Asking about people to start fitna is not permissible
Explained by Shaykh Rabee (hafidhahullaah)
Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadee: The questioner says: May Allah bless you and give you good. Is asking about the people from the guidance of the Salaf?
Shaykh Rabee: Yes, asking about the people is from the Minhaj of the Salaf; look to see who you take your deen from. Verily this knowledge is deen, thus look to see from whom you take your deen.
Some people ask will truthfulness and sincerity, they desire to take their deen from qualified Scholars with sound Aqeedah and sound Minhaj, thus for this reason they ask.
And some of the people ask because they want fitna. During this time period, there are many questions; what is your opinion about so and so. What do you think about so and so, what is your view about the Minhaj of so and so? And his intention is not to benefit from the person or to avoid him, rather he has another intention. His intention is to disseminate and spread fitna among the people. These types of questions are not permissible because they are for the purpose of fitna, and the affairs are according to their intentions.
But if the questioner wants good, and he wants to learn and he wants to take his deen in the correct manner then it is incumbent upon him to search for those whom he should take his deen from.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
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Hiding Behind (False) Names, Titles, Or Kunyahs That Hide The Identity Of A Person
Al-Muhaddith, the carrier of the banner of Jarh wa Ta’deel in our time, Ash-Shaykh Rabee, advised the Salafis in everyplace about a number of affairs that are extremely important to the Da’wah Salafiyyah, and those who ascribe to this most blessed manhaj. From the affairs that the Sheikh spoke about is the affair of evil of people posting on the internet, hiding under unknown screen names. He stated:
……by Allah no one hides his [real] name except a person of evil. Astaghfirullah! Astaghfirullah! Why are you hiding your [real] name?! If you have the truth with you then announce your name, if you have falsehood with you then fear Allah! Don’t speak! There is no reason to hide your [real] name, no reason whatsoever, this is something unknown with the Salaf…”
After looking into the benefits of posting with one’s real name, the following things come to mind at first glance:
1. One will take his time, contemplate, and think deeply before posting.
2. We will know the level of the writer’s knowledge and manhaj.
3. There will be no hastiness or unnecessary rush in spreading things before confirming them and referring them to the people of knowledge.
4. Writing under one’s real name will bring about a sense of responsibility and accountability for what is being written.
5. It will reduce excessive writing and spreading (of things devoid of benefit)
6. It will restrict the writing and the offering of advice to the people of knowledge and their students, and not just every Tom, Dick, and Harry will post.
7. It will put forth the people of knowledge and make clear their true position and their true right and authority with regards to guidance, education, and criticism.
8. It will allow the Salafee manhaj to be seen in its beautiful form and complete shape, by way of knowing the narrators and their situations and personalities.
9. We will be able to apply the Sharee’ah ruling on the opposing ones, those who stubbornly resist (the correct path), and the liars. We will be able to confirm and verify reports if we know the individuals, but this ability will vanish or dwindle so long as we do not know them, or they are anonymous.
10. There will be an increase in beneficial posts with knowledge, clarifying the manhaj, and weak posts or those devoid of benefit will decrease.
11. We will nobly remove ourselves from the ways of the biased partisans and people of secret movements and organizations, and we will oppose their stealth and hiding behind nicknames or kunyahs when their attributes and poisons become known.
12. We will spread clarity and mutual truthfulness, two attributes that are from the foremost attributes of the Salafee manhaj.
Written by: ‘Ubayd ibn ‘Abdillaah ibn Sulaymaan Al-Jaabiree
Former professor at the Islaamic University of Al-Madeenah 1423/7/21
Source: SalafiTalk.net (translation by Moosaa Richardson) and Sahab.net
Al-Muhaddith Muhammad Naasirud-Deen Al-Albaanee dicussed this issue of the of those who hide behind pseudonyms, and unknown kunyahs in at least two of his writings.
In the introduction to his book An-Naseehah (pg. 5) he refutes one called Hassaan Abdul-Mannaan, he states:
And it has become certain to me that he began to circulate his books, in the end, after his reality was uncovered, and his affair exposed, under the pen name Abu Suhaib Al-Karamee!! Going to extremes in trickery, and Talbees (deceit)! and drowning in misguidance and Tadlees (deception)!! Rather after that he circulated books with his introductions and checkings without any name or Kunyah!!
So in this quote of Al-Muhaddith Al-Albaanee he describes this act as trickery, deceit, misguidance, and deception. May Allah grant us safety from such attributes.
He also states in the introduction to Adaabuz-Zafaaf (pg. 8):
And in this introduction I do not want to turn once again to the refutation of his treatise, and the clarification of all that is in it from his errors, mistakes, and false allegations, and in the end his his seeking assistance from one of the enemies of the people of the sunnah and hadeeth, and the callers to Tawheed who are well known by this, he is none other than Habeebur-Rahman Al-Athamee, the one who hid behind the pseudonym (Arshad As-Salafee) because of his cowardice, and his lack of scholarly and literary courage, he hid behind it in his book: Al-Albaanee, his anamolies, and errors.
So the Muhaddith of this era described it as an act of cowardice, and if the people of cyber tadlees truly believed that that which they were upon was the truth,then they would never hide behind these screen names and as the scholars of hadeeth mentioned about this: ‘Rather his avoiding identifying him is something that places suspicion in the heart.’
The Ruling on the Statement: “He Was the Qur`an Walking on the Earth” – Shaikh Rabee bin Hadee al-Madkhalee
Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah
The Ruling on the Statement: “He Was the Qur`an Walking on the Earth”
Shaikh Rabee bin Hadee al-Madkhalee (hafidhahullaah)
Translated by: Abu ‘Abdis Salaam Siddiq Al Juyaanee @ salafyink.com
We hear the tongues of some of the lecturers (when describing the character) of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam), “He was the Qur`an walking on the Earth.” Meaning, he implemented the rules and regulations of the Qur`an. What is the ruling of this statement?
Shaikh Rabee bin Hadee al-Madkhalee (hafidhahullaah) answered:
It is incumbent that we say, “His character was the Qur`an,”  like ‘Aa`isha (radiAllahu ‘anha) said. The Qur`an is the speech of Allaah and not created; whereas Muhammad is a human being who is created.
It is not incumbent (nor proper) to say, (“He was the Qur`an walking on the Earth“) or things similar to this. This is because we are at war with the Mu’tazilah and other than them over their statement that the “Qur`an is created,” so how can we (the people of the Sunnah) utter statements like this?!
We say the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alaihi wa sallam) implemented the rules and regulations of the Qur`an, and his (sallAllaahu alaihi wa sallam) character emanated from the Qur`an; he (sallAllaahu alaihi wa sallam) acted in accordance to it and believed in it. This statement, (“He was the Qur`an walking on the Earth,” conceptually comes) from the western slogans which (people) blindly follow. And Allaah knows best.
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The questioner says: When some of the brothers are advised to avoid associating with the people of innovation and to avoid their gatherings, they answer with the statement: ‘I’m well-grounded.’ Therefore what is your advice? May Allah preserve you.
Answer: (Shaykh Rabee)
We say to him, if you were well-grounded you would not associate with them. If you were well-grounded you would have known the Salafi Minhaj, you would know the danger which you are exposed to, you would know about the victims from those just like you; those who were deceived just like you. By Allah, if you were like that (well grounded) you would not walk with the people of innovation. Many of the people associate with the people of innovation using the argument that he is going to benefit them!
Oh my brother they don’t benefit from the Scholars so how are they going to benefit from you?!! They reject the statements of ibn Baz and Albani and ibn Uthameen, may Allah have mercy upon them, and they reject the statements of other Scholars from the Imaams of Islam, and they are going to accept it from you?!! This is madness. Furthermore there is a ninety nine percent chance that you will become one of their followers.
Translated by Rasheed Barbee
Shaykh Rabi’ Tafsir of Ayats 21-22 of al-Baqarah
Translated by Abul Hasam Malik Adam al-Akhdar (hafidhahullaah)