‘Abd or ‘Abeed aren’t just hurtful words.

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah,

This is not an attack but simply advice and reality. From what is apparent, many brothers of West African heritage in the United States complain about being called ‘Abd or ‘Abeed by some Arab Muslims. Thing is such words are not only racist and offensive but it also harms your relationship with Allah ‘Azza Wa Jall for the following reasons:

  • The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “And do not say my slave boy or slave girl,” i.e if the person is actually your servant. So firstly, to call a person ‘Abd or ‘Abeed is something prohibited by the Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) hence it is an act of disobedience in addition to being a racist term.
  • That when a person says this it resembles how Allah addresses his servants. Therefore, calling a person ‘Abd or ‘Abeed and not ascribing this slavery, bondage or servitude to Allah and Allah only is from minor Shirk in terms of speech.
  • When a person does so he or she would not be from those who have fully affirmed Tawheed but rather that person’s practice of Tawheed would be deficient and therefore the chance of entering Jannah without accountability and punishment would be cast aside.

My dear brothers and sisters, so we see how even racism could lead to one’s deficiency in Tawheed and our relationship with Allah ‘Azza Wa Jall. Racism affects our Tawheed, our Jannah, our love and our hatred which should only be for the sake of Allah alone. May Allah help us and give all of us guidance.

Is Islam for African people?

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah,

My dear Muslim brothers and sisters, I wrote this treatise after I was informed that some brothers in England left the religion after being duped into thinking that Islam is an Arab supremacist religion and that it is not for African people. This is therefore a means to debunk such a myth that is spread by so called Africana scholars and nationalists.

Is Islam also for African people

May Allah make it a means of guidance and information for all.

A call to reason

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Allah has said in his book: “And the good soil produces its fruit by the will of its Lord.”

Suffice to say that many times we recognize that which is superficial and ignore that which is in front of us. For many years, in the West, students have been leaving their countries in order to pursue Islamic Studies overseas, some have graduated, some have not (including myself). The big question I share today is regarding that which has been put forth on Western soil to bear fruit?

In other words, with all the recommendations from scholars and certificates from Universities circulating accompanied with much vigorous speech there is one factor which cuts through this masquerade which is simply: what have we produced?

Have we produced those who have memorized Qur’an?

Have we produced students who can teach Arabic?

Have we produced students who can teach the primers (Mutoon) in different Islamic Sciences?

Have we produced Khateebs who can shake the Minbar with Allah and the Messenger said?

Or…

Are we in the business of cloning sheep?

Just for us to know: Sh. Ibn Baaz produced, Sh. Muqbil produced, Sh. Al Albani produced, Sh. Uthaimeen produced and despite whether many may like it or not Sh. Yahya produced by Allah’s will.

So, is it just going to be a recommendation and qualification game or a numbers and followers game? Or is it about time that passing on this Prophetic inheritance and legacy is taken seriously?

Personally, I may be a skeptic but I am not impressed by recommendations and degrees. I met a Tableeghi who had a doctorate in ‘Aqeedah in Trinidad a few weeks ago, Yasir Qadhi has a masters from Madeenah and there are people who have certificates in Trinidad and speak ill of the major scholars.

Likewise, it may be that a filthy Khariji or someone who has shady character is highly recommended by a scholar of the Sunnah (as happened in Trinidad). Not that I am saying that the above matters are worthless however it is given its place once it corresponds to the reality.

So… O caller to Islaam, isn’t it time that your vision not be clouded by the fog and that you work to take ignorance from yourself and others?

Lastly I leave this post with the statement of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) where he said that Allah does not look at how you look like and your bodies but rather he looks at your HEARTS and your ACTIONS.

May Allah give us Tawfeeq to work HARD and produce a generation who can carry on Islam based on fundamental, sound knowledge.

From politics is to leave off politics

This is a famous statement made by Shaikh Naasir Ud Deen Al Albani wherein he demonstrated that delving into international politics is not for everyone. Rather, it is for those who specialize and are experienced in these matters. This past weekend, Donald Trump’s Riyaadh visit definitely displayed the vast difference between seasoned diplomats and armchair politicians.

If one looked at the whole anti-terrorism conference one would have noted the following:

  1. The hospitality that himself and his band of merry men were treated with in Saudi Arabia.
  2. The fact that before Trump’s speech King Salmaan criticized those who discriminate against others based upon nationality (and this was a hallmark in Trump’s campaign)
  3. That Trump was invited to speak in front of over 50 Muslim heads of state. And Trump HAD to be diplomatic and said the following:

i. That terrorism has no religion

ii. That most of the victims of terrorism are Muslims

ii. That Islam is one of the world’s great religions and a religion of peace

iii. That there is land in Saudi Arabia which is sacred

4. Trump himself had to hear about the anti-terrorism efforts made by Muslim             nations and meet several heads of state.

In other words, through extremely sharp and astute diplomacy King Salmaan was able to bring Trump to nullify months of anti-Muslim rhetoric within 30 minutes. And I am sure that this sent shock waves throughout the Right Wing establishment who will definitely see Trump as a traitor who has annulled  their cause for white power.

It is a possibility that as Western Muslims we may not understand the wisdom of such diplomacy because as a minority our diplomacy may have been based upon political confrontation. But at times we have to keep an open mind and understand that there may be different ways to get the same result.

Notwithstanding the fact that there are issues where constructive criticism is warranted (and this is done in front of the ruler not on the internet and the streets) we have to have a proper understanding regarding the possible relationships that Muslims and Non-Muslims can have according to the legislation. And once we build our understanding of this issue upon knowledge rather than street talk and rhetoric a proper judgment can be made.

Hence, although I dislike Trump and his racist, narcissistic, bullying mentality we should not make our dislike of individual propel us to opposing the injunctions of Islam.

And Allah knows best.

Poem against Anti-Black racism

Assalamu Alaikum,

This poem is called “Raising the status of the Africans” which is based upon a book by Imam As Suyuuti. I composed it because there is a lot of anti-black racism in the Muslim community. Hence, in these lines I made mention of the contributions of Africans to Islam the world over.

https://app.box.com/s/aaqhby594tj3jec876e47rwxul4ncrv2

Choices and holding onto the Sunnah

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله

From the belief in Allah’s decree is that mankind, in addition to being under Allah’s decree has choice. And the choices we make in each moment in our lives determines as to weather righteous deeds or evil deeds are written for us.

As Muslims we supposed to make choices in accordance to what Allah has commanded in his book. Practicing tawheed, the sunnah, engaging in acts of righteousness and distancing oneself from evil are choices that we must make in order to gain Allah’s pleasure. It is important that we make a conscious decision to completely submit to Allah ta’ala in order to obtain aid, certainty and fortitude from him.

But what are the instruments that would make us submit completely to Allah’s will?

These instruments are the two revelations which Allah has sent; his book the Qur’an and the Sunnah of our beloved Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) in accordance to the understanding of our companions and the scholars who nurture the Ummah upon sound knowledge. Every good comes from following them and every evil comes from abandoning them.

Hence all the evils of Shirk, innovations, partisanship, decadence, preference of the intellect over the texts etc. all come from us not holding on firmly to the Sunnah.

My next point is that amongst ourselves who say we are Salafi there is a prevalent misconception wherein we view the scholars as our target of submission rather than what Allah has sent down. Hence, instead of the scholars being in the position of stars (or a compass) which direct us to the correct understanding of the Qur’an and the Sunnah (in other words a means to an end) we take the scholars as the destination instead. And as Imam Ash Shatibi mentioned this is misguidance.

Now, some idiot may try to insinuate from my speech, and they know themselves well, that I am calling to the abandonment of the scholars. In no way I am advocating that but rather what is being advocated in these paragraphs is for the Salafis not to blind-follow anyone, whoever it may be.

And to do this, we must read more of the Qur’an and its Tafseer and the Ahadeeth and their explanations and we must take from reputable sources when understanding both. It is inappropriate and downright disheartening when someone sees the position of the Salaf and reputable scholars in plain sight and simply rejects it in order to aid and adhere to his/her group. Various words are used and a plethora of tricks are devised in order to steer others from the way of Allah. Information control, fellowships based upon sin and transgression and total disregard for valid scholarly opinions are features of such a sad state of affairs SIMPLY because we choose not to memorize, revise and reflect upon that which was revealed by Allah.

May Allah bring this as a guidance to many.