[1] A Brief Rebuttal Against The Al-Jahl Murakkab Manifested In a Statement of Frederic C. Hof Regarding Rulership In Islaam

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

Mr Hof said, “Legitimacy, Consent, and the Search for a Successor – A century after the end of the Ottoman Empire, no successor to Istanbul’s sultan-caliph has emerged”. We say to him, “The Khilaafah Lasted for 30 Years Then There Was Kingship Which Allaah Gives To Whomever He Pleases”. Read full article by Shaikh Abu Iyaadh [hafidhahullaah]


Indeed, numerous are the writers who speculate about Islaam and the Muslims! Some of them speculate due to Jahl, some desperately seek to propagate misconceptions in order to hide truth and others seek to wage an ideological war against Islaam. Allaah [The Most High] said:

يُرِيدُونَ أَنْ يُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ

They want to extinguish Allaah’s Light with their mouths [i.e. the Qur’an, the pure Islamic monotheism and the guidance Allaah sent Muhammad with] but Allah will not allow except that His Light should be perfected even though the disbelievers hate (it). [Soorah At-Tawbah: Ayah: 32]

Imaam Ibn Katheer [rahimahullaah] said:

They want to extinguish that which Allaah sent His Messenger with of guidance and the religion of truth, merely by way of their arguments and fabrications; so their example in this is that of one who wants to extinguish the light of the sun or the moon by way of blowing at [them] and this [person] can never achieve this. [Ref 1]

Imaam as-Saa’di [rahimahullaah] said: The light of Allaah is His Religion [i.e. the religion Allaah chose for mankind],  which He sent the Messengers with and due to which He revealed the Books.  Allaah called it light because it gives light in the (midst) of the darkness of ignorance and the false religions, because it is knowledge of the truth and action upon truth. And that which is other than it is its opposite. [Ref 2]

When well-informed Muslims – those who are either teachers of the infallible Islamic Aqeedah or those acquainted with the clarifications of the teachers of this infallible Aqeedah – hear the likes of these statements uttered by Mr Hof that “Legitimacy, Consent, and the Search for a Successor – A century after the end of the Ottoman Empire, no successor to Istanbul’s sultan-caliph has emerged”, they easily notice the ignorance in this statement and the writer’s weak understanding of the authentic Prophetic texts. Indeed, this statement manifests the Al-Jahlul Murakkab of both Mr Hof and Hasan, because had it not been the case that this is their state in this subject matter, then Mr Hof would not have made this statement nor would Hasan Hasan retweet his article. And what is Al-Jahlul Murakkab?! Imaam Muhammad Bin Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen [rahimahullaah ] said,  “Which one is more repugnant- Al Jahlul Baseet [i.e. the type of ignorance which shows that the person knows nothing about a particular affair] or Al Jahlul Murakkab [i.e. the type of ignorance which shows that a person understands something in a manner contrary to what it is in reality – he neither knows nor knows that he does not know]?

Answer: Yes, certainly. There is no doubt that Al-Murakkab is indeed more repugnant. It has been mentioned that there was a man called Tawm, who used to think that he was a wise person, but he gave verdicts without knowledge. And from those verdicts of his was that he said, “Give your daughters as charity to those who have not been married”, and he thought that this [statement or verdict] of his is good. And regarding it, a poet said: “The one who acquires [or pursues] knowledge without a Shaikh will deviate from the straight path; the sciences [of the religion] will become mixed up for him, until he becomes more misguided than Tawm – the [so called] wise man, who said that the [people] give their daughters to men as charity and [seek] the gardens of bliss [i.e. paradise] by way of that. [Ref 3]

Firstly, this is what Mr Hof manifested – [Al-Jahlul Murakkab]- when he made such a statement regarding rulership in Islaam and the Khilaafah, because even though he thinks that he is acquainted with the affair of rulership in Islaam and then rushed to offer his political analyses, however he is completely unaware of the fact that his analyses does not hold any weight in the sight of Allaah. Indeed, the Ummah of Islaam have already been informed – by the infallible final Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] – about the affair of rulership in Islaam and events related to it.

Secondly, Mr Hof is reminded of the fact that the final Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] forbade us from craving for leadership. Imaam Al-Bukhaari [rahimahullaah] said, ‘’Chapter: If somebody does not seek authority of ruling, then Allaah will surely help him [if he is given such authority].’’ Narrated Abdur-Rahmaan Bin Samura: The Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said, ‘’O Abdur-Rahmaan! Do not seek to be a ruler, for if you are given authority on your demand, then you will be held responsible for it, but if you are given it without asking [for it], then you will be helped [by Allaah] in it. If you ever take an oath to do something and later on you find that something else is better, then you should expiate your oath and do what is better.’’ [Saheeh Al-Bukhaari, Number 7146]

Few Reminders From Fat-hul Baari:

The one who seeks authority and receives it will not be helped. It is well known that to be in authority is accompanied by difficulties, so the one who does not receive help from Allaah will be trapped within it and thus loses both his Dunyah and Aakhirah. Therefore, the sensible person does not ask for authority, but if he is suitable and it is given to him without him asking for it, then indeed the truthful and trustworthy one [i.e. The Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wsallam)] has promised him that Allaah will help him. [An Excerpt: Chapter: (باب من لم يسأل الإمارة أعانه الله عليها  )in ‘kitaab al Ahkaam’ Saheeh Al-Bukhaari with Fat-hul Baari]

Thirdly, the final Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] said: The Prophetic khilaafah will last for thirty years. Then Allaah will give the dominion to whomever He wills. [Must read this artcle by Shaikh Abu8 Iyaadh [hafidhahullaah]: http://www.aqidah.com/creed/articles/kyvik-the-khilaafah-lasted-for-30-years-then-there-was-kingship.cfm

Fourthly, after reading the above article in the link written by Shaikh Abu Iyaadh, one realises that Mr Hof is greatly in need of studying Islaam from the correct sources, otherwise he’ll continue to manifest his Al-Jahlul Murakkab when speaking about Islaam. and Hasan Hasan will continue to assist him to spread such Jahl.

Finally, brief rebuttals against Hasan: https://salaficentre.com/2020/09/27/11-responses-to-hasan-hasans-misconceptions-a-loudmouth-pseudo-researcher-and-pretender-in-the-issues-of-salafiyyah-whilst-affiliated-with-the-delma-institute-abu-dhabi/

To be continued InShaaAllaah

[Ref 1: End of quote: See Al-Misbaah Al-Muneer Fee Tahdeeb Tafseer Ibn Katheer]

[Ref 2: Tayseer Al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan Fee Tafseer Kalaam Al-Mannaan]

[Ref 3: An Excerpt from Sharh Al-Waraqaat- page 44-45. slightly paraphrased

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