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  Imaam al-Albani on Safar al-Hawali and Salman al-Awdah and the Book 'Madarik un-Nadhr'
Author: Imaam al-Albani
Source: Cassette Lectures
Article ID : GRV070001  [52415]  

Imaam al-Albani was asked concerning the book, "Dhahiratul-Irjaa fil-Fikr al-Islami" of Safar al-Hawali, and in this book takfir is performed on account of certain sins! He replied:

"I gave my viewpoint on a matter about thirty or so years ago when I used to be in the [Isamic] University (of Madinah) and I was asked in a gathering about my opinion on Jamaa’at ut-Tabligh. So I said on that day, ‘They are the Sufis of this era’. And now it has occurred to me that I should say about this Jamaa’ah who have emerged in the present times and who have opposed the Salaf, I say here, in accordance with the statement of al-Hafidh adh-Dhahabi: They have opposed the Salaf in much of the issues of manhaj, and it is befitting that I label them the Khawarij of the era. And this resembles their emergence at the current time – in which we read their statements – because they, in reality, their words take the direction and objective of that of the Khawarij in performing takfir of the one who commits major sins. And perhaps I should say, this is either due to ignorance on their behalf or due to devised plot!! And I say this in light of [the statement of Allaah], "Let not the hatred of a people make you depart from justice. Be just and fair and that is closer to taqaa". I do not know whether they say that every major sin takes one outside the fold of Islaam! However, they always revolve around certain major sins but remain silent or just pass by other major sins! And for this reason I do not see that we should make this label absolute, and that we should say, ‘They are Khawarij’, except from certain aspects. And this is the justice that we have been ordered to abide by…" [The Cassette:The Surooriyyah are the Khawarij of the Era, end of the first side]. Dated 17th Dhul-Hijjah 1417H.

Imaam al-Albani also stated in one the most recent of his books that were published, Adh-Dhabb al-Ahmad an Musnad al-Imaam Ahmad, p.33 (1999, 1420H):

And Shaikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah has explained the perspective from which faith, Imaan, consists of actions, and that it increases and decreases - [his discussion] needing no further elaboration - in his book 'al-Imaan'. So the one who requires more detail can refer back to it. I say: This is what I used to write for more than twenty years, affirming the madhhab of the Salaf and the aqidah of Ahl us-Sunnah - and all praise is due to Allaah - in the issues pertaining to Imaan, and then there come - in the present times - reckless ignoramuses, who are but young newcomers accusing us of Irjaa!! To Allaah is the complaint of the evil that they are upon, of ignorance, misguidance and scum..."

Imaam al-Albani stated concerning Salman al-Awdah:

Then if Salmaan, who we are speaking about at the moment and at other times, if we say that he is not Ikhwaanee, and are speaking truly, then that does not extract him from being Ikhwaanee in his manhaj. This is where one should beware, that he is not Ikhwaanee, yet his manhaj is the manhaj of the Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen.

So I ask you now, do you perceive that he gathers the people into a group/organisation, he gathers the youth into a group/organisation, and he incites their emotions upon the like of what the Ikhwaanul-Muslimoon incite them upon, their helpers and their followers etc. I said in the previous lesson, the manhaj of the Ikhwaan is: 'Gather the people into an organisation, then instruct them - then nothing.' There is nothing except blind-gathering of people into an organisation, without any teaching. The proof is that close to a century has come upon the Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen, in their different lands, and they are, in military terms, in a situation of having made no gains. Why? Because this is what their manhaj brings about. They do not advance; not in knowledge, nor in 'aqeedah, nor in behaviour, they are just as they were, completely. [Cassette: What the People of knowledge say About 'Abdur-Rahmaan 'Abdul-Khaaliq]

Imaam al-Albani said in praise of the book Madarik un-Nadhr Fis-Siyaasah of Shaikh Abdul-Malik al-Jazaa'iree, in which the true condition of Safar al-Hawali and Salman al-Awdah is uncovered, their deceiving of the youth exposed, their belittlement of the Senior Ulamaa made clear, and their total and utter ignorance of current affairs unveiled:

"With the shortage of time, my poor health and my engagement in knowledge-related activity, I found myself strained to read it. Every time I read a section of it, causing more ailment to myself, I felt that I should be content with it [i.e. complete it]. [I continue in this manner] until I managed to read all of it. So I found it in truth to be unique in its subject, containing true realities about some of the du'at (callers) and their methodologies that oppose what the Salaf us-Salih were upon. And I benefited from it personally, and acquired numerous points of benefit with respect to the Algerian revolution, and some of the figures who were behind it, as well as those who aided them with their whimsical sentiments, and those who exaggerated in strengthening this revolt from amongst those who do not concern themselves with the principle of Tasfiyah and Tarbiyah." [p.7, 2nd Edition]

You will see the biased partisans striving to spread some other words of Imaam al-Albani concerning the likes of Safar and Salman - claiming that the Noble Imam has given them tazkiyah and has approved of their way. But this is only yet another manifestation of their well known methodology. To pick and choose the words of the Ulamaa in order to formulate that which is in line with their secret and hidden agenda! But that which they bring is always outdated or general at best and similar statements could equally be produced about scores of other scholars and students of knowledge concerning whom these biased partisans find fault with - an illustration of their double-standards. The statements they bring from Imaam al-Albaani to defend al-Awdah and al-Hawali are around 6 or 7 years old and they always conveniently forget to mention the dates when they quote. But since they are ignorant or pretend to be ignorant of the principle of al-Jarh wat-Ta'dil concerning individuals, that the specific criticism takes precedence over the general praise, then it is unlikely they will come to their sense, may Allaah guide them. Regardless, the statements above are from 1416-147H onwards. So do not be deceived by them and beware of their playing and toying with emotional sentiments in order to win people over! For no reply will they have to the above texts, only deafness and dumbness. And if you want to be upon clarity (bayyinah), then access the book of Shaikh Abdul-Malik al-Jazaa'iree if you can - for it will lift the confusion and kill the desire.


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