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.

Ibn al-Qayyim on Dealing with Errors and Those Who Commit Them

In Madârij as-Sâlikîn, Imam Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allah have mercy on him, had alluded to some of the escapades of the opponents[1] and said,

These escapades imposed a tribulation on two groups from the people. The first of them was screened by them from the merits of this group, the mildness of their souls, and the truthfulness of their interactions. They relinquished them on account of these escapades and disavowed them with the utmost disavowal, and they had an ill suspicion of them in absolute terms, and this is enmity and excessiveness. If everyone who erred or blundered was left off entirely and his merits relinquished, the sciences, skills, and wisdoms would certainly have been corrupted and their landmarks obstructed.

Then, he, may Allah have mercy on him, mentioned the group counter to what preceded and named them transgressors and opposers.[2] Then he said,

The third group, and they are the people of justice and fairness, and those who give every possessor of rights his right, and grant every possessor of status his status, [such that] they did not adjudge the ruling of the sick [and] the ill to the healthy nor the ruling of the healthy to the ill [and] the sick. Rather, they accepted what is to be accepted and rejected what is to be rejected.[3]

[1] [t] Ibn al-Qayyim is referring to unbridled excesses committed by the Ṣūfîs.

[2] [t] Ibn al-Qayyim’s exact words were ‘transgressors and excessive [ones]’ (معتدون ومفرطون). Perhaps ‘excessive [ones]’ was misread as ‘opposers’ (معرضون) as the two words resemble each other.

[3] Madârij as-Sâlikîn Bain Manâzil «Iyyâk Na’bud wa Iyyâk Nasta’în», vol. 2, pgs. 39-40.

Source: as-Sulaimânî, Abul-Hasan Mustafâ bin Ismâ’îl. “al-Qawl al-Mufhim li Man Ankar Maqâlah: Nusahhih wa Lâ Nahdim.” ad-Difâ’ ‘an Ahl al-Ittibâ’: ar-Radd al-’Ilmî ‘alash-Shaikh Rabî’ bin Hâdî al-Madkhalî (2nd ed.). Menoufia, Egypt: Dâr al-Ansâr, 2006. vol. 1, pgs. 347-348.

al-Ma’ribi on al-Qaradawi

Note: I’m sure there are some Salafi brothers and sisters who might be surprized by what is contained in the shaikh’s answer. Regardless of your thoughts on Shaikh Yūsuf al-Qaradâwî, however, I want and hope that those of you who read this will pay close attention to what he says, the principles he uses, that lead him to say what he says about al-Qaradâwî.

In his answers to questions of members of Muntadâ al-Kâshif, Shaikh Abul-Hasan al-Ma’ribi mentions,

A questioner asks, “It has been spread that you were asked about ash-Sha’râwî and al-Qaradâwî and you said we do not hereticate them until the proof has been built upon them. Your answer was difficult for me, for how can we not hereticate them [when] they are not from the People of the Sunnah and Congregation?”

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Liberalism and Secularism: One and the Same

This is an article a brother sent me earlier today. I thought I’d share it with you guys. To quote the brother who sent it to me, it’s an article “that every Muslim daa’ee should read and understand well.”

Liberalism and Secularism: One and the Same


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Once Again, Gentleness, O People of the Sunnah

 I’m kind of late posting about this, as the article was published almost two weeks ago. Shaikh ‘Abdul-Muhsin al-Abbad has penned a new article titled, Marrah Ukhrâ Rifqan Ahl as-Sunnah bi Ahl as-Sunnah (trans. Once Again, Gentleness, O People of the Sunnah, with the People of the Sunnah), in which he readdresses some of the issues he touched upon in his very beneficial book, Rifqan Ahl as-Sunnah bi Ahl as-Sunnah, originally written about seven or eight years ago and then republished about three or four years ago with some additions (my translation of this second edition can be found and downloaded here).

I haven’t read through the article in its entirety yet, but I thought I’d post it for my visitors who are able to read Arabic and haven’t seen it yet: Marrah Ukhra, Rifqan Ahl as-Sunnah bi Ahl as-Sunnah (PDF) by Shaikh ‘Abdul-Muhsin bin Hamad al-‘Abbad.

Newsweek: Why Fears Of A Muslim Takeover Are All Wrong

Much thanks to Abdulhaq from SalafiManhaj.com for showing me this article. It’s a pretty good read on dispelling a notion that is being propagated by alarmists hostile towards Muslims and Islam (this video is just one such example of the propaganda that’s out there). Titled Why Fears Of A Muslim Takeover Are All Wrong, it puts things into perspective.

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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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