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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Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah
Giving Priority to one’s Reputation over Clarity in the Religion Destroys one’s Religion!
Student Abul-’Abbaas Moosa Richardson (hafidhahullaah Ta’aala) – may Allaah support all the Salafee scholars and students in their clarifying of the truth – relayed a tremendous benefit during the course of refuting the Jahmee doubts of the misguided Yusuf Estes (may Allaah guide him and rectify his affairs). [Below is a short summary:]
Giving priority to one’s reputation over clarity in the Religion is from the Shaytan - no doubt! Our religion is opposed to this kind of approach in dealing with our mistakes.
Abul-’Abbaas, who is a student of Shaikh Rabee’ bin Haadee al-Madkhalee (hafidhahullaah Ta’aala) among others scholars in Makkah, relayed the following tremendous gem of an advice from Shaikh Rabee’, the flag-bearer of al-Jarh wa Ta’deel in our time, and the Muhaddith.
Abul-’Abbaas said that Shaikh Rabee’ used to order his students to read and memorize the following hadeeth for the purpose of implementation [and to read the explanation of this amazing hadeeth by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali (rahimahullaah)]:
Narrated by Ka’b in Malik (radiallaahu Ta’aala ‘anhu): Allaah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
Ma` Dhi`baani Jaa`ee’ani Ursila fee Ghanamin bi Afsada Laha min Hirsil Mar`ee ‘alal Maali wa Sharafee li Deenehi(Two hungry wolves let loose on a pack of sheep would not be more harmful and destructive than the focus of a man over his wealth and his honor, and how that would destroy his Religion).
[Jamee' at-Tirmidhee, no. 2376; declared Hasanun-Saheeh by at-Tirmidhee, and authenticated by Al-Albaanee, rahimahumullaah] 
May Allaah preserve Shaikh Rabee’ and all the living Salafee scholars, and may Allaah reward Abul-’Abbaas for relaying that tremendous hadeeth and its benefits.
And how often is it sadly witnessed these days that a caller makes an error in ‘aqeedah/Manhaj, and so Allaah – The Most Kind, The Most Merciful - sends him a slave (or slaves) from amongst His slaves to correct him and advise him for the safety of his own akhira (in addition, of course, to refuting the falsehood for the preservation of the Religion)?
Instead, we often witness the misguided one arrogantly refusing to correct his error, favoring (giving priority to) his reputation or his wealth over the Deen of al-Islaam! So this misguided one continues upon his misguidance, choosing instead to falsely attribute to the Religion of Al-Islaam something it is free from and to misguide others rather than declare Islaam free from his bid’ah by repenting and declaring his error (so that those whom the error reached may also repent if they fell for his falsehood so they may attain safety in the akhira)!
Allaah, Subhannahu wa Ta’aala, said:
فَلْيَحْذَرِ الَّذِينَ يُخَالِفُونَ عَنْ أَمْرِهِِ أَنْ تُصِيبَهُمْ فِتْنَةٌ أَوْ يُصِيبَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيم
…And let those who oppose the Messenger’s (Muhammad) commandment (i.e. his Sunnah legal ways, orders, acts of worship, statements, etc.) (among the sects) beware, lest some Fitnah (disbelief, trials) befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them.
(An-Noor, ayah 63)
Imam Ahmad (rahimahullaah Ta’aala) said:
“Do you know what Fitnah is? The Fitnah is Shirk. Perhaps if he rejects something from his (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) saying, some deviation will fall into his heart and he is destroyed.”
From the insightful statements regarding this above well-known athar is the statement of the grandson of al-Mujjadid (The Reviver), al-Imam Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhab (rahimahumulllaah).
In referring to this opposition that Allaah – ‘Azza Wa Jall - warned against, and that Imam Ahmad used in criticizing those who give precedence to the statements of others above the command of Allaah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), Shaikh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Hasan ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Abdil-Wahhaab said this:
“…shows that it leads to deviation of the hearts, which causes a person to become a Disbeliever!
So this evil has become extremely widespread, particularly amongst those who claim attachment to knowledge. They do whatever they can to prevent people from acting upon the Book and the Sunnah, and they block people from following the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), and from honouring and respecting his commands and prohibitions.” [ Fathul-Majeed (2/532)]
Allaah, al-Haqq, has told the truth!
Reflect upon the state of the deviants who have been refuted in the last decade or so - those who refused to repent and refuse to declare their error in calling to opposing the Messenger’s ‘Aqeedah and Manhaj - and compare their apparent state and their statements today to their apparent state and their statements back then when they were first or earlier advised. Their apparent state and their statements have gotten much worse! Wallaahul Musta’aan!
These deviants were originally advised concerning their bid’ah, their errors in manhaj, errors in ’aqeedah, and false principles, etc… but they rejected the Nasiha – which is in itself a characteristic of the disbelievers, as mentioned by Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah ta’aala) in his Commentary on Kitab at-Tawheed.
What is their state now? Some of them are making mass takfeer and speaking out against the rulers and slandering the scholars, some of them are declaring haram “halal,” some of them are calling to Democracy, some of them are calling the Qur`an and Sunnah coarse, and that the Qur`an needs to undergoe a new tafseer, some of them are saying the Jews and Christians are our brothers in Eeman, some of them are calling to Wahdat al-Adyaan (Unity and compromising of the religions), some of them are saying Salafiyyah does not get you into Jannah, and some of them have imitated the evil, despicable Raafidah in reviling Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq! Aoodhubillaah! Aoodhubillaah!
Did you notice the statements of Shirk included among their errors today!
Do not ever doubt that Allaah’s Warning is The Truth!
And do not ever doubt that Allaah’s Promise is The Truth!
وَعْدَ اللَّهِ حَقّا ً وَمَنْ أَصْدَقُ مِنَ اللَّهِ قِيلا
Allaah’s Promise is the Truth, and whose words can be truer than those of Allaah? (Of course, none). (An-Nisa`, ayah 122)
From the Speech of Allaah, ‘Azza Wa Jall, what follows are the two scenarios concerning those who conceal the truth or call to misguidance:
نَّ الَّذِينَ يَكْتُمُونَ مَا أَنزَلْنَا مِنَ الْبَيِّنَاتِ وَالْهُدَى مِنْ بَعْدِ مَا بَيَّنَّاه ُُ لِلنَّاسِ فِي الْكِتَابِ أُوْلَائِكَ يَلْعَنُهُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَلْعَنُهُمُ اللاَّعِنُونَ
Verily, those who conceal the clear proofs, evidences and the guidance, which We have sent down, after We have made it clear for the people in the Book, they are the ones cursed by Allaah and cursed by the cursers. (Al-Baqarah, ayah 159)
إِلاَّ الَّذِينَ تَابُوا وَأَصْلَحُوا وَبَيَّنُوا فَأُوْلَائِكَ أَتُوبُ عَلَيْهِمْ وَأَنَا التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ
Except those who repent and do righteous deeds, and openly declare (the truth which they concealed). These, I will accept their repentance. And I am the One Who accepts repentance, the Most Merciful. (Al-Baqarah, ayah 160)
In addition to all those undesirable consequences this person would distance himself from by repenting and openly declaring his error, furthermore by him doing so Allaah Ta’aala would not only accept his repentance but also raise him – which is the complete opposite of what shaytan whispers to this misguided person. So take note of this plot from the many plots of ash-Shaytan!
Again, the truth is that Allaah would forgive this person, and raise him.
As Shaikh Muhammad bin ‘Umar Baazmool (hafidhahullaah Ta’aala) said:
“…If he accepts the (truth), humbles himself, returns to the (truth) and repents to Allaah, then Allaah will raise his status if He (The Most High) wills, because Allaah raises one who humbles himself in His presence. But if he oppresses and transgresses, then this man is from Ahlul Bid’ah; (so) how can you shed tears for him and that he has been lowered (in the eyes of the people)? Subhaanallaah!” 
“Ya ikhwaan, finding the likes of Nu’aim bin Hammad (rahimahullaah Ta’aala) in our times - subhanAllaah!! – seems like an impossibility. A man of his stature, that after his tawbah [he] wrote 13 books [clarifying his past mistakes so as to warn the people of not following his errors]. Or the likes of Abul-Hasan Al-Ash’aree (rahimahullaah), [who wrote] in the region of 55 books [and 3 for the same purpose], ya ikhwaan.
Finding that character and that kind of ikhlaas in our time, Oh brothers, is something extremely rare. Shaikh Rabee’ [bin Hadee al-Madkhalee] waited for Abul-Hasan Al-Ma`rabee. The scholars waited for al-Maghrawee. The scholars waited for ‘Adnaan ‘Ar’oor. The scholars waited for ‘Abdur-Rahman ‘Abdul-Khaliq. Waited and waited, but alas the era of the likes of Abul-Hasan Al-Ash’aree of old and the era of the likes of Nu’aim bin Hammad, and the era of the likes of those great individuals who had Ikhlaas and had this true sincerity and humility. Wallaahi, it seems that it is rare to find it in our times – this types of individuals. Rare.” 
Shaikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah Ta’aala) erred in an important issue of ‘aqeedah. He erroneously stated with his tongue – even though it was not his belief, and this was proven in the way he used to explain his own false statement – that the Maa’iyah of Allaah (Allaah being with His creation) is Dhaatiyah (with His Self). And this is from the errors of the Hoolooliyah (the deviant group who deviantly believe that Allaah dwells within His creation). And this is a statement of disbelief, apostasy, for it is rejection of what is in the Qur`an and Sunnah!
Allaah is above His creation in His Self, and He is with them by way of His knowledge and support and hearing and seeing.
When Shaikh al-’Uthaimeen was refuted - and refuted harshly by Shaikh Hamood At-Tuwaijiree (rahimahullaa Ta’aala) - Shaikh al-’Uthaimeen requested a copy of the refutation, read it with all its proofs, approved of it in its entirety, recognized his own error, refuted his own error, and he praised and endorsed the book, praised the one who refuted him, and even recommended that his own refutation of his own error be included in the publishing of Shaikh Hamood At-Tuwaijiree’s book. The then-Mufti Shaikh ‘Abdul-Azeez Ibn Baaz (rahimahullaah Ta’aala) also endorsed the book, which is available to this day.
And this is why we love these scholars, because they were attached to the haqq (truth), and they preferred the truth over their reputation. They put Al-Islaam above themselves. Their attitude wasn’t let us brush this under the rug. No! Not only would that be obstruction of the spreading of the pure Islaam, but also they feared meeting Allaah on the Day of Judgement with these errors in ‘aqeedah and having misled others into these errors of ’aqeedah.
Allaah, The Most High, said:
فَإِنْ آمَنُوا بِمِثْلِ مَا آمَنتُمْ بِه ِِ فَقَدِ اهْتَدَوا وَإِنْ تَوَلَّوْا فَإِنَّمَا هُمْ فِي شِقَاق ٍ فَسَيَكْفِيكَهُمُ اللَّهُ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
So if they believe in the like of that which you believe, then they are rightly guided, but if they turn away, then they are only in opposition. So Allaah will suffice you against them. And He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower. (Al-Baqarah, ayah 137)
The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: …This Ummah will break up into 73 sects, all in the hellfire except for one. They said, “Which one is that, oh Messenger of Allaah?” He said: Those on that which I am upon today, and that which my companions are upon. [At-Tirmidhee, Al-Haakim; authenticated by Al-Albaanee]
So this preferring the truth over one’s reputation takes Ikhlaas, Eeman, Taqwah, character, humility, and a truthful concern for the clear guidance of others. A true caller should – undoubtedly – have a desire to direct others to the truth and clarity, not to his own reputation and confusion. He should call to Allaah – upon insight – and not to himself or anyone or anything else.
Allaah, The Most High, said:
قُلْ هَذِه ِِ سَبِيلِي أَدْعُو إِلَى اللَّهِ عَلَى بَصِيرَةٍ أَنَا وَمَنِ اتَّبَعَنِي وَسُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَمَا أَنَا مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ
Say (O Muhammad): “This is my way; I invite unto Allaah (Tawheed) with sure knowledge, I and whosoever follows me. And Glorified and Exalted be Allaah (above all that they associate as partners with Him). And I am not of the polytheists.”
(Yusuf, ayah 108)