Imaam Ibn Baaz on Sayyid Qutb's Mockery of the Prophet Moses And His Ta'weel of Istiwaa Upon the Way of the Jahmiyyah Mu'tazilah
Saturday, December 19 2009 - by Admin
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Baraa'ah Ulamaa il-Ummah Min Tazkiyah Ahl il-Bid'ah wal-Mudhammah
To the right is the cover for the second edition of "Baraa'ah Ulamaa il-Ummah Min Tazkiyah Ahl il-Bid'ah wal-Mudhammah" (The Innocence of the Scholars of the Ummah from the Commendation of the People of Innovation and Censure). This book was prepared by Isaam bin Abdullaah as-Sinaanee. It contains a refutation of the one who used the intercession of Shaykh Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) for Sayyid Qutb as a proof for the 'adaalah (integrity) of Sayyid Qutb and commendation of his (Qutb's) manhaj, when it is not a proof at all.
The book, after compilation and authorship was sent to Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan who checked over it and made recommendations, and also suggested an improvement to the title of the book. Then it was read by Imaam Muhammad bin Saalih al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah), who made his own written notes on the pre-print copy that was sent to him, and he also advised that the section titled "The Salafi Manhaj", should be placed before "The Qutubi Manhaj" and not after it, unless the author had a specific reason for doing that. And images of these hand-written notes are included at the end of the book. We will be quoting from this book inshaa'Allaah in this series. Both of these scholars endorsed the contents of this book and the purpose for which it was to be published and distributed. And the purpose is clearly outlined in the title of the book itself. Namely, to declare the Scholars of Ahl us-Sunnah free and innocent (in particular Imaam Ibn Baaz, and the other scholars in general) of having made tazkiyah (i.e. given adaalah) to those who are from the people of innovation: In this case Sayyid Qutb, who aside from writing his commentary on the Qur'an upon an Ash'arite creed, added other great calamities, some of which are serious enough that they cannot really be excused by mere ignorance, such as accusing the Scribe of the Prophet (alayhis salaam) the Uncle of the Believers, Mu'awiyah - whose integrity is attested to by the Prophet himself - of treachery, deception and hypocrisy.
And this book essentially sunk their ship, leaving them only the flotsam to hold onto thereafter, which is what they have been doing since then.
As well as in the book above, it is also recorded. You can download the audio recording here, it is in the second half.
Shaykh Abdul-Aziz bin Baz (rahimahullaah), when asked about the speech of Sayyid Qutb concerning the saying of Allah - the Most High - "ar-Rahmanu 'alal Arsh istawa", Sayyid Qutb said in az-Zilal (4/2328 & 6/3408 - 12th edition, 1406H, Daar ul-'Ilm):
As for al-Istiwaa upon the Throne, then we are able to say: It is a metaphor for His mastery over the creation.
So the Shaikh replied:
This is all a futile saying - that this means His mastery. He has not affirmed 'al-Istiwaa. - which means a denial of Istiwaa, which is known and means His ascension upon the throne. [What he has said] is futile and shows that he is destitute with regard to tafseer and lost in that regard.
Then one of those present mentioned that some people always advise that this book should be read, so he said:
That which he says is an error. No! An error. That which he says is an error. We will soon write in that regard - if Allah wills.
Let us take Moosaa - as the example of the leader of excitable nature - and this excitable impulse quickly passes away and he regains his composure, as is the case with the excitable folk.
Then he said with regard to the Saying of Allah - the Most High - "He remained in the city fearful...(28:18), in at-Tasweer al-Fannee fil-Qur'aan: p.200, 201, 203. 13th edition)
This is the description of a well known state: the restlessness or fear of one expecting evil at every turn - and this is the characteristic of the excitable folk.
So the Shaikh replied to this:
Mockery of the Prophets is apostasy in its own.
Rebuttal of him is good.
Source: During a lesson of Shaikh Abdul-Azeez Ibn Baaz (rahimahullaah) in his house in Riyaadh: 1413H, Minhaaj us-Sunnah tapes of Riyaadh.
Al-Manaawee said in Fayd ul-Qadeer (6/147):
من سب الأنبياء قتل لانتهاكه حرمة من أرسلهم واستخفافه بحقه وذلك كفر قال القيصري: إيذاء الأنبياء بسب أو غيره كعيب شيء منهم كفر حتى من قال في النبي ثوبه وسخ يريد بذلك عيبه قتل كفرا لا حدا ولا تقبل توبته عند جمع من العلماء وقبلها الشافعية.
Whoever reviled the Prophets is to be killed for violating the sanctity of the one who sent them, and his belittling of his right, and that is kufr. Al-Qusayree said,
Whether Qutb wrote these things in his early days or not, the prohibition of revilement and Mockery of the Prophets is known by necessity in the religion, and it is for this reason you see the above types of viewpoints amongst the Fuquhaa. However, the problem is not with Qutb, for he has passed away, and his affair is between him and His Lord, and we ask Allaah to show mercy upon him for what he fell into, but it is the Ghullaat who are the problem who describe him as "an Imaam of Guidance" and who propagandize for his methodology which is nothing but what he acquired from Leninist Marxism, and their defence of him is for no other reason except that that they wish to nurture the people upon his revolutionary ideologies.