Hamza Yusuf in a nutshell and racism. | Musa Millington 

Hamza Yusuf in a nutshell and racism.
Well in a nutshell in case we forgot:
Hamza Yusuf is a Sufi, Ashari, promoter of Shirk (Qaseedah Burdah) and Bid’ah in the West who said that the most sacred place on earth is the grave of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم). He is also an extreme Muqallid of the Maliki madhab and associates with the likes of Habeeb Jifri; who calls to the worship of graves and shrines and the likes of them. That should be enough for us to be outraged, to distance ourselves from him and to warn others from his misguidance.
His comments regarding the struggles of African Americans also shows his extreme ignorance regarding the political, social and economic history of the United States as it relates to African descendants. Making foolhardy and rash statements that satisfy the white political oligarchy as well as many Muslim American immigrants who wish not to associate with the lower echelons of American society is not from the Sunnah. Rather the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) addressed it head on without any room for interpretation.
For the record the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “Upon you is to hear and obey even if it is an Ethiopian slave as if his head is (dark) like a raisin.”
Some foolish orientalists have interpreted this statement as one of racism. However, this is how he chose to address the Arabs as they disliked those of African descent. So he demonstrated that one’s skin colour was not a deficiency.
He also said to Abu Dharr when he called Bilaal the son of a black woman: “Did you find deficiency in him because of his mother. Verily you are a man who has Jaahileeyah (pre-islamic ignorance).”
He also said as narrated in Adab Al Mufrad by Imam Al Bukhari: “Whoever takes pride in his ancestry then let him bite unto the private part of his father.”
He also said: “There is no preference of an Arab over a non Arab or a white over a black…”
Hence, unlike the soft and tamed responses of many Muslims toward Hamza’s remarks (and racism in general) the Prophetic methodology was to take this matter head on in the face of those who have racism within their hearts. He also said as narrated in Saheeh Muslim:
“Three things from Jaahileeyah (pre-islamic ignorance) would remain in my Ummah. Taking pride in one’s lineage, cursing those of others and Niyahah (screaming and ripping off clothes at the death of someone).”
Hence, the one who is racist is not only ignorant but has an aspect of pre-islamic ignorance. The phrase Jahileeyah affected the companions so much that the great Sahabee, Abu Dharr, upon hearing the statement of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) went to Bilaal, put his head to Bilaal’s feet, apologized and asked Bilaal to stamp on his head.
But to Hamza racism is just another sign of ignorance which in itself proves the extent of his ignorance regarding Islam’s stance on racism.
And for the information of those out there who don’t know there were many Africans (yes black people) who played a very important role in early Islam. Just to name a few:
Bilaal Al Habashi, the first Mu’addhin.
Summayah the first matyr of Islaam
Najashi, the king of Ethiopia and his priests.
Mahajja the first matyr of Badr.
Bareerah who was freed by ‘Aisha.
Umm Barakah the first one who nursed the Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) after his mother died.
Aslam the servant of ‘Umar Ibn Khattab.
Zaid Ibn Aslam who was one of the narrators of Muwatta’
Sa’eed Ibn Jubair who was seen as the most knowledgeable of the Tabi’een.
‘Ataa Ibn Rabaah who was a scholar of Tafseer.
Usama Ibn Zaid who led Muslim armies at 17 years old after the death of the Prophet.
Wahshi who killed Musailamah Al Kaddhab.
Naafi’ the servant of Ibn ‘Umar who brought to us the two recitations of Qaaloon and Warsh.
And there are many more who I didn’t mention and are found in a book called the raising of the status of Africans (Arabs used to refer to all Africans as Ethiopians) by Imam As Suyooti.
The Sahabah didn’t see race as an issue. Africans, as is observed by the list I wrote here, were prominent in the intellectual, political and social development of the early Islam. The likes of this took place with Malcolm X in the 1960s who by Allah’s will made Islam a household name and even presented it as a solution to America’s racial problems!
It is disturbing to see that in 2016, almost 50 years after the assassination of brother Malcolm that immigrant Muslim Americans have compressed themselves into a bubble wherein they boisterously applaud their ambivalence and nonchalance regarding the struggles of those who were pivotal in the development and existence of Islam in the U.S.
Sadly enough, amidst this ambivalence and nonchalance all and sundry cry foul when Trump is selected!


A weekend of ‘ilm

A fatwa on the absurd murder of the Russian Ambassador in Turkey | Sh.Hasan Ba Shu’aib

Shaikh Hasan Ba Shu’aib (may Allah preserve him) was asked:
Question: What is the Legislated ruling on the murder of the Russian ambassador in Turkey ? And what is the ruling on killing this ambassador as form of support for the Muslims in Syria?
Answer: “He [takes] the ruling of a disbeliever who [signed] a covenant and one who is given or has sought safety. So murdering him is considered a betrayal of the covenant due to the statement of our Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him):
‎ من قتل نفسًا معاهدًا لم يُرِحْ رائحة الجنة
Whoever kills a Mu’aahad (one who has taken a covenant) that he will not smell the scent of Paradise
The issue is one of religion and not empty zeal/enthusiasm or a violent storm of emotion” 
Translated by
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan

Abu Sulaymaan

Beware of following a position or opinion in Islaam for the mere sake of following your desire

⚠ *Beware of following a position or opinion in Islaam for the mere sake of following your desire*⚠
  *Following your desire Vs Following the Truth*


When this religion was one of ease, far removed from burden and hardship, Allaah made the Halal and the Haraam distinguishably clear. Likewise as the Messenger salallahu aleyhi wa Sallam informed, there is between the Halal and Haraam, things which are obscure and unknown to most of mankind, a relatively grey area if you like.

I wanted to address here, something which is manifestly troublesome to some Muslims. For the sake of brevity, we’ll refer to it here as “Fatwa Shopping” (though in reality it encompasses more than this). 
This affair of “Fatwa Shopping” is a main point of difference between Ahlus Sunnah wal jamaa’a and the people of innovation, who are referred to as the people of desires incidently. It is also important to note, that this is not an entirely new concept, quite the opposite, the innovators of old such as the ‘Mu’tazilah and Ashaa’ira used to search far and wide for arabic verses of poetry to aid their corrupt creed of denying Allaah’s Beautiful Names and Lofty Attributes. 

Below, I give examples for adopting a view (which is often aided by the views or statements of scholars), merely for the sake of justifying actions desired by one’s soul. The points in themselves are not necessarily right or incorrect, i.e. that is not what is intended here. 


*1) The two rakahs upon entering the masjid*
For instance, one may be too lazy to pray two rakahs upon entering the masjid. This laziness then leads him to choose the more convenient fiqh position that the 2 rakahs are recommended and not obligatory. 
*2) Shortening the beard*
One may not want to grow his beard for one reason or another. So he then adopts a fiqh position which compliments his desire, for instance Sheikh Albani’s view that a beard in excess of a fist can be trimmed.

*3) Consuming the meat of the people of the Book*
One may enjoy eating the food of McDonald’s and Pizza Hut and their likes. So then, he uptakes a position which enables him to eat there, fostering the view that they are from Ahlul Kitaab (the people of the book) and thus their meat is Halal and permissible to consume.

*4) Appearing in videos*
One may believe that he can reach greater audiences and his dawah will find more acceptance if he were to use video as a means of dawah. So he subsequently adopts the view that videos are not a form of picture taking, but is similar to a mirror reflection.

✒ So to conclude, the way of Ahlus Sunnah is that they research an affair and then act in accordance to their research outcomes. Whereas the people of desires, adopt a practice or belief first, only to go and search for proofs to support their desire-driven view later.  

⚠ *Beware of this Oh Muslim!*
Allaah says to his Prophet Dawud aleyhi Salaam in the Quran:

يَا دَاوُودُ إِنَّا جَعَلْنَاكَ خَلِيفَةً فِي الْأَرْضِ فَاحْكُم بَيْنَ النَّاسِ بِالْحَقِّ وَلَا تَتَّبِعِ الْهَوَىٰ فَيُضِلَّكَ عَن سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ 
*O Dawud! Verily We have placed you as a successor on earth, so judge between men in truth (and justice) and follow not your desire for it WILL MISLEAD you from the Path of Allah.*
_[Saad: Verse 26]_

_And Allaah’s aid is sought. Wa laa howla wa laa quwata ila Billaah._

*Written by*

_Abu Mu’aawiyah Abdullah Hassan_
_غفر الله له ولوالديه_

Pillars in the Cultivation of the Children Written By Ash Shaykh Abdurrazaq Al Abbad

The following is a translation of

الركائز في تربية الأبناء

Pillars in the Cultivation of the Children

Written By Ash Shaykh Abdurrazaq Al Abbad May Allah preserve him and forgive him.

May Allah Reward Brother Zain Abu Abdul Baree for editing the work and The noble brother Abu Sulayman Faysal for making the cover and formatting it.

Translated by Majid Jawed Al Afghanee



Toronto Dawah’s Past Efforts in Waging War Against Radicalism and Oppressive Terrorism

Toronto Dawah’s Past Efforts in Waging War Against Radicalism and Oppressive Terrorism

Being the reason we live in times of much confusion and suspicion, it is strongly incumbent upon us once again that we emphasize and stress the importance of distinguishing oneself from any group or ideology that is extreme or radical. The website TorontoDawah and its associates have taken a number of steps and methods to propagate the correct concept of Islam via means of publishing, authoring, vocal lectures and through public addresses. Unfortunately, we still may find some of the general population ruling a whole tree to be rotten due to one single apple, which is absolutely unfair and unjust since terrorism has no religion in reality. If that was the case, one could possibly use the same argument to blame the religion of Christianity for the crimes that the KKK have perpetrated throughout history. Thus, TorontoDawah has continued to print and distribute a number of pamphlets and leaflets in waging war against oppressive terrorism and unjustified violence [an example can be found on this link: http://torontodawah.com/?p=557].

Likewise, in our Friday sermons at Bukhaari Islamic Center, efforts have been made in condemning terrorist activities [for example: http://torontodawah.com/?p=6314].

Also, similar efforts have been made vocally at our conferences and seminars: http://toogl.es/#/view/W47U_dqMzQo

Bear in mind that most of our lecturers and speakers are qualified teachers from a number of Islamic schools here in Toronto, Ontario, who have much experience in educating the youth to be wary of the corrupted ideologies of ISIS and its likes.

Consequently, it is unreasonable and unjust that the salafis be held responsible for actions of others who choose to deviate from such teachings.

And our stance towards members affiliated with ISIS and its likes is that we warn against them and we announce that their harm should be reprimanded accordingly. Our dawah seeks to preserve life and security while the people of extremism choose to seek the opposite.

Along with the above, I wanted to conclude that our method of propagation is totally transparent and honest as we have nothing to hide walhamdulilah.

For any further information you may contact us at torontodawahweb@gmail.com

*حسبنا الله و نعم الوكيل*

Written by: AbuFajr AbdulFattaah bin Uthman (9/16/2016).


The ruling on telling a new Muslim that music is disliked and not haram | Sh. Abdulmuhsin al abbad

Question: If a new Muslim asks about the ruling on music, for example, should we say to him: it is disliked by way of gradually [teaching him the religion and its rulings]?
Answer: “Do not say it it is disliked. Rather, say: it is from the affairs which Islam prohibits. If he fears the new Muslim will turn away [from the religion], then it is possible that it is said to him [instead]: “leave it” or “avoid it” or “turn towards something which will benefit you”, without saying what is in opposition to the reality”.
[Sharh Sunan Abi Dawood no. 185]
Translated by
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan

Abu Sulaymaan

How Should One Interact With a Friend Who Calls Him to Evil? – Shaikh Ibn ul-‘Uthaymeen

How Should One Interact With a Friend Who Calls Him to Evil? – Shaikh Ibn ul-‘Uthaymeen
Question: The listener [to the Noor ‘ala Darb radio program] says: I have a friend who pushes me to evil. He is my friend for seven years. So what should I do with him?
Answer: “It is obligatory upon you to advise this friend who calls you to evil. If he is guided, then it is for himself and if he is not guided, then it is upon you to separate from him. This is because the Prophet (ﷺ) warned from accompanying the evil people. He (ﷺ) said:
مثل الجليس الصالح كحامل المسك إما أن يحذيك وإما أن يبيعك وإما أن تجد منه رائحة طيبة ومثل الجليس السوء كنافخ الكير إما أن يحرق ثيابك وإما أن تجد منه رائحة كريهة
The example of a good companion is like that of the musk seller. Either he will give you some musk as a gift or sell it to you or you will find a good smell from him. The example of the bad friend is like the one who blows the bellows. Either he will burn your clothes or you will find a bad smell from him
[Bukhari and Muslim]
This includes a warning from evil companions. It was also reported from the Prophet (ﷺ) that he said:
المرء على دين خليله فلينظر أحدكم من يخالل
A man follows the religion of his friend; so each one should consider whom he makes his friend [Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood (no. 4833)]
Many people are upon firmness and adhering to the religion. Then when a devil from the devils of mankind is appointed for him, from those who misguide from the straight path, perhaps he will be affected by it. And the infallible one is the one whom Allah protects/preserves [from error]”.

[Noor ‘ala Darb (no. 436)]
Translated by
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan

Abu Sulaymaan