In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Few years ago, when Masjid Abi Hurairah was not established yet, the Shurah of Masjid Furqan – together with Ustaadh Abu Tasneem [may Allaah preserve him] – visited beloved Shaikh Abdul Waahid Abu Khadeejah [may Allaah preserve him] at his house. Shaikh Abu Khadeejah enquired about study circles in Stoke and then said, “The Dawah you do will not be tested unless there are regular lessons and clarifications”.
Indeed, this is being experienced at present after few years of regular study circles in the Masjid and clarifications on the Minbar when needed. Those specific hizbiyyoon at Markaz Tawheed have now openly declared what they are upon, therefore, besides the study circles in the Masjid, there has to be constant clarifications on Manhaj issues – during study circles and on the Minbar – whenever the need arises. Let us be warned against complacency, laziness and fear of blame in that which is an obligation. We remind you of the danger of refraining from giving clarification when needed, as Al-Allaamah Abdur Rahmaan Bin Yahyah Al-Mu’allimee Al-Yamaanee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “Some of the scholars hold that when the Christians first exceeded the limits regarding the status of Eesaa [peace be upon him], those who exceeded the limits used to accuse everyone who rebuke them that such a person is one who hates Eesaa and belittles him, so this became the greatest means to spreading exaggeration because the small group of people who followed the truth saw that if they rebuke the ones who exceeded the limits, they would be attributed to something that is more repugnant, such as the accusation that they hate Eesaa and belittle him, as well as being hated by the majority of the people and harmed. Therefore, this held them back from rebuking those who exceeded the limits and thus shaytaan was free to do what he wanted”. (1)
So, understand this very well O Salafiyyoon of Stoke! It was not the Admin of Masjid Furqan and Masjid Abi Hurairah that came out and cooperated with ahlul bidah in the name of Salafiyyah, rather it was Markaz Tawheed who initiated this affair. Therefore, O Salafiyyoon of Stoke! Be truthful and let us be careful of sinful silence. Ibn Aqeel [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “If the truthful ones were to keep silent and the falsifiers speak, then the creation would have relinquished what they have witnessed [of truth] and reject what they have not witnessed. So when the devout ones desire to revive the Sunnah, the people would reject it and think that it is bidah”. (2)
Indeed, we have a fine example in our elder teachers [Shaikh Abu Khadeejah, Shaikh Abu Iyaad, Shaikh Abdul Ilaah, Shaikh Uwais At-Taweel, Shaikh Abu Idrees, Shaikh Abu Hakeem and others], because this is what they know from the upright scholars of this Ummah. Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baz [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “The student of knowledge is very eager not to hide anything he knows. He is eager to clarify the truth and refute the opponents of the Religion of Islaam. He is neither lackadaisical nor does he seek to escape. He is always manifesting due to his endurance. So when the opponents of Islaam appear with that which obscures and defames Islaam, he brings forth refutation against them by writing, and by word of mouth, and other than that. He is neither lackadaisical nor does he say, ”these affairs are for other than me”, rather he says, ”it is for me, it is for me”. Even if there are other scholars, he still fears that the affair will slip away. So he is constantly salient and does not seek to escape, rather he comes forward at the appropriate time in order to aid the haqq, and refute the opponents of Islaam by writing and other than it…by means of the radio, or the newspapers, or TV, or through any means he can. He also does not hide what he has of knowledge, rather he writes, gives khutbah and refutes the people of innovation and other than them from the opponents of Islaam, with what Allaah has bestowed upon him of strength, in accordance to his knowledge, and with that which Allaah has made easy for him of various capabilities. Allaah [The Exalted] said:
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَكْتُمُونَ مَا أَنزَلْنَا مِنْ الْبَيِّنَاتِ وَالْهُدَى مِنْ بَعْدِ مَا بَيَّنَّاهُ لِلنَّاسِ فِي الْكِتَابِ أُوْلَئِكَ يَلْعَنُهُمْ اللَّهُ وَيَلْعَنُهُمْ اللاَّعِنُونَ
إِلاَّ الَّذِينَ تَابُوا وَأَصْلَحُوا وَبَيَّنُوا فَأُوْلَئِكَ أَتُوبُ عَلَيْهِمْ وَأَنَا التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ
Verily, those who conceal the clear proofs, evidences and the guidance, which WE have sent down, after WE have made it clear for the people in the Book, they are the ones cursed by Allaah and cursed by the cursers. Except those who repent and do righteous deeds, and openly declare (the truth which they concealed). These, I will accept their repentance. And I am the One Who accepts repentance, the Most Merciful. (3)
Therefore, attend the study circles, mix with the people who can give detail clarifications and will not hide anything from you. May Allaah bless you all Aameen.
[Ref 1: At-tankeel Bimaa Fee Ta’neeb Al-Kawtharee Minal Abaateel. Page 8. Vol 10. Slightly paraphrased. Publisher: Daar Aalam Al-Fawaa’id]
[Ref 2: Shifaa As-Sudoor Fee Ziyaaratil Mashaahid Wal-Quboor page: 148]
[Ref 3: The Responsibilities of the Student of Knowledge. page: 15-16]