Tawheed is the Foundation of all Foundations – By Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al Maqdisi

Tawheed is the Foundation of all Foundations

Whoever neglects the foundations will be prevented from reaching the destination


By the noble Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi

May Allah keep him steadfast


Translated by Al Muwahideen Media


Due to the importance of Tawheed, and because for us it comes first and always, we return once more to focus our attention at the terrible annoyance felt by some due to us following the model of our Prophet ﷺ by us frequently talking about Tawheed while they say that the Ummah already believes in Tawheed and is not in a need for the call towards Tawheed!

No doubt, such inconsistent speech is one of the things that clearly confirm the need for many of the preachers and fighters to study Tawheed, and to understand it and to know what are the actions of Shirk and of ascribing partners to divinity, that nullify it, especially the modern forms of Shirk that have spread amongst individuals and groups today.

And no one will belittle the importance of it except two kinds of people:

The first: The one who is ignorant of the reality of Tawheed and the great position it holds in the religion of Islam.

The second: The one who is ignorant of the reality around. He does not know the situation of the people and of the groups, and what modern forms of Shirk that contradict Tawheed are being spread amongst them!

As for the reality of Tawheed and the great status that it holds in the religion of Islam, it is what we are frequently speaking about. We have spoken about it repeatedly time after time and we still do so.

Tawheed is the foundation of the foundations in the religion of Islam, and is its deep-rooted fundament without which the structure of Islam cannot be erected. Without it no deed is accepted, neither worship, nor ritual, nor preaching, nor Jihad nor anything else!

Allah The Exalted said regarding the Prophets, the best of mankind: “That is the guidance of Allah, with which He guides whom He wills of His servants, and if they had committed Shirk, their deeds would have been rendered worthless”. (Al An’aam 6:88)

Likewise, Allah the Exalted said regarding those who performed deeds without Tawheed: “We will look at whatever deeds they have done, and will make them as scattered particles of dust“. (Al Furqan 25.23)

Without Tawheed you will not attain salvation, and you cannot attain the pleasure of the Lord and His Paradise. It (Tawheed) is Al-‘Urwat ul-Wuthqah (the most trusty handhold that will never break) with which Allah linked salvation to. Thus, He, glory be to Him said: “There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah, he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break“. (Al-Baqarah 2.256)

As for the reality today, one can ascertain that many people are either nullifiers of Tawheed or diluting it, or are ignorant of Al-‘Urwat ul-Wuthqah, or unstable in it, or deviating towards either extremism or negligence, if he ponders about:

– The palace scholars who have gone astray and led others astray and entered into the religion of the Taghut and called the people to enter into it, and waged war on all those who went against it (the Taghut) and classified them as Khawarij and as terrorists, and after classifying them as such they made it obligatory to wage war against them and to arrest them and to exterminate them!

– And it will be enough for him if he looks at the situation of the groups of Irja’, the Madkhalis, the Jāmiya and their likes, as to how they have entered into the religion of the Tawaghīt by joining their hands with them and by giving them their hearts, thus becoming their readied soldiers and loyal spies. It reached the point where many of them became more sincere and more useful to the Taghut in securing his throne even more than his military, army, security and intelligence agencies. The soldiers and the army of the Taghut strike with the sword of the Taghut and his authority, and they force the people to submit to his laws. On the other hand the palace scholars strike with the sword of what they claimed to be ‘Shari’a’ and make the people submit to it, and they call them to enter into the religion of the Taghut, by using evidences from the two divine revelations (Quran and Sunnah) which they have distorted and with the statements of the Salaf which they apply in a wrong context! The people then submit to them and follow them in the name of the Shari’a. Thus, they have blackened the face of the Shari’a by them going astray and leading others astray..!

– It will be enough for him if he considers the situation of the groups that have not understood from Tawheed that which will prevent them from entering the modern day domes of idolatry, and its towers, and its polytheistic parliaments. They did not understand from Tawheed that which will prevent them from making their followers gods who legislate.

Allah the Exalted said, “Are diverse lords better or Allah, the One, the Prevailing? Those whom you serve beside Him are merely names that you and your fathers have fabricated, without Allah sending down any sanction for them. All authority to judge rests only with Allah. He has commanded that you serve none but Him. This is the Right Way of life, though most people are altogether unaware”. (Yusuf 2.39-40)

Many people have been deluded by them by following them, supporting them and voting for them to participate in this modern day idolatry…!

– Let him ponder on the situation of many of those affiliated to Islam, whether individuals or factions, how they have not understood from Tawheed that which will prevent them from supporting the Tawaghīt, and from protecting their laws and supporting the Kuffār of the east and the west against the best Mujāhidīn who are striving to establish the Shari’a and to implement Allah’s Tawheed in His legislation over man.

You see those with long beards and those who are affiliated to Da’wah who join the Taghut army and secularist soldiers, that they have become pleased to be the soldiers of the (Kufr) laws, and their intelligence and their detectives and their security forces. They have not understood from Allah’s Tawheed that which will prevent them from that, in spite of the fact that it is from the clearest nullifiers of Tawheed for those who understand it.

– Let him ponder on the situation of many of the Sheikhs and students of knowledge who argue on behalf of the secular Tawaghīt and those who rule by other than what Allah has revealed, who have not understood from Tawheed nor its Al-‘Urwat ul-Wuthqah that which will prevent them from justifying for the rulers who rule by other than what Allah has revealed, and from facilitating his crimes and making it easy, by claiming that it is Kufr Dūna Kufr (a minor Kufr that does not take one out of the fold of Islam)! Thus, they made the crimes of the Tawaghīt who compete against Allah by legislating laws which Allah has not permitted, who have become guards for Kufr, and allies of the Kuffar, and enemies of the Muslims, who want other than Allah to be a judge and other than His religion as a path. They treated all these and even more, as a mere sin that does not remove its perpetrator from the religion of Islam!

So by that they have resembled the Jews who turned away from ruling by the revealed law and from following His judgment, by regarding this sin as insignificant. Allah the Exalted said, “Have you not seen those who have been given a portion of the Scripture? They are being invited to the Book of Allah to settle their dispute, while a party of them turns away in aversion. That is because they say: “The Fire shall not touch us but for a limited number of days.” The false beliefs which they have forged have deluded them in their faith”. (Aal ‘Imran 3.23-24)

The Jews regarded their worship of the calf as “kufr dūna kufr”, and they claimed that they will not enter the fire except for a limited number of forty days which is according to the number of days they had worshipped the calf. By that, they made light many acts of Kufr and Shirk, which emboldened them to finally turn away from Allah’s laws.

These ‘Khawaalif’ (it can mean either successors of the Jews or those who are corrupt, or those who stayed away from Jihad against the Tawagheet) who have not understood Tawheed, claimed that the one who follows other than Allah’s legislation – that in which he and the worshipper of the calf are equal – they regarded their Shirk as ‘kufr dūna kufr’. For these people Tawheed does not prevent them from giving allegiance and support and dominance to such a person against the Muslims!

The one who observes the situation of these, and those, and their likes, and observes the situation of those who argue with us over these issues which must be the “a,b,c…” of Tawheed for the followers of Islam, will know the dire necessity and importance of speaking about Tawheed, and the importance of stressing on the call towards Tawheed repeatedly and the need for the Ummah to understand it and to know what contradicts it from the modern forms of Shirk that many people have entered into in groups and as individuals!

No one will be surprised by our words as we have stated above, nor will anyone who understands Tawheed and knows the situation today and looks at it carefully and understands the modern forms of Shirk, condemn our words.

May Allah have mercy on our Sheikh Ibn Taymiyyah who said, “This Shirk has still not ceased to increase until it now filled every part of the earth, and the Ghurabaa (the strangers) have still not ceased to condemn it, but they are very few and they are not listened to nor obeyed”.

Oh Allah! Make us from amongst the Ghurabaa (the strangers), who hold firmly to their Tawheed, and who call to it, fight for it, and who warn from Shirk and its people, and disassociate themselves from that until we meet You.

All praise is to Allah, the Lord of all that exists. May prayers and peace be upon the noblest of creation and the leader of the Prophets and Messengers.

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Is it necessary to have good relations with strong countries for Jihad to exist and continue?

Question to Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al Maqdisi

Assalalamualikum Warahmathullahi Wabarakatuhu

Our Shaykh…. May Allah protect you and bless you.

Some people and factions are saying that it is not possible for Jihad to exist and continue without having good relations with some big countries like Turkey and Qatar. Is this opinion based on the reality or is it a deficiency in Al Walaa wal Baraa and in reliance upon Allah?

Shaykh Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi:

Praise be to Allah.

In fact what is correct is that Jihad will not exist and continue with good relations with these countries or their likes. These states are part of the organisation of the United Nations and like others they are committed to the United Nations charter and its conventions on terrorism and its classification of its groups. No sane person will believe that these states or their counterparts can open the doors for having good relations with Jihadists who are classified internationally or by the Americans as terrorists. Yes there may be some amenable relations when some countries are forced to deal with these groups due to the power of these groups or when those countries need to negotiate for their nationals or such things which normally happen due to those regimes being put under pressure, and so it can be said that such negotiations do not contradict al Walaa wal Baraa. But I do not consider it possible to have good and permanent relations without contradicting al Walaa wal Baraa.
I would consider it to be possible if the question was about a truce, or making peace with each other, or to avoid a clash with these countries for the interests of the Mujahideen, and the common Muslims and the refugees. This is permissible and is from the Islamic politics and giving priorities in war and Jihad.

As for good relations between these states and the factions or the Jihadi groups, then I do not see that in reality today without it breaching al Walaa wal Baraa.

And Allah knows best.
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
شيخنا…الله يحفظك و يبارك فيك

يقول بعض الناس والفصائل أنه لا يمكن للجهاد أن يقوم أو يستمر بدون علاقات طيبة مع دول كبرى مثل تركيا وقطر فهل هذا الرأي مبني عل الواقعية أو هو خلل في الولاء والبراء والتوكل على الله؟
الشيخ المقدسي:
الحمد لله

بل الصواب أنه لا يقوم الجهاد أويستمر بعلاقات طيبة❗️مع هذه الدول أو مثلها؛
فهذه الدول ضمن منظومة الأمم المتحدة؛ وهي كغيرها ملتزمة بمواثيق الأمم المتحدة واتفاقياتها حول الارهاب وتصنيفاتها لجماعاته؛ ولا يوجد عاقل يصدق أن هذه الدول أو مثيلاتها يمكن أن تفتح علاقات طيبة مع جهاديين يصنفون دولياً أو أمريكيا كإرهابيين
نعم قد توجد علاقات ندية حين تضطر بعض الدول لأن تخضع للتعامل مع الجماعات لقوة هذه الجماعات أو حاجة تلك الدول للتفاوض على رعاياها أو نحوه مما يجري عادة من منطق لي ذراع بعض الأنظمة فيمكن أن يقال أن مثل هذا التفاوض لا ينافي الولاء والبراء.
أما أن تقوم علاقات طيبة ودائمة فلا أتخيل ذلك دون أن يخل بالولاء والبراء.
يمكن أن أتخيله لو كان السؤال عن هدنة أو موادعة أو تجنب صدام مع هذه الدول أو نحوها؛لمصالح المجاهدين وعموم المسلمين واللاجئين؛فهذا جائز وهو من السياسة الشرعية وترتيب الأولويات في الحرب والجهاد.
أما علاقات طيبة بين مثل هذه الدول وفصائل أو جماعات جهادية فلا أتصوره في واقع اليوم إلا مخلا في الولاء والبراء
والله أعلم


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Jihad will remain until the last hour


May peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you.

Oh Sheikh, what do you say about those people who have appeared amongst us calling themselves Salafis? They criticise those who say there is Jihad and that there are Mujahideen in some Islamic countries like Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan, and they accuse them of fanaticism.

Answer: Wa ‘alaikumussalam Warahmatullahi Wabarakaatuhu

My advice is that you denounce them for this ugly dirty statement of theirs, and if they do not respond, then stay away from them. Jihad will remain until the Last hour. Buhkari has classified a chapter in his Sahih entitled, “Chapter: Jihad will continue with the righteous and the corrupt”. That is when he mentioned the Hadith which says- “The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The horses will always have goodness tied to their foreheads until the Day of Resurrection, they are:- reward (from Allah) and (war) booty (from battles).”

Al Hafidh Ibn Hajar – may Allah have mercy on him- said: In this there are glad tidings that Islam and its followers will remain until the Day of Judgment. Because for Jihad to remain, the Mujahideen must necessarily remain and they are Muslims. It is like in the other Hadith which says: There will always remain a group of people from my nation who will remain fighting upon the truth”.

These people who are deluded and cheerers, many of whom are Murjiah, they say that there is no Jihad today, and they put an invalid condition for the defensive Jihad. They say that Jihad is only by the permission of the ruler. They have lied as stated by the prophet Muhammad – may peace and blessings of Allah be upon – when he said in the Hadith of Salamah bin Nufail Al-Kindi – may Allah be pleased with him – that :

“I was sitting with the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) when a man said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! The people have humiliated the horses and put down the weapons, and they say there is no Jihad and that war has ended.’ The Messenger of Allah faced towards him and said: ‘They are lying. It is now that the war has arrived. There will always remain a group from my nation who will continue to wage war upon the truth until the Final Hour, and until the promise of Allah arrives. The horses will have goodness tied to their foreheads until the Day of Resurrection. It has been revealed to me that I am going to die and will not stay long, and you will follow me group after group. Do not strike one another’s necks. The abode of the believers is Ash-Sham.'”

The Hadiths in Bukhari and Muslim and others, which mention that Jihad will continue and will remain until we fight Dajjal and until the descent of Easa the son of Maryam – may peace be upon – are all known and not hidden. And they are numerous and can’t be denied.

So will you leave this great obligation for the sake of traitor rulers who replace the law of Allah?!

And Allah knows best.

Shaykh Abu Abdullah al Hashami حفظه الله

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Comparison between the Khilafa in the view of the Sahabah and between the view of the followers of Bagdhadi

From the book entitled “The Stance of Tehreek Taliban Pakistan towards the announced Khilafa of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi”

Introduction To This Treatise

This is an article prepared by the leadership advisory council of the Pakistani Taliban Movement in the light of the pure texts and transmissions from the Quran and the Sunnah and the consensus of the Ummah which leads to the following conclusions:

  1. Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, (the original Arabic version of this book has in it “may Allah assist him against the Zionist Crusader Rafidhi alliance”) is not a Khalifa of the Muslims. And based on that, there is no need to give Bay’ah to him. And consequently, the one who has not given him the Bay’ah as a Khalifa of the Muslims is not to be considered as a rebel and his death is not to be considered as a death in Jaahiliya.
  2. Applying the Hadiths that have been narrated about the Khalifa over the so called Khilafa of Baghdadi is a distortion of the meaning of these Hadiths.
  3. The predecessors of this Ummah have given us the dimensions of the Khilafa in a clear elegant manner, and in an appealing and graceful form in the light of the Quran and the Sunnah. And hence, granting legitimacy to the so called Khilafa of Baghdadi and making Bay’ah to it as a necessary obligation over the Ummah, is a view point that contradicts the Aqeedah of the Ahlu Sunnah and goes against the actions of the Sahabah and the Khulafa ur Rashideen and their beliefs. In addition to that, the so called Khilafa of Baghdadi is an innovation in ideology that has no similarity in the past.
  4. Islam is a comprehensive religion based on the saying of Allah, “Today I have perfected for you your religion”. Therefore, it has laid down for its followers its political system under which comes the establishment of the Khilafa in a serious and complete manner, about which this article will be discussing.

All praise be to Allah, and prayers and peace be on the messenger of Allah and his family and companions and those who followed him. As for what follows,

So this is a concise treatise in which we shall mention the essentials factors of the Islamic Khilafa, and we shall show the invalidity of the so called Khilafa of Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi by mentioning twenty three points.

And here we present to you these points as follows:

The first point

Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi is not a Khalifa, and that is because the companions of the messenger of Allah ﷺ, are the role models for this Ummah whose examples should be emulated, and their guidance should be followed, and their concept of the Khilafa is bound by three different views and the so called Khilafa of Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi does not match any one of them. So here are the three different views as follows:

The first view:

It makes it a condition that all of the people altogether should gather and have agreement over one Imam for the Islamic Khilafa to be established as considered by some of the companions as stated by Ibn Khaldun in his Muqaddimah page 111 about the pledge to Ali bin Abi Thaalib:

“And from amongst them were those who abstained (from giving bayah) until all the people gathered and agreed upon a leader like Sa’d, Saeed, Ibn Umar, Usama, Mugheerah, Abdullah ibn Salaam, Qudamah bin Ma’zoon, Abu Saeed Al Khudri, Ka’b ibn Ujra, Ka’b bin Maalik, Nu’man ibn Basheer, Hasaan bin Thaabith, Maslamah ibn Mukhallad, Fadhaalah ibn Ubaid, and other similar senior companions, may Allah be pleased with them.

And as for the so called Khilafa of Baghdadi, not even one tenth of the Ummah has agreed upon it, let alone its vast majority.

Imaam Shihabuddin says in “Al Arb Fee Funoon Al Adab“, page 161,

“Maalik ibn Ka’b Al Hamadani travelled to Daumat ul Jandal and asked its people to give pledge to Ali and they refused saying, “We will not give Bay’ah until the all of the people give Bay’ah”. So he turned away from them and left them”.

So Malik bin Ka’b Al Hamadani did not consider them to be Bughat (rebels) and he did not consider their refusal of Bay’ah as a refusal of something absolutely obligatory, and he did not say to them that you have rejected such and such Hadith, and that your death is a death of Jaahiliyyah (ignorance).

And let it be noted that they were a generation whose righteousness has been testified to, and the one who asked them to give Bay’ah was a companion himself, and the residents of Daumat ul Jandal were also from amongst the companions or the Tabi’yeen, and in addition to that, the Bay’ah was for Ali ibn Abi Thaalib. And what do you know who Ali ibn Abi Thaalib was!

But the people of Daumat ul Jandal stuck to their view that Ali bin Abi Thaalib is not an Imaam until all of the people gather under him.

The author of “Al Kaamil Fi Thaareekh” says, “They brought Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas may Allah be pleased with him, and Ali may Allah be pleased with him said to him, “Give Bay’ah”, and he replied saying ,”No, until all of the people give their Bay’ah”. And they brought Ibn Umar may Allah be pleased with him, and he said, “No, until all of the people give their Bay’ah”.

So they all abstained from giving Bay’ah until all of the people would give their Bay’ah. And neither did they consider themselves to be Bughat (rebels) nor did Ali consider them to be Bughat who rejected the religious obligation, and that the Hadiths which were conveyed, considered them such and such, and he never said to them that their death in this situation is a death of Jaahiliyah.

Muhammad Ali Al Sallabi says in his book “The Khilafa of Abdullah bin Zubair”, page 55,

“When Ibn Zubayr asked (for Bay’ah from) Muhammad bin Hanafiyyah and Ibn Abbas may Allah be pleased with them both, they said, “Not until the country is united under you and the people have agreed over you”.

So they did not consider that the announcement of the Khilafa of Abdullah bin Zubayr has taken place and that he has controlled many lands, and so their staying back from giving him Bay’ah is staying back from a religious obligation and a rejection of many Hadiths, and so on and so forth…..

But they believed that the unity of the whole country and the agreement of all the people is a condition for the establishment of the Khilafa in religion.

As for the so called Khilafa of Baghdadi, not even one tenth of the Jihadi community has agreed upon it, let alone the Ummah as a whole. So how can his Khilafa be right? And how can the one who does not agree to it be considered a rebel?

The second view:

Agreement of all the people of Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd is a condition for the establishment of the Khilafa in religion, as mentioned by Ibn Khaldun in Vol.1, page 111:

“When Uthman got martyred, the people were scattered throughout the lands and did not witness the Bay’ah given to Ali. And among those who witnessed it, some of them gave their Bay’ah and the others withheld from it saying, “We will not give Bay’ah until the people have united under one Imam” as we have just mentioned. And the others considered that no Bay’ah has been made because the companions who were Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd were scattered in different lands and none except a few of them were present. And no Bay’ah can take place except with the agreement of Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd. And any dealing made by others or a few of them is not a binding contract.

And this view was adopted by Muawiya, Amru ibn Al Aas, Ummul Mu’mineen Ayisha, Zubayr and his son Abdullah, Talha and his son Muhammad, Sa’d, Sa’eed, Nu’man bin Basheer, Muawiya ibn Khudaij and those companions who followed their opinion and abstained from giving Bay’ah to Ali while in Medina.

The third view:

Agreement of the majority of the Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd is a condition for establishment of the Khilafa according to a group of Sahaba. And the Khilafa of Ali was set up based on this third approach. And that is because the majority of the Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd had given him their Bay’ah while the Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd were dispersed throughout the lands after the murder of Uthman, and not all of them were present. However the majority of them were present and they gave their Bay’ah as stated by Ibn Khaldun in his Muqaddimah:

“As for the incident of Ali, the people at the time of Uthman’s killing were scattered across various lands, and they did not witness the Bay’ah given to Ali. And amongst those of them who witnessed it, there were those who gave him Bay’ah”.

And those of them who witnessed and gave Bay’ah to Ali were a large number of them as mentioned by the author of “Al Intisaar Fee Radd Alal Mu’tazila Al Qadriyya”, vol. 3 page 90, “The Bay’ah to Ali, and his leadership were supported by the majority of the companions before that, and they followed him and he gained power by their obedience to him”.

Sheikhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah says in “Shubuhaat Hawl As Sahaabah”, page 11,

“The people of influence pledged their allegiance to Ali even though they did not unite under him the way they united under those who were before, but there is no doubt that he had authority and strength due to the support of the people of influence”.

So it can be known from this analysis and investigation that the stances of the Sahabah towards the Khilafa are divided based upon three different viewpoints which are:

1)      The agreement of the entire Ummah

2)      The agreement of the entire Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd

3)      The agreement of the majority of the Ahlul Wal Aqd

So the so called Khilafa of Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi has not been agreed upon by the Ummah as a whole, nor by  the Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd as a whole, nor by the majority of the Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd, while the Ahlul Hal Wal Aqd, as we will explain later in complete detail, is a term for the people of influence in the Ummah from the scholars and the leaders.

And none from the people of influence in the Ummah who are referred to from amongst the scholars and leaders throughout the world have given Bay’ah to Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, other than the advisory group of ISIS who took him as a Khalifa. And the advisory group of his organization are not the people of influence of the Ummah who are depended upon and referred to.

Translated by Al Muwahideen Media