Monday, August 29, 2011

3 Important Criticisms of Surooriyyah

Taken from al-Fataawaa al-Jaliyyah 'an al-Manaahij ad-Da'wiyyah

Translated by Abuz-Zubayr 'Abdur-Rahmaan Harrison

Written by/Said by Ash-Shaykh Ahmad ibn Yahyaa an-Najmee

Edited by Editorial Staff at (now known as and more recently


As-Surooriyyah: The people or party associated with Muhammad Suroor Zayn al-Aabideen. They have within them something of the Sunnah and something of bid'ah. The most important criticisms against them are:

1. They defame the leaders and speak out against them thereby causing evil, fitnah, and serious problems. It is apparent from them that they declare the leaders to be disbelievers. This is only taken from their current state which they are upon, not directly from their statements. This is because the path which they traverse is the path of the Khawaarij, or at least close to it. Of course, it is understood that the texts (of the Qur'aan and Sunnah) oblige and command hearing and obedience to the leaders of the affairs. And our leaders here in this country are Muslims and, thanks to Allaah, they rule and govern with the legislation of Allaah in their rulings and judgments and they establish the Hudood (the prescribed punishments according to the Qur'aan or Sunnah). Therefore, declaring them to be disbelievers or speaking out against them which results in revolt against them and rebellion causes great corruption. For that reason, one must beware of the followers of this manhaj, or disavow oneself from them completely, especially since they curse the scholars of this country and defame and insult them. They accuse them of treachery and deception with the religion. This indicates what (is even worse) within behind such actions.

2. They call for Jihaad yet their objective is not making Jihaad against the disbelievers. However, what is apparent from them is (Jihaad) against this country. It must be understood that we do not declare this country free of mistakes or infallible. However, we do say that obedience to them (the leaders) is obligatory and the way of advising them should be secretively because they are Muslims. The legislator (the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi was sallam) forbade revolting against the leaders, unless the one rebelling has witnessed clear, apparent disbelief in which he has manifest evidence from Allaah to support him in this.

3. They claim that the scholars of this country do not comprehend the current affairs happening in these times. They are refuted by the fact that the Muftees and judges do not simply pronounce a fatwaa for any one single issue, nor do they pass a ruling an a single issue unless and until they know the current issues regarding it, the reasons surrounding it, what is dependent upon the ruling, and what possible effects may came from it. So whoever claims that these scholars and judges do not comprehend the current state of affairs, then he has oppressed his own self and he has said that which is not permissible for him to say. As for knowing the plots of the enemies and related issues, then this is part of the specialized matters pertaining specifically to the armies of every country.

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