In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Shaikh Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn Yusuf Al-Afreeqee (rahimahullaah) stated in Al-Anwaar Ar-Rahmaaniyyah Li-Hidaayah Al-Firqah At-Tijaaniyyah page 16: He (i.e. Ahmad Tijaani) stated in Al-Ifaadah (page: 80): ”Whoever does not believe that it (i.e. Salaatul Faatihah) is from the Qur’aan will not receive a reward from it [i.e. he or she will not be rewarded for reciting Salaatul Faatihah]”
Response to the above statement of Shaikh Ahmad Tijani:
So we say: Whoever believes that (Salaatul Faatihah) is from the Qur’aan, then indeed he has committed clear disbelief because revelation is not sent down except to a Prophet. We do not find this (Salaatul Faatihah) in the Qur’aan; rather not even in a fabricated hadeeth attributed to Allaah’s Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam). Is the one to whom ‘Salaatul Faatihah’ was revealed a Prophet or a Wali? If he is a Wali, then revelation is never sent down to a Wali.
The people in this Tijaani path are two types of people:
The first group: If they believe that ‘Salaatul Faatihah’ is from the Qur’aan, then indeed they have exited the fold of Islaam.
[Important Clarification Regarding The Above Statement: Removing a Muslim from the fold of Islaam is a serious matter, so one must not rush into this affair; rather the matter is left to the scholars to decide. See a general article on this link to acquaint yourself with some of the rules utilised by the scholars before removing a person from the fold of Islaam. http://www.salafipublications.com/sps/sp.cfm?secID=MNJ&subsecID=MNJ09&loadpage=displaysubsection.cfm ]
The second group: If they believe that ‘Salaatul Faatihah’ is not from the Qur’aan, then indeed they have exited from their Tijaani path because there is no reward in it.
Abridged and slightly paraphrased
To be continued InShaaAllaah
Abu Mu’aawiyah (Abdullah Jallow)