In The Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Imam Abu Hatim Ar-Raazee [may Allah have mercy upon him] said, “A sign of the proponents of Bidah is that they speak ill of those who adhere to the authentic narrations of the pious predecessors”. [Aqeedah As-Salaf 105]
The cretins at Wikipedia stated, “Madkhalis, in contrast to members of other groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic State, have been described as very simple men who do not have the same level of intellectual depth and knowledge. As such, they are viewed as less of a threat by their opponents”. [End of quote]
Once again, based on the illusion regarding the existence of a group known as Mad’khalis, the Shayaateen at Wikipedia invented a characteristic for this imaginary group that they claim distinguishes it from two other groups, namely the Islamic State (ISIS) and Ikhwaan Al-Muslimeen (The Muslim Brotherhood).
First, the goal of the cretins at Wikipedia in mentioning these two other groups besides the fictitious Mad’khali group is to merely make a false comparison while purposefully refraining from distinguishing between truth and falsehood because these pseudo researchers approach the subject matter related to the various groups that ascribe to Islam in the same way they seek to compare and distinguish between different ideologies. However, neither the cretins at Wikipedia nor the ideologues can hide the fact that ideologies are concocted by men and their proponents do not have an infallible text to judge between them, whereas any disagreement or debate between Muslims as well as others is to be referred back to the infallible final revelation, as Allah says:
وَمَا ٱخْتَلَفْتُمْ فِيهِ مِن شَىْءٍ فَحُكْمُهُۥٓ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ ذَٰلِكُمُ ٱللَّهُ رَبِّى عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَإِلَيْهِ أُنِيبُ
And in whatsoever you differ, the decision thereof is with Allah (He is the ruling Judge). (And say O Muhammad to these polytheists:) Such is Allah, my Lord in Whom I put my trust, and to Him, I turn in all of my affairs and in repentance. [Surah Ash-Shuraa. Ayah 10]
The Messenger [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] said: “Verily he among you who lives long will see a lot of disagreement, so you must adhere to my Sunnah and to the Sunnah of the Khulafa ar-Rashideen [the rightly guided caliphs- AbuBakr, Umar, Uthmaan and Ali]. Cling to it stubbornly [literally: with your molar teeth]. Beware of newly invented matters [in the religion- related to beliefs and acts of worship], for verily every bidah (innovation in the religion) is misguidance. [Hadith 28. (Forty Hadith of An-Nawawi)]
Indeed, nothing remains after the preceding clarification other than to present the reality of the two groups – the “Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State (ISIS),” and may Allah bless our elder teachers for revealing the reality of these Bidah groups. Read below:
The Other (Hidden) Face of the so-called “Muslim Brotherhood”
The Historical Roots of al-Qaida and ISIS
Second, the cretins at Wikipedia said that the Mad’khalis (i.e. so-called adherents to a strain of thought known as Mad’khalism) “Have been described as very simple men who do not have the same level of intellectual depth and knowledge. As such, they are viewed as less of a threat by their opponents”. [End of quote]
In the above claim, the cretins desperately attempted to present a fictitious trait of the so-called Mad’khalis, which they say is lack of intellectual depth and knowledge in comparison to other groups. Once again the repugnant ignorance of these pseudo-researchers manifests because the intellect is not the criterion by way of which guidance and misguidance are distinguished in the Sight of Allah, rather, a believer is commanded to adhere to the divine revelation – the Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah. Allah [The Most High] said:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تُقَدِّمُوا بَيْنَ يَدَيِ اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ ۖ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَرْفَعُوا أَصْوَاتَكُمْ فَوْقَ صَوْتِ النَّبِيِّ
O you who believe! Do not put (yourselves) forward before Allah and His Messenger, and fear Allah. Verily! Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. O you who believe! Raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet. [Surah Al-Hujuraat. Ayaat 1-2]
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allah have mercy upon him] said: When it is the case that Allah forbade us from giving precedence to (ourselves) over the Messenger, then which type of precedence to oneself over the Messenger can possibly be more severe than precedence to one’s intellect over the revelation he was sent with?! Many of the pious predecessors said, “Do not say anything until the Messenger speaks and do not act until he commands you”. The most disobedient individual among the people, and the worst in terms of giving precedence to himself over the Messenger, is the one who gives precedence to his or another person’s intellect over the revelation with which the Messenger was sent. And when it is the case that Allah has forbidden them from raising their voices above the voice of the Messenger, how about elevating their intellects above the Messenger’s statements and the revelation he brought? [(1)]
Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [may Allah have mercy upon him] said: What is required of the People of Imaan is that they be followers of the religion rather than innovators and that they refrain from putting themselves forward before Allah and His Messenger. The scholars say, “Do not speak until you are commanded by Allah and His Messenger and do not act until the Messenger acts and legislates; do not put (yourself) forward before him with either speech or action. Be followers of what has been prescribed and made clear to you in the (Islamic) legislation, and this is how the people of Imaan should be, neither innovate acts of worship nor rulings in Allah’s Shariah.
[وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيم – And fear Allah. Verily! Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing] -Meaning, Allah hears their statements, and nothing about your situation is hidden from Him. He knows the truth you utter and everything else you say, and He knows what you do. Be mindful of Him and be warned against (disobeying Him), for nothing is hidden from Him. He hears you and is aware of your situation. As a result, it is incumbent upon you to be followers rather than innovators in Allah’s Shariah. [(2)]
The Imam was also asked: “Do those who rely on their intellects to understand many religious matters fall into the category of those who are mistaken?”
Response: It is incumbent upon him not to rely on his intellect, but rather to study the texts and rely on the divine texts from Allah’s and the Messenger’s speech since there is guidance and direction towards good in them. The intellect can be correct or incorrect. Because of their intellects, the sects that reject Ahlus Sunnah were destroyed (i.e. misguided). They believed that they had good intellects and that their intellects arrived at what was correct, so they opposed the (divine) texts through their stagnated intellects, which they believed were sound.
What, other than their corrupt intellects led the Jahmiyyah to deny Allah’s Perfect Names and Attributes? What, other than their corrupt intellects led the Mutazilah to negate the attributes of Allah and declared that the sinners will remain in hell forever? (i.e. that the one who commits major sins besides Shirk is neither a disbeliever nor a believer in this worldly life, but will abide in the fire forever in the Afterlife). Similarly, their followers who repeat this speech are in their position. What, other than their corrupt intellects led the Khawaarij to excommunicate the people for committing sins – that the sinner is a disbeliever and that he will remain in the fire forever?!
Similarly, this is true of others among the proponents of Bidah. They are destroyed by their intellects because they believe they are secure, sound, good, and infallible, whereas that is not the case; rather, they are not infallible. They make a lot of mistakes, but they have a good suspicion of their intellects and a bad suspicion of the divine texts, so they are ruined. It is incumbent to have a good suspicion of the divine texts and an evil suspicion of the intellect and to submit the intellect to the divine texts. The texts are infallible if their chain of transmission is established to be authentic. As for the intellects, they are fallible. A person is susceptible to mistakes, shortcomings and desires. As for the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him], what he conveyed from Allah is infallible. Likewise, the Qur’an is infallible- the speech of Allah. Therefore, it is obligatory that the Qur’an and Sunnah pass judgement on your intellect and that you give precedence to the Qur’an and Sunnah over your intellect- over the intellect of the Shaikh, the Mashaayikh, your forefathers, ancestors and all the people. The texts are given precedence over all the intellects. [(3)]
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allah have mercy upon him] also said: It is said that Iblees was distanced (from Allah’s Mercy) due to false interpretation. He made an analogy and gave it precedence over the divine text – that his reasoning by analogy takes precedence over the command to prostrate. [أنا خير منه – I (Iblees) am better than him (i.e. Aadam)]; that a virtuous one cannot humble himself to one who has been given virtue over him; then he said: [خلقتني من نار وخلقته من طين – You (Allah) created me from fire, and him (Adam) you created from clay].
He thought that this reasoning by analogy that resembled truth, despite being wrong, would aid him in his false interpretation. Then what happened to transpired and he became the leader of everyone–until the day of judgement–who gives a false interpretation of the texts. Many people in this world are followers of this cursed leader. If you contemplate the vast majority of the doubts that are presented as the truth by those who misinterpret the texts and seek to disprove them, you will discover that they are similar to the doubts that Iblees attempts to present as truth. So, someone says: “If the intellect and the divine text conflict, give the intellect the upper hand”. This is where this principle comes from, and he utilises it as a fundamental principle to reject the divine texts that he believes are in opposition to the intellect, much as his leader Iblees said that a (so-called) rational proof contradicted the instruction to make Sujood. This doubt arose as a result of his pride, which stopped him from submitting to the clear texts of the divine revelation. Similarly, every false disputer against the divine texts does so out of pride. Allah [The Exalted] said:
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُجَادِلُونَ فِي آيَاتِ اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ سُلْطَانٍ أَتَاهُمْ ۙ إِن فِي صُدُورِهِمْ إِلَّا كِبْرٌ مَّا هُم بِبَالِغِيهِ ۚ فَاسْتَعِذْ بِاللَّهِ ۖ إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْبَصِيرُ
Verily, those who dispute about the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah, without any authority having come to them, there is nothing else in their breasts except pride [to accept you (Muhammad ) as a Messenger of Allah and to obey you]. They will never have it (i.e. Prophethood which Allah has bestowed upon you). So seek refuge in Allah (O Muhammad from the arrogants). Verily, it is He Who is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer]. [Surah Ghaafir. Aayah 56] [(4)]
Indeed, there is no honour for the one who wilfully misinterprets the Quran and falls into bidah, then pretends to be superior in intelligence, because all of this is a legacy of Iblees. The Salafiyyoon follow the true texts, the Qur’an and Sunnah, as practised and understood by the Sahaabah. Imaam Ash-Shaatibee [may Allah have mercy upon him] said: “Know that Allah has established this Shari’ah as evidence against the creation (i.e. humanity and jinn) – the old and the young, the obedient and the disobedient, the upright and the wicked. He did not specify the proof against anyone in exclusion of another person. Furthermore, all other revealed laws were established as evidence against all other nations to whom they were revealed. The Shariah is the judge, both in specific and in general, the (means of judgement) and the judge over all those who have reached the age of responsibility. It is the path connected to (what Allah has ordained) and it is the Greatest Guide. And have you not read Allah’s statement?
وَكَذَٲلِكَ أَوۡحَيۡنَآ إِلَيۡكَ رُوحً۬ا مِّنۡ أَمۡرِنَاۚ مَا كُنتَ تَدۡرِى مَا ٱلۡكِتَـٰبُ وَلَا ٱلۡإِيمَـٰنُ وَلَـٰكِن جَعَلۡنَـٰهُ نُورً۬ا نَّہۡدِى بِهِۦ مَن نَّشَآءُ مِنۡ عِبَادِنَاۚ وَإِنَّكَ لَتَہۡدِىٓ إِلَىٰ صِرَٲطٍ۬ مُّسۡتَقِيمٍ۬
And thus We have sent to you (O Muhammad) Ruhan (an Inspiration, and a Mercy) of Our Command. You knew not what is the Book, nor what is Faith? But We have made it (this Qur’an) a light wherewith We guide whosoever of Our slaves We will. And verily, you (O Muhammad) are indeed guiding (mankind) to the Straight Path (i.e. Allah’s religion of Islamic Monotheism).’’ [Soorah Ash-Shooraa. Ayah: 52]
He (the Messenger) was the first to be guided to the Book and Imaan, followed by others who followed him. The Book is the Guide, and the Sunnah that was sent down to him explains that guidance [i.e. the Sunnah and the Qur’an explain each other]. It guides all of creation [including mankind and Jinn]. When this is the case, the Shariah is worthy of being the decisive proof against them (i.e. against humans and Jinn) as well as a light that guides people to the truth. Their nobility is determined by how completely they embrace its rulings–through acting on them in speech, belief, and deeds–rather than merely due to the level of their intellects or nobility among their people. This is because Allah [The Most High] determined nobility through Taqwa and no other than it. Allah [The Most High] said: [إِنَّ أَڪۡرَمَكُمۡ عِندَ ٱللَّهِ أَتۡقَٮٰكُمۡۚ – Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has more fear of Allah. [Surah Al-Hujuraat. Verse 13] The one who is more steadfast in his adherence to the Shari’ah is more deserving of honour and nobility”. [(5)]
To conclude, the cretins at Wikipedia should understand that a person’s so-called superior intelligence is not a criterion of guidance or misguidance; rather, what is given consideration is one’s adherence to the clear divine texts – the Qur’an and the Sunnah as understood by the Sahaabah. What good would intellects be to the inhabitants of the fire of hell (may Allah protect us from it) if they did not utilise their faculties as their Lord commanded?!
Allah [The Exalted] says:
وَلَقَدْ ذَرَأْنَا لِجَهَنَّمَ كَثِيرًا مِّنَ ٱلْجِنِّ وَٱلْإِنسِ لَهُمْ قُلُوبٌ لَّا يَفْقَهُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ أَعْيُنٌ لَّا يُبْصِرُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ ءَاذَانٌ لَّا يَسْمَعُونَ بِهَآ أُو۟لَٰٓئِكَ كَٱلْأَنْعَٰمِ بَلْ هُمْ أَضَلُّ أُو۟لَٰٓئِكَ هُمُ ٱلْغَٰفِلُونَ
And We have certainly created for Hell many of the jinn and mankind. They have hearts with which they do not understand, they have eyes with which they do not see, and they have ears with which they do not hear. Those are like livestock; rather, they are more astray. It is they who are the heedless. [Surah Al-A’raaf. Ayah 179]
Allah [The Exalted] said:
وَقَالُوا۟ لَوْ كُنَّا نَسْمَعُ أَوْ نَعْقِلُ مَا كُنَّا فِىٓ أَصْحَٰبِ ٱلسَّعِيرِ
And they will say, “If only we had been listening or reasoning, we would not be among the companions of the Blaze.” [Surah Al-Mulk. Ayah 10]
We ask Allah
اللَّهُمَّ أَصْلِحْ لِي دِينِي الَّذِي هُوَ عِصْمَةُ أَمْرِي
وَأَصْلِحْ لِي دُنْيَايَ الَّتِي فِيهَا مَعَاشِي
وَأَصْلِحْ لِي آخِرَتِي الَّتِي فِيهَا مَعَادِي
وَاجْعَلِ الْحَيَاةَ زِيَادَةً لِي فِي كُلِّ خَيْرٍ
وَاجْعَلِ الْمَوْتَ رَاحَةً لِي مِنْ كُلِّ شَرٍّ
O Allah! Rectify my religion for me, which is the safeguard of my affairs; rectify my worldly [affairs], wherein is my livelihood; and rectify my Afterlife to which is my return, and make life for me [as a means of] increase in every good and make death for me as a rest from every evil. [Saheeh Muslim Number: 2720]
To be continued…InShaaAllah
Ref 1: An Excerpt from Al-Waabil as-Sayyib’ page: 21. slightly paraphrased]
Ref 2: An Excerpt from Al-Fawaa-id al-Ilmiyyah Min Ad-Durar Al-Baaziyyah: 4/391-392. Publisher: Daar Ar-Risaalah 1st ed 1430AH (Year 2009)]
Ref 4: An Excerpt from ‘As-Sawaa’iq Al-Mursalah 1/371-372
Ref 5: Al-Itisaam 3/434