Establishing the proof on sufi relatives

Establishing The Proof Upon Sufee Relatives

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen

Reference: Liqaat Al Baab Al Maftooh/ #1001

Category: Da’wah

O Noble Shaykh, may Allaah preserve you, some of us traveled to south Yemen in order visit our realatives. These relatives of ours were brought up by Sufee scholars and from amongst what they taught them was that if anyone from Hijaaz, Najd or anyone who practices Tawheed comes to them, then they are to be considered Wahaabees and nothing should be accepted from them. We called them to Tawheed but they did not accept this Da’wah from us, have the proofs been established upon them? Also is understanding the evidence a condition in establishing the proof upon someone?

There is no doubt that if they were told that such and such is the truth and this is the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) as evidence to prove this, then the proof has been established upon them. Because they are Arabs, they understand by merely listening [to Arabic]. However if they were non-Arabs and you were speaking to them in Arabic while they do not understand, then the proof has not been established upon them because they don’t understand what you are saying. But if they know what you are saying and you brought the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah as proofs but yet they persist [upon falsehood] and say:

“We will follow our Mashaayikh.”

Then indeed the proof has been established upon them and they are similar to those whom Allaah has said in their regards:

{And similarly, We have not sent a Warner before you (O Muhammad [صلى الله عليه وسلم]) to any town (people) except that the prosperous ones among them said: “We found our fathers following a certain way and religion, and we will indeed follow in their footsteps.”} [Az Zukhruf/23]

Therefore we say [to them]:

“Call us whatever you like; Wahabeeyah, Hanaabilah, Najdeeyah or Hijaazeeyah; whatever you wish. Do you not believe in Allaah and His Messenger? Do you not consider the Quraan and the Sunnah to be authentic evidences, go ahead


However it seems that some of those who give Da’wah are Munaffir (those that avert/chase people away) and if it is said to him:

“We do not take from you, you are a Wahaabee.”

He turns away from them in aversion or responds to them in a similar manner and says:

“You people are misguided, you have such and such in you…”

So Da’wah with Hikmah would not have been achieved by him.

Translator: Nadir Ahmad, Abu Abdul-Waahid

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