Shaikh Salîm al-Hilâlî On Manhood & Shaikh Abul-Hasan al-Ma’ribî
February 8, 2009 15 Comments
As mentioned in my post titled What’s the Deal with QSS?!, a retranslated text version of a question posed to Shaikh Abū Usâmah Salîm bin ‘Îd al-Hilâlî during Brixton Mosque’s Return to Ilm 8 conference regarding his position towards Shaikh Abul-Hasan Mustafâ bin Ismâ’îl al-Ma’ribî and the answer he gave would be posted here soon. The answer contains many important bits of information regarding the whole controversy surrounding Shaikh Abul-Hasan. In his answer, Shaikh Salîm gives a very brief, but fair overview of the situation. He also mentions some facts concerning Shaikh Rabî’, which “the other side” rarely ever mentions. The answer also includes some possible motivating factors behind why Shaikh Abul-Hasan was unjustly vilified and demonized by his detractors; these are also very relevant to what’s going on presently concerning the attacks against Shaikh Abul-Hârith ‘Alî bin Hasan al-Halabî.
For those of you wanting to be fair and be objective, what Shaikh Salîm mentions in his answer is a must read and should be something that should be given consideration when looking at the whole affair. What he mentions corroborates other statements made by other scholars like Shaikh ‘Abdul-Muhsin al-‘Abbâd that suggest that what occurred between Shaikhs Rabî’ and Abul-Hasan was not religious in nature, but rather, that it was something personal; the religious matters raised were merely a pretext. If one researches the various statements of the scholars from the People of the Sunnah concerning the religious and academic issues held against Shaikh Abul-Hasan, e.g., the issues pertaining to âhâd hadîth, taking a person’s summarized words according to his elaborate words (mujmal & mufassal), etc., this is the only possible just and fair conclusion one can come to. In any case, more of these issues (i.e., the academic, religious issues) may possibly be covered here in the future. We’ll see, Allah willing.
Manhood: Equity, Correctness, & Giving Adversaries Their Rights (PDF ) – a link to the audio recording is contained in the PDF file for those who want to hear the answer for themselves.