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Audio: Cooperating within a Community upon Birr and Taqwá

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

  Cooperating within a Community upon Birr and Taqwá

The Muslim is in a time of strangeness and in a land (the West) where he is a stranger so he is in dire need of support and assistance from Allāh, Subḥānahu wa taʿālá, most importantly, and from his brothers and sisters. So it is of utmost importance to cooperate with each other upon birr and taqwá because we are in dire need of help and support from each other to maintain our creed, our religion and our morality. ʿUmar Quinn gives general advice on cooperating upon what is pleasing to Allāh and building and dealing with all the affairs of a community in a manner most pleasing to Him. (From a telelink at Masjid al-Furqān (TROID) 08/015.)  


Audio: Fear Allāh in All Your Affairs

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

  Fear Allāh in All Your Affairs

Ustādh Abū Ḥakīm Bilāl Davis, gives a wonderful reminder concerning the importance of fearing Allāh and clinging to the Qurʾān and the Sunnah, and calling others to this guidance regardless of what fitan may befall.


Audio: The Advice of Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī to the Salafīs of the West

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

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

A beautiful advice given by our noble shaykh, translated by Ḥasan al-Ṣumāli, regarding the importance of maintaining brotherhood amongst the Salafīs, and loving and advising one another for the sake of Allāh, alongside an encouragement to display lofty and noble manners and an admonishment against vile and despicable characteristics.


Audio: The Importance of Maintaining Family Ties

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

  The Importance of Maintaining Family Ties

Abū Ḥakīm gives a beautiful reminder concerning the importance of thanking Allāh for the blessings which He has bestowed upon us, and also the importance of maintaining family ties.


Benefit: A Brief Word of Brotherly Advice Regarding Salafi Publications

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

Our brother, Abū al-ʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson, mentions some observations concerning Salafi Publications and the brothers, Abū Khadījah, Abū Ḥakīm and Abū Iyaḍ. An advice directed to the community of Toronto regarding their Canadian trip: 

Regarding the visit of Abū Khadījah ʿAbd al-Wāḥid, Abū Ḥakīm Bilāl Davis, and Abū Iyaḍ Amjad Rafiq, I wish to offer my students and anyone who values my advice in and outside of Toronto the following important words of direction...

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Benefit: A Collection of Sound Advice to the Person of Sunnah

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

In Defence of the Salafī Callers against Evil Suspicions

Indeed Allāh (subḥānah) said:

"And indeed We have created man, and We know what his ownself whispers to him. And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein [by Our Knowledge]. [Remember!] that the two receivers [recording angels] receive [each human being after he or she has attained the age of puberty], one sitting on the right and one on the left (to note his or her actions).  Not a word does he [or she] utter, but there is a watcher by him ready [to record it]" 50:16-18.

The Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said: "A man might utter a word without thinking about its implications, but because of it, he will plunge into the Hellfire further than the distance between the east and west" (Reported by Bukhārī and Muslim).

The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said: "Whoever can guarantee to me what is between his two lips (i.e. guarding the tongue from false speech) and what is between his two legs (i.e. guarding the private parts from fornication), I can guarantee for him Paradise" (Reported by Bukhārī).

This is enough a reminder for such people of blameworthy envy and hatred.

Giving Assistance to Those Who Call to the Authentic Sunnah

Imām Barbahārī (raḥimahullāh) said: "Whoever realizes what the innovators have abandoned of the Sunnah and left behind and he clings to it, he is a person of the Sunnah and the Jamāʿah.  He should be followed, helped and protected.  He is one of those whom the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) bequeathed should be looked after."[1]

Shaykh Ṣālīḥ al Fawzān (hafiẓa-hullāh) commented saying: "That is [in the saying of the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam)]: 'They are those upon that which I and my Companions are upon today.'"

He (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) advised that one should be with them, with this Jamāʿah, with this company of people, with this group; which is upon that which the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) and his Companions were upon.  However, this requires two affairs:

The First Affair Is: Knowledge; that we learn that which the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) and his Companions were upon.  As for the Jāhil, he does not learn whilst thinking that what the one in opposition is upon is what the Messenger was upon when that is not the case.

The Second Affair Is: To be firm upon that which the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) and his Companions were upon; because the one who traverses upon the sunnah will receive grief, trouble, and intimidation from the people; but he must exercise patience and not turn away from the truth.  He does not bargain (the truth) nor leaves anything of it; and for that reason it has been reported about the one who holds upon his Religion at the end of time, that he is like one holding onto a burning coal or prickles; due to what he will receive of hardship, grief, and trouble from the people. So he requires patience.[2]

A Reminder To The Tullābu Ilm And Callers In The Various Marākiz Of Salafīyyah

Imām Ibn al-Qayyim (raḥimahullāh) said:

'The greatest of reliance and trust in Allāh, is to have reliance and trust with regards to Hidāyah, and in actualizing Tawḥīd, and making ittibāʿ of the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), and striving against the people of bāṭil.  This is the Reliance and Trust of the Messengers, and in particular that of their followers' (al-Fawaa-id. p.138)

[1] Source: Translated by Abū Ṭalḥah Dāwūd Burbank (hafiẓa-hullāh), Explanation of the Creed

[2] Source: Ittihaaful Qārī Bitta'liqaat Alā Sharḥis Sunnah Lil Imām Barbahārī, Vol 2, pp. 68-69

Unity Leads to Safety and Happiness and Splitting Leads to Evil and Destruction

Imām Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al Wahhāb (raḥimahullāh) stated in Uṣūl al-Sitta:

The Second Principle: Allāh has commanded Unity in the Religion and He forbade splitting in it; so Allāh has clarified this with a clear clarification understood by the common people.

Shaykh Zayd ibn Hādī Al-Madkhalī (hafiẓa-hullāh) commented saying:

I say: This is truth stated in the Book of Allāh, when He (Azza-Wa-Jal) said:

'And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allāh [i.e. this Qurʾān], and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allāh's Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren [in Islamic Faith], and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it' [3:103].

So Allāh has commanded holding onto His Rope, and it is the Firm Religion which the Book of the Lord of the Worlds and the Sunnah of the leader of the first and later Prophets [Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) came with. And Allāh forbade His Messenger from division in the Religion, because it is the path of the Mushrikūn and the Innovators.  As for those who have understanding in the Religion, from the Book of their Lord and the Sunnah of their Prophet; then indeed they unite upon all of the Religion and do not split; in compliance with the command given to them in the Revelation.

So unity upon the Clear Truth is the path of the Salaf al-Ṣāliḥīn, those who possessed the correct understanding of Allāh's Magnificent Book and the Sunnah of the trustworthy Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam).  Splitting is the path of the people of innovation, those who are misguided and misguiding others; because they are the ones who bring about splitting as a result of deviating from the Ṣirāṭ al-Mustaqīm.

Indeed, Allāh has commanded the Ummah as a whole to traverse a singular path, and that is the Ṣirāṭ Mustaqīm, and to be warned against the crooked paths, in his truthful saying:

'And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path' [6:153].

As for the people of the Qurʾān, the Sunnah and correct understanding, they embrace this divine commandment in their hearts, tongues and with the actions of their limbs. They do not turn away from the straight line that leads to Allāh and His pleasure.  

As for the people of innovation, then indeed they deviate from that straight line to the other lines on the right and the left, as reported by Jābir ibn ʿAbdillāh (raḍī Allāhu ʿʿʿanhu) who said:

'We were sitting with the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), so he drew a straight line in front of him and said, 'this is Allāh's path.'  He then drew lines on the right and left sides of this [straight line] and said, 'these are the path of shayṭān.' Then he placed his finger on the line in the middle and then recited this āyah:

'And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path' [6:153].

Therefore, whoever takes hold of the middle line will be safe and happy, and whoever turns away from the middle line will traverse the deviated lines. He will fall to destruction in this worldly life, in the Barsakh and in the hereafter.

'And he for whom Allāh has not appointed light, for him there is no light' [24:40].
[End of quote][1]

[1][Source: Sullamul al-Wuṣūl Ilā Bayān al-al-Sitta al-Uṣūl] by Shaykh Zayd ibn Hādī (hafiẓa-hullāh), page:17-19]

Reminder Benefits the Believer

Shaykh Rabīʿ (hafiẓa-hullāh) stated in his Introduction of 'The Methodology Of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamāʿah In Criticizing Individuals, Books And Groups'

However, the most dangerous of these (above) categories and the ones who produced the worst consequences were the people of innovation-the spiteful ones that are filled with hatred.  This is since by their plotting scheming and their camouflaging of themselves behind the cover of the Sunnah, they were able to penetrate every barrier.  Thus, they managed to pour into every crack from these schools, universities and masājid.  And they were able to create a group that carried their ideologies, whether all of it or some of it, and whether intentionally or unintentionally. 

So this group - which they had trained and prepared according to the way they saw fit - began to form movements calling the people towards these ideologies in the universities, schools and elsewhere, and upheld it by becoming active in this place and that place.  

And these were crucial and significant times in which the daʿwah (call) to Allāh had a great need for enthusiastic and active individuals that would raise its flag with firmness and conviction, fighting the enemies of falsehood, schemes and plots, and thus turning them back upon their heels in disgrace.  

So then using the name of Salafīyyah and the names of justice and fairness, this group was able to present the innovators-those who wage war against the people of Sunnah and Tawḥīd in their own land-as ones who were oppressed. 
So then using the name of Salafīyyah and the names of justice and fairness, this group was able to present the innovators-those who wage war against the people of Sunnah and Tawḥīd in their own land-as ones who were oppressed.

And corrupted the minds and the beliefs of many of the youth, distorting the image of the Salafī Manhaj and its adherents in the eyes of the youth.  Then the figureheads within this group began calling towards a 'New Methodology' with regards to criticizing the methodologies, ideologies, books and individuals - and they claimed that this was the methodology that was just and fair.  So many of the youth and those who wrote in their favour began to think that such was the correct way.  Rather, they even claimed that it was the Methodology of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamāʿah and this spread and circulated in the writings of some of those who ascribed themselves to the Salaf.

And it had an effect on many of the youth, such that they accepted it and clung onto it, thinking that it was the truth and that it was just.  And then unfortunately, that began to become deeply rooted in their hearts and they did not realize that this was a way of thinking that was foreign to Islām and Muslims.  This view crept into them from their enemies in the same manner that other (deviant) ideologies had crept into Islamic Societies.

The effects of this methodology became clearly apparent in the conversations, debates, writing and attitudes of many of the youths and teachers.  

So this methodology began to take firm root in the peoples hearts. And from its evil consequences, was that it weakened the Principles of Walāʾ wa-al-Barāʾ [Loyalty and Disassociation] to Allāh and for the sake of Allāh, and to the Methodology of Allāh and those who adhere to it-instead there became manifest the loyalty, love and esteem for the callers, books, ideologies and methodologies that were all far from the Salafī Manhaj, and for their people and not it's people.

Rather, that became the main avenue used in fighting the salafi Manhaj and they changed it with strong determination so that it (the Manhaj) would be replaced from its original form, halting its progression in its tracks after its departure had already taken place.  This (new) methodology had a great influence upon Writers who were one thought were from the best of the Salafīs and from virtuous characters, personages and figures.

We ask Allāh to grant them the ability to tread the way and methodology of their righteous predecessors in regards to calling to the Clear Methodolgy of the Salaf, the dedicated education of the youth that are upon it and implanting love for it and its followers whether they are dead or alive, and to follow their example and strengthen themselves by affiliating themselves to them. [The End]

A Final Word of Advice

[Truthfulness in Speech and Action]

[Sticking to the Sunnah and Dying upon It Unknown]

Imām Barbahārī (raḥimahullāh) said that Abū al Āliyah (raḥimahullāh) said: 'Whoever dies unknown upon the Sunnah is indeed a truthful witness.  It is said clinging to the Sunnah is salvation'

Shaykh Ṣālīḥ al Fawzān commented on the above saying: The Siddīq (the truthful one) is the one given to much truthfulness, and his status is at a level after that of the  Prophets; so the station of Truthfulness is a lofty station, and what is intended by it is adherence to Truthfulness in speech and action.  The Prophet (sallal-lāhu-ʿalayhi-wa-sallam) made known who the Truthful One is; so he said:

'A man keeps on telling the truth until he becomes a Truthful Person' 

He is truthful himself and is eager for truthfulness with regards to what the people relate to him.  He does not go along with everything he hears or whatever is said, rather he verifies and is eager for truthfulness; because he is a truthful person.  He neither narrates nor utter except the truth.  This is the Siddīq (The Truthful One).

And concerning the statement: 'whoever dies upon the Sunnah.' 

Shaykh Ṣālīḥ Al-Fawzān comments saying:  That is to cling to Islām.  And what is intended by As-Sunnah is 'Islām'.   Islām is the Sunnah, and whoever dies upon it Unknown and there appeared nothing from him in opposition to (that), then indeed he dies as a truthful person.

And concerning his statement: 'Clinging to the Sunnah is Salvation', 

that is: clinging to the Sunnah is safety from Fitan and Punishment; and for this reason he (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said:

'whosoever lives amongst you will see lots of differences, so stick to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the Rightly Guided Khulafāʾ.' 
Allāh (Jalla-Wa-Alā) said:

'And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allāh, and be not divided among yourselves'[3:103]

And He (Jalla-Wa-Alā) said:

'And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path.' [6:153]

This is the advice of Allāh and that of His Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), and that is to stick and cling to sunnah. 

[Source: Ittihaaful Qārī Bitta'liqaat Alā Sharḥis Sunnah Lil Imām Barbahārī (raḥimahullāh), Vol:2, page:313-314]
Originally posted: http://www.salafitalk.net/st/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=6&Topic=7212

We ask Allāh to reward all those involved in posting/presenting these benefits.

Benefit: Accept Sincere Advice When It Is Given

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

ʿAbd Allāh ibn Mubārak was asked: "Has there remained anyone who still offers advice?"

He replied: "Do you know anyone who accepts it?!"1

[1] Tārikh Baghdād (7/191), Hilyat al-Awliyā. (106).
Translated by Umm Sufyān Fāṭimah

Benefit: Accuracy in Transcribing When Publishing and Its Importance

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

Advice from Mūsá Richardson to transcribers on how to, and how not to, transcribe the works of the scholars. As he mentions, “sloppy people who go to YouTube and turn audio into a published book.” From honouring the scholars is to approach them about their recordings (for review) before turning them into printed English books etc.


Benefit: Adjusting Your Dīn to Please People Opens the Door to Many Evils

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

 Abū Idrīs reminds us of the statement of Imām al-Shafiʿī: If you were to try to please all of the people it would be impossible. Therefore, make your actions and statements for Allāh alone. If you adjust your dīn to please individuals (just so you can network etc.), then you compromise your whole dīn. Our religion is based only upon pleasing Allāh and nothing else! 


Benefit: And Turn Away from the Foolish!

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

Asalāmu ʿAlaykum

A piece of advice to my noble brothers and sisters - may Allāh have mercy upon us and you.

Let us benefit from the remaining days, minutes and seconds of this blessed month, as it may be our last. 

Do not allow the comical twitter rants and barks of the foolish consume your time, especially in this month.

Do not lower your morals or standards in responding to these people, as this is what they desire in the first place.

"And turn away from the foolish." (Al-Aʿrāf: 199)

Alḥamdulillāh, the Salafīs are busy learning the affairs of their religion, while others bootlick for scraps at the table of the people of innovation - and lately the raḍīo stations of the NOI.

أعرض عن الجاهل السفيه *** فكل ما قاله فهو فيه

فلا يضر نهر الفرات يوما *** إذا خاض بعض الكلاب فيه

Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymīyyah (Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá́: 20/103) said,

"The people of innovation are more evil than the people of lascivious disobedience according to the Sunnah and Ijmāʿ (consensus). Verily, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) commanded with fighting the Khawārij while he prohibited fighting the tyrannical rulers. And he (peace and blessings be upon him) said about the one who was drinking alcohol, 'Do not curse him, as indeed, he loves Allāh and His Messenger," while he said about Dhu al-Khuwaysrah, "There will come from the loins of this person a people who will read the Qurʾān but it will not go past their throats. They will leave the religion (in one narration, 'they will leave Islām') as an arrow penetrates the prey...'"

Be patient O Sunni, do not disembark from the ark in order to argue and quarrel with them.

As Imām Aḥmad mentioned among the foundations of the people of the Sunnah,

"And the abandonment of quarrelling, argumentation and disputation in the religion."

Ḥasan Ṣomali


Benefit: Are You Pleased with Yourselves?!

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

Are you pleased with yourselves that you are callers to falsehood, defending falsehood and its people?

Are you pleased with yourselves that you are greatly respected amongst the people of shirk and bidʿah, whilst it is obligatory to boycott and free yourselves from their likes, seeking closeness to Allāh (by way of this)?

Are you pleased with yourselves, that you follow the legislation of one prone to error whilst abandoning the legislation of the infallible [i.e. Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam)], despite Allāh’s testification of his infallibility? Allāh mentions:
وَمَا يَنطِقُ عَنِ الْهَوَىٰ (٣) إِنْ هُوَ إِلَّا وَحْيٌ يُوحَىٰ (٤
Nor does he speak of [his own] desire.(3) It is not but a revelation revealed.(4)
[Surah al-Najm, 54:3-4]
Are you pleased with yourselves that you are followers of other than the path of the believing Mūwaḥidīn, whilst you recite the statement of Allāh (Subḥānahū wa-Taʿālá)? Allāh says:                             
وَمَن يُشَاقِقِ الرَّسُولَ مِن بَعْدِ مَا تَبَيَّنَ لَهُ الْهُدَىٰ وَيَتَّبِعْ غَيْرَ سَبِيلِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ نُوَلِّهِ مَا تَوَلَّىٰ وَنُصْلِهِ جَهَنَّمَ ۖ وَسَاءَتْ مَصِيرًا
And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger [(Muhammad, ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam)] 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.
[Sūrah al-Nisāʾ, 6:115]
Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī 
Source: Rad al-Jawāb, pg.91
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumalī

Benefit: Belittling the People

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

  On the authority of Ibn Mubārak who said: “Whoever belittles the scholars has forsaken his hereafter; whoever belittles the leaders has forsaken his worldly life and whoever belittles the brothers has forsaken his honour” [Siyar Aʿlām al-Nubalāʾ 15/425].

Commentary of Shaykh ʿAbd al-Razāq al-Badr: Looking at the people in a belittling manner is a form of pride and arrogance. The intelligent one does not look at anyone in a belittling manner. The one who belittles the people then this will be his punishment [i.e. the aforementioned saying of Ibn Mubārak].

Source: al-Istikhfāf bi al-Nās
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Concerning Those Who Degrade the Salafis and Their Efforts

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

 Strong admonition from our brother and teacher, Mūsá Richardson, for the ignorant and misguided ones who degrade, ridicule and revile the efforts of the Salafis in giving daʿwah. They use the same excuse as the people of Jāhiliyyah and the enemies of Nuh (ʿalayhi al-salām) — Why would we follow people who are poor and lowly? The truth is not recognized by PhDs and high status but is recognized with Allah as those who follow His Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), his companions and those who came after them. Our Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) and his companions had PhDs or diplomas? No. What they had and what they called to was the truth, and what we call to is the truth. The truth is the truth regardless of who is calling to it — Somalis, Afghanis, or uneducated converts! 



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