5. THEY QUOTE ONLY IN PART, SO AS TO CONVEY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT IS MEANT

The "Salafis" practice qawl al-zur -- false witness -- by quoting only in part, misquoting, quoting out of context, and generally cutting and pasting the words of others in order to convey the opposite of what is meant and be able to slander others with a pretense of blame. In their pernicious booklet against the Naqshbandi tariqa, they claim to quote from page 1 of the book The Naqshbandi Way whereby "Our master the Sheikh says that a person who manages to act on these principles in our times will achieve what earlier generations did not achieve… he who attains an exalted stage and a great rank, such a rank which the Prophet themselves and the companions were unable to attain."

The "Salafis" then comment: "The deviant claim of attaining the rank which the Prophets could not is a major deception of the Naqshbandiyya as any Muslim with even the basic knowledge of Islaam will confirm, as regards the companions etc."

In order to further delude the unaware, the "Salafi" attackers then quote against the above the authentic hadith of the Prophet whereby: "The best of people are those living in my generation, and then those who will follow them, and then those who will follow the latter."

Answer:

1. The quoted text is found on p. 14 of the standard edition (yellow cover with Islamic design in a square box) of the book The Naqshbandi Way: A Guidebook for Spiritual Progress. What the attack deliberately omits to mention is that the text they quote is accompanied by a four-page footnote in small characters clarifying the meaning of the statement! Even a Muslim child who reads this footnote would understand the difference between the statement of the Naqshbandi Way and its mendacious interpretation by the anonymous attackers.

Knowing this, the attackers have deliberately omitted it and quoted only what they could create confusion with. This is fitna, deception, and false witness.

2. The Prophet said in authentic hadith that those of his Community who would hold fastidiously to his Sunna at the end of time would each be given the reward of fifty of his Companions. This is narrated in Tirmidhi (book of Tafsir al-Qur'an), Abu Dawud (book of Malahim), Ibn Majah (book of Fitan), al-Tabarani in al-Majma` al-kabir (17:117), al-Khatib al-Baghdadi in his Tarikh (8:426), Ibn Kathir in his Tafsir (3:208), and others.


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This hadith is declared authentic by Albani in his Silsila sahiha and the objectors have therefore no way left to deny it, since we know that he is the one they follow rather than the recognized authorities of Ahl al-Sunna.

The footnote they concealed cites this hadith in full. This hadith in no way contradicts the hadith cited by the "Salafis" by way of an accusation whereby the Prophet's time is the best of times, however, it invalidates their accusation, and that is why they pretend to ignore it!

3. The above hadith is confirmed by another well-known hadith narrated by Anas whereby the Prophet said:

The similitude of my Community is as the rain: it is not known whether its greater good lies in its beginning or in its ending.

Narrated by Tirmidhi in his Sunan (book of Amthal), Ibn Hibban in his Sahih from `Ammar ibn Yasir (#2307), Ahmad in his Musnad in several places (cf. 3:143, 4:319), Baghawi in Sharh al-Sunna (1:405), Tabarani in his Kabir, Ibn Kathir in his Tafsir (7:493), al-Khatib in Tarikh Baghdad (11:114), Abu Ya`la, al-Daraqutni, al-Bazzar, and Ibn `Abd al-Barr. The latter said according to al-Sakhawi in his Maqasid that its grade is hasan (fair) and this is confirmed by the hafiz Ibn Hajar, while al-Bazzar said: "No hadith is narrated from the Prophet with a fairer chain."


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Note that one of the remarkable features of this hadith is that it disallows the kind of blind dismissal of later Sufis for which some of the "Salafis" have distinguished themselves. The Prophet indicated by it -- and Allah knows best -- that some of the latter-day Sufis may achieve higher ranks than the early ones.

4. The Prophet also said:

Whoever gives life to one of my Sunnas which was eliminated after my time will receive the reward of all those who practice it without their reward being diminished...


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and he said:

Whoever gives life to one of my Sunnas, he loves me: and whoever loves me is with me.


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5. All the above is further confirmed by this hadith of Abu Hurayra in Muslim, Nasa'i, Malik, and Ahmad:

The Prophet came to the graveyard and said: "Peace be upon you, O abode of a people of believers! We shall certainly join you, if Allah will. How I long to see my brothers!" They said: "O Messenger of Allah, are we not your brothers?" He replied: "You are my Companions! As for my brothers, they are those who have not yet appeared." They said: "How will you recognize those of your Community who had not yet appeared (in your time), O Messenger of Allah?" He replied: "Suppose a man had horses with shiny white marks on their foreheads and legs: would he not recognize them among other horses which are all black?" They said: "Yes, O Messenger of Allah!" He continued: "Verily, they (my brothers) shall be coming with shiny bright foreheads and limbs due to their ablutions, and I shall precede them to my Pond."


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6. All the above is further confirmed by the hadith of Abu Umama from the Musnad of Imam Ahmad with a sound chain:

Blessed is he who saw me and believed in me, and blessed is he sevenfold who saw me not and yet believed in me.


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7. All the above is further confirmed by the hadith of Abu Malik al-Ash`ari from the Musnad of Imam Ahmad:

When the Prophet finished his prayer he turned to face the people and said: "O people! Listen to this, understand it, and know it. Allah has servants who are neither Prophets nor martyrs and whom the Prophets and martyrs yearn to emulate, due to their place of nearness to Allah."

One of the beduin Arabs who came from among the most isolated of people twisted his hand at the Prophet and said: "O Messenger of Allah! People from humankind who are neither Prophets nor martyrs and yet the Prophets and the martyrs yearn to emulate them due to their place of nearness to Allah? Describe them for us!"

The Prophet's face showed delight at the Beduin's question and he said:

"They are of the strangers from this and that place. They frequent this or that tribe without belonging to them. They do not have family connections among themselves. They love one another for Allah's sake. They are of pure intent towards one another. On the Day of Resurrection Allah will place for them pedestals of light upon which He will make them sit, and He will turn their faces and clothes into light. On the Day of Resurrection the people will be terrified but not those. They are Allah's Friends upon whom fear comes not, nor do they grieve."

Haythami in Majma` al-zawa'id says: "Ahmad relates it, and Tabarani relates something similar, and the men in its chain of transmission have been declared trustworthy." Also related through several chains by Abu Dawud, Ahmad, Baghawi in Sharh al-Sunna, al-Hakim in the Mustadrak, Ibn `Asakir, Ibn Abi al-Dunya in Kitab al-ikhwan, Ibn Jarir al-Tabari, Ibn Abi Hatim, Ibn Mardawayh, and others.


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8. The footnote deliberately concealed by the "Salafi" attackers further explains:


"Just as Prophethood was granted specifically to Prophets, exclusive of others, so the levels and rewards granted to sincere worshippers in the last time are granted specifically to them, and not to others."


We ask Allah that He exact our right from those who deliberately distort, mutilate, or similarly practice any other way of deliberately misrepresenting the statements of our honorable shaykh in order to damage his reputation among his followers and among Muslims at large.