Umar Lee’s series on “The rise and fall of the Salafee dawah in the US” has caused quite a stir. Last I checked there were over 200 comments on his blog. To be honest, I have been disappointed with about 95% of them. Most of the comments did not convey my sentiments at all. Many were unwarranted and some seemed like they just plain didn’t get it.

However, the comments of Aboo Abdillaah U, expressed best how I felt and is the position I hold closest to. I will admit, that I was not ‘feelin’ everything thing he said (note I did not say if agreed with him or not I just wasn’t ‘feelin’ him ). A lot of what he said was hard to swallow, but I’m sure was the truth. He dropped a few names of Shayookh and Duaat that he apparently ‘takes from’ and from those whom he feels were rightfully refuted. This whole topic is exhausting, so the name thing just wore me out a bit more (again I am neither agreeing or disagreeing with the statements he said concerning those named…just tired). I think he should have taken his own naseehah, when he told Umar,  “I must say Umar Lee, I was with you until you began to align yourself with certain groups and individuals.. Had you remained neutral it would have been better, more acceptable, and far less abstract.” Maybe then I would have been ‘feelin’ him a lil bit better, had he done the same wa Allahu Alim.

Many people probably stopped reading the comments about 200 comments ago and others may skip over his lengthy but eloquently expressed comment. I will link to it here and post the most pivotal ones IMHO, as his comment warrants not being buried in the midst of over 200 others.

If you look at how Salafiyyah (Islaam) is implemented in Muslim countries, you see that it is not treated like a movement. In fact when you express it as a movement you are looked at as an idiot. It is practiced in its natural form in every facet of society as it is meant to be. Granted, we do not have the type of support mechanisms present in Muslim societies but do we blame Salafiyyah for this?

Ah this speaks volumes. I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed this.

Islaam teaches moderation in all aspects of life. When you swerve from this natural inclination then you’ve opened the door to a weakness that can and will be exploited by the Shaytaan from amongst mankind and the jinn. Those who have deviated from both fronts were indeed extreme and because Allaah does not allow such extreme behavior to be attributed to His perfect religion they were eventually exposed and those who aligned themselves with THEM rather than the religion suffered alongside of them.

Can I get a witness?

So if you fell into further deviance or kufr as a result of that drama then its because Allaah says,

“And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger (Muhammad) after the Right Path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers’ way. we shall keep Him In the Path He has chosen, and burn Him In Hell – what an evil destination.” (4:115)

And He says,

“And whoever defies and disobeys Allâh and his Messenger, Then Verily, Allâh is Severe In punishment.”(8:13)

And if you felt sadness, loneliness, then it was probably because you fell into the verse where Allaah says,

“But Whosoever turns away from My Reminder (i.e. neither believes In This Qur’aan nor acts on its orders, etc.) Verily, for Him is a life of hardship, and we shall raise Him up blind on the Day of Resurrection. He will say:”O My Lord! why have You raised Me up blind, while I had sight (before). (Allaah) will say: “Like this, Our Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) came unto you, but You disregarded them (i.e. You left them, did not think deeply In them, and You turned away from them), and so This day, You will be neglected (in the Hell-fire, away from Allaah’s Mercy).” (20:124-126)

So let us as believers take hold of what we call “al-asbaab” or the real underlying reasons why these events occurred so that we can avoid them in the future.

Ask yourself, were you really upon the manhaj of the Salaf or were you in alliance with a group or individual? Was your creed AND MANHAJ synonymous with that of the first three generations of Muslims or otherwise? Did you have doubt when clarity from the scholars came to you or were you firm and steadfast in trying to understand? If you had doubt and remained with your alliances and followed your desires then Allaah says,

“It is for those who believe, a Guide and a healing. and as for those who disbelieve, there is heaviness (deafness) In their ears, and it (the Qur’aan) is blindness for them. they are those who are called from a place far away (so they neither listen nor understand).” (41:44)

And

“And we send down from the Qur’aan that which is a healing and a Mercy to those who believe (in Islaamic Monotheism and act on it), and it increases the Dhaalimoon (polytheists and wrong-doers) nothing but loss.” (42:82)

So those who had doubt and uncertainty were led further from the truth.

When the verses and narrations came to you where were you when the dust cleared? Were you relying solely and sincerely upon Allaah for guidance or were you STILL latched on to your alliances?

If you dropped those hizbee alliances then know that Allaah says,
“Then whoever follows My guidance shall neither Go astray, nor fall into distress and misery.” (20:123)

And if not, then Allaah says,

“And if the Truth had been In accordance with their desires, Verily, the heavens and the earth, and Whosoever is therein would have been corrupted! Nay, we have brought them their reminder, but they turn away from their reminder.” (23:71)

When you disagreed about an affair where did you take it? Was it taken back to a group or individual that you were aligned with or back to Allaah and His Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) and those in authority from amongst us i.e. the Scholars?

All of these questions are valid as it relates to one’s faith increasing for the better and decreasing for the worse. The more your imaan increases the greater your chances are at seeking knowledge (which in itself increases imaan) and the more knowledge you have of this religion the greater your chances are of fighting back some of those demons and social calamities that we are faced with.

To actually see that individuals left the foundations of Islaam’s understanding for falsehood that can neither harm them or benefit them because of a band of misfits and youth is amazing to me but know that they fall into the verses mentioned above. Allaah is never unjust to anyone. Those are the paths they have chosen for themselves. And indeed Allaah has no need for us but we are in need of Him. I ask Allaah to increase my imaan and protect me from such a trial.
Also, do we assumed that because we are Salafee that we received a “go to jannah free” card? Allaah clearly says,

“Do you think that because you believe you shall not be tested?”

Many do not understand that in order to purify the soul and strengthen one’s imaan they must be tested. This is the Sunnah of Allaah. And we know that the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “If Allah wants to do good to somebody, He afflicts him with trials.” (Saheeh Bukhaaree)
“You shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves; and ye shall certainly Hear much that will grieve you, from those who received the Book before you and from those who worship many gods. But if ye persevere patiently, and guard against evil,-then that will be a determining factor in all affairs. [3:186]

“Everyone is going to taste death, and we shall make a trial of You with evil and with good, and to us You will be returned.”(21:35)

So because you have claimed the truth it must be proven that you are in fact worthy of it and upon it. Either you are and your faith is increased with each trial you pass or you are simply another fraud in which case these tests and trails become a burden for you and you turn away. Either way, the ranks must be purified.

Those who have allegedly fell off are a small group of people who have failed in their battle against the plots of the Shaytaan. This relentless enemy targets the strongest elements of a community by singling in on individual weaknesses. That being said and hopefully understood one needs to have the necessary weapons to fight such an enemy who continues his unwavering attack day and night. Sadly, those who relied on individual personalities and groups found them to be their only weapon. When those individuals fell they had no choice but to fall with them. Had their crutch been the Book and the Sunnah upon the understanding of the Salaf of this Ummah with SINCERITY then we would have seen a different outcome. Those who “fell off” did not fall off because of a sickness in another man’s heart but due to a sickness in their own hearts which eventually manifested itself when they turned away from the truth.

To find that some people have left for Sufism and Kufr and blame Salafiyyah is simply hypocritical and indicative of people looking for a scapegoat for their weakness in religion as well as an excuse to be separatist in their ideology. I say hypocritical because we expect the kuffar not to judge us based on the actions of terrorists yet we do the same to one another. How does one move from darkness to light and back to darkness again except that the Shaytaan helps him in his journey?

I can certainly sympathize for what some are feeling but as it stands, it has nothing to do with Salafiyyah. It is however a result of personal issues that brothers and sisters have within themselves as well as with others. Aligned with these personal issues is ignorance. As a result, of not knowing the truth and not returning to the people of knowledge, many have been led to THEIR own demise and ultimate downfall and indeed the lone sheep always gets devoured by the wolf.

Nuff said!!!

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