The Forward Of Sheikh Salih Al Fawzan
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
:الحمد لله و الصلاة و السلام على نبينا محمد و آله و صحبه و بعد
I have looked over this treatise entitled "Cautioning those with pure intellect.." by sheikh Abdullah ibn Salfeeq Ath-Thufairi and I consider it to be complete in its subject matter, may Allah reward him with good and benefit via his knowledge.
Indeed Allah taught us, in His Book, to refer back to the scholars during (times of) tribulation due to them being people of truth and guidance. They are possessors of insight and intellect who enliven the dead via Allah's Book and give sight to the blind via Allah's light. They remove from His Book the distortions of extremists, the unfounded notions of falsifiers, and the (corrupted) interpretations of the ignorant; they who take up the banner of innovation and let loose the reins of discord. In light of this our Lord has made the returning back to them binding upon us. As He says
و إذا جاءهم أمرٌ من الأمن أو الخوف أذاعوا به و لو ردوه إلى الرسول و إلى أُولى الأمر منهم لعلمه الذين يستنبطونه منهم و لولا فضل الله عليكم و رحمته لاتَّبعتم الشيطان إلّا قليلًا
"Whenever there comes an affair pertaining to safety or fear (of the community), they spread it; if they had only referred it back to the Messenger and those in authority among them, those who are skilled in deduction would have comprehended it from them." [An-Nisaa: 83]
Thus no trial has befallen a people who were burned by its flame except that the scholars were nonexistent (among them) or they abandon referring (their affairs) to them. Al Bukhari said (in the chapter of his sahih entitled: How knowledge will be taken) Umar ibn Abdul Aziz wrote to Abu Bakr ibn Hazm (saying to him): Examine whatsoever is from the narrations of Allah's Messenger -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- and write them, as surely I fear for you the knowledge based lessons (as if he means the lessons taught by the ignorant) and the departing of the scholars, so do not accept anything except the narrations of Allah's Messenger, spread knowledge, and sit until the one who does not know is taught. Indeed knowledge will not be ruined until it becomes secretive."
Afterwards Al Bukhari said (narrating a complete chain that leads back to Abdullah ibn Amr Ibnil Aas): Allah's Messenger -sallahu alayhi wa salaam said, "Surely Allah will not take knowledge by snatching it from the servant, however He will take knowledge by taking the scholars until there remains no scholar. (At this point) the people will take knowledge from the heads of the ignorant. They will be asked and will issue verdicts devoid of knowledge. They are astray and they lead others astray."
This is what has occurred with regards to Muhammad ibn Abdullah Ar-Raymi who's better known as Muhammad Al Imam the head teacher at An-Nur center in Mabar, Yemen. As he had the audacity to conclude a pact with the Shiite without returning back to the firmly grounded scholars nor seeking their counsel. Consequently, with regards to this agreement, he made himself a representative of the salafis, as if salafiyyah is nothing more than a party like the varying parties that draw up agreements without referring back to the people of authority or the firmly grounded scholars in which we, without doubt, have been ordered to return to legislatively.
Due to this the scholars and students of knowledge our dignitaries and brothers from Ahlus Sunnah in Saudi and Yemen have disapproval for this haphazard pact which contains therein major wrongs. So whoever desires the truth from those who have been given (the gift) of hearing and is a witness (to what is occurring) is sufficed by them (the scholars criticizing Al Imam's actions), they are:
- The virtuous scholar and doctor, Rabee ibn Hadee Al Madkhali
- The virtuous scholar Ubayd ibn Abdullah Al Jaabiri
- The virtuous scholar and doctor Abdullah ibn Abdur Rahman Al Bukhari
- The virtuous scholar and doctor Arafaat ibn Hasan Al Muhammadi
- The virtuous scholar and soldier (mujahid, as he has literally fought in battles against the Houthi) Hani ibn Ali Al Burayk
Nonetheless, I will write (in addition to their criticism) some remarks and will add (to the discussion) that which they did not cover, and this is for two reasons.
First: Muhammad Al Imam's persistence in defending this document and acting in accordance with its clauses til this very day, even though the Saudi and Yemeni governments along with the Gulf States are at war with the Houthi. They have broken agreements, killed Ahlus Sunnah, and have been plentiful in acting treacherously with them, and they loyally support Iran by way of weaponry and ordnance.
Second: Muhammad Al Imam's followers passing judgement on people to be misguided by alleging that sheikh Salih Al Fawzan agrees with this document.
Below is a picture of the document, and subsequent to that is a refutation of it.
Translator: Below is a translation of its meaning.
The Treaty Of Mutual Coexistence And Brotherhood
All Praise is for Allah who said:
إنما المؤمنين إخوة
"The believers are brothers"
Allah, Al Atheem has spoken the truth, and may peace and commendations be upon our leader Muhammad, his purified family, and his outstanding companions among the immigrants and helpers and whomsoever follows them exactly in faith.
We are Muslims all of us. Our Lord, Book, prophet, and enemies are one (and the same), even though we may differ in detailed matters pertaining to subsidiaries issues. Al Islam has made prohibited our blood, honor, and wealth among us. Based on this a pact has been concluded between Allah's helpers who are represent by Abdul Malik Badruddin Al Houthi and the salafis of An-Nur center in Mabar, and the other centers adjoined to it, represented by sheikh Muhammad ibn Abdullah Al Imam on the following:
- Peaceful coexistence between the two groups devoid of negative influences (that pull them into conflict), clashes, fighting, and trials regardless of whatever the reason and circumstances may be. Also (agreed upon) freedom of thought and culture is guaranteed for all of them.
- The ceasing of all hostile and inflammatory speech from both sides that is directed to each other from multiply avenues and (done by taking advantage of) every opportunity. (Also agreed upon is) the laboring to harvest the spirit of brotherhood and assistance between all.
- The continuance of direct activity between both sides to combat any incident, problem, or (negative) behavior of an individual or any attempt from another aspect inserted (among us) in order to flare up the situation and determine a stance from this.
Completed on the 28th of Shaban 1435 after hijra which coincides with June 26, 2014.
Translator: Signed by Muhammad Al Imam and Abdul Malik Al Houthi.
Rebutting The Pact
I (the sheikh) profess this while seeking Allah's success and assistance, and in Him is my reliance.
FIRST: The document is entitled "The Treaty Of Mutual Coexistence And Brotherhood" and because of this there are objections.
- The concluding of this pact by Muhammad Al Imam with a Shiite group that is separate from the government and its rule; wages war against it; takes its direction from another antagonistic country (Iran) in order to extend its influence by way of weaponry, all of this in itself is transgression against the country (Yemen), its leader, and the scholars to whom which there is obligation in returning to, as was previously stated.
This is besides it being in opposition to the religion and the instructions of the firmly grounded scholars. It is foolish, incomprehensible, and deficient in wisdom. It is both amazing and deceptive. Muhammad Al Imam is deceived by his center (his position and status therein) and the students that surround him. He believes he is their leader and that he has a right to speak on their behalf and on behalf of the other centers (and or institutes) connected to his without referring matters back to the people of authority and or counsel from the scholars.
- The term "brotherhood" contradicts the creed and foundation of love and association (for Allah's sake), and hate along with disassociation with respect to the Muslims and idol worshipers. Although it maybe correct as it relates to mutual coexistence, with regards to brotherhood it (usage of this term) is not permissible. Faith based brotherhood is not applied to anyone except the Muslims, as for the idol worshipers there is absolutely no brotherhood with them whatsoever. Allah says:
إنما المؤمنون إخوة
"Only the believers are brothers..."[Al-Hujurat: 10]
فإن تابوا و أقاموا الصلاة و ءاتوا الزكاة فإخوانكم في الدين
"So if they repent, establish the prayer, and pay the zakat, then they are your brothers in religion..."[At-Taubah: 11]
لا تجد قوماً يُؤمنون بالله و اليوم الأخرِ يُوادّون من حادّ الله و رسولَه و لو كانوا ءَاباءَهم أو أبناءَهم أو إخوانهم أو عشيرتهم أُولئك كتب في قلوبهم الإيمان و أَيَّدهم بروحٍ منه
"You will not find a people who believe in Allah and the Last Day befriending those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, even if they be their fathers, or their sons, their brothers, or their kinfolk. For such He has written faith in their hearts and has strengthened them a Ruh from Himself..."[Al-Mujaadilah: 22]
The Houthi are Shiite from the twelver sect who are the most wicked sect of Shiite as it relates to polytheism and disbelief. So how is it that a pact be concluded with them on basis of brotherhood? Indeed this is a serious matter and a grave evil.
SECOND: The Statement " ...his purified family, and his outstanding companions among the immigrants and helpers..."
Surely the one reading this speech at first glance will not suspect any wrong, however when reflecting on the wickedness of the Shiite and their creed as it relates to the reviling of Ayesha and their judgement of disbelief towards the mothers of the believers (wives of the Prophet) and the noble companions; at that time the reader will recognize that comprised therein is wickedness. Thus it is obligatory upon a sunni Muslim whenever he deals with the people of innovation and with the Shiite to be astute (using full faculties of intellect) during their utilization of generalized statements and expressions that have multiple implications. And also with their utilization of their religious technical terminology (one must be astute comprehending its meanings).
In light of this, it's obvious that this expression in meaning excludes Ayesha -the mother of the believers- from the Prophet's -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- family because they do not deem Ayesha to be pure. It excludes Allah's pleasure for a multitude of companions as they are not deemed from the outstanding with the Shiite. The word "among" indicates their referral to some (and not all). Within their tenets the majority of companions are disbelievers, and they only mean by those to whom which Allah is pleased the following: Ali, Ammar and a small number of companions that are not counted (in full) by (all) the fingers. This is an example of the slander and evil of the Shiite pertaining to the mother of the believers and the companions may Allah be pleased with all of them. Thus it is compulsory for Muhammad Al Imam to comprehend this and to neither be satisfied with general expressions that are comprised of evil and slyness nor their religious terminologies that are the starting points to their mishaps, as the intent is crystal clear.
Unfortunately it comes as no surprise that Muhammad Al Imam remains quiet about these generalizations, as he has remained quiet concerning clear and detailed disbelief found in this document.
THIRD: "We are Muslims all of us. Our Lord, Book, prophet, and enemies are one (and the same), even though we may differ in detailed matters pertaining to subsidiaries issues." This is objectionable.
- The statement "We are Muslims all of us."
Is this generalization applied to the Shiite, they who commit major polytheism and many of that which nullifies Islam, permissible? Isn't this nothing more than a misrepresentation given to the masses depicting the soundness of the Shiite's creed? Are the judgments of the scholars past and present concerning the Shiite hidden to Muhammad Al Imam, from them declaring the Shiite creed and their learned people (those whose arguments have been debunked) to be disbelief?
- "(Our) Book (is one)..." How can it be that our book is one and the same when they believe and affirm in their relied upon books that the noble Quran is distorted?
- "(Our) enemies are one..."
And this is a lie as the annals of history establish the fact that they throughout Islamic history have aligned themselves with the Jews against Ahlus Sunnah. Furthermore they were with the crusaders against the Muslims and today the Houthi align themselves with the enemies of Ahlus Sunnah with hearts and minds (Iran). So why use such trickery and deception with the Muslims?
- "even though we may differ in detailed matters pertaining to subsidiaries issues."
This is the most perilous of what is found in the treaty. In this is Muhammad Al Imam's acknowledgement that our differing with the Shiite is only in subsidiary issues similar to the differing among the companions and the four schools of jurisprudence. As for the creed, there is no differing between us and them. As a result no evidence is needed to disprove the falsehood of this statement as the common person is well acquainted with the deviant creed and fundamentals of the Shiite that expel one from the religion. So I asked Muhammad Al Imam, what happened to your authored works concerning this subject? Books like:
"The Yemeni Shiite's attacks against the entrusted companions of the Messenger" and "The Yemeni Shiite throughout the annals of history."
So why have you changed? Why do you (stubbornly) defend your change (for the worse)? And what is the root cause of such?
- "..a pact has been concluded between Allah's helpers who are represent by Abdul Malik Badruddin Al Houthi."
Are the Shiite Allah's helpers? Is it permissible for a Muslim to affirm for them this description? Or are they in reality helpers of the devil, polytheism, grave worship, and Iran? Thus I am shocked by you, Muhammad Al Imam, due to this affirmation and I seek refuge with Allah from flip flopping and cowardice.
FOURTH: "Peaceful coexistence between the two groups devoid of negative influences (that pull them into conflict), clashes, fighting, and strife regardless of whatever the reason and circumstances may be. Also (agreed upon) freedom of thought and culture is guaranteed for all of them." This is also a great debacle in which there are objections.
- The unrestricted nature of their statement, "devoid of negative influences (that pull them into conflict), clashes, fighting, and strife regardless of whatever the reason and circumstances may be." This nonrestrictive statement indicates foolishness, weakness, and cowardice as it necessitates the absences of fighting the Houthi no matter what emanates from them. Even if they fight and kill Ahlus Sunnah in other regions within Yemen, or if the Muslims from Ahlus Sunnah publicly announce a general call to arms against them. Muhammad Al Imam would be obliged to follow the pact and could not fight alongside his brothers from Ahlus Sunnah even if the fighting and battling was an individual obligation (upon every able body male).
Moreover it requires Muhammad Al Imam and whomever is under his authority to adhere to this pact, as its agreements are nonrestrictive, (making it binding) even if deception and betrayal occur. Accordingly they have rejected the Muslims agreed upon parameters and scope of obedience to whomever the Muslims have gathered under the authority of in Yemen. This is what is required of Muhammad Al Imam based on this pact til this very day. In fact, the first Jumuah after the initiation of Decisive Storm (Saudi's war campaign against the Houthi) Muhammad Al Imam stood (during the sermon) in disapproval of the operation that was only implemented subsequent to the Houthi's treachery and violation of international accords. Thus he referred to the operation as persecution and has not ceased calling it such.
Furthermore a sermon conducted on the 15th of Shawwal in 1436 confirms this. Therein he depicted the current fighting against the Houthi as civil strife. He also claimed whoever does not participate in such is a person of intellect and understanding, as he intends by that himself and those with him. He also cited text and narrations applying it to that, and this is what points to the fact that he is merely one who memorizes and conveys without comprehension thereof. He does not distinguish between fighting deemed jihad against those causing corruption and fighting deemed to be civil strife. From what he mentioned in the sermon:
A: Subsequent to citing narrations on fighting and killing he said: "This is a prophetic clarification with regards to the circumstance of those who deem permissible, find pleasurable, accept, and are at ease with turmoil. The entering therein and being drawn into this (current) major strife." To his statement: "Just as you see the propelling towards civil strife and killing, even though yesterday it was strictly unrest among certain groups and in certain regions, but today it is fighting and killing between countries and citizens."
B: He stated: " I say, standing in this place of mine, I call the Muslims generally and Ahlus Sunnah specifically to reconsider this matter and to recognize what Allah has endowed upon whomever He wills from His servants from understanding turmoil, being distant from it, its end results, and its harms in this life and the next." Afterwards he mentioned some narrations perverting its intent to substantiate (the claim) that this fighting is civil strife. He also mentioned narrations using them as evidence to state that the person of comprehension is he who shuns this civil strife. By it he points to his position as he has stated loudly.
C: He said while referring indirectly to Decisive Storm: "Surely people of faith do not fight anyone except whomever Allah has commanded to fight. They do not fight anyone on account of a independent principle based opinion in these issues (that necessitate returning back to scholars of jurisprudence). These issues there is no independent (knowledge and principle based) opinion therein, nor is there contentment with it therein. Whoever firmly takes these affairs will neither kill a Muslim nor fight him. In this regard it will be an evidence for him like the sun in the middle of the day."
I say: Glorified is Allah! Where is he from the statement of the Prophet -sallahu alayhi wa salaam: "When a judge gives a decision while striving (in deducing what is right), and is correct, for him is two rewards. When a judge gives a decision while striving (in deducing what is right), and is incorrect, for him is one reward."
And his -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- statement: "When you besiege a fort and the besiege want you to lessen their affliction according to Allah's judgment, do not lessen it for them (attributing it to Allah), on the contrary lessen it according to your discretion (you represent yourself), as you do not know if you will be correct concerning them or not according to Allah's judgment."
D: His statement: "Is this not enormous where, at this point, the Muslim is killed now (supposedly) out of honor and nobility, and supposedly as assistance and granting victory (to him)? Whoever, from the Muslims, that kills (now) goes about professing victory, and displaying pride. Indeed he is in a drunken state of triumph. Which victory? Triumphant towards (entering) Hell? Be cautious o poor one and do not be deceived by chaos. The Messenger -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- said, "Whoever kills a believer and rejoices as a result of his killing his obligatory and voluntary actions will not be accepted on the Day Of Resurrection." Meaning neither the compulsory or non compulsory acts."
E: Until he got to the point where he said, while warning from entering into the civil strife occurring in Yemen: "So I warn the Yemeni people specifically and the Muslims generally, and even more specific Ahlus Sunnah from remaining, being drawn towards, and accepting the entering into this chaos, so do not be delighted...and the scholars differ pertaining to their awareness of chaos, its harms, and outcome." Subsequent to that he mentioned some narrations applying them to what he said, then he said, "Pay attention. This is a great tribulation, a great tribulation, a great tribulation, the mild mannered individual doesn't deem it easy, nor does he hasten to accept it. For this reason I advise the community to reconsider these affairs..."
- Their statement "freedom of thought and culture is guaranteed for all of them." Wow! Does Islam acknowledge falsehood? Does it condone polytheism? Does it condone reviling the companions if the one differing with such sees that this is an individuals thoughts and opinions?
Furthermore, does Islam guarantee for anyone continuance upon his innovation and creed to the point that it disapproves of anyone reprimanding him as a result of it, or declaring him to be astray and warning against him? Where is the Islamic rite of enjoining good and forbidding evil? That which some scholars considered to be from Islam's pillars. Allah says:
ولْتكن منكم أُمة يدعون إلى الخير و يأْمرون بالمعروف و ينهَون عن المنكر و أولئك هم المفلحون
"Let there arise from you a nation inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is correct and forbidding what is wrong, and they are those who are successful." [Ali-Imran: 104]
كنْتم خير أمّةٍ أُخرجت للناس تأْمرون بالمعروف و تبهون عن المنكر و تؤمنون بالله
"You are the best nation extracted from mankind, you enjoin the good and forbid the wrong, and you believe in Allah." [Ali-Imran: 110]
And the Messenger's -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- statement, "Whoever among you that sees a wrong let him change it with his hand. If he is unable then with is tongue. If he is unable then with his heart, and that is the weakest of faith."
His -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- statement, "Beware of newly invented matters (in the religion), indeed every novelty (in religion) is an (accursed) innovation, and every innovation is misguidance, and every (act of) misguidance is in the fire."
So how is it that Muhammad Al Imam abolishes these textual evidence, and accepts what the Houthi Objectors dictate to him and that which is within it of a corrupt theology that is allowed to bypass and spread, especially since there is no justification by way of fear or coercion with regards to this pact? And even if we were to say, for argument's sake, that there was coercion, why has he not stopped acknowledging this pact nor freed himself from it? On the contrary he works in accordance with its stipulations til this very day. The strange thing is that he implored King Abdullah to repent as a result of organizing interfaith dialogue, when he said in his book entitled -The Disaster Of Calling To Interfaith Dialogue-: "Surely we have made explicitly clear in this treatise of ours that King Abdullah and those alongside him, their inviting to interfaith dialogue consists of misfortunes and calamities that necessitate from them repentance to Allah from such propaganda." Yet King Abdullah never called to freedom of religion; nor is freedom of thought, corrupt theology, and deviant doctrines recognized in the school curriculum of Saudi Arabia. On the contrary the creed of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaa'ah and the Salaf in every grade is taught. Likewise tawheed is learned in every region of the kingdom even in the province where there is therein Ismaeli Shiite and others. Within the kingdom's curriculum is the warning against every misguided sect and distorted doctrine. For this reason I'm surprised at this man.
FIFTH: "The ceasing of all hostile and inflammatory speech from both sides that is directed to each other from multiply avenues and (done by taking advantage of) every opportunity. (Also agreed upon is) the laboring to harvest the spirit of brotherhood and assistance between all." Regarding this, there are objections.
- Contain therein is the termination of the foundation of love for Allah's sake. Also termination of the foundations of the creed in actualization of association and disassociation for His sake.
- Abandonment of inciting towards fighting the Houthi if the head of state in Yemen announces mobilization (against them).
- Working towards fostering brotherhood with the pagan Shiite.
- Enacting the principle of the Ikwaanul Muslimeen: We gather upon that which we agree, and excuse one another in whatsoever we differ.
- Therein is the appeal to assist the shiite idol worshipers, who are people of treachery and deception.
و المؤمنون و المؤمنات بعضُهم أولياءُ بعضٍ
"The believers, male and female, are allies and supporters of one another..." [At-Taubah: 71]
المنافقون و المنافقات بعضهم من بعض
"The Hypocrites, male and female, are one from another..." [At-Taubah: 67]
SIXTH: "The continuance of direct activity between both sides to combat any incident, problem, or (negative) behavior of an individual or any attempt from another aspect inserted (among us) in order to flare up the situation and determine a stance from this."
Accordingly, this is what Muhammad Al Imaam has carried out from the first day after initiation of operation Decisive Storm til this very hour. He disapproved of the war initiated by Saudi Arabia and its brothers from the international allegiance against the Houthi, as he stated in his sermon that followed the start of Decisive Storm.
- "Yemen has become an arena for fighting and killing. I yearn for Yemen to be free of these calamities, and that will be by Allah's permission (a duty) upon the hands of the intelligent, the trustworthy, and those who put forward the general benefit (affecting the entire community), over the individual benefit."
- "The harms are major, the mistakes are immense and destructive."
- "As for the increase of turmoil, fighting, and killing, it is what has led the people to this circumstance. It is what has been brought upon the people from evil and turmoil."
Likewise from that which alludes to his persistence upon this, is what I conveyed earlier from his sermon conducted two weeks ago on the 15th of Shawwal, 1,436 yrs after the migration.
SEVENTH: In addition to that which is very dangerous, is that which Muhammad Al Imam's followers have embarked upon from declaring people to be astray by use of a lie invented against sheikh Salih Al Fawzan, it being him supporting this pact. An example of this is that which is mentioned on the website salfi.net from what was conveyed by Uthman As Saalimi and Jameel Al Haamili; both presented some of the articles of this pact to Al Fawzan, and as a result he supported Muhammad Al Imam. So he said "The affair has concluded concerning what was signed" and he said, "Sheikh Muhammad Al Imam is more aware of his circumstance and the circumstance of his country." He also said, "What Sheikh Muhammad Al Imam has done by signing this pact, it is required in order to preserve the dawah, the peoples' blood, and their honor."
I say: Although they speak the truth concerning the conveyed statement, they did not present the entire agreement to Sheikh Salih Al Fawzan. Had they presented to Sheikh Al Fawzan the pact in its entirety along with what was illustrated previously from Muhammad Al Imam's stance against operation Decisive Storm, the sheikh would have rejected this pact. How could the sheikh be in conformity with its clauses while there is contained therein mutilation of the creed?
This method of deception is conducted by the people of desire. They attribute false statements to the scholars that which they are free from, like those who attempt to make Al Fawzan's recognition of their retraction from a mistake to be a recommendation and praise of them. Or like those who would misrepresent Al Fawzan's speech about taking the truth from whomever speaks it, that being an unrestricted recommendation for whoever puts forth a word of truth. The Messenger -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- said to Abu Huraira when the shaitan informed him about the virtue of ayat-ul-kursi:
"He spoke the truth, although he is a liar."
So taking the truth from he who speaks it is not a recommendation for him, nor a call to travel to him in order to learn from him. And this is the last rebuttal of this pact, and we asked Allah to guide misguided Muslims, to shelter us from the shades of turmoil (and or tribulations), and Allah knows best. May Allah's prayers, commendations, and blessing be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and all his companions.
Written by Abdullah Ibn Salfeeq Ath-Thufairi,
in the morning of the 3rd day of the week, on the 26th day of the month of Shawwal, 1,436 yrs after the migration (this corresponds with Tuesday, August 11, 2015).
Translated by Najeeb Al Anjelesi
Source: Article entitled: تنبيه ذوي العقول الزاكيات إلى ما في وثيقة محمد الإمام من مخالفات و مجازفات