Questioner: Al-salāmu ʿʿalaykum
Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Hādī1: Wa ʿalaykum al-salām
Questioner: I love you for Allāh's sake.
Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Hādī: May Allāh—the one whom you loved me for—love you.
Questioner: O noble shaykh, your salafi sons [term of endearment] who reside in Canada say that there is a misguided khārijī group in Ṣumālīa called Al-Shabab Movement, they call the Muslims who reside in Canada to engage in a crime (killing the innocent etc.) at the biggest mall in North America which is located in [Edmonton] Canada. What is your advice to the Muslims who reside in Canada?
Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Hādī: I say, do not obey those people (al-Shabāb), nor pay attention to them, as you are living in these countries, and it is required from you to be the best of representatives for the Muslims in those countries, not being evil messengers for Islām and its people.
Do not obey those people who are requesting this from you [to engage in this crime], for verily they are calling you to evil; refuge is sought in Allāh from this. Whoever calls to guidance will have the reward similar to all those who follow him without their reward diminishing in any way and whoever calls to evil, he will have the sins similar to all those who follow him without their sins decreasing in any way. 2
These people should not be obeyed or concerned with because this will cause harm to the Muslims who reside in Canada, America, and the whole Western world, in addition (to that) it will present the image of Islām with an evil image that will make the enemies (of Islām) flaunt and slander the Muslims using this (evil image).
So when acts like this are committed (criminal acts which al-Shabāb call for) they (the enemies of Islām) find a chance to confirm their unjust rumours about Islām. So it is not permissible for you to answer their call (al-Shabāb) rather it is ḥarām (prohibited to answer them in their request). Likewise, you should abide with good in these lands that gave you the rights of residence when you faced oppression in your lands.
1. Dr. Muḥammad ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī is an Islamic scholar and professor at the Islamic University of al-Madīnah.
2. Ḥadīth of Abū Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه̧) in Saḥīh Muslim.
al-ʿArabīc Source: فرقة ضالة تدعو المسلمين في كندا لعمل جريمة؛ ما نصيحتكم لهم؟
Translated by Munīb al-Ṣumālī