The Principle of Testing Individuals by their Love or Hatred of Ahlus-Sunnah is Affirmed in Our Times – Part 1

How People are Known:

Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) – rahimahullaah – said in Majmoo’ul-Fataawaa (15/330),

Statement of Ibn Taymiyyah from Majmoo'ul-Fataawaa (15/330).
Statement of Ibn Taymiyyah from Majmoo’ul-Fataawaa (15/330).

“And knowledge about the conditions of the people comes through the testimonies of people at times and through al-Jarh wat-Ta’deel at times and through testing and trial at times.”

Important Note:

lummBefore moving into the rest of the article, we recommend that the reader peruse, “Testing Individuals by their Love or Hatred of Ahlus-Sunnah,” since it contains several examples of the Salaf speaking about testing people with love for the Scholars of Ahlus-Sunnah and hatred for the heads of innovation. The series of statements from the Salaf was derived mainly from Jamaal Ibn Furayhaan al-Haarithee’s collection, Lammud-Durril-Manthoor, which has received critical acclaim from Scholars such as Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen (d.1421H), Saalih Ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan and Saalih Ibn ’Abdul-’Azeez aalush-Shaykh, along with supplementary material from other works.  However, this series will deal specifically with applying this principle of Ahlus-Sunnah in our times.

 Shaykh Zayd Ibn Muhammad al-Madkhalee is Asked About Applying this Principle in Present Times:

The noble Shaykh, al-’Allaamah Zayd Ibn Muhammad al-Madkhalee – hafidhahullaah – was asked,

“What is the ruling on testing the people with individuals, regardless of whether they are Scholars of the Sunnah, or the heads of innovation?  And is that ruling to be applied upon the modern day individuals?  Benefit us, may Allaah reward you with goodness.”

The noble Scholar answered,

There is no doubt, my brother, that the Salafus-Saalih used to test the people with the Scholars who were known to be staunch upon the Sunnah and who were known for sound ’aqeedah (creed) and manhaj (methodology), and who were known for harshness against the people of desires and innovation.  And I have become acquainted with some texts from the Salaf, each text contains an example of the people being tested by Ahlus-Sunnah.  So whoever knew their excellence and loved them and mentioned them with goodness, then he was a person of Sunnah.  And whosoever belittled them and dishonoured them, then he was a person of evil and innovation.  And before you is an example from the many texts of the Salaf concerning this affair:

al-Ajwibatul-Athariyyah of Shaykh Zayd al-Madkhalee
al-Ajwibatul-Athariyyah of Shaykh Zayd al-Madkhalee

Imaam al-Hasan Ibn ’Alee al-Barbahaaree (d.329H) – rahimahullaah – said, “And when you see a man loving Aboo Hurayrah (radiyallaahu ’anhu) and Anas Ibn Maalik and Usayd Ibn Hudayr, then know that he is a person of Sunnah if Allaah so wills.

And when you see a man loving Ayyoob (d.131H) and Ibn ’Awn (d.151H) and Yoonus Ibn ’Ubayd (d.139H) and ’Abdullaah Ibn Idrees al-Awdee and ash-Sha’bee (d.103H) and Maalik Ibn Maghool and Yazeed Ibn Zuray’ and Mu’aadh Ibn Mu’aadh and Wahb Ibn Jareer and Hammaad Ibn Salamah (d.167H) and Hammaad Ibn Zayd (d.179H) and Maalik Ibn Anas (d.179H) and al-Awzaa’ee (d.157H) and Zaa‘idah Ibn Qudaamah, then know that he is a person of Sunnah.

And when you see a man who loves Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (d.241H) and al-Hajjaaj Ibn Minhaal and Ahmad Ibn Nasr and he mentions them with goodness and he speaks with their speech, then know that he is a person of Sunnah.” [1]

And you said in your question, “And is this ruling to be applied upon the modern-day individuals in these times of ours?”

And the answer is yes.  The people are to be tested in every time and place with Ahlus-Sunnah in ’aqeedah and Sharee’ah, those who have devoted themselves to the preservation of the Sunnah and understanding its meanings and texts and acting in accordance to it and defending it.

And testing the people with Ahlus-Sunnah is not confined to a specific individual or individuals.  Rather, the people may be tested with every person of Sunnah in every time and place in the manner that I have described.  Likewise, the people are to be tested with the people of innovation who call to it.

So from ’Uqbah Ibn ’Alqamah who said, ‘I was with Ata‘ah Ibnul-Mundhir.  So some of the people in the gathering said, ‘What do you say about the man who sits with Ahlus-Sunnah and mingles with them, but when the people of innovation are mentioned, he replies, ‘Let us leave alone their mention, do not mention them.”  Arta‘ah replied, “He is with them, do not be deceived by his affair.”  He said: So I objected to the statement of Arta‘ah.  He said: So I went to al-Awzaa’ee (d.157H), since he was skilled in these issues.  So when I reached him, he said, ‘Arta‘ah has spoken truthfully.  And the correct statement is what he said.  This individual prohibits their mention, so when will they be warned against when we do not praise their mention?!” [2]

And al-Awzaa’ee (d.157H) – rahimahullaah – said, “Whosoever is able to hide his innovation from us, his friends do not remain hidden from us.” [3]

And al-’Ukbaree (d.387H) – and he is Ibn Battah – said, “And when Sufyaan ath-Thawree arrived at al-Basrah, he began looking into the affair of ar-Rabee’ – meaning, Ibn Subayh – and his status amongst the people.  He asked, “What is his madhhab?”  They replied, “He has no madhhab but the Sunnah.”  Sufyaan said, “Who are his close companions?”  They said, “The people of al-Qadr.”  He said, “Then he is Qadaree.” [4] End of Shaykh Zayd’s words. [5]

Testing Individuals with the Modern Day Scholars of Ahlus-Sunnah:

Shaykh Jamaal Ibn Furayhaan al-Haarithee said,

“And we say today without any hesitation: When you see a man loving and praising Ibn Baaz (d.1420H) and al-Albaanee (d.1420H) and al-’Uthaymeen (d.1421H) and al-Fawzaan and al-Luhaydaan and Amaan al-Jaamee (d.1417H) and Rabee’ al-Madkhalee and al-Waadi’ee (d.1421H) and an-Najmee (d.1429H) and Zayd al-Madkhalee and al-Burjiss (d.1425H) and ’Abdul-’Azeez aalush-Shaykh and Saalih aalush-Shaykh and their likes, then know that he is a person of the Sunnah, if Allaah so wills.  And when you see someone who differentiates between this and that, from those whom we have mentioned, then know that he is not upon the path.  And Allaah knows best.” [6]

Imaam Aboo ’Uthmaan Ismaa’eel Ibn ’Abdur-Rahmaan as-Saaboonee (d.449H) – rahimahullaah – said,

Statement of Aboo 'Uthmaan as-Saaboonee - 'Aqeedatus-Salaf Ashaabul-Hadeeth (p. 113).
Statement of Aboo ‘Uthmaan as-Saaboonee – ‘Aqeedatus-Salaf Ashaabul-Hadeeth (p. 113).


“And I add onto these individuals whom Qutaybah (d.240H) – rahimahullaah – has mentioned, those whom the one who loves them is a person of Sunnah.  They are from the Imaams of Ahlul-Hadeeth who are taken as an example, and the people are guided by their guidance and the people count themselves as being from their group and followers and party and other groups are found following their narrations, from them are: Muhammad Ibn Idrees al-Matlabee (d.204H): the Imaam, the magnificent leader, he was a great blessing upon the people of Islaam and the Sunnah, prosperous, inspirational, inspired and upright.  He was an individual who acted in accordance to the Religion of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) by aiding them and defending them, to an extent that was not done by the Scholars of his time, nor those who came after him.

And from those who came before ash-Shaafi’ee – rahimahullaah – were: Sa’eed Ibn Jubayr (d.95H) and az-Zuhree (d.124H) and ash-Sha’bee (d.103H) and at-Taymee (d.143H).  And those who came after them are: al-Layth Ibn Sa’d al-Misree (d.175H) and al-Awzaa’ee (d.157H) and ath-Thawree (d.161H) and Sufyaan Ibn ’Uyaynah al-Hilaalee (d.198H) and Hammaad Ibn Salamah (d.167H) and Hammaad Ibn Zayd (d.179H) and Yoonus Ibn ’Ubayd (d.139H) and Ayyoob as-Sakhtiyaanee (d.131H) and Ibn ’Awn (d.150H) and those like them.

And after them are the likes of: Yazeed Ibn Haaroon al-Waasitee (d.206H) and ’Abdur-Razzaaq Ibn Hammaam as-San’aanee (d.211H) and Jareer Ibn ’Abdul-Hameed al-Dubee (d.188H).

And after them are the likes of: Muhammad Ibn Yahyaa adh-Dhuhalee (d.258H) and Muhammad Ibn Ismaa’eel al-Bukhaaree (d.256H) and Muslim Ibnul-Hajjaaj al-Qushayree (d.261H) and Abee Daawood as-Sijjistaanee (d.275H) and Abee Zur’ah ar-Raazee (d.264H) and Abee Haatim ar-Raazee (d.277H) and his son (d.328H) and Muhammad Ibn Muslim Ibn Waarah ar-Raazee (d.270H) and Muhammad Ibn Aslam at-Toosee (d.242H) and Abee Sa’eed ’Uthmaan Ibn Sa’eed ad-Daarimee as-Sijzee (d.280H) and Imaam Muhammad Ibn Ishaaq Ibn Khuzaymah an-Naysaabooree (d.311H) – the one who used to be called the Imaam of the Imaams and upon my life he was the Imaam of the Imaams in his time and age – and Abee Ya’qoob Ishaaq Ibn Ismaa’eel al-Bastee (d.303H) and al-Hasan Ibn Sufyaan al-Fasawee (d.303H) and my paternal grandfather: Abee Sa’eed Yahyaa Ibn Mansoor az-Zaahid al-Harawee (d.292H) and Abee Haatim ’Adiyy Ibn Hamdawayh as-Saaboonee and his sons the two swords of the Sunnah: Abee ’Abdullaah as-Saaboonee and Abee ’Abdur-Rahmaan as-Saaboonee and other than them from the Imaams who held fast to the Sunnah, aided it, called to it and practiced it.” [7]

In his lessons on the book ’Aqeedatus-Salaf Ashaabil-Hadeeth, al-’Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee – hafidhahullaah – commented on this statement of as-Saaboonee,

“So these individuals whom the author has mentioned are from the main Imaams of hadeethrahimahumullaah.  And I add onto them: If you see a man in these times having hatred for Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) and his student Ibnul-Qayyim (d.751H) and having hatred for Ibn Ibn Katheer (d.774H) and having hatred for adh-Dhahabee (d.748H) and having hatred from Muhammad Ibn ’Abdul-Wahhaab (d.1206H) and having hatred for the Imaams of the da’wah and calling them derogatory names and reviling them…  And in these times of ours, you find someone having hatred for the likes of our Shaykh, the Shaykhul-Islaam of this era, Shaykh ’Abdul-’Azeez Ibn Baaz (d.1420H) – rahimahullaah – and also the Imaam of hadeeth in this era Shaykh Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee (d.1420H) and Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen (d.1421H).  If you see a man having hatred for those ones… Likewise, our Shaykh, Shaykh Rabee’ and our Shaykh, Shaykh Ahmad Ibn Yahyaa an-Najmee (d.1429H) and our Shaykh, Shaykh Zayd and likewise Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan and other than them such as Shaykh Saalih al-Luhaydaan and the Muftee (i.e. Shaykh ’Abdul-’Azeez aalush-Shaykh) and other than them from amongst those who are like them…  If you see a man reviling them, then know that he is upon evil.  Why?  Because he does not hate them due to their personalities and them as individuals.  Rather, he only hates them due to what they are upon from the Sunnah and hadeeth.  And everyone makes mistakes.  However, having hatred for these individuals only occurs due to what they carry from the Religion and the Sunnah, because these individuals are the carriers of the Sunnah in the later times.  And in these days, they are the ones who aid it and they defend it and they refute the people of desires and innovation.  So you will find that the one who reviles them does not do so because of them as individuals.  He only hates them due to their ’aqeedah and their da’wah, which they are upon.  So when you see someone reviling the likes of these individuals, then be suspicious of him because the one with a righteous heart and love for the Sunnah and its people does not revile them.  Only the one who has a disease in his heart reviles them.  We ask Allaah for protection and safety.”  End of the Shaykh’s words.

[1]: Refer to Sharhus-Sunnah (p. 163) of al-Barbahaaree, with the checking of ’Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn Ahmad al-Jumayzee.
[2]: Refer to Taareekh Dimashq (8/15) of al-Khateeb al-Baghdaadee.
[3]: Refer to al-Ibaanah (2/479) of Ibn Battah.
[4]: Refer to al-Ibaanah (2/453) of Ibn Battah.
[5]: Refer to al-Ajwibatul-Athariyyah ’anil-Masaa‘ilil-Manhajiyyah (p. 24-27) of Zayd al-Madkhalee.
[6]: Refer to: سئل الشيخ الفقيه عبيد الجابري عن حال جمعية احياء التراث في الرياض

[7]: Refer to ’Aqeedatus-Salaf Ashaabil-Hadeeth (p. 113), with the checking of Abul-Yameen al-Mansooree.

Translation by Maaz Qureshi

An Illustration of How Shaykhs: Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee and Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee Have Followed the Manhaj of the Salaf in Safeguarding the Religion of Allaah against Deviant Ideologies and Orientations

The Excellence of the Scholars of the Salaf in Safeguarding the Religion:

Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (d.241H) wrote in his famous work, ar-Radd alal-Jahmiyyah waz-Zanaadiqah (p. 55-56) of the Daaruth-Thabaat print, 1st edition, 1425H, some introductory words that are repeated often in Salafee gatherings up until today,

Famous introductory words of Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (d.241H)
Famous introductory words of Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (d.241H)

“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 give sight to the blind.  How many a person killed by Iblees have they revived.  How many people astray and wandering have they guided.  How beautiful their effect has been upon the people, and how vile the 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 the 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 fitan (trials and discord) of the misguided-ones.”

Refutation upon the Jahmiyyah and the Heretics - Imaam Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Hanbal (d.214H)
Refutation upon the Jahmiyyah and the Heretics – Imaam Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Hanbal (d.214H)

Imaam Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee (d.1417H) and al-’Allaamah Rabee’ Ibn Haadee Have Safeguarded the Ummah in Modern Times Against the Plots of the Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen:

This is a phenomenon we continue to see from the Scholars in our times.  Truly, a modern-day example of such Scholars can be found in the likes of Shaykh Muhammad Amaan Ibn ’Alee al-Jaamee (d.1417H) – rahimahullaah – and Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee – hafidhahullaah.

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Shaykh ’Abdullaah Ibn Salfeeq adh-Dhufayree said,

“And the fitan (trials, tribulations) have not ceased to overcome the Muslims, from the callers to fitan and those who split up the Muslims, up until there emerged in these times a dangerous da’wah, a dangerous and political da’wah.  It is the da’wah of the Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen.

It emerged in the Arab world and manifested political work and set out to expose the rulers.  And it began to wage war against the authorities and it did not give any importance to al-’aqeedah (belief, creed), up until it squandered the beliefs of the Muslims and up until it split up their unity and it allied itself with the Raafidah of Iran.  And they joined hands with the polytheists.  Rather, with the Jews and the Christians.

It is a wicked da’wah.  It is a da’wah that has split up the Muslims in every Arab and Islaamic country.  However, Allaah fore-ordained Scholars who would stand in opposition to these false and innovated orientations.  So Allaah fore-ordained Rabbaanee Scholars [1] who would expose and lay bare these wicked political orientations.  From them was our Shaykh, al-Imaam, al-’Allaamah Muhammad Amaan Ibn ’Alee al-Jaamee (d.1417H) – rahimahullaahu ta’aalaa – from the land of Africa.  So the Religion does not recognize an Arab, or an African, or a white person, or a black person.  However, the Religion recognizes the one who holds fast to the Book and the Sunnah.  So Allaah aids him and raises him in esteem.  So Allaah brought about victory through the da’wah of this Scholar and Allaah exposed the reality of the da’wah of al-Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen; this political da’wah, which split up the Muslims and brought about revolutions in the name of change.

Likewise, there emerged our Shaykh, Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee – hafidhahullaah – who exposed this wicked da’wah, this political da’wah, which opposes the Book and the Sunnah, and which opposes what the Companions (radiyallaahu ’anhum) were upon, and which opposes what the Salaf were upon.  They (i.e. the Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen) call to political work and they do not give importance to ’aqeedah and Tawheed.  And they form alliances with the Raafidah and Iran and they fight Ahlus-Sunnah and Islaam in the name of Islaam and Jihaad, as they claim. [2] So Allaah exposed their plots and the common-folk became aware of the danger that this group poses, let alone the Scholars, and let alone the students of knowledge and the teachers.

So this is how Allaah disgraces the people of innovation and exposes them.  And Allaah fore-ordains sincere and truthful Rabbaanee Scholars who hold fast to the Book and the Sunnah.  So Allaah has made manifest at the hands of these Scholars the faults of these groups and He has exposed their realities and their political aims, which split up the Muslims.” [3]

Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee Defends his Shaykh, Imaam Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee (d.1417H) and Testifies to His Mastery of ’Aqeedah:

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"It is obligatory to subdue the people of innovation.  And it is obligatory to publicize their affair and to warn against them.  This is what our Salaf used to do." - Shaykh Muhammad Amaan Ibn 'Alee al-Jaamee (d.1417H)
“It is obligatory to subdue the people of innovation. And it is obligatory to publicize their affair and to warn against them. This is what our Salaf used to do.” – Shaykh Muhammad Amaan Ibn ‘Alee al-Jaamee (d.1417H)

A questioner said in the midst of his question, “So you find them speaking about the callers to Salafiyyah, to the extent that one of them who studies the books of ’aqeedah in this country mocks Shaykh Muhammad Amaan saying, ‘’aqeedah, ’aqeedah!!!’  They mock Shaykh Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee and they praise Suroor from atop the pulpit saying that he is Zaynul-’Aabideen.  And he is the one whom Shaykh Ibn Baaz (d.1420H) said about his speech concerning ’aqeedah that this speech is apostasy from Islaam and this book must be torn up. [4] And they praise such a caller.”

Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee answered,

“With regards to those youth who ridicule him, by Allaah I have not tasted the sweetness of ’aqeedah in Tawheedul-Asmaa‘ was-Sifaat especially, except at the hands of this man: Shaykh Muhammad Amaan.  By Allaah he was familiar with it and he presented it exceptionally.  And by Allaah, if those who are mocking him were to get the opportunity to study under him, it would be nobility and an honour for them.  By Allaah, I have not seen anyone better in studying the ’aqeedah, or anyone like this man in presenting it.  And I have gone to those who were more knowledgeable and older than him.  However, by Allaah, I have not seen anyone like this great man, he had mastered the presentation of the ’aqeedah.  So these ones are ridiculing him?!”

Major Scholars of Our Times Have Testified to Shaykh Rabee’s Acumen in Refuting Ideologies and Orientations that are Foreign to the Salafee Manhaj:

Shaykh ’Alee Ibn Yahyaa al-Haddaadee – hafidhahullaah – said,

“During one of Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee’s blessed visits to the city of Riyadh – may Allaah protect it – I accompanied Shaykh Rabee’ along with a groups from the students of knowledge, and from them was the Shaykh’s son: Dr. Muhammad Ibn Rabee’, the former professor at the Islaamic University.  So we visited the noble Shaykh, Saalih al-Atram – rahimahullaahu ta’aalaa – in his home.  Indeed, Shaykh Saalih greeted Shaykh Rabee’ with a great reception.  And the discussion centered around various topics.

However, I will never forget the praise that Shaykh Saalih had in that gathering for Shaykh Rabee’. He said words to the effect, “We did not used to know these manaahij (methodologies), except after reading your books.” [5]

The collected works of Shaykh Rabee' Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee
The collected works of Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee

Shaykh Abul-’Abbaas ’Aadil Ibn Mansoor – hafidhahullaah – commented upon the statement of Imaam Ibnul-’Uthaymeen (d.1421H), “No Salafiyyah and no Ikhwaan.  The obligation is for all of the Muslims to be upon one ’aqeedah.” He said,

“There is no hizb (party) named Salafiyyah and no hizb named al-Ikhwaan and no hizb named at-Tableegh.  So we turn the statement of the Shaykh against them.  And the Shaykh did not mean ad-Da’watus-Salafiyyah and he did not intend the Salafee manhaj.  Due to this, one day the Shaykh made a statement about Shaykh Rabee’ that I have not heard him say about anyone else.  Ibnul-’Uthaymeen was an Imaam in knowledge, an Imaam in zuhd (asceticism), an Imaam in fiqh (jurisprudence) and an Imaam in referring back to the truth.  The rulers used to visit Ibnul-’Uthaymeen and they would sit in his gathering and drink coffee with him, like any other individual from the people.  And he had those clear affairs that have been documented and witnessed, but despite that, on the day that he was asked about Shaykh Rabee’, after knowing that Shaykh Rabee’ was a true Salafee and not part of a hizb proclaiming itself as Salafiyyah, what did he answer?  He said, “The likes of Shaykh Rabee’ is asked about me and I am not to be asked about him.” [6]


[1]: The Rabbaanee Scholar is one possessing deep knowledge and who acts in accordance to his knowledge and teaches it to others in accordance to their level.  Refer to Fathul-Baaree (1/214) of al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr (d.852H). Imaam Ibnul-Qayyim (d.751H) said, “The Salaf were agreed that a Scholar does not deserve the title of Rabbaanee until he recognises and knows the truth, acts upon it, and teaches it to others. So whosoever has knowledge, acts upon it, and teaches this knowledge to others, is considered from the Rabbaaniyyeen.”  Refer to Zaadul-Ma’aad fee Hadee Khayril-’Ibaad (p. 11) of Ibnul-Qayyim.

[2]: Imaam Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee (d.1420H) said, “I say therefore that it is not correct to say that the Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen are from Ahlus-Sunnah, because they wage war against the Sunnah.”  This can be heard on the 356th cassette of the Silsilatul-Hudaa wan-Noor series, entitled, “Hiwaar ma’a Ahad Atbaa’ Muhammad Suroor”, at approximately 24 minutes and 51 seconds into the recording.

[3]: Taken from a Friday sermon delivered by Shaykh ’Abdullaah adh-Dhufayree on the 20th of Rabee’ul-Awwal 1434H.

[4]: The questioner is referring to when the statement of Muhammad Suroor Zaynul-’Aabideen was presented to the noble Scholar.

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Shaykhul-Islaam ’Abdul-’Azeez Ibn ’Abdullaah Ibn Baaz (d.1420H) – rahimahullaah – was asked in the audio cassette, Aafaatul-Lisaan, “The author of the book, Manhajul-Anbiyaa‘ fid-Da’wah ilallaah, “Indeed, I have perused the books of ’aqeedah.  So I found that all of them are dull and dry, because they are texts and rulings.”  So what is your opinion concerning this speech?

The Shaykh answered,

“This is a grave error.  All of them are dull and dry!!!  I seek refuge with Allaah.  The sound ’aqeedah is not dull and dry.  It is, ‘Allaah said,’ and ‘His Messenger said.’  If he described the Qur‘aan and the Sunnah as being dull and dry, then this is apostasy from Islaam.  We ask Allaah for protection.

This dryness is in turning away from the Religion of Allaah the Exalted, this is dryness.  Turning away from the Religion of Allaah and not acting upon the Sharee’ah of Allaah is called dryness.  Additionally, it is called extremism.  The dull and dry one is the one who turns away from the Religion of Allaah.  The one who writes about ’aqeedah and teaches the people the correct ’aqeedah and whatever the Salafus-Saalih were upon, this one is not dull and dry.  This is the manhaj of the Prophets.  This is the manhaj of the Prophets in calling to Allaah and in clarifying the correct ’aqeedah and warning against whatever opposes it.  This statement is weak and wicked.”

He was then asked, “Is it permissible to sell this book?”

He replied,

“If this statement is in the book, then it is not permissible to sell it.  It is obligatory to tear it up if this statement is within it.  We hope from the writer of the questions that he shows us if it is being sold or not.”

[5]: Refer to: بين الشخ ربيع حفظه الله والشيخ صالح الأطرم رحمه الله

[6]: Refer to the recorded lecture entitled, Kalimah Diman Liqaa‘aat al-Madeenah an-Nabawiyyah ma’a Majmoo’ah minal-Mashaayikh.

Translation by Maaz Qureshi