‘Burnout’: Part 1

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh,

(I have posted many videos and sincerely implore all of you to watch them insha Allah. They are not too long – an average of 5 mins or less for each video)

A few days ago, I emailed a sister back in Singapore for advice on some things that had been bothering me for a long time. A year ago, she was in my shoes too, experienced similar issues and since she had no one to turn to, she blogged about it and I had been the one comforting her then. Al-hamdulillah, I’m glad I have someone I could relate to.

Like her, I’m reaching to that point of wanting to explode from seeing so much fitnah in the Ummah just from the behaviour of these so-called Salafis. Don’t miscontrue my words to mean that I am saying the Creed of Salafus as Salih is a fitnah but it’s the behaviour and their form of harsh Da’wah that really puts me off. It is such an irony that adhering to this Creed means you are following the Sunnah of the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi salam closely, but what happened to following the Prophet’s way of advising others?

When I was still learning the basics of Islam couple of years ago, a brother introduced to us (he took upon himself to teach us Islam then) this term ‘Salafi’. It should not be confused as a new sect but simply adhering to the understanding of the Sahabah and three pious generations of the past. Slowly, we were introduced to the ‘Salafi’ community.

One thing I noticed and particularly dislike is the harsh way of giving da’wah. I can’t remember exactly what happened in the past but after feeling overwhelmed by people trying to impose their knowledge on me, my immediate response was to tell them to leave me alone so that I can learn Islam at my own pace. Al-hamdulillah, He did not leave me entirely on my own. I met a group of sisters later on the Manhaj and they taught me about this Creed without adopting that manner of ‘forcing down my throat‘.

What saddens me the most is that within this ‘Salafi community’ itself, our own Muslim brothers and sisters are quick to make judgement against another. In the lecture above, Imam Shakeel mentioned that these ‘so-called’ Salafis have a checklist of things a Salafi should be and as long as one of the ‘boxes’ are not ticked means you are ‘off the manhaj‘.

I remember my experience of being involved in a Da’wah room with a few brothers and sisters a few years ago. A brother came in to ask whether we are on Qur’an and Sunnah. We replied that all of us are and he said, “Are you a Salafi?”. A sister then explained that although we adhere to the creed of Salafus as Salih, we rather call ourselves ‘Muslims’ because our Prophet sallallahu alayhi salam never called himself a ‘Salafi’. His immediate reply was: “You’re a kafir for not calling yourself a Salafi”. He went on and on about how we are not differentiating ourselves from the ‘Ahlul Bidaah’ and because of that we are ‘all kafirs‘. I can’t recall how many times I’ve been called a ‘Kafir‘ by these people who supposedly follow Prophet’s Sunnah.

Personally, I have no objection towards calling oneself a ‘Salafi’ but it is preferable to me that we call ourselves Muslim, one who submits to Him. Sheikh Albaani (rahimullah) said we can call ourselves ‘Salafi’ but it is not a must. How does this then make us Kafirs? Scholars have said differently from these laymen who twisted the words to fit their own understanding! There are actually more people like him who are quick to make takfir on others just because of their narrow mindedness which reminds me of the Khawarij who calls anyone a kafir for committing a sin.

I have also seen amongst the Salafi sisters who have chosen to bicker over matters of Khilaf. Leave it to the scholars for goodness sake! I remember that we used to have a rather close sisterhood back then and one of the reasons everyone broke apart was because they could not agree on a particular fiqh issue. (I was still learning the Manhaj then so no one would take my word seriously when it comes to the Deen anyway). One sister would bring daleel from Imam Abu Hanifa (rahimullah) and the other would take from a different Imam and they would argue over who is correct. Obviously, they could not come to consensus because both have already agreed that they themselves are correct in that matter. Also, there are some who become so strict in their Deen that anyone who doesn’t agree on the same things would be abandoned. La Hawla wala quwata illah billah!!

In the lecture I have posted above, Imaam Shakeel mentioned about our two contemporary scholars – Sheikh Albaani and Sheikh Bin Baaz (May Allah have mercy on them) – having different fatwas on a particular issue and nonetheless had such great respect for one another. Don’t forget as well that Imaam Shafiee (rahimullah) was a student of Imaam Malik (rahimullah) and despite that, both have differences in opinion.  And how about the Sahabas (May Allah be pleased with them)? They, too, differed in matters of Fiqh. But did they abandon each other? Any words of disrespect for another? None! In fact, they held each other in high regards.

How is it that most of us who are not even students of knowledge, have not even memorised a small portion of the Qur’an let alone understand the Arabic language fully and yet are quick to make judgements like as though we are scholars! How arrogant can one be in behaving in such manner!

…continue Part 2

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4 thoughts on “‘Burnout’: Part 1

  1. Salam ‘alaik sister. I do have the same opinion as you, regarding this matter. It reminds me of the lessons that I’ve taken at school last year. Lessons about some beliefs, which are quite different from what we hold. Some have even come to extreme level, where they are allowed to kill others who are not in the same line as these believers, even they are Muslims. They even easily call other Muslims as kafr. Masha Allah.(Just want to share)
    Another thing is that, about da’wah. I totally dislike some people who maybe look very religious physically, but like to use sarcastic words when seeing other Muslims, who does not dress up properly. I believe that, those sarcasms won’t help those who lose their path to realize their mistakes, instead they must have a bad thought towards Islam.
    Talking about Da’wah, I’m now reading a novel, ‘tautan hati’ by Fatima Syarha. I haven’t finished reading it, but I was mesmerized by the way the characters in the story carry out da’wah. So polite and delicate. and never ever hurt others. this author has lighted up my spirit as mujahidah, and undoubtly, this passion to continue carrying Prophet Muhammad’s p.b.u.h. responsibility, is from Allah. sorry for the long comment. =)

    • Wa alaik salam wa Rahmatullaah Sis Syahirah!

      Jazakillah khayr for sharing with me! Unfortunately, such people still exist actually..It’s scary when you come to think of it that having a different opinion from their group would mean they are entitled to kill you. Subhan Allah.. May Allah protect us from such evil!

      You raised a good point sis! I’ve come across of some who would deride sisters who don’t cover their aurat properly. Actually, it’s a form of riya’ especially if they think that just because they are covered properly, they are better than others. And like you said, when they pass bad remarks, these people will actually turn away from Islam instead of being attracted to the teachings. You should take a look at the article taken from SaifulIslam which I linked in my ‘Burnout’ : Part 3. The Ustad mentioned that as a result of such people’s actions, people start turn away from Islam.

      Oo.. Fatima Syarha.. Isn’t she one of the writers in Solusi? (Btw, do you read solusi? :)) I love her articles.. was just browsing Solusi when I came across an article by her. I always believe that we should be soft in giving da’wah just like how our Prophet sallallahu alayhi salam was! Al-hamdulillah, I hope this will ignite your passion to spread the message of Islam! Just like how you are doing on your blog masha Allah! Please keep it up! 🙂 (It’s ok for the long comment, my comments are long winded too lol)

  2. Salam, just to share.. a post from a friend who’s studying at the Islamic University of Madinah

    Question:

    We want to know what Salafiyyah is as a manhaj (path or methodology), and can we claim to belong to it? Can we criticise those who do not belong to it or who object to the word Salafi and so on?.

    Answer:

    Praise be to Allaah.

    The Salafis are the followers of the way of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) and his Companions, because they are the ones who came before us (the Salaf) and who advanced ahead of us, so their followers are the Salafis.

    With regard to taking Salafiyyah as a path or methodology which a person follows and regards as misguided those Muslims who differ with him, even if they are following the truth, and taking Salafiyyah as a partisan path is undoubtedly contrary to Salafiyyah.

    All of the Salaf or early generations called for unity and harmony around the Sunnah of the Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) and did not regard as misguided those who differed with them with on the basis of their understanding and interpretation, except when it came to matters of ‘Aqeedah or beliefs, because they regarded those who differed with them in these matters as misguided. But with regard to practical issues they were often easy-going.

    But some of those who followed the path of Salafiyyah in modern times started to regard as misguided everyone who differed from them, even if that person was correct, and some of them adopted a partisan approach like that of other parties which claimed to belong to the religion of Islam.

    This is something that is to be denounced and cannot be approved of, and it should be said to these people:

    Look at the way of the righteous early generation (al-salaf al-saalih), what did they used to do?

    Look at their way and how open hearted they were in the case of differences in which ijtihaad is justified (and differences of opinion are allowed). They even used to differ concerning major issues, matters of belief and practical issues.

    You will find some of them, for example, denying that the Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) saw his Lord, whereas others say that he did see Him.

    You will see some of them saying that what will be weighed on the Day of Resurrection is deeds, whereas others will say that it is the books of deeds that will be weighed.

    You will also see them differing a great deal with regard to matters of Fiqh having to do with marriage, shares of inheritance, buying and selling, and other issues. Yet despite all that they did not regard one another as misguided.

    Salafiyyah in the sense of being a particular party with its distinguishing characteristics and in which the members regard everyone else as misguided, these people have nothing to do with Salafiyyah at all.

    As for the Salafiyyah which means following the path of the Salaf in belief, word and deed, in calling for unity and harmony and mutual compassion and love, as the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “The likeness of the believers in their mutual love, mercy and compassion is that of a single body; when one part of it is suffering the rest of the body joins it in fever and staying awake” — this is the true Salafiyyah. End quote.

    Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him).

    Liqaa’aat al-Baab al-Maftooh, 3/246

    • Wa alaik salam wa Rahmatullaah Brother Redtide,

      Masha Allah! JazakAllahu Khair for sharing! Subhan Allah! I think I will share this insha Allah.. Really appreciate this. May Allah reward you!

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