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Say: He is Allah. The One. The Self-Sufficient Master, Whom all creatures need. He begets not nor was He begotten, and there is none equal to Him. [Surah al-Ikhlas]

And whomsoever Allah wills to guide, He opens his breast to Islam [Surat Al-'An`am: 125]

So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah (Islamic monotheism) upon which He has created [all] people. [Surat Ar-Rum: 30]
Question: The (following) listener of the program sent a series of questions. He says in this (current) question: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

‘There will come upon the people a time (when) the one holding firmly onto his religion is like the one clutching onto hot coal.’

The one holding onto his religion, here, is like the one holding onto hot embers.” He says: “Has that time come? Or are we in that time?”
Answer by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen may Allah have mercy on him: 
This matter varies depending on the people or places (in question). Thus, in certain places a person might be severely persecuted in his religion such that he becomes like the one holding onto hot embers. And in such circumstance, it is obligatory for him to make hijrah (migrate) to another land where there is freedom of religion and tranquility. (This is) Because the scholars have said that when someone is not able to openly practice his religion in the land of the disbelievers, then it is mandatory that he migrate to establish his religion. In certain lands, in this time of ours, you find that the people have total freedom in establishing religious rituals, openly practicing, and promoting them, therefore it is not possible for us to say whether the time that the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) indicated refers to the present time that we find ourselves in, and to Allah belongs all praise. In some of the Muslim countries it is not possible (for one) to establish his religion in the way that Allah and His Messenger like it.
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Question: The (following) listener of the program sent a series of questions. He says in this (current) question: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

‘There will come upon the people a time (when) the one holding firmly onto his religion is like the one clutching onto hot coal.’

The one holding onto his religion, here, is like the one holding onto hot embers.” He says: “Has that time come? Or are we in that time?”

Answer by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen may Allah have mercy on him: 

This matter varies depending on the people or places (in question). Thus, in certain places a person might be severely persecuted in his religion such that he becomes like the one holding onto hot embers. And in such circumstance, it is obligatory for him to make hijrah (migrate) to another land where there is freedom of religion and tranquility. (This is) Because the scholars have said that when someone is not able to openly practice his religion in the land of the disbelievers, then it is mandatory that he migrate to establish his religion. In certain lands, in this time of ours, you find that the people have total freedom in establishing religious rituals, openly practicing, and promoting them, therefore it is not possible for us to say whether the time that the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) indicated refers to the present time that we find ourselves in, and to Allah belongs all praise. In some of the Muslim countries it is not possible (for one) to establish his religion in the way that Allah and His Messenger like it.

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How to Interact with Non-Muslim Parents - Shaykh Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee

“If you see a man praising evil people and the scholars of misguidance…know that he is disobedient, corrupt and astray…”
All praise is due to Allah, and may exaltation and safety be granted to Muhammad, his family, his companions, and those who aid them. To proceed:
Al-Imam al-Barbahaaree [d. 329 A.H.] (1), may Allah have mercy on him, said in his monumental work, Sharh as-Sunnah, point #141:

If you hear a man speak well of Ibn Abee Du’aad (2), Bishr (3), Thumaamah (4), Abul-Huthayl (5), Hishaam al-Futee (6), or any of their followers and supporters, scrutinize [him], and beware of him, for indeed, innovation is with him. These people were upon apostasy, so abandon this man who spoke well of them…(7)/(8)

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan, may Allah protect him, commented on this passage by saying:
“If you see a man praising evil people and the scholars of misguidance, such as the hatchlings of the Jahmiyyah, know that he is disobedient, corrupt and astray. This is because he would not have praised them if he did not love them and approve of their path. And if you see a man applauding the likes of al-Imam Ahmad and [al-Imam] Ibn Mubaarak; likewise, he applauds the scholars of the Taabi’een and those who came after them, know that he is a person who has good with him. This is because he only applauds the people of the Sunnah because he loves the Sunnah and firm adherence to it.
This teaches us a lesson: Some brothers or some students of knowledge praise some of the people of innovation or the people of desires and deviant views. He does not thoroughly examine their views and their course. Yet, he belittles and speaks ill of those who are good people. This happens because he lends an ear to those who belittle them, and [as a result], he believes them. This is extremely dangerous if a person degrades good people, the people of knowledge and the people of the Sunnah; yet, he applauds people with deviated views and ways. This is extremely dangerous.
If only he would not have sat with them. This is some of what al-Imam al-Barbahaaree warns us about from that which people have fallen into now.” (9)
Shaykh Rabee Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee, may Allah protect him, said:

“Regretfully, the affair has been turned upside down. We find many who connect themselves to the Salafi methodology befriending the people of innovation. They show concern for them, their methodology and their books, and they defend all of the aforementioned. However, you notice them fleeing, chasing [people] away and warning against those who uphold the truth and the Sunnah. Indeed, we belong to Allah and to Him we shall return!” (10)

Footnotes:
(1) A well-known Imam of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah.
(2) Ibn Abee Du’aad al-Mu’atazilee [d. 240 A.H.] was a figurehead of misguidance. He incited the government [during his time] to test the people about the creation of the Qur’aan.
(3) Bishr al-Mareesee [d. 218 A.H.] was from the shuyookh of the Mu’tazilah, and he was a caller to the statement that the Qur’an is created.
(4) Thumaamah Ibn Ashrar [d. 213 A.H.], the philosopher, he was a leader of the Mu’atazilah.
(5) Muhammad Ibn al-Hutayl al-Basree, he was one of the shuyookh of the Mu’tazilah and a head of innovation. [d. 235 A.H.]
(6) Hishaam al-Futee, he was one of the shuyookh of the Mu’tazilah. He also had followers called Hishaamiyyah.
(7) Al-Barbahaaree, Sharh as-Sunnah, 122-123 (Maktabah Daar al-Manhaaj)
(8) The biographies mentioned are summarized and taken from ‘Abdur-Rahman al-Jamyizee’s verification of Sharh as-Sunnah, Maktabah Daar al-Manhaaj.
(9) Saalih al-Fawzaan, An Explanation of Sharh al-Sunnah, pg. 412 (Daar Ibn Hajr)
(10) Rabee’ al-Madkhalee, The Methodology of Ahulus-Sunnah in Critiquing Men, Books and Sects, 27

If you see a man praising evil people and the scholars of misguidance…know that he is disobedient, corrupt and astray…

All praise is due to Allah, and may exaltation and safety be granted to Muhammad, his family, his companions, and those who aid them. To proceed:

Al-Imam al-Barbahaaree [d. 329 A.H.] (1), may Allah have mercy on him, said in his monumental work, Sharh as-Sunnah, point #141:

If you hear a man speak well of Ibn Abee Du’aad (2), Bishr (3), Thumaamah (4), Abul-Huthayl (5), Hishaam al-Futee (6), or any of their followers and supporters, scrutinize [him], and beware of him, for indeed, innovation is with him. These people were upon apostasy, so abandon this man who spoke well of them…(7)/(8)

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan, may Allah protect him, commented on this passage by saying:

“If you see a man praising evil people and the scholars of misguidance, such as the hatchlings of the Jahmiyyah, know that he is disobedient, corrupt and astray. This is because he would not have praised them if he did not love them and approve of their path. And if you see a man applauding the likes of al-Imam Ahmad and [al-Imam] Ibn Mubaarak; likewise, he applauds the scholars of the Taabi’een and those who came after them, know that he is a person who has good with him. This is because he only applauds the people of the Sunnah because he loves the Sunnah and firm adherence to it.

This teaches us a lesson: Some brothers or some students of knowledge praise some of the people of innovation or the people of desires and deviant views. He does not thoroughly examine their views and their course. Yet, he belittles and speaks ill of those who are good people. This happens because he lends an ear to those who belittle them, and [as a result], he believes them. This is extremely dangerous if a person degrades good people, the people of knowledge and the people of the Sunnah; yet, he applauds people with deviated views and ways. This is extremely dangerous.

If only he would not have sat with them. This is some of what al-Imam al-Barbahaaree warns us about from that which people have fallen into now.” (9)

Shaykh Rabee Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee, may Allah protect him, said:

“Regretfully, the affair has been turned upside down. We find many who connect themselves to the Salafi methodology befriending the people of innovation. They show concern for them, their methodology and their books, and they defend all of the aforementioned. However, you notice them fleeing, chasing [people] away and warning against those who uphold the truth and the Sunnah. Indeed, we belong to Allah and to Him we shall return!” (10)

Footnotes:

(1) A well-known Imam of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah.

(2) Ibn Abee Du’aad al-Mu’atazilee [d. 240 A.H.] was a figurehead of misguidance. He incited the government [during his time] to test the people about the creation of the Qur’aan.

(3) Bishr al-Mareesee [d. 218 A.H.] was from the shuyookh of the Mu’tazilah, and he was a caller to the statement that the Qur’an is created.

(4) Thumaamah Ibn Ashrar [d. 213 A.H.], the philosopher, he was a leader of the Mu’atazilah.

(5) Muhammad Ibn al-Hutayl al-Basree, he was one of the shuyookh of the Mu’tazilah and a head of innovation. [d. 235 A.H.]

(6) Hishaam al-Futee, he was one of the shuyookh of the Mu’tazilah. He also had followers called Hishaamiyyah.

(7) Al-Barbahaaree, Sharh as-Sunnah, 122-123 (Maktabah Daar al-Manhaaj)

(8) The biographies mentioned are summarized and taken from ‘Abdur-Rahman al-Jamyizee’s verification of Sharh as-Sunnah, Maktabah Daar al-Manhaaj.

(9) Saalih al-Fawzaan, An Explanation of Sharh al-Sunnah, pg. 412 (Daar Ibn Hajr)

(10) Rabee’ al-Madkhalee, The Methodology of Ahulus-Sunnah in Critiquing Men, Books and Sects, 27

Question to Shaykh as-Sindee: Is the reward greater for being used (by Allah) to guide an astray Muslim to The Straight Path, or a kaafir to Islam?

The Shaykh answered: “Without a doubt, guiding a kaafir to Islam – that they leave from the fold of kufr – is a greater reward. And the greatest of the levels of this is that Allaah (subhanahu wa taa’ala) gives you the guidance to guide this one and that one, that Allaah gives you the ability to guide them both (the Muslim and the kaafir).

Subhanak Allaahuma wa bihamdika ash-hadu anlaa illaaha illa anta astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk

If I said anything correct, then it is from Allah (subhanaahu wa taa’ala), and if I erred, then that is from me and shaytaan.

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O’ people of innovation! The Quran is a proof against you and not for you…
Imam Daarimee rahimahullaah says in his precious book titled “Rad ‘Alaa Al-Jahmiyyah” [A refutation of the Jahmiyyah]:
”- Some of them (the Jahmiyyah) say: ‘you call us to the tafseer of the scholars, whereas we have used the book of Allah as proof, bring the book of Allah (to refute our claims that Allah is everywhere).’
We (Imam Daarimee is referring to Ahlus-Sunnah here) say: Yes, this which you have used as proof, is the truth, as Allah the Mighty the Majestic has said, and with it we say (Allah is above His Throne), upon the meaning that we mentioned, unlike you who have become ignorant of it’s meaning, as a result you have gone astray from the straight path. You hang onto the middle of the verse and ignore the beginning and the end (of that very same verse). Because Allah the Mighty the Majestic started the verse with (having) knowledge about them, and he ended the verse with it (knowledge) too.
Allah said: “Have you not seen that Allah KNOWS whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is on the earth? There is no Najwa (secret counsel) of three, but He is their fourth (with His Knowledge, while He Himself is over the Throne, over the seventh heaven), nor of five but He is their sixth (with His Knowledge), not of less than that or more, but He is with them (with His Knowledge) wheresoever they may be; and afterwards on the Day of Resurrection, He will inform them of what they did. Verily, Allah is the All-KNOWER of everything.” [Al-Mujadilah: 7]
So in this proof is: that He intended knowledge of them and of their actions (whilst He the Most High is separate from His creation above His Throne). And not that He Himself is in every place with them as you think. And this is a great (easy to understand) proof if you perceived.”
Source: Rad ‘Alaa Al-Jahmiyyah of Imam Daarimee, page 62.
Note: May Allah have mercy upon Imam Daarimee for clarifying this issue using the Quran to refute those who use the Quran to lead people astray by using parts of the verse and not the verse as a whole. Whenever the Jahmiyyah bring a verse of the Quran, the Imam rahimahullaah starts off by saying : “This is proof against you and not for you.”
The Jahmiyyah are a deviant sect who deny the Names and Attributes of Allah the Most High. In reality they are negating the existence of Allah without even realising. Allah’s refuge is sought from such evil beliefs.

O’ people of innovation! The Quran is a proof against you and not for you…

Imam Daarimee rahimahullaah says in his precious book titled “Rad ‘Alaa Al-Jahmiyyah” [A refutation of the Jahmiyyah]:

”- Some of them (the Jahmiyyah) say: ‘you call us to the tafseer of the scholars, whereas we have used the book of Allah as proof, bring the book of Allah (to refute our claims that Allah is everywhere).’

We (Imam Daarimee is referring to Ahlus-Sunnah here) say: Yes, this which you have used as proof, is the truth, as Allah the Mighty the Majestic has said, and with it we say (Allah is above His Throne), upon the meaning that we mentioned, unlike you who have become ignorant of it’s meaning, as a result you have gone astray from the straight path. You hang onto the middle of the verse and ignore the beginning and the end (of that very same verse). Because Allah the Mighty the Majestic started the verse with (having) knowledge about them, and he ended the verse with it (knowledge) too.

Allah said: “Have you not seen that Allah KNOWS whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is on the earth? There is no Najwa (secret counsel) of three, but He is their fourth (with His Knowledge, while He Himself is over the Throne, over the seventh heaven), nor of five but He is their sixth (with His Knowledge), not of less than that or more, but He is with them (with His Knowledge) wheresoever they may be; and afterwards on the Day of Resurrection, He will inform them of what they did. Verily, Allah is the All-KNOWER of everything.” [Al-Mujadilah: 7]

So in this proof is: that He intended knowledge of them and of their actions (whilst He the Most High is separate from His creation above His Throne). And not that He Himself is in every place with them as you think. And this is a great (easy to understand) proof if you perceived.”

Source: Rad ‘Alaa Al-Jahmiyyah of Imam Daarimee, page 62.

Note: May Allah have mercy upon Imam Daarimee for clarifying this issue using the Quran to refute those who use the Quran to lead people astray by using parts of the verse and not the verse as a whole. Whenever the Jahmiyyah bring a verse of the Quran, the Imam rahimahullaah starts off by saying : “This is proof against you and not for you.”

The Jahmiyyah are a deviant sect who deny the Names and Attributes of Allah the Most High. In reality they are negating the existence of Allah without even realising. Allah’s refuge is sought from such evil beliefs.

No Bid’ah (Innovation) Is Ever Introduced in to the Religion Except that a Sunnah Is Taken Away
Imam Barbahaaree (d.329H) rahimahullaah said in ‘Sharh As-Sunnah’:
Know that people never introduce an innovation until they abandon its like from the Sunnah [1]. So, beware of newly invented matters, since every newly invented matter is an innovation and every innovation is misguidance and misguidance and its people are in the Fire.
[1] Hassan Ibn ’Atiyyah, rahimahullaah, said: “A people never introduce an innovation into their religion except that Allah takes away its like from their Sunnah and then does not restore it to them until the Day of Resurrection.”
Reported by Imam Daarimee rahimahullaah and declared saheeh (authentic) by Shaykh Al-Albaani in Al-Mishkaat (1/66/no.188)

No Bid’ah (Innovation) Is Ever Introduced in to the Religion Except that a Sunnah Is Taken Away

Imam Barbahaaree (d.329H) rahimahullaah said in ‘Sharh As-Sunnah’:

Know that people never introduce an innovation until they abandon its like from the Sunnah [1]. So, beware of newly invented matters, since every newly invented matter is an innovation and every innovation is misguidance and misguidance and its people are in the Fire.

[1] Hassan Ibn ’Atiyyah, rahimahullaah, said: “A people never introduce an innovation into their religion except that Allah takes away its like from their Sunnah and then does not restore it to them until the Day of Resurrection.”

Reported by Imam Daarimee rahimahullaah and declared saheeh (authentic) by Shaykh Al-Albaani in Al-Mishkaat (1/66/no.188)