Shaikh bin Baaz on Ikhwaaan-ul-Muslimeen

Shaikh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez bin ‘Abdillaah bin Baaz was asked about the Ikhwaan-ul-Muslimeen in the magazine “al-Majallah”: (Issue No. 806, 2/25/1406H, pg. 24). What follows is the text of the question and answer:

“Noble Shaikh, the movement of the Ikhwaan-ul-Muslimeen entered into the Kingdom a while ago and has become very active amongst the students of knowledge. What is your view on this movement? And what is the extent of their conformity with the methodology of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah?”

The Shaikh replied: “The distinguished scholars have criticised the Ikhwaan-ul-Muslimeen movement because they are not active in calling to the Oneness (Tawheed) of Allaah or in forbidding Shirk and rejecting innovations. They have specific methods that they are deficient in such as a lack of enthusiasm for calling to Allaah and a lack of directing their followers to the correct creed, which Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah are upon.

The Ikhwaan-ul-Muslimeen must devote special attention to calling people to the way of the Salaf, which includes calling to the Oneness of Allaah and to the rejection of grave-worship, devotion to the deceased, and asking help from the dead in the graves, such as Hasan, Husayn, Al-Badawee, and so on. They must focus on this fundamental principle, which is represented in Laa Ilaaha IllaaAllaah, the foundation of the Religion. The first thing that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم called to in Makkah was the Oneness (Tawheed) of Allaah, i.e. the meaning of Laa Ilaaha IllaaAllaah.

Many scholars criticize the Ikhwaan-ul-Muslimeen for this, i.e. their lack of being active in calling to Tawheed and to doing acts of worship sincerely for Him alone whilst rejecting the innovations of the ignorant such as being devoted to deceased individuals, asking for their help, making oaths to them, and presenting sacrificial offerings to them, which are all acts of Major Shirk. They also criticize them for their lack of concern for the Sunnah, following the Sunnah, and interest of the noble hadeeth and the religious rulings the Salaf of this Ummah adhered to. There are many other things that I have heard the Ikhwaan being criticized for. We ask Allaah to guide them to the truth.”

Source: Part of footnote to Question and Answer #33 from the Book, Beneficial Answers to Questions on Innovated Methodologies, Questions Answered by Shaikh Saalih bin Fawzaan Al-Fawzaan, Compiled and Commented on by Jamaal bin Furayhaan Al-Haarithee.

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