Salafism, Do You Really Get It?
September 20, 2009 259 Comments
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.
I’m not sure how this article’s going to be received, especially by some of my other salafî friends. I hope, however, that it brings about more benefit than harm and that it causes those who take it for what it is as a cause to reevaluate their thinking and mindset.
Here’s the link to the article: Salafism, Do You Really Get It? An Actual Methodology or Merely Empty Slogans? (PDF), as well as a bit from the beginning for those interested (Allah willing, what’s mentioned in this excerpt doesn’t become the focus of this piece—as it’s just an explanation for my inactivity):
My wife and I had a discussion not too long ago about what Salafism is. That discussion is the basis of this article. Before I get into the whole topic of Salafism, however, I first wanted to address those who regularly visit my blog to read my posts. As they’re well aware, I’ve gone on a bit of a hiatus and haven’t posted anything of real substance in quite some time, save the odd quote to remember or whatnot. I’m only mentioning what follows, because firstly, I feel I owe my regular readers a bit of an explanation for the inactivity (some have asked me what’s up) and secondly, because some of the reasons behind it are related to what I want to discuss in this article. So please note that this is not a rant or a complaint; I’m just explaining my situation.
To sum it up in a single word, I’ve become jaded. Those of you who regularly read my writings may have gotten a tiny sense of this in my What’s the Deal with QSS?! article and its subsequent comments, while a few of you who have actual contact with me, whether through the internet or in person, have probably heard me express it or at least hint at it. For those thinking that I’m going through what’s been termed “salafî burnout”, I’m not. I’m just fed up. Fed up of all the turmoil, fed up of all the bickering between Salafîs (between laymen and scholars alike), fed up of all the retards. As such, I made a conscious decision to step back and take a break from translating texts, from participating on internet discussion forums, and from Islamic propagation in general. I’ve been preoccupying myself largely with worldly matters and living life as any normal mundane person would. Being that I’ve been a bit of a loner my entire life, I’ve been restricting myself to only showing my face at Friday sermons, QSSC’s occasional functions; not really much else.
With that said, let’s get back to the topic.
Oh, and to all my brothers and sisters: may you all have a blessed Îd; may Allah accept from us and from you and may He forgive us and you for our shortcomings.