“Those people have nothing to do with Salafiya!” — Sh. Ibn Uthaymeen

In the name of Allah (The One). I send peace and blessings upon His Messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His Messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgment (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah).

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih bin Uthaymeen (rahimahullah — may Allah have mercy upon him) said: Salafiya is following the way of the Prophet ﷺ and his companions, because they are our Salaf (predecessors) coming before us. Therefore, following them is Salafiya. As for taking Salafiya as a specific way that specific people are upon and consider whoever differs with them as misguided, even if the truth is with them, then this without doubt is in opposition to Salafiya! All of the Salaf called to Islam and clinging firmly to the Sunnah of the Messenger ﷺ. They did not consider those who differed with them in interpreting verses as misguided, by Allah except in Aqeedah (creed). They (i.e., the Salaf) regarded those who differed with them in that (i.e., Aqeedah) as the one who’s misguided.

But, some people subscribe to Salafiya in our time have begun to make anyone who differs with them misguided, even if the truth is with him. Some of them have taken it as a Hizbi Manhaj (fanatical methodology) like some of the other fanatical groups that ascribe themselves to Islam, and this is what is repudiated and is impossible to accept. It should be said: “look at the way of the Salaf As-Saalih (pious predecessors), how they were open hearted with those who differed with them in those matters where Ijtihaad (using your mind to derive a ruling without the use of a text from the Qur’an or the Sunnah) was warranted.” They even used to differ in major issues, like Aqeedah and scholastic issues. You’ll find some of them, for example, deny that the Messenger ﷺ saw his Lord; some people say that. And some people say that the things that will be weighed on the day of judgement are the actions, where some say that it is the books of actions that will be weighed. You’ll also find them differing in matters of fiqh (jurisprudence) like: nikah (marriage), faraaidh (inheritance), ‘eddah (annulment), buyoo‘ (trading), and other that. And with all of that, they never would consider each other as misguided.

Therefore, Salafiya with the meaning that it’s a specific Hizb (group/faction) that has special merits where you consider everyone else as misguided, those people have nothing to do with Salafiya! But as for Salafiya, that is following the Manhaj of the Salaf in Aqeedah, speech, actions, in differing, agreeing, having mercy, and loving as the Prophet ﷺ said, “The example of the Mu’mineen (believers) in their loving, mercy, and kindness is like one body. If one limb complains, then the rest of the body claims he has a fever or has been afflicted with restlessness”, then this is the true Salafiya!

Taken from: http://www.saaid.net/Doat/ehsan/122-2.htm

With that I conclude by sending peace and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and his companions.


About Abdul-Malik Merchant
Muslim. Husband. Father. Associate Imam @ISBCC. UQU grad. Boston resident. DC native. Biker. Goofy. Straight up.

7 Responses to “Those people have nothing to do with Salafiya!” — Sh. Ibn Uthaymeen

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  2. Irfan says:

    Companion never differed on aqeeeda, akhee u shud refer to scholars on these issues. Fear allah akhee, as u have ascribed a terrible thing on the salaf. May Allah guide us

    • ROFL!!! Bro, you do know this is a translation from Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen (with the Arabic source provided in case I made any translation errors) don’t you? So now if Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen isn’t from the scholars I should refer back to, who are you referring to?

      Jzk bro, you’ve made my day LOL 😛

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