In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Nick Timothy [may Allaah guide him to the right path] stated regarding the terrorists who carried out the attacks at a synagogue in Vienna -Austria:
Indeed, Nick’s above statement contained both truth and falsehood, fact and conjecture etc. There is no doubt that the terrorists are motivated by blameworthy hatred founded on misguidance. There is not a single one of us except that he or she does love or hate something, but neither are we – whether Muslim or Non-Muslim – led to something blameworthy nor transgression. As for the upright Muslims, they know that their Lord commanded them to establish justice on behalf of everyone. Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic] said:
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 evil desires and thus give no consideration to protecting human life. Indeed, Islaam is free from their satanic and barbaric deeds.
As for Nick’s view that they were also motivated by Islamist Ideology, then indeed we advise him to seek sound knowledge – from its sound sources – before speaking about Islam. Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic] 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]
[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. [An Excerpt from Sharh Kitaab At-Tawheed. Lesson 4. By Shaikh Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr. Slightly paraphrased]
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. [An Excerpt from Al-Jawaabus Saheeh Liman Baddala Deenul Maseeh. 1/26-30. Slightly paraphrased]
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 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. Nick and his ilk should understand that Islam is not an ideology, rather it is the final revelation to humankind from the Lord of the heavens and the earth. However, when people innovate into Islaam, such as what we have all witnessed from the terrorists in France and Austria, then indeed those innovations become ideas of men and have nothing to do with Islaam. The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “Whoever innovates into this religion that which is not from it will have it rejected”. He also said, “Whoever does a deed that is not in conformity with the religion, it will be rejected”. Not only is a Muslim forbidden from religious innovation, rather even the manner in which he or she performs an act of worship has to be in accordance with the guidance of the Prophet. The terrorists cannot cite a single clear text to justify their deeds, rather they either follow desires, misconstrue texts and follow ambiguities. This is well known to the scholars of Islaam and its upright students since the time of the companions of the Prophet when this sect called the Khawaarij first appeared with their extremist views and transgressions. Therefore, attaching the word ideology to Islaam and associating the deeds of the terrorists to Islaam is either tantamount to slander or ignorance, so we hope that Nick understands this very well.
As for the Islamist, Westerners view him or her as ”a person who believes strongly in Islam, especially one who believes that Islam should influence political systems, an advocate or supporter of Islamic militancy or fundamentalism, radical Islamists”.
Observations: Islamist – One Who Believes Strongly In Islaam, Especially One who Believes That Islaam Should Influence Political Systems: If the term ‘Islamist’ is a person who believes strongly in Islaam, especially one who believes that Islam should influence political systems, then indeed this is praiseworthy in the sight of Allaah. Imaam Ash-Shaatibee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: Know that Allaah has established this sharee’ah as a proof against the creation [i.e. mankind and jinn] – the old and young alike; the obedient and the disobedient; the righteous and the wicked. He did not specify the proof against anyone in exclusion of another one. Also all the other revealed laws were established as proof against all the other nations to whom they were revealed. The Sharee’ah is the judge- restrictedly and unrestrictedly; the [source of judgement] and the judge on all those who have reached the age of responsibility. It is the path attached to [what Allaah has ordained] and the Greatest Guide. And have you not seen the statement of Allaah [The Most High]:
وَكَذَٲلِكَ أَوۡحَيۡنَآ إِلَيۡكَ رُوحً۬ا مِّنۡ أَمۡرِنَاۚ مَا كُنتَ تَدۡرِى مَا ٱلۡكِتَـٰبُ وَلَا ٱلۡإِيمَـٰنُ وَلَـٰكِن جَعَلۡنَـٰهُ نُورً۬ا نَّہۡدِى بِهِۦ مَن نَّشَآءُ مِنۡ عِبَادِنَاۚ وَإِنَّكَ لَتَہۡدِىٓ إِلَىٰ صِرَٲطٍ۬ مُّسۡتَقِيمٍ۬
And thus We have sent to you (O Muhammad) Ruhan (an Inspiration, and a Mercy) of Our Command. You knew not what is the Book, nor what is Faith? But We have made it (this Qur’an) a light wherewith We guide whosoever of Our slaves We will. And verily, you (O Muhammad) are indeed guiding (mankind) to the Straight Path (i.e. Allah’s religion of Islamic Monotheism).’’ [Soorah Ash-Shooraa. Ayah: 52]
He [the Prophet] was the first to be guided to the Book and Eemaan, and then those who followed him. The Book is the Guide and also the Sunnah which was sent down upon him explains that guidance [i.e. the Sunnah and the Qur’aan explain each other]. All the creation [i.e. mankind and Jinn] are guided by it.
Therefore, when this is the case, the Sharee’ah is worthy of being a decisive proof against them [i.e. against mankind and Jinn] and a beacon by way of which they are guided to the truth. Their nobility is established in accordance with how far they embrace its rulings- through acting upon them in speech, belief and deeds– and not merely due to the level of their intellects or their nobility amongst their people. That is because Allaah [The Most High] has determined nobility through Taqwa and no other than it. Allaah [The Most High] said: [إِنَّ أَڪۡرَمَكُمۡ عِندَ ٱللَّهِ أَتۡقَٮٰكُمۡۚ- Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa] [49:13]
The one who is the firmest [in his or her] adherence to the Sharee’ah is more worthy of honour and nobility, but it is not possible for the one below this [i.e. the one whose adherence to the Sharee’ah is below that of the one who is firmest in adhering to it] to reach the highest level of honour based on his adherence to the Sharee’ah. Therefore, honour is [measured] in accordance with one’s [level of adherence] to the Sharee’ah”. [Source: Al-Itisaam 3/434 slightly paraphrased]
Therefore, adherence to the Sharee’ah – in all aspects of life – is an act of worship and to refrain from judging by the Sharee’ah is a sin. Imaam Abdur-Rahmaan as-Sa’dee (d. 1376H) said: ”Judging by other than what Allaah has revealed is among the actions of the People of Disbelief – and it can also take one outside of the religion. And that is when he believes in its legality and its permissibility. And it can sometimes be one of the major sins and from the actions of disbelief – the one who is guilty of it will receive a heavy punishment – and Allaah said: “And whoever does not judge by what Allaah has revealed, then they are the wrongdoers (dhaalimoon).” Ibn Abbaas said: “Disbelief lesser than Major disbelief, wrongdoing lesser than major wrongdoing, and rebellious sinfulness lesser than major rebellious sinfulness. It becomes major wrong doing when declared permissible but it is a great sin when it is done without declaring it permissible”. [Tayseer al-Kareem ar-Rahmaan 2/296-297] see more here: http://www.thenoblequran.com/SPS/sp.cfm?subsecID=MNJ05&articleID=MNJ050001&articlePages=1
Therefore, if this is the Islamist intended by Nick – the one who adheres to the judgement of the Sharee’ah in all aspects of life, then indeed this is praiseworthy in the sight of Allaah. But, if the term ‘Islamist’ – according to Westerners – is ‘an advocate or supporter of militancy, radicalism or terrorism, then indeed this is not to be attributed to Islaam, because the only people known for such behaviour are the khaarijites [terrorists] and those influenced by their ideas. It is well-known in Islaam that a Muslim is not allowed to commit any act of aggression against a non-Muslim citizen just because he disapproves of their behaviour. The Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] said, “Whoever kills one who is under an agreement of protection will not smell the fragrance of Paradise”. This hadeeth shows clearly that a Muslim is threatened with punishment in the afterlife for murdering a non-Muslim citizen who is under an agreement of protection. Therefore, how can any sensible person attribute the deeds of such a Muslim to Islaam?!
As for the term ‘Islamic Fundamentalism’, even though there is much dispute between the people regarding its meanings, however the meaning generally intended by those who use it is, ‘Strict observance of the teachings of the Qur’an and the Shari’a (Islamic Law)’. Therefore, if this is what Westerners intend by the term ‘Fundamentalism’, then indeed Allaah [The Exalted] said:
فَلَا وَرَبِّكَ لَا يُؤۡمِنُونَ حَتَّىٰ يُحَكِّمُوكَ فِيمَا شَجَرَ بَيۡنَهُمۡ ثُمَّ لَا يَجِدُواْ فِىٓ أَنفُسِہِمۡ حَرَجً۬ا مِّمَّا قَضَيۡتَ وَيُسَلِّمُواْ تَسۡلِيمً۬ا
But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (O Muhammad) judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission. [Surah An-Nisaa. Aayah 65]
Narrated Abu Musa (radiyallaahu-anhu): The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said, ‘’My example, and the example of what I have been sent with is that of a man who came to some people and said, O people! I have seen the enemy’s army with my own eyes and I am a plain warner; so protect yourselves!’ Then a group of his people obeyed him and fled at night proceeding stealthily till they were safe, while another group of them disbelieved him and stayed at their places till morning when the army came upon them and killed and ruined them completely. So this is the example of that person who obeys me and follows that truth which I have brought (the Qur’aan and the Sunnah), and the example of the one who disobeys me and disbelieves the Truth I have brought. [Saheeh Al-Bukhaari. Vol 9. Number: 7283]
Therefore, if this is what the media intend by the term fundamentalism, then indeed it is a praiseworthy deed in the sight of Allaah [The Exalted], but if they mean those who advocate violence, then indeed this is the behaviour of the khaarijites innovators – ISIS, Al-Qa’idah, Jabhat An-Nusra and their ilk amongst the terrorists.
It is incumbent upon Nick Timothy and the ideologues to detail affairs when speaking about Islaam or humbly accept the fact that they do not possess such detail. As for speaking in a haphazard manner or blindly following others, then indeed this is nothing but the path of those who speak based on ignorance, conjecture and speculation. The one who recently murdered the French middle school history teacher had no right to harm anyone, let alone do so in the name of Islaam. So, there’s no need for exaggeration, fear-mongering and sloganeering, as we have heard some of the French ideologues saying, “Islamists want our future “They will never have it”. Indeed, we are well aware of what is required of us whilst living in the West. Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen [rahimahullaah] stated: 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 and 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 and 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]
Nick stated: “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 Salafi teachers 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
Few Narrations Regarding The Khaarijites [Terrorists]
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 1]
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 2]
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 3]
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”. 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]. [Ref 4]
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 5]
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 6]
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 [terrorists], then indeed it would be tantamount to slander, deception and ignorance to attribute their methodology to Islaam. Mr Nick Timothy should have stated, ”The terrorists were motivated by blameworthy hatred and their twisted understanding of Islam”, but as the saying goes, فاقد الشيء لا يعطيه – The one deprived of something cannot give it to others! Nick and his ilk should either speak about Islam based on sound knowledge or remain quiet, otherwise the Salafi clarifications will continue to expose the repugnant ignorance in their statements and views.
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[Ref 1: Sahih Bukhari 7123]
[Ref 2: Al-Bukhari 4770]
[Ref 3: Musnad Aḥmad 27767]
[Ref 4: An Excerpt from Naz’atut Takfeer. Pages 24-25. slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 5: Taareekh Dimashq 69290]
[Ref 6: Musnad Aḥmad 658]