“Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful admonition, and
argue with them in ways that are best.” [Soorah Nahl (16):125]
There is a general thinking that the Ulema should be men who set the best examples to others. Those at the pinnacle of religious learning are to be admired and respected, and this immense
responsibility brings with it a duty to behave in the most appropriate manner. If the only thing we know from the teachings of our blessed Prophet (s), it is that he was the best of men in
manners and that is why he was able to successfully conquer the hearts of the rigid Arabs. Allah (swt) said in Suyrah Aal-e-Imran verse 159:
“had you been harsh and hardhearted, they would have surely deserted
And His – the Most Majestic’s – saying, with regards to Musa and (as):
“So speak to him mildly, perchance he may take admonition, or that he may
fear Allaah.” [Surah Taha (20):44]
The Ulema as those carrying the torch of Islam to the masses are therefore duty bound to take heed of these methods and ensure that they engage others within the boundaries of morality.
Engagement has to be within limits, and that is why we are told to refrain from getting angry and abusing fellow Muslims. One would assume that the one whom the Salafis deem ‘Shayh ul Islam’
would lead by example as the perfect example of decency with fellow Muslims, but the reality is that we see the complete opposite, one wherein Ibn Taimiyah heaps all manner of abuse from the
common man on the ground to those Ulema that todays Sunnis deem as major scholars. Let us first of all ask that readers consider this hadith of the Prophet (s).
It is Fisq and Kufr to abuse a Muslim
We read in Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 46:
The Prophet said, ‘Abusing a Muslim is Fusuq (an evil doing) and killing him is Kufr (disbelief).’
This reference makes it crystal clear that resorting to abuse against Muslim is Fusuq. If Nawasib question why we have abused our opponents, we will make it clear that this duty concerns the
abuse of Muslims. The writers of Ansar.Org or other Salafi and Nasibi bigots that we refute are not Muslims in general terms, they are Nasibis. Their writings are replete with indirect attacks on
the conduct of the Ahl’ul bayt (as), constant attempts to belittle and downplay their merits and appraisals of their enemies. Nawasib have no protection under the Hadeeth. Those that have such
lowly opinions of the Ahl’ul bayt (as) are not Muslims. They are munafiqs, and hence we have every right to hurl abuse at them; and we should also point out that this method of dealing with
Nawasib has been vouched for by the Ulema of Ahle Sunnah such as Shah Abdul Aziz Muhadith Dehalwi. With that in mind now let us see how Ibn Taimiyah attacked his Muslim ‘brothers’.
Ibn Taimiyah abused the Sufis
We read in Risala fi Tahqiq al-Shukr, page 114:
وهؤلاء مخانيث الجهمية وابن عربي من ذكورهم
“They are the effeminate of Jahamis and ibn Arabi from their
Ibn Taimiyah abused the Mutazila
We read in Majm’oa al-Fatawa, Volume 12, page 382:
“If he steps before the imam he is like a donkey that doesn’t know what he
is is doing.”
He said about the Christians
We read in al-Jawab al-Sahih, Volume 1 page 89:
وتبين أن صاحبه الأحمق كاذب مائق
“It is proven that the author is an extremely foolish liar”
We ask our readers: is this the type of language and arrogant attitude that should be expected from a man that the Salafis/Wahabies deem ‘Shaykh ul Islam’? Let us for arguments sake accept that
Ibn Taimiyah was a sincere man practicing the true faith, effectively performing dawah to those that were ‘misguided’ – is this the methodology of dawah ascribed by the Sunnah of the Prophet (s)?
A methodology wherein:
the sexuality of opponents is alleged
opponents are decribed as animals
believers with lesser knowledge are compared to donkey
Is this the Dawah methodology of the Prophet (s)? One seeking to perform dawah and correct the believers needs to be gentle in his da’wah and should not resort to the abusive language that Ibn
Taimiyah does. If you look at the language of Ibn Taimiyah it is clear that his harsh, ignorant, and arrogant conduct would impress no one save his Salafi adherents. The key to be an effective
communicator is to be mild, forbearing and patient; and be soft and pleasant in speech, so they have an effect upon the heart of one’s opponent. Was such gentleness an attribute of Ibn Taimiyah?
Clearly not, his arrogant abusive pen proves he was anything but gentle. We even read in Sahih Muslim Book 007, Number 2793:
Jabir b. ‘Abdullah reported that …. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be
upon him) was a person of gentle disposition
It is no surprise that we see the followers of Ibn Taimiyah doing exactly the same today. When you speak to them you will see how arrogant and proud they are. Anyone that doesn’t ascribe to their
beliefs is abused, and deemed the enemy.