In The Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Allah [The Exalted] said:
يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ كُونُواْ قَوَّٲمِينَ بِٱلۡقِسۡطِ شُہَدَآءَ لِلَّهِ وَلَوۡ عَلَىٰٓ أَنفُسِكُمۡ أَوِ ٱلۡوَٲلِدَيۡنِ وَٱلۡأَقۡرَبِينَۚ إِن يَكُنۡ غَنِيًّا أَوۡ فَقِيرً۬ا فَٱللَّهُ أَوۡلَىٰ بِہِمَاۖ فَلَا تَتَّبِعُواْ ٱلۡهَوَىٰٓ أَن تَعۡدِلُواْۚ وَإِن تَلۡوُ ۥۤاْ أَوۡ تُعۡرِضُواْ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ بِمَا تَعۡمَلُونَ خَبِيرً۬ا
O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah; even though it be against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, be he rich or poor, Allah is a Better Protector to both (than you). So follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you may avoid justice, and if you distort your witness or refuse to give it, verily, Allah is Ever Well-Acquainted with what you do. [Surah An-Nisaa. Ayah 135]
The cretins stated: “Though often lumped together with all other Salafists and Islamists, the Madkhalists have been noted for their opposition to and mutual rivalry with Salafist jihadism. The Madkhalist movement has been described as politically quietist, eschewing the organized political efforts of the mainstream of Salafism and even going as far as to declare religious clerics who participate in modern political system to be heretics or even apostates. Such politically active Salafists are often described by followers of Madkhalism as part of an international conspiracy against “true Salafism.” On the other hand, Western intelligence agencies have identified Madkhalists as a group which can be supported and funded discreetly by the US, in comparison to the rest of the groups seen under the wider Salafi movement”. [End of quote]
Response: First of all, as we have repeatedly established in this series, there is no such thing as a “Mad’khalist Movement or Strain” within Salafiyyah, rather, this term was concocted by those who want to vilify Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi Al-Mad’khali [may Allah protect him] because he rebutted and exposed those figureheads who attempted to undermine or falsify the sound Salafi Methodology.
Second, Salafiyyah is the only path based on the path of Sahaabah. It does not accommodate so-called strains called the Madkhalists, Jihadists, quietists, or a group that establishes organised political activity. There is no question that those who bundle it in with any other way are either ignorant or pseudo-researchers in this field. Click here to read:
A response to Western academics who categorise Salafis into Quietists, Politicos and Jihadists – and why this is a false categorisation.
Third, it is crucial to include information about Jihaad in this article because idiots, pseudo-researchers, demagogues, ideologues, and rabble-rousers always want to distort this topic by attributing Jihaad to the actions of terrorists and the leaders of innovated political activity that desperately want to hide behind Salafiyyah. Click here to read:
Fourth, any engagement in organised political activity by a group or party other than under a Muslim ruler’s authority is wrong and alien to Islam, and Salafiyyah is far removed from this bidah. The explanations provided by Salafi Scholars about political activity and governmental affairs do not give any room to the innovated methodologies of the modern political parties and groups that ascribe to Islam. Imam As-Sadi [may Allah have mercy upon him] said:
The Islamic Shariah has decided the issues of Siyaasah [Footnote a] in the most comprehensive manner and guided towards all that should be done when dealing with Muslims and others based on the best and most just system- combined mercy and strength in the affair, leniency and compassion, and mercy for the people whatever the circumstances may be. When that is not possible, force is employed prudently and justly, rather than injustice and violence. Allah [The Exalted] said:
إن الله يأمر بالعدل والإحسان وإيتاء ذي القربى وينهى عن الفحشاء والمنكر والبغي يعظكم لعلكم تذكرون وأوفوا بعهد الله إذا عاهدتم ولا تنقضوا الأيمان بعد توكيدها وقد جعلتم الله عليكم كفيلا
Verily, Allah enjoins Al-Adl (i.e. justice and worshipping none but Allah Alone – Islamic Monotheism) and Al-Ihsan [i.e. to be patient in performing your duties to Allah, totally for Allah’s sake and in accordance with the Sunnah of the Prophet in a perfect manner], and giving (help) to kith and kin (i.e. all that Allah has ordered you to give them e.g., wealth, visiting, looking after them, or any other kind of help, etc.): and forbids Al-Fahsha (i.e. all evil deeds, e.g. illegal sexual acts, disobedience of parents, polytheism, to tell lies, to give false witness, to kill a life without right, etc.), and Al-Munkar (i.e all that is prohibited by Islamic law: polytheism of every kind, disbelief and every kind of evil deeds, etc.), and Al-Baghy (i.e. all kinds of oppression), He admonishes you, that you may take heed. And fulfil the Covenant of Allah (Bai’a: pledge for Islam) when you have covenanted, and break not the oaths after you have confirmed them, and indeed you have appointed Allah your surety]. [Surah An-Nahl. Ayaat 90-91]
Allah commanded that justice be established with everyone, along with kindness and mercy for all, especially when it comes to family members and others whose rights must be upheld. In order to sanctify life (and physical well-being), wealth, honour, and rights, Allah forbade indecency and oppression. He also commanded the fulfilment and preservation of covenants and issued warnings against breaking them. Every Muslim is obliged to observe the commands and prohibitions (in the aforementioned verse), some of which are straightforward and evident; thus, there is neither a choice nor room for any dissent.
Allah [The Exalted] said:
وما كان لمؤمن ولا مؤمنة إذا قضى الله ورسوله أمرا أن يكون لهم الخيرة من أمرهم ومن يعص الله ورسوله فقد ضل ضلالا مبينا
It is not for a believer, man or woman when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error. [Surah Al-Ahzaab. Ayah 36]
فلا وربك لا يؤمنون حتى يحكموك فيما شجر بينهم ثم لا يجدوا في أنفسهم حرجا مما قضيت ويسلموا تسليما
But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (O Muhammad ) judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission]. [Surah An-Nisaa. Aayah 65]
فإن تنازعتم في شيء فردوه إلى الله والرسول
(And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah (i.e. the Book of Allah) and His Messenger (i.e. go to the Messenger whilst he was alive and refer to his Sunnah after he has passed away]. [Surah An-Nisaa. Ayah 59]
وما اختلفتم فيه من شيء فحكمه إلى الله
And in whatsoever you differ, the decision thereof is with Allah (He is the ruling Judge)]. [Surah Ash-Shooraa. Ayah 10]
When this first affair is examined, you will find it to be in accordance with justice and wisdom, in harmony with the welfare of the people, and repelling corruption.
The second category consists of affairs whose origins or applications to reality are unclear, and unknown whether they are rejected or accepted by the Shariah, to be pursued or avoided. Regarding these affairs, they (i.e. the rulers, upright scholars, and experts) have been commanded to establish consultation, examine them from all angles, consider the (Shariah) criteria and regulations on which they are dependent, the goals and objectives that result from them, compare the welfare and disadvantages, and give preference to the most upright among them. Allah [The Exalted] said: [وشاورهم في الأمر – And consult them in the affairs]. [Surah Al Imran. Ayah 159]
And Allah stated about all the believers: [وأمرهم شورى بينهم – And they (conduct) their affairs by mutual consultation]. [Surah Ash-Shooraa. Ayah 38]
With regard to this affair, Allah gave more room after laying the principles and rules that are appropriate for every period and location, regardless of how circumstances change and develop. The worldly and religious affairs, as well as the affairs of the people will be rectified, and evils and harms are repelled when the fundamental principles of the Shariah are applied to judge those affairs that are of a general nature and the side issues connected to them. However, to achieve this, it is necessary to convene councils of prudent individuals who provide true counsel -individuals of sound minds, broad intellect, sound opinion, and comprehensive understanding (that is in accordance with the Qur’an and Sunnah), so that internal issues are examined one by one, research that takes into account all relevant aspects is conducted, affairs are perceived as they should be, a clear understanding of what they depend on, the means to achieving them if they are to be pursued, a clear perception of the overall and partial benefits and welfare that will result from them, a study of the best and simplest ways to acquire them, a study of the harms that needs to be repelled and tracing their causes and sources of origin, resolving them as much as possible, striving to eliminate them completely if possible, but if not possible, at least reducing and lessening their evil outcomes. Allah [The Exalted] said: [فاتقوا الله ما استطعتم – Fear Allah as much as you can]. [Surah At-Taghaabun. Ayah 16]
Regarding both internal and foreign policy, the Imaam further stated: Allah said:
وأعدوا لهم ما استطعتم من قوة ومن رباط الخيل ترهبون به عدو الله وعدوكم
And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war to threaten the enemy of Allah and your enemy]. [Surah Al-Anfaal. Ayah 60]
Allah commanded (Muslim rulers) to prepare everything that is feasible in terms of power, including political and mental fortitude, industries, weaponry, and everything else that is used to bolster (Muslim forces) and terrify enemies- all activities related to military strategy, military arts, diverse weapons, forts, and defences against the evils of the foes. Allah [The Exalted] said: [يا أيها الذين آمنوا خذوا حذركم – O you who believe! Take your precautions]. [Surah An-Nisaa. Ayah 71]
See how these teachings of the Islamic Shariah represent the only (correct course of action) and the most powerful means of implementing both internal and external policy! Muslims attain perfection and righteousness when they are guided by these fundamental principles and their subsidiary matters, (whereas) the deficiency that is anticipated and arises is owing to disregarding these affairs and not paying close attention to them.
And from Siyaasah Shar’iyyah, (we learn that) Allah guides people to establish matters of universal welfare. It is the duty of each group in society to gain in-depth knowledge of the reality of a particular aspect of this welfare, what it depends on, the avenues through which it can be achieved and perfected, and to use all reasonable efforts to deliver it as much as possible. Allah [The Exalted] said:
ولتكن منكم أمة يدعون إلى الخير ويأمرون بالمعروف وينهون عن المنكر
Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma’ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). [Surah Al Imran. Ayah 104]
Allah [The Exalted] said:
وما كان المؤمنون لينفروا كافة فلولا نفر من كل فرقة منهم طائفة ليتفقهوا في الدين ولينذروا قومهم إذا رجعوا إليهم لعلهم يحذرون
And it is not (proper) for the believers to go out to fight (Jihad) all together. Of every troop of them, a party only should go forth, that they (who are left behind) may get instructions in (Islamic) religion, and that they may warn their people when they return to them, so that they may beware (of evil). [Surah At-Tawbah. Ayah 122]
There is no question that seeking public welfare in the manner that Allah has instructed is the reason for religious and worldly perfection, as observed by everyone who is familiar with it.
ادع إلى سبيل ربك بالحكمة والموعظة الحسنة وجادلهم بالتي هي أحسن
Invite (mankind, O Muhammad ) to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islam) with wisdom (i.e. with the Divine Inspiration and the Qur’an) and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better]. [Surah An-Nahl. Ayah 125]
This involves preaching to Muslims who have violated certain aspects of the religion, as well as preaching to nonbelievers. Muslims are exhorted to perfect their religion, while unbelievers are called to accept Islam as the only way to rectification for humanity. This call should be based on wisdom, which is to adopt the approach that is most effective for achieving good, perfecting it, and eliminating or reducing evil in the context of time, location, people, and circumstances. [Footnote b]
Preaching should also be carried out with fine admonition, and this admonition consists of an explanation and a clarification of what is good and bad, as well as highlighting the advantages of the good outcomes in this life and the next. Because of its inherent goodness as well as its pathways that are marked by kindness, leniency, forbearance, patience, etc., Allah described this preaching as a good admonition. Additionally, if an argument is necessary to persuade someone, it should be presented in the best manner possible. The arguer should appeal for the truth, demonstrate its beauty and the evil that results from its opposite, and address any doubts raised by the opponent. This should be done with polite words and excellent manners, not with force, harshness, callousness, or verbal abuse because those things can cause great harm. Allah said:
فبما رحمة من الله لنت لهم ولو كنت فظا غليظ القلب لانفضوا من حولك فاعف عنهم
And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you; so overlook (their faults)]. [Surah Aal Imran Aayah 159] [Footnote c] [(1)] [End of quote]
Is the Tyranny of the Rulers a Reason for Rebellion? The Duty of a Muslim Towards the Muslim Leaders in Light of the Qur’ān, Sunnah and the Scholars of the Salaf.
This path, as simply outlined by Imaam As-Sadi, has nothing to do with the path of so-called religious clerics who participate in current political systems because their orientation is nothing more than the tail-ends of the Ikhwaanees (the Muslim Brotherhood Sect). Click here to read:
The information in the links above will make it abundantly evident that the infiltrators do everything they can to hide within Salafiyyah, but they are constantly discovered, rebuted, and banished by the proactive Salafi Scholars and Students of Knowledge. As for declaring infiltrators and political activists as heretics or apostates, we once again demand that the cretins reveal the names of persons as well as the verdicts issued against them because the Salafi Scholars do not issue this judgement except based on sound principles.
Finally, the notion that the US should covertly fund the so-called Madkhalists as a group is ridiculous; instead, the US should utilise those resources to provide food and shelter for its homeless population as well as drug rehabilitation for addicts. Truth is preserved till the end of time, thus it has never needed the money of a ruler, Muslim or not. If the believers uphold Tawheed, and obey Allah and His Messenger, they will undoubtedly triumph in every era. Allah said:
وَعَدَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ مِنكُمۡ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ لَيَسۡتَخۡلِفَنَّهُمۡ فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ ڪَمَا ٱسۡتَخۡلَفَ ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِهِمۡ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمۡ دِينَہُمُ ٱلَّذِى ٱرۡتَضَىٰ لَهُمۡ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّہُم مِّنۢ بَعۡدِ خَوۡفِهِمۡ أَمۡنً۬اۚ يَعۡبُدُونَنِى لَا يُشۡرِكُونَ بِى شَيۡـًٔ۬اۚ وَمَن ڪَفَرَ بَعۡدَ ذَٲلِكَ فَأُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ هُمُ ٱلۡفَـٰسِقُونَ
Allah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion, that which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islam). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. But whoever disbelieved after this, they are the Fasiqun (rebellious, disobedient to Allah). [Surah An-Nur. Ayah 55]
The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “There will not cease to be a group amongst my Ummah upon the truth; neither will they be harmed by those who betray them nor those who oppose them until the command of Allah arrives [i.e. the day of judgement]”. [Bukhaari]
What Has Al-Allaamah Rabee Advised The Taa’ifatul Mansoorah and What Has Al-Alaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan Stated About Them?
To be continued…InShaaAllah
Footnote a: What is Siyaasah: It refers to the regulation of civic affairs and has control over both the behaviour of the person and the entire society. It involves Islamic jurisprudence, which helps the rulers gain knowledge and comprehension of the Shariah laws and principles pertaining to managing the business of the state and its structures. [At-taleeq Alaa As-Siyaasah Ash-Shar’iyyah. Slightly paraphrased. Page 5 by Imam Muhammad Ibn Saaleh al-Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy upon him)]
NB: This Siyaasah is to be differentiated from the methodology of ISIS, Ikhwaan Al-Muslimeen, and other deviated sects. Read articles by Shaikh Abu Iyaadh [may Allah preserve him]
[Lesson 10] The Methodology of Giving Da’wah is Not Open to Ijtihād – Beneficial Answers to Questions Regarding The Innovated Methodologies – Abu Khadeejah ‘Abdul-Wāhid
A nice manner of da’wah to atheists, by our brother Anwar (Allah reward him) —calling to Tawheed with textual proofs, sound reason, and the natural disposition of people; without falling into blameworthy disputation of the people of kalām of our times. This is the way of da’wah, just as Allāh (the Mighty and Majestic) has said: “Invite to the path of your Lord with wisdom and kind admonition and debate with them in the best manner.” (An-Nahl 16:125): https://twitter.com/AbuKhadeejahSP/status/1651124440892096514
[(1)]: Excerpt from “Ad-Deenus Saheeh Yahillu Jamee al-Mashaakil” (The right religion is the answer to every problem). pages 12-16