Rejoinder To An Ikhwaaniy’s Description of Salafiyyah……

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There is a popular saying in this part of our world that if you don’t fight corruption ,corruption will not only fight you but also harm you. Very similar to this is the fact that if you don’t refute Hizbiyyah which is synonymous with Ikhwaaniyyah it will not only victimise you but also fabricate lies against Salafiyyah.

This fact is coming on the heel of a recent audio speech of one of the leaders of Al-Ikhwaan ul- Muslimoon ( The Muslim Brotherhood) and a graduate of one of the institutions in Saudi Arabia. In the said audio the man tried to describe Salafiyyah from a jaundiced or Ikhwaaniy stereotyped point of view. He created an imaginary Jabata figure or group in his mind , placed the toga of Salafiyyah on them and churn out many vituperations in the name of describing Salafiyyah. This is not unexpected from a staunch Ikhwaaniy. Hearing the opposite is what can lead to bewilderment.
Allaah says :

(یَـٰۤأَیُّهَا ٱلَّذِینَ ءَامَنُوا۟ كُونُوا۟ قَوَّ ٰ⁠مِینَ لِلَّهِ شُهَدَاۤءَ بِٱلۡقِسۡطِۖ وَلَا یَجۡرِمَنَّكُمۡ شَنَـَٔانُ قَوۡمٍ عَلَىٰۤ أَلَّا تَعۡدِلُوا۟ۚ ٱعۡدِلُوا۟ هُوَ أَقۡرَبُ لِلتَّقۡوَىٰۖ وَٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ خَبِیرُۢ بِمَا تَعۡمَلُونَ)
[Surat Al-Ma’idah 8]

O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.

Excoriation in the garb of advice he tactically accused the Salafiyyoon of many things they are free from.
Allaah says :

And those who harm believing men and believing women for [something] other than what they have earned have certainly born upon themselves a slander and manifest sin.
[Surat Al-Ahzab 58]

Highlighted below are some of his tactical accusations ,may forgive him and us :

He believes Salafiyyah has turned to an ax axing and halting the Da’wah that is already moving. This is really intriguing and we can only but go back to memory lane to debunk his prejudice. Before the advent of the Saudi professors and doctors the Da’awah was propagated in its pure form without the mixture of falsehood with truth. The Ikhwaan were recognized as epitome of laxity ,politics and are avoided like lepers by those who want to have their religion protected. In some tertiary institutions the Ikhwaan always fought tooth and nail,by hook or by crook with the MSSN on the right manhaj of Salafiyyah to be at the helms of affair until they attain their target. The same tussle reflected in most of the IVC organized by the B-Zone of MSSN. The Ikhwaan or Muslim Brotherhood in the name of CMT (…) through their clandestine ploys eventually succeeded in breaking the ranks of the MSSN where they carved out their IVC. However institutions such as OAU,Unilorin,FUTMINA among others remained firm against their shenanigans.

Unlike what the Ikhwaaniy mouthpiece said , that the Salafist do not have any impact in their family let alone their street. That they are unkind to their parents,children,neighbours and of no benefit their family etc. By Allaah this is a blatant lie that is far from the truth. This is really disheartening especially as it is coming from someone laying claim to knowledge. I can only enjoin him to fear Allaah and seek repentance in Him. Outside the walls of higher institutions were pure proselytization of Da’wah . Many weekly Halaqaat sprang up like that of DCL, Markaaz of Ahlis Sunnah in Amukoko, Iyana Ipaja ,Amuwo-Mile 2,Egbeda , Fola-Agoro,Ilupeju and beyond. All these were going on before the return of people like him. The deafening silence one is witnessing today from those who never condoned Hizbiyyah / Ikhwaaniyyoon in the not too distant past,from their university days and outside,is however worrying. May Allaah restore their courage and keep us all firm.

He also talked about Muwaazanaat ( a typical slogan of the Ikhwaan). He said no matter how bad someone may be he would have a good side that one must always mention when discussing his ills. Despite how logical this may seems it does not hold water in the face of a malicious person or someone that is being warned against according to the submissions of the righteous scholars of the past and present.
Khateeb al-Baghdaadiy said :

Naafi’u bn Ashraf said : it was usually said that among the punishment for a liar is never to accept his truth ” and I ( Khateeb ) say : ” Among the punishment for a sinner ,mubtad’i is not to mention his good side ” ( Al-Kifaayah ).

Shaikh Saalih Fawzaan said when he was asked about mentioning the good side of a person being warned against : ” if you mention their good it means you are inviting to them ,no no,no don’t mention their good,mention only the error they are upon ” ( Al-Ajwibat ul Mufeedah )

ﻫﻞ ﻳﻠﺰﻣﻨﺎ ﺫﻛﺮ ﻣﺤﺎﺳﻦ ﻣﻦ ﻧﺤﺬﺭ ﻣﻨﻬﻢ ؟ ﻓﺄﺟﺎﺏ ﺍﻟﺸﻴﺦ : ﺇﺫﺍ ﺫﻛﺮﺕ ﻣﺤﺎﺳﻨﻬﻢ ﻓﻤﻌﻨﺎﻩ ﺃﻧﻚ ﺩﻋﻮﺕ ﻟﻬﻢ , ﻻ … ﻻ , ﻻ ﺗﺬﻛﺮ ﻣﺤﺎﺳﻨﻬﻢ ﺍﺫﻛﺮ ﺍﻟﺨﻄﺄ ﺍﻟﺬﻯ ﻫﻢ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻓﻘﻂ. ( ﺍﻷﺟﻮﺑﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﻔﻴﺪﺓ ).

He also ascribed unjustly to Salafiyyah the Takfeer,Tafseeq and Tabdee’ of people and the society at large. I will only advice him here to go back to the history of The Muslim Brotherhood whose basis was predicated upon chaos ,disruption of public peace, protest and spilling of blood , all in the name of seeking political power. Making Takfeer of the state, the founder of Ikhwaan, Hasan Al-Banna said :

*«إننا نُعلنُ في وضوحٍ وصراحةٍ أن كلَّ مسلمٍ لا يُؤمن بهذا المنهج – منهج الإخوان – ولا يعمل لتحقيقه لا حظَّ له في الإسلام!»!!
( الرســائــل 86)

“We are declaring clearly that every Muslim that does not belief in this manhaj (of Ikhwaan) and does not work to establish it will have no portion in Islam “
( Ar-Rasaail ).

Another famous Ikhwaaniy Alliy al-‘Ashmaawiy said :

من أراد أن يلحق بنا فهو مسلم، ومن وقف ضدنا فقد حكم على نفسه بالكفر

(186 التاريخ السري ص)

” Whoever desire to join he is a Muslim, and whoever go against us has declare himself as Kaafir ,unbeliever. “
( At-Taarikh As-Siriyy ).

So much for the Ikhwaan, their mouthpiece, weeping up of sentiment and their playing of victim card,aligning with the devil among others.All these are part of the means adopted by the Ikhwaan from time to time depending on the end it wants to meet.
May Allaah keep us firm and protect us from the ploy of the Hizbiyyoon.
( To be continued)

Written by: Abu Sufyaan, Hafidhahullah


It takes tremendous effort to memorize the Quran, and similar painstaking to commit books of hadith to memory, but it takes Allah’s favour and special grace to understand both correctly as the predecessors did to form your creed in the image of theirs.

If you still wonder how a person could memorize so many books and still not be upon the right methodology (منهج), or even worse, you wonder what is manhaj at all, then look around and you’ll see soofees and other deviants who memorize and recite the Quran like tapes but are still innovators, and many individuals who memorize books of ahaadeeth whose real meanings they do not understand to be upon the understanding and way of the pious predecessors. That is wrongness of manhaj.

Written by: Sheikh Murtado Adedokun, Hafidhahullah.


When the judgment of acts is based on principles, it is easy to know when those acts deviate, but when judgment is haphazard, confusion happens in judging the correctness of acts.
What did Allah name believers?
هُوَ سَمَّىٰكُمُ ٱلۡمُسۡلِمِینَ مِن قَبۡلُ وَفِی هَـٰذَا
It is He (Allah) Who has named you Muslims both before and in this (the Quran) [Quran 22:78].
If the scholars of the Deen ever understood that by Allah naming us “Muslims”, no other name or description can ever be right for followers of the Messenger besides the word “Muslims”, they certainly would condemn all other references like Ahlussunnah, Maalikee, Shaafi’ee, Hanbalee, Hanafee, Ash’aree, Shee’ite etc. The fact that they do not is proof enough that they consider those names to be mere descriptions necessitated by the evolvement of different shades of understanding in latter generations of Muslims which did not exist when the Messenger was alive.
However, the particular understanding and creedal leaning represented by a particular name may be right or wrong, the mere act of describing its followers by the name is considered a linguistic necessity to differentiate this from that. In his book, موسوعة الألباني في العقيدة, vol 1, page 252, Sheikh Naasiruddeen Al-Albaanee elaborated on the evolvement of names and how “Salafee” is merely a description like any other.
If we were all just “Muslims” once before bid’ahs appeared to make description as “Ahlussunnah” a necessity, then when everyone claimed to be on the Sunnah too, “Salafee” became necessary to indicate according to whose understanding of the Sunnah, then it is logical that there could be need for further specifications (by the principle of naming for identification) when heretics like Jabata and Usaamah also claim they are “Salafee”. If anyone disagrees, we should be interested in knowing what makes the evolvement of further names wrong if “Maalikee”, “Shaafi’ee” and the rest are right by natural evolvement.
However, whoever desires any evil within him by his self-description, with Allah is his reward, and humility is certainly a great virtue. Therefore, whether the tag “serious” or any other is what anyone chooses to attach to his description is certainly not the matter as long as some basic facts are preserved:
1) That the one who does not describe himself as Salafee at all is as much a Salafee as the one who does if his creed and methodology is.
2) That the one who does not describe himself as Salafee does not make an unnecessary issue of describing oneself as Salafee since he accepts all other descriptions in the books of earlier scholars.
3) That the individual strives not to make his self-description a mere slogan. It is this which the erudite scholars of Salafiyyah warn us against; otherwise, any description at all, including “Maalikee”, “Ahlussunnah”, etc. could also be empty self-praise (تزكية النفس) as much as “serious Salafee” is.
However, that there are debates on this matter is not strange to students of ‘aqeedah who know that some people before us even argued strongly that referring to oneself as a believer (مؤمن) is self-praise.

Ustaadh Murtala Alade Adedokun