Thursday, October 13, 2005

Summary of the Deviation of The Madkhalee 'Salafiyyah'

from at-Tibyan Publications

The Madaakhilah are the name of a sect which ascribes itself to Salafeeyah. They are named after Rabee' bin Haadee al-Madkhalee (from the Madkhalee tribe). Just like the Ashaa'irah are named after Abul-Hasan al-Ash'aree (from the Ash'aree tribe).

They have been named other things too:

• Jaameeyah: named after Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee, a scholar from Africa, who started some of the criticisms of scholars, students, and callers early on. I personally don't like this name, because Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee is not as well known as Rabee', nor does he hold as high a place amongst the sect, nor was he as extreme as Rabee'.

• Salafeeyah Jadeedah: Neo-Salafeeyah.

• Jamaa'at at-Tabdee' wal-Hijrah: The group of declaring others innovators and boycotting.

• Ad'iyaa' as-Salafeeyah: Salafee claimants.

• Khuloof: Which means those who came after (the Salaf), in reference to the Hadeeth in Saheeh
Muslim, "Then there will come Khuloof, who will say what they do not do, and do what they were not ordered, sowhoever does Jihaad against them with his hand, then he is a believer..."

• Salafeeyoon Ahl al-Walaa': Those with alliance/friendship [to the government] Salafees. This term was coined up by a group of Madaakhilah in a research paper that they wrote for the interior minister of Saudi Arabia, to help him against "the callers to revolution." The label has also been used against them by some of the scholars.

• Murji'at al-'Asr: The Murji'ah of the era, due to the fact that Irjaa' runs rampand amongst their followers, although it is not their most unique trait. I prefer to call them Madaakhilah, because the person who spread their corrupt call east and west was Rabee', May Allaah Give him what he deserves. He is also the most famous of their scholars.

As for their most unique trait (not their worst), I personally believe that to be their exaggerated and extreme understandings of Jarh and Tabdee'. Jarh is the science of disparaging narrators due to deficiency in their trustworthiness. This was practiced by the scholars so as to know from who Hadeeth can be accepted from, and from who should it be rejected. They also used it in the later generations in the sense from who can knowledge be taken from. Tabdee' is to declare someone an innovator.

This extremity is most clear in their wrong application of the principle "whoever does not declare the innovator to be an innovator then he is an innovator." So they misapply this principle as the Takfeeree groups misapply the correct principle "whoever does not declare the Kaafir to be a Kaafir then he is a Kaafir." The starting point for the average and typical Madkhalee (layman or scholar) is Sayyid Qutb. Whoever does not declare him to be an innovator, then he is an innovator. Whoever does not declare the one who abstained from Tabdee' of Sayyid, to be an innovator, then he also is an innovator, and onwards, until noone is left on the earth except the few members of their sect.

Due to their extremism, they followed the habits of Ahl al-Bida' before them, so they further divided into subsects. Those who sided with Rabee' on some issues, and those who sided with an Egyptian by the name of Abul-Hasan al-Ma'ribee. The division started over Abul-Hasan's abstaining from declaring certain ndividuals innovators (in addition to other things), and those who abstained from declaring Abul-Hasan an innovator was grouped with him. This includes the Jordanian Madaakhilah who claim to be students of Shaykh al-Albaanee (which has been declared a false claim, by some of those who were close to the Shaykh, such as Aboo Maalik Muhammad Ibraaheem Shaqrah, an ex-Madkhalee).

The innovations and deviance of the Madaakhilah include:

• Believing that legislating manmade laws, complete abstinence from ruling by the Sharee'ah, or resisting to rule by the Sharee'ah, seeking judgement from Taaghoot, are all just minor Kufr, that do not exit the doer from the religion of Islaam, except with Istihlaal. Istihlaal is to believe his sin to be permissible. So they make the sins of major Kufr and major Shirk equal to lesser sins like adultery, drinking alcohol, etc., by placing the condition of Istihlaal on the major Kufr, which only exists as a condition for minor Kufr.

• Believing that actions of the limbs are not a pillar nor condition for the existence of Eemaan for one to be ruled a Muslim. So for them one can never pray, give Zakaah, fast Ramadaah, or do Hajj, never doWudoo', never get Tahaarah, etc., and he would still be a Muslim, who's Islaam can save him from Hellfire eventually. They would label him a sinner, as for a Kaafir, then no. So they have followed the Murji'ah of the past.

• Exaggerating the concept of excuse due to ignorance with regards to the rules of this life. So for them they excuse the one who calls himself a Muslim (i.e., they judge him a Muslim), in all situations, in all issues. So for them, there is no difference between the basis of Islaam, the matters that are known from the religion by necessity, or those issues that are less apparent or obvious. There is no difference between one who was raised amongst the Muslims, or the one who was not. There is no difference between the new Muslim, and others. All of them are always Muslims, even if they fall into many types of obvious Kufr and Shirk, because of the "possibility" of ignorance. This confusion amonst them also applies to the issue of Ta'weel (misinterpretation) by which (for example) they excuse many of the rulers who have pronounced their Istihlaal of their legislating manmade laws.

• Believing that major Walaa' (alliance/friendship) with the Kuffaar is not major Kufr, unless the person internalizes a Kufr intention, such as wishing to aid the religion of Kufr, or to destroy Allaah's Religion, etc. So if one were to lead the crusade against Islaam, head it, support it by wealth and blood, he would still be a Muslim, until he pronounces the internalized intentions of Kufr. So they do not make the act itself Kufr, until this innovated condition is proven.

• Believing that Jihaad cannot be Fard 'Ayn upon the whole Ummah. Also, related to Jihaad, is believing that Jihaad is not permissible without an Islaamic state whose Imaam directs it. Believing Jihaad to be forbidden without the permission of the Imaam. All of this is regarding defensive Jihaad.

• Labelling those who do Takfeer of the apostate rulers and their soldiers to be Khawaarij or Takfeerees. They prohibit Khurooj against these apostate rulers, due to the fact that they rule them to be Muslims. If they rule some of them to be Kuffaar, they still prohibit it due to the fact it is not led by an Imaam (head of Muslim state).• Belittling the importance of awareness of current affairs and events, saying that such is only for the rulers and scholars, and that the laymen have no need for such. This foolish idea leads many laymen to believe the rulers in their lands to be Muslims, because they are unaware of the Kufr that he practices. So these laymen sometimes end up sacrificing themselves for the apostate ruler by being his sincere servants and slaves.

• Testing people on their positions regarding certain individuals they have labelled innovators. If the person agrees with them regarding their Tabdee' then he is befriended, if not, he is taken as an enemy and belittled. The individuals they test people by, many times are labelled innovators based upon some of the above misunderstandings. Example: 'Abdullaah 'Azzaam said Jihaad is Fard 'Ayn, according the Madaakhilah this is an innovation, so he is an innovator. They ask Fulaan at the Masjid giving a lecture, what do you think of 'Azzaam? He says he is good, then they consider him an innovator, or hold him suspicious.

• They blindly follow the official government scholars on their stances towards their governments and politics. So if the government scholars say peace with the Jews is fine in Palestine, the Madaakhilah parrot his words. Note: Not all government scholars are Madaakhilah, but the Madaakhilah blindly follow them in politics. Example, Ibn Baaz or Ibn 'Uthaymeen are not Madaakhilah, although they might possibly have some branches of the Madkhalee fundamentals, but the Madaakhilah blindly follow their opinions that are related to politics.

• Holding a few people to be scholars in what they call "Manhaj." Noone else can be questioned on these "Manhaj" issues. These "Manhaj" doctors include Rabee', 'Ubayd al-Jaabiree, etc. They follow them blindly in issues of Jarh and Tabdee'.

• The Madaakhilah tend to have a supportive position of the Saudi apostate regime, although they are supportive of most of the apostate regimes in general. But due to the fact that some of them do do Takfeer of some of these regimes (Syria, Libya, etc.), they always are in agreement in praising and supporting the Saudi regime by heart and soul.

• They are very quick and easy in declaring people to be innovators, even over issues which are not innovation, rather from the best of Islaam! Like Jihaad. As for things that are indeed innovation, if one falls into them, they prohibit reading or praising anything that person wrote. For example, Sayyid Qutb had innovations, but so did many many scholars of the past and present, who Ahl as-Sunnah, as well as the Madaakhilah, both quote, such as Ibn Hazm, an-Nawawee,Ibn Hajr, etc. Yet they absolutely prohibit to treat the books of Sayyid Qutb, or others like him in the same respect.

• Due to the fact that they hold many of these apostate rulers to be legit Muslims rulers/governments, and those who revolt against them to be rebellious Khawaarij bandits, they permit allying and befriending the apostate governments, even if that ends up in aiding these apostates against a Muslim. This is probably the worst of the Madaakhilah's crimes (for those who hold this position) since it is apostasy, the apostasy of Mudhaaharah (helping the Mushrikeen against the Muslims). In the end, they tend to take positions that are favorable for Islam's enemies, harsh against the Muslims, mimicking the Khawaarij in their "killing of Islam's people, leaving the idol-worshippers."

Definitions and Reality of labels used by the Madaakhilah

Jihaadee: Anyone who believes that Jihaad today is Fard 'Ayn.

Takfeeree: Anyone who does Takfeer of the apostate rulers.

Khaarijee: Anyone who says it is permissible to revolt against the apostate rulers.

Khaarijee bandit: Anyone who actively revolts against the apostate rulers.

Qutubee: Anyone who quotes Sayyid Qutb. Anyone who refers to him. Anyone who does not insist upon labelling him innovator. Anyone who acknowledges that he has mistakes, but still praises him due to his sacrifice and martyrdom.

Reviles the scholars: Anyone who criticizes the mistakes of the evil or government scholars. [He is accused of such (by the Madaakhilah) even if his criticism does not reach the level that the evil or government scholars deserve.]

Surooree: For anyone who is concerned over the situation of theUmmah, so he decided to read the news, or follow politics.Hizbee: Anyone who organizes himself into a group for the bettermentof some Islaamic activity. They only permit it if the person has a Tazkiyah from some deviated scholar like Rabee3 or 3ubayd.

In addition to that, they have used the following:

Dirty groundhog (in reference to Shaykh Hamood ash-Shu3aybee).

Qutubee dog (in reference to SasJamal from CG).

Rabid dogs (in reference to anyone labelled with any of the above defined terms).

The dog (in reference to al-Imaam Ibn Laadin).

Perennial defender of Innovators and betrayer of the Salafee `Aqeedah (in reference to Shaykh Ibn Jibreen).

Dawah In The West

by the Noble Shaykh, Naasir ibn Hamd al-Fahd

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

All praise is due to Allah, and may Salah and Salam be upon the Messenger of Allaah, to proceed:
Know, my Muslim brother, that from the principles of the religion of Islam is disbelieving in the Taghut, and this is half of tawheed; its other half being belief in Allah, as Allah the Most High says:

Whoever disbelieves in the Taghut and believes in Allah, then he has held unto the firm hand hold.

And He said: And we have sent in every people a Messenger saying worship Allah and steer clear of The Taghut.

And from disbelief in the Taghut is: declaring (ones) disavowal from Kufr and its people, and hating them, and having enmity towards them, as Allah the Most High says: There has been a good example in Ibrahim and those who were with him, when they said to their people: "We are free from you and what you worship besides Allah, we have disbelieved in you, and enmity and hatred has begun between us and you until you believe in Allah alone."

Shaykh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahulla) said: For Allah has ordered us to follow in the way of Ibrahim and those who were with him, as they declared Bara'ah (innocence, disavowal) from the Mushrikin and what they worship besides Allah, and al-Khalil (Ibrahim) said: "I am free from what you worship, except the One who created me. Indeed He shall guide me," and having Bara'ah is opposite of allegiance, and the foundation of Bara'ah is hatred, and the foundation of allegiance is love, and this is because the reality of tawheed is to not love except Allah, and to love what Allah loves, thus he doesn't love except for Allah, and does not hate except for Allah.

Many of the Muslims have been tested by living in the lands of the Kafirun (disbelievers), for various reasons; however the hukm (Islamic ruling) upon living in the lands of the Kuffar has various details which the people of knowledge have mentioned, generally compromising three categories;

The First Category: If the Muslim is capable of openly declaring his religion, as well as declaring publicly his disbelief and rejection of the Taghut, then it is permissible for him to reside there, and if he is a public caller (daaie) to Allah whilst living between Kuffar, then it may even be praiseworthy and recommended for him to reside there, and this was the condition of the Prophets when they lived amongst their people.

The Second Category: If he is unable to openly declare his religion, and is able to migrate to a land where he can openly declare his religion in it, then it becomes obligatory to do so.

The Third Category: If he is unable to openly declare his religion, and is unable to migrate, then he is from the weak excused ones, but he must refrain from interacting with the Kuffar and mixing with them as much as possible. And, all this has been explained elsewhere.

For this reason, it is obligatory upon those Muslims who reside in the land of the Kuffar (Daar ul Kufr) to actualise the Millah of Ibrahim (as) by declaring Bara'ah from the Kuffar and their religion, and to openly show them hatred and enmity. However, I wish to make two issues related to this matter clear;

The First Issue: Actualising the Millah of Ibrahim does not mean leaving calling the Kuffar to Islam in a nice manner, for the Messenger (saw) was open to the Kuffar from his people in his declaration of their Kufr, and his enmity and hatred towards them, and this did not prevent him (saw) from calling them to Islam by softness, mildness, and with good reminders. In this matter two types of people have fallen into misguidance,

1. Those who see nothing except softness in calling people to Islam, so he left openly showing enmity and hatred to the disbelievers, and thus fell into having allegiance (towards them).

2. Those who see nothing but hatred and enmity towards them, so they ignore inviting them to Islam by mildness.

The Second Issue: The actualisation of the Millah of Ibrahim does not mean being treacherous to the Kuffar or cheating them or their wealth if they give a contract of passage (or safety) to the Muslim, for the Muslim, if he is granted a contract of protection and passage by way of an agreed upon contract with the Kafir, even if only by way of custom, then it becomes prohibited on him to be treacherous or deceive them.

I ask Allah, the Glorified the Most High to forgive the ones who wrote, translated, published and read it from amongst the Muslims, and I ask Him the Glorified to help us all to that which He loves and is pleased with, and to grant us sincerity, and to accept from our actions, and to keep us firm until we meet Him, and may Salah and Salam be upon our Messenger Muhammad, and upon his family and Companions.

Shaykh Naasir bin Hamd al-Fahd

Sunday, 10/3/1424H

al-Walaa wal-Baraa The Character of the Believer

from at-Tawheed Publications

Another fundamental aspect of our belief is the topic of Al Walaa wal Baraa’. This topic if understood correctly clearly distinguishes the kaafir from the Mu’min (believer) and lays down clear principles with regards to the alliance, support and friendship towards the kuffar.

This is a very misunderstood and neglected part of ones belief in today’s reality. We live in a world dominated by man made law with the authority in the hands of the kuffar, we find millions of Muslims residing in the lands of the kuffar having homes, businesses and families. The common misconception is that it is these governments in the western world that are providing for us our sustenance and allowing us to reside in their lands peacefully and hence we should therefore reciprocally befriend them and treat them with courteousness. At the same time living and interacting with the kuffar on a daily basis the Muslims have begun to befriend them to the point whereby they are treated better than Muslims. The consequences of this are that when these governments attack and kill Muslims in other parts of the world we are in no way objective of it and accept their decision to do so without resistance, we also begin to see Muslims taking positions within these governments believing that what they are doing is for the benefit of the Muslims. The reasons for this are down to the neglect of the concept walaa wal baraa’ which has lead people to apostasy without them even knowing it.

Al-walaa wal baraa’ is divided into two aspects, al-Hubb (love) and al-Bughoud (hatred), both of which have to be done purely for the sake of Allah (swt). Al-Hubb means to love for the sake of Allah (swt) otherwise known as Muwalaat. Al-Muwalaat is to accompany, to love, to support, to ally, to help, to elevate, to respect and to befriend, all of which must be done for the sake of Allah (swt) in the manner that He has commanded. Al-Bughoud on the other hand is to have hatred for the sake of Allah (swt) also known as al-Muadaat, which is the complete opposite to muwalaat. Hence the requirement upon the believers is to have muwalaat with the Muslims and to have muadaat against the kuffar, to love Allah (swt), the Messenger and the Muslims and have hatred for the kuffar, to love all that Allah (swt) commands us to love and show walaa towards them, to have no rejection or animosity towards any of the commands of Allah (swt) and to hate all that Allah (swt) hates together with those who hate Allah (swt) and the believers. "O you who believe, do not take the kafireen as awliyaa' instead of the Believers, do you wish to take Allah as a proof against you?" [EMQ 4: 144]

It must be clear in the minds of the Muslims that to love, support, ally, accompany, help, respect, elevate and befriend are attributes that should be directed solely to the Muslims and in no way towards the kuffar as Allah (swt) states in the Quran; "Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah. except by way of precaution, that ye may Guard yourselves from them. But Allah cautions you (To remember) Himself; for the final goal is to Allah." [EMQ 3: 28].

Al-Muwalaat is obligatory between the believers as Allah (swt) described the Muslims as a single brotherhood distinguishing us from the disbelievers. Allah (swt) says: "The Believers are but a single Brotherhood: So make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers; and fear Allah, that ye may receive Mercy." [EMQ 49: 10]

Furthermore Allah (swt) warns us of the danger in taking the kuffar as our friends or allies; "O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them.” [EMQ 5: 51-57]

It needs to be mentioned that by having hatred for the kuffar in no way means that we mistreat them, rather our hatred is part of our worship and is done purely for the sake of Allah (swt). Our hatred is for their disbelief and rejection of Allah (swt) and the deen of Islam, thus our treatment towards them must be in accordance with the command of Allah (swt) in order not to treat them unjustly. "Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for (your) Faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loves those who are just." [EMQ 60: 8]

Having understood this concept it becomes engrained into our belief and becomes part of our life. This concept of al-Walaa wal-Baraa affects every part of our life, in our dealing with Muslims and the kuffar, in terms of the way we feel about them and our actions in relation to them. Abdullah ibn Abbas said: "Al Muwalaat is the Love in the heart and the total support by the limbs and the tongue for the Deen of Islam exclusively."

al-Walaa wal-Baraa forms the measurement for which we base our actions upon and it is the foundation by which all relationships within the Muslim community are formulated. The very testification to the shahaadah asserts this fundamental concept of al-Walaa wal-Baraa when we declare our rejection of all Taghoot and the complete and exclusive belief in Allah (swt). The fulfilment of Imaan is to fulfil its conditions and requirements in order to be truly deserving of the title; mu’min. The requirements of walaa and baraa are a very important aspect of our belief the negation of which will result in the failure to fulfil your Imaan. The Messenger Muhammad (saw) stated as narrated in Ahmad; “The most powerful knot of Imaan is to love for the sake of Allah (swt) and to hate for the sake of Allah (swt).”

Therefore in our current reality where we are living amongst the kuffar, where the governments of the western world have launched their crusade against the Muslims, where Muslims are being persecuted, arrested and detained, it is imperative that we maintain our walaa and baraa. We must understand the kuffar can never be equal to the Muslims, nor can there be any type of interfaith between us, nor any alliance or support for them and their cause as this will result in the neglecting of al-Walaa wal-Baraa and hence cause a deficiency in ones Imaan leading to the negation of it. If any Muslim makes Muwalaat to the kuffar, it is sin, however if they ally with them, they will become Murtad (apostate), but to ally with them to fight against Muslims, he becomes Murtad Harbie (an apostate at war with the Muslims).

We must stay clear of the kuffar, their beliefs and way of life, we must have hatred for their disobedience and carry hatred for their actions. We must not show any affection towards them nor to befriend them or to ally with them, we must not regard them as being better than the believers nor treat them better than the believers. We must however show affection towards the Muslims, to ally and support them, to love them for what they believe and the good they perform. We must keep company with Muslims and live amongst them, we must respect them at the same time having hatred for any sin they may do or any deviation they may carry. We must understand that to love and hate is done purely for the sake of Allah (swt) in accordance to whatever and whomever He (swt) loves and hates, as the highest and most foremost level of love and hate above all else is for Allah (swt) Himself.

“Whosoever possess the following three qualities will have the sweetness of faith; the one whom Allah and His messenger become more dearer to him than anything else, who loves a person and he loves him purely for the sake of Allah, and who hates to revert to disbelief as he hates to be thrown into hellfire” [Bukhari, Muslim]

Arqaan at-Tawheed (The Pillars of Tawheed)

from at-Tawheed Publications

The very foundation of the belief of a Muslim is the testification to Laailaahah illallah, the exclusive worship to Allah (swt). This testimony forms the basis of our Deen and lays the foundation for which all else is built upon. This testimony declares the Tawheed in Allah (swt) exclusively and rejects all other forms of worship.

The Kalima if understood correctly will build a firm basis for which the Mumin can then begin to develop, if the very basis of our Deen is misunderstood or if we carry an incomprehensive understanding about it then this will only naturally go on to effect other areas of life. It is imperative that we have a firm grounding in the foundation of our Imaan for us then to be able to withstand whatever else is to come after it.

The kalima has two pillars, the first being to reject all Taghoot (al-Kufr bil Taghoot) and the second being to declare your belief in Allah (swt) (al-Imaan billah). The first pillar is to reject all other deities, idols, religions, gods, points of reference, anything that is worshipped, obeyed, followed or submitted to (other than Allah (swt)). This part of the kalima is in fact declared even before making the declaration to the belief in Allah (swt). The point being that before we testify to our belief in Allah (swt) we are obliged to make nullification to all Taghoot [i]. By declaring kuffr upon Taghoot we are wiping the slate clean from all other possible gods (i.e. purifying ourselves) in order to then declare our firm and exclusive belief in Allah (swt). know that man will never become a believer in Allah unless he rejects and disbelieves in the Taghoot. Whoever does not reject the Taghoot, then he has contradicted the basic message of all prophets and has contradicted the worship of Allah at its very roots for Allah (swt) says: ?We sent to every Ummah a messenger to command the people to submit to Allah exclusively and to reject Taghoot?. [EMQ 16:36]

The way to reject Taghoot is to firstly believe that all Taghoot is falsehood, to then keep distance from it, to have enmity towards it together with the utmost hatred and to declare Takfir upon it. Allah (swt) tells us in the Quran through the example of Ibraheem (as) "Indeed there has been an excellent example for you in Ibrahim and those with him, when they said to their people: "Verily, we are free from you and whatever you worship besides Allah: we have rejected you, and there has started between us and you hostility and hatred forever until you believe in Allah alone." [al-Mumtahanah 60:4]

So they absolved themselves from them and rejected and declared kuffr upon them and whatever they were worshipping besides Allah (swt). And they declared to them their enmity and hatred and their cutting off of love for them, until they make their worship purely for Allah (swt) alone, single Him out apart from others and remove all of the false gods from Him. This is the manner within which to fulfil this pillar of the kalima. It is also important to note that one has to ensure that this is adopted as a conviction in the heart, testified upon the tongue and practically implemented in our actions. It is not sufficient for one to reject Taghoot solely by the tongue as this would result in one carrying out acts that nullify this pillar i.e. acts of shirk and hence negate the belief. This pillar must be enacted in all spheres of life and not just regarded as a statement that has no bearing to reality.

The statement Laa ilaaha asserts this nullification of taghoot by declaring that there is no possible illah[ii] to be followed, obeyed, worshipped or submitted to. Then comes the affirmation to the belief in Allah (swt) by stating illallah (except Allah). The combination of these pillars results in declaring the exclusivity in the worship (ibaadah[iii]) to Allah (swt), setting the foundation of our belief and the basis for our life.

The second pillar i.e. to believe in Allah (swt) involves the tawheed[iv] of Allah (swt). This tawheed has been classified for ease of understanding into the following divisions;

? Tawheed al-Rububiyyah - the belief in the exclusive Lordship of Allah (swt)
? Tawheed al-Uluhiyyah - the actions of man in relation to the exclusive worship of Allah (swt)
? Tawheed al-Asmaa wa al-Sifaat - the belief in the exclusive names and attributes of Allah (swt)

By having a comprehensive understanding of tawheed you become aware that any deviation from this in any action, saying or conviction will result in the violation of ones tawheed. It will make one aware of the shirk, kufr, nifaaq and biddah and the dangers in involving in any of these. It will allow you to have a much greater awareness of Allah (swt), the one who we devote our lives towards and are in constant worship to, by enhancing this understanding you increase your Imaan and it enables you to put you life into perspective giving you a clear understanding of your role and responsibility as a Muslim.

The implications of this one statement are insurmountable. The kalima is a statement that binds one into a contract with Allah (swt) by declaring that you are no longer responsible for determining right and wrong, good or bad and that you will obey and follow none other than Allah (swt) in all of your affairs. It is to Him exclusively that you will devote all worship towards and give full submission to, ensuring that we remain subservient and loyal to our word at the same time recognising that if we deviate from this in any way then the wrath of Allah (swt) will be upon us.

Today we have taghoot dominant all over the world, this taghoot is manifested in the rulers, governments and constitutions that are implemented and enforced throughout the world. These regimes have taken it upon themselves to become legislators by making and enforcing kuffr law and in doing so have rivalled with Allah (swt) as this is an attribute that is exclusive to Him[v]. Instead of adhering to the command of Allah (swt) by implementing the shariah we find that these regimes implement kuffr law and give more credence to ideologies like capitalism over Islam. Hence according to the very first pillar of our belief they must be rejected and nullified by distancing ourselves from them, believing that they are our enemies, having hatred for them and declaring kuffr upon them. Again this is not a mere statement upon the tongue rather this should be manifested in our actions, as belief by definition includes the actions[vi], for it is our actions that display what is within our hearts.

Therefore to believe that these governments/rulers are falsehood is a part of our belief, to speak out by declaring the kuffr upon these institutions is to testify belief upon the tongue, to work for their removal is a manifestation of our belief into action and to replace it with the shariah is a direct command upon every Muslim. This is the belief of every Muslim and is the stance of Ahle Sunnah Wal Jammah

[i] Taghoot is defined as anything that is worshipped, followed, obeyed or submitted to other than Allah (swt). This could be a person (king, ruler, prophet), jinn, shaytaan, rocks, stones, idols, animals, objects, governments, law and order, ideology etc.
[ii] illah is defined as the one who has the right to command you and forbid you, to declare right and wrong, good and bad.
[iii] Ibaada means to follow, submit, obey and worship.
[iv] The total and absolute belief in the exclusivity of Almighty Allah (swt) in all His names, attributes and functions.
[v] Al-Hakim is the attribute of Allah (swt) which means that it is only Him who has the right to legislate and make law. Allah (swt) says in the Quran; ?the rule is for none but Allah? [12:67]
[vi] Imaan is to have conviction in your heart, to testify upon the tongue and to act upon willingly in accordance to the sunnah of the prophet (saw), which increases with obedience and decreases with disobedience.