Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Even in Extreme Case of Ruler Disbelieving Clearly, there are Wise Conditions to Rebelling; Opposing these Conditions leads to shedding of blood, calamities, tribulations

You may have noticed that Imam Ahmad (rahimahullaah) did not rebel against the ruler even though the ruler was calling Imam Ahmad to kufr and even trying to force it upon him. So why, you might wonder, did Imam Ahmad not rebel? Why did the courageous Imam of the Sunnah of his time not rebel?

Insha` Allaah, the answer will become clear to you after reading the following explanations from the scholars of Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama'ah - the inheritors of the Prophets - the scholars whose evidence is the Qur`an and Sunnah upon the correct understanding, and not whims, nor desires, nor opinions, nor emotion, nor other ignorant reasons, nor wordly reasons.  
Shaikh Ibn Baaz (rahimahullaah) said: ...It is not permissible to rebel against the ruler, except under two conditions:

1- Blatant Kufr for which they (those who want to rebel) have a proof from Allaah. 

2- The power to depose the ruler without an evil worse than that of the ruler resulting.

In the absence of these conditions, it is not permissible.

Shaikh al-'Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) said:

Even if we were to assume the extreme - that a leader is a disbeliever - does this then mean we can incite the people to oppose him, even if it causes revolt, chaos, and killing? This is definitely wrong.

Shaikh al-Albanee (rahimahullaah) said:    

The calamities in these past few years have occurred by the hands of these people [the Khawaarij], beginning with the discord of the sacred mosque in Mecca to the dissension in Egypt and the killing of Sadat. Now in Syria and in Egypt and Algeria, everyone witnesses the shedding of blood of many innocent Muslims because of these evils and tribulations and the many resulting calamities. All of this because they opposed many texts from the Book and the Sunnah, the most important of which is:  

Indeed in the Messenger of Allaah (Muhammad) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allaah and the Last Day and remembers Allaah much. (Al-Ahzab, ayah 21)

If we really want to establish the rule of Allaah on earth in reality and not just by claim, then do we start by making Takfeer of the rulers while it is not possible for us to confront them, let alone fight them? Or do we start with the same obligation the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) started with? [Tawheed] No doubt, the answer is:

Indeed in the Messenger of Allaah (Muhammad) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allaah and the Last Day and remembers Allaah much. (Al-Ahzab, ayah 21)

But what did the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) begin with? [Tawheed] It is known with certainty to anyone who has even smelled the fragrance of knowledge that he began with the call and propagation among individuals whom he thought were ready to accept the truth.

 Shaykh 'Abdul-Muhsin Ibn Naasir Aali-'Ubaykaan (hafidhahullaah) said:   

When such a ruling [takfeer] is made against a Muslim leader, then the issue is even greater due to the outcomes of such a ruling like rebelling against them, wielding weapons against them, public chaos and bloodhshed, all of which corrupt the servants and their nation. Because of such outcomes, the Prophet (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) prohibited rebelling against them, saying: 

Unless you see clear and absolute disbelief from them for which you have an evidence from Allaah to support you in that.

(Bukhari, Muslim; in hadeeth narrated by 'Ubaadah ibn as-Saamit, radiallaahu 'anhu)  

- his (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) statement: Unless you see indicates that mere assumptions and rumors are not sufficient.  

- his (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) statement: disbelief indicates that commiting evil crimes, sins - even major sins - is not sufficient, such as if he is oppressive, drinks alcohol, gambles, and allows himself to commit other forbidden sins.  

- his (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) statement: clear and absolute indicates that an act of disbelief that is not completely apparent and explicit is not sufficient.

- his (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) statement: for which you have an evidence from Allaah to support you in that indicates that there must be an explicit supporting proof in that it is authentic and clear in its evidence. So, a proof having a weak chain of narration is not sufficient, nor is a proof that its evidence is not entirely clear and applicable.  

- his (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) statement: from Allaah indicates that regardless of the statement of any scholar - no matter what level he may have achieved in religious knowledge and trustworthiness - if he does not have a clear explicit proof from the Book of Allaah (ta'aala) or the Sunnah of His Messenger (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) to support his statement, then it is rejected. All of these conditions show the danger and severity of this matter of takfeer.

To summarize, being hasty in passing a ruling against someone as being a disbeliever is a very dangerous issue due to the statement of Allaah:

Say (O Muhammad): "(But) the things that my Lord has indeed forbidden are Al-Fawaahish whether committed openly or secretly, sins (of all kinds), unrighteous oppression, joining partners (in worship) with Allaah for which He has given no authority, and saying things about Allaah of which you have no knowledge." (Al-A'raf, ayah 33) [Click here for more on the dangers of speaking without knowledge.]  

Second, this incorrect belief (takfeer) frequently develops into other crimes such as further declaring people's blood lawful to spill, violating people's honor, plundering private and public wealth and property, bombing homes and structures, and the devastation of buildings.

Consequences of Ar-Riyya` (Showing off)

1- Ar-Riyya` is minor shirk - that does not remove one from Islaam - but it is shirk nonetheless, and therefore worse than bid'ah that does not reach the level of kufr, and also worse than major sins such as usury, sodomy, fornication, drinking alcohol, gambling... It can be major shirk, as Shaikh Muhammad ibn 'Abdul-Wahhab al-Wasaabee (hafidhahullaah) explained: Ar-riyaa` (showing off) can be from ash-Shirk al-Akbar if a person performs an action only for the people. And it can be from ash-Shirk al-Asghar if a person starts with the right intention, but then ar-riyaa` overcomes him.

2- It nullifies the action. He will not receive a reward on the Day of Judgement for it.    

3- Humiliation. Allaah will command him to go to those he showed off for in this world, and see if they have a reward for him. And as the scholars explained, Allaah will also expose this person in this world.    

4- It may be a cause of entering the hellfire - aoodhubillaah! - even if it is not forever.   

5- It can lead to hypocrisy - aoodhubillaah! - since the hypocrites do deeds to be seen by men, while they disbelieve. And the hypocrites, of course, will be in the lowest level of the hellfire.

And refuge in Allaah is sought from falling into ar-Riyya`

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Beware of Sufism, and Those Who Call to Sufism under the Guise of "Zuhd" or Anything Else!

One of those 72 deviant sects that lead to the hellfire is Tasawwuf ("Soofism" in English), so beware - may Allaah safeguard you.

The people who adhere to this deviant way are called Soofiyyah ("Soofees", in English), who in some lands such as here in America invite to their deviant sect - their bid'ah - under the guise of "Zuhd."

Know - may Allaah safeguard you - that true Zuhd (abstinence from worldly affairs) can be practiced without leaving the correct Islam, without leaving Siratul Mustaqeem (the Straight Path), and without exposing yourself to the hellfire, for Zuhd is already part of the religion that Allaah revealed. Ponder that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) was the best of those who practiced Zuhd and - of course - he didn't leave what Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta'aala) revealed to him to do so.


Being asked to [leave the correct Islam and] join a deviant sect so that you can practice Zuhd is like being asked to [leave the correct Islam and] join a deviant sect so you can make Salat or fast Ramadan, or make Hajj, or pay Zakat, or fight Jihaad. These acts of worship are already part of Islaam (the correct Islam).

Why would you have to join a deviant sect to do something that is already legislated in Islam? This is a bold, red flag for the ones who have intellect and are sincere to Allaah.

Tasawwuf (Soofism) is a shameful deception that begins with Dhikr and ends with Kufr. Its outward manifestation appears to be piety, but its inward reality forsakes the Commandments of Allaah.

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) said: 
The greatest danger that faces the Ummah of Islaam is their being far away from the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam), and replacing them with man-made laws and deviated ideologies. Likewise, the greatest danger that faces the Ummah of Islaam is the misguidance and deviation concerning the 'aqeedah and the infiltration of concepts of kufr, shirk, and bid'ah into it - from the grave-worshippers and the Soofees... The cure for this is to return back to the Book and the Sunnah, learning them, teaching them, judging by them between people, and adopting what they require of morals, manners and character.

[Muntaqaa min Fataawaa (I/417; no. 249)]

And from the lies and deceptions of the Soofiyah is convincing you (brainwashing, may be a more apt term) - first and foremost - to accept their shaikh's statements, opinions and rulings - without question, literally - over and above the Qur`an and authentic Sunnah. They provide as their reasons a few fabricated (forged) ahadeeth, such as the infamous forgery,

"Whoever does not have a shaikh, shaytan is his shaikh."

Forgeries like this and others like them are designed to set up an unlegislated, unbinding relationship between the mureed (novice) and the assigned Soofee "shaikh" that even extends beyond the shaikh's death, an agreement in which the novice takes an oath of loyalty, swearing obedience to the shaikh - without questioning him ever, for questioning, they claim, is a reason for removal from the "shaikh's mercy" - in return for the "shaikh solving his problems," "delivering him from dilemmas whenever he calls on the shaikh for help," and "interceding for him with Allaah so that he may be admitted to Jannah." Aoodhubillaah from such misguidance!

Among the plethora of refutations for this specific Soofee deception is Allaah's statement (what means):  

And invoke not besides Allaah, any that will neither profit you, nor hurt you, but if (in case) you did so, you shall certainly be one of the Dhaalimoon (polytheists and wrong-doers)." And if Allaah touches you with hurt, there is none who can remove it but He; and if He intends any good for you, there is none who can repel His Favor which He causes it to reach whomsoever of His slaves He will. And He is the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Yunus: 106-107)

As you will soon read via abundant proofs, Tassawuf opposes Tawheed and is a direct link to Shirk, such that 'ulemma the likes of Shaykh Yahya Al Hajuri (hafidhahullaah) said:  

Soofism and Shirk are spouses.

The fact that Wahdatul Wujood and Hulool and sharing in Allaah's Attributes are the principles of Soofiyyah proves the scholars' statements that Tassawuf - all of it - leads to Shirk. (May Allaah have mercy on our righteous scholars.)

Never mind that Tassawuf is haram, more so bid'ah, and one of the 72 deviant sects, but it leads to Shirk/Kufr and ultimately the fire. All of it! So a beginner - who himself is in the process of being duped - may say, "those are the extreme Soofees," but the fact is all of Tasawuff leads to Kufr. It's like a slippery water slide into a pool of fire, except for the one whom Allaah has mercy on, guiding him to repentance and a return to the Sunnah, and saving him from this evil.

If your point of reference of whom/what you worship and what you hold as your 'aqeedah is not the Qur`an and Sunnah, then what is the difference between you and the Jews and Christians and the rest of the mushrikeen?

By Allaah, whose Sunnah, whose way, whose path is better: the pure, legislated path of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) or the soiled, invented and deviated path of Ibn 'Arabee, al-Hallaj, Ibn Basheesh, Habib 'Ali Jifri and Hamza Yusuf?    

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Importance of Being Truthful

One of the scholars from Kuwait, Shaikh Falah Isma'eel, recently relayed a heart-warming story that may interest you.

When Shaikh Isma'eel visited Holland, he was of course met by Muslims from Holland, and they told him, "if you had come two weeks ago, you would have seen it yourself. We prayed over this man [asking Allaah to have mercy on the deceased Muslim in what is called 'the funeral prayer'],"...and then they told him the following beautiful story.

[What follows is not verbatim, but a summary, with some explanations so as to clarify some terms that may be new to non-Muslims.] 

He was a 26-year-old Christian from Holland. One day, he changed his dress to thobes, a burnoose, grew a beard, and the people started calling him "the one who looks like Jesus."

One day, he met some Muslims, and he said to them, "I love Jesus." And the Muslims told him, "We also love Jesus, and it is even a condition of Islam. We love Jesus and Moses."  

So this man tried imitating Jesus, helping others when he could, cutting their lawns and the like. After two years, he entered the mosque [the Muslims' place of worship] for the first time, and he was greeted with "ahlan" [which means welcome, and thus was not greeted with the greeting reserved for Muslims "as-salaamu 'alaykum" (which means: may peace and safety be upon you on the Day of Judgement)].

He said, "no; I want to be a Muslim."

Then, the Muslims witnessed his testimony (pronounced "shahada") -  
there is none deserving of worship except Allaah, and Muhammad is His servant and Messenger, and Jesus is His servant and Messenger - taught him the basics, and taught him how to pray. He began praying in congregation with them, not missing a single congregation. Then one day, he noticed that the other Muslims were arriving at the mosque after him, so he asked for a key to the mosque. And he was given one.

The Muslims then observed that not only was he opening the mosque, but additionally he was routinely found in optional prayer whenever they entered the mosque for the dawn prayer. [They would enter and find him already engaged in the worship of Allaah.]

Then one day, he told the Muslims how he decided to become Muslim. He said he had a dream about Jesus (the son of Mary), and Jesus said to him, "Be Muslim. Be Muslim. Be Muslim." He said, "I woke up, and a few days later, I had the same dream. This happened three times."

[The shaikh interjected and said, this is success from Allaah.]

So after having prayed for 20 days with the other Muslims, he died.

May Allaah have mercy on him.

This is the mercy of Allaah, and Allaah saved him [from dying upon other than Islam].

This is Sidq (truthfulness); he truthfully loved Jesus, so he became Muslim. Allaah guided him to become Muslim, because he was truthful in his love for Jesus.


if one is truthful in his love for Jesus and his following Jesus, then this should lead him to the true religion of Jesus (Islam) and should lead him to following whom Jesus commanded to be followed after him - Muhammad, the seal of all Prophets.
After all, the religion of all the Prophets was Islam, and their creed was the same, and their message was the same, and they confirmed each other. It is only the deviant who have distorted the message of the previous Prophets, and thus Allaah - from His infinite Mercy - has promised to preserve His last revelation (the Qur`an) from corruption so that those who truthfully want guidance may be guided.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Collection of Guidelines on What a Person Can Do to Protect Himself From Magic by Shaykh at-Tawayjjari

The following is a summary of a collection of rulings and benefits:
A - Magic is Haraam and it is not allowed to perform it, nor is it allowed to learn it or teach it. It is not permissible to go to magicians and the like.

B - The disbelief of magicians, the danger of believing in them and clarification of the severity of its sin.

C - Having knowledge of the Tafseer of Allaah’s saying: << They followed what the Shayateen (devils) gave out falsely of magic in the lifetime of Sulayman>> Ayaah 102 from Sooratul Baqarah, the reasons for its revelation and the strongest opinion regarding it.

D - Having knowledge of the Tafseer of the story of Musa with Pharaoh and the benefits it contains. Seeking cure and treatment by reciting those Ayaat upon the one who has had magic done to them, such that he will be cured by the permission of Allaah.

E - Magic is a real and tangible entity. That is why it is necessary for the Muslim to fortify himself against it by following what is mentioned in the Sharia’.

As a fortification against it:
1 - Implementing Tawheed and sincerity for Allaah Ta’ala.

2 - Tawaakul (trusting) in Allaah and relying upon Him, entrusting the matter to Him. Allaah -Ta’ala- said: << And whosoever puts his trust in Allaah, then He will suffice him>> [Talaaq: 3]

- Being continuous regarding the prayers, especially Fajr prayer. Allaah Ta’ala said: <> [Baqarah: 238] In the Saheeh of Muslim on the authority of Jundub bin Sufyaan - RadhiAllaahu anhu - who said that the Messenger of Allaah - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – said: ‘Whoever prays the Morning Prayer; then he is under the protection of Allaah, so watch, O son of Aadam, so that nothing can take you away from Allaah’s protection.’

4 - Reading Sooratul-Baqarah in your home: The Messenger - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – said: ‘Do not make your homes like graves. Indeed the Shaytaan flees from the house in which Sooratul-Baqarah is read.’ He - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – also said: ‘Read Sooratul- Baqarah, since taking it is blessed and leaving it is grief and the Batlah (magicians) cannot read it.’ Muawiyah said: ‘It has reached me that the Batlah are the magicians.’

5 - Reading Ayaatul-Kursi after every obligatory prayer after the legislated ‘Adhkaar (supplications) which follow giving the sallam in prayer.What indicates this is the saying of the Messenger - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam: ‘Whoever reads Ayaatul-Kursi at the end of every obligatory prayer; nothing will prevent him from entering Paradise except death.’

6 - Reciting Ayaatul-Kursi when going to sleep. This is what Bukhari narrated with an incomplete chain on the authority of Abu Huraira -RadhiAllaahu anhu - who said: The Messenger of Allaah appointed me to look after the Zakat of Ramadan, so someone came to me to take some food….’ then he mentioned the hadeeth and in it: Shaytaan said: ‘When you go to your bed then recite Ayaatul- Kursi, indeed it will be protection from Allaah for you and the Shaytaan will not be able to come close to you until the morning!’ Abu Huraira let him go and in the morning he informed the Prophet - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – of what he had said: The Prophet - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – said: He spoke the truth even though he is a liar.’

7 - Reading the last two Ayaat of Sooratul-Baqarah: What is narrated by Bukhari and Muslim on the authority Abu Mas’ood al- Ansaari -RadhiAllaahu anhu - who said the Messenger of Allaah - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – said: ‘Whoever reads the last two Ayaat from the end of Sooratul-Baqarah at night then they will be sufficient for him.’

8 - Reading the last three Soorah of the Qur’aan in the morning and evening: What has narrated by Abdullaah bin Khubbayb -RadhiAllaahu anhu - who said: ‘We went out on a very dark rainy night seeking the Messenger of Allaah - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – for him to lead us in prayer.’ The Messenger of Allaah - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – said: ‘Say.’ But I did not say anything. Then he - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – said: <> [Soorah Ikhlaas] and the last two Soorahs three times when you reach the evening and the morning, they will be sufficient for you against everything.’

9 - Reading the last three Soorah of the Qur’aan after every prayer: What has been narrated by ‘Uqbah bin ‘Aamir -RadhiAllaahu anhu - who said: ‘The Messenger of Allaah - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – commanded me to read the last three Soorah of the Qur’aan after every prayer.’

10 - A Muslim should say: ‘In the name of Allaah with Whose Name nothing whatsoever on this earth or in the heavens is harmed and He is The All Hearing and All Knowing.’ Bismil-lahil-lathee la yadhurru ma’a ‘issmihi shay’un fil ‘ardhi wa la fissama’i wa huwa ‘as-samee’ul –‘aleem Three times in the morning and evening.

11 - Seeking much refuge in Allaah with: ‘The perfect Words of Allaah from the evil of what He has created’ in the night and the day, when stopping to rest in a building, a desert, in the sky or sea, due to the saying of the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam-: ‘Whoever stops at a place on his journey and then says: - أَعُوذُ   بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ I seek refuge in the perfect Words of Allaah from the evil of what He has created – A’outhu bikalimatil-lahi ‘at-taammati min sharri ma khalaqa nothing will harm him until he leaves that place.’

12 - To eat seven Ajwa dates from al-Madinah in the morning, due to the saying of the Messenger -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam-: ‘Whoever eats seven Ajwa dates in the morning, neither poison nor magic will harm him on that day.’Or he can eat seven dates from the land of al-Madinah due to what Imaam Muslim narrated on the authority of the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- who said: ‘Whoever eats seven dates from the land of al-Madinah in the morning then poison will not harm him until the evening.’ The great scholar Ibn Baz held the opinion that it is hoped that this protection is also for the one who eats seven of any type of date even if they are not from the dates of al-Madinah.
13 - Purifying your home from pictures and statues due to what is narrated by Muslim on the authority of Abu Huraira -RadhiAllaahu anhu - who said that the Messenger of Allaah - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – said: ‘Angels do not enter a house where there are statues or pictures.’ So the presence of pictures and statues in a house prevents the Angels from entering that home and a home that the Angels do not enter is easily entered by the Shayateen (devils). This fortification is not just specific to magic rather it is for repelling evil in general, and from the evil that it repels is magic.

14 -From this fortification is saying: ‘La ilaha ‘illa Allaahu wahdahu la shareeka lahu, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu wa huwa ala kulli shayin qadeer’ ‘There is none worthy of worship in truth except Allaah Alone, He has no partners, to Him belongs the Dominion and for Him is all praise and He is capable of all things,’ one hundred times. Indeed the one who says it, then it is a protection for him against Shaytaan during that day.

15 - From this fortification is saying: ‘La ilaha ‘illa Allaahu wahdahu la shareeka lahu, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu yuhyee wa yumeet wa huwa ala kulli shayin qadeer’ ‘There is none worthy of worship in truth except Allaah Alone, He has no partners, to Him belongs the Dominion and for Him is all praise, He gives life and He takes life and He is capable of all things.’ ten times after the Fajr and Maghrib prayers. Indeed for the one who says this it will be protection for him against every disliked thing and a guard against Shaytaan.

All Praise belongs to Allaah, may His peace and blessings be upon our final Prophet Muhammad, his family, his companions and all those who follow his guidance.