|Misconceptions About the Scholars of the Salaf
Shaykh Ubayd al-Jaabiree on Imaam al-Albaani and Irjaa'
|Author: Shaykh Ubayd al-Jaabiree
|Source: Fourth Salafi Dawrah Ilmiyyah, 1422H, Jeddah (trans. Spubs.Com)
|Article ID : MSC060015 
Shaykh Ubaydullaah al-Jaabiree (hafidhahullaah) said, in response to a question concerning the ruling upon the one who abandons the prayer, and this was during the fourth Salafi dawrah ilmiyyah that took place in Jeddah in the summer of 1422H, during his lesson on "Aqeedat us-Salaf wa As.haab ul-Hadeeth":
"As for today, then either he is a kaaafir, or you are a Murji' . And this in reality is exceeding the bounds, or it is ignorance of Irjaa' and what Irjaa' actually is.
The end result of Irjaa' is that "no sin can harm in the presence of Imaan, and that Imaan does not increase or decrease". And this in reality, is in oppposition to whwat the Imaam, the Allaamah, the Mujtahid, the Muhaddith, the respected Shaykh, Naasir ud-Deen al-Albaani (rahimahullaah) believes in. For he is with us upon this sound aqeedah, he is with us, Ahl us-Sunnah, and his brothers from the people of knowledge, his sons (i.e. his students) they hold that Imaan is speech of the tongue, the belief of the heart and the actions of the limbs, it increases with obedience and decreases with disobedience and that the disobedience sinner in this world is a believer, deficient in Imaan, or a believer with his Imaan and a sinner with his sin (together, at the same time), and that on the day of Judgement, if he meets Allaah, persistend upon his sin, he will be under the will of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. And the sinful person, he is the Muwahhid, the one who dies upon Tawheed, while having persisted upon major sins. Also that disobedience diminishes Imaan and reduces it, and that the one who falls into it will be subject to the threat (of punishment) if he meets Allaah upon this sin. Hence, he - may Allaah have mercy upon him - is very far and remote from Irjaa', and accusing him with Irjaa' is either ignorance of Irjaa', or ignorance of the Shaykh - may Allaah have mercy upon him - or it is exceeding the limits in one's speech, and it is a fabrication against the Shaykh - may Allaah have mercy upon him - and so we free ourselves in front of Allaah from that.
 And this is the baatil madhdhab of the sect of the Khawaarij known as the Mansooriyyah, whose aqeedah in this regard was revived by that unfortunate doctor and stooge of Aal Qutb, who neither knows Irjaa' and nor Imaam al-Albaani, rather, he falls into Irjaa' himself, in the most repugnant of ways, and the most despicable of manners, labelling those who spoke statements of kufr and apostasy, made takfir of the Sahaabah, shaved the beard, abandoned the Jumu'ah prayer, reviled Uthmaan (radiallaahu anhu) and spoke of just about every innovation in history, as "shaheed" and that his da'wah was like the da'wah of the greatest of Shaykhs of Islaam" - and this is but the practical exemplification of the Extremist Murji'ah to whom no sins (until even statements of kufr and apostasy) could harm in the presence of Imaan - as for today, then no sins (until even kufr and apostasy) can harm in the presence of the talk of al-Haakimiyyah. And for this reason, some of the notable people of knowledge have called this firqah as "the Ghullaat ul-Murji'ah of the Era", after Imaam al-Albaani himself labelled them "the Khawaarij of the Era". And the Khawaarij are the Murji'ah as has been related from Imaam Ahmad.
So you see them here and there, attempting to ascribe Irjaa' to Imaam al-Albaani at the theoretical level, whereas they fall into this wicked and despicable innovation on the practical front, and they think that Ahl us-Sunnah will remain blind to their plots and stratagems, which alhamdulillaah, are clear for anyone who has baseerah concerning the Salafi Aqeedah and Manhaj, and baseerah about the Ahl ul-Ahwaa and their blatant contradictions, and their severe double standards and in Allaah is the refuge.