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Benefit: Yusuf al-Qaraḍawi's Statement about the Israeli Election: A Matter of Context?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Is the Context Relevant When One Demeans Allāh?

During the 2011 lecture at York Univeristy entitled "Islām in Our Times," [then entire set is entitled Selected Points of Benefit from Sharḥ al-Sunnah] a questioner asks for advice on how to handle the feuding that occurs between masjids…where many of the people are caught up in the middle, a beneficial question seeking clarification about unity. Our beloved elder Dāwūd Adīb elaborates on what Islamic unity really is.

After this, a questioner asks for the URL (audio link) to Yusuf al-Qaradawi's infamous statement about the Israeli elections wherein he made the despicable statement, "If Allāh had presented himself to the people as a candidate he would not have been able to take this amount." A vile statement about Allāh, the Sublime, the Almighty. This clip serves to:

a) play the actual audio of Yusuf al-Qaradawi saying this statement (so there is no doubt about it being from him)
b) discuss the issue of "intention" or "intended meaning" or "context" and its relevance to such a lowly statement about Allāh
c) discuss the rulings of some of the major scholars on Qaradawi's statement and the obligation of him making tawbah

Recently, in order to distract some innocent Muslims from the evils of this statement and the serious errors of Qaradawi in general, some have taken to accusing Muslim speakers in the West of making takfīr of Qaradawi. Perhaps this has been done to draw attention away from Qaradawi's horrendous proclamation about Allāh and instead to gain sympathy for him. Some of the Major Scholars such as Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn and Shaykh Muqbil ibn Hādī al-Wādiʿī (rahimahumullāh) stated that Qaradawi must make tawbah from this statement as it is a statement of kufr. This in turn has been relayed by many speakers in the West including Dāwūd Adīb and Abū Khadījah in lectures, quoting these two illustrious scholars and others. This has created a smokescreen of supposed injustice and extremism (by way of alleged takfīr from Western duʿāʾʾʾt who were merely narrating rulings of the scholars), thus deflecting attention away from Qaradawi and his serious errors.

Here are the statements of the two illustrious scholars:

Stated Shaykh Ibn ʿUthaymīn after these words (of Qaradawi) were played to him, "I seek refuge in Allāh. It is obligatory for this person to repent. And if he does not he should be killed as an apostate, since he made the creation more knowledgeable than the Creator. It is upon him to repent to Allāh, so if he repents, then Allāh forgives the sins of His servants. And if not then the Wullāt ul-Amr should strike his neck (with the sword)." (Cassette Recording, quoted in Silencing the Hounding Dog, p.119).…

Stated Shaykh Muqbil ibn Hādī, "On this day I was informed by the brother, Ṣāliḥ al-Bakri that he heard some words of (al-Qaradawi) in a cassette that he says that this Jew (i.e. the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu) was victorious by 99% of votes and that Allāh cannot even achieve this, even if the people voted for Allāh, He would not be able to acquire 99% of the votes. These words are clear and manifest misguidance. If he wished to make a Jew superior to Allāh, free is He from imperfection, the Most High, then he is a disbeliever (i.e. apostate). And if he intended that the Jews and Christians and the worshippers of the cow and chickens and others are very many in number yet they do not vote for Allāh, then this is another matter. However it is still clear misguidance (on al-Qaradawi's behalf). For verily, our Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, is not in need of voting, for He, free is He of all imperfection, is the one who says "Be" to something and it is. He is the one who destroyed Fir'aun, and He destroyed Qārun, and He destroyed many nations, from amongst those who exceeded beyond bounds and who stood in the faces of the Prophets of Allāh, the Mighty and Majestic. So he aided the Prophets and gave them victory, in this life and the next. Voting is only needed by a weak man, O Pauper!… Have you disbelieved O Qaradawi or have you brought yourself nearer?…..." (Silencing the Hounding Dog, pp.110-112).

Source: Readings in Qaradawism : Part 3 : Statements of Apostasy


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Benefit: Zakāh Purifies So Don't Hoard Your Wealth!!

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Part of a tele-link organised by Saʿīd al-Habashī (raḥimahullāh) conducted in the summer of '07 with the noble Shaykh, ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Mohi al-Dīn on zakāh and how it purifies one's soul and wealth. The fact that the apportioned zakāh of an individual is not their wealth but rather something that belongs to the rightful people in need of zakāh, a purification of one's wealth, wealth that Allāh blessed him/her with - wealth that they could not have accumulated except for Allāh's mercy and wealth that could be removed if Allāh so wills. So take heed Muslims - zakāh purifies your wealth! Translated by Mūsá Richardson.


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Benefit: ʿAbdullāh ibn Masʿūd on Sticking to the Elder Scholars

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

ʿAbdullāh ibn Masʾūd said: The people shall not cease to be upon goodness so long as their knowledge is acquired from their elders. But if they take (their knowledge) from the younger ones and the evil ones, they will be destroyed.

Source: جامع بيان العلم وفضله لابن عبدالبر ص.٦١٦
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī
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Benefit: ʿĀiʾshah's Eloquence

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

 Mūsā bin Ṭalḥah [d. AH 103] said: "I have never seen anyone more eloquent than ʿĀiʾshah, radiyallāhu ʿanha."1

[1] al-Thahabī [d. AH  748], Siyar Aʿlām al-Nubalāʾ.


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Bulūgh al-Maram: Exhortation to Good Character

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

The following ḥadīth are selected from Bulūgh al-Maram's Bulooghul-Maram (Attainment of the Objective according to Evidence of the Ordinances). [Page 480+ eng. trans.] They touch on the importance of good Islamic character; being truthful, avoiding lying, the evil of a suspicious mind, heedlessness, not protecting each other's honour etc.

A good reminder to the sincere heart, that even if you have been blessed with guidance to the Sunnah and hold yourself to be from Ahlul-Ḥaqq, the Shayṭān will not leave you alone, perhaps he may destroy your deeds by wrecking your character and making you heedless and blinded by the fact that you 'ascribe yourself to the correct manhaj'. We ask Allāh to make us people of upright character, firstly with Allāh, His Messenger, His Companions, the Scholars of Islām, Our families, kinsfolk and our brothers and sisters in Islām.

1314. Narrated by Ibn Masʿūd (raḍī Allāhu ʿʿʿanhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said: “Adhere (you people) to truthfulness. Indeed, truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise, and if a man continues to speak the truth and makes truth his object, he will be recorded as truthful before Allāh. Avoid (you people) falsehood, indeed falsehood leads to wickedness and wickedness leads to the hellfire, and if a man continues to speak falsehood and makes falsehood his object, he will be recorded as a liar before Allāh [agreed upon].

1315. Narrated Abū Hurayrah (raḍī Allāhu ʿʿʿanhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said: “Avoid (you people) suspicion, for indeed suspicion is the worst form of false speech. [agreed upon]

1316. Narrated Abū Saʿīd al-Khudrī (raḍī Allāhu ʿʿʿanhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said: “Avoid sitting by the roadside, they (the Companions) asked ‘O Allāh’s Messenger, we cannot do without those meeting places in which we converse,’ so he said, “Well if you insist (on that), give the road its dues.” They asked, ‘what are the roads due?’ He replied, “Lowering the eyes, abstaining from anything offensive, returning salutations, enjoining good, forbidding the evil.” [agreed upon]

1317. Narrated Mu’aawiyyah (raḍī Allāhu ʿʿʿanhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said: “Whoever Allāh wishes good for, he gives him understanding of the Religion” [agreed upon].

1318. Narrated Abū al-Dardā (raḍī Allāhu ʿʿʿanhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said: “There isn’t anything, which will be put on the scales (on the day of resurrection), heavier than good character.” [Abū Dāwūd and al-Tirmidhī reported it, and the later graded it ṣaḥīḥ]

1319. Narrated Ibn ʿUmar (raḍī Allāhu ʿʿʿanhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said: “Modesty is part of Faith” [agreed upon].

1320. Narrated Abū Masʿūd (raḍī Allāhu ʿʿʿanhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said: “One of the things people have learned from the earlier prophecies is, ‘If you do not feel any shame, do whatever you like.’ [al-Bukhārī reported it]

1322. Narrated Iyāḍ Ibn Himar (raḍī Allāhu ʿʿʿanhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said: "Allāh, The Most High, has revealed to me that you should be humble, so that no one transgresses against another, and no one boasts to another.” [Muslim reported it]

Note: we see hear that both transgression and pride are blameworthy characteristics, it is reported in a ḥadīth that the Prophet (sallāllāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) stated that transgression is one of the worst of the criminal acts that are punishable in this world as well as in the hereafter. Indeed, lack of humbleness fosters and breeds both transgression and pride.

1323. Narrated by Abū al-Dardā (raḍī Allāhu ʿʿʿanhu), the Prophet (sallāllāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said: “Whoever defends his brother’s honour in his absence, Allāh will protect his face from the hellfire on the day of resurrection.” [al-Tirmidhī reported it, and graded it ḥasan. Aḥmad has something similar from the ḥadīth of Asmāʾ, daughter of Yazīd.]

Note: If someone backbites a third person before somebody, the listener must stop him on the spot; and if possible one should mention his virtuous deeds and qualities instead.

1326. Narrated Tamīm ad-Daree (raḍī Allāhu ʿʿʿanhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said three times: “The religion is Naṣīḥah (sincerity).” We asked, ‘who is it (directed) to, O Messenger of Allāh?’ He replied, “To Allāh, His Book, His Messenger, the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk” [Muslim reported it].

1327. Abū Hurayrah (raḍī Allāhu ʿʿʿanhu); Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said: “The Fear of Allāh and the Good Character are the major things that lead to Paradise.” [At-Tirmidhī reported it, and al-Ḥākim graded it ṣaḥīḥ]

Note: Good Character here includes treating people well, refraining from causes them any harm and maintaining a cheerful appearance whilst interacting with them. The al-ʿArabīc word Taqwá stands for one’s compliance with the divine commands and avoiding the prohibitions.

1330. Narrated Ibn ʿUmar (raḍī Allāhu ʿʿʿanhu); Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said: “The believer who mixes with the people and patiently endures their harms, is better than the one who does not mix with them and does not endure their harm.” [Ibn Majah reported it with  ḥasan chain of narrations, al-Tirmidhī also reported this ḥadīth but did not mention the name of the Companion.]

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Disinformation about Salafiyyah, Where Does It Come From?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
All praise is due to Allāh, and may exaltation and safety be granted to Muḥammad, his family, his companions, and those who aid them. To proceed:

Shaykh, Dr. Aḥmad Bāzmūl, may Allāh safeguard him, wrote:

Disinformation about Salafīyyah comes from one of the following reasons:

(1): From the enemies of the people of the truth, the people of falsehood, they spread disinformation about Salafīyyah due to their hatred for and war against the people of truth. They spread this disinformation even if it contains biased lies and rumours. 

They also make oppressive accusations and create false statements about the people of truth; they couple this with far-fetched interpretations and explanations of occurrences according to their desires. All with the purpose of deception and diversion from the truth. 

(2): [From people] holding things to be from the Salafī methodology that in actuality are not from it. The actions of individuals, and their mistakes, that the Salafī methodology do not condone, are not to be attributed to Salafīyyah. And whoever attributes the mistakes of indivduals to Salafīyyah is oppressive and a liar.

(3): From disbelievers, polytheists and atheists who try to paint a tarnished picture of Islām; however, [they should be fair and propagate that] Salafīyyah is what the Messenger of Allāh, may exalt his mention and grant him safety, came with.

So, it is clear from what has preceded that the source of this disinformation is the people of innovation, desires and misguidance, especially the modern-day Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimīn) and Jama’ah al-Tabligh al-Ahbāb.1

(1) Taken from a lecture entitled: "Misunderstandings with Regard to the Salafī Manhaj"
Translated by Abū Ādam Finch

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