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How The Orientalists Plot Against Islaam

Posted in Brothers Base, Knowledge, Miscellaneous, Politics with tags , , , , , on August 20, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

Some Muslims have been deceived by the guise of ‘scholarly research’, which the enemies of Islaam use as a front for their nefarious activities… It is clear that some Muslims have become ensnared in their traps for one of four reasons:

1) They are ignorant of the realities of our Islamic heritage as well as of its pure sources and pristine teachings.

2) They have been deceived by the ‘scholarly research’ that the enemies of Islaam claim for themselves.

3) They desire fame, wanting to give the appearance of free and libertarian thought, after having freed themselves from the shackles of blind following, which they attribute to Islaam.

4) They are driven by deviation and desire and find no way to express their feelings except by hiding behind the shield of Orientalists and misguided Western authors who write about Islaam. [p. 36]

Those who conspire against Islaam have varied in their methods and in the execution of those methods over the centuries. When Muslims were strong, their attack took the form of intellectual and cultural invasion. When the muslims were weak, their attack took the form of military warfare, the goal of which was to annihilate all Muslims. If war did not produce fruitful results, they would resort to deception, intellectual as well as cultural warfare. Within the boundaries of Islamic territory, they would infiltrate the ranks of Muslims, disseminating morals and ideas that were contrary to the basic tenets of Islaam. [p. 475]

At the university of Edinburgh, the orientalist who was the Dean of the faculty of Islamic Studies was a Christian priest. And the Dean of Arabic Studies in Glasgow was also a priest who has been a missionary in Palestine for almost twenty years. In Oxford, the Dean of Islamic Studies was a Jew who previously worked for the British Secret Service in Libya during the second world war. [p. 44]

They (these ignorant Muslims)  hastened to accept and take from Orientalist books, being deceived into thinking that their knowledge was vast, and moreover, being deceived into thinking that they only spoke the truth. They felt that Orientalists followed a precise set of principles in their ‘scholarly research’, from which they never deviated. And this is how some Muslims came to trust the research and studies carried out by Orientalists. [p.52]

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Ash-Shaam: Then And Now

Posted in Knowledge, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

In the general masjid of Damascus, Abu Dardaa (ra) conducted a large circle of learning, one that was attended by more than 1600 students. Aboo Dardaa (ra) would teach them in groups, with each group consisting of 10 students. There was a spirit of competition in the air, with each group wanting to spend the most time with, and therefore benefit the most from, Aboo Dardaa (ra).

For his part, Aboo Dardaa (ra) was readily accessible to his students, he would often stand in a designated place in order to answer their questions about how to recite the Quraan.

Of all the Prophet’s Companions, Aboo Dardaa (ra) is deemed to have had the most influence on the inhabitants of Damascus, as he was their faqeeh and their judge.

[Ghaayatun Nihaayah Fee Tabqaat Al-Qurraa, by Ibn Al-Jawzee, p. 1607]

Studying in The West

Posted in Brothers Base, Killing The Fitna, Sisters Base with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

Shaykh ‘Abdullaah ‘Azzaam said:

“I declare it forbidden for the youth to study in the West, except if they are married. Hear it from me; it is forbidden for a youth to study in the west, unless he is married. Relay on my behalf, even if it is one fatwa: it is not allowed, not allowed, not allowed. How can one protect himself? It is impossible to protect oneself, except through marriage.

It is impossible, impossible, impossible for the unmarried person to live there, unless he is abnormal. If he is abnormal, then he might be able to live there. As for the normal human being, then how my brother? Sex is available like water, and it is allowed, according to the law, in the street, everywhere!”

[Fee Dhilaal Soorah At-Tawbah, p.12]

A Not-So-Smart Orientalists

Posted in Hadith Studies, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , on May 5, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

When a certain amount of research finally yields a theory, academia dictates that this theory must face rigorous testing. If it fails then it must be either modified and retested, or abandoned altogether.

But studies of Islaam [done by non-Muslims] are unfortunately littered with ill-conceived theories that have ascended to the point of almost becoming hard facts, even when they fail on several counts.

[For example] Professor Wensinck comments on the famous hadeeth regarding the five pillars of Islaam:

“Islaam has been built on five pillars: testifying there is no god but Allaah, performing the prayers, paying the zakaah, fasting Ramadhaan, and making the pilgrimage to the House (Ka’bah).” [Saheeh Muslim]

He views this as spurious since it contains the kaimah shahaadah (bearing testimony that there is no god but Allaah). According to his view, the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad introduced the kalimah only after coming across some Christians in Syria who employed a declaration of faith, this thieving this idea from the Christians to develop one of the core pillars of Islaam.

Confronted with the problem that the kalimah shahaadah is also part of the tashahhud in the daily prayers, Wensinck put forward another theory instead of modifying his earlier one: the prayer was standardised after the Prophet’s death [see Wensinck, Muslim Creed, p. 19-32].

Perhaps a further theory is required, since Wensinck has not explained the existence of the kalimah in the adhaan and the iqaamah, nor when these two were introduced into Islaam.

[“The History of The Quranic Text”, by M. M. Al-Azami, see preface p. xix]

The Sahaabah: A Generation Of The Quraan

Posted in Qur'an with tags , , , , , , , on November 30, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

A plethora of evidence demonstrates that the Companions actively took part in the policy of teaching the Quraan during the Madanee period. The following narrations represent, as usual, only a fraction of the evidences:

‘Ubaada Ibn As-Saamit taught the Quraan during the Prophet’s lifetime.

Ubayy also taught during the Prophet’s lifetime in Madeenah, even trekking regularly to teach a blind man in his house.

Aboo Sa’eed Al-Khudree states that he sat with a group of immigrants (muhaajiroon) while a qaari (reciter) read for them.

Sahl Ibn Sa’d Al-Ansaaree said, “The Prophet came to us while we were reciting to each other…” .

‘Uqba Ibn ‘Aamir remarked, “The Prophet came to us while we were in the mosque, teaching each other the Quraan.”

Jaabir Ibn ‘Abdillaah said, “The Prophet came to us while we were reading the Quraan, our gathering consisted of both Arabs and non-Arabs…”

Anas Ibn Maalik said, “The Prophet came to us while we were reciting, among us Arabs and non-Arabs, blacks and whites…”

Additional evidence shows that the Companion travelled beyond Madeenah to serve as instructors:

Mu’aadh Ibn Jabal was dispatched to yemen.

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The Scholars And Their Travelling For Hadeeths

Posted in Hadith Studies, Methodology Of The Salaf with tags , , , , , , on April 25, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Sa’eed Ibn Al-Musayyib once said, “I used to travel for nights and days, searching out a single hadeeth.” [Jaami’ Al-Bayaan Al-‘Ilm, 1/94]

Bishr Ibn ‘Abdullaah Al-Hadramee said, “I used to travel from one city to another, seeking out a single hadeeth that I wanted to hear.

Ash-Sha’bee related a hadeeth from the prophet (saw) and when he finished, he said to the man to whom he spoke, “You have taken it for nothing, a man used to travel for something less than this to Madeenah.” [Jaami’ bayaan Al-‘Ilm, 1/92]

The Evils Of having The Youth Detached From The Scholars, By Sh. Saalih Al-Fawzaan

Posted in Brothers Base, Knowledge with tags , , , , , , on April 24, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan mentions:

“Ignorance is prevailing amongst the adolescent concerning their religion. This is because they don’t study their religion and its sciences enough where they can distinguish between bad and good, between harmful and beneficial and between halaal and haraam.

The solution for this problem is to have the youth establish study circles with the scholars established in masjids, schools and other places. These sittings should address and clarify their problems, and clear the path in front of them. Indeed, the scholars have a great responsibility towards the youth.

However I bitterly say that there is a large gap between the scholars and the youth. The majority of the scholars are on one side and the youth are on the other.

This is from among the things that harm the youth.

Whenever the youth attach themselves to the scholars, they gain clarity concerning their affairs. On the other hand, whenever the youth are detached from the scholars, this huge deterioration occurs.”

[Taken from “Min Mushkilaat Ash-Shabaab Wa Kayfa ‘Aaleejuha Islaam” by Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan, Pp. 33-34]