Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh,
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A few days ago, I emailed a sister back in Singapore for advice on some things that had been bothering me for a long time. A year ago, she was in my shoes too, experienced similar issues and since she had no one to turn to, she blogged about it and I had been the one comforting her then. Al-hamdulillah, I’m glad I have someone I could relate to.
Like her, I’m reaching to that point of wanting to explode from seeing so much fitnah in the Ummah just from the behaviour of these so-called Salafis. Don’t miscontrue my words to mean that I am saying the Creed of Salafus as Salih is a fitnah but it’s the behaviour and their form of harsh Da’wah that really puts me off. It is such an irony that adhering to this Creed means you are following the Sunnah of the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi salam closely, but what happened to following the Prophet’s way of advising others?
When I was still learning the basics of Islam couple of years ago, a brother introduced to us (he took upon himself to teach us Islam then) this term ‘Salafi’. It should not be confused as a new sect but simply adhering to the understanding of the Sahabah and three pious generations of the past. Slowly, we were introduced to the ‘Salafi’ community.
One thing I noticed and particularly dislike is the harsh way of giving da’wah. I can’t remember exactly what happened in the past but after feeling overwhelmed by people trying to impose their knowledge on me, my immediate response was to tell them to leave me alone so that I can learn Islam at my own pace. Al-hamdulillah, He did not leave me entirely on my own. I met a group of sisters later on the Manhaj and they taught me about this Creed without adopting that manner of ‘forcing down my throat‘.
What saddens me the most is that within this ‘Salafi community’ itself, our own Muslim brothers and sisters are quick to make judgement against another. In the lecture above, Imam Shakeel mentioned that these ‘so-called’ Salafis have a checklist of things a Salafi should be and as long as one of the ‘boxes’ are not ticked means you are ‘off the manhaj‘.
I remember my experience of being involved in a Da’wah room with a few brothers and sisters a few years ago. A brother came in to ask whether we are on Qur’an and Sunnah. We replied that all of us are and he said, “Are you a Salafi?”. A sister then explained that although we adhere to the creed of Salafus as Salih, we rather call ourselves ‘Muslims’ because our Prophet sallallahu alayhi salam never called himself a ‘Salafi’. His immediate reply was: “You’re a kafir for not calling yourself a Salafi”. He went on and on about how we are not differentiating ourselves from the ‘Ahlul Bidaah’ and because of that we are ‘all kafirs‘. I can’t recall how many times I’ve been called a ‘Kafir‘ by these people who supposedly follow Prophet’s Sunnah.
Personally, I have no objection towards calling oneself a ‘Salafi’ but it is preferable to me that we call ourselves Muslim, one who submits to Him. Sheikh Albaani (rahimullah) said we can call ourselves ‘Salafi’ but it is not a must. How does this then make us Kafirs? Scholars have said differently from these laymen who twisted the words to fit their own understanding! There are actually more people like him who are quick to make takfir on others just because of their narrow mindedness which reminds me of the Khawarij who calls anyone a kafir for committing a sin.
I have also seen amongst the Salafi sisters who have chosen to bicker over matters of Khilaf. Leave it to the scholars for goodness sake! I remember that we used to have a rather close sisterhood back then and one of the reasons everyone broke apart was because they could not agree on a particular fiqh issue. (I was still learning the Manhaj then so no one would take my word seriously when it comes to the Deen anyway). One sister would bring daleel from Imam Abu Hanifa (rahimullah) and the other would take from a different Imam and they would argue over who is correct. Obviously, they could not come to consensus because both have already agreed that they themselves are correct in that matter. Also, there are some who become so strict in their Deen that anyone who doesn’t agree on the same things would be abandoned. La Hawla wala quwata illah billah!!
In the lecture I have posted above, Imaam Shakeel mentioned about our two contemporary scholars – Sheikh Albaani and Sheikh Bin Baaz (May Allah have mercy on them) – having different fatwas on a particular issue and nonetheless had such great respect for one another. Don’t forget as well that Imaam Shafiee (rahimullah) was a student of Imaam Malik (rahimullah) and despite that, both have differences in opinion. And how about the Sahabas (May Allah be pleased with them)? They, too, differed in matters of Fiqh. But did they abandon each other? Any words of disrespect for another? None! In fact, they held each other in high regards.
How is it that most of us who are not even students of knowledge, have not even memorised a small portion of the Qur’an let alone understand the Arabic language fully and yet are quick to make judgements like as though we are scholars! How arrogant can one be in behaving in such manner!
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