VIDEO: Exclusive Advice for Masjid al-Waḥyain MN | Shaykh ʿAlī ibn Yaḥyá al-Ḥaddādī

Exclusive Advice of Shaykh ʿAlī ibn Yaḥyá al-Ḥaddādī for Masjid al-Waḥyain: 

The Questioner: May Allāh grant you good, Shaykh ʿAlī, I am, as you know, representing a new Salafī Masjid in America in the State of Minnesota called Masjid al-Waḥyain. And the individuals responsible for this Masjid have requested that you might honor them with some advice and instructions regarding the importance of adhering to the Salafī methodology and the importance of returning to the scholars and the dangers of abandoning them?

Shaykh ʿAlī ibn Yaḥyá al-Ḥaddādī: “Certainly all praise is due to Allāh. We praise Him and seek His aid and assistance as well as His forgiveness. And we seek refuge with Him from the evil of our own selves and the evil consequences of our actions. For whomever Allāh guides, there can be none to misguide him. And whomever Allāh misguides, there can be none who may guide him. And I bear witness that nothing is worthy of worship except Allāh exclusively without any partner and I further bear witness that Muḥammad is the servant of Allāh and His Messenger and may the prayers of peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him, his family and his companions.

To proceed: 

May peace be upon you all as well as the mercy and blessings of Allāh. Dear brothers, the word of advice that I would advise myself with first and then you must begin with being mindful of Allāh (taqwá) privately and publicly. This occurs through the implementation of His commands and through the abandonment of His prohibitions. Most definitely, being mindful of Allāh (taqwá) is the advice of Allāh to His servants from the first of them to the last of them.

Allāh the Mighty and Majestic says: ‘And certainly We have advised those who were given the scripture before you as well as you to be mindful of Allāh (observe taqwá).’ [Sūrah al-Nisāʾ 4:131] 

And certainly, from what is included in this or what is considered part of this is to be mindful of Allāh the Glorified and Exalted regarding adherence to the Book of Allāh the Mighty and Majestic and adherence to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ). Truly this is the basis of the religion since the religion is built upon singling out Allāh exclusively with worship and following the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ). This is what is meant by the testimony that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allāh (lā ilāha illa Allāh) and the testimony that Muḥammad is the Messenger of Allāh (Muḥammadan Rasūlullāh).

The one who adheres to His Book and the Sunnah of His Messenger (ﷺ) will approach Allāh upon guidance and experiences happiness in the two planes of existence. …whoever follows my guidance will neither go astray nor will he be from amongst the wretched.’ [Sūrah Ṭa Ha 20:123] They will not stray, during the life of this world from the truth. And they will not be wretched in the Hereafter due to the Hellfire and we seek refuge with Allāh for ourselves and all of you from such an end.

And in the ḥadīth we read: ‘Indeed I have left behind two things that will prevent you from being misguided if you cling to them: The Book of Allāh (the Qurʾān) and my Sunnah.’ And adherence to the Book and the Sunnah, requires understanding of the Book of Allāh and understanding of the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) particularly as it relates to affairs of creed. So the advice involves placing emphasis upon the study of the creed of the pious predecessors from the scholars of Ahl al-Sunnah as well as the teaching of this doctrine and teaching these beliefs to the laypeople.

And as for the students of knowledge, then I advise you to establish lessons, admonitions and advice that incorporates the beliefs of the people of the Sunnah and the community (Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jamāʿah) in addition to drawing attention to and warning against whatever opposes it. The truth is known in order to act in accordance with it and evil is known in order to avoid it.

‘And thus do We describe the signs in great detail, such that the way of the criminals may become clear.’ [Sūrah al-Anʿām 6:55] Those who are responsible for the call from the Imāms and students of knowledge; they are responsible for teaching and directing the people [towards good] and guiding them.

So they should increase themselves in beneficial knowledge and righteous actions and they should strengthen their relationships with the people of knowledge. And if it is not easy for them to visit them and meet them in person, then at the very least they should remain in contact with them by way of the various means of communication which are available to them. So they should return to them for whatever is problematic and they should consult them in the affairs that they encounter, and they should ask them about the matters that require the firmly grounded people of knowledge and those able to issue religious verdicts.

This is from cooperation upon righteousness and being mindful of Allāh and it is likewise from the application of the statement of Allāh the Exalted: So ask the people of knowledge if you do not know.’ [Sūrah al-Naḥl 16:43]

Also, from what is befitting is appropriate to be mentioned and what people should be reminded of is what is related to their worship. So the Imām of the Masjid, the one who offers the Jumuʿah Khuṭbah and the person who reminds and admonishes the people should place emphasis upon teaching the people purification, prayer, ritual charity (zakāh), fasting, and the pilgrimage (Ḥajj) as well as whatever is related to the rights of the family and the various types of business and sales transactions that the people are in need of in that community and whatever else is similar to this from related issues.

This is from what benefits the people in their worship day and night and benefits them in their interaction with one another in addition to their personal affairs so they are able to worship Allāh, interact with the creation, and likewise engage in commerce and whatever is similar to it upon clarity.

I also advise them to carefully consider the circumstances of their brothers. Among them are those who are poor and those who are weak and those who may be suffering and those who are in need. So significant righteous efforts should be exerted to benefit them and these efforts should involve cooperation upon righteousness and being mindful of Allāh (taqwá) and strengthening the ties of brotherhood amongst the Muslims.

The Muslims are brothers one unto another. This brotherhood involves rights. And from these rights is being merciful and mutually advising one another with the truth and cooperation upon righteousness and being mindful of Allāh (taqwá) as well as alleviating suffering and aiding the one in need as well as other than this from the rights of a Muslim upon his brother Muslim.

So when the Imām of the Masjid, the one who offers the Jumuʿah Khuṭbah and the person who reminds and admonishes the people is a student of knowledge he strives to address these matters himself and this is from what results in his knowledge being blessed and his call being accepted and also results in Allāh benefiting others greatly through him because of it.

And in the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) there is a wonderful example. He visits the sick, prays over the dead from amongst his companions; he prays for them, he helps them and intercedes on their behalf to the extent that even when someone approached him from those with no [significant] place in society, a bondwoman, a servant girl, a slave comes to him seeking for him to intervene between her and her whomever is in authority over her; even in these cases he would not refuse (ﷺ) these requests. Rather, instead he would strive hard to address their needs.

And in this way he is an example. For our neighbors, our brothers, our students, our colleagues, those who attend our Masjid and those in our neighborhood; so we should exhibit this type of Islāmic character within ourselves. Allāh the Exalted said about the Prophet (ﷺ): ‘And certainly you are of great moral character.’ [Sūrah al-Qalam 68:4]  And this is something from his character. This is something from his character and we are commanded to follow his example (ﷺ) as Allāh the Mighty and Majestic says: ‘And there certainly was, for you, in the Messenger of Allāh a wonderful example…’ [Sūrah al-Aḥzāb 33:21].

Likewise we should be wise and forbearing regarding dealing with errors since certainly errors among the people will occur often, particularly in the country where you reside since there is very little knowledge while ignorance is widespread and there are many people who are new converts to Islām just as there are also those who are new to embracing the creed of the Salaf. So for the like of these people, it is not surprising that they will fall into error, ignorance, shortcomings and the like of this. So these people are to be treated and their errors should be corrected with wisdom and proper admonition.

The Prophet (ﷺ) was approached by a Bedouin who would perform an unacceptable action however [the Prophet (ﷺ)] would not treat him harshly and instead would teach him with gentleness and forbearance as was the case with the Bedouin who entered into the Masjid and urinated in one part of the Masjid.

He did this in front of the Prophet (ﷺ) and his companions. His companions rebuked him and the Prophet (ﷺ) forbade them from this and told them to leave him. Once he finished, he instructed that the place where the Bedouin urinated be cleaned and then he summoned the Bedouin and clarified for him that the Masjid is not suitable for answering the call of nature and that it was built for the remembrance of Allāh and the performance of prayer. And Allāh made it such that this gentle, forbearing and wise interaction would result in much good. So our hearts should be open regarding those who fall into mistakes due to error or ignorance or the lack of knowledge or foresight.

If it was the case that every time someone makes a mistake, we treated them harshly or severely the people would be driven away. Allāh the Exalted about the Prophet (ﷺ): And had you been stern and harsh of heart, they would have abandoned your companionship.’ [Sūrah Āl-ʿImrān 3:159] They would have abandoned him and he is the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ). So gentleness has never been added to something except that it enhanced it and it has never been removed from something except that it dishonored it. And Allāh rewards for gentleness what He does not reward for harshness. As for the individual who is resistant, stubborn and a liar, then this individual should be treated differently.

However, my speech here is directed towards the one who falls into some type of error regardless of whether it was in matters of methodology or worship or some type of character related issue due to ignorance or being weak or something similar to this.

These people, we are to treat them with gentleness. And we teach them and admonish them and we remind them and we remain patient in hopes that Allāh might rectify their affairs. Similarly,

I advise you to place emphasis on providing lessons in the Masjid since the blessings of the Masjid or center occurs when the Masjid is filled with knowledge-based Islāmic lessons; the teaching of Qurʾānic exegesis (tafsīr), Islāmic monotheism (tawḥīd), prophetic narrations (ḥadīth), Islāmic jurisprudence (fiqh), Arabic language as well as other than that from the beneficial sciences which the Muslims need to know.

Lessons should be set up for the youth. Lessons should be set up for adults. Lessons should be set up for women. Truly goodness and blessings coincide with the spread of knowledge. Whenever knowledge of the religion becomes prevalent and widespread amongst the people, then good also becomes prevalent.

And if there is any deficiency in this regard, then evil occurs in accordance with the amount of deficiency in calling to Allāh and teaching the people the matters of their religion. So you should choose suitable times for which the people are free and not working, and strive hard during these times to organize the lessons. And during the remaining work days when most of the people are busy, perhaps there will be people who have free time and the ability to attend and benefit; then the Masjid should not be prevented from shorter or brief lessons and admonitions throughout the [other] days of the week.

This should also be the case with particular occasions; emphasis should be placed upon issues related to those occasions like the advice offered during the month of Ramaḍān. The people should be taught the rulings related to fasting, the charity of fast breaking (ṣadaqah al-fiṭr), rulings regarding standing in prayer, the behaviors of the fasting person and whatever he might need to know in order to fast. This should also occur during Ḥajj season when some people wish to perform the pilgrimage (Ḥajj). Hold seminars for them. Teach them how they should perform the pilgrimage (Ḥajj) until they are able to worship their Lord upon clarity.

And taking advantage of these occasions was from the guidance of the Prophet (ﷺ) since he would offer the Khuṭbah on the day of celebration (ʿĪd) and clarify for the people whatever was related to that day; he also offered the Khuṭbah on Miná and teach the people the rulings related to Miná.

If he offered the Khuṭbah on a specific occasion, he would address the people in a manner which was appropriate for the occasion and this would be more likely to produce benefit and bring about a desired result and produce understanding.

This is what I had wished to say. And there is much that could be said but I did not want to speak at length. So I hope that what I have mentioned will be a source of goodness and blessings. And I ask Allāh to grant you success and correctness and that He direct you towards the path of guidance. And Allāh knows best, and may the prayers of peace and blessings of Allāh be upon His servant and Messenger Muḥammad and may peace be upon you and the mercy and blessings of Allāh.”

Translated By: Abul-Layth Qāsim Mutiva


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