Author: The Salafi Centre of Manchester

Mutual Co-operation and Consultation

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

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 Hereafter – 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.

As for Taqwa, its reality is to act in obedience to Allaah based on Eemaan in Allaah and hoping for Allaah’s Reward- fulfil what Allaah has commanded based on having Eemaan in that which Allaah has commanded and affirming the reward Allaah has promised; abandon what Allaah has forbidden based on one’s belief that what Allaah has forbidden is forbidden and fearing Allaah’s punishment, just as Talq Bin Habeeb [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “When Fitna occurs, extinguish it with Taqwa”. So the people said, “What is Taqwa?” He said, “You act in obedience to Allaah upon a light from Allaah [i.e. Eemaan, sincerity, guidance etc] and hoping for reward from Allah. And you abandon disobedience to Allaah upon a light from Allah and fearing the punishment of Allah”. This is the best of that which has been stated regarding Taqwa, because indeed there has to be an aim and a goal behind every deed. 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. (1)

Imaam Al-Hasan al-Basree [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “By Allaah! Never have a people sought advice except that they were guided to the best of what was available to them”. Then he recited [the statement of Allaah]: [وَأَمۡرُهُمۡ شُورَىٰ بَيۡنَہُمۡ – And (the Believers) who (conduct) their affairs by mutual consultation] [42:38]

Al-Allaamah Zaid Bin Haadi Al-Mad’khali [may Allaah have mercy upon him] stated: Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic] commanded His Messenger Muhammad [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] to consult his companions in some affairs. Allaah [Glorified be He and free is He from all imperfections] said:

[وَشَاوِرۡهُمۡ فِى ٱلۡأَمۡرِ‌ۖ فَإِذَا عَزَمۡتَ فَتَوَكَّلۡ عَلَى ٱللَّهِ‌ۚ – and consult them in the affairs. Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah] [3:159]

He is the example to be followed by the Ummah, therefore when it is the case that Allaah commanded him [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] to consult his companions, then there is even a greater reason that the Muslims are in need of consultation amongst themselves. When a difficulty that is related to a Muslim’s religious and worldly affairs occurs, then indeed it is fitting that he consults someone whom he considers reliable, wise, truthful and sincere. He examines [the advice] given by that person, then he makes a choice – either to take that advice or decides not to take it based on what he is satisfied with, in relation to his personal affairs. The hadeeth places emphasis on the fact that consultation guides to the best outcomes, and due to this it is said: “The one who consults [others] does not regret [thereafter InShaaAllaah] and the one who performs Istikhaarah will not fail [to achieve good]”. Both Istikhaarah and consultation are legislated and a lot of good is achieved by way of them, as opposed to when affairs are pursued in a rigid and haphazard manner, for indeed this might lead to regret and harm. (2)

Finally, teaching books of the scholars and promoting brotherhood is a praiseworthy affair, but this does not mean that the one who manifests zeal in these affairs is one worthy of being from those whose opinion is sought after first and foremost; rather we return to the elder teachers for advice and consult them when our community embarks upon specific important affairs. When you consult those elder students who are in their fifties, then indeed you will come to know the great difference between their advice and that of others who are much younger than them. The youngsters – even including those who have reached the age of forty – cannot give Tarbiya to others; rather elders are the ones who can give Tarbiyah. Some of us have now reached the age of 52, 55 and 59, yet we constantly return to our elders, so how about anyone in his early forties who thinks that he has enough experience to deal with affairs independently – something neither certified for him by a single scholar nor an elder student in his mid fifties! As for the Nwaazil, our elder teachers in the UK are the first to make it known that we must return to the senior Ulama for guidance, such as the likes of Al Allaamah Rabee and Al Allaamah Saalih Al Fawzaan.

[Ref 1: 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]
[Ref 2: An Excerpt from ‘Awnul Ahadis Samad Sharh Al-Adab Al-Mufrad’ 1/285. slightly paraphrased]

The Big Difference When Our Elder Salafi Teachers Visit Scholars And Other Elder Teachers In The Muslim Lands

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

When our elder teachers visit the scholars, neither do they seek to rewrite history nor make it seem as if their visit is more important than that of others; neither making it seem as if their visit is a revival of something abandoned nor seeking to inflate the importance of their visit, nor patronising others; rather they bring us beneficial reminders that are free from exaggeration. Look at tweets below by Shaikh Abdul Ilaah and Shaikh Abu Hakeem [may Allaah preserve them]

Sh Abdulmuhsin al-Abbad Hafidhahullah gave us a gift bag containing his books and he mentioned that dawah will go forward with ikhlaas,Sidq and adherence to the Sunnah. May Allah bless the few scholars upon the Sunnah that are left and aid all the Muslims to adhere to the truth.

Sh Al-Muhadith Abdulmuhsin al-Abbad showed kindness and he gave us refreshments . May Allah reward him with good. He was very happy to hear Sh Abu Hakeem’s parents becoming Muslim along with his older brother. He said this is the best gift to give them.

Sh Abdulmuhsin al-Abbad advised with following the great scholars of this time, Sh AbdulAziz Bin Baz, Sh Muhammad bin Saalih al-Uthaimeen, Sh Muhammad Nasr Udeen al-Albaani rahimahum Allah. Upon the masaajid Sunnah to Cooperate upon birr n taqwa.

Sh Abdulmuhsin mentioned the importance of fearing Allah and being firm upon the Sunnah of the Messenger sallallahualaihiwasallam far away from following dispraised opinion over the authentic narrations.

Alhamdulilah by the grace of Allah, Sh Abu Hakeem, Ustaadh Abu Humaid and I visited Sh Abdulmuhsin al-Abbad hafhidhahullah in his house yesterday 8/3/2023. He was very welcoming and in good health Allahuma baarik. He answered all of our questions may Allah reward him with good.

Sh Abdulhakeem Dahhas mentioned the beautiful manners of the Messenger sallallahualaihiwasallam by explaining the hadeeth of Mu’aawiyyah bin Hakam al-Sulami radhiallaahu ‘anhu in Saheeh Muslim whereby he said the Messenger sallallahualaihiwasallam was the best of teachers…

We also had a beneficial sitting with Sh Arafaat Al Muhammadi this evening, we discussed a number of da’wah related matters. That was followed by dinner with the noble Sh Abdul Hakeem Dahhās of Algeria. His ability to extrapolate benefits from the book of Allah is truly amazing!

On this trip, I accompanied my beloved brother n respected senior Sh Abu Hakeem who’d studied with Sh Abdulmuhsin al-Abbad in the first of the Sunnans that he taught being Sunan al-Nisaai in 1993/94. Much benefit from his Companionship from the stories of the scholars he’d met.

Truly a special sitting with the Shaikh. The Shaikh and his sons welcomed some of their relatives who had come to visit the family, and then asked us about families then gave us time for our issues. We asked questions pertinent to our centres in the Uk and da’wah related issues

Dr. Abdulilah Lahmami: One can just reflect upon those good old days when Sh Abdulmuhsin al-Abbad hafidhahullah when he was teaching Sunan Bin Maajah and going through about 13 hadeeth a day, 6 days a week, scholars of Hadeeth send much sallam upon the Prophet sallallahualaihiwasallam, the happiest ppl

Dr. Abdulilah Lahmami: Sh Abdullah al-Bukhaari hafidhahullah advised with the importance of adherenceto the truth even if the followers be few.

Dr. Abdulilah Lahmami: Sh Abdulmuhsin al-Abbad even with all the knowledge that Allah blessed him with, showed humility, kindness, compassion giving gifts. After completing 7 books of hadeeth Allahuma baarik he never mentioned it but instead was concerned for his students. [end of quotes]

We do not find a single tweet above that is similar to the statements of those who patronise or belittle others; rather, the above tweets reminds us to be humble. Iyaad Bin Himaar [radiyallaahu-anhu] reported that Allaah’s Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] addressed them and said, “Verily, Allaah has revealed to me that you must be humble towards one another, so that no one oppresses another or boasts to another”.

Al-Allaamah Zayd Bin Haadi Al-Mad’khali [rahimahullaah] stated: This great hadeeth is from the Jawaami Al-Kalim [i.e. a short statement that contains a vast meaning]. In this hadeeth, the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi Wasallam] guides us to humbleness, whose opposite is haughtiness, transgression, belittling the people and mocking at them. As for the humble person, he that one who has Islamic manners and deals with his Muslim brothers based on Islamic brotherhood- neither transgresses against them nor mocks at them; neither belittles their rights nor treats them in an evil manner through speech or action. You always see him forgoing his rights out of humility to Allaah [The Blessed and Exalted].

The heart is the place where humility resides and it manifests on the limbs through good speech, good deeds and good dealings with others, and thus a person earns abundant reward. When a Muslim possesses this quality and refrains from exalting himself above the people, then indeed he fights against its opposites, such as belittling others, looking down on the people, treating them in an evil manner through speech and action, and other than that; rather he establishes the rights of brotherhood based on Eemaan just as Islaam calls to this great quality.

This hadeeth guides one to abandon transgression and to be humble. It is [not permissible for] anyone to transgress against another person- neither through speech nor deeds- meaning: Do not transgress against him and thus oppress him. Do not [violate] his honour, blood and wealth, and through this brotherhood based on Eemaan is established, the Muslim actualises this great quality and thus Allaah raises his status. [An Excerpt from ”At-leeqaat Al-Maleehah Alaa Sisilah Al-Ahaadeeth As-Saheehah. Vol 1. page 92. slightly paraphrased]

[1] History Refuses to Be Rewritten! Has There Been a Period During Which Salafiyyoon of The West Solely Relied On Books and Stopped Travelling to Scholars?!

[2] History Refuses to Be Rewritten! Ongoing Connection of The Teachers With the Upright People of Knowledge

[1] Setting The Record Straight! [What Have Elder Teachers Been Doing In UK Since 1993 When Some of Us Just Started Secondary School?!] Reflect On a Statement of Al-Allaamah Muhammad Amaan Al-Jaami

[3] Setting The Record Straight – [Salafiyyoon, Their Scholars and Elder Teachers Constantly Wage War Against Illegal Partisanship – Internally and Externally]


We ask Allaah to beautify our manners

Ahlul Bidah’s Final Satanic Plot When Constantly Overwhelmed By Ahlus Sunnah’s Proofs

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

Murder and Wars – [Ahlul Bidah’s Final Satanic Plot When Constantly Overwhelmed By Ahlus Sunnah’s Proofs]

Abdullah Bin Mas’ood [may Allaah be pleased with him] said that Allah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “The first (thing) that will be decided among people on the Day of Judgment will pertain to bloodshed”. [Saheeh Muslim. Hadeeth Number 1678a]

Imaam An-Nawawi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “This hadith shows the severeness of bloodshed and that it will be the first thing that will be judged between people on the Day of Resurrection because of its greatness and extreme danger. This hadith does not contradict the well-known hadith in the Sunan that “The first thing a person will be questioned about is the prayer”, because this hadeeth is about an affair between Allaah and the person, whereas the first hadeeth (i.e. judgement in matters related to bloodshed) is an affair between the people”. [Sharh Saheeh Muslim. Vol 11. page 139]

The Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “The termination of the world means less to Allah than the killing of a Muslim (i.e. without right)”. [Saheeh Al-Jaami 9208]

Amr Ibn Al-Hamiq [may Allaah be pleased with him] reported that Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “Whenever a man promises safety for another man’s life and then kills him, I disavow myself from him even if the victim was an unbeliever”. [Saheeh Al-Jaami 6103]

Uqbah Ibn Aamir [may Allaah be pleased with him] reported that Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “Whoever meets Allah whilst neither associating anything with Him nor spilling sacred blood will enter Paradise”. [Silsilah As-Saheehah 2923]

The people said to Jundub [may Allaah be pleased with him], “Advise us”. He said, “The first thing of the human body to putrefy is the abdomen, so he who can eat nothing but good food [halaal and earned lawfully] should do so, and he who does as much as he can that nothing intervenes between him and paradise by not shedding even a handful of blood [i.e. unlawful killing], should do so”. [Saheeh Al-Bukhaari 7152]

A man wrote to Ibn Umar [may Allaah be pleased with him and his father] and asked him to write down all knowledge for him; so he replied to him, saying, “Indeed, knowledge is plentiful, but if you are able to meet Allaah whilst not shedding people’s blood, not taking their wealth (unlawfully) and violating their honour, then do so”. [Siyar A’laam An-Nubulaa 3/222]

The Murder of Shaikh Jameel Ar-Rahmaan [may Allaah have mercy upon him]

Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadee Al Madkhalee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “We do not say that there are people of ijtihaad amongst ahlul bidah because they are followers of desires, and Allaah and His Messenger have testified to this. The misguided innovator stirs up discord and errs, and then says to you, ‘This is ijtihaad’. And when Hikmatiyaar and the misguided parties (in Afghanistan) murdered Shaikh Jameel Ur-Rahmaan, they said, ‘This is ijtihaad’. Making lawful the spilling of the blood of the Salafis is ijtihaad to them! This is what it is, they (ahlul bidah) do not fall upon an affair of misguidance or a calamity except that they say, ‘This is ijtihaad’. This is a dilution of Islaam, mixing falsehood, misguidance and bidah with truth when the mistakes of the (real scholars of ijtihaad) for which they are rewarded are placed at the same level with innovation in religion about which the Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] has informed us that it leads to the fire”. (1)

Shaikh Abdullaah Al-Bukhaari [may Allaah preserve him] said about Shaikh Jameel Ar-Rahmaan [may Allaah have mercy upon him]: He was a scholar and a teacher; active in calling to the Book and the Sunnah; [manifested] opposition against Bidah and waged war against it; made every effort to manifest Tawheed and the Sunnah. He spoke little, kept quiet a lot and reflected much. He was a person of [good] etiquettes and lofty manners alongside a great deal of humility. He was a [person] of careful thought and consideration; a worshipper; [a man] of Zuhd and eager in spreading Sunni-Salafi learning. He established an institute called Al-Ma’had Ash-Shar’ee Li-I’daad Ad-Du’aat in Peshawar. A number of callers (to Islaam) studied in this institute and its aim was to facilitate callers [to Islaam] with sound knowledge of the sharee’ah – founded upon the Qur’aan and the Sunnah. And the affair was just as he [rahimahullaah] intended. And from the efforts of the institute was the publication of Salafi Books and among those books were “Manhaj Wa Diraasaat Li-Aayaat al-Asmaa Was-Sifaat” written by Imaam Muhammad Al-Ameen Ash-Shanqeetee [may Allaah have mercy upon him], “Usool Fil Bid’ah Was-Sunan” written by Al-Allaamah Muhammad Ahmad Al-Adawi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] -a beneficial and good treatise; and also the book written by Al-Allaamah Muhammad Sultaan Al-Masoomee Al-Makki [may Allaah have mercy upon him] titled, “Is The Muslim Obliged to Follow a Specific Mad’hab From The Four Mad’habs” and many other books besides them.
These efforts infuriated Ahlul Bidah amongst the hizbiyyeen [the illegal partisans] and those affiliated with them; so they pondered, contemplated and masterminded his killing. They embarked upon that which gives a clear indication of their malicious intentions and rage against the Sunnah and its people. They waged war against the caller to Tawheed and Sunnah-the one who erected the true flag of Jihaad [i.e. during the Soviet-Afghan war -1979- 1989]. So, they besieged Sheikh Jameel and surrounded his people, and they sought the aid of the evil and aggressive people- every vandal and destructive person- for the purpose of putting an end to the banner [i.e. the call] to Tawheed and the Sunnah!! He [may Allaah have mercy upon him] was murdered on a Friday at the hands of one of the young Kharijites with the support of the people of misguidance. Everyone kept quiet about it. However, Safar al-Hawali claimed that it was fitnah in which Allaah saved their hands and tongues from [involvement]! This is a statement of truth by way of which falsehood is intended, for they did not speak with truth; rather (they did) the opposite and their tongues were not saved from keeping quiet about falsehood; rather they spoke with falsehood from the angle of not speaking truth- out of forsaking [Ahlus Sunnah], hiding and defending those whom they have praised for a very long time, such as Hikmatiyaar, Sayyaaf Rabbaanee and those affiliated with them, whose defects were exposed, their resentment towards Tawheed and its people. (2)

The People of Bid’ah Are The Ones Who Start The Wars- By Al Allaamah Saalih Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him]:

[Ref 1: Ajwibatul Allaamatush Shaikh Rabee Bin Haadee Al Madkhalee Alaa As-ilah Abee Rawaaha Al-Manhajiyyah. page: 20]

[Ref 2: Paraphrased Excerpt]

Lesson Notifications at Salaficentre (Al-Markazus Salafi) – Manchester

Assalaamu alaykum warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuhu. We pray that all the noble brothers and sisters are well. May Allaah preserve all of us upon Salafiyyah Aameen.

Firstly, in order to limit miscommunication, brothers and sisters are reminded that all lessons – during the week and weekends – are on as normal unless stated otherwise – directly- by the Masjid Admin or the teacher.

Secondly, all lesson notifications – in most cases – go out at different times with enough time for the attendees to get ready InShaaAllaah. May Allaah bless the individual who has been fulfilling this task. Here is an example of the different times when notifications have been sent out via Twitter:

Lesson reminder sent out at 17:06pm [07/01/23]
Lesson reminder sent out at 17:28pm [21/01/23]
Lesson reminder sent out at 13.09 [04/02/23]
Lesson reminder sent out at 9:15 [11/02/23]
Lesson reminder sent out 19:30 [17/02/23]
Lesson reminder sent out at 12:31 [04/03/23]

Thirdly, besides the fact that lessons – during the week and during weekends- are on unless stated otherwise by the Masjid Committee or the teacher, please do not solely rely on the “Benefits and Reminders WhatsApp Group” unless details are directly posted from Masjid Twitter Account. InShaaAllaah, this will limit miscommunication.

Finally, neither Asim (Tuition Club Headteacher) nor any Masjid Committee Member [Abu Khaalid (Dawud), Abul Faarooq (Kamaal), Abu Eesa (Faizal), Abu Aa’isha (Amjad), Abu Abee Bakr (Abu Mu’aawiyah- Abdullah)] carries out the task; rather it is given to another person with authorised access to the Masjid Twitter Account.

Jazaakumullaahu Khayran

Obesity In Some Muslim Countries

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

Reported in arabiya news by Jennifer Bell, Al Arabiya English: Almost 60 pct of Saudi population overweight, obese. Almost 60 percent of Saudi Arabia’s adult population are either overweight or obese, according to the latest figures revealed ahead of World Obesity Day – but the Kingdom still fairs better than its GCC neighbors.

According to the Global Obesity Observatory, 20.2 percent of people in the Kingdom are classed as obese – having a Body Mass Index (a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters) over 30 – while a further 38.2 percent are classed as overweight (a BMI over 25).

However, Saudi Arabia has the least prevalence of obesity in the GCC.
Kuwait has the highest prevalence – with almost 80 percent of its population overweight or obese – followed by Bahrain (72.4 percent), Qatar (70.1 percent), the UAE (67.9 percent) and Oman (66.2 percent).

When it comes to children, 10.5 percent of the under-18 population in Saudi Arabia is either overweight or obese, compared to half (49.5 percent) of children in Kuwait.

The global prevalence of obesity has increased manifold in the past few decades and the Middle Eastern regions notably are reporting extremely high obesity rates. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), obesity rates have nearly tripled since 1975 and five times in children and adolescents. It is a problem that affects people of all ages.

Sedentary lifestyle, lack of physical exercise and high calorie diets are common contributory factors to the increasing prevalence of obesity. [End o quote]

Indeed, whether the above information is accurate or not, one must strive to follow the Sunnah in this affair. Read here:

No Bigoted Attachment to Personalities Amongst UK Salafiyyoon

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

Al-Allaamah Zayd Bin Haadi Al-Madkhali [may Allaah have mercy upon him] stated: There is no (unrestricted or unconditional) allegiance except to Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] because he is infallible and never speaks out of his desires. As for unrestricted allegiance to personalities whether they are correct or mistaken, then indeed this is not permissible for the seeker of knowledge. On the other hand, he should look to such and such Shaikhs as to which of them is upon uprightness and is following the Manhaj of the Salaf. This is the one whom we place our hands on his hands- not out of blameworthy blind following, rather due to the fact that he is upon the truth. So we agree with him upon truth and follow a singular path in obedience to the statement of Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic]: [وَأَنَّ هَٰذَا صِرَاطِي مُسْتَقِيمًا فَاتَّبِعُوهُ ۖ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا السُّبُلَ فَتَفَرَّقَ بِكُمْ عَن سَبِيلِهِ – And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path] [6:153]

As for the one who selects Shaikhs, leaders and guides, whilst being in agreement with them- in what is correct and wrong- to the extent that they do not leave their Manhaj whether they are correct or wrong, then these are the people who bring evil upon themselves and upon others. And if they do not repent, then they are most worthy of being blamed. So the affair-and all praise belongs to Allaah- is clear and it is not permissible for a person to be in confusion regarding this affair. Therefore, we are with those who follow the straight path-we follow a singular path which Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic] has commanded us to follow and which the messenger called us to. And those you follow the wrong path or are mistaken in many of their affairs, or in some of their affairs, we leave him [i.e. we leave his mistakes or abandon him when he deserves to be boycotted]. None is followed in everything except the Messenger of Allaah [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam]. As for the people, then indeed they can be correct or mistaken. Indeed, we do not follow them and we do not follow their footsteps solely because they are Shaikhs, Callers to Islaam, leaders or guides; rather you should be with the people of the Salafi Manhaj-those who follow the correct manhaj and correct understanding. (1)

The UK Salafiyyoon and their well-known brothers in other regions of the earth stood firm against the Qutubiyyah, the Sooriyyah, the Ikhwaanees, the Hajaawirah, the figureheads of Bidah (such as Abdur Rahmaan Abdul Khaaliq, Salmaan Al-Awdah, Safar Al-Hawali, Abul Hasan Al-Maribi, Ali Al-Halabi, Yahyah Al-Hajuri, Muhammad Al-Maghraawi) and their staunch followers. They do not even tolerate the transgression of those who have not been declared innovators, such as the likes of Muhammad Bin Haadi and his ilk. Indeed, our brothers at Maktabah Salafi have been at the forefront of the battle against all the heads of Bidah in the UK, stood firm and transmitted the verdicts of the senior scholars against all the heads of Bidah and the transgressors. During all the trials related to Manhaj and Aqeedah – by the Tawfeeq of Allaah, the elders at Salafipublications and the Maraakiz neither gave precedence to falsehood nor allowed its adherents to beautify it; neither sought to find lame excuses for the promoters of falsehood nor the oppressors; neither entertained blind following nor allowed the status of anyone to take precedence over the truth; rather they and their well-known brothers in the other regions of the world- due to following the footsteps of the scholars of Sunnah – have constantly aided the people of Sunnah, work tirelessly to maintain unity and allegiance to the Sunnah. This is what Al-Allaamah Ubaid Bin Abdillaah Al-Jaabiri [may Allaah have mercy upon him], Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi Al-Mad’khali [may Allaah preserve him] and others know about Salafipublications and their brothers in the UK, and this is – to this day – manifest for everyone to see. May Allaah continue to unite all the Salafiyyoon upon the sound Aqeedah and the sound Manhaj stances, protect them from all the causes of differing in Aqeedah and Manhaj, increase the love and compassion between them, and continue to guide the masses to this bless Manhaj Aameen. Whoever claims or insinuates that the UK Salafiyyoon are guilty of bigoted attachment to any personality or individual, then either he does not understand what bigoted attachment necessitates or he is guilty of slander, and may Allaah guide him Aameen.


Part 3: To Abandon Innovations, Hizbiyyah (Partisanship), Differing, Sectarianism, and Establishing the Call to Unity: Imām Ahmad bin Hanbal’s Usūl As-Sunnah (The Foundations of the Sunnah) with the explanation of Shaikh An-Najmi.

Brotherhood Should Be Based On Genuine Love, Enjoining Good, Forbidding Evil and Sincere Advice


[Ref 1: العقد المنضد الجديد في الإجابة على مسائل في الفقه والمناهج والتوحيد -(page:144) ]

Some Causes of Poor Health

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

The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “The best of the people are those living in my generation, then those who will follow the latter and then those who come after them. Then there will come after them people who will be treacherous and will not be trustworthy, they will bear witness without being asked to do so, and they will vow, but will never fulfil their vows, and fatness will appear among them”. [Saheeh Al-Bukhaari. Number 6695]

Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “They give false testimony, act treacherously and deceitfully. They behave in a very sinful manner and follow evil desires, except those whom Allaah safeguards amongst the Taa’ifatul Mansoorah [i.e. the aided group of Muslims upon the straight path] – those whom Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] praised. Therefore, it is obligated on us to acquire knowledge for the sake of Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic] and act upon it. Ignorance is a deadly disease and knowledge is a weapon that will destroy you if you do not act upon it, and Allaah’s refuge is sought”. [Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm pages 268-270]

Imaam An-Nawawi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said regarding the statement, “They will bear witness without being asked to do so”, this can mean that they bear witness before being asked, or they bear witness based on falsehood, or they give witness without being from those who are worthy of it”. [Sharh Saheeh Muslim 12/17]

However, there is another Hadeeth in which the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] stated, “Should I not inform you about the best of witnesses, they are those who bear witness before being asked”. The scholars say that what is intended by this hadeeth is for example: someone has a witness to give on behalf of another person based on truth, but the person does not know about it, so he [i.e. the one who should give the witness] informs the person about it; or for example, a person has already passed away and another person knows what the deceased person has left behind as inheritance, so he bears witness to that and makes it known. [Fat-hul Baari 5/260]

And regarding the statement, “And fatness will appear among them”, Imaam Muhammad Bin Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “Meaning, these people give importance to the means of fattening themselves – food, drink and over-abundance. So, their only concern is their bodies and fattening themselves. As for being fat without choice, then one cannot be blamed for that, just as a person cannot be blamed for being tall, short, black or white…”[Majmoo Al-Fataawaa 10/1056]

Imaam Muhammad Bin Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: The (type) of luxurious lifestyle that exist (today) is that a person does not desire except to drive a comfortable vehicle and to build a spectacular mansion. He does not want to receive any inconvenience – neither (feeling) cold during cold (days) nor the heat during hot (days), nor does he want to be touched by anything, so he (finds) himself in complete luxury. And because of this, health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure and breathlessness is rife amongst them due to a lack of (minimun required) movement (or activity). So, you find some youth climbing a mountain and even before getting halfway, he becomes breathless, (whilst) someone else older than him finds himself in ease, because he [i.e. this older person] is accustomed (to some hardship) but he (i.e. this youth) is not. [Sharh Hilyati Taalibal Ilm. page 40]

Read article by Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [may Allaah preserve him]: Health, Sickness, Du’ā for the Sick, Diet and the Immune System―in Light of Islamic Teachings. (Ibn Al-Qayyim, Adh-Dhahabi, As-Sa’di):

A Brief History of Salafi Study Circles In Manchester

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

Allaah [The Exalted] stated in the story of Prophet Yusuf [peace be upon him]:

فَلَمَّا ٱسۡتَيۡـَٔسُواْ مِنۡهُ خَلَصُواْ نَجِيًّ۬ا‌ۖ قَالَ ڪَبِيرُهُمۡ أَلَمۡ تَعۡلَمُوٓاْ أَنَّ أَبَاكُمۡ قَدۡ أَخَذَ عَلَيۡكُم مَّوۡثِقً۬ا مِّنَ ٱللَّهِ وَمِن قَبۡلُ مَا فَرَّطتُّمۡ فِى يُوسُفَ‌ۖ فَلَنۡ أَبۡرَحَ ٱلۡأَرۡضَ حَتَّىٰ يَأۡذَنَ لِىٓ أَبِىٓ أَوۡ يَحۡكُمَ ٱللَّهُ لِى‌ۖ وَهُوَ خَيۡرُ ٱلۡحَـٰكِمِينَ
ٱرۡجِعُوٓاْ إِلَىٰٓ أَبِيكُمۡ فَقُولُواْ يَـٰٓأَبَانَآ إِنَّ ٱبۡنَكَ سَرَقَ وَمَا شَہِدۡنَآ إِلَّا بِمَا عَلِمۡنَا وَمَا ڪُنَّا لِلۡغَيۡبِ حَـٰفِظِينَ
وَسۡـَٔلِ ٱلۡقَرۡيَةَ ٱلَّتِى ڪُنَّا فِيہَا وَٱلۡعِيرَ ٱلَّتِىٓ أَقۡبَلۡنَا فِيہَا‌ۖ وَإِنَّا لَصَـٰدِقُونَ
قَالَ بَلۡ سَوَّلَتۡ لَكُمۡ أَنفُسُكُمۡ أَمۡرً۬ا‌ۖ فَصَبۡرٌ۬ جَمِيلٌ‌ۖ عَسَى ٱللَّهُ أَن يَأۡتِيَنِى بِهِمۡ جَمِيعًا‌ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ هُوَ ٱلۡعَلِيمُ ٱلۡحَڪِيمُ

So, when they despaired of him, they held a conference in private. The eldest among them said: “Know you not that your father did take an oath from you in Allah’s Name, and before this you did fail in your duty with Yusuf (Joseph)? Therefore I will not leave this land until my father permits me, or Allah decides my case (by releasing Benjamin) and He is the Best of the judges. “Return to your father and say, ‘O our father! Verily, your son (Benjamin) has stolen, and we testify not except according to what we know, and we could not know the unseen! “And ask (the people of) the town where we have been, and the caravan in which we returned, and indeed we are telling the truth.” He [Ya’qub (Jacob)] said: “Nay, but your ownselves have beguiled you into something. So patience is most fitting (for me). May be Allah will bring them (back) all to me. Truly He! only He is All-Knowing, All-Wise.” [Surah Yusuf Aayaat 80-83]

Regarding the Aayah: [ ٱرۡجِعُوٓاْ إِلَىٰٓ أَبِيكُمۡ فَقُولُواْ يَـٰٓأَبَانَآ إِنَّ ٱبۡنَكَ سَرَقَ وَمَا شَہِدۡنَآ إِلَّا بِمَا عَلِمۡنَا وَمَا ڪُنَّا لِلۡغَيۡبِ حَـٰفِظِينَ – Return to your father and say, ‘O our father! Verily, your son (Benjamin) has stolen, and we testify not except according to what we know, and we could not know the unseen!]- Meaning, he (Benjamin) has been held back because he committed theft and we could not come back with him despite the fact that we did our utmost to (free him). The reality is that we did not witness anything that we have no knowledge, but rather we witnessed that which we have knowledge of, because indeed we saw the golden bowl removed from his bag. [وَمَا ڪُنَّا لِلۡغَيۡبِ حَـٰفِظِينَ – and we could not know the unseen!] – Meaning, if we knew the unseen, we would not have been eager to make effort so that he returns with us and we would not have given you our firm oath. We did not think that the affair will end up in this manner (i.e. not able to come back with Benjamin). [An Excerpt from Tafseer As-Sadi. slightly paraphrased]

Therefore, we can only testify to what we have witnessed as well as what has been reported to us by reliable people of Sunnah. Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [may Allaah preserve him] stated about Dawah/Study Circles in Manchester as follows: “Manchester has a long history of Salafi da’wah, māshā Allāh Allāhumma bārik. Dr Faisal Malik and myself were living in Rusholme — and Abu Iyaad (who was in Essex Uni at the time doing his phd) would visit us. And we would visit him in Essex. Abu A’ishah (my elder brother who was doing his phd in Manchester Uni) set up the Quran and Sunnah society because the Islamic Soc was run by Ikhwanis. Very active period of time: regular lectures at Ambrose (Manchester Uni prayer hall, a converted church building), also at Salford Uni and UMIST. A lot of battles on campus with Fosis, HT, Ikhwanis, takfīris, etc. It was in this period (late 1995 and early 1996) that we split from Jimas (after the Ali Tamimi visit) and we set up Oasis, which was dissolved in the same year (1996) after the Oasis conference in Birmingham. Then after that we set up Salafi Publications: Myself, Abu Iyaad, Abu Talhah (rahimahullāh) along with our brother Abu Hakeem who was in Madinah. Dawah spread through the website, yahoo email groups, book publications, translations, audios, “blazing meteor” series, etc. That was the era of Ibn Bāz, Al-Albāni, Ibn Uthaimīn, Muqbil, Rabee, An-Najmi, Ubayd, etc — visits from Abdus-Salām Burjis, Abu Anas Hamad Uthman, Muhammad Ibn Hādī, Al-Anjari, Ali Hasan, Salīm al-Hilāli, etc. Foundation years: from 1993 to 2001, I’d say. A lot of the brothers who stood firm are still around, though some have died since, may Allah protect the living and have mercy on the deceased”. [End of quote] [An Except from Shaikh Abu Khadeejah’s statement]

Some of us- including myself – did not witness this period of Dawah/Study circles – between early 90s and the beginning of 1995; rather Allaah guided us to Salafi study circles at the end of 95 after attending a lecture at the university mosque delivered by Shaikh Abu Khadeejah, Shaikh Abu Iyaad and I think the third speaker was Shaikh Abu Hakeem. Immediately after these lectures, we were encouraged by the likes of my beloved elder brother Abul Haarith (Ismaa’eel As-Seneghaalee)- at Masjid Al-Huda at present – to attend lessons delivered by Murad Al-Jazaa’iri [may Allaah return him to what is correct Aameen] at Manchester University Mosque. We continued to attend the only Salafi study circles at the time until Al-Markazus Salafi was established in 2002. There was only one permanent teacher throughout this period as far as I know; then in 2004 – after the Masjid had already been established in 2002, fitna took place between brothers and thus Murad decided to stop teaching. So, we asked Salafipublications to help re-establish study circles. Shaikh Abu Khadeejah, Shaikh Abu Iyaad and Shaikh Abu Hakeem, as well as my beloved first Arabic teacher Ustaadh Abu Harun, started their visits to Manchester. Shaikh Abu Khadeejah and Shaikh Abu Hakeem visited every month, Shaikh Abu Iyaad gave a regular Telelink (Al-Arba’een An-Nawawiyyah, Sitta Mawaadi Minas Seerah etc) and Ustaadh Abu Harun introduced us to Madeenah Book 1. These lessons, especially Shaikh Abu Iyaad’s, carried on for a very long time; then Ustaadh Abu Mu’aad (may Allaah bless him) – who came to Manchester in 2001 or 2002 to study at Manchester University and also used to attend Murad’s study circle at university mosque, and thereafter travelled to Jaami’ah Islamiyyah in 2004 – returned from the Jaami’ah in 2010 and started teaching in the Masjid. And at present – all praise is due to Allaah, we also have Ustaadh Abdul Hakeem Mitchel as well as the monthly visits by other Salafi students of knowledge. Therefore, what is very clear with regards to study circles in Manchester is that its foundations were established – by the Tawfeeq of Allaah – by way of what Shaikh Abu Khadeejah stated regarding Dawah in the early 90s in Manchester; then I and others witnessed Murad’s circles from late 1995 to 2004. And here I quote my beloved brother Abu Aa’isha Amjad Khan – who started attending the Masjid in 2005 – “In addition to what our brothers have mentioned, from way back when we were blessed with visits from our elders such as Shaikh Abu Khadeejah, Shaikh Abu Hakeem, brothers used to tune in regularly – every Sunday – to Shaikh Abu Iyaad’s lessons. We continue to be blessed with their lessons, advice and experience, and the advice and experience of others like Shaikh Abdul Ilaah, Shaikh Uways At-Taweel, Shaikh Abu Idrees, Shaikh Abu Iyaad and others (may Allaah bless them all)”.

Finally, brothers and sisters, the affair is not merely about how long a person has been present, how great his efforts or becoming prominent quickly; rather the affair is that one constantly asks Allaah for Tawfeeq to fulfil one’s Ibaadaat, learning as much as one is able, fearing misguidance and fitna until we meet Allaah. Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi Al-Mad’khali [may Allaah preserve him] stated: “When you embark on the path towards seeking knowledge- seeking (sound) understanding of it and acting upon it, this indeed is one of the signs that Allaah wishes good for you. Therefore, receive glad tidings, have good thoughts about Allaah and be sincere to Allaah [The Blessed and Exalted] in your statements, deeds and knowledge. Neither be deceived (by yourself) – we seek Allaah’s Refuge from self-deception – nor feel safe from Allaah’s plan. [فَلَا يَأۡمَنُ مَڪۡرَ ٱللَّهِ إِلَّا ٱلۡقَوۡمُ ٱلۡخَـٰسِرُونَ – None feels secure from the Plan of Allah except the people who are the losers]. [ Surah Al-A’raaf. Aayah 99]

A believer always fears that his situation will change. It has been reported from Aa’isha and Anas [may Allaah pleased with them] that the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] often (supplicated), “يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوبِ ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِى عَلَى دِينِكَ – O turner of the hearts (Allaah)! Keep my heart firm upon your religion”. I [i.e. Aa’isha or Anas] asked, “O Allaah’s Messenger! We believe in you and what has been revealed to you, so do you fear for us?” He said, “Yes, indeed the hearts are between two fingers among the fingers of Allaah and He turns them how He pleases”. By Allaah! This is (true) understanding – that a person does not feel safe about himself, for indeed Satan flows through the human being like blood. (a) Therefore, a person should guard his heart, intellect and deeds ardently more than the (manner in which) he guards his wealth and honour. Whoever is given authority to look after his own affairs, it is obligated on him to guard his heart before everything else.

[رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ – Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower]. [ Surah Aal Imraan’ Aayah 8] [An Excerpt from Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ pages 75-76]

I warn my brothers against the Fitan (trials, temptations) and that they turn to Allaah (for help) to keep them steadfast upon the Religion. They should supplicate a lot (just as Allaah taught the believers that they say),[رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ – Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower]. [Surah Aal Imraan’ Aayah 8]

They should make this tremendous supplication often and the supplication which Allaah’s Messenger used to make often. Anas said that Allaah’s Messenger used to say a lot, “O Turner of the hearts, keep my heart firm upon your religion”. So the companions said, “O Allaah’s Messenger! Do you fear for us?” He said, “Yes, indeed the hearts are between two fingers from the fingers of Allaah, and He turns them however He wills”.

Therefore, the believer does not feel secure from Allaah’s plan. [فَلَا يَأۡمَنُ مَڪۡرَ ٱللَّهِ إِلَّا ٱلۡقَوۡمُ ٱلۡخَـٰسِرُونَ – None feels secure from the Plan of Allah except the people who are the losers]. [Surah Al-A’raaf, Aayah 99]

The believer always fears Allaah – fears that Allaah may not accept his deeds and he is not deceived by hope [i.e. hoping whilst not striving sincerely]. The spending carried out in the path of Allaah and the strenuous effort made through acts of obedience to Allaah is nothing in the eyes of the truthful believer, for they are not equal to the smallest blessing amongst the (uncountable) blessings of Allaah. Allaah’s Messenger said, “Glorified be You (O Allaah) and free are You from all imperfections! I cannot fully praise you, for you are as you have praised yourself”. [Saheeh Muslim 486]

This was Muhammad [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] – the one whose past and future sins were forgiven, but he feared Allaah the most. He said, “I swear by Allaah that I am the most fearful of Allaah and the most conscious of Him than you”. He used to stand for so long that his feet became swollen. Aishah said, “O Allaah’s Messenger! Why are you doing this when Allaah has forgiven your past and future sins?” He said, “Should I not be a thankful slave?” [An Excerpt from Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm. Pages 204-205. Slightly paraphrased]

We ask Allaah:
اللَّهُمَّ أَصْلِحْ لِي دِينِي الَّذِي هُوَ عِصْمَةُ أَمْرِي
وَأَصْلِحْ لِي دُنْيَايَ الَّتِي فِيهَا مَعَاشِي
وَأَصْلِحْ لِي آخِرَتِي الَّتِي فِيهَا مَعَادِي
وَاجْعَلِ الْحَيَاةَ زِيَادَةً لِي فِي كُلِّ خَيْرٍ
وَاجْعَلِ الْمَوْتَ رَاحَةً لِي مِنْ كُلِّ شَرٍّ

O Allah! Rectify my religion for me, which is the safeguard of my affairs; rectify my worldly [affairs], wherein is my livelihood; and rectify my Afterlife to which is my return; and make life for me [as a means of] increase in every good and make death for me as a rest from every evil. [Saheeh Muslim Number: 2720]

Written By Abu AbeeBakr/Abu Mu’aawiyah (Abdullah Jallow)

No calamity befalls, except by Allaah’s Will, and whosoever believes in Allah, He guides his heart

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

Allaah [The Exalted] said: [The Exalted] said: [مَا أَصَابَ مِن مُّصِيبَةٍ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ ۗ وَمَن يُؤْمِن بِاللَّهِ يَهْدِ قَلْبَهُ ۚ – No calamity befalls, except by Allaah’s Will, and whosoever believes in Allah, He guides his heart]. Alqamah [may Allaah be pleased with him] said: This (ayah) is about a person who is afflicted with a calamity and he knows that it is from Allaah. So he becomes pleased with what Allaah has decreed and submit to Allaah’s judgement, and he (or she) says, “This is Allaah’s decree. I believe in Allaah and we are pleased with Allaah’s decree”. So Allaah fills his heart with Eemaan and tranquillity, and he (or she) receives a great reward (i.e. due to his patience). (1)

The Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “If one of you is afflicted with a calamity, then let him reflect upon his calamity through me (i.e. my death), for indeed it is the greatest of calamities”. (2)

Imaam Al-Qurtubi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] reported in his Tafseer that Imaam Ibn Abdil Barr [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “Indeed, he [i.e. the Messenger] spoke the truth, because indeed the calamity that results from his death is greater than every calamity that will afflict a Muslim after him until the day of judgement. The revelation stopped and Prophethood ceased (forever)”. (3) There is nothing more severe upon the Muslims than the death of Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] because indeed he was the most trustworthy and perfect guide for the Ummah. (4)

Finally, may Allaah grant our Turkish brothers and sisters patience and relief, grant mercy upon those Muslims who  lost their lives and grant a speedy recovery to the injured Aameen.


[1] Fadaa’il Al- A’maal’ pages 11-14’ by Shaikh Muhammad Bin Abdillaah As-Subayyil (rahimahullaah)]

[2] [Saheeh Al-Jaami As-Sagheer. Number 347]

[3] [Al-Jaami Li-Ahkaam Al-Qur’aan. Tafseer Surah Al-Baqarah Aayaat 155-157]

[4] [Shurouh Sunan Ibn Maajah pages 633- 634]

The One Who Says, “Muhammad Bin Haadi’s Mistake is a Slip of The Tongue”

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

Indeed, some people say, “Muhammad Bin Haadi’s mistake is a slip of the tongue”.

Firstly, we remind them that regardless whether a person intended his speech or not, then indeed what is expected from one who truly desires the truth is that he openly recants or rectifies his speech. Here is a beautiful example reported by Ibnul Arabi, who said: Muhammad Bin Qaasim Al-Uthmaanee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] told me more than once: “I arrived in Fustat one day, then I went to the gathering of Shaikh Abee Al-Fadl Al-Jawharee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] and there I witnessed a statement that he uttered to the people. And that which he stated – in the first gathering when I sat with him – was that :The Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] طلق – i.e. he did divorce, ظاهر – i.e. he did utter the statement to a wife, ‘You are like my mother’s back’, and آلى – i.e. he made an oath to abandon his wives for a month”. When he (i.e. Shaikh Abee Al-Fadl Al-Jawharee) left, I followed him until I reached his house with a group of people; then he sat with us in the vestibule and acquainted them with my affair because he saw a stranger [i.e. I (Muhammad Bin Qaasim)] and did not know the person among those who came to him before. When most of them departed from him, he said to me, “I see that you are a stranger; do you have anything to say?” I said, “Yes”. He said to his companions, “Excuse him from having to speak in your presence”, so, they got up and I stayed alone with him. I said to him, “I attended your gathering today so that Allaah may bless me (with some the knowledge you possess), and I heard you say, ‘Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] آلى – i.e. he once made an oath to abandon his wives for a month and what you said was true; طلق – i.e. he did divorce women, and what you said was true; and you said that Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] ظاهر i.e. he did utter the statement to a wife, ‘You are like my mother’s back’ , but this never happened and can never be correct to say that it happened, because indeed Az-Zihaar [i.e. to say to one’s wife, ‘You are like my mother’s back’ (i.e. unlawful for me to approach)] is an evil statement and false speech, and this can never be uttered by the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him]”. (see footnote a) He hugged and kissed my forehead, and said, “I repent from this statement. May Allaah reward you on my behalf as a good teacher”.

I departed from his presence, and the next day I went early to his gathering; but he was in the Central Mosque before me and was sitting on the pulpit. When I entered the Masjid and thus he saw me, he called out at the top of his voice (saying), “Welcome, my teacher. Make room for my teacher”. So, the people turned towards me and the eyes stared at me! O Abu Bakr! And you know me – meaning, he (i.e. Muhammad Bin Qaasim Al-Uthmaanee) was indicating to Ibnul Arabi about his extreme shy character, because when someone greeted him by surprise, he would feel shy – due to his extreme shyness – and turned red as if his face was painted with Gulnaar (pomegranate blossom). He (i.e. Muhammad Bin Qaasim) continued, “People hastened towards me, raising their hands towards me (i.e. acknowledging me) and nudging me until I reached the pulpit, and I did not know in which part of the earth I was due to my extreme shyness (i.e. shocked), whilst the Masjid was overcrowded with people and I sweated due to shyness. Then the Shaikh turned towards the people and said to them, ‘I am your teacher and this is my teacher! Yesterday, I told you that Allaah’s Messenger آلى – i.e. he once made an oath to abandon his wives for a month; طلق – i.e. he did divorce women, and ظاهر i.e. he once uttered the statement to a wife, ‘You are like my mother’s back’, and neither did a single one of you give me the correct understanding nor respond to me; but he (i.e. Muhammad Bin Qaasim) followed me to my house and said such and such to me. I repeat (i.e. right now) what took place between him and I, repent from my yesterday’s statement and return to the truth. Whoever hears it from those who were present, let him not rely on what he says, and let the one who is present convey this affair to the one who is absent. May Allaah reward him with good'”. Then he (i.e. Shaikh Abee Al-Fadl) started supplicating a lot and the people responded with Aameen.

Ibnul Arabi stated – after narrating this incident- “So look – may Allah have mercy upon you – at this firm adherence to the religion and an acknowledgement of the people of knowledge given by this man – whose leadership was manifest and whose worth was well known- to a stranger whom he neither knew nor where he came from! Follow his example and you’ll be led aright”. (1)

Shaikh Abdus Salaam Burgess [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “Just as it is obligated on a student to recant a mistake, then likewise it is obligated on a teacher to return to the truth when he errs. He is not to be prevented from returning to the truth after reviewing a statement he made and finds that it is in opposition to what is correct, because indeed that is a sign of equity and humbling (oneself) to the truth. Therefore, it is obligatory that one follows what is correct, whether it was (conveyed) by a younger or older person. And it is blessing for a teacher that he has amongst his students one who notifies him of his mistake and leads him to what is correct, so that he does not persist on that ignorance. This requires that one shows gratitude to Allaah [The Exalted] and then being thankful to the person through whom one was guided (to what is correct), whether it was a student or other than him”. (2)

Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee [may Allaah preserve him] said: The entire life of a person is spent in seeking knowledge – from the cradle to the grave. He does not feel proud to acquire truth from a young or older person and he never rejects truth, whether it is stated by a Muslim or Unbeliever. Musa [peace be upon him] was spoken to directly by Allaah and the Tawraat was revealed to him, which contained Hudaa [i.e. that which guides a person to Eemaan, truth and protects one from misguidance] and Noor [i.e. a guiding light in the midst of the darkness of ignorance, confusion, doubts, beliefs and deeds that appear to be truth but are falsehood in reality and evil desires], but when he knew that another person possessed knowledge of that which he did not possess, [Allaah informed us he (Musa) said]: [لَا أَبْرَحُ حَتَّىٰ أَبْلُغَ مَجْمَعَ الْبَحْرَيْنِ أَوْ أَمْضِيَ حُقُبًا – I will not give up (travelling) until I reach the junction of the two seas or (until) I spend years and years in travelling. [Surah Al-Kahf. Aayah 60]  He went on foot – neither had a car nor a riding beast, nor a horse; [rather] he travelled on foot. (3)

Indeed, based on what has preceded above, one receives a brief acquaintance with the nobility of following clear proofs, recanting mistakes and humbling oneself. This is why Al-Allaamah Dr. Rabee Bin Haadi Al-Madkhalee [may Allaah preserve him] wrote to Dr Muhammad Bin Haadi [may Allaah rectify his affair], but he neither provided proofs nor recanted his error, and Allaah’s Aid is sought. Read here by Shaikh Abu Iyaad [may Allaah preserve him]:

Finally, we remind ourselves of the statement of Al-Allaamah Abdur Rahmaan Bin Yahyah Al-Mu’allimee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] regarding what one should ponder upon when seeking to give precedence to truth over falsehood: “Ponder on the fact that truth is noble and falsehood is lowly. Ponder on the Greatness of Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic]- the fact that Allaah is the Lord of the entire universe, Allaah loves truth and hates falsehood, and that the one who follows truth is deserving of the Pleasure of the Lord of the universe. Allaah [Glorified be He and free is He from all imperfections] will be his protector in the worldly life and the Afterlife by choosing for him everything that is good, better, more beneficial, more perfect, more noble and loftier until Allaah removes his soul whilst being pleased with him. Then Allaah raises him, brings him close and makes him dwell in paradise with honour- in permanent bliss and eternal nobility which no imagination can fully conceive of its greatness. He should ponder on the fact that the one who clings to falsehood is deserving of the displeasure, anger and punishment of the Lord of the universe, and if he receives anything of worldly bliss, then indeed that is only a means of humiliating him in order that he is increased in being distanced from Allaah, so that the painful torment of the afterlife is multiplied for him, which no imagination can fully conceive its severity”. (4)

We ask Allaah for guidance and safety in all our religious and worldly affairs Aameen.


Footnote a: Zihaar: Allaah [The Exalted] said:

ٱلَّذِينَ يُظَـٰهِرُونَ مِنكُم مِّن نِّسَآٮِٕهِم مَّا هُنَّ أُمَّهَـٰتِهِمۡ‌ۖ إِنۡ أُمَّهَـٰتُهُمۡ إِلَّا ٱلَّـٰٓـِٔى وَلَدۡنَهُمۡ‌ۚ وَإِنَّہُمۡ لَيَقُولُونَ مُنڪَرً۬ا مِّنَ ٱلۡقَوۡلِ وَزُورً۬ا‌ۚ وَإِنَّ

Those among you who make their wives unlawful (Az-Zihar) to them by saying to them “You are like my mother’s back.” They cannot be their mothers. None can be their mothers except those who gave them birth. And verily, they utter an evil statement and a lie. [Surah Al-Mujaadilah. Verse 2]

[Ref 1: Ahkaam Al-Qur’aan 1/248-249]
[Ref 2: An Excerpt from ‘Awā’iq at-Talab pg. 52 Slightly paraphrased]
Ref 3: Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm. 245-248. Slightly paraphrased
[Ref 4: An Excerpt from Aathaar Ash-Shaikh Al-Allaamah Abdur Rahmaan Bin Yahyah Al-Mu’allimee. 11/309]