Recently some twitter accounts have been brought to our attention that have been entitled: AhlulToronto and SalafiyyahTdot. These accounts, by their titles, are intended to bind Salafīs in the Toronto area together.
There are a few points of observation here:
1. The creators of these accounts may intend good (they have promoted some good info and known Salafī du'aat), but have they considered the scope of responsibility involved in gathering people together under a banner of "Salafīs in Toronto"? Have they consulted anyone who has proceeded them to see how to go about such a task or if one is even needed?
2. Stemming from the first point, it is the reality that such as task requires that one is able to distinguish people of goodness from people of fitnah, who to promote, who not to promote and which information should be promoted and which shouldn't. There is some understanding required that someone new to the da'wah (or not connected to it) would not be able to determine.
3. It is often an attracting property for people to title their accounts SalafīsKentucky or SalafīsMiami (hypothetical examples) etc. It suggests that a person living in those cities, and wants to be "in the know" should be a follower. We remind our brothers and sisters, refrain from being 'follow click-happy' on Twitter or other SNSs! Follow the official accounts of the scholars, follow the official accounts of the students of knowledge, follow the accounts of known and trusted centres and speakers in the West as needed. Be selective, be careful. Understand that Twitter (and most SNSs) are considered ego-centric networks, meaning that they are premised on the basis of accumulating followers to extend 'weak ties' and to 'bridge' other networks/users. In this vein, they are built around popularity, alliance and re-tweeting. However, the Salafī student is the one who is careful about what enters his heart, careful what information permeates him, so he does not listen to everyone and anyone but he takes care to filter information limiting it to what is beneficial, known and trusted.
Imām Ibn Seereen (raḥimahullāh) said: 'Indeed, This knowledge Is Deen, So Look To The One You Take Your Deen From'
Shaykh Aḥmad Bin 'Umar Bazmool (hafidha-hullaah) stated in explanation of the above statement of Imām Ibn Seereen (raḥimahullāh):
Indeed, Allah (Azza-Wa-Jal) has commanded us this (affair) when He (Azza-Wa-Jal) said: 'So ask the people of the Dhikr (the Reminder), if you do not know'. [21:7]
We hope to discuss the nature of internet technologies and social networking theory as it relates to the Salafī student seeking knowledge in more detail in the future in shaa' Allaah.
However, the account creators below have not identified who operates them (as of yet). Remember a person should know who he is taking knowledge from. They also have some bad follows under their banner of "Salafiyyah in Toronto".
The first account (SalafiyyahTdot) follows Musa Millington and Abū Aisha Yassin, two staunch supporters of the Hajaawirah
The second account (AhlulToronto), a sisters account, follows the same Hajoorite, Abū Aisha Yassin
This is a screenshot of Yassin's affiliation to Hajooree's group in Yemen
We hope that the account holders in question will make themselves known to their followers and make the necessary fixes on their @follows. They should also consider the weight of responsibility in gathering people to guide them and whether it is befitting for them to undertake such a task (in light of the mistakes and advice mentioned above) as accounts for "salafiyyah in Tdot".
May Allaah guide them and aid them upon goodness.
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