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Fatāwá From the Imāms of Salafiyyah Concerning Rallies and Demonstrations

Al-ʿAllāmah ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbdullāh ibn Bāz, Al-ʿAllāmah Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn, Al-ʿAllāmah Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī

Rulings from three great scholars of their era on the issue of rallies and demonstrations. 

As for daʿwah by assassinations, fighting or striking, then this is not from the Sunnah of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), nor from the Sunnah of his Companions.

Allāh the Glorified and Exalted said,

“And do not kill a person whom Allāh has declared unlawful, except with due right.”
[Sūrah al-Anʿām, 6:151]

Allāh – the Lord of the Worlds – said, “And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell to abide therein, and the wrath and the curse of Allāh are upon him, and a great punishment is prepared for him. ”
[Sūrah al-Nisāʾ, 4:93]

Said Imām Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī (d.1420H) – raḥimahullāh, “We support everyone who calls for the refutation of those who come out against the Rulers, and those who encourage the Muslims in coming out against the Rulers.” [Fatāwá al-ʿUlamāʾ il-Akābir (p. 97)]

Said al-’Allāmah Ibn Bāz (d.1420H) – raḥimahullāh, “If anyone from amongst the callers in Algeria said about me that I said to them, ‘Assassinate the police, or use weapons in the call to Allāh,’ then this is wrong, it is not true. Rather, it is a lie!”

Said Imām Muḥammad Ibn Ṣāliḥ al-’Uthaymīn (d.1421H) – raḥimahullāh, “We view it obligatory upon them to put down their swords and to meet in peace.  And if not, then they must endure the continuance of those who fight and take wealth by force and rape the women.  Since they are responsible for it in front of Allāh the Mighty and Majestic.  And the obligation upon them is to come back.”

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Published: June 21, 2007
Edited: February 9, 2023

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