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Ruling By Other Than What Allaah Has Revealed
  Shaikh Salih al-Fawzan Explains his Words in Kitaab ut-Tawheed on Ruling by Other Than What Allaah Has Revealed
Source: Trans. Abu Iyaad
Article ID : MNJ050014  [19838]  
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Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen (hafidhahullah) also said (commenting upon some words of Shaikh Albani), "And these words of Shaikh al-Albani are very good indeed, however, we would differ with him on the issue where he does not make a ruling of disbelief over them (the rulers) except when they held that to be permissible (as a matter of belief). This matter needs further investigation, because we say: Whoever rules by what Allaah has revealed yet he holds that something other than the rule of Allaah is better or more befitting, then he is a kafir - even if he judged by the rule of Allaah - and his kufr is a kufr of belief. However, our discussion here is concerning an action. And it is in my opinion (dhann) that it is not possible for a person to apply and establish such laws that oppose the Shari'ah and which are referred to by the slaves of Allaah for judgement except that he declares this to be permissible (istahallahu) and holds the belief (ya'taqidu) that such laws are better the Shari'ah laws. Hence, he is a disbeliever. This is what is apparent, and if not then what [motive] is it that carried him to undertake this?" (Fitnah of Takfir pp.75)

And Shaikh al-Albani replied to this saying: "I do not understand from which angle this opposition [to our view] can be sustained. Since I say, that if any person - even someone other than a ruler - considered a rule other than Islam to be better and more befitting than the rule of Islam - even if he acted by the rule of Islam - then he is a kafir. Therefore, there is no difference at all, since the original point of reference is what is in the heart." (Fitnah of Takfir pp.75)


[1] Kitaab ut-Tawheed of Shaikh Salih al-Fawzaan (pp. 49-40)

[2] Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Ibraaheem said

"...And similarly, more important than that, is what the deviants, heretics and Orientalists are entering into the ideas and thoughts of the Muslims in causing doubts about the foundation of their religion and causing them to stray from the Sunnah of their Prophet (sallalaahu alaihi wasallam) and his sharee'ah, and judging by the secular law which is in opposition to the Islamic Sharee'ah. And the most important [part of all of this] is being acquainted with the foundation of Tawheed, that which Allaah sent His Messenger Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) with, to actualise it in both word and deed, and to fight against everything that opposes it such as the major Shirk which expels from the religion or the variety of minor forms of shirk. This is the actualisation of 'Laa ilaaha ilallaaha'. The actualisation of the meaning of 'Muhammad is the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam)' is from judging to his sharee'ah and confining oneself to that - and rejecting whatever is in opposition to that from amongst the rules (qawaaneen) and regulations and all those things for which Allaah has not revealed any authority. And the one who judges by them (hakama bihaa) or refers to them (haakama ilaihaa) - for judgement whilst believing in the correctness (sihhah) of that or the permissibility (to judge by them) (jawaaz), then he is a kaafir with the kufr that ejects from the religion. And if he does that without belief (I'tiqaad) in their correctness and (regarding it) permissible to judge by them (jawaaz), then he is a kaafir with the kufr in action, which does not eject from the religion." [Majmoo Fataawaa Ibn Ibraahim 1/80]

The understanding in this statement is the very same that the likes of Imaam al-Albani, Imaam Ibn Baz, Ibn Uthaimeen and Shaikh Salih al-Fawzaan are upon, as we have explained elsewhere.

[3] Sharh at-Tahaawiyyah (363-364)

[4] Note: There is no judgement of takfir made in this passage for this particular form of not ruling by what Allaah has revealed and this particular text is another one of those ambiguous texts that have been distorted by the Qutubiyyah, in order to strengthen their position.

[5] Majmoo al-Fataawaa (35/388)

[6] Minhaj us-Sunnah 5/130

[7] Kitaab ut-Tawheed of Shaikh Salih al-Fawzaan (pp. 49-40)

[8] Allaah's judgement in the texts of the Book and the Sunnah.

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