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/)

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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.

Breaking the Chains in clarifying the mistakes of Abu Hakeem Bilaal.

Alhamdu lillah, after sometime I have finally completed this treatise regarding the errors of Bilal Davies in his lecture series entitled: “Doubts around the da’wah.” I have named it:

Breaking the chains in clarifying the errors of Abu Hakeem Bilaal.

May Allah make this a sincere effort and bring immense benefit for all Muslims worldwide who wish to truly adhere to the methodology of the Salaf.

Link: https://app.box.com/s/7mhammqzpp3capxrwi2i1si3psp61tk0

Breaking the Chains 7: SPUB’S recent positions and conclusion.

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah Oh Muslims,

This final part of the series, which is part seven, is based upon the positions of SPUBS. To be fair, in the past they took positions that were correct and based upon evidences. However, recently, it is quite clear that many of their positions are no longer based upon clear evidences. Rather, they are based upon self preservation and political expediency. To the point that they have actualized the principle: “We cooperate in what we agree upon and we excuse each other in what we disagree upon.”

I will simply give five examples of such, some which the public would know and one which they may not know.

1. Their flip-flopping regarding their position on the Yemeni scholars. After the first bombardment of Dammaj, Shaikh Rabee’ praised Shaikh Yahya (after saying he was Hadaadi some months before) and his students and even allowed Shaikh Yahya to deliver a class via tele-link to his house. However, they didn’t spread that news as it would have negated their slanderous remarks regarding Shaikh Yahya. The reason for that being that Shaikh Yahya clarified that SPUBS were ignorant and that that they were committing acts that were opposing the Sunnah.

2. Although Abdullah Al Bukhari clearly slandered the Imam and Muhaddith of Yemen, Shaikh Muqbil, and delivered a non-apologetic retraction there was not one statement or article by SPUBS showing their disdain for his statements.

3. Although the scholars who opposed Shaikh Yahya in Yemen such as  Abdur Rahmaan Al ‘Adeni, ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Al Bura’ee, Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab Al Wassabi and Muhammad Al Imaam were traversing upon the principles of Abu Hasan Al Ma’ribi regarding their leniency toward the people of Bid’ah (as evidenced by the book called Al Ibanah by Muhammad Al Imaam) not one word was said regarding that. Furthermore, when Shaikh Ubaid Al Jaabiri, Shaikh Rabee’ Al Madkhali and others refuted the individuals aforementioned there was no clarification forthcoming from SPUBS regarding their condition.

4. Furthermore, their current position regarding their companions, who have been refuted by Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Hadi Al Madkhali (based on clear evidences) hasn’t become apparent up to now. Their position on Hani Buraik,, who has clearly committed Khurooj (rebellion) against the established Muslim ruler in Yemen, hasn’t been articulated in any article or audio. Rather, the followers of SPUBS are being told to remain silent regarding the refutations by Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Haadi on Hani Buraik, Arafaat Muhammadi and others (who caused the majority of the fitnah in Yemen)  for the following reasons.

  • They have tele-links and attend seminars with these individuals (haven’t seen any by Hani recently)
  • They have closer access to Shaikh Rabee’.
  • For fear that if these individuals are shown for their deception it would invalidate their claims regarding Shaikh Yahya,

5. In Trinidad specifically, they cooperate with individuals who have clear deviations within their methodology. In one case, the individual possesses the methodology of the Ikhwaan Al Muslimeen believing that as an Imam he has the same authority as a Muslim ruler. This is of no surprise because that individual never purified himself from the ideology he was nurtured upon previously when he entered into Islam. As a matter of FACT, the word Salafeeyah was NEVER used on his Minbar (for seven years at that time) until your’s truly clarified that the members of his Jama’ah weren’t (and are still not) being nurtured upon this Manhaj.

In the other case, their callers cooperate with those who have clear enmity toward Dawah As Salafeeyah,* bringing forth excuses for them while being so anxious to spread the nonsensical ad-hominem diatribe emitted by Abu Hakeem Bilal Davies regarding myself. Likewise, when many of the youth were being swayed by callers hiding their deviant reality under the cloak of Salafeeyah everyone of them stood silent stating that they didn’t want to get within bacchanal (chaos). Many of these youths, who were upon Salafeeyah years ago are now either Ikhwani or Khariji.

Thirdly, they give prominence to individuals, like those of MPUBS, who lack foundational knowledge of the Manhaj and make them gate-keepers of this Da’wah in Trinidad. The same MPUBS who hosted a Guyanese caller who spewed the poison of the Ikhwaan Ul Muslimeen, under the guise of Salafeeyah within Trinidad and Tobago while they were none the wiser.

My dear brothers and sisters in the west, should those in my tiny, twin-island Republic in the Caribbean Sea be satisfied with a Salafeeyah mixed with clear deviation, cooperation with Ahlul Bid’ah, silence regarding the innovators and unqualified leadership?

Or is this type of Salafeeyah is inappropriate for the British consumption yet appropriate for Trinidad and Tobago?

May Allah ta’ala make this humble post a means to clarify to all and sundry that SPUBS neither operate based upon principles nor upon blind-following. Rather their allegiances and positions are strategically utilized for their own survival and self-preservation.

Conclusion

This seven part clarification was in refutation of Abu Hakeem Bilaal Davies who attempted to blow smoke in the faces of the general masses regarding the reality of Da’wah As Salafeeyah. Although one can’t deny that a lot of good has been spread and much has been clarified through their work in Da’wah, of recent they have not adhered to the principles of this Da’wah. Rather, they have done the following:

1. They have abandoned the rules of Jarh Wa Ta’deel when dealing with groups and individuals.*

2. They have restricted the definition of Ahlus Sunnah in the West as those who adhere and co-operate with them.

3. They have made general Tabdee’ upon those who oppose SPUBS.

4. Their positions are based upon self preservation rather than principles.

I ask Allah to give them all the guidance to repent from such deviations that are foreign to the Da’wah of all the past and present scholars.

Notes:

*It has gotten so ridiculous that these callers are even being called the Kibaar (elders) by the youth. One of them even used the statement of the Messenger: “The blessing is with your elders,” when pertaining to them. And what I have clarified here is only a raindrop from the storm.

*To the point that when a sister was asked for evidence regarding my deviation she was heavily rebuked no other than Abu Khadeejah for asking!

Breaking the Chains 6: Is SPUBS the saved sect?

Assalamu Alaikum Dear Muslims,

In this second to last post in this series called Breaking the Chains, I would like to get to one of the core issues which is essential to understand the platform upon which SPUBS raise their arguments. This issue, in addition to that which would come in the seventh installment of this series, if understood correctly and thoroughly would indeed unfetter the shackles which are utilized by them to gain Imperial sovereignty over Da’wah Salafeeyah in the west.

Abu Hakeem Bilal Davies said in part three of his series: “Doubts around the Da’wah” after stating:

“Those brothers who are affiliated with Salafi Publications, Salafi Publications and Co. As though the brothers who are affiliated with Salafi Publications are just a handful again of some Shabab (youths) with sweaty palms typing articles in some small room. Ikhwan, we’re dealing with thousands of individuals. If we look at the U.K we’re dealing with thousands of individuals up and down the country from London to the Midlands to the north of the country to Scotland and Wales, thousands running into the tens of thousands. If you look at Europe, we’re speaking and referring to tens of thousands, If you look at the Americas, Canada, America we’re dealing with tens of thousands of individuals. Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, even the Far East we’re dealing with tens of thousands of individuals. So let us be clear Ikhwaan we’re not speaking about a handful of individuals here and a pocket of individuals there. We’re dealing with tens of thousands of individuals people of Sunnah across the globe. If that is understood then, we would continue to mention that they are to be honoured and respected as is the case of the time of the salaf of this Ummah the people who cling to the Sunnah and strive to do so whether they are the ‘Aalim, the Talib ‘Ilm, whether they’re the layperson that they are to be honoured and respected and disrespecting them, dishonouring them, disliking them was one of the clearest signs of the innovator. Why does the innovator hate and dislike them? Purely because they are the only ones that stand against them. Who make their deviation clear to the people. Who uncover their deceptive ways and highlight their falsehood to the Ummah. And thus they are hated and despised by them. They can’t stand them.”

These statements by Abu Hakeem Bilal Davies can be tackled on three levels:

1. Numbers are not a qualifying factor for weighing truth and falsehood. On the day of judgment, according to a Hadeeth in Bukhari and Muslim regarding the 70,000 who would enter paradise without reckoning and punishment, that there will be Prophets who have less than ten followers, then those who have one or two followers, then those who don’t have any. Shaikh Fawzaan stated regarding this:

“And this is an evidence that one does not use numbers as an evidence (that someone is upon the truth), rather the evidence (that someone is upon the truth) is traversing upon the truth and him having Daleel (proofs) even if they are few. Even if he is one person. Therefore whoever is upon the truth, and he has evidence from the book of Allah and the Sunnah of his Prophet, then his statement is taken and followed. As for the one who opposes the evidences then this doesn’t matter, even if they are many…” [Fawzan: I’aanah Al Mustafeed 1:114]

2. From the context of his speech it is quite obvious that he is of the position that individuals who dishonour, dislike and disrespect Salafi Publications, and those who are affiliated with them display the clearest sign of the people of innovation. This is indeed a dangerous position to adopt and its consequences are the following:

  • Many would go away with the perception, if they don’t have it already, that SPUBS are the saved sect and aided group. If this is the perception that they wish to endorse then it would indeed be a most criminal, outlandish and sinister ideology unleashed upon well meaning westerners who simply wish to follow the path of our pious predecessors. Firstly, because such an ideology centers the Muslim’s salvation around Salafi Publications. And secondly, it would mean that those who are dislike and dishonour them are automatically  astray deviants.

Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Saalih Al ‘Uthaimeen said:

There is no partisanship, allegiance, association and disassociation except in accordance to what has come from the Book and the Sunnah. For there are people, for example, who are partisan to a specific group. They establish its methodology and use as evidence for it evidences that may be against it… And we renders astray those who are other than him even if they are closer to the truth and they take the precedent: “Whoever is not for us is against us.” This is an evil precedent, meaning that some people say: “If you are not with me you’re against me.” [Uthaimeen: Sharh Hilyah Taalib Ul ‘Ilm: 192]

I want the just, noble reader to reflect upon the words of the Shaikh and to realize that revelation is not being handed down to Abu Khadeejah and his affiliates. Likewise that love, hate, association, disassociation, truth and falsehood are neither decided in Masjid Salafi nor in Masjid Sunnah An Nabaweeyah in Birmingham. Rather, the determining matter in those things aforementioned is concordance to divine revelation. And this flows into my next point which is:

  • That such a sinister ideology alters the definition of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah according to the scholars. I have not seen anything in the explanations of Aqeedah Al Waasiteeyah, Tahaweeyah and Safarineeyah that indicates that SPUBS and their affiliates are those who define Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah. Rather Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah are those who unite upon following the Qur’an and the Sunnah upon the understanding of the Salaf. Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Saalih Al ‘Uthaimeen said:

“Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah”: They are ascribed to the Sunnah because they hold unto it. And Jama’ah; because they come together upon it.” [Uthaimeen: Sharh Al Waasiteeyah: 52].

He also said: “And Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah they are the Salaf in creed, even the one who comes afterward until the day of judgment if he is upon the way of the Prophet and his companions then he is Salafi.”[Uthaimeen: Sharh Al Waasiteeyah: 54].

Hence, following the Sunnah and the Salaf doesn’t center around one’s affiliation and friendship with SPUBS. Rather, it centers upon following the truth according to its evidences.

  •  From the statements of Bilal Davies, what may branch from it is that several scholars who oppose SPUBS in their stances and dishonour, disrespect and dislike them show the clearest signs of deviation. The likes of Sh. Suhaimi, Sh. Waseeyullah Al ‘Abbas and others. Likewise, several callers who oppose them and their affiliates, even if it based upon clear evidences and principles have the clearest signs of deviation as well. (This will be further discussed in the next part regarding their positions).

3.  The speech of Abu Hakeem Bilal Davies makes it seem that everyone (scholar, student of knowledge and caller) who SPUBS have refuted has opposed one of the core fundamentals of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah i.e is an innovator. This my dear brothers and sisters is an extremely dangerous ideology as it resembles Sayyid Qutb’s excommunication of the Muslim rulers and their citizens based upon them not traversing upon his ideology.

This is because, as is evidenced in his statements, he has made a Hukm (ruling) on all of those who dislike and dishonour SPUBS without taking into account the principles and evidences that are needed to make such a judgment. Again, being an innovator does not revolve around the statements of SPUBS and affiliates. Rather, an innovator is deemed to be an innovator when he opposes one of the core fundamentals of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah. Hence, regardless of the person or group making such judgments, clear, explicit evidences are needed in order to establish the characteristic of Bid’ah (innovation) upon an individual or group.

May Allah ta’ala make this a major eye opener for my brothers and sisters and the west. And may he make it a means  to unfetter the shackles in the minds of many who have been bamboozled by rhetoric rather than being guided by principles.