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The Scholars Bury This Bid'ah
This attempt to fabricate a lie against Allaah and His Messenger (and Imaam al-Nawawi) did not go unchecked for the Scholars of Sunnah refuted this falsehood, from them Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (listen to audio), The Muftee, Shaykh Abdul-Azeez Aal al-Shaykh (listen to audio), Shaykh Ubayd al-Jaabiree (listen to audio), Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadee (listen to audio) and others [refer also to Shaykh Hamad al-Ateeq's refutation of al-Areefee (listen to audio) in which he requests al-Areefee to find us any sayings from the Salaf for this (الفهم الجديد المبتدع) "new innovated understanding", check the very end of the audio]. Here is a quick summary of what is in the audios: Shaykh al-Fawzan, "this is a saying of a person of desires who says upon the Messenger that which he did not say." Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadee, "this is the saying of a liar, ignoramus, person of desires..., it pleases us that those misguided ones have been refuted by the leading heads of the carriers of the Shari'ah and the Scholars of Islaam... the Muftee (Shaykh Abdul-Azeez Aal al-Shaykh)... and the Shaykh, Allaamah, Saalih bin Fawzan al-Fawzaan..." Shaykh Ubayd, "How excellent is what was said by Abu Uthman al-Naysaboor, 'Whoever nurtured himself with the sunnah, in speech and action, will speak with wisdom (hikmah) and whoever nurtured himself with desire (hawaa) in speech and action, will speak with bid'ah'."
Muhammad al-Areefee Fabricates a Lie Upon Imaam al-Nawawi in Order to Protect His Lie Upon the Messenger of Allaah
When this bid'ah (innovated) was slapped down by the Scholars, and Shaykh al-Fawzaan said what he said (that whoever says this is person of desires), al-Areefee, in order to do some damage limitation went to see Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan and to make a "clarification". So his clarification to the Shaykh was that he had not brought this from himself but he based it upon some speech of Imaam al-Nawawi (rahimahullaah) which he merely quoted. This was given some online coverage (see this article). Shaykh Salih al-Fawzaan is reported to have said, allegedly, that he did not mean to label al-Areefee in person as a person of desires but was only addressing the actual incorrect statement and making a general remark when it was brought to him. As far as we know, this is not on tape and there is a justifiable reason to doubt al-Areefee's integrity and to challenge his honesty. See what follows below of a further clarification which Shaykh al-Fawzaan himself wrote and put out publicly afterwards which indicates there is lack of integrity on behalf of al-Areefee and those with him - and that they cannot be trusted to tell the truth.
Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan Checks Sharh Sahih Muslim of al-Nawawi and Indicates the Lie of al-Areefee
Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan then went and checked the explanation of Sahih Muslim by Imaam al-Nawawi to verify the claim of al-Areefee and those with him. The Shaykh felt it important enough to put out a public clarification when he realized they ascribed to al-Nawawi that which he is free of. In this clarification below Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan clarified a great and mighty foundation of Ahl al-Sunnah, one that no Salafi who has read and studied the books of the Salaf can be confused about or can claim to be confused about.
The Shaykh followed up with a clarification on his website (original here) (screenshot), dated 27th May 2012:
Notification of an Error Regarding the Explanation of the Hadeeth, "Even if Your Back is Beaten and Your Wealth is Taken"
All praise is due to Allaah, and may prayers and salutations be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. To proceed: There has come in Sahih Muslim in the hadeeth of Hudhayfah bin al-Yamaan (radiallaahu anhu) regarding tribulations and what is obligatory upon a Muslim when they appear - specifically in relation to what occurs from some of rulers of the Muslims of oppression and tyranny - where the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) in this hadeeth, "Hear and obey the ruler even if your back is beaten and your wealth is taken."
This became problematic to some of the brothers until some of them said about this hadeeth that it is addressed (only) to an individual present in an Arabic environment which scorns obedience (to the ruler) and rejects oppression, and perhaps that might carry him (individually) to reject obedience (to the ruler) in that which is good, or to split off or to stand up to fight [and thus constitutes a prohibition at the individual level], and then they began to interpret it upon other than its (actual) meaning so that they can take it away from its apparent (dhaahir) meaning. Then, when objection was made against them, they attributed (this interpretation) to Imaam al-Nawawi, but upon returning to the explanation of Imaam al-Nawawi of Sahih Muslim with respect to this hadeeth, we found that he says in the hadeeth of Hudhayfah (radiallaahu anhu), when he said to the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), "How shall I behave O Messenger of Allaah, if that reaches me" he means what occurs of tyranny from the rulers and their oppression. He replied, "You must hear and obey the ruler even if you back is beaten and your wealth is taken." al-Nawawi said, "(Even if your back is beaten), unjustly, (and your wealth is taken), without due right, with the verb being constructed upon the passive form in both places, and they comprise the condition (shart) for the response (you must hear and obey) him in what is other than disobedience" - end quote. This is the actual text of the explanation of al-Nawawi upon this hadeeth in that he left it upon its apparent meaning and import and he did not make ta'weel of it to what those brothers said.
This hadeeth and its like comprises a mighty foundation from the foundations of the belief of Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah in adhering to the jamaa'ah of the Muslims, having patience upon the tyranny and oppression of the rulers because of what results from that of mighty benefits, such as preserving the blood of the Muslims and protecting their honours, their safety and settlement (in the land). And these are benefits that are above, by a great deal, than the associated harm that comes with them of bearing their tyranny with patience. More harmful than this (having patience) is the harm of revolting, and splitting the ranks of the jaamaa'ah. This is from (the principle of) bearing the least of two harms in order to repel the greater of them, and this is a mighty principle from the principles of Islaam. For the purpose of making notification of the error which has occcurred with respect to this topic from some of the brothers, I wrote about that.
Written by Saalih bin Fawzaan al-Fawzaan. Member of the Committee of Major Scholars. 07/07/1433H.
Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan Reaffirms What He Said Initially That Those Who Give This False Interpretation Are People of Desires
After the Shaykh wrote the above clarification and made it public, seeing that the people should be protected from this shubhah (misconception), a question was posed to the Shaykh on the same subject and the Shaykh reaffirmed what he said in his initial statement, that it is desire (hawaa) that is leading those people to distort this hadeeth, and that it was a lie upon Ibn Hajar and al-Nawawi, because they never said any such thing in the interpretation of the hadeeth. This establishes that al-Areefee is a kadhdhaab. You can download and listen to the Shaykh's answer (listen to audio), the Shaykh says:
The hadeeth is general, it is not directed to the individual (only), it is general, for the subjects of Ummah, the hadeeth of the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), the one who describes it (upon) other than its meaning, this one from desire (hawaa), he wishes to explain the hadeeth upon their desire and their orientation and doctrinal school... the hadeeth is general, and we did not find this in the speech of al-Nawawi, we did not find it...I investigated it and I did not find it.
This constitutes a firm conviction (for the second time) against the lying Ikhwanis!
Alhamdulillaah, Allaah exposed these treacherous Ikhwanis (Salman al-Awdah, al-Areefee and those with them) through the clarifications of Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan and all the other scholars who refuted this falsehood. And these Ikhwanis were outed for their attempts to lie upon the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and the Scholars of Islaam in order to serve their vile and filthy (Ikhwani) agendas.
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