The “simple” Wahabi belief

By Shaykh Abu Adam

According to the Wahabies Allah is literally above the throne without ever leaving it, AND literally in the sky of the world in the last third of the night (i.e. always, because the Earth is round, so it is always the last third of the night somewhere.) Anyone see a problem here? Then they say it is blasphemy to say that Allah is inside His creation (even though the sky of the world is below the other six created skies above it)…. Then, seemingly just to add to this mess, some of them also say that He is literally in the seventh sky.

Not only that, they also say He is literally encompassing the world and yet they also say it is kufr to believe He is mixed with it. So in their belief, He is encompassing the world (thus a surface outside creation’s borders), and in the first Sky (deep inside creation, below 6 other skies), and yet it is kufr to say He is mixed with creation or enters it. Perhaps we could call this a “self defeating belief system?” It is certainly no different from the christian belief that 1=3.

On top of this they explain that this mess of contradictory statements represents the simple belief that human nature inclines towards, and is free of complications. Yet when you try to show the contradictions in what they are saying, they shout: “KALAM!! Why do you use your mind?? Why do you engage in Philosophy?! It is Bidˆah. If you do not find all this intuitive, then there is something wrong with your natural inclinations (Fitra)!”

What it boils down to then is that they are exactly like the christian priests who tell their followers, “do not mix faith with reason, follow your heart!” As the scholars say, “Blasphemy is one nation.”

Universal brotherhood

The holy Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wasallam said “None of you believes until he wants for his brother what he would want for himself”

Imam Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani al-Maliki, the author of ar- Risala said:

This Hadeeth is the last of the four Hadeeth that make up the famous “Jama’ Adab il-Khayr” Summary of good manners:

1. To speak little
2. To mind one’s own business
3. To restrain anger
and 4. To love from another what you would love for yourself

Brotherhood in the above hadeeth does not mean exclusive Muslim to Muslim brotherhood, but is inclusive to the whole of humanity whether they are Muslim believers or not.

The Hanbali scholar and Mufassir Imam Najm al-Din al-Tufi, the Hanbali mufassir, used the expression “mahabbat al-insan” in regards to this hadeeth.

Imam al-Nawawi said regarding this hadeeth:

“It is to be interpreted in the sense of universal brotherhood, so that it includes the non-Muslim and the Muslim. Thus he wants for his non-Muslim brother what he would want for himself, that is his converting to Islam; just as he wants for his Muslim brother, his remaining in Islam. That is why it is recommended to supplicate for divine guidance [Hidaya] on behalf of the non-Muslim.” [al-Arba’een lil-Nawawi]

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