For those who respect Salafeeyah and Jarh and Ta’deel.

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah,

My dear brothers and sisters who have respect for the Salafi Da’wah,

For many years we have been hearing the words “Salafeeyah”, “Sunnah”, “Manhaj”, “Jarh Wa Ta’deel” and “The ‘Ulama” by many callers in the west. Unfortunately, behind these terms there has been a sinister agenda by some da’ees [callers] to foster Taqleed [blind-following] within Salafi communities. This Taqleed has been centered around specific scholars who the aforementioned da’ees have utilized to keep those who see and speak out about their wrongdoing in check.

Without doubt there is always need for the scholars who are the inheritors of the Prophets. Likewise it is impossible to understand the religion without scholarly guidance. However, the phenomenon of: “The Shaikh said this” & “the Shaikh said that” has been presented as answers instead of Allah and his Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) have said. Therefore, instead of making the statements of the scholars as an extension or branch of the evidences they have made the evidences a branch of what the scholars have said.

Their methods mirror that of the methods of the Hardcore Madhabists. When one asks for evidences they are told the following:

  • Do you know better than the Shaikhs and the noble elders?
  • Are you a scholar?
  • So and so scholar is the flag bearer of Jarh Wa Ta’deel. [disparagement and appraisal]
  • The noble brothers have been giving Da’wah for years!
  • The scholars recommend these brothers.
  • You have no right to ask for evidences you just have to follow.

All these futile arguments are utilized in order to steer the questioner away from seeking evidences. Afterwards, shackles are placed upon their minds to the point that they are blind, deaf and speechless toward clear guidance and evidence.

Trinidad and Tobago is no different from Barbados, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and other western countries. This concept of blind loyalty to particular scholars and personalities has been planted, nurtured and harvested into ultimate havoc, chaos and recklessness to the point that there are youths who involve themselves in speaking about the Muslims who don’t have the necessary knowledge to live their lives as functional Muslims.

Oh those who respect Salafeeyah, reflect and ask:

  • Why can’t I ask for evidences?
  • Isn’t the way of the Salaf based on Allah, the Messenger and the Companions said?
  • Why do I have to follow statements which clearly contradict the reality?

The heart, which is the receptacle of the intellect, must be used to ponder and submit to the Verses in the book of Allah and the Ahadeeth in the Sunnah of the Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم). As for the statements of the scholars or “noble brothers” they are weighed according to the two sources of revelation and can be either accepted or rejected.

An argument may follow when the specific scholars, who they return to, appraise and disparage individuals it must be accepted without question. 

My dear brothers and sisters this is a false notion that has been used to secure control of many worldwide. Although I have written in a treatise of mine regarding this matter. I would like to re-iterate that not all Jarh [disparagements] are accepted even if they are Imams of the Sunnah. For this reason Imam Ibn Katheer said in his books the Summary of the Sciences of Hadeeth [220]:

And some of them have spoken about other than him and it wasn’t taken into account because of what they had between them from known animosity. And we have mentioned examples of this: The speech of Muhammad Ibn Ishaaq about Imam Malik and likewise the speech of Malik regarding him. And As Suhaili has spoken extensively about this. And likewise the speech of Imam An Nasai regarding Ahmad Ibn Saalih Al Misri when the latter prevented him from sitting in his classes.”

Lastly, I would like the Muslims to reflect upon the following statement which I told my former colleague before he climbed on the bandwagon:

“If you think that Shaikh Rabee’ is free from error regarding Jarh Wa Ta’deel this means that you perceive him to be greater than the scholars of the Salaf in this area from the  likes of Imam Shu’bah Ibn Hajaaj.”

Hence, how could great Imams of Jarh Wa Ta’deel from the Salaf such as Shu’bah, Malik and An Nasa’ee be considered as mistaken regarding some individuals yet stating that Shaikh Rabee’ was mistaken is tantamount to vilifying Salafeeyah and the Salafi methodology?

These are questions that each individual who truly loves and respects Salafeeyah and its knowledge based principles have to ask themselves. May Allah ta’ala bring us to the freedom of following evidences and principles and remove us from the prison of taqleed and blind partisanship.

Link to my previous treatise: Who are the extremists:

https://musamills.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/d985d986-d987d985-d8a7d984d8bad984d8a7d8a9d89f.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Refutation of Yasir Hanafi regarding the permissibility of wiping over cotton/woollen socks

Assalamu Alaikum,

I did this refutation in order to clarify that wiping over the cotton/wollen socks is a legitimate Fiqh position contrary to what Yasir Al Hanafi and his likes say. Likewise, in Trinidad there is a Fatwa by the daruloloom (Trinidad) wherein they deem one’s prayer invalid if one were to pray behind someone who wipes over the nylon or cotton socks

Part 1:

https://app.box.com/s/nylyinpky8uyy4x76l7izc3bfw64jml9

Part 2:

https://app.box.com/s/w17x12y0nu4m0xr9cc8kgjhm4y3e2ev9

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

Hamza Yusuf in a nutshell and racism.

Well in a nutshell in case we forgot:

Hamza Yusuf is a Sufi, Ashari, promoter of Shirk (Qaseedah Burdah) and Bid’ah in the West who said that the most sacred place on earth is the grave of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم). He is also an extreme Muqallid of the Maliki madhab and associates with the likes of Habeeb Jifri; who calls to the worship of graves and shrines and the likes of them. That should be enough for us to be outraged, to distance ourselves from him and to warn others from his misguidance.

His comments regarding the struggles of African Americans also shows his extreme ignorance regarding the political, social and economic history of the United States as it relates to African descendants. Making foolhardy and rash statements that satisfy the white political oligarchy as well as many Muslim American immigrants who wish not to associate with the lower echelons of American society is not from the Sunnah. Rather the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) addressed it head on without any room for interpretation.

For the record the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “Upon you is to hear and obey even if it is an Ethiopian slave as if his head is (dark) like a raisin.”

Some foolish orientalists have interpreted this statement as one of racism. However, this is how he chose to address the Arabs as they disliked those of African descent. So he demonstrated that one’s skin colour was not a deficiency.

He also said to Abu Dharr when he called Bilaal the son of a black woman: “Did you find deficiency in him because of his mother. Verily you are a man who has Jaahileeyah (pre-islamic ignorance).”

He also said as narrated in Adab Al Mufrad by Imam Al Bukhari: “Whoever takes pride in his ancestry then let him bite unto the private part of his father.”

He also said: “There is no preference of an Arab over a non Arab or a white over a black…”

Hence, unlike the soft and tamed responses of many Muslims toward Hamza’s remarks (and racism in general) the Prophetic methodology was to take this matter head on in the face of those who have racism within their hearts. He also said as narrated in Saheeh Muslim:

“Three things from Jaahileeyah (pre-islamic ignorance) would remain in my Ummah. Taking pride in one’s lineage, cursing those of others and Niyahah (screaming and ripping off clothes at the death of someone).”

Hence, the one who is racist is not only ignorant but has an aspect of pre-islamic ignorance. The phrase Jahileeyah affected the companions so much that the great Sahabee, Abu Dharr, upon hearing the statement of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) went to Bilaal, put his head to Bilaal’s feet, apologized and asked Bilaal to stamp on his head.

But to Hamza racism is just another sign of ignorance which in itself proves the extent of his ignorance regarding Islam’s stance on racism.

And for the information of those out there who don’t know there were many Africans (yes black people) who played a very important role in early Islam. Just to name a few:

Bilaal Al Habashi, the first Mu’addhin.

Summayah the first matyr of Islaam

Najashi, the king of Ethiopia and his priests.

Mahajja the first matyr of Badr.

Bareerah who was freed by ‘Aisha.

Umm Barakah the first one who nursed the Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) after his mother died.

Aslam the servant of ‘Umar Ibn Khattab.

Zaid Ibn Aslam who was one of the narrators of Muwatta’

Sa’eed Ibn Jubair who was seen as the most knowledgeable of the Tabi’een.

‘Ataa Ibn Rabaah who was a scholar of Tafseer.

Usama Ibn Zaid who led Muslim armies at 17 years old after the death of the Prophet.

Wahshi who killed Musailamah Al Kaddhab.

Naafi’ the servant of Ibn ‘Umar who brought to us the two recitations of Qaaloon and Warsh.

And there are many more who I didn’t mention and are found in a book called the raising of the status of Africans (Arabs used to refer to all Africans as Ethiopians) by Imam As Suyooti.

The Sahabah didn’t see race as an issue. Africans, as is observed by the list I wrote here, were prominent in the intellectual, political and social development of the early Islam. The likes of this took place with Malcolm X in the 1960s who by Allah’s will made Islam a household name and even presented it as a solution to America’s racial problems!

It is disturbing to see that in 2016, almost 50 years after the assassination of brother Malcolm that immigrant Muslim Americans have compressed themselves into a bubble wherein they boisterously applaud their ambivalence and nonchalance regarding the struggles of those who were pivotal in the development and existence of Islam in the U.S.

Sadly enough, amidst this ambivalence and nonchalance all and sundry cry foul when Trump is selected!

SMH!

#RIS2016

 

 

 

Why Alleppo?

A lot of us are shocked and saddened at the atrocities going on in Alleppo currently. Thousands of people have been barrel bombed and are currently being massacred on site by Shia militias from both Iran and Hizbullah (something which Unitarians like the Ikhwaan Ul Muslimeen don’t want us to acknowledge). But what is the reason why the Ummah is so weak and impotent that military aid is not forthcoming from the Ummah?

Again we have to look at the Hadeeth of the Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said regarding this:

1. The Hadeeth in Abu Dawud wherein he said: “If you trade in ‘Eeenah (a type of interest), and hold unto the tails of cattle and become pleased with farming and leave off Jihaad (fighting for the sake of Allah according to how he has legislated) then Allah would bring humiliation upon you and he would not remove it until you return to your religion.”

In this Hadeeth you have 5 major points:

(1) The Muslims would engage in widespread major and minor sins and would employ trickery to make it seem that they are blameless in doing such.

(2) The Muslims would hold stringently unto the life of this world and would forget the hereafter.

(3) The Muslims would leave off acts of obedience and from these acts is legislative Jihaad (not the ISIS, Al Qaeeda suicide bomber, killing innocent people type).

(4) That humiliation and its removal of it is in the hands of Allah. And the reasons for such humiliation has been elaborated upon in points 1,2 and 3.

(5) That the means to remove such humiliation is by returning to the religion. By doing acts of obedience, staying away from acts of disobedience and directing one’s life to the hereafter rather than this world.

The second Hadeeth which is in Abu Dawud states:

“… (Allah) will put into your hearts Wahn (weakness). The companions asked: “And what is weakness?” He (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “Love of this world and hate of death.”

This demonstrates our weakness in military prowess. During and after the Prophet’s death the Sahabah faced armies that were far more militarily advanced than themselves. In the battle of Badr the Quraish had far more weaponry and personnel. So to in the battles against Persia, the Eastern Roman Empire and the Visigoths of Spain. But the difference was that they had Imaan, righteous deeds and hearts that were directed toward the hereafter rather than this world.

 

Another thing also we have to stop this narrative of “they”. We often hear that “they” are suffering in Palestine or “they” are suffering in Alleppo or “they” are suffering in Burma. No, we are all suffering in Palestine, Alleppo, Burma, Kashmir etc. But what do we have to do? What is the solution?

Do we protest on the street?

Do we go to Syria to join the Cartoon Caliphate of ISIS?

Do we go and speak ill of our Muslim rulers?

No, rather what we have to do is be better Muslims, every single one of us and that is the first step to victory as a people. Secondly I ask that Allah ta’ala brings one united voice among the current Muslim rulers either to defend those who are being oppressed or direct stern words toward their oppressors.

Lastly, this is not new to the Ummah. The Crusaders filled the streets of Jerusalem with blood, the Tatars filled the streets of Baghdad with blood and now the Nusairis and Shi’a are filling the streets of Alleppo with blood. The challenge is will our current response be that of Salahudeen Al Ayyubi and Ibn Taymeeyah or would it simply be protests, consolations and blame directed to our rulers (which is against the creed of Ahlus Sunnah)?

 

Long Hiatus.

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah,

I know it has been quite a long while since I have written however by Allah’s will our brothers and sisters would benefit from a treatise regarding how the people of innovation should be dealt with. The treatise is based on quotes from the Salaf, the scholars of the middle period and the scholars of this time. And although it was written about 3-4 years ago and shown to Shaikh Abul Yamaan, I had to make amendments to it because of what is obvious from extremism and leniency regarding this matter.

As a reminder, I urge the brothers to make effort regarding that which would benefit them and to disregard those who thrive upon mischief. Likewise, if one makes a mistake and does not show partisanship toward it, let us correct it with the best of manners rather than resorting to immature schoolboy tactics which are a fixture of tabloid magazines worldwide. Verily, the great scholar of the Salaf, Ibn Mubarak said:

“We are more in need of a small amount of manners than a great amount of knowledge.”

May Allah benefit us with beneficial knowledge, righteous actions and a good end.