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Audio: Guard Yourselves from the Two Extremes

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

  Guard Yourselves From the Two Extremes

During the seminar, Bulūgh al-Marām: Chapter of Purification in January 2017, our noble and respected Shaykh, Shaykh Ḥasan ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Banná delivered a very important lecture concerning the importance of clinging to the Qurʾān and the Sunnah and the methodology of the Salaf, and the importance of staying away from the two extremes of exaggeration and falling short. Instead, one should maintain a balanced path of understanding, which can only be attained through seeking knowledge.


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]
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Benefit: Activeness in Calling the People to the Truth

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

Shaykh Ibn Bāz mentioned: That which is required from the people of knowledge is that they spread it (knowledge) and that they do not let the people of falsehood be more active than them in this. Rather, they are obligated to be more active than the people of falsehood by clarifying the truth and calling towards it wherever they may be; in the streets, in the cars, in the planes, in space shuttles, in their homes and any place they may be. It is upon the people of knowledge to forbid the evil in the best manner possible, to teach the people in the best way possible, with a good approach, kindness and forbearance. Allāh said:

Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best.
[Sūrah al-Naḥl, 16:125]

Source: Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá of Shaykh Ibn Bāz 9-223.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: An Example of Shaykh Ibn al-ʿUthaymīn's Beautiful Manners in Giving Daʿwah

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

Dr. Saud al-'Ajaaji who was amongst those who accompanied Shaykh al-ʿUthaymīn on the last medical trip he made to Boston (a city in America) said,

“Whilst we were leaving the hotel where we were staying in, a little American boy who was with his mother stood in front of him - the Shaykh caught his attention because of his Saudi thawb and abāyah - so he began to touch him on his head and to play with him. So his mother asked him to greet the Shaykh and he returned an even better greeting. Then the Shaykh said directing his speech to the mother 'May Allāh guide you to Islām' all during which he kept lowering his gaze. Then the mother told her son to bid the Shaykh farewell by saying to her son, 'Tell him have a nice day.' So the Shaykh asked me what he said, I told him he said ‘Have a nice day.’ However, some of those who were accompanying him became annoyed because of the way in which the woman was dressed. One of them even made some remarks towards her, but the Shaykh did not like this and he said, 'O brothers this is not from the mannerisms of Islām, the mother and he son were smiling at us and they were very cordial in speech, so it is upon us to reciprocate the favour. So rather than make duʿā against them, we should make duʿā for her which by the way is the path of this exalted religion.'”

(an-Nur Magazine: nos. 191)

Benefit: An Example of Sincerity in the Daʿwah of Shaykh al-Islām Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb

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

  Shaykh al-Islām Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb’s mentions in his letter to ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Suwaydī (one of the scholars of Iraq at that time): I convey to you that I am a follower and not an innovator. My creed and religion that I worship Allāh with is the methodology of Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah which the leaders of the Muslims were upon, like the four Imāms and those who follow in their way until the day of judgement.

Likewise, I have clarified to the people (the importance of having) sincerity towards the religion for the sake of Allāh, and I have forbade them from calling upon the dead or the living and associating them as partners with Allāh in acts of worship the likes of slaughtering (sacrificial animals), making a vow, having reliance and trust, prostrating and other than this from the rights of Allāh that no angel or messenger has any right to be associated in with Allāh. This is what all the messengers—from the first of them to the last of them—have been calling to, and this is what Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah are upon.

Source: Majmūʿ Muʾalafāt al-Shaykh Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb 5/36
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Answering the Claim, "The Caller (Dāʿī) Is Better Than the Scholar"

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

Shaykh ʿUbayd al-Jābirīcomments on the verse below, clarifying an existing doubt:

شَهِدَ اللَّهُ أَنَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ وَالْمَلَائِكَةُ وَأُولُو الْعِلْمِ قَائِمًا بِالْقِسْطِ ۚ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ
Allāh bears witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Him; and likewise, the angels and the people of knowledge bear witness: He who maintains justice, none has the right to be worshipped but Him, the All Mighty, the All Wise.[Sūrah al-ʿImrān, 3:18]

Present in this verse is a refutation of some of those who ascribe to the daʾwah, who say: The caller (dāʿī) is better than the scholar. They use the argument that the caller is like the rain cloud, travelling from place to place, everyone benefits from it [i.e. the rain]. While the scholar is like a well, no one drinks from it except those who travel to it. Glorified is Allāh the Exalted! Are they more knowledgeable or Allāh? Who are the ones who testify to the oneness of Allāh [in this verse], the scholar or the caller? The scholar! Who are the inheritors of the prophets? The scholars, or the callers who travel from place to place? Some of them [i.e. callers] are not even able to recite Sūrah al-Fātiḥah correctly and do not know the pillars of Islām. Corrupt reasoning and misinterpetation of the speech of Allāh and His Messenger (ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) is the way of the people of innovation and desires; so be warned.

Source: Itḥāf al-ʿUqūl, pg. 89-90
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Calling the People of the Book to Islām Using the Bible?

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

Today, the abundance of Islamic callers is overwhelming. The Internet has enhanced the claim of many digitized Youtube callers, claiming to call to the truth. From these callers are those who invite the disbelievers to Islām using verses from the Bible, such as Zakir Naik and Shabir Ally. This methodology in da'wah often opens up the door to interfaith dialogues. Is this methodology of calling to Allāh correct? Are there any consequences to this way? Alhamdulillāh, our Shaykh, Muqbil ibn Hādī al-Wādiʿī, briefly discussed this issue in Questions from the Salafīs of Toronto to the Imām of Yemen. So listen to this short benefit, may Allāh increase you knowledge.


Benefit: Concerning Bashing Imām al-Barbahārī’s Book (Sharḥ al-Sunnah)

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

The following questions were directed to Shaykh Muḥammad ʿAlī Farkūs (حفظه الله): “What is your opinion about al-Barbahārī’s book Sharḥ al-Sunnah and the one who defames it?”

He (حفظه الله) stated:1

Al-Barbahārī—who died 329 years after the Hijrah—is Abū Muḥammad al-Ḥasan ibn ‘Alī ibn Khalaf, and he was the shaykh of the Ḥanbalī scholars in Iraq in his time. He was a muḥaddith [i.e. a scholar of Ḥadīth], a ḥāfiẓ [i.e. a great memoriser], and a faqīh [i.e. a scholar of fiqh], and Sharḥ al-Sunnah—in which he established the creed of Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah in issues such as Allāh’s Names and Attributes and the [various] issues of īmān—is from his books.

Only a person of desires and innovation who is prejudiced towards Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah will defame their creed and methodology as “criticising the people who cling to the narrations is from the signs of the people of innovation.”2 This only originates from an ignorant or a stubborn person who is vindictive.

Consequently, manifesting the Sunnah, acquainting the Muslims with it, and suppressing innovations utilising the principles the Sharīʿah mandated is obligatory.

A Muslim should [always] avoid becoming preoccupied with trivial matters and those who engage in them so as to avoid stooping to their level. He should [always] attempt to recognise the things that are of greater importance—which will enable him to attain religious honour—and to avoid the things that will cause him humiliation and dishonour,

وَلِلَّـهِ الْعِزَّةُ وَلِرَ‌سُولِهِ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
“And honour belongs to Allāh, His Messenger (ﷺ), and to the believers.”
[Sūrah al-Munāfiqūn, 63:8].

[1] Majālis Tadkīriyyah, pg. 111-112.
[2] This statement is ascribed to Abū Ḥātim al-Rāzī (رحمه الله) in Sharḥ Usūl ʿItiqād Ahl-Sunnah, vol. 1, pg. 197.

Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Defending The Daʿwah Requires Thick Skin - Be Rock Solid!!

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

  Ustādh Abū Ḥakīm sheds light on the path of those who stand up and defend the daʿwah against the enemies and opponents to the truth. He explains that they need thick skin, that they will face harm in the form of accusations, slanders including elaborate fabrications, all things that will test their mettle. He mentions that they need to be rocks, solid, able to continue upon the path of uprightness unbothered by attackers, like water off a ducks back.

The benefit is excerpted from the lecture entitled: Benefits from the Introduction to al-Ibānah al-Ṣughrá by Ustādh Abū Ḥakīm, from the 2018 Summer Seminar: The Methodology of the Salaf in Times of Fitnah.


Benefit: Do the Salafīs Get Exhausted Constantly Calling to Tawḥīd?

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

Shaykh al-Albānī: Nūḥ (ʿalayhi al-salām) remained with his people for nine hundred and fifty years, spending his time devoted to calling (the people) to Tawḥīd. Thus, it is required from us that we start with that which the Prophet (Muḥammad) ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam started with, and it was to firstly rectify that which has become corrupt with regards to the ʿaqīdah of the Muslims.

Shaykh Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī

Source: al-Tawḥīd Awwalan Yā Dūʿāt al-Islām pg.5.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī 

Benefit: Is It Impermissible To Say That The Jews and Christians Will Go To The Hellfire?

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

Is it arrogant to say: "The Jews and the Christians are in the Hellfire?" What about those who say "Only Allāh can judge (i.e. don't declare them disbelievers)". Allāh says in the Qurʾān: 

  إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا مِنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ وَالْمُشْرِكِينَ فِي نَارِ جَهَنَّمَ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا ۚ أُولَـٰئِكَ هُمْ شَرُّ الْبَرِيَّةِ

Verily, those who disbelieve (in the religion of Islam, the Quran and Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)) from among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) and Al-Mushrikun will abide in the Fire of Hell. They are the worst of creatures. [Sūrah al-Bayyinah, 98:6]

Mūsà Richardson discusses...


Benefit: Salafiyyah Is a Daʿwah Distinct from Ahl al-Bidʿah

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

Let the reader compare the approach to daʿwah of the late Imām of Yemen, Muqbil Ibn Hādī al-Wādiʿī (raḥimahullāh), in comparison with the likes of Abū Usamah and those whom he praises, who line up alongside people of innovation and ḥizbiyyah, praising them and being silent about their innovation. The words of the scholars speak volumes:

Ḥasan Ṣumāli recounts:

"I close with a piece of advice that I hope will benefit Abū Usāmah and his likes, that I heard directly from the Imām of Ahl al-Sunnah, our Shaykh, Muqbil Ibn Hādī al-Wādiʿī (d. AH 1421) when he said,

'The call of the people of the Sunnah in Yemen did not spread, or from the greatest reasons for the spread of the call of the people of the Sunnah in Yemen is that they distanced themselves from every innovator, and they do not care, even if this person [whom they abandoned] had once studied in Dammāj, such as ʿAbdullāh al-Ḥāshidī, ʿAbd al-Majīd al-Raymī, Muḥammad al-Baydānī, Muḥammad al-Mahdī and ʿAqīl al-Maqṭarī...

It is incumbent to be distinct and clear [in one's call] and it is incumbent to stay far away from the innovators and to warn against them.'"1

[1] Taken from Shaykh Mubqil's refutation of Ṣuhayb Ḥasan.

Translated by Abū ʿAbdillāh Ḥasan Ṣumāli 
An excerpt from the important article:  A Response to the Claims of Abū Usāmah al-Dhahabī by sunnahpublishing.net

Benefit: The Broadcast Yourself Generation - Advice for Bloggers and Social Media Enthusiasts

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

A brief advice concerning the nature of today's internet landscape, one in which participation is encouraged by current information funnelling technologies such as Twitter, YouTube etc. The Salafī student of knowledge is one who listens, reads and learns. However, the internet today is driven by platforms which encourage participation and the constant flow of information (we will discuss the reasons for this at another juncture). In this regard, one can feel left out if he/she is not tweeting, youtubing, blogging etc. Is blogging and spreading information about Islām for everyone? Does it inhibit time spent studying? Abū Khadījah offers some advice in this regard.


Benefit: The Call of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam)

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

In the times that we live in, there is no doubt about the multitude of those calling to 'Islām'. For some, what is intended by 'Islām' is the call to revolutions and overthrowing rulers. For others, 'Islām' represents the call for the unity of religions. As a result of this widespread confusion, it is imperative upon the Muslims to look at the way of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) in how he called to the true and correct Islām. Our brother, Abū Ḥakīm Bilāl Davis, highlights the methodology of the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) in calling to the truth and cultivating the Companions, may Allāh be pleased with them. So, lend your ear to this brief benefit. May Allāh give you success and save you from the tribulations of our time.


Benefit: The Reality of Interfaith Dialogues

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

In recent times, many groups in opposition to the correct manhaj from the people of innovation and the disbelievers have spread the call to interfaith dialogues. This call, aimed at bringing together the followers of the "Abrahimic Religions", has led many Muslims into believing that the Jews and the Christians are in fact believers. In his Explanation of Masāʿil al-Jāhiliyyah, our beloved Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān, hafiẓahullah, warns about these dialogues. Using proofs from the Book and the Sunnah, he clarifies the dangerous reality of interfaith dialogues. May Allāh reward our brother, Abū al-ʿʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson for presenting this important subject. For more on this topic, see the audio "Be Different from the Kuffār", by Abū al-ʿAbbās. 

For more on the topic see the Explanation of Masāʿil al-Jāhiliyyah Class Audio


Benefit: When Someone Errs and Causes Harm to the Daʿwah and Its Image, How Do We Deal with Them?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
When Someone Errs and Causes Harm to the Da'wah and its Image, How Do We Deal with them?  

Just as the harm and confusion spread can be of various levels, the people who err themselves are of different backgrounds and levels. 

Let us understand something that may help us appreciate how the scholars and students deal with these kinds of issues... 


A student of knowledge graduates and moves into a position to give da'wah.  He speaks with errors and blunders commonly, behaves poorly with the people, and proves to be a poor role model.  He draws the spotlight to himself and demonizes those who correct his errors, claiming oppression and holding to his right to defend his honor. The da'wah he gives revolves heavily around defending and promoting himself, all in the name of clarifying the truth... 

Although this kind of person may have some benefit for the da'wah, the harms he brings the image of Islām clearly outweigh those benefits. 

Another Scenario: 

A student of knowledge known for 10+ years of consistent study under well-known scholars (whether in universities or elsewhere), and just as many years of teaching and helping new Muslims understand the basics of Islām. Teaching and counseling individuals for hours at a time, for years and years.  Known for guiding the common people to the well-known and respected senior scholars.   

He then errs in a fitnah, attacks some of Ahl al-Sunnah, sides with people causing confusion, etc. in a way that harms the image of the da'wah. He becomes confused on some issues and hastily accepts reports from dishonest people spreading lies and distortions, and thus, he takes stances against his brothers who are similar to him in their years of efforts in the da'wah and known to the scholars for such efforts.   

Are the two equal? 

While the first one has not given us anything, or built anything respectable, the second one has a history of real contributions that must be recognized.  It doesn't mean he is allowed to say whatever he wants, and there will be no recompense. But the scholars and their students exercise restraint in attempting to bring about rectification in this kind of person. They realize that he has a background of productive and helpful activity, that there is real substance to him, behind the current errors. Basically, his benefit outweighs his harm, so they take special care and show more patience with him in times of fitnah. He deserves that while the other one has not given us anything in the first place to deserve any special consideration and additional patience. 

So let us not understand that our scholars have "double standards" when dealing with people, as people have claimed when comparing Shaykh Bakr Abū Zayd (an established scholar with a lot of beneficial work) and Abū al-Ḥasan al-Maʿribī, a fitnah and trial for the Muslims, not known for any significant contributions to any of the Islamic sciences. Some people without thinking of these points have declared in ignorance, "This is double standards, because one is a Saudi and the other is not." Such people should reflect over their speech about academic criticism from the scholars and realize they are way out of their league to speak out, and absolutely misinformed about scholarly principles in academic criticism! 

Furthermore, I hope that on a smaller scale, lesser students and da'wah organizations in the West could remember to show restraint and patience when dealing with the errors of someone with a history of apparently sincere hard work and consistent efforts vs. someone who begins and ends as a fitnah for the Muslims and their da'wah. 

I do not say this because I feel that it is not being practiced. On the contrary, I see this being practiced by many of our brothers in the da'wah often.  I just thought that sharing insight into this matter with everyone might be of benefit, and it might kill some of the unwarranted suspicions that the Shayṭān loves to spread. 

And Allāh knows best.

Written by: Mūsá Richardson
Original source: http://www.salafitalk.net/st/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=9&Topic=12274  

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