All perfect praise is for Allaah alone. We beseech His peace and blessings upon Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
In continuation, Shaykh al-Albaanee said, after briefly mentioning the positive and negative application of his statements which was misconstrued by Rosheed Mustopha and his boss, “I WILL GO BACK TO THE STATEMENT THAT THE MU’TAZILITES AND THE KHOORIJTES COINCIDE IN SOME OF THE ISSUES IN WHICH THEY WENT ASTRAY, AND THEY DISAGREE ON SOME. FOR EXAMPLE, THE KHOORIJITES AGREE WITH THE MU’TAZILITES ON THE POSITION THAT THE QUR’AAN IS CREATED. THE IDEAS COINCIDE. AND AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, THE SCHOLARS OF HADEETH DID NOT DECLARE THE KHOWAARIJ TO BE DISBELIEVERS. THEN HOW DO WE COMBINE THE IDEAS IN OUR MIND, THAT ONE WHO DENIES A PRINCIPLE OF BELIEF IS A DISBELIEVER, AND ONE WHO MAKES AN INNOVATION IN ‘IBAADAH IS A FAASIQ (SINNER); AND WE HAVE THE LEADERS IN THE SCIENCE OF THE NARRATION OF HADEETH NARRATING FROM THE MU’TAZILITES AND THE KHOORIJITES, IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT THEY CONTRADICT THE AUTHENTIC ‘AQEEDAH IN A NUMBER OF ISSUES. THOSE WHO SAY THAT ALLAAH’S SPEECH IS CREATED WILL ALSO DENY SEEING ALLAAH IN THE NEXT LIFE. THAT DENIAL ALONG WITH THE PREVIOUS DENIAL MAKES OUR PREVIOUS DEFINITION APPLICABLE TO THEM. IT IS DISBELIEF. BUT NOT EVERYONE WHO FALLS INTO AN ACT OF DISBELIEF HAS BECOME A DISBELIEVER. HOW DO WE RATIONALIZE THE FACT THAT THE LEADERS OF HADEETH SCHOLARS OF THE SALAF, LIKE IBN TAYMIYYAH AND IBN AL-QOYYIM, RULED THAT THE KHOORIJITES AND MU’TAZILITES WERE ASTRAY, WITHOUT ANY DOUBT, BUT THEY DO NOT REFER TO THEM AS BEING DISBELIEVERS, APOSTATES FROM THEIR RELIGION? BECAUSE THEY LAY DOWN THE PRINCIPLE OF THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE ISSUE WAS CONFUSED TO THEM FIRSTLY; AND THAT THE EVIDENCE WAS NOT BROUGHT AGAINST THEM, SECONDLY. LET US RETURN TO THE BASICS OF OUR ORIGINAL SUBJECT THAT THOSE PEOPLE WERE INNOVATORS. BUT WE DO NOT KNOW IF THEY INTENDED OR WAS EVIDENCE OF THEIR ERROR BROUGHT TO THEM, ETC. AND THAT IS THE METHODOLOGY OF THE SCHOLARS. THEY RULE THAT THE MU’TAZILITES WERE ASTRAY, AND THE KHOORIJITES WERE ASTRAY, AND THE ASH’ARITES WERE ASTRAY IN A NUMBER OF ISSUES, BUT THEY DO NOT DECLARE THEM TO BE DISBELIEVERS. THEY DO NOT EXPEL THEM FROM THE CIRCLE OF ISLAAM BASED ON THE POSSIBILITY WHICH WAS MENTIONED EARLIER. THEY GO BACK TO TWO ISSUES. I’LL MENTION THEM AGAIN. THE FIRST IS THAT THEY DID NOT INTEND AN INNOVATION AND CONTRADICTION. SECONDLY, WE DO NOT KNOW WHETHER THE EVIDENCE, PROOF OF THEIR ERROR, WAS BROUGHT TO THEM IN A CONVINCING WAY OR NOT. THEREFORE, THEIR JUDGEMENT IS LEFT TO ALLAAH, AND FOR US IS THE OUTER JUDGEMENT WITH REGARDS TO THEM, WHICH IS THAT THEY ARE MUSLIMS, AND THEY DIED BELIEVING IN ISLAAM, AND THEY WERE BURIED IN THE GRAVEYARDS OF THE MUSLIMS. THEREFORE, THEY ARE MUSLIMS.” This explanation is very clear and self-explanatory. It is just a repetition of the principle which led to the positive and negative declaration which was explained in the earlier posts. We can only ask Rosheed and his strayed teacher a number of questions here. One, why do you just prefer to steal a line from this lengthy conversation and run away from all these clear explanations? Isn’t that ‘ojoro’ of the highest order? What is the similarity between your ‘aqeedah and the ‘aqeedah of Shaykh al-Albaanee regarding declaring all innovators as Kuffar? He beliefs, just as the other scholars of hadeeth belief, that the mu’tazilites were astray, and the khoorijites were astray, and the ash’arites were astray in a number of issues, but they are not to be declared as disbelievers??? How is that? Bunch of ignoramuses displaying that ‘tatment’ and ‘grammer’!
Shaykh Muhammad Noosirudeen al-Albaanee then continued by mentioning and explaining one hadeeth related to the issue. He said, “NOW I’D LIKE TO CLOSE THE DISCUSSION ON THIS ISSUE WITH A HADEETH WHICH WILL POINT YOU TO WHAT I MENTIONED EARLIER, THAT NOT EVERYONE WHO DOES AN ACT OF DISBELIEF, OR BELIEF HAS BECOME CONFUSED TO HIM, BECOMES A DISBELIEVER. I MEAN BY THAT A HADEETH IN SOHEEH BUKHOOREE NARRATED BY TWO GREAT COMPANIONS OF THE PROPHET, ABOO SA’EED AL-KHUDREE AND HUTHAYFAA IBN AL-YAMAAN. THEY SAID THAT ALLAAH’S MESSENGER SAID, “THERE WAS A MAN AMONG THOSE WHO WERE BEFORE YOU WHO WAS ON HIS DEATHBED AND HE GATHERED HIS CHILDREN AROUND HIM. HE SAID TO THEM, “WHAT KIND OF FATHER WAS I TO YOU?” THEY REPLIED, “THE BEST OF FATHERS.” HE SAID, “I HAVE NEVER DONE A SINGLE GOOD DEED. SO WHEN I DIE, BURN ME, CRUSH MY BODY, AND SCATTER THE RESULTING ASHES ON A WINDY DAY.” HIS SONS DID SO, BUT ALLAAH GATHERED HIS PARTICLES AND ASKED HIM, “WHAT MADE YOU DO SO?” HE REPLIED, “FEAR OF YOU.” SO ALLAAH FORGAVE HIM. THERE’S A QUESTION: DID THIS MAN DISBELIEVE BY HIS STATEMENT “IF ALLAAH WERE ABLE TO GET HOLD OF ME” OR DID HE NOT DISBELIEVE? HE DISBELIEVED, BUT ALLAAH FORGAVE HIM. AND WE KNOW FROM THE NOBLE QUR’AAN THAT ALLAAH WILL NOT FORGIVE ANYONE WHO ASSOCIATES PARTNERS TO HIM, AND HE FORGIVES ANYTHING LESS THAN THAT FOR WHOMSOEVER HE WISHES. HOW DO WE UNDERSTAND THIS HADEETH IN LIGHT OF THE OBVIOUS MEANING OF THE QUR’AAN? THAT HE DOES NOT FORGIVE ONE WHO ASSIGNS HIM PARTNERS INTENTIONALLY. WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF THAT CONDITION? IT IS CORRECT, BUT IS IT IN THE VERSE? NO, IT ISN’T. WHERE DID WE GET IT FROM? THIS IS THE SHAREE’AH. IT IS NOT TAKEN FROM A SINGLE HADEETH OR FROM A SINGLE VERSE, BUT IS TAKEN FROM A COMBINATION OF ALL THAT IS RELEVANT TO THE ISSUE. CONSEQUENTLY, IT IS NOT ONLY IN FIQH THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO COMBINE ALL OF THE RELEVANT TEXTS UNTIL WE KNOW THE ABROGATING AND THE ABROGATED TEXT, AND THE GENERAL FROM THE SPECIFIC, AND THE UNCONDITIONAL FROM THE CONDITIONAL, ETC. IN FACT, THIS IS MUCH MORE NEEDED IN THE CASE OF ‘AQEEDAH. WHEN THE SCHOLARS EXPLAINED THE VERSE “VERILY, ALLAAH WILL NOT FORGIVE ANYONE WHO ASSIGNS PARTNERS TO HIM”, THEY DO NOT GET THESE DETAILS USUALLY, BECAUSE THE ISSUE TO THEM IS QUITE CLEAR, IT DOES NOT REQUIRE THESE KINDS OF DETAILS. BUT WHEN PROBLEMS AND CONFUSED ISSUES ARISE AT THIS TIME, THE SCHOLAR IS REQUIRED TO EXPLAIN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT HE HAS. SO THIS MAN WHO MADE A WILL (I.E. IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED HADEETH) DID NOT IMAGINE THAT IT CONTAINED INCOMPARABLE WRONG AND MISGUIDANCE. HE SOUGHT TO HAVE HIMSELF BURNED IN ORDER TO HIDE FROM HIS LORD, WHILE ALLAAH SAID: “HE PUTS FORTH FOR US A PARABLE, AND FORGETS HIS OWN CREATION. HE SAYS: ‘WHO WILL GIVE LIFE TO THESE BONES WHEN THEY HAVE ROTTED AWAY AND BECOME DUST?’ SAY: ‘HE WHO CREATED THEM THE FIRST TIME WILL GIVE LIFE TO THEM. AND HE IS ALL-KNOWING ABOUT EVERY CREATION’.” AND AFTER THAT, OUR LORD FORGAVE HIM. WHY? BECAUSE DISBELIEF HAD NOT ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF THAT INDIVIDUAL. IT IS ONLY THAT HE IMAGINED HIS SINS BEFORE ALLAAH AND HIS FEAR OF HIM AND THAT IF ALLAAH REACHED HIM, HE WOULD GIVE HIM A VERY SEVERE PUNISHMENT. THIS FEAR AND HUMILITY BLINDED HIM FROM THE CORRECT ‘AQEEDAH, AND SO HE MADE THAT WILL. AND THE HADEETH IS CLEAR IN THE WAY IN WHICH HE TOLD HIM, “GET UP BECAUSE I HAVE FORGIVEN YOU.” May Allaah have mercy upon this Shaykh for this beautiful explanation; there is no need to stress it further.
Shaykh al-Albaanee continued by explaining the reasons why Sayyid Qutb cannot be declared as a Kaafir, an explanation which refutes the claim of Rosheed and Muhammad ‘Aliyy Jabata that he (Sayyuid Qutb) is a kaafir. This has been previously mentioned and explained. He continued, “AND CERTAINLY, WE DO NOT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN INNOVATIONS IN ‘AQEEDAH AND INNOVATIONS IN ACTS OF WORSHIP. BOTH OF THEM ARE EITHER MISGUIDANCE OR THEY ARE DISBELIEF. PERHAPS THIS ANSWER IS SUFFICIENT, O ABOO ‘ABDUR-RAHMOON.” Shaykh Albaanee mentioned the same thing he clarified in the beginning of the conversation that it is wrong to differentiate between innovations in ‘aqeedah and innovations in acts of worship claiming that it is only innovations in the acts of ‘aqeedah that is capable of taking a Muslim out of the fold of Islaam. He meant by this that there are innovations that are just misguidance and there are innovations that are disbelief in both issues of ‘aqeedah and issue of ‘ibaadah. This is also a slap on the face of Rosheed and his strayed teacher. Therefore, this conversation is not in anyway supporting your Khowaarij ideology of ‘every bid’ah takes the doer out of the fold of Islaam.’ We ask Allaah to make you know that you’re upon a path of destruction before it gets late.
To be continued…
I beseech Allaah to show us the truth as being the truth and to 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