Recently we received a desperate e-mail from one of our readers saying that he had a long chat with some Salafis on social networking site 'Orkut'. He wrote that they gave him references of a website which provides strange arguments to downgrade and weaken authentic Ahadith to prove their wrongful beliefs. He was surprised reading those arguments and approached us for guidance.
After receiving his e-mail, we visited the Website identified by him and realized that the site contains all old Salafi arguments about Bidda', Tawassul, Isteghasa, Fateha, Milad-un-Nabi, Eisaal-e-Thawab, Zikr, etc., which have been refuted by many Ahle Sunnah Scholars in the past. Several books have also been written on these subjects. Since Ahle Sunnah youth are not well versed in these issues, they get confused whenever a Salafi debates with them citing their standard deceitful arguments and misinterpreted Quranic verses and altered Ahadith.
In order to guide our Ahle Sunnah youth, in general, and to our millions of Sahih Iman preachers in the world, in particular, we decided to write this Article.
The Article is divided into 4 Sub-Headings, as follows:
(i) Who is Salafi, (ii) Dangerous beliefs of Salafis, (iii) How Salafis mislead innocent Muslims, and (iv) Guidelines for Ahle Sunnah Youth in dealing with Salafi Daw'a.
The first sub heading provides information on how to identify a Salafi. Under second sub heading (Dangerous beliefs of Salafis), we have explained Salafi psychology by giving examples of prominent Salafi scholars. Under third sub heading (How Salafis mislead innocent Muslims) we have described their unique ways in misleading innocent people in the name of Islam. And under fourth sub heading we have provided guidelines to our Ahle Sunnah youth in dealing with Salafi Da'wa.
Our readers may notice that we have repeated certain information related to Salafi beliefs in our recent Articles. This is deliberate because these issues are very serious and the intention is our Ahle Sunnah youth should get the feel of its seriousness and memorize Salafi beliefs and their black deeds in order to save themselves from Salafi disturbing Da'wa.
We are positive that after reading this Article, Insha-Allah all Ahle Sunnah youth in the world will be able to save themselves from deceptive Daw'a of various Salafi groups.
WHO IS SALAFI
We have emphasized time and again in our Articles that it is very important to identify people belonging to various Salafi groups because they camouflage unsuspecting Ahle Sunnah youth with appealing Islamic slogans. They never disclose their group identity even if you ask them 100 times. You need to find it out yourself from their talk, their body language and their specific styles.
BASIC SALAFI BELIEF
Salafis worship a Sky Idol God who is sitting on the seventh sky, alone, separated from his Creatures. They believe that their God has restrictions on his movement, cannot come close to his creatures, therefore, knows about them only by his knowledge. Like we (human beings) know that there are uncountable planets in the Universe; similarly Salafi Sky Idol God also knows about these planets and their inhabitants only by his knowledge. Salafis prostrate to this Idol 5 times a day during their modified Salah.
Salafis misinterpret and wrongly quote Quranic verses and Ahadith to establish the legitimacy and existence of their Sky God. They claim that their Sky God is the real God of all creatures. They also call it Allah (La haula wala quwwata illah billah) to confuse innocent Muslims. They often quote the following Quranic verse to establish the authenticity of their newly invented Sky Idol God. They insist that their sky god should be addressed as 'Allah' (Astaghfiruallah).
. قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ . اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ . لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ . وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ
(Meaning - Say, He is the God, the one and only. God, the eternal and absolute. He begets not, nor is he begotten. And there is none like him. (Ikhlas 1-4).
Salafi Sky God was first invented by Ibn Taymiyyah (1263 - 1328), a Kurdish scholar, the original thinker and founder of Salafism or Salafi thought. The critics call him literalist, rebel, blasphemer, disbeliever, militant, deviated innovator, anthropomorphist and what not.
Ad-Dhahabi a very famous Salafi Scholar wrote - "He (Ibn Taymiyya) was an outstanding scholar, very accurate and meticulous in his intellectual examinations, but guilty of introducing innovations in the Religion (mubtadi‘)".
The above was reported by al-Sakhawi in his book al-I`lan wa al-tawbikh. Ibn Hajar also reported the same.
As-Subki and hundreds of other scholars bitterly criticized Ibn Taymiyyah for his outrageous beliefs.
Ibn Battuta, the famous Moroccan historian wrote :
QUOTE - "When I came to Damascus there was a man called Ibn Taimiyya speaking about religious science, but there was something strange in his mind… Once he was doing kutbat aljuma’a and he said "yanzilou rabbuna ila assam’a adunya", then he went down two steps on the minbar and he said "kanuzuli hatha" (like my descending-comparing him to Allah - سبحانہ و تعا لی ). The people of Damascus jumped on him and wanted to kill him...."UNQUOTE .
Ibn Taymiyyah's description of his Sky God
(i) God needs (Meaning Salafi Idol God is neither independent nor self subsistent) (ii) He is divisible (we do not know what does he mean by divisibility of his Sky God) (iii) He settles in a place (Meaning, he is comfortable sitting in his place). (iv) He has six directions - up - down - left - right - front - back. (Meaning, the Sky God has a physical body). The Sky God is sitting above the skies and his face is towards Arsh. (v) He has limitations; no one but he knows about it. Even his place (dwelling) has a limitation which is on the seventh sky. Thus the Sky God has two limitations of movements ( God having limitations of movements - it is strange belief). (vi) He has a size (of his body). (vii) He must be creating continuously. He can choose what to create but he cannot choose whether to create or not. (Meaning, he is helpless, has no choice but to create continuously). (viii) He is not mixed with his creation but is sitting alone separated from his creatures on the sky. (ix) He has two real eyes, two real hands, a real (human like) face and other limbs (like legs, shins, genitals, etc.). His face and other limbs are known to him only. Read more about Ibn Taymiyyah's beliefs .
WHEN WE LOOK AT THE ABOVE CHARACTERISTICS, IT LOOKS SOME KIND OF A SKY-MONSTER SITTING OVER THE SKIES.
However, Ibn Taymiyyah is held in high regard by his followers - Salafis and their like minded groups - who call him 'Shaikh-ul-Islam' and say 'رحمتہ اللہ علیہ ' with his name.
When someone tries to explain Salafis their misconceptions about God, they create a hue and cry and say this is 'Kalam' (use of mind / philosophy / Shirk / Biddah). They behave exactly like Christians who believe in Trinity. When someone questions Christians how it is possible that there are three distinct Gods, the Father God, the Son of God and the Holy Ghost; and then all the three are one? They shout back and ask the person not to mix reasoning in religious beliefs.
There are over 150 Salafi Groups in the World whose beliefs are slightly deviated from each other. Read more about Salafi Groups in the World.
(1) Saudi Salafis, popularly known as Najdi Wahhabis, dug over 60,000 pious graves /memorials of Sahaba and members of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) family in Arabian Peninsula and disposed off their pious bodies mysteriously, as no one knows about the fate of these bodies. This is the most heinous act in human history. No nation on Earth in the known history of humanity has ever committed such crimes against humanity. Human history has seen many massacres of living people, but has not seen any victorious Army digging the graves of the ancestors of the defeated nation in order to eliminate even the graves of their dead from the face of earth. Such dubious distinction is only associated with Saudi Salafis. They did all this in the name of purification (read elimination) of Islam.
Anybody in the world who considers the above act of Saudi Salafis was correct, is indeed a Salafi hypocrite.
(2) Saudis are planning to destroy the Green Dome of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) and remove his pious grave from the Grand Mosque of Madina. We do not know what is cooking in their minds and what will they do with the sacred body of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) after destroying his grave because they have mysteriously disposed off over 60,000 pious bodies of Sahabah in Arabian Peninsula. Nobody knows what happened to those sacred bodies. Read more....
Anyone who supports destruction of Green Dome of Prophet Mohammad and flattening of his pious grave and removing it from Prophet's (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) mosque is, definitely a Salafi hypocrite.
(3) Saudis destroyed the pious House of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) in Makka, where he lived 28 years with his family (before migrating to Madina), and built a Public Toilet on it for use by millions of people 24/7. This is indeed one of the worst black deeds of Saudi Salafis.
Anybody who considers the above action of Saudis as right, is undeniably a Salafi hypocrite.
(4) History of Salfafism is full of instances that, Ahadith which do not support Salafi ideology, have been declared as weak or concocted by their scholars. Sometimes they change the names of narrators to prove Ahadith as weak. They also try to misinterpret the Quranic verses and authentic Ahadith to legitimize their new found beliefs.
A person who consider changing of Ahadith books and removing Ahadith from most authentic books by Saudi Salafis as correct, is certainly a Salafi hypocrite.
(5) A person who considers Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) is dead like sinful human beings and infidels, who remain inactive after their deaths, is without doubt a Salafi hypocrite.
The above are generalized believes of Salafis. We are providing below some more dangerous beliefs of these groups.
(1) Salafis declare all Sahabah ( first, second and following generations) as Bid'atees (Innovators of Islam). Read details.....
Thus, Salafis are worse than Shias, because Shias blame some of the first generation Sahabah and Khulfa-e-Rashideen as wrong doers, while Salafis brand all Sahabah, members of Prophet's (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) family, Mohajirs and Ansaars (رضئ اللھ تعالی عنہم اجمعین ) as Bid'atees (Innovators of Islam).
One of the most famous Salafi Scholar of recent times Al-Bani (1914-1999) declared Sahabah, including Khulfa-e-Rashideen, Members of Prophet's (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) family, Muhajireen and Ansars (رضئ اللھ تعالی عنہم اجمعین ) as Bid'atees. Read details.....
Al-Bani's declaration is supported by all prominent Salafi Scholars in the world.
Dr. Zakir Naik, a hardcore Salafi, also talks in the same language as Al-Bani. He gives all the arguments given by Al-Bani and virtually convinces his audience that Sahabah are innovators, but stops short of calling them innovators openly to avoid Muslim backlash in the world.
There are many Salafi Scholars who also take Dr Naik's route and stop short of calling Sahabah as innovators for fear of Muslim anger in the world. But they put forward all kinds of arguments and logic to convince their listeners and sow the seed of suspicion among people that Sahabah were innovators.
علیھ السلا م علیہم السلا م) did "Shirk" in obedience (to Allah), but not in worship [Ibn Abd al Wahab al-Najdi in Kitab at-Tawheed, Page No.48].
(3) Salafis consider Al-Bani as their undisputed scholar and Imam. He is held in highest regard and all his actions, declarations and Ahadith / Fiqh rulings are supported and defended by literally all Salafi scholars in the world.
We have not come across any Salafi scholar, Mufti or preacher (Da'ee) in the world who has ever criticized Al-Bani for anything whatsoever.
(4) Al-Bani declared Imam Bukhari as 'Mushrik' (Nauzubillahi) for translating 'Wajhu' as 'dominion and sovereignty (mulk) in verse كُلُّ شَيْءٍ هَالِكٌ إِلَّا وَجْهَهُ ۚ (Meaning - Everything will perish save His countenance (Al-Qasas - 88) in the 'Book of Tafsir in Sahih Bukhari.
Al-Bani wrote : "No true believer would say such a thing" and "We should consider Bukhari innocent of that statement". (Look how intelligently he is branding Imam Bukhari as Mushrik (Astghfiruallah). ( Reference - Introduction to al-San'ani's Raf al-Astar - page 24-25).
(5) Al-Bani removed over five thousand (5000) Ahadith from various authentic books of Ahadith claiming them to be concocted and weak.
He also removed 83 chapters and 329 Ahadith from one single Hadith book, Adab Al-Mufred, written by Imam Bukhari. He did the same thing with many other important Ahadith books.
Imam Bukhari and his works are accepted by entire Muslim Umma as most authentic, after Quran. He is the undisputed Imam in Hadith Narration. Can any Muslim in the world believe that Imam Bukhari will write 83 spurious and concocted Hadith Chapters in his book? By accusing Imam Bukhari to have included 83 Chapters of wrong Ahadith means, Al-Bani has branded him as untrustworthy and unworthy to be a Hadith scholar, let alone be an Imam of Hadith (استغفر اللہ). All Salafi Scholars support Al-Bani in his rulings.
Branding Imam Bukhari in such a fashion means blowing off the important pillar of Islam from its basement. How can the building stand without its basic important structural column.
(6) Al-Bani published "corrected" (read altered) editions of the Sahih Ahadith books of Bukhari and Muslim, which he deceitfully called "Abridgments" (mukhtasar) to sow the seed of suspicion in the hearts of the people about these trusted Imams of Muslim Ummah.
He also published new altered editions of the following books of Ahadith:
(i) Tirmidhi, (ii) Nasai, (iii) Ibn Maja, (iv) Abu Dawood, (v) Adab al-Mufrad of Imam Bukhari, (vi) Mundhiri's al-Targhib wa al-Tarhib, and (vii) Suyuti's al-Jami` al-Saghir.
Two volumes of all the above books were published by Al-Bani; namely, (i) Sahih, and (ii) Da'eef.
This is indeed a well planned conspiracy to wipe out Islam from the world. In future, Saudi Salafis will publish only the Sahih version (read altered version) of these books which contain all Ahadith that have been misinterpreted to support new Salafi ideology. Thus real Islam will be completely hidden from future generations of Muslims in the world.
Abul Hasan Ash-Shaykh, a Salafi Scholar and follower of Al-Bani collected 220 self-contradictions in Al-Banis works (Reference - Taraju). Meanings, Al-Bani writes something in one book, then he writes something totally different in another book contradicting his earlier statement. His self contradictions are so widespread that his followers and his critics both do not know about his Iman on which he died.
Many other scholars have also found hundreds of contradictions in Al-Bani's works. Some scholars stated that Al-Bani does not have any Ijaza from any authentic Shaikh. Some scholars emphasized that he did not study under any Shaikh and is a home grown, self studied and self declared scholar, like Dr. Zakir Naik.
(7) Al-Bani declared Imam Abu Hanifa as Kafir and compared Hanafi Fiqh as Gospel (teachings of Christianity). Read his commentary on al-Mundhiri's Mukhtasar Sahih Muslim, 3rd ed. (Beirut: al-Maktab al-Islami, 1977, p. 548). This phrase was later removed in subsequent editions of this book by Salafis out of fear of Muslim backlash.
(8) Al-Bani ordered all Salafis to follow him ( and reject all Imams of Ahadith and Fiqh en masse). (Refer Al-Bani's notes on Nu`man al-Alusi's al-Ayat al-Bayyinat p. 80 and his Silsila Da`ifa - #203).
(9) Al-Bani permitted menstruating women and those (men and women) in a state of major defilement (junub) (like had sex with their spouses and did not take bath) to recite, touch, and carry the Qur'an (Fatawa, page 18). (La haula wal quwwat illa billah).
(10) Al-Bani also allowed masturbation (by men and women) during fasting of Ramadhan and declared that it does not annul one's fast (Tamam al-Minna). (Astaghfirullah).
Both the above practices (8 and 9 above) seem to be widespread among Salafi groups in the world as Al-Bani and his close associates like Ibn Baz, Uthaimeen, etc., may have practiced it during their life times and encouraged their followers to do the same. Read more about Salafi Groups in the World.
(11) In addition to the above, different kinds of legal opportunities have been created for Salafi men to force women into prostitution in the name of Islam.
All Salafi scholars in the Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who are responsible for Issuing of Islamic edicts (Fatawa), including Imams of Grand mosques of Makka and Madina, like Shaikh Adil al-Kalbani and other prominent scholars like Shaikh Abdulaziz Ibn Baaz (1910-1999), Ibn Uthaymeen an-Najdi - (1925-2001) have allowed about 10 kinds of fake marriages, (like Misyar, Urfa, Misyaf, Misfar, etc.) (while Shias did not dare to go beyond one - Muta) in Salafi society.
All Salafi scholars have been issuing indiscriminate fatawas to legitimize prostitution and flesh trade in Salafi society in the name of Islam. We have provided details how Salafis are playing with the lives of needy women in and outside Saudi Arabia. Click here to read details .
(12) Al-Bani declared Imam Ash'ari and Imam Matrudi ( رضئ اللھ تعالی عنہم ) and all Sufi Shuyooks of Ihsan [including Shaikh Abd al-Qadir Jeelani (رضئ اللھ تعالی عنہ ) who is held in great honor by all Muslims] as Kafirs. He also declared all great Islamic scholars as thieves, liars, kafirs and unbearably ignorant people.
[Reference - Read the book compiled by Shaykh Hasan Ali al-Saqqaf titled 'Qamus Shata'im al-Albani wa Alfazihi al-Munkara al-Lati Yatluquha ala Ulama' al-Umma' (Dictionary of al-Al Bani's Insults and the Heinous Words He Used Against the Scholars of Islam].
(13) Al-Bani demanded repeatedly, throughout his life, to demolish and destroy the Green dome of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) and to remove Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) pious grave out of Prophet's (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) Mosque in Madina.
[Reference - his notes on al-Qasimi's al-Mash`ala al-Jawrabayn p. 38. on the Hadith of Mu`adh].(14) Al-Bani wrote - QUOTE - "I have found no evidence for the Prophet's (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) hearing of the Salaam of those who greet him at his grave" and "I do not know from where Ibn Taymiyya took his claim that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) hears the Salaam from someone near". UNQUOTE (Reference - Tahrim Alat al-Tarab - p. 160).
What Salsfis do is, they misinterpret categorical verses (Ayaat-e-Muhkamaat) of Quran to establish their self concocted beliefs.
In addition, they insist on literal (textual) translation of allegorical verses (Ayaat-e-Mutashabihaat) of Quran to consolidate their self fabricated notions.
This practice is exactly the opposite of what should be done. Meaning, the categorical verses (Ayaat-e-Muhkamaat) should be understood in their literal meanings and allegorical verses (Ayaat-e-Mutashaabihaat) should be interpreted to get to the factual meanings. Look at the following Quranic verse.
It is in Quran - إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُبَايِعُونَكَ إِنَّمَا يُبَايِعُونَ اللَّهَ يَدُ اللَّهِ فَوْقَ ۚ أَيْدِيهِمْ (Meaning - Certainly, those who are doing ‘the promise of allegiance’ ( b’aya ) to you, O’ Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم), they are actually doing the promise of allegiance to Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی). Allah’s (سبحانہ و تعا لی) hand is upon their hand. (Al-Fath – 10).
Salafis claim that from the above verse Allah's (سبحانہ و تعا لی) hands are established, therefore Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) has hands (La haula wala quwwata illah billah).
Even an average Muslim knows that it is an allegorical (metaphorical - symbolic ) expression. It means that the people should take the hand of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) in all the seriousness as if it is the hand of Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) while doing ba'ya.
We can understand it by an example. When a Secretary of State signs a document in other country for a treaty or agreement with that country, he signs on behalf of the President of United States.
Similarly, the above Quranic verses can be understood in its real meanings. But no. Salafis insist on textual translation of this verse to establish hands for Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) (Astaghfirullah).
Saudi Royal Family came to power in Arabian Peninsula with the help of Salafi ideology. This kind of translations and understanding of Quran and Ahadith by Salafi scholars, in collusion with Saudi Ruling family, is a deliberate attempt to misguide people in order to hold them at ransom in the name of Islam and enjoy their hold on power and leadership eternally.
They have published a "Nobel Quran" which contains misleading translation of important verses of Quran.
Read the following Quranic verse to understand this issue clearly.
It is in Quran - هُوَ الَّذِي أَنزَلَ عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ مِنْهُ آيَاتٌ مُّحْكَمَاتٌ هُنَّ أُمُّ الْكِتَابِ وَأُخَرُ مُتَشَابِهَاتٌ ۖ فَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ زَيْغٌ فَيَتَّبِعُونَ مَا تَشَابَهَ مِنْهُ ابْتِغَاءَ الْفِتْنَةِ وَابْتِغَاءَ تَأْوِيلِهِ ۗ وَمَا يَعْلَمُ تَأْوِيلَهُ إِلَّا اللَّهُ ۗ وَالرَّاسِخُونَ فِي الْعِلْمِ يَقُولُونَ آمَنَّا بِهِ كُلٌّ مِّنْ عِندِ رَبِّنَا ۗ وَمَا يَذَّكَّرُ إِلَّا أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ (Meaning - "He is who has sent down to you (O'Prophet - صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) the Book (Quran). Some verses of it are definite in meaning (Ayaat-e-Muhkamaat). These form the mother of the Book (the basic there in) and the rest are figurative (metaphorical) (Ayaat - e - Mutashaabihaat). But they, in whose minds there is a tendency to deviate from truth, take the metaphorical (verses in their literal / textual sense) craving discord, and craving to give them their own interpretation, although none knows the reality about them except Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی). And those who make it right approach to knowledge could only say 'we believe therein all that is from our Lord'. None can catch their significance except those gifted with insight." (Aal-e-Imran - 7).
Their insistence on self study and self understanding of Quran has led them to the greatest invention in human history - a Sky Idol God for their worship, who has hands, eyes, face, tongue and a huge human like physical body; who is sitting on a big chair over the skies. They claim that this Idol is self made, only one of its kind, independent, neither beget nor begotten and none is like him. They also claim that this Idol has created this Universe. They prostrate in front of this Idol 5-times a day during their modified Salah.
FOR AHLE SUNNAH YOUTH
After reading the above, it will be easier for our Ahle Sunnah youth to understand Salafi psychology, their blasphemous beliefs and widespread un-Islamic practices in their societies throughout the world. Therefore, it is a good idea to observe the following guidelines in dealing with Salafi Da'wa.
(1) Ahle Sunnah wal Jama'a can not accept explanations or interpretations of Quranic verses and Ahadith provided by Salafi Scholars because their basic beliefs are contrary to Islam.
How can we follow Salafi outrageous beliefs about Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) and Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) and Sahabah(رضئ اللھ تعالی عنہم اجمعین )?
(2) Using of Quranic verses meant for Pagans (Mushrikeen-e-Makka) on Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم), Sahabah (رضئ اللھ تعالی عنہم اجمعین ) and Awliya Allah was first started by Ibn Taymiyyah (1263–1328), the founder of Salafism, which was followed by his students and intellectual heirs, as follows.
(i) Ibn al-Qayyim (1292–1350), (ii) al-Mizzi (1256–1341), (iii) Ibn Kathir (1301–1372), (iv) ad-Dhahabi (1274–1348), (v) al-Birzali (1267–1339), (vi) Ibn Abd-al-Wahhab (1703–1792), (vii) Hasan Al-Banna (1906-1949), (viii) Shah Ismail Dehlvi (1776-1829), (ix) Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (1829-1905), (x) Muhammad Qasim Nanotvi (1832-1880), (xi) Ashraf Ali Thanvi (1863-1943) (xii) Mohammad Ilyas (1885-1944), (xiii) Abul Ala Maududi (1903-1979), (xiv) Abd al Aziz Ibn Baz (1910-1999), (xv) Muhammad Uthaymeen At-Tamimi (1925-2001), (xvi) Mohammad Nasiruddin Al-Bani (1914-1999), (xvii) Israr Ahmad (1932-2010), (xviii) Taqi Usmani (born 1943), (xix) Zakir Naik (born 1965), etc.
Interpretations of Quranic verses and Ahadith by above scholars and many other Salafi Scholars is ' not Islam ' therefore cannot be accepted by Ahle Sunnah wal Jama'a.
(3) We cannot accept an argument on an Islamic issue by a Christian, or a Hindu or a Salafi, because they all teach Idol worship. Hindus believe in many Gods, Christians believe in three Gods, and Salafis believe in one Idol God who has physical body and limbs and who is sitting on a big chair over the skies.
(4) It is important to bear in mind that Ahle Sunnah will live in peace and harmony and will maintain friendly cordial relations with all people of the world, including Salafis, Shias and other Groups. We will greet everyone with a broad smile on our faces and wish good of every human being on this planet because Islam teaches us peace and guides us to work for human prosperity.
We believe in changing peoples' hearts by good counseling. We do not believe in hatred or violence towards anyone in the world. Period. Therefore, a person who talks of extremism, violence in any manner whatsoever is not from Ahle Sunnah wal Jama'a.
(5) Faith is related to one's heart. Therefore, when the issue of Islamic faith comes, we will adhere to original Islamic teachings and will not allow ourselves to be mislead by the new Salafi Sectarian Da'wa (in the name of Islam) because it actually takes us away from Islam.
It is in Hadith - reported by Hadhrat Abu Naim (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) in his book titled 'Huliya'. Hazrat Abu Umana Bahili (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) narrates that Prophet ( صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ) said ‘Before Qiyamah, they ( the misguided sects and their sub groups) will spread and attack bitterly like the small and large insects and whosoever witnesses this period must seek refuge in Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) (Huliya).
The above Hadith clearly states that, among the misguided groups like Salafis and others, some will be very large and some will be small and they will attack the Iman (Aqeedah) of Muslims from all over the world. It is very difficult to sustain their bites (Da'wa). We seek Allah's (سبحانہ و تعا لی) refuge from their misleading Da'wa.
It is in Hadith - Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ): Allah's Apostle ( صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ) said, "A time will come that the best property of a Muslim will be sheep which he will take on the top of mountains and the places of rainfall (valleys) so as to flee with his religion (Islamic Faith) from afflictions." (Bukhari - Book #2, Hadith #18).
The above Hadith signifies our time when it is extremely difficult for Muslims to protect their Sahih Iman from the Da'wa campaigns of misguided Salafi Groups on the one hand and immorality of our modern era on the other.
(7) There are three types of people in Ahle Sunnah wal Jama'a in the world, as described below:
(i) Those who avoid sharing religious gatherings with Salafis and their like minded groups
They avoid listening to Salafi speeches on TVs, and in Jum'a Khutbas and on Internet, because they say that salafi Da'wa leads innocent Muslims away from Islam.
They also avoid going to mosques which are dominated by Salafi groups. Because Salafis prostrate to a Sky Idol God during their Salah. It is difficult for Ahle Sunnah to share Salah with them.
They say that they cannot perform Salah in a Hindu temple or Christian church where Idols are kept. Similarly, when we know that Idol worship is being done in the name of Salah in a Salafi mosque, it will be difficult for Ahle Sunnah to share it with Salafis.
They say, saving one's Iman is Fardh, and performing Salah in a mosque is Sunnah. Therefore, it is a good idea to save one's Iman and pray at home rather than be in the company of Salafis in their mosque and loose your Iman. They also say that when we do not find a Ahle Sunnah mosque in close vicinity of our residential area, it is a good idea to perform Salah in a small Ahle Sunnah congregation at a common place. Let us gradually develop a mosque of Ahle Sunnah in the area.
They also say that when you have no choice except to use Salafi mosque for Salah, it is a good idea to perform Salah along with Ahle Sunnah Group in a smaller congregation.
Salafis, themselves do not want Ahle Sunnah to come to their mosques. There is a Fatwa issued by the Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Fatawa, Government of Saudi Arabia, comprising of Government appointed Salafi Scholars, namely; (1) Abdulaziz Ibn Baaz, (2) Abdur Razzag Afeefi, (3) Abdullah Ibn Ghudayyaan, (4) Abdullah Ibn Qu'ood, as follows:
"You (Salafis) should not pray with the Soofiyyah (Ahle Sunnah wal Jama'a) in their masjid, and you must beware of their companionship and mixing with them in case you are afflicted with what they have been afflicted with. So perofrm your prayers in a masjid where they uphold the Sunnah (meaning believe in Sky Idol God) and are steadfast upon it (meaning, agree with the disrespect of Prophet - صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم, Sahabah and Awliya Allah, which is carried out by Salafis)".
Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa'imah lil-Buhooth al-'Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. Volume 2, Page 301, Question 9 of Fatwa No.6250 .
In such a scenario, where is the question of mixing up between Salafis and Ahle Sunnah wal Jama'a?
Some Ahle Sunnah say that if it is unavoidable and we have to perform Salah in a Salafi mosque, behind Salafi Imam during Juma, then it is a good idea to avoid listening to their Khutba and after the Fardh Congregation Salah, perform your Sunnah individually and come out from the mosque quickly. If Salafis in that mosque insist you to sit for an Ijtema, tell them politely but firmly that you do not believe in Salafi teachings. If they invite you for a debate, prepare and educate yourself first before accepting their invitation.
All Ahle Sunnah parents should make sure that their kids are not forced to attend Salafi /Tabhlighee Ijtemas in their schools and colleges. run by Salafi Institutions. For this purpose, they should represent the school/college management and ensure that their children are not forced to listen to Wrongful Salafi Da'wa in the name of Islam.
All Ahle Sunnah parents should make sure that they reply to their kids questions about Islam immediately. If they do not know the answer, they should find it on Internet on Ahle Sunnah websites.
They say that the whole idea is to avoid listening to Salafi wrongful Da'wa. It does not mean that they hate Salafis. Everyone has the liberty to adhere to faith of his choice and we are not supposed to hate others for their choice of faith. It is their individual choice and they will be responsible for it on the Day of Judgment.
When you ask them about Hajj and Umra when Ahle Sunnah have to visit Makka and Madina and compulsorily perform Salah behind a Salafi Imam; they say that in this situation, we can perform Salah along with Salafis in Grand mosques of Makka and Madina because Islamic heartland is in their occupation and we have no control over it. Since it is unavoidable, we hope Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) will pardon us for these unavoidable circumstances.
Does it not mean that they are dividing Muslims in the world by avoiding Salafi mosques?
They say : No we are not dividing people. It is the Salafis who have divided Muslims. Now there are hundreds of Salafi Groups in the world each one accusing the other as Kafir. They have issued Fatawas against Ahle Sunnah and against their own groups.
It is important to note that we do not hate Salafis or anyone in the world. We are all human beings and we wish good for everyone on this planet. Our only worry is our Sahih Iman and salvation in Hereafter. We do not want to do anything which takes away our Iman and makes us vulnerable on the Day of Judgment. We are not hating Salafis, we are not creating division, we are only safeguarding our Iman from their misleading Da'wa.
Like, you will not find Muslims in Hindus' and Christians' religious gatherings. Similarly, Ahle Sunnah should not attend religious gatherings organized by Salafis and their like minded groups because these are training workshops for Idol worship.
Other than Islamic faith, Ahle Sunnah will keep cordial relations with Salafis and their like minded groups in all issues of human concerns in the world.
(ii) Ahle Sunnah who advocate open mix up with Salafis and their like minded groups and insist that performing Salah in Salafi dominated mosques behind Salafi Imams is permissible.
This Ahle Sunnah group argues that Prophet Mohammad's ( صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ) advent is for all peoples of the World. Therefore, we should not differentiate between people. There are only two kinds of people in the world; those who have accepted the message of Prophet Mohammad ( صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ) and those who have rejected it. Those who have rejected, should be treated as 'people under invitation'.
Also, it is literally not possible to ensure performing Salah behind Ahle Sunna Imams all the time as Salafis have taken over, majority of Ahle Sunnah mosques in the world. They say that it is permissible to perform Salah behind Salafi Imams as many pious Muslims performed Salah behind Khariji Imams during early Umayyed rule.
They say that we should invite people belonging to all sects and spread love among human beings. This has been the practice of Awliya Allah. People from all walks of life, from different religions have been visiting Awliya Allah. They also encourage celebrating happiness on Eids and Chrismas and other occasions jointly and create an atmosphere of amity in the world.
(iii) Those who do not care about Sectarian issues.
This Ahle Sunnah group do not mind eating Fateha Food and carry on with other Ahle Sunnah Islamic practices but also fondly listen to Salafi Da'wa of Dr. Zakir Naik and other Salafi Scholars. They say Dr. Naik is doing a great job.
They happily listen to the Khutbas given by Salafi Imams on Fridays, perform Salah behind them and advocate open mix up and family-type relations with Salafis and often regard Salafis as more pious than Sunnis. While marrying their sons and daughters, they never bother about the Sahih Iman of the other family. Whoever talks about Salafis and Sunnis, they get angry on them and say that this kind of people are spreading hatred among Muslims in the name of religion. They say that spreading division among Muslims in this time of trouble in the world will damage Muslims' interests in the world. They say, all sects should unite at all costs. They believe everyone who proclaims Shahada is essentially a Muslims. They claim sectarian divisions are the handiwork of Mullahs and selfish scholars. They say the differences of opinions among various sects in Muslims are secondary in nature and therefore should not be emphasized in order to maintain Unity among all Muslims of the world.ANALYSIS OF ABOVEAHLE SUNNAH GROUPS
The first group of Ahle Sunnah are indeed walking on the safe path. They give emphasis to Sahih Iman over all issues and play safe. Though they may be misunderstood by others, but their priorities in life are clear cut and safe as far as our salvation in Hereafter is concerned. They understand the difference between Sahih Iman and cordial relations between human beings and try to maintain a dignified balance in both these issues.
The second group could be vulnerable. Ahle Sunnah scholars who know more about the fine tuning of Sahih Iman and who are very well read in all subjects of Islamic studies can walk on this difficult path. A person who has all the confidence and who can debate with Salafis on all issues of Islamic faith and lead them to the right path of Islam, can only survive in this groups. This is the reason Awliya Allah never objected to people from other faiths attending their gatherings. Because they know that they can guide all people to the straight path of Islam.
For general Ahle Sunnah youth, this path is full of risks. Therefore, it is a good idea to avoid the company of Salafis until you are well versed in all Islamic subjects.
The third group is in danger zone. Though they call themselves ahle Sunnah, but deep down their hearts, they have already started appreciating Salafi thought and are already converted into Salafism, though they themselves do not realize it. To them well being in this world is top priority. They are not concerned about the well being in Hereafter. It is very difficult for a person to come back to Sahih Iman if he has gone this far away. We have seen very few people coming back to Ahle Sunnah fold from this group. They gradually turn into hard core salafis. Their following generations join various Salafi groups and their homes become battle fields of religious debates.