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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

Goals More Important Than Targets

Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

We all have goals in life, we want to be successful in one area or another and not just as believers and achieving success in the next life though of-course that is our primary goal, but we have things we want from the dunya as well and want to do well in life in different ways.

So how do we get there?

Well unless you’re extremely well raised and made up to start with you at first kinda go generally in the direction you think you will need to go to achieve success in one area or another and that sometimes works a little. A lot of people stick with that their whole lives and then wonder why they don’t succeed that much with the really whiny annoying ones then finding someone to blame for their failures.

Some however realise this only takes you so far, that it is not a very effective strategy. So you reflect where you went wrong and realise you need to plan, you need to aim and you need to measure where you are going and how fast you’re getting there, and this is done through targets.

So you want to be rich…

How much do you earn, how much do you want to be earning in each period of your life to get where you want to go on this?

You want to healthy…

So you check your weight and how this is changing as you go through your diet / exercise regime and measure how changes to your lifestyle has affected your weight.

‘Can’t see the wood for the trees’

We can all potentially get so obsessed with our targets and measuring ourselves toward them that we forget the target is only a means not an end in itself.

We run after the target so much, we forget we were only using this as a measure of success, and confuse that with success itself.

So a man wants to be rich, but ends up forgetting wealth is a means to an end so becomes a miser or greedy, or pursues haram means or allows it to warp him so he forgets others or he suffers setbacks so he may end up losing hope of his dreams being fulfilled as he struggles and strives to succeed.

Or in extreme cases someone trying to lose weight ends up becoming anorexic, or having some other form of body dis-morphia or else loses the will to continue as the scales refuse to shift even as they lose inches off their waist and are otherwise feeling fitter and healthier.

This goes for all matters, including our deen and we shouldn’t allow the targets we set get in the way of the goals we are trying to achieve.

So you may want to read the whole Quran during Ramadhan, but you’re a few days in and already your way behind but what if you’ve really benefited from the reading you’ve done?

You’ve learn’t new meanings and acted upon them, surely that was your a bigger move towards your goal of gaining taqwa and understanding from the Quran not just racing through it which was the target you set yourself to get towards that goal?

So I would remind myself and everyone else to yes set yourself ambitious goals, then plan how to bring them about in your life, and how you’re going to measure that success but don’t let that process, or the measuring of it get in the way of what you actually want in life.

We also need to remember that whatever we plan to do, Allah is the best of planners as we are reminded in the Quran, so we need to respect that and that success only comes from Allah, and that if He does not  wish us to achieve a goal, despite our best efforts we should be content  with the decree of Allah.

Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

Gingerbeardman

Covid-19 Online Conspiracy Theorists and Other Wreckers

Assalaamu Alaykum Brothers and Sisters,

I can understand some of you can find everything that is happening with Corona virus somewhat frightening, that we are living through times most of us never thought we’d see and I would be lying if I said it is not worrying in some respects.

But I have begun to see many friends online, and not just social media friends but real life friends who I’ve also added on social media say some truly outrageous and crazy stuff and think it would be better in these times if we stepped back and looked into matters before posting.

O you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful.
Quran translation, Surah Al-Hujarat, 49:6

That is because some of the ideas being pushed forwarded is borderline conspiracy theory stuff which could be very dangerous and we should all fear Allah and be careful what we say.

If someone doesn’t seek medical attention for themselves and a loved one when it is needed they could end up dead or seriously harmed which will be recorded on your record of deeds and one day you will stand before Allah to answer for that.

Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.
Quran translation, Surah Al-Ma’idah, 5:32

Consult doctors and nurses in the community if you have doubts, don’t just hit like or even share to some of this outrageous stuff we are seeing being posted.

As to why people are being routinely tested the coming back positive when no symptoms when going to hospital, well yes it’s a virus… that is how they work with an incubation period. Then this person you thought fit and well can then show severe symptoms, even die later. This is how diseases work but instead of only happening to people we know rarely, we are just seeing it on a mass scale so it appears alarming, especially when amplified over social media.

The hospitals are struggling, many staff are off ill themselves, others covering for positions they don’t normally work in, and yes some people are going to be treated less well than they might otherwise be in the confusion and stretched resources but some people are suggesting the NHS staff, or at least a huge proportion of them are engaged in bad behaviour, even some sort of plot against ethnic minorities or the population at large… you’re well off into tin foil hat territory here.

I am not someone who generally trusts everything the government, especially this government does but don’t brothers and sisters realise how many people, including many ethnic minorities and Muslim staff would need to be in on such a plot to make it work?

This is also a new situation to those in charge. Local authorities, medical staff and yes the government are effectively trying to make things work as they go along but the science changes daily, how it affects society and people is being learnt about daily, so it looks incredibly messy but they are attempting to do the best they can.

It’s really easy once the data and knowledge about this virus and it’s effect has been updated to look back on what has been done a few days before and go on social media and say that x or y should have been done instead but unless you said it at the time, you are not right or wise all of a sudden or any smarter than the people making these decisions, nor are you helping the situation but instead muddying the waters, creating doubt and confusion and making it far more likely others will disregard official advice and endanger themselves and others.

Likewise with 5G, I am hopeful most of you will calm down once this has all died down and realise how silly many people are being but seriously, learn how viruses behave, and no they cannot be created by radiation.

I am certain there will be mistakes and bad decisions which have been made, and continue to be made. People who really should have known better and should be held to account after the fact, but now is not the time for such inquiries.

The strategy those in charge are pursuing might be different to one we may prefer, but the government we have is the one we are going to have through this whole crisis, if you don’t like it, tough.

Now if you are attempting to pull it down right now, make people doubt their decisions, or play party political games you are putting lives, including your own and your family members at risk.

As Muslims living in the UK we need to behave better than this, and fear a day when we will be held accountable for all we have done.

Assalaamu Alaykum,

Gingerbeardman

‘Ad Deen an Naseeha’

And when they are called to [the words of] Allah and His Messenger to judge between them, at once a party of them turns aside [in refusal].
But if the right is theirs, they come to him in prompt obedience.
Quran translation, Surah an-Nur, 24:48-49

Assalaamu Alaykum,

How many of us are the type of people described in the two verses above?

That when are in the wrong, we have every excuse for ourselves, no no no it’s this and that reason, you don’t understand, it’s all the other persons fault, etc etc.

So when someone comes to us with trying to show us the correct path from the Quran and Sunnah whether the wronged party or someone giving us sincere advice we turn away.

But when the evidence from the Quran and sunnah is on our side, oh now things are different.

Now, it’s “ad deen an naseeha” now we ask how can the other person turn away from the Quran and sunnah, what is wrong with them, what sort of sinful person are they to reject our ‘daleel’ do they even have any emaan?

These verses actually describe a trait of the munafiq, how lightly we take this danger in our lives that we could fall into nifaq and be raised in that state on the day of judgement.

This is a reminder very much to myself as well as others, we are all sinful and weak at times. Better to admit it and try to fix up, we shouldn’t try to wriggle our way out of things because even if that works for a time with the people around us, it will not work with the Rabbil ‘alamin.

Assalaamu Alaykum,

Gingerbeardman

Dr Bilal Philips – Practicing Islam in Modern Society

“There is no such thing as modern Islam, liberal Islam, Islam is Islam.”

A brilliant talk by Dr Bilal Philips on how in reality, the problems faced by the Muslims today are the same as those faced by the Muslims in the past, that the answers to our problems are in the Quran and the Sunnah, just as they have always been.

One of the best speeches from one of the best speakers out there, who has not compromised on the message in all his years calling to Allah, unlike so many other du’at in the English language.

Muhammad Tim Humble – To Those Who Defend Taweez

All praise is due to Allah alone, and may peace and blessings be upon his Messenger, and his family and his companions.

Having read the post from Sunni Path, supporting the use of ta’weez, I think that there is a need for a clear and simple response to the issues raised.

Before delving into the points made in the article, I would like the reader to consider the following questions:

We regularly hear people defending ta’weez that contain the Qur’an and Allah’s names and attributes, but what do you think about the following:

■ Ta’weez that contain the names of shaytaan?

■ Ta’weez that contain the aayaat of Allah written backwards?

■ Ta’weez that contain symbols associated with the worship of the shaytaan, such as the so-called star of david, and the pyramids?

■ Ta’weez that contain illegible writing?

■ Ta’weez that contain pictures of the human body with words and symbols written over the top?

■ Ta’weez that contain the aayaat of Allah scribbled and not given proper respect?

Ta’weez that contain nothing except tables of numbers?

These are the vast majority of the ta’weez that we open every single week, with most of them issued by imams, scholars, and so-called ‘pious people’. Now you have to make a choice between one of two things; either you defend these ta’weez, claiming that they are actually ‘Qur’an’ or that it is permissible to disgrace the words of Allah by scribbling them, or the reader has no choice but to admit that these ta’weez are by consensus of the scholars, haraam.

I estimate that I have opened somewhere between 500 and 1,000 ta’weez in my course of being a raaqi, and at the current count, less than ten of them contained clear Qur’an or the names of Allah, with nothing else written on them. In reality, this is just another example of the magicians hiding behind respectable scholars and their opinions.

We say to the people who make these so called ta’weez from the Qur’an: would you let the sick person simply print a page of the Qur’an and tie it around his or her neck? By Allah, you would not allow it. Instead, they have to use your ‘special’ writings, which they are not allowed to see or open, and often have to pay money for. If you really hold the opinion of ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas (may Allah be pleased with him), why don’t you allow the people to print a copy of aayat-ul-kursi from quran.com and tie it around their necks? It is the greatest aayah in the Qur’an, so why would it not protect them whilst your secret writings and scribbles can protect them? Has Allah given you something greater than aayat-ul-kursi, or is it that you seek help from the shaytaan? Where did you learn what those numbers and symbols mean? Why don’t you share your books with us that tell you how to ‘cure’ someone with pictures of the pyramids and the star of david?

My brothers and sisters, these people hide behind legitimate opinions, in order to confuse you and take you away from the path of Allah. Let me give you an example:

■ The Sunni Path post quotes those who allow ta’weez:

Sa’id ibn al-Musayyib, ‘Ata’, Mujahid, Abd Allah ibn ‘Amr, Ibn Sirin, ‘Ubayd Allah ibn Abd Allah ibn `Umar, and others (Allah be well pleased with them all). [Musannaf, 5.439]

How many of you looked at that list of people and believed them all to be from the companions? By Allah, there is only one companion mentioned in that whole list; all the rest are from the generations who came after them.

Furthermore, all of the narrations from that companion are weak. They contain Muhammad ibn Is-haaq, who is someone whose narration is not accepted unless he clearly states that he heard the hadith directly from his teacher (the Arabic term is: mudallis), which in this case he did not.

So, let me say explicitly that there is not one single companion from the companions of the Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and may Allah be pleased with them) who allowed ta’weez of any kind, whether from the Qur’an or not!

■ Let us quote the author of the Musannaf in full:

“The Chapter of those who allowed the hanging of Ta’weez”
“The permissibility of this was reported from Sa’eed ibn al-Musayyib, ‘Ataa’, Mujaahid, Abu Ja’far al-Baaqir, ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr, Muhammad ibn Seereen, ‘Ubaydullah ibn ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar, and ad-Dahhaak and IT IS NOT AUTHENTIC from ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr, ad-Dahhaak, Mujaahid, and Ibn Seereen, and the rest are authentic.”

The author himself says that there is no companion who this is authentically reported from, and that half of the taabi’een mentioned are also not authentic. This is in the very same passage that the author of the post quoted – so why did he choose to stop just before the part where the author says that it isn’t authentic?

So out of that long list, we are left with ‘Ataa, Abu Ja’far, and ‘Ubaydullah – three people, none of whom were companions of the Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and even their view says that the permissibility is limited to that which is from the Qur’aan alone!

On top of that, the very same book (al-Musannaf) mentions other narrations which state that all ta’weez are haraam, even if they come from the Qur’an (authentically narrated from the companions Ibn Mas’ud, Ibn ‘Abbas, Hudhayfah, ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Aamir, and Ibn ‘Ukaym – may Allah be pleased with them all). Why didn’t the author include those narrations? Is it perhaps because he doesn’t want you to know?

Even if we accept some or all of the narrations from people who allowed ta’weez, these people are talking about writing a simple aayah of the Qur’an, or some of the names of Allah, clearly and in a way that can be understood by everyone who reads it.

Don’t be fooled by statements such as ‘the vast majority of the scholars’ and ‘it is mentioned in such-and-such a book’ – anyone can write words like these. Why don’t we talk about something quantifiable, and say ‘the vast majority of the companions, if not all of them, considered ta’weez to be haraam, in all of its forms’.

Finally, we say to the author of the Sunni Path post and his supporters: Do you know why some of the scholars allowed ta’weez from the Qur’an? Because it is the uncreated speech of Allah, and therefore cannot be considered shirk. Would you like to share with the brothers and sisters what you really believe about the Qur’an that we read, and that you claim to write on the ta’weez?

Allah knows best, and all praise is for Allah alone, and may peace and blessings be upon our messenger Muhammad, and his family and his companions.

One of the Signs of the Hypocrites

One of the signs of the hypocrites is reverence for the disbelievers and contempt for the believers:

“Allah will bring forth a people He will love and who will love Him, who are humble toward the believers, stern toward the disbelievers.” [Al-Mā’idah 5:54]

– Shaykh Abdul Aziz al-Tarefe