الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد
Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) stated during a lecture:
“The religion of Islaam now – with regards to the disbelievers; has it reached their masses in a manner which is not muddled/confounded? Answer! No, not at all; and when there manifested the affair of the Ikhwaan (Al-Muslimoon) whose disposition is void of wisdom – it instead increased the mis-representation of Islaam in the view of the westerners and the non-westerners. I mean by them – those who plant explosives in the ranks of the people under their claim that this is from Jihaad in the path of Allaah. Yet the reality is that they cause detriment to Islaam and the people of Islaam much more than they bring about any good.
What have these people yielded? I ask you: have the disbelievers turned to/entered Islaam; or have they increased in aversion from it? Whilst the people of Islaam – a person could virtually cover his own face so that he should not be associated with this convulsive appalling group – and Islaam is free of them.
Even after Jihaad was obligated (at the time of the Prophet [sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam]); the companions (radhiyallaahu ‘anhum) never went to the gatherings of the disbelievers in order to kill them – ever, except by way of Jihaad under a banner from a ruler who was able to undertake the Jihaad. As for this terrorism; then by Allaah it is abatement upon the Muslims.
I swear by Allaah – because we find its consequence; it has no (positive) consequence ever – rather it is the opposite; in it is a mis-representation of good reputation, yet if we had undertaken wisdom and feared Allaah with respect to ourselves and rectified ourselves firstly then attempted to rectify other than ourselves in legislated methods; then the outcome of this would be a good outcome.”
(Taken from: audio recording of the work: Sharh Kitaab Usool at-Tafseer tape 1 side 1 [23:40-25:50])
Shaikh Zaid bin Haadi Al-Madkhali (rahimahullaah) said:
“The Khawaarij of this era; especially in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and in Yemen as well as in many of the lands of the Muslims; their harms have become severe and they utilize by way of armaments to exterminate the believers and the Muslims and those whose safety is guaranteed from the non-Muslims, those for whom Islaam has observed respect for their wealth and their honour and their blood. However these Khawaarij utilize the most destructive weaponry upon these (people). So they harm the Muslims and calumniated against the call to Islaam and have distorted the good reputation of Islaam with those who do not know Islaam. As for those who know Islaam; then no matter how the people go about to offend in the name of Islaam then (they know that) Islaam is indeed free of their offence and their disposition.
Therefore it is impermissible for anyone to accuse Islaam, because some of those that associate themselves to Islaam carry out that which Islaam prohibits and is far removed from it and fights against it – such as the likes of the Khawaarij, except that they (the Khawaarij) will not succeed. They are incited by envy and rancour and an envelopment (of evil deeds) which has enveloped their hearts and hence they arrive at envy and atrocious ignorance.
They do not have mercy upon their own selves nor do they have mercy upon others, so they manifest in their battles the killing of their own selves, then they transgress to the killing of others and are encouraged upon that by their leaders and the people of verdicts amongst them. Whilst they have lied; they do not have an atoms weight of truth with them; rather they live in falsehood.”
(Taken from: At-Ta’leeqaat Al-Mukhtasarah Al-Yaseerah ‘alal ‘Aqeedah At-Tahaawiyah Ash-Shaheerah p.105-106)