Very few people are given the grace, wisdom and sincerity to differentiate between an individual being resolute in praising and proudly choosing the blessed way and methodology of the Salaf on one hand and arrogantly eulogizing oneself personally on the other hand. One is praise-worthy firmness and the other is blameworthy self-righteousness.
Many people innocently confuse the first for the second. Some, however, deliberately make the first look like the second when people ascribe themselves to it and that is either to disparage the methodology itself because it is antithetical to their own chosen way or simply to disparage some individuals associated with it and with whom they have a running feud.
In all situations, we say as Sheikh Al-Albaanee said without mincing words:
“إذا سئلنا عن مذهبنا ومذهب مخالفنا؟ قلنا وجوبا: مذهبنا صواب يحتمل الخطأ ومذهب مخالفنا خطأ يحتمل الصواب وإذا سئلنا عن معتقدنا ومعتقد خصومنا قلنا وجوبا: الحق ما نحن عليه والباطل ما عليه خصومنا” (من كتاب الحديث حجة بنفسه)
“When asked about our way in comparison with the ways of others, we say: ‘Emphatically, our way must be the authentic way with the possibility of error (from us), and the way of the others is the erroneous way with the possibility of correctness (in some of their actions).”
However, just as our brother, Ibnu Abdillah As-sudaisiy said, it is from the whispering of Shaytan for any individual to think that he is personally better than other Muslims. As for our chosen path of Salafiyyah, it is as Al-Albaanee describes it above, certainly the best, and saying that one is seriously committed to it after choosing it is no arrogance or self-praise (تزكية النفس); otherwise, we should not have chosen it.
Written by: Sheikh Murtado Adedokun, Hafidhahullah.
Date: Thursday 03-09-2020
Speaker; Ustãdh Abū Abdillahi Abdirrozaaq bn Hassan Ejigbo(May preserve him upon goodness and protect him from all evils)
Topic: Indispensable explanation regarding three books of Ibn Taymiyyah.
JazākumuLlāhu Khoiron: [“One who guides to something good has a reward similar to that of its doer” – Soheeh Muslim vol.3, no.4665]
When the three sheikhs of Salafiyyah, Abdullah Bun Baaz, Al Albaanee and Ibnu ‘Uthaymeen who were all giants and contemporaries disagreed on matters of the Deen, it was easy to know by reading their individual works on the disputed matter even if it was as little as where to place the hands on rising from the rukoo’ or the legal ruling on the face veil. Once it was clear to them what a man had said and intended by his saying, no special conferences for permission were first held to reassure one another that a refutation was not being done to pull down somebody or cause disunity in the Salafee ranks even though Bun Baaz remained the exalted grand mufti of the Kingdom till death.
To all three, as to the earlier blessed scholars before them, the truth was more sacred and they were not intoxicated by their own personalities nor overwhelmed by others the fear of displeasing whom would seal the lips to maintain misconceived “salafi unity”. What colossal personalities indeed they all were till death! May Allah forgive them all.
No doubt, the uproar and discontent that greets every semblance of disagreement with any popular daa’iyah on our local terrain of Salafee da’wah cannot all be from our greater praise-worthy concern for the truth, especially when there has been no insult of any kind to the person being refuted, and more especially when it is noted that the strange principles of first holding a tryst on every item of disagreement is often violated by those who advocate it and whose personalities we often seek to massage with our misplaced indignation that ends up fanning unfortunate embers.
Truly, some matters are insignificant enough to be overlooked, but once a daa’iyah has chosen to make a big issue and point of public focus of them, they may not remain so and that may justify appropriate responses before they snowball into worse than an appropriate refutation would cause. However, we get to see the refutations before the worse evils that might follow otherwise.
To all advocates of unity and harmony, let us all meet at the ground of the truth. As far as we’re concerned, those we refute remain very much our brothers. A person does not become less of a brother by refutation as by how he takes it. May the prime position of the truth never dwindle in our eyes.
Weitten by: Sheikh Murtado Adedokun, Hafidhahullah.