Benefit regarding worship

Types of worhip:

1. An act of worship which is done for Allah and according to the way of the Messenger it is an act that goes according to the Sunnah.

2. An act of worship which is done for Allah but not according to the way of the Messenger it is an act of innovation (bid’ah).

3. An act of worship which is not done for Allah but according to the way of the Messenger is an act of minor Shirk.

4. An act of worship which is directed to other than Allah and is not according to the way of the Messenger is an act of major Shirk.

It is important for the Muslim to place these different conditions in mind before engaging in any act of worship. Is our act based upon Tawheed, sincerity and conformity to the Sunnah or is it based upon Shirk, insincerity and innovation?

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

How to study knowledge based texts.

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

This is just a small benefit for the brothers and sisters from the west who may be studying different knowledge based texts In Sha Allah and I ask Allah to bring some benefit through it.

1. Ask Allah’s help and read the whole text to gain a general idea about it.

2. As for the excerpt from the text that you are studying then read explanations of it (at least two basic ones) and summarize what you have learnt (pre-reading and summarizing)

3. Then listen to the tapes of a scholar or student of knowledge who has explained the text. And summarize the points he has given and compare it to your own summary from books. However, if there is a scholar or student of knowledge in your vicinity benefit from him directly.

Another point is that if one can pre-read & summarize, then listen to the tapes of a scholar, then go to his Shaikh or teacher and adds different benefits which he may not have come across then this is more complete.

4. Ask about that which is problematic to the people of knowledge if you don’t know.

5. Do review with trustworthy brothers or sisters who are serious about seeking knowledge.

6. Act upon it through belief or action.

7. Teach it once you are qualified to do so.

By doing the first 6 steps it would be as if you learnt the text five-six times by reading the text, summarizing the explanations of the scholars, listening to the tapes of the scholars and summarizing them, going to a scholar or student of knowledge (if possible),  reviewing it with trustworthy companions and acting upon it. Also, teaching, once one is able, is from the best of means to review one’s work.

We must remember that knowledge is to be spread. It doesn’t belong to particular individuals or organizations. Hence, as the scholars have said, once a person seeks knowledge and is precise regarding what he teaches and doesn’t deviate from the statements of the scholars regarding his understanding of issues then this can bring much good.

May Allah give us guidance to work hard in seeking this knowledge.

The Modernist plague

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah,

My dear brothers and sisters. What is happening these days is that graduates of reputable Islamic institutions (Azhar and Madeenah Universities) are making statements that are even unbecoming for the most ignorant of Muslims. These days the likes of Yasir Qadhi, Suhaib Webb, Omar Sulaimaan, Nu’man ‘Ali Khan and others have added the words ; just add water, to their several concoctions regarding the Qur’an, Hadeeth and the legislation.

This ideological attack pontificated by these speakers and their adoring fans is that which seeks to eat away the very essence of Islam. Orthodox notions regarding scripture, legislation and modesty are now being replaced with an ‘American Islam’. An Islam which sees the Qur’an as being subject to human interference, belittles our pious predecessors and scholars and eradicates the standard boundaries of decency. An Islam wherein one can pose for playboy, stand in solidarity with homosexuals, shave one’s beard completely and even attend the concerts of popular artistes. All of this under the guise of an ‘Islamic ideological evolution’, wherein the constructs of true Islam have to be demolished in order to keep up with modernity.

But food for thought. As a society, citizens of the United States are at loggerheads as to what is American and what is not. Hence, it is quite sad that these so called clerics feel the need to make Islam American when the definition as to what is American has not been decided upon after more than 200 years.

Secondly, Islam has been in the United States for hundreds of years. In the 1960s with the likes of Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali it re-emerged. And although some of the things they did were not according to divine legislation (due to knowledge not coming to them) the Islamic stance regarding homosexuality, modesty etc. were not challenged. However, in order for the likes of these speakers (most of them from the Maghrib institute) to reach a mainstream audience (mostly white middle class audience) they need to pander to the whims and fancies of the latter.

In conclusion, this ideological battle is claiming many who are not blessed with the light of practicing Islam according to the Qur’an and Sunnah. And the only way to counter it is through knowledge. Likewise, in order to create a good impression of Islam one does not need to compromise it. Rather, if the adherents of Islam nowadays were to practice that which the Prophet and the companions practiced it would serve as immediate propagation to those unenlightened regarding the teachings of our noble religion.

May Allah protect us from the likes of the Maghrib Institute, its teachers and its affiliates.



Nouman Ali Khan, please stay in your lane.


Sh. Ul Islam Ibn Taymeeyah said: “As for the Tafseers that are in people’s hands then the most correct is the Tafseer of Muhammad Ibn Jareer At Tabari. This is because it mentions the statements from the Salaf with its established chains of narration and it doesn’t have innovations. And it does not relay from those who are accused of lying such as Muqatil Ibn Bukair and Al Kalbi.”

The one that says that Imam Ibn Jareer was not a scholar of Tafseer but just a historian who simply collected everything under the sun either does not know the station of this Imam in terms of tafseer or has never read his full tafseer regarding one of the verses. But for those who may not know, think they know or are simply misinformed the following is a summary of the methodology of Ibn Jareer in his tafseer (regarding the statements of the Salaf and the tabi’een).

1. Putting forth the different opinions of the scholars. In some cases the differences may contradict each other but in most cases they complement each other.

2. He gives his opinion regarding the most authentic statement regarding the particular verse.

So yes, in a way it is an encyclopedia of statements regarding the verse but at the same instance Imam At Tabari displayed his expertise in Tafseer when he distinguished the sound opinions from the weak opinions according to the foundations and principles of the aforementioned science.

Furthermore, from those who benefited from such a Tafseer was Imam Ibn Katheer who summarized much of what Imam At Tabari said and employed his methodology in treating with the statements of the Salaf.

Now, as I said in posts regarding Yasir Qadhi, I know where my lane is. I am not an expert in the field of Tafseer and upon taking from the wisdom of the scholars I have relegated myself to Al Jalalayn (with the checking of Safi Ur Rahmaan Al Mubarakfuri) and Tafseer As Sa’di at this point in time. However, to speak of Imam At Tabari’s excellent Tafseer in that manner is nothing but high handed disrespect for the science of tafseer, its principles and its commentators.

May Allah guide us all.

Yasir Qadhi, please bat in your crease

 الحمد لله رب العالمين و العاقبة للمتقين و لا عدوان الا على الظالمين و اصلى و اسلم على عبده و رسوله محمد و على اله و صحبه و سلم

Upon seeing the issues that Yasir Qadhi has regarding the Qur’an initially I thought that I had woken up from an unreal nightmare. But when I saw the posts one by one regarding this individual and verified it I saw it was indeed reality that hit me straight in my face.

After Yasir’s speech about Salafiyah, his blatant lies on Salafiyah and its scholars (Sh. Ibn ‘Uthaimeen & Sh. Al Albani and others) and his statements regarding ‘Umar Ibn Khattab I was still in utter shock regarding his statements about the Qur’an which are tantamount to clear Zandaqah (heresy). As a brother who studied in Madeenah while Yasir was there I would have never imagined that 15 years later he would have such an atrocious understanding regarding the preservation of the Qur’an.

Now, to further clarify as to why Yasir’s speech is clear heresy we must look at what Ahlus Sunnah say, what the deviants have said and what Yasir says, then from that standpoint one would find that Yasir’s speech is completely reprehensible.

As for the belief of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah; we believe that the Qur’an is the words of Allah sent by him and is not created. From him it originates and to him it returns and that it is Allah’s true speech in reality and it is not the speech of anyone else. If it is read, written or memorized it is still the speech of Allah in terms of its letters, its words and its meanings.(Summary of Ibn Taymeeyah’s speech in Waasiteeyah)

The Mu’tazilah, who Imam Ahmad and many of the Imams of that time have classified as disbelievers, believe that the Qur’an is the speech of Allah but created. Their principle regarding this is that the attributes of Allah are created and this led them to clear heresy since if one says that Allah’s descriptions are created he is in fact saying that Allah himself is created which is disbelief.

The Asharis (the Kulabeeyah) believe that the Qur’an is an expression of Allah’s eternal speech as they believe that Allah speaks without letters and voice and doesn’t speak whenever he wants at whatever time he wants hence nullifying Allah’s will and ability from his actions and speech. This is also clear falsehood since Allah spoke to Musa saying: “Verily I am Allah there is nothing worthy of worship but me…”, and it is impossible that the fire or an Angel said this to Musa (غليه السلام)

Now, the rhetoric of these groups DOES NOT contest the issue of the word by word preservation of the Qur’an. Rather, their intention through this rhetoric was to distance Allah from having the qualities of the creation. And although these intentions were good they still ended up in misguidance since they deviated from the Prophetic methodology.

Now, Yasir Qadhi said:

“In conclusion; the Qur’an cannot be then a letter for letter, tashkeel for tashkeel narrative that the later scholars verbalize and the Muslim Ummah is taught. Therefore the preservation must be interpreted in another manner.”

He also said:

“Problem: How can we then understand the Qur’an as being Kalaam Allah (the speech of Allah) when clearly there are human aspects to it.”

He also said that the issue of the Qur’an being the speech of Allah has to be rethought. 

Now, look at that speech and compare it to the Mu’tazilah and the ‘Asharis (who Yasir does not care about being classified with) and we would see that the deviants from the  Mu’tazilah and the ‘Asharis still believe in the divine nature Qur’an (i.e being the speech of Allah). As for Yasir, he questions the very preservation of the Qur’an and its divinity.

Yasir Qadhi’s methodology is reminiscent of that of Jahm Ibn Safwan’s. Instead of acceptance and submission he resorted to dispute, rhetoric and argumentation. Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, the Imam who was famous for his knowledge and his fortitude, said in his book; “Refutation of the Heretics” about Jahm:

“And from that which that has reached us is that Jahm, the enemy of Allah, was from those of Khurasan, from Tirmidh, and he was a person of argumentation and rhetoric” (Refutation of the Heretics: 7)

Now although there are many verses in the Qur’an which refute Yasir’s speech and which clearly state that it is the speech of Allah sent to Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) the following two verses are those which I think would render Yasir’s arguments null and void.

Allah has said about the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم):

And he does not speak from his desires. It is only a revelation unto him.”  Surah Najm {53:3-4}

Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal said regarding this verse:

He (Allah) says that verily Muhammad didn’t speak of this Qur’an from himself. He therefore said “It is”- meaning the Qur’an- “only a revelation unto him.” Therefore Allah has negated that the Qur’an be other than revelation” (Refutation of the Heretics: 11)

Likewise Allah has said in Surah Haaqah (69 :43-47)

” This is the Revelation sent down from the Lord of the Worlds. And if he (Muhammad) had forged a false saying concerning us. We surely would have seized him with the right hand. And we certainly would have cut off his life artery. And none of you could have witheld us from (punishing him).”

Therefore, if it is a revelation  sent by Allah and didn’t come from Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and even he; the greatest man to ever walk on this earth, could not invent any statement regarding Allah’s revelation then what evidence of human interference (human element as he calls it) is Yasir speaking about exactly?

In conclusion, my advice to Yasir is to take some time and read the Qur’an and avoid fruitless debate and rhetoric which would put one into clear disbelief. Additionally, after he has fed the Western Masses the perception that the real scholars are unable to deal with contemporary matters I think that since he has doubts about the Qur’an (although he claims to be a theologian) it is about time that he bat in his crease, humble himself and sit under the scholars of Islam rather than Tony Blair.

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