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Be careful who you take your deen from!

March 2, 2011

قال الإمام محمد بن سيرين:

The Imaam Muhammad bin Sireen said:

«إِنَّ هَذَا العِلْمَ دِيْنٌ؛ فَانْظُرُواْ عَمَّنْ تَأخُذُوْنَ دِيْنَكُمْ».

Indeed this knowledge is the religion, so be careful with regards to the one whom you take your religion from”

(أخرجه مسلم في مقدمة صحيحه).

Imaam Muslim collected it in the introduction to his Saheeh

An excellent explanation of this statement by Shaikh Ahmad Bazmool:

Audio: Be Careful Who You Take Your Deen From!

Shaykh Ahmad Ibn ‘Umar Bazmool
A lecture based upon the famous statement of Muhammad Ibn Sereen: “This knowledge is a matter of deen, so be careful who you take your deen from.”


Due to the weakness in the Ummah and lack of comprehension of the pure Islamic methodology, it is common in our time that an ignorant person is taken as a person of knowledge, and that an ignorant person assumes the role and responsibility of a speaker and caller to Islaam. Despite the mountain of statements from the Salaf, the likes of al-Laalikaaee, al-Barabahaaree, Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, Ibn Sireen and so on imploring the Muslims to stick to the Scholars, the people of sunnah (the jama’aah) and to stay away from doubtful matters.

So before seeking to sit in a gathering, have you asked yourself:
– Is this person known to the scholars or their students?
– Does he have tazkiyaat of any sort?
– Who are his companions (from whom does he sit with)?
– Does he frequent the gatherings of Ahlus-Sunnah, their masaajid, seminars, lectures etc.?
– What do the people of Sunnah and Salafiyyah in his area say about him?
– Does he cooperate with Ahlul-Bid’ah, their masaajid and programmes (is he here, there and everywhere)?

Do you put up these roadblocks in your mind before setting out to seek knowledge with a man?  Seeing that it is from the most important affairs you could ever set out upon…your salvation, your ‘aqeedah, your path towards paradise insha’Allaah

Shaykh Ahmad Bazmool states:

‘…This is how important this is, this knowledge is deen, something that he will be raised with on the day of judgment…the Muslim must look and take his deen from Ahlus-Sunnah, as-Salafiyyoon, known for knowledge, being upright and having taqwaa’

‘Imaam Maalik said it is not enough for someone to be a worshipper, and to be known for Zuhd, outward expression of worship, that you take from them…but they did not take from them because that was not their affair (knowledge), they were worshippers that’s all. In this time we see someone who has a lihyah (beard), his thobe above his ankles and he is then the muftee of his area, this is a mistake!’

‘It is forbidden for the one who is asked and doesn’t know, to answer. Likewise it is haraam for the one to ask one who doesn’t know…he has to ask the scholar…if you had a medical situation, would we go to a mechanic? And if we had a problem with our car, would we go to a farmer…no we would go to each individual who is a specialist in their field…so when it comes to the issue of deen, we must go to the scholars, it is not right to ask (just) anybody or do what everyone else is doing.’

”Abu Dardaa’ went to the masjid one day (in the time of the tabi’een) and he observed the people praying differently than according to the Sunnah, so he came home angry and his wife (Umm Dardaa’) asked him what has made you angry? He said, ‘By Allaah I don’t see anything from the time of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) except praying together (meaning that they had abandoned much of the Sunnah). This is his statement whilst he was close to the time of the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). So what about know? 1400 years after that, are general masses upon Sunnah? Are the general masses upon knowledge? No! Rather we should follow the scholars!’

      • An Important point is made about leaving off taking knowledge even from the one who speaks with the ‘Aqeedah of Ahlus-Sunnah yet he has hizbiyyah with him or Surooriyyah with him (i.e. someone simply speaking with the haqq doesn’t make him a person of knowledge or a person to sit with)
      • The corrupt principle of ‘taking the good/leaving the bad’, making oneself a private investigator into the affairs of many people of many different beliefs and then appointing oneself as the criterion between what to take and what to leave (not realising that he, himself, is ignorant, he can’t protect himself from this fitnah and this isn’t from the manhaj of Ahlus-Sunnah to sit with Ahlul-Bid’ah in this regard)

From the other points discussed:

Questions from the community in the USA followed…

The Jamaa’ah is what agrees with the truth…

December 21, 2010



 قال عبد الله بن مسعود رضي الله عنه


‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ood – Allah be pleased with him – said :


الجَمَاعَةُ مَا وَافَقَ الحَقّ، وَ إِنْ كُنْتَ وَحْدَك


The Jamaa’ah is what agrees with the truth, even if you are by yourself”


Click here for the reference

The good is in the one who…

December 7, 2010

وقال ابراهيم الحربي سمعت آحمد يقول


 Ibraheem al Harbee said: I heard (Imam) Ahmad saying:



إِنْ أَحْبَبْتَ أَنْ يَدُوْمَ اللهُ لَكَ عَلَى مَا تُحِبُّ فَدُمْ لَهُ عَلَى مَا يُحِبُّ


If you would like for Allah to keep you upon what you love then continue to be upon what He loves



وَالخَيْرُ فِيْمَنْ لا يَرَى لِنَفْسِهِ خَيْراً


 And the good is in the one who sees no good in himself


 كتاب الآداب الشرعية والمنح المرعية


 From the Book of Legislated Manners and Observed Benefits


 المؤلف : محمد بن مفلح بن محمد المقدسي


By (the Scholar) Muhammad bin Muflih bin Muhammad al Maqdisee

Seize five things from the people of your time…

November 29, 2010

The English follows the Arabic


عن عبد الرحمن بن أبي حاتم الرازي قال


دَخَلْتُ دَمَشْقَ عَلَى كَتَبَةِالحَدِيْثِ فَمَرَرْتُ بِحَلَقَةِ قَاسِم الجُوْعِي


فَرَأَيْتُ نفَرًا جُلُوْسًا حَوْلَهُ وَهُوَ يَتَكَلَّمُ عَلَيْهِمْ


فَهَالَنِي مَنْظَرُهُمْ،فَتَقَدَّمْتُ إِلَيْهِ فَسَمِعْتُهُ يَقُوْلُ


اِغْتَنِمُوا مِنْ أَهْلِ زَمَانِكُمْ خَمْسًا


إِنْ حَضَرْتُمْ لَمْ تُعْرَفُوا


وَإِنْ غِبْتُمْ لَمْ تُفْتَقَدُوا


وَإِنْ شَهِدْتُمْ لَمْ تُشَاوَرُوا


وَإِنْ قُلْتُمْ شَيْئًا لَمْ يُقْبَلْ قَوْلُكُمْ


وَإِنْ عَمِلْتُمْ شَيْئًا لَمْ تُعْطَوا بِهِ


أُوْصِيْكُمْ بِخَمْسٍ أَيْضًا


إِنْ ظُلِمْتُمْ لَمْ تَظْلِمُوا


وَإِنْ مُدِحْتُمْ لَمْ تَفْرَحُوا


وَإِنْ نُدِمْتُمْ لَمْ تَجْزَعُوا


وإن كُذِّبْتُمْ فَلَا تَغْضَبُوا


وَإِنْ خَانُوكُمْ فَلَا تَخُوْنُوا


قَالَ: فَجَعَلْتُ هَذَا فَائِدَتِي فِي دَمَشْقَ


من كتاب الزهد لابن أبي حاتم الرازي


From (the Scholar) Abdur Rahman ibn Abee Haatim Ar-Raazee who said:

I entered upon the students of hadeeth in Damascus and I passed by the circle (halaqah) of (the Scholar) Qaasim al Joo’ee

So I saw a group sitting around him and he was speaking to them

Their appearance amazed me, so I went and sat and heard him say:

‘Seize five things from the people of your time:

When you are present, you are not known

And when you are absent, you are not missed

And when you are present your advice is not sought

And when you say something, your speech is not accepted

And when you do something, you are not given anything for it

I also advise you with five things:

When you are wronged, you do not wrong others

And when you are praised, you do not become happy

And when you are criticized, you do not become sad

And when you are not believed, then do not become angry

And when others betray you, then do not betray them’

So I took this as my benefit from Damascus”

From Kitaabuz-Zuhd by Ibn Abee Haatim Ar-Raazee

If you loved a man for the sake of Allah…

November 13, 2010




قَالَ سُفْيَان الثَّوْرِي

Imaam Sufyan ath Thawree said

إِذَا أَحْبَبْتَ الرَجُلَ في اللهِ ثُمَّ أَحْدَثَ حَدَثاً في الإِسْلَامِ


، فَلَمْ تُبْغِضْهُ عَلَيْهِ فَلَمْ تُحِبَّهُ في الله

If you loved a man for the sake of Allah and then he innovated an innovation in Islam and you did not hate him for it, then you didn’t (really) love him for the sake of Allah

حِلْيَةُ الأوْلِيَاء 7/34


Hilyatul Awliyaa  (7/34) by Abu Nu’aym al Asbahaanee


Everyone’s statement will be accepted or rejected except…

November 4, 2010

قَالَ الإِمَامُ مَالِك

Imam Maalik (Allah bestow mercy upon him) said:

كُلُّ كَلَامٍ فِيْهِ مَقْبُوْلٌ وَ مَرْدُوْدٌ إِلّا كَلَامُ صَاحِبِ هَذا القَبْرِ

Every statement will either be accepted (when it is in agreement with the Quran and Sunnah on the understanding of the Salaf) or rejected (when it opposes that) except for the speech of the inhabitant of this grave (of the Prophet Muhammad – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam – since he was protected by Allah from making mistakes in the religion, his speech is never rejected)

من سيار علام النبلاء ٨/٩٣

From Siyaar ‘Alaam an-Nubalaa

Further explanation in a question put to Shaikh Fawzaan here:

If the deen were based upon the intellect…

November 4, 2010



قَالَ عَلِيٌ بن أَبِيْ طَالِب


Alee bin Abee Taalib (Allah be pleased with him) said:


لَوْ كَانَ الدِّيْنُ بِالرَّأْيِ لَكَانَ بَاطِنُ الخَفِّ أَوْلَى بِالمَسْحِ مِنْ أَعْلَاهُ


If the deen were based upon the intellect then certainly the bottom of the sock would be more deserving of being wiped over than the top”


أَخْرَجَهُ أَبُو دَاوُود، صَحَّحَهُ الأَلْبَانِي


Recorded by Abu Dawood and authenticated by Imam Albaanee


Neither a shy nor an arrogant person…

October 9, 2010

قَالَ مُجَاهِدٌ

لا يَتَعَلَّمُ العِلْمَ مُسْتَحْيٍ و لا مُسْتَكْبِرٌ

Mujaahid رَحِمَهُ اللهُ said:

Neither a shy person nor an arrogant person will learn knowledge”

صحيح البخاري، كتاب العلم، الباب الخمسون

Saheeh Bukhari, Book of Knowledge, 50th chapter

حَدِّثُوا النَاسَ بِمَا يَعْرِفُوْنَ

October 9, 2010

قَالَ عَلِيٌّ : ا

حَدِّثُوا النَاسَ بِمَا يَعْرِفُوْنَ أ تُحِبُّوْنَ أَنْ يُكَذَّبَ اللهُ و رَسُولُهُ؟

صحيح البخاري، كتاب العلم، الباب التاسع الأربعون

An explanation of the statement of Ali – radiallaahu anhu – by Shaikh Sulaymaan Ruhaylee:

Knowledge Comes Before Statements and Actions

October 9, 2010



العِلْمُ قَبْلَ القَوْلِ وَ العَمَلِ


Knowledge comes before statements and actions


لِقَوْلِ اللهِ تَعَالَى: {فاعلم أنه لا إله إلا الله} (محمد ١٩)ا


The proof is the statement of Allah, The Most High (translated): ‘So KNOW (have knowledge!) that none deserves to be worshiped except for Allah…” (47:19)


فَبَدَأَ بِالعِلْم


So He began with knowledge…


صحيحُ البخاري، كتابُ العلم، الباب العَاشعِر


Saheeh Bukhari, Book of Knowledge, 10th chapter