An Explanation of Sūrah al-Humazah (The Scandalmongers)

  Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī

A beautiful lecture delivered by the noble Shaykh, Muḥammad ibn Hādī, regarding this important vital topic. The Shaykh discusses the dangers of scandal mongering, backbiting and slander and its evil effects upon the individual, brotherhood, the society and the recompense of it in the Hereafter. The Shaykh begins by mentioning Salafī Publications with good and finishes by discussing the advice that he had written for the callers to Salafīyyah. A beautiful overall admonition.

A beautiful lecture delivered by the noble Shaykh Muḥammad Ibn Hādī regarding this important vital topic. The Shaykh discusses the dangers of scandal mongering, backbiting and slander and its evil effects upon the individual, brotherhood, the society and the recompense of it in the Hereafter. The Shaykh begins by mentioning Salafī Publications with good and finishes by discussing the advice that he had written for the callers to Salafīyyah. A beautiful overall admonition.

Masjid Al-Salafī - Birmingham - 19th June 2005

Beginning:

"Then indeed it pleases me in these minutes to join with our brothers for the sake of Allāh; with whom we are joined by the connection of the Dīn and Īmān, in the United Kingdom, Britain in the city of Birmingham in specific and even more specific Salafī Publications. And I am thankful to the brothers in charge of this Maktabah (Al-Salafīyyah) due to what they have established by their efforts in the path of daʿwah to goodness and guidance – and daʿwah to the people to the religion, the Religion of Islām, and their daʿwah to the Muslims to the way of the Truth, the Path of Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah, Ahl al-Ḥadīth wa-al-Athar – the Path that the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wassalām) left his Companions upon – the (Path that) he commanded them with and commanded his Ummah with, may the peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him – just as Allāh, the Glorious and Magnificient, commanded with before, with His, the Most High, statement: "And that is my Straight Path so follow it, and do not follow the other paths, for they will separate you from His Path. And this is what you have been commanded with so that you may become pious." And the Prophet, ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wassalām, said: "Indeed the Jews split into 71 sects, and the Christians split into 72 sects, and this Ummah will split into 73, all of them in the Fire except for one." They said: "Who are they? O Messenger of Allāh." He said: “Those who are upon that which I and my Companions are upon today." As for this Path, then the callers to it are few, and that is not something which is strange. The truth always is put to trial and test but its people are aided, victorious. "And which preceded from Our statement to Our worshipping servants that were sent, is that indeed they will be aided, victorious. And indeed, our army will overcome". "Indeed, we will aid our Messengers and those who believe, in the life of this world…[the āyah]" So the callers to the path of the Prophet, ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wassalām, and that which his Companions were upon are small in number in every time and place. The Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah, the ahl al-Athar are few in every age and city as compared to all those sects which attribute themselves to Islām - and the people of Islām are small in number in comparison to the remainder of people of unbelief of the Earth. So we are grateful to the brothers at Salafī Publications for their giving importance to daʿwah to the people upon truth and guidance. And we ask Allāh, the Magnificent and Glorious, that he sustains them with understanding of the Religion and firmness and establishment upon that – just as we ask Allāh, the Perfect and Most High, to aid them upon proceeding upon this path."

End: "…And in conclusion, I wish to draw attention on this occasion to that which emanated from me a writing to my brothers at Salafī Publications and to the Salafīs in general in the lands of the West, that which was spread and translated and signed by our brothers at Salafī Publications. And this writing is an advice to my brothers at Salafī Publications and other than them in general to the Muslims and Salafīs in particular – in the lands of the West and even the East. This advice, I wrote it whilst upon utmost reflection, taking time without rushing, and without haste. And it was signed by our brothers at Salafī Publications in Birmingham and it was spread upon the websites. And that which has harmed and bothered me is that which has reached me that some people have started explaining it [ i.e. the advice, saying] 'that the Shaykh intended this and intended that' or that 'the Shaykh desired this and desired that' – then all of this is a lie and not permissible (to say) – it is not permissible for a Muslim who fears Allāh and has taqwa to say that the intent of 'so and so' was 'this and that' whilst (the one they are referring to) is alive and present (in this case the Shaykh himself) – so it obligatory upon the Muslim to return back to the individual concerned, the one who made the statement and ask him, 'what do you intend by this?'. And as for going away and explaining it from his own self and he places it upon whosoever he wishes and he lifts it from whomsoever he wishes, then all of this is kadhib (a lie) and distortion.

As for that advice, then it was for my brothers at Salafī Publications and for all of the Salafīs in the West in general, just as I have written, then let whoever wishes to read it, read it and whoever wishes to look at it, look. It is obligatory upon whoever fears Allāh and has taqwa that he stops and does not go beyond (the bounds) and does not oppress and he does not carry the speech of others upon other than its correct meaning. We do not say that 'so and so' from the people does not err. No, error occurs. “All of the children of Ādam err, but the best of those who err are the repentant”. The Muslim with intellect will fall into errors and then he returns from that.

The Muslim with intellect, who has been granted success, is one who, if his errors are made clear to him, he returns from them. And in it is a raising for him with Allāh, and then with the people.

We ask Allāh, the Perfect and the Most High, that He grant us and our brothers at Salafī Publications success and likewise the Salafīs in general in Britain and in West and the East and in every place. May Allāh grant us and them success in the daʿwah to Allāh upon guidance and sure-sighted knowledge and upon light from Allāh, the Perfect and Most High, and we ask Allāh, the Perfect and Most High, to rectify the affairs of the Muslims in every place. And He is The Guardian Protector, All-Capable of that. And our final call is that all praise is due to Allāh, Lord of the worlds, and the ṣalāt and salām and blessings of Allāh be upon His Messenger Muḥammad.”

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