Monday, August 27, 2012

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan on the Ikhwani Bid'ah of al-Muwaazanah

Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) was questioned about "al-Muwaazanah":
It has spread amongst the youth today amongst the youth that it is obligatory to counterbalance between to good and bad points when criticising and so they say: 'When you criticise such and such person for an innovation and you expose his mistakes, it is necessary for you to mention his good points - and this is from the perspective of justice and fairness.' So is this manhaj (methodology) in criticising correct? And is it necessary for me to mention the good points when criticising?
So he replied:
When the one who is being criticised is from Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah and his mistakes are in matters which do not relate to 'aqeedah, then yes... his good points and exceptional [qualities] are mentioned. His mistakes and slips are overwhelmed by his aid for the Sunnah. But when the one being criticised is from the People of Misguidance and the People of Deviation and from the People of Destructive and Adulterated Principles, then it is not permissible for us to mention their good points - when he has good points - because when we mention them, this deceives the people and makes them hold a good opinion about this strayer or about this innovator or deviant or parisan (one engrossed with party-spirit). So then they accept the ideas of this strayer or this innovator or this biased partisan. And Allaah jalla wa 'alaa refuted the Disbelievers, the Criminals and the Hypocrites and did not mention any of their good points. And likewise the Scholars of the Salaf refute the Jahmiyyah and Mu'tazilah and the People of Misguidance and they never mention any of their good points. This is because their good deeds are impaired by their misguidance, disbelief, deviation and hypocrisy. So it is not befitting that you refute a straying wanderer, innovator, deviant and then mention his good points and that you say he is a good man, he has this and that good deed, but he made a mistake! We say to you: Your praise of him is stronger than your his misguidance, because the people will hold on to you praise of him. So when you promote this straying innovator and you praise him then you have deceived the people and this opens up the door for accepting the ideas of those who lead others astray...
Until he said:
And the foundation for this doubt of counterbalancing between the good and bad points in criticising, one of the youth spoke by it and wrote a book on it. Then others received this with much joy. Then I came across this book in which its author argues for the principle of counterbalancing and I also came across the work of Shaikh RabeeĆ½ bin Haadee al-Madkhalee (The Methodology of Ahl us-Sunnah in Criticising Men, Books and Movements) and he refuted that book in which its author justifies the idea of counterbalancing with a complete refutation and explained what such words contain of error and promotion of falsehood and he explained the madhhab of the Salaf in refuting and that they used to refute people who lead others astray and that they did not praise them because if they had done that, this would have been contradictory.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

£28,000 Donation


AssalamuAlaikum Wa Rahmatullah,

It is with great pleasure that we announce that we have just recieved a one off donation of £28,000. We ask Allah to reward this brother/brothers for this mighty sacrifice. We ask Allah to accept this sadaqah from them and multiply the reward in these last 10 days of Ramadhan. Jazakumullahu Khair yaa ikhwati fillah.

So as we stand the masjid debt is now cleared. We have also recieved several other donations as follows: (some donations are pending from the local brothers and sisters who setup pledges earlier this year)

£206.65 last Jumuah
£500 profit from the milkshakes outside the Masjid
£200 profit from selling cakes outside the Masjid
£500 donation from a local brother.
£900 donations online through paypal.
Total: £2306.65

We ask Allah to reward all of these people for their efforts and accept this sadaqah from them. We now just need to ensure that our running costs for the Masjid are covered for this year. The approx. running costs we still need to raise stands at £25,000. We encourage everyone to please continue to donate, especially by way of setting up a standing order. Regular donations will ensure that the Masjid costs are always covered. You can setup up a standing order through your online banking, taking a standing order form from the Masjid or setting up a paypal standing order by clicking on the following link:

Masjid As-Sunnah is striving to become as active as possible. We are rennovating the new bookshop location, looking into new business ventures to aid the project, looking to open a new primary school, looking to increase in spreading knowledge through a variety of means, looking to do more dawah in the streets and more. But all of this requires finance and manpower. We have witnessed from the very onset of this project that through effort and striving, Allah has opened up things and avenues for us. We ask Allah to reward all of our brothers and sisters connected to Albaseerah and our brothers and sisters around the world who have aided us for many many years. Your reward is with Allah. We ask Allah to raise you and make easy your affairs in this world and the Hereafter.


WassalamuAlaikum Wa Rahmatullah