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)

Ma’rifah vs. Ilm

I’ve recently started reading Shaikh Mashhur Hasan Salmân’s explanation of Imam al-Juwainî’s Waraqât to satisfy an urge I’ve had to read something on the roots of Islamic jurisprudence, particularly of the Shâfi’î variety. Shaikh Mashhur’s explanation, which is fairly large being 797 pages cover to cover, is a bit daunting for me at the moment being that I haven’t really read anything truly Islamic academics oriented in quite some time (when I say I’ve started reading it, I literally mean just started–I’m on pg. 31).

In any case, I thought I’d take it with me to read while I waited while getting my car serviced; one of my tires got shredded while driving on the highway yesterday afternoon and needed replacing. While reading this morning, I came across this little tidbit that I thought I’d like to share with my small readership.

Shaikh Mashhur states,

Cognizance (ma’rifah) is perceiving something according to what it is. It is preceeded by ignorance, contrary to knowledge (ilm), for knowledge is not preceeded by ignorance. Thus, we do not say that Allah is cognizant (‘ârif). Rather, we say that Allah is knowledgeable (‘âlim).

Source: Âl Salmân, Abu Ubaidah Mashhur Hasan. at-Tahqîqât wat-Tanqîhât as-Salafiyyât ‘alâ Matn al-Waraqât ma’ at-Tanbihât ‘alal-Masâ’il al-Muhimmât. Abu Dhabi, UAE: Dar al-Imam Mâlik. pg. 30.

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


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.

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They Mention Some, But Not the Rest

Here’s another look at the intellectual and academic dishonesty committed by the exaggerators from among those who attribute themselves to Salafism, They Mention Some, But Not the Rest: Yet Another Example of Academic Dishonesty From the Self-Appointed Vanguards of Salafism. From the article:

In his Iqtidâ’ asSirât al-Mustaqîm, Shaikh of Islam Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allah have mercy on him, relates that “’Abdur-Rahman bin Mahdî and others said [that] the people of knowledge write what is for them and what is against them, while the people of desires do not write except what is for them.”

Despite the fact that these people go on about the gravity of hiding knowledge and information from the public, looking at their behaviour, we find innumerable examples that give credence to what Shaikh of Islam, may Allah have mercy on him, mentions. I wrote about one such example recently in an article I titled, Making Moosaa’s Mountain Out Of Bilal’s Molehill, in which I pointed out the intellectual and academic dishonesty displayed by Moosaa Richardson in his criticism of a supposedly “dangerous mistake” he accused Dr. Bilal Philips of making in one of his published books.

The other week, I came across yet another example of academic dishonesty, which these people continually display time and time again. This time, the example comes from a salafitalk.net poster who posted a couple of links to the sahab.net Arabic discussion forum. The poster simply posts the links and provides a brief description before each, both in Arabic and in English; the first: “The support of ash-Shaykh Muhammad Bazmool for the critique of his brother ash-Shaykh Ahmad on Ali al-Halabee,” and the second: “Ash-Shaykh Muhammad Bazmool: The Refutations of ash-Shaykh Ahmad Bazmool denotes that al-Halabi has deviated from the Manhaj of the Salaf.” Now, given the fact that many of salafitalk.net’s readers are English speakers who don’t know much Arabic—if any at all—there’s a good chance that none of them will actually come to know what’s contained in the two links. Despite that, the poster doesn’t provide his audience with a translation, summarized or otherwise, of what’s mentioned in the two posts. The result, of course, is that the readers are left with the obvious impression he and the previous posters to the thread (e.g., Maaz Qureshi or whoever it is posting under the name “SunnahPublishing.Net”) wishes their audience to get: ‘Alî al-Halabî is a deviant who has strayed from the Salafî methodology and should be avoided like the plague.

Read on … They Mention Some, But Not the Rest: Yet Another Example of Academic Dishonesty From the Self-Appointed Vanguards of Salafism.

Saudi Gazette: Americans flocking to Kingdom to learn Islam

Americans flocking to Kingdom to learn Islam
Monday, 03 August 2009 – 12 Shaban 1430 H
By M. Nasir Jawed

MAKKAH – The growth and spread of Islam to every nook and corner of the world could almost be witnessed in the Umrah-cum-knowledge trip of not less than 75 men and women from America. The group, with several converts to Islam, made pilgrimage to the Two Holy Mosques between July 16-Aug. 3.

Senior scholars of Saudi Arabia, including the Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Aal-Sheikh, gave lectures and taught the aspiring learners various sciences of Islam. All seminars were translated bit-by-bit for the American audience.

The trip is organized every year by Al-Qur’an wa As-Sunnah Society of New York (www.albaseerah.org), which is engaged in inviting people to Tawheed and Sunnah. The Society has held several seminars that has featured nearly 50 prominent scholars.

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Quote … Unquote … no. 12

I got this quote from an email one brother sent me, may Allah reward and bless him, and since I haven’t posted anything in quite a while, I thought I’d share it with you folks (sorry for the long period of inactivity on my part; I’ve been preoccupied with worldly matters).

al-Khallâl said,

Muhammad bin Ahmad atTarsūsî informed me saying, “I heard Muhammad bin Yazîd al-Mustamilî saying a man asked Ahmad bin Hanbal, ‘Do I write down the books of opinion?’ He (i.e., Ahmad) said, ‘Do not do [it]. Upon you are the narrations and the Hadîth.” So the questioner said to him, ‘Surely ‘Abdallah bin al-Mubârak has written them.’ So Ahmad said to him, ‘Ibn al-Mubârak was not revealed from the heaven! Certainly, we were ordered to take knowledge from above.'”

Tabaqât al-Hanâbilah, vol. 2, pg. 392.

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).