Innovation in Islām Fundamentally Separates the People of Falsehood from the People of Truth

Narrated by the Mother of the Believers, the Mother of ʿAbdullāh, ʿĀ’ishah [may Allāh be pleased with her] said: the Messenger of Allāh [may the peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him] said: ‘Whoever innovated in our matter [of Islam] that which is not from it will have [what he innovated] rejected.’1 Narrated by Bukhārī and Muslim. In the narration of Muslim: ‘Whoever executes an action [in Islām] that is not from it will have [that action] rejected.’ Imām Ibn Rajab [d. 795 AH] said:“This ḥadīth is from among the greatest foundations of Islām. For it behaves as a scale that applies to the...

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Who Are the Salaf?

The Salaf are the Companions and their followers. Allāh, the Most High, has said: رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا وَلِإِخْوَانِنَا الَّذِينَ سَبَقُونَا بِالْإِيمَانِ ﴿١٠﴾‏ “Our Lord, forgive us and our brothers who have preceded us in īmān.” [al-Ḥashr, 59:10] When Allāh mentioned the Muhājirīn (from Makkah, the earliest companions) and the Anṣār (who hosted them in Madīnah) in Sūrah al-Ḥashr, He said: وَالَّذِينَ جَاءُوا مِن بَعْدِهِمْ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا وَلِإِخْوَانِنَا الَّذِينَ سَبَقُونَا بِالْإِيمَانِ ‎﴿١٠﴾‏ “…And those who come after them, those who say: ‘Our...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Differences Between the Daʿwah of the Salafiyyīn and the Deviant Sects

A lecture mentioning several points of clarity with regards to the daʿwah of ahl al-sunnah and the daʿwah of those who oppose the sunnah. This beneficial sitting outlines the definitive matters which differentiate ahl al-sunnah and ahl al-bidʿah. Our noble brother, Abū ʿAbdullāh Ḥasan al-Ṣumālī introduces the topic by illustrating the way of the Imāms of the salaf with regards to clarifying the belief of ahl al-sunnah vs. ahl-bidʿah. A crushing blow to the mumayyi’een who claim that refutation is fitnah, ‘The differentiation of ahl-bidʿah and ahl al-sunnah is something that the ‘ulamāʾ have...

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Sincerity with the Scholars and the Sunnah

From ’Awf Ibn Mālik (raḍī Allāhu ʿanhu) who said that the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) said: ‘‘The Jews will split into seventy-one sects, so one will be in Paradise and seventy will be in the Fire. And the Christians will split into seventy-two sects, so seventy-one will be in the Fire, and one will be in Paradise. Any by the One in whose Hand the soul of Muḥammad is, my Ummah shall split into seventy-three sects, and one will be in Paradise and seventy-two will be in the Fire.’’ It was said: ‘Who are they O Messenger of Allāh?’ He said: ‘‘The Jamāʿah.’’1 From Muʿāwiyah (raḍī Allāhu ʿanhu) who...

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