In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, he Bestower of Mercy.
Usaamah Al-Utaybi – the pottymouth vile hater whose affair has reached the point of Madness- stated, “Amongst them (i.e. Al-Maktabatus Salafiyyah) were those attributed to seeking knowledge, such as Abu Hakeem, who was my student and he had some knowledge. We used to see (or hold) good about him”. Then pottymouth Usaamah desperately attempted to degrade Shaikh Abu Khadeejah and called him an Aammi (a commoner) and thereafter stated that Abu Khadeejah distorts the meaning of the Qur’an in his quotes; then drama prince – Usaamah – sought refuge with Alaah due to this.
Response: Firstly, all praise is due to Allaah that Shaikh Abu Hakeem [may Allaah preserve him] sat with scholars and greatly benefiited from their knowledge and manners, therefore, whatever he heard from Usaamah – at the time – is nothing compared to the benefit he acquired from Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi, Al-Allaamah Ubaid Bin Abdillaah Al-Jaabiree, Al-Allaamah Hammaad Al-Ansaaree and others. This statement of pottymouth Usaamah should not be blown out of proportion, because neither can he give Shaikh Abu Hakeem nor any of us more than what the senior scholars can give us. In addition to this, beloved Shaikh Abu Hakeem is well-known for his gentle character, forbearance and noble manners, and there is no doubt that he has greatly benefitted from the noble manners of the upright senior scholars in our era- those foremost in adherence to the path of the pious predecessors of this Ummah. Ibraaheem Ibn Bash-shaar [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “Ibraaheem Ibn Adham [may Allaah have mercy upon him] atched a man who was speaking to another man; so he [i.e. the man] got so angry that he uttered an ugly statement. So Ibraaheem said to him, ‘O such and such! Fear Allaah and it is obligatory that you keep quiet, exercise forbearance and restraint”, so the man kept quiet. Then Ibraaheem said to him, ‘It has reached me that Ahnaf Ibn Qais [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, ‘We frequently went to Qais Ibn Aasim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] to learn forbearance from him, just as we frequently went to the scholars to seek knowledge’. So he [i.e. the man] said, ‘You don’t have to repeat it [i.e. what you have said is enough as an admonition etc]'”. [Taareekh Dimashq 26/219]
As for Al-Utaybi, he has proven once again that he is one afflicted with an evil desire for evil excessive speech and transgression as we have already mentioned in pervious posts – possessor of a vile tongue that falsely accuses Al-Maktabatus Salafiyyah of Bidah, Haddaadiyyah etc. Therefore, with regards to his claim, “We used to see (hold) good about him (Abu Hakeem)”, then indeed neither is our beloved Shaikh – Abu Hakeem- in need of his testimony, even if that is in our Shaikh’s favour, nor is our Shaikh affected by his vile tongue by the Will of Allaah. Malik Bin Deenaar [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “Since I have known people, neither have I rejoiced due to their praise nor have I hated their censure, because indeed their praises are excessive and their censures are excessive”. [Siyar A’laam An-Nubulaa 4/362]
Secondly, as for pottymouth Usaamah’s pathetic attempt to degrade Shaikh Abdul Waahid (Abu Khadeejah) by calling him an Aamiy (commoner), then indeed not an atom’s weight of harm – by the Will of Allaah – touches our beloved Shaikh due to the envy of this spiteful moron. In addition to this, Shaikh Abdul Waahid and his brothers at Salafipublaications have received that which suffices based on the reality of what is known about them. [On Friday, the 25th of June 2010 (14 Rajab 1431H), the following question was posed to the Al-Allaamah Rabee Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee: “O Shaykh, as you are aware, there are no scholars in Britain, but is there anyone residing there that you advise us with, who can connect us to the people of knowledge?” The Shaykh, may Allaah preserve him, mentioned: Our brother Hasan as-Somali (who was present in the gathering), Abu Khadeejah and his companion (Abu Hakeem). The Shaykh also stressed the importance of them keeping ties with the scholars. May Allaah reward the Shaykh and protect our brothers who are striving to spread the call of the Sunnah in the West. Alhamdulillaah there were many brothers present when this question was asked, and they heard the answer] [Posted by our beloved brother Abu Maryam Tariq on 06-07-2010 at salafitalk.net]
The Tazkiyah of Al-Allaamah Ubaid Bin Abdillaah Al-Jaabiree [may Allaah protect him]:
Likewise, we have the well-known Tazkiya given by beloved Al-Allaamah Hasan Bin Muhammad Bin Abdil Wahhab Marzooq Al-Bannah [may Allaah have mercy upon him] who visited the Maktabah in person and then stated before his departure from the West: “All praise be to Allaah, Maashaa’Allaah, they have organisation (in da’wah), they have a maktabah salafiyyah, they have a school, a kindergarten or primary school, all these things are tremendous and all praise be to Allaah they have big numbers with them. They also have with them many mashaayikh from amongst them Shaykh Abu Khadeejah, they have knowledge, with them is knowledge, and other than him like Shaykh Abu Hakeem Bilal. All of these maashaa’Allaah and many other people beside them – they are many people I met so I cannot recall their names – but those that are with them I find that they are upon khayr (goodness). Since they have many students of knowledge with them from their likes, so it is laazim (incumbent) that they traverse upon their way, because they have indibaat (firm discipline, groundedness), and all praise is due to Allaah, and they have cooperation and love for the sake of Allaah. They are from the best we have seen here from the different centres and (…) them upon steadfastness(..)”. [a well-known widely spread speech of the Shaikh witnessed in person]
These Tazkiyyaat are based on reality to this day, because our elder teachers – may Allaah protect us and them upon the blessed Manhajus Salafi – have not moved away from the sound Aqeedah and Manhaj by the Tawfeeq of Allaah. Therefore, irrelevant indeed is the statement of a vile moron who seeks to degrade those whose virtue is witnessed and ascertained by the upright senior Salafi scholars. Nothing remains to be said about vile Usaamah’s pathetic attempt to degrade beloved Shaikh Abdul Waahid, except the statement of Imaam Fudayl Ibn Iyaad [may Allaah have mercy upon him], who said, “There’s none who loves leadership, except that he will envy, transgress, seek after people’s fault (i.e. falsely) and hates that anyone else is mentioned with good”. [Reported by Ibn Abdil Barr in Al-Jaami. Number 971]
As for vile Usaamah’s pathetic attempt to degrade Shaikh Abu Khadeejah due to pronunciations in the Arabic language, then indeed that is not a reason to reject or accept truth possessed by a person. We have a clear example in the Qur’aan regarding Fir’awn and noble Prophet Musa [peace be upon him]! [أَمۡ أَنَا۟ خَيۡرٌ۬ مِّنۡ هَـٰذَا ٱلَّذِى هُوَ مَهِينٌ۬ وَلَا يَكَادُ يُبِينُ – Am I (Fir’awn) not better than this one (Musa), who is Mahin (has no honour nor any respect, and is weak and despicable) and can scarcely express himself clearly?][Surah Az-Zukhruf’ Ayah 52]
Imaam As-Sadi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “May Allaah [The Most High] disfigure Fir’awn, because indeed he intended Musa by this description, even though Musa is one whom Allaah [The Most High] spoke to directly and one given high status by Allaah [The Most High]; however Fir’awn thought that he is honoured and Musa is dishonoured and disgraced. He also proclaimed that in addition to this, Musa cannot even speak clearly because he is not eloquent! However, Firawn’s insult that Musa cannot even express himself is not something blameworthy at all, because he was able to convey the message, even though he used to encounter some difficulty when speaking”. [An Excerpt from Tafseer As-Sadi]
Ponder upon Imaam As-Sadi’s statement: “However, Firawn’s insult that Musa cannot even express himself is not something blameworthy at all, because he was able to convey the message, even though he used to encounter some difficulty when speaking”.
Bear in mind that the above quote is neither intended as a comparison between Prophet Musa [peace be upon him] and Shaikh Abu Khadeejah nor as a comparison between Usaamah and Fir’awn, lest the shameless liars and slanderers accuse us of something mighty; rather our intent here is to highlight the fact that truth is to be given paramount importance and not eloquence in any given language. In addition to this, we have prayed behind our beloved Shaikh Abdul Waahid at his house, and at Salaficentre – during a Salaatul Khusoof, but nothing can be said about his recitation of that which is one of the pillars of the prayer (i.e. Surah Al-Faahihah), and that which he recited of the other chapters. Many of us non-Arabs- including the authors of this article- will surely make mistakes at times in our pronunciations. We also remind vile Usaamah of another statement of Imaam As-Sadi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] when he stated: “A Jaahil (ignorant one) is that one who speaks with a speech that contains no benefit and mocks at the people. As for a sensible person, he sees that one of the most blameworthy traits – abhorred by (sound) religion and intellect- is to mock at someone who is a human being like himself. And if he has been favoured over another person, then this favour necessitates that he thanks Allaah and shows mercy to Allaah’s servants”. [Tafseer Surah Al-Baqarah Aayah 68]
Therefore, if vile Usaamah’s recitation and pronunciation excels that of others, then indeed neither should that be a reason to mock at others nor is it something that automatically gives him virtue over others in the sight of Allaah, whilst he is one afflicted with evil manners and a vile tongue that hurls false accusations of bidah and haddaadiyyah- without an atom’s weight of evidence – against those who are well known for their Salafiyyah to this day. We remind vile Usaamah – once again – of Imaam Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] when he stated, “It is incumbent that the seekers of Hadeeth should be the (possessors of the) most perfect (behaviour, traits, manners, etiquettes etc) amongst the people, the most humble amongst the people, the greatest in their impartiality and adherence to the religion, the least in (deviating from good conduct) and (being overcome by) angry; and that is due to constantly lending an ear to the narrations that combine the excellent manners and etiquettes of Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him], the lives of the virtuous pious predecessors, the path of the scholars of Hadeeth and the virtues of the (pious ones and scholars) who have passed away; so they adhere to the most refined and excellent (aspects of those traits, etiquettes, manners etc) and turn away from the most despised and lowly (traits, behaviour, manners, etiquettes etc)”. [Jaami Bayaan Al-Ilm 1/78. Slightly paraphrased]
Finally, it is incumbent upon us to strive – alongside studying this Aqeedah and Manhaj – to behave well and ask Allaah to bless us with good manners. Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood [may Allah be pleased with him] reported that the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said: [اللهم كما حَسَّنْت خَلْقِي فَحَسِّنْ خُلُقِي – O Allah! Just as You made my external form beautiful, make my character beautiful as well].
Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [maay Allaah preserve him] said, “Two images: the visible image and that is the body, and the unseen image and that is the manners. The first image is called Al-Khalq and the second is called Al-Khuluq with the vowel Dammah on the letter khaa and laam. The human being is made up of these two images. There are amongst the people those whose visible image and manners are beautiful, such as Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] and those amongst the Muslims whom Allaah has blessed with it. There are amongst those whose visible image is evil and his manners are evil, and this one is the most repugnant of people. There are amongst the people one whose visible image is unsightly and the people do not consider him to be anything (i.e. give him no importance), but his unseen image is good. This person is also good and his unsightly appearance does not harm him if what is conceal in him is good. There are amongst the people those who are the opposite and that is one whose visible image is good looking and his unseen image is ugly. This person resembles a hypocrite, and Allaah refuge is sought. This person is repugnant. The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] supplicated for the two things: the beautiful visible image and beautiful unseen image, so he said, “O Allah! Just as You made my external form beautiful, make my character beautiful as well”. He was the most perfect person in his visible image and manners. Therefore, in this regard one has to follow the example of the Messenger and that a Muslim supplicates to Allaah with this supplication. He does consider himself perfect and says, ‘I don’t have shortcomings’, but rather he turns to Allaah by asking for the beautification of his visible image and unseen image. And Allaahu knows best”. [Tasheelul Ilmaam Bi-Fiqhil Ahaadeeth Min Bulooghil Maraam Vol 6/318-319]
And Allaah knows best
To be continued InShaaAllaah