“Muslim Bloggers Urging Boycott of Salafi Institute”

From SeekersDigest

A number of irate Muslim bloggers are urging for a boycott of Salafi institute because of its narrow, limited, sectarian, and (ultimately) divisive way.

Not sure whether this is the right way to go with these concerns, but the concerns are legitimate…

I wholeheartedly agree with my teacher Shaykh Faraz.

Yet, what are positive ways to "counter" such evident deviances? How do we make people understand traditional Sunni Islam as propogated by countless scholars throughout the centuries? What should be our reaction and approach when we see the common rhetoric of shirk and kufr spewing out of the mouths of our methodologically challenged brethren?

When I asked one of my beloved teachers about this he simply stated "Darkness is overcome by Light". This "Light" is none other then 'ilm of the religion coupled with proper understanding. My beloved further said to me:

It is much better to spend the time, mental energy, himma, and concern in seeking knowledge… Talk is cheap. Action is the way of men.

Knowledge is like water gushing forth from a fountain. The fountain represent the 'Ulema. Knowledge is not gleaned from books alone but from those of recognised authority. Imam Shafi' stated:

"Who learns fiqh from the insides of books has lost the laws"

See: Abdul Basit al `Almuni's "al Mu`id fi adab al mufid wa al mustafid ikhtisar kitab al durr al nadid" (Manual of the etiquette of the teacher & student, abridged from Badr al Din al-Ghazzi's book "The resplendant pearl"), Chapter entitled: The student's behavior with his shaykh, pg. 63.

Neither is knowledge merely memorizing or narrating whatever one gets his hands on. Imam Hasan al Basri (Allah be pleased with him) said:

"The purpose and energy of the 'Ulema is towards addressing needs while the purpose and energy of fools (al sufaha) is narrating."

See: Jami al Saghir (#9598)

Imam Dhahabi said in his Siyar that 'ilm is:

"Not the profusion of narration, but a light which Allâh casts into the heart. Its condition is followership (ittiba) and the flight away from egotism (hawa) and innovation."

Finally, as the great spiritual master Ibn Ata'illah said in his Hikam (#213):

"The Knowledge That Benefits is That Whose Rays Expand in the Breast and Whose Veil is Lifted in the Heart."

Seek out the inheritors of the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace), make the firm resolve to learn the religion for the pleasure of Allah and His Messenger and the path shall be clear as light. Truly, truth is manifest from falsehood.

And Allah Alone gives success, May He grant it to all of us.


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12 responses to ““Muslim Bloggers Urging Boycott of Salafi Institute”

  1. May Allah forgive us all and guide us all on the straight path! Ameen!

  2. Ameen to both of your du’as.

    You know, if they had called a minor figure a propagator of shirk, things might ‘ve been different. But to pick someone such as Shaykh Sayyid who is one of the most eminent ‘Ulema of our era just shows how deviant this organization is.

  3. Salamu ‘Alaykum

    When Sayyidah A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) was told of people who were speaking ill of Sayyidina Abu Bakr and ‘Umar she replied that Allah willed they pass away but that their good deeds continue increasing.

    Whatever people have to say will not effect the rank and status of the Sayyid; it wil not change his brilliance; it will not change the fact that he was one of the ‘awliya, one of the greatest of ‘ulema, and a true inheritor of the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace).

    Our duty is to follow in their footsteps and gain al ilm al nafi’. Debates and argumentation are mere distractions from what is “real”. What is “real” is Allah, and thus attaining ma’arifah of our Rab is the ultimate goal.


  4. Omar

    Take the Habib `Ali approach of unity, love, and working with common interests. Why all this infighting and warfare? Forbid the evil and enjoin the good but be united and love for your brother what you love for yourself.

  5. samir

    Mr. GQ, your honestly making things a lot worse all across the board. Where is your adaab or did you miss that AL Maghrib Class? I don’t agree with this boycott and I dont believe anything good will come out of it but I dont speak ill will towards anyone. Allah (SWT) guides whom he wills.

  6. Irfan

    Asalamu alaykum,

    Alhamdolillah Jinzaman’s efforts have at the very least led to al-Maghrib removing the comments of mr. yasir Qadhi against the late shaykh ibn Alawi al-maliki.

    May Allah reward those exposing these Salafis for what they are.

  7. I don’t know what the fuss is about. You call us wahhabis, get over it.

  8. Sayyid Ali Salmi

    Yassir Qadhi a’int any good yaar.

  9. Sidi Faraz Yussuf

    La hawla quata ilah bilah. Shaykh Alawi is not mushrik . Yasir Qadhi is bidati Salafi

  10. Sawda Rasuli

    Ya Rasool allah . Allahuma maghfirli yaseer qadhi

    ameen summa ameen

  11. Sawda Rasuli

    Allahuma maghfirli yaseer qadhi

    ameen summa ameen

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