Shaykh Ubayd al-Jaabiree on the Charlie Hebdo Shootings in Paris

[Q]: A few days ago, a number of cartoonists who insulted the noble Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) and journalists and employees of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper were killed in Paris.  Likewise, two men and a woman from the police force were killed.  And the individuals who carried out these criminal acts have not yet been caught.  However, video clips have emerged in which some of the criminals praise this act and they say that they carried out this crime in order to exact revenge for the noble Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam).

Aftermath of the shootings at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris, France
Aftermath of the shootings at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris, France

So now the fingers are being pointed at Islaam and at the Muslims in general and at the Muslims who live in France specifically.  Fires have been set and bombs have been thrown at some of the mosques.

So the question – may Allaah preserve you – is: What is the position of the Salafee towards these acts of terror and what is your advice to the Muslims in France and to the Salafee callers in specific.  May Allaah reward you with goodness.

[A]: Firstly: There is no person of Sunnah whose heart does not have upon it any blemish of innovation (bid’ah), regardless of whether he is a Scholar, or a qualified student of knowledge, or from the students of knowledge who are below that level, or from the laymen who attend the gatherings of the Scholars and their students, except that he opposes these criminal missions, regardless of whether they occur at this newspaper, or at other than it, and no matter how often they occur.

Secondly: The reasonable ones from the Jews and the Christians, from those who neighbor the Muslims in their land, all of them know and realize this; even those who are largely responsible for the countries in Europe and America and other than these.  They feel safe and secure with regards to Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah and they feel safe and secure with regards to the Salafiyyeen.

Thirdly: It has become clear from that which has preceded that it is not permissible to attribute these criminal missions to a person of Sunnah.  Rather, these occur from the Khawaarij and the riffraff and the savages and the anarchists.

And these anarchists in some cases are Raafidah and in some cases they are disbelievers who have donned the cloak of the Muslims and who are hidden within the ranks of the Raafidah or the Khawaarij from the fanatics amongst the Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen and other than them.

So the Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen are one of the modern-day groups of da’wah, all of which are misguided and misguiding others.  They declare it permissible to seek the help of non-Muslims for their political aims.

And it is not far-fetched to say that this criminal mission may have been carried out to cause offense to Ahlus-Sunnah specifically and to the Muslims who live in France and other than it from the countries of Europe and America, and so as to cause strife against Ahlus-Sunnah specifically.

 And in conclusion, I advise our sons, the Salafiyyeen, wherever they may live: in France especially or in other than it from the countries of Europe and America and Africa, the non-Muslim countries; I advise the speakers and the teachers and the lecturers and the journalists who are Muslim to come to an agreement upon a singular word, and that is to openly proclaim innocence from these criminal missions and other than them from the acts of the anarchists.

And Ahlus-Sunnah preserve the agreements and fulfill the trusts.  Ahlus-Sunnah carry out the trusts.  Ahlus-Sunnah safeguard their neighbors and uphold good treatment of the neighbor.  So they do not transgress against his honor, nor against his wealth, nor against his person.

Ahlus-Sunnah remain mindful of Allaah as they live in the lands of Europe and America and other than them from the non-Muslim lands.  They keep in mind that there is between them and the citizens of the country in which they reside a contract and an agreement, so they are never treacherous at all.

And as I have stated previously, the reasonable ones from the Jews and the Christians and other than them have respect for the Salafiyyeen and they feel secure with regards to Ahlus-Sunnah and know that these criminal acts are not their doing.

There remains the issue of the destruction that took place at the mosques by way of bombs.  I do not deem it far-fetched that this situation is likewise.  Rather, I am certain that it was an offense that could have been perpetrated by the political group: al-Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen, or it could have been perpetrated by fanatical and unreasonable disbelievers.

This is what I advise and affirm with regards to these criminal acts and Allaah is the Guardian of success. [End of Shaykh Ubayd al-Jaabiree’s words]

Translation by Maaz Qureshi

Shaykh Ubayd al-Jaabiree’s Advice to the Salafees in the US 6/8/2014CE – Reflections upon the Hadeeth, “The Believer to the Believer is Like a Building.”

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Summarized Translation by Abul-Hasan Malik @RahmaniyyahPub via Twitter

The Shaykh will discuss the hadith of the believers being like one body. From the Hadith in the Sahihayn.  He mentioned that the people of the Sunnah support and strengthen one another.  He mentioned that even with the great distance between us, our news reaches you and your news reaches us.  He mentioned that from the characteristics of the people of the Sunnah is Rifq.  The Shaykh mentioned that from the distinguishing characteristics of the Sunni: 1. they hasten to unite the word of the Muslims the Book and the Sunnah.  The Shaykh mentioned that the characteristics of the people of Sunnah are:

1. Rifq with Sunnis
2. Reminding his brothers.
3. Assisting their brothers.
4. Pointing out the heedlessness of the heedless, making them aware
5. He aids the one who has been transgressed against.

So that they can be one body, even if they are physically at a distance from one another.  If the Sunni finds that a Sunni has made a mistake opposing the book and the Sunnah, the mistake is refuted but his honor is preserved.  However if the mistake comes from an innovator the error is refuted and his honor is not protected.  The people of innovation speak in detail about sincerity, but are vague as it relates to following the Sunnah.  But the people of the Sunnah speak in detail about sincerity as well as following the Sunnah.  From the characteristics of the people of Sunnah is that they advise in that which is between them, so that the person can return.  From them: if someone causes fitnah amongst them they censure him and tell him to fear Allah.  If he returns then he is thanked, but if he is obstinate and persists, then they refute this one.  The word of the people of the Sunnah is one.  He mentioned that the Sunnis are together: one body, like a structure. They strengthen one another.  When a mistake is made by the Sunni in his speech and action, he is to be advised. If he accepts, praise is for Allah.  When the Sunnis warn against the obstinate one, it does not cause division, because their unity/separation is not based on personalities.  The Shaykh ended this with a supplication that Allah strengthen us.  And that Allah aids us in our call to Allah.  He said be patient and work together.  The Shaykh conveyed the Salaams and ended today’s tele-link.

May Allah bless our noble Shaykh Ubayd al-Jaabiri for giving his children here in the US and beyond such a great reminder and advice.

The Ruling on Combining the ’Ishaa‘ Prayer with the Maghrib Prayer at the Time of Maghrib

al-’Allaamah ’Ubayd Ibn ’Abdullaah al-Jaabiree

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[Q]: Is it permissible for them (in Britain) to combine the ’Ishaa‘ Prayer with the Maghrib Prayer at the time of Maghrib? This is because the time of Fajr there is 3:00AM and the time for breaking fast is 9:30PM at night, and ’Ishaa‘ is at 11:00PM at night?

[A]: There is no problem with that, if Allaah wills, and I have already answered the like of this matter in many sittings, by way of this website (i.e. Miraathul-Anbiyaa‘) and other than it. It has been authentically reported upon the Prophet (sallaallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) that while in al-Madeenah he combined between the Dhuhr Prayer and ’Asr Prayer and between the Maghrib Prayer and ’Ishaa‘ Prayer at the time of the first of the two Prayers. He prayed Dhuhr and ’Asr as eight raka’aat (i.e. he did not shorten the Prayers but rather just combined as he was residing locally in al-Madeenah) and he prayed Maghrib and ’Ishaa‘ as seven raka’aat (i.e. three for Maghrib and four for ’Ishaa‘).

When Ibn ’Abbaas (radiyallaahu ’anhu) was asked about why he (i.e. the Messenger of Allah) did this, he said, “This was as to not place a hardship upon his Ummah.” [1] And according to what you described in your question, then this is a hardship, and to remove that hardship is by combining the two Prayers at the time of the first of the two. You can pray Maghrib then pray ’Ishaa‘ (right after). Also there is no problem that you pray what is easy for you from the Taraaweeh Prayer. This is because the time for the ’Ishaa‘ Prayer became earlier, as its time became along with the time for Maghrib Prayer. Meaning, the time for Maghrib Prayer also became the time for ’Ishaa‘ Prayer (i.e. because of the intention of combining the two). Or you can pray the Taraaweeh Prayer in your homes. You must not quarrel over this.

[1]: Related by Muslim (no. 705).

Translation by Abu Suhayl Anwar Wright