The False Mahdī Juhâymān Sâyf al-Otâybî & The Seizure Of Al-Masjid al-Ḥarām


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A Statement of the Council of Senior Scholars concerning

the aggression made againstAl-Masjid Al-Haram

All praise be to Allah, Alone. May peace and blessings be upon the last Prophet, his family and Companions.

The Council of Senior Scholars held its 15th session inRiyadh,in the first half of Safar 1400 A.H. to discuss the agenda of this session, and decided to issue a statement onthe aggression made againstAl-Masjid Al-Haram.The attack was launched by a misguided and aggressive groupwhom Allah protected the believers from the evil of its aggression and ended it with His Favor and Beneficence. On this occasion, the Council of Senior Scholars condemns the sinful action of this oppressive group
( الجزء رقم : 4، الصفحة رقم: 93)

and its treacherous attack, considering it committing several crimes, the most heinous of which are:

1- Violating the Sacred House of Allah, making it a battlefield and changing it from a secure precinct to a battleground where disorder, horror, disturbances, murder, and fighting prevail, turning deaf ears to the severe punishment and abominable crime involved. Allah (Exalted be He) says: It is related in Sahih (authentic) book of Al-Bukhari that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Allah madeMakkahinviolable, not people who did so. Therefore, it is not permissible for anyone who believes in Allah and in the Last Day to shed blood or cut a tree therein. If a person justified his fighting by the fight that Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) had in Makkah, tell him that Allah made fighting in Makkah permissible for His Messenger for an hour of a day, and did not permit anyone of you. Makkah became inviolable this day like the day before. Let the attendants here convey this message to the absentees.

2- Shedding Muslims' blood in the Sacred House of Allah in Makkah Al-Mukarramah and its secure precinct where they killed dozens of Muslims whose blood and money are inviolable.

3- Launching fighting in the Sacred land as well as in the sacred month. Allah (Exalted be He) says:

4- Revolting against the Muslim ruler while Muslims are living in a state of stability, solidarity, love, exchanging advice and unity under his rule and authority that people all over the world envy. The violators belittled the crime of revolting against the Muslim ruler and gave up an effective pledge of obedience they gave to him.
( الجزء رقم : 4، الصفحة رقم: 94)
In doing so, they forgot or neglected the Shari`ah texts mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah in this regard. Allah (Exalted be He) says:
It is narrated in thethe Two Sahih (authentic) Books of Hadith (i.e. Al-Bukhari and Muslim)that`Ubadah Ibn Al-Samit(may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) called us and we took the oath of allegiance to him. Among the injunctions he made binding upon us was: Listening and obedience (to the ruler) in pleasure and displeasure, in adversity and prosperity, even when somebody is given preference over us, and without disputing the delegation of powers to a man duly invested with them (Obedience shall be accorded to him in all circumstances) except when you have clear signs of his disbelief in (or disobedience to) God - signs that could be used as a conscientious justification (for non-compliance with his orders). This is the narration of Muslim.
According to another narration in the Sahih [authentic book of Hadith] of Muslimon the authority of Ibn `Umar(may Allah be pleased with him) that he heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying: "One who withdraws his hand from obedience (to the Amir) will find no argument (in his defense) when he stands before Allah on the Day of Judgment, and one who dies without having bound himself by an oath of allegiance (to an Amir) will die the death of one belonging to the days of Jahiliyyah (will die as a pagan)^.
In the Sahih (authentic) book of Hadith ofMuslimon the authority of`Abdullah ibn `Amr ibn Al-`As(may Allah be pleased with both of them) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: He who swears allegiance to a Caliph should give him the pledge of his hand and the sincerity of his heart (i. e. submit to him both outwardly as well as inwardly). He should obey him to the best of his capacity. If another man comes forward (as a claimant to Caliphate), disputing his authority, they (the Muslims) should behead the latter
In the Sahih (authentic) book of Hadith of Muslimon the authority of`Arfajah ibn Shurayh that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: When you are holding to (one single man as your leader), you should kill the person who seeks to undermine your solidarity or disrupt your unity whoever is he.

5- Preventing the religious rites to be practiced in the sacred house of Allah during the period of their attack. Salah (Prayer), Tawaf (circumambulation around the Ka`bah), recitation of the Quran and other acts of worship were not practiced in the Sacred House to the extent that there was no Salah performed or Adhan (call to Prayer) announced in it for two consecutive Fridays. Allah (Exalted be He) says:
( الجزء رقم : 4، الصفحة رقم: 95)

6- Misleading a group of naive men and women by having them engaged in the fold of this sinful aggression and exposing them to many tragedies and various forms of hardship and causing some of them to be killed.

7- Answering the call of whims and misguidance since leader of this sedition claims one of them as the awaitedAl-Mahdy and summoned people to pledge allegiance to him, though all signs show his false claim.

In light of the statement mentioned above, the Council of Senior Scholars considers this group misguided due to its violation of the Sacred Precincts of Allah and His Sacred House, killing Muslims without right, disuniting Muslims and sowing dissension among them. By doing so, they fall under the saying of Allah (Glorified be He), reading:and His saying:

This Council even holds that the publications of this aggressive group include malicious misconceptions, false interpretations, and misguided trends that sew the seeds of evil, Fitnah and misguidance. They will create disorder, disturbances and manipulation of Muslims' interests on some pretexts that dazzle the eyes of naive people whereas they conceal wide-spreading evil. The Council warns all Muslims against the evil contents of these publications. On the occasion of eliminating this Fitnah at the hands of the government of His Majesty King Khalid ibn `Abdul-`Azizmay Allah protect him, grant him success and help him do every good, the Council thanks Allah (May He be Praised) for facilitating the means of getting rid of this group and implores Him to protect these lands and all Muslim countries in general from every evil. We implore Allah to gather the Muslim countries on the truth, support their rulers,
( الجزء رقم : 4، الصفحة رقم: 96)
and make them glorious with Islam and Islam victorious with them. We ask Allah to provide the Muslim rulers with righteous assistants who cooperate with them in doing goodness, guide them when they do not know it and remind them when they forget. We ask Him to establish the truth and abolish falsehood even if the criminals, oppressors, the spiteful, deceivers and enviers do not like it. The Council appreciates the great efforts the government made to end this Fitnah in a powerful manner full of wisdom and insight. It also expresses gratitude to all people who contributed to eliminating this Fitnah with his hand, tongue or writing, mainly, His Majesty, King Khalid, his Royal Highness, loyal assistants and all various ranks of the military forces. We implore Allah (Glorified be He) to forgive, reward and shower their dead people with mercy as well as to bountifully reward the living ones and make them firm on the truth and guidance. Indeed, Allah is Sufficient for us and He is the best Disposer of affairs. May peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!.

( الجزء رقم : 4، الصفحة رقم: 97)

This statement is enough for convincing the seekers of truth, but I want to add much clarification of the mistakes and wrongdoing of this group in its action and false claim about the person whom they callAl-Mahdy
As for rejecting the idea of the awaited Al-Mahdytotallyas some people recently claimed, it is invalid, for the Hadiths, which state the coming of Al-Mahdy at the end of time and that he will help justice and fairness dominate the earth as it has been filled with injustice, were largely reported by Tawatur (a significant number of narrators whose agreement upon a lie is impossible) in meaning. A group of scholars stated this, including Abu Al-Hasan Al-Abery Al-Sijistany who lived in the 4th century A.H., the eminent scholarAl-Safariny,the eminent scholarAl-Shawkanyand other scholars. This takes the same status of Ijma` (consensus of scholars).

It is not permissible to say that a particular man is certainly Al-Mahdy unless he fulfills the signs cited by the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the Sahih (authentic) Hadiths. The major sign is that Al-Mahdy will fill the earth with justice and fairness as it has been filled with injustice and oppression.
May Allah (Glorified be He) reform the affairs of all Muslims and grant them good understanding of religion! May He guide the Muslim rulers to judge according to the Islamic Shari`ah and avoid all that is against it! We implore Him to endow Muslims with a good end - indeed, Allah is a Beneficent and Generous. May peace and blessings of Allah be upon His slave and Messenger, our Prophet Muhammad, his family, Companions, and those who followed them in the best way until the Day of Resurrection