Shaykh Dr. Ahmad Bazmool, may Allah protect him, said:
The way to know if knowledge should or shouldn’t be taken from a person is known by one of two ways:
THE FIRST: The scholars recommend and explicitly state: ‘So and So is Salafee and a student of knowledge; benefit from him.’
And I want to bring attention to a situation: If a Shaykh says: ‘So and So is Salafee,’ that doesn’t mean that he is qualified to teach. The Shaykh must mention two things: that he is Salafee and that he is qualified to teach.
We have seen some people fool the general people by saying a Shaykh has said that So and So is Salafee. Fine. Did he say he’s a scholar? Did he say he’s a student of knowledge?
Being Salafee is a level, and being a student of knowledge or a scholar is a higher level coupled with Salafiyyah. So, it is not befitting for us to be fooled by these types of situations.
Likewise [we shouldn’t be fooled] just because a person goes to Shaykh Rabee’s classes, or that he was in Shaykh Rabee’s house, or things similar to this that people are fooled by.
So, the first thing is that a scholar explicitly expresses a recommendation stating that he is upon the Salafee Manhaj and that he has knowledge;
THE SECOND way to know is that his state is well known to the scholars and students of knowledge, and that he has well known salafee stances. Likewise, the scholars generally praise him, aid him and help him.
This proves that he is from those who have been teaching and the scholars know about it and have remained silent about him; rather, they have spoken well of him and aided him. This proves, if Allah wills, that he is adhering to the truth.
As for other than these two things that we have mentioned, then beware beware. May Allah bless you. Don’t be fooled.
For the most part, I’ve refrained from commenting on this issue of ISIS because more often than not, I get treated to an emotional and adrenaline fueled tirade. But subhan Allaah, the increasing numbers of sisters running away to ISIS is appalling.
Just the other day, I was reading about the al-Khansaa Brigade; the all-female moral police of ISIS and I found it bizarre that it was composed of so many young and well-educated sisters from different countries. Girls as young as 16 are making their way to Syria with rosy dreams of martyrdom or playing the little jihaadi wife.
Allaah knows best, but this is not from eeman. This is a toxic combination of hyped up excitement and compound ignorance. And the extent and speed at which this corrupt ideology is spreading among the youth is a real cause for concern. Allaahul musta’aan.
No matter how hard we try, how firm we think our resolutions are, how determined we think we can be, there will come moments when we will fall, when we will fail. Were we to be without weakness, were we to be sinless, then this existence would serve no purpose.
We were created for this cycle. This constant, ceaseless, exhausting cycle of sinning and repenting, sinning and repenting. We were created for this struggle. We were created for this battle. But victory is not claimed by the one who wins the battle. Nay, victory is claimed by the one who wins the war.
So my dear Enemy. The game is still on.
Time is a funny thing. Instead of marching on in a measured pace, it seems to flow like a river. Quiet days pool together, languid with a sense of sameness, and events swirl and eddy, and time seems to pick up its pace.
Then there is the tumbling, dangerous rush of white water over rocks, and the heart-stopping terror of relentless inevitability as the water falls over the edge, and you know that no matter what you might do or wish, you cannot stop that flow from falling. All you can do is surrender to the experience and flow with it.
"Don’t judge me. You don’t know what’s in my heart".
"Don’t judge that person. You don’t know what’s in that person’s heart".
I actually find it baffling that people so quickly retort with these kind of statements whenever something they don’t like is said to them. Don’t you know how stupid this statement actually is?
Of course we don’t know what’s in your heart. No human being can know what’s in the hearts of others. We weren’t commanded to look into the hearts, nor were we given that capability. To look into the chests and see the innermost thoughts and desires and feelings of a person.
No. The condition of the hearts is something that is known only to Allaah azza wa jal. And it is something between the slave and his Lord alone.
During the lifetime of the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم, people were judged by Divine Revelation. Now that we are no longer in the era of Revelation, the affair of judging is based on what is apparent from an individual i.e. we judge you by the deeds you practice.
Your speech, your actions, those are what we see. And those are by what we judge. Is that not common sense? And if we see from your speech and actions that which is evil or contradictory to the deen, we will of course judge you in a negative light, even if you claim your intentions are good and your heart is pure.
Because we judge you by what we see. And Allaah is the reckoner of your hidden affairs.
I want to eat a fluffy chocolate cake layered with a gooey chocolate custard and crumbled with chocolate chip cookies and oozing chocolate ice-cream.
I want to. I really really want to.
That moment when you’re whipping cream to go along with your luscious dessert, and all of a sudden the cream goes from fluffy to grainy in a split second.
If Allaah gives you the things you want, WHILE you are being disobedient to Him; while you don’t pray, while you are heedless of Him, then it is something to be very very scared of.
A calamity, grief or hardship that makes you think of Allaah more and brings you closer to Him should be more beloved to you than a blessing, comfort or happiness that distances you from Him and makes you remember Him little.
In my months of browsing through dozens of Islamic blogs here, I’ve met, interacted with, and witnessed the conduct of many many Muslims, all of whom have one thing in common; a mutual desire to know the religion. Each one of them seem sincere in their devotion, and may Allaah keep them steadfast if it’s the truth.
But when it comes to character and conduct, it’s fascinating to see such varying shades. In the virtual world, it is the words that flow from our fingers that portray our character. It is the words we type on our laptops, tablets, phones and computers that gives people an impression of who and how we are.
There are many who claim to be upon the path of the Salaf. There are many who claim to love the Sunnah. There are many who claim to know the Sunnah. And there are even more who claim to implement the Sunnah.
Out of all of them, there is one thing. One thing I have noticed.
There is a unique characteristic that distinguishes the true people of the Sunnah from the rest. A subtle, but profound trait that speaks louder than anything.
A stillness. A deliberateness. An almost tangible quietness.
They don’t get hyper. They don’t get hasty. They don’t argue. They don’t get into ego clashes. They don’t get into topics beyond their level. They remain silent when others exhaust themselves.
But when they do speak, they speak with honor, they speak with truth, they speak with wisdom, they speak with humility, and most of all, they speak with knowledge.
Subhan Allaah, it really is beautiful. My only wish is that Allah subhanahu wa taaala’ grants me even a fraction of such a character.