Al-Albaani on a Righteous, Salafi Believer, Strong in Eemaan Cooperating with an Ash’ari
by The Albaani Blog
Questioner: Is it allowed to work together with a man who is Ash’ari in ’aqidah in the field of calling to Allaah under the pretext that this differing in ’aqidah will not result in evil but that rather not cooperating with him could lead to the efforts of the Muslims being split?
Al-Albaani: If cooperating with a[n ash’ari] man like this does not lead to him [i.e., the Salafi] neglecting his [Salafi] ’aqidah, then that is something allowed without doubt.
In fact, I believe that part of the religious good of a believer who is strong in his eemaan is for him to cooperate with other Muslims who have, due to reasons past or present, deviated from the Salafi ’aqidah.
It is more deserving for this Salafi believer to cooperate with these people because he will find an appropriate opportunity to convey the Salafi da’wah to them.
And what has happened, and I know this from experience, is that those people who oppose us will take one of two stances towards this righteous, Salafi believer: they will either respond to his call and will thus lean towards accepting the Salafi madhhab and will turn away from their khalafi madhhab—and this has happened many times, or they will reject him and his madhhab and will refuse to work with him …”
Mutafarriqaat lil-Albaani, 6, no. 15.