As for Irja’ (the Murji’ah) then that too is present. The
Hanafis consider Imaan to consist only of assent (tasdiq) and speech without
including actions into the definition of Imaan. Despite the fact that this
Irja’ is not as severe as that of the Ahl ul-Kalaam, [nevertheless it is
As for the Heretics (amongst those who believe in Wahdatul Wujood, the
Unity of Existence, and others) then they too are present, since the followers
of Ibn Arabi at-Taa’ee are present and they are the Extremist Sufis.
And built upon this, whenever we talk about these sects, we do not talk about
bones that have rotten and turned to dust. However, we talk about sects that are
present amongst the Muslims today. This is a matter that will not remain hidden
to any student of knowledge. Only those people find fault with us – and
our mentioning of these sects – who do not know the true realities, or who
desire to cause confusion amongst the people and spread false beliefs.
Hence, it is necessary for one to ask before he finds fault. This is the
short answer, otherwise this topic is vast indeed and Allah knows best.
And some examples can be given to make clear that these destructive ideas are
still present and that they have carriers and promoters:
ONE: Sayyid Qutb said in Dhilal ul-Qur’an (4/2328), "The
Qur’an is apparent, [part of the] created (kawniyyah), like the Earth and
And this is stating that the Qur’an is create, the saying of the
Jahmiyyah and others.
TWO: He also says, in explanation of Surah Ikhlas (Qul Huwallaahu Ahad):
"Verily it is a single existence, and there is no other reality save
that of His, and there is no true and real existence save His - and every other
existing thing then its existence is an extension of His existence ... and when
this perception becomes firmly established, the one which sees nothing in
existence except the reality of Allaah..." [Dhilal (6/4002)]
This is the aqidah of Wahdat ul-Wujood of the Extremist Sufis.
He said in his Dhilaal (6/4008): "And the Aahaad hadeeth are not to
be taken in the matters of aqeedah, the source is the Qur'aan - and something
being mutawaatir is a condition [that has to be fulfilled] in accepting hadeeth
in the issues of belief..."
And this is the aqidah of the Mu’tazilah, Ash’aris and other
And he says in Dhilal (2/1057) "The whole of mankind, including those who repeat from the minarets, in the eastern and western parts of the world, the words ‘Laa ilaaha illallaaha’, without any [consideration of] meaning or reality, then they are the most sinful of people and will be the most severely punished on the day of Judgement because they have apostatised by turning to the worship of the servants (of Allaah)."
And this is the belief of the Khawarij, save that Sayyid Qutb has gone further, exceeded all bounds and performed takfir of the whole Ummah in one sweeping statement!! And this is confirmed by Yoosuf al-Qardaawi in his book - The Priorities of the Islamic Movement (p.110) where he explains that those books of Sayyid Qutb appeared in which Qutb performs takfeer of all societies and in which he announces a destructive jihaad against the whole of mankind.
THREE: Muhammad Qutb says, "Certainly, the matter requires that
the people be called afresh to Islaam. Not so because they – in this time
– refuse to say with their mouths, ‘Laa ilaaha ilallaaha Muhammad
Rasoolullaah’, as the people use to refuse to say it in the very first
strangeness [i.e. the call of the Prophet Muhammad]. But [more so] because
– in this time – reject the principle requirement of ‘Laa
ilaaha illallaaha’ and that is judging to the Shari’ah of
Allaah" [Waqi’una al-Mu’asir (p.29)].
I say: This is takfir of everyone in general. And if this is not the case
then how can he pass the judgement that they have refused the judgement of
Allaah? And how can he make a resemblance between them and the very first
Jahiliyyah before the advent of Islaam? All without making any distinction or
exception for those who do judge to the Shari’ah of Allaah and who do not
have any statute except the Book of Allaah.
And this type of generalisation occurs very frequently from these writers. It
is as if they do not acknowledge the presence of an Islamic state in the heart
of the Arabian peninsula and also the presence of Muslims in other states
amongst the Ahl ul-Hadith and others who are the helpers of the Sunnah and the
way of the Salaf.
And it is also strange that such people – or at least some of them
– actually live in this Islamic country when they make statements like
these, in which there are dangerous elements of confusion for the readers. The
unsuspecting readers are made to think that there is not be found a single
Islamic state today which utters ‘Laa ilaaha ilallaaha’ and which
acts in accordance with its requirements, and which judges to the
Shari’ah. And that no individuals or groups from the People of Tawhid are
to be found on the face of the earth. This is only a deception of their behalf
and a means of causing others to stray and be confused.
Let the student of knowledge therefore, be vigilant of this idea that is
spread by many of these writers, may Allaah guide them.