Egyptian Shaykh: "Be at Ease, Do Not Fear Islam and the Shari'ah"

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Translated from the original Arabic by Al Mutarjim

Shaykh Muhammad Hassan said that there is a media campaign to make people fear Islam and the shari'ah. He responds to those who promote this campaign by quoting Imam Ibn Hazam's words from "The Categories of the Consensus": "The Ummah is in agreement that protection of the dhimmis from outside attacks is a duty for Muslims." He added: "This is a religion, and we need to know this conversation, for we don't need foreigners to come and protect the Copts. We are the ones who will protect their worship, wealth, and women, for our religion and the shari'a of our prophet command us to do so. I tell the Copts to be at ease, do not fear Islam and the shari'a, for Islam is a religion of mercy, justice, and truth." ...

In response to a question about the difference between the Shi'a, Sunni, and Salafis, he said: "I will begin by speaking about the Salafis. Scholars have different understandings of the definition of the Salafis. It is not a party nor a group. It does not belong to Muhammad Hassan, nor is it for Muhammad Hassan to make himself keeper of the Salafi gate, to decide who enters and who leaves. Salafism is a divine platform. Any Muslim who applies the Qur'an and Sunnah according to the understanding of the Salafis of the Ummah, such as Abu-Bakr, 'Uthman, 'Ali, and the other companions of the Messenger (peace be upon him) are considered Salafis. In this they are honoring the saying of the Messenger: "The best people are those of my generation, and next are those who are loyal to them, followed by those who are loyal to them." Those who follow the followers and the Salafis have been wronged by many of those who have joined themselves to the movement. For example, myself and others have been severe and harsh. Some who are a part of the Salafi platform have wronged it, and this divine platform should not be judged by the mistakes of Muhammad Hussan or any other venerable shaykhs, for Salafism is greater and bigger than their mistakes...