“What is your advice regarding Yaḥya al-Hajūrī since we we have some youth in London who defend and follow him?”
Shaykh Abdullāh ibn ʿAbd al-Raḥīm al-Bukhārī:
“We have spoken about this issue before, and the person who defends this man is either one of two people; either he is ignorant of what he (al-Hajūrī) has with him of deviations and misguidances, so he is made aware – in a way that is better, – if he is seeking the truth then perhaps he may return to the truth.
Or he’s a person who knows that which is with him of trials, tribulations and misguidance. This person takes the same ruling as him (al-Hajūrī) and is appended to him. We ask Allāh for safety and well-being.
For verily, we have spoken about this man (al-Hajūrī) and refuted him from before and recently, the collection of affairs this man has fallen into, if they were distributed amongst a number of individuals then one (of those individuals) would be classed an innovator due to one (of his deviations), so how the one who gathers in him all of these (deviations)?
And from his (deviations) is related to the station of the Prophet ﷺ and (al-Hajūrī claiming) that the Prophet ﷺ was erroneous in the methods of the daʿwah, and his accusation of the Prophet of this mortal sin. Rather that which is greater is when he permitted the publication of a book that stated the Messenger’s ﷺ – statement isn’t accepted except with evidence!
What evidence do you require O’ you repugnant, when you seeking from the Prophet ﷺ evidence? Do we not say [follow] the Book and the Sunnah? Whose Sunnah is this? Isn’t this the Sunnah of the Prophet?
Doesn’t Allāh say:
۞ لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا
“Indeed in the Messenger of Allāh (Muḥammad) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allāh and the Last Day.” [Q 33:21]
Ḥasan Al-Basri said in al-Zuhd by Ibn Abi Hātim, “They (the people) used to say ‘We love Allāh’ so Allāh wanted to make a sign for their love for Him, so He revealed:
۞ قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
Say (O Muḥammad to mankind): “If you (really) love Allāh then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic Monotheism, follow the Qurʿān and the Sunnah), Allāh will love you and forgive you of your sins.” [Q3: 31]
Then this one (Al-Hajūrī) says that the statement of the Prophet ﷺ isn’t accepted except with evidence… And (from his deviations is) that the first who spoke with and innovated Irjāʾ was ʿUthmān bin Madhʿun, and that from the Saḥāba were some who were involved with the killing of ʿUthmān (bin Affān)!
He (al-Hajūrī) has lied, sinned and is dumbfounded!
And he cannot differentiate whether Muḥammad bin Abi Bakr al-Sadiq is a Saḥābi or not and it isn’t correct to attribute the killing of ʿUthmān to him meaning Muḥammad bin Abi Bakr as-Saqid and that he cooperated in the murder of ʿUthmān.
Many trials and tribulations (have come from al-Hajūrī) – may Allāh bless you all – so on and so on; so many affairs!
Yet still after all this people show him allegiance (likewise) his insulting and (vile) speech against Ahl al-Sunnah and the heedlessness of his own speech wherein he says
“This ḥadīth has been transmitted by ʿAbd al-Raḥmān bin Ḥasan (Aal Shaykh) in Fatḥ al-Majīd” is this even a book to ascribe (transmittance of ḥadīth) source reference for you to ascribe, refer it to, for you to say “ʿAbd sl-Raḥmṣn bin Ḥasan (Aal Shaykh) in Fatḥ Al-Majīd.” Does he not know the meaning of Takhrīj? May Allāh bless you all – all these affairs and others which have prolonged.
Likewise tying allegiance to this man, extremism like no other! They have affected the daʿwah everywhere, whoever doesn’t agree with the speech of Yaḥya then his speech is void and he is a Hizbī etc. They tied loyalty and disloyalty to his speech, this is innovation in the religion of Allāh.
They split the Salafi Ummah in every place and you all see and hear this in your lands and students come to us from all places, some of them go there (Dammāj) one or two or three months or however long then he returns to his land (carrying this ideology). We are contacted from Moscow about some brothers who went there for a few days and they come back with articles saying “ʿUbayd, ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Al-Adanī and so and so are Hizbī.”
You’re talking about the previous Soviet Union – a people who might not even know how to worship Allāh or how to utter the Shahādah! And you distribute articles saying so and so is Hizbī? Is this from the religion of Allāh that you split and tear them apart? Upon deviation, misguidances and lies, clear as the sun at noon.
We’ve seen this in Indonesia, books published which I still have, on the Hizbīyyah of ʿUbayd and Al-Wasābī. What is this? Everyone who doesn’t agree is a Hizbī and an innovator? I seek Allāh’s refuge from misguidance.
They’ve linked loyalty and disloyalty to these corrupt and putrid statements.
ʿAbd al-Hamīd al-Hajūrī says – who is Yaḥya’s tail – in his book الخيانة الدعوية حجر عثرة في طريق الدعوة السلفية which was read, approved and allowed to be distributed by Yaḥya al-Hajūrī– they give him titles which he has no share of – what is inside this book? Many deviations from them are the lines of poetry which indicate towards Hulūlīyyah and pantheism that…
“If they had melted him (Yaḥya), his meat would have been Sunnah and the rest (would have been) Qurʿān verses” What is this Hulūlīyyah and pantheism? If Yaḥya had been melted his meat would become Sunnah and that which remains of his bones and marrow would have been the verses of the Kitāb? This hasn’t been said regarding the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ O’ Shaykh! Nor the most honorable after the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ. The Companions of the Prophet ﷺ are here in the masjid of the Prophet and as is in Musnad of Imām Aḥmad with an authentic chain of narration; that some Companions disagreed with Ibn ʿAbbās – he would say “the Messenger said” and they would say “Abu Bakr and ʿUmar said” then he said “Stones from the sky are about to fall on you. I am telling you that the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ said such and such, and you say that Abu Bakr and ʿUmar said such and such!”
Likewise the author of those who wrote poetry in praise of them says in one of his poems which has no leash “If they had melted him (Yaḥya), his meat would have been Sunnah and the rest (would have been) Qurʿān verses” and they describe him as being Imām Thaqalayn (i.e Imām of the Jinn and mankind)! So even the Jinn are not left alone, so anyone from the Jinn who doesn’t say Yaḥya is their Imām then he is more astray then their domestic donkey – to them! What is this? O brothers they haven’t left alone a tree, nor a stone, nor a town, nor mankind nor Jinn. (This is) the religion of Allāh, the Prophet ﷺ came with guidance to the people,
۞ إِنَّا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ شَاهِدًا وَمُبَشِّرًا وَنَذِيرًا
“Verily, We have sent you as witness, and a bearer of glad tidings, and a warner.” [Q: 48:8]
۞ وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَ
“And We have not sent you (O Muḥammad) except as a mercy to the universe.” [Q21: 107]
Those (al-Hajūrī and his students) haven’t settled in a land except that they have turned out to be an affliction upon its people. They incriminate the people and label them Hizbīs upon these sort of deviances, so what do you want? O’ brother this affair doesn’t require all of these clarifications, the sunrise is apparent for all with two eyes, for he who wants to see!
In addition to this, this is just a portion of this man’s deviations in ʿAqīdah, heinous knowledge based deviances, etc. in which the young ones and children of Tawḥīd do not speak of.
As for his conduct and his vulgar and repulsive tongue – then talk about this with no blame. I say, talk about this with no blame. Some students came to me when the horns of Abī al-Fitan arose (he was known as) Abul Ḥasan Al-Miṣrī Al-Maʿribī at the time when his fitnah began. These students came to me and said: “Yaḥya Al-Hajūrī has refuted him and those with them in three tapes” so that it is said that he was the first to refute him – as if the first to speak is important. The importance is in that you speak with knowledge and not with ignorance, (and importance isn’t in) the first to speak nor the middle nor the last. Allāh says:
۞وَإِذَا قُلْتُمْ فَاعْدِلُوا
“And whenever you give your word (i.e. judge between men or give evidence, etc.),
say the truth.” [Q 6: 152]
So, I listened to these three tapes, O’ brothers – by Allāh woe to me! Would that I had not listened due to the repugnance which was in it. Despite it I refuted Abul Ḥasan and I deem him to be from the misguided and deviants of this era and we have written in refutation of him. BUT! It’s a must that the refutation is upon knowledge.
Imām ibn Taymiyyah said in his refutation of Al-Bakri “knowledge is of two: a trustworthy narration or an established research.”
(Al-Hajūrī would say), “so and so stand up! What do you have against Abul Ḥasan?” (Then the person would say) “I have this and that against him” (then Al-Hajūrī would say) “Perished is he…” (Then he would say) “You stand! Recite your poetry against him, don’t urinate on him.” All of it “Urinate upon it… No don’t urinate. Do this… Do that…”Repugnance! Offensive words and I don’t know what else.
When the brothers asked me regarding it days after they gave it to me, I said to them “These tapes are from the worst things I’ve heard in my life due to what it contains of repulse and vulgarity, and the Prophet ﷺ wasn’t obscene.” Likewise, the Companions followed his path (these people on the contrary…) abuse and insults – Aʿūthu billāh!
Everyone who doesn’t hold (their opinion) they accuse him with repulsive words which shows severe fury. Allāh’s refuge is sought from this. We ask Allāh for security and wellbeing, however, do not busy yourselves with his likes for we have refuted him from old, and the affair, Alḥamdulillāh, hasn’t ceased becoming clearer for the one who was confused or in doubt. Yes.”