As-Salaam ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaah…
Al-hamdulillaah, we are pleased to present a VERY important clarification from Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan, member of the Permanent Committee for Verdicts in Saudi Arabia and the Council of Senior Scholars in Saudi Arabia.
He responded with important scholarly insight to the rhetoric repeated so often by Almaghrib Institute’s Dean of Academic Affairs (the “man behind the curriculum” as they put it), Dr. Yasir Qadhi. Please read the article and pass it on to your friends, as the Almaghrib Institute network reaches far and wide.
May Allaah make it easy for our brothers and sisters to see the reality of Yasir Qadhi and his organization.
The Ruling on Jam’eeyaat ,Da’wah Organizations and Charity Organizations:
A fatwa from the noble Imaam, Shaikh Muqbil ibn Haadi al Waadiee
The Shaykh, may Allah have mercy upon him, said:
Leaving off charity organizations is preferred to its existence because the Prophet (may the Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon him) and his companions were more in need of money compared to us. Rather they were in severe need of money, but in spite of that they did not organize a charity organization. Therefore based upon this, leaving it off is better than its existence. And the best guidance is the guidance of the Messenger of Allah (may the Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon him)
Transcribed from the tape “Al Gaara Sadeeda” Side A of the tape
Ash-Shaykh Saalih al Fawzaan, may Allah preserve him, said:
Splitting and dividing into groups or charity organizations is from that which our religion has prohibited. Our religion has demanded from us that we do not differ nor oppose each other in ideas as because of this differing, the efforts of the dawah go to waste. So it is obligatory upon us to be one group upon the manhaj of Islam and the sunnah of the Messenger (may the Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon him). This is the duty of the Muslims
From:Al Muntaqa from the fatawa of Shaikh Saleh Fawzaan Page 22 Chapter 45
The noble Imaam Shaikh Al-Albaani holds the opinion that is sufficient that the projects of establishing charity organizations is haraam if they deposit their wealth in interest based banks.
Refer: Silsilah Huda wa Noor tape no. 590
Ash-Shaykh Saalih Aali-Shaykh , may Allah preserve him, said:
Verily some groups come together under an organization, they use (some of the) statements of Shaykh Islaam and other than him from the people of knowledge as a proof (for it) , while (in reality) they did not understand ( the speech of those scholars) for verily Shaykhul-Islaam, may Allah have mercy upon him, mentioned organizing but however he did not intend an actual organization, because these organizations are newly invented organizations meaning selecting a leader for a party who is obeyed and those who are under him informs him of that which occurs as (it is performed) for the Ruler (of the Muslims) for his obedience. This is with no doubt not permissible and the speech of Shaykhul-Islaam does not indicate ( the permissibility of this) nor does other than him.
Reference: Sharhu Masaa’il al-Jaahiliyah , tape number five, side B.
Shaikh Rabee’ Ibn Haadi Al Madkhali said when asked about these Da’wah organizations said:
By Allah we say, and every good is in following the Salaf and every evil is in following the Khalaf. For verily the Salaf spread the religion and conquered the Dunya world by co-operating upon righteousness and piety. They used to co-operate by struggling with their wealth and themselves but not in the organizational methods taken from the west.
He, may Allah preserve him, also said:
Then partisanship overcame them and allegiance and disassociation according to their organisation and it is (charity organizations) from the reasons for the splitting of Salafis in many countries.
He, may Allah preserve him, also said:
…So I advise the scholars and the students of knowledge to return towards the biographies of the nobility of the salaf, and let them be aware that eagerness to seek money is from the most dangerous of dangers upon the Da’wah Salafiyyah. And the proof of that is that the current fitnah ( of Abil Hasan) was sparked because of money when, may Allah bless you, some people started stretching their hands out to this Jam’iyyah and that Jam’iyyah (charity organization). So we seek refuge with Allah from the fitnah of money…
Question posed to ash-Shaykh Yahyaa al-Hajooree:
In our city there is an Ikhwani who deceives the laypeople and those who are fooled by him in that when they ask about Jam’eeyaat
he says: If Jam’eeyaat were innovations then the microphone and cars are (also) innovations, because they were not present in the time of
the Messenger ?
A: Yes he is one who deceives (covers the truth with falsehood), and otherwise, verily this expression about means consistent with Islamic law (to give da’wah) have foundations, as for Jam’eeyaaat that are present in this time the Prophet never did such a thing (have organizations for da’wah).
Al Kanz Uth Thameen. Vol 5.
Shaikh Yahya Al Hajuuri (may Allah preserve him said) :
My brother in the past were organizations present in the time of the Messenger of Allah and wasn’t it that the rights of people were given to them? As for now these Da’wah Organization come under the newly invented matters let the one who is present give news to the one who is absent. And the one who is angry between us and them is the book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Messenger : “Whomsoever innovates in this matter of our’s then it is unaccepted.”
Ittihaaf Ul Kiraam (30-32)
Some of the Shuyook have mentioned some of the negative points of Charity organizations which are the following:
1: It is not from the ways of the Salaf
2: It is a distraction from seeking knowledge
3: it is a disgrace to oneself by begging
4: Makes one lenient towards having money transactions with interest based banks
5:It is a cause to have Walaa and Baraa for
6: Its contains voting and elections
7: It is a deception to the Da’wah as-Salafiyyah
8:It is a transgression to the wealth (that is to be distributed to) the cause of Allah only
9: It is a cause to resign from speaking the truth and being lenient in opinion
10:It is an imitation of the kufaar
11:It is a means to the division of the Ummah and its splitting
12: Secrecy of the people of innovation
Also Ash-Shaykh al-Uthaymeen, may Allah have mercy upon him, clarified that charity organizations are from the ways of the Jews of this time , as found in his book ” Sharh al-Wasitiyyah” page :191.
Also ash-Shaykh Saalih as-Suhaymee , ash-Shaykh Ahmad an-Najmee , Shaykh A’lee Naasir al-Faqeeh and ash-Shaykh Zayd al-Madkalee praised the book ” Jam’atun laa Jam’aat…” by the author, ash-Shaykh Rabee‘ ,which contains of statements that indicate the impermissibility of Charity Organizations and Da’wah Organizations.
Reference: an-Nasr al-A’zeez by ash-Shaykh Rabee’ , print: al-Furqaan.
Ash-Shaykh Yahya Al Hajooree was asked:
Is it permissible for the one who has knowledge of the errors of charity organizations to give them zakat.
The Shaikh answered: He who donates his wealth to charity organizations falls into sin as he is fully aware of the harm (it causes) in splitting the Muslims. By Allah, it divided the salafis in Kuwait; it seperated them in Sudan and it divided them in Yemen. Abul Hassan Al Misree and Abdur Rahman Abdul Khaaliq did not become corrupt except because of charity organizations. And Abdullah As-Sabt, Muhammad Al Mahdi, Abdul Majeed Ar-Raymi, Muhammad Moosa Al Ba’daani, Aqeel Maqtari and the signatories to bara’a adh-dhimah (freedom from responsibility) did not become corrupt except by following the ways of the Dunya and by the fitnah of Charity organizations and the gathering of wealth.
Refer to the book: “Charity organizations – A movement without blessing”