Refutations are from the Religion of Islam
By the Noble Scholars: The Mufti Shaykh Abdul Aziz Ali Shaykh, Shaykh Zaid Al Madhkhali, Shaykh Salih Fawzan, Shaykh Rabee Al Madhkhali
Question to the Mufti Shaykh Abdul Aziz Ali Shaykh:
Question: What do you say concerning the one who says: "Verily refutations against the people of innovations and misguidance, was not from the practice of the Salaf, and the books of refutations are not befitting to be distributed except between the students of knowledge and they should not be distributed to other than them?"Answer: Refutations upon the people of innovations is from jihad in the cause of Allah, and protection for the legislation of Islam from having something attached to it that is not from it. Thus authoring the books, printing them, and distributing them is correct, and it is calling to the truth, and jihad in the cause of Allah.Thus whoever presumes that printing the books and spreading the books that refute the innovators is an innovation, then he is in error; because Allah the Exalted said: Oh Prophet strive hard against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be severe against them. (Chapter 66 verse 9)Therefore jihad is with the hand, the tongue, and wealth. From jihad with the tongue is to defend the legislation of Islam and to protect it from every fabrication from the doubts and falsehood; included in this is warning from innovation and calling to the truth.For this reason Imam Ahmad and other than him produced books warning from the innovators. Imam Ahmad authored a treatise entitled “The refutation upon the hypocrites.” So he clarified their doubts and answered every doubt they came with. Al Bukari-may Allah have mercy upon him-authored his book “The actions of the servants are created”. And other than them from the Imams of Islam have authored refutations upon the innovators and rebutted their falsehood and established the arguments against them.Also Shaykh of Islam (ibn Taymiyyah) authored refutations upon the rafidah in his well known book, “The methodology of the Prophetic Sunnah in demolishing the statements of the shia and the qadariya”, and he clarified the falsehood and misguided they are upon.
Question to Shaykh Zaid Al Madhkhali
Question: Oh noble Shaykh there is a statement that refutations between the people of knowledge distracts from seeking knowledge, so is this statement correct?Answer: This doubt is false and from the deceptions placed upon the people and I don’t think this statement is circulating from a person who has any portion of knowledge, because the books of refutations are present, distributed, printed, and read since the first generations until our present time.The one who reads the refutations of Imam Ahmad-may Allah have mercy upon him- upon the Jahmiyah and hypocrites and the refutations of Imam Ibn Taymiyyah and Imam Ibn Al Qayyim will find the bulk of their works contain refutations upon the people of deviance to include the Jews, Christians, the people of innovation such as the Jahmiyah, Mutazila, Asharees, Maturidiya, and Kulabiya. They contain refutations upon the people who say Allah is one with His creation, refutation upon the sufis and other than them which are too many to mention in this setting.Therefore the books of refutations are jihad in the cause of Allah; rather ibn Al Qayyim considers refuting the people of innovations and desires greater than jihad on the battle field. This is because jihad on the battle field, you find that many of the people embark upon this kind of jihad, many people are courageous, scholars and those from the laymen.As for jihad with knowledge and the tongue, by bringing the argument and evidence to the people of innovation, misguidance, and desires, no one embarks upon this; no one is suitable for this except for the firmly rooted scholars. Thus it becomes obvious that the people of knowledge have virtue over those who fight on the battle field.Therefore: If this statement comes from an ignorant person it is incumbent upon him to learn, and if it comes from a person who claims to have knowledge then he is either a person with compound ignorance or a person of deception thus it becomes incumbent to warn against him; and Allah knows best.
Question to Shaykh Fawzan
Question: Do refutations upon the people of falsehood harden the hearts, because there are some people who distance us from the books of the people of knowledge that contain refutations upon the people of faslehood?Answer: Leaving off refutations is what hardens the heart, because doubts will enter the hearts, thus they will harden. As for refuting them, and clarifying the truth then this is what softens the hearts and returns them to the truth.Therefore do not pay attention to the likes of these false statements which originate from people who wish to promote falsehood and doubts without raising objects to it or refuting it; and they say this is freedom of opinion, this is another opinion. This is an opinion and this is another opinion meaning the religion will become opinions. The religion does not contain opinions it contains revelation from Allah the Exalted, revelation from the All Wise, Worthy of all praise.Allah has not entrusted us to our opinions or intellects, rather He commanded us to follow the book and the Sunnah, to gain an understanding of them, to work by them, and to refute that which opposes them from the doubts and false statements. If it were not for the refutations upon the people of falsehood the truth would not be aided and the truth would not be clarified to the people.But I say, and I continue to say, no one refutes these issues except the people of knowledge. As for the learner, the student of knowledge, and the one who pretends to have knowledge it is not permissible for him to refute these issues; because perhaps he will refute with ignorance consequently his refutation will be more evil than what he was refuting. Because the refutation not based upon knowledge; its evil becomes more the refutation.Therefore I say, no one refutes except the people of knowledge, those firmly grounded in knowledge, those who refute with knowledge, arguments and evidence. As for those who are not firmly grounded in knowledge then they do not refute the doubts, because perhaps the refutation will be more corrupt than what is being refuted.
Question to Shaykh Rabee
Question: What do you say oh Sheik to the one who says too much talk about minhaj hardens the heart?Answer: Meaning that a lot of talk about the minhaj and correcting it and studying it hardens the heart, but calling to myths, and innovations, and misguidance and to the ideas of the khawarij softens the heart---Masha Allah!!!The dawa to the minhaj; calling to the book of Allah and to the Sunna of the Messenger peace and blessings are upon him, and what is contained in the book of Allah and the Sunna of the Messenger peace and blessing are upon him, from the belief system (aqeedah), and the acts of worship, and the actions, and correcting the minhaj is a great affair that must be done and there is a lot of misguidance concerning this minhaj.And no matter how much the person was to speak about it, his efforts would be minuscule in relation to what is required in this affair. Now when we speak about the minhaj does it reach every Muslim?!!But speech upon the methodology of Tabligh (Jamaat) or upon the methodology of the Muslim brotherhood, or the methodology of the people who are astray or the methodology of the people of bida, or myths, or deviated creeds and politics and socialism and ideological beliefs, this Masha Allah softens the heart!!!!Is this a correct statement? This foolish statement is not able to stand up to the true Islamic minhaj, may Allah bless you.
The above is a summary translation taken from sahab.net
Translated by Rasheed Barbee
Translated by Rasheed Barbee