All of Sufism is Misguidance |Part B|

A couple of weeks ago, Allâh facilitated us to make a compilation of statements of people of knowledge around the topic of Sufism, that it is a practice in opposition to the correct Islam; no aspect of it, whether now or before, is in line with the established beliefs of Islam. We did bring it that however the heresies in Sufism are of levels, some are mild while some others are serious, just as it is present in the beliefs and acts of other Islamic sects.

We also tried, by the mercy of Allâh then with reliance on the statements of people of knowledge, to show the difference between the legitimate zuhd (taking little of this world), which many of the Salaf practiced, and thought to be Sufism, and the innovated rites of the Sufis such as al-wajd, ash-shauq, al-instinshaaq, etc. that it is wrong to allude Sufism to those Salaf such al-Fudayl bn Iyaad for they never knew what is Sufism, little or much; so also that those Salaf should never be cited to represent any moderate Sufism!

We brought the compilation to correct a brother’s notion on an internet forum but it seems the brother does not believe in the veracity of what we have compiled, he did write a refutation to some of the points we raised, raising some other shubuhaat his type is known to raise. Thus we feel the necessity of making this final compilation, Insha Allâh, to indeed silence his plea for mild innovation which the Sufism which he posits is known for.

We indeed hope this, Insha Allâh, will be a coup de grace.

It is only Allâh can grant that.

Excerpt from the book, pp.5-9

So our brother requires us to read and translate, for the world to see, a fatwa of Shaykhul-Islam (rahimahuLlaah) where he allegedly permits some form of Sufism for the Ummah.

To grant that wish, we produce some important aspects of the fatwa down here as it appears in Majmoo’ul Fataawa 11/5-24,

Shaykhul-Islaam (rahimahuLlaah) was asked: ‘Sufis and Fuqaraa are into types; what are the attributes of each type? What is compulsory upon them? How can they traverse?’

He answered (rahimahuLlaah):

Praise to Allâh. As for the term, Sufism, it was not popular in the (first) Three Generations, it was after that period it became popular. Many scholars and shuyukh such as Imaam Ahmad, Abu Sulaymaan Ad-Daaraanee, among others, were reported to have spoken about it. That was also reported from Sufyaan Ath-Thauree, while some mentioned Al-Hasan Al-Basree (as having spoken about it too).

They differed regarding its etymological meaning – but it is an attributive name such as al-Qurashee and Al-Madanee, etc. some said it is attributed to Ahlus-Suffah, that is a mistake because if it were like that, it would be called, ‘Sufiyy.’ Some say it is attributed to the ‘front saff (row) in the front of Allâh; that is also an error… Some said it is attributed to the wearing of the wool because when Sufism first appeared in Basra (they used to wear woolen materials) , and the first to build a Coventry for the Sufis were some companions of Abdul-Waahid bn Zayd who was one of the students of Al-Hasan Al-Basree (rahimahuLlaah).

‘[Basra] was very extreme regarding zuhd, worship and (show of) fear (of Allâh) and other acts which were not in other cities. This is the reason behind the statement ‘Jurisprudence was from Kuffah but asceticism was from Basra.’

‘Abu Shaykh al-Asbahaanee had a report back to Ibn Seereen (rahimahuLlaah) that the information got to the latter that some people were giving preference to the wearing of wool. [Ibn Seereen] said, ‘The people who wear wool say they do that to emulate al-Maseeh Ibn Maryam but the guidance of our Prophet (salAllâhu alahy wa sallam) is more beloved to us. Indeed he (salAllâhu alahy wa sallam) used to wear cotton and other cloth materials.’

‘Because of this, what was mostly reported as extremism was from these worshippers in Basra such as the report of a person that died or became unconscious after listening to the Qur’an or what was similar. An example is the story of Zaraah bn Aufaa, the judge of Basra, who recited ‘when a sound is blown from the Trumpet’ and dropped dead...there were people who would become transfixed upon reciting the Qur’an but the Companions (of the Prophet (salAllâhu alahy wa sallam)) were not like this. When things like these appeared, (the surviving) Companions and Taabi’een, such as Asmaa bint Abee Bakr, Abdullaah bn Az-Zubayr, Muhamad Ibn Seereen, etc. may Allâh be pleased with them all, rebuked those who did them. Those who rejected the acts had two points against them: that they were being overbearing and pretentious. It was reported that Muhammad bn Seereen (rahimahuLlaah) said, ‘Let these people who collapse after hearing the recitation of the Qur’aan come forward and climb a high wall then if he falls down during the recitation he is truthful.’

Some other (scholars in the time) condemned the act because of what they knew from the guidance of the Companions that it was a Bid’ah. An example was the statement of Asmaa and his son, Abdullah. But the majority of the scholars are of the view that if a person is truly touched by the recitation (without being overbearing or pretentious) there is no blame upon him…even though the Companions would only have trembling hearts or shed tears in such conditions…

‘What we are saying is that these matters that included addition in worship and conditions all erupted in Basra…so also what were reported from these people of conditions of zuhd, wara, worship etc, they really exceeded what the Companions were upon and what the Messenger (salAllâhu alahy wa sallam) handed down as a tradition… these matters have made people fell into two opinions regarding them… but what is more correct is for a Muslim to know that the best of speech is the speech of Allâh and the best of guidance is guidance of Muhammad and the best of centuries was the one he was raised up therein and that the best of turuq and subul to Allâh is what he and his Companions were upon. It should be known from that, that the believers should fear Allâh with respect to their strivings and cravings (in the Deen of Allâh). Allâh said: ‘Fear Allâh as you have the ability’ and he (salAllâhu alahy wa sallam) said, ‘When I command you of a matter, carry it out as much as you are able.’

‘Indeed very many believers – who fear Allâh and who are His friends – may not have the like of complete knowledge and faith which the Companions had, so let them fear Allâh as much as they can, and obey Him as much as they have the capacity… whoever makes the school of any of the scholars or jurists, or the tareeqah of any of the worshippers or devout ones as being better than that of the Companions, such is in error, astray and a person of bid’ah…

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