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Shaykh Sālim at-Taweel (hafidhahullāh) A LETTER TO DR MUHAMMAD BIN HĀDĪ REGARDING HIS WARNING AGAINST SHAYKH SĀLIH AS-SINDĪ

All praise is due to Allāh, and may prayers and peace be upon the one whom there is no Prophet after, to proceed:

 

It has reached me, just as it has reached others, that Shaykh, Dr Sālih bin ’Abdul’Azeez as-Sindī will visit Dubai and some brothers invited him in order to give lessons on creed in one of the houses of Allāh, may Allāh increase him in goodness and grant him success to what contains good for the servants and the lands, and may Allāh bring benefit by him to the students of knowledge and make him a guide. I do not know Shaykh Sālih as-Sindī, I met him once in my entire life at a dinner with our Shaykh Falāh bin Ismā’eel Mandikār, may Allāh preserve him. We exchanged salutations without speaking, however he is well-known to the ’Ulama as he is a professor in the Islamic University of Madeenah at the department of creed. He is well-known to many ’Ulama and many have commended him, he has good and beneficial publications in ’aqeedah which are famous and widespread. He visits many countries and has good activities, may Allāh increase him in goodness and bless him.

I came across, as did others, the fact that Shaykh Muhammad bin Hādī al-Madkhalī al-Madanī, a teacher at the Islamic University of Madeenah warns from him [i.e. Shaykh Sālih as-Sindī] and his conferences which will take place in Dubai!? Some youth have spread this warning, which is devoid of any clear proofs and evidences, and in reality this matter greatly troubled and the behaviour of Shaykh Ibn Hādī grieved me, may Allāh pardon him. As I do not think that it is hidden from anyone else other than me that Dubai is a trade capital open to all peoples, factions and sects, religions, schools of thought, persuasions, Divinely Legislated methodologies, irreligion, businesses, arts and sports from all over the earth. To the extent that it opened an international airport which is of the largest in the world and receives millions of people – so by Allāh I do not know how Shaykh Muhammad ibn Hādī can warn from a Shaykh of ’aqeedah like Dr Sālih as-Sindī?!

All praise is due to Allāh, I usually correspond via letters before I refute as much as I am able, so I said to myself: if I correspond with Shaykh Ibn Hādī via letter perhaps he may read it and reply to me, especially now that he is sick and not long ago he had a heart operation, may Allāh cure him. perhaps, and just maybe, my letter may affect him and he will refrain from warning against Ahl us-Sunnah. For that reason, I sent to him the following letter:

From Sālim bin Sa’d at-Taweel to my brother, Dr, Shaykh Muhamamd bin Hādee:

As-salāmu alaykum wa rahmatullāhi wa barakātuhu, no harm, insha’Allāh [it is] a purification.

Noble Shaykh, as you are sick now is an opportunity for you to review your statements about Ahl us-Sunnah and to fear Allāh in yourself. You transgressed against many of them and the last of them, as has been transmitted from you with your warnings from Shaykh Sālih as-Sindee, for indeed you have prevented the people from benefitting from him due to unknown reasons.

He replied to me saying:

Wa ’alaykum salām wa rahmatullāhi wa barakātuhu,

To proceed:

If you knew what I say then excuse me,

or you know what you say I hold you blameworthy,

However you are ignorant to my words so you blamed me,

And then I knew that you were ignorant so I excused you

My tongue, all praise is due to Allāh, is not released except to speak about people of innovation, desires, misguidance and those who defend them or excuse them, even if he claims, or it is claimed, that he is from Ahl us-Sunnah. Thus, the true Sunni does not get angry for [the right] of Ahl ul-Bida’ and does not excuse them, let alone defend them or exhort to benefit from them. I ask Allāh to grant you understanding of His deen and to make you see the truth and to open your chest to it, as-salāmu ’alayk.

I replied saying:

I thank you for your humility in responding to me, may Allāh increase you in goodness. And I thank you for you excusing me on account of my ignorance. Yet it is not hidden from you that only Allāh knows the unseen, if Shaykh Sālih as-Sindee defends the people of innovation you did not clarify to us the clear evidence to remove our ignorance. I fear that you have been hasty just as you accused me of when you said “if Sālim at-Taweel is a lion of the Sunnah then unto the Sunnah is safety” – why? Am I a Rāfidee or a Khārijee?

The end of the correspondence between us.

I say: I waited for days for him to send me the clear proofs and evidences and to clarify to me exactly who are the people of innovation, desires and misguidance? And who are the ones who defend them? And who makes excuses for them? And who are the ones who are not from Ahl us-Sunnah and claim, or it is claimed, that they are from Ahl us-Sunnah? And who are the ones who get angry [in defence] of Ahl ul-Bida’ and make excuses for them? And who are the ones who defend Ahl ul-Bida’ and encourage that they be benefitted from? We do not know the unseen, we wait for your answer O Shaykh Muhammad, and it is from our right that we ask you to produce clear evidences

“Say, “Produce your proof, if you should be truthful.””

{al-Baqarah (2): 111}

 

When Allāh, Mighty and Majestic, created the Jinn and human beings and instructed them to worship Him alone with no partner, He mentioned hundreds of clear proofs and evidences for His Oneness. When Allāh Sent His Messenger Muhammad (sallAllāhu ’alayhi wassallam) He supported him with hundreds of verses which indicate His Prophethood and His Message, so how can you want people to depend on your words without proofs and evidences?! O Shaykh Muhammad, the Emiratis are not like the Europeans whom you guide how you will and who accept every word which you say without proof and accept your Jarh absolutely and in full submission. The Emiratis are not like children who accept your guidelines as soon as you warnings are sent out.

Where were you when al-Jifrī goes all around the Emirates?! Did you warn from al-Kubaysī the Mu’tazilī? The one who curses the Sahābah and for years has been on Gulf Arabic channel within Dubai and elsewhere?! Why do we not hear a word from you about [Tāriq] as-Suwaidān who used to frequent the Emirates and attend conferences and spreads what he wills of Ikhwānī methods and ideas. Why do you stand over Ahl us-Sunnah and the Salafis especially? Do you know that you weaken Ahl us-Sunnah with your entry between them?!

Why do you even get involved in the Emirates when those greater in age, knowledge, estimation and position than you do not get involved, such as: Shaykh al-’Allāmah al-Muftī ’Abdul’Azeez Āli Shaykh, Shaykh al-’Allāmah Sālih bin Fawzān al-Fawzān, Shaykh al-’Allamah ’Abduluhsin al-’Abbād, Shaykh al-’Allāmah Sālih al-Luhaydān, Shaykh al-’Allāmah Rabī’ al-Madkhalī and others who are no younger than eighty years of age or less. Whereas you, unfortunately, regiment the children or some young youth to cause confusion and doubt? Do you know that your actions have agitated the Salafi brothers before those who are responsible for their affairs [i.e. the leaders] and in front of the people who wait to benefit from the Salafi Mashāyikh and students of knowledge as a substitute to the people of innovation and desires?

The people of the Emirates are thirsty for knowledge, the Sunnah and the correct creed after the Ikhwān reaped corruption within their country, and after al-Jifrī hatched what he did, and after al-Kubaysī sowed what he did, and after as-Suwaydān founded what he did. Your behaviour, and the behaviour of your kids, abuse of the Salafis is caused. Rather, your actions strengthen the Ikhwān and the Sūfīs again from whence you perceive it or not! by the One in Whose Hand is my soul, I have not heard the Salafi Imāms of this era do what you do. For Shaykh al-’Allāmah al-Muftī ’Abdul’Azeez bin Bāz, Shaykh al-Muhadith Muhammad Nāsiruddeen al-Albānī, our Shaykh, the Faqeeh Muhammad bin Sālih al-’Uthaymeen, may Allāh have mercy on them, used to reject errors and advise those who erred and guide them. However, they did not pursue Ahl us-Sunnah from place to place and from country to country, and their knowledge and biographies are still preserved all praise is due to Allāh, refer back to it and benefit.

O Shaykh Muhammad bin Hādee, do you know that there are those who have proceeded you in going to the Emirates explaining books of the Salafi creed and making them aware of th e’Ulama of Ahl us-Sunnah and their works and writings, and as a result the Salafi Manhaj is loved by many youth? Why do you come now to block them when Allāh has brought benefit by them? why do you not admit to the virtue of those before you just as how Ibn Mālik admitted to the virtue of Ibn Mu’tī? Why do you damage their reputations without proof?!

 

Fear Allāh O Shaykh Muhammad, if there are any personal differences or Divinely Legislated observations between you and some of the Mashāyikh, then honour us with your silence and resolve the matter in your own country and leave the Emiratis alone. Your way makes hosts flee from accepting any invitations in future from the UAE or elsewhere and instead of one al-Jifrī there will be a thousand al-Jifrīs, and instead of one al-Kubaysī there will be a thousand Kubaysīs and instead of one Suwaydān there will be a thousand. It is not far off that your fighting against Ahl us-Sunnah will strengthen the Muslim Brotherhood, and this is something which has been observed about you and your students.

The Emirates at present contains students of knowledge who studied and graduated from Sharee’ah Universities and among them are those who hold doctorates with high results, all praise is due to Allāh, and they have links with the Mashāyikh and ’Ulama who advise them about views which emanate from them. Those in positions of responsibility in the Emirates have also become very aware and distinguish between the who one brings corruption and the one who brings rectification, and they were the first ones to issue warnings against the Muslim Brotherhood. I reiterate and say: it is not far off that the explanation of you and your kids or youth, observations on Ahl us-Sunnah will strengthen the Ikhwān who have only been exposed by Ahl us-Sunnah, this is an important point so pay attention.

 

I ask Allāh to grant me and you understanding of His deen and to make us see the truth and to open our hearts to it and to save us from the evils of our own souls and the evil consequences of our actions and to provide us with sincerity in speech and action.

 

All praise is due to Allāh firstly, finally, apparently and inwardly, and may prayers, peace and blessings be upon or Prophet Muhammad, his family and all of his companions.

 Shaykh Sālim at-Taweel, Risālah Lam Yahmiluhā al-Bareed ilā Shaykh Muhammad bin Hādee, hafidhahullāh [A Letter Which Cannot Be Delivered By Post to Shaykh Muhammad bin Hādee, May Allāh Preserve him]. Dated 30 Dhu’l-Hijjah 1435 AH/24 October 2014 CE, see:

http://www.saltaweel.com/articles/366

Translated by ’AbdulHaq al-Ashanti

 

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