Author: The Salafi Centre of Manchester

Those Who Inflate Certificates and Indirectly Seek to Patronize Bona fide Elder Students In The UK

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Beware of the disease of the despots (a) because pride, avarice and envy were the first (sins) Allaah was disobeyed with. (b) So, raising yourself above your teacher is pride (c), being arrogant towards the one who benefits you from amongst those who are below you is pride, (d) and falling short in acting upon knowledge is a sludge of pride and an indication of being deprived. (d)

Short Comments –

By Imaam Muhammad Bin Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen [may Allaah have mercy upon him]

(a) The Prophet said, “Pride is to reject the truth and mock at the people”. (b) This refers to shaytaan’s behaviour when he was commanded to prostrate to Adam, but pride prevented him from doing so. He refused and was haughty. (c) Raising oneself can either be by way of the tongue and it can also be by way of sentiments (feelings, attitude, behaviour etc). He [i.e. the student] maybe walking with his teacher, whilst swaggering and saying, “I did this, and I did this”. (d) Likewise, being arrogant towards the one who is below you in knowledge is pride. This also occurs from some of the students, and if someone below him in knowledge informs him of something, you find him arrogant and does not accept. We ask Allaah for well-being because from the types of pride is to not act upon the knowledge one knows. [An Excerpt from ‘Sharh Hilyati Taalibil Ilm’ pages 38-40]

There are those who mention the importance of the scholars to the common people, whilst seeking – by way of that – to indirectly raise themselves and patronise those who preceded them in knowledge and Dawah, and are worthy to be their teachers. Indeed, “Raising yourself above your teacher is pride”.

They seek to indirectly patronise the elder students in their private conversations – those well known to Al Allaamah Muqbil Bin Haadee, who recognised their efforts and steadfastness, and well known to Al Allaamah Rabee and Al Allaamah Ubaid Bin Abdillaah Al Jaabiri for nearly three decades due to their continuous firmness upon the Sunnah, aiding its scholars and Maraakiz- and indirectly insinuating that their reality would have been unveiled if compared to those who attained such and such certificates at such and such institution. So, when you come across a graduate who speaks in this manner, then remind him of the statements of Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen [may Allaah have mercy upon him] on this link: https://salaficentre.com/2022/05/09/doctorate-or-degree-in-shareeah-does-not-automatically-give-you-understanding-superior-to-that-of-other-people-recognized-as-students-of-knowledge-by-scholars/

Secondly, some the present day patronizers, even if they have reached the age of forty at present, were still boys in UK secondary schools when the elder UK students started seeking knowledge – some travelled to Yemen to sit with Al-Allaamah Muqbil Bin Haadee [may Allaah have mercy upon him], some travelled to Saudi and benefitted from Al Allamah Hammaad Al Ansaaree and Al Allaamah Umar Fulaata [may Allaah have mercy upon them], and others, for nearly three decades, regularly visited Saudi to benefit from Al Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadee and Al Allaamah Ubaid Bin Abdillaah al-Jaabiri [may Allaah preserve them and all the scholars of Ahlus Sunnah], until they were praised and trusted by these great scholars of our era.

So,  when you come across anyone who inflates his 6 year degree or certificate in Sharee’ah attained at any Islamic Institution, and then indirectly seeks to patronise the elder UK students or claim that their reality would have been unveiled if they sat with those who have obtained such and such degree, then remind him that neither himself nor his ilk can judge those whom Al-Allaamah Rabee, Al-Allaamah Ubaid and Al-Allaamah Hasan al Bannah  have already judged, and advised us to take their advice. Visit links:

https://salaficentre.com/2022/05/11/preserved-historical-record-position-of-elder-uk-students-of-knowledge-can-never-be-obscured/

https://salaficentre.com/2022/04/30/shaikh-an-old-man-a-righteous-man-or-a-man-recognised-by-scholar-as-one-with-islamic-knowledge/

Finally, remind him that the majority of the local Fitan was ignited by those who studied at institutions, raised the scholars, transmitted their books and patronized the elder UK students. We all know the likes of Suhaib Hasan, Bilal Philips, Abu Usaamah, Abu Muslimah, Saeed Muhammad, Muhammad Munir and others [may Allah guide them] – those whose certificates did not prevent them from deviation. Therefore, inform those – at present – who seek to inflate their certificates and patronize the elder UK students that the majority of the fitan in the UK was started by graduates and not by the bona fide elder UK students- the students at Maktabah Salafiyyah and elsewhere – and are trusted and praised by the scholars, and they are still upon the sound Salafi Manhaj. May Allaah protect us and them, grant us Ikhlaas, Thabaat and Husnul Khaatimah Aameen.

And Allaah knows best.

Preserved Historical Record – [Position of Elder UK Students of Knowledge Can Never Be Obscured]

In The Name of Allaah The Most Merciful The Bestower of Mercy

On Friday, the 25th of June 2010 (14 Rajab 1431H), the following question was posed to the Shaykh 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…..[source: http://www.salafitalk.net/st/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=6&Topic=11256%5D

Finally, we remind all the youth – the recognized students of knowledge amongst them, the Khutabaa and learners – that they continue to respect the elders, especially those elders who strove day and night to establish – by the Tawfeeq of Allaah – the Dawah in the UK. Whilst in the company of our beloved brother – (Abu Maryam – Salafipublication)- last Thursday, he enquired about Manchester and then mentioned that he knows a Mancunian brother who has great respect for elders, so we informed him that the reason behind such behaviour by the Tawfeeq of Allaah is because – from day one – the brother gave an attentive ear to the advice of elders even when his youthful self was urging him towards something else. Then Abu Maryam stated: “The elders and the youth are like the builders of the house and the furnishers -the builders (elders) know how to maintain the structure of the house. When one wants to know the house – in reality – he consults the builders and not the furnishers, because the builders (elders) have experience”. When the likes of Shaikh Abu Khadeejah and Shaikh Abu Iyaadh started Dawah, all our beloved sons, daughters and their contemporaries were not born; rather even those amongst us who have reached the age of 40 at present were in primary and secondary schools (aged 13). Indeed, not only are our elders experienced, rather they are also certified students of knowledge who are well known to the Ulama for over two decades. Alhamdulil laah, we at Al-Markazus Salafi have learnt from our mistakes and this why we constantly seek the advice of our elders in the UK, such as the likes of Shaikh Abu Khadeejah, Shaikh Abu Hakeem, Shaikh Abdul Ilaah, Shaikh Oways, Shaikh Abu Iyaadh, Shaikh Abu Idrees etc. They are known for their continuous adherence to the Sunnah and strong connection to the Ulama of Salafiyyah by the Tawfeeq of Allaah. May Allaah preserve them and all the Maraakiz Aameen. And Allaah knows best

1995: End Of The JIMAS Era, One Year Before The Inception Of Salafi Publications
https://abukhadeejah.com/1995-salafi-dawah-in-1995-one-year-before-the-inception-of-salafi-publications/

May 1996: OASIS & Salafi Publications – Spreading Salafi Da’wah
https://abukhadeejah.com/may-1996-oasis-salafi-publications-a-new-approach-to-salafi-dawah/

August 1996: Abu Aliyah and Suhaib Hasan – A New Agenda
https://abukhadeejah.com/august-1996-abu-aliyah-and-suhaib-hasan-a-new-agenda/

May 1996: A Final Visit To The Head Of JIMAS In An Attempt To Convince Him
https://abukhadeejah.com/may-1996-a-final-visit-to-the-head-of-jimas-in-an-attempt-to-convince-him/

1996: Ali Tamimi and JIMAS attempts to Hijack the Salafi Da’wah
https://abukhadeejah.com/1996-ali-tamimi-and-jimas-attempts-to-hijack-the-salafi-dawah/

 

Purpose of Dawah – Reminder to All Young Admins, Young Teachers and Young Khutabaa In The Maraakiz

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him] said:

Allaah [The Most High] stated:

[قُلۡ هَـٰذِهِۦ سَبِيلِىٓ أَدۡعُوٓاْ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ‌ۚ عَلَىٰ بَصِيرَةٍ أَنَا۟ وَمَنِ ٱتَّبَعَنِى‌ۖ وَسُبۡحَـٰنَ ٱللَّهِ وَمَآ أَنَا۟ مِنَ ٱلۡمُشۡرِكِينَ – Say (O Muhammad): “This is my way; I invite unto Allah (i.e. to the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism) with sure knowledge, I and whosoever follows me (also must invite others to Allah i.e. to the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism) with sure knowledge. And Glorified and Exalted be Allah (above all that they associate as partners with Him). And I am not of the Mushrikun (polytheists, pagans, idolaters and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah; those who worship others along with Allah or set up rivals or partners to Allah).”

[أَدۡعُوٓاْ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ‌ۚ – I invite unto Allah (i.e. to the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism)]. This part of the Ayah contains a notification regarding sincerity, because indeed some people call to themselves. It may be that a person propagates, delivers lectures and sermons, but his aim is to become apparent to the people – to receive some status, praised by the people and that people gather around him and become numerous around him. If this is his aim, then he is not one who calls to Allaah; rather he is a caller to himself. The person who abandons Dawah has indeed abandoned a great obligation and the person who is not sincere in Dawah has indeed fallen into a great danger, because Dawah has to be carried out sincerely for the Sake of Allaah and the aim should be to establish the Sharee’ah of Allaah- to guide and benefit the people, whether you are praised or rebuked. As for some people, when they are not praised and promoted, they abandon Dawah. This is a proof that such a caller is not a caller to Allaah, rather he only calls to himself. Therefore, the Muslim should be warned and that his aim in dawah should be sincerity, to benefit the people, free them from Shirk and bidah, free them from those affairs that are in opposition to the sharee’ah and fulfil what is obligated on him.

A great number of people around a person is a not proof that such a person is virtuous, because some of the Prophets were only followed by few people. “A Prophet will come on the day of judgement with a few followers and a Prophet will come with no followers”. [Bukhaari 5705]. So, does this mean that such a Prophet is not virtuous? No, definitely not! A person does not look at the large number of people who are present, because the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said to Ali, “If Allaah gives guidance to a single man through you, it is better for you than possessing red camels”. [Bukhaari 3009] (1)

The Shaikh [may Allaah preserve him] also stated, “Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaa’ah are not harmed by those who oppose them. If you are with them- all praise is due to Allaah, they are pleased with this because indeed they want good for the people. If you oppose them, you cannot harm them and due to this the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him]said, “There will not cease to be a group of my Ummah who will be manifest upon the truth- not harmed by those who forsake them until the command of Allaah comes to pass (i.e. the day of judgement) whilst they are (still) upon that (truth)”. The one in opposition does not harm except himself. What is given consideration is not the great numbers; rather what is given consideration is to be in agreement with the truth, even if a small number of people were upon it. And even if in some eras there is only one person (upon truth), then he is the one upon truth and he is the Jamaa’ah. The Jamaa’ah does not necessitate great numbers; rather the Jamaa’ah is what is in agreement with the truth – in agreement with the Book and the Sunnah, even if those upon it are few. However, if many come together and (upon) truth, then – all praise is due to Allaah- this is strength. But if the majority oppose it (i.e. the truth), then we side with the truth even if only a few are upon it”. (2)

The Goal Behind Ta’aawun

Allaah [The Most High] said:

[ وَتَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْبِرِّ وَالتَّقْوَىٰ ۖ وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ – Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa [virtue, righteousness and piety]; but do not help one another in sin and transgression. [5:2]

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: This verse contains all the Masaalih (things that will bring about benefit and repel harm) for the salves in their worldly affairs and in the Herefater- amongst themselves or in relation to their relationship with their Lord. That is because every servant finds himself within two circumstances and obligations – either to fulfil the obligations owed to Allaah or the obligations owed to Allaah’s creation. As for the obligations owed to the creation, they include (righteous) association, companionship, aiding one another upon what Allaah loves and obedience to Allaah, and that is the goal behind one’s search for happiness and success in the afterlife. There can be no happiness in the afterlife except through Bir and Taqwaa, because it is basis of all affairs of the religion. A deed cannot be considered an act of obedience to Allaah and an act that gets one close to Allaah until it is based on Eemaan, so that which leads to the performance of that deed is solely due to Eemaan – neither (un-Islamic) customs nor desires, neither seeking praise nor status and other than it; rather it should be solely based on Eemaan and the aim behind it should be to attain Allaah’s reward and seeking after Allaah’s Pleasure. (3)

Finally, we remind all the youth – the certified students of knowledge amongst them, the Khutabaa and learners – that they continue to respect the elders, especially those elders who strove day and night to establish – by the Tawfeeq of Allaah – the Dawah in the UK. Whilst in the company of our beloved brother – (Abu Maryam – Salafipublication)- last Thursday, he enquired about Manchester and then mentioned that he knows a Mancunian brother who has great respect for elders, so we informed him that the reason behind such behaviour by the Tawfeeq of Allaah is because – from day one – the brother gave an attentive ear to the advice of elders even when his youthful self was urging him towards something else. Then Abu Maryam stated: “The elders and the youth are like the builders of the house and the furnishers -the builders (elders) know how to maintain the structure of the house. When one wants to know the house – in reality – he consults the builders and not the furnishers, because the builders (elders) have experience”.

Therefore, when it is the case that not only do our elders in the UK have experience, but rather they are also certified students of knowledge who are well known to the Ulama for over two decades, then it would be very naive of any young person – student of knowledge or learner – not to seek their advice. Alhamdulil laah, we at Al-Markazus Salafi have learnt from our mistakes and this why we constantly seek the advice of our elders in the UK, such as the likes of Shaikh Abu Khadeejah, Shaikh Abu Hakeem, Shaikh Abdul Ilaah, Shaikh Oways, Shaikh Abu Iyaadh, Shaikh Abu Idrees etc. They are known for their continuous adherence to the Sunnah and strong connection to the Ulama of Salafiyyah by the Tawfeeq of Allaah. May Allaah preserve them and all the Maraakiz Aameen. And Allaah knows best


[Ref 1: An Excerpt from ‘I’aanah Al-Mustafeed Bi-Sharhi Kitaab At-Tawheed’ pages 97-98’ Publisher: Ar-Risaalah Publishers 1st edition 1428AH (Year 2007). Slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 2: An Excerpt from ( لمحة عن الفرق الضالة )– pages 14 -15. slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 3: An Excerpt from ‘Badaa’i At-Tafseer Al-Jaami Limaa Fassarahu Al-Imaam Ibnul Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah’ Vol 1 pages 307-311. Publisher: Daar Ibn Al-Jawziyyah 2nd Ed, 1431AH- Slightly paraphrased]
buloogh al maraam hadeeth 398…kitab salaah. baab salatul eedayn

We Do Not Merely Recognize People Because of Certificates!

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

We Don’t Merely Recognize People Because of Certificates, But We Recognize Students of Knowledge Who Are Recognize By Scholars Due to Their Steadfastness and Service to The Sharee’ah

Al-Allaamah Siddeeq Hasan Khan [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said:

The aim behind the religious sciences is not to earn; rather it is for acquainting oneself with the realities of the (Islamic legislation) and to rectify one’s behaviour. The one who learns for the purpose of trade cannot be a scholar; rather he only resembles the scholars. The scholars unveiled what the drive behind this was and they spoke about it when the building of schools reached them at Baghdaad, so they held gatherings of knowledge and said: “The possessors of lofty ambitions and the pure souls used to pre-occupy themselves with it [i.e. knowledge] –those whose intention behind (seeking) knowledge was due to its nobility and the perfection (reached by way of it), so they came to the scholars to benefit from them and their knowledge. (1)

Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: If one says: Through what can sincerity in seeking knowledge be [present or attained]? We say: Sincerity in seeking knowledge can be [present or attained] by making an intention for the following:

[a] The fulfilment of Allaah’s command because Allaah [The Most High] commanded it (i.e. to seek knowledge). Allaah said: [فَاعْلَمْ أَنَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لِذَنبِكَ- So know (O Muhammad) that La ilaha ill-Allah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah), and ask forgiveness for your sin’’ (Surah Muhammad Ayah19)]
So Allaah [Glorified and Exalted be He] strongly urged (a person) towards acquiring knowledge. And strongly urging (someone) towards something necessitates having love for it; being pleased with it and commanding [one] to do it.

[b] To preserve Allaah’s Sharee’ah. That is because preserving Allaah’s Sharee’ah can be done by way of learning, memorization and writing.

[c] To protect and defend the Sharee’ah. That is because had it not been for the scholars no one would have protected or defended the Sharee’ah. And due to this we find the likes of Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah and other than him amongst the people of knowledge repelling ahlul bidah and clarifying the falsity of their innovations. We see that they reached a lot of good.

[d] To follow Muhammad’s [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] Sharee’ah. That is because it is not possible for you to follow his Sharee’ah until you learn about it. (2)

This is why we value the students at Salafipublications because – by the Tawfeeq of Allaah – they are known to the scholars for their steadfastness and consistency over the past 20 plus years. Many people appeared with certificates, but either deviated or fell into hizbiyyah, such as the likes of Suhaib Hasan, Abu Usaamah, Abu Muslimah, Yasir Qadhi, Bilal Philips and others [may Allaah rectify their affairs]. As for the students at Salafipublications and the other elder students who co-operate with them, such as the likes of Shaikh Abdul Ilaah, Shaikh Oways at-Taweel, Shaikh Hasan Somali and others, they stood firm by the Tawfeeq of Allaah. We remind the youth – including those recognized as students of knowledge amongst them – that it was these elder brothers – by the Tawfeeq of Allaah – who stood firm, work tirelessly to manifest the Salafi Dawah in the UK and refuted the likes of Ihyaa Turaath when they gathered their hizbi armies to destroy Salafiyyah in the UK. May Allaah reward them with abundant good, increase them in Thabaat and Ikhlaas Aameen.


[Ref 1: An Excerpt from (أبجد العلوم – Vol 1. pages 77-78. slightly paraphrased)]
[Ref 2: Source: Sharh Hilyah Taalib Al’Ilm’ pages16- 17. Slightly paraphrased]

Doctorate or Degree In Sharee’ah Does Not Automatically Give You Understanding Superior to That of Other People Recognized as Students of Knowledge By Scholars

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said that some of the people say that “Sincere intention in this present era of ours is difficult (to achieve) or it may be impossible (to achieve) because those who seek knowledge do so with the aim of receiving a certificate”. The Imaam replied to this statement saying that one’s intention is regarded to be corrupt if knowledge is sought in order to receive a certificate or a desire for an elevated worldly status by way of it. But a person’s intention is regarded to be good and not in opposition to sincerity if he wants an elevated status in order to benefit the people, for he knows that at present it is impossible for a person to achieve a high and beneficial position for the Ummah unless he has a certificate. And because of this, even if one were to find a scholar who is good in various affairs of knowledge but has no certificate, it will not be possible for him to teach even in high school and this is the reality. And you will find that the one lesser in knowledge than this scholar will be accepted (as a teacher) at a university as long as he has a certificate. So in accordance with a person’s (sincere) intention and choices the certificate is not considered harmful and its obtainment enters into the statement of the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him]: وما جاءك من هذا المال وأنت غير مشرف ولا سائل فخذه، وما لا فلا تتبعه نفسك – And what comes to you from this wealth without asking for it or having greed for it, take it; and if not given, do not run for it.” [Saheeh Al-Bukhaari. Number 1473. Vol 2. Book of Zakat] (1)

The Imaam also said: It maybe that a person come long (whilst) holding the certification of a doctorate (PhD), and take up the position of teaching in the faculties and universities, yet he is the most ignorant of people. And if a secondary grade student came, he would be better than him (in understanding and knowledge). This is witnessed. At present, there is to be found one who has a doctorate certificate, but he does not know anything of knowledge- either he succeeded by cheating or succeeded by a superficial success that did not establish knowledge in his mind (and heart), but he is employed because he has a doctorate. A person comes along – a good student of knowledge, from the best of people and better than this one with a doctoral degree a thousand times, but he is neither employed nor teaches at a faculty; why? Because he doesn’t have a doctorate. (2)


[Ref 1: Sharh Hilya Taalib Al-Ilm..page:22. paraphrased]
[Ref 2: Source: Sharh Riyaadus Saaliheen. Audio number 74a]

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Shaikh – [An Old Man, a Righteous Man or a Man Recognised By Scholar as One With Islamic Knowledge] [Part 1]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Shaikh – An Old Man

Allaah [The Most High] stated: [قَالَتْ يَا وَيْلَتَى أَأَلِدُ وَأَنَا عَجُوزٌ وَهَذَا بَعْلِي شَيْخًا إِنَّ هَذَا لَشَيْءٌ عَجِيبٌ – She (i.e. the wife of Ibraaheem) said (in astonishment): “Woe unto me! Shall I bear a child while I am an old woman, and here is my husband, a Shaikh (an old man?) Verily! This is a strange thing!] [Surah Hud. Aayah 72]

Allaah [The Most High] said: [قَالُوا يَا أَيُّهَا الْعَزِيزُ إِنَّ لَهُ أَبًا شَيْخًا كَبِيرًا فَخُذْ أَحَدَنَا مَكَانَهُ إِنَّا نَرَاكَ مِنَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ – They (i.e. Prophet Yusuf’s brohers) said: “O ruler of the land! Verily, he (i.e. Bin Yameen) has أَبًا شَيْخًا (an old father) (who will grieve for him); so take one of us in his place. Indeed we think that you are one of the Muhsinun (good-doers)]. [Surah Yusuf. Aayah 78]

Allaah [The Most High] said: [قَالَ مَا خَطْبُكُمَا قَالَتَا لَا نَسْقِي حَتَّى يُصْدِرَ الرِّعَاءُ وَأَبُونَا شَيْخٌ كَبِيرٌ – He (i.e. Prophet Muda) said: “What is the matter with you?” They (i.e. the two sisters) said: “We cannot water (our flocks) until the shepherds take (their flocks). And our father is a Shaikhun kabeer (a very old man)”.] [Surah Al-Qasas. Aayah 23]

Allaah [The Exalted] said:

[ هُوَ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ مِنْ تُرَابٍ ثُمَّ مِنْ نُطْفَةٍ ثُمَّ مِنْ عَلَقَةٍ ثُمَّ يُخْرِجُكُمْ طِفْلًا ثُمَّ لِتَبْلُغُوا أَشُدَّكُمْ ثُمَّ لِتَكُونُوا شُيُوخًا – He, it is Who has created you (Adam) from dust, then from a Nutfah (mixed semen drops of male and female discharge (i.e. Adam’s offspring) then from a clot (a piece of coagulated blood), then brings you forth as children, then (makes you grow) to reach the age of full strength, and afterwards to be Shyookhan (old men and women)…] [Surah Ghaafir. Aayah 67]

“If he has gray hair and his old age has become manifest, then he is a Shaikh” (1)

 

Shaikh – a Pious Person

Abdur Rahmaan Bin Abee Haatim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “I heard my father saying, ‘Hajjaaj Bin Firaasatah is a righteous Shaikh – one devoted to worship'”. (2)

 

Shaikh – A Person Recognised By Scholars as One With Knowledge

Raaghib Al-Isfahaanee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “It is said about the one who is aged “The Shaikh”. And it may be used among us regarding someone who has a lot of knowledge, because one of the affairs related to a Shaikh is that he has a lot of experience and knowledge”. (3)

Al-Allaamah Hasan Al-Bannah [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: 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(..)”. (4)

In the above statement of Al-Allaamah Hasan Al-Bannah [may Allaah have mercy upon him], he referred to some Salafi teachers – in the West – as Shuyookh and that they have knowledge. Indeed, we know very well that all the Salafi teachers who are referred to as Shaikh are of different levels in knowledge- some are Senior scholars and Mujtahideen, such as the likes of Al-Allamah Rabee Bin Haadee, Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan, Al-Allaamah Ubaid Bin Abdillah Al-Jaabiri and others [may Allaah preserve them]. All the other well known Salafi teachers who are referred to as Shaikh – whether they live in the West or in the Muslim lands – know the clear difference when this word Shaikh is applied to them and when applied to the above three scholars and those at their level. Likewise, Al-Allaamah Ubaid Bin Abdullah Al-Jaabiri refers to Shaikh Abdullah Al-Bukhaari [may Allaah preserve him] as Al-Allaamah, but one knows that neither Shaikh Abdullah nor anyone amongst the Salafiyyoon places Shaikh Abdullah at the same level as Shaikh Ubaid.

Likewise, when we say “Shaikh Abu Khadeejah, Shaikh Abu Hakeem, Shaikh Abu Idrees, Shaikh Abu Iyaadh and Shaikh Hasan Somali, Shaikh Abdul Ilaah, Shaikh Uways etc”, we do not intend that they are at the same level as Shaikh Abdullah Al-Bukhaari and those at his level; rather they have been referred to as Shuyookh by an experienced Senior Salafi Scholar and we know exactly what this means, which is that they have knowledge and deserve the title based on what that senior scholar (Al-Allaamah Hasan Al-Bannah) witnessed in person about them. However, it must be understood that neither do these elder brothers demand that they should be given the title Shaikh nor that whoever does not call them Shaikh is disrespectful; rather they were called Shaikh by Al-Allaamah Hasan al-Bannah who also mentioned that they have knowledge. Bear in mind that none forces you to call our elders “Shuyookh” nor is there any suspicion on anyone who refrains from doing so, rather refer to any of them as “Ustaadh” if you wish; but do not object when we call them Shaikh because we have a precedence and we know exactly what this implies. They are people well known for referring back to the Senior Scholars of the Ummah and transmit their works on various topics, clarify the sound Islamic methodology and refute all those who oppose the sound Islamic methodology of the Salafus Saaleh (The Pious Predecessors). This is the context in which Shaikh Hasan Al-Bannah referred to them as Mashaayikh. They are more aware of their level than us and they are not pretenders, rather their efforts in the path of Dawah, teaching and Tarbiyah in the West – together with constant consultation with the Senior Scholars of the Ummah – is well known. May Allaah increase them in knowledge, piety and sincerity Aameen.


[Ref 1: Lisaan Al-Arab 3/31-33]
[Ref 2: Al-Jarh Wat-Tadeel 3/164]
[Ref 3: Al-Mufradaat Fee Ghareeb Al-Qur’aan]
[Ref 4: During Al-Allamah Hasan Al-Bannah’s visit to the West]

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O servants of Allah. Indeed Allah has hidden the exact [date] of laylatul Qadr, as a mercy upon His servants and a test [for them]. So that they may increase in action in seeking it, and so the keen hard working person is distinguished from the lazy heedless one.

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Reminder By One of Our Beloved Brothers (Abu Maryam) Regarding Being Thankful

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Our beloved brother Abu Maryam (Tariq Al-Kashmeeri)- the one known for his love of Salafiyyah and its adherents- reminded us as follows…”The year is 2002…By the Grace of Allāh the Salafī Masjid in Birmingham opens its doors for the first time!  After years of struggle, feeling constrained, seeing the word “Salafī” tarnished and frowned upon, not having anything but a Bookstore and Islamic Centre [this centre being used for a bookstore, lessons, teaching young children], Allāh blessed us with a Masjid at a time when the Salafīs didn’t have the Masājid and Marākiz they have today. We were overjoyed, overwhelmed and grateful for the Blessing of Allāh upon us!!
The Masjid was instantly a base for the dissemination of knowledge. Brothers and sisters gathered, the smell of freshly painted walls, new carpet and perfume in the air! Abū Talhah (رحمه الله) teaching, Abū Hakeem (حفظه الله) returned from Al-Madīnah, Abū Khadeejah (حفظه الله) teaching; Abū Idrees would soon return. A place to now invite our elders Abū Iyaad, Abdulilah, Uways (حفظهم الله). Abū Hakeem opened this book and taught the Salafīs how to run their first Masjid in our city!
The point of mentioning this is that, as our scholars mentioned many times, giving thanks to Allāh is a necessity due to His Mercy and abundance of blessings upon the Salafī youth here. No doubt, Allāh has showered us with blessings upon blessings since that time. We’ve had Masājid and Marākiz open, up and down the country and our brothers and sisters in those communities have felt the same joy we felt.
As Allāh ﷻ said:  [‎وَإِذۡ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكُمۡ لَىِٕن شَكَرۡتُمۡ لَأَزِیدَنَّكُمۡۖ – And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings)…] [Surah Ibraaheem. Aayah 7]
Alhamdulillah, how times have changed! As Abū Khadeejah mentioned the other day in his speech after Jumu’ah, “Although they (Ahlul-Bid’ah) may hate it, the Salafīs are front and centre now!” Blessings upon blessings! We can’t thank Allāh enough for these affairs and must *keep striving to aid one another for the Sake of Allāh. Heartwarming to see new projects near completion and commutes getting stronger, may Allāh continue to bless our communities and keep us united upon the Sunnah. [end of quote]
May Allaah preserve our beloved brother Abu Maryam, preserve all the Maraakiz and teachers Aameen.

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Eminent Shaykh, a message that people have been circulating on mobile phones has reached me, which is to increase in giving in charity on the nights of the 21st, 23rd, 25th and 27th. Is this correct?

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