Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab
Shaikh al-Albaani continues, “From which is that the Muslims know–and I am referring here to the students of knowledge, and I hope that those [sisters] listening to this lecture are from them–that in Sahih al-Bukhaari in the hadith of Abu Hurairah, may Allaah the Most High be pleased with him, the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “When one of you sits for the final tashhahud then let him seek refuge with Allaah from four: …”
This is an aahaad hadith, but it is from those wonderful and strange hadiths in relation to the philosophising of Hizb at-Tahrir–because on one hand it includes a legislated ruling [i.e., the legislated ruling being the Prophet’s actual order to say this supplication in the last tashhahud in the prayer, and this order is not something connected to creed], and in the eyes of Hizb at-Tahrir, legislated rulings can be taken from aahaad hadith. So when looking at this hadith from that angle, [they hold] that it is obligatory to act upon it, because it is [like we just said] a legislated ruling, he (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “Then let him seek refuge from four things in the final tashhahud.”
And from another angle it includes [a point of] creed which is that in the grave there is punishment and that there is the trial of Dajjaal, but they [i.e., Hizb at-Tahrir] do not believe in the punishment of the grave and they do not believe in the trial of the greatest Dajjaal which the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) spoke about in many hadiths, from them is his saying (صلى الله عليه وسلم), “There is no fitnah from [the time of] the creation of Aadam until the Hour more harmful to my Ummah than the fitnah of the Maseeh ad-Dajjaal.”
They do not believe in this Dajjaal, because according to them the hadith [about him] is not mutawaatir.
So we now say to them: what will you do with the hadith of Abu Hurairah [about saying that supplication in the last tashahhud]? [Since] from one angle it includes a legislated ruling [which is that] at the end of the prayer you have to say, “And I seek refuge with You from the punishment of the grave,” but will you seek refuge from the punishment in the grave when you don’t believe in it?
Two opposites that cannot come together.
So they came to us with a way out, a trick from the tricks that Allaah has forbidden the Muslims from.
They said, “We hold that the punishment in the grave is true, but we do not believe in it. We hold that the punishment of the grave is true, but we do not believe in it.”
A strange and unusual philosophising. What is it that made them do this? They came with [that] first philosophising and it led them to many other types, such that it took them away from the sound path which the Companions of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) were upon.
Now I will continue and this topic, as you said, is a long one … to explain that the call of Hizb at-Tahrir which they always talk about is that they want to establish the rule of Allaah on the earth. I firstly point out that they are not the only ones with this call, all of the Islamic groups and sects end with this purpose, i.e., they want to establish the rule of Allaah on earth, so they are not the only ones …”