Fake Salafi Refutation
by al'Alaamah Abu Qataadah al-Philisteeni
Tawheed al-Haakimiyyah and the Divisions of Tawheed
Asalaamu Alaykum Warahmatullah Wabarakatuh,
I hope that you can clarify for me the meaning of Tawheed al-Haakimiyyah
and is it part of Tawheed al-Uluhiyyah?
I heard that Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Ibraheem said that Shaykh Bin Baz use
to teach the knowledge of 'Tawheed al-Haakimiyyah' but the 'Saudi
Salafis' rejected it and considered it an innovation, is that true? Are
there any books or articles in Arabic or English with regards to this
issue? Can you please guide me?
In the Name of Allaah, Most Merciful, and Most Kind.
And with Him we seek assistance,
Tawheed al-Haakimiyyah is part of Tawheed al-Uluhiyyah,
which is the Tawheed of seeking and intention, and this is from
the point of view that the slave of Allaah [al-Ubudiyyah]
is agreeing to His worthiness of worship and abiding by that.
And it is also from Tawheed ar-Rububiyyah, which is the
Tawheed of knowing and establishment of His existence and lordship,
and this is from the point of view that the Lord does, i.e. that
Allaah is the judge and legislator for his creation and legislates
for them the regulations and laws.
And this Tawheed al-Haakimiyyah, a Muslim will not reject it as a
subject, but some have differed in matters of terminology, via different
methods, such as:
They say that this Tawheed was not mentioned by the righteous
Salaf and the Salaf only had two views:
1. Either they believed in the splitting of Tawheed into two,
which was the Tawheed of establishing His existence and
attributes and the Tawheed of intention and purpose.
2. Or they believed in splitting the categories of Tawheed into
three, which was Tawheed al-Uluhiyyah, Tawheed ar-Rububiyyah
and Tawheed Asmaa wa Sifaat.
And the reply to that is straight forward and simple, which is that
these two categories are based on categorization based on analysis and
it is not categorization based on solid proof [i.e., proof from Quran
and Sunnah that dividing the Tawheed into such
categories], rather it is only an matter of ijtihaad and not a
textual issue, so it can not be said that addition of categories is an
Then it is also said to them: Why do we need to mention Tawheed Asmaa
wa Sifaat as it is already from Tawheed ar-Rububiyyah?
And if they say; it is a necessity to make it a subcategory in order to
facilitate refuting the one who differs in this issue.
We reply to them: And that is the very same reason for which we make
mention of Tawheed al-Haakimiyyah, for it is mentioned only due
to this reason, to facilitate the refutation of those who differ in this
And they also have other excuses which are in their saying.
Also their other proof to reject this type of Tawheed: That this
type of Tawheed [al-Haakimiyyah] has stages in it and not
every stage, which if differed in will nullify the Tawheed.
It is replied to them: And similarly with those who differ in the issue
of Tawheed ar-Rububiyyah and Tawheed al-Uluhiyyah that
does not necessarily nullify their core of Tawheed, for example,
showing off [riyaa] is differing towards Tawheed al-Uluhiyyah,
yet that does not nullify the core of Tawheed for the perpetrator
of such act.
The point is that this type of Tawheed, the Shariah has
come with it along with the Quran and Sunnah,which is
evident with very clear proof, only an ignorant person will reject it.
As for its subject and its meaning, it is basically to establish that
ruling and legislation is only for Allaah, the lord of the
universe and removing that right of ruling and legislation from other
than Him [negating all false deities by the sword].
This is what is suitable for this stance, and I have delivered a long
lecture on this issue previously. I ask that Allaah make it easy
for it to be distributed for benefit.
And Allah is indeed the granter of success.
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