Just Learn your Religion and Do Not Burden yourself with Fiqh al-Waaqi’ (science of the current affairs) and Political agitations – ash-Shaykh Muhammad Amaan bin ‘Alee al-Jaamee
“Until when will we say: ‘Know, may Allaah have mercy upon you’?”
ash-Shaykh al-’Allaamah Muhammad Amaan bin ‘Alee al-Jaamee
A student of knowledge asks how he should seek knowledge, how he should study the books he’s studying and how he should stick to the scholars.
Sadly, the small students of knowledge in this time busy themselves with siyaasah (politics) while they don’t know the meaning of siyaasah. It is often the case that students come to my house when I arrive here, in ar-Riyaad and in al-Kharj. I was expecting them to ask me questions related to knowledge, but instead they ask me about the agitations, the jamaa’aat (groups) and the ideologies. They busy themselves [with this].
Whoever wants to seek knowledge should turn himself completely away from the traces of [political] agitation and he should begin with memorizing the small books. He should begin with al-Usool ath-Thalaathah (the Three Fundamentals) and not pay any attention to the statement of the agitating troublemakers who say, “Until when will we say: ‘Know, may Allaah have mercy upon you’? Until when?”
Until you die, you will say these words! And when you die you will be asked in your grave about that which you used to ridicule: “Who is your Lord? What is your religion? Who is your Prophet?” You ridicule this in your life, while you will be asked in your grave about that which you used to ridicule. The first thing you will be asked about, is the meaning of al-Usool ath-Thalaathah.
Don’t pay any attention to this harmful agitation! Memorize this small book which contains Tawheed, the rulings and the actualisation of the statement of Tawheed. Nawaaqid al-Islaam (the Nullifiers of Islaam) and al-Qawaa’id al-Arba’ (the Four Principles): memorize these like the memorisation of al-Faatihah. Then go to the students of knowledge so that they can explain it to you and so that you understand it.
I am sure that a student of knowledge who understands al-Usool ath-Thalaathah; if he was sent as a daa’iyah (caller) to a non-Arabic country, he would become [like] ibn Taymiyyah there (in the eyes of the people). With al-Usool ath-Thalaathah! And this is something which has been noticed before. If you have memorized this text and understood it, and you stand there between the Africans and Asians explaining al-Usool ath-Thalaathah to them, then you will be [like] ibn Taymiyyah there. But, all praise is due to Allaah, their children there are memorizing it, but they need someone to explain it to them. Don’t let them lead you to destruction! Don’t let those, who don’t [sincerely] advise, lead you to destruction!
Memorize these books: Kitaab at-Tawheed, al-Bayqooniyyah, al-Arba’een an-Nawawiyyah. These books! You busy yourselves here [with other things], while the children of the Muslims in India, Pakistan and Africa are memorizing these books. With these two ears of me I listened to African youth while they were memorizing al-Usool ath-Thalaathah, Kashf ash-Shubuhaat, Kitaab at-Tawheed and al-Arba’een an-Nawawiyyah. I stood there in the classroom listening to them while they were memorizing [these texts] like the memorisation of al-Faatihah.
This is because the [political] agitation has not reached that place; they are upon al-Fitrah (natural disposition). We ask Allaah to protect them from that which has affected many of the youth. So memorize these texts and then go to the Scholars and the students of knowledge (for the explanation). Then you can continue with more detailed and advanced [books]. Begin with the small affairs of knowledge, until you reach the big affairs of knowledge – if this expression is correct.
This is how the one who wants to seek knowledge progresses. And he should never listen to these agitations which take place around him! A person might say to himself, “Does this mean that you want us to live isolated from the world, and that we don’t have any knowledge about Fiqh al-Waaqi’ (science of the current affairs)?”
As for Fiqh al-Waaqi’: listen to the radio and read the newspaper sometimes. Fiqh al-Waaqi’ will reach you while you are walking in the street, while you are in the car or at home.
Do not burden yourself [with this], just learn [your religion] and stick to knowledge.
Translated by Yâsîn Abu Ibrâhîm
Do you want to listen to tapes? Listen to the pure people of the Sunnah and the pure scholars of the Sunnah – Shaykh ‘Abdul-Laah bin ‘Abdir-Raheem al-Bukhaaree
Do you advise us to listen to the tapes of so and so?
Shaykh ‘Abdul-Laah bin ‘Abdir-Raheem al-Bukhaaree
This is a question, “Do you advise us to listen to the tapes of fulaan (so and so) and fulaan?” He named some individuals here, and there is no need to mention them. I will give you a shorter answer:
Do you want to listen to tapes? Listen to the pure people of the Sunnah and the pure scholars of the Sunnah. For verily, in them there is contentment and sufficiency! There are many of scholars from the scholars of the Sunnah, so why do you ask about those about whom there are correct and clear statements [of the scholars] and who are far away from the Sunnah from every aspect? And you leave those who are from Ahl-us-Sunnah from every aspect? This is from the lack of fiqh (understanding).
I.e. for example: ash-Shaykh al-Imaam ‘Abdul-’Azeez bin Baaz, may Allaah have mercy upon him, he has tapes with shuruhaat (explanations) and his tapes are many, correct? And our Shaykh, ash-Shaykh Muhammad bin ‘Uthaymeen, may Allaah have mercy upon all of them, his tapes are many. And ash-Shaykh al-Imaam al-Albaanee, may Allaah have mercy upon him, [his tapes] are also many. And ash-Shaykh Ahmad an-Najmee [his tapes] are many. And Shaykh al-Fawzaan [his tapes] are also many, and other than them from the scholars of the Sunnah. Correct? How many are these? How many tapes? I.e. if we say: ash-Shaykh ‘Abdul-’Azeez, ash-Shaykh bin ‘Uthaymeen and al-Albaanee, may Allaah have mercy upon all of them… I say: al-Albaanee has around 5000 recorded tapes. And Shaykh Muhammad (bin ‘Uthaymeen) and Shaykh ‘Abdul-’Azeez, if we say that they both have 5000 tapes; how many tapes are these? 10,000 tapes. If you listen every day to one tape, then you have 10,000 days left. If you listen every day to two tapes, you have 5000 days left. Correct?
Then there also remain, as we said, many collections [of tapes] which you need thousands and thousands of days for. Believe me, if you listen – and I don’t say 5000 or 2000 – if you listen to them only 360 days in a year… Are there 360 or 365 days [in a year]? (Audience replies with different answers) 60 or 65? Anyway, one full year. In one full year, you are not able to listen to other than them! If you listen to the scholars of the Sunnah, then you are – by Allaah – not able to listen to other than them!
Translated by: Yâsîn Abu Ibrâhîm
Asking about people to start fitna is not permissible
Explained by Shaykh Rabee (hafidhahullaah)
Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadee: The questioner says: May Allah bless you and give you good. Is asking about the people from the guidance of the Salaf?
Shaykh Rabee: Yes, asking about the people is from the Minhaj of the Salaf; look to see who you take your deen from. Verily this knowledge is deen, thus look to see from whom you take your deen.
Some people ask will truthfulness and sincerity, they desire to take their deen from qualified Scholars with sound Aqeedah and sound Minhaj, thus for this reason they ask.
And some of the people ask because they want fitna. During this time period, there are many questions; what is your opinion about so and so. What do you think about so and so, what is your view about the Minhaj of so and so? And his intention is not to benefit from the person or to avoid him, rather he has another intention. His intention is to disseminate and spread fitna among the people. These types of questions are not permissible because they are for the purpose of fitna, and the affairs are according to their intentions.
But if the questioner wants good, and he wants to learn and he wants to take his deen in the correct manner then it is incumbent upon him to search for those whom he should take his deen from.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
Having Correct Understanding And Good Intention Is The Greatest Blessing – Al Imaam Ibnu Qayyim il Jawziyyah
Al Imaam Ibnu Qayyim il Jawziyyah said:
“Correct understanding and good intention are from the greatest of Allah’s favors by which he blesses His slave. Much rather, after Islam, He has not bestowed a slave with anything more virtuous or majestic than the two of them. Much rather they are the two legs of Islam, it stands upon the both of them and by them the slave is spared from the path of those whom divine anger is upon- those whose intent was corrupt- and the path of the astray ones whose understanding was corrupted. He becomes from those whom divine favor is upon- whose understandings and intentions are good, and they are the adherents of the straight path whom we are ordered in every prayer to ask Allah to guide us to their path.
Correct understanding is a light that Allah casts into the slave’s heart to distinguish between that which is correctness and corruption, truth and falsehood, guidance and misguidance, error and right approach. It is supplied by good intent, being adamant for the truth, having taqwa of A-Rabb inwardly and outwardly. Its supply is severed by following desires, preferring the dunya, desiring the praise of creation and abandoning taqwa.”
I’laam Al Muwaqi’een
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I Don’t want to Learn the Religion because I fear that I Won’t Act upon It
Shaykh Zayd Al-Madkhalee
The questioner says: I fear that if I gain Fiqh (comprehension in the religion that I will not act upon it and thus fall into sin.
This is an argument that is not correct. It has no basis in the legislation nor in the intellect, and it is not permissible for him to hold this ideology. It is upon him to have a good thought about himself and be truthful with Allaah. So if he learns whilst being determined to act upon his knowledge then Allaah will pour forth upon him from His Tawfeeq and will guide him to act upon that which he knows. As for him preferring to remain upon ignorance, fearing that he will not act upon the knowledge, then this is a sign of destruction and a reason for bankruptcy in terms of legislative knowledge which rectifies the affairs of the Deen and the Dunyaa.
So it is upon the brothers to reject the likes of this ideology; and it is that which I have heard more than once from some people, while this ideology is not correct. Rather, it drags to misery and not to happiness and a wholesome life. Rather, the servant is commanded to acquire Fiqh in the religion and to learn in order to act upon this religion. If there occurs from him some shortcoming or an error, then it is upon him to repent to Allaah the Exalted, for no one is infallible from error. Rather, perpetuity in acquiring Fiqh in the religion within every time and in every circumstance, while having a truthful intention, is the behavior of the righteous, as Allaah the Glorified and High, has said:
وَالَّذِينَ اهْتَدَوْا زَادَهُمْ هُدًى وَآتَاهُمْ تَقْواهُمْ
While as for those who accept guidance, He increases their guidance, and bestows on them their piety.(Muhammad 47:17)
And He, the Mighty and Majestic, has said:
لِيَزْدَادُوا إِيمَانًا مَّعَ إِيمَانِهِمْ
…that they may grow more in Faith along with their (present) Faith. (Al-Fath 48:4)
So he who enacts the means, truthfully, sincerely, and correctly, by Allaah, he will not be destroyed. Rather, he will be happy in his Dunyaa, his Barzakh, and his Hereafter.
Taken from: A Gift to the Reader in Explanation of the Book of Knowledge from Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree Pg. 40
Translated by: Raha ibn Donald Batts
Masjid Tawheed wa Sunnah
If Abu Hurairah took knowledge from Shaytaan why can’t I take from the innovator?
Explained by Shaykh Fawzan
Some of the people of innovation use as a proof the hadith of Abu Hurairah to show that it is permissible to take knowledge from the people of innovation because Abu Hurirah took knowledge from Shaytaan.
He took knowledge from the Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace are upon him. He did not take from Shaytaan. The Messenger of Allah is the one who informed him of this and he did not take from Shaytaan. And he did not depend upon the statement of Shaytaan; rather he only depended upon the statement of the Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace are upon him.
(The Messenger of Allah prayers and peace are upon him said:)
“He spoke the truth, while he is a compulsive liar.”
This is using falsehood as proof. This speech is using falsehood as proof.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
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Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah.
All Hamd is for Allah and may the Salat and the Salam be upon the Messenger of Allah.
I just read a post from our noble brother Musa Richardson, whilst discussing a particular issue. He mentioned a narration of Imam Ahmed, the Imam of Ahlus-Sunnah, may Allah have mercy upon him, which struck me due to its seriousness and importance, as follows (copied and pasted) That which is within [ ] are my additions taken mainly from Musa’s post:
Saalih (another son of Imam Ahmad) narrated it adding, “Al-Mu’tasim [the Khaleefah of Ma'moon] looked over to my father [i.e. Imaam Ahmed, who was being severely persecuted at that time by the Khaleefah for denying the Qur'an was 'created', instead rightfully arguing that the Qur'an was the 'Speech of Allah, uncreated'], and said: “Speak with Ibn Abee Du’aad.” [ie about the issue of the Qur'an being created]. So my father turned his face away, saying:
“How could I speak to someone who I have never seen at the door of any scholar ever!?”
Abu Qilaabah (d.140H) Rahimahullah said: “Do not sit with the people of innovation, because I do not feel secure that they will not drown you in their misguidance and make part of what you used to know, unclear to you” (Bayhaqee in Al-I’tiqaad; Abdullah ibn Ahmed in As-Sunnah).
Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah
There are several individuals these days who claim to possess knowledge and, because of this, people have become very confused in their religion. Is there a criterion that a person can use to distinguish a true scholar from an imitator? Please benefit us, may Allaah grant you much good.
Answer by Shaykh ‘Abdul-Azeez bin Baaz (rahimahullaah)
In the Name of Allaah, and all praise belongs to Him. The sign of a true scholar is clear; he is the individual who presents the Qur`an and the Sunnah as proofs.You become aware of his correctness by asking the people of knowledge who know him. Also, a person should investigate and ask the trustworthy people about him, in order to be safe that he is (actually) from the people of knowledge. The true scholar is furthermore known by his (correct) religion and uprightness, and his diligence in seeking verdicts, and by the proofs he presents.
He is also known by his actions in addition to the recommendations mentioned by those who know him. It is not befitting that a person takes this matter lightly and asks anybody; rather one should investigate, as it relates to his religion, and ask the trustworthy and reliable from amongst the people of knowledge in his country or in the country he travels to.
This should be done in order for him to be at ease, because he has asked the people of knowledge regarding this matter.
(Al Fatawa, pg. 118) Translated by : Abu Isma’eel Mustafa George
Source : Clear Advice For Benefiting From Islaamic Lectures [Seminars, Conferences], lectured by Shaykh Salih bin ‘Abdul-’Azeez Ala Shaykh (hafidhahullaah)
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Q&A With Shaykh Ahmad Bazmool
Author: Shaykh Ahmad ibn ‘Umar Baazmool (hafidhahullaah Ta’aala)
Questions posed by Anwar Wright & Abu Yusuf Khaleefah, Translated by Anwar Wright
Some people say regarding those who follow the scholars such as Shaykh Rabee’ in his positions in manhaj also the one who cooperates with the students who also take these positions, they say regarding this person that he is of “weak intellect” and that “he cannot think for his own self,” so what is your statement in regards to this.
[What is described in] this question, may Allaah bless you, contains bad etiquette from many many aspects. The first aspect is that this is in opposition to the manhaj of the Salaf -radi Allahu anhum- for indeed Umar and Ibn Mas’ood -radi Allahu anhum- both mentioned that the people will not cease to be in a state of goodness so long as they take from the elder (scholars). So how can returning to the scholars be something of weak intellect?
Would ‘Umar, -radi Allahu anhu – and this is something authentically reported upon him and authentically reported upon Ibn Mas’ood -radi Allahu anhum ajma’een- [how can a person say] that ‘Umar commanded the people to do something which has in it foolishness? This is in-comprehensible!
The second matter is that the Prophet – salla Allaahu alayhi wa sallam – mentioned that from the signs of the Hour is seeking knowledge from the Asaaghir, and the meaning here of Asaaghir is the people of desires just as Asaaghir can also means the young and inexperienced – those who have not become rightly qualified in knowledge, however they set out (to speak) in those major issues (of the religion). They are included in this hadeeth and they are Asaaghir. So it is said that the Messenger of Allaah – salla Allaahu alayhi wa sallam - commands us to return to the major scholars, and forbids us from returning to the youth, [yet you say that he] commands us to fall into an affair which is foolish in respects to us? I seek Allaah’s refuge from being forsaken.
Also from that which we say is that Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, said:
“Ask the people of knowledge if you do not know.” (An-Nahl: 16:43).
So Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, commanded us to return to Ahlul-Dhikr and they are the scholars. Ahlul-Dhikr are those people who have knowledge of the Qur`aan and act in accordance to it. So Allaah commands us to return to the scholars, and you say that returning to the scholars shows weak intellect? Fear Allaah concerning your religion. Look – may Allaah bless you – how vain desires and innovation lands its people into destructive affairs. We ask Allaah for safety and well being.
Also, you all look that when you relied upon your own intellects, you all fell into a state of lowliness and weakness of intellect. This is foolishness, because the one with an intellect, even that which relates to other than the religion, even the worldly affairs, a person of intellect says: I am returning back to the elders because they are more knowledge and have more insight and experience. And the fool and the one with weak intellect is the one who returns to the younger ones and the children (others) of weak intellect. So you [those who make this statement] in reality are the ones with weak intellects whereas you return back to your own intellects.
As for the fifth affair, that we say – may Allaah bless you – and this is a serious point; and it is that you know, may Allaah bless you, that which some people say “I have an intellect of my own, return to your own intellect, think.” Brother by you (saying) this, you will be left to rely upon your own self and left to rely upon your shaytaan (with you), then you will become ruined and destroyed, may Allaah not decree this, and you will fall into destructive things. And you are more knowledgeable about your own self, you do not have knowledge and you do not have experience. If you are a scholar, then return back to your own self, but you are either a Jaahil (ignorant) or a student of knowledge, and still need the scholars Also, we say to this person, this is not from the aspect of blind following or from the aspect of partisanship. Rather, this is Sunnah and the methodology of the companions just as has already preceded with us.
And there is a difference between returning to the scholars in issues of ijtihaad and major issues and those issues which only the major scholars are qualified for. Rather, this is from the aspect of ittibaa’ (i.e. following the scholar along with his proofs) and the aspect of returning to the truth, and from the aspect of (clinging to) the Jamaa’ah (main body of the Muslims). It is a difference between this and following a scholar in his falsehood.
You [the ones who make this statement] are in reality the blind followers when you blind follow the likes of (Adnaan) Ar’oor and Ibraheem ar-Ruhailee and Alee Hasan (and) al Ma`ribee. You blind follow Alee Hasan Halabee, and you blind follow Jam’iyyah Ihyaaut Turaath, and Jam’iyyah Daarul Birr, and you blind follow some of those organizations that are present in your land in their falsehood in that which they command you with from falsehood – and you follow them. This is (in reality) the blameworthy blind following!!
Do you not have any shyness? You find fault in ittibaa’ (following the scholar with his proofs), and you describe this to be the blameworthy form of blind following? However, you [those who make this statement] fall into the (true) blameworthy blind following and falsehood and you call this “liberation” and “intellect” and “following the truth?” By Allaah, shaytaan is playing with you! So we ask Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, to preserve us and you from that, and we ask Allaah to guide us and you from this misguidance so beware, may Allaah bless you, from opposing the manhaj of the salaf.