A new masjid has opened in St Matthews, Leicester called Masjid Ibn Uthaymeen. The masjid has been opened since the 1st of May 2010 and is situated at: 24 Madras Road, Leicester LE1 2LT
Imaam Muhammad Naasiruddeen Al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him, said in his book, al-Silsilah as-Saheehah (No. 1173), commenting on the hadeeth that was narrated by Abu Abdur-Rahaman As-Sulamee from `Uthmaan bin Affaan, marfoo’an:
“The best of you are those who learn the Qur’aan and teach it”.
In this hadeeth is that which points to studying the Qur’aan and that the best of teachers is the one who teaches the Qur’aan. So, the best thing that one can learn is the Qur’aan. If only the students of knowledge were aware of that; for indeed in it there is great benefit. From the misfortune which is prevalent of this time of ours, is that you find many of the callers or beginners from the students of knowledge taking the lead in giving da’wah and answering people’s question, and he cannot even read the Faatihah well, with each letter being correctly enunciated. You see him pronouncing a seen ( س) as daad ,(ض) tau ( ط) as taa ( ت), dhaal ( ذ) as zay , (ز) and thaa ( ث) as seen ( س), and they make obvious errors (which may or may not change the meaning, but which are prohibited) in addition to concealed ones (obvious to the trained ear and infringes upon the Tajweed without changing the meaning, and which is disliked).
What is mandatory has mercy upon, they always discuss matters of contention. So he gives his opinion on it, and if it becomes difficult for him, you see him favouring an opinion from amongst the statements.
I seek refuge with Allaah from showing off and love of fame and being known. I advise myself first, and those people second, that the
best thing that a student of knowledge can starts with is the memorization of the Qur’aan; Allaah سبحانه وتعالى said;
“But warn by the Qur’aan him who fears My Threat”.
Surah Al Qaaf 50:45
And peace and blessings of Allaah be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon his family and his companions.
(1) The greatness of a knowledge is determined by the greatness of the matter being studied. Hence Tawheed is the greatest of all subjects since it deals with knowledge of Allah in terms of his Lordship, worshipping him and his names and attributes.
(2) That the one who practices Tawheed enters Jannah and there are several Ahadeeth on this matter. One of them is narrated in Saheeh Muslim where the Prophet said: “Whomsoever bears witness that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is his Messenger and that Jesus is the Slave of Allah and the son of his Female servant. And that Jannah is truth and the hellfire is truth Allah will enter him into Jannah in any of its eight doors he pleases.”
(3) It is important to understand the Tawheed of the Prophets and Messengers. We find that many Muslims because they do not understand the Tawheed that the Messengers came to rectify fall into major Shirk. They believe that La Ilaha Ill Allah means that there is no God, Creator, Protector etc. other than Allah. This is an incorrect meaning since:
(i) The Kuffar of the Quraish believed that Allah was the only creatorm sustainer, protector but yet this did not enter them into Islam.
(ii) That saying that there is no creator except Allah does not negate the worship of idols, prophets, saints etc.
Rather the meaning of La Ilaha Ill Allah is that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allah and that all other beings are not worthy of worship.
(4) From Tawheed we learn how to love Allah. Some people say that they love Allah however their love is a blind and passionate love and not love based upon knowledge. However, Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah love Allah through knowing him by his names and attributes hence it is love upon insight.
(5) Also once we have a proper understanding of La Ilaha Ill Allah we would have a proper perspective of the religion of Allah. And in this juncture I will be a bit detailed.
We as Muslims have groups that do the following:
Call to political activism
Call toward Mauluud and Ta’zeem
Call toward Madhabism
Call toward Partisanship
Call toward armed revolution and insurgency.
Call toward having the Muslims under one giant umbrella regardless of belief.
All of this in the name of Islam. However, once we understand Tawheed we would be one united force calling to it. Allah said: “And verily this is your Ummah who is one Ummah and I am your Lord therefore worship me.”
And this brings me to my other point;
(6) Tawheed is the united force of the Ummah. Once the Ummah practice Tawheed as it supposed to be practiced then the Ummah would be united upon truth. Not upon race, partisanship or personality. Rather it would be upon the oneness of Allah.
(7) Tawheed is that which would make the Muslims strong. For whomsoever argues for it will conquer his opponent. And Allah has promised those who worship him and do not make Shirk that he would place them as rulers over the earth. And if we reflect we would see:
The Messenger was helped over his rivals because he preached Tawheed.
Imam Ahmad was succesful because he preached Tawheed
Imam Ibn Taymeeyah was succesful over the tatars because he preached and practiced Tawheed.
And the list goes on. Therefore let us take a lesson from this. Learn tawheed and practice it. And one of its provisions is to love the people of Tawheed and Sunnah. Because you would find people worldwide who claim to be upon this way but they are soft to the people of Shirk and innovation and are harsh and brutal to those upon Tawheed and Sunnah and this is not correct and in fact this shows that their understanding of Tawheed and the Sunnah is deficient because as we learnt from the Ulama:
That with Tawheed comes with loving the people of Tawheed and associating with them and helping them. Additionally what is derived from it is that they hate the people of Shirk and disassociate from them.
And with the Sunnah we must love the people of the Sunnah, associate with them and help them. And we must dislike the people of innovation and disassociate from them.
However, some people switch it around and we ask Allah’s protection from misguidance.
May Allah help us to see the importance of this subject.
By Shaikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah.
The additional text after each point is a summary of the words of Ibn Taymiyyah from his Majmoo’ al-Fataawaa,
1. Everything which is in accord with the Book and the Authentic Sunnah is accepted by them and everything which is in opposition to it is treated as false by them.
The first thing which distinguishes the Ahl us-Sunnah wal- Jamaa’ah from all those besides them is the methodology with which they acquire their sciences (of the Deen) and the source of the Truth from which they derive their beliefs, concepts, actions of worship, dealings (with the people), their mode of conduct and their manners. The source of Knowledge and Truth in all the various branches of knowledge with the Ahl us-Sunnah is the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) . No words other than the words of Allaah come first and no guidance other that the guidance of the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) comes first.
2. There is no one who is free from making mistakes (in the Deen) except the Messenger of Allaah *(sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam).
The Ahl us-Sunnah do not regard anyone as being safe from error as regards the Deen except the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) . The scholars are not free from making mistakes but rather the words of everyone can either be accepted or rejected except those of the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) . Therefore the words and statements of the scholars of the Ahl us-Sunnah by necessity follow or are in accordance with the Sunnah of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and do not precede or go ahead of it.
3. The Ijmaa’ (concensus) of the Salaf us-Saalih (Pious Predecessors) is regarded as a Sharee’ah proof which is necessary to hold on to for those who come after them.
And the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah believe that the most knowledgeable of the creation as regards the Deen of Allaah after the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) are the Companions (ra) and the Salaf us-Saalih. Whatever they united/agreed upon from any of the affairs or matters of the Deen is free from being wrong and it is not [permissible] for anyone to leave it. Their Ijmaa is a Sharee’ah proof which it is obligatory to hold on to for those who come after them. All those who stick to their Ijmaa are [therefore] those who adhere strictly to their Jamaa’ah (group).
4. They do not accept or affirm any speech or Ijtihaad (Jurisprudence) except after having thrown it against these three sources: The Book, the Authentic Sunnah and Ijmaa’ of the Salaf.
The Ahl us-Sunnah hold on to the [Sunnah] which the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) came with and adhere to the [Jamaa’ah] of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and they are the Companions (ra) and whoever follows their way and adopts their methodology. They do not accept any Ijtihaad or any speech regardless of whom it comes from except after having referred it to the Book, the Authentic Sunnah and the Ijmaa of the Salaf.
5. They do not contradict the Qur’aan or the Sunnah with their ‘Aql (Intellect) or opinions or analogies.
And (therefore) the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah do not rely upon, follow or cling except to the knowledge and the practise of the Salaf us-Saalih and whoever takes from them, sticks to their jamaa’ah and travels upon their trail and binds (and restricts) himself to their principles/foundations. And this is because the Companions (ra) learnt the tafseer (explanation) of the Qur’an and the Hadeeth from the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) , then taught it to the Taabi’een but did not put themselves before Allaah and His Messenger with an opinion, ones taste, ones intellect, sudden enlightenment (like that of the soofees) or other such things.
6. The Jamaa’ah (The Group that is united upon the Truth, which the Messenger (sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam) came with, in terms of speech and action) is the means of Deliverance in this life and in the Hereafter.
The Ahl us-Sunnah therefore, hold fast to the Jamaa’ah of the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) turning away from the places of separation and difference, clinging tightly to the totality of the Book, the Sunnah and Ijmaa (unanimous agreement of the companions), whilst being far from the places of obscurity and unclarity (in the Book and the Sunnah) which separates and divides the united. And (this is because) the Jamaa’ah in (their estimation) is the means of Deliverance in this life and the Hereafter.
7. They do not make obligatory the acquaintance with a particular type of knowledge upon he who is incapable and which is befitting for the capable person only.
And the Ahl us-Sunnah believe in what the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) came with in its entirety, however, they differentiate between the one who is capable and the one who is not with regards to knowing what the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) came with in a detailed way. And this is a mighty principle: many trials have befallen (the Ummah) due to absence of its understanding.
Peace and Blessings upon the Messenger of Allaah, upon his Companions (ra) and all those who follow in their footsteps until the Day of Resurrection.