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.

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.

Abul-Hasan’s Status with Shaikh Muqbil

Shaikh Abul-Hasan as-Sulaimânî’s (i.e., al-Ma’ribî) detractors would have you believe that he was refuted by his shaikh, Shaikh Muqbil bin Hâdî al-Wâdi’î, before his death. What they usually don’t tell you is that Shaikh Muqbil had some pretty lavish praises for his student, Shaikh Abul-Hasan; some of which are scattered throughout some of his printed books (this is all in addition to the fact that Shaikh Muqbil, may Allah have mercy on him, mentioned Abul-Hasan’s name in his final will and testament as one of the two students of his that people should refer to in cases of dispute; the other being Shaikh Muhammad bin ‘Abdil-Wahhâb al-Wasâbî). Below are some of the praises Shaikh Muqbil had for his student, as mentioned and collected by Shaikh Muhammad Muhsin al-Farhânî:

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Shaikhs Abdul-Adhim Badawi & Mashhur Hasan Salman Coming To Toronto!

They just announced after Friday sermon that Shaikhs ‘Abdul-‘Adhîm bin Badawî and Mash·hūr Hasan Salmân, both students of Shaikh al-Albanî’s will be coming to visit Toronto; firsts for both shaikhs! I know it’s very short notice given the dates they’ll be speaking at QSSC, but please spread the word!

More details (as well as more updates added May 22, 2010) after the break.

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A Tempest In a Teapot?

Shaikh Muhammad Hassân Is Not a Tempest In a Teapot, translated from an article posted on alMenhaj.net, contains a transcription of a recorded telelink between Shaikhs Muhammad Hassân (of Egypt) and Mash·hūr Hasan Salmân (of Jordan) in which Shaikh Mash·hūr asks Shaikh Muhammad Hassân some questions regarding his views on various contemporary methodological issues.

Gentleness, O People of the Sunnah (Full Translation)

As I mentioned some time ago, I’d be posting up the translation for the 2nd edition of Rifqan Ahl as-Sunnah bi Ahl as-Sunnah, by Shaikh ‘Abdul-Muhsin bin Hamad al-‘Abbâd al-Badr. I’ve already previously posted the new introduction for the book, as well as the last two chapters (which were added from his other work, al-Hathth ‘alâ Ittibâ’ as-Sunnah). The re-edit I’ve done still hasn’t been completely checked, so for those of you reading this, please let me know of any typos or whatever other mistakes you find. I’ve set the document settings so that it can’t be printed (similar to all the other articles I’ve posted published under QSS’s name). Allah willing, when the articles/ebooks get posted to the QSSC site (no clue when that’ll be though) I’ll be posting the printable versions for all the QSS PDF articles.

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Encouragement for Reading al-Kahf on Fridays

From Abî Sa’îd al-Khudrî, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, may Allah send salutations and peace upon him, said, «Whoever read sūrah al-Kahf (ch.18 of the Qur’an) on Friday,[1] what is between the two Fridays is illuminated for him by the Light.»[2]

It was narrated by an-Nasâ’î, al-Baihaqî in marfū’ (raised) form, al-Hâkim in marfū’ and mawqūf (stopped) forms also; and he said, “The chain is authentic.”

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