In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi Al-Mad’khali [may Allaah preserve him] stated:
At-ta’assub [Bigoted attachment] is blameworthy, rather it is the way of the unbelievers! Bigoted attachment and following desires are from the paths of the people of pre-Islamic ignorance and the Tatars, as Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [may Allaah have mercy upon him] stated, “The believer seeks to know the truth and adhere to it regardless who opposes the truth. He never has a bigoted attachment to the mistake of so-and-so or the opinion of so-and-so. He only clings to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Messenger [peace and blessings be upon him], establishes loyalty and hatred (for everything declared un-Islamic) based on that which Muhammad [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] brought after he knows that Muhammad brought it and not based on illusions (assumptions). He knows that this affair was brought by Muhammad [peace and blessings be upon him]- established with evidence by the Book of Allaah, the Messenger of Allaah [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] and that the (pious) predecessors followed it as part of their religion in Islam.
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] held that if you know the text and understand it- I mean, you do not know who said it, you must adhere to it. If you know those who said it, you will have more strength and certainty; and if you do not find anyone, it is not a condition (i.e. that you must find someone before following it). (see footnote a) The important thing is that the Muslim’s path is “Allaah said” and “The Messenger said”. Knowledge is “Allaah said and His Messenger said”, and “The Sahaabah said”, and not misrepresentation (distortion).
As for an ignorant man comes along and regards himself as an Imam (in knowledge), engages in falsehoods and misguidance, (and) you have a bigoted attachment to him, then this is from the deeds of the pre-Islamic era; rather, even if he is an Imam (in knowledge) and made a mistake, and if you have a bigoted attachment to him, then there is a trait of pre Islamic ignorance in you. [إنا وَجَدْنَا آبَاءنَا عَلَى أُمَّةٍ وَإِنَّا عَلَى آثَارِهِم مُّقْتَدُونَ – We found our fathers following a certain way and religion, and we will indeed follow their footsteps]. This bigoted attachment is from the affairs and deeds of the people who lived during pre-Islamic era of ignorance. (see footnote b)
As for the truthful Muslim, he must renounce bigoted attachment and renounce the affairs that oppose that which Muhammad [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] brought. Bigoted attachment is blameworthy! None has this bigoted attachment except one with that feeling of blameworthy bigoted partisanship and one who deserves blame. The bigoted partisan – meaning, the crazy one who is afflicted with the disease of bigoted partisanship or the stupid one. None has bigoted attachment except a stupid person or a bigoted partisan. Therefore, the Muslim must renounce it – neither should he be a stupid nor crazy one, a bigoted partisan! He should be sensible, seeks the truth; and if he knows the truth, he takes it, even if everyone on earth disagrees with him. (see footnote c) He does not have a bigoted attachment, neither to an Imam nor to a follower; neither to a truthful person nor to a liar, but rather he clings to the truth. (Ref 1) [End of quote]
Indeed, Muhammad Ibn Haadi committed clear error by passing the virdit of false Tabdee, so he was refuted and restrained. Therefore, it is not possible for a sensible person to accuse us of having a bigoted attachment to the scholars and students of knowledge who refuted him! And do you know the consequences of Tabdee?! Here are few statements of the scholars regarding the affair of a Mubtadi. Ahmad Ibn Sinaan Al-Qattaan [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “There is no Mubtadi in the world except that he hates ahlul hadeeth, and when a man innovates the sweetness of hadeeth is removed from his heart.” [Aqeedatus Salaf 102]
Ibnul Jawzi said, Abul Wafaa Ibn Aqeel Al-Faqee said, our Shaikh Abul Fadl Al-Hamdaani said, “The innovators (in) Islam and the fabricators of Hadeeth are worse than the Mulhiddoon [i.e. the heretics], because the heretics aim to corrupt Islam from the outside, whilst these [people] want to corrupt it from within. They [i.e. the innovators and the fabricators of hadeeth] are similar to the people of a country who try to corrupt its state of affairs and the heretics are similar to those who lay a siege from the outside; so the ones from within [i.e. the innovators and fabricators of hadeeth] open the fortress. Therefore, they are more harmful to Islam than those who do not [attribute] themselves to it outwardly”. [Quoted by Shaikh Rabee (may Allaah preserve him) in his Book titled: Al-Mahajjah Al-Baydaa Fee Himaayati As-Sunnati Al-Gharraa’i Min Zallaati Alhlil Akh’taa Wa Zayghi Ahlil Ahwaa’ page: 47]
Allaah [The Most High] said: [ أَفَمَن زُيِّنَ لَهُ سُوءُ عَمَلِهِ فَرَآهُ حَسَنًا – Is he, then, to whom the evil of his deeds made fair seeming, so that he considers it as good (equal to one who is rightly guided)?] [Surah Faatir; Ayah 8] Sa’eed Bin Jubair [rahimahullaah] said, “This was revealed concerning the people of bidah and desires”. [Tafseer Al-Baghawi 3/689]
Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: “The pious predecessors named Ahlul Bidah Wal Furqah [i.e the people of Bidah and Splitting]- those who oppose the Book and the Sunnah- ahlul ahwaa [the people of desires], because of the fact that they accept what they love and reject what they hate based on their desires without guidance from Allaah”. [An Excerpt from Majmoo Al-Fataawaa 4/189-190]
Allaah [The Most High] said: [وَلَا تَرۡكَنُوٓاْ إِلَى ٱلَّذِينَ ظَلَمُواْ فَتَمَسَّكُمُ ٱلنَّارُ -And incline not toward those who do wrong, lest the Fire should touch you]. [Surah Hud: Ayah 113]
Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi [may Allaah protect him] said, “The word [ظلم –wrong] in [this ayah] can [mean] disbelief; it can mean bidah and it can be [فسوق i.e. sinful, immoral behaviour], because (ظلم) can be applicable to all [i.e. in different contexts]. Therefore, we refrain from inclining towards the evil doers, the people of bidah, the Kuffaar, the Ilmaaniyyoon and other than them. And we protect ourselves, our Aqeedah, the Eemaan and sound religion which Allaah has bestowed on us”. [Source: An Excerpt from (الذريعة إلى بيان مقاصد كتاب الشريعة ) Vol 1 pages 192-193. Slightly paraphrased]
Ibn Abbaas [may Allaah be pleased with him and his father] said, “Do not sit with the people of desires; for indeed it causes sickness of the heart”. [Reported by Imaam Al-Aajuree in Ash-Sharee-ah: 1/453]
Imaam Ahmad [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “Beware of writing down (knowledge) from one of the people of desires-be it a little or a lot”. [Siyar 11/231]
Sa’eed Ibn Amr Al-Bardha’ee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “I witnessed when Abu Zur’ah was asked about Haarith Al-Muhaasibee and his books; so he said to the questioner: ‘Beware of these books; they are books of bidah and misguidance’”. [Al-Meezaan 2/165]
Sallaam Ibn Abee Mutee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “A man from the people of desires said to Ayyoub As-Sakhtiyaanee, ‘O Abaa-Bakr! I want to ask you about some statement’, so Ayyoub walked away and started gesturing with his finger, saying, ‘Not even half a statement’”. [Reported by Imaam Al-Aajuree in Ash-Sharee-ah 1/440]
These are some of the descriptions a person deserves – depending on the severity of his misguidance – when he innovates into the religion and and persists upon error after the proofs have been established, so he is rightfully declared a Mubtadi [an innovator in religion (see footnote d)] by the upright scholars; then how about passing this judgement due to anger, haste and exaggeration! Dr Muhammad Bin Haadi [may Allaah rectify his affair) passed this judgement on some people of Sunnah based on haste, anger and oppression, and thus Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi al-Mad’khali, Al-Allaamah Ubaid Bin Abdillaah al-Jaabiri and others repelled his transgressions. Read here by Shaikh Abu Iyaad [may Allaah preserve him]: Al-Allaamah Rabee request for Muḥammad bin Hādī to justify his tabdīʿ of Salafī students and shaykhs and to explicitly name the major scholars he accused of being “affected” and “destroyed” by the “Ṣaʿāfiqah” – one month, no answer.
Therefore, when you say that some of the Salafi youth have Ta’assub (Bigoted Attachment) to some of the scholars, we ask you to mention your proof as well as the specific scholar intended, otherwise, you are nothing but a Maakir (a plotter) or even a slanderer. Beware that the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] severely warned against slander. Read here: https://salaficentre.com/2020/10/05/the-worse-act-of-usury-is-to-attack-the-honour-of-a-muslim-without-a-just-cause/
Footnote a: NB: This only applies to a certified student of knowledge who has reached the level that enables him to understand and establish proofs. As for myself and others similar to me, we return to the scholars and elder students of knowledge. Read here: https://salaficentre.com/2021/08/15/acquire-knowledge-directly-from-study-circles-and-be-careful-of-solely-relying-on-your-books-and-audios/
Footnote b: Al-Allaamah Saalih Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him] said: Al-Jaahiliyyah: It is derived from al-Jahl (ignorance). It is an absence of knowledge, and the intent behind it is the state of affairs before Islaam. The state of affairs before the advent of Muhammad (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) is (referred to as) Al-Jaahiliyyah because they were in ignorance and misguidance in the affairs of worship, dealings, food, drink, marriage and other than that. They were in ignorance and misguidance due to the long period between Eesaa and Muhammad (i.e. the absence of a messenger).
This was a period of over four hundred years during which the divine message stopped. The divine message was obscured, and ignorance and misguidance became widespread. The people worshiped idols, trees, stones, false deities, the Jinn and humans. They worshiped the Angels, the Awliyaa and the righteous people, and they were upon divergent paths with regards to acts of worship.
And with regards to the affair of halaal and haraam, they did not distinguish between good and filth; rather they used to deal with Ribaa. The Ribaa Al-Jaahiliyyah (The Pre-Islamic Usury) was: When they used to settle a debt with a debtor, they would say: “Either you settle the debt, or we increase the debt and double the time it (should be paid)”. This was the Pre-Islamic Usury and it used to be predominant in their dealings. They used to gather wealth through forbidden means–through pillage, plunder, robbery and devouring people’s wealth through falsehood.
And with regards to food, they made dead animals and blood lawful; they used to eat dead animals, blood and repugnant things. And with regards to their relationship between one another, they used to kill and fight one another over the most trivial thing. They neither had a leader nor a state–they were either under the authority of tribal systems or under the authority of the Persians and the Romans. The powerful used to encroach upon (the rights of the weak), and the oppressor used to transgress the limits, and no one stopped him.
This was Al-Jaahiliyyah (The Pre-Islamic Period of Ignorance). They were upon ignorance in all aspects (of life) and the greatest of that (ignorance) was with regards to worship and creed. They used to be upon the creed of Shirk, rejected the (Resurrection) and the Divine Message (of the Messengers). (Allaah said that) they used to say: [مَا أَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ عَلَىٰ بَشَرٍ مِنْ شَيْءٍ – Nothing did Allaah send down to any human being (by revelation) 6:91]
This was their state in Al-Jaahiliyyah (The Pre-Islamic Period of Ignorance); then, Allaah (Glorified Be He) sent Muhammad (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) with the Guidance and the Religion of Truth. Allaah stated:[هُوَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلَ رَسُولَهُ بِالْهُدَىٰ وَدِينِ الْحَقِّ – It is He Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad) with Al Hudaa (the Guidance) and Deenul Haqq (the religion of truth -Islaam) 9:33]
‘Hudaa’ is beneficial knowledge and ‘Deenul Haqq’ is righteous action. Allaah (Glorified Be He) sent His prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) with beneficial knowledge and righteous action, so because of the advent of the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) Al-Jaahiliyyah (pre-Islamic ignorance) ceased to exist for ever walil-laahil Hamd, and knowledge and guidance arrived.
The ‘Jaahiliyyah Aamma’ (The Pre-Islamic ignorance that was widespread in the world and touched every aspect of life) has ceased to exist; but it remains with some people or with some of the tribes, or in some of the lands. This is Jaahiliyyah Juz-i (a portion of Pre-Islamic Ignorance), (but) as for the ‘Jahiliyyah Aamma’, this has ceased to exist after the advent of the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam), but some characteristics of Pre-Islamic ignorance remain with some of the people due to the saying of the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam): “Among my people there are four characteristics belonging to pre-Islamic period which they do not abandon: boasting of high rank, reviling other peoples’ genealogies, seeking rain by stars, and wailing (i.e. for the dead)’’ (reported by Muslim).” This remains, but it is a portion, (but) as for the Jaahiliyyah Aamma, it has ceased to exist.
So due to this, it is not permissible to say that the people are in Jaahiliyyah (Pre-Islamic ignorance). Some (people) say: “(the people) are in a state of Pre-Islamic ignorance that is more severe than the one before the sending of the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam)”…. The meaning of this (statement of theirs) is a denial of what the Messenger (sallal-laahu-layhi-wasallam) came with; it is a denial of the Qur’aan, the Sunnah of the Prophet and the abundant knowledge within our hands. Its meaning is that we are in Al-Jaahiliyyah (Pre-Islamic ignorance). This is a mistake, the people are not in Al-Jaahiliyyah, walil-laahil Hamd, but there remains some of the characteristics of Al-Jaahiliyyah in some individuals, in some nation states and in some tribes; but this is a specific Jaahiliyyah. Therefore, it is incumbent to be acquainted with this affair. https://salaficentre.com/2013/09/updated-the-people-used-to-ask-about-the-good-hudhaifah-radiyallaahu-anhu/
Footnote c: Abu Shaamah [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: “When the command to adhere to the Jamaa’ah (the main body) is (mentioned), then the intent behind it is to adhere to the truth, even if those who follow it are few and those who oppose it are numerous. That is because the truth is that which the first Jamaa’ah was upon- the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] and his companions[may Allaah be pleased with them]- and one does not give consideration to the numerous people of falsehood”. [Al-Baa’ith Alaa Inkaaril Bid’ah Wal-Hawaadith’ page 22. slightly paraphrased]
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: When the hypocrites and those in whose hearts there is a disease saw that the party of Allaah [i.e. the believers] were small in number and the enemies of Allaah were numerous, they thought that victory would be for those who were huge in number. Allaah [The Most High] says that the hypocrites said: [غَرَّ هَـٰٓؤُلَآءِ دِينُهُمۡ – These people (Muslims) are deceived by their religion]. [Surah Anfaal Ayah 49]. So, Allaah [Glorified be He and Free is He From all Imperfections] informed [them] that victory is achieved through placing one’s trust and reliance upon Allaah and not due to being huge in number, for indeed Allaah [The Most High] cannot be defeated; rather Allaah [The Most High] is All-Wise and He aids those who deserve help, even if they are weak. Allaah is the All-Wise and All-Mighty, and this necessitates that He will aid the party that truly relies upon Him. [Zaadul Ma’aad 3/181]
Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: Let every Muslim be careful of being deceived by the great numbers [of people upon such and such idea, view, belief, way of life etc], whilst saying: ‘’Indeed, the people have become such and such, and have become accustomed to such and such, so I am with them’’. This is a great calamity, for indeed many people of the past were destroyed due to this [i.e. blindly following the majority]. Therefore, O sensible one! It is obligated on you to examine yourself; take account of yourself and adhere to the truth, even if the people abandon it. Beware of what Allaah has forbidden, even if the people do it, for indeed the truth is more worthy of being followed, just as Allaah [The Most High] said: [وَإِنْ تُطِعْ أَكْثَرَ مَنْ فِي الْأَرْضِ يُضِلُّوكَ عَنْ سَبِيلِ اللَّه ِ -And if you obey most of those on earth, they will mislead you far away from Allah’s Path. [Surah Al An-aam Ayah 116]
And Allaah [The Most High] said: [ وَمَآ أَڪۡثَرُ ٱلنَّاسِ وَلَوۡ حَرَصۡتَ بِمُؤۡمِنِينَ-And most of mankind will not believe even if you desire it eagerly] [Surah Yusuf Ayah 103]. [Source: An Excerpt from ‘Majmoo Al-Fataawaa 12/ 412-416. slightly paraphrased]
Al-Allaamah Muqbil Bin Haadee Al-Waadi’ee may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: If numbers is the scale by way of which you judge, then the majority are mostly blameworthy; and if persuasive speech and eloquence is the scale by way of which you judge, then indeed Allaah described the Munaafiqoon that they have tongues that utter beautiful speech. Allaah said: [وَإِن يَقُولُواْ تَسۡمَعۡ لِقَوۡلِهِمۡ – And when they speak, you listen to their words]. [Surah Al-Munaafiqoon. Aayah 4]
Therefore, what is given consideration is that one knows the people of truth by their characteristics – that they call to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him, his family and companions], and they neither desire reward from the people nor seeking to be thanked. [قم المعاند – 2/547]
Shaikh Rabee: Establishment of Proof in Declaring a Person to be an Innovator
To be continued InShaaAllaah.