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ASH-SHAWKANI AND ABSOLUTE IJTIHAD?

Shaikh Faaris ibn Faalih Al-Khazraji was asked the following:

لماذا لا ندرِّسَ فقه الشوكاني ـ رحمه الله ـ

So why don’t we learn the fiqh of Ash-Shawkani, may Allah have mercy upon him?

إعادة نشر

This is an answer that is being re-published after the question has appeared once more.

منذ عقدين أو ثلاثة تقريباً ظهرت دعوة ــ مُستغربة ـ قائمة بين الشباب السني لالتزام دراسة كتب الشوكاني والشبهة في ذلك :

أنه متجرد للدليل وليس مقيد بمذهب !.

So there are three or more instances, since a type of da`awah has appeared and has become established among the Sunni youth and have led to the question of studying the books of Ash-Shawkani and the ambiguity in the affair.

وجوابنا على ذلك :

The answer to this is from a number of points:

1. من معلوم أن الشوكاني أصل مذهبه زيدي ثم وافق مذهب أهل السنة الا في بعض المسائل ـ واعني بها العقدية ـ كما بين في الرسائل السلفية .

One: It is well known that Ash-Shawkani – as the source of his madhhab – is a Zaidi and then he started to agree with the madhhab of Muslim Orthodoxy except in some areas. And I mean by that with regards to theology and the like. And this is very clear in the book he wrote, The Salafi Messages.

2. بقاء تأثره بفقه الزيدية يتبين من خلال نقولاته عن علماء الزيدية في نيل الأوطار.

Two: he remained under the influence of the Zaidiyyah[1] as becomes clear from his writings and citing the scholars of the Zaidiyyah in the work[2] Nail ul-Awtar.[3]

3.كونه ليس متأثراً بمذهب هذا لايدل على تجرده لأن منهجه بعد الفقه الزيدي كان شافعيًا ويوصي في كتابه ( أدب الطلب ) بدراسة المذهب الشافعي ، ثم تأثر بالظاهرية .

Three: he does not have any influence in any madhhab that is proof of this as his methodology after Zaidi “fiqh” is to follow the Shafi`ii fiqh[4] like in his book Etiquettes in Seeking Knowledge in which he taught the Shafi`ii madhhab. Then he was influenced by the Zahiriyyah.[5]

4. فقهه لا يُعرف عند عامة الأمة ولاشك من أنه يعتبر شاذًا عن الأقوال المعلومة لدى الأمة من مدرسة المذاهب الأربعة ، بالتالي ليس معلومًا لدى الأمة كمذاهب أئمة الهدى .

Four: his “fiqh” is not known of among the body of the Ummah. There is no doubt that he depended upon rare or divergent matters from the well known statements in the Ummah from the study of the Four Madhhabs. And it follows that he is not well known among the Ummah like the madhhabs of the Imams of Guidance.

5. الشوكاني ليس مجتهدًا مطلقًا لتكون له مدرسة مستقلة بل ولاينبغي أن يلحق بمدارس الأئمة المتبعة ، لأنه تأثر بالظاهرية .

Five: Ash-Shawkani was not an absolute mujtahid in which he would have an independent school and he did not even see the importance of attachment to the scholars of the Imams that are followed as he was under the influence of the Zahiriyyah.

6. أصوله مستقلة رجحها هو بنظره ، ولاتنطبق الا على فقهه ، ومعلوم أن المدرسة الاجتهادية الفقهية يأتي من يحرر ويقرر ويجدد لها أما الشوكاني فلا يعرف عنه متبع سوى صديق حسن خان وكتابه الروضة الندية لاتختلف عن نيل الاوطار ، ويكفي ماسطره من طعن بحق معاوية رضي الله عنه في نهاية كتابه .

Six: his “usul” are independent according to his preference and his research. And there is no dependence made use of for him except upon his “fiqh”. And it is well known that the way of fiqh ijtihad comes from bringing out the principles, affirming and setting them down and renewing them or bringing fresh things to light. As for Ash-Shawkani, there is no known follower of him besides Siddiq Hasan Khan Al-Qannuji and his book The Well Ornamented Meadow and it does not differ in practice from Nail ul-Awtar. And it is sufficient the lines that he wrote in disrespect to Mu`awiyah, may Allah be pleased with him, at the end of his book to show Ash-Shawkani’s reality.

7. كون الشوكاني رحمه الله ليس بمقلد هذا مفهوم مغاير لما هو عليه في نيل الأوطار ، لأن الشوكاني قلد في تخريج أحاديث المنتقى الحافظ بن حجر ـ رحمه الله ـ تقليدا أعمى في تلخيص الحبير ومن رام التأكد فليقارن.

Seven: Ash-Shawkani – may Allah have mercy upon him – was not a follower of this understanding and underwent change to what he was later upon in Nail ul-Awtaf  as Ash-Shawkani followed Al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar – may Allah have mercy upon him – in his addressing and examination of the Ahadith in Al-Muntaqa. And he is actually the one making “blind imitation” to what is in Talkhis ul-Habir. And whoever wants emphasis proving my point, go and look it up and compare!

8.الشوكاني يخالف اعتقاد أهل السنة في معاوية رضي الله عنه وارضاه ، وهذا لاشك أنه مأخذ كبير .

Eight: Ash-Shawkani contradicted the creed of Muslim Orthodoxy regarding Mu`awiyah, may Allah be pleased with him and show pleasure to him, and there is no doubt that this is a large matter indeed.

9. من قرأ الرسائل السلفية العقدية له ، سيعلم جيدًا مخالفته من يدعو الى دراسة فقهه ، في الاسماء والصفات.

Nine: Whoever read The Salafi Creed Messages as written by him will know very well his contradiction and opposition (to Muslim Orthodoxy) to the one who is calling to studying his “fiqh” and in the topic of the Names and Attributes.

10.عدم العمل بفقه الشوكاني : ففي أي مصر من أمصار المسلمين بل ولا في قرية واحدة يعمل به ، فكيف يلزم بفقهه ، وكيف تدرَّس كتبه .

Ten: No one acts by the “fiqh” of Ash-Shawkani. In which urban centres of the Muslims is it being used? In fact it’s not utilised in one village. So how can his “fiqh” be necessary to look into? How can his books be learned? How can one cling to them?

فإن قيل : ألا يستفاد من كتب الشوكاني :

Someone may ask, “So can one not benefit from the works of Ash-Shawkani?”

فجوابنا : لاشك أن فيه فائدة لكن ليست للدراسة ، ولا للتدريس .

Our answer is that there is no doubt that there is a benefit but not for learning or teaching.

هذه الأسباب التي تجعلنا ننصح الشباب بعدم دراسة فقه الشوكاني رحمه الله ، خاصة في بداية الطلب ، إن لم يكن الا سبب عدم العمل به في عموم الأمة بل ولا في قرية من قرى الأمة لكفى به سببًا.

So these are the reasons that we have put for advising the people not to study the “fiqh” of Ash-Shawkani – may Allah have mercy upon him – especially at the beginning of seeking knowledge and if there is no reason to act by it in the main body of the Ummah, in one of the villages of the Ummah then this is reason enough to not take anything from it.

والله اعلم

And Allah knows best.

وكتب فارس بن فالح الخزرجي

6 / محرم / 1439

As written by Faaris ibn Faalih Al-Khazraji

6 Muharram 1439


[1] This is another word for the Shi`ah cult. Among the Shi`ah are groups such as Twelver (and within them Akhbari and Usuli), Isma`ili (also known as Seveners or Saba`iyyah), but when discussing them collectively, they are known as Rafidah (or in the plural form, Rawafid). Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, may Allah be pleased with him, said of them, “The Rafidah are those who disavow and renounce the Companions of Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and they also curse and consider as low the Companions, along with labelling as unbelievers the four Imams among them, namely `Ali, `Ammar, Al-Miqdad, Salman, and the Rafidah have nothing to do with Islam at all. The Mansuriyyah are a group of Rafidah, but are more wretched and filthy than the others, as they say that whoever should kill 40 people who contradict their belief shall enter the Paradise. They terrorise the people, consider the wealth of them permissible to be seized. They further state that Jibril, peace be upon him, made a mistake when he came to the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, with the message. Such a thing is clear kufr, and there is no way of faith in holding this matter. We seek refuge in Allah from this matter. There is among them the sect of the Sabiyy’ah, which is closer to those who oppose the four Imams mentioned before. They deny the description and they say that `Ali is in the clouds and will be sent before the Day of Resurrection, and this is clear lying, slander and open falsehood. The Zaidiyyah are another group with them and they disavow `Uthman, Talhah, az-Zubair and `A’ishah, believing that they must fight against any of those who resisted and went against the children of `Ali, whether they are righteous or sinful, even if they are victorious or overcome. The Khashabiyyah say the same thing as the Zaidiyyah, but they claim that they love the Family and Household of Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, while they lie, for they hate the Family and Household of Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, more than any of the people. The only partisans and lovers of the Family and Household of Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, are the pious, and these are Muslim Orthodoxy, whoever they are and wherever they may be located. They are those who love the Family and Household of Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and all the Companions of Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. Those who love them do not mention the Companions with any evil, flaws, hatred or sinful words. Whoever should mention the Companions of Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, with evil or hatred towards them, or disavows any of them, curses them, refuses the oath of allegiance that they gave, such a one is nothing but a member of the Rafidah, filthy and he makes others filthy. The Rafidah label Muslim Orthodoxy as insulters of the Family and Household, yet they lie. They are the ones who deserve this title due to their insult of the Companions of the Messenger, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, by cursing and insult. They speak of the Companions in other than the truth, attribute to them things that are not true and say they are guilty of kufr and oppression. This is making a lie towards Allah, Mighty and Majestic, and making light of the right of the Messenger, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and the people doing this have more reason to be faulted and shown wrath than the Companions.” Tabaqat ul-Hanabilah, vol.1, pp. 35-37

[2] d. 653 (AD 1266). He is Majd ud-Din Abul Barakat `Abdus-Salam ibn `Abdullah ibn Abil-Qasim ibn `Abdullah Al-Khidr ibn Muhammad ibn `Ali Ibn Taymiyyah Al-Harrani, also referred to as Al-Majd. The second highest voice in the school for canonical texts, he wrote his famous work, Al-Muharrar fil-Fiqh (Eng. The Consecrated and Recorded Matters Regarding Legal Rulings), which quickly became one of two foundational sets of works for cataloguing opinions and rulings of the scholars. Adh-Dhail `Ala Tabaqat il-Hanabilah, vol.4, pp. 201-205

[3] This is actually an attempted commentary by Ash-Shawkani on the original work of the grand Imam, Majd ud-Din Ibn Taymiyyah’s legal text using ahadith entitled, Al-Muntaqa. It is always a wonder in the writer’s mind as to why Ash-Shawkani and cultists that agree with him insist on styling themselves absolute mujtahids but then insist on following or making use of other mujtahids’ works when in all fairness they should be penning their very own. (!)

[4] It is thanks to people such as Muhammad Al-Amir As-Sana`ani (1099-1182), Ash-Shawkani and Al-Qannuji (1248-1307) that a body of fake Shafi`iis came among Muslim Orthodoxy saying that they are Shafi`ii in fiqh yet Salafi in “aqeedah”. Now where have we heard this before? And these fake Shafi`iis influenced others in this era such as `Abdullah ibn Judai` (b. 1379) and countless others.

[5] This was a pseudo-madhhab created by Dawud ibn `Ali Al-Asbahani (201-270), a student of knowledge and later shaikh who sat with Imam Ash-Shafi`ii and then decided (although having not completed his studies or done substantial memorisation to have even been a muqayyid mujtahid, let alone an absolute mujtahid!) to found his own school. Claimants to this “madhhab” (which is more like claiming absolute ijtihad) include Ash-Shawkani, Ibn Hazm (384-456), Muhy ud-Din Ibn Al-`Arabi (558-638) and even some in the last forty years claiming to have “revived” it and no less  one of them a former Azhar attendee as well (!) cf. Adh-Dhahabi’s Siyar A`lam in-Nubala, vol.13, pp.97-98

Imam Muhammad `Abdul Latif As-Subki

Figure 1A: A portrait of Imam Muhammad `Abdul Latif As-Subki
Figure 1A: A portrait of Imam Muhammad `Abdul Latif As-Subki

1304-1388 AH

Birth

He is Muhammad `Abdul Latif ibn Muhammad Musa As-Subki Al-Azhari Al-Masri Al-Hanbali Al-Khalwati. Born in the village of Subuk Ad-Dahhak in the district of Al-Manufiyyah in Egypt, he came from a family of upright people and due to the village he came from, he had the title As-Subki.

Early Life and Learning

After the completion of the Qur’an at a young age, he enrolled in Al-Azhar University and began a process of intensive study for the better part of two decades. Upon completion of his work, he had memorised the six books of hadith (these being the collections of Imams Al-Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and An-Nasa’ii) as well as books of fiqh.

The fiqh manuals included Al-Muqni` by Imam Muwaffaq ud-Din Ibn Qudamah (d. 620 AH) and the summary Zad ul-Mustaqni` by Imam Musa al-Hajjawi (d. 968 AH) and built his fatawa upon Al-Kafi and Al-Mughni, both by Imam Muwaffaq ud-Din Ibn Qudamah Al-Maqdisi (d. 620 AH).

A Momentous Time

The Imam lived in the time when communism came to Egypt and he sacrificed himself to fight against it and also the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood under the leadership of the charismatic Sayyid Qutb.

Figure 2A: “I did not refer to that group as ‘the Muslim Brotherhood’ once I came to know that such a name was false for this group. After their numbers increased, it was known decisively their true objectives and their sinful outcomes could be seen by all. It contradicts all of what was known from before up until today. Indeed Islam in truth is trust, rectification of character, as well as beneficial deeds to be done by all. Yes, Islam is a call to righteousness and safety and the establishment, submission and travelling to the highest human objectives indicated in the light of the Book and the Sunnah of His Messenger.” Imam Muhammad `Abdul Latif As-Subki regarding the ‘Muslim Brotherhood.’
Figure 2A: “I did not refer to that group as ‘the Muslim Brotherhood’ once I came to know that such a name was false for this group. After their numbers increased, it was known decisively their true objectives and their sinful outcomes could be seen by all. It contradicts all of what was known from before up until today. Indeed Islam in truth is trust, rectification of character, as well as beneficial deeds to be done by all. Yes, Islam is a call to righteousness and safety and the establishment, submission and travelling to the highest human objectives indicated in the light of the Book and the Sunnah of His Messenger.” Imam Muhammad `Abdul Latif As-Subki regarding the ‘Muslim Brotherhood.’

During the year 1344 AH, he was declared as marja` and also asked to join a panel of some of the most influential scholars of Egypt. These scholars included himself, the Maliki marja` Hassanain Muhammad Makhluf, another Maliki marja` by the name of Muhammad at-Tanikhi, the Shafi`ii marja` `Isa Manun and the Hanafi jurist, Mahmud Shaltut, who was Shaikh ul-Azhar.

Across the border, a war was waging that would precipitate the later foundation of the state of Israel and letters poured in across the Muslim world asking what the ruling on the matter was according to the four madhhabs.

Imam as-Subki was the first one to pronounce on the issue and received citations from the other scholars in support of his work. This was not the end of his tests. The next test came from a close friend of his, Mahmud Shaltut.

Shaikh ul-Azhar for some time, Shaltut had passed numerous rulings stating that the Prophet `Isa, peace be upon him, was dead and would not return, the Punishment of the Grave was not established, usury taken from the banks was valid and that singly narrated ahadith were not part of the creed.

Like the vast majority of Hanafi jurists in the Muslim West from the second to the seventh century AH, Shaikh Shaltut was Mu`tazilah in his theology; but saying this, whenever he was debated with and overwhelmed by an argument, he would change his position.

Imams like As-Subki, Muhammad Sa`id Ramadan Al-Bouti, Muhammad Al-Ahmadi Az-Zawahiri (also a Shaikh ul-Azhar) and countless others spent their precious time debating with the Mu`tazilah Imam so that he might be guided.

The end result was that according to an eye witness account of Imam Muhammad Sa`id Ramadan Al-Bouti, on his death bed, Shaikh Shaltut ordered all previous books of his to be destroyed and affirmed the entire creed of Muslim Orthodoxy. He then died a short time after that.

Later Life and Death

Imam Muhammad `Abdul Latif As-Subki gave rulings above the number of 100 and published more than 10 books on a range of subjects such as communism, feminism, crop destruction, nuclear energy, the Muslim Brotherhood, the flaws inherent in representative government in addition to the texts detailing the link between destruction of marriage, children born out of wedlock and the later incidents of juvenile and adult crime.

He breathed his last in the year 1388 AH and was gathered to his people and buried. The footprint he left still leaves on and the Hanbali veranda he taught at is still inhabited and has instructors teaching there today.

 

Salafiyyah and the Earthly Governments are Closer Than You Think

Figure 1A: King `Abdul `Aziz ibn Sa`ud (AD 1876-1953), temporal leader of Salafiyah, in cordial meeting with US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (AD 1882-1945)
Figure 1A: King `Abdul `Aziz ibn Sa`ud (AD 1876-1953), temporal leader of Salafiyah, in cordial meeting with US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (AD 1882-1945) on Feb. 20, 1945. (Photo courtesy of http://www.hws.edu)

Take a look at this video and I ask that you reflect regarding the prophecies of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him in which he said that the Khawarij would be in the army of the False Messiah (as collected by Imam Ahmad in Al-Musnad, vol.6, pp. 348-349 hadith #6871 ). Then think about the fact that our scholars have made Consensus that Salafiyyah is the Khawarij theology

Remember that creed matters and this is what our scholars died defending.

Islamic State, Caliphate, Khilafah: Sharia Hippies

Figure 1A: An example of Sharia hippie propaganda being marketed towards young people.
Figure 1A: An example of Sharia hippie propaganda being marketed towards young people.

When Allah first brought me out of the wilderness into knowing Him, I praised Him greatly for His Guidance, Grace and Goodness to me. I now praise Him abundantly again for His Favour upon me and protecting me from many dangerous situations and influences.

Among the Muslims, I believe I am probably the proselyte of all ages. I have been courted by every cult, wayward group and even some among Muslim Orthodoxy with one way goggles; but as ever Allah has kept me focused on the fundamentals and to have wide vision.

The Islamic State, khilafah or caliphate groups have such a history with me. All of them inviting me to the “pure Islam,” the Islam that is “on the way of our pious predecessors” and the true faith that “is the answer for all society’s ills” and that if it was implemented “would bring world peace, an end to poverty, crime, water bills, gas and electricity shortages and every other ailment to strike mankind!”

“Islam is the answer!” I would hear the chanting and braying of the donkeys. “Our constitution is the Qur’an! Our by-laws are the Sunnah! Our Parliament is the Shura!!” All of these groups claim that they have the answer to all of the ills facing the human race in general but also of the 1.5 billion Muslims of Muslim Orthodoxy in particular (such modesty is bound to attract converts).

But let’s look at all of these groups.

First consider the cults: Hizb ut-Tahrir (Mu`tazilah theology), Salafiyyah (all of its’ pernicious offshoots), Shi`ah, Bahai, Ahmadiyyah and so many more.

Then we have the wayward and pre-occupied Sunni groups that are one trick ponies: Dawat e  Islami, Jamat e Tabligh, Al-Murabitun, Jamat Ahle Sunnat, some of Dar ul-Uloom Deoband, Jamat i Islami, Ikhwan ul-Muslimin, FIS.

What do they all have in common? They are all miserable failures. The very reasons that they claim to have been founded have not been met and they have been around for at least 20 years. The most it took for the Muslims to establish the government and khilafah in the earth was four years. This was after the Great Catastrophe from 656-670 AH (AD 1258-1262).

None of these groups have met the requirement, none of them have lifted the banner and been established in the Earth at any time and they will not. Why?

Allah is not with them. In fact, Allah brought armies of unbelievers against them to chasten them and show them that He has judged them and is not with them. Look at the 1948,1956,1958,1967,1973 wars between the Arab countries and Israel.

Were not the Ikhwan involved in these wars and advising that “Islam was the constitution?” Yes. But they failed miserably and so far Israel is 7-0 if you count the Lebanese incursions along with the major wars mentioned above. And the Israelis are going to keep winning against these groups, no matter how strong they get.

FIS, the Ikhwan and their related groups have come into power Egypt and North Africa and been resoundingly spanked

(Particularly Morsi after he took out a several billion pound loan from the IMF that included plenty of interest and the army, upon his overthrow, gave back and instead took out an open principle loan from the Arab Gulf to be paid back through tourism and other revenues. The army are supposed to be “kuffar” and “secularist,” but they got out of the interest while As-Sisi remains clean shaven.

Yet the man with peach fuzz gets you further into debt, has no plan for running a government and focuses on people making Adhan in the parliament to summon people to the prayer – what on Earth are you doing in the Parliament when you said in the early 1990s that just entering it is an act of major shirk? – and other fantastic plenary issues).

The reason is that Allah is not with them. Look at the wayward Sunni one trick pony groups. They are equally abysmal and in fact probably more so than the cults because they are supposed to represent the true faith.

Much crowing has been made about the “Islamic State,” something that none of the above can define except that it’s a place with people that have no appendages left due to theft, no women as they’ve all been stoned to death and apparently no revenue because everything is going to be free and profit forbidden.

I was first exposed to the “rally for khilafah” and “Islamic State” jargon in the 1990s by committed people who I could at best refer to as “Sharia hippies.” This title is being used due to the fact that these people have put their families, lives and all other worldly obligations on hold to pursue the ideal where there shall be no charges for utilities,

(even though the Companion `Uthman ibn `Affan, may Allah be pleased with him, had a well and with the permission of the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, charged people for permission to use the service)

land,

(even though there is a kharaj tax and Zakat ul-Fitr for land under many instances)

Or even food.

(which is bizarre as there were markets in the time of the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and they were buying and selling in something)

A careful reading of these hippies revealed that they are no different to communists and Marxists. In fact, much of the language has been borrowed and Islamicised. Take a careful look at the Islamic State.

Where is the evidence of the “State?” Where is the evidence that all power in Islam rests in a central government powered by one individual put into power by like minded groups? This is the very definition of a head of state.

The Muslims in the know are the proletariat and those not privileged are “unreached.” I took note of this rhetoric when I listened to Muslims describe how they are “upon the da`awah,” or they are “HT positive” or they were “going on jamat” or they were “in the cause of Allah.”

When I stood unprepared to join anyone, myself being happy belonging to the main body of the Muslims and Muslim Orthodoxy, I was made to understand that I was not really dedicated to Islam.

One such occurrence brought the matter into full relief for me. It was Ramadan. The Ramadan wars had begun. When did you start Ramadan? When are you doing `Eid? The standard pleasantries some Muslims engage in outside of masjids rather than the state of their families.

“You see, if we had a khalif! If we had a khalif, there would be one Ramadan or one `Eid. This is how it was under a khalif!” An impassioned and animated bespeckled chemistry student evangelised, giving his personal testimony to all who would listen to the gospel.

“The Earth must have been quite different back then. Were the time zones inverted or shortened during the khilafah,” I offered when he turned to me and asked my opinion. A few chuckles from the audience but a dead pan stare from the preacher. I was messing around, breaking the flow.

So he did what any preacher would do. He ignored me, turned his back to me and continued his mission, an arrogant and brazen dismissal.

No matter how many examples I gave, both in the time of the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and after of there being different `Eids due to geography and other laws surrounding chronology, our HT positive avenger was just not content.

The same thing was the case with Hizb ut-Tahrir, which as an organisation takes secret oaths – as outlined in Al-Qanun al-Idari – and positions itself as the sole source of khilafah.  Hizb ut-Tahrir says of itself:

“Its’ purpose was to revive the Islamic Ummah from the severe decline that it had reached, and to liberate it from the thoughts, systems and laws of kufr, as well as the laws and domination of the kufr states.” [1]

The sect continues:

“A number of attempts and movements, Islamic as well as un-Islamic, arose in order to revive the Muslims, but all of them failed. They could neither revive the Muslims, nor stop their severe decline…” [2]

Finally, they declare that everyone must follow them.

“Therefore, Hizb ut-Tahrir was established and its’ formation was based on the Islamic `aqeedah. It adopted those concepts and rules of Islam that are required to implement its’ aim.

It has avoided the shortcomings and the causes that have led to the failure of movements that were established to revive Muslims by Islam…It therefore deserves that the Ummah embraces it and proceeds with it; in fact the Ummah must embrace it because it is the only party that digests the idea…” [3]

After having been established since the year 1371 AH (AD 1953) by a false mujtahid, they have failed miserably and established nothing. Why? Allah is not with them and they have no authority. They never will have authority and everywhere they have raised their heads, they have been pulled out by the roots and been uprooted and overrun. They have won not one war or even a battle. They are thus failures.

This group is no less in kufr than the “kufr states” they speak of as they, as well as “Islamic State” hawks, calling for the same big government centred, one man, one vote philosophy of the communists and others. The only difference is they want their own dictatorship.

If you think this might be overgeneralising, I ask the reader to obtain the two seminal texts Das Kapital and the Communist Manifesto, read it alongside of Hizb ut-Tahrir, Ikhwan, FIS, Jamati, Tablighi, Dawati and other literature and see if the same paternalistic, overweening autocracy is not present.

Figure 1B: An example of communist propaganda aimed towards the youth. Please make a careful comparison between this poster and the one at the beginning of the article.
Figure 1B: An example of communist propaganda aimed towards the youth. Please make a careful comparison between this poster and the one at the beginning of the article.

I am not suggesting that these groups all co-conspired and read this literature and plotted; but what I am saying is that when men come together with earthly, fleshly concepts rooted in fantastic tales of “milk and honey” past that never occurred, this is what they will produce.

As for the Ahmadiyyah, Mirza Tahir Ahmad showed his ignorance when denying the leadership of prophets and inserting a spiritual paedophile into the chain of leaders of humanity:

“Thereafter, he migrated in search of the lost sheep of the Children of Israel as he himself had promised. By following the probable route of the migration of Israeli tribes one can safely assume that he must have travelled through Afghanistan on his way to Kashmir and other parts of India where the presence of Israeli tribes was reported.

There is strong historical evidence that the peoples of both Afghanistan and Kashmir have stemmed from migrant Jewish tribes. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad revealed that Jesus ultimately died and was buried in Srinagar, Kashmir.” [4]

Mr Ahmad rightly recognised that in order for there to be any leadership in Islam, one needs leadership. So his organisation formed a false khilafah and leadership structure. The result. No power, no might, no strength. Nothing. Allah is not with them. The same can be said of the Bahais.

The same thing holds true for all of these groups and time wasters mentioned above. The sad thing is that rather than mind their own business and focus on fading into oblivion, they desire to take other people with them on their madness. The sad thing is that both they and future followers and devotees will be disappointed.

Figure 2A: Sharia hippies at a rally. Notice the conspicuous khilafah poster rantings in the background.
Figure 2A: Sharia hippies at a rally. Notice the conspicuous khilafah poster rantings in the background.

The “sharia hippies” will come down from their high, realise how much time has passed them by, that they have children out of control and a wrecked marriage, that their level of knowledge was the same as when they joined the group and that they still have done nothing.

Figure 2B: Another set of hippies. Let the reader ask him or himself where most of the people in this picture are today. Most likely in the exact same place in life as sharia hippies: complete and utter failure.
Figure 2B: Another set of hippies. Let the reader ask him or herself where most of the people in this picture are today. Most likely in the exact same place in life as sharia hippies: complete and utter failure.

Now picture this…

There is a clerical class of people in this Ummah who are responsible for all matters, spiritual and temporal. They gave their ruling on the matter the day the khilafah issue raised its’ head. They also addressed the Muslims on what they should be doing. These were the leaders of the entire Muslim world in their time.

They are the heads of the Ummah, the heads of the madhhabs in their time and they show no fear. These men in the recent past were fearless and gave the final word on the subject.

If they are wrong, then the madhhabs are wrong, then the scholars that catalogued and explained them are wrong, the scholars that gave them authority are wrong, the tabi`in were wrong to make taqlid to their Imams,

the tabi`in before were wrong to make taqlid of the Companions, the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, chose no clerical class and left no successors and thus Islam died with him and is therefore false.

If this is not the case…then there were a clerical class of people put in charge of the Ummah, successors were chosen, Islam was safeguarded, authorities were and are chosen in every age and they have spoken rightly.

The PDF included at the bottom is therefore the final word on the matter and should be distributed in the Anglosphere as widely as possible so that the Muslims in this part of the world might understand the direction of history and what trajectory they should take.

Allah has all success and I hope to continue to strive with all that is special and precious in support of the truth and following His Way and making taqlid of His Representatives who are the Inheritors of the Prophets.

Was-Salaam,

Al-Hajj Abu Ja`far al-Hanbali

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[1] Hizb ut-Tahrir, pp. 2,7-8

[2] Hizb ut-Tahrir, pp. 2,7-8

[3] Hizb ut-Tahrir, pp. 11-12

[4] Christianity: A Journey from Facts to Fiction, pp. 87-88

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Figure 1A: The earliest work against Salafiyyah is now in English for the first time with accompanying notes.
Figure 1A: The earliest work against Salafiyyah is now in English for the first time with accompanying notes.

as-Salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah,

We praise Allah for His Favours as He has blessed us with another release. It is our hope that this will be the mainstay and most authoritative work on Salafiyyah from the great responsa literature of Muslim Orthodoxy.

was-Salaam,

brother in Islam,

Al-Hajj Abu Ja`far al-Hanbali