The importance of the Tawheed and the Sunnah – Sh. Muhammad bin Ramzaan al-Haajiree & Sh. Muhammad bin Haadee al-Madkhalee
Shaykh Muhammad bin Ramzaan al-Haajiree:
All praise is due to Allaah. May the Salaat and the Salaam be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family, his Companions and those who aid him. To proceed:
All praise is due to Allaah for blessing us with this good meeting with our brothers in Holland, to study the importance of holding fast to the Book [of Allaah] and the Sunnah. They (the Book and the Sunnah) are the means of salvation. The Prophet – salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam - said:
“I have left with you that which when you hold fast to it, you will never go astray after me; the Book of Allaah and my Sunnah.” [Saheeh al-Jaami‘ #2937]
The greatest affair which Allaah has commanded is His Tawheed (His Oneness in His Lordship, in His Right to be worshipped and in His Names and Attributes). And the greatest affair which Allaah has prohibited is Shirk (polytheism, setting up partners with Allaah in worship). So every da‘wah (call, invitation) which doesn’t give any importance to Tawheed and doesn’t give any importance to warning against Shirk, is a da‘wah which opposes the guidance of the Prophet – salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam -. This is how Ahlul-Bida‘ (the people of innovations) are; they do not give any importance to calling to Tawheed, warning against Shirk, adhering to the Sunnah and being on guard against the innovations. Be steadfast and you will be given tawfeeq (success). Be steadfast upon this and you will be given tawfeeq.
Al-Ikhwaan al-Muslimoon (the Muslim Brotherhood) and at-Tableegh do not give any importance to Tawheed. And their heads (leaders) invite to Shirk; Hasan al-Banna (founder of al-Ikhwaan al-Muslimoon) was devoted to the grave of Sinjer and Muhammad Ilyaas (founder of Jamaa‘atu t-Tableegh) was devoted to the grave of Rasheed Gangohi. These are the heads of two calls that claim that they are a call to Islaam, while their heads are upon the da‘wah to Shirk! So what good is there in this? This is their asl (foundation)! Whereas as-Salafiyyah, since its beginning, calls to ‘Laa ilaaha illa-Laah‘ (no deity has the right to be worshipped except Allaah) and warns against Shirk.
This was a brief speech. And our Shaykh and teacher, Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadee al-Madkhalee will complete the advice for you. You will hear him now, I am in his presence now.
Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadee al-Madkhalee:
Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatul-Laahi wa barakaatuh. Ahlan wa Sahlan wa Marhaban bikum. Hayyaakum Allaah.
I don’t have any addition to what my brother, the noble Shaykh Muhammad bin Ramzaan al-Haajiree – may Allaah reward him with good – has mentioned. In fact, I unite my word with his word and I advise you with the same he advised you with. And I say:
Verily, at-Tawheed, which is the Right of Allaah upon the servants, as has been narrated in the hadeeth of Mu‘aadh bin Jabal – may Allaah be pleased with him -, and in which lies the salvation with Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic -, because of his statement – ‘alayhi assalaatu wassalaam -:
“Whoever dies while he doesn’t set up partners with Allaah in worship, will enter Paradise. And whoever dies while he sets up partners with Allaah in worship, will enter the Fire.” [Saheeh Muslim #93]
If the situation is like this, then it is obligatory upon every intelligent person, who is eager to save himself, to give importance to this affair, based upon this hadeeth which you have heard. And he should know that the one who opposes him or slanders those who walks upon this path; he should know that there is no khayr (good) in him, even if some people try to defend him or hide his true nature.
So I say: if the Prophet – salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam - stayed in Makkah thirteen years while he was calling to Tawheed... He did not call to something else. The legislations were not sent down to him except in al-Madeenah, with the exception of the prayer, because it was made obligatory upon him in Makkah, shortly before the Hijrah (to al-Madeenah). As for the rest of the legislations, then they were made obligatory in al-Madeenah. For thirteen years he – salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam - was calling to Tawheed.
The one who comes and sees that they (the people) are drowned in Major Shirk or Minor Shirk, and then he closes his eyes and goes treating that which is less than [Shirk], like listening to songs, smoking or abandoning the prayer, while he leaves the affair of Tawheed; this one has not understood Islaam, even if he claims whatever he claims. Verily, the proofs reject him and refute him.
The truthful Muslim, the Sunnee, the Atharee, is the one who follows the Messenger of Allaah – salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam -. The righteous and correct deeds do not become manifest except when the correct Tawheed has settled in the hearts of the people. Based upon this, it is obligatory upon our brothers in the West, who call to Allaah, to strive to insert Tawheed into the hearts of the people in a correct and powerful manner, and to review and repeat it, and to give them actual examples so that the Tawheed becomes established in their hearts. Then, when the correct Tawheed is established in their hearts, we look to the remaining affairs which should be treated. For verily, when al-Eemaan (faith, belief) enters the hearts correctly, then the deeds will confirm it.
I ask Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – to aid you upon this.
Do not be fooled by the false da‘awaat (calls, propagandas) which treat the nails while there is evil in the hearts and while the destruction comes from there. For verily, the treatment of the nails while there is an opening or cancer in the heart indicates that the treating person is not a doctor.
May Allaah give us and you success to that which He loves and is pleased with. And may Allaah raise the rank of His servant and Messenger, our Prophet Muhammad, and grant him peace.
Shaykh Muhammad bin Ramzaan al-Haajiree:
That which indicates this, is that we see the agitation of the people for that which takes place from the affairs of the dunyaa. I say: these people who have gathered in Tunisia or Egypt, if we would say to them, “Come on, let’s forbid Shirk,” would they have gathered like this? [Or if we would say to them,] “Come on, let us destroy and remove the domes so that al-Badawee is not worshipped [unclear] and so that the tomb of al-Husayn and these manifestations of disbelief are destroyed.” Would these people also gather as people who are truthful to Allaah, to remove all the manifestations of Shirk and to let Tawheed return? The answer is: we are watching and it is known; you won’t find [them gathering] except a few.
May Allaah give everyone success to beneficial knowledge and righteous deeds, and with this I end [my speech] and I excuse myself because I am in the presence of our Shaykh (Muhammad bin Haadee). Wasssalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatul-Laahi wa barakaatuh. And may Allaah raise the rank of Muhammad and grant him peace.
Translated by: Yâsîn Abû Ibrâhîm al-Mutanabbî