Table of Contents
|1 — Introduction
|2 — Refutation and Warning Is Considered Advice in Religion and Mercy
|3 — The Affair of ʿUmar bin al-KhaṭṭāB and Ṣubaygh
|4 — The Harshness of Ahl al-Sunnah Against the the Innovators and Deviants
|5 — The Amazing Affair of Abū Jaʿfar Aḥmad bin ʿAwnillāh
|6 — The Way of the Salaf Towards Displays of Lenience and Slackness
|7 — The Mumayyiʿah Are (Sometimes) Harder Upon Ahl al-Sunnah
|8 — Conclusion
These are select readings from the Salaf regarding their uncompromising stance and stern position towards the people of innovation and misguidance. who are like highway robbers on the path to Allāh, diverting people away from the path, confusing them, deceiving them and putting doubts in their hearts about their Lord, or His religion, or the Salafī creed, or its pristine methodology. This is in contrast to the way of Tamyīʿ and the Mumayyiʿah
Tamyīʿ means “to soften, to melt”. It refers to the watered-down, soft, butter-like, manhaj—which upon the slightest of heat starts to melt—adopted by the contemporary dubious and false claimants to Salafiyyah towards the Ḥizbiyyīn, Ahl al-Bidʿah.
It is one of leniency and softness, and involves breaking down the social and methodological barriers that separate Ahl al-Sunnah from Ahl al-Bidʿah. It also involves sympathy, excuses and praise for Ahl al-Bidʿah or individuals among them while showing enmity, aversion or casting doubts about Ahl al-Sunnah.
This manhaj has been around and operative in the behaviour of people for quite a few years, but has not really been identified and nor has it caught the attention of many people except of course those deeply-rooted in this arena among the scholars.
However, in light of the fitnah of Abū al-Ḥasan al-Miṣrī al-Maʾribī, the Salafīs are now clear about this destructive behavioural pattern, and they have been able to reflect back in the years gone by, and actually recognise and recall this pattern of Tamyīʿ that was observed in the behaviour of many—in the midst of numerous tribulations —who laid claim to Salafiyyah.
18 Ramaḍān 1423 / 23 November 2002