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Benefit: The Complaint - Every Seminar Is About Manhaj

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

At the recent Determining the Straight Path seminar, Shaykh Ḥasan ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Banna was asked about a doubt that has been spread amongst the sisters: "Every conference is about manhaj and bidʿah". Of course, this is an exaggeration seeing that many of the conferences are not themed upon those topics (see Previous Events at TROID). Nonetheless, it is true that many of the lectures and topics centre upon Tawḥīd, Sunnah, Bidʿah, Wʿaláʾ wa-al-Barāʾ etc. This is because, in the grand scale of things, this is what is important to the listener. Shaykh Ḥasan explains how this is the foundation of giving daʿwah, the way of the scholars past and present. Also, that to not mention the fitnah or to not speak against the innovator would only leave the Muslims susceptible to their snare. It is also important to note that this approach (too much manhaj etc.) is often an arrow from the arrows shot by Ahl al-Ḥawā, an initial bridge to gain the ear of the Salafī. So if you trace these complaints, you find that it is someone outside of the Salafī community who has sought to embed this idea as a bridge to gaining the ear of the Salafī (as speaking openly against the Scholars, or Salafīs in general, wouldn't be accepted at such an early stage), a step along the path to diverting him/her from a manhaj of clarity - so take heed!


Benefit: The Doubt - We Should Spread Knowledge But Not Speak About Refutation

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Some of the people claim saying, "we should encourage the students to seek knowledge but we shouldn't speak about the issues of refutation, misguidance and deviation…when we encourage them to seek knowledge then they will be able to determine this (falsehood)." This doubt is prevalent today, used by those who know that the Salafī will not accept the idea of being silent about ahl al-bidʿah outright; so smartly, the unscrupulous one tries to convince them that we can simply spread knowledge and the falsehood will become clear (a ploy to prevent the dissemination of knowledge-based refutation). Shaykh ʿUbayd al-Jābirī answers this doubt clearly. Narrated by Abū ʿIyāḍ Amjad Rafīq.

Excerpted from The Crime of Tamyee' upon the Salafī Manhaj


Benefit: The Importance of Protecting Your Family

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'ala said in His Book, the meaning of which is, "O you who believe! Ward off yourselves and your families against a Fire whose fuel is men and stones". From this verse, we understand the great responsibility of parents and guardians with respect to their children and families. In this audio clip, our brother Abū al-ʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson offers some words of admonition about this responsibility. Also, he warns from the plots of Shaytān, who plans to mislead the Muslims through various methods. Listen to this short beneficial speech and remind your families about this great topic. May Allāh have mercy upon you.


Benefit: The Ruling on Cheating in Exams

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbdullāh ibn Bāz was asked concerning the ruling on cheating in academic exams so long as the teacher is aware of it.

Answer: Cheating is impermissible in exams just as it is impermissible in general interactions and dealings. It is not allowed for any person to cheat in any of his exams in any subject, and if the teacher was pleased with this and thought it was permissible, then he is a partner to his crime and betrayal, and Allāh's help is sought. [Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá Vol. 6 Pg. 498, translated by Abu al-ʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson].

Benefit: There Are the Senior Scholars!

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

  Shaykh ʿAbd al-Salām ibn Burjiss (raḥimahullāh) mentioned: O students! If you really want knowledge [directly] from its source, then there are the senior scholars whose beards have become grey, bodies have become weak, and their strength has dried up in (seeking) knowledge and teaching. Stick to them before you lose them, and benefit from their treasures before it disappears with them, for indeed the full moon is missed on a dark night.

Source: ʿAwāʾiq al-Ṭallab pg. 26.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: What Is Knowledge When It Is Merely Statements Without Actions?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

وَالعِلْمُإِنْكَانَأَقْوَالًابِلَاعَمَلِ     فَلَيْتَ صَاحِبَهُفِيالجَهْلِمُنْغَمِرُ

“And when knowledge is just statements without action, 
Had only its companion been submerged in ignorance.”

You must perform deeds in accordance with knowledge. Knowledge without action is like trees without fruits. What are the benefits of trees that do not bear any fruit? Thus, Allāh has become angry with such people because they have knowledge, yet they do not act in accordance with it. So they justly deserve the anger of Allāh, the Glorified and Most High. And they deserve His disgust and hatred of them, even while they may believe themselves to be people of civilization, advancement, high status, and all the other claims that they make! The reality is that they are upon misguidance and have earned the anger of Allāh, the Exalted and Most High.1

Excerpted from the publication: Essential Questions & Answers on the Salafī Methodology 
Translated by Abū al-ʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson.


Benefit: What Treatise Should a Student Begin Studying With?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

 Shaykh ʿAbdullāh al-Bukhārī, may Allah preserve him, said:"This treatise (al-Thalāthah Uṣūl), despite its brevity, is one of the best concise books authored in the creed of Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah. The student should begin with it – it is the finest of what he can begin with. The novice needs it and the advanced simply cannot do without it.1

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn al-Fawzān, may Allah preserve him, said:"Thalāthah al-Uṣūl is a concise, weighty work that is supported by evidence from the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, may Allah raise his rank and grant him peace, and it treats a great principle from the principles of Islam — al-ʿaqīdah.2

1) ar.miraath.net/fawaid/394.
2) Al-Fawzān, Sharḥ al-Uṣūl al-Thalāthah.
Translated by: Umm Sufyān

Benefit: When Someone Errs and Causes Harm to the Daʿwah and Its Image, How Do We Deal with Them?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
When Someone Errs and Causes Harm to the Da'wah and its Image, How Do We Deal with them?  

Just as the harm and confusion spread can be of various levels, the people who err themselves are of different backgrounds and levels. 

Let us understand something that may help us appreciate how the scholars and students deal with these kinds of issues... 


A student of knowledge graduates and moves into a position to give da'wah.  He speaks with errors and blunders commonly, behaves poorly with the people, and proves to be a poor role model.  He draws the spotlight to himself and demonizes those who correct his errors, claiming oppression and holding to his right to defend his honor. The da'wah he gives revolves heavily around defending and promoting himself, all in the name of clarifying the truth... 

Although this kind of person may have some benefit for the da'wah, the harms he brings the image of Islām clearly outweigh those benefits. 

Another Scenario: 

A student of knowledge known for 10+ years of consistent study under well-known scholars (whether in universities or elsewhere), and just as many years of teaching and helping new Muslims understand the basics of Islām. Teaching and counseling individuals for hours at a time, for years and years.  Known for guiding the common people to the well-known and respected senior scholars.   

He then errs in a fitnah, attacks some of Ahl al-Sunnah, sides with people causing confusion, etc. in a way that harms the image of the da'wah. He becomes confused on some issues and hastily accepts reports from dishonest people spreading lies and distortions, and thus, he takes stances against his brothers who are similar to him in their years of efforts in the da'wah and known to the scholars for such efforts.   

Are the two equal? 

While the first one has not given us anything, or built anything respectable, the second one has a history of real contributions that must be recognized.  It doesn't mean he is allowed to say whatever he wants, and there will be no recompense. But the scholars and their students exercise restraint in attempting to bring about rectification in this kind of person. They realize that he has a background of productive and helpful activity, that there is real substance to him, behind the current errors. Basically, his benefit outweighs his harm, so they take special care and show more patience with him in times of fitnah. He deserves that while the other one has not given us anything in the first place to deserve any special consideration and additional patience. 

So let us not understand that our scholars have "double standards" when dealing with people, as people have claimed when comparing Shaykh Bakr Abū Zayd (an established scholar with a lot of beneficial work) and Abū al-Ḥasan al-Maʿribī, a fitnah and trial for the Muslims, not known for any significant contributions to any of the Islamic sciences. Some people without thinking of these points have declared in ignorance, "This is double standards, because one is a Saudi and the other is not." Such people should reflect over their speech about academic criticism from the scholars and realize they are way out of their league to speak out, and absolutely misinformed about scholarly principles in academic criticism! 

Furthermore, I hope that on a smaller scale, lesser students and da'wah organizations in the West could remember to show restraint and patience when dealing with the errors of someone with a history of apparently sincere hard work and consistent efforts vs. someone who begins and ends as a fitnah for the Muslims and their da'wah. 

I do not say this because I feel that it is not being practiced. On the contrary, I see this being practiced by many of our brothers in the da'wah often.  I just thought that sharing insight into this matter with everyone might be of benefit, and it might kill some of the unwarranted suspicions that the Shayṭān loves to spread. 

And Allāh knows best.

Written by: Mūsá Richardson
Original source: http://www.salafitalk.net/st/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=9&Topic=12274  

Benefit: You Cannot Please Everyone

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

You Cannot Please Everyone... 

A man said to al-Ḥasan al-Baṣrī (raḥimahullāh): ‘The people sit around you so that they may find fault with you!’ So he said, ‘Indeed, I encouraged my soul to aspire for Paradise so it aspired for it. Then I encouraged it to aspire for salvation from Hellfire and so it aspired for it. Then I encouraged it to aspire for salvation from the people, but I didn’t find a way to that. Indeed, the people were not pleased with their Creator although He provides for them, so how can they be pleased with another creation like themselves?’ 1

Prophet Mūsá (ʿalayhīsʿalám) said: ‘O my Lord, the people say things about me which are not (i.e. not true)! So Allāh revealed to him: ‘O Mūsá, I did not make that (privilege) for Myself, so how can I make it the case for you?’ 2

Mālik ibn Dinār: ‘Since I have known (the reality of) people, I have not taken delight in their praise nor have I hated their criticism.’ It was said to him, ‘Why is that?’ He said, ‘The one who praises from amongst them is excessive and the critic from amongst them exaggerates!"3

‘Āʿishah (raḍī Allāhu ʿanha) wrote to Mu’awiya (raḍī Allāhu ʿanhu): ‘Salamun ʿalayk. Amma baʿd, I have heard the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) say, ‘Whoever gains the Pleasure of Allāh by the anger of the people (i.e. thereby gains their anger), Allāh suffices him of the people’s troubles. And whoever gains the pleasure of the people by the Anger of Allāh (i.e. in the process he gains His Anger), then Allāh leaves him to the people.’ Wa-Salāmu ʿalayk.’4

Imam al-Shāfiʿī: ‘There is nobody except that he has someone who loves him and someone who hates him. So if that’s the case, let a person be with the people who are obedient to Allāh `azza wa jall!’ (as they love and hate for the Sake of Allāh and they are not unjust).5


[1] Al-Bidāyah wal-Nihāyah (9/318 )
[2] Al-Adaab al-Shar’iyyah by Ibn Muflih (1/38 )
[3] Tarikh Dimishq (59/307)
[4] Reported by al-Tirmidhi in Kitab al-Zuhd (no. 2414), declared Ṣaḥīḥ by al-Albānī
[5] Hilyat al-Awliyah (9/124)

Brotherhood in Islām

  Shaykh ʿAbd al-Salām ibn Burjiss

A beautiful and heart warming lecture given by Shaykh ʿAbd al-Salām ibn Burjiss (raḥimahullāhu taʿāla) on the importance of brotherhood between the believers. He gives wonderful examples of the Companions from amongst the Muhājirūn and the Anṣār, and the forging of their brotherhood ties by the Messenger of Allāh (sallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-salām), and their sacrifices for one another. Most importantly, he emphasises the importance of brotherhood and its connection to dāʿwah al-Islām and its link to the elimination of racism and prejudice. This is followed by a highly beneficial Q&A session.

Comprehensive Guidance


Advice from the Prophets! See the Naṣīḥah (advice) of Yahyá ibn Zakariyyah - as related by Prophet Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-salām), followed by the advice of the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-salām) himself!

Cooperating within a Community upon Birr and Taqwá

  ʿUmar Quinn

The Muslim is in a time of strangeness and in a land (the West) where he is a stranger so he is in dire need of support and assistance from Allāh, subḥānahu wa taʿālá, most importantly, and from his brothers and sisters. So it is of utmost importance to cooperate with each other upon birr and taqwá because we are in dire need of help and support from each other to maintain our creed, our religion and our morality. ʿUmar Quinn gives general advice on cooperating upon what is pleasing to Allāh and building and dealing with all the affairs of a community in a manner most pleasing to Him. (From a telelink at Masjid al-Furqān (TROID) 08/015.)

Death: The Destroyer of Desires


There is no cure for death. A cure for cancer exists, a cure for AIDS exists and a cure for every other disease exists, except death. The Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-salām) said: 'Allāh has not created a disease except that He has created a cure for it, except for a single disease...old age"

Decisive Word on Groups and Partisanship

  al-ʿAllāmah Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī

This is one of the greatest pieces of advice that the noble Scholar, the Imām of al-Jarḥ wa-al-Taʿdīl gave to brothers in England concerning the splits that occurred there. Listen to his advice concerning the clear Salafīyyīn, the clear Ḥizbiyyīn and the ones who are unsure and waver in the middle.

Don't Be a Spectator - Be Distinct (التميّز)!!

  Abū ʿUways

Our beloved brother, Abū ʿUways ʿAbdullāh Aḥmad ʿAlī conveys a sound advice from Shaykh Muḥammad al-ʿAnjarī about having readiness (استعداد) to stand up and defend Islām from bid'ah, from innovators. Not to stand on the fence and be a spectator but rather to be like the person guarding his post from attack. Each one of us should bear some responsibility to defend this dīn. Shaykh Rabīʿ was asked, "What is the most important fundamental regarding al-daʿwah al-Salafiyyah?" Before Shaykh Rabīʿ could answer, the Noble Shaykh Muqbil Ibn Hādī interjected, "Distinction (التميّز)!" To be distinguished! Shaykh Muqbil used to declare this constantly! Abū ʿUways then mentions Shaykh Anjarī's advice of clarity (وضوح). Something to compare and contrast with those who fall silent in times of fitnah.

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