Disconnected from Allah? Having problems with your salah? – Fiqh of Salah comes to Virginia


The Divine Link

Fiqh of Salah

Shaykh Yaser Birjas

June 5-7 & 13-14, 2009

Fridays: 7pm-10pm
Sat & Sun: 10am-7pm

George Mason University, Room – Enterprise 80
4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
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More information about the seminar here.

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13 Replies to “Disconnected from Allah? Having problems with your salah? – Fiqh of Salah comes to Virginia”

  1. We know that through the Isnad system, by connecting ourselves to scholars who have learned from other scholars, we connect ourselves to the Prophet (peace be upon him), then we are connected to Angel Gibril, then to Allah. This is the secret of the Isnad system which has survived over the generations in the four madhabs. I am just curious, what madhab will al-maghrib be teaching? How can one have a “divine” link w/out this method? Can the Salafis/Wahabis/al-maghrib students, etc, please answer this question. Shukran.

  2. I think you’ll find they don’t have any isnad.

    You can tell the difference in quality of the teaching between these modernists, cut and paste DIY “fuqaha” and proper bona fide scholars steeped in centuries of scholarship preserved to this day by the madhabs.

  3. @ “Concerned” and “@Concerned”


    1. The class being taught is for people who ascribe themselves to the majority Madhaahib (Hanafi, Shafi, Maliki, Hanbali)

    2. From what I understand, the “strongest” opinion, or your “DIY cut and pasting” is not done. Just the majority opinion of each madhab is stated i.e. “Hanafi opinion is this, Maliki is this…etc”. Thus stating the majority opinion of the particular school. May Allah forgive me if I am incorrect, but this is what my friend told me who took the class. I have read through the entire notebook as well with no signs of “do this and don’t do that”. Allahualam

    3. This “isnad system” that you speak of from the common understanding is flawed in many ways. One would have to prove that such a system exists with the chain, and the biography of the narrators…basically ‘ilm al-Rijaal? For it to be even considered Sahih, one would have have to apply the similar rules of Usul al-Hadith Sa7? According to common knowledge, this does not exist.

    Lastly. As a reminder to myself and others who like to paint a brush for everybody and use derogatory comments about your fellow Muslims, this was not the way of our Ulema of the spiritual discipline…

    Abu Hurairah, radiyallahu ‘anhu, reported that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said:

    “Let whosoever believes in Allah and in the Last Day either speak good or be silent…” [Bukhari & Muslim]

  4. 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, then we will get something worse.

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

  5. @Yus from the Nati: Point #3 is flawed. There is a lot of information out there on this topic. Please search.

    Okay, so they are quoting positions from all the madhabs. So therefore they are saying that we can pick & choose any opinion we want? So is this decision based on our desires? or our ability to reason which position is stronger (which would mean we are at the level of a Mujtahid imam – ie. equivalent to say Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah)?

    I really want to understand the “logic” behind the Salafi/Wahabi/al-Maghrib method. Again, can adherents to this interpretation of Islam please answer. Shukran.

  6. To Concerned, I hope you are really concerned.

    It is a simple issue that needs no lengthy elaboration. For laymen like most of us are, we are muqallids but we need not belong to any madhab neither do we have jurisdictional ability to derive and apply rules. Simple, as it was done in the days of the sahabah, the taabiiin and the early scholars, we ask for our day to day fiqh issues from the reliable scholars around us. Not necessarily parroting around that I am a Maliki and I only accept rulings from the Maliki school of fiqh. No this is wrong.

    However, for the active students of knowledge, then they study and research fiqh issues based on the sciences developed by a specific madhab. However, they are not restricted to the opinion of that school in their daily life applications especially in the face of contrary and more sound views. However, they revert back to being a muqallid on issues they do not yet have the capacity or the available time to deal with or are unclear to them. So in esence, they are floating in between.

    For the Mujtahid, he derives fiqh based on the science developed by a specific school of fiqh. It needs not be stressed that they are not restricted to the fiqh position of the particular school in the face of contrary and more sound views. Hence, in saudi, the madhab is basically hanbali and so on.

    So for almaghrib, I’m sure the isnad you are looking for is not that hard to find, most studied from either madeenah or al-azhar and from scholars who equally studied from older scholars and the isnad continues to the early scholars until the prophet. Not hard I guess.

    Anyway, for almaghrib, i’ve not attended any of their classes, but i believe that the approach adopted by their tutors is simple, they give you the evidences of the various schools of fiqh on that issue and provide their analysis of their strengths and weaknesses. Also, the tutor gives his own preferred opinion, however, you are left to decide which is weightier based on evidences available. Our lord, Allaah, does not burden a soul more than it can bear.

    I also need to stress that the categorisation is not cast in stone under the 3 above, you definitely have the spread in between (i.e. those who are closer to the 1st than the 2nd, or vice versa and so on). For example, under the 1st group, you have the group who will not ven understand the evidences and their own is just, what and how etc. However, you have the group that understand the very rudimentary evidences such as Allaah says, the prophet says, etc.

    I do not intend to stretch this issue too far, however, for the purpose of our concerned brothers. For a more rudimentary understanding of this, you can refer to the article on taqlid by the noble brother Surkheel Abu Aliyah Sharif. http://web.mac.com/jawziyyah/The_Jawziyyah_Institute/Home.html.

    May Allaah grant us the understanding of His deen.

  7. @Abu Abdaen

    I usually do not write on blogs, but this is unbelievable.

    “Also, the tutor gives his own preferred opinion, however, you are left to decide which is weightier based on evidences available. Our lord, Allaah, does not burden a soul more than it can bear.”

    How does a tutor give a preferred opinion? He/She MUST have the requisite knowledge to do this! and then you are saying that it is left up to the students to decide which opinion has more weight? You said it exactly, Allah does not burden a soul more than it can bear! So why are you doing this?

    No one is saying that you may not have to follow an opinion from another madhab “at certain times,” or in issues of Mu’ammalat where, especially in the West, this becomes a necessity in some cases. We are speaking in majority/general cases.

    If you are saying that the tutors give opinions from all madhabs (specifically for prayer in this case), then the students can decide what they want, so in essence you are saying that I can: Don’t have to re-do my wudu a/f touching a dog/pig b/c I prefer the opinion in the Hanbali madhab, pray with my hands down b/c if I prefer the Maliki opinion, not recite the Fatiha as a follower b/c I prefer the Hanafi opinion, say Ameen out loud as a follower b/c I prefer the Shafi’ opinion? etc, etc?

    If so, I pray that Allah guide all of us on the straight path, and may Allah judge us according to our ignorance.


  8. @ Concerned:

    I agree with what you said above. However for the record as I have stated above, for this specific class (no idea about the other Fiqh classes), I understand that it’s for whatever madhahib that one ascribes to….it’s laid out for them. Meaning if I am Hanafi, then my Hanafi rulings are in there (for me to follow). If I am Maliki, then etc. Allahualam.

  9. @ Concerned:

    The point you mentioned about not having to re-do wudu a/f touching a dog/pig is from the Maliki madhab (not the Hanbali madhab). However, I see your point! 🙂

  10. Salam alaykum,
    May Allaah guide us all and grant us the understanding of His deen.

    I intended my previous message to be brief and I intend to do the same here as well.

    The issue of adherence to particular madhab is an issue that has been discussed extensively by several well learned people. So, for me, I am much less competent to discuss it. However, for the benefit of the others who are confused and also have been confused, I came up with the brief response.

    The principal crux of my message is directed to most of us who are laymen as regards the fiqh of the deen. I repeat that as individuals, we are not obliged to ascribe to a school of fiqh, this has never been the practice during the times of the salaf rather what you are obliged is to ask questions relating to issues of your deen from the reliable & competent scholars around you.

    However, the situation can arise that you have 2 or more conflicting information from these knowledgeable people or other sources, what do you do? I repeat, you can only act on what is clearer, sound and puts your mind at rest. You present the issues to your imam (leader) who will explain & guide you appropriately. This makes the whole religion simpler and less bipartisanship bi ithni llahi. The deen of Allaah is simple and Allaah has not placed a burden much more than we can bear.

    Then, for your assertion on individuals picking whichever they want from the rulings, I guess this simply boils down to the taqwa of Allaah. Note that the same can also be said about the madhab. As much as I am aware, the rulings within the madhab are not generally one and the same and there are variations in so many issues. Wallaahu A’alam.

    Also, you asked if they (i.e. the Al-maghrib instructors) have the requisite to weigh/research issues of the deen and also give preferred personal opinion, I’m sure they do (especially on issues that are clear to them – take into consideration the point I made earlier on their floating between being a muttabi and a muqallid) unless you have evidences to the contrary. I know for sure from some of the recordings of lectures given by Bro Yasir Qadhi, that he usually gives the rulings from the different madhaaib and give the analysis of their strengths and weaknesses with a preferred personal opinion.

    A question for you my dear brothers, what do you do when an aalim presents to you clearer and contrary evidences from other madhaaib? Does your mind feel at rest knowing fully well that there are stronger contrary prescriptions?

    I do not intend to argue back and forth on the issue of madhab/no madhab for reasons adduced earlier, I can only pray that may Allaah, the Almighty, grant us better understanding of His deen. For more details, see http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/21420/madhab

    Brothers, I love you all for the sake of Allaah.

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