An Explanation That اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ الفاتحة: ٦ is a Refutation of the Rafidah
An Explanation That اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ الفاتحة: ٦ << Guide us to the Straight Way >> to the End of the Soorah is a Refutation of the Rafidah
By Shaykh ul –Islaam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah as-Salafi -Rahimullaah-
From his book ‘Madarij as-Salikeen’
Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya
The point which refutes their statement is that: Allaah -Subhana wa Ta’ala – has divided the people into three categories: 1 – Those أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ <> who are the people of as-Siraat al-Mustaqeem (the Straight Way), those who knew the truth and followed it. 2 – الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ <> they are those who knew the truth and rejected it. 3 – الضَّالِّينَ <> they are those who were ignorant of and made mistakes in the truth. So everyone who knows the truth and follows it; then he is foremost on the Siraat al-Mustaqeem (the Straight Way). There is no doubt that the Companions –RadhiAllaahu anhum- of the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- are more befitting of this description than the Rawafidah. This is since it is not possible that the Companions –RadhiAllaahu anhum- of the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- were ignorant of the truth while the Rawafidah knew it, or that the Companions –RadhiAllaahu anhum- rejected the truth while the Rawafidah held fast to it. We have indeed seen the signs showing which of the two groups are the people of truth. So, we have seen the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam. They were granted victory over the lands of the Kuffar which then became lands of Islaam and they were granted victory over the hearts with the Qur’aan, knowledge and guidance. So, their signs show that they are the people of as-Siraat al-Mustaqeem. However, we have seen the opposite of this with the Rafidah in every time and place. There was never ever an enemy of the Muslims, outside of the Rafidah, except that they would help them against Islaam. How much evil of affliction and calamity did they inflict upon Islaam and its people? Did the swords of the Mushrikeen, the idol-worshippers -from the military of Hulakoo (Ghengis Khan) and those who were with him from the Tartars – not wreak havoc except under the leadership of the Rafidah? Were the Masajid not destroyed and Musaahif (Qur’aans) not burnt, the leaders of the Muslims, their scholars, their worshippers and their Khaleefah not killed except due to the Rafidah and their foolish followers? Their support for the Mushrikeen and the Christians is well-known amongst the learned and lay people and their influence in the Deen is well-known. So which of the two groups has more right to the Siraat al-Mustaqeem and which one of them has earned the right to anger and misguidance if you do but know? This is why the Salaf explained that the Siraat al-Mustaqeem and its people are Abu Bakr, Umar and the Companions –RadhiAllaahu anhum- of Allaah’s Messenger -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- and its Tafseer is just as they said. This is because the Siraat (Path) that they were upon was their path, the exact, same path of their Prophet. They were the ones upon whom Allaah bestowed His Grace while He was Angry with their enemies and He ruled that their enemies were upon misguidance. Abul-Aaliyah Rufeea’ ar-Reeyahee- and al-Hasan al-Basaree – from the most noble of the Tabi’een said: ‘As-Siraat al-Mustaqeem is the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- and his two Companions.’ Abul Aaliyah also said about the saying of Allaah صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ << The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace >> ‘they are the family of the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- Abu Bakr and Umar.’ That is the truth as his family, Abu Bakr and Umar were upon one way and there was no difference between them, they had loyalty towards one another. The Companions praised Abu Bakr and Umar and waged war against those who warred against these two and there is safety for the one who honours these two. This is well-known amongst the Ummah, to both the learned and the layperson. Zayd bin Aslam said: ‘Those on whom Allaah has bestowed His Grace; they are the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- Abu Bakr and Umar.’ There is no doubt that those who are blessed are those who follow the Messenger. As for those who have anger upon them, then they are those who do not follow him. Those who followed and obeyed the Messenger -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- from the Ummah, were his Companions and his family. Those who followed the Messenger -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- the most from his Companions; who were regarded as his sight and hearing were Abu Bakr and Umar. Those who are the severest in opposition to the Messenger -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- are the Rafidah. Their opposition to him is well-known amongst all the sects of the Ummah. This is why the Rafidah hate the Sunnah and its people, they have enmity towards it and its people so, they are the enemies of his -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam Sunnah. The Messenger’s -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- family and those from their children who follow them are perfect heirs, rather they are his true heirs. So it becomes clear that the Siraat al-Mustaqeem is the path of the Messenger’s -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- Companions and his followers. The path of the people who have the Anger of Allaah upon them and are upon misguidance, is the path of the Rafidah. In this exact, same way the Khawarij are refuted, since their enmity towards the Companions is well known. Taken from ‘Madarij as-Salikeen’ Volume 1, p.93-95 All Praise belongs to Allaah, may His peace and blessings be upon our final Prophet Muhammad, his family, his companions and all those who follow his guidance.