Who Are The Surrooriyyah

Adaptation: Taalib Alexander

1. They are the followers of Syrian Muslim ideologue ‘Muhammad Zain-ul-Abidin Surur’.

2. Surur was born in Syria in 1938 CE;

3. He was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood – Ikhwan-ul-Muslimeen – leaving Syria after the Ikhawani insurrection for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;

4. In Saudia Arabia he was a teacher in the Mahad al-Ilmi in Buraidah.

5. From among his students is Salman al-Awdah;

6. After leaving Saudi he moved to Kuwait then the United Kingdom where he set up a number of organisations. From among them: Markaz Dirasat al-Sunnah al-Nabawwiyah in Birmingham and al-Muntada al-Islami in London. He founded as-Sunnah Magazine which was one of the main organs for propagating his thought;

7. The main characteristic of Surur and his dawah are:
A. Apparently holding the main principles of Salafee creed while following the methodology – manhaj – of the Muslim brotherhoods;
B. Affirming the methodology of Sayyid Qutub;
C. Apparently affirming the three categories of Towheed while adding an extra category – something rejected by the scholars – called Towheed-ul-Hakimiyyah;
D. Promoting a political agenda at the expense of dawah and calling to Towheed;
E. Calling to unity irrespective of Aqeedah;
F. Undermining the Salafi scholars through – false – doubts and aspersions;
G. Organising their followers, Like the Ikhaan-ul-Muslimun, into secret cluster – often called’families’ – in which baya’ah- Oath of Alleginece – may be requested (for example, Ittihad al-Islami of Somalia, a Muntada lead organisation);

8. Suroor declared apostates those who committed a major sin a belief held by the Khawaarij;

9. Suroor claimed – erroneously – that the books of creed (‘Aqeedah) are dry due to them consisting of texts from the Qur’aan and Sunnah;

10. Suroor claimed – erroneously – that the scholars of Towheed are ‘slaves of slaves of slaves of the slave and their ultimate master is a Christian’ (i.e. George H. Bush);

11. Suroor claimed – erroneously – that the scholars of Towheed are ‘liars’, ‘hypocrites’ and ‘spies’;

12. Suroor praised Hassan Turabi who: permits the Muslim to revert to Christianity or Judaism, claims it is not permissible to say that Jews or Christians are not believers,

13. Their praise of the one – he is Muhammad al-Ghazaalee – who makes fun of the hijab calling it a ‘tent’;

14. Suroor claimed – erroneously – that ‘flags’ and ‘pictures of leaders’ are ‘false idols from the false idols of our age’;

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