Curing the Dangers of Pornography Addiction

Curing the Dangers of Pornography Addiction

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Porn addiction is considered a behavioral addiction when a person’s desires are to watch pornographic content regularly. Years ago porn addicts use to satisfy their cravings by saving images from the magazine and storing videos, but today with the global spread of social media from Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat the images of naked men and women continues to be one of the greatest trials to hit people trying to maintain their chastity. Naked images can trigger the mind to evil thoughts, arouse evil desires, and drive a person to commit major sins. In this article, we will highlight the dangers of watching porn and the destruction it can have on one’s heart. We’ll look at the causes of this addiction and the ways to stop it.

The Prohibition of looking the private parts of the opposite sex

The Messenger of Allah[ﷺ] said: “No woman should look at the nakedness of another woman, and no man should look at the nakedness of another man.”[1]

Al-Hafith Ibn Hajr said: There is a consensus among the scholars that the opposite sexes looking each other’s private part are unlawful; if they aren’t married.[2]

This hadith supports the prohibition of watching pornography. The command to avoid looking at the opposite sexes nakedness isn’t allowed based on this hadith. Therefore the one doing it is committing a sin.

The importance of lowering the eye gaze.

Allah said: Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.). That is purer for them. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what they do. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.)[An-Nur:30-31]

Notice Allah mentioned lowering the gaze first before mentioning protecting the private parts. From this, we can infer that men looking at women and women looking men can be led to fall into illegal sexual acts.

Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim said: Since lowering the gaze is the origin of protecting the private part Allah mentioned it first.”

Then how much more so for watching pornography! From the many cases of adultery and fornication, I’ve encountered most were related to some sort of porn addiction. The person with the sane mind must protect his private part by lowering his eye gaze.

Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said: The command to lower the gaze is to protect the eyes from looking at the body’s nakedness and to guard the eyes against looking at the places of on the body which stimulate desires.[3]

The eyes are the mirror of the Heart.

Whatever we see that arouses our sexual desires we tend to fantasize about it and think about. Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim said: Allah has made the eyes the mirror of the heart, so if the servant lowers his eyes gaze the heart won’t have evil desires or have the will to carry out its lust. On the other hand, if the eyes roam freely looking here and there at the opposite sex it will stimulate its evil desires.”[4]

Just reflect over this wisdom about the eyes and how they can affect the heart if they are left unchecked and uncontrolled. What do you think about a person who  privately sits and watches porn? Wouldn’t he and she be driven and motivated to fulfill their lusts and desires? Allah’s Help is sought!

The prohibition to look at the non-Mahrem sex.

Looking at, staring at, and watching the opposite sex which is lawful for you marry isn’t allowed in Islam.

The Prophet: (ﷺ) as said: Allah has fixed the precise portion of adultery which a man will indulge in, and which he of necessity must commit. The adultery of the eye is the lustful look, and the adultery of the tongue is the licentious speech, the heart desires and yearns, which the parts may or may not put into effect.[5]

Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim said: The Prophet [ﷺ] began with the adultery of the eyes because it’s where illegal sexual acts begin for the hands, the feet, and the private part. He mentioned that the adultery of the tongue is by speaking which leads to kissing. He mentioned that the private part affirms everything the other body parts lead it to by committing this disgraceful act, or rejects everything the other body parts lead it by not committing Zina.

There’s an authentic hadith when the Prophet[ﷺ ] said  Ali: Do not give a second look, Ali, (because) while you are not to blame for the first, you have no right to the second.[6]

Ibn Al-Qayyim said: The glance can affect the heart.[7]

Here this section shows us the dangers of just a mere glance, so what about looking at a masculine male or an attractive female with an amazing body naked!?.

Al-Hafith Abee Bakr Muhammad ibn Abdillah Al-Aamiri[530H] mentioned a story about a righteous man who was destroyed by looking at one beautiful lady. This man was a devout servant and well-known for his worship and asceticism. He was respected to point sick people would ask him to supplicate for their health. One day a man took his ill daughter to visit him in his small room to treat her. This girl was very beautiful. When he was alone with her privately he was taken away by her looks and became attached to her. The devil came to him and convinced him he’d be safe if left alone privately with her until he committed Zina with her. After this ,the devil convinced him to kill her and bury her next to his chamber of worship. Then some people and her family came to ask about her and proclaimed that she died of natural causes, so they believed him based on his reputation. Then one day the devil informed the girl’s sisters about what really happened and told them where they could find the body. So they went there and dug up their sister and took the servant to crucify him publicly. While the servant was on the wooden pole Shaytan came to him and told him that he was responsible for everything that had happened to him and could fix everything if he made one prostration to him, so he did and died a disbeliever.[8]

A person’s evil desires lead him to humiliation

Which result in a long term trial [on the soul]

This story highlights the dangers of ignorance about Allah prohibitions and looking at non-Mahrem women in private and what it can lead one to do. Moreover, no one should feel safe and confident from the trials, traps and deception of the devil. 

 Watching porn takes a person from reality.

The person addicted to porn is detached from the realties around him which include his marriage, his children, his work, his family and his friends and most importantly; the next life and his relationship with Allah.

Imam Ibn Jawzi said: The eyes are the hearts informant and shows it everything it witnesses and conveys the images it grasp thus resulting in the heart contemplating about it, and forgetting about the things which are beneficial for the soul and the afterlife. Letting the eyes roam freely is a reason for evil desires to be planted in the heart. This is why Allah has commanded that the gaze be lowered and restricted fearing the things which result in a punishment[9].

When the eyes aren’t controlled the person is bound to fall into sin and illegal sexual acts sooner or later.

Abullah ibn Abee Al-Huthayl said Abdullah ibn Masu’d went to visit the a sick person one day and some of his family members were present in the house. A guest started looking at one of the ladies there and Ibn Masud  told him: “Going blind now is better for you than to keep staring at that lady.”

Abdullah ibn Masu’d said : The devil has a hand in every look and stare at the opposite sex.

 The severe warning agaisnt watching pornography privately

The Prophet (ﷺ) said:

“I certainly know people of my nation who will come on the Day of Resurrection with good deeds like the mountains of Tihamah, but Allah will make them like scattered dust.” Thawban said: “O Messenger of Allah, describe them to us and tell us more, so that we will not become of them unknowingly.” He said: “They are your brothers and from your race, worshipping at night as you do, but they will be people who, when they are alone, transgress the sacred limits of Allah.”[10]

This hadith is a grave warning against watching porn privately. He said those who transgress the limits of Allah when they are alone will come on the Day of Judgment with their deeds made like scattered dust. Transgressing the limits of Allah in general includes all of his prohibitions. In other words ,doing the things ,Allah has prohibited and avoiding the things he has commanded.

Mujahid said: “Preventing the eyes from looking at the things Allah has prohibited earns Allah’s love.[11]

Ibn Al-Jawzi said: I advise you to acknowledge that your sight is a blessing to you from Allah. So don’t commit sins with the bounty Allah gave you. Don’t look at the things Allah has made Haraam. Beware that having your eyesight snatched away could possibly be a punishment.[12]


The psychological impact of Porn addiction

Watching porn can have a damaging impact on a person’s character, behavior, and natural disposition [Fitra]. The people tested with this affliction mental health will worsen as time goes on.

Ibn Al-Jawzi said: May Allah grant you success! If you follow the command to lower the gaze from the beginning you will safe from bottomless trials. However, if you regularly look at prohibited things then your heart won’t be safe from a seed that once it’s planted it’s almost impossible to uproot it. Nonetheless, if this happens then the cure is easy; simply stop looking freely at prohibited things.[13]

The porn addict eventully wants to enact the things he watches. Acts which destroy the disposition until he /she behaves worst than an animal.


Signs a person is addicted to porn


  • Being unable to stop using porn or stop engaging in the behaviors associated with porn, despite repeated attempts to do so.  


  • Experiencing cravings to view porn. Much like substance users report feeling strong urges to use drugs, porn addicts can experience strong urges to view porn.


  • Becoming angry, hostile, or irritable when asked to stop using porn.3Porn addicts may deny their porn viewing or be upset when loved ones request that they stop.


  • Keeping all or part of one’s porn use secret from loved ones. Porn addiction has been shown to lead to increased secrecy in relationships.



  • Feeling as though one is living a double or secret life because of porn use. A person with a porn addiction may feel guilty or ashamed and work hard to hide his or her porn viewing from others.


  • Continuing to view porn despite negative consequences, such as broken relationships or a job loss. Relationships where one partner is addicted to porn can lead to a reduction in intimacy, emotional distance, reduced sexual satisfaction, and an overall poorer quality of the relationship.1Being unable to abstain from porn during work hours can lead to disciplinary action or even job loss.



  • Losing track of large chunks of time due to being absorbed in porn use. Porn addicts may spend much of the day viewing pornography. This can lead to porn becoming a priority, with everything else set aside in favor of viewing porn.


  • Requiring increasing amounts or more explicit porn to gain the same satisfaction or thrill, similar to the development of a tolerance.[14]

  Some measures and approaches to stop watching porn

  •  Acknowledge you have a problem
  • Read Quran
  • Make Thikr
  • Frequently remember death
  • Limit your time on social media
  • Get married
  • Block access to porn sites on your computers/smart phones
  • Avoid using the computer privately
  • Stop doing the things that lead to watching porn. i.e staying up late at night, seclusion, not going to bed when the rest of your family does
  • Exchange your visits to porn sites with visits to other sites that offer Islamic benefits or educational benefits
  • Ask Allah to help you perfect your character


The benefits of staying away from watching porn


Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim mentioned several benefits for lowering the gaze and the avoidance of looking at things that arouse sexual desires


  • Lowering the gaze clears the heart from the pain of grief and regret. As long as the person lets his eyes roam freely he will always fell grief
  • Looking freely at prohibited things does to heart what an arrow does when it leaves its bow. If the arrow doesn’t kill its target it damages it.
  • The heart will inherit light and this brightness will be in the eyes on the face and on the body parts. Conversely, letting the eyes look here and there causes darkness to manifest on a person’s face and in his actions.
  • Lowering the gaze from allows a person to have sound insight into affairs
  • Lowering the gaze allows the doors to knowledge to be open, thus making it easy for him to acquire knowledge.
  • Lowering the gaze makes the heart strong, firm and brave
  • Lowering the gaze allows the heart to be free from evil desires. If the eyes roam freely the heart will be imprisoned to evil lusts and desires.
  • Lowering the gaze frees the heart from being negligence.[15]


And Allah knows best

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Brother, Abu Aaliyah Abdullah Ibn Dwight Battle

Doha, Qatar


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[1] Ibn Majah: Book 1, Hadith 706

[2] Fathul Bari vol 9/338

[3] Fatawa Al-Kubara  vol1/pg 284

[4] Rawdatul Muhibeen pg 407, by Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim

[5] Al-Bukhari (6243)Muslim (2657)

[6] Abu Dawud (2149)

[7]Rawdatul Muhibeen pg 407, by Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim

[8]The prohibition to look at non-mahram women/ Page 53

[9] ذم الهوى /pg 55

[10] ibn Majah 

[11] ذم الهوى /pg 94

[12] ibid

[13] Ibid pg 96



[15] Rawdatul Muhibeen pg 409-410, by imam ibn Al-Qayyim

The Mind Control Network for The Abu Khadijites[SPUBS]


 The Mind Control Network for The Abu Khadijites [ SPUBS]

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم



CULT HIERARCHY of  Salafi Publications

Founder and leader of Abu Khadijites cult  aka [Salafi publications]: Waheed Alam aka Walam aka Abu Abdillah Abdul Wahid Ar-Ray (Ar-Rain) aka Abu Khadeejah

(Founded in Birmingham, UK circa 1996)


Speaking ill about one of the students of knowledge, who is well known worldwide, speaking about our noble brother and our teacher Abu Khadeejah Abdul-Waahid, speaking ill about him is speaking ill about the Sunnah, and attacking the Sunnah of the messenger of Allaah (SallAllaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) plus it willl bring about a lot of corruption when you speak ill about the like of this noble brother, the mujahid, jazaahoullahou khairan for his efforts, speaking ill about him, then you are going to turn the people away from khair, This is not permissible for someone to speak ill about the like (sic) of Abu Khadeejah…So if someone speaks about our brother, our teacher, the mujahid Abu Khadeejah, then he is a man of desire, that is what I have to say about him”                                                                         

 (Transcript and excerpt of audio of Sa’eed Rhana U.S)

  Here are a few extracts from different books of Ibn Taymiyyah that will clarify to the reader what this sort of statement is about:

 “Whoever brings up an individual – other than the Messenger of Allah (SallAllaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) and claims that whoever loves this individual and agrees with him, then he is from Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaáh, and whoever disagrees with him is from the people of bid’ah and furqah, as is the case with the different groups amongst the followers of the imams of kalaam and other, then he is from the people of bida’ and misguidance and division.” Majmoo Al fatawa vol 3


“As for the head of the hizb, he is the head of the group that makes tahahzzub i.e. it turns itself into a hizb. If they are united upon what Allah and His messenger ordered without addition or omission, then they are believers they are entitled to what believers are entitled to and they are to abide by what the believers have to abide by. But if they have added or omitted from this, like the “ta’assub” to whoever enters their hizb be it upon right or wrong, or turning away from whoever doesn’t enter their hizb, be he upon right or wrong, then this is from the splitting that Allah and his messenger (SallAllaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) have blamed. For verily, Allah and His Messenger (SallAllaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) have ordered with unity and forbade splitting and diverging, and ordered to cooperate upon good and piety and forbade to cooperate upon sin and transgression.” Majmoo Al fatawa vol 11/29



Amjad Rafiq, Abu Iyaad, Propaganda minister, “the mini-ibnTaymiyyah” & formerly known during his Essex University days as “Mawdoodi.” He is the cult’s primary website gatekeeper, more commonly known for his prolific diatribes against perceived opponents (i.e. anyone that disagrees with the SP cult or, in the case of Scholars and/or students of knowledge, realizes its reality and criticises it).



Senior Lieutenants UK

  1. Bilal Davis Abu ‘Paul’ Hakeem: Leader of cult masjid in Aston,
  2. Abu Maryam T of Salafi Sounds: Ardent cult representative and member
  3. Abu Junaide: SP/Abu Khadijite bodyguard, known for violence against fearful/weaker perceived opponents
  4. Bilal ‘Pie’ Hussein: Makkan representative and member tasked with getting close to the Baazmools
  5. Abdul Hameed Alam: Abu Khadijah’s (the cult leader’s) brother and school governor
  6. Abu Tasneem Mushaf: Bengali ardent cult member
  7. Abu Fudayl Abdur Raqeeb: Cult bodyguard known for violence; He studied in Yemen with Hassan-Somali
  8. Yunus Abu Hammad Yunus Plummer: Bodyguard known for violence
  9. Abu Sufyaan Abdul Kareem McDowell: Now silenced but ardent cult representative
  10. Abu ‘Ubaydah Amr Bashir: SP/Abu Khadijite cult member since its inception
  11. Abu Umar Faarooq: Deceased
  12. Abu Idrees: Madinah Graduate
  13. Abu Muadh Taqweem Aslam: Madinah Graduate, Northern UK gatekeeper, based in Nelson
  14. Abdul Ilaah: Slough Gatekeeper
  15. Uways Taweel: Member of Masjid ibn Baaz, ardent cult member originally from Bristol but currently a PhD candidate in Madinah University
  16. Farhat Abbas, Abu Yahya: Studied and graduated at Madina University – Tacit supporter
  17. Abu Ishaaq Nadeem Ahsan Shah: Studied and graduated at Madina University – Tacit supporter


 Level 2 Abu Khadijite / SP cult adherents & footsoldiers

These ardent cult members are, amongst others, those used to directly control areas at the behest of cult leader Waheed Alaam whilst based in Birmingham.

  1. Shoorah of Bradford: Masjid as-Sunnah and Al-Makatbatul-Baseerah (Headed by Waheed Alaam & Amjad Rafiq); Bashart M Bostan(Captain & ardent cult member); Saalim Abu Humayd (studied in Riyadh and was tasked with getting close to Shaykh Fawzan, along with Abu Khadijite/SP cult member, Abu ‘Ubaydah Amr Bashir; Wasim Khan (Headmaster of Al-Baseerah); Abu Ibraahim Ma’roof Mohammad, trustee and cult member, Rayhaan Ali (Trustee).


  1. Manchester Salaficentre: Abu Muawiyyah Abdulaah Jallow (aka Abdullaah Gambi ibn Abu Bakr)

Formerly, Muraad al Jazaa’irees adherent and cult devotee in Manchester; now resident in Birmingham to serve under Abu Khadeejah’s command and preside over Manchester. He is known for his regular posts since early 2000’s of abhorrent and poisonous cult propaganda

  1. Bolton:


  1. East London; Also responsible for other London based cult outlets rest of London:

Sameer Debbazi, Studied in Madinah and fervent cult member; Uways Taweel (Based in Bristol, but in Madinah & admin for ibn Baaz); Awzaan ibn Badr Turki, aka Ozan ibn Bedir, formerly from East London; accountant for Bin Baaz Mosque, currently a resident in Birmingham dedicated to supporting Abu Khadijah’s hegemony over particular areas of London along with fervent cult member, Saeed Rahmet, trustee for bin Baaz,)  also part of Masjid Ibn Baaz / Athari Mosque Project Team; Abu Safiyyah Uthmaan; Abu Abdillaah Sa’eed; Abu Salamah Muhammad; Abu Saalih Waajid; Abu Ubaid Ozan Bedir; Abu Abi Bakr Na’eem:,

  1. Cranford, West London; Abu Zakiyyah Taqweem Ahsan,
  2. Sheperd’s Bush: Salaah al-Iraanee , Shamsud-Deen al-Jazaa’iree, (ardent cult member)
  3. Alperton; Abu Shayan Yasir Ali
  4. Oxford:
  5. Mazkaz Mu’aadh Ibn Jabal Slough

The administrators and teachers include: Abu Sarah Abdulilaah Lahmami (Ardent cult fanatic).,


  1. Cardiff, Wales: Masjid at-Tawheed: The administrators include Hasan as-Somali (known for violence against those considered vulnerable) and currently based in Philidelphia, USA; Ahmad al-Yemeni.


  1. Stoke-on-Trent: Masjid al-Furqaan and Islamic School: The administrators include Abu Abdur-Rahmaan Na’eem Bashir.


  1. Manchester: Al-Markaz As-Salafi: “Salafi centre” (The administrators and teachers include: Abu Mu’aadh Taqweem Aslam, Abu Muawiyyah Abdulaah Jallow (aka Abdullaah Gambi ibn Abu Bakr),

Formerly Muraad al Jazaa’irees follower/member  Abu Aa’isha Amjad (Cult cheerleader and author of poisonous posts online


  1. Reading: Al-Markaz As-Salafi: The administrators and teachers include: Abu Zayd Khaalid.


  1. Loughborough: Al-Markaz As-Salafi: The administrators include: Abu Ubaidillaah Faisal and Abu Unaysah.


  1. Bolton: Al-Masjid al-Hudaa: The administrators include: Abul-Haarith Basheer.


  1. Other cult influenced communities

16.1. Woolwich (SE London): Abu Adam Abshir

16.2. Tooting (South London): Abu Talhah Taahir

16.3. Liverpool (NW England): Abu Ameenah Yusuf

16.4. Leeds (West Yorkshire): Abu Ishaaq Basharat Bostan ardent cult fanatic

 (Captain of Bradford also),,

16.5. Oxford: Khalid as-Seenee.

16.6. Middlesbrough, Stockton (NE England): Abu Iyaad, Propaganda minister of SP cult .

16.7. Nelson (Lancashire NW): Abu Mu’aadh Taqweem.

16.8. Gloucester (South West): Abu Nusaybah Jamaalud-Deen, Abu Fudayl Abdur Raqeeb  (Khadijite / SP cult bodyguard known for violence, member who studied in Yemen with Hassan-Somali)








Incriminating words of propaganda minister Abu Iyaad, without any scholarly sanction to prevent

the SP cult blind followers attending Shaykh Sulaymaan Ruhaylee’s conference at MHBAY, East London, which SP cult leaders themselves did not attend.


SP cult satellites promoting unsanctioned warnings on Salafis


Question: Which of the SalafiEvents should we avoid? Is it or


Answer: Both must be avoided.


We don’t take knowledge from & it’s associates

Reality of & it’s associates






A reminder benefits the cult member.




We don’t take knowledge from & it’s associates.

Reality of & it’s associates

Explained by Ustādh Abu Iyaad Amjad Rafiq(@AbuIyaadSP) Hafizahullāh👇

*then it shows the article by Abu iyad*

Are you sure both?

Is not SalafiEvents different to SalafieventsUK


One is madeenahdotcon and the other one is what Abu Iyaad talked about above



List of SP cult crimes


Missionary network used to recruit into the cult throughout UK


Links to all venues missionaries seek to recruit into cult


To see the fanaticism, exclusivity, links and information control of this clear enclosed cult network, just click on the tweets of who they’re following and who follows the cult hierarchy. The leaders, followers (Abu Khadijites) at all levels repeat, regurgitate, retweet and export exclusively this cults’ propaganda via this cult network. Followers all over the world at all levels of ignorance via all forms of social media are free to add in their own commentary without any censure from cult leaders.


The above satellite affiliates of SP cult are then categorised and ranked by SP cult monitoring their adherence and promotion of SP cult propaganda. From this information the SP cult leaders can determine/sift who to promote, associate/disassociate, co-operate, ally, trust and use towards their cult aims. Global monitoring of “Salafi” communities are done through nefariously plotted cult leader surveys

( as to demographically target the most financially advantageous areas and also creates a frenzied battle for new initiates to gain recognition and prove themselves to cult leaders to aid their rise in cult hierarchy.


Fanatical loyalty, subservience and defence of the cult irrespective of how valid the criticisms directed towards the SP cult are rewarded by cult leaders in various forms such as marriage, jobs, positions in SP cult HQ, promotion in cult hierarchy, being mentioned on the microphone by name, travelling with cult leader to talks, invites to cult leaders home, given direct phone number of cult leader for easier control of cult member and many other cult mind control techniques. One can see all their self promoting business links to funnel their followers money into their pockets, one can easily discern cult patterns at all levels of the SP cult empire.



Cult propaganda poison spread worldwide via

The mind control cult Abu Khadijites network



Links to help free oneself from the mind control of the SP cult and it’s poisonous and divisive propaganda


Shaykh Muhammad Rabee’ EXPOSES SPUBS cult

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General Guidance for the Hans Wehr translators[ A Discussion and Critique of the Translations of Rasheed Barbee]

General guidance for the Hans Wehr [A Discussion and Critique of the Translation of Rasheed Barbee]

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


One of the most important things people overlook is the fact that just because someone can put a basic sentence together in Arabic, has completed  the  Madinah books , or even has some command of the Arabic language, this doesn’t mean that they can translate from Arabic to English, or from Arabic to any other Target Language(TL ) correctly.

Translation is skill that requires training and in order to attain proficiency in its field it’s better and safer to go a structured program or take a course; as with any  other form of education. What I want to present here will be a real brief, sharp and straight to the point response. I hope this will help the many self-taught students in West who think they can just pick up the Hans Wehr dictionary and crack open the books from Salaf and translate them without any form of general training in the field, or any meaningful Islamic education in specific.

The first point of reference is translation is subjective as many academic translators around the World agree, so just because you might decide to say it one way and I choose another, this doesn’t necessarily mean one of us is incorrect; unless the meaning is totally lost.

There are basically 8 different methods of translations and unfortunately many of the scarcely educated people today rely totally on the Literal approach or  the Word for Word method as it’s the easiest approach for their level of education; either secular , Islamic, or both.

The 8 types of translation are : word-for-word translation, literal translation, faithful translation, semantic translation, adaptive translation, free translation, idiomatic translation, and communicative translation.

  • Word For Word translation: SL word order is preserved and the words translated by their most common meanings. Cultural words are translated literally. The main use of this method is either to understand the mechanics of the source language or to construe a difficult text as pre-translation process.
  • Literal translation: The SL grammatical constructions are converted to their nearest TL equivalents but the lexical items are again translated out of context. As pre-translation process, it indicates problems to be solved.
  • Faithful translation: It attempts to reproduce the precise contextual meaning of the original within the constraints of the TL grammatical structures. It transfers cultural words and preserves the degree of grammatical and lexical deviation from SL norms. It attempts to be completely faithful to the intentions and the text-realisation of the SL writer.
  • Semantic translation: It differs from faithful translation only in as far as it must take more account of the aesthetic value of the SL text, compromising on 7meaning where appropriate so that no assonance, word play or repetition jars in the finished version. It does not rely on cultural equivalence and makes very small concessions to the readership. While `faithful’ translation is dogmatic, semantic translation is more flexible.
  • Communicative translation: It attempts to render the exact contextual meaning of the original in such a way that both language and content are readily acceptable and comprehensible to the readership.


  • Idiomatic translation: It reproduces the message of the original but tends to distort nuances of meaning by preferring colloquialisms and idioms.


  • Free translation: It reproduces the matter without the manner, or the content without the form of the original. Usually it is a paraphrase much longer than the original.


  • Adaptation: This is the freest form of translation mainly used for plays and poetry: themes/ characters/ plots preserved, SL culture converted to TL culture & text is rewritten.[1]

It’s always good to have examples in order to conceptualize the topic. So today I’ll use a translator for Authentic Statements, Troidca, and the Minhaj Magazine, as a result of this , the readers will be able to get an idea about the quality of the translated material they read or have on their shelves from these publications.

Rasheed Barbee, an Imam from, “The Salafis”, who isn’t a student of knowledge, hasn’t sat with the scholars for a lengthy period of time, however has involved himself in the realm of translation and prefers to search and find the  faults of others instead of looking after the dismal situation of his community in North Carolina . Let’s glance briefly at his his attempt to advance to the level of critic.

He translates:

Auliyah of Allah to mean: Friend of Allah, and insists there is no other way to do so.

The Word Auliyah is mentioned in the Quran 36 times and it’s connected to Allah’s name twice and this is the subject here.

The Aqeedah of Ahlus Sunnah Wal-Jama’ah  is ,we only ascribe to Allah what He has ascribed to Himself. Where from the Quran and the Sunnah or the doctrine of the Salaf does it say Allah has friends, what does that mean ?   The word used in the Quran for friend of Allah as translated and found in the noble Quran by Shaykh Khan and Shaykh Al-Hilali is the word Khalil.

Allah said : Allah did take Ibrahim (Abraham) as a Khalil (an intimate friend).

004:125 Khan’s Transaltion.

Once again where did you find the word Auliyah to only mean friend when its connected to Allah (أولياء اللهِ )  except in the case of the Jews who pretend to be such.

Allah said: Say (O Muhammad ): “O you Jews! If you pretend that you are friends of Allah, to the exclusion of (all) other mankind, then long for death if you are truthful.”

Let’s stop right here . That’s wordy and is there another way to say it? Of course it is, but I’ll leave that to you. Now me personally, and I’m not saying that my opinion is right, but I feel uncomfortable ascribing to Allah a “Friend “. I have found this to be frequently used in the translations of the Sufi orders. Moreover as Muslims we deny the fact that Allah has a son ,so I find it to be contradictory to deny He has a son ,but He has fiends . Furthermore this could be quite difficult to explain to a Christian. So I prefer to define the word auliyah in its used meaning of the Shariah, which could range from, but isn’t restricted to, Saint, pious, righteous, close to Allah in worship. Reason being ,in English the word “Friend” is just too general and would require further detail when its connected to the Most high. As with any language culture is always closely connected to it. So in English a friend is: a person who you like very much and you spend a lot time with. And this is totally unacceptable to ascribe to the Most High. [ Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English]

The second point is do we accept the translation of the Noble Quran? Yes or No? Do we find Shaykh Khan and Shaykh  Al-Hilali using the word friend for Auliya?  And in their interpretation and in their definition for the word Auliya is it interchangeable with the word friend in meaning? الله المستعان

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Allah said: No doubt! Verily, the Auliya’ of Allah [i.e. those who believe in the Oneness of Allah and fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which he has forbidden), and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)], no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve , [Yunus:62]

Here we find Shaykh Taqideen Al-Hilali and Shaykh Muhsin Khan placed [] after Auliya of Allah to define it ,and the word “Friend” wasn’t mentioned.  So is he wrong? Is the translation of the noble Quran incorrect now?

Who taught you translation Mr Barbee? As for myself then I participated in translation seminars at Ahmed bin Mohammed Military College in Doha, Qatar several times over the years .

The Words Auliyah –LITERALLY means Friend , so its understood why a person would take the meaning right away and apply it  in the word-word for translation. A safer technique for translating is to rely on the Shariah terminology as explained by Allah, His messenger, the companions, and so forth before jumping the gun to a definition that can be probmatic in the area of Aqeedah. And similar errors have occurred with the word ” Iman ”

This is the problem with the mis-education of many people today in the West caught in this trending movement . They hold a low opinion of  academic Islamic education, and the study of English -their mother tongue- to the end of high school.  The word ,Yet, is a conjunction that means  the same as ,but and nevertheless. So to end this real quickly.

His translation reads:

Don’t  be a friend of Allah the Exalted in public and His enemy in private.

How does a friend of Allah behave? is he pious , is he righteous,  is he quiet, does he keep a miswak in his right ear, or does he praise “The Salafis” or what ?

His enemy in private” What’s the description of an Enemy of Allah? Does he sin a little or a lot, is he a kafir, two-faced , a hypocrite , or does he criticize “The Salafis”, or what?

“Don’t  be a friend of Allah the Exalted in public and His enemy in private,”  is this a Salafi Translation used among the “The Salafis” and  is it fully understood in the English language ?

Enemy of Allah is mentioned twice in the Quran and explained through its context.

Allah said:”Whoever is an enemy to Allah, His Angels, His Messengers, Jibrael (Gabriel) and Mikael (Michael), then verily, Allah is an enemy to the disbelievers.”[2:98]

Allah said: And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war (tanks, planes, missiles, artillery, etc.) to threaten the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides whom, you may not know but whom Allah does know. And whatever you shall spend in the Cause of Allah shall be repaid unto you, and you shall not be treated unjustly.[8:60]

Now my translation was “ Don’t act holier than thou in public,yet sin massively in private

Does that require any explanation since the topic was about hypocrisy?

Holier than thou also means to act pious and it’s clear the speaker Bilal ibn Sa’d is referring to hypocrisy.

لا تكن وليا لله في العلانية وعدوه في السر

His speech in Arabic implies avoid acting pious in front of the people and in private you act completely different. Why did I choose holier than thou? For the reason that it implies a hypocritical virtue and that was the topic being addressed from the book the “The Description of the Hypocrites”.

To try an insinuate I’m teaching the  Christian doctrine by saying Holier than thou came from the King James version of the Bible after a Google search only further proves that this brother is not only deficient in Arabic translation, but also in the English Language. This phrase is a synonym for a person who is hypocritical, pietistic, sanctimonious and self-righteous. Therefore it isn’t only restricted to your quick Google search. Refer to Collins- Paperback Thesaurus- the ultimate word finder. Why cherry-pick ?  These feeble attempts to try an discredit anyone not with them were dealt with in detail in “Propaganda Pundits Masquerading the Salafi Dawah

The third and final point is that many of the self-educated Duat in the West and the Social media translators neglect the task that translation is a process coupled with a strategy .We must be mindful when translating a text to cover ;

Source Text (ST) the text requiring translation

Target Text (TT) the text which is a translation of the ST.

Source Language (SL) The language in which the ST is to be translated

Target Language (TL) The language into which the ST is to be translated.

Strategy. The translator’s overall game plan which consists of a set of strategic decisions taken after an initial reading of the ST,but before starting a detailed translation. This is a long drawn out topic and it requires hours of explanation and detail and  I am not qualified enough to explain it.

When it comes to translation ,then the most important principle is to make sure the idea is conveyed; and that doesn’t  always require a word to word translation of even a literal one, except with the Quran. Nonetheless, there are many ways to do it and all experts in this field agree that there is some freedom for the translators. For instance

يوم لك و يوم عليك

Which literally translates as “ a day for you and a day against you”. Pausing here for a minute the reader could get the gist of what’s intended in this phrase. Now there is another area in translation known as equivalence and this falls into two categories. The translator’s task here is to find a phrase equally in the (TL) :Target language.  For the Phrase

يوم لك و يوم عليك

It could also be translated “ You win some and lose some” and this probably is more effective in meaning to the a Native speaker of English and the list could go and on and on.

Below I have attached  some books that my colleagues,who hold degrees in translation from recognized institutions have studied .I intend to share these books  for reference points with my brothers and sisters around the World in hopes that they will benefit from them the same way they have benefited me and perfection belongs solely to Allah.

Rasheed Barbee’s defense against what he perceived to be an ERROR.

Endorsements from ” The Salafis ” for our brother Rasheed Barbee’s findings

Anwar Wright : Medina Graduate

Germantown Masjid : HQ for “The Salafis ” of N.America

Your Brother in Islam,

Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle

Academic/Khateeb in Qatar ©


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[1] •           (From A Textbook of Translation by P. Newmark)

The Extremist Commonality of Takfir and Tabdee ” A Glance at their Belief System “

The Extremist Commonality of Takfir and Tabdee

A Glance at the Belief System

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Ibn Abbass said: “There will come a group of people who will not understand the Quran the way we do.” [Bidiyah wa Nihiya 7/293]


The most dangerous thing to man is when he believes something harmful is good and does evil thinking his deeds are righteous. Allah said: Say “Shall We tell you the greatest losers in respect of (their) deeds “Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they thought that they were acquiring good by their deeds![1] 

When considering the actions from ISIS, Al-Qa’idah and those extreme in Tabdee,  the corruption they have caused to the Muslims in their worship, their minds and in their family’s life, all in the name of Jihad against disbelievers and innovators is evident. And as time passes by, it becomes more depressing. These fanatics have no regard for the quality of life and family structure, and will do anything  to destroy a civilized society and divide a family household for the sake of the understanding of their own beliefs.

Reducing the spread of these ideas is the goal if extremism is to be curbed, not necessarily the persons involved. Our concern to protect our religion and family is the primary objective against a cyber-world where ideologues are constantly spreading their beliefs to others. The extremist in Takfir and Tabdee are young self-righteous people who have gone too far. The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “In the last days (of the world) there will appear young people with foolish thoughts and ideas.[2] These adolescents have only a surface knowledge of Islam with a very limited understanding of the Quran and the Sunnah and generally think that they know the truth and no one else does.

Takfir and Tabdee are legitimate laws in the Islam that must only be applied by scholars well-grounded in the Shar’iah, otherwise when practiced by unqualified and inexperienced people, a grave tragedy will result. The extremist in both of these areas takes a general description for a statement or an action for one to become an apostate or innovator and then apply it to specific people without considering the establishment of proof first against that person.

Shaykh Muhammad Bazmoul said: The argument of proof must be given to a Muslim first before he can be considered a disbeliever, an innovator, or a sinner. Allah said:  And We never punish until We have sent a Messenger (to give warning)[3].

To say certain speech, actions and beliefs are acts of disbelief and Bi’dah doesn’t require the proof to be established, but to apply the ruling of these things to specific people does.[4]

Ibn Taymiyyah said: “No one has the right to take a Muslim out of the realm of Islam through an error or mistake he’s made until the proof has been established against him.[5]

Unjust application of removing Muslims from Islam and Sunnah

To begin one of the fairly common traits shared with ISIS, Al-Qa’idah and Ahl Tabdee is their inability to distinguish between Takfir and Tabdee in description, in general and specifically. So, if there is any act they perceive as Kufr or Bid’ah, then the ruling applies to that person automatically to be a Kafir or an innovator.

Shaykh Abdullah ibn Muhammad ibn Abdil Wahhab said: “The difference between general and specific is crystal clear; Takfir in general is to declare all people disbelievers whether they know or don’t, and for those whom the proof has been established against or not. The Takfir in the specific case is for the one who the proof has been given to about the actions of disbelief. [6]

Likewise, Ahl Tabdee take the general text and apply it to any and every one not with them. Shaykh Rabee said: They declare anyone who falls in Bid’ah to be an innovator and they believe Ibn Hajr is more dangerous than Sayyid Qutb .[7]

Imam Al-Albani said: “Everyone who falls into bid’ah isn’t an innovator.”

Uniquely, the people extreme in Tabdee have their own personal stockpile armory of  narrations which they fire at every person who doesn’t agree with them. Unlike the Khawarij, who rely on a twisted understanding of the Quran. Ahl Tabdee will say things from Imam Al-Barbaharee’s book: Whoever abandons the Jumu’ah or congregational prayer in the mosque, without an excuse, is an innovator.”

Consequently, since their masjids in their circles are the only ones where prayer should be offered, they will abandon giving Salams to any and every one that doesn’t pray in them.

Shaykh Ahmed An-Najmee commented on Imam Al-Barbaharee’ point,” If a person doesn’t pray in congregation he’s sinner or hypocrite, but not an innovator until he stops praying in congregation and Friday prayer believing that the Imam mustn’t be followed, but he still isn’t considered an innovator.[8]

Imam Ahmed An-Najmee’s speech applies to them more than anyone else, as they are known to walk and drive pass every masjid not on the list.

The list could go on and on and the narrations of Salaf aren’t proofs for verdicts, unless there is a consensus among them on a particular issue, otherwise it’s an opinion, and in some instances for a certain period of time in a particular place.

To remedy this problem is easy. Allah said: So ask of those who know the Scripture if you don’t.[9]  It’s not permissible for an ignorant or self-taught individual who puts himself forward to speak about the affairs of the religion without knowledge. Here, it must be reiterated that at the time of questioning a scholar for the verdict about a person that the full name must be mentioned, before any Sheikh’s answer can be applied to him in specific. For example on YouTube you’ll find Sheikh Such and Such refutes this one and that one; however the person’s name wasn’t mentioned in the question. So, for that reason, today we need to disregard and stop attributing a scholar’s speech to people he didn’t intend. This scheme is one often employed by Ahl Takfir and Ahl Tabdee.[10]

The belief that anyone who doesn’t boycott an innovator should be boycotted[11]

Another similar trait among both fanatics is whoever doesn’t agree with them in Takfir or Tabdee on an individual shares the same ruling. The people of Takfir say whoever doesn’t consider a Kafir to be a disbeliever is a Kafir and Ahl Tabdee practice whoever doesn’t call such and such an innovator is a person of Bid’ah.[12]

For instance Ahl Tabdee will say what’s your opinion of so and so, and if this person is labeled and you don’t agree, then you’re forced to wear the same, while others in their more extreme approach will merely just assume you know this person has been called an innovator by one or two, so you must follow suit, otherwise you are defiant. They act this way towards everyone without restriction, it doesn’t matter if the issue is unclear or incomprehensible for his fellow Muslim. And to add insult to injury if the person asks for proof then he’s automatically shunned, followed by the boycott. And Allah is a witness of their terror. Allah said: What thing is the most great in witness?” Say: “Allah (the Most Great!) is Witness between me and you.[13]

Testing non-members with their leaders

The agreement or disagreement with the zealots of Takir and Tabdee is a mannerism between them and they don’t recognize its catastrophe. The believers of Takfir and Tabdee are testing the global population with speeches and actions that are nowhere legislated in Islam or anywhere in the Shariah.  And consequently have caused bloodshed and turmoil around the globe that only Allah knows to what extent. The Khawarij killed the Prophet’s (ﷺ) companion Abullah ibn Khabab. They asked him: What do you say about Abu Bakr and Umar? Abdullah praised them.

Then they asked him: What do you say about the rule of Uthman from the beginning of his government. Abdullah replied he was in right from beginning until the end.

Then they asked him:  What’s your opinion about Ali before and after his rulership?  Abdullah ibn Khabab said: He’s more knowledgeable about Allah than you are, and  more God-fearing with more insight.

At that moment the Khawarji told him: You follow your desires and support people because of their names and not their actions. I swear to God, we are going to kill you in a way that we haven’t killed anyone before.[14]

The extremist of Tadee use their leaders such Abu Khadeejah, Abu Hakeem,Amjad Rafiq and Abul Hasan Malik to determine if a person is a Sunni Muslim.  Please refer to Anwar Wright’s declaration below which reads, “If you see someone loving Abu Khadeejah, Abu Hakeem,Amjad Rafiq , Abul Hasan Malik then know they are inshallah a person of the Sunnah.”[15]

His words are clear and require no explanation.

Shaykh. Ihsan Thahir (1407H) said:

“A cultist invites to his cult and party and orders people to follow men whom Allah hasn’t authorized to be followed “

Some of the more extreme followers of Salafi Publications believe that we will be asked about them and Shaykh Rabee in our graves.


Shaykh Rabee Al-Madkhali was asked if it’s permissible to make allegiance and disassociation based on specific people? He answered : This spreads the Ghulu(fanaticism)that Allah fights.He said:O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allah aught but the truth. The Messiah ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah[ Fatawa vol1/333]

The belief that it’s permissible to physically and emotionally abuse non-members

The fanatics of declaring Sunni Muslims as innovators will not go to the extreme of killing one who doesn’t agree with them, but will harm and have in past physically harmed another Muslim . Sheikh Rabee ibn Hadi Al-Madhkhali said: “They are known by their foul language, harshness, and intimidation of others, to the point they threaten Muslims by physical harm, in fact some of them have actually assaulted other Muslims.”[16]

On September 2nd,2016, a message was sent out from a branch of Salafi Publications at Masjid Bin Baz(East London) by Abu Umar Farooq, warning people from speaking about Abu Khadeejah and Bilal Davis(May Allah bless them)  and threatening to hunt down anyone who does. He said: Don’t speak about them, and Don’t refute them, and Don’t warn against these individuals, Don’t! And those that know of them give them my message. Don’t speak about them. Don’t speak about the noble brothers. And I’m going to say this every lesson cause I fear that some of them may be in our ranks…We’ll hunt them down! That’s how it is we’ll hunt you down!”[17]

Allah said: It is only Shaitan that suggests to you the fear of his Auliya’ [supporters and friends (polytheists, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah and in His Messenger, Muhammad], so fear them not, but fear Me, if you are (true) believers.[Al-Imran-175]  It’s Allah the most High Alone who strikes fear in the  Hearts of people so, no one is allowed in Islam assume the role of God to use fear against Muslims and humanity. Allah said: We shall cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they joined others in worship with Allah, for which He had sent no authority; their abode will be the Fire and how evil is the abode of the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers). [ Al-Imran 151]

Previously, similar terroristic threats were issued on the Minbar from two Salafi Masjids under the umbrella of Salafi publications in North America, and through their teachers in Madinah during a phone conversation.[18]

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “It is not permissible to spill the blood of a Muslim except in three [instances]: the married person who commits adultery, a life for a life, and the one who forsakes his religion and separates from the community.” 

Unless they consider speech about Salafi publications an act of apostasy or separation from the community then why issue a direct terroristic threat to Muslims by forbidding things Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ) have made Halal? These kinds of transgressions go unchecked within the circles of the extremists.

A warning for any zealous youth who might think about carrying out his threat against his brother,  The Prophet,[ ], “Abusing a Muslim is Fusuq (evil doing) and  fighting him is Kufr (disbelief),[19]. Moreover, The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Verily your blood, your property and your honor are as sacred and inviolable as the sanctity of this day of yours, in this month of yours and in this town of yours. Verily! I have conveyed this message to you.”[20]

It’s worth mentioning here that the call of Muhammad ibn Abdil Wahhab doesn’t promote terrorism or sanction attacks against anyone who doesn’t agree with them. The Muslim mustn’t fight for the sake of one agreeing or disagreeing with his group.[21]

Marriage with non-members

Another similar belief ISIS, ISIL and the extremists in Tadbee share is they believe that a marriage to a person who doesn’t agree with them isn’t allowed. This practice of the Khawarij was inherited from the Al-Azariq sect of renegades.[22] Similarly, if a woman complains to some of the fanatics of Tabdee about her husband  disagreeing with them, attending classes or listening to audios of people they consider astray and off track, then they will promptly assist her with a Khula process as witnessed in the past in Birmingham and presently today among a group known as The Western Salafis of Riyadh and in other parts of the world.

Unfortunately, no consideration is given to the welfare of the children; where and with which parent they will stay after the divorce. Rarely is the issue of reconciliation encouraged between spouses and at times once the marriage is dissolved does the father stay in touch with his children .Moreover, the fact that some of them are in foreign lands which require a woman’s legitimate stay under the sponsorship of her husband isn’t studied thoroughly.  Nonetheless, our Muslim sisters caught up in this cult’s web of deceit are being taken advantage of; some are even remarried for short periods to someone within the crew, and then left stranded with her children. Don’t you find it quite convenient that some of the brothers you go to for counseling end up with your ex after your divorce?

There is a consensus among the people of the Sunnah that sins and disobedience don’t take a Muslim out of the fold of Islam therefore their marriage remains legal under Islamic law unless it’s proven that one of the spouses has truly gone apostate. My advice to all Muslim brothers and sisters is to counsel true Islamic Scholars for their issues of marriage and  go to  the Islamic courts if you are in Muslim countries and  sideline all people who have a chronic history of serial marriages as a counselor for your situation ;and whoever and wherever you decide to remarry, be sure to have a blood test done for your own safety.

The belief that innovation and innovators are all the same

These radical groups of today are unaware of the complexities in Islam regarding various issues. They don’t have a deep understanding of the different kinds of Kufr & Bid’ah and other complex scenarios and their solutions. Limited knowledge is quite dangerous, and it has proved so in today’s world.To the extremists of Takfir, Kufr is one and there is no such thing of major and minor. When they see an act mentioned in the general sense that whoever does this is a disbeliever, they then run with it and make Takfir. For instance,”

Allah said: And whosoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, such are the Kafirun .[Al-Ma’idah :44]

The Kufr in this ayah is one that doesn’t take a person out of Islam as explained by Ibn Abbass.

Likewise, the rebels of Tabdee are unable to grasp that all bid’ah aren’t the same. There are some which are the major ones which take a person out of Islam and others which are minor that don’t. There’s a difference in the way a caller to Bid’ah is dealt with compared to someone whose Bid’ah is only with himself.

The people extreme in Tabdee don’t believe it’s allowed for them ask Allah  to  show mercy on a person of innovation. Shaykh Rabee said: It’s permissible to ask Allah to show mercy to the people of innovation and this is the way of the Salaf.

Therefore they rarely , if ever, make Dua for the Muslims’ not with them to be  blessed and forgiven.

The belief that it’s permissible to spy on Muslims

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales; and do not look for the others’ faults and do not spy, and do not be jealous of one another, and do not desert (cut your relation with) one another, and do not hate one another; and O Allah’s worshipers! Be brothers (as Allah has ordered you!” [23]

ISIS/Al-Qa’idah generally join social media to keep tabs on the latest visits of Muslim leaders (May Allah strengthen them) around with the World. As soon as they can find a picture of a Muslim ruler with a non-Muslim they spread it confidentially among themselves using slander, defamation and Takfir.

This is the problem with social media accounts today like Facebook, Youtube and Twitter, all outlets where people have the freedom of speech to say whatever without thought or precaution. The best advice about Social media and in particular Twitter was given by the Mufti of Saudi Arabia and translated by our Brother Moosa Richardson of [24]

The Mufti said about Twitter: Those with no experience or knowledge go on and write whatever they want, follow whomever they want, criticize whomever they want, support whomever they want, and condemn whomever they want, without contemplating or following any Islamic guidelines.  Instead, they (Twitter accounts) are websites where people of no specialization or knowledge speak.”

The Mufti added: It is a medium of negativity for whirling whimsical insults and baseless personal attacks. These are serious affairs that Muslims are not allowed to be involved in!

Allahu Akbar, and who says the scholars are unaware of what’s going! Let’s look at an example of what the Mufti of Saudi Arabia is saying so that the picture is clear and the relationship is understood of how both extreme groups act alike and operate to spread their hatred for Muslims who aren’t in their group or disagree with them.

A questioner asked me for clarity about the hadith of 73 sects and its authenticity. I tweeted back at him on August 31st,2016 “It’s authentic and one of Salafi Imams wrote and entire book explaining the Hadith. this book by Shaykh Abdul Qahir details the Hadith and goes into the sects and what does الأمة mean.”

There it is right there. The opportunity for the student of nearly two decades in Saudi at the feet of well-known scholars to attack on my honor, slander me and earn some laughs and retweets. Allah said: If a good befalls you, it grieves them, but if some evil overtakes you, they rejoice at it.[25]

The comical yet sinister thing about this all is, I was blocked from him on Twitter after presenting a knowledge-based theory argument for his feedback, something we both have an email history of over the years, Nevertheless, times have changed and the lines have been drawn in the sands. Let’s pause here for a second, and ask ourselves by the way what kind of person blocks someone on Twitter, but then still follows his conversations with others?! Now let’s, proceed by looking at his clandestinely written Tweet hidden from my view.

On September 1st,2016 from Moosa Richardson @1MMeducation. “Well-known Ash’aree Abdul-Qaahir al-Baghdadi (d.429) is a “Salafi imam” (!!) to ignorant degree-purchasing frauds.” And “The book he introduces as the work of a “Salafi imam” (!!) promotes the deviant Ash’aree Cult as the correct creed of Ahlus-Sunnah! جهل مركب[ Compound ignorance]”[26]

He went totally against the advice he himself translated and displayed on

Allah said: Enjoin you Al-Birr (piety and righteousness and each and every act of obedience to Allah) on the people and you forget (to practise it) yourselves, while you recite the Scripture]! Have you then no sense? [Al-Baqarah:44]

The Mufti said: Helpful criticism and good advice has its place and channels, and it has its manners.  It is not to be spread about on this medium (Twitter) so that people join the bandwagon with lies, fabrications, fraudulence, and personal attacks, casting doubt on many (good) things, calling to confusion, chaos, and every harmful thing.

Imam Al-Barbaharee said: Whoever hides sincere advice from the Muslims has acted deceitfully towards them so it is not permissible to hide sincere advice from any of the Muslims, whether pious or impious, in matters of the religion. Whoever hides that has acted deceitfully towards the Muslims. Whoever acts deceitfully towards the Muslims has done so towards the religion. Whoever acts deceitfully towards the religion has behaved treacherously towards Allah, His Messenger and the Believers. [27]

Being that he has my email, he could have written to me and discussed the issue like he previously has done in past. Was I wrong for following the praises of Imam As-Saboonee and Imam Ath-Thahabi in Siyr about Abdul Qahir Al-Baghdadee [429H] ?

 If I am inviting others to read an Asha’ri leader’s book that promotes deviancy then what did Sheikh Zayd Madkhali (Rahimahullah) do by encouraging people to read the book, and the Lajnah of KSA for senior scholars  by referencing the book ? [28]

The claimdegree-purchasing frauds”. I’ll see him in front of Allah with this and for that I say “JazakAllahu khayran.”

Allah said: (Remember!) that the two receivers (recording angels) receive (each human being after he or she has attained the age of puberty), one sitting on the right and one on the left (to note his or her actions)… Not a word does he (or she) utter, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it).


The belief that advice is withheld from Muslims they target .

Shaykh Rabee was asked about warning about a person before giving him advice. The Shaykh said: If his evil is imminent, hasten to advise him, this serves the situation better. If he accepts it then good, otherwise warn against him. On the other hand if his Bid’ah is insignificant then don’t make it difficult for him by refuting him publicly.[29]

In a nutshell, extreme groups take a position about a person first, then hold that belief and next label him  as unclear. The minute that individual makes a mistake they refute that error publicly. Allah said: but if a calamity overtakes you, they say: “We took our precaution beforehand,” and they turn away rejoicing.[30]

Extreme groups don’t believe in giving advice to their fellow Muslim. They derive pleasure from picking on others and name-calling to keep their followers eating others’ flesh with one-sided propaganda – a more preferred way to travel to their grave; instead of guiding and giving helpful advice to their Muslim brothers.

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Religion is sincerity, religion is sincerity (Al-Nasihah), and religion is sincerity.” The followers inquired: “To whom, O Messenger of Allah?” He (ﷺ) replied: “To Allah, to His Book, to His Messenger, to the imams of the Muslims and to their common folk.”  Only well-intentioned people are sincere enough to provide useful and true advice. The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “None of you become a true believer until he likes for his brother what he likes for himself”

Shaykh Rabee Al-Madkhali said: If your brother falls into an error advise him politely with proof and evidence and Allah will allow him to benefit by using this method. Don’t sit and wait until he makes a mistake then spread all over the place, saying So and So did this and that. This approach is the way of the Devil and not the Salaf.[ Bahjatul Qari/page 107]

They name themselves  the Saved SECT

The Khawarij have a history of naming themselves in a way of a Tazkiyah. They call themselves Ahlul Iman (the people of faith) and everyone who opposes them they call them Kuffar(Disbelievers) Ibn Taymiyyah said: The people of innovation name themselves with titles they don’t deserve, similarly to the way the Khawarij call themselves, “The believers”[31]

The extremists of Tabdee believe they alone are the saved sect and no one else, if you were to ask them or their leaders to name one person who’s Salafi in the West that’s not with them they probably would avoid answering you or  reply with the block button on Twitter.

Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said: “The first people to go astray in this area were the Khawarij who considered themselves to be the only ones adhering to the Quran and the Sunnah properly. [32]

The fanatics of removing Muslims from Sunnah have taken the title of Salafiyah and changed it from its original and intended meaning used by the Salaf and scholars to a name brand label advertising their presence. For example they exploit the word “salafi “only calling themselves , [The Salafis ].This high-minded attitude of theirs has exposed their faith by the way they use the word for practically any and everything they touch, [ Salafi products], [Salafi Eids]  and so much more and Allah’s refuge is sought.

I ask you, what makes a product Salafi and what is a Salafi Eid again?[33]


  The practice of declaring those closest of kin deviants

This age old practice among those in extreme is inherited from the Khawarij. They declare their their closest relatives apostates,including their mothers and fathers. At-Tabari mentioned that Al-Azraq was a Sunni and when he died his son Naf’I didn’t attend his funeral.

The rebels of Tabdee won’t attend  the funeral any person they consider an innovator, regardless if he is a layman or ignorant; as their methodology is built on declaring Muslims innovators.

Ibn Taymiyyah said: “ It’s allowed to ask Allah’s Forgiveness for every Muslim that isn’t known to be a hypocrite and pray at his funeral, even if he’s known to be an innovator or sinner. However it’s not an obligation for every Muslim to attend the funeral.”[34]

From the many correspondences I’ve had with brothers worldwide, I encountered a British brother  who grieves severely from not attending the his mother’s funeral on account that he labeled her an innovator.

They fight and dispute over issues that scholars differ with.

The Khawarij are known to fight and dispute those who disagree with them in issues that scholars of the past differed over and are unwilling to make an excuse for the person who doesn’t side with their view.

Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said: This is the reality of the people of innovation and oppression like the Khawariji and other groups. They oppress the Ummah and transgress against those who don’t agree with them in issues.[35]

The fanatics of Tabdee in most cases are Hanbalis in their Fiqh so if someone comes with an issue that goes against what their scholars say about the topic they get angry, or if person quotes one scholar they will quote theirs and continue to quote them;as if they are  the proof and alone know the truth.

The reason why they quote their scholars with such passion is because they are attached to their personalities more than the Prophet. Consequently you’ll notice they quote their scholars position on an issue and then they  tag it with the phrase , “ We are on the Minhaj of shaykh so and so

Imam Al-Ghazali, “The nature of weak minded people is to recognize the truth by the person who said it and not the  truth as it is.”

The belief  that Senior Salafi Scholars who don’t agree with them have issues.

It’s almost impossible to hear a praise or recommendation for a Salafy scholar who doesn’t agree them. They mainly target the senior scholars in this area. They says things like , “ I’m not a fan of Fawzan  “ Shaykh Al-Albani and Al-Uthaymeen didn’t really understand Minhaj “ or their  most recent one , “We are waiting for Shaykh Abdul Muhsin to die so that we can warn against his son,”

Additionally, we need to add to the list the  statement from Abu Khadeejah: “ Sh Rabi, Sh Ubayd,Sh Muhammad Hadi,Sh Abdullah Bukhari: These are the scholars of Madinah most acquainted with Dawa in the UK/USA.[36]

Honestly brothers and sisters, are you that naïve ? When was the last time any  one of the four scholars he mentioned present in your cities or country?

What makes them some much more aware of the realities in the West than the list of scholars who have physically seen and visited the UK/USA in last 2 years?  Whose informing them about the Dawah in the West ? Are they reliable people?

Ibn Taymiyyah said : The origin of the Khawarij’s misguidance is their belief that the scholars of guidance and Sunnah along with the general  Muslim communities have deviated and are now astray.”[37]

Usamah bin Laden used to consider  all  Salafi scholars  corrupted who didn’t agree with him  and advised people to avoid them.[38]

Abu Mus’ab As-Syrian said: The evil of Bin Baz and Al-Uthaymeen is more harmful to this Ummah than the harms of Ibn Abi Dawud in his era.[39]

The belief that non-affiliate masjids are all places of innovation along with their people.

Jama’tul Takfir wal Hijrah was a Khawarij group started by Ali Isma’il and his brother Abdul Fattah in the prisons of Egypt in 1965. Their belief system was built on their name,” The Group of declaring Muslims apostate and migration.” Their core beliefs were Muslims become infidels by sinning, and especially if they regularly sinned without repentance. Their  view was that if a Muslim ruler is a disbeliever then the same applies for his citizens he governs and they only prayed in the Masajid where their Imams lead prayer; as they considered all other masjids as Darar.[40] In a like manner, the extremists in Tabdee will only pray in what their leaders call a Salafi Masjid, deem everyone who falls into what they perceive as innovation as an innovator, and if a teacher errs then they view that all of  his students have shared in the ruling as well. With such similarities shared between these two, we can call the second group ( جماعة التبديع و الهجر والعزل)

Sheikh Rabee said if the scholars have proof that a scholar is astray then the verdict for his students can only be applied to those who are affected and in contact with him.[41]

In regards to boycotting people, then the decision is to be made by the scholars, not the Du’at or the layman.

Shaykh Rabee said: The Salaf used to boycott innovators, but this decision must be made by the scholars to determine if it’s suitable or not. So if it’s better to avoid boycotting him and call his attention to what is correct, and you and him can see eye to eye then don’t end your relationship with him.[42]

Since the Khawarij’s methodology is built on Takfir on sinful Muslims and removing Muslims from Islam through actions that don’t necessitate that ruling, they believe that everyone whose not with them is a Kafir. Hence the people not in their ranks blood,wealth and honor are all lawful for the taking. Based on this ideology they don’t consider the prayer behind a person who opposes them to be acceptable.

Al-Harith ibn Rashid An-Najee revolted against Ali ibn Talib and said : “ I swear to God Ali, I wont obey you and I wont pray behind you!  Ali replied : You are fool then, if you want to disobey your Lord and break your oath,you are only harming yourself.” [43]

The extremist in Tabdee often quote and misunderstand the narrations: “ We don’t pray behind innovators “, and in their dogma every Muslim not in their club is an innovator, and the fastest way to expose this belief of theirs is to ask them when they say So and So is an innovator,  What’s his innovation ? What have the Ulema said about him ?

So by default they abandon prayer behind their estimation of Ahlul Bid’ah. Abullah ibn Ahmed asked his father Imam Ahmed about praying behind the people of Bid’ah and he answered : Don’t pray behind  those with the belief of Jahmiyah and Mu’tazeelah .

Also Imam Ahmed didn’t allow the  prayer behind the Rafidha cult.

Muslims regardless of race and gender remain under their “ Guilty until proven Innocent” radar until certain allegiances are taken. They misuse Imam Al-Barbaharee’s quote : “ Today we test people with the Sunnah “

Shaykh Ahmed An-Najmi said :Testing people in order to affirm if they are from Ahlus Sunnah or not ? What’s apparent is the general people are following the generalities of Islam and NO ONE should be tested until it shows that his beliefs aren’t from the doctrine of Ahlus Sunnah. Then in that case if it appears that he has beliefs of Irja, Al-Jahmiyyah, As-Sufiyyah and Ar-Rafidha, then he’s tested with the questions those groups are tested with.

For example : If he’s a Murji’a ask him does  Iman increase and decrease or if he’s a Rafidha ask him if the Ahl Bayt are infallible or not and etc.[44]

They harm and attack Muslims and leave alone pagans.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: They will kill the Muslims but will not disturb the idolaters.

This is among the most witnessed distinct trait of the Khawariji. In the same token the  extremists of Tabdee remain silent against modern movements of innovations such as  the Muslim LGBT, Muslim feminist cults and so forth, yet praise leaders  like Barack  Obama and  David Cameron ; both pushing those agendas.  Praising the Kuffar gives  them the sense of satisfaction that their deeds are acceptable and praiseworthy. Allah said: Think not that those who rejoice in what they have done (or brought about), and love to be praised for what they have not done,- think not you that they are rescued from the torment, and for them is a painful torment.[Al-Imran:188]


To repeat, their interactions with non-Muslims compared to how they treat Muslims is  more widely recognized from their tongues. Their compliments for disbelievers and verbal attacks for Muslims are more frequent in their Dua.

They say things against Muslims like; May Allah burn his face, May Allah allow him die with no one to wash his body, Oh Allah unite him with the Dajjal, May Allah not allow you to die before you tried and troubled with prostitutes, and their favorite one is, “May Allah break your back

Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah said: A person’s tongue can give you a taste of what’s in his heart.”


The Belif that sins doesn’t harm Salafiyyah

The Khawarji have the belief that faith is one and doesn’t consist of branches,while some fanatics of Tabdee believe the association to Salafiyyah  is the most important thing in this religion no matter what. This is Irja.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said”  And whoever is slowed down by his actions, will not be hastened forward by his lineage.

They have a few narrations they rely on to keep their egos high in the faces of their true reality.

Sufyaan ath-Thawree (d. 161H) said: Innovation is more beloved to Iblees than sin, since a sin may be repented from but innovation is not repented from.

Imaam Ahmad said, The graves of Ahl us-Sunnah from those who committed the major sins are like gardens. And the graves of Ahl ul-Bid?ah from amongst their abstemious pious ones are hollow and empty. The sinners of Ahl us-Sunnah are the Awliyaa? (Friends) of Allaah and the abstemious pious ones of Ahl ul-Bid?ah are the Enemies of Allaah.

This narration from Imam Ahmed requires more study and shouldn’t be left general to the public as is. For instance Imam Ahmed is talking about a  matter of the unseen that requires revelation. The condition for everyone after  their death is unknown to us ,except those whom Allah and His Messenger have mentioned.

Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) said: The dead is punished in the grave because of wailing on it.[45]

Once the Prophet (ﷺ) went through the grave-yards of Medina and heard the voices of two humans who were being tortured in their graves. The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “They are being punished, but they are not being punished because of a major sin, yet their sins are great. One of them used not to save himself from (being soiled with) the urine, and the other used to go about with calumnies (Namima).” Then the Prophet asked for a green palm tree leaf and split it into two pieces and placed one piece on each grave, saying, “I hope that their punishment may be abated as long as these pieces of the leaf are not dried.”[46]

Moreover, was Imam Ahmed  referring to the people of bid’ah in this narration whose Bid’ah takes them out of Islam or what?

When we abandon the primary sources for reference in Islam. i.e Quran, Sunnah and Ijma and rely on secondary sources as our evidences all kinds of confusion and misinterpretations  can occur .

Sins can and do affect  a person’s Aqeedah , actions and can lead to kufr.

The Prophet(ﷺ)said: Bad character ruins deeds the same way vinegar spoils honey.[47]

Shiekh Al-Uthaymeen said : “When a person’s manners become bad so does his Aqeedah.”


The most alarming danger posed by people extreme in Takfir and Tabdee is their intolerance. Extremists in Takfir and Tabdee hurt innocent people while believing they are doing righteous deeds with their sense of absolutism. If anyone presents information that’s doesn’t fit their thought process, it is dismissed no matter how rationally valid it is. These extremists have a sense of knowing the ultimate meaning.  They are the most stubborn people you’ll even meet with no objectivity. They dehumanize everyone who doesn’t agree with them, thus they feel the power harm and abuse outsiders.

There is no better way anyone can defend the whole world from the  cruel acts of  ideological terrorism who have harmed  thousands of innocent people, than spreading the real and the true teachings of Islam and the Shariah. It is  time that we deter this dangerous threat to our world by working together on the wavered minds & ideologies of such people and teach  the true message of Islam and Sunnah. As time passes by , this group  like every other movement  will implode as you are witnessing now, so remain firm and patient and constantly repent to Allah and carry on. As the people they once liaised with in the city of the Prophet are being silenced by the Government through promises of silence , while others  are being giving exits permits just  look around and you’ll notice the echos from the keyboards have almost stopped. And All praises to Allah

Written and prepared by

Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle

The Preachers for Salafi Publications/ Troidca




Abu Khadeejah blankets the scholars and Masjids in the UK as Ahl Bid’ah

 [1] Quran:Khaf:103

[2] Sahih al-Bukhari 5057

[3] [Al-Isra:15]

[4] Sharh Usul wa Dawabit fee Takfir, by Shaykh Abdul Latif Al-Ash-Shaykh, explained by Shaykh Muhammad Bazmoul.

[5] Majmou 12/501

[6] Majmou/s Rasa’il 1/44/

[7] Minhaj Al-Hadadiyyah.

[8] Irshadus Saree/pg 203/

[9] Quran :16:43

[10] Youtube channels are loaded with this practice.


[12] Taqreer Aa-Imahtu Dawah, Shaykh Muhammad Tahir, page 111

[13] Quran : 6:19

[14] Darur As-Siniyah.


[16] Minhaj Al-Hadadiyyah, by Al-Alamah, Ash-Shaykh Rabee,point #9

[17]  Pay close attention to their words

Abu Umar Faarooq Masjid bin Baz(East London)

[18] Umar Quinn of Masjid Rahmah(Newark NJ): 

Abu Hasan Malik (Masjid Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahaab – Camden, New Jersey)

from 17:00 until then end: 

complete audio here

Abdul Wali Nelson(Masjid Ad Da’wah Ilat Tawheed Baltimore Md)


[19] [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

[20] [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

[21]  Taqreer Al-Aimahtu Dawah, pg 571, Shaykh Muhammad Tahir

[22] IBID

[23] Sahih al-Bukhari 6064


[25] Quran :3:120

[26] @1mmeducation on September 1st ,2016 img_0486notice how my name is reddened out !

[27] Sharhus Sunnah by Imam Al-Barbaharee

[28] Ajwabatus Sadeedah vol3/429

[29] Fatawa vol1/278

[30] Taubah 50

[31] [ Bayyan Talbees/20/135]

[32] [Al-Istaqamah 1/13]

[33] Abu Hasan Malik Al-Akhdar titled his EID SALAFI, perhaps the first in history to do so

[34] Minhaj As-Sunnah/5/235

[35] Majmou 17/311

[36]fullsizerender-2 Quotes like this is why they have been accused of restricting Salafiyyah to only 4. Look at the names often quoted. 

[37] Majmou 28/497

[38] Ibn Laden the leader of this era, by Al-Faris Az-Zahrani, pg 401

[39] Death to the Scholars/ by Abu Mus’ab pg 17

[40] Al-Mowsoo’ah Al-Maysar vol1/ 333-338

[41] Fatawa Shaykh Rabee / vol 1/ 343

[42] Fatawa Shaykh Rabee / vol 1/ 278

[43] Bidiyah wan nihiya/7/339 – r

[44] Sharhu Sunnah/ pg 227-228

[45] Sahih Muslim 927

[46] Sahih al-Bukhari 6055

[47] At-Tabarani (12/543) Hasan by Al-Albani

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Fanaticism towards Personalities – A Gateway to Shirk

Fanaticism towards Personalities – A Gateway to Shirk

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

As-Salaamu alaykum


To my family in faith, may Allah grant you an unbridled desire to strive for his cause, a successful outcome to all your endeavors, & the unfathomable reward prepared for his most righteous servants.


Social hierarchy among mankind is a well-known establishment instituted by the infinite wisdom & justice of Allah. He legislated that some of his servants will outrank others in knowledge, wealth, physical prowess, & spirituality.

Allah says: “These are the Messengers, We have made some more excellent that others”.

He also says: “The men are maintainers & providers of women”.

 He also says: The most noble of you with Allah is the most pious”.

 These alpha males/ females become role models for the remaining population & are admired, emulated, & sought after for guidance, which is an inherent trait of man, yet extremely dangerous as adoration can effortlessly mutate into fanaticism, a gateway to shirk.


It is in the highest esteem that I hold you my colleagues in seeking knowledge, & on account of our mutual zeal to ensure the acceptance of our deeds by our Almighty & Most Gracious Lord that I caution against fanaticism towards personalities


Fanaticism towards personalities has its history dating back to the people of Nuh. Allah the Most Wise said: “And they have said: ‘You shall not leave your gods, nor shall you leave Wadd, nor Suwa’, nor Yaghuth, nor Ya’uq, nor Nasr 

(names of the idols);[1]

The names (of the idols) formerly belonged to some pious men of the people of Noah, and when they died Satan inspired their people to prepare and place idols at the places where they used to sit, and to call those idols by their names. The people did so, but the idols were not worshipped till those people (who initiated them) had died and the origin of the idols had become obscure, whereupon people began worshipping them.[2]

The  obsessional love the people held towards those  alpha males of that era  lead them to create their  images  until they eventually sat in the places they used to sit and thus worshipped them at their graves.


Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah said: “ More than one scholar from the Salaf said: “When the pious men from the generation Nuh died people  busily engaged at their graves until they made images of them, following this they began to worship those men.” [3]


Fanaticism towards personalities has many doors of admittance into our temperament.  Extremism connects itself to us through four entrances.

  • The Heart : this is manifest by the immense love or fear for a person


  • The Tongue which occurs when a person goes overboard in praising or disparaging someone.


  • By actions; for instance a person standing for another or throwing a hugh stone at the Jamaraat.


  • A method of practice in belief. This is similar to the Khawarij, Al-Murji’, Al-Qadariyyah and other people and groups who alter the meanings of Allah’s names.


The four points above illustrate how fanatics are born with their obsession. Tawheed is the most important part of our religion which we must constantly learn and review to keep intact; otherwise we risk the danger of giving someone or something a right that belongs solely to Allah. The over excessive praise or dispraise for a human being is an outward appearance of extremism toward personas Allah warned against. [4]


He said : O people of the Scripture ! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allah aught but the truth… [5]


Al-Hafith Al-‘Ala’ee (761H) said: “This address is directed at the Jews and Christians about the Son-of Mary. The Jews are fanatical towards Jesus to point they reject  him as a Prophet while  slandering his mother and the Christians are so obsessed with him they call him the son of God.”[6]


Obsession for or against anyone deteriorates our Oneness for Allah and as result causes destruction. The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “And beware of going to extremes in religious matters, for those who came before you were destroyed because of going to extremes in religious matters.”[7]


As monotheists we must take precaution from having no concern in this topic, so that our feelings towards the person we admire and follow won’t lead us to shirk. Blind following a righteous person can make us slip into obsession the same way the Raafidah and Sufi cult do. Both groups are so fascinated with their leaders they give them the Lordship that belongs to Allah. This is considered major Shirk. Reason being, they believe that some of their Imams can cause things to happen in this universe and are aware of the unseen. Likewise the mania of their behavior drives them to Shirk in the Uluhiyyah when they supplicate to, or appeal to the deceased for help. We seek refuge in Allah from these acts.[8]


Praising and extolling leaders/ religious figures is probably something in our DNA, nevertheless when it becomes unbalanced the problem begins. Shaykh Ahmed An-Najmi said: “It’s in people’s nature to go too far in their praise towards the person they believe has godliness. This kind of action turns the one praised into an object of worship.”[9]  The Prophet (ﷺ) warned from being over excessive in praising him. He  (ﷺ) said : “Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians praised the son of Mary, for I am only a Slave. So, call me the Slave of Allah and His Messenger.”[10]


Let’s stop here for a second and think. If this is about the rights of Allah’s Messenger for praising him than everyone less than him doesn’t deserve as much honor. For this reason when we exceed the limits in praising Muhammad or anyone else we are disobeying Allah the Most High. What’s more is the person who calls for us to practice this behavior or when we perform it, we’re rejecting the Sunnah. Such practice then becomes an exchange of following the Prophet’s (ﷺ) Sunnah for an unquestioning adoption of beliefs and practices similar to the Jews and Christians in their misguidance.  Allah prohibited the people of the book from being fanatical and bigoted and He told them to follow truth over their desires. He said : “O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Exceed not the limits in your religion (by believing in something) other than the truth, and do not follow the vain desires of people who went astray in times gone by, and who misled many, and strayed (themselves) from the Right Path.” [ Al-Ma’idah 77]


Fanaticism towards personalities influences a person to endlessly praise and exalt a person from the respect he’s gained from others through his achievements or his identify. The Prophet (ﷺ) warned us from this nature of speech. Anas ibn Malik reported: A man said, “O Muhammad! O master, son of our master! O best of us, son of the best of us!” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “O people, say what you must say but do not allow Satan to deceive you. I am Muhammad the son of Abdullah, the servant of Allah and His Messenger. By Allah, I do not love that you raise my status above what Allah the Exalted has granted me.”[11]


Shaykh Khalid Al-Uthman said : It’s a essential  for the student to discriminate between  showing respect for his sheikh  and believing his sheikh is flawless; the first is must and Islam orders this character while the  second is extreme and Haraam. In actual fact its major Shirk similar to the faith the Sufis and the Rafidah have in their Imams.[12]



We are allowed to praise and honor people in Islam; although we are required to do it in a certain manner with precaution. In Sahih Muslim there’s a chapter titled, “ The Prohibition of Praising if it involves Exaggeration and if There is Fear that it may be a Source of Temptation for the One Who is Praised.” Abu Bakrah said “A man praised another man in the presence of the Prophet (). Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ), said: Woe to you, then he said you have cut your friend’s neck several times . Following this he said: “If any of you has to praise his friend, he should say: I assume him to be such and such, but Allah knows best and I do not confirm anyone’s conduct before Allah.”[13]


Imam An-Nawawi said : “ There are many Ahadeeth in Bukhari and Muslim about praising a person in his face. The scholars said: The proper way to act by those ahadeeth is the prohibition refers to the foolhardiness in praising, adding extra descriptions to the praised, or fear that the person praised will fall into self-amazement, if he heard the praise. Otherwise the person who has a decent level of Taqwa and is intelligent then it’s not prohibited to praise him in his face so long as the praise isn’t undue. This is recommended if it promotes good activities from him regularly or causes others to follow his pattern.[14]


Fanaticism towards personalities gives a grandiose sense of self-importance, manifest in a persistent self-referential attitude. Whenever someone tries to give advice the fanatic shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes believing others are often envious of him . Shaykh Abdur Rahman Al-Mu’allimi said: “You’ll notice that whenever facts are presented  that go against what the fanatic’s shaykh considers proof it becomes troublesome for him. Thus he gets agitated and angry then starts to provoke discord. Any piece of evidence that doesn’t support his belief he calls it, “ Shubha or falsehood that goes against the confirmed proofs.” He screams out those  people are upon falsehood and only deviants follow them… He then turns to support his group with praises for them and praises for his shaykh . His mission is to circulate the biography and well-known recognitions his shaykh has, those that are emphatic with a title of honor while at the same time he propagates events to stain and disgrace the honor of his opponent even though he knows they’re incorrect or an outright lie.


This is the strongest proof a person is a fanatic. You’ll notice they are practicing a religion other than Islam with double standards and opinions they view as legislation. Consequently they are just as Allah described, “each group rejoicing in its belief.” [ Al-Mu’minun 53] ” [15]



Fanaticism towards personalities can cause an addictive disorder in which a person becomes exceedingly occupied with the details of a Shaykh’s personal life. For instance a person gets caught up in the appearance, actions, piety, and even the shaykh’s place of worship until that scholar becomes his icon. Ibn Taymiyah said: An origin toward falsehood is fanaticism towards scholars; like fanatics towards Ali, Jesus, etc. In fact every fanatic towards the living or pious makes that person a kind of deity.[16]


The point of reference is that he’s referring to the living which is the trajectory of shirk in modern society & rivals Allah in His Uluhiyyah. Shaykhul Islam  also said: “ Extolling a person is a form of worship towards other than Allah.”[17]


Muslims who fall deeply into personalities are just abnormal and weak in their Tawheed and worship. The fact that this weakness comes out in the form of an idolization of a Shaykh by mentioning the chance to sit in his car or pray in his masjid makes one Shaykh struck. A pattern is developing when more attention is placed on the going and coming of a personality than on our actual worship or that of our Prophet’s (ﷺ).Not only did the Prophet warn against sin & shirk but he also warned against the means. Whatever leads to it is similar in reward. We revere the Prophet with respect to Allah’s rights. Scholars state that if a passionate love leads to emulating good qualities & righteousness then its not blameworthy.


Extolling living personalities / cult of personality (ta’theem al-ashkhas) is among the most existing manifestation of shirk in modern Western society.Our children aren’t leaving Islam for other formalized religions. They’re falling victim to the over-glamorization of an unvirtuous lifestyle called hip-hop culture. This culture glorifies & extols personalities on the basis of financial opulence, criminal affiliation, & promiscuous behavior. They begin to idolize & copy these deviant traits until disbelief in action overwhelms them. They in most part stay firm on the statement of Tawheed as their core belief. What good is it to teach our children not to worship the dead if they’re worshipping the living?


Allah’s Help is sought!


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Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Lamont Battle Sr.

PhD Student (Hadith & Its Sciences)

Doha, Qatar ©






[1] Quran :Nuh: 23

[2] Al-Bukhari : Vol. 6, Book 60, Hadith 442

[3] Al-Ighathtu Al-Lahfan ,by Ibn Al-Qayyim Vol 1/203

[4]  At-Ta’seel wa At-Taqeed li dabt kitabit Tawheed, by Sh Khalid ibn Ali, pg 251

[5]  Quran :An-Nisa’ :171

[6] Majmu’ Rasa’il Al-Ala’ee, Tafseer( Ya Ahl Kitabi la Taghlu fee deenekum, vol 1/139)

[7] Collected by Ahmed(1/215), An-Nisa’(5/268),Ibn Majah (3029), Ibn Hibban(3871) by way Ibn Abbass (Radi Allahu anhu) Imam An-Nawawi graded this hadith as being Sahih based on the conditions of Muslim.(refer to Al-Majmou’)

[8] Sharh  Tasheel Al-Aqeedah Islamiyah, by Dr Abdullah ibn Abdil Aziz Al-Jibrin, pg 324

[9] Ash-Sharul Mujaz Al-Mumahad lit Tawheed, By Shaykh Ahmed An-Najmi , pg 93

[10]  Sahih Al-Bukhari , #3445

[11]  Musnad Ahmad 12141,Graded as being Sahih (authentic) according to Ahmad Shakir


[12] Ta’asub liShuyouk, pg 151]


[13] Sahih Muslim #7501

[14] Sharh Sahih Muslim, by Imam An-Nawawi , Vol 18/ 99

[15] At-Tankeel, Shaykh Abdur Rahman Al-Mu’allimi, vol 2/296

[16]  Majmou 3/395, By Shaykhul Islam ibn Taymiyyah

[17] Majmou 1/370 , By Shaykul Islam ibn Taymiyyah

The Over Emphasis of an Ijazah and a Tazkiyah

The Over Emphasis of an Ijazah and a Tazkiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


All praises belong to Allah the Most High and We ask Allah to guide us to the straight path. May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon his final and last Messenger .Allah (The Most High) said in the Opening Chapter: Praise belongs to Allah. In this verse Allah praises Himself as proof for His complete attributes and His complete blessings for His slaves. Praises are given to those who deserve it. Umar (radi Allahu anhu) said: “Praise is slaughter”. Praising a person can kill his heart and cause a person to be arrogant.  In this article I’ve mentioned the over emphasis of an Ijazah and Tazkiyah, in a simple question and answer format with answers taken from various scholars who specialize in Usul-Al-Fiqh, Aqeedah and Hadith. For reference please pay close attention to the footnotes for each question.

Prepared by:

Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Lamont Battle

PhD student (Hadith and its Sciences)

Doha, Qatar © 1437H


  1. Is there a difference between an Ijazah and Tazkiyah?

Answer: Yes

  1. What is an Ijazah ?

Answer: An Ijazah is permission from the Shaykh to narrate on him. This is either given verbally or by a written approval.[1]

  1. What is the Islamic ruling for acting by and accepting narrations conveyed to us by way of Ijazah ?

Answer: The majority of the scholars from Ahlil Hadith accept knowledge and reports conveyed through the Ijazah.[2]

  1. Scholars can grant an Ijazah to their students to narrate their reports and books so, is there only one kind of Ijazah ?

Answer: There are numerous kinds of Ijazah. Shaykh Muhammad Rslan mentioned 9. I will mention the top 3 only and how they are awarded to their students.

  • The shaykh gives permission for a specific book to someone specifically by name. i.e The Shaykh says, “ I grant Fulan ibn Fulan to narrate Sahih Al-Bukhari from me.”


  • The Shaykh grants permission to a particular Muslim by name without restricting what he’s allowed to convey from him. For example the Shaykh says, “ I award you permission to narrate everything I have heard from the scholars.”

Imam An-Nawawi said the majority of the scholars of Fiqh and Hadith allow these 2 kinds of Ijazah and hold it obligatory to act by them.

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  • The shaykh awards a person the permission to narrate from him by a general description. This occurs when the Shaykh says phrases like , “ I grant permission for everyone who met me to recount my reports, or I allow every student of knowledge to narrate my hadith, or I permit every student who read to me and heard my narrations to spread them…etc” even sometimes the Shaykh might say I allow every Muslim to narrate my reports.[3]


  1. Are Ijazahs a sign that a person has knowledge? Some people try and pass them around to show they have knowledge.

Answer: No! just because a person has an Ijazah this doesn’t mean that he possess knowledge ,nor does it mean he’s trustworthy. There are some Ijazahs given to unknown people or even unborn. Ibn As-Salah mentioned this kind in his Muqadammah as the 6th type. For example the Shaykh says, “ I grant permission for Fulan, his children, his  grandchildren and every child born to his family to narrate on me.”[4]


  1. Is the person who teaches people Islam required to have an Ijazah or Tazkiyah?

Answer: The person who people learn from must have a Tazkiyah. The Tazkiyah can be affirmed by one of three routes.

  • One or more credible scholars write this person is worthy to be learned from.


  • His knowledge and information has spread thoroughly around the globe and no scholar has censured him. This is called Tazkiyah Sukuti (The silent praise )



  • His knowledge affirms his trustworthiness. This means he’s only known for the circulation of sound information ( the books of Ahl Sunnah). He’s free from speech, actions and belief that warrant criticism. Hence he isn’t blamed by Ahlus Sunnah. This is a Tazkiyah through knowledge. Now if the person has been disparaged, has some confusion in areas of knowledge, is unknown from every angle of the religion, then no one should learn from this person.[5]


  1. What if a person says , “ I’m Salafi” is this a Tazkiyyah?

Answer:  If a person says it honoring himself then this isn’t correct. On the other hand if he says it in order to clarify his belief as there are other cults and groups around him and he doesn’t agree with them and wants to distance himself from their beliefs and actions, then he says, “ I am Salafi” or I follow the Salafi Methodology.[6]

  1. There are some people who aren’t known to certain scholars. Does this mean he’s unknown and knowledge can’t be acquired from him?

Answer:  Every valuable student of knowledge isn’t known to the scholars. Therefore in this case we look at his message he sends out. Is he teaching the sunnah. Does he respect the opinions of the scholars? Does he convey the speech from the scholars of the Sunnah? If that’s the case then his knowledge is a tazkiyah for him and he can be learned from.[7]

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  1. There are some people who say you can’t learn from a person unless the scholars give him Tazkiyah, is this belief correct?

Answer: This speech closes the doors of goodness. There are many countries where students of knowledge teach the Sunnah, explain it and educate others based on the knowledge they have. Although they don’t have a Tazkiyah from a particular scholar, there isn’t anything in the knowledge they teach which deserves criticism. So, if we say that people can’t learn from them then knowledge in many countries wouldn’t remain and this would shut the doors of good. Then the people of Bid’ah would begin to teach and the people of the Sunnah would be restricted. Following this the people of the Sunnah would learn from the people of innovation or from the internet or any other mediums. This is incorrect.[8]

  1. Can we just have good faith in person to teach us since he says ,He’s Salafi or hangs with the Salafis, or appears of their flyers?

Answer: NO! a Tazkiyah is required. It’s incorrect to be negligent in this regard, thus we learn from any and everyone. Therefore we say the person must have a Tazkiyah by one of the three routes mentioned in question number 6.[9]

  1. There are some people who make short visits yearly to scholars and wear one face in front of that scholar and as a result of his speech and what he presents the scholars make a general praise. How do we interact with this praise?

Answer:  If the people of his community where he resides know the person’s reality then their speech takes precedence. Shaykh Muqbil (may Allah rest him in paradise) said: “The countrymen know the condition of their citiziens the best. Their speech takes precedence over others. A person might go to another country beautify his speech and say the right things, thus that scholar praises him. This is similar to some of the people that Yahya ibn Ma’een praised while the people in his country considered him to be weak and unreliable.

An example is Abdur Rahmah ibn Mua’wiyah. Imam Ibn Ma’een praised him, but Imam Malik criticized him. Abdur Rahman was from Madinah and therefore Imam Malik’s speech displaces Imam Yahya ibn Ma’een’s praise.[10]

  1. What if a person hangs out with Salafis , attends their classes, and prays at their masjids, isn’t this a Tazkiyah?

Answer: Allah’s help is sought. Shaykh Abdullah Al-Bukhari (may Allah preserve him) was asked the same exact question.

Question:  Can we attest to everyone who attends the classes of Salafi scholars’ credibility and integrity?

Shaykh Abdullah Al-Bukhari (may Allah preserve him) said: These kinds of questions shouldn’t be asked. A person’s integrity and credibility is measure by his actions, his adherence to the Sunnah, His practice of it along with his aide and support for it. Moreover we judge a person’s veracity by his striving to maintain firm by the Sunnah and his invitation for others to follow it. The implementation of the Sunnah in his speech, deeds, actions and belief is what benefits him.  When he is strongly attached to the scholars’ of the Sunnah sincerely with love and affection (then this benefits him). He doesn’t exit and deviate from their path. Furthermore he doesn’t oppose the actions, belief and speech of Ahlus Sunnah and so forth. These kinds of actions affirm his credibility and integrity. If some scholars praise this person based on what they know of his condition and in reality he’s the total opposite, even if you brought forth praises from the heavens and the Earth while your deeds are in opposition to truth and the Sunnah, they won’t benefit you whatsoever. None of those certificates, degrees, and praises that you gathered and collected to gain closeness to others will help you. So, what praises a person? His deeds do. This is not an attack on the status of scholars’ praises. The person who hold these praises and Tazkiyah from Ahlis Sunnah must be absolutely worthy of those praises and Tazkiyah. If a praise or Tazkiya comes from a scholar we honor and respect it, and if one doesn’t we don’t get bent out of shape over it. May Allah Bless you. This is what should be asked about. Half of the comprehension is included in the question. May Allah bless you.[11]

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  1. Shaykh Abdullah’s speech is clear. It places a great importance on the actions of a person. We must be mindful of a person’s actions. There might be some confusion that a person not praying at a particular masjid with a specific group of people remains in question, even though he calls to Salafiyah.

Answer: Abu’d-Darda wrote to Salman al-Farsi, “Come immediately to the holy land.” Salman wrote back to him, “Land does not make anyone holy. A man’s deeds make him holy. I have heard that you were put up as a doctor to treat and cure people. If you are innocent, then may you have delight! If you are a quack, then beware lest you kill a man and enter the Fire!” When Abu’d-Darda judged between two men, and they turned from him to go, he would look at them and say, “Come back to me, and tell me your story again.[12]

There are benefits from this athar.

  • A person’s true tazkiyah and purity is measured by his actions, although his community has some praises from some and criticism from others. Between those praises and criticisms there must be a balance. The praise and dispraise for a community is based on the condition of the majority of the people residing therein.[13]
  • Abu Darda wrote a letter to Salman Al-Farasi (may Allah be pleased with them both) inviting him to come and live in the Holy land. The Holy Land in the Arabic language refers to an area that is pure and purifies others. The community he was referring to is Sham(Jerusalem). People call the masjid there Baitul Maqdis and they had it in their mind that this masjid cleanses a person ,who lived in other places where disbelief existed. Abu Darda used Holy land to show that a person living there has a Tazkiyah. This is established from Salman Al-Farasi’s response,” Land does not make anyone holy.The land doesn’t remove sins from a person, but a person’s deeds do. During that time that Masjid was called Baitul Maqdis because people living there were obedient to Allah, many Prophets were known to have prayed there, and many of the Prophets’ followers still visited it. Therefore, many people were ordered to migrate there the same way the Muslims were ordered to make Hijra to Madina.
  • I have heard that you were put up as a doctor to treat and cure people.” Salman is referring to his position as a Mufti. Abu Darda is asked questions and he issues legal opinions which people act by. This is similar to how people take the orders from a doctor for medicine. So if you diagnose the people correct this is excellent and the correct diagnosis here refers to attaining the truth and repelling falsehood. Because falsehood is what contradicts the Shariah. Falsehood is an illness that the Mufti is asked about in order to expel it with the truth that Allah ordered.
  • “If you are a quack, then beware lest you kill a man and enter the Fire!” Salman Al-Farasi means you judge by what’s incorrect, thus a falsehood increases due to your verdicts. Consequently a person becomes so engulfed in falsehood it’s impossible for him to return to what is correct. This is similar to how a doctor kills someone.[14]


  1. The Tazkiyah for our teachers, Imams and friends plays an important role in every society. How about in a judicial system where people are asked for their testimony in regards to other people’s rights. i.e property, disputes, honor etc.?

Answer: The description for a Tazkiyah varies between the four schools of Jurisprudence.

  • The Hanafi school- If a judge wants to know about the trustworthiness of the witness he sends out a letter to someone reliable asking him about the witness’s condition. If he is known to be trustworthy and reliable then it’s written on the bottom of the paper that he is steadfast and trustworthy, so his testimony is allowed. However, if he is a sinner the reply to request goes unanswered or the person writes, “ I don’t know”. What’s more, if this person is unknown then the reply at the bottom of the paper reads, “ he has a blameless recorded”. Once these steps are carried out the person goes in front of the Judge and gives the witness a Tazkiyah.
  • The Malaki School- The judge writes the name of the witness on a piece of paper and sends it to the person to certify his character and integrity. The judge orders him to answer the question about the witness. Following this the person granting the Tazkiyah about the witness must appear in court and attest to the witness’s integrity and honor verbally. He says, “He is trustworthy.”
  • The Shafa’i School – The Judge writes the name of the witness with a few details about him. He then sends it to those who can attest to his honor starting with his neighbors. Following this those who want to vouch for him must appear in court to praise the person verbally in front of the Judge by pledge.
  • The Hanbali School- The Judicial system that follows the Hanbali school of law follows the same blueprint of the Shafa’I School. The person must appear in court and give a verbally testimony acknowledging the person’s honest and reliable as a witness.[15]


When people rely on Ijazahs and Tazkiyah they tend to neglect one’s actions. Or when a person is criticized they republish an outdated praise or show an Ijazah. A person loves to be praised or hear others say good things about him. If that wasn’t the case then why do we retweet other people’s praises of our deeds, or monitor the likes of a Facebook page or a Youtube Channel. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was asked: “Tell us about a person who does some good deed and people praise him, will this be considered as showing off?” He replied, “This is the glad tidings which a believer receives (in this life).”[16]

Running behind scholars or doing deeds to earn other’s people acceptance or build your honor is dangerous. Allah the Most high said: “Think not that those who rejoice in what they have done (or brought about), and love to be praised for what they have not done,- think not you that they are rescued from the torment, and for them is a painful torment” Al-Imran 188.

When reflecting over  verses from the Quran we find  broadcasting self-praises is considered blameworthy.

Allah the Most High said: Have you not seen those who claim sanctity for themselves. Nay – but Allah sanctifies whom He pleases, and they will not be dealt with injustice even equal to the extent of a Fatila (A scalish thread in the long slit of a date-stone).[ An-Nisa’ 49]

Allah the Most Wise said: “So ascribe not purity to yourselves. He knows best him who fears Allah and keep his duty to Him. [An-Najm 32]

In order to truly measure the value of the praises we receive and their dangers we must look at the areas we fall short in regards to our obedience to Allah. Then look at the one who praised us, would they say the same thing if they knew what was hidden from them or the amount of deeds we do that are displeasing to Allah.

The Prophet said: ‘The angels are the witnesses of Allah in heaven, and you are the witnesses of Allah on Earth.”‘[17]

We Ask Allah the Most High to grant us deeds and that earn His Pleasure Alone even if it earns the displeasure of others. We Ask Allah the Most Forgiving to shower His Mercy and Forgiveness on us in this life, the grave and on the Day of Reckoning.


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[1] Refer to the Muqaddamah of Ibn As-Salah, page 244

[2] Ibid page 333

[3]Al-Ilma’ Qadi Iyyad, page 98

[4]Dawabitu Ar-Riwiyah, Shaykh Muhammad Rslan, vol1/287

[5] Shaykh Sulayman Ar-Ruhayli,

[6]  Refer to the Fatwa from Shayh Salih Al-Fowzan.



[9] ibid

[10] Al-Muqtarah ,pg 87-88, Hasheeyah Al-Mustsdark 1/332, by Imam Muqbil ibn Hady


[12] Muwatta imam Malik 2842

[13] Al-Isthakar, 9/473, by Ibn Abdul Barr

[14] Al-Muntaqa of the Muwatta of Imam Malik #1261

[15] Ahkamu Ash-Shahadati fi Al-Muthahibi Al-Arba’, pg 189-190, by Muhammad ibn Uthman Al-Munay’ee

[16] Sahih Muslim #1621

[17] Sunan An-Nisa’I 1933.

Cult Characteristics among “The Salafis” in the West

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سم الله الرحمن الرحيم

All Praise is for Allah alone, The Most High, and may His peace and blessing be upon the holiest Prophet and Messenger Muhammad. This treatise entitled “The Cult characteristics of  ” The Salafis ” in the West, A psychology case study” based on empirical data collected over a four-year period. Defined within its’ content are the similarities between classic cults groups and sectarian salafees. It expounds upon their shared traits, behavioral patterns, and tactics through the usage of Quran text, the exegesis of Muslim scholars, and the analysis of experts in the field of psychology. ­­­­

Fanaticism within Islam is one of the root causes of its destruction whose fury has resulted in bloodshed amongst Muslims. It varies in extremity, with the most dangerous level being separation from the party of Allah and alignment with the party of Satan. This is the evil consequence of the ignorant that contrive principles within our blessed religion. There is a dire need to prevent this corrupt ideology from spreading and to warn of its ill affects on the ummah.

No Muslim can deny the urgency to address this issue today, as preservation of Islam, the soul, intellect, and honor and wealth of every Muslim is from the goals and objectives of the Sharia. With the consultation of scholars, students of knowledge, as well as family and friends I present this topic in order to defend Islam and counsel the unenlightened.

I ask Allah to guide the readers of this work to see Salafiyah for its truth and to establish them firmly upon its implementation in every aspect of their lives. I ask Allah to forgive me for all my shortcomings and errors in my attempts to defend the blessed creed of Ahlul- Hadith.

Abu Aaliyah, Abdullah ibn Dwight Lamont Battle Jr.

M.A candidate in Hadith and its Sciences

Doha, Qatar ©

Shawwal ,5th, 1435


Chapter One – The Existence of The Pseudo-Salafi Sect.

Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymeeyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “Verily, many people attribute themselves to AhlusSunnah, Ahul Hadith, and Salafiyah. There are many people who attribute themselves to Imams like Ahmed and other than him, and the Aqeedah of Abu Hasan Al-Ashar’i. Nonetheless, their speech doesn’t fit the criterion of the thing they affiliate themselves with. So, to have knowledge of this is a benefit. [1]

Shaykh Muhammad Raslan (may Allah preserve him) said: ”Everyone who claims he adheres to Quran and Sunnah and relies on them is Salafi. However, the crucial factor lies in the facts. For that reason some scholars disliked calling themselves Salafi, or using the word, “The Salafis” or saying Salafi.”[2]

Shaykh Abdus Salam ibn Burjis (d.1325H) said: “Regretfully, I must say, there are some Muslims who make Salafiyyah a Hizb like the other groups of Hizbiyah. i.e Ikhwani, Tabligh and At-Tahrir. Allah frees us from the guilt of the actions of those people. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil of their actions.”

Ibn Taymiyyah said: “Any affiliation [to something] which causes disunity among the Muslims, separation from the Muslim body and causes people to divide into groups isn’t allowed. This is the path of innovation and separation from the Sunnah and adherence to it. The person who affiliates himself with anything that causes partisanship is a sinner by this action, and outside of obedience to Allah and his Messenger [3]

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen     said: Salafiyyah that is taken to mean a special party with specific rules whose members consider anyone who differ with them as astray, then they have nothing to do with Salafiyyah”.[4]

The statements of the aforementioned scholars explicitly illustrate the presence of those who misuse the pristine title of salafi and by it divide the Muslims into a forged hizbi sect. They, (the scholars cited) didn’t dislike its affiliation in and of itself. Rather, when using the word salafi causes people to divide into groups it becomes blameworthy, even though they carry this honorable title. Thus these people form a new group (the Salafis).[5]

Muslims are obliged to follow the Salafi methodology and turn away from everything that contradicts it. It is insufficient to assert adherence to Minhaj – As Salaf while remaining ignorant of what that entails.  Thus, if a Muslim identifies himself as a salafi he ought to have knowledge and implementation of  its injunctions.




Chapter 2- The Definition of Cults and Hizbiyah

Cult: A structured group, most of whose members demonstrate unquestioned loyalty to a dynamic leader. The cult leader governs most, if not all aspects of the lives of his or her followers, often insisting that they break all ties with the world outside of them. Such groups are usually thought of in terms of religion, although other types of cults can and do exist.[6]i.e. Political, Commercial and Self Help & Counseling.[7]
The fundamental principles that define a cult are the following:

  1. Followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices.
  2. Obsessive, especially faddish, devotion to or veneration for a person, principle, or thing.
  3. A religion or religious sect generally considered extremist or false.

Definition of Hizbiyah

Hizbiyah-comes from a three-letter (ح   ز    ب). The word Hizb means a small group.

Shaykh Muqbil ibn Hadi    said: Hizbiyah is allegiance to everyone who agrees with you, and disassociation from all those who don’t.[8]

Tahazzab (تحزب) means to unite for a specific cause or purpose.

Ahzab (الأحزاب) are those who united against the Prophet   [9].

There are two kinds of Hizbiyah:

Praiseworthy Hizbiyah: This is what represents the Muslim body as they obey the Muslim ruler. They are the party of Allah. He says:

“Verily, it is the Party of Allah that will be the successful”[ Al-Mujadilah :22]

It is a must for the Muslims to adhere to this party’s practices and beliefs, and defend them and advise them.

Blameworthy Hizbiyah: This occurs when one deviates from the Muslim body to another group. By following desires, they fall into division and separation from legislated guidelines. This is the party of Satan. They are identified as such since they split away from the party of Allah. Allah says:

They are the party of Shaitan (Satan). Verily, it is the party ofShaitan (Satan) that will be the losers![ Al-Mujadila:19] [10]

From the verses referenced, it is understood that Hizbiyah is splitting and grouping that can either be commended or condemned. It is required that the Muslim holds fast to the party of Allah identified in the quoted text as “Hizb-Allah”. The foundations of this party are identified in the Manhaj As- Salafi, the way in which a person truly follows footsteps of the Prophet   and his companions.[11]

The pseudo salafi is similar to a cult member; as he has an exclusive system of beliefs and practices which separate the Muslims. Additionally, he has an extreme regard for those principles.

Shaykh Muqbil  said: “Our scholars in their books named others as Ahlus Sunnah and As-Salafy. Needless to say the affair is like everything else, the actually practice of the name. You say you are Ahlul Hadith and you have no knowledge about Hadith. You claim that you are Ahlus Sunnah, while you have no desire to study the Sunnah or act by it. You declare,” I am Salafy”, all the while you call to the division and separation between the Muslims.” [12]



Chapter Three- The origin of partisanship and its social impact.

The existence of partisanship (Hizbiyah) dates back to as early as Fir’aun. Allah says:

(Pharaoh) said: “You have believed In Him before I give You Leave. Surely, He indeed is your chief, who has taught you magic! So Verily, You shall come to know. Verily, I will cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides, and I will crucify you all.” (Ash-Shura 49)

A cult leader is considered the supreme authority of the group. This figurehead commands the upmost respect and compliance from its members and he has the only final ruling on matters. Fir’aun said:  ” You have believed in him before I give you leave.”

He was amazed that the people believed in Allah before he allowed them or commanded them.[13]

Cults/ hizbi organizations look superb on the exterior, but internally they’re very scheming and controlling. Their leaders plot franticly to deceive you and ploy you into becoming an affiliate by preying on your sincere quest for a religious connection. Once you’ve joined, they’ll exploit you until you are no longer of any use. Their two main concerns are your wealth and time. They employ the most sophisticated psychological manipulation techniques to keep its members loyal. Don’t think that you are immune from the cancerous disease of partisanship!

“Identifying with a group is the process of adopting its belief, attitudes and standards, as well as complying with its rules and regulations in effort to gain closeness to other human beings and feel part of something larger than an individual’s personal life. In other words, it makes us feel like we belong.”

“Each of us wants to feel like we belong somewhere. That is why groups are so important to our social lives. When we can relate to others, we are able to justify our beliefs and actions even though that justification isn’t necessarily needed. “[14]

Shaykh Rabee ibn Hadi Al-Madkhali (may Allah bless him) said:

“If this grouping is built on falsehood and invites to falsehood and innovation, then it is a duty for every Muslim to say that this form of grouping isn’t from Islam… Grouping for the Quran and Sunnah, making unity and separation due to the Quran and Sunnah, then this is from Islam.”[15]



Chapter Four – Programming tactics and behavioral patterns


1: They claim to have truth alone.

“They say, “We believe in what was sent down to us.”[ Al-Baqarah :91]


2: Holding individual fanaticism and zealotry for one’s party/group whether they were upon truth or falsehood was a must according to them. So Allaah revealed what He did concerning that matter

Shaykh Ahmed An-Najmi said about this point: ”  A person being fanatical for his group and aiding them even though they are wrong is not permissible. …It’s only permissible to stand up for the truth, although that person maybe an outsider and your close relative are on falsehood. You must help the one far from you against the person dear to you by saying: “You are wrong”.[16]

3: They claim to follow the Salaf  (righteous predecessors), while in fact they openly oppose and contradict them.


Shaykh Zayd Al-Madkhali (Rahmatullahi) said: This applies to every innovator and misguided person who claims the call of Islam and doesn’t establish it clearly with actions. In fact his deeds and actions are in opposition to his speech (call to Dawah). This is among the issues of Jahiliyah and the methodology of the hypocrites. [17]


4: Peer pressure [18]

It’s not uncommon to feel uncomfortable in a situation where our opinions and beliefs are not the same as others in our group. Do we conform, or do we hold our own? It’s possible that we might just conform simply because we don’t  think they’ll ever see our point since the odds are so stacked against us. To grasp a more vivid understanding about the dangers of peer pressure reflect on the story of Abu Talib on his death bed. He was invited to Islam, but refused after Abu Jahl and ‘ Abdullah ibn ‘Umaya said, “O Abu Talib will you leave the religion of ‘ Abdul Muttalib?” Those two keep mounting that pressure on him until his final words were, ” I am on the religion of ‘ Abdul Muttalib,”

5: Hizbi groups only solicit money for their projects.

There is no cooperation or mention for any project outside of theirs. The cooperation that Islam orders is abandoned. Shaykh Muqbil said: Allah speaks about cooperation in Islam. He says: Help you one another inAl-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression.[Al-Ma’idah 2]

This means that you help every Muslim you can, regardless if he’s with you or not. For example if you are the Minister of Religious Affairs and a Muslim comes to you requiring assistance, you wouldn’t say, ” I only help those in my group. I only help the people in my group build and furnish masjids.( This kind of person) only offers support to those in his hizb.[19]

6: Groups reject the truth from non-members based on personal issues.

The Jews said that the Christians follow nothing (i.e. are not on the right religion); and the Christians said that the Jews follow nothing (i.e. are not on the right religion)[ Al-Baqarah:113]


Both the Jews and Christian reject the truth from each other based on their feelings. This is common today among many groups that refuse to accept facts or reality from people they don’t like or have personal grudges against.[20]


7: An allegiance and a disassociation from others stemming from an affiliation to the group’s leaders or even followers.


Sheikh ul Islam IbnTaymiyyah  said:


“No one should affiliate themselves to a sheikh, thus making friendship and enemies based on him. The Muslim must show alliance towards every person of Islam known for piety. This includes all scholars. No scholar is shown extra loyalty, unless he is known for his extra piety and faith. We give precedence to those Allah and His Messenger have. We give superiority to those Allah and His Messenger have.



Allah says:

O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the mosthonorable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa [i.e. one of the Muttaqûn (pious – see V.2: 2). Verily, Allah is All Knowing, All Aware.


The Prophet  said: “No Arab is superior to a Non-Arab and a Non-Arab isn’t superior to an Arab. A black man is superior to a white man and vice versa, except through Taqwa.”[21]



Shaykh Ali ibn Yahya Al-Hadadi (may Allah preserve him) said:

“The result of this fanaticism of the followers is love and praise (among themselves). The one who praises their leader is a beloved friend. On the contrary the one who criticizes him, even if he is correct is a hated enemy. [22]


Among the main wicked traits of cults/Hizbi groups is that any criticism levied against them is deemed as persecution or an attack. Severe hatred towards the critic is then shown. And Allah’s refuge is sought.


Imam Ash-Shawkani  said:


“In reference to the enmity shown between followers of the Sunnah and innovators, then its affair is clear like the sun in the sky. Followers of the Sunnah act hostile towards the innovator due to his Bid’ah. The innovator feuds with the follower of the sunnah on account of what he follows, while the innovator believes he is correct. Thus he clings to that innovation and becomes blind. While blinded he judges the innovated practices he follows to be entirely correct and the follower of the Quran and Sunnah is upon misguidance.[23]


  1. Cult/ Hizbis groups focus on a living or deceased leader to whom members display excessively zealous, unquestioning commitment.

And Similarly, we sent not a warner before you (O Muhammad Sal-Allaahu ‘alayheWaSallam) to any town (people) but the luxurious ones among them said: “We found our fathers following a certain Way and religion, and we will indeed follow their footsteps.”

 (The warner) said: “Even if I bring you better guidance than that which you found your fathers following?” they said: “Verily, we disbelieve In that with which you have been sent.”[zukruf 23-24]

The Alawite Sect of Shi-ism, started by Al-Ulaya’ ibn Thara’I Ad-Dawsi were from the earliest known ideologues of this wicked deviation. They hold Ali ibn Abi Talib (radi Allahu anhu) superior to Prophet Muhammad .. Their delusions even reach the peak of claiming Ali sent Muhammad to mankind, and for that reason they say Ali is God![24]

This practice was recycled to a lesser extreme among fanatical adherents of the Hanafi, Maliki, Shafa’I, and Hanbali schools of Fiqh. There are also strands of fanaticism towards the scholars that exist among certain Sufi orders. Shaykh Abu Abdul Al-‘Ala Khalid ibn Uthman wrote an extensive exposition on this subject entitled “Fanaticism towards the Scholars”

All of this is rejected, as Islam is complete submission and obedience to Allah along with obedience to everything the Prophet  conveyed from the Quran and authentic Sunnah.

Shaykh Muqbil (May Allah have mercy on him) said it best. “We need to be fanatical towards the Quran and Sunnah.” 




  1. Cults and Hizbis are preoccupied with bringing in new members.


Shaykh Abu Abdul Al-‘Ala Khalid ibn Uthman stated:


“This is among the most distinct signs of fanatics or chauvinists people of desires and Hizbiyeen. They are proud with large numbers. Furthermore, they disparage the scholars who educate people with small numbers at their gatherings. Through large numbers Hizbis are able to swindle and mob others.


Amazingly, you’ll find the cult/ Hizbi leaders angry and nauseated when invited to a gathering where small numbers are in attendance. He’ll blame and scold the one responsible saying: ” Why didn’t you advertise this so we could have more attendees?


This character contradicts the methodology of the Salaf who feared large followings. Contemplate on the following narrations:


‘Uqbah ibn Muslim said: I would give a class with one, two, three or four people, but if more came I would remain quiet or get up and leave.


Imam Ash-Shafa’I  said: It was said to Sufyan ibn Uyanah: There are people coming to see you from all over the world. Would you display anger towards them, so they return and leave you? He said they are fools- like you. They leave that which benefits them, for my bad character.[25]


There are numerous narrations that convey the displeasure the pious predecessors held for large numbers of followers. In reality, large numbers don’t equate success. Cult/ hizbi groups thrive on huge followings because they generate more revenue for the movement and are a traditional tool of recruitment. Hence, they broadcast that an exuberant numbers showed up at their events as an enticement for others to join. The question remains how is this attendance accurately accounted for and why inform others? Is there a benefit involved for them or your society?


Shaykh Abdul Aziz Al-Bur’ee said:


“The Hizbi will always call others to his clique, regardless if it is in the invitee’s well-being or not. It makes no difference if that person is a Sufi, Shia, or anything else. The Hibzi needs numbers to increase his group and then boast those numbers to others.[26]



Sometimes the hizbi not only airs his numbers, but brags about the service he does for Allah’s religion.

Ibn Aqeel  said: “If you want to know the condition of Islam with the people of your  era don’t look at the crowds gathering at the Masjids’ doors, or listen to the thunderous broadcasts about their service to Islam, but rather pay attention to their application of the Shari’ah.[27]



  1. The Attack of Independent thought.


Cult/ Hizbi groups highly discourage independent thought and deductive reasoning. Those who question the group’s motives and practices are attacked and viewed as arrogant and maybe considered as sinful. Blind, absolute acceptance of the group’s positions is mandatory of its members, and any contrary belief held is considered deviance.


Shaykh Sallahudeen Muqbil Ahmed said:


“I believe whole heartedly that the scholars of Islam are the furthest from those described as those who proceeded independently in their opinions and then forced them on others. Rather they accepted the truth no matter where it came from with total honesty and complete sincerity. They acted in this manner because they knew with certainty that the truth is not restricted to anyone except the Prophet.


Abu Hanifa   said: This is the opinion of An-Nu’man and whoever comes with one better, then it has more right to be adhered to.”


Imam Ash-Shaf’I said: I never debated with anyone except I would say:” Oh Allah allow the truth to be in his heart and on his tongue. If the truth is with me he will follow me and if the truth is with him I will follow him.”


The starting point for independent thought is justice and equity. A Muslim gives respect to the positions and religious rulings of others. Scholars differed among themselves in usul al-Fiqh (not in Aqeedah), and in subsidiary issues of fiqh; what’s more is that students have differed with their teachers and Imams in various issues.


Abu Yusef and Muhammad ibn Al-Hasan Ash-Shaybani differed with their sheikh, Imam Abu Hanifah.


IbnWahhab, Ibn Al-Maajashun, and IbnAbiHazm all didn’t blindly follow Imam Malik in everything he said. They differed with him in many issues and chose positions other than his.


Imam Ahmed (may Allah have mercy on him) prohibited his student from recording his opinions. He encouraged them to rely directly on the Quran and Sunnah. [28]

4: The group is preoccupied with making money.

Cults and Hizbi groups need money to maintain its’ leader’s lifestyle and facilitate the expansion of its franchises and chapters. They restrict who wealth should be given to, while only mentioning their affiliates.

Allah says about money:

The life of this world is but play and pastime, but if You believe (in the Oneness of Allah Islâmic Monotheism), and fear Allâh, and avoid evil, He will grant You Your wages, and will not ask You Your wealth.

  1. If He were to ask you of it, and press you, you would covetously withhold, and He will bring out All Your (secret) ill-wills.

Chapter Five-Programming

(The process of instructing or learning from the cult/ Hizbi)

Programming is a sequence of instructions aimed at achieving an objective. Cults/ hizbi groups utilize an array of coded propaganda to sway your sentiment and opinion in their favor until you are completely overwhelmed and in alliance with their convictions. Followers become droids of the leader’s ideology, unconsciously mimicking his attitudes and attributes.The following are a list the manipulation methods contrived by cult/ hibzi factions to defeat the physique.

  1. The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s), and members.

Oh Allah protect us from the fitnah of people

A person thanks Allah and it’s rejected

And a person praises someone fallaciously   


Leader(s) are branded with terms like; Honorable, Noble, The Virtuous, etc. These are terms that the best of Muslims after the Prophet   avoided.

Shaykh Muqbil ibn Hadi   said:


“Our societies today are ignorant about the sciences of Islam, especially the science of Jarh wa Ta’dil. People have begun to give prestigious titles to people whom guise themselves with the attire of people of knowledge. At times he might have some knowledge, but doesn’t act by his knowledge. They say:  The noble…. Doctor…. ‘Allama, Hujjah,etc. The companions of the Prophet  never addressed each other with such titles, nor are they used in their books.[29]


This also resembles the unfounded claims of the Jews and Christians. Allah says

ÏAnd (both) the Jews and the Christians say: “We are the Children of Allâh and

his loved ones…[ Al-Ma’idah 18]


Shaykh Abdur Rahman As-Sa’di said: This is the speech of both the Jews and Christians. It’s a false claim wherein they pronounce for themselves integrity and credibility.[30]

  1. Opposition Warnings

Followers are cautioned to stay away from this person, relative or friend and avoid their gatherings even though they share the same traits of piety and information. The disciple soon believes that group members and conspired, endorsed locations alone are trustworthy/truthful. The devotee doesn’t take the time read or check with other reliable people of knowledge, as the names he has been given are enough.

Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyah  said: “Whenever a person isn’t properly educated he will always have doubt or turn away from the truth.”  [31]

  1. Enemy-making and Devaluing the Outsider

Cult/ hizbi members love their affiliates simply because of fellowship and despise critics of the cult. Cult members are supposedly wonderful, moral, intelligent, and enlightened, while non-members are stupid, ignorant, immoral, and disgusting.

Those who oppose the cult’s program are labeled enemies of Good.
An “Us Versus Them” mindset pervades the cult and Hizbi movement.
There is always a difference, usually aggrieved, between “us” and “them”. Below is an unrestrictedlist of the vocabularies spewed against opposition:

  • “They” don’t understand.
  • “They” don’t know.
  • “They” are losers.
  • “They” are stupid.
  • “They” don’t know what they are talking about.
  • “They” have bad motives.
  • “They” are all against us.
  • “They” are unfair to us.
  • “They” tell lies about us.
  • “They” have oppressed us.
  • “They” have ulterior motives.
  • “They” are opposed to our good works.
  • “They” have a hidden agenda.
  • “They” are trying to poison people’s minds with lies about us and turn people against us.
  • “They” have always been trying to stop us from doing good things.
  • “They” are evil.
  • They are misguided.
  • They are going to the hell fire.[32]

These are some of the noted enmity building slogans listed among researchers and academics today. Moreover, you commonly hear, “They are attacking the dawah”,  ” They are trying to destroy the dawah”, ” They are trying to take over the Dawah “, as if they are vanguards of Islam alone.  Allah corrects their understanding in the following verse:


Verily We: it is we who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur’ân) and surely, we will Guard it (from corruption).[ Al-Hijr :9]


The programming cycle is the fertilization of elitist status for its leaders and members, succeeded by the growth of opposition- warnings and enemy making which births Totalism.

  1. Totalism –The Us against them mentality

Everyone outside of cult/ hizbi group is lumped under one label, which strengthens  group identity. This can assume deadly results for out-siders deemed enemies of their cause, leader or program. This has been identified as polarized us-versus- them mentality, which causes great conflict in society. When a cult/Hizbi member manifests this state of mind,Allah’s refuge should be sought and one should steer clear of confrontation. There are noted cases of violence at the hands of those diseased with hizbiyyah .One in particular occurred in the 1990’s when Shaykh Muhammad  Aman Al- Jami while on the minbar, was assaulted by young followers of Sahwis in Al-Jawhara Masjid.[33]



Chapter Six- Retention (the preservation of group allegiance)

This stage illustrates how cults/Hizbi groups coerce its community to maintain attachment and dedication.

  1. Motive Questioning:


When concrete evidence against the group is presented, members are taught to question the motivation of the presenter. The verifiable (sound documentation) is ignored because of doubts over the unverifiable (presenter’s motives). Obsessive  members or leaders will exclaim, ” You need to know their intentions”or ” They have hidden motives


Shaykh Abu Abdul Al ‘Ala Khalid ibn Muhammad ibn Uthman (may Allah reward him) said:


“This is classic sign (of a fanatic/ Hizbi). They accuse the one giving them advice as trying to turn them away from their sheikh. Subsequently, they say about the advice given, It is a lie. By this practice they follow the path of those who invented an evil method; those who disbelieved in the companions of our Messenger. Allah says:


And when Our clear Verses are recited to them, they say: “This (Muhammad Sal-Allaahu ‘alayheWaSallam) is naught but a man who wishes to hinder You from that which Your fathers used to worship.” and they say: “This is nothing but an invented lie.” and those who disbelieve Say of the Truth when it has come to them (i.e. Prophet Muhammad Sal-Allaahu ‘alayheWaSallam when Allâh sent Him as a Messenger with proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, etc.): “This is nothing but evident magic!”


And we had not given them Scriptures, which they could study, nor sent to them before you (O Muhammad Sal-Allaahu ‘alayheWaSallam) any warner (Messenger).



Shaykh Abdur Rahman ibn Sa’di   said: They said ” This is his intention “, when he advised them to be sincere to Allah and leave off the customs of their fathers’ whom they reverence and followed.


I (Abu Abdul Al’Ala) say: “ This is what the fanatics say when you order them to be sincere to Allah and leave off the habits of their fathers and scholars whom they honor and follow without guidance”.[34]


  1. Isolation and Information Control

Shaykh Muqbilsaid: Hizbiyyah is isolation. Allah says in the Quran.”

The believers, men and women, are Auliyâ’ (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another, [ At-Taubah:71]

You must help your Muslim brother if you hear he is Indonesia, even though you don’t know him. The human being is the son –of- Adam and Adam was created from dirt. Help your brother whether he is an Arab or non-Arab. Allah says:

O mankind! we have created You from a male and a female, and made You into nations and tribes, that You may know one another. Verily, the Most honourable of You with Allâh is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa [i.e. one of the Muttaqûn [ Al-Hujjarat 13] [35]

Shaykh Muqbil   said: “The fanaticism of Hizbiyyah is isolation. The hizbi doesn’t want any good for anyone other than those inside his group.[36]

Shaykh Ali Hadadi said: The innovated partisan groups today establish their group on loyalty and disloyalty based on the group. This is what dictates the interaction and relation between the individuals among the group and those outside the group.[37]


A cult/hizbi leader seeks to isolate his followers from outsiders. In the name of protecting the flock, he seeks to guarantee that his followers will only hear the group’s propaganda.

The cult/hizbi leader tries to control the flow of information to his followers and between his followers. If the cult leader has his way, his followers will only hear his angle of religious teachings. All literature, books and websites are closely controlled. The cult/hizbi leader of the group will ensure as much as he can that his followers will be ingrown and inward looking by the control of authorized mailing lists and approved web sites. The cult/ hizbi leader seeks to establish a Stalinist totalitarian system that suppresses honest differences and reasonable critiques…

The cult leader entices his allies and those he considers “assets” with affection, episodic exposure in the spotlight, and the pride of being able to “rub shoulders” with the leader. These are referred to as ” carrots” of position , public recognition and status.

Islam orders us to submit wholeheartedly to Allah and His Messenger and be brothers and sisters in Islam with one methodology.

  The believers are nothing else than brothers (in Islamic religion)[ Al-Hujjarat 10]

“Verily, your Wali (Protector or Helper) is Allah, His Messenger, and the believers.” [ Al-Ma’idah 55]

If the isolation process doesn’t work there is information control. Information control among cult/hizbi circles is built on various key elements: Among the most commonly used today are:


Deception- Cult members will often:

  • Deliberately withhold information from recruits.
  • Distort information to make it appear acceptable.
  • Lie to obtain their goal.

Shaykh Abu Abdul Al-‘Ala Khalid Uthman said: Their irrational devotion  causes them to piece up information then embellish it with lies in order to make their Shaykh’s image pleasant in front of others.[38]


Forbiddance of Outside source Information-Acquiring information outside of the group source is minimized or discouraged. These restrictions are set on:

  • Certain books, articles, newspapers, magazines, TV and radio shows that expose the group.
  • Critical information pertaining to the internal problems within the group.
  • Written critiques, letters, editorials, or history of involvements of former members of the group.
  • Websites.


Spying and Surveillance

  • Following affiliates and opposition accounts through Facebook, Twitter and Emailing list to monitor and control.
  • Reporting deviant thoughts, feelings, and actions to leadership by way of screenshots, copy and paste images, etc.

Group Propaganda

  • Newsletters, magazines, journals, audiotapes, videos, tweets, etc. are utilized for the hyperactivity centered around the group
  • Misquotations, statements taken out of context from non-cult sources and non-cult members.
  • Creation of multiple websites to cartel information.

Unconfidential Confession

  • Information about “sins” is used to abolish identity boundaries.
  • Past “sins” are exposed to manipulate and control; no forgiveness or absolution is given. This is done to members and critics of the group. A public repentance is demanded, which isn’t done for the pleasure of Allah, but to remain closeness to the group and prove loyalty. [39]

Through info regulation the group establishes its mighty presence and constructs a towering wall of intimidation. The desired benefit is revenue, expansion, and monopoly. This scandalous act is perpetrated in the disguise of feigned sincerity andin the name of pure Islam.

Shaykh Muqbil ibn Hadi  said:

“Stop deceiving people in the name of Islam. Don’t deceive people with using the name Sunnah. The Sunnah nowadays has become like a Jubba.[40] A person wears if he wants to and takes it off when he wants to. Stop deceiving people in the name of Salafiyah!

We don’t claim we alone own the title Sunnah and Salafiyah. In reality, Salafiyah is to return to methodology the salaf practiced Islam. Was Imam Al-Bukhari a Hizbi? Did Imam Ahmed have group? Was Abdullah ibn Al-Mubarak with a faction? Did Sa’eedibn Al-Musayib have a clique? Was Abu Hurayrah part of a group? Was Abu Bakr a Hizbi? They were not Hizbis. They invited others to the Quran and Sunnah. When the time came for Jihad they went out and fought. Abdullah ibn Al-Mubark spent an entire year as solider on post, and the following year he made Hajj and gave lessons. This is the affair of our salaf.

Don’t swindle people by using the name As-Salafiyah or As-Sunnah. You are far from the reality of the Sunnah and As-Salafiyah. You have become Hizbiyeen. You scam people by using Ayah from the Quran and Hadith from the Prophet.[41]

Shaykh Muqbil plainly stated that he didn’t own the Sunnah or Salafiyyah. This message of Islam is a free invitation to anyone who wants to hear it. It makes no difference in  which state, country or continent they reside in. Shaykh Muqbil   words are comprehensible. You have people who swindle people in the name of As-Salafiyah. So be wise!

  1. Coercion to facilitate FEAR

When confronted by peer pressure, we often resort to unsound judgment. Our behavior is affected not by our sound beliefs and attitudes, but by social coercion. We act under the presumptionof what others might think of us. Disagreement with the group’s position or the leader’s ideas can result in expulsion and shunning. Bear in mind that a hizbi has been a follower of this group for some time, hence, he is fearful! He asks himself where will I go? Who will talk to me, what about my friends? Furthermore, if he has an established business within the recluse community, then he faces the possibility of losing support.

Cults /Hizbi leaders are attributed with piety and subsequently; complete loyalty is due to him. Failure to do so is distorted into misguidance or sin. A Perfect example of this is found in the story of Musa and Fir’uan.

Allah says:

(65. They said:”OMûsa (Moses)! either You throw first or we be the first to throw?”

  1. [Mûsa (Moses)] said: “Nay, throw You (first)!” Then behold, their ropes and their sticks, by their magic, appeared to Him as though they moved fast.
  2. soMûsa (Moses) conceived a fear In himself.
  3. we (Allâh) said: “Fear not! surely, You will have the upper hand.
  4. “And throw that which is In Your Right hand! it will swallow up that which they have made. that which they have made is Only a magician’s trick, and the magician will never be successful, no matter whatever amount (of skill) He may attain.”
  5. so the magicians fell down prostrate. they said: “We believe In the Lord of Hârûn (Aaron) and Mûsa (Moses).”
  6. [Fir’aun (Pharaoh)] said: “Believe You In Him [Mûsa (Moses)] before I give You Permission? Verily! He is Your chief who taught You magic. so I will surely cut off Your hands and feet on opposite sides, and I will surely crucify You on the trunks of date-palms, and You shall surely know which of us [I (Fir’aun ­ Pharaoh) or the Lord of Mûsa (Moses) (Allâh)] can give the Severe and more lasting torment.”
  7. they said: “We prefer You not over the clear signs that have come to us, and to Him (Allâh) who created us. so decree whatever You desire to Decree, for You can Only decree (regarding) This life of the world.
  8. “Verily! we have believed In Our Lord, that He may forgive us Our faults, and the magic to which You did compel us. andAllâh is better as regards reward In comparison to Your [Fir’aun’s (Pharaoh)] Reward, and more lasting (as regards punishment In comparison to Your punishment).”
  9. Verily!whoever comes to his Lord as a Mujrim (criminal, polytheist, disbeliever In the Oneness of Allâh and his Messengers, sinner, etc.), Then surely, for Him is Hell, therein He will neither die nor live.
  10. but whoever comes to Him (Allâh) as a believer (in the Oneness of Allâh, etc.), and has done righteous good deeds, for such are the High ranks (in the Hereafter),
  11. ‘Adn (Edn) Paradise (everlasting Gardens), under which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever: such is the reward of those who purify themselves [(by abstaining from All kinds of sins and evil deeds) which Allâh has forbidden and by doing All that which Allâh has ordained)].

These preceding verses show that when a leader has followers to whom the truth concerning him has been made clear, he becomes hostile. They are able to see the reality of his falsehood and his last resort is fear, as his argument has been demolished.



Allah says:

The magicians fell down and prostrated to Allah prompting Fir’aun to remind them that he was their leader. When he saw them firm with conviction, he threatened to cut off their hands and feet. Having trust and faith in Allah they responded to his intimidation tactic by saying: ” We prefer You not over the clear signs that have come to us, and to Him (Allâh) who created us. So decree whatever You desire to Decree, for You can Only decree (regarding) This life of the world.”

Look how they followed the truth when it came to them in the face of adversity! Which cult/ Hzibi leader today has the power Fir’aun possessed? Cult/ hizbi members possess deficiency in their Iman. Allah’s help is sought.

Chapter Seven- Mind Control techniques

Brainwashing is a theoretical indoctrination process that results in an impairment of autonomy, an inability to think independently, and a disruption of beliefs and affiliations. In other words you are being told what to think, who to talk to and what to believe from the Cult/ Hizb leader or followers. Once spell stricken, the partisan group leader can convince you to believe the unfathomable.

Ad hominem (Latin) means “against the man”. As the name suggests, it is a literary term that involves commenting on or against an opponent to undermine him instead of his arguments. There are cases where consciously or unconsciously people start to question the opponent or his personal association rather than evaluating the soundness and validity of the argument that he presents. Cult/hizbis groups use the fallacy of character assassination as a tool to deceive their audience. Making such a blatant personal comment against somebody makes it hard for people to believe it isn’t true. One of the main benefits Cult/Hizbi groups gain from this principle is distancing its followers away from valid criticisms against themselves.

An example of this relates to Nuh’s people. Allah says:

“The people of Nuh (Noah) denied (their Messenger) before them, they rejected Our slave, and said: “A madman!” and he was insolently rebuked and threatened[ Al-Qamar 9]

Shaykh Islam Ibn Taymiyah said: They described him as being ignorant. They said he was a madman. When people describe a person as being a madman, it’s known if he is sensible or insane about his speech and actions. [42]

When they are unable to address the issue they attack the character.

Finger Pointing
Finger pointing is creating a false sense of righteousness by pointing to the shortcomings of the outside world and other non-affiliates of the cult/ Hizbi group. This induces naïve members of the group to avoid people without just cause, while at the same time gaining an unrefined faction.

Ibn Jawzi  said: “The most diseased form of backbiting is when people induce others to stay away from other people and look towards them. They combine the acts of dispraising the one in mention and earning praise for themselves. Due to their ignorance they are oblivious to fact that they are falling into two sins: backbiting and showing off (Riya). For example, a person is mentioned within their circle and they say: “Praise to Allah we have no concern to visit the Sultan and strive for the vanities of this world. “, or they say about him,” We seek refuge in Allah from deficient modesty, We ask Allah to save us from being immodest.”With these words their intention is to instruct someone to see the shortcomings of someone else. [43]



Conspired endorsements:


The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or receiving validation, no other process of discovery is really acceptable or credible. They only accept the praise or the criticism from their Shaykh, or from the people their Shaykh has praised.


Shaykh Abu Abdul ‘Al-Ala said:

 “The only person criticized in their view is the one their scholar has criticized. If the criticism is general and rejected, due to a detailed praise from a number of scholars, you’ll find they won’t pay any attention to what those ulema have said. i.e the detailed praised. They say: “ Our shaykh is more knowledgeable about the condition of such and such than those scholars. The detailed criticism takes precedence over the general praise.” This is what those people negligent or ignorant say! This is a correct principle. The detailed criticism takes precedence over the general praise.Furthermore, if you investigate the situation you’d find that this criticism is based on false reports and hidden hatred or envy. This criticism isn’t supported byknowledge-based research.Ibn Abdul Bar (May Allah have mercy on him) said: “A group of scholars in Fiqh and Hadeeth, who have insight in understanding and research have said: “We don’t accept (the Jarh) from IbnMa’een or other people about a person who is well known for knowledge, trustworthiness, and sound understanding. The criticism in this case is rejected until the reason he’s criticizing the Muslim is in accordance with the actions that validate a trustworthy person to be criticized. Reason being, this person is marked as being reliable. Therefore it’s incorrect to think about him being otherwise.” [TamheedDarulFarquq 7/171]


Shaykh Khalid ibn Muhammad Uthman said: “If this type of criticism isn’t accepted from someone like IbnMa’een, except with a valid reason, then what about someone less than him in our era?!”The praise of that person from the senior scholars is based on their experience with him, their relationship with him, and their knowledge about his minhaj. Moreover their detailed praise concerning him is based on their awareness of his actions, which prove his honesty from lies and attest to his sound minhaj.Nonetheless, despite all this you find those fanatics rejecting the praise from the major scholars for that individual. They hold only the words of their shaykh as being sufficient. They spread their scholar’s criticism (against the person) everywhere heedlessly and ignorantly. Consequently, they make their scholar the leader of their party. He has the right to say who gets membership and who doesn’t. He has the right to say who is on it and who’s off it without proof. And no doubt this is ghuloo.[44]




Cults and Hizbiyyah are very real observable facts in the World today. Thousands of people have become involved with these movements. The tragedy is that everybody is negatively affected by their membership. The Cults/Hizbi groups that exist today are basically pyramid shaped dictatorial regimes with a person or group that has demanding control.

The processes defined all through this paper are the causes of disorder in the individual’s life. This disorder has a dramatic impact on the Muslim’s personality and practice of Islam. Eventually, if there is no intervention in the person’s life he could become a complete separatist in society and have negative views about life in general thus aggressive and Allah’s help is sought.

Isn’t it time we wake up and smell the coffee and ignore the Cult/Hizbi recruitment and movements. Isn’t the path clear for us to follow? Why must we continue to rely on those who have no concern for quality education? How much more time are we going to waste following the miscellaneous information that’s disseminated? More importantly, how much longer before our deeds stop and the questioning begins?

Islam is a self governing system granted to the human being by Allah’s Mercy with communal responsibility. Allah informed us that we are the best nation brought forth from mankind. We enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong. The self governing ordinance doesn’t allow separatism nor does the communal aspect promote gang culture. Hizbiyah is devotion of  both aspects, amazement with one’s self fostered by a false sense of piety and gross misunderstanding of the Islamic concept of unity.

Division is Shaytaan’s weapon and self-amazement is his despicable disposition, so the very nature of hizbiyyah is his methodology. His throne is above water desiring the separation of man from his wife. You, you’re the one!




Prepared by

Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle



[1] SharulAsfahaniyah 205-206

[2] Daa’aim minhajun Nabuwa, page 166, by shaykh Rslan.

[3]majmu’ al Muhadaratfeemayaksudawah 81, vol 3]

[4]Allama ibn Uthaymeen ,Liqaa-al-Baab Al-Maftooh Q# 1322

[5]Shaykh Rslan , page 166

[6]Read more: Cults – Psychology Encycledia, Charismatic, and People – JRank Articles




[9]Mukhtar As-sahhaah , Imam Muhammad ibnAbiBakrAr-Razi  84,

[10]Al-Amru bi lazumijamahatilmuslimeenwaimamuhum ,byAbdus Salam ibnBurjis(1425H) page 64

[11]Da’aimminhajunnubuwa page 165 by , ShaykhRslan,


[12] Gharatu Al-Ashrata vol 1/page 200


[13] Taysirul Kareem Ar-Rahman , By Shaykh Abdur Rahman As-Sa’di vol3/424, 1st edition, (Beirut : Darul Fikr 1410)

[14]The everything Psychology book, Lynda L. Warwci Ph.D., Lesly Bolton, page 233

[15]page112Jama’atuWahidatun la Jama’at waSIratunWahidun la Ash-sharat , By Shaykh Rabee ibn Hadi Al-Madkhali, Printed my Maktabatul Ghurabah wal Athariyah, 2nd edition 1418H)


[16] Al-Amaali An-Najmeeyah ala Mas’il Al-Jahileeyah, by Shaykh Ahmed An-Najmi,  page 114-115m DarulManhaj 1434H

[17]Al-Fawa’id Al-JaliyahSharhuMasa’ili Al-Jahiliyah, by ShaykhZaydMadkhali, page 279,

[18] ( page 226-227 The Everything Psychology book)


[19] Gharatu Al-Ashratah vol2/page 25, by Shaykh Muqbil

[20] Sharun Masa’il Jahiliyah, By Shaykh Salih Al Ash-Shaykh page  161-165, printed by Darus Salafyah 1st edition 1431H

[21]Shaykhul Islam ibn Taymiyyah, Fatawa Al-Iraqiyah, vol 1/page 91-91, Printed by Maktabutul Islamiyyah( 1st edition Beirut 1425H)

[22]Al-Ghulu wa Mathahirahu feel Hayati Al-Muasra,,by, Ali ibn Yahya Al-Hadadi. page 69, Printed Darul Minhaj 1st edition 2005


[23]Qatrul Waliala Hadith al-Wali page 275 .

[24] Page. 284 Mu’jam Al-fath Al-Aqeedah.


[25]At-Ta’asublilshaykukhawatifuMashubagbilAhwa, by shaykh Abu Abdul’ ‘Ala Khalid ibnUthman, page 162

[26]At-Ta’leeq ala Shartil Hizbiyyah,  page 72, by Abdul Azeez ibn Yahya Al-Bur’I ,Darul Haramain 1421H


[27] Abadus Shari’ah 1/268

[28]page 299-301/Zawabi’ fee Wajhi Sunnati Qadeeman wa Hadeethan , printed by Daru Alimil Kutub , reviewed by Shaykh Rabee ibn Hadi Al-Madkhali (may Allah bless him)

[29]ShaykhMuqbilibnHadi , page 21, Al-MukhrajuMinal Fitnah.5th edition, DarulHaramain 1420H

[30]Tafsir As-Sad’Ivol 1/ page 460, by ShaykhAbdurRahmanAs-Sa’di, Printed by DarulFikr, Beirut Lebanon 1st edition 1415H

[31] An-Nabuwat vol2/ 607, by Shaykhul Islam ibn Tayimiyah, printed by Darul Ibn Abbass 2006


[33]Here is the youtube : video to hear the attack against the shaykh. Recently, Dr Khalid Ar-Raddadi mentioned that a person was dragged out of the Prophet’s masjid and beaten. The accounts of such incidences recorded are enormous, but I refrained from mentioning them as some have publicly made Tawbah.

[34]At-Ta’asub lil shaykuk awatifu Mashubug bil Ahwa, by shaykh Abu Abdul’ ‘Ala Khalid ibn Uthman, page 147

[35] Ghratu Al-Ashrata vol2/pg 93

[36] Gharatu Al-Ashrata vol2/26


[37] Ali hadadi /page 70


[38] At-Ta’asubu lil Shayukh, by Shaykh Khalid Uthman, page 280


[40]Jubba( a long outer garment open in the front with wide sleeves[ Hans Wehr]

[41]126-127, QamulMu’anidwazajrulHaqidi al-Hasidi, By shaykhMuqbilIbnHadi Al-Wadi, printed,1422, MaktabatusSan’a , Ta’iz , Yemen. 1422H

[42] An-Nubuwat 1/143, Ibn Taymiyyah.

[43]MinhajulQasideen , by IbnJawzi vol2/pg 680

[44]At-Ta’asublilshaykukhawatifuMashubagbilAhwa, by shaykh Abu Abdul’ ‘Ala Khalid ibnUthman, page144

[45] . Shaykh-ul-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah: Many people test these groups based on suspicion and desires, thus they place their group and those who affiliate with their followers and support them as being among Ahl-us-Sunnah. On the other hand everyone who opposes them is considered Ahl-ul-Bid‘ah [Majmū‘ al-Fatāwā [3/346-347].

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The Evidence of the Scholar Vs. The Scholars as Evidence

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The Evidence of the Scholar Vs. The Scholars as Evidence

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The scholars are a tool to understand the intended meanings of Allah’s Speech and the Speech of His Prophet (ﷺ).Mankind has a constant and compelling need for scholars in order to make clear whatever is unclear. Sorry to say some people have withdrawn from consulting the scholars with the claim they are only following the Quran and the Sunnah and avoiding blind following. By doing this they have relied on their misunderstanding on the texts and thus gone astray except those whom Allah has spared.

Al-Alamah Muhammad ibn Isma’il As-Sana’I (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “There is a difference between blind following a scholar in everything he says compared to relying on a scholar’s understanding. Blind following is when a person accepts everything the scholar says without considering the Quran or the Sunnah. On the  other hand,relying a scholar’s skilled perspective is a way for a Muslim to understand the proof.[1]

People are divided into 4 categories in regards to knowledge;

  • A scholar
  • A Student of knowledge
  • A half-educated person
  • An ignoramus

There isn’t any human-being who knows everything, and the student of knowledge must depend on a learned person for knowledge to clarify any doubts in issues that are troublesome to understand.[2]


Al-Alamah Abdur Rahman As-Sa’di (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “The people who deal with the scholars are in 3 states:

  • Those who are fanatical towards the ulema and place their speech in a superior status equal to the Prophet (ﷺ) and give it precedence over the Quran and the Sunnah, and despite this every Imam from Ahlus Sunnah encourages that only the Quran and Sunnah be followed. These scholars have ordered the Muslims that anything they say which contradicts the Quran and the Sunnah be rejected.


  • Those who render the scholars speech ineffectual and useless. These kinds of people don’t rely on the proper understanding of the scholars which spreads lights over dark areas, or after they’ve gained insight from the scholars they don’t thank them for their time and effort. By doing these kinds of actions they have been prohibited from numerous blessings. The reason why some people do these actions is because they believe that it’s a must to follow everything the Prophet (ﷺ) said and disregard the statements of the companions and the Taa’bieen. This is a serious mistake. The Sahabah and the scholars and are agents between the Prophet and his nation for conveying the Sunnah, its meaning and wording. Therefore, to follow them and their understanding and use them as citations serves as a benefit.


  • A group of people that honors and respects the scholars, give them their rights and expresses their gratitude towards them based on their superiority and virtue. Also, at the same time this faction of people acknowledges the scholars aren’t infallible and their speech is the consequence of the sunnah of the Prophet hence; it is accepted as it contains guidance, knowledge and truth. In contrast, the scholar’s speech which is incorrect isn’t accepted nor is he blameworthy if he formed a legal opinion based on the evidence he holds to be correct. The scholars’ errors are forgiven for this kind of effort. Allah has favored the ummah with Scholars who nurture the people and there are 2 kinds of nurturing:


  • The nurturing by knowledge: The scholars educate the people with essential issues first before the complex ones. The Alim achieves this goal by instilling the meanings of the Quran & the Sunnah in the people’s minds through teaching them and writing books.


  • The personal development of good character. The scholars encourage people to practice upright behavior and define the virtue in possessing these traits.[3]



Islam clearly supports relying on the scholars to understand the proof and the scholars all agree the Quran, Sunnah , and consensus are evidence. The problem lies in blind following the scholars in everything they say, thus resulting in their speech being used as proof. Blind following hinders a person from the Prophet’s guidance and distants him from the texts.

Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyah said: “It’s a requisite in Islam to comply and follow the text above and beyond the opinions of men. The Quran and the Sunnah must be the criterion in everything the scholars differ about. To avoid relying on the Quran and  the Sunnah in exchange for the opinions of scholars, or to criticize anyone who directs his attention to the Quran, the Sunnah and the speech of the companions alongside the speech of the scholars, is dreadfully wrong. No Muslim should judge anyone other than the Quran, the Sunnah and the believers as his intimate friend. The guidelines of the Shariah have made it obligatory to avoid placing scholars’ opinions over the texts and taking non- Muslims as friends and protectors. The religion can only be complete when those things are rejected and denounced. [4]

Other related topic:

Is it obligatory to act by a scholar’s verdict?

Prepared and Translated by;

Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight L Battle Sr.

Doha, Qatar 1436©

[1] Irshad An-Niqad ila Tayseer pg 105-106

[2] Al-Wasitiya , Shaykh Hamad Al-Uthman pg 198

[3]  refer to Tawdeehu Kafee Ash-Shafi pg 153-155

[4]  ‘Illam 2/249

Propaganda Pundits Masquerading The Salafi Dawah


Propaganda Pundits Masquerading The Salafi Dawah


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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم



My dearest Muslim,

As you are well aware, the illustrious compiler of hadith Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) conveyed that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “The believer does not allow himself to be stung twice from the same hole.”[1] Ibn Hajar, (may Allah have mercy upon him) commenting on this narration in Fathul-Barri stated, “Stinging is done by poisonous insects or creatures that crawl.”[2] Al-Khattabi (may Allah have mercy on him) mentioned in ‘Alamu As-Sunan, “As for the Prophet’s saying: “should not be stung”, this is a command in the form of a statement which means that a believer should be watchful and should not be taken suddenly time after time. This may be done in matters of the religion as it is in worldly affairs; and the affairs of the religion are more important.”[3] Thus, as Muslims we are to be resolutely aware of being victimized by deception. Our intelligence must prevail over apathy in order for reoccurring injury to be avoided.



In light of the prophetic exhortation to safeguard oneself from harm prescribed in the aforementioned hadith, and my sincerest wish for our collective well being, I advise myself, you, and our brothers of Salafi Publications along with their affiliates concerning the venomous, propaganda, tabloid tactics they utilize in attempt to monopolize and control Salafiyyah in the West.


Propaganda is neutrally defined as a systematic form of purposeful persuasion that attempts to influence the emotions, attitudes, opinions, and actions of specified target audiences for ideological, political, or commercial purposes through the controlled transmission of one-sided messages (which may or may not be factual) via mass and direct media channels.[4] It has been utilized throughout history by agencies to manipulate and sway the general public in support of their varying agendas. Prominent examples familiar to those residing in western societies are the smear campaigns used by political candidates to discredit their opponents during elections, or the celebrity endorsement of products to entice consumers toward its purchase.

Be aware my honorable brothers and sisters in faith, that Satan (may Allah curse him) was the first propagandist. He belligerently schemed against Adam and Hawaa (may Allah’s peace be upon them) coercing them into disobedience through his distortion that consuming from the tree Allah forbade them would render them angelic or grant them immortality. Allah says, “Then Satan began to whisper suggestions to them, in order to reveal to them their shame that was hidden from them before. He said, “Your Lord only forbade you this tree, lest you become angels or beings that live forever.” And he (Satan) swore by Allah to them both (saying), “Verily, I am one of the sincere well-wishers for you both. So he misled them with deception. Then when they tasted of the tree, that which was hidden from them of their shame (private parts) became manifest to them and they began to stick together the leaves of Paradise over themselves (to cover their shame). And their Lord called out to them (saying), “Did I not forbid you that tree and tell you: Verily, Satan is an open enemy unto you? “They said, “Our Lord! We have wronged ourselves. If You forgive us not, and bestow not upon us Your Mercy, we shall certainly be of the losers.” (Allah) said: “Get down, one of you an enemy to the other [i.e. Adam, Hawwa (Eve), and Shaitan (Satan), etc.]. On earth will be a dwelling-place for you and an enjoyment, for a time.”[5]

It is through the stratagem of purposeful persuasion that Satan gains temporary mastery over the heart and intellect of the Sons of Adam. We must be cognizant that the Quran is the utmost authority regarding human nature and its altering physical and psychological conditions. Allah vividly illustrated the discourse between Our Father and his sworn enemy to evidence our weakness. Allah states,  ”Should not the One who created know? And He is The Subtle, The Aware”[6] and He also says, “We have explained in detail in this Quran for the benefit of mankind every kind of similitude, but man in most things is contentious.”[7]

Modern psychology in its finite inquiry, has sought to define the models and tactics employed by propagandists, only to be preceded and outranked by the divine revelation of the Quran. Utilizing the Book of Allah and its scholarly exegesis as the primary source of disputation, and contemporary psyche research as evidence to establish the superiority of Allah’s word as well a sociological reference, I’ve detailed the blatant tabloid schemes of Spubs and the nuances of their propaganda exploits.


The most primitive and over-abused tactic of propagandists is the usage of derogatory names to belittle or humiliate an opponent. Allah says, “And they say: You (Muhammad) to whom the Dhikr (the Qur’an) has been sent down! Verily, You are a mad man.” [8] Allah also informs, “Likewise, no Messenger came to those before them, but they said: “A sorcerer or a madman!”[9] Propagandists engage opposition in this vituperative manner to discredit the validity of the argument waged against them. Slandering causes fear and mistrust; thus is a profitable way to alter perception and avoid constructive debate. It is desired that their audience will reject the disputant on the basis of description with negative connotation instead of investigating the evidence presented.

Spubs, its cohorts, and followers habitually employ this lowly and despicable practice abhorred by Allah as He stated, “O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the name of disobedience after [one’s] faith. And whoever does not repent – then it is those who are the wrongdoers.[10] The Messenger of Allah (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said congruently: “Insulting a Muslim is immoral conduct (fisq) and fighting him is disbelief (kufr).”[11] Some of the common slurs hurled by this diseased group are: liar, donkey, affiliate of X, Y, or Z, fame-seeker, deviant, dajjal, Iblis, supporter of deviants, ahmaq (Fool), unknownimpostor, pretender, coward, resentful hater, arrogant, idiot, fraud, moron  and feign knowledge.[12] Sufficient is Allah as a witness to their manifest deviation from his legislation.


We must be conscious as seekers of truth that Allah cautions, “O you who believe! Be not like those who annoyed Musa (Moses), but Allah cleared him of that which they alleged, and he was honorable before Allah.”[13] The Messenger of Allah (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) expounded on this verse stating: “The (people of) Bani Israel used to bathe naked (all together) looking at each other. The Prophet Moses used to bathe alone. They said, ‘By Allah! Nothing prevents Moses from taking a bath with us except that he has a scrotal hernia.’ So once Moses went out to take a bath and put his clothes over a stone that ran away with them. Moses followed that stone, saying, ‘my clothes, O stone! My clothes, O stone!’ till the people of Bani Israel saw him and said, ‘By Allah, Moses has no defect in his body.” [14]

The circulation of false accusations, fostering rumors, and manipulating information are weapons used by propagandist assassins to destroy the reputation and credibility of an individual or institution. Methodically, Spubs company spies pillage through the lives, social media accounts, and works of those they collectively target on a frantic paparazzi-like scavenger hunt for any viable scrap of info and misconstrue it into a blazing arrow of defamation aimed at breaking the honor of the innocent. The Messenger of Allah (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales; and do not look for others’ faults and do not spy, and do not be jealous of one another, and do not desert (cut your relation with) one another, and do not hate one another; and O Allah’s worshipers! Be brothers (as Allah has ordered you).”[15] Ibn Taymiyyah said, “Name calling and character assassination isn’t knowledge nor is it beneficial[16] and Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah declared, “Whoever treads the path of the Messenger and his companions, let him get used character assassination and slander from Ahl Bid’ah. The people of innovation will conduct fault findings in order to turn people away from him.[17]


Rumors and gossip are public nuisances that menace one’s honor, family, and livelihood. Its influence poisons relationships and is noxious to the well being of communal life. Both cling to invention and deceit, and even though containing grains of truth, are malignant.  Allah states: “When you were propagating it with your tongues, and uttering with your mouths that whereof you had no knowledge, you counted it a little thing, while with Allah it was very great![18] Abdul-Ghani Al-Maqdasi said: Undoubtedly, being preoccupied with circulating bad news, magnifying people’s mistakes, and determined to hunt and follow up on one’s errors spreads disorder and causes stress. As a result of this culture, people become frustrated and hopeless. This increases fitnah people easily to fall victim to.[19] Circulating rumors is one of the main branches of propaganda resorted to when one desires relevancy or is critiqued but unqualified to respond tactfully. He strives feverishly to divert the public from the main and crucial issues though his objective isn’t to make you believe the speculation, but to implant false memories about their relevant enemies and maintain anti- social behavior.


Spubs’ mastery of diversion is greatly exemplified in their rebuttal to The Cult Characteristics of the Salafees in The West. Raha Batts, a self-confessed penitentiary educated convert whose integrity and proficiency at translating has been previously challenged,[20] penned an English translation of a phone call placed to Sheikh Khalid Uthman of Egypt whose book “Fanaticism towards the Scholars” was cited in my research. An endorsement was sought from Sheikh Khalid to discredit the validity of my findings through his testimonial, a propaganda technique frequently used in advertising where a noted personality is sought to support or promote a person, group, or product.

The headline reads:


Our brother Raha, (may Allah grant him honesty and knowledge) resorts to sensationalism, the usage of exciting or shocking stories or language at the expense of accuracy, in order to provoke public interest or excitement. The colon placed after the sheikh’s name is used to separate an independent clause from a quotation, thus indicating that the phrase that followed is his (sheikh Khalid’s) actual speech. Yet after thorough examination, you’ll find this quote is absent from the text of the conversation. This is because Raha blatantly exaggerated the sheikh’s words and hoped that his craftiness would avoid the keen eye. Sheikh Khalid per the article clearly stated: “This man has no right to apply MY SPEECH which is for fanatics, to the salafees”, and not the speech of  “THE SCHOLARS.”


This subtle bandwagon strategy is an attempt to persuade the target audience to join in and pursue the course of action that seemingly the majority (the scholars) has chosen. The intentional vagueness of the term “the scholars” implies that topic being addressed is collectively shared information and creditable to be accepted as a consensus (ijmaa). Such a title is enough to arouse the naïve layman sincerely seeking truth to follow suit, however it is completely unrecognizable whom exactly “The Scholars” includes. Yazid ibn Habib said, “The scholars say the mother is superior to the father in regards to all rights.”[22] Take notice to how he used “the scholars” for an issue agreed upon by consensus.

Furthermore, Sheikh Khalid said, “I say, firstly, I do not know this man. This man is unknown to me; I do not know him” which is factual, yet the conniving headline schemed by Raha suggests that he and I are on a first name basis. The Cult characteristics of the Salafees in the West is a synthesis of the expression of many scholars, therefore the exclusion of the statements of one wouldn’t jeopardize its integrity, nor challenge its validity. Raha understood this and found no other way to discredit it except through deception. Ibn Qayyim said, Whoever contemplates over each and every misleading article of falsehood and innovation will discover that its author phrases it nicely and garbs it with words that will make it acceptable to people who don’t know the reality of the issue addressed.[23]


Moreover, it is evident that Sheikh Khalid’s assertion was conditional. He states, “If they are those who are true salafees,” which disassociates him from liability of the motivation behind the questioning which is skeptical, due to Raha concealing that I didn’t mention any specific group. Rigorous honesty must be employed as opposed to selective amnesia when soliciting verdicts from the scholars. Cherry picking is the act of highlighting individual cases or data that seem to confirm a particular position, while ignoring or suppressing a significant portion of related cases or data that may be in contradiction. Allah says, “And mix not truth with falsehood, nor conceal the truth”[24] and “Know they not that Allah knows what they conceal and what they reveal?”[25] Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah stated, “Among the signs of Ahl Bid’ah is they narrate what’s for them and conceal what is against them.”[26]


There are in fact many entities that claim salafiyyah in the West, yet Spubs alone crudely expressed contention with my research. Allah says: “They think every cry is against them!”[27] I specifically addressed a “salafee cult. If the descriptions provided are qualities that they don’t possess, then there would be absolutely no need to respond. Simple retrospection will lead you to conclude that they’ve made innovators of everyone except themselves, so inherently they are “THE SALAFEES”, a sentiment justly rebutted by Allah’s statement: “And don’t sanctify yourselves, He (Allah) knows best who has taqwaa.”[28] Crowning themselves and their affiliates as the only salafees has essentially made allegiance to them a condition of Salafiyyah.[29]


The Invocation of righteousness is a delusion of grandeur suffered by nations past. Allah revealed, “And (both) the Jews and the Christians say: “We are the children of Allah and His loved ones.”[30] Mujirudeen ibn Muhammad Al-Maqdasi (may Allah have mercy upon him) explained, “The meaning here is that Allah is like a father in compassion and mercy. They are his children and have the status of a child to his father in closeness.”[31] Al-Allamah Abdullah Ad-Duwaysh (may Allah have mercy upon him) said, “invoking the righteous call is frequently found with people who deviate from the straight path of those who have knowledge, are poor, and firm in their worship. As result of this deviation, they fall into innovation and misguidance. Through using the elitist status they desire to be known and respected, so they love to be praised for that which they don’t do from their followers. Elitist status gives them a reputation of being sincere and knowledgeable.”[32] The fallacies of their self-indulgence forge the assumption that any challenge to them is immoral and any criticism is an unwarranted attack. Allah says: “Have you not seen those who claim sanctity for themselves. Nay, but Allah sanctifies whom He pleases”[33] Al-Qurtubi (may Allah have mercy upon him) said, “the meaning of this verse is, don’t attest piety to yourselves that your righteous and free of sin and disobedience. Allah is fully aware of the person fearing his punishment, so avoid sinning.”[34] Allah also states, “And never think that those who rejoice in what they have perpetrated and like to be praised for what they did not do – never think them [to be] in safety from the punishment, and for them is a painful punishment.”[35]

The genesis of their illusion and aberration is the deficiency and disparagement of education. There has emerged from this small, homogenous group a disturbing irreverence toward Islamic university credential. Ironically, there are countless Salafi scholars, professors, and students who possess degrees. Amongst those prominent are, Dr. Abdus Salam Burjis, Dr. Salih Al-Fawzan, Dr. Rabee Al-Madkhali, Dr. Saalih As-Suhaymi, Dr. Falah Ismail Al-Mandakar, Dr. Muhammad Raslan, Dr. Muhammad Bazmoul, Dr. ‘Alee Naasir Al-Faqeehee, and Dr. ‘Abdur-Razzaaq Al-‘Abbaad. It is imperative to highlight that the acquisition of a degree doesn’t conclude that its possessor has knowledge, though according to Dr. Fowzan he is a certified to teach while the one without license needs tazkiyah.

Spubs has sewn together a patchwork conglomerate of narcissistic, scarcely educated men of hive like mentality who lean heavily on antiquated commendations that have been tarnished by repetitious accusations of infidelity and insubordination. Those thoroughly educated and progressive are a direct threat to their relevancy, which is why they are so viscerally demeaned. It is incumbent upon us as owners of intellect to interrogate ourselves as to the validity of an Islamic education that comprises of extremely short term study in Yemen, Egypt, or Saudi Arabia that occurred in some cases 10, 15, or even 20 years ago, and how the status as a student of knowledge is preserved if one hasn’t returned to it’s path since then. Allah states, “I take Allah’s Refuge from being among Al-Jahilun (the ignorant or the foolish).” [36]Al-Khalil ibn Ahmed (may Allah have mercy upon him) said, “There are three out four kinds of people you can speak to. A man who knows and recognizes he has knowledge, so speak to him. A man who has knowledge, but he believes that he doesn’t, accordingly speak to him. A man doesn’t know and is aware of the fact that he has no knowledge, so speak to him. Then there is a person who has no knowledge, but he believes he is knowledgeable, don’t speak to him.” [37]


To disguise their inadequacies and masquerade as students of knowledge, Spubs have exploited the scholars to perpetuate a culture of fear, a term defining the incitement of terror in the general public to achieve political or religious superiority. Fear is the fastest way to bypass rationale, and when logical deduction is lost, one will believe anything. Allah says, “Yet they try to frighten you with those besides Him! And whom Allah sends astray, for him there will be no guide.” [38] Sheikh Muhammad Lowh (May Allah preserve him) said, “The sheikh who they reverence contains the climate of fear. They encircle their group and population with fear so much so that their community refuses to have anything to do with critics (outside the circle). The critics explain the truth and steer people to worship Allah alone without any partners. You will notice that they use any means of fear feasible to divert them away from the critics’ advice and guidance.” [39]

At a seminar hosted by Al-Furqan in June of 2014 wittingly entitled “The sickness and the cure” Abu Muhammad Al-Magribi exclaimed, “I’m not playing no games! I didn’t play games before; I was patient with certain people. If I catch anyone interfering with the dawah and he’s not fit, I have two words for him. I’m going to report you to the ulema, bottom line with your name, with your real name! I’m going to find your real name and I’m gonna call Shaykh Rabee. Shaykh Rabee, this is a person who’s interfering with Dawah.”[40]

Under whose jurisdiction was he deputized as an intelligence agent of moral authority, sanctioned to critique and flaunt his findings? Allah orders, “And speak good to people.” Intimidation is incompatible with the Prophet’s call, (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and is an aversion to an audience seeking morality.

A Frankenstein has been erected from the knowledge, honor, and astuteness of the scant number of scholars they resort to with Dr. Rabee being the head of their monster. The mere mention of his name was once the source of despair for those they threatened and bullied, but due to their intemperate abuse of his merit its effectiveness has waned and likened him in public view to a repudiated crime boss.

Their unwavering loyalty and devotion to him spawned a cult of personality, subsequently basing allegiance and disassociation on his dynamism. This mentality is an infamous trait of the Sufi cult. Abdul-Qadir Al-Jaylani believed that the disciple must never disagree with his sheikh outwardly, and had to stay clear of opposing him even in his heart and mind. The obligation to follow those who exhort towards truth is undeniable however, we don’t believe anyone after the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is a legislator for mankind, whereas we obey him in all he orders and avoid everything that he prohibits. Allah says, “Or have they partners with Allah who have instituted for them a religion which Allah has not allowed.” [41] Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have mercy upon him) explained, “Whoever raises and appoints any person then makes loyalty and enmity based on the accord of that person is described in the verse in Ar-Rum, 32.”[42] Sheikh Al-Islam (may Allah have mercy upon him) also said, “None one has the right to summon others to a statement or belief that something is correct because of the person who said it. Moreover, Muslims must not fight against other Muslims based on a particular scholar’s statement. Rather, when Allah and His Messenger order something, we summon others to follow it because that’s obedience to Allah and His Messenger.” [43]

The unprincipled, miscreant agenda of propagandists is catalyzed by the reckless abandonment of sincerity due to an unquenchable thirst for dominance. In their breasts fester a lack of sound knowledge, an unhealthy loathing of competition, and a despicably low sense of integrity. Propaganda undermines trust in the source of info and instigates rumor, which can result in the denial of truth when presented. Its insidious affect reaps pessimistic attitudes, encourages violence, and limits the mind’s options. Ar-Rahman has taught man to articulate eloquently, a blessing to which propagandists show ingratitude through failure to convey clear truth in an endearing manner that is free from ulterior motive or criminal intent.

Spubs’ pompous, self-appointed ministry incorporates a sufi-styled exaltation of its scholars, the scathing defamation of Ahlus-Sunnah, and deception perpetrated by the Shiite, as well as covert accusations of apostasy reminiscent of Khawarij tendencies. They’ve inseminated the minds of their audience with a pyretic, blind allegiance to their party’s protocol, which lacks consistency with their alleged adherence to pure Islamic teaching.

Brainwashing evangelism derails the cognitive senses until one is left wandering and animalistic. The Quran in turn heightens awareness, so in order to gain a sense of direction one must be cultivated upon its pure rudimentary and sophisticated teachings until adorned with piety, intellect, and immune to deceit. Allah asserts, “Oh you who believe, if you fear Allah He will grant you the ability to distinguish between right and wrong.” May our shortcomings escort us to sincere repentance, and I invoke Allah to grant us faith that exceeds perpetrating surface belief, conscious discernment, and valor in the face of adversity.



The poor servant in need of Allah’s mercy

Your Brother,

Abu Aaliyah Ibn Dwight Battle







  • Character Assassination: the malicious and unjustified harming of a person’s good reputation.


  • Name Calling: abusive language or insults utilized to defame an individual, group, or institution.
  •  Testimonial: the endorsement a product, group, or institution by a well-known public figure.  
  • Bandwagon: an attempt to persuade a target audience to join in and pursue the course of action that seemingly the majority has chosen.
  • Transfer (Honor by Association): the technique of projecting positive (praise or blame) of a person, entity, object, or value (an individual, group, organization) to another in order to make the second more acceptable.
  • Invoking the Righteous Call: A person who believes that they are superior to others (and thus deserve favored status) because of their intellect, social status, wealth, or other factors.
  • Disparaging Education: The lack of reverence for education and intellectualism.
  • Cherry Picking/Selective Reporting: suppressing evidence or thefallacy of incomplete evidence is the act of pointing to individual cases or data that seem to confirm a particular position, while ignoring a significant portion of related cases or data that may contradict that position.
  • Rumors and Gossip: Information, ideas, or lies deliberately spread to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution and nation.
  • Sensationalism: the use of exciting or shocking stories or language at the expense of accuracy, in order to provoke public interest or excitement.
  • Verdicts by Association: A fallacy that tangles the process of fairly evaluating an idea, person, or group by interjecting irrelevant and misleading negative material. This practice tries to connect beliefs or persons to something unsavory or untrustworthy in order to discredit them.
  • Culture/ Climate of Fear: is a term used by some scholars, writers, journalists and politicians who believe that some in society incite fear in the general public to achieve political goals
  • Yellow Journalism: journalism that is based upon sensationalism and crude exaggeration.


  • Cult of Personality: arises when an individual usesmass media, propaganda, or other methods, to create an idealized, heroic, and at times, worshipful image, often through unquestioning flattery and praise.
  • Playing the Trump Card: something used to gain an advantage, sometimes a dishonest one.


  • Spinning Stories: a form of propaganda, achieved through providing an interpretation of an event or campaign to persuade public opinion in favor or against a certain organization or public figure.



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[1] Collected by Al-Bukhari[6133] and Muslim[ 2998]

[2] Fathul Bari [10/529] by Ibn Hajr

[3] ‘Allamu Us-Sunnan 2/498

[4] Read more:

[5]  Al-‘Araf 21-24

[6] Al-Mulk 67:14

[7] Al-Khaf 18:54

[8]  Al-Hijr 15: 6

[9]  Ad-Dhariyat 51; 52

[10]  Al-Hujurat 49; 11

[11]   Collected Al-Bukhari [48] and Muslim [64]

[12] or @AbuIyaadSP [tweets] if further evidence is required please @ I’m referring to the TROID & SP Franchise admin as a whole who employ this tactic.

[13] Al-Ahzab 33:69

[14] Collected by Al-Bukhari [3404]

[15] Collected by Al-Bukhari[5144] and Muslim[4917]

[16] Majmu-ul-Fatawa [4/28]

[17] Madarajus Salikin [ 3/199]

[18] An-Nur 24:15

[19] Explanation of Hadith ul-Ifk, Abdul Ghani Al-Maqdasi page 83



[22]  Al-Jami fil Hadith [128] , Abdullah ibn Wahab[d.197H]

[23] I’lam-ul-Muwaqqi-in [6/154]

[24] Al-Baqarah 2:42

[25] Al-Baqarah 2:77

[26] Dar‘u al-Taarudh al-‘Aql wa al-Naql [7/ 170-171]

[27] Al-Munafiqun 63:4

[28]  An-Najm 53: 32

[29] Shaykh-ul-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah: Many people test these groups based on suspicion and desires, thus they place their group and those who affiliate with their followers and support them as being among Ahlus-Sunnah. On the other hand everyone who opposes them is considered Ahl-ul-Bid‘ah [Majmū‘ al-Fatāwā [3/346-347].

[30] Al-Ma’odah 5: 18

[31] Fathul Rahman fi Tafsir-Ul Quran, Mujir-ud-deen ibn Muhammad Al-Maqdasi[d927H]

[32]  Zaw’id Masa’il-il-Jahiliyah, pg 966

[33] An-Nisa 4: 49

[34] Al-Jami li Ahkam-il-Quran 17/110

[35] Ali-Imran 3:188

[36]  Al-Baqarah 2:67

[37]  Akhbar-Ul-Hamaq wal-Mughafilin, Ibn Jawzi , pg 25

[38]  Az-Zumar 39: 36

[39] Taqdis-al-Ashkhas fi Fikris Sufi [ 2/193]


[41]  Ash-Shura 42:21

[42] Hukuml Intimaa ilaa Al-Firaq Wal-Ahzab, Sh Bakr Abu Zayd pg 104-105.

[43] Fatawa Al-Iraqiyah Vol1/ 91-92, Ibn Taymiyyah


Fanaticism towards the Scholars PT 3

Fanaticism towards the Scholars

Emotions contaminated with Desires

Part 3

Excessive praising for only their Shaykh with phrases

of superior manner

The people diseased with this illness will say things like, “ Our shaykh is the only scholar around today” , or “He’s the Shaykh of Shaykhs” or He’s the Imam of Imams, in fact he’s Shaykul Islam in this era.”

Imam Al-Bayhaqi placed a chapter in his Sunnan (2/86) : The people of knowledge dislike pride, arrogance, and the obligation for people to address them they way the arrogant are spoken to and remain silent happily while being praised.

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There are proofs for the prohibition of excessive praise for a scholar, Imam, or leader.

The Prophet(sallahu alayhi wa salim) said:

لاَ تُطْرُونِي كَمَا أَطْرَتِ النَّصَارَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ فَإِنَّمَا أَنَا عَبْدُهُ فَقُولُوا عَبْدُ اللهِ وَرَسُولُه.

Don’t be excessive of your praise of me, the same way the Christians are excessive in their praise toward Mary’s son. I am only Allah’s servant. Therefore say Allah’s servant and Messenger.” [ Bukhari 3445]

The Prophet(sallahu alayhi wa salim) said:

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ عَلَيْكُمْ بِتَقْوَاكُمْ ، لاَ يَسْتَهْوِيَنَّكُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ ، أَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللهِ عَبْدُ اللهِ وَرَسُولُهُ ، وَاللَّهِ مَا أُحِبُّ أَنْ تَرْفَعُونِي فَوْقَ مَنْزِلَتِي الَّتِي أَنْزَلَنِي اللَّهُ.

O people fear Allah! Don’t let Shaytaan seduce you! I am Muhammad ibn Abdullah, Allah’s slave and His Messenger. I swear by Allah, I hate to be raised over the status Allah gave me.[ Ahmed 3/153]

I say [Khalid Al-Misree] : It’s a must to distinguish between a student showing honor and respect for his sheikh compared to the student deeming his teacher being infallible and  error free. Showing honor and respect are obligatory and encouraged in Islam, but excessive praise is prohibited. Sometimes excessive praise can lead to major Shirk similar to the acts the Sufis and Raafidah sect do toward their leaders.

TN : To add insult to injury it has become common among some of the fanatics today to not even label others with their due titles of respect.[1]

Taken from :Fanaticism towards the Scholars Emotions contaminated with Desires by shaykh Khalid al-Misree printed by Dar Ilmi As-Salaf 2008 page 149-151

Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle Sr

Doha, Qatar 1432

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[1] For example missionaries from Spubs & Troid will not address Scholars like Sh. Ibrahim Ar-Ruhayli, Sh Saleem At-Taweel and others as Shaykh, but rather they will merely say, “ Ibrahim Ar-Ruhayli or Saleem At-Taweel. And if it’s a caller they collectively target they will address him with his name prior to Islam.