[Part 8: Observations on Dr Ibraaheem Ar-Ruhayli – Shaikh Rabee Unveils the Reality behind Dr Ibraaheem’s Call to Mildness and Softness]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Dr Ibraaheem Ar’Ruhayli continued his so called advice to Ahlus Sunnah, stating that from the great Islamic goals (or aims) is that Islaam urges towards guiding the people to this religion, as the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said to Ali Bin Abee Taalib when he sent him to Khaybar: ‘’Even if a single man is led on the right path (Islam) by Allah through you, then that will be better for you than the nice red camels.” [Bukhari Number 4210]

Then Dr Ibraaheem stated that it is obligated on the one whom Allaah has bestowed guidance to the Sunnah that he shows eagerness to give dawah to the one who has been led away from the Sunnah or falls short with regards to fulfilling it. He (the one guided to the Sunnah) should employ every means possible to guide the people and bring their hearts close to accepting the truth. Those who are called [to this guidance] should be addressed mildly, just as Allaah stated in his speech to Moosaa and Haaroon:

اذْهَبَا إِلَىٰ فِرْعَوْنَ إِنَّهُ طَغَىٰ

فَقُولَا لَهُ قَوْلًا لَّيِّنًا لَّعَلَّهُ يَتَذَكَّرُ أَوْ يَخْشَىٰ

“Go, both of you, to Fir’aun (Pharaoh), verily, he has transgressed (all bounds in disbelief and disobedience and behaved as an arrogant and as a tyrant). And speak to him mildly, perhaps he may accept admonition or fear Allah. [20:43-44]

Then Dr Ibraaheem stated that Allaah commanded Moosaa and Haaroon to address Fir’awn with mildness, even though Allaah knew that Fir’awn was going to die upon disbelief, so how those Muslims who are upon error? [i.e. those who are Muslims but have errors are more deserving of this mildness etc]

Then Dr Ibraaheem stated that those who are called to this guidance should be addressed with titles (or names) that are suitable for their statuses, for the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) wrote to Heraclius, saying ‘Heraclius the Great of the Romans.’ And he (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) used to call Abdullah Ibn Ubayy (i.e. the head of the hypocrites) ‘’Abu Habbaab.’’

Then Dr Ibraaheem stated that the (one guided to the Sunnah) should also exercise patience in facing the bad treatment of those he is calling to (guidance) and should respond to them with kind treatment, and he should not be hasty in responding to them. Allaah said:

فَاصْبِرْ كَمَا صَبَرَ أُولُو الْعَزْمِ مِنَ الرُّسُلِ وَلَا تَسْتَعْجِل لَّهُمْ

Therefore be patient (O Muhammad) as did the Messengers of strong will and be in no haste about them. [46:35]

Response to the above:

Reader: Allow us a few words before we give a short response from Shaikh Rabee. Indeed, this section is not in need of much detail because the Salafiyyoon have heard the likes of these statements from the scholars, so Dr Ibraaheem’s above statement is not something new to the Salafiyyoon. As for Shaikh Rabee, he is well-known for his patience and strenuous efforts in giving advice to the obstinate people of bidah. Refer to this:  http://www.salafitalk.net/st/uploads/Shaykh_Rabee_advises_before_refuting.pdf

To proceed:

Shaikh Rabee replied to Dr Ibraaheem saying that indeed mildness, softness and patience are great affairs, especially in the field of dawah; however Dr Ibraaheem has not mentioned another affair, and from them is that the Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) once urged the poets amongst his companions to disparage the Quraish.

Aishah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: “Lampoon the Quraish, for it will hurt them more than arrows.” He sent word to Ibn Rawãhah, saying: “Lampoon them.” So he lampooned them but it was not good enough. Then he sent word to Ka’b bin Mâlik, then he sent word to Hassân bin Thâbit. When he entered upon him, Hassân said: “Now you have sent for this lion who wreaks vengeance then waves his tail about,” then he stuck out his tongue and moved it. He said: “By the One Who sent you with the Truth, I shall tear them with my tongue as leather is torn.” The Messenger of Allah said: “Do not be hasty. AbuBakr is most knowledgeable about their lineage, and I share a lineage with them. (Wait) until he summarizes my lineage for you.” Hassan went to him, then he came back and said: “0 Messenger of Allah, he has summarized your lineage for me. By the One Who sent you with the Truth, I shall draw you out from among them as a hair is drawn out of the dough.”  Aishah said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah say to Hassan: ‘The Holy Spirit will continue to support you, so long as you are defending Allah and His Messenger.” She said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah say: ‘Hassan has lampooned them and has satisfied himself and others.’  [Saheeh Muslim Number 2490]

Al-Baraa’ah Bin Aazib narrated that he heard the Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said to Hassan Bin Thaabit: “Lampoon them and Jibril (Gabriel) is with you.” [Bukhaari 3213]

After quoting these narrations, Shaikh Rabee said: So when the people of falsehood become overbearing [or oppressive] towards the people of truth through evil speech, defamation, lies and praising (other) people of falsehood, then the people of truth cannot (do anything else) except to subdue the people of falsehood- clarifying their oppressive (statements), their barefaced lies and unveiling their falsehoods. [Source: Bayaan Maa Fee Naseehati Ibraaheem Ar-Ruhayli Minal Khalal Wal Ikhlaal’ page: 23-25 abridged and paraphrased]

To be continued…InshaaAllaah

Important Articles here:

Shaikh Rabee’ on Enemies’ Latest Ploy of Dividing the Scholars into the “Harsh” Group and the “Tolerant” Group http://www.salafitalk.net/st/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=9&Topic=11580

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