Part 2: Observations on Dr Ibraaheem Ar-Ruhayli
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Dr Ibraaheem Ar-Ruhayli (may Allaah rectify his affairs) stated that he advices the youth of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaa’ah to solve their differences based on what is found in the Book and the Sunnah. They should also utilise what is found in it to solve the great splitting that has occurred due to differing- which many of the Salafi youth are upon in the Muslim lands, rather even in the non-Muslim countries where the Muslims are the smallest group- in the affairs of knowledge, the stances towards some of the Mukhaalifeen, which has led to shunning and boycotting (one another), rather this has even led to violating the rights of others and transgression between Ahlus Sunnah until the fitnah has become great, severely dangerous and has affected the dawah to the Sunnah, rather it has prevented some people from embracing the Dawah after the people accepted it in many regions and countries.
Shaikh Rabee Bin Haadi (may Allaah preserve him) responded to the above statement of Dr Ibraaheem Ar-Ruhayli, saying that it was incumbent upon Dr Ibraaheem (may Allaah rectify his affairs) to know the reasons behind the differing between the Salafi youth and those who ascribe themselves to it, then come out openly with the truth and convict those splitters (or dividers) of the salafi youth,- those who innovate corrupt principles to defend the people of bidah and misguidance– refute their corrupt principles, fundamentals and misguided methodologies; refute their defence of the people of bidah and misguidance, their war against Ahlus Sunnah, their (attempts) to defame the methodology of ahlus sunnah and their scholars.
Then Shaikh Rabee (may Allaah preserve him) went on to say that it was incumbent upon Dr Ibraaheem Ar-Ruhayli to specify those who have violated the rights of others and the transgressors – those who brought about great trial and whose affair is of severe danger due to initiating and prolonging this fitnah through deceptive methods and false principles, which they have set up to destroy the methodology of Ahlus Sunnah and bring down the scholars.
Many of the people have been duped (or deceived) by these deceptive methods, false alarms and fundamentals whose aim is to reject truth and misguide the people, for they have brought about great trial and severe danger. And from the consequences of this (great trial and severe danger initiated by those who set up these false alarms, principles and fundamentals) is that many from Ahlus Sunnah deviated and many people fled from the Manhaj of Ahlus Sunnah after accepting it. So as a matter of fact, it becomes known who is the cause of the fitnah upon the Salafi Dawah, which (i.e. this trial) brought about trials and splitting.
So clarification is a necessity in sincere advice, for sincere advice and clarification are from the most important affairs that the Messengers were sent with. Allaah (The Most High) said that His Prophet Nuh (alayhis-salaatu wassalaam) said:
[أُبَلِّغُكُمْ رِسَالَاتِ رَبِّي وَأَنصَحُ لَكُمْ وَأَعْلَمُ مِنَ اللَّهِ مَا لَا تَعْلَمُونَ – I convey unto you the Messages of my Lord and give sincere advice to you. And I know from Allah what you know not (7:62)]
And Allaah (The Most High) said that His Prophet Hud (alayhis salaatu Was-Salaam) said:
[أُبَلِّغُكُمْ رِسَالَاتِ رَبِّي وَأَنَا لَكُمْ نَاصِحٌ أَمِينٌ – I convey unto you the Messages of my Lord, and I am a trustworthy adviser (or well-wisher) for you (7:68)]
And Allaah (The Most High) said:
وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا مِن رَّسُولٍ إِلَّا بِلِسَانِ قَوْمِهِ لِيُبَيِّنَ لَهُمْ ۖ فَيُضِلُّ اللَّهُ مَن يَشَاءُ وَيَهْدِي مَن يَشَاءُ ۚ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ
And We sent not a Messenger except with the language of his people, in order that he might make (the Message) clear for them. Then Allah misleads whom He wills and guides whom He wills. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.[14:4] The scholars are the inheritors of the prophets in this advice, clarification and other than it.
Then Shaikh Rabee (may Allaah preserve him) informed Dr Ibraaheem Ar-Ruhayli that if this obligatory legislated clarification is not received from him [i.e. from Dr Ibraaheem Ar-Ruhayli (may Allaah rectify his affairs)], he (i.e. Shaikh Rabee) sees that it is incumbent upon him (Shaikh Rabee) to fulfil it as Naseehah to Islaam (i.e. doing what Islaam requires in this particular affair in order establish what it sanctions and repel what it negates in order that the sound principles in the religion are preserved) and sincere advice to the Muslims (i.e. to give sincere advice to the Muslims about what is correct and informing them of what is harmful to their religion in this particular affair).
Then Shaikh Rabee (may Allaah preserve him) said, I say: The figureheads of this trial, its initiators (or perpetrators) and flag bearers are well known to Ahlus Sunnah, and they are indeed Adnaan Ar’oor, Abul Hasan al Maribi, Ali al Halabi and those who follow them, their principles and methodology. These people pursue their war against Ahlus Sunnah and their defence of the senior people of bidah.
The Shaikh then went on to speak about Al-Qaasimi, who was a typical example of those who defended the senior people of bidah just as Al-Halabi, Al-Maribi and Adnaan Ar’oor are guilty of the same affair. [Source: Bayaan Maa Fee Naseehati Ibraaheem Ar-Ruhayli Minal Khalal Wal Ikh’laal pages 8-20 paraphrased and abridged]
To be continued…In-Shaa-Allaah
Abul Hasan Al-Maribi