Disinformation about Salafiyyah, Where Does It Come From?
Shaykh, Dr. Aḥmad Bāzmūl, may Allāh safeguard him, wrote:
Disinformation about Salafīyyah comes from one of the following reasons:
(1): From the enemies of the people of the truth, the people of falsehood, they spread disinformation about Salafīyyah due to their hatred for and war against the people of truth. They spread this disinformation even if it contains biased lies and rumours.
They also make oppressive accusations and create false statements about the people of truth; they couple this with far-fetched interpretations and explanations of occurrences according to their desires. All with the purpose of deception and diversion from the truth.
(2): [From people] holding things to be from the Salafī methodology that in actuality are not from it. The actions of individuals, and their mistakes, that the Salafī methodology do not condone, are not to be attributed to Salafīyyah. And whoever attributes the mistakes of indivduals to Salafīyyah is oppressive and a liar.
(3): From disbelievers, polytheists and atheists who try to paint a tarnished picture of Islām; however, [they should be fair and propagate that] Salafīyyah is what the Messenger of Allāh, may exalt his mention and grant him safety, came with.
So, it is clear from what has preceded that the source of this disinformation is the people of innovation, desires and misguidance, especially the modern-day Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimīn) and Jama’ah al-Tabligh al-Ahbāb.1
(1) Taken from a lecture entitled: "Misunderstandings with Regard to the Salafī Manhaj"
Translated by Abū Ādam Finch