In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Allaah [The Most High] said: [ وَتَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْبِرِّ وَالتَّقْوَىٰ ۖ وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ – Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression]. [Surah Al-Maa’idah. Aayah 2]
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: This verse contains all the Masaalih (things that will bring about benefit and repel harm) for the salves in their worldly affairs and in the Herefater- amongst themselves or in relation to their relationship with their Lord. That is because every servant finds himself within two circumstances and obligations – either to fulfil the obligations owed to Allaah or the obligations owed to Allaah’s creation. As for the obligations owed to the creation, they include (righteous) association, companionship, aiding one another upon what Allaah loves and obedience to Allaah, and that is the goal behind one’s search for happiness and success in the afterlife. There can be no happiness in the afterlife except through Bir and Taqwaa, because it is basis of all affairs of the religion. (1)
Indeed, we ask Allaah to grant us the Tawfeeq to fulfil this great command so that we aid one another in Bir and Taqwah, and adhere to the truth. Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi Al-Mad’khali may Allaah preserve him] said, “And (with regards to) the person with the proofs, it is obligatory to take his speech (on the grounds) of following Allaah’s Legislation and Proofs, and not (due to) the personality of that person”. (2)
Al-Allaamah Rabee also said, “The seeker of truth is not diverted from the truth, fairness and justice due to admiration of the big personalities and being amazed by them, for indeed the truth is more worthy to be followed. It is not permissible to drop the proofs for the sake of this or that great man. The principle [rule] of the Muslim – the unbiased one, the seeker of truth – is always: [قُلْ هَاتُوا بُرْهَانَكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ -Say, bring forth your proofs if you are truthful]”. [Surah An-Nahl. Verse 64] (3)
Question to Al-Allaamah Saaleh al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him], “What is the meaning of the principle, ‘The truth is not known by way of men, rather men are known by way of the truth?’”
Answer: Its meaning is that we do not merely blindly follow anyone, for it may be that one is blindly followed based on error; it may be that the Mujtahid is mistaken and the one who makes [a statement or holds an opinion] is mistaken, so we do not take [his statement, opinion etc] and say, “This is the statement of such as such; this is truth, because such and such is good, he is a scholar; such and such is Taqiy [i.e. one who fears Allaah]”. We do not say this because he is not infallible and he can make a mistake; so we know men by way of the truth – those who know; those who take (or adhere to) the proofs and indeed they are known to be scholars. As for those who do not give concern [or importance] to the proofs, they are not scholars; they are not people of (sound) understanding and they are not people of knowledge, so their statement is never taken straight away. It is imperative that the proof is presented, so if the proof is established as witness to (what he says or holds etc), then it is the truth; but if he opposes the proof, then indeed (his statement or opinion) is rejected; however if he is a Mujtahid and he is mistaken, he is rewarded (once) due to his Ijtihaad; but if he deliberately holds on to error, he has sinned. [Paraphrased. Refer to video here: https://video.link/w/9famb ] NB: The Permissible and Prohibited Forms of Taqleed: https://salaficentre.com/2012/06/the-permissible-and-prohibited-forms-of-taqleed-salafipublications-com-article-id-mnj060005/
Indeed, this is what our beloved elder brothers – the elder students at Salafipublications – have been propagating for over two decades by the Tawfeeq of Allaah. They have stood firm – by the Tawfeeq of Allaah – to transmit the sound Salafi Methodology, constantly returning to the clarifications of the Salaf and that of the contemporary Salafi scholars. Therefore, we say to the one who questions their Dawah, “Either you have sincere advice to give so that good and rectification increases by the Tawfeeq of Allaah or refrain from harbouring unjustified suspicions”. Finally, here is some of the efforts of our elders at Salafipublications and their statements regarding what they are upon.
What is our da’wah, the call to Salafiyyah? The defining features:
Duroos In The Masjid –
By Shaikh Abu Hakeem, Shaikh Abu Khadeejah, Shaikh Abu Iyaadh and Shaikh Abu Idrees
Websites – Shaikh Abu Hakeem, Shaikh Abu Khadeejah and Shaikh Abu Iyaadh
Masjid As-Salafi (Wright Street) and Masjid as-Sunnah (Aston)
Schools – Primary and Secondary
Greenfields Primary School
We ask Allaah to increase our elders at Salafipublications upon khayr and likewise all the Salafi Masaajid and Centres Aameen.
[Ref 1: An Excerpt from ‘Badaa’i At-Tafseer Al-Jaami Limaa Fassarahu Al-Imaam Ibnul Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah’ Vol 1 pages 307-311. Publisher: Daar Ibn Al-Jawziyyah 2nd Ed, 1431AH- Slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 2: Majmoo 9/40) 3rd paragraph]
[Ref 3: Al-Mulakh-khasul Jameel Fee Bayaani Manhaji Ash-Shaikh Rabee Fid-Da’wati Wal-Jarhi Wat-Ta’deel. Page 87]