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There are many ‘Mufti Abu Layths’ among us

An uncomfortable truth that many people don’t realize is that there are many ‘Mufti Abu Layths’ among us, but quite a few of them are garbed in traditional clothing. Yet they think and argue in a similar manner. How?

They seek to resurrect and bring up any fringe minority opinion they find and try to give it merit, ignoring the fact that these opinions were explicitly labelled weak and prefaced with the weakening passive (قيل). These weak opinions were transparently mentioned and faithfully cited for centuries in our books *theoretically* , but practically-speaking they were almost never acted upon by our Fuqaha because their weakness was often self-evident. So why bring them up now? Why bring them up to a public audience that does not know what these weakening markers mean, or why the Fuqaha would mention some opinions in later order to others in their works? These nuances are ignored by later writers, who try to depict these opinions as being equal in consideration and worthy of being mentioned, while what they should do instead is ask: why was this opinion ignored and rejected for centuries (i.e. there must be something that led them to put it later in rank to other opinions and weaken it)? Is there a danger if I revive this opinion again?

The absurdity of bringing up minority opinions for any issue is something reasonably clear for many students, but as a rhetorical exercise, one can demonstrate this through the use of a few examples. There is in fact – believe it or not – a Riwayah from Imam Ahmad that restricts the use of Istijmar to stones *only,* and since a number of the scholars of the Hanbali madhhab followed this and they were the only thing that the Prophet peace and blessings be upon ever used, let us all now take this view seriously and throw all of our toilet paper away. Also, don’t forget that there’s a minority opinion held amongst a number of the Salaf (yes, really) that one is not allowed to use water for istinja, since it spoils the water and one will be directly touching the najasah while cleaning themselves. So how will you now relieve yourself if you take all these opinions seriously? These minority opinions are not read to be practiced or followed; students read them, briefly ponder over the interesting details about them, and move on.

You get how silly things will become sooner or later once you open the door to fiqh relativism and the all-opinions-are-equal adage, since sooner or later you are going to open the door to consider any minority opinion out there. If you allow Talfiq unrestrictedly too you are now on the expressway to Zandaqah. It is against such dangerous tendencies that Ibn Rajab wrote his masterpiece Al-Radd ‘Ala man Ittaba’ Ghayr al-Madhahib al-Arba’. Call it “conservatism” or “old-school thinking,” but Ibn Rajab realized what fiqh relativism would lead to: the end of normative Islam as we know it (see his book for his full arguments). And if he were alive today, he would have refuted even more harshly some contemporaries. He had to close the door, lest people open it completely.
Today, once again, there are people who seek to break open the door, yet alas, there is no Ibn Rajab anymore to stop them.

Do you want to know what true knowledge and wisdom is? A lot of people don’t know this, but scholars like Ibn ‘Uthaymin would sometimes mention and even champion a minority view amongst his mature students in the classroom setting, yet he would order his students to *not* mention such views in public, lest they open the door to people taking things easily and playing around. Students are not laypeople.

~ Massoud Vahedi

Original facebook post – https://www.facebook.com/massoud.vahedi/posts/3374176462607063

Christian Silence on Reading Stabbing Attack

I was really moved by all the apology videos christian ministers and activists were doing over the Reading stabbing attack when it was revealed he was a convert to Christianity… no wait… that never happened did it?

Only Muslims are expected to apologise for things they’ve never done and never agreed with in the first place and like muppets we reinforce that narrative and go along with it every time.

Moazzam Begg – Media Hypocrisy on Reading Attacks


A man carries out an attack in Reading and kills three people. He has a history of mental illness. He has “key workers” visiting his home as a vulnerable person. His neighbours all call him a loner with mental issues. He’s known to the police because he’s been arrested and imprisoned for various offences but none of them were terror related.

The DM, Express and Telegraph have all tried, incredulously, to describe him as an “Islamist” while stating that he’s been using drugs, stealing alcohol and, wait for it…converted to Christianity. He reportedly has a cross tattooed on his arm.

I present you, for the first time in history, what is known as a ChrisMus. Christian by (his) choice, Muslim by (someone else’s) agenda.

The police have described this as a “terrorist” incident. That suggests, again, that it’s connected to ideology and once again a stick to beat down ordinary Muslims.

Is it perchance terrorism because he’s an African, a Libyan with a Muslim name?

If the reports are true, I honestly can’t wait for them to explain exactly how the terrorism link works in this case. Especially with his alleged conversion to Christianity.

I have read in comments that one of the men who tackled him down was a Muslim (a proper one) but that doesn’t fit the narrative either.

My thoughts are with the relatives of the victims and the affected community.

But please, we don’t need any more laws. Two decades of more laws have only made things worse.

John Fontain | Young Smirks PodCast EP37 – Sheikh Abu Usamah

Sheikh Abu Usamah about the BLM Protests, the permissability of protests in the light of Islamic teachings, Malcolm X, Colin Kaepernick and racism in the Muslim community.

Gained a lot of benefit from this disussion, so happy to see Muslims starting to make full use of the medium of podcasts to benefit the Ummah.

The back and forth on marriage, race and societal position was especially good, people do not understand matters of compatability.

Interview by John Fontain for the podcast Young Smirks

Islamic Alternative to Black Lives Matter?

“RACIST (non-black) MUSLIMS in Britain are telling BLACK MUSLIMS that there should be a “religious [Islamic] alternative” to the “secular” Black Lives Matter. This is coming from the same “Muslim activists” who, during the UK general election, had symbols and slogans of the Labour Party on their social media profiles and were telling us that they had voted Labour because they were “good Muslims” concerned about the plight of the poor and “minorities”. The same Muslims for whom Jeremy Corbyn, a secularist, became a revered political “Peer Saheb”.

The core values and social policies of the Labour Party are EXACTLY THE SAME as what you will read on the official website of the BLM organisation, the only difference being that the Labour Party, like other socialist parties, does not consider RACE to be important as a category of social analysis.

The Labour Party has the power to legislate (when in government). BLM is a human rights organisation with no legislative power. Yet we never heard the same Muslim Labour voters saying: “We need a religious alternative to the secular Labour Party if we are to take on the Tories!”

This has only become an issue for these types of Muslims because BLM is saying: “Let’s talk about Black people and end systemic racism and white supremacy.”

Another important point to make here is that supporting PALESTINIAN RIGHTS does not mean you’re a member of a Palestinian organisation.

Why do things always become complicated for some Muslims when it comes to supporting Black people against anti-Black racism?

We can see what YOU are doing.”

الا لعنة الله على الظالمين

#BlackLivesMatter ♥

– Sh. Michael Mumisa

 

Thought this was a brilliant post I saw on facebook, regarding those of all of a sudden calling for an Islamic alternative to black lives matter, and how they never applied the same to the Labour party which so many of them supported at the last election.

It’s not because we don’t need Islamic alternatives to this marxist organisation, we do. But we need to apply such standards across the board not just when it comes to black Muslims speaking about the injustices they face from society at large as well as within the Muslim community.

~ Gingerbeardman

Marx Must Fall!

Not a lot of people know Marx and Engels also had vile racist views, as well as being jointly responsible for the deaths of over a hundred million in the 20th century and the most consistantly wrong political ideology.

Many Black Lives Matter activists and allies would be horrified to know those they have been taught to look up to as heroes and visionies referencing those they didn’t like as ‘N____s’, and ‘Negroes. ‘

In a letter to Engels, in reference to his socialist political competitor Ferdinand Lassalle, Marx wrote:

“It is now completely clear to me that he, as is proved by his cranial formation and his hair, descends from the Negroes who had joined Moses’ exodus from Egypt, assuming that his mother or grandmother on the paternal side had not interbred with a n—–. Now this union of Judaism and Germanism with a basic Negro substance must produce a peculiar product.”

Engels shared Marx’s racial views along with his other thoughts. In 1887, Paul Lafargue, who was Marx’s son-in-law, was a candidate for a council seat in a Paris district that contained a zoo. Engels claimed that Lafargue had “one-eighth or one-twelfth n—– blood.”

In a letter to Lafargue’s wife, Engels wrote, “Being in his quality as a n—–, a degree nearer to the rest of the animal kingdom than the rest of us, he is undoubtedly the most appropriate representative of that district.”

So time for the communist idol built over Marx’s grave to go in London, pull it down, along with the tomb stone over Engels grave as well as every other statue of these monsterous men.

Not all Racism is down to Colonialism

Find it annoying whenever racism in the Muslim community in Britain gets brought up many immediately blame it all on colonialism.

Yes, getting stepped on by the Brits, French and the rest can not have done good things to the collective mentality of any society towards race and racial hiarachies in their mindset then and this will of-course filter down to our community today.

But let’s not pretend colourism or the caste system didn’t exist prior to. Fair and lovely would still be the No.1 Beauty product in India / Pakistan even without the East India Company ever having existed.