The Path

Hadhrat Abdullah bin Umar radiyalaahu anhuma had mentioned, "Whoever wishes to follow the way of another, should follow the ways of those who have passed away. These were the companions of Muhammad sallalaahu alayhi wassalam, who were the best people of this Ummah. Their hearts were most pious, their knowledge was deepest and they were least pretentious. They were people whom Allah Ta'ala had chosen to be companions of His Nabi sallalaahu alayhi wassalam and for the transmission of His Deen. You people should emulate their character and mannerisms. By the Rabb of the Kaabah! The Sahabah radiyalaahu anhum of Rasulullah sallalaahu alayhi wassalam were correctly guided."

Friday, 6 September 2013

Correspondence Letters between Sheikh Ibrahim Abdurahman Al-Hushain of Madinah Munawarrah and Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz

Letter from Sheikh Ibrahim Abdurrahman Al-Hushain of Madinah Munawarrah to Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz


In the name of Allah we seek help in worldly and Deeni affairs. The Honourable, our elder, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz, the Head of Ilmiyyah Research, Ifta, Dakwah and Islamic Guidance, may Allah make him steadfast in this world and the aakhirah,  and he continue making him support and help the truth. Aamin.

Assalamu'alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

We have been studying the letter from the Honourable Sheikh's predecessor, Sheikh Muhammad bin Ibrahim aal-Shaikh, the former grand mufti of Saudi (may Allah have mercy on him with grace and place him in wide Jannah), addressed to the scholars of Al-Aqsa and the East through the amir of tabligh jamaat in Madinah and the jamaat that followed him. He had given instruction in the letter to do good to them.

And he mentioned that, "their mission is to spread reminders, guidance, exhortation and encouragement towards tawheed and aqeedah at masaajid, along with enjoining towards the practice of Al-Qur'an and As-Sunnah, including reminders against bid'ah (innovations) and khurafat (superstitions) in the form of grave worshipping, praying to the dead, etc.." He then said, "I write about them, requesting that they be given help and assistance from their fellow brothers, allowing them to carry out their duties, while making du'aa to Allah Ta'ala to grant them ikhlaas niyyat (good intention), tawfeeq to speak the haq (truth), to be saved from slip up speech, and to bring about benefits to their guidance and explanations. Verily He has power over all things."

We had gone through a lot of letters from you (may Allah reward you), that show and uphold your principles in support of the jamaat, affirmation of their virtues, their hard work, their steadfast in bearing the difficulties in the framework of dakwah whilst expecting only rewards from Allah , the large number of astrayed people who receive hidayah (divine guidance) by reason of their efforts and the large number of unbelievers who had come into the fold of Islam. Also their targheeb for participation in khurooj fii sabilillah in dakwah framework with wisdom and mau'idhoh hasanah, especially the students of knowledge, since the benefits in their participation with them are so great that only Allah knows. We also have been going through a lot of letters from the leaders of this country who support them in these activities. May Allah give the best rewards for their kindness.

The first letter from the Honourable King Abdul Aziz rahimahullah and the last letter addressed to you from the Honourable King Fahd (may Allah protect him) wherein he said about the jamaat, "Verily this jamaat has no political motives nor worldly ambitions. They fund their own self for the sake of dakwah illallah with wisdom and beneficial lesson. Those people who participate make journeys to all corners of the world for the guidance of mankind, and every one who Allah give hidayah through them are encouraged to become a da'ie..." and then he advocated for assistance to be given to them.

We had also gone through many writings from very careful ulama' (scholars of Deen), who are expert in tauheed and very firm in aqeedah, alhamdulillah. They consist of lecturers at the Islamic University of Madinah and ulama' from Saudi Arabia and other countries. They praised this jamaat, recognizing its virtues and embrace it. Because they have seen the good and the magical impact of them, where they have joined the jamaat in residence and journeys. Even opponents of this jamaat are of the view that they recognize how extensive the benefits of this jamaat and its effect on those who had gone astray, until Allah gave them hidayah through the asbab of the jamaat.

Muhammad Aslam (may Allah forgive him and all of us), when he mentioned about the virtues of this jamaat in his famous letter, said, "I did not know Islam except through them."

However, lately shaytaan and nafs are deceiving a few people in Madinah al-Munawwarah (may Allah give them hidayah). They attacked tablighi jamaat, exerting their energy and time in disrupting, abusing and warn people to stay away from the jamaat. They even contacted some youth who had received hidayah through the asbab of the jamaat, who had been safeguarding their solah and adhered to the Sunnah, They told them, "Verily it is better for you guys to remain mischievous rather than being influenced by this jamaat", thus some of them have turned back to evil and mischievous life. Na'uzubillahi min dzalik.

And some of them are spreading disturbing news that you have retracted your earlier good views on this jamaat considering many people reviled and vilified the jamaat in front of you, but we do not believe this rumours since we had read and heard from you the things that we mention herein above.

Considering Allah has bestowed you with keen heart, immense views, extensive studies, prudence, wisdom, and determination to achieve the maslaha and shunning evils, we are convinced that their opinions and views that they purportedly claim came from you and the news that they spread about you, are very far from reality. We therefore seek clarification from you, so that the people will have the true picture. May Allah reward you with goodness and uproot the fitna and evils through you. Verily, Allah is All-Hearing and All-Near.

Wassalamu'alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

On behalf of your students in Madinah,
Ibrahim Abdurrahman Al-Hushain


Reply from Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz to Sheikh Ibrahim Abdurrahman Al-Hushain of Madinah Munawarrah 

27th Muharram, 1407H (2nd October, 1986)


Assalamu'alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

I would like to inform you gentlemen that I still stick with my stance on the jamaat, which I had written a lot in the past and present, and had been written by my predecessor, our elder Sheikh Muhammad bin Ibrahim Al-Aali-Shaykh (may Allah sanctify his soul and enlighten his grave), and also had been written by other ulama'. 

The viewpoint was supported by the Hounourable King Abdul Aziz rahimahullah and the Honourable the King Fahd (may Allah give him taufeeq) in a letter written to me. For Allah Ta'ala has made them as asbab (the cause)  for many benefits and the cause of hidayah (guidance) to many people. It is waajib (compulsory) to thank them for their efforts, to motivate them and to remind them about matters that they may not know. This is within the framework of cooperation in goowill and taqwa (piety) and mutual advice between the Muslims. It's just my advise to them and the rest of the Muslims, especially the youth, not to travel to the heathen or godless nations except for the people who are knowledgeable and have an understanding of Deen (bashiroh). For such journey comprise of great harm for people who do not have knowledge of sharia and the true aqeedah, for which Allah ta'ala sent our Nabi Muhammad sallalaahu alayhi wasallam and by which the solafus soliheen  (the righteous among this ummah) remain steadfast.

As for what the opponents and adversaries attributed to me, that I have withdrawn my viewpoint about the jamaat is a slander and falsehood against me. In fact, I even advise them and denounced their actions. I said to them a couplet of a poet:

"Lessen your smear against them, for the sake of your father's honour. Or do good as they do."

And I had encouraged them to be together and go out in khuruuj with the jamaat. I also explained to them its benefits. I asked them to re-examine their views and look at the consequences. I pointed out to them the grave danger and the ugly consequences in the world and the hereafter, when we split with them and oppose them.

Verily it is the shaytaan's handiwork to turn men against dakwah illallah and to divert them into damaging the relationship between them and spreading disunity. May Allah protect us from the temptation of shaytaan.

This is my assurance and certainty that I am placing before Allah. I pray may Allah show us the truth as true and grant  us steadfastness to hold on to it and show us the falsehood as false and grant us the strength to keep it away from us and not to make as vague to us so that we do not get astray. Verily, He is the Almighty and the Owner of all.

Salutation and peace and blessing be showered upon His servant and His Messenger, who was sent as a mercy to the entire worlds, as well as to his Sahabah and those who follow them till the Day of Judgement.

Wassalamu'alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Head of the Board of Research, Ilm, Ifta, Dakwah and Islamic Guidance
Abdul Aziz bi Abdullah bin Baz