam does not require the Muslim to follow one of the four math-habs. And this is clear, in shaa’ Allaah.

However, I say: The Muslim should evaluate himself. If he finds that he has reached the level of ijtihaad and he can look into the evidences, then he must look into the evidences and follow what is clear to him from the evidences, whether the evidence contradicts the Hanafee, Maalikee, Shaafi’ee or Hambalee math-hab. There is no harm in that, as the important thing is that he follows the evidence.

However, if a Muslim is not able to look into the evidences and make ijtihaad, then it is obligatory on him to ask the people of knowledge, those known for their adherence to the Book and the Sunnah in light of the understanding of the righteous Salaf. This is based on Allaah’s Statement [2]: ( Then ask the people of knowledge if you do not know )

Therefore, the common Muslim who is not able to look into the evidences and make ijtihaad must ask the people of knowledge, and to learn the affairs of his Religion he needs from them, without restricting himself to a specific math-hab. Thus, the scholars say, “The math-hab of the common Muslim is the math-hab of the one who gives him his fatwaa.”

One last thing before I address the other topic: In our time and in the times before us, there are and were great scholars who ascribe to math-habs, while, in reality, they followed the evidences. Their ascription to their math-hab only came because they studied that math-hab specifically, or that it was the one that was common in their land. Thus, they have been given the ascription to the math-hab, not because they were blind followers.

So it is said about Ibn Taymiyyah, for example, that he was a Hambalee, and the reality was that he followed the evidences. It is said about Ibn Al-Qayyim that he was a Hambalee, too, and the reality was that he followed the evidences. It is also said that Ibn Hajr was a Shaafi’ee, and the reality was that he followed the evidences. It is said about Al-Laknawee that he was a Hanafee, and the reality was that he followed the evidences. And it is said about Shaykh Bin Baaz and Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen that they were Hambalees, and the reality is that they followed the evidences. It is said that Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem was a Hambalee, and the reality is that he followed the evidences. It is said that Shaykh Al-Fawzaan is a Hambalee, and the reality is that he follows the evidences.

The manhaj of all of these great scholars is to give verdicts according to the evidence. When the evidence came to them, they followed it. If they did not have the evidence, then they would give a verdict according to their math-hab. They would clarify the ruling of on something based on their math-hab.

So this is a very important point to pay attention to when we talk about adhering to a math-hab.

We do not say that everyone must be mujtahids and follow the evidences. Without a doubt, the common people are not able to make ijtihaad and look into the evidences. We also do not say that everyone must follow a specific math-hab and follow it. Rather, what we say is that whoever is able to look into the evidences and draw his rulings from them, then he must make ijtihaad, looking into the evidences and following them.

And his status of being someone who make ijtihaad and looks into the evidences does not prevent him from being ascribed to a math-hab that he studied, or one that was common in his land, or one that he sees as being the closest to the truth in general when he is not able to derive a ruling himself from the evidences. This does not harm someone who is from those who can make ijtihaad and follow the evidences.

As for the one who does not reach this level, then he must ask the people of knowledge, as Allaah the Exalted says [2]: ( Then ask the people of knowledge if you do not know )

When he asks, he should try his best to make sure that the one he is asking is from the people of knowledge, and he should not specify that the one he asks be ascribed to a certain math-hab. Rather, he must follow what the scholar giving him his verdict says, so long as he is upon evidence, and Allaah knows best.

As for the second part of the question that is related to ascribing oneself to the manhaj of one of the so-called “movements” as they are calling them, I say that the Muslim is obliged to ascribe to the Salafee/Sunnee manhaj. Moreover, I say that Islaam, true Islaam, is just that. It is to follow what the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) and his Companions were upon. It is to understand the Religion in light of the understanding of the righteous predecessors. So then the Muslim is indeed required to follow this methodology.

It is not permissible for the Muslim to abandon what the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) and the Companions were upon for any reason whatsoever.

Therefore, this is the manhaj, the straight path by which a person reaches salvation on the Day of Standing, in shaa’ Allaah. The Messenger (sallallaah ‘alayhe wa sallam) said, “The Jews split into 71 sects, and the Christians split into 72 sects. My nation is going to split into 73 sects, and all of them will be in the Hellfire except one.” It was said, “Who are they, O Messenger of Allaah?” He replied, “They those who are upon what I and my Companions are upon.” [3]

This is what the Salafee manhaj is. It is the following of the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) and his Companions. So then can we say to the new Muslim, “You are not required to follow this manhaj”? No! Rather we say, “Your Islaam will never be true, sound Islaam, free of innovations and mistakes, unless you follow this manhaj, unless you follow what the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) and his Companions were upon.”

Whoever opposes what the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) and his Companions were upon is from the people of differing, and he is included in the 72 groups. He is still a Muslim, however he is subject to the threat mentioned in the hadeeth – that “All of them will be in the Hellfire except one.”

When I say, “He is subject to the threat mentioned in the hadeeth,” I mean that he is subject to the Will of Allaah. If Allaah wants, He punishes them; if He wants, He forgives them.

Due to his opposition to what the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) and his Companions were upon, then he can only be in one of two categories: (1) his contradiction leads him outside of the Religion, thus he is from the disbelievers; or (2) his contradiction does not expel him from the Religion, thus he is from the people of disobedience and innovation, and thus from the 72 groups that are subject to punishment, and Allaah knows best.

So, with this, we have differentiated between the issue of following a Fiqh math-hab and the issue of following the Salafee manhaj. So the Muslim is not required to follow one of the math-habs. But as for following the Salafee manhaj, meaning to understand the Religion in light of what the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) and his Companions were upon, to follow the way of the Salaf, I say that this is the true Islaam. Whoever goes away from this, he only goes away from the true Islaam. And his departure from true Islaam is either a departure from the Religion in totality, or a deviation from the straight path that makes him from the people of innovation, disobedience, and error, and thus is considered to be from the 72 groups, and Allaah knows best.

FOOTNOTES:

[1] And this is the case with many of the deviant groups of today. They try to make a distinction between Salafiyyah and Ahlus-Sunnah, saying that Salafiyyah is a new sect or math-hab different from Ahlus-Sunnah. In reality, they are one in the same as the shaykh explains. This confusion comes from many different groups, like the Tableeghees, the Naqshabaandees, and other Soofee groups. While they claim that they are Ahlus-Sunnah, they are actually people of innovation far from the Sunnah.

[2] the meaning of Soorah An-Nahl (16):43

[3] From an authentic hadeeth collected by Aboo Daawood, At-Tirmithee, Ibn Maajah, and others. Al-Albaanee discusses its different chains and wordings in Silsilatul-Ahaadeethis-Saheehah (203-204).

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IS SALAFIYYAH A GROUP FROM AMONGST THE PARTY SPIRITED GROUPS?

By Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan

p.134, DAAR AL-MINHAAJ

Translated by Abu Maryam Taariq bin ‘Ali

Source http://www.fatwaislam.com/fis/index.cfm?scn=fd&ID=765

Question:Is Salafiyyah a group from amongst the (various) groups? And is the ascription to it blameworthy?

Answer: Salafiyyah: It is the saved sect, and they are Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, it is not a sect from amongst the party spirited groups that are labeled with partisanship; it is a Jamaa’ah upon the Sunnah and the Deen. He (the Prophet) sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “لا تزال طائفة من أمتي على الحق ظاهرين، لا يضرهم من خذلهم ولا من خالفهم” “There will not cease to be a group of my nation manifest upon the truth, not being harmed by those who abandon them, nor by those who appose them.” [1] He (the Prophet) sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “وستفترق هذه الأمة على ثلاث وسبعين فرقة كلها في النار إلا واحدة.” This Ummah will split into seventy three sects all of them in the fire except one.” They (the Companions) asked: “What is it (the saved sect) O Messenger of Allaah?” He (the Prophet sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “من كان على مثل ما أنا عليه اليوم وأصحابي” ”Those that are upon what I and my Companions are upon today.” [2]

So Salafiyyah is a group upon the methodology of the Salaf, upon that which the Messenger sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and his Companions were upon, that is not a sect from the party spirited sects of today. Indeed it (as-Salaffiyah) is an ancient Jamaa’ah traced back to the time of the Messenger sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam a continually inherited legacy, remaining manifest upon the truth up until the establishment of the Hour as he sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam informed.

FOOTNOTES:

[1] Reported by Muslim (no.1920)

[2] Reported by at-Tirmidhee (no.2641)

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THE OBLIGATION TO ASCRIBE TO SALAFIYYAH

By Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan

Taken from the audio cassette entitled, Fataawaa ’Ulamaa‘ fil-Jamaa’aat, via Minhaajus-Sunnah Recordings in ar-Riyaad.

Translated by Maaz Qureshi

Source http://www.fatwaislam.com/fis/index.cfm?scn=fd&ID=565

Question: Some of the people claim that Salafiyyah is considered a Jamaa’ah from amongst the jamaa’aat that are working within the arena, and that its ruling is the same as the ruling upon the rest of the jamaa’aat. So what is your assessment of this claim?

Answer: The Jamaa’ah of as-Salafiyyah is the Jamaa’ah which is upon the truth, and it is the one that it is obligatory to belong to, act in accordance with and to ascribe to. And everything else from amongst the jamaa’aat, then it is obligatory that they not be considered jamaa’aat of da’wah, because they are in opposition. How can we follow a sect that opposes the Jamaa’ah of Ahlus-Sunnah and the guidance of the Salafus-Saalih?! Whatever opposes the Jamaa’ah of Salafiyyah, then it opposes the manhaj of the Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam). It is in opposition to whatever the Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) and his Companions were upon. So the statement of the speaker that the Jamaa’ah of Salafiyyah is one of the Islaamic jamaa’aat, this is an error. The Jamaa’ah of Salafiyyah is the sole Jamaa’ah that it is obligatory to follow, to traverse upon its manhaj, to be affiliated with and to make Jihaad with. And everything else besides it, then it is not permissible for the Muslim to affiliate himself with any of that, because it is in opposition. So if the person pleased to be affiliated with the opponents to the manhaj of the Salaf? The Muslim is not pleased with this. The Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Stick to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs after me.” [1] And he (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whosoever is upon the likes of what I am upon today, and my Companions.” [2] So does a person desire salvation, but he traverses other than its path? ‘You hope for salvation, but you do not traverse its path; Indeed, the ship does not sail upon dry land.’

FOOTNOTES:

[1]: Related by Aboo Daawood (no. 4607).

[2]: Related by at-Tirmidhee (no. 2541).

2 comments

  1. As Salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,

    I thank Allah az wa jal for guiding me to Islam, and I especially thank Him for recently allowing me to see True Islam (Salafiyyah).

    I then thank you for providing this very clear understanding of what Salafiyyah is and is not, may Allah reward you abundantly.

    Ukht


  2. Wa alaikum salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh

    Alhamdulillah for being guided to Islam! Thank you for your kind comments. May Allah reward you as well ameen.



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