Category Archives: Dawah

Mohammed Hijab – Postcast on Hadith Preservation with Mufti Muneer

I love the long format discussion and debate of podcasts. I really feel it’s able to fill a void in many Muslims lives who are unable or not yet on a level where they commit themselves attend lectures and classes in the masaajid.

It’s different from a lecture of reminder we might hear online or even attend in person. It’s a discussion, two or sometimes more people getting into the back and forth, questioning and probing ideas and bringing them forth for a public audience.

This podcast by Mohammed Hijab with Mufti Muneer is an excellent example of this, discussing the need and method that people can bring themselves up to a level they can begin to study, as well as the understanding of the study of hadith and how Muslims and non-Muslims both misunderstand and misuse this science to criticise a particular hadith they dislike or even following the ahadith in general.

 

Mohammad Hijab – Controversial Questions and Official Retractions of Ust. Abu Taymiyyah

Assalaamu alaykum brothers and sisters,

Listened to this reminder and postcast between Mohammad Hijab and Ustadh Abu Taymiyyah recently. This was thanks to the super-salafi types for highlighting this on social media and stating what a terrible discussion it was… any time those guys start criticising another salafi it’s usually a big indication that there is some benefit for the rest of us.

In this discussion Abu Taymiyyah explains where he differed respectfully in some of the positions taken by other Da’uat in the UK regarding Sheikh Haitham al Haddad and even where strongly disagreeing with the positions Sheikh Haitham has taken it is important we do so we good manners and justice and that this was the advise of the ulema he has studied with in Medinah.

Ustadh Abu Taymiyyah is someone I have met with personally on a number of ocassions and sincerely hope and ask Allah when he finishes his studies in Medinah he will return back to us in our city of Leicester where we can benefit from him and his classes and he can carry on his da’wah to the youth and the rest of the Muslim community here.

Would advise any of my readers who want to learn more about the deen to follow him on youtube, twitter, facebook etc and he is one of those of those teachers who leaves you with your emaan uplifted as well as passing on beneficial knowledge.

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpgJmGV319I-qNm5x40viTQ
Twitter – https://twitter.com/AbuTaymiyyahMJ
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Abu-Taymiyyah-Mj-1103012796377213/

Assalaamu Alaykum,

Gingerbeardman

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

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

Yasir Qadhi refuted… by Yasir Qadhi!

This series of short slips show Yasir Qadhi ‘with the greatest of respect’ with his confessed major doubts,  his sophistry, his calls towards a western-friendly, emasculated Islam has changed over the years, how his doubts are met with a return to the Quran and Sunnah, according to the best of understanding, as he once himself followed.

May Allah reward abundently whom-so-ever put this video together, Allah guide our misguided brother Yasir Qadhi and his followers back to the truth, as well as all of us where we fall short, may Allah prevent us from falling into the fitan of liberalism, modernism, doubts and kufr we see all around us today, ameen

Saajid Lipham – Muslim Twitter, Protests, Born Muslims vs. Converts

An excellent reminder on the problems of using twitter, of protesting being the first thing on people’s minds in the current crisis and how for many Muslims, especially born Muslims in America (and I would argue the UK also) social activism is their connection to the deen and the problem with this.

He also covers the necessity of returning to Allah if we want to enact a positive change, may Allah reward the brother for his efforts, ameen.

Saajid Lipham – Dear Farid Responds

I previously posted a short naseeha from Farid from the ‘Farid Responds’ youtube channel entitled ‘Dear Dawah Channel.’

This video was regarding the over use of the refutation and du’at taking each other down rather than concentrating on the apostasy crisis which is facing the Muslims from the missionary activities of online Christians and Atheists.

Link to previous post >>

Saajid Lipham who knows Farid has now responded to this public message after privately speaking to Farid first.

He seeks to add some clarity on why sometimes such work of refuting other speakers is required (though not always) and that to the western Muslims, the danger of liberalism and other forms of kufr and misguidance by the big ‘Islamic speakers’ here is just as serious as that offered by online missionaries.

Both views have merit, but I feel Saajid helps bring balance to this important topic, may Allah reward both of them for their important efforts, ameen

Maajid Nawaz, Yasir Qadhi and ‘Problematic’ Punishments in the Shariah

Assalaamu Alaykum,

Came across a post I wrote a few years ago on social media asking why not one single prominent imam or person of knowledge in the west had come out and made takfir upon the pretentious poser Maajid Nawaz for his denial of hudud punishments in the Shariah.

Link to BBC Interview where he clearly does that here >>

The man is a clear apostate, his own wife left him as an apostate but the danger then was that if takfir was not made then others would feel there was no harm in his views, or legitimacy to it and follow him into disbelief.

Takfir is dangerous, but to refuse to make takfir can be more dangerous, when the case is clear cut as it means confusion to the weak believers on what Islam is or isn’t.

I would never have guessed though that only 6 years later we would have Yasir Qadhi, one of the most, if not THE most prominent speaker in the west on Islam stating “stoning adulterer is problematic” and referring to “medieval Islam” and stating about the shariah punishments, that it’s an “ongoing discussion on whether these should be updated and modernized.”

There is now a clear danger to the deen of untold thousands of Muslims living in the west, who could easily accept this type of thinking as legitimate and so fall into doubt and kufr.

The speakers of Islam in the west have been given that position as a trust from Allah, they have a duty to make matters clear for the layperson not leave some in doubt.

Those speakers, especially those who have had close ties with Yasir Qadhi like Abu Eesa or Omar Suleiman and the other al-Maghrib speakers need to seek an urgent clarification of his comments and make matters clear to the public whether he himself has fallen into kufr, or is he just speaking of others he has had conversations with.

Assalaamu Alaykum,

Gingerbeardman

Shemagh – Why do non-Saudis wear one when wanting to appear Scholarly?

Assalaamu Alaykum,

First off, I don’t hate Saudi, the land and especially not the people there. I’ve had wonderful experiences with many Saudis, met a few bad ones but generally very good brothers and sisters Masha’Allah, and I have genuine love and affection for them.

But I am not Saudi myself.

Therefore it would seem silly to wear the Shemagh / Keffiyeh on a daily basis when walking around the west even though I’ve worn one myself when on Umrah (paid for and arranged by a Saudi Sheikh studying in the UK, may Allah reward him, ameen), it’s extremely practical when in a desert climate but why would I wear it here in the UK unless it’s an extra hot day and needed a little neck as well as head protection?

Yet, again and again, Indo-Pakistanis, Somalis and reverts when wanting to appear knowledgeable in the deen, when giving talks or reminders don the Saudi style Shemagh but I just can’t help but see this as a negative, a sign of a lack of confidence in our own culture or that Islam could ever gain influence or even dominance over this culture as surely we want?

Assalaamu Alaykum,

Gingerbeardman