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.


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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Apparently, I Have False Info …

… concerning the turmoil and controversy involving Shaikhs Rabî’ al-Madkhalî and Abil-Hasan al-Ma’ribi. Or so claims one brother who thought it was pertinent enough to contact me about it.

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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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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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Amr bin Salamah’s Narration Concerning Circles of Remembrance

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Text of the Narration

From ‘Amr bin Salamah [who said]:

We were sitting at ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ūd’s door before the morrow so [that] when he came out we would be able to walk with him to the mosque. Abū Mūsâ al-Ash’arî then came to us and said, “Has Abū ‘Abdir-Rahman come out to you yet?”

We replied, “No,” so he sat with us until he came out.

Then when he came out we all stood to him. Abū Mūsâ said to him, “O Abâ ‘Abdir-Rahman, I saw a matter previously in the mosque which I disapproved of. But the praise is Allah’s, I only saw good.”

He[1] said, “So, what was it?”

He[2] said, “If you live, you will see it. I saw a people sitting in circles in the mosque waiting for the prayer. In every circle was a man, and in their hands were pebbles. He would say, ‘Say: Allah is greater one hundred [times].’ So they would aggrandize [Him] one hundred [times]. Then he would say, ‘Say the praise is Allah’s one hundred [times].’ So they would praise [Him] one hundred [times]. And he would say, ‘Say glorified is Allah one hundred [times].’ So they glorify [Him] one hundred times.’”

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