Should the student of knowledge start with memorising the Quran?
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious Most Merciful
BismiLahi Rahmani Rahim
What should the student of knowledge begin with, studying the aqeedah and the tawheed which is part of the Eeman? Or memorising the Quran
As it was reported that it was from the way of the companions and the sunnah to teach the children the tawheed before the Quran and not the contrary as it is widely spread amongst people.
Jundub Ibn Junada may Allah be pleased with him said:
We were with the prophet sala Allahu alayhi wa salam while we were young boys, so we learned faith (eeman) before the Qur’an, then we learned the Quran and our eeman increased.
Reported by Ibn Majah and authentified by Al Albani.
And on the authority of Abd Allah Ibn Umar may Allah be pleased with them, He said:
We lived during an instant of time in which one of us would receive Faith first before receiving the Qur’an and when the verses were revealed we would learn what they permitted and what they prohibited and what they forbade and what they ordered and what should be the stance towards them. But I have seen many men from whom one is given the Qur’an before Faith and he reads it from the opening of the Book to its closing and he does not know what it orders and what it forbids and what should be his stance towards it. He is like someone who is just throwing out dates, i.e.: he does not get any benefit from his recital.
Reported by Al Bayhaqi and Al Haakim who authentified it.
Ibn Al-Qayyim said:
If they reach the time of pronouncing, let them pronounce La Ilah ila Allah Mohammed Rassoul Allah, and that the first thing that knocks their ears, knowing Allah Glory be He, His Tawheed and He (Glory be He) is above His throne, and that He sees them and that He hears their words and that He is with them wherever they are…
Shaykh Muhammed Ibn Abdul Wahab had written a letter named “Teaching the children Tawheed”, he says in his introduction:
This letter is a benefit showing what obligations to teach the children before teaching them the Qur’an. So that the child becomes a complete individual upon the islamic fitrah under tawheed correctly.
As it was asked also:
Do we start learning what is mandatory from the knowledge of the prayer, the fasting and the purification? Or do we start with memorising the Quran?
Ibn Mubarak answered to that:
If you have what is sufficient for you from the Quran to perform your prayer then seek knowledge.
I say because seeking knowledge of the deen is mandatory and memorising the Quran is recommended, so you do not precede the recommended over the mandatory.
Written by Shaykh Abu Abdellah Maher Bin Dhafer Al Qahtani
Translated by Abu Maryam Jaouad Al Maghreb
Posted from: http://www.al-sunan.com
The Prohibition of hanging verses from the Quran and taking it as calligraphy – Explained by Shaykh Uthaymeen
The Prohibition of hanging verses from the Quran and taking it as calligraphy
Explained by Shaykh Uthaymeen
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I want to warn against two affairs which are connected to the Noble Quran. One of them being: Many people hang the noble verses (from the Quran); they hang them on the walls in places throughout their homes. This hanging (of the verses) is considered an innovation that did not appear among the Companions or from those who followed them in goodness. And I do not know why they hang these verses.
Do they hang them in an effort to exalt the Quran? (If this is the case) then they are not more diligent in exalting the Quran than the Companions of the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم, and those that followed them in goodness; and it has not been narrated that they used to hang the verses of the Quran.
Do they hang these verses to repel from themselves evil? (If this is the case) then this is not the means by which to repel evil from them. Rather the method is for the individual to recite what has appeared in the Sunnah to repel evil. He reads that with his tongue. As the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
Whoever recites Ayatul Kursi during the night, there will continue to be for him a protector from Allah, and no devil will come near him until the morning.
And it is the statement of the Exalted:
Allah! La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber, nor sleep overtakes Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them (His creatures) in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter. And they will never compass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.
Thus hanging this verse or any other verse will not avail them at all.
Or do they want to seek blessings by hanging the Quran upon the wall? (If this is the case) then seeking blessing with the Quran in this manner is not legislated, rather this is an innovated matter. And the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
Every innovation is misguidance.
Or do they want from that, for the person to remember the Quran when he raises he head towards it? But it you apply this affair to what really occurs you will find this has no effect. This is because in the gathering—all of them—you do not see anyone from those seated raising his head to recite this verse or (raising his head) so that he may reflect upon what it contains from the rulings and reports.
And the Salafi, may Allah be pleased with them, differed concerning the issue: Is it permissible for a sick person with a mental illness or a physical illness to hang something written from the Quran upon himself or not.
And the correct answer is that it is not permissible for a person to hang something on his chest or to place something beneath his pillow, from the verses of the Quran in an effort to be cured by way of it; because this method has not been narrated from the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.
Or do those who hang these noble verses aimlessly for décor? For verily it is not befitting that the Quran is taking without purpose and for décor, becoming merely a decoration. Verily the Quran has a loftier and greater status than to be taken as beautification and to decorate the walls.
For that reason I call upon all of our brothers who have hung it to remove it because all of the possibilities you have heard show that hanging (the verses) is something which is not befitting.
As for the second affair which I want to bring caution too specifically; it is the calligraphers, those who draw for the people on paper or other than that. They take from the noble verses and draw them in fonts other than the Uthmani script. They make these fonts according to the specialty of the texts. Such that I have heard that when some of them want to write the statement of the Exalted:
يُكَوِّرُ اللَّيْلَ عَلَى النَّهَارِ وَيُكَوِّرُ النَّهَارَ عَلَى اللَّيْلِ
He wraps the night over the day and wraps the day over the night (Soorah Az Zummar 39:5)
So he will write the letter wāw (الواو) as though it is wrapped. Thus he wants to sketch the Quran according to what the meaning indicates. And this is no doubt impermissible. For it is not befitting to draw the words of the noble Quran as shapes to indicate the genius of the calligrapher, or to attract the eyes by way of its inscription; because the Quran is not intended for decorations and art. And whoever has any of that then it is upon him to burn it and efface it, such that the verses of Allah are not taken as jest. And the scholars—may Allah have mercy upon them—have differed concerning the issue: Is it permissible to write the Quran in other than the Uthmani script, even for the children. The scholars differ, having different three statements concerning this issue.
But as for writing it with this type of inscription, then there is no doubt that it is not permissible. Therefore it is upon us O brothers to honor the Book of Allah and glorify it, and to utilize it for what it was sent down for; to serve as an admonition and a healing for what is in the hearts, and a guidance and mercy for the believers. Listen to the wisdom for it being sent down, which is found in the statement of the Exalted:
(This is) a Book (the Quran) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember. (Soorah Sad 39:29)
It was not sent down to be hung on the walls, and it was not sent down in order to use it as calligraphy. And there is another warning against hanging it on the walls, which I do not believe anyone can avoid. These gathering which have something from the Quran in the places of impermissible vain speech; perhaps backbiting will be heard there, perhaps lying and insulting will be heard there, and perhaps impermissible acts will be performed there. Thus this will be an act of mockery with the Book of Allah, because the verse will be above the heads of those present while the disobey Allah the Exalted in front of the verses from the Book of Allah.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
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Is it from the Sunnah to stop all classes during Ramadan?
Answer by Shaykh Al Albani
I read that when the month of Ramadan entered some of the Imaams would stop classes to only focus on reciting the Quran. This was despite them being the people of knowledge, those who gave the people religious verdicts. Thus they would stop all classes even giving religious verdicts to the people. Is this correct? Is this month specified for the Quran? Should I cease read the Hadiths and the explanations of the Hadiths and the other lessons?
Shaykh Al Albani:
This specification has no basis in the Sunnah; rather that which is in the Sunnah and known in the two authentic books of Hadith, is increasing the recitation of the Quran during the month of Ramadan. As for specifying the month of Ramadan only for the recitation of the Quran without any other acts of worship such as seeking knowledge, and studying Hadith, and clarifying and explaining them, then this has no basis. Likewise, included in this are charity, Sadaqa, and kindness to the people etc. Putting everything on hold for the recitation has no basis. That which has a basis is only increasing in its recitation.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah
Student Abu Iyaad (hafidhahullaah) relayed:
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Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah
Importance of Believing and Not Doubting
Believing in the text (Qur’an and authentic Sunnah) when they reach you – without doubting or wavering – is from Eeman as well as having good manners with Allaah, as Shaikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) explained in his highly beneficial book Upright Moral Character – A Concise Guide to Attaining Dignified Islaamic Character.
The Scholars, who are the Inheritors of the Prophets, stress the importance of believing in and submitting to what comes in the Qur’an and authentic Sunnah - not doubting it, nor giving precedence to one’s intellect above the Qur`an and authentic Sunnah.
For example, Abu Bakr (radiallaahu ‘anhu) was given the title “as-Siddiq” (the one who attested to the Truth), because he immediately believed when told of the Irsaa` wal Mi’raj that Allaah took His Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) on.
Glorified (and Exalted) be He (Allaah) Who took His slave (Muhammad) for a journey by night from Al-Masjid-al-Haraam (at Makkah) to the farthest mosque (in Jerusalem), the neighbourhood whereof We have blessed, in order that We might show him (Muhammad) of Our Ayaat (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, etc.). Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer. (Al-Isra, ayah 1)
Will you then dispute with him (Muhammad) about what he saw [during the Mi'raaj: (Ascent of the Prophet over the seven heavens)]. (An-Najm, ayah 12)
When Aboo Bakr was told by the Mushriks (polytheists) about the Israa` and Mi’raaj which his friend (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said to have undergone, he said:
If he has said this, then it is just as he has said. I believe him with regard to news coming from the heavens, so should I not believe him in this?
- [Reported by al Haakim (3/62), authenticated by al Albaanee in as-Saheehah (no 306).]
While teaching 40 Hadeeth of Imam An-Nawaawee (rahimahullaah) with the Sharh of Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah), a student said:
Shaytan will strike at that moment and will whisper for you to rely on your intellect (and reject the ayah or hadeeth)… This is how the deviant go astray (meaning they listen to shaytan, and obey his whisperings). …But you have to remember the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) did not speak of his own desire.
Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. It is only an Inspiration that is inspired. (An-Najm, ayat 3 and 4)
Meaning it is only revelation from Allaah – Subhanah (Who is free of any imperfection, error, deficiency, mistake). Allaah’s Promise is the Truth, and whose words can be truer than those of Allaah? (Of course, none). (An-Nisa`, aya 122)
Shaikh Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) said in his Sharh of Lum’atul I’tiqaad:
And the Muslim does not intefere in this using his own intellect and his own understanding because the matters of the ghayb cannot be truly perceived by the person’s intellect. Rather Eeman in the hidden and unseen is only founded upon submitting and believing in the reports from Allaah and His Messenger. …For Eemaan (true faith) is in fact nothing other than eeman in the ghayb (hidden and unseen). As for having true faith in something which has been witnessed, then there is no special distinction for any person in that! This would not be called ‘Eemaan.’
In explaining why the astray Mu’tazila reject the punishment of the grave, Shaikh Fawzaan said:
These misguided people gave precedence to their intellects over the textual evidences. So when their intellects could not perceive the Punishment of the Grave, they rejected it and denied the ahaadeeth about it.
The affairs of the ghayb (hidden and unseen) and the matters of the Hereafter cannot be perceived by the intellects and therefore there is no scope for the intellects to enter into them. Rather our beliefs in the matters of the ghayb (hidden and unseen) and the matters of the Hereafter are built upon the authentic reports about them. We do not say anything about these matters unless it is taken from an authentic evidence from the Book and the Sunnah.
The student relaying Shaikh Fawzaan’s Sharh of 40 Hadeeth Nawaawee said:
This is why (learning) Tawheed (and the Usool) is so important. …You must accept everything the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said. “La shak”, never doubt what the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said. It is wajibun that you accept everything the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said. It is wajib to obey him, imitate him, and take him as an example, and not innovate (in beliefs, statements or actions).
…And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad) gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it). (Al-Hashr, ayah 7)
And then said:
Yaqin (Certainty) comes with ‘Ilm (authentic, beneficial knowledge). Jahl (Ignorance) leads to Shuboohat (confusion, doubts).
Authentic Knowledge —-> Yaqin
Ignorance —————> Doubts
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Naseehah (Advice) from Shaykh Hasan Abdul-Wahhaab Al-Bannaa
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As Salaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh. May Allah have mercy upon me, you and all of the Muslims. Aameen.
Once, I entered the masjid for our class with our Shaykh Hasan Abdul-Wahhaab Marzouq Al-Bannaa (may Allah preserve him, and his family upon good), I found him praying. After I offered my prayer of greeting the masjid, I greeted the Shaykh, and kissed his head. We talked about how each of us spent our Eid and the conditions of our families. After this the Shaykh began to drink his tea, which was prepared for him.
I asked the Shaykh, how does one become a strong student, treading the path of seeking knowledge? The Shaykh replied, Patience (Sabr). He said this 3 times. He said patience with Allah, in good and bad times. Patience with yourself, patience with ease and with hardships. Patience with your family and friends. Patience with knowledge. Patience with the Qur’aan. Patience with learning the Arabic language. I thanked the Shaykh and returned to my place of sitting.
After a short while, the Shaykh motioned to me to come to him. He told me, not to waste time. He told me to guard my time from the time wasters. He told me not to waste my time with that which wont bring about any benefit. Guard your time against your desires. Give knowledge all of your time. Tire yourself with seeking knowledge. Do not become distracted by those who want to take your knowledge. Once again I thanked the Shaykh and returned to my place of sitting.
After a short period, the Shaykh motioned to me again to come to him. He told me to engulf myself in reading the Qur’aan. He said to read the Qur’aan in abundance. Over and over and over. He said to read the Qur’aan when you wake from your sleep, read the Qur’aan before you go to bed. The more you read the Qur’aan, the better you will become in the Arabic language. So constantly read the Qur’aan.
He also told me to listen to the tapes of the Ulamaa (major scholars), from the likes of Shaykh Al-Albaanee, Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen, Shaykh Ibn Baaz, and Shaykh Saalih Aali Shaykh.
Later on the Shaykh was asked about the rights of the Qur’aan. Is it better to read it or to memorize it?
He, the Shaykh (may Allah preserve him, and his family) said, one should read the Qur’aan. The Qur’aan is to be read. To memorize it is good. But if it cant be memorized, so read it. Read it in your prayers, before you sleep, when you wake. Before prayer and after prayer. Always have a mushaf (copy of the Qur’aan) near you, everywhere. In Shaa Allah.
May Allah have mercy upon us all.
The Ruling on the Statement: “He Was the Qur`an Walking on the Earth” – Shaikh Rabee bin Hadee al-Madkhalee
Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah
The Ruling on the Statement: “He Was the Qur`an Walking on the Earth”
Shaikh Rabee bin Hadee al-Madkhalee (hafidhahullaah)
Translated by: Abu ‘Abdis Salaam Siddiq Al Juyaanee @ salafyink.com
We hear the tongues of some of the lecturers (when describing the character) of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam), “He was the Qur`an walking on the Earth.” Meaning, he implemented the rules and regulations of the Qur`an. What is the ruling of this statement?
Shaikh Rabee bin Hadee al-Madkhalee (hafidhahullaah) answered:
It is incumbent that we say, “His character was the Qur`an,”  like ‘Aa`isha (radiAllahu ‘anha) said. The Qur`an is the speech of Allaah and not created; whereas Muhammad is a human being who is created.
It is not incumbent (nor proper) to say, (“He was the Qur`an walking on the Earth“) or things similar to this. This is because we are at war with the Mu’tazilah and other than them over their statement that the “Qur`an is created,” so how can we (the people of the Sunnah) utter statements like this?!
We say the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alaihi wa sallam) implemented the rules and regulations of the Qur`an, and his (sallAllaahu alaihi wa sallam) character emanated from the Qur`an; he (sallAllaahu alaihi wa sallam) acted in accordance to it and believed in it. This statement, (“He was the Qur`an walking on the Earth,” conceptually comes) from the western slogans which (people) blindly follow. And Allaah knows best.
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Complete the recitation of the Quran every month…at least!
Explained by Shaykh Fawzan
Allah سبحانه و تعالى sent down this Quran to be recited and implemented. He did not send it down for it to be placed in books and Mushafs; and preserved on shelves and cupboards. Rather it is to be recited night and day. In every available situation the Muslim recites it. And the Scholars have mentioned…
And the Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, used to portion out the Quran. They used to portion it during the night during the night prayer. Some of them would recite it in three nights and some of them would recite it in seven nights and some of them would recite it in ten nights.
And at the very least the Quran should be divided into thirty days; everyday reciting a Juz of the Quran, everyday reciting a Juz of the Quran. A day and a night should not pass by except that the person has recited a Juz of the Quran; this is at the very least. And if he recites it more than this then it is better…in ten days, in three days, in seven days; this is better.
But if a month passes by and the Quran has not been completed this is neglect.. this is neglect and abandonment of the Quran. Abandoning the Quran is different types. From these types is the abandonment of recitation and from it is the abandonment of working by the Quran.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
In the perfect Name of Allaah…
Please forward this and post these important words to your mailing lists, as some speakers at Green Lane masjid have involved themselves in the scandalous cover up of the mistakes of Yusuf Estes.
Some of our honest and unsuspecting brothers and sisters in Islam who have been affected or even outright victimized by the deviance of Yusuf Estes and his acrobatic co-stars at Huda TV may have a number of concerns regarding Yusuf Estes himself, his errors, the information in this article, or its author.
1. Too harsh, not done with wisdom.
What is strange is that the claim is coming from one of Yusuf’s Huda TV co-stars, Abu Usamah ath-Thahabi, someone known for exaggerations and sensationalism in his speech, with an unhidden (almost) 20 year record of imbalanced flip-flopping and disgraceful behavior in communities in the West.
This is a man who I used to respect and look up to in my early years of study. About 10 years ago, he came to Makkah to translate for an umrah group, and we worked together to translate. I had just finished the first year of my BA studies at Umm al-Qura. Despite all the warnings coming out against Abu Usamah at that time, I still respected him and considered him oppressed. I honestly thought there was a group of “super Salafees” trying to take him out, and that he was a senior student and daa’ee who I should seek advice from.
During that two week period of lectures we translated together, he guided me to a book and placed it in my hands, a book about abandoned Sunnahs by “Mahmood al-Haddaad”. Yes, THE HADDAAD to whom the sect is ascribed, the haddaadees, for their excessive attacks of the scholars, making tabdee’ on them, etc.
And wal-hamdulillaah, in 15 years of seeking knowledge in Saudi Arabia, NO ONE I have EVER sat with or communicated with in ANY way has EVER recommended that I ever read a book by Mahmood al-Haddaad, let alone PUT THE BOOK IN MY HAND and encourage me to read it, OTHER THAN ABU USAAMAH ATH-THAHABEE.
While we should have been busy pre-reading and reviewing for our lessons every day, studying from great scholars and top students of knowledge, we were busy reading al-Haddaad’s book of misguidance behind the scenes and planning how we were going to confront the mashaayikh about the issues raised in that book.
One stupid issue that my “shaykh” Abu Usamah focused on was the “abandoned Sunnah of leaving your shirt buttons open” and Mahmood Haddaad was refuting the scholars and attacking them because they would not agree with him on that issue being a Sunnah. We took the issue to one of our shaykhs who said that undoing the buttons was a custom not a Sunnah. We looked at each other like we knew the reality. Wallaahi, I thank Allaah that He saved me from the true Haddaadiyyah that Abu Usamah was trying to mislead me into, and that He opened my eyes to the reality of this man.
Now, he attacks the Salafee du’aat, calling them haddaadees. Interesting…
Now, he defends Yusuf Estes, saying he’s got something to offer, and he’s somehow like Mujaahid ibn Jabr the great early imam of tafseer?
Now, when placed in front of the choice to aid the distinction of the aqeedah of ahlus-Sunnah from the filth of the Jahmiyyah, he takes an opportunity to defend the complete ignoramus spreading Jahmiyyah, tashbeeh, mockery of the hudood, Quranic justification of George Bush invading Afghanistan, etc. and to speak against the “wisdom” in how he was dealt with.
Al-hamdulillaah the One who showed me his deviance ten years ago, and helped me get away from him and all those like him. And there is nothing like safety in Islam.
While I am open to all those who have advised me about being more wise in dealing with the mistakes of Yusuf Estes, and I am thankful to everyone who has emailed me or called me with advice, and I thank Allaah that I am able to open my heart and try to find good in every email I read, I just find it hard to take Abu Usamah seriously in this matter, quite honestly.
2. This clarification is against Islamic manners, since Yusuf Estes has not been advised.
I assure you that Yusuf Estes has been advised much, regarding this and many other issues. He has not shown a desire to correct his ways, but instead, a love for his reputation that prevents him from rectifying his errors. Besides, whether or not Yusuf Estes has been advised before does not prevent you – right now – from recognizing the truth in this clarification and adopting the correct Islamic beliefs if you have been affected by his teachings.
3. Yusuf Estes is not a scholar, nor has he claimed to be one, and he makes mistakes like everyone else.
No one is perfect in their da’wah work, and people do make mistakes. We are however required to identify and rectify mistakes attributed the perfect Religion of Allah, especially when they are as offensive as the atrocities committed by Yusuf Estes in the passages quoted in this clarification.
Furthermore, any person who speaks on behalf of Islam is required to speak with knowledge. Speaking about Allah without knowledge is a heinous crime, as mentioned in this clarification. When considering the gravity of the mistakes mentioned in this clarification, a logical conclusion can be reached – Yusuf Estes was simply not qualified to speak on behalf of the Religion in the first place.
It should also be known that Jahm ibn Safwan himself, the one to whom the Jahmiyyah Cult is ascribed, was a common man with no Islamic knowledge. It was only after debating with atheists in attempts to call them to Islam that he developed his line of thinking and began to spread it and then became popular. The wicked beliefs of the Jahmiyyah have since plagued the Muslim Ummah for over 1300 years and they have been the reason for some of the worst trials in the history of Islam! All of this came originally from an ignorant man with no Islamic knowledge! So we must not underestimate the level of harm that an ignoramus can create, even while he intends good.
Jahm was not an imam of innovation by way of knowledge, rather he became an imam because of the number of followers. The founder of the Jahmiyyah cult was just a regular man with no Islamic knowledge who began using philosophy to call some non-Muslims to Islam. So he became considered an imam of misguidance because of the number of people he misled. This is VERY comparable to Yusuf Estes for those who look at the issue with fairness and balance.
There is an excellent response to the false propaganda that Yusuf Estes does not claim to be a scholar, as stated by Assim al-Hakeem, a self-contradictory TV star plagued with the same disease as Yusuf Estes, constantly speaking above his level of understanding. One of the most obvious examples of this is recommending people to listen to Ibn Baaz and Ibn Uthaymeen instead of Rabee’ al-Madkhalee. Both Ibn Baaz and Ibn Uthaymeen (like the other well-known scholars of today) praised al-Madkhalee highly and encourage the masses to benefit from him. Furthermore, his personal website contains several misleading, mistaken fatwaas devoid of any evidence. A quick review of his website shows that. He expects that the people refer back to him as a scholar for fatwaas, and while they even ask for evidence, they only get yes and no answers with no evidence.
The specific response to this man’s false propaganda about Yusuf Estes not claiming to be a scholar can be reviewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Dw9qIFgggQ and it shows just how much he knows about the issues he talks about!
While the whole idea that Yusuf Estes doesn’t have any claim to knowledge is just a smoke-screen anyway… The issues remain. The man has taught Jahmiyyah and other beliefs of KUFR (by consensus) for the last ten years, whether he’s excused because of ignorance or not.
4. This article is the result of hunting for mistakes, like some kind of “witch-hunt”.
I said this three weeks ago in the origina PDF:
When scholars and students of knowledge identify and warn the Muslims of deviant beliefs that oppose the consensus of Ahlus-Sunnah in basic matters of Islamic belief, they must not be demonized or slandered. Instead, you should pray for their success and think well of them, as they are fulfilling an essential need of the Muslim nation.
And quite simply, whether the article is the result of a “witch-hunt” or not, this must not prevent you from identifying false beliefs of apostasy and shunning them.
(No need to update this point! Assim al-Hakeem actually comes three weeks later to announce that the clarification is the result of a “witch-hunt”!!)
5. The mistakes of Yusuf Estes are small, excusable errors, and people are blowing them out of proportion.
No honest Muslim with knowledge of aqeedah and the errors of Yusuf Estes could possibly say that.
Go back and read the clarification. By Allah, someone who speaks like this has simply not read or tried to understand the clarification. Or they are filthy hizbees trying to help in their ikhwaanee cover-up.
6. This kind of clarification is ghuluw (religious extremism or going overboard).
Religious extremism is clearly found in the excessive attachments that some Muslims have to popular personalities, which interfere with their ability to view issues with balance and identify falsehood and shun it.
This article invites the reader to identify a number of serious false beliefs being attributed to Islam, and to take the appropriate position on them. This is the furthest thing from ghuluw (religious extremism).
7. The critic has mistakes, too.
Agreed. However, it is Christianity where people must be “free of sin before they cast the first stone.” In Islam, we are required to forbid evil when it appears, while no one is perfect.
Furthermore, the mistakes of the author of this clarification (may Allah forgive him) must not prevent you – right now – from following the truth when it comes to you and shunning falsehood once it becomes known to you.
8. Yusuf Estes has done so much good, and we have to be fair.
Agreed. Muslims are required to be fair and just. The author of the clarification has made no attempt to belittle any good work done by Yusuf Estes. No one’s good deeds are being rejected, ridiculed, criticized, undervalued, or looked down upon in the clarification.
Having said that, the reality is that Yusuf Estes is currently in danger of losing the potential rewards for his good deeds due to his words of apostasy. It is this very article, a bitter dose of live-saving medicine, that could save him from the end result of the horrible path he has chosen, by Allah’s Permission. May Allah give him the strength and courage needed to put aside his personal pride, humbly embrace the correct beliefs of Islam, and abandon the vile statements of apostasy that he has fallen into and spread.
Furthermore, warning the Muslims against what could draw them into the Hellfire could never – in any way whatsoever – be considered an act of injustice.
9. Yusuf Estes has repented and retracted those mistakes.
Actually, while we were hoping for this, fully ready to help him and back him up when he retracts, the exact opposite has taken place. In the last three weeks, he has changed some of his beliefs openly, like saying the Quran is actually a book, yet he adds, “as we have always believed.”
So there is no retraction actually being offered. Only deception. He is lying about his legacy of teachings, and everyone who has seen his teachings over the past ten years knows this clearly.
10. The critic has gone overboard in following Yusuf Estes’ every move.
Not only was it a clear lie to make people laugh, but laugh at what? An issue that is a central point of belief in Islam, one that identifies a Muslim from a kaafir.
The original clarification that – by Allaah’s Permission – has corrected the aqeedah of many Muslims, including Yusuf Estes himself (to some degree, whether he admits it or not), and many of his dedicated followers:
And follow this website for updated information about the latest information, smoke-screens, scandals, and lies about the Yusuf Estes clean-up efforts:
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From the misguidance of the Rafidah concerning of the Noble Qur’an
Sheikh Ali Al-Haddadi
Likewise, the Rafidah have gone astray concerning some issues associated with the noble Qur’an, and from them:
First: the belief of the Rafidah in the change and alteration of the Qur’an:
We believe that all of the Qur’an is preserved in its wordings and meanings. Nothing has been added to or taken away from it, confirming the statement of the Most High (which translated means): “Verily We have sent down the Reminder and verily We will preserve it.”
However, according to the Rafidah, they believe that the noble Qur’an which is in our hands is an altered book, which has been added to and taken away from.
Here are some of their statements said by Ibrahim al-Qami, who died in the year 307 AH, in the introduction to his tafsir, “the Qur’an has that which abrogates and that which was abrogated, and it has that which is clear and that which is ambiguous in meaning, and it has the general and the specific, and it has that which sends forward and that which holds back, and it has that which is cut off and that which is joined together, and it has letters in place of other letters, and it has that which is against what Allah has sent down,” then he struck an example of this blasphemy of his, saying, “the statement of Allah Most High ‘O Maryam, submit yourself with obedience to your Lord and prostrate yourself, and bow down,’ is also ‘bow down and prostrate’… and as for what is against what Allah has sent down, then it is His statement: ‘You are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin good and forbid evil.’ Abu Abdullah, upon him be peace, said to the reciter of this verse: ‘the best of peoples,’ killing the leader of the believers, and al-Hasan, and Hussein the son of Ali, upon him be peace!? Then it was said to him: how was it sent down, O son of the messenger of Allah? So he said: it was only sent down as: ‘you are the best of imams ever raised up for mankind,’ then he said: and as for what was distorted from it, then it is His statement: ‘but Allah bears witness to what He sent down to you in Ali. He sent him down with knowledge and the angels bear witness‘” Tafsir al-Qami (10-1/5).
And in al-Kaafee, on the authority of Abu Abdullah, upon him be peace, saying “verily the Qur’an which Jibreel came with, upon him be peace, to Muhammad is seventeen thousand verses.” al-Kaafee (2/634). And al-Majlisee ruled in Maraah al-Uqool (2/563) that it is authentic. I say that the number of verses in the Qur’an which is in our hands is 6,236 verses, counted according to the method of the people of Kufa, on the authority of Abu Abdur-Rahman As-Sulami, on the authority of Ali ibn Abi Talib, may Allah be pleased with him, as is found in the book “Nadhimat-uz-Zuhur” (The Ordering of the Flowers) by Imam ash-Shatibi, and others from the books written on the science of divisions. So in this view, the verses that have been removed from the Qur’an, in this lie, reaches 10,674 verses, and with Allah we seek refuge.
And they have a famous publication asserting the distortion of the Qur’an, and behold, it is the book “The Decisive Word on Confirming the Distortion of the Book of the Lord of Lords,” (TN: it appears the author is quoting here from the source) written by the scholar al-Najafi al-Haaj Mirza Husain ibn Muhammad Taqee al-Noori al-Tabarsi al-Matufi, d. 1320 AH, who printed the book in Iran in the year 1289 AH, and the Shia rewarded him for writing this by burying him in the building, al-Mashhad al-Murtadawi, in Al-Najaf in the hall of the Banu al-Adhami room, daughter of the ruler, defender of the religion of Allah, in the south office, on the right, inside the courtyard of al- Murtadawi, coming from the southern gate into Najaf al-Ashraf, in the holiest site, according to them. (al-Khutoot al-’Areedah al-Wasa’il wa Mustanbat al-Masa’il, p. 10). Refer to his biography in the introduction of his book “Mustadrak al-Wasa’il wa Mustanbat al-Masa’il,” by his student Aga Baazarak al-Tehraani.
Verily Allah Most High sent down the Qur’an as a guide and a mercy for the believers, and for them to worship with what it contains, until the Hour is established. So if any distortion happens to it, or change, or loss, then this would be loss of it all. So then how is it true that a book remains as guidance, mercy, light, and healing?
So here I will pose a question only for the intelligent ones. If the Rafidah had zeal for the Qur’an, and exalted it, then why did they give the distorters – according to their claim – a chance to distort the Qur’an and change it, and waste it? Where are those who they claim are their imams, at their head Ali ibn Abi Talib, radi Allahu anhu, and those who came after him, them being free from what is associated with them? Where are they concerning this distortion and playing games, while they have, according to your claims, the keys to the heavens and the earth, the worldly life and afterlife, all of this being at their disposal?
Secondly: the issue of the sending of revelation to other than the Prophet sall Allahu alaihi wa sallam:
We believe that the noble Qur’an is the last of the heavenly books, after which no book will be sent down, because prophethood has been cut off and revelation has ended with the death of the Prophet sall Allahu alaihi wa sallam. In Sahih Muslim, on the authority of Anas, who said: “Abu Bakr, radi Allahu anhu, said after the death of the Messenger of Allah sall Allahu alaihi wa sallam, to Umar: come with us to visit Umm Aiman like the Messenger of Allah used to visit her. When we reached her, she cried, so they (both) said to her, ‘what has made you cry? What is with Allah is better for His messenger sall Allahu alaihi wa sallam.’ So she said, ‘I am not crying because I don’t know that what is with Allah is better for His messenger sall Allahu alaihi wa sallam, but I cry because the revelation has been cut off from the heavens.’ And she moved them both to tears and they began to cry with her.”
This is as we believe, that the revelation was only sent down to the Prophet sall Allahu alaihi wa sallam, and it wasn’t sent down to anyone else. As for the Rafidah, then they believe that revelation was sent down upon other than him, sall Allahu alaihi wa sallam. For that reason, they have mus-hafs (written scripture) other than the noble Qur’an. Rather, our Qur’an is uncountable compared to the number of these mus-hafs.
It is said in al-Kaafee: “Chapter: mentioning the papers and al-Jafr, and al-Jami’ah, and the mus-haf of Fatimah, upon her be peace”:
“Many of our companions, from Ahmad ibn Muhammad, from Abdullah al-Hijal, from Ahmad ibn Umar al-Halabi, from Abu Baseer said: ‘I entered upon Abu Abdullah, alaihi as-salaam, and said to him: may I be made your ransom, I ask you a question on a matter. Is there one to hear my speech?’ He said: ‘so Abu Abdullah, alaihi as salaam, raised up a cover between himself and the others so I could get into it, then said: O Abu Muhammad, ask on what seems good to you.’ He said: ‘I said, may I be made your ransom, verily your sect is saying that the Messenger of Allah taught Ali, alaihi as salaam, a gate, by which a thousand gates were opened for him, each of which opened a thousand gates.’ He said: ‘I said: This, by Allah, is knowledge.’ He said: ‘So he scratched in the dirt for a while, then said: verily it is knowledge, but what is that?’ He said: ‘then he said: O Abu Muhammad! Verily, with us is Al-Jami’ah! And what will let them know what the Jami’ah is?’ He said: ‘I said: may I be made as a ransom for you, what is Al- Jami’ah? He said: the page whose length is seventy arm-spans of the messenger of Allah, its splitting, and written by the right hand of Ali, in which is every halal and haram and everything the people need, even the blood money for a scratch. And he moved his hand toward me and said: do you permit me, O Abu Muhammad?’ He said: ‘I said: May I be made your ransom, I am for you only, so do whatever you wish.’ He said: ‘So he felt me with his hand and said: even the blood money for this – as if he was angry.’ He said: ‘I said: this, by Allah, is knowledge. He said: verily, it is knowledge, but that’s not it.
Then he was silent for some time, then said: and verily, with us is al-Jafar. And what will let them know what is al-Jafar?’ He said: ‘I said: and what is al-Jafar? He said: a container from Adam, which holds knowledge of the prophets and teachers, knowledge of the scholars who passed away from the children of Israa’il.’ He said: ‘I said: verily this is knowledge. He said: verily it is knowledge, but that’s not it.
Then he was silent for some time, then said: and verily, with us is the Mus-haf of Fatimah, upon her be peace, and what will let them know what is the Mus-haf of Fatimah, upon her be peace?’ He said: ‘I said: and what is the Mus-haf of Fatimah, upon her be peace? He said: a mus-haf which has the like of this, your Qur’an, three times over. By Allah, there is not even one letter in it from your Qur’an.’ He said: ‘I said: this, by Allah, is knowledge. He said: verily it is knowledge, but it’s not it.
Then he was silent for a time, then said: verily, with us is knowledge of what has been and knowledge of what will be, until the Hour is established.’ He said: ‘I said: may I be made your ransom, this by Allah, is knowledge. He said: verily it is knowledge, but it’s not it.’
He said: ‘I said: May I be made your ransom, what, then, is knowledge? He said: verily it is what occurs by night and by day, event after event, thing after thing, until the Day of Judgment.’” al-Kaafee (1/239).
And I have only quoted the report in full so the reader can study these mockeries and falsehoods in order to increase in insight concerning the Rafidah and their religion. And in the current era, Khomeini has confirmed this belief, the Mus-haf of Fatimah, when he said while counting some of their bragging points and achievements: “we brag over the salvation of our Sha’bani Imams, and in calling upon Husein the son of Ali at Arafah, and the Sajadi Paper, ‘Zaboor of the Family of Muhammad,’ and the paper of Fatimah – the book inspired before Allah Most High to the Shining, Pleased One,” the last address on page 5, and the last address is “The Commandment of Divine Politics” by Khomeini. We seek refuge with Allah from the astray ones and those who lie on Him.
Ahl us Sunnah wal Jamaah believe that the Qur’an is the speech of Allah Most High, which He truly spoke in a way that befits the Majesty of Allah and His Perfection, as Allah the Exalted, Most High states (what translated means): “and if one of the polytheists seeks protection from you then give him protection, so he may hear the speech of Allah.” But the Rafidah negate this truth and believe that the Qur’an is created like the rest of the creation which Allah Most High created, like the sky, the earth, the mountains, and other creations like them. And this corrupt creed is what the righteous predecessors waged war against on the day the Mutalizah came out with it and burdened the people with it using the influence of the ruler, while a small number of the authorities on the Sunnah stood firm, at their head the venerable Imam, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, may Allah have mercy on him. For verily, he was firm until the affliction was removed and the trial was extinguished.
Al-Majlisee composed, in “Bihaar al-Anwaar,” a chapter with the title “Chapter: that the Qur’an is created” (Bihaar al-Anwaar, 121-117/92), and says that the sign of the trustworthy, righteous Shi’a is: “that the Shi’a and the Mutazilah say: the Qur’an is created.” (A’yaan Ash-Shi’a 1/461). And Abu Ja’far Al-Tusi says: “and in the sign is a proof that the Qur’an is not Allah, and that Allah is its originator and controller, .. and in it is a proof that Allah is its controller, and whatever is included in control of something is an action, and the action cannot exist except that it was created..” (Tibyaan fee Tafseer Al-Qur’an 1/399), in the tafseer of Allah Most High’s statement: “We bring something better than it.”
And it has been reported from some of their imams that the Qur’an is not created, but they conveyed these reports either from the angle of them being taqiyah (pretending out of fear), or that the statement of the imam was carried to negate the denial of the Qur’an, because from the meanings of “makhlooq” (created) in the language is “a fabricated statement”. Like this they claim, and it is an excuse that is ruined.
translated by Abdullah Boyd
Taken from : http://mtws.posterous.com/errors-of-the-rafidah-with-the-quran