No Bigoted Attachment to Personalities Amongst UK Salafiyyoon
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Al-Allaamah Zayd Bin Haadi Al-Madkhali [may Allaah have mercy upon him] stated: There is no (unrestricted or unconditional) allegiance except to Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] because he is infallible and never speaks out of his desires. As for unrestricted allegiance to personalities whether they are correct or mistaken, then indeed this is not permissible for the seeker of knowledge. On the other hand, he should look to such and such Shaikhs as to which of them is upon uprightness and is following the Manhaj of the Salaf. This is the one whom we place our hands on his hands- not out of blameworthy blind following, rather due to the fact that he is upon the truth. So we agree with him upon truth and follow a singular path in obedience to the statement of Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic]: [وَأَنَّ هَٰذَا صِرَاطِي مُسْتَقِيمًا فَاتَّبِعُوهُ ۖ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا السُّبُلَ فَتَفَرَّقَ بِكُمْ عَن سَبِيلِهِ – And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path] [6:153]
As for the one who selects Shaikhs, leaders and guides, whilst being in agreement with them- in what is correct and wrong- to the extent that they do not leave their Manhaj whether they are correct or wrong, then these are the people who bring evil upon themselves and upon others. And if they do not repent, then they are most worthy of being blamed. So the affair-and all praise belongs to Allaah- is clear and it is not permissible for a person to be in confusion regarding this affair. Therefore, we are with those who follow the straight path-we follow a singular path which Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic] has commanded us to follow and which the messenger called us to. And those you follow the wrong path or are mistaken in many of their affairs, or in some of their affairs, we leave him [i.e. we leave his mistakes or abandon him when he deserves to be boycotted]. None is followed in everything except the Messenger of Allaah [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam]. As for the people, then indeed they can be correct or mistaken. Indeed, we do not follow them and we do not follow their footsteps solely because they are Shaikhs, Callers to Islaam, leaders or guides; rather you should be with the people of the Salafi Manhaj-those who follow the correct manhaj and correct understanding. (1)
The UK Salafiyyoon and their well-known brothers in other regions of the earth stood firm against the Qutubiyyah, the Sooriyyah, the Ikhwaanees, the Hajaawirah, the figureheads of Bidah (such as Abdur Rahmaan Abdul Khaaliq, Salmaan Al-Awdah, Safar Al-Hawali, Abul Hasan Al-Maribi, Ali Al-Halabi, Yahyah Al-Hajuri, Muhammad Al-Maghraawi) and their staunch followers. They do not even tolerate the transgression of those who have not been declared innovators, such as the likes of Muhammad Bin Haadi and his ilk. Indeed, our brothers at Maktabah Salafi have been at the forefront of the battle against all the heads of Bidah in the UK, stood firm and transmitted the verdicts of the senior scholars against all the heads of Bidah and the transgressors. During all the trials related to Manhaj and Aqeedah – by the Tawfeeq of Allaah, the elders at Salafipublications and the Maraakiz neither gave precedence to falsehood nor allowed its adherents to beautify it; neither sought to find lame excuses for the promoters of falsehood nor the oppressors; neither entertained blind following nor allowed the status of anyone to take precedence over the truth; rather they and their well-known brothers in the other regions of the world- due to following the footsteps of the scholars of Sunnah – have constantly aided the people of Sunnah, work tirelessly to maintain unity and allegiance to the Sunnah. This is what Al-Allaamah Ubaid Bin Abdillaah Al-Jaabiri [may Allaah have mercy upon him], Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi Al-Mad’khali [may Allaah preserve him] and others know about Salafipublications and their brothers in the UK, and this is – to this day – manifest for everyone to see. May Allaah continue to unite all the Salafiyyoon upon the sound Aqeedah and the sound Manhaj stances, protect them from all the causes of differing in Aqeedah and Manhaj, increase the love and compassion between them, and continue to guide the masses to this bless Manhaj Aameen. Whoever claims or insinuates that the UK Salafiyyoon are guilty of bigoted attachment to any personality or individual, then either he does not understand what bigoted attachment necessitates or he is guilty of slander, and may Allaah guide him Aameen.
Part 3: To Abandon Innovations, Hizbiyyah (Partisanship), Differing, Sectarianism, and Establishing the Call to Unity: Imām Ahmad bin Hanbal’s Usūl As-Sunnah (The Foundations of the Sunnah) with the explanation of Shaikh An-Najmi.
[Ref 1: العقد المنضد الجديد في الإجابة على مسائل في الفقه والمناهج والتوحيد -(page:144) ]
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