Shaykh Uthaymeen said, “All praise is due to Allaah, Lord of the worlds and may Allaah shower peace and blessings upon our leader Muhammad and upon his family and followers and whosoever follows them until the day of recompense. To proceed:
Indeed, demonstrations are a newly invented matter that were not known at the time of the prophet sall Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, nor the khulafa ar-Raashidoon, or the sahaabah, may Allaah be pleased with them. In addition to this, they contain chaos and upheaval that leads them to be something prohibited – broken glass, doors, and other than this, and also the mixing of men and women, the young and old and other than this from the evils they present.
As for putting pressure upon the government, if they are Muslim, an admonishment from the Book of Allaah and Sunnah of His messenger sall Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam is sufficient. This is the best thing that can be put forward to the Muslim. And if the government is non-Muslim, they do not care about these demonstrations, even though they may superficially agree relent to them, but withholding inward ill feeling. For these reasons, we consider demonstrations an evil.
As for their statement that they are peaceful demonstrations – they may be to begin with but then they degenerate and become ruinous.
I advise the youth to follow the way of those who preceded, for indeed, Allaah praised the muhajiroon and ansar and those who follow them in goodness.”
Ref: Majalat al-Furqaan al-Kuwaiti p. 79.
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