This is Our Aqeedah (Belief) and Our Da’wah (Call) – Shaikh Muqbil bin Hadi al-Wadi’ee
Selected points from the treatise ‘Our Aqeedah and Our Call’ by Shaikh Muqbil bin Hadi al-Wadi’ee
1 – We believe in Allaah and His Names and Attributes, as they were mentioned in the Book of Allaah and in the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallahu alayhi was sallam), without tahreef (distortion), nor ta‘weel (figurative interpretation), nor tamtheel (making a likeness),nor tashbeeh (resemblance), nor ta’teel (denial).
2 – We believe that calling upon the dead and seeking aid from them, and similarly with the living, in that which no one besides Allah is capable of, is Shirk with Allah. Likewise, believing that charms and amulets can bring about benefit along with Allah, or without Allah is Shirk, and carrying them without that belief is superstition.
3 – We take the Book and Sunnah upon their apparent meanings, and we do not perform ta’weel (figurative interpretation), except through a proof that necessitates ta’weel of the Book and the Sunnah.
4 – We believe that the believers will see their Lord in the hereafter, without inquiry into the modality. And we believe in the intercession and in the people of Tawheed being taken out of the fire.
5 – We love the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi was sallam), and we hate those who speak against them. We believe that to speak ill of them is to speak ill of the Religion, because they are the ones who conveyed it to us. And we love the Family of the Prophet with love that is permitted by the Shariah.
6 – We love the People of Hadeeth and all of the Salaf (predecessors) of the Ummah from Ahlus (People of)-Sunnah.
7 – We despise ‘ilmul-kalaam (knowledge of theological rhetoric), and we view it to be from amongst the greatest reasons for the division in the Ummah.
8 – We do not accept anything from the books of Fiqh (jurisprudence), nor from the books of tafseer (explanation of the Qur‘an), nor from the ancient stories, nor from the Seerah (biography) of the Prophet, except that which has been confirmed from Allaah or from His Messenger. We do not mean that we have rejected them, nor do we claim that we are not in need of them. Rather, we benefit from the discoveries of our Scholars and the jurists and other than them. However, we do not accept a ruling, except with an authentic proof.
9 – We do not write in our books, nor do we cover in our lessons, nor do we give sermons with anything except the Qur‘an, or the authentic and authoritative hadeeth. And we detest what emanates from many books and admonishers in terms of false stories and weak and fabricated narrations.
10 – We do not perform takfeer (expel one from Islam) upon any Muslim due to any sin, except Shirk (polytheism) with Allaah, or the abandonment of Prayer, or apostasy. We seek refuge in Allaah from that.
11 – We believe that the Qur‘an is the Speech of Allaah, it is not created.
12 – We hold co-operation with any Muslim upon the truth to be obligatory and we declare ourselves free in front of Allah from the calls of Jaahiliyyah (pre-Islamic times of ignorance).
13 – We do not deem it correct to revolt against the Muslim rulers as long as they are Muslims, nor do we feel that revolutions bring about reconciliation. Rather, they corrupt the community.
14 – We hold that this large number of present day parties is a reason for the division of the Muslims and their weakness.
15 – We restrict our understanding of the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah to the understanding of the Salaf of the Ummah from the Scholars of hadeeth, not the blind-followers of their individuals. Rather, we take the truth from wherever it comes. And we know that there are those who claim Salafiyyah, yet Salafiyyah is free from them, since they bring to the society what Allaah has prohibited.
16 – We believe that politics is a part of the Religion, and those who try to separate the Religion from politics are only attempting to destroy the Religion and to spread chaos. Likewise, what has been spread in some of the Islamic countries that, ‘The religion is for Allah, but the state is for the people,’ is a call of Jaahiliyyah. Rather, everything must be for Allah.
17 – We believe that there will be no honour or victory for the Muslims until they return to the Book of Allaah and to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi was sallam).
18 – We believe that all of the people are divided into two parties: the party of Allah, and they are those who establish the pillars of Islam and the pillars of Imaan (faith). And there is the party of Shaytaan, and they are those who wage war against the Shariah of Allah.
19 – We oppose those who put down the knowledge of the Sunnah, and say that this is not the time for it. Likewise, we oppose those who put down acting upon the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah.
20 – Our da’wah and our ‘Aqeedah is more beloved to us than our own selves, our wealth and our offspring. So we are not prepared to part with it for gold nor silver. We say this so that no one may have hope in buying out our da’wah, nor should he think that it is possible for him to purchase it from us for deenaar or dirham.
21 – We love the governments in accordance to what they have of goodness, and we hate them for what they have of evil. And we do not permit revolting against them, except if we have seen clear disbelief from them about which we have a proof from Allah, with the condition that we are capable of that, and that there not be any civil strife between the Muslims and their opponents.
22 – We accept direction and advice from wherever it comes and we know that we are students of knowledge, we are correct sometimes and incorrect at other times. We are ignorant at times and knowledgeable at times.
23 – We love the present day Scholars of the Sunnah and hope to benefit from them and regret the passing away of many of them.
24 – We do not accept a fatwaa except from the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah.
25 – These are glimpses into our ‘Aqeedah and our Call (Da’wah)’. And mentioning them with their proofs would lengthen the book. Indeed, I have mentioned their proofs in al-Makhraj minal-Fitnah. So if one has any objection to this, then we are prepared to accept advice if it is truthful, and to refute it if it is erroneous, and to avoid it if it is stubborn rejection. And Allah knows best.
So let it be known that this has not fully covered our Da’wah and our Aqeedah, since our Da’wah is from the Book and the Sunnah, to the Book and Sunnah, and our Aqeedah is likewise. And Allah is sufficient for us, and He is the best of those who are trusted. And there is no might, nor power, except with Allah.