An excellent response to Yasir Qadhi, may Allah guide him from Abu Ibraheem Hussnayn on why his views are themselves are what is problematic when it comes to the matter of hudud, following the Sunnah as well as the Quran
O you who believe, be persistently standing firm for Allah as witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just, for that is nearer to righteousness. Fear Allah, for verily, Allah is aware of what you do.
Quran translation, Surat Al-Ma’idah, 5:8
Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
A large number of people on social media, including myself have been critical on our respected brother Abu Ibraheem Hussnayn for his racism during his otherwise very admirable efforts to forbid the munkar during ‘Chaand Raat’ celebrations in Birmingham. This is a cultural celebration with no basis in Islam which takes place the night before Eid and often involves many blameworthy acts.
His words if you’ve not heard or seen them yet were,
‘Brothers, we’re not black; let’s stop talking like we’re black! Let’s talk in a decent way, with decent manners.’
Though this was one comment in a long night, we need to be clear about this, using black as synonymous with gangster-ism is extremely insulting, it’s degrading of a whole people and yes it’s racism and anyone saying it is racist to some degree and I am surprised people cannot see this clearly.
It also turns out this is not the first time he has done this, so it cannot be excused as just a slip, as some have tried to do on his behalf. More comments have been found and exposed from a talk he gave in the past entitled ‘Evil Effects of Music’ when he makes similar comments, “When they are out on the streets they are gangsters, they talk like Jamaicans, they walk like Jamaicans but the man was born in like heartlands hospital.”
WHY IS THIS RACIST – SURELY HE DIDN’T MEAN TO BE?
Using black, or Jamaican as shorthand for all the worst shortcomings of urban living is racist, it shows an individual is at best on a subconscious level taken on and then perpetrating these harmful stereotypes that these negatives are due to blackness or black culture.
Now no one is saying a person who does this is a Nazi, or National Front level racist, but it is a form of racism and the person who does this is a racist. Racism is not a binary, either you’re a good person or you’re Adolf Hitler, it’s instead a spectrum.
Racist is defined as: showing or feeling discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or believing that a particular race is superior to another.
Being racist therefore does not require active intent or feelings of superiority as some claim, many good people or those at least striving to be good as Muslims should be, will fall into it unintentionally from time to time.
Some reading this might also be uncomfortable and defensive upon hearing this label being used here in it’s correct and right place, as people you know and love or perhaps you yourself have made similar comments.
Asians and Arabs … Yes I am talking to you now or many of you at least, and yes, you the white reverts. Your discomfort is because you’ve probably heard racial slurs, negative stereotypes from people around you often as you grew up or attended madrasah or the masjid, or sat or ate with your friends and family. You most likely never challenged it, many of you thus normalised it, maybe yourself you internalised it and you don’t now want to feel you or those around you are evil or wrong.
That discomfort of yours’ should not stop us addressing the issue, we cannot excuse it but also should be clear that is not the same as saying you or these other people are irredeemably evil or might not be good in many other ways.
STANDING FIRM IN JUSTICE
O you who believe, be persistently standing firm in justice as witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. Follow not your desires, lest you not be just. If you distort your testimony or refuse to give it, then Allah is aware of what you do.
Quran translation, Surat An-Nisa 4:135
We also need to be fair, we cannot throw someone under the bus for what is in most cases probably unintentional bias, coming from decades of living among people who also have such biasses on a day to day basis.
Racism is from jahiliyyah and needs to be corrected in our hearts, speech and actions as Rasoolullah (Salallahu alayhi wa salam) said to Abu Dharr when he insulted Bilal (May Allah be pleased with them both) “You are a man in whom there is still some jahiliyyah.”
Abu Ibraheem is a brother who has helped hundreds through his Ruqya and thousands, including myself through his many beneficial lectures and talks on the evils and dangers of Sihr, the jinn as well as many other topics.
He’s a brilliant speaker, a da’ee, calling people to Islam and to the practice of Islam and I don’t doubt his intentions were good during these talks. But even if you don’t like his style or delivery, or content of his reminders most would at least say he does not mean to be racist or sees himself as such.
Another form of Jahiliyyah is use of profanity, cursing others, being unjust and people have been going way over the top when it comes to this matter and it’s reaching the levels of mob justice.
But even if they were saying evil things in response, it doesn’t justify the original comments and besides we hold our respected teachers, activists and imams to a higher standard than general laypeople but still we need to be fair also and not throw the baby out with the bathwater.
It certainly looks to me that he’s catching the flak for the whole Asian community right now which is unfair on him, and those around him but is the nature of the beast when it comes to public speaking and being a public figure.
RACISM IS JAHILIYYAH NOT KUFR OR NIFAQ
Though this is not kufr or nifaq, unless like some other sins it becomes justified or taken to extremes but this is still not a small issue, just a minor sin, a slip up or casual mistake as people have said who have tried to defend their brother, themselves or those they know, or their own culture when they’ve shown these traits.
Our black brothers and sisters are leaving the deen or leaving off practicing Islam partially over the way they are treated by Arabs and Asians (and yes white reverts) in the Masaajid and the wider Muslim community in the UK and too many of those crying foul now this has been brought to light were silent when it was not causing them issues personally before.
But we still have to be fair, and if someone falls into error on some matter it does not mean we cannot benefit from them elsewhere, even whilst we urge them to change their ways, this is especially true when their error be on a subconscious level, i.e unintentional.
Though this has been a very ugly episode, especially coming right after Ramadhan if we process and work through this problem correctly then Allah willing all of us, and I mean all, including those who have fallen into this mistake can when matters calm a little use this episode to move forward after a period of reflection.
To do that though requires bringing this problem into the light, so we can then check ourselves, check those around us and make sure racist attitudes are never again tolerated in our community no matter who is the perpetrator.
Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
“Strive in ALL of the last ten nights, not just a few. This is the sunnah of the messenger salAllahu alayhi wa sallam.”
Abu Ibraheem Hussnayn
If it’s a missile that kills hundreds and it’s fired from a western tank or plane – it isn’t terrorism; even when women and children form the majority of those who are murdered.
If it’s a knife-wielding man acting on his own and he happens to be Muslim, by default it is terrorism.
If the same man isn’t Muslim, it isn’t terrorism and he is mentally unstable, even if he takes a gun and kills only certain people of a certain faith.
Such is the world that we live in.
Upon us is to repel evil with that which is better. To be proud of our Islam and not let the shayateen make us apologetic.
~ Abu Ibraheem Hussnayn
If you’re seeking ruqyah from someone then beware of the following bad practices and don’t let anyone take advantage of you:
● Charging extortionate amounts for ruqyah – yes it is permissible to charge but be careful of those who vary their prices wildly depending on how gullible you sound. In my opinion £60 for a ruqyah session is ridiculous – unless the raqi is travelling out and his travel expenses are included. Or if you’re paying that much then do not accept a 20 minute or half hour session. £60 should bring at least 90 minutes of recitation in my opinion. On average, £30 is reasonable for a session but no session should ever be 20 minutes long. If the raqi can’t give you more time then he shouldn’t book you in. Simple.
● Charging money and then holding group sessions – if you’ve paid your money then you should have the total attention of the raqi. Do NOT pay money and then accept group sessions. Or at best, pay £10 for a group session at most. This is a common instance of these sharks trying to make as much money as possible. They have 10 people, each of whom has paid 20 – 40 pounds. Absolutely outrageous.
● Block booking sessions – telling you that you need 10 sessions and booking you in and taking a deposit or the full amount. Tell them to fear Allâh.
● Doing “ruqyah” on the house and then charging obscene amounts for walking around and “purifying” your home. You have 2 situations revolving around the house
1. There are jinn living in the home and they think the house belongs to them or they dont want to have anyone in that home along with them. They’ll cause problems to try to get the people out of that place.
2. The jinn are there because they are affecting the people e.g. sihr related. In this situation even if the person moved to a cave the problems would persist.
How to deal with the issue.
For case 1. You wud need to recite baqarah in the home regularly, make adhaan regularly, do a lot of superogatory prayers etc. This is not a one off “ruqyah” on the house because they might leave for that period when the raqi is there. But they can easily come back
For case 2. Make ruqyah on yourself. Reciting on the home will do nothing at all.
● Touching the woman in disgraceful ways and then saying it’s due to necessity. There is NO need to touch a woman in ruqyah unless an exceptional circumstance arises.
● Claiming to be able to cure all illnesses and claiming they are qualified – there is NO qualification for becoming a raqi and if the person claims to be curing all illnesses then they have serious problems with their aqeedah.
● Bringing “specialist” sheikhs and then charging ridiculous amounts to be seen by them – often the sheikh himself is unaware of the crazy figures these people are charging – yes, they have knowledge and experience and we respect them. But by Allah, they cannot cure you, nor will they recite a special ayah from the book of Allah which you cannot do yourself
Myself and Muhammad Tim have been trying for years to demist this smokey field of ruqyah for the masses. It has made us extremely unpopular with the “raqis” but frankly we couldn’t care less. This is for Allâh. This is to help our brothers and sisters. This is to give people the tools to help themselves. This is to prevent innocent people from being extorted.
Please. If you or a family member are in need of ruqyah then seek knowledge, learn, practice and take charge of the treatment yourselves. This is exactly why me and Muhammad work alone and don’t associate with any other raqi. Of course this doesn’t mean that good, genuine brothers don’t exist because I’m sure they do and they’re much better and more knowledgeable BUT it’s an absolute minefield.
Just be careful and use your common sense. And perfection is with Allâh alone and He knows best.
An important reminder by Abu Ibraheem Hussnayn
From the major problems in this ummah is that we take people who are unqualified as scholars, giving their opinions weight when in actual fact they are weightless. They can say ridiculous things yet the people still flock to them because of their celebrity status.
“We need emaan not aqeedah”
“The companions never had aqeedah”
“Aqeedah isn’t mentioned in the Qur’an”
“The ummah needs emaan”
“Aqeedah is dividing the ummah”
Statements similar to those above have been coming from “duaat” who many of the people see as “scholars” – in reality they are not scholars and their lack of understanding is clear to see for those whom Allah has given the tawfique.
Suppose we agree that we need Emaan. What will the people have emaan in? Allah. Ok, but what about the rest of the things that a muslim must have emaan in? As mentioned in the hadith of Jibreel where he came to the messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) and said to him –
Tell me about “Emaan” He said: “It is to believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day, and in the Divine Decree, its good and its bad.”
They say they want you to take your Emaan directly from the Qur’an and from the teachings of the prophets found therein – “because they’re the best teachers”
Suppose we agree with them. Will we then direct the lay muslim to this over-simplified and frankly dangerous approach of opening the Qur’an and deriving their Emaan for themselves? Will we leave the muslims to tangle themselves into destruction?
Of course the answer is NO. And this why the scholars wrote books on AQEEDAH – to teach the people what to have EMAAN in – proving everything they said from the Qur’an and Sunnah (on a side note – sometimes they don’t doesn’t even mention the sunnah as a source of Emaan)
To understand this we must understand the meaning of the word aqeedah in this context – aqeedah refers to those beliefs that a muslim holds to be true, they are firmly rooted in his heart and he has no doubts concerning them. So he has firm belief in Allah, His angels, books etc.
Now let’s imagine a person believes in Allâh but not the angels or the day of judgement. This is his aqeedah because he firmly believes it to be true. Is his Emaan correct? Of course not because it is not in accordance to the book of Allah or the sunnah of the messenger.
So how can we say that the muslims need Emaan and not aqeedah. There can be no emaan without the correct aqeedah! And how can we say that the companions didn’t have aqeedah – that is outrageous. Their aqeedah was the aqeedah of the messenger of Allâh.
Shaykh Saalih Al Fawzan says “And this is for the one who says: That the Eemaan is sufficient without having interest for the Aqeedah. This is contradictory because Eemaan is not eemaan except if the Aqeedah is correct. And if the Aqeedah is not correct, then there is no Eemaan, and (there is) no deen (religion).” (Fataawa as-Siyaasah ash-Shar’iyyah, Question-1)
Finally we come to the doubt – “aqeedah” is not mentioned in the Qur’an”. We say – subhan’Allah!! Show us where the sciences of hadith are mentioned in the Qur’an!? Show us where the usul of fiqh are mentioned in the Qur’an?! In fact, this “Emaan” which you keep mentioning necessitates that we pray 5x a day – show us where the Qur’an describes the prayer?!
In fact, the companions would say “we LEARNT emaan before we learnt the Qur’an.” So what were they learning? This proves that the messenger of Allâh focused on teaching them what they must have emaan in – the same way Jibreel was asking what we must have emaan in. The same way the books of aqeedah teach us what to have emaan in!
So we see, and all praise is to Allâh, that aqeedah and emaan are interlinked and the soundness of one depends on the soundness of the other. The scholars wrote books of aqeedah to explain and detail the things we must have emaan in. For someone to come today and try to separate is one of three things:
1) Compound ignorance
2) A hatred for the people of the sunnah who emphasise the correct aqeedah first and foremost
3) A combination of the two
And this is why we say – stick to the scholars of the sunnah and stay away from these sufi-inspired speakers who will only lead you astray.
Correct your aqeedah and your Emaan will be upright and remember that the acceptance of your emaan depends on the soundness of your aqeedah.
If you prayed 2 units of prayer with the best concentration ever, perfecting your prayer for Allâh, crying and focusing as much as you could; BUT you prayed without wudhu. Would this prayer be accepted by Allah? The answer is NO. You would not receive a single reward for it because purification is a pre-condition to the acceptance of the salah.
Likewise, meeting Allah with pure tawheed, having singled Him out in His Lordship, His worship and His names and attributes is a pre-condition for the acceptance of each and every single one of your deeds. If you meet Allâh having been a person of shirk then all of your actions are in vain – regardless of how inspired you were and how much vigour you had.
“Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with him in worship, but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He pleases, and whoever sets up partners with Allah in worship, he has indeed invented a tremendous sin” (an-Nisa’ 4:48)
With this in mind, know that EVERY prophet taught tawheed and the correct aqeedah. Our messenger salAllahu alayhi wa sallam was no different. In so many ahadeeth he highlighted the importance of tawheed, the dangers of shirk and taught the aqeedah of islam. As for the Qur’an? Then it is a book of aqeedah – for every single verse points to the Oneness of Allah through its perfection.
“And We sent not before you any messenger except that We revealed to him that, “There is no deity except Me, so worship Me.” (21:25)
“And indeed it has been revealed to you (O Muhammad SAW), as it was to those (Allah’s Messengers) before you: ‘If you join others in worship with Allah, (then) surely (all) your deeds will be in vain, and you will certainly be among the losers.’ No! But worship Allah (Alone and none else), and be among the grateful” (az-Zumar 39:65-66).
They want us to “connect” with the book of Allah and feel spirituality – well let me tell you; if you don’t know the correct aqeedah then your “connection” and “spirituality” won’t benefit you in front of Allah – in fact they are just moments of self delusion and your bubble will soon explode.
We connect with the Book of Allah through our aqeedah. The mushrik grave worshipper “connects” to the same Qur’an but will it benefit him? The one who performs tawaf around the graves and believes the messenger has knowledge of the unseen also “connects” and has “spirituality”. The one who believes Allâh is everywhere might even have memorised the entire Qur’an! But is his spirituality going to benefit him? By Allâh i have seen these “spiritual” people in their walk, talk and actions – they are so soft and meek in everything they do. They make drinking a cup of tea seem like an art! But it’s all false. Because their actions are based on the false aqeedah.
Focusing on their connection and spirituality without rectifying their aqeedah is like a mirage in a desert. It’s beautiful from afar but when the penny drops, you’re the loser.
Yes! Aqeedah is divisive! The same way the messenger (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) divided between the Quraysh when he came with the message of tawheed – a father being a mushrik and his son being a muslim. Dividing truth from falsehood is not a bad thing, and believe me you will not *unite* the ummah upon falsehood.
Behind all the nice woolly posts from these people trying to promote a “Western” Islam – we see the true damage that they do. The hearts of the lay-people are attached to them and then they inject this poison. Until we find their followers having no problem with the false beliefs, as long as you “love Allah” and are “spiritual” – w’Allahul musta’an!
We MUST understand. They are NOT scholars. 30/40 year – old people coming with new ideas and new concepts that the scholars of Islam were not upon. Then they have the audacity to claim they know better. But to add insult to injury, they speak with such arrogance and surety that one would think they encompass the knowledge in its entirety!
After this, we ask Allah to guide us and them to the methodology of the prophets and to make us humble.