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An Excerpt from: Advice Regarding the Way to Seek Knowledge by Shaikh Muhammad bin Haadee

March 1, 2014

The following is a translated excerpt from Shaikh Muhammad ibn Haadee al Madkhalee’s excellent lecture:

 

وصايا في طريقة طلب العلم

Advice Regarding the Way to Seek Knowledge (p.17-19)

 

which can be listened to and read from this link:

http://ar.miraath.net/audio/5024

 

…I direct some advice to everyone who hears it from us at this time – and you who are listening – regarding the subject of being eager to present the Mashaayikh, the teachers, and the speakers.  In reality, something which is not good has appeared among our sons (the Muslims): every one wants to say: “I brought the Shaikh to my masjid” not caring whether this (shaikh) is qualified so that knowledge can be taken from him or whether he is not qualified and knowledge is not taken from him.  All that is important (to this person) is that he brought a Shaikh.  Who is this Shaikh?  After that, look and you will find the most amazing of things.  He (the Shaikh) is either from the well-known people of innovation and desires that this person (who brought him) was ignorant of (him being from them).  So how many people have desired good but have not achieved it – as Umar – (we ask that) Allaah, the Most High, be pleased with him – said.

 

So he is ignorant of him (being from the people of innovation and desires) and he brings him to the people and perhaps he causes them to become attached to him. Then after that an attachment is formed between him and them so he leads the astray and he (the one who ignorantly brought this person to the people) is the cause of this.  And perhaps he will bring a Hizbee whom he is also ignorant of his condition so he falls into this calamity and causes others to fall into it.  And more amazing than that is that you see our sons in these times, after the ax has fallen into the head and cleaved it in two, he comes and asks (about the condition of this person).  So he is like the one who ends his recitation (of Quran) and then says: “I seek refuge with Allaah from the cursed shaytaan. In the name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy.” after he has ended his recitation.  After he has brought him (to the people) he asks about him.  This is not correct.  The affair is the opposite.  If you were wise, you would ask before you acted.  Because this is what Allaah has instructed us:

 

So know (O Muhammad – sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam) that Lâ ilâha ill-Allâh (none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh), and ask forgiveness for your sin, and also for (the sin of) believing men and believing women.”1 (47:19)

 

So He began with knowledge before statements and actions. So you must ask (about a person’s condition) before you act (by taking knowledge from them or directing the people to them).  Why is it that after you have brought him, you say: “What is his condition?”  This is not correct. So when the likes of this happen, and when deviation amongst the people happens due to this one you have brought while you didn’t know him (his state) – for the people are under your care.  So it is obligatory for you to  investigate (an individual before you put him in front of the people to teach) as our salaf used to investigate (them) in the time of good at the beginning of this ummah.

 

  The era of (Imaam) Maalik and those with him (from the scholars).  They would investigate (them).  So perhaps we can say that today is the era of widespread tribulations (fitan), of much turning about of the people, and of their changing (for the worse). What is obligatory upon us is that we have even more concern (for investigation of individuals). This affair – and I say this because it has spread in these times – that our brothers have begun to bring those who are not qualified (to teach) then they ask us about them. And they may bring to us some of the statements of these people which would make the small students of knowledge laugh.  That is because these people in reality are not qualified to have people studying under them….’

 

 

1Translation of the verse taken from: www.thenoblequran.com

Ask the People of Knowledge if you don’t know – Imaam as-Sa’dee

November 19, 2013

 

 

 

 

Imaam as-Sa’dee said in his explanation of verse:

 

 

فَاسْأَلُوا أَهْلَ الذِّكْرِ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ لا تَعْلَمُوْنَ

So ask the People of Knowledge if you do not know.” (16:43)


{ وعموم هذه الآية، فيها مدح أهل العلم، وأن أعلى أنواعه، العلم بكتاب الله المنزل. فإن الله أمر من لا يعلم، بالرجوع إليهم، في جميع الحوادث، وفي ضمنه، تعديل لأهل العلم، وتزكية لهم، حيث أمر بسؤالهم}

 

And the generality of this verse contains praise for the People of Knowledge. And that the highest category of it (knowledge) is knowledge of the revealed Book of Allaah. For indeed Allaah commanded the one who doesn’t know to return to them (the People of Knowledge) in every situation. And contained in it is praise for the People of Knowledge and tazkiyyah (purification/recommendation) for them, because He commanded that they be asked.”

 

 

Imaam as-Sa’dee also said in explanation of verse (21:7):

 

 

فَاسْأَلُوا أَهْلَ الذِّكْرِ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ لا تَعْلَمُوْنَ

So ask the People of Knowledge if you do not know.”

{وهذه الآية وإن كان سببها خاصا بالسؤال عن حالة

الرسل المتقدمين من أهل الذكر وهم أهل العلم,فإنها عامة في كل مسألة من مسائل الدين أصوله وفروعه,إذا لم يكن عند الإنسان علم منها,أن يسأل من يعلمها,ففيه الأمر بالتعلم والسؤال لأهل العلم,ولم يأمر بسؤالهم إلا لأنهم يجب عليهم التعليم والإجابة عما علموه}

 

 

This verse, even though the reason for it was specifically to ask about the case of the previous Messengers from the People of the Reminder – and they are the People of Knowledge, then indeed it is general for every matter from the matters of the religion – its foundations and its branches – when a person doesn’t have knowledge about it, he asks the one who knows it. So in this is the command to learn from and ask the People of Knowledge. And He didn’t command that they be asked except because it is obligatory upon them to teach and answer with what they know”

Shaikh Abdul Muhsin al Abbaad answers a question

April 1, 2012

http://www.albaidha.net/vb/showthread.php?t=26683

السؤال: انتشر في الآونة الأخيرة الكلام بين بعض طلبة العلم والقدح في بعض مشايخ أهل السنة الذين ينافحون عن الحق بألسنتهم وأقلامهم كالشيخ ربيع المدخلي وغيره، بزعم أن هؤلاء المشايخ لم يسلم أحدُاً منهم، وأن الأمة بحاجة إلى أن تأتلف وتتفق وتترك الردود فيما بينها، فما نصيحة فضيلتكم لهؤلاء الشباب؟

Question: There has spread lately some speech and belittlement among some of the students of knowledge about some of the Mashaayikh of Ahlus Sunnah who defend the truth with their speech and writings like Shaikh Rabee al Madkhalee and other than him. They claim that these Mashaayikh – noone is safe from them, and that the Ummah needs to be united and in agreement and needs to leave off refutations. So what is your advice to these youth?

الجواب: الواجب هو التناصح والتعاون على البر والتقوى، وأن الإنسان يحفظ لسانه عما يعود عليه بالمضرة،ومسألة الردود ،إذا كان الأمر يقتضي الرد، أي مانع يمنع منه ؟!بل هو مطلوب إذا كان هناك أمر يقتضي الرد أي مانع يمنع من الرد؟!يعني أن معناه أن المنكر أو الباطل إذا وجد لا يرد عليه يترك ؟ والذي يرد عليه ينكر عليه ؟! هذا لا يسوغ ولا يجوز، بل هذا من النصيحة، وهذا من الأمر بالمعروف والنهي عن المنكر.

Answer: What is obligatory is mutual advise to each other and mutual cooperation upon righteousness and taqwa and that a man protects his tongue from that which brings about harm. As for the issue of refutations, when the affair requires a refutation, then who is the one who is going to prevent that?! Rather, the refutation is sought when there is an affair which requires it – who is the one who would prevent the refutation?! So does he mean that when there is munkar or falsehood, he doesn’t refute it, but he leaves it (without clarifying the truth)? And (he is saying) that the one who refutes it (the munkar or falsehood) – he is the one who is rejected?! This is not allowed or permissible. Rather this (refuting) is from naseehah (advice) and it is from commanding the good and forbidding the evil.

فالحاصل: أن الإنسان عليه أن يحفظ لسانه من الكلام الذي يعود عليه بالمضرة، وأن الإنسان إذا حصل منه رد في محله فإن هذا من النصيحة، ومما فيه فائدة ومما يعود على الناس بالفائدة اهــ1 والحمد لله رب العالمين

In summary: Man should protect his tongue from speech which will bring about harm. And when there occurs an appropriate refutation, then this is from naseehah (advice) which has in it benefit and which brings benefit to the people. All the praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Universe

الرابط الصوتي وفقك الله 1:”شرحه على سنن أبي داود“رقم الشريط[217]الدقيقة: 01:03:06 .

From his explanation of Sunan Abee Dawood tape no. 217, at the time 01:03:06

There will always be Scholars

April 1, 2012

Translated from:

http://www.binbaz.org.sa/mat/3314

Question:

From what is being spread amongst the students of knowledge and specifically in the colleges and institutions of knowledge is their statement: ‘Knowledge and its people has left’ and that ‘There is not found anyone in the institutions of knowledge who is learning except that he just wants degrees and the dunya.’  So how does one reply to that?  And what is the ruling on pursuing something from the dunya and degrees with the niyyah (intention) of seeking knowledge, in order to benefit oneself and others?

Answer (by Shaikh Bin Baz):

This speech is not correct. And it is not befitting to say such things and the likes of this.  And whoever says this destroys the people.  He has indeed destroyed them.  What is befitting is encouragement and incitement to seek knowledge, and devoting one’s time to that, and patience and forbearance upon that. Also, having good thoughts for the students of knowledge, except for the one who is known for something different than that.

And when death came to Mu’aadh, from what is mentioned, is that he advised those around him to seek knowledge.  And he said, ‘Indeed Knowledge and Imaan are in two places.  So whoever wants them will find them in these two places.’ Meaning: in Allah’s tremendous Book (Qur’an) and the Sunnah of His trustworthy Messenger-sallallahu  alayhe wa sallam….Knowledge will be taken away by the deaths of the Scholars. However, there will not cease to be- praise be to Allah- a victorious group upon the truth.

About this the Prophet – alayhe as-salaatu was-salaam- said (translated): ‘Allah will not take away the knowledge by removing it from the chests of the mankind, rather the knowledge will be taken away by the deaths of the Scholars, until when there are no more Scholars, the people will take ignorant people as their leaders.  They (these ignorant people) will be asked and they will give verdicts without knowledge.  They are astray and mislead others.’  Bukhari collected it in his Saheeh. [hadeeth found in Bukhari, Book of Knowledge, ch. How will the knowledge be taken away كيف يقبض العلم ]

And this is what is feared- it is feared that the ignorant ones will give fatwas and teach-they are misguided and misguide others.  And this speech which was mentioned about the knowledge leaving, and there doesnt remain except such-and-such- it is feared this will hold back (or prevent) some of the people. But the individual who is resolute, with deep insight, this will not hold him back.  Rather, it will incite him to seek knowledge until he fills the gap.

And the sincere one, who has understanding, who has insight and is truthful, the likes of this speech won’t hinder him.  Rather he will go forth and work very hard, persevere and learn, and he will hasten   (in these things) so that his desire for knowledge is strengthened, and he will fill the gap that these people who said this claimed – that no one remained (seeking knowledge with sincerity).

And it has occurred that the knowledge has decreased and most of its people are gone, but it is indeed the case- and to Allah belongs all the praise, that there will not cease to be a victorious group upon the truth- as the Prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) said (translated), “There won’t cease to be a victorious group from my ummah upon the truth, they will not be harmed by those who oppose them, nor by those who abandon them, until the command of Allah comes” [hadeeth with this specific wording found in at Tabarani’s “al mujam al awsat”, but ahaadeeth with wordings similar to this and the same meaning found in Bukhari and Muslim]

So it is upon us to work very hard in seeking knowledge, and that we  encourage each other upon that, and that we are intent upon filling the gap.  And that we establish what is waajib in our city and other than it, using the desired sharee’ah proofs for that with the desire to benefit the Muslims, and to teach them.  And it is befitting for us to encourage each other to have ikhlas and truthfulness in seeking knowledge.

Whoever wants a degree so that it will aid him in spreading knowledge and calling to the good,  then that is good.  And if someone wants wealth to aid him, there is no harm in him studying to learn and getting a degree from that which will help him spread knowledge, so that the people will accept this knowledge from him.  And there is no harm in him getting paid for that.  And indeed if it weren’t for Allah-subhaanahu-and then after that the wealth,  most people wouldn’t be able to teach and spread the da’wah.

The wealth helps the Muslim in seeking knowledge, in fulfilling his need, and spreading the da’wah to the people. And when Umar – radiallahu anhu- did some work, the Prophet -sallallahu alayhe wa sallam- gave him wealth.  So Umar said- “Give this to someone who is poorer than myself.”  So the Prophet -sallallahu alayhe wa sallam- said (translated) ‘Take this wealth and either keep it or give it in charity, and when wealth comes to you while you are neither desirous for it nor begging, then take it  otherwise, don’t let your heart long for it” [hadeeth from Muslim, Book of Zakah, ch. The permissibility of taking money that is given to him without him asking for it  إباحة الأخذ لمن أعطي من غير مسألة ]

And the Prophet-sallallahu alayhe wa sallam-gave (wealth) in order to unite the hearts and desiring (that they become Muslim) until they entered the deen of Allah in groups. And if giving them wealth was haraam, he wouldn’t have given them. Rather, he gave wealth before and after the conquest of Makkah.

And on the Day of the Conquest of Makkah, he gave some people 100 camels.  And he used to give like a person who does not fear poverty-alayhe as-salaatu was-salaam-desiring that they become Muslim and calling them to Islam.

And indeed Allah-subhaanahu wa ta’aala made a right in the zakah for the people who had their hearts united by the Prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam)  (see العباب الزاخر definition of مؤلفة here http://www.baheth.info/index.jsp -they were kuffar and the Prophet -sallallahu alayhe wa sallam was commanded to give to them wealth ).  And Allah made a right for them in the baitul maal (treasury).  And Allah made a right for other than them (in the treasury) for the teachers and judges and others from the Muslims.  And Allah is the Granter of Success.

Shaikh Fawzaan on Saying “Madkhalis”

January 1, 2011

 

س/ نطلب من شيخنا الفاضل التنبيه على أمر ما قد انتشر في الآونة الأخيرة بين بعض الطلاب ألا وهو: +نبز بعض العلماء الأفاضل إلى من يستمع إليهم بأن هؤلاء جاميون وهؤلاء مداخلة ، ويقصدون بذلك شيخنا العالم رحمه الله محمد أمان الجامي وشيخنا الفاضل حفظه الله وسدد خطاه ربيع بن هادي المدخلي وصلى اللهم وبارك على نبينا محمد.

 

Question: We would like to draw your attention, our noble Shaikh, to an affair that has spread lately between some of the students and that is: the insulting of some of the noble ulama to those who are listening by saying : ‘Those (people) are Jaamee’oon

and ‘Those (people) are Madaakhilah (Madkhalis)’, and what they mean by that is our Shaikh and Scholar – rahimahullah- Muhammad Amaan al Jaamee and our Noble Shaikh – hafidhahullah (Allah preserve him) and guide his steps – Rabee ibn Hadee al Madkhalee. O Allah exalt our Prophet Muhammad and bless him.

 

 

الجواب: هذا داخل في جواب الذي انتهيت منه قريباً، اتركوا هذه الأمور وهذا التنابز ولا تنابزوا بالألقاب الله جل وعلا قال لكم:[ وَلَا تَنَابَزُوا بِالْأَلْقَابِ] (سورة الحجرات الآية:11). كلكم إخوة، وكلكم أهل دين واحد، كلكم زملاء ولله الحمد ، فانبذوا هذه الأمور واحترموا العلماء احترموا العلماء، من لم يحترم العلماء فإنه يحرم من علمهم يحرم من الاستفادة منهم ، اتركوا هذا الأمر تنابز بينكم وتناول العلماء الذين لهم الفضل ولهم على الناس المنزلة التي أنزلهم الله فيها { [يَرْفَعِ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنْكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْعِلْمَ دَرَجَاتٍ]،(سورة المجادلة الآية:11).

Answer: This enters into the answer I finished with recently. Leave these affairs – this is insulting each other, so do not insult each other by nicknames. Allah, Lofty and Exalted is He, told you (translated):

‘And do not insult each other with nicknames’

(49:11)

All of you are brothers and all of you are the people of one religion. All of you (students of knowledge and Scholars) are colleagues and to Allah is due all the praise. So turn away from these affairs and honor and respect the ulama, honor and respect them. Whoever doesn’t honor and respect the ulama, then he prevents (the people) from their knowledge and he prevents (the people) from benefitting from them. Leave this affair of insulting each other. Take from the ulama – they are the ones who have virtue and who have a status over the people that Allah has given them:

‘Allah will raise in degrees those of you who believe and those who have been given knowledge’ (58:11)

 

 

العلماء لهم مكانتهم ولهم قدرهم واحترامهم وإذا لم يوثق بالعلماء فبمن يوثق ؟ إذا نزعت الثقة من العلماء إلى من يرجع الناس ؟ هذه مكيدة لا شك ودسيسة لا شك بين الناس فيجب التنبه لها ويجب نبذها والابتعاد عنها والنهي عنها.اهـ

The ulama – they have their status and they have their rank and their respect. When a person does not deem the ulama to be trustworthy , then in whom will they put their trust ? If people’s confidence in the ulama is removed, then who will the people turn to? Without a doubt this is a deceptive plot and conspiracy from some people that it is obligatory to be aware of. And it is obligatory to turn away from it (insulting by nicknames to turn people away from the ulama of Ahlus Sunnah), and distance onself from it, and prohibit it

 

المرجع: نقلاً من محاضرة بعنوان (واجب طالب العلم بعد التخرج) في الجامعة الإسلامية بالمدينة النبوية وكانت يوم الإربعاء الموافق 8/4/1431هــ .

 

Taken from a lecture titled: ‘What is obligatory on the student of knowledge after graduation’ at the Islamic University of Madinah corresponding with Wednesday, 8th of Rabee uth Thanee 1431 Hijree

 

 

Transcription source:- http://sahab.net/forums/showpost.php?p=800293&postcount=4 Audio source: http://www.hostk.info/upload/download4598.html

 

Also here:

http://www.themadkhalis.com/md/articles/zvrzr-shaykh-saalih-al-fawzan-on-using-the-labels-of-jaamiyyah-and-madaakhilah.cfm

 

And here:

http://www.bakkah.net/en/shaykh-saalih-al-fowzaan-exposes-the-plots-to-defame-the-scholars-by-calling-them-nicknames-like-madkhalees-and-jaamees.htm