Friday, June 17, 2016

Analysis Of Some Of The Problems Affecting Salafiyyah (Part 1) – Shaykh Badr Al-Utaybee

Shaykh Badr Al-Utaybee said, “All praise is for Allaah the Lord of the worlds; May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon his family and companions.


From the greatest blessings of Allaah upon every Muslim worshipper is that Allaah, the Most High, guides him to the path of Tawheed and Sunnah [Salafiyyah], and keeps him safe from the paths of the people of deviation.

After this, [Allaah guides him] by making him firm upon the path of Tawheed and Sunnah, not wavering right or left. This is a blessing because if a person begins upon the Sunnah for a period of time and then he slips up towards evil, he will be like those people who commit evil actions considering them to be good deeds. He thinks his actions are according to Islaam and the Sunnah and yet they are not so. He considers his actions to be from Salafiyyah, whereas in reality his actions are far from Salafiyyah.

Whoever Allaah, the Most High, honours with Salafiyyah and the Manhaj of Ahlus Sunnah, it is upon him to strive to be upright and firm upon the methodology of the righteous Salaf, in all his statements, actions and situations by which he worships Allaah, the Most High.

This is the ‘Istiqaamah’ (steadfastness/firmness upon the religion) which is linked to Imaan, as Allaah, the Most High, said, {Indeed, those who say, “Our Lord is Allah” and then remain firm
– the angels will descend upon them, [saying], “Do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised} [41:30]

Also, Muslim narrated in his Saheeh upon the authority of Sufyaan Ibn Abdillah Ath-Thaqafee (radhiAllaahu anhu) who said, ‘I said “O Messenger of Allaah, say something to me about Islaam so I do not need to ask anybody after you.”

The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) replied, “Say: I have Imaan in Allaah and remain firm thereupon.”

So mere Imaan is not sufficient unless a person remains upright and firm upon its milestones and symbolic acts of worship.

Similarly, a person merely ascribing to Salafiyyah is not sufficient unless a person is upright upon the way of the righteous Salaf in every principle which differentiates them from the people of innovation and desires.

In this article [advice], I will speak openly about what many of my Salafi brothers quietly think about, due to what they see from many people who nowadays ascribe to Salafiyyah, whereas in reality these same people are harming it due to their disgusting actions and shameful statements. To the extent that people insult pure Salafiyyah due to them, and people have turned away from Salafiyyah due to their harsh mannerisms, insults and abuse.

Yes, amongst the Salafis today are those who cause the people to flee and test the people in their religion. They harm the Salafi manhaj due to their disgusting statements and strange actions; due to their oppression and ignorance – in fact due to their detested hizbiyyah for individuals and personalities [i.e. they often make their befriending and dissociation with others based on taking and following everything these individual scholars and students of knowledge say]; due to their criticising people, who when the same matter is found in one who they love they do not criticise.

[They harm the Salafi manhaj] by propping up people [as measures] of association and disassociation, and love and hatred – to the extent that due to a person’s closeness to them they are given a certified pass to Salafiyyah [and due to a persons not being close to them they are either deemed not Salafi or not firm upon Salafiyyah/weak in manhaj].

[These people who they have propped up] are not those whom the Imams of the religion rely upon, neither are they themselves from the major well-known Imams. It can almost be said that this is detested hizbiyyah in the cloak of Salafiyyah.

Yes, there is no flattery in the religion nor is there any ambiguity in explaining the path of the believers.

We may as well bid farewell to Salafiyyah if we do not strive our best to collectively rectify Salafiyyah, and return those ignoramus’ [ignorant Salafis] to the garden of knowledge and manners; cultivate them upon loving goodness for people, politeness in speaking, respecting the scholars, understanding the fiqh of priorities, attaching importance to the situation of the ummah, attaching them to the gatherings of the scholars and attaching importance to the books of the well-known Imams and their statements and beliefs.

Salafiyyah is not only Jarh wa Ta’deel, finding pitfalls, investigating mistakes and appointing ignorant youth to these responsibilities.

Also Salafiyyah is not being negligent about knowledge and righteous actions, calling to Allaah and loving goodness for people.

The number of the scholars of the Salaf is only known to Allaah; Jarh wa Ta’deel and clarifying the situation of men is a communal responsibility for the people of knowledge, taqwa, piety and sincere advice for the Muslims. They are the people who know what necessitates a Jarh, what Ta’deel means; they are the people who can Islamically proportion the punishment by way of harshness, boycotting, cutting off and rebuking…”


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