Random Characters In My PDFs?

Over the years, a number of people have asked me regarding the PDFs found here on my blog and the seemingly random characters they contain within. Since not many people venture to the My Work … page (links located in the menu bar at the top of the page and also at the top of the sidebar on the right), I thought I’d post up this notice and sticky it so that it’s the first post people see when they visit my blog.

So, if you’re seeing some seemingly random characters throughout the PDF articles I post here, it’s because you’re missing the font needed for it to display correctly. The usual culprit is the Arabesque II font, which is a font set that contains symbols for Arabic phrases such as subhanah wa ta’ala‘azz wa jallsallallah ‘alaih wa sallamradiyallah ‘anhu/ha/hum/huma, rahimahullah, and many others. Another possible culprit, but one which I haven’t heard being a problem, is the Times Ext Roman font. This is an extension to the Times New Roman font, which is pretty standard for all computers and devices. It contains diacritically marked characters (dots, squiggles and other accents over or above the characters) that aren’t included in the regular Times font set.

If you’re missing either of these fonts, head over to the aforementioned page (My Work …). You’ll find a link to a zip file containing the Arabesque TrueType (.ttf) font file and a link to an exe file that will install the Times Ext Roman font onto your computer.

Install both these font sets and the PDFs should display as they’re intended to.

Salafism, Do You Really Get It?

I had originally began this article a few months ago in hopes that it would be completed well before Ramadân. Circumstances however, have prevented its completion until fairly recently. I’ve been waiting on some feedback from some brothers I sent the completed article to before; so far only a few brothers have responded with their input. I thought, however, that I’d post it now despite not hearing back from some of them, since most of the feedback I was getting while working on it was fairly positive.

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Protecting the Honour of Whoever Stands Up For Allah

In his letter to Zaid bin Muhammad Al Sulaiman compiled in Majmu’ah ar-Rasa’il wal-Masa’il an-Najdiyyah, vol. 3, pg. 162, Shaikh ‘Abdul-Latif bin ‘Abdir-Rahman Al ash-Shaikh said,

… it is obligatory to protect the honour of whoever stands up for Allah and takes steps in aiding His religion, which He legislated and was satisfied with; and to leave off paying attention to his slips and raising objections to his phrases, for love of Allah, fervour for His religion, and aiding His book and His messenger are of a high rank, beloved to Allah, satisfactory. Because of them (i.e., his high ranking deeds), a tremendous [amount] of sins are forgiven and these feeble objections and the disputes that undermine the vigor of the caller to Allah and the petitioner for His pleasure are not paid attention to along with them. Suppose that it was as it was said (i.e., these mistakes and objections), then the affair is easy beside those good deeds:

  • «And what do you know? Perhaps Allah examined the People of Badr then said, ‘Do what you will, for I have forgiven you.’»[1];
  • the poem, ‘So let the cavalcade produce what they will for themselves || They are the People of Badr, so do not fear of [any] constriction.’;
  • and when al-Mutawakkil told Ibn az-Zayyat, ‘O Ibn al-Fa’ilah,’ and defamed his mother, Imam Ahmad, may Allah have mercy on him, said, ‘I hope that Allah forgives him in consideration of the good of his intent in aiding the Sunnah and supressing heresy.’;
  • and when ‘Umar told Hatib what he said and accused him of hypocrisy, the Prophet, may Allah send salutations and peace upon him, did not berate him. Instead he informed him that there was a hinderance[2] … .

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Endnotes:
[1] Part of an authentic hadith narrated by several Companions and recorded in several compilations, including Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abi Dawud, and others, concerning the incident where Hatib bin Abi Balta’ah, who had fought in the Battle of Badr, had sent word to the polytheists of Mecca informing them of some of the Prophet’s plans.

[2] i.e., something that prevents him from being held blameworthy of his offence.

Sufficiency for the Worshipper

It’s kind of late notice on my part, but the info’s been up on QSSC’s website for a while now. Shaikh ‘Ali bin Hasan al-Halabi will be visiting us Easter weekend (April 18-21, 2014) for QSSC’s April Conference titled Sufficiency for the Worshipper. He’ll be covering a book he edited and verified by Shaikh Abdul-Adhim bin Abdil-Qawi al-Mundhiri titled Kifayah al-Muta’abbid wa Tuhfah al-Mutazahhid (which can be downloaded here for those interested in having an electronic copy).

More information, as usual, can be found on QSSC’s website. All lectures will also be broadcast live on the site for those who wish to watch and listen from home.

Rifqan Ahl as-Sunnah in Published in Hardcopy

Back in December I was contacted by one of the brothers from Dar al-Arqam Publishing in the UK about participating in a couple of translation projects they had in mind. After some thought and consultation with a few dear friends, I agreed to take part. The main project eventually ended up falling apart due to news of another publisher already working on the intended book they wanted me working on. The other smaller project, however, was still a go.

While the book is pretty old now, they had asked me for the necessary permissions to have my translation of Abdul-Muhsin al-Abbad’s second edition of Rifqan Ahl as-Sunnah bi Ahl as-Sunnah printed. They felt that it was still very relevant in our current times considering all the controversies the Salafi community is still embroiled with and that it might help with some of those affected and influenced by the exaggertionist mentality. Despite the small intended audience for the book (even though it generally applies to all of the People of the Sunnah and not just those involved in the controversies), they felt that the benefit of having it printed and distributed warranted it being done. So, after speaking with the brothers at QSSC, permission was granted and some necessary corrections and editions were made to the existing published version  (i.e., the one I posted here on my blog). It was also decided that al-Abbad’s short essay Marratan Ukhra Rifqan Ahl as-Sunnah bi Ahl as-Sunnah would be translated (again–as it was already translated by the brothers at Madeenah.com) and added as an appendix.

The book is now printed and is available at al-Hidaayah Publishing & Distribution’s online shop (link) for whoever wants to pick up a copy.

al-Ma’ribi’s Letter to al-Hajuri

This beautiful letter from Abul-Hasan al-Ma’ribi to Yahya al-Hajuri was first shown to me a few weeks ago by a friend on Facebook; may Allah reward and bless him. Considering who it’s written by and who it’s addressed to, I thought it might be a good one to share here on my blog. In my opinion, the letter is pretty significant and just goes to show just what kind of man al-Ma’ribi is, especially given the history between the two.

The fight he fought against those who ostracized and demonized him was never about him or his reputation. He fought the fight to stand up for the truth, for what’s right. Examples like this are what has earned the shaikh my utmost respect and admiration. I, for one, probably wouldn’t have even written a single word of sympathy if I were him and had their situations been reversed, I highly doubt al-Hajuri would have afforded al-Ma’ribi the same kindness. For those who don’t know, al-Hajuri was one of the main instigators of the turmoil and among the first to stir up controversy about al-Ma’ribi. He was a major player in tribulation that engulfed and consumed the Salafis for the better part of the last decade; the effects of which still linger up until today.

I’m pretty sure that most of you who come across this post already know about the current situation regarding Dammaj. Among the casualties of this latest siege of the village by the Shi’i Huthis, was al-Hajuri’s son, Abdur-Rahman. After the jump is the letter al-Ma’ribi wrote to al-Hajuri after finding out about his loss.

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It’s A Goat, Even If It Flies!!!

Well, that didn’t take too long. At the beginning of Abu Usamah’s piece commenting on Rabi’ al-Madkhali’s recent statement about merely being a critic and not an imam in the science of disparagement and accreditation, he asked the question,

I await to see what the response is going to be from those who have taken him as the undisputed authority in every aspect of the Deen?

Will they apply their normal spin to his words and take them as merely an example of his humility that shows and indicates he is in fact THE IMAM of this science that the scholars of yesterday said ONLY A SELECT FEW WERE CONSIDERED TO BE COMPETENT AND CAPABLE ENOUGH OF DELVING INTO THIS FIELD?

As expected, the exaggerationists obliged in kind and promptly scrambled to carry out some sort of “damage control”, easily living up to the moniker I’ve given them. Take this image of a message that had made its rounds shortly after the audio recording of Rabi’ al-Madkhali’s statement and its translation by Madeenah.com was released:

Oh no! Quick, cover your eyes, plug your ears!

Then there’s also this audio recording of a rather emotional statement made by Abul-Hasan Maalik the Green that was promptly sent out by the brothers at TROID.

In response to this, Abu Usamah Atthahabi has written another piece–which can be read after the jump–specifically commenting on the exaggerationism displayed by Maalik in this recording. Enjoy!

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27th Annual QSS Conference

I know it’s kind of short notice, but QSS of North America will be holding it’s 27th Annual Conference December 25th through 29th at QSSC here in Toronto.

This year, Shaikh Akram bin Muhammad Ziyâdah al-Athari from Jordan will be visiting us (for the 2nd time, if I’m not mistaken). I can’t recall how long he’ll be staying with us this trip, but he should be here at least a week, maybe more. He’ll be staying with us for three weeks and during the conference he’ll be going over the book ‘Amal al-Yawm wal-Lailah (trans. The Day’s & Night’s Deed) by Imam Ahmad bin Shu’aib an-Nasâ’î. Afterwards he’ll be visiting various mosques around the GTA.

For those of you wanting to attend in person, QSSC is located @ 1865B Lawrence Ave. East in Scarborough (as usual, please avoid parking in the plaza parking lot and try to find a spot on either the Laxford or Wexford side streets). For those who can’t but would like to benefit, as was the case with past conferences, I’m guessing the lectures will be broadcast live online via QSSC.org, and later uploaded to QSSC’s YouTube channel. For more details regarding the lecture schedule and other things, keep an eye on the QSSC site for updates.