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.

Quote … Unquote … no. 19

Beware of being “Father of the handspan”, for it was said: Knowledge is three handspans. Whoever enters the first handspan becomes arrogant; whoever enters the second handspan becomes humbled; and whoever enters into the third handspan knows that he does not know.

Shaikh Bakr bin ‘Abdillah Abū Zaid
Hilyah Tâlib al-‘Ilm, no. 55.
(As found in his al-Majmū’ah al-‘Ilmiyyah, pg. 198; referenced to Tadhkirah as-Sâmi’ wal-Mutakallim, pg. 65)

Don’t Let the Hatred of a People Cause You To Do Wrong

In his exegsis of the Qur’an titled Taisir al-Karim ar-Rahman, explaining verse 8 from chapter al-Ma’idah (5), Abdur-Rahman bin Nâsir as-Sa’di (may Allah have mercy on him) said, 
«And do not let [it] cause you to do wrong» i.e., do not let hate of a people cause you to not be just, just as someone who has no justice or equity does. Rather, just as you testify for your ally, then testify against him, and just as you testify against your enemy, then testify for him, even if he were a disbeliever or heretic. For surely, justice and acceptance of what he comes with of the truth is obligated in it, because it is truth, not because he [is the one who] said it. Do not reject the truth on account of his statement, for surely, this is an oppression for the truth.
Taisir al-Karim ar-Rahman, pg. 218 (Dâr Ibn Hazm)
As quoted by Abul-Hasan Mustafâ bin Ismâ’îl as-Sulaimânî in ad-Difâ’ ‘an Ahl al-Ittibâ’, vol. 1, pg. 329.

Sincere Advice to Abu Khadeejah & Others

In my previous post, I mentioned that I got a call yesterday morning from Abu Usamah Atthahabi to pick my brain about a particular matter involving some words he translated for Shaikh ‘Adnân ‘Abdul-Qâdir of Kuwait during a lecture given at Green Lane Mosque. Here’s the video of the response Abu Usamah gave during a talk he gave at Mohammadi Masjid in Birmingham, England, regarding the matter titled Sincere Advice To Abu Khadeejah and Others. Enjoy, folks.

Video after the jump.

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Quote … Unquote … no. 16

In the two Sahîhs, from Abî Dharr, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, may Allah send salutations and peace upon him, said, «Whoever called a man by [a name of] disbelief or said, “O enemy of Allah!” and he is not such, except it returns on him.» This hadîth and what came regarding its meaning obligate the Muslim to ascertain the ruling on the people and to be cautious of accusing his brother with a blameworthy description while he is free of it, merely due to suspicion or [blind] imitation of someone not relied upon; and Allah is the one help is sought from.

 ‘Abdul-‘Azîz bin ‘Abdillah bin Bâz
Majmū’ Fatâwâ wa Maqâlât Mutanawwi’ah, vol. 3, pg. 217 (Maktabah al-Ma’ârif)
Quoted by way of Shaikh Abil-Hasan al-Ma’ribi’s ad-Difâ’ ‘an Ahl al-Ittibâ’, vol. 1, pg. 321 

Once Again, Gentleness, O People of the Sunnah

 I’m kind of late posting about this, as the article was published almost two weeks ago. Shaikh ‘Abdul-Muhsin al-Abbad has penned a new article titled, Marrah Ukhrâ Rifqan Ahl as-Sunnah bi Ahl as-Sunnah (trans. Once Again, Gentleness, O People of the Sunnah, with the People of the Sunnah), in which he readdresses some of the issues he touched upon in his very beneficial book, Rifqan Ahl as-Sunnah bi Ahl as-Sunnah, originally written about seven or eight years ago and then republished about three or four years ago with some additions (my translation of this second edition can be found and downloaded here).

I haven’t read through the article in its entirety yet, but I thought I’d post it for my visitors who are able to read Arabic and haven’t seen it yet: Marrah Ukhra, Rifqan Ahl as-Sunnah bi Ahl as-Sunnah (PDF) by Shaikh ‘Abdul-Muhsin bin Hamad al-‘Abbad.

My Spiritual Fix

Not enjoying life? Feeling distanced from your Creator? Nothing you do feels blessed? Lost your motivation and passion? It may be time for a spiritual fix.

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