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Peaceful protest is the way forward!

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

You hear some Muslim afflicted with a corrupt methodology saying, “Muslim authorities are heavy handed when citizens come out in the street to protest unlike what we witness in the West.”

Firstly, the globalists and spiteful secularists call you to their way to destroy stability in your country and corrupt the relationship between you and your society. Do not read the statement of Allaah (The Most High) said:

[وَقَالَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّبِعُوا سَبِيلَنَا وَلْنَحْمِلْ خَطَايَاكُمْ وَمَا هُم بِحَامِلِينَ مِنْ خَطَايَاهُم مِّن شَيْءٍ ۖ إِنَّهُمْ لَكَاذِبُونَ – And those who disbelieve say to those who believe: “Follow our way and we will verily bear your sins,” never will they bear anything of their sins. Surely, they are liars]. [29:12]

Imaam Ibn Katheer [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: Allaah [The Exalted] related about the disbelievers of Quraish that they said to those amongst them who believed (in the message of Muhammad) and followed the guidance, “Abandon your religion, return to our religion and follow our way. We will verily bear your sins if you have any”, just as a person says, “Do this and your sin is upon my neck”. So, Allaah declared their statement false, saying that never will they bear anything of their (i.e., the believers) sins. Surely, they are liars. That is because no one will bear anything of the sins of others. (1)

Secondly, protests are not allowed in the infallible methodology of the Prophet. Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi Al-Mad’khali [may Allaah preserve him] was asked, “Going out to demonstrations, revolutions and nurturing the youth upon it; is this from the methodology of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaa’ah or not, whether in or outside the Muslim countries?

Response: This is the methodology of Marx (i.e., Carl Marx), Lenin (i.e., Vladimir Lenin) and those similar to them. It is not from the Islamic methodology. Revolutions, bloodshed, trials and troubles are Marx’s and Lenin’s school of thought. (2)

Al-Allaamah Zayd Bin Haadi Al-Madkhali [may Allaah have mercy upon him] stated: Protests are newly invented matters in the religion. Every newly invented matter in the religion is a bidah, every bidah is misguidance and every misguidance is in the hell fire [i.e., is a path leading to the hell fire]. Allaah’s legislation is perfect and complete-based on The Book and The Sunnah-and we do not know of anything by way of the evidences in the Book and the Sunnah that makes it permissible for a handful of people to gather for demonstrations, which causes disturbance for the people and time wasting. And greater than this [disturbance and time wasting] is abandonment of the prayers [during protests] and the loss of life [i.e., murder]. If one was to kill a Muslim in a single protest, the one [or those] who called to such protests will carry his sins-be it an individual, a group or those who participate. It has been reported in an authentic hadeeth: The termination of the world means less to Allah than the killing of a Muslim [i.e., without right].These protests are nothing but bidah and acts of misguidance advocated by shaytaan; [enticed] by the urge of the evil soul and desires. And these enemies [i.e., shaytaan, the urge of the evil soul and desires] do not come together in any affair except that the religion and worldly affairs are destroyed, just as it is the case in these demonstrations [or protests].

The end results of protests [or demonstrations]: Carnage, destruction, wastage of wealth and time and terrorising those living in peace. And how many disadvantages are there in [that]! It is enough to be considered something sinister due to the fact that the Noble Messengers and the Great Prophets who were put to trial and harmed by their people did not hold protests [or demonstrations]. Neither did they engage in plotting to cause explosions nor committing suicide; rather Islaam has forbidden all of that.

Those who call to protests [or demonstrations] and hold that there is success in it, they are mistaken and they have missed the correct path. Rectification of the affairs can only be by way of the Book and The Sunnah in accordance with the understanding of those scholars who are firmly grounded in knowledge. So, whoever calls the people to this chaos, then indeed he has brought about a means to corrupting the land and the slaves, and what has occurred – in the past and at present- is a witness to that.

Therefore, we warn the students of knowledge that they are not persuaded by the speech of those who allow protests [or demonstrations]. They say that peaceful demonstrations are permissible-as they categorise it into this categorisation- without proofs and concrete evidence from the Book and the Sunnah- neither from the actions of the Messenger and the Noble Sahaabah nor from the Notable Imaams; rather the verdict on protests [or demonstrations] is only what has been stated earlier and as well as what has been written by other than myself [i.e., protests (or demonstrations) are not permissible] (3)

However, neither would a rightly guided Muslim would condone the action of anyone in authority who punishes people without proof from the Sharee’ah; read here on this link: nor condone rebellion against Muslim rulers, read here:

Finally, when the rabble in Muslim countries damage property whilst claiming peaceful protest, the spiteful journalists in the Western media attack Muslim authorities, but read here regarding stance of non-Muslim authorities in the UK towards planned protests against King Charles’s Coronation “Blocking roads, airports and railways could bring prison sentences of 12 months, while people locking on to others, objects or buildings could go to prison for six months and face an unlimited fine. Police have also been empowered to stop and search people if they suspect they are setting out to cause disruption by protesting”.

The Ruling Concerning Street Demonstrations In Non-Muslim Countries (Shaikh Abdullah Al-Bukhari) – By Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [hafidhahullaah]

The Ruling Concerning Street Demonstrations In Non-Muslim Countries (Shaikh Abdullah Al-Bukhari)

Protests, Demonstrations and Civil Disobedience in the Light of Islam (Ethics 3.8) – By Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [hafidhahullaah]

Are Street Protests and Demonstrations Legitimate Means of Response to Oppression? ―Answer to Question 5 in the Methodology of the Sunnah – By Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [hafidhahullaah]

[1] Tafseer Ibn katheer

[2] An excerpt from كشف الستار  Page: 18]

[3]Source: الأفنان وتوحيد ابن خزيمة وحديث عن المظاهرات4-4-1432هـ.]

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