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A Great Principle

  Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymīyyah

Establishing clear principles defining the difference between the worship of those with īmān and the worship of those with nifāq (hypocrisy).

A Reply to the Claim That Ibn Taymīyyah Supported the Mawlid

   

A clear uncovering of the Ṣūfī plot to clip Shaykh al-Islām’s words and make it look as though he was in support of the mawlid. Here, the reader will find the true position of Shaykh al-Islām, unedited, along with a clear exposition of the Ṣūfī lies surrounding this issue.

Articulating the Intention

  Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymīyyah

This is a series of questions that were put to Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymīyyah in his Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá́ concerning articulating the intention aloud when beginning the Prayer.

ASFA Lies on Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah

   

Once again ASFA continues its legacy of lying upon the Scholars of Salafīyyah. Here they have claimed that Ibn Taymīyyah accepted ‘saints’ and ‘sainthood’.

Audio: The Danger of Those Who Sport the Garments of Ahl Sunnah Only to Lead the Salafīs Astray

 In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

  The Danger of Those Who Sport the Garments of Ahl Sunnah Only to Lead the Salafīs Astray

A lecture from the 2008 Toronto leg of the Holding on to Islām seminar. The one who destroys your house from the inside is worse and more dangerous than the one who tries to destroy your house from the outside; the same is true for the people of bidʿah who claim to be Salafī, who quote from some of the Salafī scholars etc., yet their aim is to destroy our ʿaqīḍah and our manhaj, leading us into the Fire. How should the Salafīs deal with these people? This lecture incorporates the works of Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madhkhālī, and other Salafī scholars of today. Ustadh Abū Khadījah also takes examples from the lives of the Ṣaḥābah and the scholars of the past.  


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Benefit: A Valuable Lesson from the Life of Ibn Taymiyyah and His Student

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī (حفظه الله) said: “Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn al-Qayyim (رحمهما الله) lived in a country ruled by kings, and although the country was deviant in its belief, worship, and laws, they never attacked its rulers with their swords; rather, they fought the Mongols under their country's banner.”

Source: Majmū‘ Kutub wā Rasāʾil wā Fatāwá Shaykh Rabīʿ al-Madkhalī, vol. 14, pg. 185.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Ibn Taymiyyah on Loving a Woman Unrestrictedly

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

  Ibn Taymiyyah: Anyone who attaches his heart to the creation for aid, provision or guidance will inevitably surrender his heart to it. He becomes enslaved to it (the creation) according to how much he is in need of it, even if—apparently—he seems to be the master and provider who is in charge of its affairs. The intelligent one looks at the reality of things, not its appearance.

If a man is (greatly) in love with a woman, even if she was permissible for him, his heart will remain in her captivity. She will be in charge of him and do with him as she pleases. Although he outwardly appears to be her master, because he is her husband, in reality, he is her captive and her possession, especially if she is aware of his unrestricted love and dire need for her, and that (he thinks) she is irreplaceable. 

Indeed, the captivity of the heart is worse than the captivity of the body, as the enslavement of the heart is worse than the enslavement of the body.

Source: Majmūʿ of ibn Taymiyyah (10/185)
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Refuting the Ḥabashī Doubts on Ibn Taymiyyah

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Asalāmu ʿAlaykum 


In an attempt to bring a follower of ʿAbdullāh al Habashi to the right path, I received the following response. Please refute the following claims they made so that I can send it back to the brother. Jazak Allāh Khair....

 1. There is blasphemy in Majmu Al Fatawa, volume number 4, page 374 on the right side, on the 4th line. Ibn Taymīyyah said: "Allāh firmly established himself on the throne and leaves a space beside Him for Prophet Muḥammad."   

2. Ibn Taymīyyah said: "Angels are the helpers of Allāh" and this is clear blasphemy because Allāh does not need anything. The logical proof is the one who needs something is imperfect, and the imperfect doesn't deserve to be worshipped. Also in Surat Āl-ʿImrān, āyah number 97, Allāh said which means: "Allāh does not need any of the worlds." This means: Allāh does not need anything. Also, Ibn Taymiyyah said: "The world (by its kind), exists without a beginning" and this is clear blasphemy because Muslim scholars judged as a blasphemer the one who believes the world is eternal. Among them are Al-Mutawalli (a Shafiʿī scholar), Qaḍi ʿIyāḍ  (Malikiyy scholar who died in the year 544 AH), Ibn al-Daqiq al-ʿĪd (who was famous for teaching both the Malikiyy and Shafiʿī schools, and died 702 AH), and the famous Ḥāfiẓ, Ibn Hajar al-Asqalaniyy.  

3. Ibn Taymīyyah is a blasphemer by him saying this: "10.1.2 HENCE ALLĀH'S ISTIWAA UPON HIS THRONE MEANS: That He is above and established upon it in a manner that befits Him. It is one of His Attributes that pertain to His Actions. And this is proven by the Book, the Sunnah, and the Consensus of the Salaf."  

4. First of all saying that He is above is blasphemy because the scholar Abū Manṣur al-Bagdadiyy who died in the year 429 AH, in his book Al-Farq Baynul-Firaq, conveyed the consensus that Allāh exists without a place, so that means Allāh has no above, or below, in front of, or behind, a left or a right. Also, Abū Jaʿfar at-Tahawiyy (d. 322 AH) wrote a famous book called 'Al-Aqidah At-Tahawiyyah he said in this book which means: "Allāh is supremely clear of all Boundaries, extremes, sides, organs and instrument. The six directions do not contain him, for these are attributes to all created things." This proves that what Ibn Taymiyyah said is false and blasphemy. Also, the Messenger of Allāh Prophet Muḥammad said:  O Allāh you are Ad-dhahir, there is not above you and you are al-Batin there is nothing underneath you" and now you're telling me that Ibn Taymiyyah is not a BLASPHEMER.

Bismillāh, wa al-hamdulilāh, wa al-ṣʿalátu wa-al-sʿalámu ʿalá rasūl Allāh, wa baʿd:  

The person who sent this e-mail has only regurgitated a few old doubts concocted by the Aḥbāsh. In shaʿ Allāh, this is a humble effort to shortly address these fallacies and shed some light on the underlying reason for this onslaught. Alhamdulillāh, books have been written in English and Arabic exposing the deviations of this group so the reader should try and refer back to them for a more detailed account. Why do the Ahbaash declare Ibn Taymīyyah and other scholars to be infidels? The reason is obvious. Ibn Taymīyyah, during his lifetime and later, through his writings, commanded the people to worship Allāh alone and shun all forms of Shirk. This treatment is not peculiar to Ibn Taymīyyah, and anyone who warns the people about supplicating to the dead and asking for their assistance will be treated in exactly the same fashion. Ask the noble brother ʿAbd al-Ḥafīz, a brother who has been a propagator of the Sunnah for many years in Philadelphia, USA, and who is currently the Imām of a well-known Sunni Masjid there, about the harm that some of the callers to Tawḥīd endured in Philadelphia at the hands of the Aḥbāsh.  

Why? 

Well, the founder of this movement condones and propagates these types of acts so anyone who warns against them is an obstacle in their path. The father of this movement, ʿAbdullāh āl-Ḥabashī, who was supposedly the Muftī of Ṣumālīa, even though most Ṣumālīs had never heard of him, said: “The problem with the people who pronounce takfīr upon anyone who practises tawaṣṣul and istigāthah with the Prophets and Awliyāʾ after their death and when not in their presence is their misunderstanding of the verses and aḥadīth that they rely on…”(Al-Maqālāt As-Sunniyyah 1st edition: 45). He also said: “It is obligatory not to rebuke the Muslim that says: ‘Help, O Messenger of Allāh.’ He should not be criticised” (Al-Dūr al-Mufeed: 194).   

The First Doubt: 

There is blasphemy in Majmūʿ al-Fatawá, volume number 4, page 374 on the right side, on the 4th line. Ibn Taymīyyah said: "Allāh firmly established himself on the throne and leaves a space beside Him for Prophet Muḥammad."   

1. This translation is inaccurate to say the least “..leaves a space beside Him for Prophet Muḥammad” is not mentioned anywhere in the quote that they allude to. If they are deliberately adding or twisting words, how can we rely on anything they claim without verification!  

2. Let us compare what Ibn Taymīyyah said to what they allege he said:  فقد حدث العلماء المرضيون وأولياؤه المقبولون أن محمدا رسول الله يجلسه ربه على العرش “If this is understood, then it (should be known) that reputable scholars and respectable Awliyaa have mentioned that Allāh will sit Muhammed upon the throne...” (Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá́: 4/374). 

3. It can be seen from the above quote that Ibn Taymīyyah was not elaborating on his belief in this issue; all he was doing is conveying the opinion of some scholars on this matter. If merely transmitting these words is blasphemy, then they have to accuse other illustrious scholars who committed no crime but relaying this opinion of the same thing and amongst them is Ibn Ḥajr al-ʿAsqʿalánī (Fat‘h: 11/435), Ibn Jarīr al-Tabarī (8/134-135), al-Dhahabī (al-ʿUlūʿ: 2/1180-1182) and others.

4. What does Ibn Taymīyyah actually believe? Ibn Taymīyyah believes that all the aḥadīth about this topic are fabricated and that we should not treat scholarly opinions like we do ḥadīth of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam). As highlighted by Ibn Taymīyyah, this statement is ascribed to Mujāḥid, the famous scholar of Tafsīr, but there is no authentic ḥadīth to support this. So do they accuse Mujāḥid, the famous Tābʿī Mufassir, who the actual statement was meant to have emanated from, of blasphemy as well? By Allāh, the scholars of the Muslims are not safe from these people’s vile tongues and bloody pens.  

Ibn Taymīyyah (Dār al- Taʿāruḍ 5/237-238) said: كحديث قعود الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم على العرش رواه بعض الناس من طرق كثيرة مرفوعة وهي كلها موضوعة وإنما الثابت أنه عن مجاهد وغيره من السلف “

Like the ḥadīth which mentions the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) sitting upon the throne. This has been narrated and ascribed to the Prophet by some people with many different chains of narration however they are all fabricated. This has only been authentically relayed from Mujāḥid and others from the scholars of the past.”  

Ibn Taymīyyah continues:لكن لا بد من الفرق بين ما ثبت من ألفاظ الرسول وما ثبت من كلام غيره“

It is incumbent to differentiate between what has authentically been reported from the words of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) and what has been authentically relayed from other than him…”  

5 Finally, whether the statement of Mujāḥid – about the Prophet sitting on the throne - is authentic or not, and some scholars state that it is not, it is impermissible to take this as part of the religion or creed because there is no proof for this in the Qurʾān or the Sunnah (Mukhtasir al-ʿUlūʿ: 19-21). 

The Second Doubt: 

Also Ibn Taymīyyah said: "The world (by its kind), exists without a beginning" and this is clear blasphemy because Muslims scholars judged as blasphemer the one who believes the world is eternal. Among them are al-Mutawallī (a Shafiʿī scholar), Qaḍī ʿIyāḍ (Malikī scholar who died in the year AH 544), Ibn al-Daqīq  al-ʿĪd (who was famous for teaching both Malikī and the Shafiʿī school and died AH 702), and the famous Hafiḍ Ibn Ḥajar al-Asqʿalánī.     

1.     “Glory be to You (O Allāh). This is a great lie.” (24:16)

The Aḥbāsh have once again just parroted the accusations of the adversaries of Ibn Taymīyyah like Muḥammad Zāhid al-Kawtharī and others who preceded him.  

2.     Ibn Taymīyyah, Minḥāj al-Sunnah (1/437-438), states: “But the Muslims and adherents to all other religions…state that everything besides Allāh is created and brought into existence after non-existence…” Similar words appear in other books like Dār aʿ-Tʿāruḍ (2/267), Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá́ (6/230) and the list could go on and on. 

  1. After reading these lines will they repent and correct their wrongdoing?
  2. The Aḥbāsh and their forefathers have distorted and twisted some of the words of Ibn Taymīyyah where he was refuting the rhetoric and philosophy used by a few of the deviant sects, some even use their arguments to justify their denial of some or all the attributes of Allāh. Thus Ibn Taymīyyah was compelled to extinguish their falsehood. Ibn Taymīyyah in various places in his books discusses these issues, which he himself described as difficult to comprehend and confusing to the mind (Minḥāj al-Sunnah (1/299)).  
  3. It suffices us to say that Ahl al-Sunnah believes that Allāh creates whatever He wills whenever He wills. 
  4. It is ironic that the Aḥbāsh invent this lie upon Ibn Taymīyyah to pronounce takfīr upon him but they defend individuals such as Ibn ʿArabī, the well-known ṣūfī, even though he expressed that the world has no beginning as reported by the scholars of his era (refer to Siyar ʿAlām al-Nubalá (23/48). The same Ibn ʿArabī who authored the book ‘al-Fuṣūṣ’ about which Al-Dhahabī said: “If (it is claimed) that this book contains no disbelief, then no disbelief exists in the world.”[1] 
  5. Why?
  6. The reason is because they hate the people who call mankind to worship Allāh alone without associating any partners.  And Allāh is the grantor of success.
  7. And Allāh is the grantor of success.

[1] Quotes and References were taken from the book Firqāt al-Aḥbāsh.
Prepared by Abū ʿAbdullāh

Benefit: Speaking Out against Innovators Is Hateful, Destructive and a Waste of Time?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

From the effects that the Ikhwān al-Muslimoon has had on the people is their claim that refutations are a fruitless pursuit that absorb the Muslim's time with something that hardens the heart and brings about no benefit. This viewpoint, which wasn't shared by the Imāms of the Salaf, has penetrated the hearts of some of the Muslims causing them to ignore or even hate warnings against innovation and innovators, not realising, that by this, they have opened themselves up to the calls to misguidance. It is a key focus of those who mix amongst Ahl al-Sunnah intending to bring the believer away from the manhaj of the Salaf. They utilise emotional arguments and convincing, bedazzling speech to convince him of their approach. Compare and contrast their ideas with that of the great Imām, Ibn Taymīyyah.


Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymīyyah, raḥimahullāh, said:

And the likes of the Imāms of innovations from the people of statements which contraḍīct the Book and the Sunnah or acts of worship which contraḍīct the Book and the Sunnahclarifying their condition and warning the Ummah against them is obligatory by agreement of the Muslims. This is to the point that it was said to Aḥmad Ibn Ḥanbal: ‘Is it more beloved to you that a man fasts, prays, and makes i’tikaaf or speaks about the people of innovations?’ He said: ‘If he stands and prays and makes i’tikaaf, then it is only for himself. If he speaks concerning the people of innovations, then it is for the Muslims; so this is better.’

So he clarified that the benefit of this is general for the Muslims in their religion, and it is from the perspective of jihād in Allāh’s path. Hence, (innovation brings about) the purging of Allāh’s path, His religion, His methodology, and His legislation. Warding off the injustice of these (innovators) and having enmity towards them due to that, is a communal obligation by agreement of the Muslims. Were there not one who Allāh establishes to defend (the religion from) the harms of these people then the religion would have been corrupted and its evil would have been greater than the evil of being seized by the enemy from the people with whom there is war. For these people, when they seize, they do not corrupt the hearts and that which they contain from the religion except at the end. As for those (innovators), they corrupt the hearts from the onset.1

[1] Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá, 28/231-232.

Translation by Raha Batts 

Benefit: The Creed of Ahl al-Sunnah Was Known Well Before the Emergence of the Four Imāms

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah mentioned:

The creed of Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah is an ancient creed which was known well before Allāh created Abū Hanīfah, Mālik, al-Shāfiʿī and Aḥmad. It was the creed of the Companions who received it from their Prophet. Therefore, whoever opposes this creed is considered an innovator with Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah.

Source: Minhāj al-Sunnah al-Nabawiyyah Vol.2, pg.601.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: The Innovator Always Hides the Truth and Fights the Truthful

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymīyyah:

You shall never find an innovator, except that he loves to conceal the texts that oppose him. He detests disclosing them, narrating them, speaking of them, and he detests those who do all that.1

1. Ibn Taymīyyah, Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá́ 20/161.
Translated by Umm Sufyān Fāṭimah

Benefit: Whoever Belies Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) Has Belied Every Prophet

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Ibn Taymīyyah (d. AH 728) said: 


Whoever believes in Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam), has indeed believed in every Prophet. And whoever obeyed him has indeed obeyed every Prophet. Whoever belied him, has indeed belied every Prophet. And whoever disobeyed him, has indeed disobeyed every Prophet.1 

The Most High, said: 

«Verily, those who disbelieve in Allāh and His Messengers and wish to make a distinction between Allāh and His Messengers (by believing in Allāh and disbelieving in His Messengers), saying: "We believe in some but reject others," and wish to adopt a way in between, they are in truth disbelievers.» 
[Sūrah al-Nisāʾ, 4:150]

And He, The Most High, stated: 

«Then do you believe in a part of the Scripture and reject the rest? Then what is the recompense of those who do so among you, except disgrace in the life of this world, and on the Day of Resurrection they shall be consigned to the most grievous torment. And Allāh is not unaware of what you do.» 
[Sūrah al-Baqarah, 2:85]

[1]  Ma`aarejal-Wuṣūl.  
Translated by Umm Sufyān Fāṭimah

On Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah

   

A brief biography of Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymīyyah, along with replies to many of the doubts that the enemies of Ahl al-Sunnah seek to cast upon this noble Scholar of Islām

The Danger of Those Who Sport the Garments of Ahl Sunnah Only to Lead the Salafīs Astray

  Abū Khadījah

A lecture from the 2008 Toronto leg of the Holding on to Islām seminar. The one who destroys your house from the inside is worse and more dangerous than the one who tries to destroy your house from the outside; the same is true for the people of bidʿah who claim to be Salafī, who quote from some of the Salafī scholars etc., yet their aim is to destroy our ʿaqīḍah and our manhaj, leading us into the Fire. How should the Salafīs deal with these people? This lecture incorporates the works of Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madhkhālī, and other Salafī scholars of today. Ustadh  Abū Khadījah also takes examples from the lives of the Ṣaḥābah and the scholars of the past.

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