Before I go into the subject I would firstly like to thank many of the brothers who expressed concern regarding my article on Tahir Wyatt. Many of them said that perhaps it was indeed a slip of the tongue based upon his body language. Although I personally don’t have their same outlook since I have seen the deterioration of Yasir Qadhi (who went from explaining the books of Shaikh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab to reviling him). Additionally, Tahir himself defended Yaqeen (which advocates for LBGTQI rights) and vilified an individual who is opposed to such an agenda. Hence, I wouldn’t say that him making such an egregious statement is beyond him as deviance leads to further deviance. However, out of caution, I shall remove the article but keep it as a reference.
Now to the subject of this particular post which deals with another egregious statement which was made by Muhammad Hijab, a well known personality on social media and speakers corner.
Although I am amazed, flabbergasted and dumbfounded as to why a person who claims to adhere to the ‘Aqeedah of Ahlus Sunnah would make such a statement. I will still take a little time to educate brother Muhammad as I really think he didn’t understand the gravity of what he said.
The biography of Shaikh Ul Islam Ibn Taymeeyah is known (he need no introduction). For fear of being lengthy I will suffice with some of his qualities which indeed makes him an adequate representative of Ahlus Sunnah i.e an Imam of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah:
- His knowledge of the ‘Aqeedah (creed) and the Manhaj (methodology) of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah, its evidences and that which opposes it.
- His vast knowledge of the religion. In fact he began giving Fatwa at the tender age of 18.
- His refutations a plethora of deviant groups from the ‘Asharis, Maturidis, Mu’tazilah, Khawarij, Sufis, Shee’ah etc. He even refuted the Christians as well.
- His call to the Tawheed of Allah ta’ala and the correct ‘Aqeedah.
- His patience upon that which befell him from the hatred of his enemies to going to prison (he died in prison).
- His firmness and consistency upon the methodology of the Salaf until death.
- His revival of the Salafi methodology.
- His adherence to evidences.
- His call for Jihaad against the Mongols.
- What he has produced from students from the likes of Imam Ibnul Qayyim Al Jawzeeyah, Imam Adh Dhahabi, Imam Ibn Katheer, Imam Ibn Muflih etc.
- The fact that until now people still continue to benefit from his books in clarifying the correct ‘Aqeedah. Likewise they benefit from him in terms of Fiqh, Tafseer, Language etc.
- The praise of Imams, past and present, for that Imam. Imam Ibn Daqeeq Al ‘Eed said about him: “I saw a man who had many evidences in front of him. He took what he wanted and left what he wanted.”
This is why he was called Shaikh Ul Islam.
Anyone who is fair and has read Shaikh Ul Islam’s books, fatawa and biography would realize the station of that great Imam. Hence, it is extremely inappropriate and downright reprehensible for anyone in this modern time to render an opinion regarding him without proper understanding and diligent study of his biography. Secondly, one should know the conditions of being an Imam (leader) in the Qur’an and the Sunnah before such a station is affirmed or negated from an individual.
Allah has said:
وَجَعَلْنَا مِنْهُمْ أَئِمَّةً يَهْدُونَ بِأَمْرِنَا لَمَّا صَبَرُوا ۖ وَكَانُوا بِآيَاتِنَا يُوقِنُونَ
“And we brought from them Imams who guide by our orders and have had patience and they believed in our signs.”
According to this verse and what has been stated by different scholars of Tafseer the conditions that a person would have to meet to be a leader in religion are three:
- Firm belief in that which was sent via revelation, knowledge and practice of it.
- Calling toward guidance, commanding the good and forbidding the evil.
- Having patience and firm resolve upon that which was aforementioned.
May Allah bring this as a means of guidance to all.