All perfect praise is for Allaah alone. We beseech His peace and blessings upon Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
In continuation of the explanations of the nonsensical statements made by Rosheed Mustopha (Aboo Ibeji) al-Khoorijee during his first public lecture after he was released from the Ilesha prison, he said, “Compulsion is the only impediment to be considered in the issue of kufr. I will read the statements of Muhammad Ibn ‘AbdulWahhab to you. (Talking to one of his ignoramus listeners, he said) Let me have that book. This statement is very interesting regarding the issue of kufr. You will understand it. The only impediment that will make you engage in kufr and yet won’t make you a kaafir is one, not two. There is no evidence they can find in this world. None! If you do an act of kufr or shirk and we fail to declare you as a mushrik after the conditions have been established (that what you did is indeed kufr), what will make us restrain from declaring you as a kaafir is compulsion. That’s all.” [Time: 1:41:56 – 1:42:28]
To start with, the issue of takfeer is not a child’s play as it is evident from the hadeeth of Aboo Hurayroh and other than him, wherein the Messenger of Allaah (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “If a man says to his brother, O Kaafir! Then SURELY one of them is such (i.e., a Kaafir).” [Soheeh al-Bukhooree]. This is from the reasons the scholars of Islaam have always warned the students to be careful regarding the issues of takfeer. A student, especially a beginner like Rosheed Mustopha (Aboo Ibeji) who hasn’t sat down with the ‘Ulamaa and the qualified students of knowledge in the Deen, should focus on acquiring beneficial knowledge and refrain from indulging in the issues of takfeer till he becomes ripe. Ibn Sireen (rohimohuLlaah) said, “This knowledge is the religion, so watch whom you take your knowledge from.” Shaykh Al-Fawzaan said, “The judgment of apostasy and expelling someone from the religion is only appropriate for the people of knowledge who are firmly grounded in knowledge, and the judges in the sharee’ah law courts, and those who are capable of giving legal verdicts. And this is just like the other matters, and it is not the right of every person, or from the right of those who are learning, or those who ascribe themselves to knowledge, but who have deficiency in understanding. It is not appropriate for them to make judgments of apostasy (upon others). [Maraaji’aat fee Fiqh il-Waaqi…(compiled by Abdullaah bn Muhammad ar-Rifaa’ee]
Rosheed Mustopha (Aboo Ibeji) made an unguarded statement saying, “there is NO evidence they can find in this world (to proof that there is another impediment of takfeer other than compulsion).” As a matter of fact, this is not a surprise because he has said statements heavier than this which I have exposed. He keeps on displaying his ignorance as he tries to show off. The Messenger of Allaah said, “Whoever shows off, Allaah will expose him.” [Narrated by al-Bukhooree and Muslim] It is, however, worth mentioning that the scholars differ as to whether or not the excuse of ignorance is to be considered in issues of ‘aqeedah, but I am with the people of knowledge who hold that ignorance is a valid excuse in the issues of ‘aqeedah with clear-cut evidences from the Qur’aan and Sunnah.
Shaykh Al-‘Allaamah Al-Faqeeh Aboo ‘Abdillaah Muhammad Ibn Soolih Ibn Muhammad Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen (rohimohuLlaah) after mentioning and expounding in details, the conditions of takfeer with battalions of evidences, said, “The barriers of takfeer are, one compulsion; if a person is forced to make an act of kufr, while his heart is at rest with Eemaan (faith), then this (person) cannot be deemed as a Kaafir due to the presence of this barrier. Allaah said, ‘Whoever disbelieves in Allaah after his belief except for one who is forced while his heart is secure in faith. But those who (willingly) open their breasts to disbelief, upon them is wrath from Allaah, and for them is a great punishment.’ [Soorah an-Nahl (16):106] Two, the act was done unintentional. This is a person who does not know what he said due to being extremely happy, sad, fearful, or any other instance similar to that. Allaah the Most High said, ‘…And there is no blame upon you for that in which you have erred but (only for) what your hearts intended. And ever is Allaah Forgiving and Merciful [Soorah al-Ahzaab (33):5]. [Majmoo’ al-Fataawa war-rosaail (3/52-55) via Tryingtofollowthesalaf.com]
Shaykh Muhammad Soolih al-‘Uthaymeen (rohimohuLlaah) was asked about the excuse of ignorance with regard to matters of belief; he replied, “Having different views concerning the excuse of ignorance is like any other fiqhi issue that is subject to different views. The difference may be in wording sometimes, by the way of applying the ruling to a particular person. In other words, all are agreed that a certain statement (made by the person in question) constitutes belief, or a certain action constitutes disbelief, or a failure to do something constitutes disbelief, but is the ruling applicable to this particular person, because the reason to apply the ruling to him is valid and there is no impediment, or is it not applicable because there are some reasons to indicate that the conditions of applying it are not met in his case, or that there is some impediment to doing so? Ignorance of that which makes one a disbeliever is of two types: The first type is when the individual does not believe in anything, and it has never crossed his mind that there is a (true) religion other than which he is following. In shar’i terms he is to be treated as he appears to be in this world; as for the hereafter in whatever way Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, wills, and Allaah knows best what they will do, but we know that he will not enter fire except for a sin that he commits, because Allaah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): “and your Lord treats no one with injustice” [al-Kahf 18:49]. Rather we said that he is to be treated as he appears to be in this world, which means that he is to be treated as a disbeliever according to shar’i rulings, because he is not a Muslim, so he cannot be treated as a Muslim. The reason why we said that the most correct view is that he will be tested in the hereafter is that there are many reports to that effect, which were quoted by Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) in his book ‘Tareeq al-Hijratayn’, when he discussed the eight view concerning the children of the mushrikeen [and their fate in the hereafter].
The second type is when there is ignorance on the part of an individual who is a Muslim, but he grew up believing in (or practicing) that thing that makes one a disbeliever and is never crossed his mind that it is contrary to Islaam, and no one advised him of that. Such a person is to be treated as a Muslim and in the hereafter his fate will be decided by Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted. That is indicated by the Qur’aan, the Sunnah and the words of the scholars. The evidence from the Qur’aan includes the following: “And never will your Lord destroy the towns (populations) until He sends to their mother town a Messenger reciting to them Our verses. And never would We destroy the towns unless the people thereof are zalimoon [al-Qasas 28:59] “Messengers are bringers of good news as well as of warning in order that mankind should have no plea against Allaah after the Messengers” [an-Nisa’ 4:165] “And We sent not a Messenger except with the language of his people, in order that he might make (the Message) clear for them. Then Allaah misleads whom He wills and guides whom He wills” [Ibraheem 14:4] “And Allaah will never lead a people astray after He had guided them until He makes clear to them as to what they should avoid” [at-Tawbah 9:115] “And this is a blessed Book (the Qur’aan) which We have sent down, so follow it and fear Allaah, that you may receive mercy. Lest you should say: ‘The Book was only sent down to two sects before us, and for our part, we were in fact unaware of what they studied.’ Or lest you should say: ‘If only the Book had been sent down to us, we would surely have been better guided than they.’ So now has come unto you a clear proof from your Lord, and a guidance and a mercy” [al-An’aam 6:155-157] And there are many similar verses which indicate that proof cannot be established except after knowledge had been conveyed and explained [SOURCE: Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid’s website]
According to the statements of Rosheed, compulsion is the ONLY impediment to be considered in the issue of takfeer; there is no excuse of ignorance. Going by his monhaj; who made it compulsory for him to utter those kufr statements? He said, “I read the Qur’aan till the Qur’aan (itself) almost became tired”. He also claimed that all the Muslims he has declared as kuffar are indeed kuffar before Allaah, making it clear that he isn’t infallible in deducing a ruling of such. This is his statement, “If I change my statements today, saying AlhamduliLlaah, do not be annoyed, you are now from the people of Sunnah; if I say that, are you believers before Allaah” The bottom line is that there was no compulsion on Rosheed when he said those kufr statements, loud and clear, and other impediments have been removed as explained in the earlier posts, save ignorance, which he and his followers wallow in, and which they do not consider in the issues of takfeer. I have given him the excuse of ignorance, but I still ask the Jabatawiyyoon, ‘Is Rosheed still supposed to remain as a Muslim to you by your monhaj?’ Don’t be hypocrites! Be just!
As for the apologists from them claiming that he had retracted those kufr statements, we ask them to produce the audio clip wherein he did so if they’re indeed truthful. Allaah says, “Except for those who repent and correct themselves and make evident [what they concealed]. Those one, I will accept their repentance, and I am the One who accepts repentance, the Merciful.” [Soorah al-Baqoroh (2);160]
We ask Allaah to guide Muhammad ‘Aliyy Jabata, his second in command (Rosheed Mustopha Aboo Ibeji) and every other person with their Khowaarij ideologies.
I beseech Allaah to show us the truth as being the truth and grant us its following, and to show us misguidance as misguidance, and to make it easy for us to abstain from it.
May prayers and peace be upon Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam), his respected households and companions, and on the generality of the Muslims till the end of time.
Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey