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*Introduction to the concepts of the Ruboobiyyah of Allah, and the singling out of Allah in our Uloohiyyah*

The Beginnings of Deviation (Al Istiqaamah Magazine) Issue No.7

[1]: MAN’S FITRAH (NATURAL DISPOSITION)
What is essential to know is that: “Allaah created the creation in order that they should worship Him. Furthermore, Allaah prepared for them – from His Provision – all that they would require. About this Allaah – the Most High – said:

“I did not create jinn and mankind, except that they should worship Me. I do not seek any provisions from them, nor do I ask that they should feed me. Indeed Allaah is the Provider, the Possessor of Might and Strength.” [Soorah adh-Dhaariyaat 51:56-58].

So the soul – if left to its Fitrah (natural disposition and inclination) – would find itself acknowledging Allaah’s Divinity, loving Him and worshiping Him alone, without worshipping others along with Him. However, this fitrah becomes corrupted and it deviates away from the pure worship of Allaah, due to what the devils – from amongst mankind and jinn – whisper to some people, beautifying to them their whispers of deception. So Tawheed (to worship Allaah alone) is the core and root of man’s fitrah, whereas Shirk (directing any part of worship that belongs only to Allaah, to other than Allaah) is alien to it and is something that deceptively enters into it. Allaah – the Most High – said:

“So set your face to the Haneef Religion (the Religion of pure Tawheed), This is the fitrah of Allaah which He created mankind upon. There is to be no change in the creation (i.e, Religion) of Allaah. That is the straight and upright Religion. But most of mankind do not have knowledge.” [Soorah Room 30:30].”1

The above Aayah (Verse) clearly refutes the false notion of the atheists; who claim that the natural basis of man is Shirk, and that Tawheed evolved in man! Not only does the previous Aayah refutes this falsehood, but so do the following two authentic narrations:

Firstly: Allaah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, that his Lord said: “I created all My Servants upon the true Religion (upon Tawheed, free from Shirk). Then the devils come to them end led them astray from their true Religion. They made unlawful to people that which I had mode lawful for them, and they commended them to associate in worship with Me, that for which I had sent down no authority.”4

Secondly: Allaah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Every child is born upon the Fitrah (i.e. Islaam), but his parents make him a jew or a christian or a magian. It is like the way on animal gives birth to a natural offspring. Have you noticed any born mutilated, before you mutilate them.” Abu Hurayrah said: Recite if you wish: “Allaah’s fitrah with which He created mankind. There is to be no change to the creation (Religion) of Allaah.” [Soorah Room 30:30].”3

[2]: THE BEGINNING OF IDOL-WORSHIP
Mankind was, in the beginning, a single Ummah (nation) upon Tawheed, the pure worship of Allaah alone. Then Shirk gradually overcame them. The basis for this belief is what Allaah – the Most High – said:

“Mankind was one Ummah (nation), then Allaah sent Prophets bringing good news and warnings.” [Soorah al-Baqarah 2:213].

“Mankind was not except a single Ummah, then they differed.” [Soorah Yoonus 12. 19].

Ibn ‘Abbaas radiallaahu ‘anhu said:
“Between Noah and Aadam there were ten generations, all of them were upon the Sharee’ah (Law) of the truth, then they differed. So Allaah sent Prophets as bringers of good news and as warners.”4

So: “During the time of the Prophet Noah ‘alayhis-salaam, Shirk appeared amongst his people, and they started worshipping idols along with worshipping Allaah. So Allaah said:

“Indeed We sent Noah ‘alayhis-salaam to his people and he said to them: I have come to you as a clear warner; that you should worship only Allaah.” [Soorah Hood 1 1:25-26].”5

After this clear explanation, it is of the utmost importance for the Muslims to know exactly how Shirk spread amongst the Believers, after they were people upon pure Tawheed?

[3]: THE ORIGINS OF SHIRK
Allaah – the Most Perfect – said about the people of Noah:

“And they said: You shall not forsake your deities / gods, nor shall you forsake Wadd, nor Suwaa’, nor Yaghooth, nor Ya’ooq, nor Nasr.” [Soorah Nooh 71:23].

Ibn ‘Abbaas radiallaahu ‘anhu relates:
“These were all idols from Noah’s nation, which eventually ended up amongst the Arabs. Wadd was the idol which was worshipped by the Kalb tribe in the region of Dawmatul-Jandal; Suwaa’ was for the Hudhayl tribe; Yaghooth by the Ghutayf tribe at Jurf near the region of Sabaa; Ya’ooq for the Hamdaan tribe and Nasr was the idol worshipped by the Dhul-Kalaa of the Himayr tribe. Indeed these five idols were the names of righteous men from the nation of Noah. When they died Shaytaan whispered to their people to make statues of them in honour of them, and to place these statues in their places of gathering as a reminder of them, so they did this. However, none from amongst them worshipped these statues, until when that generation passed away and the purpose of the statues was forgotten, the next generation then began worshipping them.“6

Muhammad ibn Qays radiallaahu ‘anhu said:
“Yaghooth, Ya’ooq and Nasr were a group of righteous men, who were taken as examples to be followed by their people. So when they died their companions said: If we were to make pictures of them it would encourage us to do acts of worship and obedience to Allaah (as they did). So they made pictures of them. However, when they died and the next generation came, Shaytaan whispered to them saying: Your fore-fathers used to worship these righteous men, and it was due to them that it rained. So they began to worship them.”7

So the beginnings of Shirk lay in the excessive praise and respect given to certain dead pious Muslims, who – due to peoples’ love for them – became idols that were worshipped and supplicated along with Allaah. So what needs to be understood is why people felt that they had to worship these righteous people along with worshipping Allaah.

[4]: TAKING THE DEAD AS INTERCESSORS
Allaah – the One free from all defects – said:

“Indeed We have sent down to you the Book in truth, so worship Allaah alone by making the Religion purely for Him. Surely the Religion, worship and obedience should be for Allaah alone. But those who take as awliyaa (friends and protectors) others along with Allaah say: We only worship them so that they may bring us closer to Allaah. Indeed Allaah will judge between them concerning that in which they differ. Indeed Allaah does not guide those who are liars and disbelievers.” [Soorah az-Zumar 39:2-3].

“And they worship those besides Allaah that can neither harm nor benefit them, and they say: These are our intercessors with Allaah. Say to them: Do you inform Allaah about that which He does not have knowledge in the heavens and the earth. Glory be to Allaah and how free He is from that which the associate as partners with Him.” [Soorah Yoosuf 10:18].

“So Allaah – the Most Perfect – informed us in these two Aayaat (Verses) that the mushriks had taken others from the creation as awliyaa along with Allaah. They worshipped them along with Him, by offering du’aa (supplication) to them, and directing to them hope (of attaining safety or of being cured from some illness) and fear, sacrifice, vows, and their like claiming that directing such worship to these awliyaa would bring them closer to Allaah and that these awliyaa would then act as intercessors between them and Allaah. Yet Allaah – the the Most Perfect – rejected such claims and made clear its falseness and labeled those who claimed such a thing as being liars and disbelievers!”8

“Thus it should be clear to all who have intellect, that the cause of disbelief of the earlier kuffaar (disbelievers) was due to them taking the Prophets, awliyaa, trees, stones and other things from the creation, as intercessors between them and Allaah, believing that such intercessors would fulfill for them their needs and aspirations, without any permission from Allaah – the Most Perfect – nor His approval. They considered it to be similar to how ministers and advisors intercede on behalf of the people with the worldly kings. So they made a (false) analogy between Allaah – the Most Majestic – and the worldly kings and leaders, saying: lust as a person who wishes to present his needs to a king has to go through the king’s advisors and ministers, then likewise we draw closer to Allaah by making du’aa (supplication) to the Prophets and the awliyaa; taking them as intercessors between us and Allaah. However, this analogy is the height of futility and falsehood. Since Allaah – the One free from all defects – has none that is comparable to Him, nor can analogies be made between Him and His creation. Indeed no one intercedes for His creation, except with His permission. and none will be granted shafaa’a (intercession), except the people of Tawheed. For Allaah – the Most Perfect – has knowledge and power over all things, and is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy. He does not fear anyone, nor is frightened by anyone, since He – the Most Perfect – has power and dominion over His slaves and disposes of their affairs as He Wills. This is contrary to the earthly kings and leaders, for they do not have power over everything, nor do they have knowledge about everything. This is why they are dependant upon advisers, ministers and armies to assist them in matters which they, by themselves, are unable to do. They are also in need of being informed about those who are in need, which is another reason for their being surrounded by ministers and advisors. But the Lord – the Mighty and Majestic, the One free from all defects and shortcomings – is free from any type of need or assistance from any of His creation. He is more merciful to them that their mothers and He is the Most Just. And according to His Wisdom, Knowledge and Power, He places all things in their proper place. It is therefore not permissible to compare Allaah with His creation in this manner.”9

[5]: DU’AA TO OTHER THAN ALLAAH IS SHIRK
The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:
“Whosoever dies whilst making du’aa (invocation, supplication) to others besides Allaah, will enter the HellFire.”10

[6]: A PROOF FROM THE COMPANIONS
Anas radiallaahu ‘anhu related:
“In times of drought, ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab radiallaahu ‘anhu used to ask ‘Abbaas ibn ‘Abdul-Muttalib to pray for rain on their behalf. He himself would say: “O Allaah we used to ask Your Prophet to supplicate on our behalf to You, and You would bless us with rain. Now we ask the uncle of our Prophet to supplicate to You on our behalf, so bless us with rain.” Anas said: So they would be blessed with rain.”11

Sulaym ibn ‘Aamir al-Khabaairee relates:
“That the sky withheld all rain, so Mu’aawiyah ibn Abee Sufyaan went out to pray for rain along with the people of Damascus. So when Mu’aawiyah sat upon the pulpit he said: “Where is Yazeed ibn al-Aswad al-Jurashee?” So the people called him and he came stepping between the people. Then Mu’aawiyah commanded him, so he ascended the pulpit and sat at his feet. Then Mu’aawiyah said: “O Allaah! Today we are asking the best and most noblest amongst us to supplicate to You for us. O Allaah, today we put Yazeed ibn al-Aswad al-Jurashee forward to supplicate to You for us. O Yazeed! Raise up your hands to Allaah.” So he raised up his hands and the people raised up their hands. Then rain-clouds, like large shields, came quickly from the west, and the winds blew, and it rained so much that people could hardly reach their houses.”12

So why didn’t ‘Umar radiallaahu ‘anhu and the rest of the Companions who were with him, go to the grave of our beloved Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam; or to the grave of the greatest of the awliyaa Abu Bakr radiallaahu ‘anhu, and make du’aa (supplication) to them for rain? Why? Because they knew that doing so would constitute shirk? Likewise, why didn’t Mu’aawiyah, and those of the righteous people with him, not delegate someone to go to Madeenah – to the grave of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, or any of the Companions buried there – or directly make du’aa to them from Damascus, in their time of distress and great need? Why? Because they knew that doing so would constitute shirk!

[7]: SOME POINTS OF BENEFIT
Firstly: That Shirk began during the time of Noah ‘alayhis-salaam, due to the excessive love and veneration that the people had for certain dead pious Muslim.

Imaam al-Qurtubee (d.654H) – rahimahullaah – said: “The initial images that were made of these righteous men were done in order that the people could be reminded about their righteousness and so strive in being righteous; as they strove. So they worshipped Allaah by the graves of these righteous men. Then a people came after them who forgot the intent of their fore-fathers’ actions. So Shaytaan whispered to them saying: Your fore-fathers used to worship these images and held them in great veneration.”13

Secondly: “That Shaytaan is eager to misguide mankind and to plot against them. He comes from the angle of exploiting man’s emotions, and lures them into doing acts that are (apparently) good. Thus, when Shaytaan saw amongst the people of Noah their great love and esteem for the righteous, he tricked them into going beyond the bounds in their love, and he got them to make and place statues of these dead pious Muslims in their places of gatherings. The objective of this was to make them swerve away from the right path.

Thirdly: That Shaytaan does not only observe the present generation, and seek to deceive only them; but he also wishes to misguide and deceive future generations. Thus, when he could not plunge the present generation, from the people of Noah, into Shirk, he eagerly awaited the next generation’s arrival, in order that he could misguide them.”14

Fourthly: That the worshipping of dead pious Muslims continues to be practiced amongst the Ummah even today. The difference being is that the names have changed. Thus, instead of worshipping Wadd, or Yaghooth, or Ya’ooq; people have instead directed the same practices of Shirk – like supplicating directly to the pious dead, and taking them as intercessors between them and Allaah – to others; such as to Shaykh ‘Abdul-Qaadir al-Jeelaanee in Iraaq, or al-Baydaawee in Eygypt, or Chishtee in India, etc. However, changing the name of a thing, does not change its reality.

1. Kitaabut-Tawheed (p.6) of Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan.
2. Related by Muslim (8/159) and Ahmad (4/162) from ‘lyaadh ibn Himaar al-Mujaashi’ee radiallaahu ‘anhu.
3. Related by al-Bukhaaree (11/418) and Muslim (18/52), from Abu Hurayrah radiallaahu ‘anhu.
4. Related by at-Tabaree in his Tafseer (4/275).
5. Mubaahith (p.21) of Shaykh Naasir al-‘Aql.
6. Related by al-Bukhaaree (no.4920).
7. Related by at-Tabaree in his Tafseer (29/98).
8. Iqaamatul-Baraaheen (p.27) of Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez bin Baaz.
9. Iqaamatul-Baraaheen (pp.53-55).
10. Related by al-Bukhaaree (no.4297), from Ibn Mas’ood radiallaahu ‘anhu.
11. Related by al-Bukhaaree (no.1010).
12. Related by Ibn ‘Asskir in Tareekh Dimishq (18/151/1).
13. Jaami’ li-Ahkaamil-Qur’aan (13/308).
14. Bayaan Haqeeqatut-Tawheed (pp.8-9) of Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan

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Hypocrisy in Belief – More dangerous than Hypocrisy in Action

Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah
Amma ba’d
Hypocrisy in Belief!

Hypocrisy with respect to beliefs is of six types. Aoodhubillaah! These six types of Hypocrisy in belief (which is the more dangerous type of hypocrisy than the hypocrisy in action) can be found in Shaikh Al-Albanee’s highly beneficial book Tawheed First, O Callers to Islaam

quote:
Nifaaq in belief is of six types:
[1] Denying belief in the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

[2] Denying part of what the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came with.

[3] Hating the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

[4] Hating part of what the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came with.

[5] Pleasure in decline and diminishing of the Messenger’s (salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) Deen (religion), and

[6] Displeasure in victory and triumph for the Messenger’s (salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) Deen (religion).

Source: Tawheed First, O Callers to Islaam, pg. 81 (English version, First Edition)

As student of knowledge Moosa Richardson (hafidhahullaah) confirmed in a Private Message:

quote:
Any one of the [above six types] is major Nifaaq [Hypocrisy] – disbelief outside of the religion – and thus the Munaafiqeen (hypocrites) are in the lowest parts of the Fire.

The Fruit of the Belief that Allah is the All-Hearer and the All-Seer – Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen

“There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer” (Ash-Shura 42:11)

The fruit of a person’s faith in this, is that it leads the servant to give Him the utmost reverence, because there is nothing like Him among the creatures. So, exalt this Magnificent Lord that does not have an equal; Or else there will not be any benefit here to your faith that; “There is nothing like unto Him”

When you believe that He is the All-Hearer, you Will soon be cautious regarding every statement that angers Allah, because you know that He hears you, and You fear His punishment. You will soon avoid every statement that involves disobedience of Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, because you believe He is the All-Hearer. If this belief does not make this happen to you, know that your belief that Allah as the All-Hearer, is without a doubt, deficient.

If you truly believe that Allah is the All-Hearer, you would not say anything except that which pleases Him, particularly when you are talking about His Shari’ah, as in the case of a Mufti or a scholar. For this is indeed worse. Allah, Glorious is He, says:

(Then who does more wrong than one who invents a lie against Allah, to lead mankind astray without knowledge. Certainly Alla’h guides not the people who are Zalimz’n (wrongdoers)) (Al-An’am 8:144)

Indeed this is among the worst forms of wrongdoing. That is why He said:

(Verity! Allah guides not the people who are Zalimin wrongdoers)) (Al-Ahqaf 46:10)

This among the punishments for the one who gives religious verdicts without knowledge; that he will not be guided, because he is a wrongdoer.

Be warned my brother Muslim, against saying anything that does not please Allah, whether you say that regarding Allah, or otherwise.

The fruit of the belief that Allah is the All-Seer, is that you will not do anything that angers Allah, because you know that whenever you are looking at something that is prohibited, while the people do not know it is an unlawful glance, Allah, the Exalted sees this glance, and He knows what is in your heart:

{Allah knows the fraud of the eyes, and all that the breasts conceal}(Ghafir 40:19)

When you believe in this, it is not possible that you ever do anything that does not please Him.

You should be shy before Allah, as you are shy before the nearest of the people to you, the most respected of them before you. Therefore, if we believe that Allah is the All-Seer, we will soon guard against every action that will lead to angering Allah; otherwise, our faith in that will be deficient.

If somebody points with his finger, his lip, his eye, or head, to something that is unlawful, while the people around him are unaware, Allah, the Exalted, sees him. Whoever believes in Him, then he should beware of this; If we believe in What is implicated by Allah’s Names Attributes, then we would have a complete state steadfastness (Istiqamah) among ourselves. And the One whose Help is sought.

Source : Al-’Aqidah Al-Wasitiyyah (2 Vol. Set) – Author: Muhammad bin Salih Al-’Uthaimin – Publisher: Darussalam Publishers & Distributors

Explanation of the Four Rules Regarding Shirk – Shaykh Sālih bin Muhammad Al-Luhaydān [Video|Ar-En Subtitles]

Explanation of the Four Rules Regarding Shirk
Of Imām Muhammad bin ‘Abdul-Wahāb
By Shaykh Sālih bin Muhammad Al-Luhaydān
Translation adapted from Al-Ibaanah Book Publishing

شرح القواعد الأربع
الإسلام محمد بن عبد الوهاب
الشيخ صالح بن محمد اللحيدان

The Nullifiers of Islaam

The Nullifiers of Islaam

AUTHOR: Imaam `Abdul-`Azeez bin Baaz
SOURCE: Nawaaqid-ul-Islaam

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Know O Muslim brother that Allaah has obligated all of His servants
to enter the fold of Islaam, to hold tightly onto it and to beware
of those things that oppose it. And He sent His Prophet, Muhammad
(sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam), to call the people to that,
informing us that whoever follows him is guided, whereas whoever
turns away from him is astray. In many ayaat (verses) of the
Qur’aan, He has warned us about the things that cause one to
apostate as well as all the rest of the types of Shirk (polytheism)
and Kufr (disbelief).

The scholars, may Allaah have mercy on them, have mentioned in their
chapters on the “Ruling of the Apostate”, that a Muslim may apostate
from his Religion through various types of Nullifiers (of Faith),
which cause his life and wealth to become permissible (for taking)
and which causes him to leave from the fold of Islaam.

And from the most dangerous amongst them and those that occur most
often are ten nullifiers [1] that we will mention to you in the
following lines, in a summarized manner, so that you may beware of
them and warn others about them, hoping that Allaah will protect and
safeguard us from them. We will also mention a few short
clarifications after them.

First: Shirk (associating partners) in the worship of Allaah. Allaah
says: “Verily, Allaah does not forgive that partners be associated
with Him in worship (Shirk), but He forgives what is less than that
to whom He wills.” [Surah An-Nisaa: 116]

And He says: “Verily, the one who mixes partners in worship with
Allaah (Shirk), then Paradise has been made forbidden for him and
his final abode will be the Hellfire. And the wrongdoers will not
have any helpers (in Hell).” [Surah Al-Maa’idah: 72]

What falls into this is supplicating and invoking the deceased,
seeking assistance from them, as well as making oaths to them and
offering sacrificial animals to them.

Second: Whoever places intermediaries between himself and Allaah,
asking them to intercede on his behalf, and relying on them, has
committed disbelief according to the unanimous agreement of the
scholars.

Third: Whoever does not hold the polytheists to be disbelievers, or
has doubts about their disbelief or considers their ways and beliefs
to be correct, has committed disbelief.

Fourth: Whoever believes that some guidance other than that of the
Prophet’s (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) is more complete than his
guidance and that someone else’s judgement is better than his
judgement, such as those who prefer the judgement of the Tawaagheet
(pl. of Taaghoot; false deities/religions) over his judgement, then
he is a disbeliever.

Fifth: Whoever hates something that the Messenger came with, even
though he may act on it, has disbelieved, based on Allaah’s
saying: “That is because they disliked what Allaah sent down, so He
nullified their (good) deeds.” [Surah Muhammad: 9]

Sixth: Whoever mocks or ridicules any part of the Messenger’s
Religion or its rewards or punishments has committed an act of
disbelief. The proof for this is Allaah’s statement: “Say: `Was it
Allaah and His verses and His Messenger that you were mocking? Make
no excuses, you have disbelieved after having had faith.” [Surah At-
Tawbah: 65-66]

Seventh: Sorcery, which includes magic spells that causes a person
to hate (sarf) [2] or love (`atf) [3] someone/something. So whoever
performs it or is pleased with it being done, has committed
disbelief. The proof for this is Allaah’s statement: “And neither of
these two (angels) would teach anyone until they had first said to
them: `We are only a trial (for the people), so do not commit
disbelief.’” [Surah Al-Baqarah: 102]

Eighth: Supporting and assisting the polytheists against the
Muslims. The proof for this is Allaah’s statement: “And whoever
amongst you takes them (i.e. the disbelievers) as allies and
protectors then he is indeed from among them. Verily, Allaah does
not guide a wrong-doing [4] people.” [Surah Al-Maa’idah: 51]

Ninth: Whoever believes that it is permitted for some people to be
free of (implementing) the Sharee’ah (revealed laws) of Muhammad
(i.e. Islaam), then he is a disbeliever, according to Allaah’s
statement: “And whoever seeks a Religion other than Islaam, it will
never be accepted from him and in the Hereafter, he will be from
among the losers.” [Surah Aali `Imraan: 85]

Tenth: Turning away from Allaah’s Religion, not learning it or
implementing it (is an act of disbelief). The proof for this is
Allaah’s saying: “And who does more wrong [5] than he who is
reminded [6] of the ayaat (signs/verses) of his Lord, then turns
away [7] from them. Verily, We shall extract retribution [8] from
the criminals.” [Surah As-Sajdah: 22]

There is no difference, with regard to (committing any of) these
nullifiers, between the one who jokes, the one who is serious or the
one who does so out of fear. However, the one who commits them due
to being coerced (is excused). All of these (ten) matters are from
the gravest in danger and from those that most often occur. So the
Muslim must beware of them and fear from these acts befalling him.

What falls into the Fourth Nullifier are those who believe that the
man-made laws and constitutions that the people have legislated are
better than the Sharee’ah (laws) of Islaam.

Or those who believe that it is not correct to implement the Laws of
Islaam in the twentieth century.

Or that this is a cause for the backwardness of the Muslims.

Or that it is limited to only playing a part in the relationship
between the servant and his Lord and that it should not interfere in
the other affairs of life.

What also falls under this fourth category are those who hold that
carrying out Allaah laws, such as cutting off the hand of a thief or
stoning a guilty adulterer is not befitting for this modern era.

What also falls under this category are those who believe that it is
permissible to rule by other than the Laws of Allaah (Sharee’ah) in
matters of interactions, penal laws and so on, even if he doesn’t
believe that it is better than ruling by the Sharee’ah. This is
since by doing this, he will be making lawful that which Allaah has
made forbidden, according to the unanimous consensus (Ijmaa’).

Anyone that makes lawful that which Allaah has prohibited from the
matters that one is required to know by necessity, such as
fornication, alcohol, interest and ruling by other than Allaah’s
Laws, then he is a disbeliever according to the Ijmaa’ (unanimous
consensus) of the Muslims.

We seek refuge in Allaah from those things that bring about His
Anger and painful Punishment. May the peace and blessings be on the
best of His creatures, Muhammad (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam).

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FOOTNOTES:

[1] As mentioned by the Shaikh and Imaam, Muhammad bin ‘Abdil-
Wahhaab, and other scholars, may Allaah have mercy on all of them.
[2] Sarf: A Magic act done in order to turn a person away from what
he desires, such as turning a man away from loving his wife to
loving another.
[3] ‘Atf: A Magic act done in order to turn a person towards
something that he does not desire, using satanic methods (to achieve
it).
[4] Dhaalimoon (wrong-doing people) here means the disbelievers.:
[5] Meaning: “There is no one that does more wrong…”
[6] Tadh-keer (Reminder) means: “Admonishing and drawing one’s
attention to something that must be called to mind.”
[7] I’raad (turning away) means: “Refraining from and turning one’s
back on.”
[8] Intiqaam (revenge/seeking retribution) means: “Responding with
severity against something that had been done prior.”

Manhaj Point: Unity upon What? – Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen

As for uniting the Ummah, without doubt, this is obligatory. As Allaah, the Majestic and High, has said:

وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعاً وَلا تَفَرَّقُوا
And hold fast to the Rope of Allaah, altogether, and be not divided.
(Aali Imraan 3:103)

However, it is obligatory upon what? Upon the guidance of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) and his companions, not upon desires. Allaah said: “And hold fast to the Rope of Allaah.” He began with the Rope of Allaah before saying: جَمِيعا“…altogether,” And the Rope of Allaah is His religion and His Legislation.

As for us being in agreement based upon compromise, this is an error. Due to this, we find the scholars–may Allaah have mercy upon them–refuting the innovators and deeming it to be obligatory to upon them to return to the Truth.

Translated by Raha ibn Donald Batts
Source: Silsilah Liqaa’aat Al-Baab Al-Maftooh no. 194

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