Concerning the Doubt – “It’s Just Translations and Translators”

Shaykh Ḥasan ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Banná

A Q&A regarding the importance of attending Islamic lectures and the wisdom of the students of knowledge from the West.
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On the 24th of Jumādá al-Awwal, 1439 (2018/02/09), we asked the noble shaykh and scholar, Ḥasan ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Banná the following questions, after updating him on the progress of the Qawāʾid al-Arbaʿ class at TROID:

[Q]: Shaykh, what should we advise those who whisper and cast doubts about the weekly classes [at TROID and in the West at large] saying, “why should we attend these classes when we can simply read the book ourselves [i.e. it’s just translation]?”

[A]: This is the way of Ahl al-Sunnah, they do not teach from their own opinions, rather they read from the works of the scholars and from their explanations, like we did, as you witnessed when you were here with us [studying] in Egypt. Pay no attention to them. Continue in the way that you are now, teach the people, and do not pay attention to them.

[Q]: Shaykh, there is a doubt going around regarding the students in the West being mere translators (مترجمون) and not students of knowledge.

[A]: So you are telling me they have been translating for the scholars for over 20 years and they learnt nothing in this time? This is nonsense. They [who say this] need to fear Allāh.

Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Published: February 9, 2018
Edited: September 22, 2022

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