Refutation upon a Principle Being Promoted to Spread Dissention amongst Ahlus-Sunnah – al-’Allaamah ’Ubayd Ibn ’Abdullaah al-Jaabiree


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[Q]: O Shaykh, one of them relates, using as evidence a statement (he claims) is from one of the Scholars: that it is not obligatory for every Salafee to cooperate with every Salafee, so is this statement correct – O Shaykh? [1]

[A]: No, this is incorrect. The Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said,


“The Believer to the Believer is like a structure, one part strengthens the other.” [2]


And he (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said,

“The likeness of the believers in their mutual love and mutual compassion is the like of one body, if one body part complains, the rest calls out with fever and sleeplessness.” [3]

And when the word believer is used what is intended is the Salafee and the person of Sunnah and the one who is devout and pious. Also Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) has a famous statement,

Ahlus-Sunnah are the most knowledgeable of the people in regards to the truth and the most merciful of the people to the creation.” [4]

So this statement, which was mentioned, is not correct; that it is not obligatory for every Salafee to cooperate with every Salafee. No! The Salafee is with the Salafee. (For example) we give you lectures whilst you are in America and some others do not know us, and they have never physically seen us. Is this not the case? Do any of you have an objection to this? Many have not seen us physically, right or wrong? The Sunnah is the Sunnah where ever it is. The distinguishing characteristic of Ahlus-Sunnah is that they are united, heart and soul, even if there is a lengthy distance between them physically. As for their hearts, then that (distance) does not cause any separation between their hearts.


[1]: This is one of the principles being used to disassociate us from working with the Salafees whom the likes of Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee and Shaykh ‘Ubayd al-Jaabiree have advised co-operating with.
[2]: Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 467), Muslim (no. 2585), at-Tirmidhee (no. 1928), an-Nisaa‘ee (no. 2560) and Ahmad in al-Musnad (no. 19128).
[3]: Related by Muslim (no 2856) and Ahmad in al-Musnad (no. 17907).
[4]: Refer to Minhaajus-Sunnah (5/158) of Ibn Taymiyyah.

Translation by Abu Suhayl Anwar Wright

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