Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz Criticizes the Ikhwaanees (May Allaah have mercy upon him)
Question: Oh noble Shaykh, the movement "Al-Ikhwaan ul-Muslimoon" has entered the Kingdom (Saudi Arabia) some time ago and it now has some clear activity among the students of knowledge. What is your view regarding this movement? And what is the extent of its agreement with the methodology of the Sunnah and the Jamaa'ah?
Answer: The movement, "Al-Ikhwaan ul-Muslimoon", has been criticized by specialists of the people of knowledge because they are not active in the call to the Tawheed of Allaah, rejecting Shirk and rejecting the innovations. They have special methods which are made deficient by their lack of activity in calling to Allaah, and their lack of directing to the correct 'Aqeedah (creed of beliefs) which Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah is upon. Thus, it is necessary for the Ikhwaan ul-Muslimoon to give some attention to the Salafi Da'wah, and the call to Tawheed. And they must give attention to the matter of rejection the worship of graves, being attached to the dead, and seeking aid from the people in the graves, such as Al-Husayn, or Al-Hasan, or Al-Badawee, or whatever is similar to that. They must have some concern for this extremely fundamental principle. They must give concern to the meaning of Laa ilaaha illallaah (None has the right to be worshiped but Allaah), which is the foundation of the religion. And the first thing that the Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) called to in Makkah was At-Tawheed. He called to the meaning of Laa ilaaha illallaah. So many of the people of knowledge have criticized the Ikhwaan ul-Muslimoon for this matter. That is their lack of activeness in calling to the Tawheed of Allaah and making religious acts solely for Him alone, and their lack of rejecting what has been introduced by the ignorant people of being attached to the dead and seeking their aid, and making vows to them and slaughtering animals for them, which is major Shirk (association of partners with Allaah). Likewise they criticize them for their lack of concern for the Sunnah; the Sunnah is to be followed. They also have a lack of concern for the Noble Hadeeth (i.e. study and application of Hadeeth), and what the Salaf of the Ummah were upon in reference to religious laws. And there are many (other) things. I hear a lot from the brothers that they criticize them for. And we ask Allaah to help them, aid them and correct their affairs.
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