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Shaykh Hamza Yusuf at ISNA 2007, entitled “Upholding Faith, Serving Humanity”:

MashaAllah! Allah hu Akbar! First Imam Suhaib Webb and now Shaykh Hamza Yusuf calls for unity. May Allah (swt) give us (the students fo the various institues such as Al-Maghrib, SunniPath, Zaytuna, etc.) the ability to attain this unity and to be more accepting of our differences. Ameen!

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    1. ... September 5th, 2007 at 5:23 pm

      MashaAllah amazing lecture =)

      p.s. he is looking absolutely handsome =) and doesnt look anywhere near late 40’s =)

    2. Khadija September 5th, 2007 at 5:37 pm

      :)
      cool
      haven’t watched the video yet though

    3. aysha September 5th, 2007 at 7:05 pm

      ALLAHU AKBAR! that was amazing! mash’allah! i love Sh. Hamza! man is he inspiring. just his voice gives me goosebumps.

    4. ... September 5th, 2007 at 9:55 pm

      Islamic Studies Students Behaving Badly?

      This piece was to change mindsets and hearts and insha allah people will benefit from it. I would like to thank all the students and the Shaykhs who too the time to read this and advised me before my releasing this message. Jazak allah khairan.

      Bismillah arRahman arRaheem

      I pray everyone is having a fruitful and beneficial Ramadan.

      This is a message for my brothers and sisters in the AlMaghrib Institute and Zaytuna Institute and other Islamic studies organizations insha allah. Ramadan is a time when we are fasting to purify ourselves and I pray to Allah subhanu wa ta ala that we can purify our hearts and bonds of brotherhood this Ramadan.

      Allah says in Surah AlBaqarah, “O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun”

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      Abu Hurairah radhi ullah anhu reported that the Messenger of Allah, salallahu alaihee wa aalihee wa salam had said: ” The Muslim is the brother to the Muslim. He should neither deceive him, nor tell a lie on him, nor disgrace or shame him. Everything (of these three things) of a Muslim is (sacred, and thus) inviolable by another Muslim: his honor, blood and property. Piety is here (and he pointed out to his chest thrice). A Muslim can be sure that he has committed a grievous sin, if he degrades his Muslim brother.”

      An active volunteer and worker from amongst the AlMaghrib Institute students recently told me “The Ameers and volunteers and our students need to be reminded of the issue of speaking about and criticizing other institutes, in particular Zaytuna Institute.”

      He said, there are some negative feelings between the students of the two institutes and that he feels some of our students have forgotten the purpose of the AlMaghrib Institute and are engaged in talk and criticisms about different institutes and groups.

      Now we are not suggesting this a widespread problem or even a popular opinion amongst students at the AlMaghrib Institute or amongst Zaytuna Institute students towards the AlMaghrib Institute, but insha allah it would be good to address this issue before things get out of hand.

      We have heard similar concerns from Houston, Dallas, Washington DC, New Jersey, Chicago and basically many places where the two institutes are active. Even in some of our promotional programs people would ask me of such concerns.

      And so today, we want to address this matter for all to know the genuine and heartfelt position of AlMaghrib Institute towards other institutes including our brothers and sisters at the Zaytuna Institute.

      Why Zaytuna Institute? Why not keep this message general?

      The issue is always Zaytuna Institute! And we believe one reasons the names of these two institutes come up together so often is because both of them are successful, alhamdullillah. Some of the bad talk that surfaces seems to come from miscommunications, jealousy and fanaticism (we pledge allegiance to our Institute).

      We believe some people, whether students of these institutes or outsiders make this hype, this sort of battle between institutes. AlMaghrib versus Zaytuna – the battle continues!

      Is AlMaghrib the anti-Zaytuna? Is Zaytuna the anti-alMaghrib? We have heard people use such bizarre terms in describing the two schools.

      I used to think it was just my imagination or just a few fanatical youth in Chicago and California, but in this age of bloggers and online forums, you can just browse the internet to see this is something very real in many people’s minds.

      Some blogs are boycotting AlMaghrib Institute instructors, often times unfairly and irresponsibly and you will find some blogs are bashing Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Shaykh Zaid Shakir unfairly and unethically. There are absolute smear campaigns being propogated by some people and it is sad to see – complete disregard for the honor of their Muslim brother.

      Allah said about His Prophet salallahu alaihee wa aalihee wa salam: And you have exemplary manners [Al-Qur’an: Surah Al-Qalam (68:4)].

      Prophet Muhammad, salallahu alaihee wa aalihee wa salam also said: I am sent to complete (perfect) the good manners (Ahmad and Al-Muwatta’).

      Do we have exemplary manners today? Do we have good manners with one another? Do we protect and honor our brothers and sisters when they are not present?

      I remember one brother praising how President Clinton was a better president in terms of his foreign policy for Muslims than our current President, George W Bush. And later in the same conversation he mentioned one of the personalities from one of the institutes we are discussing today and he said, “he is a Shaytan!”

      Is that appropriate behavior towards these Muslim brothers of ours? These men are teachers, students of knowledge, they excite people and call people to Islam and morality. We can praise President Clinton, and in the same sitting curse one of these teachers?

      The Founder and Director of the AlMaghrib Institute, our beloved brother Muhammad Alshareef has consistently said, most recently in Houston last month, “We do not speak about any Muslim person or organization and this is what I have seen from the manners of the ‘ulema.”

      He continued, “If a name is mentioned we do not even discuss the issue because the person mentioned will not be there to defend themselves.”

      In Code of Scholars, the Usul ul-Fiqh class he said, “Once people asked one of my teachers about Rajih Bank in Saudi Arabia, and immediately they said, this question will not be addressed because you have mentioned the bank by name.”

      He also said he does not like for him or any of the Institute’s teachers to use vague language, for example if one of the teachers was to say, “there are islamic institutes right here in America who teach bida’h” which would cause the students to speculate – what institutes?

      One brother reminded me as I am writing this piece that in Fiqh of Dawah Shaykh Muhammad said, “especially in the west we should not try to run down any Muslim organizations… the best we can do (and should do) is advise them…”

      And alhamdullillah knowing brother Muhammad Alshareef and working with him as a friend and colleague I have never seen him even in private entertain any questions about any people. Sometimes people will criticize him or ask him, “What do you think about such and such person” or “Why did you quote such and such Shaykh, doesn’t he have issues?” and he has never engaged in such ridiculous and wasteful conversations.

      And for me this seperates him, among other things, from many other “students of knowledge” and educators who may be guilty of having a public face and a different attitude in private when it comes to speaking about people and criticizing them.

      All the other teachers have adhered to and respected this policy alhamdullillah to the best of my knowledge and if any of them have not or do not, then we frown on such behavior and do not encourage it.

      As for Zaytuna Institute and AlMaghrib Institute and the suggestion that there is a problem between the two institutes at an official level, Shaykh Muhammad downplayed this when I mentioned people make this hype about us versus them, and he said, “So many of our students overlap … people just want to learn Islam and they enjoy hearing good speakers. There is no issue between us, alhamdullillah.”

      At ISNA in 2004 Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf spoke alongside one another during an MSA National lecture and it was a wonderful session for all who attended. Shaykh Muhammad after finishing his talk embraced Shaykh Hamza and made small talk with him before it was his turn to speak.

      I remember some college students saying “I was shocked to see a Salafi and Sufi speak together on the same stage.”

      Subhan allah, we have never heard Shaykh Muhammad or Shaykh Hamza ascribe such labels or titles to themselves and I do not think it is proper for other people to do that either. We should have more honor and respect for these men than to treat them that way.

      Shaykh Yaser Birjas and Shaykh Mohamed Faqih have visited the Zaytuna Institute location in California to meet the administration and give salaams to the brothers and I believe they met some of the teachers there when visiting.

      Shaykh Gyasi Mckinzie, former AlMaghrib Institute instructor, accompanied me to a Zaytuna Institute fundraiser in Virginia, at the ADAMS center as he was in town the same weekend teaching a class for the AlMaghrib Institute late in 2005. We met with Shaykh Zaid Shakir there and gave him salaams and had dinner with our brothers from Zaytuna Institute.

      Shaykh Mohamed Faqih presented a whole class dedicated to the topic of manners and warned and advised students to never speak negatively about any Muslim, male or female, especially Muslim scholars. We remember the Shaykh saying so many of the past Muslim scholars made such big mistakes yet we hold them in high esteem and read their books and benefit from them all the time, but today if somebody makes mistakes or says something we disagree with, we are ready to boycott them or disassociate from them.

      The number one cause of Muslims fall as described by Dr. Ashraf Ismail in his brilliant history class was internal problems among Muslims. Islam teaches us best of adaab. Today in the world, our Prophet, salallahu alaihee wa aalihee wa salam is being attacked, many young Muslims are not praying or practicing their religion and we are focusing on our differences and disputes between Islamic institutes?

      The challenges and hardships have to come to us and will come to us, as in the Muslim Ummah, but let them come at the hands of non-Muslims and let us not make hardships on each other or act unfairly with each other.

      Some of our Ameers and most dedicated volunteers are regular students at Zaytuna Institute organized programs and they benefit from those classes as well as AlMaghrib Institute classes.
      Many of the students are regular attendees to the programs of both institutes.

      I myself met with the management of Zaytuna Institute when they visited Houston in December 2005 and we had a productive and warm meeting, greeting each other and wishing the two institutes well, and congratulating one another on the successes of the institutes and discussing other matters quite candidly. I was very impressed with the vision and attitude by brothers Mobeen Saifullah and Ali Hassan, who are involved with the administrative management of Zaytuna Institute.

      So if what I am saying is true, where does the talk and the criticizing come from?

      Some say: AlMaghrib students in my city backbite the shaykhs of Zaytuna, they must learn that from their teachers in AlMaghrib!!!

      Some say: the Zaytuna students in our cities seem to really dislike AlMaghrib and they warn people not to come to our classes, so it must come from such and such Shaykh.

      The truth is, wallahu alim, there are some students behaving badly in both institutes, and maybe occasionally even teachers from both institutes slip up and say things they should not say. However, the official policy of the AlMaghrib Institute is not to speak about any Muslim person or organization at all even if the Institute is criticized or people are trying to engage you in debate or dialogue.

      As for the students behaving badly, then the mainstream students in the institutes should condemn such behavior and not allow it. So when you heard a student backbite Shaykh Zaid, or a student backbite Shaykh Yaser, you should remind them to fear Allah and not speak about their brothers in such a way.

      I remember during Fiqh of Love in Houston, some students in the AlMaghrib Institute class came to Shaykh Yaser Birjas and asked if they could pass out fliers for a Zaytuna Institute program coming up, and he told them it was no problem with him at all, but to check with the administration about marketing policies. Likewise, AlMaghrib students passed out fliers for their upcoming class at the Zaytuna Minara program in Houston.

      Some will say we have heard AlMaghrib students tore down Zaytuna posters and warned people “do not go to Shaykh Hamza’s lecture!” and this may be true, and it is would be sad that some students did something like that. Shaykh Hamza mentioned that in one city, that he heard some youth tore down posters for his event because that student hated the fact that the Shaykh was coming to speak in that community.

      I have seen and heard similar complaints on the other end – AlMaghrib Institute was planning a class for months in a locality and a few weeks before some people organize an event with a similar title, nearby venue and adjusted tuition fee and emails are sent out to locals “beware… do not go to the AlMaghrib program!! It will brainwash you… ” And as a result both programs are harmed and there are bad feelings between the organizers naturally.

      Are there differences between the two institutes? Certainly there are and at what level and how great they are is debatable but there are many commonalities and shared visions between both institutes as well and I have no doubt that we have a sincere respect for one another, and that I know our instructors at the AlMaghrib Institute all hold their fellow Islamic schools and organizations in high esteems and pray for them, and their guidance.

      So to the students of both Institutes – enjoy the programs your institutes bring to you, and make du’aa for the people who work in each institute and the teachers and stop the smack talking. Maybe invite one another to sports nights or take each other to dinner or for friendly discussions.

      While I do not like to see unhealthy and unislamic behavior between students of the two institutes I would love to see healthy and productive competition – competing for the pleasure of Allah, competing to do good deeds, competing to bring benefit to people.

      Shaykh Suhaib Webb who is currently residing in Cairo studying at Jamiya Al-Azhar is friends with instructors in both these institutes and he said to me, “both these institutes do a great job and provide programs and services Muslims really need, and it is great to see people benefitting from them, masha allah.”

      This year Shaykh Hamza Yusuf said in Houston at the Minara program, “May the best dawah win!” I think that is a lovely message, a lovely challenge and I hope both institutes will take that as a serious message and compete seeking only the pleasure of Allah.

      Wasalam alaikum,
      – Irtiza Hasan

    5. Luqman September 5th, 2007 at 11:28 pm

      Brother Amir, for the record, Imam Suheib Webb did NOT call for unity. He bashed the “traditional” Muslims in his post, and yes, he did “apologize” in his 2nd post, but it is clear that he is confused himself. I think you should re-think your title on this post. This may contribute to what Shaykh Hamza was saying: http://alternativeentertainment.wordpress.com/2007/08/27/unity-based-on-renewal-and-guidance/#comments

    6. AbdulRahman September 6th, 2007 at 2:33 am

      Bro, I love this thing about this blog, that I get to learn much about the difference and the similarities between the Sufis and Salafis, and the misconceptions that many on both sides have of each other.

      May Allaah cleanse our hearts from all evil, and may we all be united in Paradise.

    7. Umm Layth September 6th, 2007 at 3:27 am

      Masha’Allah, Masha’Allah

      Come on young people. Get on it! How empowering, masha’Allah

      May Allah reward him!

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    9. jannah September 6th, 2007 at 1:59 pm

      Salam maybe u could put this up on ur blog:
      http://www.themadina.com/index.php?topic=2671.0

    10. Mujahideen Ryder September 6th, 2007 at 3:21 pm

      jannah on September 6, 2007 at 1:59 pm said:

      Salam maybe u could put this up on ur blog:
      http://www.themadina.com/index.php?topic=2671.0

      I did here.

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    12. Samir September 7th, 2007 at 12:34 am

      I love how people that have no where near the amount of knowledge of Sheikh Suhaib Webb are calling him confused because he hasn’t pledge allegiance to a specific institute. Often times these people that call him confused have no where near the amount of knowledge that Suhaib Webb has.
      May Allah (SWT) forgive us all.

    13. American Muslim September 7th, 2007 at 3:04 am

      With regards to Sheikh Hamza Yusuf’s lecture at ISNA, I have only one word to say: ALHAMDULLILAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    15. Shoeb September 7th, 2007 at 12:56 pm

      I love Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Amir Saheb.

    16. ali SAHIB September 7th, 2007 at 4:30 pm

      Shoeb on September 7, 2007 at 12:56 pm said:

      I love Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Amir Saheb.

      i love amir SAHIB too LOL

    17. Siraaj Muhammad September 7th, 2007 at 4:37 pm

      At the discussion with Shaykhs Yasir Qadhi and Faraz Rabbani, when asked about the allegiance many students of each institute has to the detriment of others, both stated unequivocally that no one should be attacking any of the organizations (be it AlMaghrib or Sunnipath).

      A lot of time in one’s life can be saved and moved towards more productive means by simply leaving away discussions such as these. I’ve done so, and the benefits have been immense on what I’ve been able to do and contribute, both personally and in daw’ah. I’d suggest the same for everyone who wants to make a positive impact.

      Siraaj

    18. Maryam September 8th, 2007 at 4:30 pm

      Salaam everyone and Ramadan Kareem brothers/sisters. nice blog btw my first time posting here.

      Hamza Yusuf is an eloquent speaker I give him that, however i’m not very fond of some of his stances such as music, or riba for education is halal, ikhtilaaf is a blessing from Allah and so on. I suppose he is good to listen to in order to get your iman up, but you have to have at least some sort of knowledge to listen to him otherwise you will be lured by his articulacy and will most probably be more prone to taking on all that which is not right. I personally do not listen to him, not that I regard him to be deviant or anything of that sort, I am in no such position, and its unislamic to do so, but simply I know he is not someone who I can rely on to give me the correct information based on the Quran and the authentic Sunnah.

    19. Stupid September 8th, 2007 at 4:37 pm

      Maryam on September 8, 2007 at 4:30 pm said:

      Salaam everyone and Ramadan Kareem brothers/sisters. nice blog btw my first time posting here.

      Hamza Yusuf is an eloquent speaker I give him that, however i’m not very fond of some of his stances such as music, or riba for education is halal, ikhtilaaf is a blessing from Allah and so on. I suppose he is good to listen to in order to get your iman up, but you have to have at least some sort of knowledge to listen to him otherwise you will be lured by his articulacy and will most probably be more prone to taking on all that which is not right. I personally do not listen to him, not that I regard him to be deviant or anything of that sort, I am in no such position, and its unislamic to do so, but simply I know he is not someone who I can rely on to give me the correct information based on the Quran and the authentic Sunnah.

      No one cares about your opinion.

    20. Maryam September 8th, 2007 at 4:49 pm

      Stupid on September 8, 2007 at 4:37 pm said:

      No one cares about your opinion.

    21. Maryam September 8th, 2007 at 4:50 pm

      Stupid on September 8, 2007 at 4:37 pm said:

      No one cares about your opinion.

      Okey, and what is your problem? Btw you only speak for yourself and no one else. Move on.

    22. Umm Layth September 9th, 2007 at 9:01 am

      I don’t know about these opinions being correct. I would need the proof that he is okay with ribaa, period. The issue of music, well my sister, the scholars of the past disagreed. Even though the strongest opinion is that musical instruments are haram, there is the opinion amongst the scholars who said otherwise. So it isn’t his opinion. Nothing stops you from taking the good from him and overlooking these things. Even then, I really, honestly, doubt that you know the detail of his stances, well enough. If he thinks music is halal, is it only spiritual music? So I am interested in proof for every one of these claims and I think such is a fair thing to expect when claims are being made and a person is being warned about, to a certain extent. Jazaki Allahu khairan

    23. @hmed.a.a September 9th, 2007 at 4:22 pm

      Stupid on September 8, 2007 at 4:37 pm said:

      No one cares about your opinion.

      why dont you have the guts to put your name down if your going to make childish reply , the sister stated her opinion and she is entitled to that as much as any body else on this blog , you should Fear Allah! before you hide behind fake names and making childish ignorant responses hoping that no one will ever no!!

    24. Mujahideen Ryder September 9th, 2007 at 5:13 pm

      Maryam on September 8, 2007 at 4:30 pm said:

      Salaam everyone and Ramadan Kareem brothers/sisters. nice blog btw my first time posting here.

      Hamza Yusuf is an eloquent speaker I give him that, however i’m not very fond of some of his stances such as music, or riba for education is halal, ikhtilaaf is a blessing from Allah and so on. I suppose he is good to listen to in order to get your iman up, but you have to have at least some sort of knowledge to listen to him otherwise you will be lured by his articulacy and will most probably be more prone to taking on all that which is not right. I personally do not listen to him, not that I regard him to be deviant or anything of that sort, I am in no such position, and its unislamic to do so, but simply I know he is not someone who I can rely on to give me the correct information based on the Quran and the authentic Sunnah.

      Thanks for the visit. JazakAllah khair. Anyways regarding Shaykh Hamza’s opnion on Riba, from what I have heard, it’s pretty strict. I haven’t heard him discuss getting loans for educations, but just generally speaking on interest, its haram.

      Stupid on September 8, 2007 at 4:37 pm said:

      No one cares about your opinion.

      At least you got your name right, STUPID!

      @hmed.a.a on September 9, 2007 at 4:22 pm said:

      why dont you have the guts to put your name down if your going to make childish reply , the sister stated her opinion and she is entitled to that as much as any body else on this blog , you should Fear Allah! before you hide behind fake names and making childish ignorant responses hoping that no one will ever no!!

      *know

      haha 😀

    25. Safiya September 9th, 2007 at 6:53 pm

      Masha Allah. What a wonderful speech!

      I wish we could have a conference with such calls for unity here in the U.K.

    26. @hmed.a.a September 9th, 2007 at 6:57 pm

      Mujahideen Ryder on September 9, 2007 at 5:13 pm said:

      Thanks for the visit. JazakAllah khair. Anyways regarding Shaykh Hamza’s opnion on Riba, from what I have heard, it’s pretty strict. I haven’t heard him discuss getting loans for educations, but just generally speaking on interest, its haram.

      At least you got your name right, STUPID!

      *know

      haha 😀

      lol bro i have been using mobile phones too much , i shorten words or use other words which sound similar so that i can squeeze as much msg as i can into one page of text so i knew i was making a mistake ” jzkllh khr 4 pointin it out 2 me 😛 “

    27. Ibraheem September 11th, 2007 at 10:52 am

      Sheikh Mohammad Yaqoubi told me that Sheikh Mekki al-Kattani told him (7) and Sheikh Ibraheem Yaqoubi told him [abridged chain] Imam ibn Hajar al-Asqalani heard from his teacher [more abridgement] that Imam Muslim ibn Hajjaj al-Naysapuri heard from Abu Bark ibn Shayba who heard it from Abu Owkhus who heard it from Abu Husin who heard it from Abu Saleh who heard from Abu Hurarya (May Allah be Please with him) who said the Messenger of Allah (May Peace and Prayers be Upon him) said “Whoever believes in the Allah and the Last Day will not harm his neighbor and whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day will honor his guests and whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day WILL SAY GOOD OR BE SILENT.”

    28. Mohammed November 18th, 2007 at 4:39 pm

      Maryam on September 8, 2007 at 4:30 pm said:

      Salaam everyone and Ramadan Kareem brothers/sisters. nice blog btw my first time posting here.

      Hamza Yusuf is an eloquent speaker I give him that, however i’m not very fond of some of his stances such as music, or riba for education is halal, ikhtilaaf is a blessing from Allah and so on. I suppose he is good to listen to in order to get your iman up, but you have to have at least some sort of knowledge to listen to him otherwise you will be lured by his articulacy and will most probably be more prone to taking on all that which is not right. I personally do not listen to him, not that I regard him to be deviant or anything of that sort, I am in no such position, and its unislamic to do so, but simply I know he is not someone who I can rely on to give me the correct information based on the Quran and the authentic Sunnah.

      MashAllah the best answer up here. Better to be safe than sorry.

    29. Abu Muslim February 7th, 2008 at 3:03 am

      Assalamu alaykum wa rahamtullahi wa barakatuhu.

      Mashallah you are trying to come to what is correct, Instead of followings these peoples and groups Zaytun or al Magrib. We follow the way of Prophet Muhammad sallahu wa alayhe wa sallam. Imam Malik rahimallah said after his dars ” All speech is accepted or rejected excpet the kalam [speech] of this man in this grave.” He was talking about Muhammad sallahu wa alahiwa sallam. The truth is we are seeking the Face of Allah, and looking into get into Jannah. There are divent groups and beliefs that are not from islam. So the main issue is beliing in Allah and Islam just how the prophet sallahu wa alayhe wa sallam was upon. This is the only way to succes. We dont need this groups of these people from al Magrib or Zaytune the sunnah of Islam is lleft and his clear. We do not need no more groups and sects what we need is to follow the message this is clear and left behind from the prophet sallahu wa alayhe wa sallam.

      We never will get correct until we come together and agree upon what the Prophet sallahu wa alayhe wa sallam was upon and his compaion and it very clear in Tareek [history] of Islam that he was not sufi, he was no shia, he was not from none of these sect rather he warn his peoples , his Sahab of braking into grouups and sects. We need return to the book of Allah and the sunnah of his messenger. Not about Zaytune or al Magrib program. It about Fearing our lord and seeking knowledge of this religon according to the way the prophet sallahu wa alayhe wa sallalm understond it. This mean we must return to arabic and the books of the scholars of the past that were pious and the book of Allah the quran. We talk about this group, that group this so call shaykh and that so call shayk. But we dont even know quran. Lets return to understanding of Islam in our life. And you say Hamzah Yusuf said let the best Dawah win. I say Let the Dawah of our prophet sallahu wa alayhe wa sallam and the Truth from our Lord pervail upon all Mankind Ameen.

    30. Aisha February 7th, 2008 at 4:21 am

      Ameen! Abu Muslim
      All these different sects is making my head spin. Where can I get into online forums or classes that teach this Abu Muslim or Sister Maryam. I agree with you two 100% because I’ve heard some weird things from Imam Hamza Yousef.

      I can’t get over the fact he called the firemen from NYC martyrs after 11 Sept. That was enough for me to think twice about taking my ilm from him.

    31. Abu Muslim February 8th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

      assalamu alaykum

      May Allah bestow upon you Mercy oh Aisah ameen

      , Yes i am from NY also and after 911 his talkv sure did open up muslims about this mans belief.

      I know some good websites and places online that are on sunna you can learn from feel free to contact me at my email muhammad.amreeki@gmail.com Also know some people who have knowledge of the deen and translate works from the real scholars of islam. Not this water down islam and sufi stuff.

      Alot of I feel sorry for al magrib brothers because for a while they was teaching aqeedah ahul sunnah but now they going join Zaytun these people are asharee in aqeedah they are sufi and very divent and their speech misguide many on the youth.

      Please feel free to contact me.
      here one website http://www.al-ibaanah.com/index.php

      http://understand-islam.net/site/ this website from Dr Salih as Salih many might know for the books he translate and wrote on Tawheed, he die today in madinah after salatu asr, he had class online on paltalk education English Muslims on Islam may Allah forgive him and give him jannah. His website has alot of his class online. And he does even talk about this topic sufi and siting with ahul bidah. He qote from the scholars of the past with proofs. Here his audio about sufi
      http://www.understand-islam.net/audio/andromeda.php?q=f&f=%2FFitan+and+Deviations+%2E+-+%2E+2%2E+Religions+and+Sects%2FSufism

      And Madinah Unversity now is staring online school
      http://www.mediu.edu.my/

      Here are some saying of the scholars of the past who were upon the sunnah about siting with people of ahul bidah. Yasir Qadi and other like him from al Magrib and Zaytoon are no were near or even close to one hair of any scholars from the past who learnt from the Sahab and tabeoon here are their sayings about siting with people of inovation……

      The Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said, “My Ummah will split into seventy three sects, all of them in the Fire except for one”. It was said “What is the one group?” He said, “That which I and my companions are upon today”. at-Tirmidhi

      And he (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) used to say at the beginning of his lectures, “and the best speech is the Speech of Allah, and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam) , and the worst of all affairs are the newly invented matters (in the religion)” (Muslim)

      Qaadee Abu Ya’laa (d. 333H) said: “There is concensus (Ijmaa’) among the Sahaabah and the Taabi’een as regards dissociating and cutting-off from the Innovators.” Hajar ul-Mubtadi’ (p.32)

      Al-Baghawee (d. 535H) said: “And the Sahaabah, the Taabi’een, their successors and the Scholars of the Sunnah passed away while they were upon this, united and unanimously agreed upon having enmity towards the Ahl ul-Bid’ah (the People of Innovation) and fleeing from them.” Sharh us-Sunnah (1/227)

      Ath-Thaabit bin al-Ajlaan said: “I met Anas bin Maalik, Ibn al-Musayyab, al-Hasan al-Basree, Sa’eed bin Jubair, ash-Sha’bee, Ibraaheem an-Nakha’ee, Ataa’ bin Abee Riyaah, Taawoos, Mujaahid, Abdullaah bin Abee Mulaikah, az-Zuhree, Makhool, al-Qaasim Abu Abdur-Rahmaan, Ataa’ al-Khurasaanee, Thaabit al-Bunaanee, al-Hakam bin Utbah, Ayyoob as-Sakhtiyaanee, Hammaad bin Muhammad bin Seereen, Abu Aamir- and he had actually met Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq -, Yazeed ar-Riqaashee, and Sulaimaan bin Moosaa, all of them were ordering me [to hold on to] the Jamaa’ah and forbidding me from the People of Desires (i.e Innovators) Sharh Usool ul-I’tiqaad of al-Laalikaa’ee (no.239)

      Al-Fudayl bin ‘Iyaad (d. 187H) said: ”I met the best of people, all of them people of the Sunnah and they used to forbid from accompanying the people of innovation.” Reported by al-Laalikaa’ee (no.267)

      Al-Hasan al-Basree (d. 110H) said: “Do not sit with the people of innovation and desires, nor argue with them, nor listen to them.” Reported by ad-Daarimee in his Sunan (1/121)

      Ibraaheem bin Maysarah (d.132H) said: “Whoever honours an innovator has aided in the destruction of Islam.” Reported by al-Laalikaa’ee (1/139).

      Imaam Maalik (d. 179H) said: “How evil are the people of innovation, we do no give them salaam.” Reported by al-Baghawee in Sharh us-Sunnah (1/234).

      If al Magrib mix with these people , they are doing big harm because they are misguiding the youth who want to learn the deen. Instead of guiding them they are misleading them. This is why it is important for you to learn your relgion and not to blind follow the people. Because if you blind folllow the people you will be confuse and lose hope. or you accept the falsehood and the truth is Allah say in quran. : (????????? ???????? ?????? ??????????? ??????????? ???????? ” Oh those who believe do not mix Iman with falsehood [or wrong doing].

      I not saying this because i have hate any muslims. I am saying these because I love Allah and His Rasul and the message they left back. I do this to save the deen. Not for points with the people. I do this because i want to see the muslim guided. Jazakum allahu khair for your time. pleae feel free contact me.

      brother Abu Muslim
      muhammad.amreeki@gmail.com or muhammad.amreeki@hotmail.com

    32. Wali Saidi March 18th, 2008 at 6:50 am

      Maryam on September 8, 2007 at 4:30 pm said:

      Salaam everyone and Ramadan Kareem brothers/sisters. nice blog btw my first time posting here.

      Hamza Yusuf is an eloquent speaker I give him that, however i’m not very fond of some of his stances such as music, or riba for education is halal, ikhtilaaf is a blessing from Allah and so on. I suppose he is good to listen to in order to get your iman up, but you have to have at least some sort of knowledge to listen to him otherwise you will be lured by his articulacy and will most probably be more prone to taking on all that which is not right. I personally do not listen to him, not that I regard him to be deviant or anything of that sort, I am in no such position, and its unislamic to do so, but simply I know he is not someone who I can rely on to give me the correct information based on the Quran and the authentic Sunnah.

      Sister, by your own admission, you clearly mentioned that you don’t listen to shaykh hamza yusuf, then how is it that you are fearful of his opinions? Because you would’ve never heard them. If you only listen to his public lectures which are extremely motivational and full of pure naseehah, then I don’t see how you will come up with the view that his opinions on music or riba are wrong.

      If you hear his detailed commentaries on Usul al fiqh, purification of the heart and poor mans book of assistance, foundation of islam etc you will be in a better position to judge his opinions. Take my word for it…his opinion are very strict but he is a man full of wisdom and in his own admission , he will opinions of scholars from other madhaahibs then the school of thought he adheres to (which is Maliki) if they are more lenient to a western audience.

      That is an indication of the shaykh’s profound wisdom. Today we have shuyoook, whom after receiving a bachelors degree start with the “it’s either my way or the highway’ slogan.

      Leaving that aside, I urge the students from both these institutes to not backbite each other or speak ill of one another. You might aswell quit going to your classes if you are going to then bring shame to your own scholars.

      was-sallam

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      Note, I did not write this pledge. This pledge is the work of our Sh. Bin Bayyah and the senior duat in the West such as Imam Hamza, Sh. Zaid Shakir and Sh. Yasir Qadi. I was asked to sign it and raced to do so.

      by Suhaib [Webb]

      Pledge of Mutual Respect and Cooperation Between Sunni Muslim Scholars, Organizations, and Students of Sacred Knowledge

      Hold fast to the Rope of Allah, all together, and be not divided. (Qur’an, 3:103)

      Surely, those who have made divisions in their religion and turned into factions, you have nothing to do with them. Their case rests with Allah; then He will inform them of what they used to do. (Qur’an, 6:159)

      In light of the Divine Word, we recognize that the historical nature of Sunni Islam is a broad one that proceeds from a shared respect for the Qur’an and Sunnah, a shared dependence on the interpretations and derivations of the Companions (may Allah be pleased with them), and a shared respect for the writings of a vast array of scholars who have been identified by their support for and affiliation with the Sunni Muslims and have been accepted as the luminaries of Sunni Islam – as broadly defined.

      Likewise, detailed discussions in matters of theology are the specific domain of trained specialists, and proceed on the basis of well-defined principles and methodologies, which are beyond the knowledge of the generality of Muslims.

      Our forebears in faith, with all the dedication, brilliance and sincerity clearly manifested in their works, have debated and discussed abstruse and complex issues of creed and practice, and have failed in most instances to convince their opponents of the veracity and accuracy of their positions.

      The average Muslim is only responsible for knowing the basics of creed as they relate to a simple belief in Allah, His Angels, Scriptures, the Prophets and Messengers, the Last Day, and the Divine Decree.

      Recognizing that the specter of sectarianism threatens to further weaken and debilitate our struggling Muslim community at this critical time in human affairs, and recognizing that Allah, Exalted is He, has given the Muslim community in the West a unique historical opportunity to advance the cause of peace, cooperation, and goodwill amongst the people of the world, we the undersigned respectfully:

      – Urge Muslims to categorically cease all attacks on individual Muslims and organizations whose varying positions can be substantiated based on the broad scholarly tradition of the Sunni Muslims. We especially urge the immediate cessation of all implicit or explicit charges of disbelief;

      – Urge Muslim scholars and students of sacred knowledge to take the lead in working to end ad hominem attacks on other scholars and students; to cease unproductive, overly polemical writings and oral discourse; and to work to stimulate greater understanding and cooperation between Muslims, at both the level of the leadership and the general community;

      -Urge Muslims in the West, especially our youth, to leave off unproductive and divisive discussions of involved theological issues that are the proper domain of trained specialists, and we especially discourage participation in those internet chat rooms, campus discussion groups, and other forums that only serve to create ill-will among many Muslims, while fostering a divisive, sectarian spirit;

      -Urge all teachers to instruct their students, especially those attending intensive programs, to respect the diverse nature of our communities and to refrain from aggressive challenges to local scholars, especially those known for their learning and piety;

      – Urge our brothers and sisters in faith to concentrate on enriching their lives by deepening their practice of Islam through properly learning the basics of the faith, adopting a consistent regimen of Qur’anic recitation, endeavoring to remember and invoke Allah in the morning and evening, learning the basics of jurisprudence, attempting to engage in voluntary fasting as much as possible, studying the Prophetic biography on a consistent basis, studying the etiquettes that guide our interactions with our fellow Muslims, and the performance of other beneficial religious acts, to the extent practical for their circumstances;

      – Finally, we urge the Believers to attempt to undertake individual and collective actions that will help to counter the growing campaign of anti-Islamic misinformation and propaganda that attempts to portray our religion as a violence-prone relic of the past unsuitable for modern society, and by so doing justify indiscriminate wars against Muslim peoples, occupation of Muslim lands, and usurpation of their resources.

      Saying this, we do not deny the reality of legitimate differences and approaches, nor the passionate advocacy of specific positions based on those differences. Such issues should be rightfully discussed observing established rules of debate. However, we urge the above measures to help prevent those differences from destroying the historical unity and integrity of the Muslim community, and creating irreparable divisions between our hearts. Further, we do not deny the urgency, especially in light of the situation in Iraq, of efforts to foster greater cooperation between diverse Muslim communities. Hence, this document should not be seen as negating any statements, or declarations designed to foster greater peace and harmony between diverse Muslim communities. However, we feel, as Sunni Muslims, a pressing need to first set our own affairs in order.

      In conclusion, having called our brothers and sisters to act on these points, we, the undersigned, pledge to be the first to actively implement them in response to the Divine Word:

      Do you enjoin righteousness on the people and refuse to follow it yourselves and all along you are reciting the scripture!? Will you not reflect? (Qur’an (2:44)

      We ask Allah for the ability to do that which He loves. And Allah alone is the Grantor of Success.

      Signed,

      Abdelrahman Helbawi

      Abdul Karim Khalil

      Abdullah Adhami

      Abdurraheem Green

      Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera

      Abu Aaliyah Surkheel Sharif

      Abu Eesa Niamatullah

      Aisha Faleh AlThani

      Asma Mirza

      Cheikhna B. Bayyah

      Dawood Yasin

      Ebadur Rahman

      Faraz Rabbani

      Fuad Nahdi

      Gul Mohammad

      Haitham al-Haddad

      Hamza Yusuf

      Hasan al-Banna

      Ibrahim Osi-Efa

      Jihad Hashim Brown

      M. Abdul Latif Finch

      M. Afifi al-Akiti

      Mehdi Kader

      Mokhtar Maghroui

      Muhammad Alshareef

      Muhammad Ash-Shaybani

      Muhammad ibn Adam

      Omar Qureshi

      S. Abdal-Hakim Jackson

      Shamira Chothia Ahmed

      Siddique Abdullah

      Suhaib Webb

      Tahir Anwar

      Talal Al-Azem

      Tanveer Hussain

      Tawfique Chowdhury

      Usama Canon

      Usama Hasan

      Walead Mosaad

      Yahya Rhodus

      Yasir Qadhi

      Zaid Shakir

      UPDATE to SIGNATORIES: The following names were missed from the original list of signatories and will be likely added in the next update: Yaser Birjas, Mohammed Faqih, Waleed Basyouni

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      YASIR QADHI’S VISIONS OF UNITING THE SECTS:

      quote:
      Yasir Qadhi states:

      “It is important to stress, however, that the purpose of this pledge is not to vindicate or justify one ideology over another. These differences have existed within Sunni Islam (in the broad sense of the term) for the last twelve centuries, and the fact of the matter is that, barring some sort of Divine Intervention, it does not appear that these difference will leave us any time soon.

      Therefore there needs to be a more pragmatic and realistic attempt at cooperation, one that retains our traditionalisms and respects our historical traditions, yet at the same time takes into account the context of our current political and social situation.”

      This call of Yasir Qadhi is to the destruction of the principle of “enjoining the good and forbidding the evil” in the name of unity with the sects of misguidance. May Allaah protect us.

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      This is a Soofee initiative. Plenty of the signatories are Soofees when you research them. The apparent author of the this pledge promotes the Milaad un-Nabi. Others you can find on Youtube in Soofee gatherings singing Nasheeds. Others studied under the Jahmee Soofee Nuh Keller who despicably lies upon the Salaf. This is a pledge to knowingly oppose Allaah and His Messenger, to knowingly misrepresent the verses quoted, and to deliberately portray those paths at the end of which is a devil as being synonymous with the Straigh Path of Allah. This pledge is in fact nothing short of a disgrace.

      ÃÈæ ÚíÇÖ ÃãÌÏ Èä ãÍãÏ ÑÝíÞ
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      -=amjad bin muhammad=-
      -rafiq-

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      The author of this pledge quoted the saying of Allaah, the Most High:

      quote:
      Surely, those who have made divisions in their religion and turned into factions, you have nothing to do with them. Their case rests with Allah; then He will inform them of what they used to do. (Qur’an, 6:159)

      This verse and all of the verses prohibiting splitting are in relation to the innovators and the people of desires when one looks into the books of Tafseer and the sayings of the Companions and Taabi`een. Thus, to oppose the Book and the Sunnah and to depart from the `aqeedah and way of the Salaf is unlawful and is the subject of the threat contained in this and other like verses in the Qur’an.

      Thus, what each signatory is signing to is a pledge to wilfully oppose the very verses quoted at the beginning of the pledge. Namely: to have everything to do with those who made divisions in the religion and turned into factions, to accommodate them, welcome them, love them, endorse them and present them to the people. To treacherously hide their opposition, their splitting away from the Book and the Sunnah, and to include them all under the deceptive banner of “vast array of Scholars”, and “luminaries of Sunni Islam – as broadly defined”.

      This statement of Allaah the Most High quoted at the beginning of this pledge of soofee fabrication falsifies everything that comes after it. This pledge is nothing short of a farce.

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      WHO ARE THE AHLUS-SUNNAH IN THE VIEW OF YASIR QADHI & HIS COMPANIONS?

      Yasir Qadhi states in his support of the pledge to co-operate with Ahlul-Bid’ah:

      quote:
      “All of the parties that have signed on to this document identify themselves as being from the tradition of Sunni Islam. And it is an undeniable historical reality that this label has been used by a number of diverse, and at times contradictory, theological groups, for the last thousand years of Islam. I personally have no qualms considering these groups within the broad fold of Sunni Islam.”

      These claimants to the Sunnah (and Salafiyyah) should not surprise us in the least. After all, Yasir Qadhi, Abdur-Rahmeen Green, Usamah Hasan (son of Suhaib Hasan) are all key speakers for the ‘Jamiat Ahle-Hadith UK’ and who have for years been diluting and polluting the pure Salafi manhaj. So this document signed by this group of speakers along with a group of extreme Soofee, Jahmee, Ash’aree, Dervish, Muqallid callers to innovation, should not shock us.

      Indeed what they have signed to now, is something that Suhaib Hasan and Abdul-Haadi Omari and the Jamiat Ahlel-Hadith have been upon for years!

      Hafeez Ullah Khan, one of the heads of the ‘Jamiat Ahle-Hadith UK’:

      quote:
      “The whole purpose of this discussion is that the Ummah is a victim of splitting and splintering – it is in dire need of unity and strength and brotherhood. My friends, me stating this does NOT mean that the Religious and Islamic organizations that exist have to lose their specific identities and titles and become one entity – No, but rather every organization and every jamaa’ah should remain established upon their own individual identities and come together making their unity apparent and it is in this unity that the blessing lies…”

      (‘Itihad – Unity Muslim’ Channel, 7th September 2006)

      So Yasir Qadhi states in his justification of the pact:

      quote:
      “It is important to stress, however, that the purpose of this pledge is not to vindicate or justify one ideology over another… Therefore there needs to be a more pragmatic and realistic attempt at cooperation, one that retains our traditionalisms and respects our historical traditions, yet at the same time takes into account the context of our current political and social situation.”

      Abdul-Hadi Omari stated several years ago:

      quote:
      “..In every school of thought for their great Scholars, such as Shabir Ahmad Uthmaanee, who was a GREAT SCHOLAR of the religion from the Deobandee school of thought. He has written some small commentaries of the Qur’aan and other good works.

      Also, AHMAD REZA KHAN from the BRELAWEE school of thought, who was a GREAT SCHOLAR of the religion who has written many books.

      Likewise, we have Sayyid Abu A’laa Mawdudi, who was a very great scholar of the religion, rather he was the founder of JAMAT-E-ISLAMI, and has written a VERY GOOD and detailed explanation of the Qur’aan known as ‘Tahfeemul-Qur’aan’ and he has written many other books which have reached an international level, and of them are those which are FINAL REFERENCE POINTS for their particular topics…

      …So all of these VERY, VERY GREAT SCHOLARS, then may Allaah be pleased with them all and may Allaah fill their graves with noor (light)..”

      (Recorded from a live broadcast across Birmingham on ‘Radio Ramadan’)

      And Yasir Qadhi also states in his flattery of them:

      quote:
      “I am eager to further my relationship with them; I sense a genuine spirit of Islamic brotherhood whilst amongst them; I wish the best for them and their da`wah; I am desirous to benefit from their wisdom and knowledge.”

      What is disturbing, however, is the re-packaging of this evil, corrupt manhaj and it’s re-sale to the unaware Muslim youth in the West.

      quote:
      “All of the parties that have signed on to this document identify themselves as being from the tradition of Sunni Islam. And it is an undeniable historical reality that this label has been used by a number of diverse, and at times contradictory, theological groups, for the last thousand years of Islam. I personally have no qualms considering these groups within the broad fold of Sunni Islam.”

      They claim this is a “Pledge of Mutual Respect and Cooperation Between Sunni Muslim Scholars, Organizations, and Students”. So what is their definition of Sunni? Looking at the list of signatories, a Sunni, according to them, can be: Ash’aree, Soofee, Deobandee, Tableeghee, Qaadiree, Qutubee, Ikhwaanee, Jahmee, Ittihaadee etc. How can anyone who claims to be upon the Sunnah count these sects as being Sunni? They even justify their evil by stating: “We recognize that the historical nature of Sunni Islam is a broad one”. Broad enough to include the Soofiyyah and Jahmiyyah and Ash’ariyyah and Maatureediyyah?! This a truly a shameful pact. A pact that gives honour and credence to the innovations and those who carry them. A unity for the sake of political expediency.

      It is clear that these people have not understood the da’wah of the early Salaf, the likes of Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal, Imaam Maalik bin Anas, Imaam Al-Barbahaaree, Sufyaan ath-Thawree and Ibnul-Mubaarak. Nor have they comprehended the books of Shaikhul-Islaam Ibn Taimiyyah and his students, nor do they any perception of the works of Shaikhul-Islaam Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhaab and those who followed him till this day. It is the very twelve centuries (or fourteen centuries) of the Imaams of Sunnah that Yasir Qadhi and his co-signatories wish to push to the side and ignore in the name of unity, that we must adhere to.

      Shaikhul-Islaam Muhammad Ibn Aslam at-Toosee (died 242), rahimahullaah, spoke the truth when he said:

      quote:
      “Whosoever honours, gives respect to, or venerates a person of bid’ah, then indeed he has aided in the destruction of the Religion”

      (Ibn Waddaah, no. 120, Aboo Shaamah, no. 36.)

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      YASIR QADHI DISPLAYS HIS DEVOTION FOR AHLUL-BID’AH

      Yasir Qadhi,states in his call to unite truth with falsehood:

      quote:
      “Even if I disagree with some specific theological doctrines of other signatories, I am proud to call all of them my brothers in faith; I am always honored to be in their company; I am eager to further my relationship with them; I sense a genuine spirit of Islamic brotherhood whilst amongst them; I wish the best for them and their da`wah; I am desirous to benefit from their wisdom and knowledge.”

      He wishes the best for those who call to innovations, even if he disagrees with their specific doctrines, i.e. Even if he disagrees with their ‘aqeedah (doctrine), he still wishes the best for them in their call to deviated creed. And then he has the audacity to state that those those who oppose him in this pledge are ‘over-zealous, under-experienced youth’!

      And he also states that he wishes other groups to join him:

      quote:
      “But it is hoped from those who look up to some of the signatories and take knowledge from them, that they might take an example from this collective stance and be more proactive with other groups and organizations.”

      WHO’S FOOTSTEPS IS YASIR QADHI FOLLOWING?

      As for Syed Qutb, the innovator and guide of Al-Ikhwaanul-Muslimoon, then he said:

      quote:
      “And Islaam does not feel uneasy about about the differences of mankind in ‘aqeedah and manhaj, rather it considers this as something necessitated by natural disposition and a goal from a Higher Will…”
      (‘Nahwa Mujtami’ Islaami’ p. 103)

      Hasan al-Banna, the deviated founder of Al-Ikhwaanul-Muslimoon, said:

      quote:
      “Let us work together in that which we agree and excuse each other in that which we disagree.”

      And:

      “You know, O brothers, that there is no Imaam in the present day and it is necessary for us to forget everything and abandon everything (in disputes) for freeing the Islamic lands..”

      (From the words of Hasan al-Banna also from the book ‘Fee Qaafilatil-Ikhwaan al-Muslimeen’)

      “Al-Hayât Kalimah” is Salman Al-Awdah’s (the Qutubee) weekly television program. During one these program’s, Salmaan al-Awdah makes clear his Ikhwaanee/Bannaawee methodology that he is still upon:

      quote:
      “We need to use this crisis [of the strife in Lebanon] a means to achieve unity. We need to put our differences aside for the time being. We need to assume responsibility for these crises, knowing with full faith that Allah is just in His decisions.”

      (Taken from the website of Salman Al-Oadah)

      THE POSITION OF THE SALAFI IMAAMS IN OPPOSITION TO YASIR QADHI

      Question to Ash-Shaikhul-Imaam Ibn Baaz, rahimahullaah:

      quote:
      Question:”Based upon the Saying of Allaah, the Most High:

      Help you one another in al-Birr and at-Taqwaa, but do not help one another in sin and transgression. Soorah al-Maaidah (5):2

      It is said that it is obligatory to co-operate with all of the Islamic Jamaa’ahs, even though they differ with us with regard to methodologies and their way in giving dawah. So Jamaaatut-Tableegh has a way of giving dawah different to the way of the Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen and Hizbut-Tahreer and Jamaaatul-Jihaad and the Salafees. So how is this co-operation to be? And is it restricted for example to joint participation in conferences and gatherings? And what is to be the case when dawah is being given to non-Muslims, since confusion may be caused in the minds of new Muslims by the fact that each Jamaaah from these Jamaaahs will direct them to their own centres and their own scholars, which will confuse them. So how will it be possible to avert this matter?”

      Answer:”What is obligatory is to co-operate with the Jamaa’ah that proceeds upon the manhaj (methodology) of the Book and the Sunnah and that which the Salaf of the Ummah were upon in calling to the Tawheed of Allaah, the One free of all imperfections, and making worship purely and sincerely for Him, and warning against shirk and innovations and sins, and to advise the Jamaaahs that are contrary to that.

      So if they return to what is correct, then they are to be co-operated with. But if they persist upon being contrary then it is obligatory to keep away from them and to adhere to the Book and the Sunnah..”

      (Fatwaa no. 18870 dated 11/6/1417H)

      SCHOLARLY RESPONSE

      Ash-Shaikhul-Allaamah Saaleh al-Fawzaan, hafidhahullaah:

      quote:
      QUESTION: Is there harm in warning against these Sects that are in opposition to the Methodology of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah?

      ANSWER: “We warn against all those who oppose [the Salaf] generally and we say: ‘We adhere to the path of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah and we we abandon those who oppose Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah regardless of whether their opposition is MAJOR or MINOR. This is because if we are lenient with the opposition, then perhaps it may grow and increase. So opposition is not allowed AT ALL.

      Furthermore, it is obligatory to adhere to the path of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah in both major and minor issues.”

      QUESTION: Are we require to mention the good qualities of those we warn against?

      ANSWER: “If you mention their good qualities, then this means that you have called (the people) to follow them. Know, DO NOT MENTION THEIR GOOD QUALITIES. Mention the error they are upon only. You are not entrusted to praise and approve of their actions – you are ONLY entrusted with exposing the error they are upon so that they may repent from it, and so others can beware of it.

      It may even be that the error that they are upon wipes away their good deeds if it is kufr or shirk. It could also be that this error outweighs their good deeds. And perhaps it may seem like they are good deeds in your eyes, yet they ARE NOT SO IN THE SIGHT OF ALLAAH.”

      (“Al-Ajwibatul-Mufeedah ‘an As’ilatil-Manaahijil-Jadeedah”, Shaykh Saaleh al-Fawzaan)

      What is amazing is that Yasir Qadhi states that those who oppose him in his decision are:

      quote:
      “Having said that, there will always be extremisms on all sides, especially amongst over-zealous, under-experienced youth. What is desired, though, is that such extremism not find a voice amongst authentic and respected scholarship.”

      So does he regard Ibn Baaz and Shaikh al-Fawzaan to be, “over-zealous, under-experienced youth” who are extremists!!

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      THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SALAF
      Versus
      THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SIGNATORIES

      Yasir Qadhi, Abdur-Raheem Green, Usamah Hasan, and their fellow signatories began their ‘Pledge’ with a verse from the book of Allaah to justify their unity with the people of deviation. You will see below that the understanding of the Salaf was contrary to what they wish to establish.

      Allaah states in the Qur’aan:

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      “Surely, those who have made divisions in their religion and turned into factions, you have nothing to do with them.”(Al-An’aam:159)

      So the signatories of the pledge use this aayah to justify their unity whereby they are bringing the various ‘doctrines’ together. Yet, in truth, these verses contain great threats to those who oppose the Qur’aan and Sunnah and the true Islamic ‘aqeedah, thus causing them to fall into division, separation and disunity. That is why Allaah informed His Prophet, “you have nothing to do with them”.

      These signatories have turned the meanings around to justify uniting upon deviation from the Islamic ‘Aqeedah or Creed. Indeed Allaah, the Most High, stated: “Hold fast to the Rope of Allah, all together, and be not divided.” So Allaah commands firstly to hold on to Book and Sunnah, and then not to fall into division.

      So how has the Ash’aree, Soofee or Maatureedee fulfilled holding on to the Rope of Allaah in his understanding of the aqeedah?! Or is it the case that the likes of Yaasir Qaadhi and Usaamah Hasan are establishing the principle of Hasan al-Bannah:

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      “Let us work together in that which we agree and excuse each other in that which we disagree.”

      Indeed, this is the principle they have established in this ‘pledge’.

      Regarding the statement of Allaah, “Surely, those who have made divisions in their religion and turned into factions, you have nothing to do with them..” Imaam al-Baghawee stated:

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      “They are the people of bid’ah and desires.” Sharhus-Sunnah (1/210)

      And Imaam Ibnul-Mubaarak (died 181H) said:

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      “The people of truth – they do not have division amongst them.” Related by At-Tabaree in Jaami’ al-Bayaan (12/85)

      Imaam ash-Shaatibee stated:

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      “Splitting is from the particular characteristics of the Ahlul-Bid’ah.” Al-I’tisaam (1/113)

      And Shaikhul-Islaam Ibn Taimiyyah (728H) said:

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      “And bid’ah is associated with splitting, just as Sunnah is associated with the Jamaa’ah. So it is said: Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, just as it is said: Ahlul-Bid’ah wal-Furqah (the People of innovation and division).” (Al-Istiqaamah 1/42)

      So this is the understanding of some of the Imaams of the Salaf, i.e. those who cause division and separate are the people of bid’ah. These aayaat and verses are in NO way a justification to unite with those who have diverse and deviated ‘doctrines’ that oppose Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah.

      As for the other verse that is utilised by the signatories of this ‘Pledge’ is statement of Allaah:

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      “Hold fast to the Rope of Allah, all together, and be not divided.”(Aali Imraan 103)

      Imaam as-Sam’aanee stated:

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      “And Allaah, the Most High, said: ‘Hold fast to the Rope of Allah, all together, and be not divided.’ And if you were to look towards the people of desires and innovation, you will find them divided and upon differing, or spearated into factions and parties. You will not find two of them upon a singular path or a sigular doctrine (‘aqeedah). They declare each other to be innovators. Indeed a son will declare his father to be an unbeliever and a man will declare that upon his brother and a neighbour upon his neighbour. You will see them constantly differing and having hatred for each other. Their lives pass and their word is never united [but]: ‘You would think they were united, but their hearts are divided. That is because they are a people who understand not.’ (Al-Hashr: 14). Al-Hujjah fee Bayaanil-Muhajjah 2/224-225

      The doctrines of the signatories are incompatible and at variance with each other – so this pledge may give an impression of unity, but in reality their hearts are divided because their ‘aqeedah is divided…

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      ‘You would think they were united, but their hearts are divided. That is because they are a people who understand not.’ (Al-Hashr: 14).

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      All praise is due to Allaah, and prayers and peace upon His Messenger.

      Yasir al-Qadhi stated in a follow up justification of his participation with factions of Ahl ul-Bid’ah, amongst them Soofees, Ahl ul-Kalaam, Ash’arees and others:

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      And it is well known that mu`amalah with other groups is a context-based matter, and not one that has specific rulings in the Sharee’ah.

      As he is participating in this pledge with Ash’arees, Soofees and Ahl ul-Kalaam then it is clear that by “other groups” he means deviated groups from amongst the sects. Those whom the Salaf declared as astray innovators and deviants. The other signatories on that pledge are callers to innovation. They call to the Milaad, they call to their Ash’ariyyah, Ilm ul-Kalaam, and their negation of Allah’s attributes and innovated practices. Indeed, some of the other signatories teach from the books of Innovation such as Jawharat ut-Tawheed, and as such they are callers to innovation, callers to divestment of Allaah’s names, negators of His Uluww, and promoters of Jahmee beliefs.

      Thus, there are a number of observations to be made on the statement of al-Qadhi quoted above:

      Allaah the Most High said:

      Verily, those who divide their religion and break up into sects (all kinds of religious sects), you (O Muhammad) you nothing to do with them. Their affair is only with Allâh, Who then will tell them what they used to do. (Al-An’am 6:159)

      One can easily refer to the books of tafseer and the statements of the Sahaabah and Taabi’een to learn the meaning of this and other like verses in the Qur’an.

      Al-Baghawee said in Sharh us-Sunnah, “They are the people of innovations and desires”.

      The Ashaa’irah, Ahl ul-Kalaam, the Soofees are people of innovations and desires in the view of Ahl us-Sunnah, and the refutations against the Ashaa’irah and their being declared astray is to be found in the sayings of the scholars from the various madhaahib.

      Contemporary Ash’arees are not the same as the earlier Ash’arees. Today’s Ash’arees are further astray and the earlier Asharees affirmed the sifaat and Allaah’s Uluww. Refer to the recently published Bayaan Talbees ul-Jahmiyyah of Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah.

      Al-Qurtubee (d. 671H) said: “And when avoiding the people of sin has been established, as we have just explained, then avoiding the People of Innovations and Desires is foremost [i.e. more befitting].” Tafseer al-Qurtubee (5/418)

      How can he say that issue is one that does not have a specific ruling in the Sharee’ah?

      The Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said, “My Ummah will split up into seventy-three sects, seventy-two in the Fire and one in Paradise” (al-Laalikaa’ee in his Usool il-I’tiqaad.

      The Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed this ummah will split into seventy three sects, all of them in the Fire except for one and that is the Jamaa’ah” Ibn Abee Aasim in Kitaab us-Sunnah

      The Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said, “My Ummah will split into seventy three sects, all of them in the Fire except for one”. It was said “What is the one group?” He said, “That which I and my companions are upon today”. at-Tirmidhi

      And he (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) used to say at the beginning of his lectures, “and the best speech is the Speech of Allah, and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam) , and the worst of all affairs are the newly invented matters (in the religion)” (Muslim)

      Qaadee Abu Ya’laa (d. 333H) said: “There is concensus (Ijmaa’) among the Sahaabah and the Taabi’een as regards dissociating and cutting-off from the Innovators.” Hajar ul-Mubtadi’ (p.32)

      Al-Baghawee (d. 535H) said: “And the Sahaabah, the Taabi’een, their successors and the Scholars of the Sunnah passed away while they were upon this, united and unanimously agreed upon having enmity towards the Ahl ul-Bid’ah (the People of Innovation) and fleeing from them.” Sharh us-Sunnah (1/227)

      Ath-Thaabit bin al-Ajlaan said: “I met Anas bin Maalik, Ibn al-Musayyab, al-Hasan al-Basree, Sa’eed bin Jubair, ash-Sha’bee, Ibraaheem an-Nakha’ee, Ataa’ bin Abee Riyaah, Taawoos, Mujaahid, Abdullaah bin Abee Mulaikah, az-Zuhree, Makhool, al-Qaasim Abu Abdur-Rahmaan, Ataa’ al-Khurasaanee, Thaabit al-Bunaanee, al-Hakam bin Utbah, Ayyoob as-Sakhtiyaanee, Hammaad bin Muhammad bin Seereen, Abu Aamir- and he had actually met Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq -, Yazeed ar-Riqaashee, and Sulaimaan bin Moosaa, all of them were ordering me [to hold on to] the Jamaa’ah and forbidding me from the People of Desires (i.e Innovators) Sharh Usool ul-I’tiqaad of al-Laalikaa’ee (no.239)

      Al-Fudayl bin ‘Iyaad (d. 187H) said: ”I met the best of people, all of them people of the Sunnah and they used to forbid from accompanying the people of innovation.” Reported by al-Laalikaa’ee (no.267)

      Al-Hasan al-Basree (d. 110H) said: “Do not sit with the people of innovation and desires, nor argue with them, nor listen to them.” Reported by ad-Daarimee in his Sunan (1/121)

      Ibraaheem bin Maysarah (d.132H) said: “Whoever honours an innovator has aided in the destruction of Islam.” Reported by al-Laalikaa’ee (1/139).

      Imaam Maalik (d. 179H) said: “How evil are the people of innovation, we do no give them salaam.” Reported by al-Baghawee in Sharh us-Sunnah (1/234).

      Al-Fudayl bin ‘Iyaad (d. 187H) said: “Whoever sits with a person of innovation, then beware of him and whoever sits with a person of innovation has not been given wisdom. I love that there was fort of iron between me and a person of innovation. That I eat with a Jew and a Christian is more beloved to me than that I eat with a person of innovation.” Reported by al-Laalikaa’ee (no.1149)

      From Aboo Qulaabah who said: “Do not sit with them and do not mix with them for I do not feel safe that they will not drown you in their misguidance and confuse you about much that you used to know.” Reported by al-Laalikaa’ee (no.244)

      Imaam al-Laalikaa’ee (d. 418H) said in Sharh Usool il-Itiqaad (1/114): “What is related from the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) with regards to the prohibition of debating with the Innovators.”

      Abu Daawood (d. 275H) has a chapter in his Sunan (4/197): “Chapter: Turning away from the Innovators and having hatred for them.”

      Al-Bayhaqee (d. 458H) said: in al-I’tiqaad (p.236): “Chapter: Prohibition of sitting with the Innovators.”

      Imaam an-Nawawee (d. 676H) mentions in al-Adhkaar (p.323): “Chapter: Disassociating from the People of Innovation and the People of Sin.”

      This is only a fraction of the thousands of statements that are available from true and authentic Sunni scholarship (as specifically defined) on this issue.

      Thus it is established that there are very clear and explicit guidelines in the Sharee’ah, in the Qur’aan, in the Sunnah and from the Salaf in general regarding the astray groups and sects, those who oppose what the Salaf were upon. This includes the Ash’arees, the Soofees, Ahl ul-Kalaam and other than them, those whom al-Qadhi has united with on this pledge. And as such this enormous and utter lie of al-Qadhi is exposed for what it is.

      The position of Ahl us-Sunnah is that

      The groups and sects are to be shunned. Their callers refuted and boycotted and warned against. Their books refuted (by those capable, the scholars) and the general folk warned against their evil and their opposition to the Sunnah. This is the clear ruling in the Book and the Sunnah.

      There is no co-operation in affairs of da’wah whatsover with Ahl ul-Bid’ah, not until they abandon what they are upon.

      The scholars are to refute/advise the groups and sects.

      Ahl ul-Bid’ah, the callers, are refuted against and warned against: by name, by book, by belief, by ideology, by manhaj – this is the way of orthodox Sunni Scholarship (as specifically defined)

      The general folk amongst the innovators who are not callers and who don’t really know what they are upon are to be given da’wah but by qualified people and only with the intention of correcting them and inviting them to the truth. This is a restricted affair, with conditions and guidelines and not an absolute one.

      It must be clarified here that Ahl us-Sunnah do not prohibit from mixing with the common Muslims who may be upon something of innovation due to certain factors, with the aim of giving them da’wah. This has conditions and has certain guidelines and is not to be confused with what Yasir al-Qadhi has signified with his writings on the pledge. Rather what al-Qadhi is advocating is something much more and extensive. Indeed he is promoting a new manhaj of disassociation in part from the true Scholars, thereby allowing the raising of da’ees in the West to the level of viable alternatives to those true Scholars in the discussion and treatment of issues relating to da’wah and opposing groups.

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      Some details about some of the signatories on the pledge (about whom al-Qadhi wishes “the best for them and their da’wah”) :

      Jihad Hashim Brown – student of Saeed Ramadan al-Buti.

      Faraz Rabbani – Sufi, student of Nuh Keller.

      Aisha Faleh Al-Thani – On board of directors of Zaytuna Institute (an organization set up by Hamza Yusuf – essentially promotes Sufism, the Ash’aree aqidah and ‘ilm ul-kalaam).

      Abdallah Bin Bayyah – apparent author of the pledge, promotes the Milad un-Nabi, friend of Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

      Fuad Nahdi – founder of Q-News.

      Hamza Yusuf – Soofee, ‘aqlaanee, translator of “Al-Burda” (see below)

      Ibrahim Osi-Efa – Soofee, studied with al-Habib Ali al-Jifri (the latter is an open caller to shirk and kufr – see here, here and here)

      M. Afifi al-Akiti – Soofee

      Muhammad ibn Adam – Hanafee Soofee, studied under the Soofees, Mutasawwifa of Syria.

      Shamira Chothia Ahmed – Teacher at the Zaytuna Institute

      Usama Canon – affiliated with Zaytuna Institute, sits in the gatherings of Habib Ali al-Jifri (open caller to shirk and kufr) for nasheeds

      Yahya Rhodus – Soofee, studied under Habib Ali al-Jifri (open caller to shirk and kufr), affiliated with Zaytuna Institute

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      Al-Qadhi said, explaining why he did not refer the issue of this pledge back to the overseas Mashayikh (i.e. those in Saudi):

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      With regards to going back to mashayikh oversees, then with all due respect to them I simply do not view this matter as being one that should go back to them. If I myself, having experienced first-hand the Western situation for the last few years, have changed my own views, and I am from the West, how would I then expect an alim who has lived his entire life in India or Saudi to understand our situation? Sometimes we place our ulamaa above the level they deserve, and that is a fact that needs to be said plainly and clearly. I say this with the utmost respect to them – after all I owe my own knowledge (after the blessings of Allah) to them. But, in the end of the day, they are human beings, and a product of their own culture and civilization, just like I am a product of mine. Of course there are other issues associated with this matter as well, which to me are not as relevant as the first one (of them is the way that the question is presented to a Shaykh; after living in Madinah for a decade I can assure you that Western students in particular, and students in general, are able to present a scenario the way *they* see it – hence a fatwa is given that is simply not relevant to the actual situation, since it was interpreted through the eyes of the students). In any case, I have conferred with the people of knowledge whom I look up to and who are more aware of our situation than overseas Mashayikh, and they have said that I would have to weigh out the pros and cons, which I did.

      By looking at this whole issue from all perspectives, bearing in mind what occurs in the pledge, and looking at the actions of al-Qadhi in his da’wah, the platforms he speaks on, his vision of da’wah for the west (which is more or less co-operating and uniting with Ahl ul-Bid’ah, that’s the general direction), and his follow up justifications for this pledge – then the person who has been nurtured upon love for the Sunnah, who has been nurtured upon the true aqeedah, and who has received tarbiyah from the true scholars of Ahl us-Sunnah and whose heart is guided aright will see through the sophistry and deception of this maftoon, and will recognize another set of realities concerning him.

      From the above we can note:

      1. After spending 10 years in Madinah, and owing practically all his knowledge to the Shaykhs of Madinah, he does not deem this pledge a matter that should be referred back to them. That’s a great way to show respect to one’s teachers. Considering that the Soofees with whom he has signed this pledge would never dare to step outside the councel and guidance of their own Shaykhs to whom they have been loyal to all their lives, al-Qadhi is basically turning on his back and fleeing on his heels from those whom he studied under (as he claims). Its worse when you look at the way he speaks about them.

      2. The isnaads of the people with whom he has signed this pledge go back to the heads of the Mutasawwifah, the extremist Soofees, some of them are callers to seeking Istigaatha from the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), the claimants that the awliyaa govern the creation and other such beliefs that are the essence of kufr and shirk. All praise is due to Allaah who has saved us from such misguidance after guidance by keeping the barriers erect between us and the extremist innovators. As for al-Qadhi, then this is part of his new vision for the Muslims in the West. He studies ten years with the Scholars of Ahl us-Sunnah (as he claims), the adherents of the pure aqeedah, gets his academic knowledge and his certifications and then turns his back, flees on his heels and opens his arms to the generality of the Ash’arite Soofees, “wishing the best for them and their da’wah”, being “eager to further his relationship with them” and is desirous of “benefiting from their wisdom and knowledge”, and yet he is not even able to make a single phone call to any of his Shaykhs to seek guidance on the matter and to benefit from their wisdom and knowledge (because they are from a different culture and civilisation and they are too often put at a level higher than they deserve – according to al-Qadhi).

      Compare between the way he speaks of his teachers (as he claims) in Madinah, and between the way he lauds his own new found friendship with the people of innovation. The Shaykhs in Madinah are of a different civilisation and culture, and they are too often placed at an undeserved level. Thus, they are to be ignored in issues connected to cooperation with Ash’arite Soofees and the students of the callers to Shirk and divestment of Allaah’s attributes.

      3. Look at the way he tries to hoodwink what he thinks is a gullible stupid audience. There are two reasons found in his quote above for not referring the issue back to the Shaykhs:

      a) “How would I then expect an alim who has lived his entire life in India or Saudi to understand our situation”

      b) “the way that the question is presented to a Shaykh; after living in Madinah for a decade I can assure you that Western students in particular, and students in general, are able to present a scenario the way *they* see it – hence a fatwa is given that is simply not relevant to the actual situation, since it was interpreted through the eyes of the students”

      Lets say for arguments sake that “students in general” are able to present a scenario the way they see it, resulting in a fatwa not relevant to the situation, does that then prevent everyone else from presenting this or any other scenario exactly as it is to the Shaykhs to get an answer according to the Sunnah? This is a pathetic, amateurish, callow excuse. Lets see now, no one in the West should refer any of the issues pertainng to da’wah in the West to those Shaykhs, just because there are found people who might not present a holistic picture when seeking an answer from the Shaykhs. So this now excuses the rest from referring to those Shaykhs. This thinking is very primitive.

      The reality is that Yasir al-Qadhi knows that his new visionary manhaj that aims to destroy the principles of the Sunnah would never find sanction from those Scholars. Indeed they would lambast this evil manhaj and this pledge of co-operation and this is why we see Yasir al-Qadhi making such excuses and justifications, hoping thereby to hoodwink his audience.

      Al-Qadhi says,

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      “Others whom I respect and would turn to for guidance in matters related to the situation of Western Muslims are Sh. Jafar Idris and Sh. Salah al-Sawi. I spoke with both of these Shaykhs about cooperating on a public level with certain famous individuals (who have also signed the pledge)….

      …In any case, I have conferred with the people of knowledge whom I look up to and who are more aware of our situation than overseas Mashayikh, and they have said that I would have to weigh out the pros and cons, which I did”

      So he is able to refer back to the likes of Salah as-Sawi (one of the political activists and ideologues of the revolutionary machiavellian takfeeri manhaj) and he is not able to refer back to the likes of Shaykh Abdul-Muhsin, or Shaykh as-Suhaymee, or Shaykh ‘Ubayd or Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadee, as if the latter are ignorant of the pros and cons of opening one’s arms to the Ash’arite Soofees, the callers to innovation and divestment of Allaah’s Names and Attributes. As if its not possible to pose the same question and present the scenario as it is to these Shaykhs.

      What is it that Ja’far Shaykh Idris and Salah as-Sawi know about cooperating with Ahl ul-Bid’ah and its pros and cons that is not known by the Salafi Shaykhs?

      He describes Salah as-Saai and Jafar Shaykh Idris as “more aware of our situation than overseas Mashayikh” and then what exactly was the response and answer of these “more enlightened” individuals? Yes, they told Yasir al-Qadhi that he himself should weigh out the pros and cons. Their great enlightenment and better knowledge of the situation of the west led them to give Yasir al-Qadhi the very great erudite and insightful answer of “you have to weigh out the pros and cons”.

      The question must be asked to this maftoon. What is there in the answer of Salah as-Sawi and Jafar Shaykh Idris to you that profoundly illustrates their greater knowledge and enlightenment regarding the da’wah in the West?

      4. Al-Qadhi says, in his pathetic attempt to dismiss the authority of the Salafi scholars to speak in issues affecting da’wah in the West:

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      But, in the end of the day, they are human beings, and a product of their own culture and civilization, just like I am a product of mine.

      This sentence reveals a lot about the thinking of al-Qadhi about the Salafi Shaykhs. It becomes more and more clear from what al-Qadhi writes (and from his actions) that these Shaykhs were more of a means to an end for him than a continuous source of guidance and direction for him in the affairs of da’wah.

      One can’t but help think of the saying of the modernists who say that the Sahabah lived in a certain time and culture and we live in a certain time and culture and thus, we should revise our understanding of the religion to fit contemporary times and issues and not rely upon the understanding of the Sahabah in issues. In this manner they aim to make tabdeel of the religion in the issues of women’s dress, singing, alcohol, politics, economy and so on.

      What al-Qadhi is saying is that those Salafi Shaykhs whose positions and understanding of the affairs pertaining to the Innovators, the People of Desires, and how to behave with them (which are based upon the views of the Sahaabah, the Taabi’een and the best of generations – the orthodox, traditional view) that they do not understand the issues in the West, since its a different place, a different culture and civilisation. So they can’t know or fathom the complexities and as such should not be referred to in these affairs. Rather, a new vision is required for the Muslims in the West, and we should break away from that traditional mould that gives too high a position to those Shaykhs of a different culture and civilisation, a break from that orientation which tends to refer back to them too often in these types of issues (i.e. issues of da’wah) and puts them on level higher than what they actually deserve.

      We have observed that as al-Qadhi increasingly chooses to present himself and his visionary message in front of very mixed audiences consisting of diverse factions of Ahl ul-Bid’ah he’s become more vocal in calling for a separation from the Scholars of the Sunnah (in Saudi) in the affairs of the implementation of the da’wah in the West. Its not hidden to anyone that if he was to consult those Mashayikh, it would be a huge hindrance to his personal vision of the da’wah.

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      Yasir al-Qadhi Considers the “Burdah-Reciting” Soofees To Be From The “Broad Fold Of Sunni Islaam”

      The burdah is well known poem circulated amongst Soofee circles. It was written by a person known as Salih Muhammad bin Hasan al-Busairee, a Soofee, who suffered from an ailment. He then claimed to have a vision in which he saw the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) to whom he complained of his ailment. The Prophet then passed his hand over his body and as a result he became cured. Then after, the Prophet put a mantle (burdah) over him. Then upon awakening, he was cured of his ailment, and he found that after awakening the mantle was actually on him (i.e. the one that he saw in the dream given to him by the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam)).

      Its this poem that al-Qadhi’s co-signatories recite in their special “burdah nights”.

      Al-Busairee says in his al-Burdah:

      ?? ???? ????? ???? ?? ???? ?? – ???? ??? ???? ?????? ?????

      O Noblest Of Messengers. I have no one with whom I can seek refuge save you when the “amam” event occurs.

      There is an issue as to the meaning of the word “amam”. This requires a bit of detail and we may discuss it in a separate thread or post to rebut the Soofees, but at this point, so as not allow the Soofees to claim that the translation has been done in a certain way, we will just use one of theirs:

      O noblest one in creation, I have none from whom to request protection other than you when the Universal Event befalls.

      This translation is by Hisham Kabbani. At this point, it makes no difference how its translated, the issue remains the same, and there is nothing for the Soofees in their attempted defence.

      So what have the scholars said about these words?

      Shaykh Sulaimaan bin Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhaab: “So reflect upon what is in this line (of poetry) of shirk. From that is that he has negated that there is any protector for him when events occur to him except the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), but this is for no one except Allaah alone, without any partners. For He is the one besides whom there is no protecter save Him. And from them is that he (al-Busairee) invoked him (i.e. the Prophet) and called out to him with tadarru’ (humility) and manifesting his indigence (faaqah) and compulsory need of him, and asked from him these needs which are not sought from anyone but Allaah, and this is Shirk in Ilaahiyyah”. (Tayseer al-Azeez il-Hameed).

      Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan bin Hasan bin Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhaab said, “So al-Busayree aggrandized the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) with what would anger him and make him sad (i.e. the Prophet). For the Prophet’s (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) rejection was severe agains something that was even less than this as is not hidden to anyone who has any insight into the religion. This poet has restricted his seeking of protection to the creation as opposed to the Creator, the (seeking of protection) which does not befit anyone besides Him (Allaah). For al-liyaadh is worship just like al-‘iyaadh. (ad-Durar as-Sunniyyah)

      Al-Allaamah Muhammad bin Alee ash-Shawkaanee said about this line: “So look at how he has negated every protector except the slave of Allaah and His Messenger [Muhammad] (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) and he neglected mentioning His Lord, and the Lord of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), indeed to Allaah do we belong and to Him shall we return. (ad-Durar an-Nadeed).

      Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah): “Is it possible for a believer to say, directing the speech to the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), “O Noblest Of Messengers. I have no one with whom I can seek refuge save you when general (calamitous) events occur”. It is not possible for a believer to say this and the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), it is not possible for hiim to be pleased with this at all. When the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) show rejection against the man who said to him “Whatever Allaah wills and whatever you will”, he said, “Have you made me a rival with Allaah, rather you should say: Whatever Allaah alone wills.” So how then is it possible for it to be said that he would be pleased that this speech being addressed to him that there is no one else besides him for a person when the general (calamitous) events befall, let alone the specific ones?” (Fataawaa Noor alaa ad-Darb, Tawheed wal-Aqeedah).

      The Soofees have attempted to reply to this by saying that what al-Busairee is referring to is the great event in the Hereafter and that he is speaking of seeking the intercession of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) and that Allaah has of course given the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) the right of intercession on that day.

      These contemporary Soofees are very adept at feigning piety on the one hand and on the other resorting to sophistry and futile lies in trying to deflect legitimate criticisms against their statements of Shirk.

      Even if we forget the meaning of the second part of the line of poetry, the word “al-‘amam” for one moment, al-Busairee used the word “aloodho bihi” which means the seeking of refuge/protection. This is not the same as asking for the Prophet to intercede!!!

      The lie of the Soofees is exposed from the very same line of poetry.

      Al-Busairee says there is no one from whom he can seek protection from this event except the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam). It now makes no difference how we translate the second half of the line of poetry because he is speaking of the “seeking of protection” and this is only asked from Allaah and for no one else besides Him.

      We can cover this in more detail separately and expose further the sophistry and lies of these piety-feigning soofees, but to avoid digressing and to come back to the context of our post:

      This is only one of many aspects of Shirk in al-Busairee’s qaseedah.

      And Yasir al-Qadhi considers the recitors, translators, teachers and promulgators of al-Busairee’s al-Burdah to be from the “broad fold of Sunni Islaam”. He sits comfortably with them and he says he has no “qualms” in this. He says,
      quote:
      “I am proud to call all of them my brothers in faith; I am always honored to be in their company; I am eager to further my relationship with them; I sense a genuine spirit of Islamic brotherhood whilst amongst them; I wish the best for them and their da`wah; I am desirous to benefit from their wisdom and knowledge.”

      We say:

      Ten years in Madinah wasted.

      Sidenote: A few years ago Yasir al-Qadhi made an attempt at highlighting some affairs of Shirk in al-Busairee’s Burdah. The points he raised were then later refuted by one of the Soofees who is actually a signatory on this very same pledge, called Faraz Rabbani, a student of Nuh Keller.

      So Yasir al-Qadi gets refuted by the very same Soofees with whom he is signing pledges with, considering them to be from the “broad fold of Sunni Islam”, whilst they use sophistry and deceipt to defend the Shirk of their teachers and patrons.

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      Co-Signatory Hamza Yusuf, Translator Of The Shirk-filled “Al-Burdah” is Yasir Qadhi’s beloved “Sunni brother”?!

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      Who Is This Habib Ali Jifri?

      He is Al-Habib Zainul-‘Aabideen ‘Ali Al-Jifri. He is the Shaikh of some of these Sufi signatories for whom Yasir Qadhi devotes so much love and affection and counts them as being from Ahlus-Sunnah. He is the one pictured with Hamza Yusuf and in front whom the “Burdah” was being chanted. Qadhi states,

      “I am always honored to be in their company; I am eager to further my relationship with them; I sense a genuine spirit of Islamic brotherhood whilst amongst them; I wish the best for them and their da`wah; I am desirous to benefit from their wisdom and knowledge.”

      Below are actual sound recordings of the idolatrous beliefs of this individual:

      1. Habib Ali Jifri states that one can seek deliverance and rescue from the soul of Allaah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) if a person was to only seek it from him. Indeed Allaah’s Messenger could rescue and deliver a million seekers, if they all sought his aid at once!!

      >>His voice in Arabic<>His voice in Arabic<>His voice in Arabic<>His voice is here in arabic<>His voice in Arabic<>Here’s his shirk-filled voice in Arabic<>Here also<<

      It should suffice the reader that this Habib al-Jifry has studied under some of the main heads of extreme Sufism in the world today such as Abdul-Qaadir As-Saqqaaf who openly calls upon the dead in their graves for aid and deliverence. Likewise he studied another famous extreme Sufi of these times called Muhammad bin ‘Alawee al-Maalikee – he has a book entitled “Mafaaheem Yajib an Tusahhah” in which he states that the dead souls have the freedom to respond to the one who calls upon them seeking deliverance and rescue with them. This Soofee has been refuted by Shaikh Saalih Aalush-Shaikh (hafidhahullaah) in a book entitled, “Haadhihi Mafaaheemunaa”. These people are without any shadow of a doubt from the most extreme callers to shirk and idolatory in these times.

      And there is much more about these individuals that can be added. So let not the sincere Salafi who seeks the truth be fooled by Yasir Qadhi, Usamah Hasan, Abu Aliyah, Haitham Haddad and Abdur-Raheem Green and those with whom they have made this pledge. Indeed these claimants to the Sunnah wish for us and our scholars to cease ALL attacks against the people of bid’ah and to regard them as People of Sunnah, as they have stated in their pledge of falsehood:

      quote:
      “[We] urge Muslims to categorically cease all attacks on individual Muslims and organizations whose varying positions can be substantiated based on the broad scholarly tradition of the Sunni Muslims.”

      So this “broad scholarly tradition”, according to Qadhi (and Haitham al-Haddad, Abdur-Raheem Green, Usamah Hasan and Abu Aliyah) includes the chanters of the ‘Burdah’ and the carriers of the shirk-filled ‘aqeedah of Habib Ali al-Jifry!

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      The Pledge and the Bid’ah of al-Irjaa’
      Irjaa’ Towards The Innovators and In The Affairs of Aqeedah And Tawheed Is What The Pledge Invites To

      And An Indication of The Contradictory Statements of Yasir al-Qadhi

      Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah said: “And [there is] another type: A peoples who do not know the belief of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah as it is obligatory [to be known], or they know a part of it and are ignorant regarding a part of it. That which they do know they conceal and do not explain it to the people and they do not forbid the innovations and nor do they censure Ahlul-Bid’ah or punish them. Rather they may even censure speech about the Sunnah and the foundations of the Deen absolutely – not distinguishing between the speech of Ahlus-Sunnah and that of Ahlul-Bid’ah wal-Furqah. Or they affirm everyone upon their variant madhaahib (schools of thought, beliefs) just as the scholars are affirmed in the issues of ijtihaad in which dispute (i.e. differing) is permissible. And this is the state of many of the Murji’ah, and some of the Jurists, the Soofees and the Philosophers” (Majmoo’ al-Fataawa 12/466).

      In whatever he has written so far on the issue of the pledge Yasir al-Qadhi has demonstrated his complete and utter oblivion to the dictates and necessities of the true aqidah.

      Yasir al-Qadhi states

      quote:
      And it is my personal conviction that the purest theology is that of the first three generations of Islam; it is these generations that we should seek to emulate. The pious predecessors of these generations freed themselves from the dialectic theology know

    34. musamills April 30th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

      May Allah ta’ala guide Yaasir Qadhi. Allahu Musta’aan it reminds me of an ayah in the Qur’an where Allah says: “And if we pleased we would raise him by it (the knowledge) but he held fast to the earth and followed his desires.”

      Allahu Musta’aan Qaseedah Al Burdah a “Broad Fold Of Sunni Islaam”

      I ask Yaasir Qadhii, may Allah guide you. Did any of the four Imams claim that the Prophet (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) knew the unseen? Did any of the four Imams seek help from the Messenger(Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) for the day of judgement?

      Very strange. I mean I was in Madinah when Yaasir was there and I didn’t take any harsh position with him because I didn’t know much of him. However, now, more than ever I can totally understand why brothers like Abu Hakeem Bilal Davies and others were so dread with this man.

      Allahu Musta’aan

    35. talib April 30th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

      @ musamills

      when ghulaat like bilal davis who btw spent 10 years in the islamic university in madina..couldnt graduate and was kicked out..take words out of proportion and attack peoples personal characteristics when he knows yasir qadhi is a salafi and his dawa has always been a salafi one..then we wonder do we take from such individuals..

      akhi did u know that imam ibn taymiyah during his time tried to unite between the asharis and the hanbaliis…just because they were closest to the sunnah from the rafidhas and qaramita..its a matter of benefit and his ijtihad is backed up by most salafi duaats in the west…

    36. Muhammad Amreeki June 25th, 2009 at 9:25 am

      A Summary of Matters That Oppose the Path of As-Salaf As-Saalih

      From the Book: “The Dispraise of Al-Hawaa”
      By Imaam Ibnul Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

      The following characteristics are in opposition to the path of As-Salaf As-Saalih:

      1. Denying that Allaah ascended His ‘Arsh (Throne) above the seven heavens in the Most Majestic manner that suits Him, and that He is distinct and separate from His Creation.

      2. Denying, altering, or insisting o­n figuratively interpreting the Names, Attributes and Actions of Allaah[1]

      3. Denying, or altering the actual meaning of Ru’yah: The Seeing of Allaah by the believers o­n the Day of Resurrection.

      4. Making analogous comparisons between Allaah and His Creation, leading to Tashbeeh (making parables) or Ta’teel (denying or
      suspending the obvious meanings) of the Names, Attributes, or Actions of Allaah.

      5. Complete or partial denial of the intercessions approved by Allaah, or confirming intercessions not approved by the Sharee ‘ah.

      6. Complete, partial denial, or figurative interpretations of revealed information o­n matters of Al-Ghayb like As-Siraat,[2] Al-Meezan,[3] the Prophet’s Hawd,[4] the Torture or Bliss in the grave, the Angels, the Signs of the Hour, etc.

      7. Denying the Kalaam (Speech) of Allaah.

      8. Saying that the Qur’aan is not the Word of Allaah, but a creation of His!

      9. Insisting that Eemaan is an uttering o­n the tongue o­nly!

      10. Denying that deeds fall under the meaning of Belief.

      11. Denying that Eemaan increases with obedience, and decreases with disobedience.

      12. Denying that Allaah’s Actions are linked to His Wisdom.

      13. Denying the Fore knowledge and the Writing of all measures and preordainment in the Allawh Al-Mahfooth (The Preserved Tablet).

      14. Saying that man creates all or some of his own deeds.

      15. Saying that man has no choice.

      16. Contradicting the principles of Tawheed by offering any form of worship to other than Allaah.

      17. Saying anything about Allaah or about His Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) without knowledge.

      18. Arguing about the Qur’aan and Hadeeth, following what is not entirely clear to some, instead of referring it to the clear texts and (or) those learned scholars who follow the Salaf’s Path thus eliminating any misunderstanding.

      19. Complete or partial denial of the validity of the authentic Sunnah.

      20. Resorting to Baatini interpretations of texts saying that the texts have an outer aspect and an inner (Baatini] aspect!

      21. Exaggerating in matters of Deen, e.g. easily declaring that such and such is a Kaafir.

      22. Exaggerating about the status of certain men, making of them holly, infallible, etc.

      23. To hold sacred certain places like tombs, clothes, etc.

      24. Innovation in Deen: Adding to, or deducting from the prescribed matters of Islaam. Introducing innovated celebrations and declaring them holly.

      25. Laying basics and rules related to the understanding of Islaam without resorting to the Qur’aan, authentic Sunnah, & the Salaf’s path.

      26. Insulting the Sahaabah (The Prophet’s companions) or declaring that most of them as Kuffaar as the Raqfidah (Receptionists) of the Shee’ah sect do.

      27. Insulting The Salaf from Ahlul Hadeeth and their followers.

      28. Making mockery of the Muslims who adhere to the authentic Sunnah.

      29. Giving allegiance to groups and (or) parties irrespective of their creeds and (or) methodologies in the name of “uniting the Ummaah”. This kind of “unity” which is not based o­n the true belief in Tawheed and o­n the way of the Salaf exemplified by the saying of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم): “My way and the way of my companions”

      30. Magnifying the civilization of the Kuffaar under the pretext of modernization and development! The injustice inflicted o­n some Muslims in their countries should not be the driving force for judging other societies. This may overshadow the Islaamic stand towards the Kuffaar.

      31. Dissent against the Muslim rulers, even if they are ruthless, or oppressors. Islaam calls for patience under such conditions. The believer may give advice to the best of his ability, and deny the wrong in ways that may not lead to more evil. The confrontations with such rulers led and continues to lead to bloodshed, divisions, and a bad reputation that hinders the Da ‘wah for Allaah. This does not mean the acceptance of wrong, neither it is a baseless excuse for advocating the munkar.

      32. Following scholastic and philosophical ways, making them the reference for understanding the revealed texts.

      33. Taking a strange stand towards the Bid’ah and the Mubtadi ‘ah (innovators), by ignoring their Bida’ for worldly or political gains!

      The above positions may exist with varied degrees amongst those who follow any of them. And Allaah Knows best!

      The deviation from the Minhaaj of As-Salaf is a very serious matter. Muslims know well that the split of this Ummah into many sects is real and that the protection from this is possible-by Allaah’s will- o­nce we take by the command of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم): “My way and the way of my Sahaabah.” It is Sabeel Al-Mu’mineen (The Way of the Believers) whom Allaah was pleased with and they were pleased with Him.

      All Praise is due to Allaah, the Exalted. Any success in this work is from Allaahand any mistake is from me and shaytaan, and I ask Allaah to forgive me and to guide me and the reader to the path of As-Salaf As-Saalih and make us die o­n it. I thank Him for enabling me to finish this work and I ask Him to accept it from me.

      May Allaah, the Most Merciful, forgive me and my parents, my entire family, and the rest of the Muslim Ummah.

      Saleh As Saleh
      The 20Ih of Muharram, 1420 Hj, Corresponding to the 22nd of February, 1999.

      A REMINDER [5]

      • Allaah said:

      It is not for a believer, a man or woman, when Allaah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have an option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allaah and His Messenger he has indeed strayed in a plain error. [Qur’aan, Al-Ahzaab, 33:36].

      • The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “It was the duty of every Prophet Allaah sent to guide his nation to the best of what he knew and to warn them of the evils of what he knew.” [Reported by Muslim].

      • He (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “The best speech is the Book of Allaah and the best guidance and example is that of Muhammad. And the worst of all things are the newly invented things (in religion), for every innovation is error and misguidance” [Reported by Muslim] and in another narration, “every newly invented matter (in religion) is bid’ah and every bid’ah is dalaalah (going astray) and every dalaalah is in the Fire.” [Reported by At-Tirmithee and it is saheeh}.

      • In another warning, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “Whoever introduces into this affair of ours something that we have not commanded it is to be rejected.”
      [Reported by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim).

      • The Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “Allaah will o­nly unite my Ummah o­n guidance.” [Reported by At-Timithee and it is saheeh]. And He also said: “ My Ummah -will never agree upon dalaalah” [Reported by At-Tirmithee and Al- Haakim and it is saheeh].

      • ‘Abdullaah bin Mas’oudsaid: “Follow and do not innovate, for you have been given that which is sufficient and every innovation is misguidance.”
      [Reported by Abu Khaithamah in Kitabul- ‘llm and it is saheeh].

      • ‘Abdullaah bin ‘Umar said: “Every innovation is misguidance even if people regard it to be something good ” [Reported by Ad-Daarimee with an authentic transmission].

      • Imaam Al-Awzaa’ee said: “Patiently restrict yourself to the Sunnah and do not go beyond the limits held by the decisions of the Sahaabah; hold their positions and avoid what they avoided. Hold to the path of the pious predecessors (As-Salaf As-Saalih), for verily what was sufficient for them is sufficient for you.”
      [Reported by ibn Al Jawzee in Tablees Iblees and Al-Laalikaa’ee in .Sharoo Usooli ‘Itiqoadi Ahl us-Sunnah]

      • The innovators are friends of Shaytaan because, as Imaam Sufyaan Ath-Thawree explained, “Innovation is more beloved to Iblees than sin, since a person makes repentance from sin but does not repent from innovations (because he thinks bid’ah is from the religion).” [Al-Laalikaa’ee in As-Sunnah (no.238)].

      • Hassaan Ibn ‘Atiyyah said: “No people introduced an innovation into their religion except that an equivalent Sunnah is taken away from them.”
      [Repotted by Ad-Daarimee with saheeh transmission].

      • Ayyoob As-Sakhtiyaanee used to say: “No innovator works harder (according to his bid ‘ah) except that he increases in distance away from Allaah.”
      [Reported in al-Bid’a wan-Nahyi ‘Anha by Ibn Waddaah].

      Imaam Maalik said: “The Sunnah is like the Ark of Nooh (Noah), whoever embarks upon it reaches salvation and whoever refuses is drowned.”
      [Reported by As-Syouti in Miftaahu Jannah].

      ‘ Imaam Maalik said: “He who innovates something in Islaam regarding it as something good has claimed that Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) has betrayed the Message which he was entrusted to deliver” as Allaah says:

      الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ

      Today I have Perfected your Deen for you.
      [Qur’aan, Soorat Al-Maa ‘idah, 5:3]

      “Whatever was not Deen at the time of the Prophet cannot be considered to be a part of the Deen today” [Reported by Ash-Shaatibee in AI-l’tisaam].

      • Imaam Maalik also said: “Nothing will benefit the Ummah to come except that which benefited its early generations.'” [Related by Imaam Ibn ‘Abdil Barr in At-Tamheed].

      • ‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’oudsaid: “ The Jamaa’ah is what conforms to the Truth, even if you are alone.” [Reported by Ibn ‘Asaakir in Taareekh Dimashq with a saheeh isnaad]

      • Imaam Muhammad Al-Barbahaaree said: “Know that Islaam is the Sunnah and the Sunnah is Islaam and o­ne of them cannot be established Without the Other.”
      [Quoted from his book Sharhus-Sunnah. English Translation].

      • He also said: “Everything (some) worshippers claim as hidden knowledge (‘Ilmul Baatin), which is not found in the Qur ‘aan and the Sunnah, is innovation and misguidance. It is not to be acted upon nor called to.” [Ibid]

      • Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said: “That a servant meets Allaah ith every sin except Shirk is better than meeting Him upon any of he innovated beliefs.”
      [Reported by AI-Baihaqee in Al-I’tiqaad].

      • Abu Qilaabah said: “A people never introduces an innovation, except that they make use of the sword lawful.” [Ad- daarimee with a saheeh isnaad].

      • Al-Fudayl Ibn ‘lyaad said: “Indeed, I love those whom Allaah loves. They are those whom the Companions of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) are safe. I hate those whom Allaah hates. They are the people of the deviant sects and innovations.”
      [Reported by Abu Nu’aym in Al-Hilyah with a saheeh isnaad. See Sharh us Sunnah by AI-Barbahaaree, English Translation, p. 94].

      • Al-Barbahaaree said: “The innovators are like scorpions. hey bury their heads and bodies in the sand and leave their tails out. When they get the chance they sting: the same with the innovators who conceal themselves amongst the people, when they are able, they do what they desire.” [See Sharh us Sunnah, p.94).

      Compiled By Saleh As-Saleh

      FOOTNOTES:

      [1] We ask Allaah’s Forgiveness for some of the great scholars of Ahlu Sunnah (e.g.Al-Haafith Ibn Hajar, Imaam An-Nawawee, and others) who may have indulged in figurative interpretation of some of Allaah’s Sifaat (Attributes). o­n the other hand it is not right to exaggerate in rejecting all of their works. They have great contributions which enriched the understanding of the Sciences of Hadeeth, Fiqh, Usool, Tafseer, etc. While they may have been influenced by some aspects of the late Asha’rite school, they are not considered to be followers of the systematic methodology of this school. And Allaah knows best. See the Introduction in Ar-Rudud Wat-Ta’qeebaal ‘ala ma Waqa’ah HI Imaam An-Nawawee Fee Shark Saheeh Muslim Min At-Ta ‘weel Fee As-Sifaat…’by Shaykh Mashoor Bin Hasan Aal Salmaan. Daar Al-Hijrah, Riyaadh, 1413/1993.

      [2] As-Siraat: The Bridge over the midst of Hell; It is extremely slippery. o­n it there are hooks, claws, and barbs. Over it mankind will pass. The believers, as Prophet Muhammad explained, “Will pass like the blink of an eye, like the
      lightning, like the wind, like the birds, and like the fast horses and camels. Some will be saved, some will be lacerated then set free, and some will be thrown into the Fire…” [See Saheeh Muslim, V. Hadeelh #352.]

      [3] Al-Meezaan: The Scale set up o­n the Day of Resurrection for weighing the deeds of men.

      [4] Hawd: The Pool of Allaah’s Messenger He said: “The size of my Pool is like what is between Jerusalem and San’aa in Yemen and it has drinking cups like the number of stars in the sky.” [See Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree, V.8, Hadeeth #582.] It is referred to in the Qur’aan (Soorah 108) as Al-Khawther in At-Jannah.

      [5] This section is intended to be a special reminder to the Muslims regarding the
      Bid’ah. Inshaa’Allaah-they will make good use of its contents and make it available to their communities. I ask Allaah, the Most High, to render it beneficial for me and for all Muslims.

    37. Salafi September 3rd, 2009 at 10:34 am

      These so called salafi dudes especially Abu Muslim is really funny :)

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