It’s A Goat, Even If It Flies!!!

Well, that didn’t take too long. At the beginning of Abu Usamah’s piece commenting on Rabi’ al-Madkhali’s recent statement about merely being a critic and not an imam in the science of disparagement and accreditation, he asked the question,

I await to see what the response is going to be from those who have taken him as the undisputed authority in every aspect of the Deen?

Will they apply their normal spin to his words and take them as merely an example of his humility that shows and indicates he is in fact THE IMAM of this science that the scholars of yesterday said ONLY A SELECT FEW WERE CONSIDERED TO BE COMPETENT AND CAPABLE ENOUGH OF DELVING INTO THIS FIELD?

As expected, the exaggerationists obliged in kind and promptly scrambled to carry out some sort of “damage control”, easily living up to the moniker I’ve given them. Take this image of a message that had made its rounds shortly after the audio recording of Rabi’ al-Madkhali’s statement and its translation by Madeenah.com was released:

Oh no! Quick, cover your eyes, plug your ears!

Then there’s also this audio recording of a rather emotional statement made by Abul-Hasan Maalik the Green that was promptly sent out by the brothers at TROID.

In response to this, Abu Usamah Atthahabi has written another piece–which can be read after the jump–specifically commenting on the exaggerationism displayed by Maalik in this recording. Enjoy!

Read more of this post

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).

Read more of this post

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):

Read more of this post

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

Accepting the Reliable Person’s Information?

How’s this for accepting the information of the reliable or credible person (qubul khabar ath-thiqah)? Keep in mind, the belief of Ahl as-Sunnah is that all of the Companions are considered reliable and trustworthy.

Taken from Hâtim al-Awnî’s al-Manhaj al-Muqtarah li Fahm al-Mustalah.

From Abi Sa’îd al-Khudri [who] said,

We were in a sitting with Ubay bin Ka’b [when] Abu Musa al-Ash’ari came [having been] angered (and in a narration: frightened or dismayed) until he stopped. He said, “I implore you, by Allah, have any of you heard Allah’s messenger, may Allah send salutations and peace upon him, saying, «Seeking permission [to enter someone’s home] is [done] three [times]. So if he permitted you, [then enter]. Otherwise, return.»?”

Ubay [asked], “And why is that?”

He said, “Yesterday, I sought permission [to enter] Umar bin al-Khattab’s [home] three times. He did not give me permission [to enter], so I returned [from where I came]. Then today, I came and dropped in on him. I informed him that I came yesterday and gave salam three times, then turned away [and left]. He said, ‘We had heard you, [but] at that time we were busy. If only you sought permission [to enter] until you were given permission.’ [I] said I sought permission [to enter] just as I heard Allah’s messenger [say to do so]. He said, ‘By Allah, I will truly hurt your back and your stomach or you will surely come with someone who testifies this for you!”

So Ubay bin Ka’b said, “By Allah, none will stand with you except the youngest of us. Stand, O Aba Sa’îd.”

So I stood [and] came to Umar. I said I had heard Allah’s messenger, may Allah send salutations and peace upon him, saying this.

Rather, ‘Umar had truly been, just as Imam adh-Dhahabi says, “the one who introduced [the sunnah] of ascertainment for the traditionists with regards to the transmission [of reports and narrations],” meaning he was intent on spreading this sunnah and teaching it.

Here is a Companion not accepting the information given to him by another Companion until it is corroberated by another Companion. Call it what you will … verification, ascertainment, or whatever. It’s what the exaggerationists don’t want you to do when it comes to their claims.

al-Albani On Publishing Tapes & Books by Non-Salafis

Questioner:

I work in Islamic recordings (audio tapes). I had the opportunity to ask some people of knowledge about what is connected to the responsibility for the publication of the tapes of some of those who don’t traverse the methodology of the Predecessors, they belong, for example, to some of the groups on the scene, like the group al-Ikhwan al-Muslimîn or at-Tablîgh, or the like. Some of them (i.e., the scholars) gave verdicts that I should not record or publish these tapes at all, while some others said, “From them, choose what you see contains the proper [information] and does not have explicitness in opposing the methodology of the Predecessors.” So the confusion has not left me until now. I ask Allah, mighty and majestic is He, to end this confusion with what you opine and suggest to us in this field; may Allah reward you with good.

Read more of this post

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]

Read more of this post