(Call of those who preceded
According to Quran and Sunnah
Dawah - literally means "call", and in this sense it refers
to calling to the Truth through preaching and propagation.
Say (O Muslims), "We believe in Allâh and that
which has been sent down to us and that which has been sent down to Ibrâhim
(Abraham), Ismâ'il (Ishmael), Ishâque (Isaac), Ya'qûb (Jacob),
and to Al-Asbât [the twelve sons of Ya'qûb (Jacob)], and that
which has been given to Mûsa (Moses) and 'Iesa (Jesus), and that which
has been given to the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between
any of them, and to Him we have submitted (in Islâm)."
[The Noble Qur'an Al-Baqarah
Invite (mankind, O Muhammad
SAW) to the Way of your Lord (i.e.
Islâm) with wisdom (i.e. with the Divine Inspiration and the Qur'ân)
and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. Truly, your
Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Path, and He is the Best Aware
of those who are guided. [The Noble Qur'an
Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting
to all that is good (Islâm), enjoining Al-Ma'rûf (i.e. Islâmic
Monotheism and all that Islâm orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar
(polytheism and disbelief and all that Islâm has forbidden). And it
is they who are the successful. [The
Noble Qur'an Al-Imran 3:104]
Say (O Muhammad SAW): "This is my way; I invite unto
Allâh (i.e. to the Oneness of Allâh - Islâmic Monotheism)
with sure knowledge, I and whosoever follows me (also must invite others
to Allâh i.e to the Oneness of Allâh - Islâmic Monotheism)
with sure knowledge. And Glorified and Exalted be Allâh (above all
that they associate as partners with Him). And I am not of the Mushrikûn
(polytheists, pagans, idolaters and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh;
those who worship others along with Allâh or set up rivals or partners
to Allâh)." [The Noble Qur'an Yusuf
Salaf - literally means "those (from
history) who precede, have gone before".
As-Salaf as-Saalih - The
people of the past, namely the first three generations
of pious muslims during and after the revelation of the Qur'an,
i.e.the Sahabah (companions) of the Prophet,
, the Taabi'een (followers) and the Taabi Taabi'een (followers
of the followers).
Islam teaches that As-Salaf as-Saalih are superior in their understanding
of the Revelation of Al-Qu'ran. Generally speaking, the people present during
any event (such as the revelation of the Quran) will understand it better
than those who read about it later.
said: "I am leaving you two things and you will never
go astray as long as you cling to them -- they are the Book of Allah and
my Sunnah." [Reported by Al- Haakim -
"The best of people is my generation, then those who
come after them, then those who come after them (i.e. the first three generations
of Muslims)." [Reported by Bukhari and
Muslim- Mutawaatir. Muslim, Narrated 'Aisha - Shaykh Al Albaanee
declares it Hasan in Saheeh Al Jaami' no.3288].
"The best of people are my generation, then the second,
then the third, then there will come a people, having no good in them."
[[related by Ibn Mas'ood] [Tabaraanee in Al-Kabeer]
Shaykh Al Albaanee declares it to be Hasan. See Silsilatul Ahaadeeth ad-Da'eefah
no.3569, and Saheeh Al Jaami' no. 3293.]
"My Ummah will not unite upon error."
[Reported by at-Tirmidhee and Haakim -
The best of people are my generation, then those who
follow after them, then those who follow after them, then there will come
after them a people who will be fat, and they will love obesity, bearing
witness before being asked to."[related
by the Umars, sons of Husayn(r)] [Tirmidthee, authenticated by Imaam Al Haakim]
Shaykh Al Albaanee declares it to be Saheeh. See Silsilatul Ahaadeeth As-Saheehah
no. 699, and Saheeh Al Jaami' no. 3294.
Salafi - means "of the salaf". The "i" (sounds like
"ee") on the end of the word means "of the", "of" and/or "are". Using
correct arabic grammar, the word "salafi" can only be used in association
with words that are of that which is truly from the far past.
In order to be a salaf, you had to exist generations prior to the
current one. Referring to oneself as a salafi* is permissible
in Islam so long as the intention is for identification with the salafi
minhaj and this identification does not replace your
identification as being MUSLIM, as this is what Allah swt has commanded us
in The Qur'an to call ourselves. While it is important, as many scholars
have said, to distinguish ourselves from the innovators, we first do this
in our actions (i.e. do not sit
with the people of innovation, engage the sunnah in our daily lives, etc.),
and to do so in speech, we can best do so by clearly stating that we are
followers of the pious predecessors ("Ana
a-taaba as-salaf as-saalih").
Those Muslims whose intentions are to follow the Qur'an and
Sunnah of the Prophet
and the salaf, know better than to divide themselves into a sect (a dissenting
or schismatic religious body; especially one regarded as extreme or heretical)
that parts from following clear proof in Quran and Sunnah.
"And this Ummah will divide into seventy-three sects
all of which except one will go to Hell and they (i.e. the Saved Sect) are
those who are upon what I and My Companions are upon (i.e. those who follow
My Way and the Way of my Companions.)"
[Reported by at-Tirmidhee -
"Verily those before you from among the People of the
Book split into seventy-two sects and verily this religion . . . ", and in
another narration, " . . . this Ummah will split into seventy-three sects:
seventy-two will be in the Fire and one in Paradise and that is the
Jamaa'ah." [Reported by Abu Daawood -
When questioned by his Companions about those who will be saved from the
Fire, the Messenger (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) replied:
"They are those who are upon what I and my companions
are upon." [Reported by at-Tirmidhee
from Amr ibn al-Aas - classified as Hasan.]
A muslim may announce his intentions to adhere to the
Dawat-us-Salafiyyah, which is identical to saying the dawah of Islam
with mere emphasis on rejecting innovation in implementing and understanding
the Qur'an and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad
and accepting the guidance of the Salaf-as-Saalih (as instructed by
to do so). Because not one ounce of arrogance will make it into the
gates of Paradise, no muslim would want to be so bold as to declare himself
as a member of Firqatun-Naajiyyah (the saved group of Muslims), for
only Allah swt knows who that truly is, but instead would speak of his
intentions to be of the saved group, by his intentions to adhere to
Sheikh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah said: "It is self-delusion to say 'I am
saved' and not pessimistic, for example being too secure saying 'I have the
attributes of the salaf, I am saved', We still have to humble ourselves and
not to say that we have the attributes of the Salaf. So I say to these people,
not everybody who opposes me a thing from this path will become one of those
who will perish, for verily the disputer may be a mujtahid who was wrong,
and Allaah will forgive him his mistakes. Or maybe the proof did not reach
him, enough to satisfy his needs (i.e. to understand it). Or maybe he has
enough good deeds in which Allaah will wipe away his bad deeds."
"O you who believe! Do not put (yourselves) forward
before Allâh and His Messenger (SAW), and fear Allâh. Verily!
Allâh is All-Hearing, All-Knowing."
[Surah al-Hujuraat 49:1].
"And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of
Allâh (i.e. this Qur'ân), and be not divided among yourselves,
and remember Allâh's Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another
but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren
(in Islâmic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and
He saved you from it. Thus Allâh makes His Ayât (proofs, evidences,
verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be
guided." [Surah Al-Imrân
Muslim - Whereas a person of a sect may improperly refer
to himself as a Shia, Sufi, etc., those who adhere to
dawat-us-salafiyyah describe themself as a "Muslim" whose
minhaj (methodology/system) is Qur'an and Sunnah and madhdhab
(way) is that of the salaf. There is ample proof to say it is more
than sufficient to call oneself simply a Muslim.
And strive hard in Allâh's Cause as you ought
to strive (with sincerity and with all your efforts that His Name should
be superior). He has chosen you (to convey His Message of Islâmic
Monotheism to mankind by inviting them to His religion, Islâm), and
has not laid upon you in religion any hardship, it is the religion of your
father Ibrahim (Abraham) (Islâmic Monotheism). It is He (Allâh)
Who has named you Muslims both before and in this (the Qur'ân),
that the Messenger (Muhammad SAW) may be a witness over you and you be witnesses
over mankind! So perform AsSalât (Iqamat-as-Salât), give
Zakât and hold fast to Allâh [i.e. have confidence in Allâh,
and depend upon Him in all your affairs] He is your Maula (Patron, Lord,
etc.), what an Excellent Maula (Patron, Lord, etc.) and what an Excellent
Helper! [Surah Al-Imrân
Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taimiyyah reported that one of the Salaf (Pious Predecessors)
said, "I do not mind which out of the two blessings was greater. that Allaah
guided me to Islaam, or that he kept me away from these innovated sects.
By Allaah , the Most High, in the Qur'aan He called us the Muslims, the
Believers and the Worshippers of Allaah, so we will not leave the manes which
Allaah has names us with in favour of names innovated by the people which
they call themselves by and also their forefathers for which Allaah has send
down no proof". (In al-Wasiyyatul-Kubraa.Taken from the Book Forty Hadeeth
On: The Call to Islam and the Caller By Shaikh 'Alee Hasan 'Alee 'Abdul Hameed)
Abu-I Aas, r.a., a companion of the Prophet (saaws) said: "Since I have now
handed over to you what is rightfully yours, I now declare that there is
no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. By God, the
only thing that prevented me from declaring my acceptance of Islam while
I was with Muhammad in Madinah was my fear that you would think that I did
so only to appropriate your wealth. Now that I have discharged my trust in
this matter, I now declare that I am a Muslim."
Ikrimah, r.a., a companion of the Prophet (saaws) said: ""I testify that
there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is His servant and His messenger."
The Prophet (saaws) then instructed him to say, "I
call on God and those present here to witness that I am a Muslim who is a
Mujahid and a Muhajir".
The Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) commanded to kill him: he was a
spy of AbuSufyan and an ally of a man of the Ansar. He passed a circle of
the Ansar and said: I am a Muslim. A man from the Ansar said, Apostle
of Allah, he is saying that he is a Muslim. The Apostle of Allah (peace be
upon him) said: There are people among you in whose faith we trust. Furat
ibn Hayyan is one of them. [Abu Dawood
#2646, Narrated Furat ibn Hayyan]
Then when 'Iesa (Jesus) came to know of their disbelief,
he said: "Who will be my helpers in Allâh's Cause?" Al-Hawâriûn
(the disciples) said: "We are the helpers of Allâh; we believe in
Allâh, and bear witness that we are Muslims (i.e. we submit
to Allâh)." [Surah Al-Imrân
The belief that "times have changed" and that we should now do differently
than what Allah swt commanded us, is an innovated madthab (way). There were
sects during the time of the Prophet (saaws) and immediately following, just
as there are today. The companions of 'Iesa (Jesus) and Muhammad, peace and
blessings of Allah be upon them both, all referred to themselves simply as
However, as Muslims, we must not dispute over simple titles, as the correct
way of living is of upmost importance, not the labels we claim upon ourselves.
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid has said, "The one who is seeking salvation
has to work hard to gain beneficial knowledge and do righteous deeds, and
he should avoid vain arguments and futile discussions in which there is no
benefit." What is important is that we implement the way of the salaf as-saalih
in our daily lives, insomuch as it is consistent with Quran and Sunnah.
Names - you can name yourself, your masjid, your computer
files, your associations, etc. - anything halal. For instance if a baby is
named "Yasmin" meaning jasmine, the mother who chose the name is not stating
that she IS a jasmine stone or even that she has the attributes of a jasmine;
such a name is a permissible name because the item itself, the jasmine, is
not haram. So if a name includes the word "salaf" anywhere in it, this is
halal. However for a person of today to identify oneself AS a salaf is incorrect.
One can refer to himself as "muttaqi" (male) or "muttaqiyyah" (female) meaning
of the muttaqun, but should not make a sunnah of calling himself a "muslim
muttaqi". A person alive today can be muttaqi but cannot be salafi
because s/he is not of the past.
Those who adhere to the sunnah of the Prophet, saaws, are sadly known as
"strange", "odd", etc., to those who have abandoned such adherence. They
(muslims on a misguided path) even get to the point that they find it
odd that someone would just call themselves a MUSLIM and attach
no special group name to the word muslim. Surely the people who deviate are
the people who must find a new label for their group. The label "muslim"
is the purest word and all we need, insha'Allah, i.e. it is the only identifying
label that we should have as a tradition or sunnah for calling ourselves
when refering to our faith.
The Prophet, saaws, has mentioned in his saying: "Islam
began as a stranger and shall return as a stranger as it began. So give glad
tidings to the strangers." [Reported
by Muslim - Sahih].
And who is better in speech than he who [says: "My
Lord is Allâh (believes in His Oneness)," and then stands straight
(acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to Allâh's (Islâmic
Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: "I am one of the Muslims."
[The Noble Qur'an 41:33]
Madhdhab Salafi- means the way (madhdhab) of the salaf
(first three generations of pious muslims after the revelation of the Qur'an).
Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H rahimahullaah)
says: "There is no blame on the one who manifests/proclaims the way (madhdhab)
of the Salaf, who attaches himself to it and refers to it. Rather, it is
obligatory to accept that from him by unanimous agreement (Ittifaaq), because
the way (madhdhab) of the Salaf is nothing but the Truth (Haqq)."
[From Majmoo al-Fataawaa, 4:149.]
Abu Haneefah (d. 150H rahimahullaah) said: "Adhere to the athar (narration)
and the tareeqah (way/following) of the Salaf (Pious Predecessors) and beware
of newly invented matters for all of it is innovation"
[Reported by As-Suyootee in Sawn al Mantaq
Imaam adh-Dhahabee (d.748H rahimahullaah) - said: "It is authentically related
from ad-Daaraqutnee that he said: There is nothing more despised by me than
'irnul-kalaam (innovated speech and rhetorics). I say: No person should ever
enter into 'ilmul-kalaam, nor argumentation. Rather, he should be a follower
of the Salaf." [Siyar 16/457]
Following the madhdhab of the salaf is unlike following one of the madhdhabs
(schools of thought) of today. Today when a person says they follow
a madhdhab, they mean they follow one of the four Imams (Maliki, Hanafi,
etc..), often to the point that even if the Imam's chosen position on any
topic is clearly in error, they will follow it anyway, just for the sake
of consistency in following the same Imam. In the true use of
the word "madhdhab", the way of the salaf is a madhdhab. In the
modern sense of the word "madhdhab", the way of the salaf is not a
madhdhab, meaning it does not require or encourage
blind adherence to a single leader like the practice
of muslims who follow any one of the four major madhdhabs of today.
Minhaj Qur'an wa Sunnah- means methodology of Qur'an and
Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan said, " The reasons for disunity are many. From
amongst the main causes are: Firstly, opposing the minhaj (methodology) of
the Salaf, the Companions of Allaah's Messenger and those who follow them.
So the Salaf had a minhaj that they adhered to; a manhaj in aqeedah (creed),
a manhaj in da'wah (calling to Allaah), a minhaj in enjoining good and forbidding
evil, a manhaj in how to judge between people. This minhaj, in all situations,
was based upon the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of our Messenger."
[Wujoob ut-Tathabbut fil-Akhbaaar
Bid'a- Innovation in ibaddah [worship],
to be avoided!
has said: "If anyone introduces into this affair of
ours (i.e. the religion of Islam) anything which does not belong to it, he
will have it rejected." [Reported by
Muslim - Sahih].
said: "Whoever does an action which we (Allah and His
Messenger) have not commanded it will be rejected."
[Reported by Muslim -
Shirk- To associate a partner
with Allah swt. The greatest sin.
Tawheed- The Oneness of Allah, swt.
Tawheed-ar-Ruboobiyya (Oneness of the Lordship of Allah).
To believe that there is only one Lord for all the universe, its Creator,
Organizer, Planner, Sustainer, Maintainer, etc., and that is Allah swt.
Tawheed-al-Uloohiyya (Oneness of the worship of Allah).
To believe that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah. Worship
comes in the form of praying, invoking, asking for help from the unseen or
anything believed to be a deity (i.e. idols), swearing, slaughtering sacrifices,
"And the mosques are for Allâh (Alone), so invoke not anyone along
with Allâh." [Surah Al-Jinn
"Say (O Muhammad SAW): "I am only a man like you. It has been inspired to
me that your Ilâh (God) is One Ilâh (God i.e. Allâh). So
whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and
associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord."
[Surah Al-Kahf 18:110]
Tawheed-al-Asma was-Sifat (Oneness of the
Names/Attributes of Allah)
To believe that all the best of names/attributes (i.e. "The Most Merciful",
etc.) belong to Allah as described in the Qur'an and by Prophet Muhammad
and must not be twisted or expanded upon nor given similtude to human
"Say (O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)): 'He is Allâh, (the) One.
Allâh-us-Samad (The Self-Sufficient Master, Whom all creatures need,
He neither eats nor drinks). He begets not, nor was He begotten; And
there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him.' "
[Surah Al-Ikhlas 112].
"...There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer."
[Surah Ash-Shura 42:11]
Dawat-us-Salafiyyah maintains that these three principles of Tawheed
are inseparable from one another because they are the pillars of the meaning
of the testimony: "Laa ilaaha il Allah" (There is nothing which has
the right to be worshipped except Allah). Dawat-us-salafiyyah encourages
the Muslim to apply Tawheed to his or her daily way of thinking and
"Dawah Salafi", or "salafi dawah" although this is an english transposition
of the two words- [say DOW-uh(t) uh
sal-uh-FEE-uh]) Literally means call of
the past, those who preceded us. This is the spreading of Islam in
accordance with Qur'an and Sunnah, recognizing the understanding of the pious
Salaf in this matter as being superior (more accurate) than modern
ideas and inventions, with an intention to avoid innovation in ibaddah
(an all encompassing word for worship, i.e. halal [permissible] acts
of submission to Allah swt).
Dawat-us-Salafiyyah teaches that the Qur'an is the indisputable Truth
of Allah, s.w.t.
Dawat-us-Salafiyyah encourages the muslim to run from Bid'a,
actively try to remove shirk, think and act on Tawheed, and
compare none to Allah, swt.
You [true believers in Islâmic Monotheism, and
real followers of Prophet Muhammad SAW and his Sunnah (legal ways, etc.)]
are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Ma'rûf
(i.e. Islâmic Monotheism and all that Islâm has ordained) and
forbid Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islâm has forbidden),
and you believe in Allâh. ...[The
Noble Qur'an Al-Imran 3:110]
Dawat-us-Salafiyyah teaches the Muslim to worship Allah t'ala out
of a combination of fear and hope.
"And do not do mischief on the earth, after it has
been set in order, and invoke Him with fear and hope; Surely, Allâh's
Mercy is (ever) near unto the gooddoers."
[Surah A'râf 7:56]
"Their sides forsake their beds, to invoke their Lord
in fear and hope, and they spend (charity in Allâh's Cause) out of
what We have bestowed on them." [Surah
Dawat-us-Salafiyyah does not neglect the Sunnah of the Prophet,
The muslim who clings to and engages in acts according to the Sunnah,
sadly, becomes a 'stranger' to those who have gone astray.
has mentioned in his saying: "Islam began as a stranger
and shall return as a stranger as it began. So give glad tidings to the
strangers." [Reported by Muslim -
And in another narration: "So give glad tidings to
the few, those who purify, correct what the people have corrupted of my Sunnah."
[Al-Silsilah of Shaikh al-Albaani -
One cannot follow Dawat-us-Salafiyyah if s/he is Shi'ah or
Sufi or if s/he prescribes to a madhdhab based on blind
adherence to a single Imam of any generation. Why? The Salaf have
informed us not to follow their own ruling on a matter if stronger proof
existed elsewhere that they were in error, i.e. contradicting Qur'an or Sunnah,
whereas a madhdhab that follows a single Imam (i.e. Imam Hanbal, Imam
Malik, etc.) encourages blind adherance to a single Imam and all of his rulings
alone. Of course it is permissible to seek guidance from the writings,
etc., of Imams, but it is required of the muslim to reject whatever s/he
was clinging on to (i.e. beliefs and actions) once the Truth is made plain.
Dawat-us-Salafiyyah gives precedence to the Word of Allah far above
Dawat-us-Salafiyyah teaches us to love His Prophet,
(but not to worship him!)
said: "None of you believes until I become more beloved
to him than his father, child and all mankind."
[Reported by Muslim - Sahih].
A muslim who adheres to the Dawat-us-Salafiyyah
cannot be any of the following, which are basically groups
of people adhering to deviation as a principle foundation in belief.
The sects of the Khawaarij who consider the Muslims to be Kaafirs
(nonbelievers) due to their commiting major sins, and make lawful the taking
of their wealth and blood.
The sects of the Shi'ah (Shi'ites) who hate and curse the Prophet's
Companions and claim them to be apostates, claim that the Qur'an has been
altered, reject the authentic Sunnah and worship the Prophet's Family, peace
be upon them.
The Qadariyyah who deny Qadar (the Divine
The Murjiah who claim Imaan (Faith) to be only in words and not in
The Asharriyah who deny Allah's Attributes.
The Sufis who worship graves, saints and claim Divine
The Muqallidoon who necessitate that every Muslim adhere to the Madhhab
(School of Thought) of a particular Imam or Shaikh, even when that madhdhab
differs with the clear verses of the Qur'an and authentic hadiths of the
Prophet, peace be upon him.
Modern scholars may only come to teach remind us of the instructions of the
original Salaf. Among the scholars who follow(ed) the
Salaf-us-Salih in belief and deed, insha'Allah, are:
Imam Abu Hanifah (150 AH), Al-Awzai (157 AH), Ath-Thawri (161 AH),
Al Laith ibn Saad (175 AH), Imam Malik (179 AH), Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak
(181 AH), Sufyan ibn Uyainah (198 AH), Imam Ash-Shafi'i (204 AH), Ishaq (238
AH), Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal (241 AH), Al-Bukhari (256 AH), Muslim (261 AH),
Abu Dawood (275 AH) and others.
Ibn Taymiyyah (728 AH) and his students, Adh-Dhahabi , Ibn al-Qayyim,
Ibn Katheer and others. [All listed lived between 728 and 774 AH]
Muhammed bin 'Abd al-Wahhab [1206 AH] and many of his students
Abdul Aziz bin Baz, Muhammed bin Saalih Utheimeen, Muhammed Naasir-ud-Deen
al-Albaani (1332 to 1419 AH) [of our time].
Definition of Salifiyyah
by Sheikh Ibn Al-Utaymeen
Yarhamahu Allah (May Allah have mercy on him)
From his book, "Liqaa-al-Baab al-Maftooh", Q # 1322
Muhammad Salih Ibn al-Uthaymeen said: "Salafiyyah is following the way of
the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) and his Sahabah for they are our
Salaf (predecessors) who preceded us, so following them is Salafiyyah. As
for taking Salafiyyah as a special Manhaj such that everyone who differs
with it is considered astray even if he was on the truth; then this is beyond
doubt opposite to Salafiyyah.
All the Salaf called to Islam and to unite upon the Sunnah of Allah's Messenger
(sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) and they did not declare astray anyone who
differs with them (in a certain issue) because of (a different) interpretation
(Taweel), except in matters of Aqeedah because they considered him, who differed
in Aqeedah as astray.
But, in our time, some who took the path of Salafiyyah consider astray everyone
who differs from them even if the truth were to be on his side. And they
took a Hizbi (partisan) Manhaj, just like the other Hizbs (parties), who
divide the religion. This (their way) must be rejected and not be approved
It is said, 'Look at the way of the Salaf as-Salih and what did they do in
regards to differences and wideness of their hearts with regards to Ikhtilaaf
(differences) in matters in which Ijtihad was feasible. (They differed with
each other) to the degree that they differed in big issues, in (minor) issues
of Aqeedah and (minor) issues of knowledge - for example, some of them denied
that Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) saw His Lord and some
of them confirmed of it. Some of them said, 'the deeds would be weighted
on the Day of Judgment', whilst others held that "the books which record
the deeds will be weighed." They also differ in matters of Fiqh, Marriage,
obligations, buying and selling, etc. Despite this, they did not declare
each other astray.
Thus, Salafiyyah that is taken to mean a special party (Hizb) with specific
rules whose members consider anyone who differs with them as astray then
they have nothing to do with Salafiyyah.
But the Salafiyyah that is to follow the Salaf in beliefs, sayings, actions,
their way of differing and unity, their way of being merciful and compassion
to one another as the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said, "You see
the believers as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing
love among themselves and being kind, resembling one body, so that, if any
part of the body is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness
(insomnia) and fever with it."Then this is the true Salafiyyah."
Warning to the followers of the salafi group
by Sheikh Ibn Al-Utaymeen
Yarhamahu Allah (May Allah have mercy on him)
From his [the
"Whoever lives amongst you will see much differing, so adhere to my
It can be learnt that if parties (ahzaab) within the ummah emerge in increasing
numbers then one should not affiliate himself to a party (hizb). In the past,
many groups have appeared; Khawaarij, Mu'tazilah, Jahmiyyah, Shee'ah, even
Raafidah. Then there appeared, later on Ikhwanis, Salafis, Tablighis, and
all those like them. Put all of them to one side and take [the path] ahead.
Which is what the Prophet
guided to. "Adhere to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly
guided caliphs." No doubt, it is obligatory for all Muslims to adopt the
way of the salaf as their madhhab, not affiliation to a specific party (hizb)
named, "The Salafis". It is obligatory for the Islamic Ummah to adopt the
way of the salaf as-salih as their madhhab, not bigotry to those called "the
salafis". Pay attention to the difference: There is the way of the salaf,
and there is a party (hizb) called "the salafis".
What is the objective? Following the Salaf. Why? The salafi brothers are
the closest sect to that which is right, no doubt, but their problem is the
same as others, that some of these sects declare others as being misguided,
they declare them to be innovators and as being sinners. We don't censure
this, if they deserve it, but we censure handling this bid'ah in this way.
It is obligatory for the leaders of these sects to get together and say,
Between us is the book of Allah, and the Sunnah of His messenger, so
lets us judge by them and not according to desires, opinions and not according
to personalities. Everyone makes mistakes and achieves correctness no matter
what he has reached with regards to knowledge and worship. Infallibility
is [only] in the religion of Islam."
In this hadeeth the Prophet
guided to the way in which a person secures himself. He doesn't
affiliate him to any sect, only the way of the salaf as-salih, to the Sunnah
of our Prophet
and the rightly guided caliphs.
The Noble Qur'an An-Nisâ'
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.
Shaikh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah commented on this verse: "All who contradict
and oppose the Messenger after the right path has been clearly shown to them,
have followed other than the Path of the Believers; and all who follow other
than the Path of the Believers have contradicted and opposed the Messenger
after the right Path has been shown to them. If one thinks that he is following
the Path of the Faithful Believers and is mistaken, he is in the same position
as one who thinks he is following the Messenger and is mistaken."
Action Items for the
If a person asks you,
"Who is your sheikh?" it is best to answer, "Prophet Muhammed,
salli allahu aleihi wa salam
(peace and blessings be upon him)."
If someone asks you, "What
are you?" you should answer, "Muslim (believer in
insha'Allah (only by Allah's
Will / if Allah Wills it)."
If someone asks you, "What
is your minhaj ("methodology", i.e. methods, rules, procedures,
etc.)?" you should answer, "Quran and Sunnah."
If someone asks you, "What
is your madhdhab ("way", e.g. direction, manner or mode)?"
you may answer, "Salaf, insha'Allah"
If a person were to ask,
"What dawah (call) do you follow?" or "What do you teach (call
the people to)?" you could reply, "Dawat-us-Salafiyyah,
Insha'Allah you can clearly
identify yourself in the best of manners and at the same time distinguished
yourself from the people of innovation with the following words or something
to its effect.....
I am a muslim. My methodology
is Qur'an and Sunnah. Insha'Allah I follow the way of the salaf muslims.
Ana muslim. Minhaji Al-Quran
wa Sunnah. Insha'Allah madhdhabi i-tabaa al-muslimeen al-salafeen.
I am a follower of the righteous
Ana a-tabaa as-salaf as-saalih.
The best way to clearly
identify yourself from the innovators is by action, i.e. your
Remember... Allah, subhana watala,
sees everything we do!