Decades ago, I wondered why many preachers from the Jamaa’at Iqaamatussunah Wa Izaalatul Bid’ah in Northern Nigerian could hardly preach without a swipe at Soofism (Tijaniyyah) which was too widespread in the North. It seemed like an unnecessary obsession then. With hindsight today however, I understand better that they perceived it as the greatest threat to the people’s faith and understanding of the true Sunnah at that time. It is probably Shii’ism today, as far as the North is concerned.

Down here in the South West, jalabi fetishism mingled with Soofism ruled the land until Allah directed to combat it the minds of many educated Muslim youths who heeded the call to the Sunnah in higher institutions of learning – as ill equipped as they generally were for the challenge.

That lingering general ill-equipment, especially as regards the prime place of tawheed and the legacy of the pious predecessors (Salaf) in matters of rulership and relating with leaders, brought about the present day challenge: the appeal of Ikhwaanee da’wah that has ravaged Muslim lands with a promise of establishing Muslim governments.

Unlike all other dangers however, this one lifts a fake banner of the Sunnah with one hand and disguises as a call to rule by the Sharee’ah. Only few people can see it for what it really is if not for the frequent warnings from the great scholars of the Ummah and the recent events exposing its evil in Syria and the Arab Spring of recent years.

That some people among us repeatedly warn against it and never seem to look away from its menace is therefore understandable even if it has earned them bad names as unlearned, self-seekers, rabble rousers, etc. from the Ikhwaanees themselves and individuals who ought to know better but for human nature.

Who knows where we would be by now had everyone of us chosen their own path!

You don’t go to sleep with a thief lurking in the corner of your house. The one who seeks to destroy the creed is a thief. We cannot go to sleep for as long as he lurks in the corner, and by Allah, if human praise in itself were a rightful purpose for a believer, it would be better sought from people much better than those name callers whose manners behind the scene often dwarf what they criticize in the open.

While not claiming perfection, we beg those people to know that we fear their praise worse than their disparagement, and to Allah alone is our complaint.

Written by: Sheikh Murtado Alade Adedokun, Hafidhahullah.

Calling yourself (Salafi) is sectarianism (مذهبية أو طائفية)!!!

It is not funny though, seeing fans whenever one of their deviants scholars vomits nonsense, the followers come out to defend him blindly, then a known matter in the deen will become unknown, they look for scholars that would say similar thing to back their deviants!

No one ever forces you to attach salafi to your name, and you have no right whatsoever to blame those who attach it to their names, but, the way of salaf is compulsory on everyone to trend!!

Automatically or manually you are a salafi as far as you take their way a lovely way to trend

What divides the Ummah is not the names but innovations, this is what should be a primary concern of a sensible scholar, he should be discussing and be treating this, if Salafiyyah is worthy of trending to you, and it is not a new way, it is a way of Sohaabah and those who came after them, how can being a salafi be a problem to you?

Calling carpenter a carpenter is not a problem to people, calling mason a mason is not a problem to people, they are called because of what they do!!!

Hiding behind the statement of Sheikh Uthaymayn is a sign of deviation without doubt, the scholars before Sheikh saw nothing wrong in doing so, they even encouraged that:

** Imam Dhaabi qualified Imam Ddaaraqutmi as Salafi in Siyar (16/457), he said:
“قُلْتُ: لَمْ يَدْخلِ الرَّجُلُ أَبداً فِي علمِ الكَلاَمِ وَلاَ الجِدَالِ، وَلاَ خَاضَ فِي ذَلِكَ، بَلْ كَانَ سلفيّ
“I said: the man (Imam Ddaaraqutmi) wasn’t involved in theology and wasn’t dived into it, but he was a Salafi.”

** And he (Imam Dhaabi) calls a serious one to be a salafi in the same book quoted (13/380):
“فَالَّذِي يحتَاج إِلَيْهِ الحَافِظُ أَن يَكُون تقياً ذكياً، نَحْوِيّاً لُغَوِيّاً زكياً، حَيِيّاً، سَلَفياً.”

“What Haafidh is in need of, is being a God’s fearing, brilliant, grammarian, linguist, intelligent, bashful, Salafi.”

** This is Sheikhul Islaam ibn Taymiyah, he said in Majmoo’ul Fataawa (4/149):
“لَا عَيْبَ عَلَى مَنْ أَظْهَرَ مَذْهَبَ السَّلَفِ وَانْتَسَبَ إلَيْهِ وَاعْتَزَى إلَيْهِ بَلْ يَجِبُ قَبُولُ ذَلِكَ مِنْهُ بِالِاتِّفَاقِ. فَإِنَّ مَذْهَبَ السَّلَفِ لَا يَكُونُ إلَّا حَقًّا.”

And even the scholars of his time saw nothing wrong in a person calling himself a Salafi.
** Sheikh ibn baaz answered a question, what is your take on calling oneself a Salafi and athary, is it a commendation?
The Sheikh said:
” إذا كان صادقا أنه أثر أو سلفي لا بأس به، مثل ما كان السلف يقولون: فلان سلفي، فلان أثري، تزكية لا بد منها، تزكية واجبة.” المحاضرة بعنوان “حق المسلم” ألقيت بالطائف.
“If he should be truthful that he is a Athary or a Salafi nothing is wrong with that, like what Salaf are used to call: so so person is Salafi, so so person is Athary, commendation is must, commendation is compulsory.”

Please, stop ruining after the innocent salafis, may Allah guide us right, and save us from the evils of deviants!!

Written by: Uztadh Abu Haneefah Tanimola, Hafidhahullah