The History of our Centre
The Separating of 'Ahl al-Bidʿah wa-al-Ḥizbiyyah' from Ahl al-Sunnah (1999-2000)
As 1999 entered, the Salafīyyīn in Canada encountered the fitnah that had faced our brothers in England some years before, the fitnah of tamyīʿ, closet-Qutbism and overall opposition to the uṣūl of al-daʿwah al-Salafīyyah. It was at this juncture, amidst the confusion of the callers to innovation, that the centre made a clear mawqif (stance) to make our allegiance to the noble Scholars of Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jamāʿah such as Shyakh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī, Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān, Shaykh ʿʿUbayd al-Jābirī and other than them from Scholars of this Ummah. The speech of the ʿUlamāʾ and the Ṭullāb al-ʿUlamāʾ were emphasised in direct opposition the mumayyī cries for ‘bringing the issues to the scholars of Canada (wa-Allāhu al-mustaʿān)’ or ‘Shaykh Rabīʿ doesn’t have time for these issues!’
It was during this year that our noble brothers from Wasīlat al-Salafīyyah in NJ, USA (Kāshiff Khān and those with him), were kind enough to visit us and advise us towards righteousness and piety. So, our noble brother, Kāshif Khān made many affairs clear to us and directed us to strengthen our ties with the trusted Duʿāt in the West such as our brother and elder, Abū ʿUways ʿAbdullāh Aḥmad (raḥimaḥullāh), Abū Khadījah ʿAbd al-Wāḥid from Salafī Publications, Abū Ṭalḥah Dāwūd Burbank (raḥimahullāh - from the first of men to propagate salafīyyah in the West) and other than them. Our eyes were opened to the pathways to knowledge, we began to contact the ʿUlamāʾ and their students and continued to propagate their writings and speech upon the internet despite the angry insults of the hidden ḥizbiyyīn whom Allāh was exposing day by day. It was at this point that the centre began to solidify its direction and subsequently many of those who had diseases in their hearts, love of fame, hatred for the ʿUlamāʾ and guised disdain for the Salafī Daʿwah began to separate and called others to separation. And as had preceded many years before in England, a clear separation occurred between those who desired to be with the ʿUlamāʾ and those who desired to oppose them and by Allāh, this was a barakah from Allāh, an aid to the daʿwah and a light upon the path of Salafīyyah, the Daʿwah of the noble Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam).
Hugh Gains (al-ḥamdulillāh) as Ahl al-Sunnah in Toronto strive forth upon clear Salafīyyah (2001-2003)
Between 1999-2003, due to the abandonment of the financial support of many of the people (because to their disapproval of the direction of the centre – sticking firmly to the ʿUlamāʾ and abandoning the personalities in the city who were separating the people from the scholars), the centre was moved to a smaller office, wa al-ḥamdulillāh this only strengthened the brotherhood and increased the firmness of the community upon Salafīyyah, and increased our hatred for shaqsiyyah and tamyīʿ. Despite the small facility (no larger than a small bedroom), the classes increased, the tele-links became more frequent and the emergence of TROID Publications (our first four publications printed during these years) expanded the scope of the centre’s projects. This was a period of tasfiyah wa-al-tarbiyah for the community, a sign from Allāh that those who wish the spread this noble daʿwah will be faced with trial upon trial. al-ḥamdulilāh, the community persevered, organising as many initiatives as possible; telephone lectures with some of the Ahl al-ʿIlm and Duʿāt in the West, the ʿĪdayn were established, knowledge days, a class on Thʿaláthat al-Uṣūl and Tajwīd. During this testing time, the Salafīyyīn were not swayed by the siyāsah (politics) of Ahl al-Bidʿah,, remaining firm upon the path of Salafīyyah, not concerning themselves with the mockery of the partisan ones. It was a ‘new beginning’ for the Centre, establishing the Uṣūl of al-Daʿwah al-Salafīyyah and cleansing the community of the years of shubuhāt at the hands of Ahl al-Ḥizbiyyah in our city. In striving to bridge the gap between the ʿawām and Ahl al-ʿIlm, we were graced by Allāh to be able to successfully host our first two seminars in Toronto.