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Shaykh Rabee’ bin Haadee al-Madkhalee speaks about the Attack on Iraq

From a cassette recording (26/1/1424H) of an answer of the Shaykh to a question concerning the crisis (of the Attack on Iraqi) – transcribed by Khalid adh-Dhafayree.

Question: There has been much questioning of the position of the "adherents to the way of the pious predecessors" towards this crisis, is it permissible to supplicate against the Disbelievers in the likes of these circumstances?

Response: Yes, it is permissible to make supplication against the Disbelievers in these circumstances and others. Supplication is made for their guidance, and supplication is made for their destruction when they do not seek guidance. So we ask Allaah that prevents the harm of the Disbelivers, especially in these circumstances, we see oppression and transgression, which exceeds the lowest limits [of what can be defined as] transgression and wrongdoing. So we ask Allaah that He turns their plot back upon them.

Man, as it is said, is a commodity, it is necessary that he gather something of the news. However, I hold that the youth should not be completely engrossed and waste their time in what does not benefit them, and which does not bring back any benefit to the Ummah. Because all they can do is just listen, then what do they do after that? So they take a part o f this news, and then call upon Allaah, the Blessed and Almighty, that He gives relief to the Muslims, and that He removes this affliction. And my advice in regard to this, to the Muslims in general and to [the people of] `Iraaq specifically, is that they return to the Book of Allaah and to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam), for by Allaah, there is no exit for them from these tribulations, trials, calamities and the transgression of the Disbelievers upon them, and by Allaah nothing will stand in the face of them, except that that they adhere to the Book of Allaah, and the Sunnah of His Messenger (`alayhi as-salaatu was salaam). And there is no exit for the Muslims from the continuous humiliation except when they are truthful in their aqeedah, and in their manners and in all of their actions. They are truthful with Allaah, they are truthful to Allaah, obedient to Him, obedient to His Messengers, respectful to His teachings that are in the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger. But as for when they turn away, and fall short, and when they have beliefs that clash with the beliefs of the Prophets, [and] Shirk is spread in the lands of the Muslims, and misguidance and deviation in the morals and manners and other such tribulations, all of which obligates the anger of Allaah and obligates the domination of the enemies of Islaam upon those Muslims, those about whom the saying of the Messenger (`alayhi as-salaatu was-salaam) holds true, “The nations are about to call each other and set upon you, just as diners set upon food.” They said: “Will it be because of our small number that day, O Messenger of Allaah?” He said: “Rather, on that day you will be many, but you will be like ghuthaa (scum, foam), like the ghuthaa on the river”. This is the reality of the Muslims, so are they prepared to leave this ghuthaa’iyyah? For by Allaah, [leaving this ghuthaa’iyyah] is not by battle-cries, nor by demonstrations, and by crying and nor by any of this. Rather, it is (by way of) our being truthful with Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and that we acquaint ourselves with all earnest, with the methodology of the Prophets, and with the speech of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam), so we believe what it contains of beliefs upon the way of the Messenger of Allaah and His Noble Companions, not upon the way of the Rawaafid (Shi`ah), and nor upon the way of the Khawaarij, and nor upon the way of the Ba’thees (Socialists) and nor upon the way of the Philosophers, and nor upon the way of any astray sect. But rather upon the way of the Messenger (`alayhi as-salaatu was salaam), the way that is comprised in the texts of the Book and the Sunnah, and [the way that] the Noble Companions guided themselves, by this guidance, and [the way of] whoever followed them until this day of ours.

This is the path to rescue in the world and the hereafter, and this is the path of deliverance, this is the boat of deliverance. And by Allaah, the time has come for the Palestinian society to return to Allaah, and the Iraaqee society, and all of the [Muslim] societies, for them to return to Allaah, with a complete and serious return. And it is of the utmost imperative upon the callers, those who raise the slogans that doe not benefit the Muslims, that they are truthful to Allaah, the Blessed and Exalted and that they give sincerity of purpose to Allaah, and His Book and His Messenger, to the leaders of the Muslims and their general folk, that they give sincerity of purpose to them and call out to them to return to the Book of Allaah and that they satisfy the Muslims with [the fact] that there is not deliverance or rescue from the anger of Allaah, His punishment, and empowerment of their enemies upon them in this life, except by a serious return to the Book of Allaah, and the Sunnah of His Messenger (`alayhi as salaatu was salaam) and to what the Pious Predecessors (may Allaah be peased with them) were upon.

This is the path to deliverance, by Allaah, not by the United Nations, which has been unsuccessful, and nor by the Security Council, and nor by the Union of Arab States, and nor other than it, and nor by mere slogans or ideologies, or calls, or slogans, or the cries of the Soofiyyah, or the Rawaafid nor other than them.

But that which will save them and will remove them from the destructive calamities, is that they return to the Book of Allaah and to the Sunnah of His Messenger, just as he (`alayhi as salaatu was salaam) said, “When you deal in ‘eenah transactions, and are satisfied with cultivation, and hold on to the tails of oxen [and abandon Jihaad] then Allaah will impose a humiliation upon which that He will not remove up until you return to your deen”.

I hope that you understand this Prophetic advice, it is not the advice of Rabee`, this is the advice of the Messenger of Allaah, the Naasih, the Ameen (Sincere Advisor, Trustworthy One), who does not speak with his desire, the one who is Ra’oof and Raheem, as his Lord described him. So if you desire deliverance in this world and the hereafter, and rescue, and (imposing) humiliation upon the Disbelievers, and (acquiring) strength, honour for Islaam and the Muslims, then Allaamah Rabee’ on Current Events in Iraaq by Allaah, the path to strength, deliverance and honour in this world and the hereafter is by returning to Islaam and holding fast to it.

So I ask Allaah that He grants success to the Muslims, those who are guided and those who are astray and deviated amongst them, from amongst the astray sects in whatever land from the various lands, that they show earnest in returning to the Book of Allaah, and taking from this (Prophetic) text and its likes, that direct them to what which will rectify them in their world and their hereafter. I ask Allaah that He grants success to the leaders of the Muslims, their callers, and the students of knowledge in leading these poor societies to the shores of safety, and to the banks of deliverance. And that is in abundance in the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger. I ask Allaah that He actualises this soon rather than later, verily our Lord is the one who hears the supplication, and prayers and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and companions.

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Translated by: Abu 'Iyaad