Don’t Let the Hatred of a People Cause You To Do Wrong

In his exegsis of the Qur’an titled Taisir al-Karim ar-Rahman, explaining verse 8 from chapter al-Ma’idah (5), Abdur-Rahman bin Nâsir as-Sa’di (may Allah have mercy on him) said, 
«And do not let [it] cause you to do wrong» i.e., do not let hate of a people cause you to not be just, just as someone who has no justice or equity does. Rather, just as you testify for your ally, then testify against him, and just as you testify against your enemy, then testify for him, even if he were a disbeliever or heretic. For surely, justice and acceptance of what he comes with of the truth is obligated in it, because it is truth, not because he [is the one who] said it. Do not reject the truth on account of his statement, for surely, this is an oppression for the truth.
Taisir al-Karim ar-Rahman, pg. 218 (Dâr Ibn Hazm)
As quoted by Abul-Hasan Mustafâ bin Ismâ’îl as-Sulaimânî in ad-Difâ’ ‘an Ahl al-Ittibâ’, vol. 1, pg. 329.
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Quote … Unquote … no. 18

Allah has commanded us to not speak of Him except the truth and to not speak of Him except with knowledge. He commanded us [to be] just and equitable, so it is not permissible for us when a Jew or a Christian–let alone a Râfidî–makes a statement containing truth that we leave it or we reject all of it. Rather, we do not reject except what it contains of falsehood without [rejecting] what it contains of truth … . Due to this, we did not reject what the Mu’tazilah and the Râfidah said of truth. Rather, we accepted it.

Shaikh of Islam Ibn Taimiyyah
Minhâj as-Sunnah an-Nabawiyyah, vol. 2, pg. 342-343.
(As quoted by Abul-Hasan Mustafâ bin Ismâ’îl as-Sulaimânî in ad-Difâ’ ‘an Ahl al-Ittibâ’)

Sunday Mercury Report & Rumours About Abu Usamah Atthahabi

There has been a (sorry excuse for) a news report making the rounds titled, “Birmingham mosque cleric accused of sexual harassment”, which has been posted to a couple of third rate “news” sites. The reports makes mention of some sexual harassment allegations levied against Abu Usamah Atthahabi, may Allah exonerate him and preserve and protect him from his enemies. Both Abu Usamah and his employers, Green Lane Masjid, have issued statements concerning the report. Anyone interested in reading Green Lane’s press release can do so here while Abu Usamah’s video response can be viewed after the jump.

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

Questioner:

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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It’s Come to This … .

Surprise, surprise … a new post by yours truly.

As it should be quite obvious, I haven’t really been doing much with my blog. I’ve let my blog practically “die”, with the exception of the odd comment reply here and there. I’ve taken a step (or more) back from active propagation of Islam and just turned my attention to worldly matters such as work, family, friends, and general time-wasting. As a result I’ve been largely out of the loop with many things related to what’s going on in the world, whether it be religious news or otherwise. However, I thought I’d break my inactivity by posting up regarding an email I received from a friend the other day.

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24th Annual QSS Convention (Updated #8)

It’s that time of year again, people. I’m sorry to get this information out to you guys so late (I actually received notice of it almost two weeks ago). This year’s annual convention is scheduled for Christmas weekend (Dec. 24-26) and will be held at the Embers Banquet Hall (which happens to be the building QSSC is hoping to purchase).

 

So far, the invited speakers for the conference include:

  • Shaikh Ali bin Hasan al-Halabi
  • Shaikh Abdullah Shuraikah
  • Shaikh Abu Islam Salih bin Taha Abdil-Wahid
  • Shaikh Salih an-Nami
  • Shaikh Muhammad Musa Nasr (added on the updated flyer) (from what I’m told, Shaikh Abu Anas will not be able to attend as he cannot get time off from his duties at the University he teaches at).

With more to be announced at a later date. Keep an eye on the QSSC.org site for updates.

[Update :: Feb. 18, 2011]

I’m currently at home and hopefully will be heading to the Abu Huraira Center soon for the conference. I thought I’d post up an update on the speakers for those of you waiting to hear of their arrivals and whatnot. I can tell you that Shaikh Abu Islam is here, as he gave the Friday sermon at QSS today. On the QSS site, they’ve got that Shaikhs Abu Anas and Salih an-Nami are here as well. I’m told that Shaikh Abdullah Shuraikah should be here already, but that Shaikh Ali Hasan was not able to get his visa (this bit of news isn’t confirmed yet … just something someone told me today).

Past updates:

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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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