Audio Khutbatul Jum’ah; Love of Allah, The Greatest Love of All, by Shaykh Luqman Ahmad

The Greatest Love of All

I fell in love with this du’aa, and I urge you all to learn it, memorize it, and use it for yourselves. Click on the link above to listen in sha Allah, wa bihi tawfeeq

It was reported by Abu Dar’daa that Prophet (SAWS) said; “Oh Allah, verily I ask you for your love, and the love of those who love you, and the deeds that will bring me your love. Oh Allah, make your love more beloved to me than my own self, my family and more than cool water”. Collected by at-Tirmithee (Hasan Sahih)

The Devil’s Deception of the Modern-Day Salafiyyah Sect, by Shaykh Luqman Ahmad

salafi book cover white with beadsThe modern-day Salafiyyah, or Salafiyyism, or the Da’wah Salafiyyah has done much to highlight the Sunna of the prophet (SAWS), and its importance. However, in the process of spreading this “da’wah”, many of its proponents have perhaps unintentionally made casualties out of the very persons for whom the so-called “da’wah Salafiyyah” was intended. The Salafiyyah movement; the puritanical return to the Quran, the Sunna and the way of the early Muslims has prompted many Muslims to embark upon the study of Islam and understanding of the sacred texts. To their credit, the Salafis have contributed to many positive consequences in the United States. In the masaajid, on campuses, in the prisons, on the Internet, and within people’s households,

Salafiyyism has been an effective tool for propagating Islam, especially in the prisons and inner cities of America. It articulates many of the present-day ailments caused by the lack of knowledge of the Quran and the Sunna, although the Salafis are not the only ones to be merited for this awakening. Still,  they have been effective on this front. However, along with the good Salafiyyism has produced, it has rendered much confusion amongst the Muslims in the United States. It has left a trail of disarray, enmity, disunity, and spiritual desolation.

In many instances, Salafiyyism has literally ripped communities and masaajid apart; turning friends into adversaries’ allies into competitors, brothers and sisters into strangers. Perhaps this was not their intention. Certainly it was not the intention of the Prophet (SAWS) that Muslims are reduced to defending themselves from each other while they are incapable of defending themselves from the non-muslimsThe Prophet (SAWS) said: “Do not revert after me into kuffaar, striking the necks of each other” And Allah sub’haanahu wa ta’ala clearly states: “And be not like those who separated and differed after clear explanation has come to them. For them is a grievous chastisement”, 3:105 aali-Imraan.

The modern-day Salafis espouse many points and views, of which many are contradictory or vague. Some of their views and attitudes directed towards Muslims contradict clear religious texts, such as the practice of some of them of refusing to return the salaams given by other Muslims, or the refusal of some of them to allow entry into the masaajid of Allah for women who are not covered in black. For many practicing Muslims, Salafiyyah is a bitter dose of questionable medicine. No one committed to this religion rejects the Salaf as-Saalih or the principles on which they agreed. However, the Salafis and their modern-day da’wah do not suit the tastes of all the righteous. Too much of their methodology revolves around character assassination, claims of monopoly on Allah’s guidance, a fanatical obsession with uncovering the faults of the Muslim, and a curious silence regarding atrocities committed against Muslims.

Granted there is good and bad in most people and in most groups. The Salafis are no exception to that; Many Salafis are god-fearing, practicing Muslims of good conscience, who strive to do good and maintain the integrity of the deen and of the sunna. However, many of the salafiyyism’s adherents exhibit ominous proclivities to the bad and the harmful, not withstanding their ignoring the sacred with respect to the rights, blood and honor of Muslims. Regardless of what the salafis or anyone else espouses, actions speak louder than words. So even if they say, “we are only trying to bring the Muslims together”, their actions tell the real story..

Salafiyyism as presented by its modern-day adherents is not a simple methodology. It is a myriad of ideals, slogans and tendencies which burdens the average Muslim with understanding complex issues of theology, jurisprudence, exegesis, hadith methodology, language etc. It effectively abrogates the simplicity of tawheed and gradual assimilation of the Quran and Sunna, and replaces it with unreasonable demands of immediate perfection, scholarly exactitude and academic finesse on average Muslims and many times, new converts to Islam.

The demands of modern-day hard-line Salafiyyism can be compared to assigning new army recruits to advanced weaponry before they finish basic training. This has produced a cadre of Muslims who now consider themselves the sole inheritors of the “Salaf” the Righteous Predecessors, a notion that has further split the Muslims in the United States as well as places across the globe. This is particularly visible amongst indigenous American Muslim communities, most of whom are African American. The truth of the matter is that any one of us are subject to being deceived. No one is completely safe from Shaitan’s manipulation, and no one is completely safe from Allah’s wrath. Therefore, we seek refuge in Allah from the accursed devil and we humbly ask Allah for His guidance and mercy.

Shaykh Luqman Ahmad

Taken from the new book by Shaykh Luqman Ahmad; ‘The Devil’s Deception of the Modern-Day Salafiyyah Sect’ available now @ Get your copy today!

The Tale of the Barber and the Istin’jaa Bottle, by Shaykh Luqman Ahmad

This is a true story, that happened just a few days ago, and it is one that reminded me of how important and valuable the Sunna of the Prophet (SAWS) is. It also reminded me of the universality of Muslim brotherhood and how laa ilaaha illa Allah turns complete strangers into acknowledged brothers in faith, even in the smallest of matters. This incident reminded me of the hadith of Abu Tharr, when he reported the Prophet (SAWS) as saying; (Do not belittle any form of righteousness)[1]. It was Easter Sunday, around 4:25 in the afternoon on a very lazy and low traffic Sacramento weekend. I normally take my son to the barbershop on Saturdays and we have our own regular barber that we have been using for some time. Most barbershops are closed on Sundays but in area of the city that I live, there is a spate of barbershops, mostly owned by Asians, which usually remain open on Sundays.
My son really needed a haircut because I had neglected to get him to the barber the weekend before, so he was quite overdue. We had a late start so I didn’t expect that our usual barber would be open. Still, I headed out with my 10 year old son in tow, to see if he could get treated for a tonsorial. When we arrived at our usual barber, the sign said open but we didn’t see any cars in the parking lot, so my son got out of the car and checked the gate and it was locked. We saw a light inside but it was clear that they were closed for the day and we didn’t see anyone inside. At that point, it was already about five o’clock and the salat time for Asr was closing in on me so I figured that I would have to wait another day before he could get a fresh cut and off we drove.
As I was cruising down El Camino Avenue, trying to observe the speed limit although I was running a little late. As I was driving, I noticed out of the corner of my eye a small, non descript barbershop situated in the middle of the block. I quickly made a u-turn and pulled up right in front of the place and told my son to get out and check the door. He did, and the door was open although my son turned to me and said that there was no one inside. I told my son to go in while I park the car, and I’ll be in right behind him; I figured that if the door was open, a barber had to be somewhere close by. I parked my car and within a minute, I was inside the shop. When I opened the door, my son had already picked out his cut style and was in the chair being prepped. I spoke to the barber briefly to give my okay and then excused myself and stepped back outside to make a phone call, which lasted a minute or so.
I stepped back into the barbershop and asked the barber who was in full cutting mode by that time, could I use the bathroom. He motioned me to go to the back. The barber who I assumed was Buddhist because there was a sizeable Buddhist community in the area, was an older, Asian gentleman, who moved slowly, spoke with a very heavy accent, and had a peaceful air about him.
I went into the bathroom and while I was there, noticed what looked like a western style istin’jaa bottle. In America and in other countries, people convert open mouthed, spouted containers that are normally used for watering house plants, into convenient istin’jaa bottles, that you regularly find in the bathrooms of Muslim homes. Properly cleaning one’s self after going to the bathroom is an important part of purification and Islamic hygiene; no self respecting practicing Muslim goes without having some apparatus for using water while cleaning one’s self.
Nevertheless, when I saw the bottle in the bathroom, my first impression was that it was perhaps a flower pot, that happened to look like an istin’jaa bottle, and not the other way around, but then I started thinking; why would it be in the bathroom? Granted, none of this was my business, but using an istin’jaa apparatus after one relieves himself, is a Sunna of the Prophet (SAWS). Anything that I notice that has a root or a basis in the practice of the Prophet (SAWS) that I am aware of, usually gets my attention, even if it is just a cursory mental glance. After washing my hands and leaving the bathroom, my curiousity got the best of me. Now normally I would have used the time my son was in the chair to read, text, answer email or somehow interact with my smart phone, in order to pass the time. However, this time was different; my mind was still on the istin’jaa/ flower bottle; why was it there, what was it for? So immediately after I sat down I popped the question to the barber, who was making headway on my son’s hair cut. Excuse me sir, I said, are you a Muslim? He replied in the affirmative, after which I immediately offered him salaams and he quickly responded with a smile. The salaams led to an automatic back and forth utterence of traditional Muslim greetings and responses that are exchanged upon meeting; kaifa haaluk, al-humdu lillah, ma sha Allah, sub’haana Alllah! Allahu Akbar and it went on for a few minutes. When Muslims come together, the first thing we are supposed to do is to make du’aa for each other by exchanging salaams.
We both were clearly overjoyed at the seemingly by chance meeting of two Muslims on a slow, Easter Sunday afternoon, over a boy’s haircut. Except that as Muslims we believe that nothing happens by chance; things happen by decree (qadr), and with Allah’s permission. The brother’s name was Abdul-Aziz, he’s originally from Malaysia, and he’s quite a barber too; hooked my son up! And to think, this all happened due to a Sunna of the Prophet (SAWS), a simple good deed, of using in’tinjaa! One of the many morals of this story is to never deem any sunna of the prophet (SAWS) as insignificant. Another moral to this story is the confirmation of the verse, “and We have not sent you except as a mercy to the worlds”.[2]

Imam Luqman Ahmad

[1] Collected in the Musnad of Imam Ahmad

[2] Quran 21:107

Audio Khutba: Seperating The Truth From Falsehood by Shaykh Luqman Ahmad

In this age of polls, studies, public and personal opinion and confusion, people don’t always know who or what to believe. This is why we must return to the study of the Kitaab and adhere to its teachings. Everything in the Book of Allah is pure, unadulterated truth It’s one thing to say that we believe in the Book. It’s another thing to actually know what is in the Book that we believe. There are many who say they believe Allah’s word, but because of their ignorance of the actual words, believe things that are contradictory to it. Thus is how a Muslim becomes misguided.

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