In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
May peace and blessings of Allaah be upon our noble Messenger, his family and companions. To proceed:
Firstly, we make it absolutely clear once again that rebutting the lies and falsehood of the wicked liars amongst the journalists does not justify in anyway that one seeks to harm them; rather their lies are rebutted and their affair is left to Allaah – The All-Seer, All-Knower and All-Hearer.
Chika Oduah – the Nigerian journalist- made a haphazard attempt to slander Salafiyyah and the Salafiyyoon, may Allaah guide her diseased heart and deceitful tongue to that which is praiseworthy Aameen. We have already – in brief – clarified her misconceptions and slanders in parts 1 and 2 below:
The likes of this dishonest journalist is not afflicted with anything else except a desire for fame and recognition, so they utilise adorned speech by way of deception to conceal facts, deliberately enter into conjecture and misguide their gullible blind followers. Al-Allaamah Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn Yahyah Al-Mu’allimee [rahimahullaah] stated, “The human being does not hate truth as a result of considering it to be falsehood; rather he loves truth by way of his Fitra [sound natural disposition] and loves falsehood due to his desires and lusts. The shift towards success or loss defends on what he gives preference to”. [Ref 1]
This woman – Chika Oduah – should have restrained her vile tongue from speaking about that which she does not know, for indeed as some of the scholars of Islaam have stated: “Silence beautifies a scholar and conceals the affair of an ignorant person”; however she chose to speculate and thus ascribed the ignorant and evil Khaarijites of Boko Haraam to Salafiyyah. If only this liar kept quiet, but obviously ignorance and a desire for fame led her to wild speculation, conjecture and adorned speech by way of deception. Allaah [The Exalted] said: [إِن يَتَّبِعُونَ إِلَّا ٱلظَّنَّ وَمَا تَهۡوَى ٱلۡأَنفُسُۖ – They follow but a guess and that which they themselves desire]. Shaikh Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr [hafidhahullaah] said, “There is a tremendous benefit derived from this, because the one deprived of sound Eemaan and the sound creed sent down as revelation by Allaah- The Lord of the Aalameen, then his affair is one of two: Corruption in Knowledge or Corruption in his Intent– corruption in knowledge occurs as a result of following conjecture and corruption in one’s intent occurs as a result of following desires, or the person may combine both of them”. [Ref 2]
Imaam Abdur-Rahmaan Bin Naasir As-Sadi [rahimahullaah] said, “And what is well known is that Allaah neither loves ignorance nor doubts, neither confusion nor misguidance; rather He loves the religion, knowledge and certainty. The Muslims are agreed [upon the fact] that doubt and confusion are unpraiseworthy, and it is expected – absolutely- that a person who does not possess knowledge of something is obligated to keep quiet and seek knowledge via its (sound) sources”. [Ref 3]
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullaah] said: “When the souls incline towards adorned speech and become pleased with it, they carry out what it calls them to do -in speech and action. Therefore, ponder upon these verses and the sublime meanings they convey, for they clarify the roots of false principles and alert a person against them. And if you ponder upon the statements of the people of falsehood, you will indeed find them clothed with expressions and presented in a good light with sophisticated terms, which are quickly accepted by those deprived of sound discernment to the extent that the wicked sinners would give [good] names to the greatest types of wicked deeds.”[Ref 4]
May Allaah guide this woman or protect us from her vile speculations and slanders Aameen.
[Ref 1: At-Tankeel Vol 2. Page.179 with the checking of Imaam Albaanee (rahimahullaah)]
[Ref 2: An Excerpt from Sharh Kitaab At-Tawheed. Lesson 4. By Shaikh Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr. Slightly paraphrased]
[Ref3: An Excerpt from Al-adillatul Qawaatiq Wal-baraaheen Fee Ibtaali Usoolil Mulhideen. Page 15. slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 4: Source: An Excerpt from As-Sawaa-iq al-Mursalah of Imaam Ibnul Qayyim: 2/438). Slightly paraphrased]