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Pledge of Mutual Cooperation - Response

30 10 2007

Firstly, let me say that in posting this, my goal is not to support this opinion or cause fitnah and division.  Part of what we have lost is the ability to read differing opinions and rationally analyze what is being read and either accept or respectfully disagree with such an opinion without becoming emotionally vested in the topic. 

It is with this in mind, continuing the discussion (respectfully), and giving voice to differing opinions that I post this.  Have a read, and feel free to post your thoughts, insha’Allah.  And remember, we are all Muslim brothers and sisters at the end of this.

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Pledge of Mutual Respect: Aftermath

27 09 2007

teamwork1.jpgSome spirited discussion took place on MuslimMatters.org in the comments of the explanation of the pledge.  Concerns were raised that the pact legitimized variant strains of theology into the fold of Sunni Islam and that the signatories of the pledge should have gone back to the Ulamaa’ back home and taken their shura before jumping on board.  Shaykh Yasir Qadhi provided a response which insha’Allah is reproduced below (please note that I’ve editted grammar, spelling, and broken up paragraphs for the purposes of readability):

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Pledge of Mutual Respect

23 09 2007

What follows below is what I would consider a much needed peace treaty amongst all Sunni organizations which basically says, we’re Sunni, we’re Muslim, there are bigger problems out there than our inter-organizational bickerings, so let’s agree to disagree and be good to one another while we’re at it.

There was also a call in there for all the internet mujaahideen to basically get a life and do something productive like reading the Qur’aan, fasting, praying, and focusing on one’s own personal development.  I think this is probably the most key recommendation out of all of them.

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The Qaramitah

1 01 1990

Question:  Who are the Qaramitah?

Answered by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi
The Qaramitah (transliterate them as you will) are a heretical group of Sevener Shi`ites who had an informal relationship with the Fatimids but were not controlled by them. They were the only group in the history of the Ummah who had the ignoble ‘honor’ of ransacking the Ka`bah, stuffing the Well of Zamzam with the bodies of murdered hujjaj, and of stealing the Black Stone and holding it hostage for almost 3 decades, until the Fatimids intervened and negotiated with them its release back to the Ka`bah. They were very political and militant, feared by the masses and hated by the Caliphs. They were also strongly influenced by Manichean theology.





A Discussion of Authenticity

1 01 1990

An interesting discussion took place on the AlMaghrib forums regarding the authenticity of a specific hadith which, if authentic, condemns the practice of group dhikr.  The discussion started with the hadith quoted, followed by a response written elsewhere by one shaykh, and then the response by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi.  The discussion has been reproduced below:

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Hadith Scholars and their Aqidah

1 01 1990

Question:
In general, did scholars specializing in hadith after the first three generations participate in theological discourse, and if so, can we find a difference in their beliefs corresponding to that of the fiqh schools, or were they more impervious to deviance than scholars of other specialties?

Answered by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi
Hadeeth always had a more orthodoxizing effect on those who studied it. Hence, you will not find any major scholar of kalaam who was also a famous scholar of hadeeth. There are many later muhadithoon who were raised in an environment of kalaam (starting with al-Bayhaqi, and later with al-Nawawi and Ibn Hajar, the two most famous luminaries always quoted by the people of kalaam as their main representatives - and how we wish they were all like them!!), but none of them were theologians, or wrote works on kalaam. Both al-Nawawi and Ibn Hajar have positions that go against standard kalaam theology, and this is due to the barakah of their knowledge and intimacy with the sunnah.

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Questions about the Fuqahaa’

1 01 1990

Question:
Don’t the fuqahaa’ require a significant foundation in hadith as they must deal with primary sources for ijtihad?

Answered by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi
The fuqaha should theoretically be cognizant of the sciences of hadeeth, but life is too short for a single person to master all the sciences of Islam, or even most of them. Generally, it was rare for a person to be a master in more than one science. The famous Imams had typically mastered usool, hadeeth, and fiqh. Of course, I have no qualms in claiming that Ibn Taymiyyah was one also one such master (and his writings reflect what a true intellectual genius he was), but for the most part, a specialist in fiqh would not also be a master in hadeeth. It was sufficient that he be aware of the few hundred ahadeeth that formed the basis of fiqh (and these are all found in the explanatory works of any madhab). Hence it is all too common to find in such works every type of hadeeth, without great care regarding the authenticity or even source.

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What aqidah to the majority of scholars follow?

1 01 1990

Question:
Is it true that today the majority of Sunni Muslim SCHOLARS in the Ummah are Ash’arite?

Answered by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi
It’s difficult to state with certainty. Large generalizations are made, for example, since ‘this particular school’ is Ashari in theology, then all of its hundreds and thousands of graduates must also be so. However, in my personal experience, if you were to interview the vast majority (yes, the VAST majority) of the graduates of these schools, they have only a cursory understanding of theology in the first place. If you know what to ask (for example, are Allah’s actions characterized as being the wisest?), it is very possible to ‘trick’ them into giving response that are pure Sunni, despite the fact that they might verbally claim allegiance to kalaam theology.

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The Relationship between Aqidah and Fiqh

1 01 1990

Question:
What is the historic relationship between legal schools and theology?

Answered by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi
The relationship between the schools of legal thought and the schools of theology is a very lengthy topic, and one that is worthy of more attention. I honestly think it would be a great dissertation topic!

Briefly though, one needs to realize that the four great Imam all lived in different time periods. Hence, their fiqh was dependent on their contextual setting, and the amount and type of knowledge accessible to them (as you all have studied in the Code Evolved insha Allah). Also, their statements pertaining to aqeedah were likewise influenced.

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