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Fleeing from Fitnah

  Shaykh Muḥammad al-Ḥamūd al-Najdī

A prohibition against being hasty and forward, and an encouragement to cling to the scholars in the time of fitnah.

Salafī By Association?

  Abū Khadījah

When fitnah strikes, what do we do? Do we stick to the principles of the salafī methodology or do we follow those whom we love, our family, our friends etc.? An important lecture reminding the listener of how severely important protecting our ʿAqīdah is, something that can be a means to guiding us towards the jannah or taking us far away from Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamaʿāh.

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān's Advice to Ahl al-Sunnah In Yemen Who Are Being Fought by the Ḥūthiyūn

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

Important advice and reflections from Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān

[Q]: What is your advice to our brothers from Ahl al-Sunnah in Yemen who are being fought by the Houthiyoon (Rāfidah Shīʿah)?

[A]: Upon them is to depend upon Allāh ('azza wa jal) and to supplicate to Allāh abundantly. They should defend themselves and their wealth according to their ability. What has afflicted them is as a result of their differing among themselves. If only they united under one banner nobody would have been able to interfere in their affairs.  However, when they split, and each one wanted what he desired, it occurred to them what you see.  Yes...  I advise them to have patience and to carry out that which is required, and from that is to come together and not be divided:

وَلاَ تَنَازَعُواْ فَتَفْشَلُواْ وَتَذْهَبَ رِيحُكُمْ وَاصْبِرُواْ
Do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength departs, and be patient...
[Sūrah al-Anfāl: 46]
 
وَلاَ تَكُونُواْ كَالَّذِينَ تَفَرَّقُواْ وَاخْتَلَفُواْ
And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves...
[Sūrah Āli-ʿImrān: 105]


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Sticking to the Jamāʿah Can Make or Break Your Islām

  Abū Khadījah

A profound and insightful lecture by our beloved brother, Abū Khadījah (may Allāh preserve him), where he describes and gives multiple evidence and examples of Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah. Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah are those who adhere to the rules, regulations and fundamentals that are laid down in the Qurʾān and the Sunnah, in the Sharīʿah of Allāh, and upon the tongue of the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah raise his rank and grant him peace). When a person sticks to these principles, only then will they be considered Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah.

The Fitnah of Doubts and Desires

  Imām Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (d. 751 AH)

Fitnah is of two types: the fitnah of ‘shubuhāt’ (doubts and misunderstandings), this one being the greater fitnah of the two, and the fitnah of ‘shahawāt’ (desires). It is quite possible that (these two fitan) can be present in the ʿabd (servant) at the same time, or one of them may be within him to the exclusion of the other.

The Permissibility of Banning the Harmful from the Masājid

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

  Imām Abū ʿAbdullāh Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad al-Anṣārī al-Qurtubī:

The scholars have mentioned: If the issue with the person being expelled from the masjid is that he is harmful, then according to al-qiyās (deductive reasoning), anyone who is harmful to his neighbours at the masjid, whether it be by way of being foul-mouthed, foolish, foul-smelling, inflicted with a contagious disease (like leprosy) and all that which the people are harmed by. [In such cases] it is permissible for them [i.e. the Imām] to banish him (from the masjid) as long as there is a harm, up until this harm comes to an end.

Abū ʿUmar ibn ʿAbd al-Barr said: I witnessed our shaykh, Abū ʿUmar Aḥmad ibn ʿAbd al-Mālik ibn Hishām (may Allāh have mercy upon him), issue a verdict with regards to a man [whose neighbours] complained about him. They complained that he had harmed them in the masjid, verbally and physically. So they went to consult him [i.e. Abū ʿUmar Aḥmad ibn ʿAbd al-Mālik ibn Hishām], he then issued a verdict expelling the man, keeping him away from the masjid, and preventing him from observing the [daily] prayers, due to his prolonged foolishness, thus keeping [the community] safe from him.

So one day, I [Ibn ʿAbd al-Barr] reminded him (Abū ʿUmar) of this affair, reviewed his statement with him, and requested evidence for his verdict. He used as evidence the narration concerning garlic saying: He is—in my opinion—more harmful than the one who eats garlic, and he [the one who eats garlic] is prevented from joining the prayers at the masjid.1

[1] ʿUmar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb (raḍi Allāhu ʿanhu) said: You O people eat from two plants which I see to be repulsive: onion and garlic. Verily, I witnessed that when the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) smelt onion or garlic from a man in the masjid, he would order him to be taken out to al-Baqīʿ. So whoever eats them, let him cook them till death [i.e. until the odour erodes]. [Reported by Muslim in his Ṣaḥīḥ #567]

Source: Tafsīr Imām al-Qurtubī Vol.12, pg. 267-268
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

The Sign of the Times

  Shaykh ʿAbdullāh ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUbaylān

‘‘There will not come a time, except that after it will be more evil than it.’’

Weighing the Affairs

   

Weighing the affairs and acting in accordance to the relative benefit and harm is probably the principle whose neglect is responsible for every fitnah that has befallen the Ummah of Islām.  So know it well, and do not fall into the traps that come along with ignorance of it!

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