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Protests, Demonstrations, and Rallies by The Major Scholars

October 17, 2010

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
The Fataawaa of Imaam Ibn Baaz (d. 1420H) al-‘Allaamah Ibnul-‘Uthaymeen (d. 1421H) & al-Muhaddith Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee (d. 1420H).

“As for da’wah by assassinations, fighting or striking, then this is not from the Sunnah of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam), nor from the Sunnah of his Companions.”
Allaah the Glorified and Exalted said,

وَلَا تَقْتُلُوا النَّفْسَ الَّتِي حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ

“And do not kill a person whom Allaah has declared unlawful, except with due right.” [Sooratul-An’aam 6:151]
Allaah – the Lord of the Worlds – said,

وَمَن يَقْتُلْ مُؤْمِنًا مُّتَعَمِّدًا فَجَزَاؤُهُ جَهَنَّمُ خَالِدًا فِيهَا وَغَضِبَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَلَعَنَهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُ عَذَابًا عَظِيمًا

“And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell to abide therein, and the wrath and the curse of Allaah are upon him, and a great punishment is prepared for him.” [Sooratun-Nisaa‘ 4:93]

Said Imaam Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee (d.1420H) – rahimahullaah, “We support everyone who calls for the refutation of those who come out against the Rulers, and those who encourage the Muslims in coming out against the Rulers.” [Fataawaa al-’Ulamaa‘il-Akaabir (p. 97)]

Said al-’Allaamah Ibn Baaz (d.1420H) – rahimahullaah, “If anyone from amongst the callers in Algeria said about me that I said to them, ‘Assassinate the police, or use weapons in the call to Allaah,’ then this is wrong, it is not true. Rather, it is a lie!”

Said Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen (d.1421H) – rahimahullaah, “We view it obligatory upon them to put down their swords and to meet in peace. And if not, then they must endure the continuance of those who fight and take wealth by force and rape the women. Since they are responsible for it in front of Allaah the Mighty and Majestic. And the obligation upon them is to come back.”

Imam Ibn Baaz (D. 1420h) Concerning Protests and Demonstration:

Imaam ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Ibn ‘Abdullaah Ibn Baaz ­ rahimahullaah ­ was asked in Sha’baan of 1412H in the city of Jeddah, `Are the demonstrations by men and women done against the rulers to be counted from amongst the means (wasaa`il) of da’wah? And is the one who dies in these rallies and demonstrations to be referred to as a shaheed (martyr) in the path of Allaah?’
So the Imaam ­ rahimahullaah ­ answered, “I do not view the rallies and demonstrations done by women and men to be from the treatment. However, I do see that they are from amongst the causes of fitan and from amongst the causes of evil and from amongst the causes of transgression upon some people and to have enmity towards some people without due right. Rather, the Sharee’ah means consist of writing letter, advice and calling to goodness by Sharee’ah legislated means that the people of knowledge have explained.
And the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and their followers in goodness have all explained these means to be writing letters and speaking along with (A word is unclear) and with the leader and calling him and advising him and writing to him, without publicizing the affair upon the pulpits that he did such and such and such and such emanated from him. And Allaah is the One from whom aid is sought.”

Imaam Ibnul ‘Uthaymeen (d. 1421H) Concerning Protests and Demonstration:

Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (d.1421H) ­ rahimahullaah ­ was asked in Muharram of 1416H, what follows, “What is the Sharee’ah ruling concerning what they have called `staging sit-ins within the mosques’ and they – as they claim ­ rely upon your fatwaa concerning the previous conditions of Algeria. They say that it is permissible, as long as there is no controversy or disturbance of the peace. So what is the ruling concerning this and what do you direct us to do?”
So he answered, “As for me, then how much I have been lied against! I ask Allaah to guide the one who lied upon me, until he repents from the likes of what he is upon. It is amazing to see a people doing with, whilst they do not realize what has already occurred in other countries whose youth utilized the likes of these methods! What did they achieve? Have they succeeded in anything?

Yesterday the London news said that the number of those who were killed from amongst the Algerians throughout the last three years has reached forty thousand!Forty thousand!!This is a great number of Muslims to lose to the events of this chaos! And the first part of the Fire ­ as you may know ­ is a spark and then it is an inferno, because when the people hate each other and their rulers as well, and they begin to carry weapons, what will prevent them? So the affair will reach evil and chaos.

Indeed, the Prophet (‘alayhis-salaatu was-salaam) commanded the one who saw an evil from his leader which he hated, to be patient. He said, “Whomsoever dies without a leader dies upon a death of jaahiliyyah (pre-Islaamic times of ignorance).” The obligation upon us is to advise as much as we are able. As for competing in protests and staging public demonstrations, then this is in opposition to the guidance of the Salaf. Indeed, now you know that these affairs have no connection to the Sharee’ah, nor any connection to rectification. It is nothing except harm…

The Caliph, al-Ma`moon killed everyone from amongst the Scholars who did not speak of the creation of the Qur`aan. He killed a group of Scholars and the people were forced to say this false statement. We have never heard from Imaam Ahmad (d.241H), nor from other than him from the Scholars, that anyone from amongst them ever staged a sit-in within any mosque, nor have we ever heard that they used to spread the faults of the ruler due to the people having hatred, malice and repudiation for him…
So we do not support the demonstrations and protests and whatever resembles that. We do not support under any circumstances, and rectification is possible without such things.
However, there is no escape from the fact that there are hidden matters, inward or outward that are trying to spread these affairs.”

Read more on the following link regarding the patience of Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah):


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