Questioner: Do you realize also that by calling ourselves Salafis we are also forming a group or a sect and you have explained to us that we should not join any group or sect?
Ustaadh Ibroheem bn ‘AbdurRouf (Aboo Noosir): JazakaLlaahu khayran. You know; when we were discussing Jamaa’atul Muslimeen we mentioned five opinions, and we discussed each of those opinions. Don’t forget that we said the first opinion is Jamaa’atu Sohaabah, that (is), the group of the companions and the one who is upon what the companions are upon. This is the first explanation of Jamaa’ah, and this is the meaning of Salafiyyah. If you say you are a Salafi, what you are saying is that; you are saying that, ‘I am upon what the companions were upon’, it is like putting the whole words in a single word. And this word is not just that today it started being used, the word is known in our Deen to refer to the people who affiliate themselves to the companions and the ways of the companions. So these are also Jamaa’atul Muslimeen.
And that was why when we were talking about when he (the Prophet) said even if you have to hold to (bite or eat) the root of a tree (you should keep away from all those different sects), we mentioned it that the explanation to this is also found in the hadeeth of Irbaad Ibn Saariyah. That is why the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘…stick to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided Khulafa, click to it with the molars’. This hadeeth is also talking about Salafiyyah; ‘what I am upon and my Companions’; and we quoted other statements. Even when the Jamaa’ah does not exist in having a Jamaa’ah and an Imaam, the Jamaa’ah based on that hadeeth of Irbaad that explains this other hadeeth of Hudayfah Ibn al-Yaman exists in the fact that there are people who are also on that path even when they have not come together to say, ‘O this is our Ameer.’ And that is one of the ways of following the hadeeth. So the one who holds on to the root of the tree (as to following that which the companions were upon) and is upon what the companions were upon is still on the Jamaa’ah based on the hadeeth of Irbaad Ibn Saariyah, and other ahadeeth that we had mentioned. Do we understand?
So to say I am Salafee and I am ready to cooperate with a Muslim (is not wrong), (this is) because (some) people can ask, ‘how are we going to do, for example, a village Da’wah, if we don’t have, for example, an organizational arrangement? How are we going to make Da’wah in the village? I want to make Da’wah in a village for example; I have Aboo Noosir; I have Aboo Juwayriyah; I have Abool Barokaat with me; and I can say okay let all of us go there. And because we are on a journey we can choose one of us to lead us. This is permissible in the Sharee’ah, because the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) mentioned in ahadeeth that let not any two of you move in a group on a journey except that one of you is their leader. This hadeeth is Hasan and it is reliable, judgment can be based upon it. So we can appoint one of us to lead us, and when we get there we will say one of us should preach to the people. (And when) we finish everybody (will) disperse; the person leaving in Kaduna goes to his Kaduna; the person leaving in Alakuko goes to Alakuko; the person leaving in Ikorodu goes to his Ikorodu. It is alright. But to now say okay this is the Ameer to whom we have bay’ah (allegiance) and then this is his secretary; whatever they say (is what we will follow, like) so and so Jamaa’ah will have a meeting tomorrow and then we begin to take all the time. This act does not have evidence. This is the difference between cooperating in the Sharee’ah and…(unclear word)…such that we begin to say to come and join our Jamaa’ah. You have to take the form and all these kinds of things people do that are indices of the Jamaa’ah as we know them today. Allaah knows best. I hope it is clear.
Ustaadh ‘AbdulGhaniy Jamaa’ah: What our brother is trying to tell us is that there is (a) difference between you ascribing yourself to the teachings of the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and his companions, and (the) way of our pious predecessors, and practicing what they are upon; and you calling yourself a name like Salafi. The one who calls himself a Salafi and you look at his deeds, his actions, his ‘aqeedah, his manhaj, and they contradict the ‘aqeedah of the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam), the manhaj of the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam), (and that of) the companions; such a person who calls himself a Salafi is not a Salafi. He is one of the people of desire. And that is why Shaykh Soolih al-‘Uthaymeen in his book, the Sharh of the 40 ahadeeth, the tob’ah of Maktabatul Eeman in Egypt, while he was explaining that same hadeeth of Irbaad bn Saariyah he said that there are …(unclear words)…He said the Jahmiyyah, the Mu’tazilah (the Khowaarij, and the Shee’ah), then later some groups also stood up like the Ikwaaniyyoon (that is) the Ikwaanul Muslimoon, then he mentioned the Salafiyyoon, then he mentioned the Tableegheeyyoon. So the Shaykh was describing those who are calling themselves Salafiyyoon, because when you take ascription to Salafiyyah as what you use to …(unclear word)…people and reject people; that is not the Sunnah.
Be upon what the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was upon and you cooperate with other Muslim groups where they are upon the truth. This is what is known as cooperation upon righteousness and piety. When you know that they are upon what is wrong in the Sharee’ah, you don’t do with them (that is, don’t cooperate with them). So the Shaykh also described those who are ascribing themselves to Salafiyyah. And the truth of this matter is that in Algeria, there is a group there, Jamaa’tu Salafiyyatu Li Da’watu wal Kitaab. They call themselves…(unclear words)…, but their own is that they do Daw’ah…(unclear words)…and they also…(unclear word) people. So…(unclear words)… Jamaa’atu Salafiyyah, the next thing is (to ask), ‘did the Prophet do this?’ ‘Did the Companions do this?’, if yes,…(unclear words)…, if no, then woe upon your Salafiyyah. So we are not calling to partisanship that you (have to) prefer calling yourself Salafiyyoon. (You should know) why you are calling yourself Salafiyyoon, as long as your act belies that you are not a Salafi, but a Khalafi. So whether you call yourself a Salafi, Ahlus Sunnah, Atharee…(unclear words)…The subject matter is what really matters. And Allaah knows best.
[SOURCE: THE TAPE TITLED, ‘AL FURQAAN@ There will be evil after this good Q&A’; TIME OF THE TRANSCRIBED QUESTION AND ANSWER, ’19:00 to 26:16’]
Compiled by Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey