Accusation of Salafis being ISIS-sympathizers

Question #335 :

A brother from India says speaking openly about walaa and baraa is being used by kuffar and people of hizbiyyah to label brothers, who speak such stuff, as Da’esh (ISIS) sympathizers or promoters of ISIS ideology and legal proceedings are being initiated against them. What is your advice regarding this situation that we are facing?

Answer :

The Naseehah (advice) to them and us is (to observe) patience upon what they speak about us.

This accusations are not new but the Messengers were accused with more severe than this

(Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala says):

مَّا يُقَالُ لَكَ إِلَّا مَا قَدْ قِيلَ لِلرُّسُلِ مِن قَبْلِكَ ۚ

Nothing is said to you (O Muhammad (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)) except what was said to the Messengers before you.(Al Fussilat – 43)

This is Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), Our Rabb Subhaanahu wa ta’ala consoled him due to this name-calling, “Yaa Muhammad, do not listen to this speech, that you are a Saahir (magician), and that you are a Kaahin (sooth-sayer), that you are a “Saabi’ (الصَّابِئَ)” ^1, that you are a madman. And all these sayings are not said to you only but it was said to the messengers before you. Rather, the accusation on you is smaller than the Prophets and Messengers. 

Advise of Allah (Subahanahu wa ta`aalaa) to believers who face harm from kuffar

When Allah knew that His messenger‘s (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) heart is straitened because of what these disbelievers say, He said to him as a consolation and informing how to come out this straitening,

وَلَقَدْ نَعْلَمُ أَنَّكَ يَضِيقُ صَدْرُكَ بِمَا يَقُولُونَ* فَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ وَكُن مِّنَ السَّاجِدِينَ* وَاعْبُدْ رَبَّكَ حَتَّىٰ يَأْتِيَكَ الْيَقِينُ

Indeed, We know that your breast is straitened at what they say. So glorify the praises of your Lord and be of those who prostrate themselves (to Him). And worship your Lord until there comes unto you the certainty (i.e. death). ” (Al Hijr-97-99)

So this the advise of Allah to His Messenger (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) when his heart is straitened because of false accusations. This is also an advise to us when we are blamed with false accusations that we are supporters of Daish (ISIS) or we are Wahhabiyyah or we came up with a new religion or we are agents for Jihaad (al-Mu’ayyanah)

The false accusations wont harm us, but they harm the liers

All these accusations dont harm us but harm the one who is falsely blaming us. The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alahi wa sallam) said :

If a person says something of a believer that is not true, Allah will cause him to dwell in the mud of Khabãl(A lot of mud and dirt. it is explained in another Hadith as being the drippings of the people of Hell.) until he retracts what he said.” (Abu Dawud-3597, Graded Al Albani this as Sahih)

So who ever speaks about us wrongly he is harming himself, so we console our self with what Allah has advised and what happened to our predecessors.

The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alahi wa sallam) said :

“May Allah bestow His Mercy on Musa (Moses), for he was harmed more (in a worse manner) than this. yet he endured patiently.” (Sahih Al Bukhari,3405)

The victory is for true believers … we need to be patient

He (Sallallahu alahi wa sallam) also said to his companions when complained about the harm that they receive from the Mushrikun of Quraish.

Allah will surely complete this religion (i.e., Islam) so that a traveller from San’aa’ to Hadramaut will not be afraid of anybody except Allah and the wolf, lest it should harm his sheep.” (Al Bukhari -3852).

And he consoled them saying, “(A believer among) those who were before you used to be combed with iron combs so that nothing of his flesh, or nerves would remain on his bones. yet that would never make him desert his religion. A saw might be put over the parting of his head which would be split into two parts, yet all that would never make him abandon his religion”.

This is a great consolation from Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) to his companions, so we also advise the Salafiyyuun in India to be patient on the harm they receive from the Kuffar and the misguided people. This is the Sunnah that is preceded (way of Allah to try his loving believers) till the Qiyamah. Allah has told :

They will do you no harm, barring a trifling annoyance.” (Aal Imran-111)

They never can make us to return to Kufr or Ilhad with the permission of Allah as long as we are contented with this Deen. Only they will call us with bad names or say evil about us, so we should be patient.

Allah said that no one will be free from trails,

Alif Lam Meem. Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested. And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allah knows all that before putting them to test).” (Al Ankaboot-1-3)

They are not accusing you except that they feel pain as muslims are understanding and practicing their deen and many people are accepting the Islam

And it is not that you only face this but your brothers (around the world) face this false accusations. And the one who are accusing us also feel the pain when they see the Sunnah is spreading. When they see the righteous people who are upholding the Islam their eyes are burnt and they die with depression when they see the Islam is spreading in their lands of Kufr.

If you are suffering (hardships) then surely, they (too) are suffering (hardships) as you are suffering, but you have a hope from Allah (for the reward, i.e. Paradise) that for which they hope not, and Allah is Ever All-Knowing, All-Wise. ” (An Nisa – 104)

They would not have accused us if we follow the way of Tableeghee or Rafidee

Do you think that they don’t pain with spreading of the Islam ? What they accuse you that you are supporters of Daish is because of the pain that they feel when they see their children are practicing the true Islam and they are calling others to Islam and they are becoming people of Tawheed and Sunnah and they are upholding the correct Islam not the Islam which is mixed with falsehood (like the Sufiyyah (Barlevi, Deobandi), Rafidah).

If you are upon the way of Tableeghi or Sufiyyah or Rafidah, by Allah, they will not harm you, but they will welcome you and encourage you and empower you. The people of Tableegh entered the Russia (Core Communists who don’t believe in any religion) and no one (to preach any religion) can enter that place that time. They allowed them as they know they (the tableeghees) are nothing (that can cause problems for their methodology) and they are not upon any thing (from true Islam). And they allowed them to deviate the Muslims there.

They study the Islam and they study the methodologies of Islam which is the true from it and which is false. They know the true methodology and they support the Munafaqeen who label them as muslims against the true callers to Islam. They encourage them and support them as they know where to come to damage the Islam.

Be patient !!! Some examples from earlier believers

So we all will be patient. Some brothers they cannot bear little harm, may be a father forces his son to shave his beard and he shaves it. How if it happens to us what happened to our predecessors, we ask safety of Allah (like what happened earlier that a person was split into two with saw).

And if we see the people of ditch (as mentioned in surah Al Buruuj), the men, women and children all are upon same stance that “we don’t bargain on their Deen for any thing, let him to do what ever he will”. So that tyrant king ordered to dig the ditches and put the fire into it and threw the righteous people into it. The situation is such that the small child says to his mother “Oh Mother, be firm, as you are upon the Truth”. Allah made the small child to speak to keep the elder one firm. So how if that happens to us, we ask Safety of Allah. We just face small harm that they call us Daaishee.

People around the world are realizing the way of Salafiyyah that they are not supporters of Daaish or any Khawarij groups

Al Hamdulillah, now people know the way of Ahlus-sunnah (salafiyyun) and they begin to criticize the one who accuse Salafiyyun as supporters of Daaish or as Khawarij as the situation is opposite of what the enemies of salafiyyah accuse the salafiyyun. Now the dawah of ahlus-sunnah is self-explained by the situation more than what it was explained with the speech, as the speech that you speak, no one might answer to that. Many of the people, what they believe most is what they sense (in their daily life).

Like call of the Nuh (Alaihi-ssalam), he called for around thousand years, very few have answered his call. But when they see that they were about to drown may be many believe in what he said earlier. Similar to that Musa (Alaihi-ssalam), how much he called Firawn which he didn’t answer, but when he saw he is about to drown he believed and what Musa called to.

So we advise to be patient and be firm upon the Truth. The Islam started strange and it will return to be strange. We are in the time of strangeness, many Sunan were left and many Bidah were in practice, so we need to be patient.


Answered by : Shaykh Abu Bilal Al Hadrami

Translated with slight variation by : AbdnNoor Al Hindi

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