ADAB002E: Advice of Syaikh Rabi' al-Madhkali

Bismillah wal-hamdulillah wa-salatu wa-salam 'ala Rasulillah, amma ba'd.

Alhamdulillah, one of our readers provided a resource for the English translation of the earlier post in Malay which chronicled the experience and advice of Syaikh Rabi’ bin Hadi al-Madhkali hafidzhahullah during his da'wah to Sudan.

What he experienced and conveyed clearly illustrates what we,, have also experienced in discussion with the people behind Tradisi Halaqah who has seemed to disappear amid promises made to provide answers to our queries.

May this short bit of advice be a lesson for us all among the du'aat, thullabul 'ilm and the Muslim masses in general who strive to adhere to the manhaj of Ahlussunnah wal jamaah.

May Allah bless every little effort that we take in conveying the true knowledge to our fellow Muslims.


In the past I travelled to Sudan, I travelled to Port Sudan and the youth of Ansar as Sunnah received me there, may Allaah bless you.

They said: “O Shaykh, we would like to turn your attention to a certain point.”

So I said: “Go ahead.”

They said: “Say whatever you like, say 'Allaah tabarak wa ta'ala said'. Say 'The Messenger of Allaah, (alayhi salatu wasalaam) said'. May Allaah bless you, and refute whatever you want from the issues of innovations and misguidance that they have, from making du’a to other than Allaah, and making sacrifices to other than Allaah, and swearing by other than Allaah, and so on. But do not say ‘Such and such a group…’ or ‘Such and such a sect…’ or ‘Such and such a shaykh…’ in other words, do not name their sects, their groups and their scholars. Do not say ‘The Tijaaniyyah sect…’ or ‘The Burhaaniyyah sect…’ or any of their scholars. Just teach them the correct ‘aqeedah, and you will see that they will accept the truth from you insha’Allaah.”

So I agreed and I followed this way, and I found that they accepted the truth from me. Allaah tabaraka wa ta'ala says:

………… وَلا تَسُبُّوا الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ فَيَسُبُّوا اللَّهَ عَدْوًا بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ

"And do not insult those they invoke other than Allaah, lest they insult Allaah in enmity without knowledge." {al-An’aam (6): 108}

If you start insulting their scholars, and saying such and such, or so and so is misguided, and so and so is a deviant, you will chase them away. They will run away from you, and you would have a sin upon you because you chased the people away.

When the Messenger of Allaah, (alayhi salatu wasalaam) sent Mu’adh and Abu
Moosaa, he said to them: "Make things easy, and do not make things difficult. And give good tidings, and do not chase away the people."
{ Bukhaaree and Muslim, from the hadeeth of Anas (radi Allaahu ‘anhu) }

So this is from the ways that contain ease, as well as good tidings and it does not chase anybody away. By Allaah, I did not enter a masjid except that I saw the people smiling at me. Neither was I able to leave a masjid, except that the people gathered around me inviting me to their homes.

So the leaders of the Soofees, they saw the danger of this way. They saw the danger of this manhaj and da’wah, so they gathered and prepared a speech with which they would refute me. They advertised that the next day, there would be a speech given by me in a big field, so we gathered there and I gave the lecture. When I had finished, their leader got up and added to what I spoke about, saying that it is permissible to make du’a to other than Allaah subhaana wa t’ala, and to sacrifice to other than Allaah, and so on from the forms of shirk. He strengthened his arguments of misguidance by proofs which are either misunderstood or false.

So when he had finished, he had not really brought any proofs. All he used were weak and fabricated narrations and the sayings of misguided people. So I got up and I said:

“As for me, you heard me say ‘Allaah tabarak wa t’ala said…’ and you heard me say ‘The Messenger of Allaah (alayhi salat wasalaam) said…’ and I brought you the sayings of the well known and respected scholars.” I then said “Did you hear him use this? Did you hear him bring any of the sayings of the well-known and respected scholars saying that it is permissible to call on other than Allaah!? No, you did not. All you heard were weak and fabricated narrations and the sayings of people known to you.”

In any case, he stood up and he started insulting me, so I smiled at him and I did not insult him, and I said “May Allaah reward you” and “May Allaah bless you” and I left.

By Allaah, than whom there is no other God, the next day the people in that town were saying in their masaajid and they were saying in their markets:

“Soofiyyah has been defeated!”

So learn these ways, the goal is that we gather the people to the truth, the goal is that we make the truth reach the hearts of the people. So use whatever you are able to from the legislated ways of giving da’wah. The ways of the people of bid’ah that are lies and beating around the bush and so on, are nothing to do with us.

We are the people of honesty, we are the people of truth. We present the truth in its most beautiful form. A form which people will accept, and which will have a good effect upon them, may Allaah bless you...

So I advise you, and I emphasise this point, leave off separation! It is upon you be brothers. It is upon you to follow the truth and spread this da’wah everywhere in its beautiful and correct form. Not in an ugly form, like that which these people follow. Present the da’wah just as I have just explained to you. “Allaah, tabarak wa ta'ala said…”, “The Messenger of Allaah, alayhi salat wa salaam said…”, “Imaam Ahmad said…”, “Bukhari said…”, “Muslim said…” (use) the scholars that the people respect.

Let the people listen to the sayings of these scholars, may Allaah bless you, this will help you. You will find some people, of course, who will reject this, but not all of the people are going to reject it. You will find that those people will accept this, insha Allaah ta'ala, and turn to your da’wah. Use these ways that draw the people to the Book of Allaah subhaana wa ta'ala, and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (alayhi salat wasalaam), and the way of the Salaf us- Saalih.

I ask Allaah, tabarak wa ta'ala to grant us success in doing all that he loves and is pleased with and to allow us to be from the sincere callers to Allaah and from the scholars. And to save us and yourselves from the plots of shaytaan and the plots of the devils from amongst the jinn and mankind. I ask Allaah, tabarak wa t’ala to bring your hearts together and to gather you upon the truth and to benefit the people through you wherever you are and wherever you go.

May Allaah’s prayers be upon his Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatu.

Extracted from: "Encouraging Harmony and Wisdom in Da'wah and Warning from Discord"
This lecture was delivered by the Syaikh in Madeenah in May 2004.





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