By Aboo Aamir Ishaaq bn Abdurraheem
Allaah the Mighty Lord said:
هُوَ الَّذي أَنزَلَ عَلَيكَ الكِتابَ مِنهُ آياتٌ مُحكَماتٌ هُنَّ أُمُّ الكِتابِ وَأُخَرُ مُتَشابِهاتٌ فَأَمَّا الَّذينَ في قُلوبِهِم زَيغٌ فَيَتَّبِعونَ ما تَشابَهَ مِنهُ ابتِغاءَ الفِتنَةِ وَابتِغاءَ تَأويلِهِ وَما يَعلَمُ تَأويلَهُ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَالرّاسِخونَ فِي العِلمِ يَقولونَ آمَنّا بِهِ كُلٌّ مِن عِندِ رَبِّنا وَما يَذَّكَّرُ إِلّا أُولُو الأَلباب
It is He Who has sent down to you (Muhammad ￼) the Book (this Qur’an). In it are Verses that are entirely clear, they are the foundations of the Book [and those are the Verses of Al-Ahkam (commandments, etc.), Al-Fara’id (obligatory duties) and Al-Hudud (legal laws for the punishment of thieves, adulterers, etc.)]; and others not entirely clear. So as for those in whose hearts there is a deviation (from the truth) they follow that which is not entirely clear thereof, seeking Al-Fitnah (polytheism and trials, etc.), and seeking for its hidden meanings, but none knows its hidden meanings save Allah. And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: “We believe in it; the whole of it (clear and unclear Verses) are from our Lord.” And none receive admonition except men of understanding. [Âl-'Imrân: 7]
Our Mother, Aaishah, radiyallaahu an'ha, said:
فإذا رأيتم الذين يجادلون فيه فهم الذين عنى الله فاحذروهم
'When you see people arguing over it, those are the people Allaah refers to, so be wary of them.' (Musnad Ahmad)
Al-Imaam Aboo Yoosuf al-Qaadi - rahimahullaah - said:
من طلب الدين بالكلام تزندق ومن طلب غريب الحديث كذب
"Whoever seeks to know the Deen via scholastic theology (otherwise known as 'Islamic' philosophy) will turn a deviant, and whoever quests after uncommon hadeeth will speak falsehood.' (Dhamm al-Kalaam Wa Ahli-hi, 5/303)
In the recent past in South West Nigeria, some Ash'aree folks, who are poised at destroying the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ, in creed and details, have been coming up with some horrendous claims against the positions of Sunnah. They have been making frantic but futile efforts to uproot the very basis of the Sunnah, one after the other.
Latest in their brazen onslaught is the claim that Eesa bn Maryam - alahyi salaam - is dead and not coming back. A position only deviants like the Ahmadis, etc, share.
Though not a new thought from the quarters, for it was once mentioned a few years back by one colossal ignoramus, Jamiu Adegunwa, who passed a 'fatwa' of recent that Muslims can eat dogs, but this time around with a more forceful voice, thanks to the cheap popularity granted them by the Facebook via its video plartform.
One of the people who has taken up this horrible task of destroying the Sunnah in South West Nigeria, though not new in the satanic sojourn, is Mr Habeeb Adam al-Ilori, an unfortunate principal of an historic Arabic and Ash'aree Institute of Learning in Lagos called Mar'kaz Agege.
Mr Habeeb is notorious for making careless and stupid utterances about the Sunnah. He is a key figure in discrediting Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree and other books of hadeeth. He makes statements that rubbish the institution of Hijaab. He does not spare the scholars of Sunnah, past and present. He has come as far as abusing some of the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ such as Abu Hurairah - radiyallaahu an'hu.
By the Mercy of Allaah, many scholars and teachers of Sunnah in South West Nigeria have risen to the task. They have not left every stone unturned in dealing heavy blows on these heretics.
But the Ash'aree folks are not giving in yet. As they hold to their straws, they are still firing their salvos of heresies, at least, to their gullible followers.
Jamiu Adegunwa and Habeeb Adam have now formed a synergy against the people of Sunnah in the region.
Then came a usual individual from the Ikhwaanee Bloc to lend a subtle backup to the evil synergy.
Ibn Taofeeq Abdulazeez in his article, 'Is Prophet Isa Coming Back?', dated 15th February, 2021, put up an epistle to give a softlanding to the Jamiu-Habeeb Bloc.
Though he could not but conclude that the Habeebs could be wrong in saying Eesa is not coming back but that they should not be declared as 'Kaafirs' he however chickened out of calling them deviants. Nobody is a deviant to an Ikhwaanee. Ikhwaniyyah allows all and sundry, evil and bad, together in Da'wah.
Ibn Taofeeq, who is also notorious for Alternative Views to the Sunnah, craftily showcases his own Ash'aree leanings and love for some heretics of the century such as Sayyid Qutb and Muhammad Ghazalee. They were among the people he relied on for his alternative view that Eesa is dead and not coming back.
He explained away all the Verses pointing to the fact that Allaah the Mighty took Eesa above.
As for the clear-cut Ahadeeth on his coming back, he attempted writing them off on the basis of a warped Mu'tazilee position that Ahadeeth that are not Mutawatir cannot be used to establish creedal positions in Islam. That position is baseless and heretical. The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ sent only Abu Ubaydah bn Jarrah, the Trustworthy One of the Ummah, with Christians of Banu Najran to teach them Islam. Will Ibn Taofeeq say Abu Ubaydah did not teach Aqeedah (Creed) to those Christians? What about Mu'aadh bn Jabal, to the Jews of Yemen?
Shaykh bn Baz - rahimahullaah - said:
وبذلك يعلم السائل وغيره بطلان هذه الشبهة، وانحراف قائلها عن جادة الحق والصواب، وأشنع من ذلك وأعظم في البطلان والجرأة على الله سبحانه وعلى رسوله ﷺ قول من تأولها على غير ما دلت عليه فإنه قد جمع بين تكذيب النصوص وإبطالها، وعدم الإيمان بما دلت عليه، من نزول عيسى عليه السلام وحكمه بين الناس بالقسط
'With that, the questioner and others will know the futility of this doubt and the fact that whoever says such is faraway from the truth and correctness, what is more horrendous than that and greater in falsehood, and being arrogant on Allaah and His Messenger ﷺ is he who gives the Verses a meaning other than what they indicate, such a person has merges between denying the texts and rendering them void, on one hand, and not believing in what they indicate about the descent of Eesa - alahyi salaam - and the fact that he is coming to rule between the people with justice...' (Majmu'ul Fatawa Ibn Baz 1/429)
Then those Ahadeeth overwhelmed Ibn Taofeeq, for he had to come down to say Eesa is coming back, though he is not sure about it. Mu'tazilees are not usually sure of their positions. They are a people in a perpetual confusion.
Just like the people he is trying to give a softlanding, Ibn Taofeeq's case is a pathetic one. He lives in a self-delusion and an aura of phantom scholarship.
His this latest epistle makes him out as a full-blown Mu'tazilee who subjects everything in the Deen to reasoning and takes shaky positions on issues.
In the past, he had belaboured himself to say there was nothing wrong in congregational chanting of words of remembrance. He once lampooned Mu'aawiyah bn Abee Sufyaan, a Companion of the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ. Recently, he made another futile effort to say there are no proofs for wiping over the socks. He has other heresies.
One will just wonder: is a must that he writes? Subhaanallaah! The guy will just look up, and think of an issue he can use to cause some intellectual commotion here and there, then off he goes.
Ibn Taofeeq is nothing but someome suffering from intellectual barbarism. If you call him an intellectual barbarian, you are right.
Take for instance his that epistle on the coming back of Eesa, you wrote a very long thing to come to as if say 'I am still against this long thing I wrote.' Is he then not a fool?
Hear his bofoonery:
'As we couldn't explicitly establish the coming back of Isa with a verse of the Qur'an, we tend to look further into the books of ahadeeth. Certainly, authentic ahadeeth will serve as suppliment for the Qur'an. And incase there is no Qur'anic verse backing up an issue, most especially a creedal one, we consider Mutawaatirah ahadeeth if they do not go against the Qur'an.'
Then he said below:
Going by this and other authentic and Mutawaatirah ahadeeth, we can conclude that ahadeeth directly and explicitly established the second coming of Isa alayhi salam...'
And he quickly added:
'His coming back has nothing to do with those who believe he is dead. It is easy and possible for Allah to raise and send him back to the world to follow the footstep of the Prophet Muhammad solla Allahu alayhi wa sallam.'
What an intellectual barbarian!
We have always thought it is good we don't react to his incongruencies again but this one just made us pity him perhaps this little reaction will reset his thinking thing.
He 'pleaded' we should not be hard on him.
Plea not granted!
May Allaah guide him and us.