Calling to Tawheed comes first Oh Callers to Islam!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله, و الصلاة و السلام على رسول الله و على اله و صحبه و من اتبع الهدى. اما بعد

The title of this post is to address a sad reality based upon what I listened to.

There was a podcast wherein Muhammad Al Jaylani (Abu Taymeeyah) was interviewed by Muhammad Al Hijaab. In that interview some dreadful things were said by the latter which are:

  • The Ikhwan Al Muslimeen is a political group (although the major scholars of this time have declared them as deviant.) See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fobRZwqFPPM
  • That Yasir Qadhi should not be refuted because of his station in the west! Indeed YQ has clarified by his statements and his actions that he is deviant. From them; alluding that the Qur’an is not perfectly preserved, speaking ill of Shaikul Islaam Muhammad Ibn Abdil Wahhab, saying that Ya’juuj and Ma’juuj are Zombies, saying that he is Post-Athari (as if there is something past the Qur’an and Sunnah), saying that Umar Ibn Khattab would fail an ‘Aqeedah test, saying that calling upon the dead is Bid’ah and not major Shirk etc.
  • That calling upon the dead is an argument within the “paradigm” of Islam (when it was admitted that it is clear Shirk). And that the Hujumaat (attacks) of the Kuffar and heretics are bigger than the issue of calling upon other than Allah in times of difficulty. Alhamdu lillah this, and the doubts surrounding it has also been dealt with here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9SuCslPbR8

The sad reality is that in many cases when individuals find themselves in Da’wah they don’t base their Da’wah upon that which the Prophets and Messengers propagated. Every single Prophet and Messenger called to the oneness of Allah in worship. Rather, this is the only reason Allah ta’ala sent books and Prophets. Allah has said:

وَلَقَدْ بَعَثْنَا فِي كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ رَّسُولًا أَنِ اعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ وَاجْتَنِبُوا الطَّاغُوتَ ۖ فَمِنْهُم مَّنْ هَدَى اللَّهُ وَمِنْهُم مَّنْ حَقَّتْ عَلَيْهِ الضَّلَالَةُ ۚ فَسِيرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ فَانظُرُوا كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ

And We certainly sent into every nation a messenger, [saying], “Worship Allah and avoid Taghut.” And among them were those whom Allah guided, and among them were those upon whom error was [deservedly] decreed. So proceed through the earth and observe how was the end of the deniers. (16:36)

From that worship is Du’a (supplication) and from the specific categories of supplication is Istighaatha (calling upon Allah in times of difficulty).

Furthermore, even the polytheists of the Arabs DID NOT call upon other than Allah in times of difficulty. Allah said in his book:

فَإِذَا رَكِبُوا فِي الْفُلْكِ دَعَوُا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ فَلَمَّا نَجَّاهُمْ إِلَى الْبَرِّ إِذَا هُمْ يُشْرِكُونَ

“When they were on the boat THEY CALLED UPON ALLAH with sincerity in his religion. However, when we  brought them to safety on land they commit Shirk.” (29:65)

Imam At Tabari said:

يقول تعالى ذكره: فإذا ركب هؤلاء المشركون السفينة في البحر، فخافوا الغرق والهلاك فيه ( دَعَوُا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ ) يقول: أخلصوا لله عند الشدّة التي نـزلت بهم التوحيد، وأفردوا له الطاعة، وأذعنوا له بالعبودة، ولم يستغيثوا بآلهتهم وأندادهم،

“Allah has said: When the polytheists were on the boat in the water, fearing drowning and destruction in it, “THEY CALLED UPON ALLAH with sincerity in his religion,” they were sincere in times of hardship, worshiping Allah as one, and singling him out in obedience and submitting to him in worship. They DID NOT seek assistance during hardship from their Gods and what they supplicated to.” (https://quran.ksu.edu.sa/tafseer/tabary/sura29-aya65.html#tabary)

A similar meaning is found in the Tafaseer (exegesis) of Imam Ibn Katheer, Baghawi, Qurtubi and As Sa’di.

Indeed, Muhammad Hijab did call it (Istighatha to other than Allah) Shirk, however to say that the argument regarding Istighatha toward the dead falls within the paradigm of Islam ,when it is in complete opposition to the Da’wah of the Prophets and the Messengers, in addition to alluding that the attacks of the Kuffar and heretics are of more importance to deal with than the aforementioned issue is indeed a catastrophe.

Hence, as the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said to Mu’aadh: “Let the first thing you call to be to worship Allah alone.” Abdur Rahmaan Ibn Shaikh Hasan Ibn Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab said regarding this:

“In this is evidence that Tawheed in worship is the first obligation; because it is the basis and the foundation of the religion of Islaam…for this reason the first thing the Prophets gave Da’wah toward their people was: “Worship Allah, there is nothing worthy of worship beside him,” meaning: don’t worship other than Allah.” (Majmuu’at At Tawheed: 419-420)

Hence, the advice I give to myself and others who are on the Da’wah scene is to make the call to Tawheed paramount as this is the essence of Islam, the essence of the propagation of the Prophets and the Messengers, the reason why Allah has sent his books and Messengers and the reason why Allah created paradise and hellfire.

و صلى الله على نبينا محمد و على اله و صحبه و سلم

 

Refutation of David Wood regarding inheritance laws.

Assalamu Alaikum and Ramadhan Mubarak to my Muslim brothers and sisters.

This is a refutation which exposes the ignorance of David Wood, a Christian Missionary, regarding Islamic Inheritance Laws.

May Allah make it a means of acquiring good deeds in this blessed month.

 

 

 

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: