Principles Concerning Declaring Others to be Disbelievers, Innovators or Open Sinners [Faasiqs] | 4 | Questioning Intentions
Questioner: There are refutations going on now in the Islamic world on the students of knowledge along with the scholars and what can be noticed in these refutations is accusing [the other person of having bad] intentions, what is your answer to this or what is your explanation?
Al-Albaani: [Let the one who does that] fear Allaah, what is my answer to that supposed to be? Let them fear Allaah concerning our Muslim brothers, and let them purify their intentions and their hearts from malice towards each other, do not be envious of one another, do not hate each other, and be servants of Allaah, brothers, as Allaah has ordered you to be. O Ustaadh, we always say that the issue with the Islamic world now is its distance from two things, they taken up one of the two, but not the other.
You must have heard what I have said in some of my tapes about the fact that rectification starts with purification and cultivation, you must have heard it. So there is some purification in it [i.e., the Islamic world] but education/cultivation is not found in the Islamic world, this is a problem.
So you will find the students of knowledge who are supposed to be the ones who have the most impeccable manners have only been granted some knowledge [and this too] has become a proof against them and not for them [due to the lack of cultivation upon correct manners].
So what is the solution? Only Allaah, the Blessed and Most High, can resolve it. And whoever from the people of knowledge is eager to tread upon these two pillars, purification and cultivation, then it is upon him to nurture those around him upon this base from childhood, such that when they grow and have matured they will have been nurtured upon correct knowledge, [upon] purification and cultivation.
As for these grown-ups who have gone back to the obligation of purification and have taken up a good portion of that … [yet even] then it is very rare that among them you will find those who have cleansed themselves of base manners, and jealousy, and hatred, and refuge is sought with Allaah.
[This is] something very apparent nowadays, even from some of the elite [students of knowledge/scholars], even from some of the elite, such that I find myself forced sometimes to go by the apparent meaning of His Saying, the Most High, and I mean what I say when I say the apparent meaning, “O you who have believed, upon you is [responsibility for] yourselves. Those who have gone astray will not harm you when you have been guided …” [Maa’idah 5:105], I said, what is apparent, because in the apparent meaning of the aayah there is no order to enjoin the good or forbid the evil–but you know the hadith of Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq when he rejected what some of the people had done and told them that they were misinterpreting the aayah and he mentioned the hadith which orders the Muslims to order the good and forbid the evil. [Ed. Note: i.e., the Shaikh is trying to say that sometimes when he sees the state of the people is as mentioned above, i.e., bad manners etc., and that many of them do not listen or cleanse themselves of these evils, he feels like going by the apparent meaning of the aayah, i.e., just taking care of himself and not bothering with these people since they don’t listen, but the Shaikh says that this cannot be done because the correct understanding of the aayah is as Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq رضي الله عنه mentioned, so the Shaikh was showing how disheartening such things can be].
So the phenomenon which has now become widespread in recent times in Saudi and before that in many Islamic countries, this reality has no cure except to employ the necessary means and to turn back to Allaah the Mighty and Majestic, that He rectify the situation of the Muslims, for there is no reason at all that the callers to the Book and the Sunnah and those who affiliate themselves to the methodology of the Salaf as-Saalih … there is no cause whatsoever which makes it permissible for them to split into two groups, many groups in fact, each suffering the other, like it would be if there were salafis and their enemies the Sufis.
[There is no cause for the Salafis to split amongst each other] when they are one group, each of them saying, ‘I am on the Book and the Sunnah,’ even though a certain individual amongst them is not pleased with being affiliated to the Salaf as-Saalih, and this is a problem which happened amongst you, where one of the beginner students, as I heard in a tape of his, said that he does not want to say, ‘I am a Salafi,’ and that whoever insists on that should be ordered to repent and if he does not then he is to be killed, did you hear this?
Questioner: He recanted that statement, O Shaikh.
Al-Albaani: Alhamdulillaah …
Questioner: A tape about that came out.
Al-Albaani: This is what we want.
Questioner: And he explained what he meant, saying that he was talking about the issue of forming parties.
Al-Albaani: May Allaah guide him.
Questioner: Then he said that I repent from this wording.
Al-Albaani: Jazakallaahu khair, this is what we thought of him [i.e., that he would turn back from making such a statement]. But if this indicates anything, then as they say today, [it indicates that] the passion of youth overcomes their knowledge.
This is not a light statement to make, that a person says that if someone attributes himself to the Salaf as-Saalih he should be asked to repent and if he doesn’t then he is to be killed and then to [incorrectly] use as a proof some statements of Ibn Taymiyyah, how far this statement is from that [of Ibn Taymiyyah]. Do you have the tape [where that person said these things]?
Questioner: Shaikh Abdullaah al-Ubailaan told me about this tape. I was in Riyadh a few days ago and he told me about this tape. Inshaa Allaah, if I get a copy I will send it to you, O Shaikh.
Al-Albaani: Jazakallaahu khair.
Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 778.