26th Annual QSS Conference

Yup, it’s that time again. It’s a bit late notice, but details of this year’s QSS Annual Conference have just been released on their mailing list. Originally, three scholars were announced as having been invited this year, but so far only one has received his visa: Shaikh Akram bin Muhammad Ziyadah. Of the many shaikhs he studied under and benefitted from, the most notable are Shaikhs ‘Abdul-‘Aziz bin Abdillah bin Baz, Muhammad Nasir ad-Din al-Albani, Muqbil bin Hadi al-Wadi’i, Muhammad bin Isma’il al-Imrani, Abdur-Rahman bin Mahdi ad-Dailami adh-Dhimari, and Muhammad Ibrahim Shaqrah. He is one of he many shaikhs involved with the al-Albani Center in Jordan. Anyone interested in reading more about the shaikh can check out his biography on Wikipedia (Arabic).

This year’s conference will be broken up into two parts. The first part will take place Dec. 24th through to the 26th, where the shaikh will be explaining the book al-Fatawa al-Hamawiyyah al-Kubra by Shaikh of Islam Ibn Taimiyyah. The second will start on Dec. 28th and conclude on the 30th, where the shaikh will be explaining Imam Abu Shamah al-Maqdisi’s Mukhtasar al-Mu’ammal fi ar-Radd Ila al-Amr al-Awwal.

Please refer back to www.qssc.org for more details and lecture schedules for the conference.

Update below the jump.

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Four Month Course @ QSSC

I’m a bit late in mentioning this, considering that they started this past Saturday, but I thought better late than never, right?

QSSC will be holding course studying two books every Saturday at the centre, from ‘asr prayer, going all the way to ‘isha prayer. The two books that will be taught are A’lam as-Sunnah al-Manshurah by the late Shaikh Hafidh bin Ahmad al-Hakami and al-Wabil as-Sayyib min al-Kalim at-Tayyib by Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, may Allah have mercy on them both. The first book being covered from asr to maghrib, and the second from maghrib to ‘isha. At the end of the course (they’re hoping to finish by the end of February), the brother and sister with the highest grade will be awarded an ‘Umrah trip each (may Allah reward the generous brother who donated this as a charity). Anyone wanting to register or merely get more information on the course, you can find the email sent out on the QSSC mailing list after the jump.

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More of al-Abbad’s Words Regarding al-Ma’ribi

Earlier this morning I got a request for Shaikh Abdul-Muhsin’s praise for Shaikh Abul-Hasan and I realized that I hadn’t posted the actual conversation the shaikh had with some questioners in which he said that Shaikh Rabî’ al-Madkhalî’s beef with Shaikh Abul-Hasan was personal. I had to dig through my old draft folders on my HDD, but I found an old translation I did of the conversation, which I had originally found on the now defunct alisteqama.net messageboard. I did some searching with Shaikh Google and was able to find the transcription, along with another statement the shaikh made regarding al-Ma’ribi. Both of these date a bit earlier than the conversation I posted a few months ago; that one dating Wednesday, Rajab 23, 1423H, these two dating Wednesday, Safar 25, 1423H and Thursday, Jumâdâ al-Ūlâ 22, 1423H respectively (to give some frame of reference with the Gregorian calendar, the second date from Jumâdâ al-Ūlâ, corresponds to August 1st, 2002). I tried my best to find the earliest references to these statements as I could. The two I found were posted to almeshkat.net’s forum back in 2002, which predates the original reference I found, which was posted in 2008.

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What Occurred Between Imams al-Bukhari & adh-Dhuhli

In his Târîkh, al-âkim Abū ‘Abdillah said al-Bukhârî arrived at Nishapur in the year 250H and stayed [there] for a period [of time] narrating to [its] residents. He said [he] heard Muhammad bin Hâmid al-Bazzâr saying [he] heard al-Hasan bin Muhammad bin Jâbir saying [he] heard Muhammad bin Yahyâ adh-Dhuhlî saying, “Go to this knowledgeable righteous man and listen to him.” He said the people went to him and took an interest in listening to him, such that the disturbance [it caused] was evident in Muhammad bin Yahyâ’s sitting. He said after that, he began speaking about him.

Hâtim bin Ahmad bin Mahmūd said he heard Muslim bin al-Hajjâj saying [that]

when Muhammad bin Ismâ’îl arrived at Nishapur I had not seen the people of Nishapur do with a ruler or a scholar what they did with him, coming to meet him from a two or three days’ journey from the town. In his sitting, Muhammad bin Yahyâ said, “Whoever wants to meet Muhammad bin Ismâ’îl tomorrow should go meet him, for I am going to meet him.” So Muhammad bin Yahyâ and the general body of Nishapur’s scholars went to meet him. He entered the town and settled at the house of the Bukhârîs. Muhammad bin Yahyâ told us, “Do not ask him anything about [Allah’s] speech, for surely, if he were to reply with contrary to what we are upon it would sow dissension between us and him and every nâsibî, râfidî, jahmî, and murji’ in Khurasân will gloat.”

He said the people streamed into Muhammad bin Ismâ’îl until the house and the terraces were filled. When it was the second or third day from the day of his arrival a man stood to him and asked him about the articulation of the Qur’an. He [replied], “Our actions are created and our articulations are from our actions.” He said differing then occurred between the people. Some of them said he said, “My articulation of the Qur’an is created,” while some of them he did not. Differing occurred between them in that until some of them stood up to others. He said the people of the house then gathered and expelled them.

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It’s Come to This … .

Surprise, surprise … a new post by yours truly.

As it should be quite obvious, I haven’t really been doing much with my blog. I’ve let my blog practically “die”, with the exception of the odd comment reply here and there. I’ve taken a step (or more) back from active propagation of Islam and just turned my attention to worldly matters such as work, family, friends, and general time-wasting. As a result I’ve been largely out of the loop with many things related to what’s going on in the world, whether it be religious news or otherwise. However, I thought I’d break my inactivity by posting up regarding an email I received from a friend the other day.

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The Creed of the Two ar-Razis

It’s been a while since I posted anything here and even longer since I translated anything so I thought I’d post this up. I just finished working on this particular artile, which has been translated previously by SP and published in their book, Moutains of Knowledge. I’ve also seen someone else’s translation of it on the internet somewhere, but I don’t remember where.

In any case, I thought I’d work on this because I’m thinkng about translating Shaikh Muhammad Musa Nasr’s explanation of this creed, which he titled, al-Intisâr bi Sharh ‘Aqîdah A’immah al-Amsâr (trans. The Triumph with Commentary of the Creed of the Imams of the Metropolises). My daughter is now 7 yrs old, so my wife’s begun teaching her how to pray and I’ve been thinking of lessons I could prepare to teach her Islamic creed. I know there are probably better texts to go over with her more suited to children, but I thought the shaikh’s explanation of this creed would be a good thing to go over spread out over some time as a series of lessons. I’ve still yet to decide if I’m going to end up posting the lessons I prepare (as a series of articles), or if I’m even going to even go through with this idea, so we’ll see.

Any how, here’s the text of the creed (PDF) with some brief explanitory annotations from myself. Printing’s been disabled (sorry, guys), but you should be able to download and save it to disk.

Moosaa’s Mountain Out of Bilal’s Molehill

(PDF Version)

The praise is for Allah, and it is sufficed. May peace be upon His slaves who He has chosen. As for what follows …

I recently received an email from the TROID mailing list with a link to an article on their site titled, Errors in the Writings of Bilal Philips: The One who Commits Suicide… .[1] Its origin is a post on the salafitalk.net discussion forum written by Moosaa Richardson, which he says will be the first in a series of articles “clarifying some of the more dangerous of [Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips’s] mistakes … .”[2] After reading the beginning of Moosaa’s article, I couldn’t help but laugh. Not only were Moosaa’s claims unfounded based on the evidence he brings forward, but the article is yet another example of the extent to which these brothers will go in order to criticize and defame others. As has become commonplace with these brothers, Moosaa reads into things what just isn’t there and makes a mountain out of a molehill; Bilal Philips himself commented on the article saying it’s “[a] classic case of ‘statements out of context’, choosing the ‘worst possible meaning’ and ‘putting words in people’s mouths’ which the Western media is famous for.”[3]

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