In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Allaah [The Exalted] said:
يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ كُونُواْ قَوَّٲمِينَ بِٱلۡقِسۡطِ شُہَدَآءَ لِلَّهِ وَلَوۡ عَلَىٰٓ أَنفُسِكُمۡ أَوِ ٱلۡوَٲلِدَيۡنِ وَٱلۡأَقۡرَبِينَۚ إِن يَكُنۡ غَنِيًّا أَوۡ فَقِيرً۬ا فَٱللَّهُ أَوۡلَىٰ بِہِمَاۖ فَلَا تَتَّبِعُواْ ٱلۡهَوَىٰٓ أَن تَعۡدِلُواْۚ وَإِن تَلۡوُ ۥۤاْ أَوۡ تُعۡرِضُواْ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ بِمَا تَعۡمَلُونَ خَبِيرً۬ا
O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah; even though it be against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, be he rich or poor, Allah is a Better Protector to both (than you). So follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you may avoid justice, and if you distort your witness or refuse to give it, verily, Allah is Ever Well- Acquainted with what you do. [Surah An-Nisaa. Verse 135]
Demand of Some Simpletons
After receiving Al-Allaamah Rabee’s warning against Shaikh Sulaymaan Ar-Ruhaylee, they stated, “1. Please give the original Arabic Text/ Transcript/ Audio Recording of Shaykh Rabi’ Haafidhahullaah where he specifically warned against Shaykh Sulaiman ar-Ruhayli (Haafidhahullaah). 2. Please give the original Arabic Text/ Transcript/ Audio Recording of any other Kibarul ‘Ulama like Shaykh Fawzan (Haafidhahullaah), Shaykh Saleh Al Ash-Shaykh (Haafidhahullaah) or any other kibar where they specifically warned against Shaykh Sulaiman ar-Ruhayli (Haafidhahullaah). 3. Is it Fard/Wajib upon each of us to have a stance on Shaykh Muhammad bin Hadi or Shaykh Sulaiman ar-Ruhayli (Haafidhahumullaah)? If you say yes, then provide evidence. Please inform who amongst the senior scholars has said that and provide original Arabic Text/ transcript/ audio recording of him as an evidence.
This is what some desperate simpletons wrote and thus shot themselves in the foot by repackaging the false principles of the blazing hizbiyyoon. In this above text they imply the following:
(1) Unless an audio tape or text is provided, we must reject the statement narrated to us by Shaikh Abu Khadeejah and other reliable narrators [may Allaah preserve them] regarding Al-Allaamah Rabee’s warning against Shaikh Sulaymaan Ar-Ruhaylee [may Allaah grant him the Tawfeeq to abandon Muhammad bin Haadi]. This absurd demand of theirs – in reality – necessitates that we must verify the narration of the trustworthy.
(2) They demand that other scholars must be quoted to support Al-Allaamah Rabee’s warning against Shaikh Sulaymaan Ar-Ruhaylee. This demand in reality necessitates that the statement of one scholar is not enough regarding this affair.
(3) They demand that proof is produced to establish that it is Waajib to take a stance on Dr Muhammad Bin Haadi or Shaikh Sulaymaan ar-Ruhaylee!
All the above absurd demands, rather call them false principles of blazing hizbiyyoon repackaged as a rightful demand for proof by desperate simpletons, have already been rebutted by Al-Allaamah Rabee [may Allaah preserve him] in the past.
Firstly, with regards to point number 1, Al-Allaamah Rabee stated: “And with regards to transmission of information, then the information transmitted by one (trustworthy) person is sufficient because the Messenger used to send one person to Chosroes (i.e. the Emperor of Persia) to call him to Islaam and establish the proofs against him. He sent one person to Caesar the King of Rome to call him to Islaam and establish the proofs against him. The people used to enter Islam based on the message of this one trustworthy-truthful person sent by the Prophet. And if they rejected Islam and refused to follow Allaah’s Messenger based on the information transmitted by this one trustworthy-truthful person, the Prophet prepared an army against them. The Messenger prepared an army for the battle of Tabuk against the Romans based on the fact that they rejected the call to Islaam which was communicated to them by one person. He sent individuals to Bahrain, Oman and Yemen and their narrations were accepted”. (Ref A)
Therefore, we ask the desperate simpletons, “Since when was it a condition that an audio recording must be produced to verify the narrations of the reliable narrators?!”
Secondly, with regards to point number 2, Al-Allaamah Rabee said: “The evidence for giving witnesses and the evidences for Jarh Wat-Tadeel are one and the same thing. As for the untrustworthy person, then his narration is not accepted. Likewise, the liar- the deceiver whose speech cannot be determined for its correctness, then his testimony is not accepted-neither his criticism against (a person) nor commendation is accepted (until verified). However, if one is a scholar who is precise and skillful, and he says about a person, “Such and such a person is a liar”, it is obligated on the people to accept his speech. The Salaf followed this methodology, (such as their saying), “Such and such is a liar”, “Such and such has a bad memory”, “Such and such is an innovator”, “Such and such is a Murji”, “Such and such is a khaariji”, “Such and such is a Mutazili” etc These statements have been made by Imaam Ahmad, Imaam Ibn Ma’een, Imaam Ibn Al-Madeenee, Imaam Bukhaaree etc. This the path followed by the Salaf; and why is that the case? That is because Allaah commanded us to accept the narration of the trustworthy narrators. Allaah (The Most High) said: [يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ إِن جَآءَكُمۡ فَاسِقُۢ بِنَبَإٍ۬ فَتَبَيَّنُوٓاْ – O you who believe! If a rebellious evil person comes to you with a news, verify it]”. (Ref B)
Therefore, we ask the desperate simpletons, “Since when was it a condition that one must produce evidences from other scholars in order to validate the warning issued by a single Scholar?!”
Thirdly, with regards to point number 3, they demanded from us to prove whether it is obligated on them to take a stance against Dr Muhammad Bin Haadi, then they finally stated, “Please answer the above questions. If you can’t/ don’t have answers, then FEAR ALLAAH and STOP SPREADING THESE”.
Glorified be Allaah and free is He from all imperfections! The simpletons objected to a warning against a person (Shaikh Sulaymaan) who supports another person (Dr Muhammad Bin Haadi) who is guilty of false Tabdee, and then demanded evidence from those who transmit the warning to prove to them that they must take a stance against both the guilty and his supporter?! The response to this demand of theirs whether they should take a stance against both Shaikh Muhammad Bin Haadi and Shaikh Sulamaan Ar-Ruhaylee can be found here – a clarification by Shaikh Abu Iyaad- from 52mins onwards: https://mixlr.com/albaseerah/showreel/narration-from-the-salaf-regarding-creed-and-methodology
Indeed, the simpletons shot themselves in the foot by providing us with what can be used to unveil the reality of their foolish behaviour and absurd demands, then they demanded that we fear Allaah, even though fearing Allaah in this particular affair is only applicable to them because they are the ones aiding error, repackaging false principles of the blazing hizbiyyoon and demanding that we refrain from transmitting the truth. Therefore, we remind them of the fact that they are truly the ones upon whom it is obligated to fear Allaah regarding this affair, and that they abandon their absurd demands which may appear to be something pleasing to the unsuspecting reader, and that they repent to Allaah lest they become like those mentioned in the following Aayah. Allaah [The Most High] said:
وَمِنَ ٱلنَّاسِ مَن يُعۡجِبُكَ قَوۡلُهُ ۥ فِى ٱلۡحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنۡيَا وَيُشۡهِدُ ٱللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا فِى قَلۡبِهِۦ وَهُوَ أَلَدُّ ٱلۡخِصَامِ
وَإِذَا تَوَلَّىٰ سَعَىٰ فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ لِيُفۡسِدَ فِيهَا وَيُهۡلِكَ ٱلۡحَرۡثَ وَٱلنَّسۡلَۗ وَٱللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ ٱلۡفَسَادَ
وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُ ٱتَّقِ ٱللَّهَ أَخَذَتۡهُ ٱلۡعِزَّةُ بِٱلۡإِثۡمِۚ فَحَسۡبُهُ ۥ جَهَنَّمُۚ وَلَبِئۡسَ ٱلۡمِهَادُ
And of mankind there is he whose speech may please you (O Muhammad), in this worldly life, and he calls Allah to witness as to that which is in his heart, yet he is the most quarrelsome of the opponents. And when he turns away, his effort in the land is to make mischief therein and to destroy the crops and the cattle, and Allah likes not mischief. And when it is said to him, “Fear Allah”, he is led by arrogance to (more) crime. So enough for him is Hell, and worst indeed is that place to rest! [Surah Al-Baqarah. Aayaat 204-206]
Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: This is the state of many a person when it is said to him, “Fear Allaah”, he is led by arrogance and then says, “Am I a disobedient person, am I a criminal?! You fear Allaah”. But there is one who when it is said to him, “Fear Allaah”, he is shaken and what he holds in his hand drops out of fear of Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic]. This person is from the people of piety and those who are truly acquainted with reality of affairs, but as for the first person, he is one led by arrogance, and Allaah’s Refuge is sought. He is led by arrogance to sin and then say, “I have not done anything! What have I done to the extent that you tell me to fear Allaah?!”
We say to this person [i.e. the arrogant one]: You are not more fearful of Allaah than the Messenger of Allaah [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him], and indeed Allaah said to him in the beginning of [Surah Al-Ahzaab] :[يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلنَّبِىُّ ٱتَّقِ ٱللَّهَ – O Prophet! Fear Allaah]; and in the final section of the Surah, Allaah said: [يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ ٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَقُولُواْ قَوۡلاً۬ سَدِيدً۬ا – O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth]. This includes everyone, even the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him]. [An Excerpt from At-taleeq Alaa As-Siyaasah Ash-Shar’iyyah. Page 264. Slightly paraphrased]
Finally, with regards to the severity of the matter, then indeed Muhammad Bin Haadi committed the crime of false Tabdee and thus Al-Allaamah Rabee reprimanded him and all those who defend him. After being reminded of the consequences of false Tabdee, then you will realise -InShaaAllaah – why Al-Allaamah Rabee warns against everyone who supports Muhammad Bin Haadi (one guilty of false Tabdee): Read here: https://salaficentre.com/2022/07/14/brief-response-to-the-one-who-says-your-disapproval-of-muhammad-bin-haadi-is-too-severe/
We ask Allaah to protect us from from this foolish behaviour Aameen.
Refs A and B:
Excerpt from a lecture of the Shaikh titled:
هل مساءل الجرح والتعديل اجتهادية وما الرد من يقول لا يلزمني قول الشيخ الفلاني