A Message of Disappointment to those who praise ISIS – Shaykh Jamal Al-Harithi

A Message of Disappointment to Those who Sing Praises of ISIS and a Message of Reassurance to those who fear ISIS

By Shaykh Abu Furayhaan Jamaal bin Furayhaan Al-Haarithee

Translated by:

Akram Abdul Qaadir As-Saylaani an-Najdi




All Praise is for Allaah, and may the Peace and Blessings of Allaah be upon the Messenger of Allaah and his family, companions, and those who follow them.

To proceed:

From the disappointing and saddening affairs is to see some of the deviant sects controlling or taking over an area of the Earth. However, from the assuring and pleasing issues is that if you, O Sunni Muslim, were to return back to the statements of the wise men and the scholars we find them giving little weight to the importance  of this deviant sect and that it doesn’t have a banner or any dominion over the Muslims. Even greater than that is the speech of the best of the Messengers, Muhammad bin Abdullaah ( صلى الله عليه وسلم), so let us analyze the meanings of these statements in perspective and see what they say about the reality of the Khawaarij (extremists, rebels that declare other Muslims disbelievers) of old and new, did they ever have or will they ever have a state, and will the Ummah (Muslim nation) unite under a person who is Khaariji?

I seek assistance from Allaah.

The sincere adviser, Wahb bin Munabih (رحمه الله) said regarding that:

I reached (an era) of early Islam, and By Allaah, the Khawaarij never had a Jamaa’ah (group), except that Allaah divided it due to their evil condition. Not a single one of them proclaimed his views except that Allaah struck his neck. The Ummah never united under a person from the Khawaarij, ever.

Reported in: Taareek Dimashq, Tadheeb Al-Kamaal, and Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa

SubhaanAllaah! (All Praise is due to Allaah)

Ibn Munabihh lived in the first century, O brothers, and spoke with this speech?!! His birth and death were 34H, and 114H  respectively.

Do you not see a correspondence in his speech to our reality today?

In our time, Juhayman’s group [1] rebelled in the Masjid Al-Haraam in the year 1400H (1979). Allaah (تعالى ) caused it to divide due to its evil. Al-Qaeda rebelled and they divided into groups and parties, and the necks of their leaders were struck one after the other and they have not united under a single person from among them, not to mention that the Ummah would unite under a single one of them.

Ibn Taymiyyah (رحمه الله)  affirms the statements of Ibn Munabih when he said (Majmoo’ Al-Fataawa 14/269):

The Prophet ( صلى الله عليه وسلم) ordered with fighting those that fight upon the corrupted religion from the people of innovation like the Khawaarij, and he ordered with patience with the transgressions of the leaders, and he prohibited fighting them and rebelling against them. Due to this, Allaah made possible for many of the oppressive kings to rule for a long time and as for the  false prophets and the liars, then they are not able to do so for a long time. Rather, it is incumbent to destroy them because of their general corruption of the religion, the dunya (worldly life), and aakhira (afterlife). Allaah says: “And if he (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) had forged a false saying concerning Us (Allaah), We surely should have seized him by his right hand (or with power and might), And then certainly should have cut off his life artery (Aorta)“. Allaah says: “Or say they: “He has invented a lie against Allaah?” If Allaah willed, He could have sealed your heart (so that you forget all that you know of the Qur’aan). And Allaah wipes out falsehood, and establishes the truth (Islaam) by His Word (this Qur’aan). Verily, He knows well what (the secrets) are in the breasts (of mankind).”

O Muslims:

The Khawaarij spread corruption in the religion and in the world and they are not given the ability to rule any land, because they are people of desires and because of their differences between them.

Wahb bin Munabih said about them:

If Allaah allowed the opinion of the Khawaarij to take root, the earth would become corrupted, the roads would be cut off, and (the paths to) Hajj to the Sacred House of Allaah would be cut off.

O Muslims, do you not see that today the Khawaarij are the reason for the corruption in the world for the people who are safe in their cities, villages, and countries. So they (are forced) to migrate because of them. Are they not the reason for cutting off the paths and creating insecurity? Do you not see that the Khawaarij spread corruption in the religion for the Muslims? They cut off the paths for the Muslims to make Hajj and Umrah because of their migration and loss of wealth.

Do you not know of the time of Juhayman’s group when they rebelled in the Sacred Masjid? They nullified the prayer in the Sacred Masjid in that time, and they prevented the Adhaan (call to prayer) from being called in the Sacred Masjid in that time for a period of 15 days.

It is as if Ibn Munabbih (رحمه الله) witnessed what we’re facing in our times 1,335 years ago!

Their situation is like that of Abu Sa’eed Al-Qarmatee when he violated the Sacred House during Hajj in the year 317H and killed the pilgrims in the courtyard of the Mataaf and threw them into the well of Zamzam.

My beloved for the sake of Allaah! The condition of the Khawaarij is not hidden from the early part of the Ummah and its notables. For this is ‘Ali bin Abi Talib (رضي الله عنه), the fourth rightly-guided Khaleefah, greater and more noble than Ibn Munabbih and Ibn Taymiyyah, he says in description of the Khawaarij (Taareekh at-Tabaree 3/117):

They are those who are not reciters of the Qur’aan, nor are they jurists of the religion, nor are they scholars in interpretation, nor for that matter, are they those who were present in the early stages of Islaam. By Allaah, if they took dominion over you, they would act upon you with the actions of Kisraa (King of Persia) and Hiraqel (King of Rome).

My beloved for the sake of Allaah! These are the Khawaarij of today: “ISIS” and their factions deal with the people of Islaam in the way that the Jews deal with the Muslims in killing and displacement. However, the people of Islaam should be assured about their lives from these Khawaarij. For they will only rule or have dominion over an area for a short time, because they will not hold this position for long. Because one who is greater than ‘Ali bin Abi Talib and more noble, our Prophet Muhammad ( صلى الله عليه وسلم)  assuredly informed his Ummah about that.  Ibn ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه) reported that the Messenger of Allaah ( صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

A people will emerge who recite the Qur’aan but it will not go beyond their throats. Every time a faction of them emerges it will be cut off.

Ibn ‘Umar said:

I heard the Messenger of Allaah ( صلى الله عليه وسلم) saying “Every time a faction of them emerges it will be cut off” more than 20 times. “until Dajjaal appears among them in their ranks”

Reported by Ahmad (2/84) and Ibn Maajah (179), and Al-Albaanee graded it Hasan.

Al-Albaanee said:

His statement: “in their ranks”: is the plural of rank with a Fath-ha and Sukoon and it means the great army and he will emerge from their ranks, meaning like a towering mountain or like the clouds that cover the horizon. This was said by As-Sindee (in his explanation)

The Prophet ( صلى الله عليه وسلم) described to us the Khawaarij in general and this description corresponds with “ISIS” in our times, as if the speech was said about them. So he ( عليه السلام) said:

There will be in my Ummah differing and divisions. There will arise a people who you will be amazed by, and they will be amazed by themselves. Those who fight them are  are foremost with Allaah than them, they be good in their speech and they will be evil in their actions, they call to Allaah but they have nothing to do with Allaah, if you meet them, kill them. They said: “O Messenger of Allaah, describe them for us.” He said: their signs are shaving (their heads) and Removing the short hair. Meaning: they repeatedly shave their heads and repeatedly remove the short hair.

Reported by Al-Haakim (2/147) and he authenticated upon the conditions of Bukhari and Muslim.

Look O brothers at his statement: “A people who you will be amazed by”. Of course, those who are deceived by them and deceive with them and love and follow the Fitnah (tribulations) will be amazed. And his statement: “and they will be amazed by themselves”. Actually, “ISIS” are amazed by themselves when they’ve taken control over the Oil fields in Syria and farms in Iraq, and captured equipment, and their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the “Islamic Khilafah” in Mosul and gave the Friday Sermon on 6/9/1435H.

We return back to the precious speech of Wahb bin Munabbih regarding the Khawaarij and advice to Dhu Khawlaan:

If Allaah allowed the opinion of the Khawaarij to take root [..] then the affair of Islaam would have returned to that of Jaahiliyyah (pre-Islaamic ignorance) until the people would seek refuge in the peaks of the mountains, as they used to in Jaahiliyyah. Then there would arise more than ten or twenty men, there not being a man among them except that he would claim the khilaafah for himself, and with each man among them would be ten thousand, all fighting each other, and testifying against each other with (the accusation of ) kufr (disbelief), until a believing man would become fearful for himself, his religion, his blood, his family, his wealth, not knowing where to go and nor whom to be with.

Do you not see that this speech addresses the Khawaarij of today like “Al-Qaeda”, “ISIS”, “Al-Nusra”, and others? Aren’t the Muslims today in the Levant (Shaam) and Iraq seeking refuge in the furthest areas from the fighting, killing, and destruction?

Do you not see that Al-Qaeda has been broken and Al-Nusra and ISIS have been split up between each other, and every leader took a third with him? Even during the time of Usama bin Laden there was a breaking up and splitting from him.

Do you not see that after their breaking up from each other, they deem each other disbelievers and kill one another? Do you not see, O Muslims, that there is panic and fear from one another, they don’t know which one is upon the truth?

My beloved for the sake of Allaah!! History does not know any assistance for the Khawaarij, ever, and it will never be such. Wahb bin Munabbih said regarding that and emphasized:

Allaah says: “Verily, We will indeed make victorious Our Messengers and those who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah Islaamic Monotheism) in this world’s life and on the Day when the witnesses will stand forth, (i.e. Day of Resurrection)” Where are they from this verse? If they were true believers, they would have been aided. And Allaah says: “And, verily, Our Word has gone forth of old for Our slaves, the Messengers, That they verily would be made triumphant. And that Our army, they verily would be the victors.” If they were the army of Allaah, they would have been made triumphant even once in Islaam. And Allaah says: “And indeed We did send Messengers before you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) to their own peoples. They came to them with clear proofs, then, We took vengeance on those who committed crimes (disbelief, setting partners in worship with Allaah, sins, etc.), and (as for) the believers it was incumbent upon Us to help (them).If they were true believers, they would have been aided.”

End of his ( رحمه الله) speech from the previous source).

Indeed the Khawaarij today, from “ISIS”, “Al-Qaeda”, and “Al-Nusra” as well as the “Muslim Brotherhood” are strains of the early Khawaarij in the corrupted belief that those who don’t agree with their views are disbelievers.

This is Abu Shemr Dhu Khawlaan who was betrayed by the Khawaarij in that era, and they were the Harooriyyah, and in Yemen the situation was easy regarding wealth. So they wrote to him what he had relayed to Wahb bin Munabbih and said:

They are ordering me to not give charity except to those who hold their views and not seek forgiveness except for him.

This is what “ISIS” is doing today in the areas that they have dominated in Syria, they order the the residents of the villages to leave and migrate and place upon them the condition of repentance from disbelief so that they can return back to their country as Muslims. What kind of Islaam is “ISIS” and their likes calling to?!

However, the Prophet ruled disbelief upon them for exiting the religion through their actions, false beliefs, and spilling the blood of the innocent Muslims. He ( صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

They will exit the Religion, just as an arrow goes through its target. Their Eemaan (faith) will not go beyond their throats. Where ever you meet them, then kill them, for killing them is a reward for those who kill them on the Day of Resurrection.

(The Hadeeth is) Agreed upon, and the wording is of Al-Bukhari’s.

Even more clear than this in declaring the ruling of disbelief over them is the Hadeeth of Abi Ghaalib from Abi Umaamah who said:

They are the worst people killed under the sky, and the best people killed are those who they kill. They are the dogs of the Fire. They used to be Muslims, then they became disbelievers. I (the narrator) said: “Is this something you are saying from yourself?” He replied: ” “No, I heard it from the Messenger of Allaah ( صلى الله عليه وسلم)”

Reported by Ibn Maajah (181) and graded as Hasan by Al-Albaanee.

Allaah Allaah (فالله الله) O Youth of Islaam! Do not be deceived by the Khawaarij, the Maariqeen (those who pass through the religion) from “ISIS”, “Al-Qaeda”, and “Al-Nusra”, and do not forget “the Muslim Brotherhood” who are grinding their teeth.

May the Peace and Blessings of Allaah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and all of his companions.

Written by: Shaykh Abu Furayhaan Jamaal bin Furayhaan Al-Haarithee
Fajr, Monday, 9/9/1435H; corresponding to 7/7/2014

[1] Juhayman al-Otaybi, a former member of the National Guard, split away from the Jama’ah and took his group of radical extremists and stormed Haram in Makkah in November/December of 1979, after declaring his brother-in-law the Mahdi and demanding the Bay’ah (pledge of allegiance).