In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Nick Timothy said:
First, as we have already stated in part one that there is no doubt that they are motivated by hatred, rather they are motivated by blameworthy hatred, because there is not a single one of us except that we do love and hate, but that neither leads many of us – whether Muslim or Non-Muslim – to something blameworthy nor transgression. As for the upright Muslims, they know that their Lord commanded them, saying:
يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ كُونُواْ قَوَّٲمِينَ لِلَّهِ شُہَدَآءَ بِٱلۡقِسۡطِۖ وَلَا يَجۡرِمَنَّڪُمۡ شَنَـَٔانُ قَوۡمٍ عَلَىٰٓ أَلَّا تَعۡدِلُواْۚ ٱعۡدِلُواْ هُوَ أَقۡرَبُ لِلتَّقۡوَىٰۖ وَٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ خَبِيرُۢ بِمَا تَعۡمَلُونَ
O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah and be just witnesses and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety, and fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Well-Acquainted with what you do.
[Surah Al-Maa’idah. Verse 8]
However, the terrorists – regardless the religion they are ascribed to – submit to their desires and shaytaan, so they give no consideration to protecting human life. Indeed, Islaam is free from their satanic and barbaric deeds. Read on this link: https://salaficentre.com/2020/11/03/part-1-the-terrorists-were-motivated-by-hatred-and-islamist-ideology-a-brief-reply-to-this-statement-of-a-daily-telegraph-columnist-called-nick-timothy/
Reminding Mr Timothy That One Is Commanded to Seek Knowledge Before Speaking
Second, in this article, we remind Mr Timothy that Allaah – our Lord and his Lord – said:
وَلَا تَقۡفُ مَا لَيۡسَ لَكَ بِهِۦ عِلۡمٌۚ إِنَّ ٱلسَّمۡعَ وَٱلۡبَصَرَ وَٱلۡفُؤَادَ كُلُّ أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ كَانَ عَنۡهُ مَسۡـُٔولاً۬
And follow not that of which you have no knowledge. Verily! The hearing, and the sight, and the heart, of each of those you will be questioned (by Allah). [Surah Al-Israa. Aayah 36]
Third, we remind Mr Timothy that our Lord forbade us from conjecture. Allaah [ The Exalted] said:
[إِن يَتَّبِعُونَ إِلَّا ٱلظَّنَّ وَمَا تَهۡوَى ٱلۡأَنفُسُۖ – They follow but a guess and that which they themselves desire]. 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.
Another benefit derived from this is that the rectification or well-being of a person cannot be attained except by way of two affairs: Upright [or sound] Knowledge and Upright [or sound] Intent. This is why Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said in Miftaah Daarus Sa’aadah that a person is in need of two things: ‘[Sound] Knowledge by way of which he is [rightly] guided and lofty aspiration by way of which he is urged towards that [sound aspiration]’, because it maybe that a person has beneficial knowledge but not [sound] intent and aspiration. Therefore, one cannot be upright except by way of upright knowledge and intent. Sound knowledge is corrupted through following conjecture and sound intent is corrupted through following the desires of one’s soul. [Ref A]
Therefore, Mr Timothy and others must seek knowledge from its sound sources before speaking about Islaam, sects and deviants, otherwise one will definitely fall into conjecture. This sound sources of knowledge can only be acquired from the upright Salafi scholars and Salafi students of knowledge – neither from Ed Husain – the treacherous and misguided stooge of the Freedom worshipers – nor from the commentaries of western ideologues and demagogues, otherwise it is a great danger when one either speaks without justice, blindly follows or parrots the ideas and concepts of the era without thorough observation and study.
Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said:
And when it is case that the true followers of the Prophets [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon them] are people of knowledge and justice, therefore the speech of the people of Islaam and the true adherents to the Prophetic Sunnah regarding the unbelievers and the proponents of religious innovations has to be based on knowledge and justice, and not conjecture and what the soul desires. And due to this the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said: “The judges are three: one will go to Paradise and two to Hell. A man who knows the truth and judges with it will enter paradise; a man who knows the truth but judges with the opposite of it will enter the fire, and a man who judges for the people based on ignorance will enter the fire’’. [Reported by Imaam Abu Dawud 3573]
And when it is the case that the one who judges between the people in [affairs] of wealth, blood [i.e. murder cases, physical violence etc] and honour will enter the hell fire if he is not a just scholar, then how about the one who passes judgements – without knowledge and justice – on creeds, religions, the fundamentals of belief, divine knowledge and the general fundamental principles related to different subject matters, as is the case with ahlul bidah wal ahwaa [the people of religious innovations and desires]- those who follow the ambiguous doubtful matters, abandon those explicitly clear texts that have transmitted by the Prophets [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon them], cling to affairs that share an ambiguous similarity through mere analogy and opinions, and then present affairs whose differences can neither be reconciled nor equated, just as is the case with the unbelievers and all the proponents of religious innovation and followers of desires. [Ref B]
Acquainting Mr Timothy With One of The Satanic Paths of The Deviated Sects That Ascribe to Islaam
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 verses that Muhkamaat [ i.e. not in need of explanation], they are the foundations of the Book; and others not Mutashaabih [i.e. need to be explained by way of the Muhkamaat]. So as for those in whose hearts there is a deviation (from the truth) they follow that which is Mutashaabih, seeking trials….[Surah Aal Imraan. Verse 7]
Aaisha [may Allaah be pleased with her] said: The Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] recited this verse and then said, “If you see those who follow the Mutashaabih, then they are those whom Allaah has referred to (as those having deviation in the hearts), so beware of them”. [Saheeh Al-Bukhari. Book of commentary]
Imaam As Sadi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: All the verses 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 verses (in every sphere of knowledge and then explained in detail from One (Allaah), Who is All-Wise, Well-Acquainted (with all things)]. [Surah Hud. Verse 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 affirm the truthfulness of each other.
As for what is mentioned in this ayah concerning the verses that are Muhkamaat [i.e. clear and need no further explanation] and Mutashaabih [i.e. that some verses in certain places in the Qur’aan require explanation and elaboration through other verses], then those verses that are Muhkamaat 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 verses Secondly, the Mutashaabih are those verses 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 verses are clear and manifest to everyone and they are the majority of what is referred back to, and there are verses that are difficult for some people to understand, so it is obligatory to refer them back to those other verses that explains their precise intended meanings. This is the path which the Qur’aan takes in confirming the truthfulness of its verses 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 cling to those verses that require elaboration and explanation through other verses and then do not refer them to those verses that explain them. And the reason they do this is to seek trials and tribulations for those whom they call to their deviated paths. [Ref 1]
Therefore, it is obligated on a Muslim that he does not rush towards the one who quotes verses of the Qur’aan and the Prophetic traditions to support his views until it is ascertained that such a person is from the well-known people of knowledge- those worthy of being referred back to. And if not, one will fall into the hands of those people whom Allaah has censured in this verse -those who solely cling to the verses 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 verses and texts from the Prophetic tradition to support his claims, but when such verses and texts from the Prophetic tradition are examined, you find that he seeks to establish his claims solely by way of those texts that require further explanation, but he does not refer them back to the ones that give that explanation and elaboration. [Ref 2]
This is path of the proponents of religious innovations who ascribe to Islaam, especially the Khaarijites (i.e. modern day terrorists). The Saudi Salafi scholar Shaikh Saaleh al-Fawzaan [may Allaah protect him] said, “The kharijites were not misguided and misguiding others with their intellects and fear of Allaah, except that they disassociated themselves from the scholars and depended on their own understanding and that of those similar to them. They took instructions from one another and thus they caused harm to themselves and to the Muslim nation. This is the result of disassociating from the scholars. [Ref 3]
The Khaarijites (Terrorists) and Their Stance Towards The Muslim Rulers
Dr. Shaikh Abu Iyaad Amjad Rafiq [may Allaah preserve him] stated:
It is established in the books of heresiography (books detailing the doctrines of the sects) that the central, core, uniting element of all the sects of the Khārijites, is the issue rebelling against the rulers on grounds of perceived or actual injustice or what they consider to be disbelief, but which is not disbelief. Rather it is something that is perfectly lawful in Islām (such as treaties with non-Muslims, giving them gifts, having trade and diplomatic relations or legislating in affairs of broad public interest to achieve the objectives of the Sharīʿah such as border controls, highway regulations and so on) or it is a sin that does not reach the level of disbelief. So this is what unites all Khārijites. [Read on these three links regarding alliances, peace treaties] [Ref 4]
http://www.kharijites.com/kj/articles/oewnjbddv-all-of-the-kharijite-sects-hold-the-view-of-rebellion-against-the-oppressive-ruler.cfm https://www.abukhadeejah.com/having-alliance-with-the-non-muslims-is-of-two-types-misunderstanding-this-affair-leads-people-astray/ https://www.abukhadeejah.com/treaties-with-the-non-muslims-do-they-necessitate-allegiance/
The Prophet’s Severe Warnings Against The Danger of The Kharijites
The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said,
“The kharijites are the dogs of Hellfire”. [Ref 5]
The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon] him said:
There will appear people from the east who will recite the Qur’aan but it will not go beyond their throats [i.e. will not affect their hearts]. They go through the religion just as an arrow pierces its target and they will not return to it just as the arrow does not return to the bow. [Ref 6]
The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said:
“In the last days, there will be young people with foolish dreams. They will say the best of words in creation but they will pass through Islam just as an arrow passes through its game. Their faith will not go beyond their throats”. [Ref 7]
The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said:
“There will emerge from the east some people from my nation who will recite the Quran but it will not go beyond their throats [i.e. will not affect their heaerts]. Every time a faction of them emerges it will be cut off. The Prophet repeated this and on the tenth time he said: “Every time a faction of them emerges it will be cut off until the False Messiah appears from their remnants”. [Ref 8]
Salafi Shaikh Falaah Ismaa’eel [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said:
One of the greatest (affairs) that shows their danger is that they will remain and continue to exist until the day of judgement, because indeed they are the basis of every Fasaad [i.e. corruption] and Ifsaad [i.e. corrupting every affair by removing it from what it is supposed to be] in the earth- the basis of the spread of panic and undermining security in the land and the basis of every deviation from the true methodology, because they abandon knowledge and the scholars out of being deceived by their outward deeds. And due to this, the first thing Abdullaah Ibn Abbaas [may Allaah be pleased with him and his father] discredited them with was that there was not a single companion of Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] amongst them and they are the original source of knowledge -neither permissible for anyone to emerge and be a position in religious affairs except through them nor acquire knowledge except from them, because they are the most knowledgeable regarding that which Allaah and His Messenger intend by way of the text.
And that which is worthy that one should be aware of – in order to be acquainted with their danger – is that which Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] wished if he were to meet them and what he described regarding what he will do to them, that he would slaughter them in a manner similar to the manner in which Aad and Thamood were slaughtered- even though they [i.e. kharijites] are from the Muslim nation and from the people who face the direction of the kabah in their prayers, and especially when one recalls the statement of Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] about dogs, that “Had dogs not been a community amongst the communities, I would have commanded that all of them be killed”. [Ref 9] [Brief regarding this narration. dog ]
Therefore, a sensible person compares and ponders regarding what the Messenger of guidance and mercy wished to do to these Kharijites – despite their [devotion] in worship, prayer, fasting and recitation of the Qur’aan – as opposed to what he forbade himself and others from doing to dogs. Indeed, this is a great proof regarding the danger due to the continuation of this thought [i.e. False excommunication] and this type of people in the Ummah [i.e. the Kharijites], because they weaken the Ummah and preoccupy it with [internal problems, strife etc]. [End of quote] [Ref 10]
The Kharijites (Terrorists) Are a Chaotic People
Imaam Wahb Ibn Minabbih [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said:
I was acquainted with the early period of Islam. I swear by Allaah, the Kharijites never had a group except that Allah caused it to split due to their evil state of affairs. Never did one of them proclaim his view except that Allah caused his neck to be struck [i.e. killed]. Never did the Muslim nation unite behind a man from the Kharijites. If Allah had allowed the views of the Kharijites to be established, the earth would have been corrupted, the roads would have been cut off, the pilgrimage to the sacred house would have been cut off, and Islaam’s affair would have returned to ignorance until the people would seek protection in the mountains as they did in the pre-Islamic era of ignorance. If there were to appear among them ten or twenty men, there would not be a man among them except that he would claim the Caliphate for himself, and with every man among them, there would be ten thousand others- all of them fighting against each other and accusing each other of disbelief until even the believer would fear for himself, his religion, his life, his family, his wealth, and he would not know where to travel or with whom he should keep company. [Ref 11]
Their Intention to Commit Atrocities and The Stance of The Early Muslims Against Them
The fourth Caliph Ali [may Allaah be pleased with him] said to the kharijites after they refused to return to guidance and upright conduct, “Remain wherever you wish, because the nation of Muhammad has agreed and that neither will you shed sacred blood nor obstruct the highways, nor oppress a who are to be protected. If you do so [i.e. oppress and kill], then we have given a notice of war against you. Indeed, Allaah does not love those who are treacherous”. [Ref 12]
An Example of The Violent and Irrational Behaviour of The Contemporary Kharijites (Terrorists) In The Name of Jihaad
Shaikh Abdul Waahid Abu Khadeejah [may Allaah preserve him] quoted the senior scholar Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him], who said, “They (i.e. the extremists) kill the non-Muslims whom it is not permissible to kill. They kill those who have a treaty [with the Muslim regimes] or are under a covenant of protection. So this is extremism in the affair of Jihaad. Indeed they go even further by blowing up homes, apartment buildings and built-up areas of a town or city – they kill believers and unbelievers, young and old, males and females. They put terror and fear into the Muslims and non-Muslims who live amongst them, as well as terrifying those under the protection of the Muslim governments from the non-Muslims and the people who have covenants. Then they call that Jihaad! Rather that is Fasaad (corruption) and not Jihaad. That is because they draw the Muslims into evil, destruction and ruination. https://www.abukhadeejah.com/salafi-shaikh-fawzaan-on-jihaad-in-our-times-and-the-guidelines-of-jihaad-according-to-islam/
Therefore, after any journalist -whether Nick Timothy or other than him – is acquainted with what the seal of the Prophets [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] and the upright scholars of Islaam have stated regarding the methodology of the Kharijites and the atrocities they commit against both Muslims and fellow non-Muslim citizens, then indeed it would be tantamount to slander, deception and ignorance to attribute their methodology to Islaam. We know perfectly well what has been obligated on us in our religion whilst living in any country – whether in Muslim or Non-Muslim lands. Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen [may Alaah have mercy upon him] said:
Likewise I invite you to have respect for those people who have the right that they should be respected, from those between you and whom there is an agreement (of protection) [i.e. Non-Muslims]. For the land which you are living is such that there is an agreement between you and them. If this were not the case they would have killed you or expelled you. So preserve this agreement, and do not prove treacherous to it, since treachery is a sign of the hypocrites, and it is not from the way of the Believers.
And know that it is authentically reported from the Prophet that he said : “Whoever kills one who is under an agreement of protection will not smell the fragrance of Paradise.”
Do not be fooled by those sayings of the foolish people : those who say : ‘Those people are Non-Muslims, so their wealth is lawful for us [i.e. to misappropriate or take by way of murder and killing].’ For by Allaah – this is a lie. A lie about Allaah’s Religion, and a lie in Islamic societies.
So we may not say that it is lawful to be treacherous towards people whom we have an agreement with.
O my brothers. O youth. O Muslims. Be truthful in your buying and selling, and renting, and leasing, and in all mutual transactions. Because truthfulness is from the characteristics of the Believers, and Allaah – the Most High – has commanded truthfulness – in the saying of Allaah – the Most High – “O you who believe – fear and keep you duty to Allaah and be with the truthful”
And the Prophet encouraged truthfulness and said : “Adhere to truthfulness, because truthfulness leads to goodness, and goodness leads to Paradise; and a person will continue to be truthful, and strive to be truthful until he will be written down with Allaah as a truthful person“.
And he warned against falsehood, and said : “Beware of falsehood, because falsehood leads to wickedness, and wickedness leads to the Fire. And a person will continue lying, and striving to lie until he is written down with Allaah as a great liar.”
O my brother Muslims. O youth. Be true in your sayings with your brothers, and with those Non-Muslims whom you live along with – so that you will be inviters to the Religion of Islaam, by your actions and in reality. So how many people there are who first entered into Islaam because of the behaviour and manners of the Muslims, and their truthfulness, and their being true in their dealings.
[End of quote: salafipublications.com]
Finally, Nick stated that “It is time to end the denialism and stop making excuses for this barbarism”.
We say to him:
Indeed, the upright Muslim scholars and their students are foremost in condemning the barbarism of the terrorists, and neither are they in denial nor do they compromise, rather give upright guidance – free from extremism and negligence.
Our Mashaayikh in the West are well known for their staunch stance against the extremists and terrorists. Shaikh Abdul Waahid Abu Khadeejah [hafidhahullaah] has already clarified this matter five years ago.
The Salafi Response To The Terrorist Attacks In Paris, France: “Were they forbidding an evil?
Living With Non-Muslims In The West
Informing The Authorities Of Terrorist Plots
We are innocent of the deeds of the terrorists and the immoral cartoonists
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To be continued InShaaAllaah
[Ref A: An Excerpt from Sharh Kitaab At-Tawheed. Lesson 4. By Shaikh Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr. Slightly paraphrased]
Ref B; An Excerpt from Al-Jawaabus Saheeh Liman Baddala Deenul Maseeh. 1/26-30. Slightly paraphrased]
Ref 1: Tafseer As-Sadi. Paraphrased]
[Ref 2: Wasaa-il Ahlil Baatil Fee Taqreeri Baatilihim. page:20]
[Ref 3: Tawjeehaat Muhimmah Li-Shabaab al-Ummah. http://salaficentre.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Guidance1.pdf
[Ref 5: Sunan Ibn Maajah. No 173. Graded authentic by Imaam Al-Albaanee]
[Ref 6: Sahih Bukhari 7123]
[Ref 7: Al-Bukhari 4770]
[Ref 8: Musnad Aḥmad 27767]
[Ref 9: Saheeh Al-Jaami 9452]
[Ref 10: An Excerpt from Naz’atut Takfeer. Pages 24-25. slightly paraphrsed]
[Ref 11: Taareekh Dimashq 69290]
[Ref 12: Musnad Aḥmad 658]