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Benefit: Sincere Advice from Shaykh Ḥasan ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Banná to Those Who Seek Division and Fitnah (2)

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

Q&A with Shaykh Ḥasan ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Banná: Egyptian Treasures in Refutation of Doubtful Manhaj Trolls

On the evening of Saturday, November 12th, 2017 (Safar, 23rd, 1439), our noble brother Shākir al-Afghānī had the pleasure of an audience with Shaykh Ḥasan ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Banná. After greeting the Shaykh and informing him of the activities at TROID in Toronto, Canada, and exchanging pleasantries, he mentioned the following doubts that are spread nowadays in order to split the ranks of the Salafīs (i.e. in Canada, USA, UK etc.).

Sincere Advice from Shaykh Ḥasan ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Banná to Those Who Seek Division and Fitnah

Questioner: If those fitnah makers are listening O’ Shaykh, what is your advice to them?

Shaykh: If they listen to this speech of ours [i.e. accept the advice], and are upon the Sunnah, then they are from us and we are from them. What should we say to you? We want you to be with the people of Sunnah! So if you leave off innovations and the speech of the people of innovation [i.e. and from the speech of the people of innovation is speaking ill of Ahl al-Sunnah], we will be happy for you and we will become brothers for the sake of Allāh on the condition that you agree with all the principles and guidelines of Ahl al-Sunnah. Do not oppose the Sunnah!

If you return from the speech, statements and views of the people of innovation and follow the Sunnah in totality, we will be happy for you and we become stronger, because the individual gains strength firstly from Allāh and then through (the help of) his brothers. Increasing the ranks of the people of Sunnah is indeed strength for us in both this life and in the hereafter. May Allāh reward you and grant you understanding of his religion.


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Benefit: The Culture of Arrogance and Entitlement That May Befool the Young Student

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

Q&A with Shaykh Ḥasan ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Banná: Egyptian Treasures in Refutation of Doubtful Manhaj Trolls

On the evening of Saturday, November 12th, 2017 (Safar, 23rd, 1439), our noble brother Shākir al-Afghānī had the pleasure of an audience with Shaykh Ḥasan ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Banná. After greeting the Shaykh and informing him of the activities at TROID in Toronto, Canada, and exchanging pleasantries, he mentioned the following doubts that are spread nowadays in order to split the ranks of the Salafīs (i.e. in Canada, USA, UK etc.).

Doubt #4: The Culture of Arrogance and Entitlement That May Befool the Young Student

Questioner: May Allāh show you goodness. What is your advice for those who belittle their elders in age. For example, they belittle a man who is upon the Sunnah for 30 or 40 years but he does not know the Arabic language and he does not know from the Qurʾān except a little. So they would come back from al-Madīnah and belittle them by saying: Look at them! They are 60 years of age and they do not comprehend the Arabic language. They belittle them so that they can be raised in the sight of the people.

Shaykh: In the name of Allāh, all praise is due to Allāh, and may the peace and blessings of Allāh be upon the Messenger of Allāh, ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam.

If an Englishman, a Frenchman or an American, who does not comprehend the Arabic language—thereafter, acknowledges Tawhīd, studies Tawḥīd, becomes enlightened with Tawḥīd, performs actions based upon Tawḥīd, accompanies the people of Tawḥīd [i.e. Ahl al-Sunnah]— is such a person blamed for not knowing the Arabic language? No!

Suḥayb al-Rūmī embraced Islām with the Messenger (ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) and Salmān al-Fārisī. Neither knew the Arabic language before they came. So do we say to these people (who do not know the Arabic language) to go away and that they are not upon the Sunnah!? No!

As long as they are upon the Sunnah and they understand the Sunnah, they should not be blamed for not knowing the Arabic language. We advise them to learn the Arabic language. We do not blame them or reject them for not knowing it, rather, we are happy for them having embraced the Sunnah.

Otherwise, how would the non-Muslim embrace Islām? How would an American or a Brit embrace Islām if you question them regarding knowing the Arabic language? We should accept them and show happiness for their acceptance of Islām and as long as they are upon the beliefs and actions of the people of the Sunnah. They are with us and become our brothers from Ahl al-Sunnah. We neither reject them nor abandon them because they do not know the Arabic language.

These are from the matters which deter from the path of Allāh! They are deterring the people from the religion and from Tawḥīd. So fear Allāh with regards to your religion! May Allah guide you and may the peace and blessings of Allāh be upon the Messenger of Allāh, ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam.


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Benefit: The Origin is Unity - Those Who Insist on Breakaway Masjids

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

Benefit: The Origin is Unity: Those Who Insist on Breakaway Masjids

The late Abū ʿUways (raḥimahullāh), in approximately 2003, discusses those who speak against their local salafī masjid/centre. In a follow up to this benefit, he discusses those who insist on the need for new masjids in their communities (for a variety of reasons/excuses), which is often a means of disunity and splitting. Nowadays, rather than focus on the communal benefit of togetherness, some are entirely focused on legitimising the need for new centres or new leadership. The origin is to work together, to aid, to build, not to separate and start anew.


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Benefit: The Pillars of Ḥizbiyyah

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

Shaykh Muqbil ibn Hādī al-Wādiʿī (رحمه الله) said:

Ḥizbiyyah [partisanship] has three pillars:

[1] Deception
[2] Trickery
[3] Lying

Source: Rihlāt Daʿwiyyah, pg. 141.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed 

Benefit: The Salafī (Callers, Centres etc.) Have No Manners

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

Q&A with Shaykh Ḥasan ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Banná: Egyptian Treasures in Refutation of Doubtful Manhaj Trolls

On the evening of Saturday, November 12th, 2017 (Safar, 23rd, 1439), our noble brother Shākir al-Afghānī had the pleasure of an audience with Shaykh Ḥasan ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Banná. After greeting the Shaykh and informing him of the activities at TROID in Toronto, Canada, and exchanging pleasantries, he mentioned the following doubts that are spread nowadays in order to split the ranks of the Salafīs (i.e. in Canada, USA, UK etc.).

Doubt #5: The Salafī (Callers, Centres etc.) Have No Manners

Questioner: Shaykh, from their doubts which they use to deter people away from the Salafīs—especially the youth—is their claim: “These people do not have any manners”. By Allāh O’ Shaykh, they claim this about (a people) who have been calling to the Sunnah for 20-25 years. These claimants learned about the Sunnah from these very brothers (of which they now claim have no manners), then they travelled to al-Madīnah and Makkah for a year or two to study, and return claiming that these brothers are (actually) ignorant, ill-mannered and of poor character.

Shaykh: In the name of Allāh, all praise is due to Allāh, and may the peace and blessings of Allāh be upon the Messenger of Allāh, ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam.

The people of innovation despise the people of Sunnah and put blame upon them. When Ahl al-Sunnah seek proofs and evidences from the Qurʾān and Sunnah for the statements of the people of innovation, the people of innovation respond by saying: you people have no manners. This is not the case! Have they [i.e. Ahl al-Sunnah] cursed or insulted you? If you have been cursed or insulted, then we say to them [i.e those who have cursed you]: Fear Allāh and do not curse and revile the Muslims! But this is not the case.

How can you say they (the Salafīs) have no knowledge or manners? Tawḥīd is knowledge, Manhaj is knowledge and they are Salafīs! How do they not possess knowledge? They know Salafiyyah! Even if they do not know much, they know the correct ʿAqīdah and the correct Manhaj and that is the goal.

Many of the companions of the Messenger (ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) were illiterate, they did not know how to read or write. Some of the companions were non-arabs but the Prophet (ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) accepted them, welcomed them, taught them, and they became Salafīs and callers to the truth.

So this type of speech comes from the people of innovation. Ahl al-Sunnah do not speak ill about their brothers from Ahl al-Sunnah. Those who speak ill of the people of Sunnah are the people of innovation. So fear Allāh and be with righteous, be with Ahl al-Sunnah. Speak to Ahl al-Sunnah with good speech, make duʿāʾ for them—may Allāh reward you—and do not split the ranks of the Muslims. Stick to Ahl al-Sunnah and you will be successful in this life and the hereafter.


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Benefit: Travelling to China for Uṣūl al-Sunnah at a Time When There Were No Vehicles

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


قال أبو يعلى الحنبلي :  لو رحل رجل إلى الصين في طلبها لكان قليلا

Abū Yaʿlá al-Ḥanbalī (raḥimahullāh) mentioned: If a man were to travel to China seeking it (i.e. Uṣūl al-Sunnah of Imām Aḥmad), the journey would be considered insignificant.

Source: Ṭabaqāt al-Ḥanābilah 1/241
Translated by Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: What Gripe Do You Have with Me? - Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī

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

Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī(ḥafiẓahullāh) was asked:
"Indeed you refute every innovator and anyone who opposes the way of the pious predecessors, and from among them are those who use weak narrations to establish certain issues, but al-Imām al-Barbahārī, using weak and fabricated narrations, affirmed certain issues. So how is it that you refute those who use weak ḥadīth, and leave the scholars of the Salaf?"

The Shaykh responded: First of all, I do not submit to the fact that al-Barbahārī uses fabricated and weak narrations to establish points; clarify this to us! And what gripe do you have with me? I respect all of the righteous scholars of the past, not belittling them in the least, and all praises belong to Allāh. We only refute the people of innovation. As for the righteous scholars of the past who were known for sincerity, truthfulness, and religion, then even if they make a mistake we still consider them to be rewarded for those efforts. The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said:

"Whoever strives hard (seeking the truth) and is correct, for him is two rewards. And whoever strives hard (seeking the truth) and he is wrong, then for him is a single reward."[al-Bukhārī and Muslim]

Therefore, if a scholar is known for piety, righteousness, and truthfulness in searching for the truth, then he will be rewarded even if he errs. As for the people of innovation, then this does not apply to them, because they merely follow their own desires.
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1) Taken from: 'An Explanation of the Foundations of the Sunnah' by Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī (ḥafiẓahullāh), pg.184

Benefit: Where Did the Term “Jāmiyyah” Come From?

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

The term “Jāmiyyah” [i.e. jamīs]—just like the term “Wahhābiyyah” [i.e. wahābīs]—are names which the people of Ḥizbiyyah—from the Ikhawīs and other than them—coin Ahl al-Sunnah, the Salafīs, those who are upon the way of the way of the pious predecessors, those upon moderation and the middle way, so that the people may turn away from their upright daʿwah upon the Book and the Sunnah.

This name [Jāmiyyah or Jamīs] first appeared during the invasion of Saddam Hussein in Kuwait and the other nearby nations. Thus, the scholars disapproved of this transgression and due to this a number of people who were supporting Saddam from the Ikhwanīs and Ḥizbīs stopped. Furthermore, Shaykh Muḥammad Amān al-Jāmī was among those who took it upon himself to refute these transgressions.

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān

Source: Tanzīh al-Daʿwah al-Salafiyyah min al-Alqāb al-Tanfīriyyah, pg.73.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Your Manhaj Must Be Upright

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

Shaykh Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī: The Muslim must combine two things: between being sincere with his intentions for the sake of Allāh, The Exalted, and following the example of that which the Prophet (ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) was a upon. Likewise, it is not sufficient that the Muslim is sincere and earnest concerning his objective with regards to acting upon the book [Qurʾān] and the Sunnah, and calling towards it, rather it must be added that his manhaj [methodology] be sound and upright.

Source: Mawsūʿat al-Albānī fī-al-ʿAqīdah, pg. 286.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Bulūgh al-Maram: Exhortation to Good Character

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

The following ḥadīth are selected from Ibn Ḥajr al-Asqʿalánī's Bulooghul-Maram (Attainment of the Objective according to Evidence of the Ordinances). [Page 480+ eng. trans.] They touch on the importance of good Islamic character; being truthful, avoiding lying, the evil of a suspicious mind, heedlessness, not protecting each other's honour etc.

A good reminder to the sincere heart, that even if you have been blessed with guidance to the Sunnah and hold yourself to be from Ahlul-Ḥaqq, the Shayṭān will not leave you alone, perhaps he may destroy your deeds by wrecking your character and making you heedless and blinded by the fact that you 'ascribe yourself to the correct manhaj'. We ask Allāh to make us people of upright character, firstly with Allāh, His Messenger, His Companions, the Scholars of Islām, Our families, kinsfolk and our brothers and sisters in Islām.

1314. Narrated by Ibn Masʿūd (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “Adhere (you people) to truthfulness. Indeed, truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise, and if a man continues to speak the truth and makes truth his object, he will be recorded as truthful before Allāh. Avoid (you people) falsehood, indeed falsehood leads to wickedness and wickedness leads to the hellfire, and if a man continues to speak falsehood and makes falsehood his object, he will be recorded as a liar before Allāh [agreed upon].

1315. Narrated Abū Hurayrah (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “Avoid (you people) suspicion, for indeed suspicion is the worst form of false speech. [agreed upon]

1316. Narrated Abū Saʿīd al-Khudrī (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “Avoid sitting by the roadside, they (the Companions) asked ‘O Allāh’s Messenger, we cannot do without those meeting places in which we converse,’ so he said, “Well if you insist (on that), give the road its dues.” They asked, ‘what are the roads due?’ He replied, “Lowering the eyes, abstaining from anything offensive, returning salutations, enjoining good, forbidding the evil.” [agreed upon]

1317. Narrated Mu’aawiyyah (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “Whoever Allāh wishes good for, he gives him understanding of the Religion” [agreed upon].

1318. Narrated Abū al-Dardā (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “There isn’t anything, which will be put on the scales (on the day of resurrection), heavier than good character.” [Abū Dāwūd and al-Tirmidhī reported it, and the later graded it ṣaḥīḥ]

1319. Narrated Ibn ʿUmar (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “Modesty is part of Faith” [agreed upon].

1320. Narrated Abū Masʿūd (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “One of the things people have learned from the earlier prophecies is, ‘If you do not feel any shame, do whatever you like.’ [al-Bukhārī reported it]

1322. Narrated Iyāḍ Ibn Himar (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: "Allāh, The Most High, has revealed to me that you should be humble, so that no one transgresses against another, and no one boasts to another.” [Muslim reported it]

Note: we see hear that both transgression and pride are blameworthy characteristics, it is reported in a ḥadīth that the Prophet (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) stated that transgression is one of the worst of the criminal acts that are punishable in this world as well as in the hereafter. Indeed, lack of humbleness fosters and breeds both transgression and pride.

1323. Narrated by Abū al-Dardā (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu), the Prophet (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “Whoever defends his brother’s honour in his absence, Allāh will protect his face from the hellfire on the day of resurrection.” [al-Tirmidhī reported it, and graded it ḥasan. Aḥmad has something similar from the ḥadīth of Asmāʾa’, daughter of Yazeed.]

Note: If someone backbites a third person before somebody, the listener must stop him on the spot; and if possible one should mention his virtuous deeds and qualities instead.

1326. Narrated Tamīm ad-Daree (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said three times: “The religion is naseehah (sincerity).” We asked, ‘who is it (directed) to, O Messenger of Allāh?’ He replied, “To Allāh, His Book, His Messenger, the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk” [Muslim reported it].

1327. Abū Hurayrah (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu); Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “The Fear of Allāh and the Good Character are the major things that lead to Paradise.” [At-Tirmidhī reported it, and al-Ḥākim graded it ṣaḥīḥ]

Note: Good Character here includes treating people well, refraining from causes them any harm and maintaining a cheerful appearance whilst interacting with them. The Arabic word Taqwá stands for one’s compliance with the divine commands and avoiding the prohibitions.

1330. Narrated Ibn ʿUmar (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu); Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “The believer who mixes with the people and patiently endures their harms, is better than the one who does not mix with them and does not endure their harm.” [Ibn Majah reported it with  ḥasan chain of narrations, al-Tirmidhī also reported this ḥadīth but did not mention the name of the Companion.]

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.

False Desires: Their Evil Effect upon Unity

   

Speaking about the affairs of religion must only be done purely for Allāh's sake. One's intention must exemplify this in calling to Allāh. The allowance of desires to disturb this pure intention only causes ruin to the hearts of people.

Foundations of the Salafī Daʿwah

  Imām Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī

A three-part lecture expounding upon the foundations of salafiyyah [أصول الدعوة السلفية] by the illustrious scholar, Shaykh Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī. The book, Fundamentals of the Salafī Methodology - An Islamic Manual for Reform (TROID Publications) is based primarily upon this recording.

From the Manhaj

 

Consists of eleven points that are detrimental to the basic methodology (manhaj) of the Muslim.

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