So the likes of the people of hizbiyyaat and the people of the slipshod jam’iyyaat; then I advise the brothers not to attend their gatherings; and that they give them no opportunity for debate with them.
For a man once came to Imaam Maalik and said:
‘I wish to debate with you!’ So Imaam Maalik said:
‘So if you subdue me?’ (i.e. in debate) So he said:
'You will then follow me.’ So Imaam Maalik said:
‘And what if another man comes and debates with me and subdues me?’ So he said:
‘You will then follow him.’ Then he (Maalik) said:
‘So our Religion thus becomes liable to roving; go to one who doubts like yourself – for I am upon certainty/continuance with regard my Religion.’
So the issue is an issue of commodity. For most of the people of Jam’iyyatul Hikmah and Jam’iyyatul Ihsaan studied with us; and they know what we are upon. So why did they then deflect? They were unable to be patient with that which the students of knowledge were upon here, nor with that which our brothers from ‘Aden were patient upon.
Rather they ran a race from Ta’iz and Ibb and San’aa to Qatar and the Land of the Haramain (Saudi Arabia) whilst saying:
((Me and the one who sponsors the orphan will be like these two))* and they say also:
((…And that which you put forth for yourselves by way of good, then you will find it with Allaah. It is better and greater in reward…)) (Soorah Al-Muzzammil: 20)
However; that which concerns them is: the attainment of Dollars. So I say: Uff!** to knowledge whose end result is beggary. It was due to this that they fell. Jam’iyyatul Islaah has fallen and has fallen into spying – so the people should not think that we are silent over Jam’iyyatul Islaah. We also have a treatise Alhamdulillaah with the title: ‘Dham al-mas’alah’ done due to that which we saw from them in their race – and they have no concern except in gathering wealth. So thereafter they wage war with it upon the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).
* Reported by: Al-Bukhaaree in his Saheeh numbers: 5304 & 6005 and in Al-Adab al-mufrad no. 135 and Aboo Dawood no. 5150 and At-Tirmidhee no. 1918 and Ahmad in his Musnad no. 22820 and Al-Baihaqi in his As-Sunan 6/283 and others.
The full text of the Hadeeth of Sahl bin Sa’ad is: Allaah’s Messenger (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: ((Me and the one who sponsors the orphan will be like these two in Paradise)) Then he indicated with his index finger and the middle finger; and he parted between the two a little.
** A phrase expressing dislike or disgust. (Translators note.)