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Excerpt from al-Sayyid Yusuf al-Rifa`i's recent epistle, *Advice to Our Brothers the Ulema of Najd* (Nasiha li-Ikhwanina `Ulama' Najd):

#46 - Waging War on Islam and the Muslims

The slaughters and terrible events presently taking place damage the reputation of Islam and play havoc with the Muslims. For example, what happened in Algeria and Egypt or in the Meccan Sanctuary is nothing but the fruit of your graduates and beliefs, and the reading of your publications, all of them built on apostatizing (takfîr), calling monotheists idolaters (tashrîk), hurling accusations of innovations (tabdî`), and holding the worst opinions of the Muslims.

If you want to see this clearly and so that all people can see this plainly, it suffices to sift through those extremists: is there any Sufi among them, any Azhari, or Ash`ari, or follower of one of the Four Madhâhib?

And after you set them loose you kept silent and mute, sitting back and watching instead of firmly condemning their acts. You were not of those who gave them sincere, faithful advice. I truly wonder, after this, who is the manifest corrupter?!

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