Unraveling the Jihadists’ Judicial Errors & Sophisms

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Jihadists and terrorists groups use verses from the Quran and Hadith to mislead youth. In this series I will mention some of their judicial errors and the sophisms they use advantageously in their favor for corruption. Shaykh Muhammad ibn Umar Bazmoul authored a book, “Al-Muhkamu wal Mutashabih fee At-Takfiri wal Jihad ” that critically discusses sophisms for Jihad and Takfir.

Allah says:

وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَمَعَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our Paths (i.e. Allah’s Religion – Islamic Monotheism). And verily, Allah is with the Muhsinun (good doers).”[ Al-Ankabut 69]

Jihadists say: Allah has guided the people of Jihad and bestowed honor on them from Himself. Therefore, we don’t give ear to any speech from the scholars, but only from the people of Jihad. They are the reference points for jurisprudence of momentous events.

Sufayan ibn  ‘ Uyaynah said: When you see the people differing, then cling to the Mujahiddeen and those stern against the enemy. Allah says: We will surely guide them to Our Paths.

Abdullah ibn Mubarak said: If an issue becomes difficult for a person to comprehend, then must ask the people fighting the enemy about it.


The clear meaning for these doubts and misgivings:

This ayah is Meccan; as suratul Ankabut is Meccan. It’s known that Jihad with the  meaning fighting against the disbelievers wasn’t revealed in Mecca. Therefore, the meaning for Jihad here must define the struggle against the soul to obey Allah the Most high.

Hence, the meaning of this refers to those who fight against their souls to obey Allah. What’s more, at the head of that great effort is seeking knowledge. Allah guides the seeker of knowledge. The meaning for this verse is found when it’s referred to texts for seeking knowledge and remaining firm in obedience to Allah.

Al-Hasan said: The best jihad is to disagree with desires.

Al-Fadayl ibn ‘Iyyad said: Those who strive in seeking knowledge, we will guide them to the path of deeds to act by.

Sahl ibn Abdillah said: those who strive to establish the sunnah,we will guide them to the path of Jannah.

Ibn Abbass said: Those who strive in obeying us(Allah), we will guide them to the paths of our reward.(Tafsir Al-Baghawi for this verse)

As-Sadee and others said: This verse was revealed before the obligation of fighting Jihad.

Ad-Dahak said the meaning for the verse: (As for those who strive hard) refers to Hijrah: (We will surely guide them) the path which leads to firm faith.

Paths here can mean the path to jannah and the way to reach it. Moreover it could also mean paths of deeds which lead to jannah and correct belief. ( pages 416-420)[1]

Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight L Battle

9th, Ramadhan,1435© Doha,Qatar




Taken from Al-Muhkamu wal Mutashabih fee At-Takfiri wal Jihad, by Shyakh ,Dr, Muhammad ibn Umar Bazmoul, printed by Darul Istaqamah,1st edition , 1429H/2008

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