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Audio: Explanation of the Ḥadīth of the Believers Being One Body

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

  Explanation of the Ḥadīth of the Believers Being One Body

The Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said in an authentic Ḥadīth, "The example of the believers is that they have mutual love for each other, they have mutual mercy for each other and they are like one body. If one part of the body suffers, the whole body suffers." Shaykh Muḥammd ibn Hādī al-Madkhali explains in great detail the meaning of this Ḥadīth and how it applies to the lives of the Muslims. (From the 2012 Dawrah in Medīnah, Saudi Arabia, hosted by the brothers at Salafī Publications.)


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Benefit: A Brief Word of Brotherly Advice Regarding Salafi Publications

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

Our brother, Abū al-ʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson, mentions some observations concerning Salafi Publications and the brothers, Abū Khadījah, Abū Ḥakīm and Abū Iyaḍ. An advice directed to the community of Toronto regarding their Canadian trip: 

Regarding the visit of Abū Khadījah ʿAbd al-Wāḥid, Abū Ḥakīm Bilāl Davis, and Abū Iyaḍ Amjad Rafiq, I wish to offer my students and anyone who values my advice in and outside of Toronto the following important words of direction...


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Benefit: Concerning Those Who Try to Break Up the Community

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

Benefit: Concerning Those Who Try to Break Up the Community - Creating Rival Centres/Platforms in the name of Salafiyyah?

The late Abū ʿUways (raḥimahullāh), in approximately 2003, discusses those who speak against their local salafī masjid/centre. A phenomenon that happens nowadays also, wherein a person speaks ill of the salafī masjid/centre, then throws his/her arms up in protest when people (rightfully) place a question mark over his/her head. The objective of him/her speaking ill of their Salafī masjid/centre is to cast doubts and carve out legitimacy for a rival organisation, with of course, they, the rabble-rousers, as custodians of this rival organisation.  He states:

"If a brother calls for something, that is in opposition to the Sunnah, for instance he says: 'leave Masjid Raḥmah, go somewhere else...', then OF COURSE HE SHOULD BE WARNED AGAINST. He is calling to separation, calling the people away from the asl, which is to gather (unite) upon the haqq. OF COURSE HE SHOULD BE WARNED AGAINST. What is he calling to? (He's) calling to separation. We don't take it as seriously as we should take it, because we have never understood the fruits and benefits of unity, and how precious unity is. Unity is expensive (and precious), we don't understand that yet, or very few of us do, so every little mishap, 'Oh, i'm going my way, let me get my bat and ball and play with somebody else', this type of mentality, this type of childish, infantile mentality. Rather than maintain your unity with your brother, to stay and deal with the harms (a person's imperfections), he might say a loose word, he might treat you a little rough, but you hang in there because you understand the importance of unity, and you're Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah, those who stick to the Sunnah and gather and unite upon it. When they (those who jump to separate) understand this asl (foundation), then we will see a lot of improvement, right now, many of our salafī brothers are going through what the Prophet (ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said..."Shaytān has given up any hope of ever being worshipped in the Arabian peninsula, but he seeks to make confusion and differences between you". This is what the game is now. Create confusion and differences. Make them (the people) differ, make them fall out (with one another). Make it where they can't have any unity. Make them fight one another. Make them hate one another. Make them turn back from one another. After Allāh (subḥanahu wa-taʿālá), our greatest strength is unity, and we're going to lose it? It is almost like they are (rogue)...a group of guys who infiltrate, and their whole thing is to mess up everything, from the inside out. It's ridiculous, fights flowing, everyone going majnūn (crazy)...the old rule, divide and conquer seems to still be amongst us!

This advice is more than a decade old and serves to remind us of two important points: 

1) For the person who takes the position, "I don't like fitnah and I stay away from controversy", then inevitably, he/she will fall right into it. The reason being that a) you don't know the haqq from the bāṭil b) you don't have enough ghīrah for the people of Sunnah. Decades ago, people used to say this and when the fitnah of QSS/Maʿrabī/Ḥalabī arose, they fell right into it because they "don't like fitnah..." Now, decades on, they followed QSS to the Abū Hurayrah Centre and right into the denizens of al-Maghrib institute, far, far away from Salafiyyah. If you ask them today, they'll still tell you, "We're staying away from the fitnah".

2) These doubts and trials that Abū ʿUways spoke about are a generation ago. These same types of doubts and same times of fitnah occur today. The only difference is that inventing a platform to separate is accelerated by creating multiple twitter accounts (and following literally everyone) and flooding social media with memes, youtube videos etc. to look flashy and viable. The point is that the tools change, the objectives remain the same. Raise doubts - invent an alternative - call to separation (of course all in the name of unity and daʿwah). Such was done by madeenah.con (FOL), QSS before them etc. etc. 

The bottom line is: Stick closely to the jamāʿah, look to people who try to discourage this with contempt, they are not deserving of your ear or your trust, admonish them to fear Allāh. May Allāh grant you and us safety upon the Sunnah!


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Benefit: Creating Sister-Centric Independent Daʿwah Organisations?

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

 [Q]: In recent years, across the English speaking world, there has been a trend in women creating sister-centric organisations for the purpose of daʿwah. In this regard, they will create blogs, organise lessons with students of knowledge, request donations and generally speaking, create a banner organisation under which the women in the community and internationally by way of social media, caretake aspects of the daʿwah locally. Considering that leadership in daʿwah necessitates insight into intricate affairs and close relations with the scholars, visiting them and taking their directive, what have any of the Scholars said about this affair. Should sisters do this or should they unite with their local salafī centre?

Abū Ḥakīm answers this question from the seminar: Be in This World as a Stranger.


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Benefit: Leaving the Salafīs Because of Their "Bad Manners"?

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

It is established in the Book of Allāh and the Sunnah of His Messenger, ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam, that mixing with the People of Innovation and joining their ranks is impermissible. A well-known catchphrase of some misguided people who leave the Salafīs and mix with the People of Ḥizbiyyah is "The Salafīs are harsh and have bad manners". Are "bad manners" a valid excuse to abandon the People of the Sunnah and flee to the People of Ḥizbiyyah? In this audio clip, our brother Abū Dihyah Dāwūd Adīb, addresses this statement based on the Tafsīr of Imām al-Shawkānī, raḥimahullāh. So listen to this short benefit, may Allāh make you from those who are firm on His Straight Path.


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Benefit: O Muslimāt! Don't Mock Your Sisters!

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

 يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا يَسْخَرْ قَوْمٌ مِّن قَوْمٍ عَسَىٰ أَن يَكُونُوا خَيْرًا مِّنْهُمْ وَلَا نِسَاءٌ مِّن نِّسَاءٍ عَسَىٰ أَن يَكُنَّ خَيْرًا مِّنْهُنَّ ۖ وَلَا تَلْمِزُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ وَلَا تَنَابَزُوا بِالْأَلْقَابِ ۖ بِئْسَ الِاسْمُ الْفُسُوقُ بَعْدَ الْإِيمَانِ ۚ وَمَن لَّمْ  يَتُبْ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الظَّالِمُونَ

O you who believe! Let not a group ridicule at another group, it may be that the latter is better than the former. Nor let (some) women scoff at other women, it may be that the latter is better than the former, nor defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. How bad is it, to insult one's brother after having Faith. And whosoever does not repent, then such are indeed Dhalimoon. (49/11)

Our brother, Abū al-ʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson while mentioning the explanation of the aforementioned verse, discusses the actions done by some sisters in the way the deal with others who don’t wear the niqaab; whether they don’t wear it following a specific school of thought, position of a scholar or general lack of study on the issue. This segment also discusses the affiliation founded upon garments (i.e. groups, forums, mailing lists, etc, specific for those who adorn the garment of  niqaab) Sisters! You are bound together by an ʿaqīdah and a manhaj, not a veil! This issue is further exasperated considering the majority of ʿulamāʾ historically, have not held the niqaab to be obligatory but rather recommended, so perhaps caution and care is needed when giving da'wah to one another.

From the Tafsīr Course ’07, Sūrah-Hujaraat.


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Benefit: Practical Means Towards Strengthening Brotherhood Series - Defending the Honour of a Muslim

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

Our noble brother Ḥasan al-Ṣumālī, in the third installment of a six part mini-series of benefits on practical means toward strengthening brotherhood, discusses the significant importance of defending the honour of a Muslim from those who look to slander and backbite. This is an unfortunately rare practice in our times which, when implemented, brings about much good and when left off leads to great evils. 

Anyone looking to hear more on the topic may refer back to the full audio titled We are Brothers.


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Benefit: Practical Means Towards Strengthening Brotherhood Series - Exchanging Gifts

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

Our beloved brother Ḥasan al-Ṣumālī, in the fifth part of a six part mini-series of benefits on practical means toward strengthening brotherhood highlights the virtues of exchanging gifts and likewise the recommended etiquettes of doing so. 

Anyone looking to hear more on the topic may refer back to the full audio titled We are Brothers.


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Benefit: Practical Means Towards Strengthening Brotherhood Series - Loving One Another For the Sake of Allāh

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

Our beloved brother Ḥasan al-Ṣumālī, in the first of a six part mini-series of benefits on practical means toward strengthening brotherhood, conveys a pivotal narration highlighting one of the many virtues of loving one another for the sake of Allāh, and then expounds upon the topic in light of the views many of us hold today.

Anyone looking to hear more on the topic may refer back to the full audio titled We are Brothers.


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Benefit: Practical Means Towards Strengthening Brotherhood Series - Sincere Advice

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

Our noble brother Ḥasan al-Ṣumālī, in the fourth parcel of a six part mini-series of benefits on practical means toward strengthening brotherhood, doles out some elemental guidelines concerning sincere advice, how it is to be implemented properly, and what is to be avoided.

Anyone looking to hear more on the topic may refer back to the full audio titled We are Brothers.


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Benefit: Shaykh Ibn Bāz on Ordering Good and Forbidding Evil

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

"There are some Muslim sisters from al-Mujamma`ah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who say in their question: When we try to stop the spread of Namimah (tale-bearing) and Ghibah (backbiting) among people, those whom we advise may insult and become mad at us. Are we sinful for making them angry, especially if they are parents? Should we prevent them or forget about matters that are not related to us? Please, advise!"


Our Shaykh Ibn Bāz, raḥimahullāh, responded:

"Enjoining right and forbidding wrong are of the most important acts of worship, as Allāh (May He be Glorified) says: The believers, men and women, are Auliyā (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another; they enjoin (on the people) al-Maʿrūf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islām orders one to do), and forbid (people) from al-Munkar (i.e. polytheism and disbelief of all kinds, and all that Islām has forbidden).

So, Allāh (He may be Glorified) explains in this Ayah that enjoining right and forbidding wrong are of the qualities of the believing men and women where Allāh (Glorified and Exalted be He) says: You [true believers in Islamic Monotheism, and real followers of Prophet Muḥammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) and his Sunnah] are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin al-Maʿrūf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islām has ordained) and forbid al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islām has forbidden), and you believe in Allāh. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Whoever, among you, sees something abominable should rectify it with his hand, and if he does not have enough strength to do it, then he should do it with his tongue; and if he does not have enough strength to do it, (even) then he should (abhor it) from his heart, and that is the least of faith. Related by Muslim in his Saḥiḥ (book of authentic Ḥadiths). There are many Āyahs and Ḥadiths on the obligation of enjoining right and forbidding wrong that rebuke those who neglect this duty. It is obligatory upon you and upon every believing man and woman to enjoin right and forbid wrong, even if those whom you invite become angry or insult you. Indeed, observing patience is obligatory as the Prophets (peace be upon them) and their followers did. Allāh (Glorified and Exalted be He) addressed His Prophet (peace be upon him) saying: Therefore be patient (O Muḥammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) as did the Messengers of strong will. Allāh (Glorified and Exalted be He) says:...and be patient. Surely, Allāh is with those who are al-Sābirūn (the patient).

Allāh (May He be Glorified) says about Luqman al-Hakim (Luqman the wise) that he said to his son: "O my son! Aqim-As-Sʿalát (perform al-Sʿalát), enjoin (on people) al-Maʿrūf - (Islamic Monotheism and all that is good), and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief in the Oneness of Allāh, polytheism of all kinds and all that is evil and bad), and bear with patience whatever befalls you. Verily, these are some of the important commandments (ordered by Allāh with no exemption). No doubt, reforming the society and preserving its integrity are achieved by following the instructions of Allāh and then by enjoining right and forbidding wrong. The neglect of enjoining right and forbidding wrong is one of the greatest reasons for corrupting the society, tearing it apart, and exposing it to general punishment. It is authentically reported from the Messenger of Allāh (peace be upon him) that he said: If acts of disobedience are done among people and they do not change them, Allāh will soon punish them all. Allāh (Glorified and Exalted be He) warned His servants against following the example of the Children of Israel in His saying: Those among the Children of Israel who disbelieved were cursed by the tongue of Dāwūd (David) and ʿIsā (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary). That was because they disobeyed (Allāh and the Messengers) and were ever transgressing beyond bounds. They used not to forbid one another from Al-Munkar (wrong, evil-doing, sins, polytheism, disbelief) which they committed. Vile indeed was what they used to do. We ask Allāh to guide all Muslims, rulers and subjects, to do this duty in the best form, to reform their conditions, and protect all people from the causes of His wrath. He is the All-Hearer, the All-Respondent." (Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá Ibn Bāz: 6/267)

Source: The General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Benefit: Sisters Mocking Sisters

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

  Ustādh Mūsá Richardson discusses the need for good manners and encouragement for sisters who are striving to adorn themselves with the beauty of ḥijāb. In certain circles, there can be a pompous approach that belittles sisters who are struggling to implement the proper ḥijāb, rather they should be advised kindly and encouraged. Additionally, the speaker touches on the formation of groups based upon clothing such as "the niqābi group" or "niqabis for life" etc. that bind sisters together based on a face cover. This approach excludes sisters who do not hold it obligatory to cover their faces (which is the majority position of the Salaf) and is not from the legislated boundaries of unity. Sisters are united by the same creed and methodology, not by a face veil. 

The benefit is excerpted from the 2007 Islamic Summer Courses


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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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Brotherhood between the Believers and Its Fruits

  Abū Muḥammad al-Maghribī

Our noble brother Abū Muḥammad al-Maghribī (may Allāh preserve him) explains a monumental work by Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān (from the Kibār al-ʿUlāmāʾ) entitled Brotherhood Between the Believers and its Fruits. Brotherhood and sisterhood in al-Islām is more important than that established by ties of the families. From the means of increasing in this love and mercy is avoiding suspicion which is thinking bad of you brother or sister in terms of the character, manhaj and ʿaqīdah, when this person is known to be an upright person. In addition, avoiding spying which Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān described as searching for a defect in the people. Furthermore, refraining from ghībah (backbiting) which is to mention something about your brother or sister which is disliked.

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.

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