Some Events A Lot of People Have Dabbled into without Adequate Information

Praise be to Allāh the Lord of world; may the blessing and peace be upon the Prophet, his household and companions all together.

To proceed:

The events and happenings unfolding around the world generally and the Islamic world specifically are not hidden from most people, although their level of awareness may vary from one person to another.

On 21, November, 2017 , as I have mentioned on many occasions, one of the younger mashaayikh called my attention to a post written by one Abu Mazeedah against the Saudi government and the Saudi senior scholars in defence of the al-Ikhwān al-Muslimun. He also told me that a lot of brothers from among the students of knowledge had written rejoinders to the post, but to him, those rejoinders did not really address the shubhaat raised my that man. Although I had opened a Facebook account years before that time, I initially declined the request of this brother of ours that I write a rejoinder for several reasons: one, I had not made a single post on my wall before then. Yes, I would come on Facebook some times, read some posts by some people, pass some comments if necessary; two, I discovered that people would not really address issues on which they differed, rather they would abuse one another. And this personally to me is detestable, and more importantly our religion doesn’t support this except when necessary; three, the disscussants on Facebook or other platforms hardly submit to the truth even when it is clear to them and this to me is a share waste of precious time, more so our religion frowns at this.

Around 12:00 a.m after our brother had spoken with me, I checked my phone and I saw that he had sent the write-up by that man to my WhatsApp. When I read it, I felt I had to change my stand because the post contained some shubhaat that needed clarification. This I did by writing series of rejoinders on the post and other ones written by the same person. And I don’t think anyone who is truly a Salafi will have any problem with the fact that I defended those scholars with evidences available to me as he had defended the Ikhwānis and those upon their manhaj incarcerated by the Saudi authorities. I don’t think a serious Salafi would prefer we leave the youths with those shubhaat!!

Let’s take a walk further down memory lane.Some months before the incident of Abu Mazeedah, I was invited to participate in a seminar in Ilorin. I eventually declined the invitation whe I was told the topic I was to discuss. The topic was “the specious arguments of the sects that differed with Ahlus-sunnah”. Much as this topic sounds very interesting, I don’t know how a Salafi preacher today would discuss this topic without talking about the Ikhwān.
To cut a long story short, I didn’t honour the invitation because I felt the main organizer ,i.e. the prof would not like me to mention the Ikhwān and he might rejoin me which might also prompt me to want to do a counter rejoinder and they might not even give me the opportunity to do so and this might make me very displeased. So I had to inform sheikh Sarumi and Imam Qamar as both of them were the ones that suggested my name to the committee set up by the prof. Initially they both objected to my refusal to participate but after lengthy discussions with each one of them, they left me with my decision.

To cut a long story short, what I feared eventually happened in the seminar. The lecturer [ sheikh Ibn Raaji] who eventually treated the topic that was earlier given to me,mentioned the Ikhwān and how they are not from among the people of Sunnah. This didn’t please some of the doctors seated; they came to the defence of the Ikhwān.

When it was the turn of Sheikh AbdurRauf Ballo, another lecturer on that day, to present his lecture, he buttressed the position of sheikh Ibn Rāji.

Some months later,a brother produced some short clips which contained the opposing views of those doctors and the other lecturers

Prior to this seminar organized by the prof and the other one organized by Haadhaa Bayaanun Linnaas, our mashaayikh in Markaz had always defended the prof. It was only two persons, one is out of Markaz now, that would speak against him based on what they knew of his manhaj.

However, when we watched the video of the Ilorin seminar organised by the prof and saw their stand on Ikhwān, we felt this stand of theirs could pave way more for the Ikhwāni dawah in Lagos and coud also affect some adherents of the Salafi dawah in Lagos.

Knowing full well that the Ikhwāni dawah believes in protests against the authorities, struggling for political power, even if it leads to compromising as many Islamic principles as possible, we felt it was a duty on us to caution our brothers from the new direction of the prof, reason being that we were the ones who recommended him to our brothers in our own area by inviting him in year 2009.

Surprisingly, the first person to caution his own listeners against the prof and another doctor was the one who had defended the prof among us most and whose wives would also attend the other doctor’s lectures- and that was sheikh Sa’eed Hamzah, and this goes a long way to tell us that the matter isn’t personal as some people have always presented it-

A lot of people then weren’t pleased with this refutation of his among them was one of the younger mashaayikh in Ikorodu who was very bitter about it. He had a discussion that lasted about an hour with me on this. He frowned seriously at calling the prof a sururi. On that day I said to him, “Let’s keep aside whether it is right to use that word for him or not. Are you saying we should keep quiet and not discourage who cares to listen from among our Salafi brothers from attending gatherings to which the prof and his likes invite the Ikhwāni preachers ? He could not give me a direct answer.

On December 24, 2017, we organized a seminar on the matter of the Ikhwān where in we cautioned people from falling for them and falling for those that are defending them. This,however, did not go down well with some brothers among whom was the brother mentioned earlier who later convinced others against us. He also succeeded much later in winning another brother who had before then had very tough position on the prof, although the brother fell for him based on another issue.

Some weeks after our seminar ustadh Ibrahim Oganija also wrote a refutation on one of the doctors which he posted on Facebook. When I saw this, I gave him a call and told him his write-up was somehow harsh.
During this period I received so many calls asking me to caution our people.

A day or so later someone wrote a rejoinder to that of ustadh Oganija blasting us all in the Markaz. I got to know this when the person sent it to me on WhatsApp. On seeing it,I read it and later gave him a call asking him why he had sent this to me. Initially he told me it was social media. Then said to him ” What do you mean by social media? We are not on the same WhatsApp group” Then he said to me ” Is it not one of you that wrote refutation against Dr Sharaf ?” I replied him ” But I am not the one that wrote it.” Then he apologised to me on that. After this I tried to explain to him what had led to all that; this led to serious discussion between both of us.
About two hour later the person called me to inform me that he recorded our conversation to share with his ikhwah who also had similar position to his.

Some days later, I tried to speak to our brothers in markaz that I had received so many calls on those refutations done by the sheikhs, Sa’eed Hamzah and Ibrahim Oganija. I then suggested that any person amongst us who intended to do any refutation in which the name of markaz would be mentioned, should carry others along. All those present agreed. However sheikh Oganija was not in the sitting but I communicated the message to him. But to my surprise, his response was that no body could force his opinion on him if his opinion differs from theirs. On reading this reply of his, I didn’t bother to write any further message to him on the matter.

Some weeks later, he decided to hold a lecture on the TMC and some dakaatira with the theme:
THE MUSLIM CONGRESS ” TMC” “As I Know Them” and with the topic:
(Some mistakes & innovations that take ” TMC” out of Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaaha And the relationship between some Dhakaatir and The Muslim brotherhood in Nigeria ( TMC& Tadhomun)
” which is the reason for our division now”)

He sent the handbill containing this information to markaz’s WhatsApp group. The asaatidha on seeing this reacted disaprovingly to it with different comments viewing it as something that could cause fitnah as it was too direct.
I personally did not write any comment on it for two reasons; one, he had said no body could force their opinion on him in my last chat with him; two, it was not hidden from him that weeks before that we held a seminar the handbill of which did not bear the name of any particular jamaah in Nigeria not even the name of al-iKhwan al-Muslimun that we intended to talk about.

When we met two or so days later I suggested to the members present that we write a disclaimer exenorating us from that program of his that carried that big theme and topic. When we did this and ustadh Oganija saw it on Facebook, he felt we had embarrassed him with that.
The issue is, he should not expect us to share in the repercussions of any unguarded action by him as was the case when he attacked baba Lagege, the blame was not borne by him alone despite the fact that we advised him then not to do that, but he accused me then specifically of being too lenient. People’s blame was not limited to him because people felt we were friends and I must have supported his action. The Same can be said of the refutation he posted on Facebook about Dr Sharaf.
Concequently he gathered his students and addressed them. After that we saw some of his students coming online to abuse us. This was also countered by some brothers.

To cut a long story short, it is this event that led to the severance of the relationship between me and him contrary to what some people are saying.

I do refutations when I deem it necessary. However, I avoid making it too direct particularly where I think it could cause trouble. I avoid abusing people as much as I can in my refutations. And this can be seen in my rejoinder to a doctor who, in a seminar held some months ago, was bold to refute me; he even mentioned my name; he connected me to sheikh ar-Rayyis and not only that even connected me wrongly to a lecture he did on ” the methods of al-Ikhwaanal-Muslimun in misleeading the youths ; he also ascribed me to following the methodology of sheikh Rabee’ and sheikh Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamii.
I watched the video of this doctor and did some clarifications on his specious argument without mentioning his name nor abusing him. This has been my way which I would not leave in order to please anyone. Yes, I am strict when it comes to upholding the truth. However, that doesn’t mean I should be abusing people in order to present it. I avoid abuses as much as possible unless when I think it is necessary.

May Allāh unite us all upon that which pleases him

Written by: Sheikh ‘AbdulGaniy Juma’h, Hafidhahullah.

Sitting with the Innovators (2)

Al-imām At-Tabari said:

” وهذه الآية وإن كانت نزلت فيمن ذكرنا أنها نزلت فيه من أهل الشرك، فإنه معنىّ بها كل مبتدع في دين الله بدعةً فمال قلبه إليها، تأويلا منه لبعض مُتشابه آي القرآن، ثم حاجّ به وجادل به أهل الحق، وعدل عن الواضح من أدلة آيه المحكمات، إرادةً منه بذلك اللبس على أهل الحق من المؤمنين، وطلبًا لعلم تأويل ما تشابه عليه من ذلك، كائنًا من كان، وأيّ أصناف المبتدعة كان من أهل النصرانية كان أو اليهودية أو المجوسية، أو كان سَبئيًا، أو حروريًّا، أو قدريًّا، أو جهميًّا، كالذي قال ﷺ:”فإذا رأيتم الذين يجادلون به، فهم الذين عنى الله فاحذروهم”

( Alhough this verse was revealed concerning those we mentioned it was revealed about from among the people of shirk, every innovator in the deen of Allah is intended by it; he whose heart has inclined towards it, interpreating some verses of the Qur,ān that are not entirely clear and would later argue with the people of the truth using them; he would turn away from the evidences of its clear verses intending to cause confusion by that for the people of the truth who are believers and requesting to know of it what is not entirely clear to him; it does not matter whoever he is and the type of innovators he belongs; whether he is among the people of Christianity or Judaism or mazdaism or he is a Sabaean or a Haruri( Khāriji) or a Qadari or Jahmite. They are like the one that he, sallā Allāhu alayhi wa sallam, said, ‘ When you see those who argue with it, they are the ones Allāh was referring to, so avoid them “

An-Nawawi commenting on
the hadīth
“إِذَا رَأَيْتُمُ الَّذِينَ يَتَّبِعُونَ مَا تَشَابَهَ مِنْهُ، فَأُولَئِكَ الَّذِينَ سَمَّى اللَّهُ، فَاحْذَرُوهُمْ “
( When you see those following that which is not entirely clear from it, those are the ones Allāh has mentioned; so avoid them)

“وفي هذا الحديث التحذير من مخالطة أهل الزيغ وأهل البدع ، ومن يتبع المشكلات للفتنة ، فأما من سأل عما أشكل عليه منها للاسترشاد ، وتلطف في ذلك فلا بأس عليه ، وجوابه واجب ، وأما الأول فلا يجاب ، بل يزجر ويعزر كما عزر عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه صبيغ بن عسل حين كان يتبع المتشابه ، والله أعلم “

( In the hadith there is a warning against mixing with the people of deviation and innovations and those that follow ambiguities in order to cause fitnah.
As for the one who inquires about what is not clear to them in order to be guided, they gently do this,there is no harm on them; it is compulsory to answer them.
As for the first one, they should not be answered; rather they should be repremanded and and deterently punished as Umar punished Sabīg bn ‘Isl when he was following [verses] that are not entirely clear. And Allah knows best.)
Abdullah bn ‘Abbās said,

“لا تجالسوا أهل الأهواء فإن مجالستهم ممرضة للقلوب”
( Sit not with the people of desires; sitting with them certainly sickens the hearts) [al-Ibaanah]
Abu Qilaabah said,
” لا تجالسوا أهل الأهواء ولا تجادلوهم فإني لا آمن أن يغمسوكم في ضلالتهم أو يلبسوا عليكم ما تعرفون”
( Sit not with the people of desires nor argue with them. Certainly I don’t rest assured that they won’t plunge you in their misguidance or confuse you on things that you know)

Abdullah bn ‘Awn said,
“مَنْ يُجَالِسُ أَهْلَ الْبِدَعِ أَشَدُّ عَلَيْنَا مِنْ أَهْلِ الْبِدَعِ”
( The one who sits with the people of innovations is more dangerous on us than the people of innovations) [al-Ibānah]

Written by: Sheikh ‘AbdulGaniy Juma’h, Hafidhahullah

Sitting with Innovators

Praise be to Allāh the Lord of the world; may the blessing and peace be upon the noble Prophet Muhammad, SALLALLAHU ‘ALAEHI WASALLAM, his household and companions all together.

To proceed;

What I have observed in life is that the more we try to please the innovators and the idolaters, the more the compromises we make and the farther away from the true Islam we are. We should rather relate with them according to the provision of the Qur,ān and Sunnah; we shouldn’t go to the extreme and we should not be too lenient.

Allah says:
ولن ترضى عنك اليهود ولا النصارى حتى تتبع ملتهم
Translation of its meaning
( The Jews and the Christians shall never be pleased with you until you follow their way)
He also says:
“يأيها الذين إن تطيعوا الذين كفروا يردوكم على أعقابكم فتنقلبوا خاسرون”
Translation of its meaning:

(O you who believe! If you obey those who disbelieve, they will turn you back on heels and you will become losers)

He also says:
” ودّوا لو تدهن فيدهنون
Translation of its meaning :

( They wish that you should compromise with them so that they can comprise with you)

The Prophet, sallā Allāhu alayhi wa sallam, also says:
“مَنِ الْتَمَسَ رِضَاءَ اللَّهِ بِسَخَطِ النَّاسِ كَفَاهُ اللَّهُ مُؤْنَةَ النَّاسِ، وَمَنِ الْتَمَسَ رِضَاءَ النَّاسِ بِسَخَطِ اللَّهِ وَكَلَهُ اللَّهُ إِلَى النَّاسِ ” الترمذي
(Whoever seeks Allāh’s pleasure at the expense of the displeasure of the people, Allah will be sufficient for him from the people. However, whoever seeks the pleasure of the people not minding the displeasure of Allah, Allāh will abandon him to the people.) At-Tirmidhi.

This, however, should not be mistaken for nicety. Islam preaches nicety to people generally as long as they do not wage war against us or declare enmity against us or assist the enemies against us.

Allāh says:
“لا ينهاكم الله عن الذين لم يقاتلوكم في الدين ولم يخرجوكم من دياركم أن تبرّوهم وتقسطوا إليهم إن الله يحب المقسطين “
Translation of its meaning

(Allah does not forbid you from being nice and just to those who do not fight you nor evict you out of your houses. Certainly Allah loves the just ones)

Asmā, may Allāh be pleased with her, said,
“قَدِمَتْ عَلَيَّ أُمِّي وَهِيَ مُشْرِكَةٌ فِي عَهْدِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ، فَاسْتَفْتَيْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ، قُلْتُ : وَهِيَ رَاغِبَةٌ ، أَفَأَصِلُ أُمِّي ؟ قَالَ :
” نَعَمْ، صِلِي أُمَّكِ “

(My mother who was a polytheist came to me during the time of the Messenger of Allāh, sallā Allāhu alayhi wa sallam. So I asked the Messenger of Allah saying: ” My mother wants to connect me, I can I connect her? He ( the Messenger) said, ” Connect your mother.”)

Note: If her mother had wanted her to do what is haram, it would have been forbidden to obey her as we have it in the case of Sa’d bn Abi Waqqās whose mother wanted him to leave Islam and consequently she decided not to eat and drink for three days upon which she fainted. All this did not make Sa’d abadon his religion.
Allah mentions the ruling of this in the Qur,ān.

Sumarrily, pleasing the kuffar and the innovators at the expense of your deen is dangerous for you. You can’t please them except by compromises. The Prophet, sallā Allāhu alayhi wa sallam, said:
“إِذَا رَأَيْتُمُ الَّذِينَ يَتَّبِعُونَ مَا تَشَابَهَ مِنْهُ، فَأُولَئِكَ الَّذِينَ سَمَّى اللَّهُ، فَاحْذَرُوهُمْ” رواه مسلم
( When you see those who follow the ambiguities in it ( Qur,ān) these are the ones He ( Allah) has mentioned, so avoid them)

He, sallā Allāhu alayhi wa sallam, did not say “mix with them”, rather he said, ” avoid them”

Even when you want to debate with them you ought to exercise caution,lest they influence you. Ibn Battah al-‘Ukbari mentioned in “al-Ibābah” the case of some upright people who were known to oppose the innovators, they would attack, abuse and curse them,but they later lured these upright people to their side with hidden trick and mutual smiling, although those people sat with them originally with the intention of debating with them but they were eventually won to the side of the innovators.
O Allah, make our feet firm on the path that pleases you!

Written by: Sheikh ‘AbdulGaniy Juma’h, Hafidhahullah.