Taken from book: The Rules and Etiquettes of Ruqyah by Shaykh Saalih ibn Abdul Azeez Aali Shaykh (hafidhahullah) page 75-79 (Q & A session with the shaykh)

Furthermore, we should develop brotherhood between ourselves, my dear brothers. We never experienced such a division and split. By Allah, the fitnah (calamity) that has now enveloped and surrounded the Salafi call and those who follow it in the world has never occurred before.

This is because the leaders have increased and love for leadership has spread unfortunately. Andthe conspirators that exist among the ranks of the Salafi’s are many. So they have split the Salafi’s and scattered them in all directions. Therefore, you must beware of division and take heed of those who seek to cause splits in the ranks. Develop brotherly ties between yourselves and be like one body, as the Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam said:

“You will see the believers in their mutual compassion, love and affection like a (human) body; if one part of it feels pain, the rest of the body succumbs to sleeplessness and fever.”

And he sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam said:

“The believer towards another believer is like a building, they support one another.”

Then he sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam intertwined his fingers.

I feel that today many of the Salafi’s, if one of their brothers were to get sick or be stricken by a calamity, they would find joy in that and not feel pain! Why is this? It is because of the great amount of trials and ordeals that have occurred amongst them, which the people of desires have spread. I have stated on more than one occasion that we met Salafi’s in the eastern and western parts of the world and found that they were all upon mutual love and brotherhood whilst following one methodology without any differences amongst them. And so because of this. the Salafi call spread throughout the world, east and west. That is when wicked people amongst the Jews, Christians and Evangelists along with the heads of misguided sects such as the Raafidees and Sufis, who cooperate with the enemies and deviants, took note of this.

By Allah, they cooperate with the enemies and have hidden and open ties with them. And they only cooperate with them against the Salafi Methodology. So they have spread and circulated the poisons of division amongst the Salafis when they started to extend in the eastern and western parts of the world. They spread the toxins of division amidst the ranks of the Salafis causing the worst of splits between them. The result of this was that a group of people were brought up not understanding the Salafi Methodology in its correct form. So now you can find someone claiming to be Salafi but then all he does is break the ties of the Salafis due to his bad manners, evil methods and wicked ways that have spread and which aim to cause division and fissure amongst the Salafis. The Methodology of the Salaf needs people with wisdom. And before that, it needs scholars. If these cannot be found amongst the Salafis, then where would the Salafi call be? It will be lost, may Allah bless you.

So aquire knowledge. Whoever amongst you feels capable and up to it, Allah will give him the ability to memorize and the aptitude to understand the religion. One should summon every ounce of effort he has in him to obtain knowledge so that Allah can bring benefit to the people through him. And he should try with all his power to reunite the scattered groups of Salafis upon the true Religion of Allah, establishing brotherhood and unity amongst them. Search for these kinds of people and support them in their studies and in spreading brotherhood and love between the Salafis.

As for everyone else, regardless if they are Jews or Christians, propagate your call amidst their ranks with wisdom and fair admonition.

Have you not read Allah’s statement:

“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair admonition and debate with them in a manner that is best”

(Surah An-Nahl:125)

Allah is telling his Messenger sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam here to use this type of call in front of the unbelievers since if the call lacks wisdom and fair admonition, the call will come to an end.If we employ brutality in our behavior and chase people away, that would be the end of the Salafi call.

The Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam said:

“Verily, amongst you are those who chase people away.”

And he sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam said :

“Make things easy and do not make them difficult. And give good tidings and do not chase people away.”

Use these etiquettes. If you want good for yourselves and for the people, follow the Qur’an and Sunnah’s guidelines for interacting with one another and for spreading this call.

Allah says:

“Muhammed is the Messenger of Allah and those with him are severe against the unbelievers and merciful among themselves”

(Surah Al-Fat’h:29)

And He says:

“And lower your wing (i.e be courteous) to the believers.”

(Surah Al-Hijr :88)

And He says:

“And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you”

(Surah Aali Imraan:159)

Allah’s Messenger sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam was the best and most perfect, eloquent and knowledgeable of human beings. Had he not had these characteristics, the people would have fled from him and abandoned him and his call. So what about poor you!! We need to have good manners and good interactions with one another before anything. And we need to have brotherhood and unity. Furthermore, when calling, we must employ wisdom and fair admonition.

“Severe against the unbelievers.” This is if they do not accept our call, i.e we fight against those who deserve to be fought. But this of course is after the proper introductory steps – after the invitation and clarification; after all these things, may Allah bless you. Being severe and harsh against the hypocrites means that we establish the proofs against them, but not with bad manners.

The point is that we do not have any swords with us today except that of proofs, evidences, and good manners. Using proper etiquettes is the most effective weapon in suppressing deviants, repelling them with proofs and refuting unbelievers. And in this lies guidance for everyone. May Allah bless you.

We ask Allah to guide us and you to what He loves and is pleased with, and I hope that Allah makes me and you from those who, when they hear speech, follow the best of it. Prepare yourselves mentally to benefit from the good and truth that you hear. And prepare yourselves physically to implement and act upon that. And if Allah wills, these evil phenomena will come to an end through wisdom and understanding and the enemies will despair over dividing and splitting us. But if we do not hear and use these manners, the Salafi youth will continue to be a toy in the hands of their opponents and enemies. You must have wisdom and understanding.And you must have patience, affection and brotherhood amongst yourselves. Then if you spread this call using distinguished etiquettes, you will see how the people will accept this call. We ask Allah to grant us and you success.

I ask your permission, may Allah bless you, to end here. The objective is not to have a lot of speech as a person may hear just one word and Allah will benefit him by it. The Salaf used to speak little, i.e. their speech was little, but their impact was great since they fell upon open and attentive ears. We ask Allah to grant us and you success.

Transcribed by Ahmad ad- Diwaanee – Reviewed and presented to the Shaykh Fawzaan al-Jazaa’iree, may Allah forgive him and his parents, on Tuesday evening 5/17/1427h – Source

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