Updated: Salafitalk link is fixed.
Something has been bugging me for a while now. However, since my husband received yet another phone call today regarding my recent post on the Q&A Sessions with The Shayook* – it made me wonder if all this concern is being spread to others as well. In recent years there has appeared a group, that has made it permissible to eat the flesh of the scholars and laymen alike. They will give various justifications for doing so. In one gathering, some brothers openly and unashamedly, referred to a well known and highly qualified TOP Alim as an ‘idiot’. It was OK for them to call him this, because they did so while just calling him by his name and removing the title ‘Shaykh’. By demoting his status, his flesh was no longer poison.
There are various other ways to backbite the inheritors of the Prophets (scholars), who are still in good standing with the people:
1. Make it known that you are a Student of Knowledge.
2. Make it appear as though you are connecting the people to the Ulema.
3. Assure the people that you and your group are among the few (if not only) who truly revere the Ulema.
4. Make it seem like it really isn’t backbiting – but actually quite amusing.
5. Be sure to give the Shayook credit for being so humorous and laid back.
6. Confuse the people, by reminding them of certain attributes of the Prophet and as followers of his sunnah we are rewarded for imitating him. Assign said attribute to you and your party.
7. Proceed to backbite the scholar and feed your comments in or leave footnotes behind to help the people see things the way you want them to understand it (that your actions are in accordance with the Suunah).
8. Hit them with a double whammy, by admonishing those, “woe is so and so”, who may go too far – without acknowledging that you just did.
9. Go around and be sure to mention the faults of everyone else and label them all deviants, while reminding them that you are from the saved sect, thus ensuring that if it even crossed the minds of a few for a moment – that what you had just done (exposed and/or backbit a scholar) was questionable – they would feel bad for having shubahaat (doubts) about the minhaj (or is it manhaj?).
One such example, has been floating around the web for a few years now and it is really mind boggling how some of the flock just go along with it, never pointing out the errors:
And finally the humor of our habeeb [Umm Adam: ‘Our’ hence, we’re togther on this. ‘Habeeb’, see how much ‘we’ love him] Shaykh ud-deen al Albanee rahimahullaah ta aala
There was a young brother riding/sitting in the car with Shaykh al-Albanee rahimahullaah, and for those that knew the Shaykh he was a FAST driving masha’allaah he used to liiikkke to drive real fast and people had warned him about it “lol” [Umm Adam: I didn’t know that. Did you? Exposing the Shaykh?] So the young guy turned to the Shaykh and said: “Yaa Shaykh you no Shaykh bin Baz rahimahullaah has said that its haram to drive like this” so the Shaykh replied: “the one who made that fatawa is a man that has never driven before” !! lol [Umm Adam: The Shaykh is blind that’s why he has never driven before. Do you find that funny? I don’t]so the young brother said: “im gunna go back and tell Shaykh what you said”!! [Umm Adam: At least he warned him first]
So when he got back to Shaykh bin Baz rahimahullaah he said: “I was ridding with Shaykh al-Albanee and he was driving REAL FAST and I told him that you said it was haram to drive like this and you no what he said”: ?? [Umm Adam: Why does this sound like a Gossip Monger? What was his intention for telling the Shaykh this? 1. Just to tale carry? or 2. To get a ruling, in which case it wouldn’t be considered funny.]“The man who made that fatwa is a man that has never driven before, lolol, [Umm Adam: Why is that so funny?! A blind Shaykh has just been informed that another Shaykh – who allegedly is a wreckless driver – just made a joke about him being blind!]So Shaykh bin Baz said: “and the man who said that is a man who has never paid the blood money before” lol.. allaahu’akbar the humor of our habeebs masha’allaah [Umm Adam: Is it just me or does it seem like the Shaykh was NOT trying to be funny? Sounds like he was dead serious to me. So why was this interpretted as funny?!]
Alhamduillaah the Mashyakh are the inheritors of the Prophet salla allaahu alayhe wa sallaam, and we know that the prophet was known for his humor masha’allaah la haula wa la quwwata illa billaah.. We should try and act upon every sunnah as there is a great ajr alhamduilaah but insha’allaah with in the guidelines as narrated by rasool salla allahu alayhe wa sallaam who said: “Woe to the one who speaks and lies in order to make people laugh; woe to him, woe to him.” [Umm Adam: What about the other guidelines?] Narrated by Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi and al-Nasaa’i
May allaah subhanaahu wa ta’aala have mercy upon there souls ameen
Subhaanak Allaahumma Wa Bihamdika Ash-Hadu Anna Laa Ilaaha Illaa Anta Astagfiruka Wa Atoobu Ilayk
Excerpt taken from http://www.salafitalk.net/st/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=11&Topic=4488
This was troubling to me for several reasons. One, is that, it has let me know how important it is to be-careful whose translations you take from. A translator can easily manipulate what’s being translated and even misrepresent it. In the above case, how do we know that this was not indeed a serious matter, being turned into a laughing matter? Wreck-less driving is serious! Killing a person and having to pay the blood money (as Shaykh Bin Baz noted), being forgiven by their family, having your life taken in exchange for the life you took,or having it settle on The Day of Judgement – IS SERIOUS! However, by the time this tale was carried to us, it had “lol” inserted after every serious thing. This has in my opinion confused the people, who are now spreading it around the web as a humorous post. Which may have been said in all seriousness! I can see brothers now, reading this, driving faster than ever, and laughing about it!
I read on another blog, a schedule of various classes offered by the Shayook. At the end, it was casually slipped in, that the poster had ‘caught’ the Shaykh putting his teeth in before the lecture, but the Shaykh was not embarrassed! I was shocked. Since when has it become permissible to expose something you ‘caught’ a person doing? I guess it is OK, if you make it seem like the Shaykh is ‘cool like that’ and wasn’t embarrassed. Even so, does that make it OK to tell others who may have had no idea that the Shaykh had artificial teeth?
I will give husnaan thunnn in both examples and say that the carriers of these messages, were NOT intentionally backbiting the scholars. Maybe they were just excited about sharing something privy about them and did not realise that it could be considered backbiting. My concern is that, I have seen these copied, pasted and emailed around the Internet over and over, in a praiseworthy way. It makes me wonder if ANYBODY has brought this to the authors attention, that it may be considered backbiting* (I say maybe because I have no idea if the Shayook mind this being said about them). Or is it that since it is often passed off as ‘beneficial knowledge’ or the person is known for their ‘ilm’ or their ‘manhaj’ then it is OK? But don’t let a bored housewife, had written that…Oh Hell naw! It would have been on. Every error I pointed out and then some would have been mentioned and exploited to the hilt.
*The Prophet (salla allahu alayhi wa salaam) defined backbiting when he said: “Do you know what is meant by backbiting?” They said, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He said, “To say something about your brother which he dislikes.” One asked, “Even if what I say is true about my brother?” He replied, “If such defects you say are true about him, then you have backbitten him, and if he doesn’t have what you say, then you have committed slander against him.” (Related by Muslim, Abu Dawood, and Tirmidhi)
* To all those concerned about the possibility of me being deported (not that I buy that, I believe this is an intimidation tactic to get me to close down my blog) and gave examples of others who have found themself in some sort of trouble; why compare apples with oranges? The Saudi blogger who was recently jailed, is a reformer in a sovereign country – there is a world of a difference between that and the ramblings of a bored housewife. Not to mention, you keep making the scholars and rulers of this country look petty, everytime you bring up the possibility of action being taken because of my blog. The only action that will be taken is if trouble makers go out of their way to create trouble for me…or worse give me the Ayn (evil eye) and I seek refuge in Allah from that. In the mean time, if you are seriously concerned about me and not just trying to shut me up, make dua for me. Barakallahu feek wa jazakallahu khayr!