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What Aboo Haneefah’s Critics Said About Him

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , on July 15, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

Because of Imaam Aboo Haneefah’s high standing, many laid severe criticism of him and many have fabricated statements to the scholars which show they had a hatred for Imaam Aboo Haneefah as well.

Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadee relates statements from a variety of scholars, statements that accuse Aboo Haneefah of being weak in the knowledge of hadeeth and of having access to only a small number of hadeeths. For example he relates the following four narrations:

Ibn Mubaarak said, “Aboo Haneefah was an orphan in hadeeth.”

Yahyaa Ibn Sa’eed Al-Qattaan said, “He was not one of the people of hadeeth.”

Imaam Ahmad said, “Indeed he has with him neither opinion, nor hadeeth.”

Aboo Bakr Ibn Abee Daawood said, “All of the hadeeth that have been related from Aboo Haneefah do not exceed 150 in number, and even in half of those he erred.

Because of his many deductions, some spiteful critics have said, “He is the most ignorant of people regarding what has occurred, and the most knowledgeable regarding that which has not occurred.

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Sh. ‘Abdul-Muhsin’s Unity With Sh. Al-Albaanee Despite Their Differences

Posted in Killing The Fitna with tags , , , , , , , on May 4, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Shaykh ‘Abdul-Muhsin’s states:

“From the scholars of our time is As-Shaykh, Al-‘Allaamah, Al-Muhaddith Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaani. I do not know of anyone like him in our time who had such a painstaking and meticulous (interest and service to) hadeeth. Nor do I know of anyone else who had such a vast knowledge of hadeeth. However, he was not free from some (opinions in matters of fiqh) that are considered by many to be mistakes. Such as:

1) His keen interest in the issue of hijaab, and his opinion that it is not waajib for the woman to cover her face rather it is only mustahabb for her to do so. Even if what he said were true, then it would be a truth better concealed because some women would use it as a pretext to uncover themselves.

2) Likewise, the Shaykh’s opinion that is mentioned in Sifatu Salaat An-Nabiyy (saw): “Placing the hands upon the chest after ruku’ is a bid’ah and a going astray.” However this is a mas-alah ikhtilaafiyyah (i.e. there is difference of opinion amongst the scholars about this issue and taking the other opinion doesn’t constitute a bid’ah and a going astray).

3) Also, what the Shaykh mentioned in Silsilat-ul-Ahadeeth Ad-Da’eefah that not cutting off from your beard what exceeds the length of your fist is a bid’ah idaafiyyah (i.e. something that has a basis in the Sunnah but is distorted in such a way that it became a bid’ah).

4) Also, the Shaykh said that it is haraam for women to wear gold if the item of jewelry forms a complete circle (i.e. such as a ring or a bangle).

Despite the fact that I disagree with the Shaykh’s opinions in these issues, I cannot do without his books and the benefits that they contain, nor can anyone else (i.e. from the students of knowledge or the scholars). Imam Maalik made a wonderful statement when he said: “Everyone’s opinion’s may be accepted or rejected, except the (the statements of) the one buried over there.” – and then he pointed to the grave of the Prophet (saw).”

[Taken from “People Of The Sunnah be Kind Towards One Another”, by Shaykh ‘Abdul-Muhsin, p.31, translated by Shaykh Aboo Rumaysah]

Ibn Hazm’s Advice To Students Of Knowledge: Self Admiration

Posted in Brothers Base, Knowledge, Words Of Wisdom with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Hazm said:

“Whoever is tested with self-admiration, let him think of his faults; if he admires his virtues, let him think of his bad manners and attitude. If he cannot find any, to the point that he thinks that he has no faults, then he should realise that his problem is chronic and that he is the most imperfect of men, and he has the most faults and least discernment. That is because he is feeble-minded and ignorant, and there is no fault worse than these two, because the wise man is the one who can see faults in himself and tries to overcome them, whereas the foolish man is the one who is ignorant of his own faults.

If you admire your opinions, then think of the number of times you got it wrong; remember them and do not forget them. Think of every time you expressed your opinions and it turned out to be wrong, and someone else got it right and you were mistaken.

If you admire your knowledge, then remember that it is not from yourself; rather it is a pure gift from Allaah (swt) that was given to you by your Lord, so do not respond to it in a way that angers Him, for He may cause you to forget it by means of a problem with which He may test you, which my result in you forgetting what you have learned and memorised.

If you are impressed by your brothers’ praise for you, the think of the criticism of your enemies; then your self-admiration will disperse. If you have no enemies, there is nothing good in you; there is no one whose status is lower than the one who has no enemy. It is no more than the status of the one who has no blessing from Allaah (swt) for which he is to be envied, may Allaah keep us safe and sound. If you think little of your faults, then think of them if people found out about them. Imagine people finding out about them, then you will be embarrassed and will recognise your shortcomings.”

[Al-Akhlaaq Was-Siyar, p. 71]

The Causes Behind Ahlul Ra’y Coming To Surface

Posted in Hadith Studies with tags , , , on September 20, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Shaykh Mashhoor stated:

“New things and circumstances emerged which led to the fissure between the madhhab of Ahlul Hadeeth and the madhhab of the jurists.

We said in Madeenah for example there remained inherited actions which were present during the time of the revelation, contrary to what was present in al-‘Iraaq wherein there was no inherited action.

‘Iraaq was conquered during the time of ‘Umar and therein people found things which were distant from the revelation and it was difficult to find a text which concurred with their dealings, customs and mustajadaat (acquisitions), thus Ra’y (opinion) overcame those lands.”

The shaykh says elsewhere in his book:

“Those who carry the Sharee’ah are of two types: Ahl Ar-Riwaayah and Ahl Ad-Diraayah, the former are the muhaddithoon (scholars of hadeeth) while the latter refers to the jurists (scholars of fiqh).

In the first and second generations, both Ahl Ar-Riwaayah and Ahl Ad-Diraayah were combined, and we mentioned that the view to follow Ra’y (opinion) and rulings on a newly important issue was well-known among Ahl Al-Hijaaz and Koofah.

However, the people of Koofah and ‘Iraaq inherited strange new matters as opposed to the people of Madeenah, hence there was juridical vastness in ‘Iraaq and this did not occur in Madeenah due to their lack of a need for that there.

Then later, this became a manhaj which they (the people of ‘Iraaq) adhered to especially after the Mu’tazilah mixed with Al Ar-Ra’y (the people of opinion), as most of the Mu’tazilah are Hanafee in their fiqh madhhan of the subsidiary matters.”

[Taken from “The Madhhab Of Ahlul Hadeeth” by Shaykh Mashhoor, p. 38]

The View Of The Majority Of Scholars On Hypothetical Fiqh Issues

Posted in Methodology Of The Salaf with tags , , , , , , , on August 30, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

1) If Zayd Ibn Thaabit (ra) would be asked regarding an issue, he would first ask, “Has it occurred?” And if they answered no, he would say, “Then leave it until it occurs.

2) ‘Abdul Maalik Ibn Mirwaan asked Ibn Shihaab about a matter and the latter asked, “Did this happen O leader of the believers?

He said, “No.

So Shihaab answered, “Then leave it, for when it comes to pass, Allaah will give us a way out.

3) On one occasion when Imaam Maalik was ased about an issue he gave the answer to his students, but when one of his students said, “Suppose that it occurred in this way.

Imaam Maalik became very angry and said, “Are you one of the ‘Supposers’? Did you come here from Iraaq?

4) Ash-Sha’bee said, “Nothing was more hated to me than ‘suppose’.”

5) Imaam Maalik once said, “People used to give verdicts only for what they heard and knew, and the talk that is prevalent among people today did not exist.

By this, he was referring to the many hypothetical issues that were being discussed.

Indulging In Hypothetical Fiqh Issues, By Shaykh Mashhoor

Posted in Hadith Studies, Methodology Of The Salaf with tags , , , , , , , on August 20, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Shaykh Mashhoor states:

“Ahlul Hadeeth dislike doubts and hypothetical issues and matters which have not yet occurred… The Madhhab of Ahlul Hadeeth is to worship Allaah, not a Madhhab of imaginary issues which is closer to philosophy.

It is relayed from Zayd Ibn Thaabit, Mu’aadh Ibn Jabal and other Companions that if they were asked about issues which had not yet occurred, they would respond saying: “Leave the issue until it actually happens.

This was due to their dislike of Ra’y and Qiyaas. There is no need for doubtful matters, hypothetical scenarios and imaginary circumstances and possibilities.

For example, look at the Hawaashee (marginal notes) of some Shaafi’ee jurists to Tuhfatul Muhtaaj, for they mention possibilities which are impossible to arise! To the extent that I even found in some marginal notes to Tuhfatul Muhtaaj wherein they say:

“If a man’s penis is split into different parts and a part of it commits unlawful sexual intercourse, and another part did not and another part did something else – what should be the Hadd punishment of the man?”

What is this?! All of this is imaginary which is impossible to actually occur!

The Madhhab of Ahlul Hadeeth is that they dislike indulging in Ra’y and they seek knowledge for practical intents as a methodology in life with which to worship Allaah.”

[Taken from “The Madhhab Of Ahlul Hadeeth” p.78]

Book: The Creed Of The Four Imaams

Posted in 'Aqeedah, Books (pdf's, html's & doc's) with tags , , , , , , , on March 3, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

The Creed Of The Four Imaams

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