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The Blind Following of Madhhabs

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17. The Statement of Fakhr ud-Deen ar-Raazee

Fakhr ud-Deen ar-Raazee, who died 606H - rahimahullaah - said in Tafseer of the verse in Mafaateeh ul-Ghayb (4/431)
{ The same is mentioned by the reviver of the Sunnah al-Baghawee in Ma’aalim ut-Tanzeel }
“They (Jews and Christians) took their rabbis and monks as lords besides Allaah”

[Soorah at-Tawbah (9): 31]
“I have seen a group of the blind-following men of fiqh and have recited to them many aayaahs from the Book of Allaah, the Most High, concerning some matters which their madhhabs were contrary to those aayaahs and they would not accept these aayaahs or give any attention to them. Instead, they stood looking at me in surprise, meaning, ‘How can it be possible to act upon the clear meaning of these aayaahs, when the reports from our forefathers are at variance with them.’
If you considered carefully, you would find that this poison runs through the veins of most of the people in this world.”

18. The Greatest Imaam is Allaah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him)


Al-Murtadaa az-Zubaydee said in his explanation of al-Ihyaa, “Know that the only who is followed without question is the one who came with the Sharee’ah, the noblest of us, Muhammad , in what he ordered and said. The Companions radiallaahu ‘anhum, are to be followed, since their actions are an indication of what they heard from him . This is what we are ordered to follow, nothing else. Therefore, Ibn ‘Abbaas , said, ‘There is not anyone except that his some of his knowledge is taken and some abandoned except for Allaah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him)’ Al-Iraaqee said that it is reported by at-Tabaraanee in al-Kabeer

Blind-following of madhhabs has become a chronic disease and a widespread misfortune which has spread over the world. We do not find anyone who will give preference to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger  over what their books contain and the sayings of their shaykhs, except for a few. But we praise and thank Allaah, the Most High, that we have seen a group of our worshippers of Allaah in Tawheed, calling the people to Tawheed and fighting Jihaad for Allaah correctly and waging war upon the blind-followers, the people of superstition and the dajjaals. For this purpose societies working together have been set up to promote and spread Tawheed. This has been done in the Hijaaz, Egypt, Sudan, Sinjar in Iraq and other places. O Allaah! Grant them increase and aid them as long as they aid your Deen, aameen, O Lord of the worlds!

Sayyid Siddeeq Hasan says in his Tafseer: Fath ul-Bayaan Fee Maqaasid il-Qur’aan (4/117) concerning the saying of Allaah, the Most High
 “The (Jews and Christians) took their rabbis and monks as lords besides Allaah”

[Soorah at-Tawbah (9): 31]
 “This aayah contains a warning for those with a heart, or for he who listens and witnesses, about blind-following regarding Allaah’s Deen and about preferring the sayings of forefathers to what is contained in the Mighty Book of Allaah and the pure Sunnah, since it is indeed like the Jews and Christians taking their rabbis and monks as lords besides Allaah; though they definitely did not take them as objects of direct worship but had obeyed them and declared forbidden what they declared forbidden and allowed what they allowed and this is also the practise of the blind-followers from this Ummah. In fact it is more similar to it than one egg to another, a date to another date. So, servants of Allaah and followers of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdullaah , what is wrong with you that you have left the Book and the Sunnah aside and instead have taken to (following) men, who like you have been obligated by Allaah to worship him by these two (the Book and the Sunnah) and required by Him to act upon them and that which they indicate. You have instead acted upon opinions which they gave, not supported by the texts of the Book and the Sunnah. You have stubbornly opposed with deaf ears, closed hearts, sick minds, decrepit intellect, feeble understanding and ailing thoughts. You have stated by your actions, ‘I am not except a follower of Ghuzayyah, if she goes astray, I go astray and if Ghuzayyah follows the right way, I follow the right way.’

May Allaah guide you and me! Leave the books written for you by your dead forefathers as substitutes for the Book of Allaah, their (the Imaam’s) Lord and your Lord, the One to Whom they and you are devoted, the One Whom they worshipped and you worship. (Who has the right to) substituted the sayings and opinions of those whom you call your Imaams, for the sayings of your (true) Imaam and their Imaam, your example and their example, the first Imaam, Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullaah.

Leave every saying for the saying of the Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him), since one safely upon his Deen is not like one risking danger. (Besides it is the Messenger who conveys to us our Deen) as Allaah says:

“The Messenger’s duty is but to convey (the Message)”

[Soorah ash-Shoora (42): 48]
 “Your duty is to convey (the message)”
[Soorah al-Ma’idah (5): 99]
 “Your duty is only to convey (the Message)”
[Soorah Aal-Imraan (3): 20 & Soorah ar-Ra’d (13): 40]
These aayaahs use the various terms of restriction (.e. that the Messenger is only to convey), which is the strongest form of proof.

19. Allaah has Ordered us to Proceed upon the Straight Path


Allaah, the Most High, has ordered us in this world to proceed upon His Straight Path, with which He sent His Messengers and His Books. He informed that this Straight Path is the one which reaches His Paradise and His reward and to the extent of a worshipper’s firmness upon this Straight Path which Allaah, the Most High, has established for His servants in this life, will be his safety upon the Bridge (Siraat) over Hell.

Allaah, the Most High, says, “Verily, this is My Straight Path, so follow it and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path. This He has ordained for you that you may become al-Muttaqoon (the pious).”

[Soorah al-Ana’am (6):153]
Since the person who seeks the Straight Path is seeking something which most people fail to attain. The one following this way may feel lonely and so Allaah, the Most Perfect, promises him of the company in the hereafter, of the Prophets, their true followers, the martyrs and the Pious. And what good company to be in! So that the period of loneliness and isolation in this world, of the seeker of the guidance and follower of the Straight Path will soon pass away. He should know that his true companions are those upon the correct path, and they are the ones whom Allaah has blessed, and should not grieve because he goes against those who stray. Those who do not follow guidance, are of the least significance, even if they are greater in number, just as Al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaad - rahimahullaah said, “Follow the path of truth and do not feel dismayed at the small numbers of those who take that way and beware of the way of misguidance and do not be deceived by the large numbers of those who go towards destruction.”

The worshipper must therefore be careful to avoid the way of those upon whom is Allaah’s anger and those who are astray. Those upon whom is anger are those who are corrupt with regard to their knowledge and intentions, those who know the truth and turn away from it and the astray are those who are corrupt due to ignorance, they are ignorant and unaware of the truth.

The truth is what Allaah’s Messenger Muhammad  and his Companions - radiallaahu ‘anhum - were upon, not the opinions, compilations, thoughts and practices of men. So every piece of knowledge, action, truth, state, or position coming from the lamp of his prophethood and having his seal upon it, then it is from the Straight Path and whatever is not like that is from the path of the people of misguidance, the Hell-Fire and His anger See Madaarij us-Saalikeen of Ibn ul-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (1/21-23)..

There is no doubt that from the signs of the rightly guided is that they believe in all of the Prophets - ‘alaihimus-salaatu was-salaam, not differentiating in that and submitting to them and to what they brought and following the truth wherever it is and to behave well and with respect towards them. Since this is the case, then it is also obligatory to show respect to their heirs, from the Companions, Taabi‘een and mujtahid Imaams such as the four Imaams and their like from the scholars of the People of Hadeeth - radiallaahu ‘anhum.

Accepting the sayings of one scholar and leaving the sayings of others, or loving some and hating the rest, as is the practice of most of the blind-followers of the madhhabs, is not from the guidance of the rightly-guided, nor from the attributes of the Pious. Some of this enmity has spread between those who ascribe themselves to the madhhabs to the point that they will not pray behind anyone who is not from their madhhab, so their blind-following is ignorance which has blinded their hearts and vision.

From the people of misguidance are those who make the madhhab the basis and seek to cause the Qur’aan to agree with it by interpreting and twisting it, as is the practice of the forsaken and the misguided. The truth and that which is obligatory is that the Qur’aan is the basis with which the madhhabs and opinions in the Deen are to be tested; so whatever agrees with it is acceptable and whatever conflicts with it is rejected.

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