The Affliction of The So-Called ‘Iraqi Caliphate of ISIS – Shaikh ‘Abdul-Muhsin Al-‘Abbaad


Shaikh ‘Abdul-Muhsin Al-‘Abbaad (may Allaah preserve him) said:

All praise is for Allaah alone; and may Allaah extol and grant peace and security upon the one after whom there is no Prophet – our Prophet Muhammad and upon his family and his companions – as for what follows:

For indeed; a number of years ago in ‘Iraq there came into being a group which branded itself as: The Islamic State of ‘Iraq and Shaam – subsequently its mention became known by four letters – these being the initial letters by which this so-called State is referred; and so it is called: ISIS.

Indeed, there was alternation amongst its leadership as was mentioned by some of those that followed its occurrences and its incidents, by way of a number (of people) to whom any one of them can be referred to as ‘Aboo so and so – such and such’ or: ‘Aboo so and so the son of such and such’; a kunyah attached to an ascription to a country or tribe – as is the trait of the unknown indistinguishable ones who go by kunyahs and ascriptions.

After a period of time into the war which occurred in Syria between the authorities and those fighting against it there entered a number from amongst this group who did not fight the authorities. However; they fought Ahlus Sunnah (the people of the Sunnah) who were resisting the authorities and so began slaying them. It has become well known that their killing of those that they wish to kill is done so with knives which is the most repulsive and the worst method of killing men.

In the beginning of the month of the present month of Ramadhaan they decided to change the name of their sect to the name of: The Islamic Caliphate (The Islamic State). Their Caliph who is known as Aboo Bakr Al-Baghdadi gave a sermon in the congregational mosque in Mosul; and from that which he said in his sermon was: “I have indeed been given authority over you – and I am not the best of you” – indeed; he was truthful in that he is not the best of them, because killing those that they execute with knives – if it is by his order or by his knowledge and his approval; then he is the worst of them. This is due to his saying (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam):

((Whoever calls to guidance, then he will have the reward similar to the reward of those that follow him, that would not diminish anything from their reward, and whoever calls to misguidance, then he will incur the sin similar to the sins of those that follow him, that would not diminish anything from their sins.)) (Reported by Muslim no.6804)


This statement which he made in his sermon was in actuality said by the first Caliph of Islaam after the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) – Aboo Bakr As-Siddeeq (may Allaah be pleased with him and cause him also to be pleased) – and he was the best of this Ummah (Islamic nation) which itself is the best of nations. He said it out of humbleness – yet he knew – just as the rest of the companions knew that he was indeed the best of them, this is due to evidences which substantiate that from the speech of the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).

So it is from good that this group should retract itself and return to its rightful way before its dominions become blown in the directions of the winds – similar to the consequence of its counterparts that preceded it during the various eras.

From that which is regrettable is that this so-called Caliphate which was born a few days ago has met with acceptance on behalf of some of the smaller youth in the land of the Haramain (i.e. the two Holy Mosques). They made their delight and happiness apparent with it just as the thirsty one shows delight at observing a mirage.

Amongst them are those who claim to have given the pledge of allegiance to this unknown Caliph! How can goodness be hoped in those who have been afflicted with takfeer (declaring Muslims as disbelievers) and murderous rampage in the most atrocious and abominable method of killing?! That which is obligatory upon these youth is that they consider themselves above drifting behind the cry of everyone who cries out; and that they should return back to that which has come from Allaah, The Mighty and Majestic and from His Messenger (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) in all conducts and behaviour. This is because in that is a protection and safeguard and success in the life of this world as well as in the Hereafter. Likewise they should return back to the Scholars who give (sincere) advice to them and the Muslims.

From the examples of those that contemplated misguidance yet were safeguarded due to referring back to the people of knowledge is in that which has been reported by Muslim in his Saheeh (no.191) from Yazeed Al-Faqeer who said:

((I was passionate about a view from the views of the Khawaarij. So we set out with a large group, intending to perform Hajj, and then to go out to the people (manifesting the views of the Khawaarij). We passed through Al-Madeenah, and there we found Jaabir bin ‘Abdillaah sitting against a pillar narrating to the people from the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) when he mentioned the Jahannamiyyoon (inhabitants of the Hell-Fire). I said to him: O companion of the Messenger of Allaah! What is this that you are narrating? And Allaah has said:

{إِنَّكَ مَن تُدْخِلِ النَّارَ فَقَدْ أَخْزَيْتَهُ}


((Indeed whoever You admit to The Fire – Then You have indeed disgraced him)) and:


{كُلَّمَا أَرَادُوا أَن يَخْرُجُوا مِنْهَا أُعِيدُوا فِيهَا}


((Every time they intend to get out of it [The Hell-fire] from anguish, they will be returned into it))


So what is this that you are saying? He said: ‘Do you read the Qur’aan?’ I said ‘yes!’ he said: ‘Have you heard of the station of Muhammad (‘alaihis salaam) – meaning that which Allaah will raise him upon?’ I said: ‘yes’ he said: ‘That is the station of praise and glory of Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) by way of which Allaah will bring out whomever He wishes to bring out.’ Then he described the placing of the Siraat (The Bridge over The Fire), and the crossing of the people over it; I fear that I did not memorize that; except that he indeed said that a people will come out of The Fire after they had been in it. He said they will come out as if they were sesame sticks/twigs. He said that they will enter a river from the rivers of Paradise; and they will bathe within it, then they will emerge like (clean white) sheets of paper. We returned and said: ‘Woe to you! Do you think that the Shaikh (i.e. Jaabir) would attribute lies to the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam)?!’ So we returned, and no – by Allaah none of us went out [to manifest the views of the Khawaarij] apart from one man – or as Aboo Nu’aim said.))


Abu Nu’aim is Al-Fadl bin Dukain – he is one of the men in the chain of transmission. It shows that this group was afflicted by amazement of the opinions of the Khawaarij in making takfeer of the one who engages in a major sin as well as his remaining in the Hell-Fire for eternity. Yet by way of their meeting with Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) and his clarification of them; they turned to that which he rightly guided them to; so abandoned the falsehood which they had come to understand. Likewise they deflected from the rebellion which they had contemplated on carrying out after the Hajj. These are from the greatest benefits which the Muslim can take benefit from – by way of their returning (their affairs) back to the people of knowledge.

That which indicates the danger of extremism in the religion and deviation from the truth as well as diverging away from that which Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah are upon is his saying (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) from the hadeeth of Hudhaifah (may Allaah be pleased with him):

((That which I fear most for you, is a man who has read the Qur’an, until its splendour is seen upon him; and so is a cloak for Islaam; so he separates from it and throws it behind his back and goes out to set upon his neighbour with the sword and accuses him of committing shirk)) I said: ‘O Prophet of Allaah! Which of the two of them has more precedence to shirk, the attacker or the one being attacked?’ He said: ((rather, the attacker)) – Reported by Al-Bukhaaree in At-Ta’reekh and Aboo Ya’laa and Ibn Hibbaan and Al-Bazzaar, see: As-Saheehah of Al-Albaanee (no.3201).


Youthfulness in age can be the most likely time of having bad understanding, this is indicated by that which is reported by Al-Bukhaaree in his Saheeh (no.4495) with his chain of narration to Hishaam bin ‘Urwah from his father who said:

 I said to ‘Aa-ishah – the wife of the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) – and I was still young in age on that day: ‘do you see the saying of Allaah, The Blessed and Most High:


{إِنَّ الصَّفَا وَالْمَرْوَةَ مِن شَعَآئِرِ اللَّهِ فَمَنْ حَجَّ الْبَيْتَ أَوِ اعْتَمَرَ فَلاَ جُنَاحَ عَلَيْهِ أَن يَطَّوَّفَ بِهِمَا}


((Indeed, As-Safa and Aal-Marwah are among the symbols of Allaah. So whoever makes Hajj to the House or performs ‘Umrah – then there is no blame upon him for making tawaaf between them))


I do not see (in my opinion) anything wrong with the one who does not perform the tawaaf between them.’ So ‘Aa-ishah said: ‘By no means! If it were as you say then it would have been: ‘then there is no blame upon him not to make tawaaf between them.’ Indeed this aayah was revealed with regards to the Ansaar who [in Pre-Islamic times] used to exult (i.e. proclaim the talbiyah for) Manaat (an idol) after assuming their Ihram, and it was situated opposite Qudaid (a village), and they used to regard it as wrongful constriction to make tawaaf between As-Safa and Al-Marwaa. After the advent of Islaam; they asked the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) concerning it, whereupon Allaah revealed:


{إِنَّ الصَّفَا وَالْمَرْوَةَ مِن شَعَآئِرِ اللَّهِ فَمَنْ حَجَّ الْبَيْتَ أَوِ اعْتَمَرَ فَلاَ جُنَاحَ عَلَيْهِ أَن يَطَّوَّفَ بِهِمَا}


((Indeed, As-Safa and Aal-Marwah are among the symbols of Allaah. So whoever makes Hajj to the House or performs ‘Umrah – then there is no blame upon him for making tawaaf between them))


‘Urwah bin Az-Zubair was from the best of the Taabi’een, he was also one of the seven Fuqahaa (Jurists) of Al-Madeenah during the era of the Taabi’een. He reasoned that his excuse in his error in understanding was due to his being of young age at the time he asked concerning it. It is clear that youthful age can be the most likely time of having bad understanding; and that returning back to the people of knowledge has within it good and security.

Likewise in Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree (no.7152) there occurs from Jundub bin ‘Abdillaah who said:

((Indeed the first thing in the human body to decompose is his stomach, so whoever is able to eat nothing but good (food) should do so, and whoever is able to not allow anything to come between him and Paradise by not shedding even a handful of blood should do so.))


Al-Haafidh stated in Al-Fath (13/130): it has also appeared as marfoo’ (attribute to the Prophet [Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam]) with Tabaraanee by way of Isma’eel bin Muslim from Al-Hasan from Jundub – and its wording is: “you all know that I heard the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) say:

((Let there not come between one of you and Paradise – and he sees it; by way of even a handful of blood from a Muslim that he shed unlawfully.))


Despite this narration not stating clearly that it is marfoo’ (attributed to the Prophet [Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam]) – it still takes the ruling of marfoo’ because it cannot be stated from opinion; and it is a serious threat for killing a Muslim without any due right.

These ahaadeeth and athaar are from some of that which I have mentioned in the treatise entitled: “With what intellect and religion is bombardment and destruction considered Jihaad?! Woe to you – awake O youth.”

In it are many ayaat and ahaadeeth and athaar regarding the forbiddance of a persons’ killing himself and killing others without any due right. This treatise was printed singularly in the year 1424H and was then printed in the year 1428H along with another treatise entitled: “An exertion in advice and in reminder for those that remain afflicted with takfeer (declaring Muslims as disbelievers)  and tafjeer (setting off bombs/explosions)” it is also found amongst my compilation of books and treatises (6/225-279).

It is upon these youth who have been carried away behind the caller of this sect that they should recant themselves and that they return to their own rightful way and none of them should contemplate joining/association with them and so they lose their lives due to the explosive belts which they make them wear or by way of the slaughter with knives which is a distinct feature of this sect. Upon them is to adhere to hearing and obeying the Saudi State in which they live and in which their fathers and forefathers lived in under its governance in peace and security. It is in truth the most exemplary country in the world and the best of them – despite there being some shortcomings within it – and from the greatest of these factors (which cause this) is the tribulation of those who seek westernization within this country who loll (their tongues) behind the blind following of the west in all that is harmful.

I ask Allaah, The Mighty and Majestic that He rectifies the affairs of the Muslims in every place; and that He guides their youth from the males and the females to every good; and that He protects the land of the two Holy Mosques and their government and populace from every evil. Likewise that He gives it ability to attain all good and to protect it from the evil of the evil ones and from the plots of those of wickedness.

Indeed He is The All-Hearing and The One Who answers (supplications); and may Allaah extol and grant peace and security upon our Prophet and upon his family and his companions.



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