Are we really Salafi?

At first impression a lot of readers may ask why I pose this question.

I heard a recording the other day regarding Salafeeyah in the 90s and Salafeeyah now. It stated the fact that although we have more graduates and more brothers returning from oversees the people have become more ignorant. Why is that?

From my perspective, when I became Muslim in the 90s the brothers who I was around were trying to practice every Sunnah they knew of. Of course mistakes and misunderstanding may have occurred regarding its implementation however the fact remains that the Sunnah took precedence over everything.

What happened later on was that people became cultivated upon Taqleed i.e the Shaikh said thus and the Shaikh said so. Now I am not disputing the fact that it is obligatory to return to the understanding of the Ulama of the past and the present regarding the issues of the religion. However, what has happened is that in spite of clear evidences and principles “the Shaikh said” took precedence.

This type of toxic understanding has led to the Muslims detaching themselves from the Quran and the  Sunnah of the Messenger (Salallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam). Such a person can no longer be described as knowledgeable or as a seeker of knowledge but rather such a person is a Muqallid (blind follower).

This blind-following hidden under the guise of Salafeeyah has led to individuals taking positions of authority that they are unfit for. It has also led to bigotry and partisanship toward specific individuals and groups.

Hence, it is upon our brothers and sisters to return to the book and the Sunnah in terms of reading, learning, teaching and acting upon it. Because we can’t truly be Salafi if we have the following characteristics:

  • Partisanship toward particular scholars.
  • Partisanship toward particular organizations.
  • Lack of emphasis on studying, acting upon and teaching the Sunnah.
  • Making the people of knowledge the FIRST point of return rather than the Qur’an and the Sunnah.
  • Making the people of knowledge the source rather than the means to understand the texts of the Qur’an and the Sunnah.
  • Ignoring the Sunnah for the statements of particular scholars, organizations and individuals.
  • Abject arrogance in accepting one’s errors after the Sunnah has been made apparent.

In other words, Salafeeyah is opposed to TAQLEED (blind following) unless it is of dire necessity. This is because Salafeeyah is built upon the texts of the Qur’an and the Sunnah with the understanding of the Salaf.

May Allah aid our brothers and sisters in the west in reviving Da’wah As Salafeeyah. May Allah aid us in emphasizing upon textual evidences in learning, reading, teaching and implementation.

Know your level oh “Shuyuukh” of SPUBS.

Assalamu Alaikum,

To all my Muslim brothers and sisters.

In this time we are seeing a phenomenon which is quite disturbing. Where, there are those who have reached a particular level of knowledge yet have delusions of grandeur!

First they were called Dua’at, then Ustaadh (both not being problematic) then after a time the word ELDER was utilized. This indeed should have set off the alarm bells. Currently, to add insult to injury they are now being referred to as Shuyuukh, Fadeelatush Shaikh and Mashayikh!

This is indeed a travesty. These same callers who were pontificating that there are no scholars in the west are now trying to place themselves as the scholars of the west and the point of return!

If anyone disputes that then why is it that their latest means of propaganda (marketing) is to allow others to call them Shuyuukh (which they KNOW is synonymous to the word scholar) and some of them are not even beginner students of knowledge and none of them are at an advanced stage?

Such a phenomenon is addressed in a Hadeeth that is agreed upon by Bukhari and Muslim where the Prophet (Salallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said:

The one who creates a false impression of receiving what one has not been given is like one who wears two garments of falsehood.

I am certainly alarmed by this because the possible result of this propaganda by SPUBS is the following:

  1. Cheapening of the status of the scholars and Islamic Scholarship.
  2. Taking non-scholars as the point of return in matters of legislation.
  3. Entering Non-Scholars into the rhealm of the scholars although the former doesn’t have the requisite knowledge.

Really and truly, I ask the sincere reader, how can we call these people scholars?

  1. Have they memorized the Qur’an or most of the Qur’an?
  2. Have they memorized books of Hadeeth such as Umdah Al Ahkaam, Buluugh Ul Maraam or Riyaadh As Saliheen?
  3. Have they memorized texts in Aqeedah and Fiqh?
  4. Have they memorized and studied texts in grammar, morphology, Usool Ul Fiqh, Usuul Ut Tafseer and Mustalah Al Hadeeth?
  5. Can they teach these texts with precision?
  6. What books have they produced and who have they produced as strong students of knowledge?
  7. Have they gone through the different stages of knowledge?

And I can ask several other questions which of course would be met by a deafening silence and in some cases outright slander.

Furthermore, I ask where is their level of responsibility?

Hassan Somali, Abu Hakeem and some others have been exposed to real scholars and strong students of knowledge. It is irresponsible of them that they condone these titles being bestowed upon them, ABU KHADEEJAH and AMJAD RAFEEQ. These perpetrators know within themselves that they are not of that calibre. They really need to fear Allah and desist from such shenanigans.

Lastly, I tell the brothers  as an advice, especially those from SPUBS,  to make sure to pay attention to this Hadeeth which is narrated in Saheeh Muslim on the authority of Abu Hurairah:

Next a man who had acquired and imparted knowledge and read the Qur’an will be brought forward, Allah will remind him of the favours He had bestowed upon him and the man will acknowledge them. Then He will ask him: ‘What did you do to express gratitude for it?’ The man will reply: ‘I acquired knowledge and taught it, and read the Qur’an for Your sake.’ Allah will say to him: ‘You have lied. You acquired knowledge so that people might call you a learned (man), and you read the Qur’an so that they might call you a reciter, and they have done so.’ Command will then be issued about him, and he will be dragged on his face and thrown into Hell.

Titles and fame do not matter. What matters is that we learn and we do good deeds for the sake of Allah ta’ala because the life of this world is limited and the hereafter is forever.

So be merciful to yourselves and know your level.

To my African American and Somali brethren.

Assalamu Alaikum,

I  have been observing the statements, the comments and the replies regarding the Said Ragaeh/ Shadeed Muhammad fiasco. Many have spoken about certain matters regarding it  therefore I shall not engage in repeating these matters since for the most part they have been resolved.

However, one matter I want us to look at regarding the comments of Said Ragaeh is the effects it would have on Da’wah, especially among those in the West African Diaspora because:

1. We have to deal with parents and grandparents who still think  Islam is only for Arabs and Asians.

2. We have to deal with the  existence of Islamophobia, and this is common to everyone.

3. We have to deal with Afrocentrists who are reviving the arguments of the  orientalists under the guise that Islam is a racist religion. Especially the likes of Polight and Sa Ra Garvey.

Imagine if the comments of Said Ragaeh reached those who were interested in Islam and were from the West African diaspora? Now the fact it was on the internet it may have reached possibly thousands or millions! Many of them due to the nature of such untrue and atrocious comments may perceive that Muslims are racist and see those in the West African diaspora as less than human. Hence, as a result, they may not express any further interest in Islam.

And that is the main issue. After a large amount of Africans of the diaspora lost Islam due to the hardships of enslavement it is enough of a challenge to bring them back on the program. I am appealing to Said and everyone else to be careful regarding their statements as they can sabotage Dawah efforts in the West.

Also, I advise brothers like Shadeed and others to be careful regarding their words as well. Because  although the statements were atrocious and ignorant it would be incorrect to make statements that would jeopardize unity among the Muslims. As the creed of   Ahlus Sunnah is to bring about Muslim unity and to protect it as well.

As for the issue of racism, hizbeeyah etc. I addressed it in this Khutbah:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Misuse of Sharhus Sunnah of Imam Al Barbahari by Salafi Publications. Part 1: Who are Ahlus Sunnah?

Note before reading: These are outlines of the topics rather than the full posts. When I actually write and edit the treatise in sha Allah it will have the necessary evidences and statements of the scholars. To proceed…

The answer to this  question, although re-iterated among those who ascribe to the methodology of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah in several conferences, hasn’t been fully adhered to. Although I addressed this question in my post: “Is Salafi Publications the saved sect?*”, up to now there are gaps in understanding who Ahlus Sunnah, the Salafis, Ahlul Athar are. Therefore it is necessary to re-teach this definition in order for clarity to be attained.

Therefore when defining Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah one must ask two questions:

  • Who are Ahlus Sunnah?
  • Who are the Jama’ah?

I hence proceed seeking the aid of Allah:

Ahlus Sunnah refer to those who adhere strictly to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and their actions, speech and beliefs. Hence, their beliefs, statements and actions are based upon the established evidences and principles which are found within the book of Allah and the authentic Sunnah of the Messenger (Salallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam)

The Jama’ah refers to those who are united upon their adherence to the Sunnah. And the first Jama’ah refers to the Prophet (Salallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and his companions as they all adhered strictly to evidences to the best of their ability and were united upon such a methodology.

Other names for Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah include:

  • Ahlul Hadeeth because of their adherence to the Hadeeth of the Messenger (Salallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam)
  • Ahlul Athar because of their adherence to the Hadeeth of the Messenger and the Athar of the Sahabah.
  • As Salafeeyoon who are those who adhere to the belief and methodology of the Salaf and other than these aforementioned names.

After clarifying that Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah refer to those whose beliefs, statements and actions are based upon established evidences and principles found within the book of Allah and the Sunnah it is clear and manifest deviance to make the inference that Ahlus Sunnah in  Western Anglophone countries are those who affiliate and adhere to the mandates, dictates and declarations of an organization called Salafi Publications in Birmingham!

Unfortunately, when such an idea is instilled in vulnerable minds adhering to clear evidences and principles is seen as deviance and misguidance. While it is clear that the guidance that Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah is open for everyone to adhere to some of our brothers and sisters have the perception that such an ascription is exclusive to Salafi Publications in Birmingham! This is without doubt clear Hizbeeyah and misguidance which Allah has dispraised the Jews and the Christians for in his book when they used said:

“And they say that no one would enter Paradise unless they are either Jews or Christians. These are their perceptions. Say (Oh Muhammad) Bring your evidences if you are truthful! Rather, the one who submits his face to Allah and he is a doer of good he would have his just reward with his Lord and he shall neither fear nor grieve.”

Allah also said:

And they say become Jew or Christian and you would be guided. Say rather the religion of Ibraheem was monotheism and he was not of those who made partners with Allah.”

May Allah guide us to what he loves and is pleased with.

 

*(Link here: https://musamills.wordpress.com/2017/12/24/breaking-the-chains-6-is-spubs-the-saved-sect/)

New PDF Treatise: The Misuse of Sharhus Sunnah of Imam Al Barbahari by Salafi Publications

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuhu

My dear Muslim brothers and sisters.

Unfortunately, I have not written for a while as I don’t have a laptop/ home computer. So until then I would have to suffice with what I have available in my workplace where the internet access is limited. And Allah knows best because the greater the hardship is the greater the reward will be.

At this juncture, I would like to write regarding the misuse and misinterpretation of Sharhus Sunnah by Imam Al Barbahari specifically and the Aathar of the Salaf generally. Many have been snared into the deviant methodology of Salafi Publications (SPUBS) due to the latter misusing  Sharhus Sunnah and the Aathar of the Salaf to further their agenda of hegemony over Salafeeyah in Anglophone countries.

Without doubt Sharhus Sunnah is a fantastic book which clarifies the Salafi Methodology. It contains principles and benefits which would take huge amount of effort and time to locate within the voluminous books of the Salaf Us Saalih. It is a book that is taught by the Ulama and many a Salafi has benefited from it regarding clarity in the ‘Aqeedah and Methodology.

However, when put in the hands of the unlearnt it could become a recipe for unrestricted Tabdee’ (calling a person an innovator) and chaos. This is because the unlearnt individual may not have fully comprehended the reality of the beliefs and practices of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah. As a result of having such an unstable foundation such an individual would gauge his statements and actions based on personalities, who he deems to be from Ahlus Sunnah, rather than principles.

For this reason,  much chaos has occurred worldwide among the youths especially in Western Countries. Many of the youth are unable to articulate the general belief and methodology of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah. However they are quite capable in articulating who’s “on” and “off” the Manhaj! Hence, with reckless abandon, Muslims are deemed as deviant, misguided devils  by such individuals without knowledge of that which would necessitate their misguidance.

May Allah guide us and protect us.

Note:

  • I will be writing on this issue chapter by chapter on this forum in sha Allah.
  • In the next post I will deal with Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah, its definition and its basic creed and methodology.

 

 

 

Criticism of the statements of Abu Khadeejah regarding the Fitnah of the Saafiqah.

https://app.box.com/s/35jm4myejefug4nxnx296sies4xuspii

This is a clarification entitled:

Criticism of the statements of Abu Khadeejah regarding the Fitnah of the Saafiqah.

The reason I made this audio was:

1.To clarify the similarities between Salafi Publications and the Sufis regarding the manner in which they deal with figures of authority.

2. To demolish the foundation upon which Salafi Publications have built their da’wah which is the blind and fanatic partisanship to the statements Sh. Rabee’ regarding individuals.

I ask Allah to bring benefit through this recording.