Shaykh Salih al-Fawzan on Salman al-Awdah's Saying 'The Absent Ummah': This Necessitates the Takfir of the Whole Ummah
Wednesday, January 06 2010 - by Takfiris.Com
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In "al-Ajwibah al-Mufidah" (a collection of the fatwas of Shaykh Salih al-Fawzan on Manhaj), pages 88-89, 2nd edition:

ما تقولون فيمن يطلق على الأمّـة الإسلامية المعاصرة بأنهـا "غائبة" ؟

What do you say about the one who applies [the label] of "absent" to the contemporary Islamic Ummah?

القول بأن الأمة الإسلامية غائبة ؛ يلزم منه تكفير الدول الإسلامية كلها، لأن معناه : ليس هناك دولة إسلامية. وهذا مخالف لقول الرسول (صلى الله عليه وسلم) : " لا تزال طائفة من أمتي على الحق ظاهرين، لا يضرهم من خذلهم ولا من خالفهم، حتى يأتي أمر الله - تبارك وتعالى - وهم على ذلك "

فمهما كثر الضلال والاختلاف والكفر؛ فلا بدّ من بقاء هذه الطائفة المسلمة . فليس هناك غياب للأمة الإسلامية - والحمد لله -، و لا يشترط في المجتمع الإسلامي - أو في هذه الطائفة المنصورة- خلوّها من المعاصي؛ لأن المعاصي وُجدت على عهد النبي (صلى الله عليه وسلم) وعهد خلفائه، لكنها كانت تُقاوم وتُنكر.

The saying that the Muslim Ummah is absent, then Takfir of all of the Islamic nations is necessitated from it, since its meaning is that there is no Islamic state, and this is in opposition to the saying of the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), "There will never cease to be a group from my Ummah upon the truth, uppermost. They will not be harmed by those who desert them or those who oppose them, until the affair of Allaah - the Blessed and Exalted - arrivs, and they are in this state."

So regardless of how much misguidance, differing, and disbelief might occur, then this safe and secure group will always remain.

Hence, there is no such thing as the absence of the Islamic Ummah, and all praise is due to Allaah, and nor is it a required condition for this Islamic Society, or this Aided Group that it is devoid of sins, since sins were found in the time of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), and also in the time of his Khulafaa, however, they were stood up against and were rejected.

Note that this is a question regarding a lecture given by Salman al-Awdah and which was titled, ( الأمة الغائبة) "The Absent Ummah", and he is taking it from whom? Let's see:

فقد غابت الأمة المسلمة عن "الوجود" وعن "الشهود" دهرًا طويلاً

The Ummah (of Islaam) has ceased to be in existence (ghaabat al-Ummah) and from being witnessed (i.e. observable) for a very long time.

That's the saying of none other than Sayyid Qutb in Ma'aalim fit-Tareeq, "Milestones" - (p.8, 17th edition, 1991).

See also:

  • Shaykh Salih al-Fawzan's Refutation of Salman al-Awdah's Generalized Mass Takfir of All the Muslims - (see here)

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