All praise to Allaah the Most Beneficent Lord and the Most Compassionate. There is none worthy of worship beside Him. Indeed Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.
The most potent Da’wah in the world today is that of the call to the manners of worship, character, call of the Salaf – the early pious Muslims that stemmed from the Prophetic era and the two centuries after. No Islam has been best as theirs. So the best Da’wah is that which calls to that path.
Allaah the Mighty said [in what is an interpretation of its meaning]:
‘Whoever disobeys the Messenger after the guidance had become clear to him, and follows a path other than the believers’, We shall make him follow that which he has chosen, and make him enter the fire. What an evil place.’ [Nisaa: 114]
That Da’wah has made a lot of enemies from a variety of people – Muslims and non-Muslims alike. And that is its lot; it must make enemies from the people because:
‘If you were to follow the majority of those on earth, they will make you go astray from the Path of Allaah…’ [An’aam: 116]
There is nowhere enemies are not found for the Da’wah and those who call to it. Hence the most despised and strangest among the people are those trying to follow that Path.
One of those locations where the Da’wah is under threat is the River Niger and Benue area; an area presently known today – for geographical convenience – as Nigeria.
We need not delve into many historical past as regards the trends of Da’wah Salafiyyah in Nigeria. But without doubt the Da’wah has passed through a blustery epoch.
The Da’wah became more pronounced by the Mercy of Allaah, the Mighty Lord, especially down the River Niger, about two decades ago owing to many facts – exposure to new Sunnah texts from capable scholars of the deen mashaayikh like Shaykh Rabee al-Madkhalee, Shaykh Muqbil and many of the former students of Shaykh al-Albaanee, may Allaah preserve the living among them and show mercy to the dead, efforts of the returning students from Islamic countries where they had gone to learn (the influence of the mashaayikh in Sudan in this area on those students who learnt in Sudan via al-Hikmah University Ilorin [then before it became what it has become today] cannot be downplayed). So those asking how Salafiyyah got to Nigeria should keep that in record.
Beside that, the arrival of some of the mashaayikh from Saudi Arabia as dakaatira [PhD holders] came to help the matter so massively. It is only a Jaahil of the highest order that would say these mashaayikh were not up to the task.
However the PhD graduates from Saudi Arabia are into two enclaves: those who truly are on the path of the Salaf and those who returned to continue their support for their former organizations such as the Organization Tadaamun Muslimeen Naijeeriyaah, OTM. No doubt the PhD graduates in the second enclave have been very challenging to the Da’wah but Alhamdulillah, the mashaayikh in the first enclave have been a good match. This is not hidden except from he who has elected to be blind to the happenings.
So the efforts have been ongoing – in Lagos, Ilorin, Ede, Ogbomosho, Oshogbo, Iseyin, Ibadan (although the Da’wah here is so weak owing to the fact that Hizbiyyah is well-entrenched in the ancient city; dislodging it has been very tasking).
The du’aat – callers – in the locations mentioned, and other places not mentioned, have been making efforts in their own little ways. It can never be on the same level; but no doubt all of them have made good efforts, and they have been benefitting the Ummah such that it will be denying the mercy of Allaah to say there has been no Da’wah – as the newly arrived have been claiming. We are coming to that Inshaa Allaah.
We however do not claim any infallibility for any of the du’aat.
‘Do not ex-communicate the people of Sallaah even if they commit errors
All of them do sin but the Possessor of the Throne pardons
Then there came one Mr Jabata!
He nearly scattered everything if not for the mercy of Allaah. Most pathetically, he was talking in the name of Salafiyyah. Saying it is Salafiyyah not to eat with spoons! It is Salafiyyah to say one is out of the Deen if he commits any bid’ah as little as saying aameen to any supplication. And many other jagbajantis.
Expectedly, he got some listening ears in some youths of course. Why wouldn’t he? Even if Iblis – the greatest enemy to mankind – were to appear today won’t the Jews of Khorasaan [and some faceless Muslims] follow him as said by the noblest of mankind – sallallaahu alahyi wa sallam?
But Alhamdulillah today, the Da’wah of Jabata is on its final throes Inshaa Allaah, may it give up as soon as possible. We wrote about a commotion in their rank and file of recent.
And just as the Ummaah is heaving a sigh, came some hues and cries from some boys we strongly believe are dangerously impatient. New voices saying all the du’aat (till the press time, they have not givne us an exception) of Salafiyyah in Nigeria are mumayyi’oon (those who water down serious things). Isn’t that bogus enough?
The people coming with this allegation gave a reason: ‘You people have been tough on Jabata but soft on other du’aat on the doors of Jahannam.’ Some of then threatened they would not take knowledge from us [as if that makes any meaning to us] until we start bashing the those whom they labelled mubtadi'oon.
So they started a dilly-dally; ‘You have not been very tough on the hizbee groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and their offshoots in Nigeria such as OTM, TMC, etc., you have to mention other names too.’
They sometimes narrow down their attacks to many of the mashaayikh and du’aat in the Da’wah Salafiyyah. Some of them even mocked one of the mashaayikh that returned about three years ago from Madeenah as a teacher in the Prophet Masjid! They made analogy that so-and-so perosn too used to give talk at Haram during Hajj. A fool indeed; he does not know what it means to be a teacher at the Prophet's Masjid, and how it is different from giving a talk at haram (to perhaps any groups of people). Some musicians used to give 'talk' too at haram to some Nigerian Hujjaaj if he does not know. We don't blame him, he has never seen a scholar in his life let alone sitting by his feet to take knowledge. They do brazenly say there are no Salafi scholars in Nigeria; that all the du'aat are mumayyi’oon.
No doubt these boys, mainly found in Lagos and its environs [Lagos and Ibadan have always been arrowheads of spread of anyhting horrendous], are the new set of Juhaal in town so be wary of them. Nobody knows their teacher or where they are learning from yet they speak like Ibn Taymiyyah!
The problem of many of them is that they have failed to learn. They don’t know but they believe they do. Some of them would say he prefers identifying with the brothers in UK and US to identifying with the du’aat in Nigeria, because the latter are not harsh enough. We say to them, if those good brothers in UK and US see the way you behave and the stock of jahl in you they will ask you to keep quiet.
Many of them have taken the Internet as their teacher an implication of which is muddling up issues. They do lay claim to taking knowledge from the mashaayikh in Saudi, throughthe Internet of course, and other places but we are sure if the mashaayikh know about them they will disown them.
So let them keep quiet and start learning.
‘May Allaah be merciful to a soul who knows his limits and stay within.’
The Da’wah of Salafiyyah in Nigeria might not be perfect – just as it is not anywhere in the world – but as Allaah wills, some feeble slaves of His are making efforts. May Allaah reward those few hands and make them more steadfast.
But let the boys know that the Da’wah has never been compromised, neither has it ever condoned any evil. They should just be patient. You may cite for us any evil statement about the Sunnah or Da’wah Salafiyyah made by anybody in this region that has not been refuted.
Or do they think the PhD holders who are in the Hizbiyyah are being spared? Never. The PhD holders themselves know they are on the hot seat.
You say we must mention their names; that has been some of your grouses. If that is the case, we may be unjust if we don't mention your names too.
Or do you think those who got some Ijaazaat through the backdoor and post them over the Internet will like that their names be mentioned when we know they may later come to their sense? Sincerely, we don’t know what sort of person will get an academic certification, or whatever, and post it on his door. Even the John’s and James’s of this world will not do that. It is pathetic when you see some Muslims crying for recognition at all cost. It is whoever Allaah accepts that is accepted. O Allaah we ask You to protect our sincerity. They will soon know the folly in such Ijaazaat.
Or do you think that some people who have been unthoughtfully cooperating with some well-to-do hizbees in certain da’wah activities and have been repeatedly told to desist will like that their names be made known when we know they can adjust later Insha Allaah? Let those people in such cooperations fear Allaah. There is no honour or pride except in following the path of the Salaf to the letter. This dhab'dhabah will not bring any honour except regret and disgrace. And they should not confuse the young and innocent learners. Bringing certain scholars of Sunnah to such gatherings is muddling up the matter. It is Fitnah for the learners.
So it is not every time names must be mentioned. Names are to be mentioned when it becomes very expedient.
Said Ash-Shaykh Rabee – may Allaah preserve him: ‘By Allaah, they should mention them by their traits; and by their names when it becomes necessary like when a person brings forth himself with any form of (scholarly) leadership for the Ummah and the youths, and is dragging them to falsehood, then his name must be mentioned…’
Ash-Shaykh Abdul-Kareem al-Khudayr – may Allaah preserve him – also said: ‘…the basis is that names be not mentioned. But when it is feared, or the wrong is defeated and its proponent is defeated yet he does not yield to correction and it is feared that he might spread his evil and some people will get deluded by him; there are some people who don’t understand until you make things plain. So when the benefit of mentioning his name outweighs not mentioning, there is no blame in mentioning him…’.
Shaykh Uthaymeen – Allaah’s mercy on him – even said: ‘Generalization is often better than particularization.’
If you don’t know when you mention some names you sell them. Jabata somehow became more prominent when his name was been mentioned here and there. But the du’aat then had no option but to mention his name and manhaj because he had already become notorious. Many other names, such as Mudill Mar’kaz, Habeeb, have been mentioned in the past. OTM, TMC, Ta’awun, Tableeghiyyah, Boko Haram, MSSN, etc, have all been mentioned and refuted vigorously. Books have been written about all of them. So what is your grouse? Do you have any other motive? Or are you a silent front for Jabata?
Do you even know what is Tamyee’ or Tamayyu’u which you are blabbing about? Let Shaykh Rabee – hafidhahullaah – teach both of us:
Ash-Shaykh Rabee al-Madkhalee – may Allaah preserve him – was asked: ‘We often hear from some of the brothers that so-and-so is a mumayyi’i. What is tamyee’, may Allaah preserve you?
He answered: [Firstly] I counsel (all) the Salafees to shun these banters of mutual accusations. Baarakallaahu feekum.
At-Tamyee’ the like of what has come from Ad’naan Aroor and Abul Hasan [al-Masree]; this destroys the Salafee Methodology and its people. Examples are such as [their] saying: ‘We shall never talk against innovations (in the Deen)’ and ‘When you judge: we correct, we do not disparage’, an all-embracing methodology they want. But all these thoughts of theirs are against the fundamentals of the Salafee Methodology in calling to Allaah, warning against the people of desires. Have you heard these watering down statements before? Baarakallahu feekum, statements that make the youth take [Islam] with a levity hand, removing what he has of jealous [for the Deen] such that he does not possess the zeal to spread the good. Very soon the youth will not know how to distinguish between the principles of Ahlus-Sunnah and the people of desires; all of them will be the same with him.
This is watering down the Manhaj of Salaf and its people. Ikhwaan Muslimoon are people who water down things, [they do say] ‘the Raafidis [that is, the Shia] are our brethren, the Soofis are our brethren; the Salafee Da’wah breaks the ranks, the Salafi Da’wah is too harsh’. Yes that is Tamyee’. Baarakallaahu feekum.
But we warn regarding (unnecessary) harshness – baarakallaahu feekum – as we warn from tamyee and tamayyu’u.
It may happen that a person (of Sunnah) may have a view with respect to how he wants to solve certain problems (of Da’wah) that may be different from the view of his brother such that [one of them] will [unnecessarily] be hasty (in dealing with issues). He wants such-and-such matter to be quickly solved. He wants to see the end (of matters) so quickly. Someone else may want some gradualism and most appropriately approach issues using some hikmah (in achieving that). If you say about the latter that he is a mumayyi’i, then that is a mistake (from you).
I counsel the two sides to be just and follow the middle-course, and that they eschew an exchange of accusations between them. Because what may result from that will be labels such as ‘this person is a mumayyi’, this one is a mutashaddid, this one is off, this one sends people away,’ and other tags.
Today there are some groups in Riyaadh who say the people of Sunnah are harsh; they front for the heretics in saying the Muslims are harsh. They think if you don’t take Christians as friends, or you don’t love them or you don’t mix with them then you are a mutashaddid.
There are some people who ascribe themselves to Islam and the heretics (the same time) who water down the Deen; they see warning from the people of bida’ and confronting them because of this da’wah, they see all these as harshness…
The people [in the above picture] are the (real) mumayyi’oon, they see warning from the people of bid’a [even with] hikmah, knowledge, calling to Sunnah with alertness, uprooting the people of desires with knowledge, proof and evidences; they see all these as harshness! Those who say that are mumayyi’oon, no doubt!
In the beginning of this matter, before these counter-accusations started flying in, so-and-so is a mumayyi’i, so-and-so is a mutashaddid, I gave an advice wherein I said: we do not want and we cannot place all the people (of Sunnah) on the same pedestal. The can never have the same prowess or weakness, that was not possible even in the time of the Messenger - sallallaahu alahyi wa sallam, there were people who were strong and stern such as Umar, Khaalid and many others; the Deen (no doubt) needs the like of those; and there were some other people who were soft – those were weak, and Inshaa Allaah the Deen is in need of them too. So we said: ‘O brothers! Let each person honour his (other) brother.’ [Culled from sahab.net.]
Will these brothers however understand?
And after this our strokes on your back, will you still say we water down the da’wah?
We counsel them and ourselves to get busy with the fundamentals of the Deen first. Matters like these are better handled by scholars.
Ash-Shaykh Muqbil al-Waadi’ee – Allah’s mercy on him – said: ‘Our advice to the general masses [of the Muslims] is that they should turn to what they have power to memorize of the Glorious Qur’aan and some aspects of knowledge from the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah – sallallaahu alahyi wa sallam, giving some importance to learning the Arabic language, that is the language of the Qur’aan. They should also seek some knowledge of the Islamic jurisprudence…they should not busy themselves with matters of different opinions whether they have to do with Aqeedah or Hizbiyyah. They should rather start from beneficial knowledge… ’ [See Tuhfah al-Mujeeb; p.196]
O Allaah, it is Your Mercy that we seek.
SALAFIYYAH IS NO HYPOCRISY!
GLIMPSES FROM OUR SALAF REGARDING THE AFFAIR OF AN INNOVATOR
p>A PEEK AT FALSE MANHAJ OF MUHAMMAD AWWAL JABATA AL-HADAADEE AT-TAKFEEREE
AL-IMAAM AL-AAJUREE ON QUR'AAN MEMORISER FOR DUNYA
GOLDEN SPEECHES ON KNOWLEDGE AND ITS MANNERS