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Abdur-Razzaq ash-Shayijee
  Refuting Shayijee : Concerning the Ways and Means of Da'wah
Author: Faalih Bin Talee'ah
Source: Translated by Abu Iyaad as-Salafi
Article ID : NDV100004  [13577]  

And amongst the things for which ash-Shaayijee has criticised the Salafis is their saying that: ‘the ways and means of da’wah are tawqeefiyyah (restricted to the Book and Sunnah)’

He said: "And they have also made a principle that all the ways and means of da’wah are restricted and that their position is like the position of the Names of Allaah and His Attributes and like the other fundamentals of the religion, such as prayer and fasting..." (p.5)

And we say to ash-Shaayijee that this principle which he sees as an innovation and misguidance and its relationship to this group - that a group from the scholars has also spoken by it and amongst them the Shaikh Bikr Abu Zaid - may Allaah grant him success - in his book ‘Hukm ul- Intimaa’. So he said:

And as for the ways and means of da’wah, then we worship by them [i.e. they are acts of worship] and the way of the acts of worship is that they are restricted to a text. And we believe with a firm belief that the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) did not meet the Highest Companionship except after he had explained every single way/route of da’wah in a very clear and explicit manner - such as is the case with all the matters of the Sharee’ah, so let us follow the ways of Prophethood. As for the new things (from the perspective of their descriptions) then they are ‘receptacles’ and ‘mediums’ for the ways and means that are acceptable in light of the Sharee’ah. And these things change with respect to time and place. So for example ‘education’ used to take place in the open spaces of the mosque, then it was extended to the tents of schools and to the classrooms of the universities and other such things of the practical matters. So the way and mean (waseelah) is ‘education’. This never changes. However the receptacle for it - and that is ‘the school’ then there is nothing objectionable to that and similarly, da’wah with words used to be a struggle and after the invention of the machines[i.e. tape recorders, type-writers etc.], they became a ‘receptacle’ for it. (p.19)

And Shaikh al-Albaanee too has some similar words in the cassette ‘The Ways and Means of Da’wah, are they Restricted or Not?’ And Shaikh Zaid bin Muhammad al-Madkhalee said:

The understanding of the author of the book [i.e. ash- Shaayijee] that saying the ways and means of da’wah are restricted is one of the defects of the aforementioned group [i.e. the Salafis] - and the truth is that it is not one of the uniquenesses of this group [that they speak with it alone] but in fact the ‘verifiers’ (muhaqqiqoon) from the People of Knowledge, past and present have also spoken by it. [Al-Ajwibat ir-Rasheedah: 16]

And there is the question put to Shaikh al-Fawzaan:

Q. Are the ways and means of da’wah restricted or are they based upon ijtihaad?

A. The methodologies of da’wah are restricted to the Book and the Sunnah and the seerah of the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam). We do not introduce anything into them from ourselves - and they are all present in the Book of Allaah and in the Sunnah of the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam). And when we invent, we become ruined and cause ruin. He (alaihis salaatu wassalaam) said: "Whoever introduces something into this affair of ours that which does not belong to it, then it will be rejected". [Al-Ajwibat ul-Mufeedah Min As’ilat il-Manaahij al-Jadeedah]

And there is no doubt that opening the door of the ways and means of da’wah has made the adherents to this ideology to give verdicts for the permissibility of demonstrations, strikes etc. and other such things which cause confusion and strife and we ask Allaah that he delivers the youth from the evil of their trial.


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