Category Archives: Islam in Britain

Daniel Haqiqatjou and Umm Khalid – Tips on Finding a Spouse

Excellent talk and discussion by Daniel Haqiqatjou and his wife, Umm Khalid on how to go about looking for a spouse in a halal manner for the practicing or mostly practicing types out there.
 
Brothers, they are doing the talk together so shouldn’t need to remind you to lower your gaze, i.e open the talk in youtube then open another screen or tab over it so can just listen.
 

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

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

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

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.