Shaikh Rabi’ IS NOT an Imam of Jarh & Ta’dil

A couple days ago I received an email from my dear friend, Abu Usamah Atthahabi, with the subject line “Re: Sheikh Rabee’ IS NOT an Imam of Jarh Wa Ta’deel“. It’s not often that he sends out long emails like this one, so although the subject of Rabi bin Hadi al-Madkhali is one that I find tired and old, I thought I’d read it and see what was up.

With young new exaggerationists popping up constantly, I thought it might be good to share what Abu Usamah had to say on my blog. Although the readership numbers to my blog have died down due to my inactivity, perhaps his thoughts might find their way to people’s screens than they would being forwarded from recipient to recipient through email.

May Allah reward Abu Usamah immensely for his attempts at fairness and levelheadedness.

For those who want some backstory to the email, the subject line of Abu Usamah’s email is in reference to the statement from Rabi’ al-Madkhali found in the YouTube video before the email, both below the jump (email is without any editing done on my part–you read it as I received it).

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Ali Hasan al-Halabi Visit to Toronto 2013

It slipped my mind to post up about this conference, but since my blog’s been pretty dead the last few years, can you really blame me? This is Shaikh Ali Hasan al-Halabi’s first visit to Toronto in about four years or so. The shaikh’s been invited several times between then and now, but for some reason, hasn’t been all that lucky getting a visa to allow him to enter the country. To Allah is the praise, this time he was able to obtain one and he’s been here with us for the past week, having arrived on Saturday, August 31st.

He’s been giving regular talks from September 1st, up until today, which should be his last scheduled talk. I, myself, haven’t been able to attend any of the talks due to my work schedule, but the praise is Allah’s, I did get a chance to drop by QSSC at the end of the first Sunday of the shaikh’s visit (Sept. 1st), and see and greet the shaikh. I also got the opportunity to see and hang with my dear friends Abu Usamah Atthahabi and Navaid Aziz, who dropped by after their talks at this year’s Words of Wisdom Conference were done. I also got to spend some time with a couple of my dear friends, Ali Sabir and Amer Shoeb, from QSSNA in Detroit—not too bad a consolation prize, me thinks.

In any case, for those of you, who like me, missed the talks live, I thought I’d post the videos that have been recorded and uploaded to YouTube. Videos are after the jump (I’ll also update to post the remaining videos being recorded today when they’re uploaded all videos are up).

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We Can’t Answer Him So Keep Away From That Guy!!!

[ Edit: I added links to the YouTube videos mentioned in the post. Also note that MuslimVlogGuy deleted his comments to my video some time ago–good thing I got screen caps, lol. ]

Earlier this week (Monday) I received a private message on Facebook from one of my buddies telling me of some self-deluded exaggerationist wannabe vanguards of Salafism warning others to keep away from me on Twitter. Being that I don’t have a Twitter account, I had to do a bit of searching to find the tweets. Here’s the exchange that took place (on all images in this post, click to enlarge to actual size):

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Ibn al-Qayyim on Dealing with Errors and Those Who Commit Them

In Madârij as-Sâlikîn, Imam Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allah have mercy on him, had alluded to some of the escapades of the opponents[1] and said,

These escapades imposed a tribulation on two groups from the people. The first of them was screened by them from the merits of this group, the mildness of their souls, and the truthfulness of their interactions. They relinquished them on account of these escapades and disavowed them with the utmost disavowal, and they had an ill suspicion of them in absolute terms, and this is enmity and excessiveness. If everyone who erred or blundered was left off entirely and his merits relinquished, the sciences, skills, and wisdoms would certainly have been corrupted and their landmarks obstructed.

Then, he, may Allah have mercy on him, mentioned the group counter to what preceded and named them transgressors and opposers.[2] Then he said,

The third group, and they are the people of justice and fairness, and those who give every possessor of rights his right, and grant every possessor of status his status, [such that] they did not adjudge the ruling of the sick [and] the ill to the healthy nor the ruling of the healthy to the ill [and] the sick. Rather, they accepted what is to be accepted and rejected what is to be rejected.[3]

[1] [t] Ibn al-Qayyim is referring to unbridled excesses committed by the Ṣūfîs.

[2] [t] Ibn al-Qayyim’s exact words were ‘transgressors and excessive [ones]’ (معتدون ومفرطون). Perhaps ‘excessive [ones]’ was misread as ‘opposers’ (معرضون) as the two words resemble each other.

[3] Madârij as-Sâlikîn Bain Manâzil «Iyyâk Na’bud wa Iyyâk Nasta’în», vol. 2, pgs. 39-40.

Source: as-Sulaimânî, Abul-Hasan Mustafâ bin Ismâ’îl. “al-Qawl al-Mufhim li Man Ankar Maqâlah: Nusahhih wa Lâ Nahdim.” ad-Difâ’ ‘an Ahl al-Ittibâ’: ar-Radd al-’Ilmî ‘alash-Shaikh Rabî’ bin Hâdî al-Madkhalî (2nd ed.). Menoufia, Egypt: Dâr al-Ansâr, 2006. vol. 1, pgs. 347-348.

Quote … Unquote … no. 20

I use the word brainwashing to mean activity that pushes people toward unquestioning acceptance of any ideas and away from critical thinking (defined on page 41). Brainwashing, then, is the opposite of education, which is activity that develops a person’s critical faculties. Why choose critical thinking as the litmus test for brainwashing? Because it is what makes a human being an individual. People are individuals biologically, of course, but they are individuals socially only if they maintain an independent perspective, and doing this is an ongoing creative process based on critical thinking.

Jeff Schmidt
Disciplined Minds: A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System that Shapes Their Lives

Do not Refute Them Until you Know What They Meant?

I woke up this morning and found an email in my inbox from the SPubs mailing list titled, “NEW ARTICLE: Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee Disproves the False Principle: Do not Refute Them Until you Know What They Meant”. It contained the following quote, which I assume is part of a longer article (I didn’t click on the link provided to check):

So we have not been commanded to investigate into the intended meanings. Whosoever has speech that is falsehood, then falsehood must be refuted. And if he is ignorant and he says, “I meant such and such, but I erred in the expression,” we reply, ‘The praise is for Allaah. Therefore, you have corrected yourself. So it is not permissible for anyone, from this point onwards, to follow you in that falsehood now that you are aware of it.’ So now you – O critic – have benefited the people firstly and him (i.e. the speaker of falsehood) secondly.

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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)