Questioner: (One), why haven’t the Salafis come together to form the ideal Jamaa’ah? (Two), do you not realize that by not coming together we cannot propagate Islaam effectively…?
Ustaadh Ibroheem bn ‘Abdurrouf (hafidhohuLlaah): If the coming together is as was explained (that is), cooperating to get things done, we gave an example typically (regarding this); there is no blame about that, but groupism and factionalism is not part of the Deen. Allaah says, ‘And hold firmly to the rope of Allaah all together and not become divided…’ [Soorah Aali ‘Imroon (3):103] Okay, He (the most High) says, ‘And let there be (arising) from you a nation inviting to (all that is) good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be the successful.’ And do not be like the ones who became divided and differed after the clear proofs had come to them…[Soorah Aali ‘Imroon (3):104-105] The scholars say Allaah told us in the verse about the importance of Da’wah and in the second verse He is saying that yes even if you must do not Da’wah, it does not imply that you must break yourselves into factions, and groups, and sects, because you want to make Da’wah. So these two things must go hand in hand. In making the Da’wah we must make it in the manners that are acceptable in the Sharee’ah, else, we will just be wasting our time; we will be doing what we have not been sent to do in the manner we have not been sent to do it. So these two things go hand in hand. In the name of wanting to make Da’wah we must not become sects and groups.
(As for) why don’t the Salafis come together? Firstly, this word ‘Salafi’; there is no Salafiyyah group as it is been conceptualized now I think in the mind of the way the question has come. And that is what the brother had explained that we are just making it, because the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) had mentioned Firqatun Naajiyah. It is just like saying, ‘Ahlus sunnah wal Jamaa’ah’; it is the group that is going to succeed. We know all these ahadeeth regarding one group not falling into fire. So this is all about it. But the fact that the group now comes and then there is an Imaam on it who heads it, there are two explanations the scholars have given. Don’t forget that we are in a difficult situation; we are not going to mention anything except what the scholars have mentioned. Do we understand? Else, we will be running contrary to the attitude of Hudhayfah Ibn al-Yaman that he had taught us and (which) we have mentioned on and on in this program.
The first explanation to that, is that there are some regions that belong to the Muslims, and that the Muslims in some of these regions have accepted their leader as the leader amongst them, (and) that these kinds of communities can be considered also as Jamaa’ah, a group of Muslims, and that such Jamaa’ah, such groups, should not be worked (rebelled) against, because the Fitnah that is feared when someone rebels against Jamaa’at al-Muslimeen is also feared when someone rebels against that kind of a government. It means the government has authority and the authority is the one that is recognized in the Sharee’ah. Do we understand? The authority, groups of Muslims in a region; don’t forget (that) Jamaa’at al-Muslimeen is the group of Muslims who agree that someone should be their leader. The person is their leader and is leading them. If you rebel against that person, maybe two thousand of you rebel against the person, we seek refuge with Allaah; (if you) rebel against that leader, the blood that you fear that should not be spilled when you rebel against the Ameer of all the Muslims all over the world (is) the same thing (that) will still happen. So it means that that government, that leadership of those Muslims in the regions of the world, it has authority to establish Islaam, to establish the rules, to establish whatever it wants to establish. So the relationship of the Muslims with that kind of a regional government will be a relationship that we should give to the Ameer of the Muslims. Many scholars said this in their books. One of them ‘AbduLlaah Ibn Sarji; (he is) one of the scholars, he mentioned this. Shaykh Khalid al-Anbari, he mentioned it; (as for) Shaykh ‘Aliyy Hasan ‘AbdulHameed, he also mentioned it in his book, ‘Ad-Da’watu ilaLlaah’. (As for) Shaykh Soolih Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen, that is his Fatwa; Shaykh Ibn Baaz, that is his Fatwa too. (They agreed) that we cannot rebel against that kind of a region. So that is one explanation for the Jamaa’at al-Muslimeen regarding today and getting a leader to come up amongst them.
The other explanation is, but that if the leader must be one that all the Muslims all over the world will come under, this one only Allaah knows when he is going to bring it as it is said in the hadeeth of Nu’maan Ibn Basheer in Musnad Imaam Ahmad. He said between the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and the last Day there are five periods. He mentioned the period of Nubuwwah (Prophethood), he mentioned the period of Khilaafah ala manhaj Nubuwwah (Khilafah on the way of the Prophet), he mentioned the period of Mulkan Aa’dan (rulers holding onto power, or inheritance rule), and then he mentioned the period of Mulkan Jabriyyah (coercive rule) and he says for each of them Allah will remove each of these periods whenever he likes to remove it. That is, there is period of the Prophet (sollaLoohu ‘alayhi wa sallam), Allaah will take His Prophet whenever He wants to take him. There will be Khilaafah ala manhaj Nubuwwah (Khilafah on the way of the Prophet), Allaah will make it exist for as long as he wants to make it exist and he will remove it whenever he wants to remove it. And the same thing applies to the Kings and …unclear word.., Allaah will make them exist for as long as He wants them to exist and He removes them whenever He wants them to be removed. And then, there will be period of colonialism. This is the period we are now, because most of the nations of Islaam are under colony and most of the Muslims are colonized. So he said Allaah will remove this colonialism whenever he wants to remove it; so ours is to do what He says we should do and remain until His comfort comes. He says, ‘Allaah has promised those who have believed among you and done righteous deeds that He will surely grant them succession (to authority) upon the earth…[Soorah An-Noor (24):55] They will be made leaders on the surface of the earth. Who will make them leaders? Allaah. When will he make them (leaders)? We don’t know, because He will make them leaders for as long as He wishes and lift it up when He wishes. Do we understand? Allaah knows best.
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