Praise be to Allaah.
Many people have started to
use this phrase in defence of our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him) and they have made it a slogan of their boycott on
countries which supported those who impugned our Prophet Muhammad
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).
There is no doubt about the
good intention behind the use of this phrase, but there is a problem with
regard to its meaning, which is that it mentions an exception but it does
not mention from what the exception is.
No matter what the
exception is from, the meaning of the phrase is still not acceptable. The
apparent meaning is that we may accept or remain silent about the insults of
anything except the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah
be upon him) and this meaning is false (invalid)., because we do not should
not remain silent about insults to Allaah or the Qur’aan or Islam or any of
the Prophets and Messengers or the angels or the Sahaabah (may Allaah be
pleased with them) or the Mothers of the Believers (may Allaah be pleased
with them) or our fellow believers. Thus it is clear that the meaning of
this phrase is not correct, and this is what has made some of our scholars
issue fatwas stating that is it not permissible.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahmaan
al-Barraak (may Allaah preserve him) was asked: Recently it has become
popular to write the words “Except the Messenger of Allaah”. Do you think it
is permissible to use this phrase?
I do not think it is
permissible to use this phrase, because it does not convey a proper meaning.
In my view it is akin to the Sufis saying “Allaah, Allaah.” But we know that
what is meant by what they write is “Anything except the Messenger of
Allaah, so do not even come near his status and sanctity. This is what is
meant by those who write it, but if we look at the implication of the phrase
“except the Messenger of Allaah”, the meaning becomes, “Revile everything
except the Messenger of Allaah”! Is this correct? Are these proper words?
Revile everything except
the Messenger of Allaah – this is wrong.
End quote from Sharh
Muqaddimat Usool al-Tafseer – fourth lesson, first question.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Muhsin
al-‘Abbaad (may Allaah preserve him) was asked to comment on this phrase.
He replied: As for the
phrase “except the Messenger of Allaah”, this is an incorrect phrase, and
the exception should be mentioned. No doubt insulting Allaah is worse than
insulting the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him), so this phrase is not proper and is not valid. End quote.
Sharh Sunan Ibn Majaah
And Allaah knows best.