Dissidents, Prisoners of Conscience and So called Anti-Corruption Crusaders In Muslim Lands: [A Return to The Infallible Divine Texts When Dealing With Rulers and Social Problems And Not Desires of Ideologues, NGOs, Rights Groups etc]

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

Those Muslims Considered to Be Dissidents, Prisoners of Conscience and Ant-Corruption Crusaders By Some Western Ideologues – Like Every Other Person Who Ascribes to Islaam – Are Required to Return to The Infallible Divine Texts of The Qur’aan and The Authentic Sunnah, and The Understanding of The Sahaabah In Times of Dispute And Not Pursue Any Affair Based on Public Opinion or The Desires of Anyone

What is a Dissident? “It is a person who publicly disagrees with and criticizes their government”. What is a Prisoner of Conscience? “It is someone kept in prison because their political, religious, or other beliefs are different from those of the government”.

So, we say to Muslims who are being praised in the West as dissidents or prisoners of conscience that Allaah [The Most High] said:

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ أَطِيعُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ ٱلرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِى ٱلۡأَمۡرِ مِنكُمۡ‌ۖ فَإِن تَنَـٰزَعۡتُمۡ فِى شَىۡءٍ۬ فَرُدُّوهُ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ وَٱلرَّسُولِ إِن كُنتُمۡ تُؤۡمِنُونَ بِٱللَّهِ وَٱلۡيَوۡمِ ٱلۡأَخِرِ‌ۚ ذَٲلِكَ خَيۡرٌ۬ وَأَحۡسَنُ تَأۡوِيلاً

O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger (Muhammad), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if you believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination. [Surah An-Nisaa. Aayaat 58-59]

So, do they want the judgement between them and the rulers to be based on the Book of Allaah and the authentic Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] or the desires of the ideologues in the West?! Allaah [The Most High] 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. 65]

Allaah [The Most High] said:

فَلۡيَحۡذَرِ ٱلَّذِينَ يُخَالِفُونَ عَنۡ أَمۡرِهِۦۤ أَن تُصِيبَہُمۡ فِتۡنَةٌ أَوۡ يُصِيبَہُمۡ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ

And let those who oppose the Messenger’s [Muhammad] commandment [i.e. his Sunnah legal ways, orders, acts of worship, statements, etc.] [among the sects] beware, lest some Fitnah befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them. [Surah An-Noor. Aayah 63]

Imaam Ahmad [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said about this verse: Do you know what Al-Fitnah is? Al-Fitnah is Shirk. Perhaps a person rejects some of the Prophet’s statements, then something of deviation enters his heart, so he is destroyed. [Ref 1]

Imaam Sahl Bin Abdillaah At-Tustaree [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said,. “Safety is found in three things: a lawful means of living, fulfilling obligatory deeds and following the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him]”. [Ref 2]

Imaam Ibn Rajab [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “The Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him], “The one who lives long (after me) will see a lot of differences, so beware of the newly invented matters (in the religion) because it is misguidance. So whoever amongst you reaches that (time of differing), then upon him is to adhere to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the Rightly Guided Khulafaa [i.e. Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthmaan and Ali] and bite onto it with the molars [i.e. cling to it firmly]”. [Ref 3]

He [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] commanded that during splitting and differing, one should adhere to his Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided khulafaa after him. The Sunnah is the path that is to be adhered to and that includes adhering to what he [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] and his rightly guided khulafaa [may Allaah be pleased with them] were upon with regards to creed, actions and statements. This is the complete Sunnah. [Ref 4]

Allaah [The Exalted] stated about the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him]: [مَا ضَلَّ صَاحِبُكُمۡ وَمَا غَوَىٰ-Your companion (Muhammad) has neither gone astray nor has erred]- Meaning: That is because the Daal [misguided person] is one whose knowledge is corrupted and the Ghaawiy [astray one] is the one whose intent is corrupted. Also, the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] described his four khulafaa [Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthmaan and Ali (may Allaah be pleased with them)] with the words ‘Raashideen and Mahdiyyeen’, because the Raashid [i.e. The one who is steadfast upon the right path and is firmly established upon it] is the opposite of the Ghaawiy [The one who strays from the right path or conduct], and the Mahdee [The one guided to the path of truth and yeilds obediently to it] is the opposite of the Daalun [the misguided one, especially in knowledge and creed]. [Ref 5]

Therefore, if these people – those praised in the West as dissidents and prisoners of conscience – truly believe in everything revealed by their Lord, then they are expected to return to Allaah’s guidance and the authentic Sunnah of the Messenger when they differ with the rulers. This is what a a true believer would do and you’ll never find them employing the path of the khawaarij (terrorists) or that of the western ideologues who seek to destabilize the Muslim countries through protests and demonstrations. This is why the Western Ideologues greatly value those people they praise and promote as dissidents and prisoners of conscience in Muslim countries. Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saaleh Uthaymeen [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “There is no rebellion with the sword except that it is preceded by rebellion with the tongue”. [Ref 6]

Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him] said: The (social) structure of this country will be destabilised if its security is lost, then where will the Islamic world proceed to? And because of this, the enemies of Islaam plot against this country day and night-as you all know sometimes through seeking to cause doubts about the creed and disseminating filthy views amongst the children of the Muslims in order to implant idleness, extremism, or taking up arms, or carrying explosives, or causing destruction; sometimes by way of corrupting the manners, disseminating forbidden affairs and forbidden desires amongst the Muslim youth, in order to corrupt their manners and deprive them of their religion with the claim of freedom of expression and other false statements. Allaah has freed mankind from idol worship, forbidden desires and despicable manners. This is the correct freedom, but as for what is in opposition to it, such as evil desires, doubts and corrupt manners, this is the freedom of animals. However, they want this in order to corrupt the Muslim youth-either through extremism and harshness or through laxity in their religion. They attempt this and that-either to corrupt the intellects of the Muslim youth with intoxicants, drugs, cigarettes, Qaat and other drugs and intoxicants or through fabrications [i.e. false ideas, views etc]. They want to do away with the Muslim youth because after Allaah’s [Glorified be He] Support for the Muslim society, the society is built upon its youth, therefore they want to corrupt the Muslim youth through any means so that they are able to demolish this country. As you can see –from time to time–huge quantities of opium and other types of drugs are smuggled. As you can see this did not come from nothing; rather it came about as an evil plan against this country. They want to destroy it from every direction. Therefore, you should all be a singular hand with your rulers and those placed in charge over your affairs to repel this enmity and pay attention to it. [Ref 7]

Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: They seek to conquer the intellects of the Muslim children and nurture their hearts upon their views, either by making them feel that their ways are superior in every affair-be it in affairs of creed and religion, or that which they speak with by way of languages, or what they consider to be civilized manners, customs etc.. They seek to nurture a great number of Muslims in the Muslim lands until they are intoxicated with their views and return them to their lands. Then they start praising and promoting them until they become the figureheads in their countries. So they spread their ideas through these people…etc They encourage the Muslims in the Muslim lands to learn their languages at the expense of the Arabic language, which is the language of the Qur’aan- the language by way of which the Muslims perform their acts of worship. They also establish many studies that are intended to cause nuisance and glorify what they call popular literature and national heritage…..etc They prepare a large number of people amongst their people to study Islam and the Arabic language and write books, and take up teaching positions in universities- orientalists….etc They also spread propaganda that Muslim women in the Muslim lands are oppressed in order to take them out of their homes and place them where they want. But Allaah (The Most High) said:

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ قُلْ لِأَزْوَاجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَاءِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ يُدْنِينَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِنْ جَلابِيبِهِنَّ ذَلِكَ أَدْنَى أَنْ يُعْرَفْنَ فَلا يُؤْذَيْنَ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَحِيمًا

O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies. That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” They set up radio programmes designed to mislead gullible young Muslims who do not understand Islam and do not have sufficient knowledge, especially in Africa…. However if the Muslims exercise patience these plots will not harm them. Allaah (The Most High) said: [وَإِنْ تَصْبِرُوا وَتَتَّقُوا لا يَضُرُّكُمْ كَيْدُهُمْ شَيْئًا إِنَّ اللَّهَ بِمَا يَعْمَلُونَ مُحِيطٌ – But if you remain patient and become Al-Muttaqun (the pious), not the least harm will their cunning do to you. Surely, Allah surrounds all that they do].[Ref 8]

Al-Allaamah Abdullah Bin Muhammad Bin Humaid [may Allaah have mercy upon him] stated about one of the Christian missonaries called Zimmer: “This Zimmer was a head of Christian Missionaries and he sent Christian missionaries to the various regions of the Arab-Islamic Countries. He gathered them before dispersing them and said, ‘Inform me of what you will be doing in the Muslim countries?’ One of them said, ‘I will convert five to Christianity’. Another said, ‘I will convert two to Christianity, and I will give them the blessings of Christianity and make them thankful’. He said, ‘You have not understood our desired objective! It is not possible to convert the Muslims to Christianity. It is not possible for the Muslims to reject their religion, except if you teach them. The most important thing is that you teach the Muslim children by sowing doubts in their souls about their religion and rejection in their souls against their countries, and eventually when one of them sets up a centre in his country, he will give no importance to anything else except his desires. And when he gathers wealth, he will do so according to his desires. Therefore, he ends up having no religion and no connection with his Creator. Therefore, cultivate the lands of Muhammad [i.e. the Muslim lands] upon this'”. And he (Zimmer) said in another speech of his, “Indeed, Islaam is like a tree, therefore cut off its branches. Its branches are the children of the Muslims, therefore teach them so that they can aid you to cut off the tree of Islaam in their countries. You will not be able to cut it off yourselves, rather teach their children to aid you in uprooting it in their countries”. [Ref 9]

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[Ref 1: Reported by Ibn Battah in Al-Ibaanah Al-Kubraa 97]

[Ref 2: Tafseer Qur’tubee:2/208]

[Ref 3: Abu Dawud 4607; Ahmad 4/126; Tirmidhee 2676]

[Ref 4: Jaami-ul uloom wal hikam page:249]

[Ref 5: An Excerpt from Sharh Kitaab At-Tawheed. Lesson 4. By Shaikh Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr. Slightly paraphrased]

[Ref 6: Quoted by Shaikh Abdullaah Al-Bukhaari (may Allaah preserve him) in ‘Sharh Fadl Ilm As-Salaf Alaa Ilm Al Khalaf- Audio Number 1. Questions & Answers section]

[Ref 7: https://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/ar/node/2529 ]

[Ref 8: مجلة البحوث الإسلامية العدد 8 ص 286 293 أجراها مع سماحته قسم التحرير – مجموع فتاوى ومقالات متنوعة الجزء الثالث. ]

[Ref 9: Al-Fataawaa Wad-Duroos Fil Masjid Al-Haraam’. pages: 938-944]

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