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Shaykh ‘Ubayd al-Jaabiree Refutes Anwar al-Alack , advises Ummah to refute him with knowledge, boycott him

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In the aftermath of the heinous shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, the shooter’s and other Khaarijee (renegades’) connection to Anwar al-’Awlaki has come to light, especially in the Western media. ‘Awlaki is the common denominator in many of the recent terrorist acts and attempts that have recently occurred. ‘Awlaki is not one to carry out such attacks himself, rather he incites and inspires young ignorant Muslims to commit such crimes in the name of Islam. So the noble Scholar of Madinah, Saudi Arabia, Shaykh ‘Ubayd Ibn ‘Abdullaah al-Jaabiree has delivered this warning against al-’Awlaki. The Shaykh was presented with three of al-’Awlaki’s statements that impy mass takfeer of the Muslims and the Shaykh goes on to reply to these falsehoods. The Shaykh also hit the nail on the head when he said that al-’Awlaki has become polluted with the ideas of Sayyid Qutb, who is undoubtedly the catalyst for the modern-day acts of terrorism committed in the name of Islam.

The Praise is for Allaah, and may the peace and salutations of Allaah be upon the Messenger of Allaah and upon his family and his companions and upon all those who follow the guidance.

To proceed:

Student of Knowledge Hassan as-Somali asked: So these are some of the statements of one of the du’aat. His name is Anwar al-’Awlaki. You will find his statements on his official website. We present them to the noble Shaikh ‘Ubaid ibnu ‘Abdullaah al-Jabiree (hafidhahullaa taa’ala), so he may comment upon them and so we can spread the answers and the comments among the brothers here in America and in England and throughout the West in general.

The first statement, oh our shaikh – may Allaah bless you – [of Anwar al- 'Awlaki's], is the rulers in Arabian Peninsula are playing a central role in the fight against Islam, especially the Aalee Sa’ud family. The Aalee Sa’ud of today are the ‘Abdullaah ibnu Ubai of yesterday. And the second statement [of Anwar al-'Awlaki's] is: May this be the begining of the greatest Jihaad, the Jihaad of the Arabian Peninsula that would free the heart of the Islamic world from the tyrants who are deceiving the Ummah and standing between us and victory. Should I, oh shaikh, mention the third statement as well, or should I suffice with this?

Shaikh ‘Ubaid al-Jabiree responded: Present the third statement.

Student of Knowledge Hassan as-Somali asked: And the third statement of [Anwar al-'Awlaki] is: The Jihad in Somalia should carry on until the last African union soldier leaves the country, and any forces that side with the African union, including the Shareef government become legitimate targets. And Shareef, ya shaikh, is the President who won the recent elections. So what is your comment, ya shaikh, upon these statements, may Allaah bless you.

Answer by Shaikh ‘Ubaid al-Jabiree: In the Name of Allaah, All Praise is for Allaah, and may the peace and salutations of Allaah be upon His slave and Messenger Muhammad, and upon his family and all his companions. The summary of what has become apparent to me from these three statements that you have quoted from a specific forum or specific website for Anwar al-’Awlaki – and this ‘Awlaki proves that the origin of this man is Yemeni – so the essence of what is comprised in these statements from that which is apparent to me are two affairs:

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The first affair is his ignorance concerning the fiqh (understanding) of Jihaad, and he has no knowledge concerning the Jihaad which is from the well-planned obligations that Allaah has established up until Allaah causes the earth and whosoever is upon it to perish. And I suspect that the man has become polluted by the ideas of Sayyid Qutb, al Misree (the Egyptian). And similiar to him are Abu Qatad and Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisee and many others besides them. So all of these individuals and this man have been influenced by the likes of Sayyid Qutb. According to the people of research and experience with examining statements, Sayyid Qutb is the flag-bearer of takfeer in this time. And his book Ma’aalim fi Tareek (translated as "Milestones") proves this clearly. So this Sayyid [Qutb] has declared the entire Ummah kufaar, falsely. The rulers and their subjects.

And al-Jihaad according to Ahlus-Sunnah – who have inherited from Prophet Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) the correct understanding of the Deen, the correct understanding of ‘ibaadah (worship), and the correct understanding of social dealings – is of two categories: Jihadu Talab (Offensive Jihaad) and Jihaadu Dafi` (Defensive Jihaad).

And Jihadu Talab is to mobilize the troops and to dispath the armies and to prepare sufficient equipment in order to fight whosoever is surrounding them from the disbelievers – for the purpose of making the Word of Allaah uppermost. And this is from the special functions of the Muslim ruler. He is the one who can call to such an act and he is the one who sets it up, and he is the one who leads it himself. Or he appoints someone to lead a military detachment for it.

So whoever calls to Jihaad in a general manner, then he is one of two men: he is either ignorant concerning the fiqh of Jihaad, or he is a person of desires who is misguided and misguiding others – an innovator. And regardless of whether he is from the former or the latter, it is obligatory upon the Ummah to be cautious of him and to have hatred for him, and it is obligatory upon the scholars to refute him and to warn against him.

The second [kind of Jihaad] is Jihaadu Dafi` (Defensive Jihaad), and it is to defend against the assailant and the transgressor. So when an assailant and a transgressor from the disbelievers attacks the Muslim country, then it is permissible for the people of that country to defend themselves and to resist the attack in order to stop its evil and disprove its deception. And it is a required condition that they must have the ability and the strength to do this. So if they have the ability and the strength, they can mobilize themselves to defend against the subjegation of the transgressing party and to defeat its [enemy's] endeavor and to reject its tryanny.

And if they do not have the ability and the strength for that, then they have two choices: they can either flee with their religion and their honor to wherever they will be safe or they can seek a treaty of peace with this tyrannical enemy, and they can make contracts and agreements with him to preserve and safeguard the territory of the people of al-Islam. So it is concluded from this that the required condition for Jihadu Talab (Offensive Jihaad) is the ruler, since it is from his special functions, and the required condition for Jihaadu Dafi` (Defensive Jihaad) is the strength and ability to carry it out. And strength and ability are necessary for both of these acts in order to defeat the endeavor of the enemies of Allaah.

2- The second affair that has become apparent from the first two statements is that the man [al-'Awlaki] harbors resentment against the Arabian Peninsula, and he harbors resentment against the rulers from Aalee Sa’ud. And due to this, he has described them with kufr (disbelief) or nifaq (hypocrisy), or both of them. And the crime of Aalee Sa’ud – according to this one ['Awlaki] and his likes from the people of desires and splitting and the Khawarij – is that their nation state [Saudia Arabia] is a nation state of Tawheed and the Sunnah. Every person of the Sunnah testifies to this, and their nation state has been the flag bearer of Tawheed and the Sunnah since its inception at the hands of Al-Imaam Muhammad ibn Sa’ud (rahimahullaah), since it gives victory to Tawheed and the Sunnah.

Ash-Shaikh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhab (rahimahullaah) called to Tawheed and the Sunnah, and the ameer Muhammad ibn Sa’ud used to aid him and defend him, and he used to defend his da’wah. And the fruit of that effort was that Allaah made this righteous Imam – the Mujaahid – strong and influential due to his raising the flag of Tawheed and the Sunnah. I deem him as such, and Allaah is his Reckoner. From the fruits of this da’wah was the establishment of a mighty nation state. It has taken on the burden of establishing the religion. And there is no person of Sunnah except that his heart is with this Dawla (nation state), and likewise it has taken on the political and economic burden. So these are all fruits of aiding Tawheed and the Sunnah.

And the Khawarij in every time and place have always had enmity toward Ahlus-Sunnah – the rulers and their subjects, because Ahlus-Sunnah are from the farthest of people from at-takfeer, let alone tabdee` (declaring someone an innovator) and tafseeq (declaring someone a disobedient sinner), except with a proof that obligates takfeer or tabdee` or tafseeq of the opponent. And this is known to those who are familiar with the history of Ahlus-Sunnah and their written works. However, the one who has been overwhelmed by malice, and desire has become deep-rooted within him, then he opposes Ahlus-Sunnah and displays enmity towards them.

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So it is not strange that al-’Awlaki should take this path since he has a predecessor and he himself is from the later followers. And from here, I warn the Muslims firstly against this man [al-'Awlaki] and I call upon them to boycott him and to sever ties with him and to refute him with a knowledge-based refutation that will expose his da’wah and reveal his true condition, and show that he is an enemy to the people of Islam and the Sunnah.

And this refutation must show that he [al-'Awlaki] and his likes are from those who have disfigured the image of Islam and the image of the people of Islam to the extent that they have driven those who do not possess intellect from the Jews and the Christians to attack the personality of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and they have degraded the mushaf. Due to their lack of intellect and their lack of knowledge of Islam and its people, they think that Anwar al-’Awlaki and his predecessors and his contemporaries represent the people of Islam and they think that this path of theirs is the true path of the people of Islam. And that the attack against the owners and the wealth and the lives, and nullifying the contracts and ratified treaties between our rulers and the rest of the non-Muslim nation states of the world, such as those of Europe and America, then those feeble-minded fools and those who have been deprived of justice and fairness, they think that this is the Islam that we practice.

So how astonishing is it that America let this man remain therein? Yet it [America] raises its voice to say it opposes terrorism, and when we hear about such people we say that they are Khawarij, since this man and his likes are the terrorists as the Europeans and the Americans and the Western people in general. And I think that even the non-Muslims from the people of the East like Russia have labelled them with this title. So they in reality are the instruments of terrorism, and they are the river from which the Khawarij draw out what they draw out from attacking the people of Islam and the Sunnah, and for attacking those with whom we have contracts and treaties. Since these ones do not recognize any contract or treaty, they only declare people disbelievers en masse.

This is what I like to make note of and I ask Allaahu subhanahu wa taa’ala to keep the people of al-Islaam away from every evil and detestable thing and to withhold from them the evil of the Khawarij, whether they are the Khawarij who sit and incite others to khurooj (rebellion against the rulers) or whether they are the ones who carry it out themselves, and that Allaah keeps the misery of the Khawarij among their ownselves and that He allows the Muslims to see a lesson in them and that He seizes those Khawarij with a mighty and strong seizure and that He makes them a lesson for those who take heed.

And may the peace and salutations of Allaah be upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and all his companions. This was dictated by the one in need of Allaah, ‘Ubayd ibnu ‘Abdullaah ibnu Sulaimaan al-Jabiree, a former professor at the Islamic University of al-Madinah. The date of this discussion was Wednesday night, 23rd of Dhul-Qi’dah, 1430 Hijri, corresponding to the 11th of November, 2009.

And the Tawfeeq (success) is with Allaah. And may the peace and salutations of Allaah be upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and all his companions.

Wa salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa baarakatu.

Source: Shaykh ‘Ubayd al-Jaabiree Warns Against Anwar al-Awlaki

- Allaah said: And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger (Muhammad, (salallaahu ‘alaihiwasallam)) after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers’ way. We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell – what an evil destination. (An-Nisa 4:115)
- The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihiwasallam) said, "Hold firmly to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs after me. Hold o­nto it with your molar teeth. And beware of newly invented affairs, since every newly invented affair is an innovation, and every innovation is misguidance and every innovation is in the Fire." [Ahmad (4/126), at-Tirmidhee (no. 2676), al-Haakim (1/96) and by al-Baghawee in Sharhus-Sunnah (1/105)] - On the authority of Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, "Al-Islaam started strange, and will again return strange as it started, so Toobaa is for the Strange ones." In another narration, it was said, "Oh Messenger of Allaah, who are the Strange ones?" He said, "Those who rectify when the people have corrupted," and in another wording, "Those who rectify what the people have corrupted from my sunnah."
- "Adhere to the narrations of the Salaf (the Prophet and Sahaaba), even if the people were to abandon you. And beware of the opinions of people, no matter how much they beautify it with speech." - Imaam al-Awzaa’ee [d. 157H] - Abdullah bin ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with them both) said: "Every bid’ah(religious innovation) is misguidance, even if people think it is good." [Al-Lalikaii in Sharh Usul Itiqad Ahl Al-Sunnah wa Al-Jama'ah Vol 1. P134, no.111] - Every issue of aqeedah (creed), ‘ibaadah (worship) or manhaj (methodology) which the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah has not provided a text for and upon which the Companions never agreed upon is falsehood, vain and innovated.
Yoonus Ibn ‘Ubayd (d.139) said, "How amazing is the one who calls to the Sunnah today! And what is even more amazing than him is the one who answers the call to the Sunnah!" [Refer to Sharhus-Sunnah (no. 127) of Imam al-Barbahaaree.]