Alhamdulillaah was-salaatu was-salaamu ‘alaa Rasoolillaah:
No doubt differences occurred between some of the Sahaabah (radhi Allaahu ‘anhum) after the passing of the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam), and most notibly after the assasination of the third noble Khalifah, Uthmaan bin ‘Affaan (radhi Allaahu ‘anhu) who was killed by the Khawaarij, the fore-runners of those who killed ‘Ali Ibn Abee Taalib and other Companions – and they remain till the present day; and have appeared in the guise of the terrorist/jihadist/takfeeri groups around the world.
As for the Sahaabah, then the Scholars, both past and present such as Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Baaz and Al-Fawzaan, have mentioned the following important points:
1. It is not permissible to mention the Sahaabah in a bad light or with criticism or cursing or any form of belittlement when mentioning these affairs.
2. That though the Sahaabah differed, which may have led to fighting, this differing was never in the usool or the fundamentals of the Religion, such as the belief in the Attributes of Allaah, the belief in Qadr and the rest of the affairs of usool such as Imaamah (rulership) and rebellion. This has been stated by Ibn Taymiyyah and others (see Minhaajus-Sunnah of Ibn Taymiyyah). And the books of ‘aqeedah repeat over and over this important fact. Shaikh Al-Fawzaan mentions in his explanation of Al-Barbahaaree’s ‘Sharhus-Sunnah’ that the Sahaabah did not ever differ in the ‘aqeedah, the fundamentals, rather their differing was in the subsidiary affairs (furoo’) of the Religion.
3. So therefore Sahaabah differed in certain matters of ijtihaad in other than the fundamentals of the Religion, and they were Mujtahidoon (jurists), well able and capable of deriving Islamic rulings from the Qur’aan and Sunnah. And, in accordance with the hadeeth of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam), the one who is correct in his ijtihaad is rewarded with two rewards and the one who was incorrect is rewarded with a single reward. So whether they were right or wrong, they were rewarded by Allaah because they were able to make ijtihaad and they did so sincerely.
4. Though the Sahaabah differed and a battle ensued, this differing was quite often caused and exagerated by the enemies of Islaam, from the munaafiqeen and the kuffaar, as mentioned by Al-Fawzaan. These enemies who entered into Islaam so as to cause enmity within the ranks. So the killing for example of Talhah and Zubair (radhi Allaahu ‘anhumaa) was the result of the Abdullaah ibn Saba’, the Yemeni Jew who feigned Islaam, and his followers when they caused mayhem between the ranks of ‘Ali and the Mother of the Believers, ‘A’isha.
5. We hold that whoever from the Sahaabah was involved in any disputes between each other, then we are ordered to remain silent about that – not criticising any of them, due to the fact they were mentioned by Allaah with praise, and excused by Allaah, and Allaah promised them Gardens of Paradise, and likewise those who follow their way (Qur’aan 9:100). They were also mentioned by the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam) with goodness and as the best of mankind, and the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam) stated with clear words, ‘Allaah’s curse is upon the one who curses my Companions’.
6. So all of this is applicable to whatever disputes took place between them, i.e. that they are rewarded for their ijtihaad, even if they were incorrect. This holds true for the dispute between ‘Ali and ‘A’isha or between ‘Ali and Mu’aawiyah – even if some limited fighting resulted, as the Salaf have stated.
7. Upon us is to follow their way in goodness as Allaah has commanded, to leave alone discussing and engrossing oneself in their differing. As the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam) said: ‘When my Companions are mentioned, withold [your tongues].’
8. As for the hadeeth: The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam) said, ‘After me, do not commit unbelief, by striking the necks of one another.’ – then the unbelief (kufr) here is not the kufr that takes one out of the fold of Islaam, rather it kufr lesser than the major kufr that exits the doer out of the fold of Islaam. This has been clarified by the great Scholars of this Ummah, past and present – Ibn Taimiyyah from the past, and Al-Albaanee and Ibn Baaz from this era have explained this affair in clarity that resembles the Sun in the clear sky! One only need refer to the verse in Soorah al-Hujaraat wherein Allaah states that ‘if two groups of BELIEVERS fight against one another (to harm and kill one another) then make peace between them’ - so here Allaah describes two groups who fight each other to harm and kill as ‘Believers’. Killing is a major sin, but it is not counted as major kufr that exits the doer out of the fold. Additionally, as for the Companions, then we have already stated that which occurred between them was from sincere ijtihaad, for which they are rewarded twice if they were correct, and once if they were incorrect.
9. And finally, if we find between the Sahaabah a difference of opinion in issues of fiqh and furoo’ (as they did not differ in ‘usool), then we refer it back to Allaah and Messenger (i.e. the Book and Sunnah) for final determination, as Allaah has stated, as this was the habit the Sahaabah themselves.
And Allaah knows best.
Abu Khadeejah Abdul-Waahid
(Inspirational) The Advice of Asmaa bint Abu Bakr (radiallaahu anha) to her son Abdullah Ibn Zubair (radhi Allaahu anhu)
From the tape “The life of Abdullah Ibn Zubair-By Shaikh Muhammed Anjaree”.
Below are the words of advise Asmaa bint Abu Bakr radiallaahu anha gave to her son at the age of over 100 years and he himself was over 60 years of age defending this deen and Allah (subhanna wa ta ala) had granted them the preservation of their faculties and vigour! May Allah Have Mercy upon them.Ameen.
The last stage of Abdullah Ibn Zubair life, and that was when he fought against Hajjaj, which was in the year beginning 70 A.H. Mekkah at that time was surrounded by Hajjajs’ Army and they had laid siege to Mekkah for approximately one and a half years……..
When he entered into Mekkah he (Hajjaj) sent a letter to Abdullah Ibn Zubair saying you have three choices;
- You can be taken and chained to Abdul Malik who was then the Khalifah of Damascus.
- Or leave by yourself and give up all the lands that he had overcome like Egypt, Iraq, Yemen /leave the Khalifa.
- Or continue fighting.
So he had these three chooses from Hajjaj. He then went to his mother (Asma bint Abu Bakr radiallaahu anha) who was still alive for advice and she was over a hundred years. So Abdullah Ibn Zubair said, to his mother,
“So the people have left me by myself, even my own son, no-one is with me except a handful of people all I have is an hour of patience and then death and if I were to do what the people want me to do then I will be free.”
So then Asmaa (radiallaahu anha) replied to her son, she said,
“You know better in your own self that if you are upon the truth and you are calling towards the truth go forth for people more honourable than you were killed and have been killed and if you are not upon the truth, then what an evil son you are, you have destroyed yourself and those who are with you. If you say what you say, that if you are upon the truth and you will be killed at the hands of others then you will not truly be free, for this is not the statement of someone who is free”.
Then she said to her son, this is the statement of the mother to her son,
“how long will you live in this world, death is more beloved to me than this state you are on/ this state of weakness.”
Then this conversation between Abdullah Ibn Zubair and his mother continued.
Then he said to his mother after she had told him to go forth and fight.
He said, “I am afraid I will be mutilated by the people of Sham,I am afraid that they will cut up my body after they have killed me”
So she said to her son,”after someone has died it won’t make any difference what they do to you if you have been killed.”
Abdullah Ibn Zubair then said to his mother,”I did not come to you except to increase myself in knowledge.” The shaikh wanted to point out,look at the manners which he presented towards his mother, this was the manners of the Salaf how they would behave towards their parents.
He said to her, “I did not come to you except to increase me in knowledge, look and pay attention to this day for verily I am a dead man, your son never drank wine, nor was he fornicator, nor did he wrong any Muslim or Kaafir, nor was he unjust, I am not saying this to you to show off or show how pure I am but rather as an honour to you.”
So then Abdullah Ibn Zubair left by himself on his horse and he was killed by the Army of Hajjaj and when he was killed by the Army of Hajjaj all the Army said “Allah hu Akhbar” and Ibn Umer (radiallaahu anhu) heard this and he said,
” how strange is it that this man when he was born all of the Muslims said “Allah hu Akhbar” and now that he is killed everyone is also saying “Allah hu Akhbar”.
Then Hajjaj crucified him and said,” No one must put down his body except Asmaa (radiallaahu anha ), she must come to me and ask permission of me and only then will his body be put down”.
Asmaa (radiallahu anha.) refused to go and ask permission to put down her sons body and it was said to her,
“if you don’t go his body will remain like that.” So she said ” let it be then”.
Until eventually, Hajjaj came to her and said,
“what do you say about this matter ” and she said,
” Verily you have destroyed him you have ruined his life and with that you have ruined your hereafter.”
Miracles of the Prophet Muhammad صلى ا عليه و سلم
By Sheikh Ali Al Haddad
Translated by Abdullah Boyd
((The first khutbah))
As for what follows:
From the signs of the Prophet صلى ا عليه و سلم is that Allah aided him with miracles that were beyond human capability in order for this to be a proof of his truthfulness, and to increase the faith of those who already believed in him, and to establish an argument against those who opposed and disbelieved in him.
And Allah aided our Prophet صلى ا عليه و سلم with many miracles, and there is no doubt that the greatest of the miracles is the Noble Quran, which shall remain until Allah decrees to raise it up shortly before the Day of Judgment. And the effects of knowing the miracles of the Prophet صلى ا عليه و سلم is that will increase the believers’ faith concerning him; therefore I wanted to remind myself and you about some of these
Splitting of the moon:
And from the miracles of the Prophet صلى ا عليه و سلم is the splitting of the moon; and this occurred when the pagans requested that the Prophet صلى ا عليه و سلم show them a sign, so he split the moon into two segments, a segment of the right of Hiraa mountain and a segment on the left of it. But still they did not believe, rather they said, ‘Muhammad has bewitched us’. And Allah spoke the truth about them when He said, ‘ الظّالِمِينَ بِآيَاتِ اِّ يَجْحَدُونَ فَإِنّهُمْ ل يُكَذّبُونَكَ وَلَكِنّ “It is not you that they deny, but it is the Verses (the Qur’an) of Allah that the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrongdoers) deny.” (Chapter 6 verse 33) Ibn Kathir mentioned that there was built in India a temple, and on the night the moon was split it was written about on this temple, therefore this is proof that the splitting of the moon was not only sighted by the people of Mecca. Rather, it was sighted by those whom Allah had decreed for it to be sighted by.
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How Did Your Affair Begin, O Messenger of Allaah?
ad-Daarimee reported (1/8-9), and al-Haakim (2/616-617), and Ahmad (4/184) from `Utbah ibn Mas`ood as-Sulamee, and he was from the Companions of Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam), that he narrated that: A man said to Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam): “How did your affair begin, O Messenger of Allaah?”
So he said:
<< I was being taken care of by a woman from Banoo Sa`d ibn Bakr. So I went off with a son of hers along with some of our goats, and we did not take any provision along with us. So I said: “O my brother, go and bring us some provision from our mother.” So my brother went off and I remained with the goats. Then two white beings that were flying came, being as if they were two eagles. Then one of them said to the other: “Is it him?” The other one replied; “Yes”. So they hastened to me, took hold of me, and threw me upon the ground on my back. Then they split open my chest and extracted two black clots from it, and one of them said to his companion: “Bring me ice-water”, and he washed my insides with it. Then he said: “Bring me snow-water”, and he washed my heart with it. Then he said: “Bring me tranquillity”. And he planted it in my heart. Then one of them said to his companion: “Sew it up”, so he sewed it up and sealed it with the seal of Prophethood. Then one of them said to the other: “Place him upon a scale, and place a thousand of his nation upon another scale.” >>
Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said :
<< “So I saw a thousand people above me and feared that some of them were going to fall upon me.” He said: “If his whole nation were weighed against him he would outweigh them.” Then they went off and left me. >>
Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said:
<< And I became very afraid, and I went back to my mother and informed her of what I had experienced. So I wished that I had been mistaken for someone else. She said: “I entrust you to Allaah’s protection”. So she prepared a camel of hers for riding, placed me upon the saddle, and rode behind me until we reached my (true) mother. Then she said: “I have fulfilled my trust and my responsibility, and she told her what had happened to me, and this did not alarm her. She said: “When he came out from me I saw light which shone and revealed the palaces of Shaam.”>>
-Shaikh al-Albaanee said in “as-Saheehah” (no.373):
“…..this chain of narration is “hasan”… and this hadeeth has many witnesses…”
[Translated by Aboo Talhah Daawood ibn Ronald Burbank]
AsSalam Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu.
I was informed by a brother about the weakness of the story
This story has been weakened by Ath-Thahabee and there is a post on it on the forum of shyakh Maahir bin Thaafir Al-Qahtaanee here:
This story about “Istighfar” (seeking forgiveness from Allah) is from the life of Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal, who is considered as a renowned scholar of Islam and a famous theologian. Imam Ahmed is also considered to be the founder of the Hanbali school of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and is one of the most celebrated Sunni theologians, often referred to as the “Sheikh ul-Islam” or the “Imam of Ahl al-Sunnah.”
During his old age, while Imam Ahmed was travelling he stopped by a town. After the prayers, he wanted to stay for the night in the masjid yard because he didn’t know anyone in the town. Owing to his humility, he hadn’t introduced himself to anyone thinking that if he did, he would be welcomed by many people.
Failing to recognize Ahmed bin Hanbal, the caretaker of the mosque refused to let him stay in the mosque. As Imam Ahmed was quite old, the caretaker had to drag him out of the mosque. On seeing this, a baker from a nearby place felt pity for this man (Imam Ahmed) and offered to be the host to him for the night. During his stay with the baker, Imam Ahmed observed that the baker would constantly recite Istighfar (seek forgiveness from Allah). Imam Ahmed asked the baker if the constant practice of saying Istighfar had any effect on him. The baker responded by telling Imam Ahmed that Allah had accepted all of his duas (supplications), except one. When he asked him what dua was it that hadn’t been accepted, the baker replied that he had been asking Allah to provide him the privilege to meet the famous scholar Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal.
On this, Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal said that Allah had not only listened to his dua but had dragged him onto his (the baker’s) doorsteps. [Summarized from Al Jumuah magazine, vol 19, issue 7]
This story is a reminder of the power of saying Istighfar (seeking forgiveness) frequently. Let’s remember that the prophet used to say Istighfar frequently during the day.
Internet Source: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SalafisOfFlorida/message/171
Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab @ http://shaikhalbaani.wordpress.com
I had travelled to Aleppo from Damascus for da’wah and gave a lesson after which the people dispersed. Normally four to five people from our brothers, our friends, stay behind. [This time] another person stayed behind with them who I had never seen before. He was sitting there, far away from me. His stomach was like this, he was not overweight, slim, yet along with that his stomach was like this [i.e., sticking out].
I said to him, ‘What is this?’
He said, ‘This is ‘Rahmaaniyyah.’’ That was the first time I heard this word, [I heard it] there in Aleppo. I said, ‘What does Rahmaaniyyah mean?’
He said, ‘It means the skewers.’
I said, ‘So why did you come to me?’ I knew why. He said:
‘To show you our miracles [karaamaat].’
I said to him, ‘This is easy [to deal with].’ That day I had a two-sided blade with me to sharpen my pencil, each side was like this, small.
I said to him, ‘[If that’s the case], I’ll hit you with this blade using my hand.’
So he said, ‘[No], with my hand,’ i.e., he wanted to strike himself with the blade which I would give him.
So I said, ‘No, with my hand.’
He said, ‘With my hand.’ So the people started to look at these words being repeated by both sides, I was saying, ‘With my hand,’ and he was saying, ‘With my hand.’
‘With my hand.’
‘With my hand.’
‘With my hand.’
‘With my hand.’
‘With my hand.’
And I naturally was more patient than him because firstly, I knew I was upon the truth and secondly so many years have passed by me, as many as Allaah has willed, calling all types of people to the true religion of Allaah.
So he became tired and fed up.
[And when he did] the last thing he said was, ‘What’s the difference?’
I was saying to him, ‘With my hand.’ And he was saying to me, ‘With my hand. With my hand.’ Afterwards he got tired and became fed up, and said, ‘What’s the difference?’
I said, ‘If there is no difference, [then] with my hand.’ He then turned the topic on its head, and this is from their ignorance.
He called the person whose house it was, and his name was Abu Ahmad, he said to him, ‘O Abu Ahmad! Bring the brazier [i.e., a metal container for carrying hot coal, etc.].’
I understood what he meant and so I said, ‘O Abu Ahmad, don’t bring the brazier, bring a matchstick.’ Subhaanallaah, he was from the Sufis and they were used to wearing a white head covering without the head cord [iqaal, the round black cord Arabs wear to keep the head covering in place].
So he brought the matchstick. I lit it and got up going towards him and said, ‘You will denounce this false claim of yours or otherwise I will burn you.’
Miskeen, he was speechless, silent, not saying a single word.
I was moving towards him step by step until I came close to him–and I really put the matchstick onto his head covering, and it started to catch fire.
Then I took it and rubbed it against itself like this [i.e., put it out after having proved the falsehood of his claim], fearing that the sparks would increase, I [put it out] like this, and then said to him, ‘Go to those Shaikhs of yours and tell them:
‘These are the miracles [karaamaat] of the Salafis.’
Mawsoo’atul-Allaamah, al-Imaam, Mujaddidil-Asr, Muhammad Naasirid-Deen al-Albaani, of Shaikh Shady Noaman, vol. 3, pp. 965-972.
- The Devil’s Deception of Sufism – by Imaam Ibn Al-Jawzee
Source: Talbees Iblees: pg. 162-163 .Taken from Al-Ibaanah.com
- Statements of the People of Knowledge Regarding the Soofeeyah – [Part 01] – [Par 02] – [Part 03] – [Part 04] – Compiled & Translated By Abbas Abu Yahya
A View through Hijab – By Sister Khaula From Japan 10/25/1993 
“A view through Hijaab” is an informative account of life in Hijaab. Written by Khaula Nakata, it is the experience of Hijaab as seen through the eyes of a Japanese woman who embraced Islam.
My Story To Islam :
As most of the Japanese, I’d followed no religion before I embraced Islam in France. I was majoring in French Literature at the university. My favorite thinkers were Sartre, Nietchze and Camas, whose thinking is atheistic. At the same time, however, I was very interested in religion, not because of my inner necessity but of my love for the truth. What was waiting for me after death did not interest me at all; how to live was my concern(58). For a long time I had a sort of impression that I was not doing what I should do and I was wasting my time. Whether God existed or not was the same to me; I just wanted to know the truth and choose my way of life-to live with God or without God.
I started to read books on different religions except Islam. I had never thought that Islam was a religion worth studying. It was for me, at that time, a sort of primitive idolatry of the simple mind (how ignorant I was!). I made friends with Christians, with whom I studied the Bible, to come to realize a few years later the existence of God. But then I had to face a dilemma because I could not “feel” God at all, in spite of my conviction that he should exist. I tried to pray in church, but in vain. I felt nothing but the absence of God.
I then studied Buddhism, hoping I would be able to feel God through Zen or Yoga. I found as many things in Buddhism that seemed to be true as I had in Christianity, yet there were many things I could not understand or accept. In my opinion, If God exists, He should be for everyone(59) and the truth should simple and clear to everyone. I could not understand why people should abandon ordinary life to devote themselves to God.
I was really at a loss for what to do to reach the end of my desperate quest for God. It was then that I met an Algerian Muslim. Born and raised in France, he didn’t even know how to pray and his life was quite far from the ideal of a Muslim; nevertheless, he had very strong faith in God. However, his belief without knowledge irritated me and made me decide to study Islam. To start with, I bought a French translation of the Qur’an, but I could not read more than two pages. It seemed so strange and boring. I gave up my effort to understand it alone and went to the mosque in Paris to ask someone to help me. It was a Sunday and there was a lecture for women. The sisters welcomed me warmly. It was my first encounter with practicing Muslim women. To my surprise, I felt myself very much at ease with them, although I’d always felt myself a stranger in the company of Christians. I started to attend the lecture every weekend and to read a book given to me by one of the Muslim women. Every minute of the lecture and every page of the book were, for me, a revelation, giving me great spiritual satisfaction I’ve never known before. I had an excited feeling that I was being initiated into the truth. What was wonderful, Subhaanallah (Praise be to Allaah), was my feeling the presence of God very close to me while in the posture of Sajdah (prostration).
(57) Sister Khaula visited the Women’s Office of The Islamic Guidance Center in Buraidah, Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia on 10/25/1993. She shared this information with other Muslim Sisters in the Office. 1 found it important to share with our Muslim brothers and sisters the Story of Khaula’s coming to Islam followed by her experience and advice concerning the Hijab.
(58) This is the concern of so many people in the World and especially in the West or in countries dominated by Western culture. People become “workaholic” to keep up with more and more of what they want to have. The secondary things of today are the necessities of tomorrow! The Medium way described by the Creator, Allah, is ignored except by the few.(Dr.S. As-Saleh)
(59) Allah is the God of everyone. This thought translates that God must be one. There is no nationalistic belonging to God! Being the God of everyone, He does not command some people to worship Him alone while at the same time makes it permissible for others to set up rivals with Him in worship. This means that His worship must be one and that it is not up to us to define this type of worship. The way of worship belongs to the One and Only One True God, Allah. This constitutes His religion and He had named this way: Islam.
Khula’s Story with the Hijab :
“Two years ago when I embraced Islam in France, the polemic around the wearing of the hijab at school was very hot. The majority of people thought it was against the principle of the public school which should keep its neutrality towards the religion. I, who was not yet Muslim then, could hardly understand why they were worried over such a tiny thing as a small scarf put on the head of Muslim students…but, apparently, French people who had faced the serious problem of the increasing non-employment rate and the insecurity in big cities became nervous over the immigration of workers from Arab countries. They felt aggrieved by the sight of the hijab in their town and in their school.
As-Sadhaan said, “Shaikh Sameer az-Zuhairee who is from the students of the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, ‘I met up with some of the students of knowledge in Jordan one day. As was the norm in such gatherings, the Shaikh was mentioned and one of the people there started a sweeping attack on him due to the difference in methodology [between the two].
I saw no point in debating with this man due, firstly, to his lack of fairness, and secondly, his severe anger which took him beyond the limits of moderation. So I said to him, ‘If this is the image you have of the Shaikh–and he is not as you think him to be–then why don’t you give him some advice directly, because he is better than your backbiting and slander of him?’
He replied, ‘Al-Albaani does not accept advice.’
So I said, ‘Have you tried?’
‘I’ve never seen him, but this is unanimous about him,’ he said.
So I said to myself, ‘Subhaanallaah! This man has been affected to such an extent due to his Shaikhs without ever having searched for the truth himself or [without ever] having met the Shaikh even though they live in the same city and have been doing so for years!’
Later I organised a gathering of knowledge in the evening with the Shaikh [held] in my house and I called a whole group of students of knowledge. [I also called] this person who had spoken against the Shaikh–but I didn’t tell the Shaikh anything about that [incident].
Most of the gathering was monopolised by that man who argued with the Shaikh, raised his voice and was infuriated [at Shaikh Al-Albaani], to such an extent that it became apparent that I was angry and embarrassed [on behalf of the Shaikh]. When the Shaikh saw that on my face he turned to me smiling and said, ‘Don’t worry about it/don’t take it upon yourself.’
By Allaah, that smile never left the Shaikh’s face and he continued answering him with proofs from the Book and the Sunnah with great patience and an open heart, as was his habit, may Allaah have mercy on him.
At the end of the gathering the man stood up and said to the Shaikh, ‘I thank Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, that you had changed [already] and that I met you after this change!’
The Shaikh said, ‘And have you ever met me before today?’
‘No,’ he replied.
So the Shaikh pointed to one of the brothers from Syria who had accompanied him in [his call to] the Salafi da’wah, and who was, at that time, a guest of the Shaikh in Amman [Jordan], and said:
‘I have not changed. And this brother has accompanied me for more than twenty years in da’wah, and he knows that about me. Either way, may Allaah reward you with good, and as for me, then I ask you to forgive me if I have wronged you in anything. And I ask Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, to forgive me if I have wronged any one from the Muslims.’
Then he started crying, may Allaah have mercy on him.
And then that person [who had been angry at the Shaikh] could do nothing except cry too, and he started to kiss the Shaikh’s hand and head.
And I never knew him after that to be anything except a Salafi, following [the proofs], who loved the Shaikh and honoured him greatly.’
Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Duroos, wa Mawaaqif, wa Ibar, of Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Abdullaah as-Sadhaan, pp. 158-159.
Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab @ his blog http://shaikhalbaani.wordpress.com/
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Inalhamdulillahi Rabbil ‘Alamin
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Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
Reviling the Sahaabah falls into three categories:
1 Reviling them by saying that most of them were kaafirs or that all of them were evildoers. This is kufr because it is a rejection of the praise of Allaah and His Messenger for them and their approval of them. The one who doubts that such a person is a kaafir is himself a kaafir, because this view implies that those who transmitted the Quraan and Sunnah were kaafirs or evildoers.
2 If he reviles them by cursing them, then there are two scholarly views as to whether he is a kaafir. According to the view that he is not a kaafir, he is still to be flogged and imprisoned until he dies or recants what he said.
3 If he reviles them in a way that does not reach the level of doubting their religious commitment, such as saying that they were cowardly or miserly. He is not a kaafir, but he should be given a disciplinary punishment (tazeer) to serve as a deterrent. This was stated by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah in al-Saarim al-Maslool, where he narrates on p. 573 that Ahmad said: It is not permissible for anyone to mention any of their bad qualities or to criticize any of them for a fault or shortcoming. Whoever does that should be disciplined, then if he repents all well and good, otherwise he should be flogged in prison until he dies or recants.
Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen (5/83, 84).
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
Reviling the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) is not only an insult against the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them), rather it is an insult against the Sahaabah, against the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), against the laws of Allaah and against Allaah Himself, may He be glorified and exalted.
- As for its being an insult against the Sahaabah, that is clear.
- As for its being an insult against the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), that is by suggesting that his companions, confidants and successors as rulers of his ummah were among the worst of people.
It is also an insult against the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in another sense, which is that it is a rejection of what he said about their virtues and good qualities.
- As for it being an insult against the laws of Allaah, that is because the intermediaries in the transmission of the shareeah from the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to us were the Sahaabah. If they were not of good character, then the shareeah that they transmitted cannot be trusted either.
- As for it being an insult against Allaah, may He be glorified, that is by suggesting that He sent His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to the worst of mankind and chose them to be his companions and to convey his shareeah to the ummah.
Look at the serious issues that are implied by reviling the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them).
We disavow the way of these Raafidis who revile and hate the Sahaabah. We believe that loving the Sahaabah is obligatory and that refraining from speaking ill of them is obligatory. Our hearts praise be to Allaah are filled with love for them, because of the faith and piety that they had, and because they spread knowledge and supported the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).
And we disavow the ways of the Naasibis (such as the Khawaarij) who revile the Ahl al-Bayt in word or deed.
Majmoo Fataawa al-Rasaail Ibn Uthaymeen (8/616).
Ibn Hajar al-Haytami (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
The imam of his age, Abu Zarah al-Raazi one of the greatest of Muslim shaykhs said:
If you see a man criticizing any of the companions of the Messenger of Allaah, then you should know that he is a heretic, because the Messenger is true, the Qur’aan is true, and what he brought is true. All of that was transmitted to us by the Sahaabah, so whoever criticizes them is intending to prove that the Quraan and Sunnah are false. So he is the one who most deserves to be criticized and the ruling that he is a heretic who has gone astray and is a liar and evildoer is more apt.
Al-Sawaaiq al-Muhriqah (2/608).
Looking for the faults of Sahabah
Q 2: What do you think of a group of people who searches for the defects of the Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet), disparages them, and accuses them of debauchery, niggardliness and cowardliness? They even claim that the Sahabah differed in their `Aqidah (creed). Please advise about the `Aqidah of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah (those adhering to the Sunnah and the Muslim main body) concerning the Sahabah and defending them against slander. How should Muslims behave towards this group of people? May Allah guide them to the truth.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, Do not abuse my Companions, for by Him in Whose Hands my life is, if anyone of you spends gold equal to Uhud (in Allah’s Cause) it would not be equal to a Mud (a dry measure of half bushel, 543 grams) or even a half Mud spent by one of them.
Allah (may He be Exalted) states regarding the Muhajirun (Emigrants from Makkah to Madinah) and the Ansar (Helpers, inhabitants of Madinah who supported the Prophet),Surah Al-Hashr, 59: 10 And those who came after them say:
“Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who have preceded us in Faith, and put not in our hearts any hatred against those who have believed. Our Lord! You are indeed full of kindness, Most Merciful.”
It is impermissible to dispraise any of the Sahabah. We love them, ask Allah to be pleased with them, and seek Allah’s forgiveness for them. Whoever abuses them or dispraises them, is nothing but a misguided Mubtadi` (one who introduces innovations in religion).
May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!
Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah Al Al-Shaykh , Salih Al-Fawzan , Bakr ibn `Abdullah Abu Zayd
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