In the name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Discussion with Sheikh Abu Baseer At Tartousi
(Response to the Fatwa of Sheikh Abu Baseer prohibiting joining Jabhatun Nusrah)
All praise be to Allah the Lord of all that exists. And the best of prayers and most complete peace be upon our chief Muhammad and his family and his companions all of them. After that,
It causes us pain us that the one who yesterday called for “Supporting the people of Tawheed” is today issuing a fatawa and advising that “it is prohibited to join a part of the people of Tawheed” in their Jihad against the Nusayri taghout. We always used to be patient when the Sheikh used to slander us even though he slandered us to the point where he described us to be creation of the intelligence agencies. We ignore those matters that are related to our individual rights but as for turning over the matter to the point of issuing fatwas prohibiting to join Jabhat un Nusra, then it is a matter over which silence cannot be maintained, so that it does not cause doubts for some amongst the people. And if the Sheikh had not forced us to respond, we would not have responded. And if only he had advised in secret when he wanted, and did not advice through the internet since what is the use of an advice if it has come on the internet and the matter has spread far and wide! This is not how an advice is. We have known that the advice is to be in secret and not made publicly. And it is also not an advice when it comes in the form of a fatwa prohibiting joining Jabhat un Nusra due to it being AlQaida. And let the Sheikh open his heart for a discussion with us regarding what he has said.
With having hope that he does not return back to the media and that if he wishes to advice, then let him do so in secret and that would be appreciated and he will find in us an attentive ear. However, we will not follow him in what we see as a mistake with all our due respect to him and his status and his knowledge. And our opposition to his opinions that he sees to be correct in contrast to our opinion which we see to be correct is not an opposition by us towards the Shareah. But they are in reality opposition towards the opinion of the Sheikh. And an opinion of the Sheikh may be right and it may be wrong. And our opinions too are like that. The Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said “If they asked you to put them on the judgement of Allah, then do not put them on the judgement of Allah, but rather put them on your own judgement because you do not know whether you have rightly judged between them by the judgement of Allah or not” – Narrated by Ibn Majah. Infact the matter of our affiliation to the organization of Al Qaida for Jihad, while it is a confirmed bay’ah on our necks, it is not from those matters over which there is a text for its obligation or prohibition in the first place, rather it is from the matters of Ijtihad and consideration by looking into the benefits and harms. And so it is more befitting for the one who reaches to a conclusion after exerting efforts without prejudice or whims, it is more befitting for him to say that, “This is what appears to be correct in my opinion with me excusing those who do not hold my opinion along with having a good opinion about the one who opposes my opinion especially if he has built his opinion after looking into the matter and doing Ijtihad and not based on partisanship to a party or group” as you have accused us of, may Allah forgive you. Continue reading