[19] Brief Rebuttal Against Ed Husain: [13 Brief Comments On Ed Husain’s Ambiguous Statements Regarding Freedom of Speech, Extremism, Salafism, Caliphate And Security]

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

Why Is Ed Husain Rebutted

The Prophet [alayhis salaatu wassalaam] said:

‘’The best of the people are those living in my generation, then those who will follow the latter and then those who come after them. Then there will come after them people who will be treacherous and will not be trustworthy, they will bear witness without being asked to do so, and they will vow, but will never fulfil their vows, and fatness will appear among them’’.

Shaikh Rabee Bin Haadi [rahimahullaah] said:

‘’They give false testimony, act treacherously and deceitfully. They behave in a very sinful manner and follow evil desires, except those whom Allaah safeguards amongst the Taa’ifatul Mansoorah [i.e. the aided group of Muslims upon the straight path] – those whom Allaah’s Messenger [alayhis salaatu wassalaam] praised. Therefore, it is obligated on us to acquire knowledge for the sake of Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic] and act upon it. Ignorance is a deadly disease and knowledge is a weapon that will destroy you if you do not act upon it, and Allaah’s refuge is sought. [Ref A]

Indeed, there is no doubt that Ed Husain and his Ilk have fallen into a dangerous pit of destructive negligence and ambiguity whilst seeking to confront the destructive methodology of the Khaaerijites (terrorists). By Allaah, it is incumbent upon Ed Husain to refrain from speaking about the Deen of Allaah, because he is a deviant and a caller to deviation – one who has clearly opposed the Manhaj of the Sahaabah, confounds truth with false and a promoter of ideas that are tantamount to kufr.

In an article written for the Guardian, he stated:

Quote Number 1: “The killing of journalists in Paris on Wednesday was not only an attack on France but also an assault on Islam and the very freedoms that allow 30 million Muslims to prosper in the west”.

Comment: Yes, indeed the killing of anyone by way of vigilantism is condemned in the pure religion of Islaam, but as for the freedoms Ed Husain seeks to portray as that which has allow 30million Muslims to proper, then indeed such freedom has to be measured based on the Qur’aan and the authentic Sunnah, and this is why regardless the freedom given to upright Muslims, they make good use of it by adhering to the commands of Allaah and the Messenger to the best of their ability. They do not utilise such freedom to promote ideas and views that are tantamount to Kufr, Shirk and deviation from the path of the Sahaahab, because this is what Ed Husain has fallen into.

Quote Number 2: Ed Husain said: “Free speech is not a western concept: it is a universal craving of the human soul. The gunmen ran away shouting that they were “avenging the prophet Muhammad”. How dare they? We cannot let the murderers define Islam”.

Comment: Yes, indeed Mr Husain is right in saying that free speech is a craving of the human soul, but our Lord [The Most High] reminded us of the dangers and evil consequences of the unrestrained soul and tongue. Allaah [The Exalted] said:

وَلَقَدۡ خَلَقۡنَا ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنَ وَنَعۡلَمُ مَا تُوَسۡوِسُ بِهِۦ نَفۡسُهُ ۥ‌ۖ وَنَحۡنُ أَقۡرَبُ إِلَيۡهِ مِنۡ حَبۡلِ ٱلۡوَرِيدِ

إِذۡ يَتَلَقَّى ٱلۡمُتَلَقِّيَانِ عَنِ ٱلۡيَمِينِ وَعَنِ ٱلشِّمَالِ قَعِيدٌ۬

مَّا يَلۡفِظُ مِن قَوۡلٍ إِلَّا لَدَيۡهِ رَقِيبٌ عَتِيدٌ۬

And indeed We have created man, and We know what his ownself whispers to him. And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein (by Our Knowledge). (Remember!) that the two receivers (recording angels) receive (each human being after he or she has attained the age of puberty), one sitting on the right and one on the left (to note his or her actions). Not a word does he (or she) utter, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it). [Surah Qaaf. Aayaat 16-18]

The Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] said:

“When the son of Adam wakes up in the morning, all the limbs humble themselves before the tongue and say: ”Fear Allaah for our sake, (for) we are with you; if you are upright, we will be upright; and if you are crooked, we will become crooked.” [a]

The Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) also said: ”Whoever can guarantee (the chastity of) what is between his two jaw bones and what is between his two legs (i.e. his mouth, his tongue and his private parts), I guarantee Paradise for him.” [b]

Imaam Abdul-Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) said: This requires two affairs; [a] A lot of remembrance (of Allaah); [b] keeping away from gatherings of heedlessness and doubts, and (keeping away from) that which will result in fornication and nonsense speech. [c]

Al-Hasan Bin Saaleh (rahimahullaah) said:

“I scrutinized Wara (apprehensive fear) thoroughly and did it find it more lacking in anything than the tongue.” [d]

Imaam Fudayl Ibn Iyaad (rahimahullaah) said:

“Neither hajj nor taking up positions during battle, nor Jihaad are more difficult than restraining the tongue.” [5]

Imaam Ibn Qudaamah Al-Maqdisee (rahimahullaah) said:

Know that whoever is acquainted with the worth of his era and that it is his main capital, he will not seek an understanding except in what is beneficial. This acquaintance obligates restraining one’s tongue from speaking about that which does not concern him, for indeed the one who abandons the remembrance of Allaah (The Most High) and busies himself with what does not concern him, then he is like one who is able to get hold of a gem but exchanges it for a clod of earth.  This is a loss of one’s lifespan. [6]

Therefore, the upright Muslim takes himself to account in order that the desire to speak – just because he has been given the freedom – does not lead him to loss in the Aakhirah

Quote Number 3: Ed Husain’s statement said, “The gunmen ran away shouting that they were “avenging the prophet Muhammad”. How dare they? We cannot let the murderers define Islam”.

Comment: Yes, indeed the gunmen do not represent Islaam because it is well-known to the people of Sunnah that they are upon a wicked and twisted methodology – ISIS and their ilk; but also Islaam is free from the deviations of Ed Husain and a Muslim cannot allow his ideas to define Islaam, because he utters disbelief – a promoter of Darwin’s theory of evolution and promoter of the heretical philosophers (Ibn Sina, Al-Farabi, Al-Jaahiz etc). [See here: https://salaficentre.com/2020/10/01/on-philosophy-renaissance-and-saudi-arabia-section-1-eleven-short-responses-to-ed-husains-a-caller-to-one-of-the-paths-of-iblees-at-quilliam-foundation-satanic-insinuat/

Quote Number 4: Ed Husain said, “In seventh-century Mecca, it was the prophet Muhammad who fought for free speech to proclaim one God as the creator of life and worthy of worship. The city’s pagans were his violent persecutors. Today Muslims live freely in every European country because of the very freedoms that the terrorists struck at. Without the freedom to blaspheme and believe, Muslims would be seen as heretics and would be unable to flourish as faith communities in the west. The pogroms and wars of religion in Europe’s history bear testament to European life without freedom”.

Comment: By Allaah Ed Husain has clearly confounded truth with falsehood! The Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] cannot be attributed to this lie. He was not fighting for freedom of speech, rather he was fulfilling the command that was given to all the Messengers [alayhimus salaam] that they call to Tawheed, enjoin good and forbid evil. Allaah [The Exalted] stated:

وَلَقَدۡ بَعَثۡنَا فِى ڪُلِّ أُمَّةٍ۬ رَّسُولاً أَنِ ٱعۡبُدُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَٱجۡتَنِبُواْ ٱلطَّـٰغُوتَ‌ۖ فَمِنۡهُم مَّنۡ هَدَى ٱللَّهُ وَمِنۡهُم مَّنۡ حَقَّتۡ عَلَيۡهِ ٱلضَّلَـٰلَةُ‌ۚ فَسِيرُواْ فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ فَٱنظُرُواْ كَيۡفَ كَانَ عَـٰقِبَةُ ٱلۡمُكَذِّبِينَ

And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allah (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Taghut (all false deities, etc. i.e. do not worship Taghut besides Allah).” Then of them were some whom Allah guided and of them were some upon whom the straying was justified. So travel through the land and see what was the end of those who denied (the truth). [Surah An-Nahl. Aayah 36]

Allaah [The Most High] said:

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلۡمُدَّثِّرُ

قُمۡ فَأَنذِرۡ

وَرَبَّكَ فَكَبِّرۡ

وَثِيَابَكَ فَطَهِّرۡ

وَٱلرُّجۡزَ فَٱهۡجُرۡ

وَلَا تَمۡنُن تَسۡتَكۡثِرُ

وَلِرَبِّكَ فَٱصۡبِرۡ

O you (Muhammad) enveloped (in garments)! Arise and warn! And your Lord (Allah) magnify! And your garments purify! And keep away from Ar-Rujz (the idols)! And give not a thing in order to have more (or consider not your deeds of Allah’s obedience as a favour to Allah). And be patient for the sake of your Lord (i.e. perform your duty to Allah)! [Surah Al-Muddath-thir. Aayaat 1-7]

This was a commanded to proclaim truth – a call to humankind that they return to their sound natural disposition by singling out Allaah in worship and abandon all false deities. This is purpose behind the creation of Jinn and humankind as Allaah [The Exalted] stated:

وَمَا خَلَقۡتُ ٱلۡجِنَّ وَٱلۡإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعۡبُدُونِ

And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone). [Surah Adh-Dhaariyaat. Aayah 56]

This was no struggle for freedom of speech, rather the noble Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] was commanding good and forbidding evil – commanding humankind to worship Allaah alone, abandon polytheism and obey Allaah. The Shahaadah itself teaches us the foundation of the Messenger’s call, as Shaikh Abdullah al-Bukhaari [hafidhahullaah] said:

“And from which the people of knowledge have affirmed is that this religion is established on two affairs: Clarification of the truth and refuting falsehood and its people.  The affirmation of this (affair) becomes manifest to the one who contemplates on the statement of Tawheed [لا إله إلا الله] with clarification and by way of explanation. The saying of the slave (i.e. the Muslim)  لا إله is a refutation against falsehood and its people-those who deify others besides Allaah. And the statement   إلا الله is an affirmation of truth and a clarification of it. And it (means) that Allaah alone has the right to be worshipped and He has no partner. Likewise, the statement محمد رسول الله is an affirmation of the Messengership of the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) and a refutation against the one who gives him a status above that and thus deifies him; or lowers the rank of his Prophethood and Messengership. [Source:المقالات الشرعيّة page 14-15] [End of quote]

This what the affair is and not Ed Husain’s absurd claim that the Messenger [sallal laahu-alayhi wasallam] was the first to fight for free speech. Ed Husain is absolutely certain that no upright Muslim will accept this nonsense, but he is desperately seeking for anything through which he continues to open the unrestricted door to freedom speech that has led him to utter statements of Kufr. He retweets statements of Kufr regarding Darwin’s theory of evolution and even supports the vile militant secularists who attack the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam]. We seek refuge with Allaah against the devils amongst mankind and Jinn Aameen. Subhaanallaah! He fraudulently uses the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] as his authority for freedom of speech and defends the people who use  that freedom of speech to abuse the Prophet – opens a door to kufr and defends the people who commit that kufr.

As for the manner in which one deals with a person who commits blasphemy, then this is one of the areas exploited by the Khaarijites (terrorists)- those who take the law into their own hands and murder their fellow citizens. This is another satanic path – another extreme and it is not sanctioned by the Sharee’ah of Allaah. Regardless what a Muslim or non-Muslim says or does- either in a Muslim or non-Muslim land, we return to the law of the land and never take the law into our own hands. See here: The Salafi Response To The Terrorist Attacks In Paris, France: “Were they forbidding an evil?”  [https://www.abukhadeejah.com/the-salafi-response-to-the-terrorist-attacks-in-paris-france-were-they-forbidding-an-evil/] [https://www.salafisounds.com/bbc-interview-abu-khadeejah-regarding-terrorist-attacks-in-paris-salafism-women-in-islam/]

Quote Number 5: Ed Husain said: “Islam and Muslims are secure in the west because of freedom of speech, conscience, press and religion. To attack those freedoms is to attack Islam’s existence. The dangerous ignorance of the extremists is not limited to their failure to understand the west. They do not know the prophet for whom they claim to kill”.

Comment: This is an exaggeration; rather it is impossible – in the West and even in some Muslim countries – to establish the Sunnah of the Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] in the manner it was established in every aspect of the religion. Yes indeed, we are allowed to proclaim our religion and practice, but this does not mean that we are free to practice our religion in the manner it was practiced by the Sahaabah, otherwise the contemporary European nations would have would resembled Medieval Spain. However, this does not mean that we violate the law or isolate ourselves from the rest of society; rather we keep good relations with our fellow citizens and strive to hold onto our Islaam -distanced ourselves from the barbaric methodology of the Khaarijites (terrorists), the disbelief advocated by the militant secularists, heretical philosophers and those callers to corruption who propagate Ed Husain’s erroneous ideas and religious innovations. Indeed, just as the terrorists do not know the Prophet they are seeking to defend through their satanic acts, then likewise Ed Husain does not know the Prophet he is seeking to defend through his philosophy and that call to the freedom of expression advocated by the Militant Secularists.. As for Ahlus Sunnah, they are upon the balance path. Read articles by Shaikh Abdul Waahid [hafidhahullaah] below.

Living With Non-Muslims In The West: With Fine Conduct – By Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [hafidhahullaah]


How the Muslims are to Behave & Live with Non-Muslims- By Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [hafidhahullaah]


Muslim lifestyle choices, and adopting non-Muslim practices that conflict with Islamic teachings – By Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [hafidhahullaah]


Alliance with the non-Muslims is of two types – misunderstanding this affair leads people astray


Quote Number 6: Ed Husain said, “Unable to observe Islam freely in Mecca, the prophet migrated to Medina. There his first act was to build a mosque, the most sacred structure for a believer. An Arab man entered the mosque and urinated in front of the prophet with no care for the sanctity of the mosque. How did the prophet respond to this deepest of insults to Islam and himself? He cleaned the mosque, stopped Muslims from expelling the man and explained the inviolability of a place of worship”.

Comment: Yes indeed the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] migrated to Makkah because Allaah commanded him to do so when the evil Mushrikoon plotted to kill him. As for the man who urinated in the Masjid, then indeed this is well known in the books of Fiqh. The hadeeth teaches us gentleness and wisdom when enjoining good and forbidding evil, especially when dealing with people who are ill-informed. However, this has nothing to do with your struggle for freedom of speech which is based on opening a door to kufr and then defending the militant secularists. Read more here about man who urinated in the masjid: https://www.troid.org/media/pdf/hadeethofthebedouin.pdf

Quote Number 7: Ed Husain said, “There are many such lessons of compassion, kindness and care in the life of the prophet that are airbrushed by today’s fanatics. The bigotry of the Salafi jihadis can only be challenged and eventually uprooted by educating them on the prophet of Islam described in the Qur’an “as a mercy to the worlds”. Many in the world today would be rightly asking “where is this mercy?” For what we see is beheadings, wars and suicide bombings in the name of religion. Sadly, we will continue to witness such evil unless we address the motivations of the Salafi jihadist killers. They kill in the name of religion; we cannot respond by citing the virtues of Darwin, secularism and materialism. The only language these radicals understand is that of religion. It is by mustering the best of religion that we defeat the worst of It”.

Comment: Firstly, yes indeed, we are well aware of the lessons of compassion, kindness and care in the life of the noble Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam], because indeed Allaah [The Exalted] stated about him: [ وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلَىٰ خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ۬-And verily, you (O Muhammad) are on an exalted standard of character]. [Surah Al-Qalam. Aayah 4]

There is no doubt that the fanatics do no act upon the manners of the Messenger due to their religious innovations and fanatism, just as Ed Husain’s negligence and philosophy leads him  to oppose the excellent manners of the Messenger by advocating the type of freedom of speech that leads to the Kufr of the Militant Secularists. The fanatics call to extremism and Ed Husain calls to extreme negligence. Listen here by Shaikh Abu Hakeem [hafidhahullaah]: https://www.salafisounds.com/allaah-warns-against-extremism-and-negligence-by-abu-hakeem/

Secondly as for attaching the word Jihadis to the word Salafi, then this shows Ed Husain’s repugnant ignorance in this subject matter.  Shaikh. Dr Abu Iyaadh [hafidhahullaah] said: “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/ [End of quote]

A response to Western academics who categorise Salafis into Quietists, Politicos and Jihadists – and why this is a false categorisation.


Thirdly, just as the fanatics need education and deradicalization, likewise Ed Husain needs education in Aqeedah and Manhaj. Ed needs sound Aqeedah so that he refrains from promoting Darwins’ kufr, refrains from promoting the heretical philosophers (Ibn Sina, Al-Faribi etc) and refrains from defending the French militant secularists-those who utilise freedom of expression to attack the noblest Prophet of Allaah. Read here again regarding Ed Husain’s misguidance: https://salaficentre.com/2020/10/16/16-brief-rebuttal-against-ed-husain-a-shaytaan-ex-tahreeri-at-quilliam-foundation-recommends-article-that-promotes-deviant-al-jaahiz-al-mubtadi-a-proponent-of-the-satanic-idea-an/   https://salaficentre.com/2020/10/26/18-shaytaan-ed-husain-adds-to-his-filth-and-misguidance-and-openly-defends-the-french-militant-secularists-may-allaah-guide-him-or-break-his-back/

Quote Number 8: Ed Husain said, “The murders in Paris are not an isolated incident but part of a global trend of young Muslims disenchanted with the modern world, finding consolation in the theology and ideology of literalist sharia, killing, vengeance, punishment, domination and imposing their worldview as state law. Al-Qaida, Isis, Somalia’s al-Shabaab and others are only manifestations of this mindset”.

Comment: Modernity and the modern world is a problem for both Ed Husain and these young Muslims, because they find themselves in opposite directions – the extremism of the Khaaarijites and the negligence of the heretical philosophers. As for the people of Sunnah, they are upon the balanced path. Just as the terrorists and extremists – Al-Qaida, Isis, Somalia’s al-Shabaab, Jabhat An-Nusra, Ed Husain’s former group known as Hizb at-tahreer – follow ambiguities to justify their extremism, likewise Ed Husain utilises ambiguities to promote a corrupt concept of freedom of speech and rationalism in Islaam. Indeed, this is a path of deviation warned against by Allaah and the Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] Allaah (The Most High) said:

هُوَ الَّذِي أَنْزَلَ عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ مِنْهُ آيَاتٌ مُحْكَمَاتٌ هُنَّ أُمُّ الْكِتَابِ وَأُخَرُ مُتَشَابِهَاتٌ ۖ فَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ زَيْغٌ فَيَتَّبِعُونَ مَا تَشَابَهَ مِنْهُ ابْتِغَاءَ الْفِتْنَةِ وَابْتِغَاءَ تَأْوِيلِهِ ۗ وَمَا يَعْلَمُ تَأْوِيلَهُ إِلَّا اللَّهُ ۗ وَالرَّاسِخُونَ فِي الْعِلْمِ يَقُولُونَ آمَنَّا بِهِ كُلٌّ مِنْ عِنْدِ رَبِّنَا ۗ وَمَا يَذَّكَّرُ إِلَّا أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ

It is He (Allaah) Who has sent down to you (Muhammad) the book. In it are Aayaat that are entirely clear, they are the foundations of the Book; and others not entirely clear. So as for those in whose hearts there is a deviation (from the truth) they follow that which is not entirely clear thereof, seeking (polytheism and trials)….[3:7] Aaisha (radiyallaahu anhaa) said: The messenger ( sallal.laahu.alayhi wasallam ) recited this ayah and said: “if you see those who follow thereof that is not entirely clear then they are those whom Allaah has named ( as having deviation from the truth). So beware of them.” [Saheeh Al-Bukhari. Book of commentary]

When you look at the shortest explanation of this ayah by the scholars of Tafseer, you find the likes of Imaam Saa’di (rahimahullah) saying that all the Aayaat of the Great Qur’aan are absolutely clear, as Allaah (The Most High) said:

[الر ۚ كِتَابٌ أُحْكِمَتْ آيَاتُهُ ثُمَّ فُصِّلَتْ مِنْ لَدُنْ حَكِيمٍ خَبِيرٍ- A Book whereof are perfect aayaat (in every sphere of knowledge and then explained in detail from One (Allaah), Who is All-Wise, Well-Acquainted (with all things)][Hud. Ayah:1]

The Qur’aan is gathered upon absolute perfection, precision (in its commandments, prohibitions, laws, creed etc), justice and goodness, as Allaah also stated:

[ۚوَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ مِنَ اللَّهِ حُكْمًا لِقَوْمٍ يُوقِنُونَ – And who is better in judgement than Allaah for a people who have firm faith” [Maa-idah: Ayah:50 ]

All the sections of the Qur’aan resemble each other in beauty and eloquence, and affirms the truthfulness of each other.

As for what is mentioned in this ayah concerning Ihkaam (i.e. the Aayaat of the Qur’aan being perfect, clear and precise in meaning) and Tashaabu (i.e. that some Aayaat in certain places in the Qur’aan require explanation and elaboration through other aayaat), then firstly: ‘Ihkaam’ means that there are those Aaayaat that are clear in what they indicate without any difficulty in understanding them -these Aayaat are the foundations of the Qur’aan to which one returns every affair he finds unclear, and the vast majority of the Qur’aan is comprised of these Aayaat. Secondly: ‘Tashaabuh’ means that there are other Aayaat whose precise intended meaning are either not immediately clear to some people or are misunderstood because they indicate a general unrestricted meaning.  Therefore, the vast majority of the Aayaat are clear and manifest to everyone and they are the majority of what is referred back to, and there are Aayaat that are difficult for some people to understand, so it is obligatory to refer those Aayaat to other Aayaat that explains their precise intended meanings. This is the path the Qur’aan takes in confirming the truthfulness of its Aayaat and there are no contradictions or opposition in this.

However, the people are divided into two groups in this affair, and the first group as Allaah stated are those in whose hearts there is deviation (from the truth)- those who turn away from uprightness and harbour corrupt intentions. Their intention is misguidance and their hearts are deviated from the path of guidance. These people only cling to those Aayaat that require elaboration and explanation through other Aayaat and they abandon those Aayaat that must be referred back to in order to explain them. And the reason they do this is to seek trials and tribulations for those whom they call to their deviated paths.

Therefore, it is obligated on a Muslim that he does not rush towards the one who quotes Aayaat and Ahaadeeth to support his views until he is certain that such a person is from the well-known people of knowledge, those worthy of being referred back to. And if not, he will fall into the hands of those people whom Allaah has censured in this Ayah-those who solely cling to the Aayaat that require explanation and elaboration in order to deceive the people, whilst desiring trials, tribulations and false interpretations by way of that. So you see him quoting Aayaat and Ahaadeeth to support his claims, but when such Aayaat and Ahaadeeth are examined you find that he only seeks to establish his claims solely by way of those that require elaboration, but he does not refer them back to the ones that give that explanation and elaboration.

[Wasaa-il Ahlil Baatil Fee Taqreeri Baatilihim of page:20]

As for Ed Husain’s statement regarding literalism, then indeed this requires further clarification. Read article by Shaikh Abdul Waahid Abu Khadeejah [hafidhahullaah]: https://www.abukhadeejah.com/ibn-uthaimeen-the-important-principles-in-the-names-and-attributes-of-allaah-part-1-of-4/

Quote Number 9: Ed Husain said, “There is a raging battle of ideas within Islam across the world today. The extremism, terrorism and sectarian warfare is an overspill of this intra-faith theological conflict. The vast majority of the victims of terrorists are Muslims because the intolerance of the zealot targets fellow Muslims first. In Pakistan alone, more than 40,000 Muslims have lost their lives to terrorism since 2001. The violence reaches the west only occasionally”.

Comment: This raging battle mentioned by Ed Husain is nothing else but the deviation which he is part of. The Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] informed of us the emergence of the deviant sects, and just as the khaarijites (terrorists) are one of them, likewise Ed Husain is still roaming about blindly – from Hizb at-Taheer to the philosophers, rather he has even added Darwin’s Kufr theory of evolution to his misguidance. The Messenger [salal laahu alayhi wasallam] said: “My Ummah will divide into seventy-three sects, all of them will be in the Fire except for one, and that is the Jamāʿah.” It was said, “And who are they, O Allāh’s Messenger?” He responded, “That which I and my Companions are upon today.” [Red full article here by Shaikh Abu Khadeejah: https://www.abukhadeejah.com/salafis-callers-to-unity-forbid-splitting-ahlul-bidah-hizbies-astray-hyde-park-social-media/

Quote Number 10: Ed Husain said, “When the attacks of 9/11 shook the United States, American Muslims rallied around their government, mosques flew the stars and stripes, and the American president visited a mosque from which to say Islam and Muslims stood beside America. In Britain the government, media and Muslim citizens used the language of religion to delegitimise violence. France has excellent relations with Muslim nations including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia – and millions of French Muslims who could help marshal the language of religion to isolate and defeat Salafi extremists by countering their arguments”.

Comment: Yes indeed, every sane person condemned 9/11, and the Salafiyyoon are foremost in condemning it without falling into Ed Husain’s negligence and misguidance. As for Ed Husain’s statement “Isolate and defeat Salafi extremists by countering their arguments”, we have already commented on something similar to it on quote number 7, therefore listen to this lecture: https://www.salafisounds.com/general-advice-regarding-the-khawarij-terrorists-by-abu-khadeejah/

Quote Number 11: Ed Husain said, “This is a battle of messages and counter-messages – the jihadis call for a caliphate, intolerance, death and wanton destruction. We call for life, pluralism, openness and freedom of religion, conscience and security. The sharia has higher aims that are fully in line with the modern world. Radicals are in urgent need of re-education on Islam. We have the weight of 1,400 years of Muslim history behind us, the vast majority of Muslim scholars and the bulk of the global Muslim population”.

Comment: Firstly, yes indeed, the caliphate will return upon the methodology of the Prophets and none can stop it, but neither will it return based on the methodology of the terrorists nor that of Ed Husain’s; rather it will return based on the methodology of the Prophets. Read article by Shaikh Abu Iyaadh [hafidhahullaah]: http://www.aqidah.com/creed/articles/kyvik-the-khilaafah-lasted-for-30-years-then-there-was-kingship.cfm  http://www.troid.org/media/pdf/methodology.pdf

Secondly, as for intolerance, death and destruction, we have already clarified the manner in which a Muslim is to live amongst non-Muslims with fine conduct on point number 5 and provided links for further information.

Thirdly, yes indeed we also call for life – preserving the lives of people and doing our utmost to repel the ideas of anyone who calls to violence. As for pluralism, which means, “the existence of different types of people who have different beliefs and opinions within the same  society”, then indeed there can be no uprightness unless one’s beliefs are based on the Qur’aan, the authentic Sunnah and the understanding of the Sahaabah. Allaah [The Exalted] said:

فَإِنۡ ءَامَنُواْ بِمِثۡلِ مَآ ءَامَنتُم بِهِۦ فَقَدِ ٱهۡتَدَواْ‌ۖ وَّإِن تَوَلَّوۡاْ فَإِنَّمَا هُمۡ فِى شِقَاقٍ۬‌ۖ فَسَيَكۡفِيڪَهُمُ ٱللَّهُ‌ۚ وَهُوَ ٱلسَّمِيعُ ٱلۡعَلِيمُ

So if they believe in the like of that which you believe [O Muhammad], then they are rightly guided, but if they turn away, then they are only in opposition. So Allah will suffice you against them. And He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower. [Surah al-Baqarah. Aayah 137]

Fourthly,  no other belief system or way of life will lead to paradise, except the one ordained by Allaah for the final Messenger. Allaah [The Exalted] stated:

إِنَّ ٱلدِّينَ عِندَ ٱللَّهِ ٱلۡإِسۡلَـٰمُ‌ۗ وَمَا ٱخۡتَلَفَ ٱلَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبَ إِلَّا مِنۢ بَعۡدِ مَا جَآءَهُمُ ٱلۡعِلۡمُ بَغۡيَۢا بَيۡنَهُمۡ‌ۗ وَمَن يَكۡفُرۡ بِـَٔايَـٰتِ ٱللَّهِ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ سَرِيعُ ٱلۡحِسَابِ

فَإِنۡ حَآجُّوكَ فَقُلۡ أَسۡلَمۡتُ وَجۡهِىَ لِلَّهِ وَمَنِ ٱتَّبَعَنِ‌ۗ وَقُل لِّلَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبَ وَٱلۡأُمِّيِّـۧنَ ءَأَسۡلَمۡتُمۡ‌ۚ فَإِنۡ أَسۡلَمُواْ فَقَدِ ٱهۡتَدَواْ‌ۖ وَّإِن تَوَلَّوۡاْ فَإِنَّمَا عَلَيۡكَ ٱلۡبَلَـٰغُ‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ بَصِيرُۢ بِٱلۡعِبَادِ

Truly, the religion with Allah is Islam. Those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) did not differ except, out of mutual jealousy, after knowledge had come to them. And whoever disbelieves in the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah, then surely, Allah is Swift in calling to account. So if they dispute with you (Muhammad) say: “I have submitted myself to Allah (in Islam), and (so have) those who follow me.” And say to those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) and to those who are illiterates (Arab pagans): “Do you (also) submit yourselves (to Allah in Islam)?” If they do, they are rightly guided; but if they turn away, your duty is only to convey the Message; and Allah is All-Seer of (His ) slaves. [Aal Imraan. Aayaat 18-19]

Allaah [The Most High] stated:

وَمَن يَبۡتَغِ غَيۡرَ ٱلۡإِسۡلَـٰمِ دِينً۬ا فَلَن يُقۡبَلَ مِنۡهُ وَهُوَ فِى ٱلۡأَخِرَةِ مِنَ ٱلۡخَـٰسِرِينَ

And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers. [Surah Aal Imran. Aayah 85]

Therefore this is what our Lord have stated, but our Lord also informed us that none is to be forced to accept Islaam because truth has been made distinct from falsehood. Allaah [The Exalted] said:

لَآ إِكۡرَاهَ فِى ٱلدِّينِ‌ۖ قَد تَّبَيَّنَ ٱلرُّشۡدُ مِنَ ٱلۡغَىِّ‌ۚ فَمَن يَكۡفُرۡ بِٱلطَّـٰغُوتِ وَيُؤۡمِنۢ بِٱللَّهِ فَقَدِ ٱسۡتَمۡسَكَ بِٱلۡعُرۡوَةِ ٱلۡوُثۡقَىٰ لَا ٱنفِصَامَ لَهَا‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ

There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower. [Surah Al-Baqarah  256]

This is truth which Ed Husain never makes clear, because he wants to propagate doubts and ambiguities in this subject matter. We do not compromise this affair, but we obey the law of the lands in which we are residing- neither harass our non-Muslim fellow citizens nor give the terrorists breathing space, nor keep quiet when Ed Husain promote erroneous views in the name of fighting extremism.


Quote Number 12: Security

Indeed, the Salafiyyoon are people who give importance to security.

Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَإِذۡ قَالَ إِبۡرَٲهِـۧمُ رَبِّ ٱجۡعَلۡ هَـٰذَا بَلَدًا ءَامِنً۬ا وَٱرۡزُقۡ أَهۡلَهُ ۥ مِنَ ٱلثَّمَرَٲتِ مَنۡ ءَامَنَ مِنۡہُم بِٱللَّهِ وَٱلۡيَوۡمِ ٱلۡأَخِرِ‌ۖ

And (remember) when Ibrahim (Abraham) said, “My Lord, make this city (Makkah) a place of security and provide its people with fruits, such of them as believe in Allah and the Last Day.” [2:126]

Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve him) said:

Indeed, he (Ibraaheem-alayhis-salaam) gave priority to security (in his supplication) over seeking sustenance, because security is a necessity. Security is a necessity and the people cannot enjoy sustenance alongside fear; rather sustenance cannot be reached in the presence of fear. This is what the enemies’ desire–those who try to destabilise the Muslim societies.  They wish to disassociate the Muslims from their unity behind their Muslim rulers. This is what they desire and they do not desire good advice for the Muslims.

(They wish to disassociate the Muslims from their unity behind their rulers) in name of actualizing beneficial affairs, rectification, removal of oppression and the likes. All of this is lies and false pretences, because if ruler ship slips away chaos will be at large, corruption will spread and the beneficial affairs which they say will be actualized will be non-existent. Corruption will be at large and there will not be rectification.

Therefore, for this reason there has to be ruler ship upon which the Muslims unite.   And even if (such ruler ship) has shortcomings and (affairs pertaining to) negligence, the (people) should exercise patience, because there is a prevention of that which is more severe and harmful in exercising patience.  Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) said: ‘’It is not known of a group that rose against their Muslim Ruler, except that their state of affairs after his removal was more evil than their state of affairs whilst he was present.’’

And this is something experienced at present.  The rulers and heads of state who have been removed, what is the state of affairs of their countries after they were (removed)? There has not ceased to be fear, anxiety, chaos, bloodshed etc. [Source: Excerpt From a Juma-ah Khutbah: Khutbah Number 1: dated 1432-03-15: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/13208]

However, Ed Husain should understand that security in the afterlife is the main goal and it will only be attained by those whose beliefs are free from Kufr and Shirk Akbar. This should be a severe warning to Ed Husain that he abandons promoting Darwins Kufr theory of evolution. Allaah [The Exalted] said:

ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَلَمۡ يَلۡبِسُوٓاْ إِيمَـٰنَهُم بِظُلۡمٍ أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ لَهُمُ ٱلۡأَمۡنُ وَهُم مُّهۡتَدُونَ

It is those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah and worship none but Him Alone) and confuse not their belief with Zulm (wrong i.e. by worshipping others besides Allah), for them (only) there is security and they are the guided. [Surah Al-An’aam. Aayah 82]

Quote Number 13: Ed Husain’s statement: “The sharia has higher aims that are fully in line with the modern world. Radicals are in urgent need of re-education on Islam. We have the weight of 1,400 years of Muslim history behind us, the vast majority of Muslim scholars and the bulk of the global Muslim population”.

Comment: Yes indeed, the religion – as stated by Shaikh Abdullah Al-Bukhaari – has three distinct qualities: it is comprehensive, perfect and applicable in every era, time and place. However, every new situation encountered by this Ummah is returned to the upright scholars for observation, but not to the proponents of religious innovations [ahlul bidah] and the philosophers. Radicals are in urgent need of re-education to repel their extremism, just as Ed Husain is in urgent need of re-education in order to repel the negligence that is leading him to utter statements o Kufr as well as allying with enemies of the Messenger. As for the weight of 1, 400 years of Muslim history, then indeed we learn a lesson from this and examine that which led the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] and the Sahaabah [radiyallaahu-anhum] to strength and victory.

Al-Allaamah Abdul Muhsin al-Abbaad [hafidhahullaah] said:

The Messenger [alayhis salaatu was-salaa] said:

فَإِنَّهُ مَنْ يَعِشْ مِنْكُمْ فَسَيَرَى اخْتِلَافًا كَثِيرًا، فَعَلَيْكُمْ بِسُنَّتِي وَسُنَّةِ الْخُلَفَاءِ الرَّاشِدِينَ الْمَهْدِيينَ، عَضُّوا عَلَيْهَا بِالنَّوَاجِذِ، وَإِيَّاكُمْ وَمُحْدَثَاتِ الْأُمُورِ؛ فَإِنَّ كُلَّ بِدْعَةٍ ضَلَالَةٌ

Verily he lives long among you will see a lot of differing, so you must keep to my Sunnah and to the Sunnah of the Khulafaa ar-Rashideen [the rightly guided caliphs]. Adhere to it with your molar teeth (i.e. adhere to it firmly). And beware of newly invented matters [in the religion], for every newly invented matter [in the religion] is a bidah [innovation in the religion], and every bidah is misguidance. [Abu Dawood. Number 4607] [Tirmidhee. Number 2676]

[Also] the Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] has clarified -in the hadeeth about the seventy-three sects amongst whom seventy-two sects will enter the hell fire and one sect will be saved-that the saved sect are those who adhere to the path him and his noble companions adhered to.

Imaam Maalik [rahimahullaah] said:

“The latter part of this Ummah [i.e. those who will come after the Salaf] will not be rectified except by way of that which rectified it’s earlier part [i.e. the Salaf].’’ And he [rahimahullaah) said: ‘’Whoever innovates a bidah in Islaam and considers it to be something good, then indeed he has claimed that Muhammad betrayed the Risaalah (i.e. the message he was entrusted with); because Allaah said: ٱلۡيَوۡمَ أَكۡمَلۡتُ لَكُمۡ دِينَكُمۡ – This day, I have perfected your religion for you]”. [Ref 7]

Finally, this is the sound path, so may Allaah guide Ed Husain or break his back Aameen. Indeed, just as the extremists, radicals and fanatics utilise ambiguities to justify their deviations and extremism, Ed Husain also utilises ambiguities to promote his deviations and misguidance.

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullaah] said:

The basis of Banee Aadam’s misguidance is as a result of ‘General Terms’ and ‘Ambiguous Meanings’ [i.e. terms and meanings which can either be utilised for truth or falsehood when not explained in detail and distinguished], especially if they come in contact with a confused mind, then how about when [evil] desires and misguided enthusiasm is added to that? Therefore, ask the One Who keeps the hearts steadfast [i.e. Allaah] to keep your heart firm upon His Religion and not allow you to fall into this darkness. [8]

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullaah] also said:

“It is obligated on you to give detail and make a distinction, because unrestricted and general [statements] without clarification has indeed corrupted this existence [i.e. the world], and misguided the intellects and views [of the people] in every era”.

Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [hafidhahullaah] said:

There has to be detail explanation. The one who is not proficient in giving detail should keep quiet, because benefit is not acquired from his speech. And every time error occurs, its cause is due to an absence of detail explanation regarding truth and falsehood. There has to be detail explanation and distinction and not to mix up [affairs]. Indeed, it may be that there is something of truth and falsehood in an opponent’s statement, so all of it is neither deemed to be false nor truth; rather there has to be a distinction between its truth and falsehood. All of it is neither rejected nor accepted; rather a distinction is made regarding the truth and what is correct and the falsehood and error in it. And if you are not proficient in giving detail, then you should not enter into this field. [9]

And Allaah knows best

To be continued InShaaAllaah

[Ref A: Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm pages 268-270]

[1] [Reported by Tirmidhee Number 2407: Chapter: What has been reported concerning preservation of the tongue] [Hadeeth Delared Hasan By Imaam Albaani]

[2] [Saheeh al-bukhaari, Book of Ar-Riqaaq, Vol 8, page: 263. Hadeeth Number: 6474]
[3] Al-Hulalul Ibreeziyyah Min At-Taliqaat Al-Baaziyyah Alaa Saheeh al-Bukhari. Vol 4. Page:244. Footnote:2]

[4]Siyar: 7/368] NB: The translation of the word Al-Wara as apprehensive fear was taken from one of Ustaadh Amjad’s Rafiq’s (may Allaah preserve him) translations

[5]Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam:page:145]

[6] Mukhtasar Minhaaj Al-Qaasideen’ page 176]

[7]: https://salaficentre.com/2019/07/09/worship-based-on-the-quraan-the-authentic-sunnah-and-the-path-of-the-salaf-admonition-by-shaikh-abdul-muhsin-al-abbaad/

[Ref 8: An Excerpt from ‘As-Sawaa’iq Al-Mursalah Alal Jahmiyyah Wal Mu’attilah’ – Vol 3. page 927. slightly paraphrased]

[Ref 9: Source: An Excerpt from At-Ta-leeqaat Al-Mukhtasar Alaa Al-Qaseedah an-Nooniyyah: Vol: 1 page: 216. By Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah). Slightly paraphrased]


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