|Misconceptions About the Salafi Dawah
Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen on Calling Those Who Do Not Make Takfir Of the Rulers or Revile Them Publicly as Murji'ah
|Author: Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen
|Article ID : MSC050004 
Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen spoke over two and a half years ago about this accusation against Ahl us-Sunnah that they are “Murji’ah with the Rulers, Khawaarij with the Du’aat, Qadariyyah with the Jews and Raafidah with the Islamic Groups”. He explained that is “slander, and making insults by name-calling” and that it is the way of those who wish to cause commotion and strife in the land, by way of their open rejection of the evils coming from the Rulers, all in the name of “rectification”. This type of accusation first came from the direction of those who got poisoned by the Innovators of Ikhwaan al-Mufliseen and was championed by Abdur-Razzaaq ash-Shayijee (of Kuwait), a caller to democracy and collaborator with the Raafidah Shi'ah. And this is the condition of Ahl ul-Bid'ah, they slander and revile the true adherents to Salafiyyah, most of the time not even knowing where the slanders and revilements originate from in the first place.
Question, “Our Shaikh, may Allaah protect you, some of the students of knowledge who see others that are fearful of and withhold (out of wara’, piety) from making unrestricted takfir of the rulers (i.e. without tafseel), so when they see words from others which are in opposition to what has occurred amongst some of the du’aat of today, from another angle, they say about them, “You are Murji’ah with the Rulers, Khawaarij with the Du’aat, Qadariyyah with the Jews”, meaning that you submit yourselves to everything that comes from the Jews and you have submitted yourselves to them, and you do not wish or intend to change anything that has come from the Jews (of plotting and planning etc.). And likewise they say, “Rawaafid with the Islamic Groups”, when they call them to enter into their Islamic groups, but they reply that this is hizbiyyah (partisanship) and this is splitting, we will not enter into it, however we call to the Qur’aan and the Sunnah and we co-operate with everyone upon piety and righteousness, without any ascriptions and membership to parties and to these slogans and mottos. So in return they reply to them in this manner. And I had read a fatwaa of yours in this regard, so perhaps if you make mention of it as well, if Allaah wills, on this cassette, then perhaps Allaah will bring about benefit through it for the one who hears it?”
The Shaikh answered, “I hate that this [slander] should occur from one set of brothers to another. And I consider this to be slander, and making insults by name-calling. Those ones (who are accused) do not like to speak against the rulers on top of the pulpits, since that does not bring about any rectification, as is evident. However, this does not mean that they justify everything that occurs from the Rulers. They actually consider that some of what occurs from the Rulers is an error and some of it is correct. However, this does not mean that we now stand on top of the minbar and in the midst of the societies and the lectures, or in specific (private) gatherings – since in all of this there is not benefit. The intent of the one who wishes to give advice is to bring about real correction in the leaders, not just releasing one’s anger, seeking vengeance. So whoever intended rectification of the leaders, then it is necessary for him to tread upon the path in which there is true rectification. As for the one who merely wishes to vent his anger and to quench his thirst and to treat his disease – then the affair of such of one to Allaah the Mighty and Majestic, and we are not in need at this moment to give examples of those who wish to rectify the Rulers, yet they stand on top of the pulpits and revile and abuse them, in front of all of those in the gatherings and lectures . We do not wish to mention any examples of this because the reality bears witness (to what already occurs from the likes of these). (Cassette: “Questions to Shaikh Ibn Uthaymeen and Ibn Baaz”).
And this is also available in RealAudio format, and perhaps we will publish this answer soon on SalafiAudio.Com