‘Abdullah Ibn Mas’uud said:
“من أراد أن يستن فليستن بمن قد مات، إذ الأحياء لا تؤمن عليهم الفتنة ”
Whoever wants to follow someone’s way let him follow the way of the ones who have died because verily those who are living are not safe from fitnah.
Without doubt the death of 4 great scholars of this time, Shaikh Ibn Baaz, Shaikh Al Albani, Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Saalih Al ‘Uthaimeen and Shaikh Muqbil Ibn Haadi was and is indeed a great trial for the Muslims. But everyone dies and Allah ta’ala is ever living.
I still remember when I was new to Islaam and then in 1999 both Shaikhs Al Albani and Ibn Baaz died. Then when I went to Madeenah (2000) Shaikh ‘Uthaimeen died after Ramadaan and by 2001 it was Shaikh Muqbil’s turn. Four mountains returned to Allah within two years.
Although there are those who focus on the trials that their death has brought to the Ummah as a whole and the Salafis in specific it is much more important to focus upon what they left back as inheritance i.e knowledge.
We have to ask ourselves whether or not we have taken their inheritance seriously in terms of truly benefiting from their knowledge. Are we really upon their way? We should ask the following questions to ourselves, possibly it can serve as a rough guide:
1. Do we try to follow their way in learning, acting upon and spreading the Tawheed of Allah ta’ala? Or are we from those who claim to be upon their way yet ignore this fundamental for current affairs, politics etc?
2. Do we try to follow their way in commanding the good and forbidding the evil? Are we from those who warn the Ummah from Shirk, innovations and different sins? Or are we from those who keep quiet regarding these affairs in the name of ‘wisdom’?
3. Are we from those who follow evidences when it comes? Or is our religion only this Shaikh said and this ‘Aalim said?
4. Are we from those who call the people to unity upon the truth? Or are we from those who only care about numbers?
5. Are we from those who call our brothers and sisters to obedience to the rulers even if they are oppressive? Or are we from those who call toward fighting and speaking ill of them?
6. Are we from those who warn against public disturbances such as protests or are we from those who support them?
7. Are we from those who warn against the deviant groups such as the Tableegh, the Ikhwaan, Jama’ah Al Jihaad and the likes of them? Or are we from those who keep silent regarding their errors in the name of ‘wisdom’.
Everyone says that they follow their way but between the methodology of these scholars and themselves is the distance of the far east and the far west,
May Allah aid us.