Al-Albaani asked about Salmaan and his advice to the Youth | 2 | Those Who Rush into Issues which the Shaikh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah and His Students Would Take Their Time Over
by The Albaani Blog
Someone Else: O Shaikh! The state of affairs concerning what goes on amongst the youth in many parts of the world is very bleak. We don’t doubt that there are people who have deviated, that are mistaken, that are innovators. [But] many times the confrontation has become personal, a confrontation over mere gossip [qeel wal-qaal] and the youth do not understand the wasted time that that entails nor the great antagonism that it foments between them. This is something they do not notice.
We don’t doubt that the truth is with them, but when I ask many of the youth how much Quraan they have memorised they will say, ‘Three Juzz,’ and if I ask them how long they have been debating this issue, they will say, ‘Three years.’
For three years they’ve been sitting, [discussing things like], ‘Zaid [i.e., so and so] is reliable, he’s not reliable, he’s a kaafir, he’s not a kaafir, he’s an apostate, he’s not an apostate, he said what he said, he’s a deviant, he’s not a deviant.’
Maybe he is [in fact] a deviant or mistaken or misguided, [but] they think that if someone comes to advise them telling them that this is a waste of time, most of them will think that the person advising them is with those deviants, and this is something strange, when all he wants is to advise them.
[You’ll find] a youth, a seventeen year old, who hasn’t memorised anything except a little–[but] he’ll be discussing very deep issues which the Shaikh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah and his students would take their time and deliberate patiently and carefully over. But these youth will rush to such issues. So we want some direction concerning things like this.
Al-Albaani: Many times I’m asked, ‘What is your opinion about so and so?’ and I understand from the questioner that he is either for the person he is asking about or against him. And maybe the one he is asking about is from our brothers, and maybe he is from our old brothers about whom it is said, ‘He has deviated/strayed.’
So I advise the questioner, my brother, what have you to do with Zaid, Bakr and Umar? [Trans. note: i.e., like saying Tom, Dick and Harry]. Remain on the right course as you have been commanded [cf. Surah Hud 11:112].
This knowledge will enable you to distinguish between the righteous person and the sinner, between the one who is correct and the one who is mistaken and so on. Thereafter, don’t hate your Muslim brother just because–I don’t say just because he made a mistake–rather I say [don’t hate your Muslim brother] just because he has deviated/strayed, but has strayed in an issue or two or three but in other issues he has not deviated.
We find in the Imaams of Hadith people whose hadiths they would accept [yet] in their biographies it will be said that he was a Murji’ee, a Khaariji, a Naasibi and so on. These are all faults and misguidance but they had a balance which they stuck to and they would not let the weight of one fault outweigh many good deeds, or [they would not let the weight of] two or three faults outweigh all of the good deeds [the person has] the greatest of which is the testimony that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah.
I say, for example, regarding Salmaan [al-Awdah] and people like him: some of our Salafi brothers accuse them of being from the Ikhwaan al-Muslimoon. I say: I don’t know whether he is from the Ikhwaan al-Muslimoon. But would that the Ikhwaan al-Muslimoon were like him. The Ikhwaan al-Muslimoon fight the call to tawheed and say that it splits the Ummah and divides the [united] word. As for these people, as far as I know, and the people of Makkah know their mountain passes best, they call to tawheed and study tawheed, isn’t that so?
Al-Albaani: Thus, if only the Ikhwaan al-Muslimoon were like that. And maybe some political activity is found among them [i.e., among Salmaan and people like him], and they have something which resembles revolting against the rulers … and so on.
Yes, the Khawaarij were like that, the real Khawaarij which the scholars have no doubt were the ones referred to in the Prophet’s عليه السلام saying, “The Khawaarij are the dogs of the Fire,” the ones who this refers to are those who rebelled against Ali and as is mentioned in the famous hadith of the two Sahihs, “… they will leave Islaam like an arrow darts through the game’s body …” they [i.e., those who rebelled against Ali] are the ones intended here.
Yet along with this, they [i.e., the scholars of hadith] would narrate hadith from them and regarded them as Muslims. So they left their misguidance and made clear their good deeds, and this is by way of His Saying, the Most High, “… and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just, that is nearer to righteousness …” [Maa’idah 5:8].
So these people, if they have strayed, and I don’t think it is a deviation in aqidah, but rather in methods … whatever the case we ask Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, that He makes us a balanced nation, which does not go to extremes or fall short.
Questioner: O Shaikh! …