The Permanent Committee For Research and Fataawa said, “All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all that exists, and the final outcome of affairs will be in favor of the Muttaqoon (those who have Taqwaa; fear of Allah by obeying His commands and avoiding His prohibitions). May prayers of blessing and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad, and upon his family and his companions, all of them…
Thus to proceed:
Verily the Da’wah (invitation) to Allah is from the most noble of deeds, and those who call to Allah are from the best of the people in speech. This is as Allah, the Most high, said, nd who is better in speech than he who calls others to Allah, and works righteous deeds, and he says, ‘verily I am from among the Muslims?'” [Fussilat (41): 33]
And they (the callers to Allah) are the inheritors of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in taking the knowledge and spreading it to others, for indeed the scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets. And indeed it was from the character of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that he loved the Muslims, and he was gentle with them, and he would teach them, and he would be kind toward them. And indeed it makes us feel bad what we hear from some of the callers (Du’aat) who ascribe themselves to Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, of them being harsh, and hard upon their brothers, and their busying themselves with attacking the honors of their brothers who are also callers (Du’aat).
We hear that they are busying themselves with gathering the faults of their brothers and spreading those things amongst the people, and they consider that to be from the acts of worship which one uses to draw near to Allah.
And due to what that contains of blameworthy differing, which divides the Muslims in their masjids and their communities, and it preoccupies them, thus distracting them away from the Da’wah (calling to Allah) and rectifying the affairs making peace between people), indeed Allah has prohibited this in His statement, “Verily those who divided up their religion and became parties, you (Muhammad) have nothing at all to do with them.” [Al-An’aam (6): 159]
And He, the Most High, said,
“And hold tightly all of you together to the Rope of Allah, and do not be divided. And remember the favor of Allah upon you all when you all were enemies, but He brought your hearts together, and thus you became brothers by His favor. And you all were on the brink of a ditch from the Hell Fire, and He saved you all from it. Thus, does Allah make clear to you all His signs so that perhaps you will be guided.” [Aal ‘Imraan (3): 103]
And when the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) sent Mu’aadh and Abu Moosaa to Yemen he said to them, “Make things easy and do not make things difficult, and give glad tidings and do not run people away (from Islam), and be agreeable with each other and do not differ with each other.”
(Reported by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)
And indeed we have come to know that some of the new Muslims in the lands of the West, when they see this differing it makes them have doubt and uncertainty regarding the ability of the Islamic religion to unify the ranks of the Muslims and bring them together.
Thus, this differing is a fitnah (a evil test) that has divided the Muslims. It has prevented people from being guided to the religion of Islam, and it has busied the students of knowledge thus distracting them from the Da’wah (calling people to worship Allah) and conveying the inheritance of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
And the Permanent Committee calls all of those who are callers to Allah, and also the Imaams of the masjids, to unify the Muslims, and to cleanse their hearts, and to unite their ranks.
The Committee also warns them against taking part in dividing up the Muslims, and planting seeds of enmity amongst them, and busying them with oppressing and hating each other. For verily whoever calls to disobedience (to Allah) then the burden of that will be upon him (as a sin), and also the burden of whoever acts according to it until the Day of Resurrection.”
Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan said concerning this fatwa, “…The statement was (merely) advice to the students of knowledge to abandon bickering between themselves and abandonment of each other, as well as enmity between themselves due to trivial issues or misunderstandings; and for them to mutually advise one another. This is the intent behind the statement…”
Posted by Abdul Kareem Ibn Ozzie