Adhering to the Sunnah

Question: Recently, I have grown my beard, began to offer the obligatory Salaah (Prayer) and adhered to Sunnah. In our village, people consider those who adhere to Sunnah as extremists. When I try to convince them, they say, “Ruined are Al-Mutanatti‘oon (extremists, exaggerators)”. Who are the Mutanatti‘oon? Is adhering to the Sunnah a kind of extremism?

Answer: I thank Allaah (Exalted be He) that He has guided you to the Truth and I thank Him that He has helped you act according to it… read more here.

Wahabiyyah and Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abd Al-Wahhaab

Question: Some people told me that there is a thing called “Wahabiyyah”, but I explained to them that there is no such thing called “Wahabiyyah”; that this is merely a name given by those who claim to be Ashraf (Muslim descendants from the Prophet’s family) to turn people away from the reformative call. Yet, one of them retorted saying that Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd Al-Wahhaab (may Allaah be merciful to him) was indeed a religious reformer, but he deviated from the right path at the end of his life, for he denied some of the authentic Ahaadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) because they did not agree with his viewpoints. What is your answer on that?

Answer: Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd Al-Wahhaab (may Allaah be Merciful with him) was indeed one of the great callers to Salafiyyah (following the way of the righteous predecessors), and to the sound ‘Aqeedah (creed) and the morally correct, upright method. His books abound with these aspects… read more here.

Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah as one of Ahlus-Sunnah

Question: Some people claim that Ibn Taymiyyah does not belong to Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream). They further claim that he is astray and leading people astray. The same was adopted by Ibn Hajar (Al-Haythamee) and other scholars. Is such a claim truthful or not?

Answer: Undoubtedly, Shaykh Ahmad ibn ‘Abd Al-Haleem ibn Taymiyyah is one of the ‘A`immah of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa‘ah who called people to the truth and to the right path, through whom Allaah supported the Sunnah and subdued the people of Bid‘ah (innovation in religion) and perversity… read more here.

Witnessing against all nations on the Day of Resurrection

Question: Is it one of the merits of this Ummah (nation) that it will bear witness against all nations on the Day of Resurrection?

Answer: Yes, it is… read more here.

The best book on the true `Aqeedah

Question: What is the best book on Tawheed (monotheism) and `Aqeedah (creed) and how can a person get that?

Answer: The greatest and best book to clarify the sound `Aqeedah (creed) is the Glorious Book of Allaah, the Qur’aan, then the Hadeeth of His Messenger (peace be upon him). The following is a list of some of the most beneficial books on this subject… read more here.

Useful books on Fiqh, `Aqeedah and Seerah

Question: Please, inform us of the useful Islaamic books that we may refer to in matters related to `Aqeedah (Islaamic creed), Fiqh (Islaamic jurisprudence), and authentic books of Seerah (biography of the Prophet).

Answer: You should first refer to the Noble Qur’aan and the books of Sunnah like the Two Saheeh (authentic) Books of Hadeeth (i.e. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) and the Sunan (Hadeeth compilations by Aboo Daawood, Al-Tirmithee, Al-Nasaa’ee and Ibn Maajah)… read more here.

Some useful books for understanding religion

Question: What are the useful books that Muslims should read to understand their religion?

Answer: You should read the Noble Qur’aan; the books of Sunnah such as: Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree, Saheeh Muslim and the four Sunan (Hadeeth compilations classified by jurisprudential themes… read more here.

Advice for those who wish to adopt a suitable methodology to study `Aqeedah

Question: I want to adopt a suitable methodology to study ‘Aqeedah (creed), especially after I have learned about the Pillars of Islaam, such as Salaah (Prayer) and Sawm (Fast). I thank Allaah for I also studied the books of “Tawheed” (Monotheism) by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Al-Wahhaab and “Al-Waasitiyyah” by the Shaykh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah. Would you recommend a proper methodology that would help me pursue a serious study?

Answer: May Allaah increase your deep insight and knowledge! We recommend reading the books of the Salaf (righteous predecessors) on `Aqeedah, among which are what you have already mentioned in your question in addition to the explanatory books… read more here.

Books on `Aqeedah which the Permanent Committee recommends reading

Question: What are the useful books for understanding `Aqeedah (Creed)?

Answer: Books that are useful for understanding `Aqeedah and similar topics vary according to the readers’ understanding, cultures, and educational levels. Thus, each person seeking to read in this field should ask the advice of scholars who are aware of their status, aptitude and assimilation of knowledge… read more here.

Two books of Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah: “Minhaaj As-Sunnah” and “Sharh Hadeeth Al-Nuzool”

Question: What is your opinion on the two books “Minhaaj As-Sunnah” and “Sharh Hadeeth Al-Nuzool” written by the Shaykh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah be merciful to him)??

Answer: These two books are among the best books available today. They provide authentic information, evidence, good presentation and are very powerful in terms of supporting truth, refuting falsehood and correctness and authenticity of ‘Aqeedah (creed)… read more here.

What is Wahhabism ?

Question: What is Wahhabism ?

Answer: Wahhbism is the term which the enemies of Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abd Al-Wahhaab (may Allaah be merciful to him) gave to his call to purify Tawheed (islaamic monotheism) from all forms of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) and to renounce all the ways except that of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)… read more here.

The meaning of the Hadeeth: “I asked of my Rabb three things”

Question: What is the meaning of the Hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him):

I asked of my Rabb, the Glorified and Exalted, three things; He granted me two, but refused me one. I asked my Rabb not to destroy us by that with which He destroyed the nations before us and He granted me this; I asked my Rabb, the Glorified and Exalted, not to make an enemy from outside us triumph over us, and He granted me this; and I asked my Lord not to cover us with confusion (make us break) into warring sects, but He refused me this. ?

Answer: This Hadeeth was reported by Al-Tirmithee who said: it is Hasan Saheeh (good authentic Hadeeth). It was also reported by Al-Nasaa’ee and this is the wording of Al-Nasaa’ee. It was also reported by Muslim on the authority of Thawbaan (may Allaah be pleased with him)… read more here.

Meaning of the Hadeeth: “Islaam began as a stranger (Ghareeb)…”

Question: I hope your eminence will explain the meaning of the following Hadith of Allaah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): Islaam started as a stranger (ghareeb) and it will return a stranger as it has started.

Does this Hadeeth mean that Islaam will restore its glory, supremacy and power achieved at the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or the opposite?

Considering the following Hadeeth of Allaah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): The best of people are my generation (or my century), then those who come after them, then those who come after them.

The apparent meaning of the previous Hadeeth indicates that the best century is the one in which the noble Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) lived. No other generation will be as good as it was.

Yet, the first Hadeeth: “Islaam started as a stranger…” indicates through the words: “as it has started” at its end that Islaam will return as it was before during the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and mutual love and affection will prevail among all Muslims once more. But the current situation of the Muslims is different from that.

Muslims fight one another and there are divisions among them. Their rulers oppress religious people. The whole society mocks religious people and fights them.

The Western countries invade Muslim countries through their destructive cultures and ideologies that do not fit Muslim societies. Many Muslim women adopt their revealing clothing styles and go out displaying their beauty and charms.

I hope you will explain this in detail. I appreciate your advice. May Allaah reward and help you.

Answer: The meaning of the Hadeeth: is that Islaam first started as a lone stranger when the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) began calling people to embrace it. They did not respond to him, except one, then another… read more here.

Hadeeth: “Verily, Allaah sends for this Ummah at the head of every hundred years the one who renews for it its religion”

Question: I heard a Hadeeth in which the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) stated: “Verily, Allaah sends for this Ummah (nation) at the head of every hundred years the one who reforms for it the matters of its religion.” I have some inquires regarding this Hadeeth.

A- What are the Sanad (chain of narrators) and the correct Matn (text) of this Hadeeth? Who among the Companions narrated it?
B- What are the characteristics of the meant reformers, if it is possible?
C- What is the meaning of (reforming the matters of religion) when the Prophet (peace be upon him) left us on absolute clear guidance?
D- How can we know these reformers?
E- Is it true that these reformers are raised at the end of the twelfth year of every Hijree (lunar) century?

Answer: First: The above Hadeeth is narrated by Aboo Daawood in his Sunan on the authority of Sulaymaan ibn Daawood Al-Mahree who said: `Abd Allaah ibn Wahb informed me on the authority of Sa`eed ibn Ayyoob from Sharaaheel ibn Yazeed Al-Mu‘aafiree from Aboo ‘Alqamah from Aboo Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said… read more here.

The way to achieve Muslim unity

Question: How can we achieve Muslim unity within the Islaamic world of today when there are daily crimes committed by Muslims against their Muslim brothers? For example, there is daily news about the inner struggle taking place inside the Palestine Liberation Organization, the problems between Iraq and Iran, in addition to other conflicts in the rest of our disunited Arab Ummah (nation) which agreed not to agree on anything.

Answer: Muslim unity can be achieved by adhering to the principles which achieved unity during the lifetime of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)… read more here.

Advice to the Muslim living in an irreligious society

Question: What advice can you give me when I am living in this age teeming with heresies, atheism, corruption and forsaking of prayers? May Allaah reward you with the best reward.

Answer: We advise you to fear Allaah as He should be feared and we give you the same piece of advice that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) gave to Huthayfah ibn Al-Yammaan. It was authentically reported that Huthayfah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said… read more here.

The duty of a Muslim in Jaahilee (irreligious) societies

Question: What is the duty of a faithful Muslim who lives in a Jaahilee (irreligious) society where no religious scholars or Islaamic movements exist? He cannot compare between the existing religious groups to know which is adhering to the Qur’aan and the Sunnah and which is not. So what is the role of a Muslim feeling such helplessness while living in a wolfish world?

Answer: A Muslim should learn from religious matters what enable him to have sure knowledge of the religion of Islaam and invite others as well to goodness, as far as ability allows. It is not obligatory on a Muslim to seek what is beyond his capability of knowledge, based on the general evidences indicative of the easiness of Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law), including Allaah’s Saying (which means)… read more here.

Meaning: As-Salafiyyah

Question: What is “As-Salafiyyah”? What do you think of it?

Answer: As-Salafiyyah (Salafism) is a term derived from the word “Salaf”, which refers to the righteous predecessors of the first three generations of Muslims which include the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet), Taabi‘oon (Followers, the generation after the Companions of the Prophet) and Tabi‘ Al-Taabi‘oon (Successors, the generation after the Taabi‘oon)… read more here.

Meaning: The Salaf and The Salafiyyoon

Question: What is the explanation of the word “Salaf” and who are “Al-Salafiyyoon”? Could you give me an abstract of “Al-‘Aqeedah Al-Waasitiyyah” book? What is the interpretation of the first five Aayaat of Soorah Al-Kahf?

Answer: “Salaf” are Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) who are the followers of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) such as the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet, may Allaah be pleased with them) and those who follow in their footsteps until the Day of Resurrection… read more here.

Al-Firqah Al-Naajiyah (the saved sect)

Question: Nowadays, there are many groups and sects, each claim to be Al-Firqah Al-Naajiyah (the saved sect). But we do not know which group is really following the Truth, so that we may join it. We hope you will tell us which group is the best and the most correct so that we can follow it. Please support your argument with evidence.

Answer: All these groups are included in Al-Firqah Al-Naajiyah (the saved sect) except those who commit one of the Mukafiraat (Crimes, the perpetration of which make one a disbeliever) violative of the Fundamentals of Eemaan… read more here.

Retracted Fatwaa: Which is the group that truly applies the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah?

NOTE – This Fatwaa has been retracted, and new fataawaa were given by Shaykh Bin Baaz and other senior most scholars of the Permanent Committee regarding Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen (the Muslim Brotherhood). This Fatwaa is posted just to remind of the retraction.

Shaykh has clearly stated in several Fataawaa of alifta, that, the Muslim Brotherhood does not teach aqeedah, and doesn’t denounce Shirkiyyah acts, innovations and incorrect beliefs, rather they have innovated their own way of political da`wah, and they are from the deviant 72 sects, and Khawaarij.

Shaykh has mentioned about his unawareness of the books and the call of the Muslim Brotherhood in several Edicts, here is a fatwaa from, click here to read.

Question: In the Islaamic world today there are many groups and Sufi Tariqahs (orders), such as Al-Tableegh Group (a group calling to Islaam), Al-Ikhwaan Al-Muslimoon (the Muslim Brotherhood), Sunnis and Shiites. Which is the group that truly applies the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (peace be upon him)?

Answer: The closest of all Islaamic groups to the Truth and the keenest to apply it: Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream). They are Ahl Al-Hadeeth (the scholars of Hadeeth), Ansaar Al-Sunnah group and then the Al-Ikhwaan-ul-Muslimoon (the Muslim Brotherhood)… read more here.