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The one who says “The Methodology of the Salaf is not Fit for Modern Times” – Shaykh Fawzaan

What do we say to some who people claim that the Methodology of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah is not suitable in these times?

The one who holds that the Methodology of the Salaf as-Saalih (pious predecessors) is not fit for these times, then this one is astray, guiding others astray. The methodology of the pious predecessors is the Methodology and Way which we were commanded to follow by Allah until the establishment of the Hour.

The prophet (Peace & Blessings of Allah upon him) said,

Indeed whosoever from among you lives (a long time) will see much differing, so (when you see this) it is upon to you adhere to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided caliphs after me, hold on to it and bite onto it with your molar teeth. (1)

This was an address to this nation (and it remains valid) until the establishment of the Hour. This demonstrates to us that it’s a must to proceed upon the Methodology of the Salaf and that it is suitable for all places and all times.

Allah – The Most High – said, 

وَالسَّابِقُونَ الْأَوَّلُونَ مِنَ الْمُهَاجِرِينَ وَالْأَنصَارِ وَالَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُوهُم بِإِحْسَانٍ رَّضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمْ وَرَضُوا عَنْهُ (100)

And the first to embrace Islam of the Muhajiroon (those who migrated from Makkah to Al-Madinah) and the Ansaar (the citizens of Al-Madinah who helped and gave aid to the Muhajiroon) and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith). Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him (At-Tawbah: 100)

وَالَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُوهُم بِإِحْسَان

and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith).

This comprises the Ummah until the establishment of the Hour, therefore it is obligatory upon the Ummah to follow the Methodology of Muhajiroon and Ansaar. 

Imam Malik (rahimahullah) said, 

“Nothing will rectify the latter part of this nation, except that which rectified it’s beginning.”

Whoever wants to separate the Ummah from the Pious Predecessors (in reality) he desires evil for the Muslims. He desires to change Islam, he desires the occurrence of innovations and violations (of the sound religion and methodology), this person should be rejected and his “proofs” should be refuted and his evil warned against. 

It is a must to adhere to the methodology of the Salaf, taking them as an example, it’s required to proceed upon their methodology and that (requirement) is present in the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (Allah’s Peace and Blessings upon him) as we have mentioned.

So whoever desires to cut the khalaf (successors) of the Ummah from their Salaf (predecessors) then he is a person causing corruption in the lands, it is an obligation to reject his statement and to refute his speech, and to warn from him. 

The ones who this evil statement is known from are the Shia and those who agree with them, those who misguide others, so no attention is paid to them.

Al-Muntaqa min Fataawa Al-Fawzan vol.1 pgs. 499-500

The Call of the Prophets and their Followers is One – Shaykh Fawzaan

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Shaikh Salih al Fawzaan حفظه الله comments regarding His Statement (The Most High):

مَا كَانَ لِبَشَرٍ أَن يُؤۡتِيَهُ ٱللَّهُ ٱلۡكِتَٰبَ وَٱلۡحُكۡمَ وَٱلنُّبُوَّةَ ثُمَّ يَقُولَ لِلنَّاسِ كُونُواْ عِبَادٗا لِّي مِن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ وَلَٰكِن كُونُواْ رَبَّٰنِيِّـۧنَ بِمَا كُنتُمۡ تُعَلِّمُونَ ٱلۡكِتَٰبَ وَبِمَا كُنتُمۡ تَدۡرُسُونَ

It is not (possible) for any human being to whom Allah has given the Book and Al-Hukma (the knowledge and understanding of the laws of religion, etc.) and Prophethood to say to the people: “Be my worshippers rather than Allah’s.” On the contrary (he would say): “Be you Rabbaaniyun (learned men of religion who practise what they know and also preach others), because you are teaching the Book, and you are studying it.” (Surah Aali-Imraan:79)

What is understood from this verse is that the path of the prophets and their followers is one, undeviating, from the first of them (prophets) to the last of them. All of prophets brought with them the command of tawheed and the forbiddance of shirk, Allah (The Most High) said:

وَلَقَدۡ بَعَثۡنَا فِي كُلِّ أُمَّةٖ رَّسُولًا أَنِ ٱعۡبُدُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَٱجۡتَنِبُواْ ٱلطَّٰغُوتَۖ

And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allah (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Taghut (all false deities, etc.i. e. do not worship Taghut besides Allah).”  Surah An-Nahl, Ayah 36

And similarly the followers of the messengers, they also carry out this duty which the messengers brought with them, and it (the duty) is the calling to the worship of Allah alone and not ascribing partners to him in worship and leaving the worship of other than him, just like what He صلى الله عليه وسلم  said:

وإن العلماء ورثة الأنبياء وإن الأنبياء لم يورثوا دينارًا ولا درهما وإنما ورثوا العلم‏.‏ فمن أخذه أخذ بحظ وافر……

The scholars are the heirs of the Prophets who bequeath neither dinar nor dirham but only that of knowledge; and he who acquires it, has in fact acquired an abundant portion. (1)

Min Ahkhaam al-Qur’aan by Shaikh Salih al Fawzaan حفظه الله vol.1 pg. 24.
1) Abu Dawud (3641), TIirmidhi (2682), Ibn Maajah (223) Narrated by Abu Darda  رضي الله عنه

Manhaj Principle Extracted from Hadeeth “Make for us a Dhaat Anwaat” – Shaykh Abu Abdillah Khalid Adh-Dhufayri (hafidahullah)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


In the Shaykh’s Aqeedah class He said there’s a manhaj benefit we can extract from this hadeeth and it is that Ahlus Sunnah have a Qā’īdah:

قاعدة أهل السنة الاجتماع وليس التجميع

Ahlus Sunnah unite upon the truth and do not merely gather numbers.

الفرق بين التجميع و الاجتماع

Tajmee’: is to gather numbers for the purpose of increasing numbers in your party and group.

Ijtimaa’ – is unity upon the truth; adhering and clinging to the truth.

This is a refutation against the likes of Ikhwan al-Muslimeen – those who have their “golden” principle or as Shaykh Uthaymeen (rahimahullah) called it, “Wooden principle”, saying “We unite upon that which we agree upon and excuse one another for what we disagree about”, gathering numbers is the goal for them.

How is this extracted from the hadeeth?

The Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa salam) was on his way to a military expedition; do you need numbers for a military expedition, or not?

However, despite the need for numbers; the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa salam) focused and gave concern to unity upon the truth and that which is pleasing to Allah.

We can see that Ahlul Bid’ah and people of desires clearly oppose this principle.

We ask Allah to reward the Shaykh for bringing this benefit and explaining to us.

و آخر دعوانا أن الحمد لله رب العالمين

Those who betray the Methodology of the Salaf – Shaykh Fawzaan

In this video Shaykh Saliah al-Fawzaan provides us with some much needed advice in regards to clinging onto the Methodology of the Salaf. Tune in and benefit!


3 Week Series Starts Fri 22nd December – Important Questions About The Salafi Methodology – Abu Humaid Saalim

Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem

This Friday, 22nd December 8pm will be the beginning of a 3 week series revolving around the Salafi Methodology. Ustaadh Abu Humaid will be answering, common and important, questions from our community. By the permission of Allah removing any doubts or misconceptions people may have regarding this blessed dawah.

Follow the Salafi Methodology with Precision – Shaykh Saalih Al Fawzaan

وَالسَّابِقُونَ الْأَوَّلُونَ مِنَ الْمُهَاجِرِينَ وَالْأَنصَارِ وَالَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُوهُم بِإِحْسَانٍ رَّضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمْ وَرَضُوا عَنْهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي تَحْتَهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا أَبَدًا ذَٰلِكَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ

And the first to embrace Islam of the Muhajirun (those who migrated from Makkah to Al-Madinah) and the Ansar (the citizens of Al-Madinah who helped and gave aid to the Muhajirun) and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith). Allah is well-pleased with them as they are well-pleased with Him. He has prepared for them Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever. That is the supreme success. (At Tawbah: 100)

We should all reflect upon this āyah, if we truly desire Allah – subhaanahu wa ta’aala – to be pleased with us.

Shaykh Saalih Al Fawzaan (Hafidahullah) said:

“Allah has included a condition for those who follow the Muhaajiroon and Ansaar; it is that they follow them with ihsaan (perfection and precision). The Shaykh continues and says meaning itqaan (precision), not claims or ascriptions without actualisation or substance! Not everyone who claims and ascribes to following the methodology of the Salaf is truthful in that, or actualises that; either due to ignorance as to what the methodology of the Salaf is, or due to his desires (so that) he knows what the methodology of the Salaf is, but he (chooses) to follow what the people are upon, or that which suits and is in accordance with his desires.

These people (the one who is ignorant and the one who chooses not to follow) are not upon the methodology of the Salaf and neither are they Salafi; because they have not fulfilled the condition Allah has mentioned in the verse that the Salaf are followed with precision.

Two affairs are required from the one who wants to tread upon the path and methodology of the praiseworthy generations:

1: Knowledge and awareness of what the Salafi Methodolgy is; this requires studying the Methodology, studying the Aqeedah (creed).

2: Clinging and holding tight to this Methodology and its principles regardless of any harms that may come your way; harm from the opposers, being reviled and called evil names.

This requires patience and knowing that this path that you are treading is the straight and upright path; the path of Allah, so be patient and firm and cling to the Salafi Methodology.”

Paraphrased from the lecture of Shaykh Saalih Al Fawzaan:

السلفية حقيقتها وسماتها