In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Imaam Barbahaaree [rahimahullaah] said: ‘It is not permitted for a man to say, ‘So and so is a person of the sunnah’ until he knows that he combines the characteristics of the Sunnah, so it is not said of him, ‘a person of the Sunnah’ until he combines all the Sunnah.
Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [hafidha-hullaah] commented on the above statement of Imaam Barbahaaree saying: Do not give recommended to a person and a praise of him, except based on knowledge, lest the people become deceived by your praise of him, whilst he is not what (you have stated about him). So when his real affair and path is clear to you, his knowledge and steadfastness; then you can give him recommendation. As for giving out praise and recommendation whilst not knowing of anything about him, then this is a dangerous recommendation through which the people will be deceived by this person. Had only those who give commendations to the people stopped at that (i.e. put it in its proper place), then they would not give recommendation, except for one who fulfils the conditions of (receiving) recommendation because recommendation is a ‘Witness’; so, if the recommendation is not correct it will be a false witness.
And concerning the statement of Imaam Barbahaaree: ‘until he knows that he combines the characteristics of the Sunnah’ Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan commented on the above statement saying: The characteristics of the Sunnah are to be in Aqeedah, Knowledge and adherence to the Salafus Saaleh. But if there is not in him except a single characteristic of the (sunnah), then he is not judged to be from Ahlus Sunnah on the basis of a single characteristic or one thing, so what about the one who does not have anything from that? [End of quote: It-haaful Qaaree Bitta’liqaat Alaa Sharhis Sunnah Lil Imaam Barbahaaree, Vol: 2, page:275-276]
Indeed, those who commit terrorist acts or spread extremism in the name of Islaam are to be refuted and exposed, so that both Muslims and non-Muslims are warned against their evil and destructive beliefs. However, one should not be oblivious of the fact that there is another category of deviants – those who ignorantly or deceitfully seek to distort the term Salafiyyah. So, you hear these ignoramuses or deceivers saying, “Jihaadi Salafis, Violent Salafis, Non-Violent Salafis, Ultra Salafis etc You hear a misguided modernist who attributes himself to Islaam whilst he haphazardly seeks to attribute Salafiyyah to that which this blessed methodology is absolute free from. He either studies and analyses political ideologies – the right, the far right, the left, the far left, centrist, centre right, centre left, communism, socialism etc and then seeks to apply the results of his studies to the differences between Salafiyyah and other paths attributed to Islaam. What such a pseudo researcher fails to realise is that to establish whether a person is within or outside the fold of Islaam, extreme or moderate, guided or misguided, then indeed that is not carried out based on the results of research carried out on modern political ideologies- the man made ideologies in the earth; rather extremism, moderation, guidance and misguidance are judged based on the Qur’aan, the authentic Sunnah of the Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] and the understanding of the companions of the Prophet. Allaah [The Most High] said: [وَمَنْ يُشَاقِقْ الرَّسُولَ مِنْ بَعْدِ مَا تَبَيَّنَ لَهُ الْهُدَى وَيَتَّبِعْ غَيْرَ سَبِيلِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ نُوَلِّهِ مَا تَوَلَّى وَنُصْلِهِ جَهَنَّمَ وَسَاءَتْ مَصِيرًا – And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger (Muhammad) after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers’ way [i.e. the Sahaabah]. We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell – what an evil destination. [Surah An-Nisaa. Aayah 115]
The Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] said: The Jews divided into seventy-one sects, the Christians divided into seventy-two sects and this Ummah will divide into 73 sect. All of them are in the fire except one. So he was asked, “Who are they [i.e. the saved sect] O Messenger of Allaah?” He said, “Those upon that which I and my companions are upon”.
On the authority of Abu Najeeh al-’Irbaad ibn Saariyah [radiyallaahu-anhu] who said: The Messenger of Allah [sallal laahu alayhi weasallam] gave us an admonition by which our hearts were filled with fear and tears came to our eyes. So we said, “O Messenger of Allah! It is as though this is a farewell admonition, so advise us.” He said, “I command you to have taqwa (fear) of Allah, and to listen and obey [your leader], even if a slave were to become your leader. Verily he among you who lives long will see great controversy, so you must keep to my Sunnah and to the Sunnah of the Khulafa ar-Rashideen (the rightly guided caliphs). Cling to it firmly [literally: with your molar teeth], and beware of newly invented matters [in the religion], for verily every bidah (innovation in the religion) is misguidance.”
Therefore, O Militant Secularists and Misguided Modernists! Either study the path of the companions or ask those who know before saying anything about Salafiyyah, lest you become more ignorant than a domestic donkey or your evi intentions and deviations are manifested for everyone to see.
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Welcome to Salafis.Com! There is much talk regarding Salafis and Salafiyyah in books, journals, the press and various other media. The “Salafi Way” is not something new, invented or innovated. By definition, it is the pure Islaam which the Companions of Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) held onto. When the sects foretold by the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) appeared, those who took knowledge from the Companions began to verbally express the obligation of holding onto the way of (السلف الصالح), “The Righteous Predecessors.” From such statements is the saying of Imaam al-Zuhree (d. 124H), “Adhere to the tracks of the Salaf, even if the people reject you. And beware of the opinions of men, even if they beautify it for you with speech.” Hence, Salafiyyah is not a later innovation. Salafis are the target of sectarian bias and bigotry for many factions, from them the Raafidah, Soofiyyah, Kharijites and Takfiris, the blind-followers of the madhaahib, Secularists, Modernists and many others. As such there is a lot of propaganda in the field which is unfortunately entered into what is claimed to be “objective research”. To make matters more confusing is the presence of numerous orientations falsely ascribing to Salafiyyah despite their deviations from it in their foundations and methodologies. Many of the takfiri, Khariji groups make this false ascription. This adds another layer of confusion to anyone wanting to research and understand Salafiyyah, and leads to Salafis being wrongly attributed with the iniquities of the Takfiris and Kharijites. In light of all of these realities, this website aims to provide relevant information and critical evaluation and analysis of the various views and opinions that are being scattered in books, journals, blogs, websites, audios and videos in relation to “Salafis” and “Salafiyyah“. http://www.salafis.com/index.cfm
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