Muslim Unity

Uniting Upon Haqq-Truth


 And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger (Muhammad SAW) after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers’ way. We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell – what an evil destination surah (nisa 4:115)

Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal (d.241H)- rahimahullaah – said:

“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, 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 (the Devil) have they revived. How many people astray and wandering have they guided. How beautiful their effect has been upon the people, and how vile 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 die banner of innovation and let loose the trials and discords; who differ about the Book, oppose the Book, and agree upon opposing the Book. They speak about Allaah and His Book without knowledge, argue about what is ambiguous in the Book, and deceive the ignorant masses with such ambiguities. We seek refuge in Allaah from the trials of the misguided ones.” 1

Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) – rahimahullaah – said:

“When some people asked Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal that they felt uneasy about criticizing people, he replied: “If I were to remain silent, how would the ignorant masses know the truth from falsehood?” Those who introduce heretical writings which oppose the Qur’aan and the Sunnah and those who innovate in matters of worship, then it is obligatory that they be exposed and that the Muslims be warned against them – by unanimous agreement of the Muslims Scholars. In fact, when Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal was asked about a person who fasted, preyed and secluded himself in the mosque for worship; if he was dearer to him than a person who spoke out against ahlul-bid’ah (the innovators), he replied: “When he fasts and prays and secludes himself, then he does so for the benefit of his own self. However, when he speaks out against the innovators, he does so for the benefit of the Muslims in general, and this is more virtuous.” So it is clear that openly opposing the innovators is of general benefit to the Muslims and is considered one of the types of jihaad in the path of Allaah. Since purifying the religion of Allaah and defending it from their attacks is a collective obligation – as is agreed upon by the Scholars. For Allaah did not raise up some people to oppose the innovators, then the religion would suffer harm, corruption and deviation. Indeed, this type of corruption is even greater then the corruption resulting from the disbelievers conquering the Muslims. Since when the disbelievers conquer the Muslims, they do not corrupt their hearts, nor their religion, except after some time. Whereas the innovators corrupt the hearts from the very beginning.”


Muslim disunity is due to innovations and innovators

 There has been much talk about Muslim unity or rather the lack of it, and the causes of disunity amongst the Muslim Ummah.

In Aqidatu’s-Salaf Ashabu’l-Hadith: The Creed of the Salaf (Pious Predecessors) the people of hadith by Shaykhu’l-Islam Imam Abu Uthman Ismail ibn Abdur-Rahman as-Sabuni It states the following:
“Deviations from the Straight Path did not appear in the Ummah until the people left the Revelation of Allah (awj) and the methodology, clearly expounded by our pious predecessors, replacing it for man-made ideologies.

This sometimes consisted of Greek philosophy as well as the ignorant deviations of man’s intellect. This changed the religion of Allah (awj), to such an extent that the Ummah splintered into groups, each of these developing its own methodology, way, leaders and followers.

In every period of weakness and deviation Allah has raised scholars who correct and, thus preserve the creed of Ahlu’s-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah. They safeguard it and refute those who oppose it. This is so, even today and shall be until the Day of Judgement, inshaAllah.

A great number of scholars of Ahlu’s-Sunnah have authored many books, clarifying the correct creed, which is obligatory for every Muslim to believe. One such book is the one you are reading, entitled Aqidatu’s-Salaf Ashabu’l-Hadith, by Shaykhu’l-Islam Imam Abu Uthman Ismail ibn Abdur-Rahman as-Sabuni. He mentioned the importance of returning to the creed which the scholars of the Ummah were united upon”.

Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan – may Allaah preserve him – said also said:  The reasons for disunity are many. From amongst the main causes are: Firstly, opposing the manhaj (methodology) of the salaf (prophet,companions, tabieens), and those who follow them. So the Salaf had a manhaj that they adhered to; a manhaj in aqeedah (creed), a manhaj in da’wah (calling to Allaah), a manhaj in enjoining good and forbidding evil, a manhaj in how to judge between people. This manhaj, in all situations, was based upon the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of our Messenger . [Wujoob ut-Tathabbut fil-Akhbaaar p.18].

The disunity of the Muslim Ummah is no doubt due to the deviation from the stright path of Islam the path of the salaf.

What is Innovation or Bidah? (in Arabic) Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

“According to sharee’ah, the definition is ‘Worshipping Allaah in ways that Allaah has not prescribed.’ So Everyone who worships Allaah in a manner that Allaah has not prescribed or in a manner that is not in accordance with the way of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or his rightly-guided successors (al-khulafa’ al-raashidoon), is an innovator, whether that innovated worship has to do with the names and attributes of Allaah, or to do with His rulings and laws

Both the Quran and Hadith warn about deviation from the stright path in many verses. The prophet (peace be upon him) stated that the ummah would split up into many sects and that only those who stick to his path will enter jannah. Ibn Jawazi rahmahullah has written a great book on how the devil/shaytan decieved the ummah into the deviated innovated sects such as sufism, shiasim and khawaarij (click on the Deviant groups tab for more info on these sects).

The `Siraat ul-Mustaqeem’ (Straight Path) is the path to which Allaah has called and that is the Sunnah. And `Subul (other paths) are the paths of the people of disagreement who turn away from the Straight Path, and they are the People of Innovation.

“And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path. This He has ordained for you that you may become Al-Muttaqûn” [Al-An’aam 6:153]

The SALAFI dawah is that of the Quran & Sunnah. It is not a “sect”. The Prophet (peace upn him) said: “How excellent a Salaf I am for you.” (Muslim, no. 2450).

How can the path of the prophet (peace be upon him) therefore be a sect?

These are the sects that caused disunity & innovation amongst the ummaah: The SHIAS who curse the companions, KHAWARAJIS who call Muslims kafirs & agree with sucide bombings, SUFIS who worship graves & claim devine incarnation, MUQALLIDOON who blindly follow madhabs & sheikhs, MURJIAH who claim iman to be only… words & not deed. ASHARRIYAH who deny Allah’s Attributes. Click on Deviant groups  page for more info.

The issue of unity amongst the ummaah is of course something the entire ummah would like to happen, however the prophet (peace be upon him) and the pious predecessors have warned against uniting with those who have deviated from the stright path of Islam. Until these people return to the stright path unity amongst the ummah can not be achieved.

The Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) warned against the People of Innovation, from befriending, supporting or taking from them saying: “Whoever innovates or accommodates an innovator then upon him is the curse of Allaah, His Angels and the whole of mankind.” Reported by Bukhaaree (12/41) and Muslim (9/140)

And in his footsteps, we find the Noble Companions and the Taabi’een after them warning from the danger of innovations upon the Ummah, its people and their unity, since it is innovations which have divided the Ummah and split it asunder.

Ibn Abbaas (d. 68H) said: “Indeed the most detestable of things to Allaah are the innovations.” Reported by al-Bayhaqee in as-Sunan al-Kubraa (4/316)

Ibn Umar (d. 84H) said: “Every innovation is misguidance, even if the people see it as something good.” Reported by Abu Shaamah (no. 39)

Sufyaan ath-Thawree (d. 161H) said:”Innovation is more beloved to Iblees than sin, since a sin may be repented from but innovation is not repented from.” Reported by al-Laalikaa’ee (no. 238)

Al-Fudayl bin ‘Iyaad (d. 187H) said: “I met the best of people, all of them people of the Sunnah and they used to forbid from accompanying the people of innovation.” Reported by al-Laalikaa’ee (no.267)

Al-Hasan al-Basree (d. 110H) said: “Do not sit with the people of innovation and desires, nor argue with them, nor listen to them.” Reported by ad-Daarimee in his Sunan (1/121)

Ibraaheem bin Maysarah (d.132H) said: “Whoever honours an innovator has aided in the destruction of Islam.” Reported by al-Laalikaa’ee (1/139).

Sufyaan ath-Thawree (d. 161H) said: “Whoever listens to an innovator has left the protection of Allaah and is entrusted with the innovation.” Reported by Abu Nu’aym in al-Hilyah (7/26) and Ibn Battah (no.444).

Imaam Maalik (d. 179H) said: “How evil are the people of innovation, we do not give them salaam.” Reported by al-Baghawee in Sharh us-Sunnah (1/234).

Imaam ash-Shaafi’ee (d. 204H) said: “That a person meets Allaah with every sin except Shirk is better than meeting Him upon any one of the innovated beliefs.” Reported by al-Bayhaqee in al-I’tiqaad (p.158)

Al-Fudayl bin ‘Iyaad (d. 187H) said: That I eat with a Jew and a Christian is more beloved to me than that I eat with a person of innovation.” Reported by al-Laalikaa’ee (no.1149)

Al-Fudayl bin ‘Iyaad said: “If a man comes to a person to consult him and he directs him to an innovator, then he has made a deception of Islaam. Beware of going to a person of innovation for they divert [people] from the truth.” Sharh Usool ul-I’tiqaad of al-Laalikaa’ee (no.261)

Abandoning Ahlul-bidah [people of innovation
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“The Jamaa’ah is what accords to the truth, even if you are alone” – Ibn Mas’ud.

Posted November 5, 2010 by thesunnahway

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