Islamic Extremists, Sunni Extremists, Shiite Muslims, Islamic Revolution, Aa’Shooraa – [Reply to Seth J. Frantzman at Jerusalem Post]

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

Allaah [The Most High] said: [يُرِيدُونَ أَنْ يُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ – They want to extinguish Allaah’s Light with their mouths [i.e. the Qur’an, the pure Islamic monotheism and the guidance Allaah sent Muhammad with] but Allah will not allow except that His Light should be perfected even though the disbelievers hate (it)]. [Surah At-Tawbah: Verse 32]

Imaam Ibn Katheer [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: They want to extinguish that which Allaah sent His Messenger with of guidance and the religion of truth merely by way of their arguments and fabrications; so their example in this is that of one who wants to extinguish the light of the sun or the moon by blowing at (them) and this can never be achieved. [Tafseer Ibn Katheer]

Some of these people behave as if they are seeking to fulfil the goal of king Louis IX, who in the year 1250 was captured whilst on a crusade against the Muslims of Egypt. He was imprisoned and later released after paying a large ransom. However, whilst in prison he utilised his time to think about ways in which to plot against Islaam and the Muslims, so shaytaan inspired him with the following plots: Firstly: The war in the battlefield between the Christians of the west and the Muslims should be replaced with a war based on ideas and cultural supremacy. Secondly: Prepare the West to corrupt the creed of the Muslims and distort the image of Islaam in the world. [خطة لويس التاسع – page 6]

[1] Seth J. Frantzman stated, “Nigeria has been plagued by Islamic extremists linked to Boko Haram for the last decade”.

Response: The term Islamic extremists requires detail and distinction. What is meaning of the word ‘Islamic’ in the English dictionary? It is means something “Connected with the Muslim religion, or with people or countries who follow it”. What is the meaning of the word “extremist” in the English dictionary? It means “someone who has beliefs that most people think are unreasonable and unacceptable”.

This is – in general – what the words ‘Islamic’ and ‘extremist’ means in the English language. However, what is Islamic or un-Islamic, moderate or extreme is not determined by anyone; rather the Qur’aan and authentic Prophetic tradition are the only judges in this affair, as well as what was understood and implemented by the companions of Prophet Muhammad [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him]. Allaah [The Exalted] 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. Verses 58-59]
Allaah [The Exalted] said:

وَٱلسَّـٰبِقُونَ ٱلۡأَوَّلُونَ مِنَ ٱلۡمُهَـٰجِرِينَ وَٱلۡأَنصَارِ وَٱلَّذِينَ ٱتَّبَعُوهُم بِـإِحۡسَـٰنٍ۬ رَّضِىَ ٱللَّهُ عَنۡہُمۡ وَرَضُواْ عَنۡهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُمۡ جَنَّـٰتٍ۬ تَجۡرِى تَحۡتَهَا ٱلۡأَنۡهَـٰرُ خَـٰلِدِينَ فِيہَآ أَبَدً۬ا‌ۚ ذَٲلِكَ ٱلۡفَوۡزُ ٱلۡعَظِيمُ

And the first to embrace Islam of the Muhajirun (those who migrated from Makkah to Al-Madinah) and the Ansar (the citizens of Al-Madinah who helped and gave aid to the Muhajirun) and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith). Allah is well-pleased with them as they are well-pleased with Him. He has prepared for them Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever. That is the supreme success. [Surah At-Tawbah. Verse 100]

Abu Najeeh Al-Irbaad Ibn Saariyah [may Allah be pleased with him] said, “The Messenger of Allah [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] gave us a sermon by which our hearts were filled with fear and tears came to our eyes. So we said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! It is as though this is a farewell sermon, so counsel us’. He said, ‘I counsel you to have taqwa (fear) of Allah, and to listen and obey (your leader), even if a slave were to become your Ameer. Verily he among you who lives long will see a lot of differing, so you must adhere to my path and to the path of the Rightly Guided Caliphs- those who guide to the right way. Cling to it firmly [literally: with your molar teeth]. Beware of newly invented matters (in the religion), for verily every bidah (innovation in religious affairs) is misguidance'”. [Hadeeth 28. Forty Hadeeth of An-Nawawi].

Therefore, we remind Seth J. Frantzman that all affairs related to the religion are judged based on the Qur’aan, the authentic Sunnah and the understanding of Prophet Muhammad’s companions, and there is no room for the opinions of the people if they oppose these three sources. Extremism cannot be attributed to Islam, rather the beliefs and deeds that contradict the authentic Prophetic tradition are either sins or religious innovations, and they are all rejected. The noble Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “Whoever innovates into this matter of ours that which is not from it will have it rejected”. In another narration, the Prophet said, “Whoever performs a deed that is not in accordance with our affair (i.e. our path), it will be rejected”. [Ṣaheeh Al-Bukhaaree 2697 and Saheeh Muslim 1718]

Secondly, with regards to Boko Haram, their affair is well known. The Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Al-Allaamah Abdul Azeez Aala Shaikh [may Allaah preserve him] stated: Boka Haraam is a misguided group and are from the khawaarij. Their actions are evil and harmful for Islam and the Muslims. Their actions are destructive. Abducting girls is from the actions of a misguided group. If Boka Haraam are claiming a call to jihad, then it is nothing but ignorance and enmity against Islaam and the Muslims. Boka Haraam are not upon correctness and guidance because Islaam opposes abduction/kidnapping, unlawful killing and transgression. Marrying off kidnapped/abducted females is haraam and it is not permissible to give them in marriage. An Excerpt [See link for further details: ]

Boko Haram and Al-Shabab Recruits Lack ‘lack Religious Schooling:

[2] Seth J. Frantzman stated, “Iran’s Tasnim News Agency shed light on Thursday on the role that Iran and its support for Shi’ite Islamic groups may be playing in Nigeria”.

“Zakzaky called the “Islamic Movement” the “voice of the Islamic Revolution of Iran in Nigeria” and he “stressed that the movement is witnessing growth and prosperity.” He added that “after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, we realized that the ideas of this revolution are similar to the ideas of us students at the university.”

Response: Regarding “Islamic Movement” and “Voice of the Islamic Revolution of Iran in Negeria”, the Shiites do not call to Islam, rather they call to the path of Abdullah Bin Sabah – a Jew who hid within Islam and ignited trials. Shaikh Shamsuddeen Al-Afghaanee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] stated: “When the enemies of Islaam saw that they were unable to do away with this religion, they implanted their disbelieving agents within it – those who pretended to be Muslims in order to kindle confusion, trials and tribulations, and spread polytheism by exaggerating the status of the pious people and exalting their graves through [beliefs and practices] that were not ordained by Allaah. So, the Ummah [Islamic Nation] was put to trial through the plots of the [atheist, heretic and hypocrite] Abdullaah Bin Saba, who claimed Uloohiyyah for Ali Ibn Abee Taalib [i.e. that Ali (the cousin of the Prophet) had the right to be worshipped besides Allaah]. Abdullaah Bin As- Sabah’s followers were known as the Saba’iyyah and later on they were known as the Rawaafid (shiites), the ismaaliyyah (shittes), the nusayriyah (shiites) and other than them amongst the Baatiniyyah. They worshipped the graves and its inhabitants, and built places of worship and shrines upon those graves. So, through these practices, they revived the (corrupt ancient practices) of those Jews, Christians and the idol worshippers (who deviated from the straight path of the Prophets and Messengers of Allaah). This is how the practices of the worshippers of graves in this Muslim Nation manifested itself through the practices initiated by the rawaafid (shiites)”. [Source: Juhoodu Ulamaa Al-Hanafiyyah Fee Ibtaal Aqaa-id Al-Qubooriyyeen’ of Shaikh Shamshud-deen As-Salafi Al-Afghaanee’ Vol 1 page 19-25]

Question to Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him]: Is it correct that the first to innovate the Madhab of the Raafidah was Abdullaah Ibn Saba the Yahoodee? Response: Yes, without a doubt. The Raafidah or the Shiites in general are of two types: The Shiites from the fire worshipers and the Shiites from the Jews ….they hide behind Islaam in order to corrupt it. The Yahood plotted through Abdullaah Ibn Sabah and the first affair he began with was to ignite fitnah against Uthmaan [may Allaah be pleased with him]. Listen to here:

As for so called “Islamic Revolution”, then indeed Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi Al-Madkhalee [may Allaah preserve him] was asked: “Going out to demonstrations, (initiating) revolutions and nurturing the youth upon it; is this from the methodology of the adherents to the authentic Prophetic Path or not, whether (carried) out within or outside the Muslim countries?” He responded, ” This is the methodology of Marx (i.e. Carl Marx), Lenin (i.e. Vladimir Lenin) and those similar to them. It is not from the Islamic methodology. Revolutions, bloodshed, trials and troubles are Marx’s and Lenin’s school of thought”. [Source:An excerpt from كشف الستار Page: 18]

[3] Seth J. Frantzman stated, “Nigeria has a large Islamic community, making up around half the country and Nigeria has been plagued by extremists linked to Boko Haram in the last decade. However, the role of pro-Iranian or Shi’ite groups is more complex because Boko Haram is ostensibly rooted in Sunni extremists and linked to groups, like ISIS, that tend to be sectarian and against Shi’ites”.

Response to the above statement, “Boko Haram is ostensibly rooted in Sunni extremists and link to groups like ISIS, that tend to be sectarian and against Shi’ites”. Firstly, as for the term Sunni, then indeed none is to be ascribed to the Sunnah until he combines the characteristics of the Sunnah. Imaam Al-Barbahaaree [rahimahullaah] said: “It is not permitted for a man to say, ‘So and so is a person of the sunnah’ until he knows that he combines the characteristics of the Sunnah, so it is not said of him, ‘a person of the Sunnah’ until he combines all the Sunnah”. Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him] commented on the above statement of Imaam Barbahaaree saying, “Do not give recommended to a person and a praise of him, except based on knowledge, lest the people become deceived by your praise of him, whilst he is not what (you have stated about him). So when his real affair and path is clear to you, his knowledge and steadfastness; then you can give him recommendation. As for giving out praise and recommendation whilst not knowing of anything about him, then this is a dangerous recommendation through which the people will be deceived by this person. Had only those who give commendations to the people stopped at that (i.e. put it in its proper place), then they would not give recommendation, except for one who fulfils the conditions of (receiving) recommendation because recommendation is a ‘Witness’; so, if the recommendation is not correct it will be a false witness”.

And concerning the statement of Imaam Barbahaaree: ‘until he knows that he combines the characteristics of the Sunnah’ Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan commented on the above statement saying: The characteristics of the Sunnah are to be in Creed, Knowledge and adherence to the Salafus Saaleh. But if there is not in him except a single characteristic of the (sunnah), then he is not judged to be from Ahlus Sunnah on the basis of a single characteristic or one thing, so what about the one who does not have anything from that? [It-haaful Qaaree Bitta’liqaat Alaa Sharhis Sunnah Lil Imaam Barbahaaree, Vol: 2, page:275-276]

After being acquainted with the fact that ascription to the Sunnah cannot be applied as one wishes, then one must speak about these people [Terrorists] based on the reality of their affair. Indeed, either the ignorant journalists refrain from attributing the crimes of the Khawaarij to Sunniyyah or they seek knowledge in this subject matter. And just because a person has aspects of the Sunnah does not mean that he is attributed to the Sunnah, therefore, even if the Khawaarij- those whom the journalists refer to as Sunni extremists – claim that they are people of Sunnah, then indeed their claim is null and void due to their actions; rather they are Alul Bidah [Proponents of religious innovations]. Therefore, one should read what is found in this link about the 73 sects.
As for ISIS, their affair is well known. Listen here:

As for the Shiites and their link to Islam, then indeed the reality is as follows in this clarification!

[4] Seth J. Frantzman quotes a Nigerian Raafidi who stated, “After our release from prison, we asked for a passport.” He described the “message from Imam Hussein” in his discussion and that he observes the Shi’ite ceremonies of Ashura and Arbaeen. “Blood is victorious over the sword,” he said.

Response: Regarding Aashooraa, read here:

As for the shiite claims regarding Husain [may Allaah be pleased with him], we’ll suffice with the information on this link: How the Shia Killed the Grandson of the Prophet:

Finally, with regards to the Khawaarij (Boko Haram, ISIS, Al-Shabab, Al-Qaida and their ilk), read here: The Hotbed and Axis of Violent and Political Bidah [Takfeeris, Shia Raafidah and Ikhwaanis – (Stooges of Al-Baghdaadi, Khumeini and Hasan Al-Bannah)]:

Therefore, we remind Seth J. Frantzman that either he details the affairs or remain silent, because silence beautifies the scholar and conceals the affair of the ignorant one! Imaam As-Sadi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, Imaam Abdur-Rahmaan Bin Naasir As-Sadi [rahimahullaah] said: And what is well known is that Allaah neither loves ignorance nor doubts, neither confusion nor misguidance; rather He loves the religion, knowledge and certainty. Indeed, we have been commanded to ask Him (The Most High) to guide us to the straight path and this necessitates knowledge of the truth and acting upon it, and the Qur’aan is the cure, guidance and light. The Muslims are agreed [upon the fact] that doubt and confusion are unpraiseworthy, and it is expected – absolutely- that a person who does not possess knowledge of something is obligated to keep quiet and seek knowledge via its (sound) sources. [An Excerpt from Al-adillatul Qawaatiq Wal-baraaheen Fee Ibtaali Usoolil Mulhideen. Page 15]

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] 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 [may Allaah preseve him] commented on the above statement, “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. [An Excerpt from At-Ta-leeqaat Al-Mukhtasar Alaa Al-Qaseedah an-Nooniyyah: Vol: 1 page: 216. Slightly paraphrased]

All that Seth did was mix truth with falsehood! The truth uttered was that Boko Haram and ilk are misguided, but the falsehood in his statement was that he atributed them to Sunniyyah. Likewise, he failed to distinguish between the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet and the path of the Raafidah Shiites. Allaah [The Exalted] said: [وَلَا تَلْبِسُوا الْحَقَّ بِالْبَاطِلِ وَتَكْتُمُوا الْحَقَّ وَأَنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ – And mix not truth with falsehood, nor conceal the truth while you know (the truth)]. [Surah Al-Baqarah. Verse 42]

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: Allaah forbade (us) from mixing truth with falsehood, and thus leading to concealment of the truth. Mixing truth with false is by mixing the two until one of them is confused for the other. This is forgery and deceit by way of which what is made apparent is the opposite of what it is in reality. Likewise, when truth is confounded with falsehood, the culprit manifests falsehood in the image of truth and speaks with a statement that carries two meanings- a correct meaning and false meaning, so the listener is under the illusion that the speaker intends the correct meaning, whilst he (i.e. the speaker) intends the corrupt meaning. [Badaa’i At-Tafseer Al-Jaami Limaa Fassarahu Al-Imaam Ibnul Qayyim’ Vol 1, page 124. slightly paraphrased]

Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “Falsehood does not spread except with a mixture of some truth, just as the people of the scripture (i.e. those Jews and Christians who deviated after the departure of their Prophets) mixed truth with falsehood. And by way of the little truth they possessed, they misguided many from the truth and called them to a lot of the falsehood. [Majmoo 35/190]

We ask Allaah to protect us from ignorance and evil desires and guide Seth Aameen.

Salafi Centre Appeal 2020



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