Author: Sajid Lashkar

Advice to Remote Communities

Ustādh Abū Khadījah speaks to a meet-up of brothers and sisters in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Calgary, Alberta, to kick off the Pacific Series. The first-ever live link with a Salafī student of knowledge for the area, the lecture is an advice on community building and how remote communities can strengthen themselves.

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Things that Will Aid/Prevent Your Duʿāʾ Being Answered

  TROID · Things that Will Aid/Prevent Your Duʿāʾ Being Answered The speaker discusses cases that increase the chances of one’s supplication being answered: The duʿāʾ of the oppressed The duʿāʾ of the traveller The duʿāʾ of the father for his child Having conviction in the duʿāʾ, repeating it, and extolling the Lordship of Allāh (eg. yā Rabbī) The speaker then discusses cases that decrease or prevent one’s supplication being answered: Making duʿāʾ for something that is incorrect/impermissible Asking for assistance to perform a ḥarām act Asking for something you know (by the...

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The Behaviour of the Salaf in Times of Fitnah

TROID · The Behaviour of the Salaf in Times of Fitnah – Abū Idrīs   Some of the reflections: In every time period there will be fitan so we must look to the Salaf to see how they addressed it From the deception of the Shayṭān is that he casts doubts and whispers to the hearts and seeks to cause division What gives the Salaf salvation is what will give us salvation, the time period changes, the principles do not The methodology of Islām has been laid out We should accept the haqq (truth) when it comes (and not be emotional and argumentative) After rejecting the truth, all that’s...

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Our Life Is Not Without Purpose

Our respected teacher delivers a powerful khuṭbah which causes the hearts to tremble as we are reminded that indeed this world is nothing but a passing amusement, with our ultimate purpose on this earth being to worship Allāh alone as He should be worshipped, without associating partners alongside him. Allāh has sent His Messengers in order to call the people to Tawḥid and warn against the worshipping of false deities. If we fulfil our rights to Allāh, then Allāh will protect us from His punishment. Muʿādh ibn Jabal (May Allāh be pleased with him) reported: I was riding with the Prophet...

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Q&A with Shaykh ʿUbayd al-Jābirī (Masjid al-Raḥmah, USA)

The questions are as follows: [Q1] Dear Shaykh, we are a small group of Salafī brothers in the United States. We used to belong to one masjid and there occurred amongst us a fitnah when a split between the admin, the people, and the imām, who was with the common people, occurred. Some of the common people thought that this occurred because (1) the admin was too harsh (2) they were squandering the money (3) they were acting as if they were the leaders of the Muslim lands (4) they were not being truthful. The admin has a problem with the people and felt that some of the people were seeking...

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Q&A with Shaykh ʿUbayd al-Jābirī (Birmingham)

The questions: [Q1] We know that the best place for the woman is the home and the maintenance of the wife is obligatory upon the husband, and ḥajj is a pillar of Islām; so is it obligatory upon the husband to pay the wife’s cost for ḥajj? [Q2] At what age are children to be prevented from free mixing? [Q3] A sister contacted us (Maktabah Salafīyyah) and claimed that her father does not pray and he has prevented her from marrying a man who is upon the Sunnah. How do we verify these accusations? Should we ask her to come and bring with her witnesses? And if it is established that he does...

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Explanation of the Ḥadīth, “O Allāh Separate Me from My Sins…”

The audio starts with some Ḥadith corrections and explanations from a previous class. The lecture starts at approximately: 9:20. Abū Ḥurayrah (raḍī Allāhu ʿanhu) mentioned that he noticed that when the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) prayed he would leave a gap (silence) between the takbīr (saying, “Allāhu Akbar”) and the recitation of al-Faṭiḥah. So he asked him, “What is it that you say during that time?” The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said “I say: ‘O Allāh separate me from my sins with the distance that you have separated the east from the...

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Where the Highest Angels Dare Not Tread

Ustādh Abū al-ʿAbbās (ḥafiẓahullāh) goes through a highly beneficial question and answer session revolving around Waraqa ibn Naufal, at the beginning of the lecture, the continuation of the ṣīrah series begins at 26.22. It is Narrated in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī in Ḥādīth No. 2987 [Eng.]: It is narrated by Mālik bin Ṣaʿṣaʿah: The Prophet Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said, “While I was at the House in a state midway between sleep and wakefulness, amongst the people who were either awake or asleep. A golden tray full of wisdom and belief was brought to me and my body was cut open from...

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The Beginning of Prophethood

The Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), prior to revelation, was known to possess the noblest of qualities, was from the most truthful, and had the highest standard of character. The following narration in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī tells the story of the human weakness of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), and Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿāla) then made him infallible through Messengership, meaning he would not err after becoming a prophet, except that Allāh would send down revelation in order to clarify to the people. ʿĀʾishah (raḍi Allāhu ʿanhā) narrated: The commencement of...

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The Greatest Loss the Ummah Ever Faced

This lecture is from the sīrah series. From the beginning to 06:36 Ustādh Abū al-Abbās goes through some test answers. The lecture begins fully from 06.36. Indeed, Allāh has created this life as a test for people. He made this life a life of enjoyment and absolute pleasure. He created life and death in order to test which of us are best in deeds. He made some of the people oppressors and some of the people oppressed, trying and testing the oppressors and the oppressed, and He is watching and recording our actions and will call us back to account. Our life is full of loss; we struggle through...

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The Ḥadīth of Abū Dharr about Oppression

On the authority of Abū Dharr, who narrates from the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), from the things that he (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) narrated from Allāh the Most High: O My servants, I have made oppression ḥarām upon Myself and upon you My servants so do not oppress one another. O My servants, all of you are misguided, except the ones I have guided, so seek guidance from Me so I shall guide you. O My servants, all of you are hungry, except the ones I feed, so seek your food from Me and I will feed you. O My servants, all of you are naked, except those that I have clothed, so...

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The Danger of Those Who Sport the Garments of Ahl Sunnah Only to Lead the Salafīs Astray

Know that It is obligatory to have unconditional obedience to Allāh and His Messenger (ﷺ). There is no path to Jannah except by way of the Ṣaḥābah. Allāh said, وَمَن يُشَاقِقِ الرَّسُولَ مِن بَعْدِ مَا تَبَيَّنَ لَهُ الْهُدَىٰ وَيَتَّبِعْ غَيْرَ سَبِيلِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ نُوَلِّهِ مَا تَوَلَّىٰ وَنُصْلِهِ جَهَنَّمَ ۖ وَسَاءَتْ مَصِيرًا ‎﴿١١٥﴾ And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger (Muhammad ﷺ) after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers’ way, We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell – what an evil destination! [al-Nisāʾ,...

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Tawḥīd and Its Importance

Tawḥīd is the foundation of the religion and the principle that the religion is built upon so it is of utmost importance. Linguistically, in the Arabic Language, tawḥīd means: To make something one, or gather different things together so they become one. In the religion, it means: To single Allāh out with what He rightfully deserves; singling Him out in His Lordship; in all acts of worship; and in His Names and Attributes. This is the tawḥīd that is highlighted in the book of Allāh, and the texts of the Sunnah confirm this. This is what the salaf were upon. Doubt: There are some who claim that...

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Guard Yourselves from the Two Extremes

The Shaykh (ḥafiẓahullāh) began by mentioning some āyāt from the Qurʾān which highlight and clarify to us the methodology of Ahl al-Sunnah and who they are. Indeed, we are in a time where it is a calamity that the Muslims are split to such a degree that they are even killing one another, and the reason for all of this is due to the consequences of either exaggeration in the religion or falling short, rather than a balanced path of understanding. From those who have exaggerated in the dīn are the Khawārij who make takfīr of the Muslims, and this is no doubt because they misinterpret the āyāt...

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You Cannot Count the Blessings of Allāh

  O Servants of Allāh, listen to the statement of Allāh in the Qurʾān when He says,   وَإِن تَعُدُّوا نِعْمَتَ اللَّهِ لَا تُحْصُوهَا ۗ ‎﴿٣٤﴾ “And if you count the Blessings of Allāh, never will you be able to count them”   [Sūrah Ibrahīm,14: 34] Indeed, were you to enumerate the blessings of Allāh, you would not be able to do so. Such are the great number of blessings that Allāh bestows upon his servants. Consider the narration which the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) mentioned in the Ḥadīth Qudsī where Allāh, the Mighty and Majestic says, “Each...

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The Virtue of Sūrah Qāf

Ibn Kathīr (raḥimahullāh) mentions in his tafsīr concerning the virtues of Sūrah Qāf: Imām Aḥmad recorded that ʿUmar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb (raḍiallāhu ʿanhu) asked Abū Wāqid al-Laythi, “What did the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) recite during the ʿĪd prayer?” Abū Wāqid said, “Sūrah Qāf and Sūrah Iqtarabat [i.e. Sūrah al-Qamar” (Muslim and the four collectors of the Sunan collected this Ḥadīth). It has also been recorded by Imām Aḥmad, that Umm Hishām bint Ḥarithah said, “For around two years, or a year and a part of another year, our oven and the oven of the...

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The Superiority of the Prophets

Our noble teacher goes through the varying stations of the Prophets and Messengers, with the Prophet Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) being the best of all the Prophets and Messengers. Some of the highly beneficial points mentioned are: The Prophets and Messengers have different statuses with Allāh. Allāh sent to nations some who were Prophets but not Messengers, and others who were both Prophets and Messengers; some were mentioned to be from among the ūlul ʿazm, and some having characteristics that others did not possess. There are texts which prohibit making distinctions between the...

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The Importance of Clinging to the Qurʾān and the Sunnah

In advice given to the brothers in America via Paltalk, our noble Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī mentions that, indeed Allāh has sent the Messenger, Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), to mankind in order to remove the people from darkness and enter them into light, and He sent him with the truth in order to overcome all other religions even though the disbelievers may hate it. Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿāla) sent the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) with a Book, the likes of which mankind had never known before; perfect in its rulings, and perfect in its encompassing of good and...

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Explanation of the Meaning of the Shahādah

Our noble brother explains the seven conditions of the shahādah along with its proofs drawing upon evidence from the Qurʾān, Sunnah and scholars of our Ummah. The seven conditions are: 1. al-ʿilm (knowledge) 2. yaqīn (certainty) 3. al-qubūl (acceptance) 4. al-inqiyād (submission) 5. sidq (truthfulness) 6. iklhās (sincerity) 7. maḥabbah (love) Each person who utters the shahādah must know and accept these conditions; it is not just a statement to be said without knowing its true meaning. The statement has requirements and conditions and if they are not fulfilled, they will be of no benefit. He...

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Q&A Panel (Life of a Young Muslim Seminar)

After a highly beneficial series of lectures, our brothers, Abū Khaījah and Abū ʿIyyāḍ entertain questions from the attendees. [Q1]: We see the Salafī daʿwah strong and united from the east to the west. There are countless Salafī centres throughout the Western lands. What do you advise those who wish to host events in centres that promote Yasir Qadhi, Bashir Shill and others who wage war against the Salafīs? [Q2]: The internet has changed rapidly in recent years. With the emergence of social media, people experience information overload. Salafīs are online and they face the same challenges....

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Establishing an Islamic Home

Abū Khadījah delivers a series of eye-opening lectures on how to establish an Islamic home, reminding us of Allāh’s command to save ourselves and our families from the Hellfire. Each lecture is brimming with practical advice on how to ensure that our children grow up with a solid foundation of knowing and practicing this blessed dīn. Part One Start at the Beginning The first and most important step in establishing an Islamic home is choosing a righteous spouse. Choose a spouse who is strong in his/her dīn, one who is united with you upon Salafiyyah. Next, teach your children good manners....

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Marital Rights in Islām

In this two-part lecture, Abū Khadījah goes through some important principles concerning the necessity of seeking knowledge and its importance as it relates to marriage, as well as a highly beneficial question and answer session. From the many beneficial points mentioned are: The importance of seeking knowledge and benefitting from the scholars and those who possess knowledge. The religion of all of the Prophets is one. The religion of Prophet Muḥammad is no different to the religion of Jesus, Abraham and Moses. No matter what harm reaches us we should not stray from this path and the Prophetic...

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The Trickery and Deception of Ahl al-Bidʿah

Our noble brother, Abū Khadījah, goes into detail concerning the importance of having love for the Salaf and the Scholars of the Sunnah, both past and present. Having love and allegiance for them is a sign of one’s īmān, and there is not a true believer except that they love these scholars who deserve our total love, respect and allegiance due to their diligence and striving in serving the Sunnah and conveying its true understanding to all corners of the earth. The Salafī does not harbour ill thoughts towards the Salafis and the Scholars, and we do not fall into the foolishness of...

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Keeping Good Companionship

Note: due to overheating, the recording was damaged; it may skip in parts. The salaf used to say that the soul is a thief. It takes the characteristics of those whom it accompanies. If it accompanies evil people, it will become evil, and if it accompanies the righteous, then it will become righteous. Just as Allāh commanded the Prophet (ﷺ) to keep companionship with the pious and righteous regardless of their wealth or status so too we are encouraged to keep companionship with the pious, regardless of their wealth or status. Allāh is only concerned with one’s ʿibādah; He is not concerned...

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Cultivating the Youth

Cultivation Begins with the Parents Abū Khadījah delivers a very stirring sermon on how to cultivate children/youth. He says that Allāh has commanded parents to cultivate their children and for children to remain steadfast upon what they have been cultivated with. The Prophet (ﷺ) said that there are seven who will be shaded on that day when there is no shade (the Day of Judgement) and from amongst them is the youth who has been raised with the worship of Allāh. Allāh has placed responsibility on the one who cultivates (parents) and the one who has been cultivated (children/youth). Cultivation...

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Farewell Admonition (Be in This World as a Stranger)

There is, right from the beginning of this brief address to our Salafī brothers and sisters who attended this conference, and to the listeners of it’s audio recording, a fine example of the love and concern we of Ahl al-Sunnah should have for one another. Knowledge, which is the weapon of a believer, and a cause for the increase of one’s Īmān is spoken about by our beloved brother and Ustādh Abū Ḥakīm Bilāl Davis. It is of extreme importance that the Sunnī arms his or herself with beneficial knowledge. Allāh says in His Glorious Qurʾān that He raises in levels those who possess knowledge....

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The Legacy of the Prophetic Methodology

Points of benefit from the lecture: The traits of the Prophets and Messengers in being steadfast upon the truth Do not fall astray like the deviated groups and parties Allāh’s favour is upon the righteous, the followers of the Prophets, they are the best companions Have mutual love and mercy between you Be in contact with the people of knowledge, benefit from them, even by the telephone This dīn is your life, your death, it is the way of the prophets, remain upon their way Remind and advise your family with it, do not be satisfied simply with eating and drinking Stay with the major scholars...

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Wake Up! Take Advantage of Your Time Before Its Too Late

From the points of benefit: Time is quickly leaving us, didn’t we just complete the previous Ramaḍān, now another Ramaḍān is upon us! From one year to the next, what have we done? What have we prepared in our case with Allāh? Times move quickly, we should reflect! al-Ḥasan al-Baṣrī: Today you have the ability to perform actions, as for those in the grave, they have no ability to do so How many have we buried, but are we reflecting? Utilising time is of the utmost importance The best of the people are the ones who when you see them they remind you of Allāh, so who are your companions? Every...

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The Importance of Unity and the Destructiveness of Ḥizbiyyah

Part One This nation will divide into 73 sects. All of them are in the hellfire except for one. The Companions never differed regarding the foundations of this religion. They may have differed about the branches of the religion like certain aspects of the prayer or fasting or marital affairs. Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymīyyah said: Innovations are synonymous to splitting and dividing like the Sunnah is synonymous with unity and the Jamā’ah. So it is said Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah as it is said Ahl al-Bidʿah wa-al-Fīrqah (the People of Innovation and Splitting). Allāh forbade splitting,...

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The Reality of Ahl al-Sunnah in Light of the ʿAqīdah of the Imāms of the Salaf

Part 1 The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam) said: The best of the people are my generation, then those who come after them, then those who come after them. Do not become disheartened by the trials the ummah faces of innovations and disunity. The end result is for Islām and the Muslims. None of the Companions were upon one particular madh‘hab rather they were upon the Ḥadīth of the Messenger. This was also the way of the Imāms that came: Imām Shāfiʿī said: if the Ḥadīth is authentic then that is my madh’hab. Imām Aḥmad said: do not blindly follow me and do not blindly follow...

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Any Fool Can Narrate but Only a Shepherd Guides a Flock

It is essential that the caller to this dīn is careful in all that he narrates especially those narrations which are from the prophetic traditions, ensuring that they are authentic; secondly, that he verifies news that has come to him, and does not hasten to add to it or narrate it. Imām al-Nawawī mentions that every person must safeguard his tongue from speaking, unless it is from that speech which has benefit, to be diligent in maintaining this, since there is no better substitute than safety. The caller to Allāh does not narrate all that he hears, even if the news which reaches him may...

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The Distinguishing Signs of Ahl al-Sunnah in Their Love for The Scholars

Our noble brother Abū Khadījah concluded the previous session regarding the position of Ahl al-Sunnah regarding the Jamāʿah and being upon clarity with regards to their ʿaqīdah and those who have strayed from it from the deviants and the misguided ones. He continues this series entering into a discussion and explanation of the work of the great Imām Abū ʿUthmān al-Ṣābūnī (raḥimahullāh) drawing upon benefits from his treatise entitled ʿAqīdah al-Salaf wa Aṣ‘ḥāb al-Ḥadīth, The Creed of the Salaf and the Companions of Ḥadīth alongside the explanation of Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī (ḥafiẓahullāh)...

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The Manhaj of the Salaf Concerning Those Who Oppose the Sunnah

Abū Khadījah gives a brilliant, detailed, and concise lecture concerning the position of the Salaf with respect to those who oppose the Sunnah of Allāh’s Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) and oppose the Daʿwah al-Salafīyyah. He draws upon the works and opinions of the noble scholars Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī, Shaykh Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī, Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn al-ʿUthaymīn, Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān, and other than them (ḥafiẓahum Allāh). The lecture gives detailed insight into the obligation of sticking to the Sunnah, and taking from the Saḥābah and those who came after them...

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The Importance of Clinging Together upon This Religion

From the points discussed:  The importance of practising and maintaining Islām Clinging to the rope of Allāh Do not be split and disunited The call to Islām needs to be devoid of splitting and differing The Believers must cooperate with each other Splitting is evil, uniting is goodness Most of the Muslims today are divided Goodness is in cooperation The lone sheep is devoured by the wolf The basis of clinging to the religion is adhering to tawḥīd The patience of Nūh in calling to tawḥid, like all of the prophets O Salafīs, stick to the scholars, be strong upon the religion, be united, do...

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Uniting the Ranks of The Muslims

Unity within the ranks of the Muslims is quite possibly one of the most discussed and debated topics amongst the Muslims today. What are the principles and guidelines that Allāh has commanded the Believers in the Qurʾān and commanded His Prophet in the Prophetic Traditions by way of unity, in order that they may be given strength, honour and protection? The command for the Muslims to unite is from the fundamentals of the fundamental principles of Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah, and thus it is an important subject and one which should be given its proper place within the teachings of al-Islām.

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Sticking to the Jamāʿah Can Make or Break Your Islām

Allāh mentions in Sūrah Āl ʿImrān (3:103), وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا ۚ وَاذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ كُنتُمْ أَعْدَاءً فَأَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِكُمْ فَأَصْبَحْتُم بِنِعْمَتِهِ إِخْوَانًا وَكُنتُمْ عَلَىٰ شَفَا حُفْرَةٍ مِّنَ النَّارِ فَأَنقَذَكُم مِّنْهَا ۗ كَذَٰلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ آيَاتِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ ‎﴿١٠٣﴾ “And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allāh (Qurʾān and the Sunnah), and be not divided among yourselves. And remember Allāh’s favour upon you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined...

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Focus on the Youth: How to Find the Right Path

From the most important affairs that every single Muslim should be upon is the affair of al-istiqāmah (being steadfast upon the religion). This religion is something which can easily slip away if one does not cling to the obligations, and failure to do so results in opening the door to the whispers of the Shayṭān. Since this is a focus upon the youth and their entering into adulthood, then no doubt this is from the most important affairs for them also. There should be no doubt that Allāh (subḥānahū wa taʿālá) has created us to worship Him alone, and that the Shayṭān will seek to cause us...

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Important Aspects of the Manhaj of Ahl al-Sunnah

Imām Aḥmad said: Islām is the Sunnah and the Sunnah is Islām Shaykh Ibn ʿUthaymīn mentions in Sharḥ Uṣūl al-Īmān: Islām is that which was sent to the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) in totality and it is that which necessitates that when a person calls himself a Muslim and he is a person who has submitted himself, with complete submission to Allāh with sincerity The Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said: He who turns away from my Sunnah is not from me. Imām al-Zuhrī (d.124H), one of the teachers of Imām Mālik said: The people of knowledge who came before...

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The Importance of Sticking to the Jamāʿah

Who exactly are the Jamāʿah?1 Al-Jamāʿah refers to those individuals that are saved and protected due to their belief and methodology, from being cast into the fire by Allāh (subḥānahū wa-taʿālá). It is not a title applied to a group who believes that the mere title ‘al-Jamāʿah’ itself will save them, rather it is a term that is applied to a group who fulfill the criteria of the Sharīʿah of Allāh revealed upon the tongue of the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) and laid down within the Qurʾān and the Sunnah, and those principles must be fulfilled; once they are...

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Explanation of al-Qawāʿid al-Muthlá

Our noble brother Musá Richardson goes through the famous text, al-Qawāʿid al-Muthlá, (The Exemplary Foundations Concerning the Names and Attributes of Allāh) by Shaykh al-Islām Muḥammad ibn Ṣaliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn (raḥimahullāh). It is a very exemplary book just like its title, a book which is an example of excellent authorship, an example of a master of ʿaqīdah bringing forth his style of teaching in book form in a way that benefits not only in its original script the Arab audience, but is also of benefit in its various translated forms such as the English language. This book is of great benefit,...

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The Evil Effects of Terrorism: Takfīr and the Khawārij

The wise and noble Shaykh begins with a brief explanation of the correct methodology of Islām and emphasises that there is no salvation except by treading this path alone. The Shaykh continues to explain the important aspect of having true īmān (faith) and believing in the unseen matters and warned against following newly invented methodologies that contradict the book and the sunnah and are contrary to what the pious predecessors were upon. The Shaykh then begins to explain the beliefs of the deviant sect, the Khawārij. Here, the Shaykh gives an overview of the deviant actions affiliated with...

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How to Obtain Legislative Knowledge

Al-ʿAllāmah, Shaykh ʿUbayd al-Jābirī (hafiẓahullāh taʿāla) begins by praising Allāh and greeting the listeners to the lecture. He explains that the evidence from the religion shows the importance of seeking legislative knowledge and that Allāh speaks about those who possess and carry this knowledge in a virtuous and noble way. Those who seek knowledge have a high status and position with Allāh in this world and in the hereafter. The first position that shows the high status of knowledge is that all good is achieved through it. This good is comprehensive, it includes happiness in this life...

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The Advice of al-ʿAllāmah Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī to the Salafīs of the West

Download Transcription Our noble Shaykh, Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī, gives a beautiful advice to the Salafīs of the West regarding the importance of maintaining the ties of brotherhood, loving one another for the sake of Allāh, and advising one another upon righteousness and piety, and enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. He also gives an admonition with regards to the necessity of adorning one’s self with lofty manners and beautiful characteristics and keeping away from vile and abhorrent manners.

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How to Deal with the People

Al-ʿAllāmah, Shaykh ʿUbayd al-Jābirī (hafiẓahullāh ta’āla) begins by explaining that the discussion today deals with how people should act with deal with one another. He highlights that Allāh sent the Messengers to rectify the conditions of the people. This rectification covers matters of the religion and the worldly affairs, in this life and for the hereafter. This issue of correction comes through two matters: Worship: to single out Allāh with all worship Actions and dealings with the people The first matter is with regard to Tawḥīd, its importance, and that Allāh did not send a Prophet...

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Our Relationship with Our Parents

As the decades roll by, the old traditions of good manners, honour and special care for parents become less and less apparent within western societies. Abū Khadījah, hafiẓahullāh, details how short many of us are falling short in regards to our parents, and the solutions to the problems we have therein. Using various āyāt and ḥadīth, he describes the great status the parents, and more specifically the mother, hold within our dīn.

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Perfection of Tawḥῑd: The Reality of Magic

Allāh says (what can be translated as): Sulayman did not disbelieve, but the Shayatīn (devils) disbelieved, teaching men magic. [Sūrah al-Baqarah, 2:102] Magic is a severe form of disbelief, and this severity is shown by the punishment that the magician is faced with. The magician faces capital punishment, even if he/she repents, he/she may still face capital punishment (in the Islamic legal system, the courts), according to a number of scholars. Heedlessness has overcome the Muslims today, such that you will find in some of the Muslim homes, books called Harry Potter, in these books you will...

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The Types, Consequences and Reasons for Ikhtilāf

Key Points: Al-Ikhtilāf: Differing. The opposite of Ikhtilāf comes from the al-ʿArabīc root Kha-La-Fa. Has to do with one thing coming and taking the place of another. 2 main types of Ikhtilāf Ikhtilāf tanowwuʿ The permissible differing where all opinions are legislated in the Shariʿah and sides can coexist. eg. The different recitations of the Qurʾān: Warsh, hafs etc. This Ikhtilāf may lead to differing or a clash between the people; however, it is not due to the Ikhtilāf itself, rather it is due to the ignorance of the people that these types are legislated and all are permissible. “Verily...

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Principles Regarding the Salafī Daʿwah

Abū ʿĀliyah said: Learn Islām, and once you have learned then act. Do not look to your right or to your left, and beware of innovations, for verily innovations cause enmity between your hearts. Abū Khadījah mentions narration after narration that explain the Sunnah, warn from innovations, and call to sticking to the scholars that are well known to be from Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah, and to stay away from those who are not known to be from them. The Salafῑs are one Jamāʿah, the Jamāʿah of the Companions, which we adhere to, and within this there are no factions, and no parties. Our scholars...

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Question and Answer Session with Shaykh ‘Ubayd al-Jābirī

Please note that the answers have been summarised and edited with the intent of making it easy for one to understand. All the answers have been transcribed from the English translation, however, if you wish to listen to, and find the answer in al-ʿArabīc a better option for you, then please rewind it a little bit from the timings given below. [Q1]: We have some people here who come with their cell phones which contain music, so when they get a call you can hear music, this has happened too many times, you hear the phone go off in the ṣalāh and so it causes the khushū’ to get messed up. O Shaykh,...

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Follow Up an Evil Deed with a Good Deed and Wipe It Out – Sins The Downfall of Individuals and Communities

Key Points  Abū Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) reported: The Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) said : “The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allāh than the weak believer, and in both there is good. So guard after that which benefits you and don’t lose the chance to benefit and seek the assistance of Allāh and don’t lose the opportunity, and if an evil thing befalls you then do not say had I done such and such , rather say This is what Allāh has ordained and he does what he pleases.” (Sahīh Muslim, Ibn Mājah, and Aḥmad)Īman is statement, actions, and belief.It...

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The Fundamentals and Principles of Salafiyyah

The Shaykh (hafiẓahullāh ta’āla) begins by explaining that in every time and in every place that Allāh (subhānahu wa ta’āla) will bring forth those who will aid his religion. The number of those who adhere to the truth may find that those in opposition are greater in number. The Shaykh outlines that this should not make them feel lonely rather he outlines three matters that can console and bring comfort to them. The first matter is that his companions upon this path of truth and guidance are four types of people mentioned in the āyah and they were the Prophets, the siddiqūn, the martyrs,...

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Shaykh Ḥasan ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Banná on the Sydney Terrorist

The following is a summarization of key points in a phone call to Shaykh Ḥasan ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Banná, from the shuyūkh of Egypt, concerning the atrocities of the Iranian terrorist in Sydney, Australia. [Q]: As you might have heard o shaykh, yesterday night, a man who is claimed to be Muslim committed an act of terrorism by taking hostages in one of the coffee shops in the Sydney, in Australia. What is your advice for the Muslims, and specifically for the Salafīs who live in Western countries, with regards to their dealings with non-Muslims, and how do we go about clarifying and...

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Questions from the Sisters of Yemen

Have you ever felt the pressure of people forcing you to do things due to ignorance, or felt that people give out rulings without any evidence and wisdom, or when a person doesn’t realise the ḥikmah behind women managing a home and studying and the importance of good manners in calling to Allāh, the way of selecting a spouse, what to watch out for and what to look for? Well, don’t worry because you are not alone. In this two-part series, our beloved Shaykh Muqbil ibn Hādī al-Wādī’ī explains it all, not only that our beloved Shaykh gives such an amazing advice (at the bottom),...

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ʿAqīdah First

This two part set of audio’s titled ʿAqīdah First’ is an essential listen for the beginner to Islām and the one who has been practicing the religion. The Shaykh emphasizes the dire need for the Ummah to recognise and act upon the ʿAqīdah (belief) and Manhaj (methodology) that the Qurʾān and the Sunnah has laid down for the Muslim nation. Shaykh Muḥammad Amān explains that the problems Muslim nations are living through are many and the discussions to solve those problems are many. The problems are at a macro and micro level including; the ways in which the nation is governed and everything...

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Cling to the Sunnah and the Ṣahabah

The Shaykh began by mentioning after the Khuṭbah al-Ḥājjah: It is with the likes of these kalimāt that the Messenger (ﷺ) used to begin his khuṭab; begin the different aspects of the sermon and the like; and he ordered those who came after him to begin their sermons with the Khutbat-ul-Ḥājjah, and he did that and he used to repeat it and he used to order the believers to repeat it in order that the meaning of the Khutbat-ul-Ḥājjah may be firm in the minds of the believers; and he mentioned that in the Khutbat-ul-Ḥājjah,  there are various meanings and various issues that are discussed,...

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Why We Should Seek Knowledge and From Whom

Allāh the Most High has established Tawḥīd through the sending of his prophets and messengers for the purpose of guiding the people to his worship, and thereby gain them entry into Jannah.  From this, it is upon the Muslim to strive in the pursuit of knowledge and the understanding of the details of that knowledge. For the Muslim who strives in the path of knowledge there is a great reward as Allāh sees fit through his wisdom to raise the station of those who possess knowledge over the ones who do not have knowledge. Allāh, the Most High, has stated: قُلْ هَلْ يَسْتَوِي الَّذِينَ يَعْلَمُونَ...

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Tawḥīd As It Relates to Ḥajj

The Shaykh praises Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿāla) and sends blessings and prayers upon Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) and after that, he said that it is narrated by ibn ʿUmar (raḍī Allāhu ta’āla ʿʿʿanhu) that the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said, ‘Islām is built upon five; the Shahādah, to bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allāh (subḥānahu wa ta’āla), and that Muḥammad is his Messenger and to perfect and perform the prayers and to pay the Zakāt and to fast in Ramaḍān and make the Ḥajj.’ [Saḥīḥ Muslim] This ḥadīth is evidence that the greatest Pillar...

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The Importance of Educating Your Child

The prophet (ﷺ) encouraged us to save ourselves and our families from the fire. Attaining this goal is paramount for every parent, male of female, educating our youth with beneficial knowledge. Learning and understanding the principles of our religion are key towards protecting and cultivating the natural inclination (fitrah) of our young ones, raising them upon taqwá (piety). Questions: How should we educate our children when there are no Salafī schools? What if there are only government schools? Can we send our children to secular schools? What is the best way to educate and cultivate...

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Return Back to Your Religion

Who is al-ʿAllāmah Muḥammad Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab al-Banná́? The Noble Scholar is originally from Egypt, though he resides and has resided in the Kingdom of Saudi al-ʿArabīa for many years.  The Shaykh learnt mainly under Imām ʿAbd al-Razzāq ʿAfīfī al-Salafī (raḥimahullāh).  He was appointed by Imām Ibn Bāz as one of the first lecturers in the institute of knowledge in Rīyaḍ. The Shaykh has many students, including the likes of al-ʿAllāmah Rabīʿ Ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī and al-ʿAllāmah Muḥammad Amān al-Jāmī (raḥimahullāh). He also taught the likes of ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ʿAbd al-Khāliq and ʿUmar al-Ashqar,...

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Question and Answer Session

Is there any obligation for the aunt or uncle to step in if the parents are not taking responsibilities? The permissibility of leaving your relatives house if sin is taking place in front of you. Does a man have rights and responsibilities over a revert woman’s children who had children from a previous relationship? Can you vaccinate your kids? Should you vaccinate your children? How does a sister go about obtaining a Wakīl? And what responsibility does the Wakeel have? What age do you recommend a parent to make their child fast? How can the brothers at TROID (Masjid al-Furqān) go...

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Steps in Cultivating Children and Family upon the Sunnah

The Sunnah is the Sunnah! The importance of finding a righteous spouse; think about who you’d want as a mother or father to your children. Think ahead with regard to piety. No father should allow his daughter to marry a man from Ahlul-bidʿah or Faasiq, they are not for our daughters! Nor for our sons! Why is it important to cultivate our children from a young age upon the Sunnah? How will it effect them in the long run? What are the benefits? Why is it important to have fixed questions before getting married in regards to selecting your spouse? How will they raise your children? What...

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Rely on Allāh and He Will Provide for You!

    How much do we really trust Allāh? Have you contemplated upon three blessings that Allāh Has bestowed upon us to observe and how we must show gratefulness to Allāhu taʿāla. No one has been given these affairs except that Allāh Has blessed His slave. Are we really grateful? What is certainty and what is well being? Why are they crucial? There are so many blessings that we take advantage of in life and do not realise that not everyone is blessed with it. Abū Khadījah relays a few major blessings that we are blessed with.    

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Preserving the Unity and Avoiding the Trouble-Makers

Tele-Link with Shaykh ʿUbayd 6/8/2014CE – Reflections upon the Ḥadīth: ‘The Believer to a Believer is Like a Building.’ Translated by Abū ʿAbdillāh Ḥasan al-Sūmalī (hafiẓahullāh) ————————————————————————- A beautiful lecture was given by al-Shaykh, al-’allāmah, ʿUbayd ibn ʿAbdillāh al-Jābirī ( hafiẓahullāhu Taʿālá) reflecting upon the ḥadīth of the Messenger of Allāh ( ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) ‘The believer to a believer is like a building ‘ explaining the unity of Ahlussunnah wal Jamāʿah upon the Kitāb and the Sunnah, sticking together side by side; irrespective of distance their hearts...

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The Legacy of Salafiyyah in the West

All praise and thanks are due to Allāh, we seek His Help and we seek His Forgiveness. We seek refuge with Him from the evil of our souls and the evil of our actions. Whosoever Allāh guides then none can misguide him, and whosoever Allāh leaves to stray then none can guide him. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship save Allāh, the One Who has no partner and we bear witness that Muḥammad (ﷺ) is his servant and Messenger. “O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Ādam), and from him (Ādam)He created his wife [Hawwa (Eve)], and from them both He...

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Establishing an Islamic Household

Without the Tawḥīd of Allāh subḥānahu wa ta’āla there is no Islamic home Safeguarding ourselves and our families from the greatest oppression (shirk) Balancing al-Barā’ with calling the disbelievers to Allāh subhānahu wa ta’āla Ittibaa’ of the Messenger Muḥammad, (ﷺ) The importance of attributing ourselves to the Salaf and following their way Being keen in making the Messenger Muḥammad, (ﷺ), a judge in all of our affairs, without resistance, and submitting with complete submissionThe talk concludes with the famous ḥadīth of the Messenger Muḥammad, (ﷺ), upon the authority of the Companion...

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How to Stop the Fundraisers and Donation Pleas?

From the points discussed: We have needs to ask the people to come together to service the daʿwah (masjids, schools etc.) or an obligation to assist the poor etc. They are communal obligations The optimal situation is one where daʿwah is able to be made, free of the message of requests for donations There are people who have gone overboard in their criticism of organisations who fundraise (due to a need) It is our stinginess (as communities) that makes it inappropriate to attack Islamic centres when they raise funds (i.e. if communities handled the expenses, there should be no need to regularly...

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A Description of the Believers as Mentioned in the Qurʾān

الم ‎﴿١﴾‏ ذَٰلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لَا رَيْبَ ۛ فِيهِ ۛ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ ‎﴿٢﴾‏ الَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِالْغَيْبِ وَيُقِيمُونَ الصَّلَاةَ وَمِمَّا رَزَقْنَاهُمْ يُنفِقُونَ ‎﴿٣﴾‏ Alif-Lam-Mim. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Qurʾān and none but Allāh (Alone) knows their meanings]. This is the Book (the Qurʾān), whereof there is no doubt, a guidance to those who are Al-Muttaqun [the pious and righteous persons who fear Allāh much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden) and love Allāh much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)]. Who...

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The Correct Methodology Is One Methodology

From the issues discussed: Do not isolate yourself, when the fitan (trials) come, you will not know what to do! The multiplicity of groups and their various methodologies is not from Islām (factionalism) The messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) taught us the straight, middle path to follow The divergent paths are exemplified by the deviant groups; the Muslim should seek the Straight Path and maintain upon it The (correct) methodology is one methodology  Questions: [Q1]: Is it allowed for the khaṭīb to appoint someone else to lead the ṣalāh after he gives the khuṭbah? [Q2]: What advice...

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In Defence of Shaykh Rabīʿ – The Humility of a Scholar

On Sunday 22nd of December, 2013, the following benefit was published:  In the past, the great scholar of ḥadīth, Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī issued some statements in regards to him being called, “Imām of Jarḥ wa-al-Taʿdīl” and being considered a scholar. The noble shaykh, following in the footsteps of great scholars who preceded him like Imām al-Albānī (who called himself a طُويلب –  [just] a small student), negated scholarship for himself and showed dislike for being praised. This is a characteristic of humility and follows in the way of the Salaf – humility,...

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A Clarification and Elucidation Regarding Adnān al-ʿArʿūr and Yūsuf al-Qarḍāwī

The purpose of this science (Clarification and Elucidation) is the preservation of the Pure Religion and to know the detrimental mistakes of those who have gone astray with the purpose of staying away from them and remaining upon the Upright Religion. ʿAdnān ibn Muḥammad ʿArʿūr has some statements which should be clarified and explained with their errors mentioned, so as to protect the sunnah from pollution and to preserve the truth. From amongst the statements of ʿAdnān ʿArʿūr are: He was asked in some European countries, about the taking of allegiance for the king that is over us in Saʿūdiyyah,...

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Ten Reasons to Learn Arabic

  Ten reasons you want to learn Arabic: 1. Arabic is the language of the Qurʾān 2. The Qurʾān will increase you in intellect 3. The Qurʾān leads to righteous actions 4. The Qurʾān leads to the preceding messages in the previously revealed texts 5. The elaboration upon the Qurʾān is only known in Arabic 6. The great reward for reciting the Qurʾān—each letter 7. Many obligations in Islām cannot be completed except through utilising Arabic (ex. ash-Shāhādah) 8. The Sunnah is recorded in Arabic likewise 9. Without Arabic, a person remains a blind follower of translated interpretations 10. Deviation...

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Shaykh Fawzān on the Manners of Refuting Mistakes

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān: “To respond and refute a mistake does not include (necessarily) that you belittle the one being refuted and that you take away from his status unless the person being responded to is not from the people of knowledge, then his situation must be clarified, so he himself can know his own level and so that he is not counted to be from the ranks of the scholars whilst he is not from amongst them.”

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The Islamic Ruling on Killing Women and Children in Battle and the Obligation to Avoid the Mistakes of Some Scholars

The lecturer explains, using Islamic texts, how this is entirely unlegislated in Islām. Rather, it is the devious plot to follow up the mistakes of a scholar or the bloodthirsty cries of deviant groups (such as the Muslim Brotherhood) who seek revenge not justice, behaving contrary to the Prophet Muḥammad (ﷺ). Also recommended is the article, The Reality of al-Harakah al-Shabaab al-Mujāhidīn in Somalia.

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Voting, Democracy, the Ikhwānī Manhaj, and Walīd Basyouni, VP of al-Maghrib Institute

Walīd Basyouni’s endorsement for Muslims to vote for Barack Obama, his claim that Shaykh Ibn Bāz, Shaykh al-ʿUthaymīn (raḥimahumallāh) and Yusuf Qaradawi (Ikhwani Figurehead!?) and all Fiqh Councils endorse electoral voting and that Muslims practise their “political rights”. He calls it “spreading good” (did he not witness what happened in Egypt the last two years and the collapse of Qaradawi’s beloved Muslim Brotherhood movement?) A refutation of the democratic system, the ruling of the people by the people is discussed and weighed against the scale of the...

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Questions and Answers Session – Ottawa (A Person Is Upon the Religion of His Companion)

[Q1]: Where did you study? What is Wrong with al-Maghrib (institute)? What do you say about the Free Syrian Army? [Q2]: Some people say that the Ṣaḥābah (raḍī Allāhu ʿanhum) revolted against the ruler, they cite the fitnah that appeared between them? [Q3]: Some say that the ḥadīth that says: Obey the ruler even if he beats your back…That this is on an ‘individual basis’ (not collectively?), they quote Nawawee on this? [Q4]: What do you mean when you use the word ‘tamyīz’? [Q5]: What’s the best guidance on raising and disciplining one’s children? [Q6]: What...

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The Consensus of the Scholars in Holding Fast to the Sunnah and Its People

From the points discussed: Holding fast to the Qurʾān and Sunnah and ardently adhering to it is the mightiest of the foundations and founding pillars of Islām.  The one who abandons this has given rise to his own destruction. It is Tawḥīd and adherence to the Sunnah that makes us brothers, this is what unites our hearts. This blessed manhaj consolidated our hearts. We are not like the Ḥizbiyyīn who love and hate for the sake of allegiance and bias. There are many paths of deviation, many Shayṭān, only one path of Qurʾān and Sunnah. All of Ahl al-Bidʿah, claim to be upon the way of the Ṣaḥābah,...

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Advice to the Salafī Sisters of Toronto

Some of the discussion points –  Follow up an evil deed with a good deed Seek Allāh’s forgiveness for your mistakes When you fall short, when you sin…don’t despair, don’t turn away O Sister! Be moral, be upright! Have your guardian seek an individual (for you) who is truthful, honest, upright upon Salafīyyah and able to provide for you Ask the suitor: which masjid, which centre…who do you associate with (Arqam, Abū Huayrah)? Who are your men (associates)? What will he (potential husband) teach your children? Uṣūl al-Sittah of Muḥammad Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb or the...

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Is Differing a Mercy – How Do We Unite the Ummah?

There are groups that attack other groups, groups that have split away from other groups. There are Islamic organizations calling to a methodology, another organization calling to a different methodology, there is also a difference in focus of various islamic groups. Muslims are fairly united upon the recognition of the fact that the ummah of Muḥammad (ﷺ)- meaning the Islamic nation today is in a state of distress, it is in a state of torment, it is in a state of weakness. Every Muslim or most Muslim organizations have their own idea and methodology with regard to rectification and with regard...

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Being Patient upon the Truth

TROID · Being Patient Upon the Truth – Khālid al-Ẓufayrī The noble shaykh, Khālid al-Ẓufayrī, advises the community in Toronto (TROID) and those listening online to remain firm upon the Sunnah of the Messenger (sallallāahu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) with ṣabr (patience). That holding on to this dīn takes steadfastness and effort. How many a time have we seen a person in a state of strength, for some time, some years, then he falls back? The shaykh emphasises the importance of sticking to the jamāʿah, the importance of righteous companionship. “Be patient upon the Sunnah till you meet your...

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