Remove the pagans from the Arabian


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Here below i have posted a fatwa by shaykh saalih al-fawzan ra on the explanation of the hadeeth "Remove the pagans from the Arabian peninsula". It is very important to know the meaning of this hadeeth since diviant groups such as the khawarijj, takfeeris, and others, constantly use this hadeeth as a justification/proof to kill muslims as well as non-muslims, in muslim or non muslim lands. This not only spreads fitnah, corruption, fassaad (mischief) on earth but also it causes majority of people to turn away from islam. Take ur time brothers and sisters and read this, it's beneficial.

Allah knows best


Muharram al-bosni

The following is a summary translation of a post taken from
Using false Proof and its destructive results
Explanation of the Hadith "Remove the pagans from the Arabian
peninsula by Sheik Fawzan

All praises belong to ALLAH who sent His prophet with the guidance
and the religion of truth, so he conveyed the truth and carried out
the trust and made clear to the people what was revealed to them from
their Lord. So may the peace and blessings of ALLAH be upon him, his
family and his companions the flag bears of guidance, the lights in
the shadows. ALLAH the Exalted said, "It is He Who has sent down to
you (Muhammad) the Book (this Quran). In it are Verses that are
entirely clear, they are the foundations of the Book and others not
entirely clear. So as for those in whose hearts there is a deviation
(from the truth) they follow that which is not entirely clear
thereof, seeking Al-Fitnah (polytheism and trials, etc.), and seeking
for its hidden meanings, but none knows its hidden meanings except
ALLAH. And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: "We
believe in it; the whole of it (clear and unclear Verses) are from
our Lord." (Chapter 3 verse 7)

The Unclear verses are those verses where the intended meaning is not
understood until it is referred back to other text; and the other
texts explain the meaning. And the clear verses are those verses that
don't need other verses to explain its' intended meaning. And this
is like the unrestricted and the restricted and the specific and the
general and that which is stated in brief and what is mentioned in
detail and the verse that abrogates another verse and the verse that
is abrogated. And this level of discernment it not known except by
those whom are firm in knowledge; those whom refer the unclear verses
back to the clear verses therefore the clear verses explain the
unclear verses. And the scholars say, "We believe in it; the whole of
it (clear and unclear Verses) are from our Lord." (Chapter 3 verse 7)
Therefore some of ALLAH'S speech explains other parts of ALLAH'S
speech, and parts of ALLAH'S speech makes clear other parts of
ALLAH'S speech.

But as for the people who have a disease in their hearts and those
who are astray then they seek proof from the unclear verses, just
like Imam Ahmad said, may ALLAH have mercy upon him; and they leave
alone the clear verses seeking some fitna (trials, tribulations etc.)
and they split apart what ALLAH has commanded them to join, and they
spread corruption in the land, and they say, "We are taking our
proofs from the Koran", but in reality they don't take their proofs
from the Koran rather they take parts of it and leave other parts.
They are like the ones who use as a proof the statement of ALLAH the
Exalted, "Woe be to those who pray" as a proof to leave off the
prayer, but they don't use the verse that comes after that which
is "Those who delay their prayer from their stated fixed times"
And it is possible that they are not from those who have a disease in
their hearts but rather they could be from those who are ignorant or
from those who pretend to have knowledge or from those who are
overzealous upon ignorance; and they are not from those whom are firm
upon knowledge nor do they return their affairs back to those whom
are firm upon knowledge. So they fall into destruction and they cause
others to fall into destruction.

Take for example during our time those who cause havoc and
destruction, those who frighten the people and cause corruption
through-out the land; they have taken to blowing up buildings and
demolishing them upon whoever is inside them. And they are killing
the people whom ALLAH has forbidden them to kill; (and they have been
forbidden to be killed) either because they are Muslims or non
Muslims who have a covenant with the Muslims or non Muslims who are
under the protection of the Muslims.

And they use as a proof the statement of the Messenger of ALLAH peace
and blessings are upon him, "Remove the Jews and Christians from the
Arabian peninsula".

But what they don't know is that firstly: The one who is being
addressed here is the Muslim ruler who is in charge of the affairs of
the people, and he is not addressing just anyone from amongst the
people. And the proof for this is that the companions of the
Messenger of ALLAH may ALLAH be pleased with them, never acted upon
this individually, rather the only one that acted upon this was Umar
bin Khattab who was the second Muslim ruler. (The second Muslim ruler
after the death of the Prophet, peace and blessings are upon him) So
this is proof that the one who is to carry out this action is the
leader of the Muslim, if he sees a greater benefit in carrying out
this action.

Secondly: The Messenger of ALLAH peace and blessing are upon him,
said "Remove them", he didn't say kill them and he did not say act
treacherously towards them when you have given them safety. Rather
ALLAH the Glorified said to His Prophet peace and blessings are upon
him, "And if anyone of the pagans seeks your protection then grant
him protection, so that he may hear the Word of Allah (the Qur'an),
and then escort him to where he can be secure". (Chapter 9 verse 6)
And returning him to where he can be secured means returning him to
his land safe and sound. Because Islam is a religion that calls for
one to fulfill his promises, it is not a religion that calls for

The Prophet Muhammad peace and blessing are upon him said, "Whoever
has killed a person having a treaty with the Muslims shall not smell
the fragrance of Paradise, though its fragrance is found for a span
of forty years." (Related in Bukari and Muslim)
Thirdly: Removing the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula
does not prohibit them from being employed to perform the jobs that
they do and then returning them to their lands after they have
completed their task, such as the ambassadors, the workers, the
merchants or the ones that have specialty skills that the Muslims
need and they don't have anyone to fulfill that certain need. And the
Prophet Muhammad peace and blessing are upon him, hired a pagan to
show him the way to Medina during his migration. And the Prophet
peace and blessing are upon him took a loan from a Jewish man in his
city of Medina, and a Christian man from Najran (a city in
southwestern Saudi Arabia near the frontier with Yemen) entered upon
him while he was in his Masjid and negotiated with him. And Thamama
ibn Athal was tied up in the masjid while he was a pagan.
Verily what those ignorant people are doing by way of destruction and
killing those persons who have been giving safety by the Muslims is
only a distortion of Islam and it is turning people away from Islam.
And it is not permissible and it is disobedience to ALLAH and His
Messenger. Therefore it is obligatory for those who want to save
themselves and those who have any sense left to return to that which
is correct and to repent to his Lord. And the leader of the Muslims
has presented them with the chance to return to that which is correct
and to repent, and if they do that then they will be treated fairly.
And the one who repents from a sin is like the one who does not have
a sin and the repentance wipes out what comes before it. So it is
obligatory upon them to repent to ALLAH and to throw down their
weapons, and to put their hands in the hands of their Muslim brothers
and to adhere to listening to and being obedient to the Muslim
leaders; and ALLAH the Exalted said, "O you who believe! Obey ALLAH
and obey the Messenger, and those of you who are in authority. (And)
if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to ALLAH and
His Messenger if you believe in ALLAH and in the Last Day. That is
better and more suitable for final determination. And the Prophet
peace and blessings are upon him said, "I command you to hear and
obey even if a slave is put in charge of you." And He said, "Whoever
defected from the obedience (to the ruler) and separated from the
main body and dies would have died the death of the times of
ignorance." (Or as the Prophet peace and blessings are upon him
said.) Ending it with this, I ask ALLAH to guide those Muslims who
are astray and to return their mistakes to that which is correct and
may the peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family
and his companions.

(Sheik) Salih Fawzan
Member of the Permanent Committee of Scholars
http://www.sahab. net/sahab/ showthread. php?threadid= 307332%20

Translator's note: Thamama ibn Athal was a prisoner of war who was
tied in the masjid. The Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings are upon
him, ordered that he be treated good and brought food. He was
released after his third day of captivity where upon he accepted
Islam. Posted on salafitalk net by brother Rasheed Barbee