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Sheikh Albany’s View on Jihad and Politics


Our sheikh! Some antagonists accuse you of not paying attention to the condition of Muslims in the present time.

What they use as evidence is that you do not write –or speak- about the contemporary issues; such as Palestine, issues of atheism, communism and Jihad in the course of Allaah; rather, you direct the bulk of your attention towards secondary issues; such as refuting innovations and other things! What is your opinion regarding words like this?

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My opinion regarding this statement is that it came from either of two types of people:

  • Either an envious enemy or
  • An ignorant friend.

That is because; you know that what we are doing is calling (people) to follow the Quran and Sunnah, separating the Sunnah from the foreign things that have intruded on it and also purifying the creed from polytheistic creeds, idolatrous creeds and denial of many divine attributes (of Allaah). These are not hidden from the knowledgeable.

So, we are fulfilling an obligation that only a few fulfill in the present time. This obligation leaves no space for any other obligation; such as those mentioned in your question.

As a result of that, we say to these people also: the one who is busy with what you mentioned in your question does not busy himself with purifying and nurturing[2] which we call to. Rather they have busied themselves with secondary matters, and they have turned away from what is more obligatory than those (secondary matters). More importantly, the Islamic groups and their members -today- have clearly proven that paying attention to those matters cannot be obligatory until when the foundation for these matters are to be built-on is complete.

In a clearer expression, we say:

Surely we have seen that many among those who call to jihad –some of them may engage in it in some places- have not done jihad on themselves by cleansing their creeds and purifying their manners from hatred, jealousy and similar things. This nullifies what Islam has brought.

So I say:

What does it benefit a Muslim to perform Jihad in the cause of Allaah but his creed is demolished?!

We also know that some of those we mentioned are in every way far away from the pristine creed: amongst them –for example- are extremist Sufis who clearly believe in wahdatul wujood. Some of them implicitly believe in it, and that is only because of their ignorance of their Islam and their creed.

I fear to say that IF YOU ASK ONE OF THEM:

Where is Allaah?!” – It is an authentically reported question from our messenger (commendations and peace of Allaah be upon him) –   he will counteract you with toughness, hardness and extreme disapproval for asking a question like this!

This is what makes us know the distance of eminent Muslims –today- (such as those Islamic preachers and writers) from the Islamic creed; to the extent that they are ignorant that the prophet (commendations and peace of Allaah be upon him) is the one who directed us –nation of Muslims altogether- to ask this type of question.

But why do these claimed scholars and famous writers hurry to antagonize us for this type of question?!

In my opinion, the cause of that is just one of two things, there’s no third to it. And as they say; the sweeter of them is bitter:

The first is:

They are ignorant of the fact that this question was not born by our thinking –as they say- so also it is not from our opinions or scholastic strivings; rather it is only in accordance with our prophet (commendations and peace of Allaah be upon him).

Second issue:

This is greater –and closer to disbelief- than the first: because they antagonize the messenger for directing this question at the slave girl; when they know that we did not innovate this question they hasten to find a response:

“The messenger only asked the slave girl to know if she was a polytheist or monotheist nothing more. He didn’t intend to understand whether she believed that Allaah is actually in the heavens or not”!

The reality is that interpolations like this are the way of the Mu’attilah and Jahmiyyah whom our Imams fought: Imams of hadith and sunnah, at their head is Imam of AhlusSunnah, Ahmad bn Hanbal.

In summary:

Those who pay attention to Dawah and Jihad in the cause of Allaah have not acquired the means that will make them fit for jihad in the cause of Allaah – the first of which is authenticating the creed-.

As for us; we have faced this matter, and spent our life on it, and no matter how long it is, it cannot be up to a tenth of prophet Nooh’s (peace be upon him) who continued to call his people to the worship of his Lord alone no partner for Him (exalted and glorified is He) and spent a thousand years except fifty as our lord (mighty and exalted is He) mentioned in His Book[3].

So what is your problem with a man like me who calls people to the worship of Allaah alone, no partner for him, and following the messenger alone (commendations and peace of Allaah be upon him) and not deviating from his sunnah.

And I did that with patience and striving to purify the hadiths and sunnah from what has mixed with them.

Is it right to say –after all this- that I do not pay attention to the matters of the Muslims and jihad in the path of Allaah?!

I believe that this jihad can never be realistic until when there is real preparation.

Also, if Allaah –the Mighty and Exalted- could be speaking to the Muslims –in His book- with His statements:

 And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war (tanks, planes, missiles, artillery, etc.) to threaten the enemy of God and your enemy[4]

Commanding them to make this type of material preparation, that is only because He is speaking to believers; who were close to the time of the polytheists, so Allaah –the Mighty and Exalted- guided them to the straight path.

This preparation – without doubt- is based on the fact that the commanded people have prepared themselves spiritually –both in creed and manners– but the Muslims –today- have not been groomed on the pure Islam.

As a result, I say to you:

I am not concerned –in anyway- about being busy with Jihad which the Muslims –today- are not able to carry out; looking at the material perspective and the situations that surround them.

Also, their hearts are not prepared -yet- to raise the flag of Jihad in the path of Alllaah, secondly.

This is the response I have for this question.

And all praise belong to Alllaah the Lord of the Worlds.

[1] Culled from Al-Asilatu Shaamiyyah by Sheikh Ali bn Hassan Al-Halaby (12)

[2] Purifying the ummah from wrong creed and manners and nurturing them on the sunnah and good manners.

[3] And indeed We sent Nûh (Noah) to his people, and he stayed among them a thousand years less fifty years [inviting them to believe in the Oneness of God (Monotheism), and discard the false gods and other deities], and the Deluge overtook them while they were Zâlimûn (wrong-doers, polytheists, disbelievers, etc.). (Suratul Ankaboot:14).

A thousand years less fifty means 950 years.

[4] Suratul Anfaal: 60

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