بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Imaam Al Bukhari collected the following Hadeeth on the authority of ‘Abdillah Ibn ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه) that he heard the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) say:
“While I was sleeping I was given a vessel with milk. I therefore drank until I saw it coming out of my fingers, then I gave the extra I had to Umar ‘Ibn Khattab”. They said: “What was your interpretation of it Oh Messenger of Allah?” He said: “Knowledge.”
(Chapter regarding the virtues of knowledge, Saheeh Bukhari, 82)
Yasir Qadhi said the following in his lecture: “Towards an Ecumenical Conception of Salafiyah” 34:16- 35:11
“And Salafis need to realise, and I am going to be very blunt here, that if Umar Ibn Khattab (رضي الله عنه) was with us right now and they gave him a quiz of ‘Aqeedah… the fact of the matter is that test that you put in front of him he would fail it!... You would ask ‘Umar Ibn Khattab what are the categories of Tawheed, what do you think he’s going to say? You would ask Umar Ibn Khattab ” الرحمن على العرش استوى” what does it mean explain to me in detail. You would ask ‘Umar Ibn Khattab about the realities and intricacies of abstract issues that they never thought about. You would ask ‘Umar Ibn Khattab even about basic issue of fiqh that you memorize in your textbooks right what are the Nawaqid (nullifiers) of Wuduu, what is the Nawaqid of this, what is this, what are the Shuruut (conditions) of Wuduu, what are the Shuruut of Salaat… “
Personally, after reading the Hadeeth and reading the comments of Yasir Qadhi it is obvious that the distance between Yasir Qadhi and the Sunnah of the Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) is between east and west. And to be as brief as possible these statements can be tackled from two angles:
1.There is a principle which Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah have upheld for centuries which states that it is unlawful to mention the companions in a manner that does not befit them. This has been mentioned in books which clarify the Athari creed such as Lam’ah Al Ittiqaad, ‘Aqeedah Al Waasiteeyah and other than them. And to state that ‘Umar Ibn Khattab, who had the ability to extrapolate and explain the texts of the Qur’an and the Sunnah, would fail an ‘Aqeedah test in our era wherein ignorance is commonplace is absolute rubbish. Such statements resemble that of the logicians (Ahlul Kalaam) who say that the way of the Salaf is safer, but the way of those after them is more knowledge based.
2. I want to pose the following questions to the followers of Yasir Qadhi:
a. Is Yaasir saying that ‘Umar Ibn Khattab would not know the difference between the Tawheed that the Quraish idolators established and that which the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) came to establish?
b. Is he saying that Yasir would not know that Allah is above his throne above the seven heavens with the evidences?
c. If he saying that ‘Umar Ibn Khattab would not know what he needs to know to establish his prayer properly?
My dear brothers and sisters, if Yasir studied with the scholars instead of thinking of himself as a scholar he would have come across statements which clearly demonstrated that we need to study these issues with such categorization because:
1. We don’t have the ability of the Salaf to memorize, understand and extrapolate evidences. Therefore it is much easier for us to know what to do when to do it based upon the rulings of a particular scholar. I am sure that Yasir would have read many books wherein the authors clarified that the principle reason for them writing summarized treatises was that the yearning to seek knowledge was less than previous times.
2. It is from the preservation of the knowledge of the Salaf.
So it is not an issue that they simply didn’t think in such an abstract manner. The fact is that it wasn’t necessary for them to think in such a manner since the issues that exist now didn’t exist then. And I say to Yasir that if ‘Umar were here he would have excelled over every scholar on the face of the earth as he would have had an unparalleled ability to extrapolate and explain evidences from the Book and the Sunnah which they would not possess.
Hence Yasir’s statements must be dismissed as they are statements that are foolish, irrational, ludicrous, ill-considered and short-sighted.
For more on Yasir Qadhi read the following pdf.