Monday, July 11, 2011

Defending the Religion is from Good Character, Good Manners with Allaah, Subhanahu wa Ta'aala, and from Wanting Good for the Muslims

Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu 'ala rasulullaah
Amma ba'd 

Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) said: 

Accepting Allaah's reports [Qur`an and Sunnah] and believing them means that one does not doubt them or waver in his affirmation of what Allaah, Subhanahu wa Ta'aala, says. This is because what Allaah Ta'aala says only comes from Knowledge, while He is the Most Truthful in speech.

Allaah, Ta'ala, has said about Himself: 

 وَمَنْ أَصْدَقُ مِنَ اللَّهِ حَدِيثا

And who is more truthful in speech than Allaah? [Soorah an-Nisaa`, ayah 87]

To truly believe in what Allaah says necessitates that one puts his trust in His reports, defends them, and struggles by way of them, and he does not allow the entrance of any doubt or confusion over what Allaah, Subhanahu wa Ta'aala, and His Messenger (salallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) reported. 

When someone takes on this kind of character, it enables him to repel the doubts cast by those who speak with ulterior motives about the reports of Allaah and His Messenger (salallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam), whether they be from the Muslims who have introduced new affairs into the Religion, or from the non-Muslims who try to cast doubts into the hearts of the Muslims. * 

Ibn Taymeeyah (rahimahullaah) relayed:  
It was once said to Imam Ahmad (rahimahullaah): If a man fasts, prays, and makes 'itikaff, is that more beloved to you or that he speaks out against innovators? He replied: If he fasts and prays and makes 'itikaaf, then that is for himself. But if he speaks out against innovators, this is for the Muslims. This is better. **  

Ponder upon the following question, and its vagueness and covertness, and then read how Shaikh Rabee' bin Hadee al-Madkhalee (hafidhahullaah) recognized this and then refuted the doubt within the question with a beneficial response 

Question: Is it from the manhaj of the Salaf to gather the mistakes of some individual and present it in a book to be read by the people? 
Shaikh Rabee' bin Hadee al-Madkhalee answered:    
Subhaanallaah! This is uttered by the people of misguidance; those who are fanatical in defense of their innovations, their books, their methodologies, and are fanatical in revering personalities. 

Yes, Allaah (Subhaanah) and His Messenger (salallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) mentioned much concerning their (affairs) of misguidance. The statements of the Jews and Christians have been gathered and disapproved of in many of the Aayaat of the Qur`aan. 

Ahlus-Sunnah Wal Jamaa'ah from the earliest times to this era of ours have spoken against Jahm Ibn Safwaan and Bishr Al-Mareesee. They (Ahlus-Sunnah) have enumerated their innovations and acts of misguidance. They (Ahlus-Sunnah) have gathered the statements of the people of splitting and criticized them. So who has made this (gathering and refuting mistakes) impermissible? 

If the people are misguided by a person's numerous innovations, and you gather (such innovations) in one place and warn against it, then may Allaah reward you with good. And with this (warning) of yours, you have done much good for Islaam and the Muslims.***  

May Allaah have mercy on all our 'ulemma of Ahlus-Sunnah, and preserve our living 'ulemma.

* Shaikh Muhammad ibn Salih al-'Uthaimeen's highly beneficial book Upright Moral Character - A Concise Guide to Attaining Dignified Islaamic Character   
**[Majmoo'-ul-Fataawaa` (28/231)] 

*** [Ajwibatul 'Allaamat-ush-Shayk Rabee' Bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee 'Alaa As-ilati Abee Ruwaaha
Al-Manhajiyyah; pgs. 28-29]

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