The memory of Shaikh ‘Ubaid (may Allah preserve him)

Shaykh Falaah went on to mention a beautiful story of when he, himself was a student at the Islamic University. He mentioned that he went to visit Shaykh Ubayd at the Fatwaa Committee office along with a group of students from Kuwait. He met Shaykh Ubayd and introduced himself. Shaykh Falaah mentioned that although he wanted to visit the Fatwaa Committee again, he didn’t have the opportunity for the period of two whole years, due to him being busy with his studies. However after that period of two years he had to opportunity to visit them once again. He mentioned that when he entered upon Shaykh Ubayd, Shaykh Falaah said “As-Salaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmaatullaah.” Shaykh Ubayd stood up and said “Wa ‘alaykumus Salaam wa Rahmaatullaah O Falaah O Ibn Isma’eel!” Shaykh Falaah said that he was amazed that he had only sat with him once for 15 minutes and then didn’t see Shaykh Ubayd again for two years and even though Shaykh Ubayd is blind, he still recognised his voice after that period of time.

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“So he is blind and only recognised me from my voice! Shaykh ibn Baaz placed him in charge of the Fatwaa Committee… So fear Allaah o servant of Allaah, he is from the closest of people to Shaykh ibn Baaz, from the closest of people to Shaykh Ameen ash-Shanqeeti may Allaah have mercy upon them…”

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Knowledge of the Deen (Religion)-Who are the Scholars of Islam?

Knowledge of the Deen of Islaam comprises knowledge that we get from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah of the unseen and of what is apparent. From the unseen is what will happen on Yawmul Qiyaamah (the Day of Reckoning) and in the life to come. It also includes acts of worship, business transactions, and other social relationships in the Deen.

This is based on eemaan (belief) that we have; and believing in Allaah سبحانه و تعالى, submitting to Him and carrying out whatever He commands us to do. This ability to implement whatever Allaah سبحانه و تعالى has commanded us to do is based on knowledge that we have from the unseen; that was received from Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم ; and by putting those things into practice.

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم informed us of some of the things from the unseen – things that would happen during his time and after that. This is part of the knowledge that we have received from Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم.

Now that we have mentioned the definition of knowledge , the remainder of what follows concerns the Virtue of Knowledge and the Status of the Scholars so that we may become aware of who the scholars are.

Definition of Knowledge

The Shaykh حفظه الله began with a definition of ‘ilm (knowledge). In the Arabic language it means ‘understanding’ or ‘knowing’, and its Sharee’ah (legislation) meaning is: ‘knowing the Deen (Religion) of Islaam with evidences’ .

From amongst the best of what I am aware of regarding the definition of knowledge is what al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab رحمه الله has mentioned in his book The Virtues of the Knowledge of the Salaf above the Knowledge of the Khalaf. He رحمه الله said concerning knowledge:
” Knowledge is light which is cast into the heart. With it the servant understands the truth, and with it he distinguishes between truth and falsehood; and he articulates this with concise expressions which achieve the intent (goal)”

The meaning of “light which is cast into the heart” is not from the realm of inspiration, or that an individual awakes from sleep or from inattentiveness and then finds knowledge in his chest. However, it is with an abundance of seeking knowledge and ‘ibaadah (worship) and a desire to follow the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه و سلم, and to act upon this knowledge , put it into practice and teach it to the people. This is one of the highest stations of subservience to Allaah سبحانه و تعالى . So if a servant fulfils this, Allaah سبحانه و تعالى casts into his heart understanding of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah and makes him from the People of Understanding.

Introduction- Who are the Scholars of Islam?

Introduction to the Shaykh

Shaykh al-Allaamah Ahmed Muhammed Uthmaan Al-Munayee حفظه الله is well-known among the scholars and imaams of our time and is very active in the fields of Da’wah, calling to the tawheed of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and the Sunnah of Rasool Allaah صلى الله عليه و سلم . He is extremely busy and his efforts are countless in clarifying the misconceptions about Islaam and the Da’wah of Imaam Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhaab رحمه الله. We thank him for making himself available to us regardless of his tight schedule, and we ask Allaah سبحانه و تعالى to reward him tremendously and bless him in his knowledge and his efforts.

Shaykhs’ Introduction

The Shaykh حفظه الله began with the basmallah and by praising Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and by sending salaah and salaams upon our Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم and his family and his companion and those that follow him in goodness until the Day of Judgment. He then said that it pleases him to participate with his Muslim brothers and sisters in this particular gathering. He then acknowledged that Shaykh Zaahid described him with what he is not really deserving of, as he is just a student of knowledge.

He then said that inshaa Allaah he would be dealing with this very important topic: Who are the scholars and from whom should knowledge be taken?

My Introduction to “Who are the scholars of Islam?”

Assalamolaikum brothers and sisters in islam,

i just wanted to attempt to answer this very important question that is asked by many muslims today. Every time a situation comes up where there is differing among the muslims, the quran tells us to take it back to the Quran and Sunnah, Allah, the mighty and majestic says

 “O you who believe! Obey Allâh and obey the Messenger (Muhammad SAW), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allâh and His Messenger (SAW), if you believe in Allâh and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination. (An-Nisa 4:59)

So from this ayah it is clear that if we dispute in anything we must take it back to the Quran and the authentic Sunnah. Now it is clear that lamens like us dont possess enough knowledge to do this on our own, so we must ask the people of knowledge if we dont know, because verily even the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was told to ask the people of knowledge if he wanted to know something. As Allah says in the Quran,

And We sent not before you (O Muhammad SAW) but men to whom We inspired, so ask the people of the Reminder [Scriptures – the Taurât (Torah), the Injeel (Gospel)] if you do not know. (Al-Anbiya 21:7)

Ok, so we know we take it back to the Quran and Sunnah and because we are lamens we must take it back to the Scholars and this is where the problem occurs. With so many sects and so much differing in the ummah it is tough for the people to take it back to scholars that both agree, are upon guidance. This is what inshallah i will try to help with in this series of posts. Dont worry, it is not going to be my words or explanation because we just established that i am a comman lamen and this is not my position to do so.

In conclusion, we must know who the TRUE people of knowledge are because Allah commands us to seek help and assisntance from them regarding our deen, which is the most important part of our existence. The series of posts will cover “Introduction”, “Definition of Knowledge”, “Knowledge of the Deen (Religion)”, “The Virtue of Knowledge”,  “Levels of the People of Knowledge” , “Characteristics of the Scholars” , “Characteristics of the Mufti (person eligible to give islamic verdicts (fatawa))”, and finally “Those who we should take knowledge from”.

I pray that Allah makes these posts a path for getting closer to HIM for me first and also for everyone that seeks only HIS acceptance.

ameen