Praise be to Allāh; may the blessing and peace be upon the Messenger of Allāh.
When Sheikh Abdul-Azīz ar-Rayyis and sheikh Hamad al-‘Atīq visited us in 2009, they were both surprised at how we had come to know as-Salafiyyah. They were both willing to interview us in order to know how we had been guided to Salafiyyah despite the fact that over 90 percent of the brothers that hosted them never studied in Saudi Arabia. In fact it was only one person amongst us that was studying in Saudi Arabia then; and he was the one who facilitated their coming to Nigeria then as he would attend the halqah of sheikh ar-Rayyis. As for me, I saw sheikh ar-Rayyis once before then, precisely in 2007 in the house of sheikh Rabee’ when he paid him a visit.
Sheikh Hamad conducted the interview with the brothers at Markaz Ahlis-sunnah Wal Jamaa’at Amukoko, with most of us sharing our experiences and sojourns with him as far as our practising Islam is concerned. Some of us talked about their previous experiences with some groups and sects namely Tableeg, Ikhwān and Sufīs and how Allāh assisted them in coming out of those groups and sects.
This interview was held in 2009,i.e, two years or so before the beginning of the Arab Spring which was championed by the Ikhwānis in the Arab world. our disapproval of the manhaj of Ikhwān was only strengthened by their evil display in the so called Arab Spring which destroyed so many things in the Muslim world. And consequently the body of the Saudi senior scholars officially declared them a heretic sect in 2017.
Coincidentally, in 2017 some Saudi graduated doctors started the mission of selling the conspicuous Ikhwāni scholars in Nigeira to the Salafi youths. They wanted to incorporate us too so as to fully achieve this amalgamation . We quickly objected to this.
I was invited to a seminar in Ilorin which I later refused to honour when I saw the topic given to me; the topic had to do with the sects. I strongly believed I would not be doing justice to the topic if the Ikhwān were not included in the discussion. My declining was based on the fact that the main organiser whom I loved so much, would not want me to touch that area due to his softness in presentation which I had always admired in most cases but not in the case like that of the Ikhwān ; moreso, some of his seniors who graduated before him from Saudi Arabia are Ikhwānis whom Baba Hadiyyatullah later mistakenly exposed in a seminar in Lagos.
My topic was later given to sheikh Ibn Raaji. Sheikh AbdurRauf Ballo from our Markaz also participated as the topic originally given to our noble sheikh ustadh Murtadaa Adedokun was eventually given to him when the sheikh could not make it. I discouraged sheikh AbdurRauf Ballo from participating but he preferred to go and speak the truth. Sheikh Ibn Rāji – as he said in a seminar – prepared his lecture and submitted it to them. A day to the program he was asked to edit some areas. However, according to him due to his tight schedule he gave them the permission to do the editing. Unbeknownst to him every thing that had to do with the Ikhwān was completely removed from the paper as he later confirmed in the hard copies that were later distributed to the audience. Unfortunately for the organisers, they forgot to give him the edited copy before he started his verbal presentation. So he went ahead with the the original content of his paper where he attacked the methodology of the Ikhwān. After the presentation,he was taken up by some of the doctors present as they were not pleased with his attack on the Ikhwān.
Ustadh AbdurRauf Ballo who was to deliver the second lecture having seen the way sheikh Ibn Rāji was handled, corroborated sheikh Ibn Rāji’s statement on Ikhwān. This further left the organisers displeased. What I actually feared had happened.
Hence, the biggest error the amalgamators made is their thought that we could be easily drawn to this amalgam agenda. It would have been stupid of us wallahi to fall for such a thing. Any person who listens to sheikh Hamad’s interview with us, can know how difficult this can be.
Unfortunately, any one who also listens to the same interview will also see how some of the people who participated in the interview later swallowed their vomit particularly those with the most vehement criticism against the Ikhwān and WAMY or Sufiyyah.
Hence, it is very important that one is stable in one’s dawah; one should not allow the love of reputation and popularity determine one’s stands and position. Don’t praise Bin Laden today and tomorrow you condemn him. Don’t eulogise Boko Haram today and tomorrow you make takfeer of them. Don’t condemn Ikhwān and those who accommodate them today and tomorrow you praise and mix with them and invite them to your program. You condemned the Sufi shuyukh to the extent of takfeer and later you praised them to the extent of saying these are the people you were hoping to be like while you were young.
Maintain a stable position, lest people relate with your side that appears to them. And this undoubtedly confuses the innocent souls and set them against one another.
For someone to be upon an error and they are sincerely committed to it is less evil than someone whose manhaj is not stable. The sincere person upon error can easily change when the truth is clear to them.
And Allāh’s aid is sought.
Written by: Sheikh ‘AbdulGaniy Juma’h, Hafidhahullah