Establishing what is necessary for us to return to the Islām that the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) left his companions upon.
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A lecture based upon the question, “Some of the people make tabdīʿ of some of the Aʾimmah such as Ibn Ḥajr, al-Nawawī, Ibn Ḥazm, al-Shawkānī and al-Bayhaqī and other than them, saying that it is not permissible to read their books. There are even stories of them burning their books, is this correct?”
Imām Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī [d. 1420] delivers a short yet concise overview of ‘our daʿwah’ as in the daʿwah of ahl al-sunnah wa al-jamāʿah, al-daʿwah al-anbiyāʾ. Shaykh al-Albānī (raḥimahullāh) explains the three levels of Islamic knowledge with many clear-cut evidences that will leave the listener no choice but to understand that ‘true Islām’ is the Qurʾān and Sunnah upon the understanding of the Salaf. The noble muḥaddith continues with an explanation of knowledge in the sharīʿah as opposed to linguistic knowledge, the vast contrast between the two and the harm of making rulings without sharīʿah knowledge.
Expounding upon the methodology of the salaf in dealing with the rulers.
An extremely inspiring account of the humility and constant remembrance of the Salaf.
A lecture series by our beloved brother Abū ʿUways (raḥimahullāh) wherein he delves into a 3 part series entitled Shedding Light on the Books of the Salaf in ʿAqīdah. He begins by explaining the statement of Ibn Taymīyyah regarding dealing with innovations and the people of innovation. There are people who claim to be upon Salafīyyah, but they are in a completely different direction when it comes to making clear the errors of innovators and their innovation. The harmful effect from not making clear the errors of the people of innovation is that the youth begin to defend, become jealous of, and even protect the people of innovation and their innovations. Moreover, he explains how some may even protect the innovators more than they protect the Sunnah and the people of the Sunnah.
As part of the seminar, Knowledge: Its Path, Its Etiquettes and Its Importance at TROID, Aug. 2017, our respected teacher and elder, Ustādh ʿAbdu-Ilāh Laḥmāmī delivers a beautiful lecture drawing upon a number of benefits taken from the beneficial work of Imām Ibn al-Qayyim (raḥimahullāh), Al-Wābil al-Sayyib
A lecture from the 2008 Toronto leg of the Holding on to Islām seminar. The one who destroys your house from the inside is worse and more dangerous than the one who tries to destroy your house from the outside; the same is true for the people of bidʿah who claim to be Salafī, who quote from some of the Salafī scholars etc., yet their aim is to destroy our ʿaqīḍah and our manhaj, leading us into the Fire. How should the Salafīs deal with these people? This lecture incorporates the works of Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madhkhālī, and other Salafī scholars of today. Ustadh Abū Khadījah also takes examples from the lives of the Ṣaḥābah and the scholars of the past.
Our noble brother gives an excellent, detailed lecture concerning the methodology of the Salaf and their position concerning those who oppose the Sunnah; they refuted in detail the people of deviation and refused to accept vague statements concerning ʿaqīdah and manhaj.
The way of Ahl al-Sunnah is to follow the way of the Prophet and his Companions. The Imāms of Ahl al-Sunnah all emphasised this, as one of the Imāms said: If my opinion is in accordance to the Sunnah of the Prophet then take it; however, if it is not then throw my opinion away. From a joint seminar organised by the community of Trinidad & Tobago and TROID from the early 2000s.
Contrasting the legacy of the Scholars of Ahl al-Sunnah with the failures and demise of figureheads of Ahl al-Bidʿāh.
A brilliant in-depth lecture regarding the trickery and deception of Ahl al-Bidʿah, and an admonition against the likes of misguided individuals such as Usāmah al-Qūsī, Abū al-Ḥasan al-Maghribī, Muḥammad al-Maghrāwī, Yāsir Qaḍhī and Abū Usāmah al-Dhahabī.
Our noble brother, Abū Khadījah, goes into detail concerning the importance of having love for the Salaf and the Scholars of the Sunnah, both past and present. Having love and allegiance for them is a sign of one's īmān, and there is not a true believer except that they love these scholars who deserve our total love, respect and allegiance due to their diligence and striving in serving the Sunnah and conveying its true understanding to all corners of the earth.
The Salafī does not harbour ill thoughts towards the Salafis and the Scholars, and we do not fall into the foolishness of those who speak against them and claim they are just men from amongst men. No doubt they were men, but you, O Hizbī are not like them, and your understanding is not like their understanding, and their level is not the same as your level, so do not deceive yourself. They were a people who strived in upholding the Sunnah and did not sell their manhaj for a cheap price. You are obligated to follow them in their understanding, to follow the best of generations, but they are not obligated to you in anything. These Imāms conveyed the message of Islam which remained throughout generations, and it is from their superiority that they are quoted generations after their death, and many people have been guided to Islam and the Sunnah due to their clarification of the truth and their refutation of misguidance.
There will be groups present within every generation who will have hatred for the aʾimmah, breaking off and opposing them instead of allying with them, and these are from the distinguishing signs of Ahl al-Bidʿah. This hatred and opposition nullify the perfection of Imān due to the saying of the Messenger concerning the one who loves for the sake of Allāh then he has perfected īmān.
Imām Aḥmed (raḥimahullāh) mentions: "All praise is for Allāh, who in every age and interval between the Prophets, raises a group from the people of knowledge who call the misguided to guidance, yet patiently bearing ill-treatment and harm. With the Book of Allāh they bring life to the dead and by the Light of Allāh they give sight to the blind, and how many a person killed by Iblīs have they revived, how many people astray and wandering have they guided, and how beautiful has been their effect upon the people, and how vile the people have been towards them."
Allāh aided these lions of the Sunnah and raised the banner of Islam and Sunnah by way of them. So whoever from these times hates the likes of Ibn Taymīyyah, Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb, Shaykh Ibn Bāz and al-Albānī, then his manhaj is known and it is a sign that he is upon the path bidʿah. As for us, then we have warā and maḥabbah for these scholars due to their striving.
Today we have many present amongst us who adorn themselves with the garb of Salafīyyah, yet beneath this beautiful attire lies a devil in wait. They are like a sponge that will soak you up and squeeze you out into the ranks of al-Ikhwān al-Muslimīn, without you even realising it.
From them are the likes of the Abū Usāmah al-Dhahabī al-Amrīkī, an individual known for his alliance with organisations such Jamʿiah Iḥyā al-Turāth and the various Jamʿīyyāt in Britain and elsewhere which the Scholars have refuted and warned against. A defender and translator for the likes of Abu Ḥasan al-Maghribī, Maghrawī, Usāmah al-Qūsī and other than them, praising the likes of al-Qaradawī and Zakir Naik. A man who wages war against Ahl al-Sunnah, but holds hands and skips alongside Ahl al-Bidʿah.
There are those who present themselves with the Sunnah but are upon deviance and opposition, like Yāsir Qadhī who signed the Pledge of Unity, alongside signatories who are from the Shiʿah, Sūfīyyah, Jahmīyyah, grave worshippers and callers to shirk. People whom Yasir Qadhī claims that sitting with them increases him in īmān. A man who has claimed to study al-ʿAqīdah al-Waṣiṭīyyah, and has translated Kitāb al-Tawḥīd. In truth, this is merely proof against him and not for him, since what benefit did he attain when he sits, allies and condones the very people who hold the beliefs which the subject matter of these books refute. He revels in the label of 'Shaykh' and 'Scholar' whilst cutting the people off from the real scholars under the pretence that they are not connected to the West, and do not live in the same world as we do. Clearly, Yāsir Qadhī lives in a very distorted and deluded version of the world we live in. These individuals like Yāsir Qadhī, Bilāl Philips, and Abū Muslimah wish to place a fortress between you and the ʿAqīdah of the Salaf and our noble scholars such as Shaykh Rabīʿ and Shaykh ʿUbayd (hafiẓahumallāh). In their cooperation and alliance with the people of innovation, they have left off the enjoining of good and forbidding of evil, and this is due to their greater goal of political authority and status in the West.
The path of truth is long and its people are few, so don't be deceived by the oceans of opposition you receive, instead remain firm and steadfast upon it with the people of ḥaqq.
As part of the seminar, Knowledge: Its Path, Its Etiquettes and Its Importance which took place at TROID (August 2017), Ustādh Abū al-Ḥasan (ḥafiẓahullāh) goes through the highly beneficial work of Imām Ibn Rajab al-Ḥanbalī (raḥimahullāh), 'The Clarification of the Virtue of the Knowledge of the Salaf above the Khalaf.'
During the Seminar, Bulūgh al-Marām: Chapter of Purification in January 2017, our noble and respected elder, Abū Muʿādh Taqwīm Aslam, delivered a powerful khuṭbah at TROID (2017.01.27), concerning the blessings of Allāh, all of which we could never even begin to enumerate, and the greatest of which is guidance to Islam and the Sunnah. In this khuṭbah, he also highlighted the grave importance of seeking and equipping oneself with knowledge in order to worship Allāh as He has commanded us, so we may protect ourselves and our families from a fire whose fuel is men and stones.