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All praise is due only to Allaah. We laud Him and beseech His aid and beg forgiveness only from Him and believe in Him and rely solely on Him. We seek salvation in Him from the evils of our inner selves and the vices of our actions. There is none to misguide one whom Allaah intends to guide. I bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allaah, the One who has no partner. I also testify that Hadhrat Muhammad (PBUH) is the faithful servant and the Last Rasul of Allaah. May Allaah Ta‟ala‟s mercy be on him, his family and his Sahabaah (R.A.) and may He bless them and raise their status.
This work can be divided into three parts – the first linking the statements of Ibn Taymiyah to the authentic Sufis, the second quoting some of the ludicrous beliefs of the great icon of the Salafis and the third, as the appendix explains, that Ibn Taymiyah was not a true Alim by academic standards.
The current day Salafis, who at times label themselves as „Ahle Hadith‟/ „Ghair Muqalids‟ go to the extreme due to the lack of knowledge and deficiency in Ilm. Due to their stubbornness they strongly criticize in vile languages the statements of reliable, pious Sufis and Ulema of Deoband. The able author Moulana Muhammad Abu Bkar Ghazipuri highlights those very statements which they are against as being totally similar to what their guide, their leader, their Imaam of Deen, the one whom they quote day and night, whom they call Shaykhul Islaam none other than Ibn Taymiyah holds. The
author correctly asks them to rule on their Shaykhul Islaam.
Many a historical icon once probed and investigated proved to be a disaster.
The weird, strange, fallacious beliefs of Ibn Taymiyah are simplified yet again for answering by the current Salafis. Lastly, from an academic view the status of Ibn Taymiyah is assessed. The reader is all along encouraged to be the judge and formulate an informed opinion of their own – not one propelled by propaganda and lop-sided information. Few years ago even reliable scholars thought that no-one was better than Al-Bani but when his knowledge was un-velied he became history. Ibn Tayimah‟s path to oblivion is following close by. We make Duaa that Allaah Jalla Majdahu grants all of us the ability to follow and adhere to the way and pattern of the Ahlus Sunnat wal Jamaat. A simple fomula is to be adherent to one of the Mazhabs of Fiqh.
A H Elias (Mufti)
May Allaah be with him.