Part 5: Ali Halabi’s Long Journey: [The Invasion of Iraq]
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Here we will paraphrase what is stated in his [PDF document (page: 36) which was read and revised by Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee (may Allaah protect him)] [see PDF on: this Link: http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=122127]
After the invasion of Iraaq, Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee (may Allaah preserve him) spoke concerning the state of affairs of the people of Iraaq; the Shaikh (may Allaah protect him) gave a verdict saying that the Muslims of Iraaq should abandon fighting the invaders because of the absence of the ability to do so, and also due to the absence of firmness in Imaan of the people and the absence of a military, and also because of the fact that the military leadership of Iraaq used to be under the authority of the ba’thee (i.e. the socialists). This was the clear verdict of Shaikh Rabee (may Allaah protect him).
On the other hand, it reached the people of Iraaq via reliable brothers that Ali Halabi allowed fighting against the occupation forces in the remote areas that were far away from the settlements. This fatwah of Ali Halabi led to divisions between the salafi youth, and its corruption and end results became manifest to the people.
Then the fatwah of the Major Scholars was issued in warning against Jihaad in Iraaq and that it will lead to destruction; so Ali Halabi changed his stance. He changed his stance saying that the state of affairs in Iraaq was under the jurisdiction of three groups of people and they are: (a) A scholar with an understanding of the Islamic legislation; (b) The one who has knowledge of the affairs of politics and organization of the affairs; and (c) The one who has knowledge of military affairs etc. He said that if these three categories of people hold a view regarding the state of affairs of Iraaq, then their view is enforceable on condition that all three groups are in agreement and not at difference. And even if two of the groups agree and the third disagrees, then the agreement of the two groups is not imperative; rather the three groups must all be in agreement. Ali Halabi then said: whoever understood other than this or transmitted other than this from him, then he (i.e. Ali Halabi) is either mistaken or such a person was mistaken. This last Fatwah of Ali Halabi was better than his first one, but the agreement he stated was something inconceivable at the time.
After fall of Baghdad, various organizations entered into Iraaq in the name of Dawah, and there arose speech about co-operation between such organizations. So Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee (may Allaah preserve him) gave clear warnings and cautioned the people regarding those organizations. However, those at Markaz Imaam Albaanee (i.e. Ali Halabi and others) made statements that carried generalities and not specifics.
Inshaa-Allaah, this short discussion will demonstrate to the reader that Ali Halabi (the innovator) entered into affairs he is not qualified to enter. The issuing of verdicts in the affairs of universal public safety and security is the domain of those scholars who are firmly grounded in knowledge and not the domain of Ali Halabi and his likes. However, he spoke and brought about calamities, just as he entered into the difficult affairs related to the subject matter of Eemaan and found himself promoting the Madhab of the Murji’a. [For further details, see: http://salaficentre.com/2012/04/part-2-abridged-ali-halabis-long-journey/]
So, with regards to the affair of Iraaq, it is/was an affair of universal public safety and security, and only those scholars firmly grounded in knowledge are/were allowed to speak concerning its affair. Allaah (The Most High) said: ”When there comes to them some matter touching (public) safety or fear, they make it known (among the people), if only they had referred it to the Messenger or to those charged with authority among them, the proper investigators would have understood it from them (directly). Had it not been for the Grace and Mercy of Allaah upon you, you would have followed Shaitaan (Satan), save a few of you.”[4:83]
Therefore, (important news touching public safety and fear) is to be relayed to those in authority from amongst the Scholars and the Rulers and not to the common people, because there is no benefit in transmitting it to them. Rather, what is of benefit is that it is transmitted to the people in authority, because they are those with a sound understanding of the affairs and the benefits that are extracted from that, and they are the ones with the ability to avert the harmful affairs. Allaah commanded His slaves not to do this, (i.e. not to fail in referring the affairs of universal public safety and security to those in authority), because it something unbefitting.
When an affair of universal public fear and safety occurs, the Muslims should verify the (news of that affair) and not to be hasty in spreading it; rather they should refer it back to the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) and to those in authority; [i.e. the people of sound opinions, the people of knowledge, those who can give sound advice, the people of intelligence and those who approach affairs with calmness, and they are those who know what is of overriding benefit and its opposites].
So if they see that disseminating such news will bring about an overriding benefit for the Muslims, strengthening them and bringing about happiness and making them vigilant with regards to the affair of their enemies, then they would disseminate such news; but if they see that there is no overriding benefit in disseminating such news, or that there is benefit in it, but there is more harm in doing so; then they would not circulate such news. That is why Allaah stated: ”if only they had referred it to the Messenger or to those charged with authority among them, the proper investigators would have understood it from them (directly).’ That is: they would have derived from it (the proper cause of action) through contemplation and through their correct opinions and rightly guided sciences. Therefore, when affairs of universal public safety and security occurs, it is obligatory to refer them to those who are competent in that field, and one should not put himself forward before them; for that is closer to correctness and (safer) in preventing mistakes. [For details on the statements of the scholars in this subject matter, see Tafseer Ibn katheer, Tafseer of Imaam As-Sadi and others]
Part 6: How Ali Halabi Utilized the Fitnah of Faaleh Al-Harbi to start a so-called deceitful campaign against ghuluww