Source: Al-Istiqaamah, Issue No.5
“All praise is for Allaah who, in every age and intervals between the Prophets, raises up a group from the People of Knowledge, who call the misguided to guidance and patiently bearing ill-treatment and harm. With the Book of Allaah they give life to the dead, and by Allaah’s Light they sight to the blind. How many a person killed by Iblees have they revived. How many people astray and wondering have they guided. How beautiful their effect has been upon the people, and how vile people have been towards them. They expel from the Book of Allaah the alterations of those going beyond bounds, the false claims of the liars and the false interpretations of the ignorant-ones – those who uphold the banner of innovation and who unleash fitnah (trial and discord), who differ about the Book oppose the Book and agree to oppose the Book. Those who speak about Allaah and His Book without knowledge, and who argue about what is ambiguous in the Book, and deceive the ignorant with such ambiguities. So we seek refuge in Allaah from the fitnahs (trials and discord) of the misguided-ones.”2 And I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah, alone, having no partner and that Muhammad sallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam is His trustworthy Slave and Messenger. And may Allaah extol and send His blessings of peace upon him, his family and his companions.
FORBIDDANCE OF BEING HASTY AND IMPATIENT
“When there comes to them some matter related to public welfare of security or fear, they make it known amongst the people. If they had referred it back to the Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, or to those in authority amongst them, then the proper people would have investigated and evaluated the matter from them. Were it not for the Grace and Mercy of Allaah upon you, you would have indeed followed Shaytaan – except for a few of you.” [Soorah an-Nisaa 4:83].
Imaam as-Sa’dee (d.1376H) – rahimahullaah – said:
THE SCHOLARS AND THE AFFAIRS OF THE UMMAH
Imaam an-Nawawee (d.676H) – rahimahullaah – said:
And the subjects that we have mentioned (i.e. that which is related to affairs of public benefit and interest of the Ummah; such as matters connected to Sharee’ah politics, weighing the affairs, correcting the widespread evil, takfeer (declaring Muslims to be unbelievers) and rebelling against the rulers) are from the most important subjects which have touched the Islaamic awakening in these days, and about which there is plenty of discussion, controversy and argumentation between those Muslim youths who are form in clinging to the Religion and who earnestly desire good. So these subjects are of an extremely important nature, and likewise, deviating from the correct path with regards to them is extremely dangerous!
Due to this, I wanted to gather some of the statements from our noble contemporary scholars on this subject – may Allaah protect them and look after them, and continue making them of benefit to the Ummah for the remainder of their time – those who are the Scholars of the Religion and the inheritors of the Prophets, those who concentrated on understanding the formulating principles regarding the halaal (lawful) and the haraam (prohibited). Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) – rahimahullaah – said: “And whosoever from this Ummah, is known for having truthfulness, whereby he has been praised and commended by the majority of the various groups of people from this Ummah, then those are the leaders of guidance and the beacons in the darkness.”6
So they are the Rabbaanee Scholars;7 those who teach the people the Book and the wisdom, and who cultivate the people upon it. And they are the people of deep understanding and wisdom, whom Allaah commanded us to ask, by His saying:
“Ask the People of Knowledge if you do not know.” [Soorah al-Anbiyaa 21:30]
So returning to them, being around them, and asking them, is the way out from the fitnahs – as we have previously explained – especially when there are a great number of differences and a great number of people differing, and many differing paths ahead of the traveller.
CLINGING TO THE JAMAA’AH
‘Umar ibn al-Khattab radiallaahu ‘anhu relates that Allaah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Cling to the Jamaa’ah and beware of splitting! For indeed Shaytaan is with the individual person but is further away from the two people. And whosoever desires the centre of Paradise, then let him cling to the Jamaa’ah. And whosoever is pleased by his good deeds and saddened by his bad deeds, then he is a Believer.”9
Thus, whosoever clings to the Jamaa’ah – not separating from it – will be the successful one. But whosoever splits from the Jamaa’ah and is amazed with his own opinion and knowledge, and the large number who follow him – then he is one who is destroyed.
Imaam Abu Bakr al-Aajurree (d.360H), after recording various Aayat (verses) and ahadeeth that order clinging to the Jamaa’ah, then said: “The sign for whosoever Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – intends goodness for, is that he traverses this path: Clinging to the Book of Allaah the Mighty and Majestic, to the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and to the path of his Companions radiallaahu ‘anhum; and all those who followed them in correctness and goodness, may Allaah have mercy upon them all; and also to what the Scholars of the Muslims were upon in the various lands – such as al-Awzaa’ee (d.157H), Sufyan ath-Thawree (d.164H), Maalik ibn Anas (d.179H), ash-Shafi’ee (d.204H), Ahmad ibn Hanbal (d.241H), al-Qaasim ibn Salaam (d.235H), and all those who were upon a path similar to theirs, avoiding taking any path which those scholars did not take.”10
1. Taken from Al-Furqaan Magazine (no.61/pp.44-46)
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