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They exemplified one united group. not diverse sects. security. upon one united methodology. seeking Allah‟s help and applying the rule of Allah in all matters. They believed that anyone who commits a major sin falls out of the fold of Islam. they even declared caliphs Uthman and Ali disbelievers. adhering to the methodology left by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). extremism is not from pristine Islam in any way as Islam is synonymous with peace and middle path. Before the killing of Uthman. . far removed from the methodology of extremism invented by the kharijites (One of the first heretical groups in the history of Islam. Indeed. Uthman ibn Affan al-Qurashi(may Allah‟s mercy be on him) in the year 32 AH(656 AD) by the first set of extremists in the history of Islam. They Prophet (pbhu) prophesied their coming and stated that they should be fought). As a result of that. 13 April 2012 05:00 inShare SocButtons plugin Share Islam remained one and indivisible religion until the killing of the third caliph. and well-being prevailed under the rule of Islam. The young people were firmly connected to their scholars and leaders. the Muslims followed the same footsteps.   Facebook fans Home || Other sections || Trust Islamic Forum || The causes of extremism and its cure The causes of extremism and its cure Written by Zakariyya Adaramola Friday. The scholars say Shiddah (harshness) and the Ghuluw (extremism) are forbidden in Islam and that anyone who carries out these two evils is on his own. and not diverse methodologies. Known for their extremist views. Their unity was strong. safety. The people were as the heart of a single person – the ruler and the ruled.

ignorance of aims and intents of the Shariah. Such suppression gives rise to extremism within those who were initially moderate beforehand. . As for the one who is already an extremist then (such maltreatment) increases him in the evil ideology and also instill the spirit of revenge and retribution and lead to confronting such transgression with what is even worse(like suicide bombing). ascribing those bombing and killing in the name of jihad to Islam and the Salafe dawah is injustice as the Salafe scholars of the religion of Islam clearly forbid causing senseless destruction to any creature of Allah. And the extremists exert their efforts in bringing „the downfall‟ of those callers and in abusing them calling them „Mumayyi„on. It may be the case. The Prophet (pbuh) bore the harms of the kuffar in Makkah patiently for many years before succour came his way.” Also. The reason is because salafes are the only ones who know the weak and strong points of the extremists or terrorists. This is whether an individual is actually far from any involvement in extremist ideology or not. Likewise. they are the ones who expose the modus operandi of the extremists. whether that be out of utter ignorance with some of them or out of partial ignorance due to a false interpretation or ijtihad (exerting scholarly efforts in solving a shariah related issue) by one who is not suitable for it. They defame the major scholars of the sunnah. Shaykh Basim bin Faysal al-Jawabirah said: “Ignorance of the Book of Allah. the people the dawah and those who call to it. from the causes of extremism is lack of adhering to the manhaj (methodology) of the Salaf (righteous Muslim predecessors) when confronted with the fitnah (trial) of ruling by other than what Allah has revealed in many of the Muslim lands. that an innocent individual becomes worse than the actual preachers of the extremist ideology due to such treatment. in some countries for example. Takfeer fee Daw‟ Sunnah Nabawiyyah. In fact the extremists are very harsh in their hatred for the true callers to the pristine Islam (salafes) than they have for other than them. At Takfeer (declaring Muslims to be disbelievers) and at Tabde‟ (declaring Muslims to be innovators in the religion without any evidence) While enumerating the causes of extremism in his award winning book. And from the signs and stocks in trade of extremists are: Al Khurooj (revolting against the rulers). If they (extremists) truly were people of ijtihad they would not put forward actions which brings about harms(such as bombing) and then apply these false interpretation(of Jihad) to Muslim countries.So. the rulers. They also slander them by describing them as being merely scholars of women‟s period and menstrual fluid (because of scholars‟ emphasis on the need for Muslim to understand every aspect of the religion including the knowledge of monthly period of women). It is only just that it is said: also from the causes of extremism are the harsh measures used and iron-fisted suppression that is meted out by the security apparatus in many countries including Nigeria when dealing with those who have some connection to dawah (Islamic preaching). The third cause for the fitnah of extremists is ignorance of the universal sunnah (way of life) in regards to being established which does not take place except with patience and bearing the harms of the kuffar (unbelievers). discrediting them and accusing them of being scholars of the government.‟ (those who take a lenient stance). a contemporary scholar. the sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh).

it only stems from sins prevalent among the people and disobedience to Allah.” [an-Nisa. 4:83] Striving in worshipping Allah and try to remain constantly and fearfully conscious of Him („Azza wa Jall) – having Taqwa. or disagreements that afflict the Muslims.So referring back to the Book of Allah and adhering to it is the protection and the foundation by which Allah preserves one from falling into destruction. This is the way of success from every hardship as Allah (Ta‟ala) says. “And whoever has Taqwa of Allah. This is done by carrying out what He has commanded and remaining away from what He has forbidden.” [at-Talaaq. . He will make his affairs easy for him.According to scholars. although you struck (your enemies) with one twice as great. Allah is pleased for you three things and is displeased with three things. “It is from your own selves (because of your evil deeds).” [at-Talaq. and that you give sincere advise to whomever Allah puts in charge of your affairs. they (immediately) publicize it. Also extremism could be curbed by stopping the widespread sins amongst ourselves. 21:7] And He says: “If there comes to them a matter of safety or fear. Allah says. .” [al-Anbiya. We must make sure to understand the Qur‟an and Sunnah according to themethodology of the righteous predecessors (as-Salaf as-Salih). you say. the false assumptions of the deniers. and sticking to the main body of Muslims. Whatever calamity afflict them is only due to what they themselves have earned as Allah says: “When a disaster afflicts you. “So ask the people of knowledge if you don‟t know. by the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (pbuh) refute the distortion of the extremists. He (pbuh) also said: “There are three things which the heart of a Muslim should never object to: sincerity in doing deeds solely for the sake of Allah. and performing deeds that please Him is the way to achieve every success and victory in both lives (the Dunya and Hereafter). If only they had referred it to the Messenger and to those charged with authority among them. that you hold all together to the rope of Allah and not split into groups. remaining firm on His legislation. the proper investigators would have understood it from them (directly). 3:165] The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) also said: “Indeed. evils.” (Muslim and Ahmad]). 65:4] And He (Ta‟ala) says. giving sincere advice to those in authority of affairs. and the misinterpretations of the ignorant ones. because whatever of Fitnah. “And whoever has Taqwa of Allah. 65:2] So having this Taqwa of Allah. He is pleased for you that you worship Him without associating anything as partners with Him.” [Ibn Majah and Ahmad]. extremism could be curbed by proper adherence to the Qur‟an and the sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh). He will make for him a way to get out (of every difficulty). This will not be achieved unless the Muslims seek such understanding from the sincere and knowledgeable scholars who.” [Aali-„Imran. “From where does this come to us?” Say.

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