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Salafi Feminist – “How Would You Feel If It Was Your Daughter?”

Taken from Salafi Feminist Blog – http://thesalafifeminist.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/how-would-you-feel-if-it-was-your.html

“Brothers, how would you feel if someone abused your mother/ sister/ wife/ daughter?”


You don’t get it. Dearest shuyookh, your intentions are sweet, but you don’t get it.

Men DO abuse their mothers, sisters, wives and daughters. They watch their mothers, sisters, wives and daughters be abused.

And they let it happen.

Maybe they don’t always approve of it. Maybe they feel bad. Maybe they genuinely think it’s terrible.

But they let it happen.

“She’s married now, we can’t interfere.”
“She needs to be more patient, all men get angry sometimes.”
“She just needs to stop being stubborn and get used to it.”
“Divorce is the most hated thing in the sight of Allah.”
“Men will handle their own business, we can’t get involved.”

And so another generation of sons, brothers, husbands and fathers grow up watching their womenfolk being lashed at with both words and fists. It’s normal, after all.

Some will break the cycle, recalling the horror they witnessed; these men, the true qawwam, will block the blows rained down upon their mothers and protect their daughters and show their wives only the greatest respect.

But many will not, because gheerah is no longer about protecting one’s womenfolk from harm, but about protecting male ego and so-called honour built upon insecurity.

“Brothers, how would you feel if someone abused your mother/ sister/ wife/ daughter?”

Not enough to make it stop.

…Until Shaytan Despairs Of You

‎Ibn Taymiyyah Raḥimahullāh: “A person asked his Shaykh; I sin then repent then sin then repent, until when?

He said: Until Shayṭān DESPAIRS of you.”

‏● [‏مجموع الفتاوى ٧/٤٩٢]


Sheikh Muhammad bin Saalih al-Uthaimeen رحمه الله

“Be FIRM, and DO NOT change (your stance) because of the large number of attacks on you nor due to (their) being offended by your words. As long as you are upon the TRUTH then be firm, for truth is never budged (by falsehood). Thereafter, defend (the truth) if you are in a weak position. There is nothing lesser than defending (the truth).

But if you are in a strong position, then upon you is to attack (the falsehood). For the days take turns (sometimes in your favor and sometimes otherwise).
But (remember) the most important thing is that even if you are in a weaker position, then you should remain firm. And never say: ‘Oh, all the people are in opposition to this.’ Rather, be firm, for Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى aids His Deen, His Book, His Messenger throughout the ages.
No doubt that you will face harm (from the people).

Here is Imaam Ahmadرحمه الله , he was dragged by a mule in the market and was whipped. But he was patiently firm.
And here is Sheikh-ul-Islaam (Ibn Taymiyyah)رحمه الله , who was driven around in the market on a cart and was thrown in the prison, but he remained firm.
It is not possible that the earth will always be a carpet of roses and flowers for a person who clings to the Sunnah (for he will face opposition and will be harmed by the people).”

[Sharh al-Nooniyyah of Ibnul Qayyim by Sheikh Ibn al-`Uthaimeen (3/270)]


Sheikh Muhammad Ayyoub

Post written by Brother Ejaz Taj,

It was at Fajr time this morning I received the sad news about the passing of our beloved Sheikh Muhammad Ayyoub, rahimahullahu ta’aala from his son in Madinah. He was a man whose life was in service to the Book of Allah and its teaching from his earliest days right through to his final moments before returning to his Lord. Born in Makkah in 1952, the son of a poor Burmese migrant, his family had fled oppression against Muslims in their native Burma. His childhood was difficult. The eldest of his siblings, he had to work to provide for his family (as his father was imprisoned at the time in Burma) while at the same time attending his daily hifdh classes in Makkah. At the time, there were very few developed roads and none of the tunnels through mountains we see today and so the Sheikh mentions in a rare interview that his daily journey on foot to the masjid where he studied involved the ascending and descending of two steep hills between which were wild dogs and other desert creatures. A testament to his dedication from a young age in this era of Skype classes from the comfort of our bedrooms.

As he grew older, he showed a great aptitude for the recitation of the Qur’an, impressing his teacher Sheikh Khaleelur Rahman, who held him to a rigorous high standard and who he accompanied wherever he went, practising and perfecting his recitation.

In the year 1410h (1990) the Sheikh had just been given the position of Imam in Masjid Quba. The head imam of Masjid Nabawi at the time, Sheikh Abdul Aziz As-Salih was informed of a new imam by the name of Muhammad Ayyoub in Masjid Quba who was known for his beautiful voice and excellent skill in recitation. Sheikh Abdul Aziz towards the end of Sha’ban (just before the start of Ramadan that year) summoned Muhammad Ayyoub to a gathering. Towards the end he called him to sit next to him in front of everyone and asked him to recite. The Sheikh, unsure of what exactly was happening proceeded to recite, something that was as natural to him as breathing, wowing everyone in the gathering. Sheikh Abdul Aziz who was taken aback immediately said to him (with only a few days notice before the start of Ramadan) “You will be leading taraweeh in the Masjid of the Messenger of Allah, salAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam”. Dazed and unable to believe what had just happened, he prepared himself for the great moment.

He says about his first night in the mihrab of the Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam’s) masjid, “My heart was racing and my ears were buzzing. My hands were shaking uncontrollably from the greatness of where I stood and in remembrance of those who stood here before me. I sought refuge with Allah and proceeded.” He also said, “Every single time I stood at the mihrab of the Messenger of Allah, salAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, I was filled with intense awe and a deep fear. A fear that I would not be able to do justice to this great position nor fulfil this heavy responsibility on my shoulders.”

In his first year as Imam, he led all 20 rak’ahs of taraweeh alone for the entirety of Ramadan apart from three days. A feat matched only by one other imam of the Haram, Sheikh ‘Ali Jabir in Masjid Haram (who was a close friend of his and over whom he led the janaza). His teacher Sheikh Khaleelur Rahman was away when Sheikh Muhammad Ayyoub was appointed and only found out when he heard his student on the live radio broadcast from Masjid Nabawi. He would then call him everyday, pray for him and remind him of the importance of sincerity.

The Sheikh would continue to lead taraweeh and tahajjud in the Haram till 1417 after which he was removed. He spent a few years leading at Masjid Quba and various other masaajid. He would continue on to teach tafseer at the Islamic University right up until his retirement in 2014. The Sheikh travelled extensively delivering lectures and study programs on Arabic Language, Qur’an, ‘aqeedah and fiqh in places such as Pakistan, Malaysia, India, Senegal and Turkey. Green Lane Masjid in Birmingham hosted him in the 90s.

After his retirement the Sheikh took on a handful of dedicated huffadh who he would listen to in order to give them ijaaza, daily in Masjid Nabawi right up until he passed away. Despite his ill health, he did this daily and would never fail to show up, often listening to 4 students simultaneously while stopping and correcting each one, something I witnessed personally. He would then head back to his Masjid where he lead ‘Isha and Fajr everyday.

He holds a very unique position in the world of Qur’an reciters, respected widely by Qurraa from all backgrounds and nationalities. He had a massive impact on reciters in Saudi Arabia in general, being a master of the hijazi style which by his aptitude and position at Masjid Nabawi, became very popular. Mishary Rashid in a recent show he did on biographies of modern day Qurra, said about the Sheikh, “He was the Mustafa Ismail of the Arabian Peninsula, in that he was far more influential in shaping the recitation of many reciters and imams of masaajid in that region than anyone else.” Today he is widely imitated even in the Haramain with imams such as Abdullah Johani, Bandar Baleela, Ahmad Talib Hameed and Khalid AlGhamidi in both Makkah and Madinah demonstrating being deeply influenced by him as they studied the Qur’an themselves.

He maintained a sadness that remained with him after no longer being appointed to lead at Masjid Nabawi in 1417h. The Sheikh mentioned in am interview, when asked about his wishes for the future, that he hoped he be given the opportunity to lead in the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam’s masjid one last time before he returns to Allah. His duas were answered as he was appointed one last time to lead taraweeh in the final Ramadan of his life in 1436h (2015) before returning to His Lord at Fajr 9th Rajab 1437h (16th April 2016).

I was blessed to meet the Sheikh a number of times including praying behind him in Ramadan 2015 and again just two weeks ago before his passing, in Masjid Nabawi as he sat and listened to his students. His final words to me were,

“The Arabic language is not difficult. Had it been as such, we would not have been able to memorise and learn the Book of Allah as it has been today from east to west.”

The Janazah will be today 16th April 2016 after Dhuhr in Masjid Nabawi. The Sheikh I believe has 13 children, 5 of them men and 8 of the women. The men are all huffadh and accomplished within their fields and a handful of the women are huffadh, some still memorising and also well studied in their respective fields.

May Allah raise him in rank in the Hereafter and allow the Book to which he dedicated his life to intercede for him in the grave and on Qiyamah. May Allah join him with the Messenger of Allah salAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, Abu Bakr (ra), ‘Umar (ra), ‘Uthman (ra), ‘Ali (ra) and all those of the righteous whom he shared the imamate of that blessed masjid with throughout history, in the Aakhirah. Ameen.

I will post a link the comments below from where many of the Sheikh’s taraweeh recitations can be downloaded. Please pass this link on so that we can share in some sadaqah jariyah for him.


History today

‘You remember those butt hurt mureeds who work themselves up into an apoplexy every time someone points out the blindingly obvious flaws of their beloved Sheikh?

Well, that’s you that is.’

First someone says something about the Sheikh, or forwards a video, writes an article etc.

Usually it’s not anything which is that shocking, just a valid criticism or at the very least something which if these mureeds were genuine they’d find it easily justifiable based upon the evidences available but then reason goes out the window and all hell breaks lose…

We’ve all seen it again and again from certain groups and almost cult like followers of certain sects and Sheikhs but how much are we afflicted with this same phenomenon ourselves or see it in those around us?

Nowadays we see brothers and sisters you think are good in their deen, because they are some what similar ish, sort of the same as ourselves in aqeedah and manhaj but still act out like butt-hurt mureeds because they see something or hear something or read something disagreeable about their Sheikh.

Last few days I’ve seen many go into overdrive producing witty comments and memes, lol’ing at others attempts at ad hominem attacks on social media, but not actually engaging with the discussion or even listening to the points being put by the other side or trying to understand them and their point of view.

Either engage in the debate, listen to both sides and then respond or else stay out of the debate!

It’s entirely this superficial, 140 character, hizbi (partisan) take upon the deen we need to move away from and which seems particular to so many of the Muslims I meet here in Britain.

May Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala guide us all to a true appreciation of this deen,  the level of commitment required to understand it even to a basic level and attach our hearts to the truth, not personalities who can and do change, ameen.



kemal el mekkiUstadh Kemal El Mekki exposes some of the more disgusting practices of the celebratory Sheikh circuit, not only financial but also marital impropriety in the form of excessive payments and marriage banditry.

I am not at all trying to say all of our teachers and preachers are crooks, just that sisters and those who have waliya over our sisters need to not fall into the same trap of thinking just because someone is famous, or known to be knowledgeable or pious it doesn’t make it so!

Remember these are men, don’t fall for the public persona of the celebrity, they have real lives and real struggles same as  the rest of us and so do your background checks, ask all the right questions just like with anyone else.

28 December 2013

Assalamu Alaykum Everyone,

There have been things about the world of Islamic speaking that have bothered me for years, I am not going to write a book about them, but I sure as heaven am going to vent on my page if I blessed well please. If you don’t like it join Justin B’s page. If you inbox me trying to sensor me I’ll just ban you (it’s soooo fun)! If you’re a speaker and you don’t like it…CHANGE!

I have no problem with people getting paid to speak, and there is nothing wrong with it religiously. But…

Once this famous speaker came to our area for a fundraising dinner. He wanted to get 50% of the amount raised! He raised 320K in 40 minutes and delivered a 40 minute speech. He wrote the speech on a napkin while he was at the event. There were many people donating that day, people that needed the money for their own families. If they knew he wanted to take half, would they have donated even one dollar?

How do I know this? I was there and I was the MC!

The Good news:

1. In the end the organizers spoke to him and he agreed to take less than 50% (but they wouldn’t tell us how much).

2. Insha’Allah there is still some good (conscience) left in the man because before the event he pulled my friend aside and said, “Make dua for me, I’m so in love with money”.

With stories like this, many people try to find hints and clues as to when the event took place and who the speaker might be. That is not part of concealing faults so just let it go. May Allah forgive us and conceal all OUR faults. Ameen.

I have no problem with a young speaker marrying ONE of his students, and there is nothing wrong with it religiously. But…

There was a da’iyah in one area, and every single time I’d meet him he would be with a different wife. He got married at least 25 times and each marriage would last a few weeks. Another da’iyah kept one wife, and he would leave her for two to three weeks while he lived with the new wife, then he’d come home divorce the new one over the phone and find another online, go away for a few weeks…and repeat.

Both these du’at once travelled to a small town, and married so many of the women there within a short span of time, that some of the community leaders called the shiyookh in our area to complain.

One shaykh said that when he first came to America, they were praying behind this Imam and when the salah was over, the Imam took the microphone and announced, “Asalamu alaykum, I just wanted to a say that last week I finalized the divorced with my wife and I’m looking to get married. Jazakum Allahu Khair wasalamu alakum”.

This is what we’re talking about today. Being a speaker, Imam, or leader of the believers is a great position that Allah puts one in. Imagine Allah gives you a weighty position and you use it to get women! It’s greater than that! And it’s certainly not the reason why the believers made the following dua in surat al Furqan (74):

“and make us leaders/Imams for the pious”

Ibn Abbas said this means Imams to be followed in (the) good (we do and preach).

Why am I writing this? For the next generation of speakers and for up and coming speakers. If they enter a world of crookedness with no one speaking against it, they might accept how things are.

But some will speak against it, even if others find it distasteful.


Kemal El Mekki