Tag: Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa-ah

The Distinguishing Signs of the People of Sunnah – Shaykh Saaleh al Fawzan

ًQuestion: Eminent Shaykh, this questioners asks: “What are the distinguishing signs of Ahlu Sunnah wal jamaa’ah?”

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful, all praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds and peace and salutation be up on our prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.

The distinguishing signs of the People of Sunnah are many – and all praises and thanks be to Allah.

The most distinguishing being: Acting upon the book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and the soundness of their creed from ideological deviations and the deviations that some sects have been exposed to.

Ahlu Sunnah wal jamaa’ah are upright, upon the Book and the Sunnah. They act upon what the preferred generations were upon; the companions, tabi’een and those who followed them in righteousness. In accordance with the statement of the Prophet’s saying: “Upon you is my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the Rightly Guided Caliphs, cling to it and bite onto it with your molar teeth, and be aware of newly invented matters, for every newly invented matter is an innovation and every innovation is a misguidance”

They act upon the Book and Sunnah and what the Salaf of this ummah were upon. They avoid Innovation and newly invented matters, they avoid false misinterpretations of the names and attributes [of Allah]. They affirm the names and attributes [of Allah], in accordance to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, peace be upon him, they do not distort, make resemblance or negate [the names and attributes of Allah] as Allah says: “There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.” (Ash-Shura 42:11)

Do Not Pray with Those Who Revile Ahlus Sunnah – Shaykh Saaleh al Fawzaan

Q: Oh Noble Scholar – May Allah give you success – this questioner also says, my job is far from my house – a distance of 140 km, And there is a masjid where I pray the Friday prayer, but the khateeb reviles Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah, is it allowed for me to leave the Friday prayer in this masjid, knowing that there are other masaajid, but they are far from my workplace?

A: Do not pray with him whilst he reviles Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah. This is a great evil, do not pray with him. Pray it as dhuhr*, pray it as dhuhr, do not pray it as jumu’ah, except if there was near you another masjid, that you can pray in, and there isn’t any reason prohibiting that, then pray in there, N’am.

* The questioner was a traveller which is why the Shaykh said pray it as dhuhr

A False And Evil Claim: The Manhaj of The Salaf Is Not Suitable For The Present Era

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

Question to Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him]: ”Some of the people claim that the manhaj of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaa’ah is not suitable for this time, and they sight (as proof for their argument) that the precise regulations of the Sharee’ah held by Ahlus Sunnah cannot be actualized in this present era.

Answer:

The one who holds that the manhaj of the Salafus Saalih is not suitable for the rectification of the (affairs) in this time is one to be considered misguided and misguiding others because the manhaj of the Salafus Saalih is what Allaah has commanded us to follow till the establishment of the hour. He (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: ”’Verily those of you who live long after me will see a lot of differences, so hold fast to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the Rightly-Guided Khulafaah after me. Cling to it tightly and bite unto it with your molar teeth”

This is an address to the ummah till the establishment of the hour.  It demonstrates that the Manhaj of the Salaf must be followed and that it is suitable for rectifying the (affairs) in every time and place. Allaah (subhaanah) said:

وَٱلسَّـٰبِقُونَ ٱلۡأَوَّلُونَ مِنَ ٱلۡمُهَـٰجِرِينَ وَٱلۡأَنصَارِ وَٱلَّذِينَ ٱتَّبَعُوهُم بِـإِحۡسَـٰنٍ۬ رَّضِىَ ٱللَّهُ عَنۡہُمۡ وَرَضُواْ عَنۡهُ

‘And the first to embrace Islaam of the Muhaajroon (those who migrated from Makkah to Al-Madinah) and the Ansaar (the citizens of Al-Madinah who helped and gave aid to the Muhaajiroon) and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith). Allaah is well-pleased with them as they are well-pleased with Him.”

[وَٱلَّذِينَ ٱتَّبَعُوهُم بِـإِحۡسَـٰنٍ۬ -And also those who followed them exactly (in faith)]: this includes the entire ummah till the establishment of the hour. Therefore, it is obligatory upon the ummah to follow the manhaj of the Muhaajiroon and the Ansaar.   Imaam Maalik (rahimahullaah) said: ‘The later part of this ummah will not be rectified except by that which rectified its earlier part.’

The one who wishes to isolate the ummah from the Salafus Saalih is one who wishes evil for the Muslims. He is one who wishes to change Islaam and he is one who wishes to initiate innovations and Mukhaalafaat (things that are in opposition to the pure Religion). It is obligatory to reject this one, cut off his argument and warn against his evil because the Manhaj of the Salaf must be followed and the Salaf must be taken as examples. The Manhaj of the Salaf must be followed and that is what is in the Book of Allaah and in the Sunnah of His Messenger as we have mentioned.  The one who wishes to cut off the Khalaf of the Ummah from its Salaf is one who works corruption in the earth. It is obligatory to reject, refute his statement and warn against him.  The shee’ah and those in agreement with them are the ones known for uttering such statements, so they are not be to be given any consideration.

[Source: Al-Muntaqaa Min Fataawaa Ash-Shaikh Saaleh Al Fawzaan:  page:11-12]

The Correct Belief About Yajooj Wa Majooj [Gog And Magog]

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

Taariq Suwaydaan’s False Belief on Gog and Magog

Taariq Suwaydaan said: ”Despite (the) many narrations, there is not to be found an authentic evidence-neither with myself nor other than me- with regards to who Gog and Magog are precisely; but looking at the ahaadith about them and their description, it has become clear to me–and Allah knows best– that they are the people of China.’’

Shaikh Ahmad At-Tuwayjiree replied to Suwaydaan saying:

”This is the likes of what Taariq Suwaydaan stated that Gog and Magog are the people of China. The statement that Gog and Magog are the people of China is a statement that is in opposition to the evidences in the Kitaab and the Sunnah, and it is a mockery of the Aqeedah of pious predecessors. And before I begin refuting this corrupt statement O noble reader, I will begin with an introduction pertaining to the Aqeedah of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaa-ah regarding Gog and Magog.  Allaah (subhaanah) said:

”Until when he reached between two mountains, he found, before (near) them (those two mountains), a people who scarcely understood a word. They said: O Dhul-Qarnain! Verily Gog and Magog are doing great mischief in the land. Shall we then pay you a tribute in order that you might erect a barrier between us and them? He said: That (wealth, authority and power) in which my Lord established me is better (than your tribute). So help me with strength (of men), I will erect between you and them a barrier. Give me pieces of (blocks) of iron; then, when he had filled up the gap between the two mountain-cliffs, he said: Blow; then when he had made them (red as) fire, he said: Bring me molten copper to pour over them. So they (Gog and Magog) could not scale it or dig through it. (Dhul-Qarnain) said: This is a mercy from my Lord, but when the Promise of my Lord comes, He shall level it down to the ground. And the Promise of my Lord is ever true. And on that day (i.e. the day Gog and Magog) will come out, We shall leave them to surge like waves on one another; and the Trumpet will be blown, and We shall collect them (the creatures) all together” Qur’aan 18:93-99

And Allaah (subhaanah) also said:

”Until when Gog and Magog are let loose (from their barrier), and they swoop down from every mound. And the true promise (Day of Resurrection) shall draw near (of fulfilment). Then (when mankind is resurrected from their graves), you shall see the eyes of the disbelievers fixedly staring in horror. (They will say): Woe to us! We were indeed heedless of this-nay, but we were (polytheists and wrong-doers)” Qur’aan (21:96-97)

So these two places in the Book of Allaah show clear evidences regarding the appearance of Gog and Magog before the establishment of The Hour; and their appearance is from the signs of the Hour before its establishment. There is to be found in the Sunnah many narrations showing, making it clear and clarifying this (affair). Amongst these evidences is the hadeeth of Hudhaifah bin Usayd Al Ghaf-faaree (radiyallaahu anhu) in (saheeh Muslim No: 4/2225) (Abu Dawood 4/115)

Hudhaifah bin Usayd said, ”We were sitting in the shade of the chamber of the Prophet (sallal-laahu alayhi wasallam) discussing, and he said, what are you discussing? They said, we are talking about the Hour. He (sallal-laahu alayhi wasallam) said: The Last Hour will not come until there appear ten signs before it: the Smoke, the appearance of ad-Daj-jaal, the Beast, the rising of the sun in its place of setting, the coming forth of the descent of Eesaa the son of Maryam, the appearance of Gog and Magog, and the three Subsidences, (one in the West, one in the East, and one in the Arabian Peninsula), and at the end a fire will issue forth from the Yemen and drive the people to their place of assembly. (Abu Daawood 4/115)

After quoting few more ahaadith, Sheikh Ahmad At-Tuwayjiree then stated on page 12…

Indeed this statement that Gog and Magog are the people of China is in opposition to what is firmly established in the texts that their appearance is NOT TO BE until after the descent of Eesaa, (alayhis salaam), and after the killing of Daj-jaal. It is also established in the texts that (Gog and Magog) will not live except for a short time after their appearance, and the people of China HAVE BEEN UPON THE STATE THEY ARE IN AT PRESENT FOR LONG PERIODS.

Indeed, the saying that Gog and Magog are the people of China is in opposition to that which Allaah (Jalla-Wa-Alaa) has stated in relation to what He (Jalla-Wa-Alaa) informed (us) about Dhul Qarnain, that he (Dhul Qarnain) constructed a huge IRON BARRIER between Gog and Magog and the people; and that they (Gog and Magog) are not able to penetrate it up until the coming close of the Hour. Also the statement of Taariq Suwaydaan that Gog and Magog are the people of China is against what As-Saadiq Al Masdooq (Muhammad- sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) has stated, that Gog and Magog excavate everyday (to make a hole through the barrier) till they are about to see the rays of the sun, then the one in charge of authority over them would say, ‘’Go back; we will dig it tomorrow.’’ Then Allaah makes it as strong as it was till Allaah intends to send them upon the people, when they will dig it till they see the rays of the sun and the one in authority over them would say, ‘’Go back we will dig it tomorrow if Allaah wills and they will say, ‘’if Allaah wills.’’ They will return to it and will find it in the same condition they left it. They will dig and come out to the people and drink the whole water and people will fortify themselves in their forts against them.

Sheikh Ahmad states after relating this narration:  And this is not what takes place with the people of China, rather they move when they wish and to any place as they wish. There is neither a barrier preventing (them) nor a blockage restraining (them).

[Source: Page 6-35 ”Idaaha Wal Bayaan Fee Akhtaa-I Taariq Suwaydaan