Forcing Others to Take a Position

A few years ago I translated and posted an answer given by Shaikh ‘Abdullah bin Salih al-‘Ubailan regarding testing people by individuals and personalities, and imposing opinions on them, so this isn’t a new topic that I’ll be posting about. The statement from Shaikh al-‘Ubailan was very brief, however, so I thought posting this talk by my dear friend, Abu Usamah Atthahabi, would be a nice treat for the visitors to my blog. As usual with his talks, this one’s a nice one; may Allah reward and bless Abu Usamah. In any case, here you go … video’s after the break.

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Abu Taubah Responds to His Accusers

I thought I’d post this, nice short, response by Abu Taubah, which was posted only a couple days ago onto YouTube.

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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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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The Summarized & the Elaborated

Correlating the summarized to the elaborated, referred to in Arabic as حمل المجمل على المفصل (haml al-mujmal ‘alal-mufassal, literally: taking the summarized according to the elaborated). It is one of the supposedly heretic principles that Shaikh Mustafâ bin Ismâ’îl as-Sulaimânî, commonly referred to as Abul-Hasan al-Ma’ribî, is accused of innovating and introducing into the ranks of the People of the Sunnah and Congregation. In the introduction of the rather lengthy apologetic concerning this issue that Shaikh Abul-Hasan wrote defending himself from him his attackers and accusers titled, al-Jawâb al-Akmal ‘alâ Man Ankar Haml al-Mujmal ‘alal-Mufassal, he mentions that

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Shaikh Salîm al-Hilâlî On Manhood & Shaikh Abul-Hasan al-Ma’ribî

As mentioned in my post titled What’s the Deal with QSS?!, a retranslated text version of a question posed to Shaikh Abū Usâmah Salîm bin ‘Îd al-Hilâlî during Brixton Mosque’s Return to Ilm 8 conference regarding his position towards Shaikh Abul-Hasan Mustafâ bin Ismâ’îl al-Ma’ribî and the answer he gave would be posted here soon. The answer contains many important bits of information regarding the whole controversy surrounding Shaikh Abul-Hasan. In his answer, Shaikh Salîm gives a very brief, but fair overview of the situation. He also mentions some facts concerning Shaikh Rabî’, which “the other side” rarely ever mentions. The answer also includes some possible motivating factors behind why Shaikh Abul-Hasan was unjustly vilified and demonized by his detractors; these are also very relevant to what’s going on presently concerning the attacks against Shaikh Abul-Hârith ‘Alî bin Hasan al-Halabî.

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What’s the Deal with QSS?!

(PDF Version)

First, I’d like to start off by saying that it’s really unfortunate that disclaimers like this need to be made, but quite often, people read a statement from someone associated with a particular group and suddenly that person becomes a spokesperson for said group and whatever he says is assumed to be what the group says, when that’s not necessarily the case. So let it be known to those who suffer from this disease that I am not a spokesperson for QSS and what I am writing here is not an official QSS statement (or even an unofficial QSS statement for that matter), nor does the organization or those associated with it necessarily hold to what I will be saying here. What is written here is something purely from myself.

With that said, I really did not want to write this post. Quite a while ago, I mentioned in the comments to one of my posts from 2007 that I did not want to get into these issues on my blog. Unfortunately, it seems that like a bad case of herpes, however, this crap will just not go away. Over the past year or so, I’ve gotten a few emails asking about various issues concerning QSS, its president (Abdulmonem Burkhes), some of the speakers that have been invited to its conferences, and some of the positions it appears to have taken—usually in relation to something Shaikh Rabî’ bin Hâdî al-Madkhalî has said. Now, as far as I’m aware, no official (or unofficial) statements have ever really been issued by the organization regarding these things. Much of what has been said has usually come from the organization’s opponents and critics, or those who have some sort of tie to it, whether they be associates of or volunteers for the organization, friends of associates or volunteers, or those who attend QSS’s classes and lectures. I can really only think of one statement issued by QSS regarding any sort of “controversial” topic; an email sent out to address a copyright infringement matter involving Khalid bin al-Walid Mosque several years ago. Other than that one aberration, QSS as an organization has usually remained silent on controversial issues and remained focused on its main objective: the propagation of Islamic knowledge within its community and inviting scholars from overseas to lecture here in the West.

Now, with regards to these emails I’ve received, I’ve tried to answer them in the best manner I could think of, rarely addressing their specific questions directly while trying to advise them of what would be of most benefit to them. A few days ago, however, I came across a post on one of the English Islamic forums written by a brother here in Toronto in reply to the following question:

as salaamu alaikum who is the head of QSS now and is there any problems surrounding him or the organization?in the past our shaykh rabee had spoke about the president of the organization

The brother answered saying:

It remains ‘Abdul-Munim al-Leebee, the one who Shaykh Rabee’ (and others) have warned about, they remain tied to Abul-Hasan al-Ma’ribee, Usaamah al-Qoosee, Abu Usaamah adh-Dhahabee, Alee Hasan al-Halabee etc. and their youth continue to warn against/mock/ridicule the Salafees in Toronto and their belittlement of Shaykh Rabee’ has increased much more since that time.

Their issues are more than Shaykh Rabee’ warning against there[sic] leader alone as the above would alude[sic] to. An invitation was made (by Shaykh Rabee’) to the followers of QSS to leave ‘Abdul-Munim, unfortunately some stuck with him regardless.

This post, in addition to the emails I’ve received mentioned above in which the senders sincerely asked what the deal was, prompted me to write this post. The fact that this crap keeps coming up time and time again got me thinking that it should be addressed publicly. Hopefully, what I write here will answer some of the questions I chose not to address directly in at least one of my replies to those emails, as well as prevent any future questions directed to me regarding these same issues; I hope this isn’t taken the wrong way, especially by those sincerely looking for the truth of the matter, but quite frankly, I’m rather tired of being asked about it and of having people bring up the same topics over and over again whenever the “other side” publicly makes some retarded statement; it’s nothing against those sincerely wanting to know what the deal is, it just becomes very reduntant and very draining and disheartening having to explain and clarify things time and time again.

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