Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sitting with a Soofee

Sitting with a Soofee
  (An Exclusive Translation for Sisters Upon Al-Istiqaamah)

Sheikh Ubaid Bin ‘Abdillah Al-Jaabiree (hafidhahullah) was asked: [1]
Question SevenMay Allah do good to you and bless you, this questioner asks and says: What is your saying, may Allah preserve you, about the one who says: Me sitting with a Soofee who has good manners is better than me sitting with a Salafee who has bad manners?!!’

So the Sheikh replied:
‘I do not think that a Salafee whose veins have absorbed the Sunnah and its happiness has merged into his heart, would ever say this, for the Salafee keeps away from the Soofee innovators and other than them and sides with Ahlus-Sunnah. However, we look at that which has caused the saying and the one who said it. So, if the one who said it was from the people of factionalism and the (political) activists, then this is not strange for them (to say this) because they  proceed from, whether they like it or not, the principle:  ‘We co-operate in that which we agree upon and we excuse each other in that which we disagree on’.

And if it was a person of the Sunnah (who said this) but something cut into his soul from that which he sees from the dryness of his brothers towards him and their harshness towards him, a harshness which he sees as increasing beyond its limit, then I do not think this one said it except to reprimand  and to severely rebuke (the others). So, it is obligatory upon his brothers to deal with this one with gentleness, and to be good to him in the friendship with him, especially if he is of important status and his position is significant amongst the people... ‘

[1] Translator’s note: The question is taken from the book: Al-Hadd-ul-Faasil Bayn Mu’aamalti-Ahlis-Sunnah Wa Ahlil-Baatil of Sheikh ‘Ubayd Al-Jaabiree (Daar Imaam Ahmed, 1430/2009, 1st Edition, Cairo, page 18).
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