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.


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.


Rejoinder To An Ikhwaaniy’s Description of Salafiyyah……

To proceed..
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