The Noble Scholar Shaykh Muqbil Ibn Haadi, Allah have mercy on him, was asked:
Question: Who is the extremist?
Answer: Extremism/harshness is (that a person) makes prohibited upon the people something that Allah didn’t make prohibited and he obligates upon the people something which Allah didn’t obligate. This is extremism/harshness (in the religion). As for holding on to the religion (as it has been revealed), this is not considered extremism (in the religion).
Shaykh Sulayman ar-Ruhayli writes:
From their [i.e: those upon khāriji ideologies like ISIS, Al-Qā’idah, etc] danger is their praise of themselves and their speaking ill of those who are better than them. Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (رحمه الله) stated: “The first to go astray in that are the Khawārij al-Māriqoon (Those who have gone outside the practice of the religion according to the way of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم). This is due to them judging for themselves that they are the ones holding on to the Book of Allah and His Sunnah and that Alī, Mu’āwiyah and the soldiers (who were with these two) are the people of disobedience and innovation. Therefore, as a result of that, they made lawful that which they made lawful from the Muslims.” This is the way of the Khawārij up until today. And this is a great danger. Continue reading
Allāh says in the Qur’ān that which means:
إِنَّمَا يَعْمُرُ مَسَاجِدَ اللَّـهِ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّـهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَأَقَامَ الصَّلَاةَ وَآتَى الزَّكَاةَ وَلَمْ يَخْشَ إِلَّا اللَّـهَ ۖ فَعَسَىٰ أُولَـٰئِكَ أَن يَكُونُوا مِنَ الْمُهْتَدِينَ
The Masājid of Allāh shall be maintained only by those who believe in Allāh and the Last Day; establish the prayer, and give Zakāt and fear none but Allāh. It is they who are expected to be on true guidance. (Soorah At-Tawba: 18)
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Indeed, the praise is for Allāh; we praise Him and we seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allāh from the evil of ourselves and our bad deeds. Whomsoever Allāh guides, there is no one who can lead that person astray, and whomsoever Allāh leads astray, there is no guide for them. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshiped except Allāh and I bear witness that Muhammad is the servant and last messenger of Allāh to all of mankind and jinn. As to what follows:
Allāh has mentioned in the Qurān:
Indeed you have in the Messenger of Allāh a beautiful example. (al-Ahzāb: 36)
He also stated:
And indeed you (Oh Muhammad) are upon exalted character. (al-Qalam: 4)
Shaykh ul-Islam (May Allah have Mercy on him):
And the innovation (bid’ah) of the Rāfiḍa is more severe than the innovation of the Khawaarij. They accuse Abu Bakr and Umar of disbelief, and lie against the Prophet (ﷺ) and the Companions, in a manner that no one has brought the likes of, whilst the Khawaarij do not lie but the Khawaarij used to be more truthful and more courageous than them and more trustworthy in fulfilling their pacts than them and so fought more than them and they (the Rāfiḍa) are the most lying, the most cowardly, most deceitful and most lowly (of people) and they seek help from the disbelievers against the Muslims. Indeed we have seen and the Muslims have seen that if the Muslims are tried with the disbelieving enemy, they (the Rāfiḍa) are with them (the disbelieving enemy) as was the case with Genghis Khan the disbelieving emperor of the Tatars. For indeed the Rāfiḍa supported him against the Muslims. Continue reading