The Bid`ah of holding banquets on birthdays celebrating the Prophet and righteous people

Question: In Tanzania we hold a banquet in a special location in our town where we gather and say: “This banquet is offered by the founder of Qaadiriyyah Tareeqah (Sufi order).”

Is this act regarded as Bid`ah (innovation in religion) or does it comply with the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him)? We do not visit the Masaajid (mosques), unless we make this banquet and recite the birth narrative of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Is there anything wrong with these practices?

Answer: No banquets were held for honoring any of the late righteous men during the lifetime of the Prophet (peace be upon him), the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet), or the Salaf (righteous predecessors… read more here.

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Ruling on following some Sufi Tariqahs such as Al-Shaadhiliyyah

Question: Is there any harm if a Muslim follows the Tareeqah (Sufi order) ascribed to shaykh `Abd Al-Qaadir or Aboo Al-Hasan Al-Shaadhlee? Is it a Sunnah (a commendable act) or a Bid`ah (innovation in religion)?

Answer: It is narrated by ‘Aboo Daawood and other Compilers of the Sunan on the authority of Al-`Irbaad Ibn Saariyah who said… read more here.

Invalidity of the permission granted by a shaykh to his follower and claiming so

Question: Some Sufis say that the permission granted by one of their shuyookh to his disciple is done by saying: “O Follower, I permit you to recite in His remembrance ‘Laa Ilaaha Illaa Allaah’ (There is no deity except Allaah) 140 times reported through chains of transmission to the Prophet (peace be upon him), then to Jibreel (Gabriel) and then to Allaah (Exalted be He)”.

Is this saying valid or not? Is this permission authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) or is it an act of Bid`ah (innovation in religion)?

Answer: Remembrance of Allaah (Praised be He) is to recite His Book and authentic remembrance formulas reported from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him); whether by Tasbeeh (Saying Subhaan Allah [Glory is due to Allaah]), Tahmeed (saying Al-Hamdullilaah [Praise is due to Allaah]), Takbeer (Saying Allaah Akbar [Allaah is Most Great]) or Tahleel (Saying La Ilaaha Illaa Allaah [There is no deity except Allaah]), as has been ordained by Allaah and recommended by His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)… read more here.

Falsity of claiming that Thikr is better than the obligatory Salaah and refuting it

Question: Some Sufis say that Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) is better than the obligatory Salaah. Allah says: …and the remembering (praising) of (you by) Allaah (in front of the angels) is greater Is Thikr of Allaah better than Salaah as they say?

Answer: Allaah orders us to offer Thikr. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: O you who believe! Remember Allaah with much remembrance. And glorify His Praises morning and afternoon [the early morning (Fajr) and ‘Asr prayers]. He (Exalted be He) points out that hearts receive tranquility and rest by remembering Him… read more here.

Is the dead body of a Walee (pious person) raised to heaven after his death?

Question: It is said that when a Walee (pious person) dies and is buried in a grave, the angels come to take his body out and raise it to heaven. Is this statement true?

Answer: No, it is not true. Rather, the soul is raised to heaven and its doors will be opened if the soul belongs to a believer… read more here.

Ruling on following Sufi Tariqahs spreading in our times

Question: What is the opinion of your Eminence on the current widespread Tareeqahs (Sufi orders) like Al-Naqshabandiyyah, Al-Qaadiriyyah. In our land in the Far Maghrib, Sufi orders like Al-Jilaniyyah Al-Tijaniyyah, Al-Harqawiyyah, Al-Wazzaniyyah, Al-Dilaaniyyah, Al-Nasiriyyah, Al-`Alawiyyah, Al-Kattaniyyah, and many others exist. They recite almost the same Wird (practice of repeating the Name of Allaah, and a set of invocations assigned to the Mureed by his shaykh or deputy as a liturgy of communion).

In the morning and evening Wird, they recite prayers of forgiveness a hundred times and invoke Allah’s peace and blessings upon the Prophet a hundred times using any formula of Thikr. They also recite ‘laa Ilaaha Illaa Alalah’ (there is no god in truth but Allaah) a hundred times. They perform Salaah (Prayer) on time as it is an essential requirement for reception of Wird. Some Scholars of Al-Ikhwaan Al-Muslimoon (the Muslim Brotherhood) say: “Any one who follows any of the Sufi orders is a Mubtadi’ (one who introduces a rejected innovation in religion) and a Mushrik (polytheist) as no Sufi orders existed during the time of the Prophet and his Sahaabah (Companions).

Please, give an elaborate answer on this issue, for ascribing people to polytheism is seriously dangerous; polytheists are denied Paradise and consigned to hell-fire.

Answer: The Shuyookh of Sufi Tareeqahs (orders) are well-known for their ascetic practices and devoutness. However, superstitions and Bid`ahs (innovations in religion) creep into their rituals and ceremonial practices like the Bid`ah of repeated mentioning of the proper Name of Allaah and His Attributes saying… read more here.

Islaam does not tolerate Sufi Tariqahs

Question: What is the Islaamic viewpoint on the existence of Tareeqahs (Sufi orders) like Al-Shaadhooliyyah and Al-Khalwatiyyah, etc.? If they are tolerated, what is the evidence in support of them? What is the meaning of Allaah’s saying: “And verily, this (i.e. Allaah’s Commandments mentioned in the above two Verses 151 and 152) is My Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path. This He has ordained for you that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious – see V.2:2).” ?

Also, what is the interpretation of His Saying: And upon Allaah is the responsibility to explain the Straight Path. But there are ways that turn aside (such as Paganism, Judaism and Christianity). And had He willed, He would have guided you all (mankind). What are the ways that turn aside?

What is the Straight Path of Allaah? What is the interpretation of the Saying of the Messenger (peace be upon him) in the Hadeeth narrated by Ibn Mas`ood: He (peace be upon him) drew a line and said: This is the way of guidance. Then, he (peace be upon him) drew other lines; on the right and the left and said: These are ways on each one of them there is a devil who calls to it. ?

Answer: The Tareeqah (Sufi orders) you mentioned are not recognized in Islaam nor are the likes of it. The only recognized way in Islaam is that mentioned in the two Aayaat (Qur’aanic Verses) and in the Hadeeth you mentioned. These orders find some repulsive implication in the Saying of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)… read more here.

Religion of Sufism: Pledges, Calling onto Husayn, Zaynab, Badawee, Awliyaa, the Messenger of Allaah

Question: The shaykhs of Sufi Tariqahs (orders) are found in some countries; they give pledges to their disciples, and those who take the pledge should never break it. They decide on nights for congregational Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) with specific names, such as: Allaah, Hayy (Ever-Living), Qayyoom (the One who sustains and protects everything), or Ah in the form of circles or lines, standing or sitting.

They sway to the right and left, and a group of them chant praising the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the rest of the prophets and righteous people, usually accompanied with drums, tambourines and Mizmaar. Some of the attendees pay money known as Nuqtah. Sometimes, there are no tambourines, Mazaamir or Nuqtah.

The chanters say, “O, Sayyidunaa Al-Husayn! Help us!

O, Sayyidah Zaynab! Help us!

O, Badawee! Help us!

O, my grandfather, the Messenger of Allaah! Help us!

O, Awliyaa’ (pious people) of Allaah! Help us!”

Some people make a vow to sacrifice a sheep, pay money and so on to Badawee, Al-Husayn, Lady Zaynab or others. A ram might be slaughtered by the shrine of the shaykh whom the vow is made to and the money put in the box at the shrine.

Are such deeds permissible or prohibited? Please advise, may Allaah reward you of the best.

Answer: First, the Muslim men and women used to pledge allegiance to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) on accepting Islaam, whether `Aqeedah (Islaamic Creed), sayings or deeds. Allaah (Exalted be He) ordered them to obey him in everything he tells them of Qur’aan and Ahaadeeth authentically reported to him… read more here.

Sufis claiming to see the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) while awake

Question: Is it true that a person can see the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) while they are awake as claimed by the Sufis?

Answer: Though the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is dead, he is alive in his grave in the sense of the Barzakh life (period between death and the Resurrection). This life is known to none but Allaah alone… read more here.

Sufis claim that, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) knew the Qur’aan before it was revealed

Question: Did the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) know the Qur’aan before it was revealed upon him as alleged by Sufis?

Answer: The Qur’aan is the word of Allaah with its letters and meanings. The first thing revealed from the Qur’aan upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was ” Iqra’ ” (read). The Qur’aan was revealed in portions for about twenty three years… read more here.

What is the ruling on the dancing, singing, and swaying of Sufis during Thikr?

Question: What is the ruling on the dancing, singing, and swaying of Sufis during what they call circles of Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah)?

Answer: The best of speech is the Book of Allaah and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The most evil of things are those which have been newly invented in religion… read more here.

Can an ordinary person receive revelation directly from Allaah?

Question: Can a person reach the degree of receiving revelation directly from Allaah while they are neither a prophet nor a messenger?

Answer: No human can receive revelation directly from Allaah whether news or legislation except the prophets and messengers (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon them), else it will be a true vision which is only seen by a pious person or someone sees it about another during sleep… read more here.

Sufi saying: “So-and-so is the owner of time and can dispose of people’s affairs”

Question: What is the meaning of this saying said by Sufis: “So-and-so is the owner of time and one of those who disposes of people’s affairs”? What is the ruling on a person who believes in this saying? Is it permissible to perform Salaah as a Ma’moom (a person being led by an Imaam in Prayer) behind this person who holds these views?

Answer: So-and-so is the owner of the time… etc. Means, there is a person who disposes the affairs of mankind by driving away their hardships, rescuing them from distress and bringing them what they want of benefits… read more here.

Are the Sufi orders such as Al-Shadhooliyyah and Al-Rifaa`iyyah following the right way?

Question: Are the Sufi orders such as Al-Shadhooliyyah and Al-Rifaa`iyyah following the right way, or are they people of division and misguidance? Is it permissible to join any of these orders?

Answer: All the orders of Sufism (rejected innovations in religion) mostly involve Bid`ah and deviate from the Sharee`ah… read more here.

What is the religious opinion on the prevailing Sufism of today?

Question: What is the religious opinion on the prevailing Sufism of today?

Answer: First, it is wrong to say: the religious opinion on…? What should be said is: What is the Islaamic ruling on…?

Second: Usually those who are called Sufis nowadays commit acts of Bid`ah (rejected innovation in religion) that leads to Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) as well as other kinds of Bid`ah… read more here.

What is the ruling of Islaam on the Sufi orders that exist today?

Question: What is the ruling of Islaam on the Sufi orders that exist today?

Answer: Working according to Bid`ah (innovations in religion) prevails in most of the Sufi orders… read more here.

Litanies and Sufi innovations

Question: What is the ruling on the Sufi orders and the litanies they recite before the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer and after the Maghrib (Sunset) Prayer?

What is the ruling on one who claims to have watched and greeted the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saying: Peace be upon you! O light of eyes and relief of souls?

Answer: The Sufi orders and the litanies are considered acts of Bid`ah (innovation in religion) like the famous religious orders of Al-Teejaaniyyah and Al-Kattaniyyah. Only litanies that conform with the Qur’aan and authentic Sunnah of the Prophet are allowed to be recited… read more here.

Sufism and the Islaamic attitude towards it

Question: The Problem of Sufism: What does it mean and what is the attitude of Islaam toward it? I mean Al-Teejaaniyyah and Al-Qaadiriyyah (a deviant sect that claims Allaah has no power over His Creation and humans are independent of Him), as well as the Shee`ah. These sects are centralized in Nigeria. For example, the Al-Teejaniyyah Sufi order has a sort of Salaah (prayer) called Bakriyyah that starts with: “O Allaah, convey Your blessings on our master Muhammad, the Opener of what is closed… As much as his great rank and high esteem.” This invocation is superior to Al-Salaah Al-Ibraheemiyyah (The invocation pronounced in the second part of Tashah-hud). We have read this (invocation) in their book titled “Jawaahir Al-Ma`aanee” (The Jewels of Meanings) Part 1, page 136. Is this correct?

Answer: It is said that Sufism is ascribed to Ahl Al-Suffah (at the time of the Prophet) who was a poor group of Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) that used to take shelter in Al-Suffah (a section inside the Prophet’s Masjid during the Prophet’s time)… read more here.

What is the reality of Sufism, and ruling upon the dome on the grave of the Prophet is no pretext

Question: What is the reality of Sufism? Does it comprise both good and bad aspects? Is Sufism completely independent from Fiqh (Islaamic jurisprudence)?

I hope Your Eminence will discuss the Sufi concept of “Al-Hadrah Al-Nabawiyyah” (seeking the presence of the Prophet). Is it a proper practice?

We have in Sudan some Sufi men who take the dome built on the grave of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) as evidence for the permissibility of building domes on graves. What is the Islaamic ruling on this?

What is the reality of the Sufi concepts of Ghawth (spiritual helper), Qutb (spiritual pole) and Rijaal Al-Kawn (Men of the Universe)?

Answer: First, you may consult the books “Madaarij As-Salikeen” by Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah, and the book “Haathihee Hiya Al-Soofiyyah” (Such is Sufism) by `Abd Ar-Rahmaan Al-Wakeel for information on Sufi-related inquiries… read more here.

Adhering to the Sunnah

Question: Recently, I have grown my beard, began to offer the obligatory Salaah (Prayer) and adhered to Sunnah. In our village, people consider those who adhere to Sunnah as extremists. When I try to convince them, they say, “Ruined are Al-Mutanatti‘oon (extremists, exaggerators)”. Who are the Mutanatti‘oon? Is adhering to the Sunnah a kind of extremism?

Answer: I thank Allaah (Exalted be He) that He has guided you to the Truth and I thank Him that He has helped you act according to it… read more here.

Wahabiyyah and Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abd Al-Wahhaab

Question: Some people told me that there is a thing called “Wahabiyyah”, but I explained to them that there is no such thing called “Wahabiyyah”; that this is merely a name given by those who claim to be Ashraf (Muslim descendants from the Prophet’s family) to turn people away from the reformative call. Yet, one of them retorted saying that Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd Al-Wahhaab (may Allaah be merciful to him) was indeed a religious reformer, but he deviated from the right path at the end of his life, for he denied some of the authentic Ahaadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) because they did not agree with his viewpoints. What is your answer on that?

Answer: Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd Al-Wahhaab (may Allaah be Merciful with him) was indeed one of the great callers to Salafiyyah (following the way of the righteous predecessors), and to the sound ‘Aqeedah (creed) and the morally correct, upright method. His books abound with these aspects… read more here.

Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah as one of Ahlus-Sunnah

Question: Some people claim that Ibn Taymiyyah does not belong to Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream). They further claim that he is astray and leading people astray. The same was adopted by Ibn Hajar (Al-Haythamee) and other scholars. Is such a claim truthful or not?

Answer: Undoubtedly, Shaykh Ahmad ibn ‘Abd Al-Haleem ibn Taymiyyah is one of the ‘A`immah of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa‘ah who called people to the truth and to the right path, through whom Allaah supported the Sunnah and subdued the people of Bid‘ah (innovation in religion) and perversity… read more here.

Witnessing against all nations on the Day of Resurrection

Question: Is it one of the merits of this Ummah (nation) that it will bear witness against all nations on the Day of Resurrection?

Answer: Yes, it is… read more here.

The best book on the true `Aqeedah

Question: What is the best book on Tawheed (monotheism) and `Aqeedah (creed) and how can a person get that?

Answer: The greatest and best book to clarify the sound `Aqeedah (creed) is the Glorious Book of Allaah, the Qur’aan, then the Hadeeth of His Messenger (peace be upon him). The following is a list of some of the most beneficial books on this subject… read more here.

Useful books on Fiqh, `Aqeedah and Seerah

Question: Please, inform us of the useful Islaamic books that we may refer to in matters related to `Aqeedah (Islaamic creed), Fiqh (Islaamic jurisprudence), and authentic books of Seerah (biography of the Prophet).

Answer: You should first refer to the Noble Qur’aan and the books of Sunnah like the Two Saheeh (authentic) Books of Hadeeth (i.e. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) and the Sunan (Hadeeth compilations by Aboo Daawood, Al-Tirmithee, Al-Nasaa’ee and Ibn Maajah)… read more here.

Some useful books for understanding religion

Question: What are the useful books that Muslims should read to understand their religion?

Answer: You should read the Noble Qur’aan; the books of Sunnah such as: Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree, Saheeh Muslim and the four Sunan (Hadeeth compilations classified by jurisprudential themes… read more here.

Advice for those who wish to adopt a suitable methodology to study `Aqeedah

Question: I want to adopt a suitable methodology to study ‘Aqeedah (creed), especially after I have learned about the Pillars of Islaam, such as Salaah (Prayer) and Sawm (Fast). I thank Allaah for I also studied the books of “Tawheed” (Monotheism) by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Al-Wahhaab and “Al-Waasitiyyah” by the Shaykh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah. Would you recommend a proper methodology that would help me pursue a serious study?

Answer: May Allaah increase your deep insight and knowledge! We recommend reading the books of the Salaf (righteous predecessors) on `Aqeedah, among which are what you have already mentioned in your question in addition to the explanatory books… read more here.

Books on `Aqeedah which the Permanent Committee recommends reading

Question: What are the useful books for understanding `Aqeedah (Creed)?

Answer: Books that are useful for understanding `Aqeedah and similar topics vary according to the readers’ understanding, cultures, and educational levels. Thus, each person seeking to read in this field should ask the advice of scholars who are aware of their status, aptitude and assimilation of knowledge… read more here.

Two books of Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah: “Minhaaj As-Sunnah” and “Sharh Hadeeth Al-Nuzool”

Question: What is your opinion on the two books “Minhaaj As-Sunnah” and “Sharh Hadeeth Al-Nuzool” written by the Shaykh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah be merciful to him)??

Answer: These two books are among the best books available today. They provide authentic information, evidence, good presentation and are very powerful in terms of supporting truth, refuting falsehood and correctness and authenticity of ‘Aqeedah (creed)… read more here.

What is Wahhabism ?

Question: What is Wahhabism ?

Answer: Wahhbism is the term which the enemies of Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abd Al-Wahhaab (may Allaah be merciful to him) gave to his call to purify Tawheed (islaamic monotheism) from all forms of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) and to renounce all the ways except that of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)… read more here.

The meaning of the Hadeeth: “I asked of my Rabb three things”

Question: What is the meaning of the Hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him):

I asked of my Rabb, the Glorified and Exalted, three things; He granted me two, but refused me one. I asked my Rabb not to destroy us by that with which He destroyed the nations before us and He granted me this; I asked my Rabb, the Glorified and Exalted, not to make an enemy from outside us triumph over us, and He granted me this; and I asked my Lord not to cover us with confusion (make us break) into warring sects, but He refused me this. ?

Answer: This Hadeeth was reported by Al-Tirmithee who said: it is Hasan Saheeh (good authentic Hadeeth). It was also reported by Al-Nasaa’ee and this is the wording of Al-Nasaa’ee. It was also reported by Muslim on the authority of Thawbaan (may Allaah be pleased with him)… read more here.

Meaning of the Hadeeth: “Islaam began as a stranger (Ghareeb)…”

Question: I hope your eminence will explain the meaning of the following Hadith of Allaah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): Islaam started as a stranger (ghareeb) and it will return a stranger as it has started.

Does this Hadeeth mean that Islaam will restore its glory, supremacy and power achieved at the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or the opposite?

Considering the following Hadeeth of Allaah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): The best of people are my generation (or my century), then those who come after them, then those who come after them.

The apparent meaning of the previous Hadeeth indicates that the best century is the one in which the noble Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) lived. No other generation will be as good as it was.

Yet, the first Hadeeth: “Islaam started as a stranger…” indicates through the words: “as it has started” at its end that Islaam will return as it was before during the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and mutual love and affection will prevail among all Muslims once more. But the current situation of the Muslims is different from that.

Muslims fight one another and there are divisions among them. Their rulers oppress religious people. The whole society mocks religious people and fights them.

The Western countries invade Muslim countries through their destructive cultures and ideologies that do not fit Muslim societies. Many Muslim women adopt their revealing clothing styles and go out displaying their beauty and charms.

I hope you will explain this in detail. I appreciate your advice. May Allaah reward and help you.

Answer: The meaning of the Hadeeth: is that Islaam first started as a lone stranger when the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) began calling people to embrace it. They did not respond to him, except one, then another… read more here.

Hadeeth: “Verily, Allaah sends for this Ummah at the head of every hundred years the one who renews for it its religion”

Question: I heard a Hadeeth in which the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) stated: “Verily, Allaah sends for this Ummah (nation) at the head of every hundred years the one who reforms for it the matters of its religion.” I have some inquires regarding this Hadeeth.

A- What are the Sanad (chain of narrators) and the correct Matn (text) of this Hadeeth? Who among the Companions narrated it?
B- What are the characteristics of the meant reformers, if it is possible?
C- What is the meaning of (reforming the matters of religion) when the Prophet (peace be upon him) left us on absolute clear guidance?
D- How can we know these reformers?
E- Is it true that these reformers are raised at the end of the twelfth year of every Hijree (lunar) century?

Answer: First: The above Hadeeth is narrated by Aboo Daawood in his Sunan on the authority of Sulaymaan ibn Daawood Al-Mahree who said: `Abd Allaah ibn Wahb informed me on the authority of Sa`eed ibn Ayyoob from Sharaaheel ibn Yazeed Al-Mu‘aafiree from Aboo ‘Alqamah from Aboo Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said… read more here.

The way to achieve Muslim unity

Question: How can we achieve Muslim unity within the Islaamic world of today when there are daily crimes committed by Muslims against their Muslim brothers? For example, there is daily news about the inner struggle taking place inside the Palestine Liberation Organization, the problems between Iraq and Iran, in addition to other conflicts in the rest of our disunited Arab Ummah (nation) which agreed not to agree on anything.

Answer: Muslim unity can be achieved by adhering to the principles which achieved unity during the lifetime of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)… read more here.

Advice to the Muslim living in an irreligious society

Question: What advice can you give me when I am living in this age teeming with heresies, atheism, corruption and forsaking of prayers? May Allaah reward you with the best reward.

Answer: We advise you to fear Allaah as He should be feared and we give you the same piece of advice that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) gave to Huthayfah ibn Al-Yammaan. It was authentically reported that Huthayfah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said… read more here.

The duty of a Muslim in Jaahilee (irreligious) societies

Question: What is the duty of a faithful Muslim who lives in a Jaahilee (irreligious) society where no religious scholars or Islaamic movements exist? He cannot compare between the existing religious groups to know which is adhering to the Qur’aan and the Sunnah and which is not. So what is the role of a Muslim feeling such helplessness while living in a wolfish world?

Answer: A Muslim should learn from religious matters what enable him to have sure knowledge of the religion of Islaam and invite others as well to goodness, as far as ability allows. It is not obligatory on a Muslim to seek what is beyond his capability of knowledge, based on the general evidences indicative of the easiness of Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law), including Allaah’s Saying (which means)… read more here.

Meaning: As-Salafiyyah

Question: What is “As-Salafiyyah”? What do you think of it?

Answer: As-Salafiyyah (Salafism) is a term derived from the word “Salaf”, which refers to the righteous predecessors of the first three generations of Muslims which include the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet), Taabi‘oon (Followers, the generation after the Companions of the Prophet) and Tabi‘ Al-Taabi‘oon (Successors, the generation after the Taabi‘oon)… read more here.

Meaning: The Salaf and The Salafiyyoon

Question: What is the explanation of the word “Salaf” and who are “Al-Salafiyyoon”? Could you give me an abstract of “Al-‘Aqeedah Al-Waasitiyyah” book? What is the interpretation of the first five Aayaat of Soorah Al-Kahf?

Answer: “Salaf” are Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) who are the followers of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) such as the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet, may Allaah be pleased with them) and those who follow in their footsteps until the Day of Resurrection… read more here.