Refuting the call for Unity and closer cooperation with Ahlul Bidah

On Saturday 22nd september 2007 the pledge of mutual respect “and co-operation was established between some individual callers from of Ahlu Bidah and some other callers who where known for the adherence to the Salafi Manhaj in days gone by. The document was signed by some of the most popular speakers on the Dawah Circuit today such as Abdurraheem Green (chairman of IERA), Haitham Haddad,Yasir Qadhi, and also included speakers such as Hamza Yusef, who is a well known Sufi-Ashari and co founder of the Sufi Zaytuna college. Muhammed ibn Adam from Leicester who openly calls to worshipping the Prophets and awliya was also a signatory to this pledge which can be found here and amongst many others.

The essence of this pledge and agreement was that all the signatories would not refute each other and agree to cooperate with each other for the sake the benefit of the Muslims in the West and they would put their differences in Islaam aside.

From the fruits of this pledge is that we have witnessed Deobandi Imams such as Zahir mahmoud on the IERA platform which can be found here . Abdurraheem Green who is a trustee and chairman of IERA was from the early callers to the Salafi Dawah in the early nineties. The questions is why has he and those similar to him who were from the early pioneers of Dawah Salafiyah chosen this new methodology of cooperating in dawah and sharing platforms with people who are upon clear misguidence ?

A Principles of the Muslim brotherhood (Ikwanul Muslimeen)

Some of the students from the Islamic University of Madeenah approached some of the scholars of Madeenah and asked them about this pledge. The first Scholar that was approached concerning the pledge was Shaykh Alee Naasir Faqeehee (a lecturer at al-Masjid an-Nabawee and the Islaamic University of Madeenah, and Head of the Department of Knowledge Related Affairs at the King Fahd Quraan Printing Complex) on the 22nd of Ramadhaan 1428.

The Shaykh, may Allaah preserve him, mentioned a number of points which are worthy of reflecting upon – for all:

After reading it, the Shaykh began by stating that: “This is not the first, second, tenth or even hundredth time that an attempt such as this has been made. For a long time efforts have been made in order to produce such a formula, the only thing that differs is the method and the wordings. It should be known that achieving the objectives of such a pledge is impossible; it is like shooting a stray bullet that will never reach its target. How can (a pledge such as) this be possible, bringing together people of different theological backgrounds that are contradictory to each other?!”

The Shaykh described the basis for such a pledge as proceeding from the principle of “Let us co-operate amongst ourselves in the issues that we agree upon, and excuse one another in the issues that we disagree upon”.

In support of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, the Shaykh iterated: “Just because some of the co-signers (of “The Pledge”) are graduates from the Islaamic University (of Madeenah) does not mean that the methodology of the University is at fault. Rather, the methodology of the University is correct, however, the University cannot guarantee that all the students who graduate from it are or will remain upon the same methodology”.

In reference to the claim that “The Pledge” is specific to issues pertaining to the West, the Shaykh vehemently rejected this by saying: “Their claim that this is a Western issue and that Major Scholars elsewhere do not need to be involved: We say to them that the same Islaam you have over there in the West is the same Islaam we have here. What is false and contradictory to Islaam over here is also false and contradictory to Islaam over there. Islaam is suitable for all times and places”.

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Haadee al Madkhalee was approached regarding the pledge on the 3rd of December 2007, and commented with the following…

During these times that we live in, those who speak have become numerous; those who speak with knowledge, truth and adherence [to the Book and the Sunnah], those who speak with desires and evil intentions, and those who speak with ignorance. All three groups are present, and the callers to falsehood are more plentiful.

Do not be deceived that a caller to falsehood [4] is praised, has degrees or a high status in the life of this world, because this is of no significance. What is of significance is whether his speech is in accordance to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, may the Salaat and Salaam be upon him, and what his righteous Caliphs and companions were upon – may Allaah be pleased with them all.

Amongst the callers to falsehood who have graduated from here, the Islaamic Univeristy of Madeenah, is Yasir Qadhi. I severely warn you against him, especially as Allaah the Glorified has exposed him after he wrote this document that has reached us and propagated it over the internet. He gathered with others and signed a pledge in which – from the beginning to the end – revolves around one point; dissolving Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah in the midst of the people of innovations, removing their character and extinguishing their identity.

Indeed this document that has reached us, that was signed by a number of people and propagated over the internet; it is falsehood, misguidance, injustice, oppression and ignorance [repeated 3 times]. It only serves the people of desires and is an injustice to Ahlus Sunnah. It is an obligation to be wary of it, to not listen to it, accommodate it, unite upon it and make excuses for it. All of this is in contradiction to the methodology of Ahlus Sunnah and what they are upon, those who are upon what the Messenger of Allaah and his companions, may Allaah be pleased with them, were upon.

He is calling to the methodology of Ahlus Sunnah, as he states himself, with the general understanding of term ‘Ahlus Sunnah’, meaning that all the other misguided groups are included in it, we seek refuge with Allaah from that, as we seek refuge with Allaah from this misguidance.

The evidence has been established upon him as he studied in the Islaamic University of Madeenah. I taught him in the faculty of Hadeeth, he once requested a sitting with me along with those who criticize him, so I agreed and informed him that I have no problem with that, and that was the last time I saw him. The point is that I never heard of him again until he entered the Masters program in ‘Aqeedah, and sadly, this is what is used by him and others to misguide a lot of people, saying that he is the student the scholars or that he graduated from the Islaamic University of Madeenah. But if this is the methodology that he is upon, the likes of this pledge that he and others have signed, by Allaah it would not benefit him if he graduated from within the Ka’bah! Because this is a false methodology, and being a student of such and such a Shaykh or studying at such and such a place does not justify falsehood, for those who taught him here have taught him the correct ‘Aqeedah, they didn’t teach him this falsehood.

In any case, we ask Allaah for safety, as we ask him to cause the Knowledge that we gain to be beneficial for us as well as yourselves in the life of this world as well as the next…(1).taken from

Shaykh Albani himself was asked about Unity and he explains this issue here.

Hamza Yusef one of the signitories of the agreement can be seen and heard calling to this false unity

Has refuting Ahluh Bidah become a dirty word 0r something that callers should feel shy about?

Listen to the words of our Sheikh Muqbil (Rahimullah)

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