In The Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Abu Ad-Dardaa [may Allah be pleased with him] reported: I heard Allah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] say, “Whoever treads a path due to which he seeks knowledge, Allah will make him tread one of the paths towards Paradise. And the angels lower their wings out of contentment for the seeker of knowledge. And verily all those in the heavens and in the earth, even the fish in the depths of the sea ask forgiveness for the scholar. And verily, the virtue of the scholar over the worshipper is like the virtue of the full moon (of the 13th, 14th, and 15th of the month) over all of the stars. Indeed, the scholars are the inheritors of the prophets because the prophets do not leave behind a dinar or a dirham as inheritance, but rather, they leave behind knowledge. So whoever takes hold of it, has acquired a large share”. (1)
The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] said, “Verily, Allah does not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people, but He takes it away by the death of the (upright) religious scholars till none of the scholars remains alive. Then the people will take ignorant ones as their leaders, who, when asked to deliver religious verdicts, will issue them without knowledge, the result being that they will go astray and will lead others astray”. (2)
Al-Haafidh Al-Qurtubiy [may Allah have mercy upon him] stated in Al-Mufhim, “This text (demonstrates) that the disappearance of knowledge will occur not through its removal from the hearts of the people, but rather through the death of the scholars, (then) the ignoramuses will remain- those who will take the place of the scholars in the (field) of judgment and teaching. They will teach and pass judgment based on their ignorance, causing ignorance to spread and become evident”. So, if the authentic Sunni knowledge is taken away, acting on it is also taken away, isn’t it?! When ignorance manifests, acting upon it becomes manifest; so, both knowledge and acting upon (Knowledge) will disappear, ignorance will manifest, and acting upon (ignorance) will become prevalent, as Al-Haafidh Al-Qurtubi [may Allah have mercy upon him] clarified in Al-Mufhim”. (3)
First, the preceding statements clearly demonstrates the virtue of Islam’s upright scholars, and there is no doubt that Al-Allaamah Saalih Al-Fawzaan [may Allah preserve him] is one of the Ummah’s senior scholars.
Second, in the section on Wikipedia titled “Controversial Statements”, the writer or writers wrote: Al-Fawzan’s views on slavery—given in lectures recorded on cassette—came to light and caused some controversy in 2003. In the tape, he was quoted as saying, “Slavery is a part of Islam (in war context) … Slavery is part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long there is Islam.” As for the modernist interpretation that Islam totally abolished slavery, he dismissed its exponents saying, “They are ignorant, not scholars. … Whoever says such things is an infidel. [End of quote]
First and foremost, what is controversy? They say it means “a lot of disagreement or argument about something, usually because it affects or is important to many people”. “a disagreement, often a public one, that involves different ideas or opinions about something”. (4) “a discussion marked especially by the expression of opposing views”. (5) “a lot of discussion and argument about something, often involving strong feelings of anger or disapproval”. (6)
After we understand what a controversy is, we should remember that Allah has commanded us – during every dispute – to refer back to the Qur’an and authentic Sunnah as understood by the Sahaabah.
فَلَا وَرَبِّكَ لَا يُؤۡمِنُونَ حَتَّىٰ يُحَكِّمُوكَ فِيمَا شَجَرَ بَيۡنَهُمۡ ثُمَّ لَا يَجِدُواْ فِىٓ أَنفُسِہِمۡ حَرَجً۬ا مِّمَّا قَضَيۡتَ وَيُسَلِّمُواْ تَسۡلِيمً۬ا
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. Ayah 65]
We now provide you Shaikh Abu Khadeejah’s (may Allah preserve him) clear explanation of slavery in Islam:
“You have appointed a freed slave over them?!” A slave was placed in charge of Makkah in the time of Umar
What is explained in the above links has nothing to do with the satanic doctrines of the Takfeeris (ISIS, Boko Haram, and other groups). First, these groups do not have any authority in Islam to wage war or sign peace treaties. Second, a Muslim can never be held as a slave, and neither can a non-Muslim whose nation has ratified a peace agreement with a Muslim government. Read on to learn more:
Shaykh Salih Al-Fawzan: The Islamic Shariah Provides Security for Muslims and Non-Muslims and Those Who Violate It Are Kharijites Who Are to Be Fought and Severely Punished
Finally, with regards to the word infidel or words similar to it such as apostasy, the Wikipedia writer or writers should have either cited the full context of the Shaikh’s statements or returned to the explanations of the upright scholars regarding this subject matter. Read below.
No Muslim leaves Islam unless he does something that nullifies it ―Imām Al-Barbahāri with the explanation of Shaikh Al-Fawzān
To be continued InShaaAllah
[Ref 1: Saheeh Abu Dawud 3641]
[Ref 2: Al-Bukhari Number 100 and Muslim Number 2673]
[Ref 3: Al-Hajr Fee Daw-il Kitaab Was-Sunnah Wa Fahm Salaf Al-Ummah. pages: 15-16 By Shaikh Abdullah Al-Bukhari (may Allah preserve him)]