On the authority of Abi Sa’eed al-Khudrī (radi Allahu anhu) [who said] that the Messenger of Allah, may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him, said:
Indeed do not let fear of the people forbid a man from speaking the Haqq (truth) when he knows it.
And in another narration:
…or witnesses it or hears it.1
Al-Hasan al-Basrī (may Allah have mercy upon him) said:
Surely Allah took a [covenant] from the scholars in three [matters]: Do not seek by it [ie. the truth] a small [worldly] gain, do not follow desires in it, and do not fear anyone in it!2
Ibrāheem bin Adham (may Allah have mercy upon him) said:
Abundant looking at baatil (falsehood) [causes] awareness of the Haqq to vanish from the heart.3
Imaam al-Albaani (may Allah have mercy upon him) said:
In this narration is a firm forbiddance from concealing the truth [because] of fear of the people or hoping for livelihood/income! Consequently, everyone who conceals the truth fearing their [i.e. the people’s] harm, by way of a type from the types of harm, like [physically] beating, verbal revilement, cutting [off] of provision, fearing disrespect from them, and that which is similar to this, then it enters into the forbiddance. And it is in opposition to the Prophet (may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him). If this is the state of the one who conceals the truth and he knows it, then what is the condition of the one who does not suffice with that, rather he [goes further and] bears witness upon the innocent Muslims with falsehood?! And he [brings false] accusation[s] against them in their religion and their creed, complying [to the wishes of] the mob [or] riffraff, or fearing that they will make a false accusation against him also, if he does not appease them upon their misguidance and their accusation! Oh Allah make us firm upon the truth, and if you desire to put your slaves to trial, take our [souls] unto you, not affected by fitnah.4
1. Never did I think that I would see or hear, in our time, many who ascribe themselves to this blessed da’wah, the methodology of the Pious Predecessors, concealing the truth while knowing it and/or exceeding that by bearing witness upon innocent Muslims with falsehood, thus falling into shahādat-uz-zūr (false testimony), or bringing false, unsubstantiated accusations against the salafees. Strange indeed, it is, to see or hear the Sunni Salafee doing these evil acts, which are sins, in compliance [with the wishes of] the mob [or] riffraff, or because they fear that the mob/riffraff will make a false accusation against them, or as a result of fearing the blame of the blamers if they do not appease the mob/riffraff upon their misguidance and accusation, WAllahu musta’aan.
2. Those who fall into that which Shaykh al-Albāni mentioned as a result of fearing the people and/or their harm, whether it be physical, verbal, financial harm, or disrespect, have given precedence to the fear of people over fearing Allah. And Allah Azza wa Jal said:
فلا تخافوهم و خافونِ إن كنتم مؤمنين
So fear them not, [rather] fear Me, if you are [true] believers.5
Imām as-Sa’dī (rahimahullah) said about this verse,
In this verse is [the] obligation of fearing Allah alone. And surely it is from the inseparable attributes of Imaan (faith). Thus, the slave’s fear of Allah is based on the extant/level of the slave’s faith. In addition, the praiseworthy fear is that which prevents [the slave] from that which Allah [has made] forbidden [or sacred].
Our shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (hafithahullah) mentions about this verse,
Fear of Allah is from the greatest types of worship. Consequently, connect your fear to Allah, and do not fear other than Him...6
Likewise, we find an admonition to fear no one except Allah, in the advice of our shaykh, Rabee’ bin Haadi al-Madkhali (hafithahullah) to his brothers, especially those in Britain, from his Kalimah: “Important Advise from the Flag Bearer of Jarh wa Ta’deel (Critizism and Praise), [of our time], to his Children Everywhere,” he says:
I advise my brothers, especially from Britain, to establish brotherhood with their Salafi brothers in Kuwait, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in Egypt, in Sudan, and in all directions of the Islamic World. And if a group from Kuwait or somewhere else comes to them, they should welcome them with all respect and pride, and they must not fear anyone. So there is no fear in that; may Allah bless you all. Thus, Shaytaan makes you fearful and scared of so-and-so and so-and-so; so do not fear except Allah The Glorified and Most High...7
3. Hence, based upon the statement of Imaam al-Albaanī, one wonders where are those who fall into false testimony and false accusations against innocent Muslims, as a result of appeasing the mob/riffraff, or because they fear the mob/riffraff will make false accusations against them, in regards to that which we have been ordered with in the narration of Ubaydullah bin Abi Bakr bin Anas (rahimahullah), who narrated upon Anas (radi Allahu anhu), [who] mentioned that our Prophet sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa salam, said,
أنصر أخاك ظالما أو مظلوما، فقال رجل: يا رسول الله، أنصره إذا كان مظلوما، أفرأيت إذا كان ظالما كيف ينصره؟ قال: تحجزه أو تمنعه من الظلم، فإن ذلك نصره رواه البخاري
وغيره، و ذكر إمام البخاري لفظ آخر من رواية حميد عن أنس رضي الله عنه: فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم...تأخذ فوق يديه
Aid your brother whether he is an oppressor or one who is oppressed. Then, a man said, “O Messenger of Allah, I [will] help him when he is oppressed, [but] if you find that he is an oppressor, how do I help him?” He sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa salam said: Prohibit or forbid him from oppressing, surely this is helping him.
And Imaam al-Bukhaari mentions another wording from the narration of Humayd (rahimahullah) upon Anas (radi Allahu anhu), [as our Prophet answered] saying: “[Take the hand of your brother by] placing your hand over his.8”
Shaykh Uthaymeen (rahimahullah) explains,
If the brother is oppressed, then aid him by repelling oppression from him, thus, when you see [that] someone is being oppressed, then it is obligatory to assist him. As for when he is [the] oppressor, then helping him is to prevent him from oppression, because you are aiding him upon his soul. For surely his soul is inclined to evil, [and] orders him with iniquity. So, you forbid him from that oppression, and this is helping him in reality[!] And based upon this, consequently, whoever advises a person from [doing] an unlawful act or transgressing upon someone, then indeed this [person] is considered a helper to him, since, he aided him upon his soul [that is] inclined to evil...9
4. In addition, where are those who fall into this evil, unjust matter, in relation to the implementation of the statement of Allah:
وَتَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْبِرِّ وَالتَّقْوَىٰ ۖ وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَان
And aid one another upon piety and righteousness and do not aid one another upon sin and transgression.10
Ibn Katheer (rahimahullah) mentioned about this verse:
The Most High orders His believing slaves with aiding [each other] upon doing khayrāt (good deeds), and it is al-Birr (piety), and leaving off al-Munkarāt (evil deeds), and it is at-Taqwā. He also forbids them from helping upon baatil (falsehood), and assisting upon sin and [that which is] prohibited [or sacred]. Ibn Jareer [at-Tabarī rahimahullah] said, ‘al-Ithm: is leaving off that which Allah has commanded [His slaves] to do; al-Udwān: is exceeding the boundary that Allah has set in your religion and transgressing the limits Allah has enjoined upon you in regards to yourselves and others.
Then Ibn Katheer mentions the hadeeth that has preceded, “Aid your brother...”11
Consequently, every individual or group should be cognizant of the circumstance of those who conceal the truth or aid upon falsehood, sin, or transgression. And do not be of those who are neglectful, at the least, in regards to the fact that down the road is the Day the Accounts will be taken, the Day of Recompense, the Day the Balances of Justice with be established. And all huqooq (rights) will be returned to their rightful owners.
May Allah bless the people of the Sunnah and Salafiyyah and the Muslims in general to not allow fear of the people to forbid them from speaking the truth.
Note: That which is between the brackets [ ] was added to complete the translation, for clarity, or additional benefit.1. Reported by at-Tirmidhi: 2191, Ibn Mãjah: 4007, Ahmad: 11017, 11498, as-Silsalat-us-Saheehah: 1/168, 324; And shaykh al-Albaani mentioned in Saheeh Ibn Mãjah, [it is a] sound hadeeth; Also shaykh Muqbil authenticated it in Saheeh ul-Musnad: 414 ↩ 2. Akhbaar-ul-Qadaah: 200 ↩ 3. Hilyat-ul-Awliyaa: 8/2↩ 4. Silsalat-us-Saheehah: vol. 1, hadeeth 168↩ 5. ’Āli ‘Imrān: 175↩ 6. Tayseer-ul-Kareem-al-Rahmān Fee Tafseer Kalaam al-Manān↩ 7. http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sn4vhh http://ar.alnahj.net/audio/2047/7-1436↩ 8. http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sn4vhh http://ar.alnahj.net/audio/2047/7-1436↩ 9. T’aliqaat ‘ala Saheeh-ul-Bukhaarī, li Ibn Uthaymeen↩ 10. Surah al-Māi’dah: 2↩ 11. Tafseer al-Qurān al ‘Adheem, li Ibn Katheer↩