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Shaykh Hamza Yusuf – The Dangers of Heedlessness

May Allah (swt) preserve Shaykh Hamza Yusuf.

Source: Zaytuna Institute


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    1. shab May 18th, 2007 at 9:01 pm

      He was different then other speakers, now he seems to be traveling on the same path and really making us feel bad about our condition :(((((((((((((

    2. abu ameerah May 20th, 2007 at 1:44 am

      Mashallah! A turban with a suit. Neato!

      Sidi Hamzah Yusuf Hanson should have worn this outfit combo all of those times he met with Bush at the White House.

    3. THAKHIYUDHEEN May 20th, 2007 at 11:04 am

      it is too good for propagating about islam.
      presently islam is challenging many causes from other religionist. they looks like islam is terorist religion actully it is wrong they are ignorrent about islam so we have to prove what is the reality and laws of islam i. I think it will useful for other religionist for knewing deeply about islam . i convey all regards to working for this sites

    4. someone May 22nd, 2007 at 1:32 pm

      I dont like hamzah yusuf, he is not a good speaker. Plus , he is a sufi , dude…that has bad news written all over it !!!!

    5. Mujahideen Ryder May 22nd, 2007 at 6:36 pm

      someone on May 22, 2007 at 1:32 pm said:

      I dont like hamzah yusuf, he is not a good speaker. Plus , he is a sufi , dude…that has bad news written all over it !!!!

      Take the good, leave the bad. Who is a good speaker to you, and I am sure there is bad that people will say about them.

    6. Shazan May 22nd, 2007 at 11:06 pm

      Hmm… I think rebuilding Iraq should have equal, if not higher, priority than rebuilding New Orleans… Jus an opinion…

      Other than that.. a good reminder by Shaykh Hamza

    7. Ahmed.F May 24th, 2007 at 10:17 am

      I dont hate Hamza Yusouf but im very disapointed in him, he twists the meaning of hadeeths and quran to suit his way of thinking! and his on going crusade against the Salafis! could it be the ppl are starting to see the truth and he will do wat ever to make false claims about salafis! and his ongoing meetings with president bush what is that all about?
      i would like to remind Hamzah Yusuf of the great Imam Abu Hanifah (ra), who said, “if you see a scholar at the gates of a ruler, question him in his deen”.

      shameless scholars like Hamzah Yusuf, who before September 11th vehemently attacked America as Satanic (to sell a few tapes and earn a living) and now advises the ‘sincere’ – as he put it – President on how to deal with Muslims. He claims to have had a change of heart and now says the US are far from being satanic, in fact they are better than Muslims. The fire-fighters who died saving lives were performing Jihad and are ‘mujahid’. We say to Hamzah Yusuf, whilst he stood outside the Whitehouse lawn with his friend George singing “God save America”, did it not occur to him that Islam forbade making the Kuffar his intimate, let alone making the greatest enemy of the Muslims his ‘buddy’?

    8. Mujahideen Ryder May 24th, 2007 at 10:51 am

      Ahmed.F on May 24, 2007 at 10:17 am said:

      I dont hate Hamza Yusouf but im very disapointed in him, he twists the meaning of hadeeths and quran to suit his way of thinking! and his on going crusade against the Salafis! could it be the ppl are starting to see the truth and he will do wat ever to make false claims about salafis! and his ongoing meetings with president bush what is that all about?
      i would like to remind Hamzah Yusuf of the great Imam Abu Hanifah (ra), who said, “if you see a scholar at the gates of a ruler, question him in his deen”.

      shameless scholars like Hamzah Yusuf, who before September 11th vehemently attacked America as Satanic (to sell a few tapes and earn a living) and now advises the ‘sincere’ – as he put it – President on how to deal with Muslims. He claims to have had a change of heart and now says the US are far from being satanic, in fact they are better than Muslims. The fire-fighters who died saving lives were performing Jihad and are ‘mujahid’. We say to Hamzah Yusuf, whilst he stood outside the Whitehouse lawn with his friend George singing “God save America”, did it not occur to him that Islam forbade making the Kuffar his intimate, let alone making the greatest enemy of the Muslims his ‘buddy’?

      Shaykh Hamza has not been with Bush for years now. What about the Salafi scholars that speak with Tony Blair, or the Danish Government or better yet, the Muslim governments. What about the Salafi scholars that speak with King Fahd and the current Iraqi political leaders. What about the Salafi scholars who speak with the leaders in Yemen, Oman, Kuwait, and the rest of the Muslim lands. Who is worse? Bush who is not a Muslim, or the Muslim presidents, kings, etc. who are Muslim and know what is right and what is wrong but yet do the wrong in front of millions of Muslims including scholars of all types.

      Did you know Imam Abu Hanifa lived uner Muslim rulers. Were those Muslim rulers corrupt? Do you know who they were? Are all Islamic scholars who speak with Muslim rulers or non-Muslim rulers bad? Do you have any idea what Imam Abu Hanifa meant when he said that? You can’t just simply go slinging hadith and quotes from the ulema of the past with out really understanding it. You make a mistake just like the Islamophobes who says the Qur’an says to beat women, etc.

      So your telling me that if an Islamic state was to be arised, the scholars shouldn’t advise the Caliph or even be at the gates of the Caliph? SubhanAllah brother. Please think about the statements you make.

      Shaykh Hamza may have made mistakes, but don’t all people make mistakes. Are the Salafi scholars perfect? Are you telling me they have no mistakes? They say nothing wrong? They do nothing wrong?

      And Allah knows best.

    9. May Allah Increase Shaykh Hamza May 24th, 2007 at 11:48 am

      Asalaamualaykum Ahmed.F,

      You are slandering Shaykh Hamza – and there is no difference of opinion on the graveness of the sin of slander in our deen.

      Shaykh Hamza has NOT been continuously meeting with President Bush – he only met him right after 9/11, and it was due to his efforts that the current war is not named Operation Infinite Justice.

      There has been no more outspoken critic against American foreign policy and particularly George Bush than Shaykh Hamza (See ISNA 2004 Speech) – both before and after 9/11.

      He has also never claimed that any group of people are better than Non-Muslims.

      How dare you accuse one of the greatest shaykhs of our time of being shameless. He has done more for the Global Muslim community than probably any single ‘salafi’ scholar you can think of.

    10. ImKhan May 25th, 2007 at 3:17 am

      “sufi” written all over,…since when was that bad news?..probably very recently = )…he changed his tone a bit, and I think he did the right thing, because he does still speak out about the problems, like in this case, pornography..and anyone who thinks Sh Hamza is chummy with Mr Bush is either really ignorant, or is not totally okay up there.

    11. unknown May 27th, 2007 at 8:41 pm

      To Ahmed F, I hope you enjoy eating human flesh. Get used to it now, that will be your punishment, if not worse, unless you sincerely seek tawba.

    12. Kevin June 8th, 2007 at 11:16 pm

      salaam aleikum,

      for the hamza worshippers, could u please give reference from Quran and Sunnah for any of the following:

      1. Did the Prophet (saw) ever sit in a speech where the head of state of another country said “you are either with us or against us” and then stand up and clap and cheer loudly when the attention was focussed on him?

      2. Is it allowed in Islam for Muslims to fight and die for an army of a foreign country that is engaged in a conflict with Muslims? How then does one explain the cheering on (“advising”) of the bombing of the Taliban and Afghanistan, whilst the 9/11 commission report stated that
      Cheney and Rumsfeld wanted to say Saddam did this so they could bomb and invade Iraq but were overruled by Bush on this. Where is the evidence supporting this?

      3. Before Bush’s state of the union address on 9/20/01 and before “sheikh” Hamza went to “spiritually advise” bush on 9/11 the Associated Press reported that there was an interfaith meeting in which all of the faiths represented sang songs such as the American national anthem and “America the Beautiful” (a song sung by American colonists extolling the extermination of Native Americans on the West coast). Is it allowed for Muslims to sing nationalist and patriotic songs? is nationalism/patriotism part of Islam? Can any of his devoted worshippers please provide evidence?

      Either put up or shut up.

    13. Mujahideen Ryder June 8th, 2007 at 11:52 pm

      Kevin, I have some questions for you:

      1) Would the Prophet (saas) allow American Troops be based near Makkah and Madinah?

      2) Is it allowed in Islam for Muslims to fight and die for an army of a Muslim country that is engaged in a conflict with other MUslism?

      3) Is it allowed to put the shahada on the flag of a country that doesn’t really follow the shahada?

      Either put up or shut up.

    14. Kevin June 9th, 2007 at 9:19 am

      Mujahideen Ryder,

      to answer your questions:

      1. No, and two wrongs never make a right, not even Qwardawi and Bin Baz’s fatwa allowing U.S. troops to come into the Arabian peninsula in 1991, Schwarzkopf cited this as “vital” in the U.S. getting in there in the first place:

      http://www.muslimedia.com/archives/special98/trechery.htm

      2. It is haram to join a so-called “muslim” army to kill Muslims just as it was and is to join, cheer for, and “advise” a non-Muslim one engaged in occupation and murder for the same practice.

      3. The flag of the Saudi family/oil tribe has nothing to do with Islam, just (like none of the other “sheikhdoms” in the gulf) but apparently this wasnt important enough to be mentioned when his highness “sheikh” Hamza was a guest on Saudi state controlled television back in the mid 1990s.

      Still waiting for answers to the questions above.

    15. Mujahideen Ryder June 10th, 2007 at 9:56 pm

      Kevin, why are you living in America, if you have some harsh beliefs?

    16. Intellijunkt Commentary June 10th, 2007 at 10:37 pm

      You know what I find really irritating? Muslims making up websites about Muslim sheikhs in order to defame them, and then writing “Now Visit our website about: Nuh Hah Mim Keller [and what we think of him, and why we dont like him]” . I can see your point, Kevin (about the ‘patriotims/nationalism’ thing), but I dont see why you’d link websites such as http://www.hamzayusuf.faithweb.com. I think these websites are written by people who have nothing better to do but sit around whining about how they dont like particular scholars because they all turned secular. And how every scholar who can provide a balanced perspective on things, is merely trying to appease the western audience.

      Islamically speaking, its okay to have scholarly disagreements. However, its not okay for ‘the layman’ to make websites about scholars and whinge about how they dont like them, just for the fun of it. Its negative, irritating, highly inappropriate, and keeps me up at night.

    17. Kevin June 11th, 2007 at 1:54 pm

      >Kevin, why are you living in America, if you have >some harsh beliefs?

      Born and raised here, as was my father and grandfather who fought in WWII. Very nice way to evade the original question and issues raised. Any time frame for getting those questions answered?

      as for the stuff about making up sites to attack “scholars” I do consider that a valid point but would urge one point of distinction. If the site is made up to attack the person, his/her looks, race, gender, or ethnicity than it is wrong Islamically.

      However if the site is done to call into question public and political ACTS that one has said and done, especially when these PUBLIC actions are being used to help sell and justify a policy of invasion, murder, and colonialism than not only does one have a right but a duty to question this in any manner that they see fit, since “enjoining the good and forbidding the evil” is something that all of the prophets in history have done.

      regards,
      K

    18. Mujahideen Ryder June 11th, 2007 at 1:59 pm

      Kevin on June 11, 2007 at 1:54 pm said:

      >Kevin, why are you living in America, if you have >some harsh beliefs?

      Born and raised here, as was my father and grandfather who fought in WWII. Very nice way to evade the original question and issues raised. Any time frame for getting those questions answered?

      as for the stuff about making up sites to attack “scholars” I do consider that a valid point but would urge one point of distinction. If the site is made up to attack the person, his/her looks, race, gender, or ethnicity than it is wrong Islamically.

      However if the site is done to call into question public and political ACTS that one has said and done, especially when these PUBLIC actions are being used to help sell and justify a policy of invasion, murder, and colonialism than not only does one have a right but a duty to question this in any manner that they see fit, since “enjoining the good and forbidding the evil” is something that all of the prophets in history have done.

      regards,
      K

      the questions you asked were to the “hamza worshippers”. I worship Allah not a man.

      I don’t know who you worship, since you think a person like me or other people worship humans.

      Apparently you haven’t heard Shaykh Hamza in a while, becuase you would have gotten your answers since 2004. Everyone knows that Shaykh Hamza is doesn’t agree with Bush nor has ever been an advisor to the government for years.

      So who are some of the scholars you worship? Albani? Fawzaan? Bin Laden? Zawahiri? Awlaki?

    19. Kevin June 11th, 2007 at 2:46 pm

      >the questions you asked were to the “hamza >worshippers”. I worship Allah not a man.

      >I don’t know who you worship, since you think a >person like me or other people worship humans.

      worship in Islam is not limited to motions on a rug, tasbih, or fasting but encompasses public acts. This whole line of defense is *exactly* the same one non-Muslims use when claiming they don’t worship Bush, Republicans, or their priests and rabbis. However, Allah (swt) is above all this, and has answered this in the Quran:

      “They have taken their rabbis and priests as lords other than God, and the Messiah, son of Mary; and they were commanded to worship none but One God. There is no god but He, glory be to Him above what they associate with Him!” (5:31)

      thru this hadeeth:

      Uday was one of the leaders of his tribe, and his father, Haatim Al-Taa’i, was famous for his generosity. ‘Uday then proceeded to Madina and the people there began talking about his coming. When he entered upon the Messenger of Allah, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, he was wearing a silver cross around his neck; the Messenger of Allah, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, was reciting the verse “They took their Rabbis and Priests as lords besides Allah”. When he heard this
      ‘Uday said: “They did not worship them”. He (the Prophet) replied:

      “Yes they did. They (the Rabbis and Priests) made what was Halal into Haram for them, and what was Haram into Halal for them, and they (the people) followed them; THAT was their worshipping them”.
      ——————–
      So if your “sheikh” or “scholar” makes it halal for you to join the kuffar in a campaign in killing and occupying Muslims, you may as well publicly say you worship him, since this hadeeth and that ayah give you permission to do so (as long as your all knowing scholar agrees).

      Speaking of which, publicly introducing yourself as someone who has “advised” the White House before the bombing and invasion of Afghanistan and getting funded by the British govt. for a roadshow is not enough, I would then defer to these links:

      http://www.wsws.org/articles/2004/jun2004/musl-j03.shtml

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,564960,00.html

      http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2004/09/the_voice_of_go.php

      http://pmunadebate.blogspot.com/2006/12/british-muslim-program.html

      Nice set of excuses to sidestep ever answering the questions.

      regards,
      K

    20. Mujahideen Ryder June 11th, 2007 at 3:24 pm

      Where did Shaykh Hamza say it was okay to join the US Military? I don’t have to answer the questions. You can contact Zaytuna and ask Shaykh Hamza why he said those things if in fact he did say those things. I haven’t heard it. I don’t just listen to one scholar, I listen to many.

      And linking to MuslimWakeUp and PMU kinda shocked me. Now I know where you stand.

      InshaAllah I invite you to check out this lecture:
      What is the Purpose of Life
      by Shaykh Khalid Yasin

      May Allah (swt) have mercy upon you and guide you.

    21. UKer June 11th, 2007 at 3:46 pm

      Before any1 goes accusing Scholars of Islam, look at this link:
      http://www.islam786.org/wahhabism.htm#96903700

      i suggest you read it, possibly not all of it, cos its long, but atleast half…i hope u reach the area where it talks about how the government started funding them…and how they killed so many. And then they say ‘Sufism’ is the ‘new’ sect!!! Sufism is traditional Islam…the Islam of the Prophet PBUH.
      I dont know what the ppl on the website follow, but i really learnt from them. Also u might want to look at the other sections on the side!

      And plz, ppl who disrespect scholars…doesnt Islam teach us that we must respect others..give them so many excuses…let alone a Scholar who has dedicated his whole life for Islam and the Ummah, and then sum idiot goes along and calls him something! If you disagree with him, atleast say it in a more respectful manner, and open ur heart to hear the other side!!!!
      May Allah SWT guide us all.

    22. Luqman June 11th, 2007 at 6:21 pm

      UKer, I had a quick look at the site you linked to. I wasn’t impressed. Frankly, I’m not even sure it’s run by Muslims. They quote things like:

      While the Sunnis accept wholeheartedly Prophet Muhammad as the last Hazrat. The Shiites do not accept this doctrine. They revere Ali who was Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law. Just a week ago, I was listening to a news story from Iraq through America’s National Public Radio (NPR). In the news piece that described the funeral of some Shiites men killed by Iraqi insurgency (mostly done by Sunnis), the bereaving men where reciting the Kalima repeatedly. However, the thing that struck me the most was the following: The Shiite men were reciting only the first part of Kalmia Tayib while ignoring the second part, which says that Muhammad is God’s Rasul (the last prophet). This had been a bone of contention amongst Shiites. The Sunnis hate Shiites for their non-belief in Muhammad.

      The Sunday Telegraph

      British Muslims ordered to adopt Taliban teachings
      By Julian West and Jo Knowsley
      (Filed: 27/07/1997) (p. 13)

      Thousands of young British Muslims are being indoctrinated into the Taliban, the hard-line Islamic sect which believes women are the source of evil. The young men study at British mosques and religious colleges, learning the laws of the Deobandi sect, a political branch of Islam that formed the basis of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan.

      Clearly not a reliable resource. I do agree with you about respecting scholars though, I think the owners of the site would do well to take your advice.

    23. UKer June 12th, 2007 at 5:14 am

      Btw, the first quote u quoted is true, some shia’s believe that Ali RA should have been last Prophet!! Astagfirullah.

      The 2nd quote, im not sure what its talking about here, but i think theyr making a point about how Extremism is coming from specific places…and in that quote, i think that theyr saying theyr being taught by Deobandis…which the website believe are the likes of Taliban.

      Allahu Aalam.

    24. hmm December 1st, 2007 at 9:41 pm

      why are you guys arguing about who is a good sheikh and who is not? these types of things create disunity in the muslim ummah. If you dislike sheikh hamza keep it to yourself why proudly advertise that you dont like him? that in itself is unislamic, then calling people hamza worshippers which is an accusation of shirk is a HUGE violation in Islam and arguing with a fellow brother about something trivial is very wrong

      please brothers lets try to first work on ourselves and becoming better people before we openly critisize each other.

      salaammu alaykum

    25. muslim January 24th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

      i believe firmly in my heart that Allah is the truth mohammad is his final messenger and islam is the law of the earth no mtter what’s been said and done. the glory of God can only come peacefully.

    26. whatsup29 January 25th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

      as salaam o alaikum
      …take what u can from this scholar..he studied many places…unlike many people who havent done so
      …dont worry if hes a bad speaker or good one..jus take what u think is riite..and if he makes mistake..may allah forgive him..
      ..thats all i got to say
      ..may allah (swt) guide us..ameen

    27. thakhiyudheen June 6th, 2008 at 9:09 am

      i dont like the abu yusuf’s speach he is not good in islamic speaches

    28. Kevin September 22nd, 2008 at 4:07 pm

      What was/is the big difference between MuslimWakeup, PMUNA, “progressive Muslims”, the Quilliam Foundation, and Hamza Yusuf?
      After all, both the Quilliam Foundation and Hamza’s group in the UK (the Radical Middle Way) both openly brag about taking money from the British govt.. Mr. Hanson himself defended this here:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5fApgQUvBM

      secondly, he is to now appear with the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair here:

      http://tonyblairfaithfoundation.org/2008/09/september-25th-2008-a-special.html

      along with Saleemah Abdul Ghaffur:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saleemah_Abdul-Ghafur

      http://www.livingislamoutloud.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19&Itemid=58

      Ghaffur openly advocates women led prayer, the acceptance of lesbianism among Muslims, and changing islam to fit western culture, up to and including discarding hadiths and ayahs of the Quran which contradict it (“to make it more compatible”) .

      Where is the difference (if any)?

    29. Akhdar October 11th, 2008 at 11:22 am

      Shaykhul-Islaam ath-Thaanee Ibnul-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him said:

      And from among his (shaytaan’s) repertoire of schemes and ploys is that he invites the slave (of Allaah) with his good character, cheerfulness and joyfulness to types of sin and wickedness. As a result, he will meet and greet him (i.e. the Muslim) with that which will not enable him to rescue himself from his evil except his display of displeasure, giving an angry look and turning away from him. So, the enemy will act kindly towards him, greeting him with joyfulness, a glowing face and beautiful speech. Then, he will attach himself to him, and have a strong desire to save himself from his clutches, however he will be unable to. As a result, the enemy (Iblees) will continue to move among them (the deviant) until he achieves his desired goal. Finally, he enters upon the slave with his plots by way of good character and a shining face.

      It is for this reason, the ‘Doctors of the Heart’ have advised (us) with turning away from the People of Innovation, not extending to them the greetings of salaams and happy, glowing faces or even meeting them (at all) unless it is with gloominess and sternness!’

      -Ighaathatul Lahfaan 1/140

    30. ahmad fauzi October 16th, 2008 at 5:44 am

      i love shaikh hamzah yusuf hanson….may Allah bless him forever

    31. Hassan Chelh November 25th, 2008 at 3:42 am

      Salam to all,

      Why is it people like to attack each other? it is not for us or for anyone to judge one another. Sheikh Hamza is not perfect, no one is perfect. He is a good speaker and has a lot to say.

    32. Hamza November 26th, 2008 at 12:05 am

      Brother MR,
      Please do not put Shaykh Anwar Al-Awlaki in the category of Salafis. He is NOT NO Salafi.

    33. Khanman February 3rd, 2010 at 1:53 am

      Yeah brother MR,

      I think it was inappropriate for you to put Albani, Awlaki with the names of Zawahiri and Bin Laden.

      That is transgressing way beyond the limits of Islamic adab and akhlaaq.

      We must remember not to stoop to the level of others when discussing matters related to Islam or even usislamic topics.

      Sometimes, it is better to just stop and make dua for everyone, for the ummah.

      Al-Ghazali says: “Over-enthusiasm is a mark of corrupted scholars, even when the case they are defending is true.a person who enjoys a place of prestige is strongly inclined to preserve his position by attracting followers, and the only way to that is to boast and to attack or curse adversaries.”

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