Are the Salafis “followers of Salaf Saaliheen”??

[Majlisul Ulama]

In a pamphlet issued by the modernist Salafi sect who has in reality no relationship with the Salaf Saaliheen, it is said:“…the first generation (the Companions (r) were called As-Salaf As-Saalih (The Pious Predecessors). The Messenger of Allah (s) and his Companions (r) and those that follow them in Ihsaan (beliefs, sayings andactions) are the Salaf of this Ummah.”

The deviant Salafi sect has vainly attempted to categorize its path (manhaaj) as the Path of the Salaf Saaliheen whereas they (the modernist Salafis) are far from the Manhaaj of the Salaf Saaliheen. Let us first explain who exactly the Salaf Saaliheen are. Explaining who they are, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“The best of ages is my age, then the age of those who follow, then the next age. Then after them (i.e. after the Pious Men of these three ages) will come a nation (of people) who will testify without being called on to testify; they will vow without fulfilling (their vows); they will abuse trust and will not be trustworthy.……….. Then afterwards will come people who will love obesity (their opulent lifestyle will make them obese and ugly, physically and spiritually).”

In another Hadith, our Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Honour my Sahaabah, for verily they are your noblest; then those after them, then those after them. After them falsehood will become rampant.”

The Salaf-Saaliheen comprise the Sahaabah, Taabi-een and Tab-e-Taabieen. These three ages are collectively referred to as Khairul Quroon (the Best Eras). It was in these three eras that the entire Shariah was structured on a solid basis and systematically codified.
All the Aimmah Mujtahideen, Muhadditheen, Mufassireen and the most illustrious Fuqaha of the Ummah flourished during the Khairul Quroon epoch.

Those who do not follow the Path of the Aimmah-e-Mujtahideen – who were all among Salaf Saaliheen – are never on the Path of the Salaf. Imaam Abu Hanifah, Imaam Maalik, Imaam Shaafi’, Imaam Ahmad Bin Hambal and all the other Aimmah-e-Mujtahideen were of this noble era. The Isnaad of the Aimmah-e-Mujtahideen links up with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) via the Link of the Sahaabah. Numerous among the Aimmah-e-Mujtahideen were the direct Students of the Sahaabah.

These Aimmah Mujtahideen – the Students of the Sahaabah–were in turn the Asaatizah (Teachers and Mentors) of the Aimmah Mujtahideen of the Taabieen and Tab-e-Taabieen periods – all of them were the Salaf Saaliheen. Thus, the wicked contention  that those who follow the illustrious Aimmah Mujtahideen  such as Abu Hanifah, Maalik and  others are the ‘blind’ followers of  ‘ignoramuses’ and akin to the ‘mushrikeen‘ who blindly followed their forefathers, is the  whispering of Shaitaan who has  misled these modernist so called  Salafis whose Imaam is NOT any  one among the Salaf Saaliheen. Their Imaam is no other than Ibn  Taimiyyah who appeared on the  stage of Islamic history six  centuries after the Sahaabah.  Then their latest Imaam is Al-Albaani of this century. They  blindly follow every iota which Al-Albaani has acquired from the kutub of Ibn Taimiyyah. Then they deceive people into the  belief that they are mujtahideen who extract the masaa’il  directly from the Qur’aan and Ahaadith when in reality this claim is a momentous and a preposterous fraud.

All the famous Math-habs  existed during Khairul Quroon since all the Aimmah Mujtahideen  were of that glorious epoch of  Islam. Thus the Manhaaj of the Math-habs is the Manhaaj of the Salaf Saaliheen. On the contrary,  the of the manhaaj of the Salafi  sect of this age is the way of Ibn  Taimiyyah who had veered  sharply from the Manhaaj of the Salaf Saaliheen, hence he  deviated into error manifest.  Whilst the math-hab of Ibn  Taimiyyah was acquired from kutub (books), the Math-habs and Manhaaj of the Salaf Saaliheen who included the noble Imaams  of the Math-habs, were the  glorious products of authentic Naql (Narration) which they  acquired directly from the  Sahaabah and the illustrious  Aimmah Mujtahideen who were  the Students of the Sahaabah.  They did not acquire the Deen  from books which were compiled centuries after their era.

The Salaf Saaliheen among whom the illustrious Imaams of the  Math-habs occupy the highest  and most elevated pedestal after  the Sahaabah, verified and  authenticated every Hadith which  constitutes a Mustadal (Basis of  Deduction and Formulation of Masaail) on the authority of Ruwaat (Reliable  Narrators). Their Ilm of the Deen was FIRST HAND,  not third class. While Ibn  Taimiyyah’s sources were kutub compiled and written centuries  after the Sahaabah, the Sources  of the Aimmah Mujtahideen were  the noblest of the Ummah  and  of the highest category of  authenticity – Sahaabah  and  Taabieen.

The current term ‘salafi’ as it  applies to the Salafi sect of this  age is a misnomer. It is a deceptive term which is utilized  to mislead Muslims to believe  that this deviate sect is the  following of the Salaf Saaliheen when in the reality it is  something entirely different.  Whoever diverges from the  Manhaaj of the Four Math-habs, has diverged from the Manhaaj of  the Salaf Saaliheen, and fallen  into error manifest.

The implied claim of the errant  Salafis of this age is that the  illustrious Students of the  Sahaabah and their Students  had missed the Road, hence their  followers are ‘blind-followers of  baatil‘. Yet they themselves are  the blind followers of Ibn  Taimiyyah and Al-Albaani.  Substituting a golden, superior  Taqleed of Salaf Saaliheen
for an inferior taqleed – the  taqleed of Ibn Taimiyyah – is pure  self deception.

The Salafi contention that Ibn  Taimiyyah’s manhaaj was to  acquire the Shariah directly from  the sources implies that the  Students of the Sahaabah and  their Students – the Aimmah  Mujtahideen did not acquire their  Deen from the Sources, viz. the  Qur’aan and the Sunnah. There is  nothing more blatantly  audacious and false than this baatil propagation. The current  Salafi sect follows the manhaaj of Ibn Taimiyyah while the  Muqallideen of the Mathaahib follow the Manhaaj of the Salaf Saaliheen among whom were the  Imaams of the Math-habs – the  Aimmah Mujtahideen. Now what  does Aql dictate? Should we  follow the Manhaaj of the Salaf Saaliheen or the manhaaj of a  scholar who appeared six  centuries after the Sahaabah?

By having appropriated or  misappropriated the term ‘salafi’,  the deviates of the modern sect  labour to create the impression  that they are followers of the Salaf Saaliheen. But this is  palpably false, for if they were  truly on the Manhaaj of the Salaf Saaliheen, they would have  followed the Manhaaj of the  illustrious Aimmah Mujtahideen  who were part of the Salaf  Saaliheen. So, while they  deceptively claim they  are in reality the blind followers of Ibn Taimiyyah.

The deviate Salafis have no Isnaad (authoritative Chain) to link them  with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi  wasallam). Their furthest point in  antiquity is Ibn Taimiyyah whereas the Pivot of the Shariah of the  Muqallideen of the Math-habs is  Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi  wasallam). All the Ahkaam of the  Shariah we adhere to are the effects and products of the  Shariah which the Aimmah  Mujtahideen acquired directly from the Sahaabah and from the  Scholars who sat at the feet of  the Sahaabah.

In their pamphlet, the Salafis  state: “So in these aayats we  have seen Allah’s promise of  reward of Paradise for those who  follow the way of the  Companions, & the threat of Hell-Fire for those who do not.”

Undoubtedly, this aayat applies  with precision to the deviate  Salafi sect because they have  abandoned the Way of the  Sahaabah who had imparted their Manhaaj to the Aimmah Mujtahideen and the Salaf Saaliheen in general. Thus those  who follow Imaam Abu Hanifah  and Imaam Maalik for example,  are following the Way of the Companions, not those who  follow the way of the seventh  century Ibn Taimiyyah. 

The vital question which the  modernist Salafis should answer  is: From whom did Imaam Abu  Hanifah and Imaam Maalik learn to perform Wudhu and Salaat, etc., etc.? Were the Asaatizah of these  illustrious Imaams deviates- Nauthubillaah!? Were their  Mentors not on the Manhaaj of  Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi  wasallam)? Were the Asaatizah of  these great Imaams not part of  the Salaf Saaliheen? In fact they were the Salaf Saaliheen.

The deviate Salafis say further in  their pamphlet:“However, in order to crush any doubts that may remain, we turn to the  authentic Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah(s): “…So  whoever lives on amongst you  will see many differences, so  stick to my Sunnah & the  Sunnah of the Rightly Guided,  Right Minded Caliphs, and bite  onto it your molar teeth.” So the  Sunnah is of two affairs; that of  the Prophet(s) (Ahl us-Sunnah) & that of the Companions (wal Jama’ah).”  

The motive underlying the  citation of this Hadith is to imply that the Aimmah Mujtahideen among whom were the Four Imaams, were not following the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi  wasallam). This is the only  construction which can be posited for this citation because  the Muqallideen blindly follow  these illustrious Men of the Salaf  Saaliheen. By stopping at the  ‘Companions’, the deviates have  attempted to peddle the idea  that the illustrious Aimmah  Mujtahideen were not part of the Salaf Saaliheen while Rasulullah  (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) himself had declared unequivocally that  the Salaf Saaliheen were the  illustrious Men of Islam of the Khairul Quroon epoch. 

Furthermore, if these noble  members of the Salaf Saaliheen were not treading along the Path  of the Sunnah, what makes Ibn  Taimiyyah a follower of Sunnah  six centuries later, and what  makes Al-Albaani a follower of  the Sunnah 13 centuries later? It  is pure jahaalah to even dream  that Imaam Abu Hanifah and  Imaam Maalik, etc. were not  following the Sunnah, and that  each and every verdict issued by them was not the effect of the  Sunnah – of the Qur’aan and  Ahadith.

While the Muqallideen cite as  their grounds of reference Salaf  Saaliheen, the modernist deviate  Salafis of our times present as  their ‘proof’ the likes of the some  Sheikh Ashgar and Sheikh Bin  Ba’z, the Saudi government  scholar. We are not interested in what these government scholars  of this age say. The Salafis can  enjoy themselves by making  taqleed of Bin Ba’z and his likes.  Our Taqleed is the Taqleed of the Saaliheen Salaf who had  imparted to us the Shariah which  they had acquired from the Sahaabah who in turn obtained  it from Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). About this Shariah  acquired from the Salaf, the Qur’aan Majeed declares:

“Then We have established you  on a Shariah with regard to (all  your) affairs. Therefore follow it,  and do not follow the vain  desires of those who do not  know (i.e. the juhala).”

Indeed these modernist Salafis  are most ignorant. They find issueand fault when we make Taqleed  of the Salaf Saaliheen, while their  compound ignorance blinds and bludgeons them into the taqleed  of Bin Ba’z and his likes.

In their pamphlet the Salafis say: “So now it should be clearly  understood that following the  Qur’an and the Sunnah according  to the understandings and  practical applications of the Salaf  (Companions & their followers) is  an obligation upon every Muslim.”

Just imagine! In this belated 14th century of Islam’s existence, the  deviate Salafis are stating a truth  which the Muqallideen have been  adhering to since the time of the Sahaabah. In addition to this  fact, only the Muqallideen of the  Four Math-habs are following the  Qur’aan and the Sunnah  according to the understandings  and practical applications of the  Salaf” while the Salafis of this  age are following the way of Ibn Taimiyyah the 7th century luminary. What the Salaf Aimmah  Mujtahideen acquired from the  Sahaabah and their followers has  been transmitted had by way of authentic narration to the  Ummah from one generation to  the other. On the other hand, the  modernist Salafis, ignore what  has come down to us from the  Salaf Saaliheen, and they subject  the Hadith to their personal  opinion and interpretations conspicuous isolation of the ‘understandings and applications’ of the Salaf. So, who are the true  followers of the Salaf Saaliheen:  The followers of the Four Math-habs or the modernist deviate  Salafis who do not follow that Manhaaj which was acquired from  the Sahaabah?

All the Ahadith which the  deviates quote in their pamphlet describe the followers of the  Four Math-habs as the Salaf  because only they are following  the Sunnah of the Rasool  (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and  the Sunnah of his Sahaabah  (radhiyallahu anhum). There is  not a single Hadith which  supports the way of the  modernist Salafis. As long as the  Salafis of this era do not abandontheir way of personal opinion,  they will never qualify to be on  the Manhaaj of the Salaf  Saaliheen.

Brazenly and stupidly  contradicting and indicting  themselves, the deviate Salafis of our age say: “These elite  individuals from amongst the  Major Scholars & Great Imams of  the Muslims have been  undoubtedly recognized as the  leaders of Islam for centuries  now. They are the Mujaddids and  Upright Scholars that the  Prophet (s) instructed us to  honor & follow, and no sane  Muslim would ever begin to  dispute their status, station or  rank in this Deen. So I ask the  noble reader: If one does not take their advice, then whose  advice will one take??? Likewise, if one  does not take his/her  understanding of the Qur’an & Sunnah from the Salaf of this  Ummah, then from where do they  take their understanding???”

This averment rebounds against  the deviate Salafi sect of this age. They are the very people who do  not take their “understanding of  the Qur’aan and Sunnah from the Salaf“. They take it from a luminary (Ibn Taimiyyah-died 728  Hijri) who never was among the Salaf. The Muqallideen of the  Mathaahib on the other hand, take their understanding of the  Qur’aan and Sunnah from the Salaf-from Imaam Abu Hanifah, Maalik, Imaam Ahmad and Imaam  Shaafi’ (rahmatullah alayhim) who  all are in close proximity to the  Sahaabah. Thus, whoever does  not acquire their understanding  of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah  from the illustrious Imaams of  the Four Math-habs is a deviate,  for he rejects the methodology  of the Salaf Saaliheen. All authorities, from the age of the Sahaabah to the present, unanimously declare that acquisition of understanding of  the Qur’aan and Sunnah from  the the Salaf Saaliheen is Waajib, yet  the modernist Salafi deviates  reject this methodology, and  resort to their personal and  whimsical opinions, subjecting  the Qur’aan and Hadith to their  own understanding century and  to the understanding of the 7th century Ibn Taimiyyah and the 14th century Al-Albaani who was  not even a qualified Aalim since he had no Isnaad to join his  knowledge to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

Quite rightly has it been said that  it is only an insane Muslim who  would dispute the status of the Salaf Saaliheen among whom were the Aimmah of the Math-habs. These insane people are the modernist Salafi deviates who brand the superior and holy  Taqleed of the Aimmah Mujtahideen as ‘blind following’  akin to the following by the  mushrikeen of their idolater  forefathers. In their pamphlet the  modernist Salafis mention 25  illustrious authorities of the  Shariah from the age of the  Sahaabah to the 9th Islamic  century, who all unanimously proclaim the incumbency of following the Salaf Saaliheen.  Despite this concession, we find  the deviate Salafis of this age  rejecting each and every one of  these illustrious authorities. They  set aside the Taqleed of the Salaf  Saaliheen and blindly adopt the  taqleed of Ibn Taimiyyah as their manhaaj. Surely this is error and  deviation manifest.

There is no gainsaying that it is  gross jahaalah (ignorance) for  people in this age to extract  Ahadith from the Hadith kutub, then ignoring the understanding  of the Salaf Saaliheen and satanic  contumacy relative to these  Ahadith, adopt the opinion which  Ibn Taimiyyah offers for the  Ahadith.

Then they compound their  jahaalah with palpable falsehood  by claiming that such opinion is  the view of the Salaf. The final  limit of the knowledge of the  modernist Salafis of this era is Ibn Taimiyyah. Beyond this point  they have no entry into domain of  Ilm. They come within the scope of the Qur’aanic aayat: “That is the limit of their knowledge…”   

The slogan of the modernist Salafi sect is “the Qur’aan and the  Sunnah”. Under guise of this  appealing slogan they condemn  and brand the 14 century Taqleed  of the Salaf Saaliheen as ‘blind  following’, implying thereby that  these illustrious Aimmah of the Salaf Saaliheen plodded the path of error. Thus they accuse the  followers of the Four Math-habs  which constitute the Ahlus  Sunnah Wal Jama’ah to be in  conflict with the Manhaaj of the Salaf when in reality the only valid  Manhaaj of Haqq is the way of the Four Math-habs because this is  the Pathway of the Salaf  Saaliheen which is the Sunnah of  Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the Sunnah of his  Sahaabah. The Salafi slogan is  therefore a massive deception.

While they portray themselves as  followers of the Salaf Saaliheen,  they are extremely far from and  at violent odds with the Salaf. If  they had been truly following the Salaf they would never have veered away from the Path of the  Four Math-habs to adopt the inferior and incorrect taqleed of  Ibn Taimiyyah who was not at all  among the Salaf nor did he follow  the Manhaaj of the Salaf. If Ibn  Taimiyyah was a genuine follower of the Salaf he would not have  clashed with such Shar’i Ahkaam on which there exists consensus of the Salaf Saaliheen. By way of  example, consider just one example, the mas’alah of Three Talaaqs being THREE, not one.   According to the deviate Salafis of this age, Three Talaaqs issued at once or in one session are one Talaaq.

To substantiate their belief that  three talaaqs equal one talaaq, the deviate Salafis cite some  Ahadith and the practice during  the Khilaafat of Hadhrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu anhu) and the  practice which existed for two  years during the Khilaafat of  Hadhrat Umar (radhiyallahu anhu). Despite the fact that  Hadhrat Umar (radhiyallahu  anhu) after the first two years of  his Khilaafat enacted the fatwa  that three Talaaq in a single  session equal three Talaaq, not  one, and despite the fact the Salaf viz. Sahaabah and the  Aimmah Mujtahideen and the Fuqaha of all Four Math-habs  upheld this fatwa unanimously,  the deviate Salafis ignore it and  revert to the ruling which had been abrogated by the Ijma’ of the Salaf from the era of Hadhrat Umar’s khilaafat

In so doing the deviate Salafis of  this age have submitted the  Ahadith to their own understanding or the  understanding and opinion of Ibn  Taimiyyah whereas the Ummah is  required to take their  understanding of the Qur’aan  and Sunnah from the Salaf  Saaliheen which is the Manhaaj of  the Four Math-habs. This  example conspicuously betrays the dishonesty of their slogan  which they raise to mislead ignorant and unwary Muslims.

There are many such examples  which substantiate the  contention that these deviates have ignored the Manhaaj of the  Salaf and are employing the  ‘Qur’aan and Sunnah’ slogan  deceptively. However, this is not  the occasion for discussing such  examples.

Of extreme and vital importance  is to ascertain who exactly were  the Asaatizah of the illustrious  Aimmah of the Four Math-habs.  How did these Aimmah  Mujtahideen acquire their  Knowledge of the Deen and from  whom? The entire edifice of the  Deen is structured on the Isnaad  of the Authorities. Just a cursory  glance at the Isnaad of Imaam  Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh)  will establish that his knowledge  was acquired directly from some  Sahaabah and from their  Students. In the Chain of Senior  Students of the Sahaabah and some of the Hadith narrations of  Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah  alayh) there is only ONE link  connecting him to Rasulullah  (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

While some deny the Taabiiyyat  (being a Tabi’i) of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh), none  denies that he was a Tabe Taabee.  Being a Tabi’i (having linked up  with some Sahaabah) and also  having acquired his Ilm from some of the greatest Taabieen, Imaam  Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh)  occupies a truly unique and  golden pedestal in the firmament  of Islamic Uloom. But in their  private sessions, the deviate  Salafis scandal about this  illustrious Waarith (Heir) of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). This great Imaam  (Imaam A’zam) is in fact the Father of all the Aimmahe  Mujtahideen who followed him,  hence Imaam Shaafi’ (rahmatullah  alayh) said: “We are the children of Abu Hanifah in Fiqh.” In the presence of knowledgeable Hanafis, the deviate Salafis  conduct themselves like Shiahs,  for they utilize the Shiah doctrine  of taqiyah and praise Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh) in  public while they castigate him bringing themselves within the  scope in their private sessions,  thus of the Qur’aanic aayat:

“When they meet those who  believe, they (the Munaafiqeen)  say: ‘We believe.’ And, when they  are in privacy with their  shayaateen, they say: ‘We are with  you. Verily we are (only) mocking  (the Mu’mineen).” (Surah  Baqarah, Aayat 14)

This aayat was revealed to  castigate the hypocrites. Our  purpose for citing this verse is  not to declare the deviate Salafis munaafiqeen, but is to show that  they have an attitude similar to the munaafiqeen, and this is  dangerous. They speak much of and praise the Salaf, but they deliberately and  irrationally ignore the fact that these illustrious Aimmah Mujtahideen were the cream of the Salaf  and  after the Sahaabah.

Imaam Jalaaluddin Suyuti  (rahmatullah alayh), the illustrious  Shaafi authority of the 10th Islamic century, in his treatise, Tabyeedhus Saheefah fi Manaaqib  Abi Hanifah, enumerating the  excellences of Imaam Abu Hanifah  (rahmatullah alayh) records the statements of the Muhadditheen  in praise of Imaam A’zam:

* “Samaani said in Al-Asbaab: Abu Hanifah had totally engrossed himself in the quest of knowledge so much that he  acquired (knowledge) which no  one else had acquired. One day he  entered in the presence of (the  Khalifah) Mansoor while Isaa Bin  Musaa was present. He (Isaa Bin  Musaa) said to Mansoor: ‘Today  this is the greatest Aalim on earth”.

* “While Makki Bin Ibraaheem was  discussing about Abu Hanifah, he  said: ‘He was the most knowledgeable of his age. I never  saw a more pious person than  him among the people of Kufa.” 

* “Yusuf Al-Qaadhi said: I did not  see anyone more knowledgeable  in the tafseer of Hadith than Abu Hanifah.”

* “Yazeed Bin Haaroon said: ‘I met a thousand men (of Knowledge), and I wrote (Hadith) from most of them. Among them I did not see anyone more versed in fiqah, more pious and more  knowledgeable than five  persons.’ The first one he narrated was Abu Hanifah. Ibn  Abdul Barr narrated this episode  in Jaami Bayaanil Ilm.”

* “Al-Khateeb narrated that Shaddaad Bin Hakeem said: ‘I did  not see anyone with more  knowledge than Abu Hanifah.”  

* Muhammad Bin Sa’d Al-Kaatib  narrated: ‘I heard Abdullah Bin  Daawood Al-Khurubeeni saying:  ‘It is incumbent on the people of  Islam (the Ummah) to make dua for Abu Hanifah in their Salaat’.  Then he mentioned that Abu  Hanifah had guarded for them  the Sunnah and Fiqh.”

* “Abu Ja’far Shizaamaariyy narrated that Shaqeeq Balkhi said: ‘Imaam Abu Hanifah was the  most pious among men; the most  knowledgeable among men, and the greatest worshipper among men.”

* “Ibraaheem Bin Ikramah  Makhzoomi said: ‘I did not see  any Aalim more pious, more  abstemious, and more  knowledgeable than Abu Hanifah.”

*  “Abdullah Bin Mubaarak said: ‘I  entered Kufa and asked its Ulama:  “Who is the most learned in this  city? All of them responded: ‘Imaam Abu Hanifah.”

* Khalf Bin Ayyub said: ‘Knowledge was transmitted  from Allah Ta’ala to Muhammad  (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), then  to his Sahaabah, then to the  Taabieen, then to Abu Hanifah  and his companions. There is  consensus of the Ummah (i.e. of the Ulama) that Abu Hanifah was a Faqeeh, a Mujtahid and a great  Imaam in Fiqh.”

* “Muhammad Bin Bishr said: Once when I visited Sufyaan Thauri, he asked: ‘From where do you come?’ I said: ‘From Abu Hanifah.’ He said: ‘Verily, you  have come from him who is the  greatest Faqeeh on earth.”

* “Muhammad Bin Mazaahim greatest narrated: ‘I heard Ibn  Mubaarak saying: ‘The Faqeeh  among mankind is Abu Hanifah. I  have not seen his likes in Fiqah.”

* “Yahya Bin Maeen said: ‘I heard  Yahya Qataan saying: ‘We did not  hear better opinions (in Deeni  matters) than the opinion of Abu  Hanifah. We have accepted most of his statements.”

* “Ali Bin Madini said: ‘I heard  Abdur Razzaaq saying: ‘Ma’mar  said: ‘I am not aware of anyone  after Hasan Basri who expresses  himself in Fiqah better than Abu Hanifah.”

* “The Fuqaha when they adopt  Qiyaas are the children of Abu  Hanifah.”

Imaam Suyuti said: “It is an  established fact that Fiqah is  pivoted on principles such as  Hadith, the statements of the  Sahaabah and the Taabieen, their  differences, the knowledge of  Naasikh and Mansookh of the  Sunnah, etc. We find consensus  of the Ulama that Abu Hanifah  being a Faqeeh was necessarily a  Haafiz of the Hadith of Rasulullah  (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Zahbi  has enumerated him among the Huffaaz of Hadith.

Ibn Khaldoon says in Al-Muqaddamah: “The Imaam of the  people of Iraq is Imam Abu Hanifah Nu’maan Bin Thaabit His rank in Fiqh is unattainable. The Fuqaha especially Imam Maalik and Imam Shaafi’, had testified to this.”

“Ibn Nadeem said: “He (Imaam Abu Hanifah) was among  the  Taabieen. He met several Sahaabah. He was among the Wara-een (men of great piety) and Zaahideen (those who  renounce the world).

Writing in his Tabyeedhus  Saheefah, Imaam Suyuti  (rahmatullah alayh) says: “Imaam  Abu Ma’shar Abdul Kareem Tabari  Shaafi’ has compiled a treatise on  such (Hadith) narrations which Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh)  narrated from the Sahaabah. In his treatise he mentions:

‘Abu Hanifah said: ‘I met seven  Ashaab of  Rasulullah (sallallahu  alayhi wasallam).- Anas Bin Maalik, Abdullah Bin-Juz’iz-Zubaidi, Jaabir Bin Abdullah, Ma’qal Bin Yasaar, Waathilah Bin  Asqa’, Aa’ishah Bint Ajrad and Abdullah Ibn ‘Aufa (radhiyallahu  anhum).’  

He narrated from Anas  (radhiyallahu anhu) Hadith; three  Ahadith;  from Ibn Juz’i one Hadith; from Waathilah two  Hadith; from Jaabir one Hadith;  from Abdullah Bin Anas one  Hadith; from Aa’ishah Bint Ajrad  one Hadith, and from Abdullah  Bin Abi Aufa one Hadith.”

The illustrious authorities of the  Shariah of all Math-habs, Fuqaha and Muhadditheen, have lauded numerous accolades on Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh). Although all the Aimmah  Mujtahideen have been  applauded by the authorities, mention here in this brief article  is made of only Imaam Abu  Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh) in  view of him being specifically  targeted by Salafis for their venom.

Since the Imaams of the Math-habs are among the greatest and  noblest members of the Salaf, and the Ummah has been making  their Taqleed for the past almost  fourteen centuries, it is pure  satanic deception to propagate  abandonment of this superior Taqleed in this age of corruption,  kufr, bid’ah and dhalaal. The  Salafis of this age with their  ideology of abandoning the Taqleed of the Math-habs and  adopting the taqleed  of Ibn  Taimiyyah are implying that for  the first almost seven centuries of Islam’s existence, the entire  Ummah  was astray and in error,  and this error was discovered by  Ibn Taimiyyah. This conclusion is  contumacy at its highest. While believing that Ibn Taimiyyah had  erred in his methodology is  compliant with intelligence, the  belief that the Salaf had been  plodding the path of deviation  with the Math-habs is, revolting  to intelligence and Imaan.

The only path of Najaat  (Salvation) for the Ummah in  these times is firm adherence to the Math-habs. Beyond the  confines of the four Mathhabs is  the way of dhalaal and kufr. The  Ahlus Sunnah in this age comprises the followers of the  Four Math-habs which are as old  as Islam while the math-hab of  the Salafis – the math-hab of Ibn  Taimiyyah is not an integral  constituent of the Way of the Salaf Saaliheen. It is infinitely safer for the masses to be firm on  the perceived and alleged ‘errors’ of their Imaam of the Math-hab they are following, than the supposed ‘rectitude’ of Ibn Taimiyyah.


One thought on “Are the Salafis “followers of Salaf Saaliheen”??”

  1. . Why the obsession with ibn taymiyya? Why the hatred?
    What flimsy points you have raised that ibn taymiya learnt from books …was he born inside a prison?

    Was he not outside the prison for even a little while? why does he list 200 odd scholars as his teachers of which four were female scholars?
    Why the obsession ? Why the bias? Are your differences with ibn taymiyaa of a cardinal nature? If they are of such a nature then why don’t you come up with a comprehensive refutation of the man’s work and his sayings over which you differ instead of speaking in caustic manner and disrespecting him? Nobody is perfect and even he had mistakes. And salvation is only for the person who has pure uncorrupted aqeedah and who does good work for Allaah ‘s sake. Read surah al asr. Deen is simple and easy. Anyway you are intelligent yourselves and if you willingly want to blind follow the haters of ibn taymiyya throughout the last six centuries in hating him go ahead.
    i for one read your site it has benefit not saying it doesn’t but the most important thing to take away from the first three generations is honesty and sincerity


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