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.

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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al-Abbad on the Summarized & Elaborated, and Single Reports

I was digging through my draft folders on my harddrive and came across this old translation I did around 10 years ago (give or take some). Since there has been some mention of the principle of correlating the summarized to the elaborated (i.e., taking a person’s summarized, general speech to mean what he’s been known to say in more explicit and elaborated speech) fairly recently (see the recent squabble between SP’s Amjad Rafiq (here) and Musa Millington (here) concerning faith, disbelief, and irja’), I thought I’d touch up and post this short little bit from Shaikh ‘Abdul-Muhsin al-‘Abbâd on the issue. He also touches on the issue of single reports (khabar al-âhâd). which along with the summarized-elaborated principle, are a couple of the things Shaikh Abul-Hasan al-Ma’ribî is accused of innovating (NB: the opinion expressed and held by Shaikh al-‘Abbâd regarding single reports is the very opinion that Shaikh Abul-Hasan holds himself).

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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.

Shaikh ‘Abdul-Muhsin al-‘Abbad Sick

I was browsing on Facebook yesterday and noticed that my good friend, Ali Sabir, had posted a link to a video on the FIKS (Fundamentals of Islam & Seminary) website. The video had a message and request from one of the brothers from the organization, Abu Taubah, for visitors to supplicate to Allah for Shaikh ‘Abdul-Muhsin bin Hamad al-‘Abbad; may Allah preserve, protect him, and give him good health.

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Salafism, Do You Really Get It?

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.

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Quote … Unquote … no. 11

In his wonderful advice titled, Rifqan Ahl as-Sunnah bi Ahl as-Sunnah, during the course of his outlining the road to safety from the turmoil currently affecting the People of the Sunnah, he mentioned that

instead of disparaging and cautioning, one [should] occupy himself with the acquisition of, the seriousness and the diligence in, the beneficial knowledge to make use and be useful, and [seek] benefit and [cause] benefit. So from the good the person has is that he occupies [himself] with knowledge, learning, teaching, calling [to Allah], writing. He does not occupy himself with disparaging the scholars and the students of knowledge from the People of the Sunnah, cutting off the path connected to benefiting from them, thus being from the people of destruction. If he mastered that, he would certainly be from the people of construction. The likes of this [person] occupied with disparaging does not leave behind knowledge he can make use of when he dies. With his death, the people do not lose a scholar [who] benefits them. Rather, with his death, they are safe from his evil.

‘Abdul-Muhsin bin Hamad al-Badr al-‘Abbâd
Rifqan Ahl as-Sunnah bi Ahl as-Sunnah, pg. 30 of my English translation (emphasis added).