NEWS\ Monday 29 October 2001
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Shaykh Faalih al-Harbee speaks about Hamood al-'Uqlaa ash-Shu'aybee...

Question: Is the ruling which was recently issued by the Amaanah (Secretariat) of the Council of Senior Scholars regarding Hamood al-'Uqlaa ash-Shu'aybee considered the ruling of the Council of Senior Scholars itself?

Response: What is meant by the term "Amaanah" is that they are the people who are responsible for the affairs of the Council of Senior Scholars. It appears that the person asking this question does not know of the affairs of the office of the Council of Senior Scholars, in particular him assuming that the Amaanah does not represent the Council of Senior Scholars. In fact that Amaanah is the office specific to the Council of Senior Scholars and this means that this ruling (concerning Hamood ash-Shu'aybee) was actually passed by the Council of Senior Scholars themselves; and they are the ones we have previously indicated that are qualified for passing fatwa, and if any incidents occur then it is imperative we turn to them for guidance on such affairs, otherwise the ummah will be left to misguidance and following the many (corrupt) paths of Shaytaan; as Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) says:

{Had it not been for the Grace and Mercy of Allaah upon you, you would have followed Shaytaan, save a few of you}, [Soorah an-Nisaa., Aayah 83]

And this ruling (of the Council of Senior Scholars) refutes the fatwa of Hamood ash-Shu'aybee in addition to the number of individuals who have passed fataawa in accordance with the fatwa of ash-Shu'aybee; and such individuals include: Sulaymaan al-'Alwaan, 'Abdullaah as-Sa'd, ('Abdur-Rahmaan) al-Barraak and 'Abdullaah al-Ghunaymaan.

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Question: Who is Hamood ash-Shu'aybee and is he from the Kibaar al-'Ulemaa. (major scholars) of Saudi Arabia?

Response: al-hamdu lillaah. Hamood ash-Shu'aybee is not from the major scholars. And he is not from the ahlul-'ilm (people of knowledge) who adhere to the nusoos (the text of the Qur.aan and the Sunnah) and understand it as the scholars understand it and he is not from the ahl adh-Dhikr (people of knowledge). We know him and the people of his land know him O Muslims, and they are more aware of him. It is not as the corrupt media believe. You find them taking his fatwa and those who are similar to him and propagate it and contrive that he is from the major scholars; and if the major scholars themselves pass a fatwa or those who are suitably qualified, you find the corrupt media and in particular those via satellite continue to propagate the fatwa of Hamood ash-Shu'aybee without referring to the fatwa of those who have more right from the major scholars. By doing this, they are conferring upon the ummah that the major scholars are not to be adhered to, rather Hamood ash-Shu'aybee and the likes of him are the ones to refer to for fataawa.

Therefore, the corrupt media are in actual fact opposing the major scholars just as the ignorant ones do.

So you find the irhaabiyoon (the terrorists/mischief makers) are really the enemies of the scholars and their fitnah begins with disrespecting and spreading evil speech about the scholars which subsequently leads them to disrespecting and spreading evil speech about the rulers, thereby achieving their objective from their fitnah.

You will find the scholars have (appropriately) refuted those who have disrespected the scholars and the rulers and spread evil speech about them. In doing so, they have highlighted the corruptness of such people and their total misguidance, and their lack of understanding issues according to the Qur.aan and the Sunnah.

So this man (Hamood ash-Shu'aybee) remains unknown, keeping a low profile until such time that fitnah appears. So at this time he makes himself known. Sadly, that which the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) has said applies to him (Hamood ash-Shu'aybee) and the likes of him:

((Whoever makes himself apparent at the times of fitnah, then their fitnah will be apparent to them))

Then it is important to understand this, that our aim is not centered around (Hamood) ash-Shu'aybee or other than him, except the success of Islaam and the truth and adherence upon the guidance of our Prophet Muhammad (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam). By Allaah, if the truth was with him, then we would not have spoken even a word. However, he has passed by the truth and has not adhered to the straight path. Sadly, we have become very used to this of him.

When the Mufti (Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez Aal ash-Shaykh) of this land and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judiciary Council (Shaykh Saalih al-Lehaydaan) had spoken about these issues, it was upon him to fear Allaah and not put himself forward and refute their statements and disrespect them and claim them to be ignorant as we have seen from his fatwa. They are not like this, rather, they are from the ahlul-'ilm (people of knowledge) and the ahlul-fiqh (people of understanding) and they are the ones who judge according to the scales of the Qur.aan and the Sunnah in accordance with the manhaj of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah. And they are, inshaa.-Allaah, free from corruption, misguidance and evil.