In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Firstly, in the early 2000s, we dealt with opinionated people- people who had some knowledge but chose themselves as ones who know better in affairs of Dawah, even though neither a scholar nor an experienced elder teacher – whose wisdom is affirmed by senior scholars – affirmed that for them! We’ve also come across people who were afflicted with some inflated self-importance, love of control and self-amazement! We dealt with them whilst seeking advice from our elder teachers in the UK. After being reprimanded for bad behaviour in affairs of Dawah, they decided to employ snooker tactics and believed that their discreet long term strategies and short term tactics – in order to fulfil their goals – would not be discovered or that everyone was oblivious of it. They persisted and constantly repeated what they wanted people to think – both openly and discreetly.
They carefully thought about their actions, laid traps and watched from a distance, and many amongst us – especially those who had just started coming to the Masjid – found it very hard to detect this game because the perpetrators were very calm and collective. A snooker player has many tactics and these people utilised some of those skills to play games with Dawah, whilst some of the unsuspecting people still held them in high esteem due to their efforts in teaching, but we knew – whilst seeking guidance from some of the elders – that these people rejected advice and refused to humble themselves. The connections they had with some other students of knowledge in the UK and in some of the Muslim lands made them think that neither will they be discovered nor would anyone dare speak against them when necessary, so they increased in error, arrogance, inflated self-importance and self-amazement.
So, beware of this behaviour and seek Allaah’s Protection. These people defended the Sunnah and taught for many years, but found themselves isolated when all the Maraakiz finally saw their harm. The elder teachers -at the time -refrained from saying anything in public in order not to agitate them or cause more harm than good, because many common people were attached to them, so they were even allowed to carry on teaching in the Masjid until they did that which warranted a more severe reprimand. Indeed, let us beware that the Dawah is neither in need of snooker strategies nor trickery. Imaam Al-Bukhaari [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “Chapter: Avoiding the Use of Tricks. And everybody will get the reward according to his intention”. Narrated Umar Ibn al-Khattaab [may Allaah be pleased with him]: The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, ‘’The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions, and every person will get the reward according to what he intended. So, whoever emigrates for Allaah and His Messenger, then his emigration will be for Allaah and His Messenger, and whoever emigrates to take a worldly benefit or for a woman to marry, then his emigration will be for what he emigrated for”. [Saheeh Al-Bukhaari Number 6953]
Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “There is no place for trickery in Ibaadaat [i.e. acts of worship] nor in Mu’aamalaat [i.e. mutual dealings]. Therefore, it is obligatory to approach affairs through their appropriate paths”. (1)
Al-Hasan (al-Basree) said, “The wise man does not argue or seek to overcome with stratagem rather he propagates his wisdom. If it is accepted he praises Allah and if it is rejected he praises Allah”.
Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him] stated, “Al-Hasan Al-Basree: He is Al-Hasan Ibnu Abil Hasan Al-Basree the well known Imaam from amongst the Taabi’een. He said, ‘The wise man’, that is the one who possesses wisdom, and wisdom is to place something in its (proper) place. Likewise, the wise one means the one with understanding. Therefore, two meanings are intended by Al-Hakeem (the wise one). The first intended meaning is one who places the affairs in their (proper) place. And it is also intended to mean the one who has understanding, because wisdom is understanding and knowledge of what is intended by Allah and His Messenger (i.e. the understanding of the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger). He does not argue. He does not debate (with) a fruitless debate that is devoid of benefit. He does not seek to overcome the people of falsehood with stratagem and to make them submit. He propagates his knowledge and if accepted he praises Allah. This is what is sought after. And if it (i.e. his knowledge, wisdom) is not accepted, he is absolved of his responsibility and the proof is conveyed. And concerning the statement, ‘He praises Allaah’ because he established and conveyed the proof, and fulfilled that which is required of him, and guidance for the hearts is in the hands of Allah. (2)
Lying In Issues of Dawah:
Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him] was asked: Is lying permissible in calling to Allaah? And is ‘the goal justifies the means’ a maslahah (benefit) from the masaalih (beneficial affairs) of the Sharee’ah?
Answer: Lying is not permissible. It is a major sin from the major sins. It (lying) is not permissible except in three affairs which the prophet made an exception; lying during war, because war is deceit; lying in order to bring about peace between the people; and lying between married couples in order to bring about rectification to the family with regards to the relationship between (husband and the wife). These three affairs are that of maslahah, and in them is a greater good than evil; so (lying) is permissible (in this case). As for calling to Allaah, it has no need for lies. It is not permissible to utilize lies in calling to Allaah. Calling to Allaah is to (be carried out) by way of truth, the Book, the sunnah, fine admonition and arguing in a way that is better and not by way of lies. (2.1)
Secondly, many of us have come across the affair of those who hid behind the Sunnah and were exposed, such as Abu Usaamah. Al-Allaamah Ubaid Bin Abdillaah al-Jaabiri [may Allaah preserve him] said, “There is none who hides behind the Sunnah– the people beguiled by him, gathered around him to learn, adhered to him, became dependent on him and accepted everything he said–except that Allaah will reveal his affair, uncover and expose his concealed state of affairs to specific individuals and to the general public, regarding what was hidden and apparent of his deception, his mixing truth with falsehood, his plots and deceitful practices. Allaah facilitates men of virtue, intelligence, wisdom, strength and exceptional natural ability–possessors of knowledge, skill and sound understanding of the religion–through whom He (Allaah) unveils the affair of that trickster, dubious and deceitful person”. (3)
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Finally, a reminder about the Tricks of Liars and Enemies of The Prophets: Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [may Allaah have mercy upon him] stated: “The tricks of the liars and wicked sinners are numerous indeed, so one thinks that they are amazing affairs outside the norm, however neither is that the case nor is it something similar to the tricks of the monks. Some people have written books regarding the tricks of the monks, such as the trick reported about one of them changing water into oil- that when the oil is in the interior of the lighthouse, the water gradually reduces and thus the oil floats [or pops up] on the water, so those who are present think that the water has changed into oil. The likes of this affair are numerous from the tricks of those Christians, because all that those Christians possess – those who altered the religion of the Messiah [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] – of activities that are attributed to something out of the norm are either from the devils or they are tricks, and there’s nothing in them related to the miracles of the righteous people”. (4)
Propaganda Network Networks: Abu Saaleh [may Allaah have mercy upon him] narrated from Ibn Abbaas [may Allaah be pleased with him and his father] who said that the Quraish polytheists sent sixteen men to the main mountain roads during the days of hajj and dispersed four men on each road to hinder people from believing in Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him], saying, “Whoever comes to you asking about Muhammad, then some of you should say, he is a poet, and some of you should say, he is a Soothsayer, and some of you should say, he is a mad man, so it is better that neither you see him nor he sees you. And when the people come to us, we will agree with what you said to them on the roads. So, when this reached Allaah’s Messenger, he also sent four believers on each main road – and amongst them were Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood [may Allaah be pleased with him] – and commanded them to belie what the Quraish were saying, so when the people would go past the polytheists, they said what they said about the Messenger, but the Muslims would say, “You have lied, rather he calls to the truth, commands good and forbids evil”. (5)
[Ref 1: An Excerpt from Al-Hulalul Ibreeziyyah Min Ta’leeqaat Al-Baaziyyah Alaa Saheeh Al-Bukhaari’ 4/353. footnote 1. slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 2: It-haaful Qaaree Bitta’liqaat Alaa Sharhis Sunnah Lil Imaam Barbahaaree. Vol 2. Page:265-266]
[Ref 2.1: An Excerpt from Al-Ijaabatul Muhimmah Fee Mashaakil Al-Mulimmah. Page:271-272]
[Ref 3: https://salaficentre.com/2016/01/08/4-unveiling-the-deceit-of-the-hizbiyyoon-luton-and-other-sponsees-of-ihyaa-turaath-through-some-very-beneficial-and-precise-principles-concerning-the-differing-of-the-scholars-on-jarh-wat-tadeel-t/ ]
[Ref 4: An Excerpt from Al-Jawaabus Saheeh Liman Baddala Deen Al-Maseeh. Vol 1. Pages 284-287]
[Ref 5: Excerpt from Zaadul Maseer Fee Ilmit Tafseer’ Tafseer Surah An-Nahl. Aayaat Aayaat 30-32: By Imaam Ibnul Jawzi]