Q: Would you please look into the book entitled Haqiqat-ul-Iman Bayn Ghuluw
published by the Shari`ah Society in
This book advocates the
Al-Murji'ah school of thought that excludes deeds from
the concept and reality of Iman (Faith), as they maintain that practical devotion is only a supplementary condition. The author further supports this false creed by citations of authoritative scholars adapted and misquoted to serve his purpose. For example, he attributed a statement to
Imam Ahmad (may Allah show mercy to him) while it was said by
Abu Ja`far Al-Baqir (see: p. 9). Furthermore, he gives titles that do not fit the content. (Part No. 2; Page No. 136) For example, he gives the title: "The seed of faith is only in the heart and anyone who denies that is a disbeliever". He then misquotes
the Shaykh of Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (p. 9). However, his citations do not agree with his titles. For example, he misquotes parts of Al-Fatawa by
Ibn Taymiyyah p. 9 (Al-Fatawa: vol. 7, p. 644, vol. 7, p. 377). Likewise, he misquotes the statements of "`Uddat Al-Sabirin" by
Ibn Al-Qayyim deleting the passages that refute the beliefs of Al-Murji'ah (a Muslim sect that excludes actions from the prerequisites of Faith). Similarly, in (p. 33), he deletes some words of Al-Fatawa by
Ibn Taymiyyah, (Fatwa no. 11/87). Again, in (p.34) he misquotes Ibn Taymiyyah (Al-Fatawa: vol. 7, pp. 638-639) and in (p.37)(Al-Fatawa: vol. 7, p. 494).
Also, he omits the final conclusion of the statement of
Ibn Al-Qayyim (Kitab Al-Salah, p. 59). He also misquotes
Ibn Taymiyyah (refer to Ibn Taymiyyah's book: Al-Sarim Al-Maslul, vol. 3, pp. 967-969) in p. 64
and misquotes him again (Al-Sarim Al-Maslul, vol. 3, p.971) in p. 67. Thus, this book is replete with academic offenses in favor of
Al-Murji'ah sect; so it is forgery to introduce the book in the name of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream). The book thus must be banned and denied distribution. We also advise them to reconsider the matter, fear Allah, and return to the truth and avoid the misleading things.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions.