Shaykh Rabee said, “…The Deen of Allah and the Manhaj of the Salaf is not on this level that a lot of the youth believe it to be: That there occurs differing, enmity and disruption for the most trivial of reasons.
From them [reasons] is that so-and-so speaks about so-and-so, and so a group of brothers strongly and stubbornly defend one brother and another group likewise defends the other. Then the conflicts and battles between the two (or more) groups begin.
Allah and his messenger and the deen of Islam are free from this type of behavior, as it is from the handiwork of shaytaan, who wants splitting, differing, enmity and hatred between the Muslims for the most trivial of reasons.
Just as it is from the ways of the people of desires, innovations and hizbiyyah, those who are far from the manhaj of the Salaf and their intelligence, their wisdom, their foresight, their firmness and solidarity towards different circumstances, as well as their respect towards brotherhood and love, which are from what Allah has ordered to be respected and preserved.
And I will give you a few examples of the positions that the Salaf took towards some situations, which showed their wisdom, insight and their strict adherence to the book of their Lord and the Sunnah of their messenger. Situations that would shake up the people of innovations and push them towards splitting, differing, enmity and conflicts. But these situations do not even shift/sway Ahlus Sunnah, rather, it only increases them in firmness, unification, and in standing firmly against fitan (trials) and its people.
1) In the Fitnah that occurred between the Sahaabah during the battle of Al-Jamal and the battle of As-Siffeen. What was the position of [the] people of desires towards it and what was the position of Ahlus Sunnah?
As far as the people of desires, then this fitnah exposed their evil intentions and aims. Some of them tahazzaba (made partisanship) towards one side and disparaged the other side like the Shee’ah, they were stubbornly bias towards ‘Alee, and they disparaged Ahlul Jamal, the people of Shaam, Mu’aaweyah, ‘Amr ibn Al-‘Aas and whoever supported them.
And likewise the Nawaasib; they supported Mu’aaweyah and ‘Amr and their armies, and they disparaged ‘Aleee, his armies and supporters.
Others like the Khwaarij and the Mu’tazilah or some of their leaders; they disparaged ‘Alee and his supporters as well as Mu’aaweyah and his supporters.
As for Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah, and at the head of them; the rest of the Sahaabah, the Tabi’een and the Imaams of guidance such as Sa’eed ibn Musayib, ‘Urwah ibn Az-Zubayr, Al-Qaasim ibn Muhammad, Saalim ibn ‘Abdillaah and others from the Imaams of the Tabi’een such as Maalik, Al-Awzaa’ee, Sufyaan At-Thawree, Sufyaan ibn ‘Uyaynah, Hamaad ibn Zayd, Hamaad ibn Salamah, and others from the Imaams of other Islamic lands; in Madeenah, Makkah, Al-Yemen, Al-Basrah, Al-Koofah, As-Shaam, Misr, Al-Maghrib, Al-Andolus, all of them were upon one manhaj, and one aqeedah towards the people of desires and towards those who disparaged the Sahaabah. And from them were those that participated in the battle of Al-Jamal, and As-Siffeen. They made Walaa’ of all of them, and made excuses for all of them and they considered that the mujtahid from amongst them who reached the correct opinion received two rewards, and that the one who erred received one reward.
2) There was a very strong disagreement between the two Imaams, Al-Bukhari and Muhaammad ibn Yahyaa Al-Dhuhalee, to the point that Ahlus Sunnah wal Hadeeth were about to tear apart. But because of their consciousness/awareness towards Islam, and their deep conception of the dangers of separation and differing and their evil effects in the worldly life and the after life, they were able to extinguish this fitnah and bury it to this day of ours.
3) During these times of ours, there were differences between Shaykh Al-Albaani and a number of the mashaayikh of Ahlus Sunnah such as Hamood At-Tuwaygree, Shaykh Ismaa’eel Al-Ansaaree, Shaykh Naseeb Ar-Rifaa’ee. Differences of opinion occurred even between him and Shaykh Ibn Baaz. But the people, especially the Salafis, did not see any effects of this differing.
So what is it that has convinced the Salafi youth in these crucial days in which the enemies, with their different sects and methodologies, have outwardly proclaimed their enmity towards the Salafi Da’wah and its Imaams?
The Jews and the Christians from one angle, the Shee’ah, Rawaafid, Sufeeyah ‘Ilmaaneyoon and the Ikhwaan [from another angle] have built up fronts to wage war against the Salafi Da’wah, and have slung evil accusations on them, especially because of what is going on these days in regards to terrorism, bombings and destruction.
Don’t you think that this differing between the Salafi youth strengthens the enemies of the Salafi Da’wah, and gives them the incisive weaponry that they use to slaughter Salafiyyah and its people?
Doesn’t this differing distort the Salafi Da’wah and take away its beauty and grace as well as stop its spread and propagation?
My brothers and my sons, those whom Allah has been gracious to and has guided to this magnificent manhaj, some of the youth are ignorant of its status, and are ignorant of the bounty of Allah upon them, and His Grace, and the fact that He guided them to this magnificent manhaj.
I, as well as other than me, have realized that there are two waves that have struck the core of the Salafee Da’wah; a wave of harshness and extremism and a wave of excessive lenience that goes beyond the legislated bounds, and negligence/laxity. And both of these waves have been exaggerated to the point that they almost engulfed all the people of Salafiyyah.
Indeed Allah has forbidden both extremism and negligence/laxity because of the harms and evils that they generate. And He has legislated for this ‘Ummah At-Tawasut (middle path) and to be just; this is the straight path of Allah which He has ordered us to follow. In it is all that is good, happiness, and salvation from destruction.
So when I saw the dangers of these two waves, I directed advice to the Salafi youth everywhere a number of times.
So I hope that this advice is welcomed and accepted by our brothers and sons and beloved ones from amongst the Salafis.
And I included in the advice, a strong encouragement to the Salafi youths to leave all kinds of separation and differing, and to have brotherhood for the pleasure of Allah, and to love one another for his pleasure, as well as to be soft and gentle with one another, and to have wisdom and to remind/advise the one who falls into error in a way that is best.
And now I strongly reaffirm this advice and I encourage you to seriously and truthfully leave off differing and its causes, and to replace it with accord and brotherhood and so on…”
Posted by Abdul Kareem Ibn Ozzie