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A Warning Against Belittling the Scholars and Callers to Allah – Shaykh Fawzan

He asks, Noble Shaykh, may Allah bless you. It hurts us deeply, what we see of the attempts to lower the station of our virtuous scholars, and the biggest difficulty is what we see from those weak in intellect getting carried away behind the likes of these (individuals belittling the scholars) on social media platforms. So what advice (do you have) for us and the attendees on respecting and appreciating our scholars?

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Fundamental Principles of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaa’ah In Aqeedah and Other Affairs of The Religion

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

Shaikh Uthaymeen [rahimahullaah] was asked about the fundamental principles of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaa’ah in the subject matter of Aqeedah and other affairs of the Religion, so he responded [as follows]: The principle of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaa’ah in the subject matter of Aqeedah and other affairs is to completely adhere to the Book of Allaah [i.e. the Qur’aan], the [authentic] Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] and that which the rightly guided khulafaa were upon in guidance and the Sunnah, and this due to the statement of Allaah [The Exalted]: [قُلۡ إِن كُنتُمۡ تُحِبُّونَ ٱللَّهَ فَٱتَّبِعُونِى يُحۡبِبۡكُمُ ٱللَّهُ وَيَغۡفِرۡ لَكُمۡ ذُنُوبَكُمۡ‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ غَفُورٌ۬ رَّحِيمٌ۬ – Say (O Muhammad to mankind): “If you (really) love Allaah then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic Monotheism, follow the Qur’an and the Sunnah), Allaah will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful]. [Surah Aal Imraan. Aayah 31]

And also the statement of Allaah [The Exalted]: [مَّن يُطِعِ ٱلرَّسُولَ فَقَدۡ أَطَاعَ ٱللَّهَ‌ۖ وَمَن تَوَلَّىٰ فَمَآ أَرۡسَلۡنَـٰكَ عَلَيۡهِمۡ حَفِيظً۬ا- He who obeys the Messenger (Muhammad), has indeed obeyed Allaah, but he who turns away, then we have not sent you (O Muhammad) as a watcher over them. [Surah An-Nisaa. Aayah 80]

And also the statement of Allaah [The Exalted]: [وَمَآ ءَاتَٮٰكُمُ ٱلرَّسُولُ فَخُذُوهُ وَمَا نَہَٮٰكُمۡ عَنۡهُ فَٱنتَهُواْ‌ۚ – And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad) gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it). [Surah Al-Hashar. Aayah 7]

And even though this [command in Surah Al-Hashar] was revealed in relation to distribution of the war booty, however it applies to all affairs of the Sharee’ah first and foremost, because indeed the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] used to address the people on the day of Jumu’ah saying, “To proceed; indeed the best of speech is the Book of Allaah and the best of guidance is Muhammad’s guidance; and the worst of all affairs are the newly invented matters [in the religion] and every newly invented matter [in the religion] is a bidah; every bidah is misguidance and every [act of] misguidance [leads] to the hell fire”. [Reported by Muslim 2/592]

And also due to the statement of the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam], “It is obligated on you to adhere to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided khulafaa after me- adhere to it and cling to with your molar teeth; and beware of newly invented matters [in the religion], for indeed every newly invented matter [in the religion] is a bidah and every bidah is misguidance”. [Reported by Abu Daawud 4/201]

The texts regarding this affair are numerous; therefore the path of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaa’ah and their methodology is to adhere completely to the Book of Allaah, the [authentic] Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] and the Sunnah of the rightly guided khulafaa after him. And based on this, they establish the religion and they do not split because they fulfil the command of Allaah [in the Aayah]:

شَرَعَ لَكُم مِّنَ ٱلدِّينِ مَا وَصَّىٰ بِهِۦ نُوحً۬ا وَٱلَّذِىٓ أَوۡحَيۡنَآ إِلَيۡكَ وَمَا وَصَّيۡنَا بِهِۦۤ إِبۡرَٲهِيمَ وَمُوسَىٰ وَعِيسَىٰٓ‌ۖ أَنۡ أَقِيمُواْ ٱلدِّينَ وَلَا تَتَفَرَّقُواْ فِيهِ‌ۚ

He (Allaah) has ordained for you the same religion (Islam) which He ordained for Nuh (Noah), and that which We have inspired in you (O Muhammad), and that which We ordained for Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses) and ‘Iesa (Jesus) saying you should establish religion (i.e. to do what it orders you to do practically), and make no divisions in it (religion) (i.e. various sects in religion). [Surah Ash-Shooraa. Aayah 13]

And even if differing occurs between them regarding affairs in which Ijtihaad is permissible (ref 1), this differing does not lead to differing in their hearts; rather you find them united and loving one another, even when differing occurs between them through the path of permissible Ijtihaad. [An Excerpt from Fataawaa Fadheelah Ash-Shaykh Al-Allaamah Muhammad Bin Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen Fil Aqeedah. Vol 1-2. pages 45-47. Slightly paraphrased]

Ref 1: Read here: Tolerated Differing and Impermissible Differing In Islaam: https://www.abukhadeejah.com/tolerated-differing-and-impermissible-differing-in-islaam/

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Shaikhul Islaam Muhammad Ibn Abdil Wahhaab: [A Brief Acquaintance With the Character and Personality]

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

Shaikh Ubaid [may Allaah preserve him] said:

He [rahimahullaah (i.e. Shaikhul Islaam Muhammad Ibn Abdil Wahhaab)] was very clever; strong in discernment; hardworking in [affairs] of knowledge and sought after it; brave in [adhering to] truth and defended it. He manifested this clearly in his jihaad against ahlul bidah, even in a western land at Basrah he announced his rejection against bidah, so he was harmed and removed from there. Among his praiseworthy qualities and noble traits is that he had earnest concern for Allaah’s religion and ordainments, and thus he used to repel bidah. He was not able to keep quiet like others and this [deed of his] is from defending the statement of truth, even if it opposed the desires of the people. [Ref 1]

Shaikh Ubaid [may Allaah preserve him] said:

He [i.e. Shaikhul Islaam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhaab (rahimahullaah)] was an Imaam in Tafseer and this is clearly manifested in his derivation of evidences from the Aayaat [of the Qur’aan]. He was a scholar of Hadeeth, so you find how he [utilised them] as evidence in their [appropriate] places. He was a scholar of Fiqh without blindly following [others] and it is enough that he was an Imaam in the fundamental [principles] of the religion and knowledge of the [affairs] of creed – Thaabit Fee Aqeedatihi As-Sunniyyah – Firm upon his Sunni creed [i.e. the correct Sunni Islamic Creed of the Salafus Saalih] and Shubuhaat [i.e. doubts that are made to resemble the truth, but are falsehood in reality] did not shake him, rather he used to refute them. [Ref 2]

Shaikh Ubaid [may Allaah preserve him] said:

And among the most important qualities of the Shaikh [i.e. Shaikhul Islaam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhaab (rahimahullaah)] is that he gave importance to the citizens [of the nation] and acknowledged everyone’s status, and he did not neglect his dependents [i.e. those under his care]. He knew the status of the leader and the scholar. He knew the status of his students and gave them their [rightful] levels. He gave [close] attention to his children despite being preoccupied with Dawah, writing and teaching. This concern for his children was so much that after him, his children were from the senior scholars, rather among them were some who used to teach the Uloom [i.e. the different subject areas or sciences of the religion] during his lifetime. How can this not be the case, for back in the old days it used to be said, “This cub is from that lion [i.e. from the offspring of that lion]”. [Ref 3]


[Ref 1: An Excerpt from Tanbeeh Dhawil Uqool As-Saleemah Ilaa Fawaa’id Mustanbatu Minas Sittatil Usoolil Adheemah’ page 11. slightly paraphrased]

[Ref 2: An Excerpt from Tanbeeh Dhawil Uqool As-Saleemah Ilaa Fawaa’id Mustanbatu Minas Sittatil Usoolil Adheemah’ page 11. slightly paraphrased]

[Ref 3: An Excerpt from Tanbeeh Dhawil Uqool As-Saleemah’ page 12. slightly paraphrased]

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Changed His Opinion About Imaam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhaab [rahimahullaah] After Reading Kitaab At-Tawheed

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

Shaikh Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr [hafidhahullaah] stated that there was an Indian man who used to have extreme hatred for Imaam Muhammad Ibn Abdil Wahhaab [rahimahullaah] due to the false claims of Ahlul Bidah, so he always reviled the Imaam.  However, one day, a sincere adviser wished to clarify to this person [i.e. the Indian man] that he is mistaken, so he invited him to his house and treated him kindly. He [i.e. the sincere adviser] removed the cover from Kitaab At-Tawheed and placed it where the guest [i.e. the Indian man] would be sitting because he was a scholar and loved reading books. When he [i.e. the sincere adviser] went to get some food for the guest, he [i.e. the guest] saw the book [i.e. Kitaab At-Tawheed but there was no cover on it with the name of Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Abdil Wahhaab] and started reading. He was amazed by the book because it contained nothing else but proofs [i.e. irrefutable and unambiguous proofs regarding Tawheed].

When he [i.e. the sincere adviser] returned [i.e. with the food], the guest [i.e. the Indian man] asked him who the author of the book was and he was told that Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Abdil Wahhaab [rahimahullaah] is the author; so he realised [i.e. acknowledged] that he was one of those who reviled Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Abdil Wahhaab based on false claims.

Then the Shaikh [i.e. Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr] said, ‘’And among the most evil of these false claims is that Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Abdil Wahhaab hates and reviles Ahlul Bayt [i.e. the Prophet’s family]; but ask these people what the Kunyaa of Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Abdil Wahhaab is! His Kunya is Abu Ali; rather all the names of his children are the same as the names of Ahlul Bayt, except one of his children who is called Abdur Azeez. Therefore, is this a sign of love for Ahlul Bayt or a sign of hatred?! Would a person name his children after people he hates?! Rather, these names [i.e. Ali, Hasan, Husayn, Faatimah etc] are well known even amongst the descendants of Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Abdil Wahhaab.

Then the Shaikh [i.e. Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr] said that once he met a man in one of the Muslim lands and mentioned the name of Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Abdil Wahhaab [rahimahullaah], so the man said, ‘’Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhaab reviles Ahlul Bayt in his books’’. He said to the man, ‘’Name a single book in which this revilement is found! If you stand in the presence of Allaah on the Day of Judgement and you are questioned about this, would you have any proof to offer?! Show me a single statement in which Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Abdil Wahhaab reviles Ahlul Bayt; rather I can bring you many of his statements in which he praised Ahlul Bayt’’. Then the Shaikh [Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr] said, ‘’This shows that many people are affected by the false claims of Ahlul Bidah – the people of desires and misguidance, because none will show hatred towards Kitaab At-Tawheed, except a person of desires.  [Sharh Kitaab At-Tawheed. Lesson 1. By Shaikh Abdur Razaaq Al-Badr (hafidhahullaah)]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beneficial Speech And Sincere Supplication – [Path of The Aalim, Khateeb And Adviser When Calling The People to The Path of Allaah]

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

Shaikh Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr [hafidhahullaah] said in his explanation of Usool Ath-thalaatha Lesson 1: In the beginning of all the three principles, Imaam Muhammad Ibn Abdil Wahhaab [rahimahullaah] started by supplicating for the learner. In the first principle, he said: [اعلم رحمك الله   – Know, may Allaah have mercy upon you]. In the second principle, he began by saying [اعلم رحمك الله  – Know, may Allaah have mercy upon], and in the third principle, he began by saying [اعلم ارشدك الله لطاعته – Know, may Allaah guide you to His obedience].

Beginning with the word اعلم in this treatise and in his other treatises is employed when discussing important and great subject matters, and due to this you find that in the Qur’aan, this word اعلم is mentioned in the great subject matters and important commandments, such as the statement of Allaah: [فَٱعۡلَمۡ أَنَّهُ ۥ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا ٱللَّهُ  – So know (O Muhammad ) that La ilaha ill-Allah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah)]. In the Qur’aan, there are over 30 Aayaat with this word- mentioned in connection with Allaah’s Names and Attributes, or in the affirmation of Tawheed and other important and great subject matters. It is a word that is mentioned so that the reader’s or listener’s attention is captured.

Also supplicating for others is a sign of sincere advice and it is the path of the sincere advisers, for indeed the sincere adviser combines – for the one who is being advised- beneficial gentle clarification and with sincere supplication. He teaches him [i.e. the one being advised] in a beneficial and gentle manner and supplicates for him whilst hoping that Allaah will benefit him by way of this knowledge. This is an affair that must be given importance – that an Aalim, the one who nurtures others, an admonisher or a khateeb supplicates for the people, that Allaah benefits, guides and shows them mercy. This supplication emanates from the mercy in the adviser’s heart, the eagerness in his heart and the great desire that Allaah benefits those who are being advised or called to [the truth].

Sometimes the word رحمة is mentioned on its own and sometimes it is a mentioned alongside المغفرة. When they are mentioned together, Al-Maghfirah means forgiveness of one’s previous sins in the past, and Rahma means asking Allaah to protect, aid, forgive and guide a person to righteous deeds and statements. And if one of them is mentioned alone, the meaning of the other is added to it. [Sharh Usool Ath-Thalaatha Lesson 1. Masjid An-Nabawiy. Date: 22/08/1434]

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