Between us and you are the Books of the Salaf
Shaykh Rabee’ ibn Hadee al-Madkhalee

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Shaikh Rabee’s Challenge to Ahlul-Bid’ah:
Between us and you is the Salaf, between us and you are the books (of the Salaf)!

Shaikh Rabee’ bin Haadee al-Madkhalee (hafidhahullaah Ta’aala) said:

“Hold fast all of you together to the rope of Allaah, and (the thing) that will assist you and will be like the sun for you (in shedding light upon this path) is that you return to the understanding of the Salaf-us-saleh (pious, righteous predecessors: Allaah’s Messenger, salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and the sahaaba, and the tabi’een, and the atba’ at-tabi’een). And (their understanding) – as I have said – is widespread and available for you (in books, tapes, lessons of the scholars).

And this is a challenge for whoever disputes this.

We challenge the people of bid’ah and desires – people of bid’ah in beliefs and people of political bid’ah – we say: ‘Between us and you is the Salaf, between us and you are the books (of the Salaf)!

Imam Ahmad (rahimahullaah Ta’aala) used to say to people of bid’ah: ‘Between us and you are the funeral prayers,’ and likewise we say this and we say, ‘Between us and you are the books (of the Salaf). They’re available (to read and benefit from and implement and rectify one’s self and ‘aqeedah/manhaj).’

Allaah said to His Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam):

قُلْ فَأْتُوا بِالتَّوْرَاةِ فَاتْلُوهَا إِنْ كُنْتُمْ صَادِقِينَ

…Say (O Muhammad): “Bring here the Tauraat (Torah) and recite it, if you are truthful.” (Aali ‘Imran, ayah 93)

So they (the Jews) would come with the Tauraat, and it would expose them. As for these innovators, we will bring the books of the Salaf, the Qur`an and Sunnah – we bring the books of al-Bukhaaree, Muslim, Aboo Dawood, at-Tirmidhee, An-Nasa`ee, and what Ahmad and other than him authored. We’ll bring these and (find out) who is upon their way (of these great Imams) and who threw it away and opposed them!!

Just as Allaah challenged the Jews to bring the Tauraat – and when the Tauraat was brought, it exposed them – we likewise challenge them (the innovators) to bring the books of the Salaf in order to clarify who amongst us is deviated, and to put the innovators – amongst “us” or them – to shame.

Are they able to challenge us? Are they able to open their mouths and say this? We fill our mouths with every courage; we challenge each person who claims that we are upon other than the methodology of the Salaf-us-saleh.

By Allaah, we call to the methodology of the Salaf-us-saleh – the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) – and we bring them as testimony in our beliefs, our worship, our stances (concerning the relationship between) the rulers, and the ruled and (in refuting) groups and sects in light of the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

As for the others (people of bid’ah), they are upon trickery and deception. By Allaah, you will not find with them except trickery, and playing with the emotions of the youth.”

Text Courtesy of Maher Attiyeh via SalafisOfFlorida Yahoo Groups
Colour highlighting and indentation modified by AbdurRahman.Org

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