In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Umar [may Allaah be pleased with him] said, The Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said: “People were (sometimes) judged by the revealing of a Divine Inspiration during the lifetime of Allah’s Messenger but now there is no longer any more (new revelation). Now we judge you by the deeds you practice publicly, so we will trust and favour the one who does good deeds in front of us, and we will not call him to account about what he is really doing in secret, for Allah will judge him for that; but we will not trust or believe the one who presents to us with an evil deed even if he claims that his intentions were good”. (1)
Firstly, we remind the vile supporters of vile Usamah that the above narration does not allow them to pass judgement based on other than what is apparent and that they do not possess an atom’s weight of proof to show that we have nullified, violated or opposed any principle of Salafiyyah in creed or methodology, therefore, it becomes very clear that vile Usaamah has once again transgressed the limits by claiming that we pretend to be Salafiyyoon! Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [may Allaah have mercy upon him] commented on a few reports regarding this subject matter (i.e. passing judgements based on what is apparent), and then stated, “These hadiths and verses establish (the proof) that the affairs of the servants of Allaah are dealt with based on what is apparent. As for (what is in the) hearts, it is left to Allaah – the secrets (or hidden things in the hearts) are entrusted to Allaah (for judgement), unless they reveal from what is hidden that which shows the opposite of what is apparent, otherwise the basic (initial) affair is that they are to hold to account for what they reveal, except for those whose hypocrisy is known. Allaah said: [فَإِنْ تَابُوا وَأَقَامُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَآتَوُا الزَّكَاةَ فَخَلُّوا سَبِيلَهُمْ – But if they repent and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), and give Zakat, then leave their way free] [Surah At-Tawbah. Aayah 5]
Allaah said: [فَإِنْ تَابُوا وَأَقَامُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَآتَوُا الزَّكَاةَ فَإِخْوَانُكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ وَنُفَصِّلُ الْآيَاتِ لِقَوْمٍ يَعْلَمُونَ – But if they repent, perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) and give Zakat, then they are your brethren in religion. (In this way) We explain the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) in detail for a people who know] [Surah At-Tawbah. Aayah 11]
Allah [The All-Mighty and Exalted] clarified that when they make apparent the (outward) affairs (that shows affiliation) to Islaam, then they are our brothers (in faith), and their way is left free for them (see tafseer). Their hearts cannot be searched (or investigated), unless they show hypocrisy. If their hypocrisy becomes apparent, the ruling that applies to hypocrites is applied to them. [Then the Imaam quoted few other ahaadeeth regarding this affair. (2)
Therefore, we ask the supporters of vile Usaamah: why does your mentor go beyond this principle?! The Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said: “The over-stringent ones are destroyed”. Imaam Nawawi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “The over-stringent ones are those who look too deeply (into affairs) and are excessive- those who exceed the Hudood (prescribed legislated Sharee’ah boundaries) in their statements and actions”. (3)
Secondly, our companionship is well-known in the east and west, therefore, name a single caller to Kufr, Bidah, Tamyee or Ghuluww who is associated (affiliated) with us, supported or honored by us; rather due to forbidding Ghuluww, abandoning those who refuse to abandon Ghuluww and warning against those who support the callers to Ghuluww, Usaamah decided to warn against us, which is falsehood in the first place, and then decided to add more danger to his falsehood by claiming – through that which shaytaan beautified for him of excessive speech – that we only pretend to be Salafiyyoon!
Finally, we remind the supporters of vile Usaamah that the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said: “Shall I not inform you of the biggest of the great sins?” We We said, “Certainly, O Allah’s Messenger”. He said, “To associate partners with Allaah in worship, to be undutiful to one’s parents.” The Prophet sat up after he had been reclining and added, “And I warn you against giving forged statement and a false witness; I warn you against giving a forged statement and a false witness.” The Prophet kept on saying that warning till we thought that he would not stop”. (4)
He [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] also said: “Whoever argues based on falsehood knowingly will not cease to be under the wrath of Allaah until he stops. And whoever says about a believer that which is not true, he will reside in Radghat Al-Khabaal (pus) until he recants”. (5)
The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “A slave of Allah may utter a word without thinking whether it is right or wrong, he may slip down in the Fire as far away a distance equal to that between the east.” (6)
We ask Allaah to protect us from vile Usaamah’s transgression, guide him or break his back Aameen.
To be continued…InShaaAllaah
Ref 1: Saheeh Bukhaari; Vol 3; Hadith Number:2641
Ref 3: Sharh Saheeh Muslim. Vol 16. page 180
Ref 4: In a hadeeth reported by Imaam Al-Bukhaari, Number 5979
Ref 5: Abu Dawud. Number 3597. Silsilah As-Saheehah Number 437]
Ref 6: Saheeh Sunan At-Tirmidhee. Number 2407]