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Journey of Faith Conference in Toronto, Canada – 2009


The 2nd Annual Journey of Faith Conference is during the July 4th weekend at the Metro Toronto Convention Center (Centre) in Toronto, Canada. More info here.

Bigger and Better! Speakers Released!

Asalamu ‘alaikummmm!

Alhamdolilah, the 2nd Annual Journey of Faith Conference is right around the corner; July 4th weekend at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Are you excited?! I am. We have an amazing line-up of speakers this year and let’s just say…you won’t want to miss out. The world will be watching as Journey of Faith makes history this summer, but the question you need to ask yourself is: “will I be a part of it?”

Journey of Faith is kicking things up a notch this year with a completely revamped marketplace including a variety of different vendors for your enjoyment, entertainment that will surely keep you satisfied, and a food cafe that will leave you wanting more. This year, Journey of Faith will indeed deliver on its promise (inshallah) of being BIGGER and BETTER!

With that said, for the 2nd Annual Journey of Faith Islamic Conference, we are privileaged to host and have attend: Dr. Zakir Naik, Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick, Bilal Philips, Sh. Tawfique Chowdhury, and many more!

Inshallah in 2009 you will witness the first-ever SOLD-OUT Islamic Conference!

Stay tuned for exciting new updates.

Wasalamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullah

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    1. abd al-ahad May 12th, 2009 at 11:27 am

      ma sha Allah! Was that dr. Zakir Naik at the end??

    2. Concerned May 12th, 2009 at 11:54 am

      I am concerned, why are you supporting a Salafi/Wahabi conference? The organizers are very smart, the first conference was based on love of the Prophet (peace be upon him), however, their doctrine is “minimizing” this very belief. I think we should be very careful in what we are supporting if we do not know the potential harmful effects of this type of dawah. and Allah knows best.

    3. MR May 12th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

      @Concerned – Is this the first post you’ve read on my blog? I think you should browse my blog for a few minutes.

    4. Concerned May 12th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

      @MR – I have read other posts, that is why I am surprised you are sending this out. I am not commenting on your blog, I am commenting “specifically” on this conference. Why are you supporting a Salafi/Wahabi conference? Browsing your blog does not answer this question.

    5. MR May 12th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

      @Concerned

      See MRecognize, MRespected on the right side

      See
      http://www.mujahideenryder.net/2007/09/22/the-sunni-unity-pledge/

      http://www.mujahideenryder.net/2007/09/05/the-people-from-al-maghrib-institute-and-the-zaytuna-institute-let%e2%80%99s-put-our-hands-together-shaykh-hamza-yusuf/

    6. Green Child May 12th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

      Although getting a little off topic, there are a lot of Salafi Teachers from Al-Madeenah who have disowned Yasir Qadhi and Muhammad Al-Shareef as their students because of that pledge.

      Bottom line, the journey conference is good, I went there last year, Sh. Tawfique Chowdhury is awesome!!!

    7. Mostafa May 12th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

      You people throwing your disgusting words “salafi! salafi!” exactly like the Khawarij!

    8. ZE May 12th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

      @abd al-ahad no that’s his teach Shaykh Ahmed Deedat (ra)

    9. farooq May 13th, 2009 at 12:47 am

      @ZE
      Radiallahu anhu is a statement that is given to some of the companions..I think the ones that faught in the battle of badr. You don’t say it for others because we do not know that Allah is pleased with them. You say things like may allah have mercy on him if they are dead if they are alive you can say may allah preserve him

    10. talib May 13th, 2009 at 6:35 am

      @ green child

      who are these scholars who disowned yasir qadhi…from my knowledge it was one person…and his post was just spread all over the internet..

    11. Sajed May 13th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

      Salaam

      This looks pretty awesome…

      how is life Amir? we need to catch up inshAllah

      – Sajed

    12. Concerned May 13th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

      @MR – As usual, people get overly emotional about unity. Unity does not mean take your knowledge from anyone. What they are trying to say is don’t offend others, etc. By you posting this, you are supporting their ideology.

      @ al-Suyuufi – (nice name by the way!) – the point is not having a Salafi conference or not, the point is “supporting” this type of dawah.

      @Mostafa – my dear brother, Salafis have been compared to be the modern day Khwarij, please get it right. When so called “sufis” respond, salafis are all in a panic when so called salafis have spent years slandering/killing Muslims.

      To everyone, I urge you to listen to this by Shaykh Yakubi: http://www.sacredknowledge.co.uk/audio/shaykh-ahmad-al-habbal-a-phenomenon-by-shaykh-muhammad-al-yaqoubi.html

      He mentions that King Abdul Aziz tried to “pay off” the Ulama to win their loyalty towards the Wahabi doctrine. The Ulama of Damascus have proof of this, they were offered money, but Alhamdullilah, they stood for truth, and traditional Islam is alive today. If the Wahabi doctrine is the truth, since when is money needed to “win” the loyalty of the Ulama?

      So I am not against anyone organizing a conference, I just want to know why you (MR) are supporting this?

    13. hey der May 13th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

      ohh no.. its those salafis again…

    14. MR May 13th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

      @Concerned – I blogged it because this is my blog and I feel that this is an excellent place for Muslims to learn about the Prophet (saas). There are literally thousands of Muslims who need guidance and this conference will be good for them. There isn’t anything bad about this conference. They aren’t attacking Muslims or killing them.

    15. Green Child May 13th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

      @ talib,

      I’d be really happy if what you’re saying is true, I just saw someone make some post in quotations on a website and assumed it to be true.

      Tell me if this is the same thing you’re talking about:

      Note that I don’t necessarily agree with what is said below, I’m just acknowledging the fact that there are people who believe it.

      Abu Muhammad said this here: http://www.anwar-alawlaki.com/?p=79

      “Here’s another article about yasir qadhi and other al kauthar instructors’. Would it be possible for someone to get into contact with them to explain some matters in depth, prefabably someone with knowlegde. This is really worrying, as a lot of our younger neices and nephews etc… attend and listen to lectures of such shayoukh.
      Muhammad ibn Haadee al Madkhalee ,

      ”Amongst the callers to falsehood who have graduated from here, the Islaamic Univeristy of Madeenah, is Yasir Qadhi. I severely warn you against him, especially as Allaah the Glorified has exposed him after he wrote this document that has reached us and propagated it over the internet. He gathered with others and signed a pledge in which – from the beginning to the end – revolves around one point; dissolving Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah in the midst of the people of innovations, removing their character and extinguishing their identi……..”
      ”The evidence has been established upon him as he studied in the Islaamic University of Madeenah. I taught him in the faculty of Hadeeth,”
      ”Amongst the callers to falsehood who have graduated from here, the Islaamic Univeristy of Madeenah, is Yasir Qadhi. I severely warn you against him, especially as Allaah the Glorified has exposed him ”
      ”The point is that I never heard of him again until he entered the Masters program in ‘Aqeedah, and sadly, this is what is used by him and others to misguide a lot of people, saying that he is the student the scholars or that he graduated from the Islaamic University of Madeenah.”
      — On Thu, 10/4/08, wrote:
      From:
      Subject: Salaam The Pledge
      To
      Date: Thursday, 10 April, 2008, 11:33 PM
      How are you? hope you are well inshallah, as promised(though with a big delay sorry) here is the pledge I was telling you about, which has caused such a controversy, with it are some other details, a MUST READ
      I have found that the situation as worsened recently, and that some of these ’shakes’ are trying to enforce what seems to be a sufi Islam on the people, with their great influence
      By their responses to questions and particular lectures, and as they give fatwa’s (thought they are not qualified to give fatwa’s, as they are lower level students of knowledge {even within the ulamaa da/eeya there are levels, its a whole subject in within itself)especially when these fatwa’s go against the early generations sahaba, tabee’s ta tab’ees etc and major ulam of today and the past)
      some of the things that have been said by people like Yasir Qadi Tawfiq Chowdery,
      HIJAB : one young girl rang up islam qna (Islam channel) who worked in a supermarket and said her work place don’t let her wear julbaab and should she leave as she feels bad, Yasir Qadi and Tawfiq Chowdery said its ok for her to just wear her black trousers with her hijab and shirt and work there
      ( what would be the reason that would allow this girl to work there though she is not allowed to cover properly =Necessity, is this a necessity though?, tomorrow everything will be necessity even shirk! This is not necessity in this country the girl could find another job, or worse come to worse get on benefits if she’s really broke, or fight for her rights at work as many student at uni and employees at work have done before her,)
      ’’Progressive Adaptive’’ Islam
      Yasie Qadi said in his Alkauther class that its time that we have a more ‘progressive and adaptive’ Islam – the same thing the sufiees and other moderates say
      that we should not refer to the major ulumaa (people like their own teachers from Madina university) in Muslims countries for fatwa’s, because their Islam is different and their fatwas are not eligible , (this is really be pushed a lot its the same nonsense that the ‘modernists ‘Islamic’ movements and sufis call for if any of the companion were alive today and saw the way we practice islam today they would have a heart attack- and apparently were doing so good that we need to tone it down!! What would Umar Al Khattab (r.a )Say if he saw these people !)
      That ‘’Celebrating Birthdays is Not a Bidda’’
      Yasir Qadhi in an Alkauther class said that celebrating the birthday of the prophet (peace be upon him) without the shirk elements when people are do something’s like celebrating the mawlad to ”come close to Allah” it not that bad,
      Birthdays are not bidda (Yasir Qadi said this in his alkauther seminar to the students -who really disagreed with him,
      How many of the companions ever celebrated their Birthday or when did the Prophet (peace be upon him) do so even Encyclopaedia Britannica says this is a festival that originates from pagan religious sources, and the Hadith is clear about how many and which celebrations the Muslims are allowed to celebrate. Sunana Abi Dawood 1134
      And to add to that point : The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “All of my ummah will enter Paradise except those who refuse.” They said: “O Messenger of Allaah, who would refuse?” He said: “Whoever obeys me will enter Paradise and whoever disobeys me has refused.” Al-Bukhaari, 7280
      “You would follow the ways of those who came before you step by step, to such an extent that if they were to enter a lizard’s hole, you would enter it too.” They said, “O Messenger of Allaah, (do you mean) the Jews and Christians?” He said, “Who else?” (Reported by al-Bukhaari and Muslim). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) also said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”
      That Some Orientalists are Not That Bad,
      Yasir Qadi said that not all oriantitlists are that bad, I really don’t know what he’s trying to say with this. But him sticking up for the Orientalists who slander the companions, insult the prophet (peace be upon him) etc it make sense as he’s currently doing his ISLAMIC PHD in Yale University Learning under Shaky Atheist! Would Ali or Abu Baker (r.a) or any of the sahaba ever recommend any Muslims to learn Islam by non Muslims who study it just to defame it ???? Would you learn to read Qur’an from a kaffer who has a diploma in Arabic ??
      SPYING –
      Tawfieew Chowdery was asked about someone applying to work with government to spy on OTHER MUSLISM in the UK (‘’Anti Terror Surveillance’’) his response was if you can help the Muslims then yes its ok do it, with no mention of caution, of the limits where a Muslim can and cant cross, he didn’t even mention that it could be Kuffer.
      – spying on other Muslims is not allowed , Tawfieew Chowdery he should not have made that comment when he does not know the situation in this country,with all the Mistaken Terror raids that have happened, he says the Muslim Ulmaa should not give fatwa in the West due to not knowing the situation here, yes he has no problem advising people to spy on Muslims in this country,
      A brother from Cage Prisoners was asked this questions he responded:
      this is not good idea gains no benefit , because when you first start your just at a lower level and have no say in any decision making, so your just helping terrorise other Muslims. Even and The second highest ranking Police commission in the Country a Muslim ( complained to newspapers himself that he was not consulted in terror related laws) by the time you get to a level were you can make a change your already in the system and have become like the others, and still no one listens to you anyway so your aiding the harm and not benefiting
      (spying on Muslims we know is an act of kuffer!!!) The above things have been said on recent Islam qna programs and at recent alkauther courses,
      and there are a lot of worrying things said, but its too long to mention, there are some video links on islamic tube –
      below are statements by the teachers of Yasir Qahdi and Tawfeeq chowdery from MADINNAH UNIVERSITY INCLUDING THE SHAYKH al’Aqeel WHO MARKED YASIR QHADIS AQEEDAH THESIS
      Shaykh Shueb Hasssan was asked about this Pledge and he said its false and wrong, while those who have signed it youll find the majority are sufies and those who think Music is hallal etc – where are all the other famous shakyook and dou’aat of the west who in Tawfwwq Chowderys words ” undersatnd western culture” why have they not signed it? =Because its false
      a lot of the students from the alkauther class thought that Y.Q T.C had been threatened to make Islam easy by governments, – this is known to happen with many of today’s famous weste Shayuuk Da’eea, and defiantly they themselves say whenever they travel for dawa they are stopped questioned and sometimes deported (even non harmless people like Yuseef Estees, Jafer Idrees n Billal Phillips have been deported and stopped from going to Islamic conferences ),
      We know those who call to the truth and fear Allah instead of the non Muslims like Ali Tamimi have been in prison- it makes sense that all of a sudden in theist last 3 years these ‘’shakys’’ Y.Q etc completely flip over everything they use to teach before – he even said his lectures etc from the Kitabba ta tawheed days are in the past now he’s not like that now.
      And we know the days of fitan will come when the rulers will first take sides then the scholars and then the average people until Allah makes the lines of hypocrisy and Emaan clear,
      Let me remind you that when the scholars in the time of Imam Ahmad were tortured and forced to say the Quran was created MANY I repeated MANY of the greatest scholars of ahlus sunnah and companions of Imam Ahmad at his time conceded to the governmental pressure. Imam Ahmad was the only one left still calling to the truth.
      and in the time of Slahuudeen Ayyoobi Ibn Katheer says the greatest Ulamaa were the first to go out with him, but when they saw the great numbers of the Europeans IT WERE THE ULLAMMA WHO WERE THE FIRST TO RUN AWAY ! one of the greatest sins.
      no one is infallible, we don’t know what the end of any individual will be weather he will end his life on guidance or misguidance, and many are the examples of this in the past. (ie Barseesa)
      We follow those who call to the HAQQ as long as they do so , when they stray we don’t blindly follow them
      The pledge and details are below
      from Madeenah.Com (set up by students in madina uni)
      “Pledge of Mutual Respect and Co-operation” – the Scholars Clarify
      All praise is due to Allaah and may the Salaat and Salaam be upon the final Messenger of Allaah, his family and his companions.
      To proceed:
      Concerning the propagation of the recent “Pledge of Mutual Respect and Co-operation” that was signed by a number of callers of diverse theological backgrounds and students from the West, we thought it befitting that it be presented to some of the Scholars so that they may clarify the legislated stance towards such a pledge, and that the view point of the people of knowledge could be shared with the Muslim minorities in the West. We also present the translated copy of the pledge for those who would like to ascertain what is being presented to the people of knowledge and that no additions or subtractions were made that may affect their responses. Any issues that may arise concerning the accuracy of the translation can be sent to:
      …and we will make the necessary changes, inshaa.-Allaah, if such changes affect the meanings of what is being presented.
      Shaykh Muhammad ibn Haadee al Madkhalee
      was approached regarding the pledge on the 3rd of December 2008, and commented with the following…
      …During these times that we live in, those who speak have become numerous; those who speak with knowledge, truth and adherence [to the Book and the Sunnah], those who speak with desires and evil intentions, and those who speak with ignorance. All three groups are present, and the callers to falsehood are more plentiful.
      Do not be deceived that a caller to falsehood[4] is praised, has degrees or a high status in the life of this world, because this is of no significance. What is of significance is whether his speech is in accordance to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, may the Salaat and Salaam be upon him, and what his righteous Caliphs and companions were upon – may Allaah be pleased with them all.
      Amongst the callers to falsehood who have graduated from here, the Islaamic Univeristy of Madeenah, is Yasir Qadhi. I severely warn you against him, especially as Allaah the Glorified has exposed him after he wrote this document that has reached us and propagated it over the internet. He gathered with others and signed a pledge in which – from the beginning to the end – revolves around one point; dissolving Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah in the midst of the people of innovations, removing their character and extinguishing their identity.
      Indeed this document that has reached us, that was signed by a number of people and propagated over the internet; it is falsehood, misguidance, injustice, oppression and ignorance [repeated 3 times]. It only serves the people of desires and is an injustice to Ahlus Sunnah. It is an obligation to be wary of it, to not listen to it, accommodate it, unite upon it and make excuses for it. All of this is in contradiction to the methodology of Ahlus Sunnah and what they are upon, those who are upon what the Messenger of Allaah and his companions, may Allaah be pleased with them, were upon.
      He is calling to the methodology of Ahlus Sunnah, as he states himself, with the general understanding of term ‘Ahlus Sunnah’, meaning that all the other misguided groups are included in it, we seek refuge with Allaah from that, as we seek refuge with Allaah from this misguidance.
      The evidence has been established upon him as he studied in the Islaamic University of Madeenah. I taught him in the faculty of Hadeeth, he once requested a sitting with me along with those who criticize him, so I agreed and informed him that I have no problem with that, and that was the last time I saw him. The point is that I never heard of him again until he entered the Masters program in ‘Aqeedah, and sadly, this is what is used by him and others to misguide a lot of people, saying that he is the student the scholars or that he graduated from the Islaamic University of Madeenah. But if this is the methodology that he is upon, the likes of this pledge that he and others have signed, by Allaah it would not benefit him if he graduated from within the Ka’bah! Because this is a false methodology, and being a student of such and such a Shaykh or studying at such and such a place does not justify falsehood, for those who taught him here have taught him the correct ‘Aqeedah, they didn’t teach him this falsehood.
      In any case, we ask Allaah for safety, as we ask him to cause the Knowledge that we gain to be beneficial for us as well as yourselves in the life of this world as well as the next…
      The first Scholar approached concerning the pledge was
      Shaykh `Alee Naasir Faqeehee
      (a lecturer at al-Masjid an-Nabawee and the Islaamic University of Madeenah, and Head of the Department of Knowledge Related Affairs at the King Fahd Qur.aan Printing Complex)
      on the 22nd of Ramadhaan 1428. We will continue to share the views of the people of knowledge concerning this pledge as we present it to them, and add their comments to this document with the permission of Allaah the Exalted.
      The Shaykh, may Allaah preserve him, mentioned a number of points which are worthy of reflecting upon – for all:
      After reading it, the Shaykh began by stating that:
      “This is not the first, second, tenth or even hundredth time that an attempt such as this has been made. For a long time efforts have been made in order to produce such a formula, the only thing that differs is the method and the wordings. It should be known that achieving the objectives of such a pledge is impossible; it is like shooting a stray bullet that will never reach its target. How can (a pledge such as) this be possible, bringing together people of different theological[1] backgrounds that are contradictory to each other?!”
      The Shaykh described the basis for such a pledge as proceeding from the principle of “let us co-operate amongst ourselves in the issues that we agree upon, and excuse one another in the issues that we disagree upon”.
      In support of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, the Shaykh iterated: “Just because some of the co-signers (of “The Pledge”) are graduates from the Islaamic University (of Madeenah) does not mean that the methodology of the University is at fault. Rather, the methodology of the University is correct, however, the University cannot guarantee that all the students who graduate from it are or will remain upon the same methodology”.
      In reference to the claim that “The Pledge” is specific to issues pertaining to the West, the Shaykh vehemently rejected this by saying: “Their claim that this is a Western issue and that Major Scholars elsewhere do not need to be involved: We say to them that the same Islaam you have over there in the West is the same Islaam we have here. What is false and contradictory to Islaam over here is also false and contradictory to Islaam over there. Islaam is suitable for all times and places”.
      The Shaykh advised that the pledge be taken to other scholars so that the legislated stance towards the falsehood that it consists of can be further elaborated on. Until that time, we would like to share the comments of Shaykh Ibn `Uthaymeen concerning the error of those who include other groups such as the Ashaai`rah and Maturidiyyah in the circle of Ahlus Sunnah, as occurs in the Shaykh`s Majmoo` al-Fataawa:
      “Therefore they are united upon the Sunnah, they are Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa`ah. It is understood from the author`s[2] words that those who disagree with them in their methodology are not included with them. So the Ashaa`irah and Maturidiyyah for example are not considered to be from Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa`ah because they are in opposition to what the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, and his companions were upon in terms of understanding and implementing the Attributes of Allaah the Elevated with their apparent meanings.
      Therefore, those who claim that Ahlus Sunnah are comprised of three groups; Salafiyoon, Ashaa`irah and Maturidiyyah, are erroneous. We say; how can all of them be from Ahlus Sunnah while they contradict each other? Is there anything after the truth except falsehood?! How could all of them be Ahlus Sunnah while each one refutes the other? This is impossible, it could only be possible if two opposites can be combined, if so then yes this would be possible.
      There is no doubt that only one of these groups alone are the Sunnis, so which one is it; the Ashaa`irah, Maturidiyyah or Salafiyyah? We say that whoever is in accord with the Sunnah is the Sunni (adherer to the Sunnah) and whoever is in opposition to the Sunnah is not a Sunni. We say that the Salaf, they are the ones who adhered to the Sunnah and they are the Jamaa`ah, and this label cannot be attributed to other than them. Never!
      Words are according to their meanings, so let`s look and see, how could we label those who oppose the Sunnah `Ahlus Sunnah` [or Sunnis for short]?! It is impossible, and how can we claim that three groups that differ with each other are united? Where is the unity?!
      Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa`ah are those who follow the Salaf in their `Aqeedah, including individuals from the latter [generations] until the Day of Resurrection. If an individual is upon the way of the Prophet,صلى الله عليه وسلم, and his companions, then indeed he is
      Madeenah.Com Administration,
      – revised and approved by:
      Abu Abdul Waahid Nadir Ahmad
      Abu Abdullaah Mohammed Akhtar Chaudhry
      Zulfiker Ibrahim al-Memoni al-Athari
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      Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul Wahaab al’Aqeel, the former Head of the Department of ‘Aqeedah at the Islamic University as well as Yasir Qadhi’s Master’s thesis examiner also took a look at “The Pledge” and was displeased with what it contained. He said that it requires a detailed response and currently he does not have the time to do so.
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      Shaykh ‘Abdur Razaaq al ‘Abbaad mentioned that if there are problems such as this in the West, then they should be taken to the major scholars such as his father, Shaykh ‘Abdul Muhsin al ‘Abbaad; We will publish his response when he issues one, insha-Allah.
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      Footnotes:
      [1] The term used by the Shaykh was “Aqeedah” which is translated into creed, but being that the term “theology” was used for creed in the pledge, it was retained for consistency.
      [2] Shaykhul-Islaam ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah have mercy upon him.
      [3] As an added benefit, Ibn `Uthaymeen states in his explanation of al-`Aqeedah as-Safariniyyah:
      “Who are Ahlul Athar? They are the people who adhered to the narrations, they adhered to the Book and the Sunnah and the statements of the Sahaabah, may Allaah be pleased with them. This label cannot be applied upon any group or sect except the Salafees, those who adhere to the methodology of the Salaf.”
      [4] Shaykh Muhammad was asked about this and stated that he does not declare Yassir Qadhi to be an innovator, and this should not be understood from his speech.
      http://forums.alkauthar.org/showthread.php?t=2470
      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
      Shaykh one question if you say everyone agrees with you, from the western scholers and da’ees then how came so many of them have not signed the pledge ? those who as you say ‘understand west and eastern cultures’ eg
      Dr Billal Phillips (He’s lived in the west, studied in Madina university, written books and regularly visits western countries for talks and now lives in Qater I think= east and west)
      Sheik Saleem Al Amry ( studies under many respected scholars including the top student of Sheik N. Al Albani (r) knows a lot about both cultures and regularly visits UK etc)
      Muratza Khan (living in the U.K studied abroad)
      And daee’s in the U.K such as W.K, A.T etc who know both situation?
      Dr Khalid Khan (Islam channel QnA understand both east and west)
      Shaykh Abu Abdisalaam ( Islaam.net -studying in Dar al Hadith Mekka, born, bread, annually visits U.K to teach) ?
      Shaykh Shoeb Hasan We know has said the pledge is false and wrong
      Billal Asad,
      Shk Muhammad Adly ,
      Yaya Yayha Ibreiem
      Ibrehaim Dremil etc
      Kalid Yasin
      Dr Zakir Naik
      Hasham al Awadi
      Shk Waleed Basyoni, (and these 2 are past of alkauther yet they dont agree!)
      Kamel el Mekki,
      There seems to be many Suffies , HT members in the list and a hand full of shakys from Ahlu Sunna, many of the them refused to sign the pledge, doesn’t that obviously mean something Shaykh?
      Ibn Uthaymeen (Rahimullah) on Birthdays
      Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) issued the following fatwa on celebrating Birthdays:
      “Everything which is taken as an ‘eid’ (something which is celebrated regularly) and is repeated each week or each year and is not prescribed in sharee’ah, is a kind of bid’ah (reprehensible innovation). The evidence for that is the fact that the Lawgiver prescribed ‘aqeeqah for the newborn, and did not prescribe anything after that. When they adopt these observances every week or every year, it means that they are making them like the Islamic Eids, which is haraam and is not permitted. There are no celebrations in Islam apart from the three prescribed Eids: ‘Eid al-Fitr, ‘Eid al-Adha, and the weekly ‘Eid’ which is Friday (Yawm al-Jumu’ah).
      This does not come under the heading of customs because it is repeated. Hence when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to Madeenah and found that the Ansaar had two festivals which they used to celebrate, he said, ‘Allaah has given you something better than these: Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.’ (Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 1556; Abu Dawood, 1134; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Silsilat al-Ahaadeeth al-Saheehah, no. 124), even though this was one of their customs.”
      From Sharh Kitaab al-Tawheed, 1/382
      The only reason I have quoted this fatwa is to highlight a point our beloved teacher Sh.Yasir made which was that celebrating birthdays can never be classified as a Bidah. According to the definition given in the course that did seem to make sense, however I believe we would be guilty of intellectual inconsistency if we were to simply gloss over the verdicts given by those who are more knowledgeable and more wiser. This is because by virtue of the fact that an opinion in a lone opinion which contradicts many other well known opinions, is in and of itself an indication that at the very least the former requires more investigation.
      So why exactly did the ‘Ulema like Ibn Uthaymeen say that celebrating birthdays are Haram?
      Well to answer this question one needs to ask what exactly constitutes an ‘Eid?
      Meaning which elements, when they occur together, constitute an Eid? Similarly one could ask, what are the integral parts of the two Eids of Islam? By highlighting such elements it is possible then to make a ruling on whether it is permissible to have other set days of celebration i.e. other ‘Eids in the year; for example a national holiday or birthdays.
      The scholars, such as Ibn Uthaymeen (see above), have mentioned that an ‘Eid has two fundamental elements.
      1) It is celebration on a particular day which is reoccurring e.g. 1st Sha’ban and 10th Thul-Hijjah
      2) It entails a gathering of people e.g. ‘Eid prayer, family gatherings etc
      The first element illustrates the fact that ‘Eid is a celebration which is connected specifically to a date such that it cannot be celebrated on another day; this is a fine point which is paramount in understanding this issue. Also, the day involves the coming together of people to pray, eat, rejoice etc. Therefore, any day which entails these two elements [a set day which is regularly celebrated along with a gathering] is automatically considered an ‘Eid.
      Now we have defined what constitutes an ‘Eid the next step is to see why the scholars of Islam (May Allah have mercy on them all) said the ruling on any ‘Eid, other than the two ‘Eids of Islam, is Bid’ah (an reprehensible innovation).
      It is reported that Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) said that when the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wassalam) settled in Madinah and its people had made two days a year for celebrating and enjoying themselves. So he (sallahu alayhi wassalam) said to them:
      “Allah has substituted these two (days) for you with two better days: the day ending the fast and the day of sacrifice.”
      The statement of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wassalam) clearly shows that there are only two days in which the Muslim Ummah can hold an ‘Eid, as the Ansar were told to abandon their other two ‘Eids. This technically means that they can only have two days in which they can specify to gather together and celebrate; regularly. Hence any other celebration is a non-Islamic ‘Eid and would not be condoned by the Sharee’ah rather it would be considered a Bida’h. Whether the people seek a reward thereby or not; as the Ansar were told to abandon their two ‘Eids though they were not seeking a reward in celebrating them.
      Allah knows best but I am very weary about completely turning away from the known authorities of Islamic knowledge that will always reside in the East as oppose to the sea of Kufr in the West and relegating that responsibility to, with all due respect, students of knowledge. “

    16. Ismael Muyanja Kazibwe May 14th, 2009 at 4:06 am

      I would like to attend this conference what do i need to be elligible?

      Thanx

    17. talib May 14th, 2009 at 6:53 am

      @ green child..

      yes..many shuyukh did show concern..and said the pledge is a lost cause…but no one disowned yasir qadhi or warned against him except muhammed madkhali…if i am wrong correct me insha allah..

    18. Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab May 14th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

      Hi

      @Farooq – you don’t seem too smart. “(ra)” stands for “rahmatullahi alayh” which means ‘May Allah have mercy on him’. Yes it could also stand for radhiallahu anhu … but use common sense, ok brother? It’s two words: common and sense.

      @Concerned – Thanks for informing us about Shaykh Yacqubi’s view point. But, do you also feel the same about your scholars Hamza Yusuf and Faraz Rabbani and others who work for (i.e. participate in their programs, give lectures, etc.) the British Government’s Home Office funded ‘Radical Middle Way’? Do you?

      @Green Child – wow, Salafis have really gone crazy. Thanks for that long paste. Honestly, you guys (salafis) are disowning everyone in your group? What will happen when no one’s left? You don’t need to answer this question.

      @MR – you da’ man.

    19. Green Child May 14th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

      I never said I was Salafi btw, I actually posted something a fellow Salafi brother posted on Imam Anwar Awlaki’s website, because it was from this post that I was led to believe that the Salafi ulema in Madeenah were troubled or disappointed with Yasir Qadhi, and perhaps I misused the term “disowned” as brother “talib” has clarified.

      I don’t really agree with some of the things in that long post – I was just using it to show where I got some info from.

      (btw – that also doesn’t mean I got beef with the Salafi brothers either)

    20. Green Child May 14th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

      Just to make it more clear, I love Sh. Yasir Qadhi, got no problems with him, and encourage the unity pledge.

    21. talib May 14th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

      alhamdulilah then…dont let the extremist fool you..just because they got a loud mouth in the internet dont mean its the truth..

      i encourage all to attend this conference if they can…last year was great..the organizers did a good job with everything..very professional, on time for each event, food could have more varieties…and from the line up of speakers invited this year…you could predict an even greater experience

    22. Green Child May 15th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

      Dude, Zakir Naik is coming!!!!

    23. Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab May 16th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

      @al-Suyuti – why do you care brother? This isn’t some sort of personal interview session about my life and beliefs. So lay off.

    24. Musa Franco May 17th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

      @concerned:

      Akhi if you dislike As Salafiyah so much; then why don’t you discuss your contentions in regards to the ideology and lay off the individuals. When we engage in debate we only attack ideas not people.

      I am curious what your contentions are…

      Shukran

    25. Ahmed May 28th, 2009 at 3:36 am

      Salam ‘alaykum.

      Dear brothers and sisters, I am friends with some of the organizers. And it was made clear to me that Journey of Faith does not promote any labeling or spreading hatred against other Muslim organizations and groups. I heard they get speakers to promise/agree to not to name any individual or organization or sect and launch attacks at or against them.

      Insha-Allah, you are all free to come and join. Instead of going by hearsay, I suggest you come to the conference and see what message is being preached and if message of hatred and intolerance is allowed there or not.

      Just so you guys know, a lot of “traditional” organizations and mosques are supporting the conference this year. I heard announcements at Jame Abu Bakr (in Scarborough): a heavily tablighi jamaat oriented masjid. The organizers are reaching out to every single community in Toronto and surrounding area and asking for their cooperation in making the conference a success.

      Remember, extremism has 2 spectrum and both should be detested. Path of moderation and tolerance are always the best and safest options.

      Wassalamu ‘alaykum.

    26. Worried about Unity May 30th, 2009 at 1:42 am

      This back and forth is truly disgusting… this name calling and labeling is Haram! Just stick to what you believe and make sure that you are 100% sure about what you believe in… Treat this life as a team for learning, rather than slapping labels on others…

    27. Usman Akhtar May 31st, 2009 at 9:31 pm

      I saw this quotation from an extremely wise friend I know:

      The famous Sufi shaykh of India, Nizamuddin Awliya once said regarding argumentation about Islam, “If they put thorns on the ground and you also put thorns on the ground, then there will be thorns everywhere.” Where will one go for safety? This is true now, at Muslim conferences- we restrict which events we go to and in the end, we go nowhere in our Islamic development, because the thorns are everywhere.

      I’m not implying that anyone here is “putting thorns in the ground” – but if we don’t learn to appreciate the good efforts of our brothers who want to help us revive the deen, and instead respond with accusations and criticisms, and no solutions – and inevitably we will end up nothing. Let’s try to judge each others intentions, and we’ll see that although a small amount of our practices are different from eachother, the intention is the same pure desire to submit to Allah. It’s a beautiful intention that people should take the opportunity to see, instead of destroying that opportunity with criticisms and finger pointing.

      You know there is a saying that when a man points his finger at someone three fingers point right back at him with his own hand. Let’s not undermine the good intentions of our brothers.

      Again I am addressing the problem, and not anyone in particluar.

      Assalamualaykum Wah Ramatullahi Wah Barakatuh

    28. Anonymous June 30th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

      Is the venue really sold out?

      I need to know!!

    29. MR June 30th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

      @Anonymous – According to the site it is not sold out:
      http://www.journeyconference.com/

    30. Anonymous June 30th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

      Thank-you ! JazaakhAllahu-Khair

      :-)

    31. Asif July 9th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

      Assalamo-Alaikum W.W,

      Wow, I was just going through this thread, and there seems to be lot of bashing back and forth.

      Please note, I am not a Salafi, I have attended this conference for the last 2 years. Masha’llah it was amazing, it was just about Islam, no promotion of any kind of movements or groups etc. And Inshallah I will be attending again in the future. I consider myself to be a Muslim first.

      There was lot of good information and lots of knowledge that we are not aware and there is lots to learn regarding the deen. (Honestly, the best statement I heard from Dr. Zakir Naik on day 1 was: “It’s no where mentioned in the Bible that Jesus christ is God. If any one can prove it or show it to me, I will convert to Christianity right now”)

      And finally, don’t forget a lot of non-muslims converted to Islam. Lot of non-Muslims were convinced by the answers given by Dr. Zakir Naik.

      As Allah mentioned in the Quran, if the Muslims don’t continue to spread the message of Islam and don’t do Dawah, Allah (s.w.t) will get the outsiders (ie., the non muslims) and they will be better than us.

      So if you have not attended this conference, I would highly recommend making any -ve comments against this.

      Jazakallah,
      Asif

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