Response to Recent Lies of Shadeed Muhammad

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

إن الحمد لله نحمده ، و نستعينه ، ونستغفره ، ونعوذ بالله من شرور أنفسنا ، ومن سيئات أعمالنا
من يهده الله فلا مضل له ، ومن يضلل فلا هادي له ، وأشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له وأ شهد أ ن محمداً عبدُه و رسولُه

Allah -The Most High-has warned the believers from lying and distorting the truth in His Glorious book, Allah said:

فَسِيرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ فَانْظُرُوا كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ

{Go throughout the earth and see what was the punishment for those who lied.} Sûrat Âl-‘Imrân (3:137)

فَسِيرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ فَانْظُرُوا كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ

{Go throughout the earth and see what was the punishment for those who lied.} Sûrat An-Nahl (16:36) and others.

Allah -The Most High and Exalted- also stated:

فَلَا تُطِعِ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ

{Do not obey the liars.} Sûrat Al-Qalam (68:8)

In addition, our Lord has reprimanded those who lie in over 160 verses in the Quran, and although these verses were revealed concerning those who disbelieved and lied against the Prophets and Messengers, their warnings are generally applied to everyone who adapts this reprehensive characteristic.

Our Glorious Lord also ordered His servants with justice and to speak that which is true. He -The Most High – stated:

وَلَا تَلْبِسُوا الْحَقَّ بِالْبَاطِلِ وَتَكْتُمُوا الْحَقَّ وَأَنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ

{And do not cover the truth with falsehood, and conceal the truth while you are aware}.Sûrat Al-Baqara (2:42)

He -The All Knowing – also stated:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِين

{Oh you who believe, fear Allah and be with those who are truthful.} Sûrat At-Taubah (9:119)

He -The All Just – also stated:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ

{Indeed Allah orders (the people) to be just and to display good conduct.}Sûrat An-Nahl (16:90)

Based on the above, it is clear to every Muslim whom Allah has blessed to understand His admonitions that lying is not permissible in Islam and is considered to be from the worst of characteristics. It is because of this that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم stated:

عَلَيْكُمْ بِالصِّدْقِ فَإِنَّ الصِّدْقَ يَهْدِي إِلَى الْبِرِّ وَإِنَّ الْبِرَّ يَهْدِي إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ وَمَا يَزَالُ الرَّجُلُ يَصْدُقُ وَيَتَحَرَّى الصِّدْقَ حَتَّى يُكْتَبَ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ صِدِّيقًا وَإِيَّاكُمْ وَالْكَذِبَ فَإِنَّ الْكَذِبَ يَهْدِي إِلَى الْفُجُورِ وَإِنَّ الْفُجُورَ يَهْدِي إِلَى النَّارِ وَمَا يَزَالُ الرَّجُلُ يَكْذِبُ وَيَتَحَرَّى الْكَذِبَ حَتَّى يُكْتَبَ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ كَذَّابًا ‏”‏

 “It is upon you to be truthful, for indeed truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Jennah. A man will continue to be truthful and seek the truth until he is written with Allah as a truthful individual. And beware of lying, for verily lying leads to indecency and indecency leads to the Hell-fire. A man will continue to lie and seek dishonesty until he is labeled with Allah as a liar.”

[Saheeh Muslim]

Our beloved Prophet Muhammedصلى الله عليه و سلم the one who called to all forms of good character, has cautioned us from oppressing others, he said:

اتَّقوا الظُّلمَ ، فإنَّ الظُّلم ظُلُماتٌ يومَ القيامة

Beware of oppression, for indeed it will be darkness on the Day of Judgment.”

[Saheeh Muslim]

Our beloved Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم also informed that the oppression of an individual toward his brother will not be pardoned by Allah. He stated:

وأمّا الظلمُ الّذي لا يتركُهُ اللهُ فظُلمُ العبادِ بعضُهمْ بعضًا حتى يَدِينَ لبعضِهِمْ من بعضٍ

“As for the oppression which Allah will not pardon; this is the oppression of the servants toward one another. This will not be pardoned until the oppressed individual receives (the good deeds) from the one who has oppressed him. ”The Musnad of Abu Dawood al Tayalisee and declared Hasan by Al Albanee [Silsilah Saheehah: 1927]

When the true believer reads and understands such admonitions, he will do his level best to avoid such undignified, deceitful character.

Recently, I was informed that Shadeed Muhammad has written an article in which he mentioned my name in a debasing, humiliating manner. After hearing this information I sincerely hoped that his speech would be based on proofs and substantial statements so that I may be corrected or defend that which I believe to be the truth. To my great dismay, while reading his statements, I realized this individual only sought to attack my character and honor. Although he desperately tries to cover up his attack by presenting himself to be knowledgeable and of high intellect, the reality of his speech is that it is merely a baseless attack on my character in a clumsy attempt to discredit anything that I have done for the religion of Allah. In his cunning manner, he also reverts to using lies in order to convince the reader that Mustafa has no Islamic academic knowledge and therefore should not be listened to or taken from.

Before reading his statements and my responses to them, it is important for the reader to know that in no way do I intend to praise myself nor will I continue to argue with someone who I feel has no foundation to argue upon. Rather, he seeks to waste my valuable time and the reader’s time in futile argumentation instead of presenting a knowledge-based platform for discussion and debate. Consequently, I inform my beloved brothers that I don’t intend to continue to participate in this pointless feud.

Allah, The All Aware, stated in His Glorious book:

لَا يُحِبُّ اللَّهُ الْجَهْرَ بِالسُّوءِ مِنَ الْقَوْلِ إِلَّا مَنْ ظُلِمَ ۚ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ سَمِيعًا عَلِيمًا

{Allâh does not like that the evil should be uttered in public except by him who has been wronged. And Allâh is Ever All-Hearer, All-Knower}. Sûrat An-Nisâ’ (4:148)

It is for this reason why I will take time out of my schedule to respond to the lies and distortion of the truth regarding me and my honor. In a recent article Shadeed Muhammed mentioned several statements concerning me, and from amongst them was:

  1. I joined the Islamic University of Madina in the mid 90’s.
  2. I graduated in 2006, indicating that it took me almost 10 years to complete a 6 year Bachelorette course.
    1. I was always absent and had very low grades.
    2. He is ashamed to call me a graduate.
    3. I am teaching English in Riyadh, and have been doing so ever since I graduated from the Islamic University of Madina in 2006.
    4. I am completely detached from the Muslim community in the West.
    5. The article that I complied on the ruling of Muslims studying in mixed universities was comical and a disservice to the Muslims living in the West.

The above statements are a summary of what was mentioned by this individual. Now, I will briefly respond to each statement while asking Allah to guide my pen and heart in that which I write and intend.

Response to lie #1: I joined the Islamic University of Madina in the mid 90’s.

According to my high school diploma, I graduated from high school in 1993(I began truly practicing Islam in 1994). In September of 1994 I was studying engineering in New York Institute of Technology (College) in Manhattan, NYC. According to my tax documents at the age of 18 and 19 (1994, 1995) I was present in America working for the Federal Express Corp. so that I could pay for college. According to the stamps on my passport, I first came to Saudi Arabia in 1996 (at the age of 20), after receiving a transfer from Federal Express Corp., which allowed me to transfer from 34th street in Manhattan, to Mecca’s (Saudi Arabia) FedEx branch. After residing in Saudi for 1 year I was then granted a scholarship and I joined the Islamic University of Madina and started the language program in September 1997. All of the above facts are known by many brothers who were present in Saudi Arabia and met me when I first arrived for work in 1996, and then when I joined the university in 1997. These facts are also available on official documents, some of which can be viewed at the end of this brief clarification.

Where then, does Shadeed get his information that I joined the Islamic University of Madina in mid 1990’s?

Response to lie #2: I graduated in 2006.

According to my university degree I graduated from the Islamic University of Madina in the academic year 2003/2004 (see attached picture), which means that I completed the 6 year program in 7 years. This indicates that it only took me one extra year to complete the program, and not almost 10 as mentioned by Shadeed. I was never from amongst those who delayed their studies for the purpose of spending more time in Madina. In fact, anyone who knows me would say that I was totally against this idea. Therefore, I only took one extra year to complete the program as a result of personal issues and critical circumstances.[1]

Response to lie #3: I was always absent and had very low grades.

For my first five years in the university, I was only absent 3-4 times. I was never known to be absent from lessons until I began to have children and at a later time due to marital problems which was in my 3rd year of college.[2] As for my grades, my stamped university transcripts prove that once again Shadeed is terribly wrong. During my two years in the language program I was from amongst the top students of my class achieving ‘Mumtaz’ (excellent) each year, except for the last level when I achieved ‘Jayid Jiddan’ (very good). Upon entering the college of Hadeeth and trying to tackle the huge academic gap, by the grace of my Lord, I still was able to achieve good grades. I was known by my instructors for being diligent in my studies and I was also known for having very good memorization skills masha Allah, and because of this some of my highest grades were always in Quran and Hadeeth. In addition to the aforementioned, during my stay in Madina I was chosen to be responsible for distributing the financial assistance provided by Sheikh Abdul Muhsin al ‘Abaad حفظه الله to his students. This position is only held by individuals who are consistent in their attendance to the lessons and are known by those close to the Sheikh. I would have not been given this responsibility if I was known for being a poor student not dedicated to his studies.

Once again the question is posed, where is Shadeed getting this false information from, and why hasn’t he sought to verify it before publically presenting false, deceitful statements?

Response to statement #4: He is ashamed to call me a graduate.

Our Lord -The Most High and Exalted – has commanded us not to insult one another.

Allah –The All Just- mentioned:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا يَسْخَرْ قَوْمٌ مِنْ قَوْمٍ عَسَىٰ أَنْ يَكُونُوا خَيْرًا مِنْهُمْ وَلَا نِسَاءٌ مِنْ نِسَاءٍ عَسَىٰ أَنْ يَكُنَّ خَيْرًا مِنْهُنَّ ۖ وَلَا تَلْمِزُوا أَنْفُسَكُمْ وَلَا تَنَابَزُوا بِالْأَلْقَابِ ۖ بِئْسَ الِاسْمُ الْفُسُوقُ بَعْدَ الْإِيمَانِ ۚ وَمَنْ لَمْ يَتُبْ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الظَّالِمُونَ

{Oh you, who believe, do not ridicule one another. It may be that the one who is being ridiculed is better than the one ridiculing him. Nor let some women ridicule others. It may be that the female who is ridiculed is better than the one performing the ridicule. Nor should you insult one another by nicknames. How bad is it to insult another person after having faith. And whoever does not repent, then such a person is an oppressor.}
Sûrat Al Hujurât (49:11)

This temperament that is being displayed by Shadeed is not Islamically acceptable, especially from someone who claims to be a caller to Islam. Is this temperament in accordance with the Quranic verse present on the opening page of Shadeed’s website (Invite to the path of your Lord with wisdom and fair speech, and debate with them in a manner which is better.)?

In my article concerning mixed universities, I did not speak ill of him nor debase him. I merely brought to his attention and the public’s attention that he had mistakenly transmitted something that the Noble Sheikh Saalih bin Muhammad al-Luhaydaan حفظه الله did not say. It was upon Shadeed to accept that he had made a mistake and convey this to the people in a humble manner. Instead we find that he doesn’t in anyway seek to correct the matter, but rather he insists on arguing against that which is established and taken from the Quran and authentic Sunnah as it relates to mixing in universities. In addition to his constant baseless argumentation, he also approved that an article written by an individual who has neither knowledge nor any right to speak about Islam, be placed on his website.

Some time ago, before the affair of Shadeed Muhammed became known to the masses in the West, individuals from his website contacted me and requested that some of my articles be placed on his website. I agreed and the articles were placed there. My question then is: If he was ashamed to call me a graduate, then why would he agree for my articles to be placed on his website? Either he has forgotten this, or due to my clarification of his mistake in the mixed university issue, he has now only come to the conclusion that I am not a real student, and therefore he is ashamed to call me a graduate.

As for being a real student or a fake student or true graduate …, indeed that affair is with Allah. I do not claim to be real or fake, nor do I use the fact that I am a graduate of Madina University to gain any type of status neither in this life nor in the next.[3] You have students of knowledge and graduates who have contributed tremendously in the social and religious development of the Muslims in their communities, and you have those who have only caused discord and havoc and continuously seek to expose the negligence of the Salafi communities in the West. These individuals have proven themselves to be more harmful than positive in changing and assisting the present struggle of the Salafi communities in the West.

I myself (and I hope and believe this is the same for the rest of the Salafi callers in the West), merely seek to please my Lord and benefit the people to the best of my ability, hoping that my Lord will forgive me and enter me into His everlasting paradise.

Response to lie #5: I am teaching English in Riyadh.

Upon completing my studies at the Islamic University in Madina, I first returned to the states and assumed the position of Imam at Masjid Muslimeen in Brooklyn, NY where I delivered Friday Khutbah, taught Islamic lessons, and taught Arabic language lessons in Brooklyn and in other cities in America.[4]  After experiencing some administrative problems there, I returned to the Middle East and began working to support my family in the U.A.E. I remained there for close to two years and then returned to Riyadh. I have never been an English teacher in Riyadh. In 2007 when I joined an international school in Riyadh I was hired as an Islamic Education Instructor. I taught Islamic Education for three years and then I was promoted to Vice Principal.[5] Since I have been in Riyadh I have never been an English instructor except privately from time to time to make extra cash at night, and even in doing that, by the mercy of Allah I consistently attend the lessons of the senior scholars and this is known by the scholars and brothers who reside in Riyadh. If residing in the land of the Muslims while working to support my family and continue to sit with the scholars is something blameworthy, then indeed some of Shadeed’s supports deserve the same dispraise that I have received from him and thus it is expected that he likewise admonishes them for such actions.

In addition to the above, the senior scholars who I have studied under, translated for, and consulted concerning my presence in Saudi Arabia have all supported what I am presently doing. They are pleased with the fact that I am supporting my family and continuing to study and benefit the English speaking community in Riyadh and abroad, and they consider it to be praiseworthy.

Response to lie #6: I am completely detached from the Muslim community in the West.

I don’t wish to praise myself nor do I intend to do so with the following information. When I lived in the U.A.E from 2006-2007 I arranged lessons with the English speaking community in Sharjah. We conducted lessons once a month which by the grace of Allah, was considered very beneficial for those who attended. These lessons were recorded and are present on the internet for others to benefit from.

While residing in the U.A.E I continued to stay in touch with the scholars and translate questions and answers by them and post them on the internet. These questions and answers are dated back to 2006 and are still available for people to benefit from. There are even questions answered by scholars who are no longer alive, the likes of: Sheikh Ahmed al Najmi, Sheikh Abdullah Aqeel, and Sheikh Abdullah Ghudayan (may Allah have mercy on all of them).

These scholars have passed away but by the mercy of Allah, their knowledge is still present on the internet in English for people to benefit from. (Many of these audio recordings are also available with me).

Upon arriving in Riyadh in 2007, by the mercy of Allah, I continued to sit with the scholars and benefit from their sound knowledge and wisdom. Within one year Allah decreed that Sheikh Abdullah Ghudayan رحمه الله agreed to conduct lessons with the English speaking community in Riyadh. We conducted lessons with him for three years and then Allah took his soul. During that time I also conducted live tele-link sessions with Sheikh Ghudayan رحمه الله and the communities in the West. It even took place that one time Sheikh Ghudayan   رحمه الله was absent and he requested from me to conduct the lesson in the masjid on his behalf. After he passed away these sessions along with a biography of the Sheikh were placed on the Internet for the English speaking Muslims to benefit from.

Upon the passing away of Sheikh Ghudayan رحمه الله, I approached Sheikh Luhaydan حفظه الله (a senior scholar and close friend of Sheikh Ghudayan رحمه الله), and requested that he continue teaching the Western community residing in Riyadh. The Sheikh agreed and we have been studying with him for more than two years now and these lessons are broadcasted live on the Internet for the Western community to benefit from.

The English speaking families residing in and outside of Riyadh also greatly benefit from the gatherings of knowledge which are held in Riyadh during the course of the year. We have had several guest speakers, the likes of: Sheikh Abdullah Ghudayan رحمه الله, Sheikh Salih al Suhaimee حفظه الله, Sheikh Abdullah Bukhari حفظه الله, Sheikh Ali Hadadee حفظه الله, Sheikh Muhammad Ramzan al Hajiree حفظه الله, Sheikh Asim al Qaryutee حفظه الله, Sheikh Muhammad Khamees حفظه الله, Sheikh Abdullah Dhufaree حفظه الله, Sheikh Muhammad al Fifee حفظه الله, and others.

These lessons are attended by hundreds of Western families from within, and outside of Riyadh, and the responsibility of translation is shared by me and another student of knowledge.

The idea of having regular gatherings where English speaking families can attend for the purpose of listening to live translated lessons has now spread to other cities in Saudi Arabia. Brothers from various cities have contacted us in Riyadh requesting for assistance in establishing the same sort of knowledge gatherings in their cities in Saudi Arabia. The news has also reached many scholars and they are also pleased with this action and have informed us of their encouragement and support. Some scholars have even paid for the cost of the gatherings from their own personal budget.

Although these gatherings are present in Saudi Arabia, indeed those present in the West benefit by two, if not more means. These include:

  1. The lessons are broadcast live allowing the various Western communities to follow.
    1. When individuals residing in Saudi Arabia return to their lands, they can inform the people of that which they have gained of beneficial knowledge and wise character from sitting with the scholars.
    2. The children and wives of the brothers working in Riyadh are in much need of these gatherings of knowledge. It has been a means for their Islamic and family development and has been a tremendous support for them while residing in Saudi Arabia. When and if their children return to the West, it allows them to have a foundation of knowledge to protect themselves from the ills of the society they return to.

In addition to the above, while residing in the U.A.E and Riyadh, I have been able to complete the translation and compilation of several Islamic works that have benefitted the English-speaking Muslim communities.

These works include:

  1. The Forbiddance of Homosexuality by Imam al Aajuree رحمه الله, (which is an important work due to the widespread indecency of homosexuality in the West.)
    1. How to Benefit from Islamic Seminars by Sheikh Saleh Al Sheikh حفظه الله (which was translated with the intention of assisting Muslims in the West in benefiting most from the yearly Islamic conferences conducted in the West.)
    2. The Keys of Good by Sheikh ‘Abdul Razzaq al ‘Abaad حفظه الله.
    3. A Brief Response to Some of the Beliefs of the She’at.
    4. Benefits from the Life of Sheikh ‘Abdullah al Aqeel حفظه الله.
    5. Etiquettes of the Muslims within the Houses of Allah (which was compiled for the purpose of advising the Muslims in the West about their etiquettes and manners while attending the Masjids.)
    6. The Ruling on Muslims Attending Mixed Universities.

There are also others, which I ask Allah to accept from me. I also ask that He pardons me for not assisting His religion with greater dedication and commitment.

With all of this being said, is it just to claim that Mustafa George is completely detached from the social/religious affairs of the Muslims in the West?

Response to statement #7: The article which Mustafa compiled was comical and a disservice to Muslims living in the West.

The article which was compiled and translated informed of the Islamic ruling on Muslims attending mixed universities. It was supported with concrete proofs and evidences from the Quran, the authentic Sunnah, and statements of the scholars of the past and present on the issue of mixing between the sexes. The scholars who derived the ruling from the main sources of Islamic jurisprudence did not in any way specify that this ruling is isolated to a particular country or society. This is because Islam, as it was taught by our beloved Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم over 1,400 years ago is the same Islam that is mandatory for the Muslims in all countries, cultures and societies to practice and implement until the Day of Judgment. What was haram and halaal over 1,400 years ago will continue to be haram and halaal until the creation is brought in front of their Lord. Allah, The Mighty and Majestic, said concerning the religion that is preferred by Him:

إِنَّ الدِّينَ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ الْإِسْلَامُ

{Truly, the religion with Allâh is Islâm.} Sûrat Âl-‘Imrân (3:19)

He -The Most High- also mentioned:

الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا

{Today I have completed your religion, I have concluded My blessing, and I am pleased with Islam as a religion.} Sûrat Al-Mâ’idah (5:3)

Allah, The All Wise, likewise mentioned concerning His legislation:

وَلَنْ تَجِدَ لِسُنَّةِ اللَّهِ تَبْدِيلًا

{And you will not find any change in the Way of Allâh.} Sûrat Al-Ahzâb (33:62)

The aforementioned verses are clear proofs that the religion of Allah, along with its divine and just rulings, is suitable and applicable in every place and time.

Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz رحمه الله stated:

The religion of Allah is Islam and it is suitable and applicable for every time and place until the Day of Judgment. [Mejmu’o al Fatawa 9/200].

Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz رحمه الله he also mentioned while addressing the situation of the Muslims in non-Muslim countries:

From that which is important to inform, as it relates to the Muslim minorities in the non-Muslim countries, from the greatest of affairs related to them is that they strictly adhere to the religion of Allah. They should seek knowledge of the religion and adhere to it in all situations and circumstances; whether at  times of ease or times of difficulty, while having good health, or sickness, while travelling or not, in all situations and circumstances. This is the obligation upon every Muslim male and female wherever they reside. It is upon them to abide by the religion of Allah and to be patient in doing so. They should hold fast to the religion with their molar teeth, especially during present times; times which are strange, Islam is strange and the enemies are several in number while those who support and defend the Islam are few in number.  Thus it is incumbent upon every Muslim, and specifically the Muslim minority residing in non-Muslim countries, to adhere to the religion of Allah and to seek knowledge related to this religion so that they can act upon knowledge, and so that they can perform the obligations that Allah has legislated for them to follow, and so that they can abstain from that which Allah has forbade, and they do this upon knowledge and understanding. They should do so in order that they become prime examples for others.[Al Aqaliyat al Muslimah pg.14]

Sheikh Muhammad bin Saleh al ‘Uthaymeen رحمه الله stated: The Islamic legislation is suitable for every time and place… (He then said) not only is it suitable, but (its implementation) will rectify every time and place. [Fatawa and Duroos Haram al Madanee: tape number 65 side A]

Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Ala Sheikh حفظه الله, stated:

The religion of Islam and its legislation is inclusive of all good in this life and the next. This is the religion of Islam; it is a religion of worship and it is suitable for every time and place. [Mujela Buhooth al Islamiyah 13/71]

Sheikh Saleh bin Fowzan حفظه الله was asked:

What is your opinion of the statement of an individual who claims that he does not accept the rulings of the scholars of Saudi Arabia because they have not studied and researched the affair of the Muslims in America?

The Sheikh responded: That which is haram in Saudi Arabia, is haram in America. This is the statement of an individual who seeks to disconnect the people from the scholars. [Questions and Answers at the end of the lesson: Ighathatil Lahfan, Riyadh, 2013]

The above Quranic proofs and scholarly statements clearly inform and explain that the legislation of Islam is applicable and suitable for every time and place. Consequently, how can an individual believe that the prohibition of men and women mixing in an educational environment is not applicable for Western society? But greater than that, how can a student of knowledge support the belief that in order for scholars to reach an accurate conclusion regarding the affairs of the Muslims in the West, they will first have to study the current affairs of the Muslims in the West in depth, and that until this is done, their rulings regarding prominent social/religious issues should be avoided because they are based on ignorance and lack of knowledge.[6] This, in a nutshell, is what was presented by the individual whose article was placed on Shadeed’s website in response to what was written concerning Muslims attending mixed universities in the West.

At any rate, I will begin to conclude this brief clarification by saying indeed we all would like to see the Salafi Muslim communities in the West prosper and flourish with knowledge, emaan, worldly gain, and stability. However, what must be kept in mind is that this will only come about when we hold fast to our religion as it was revealed by our Lord and implemented by the Prophet and his noble companions, in addition to working hard to correct the ills present within the communities.

Allah -The Most Merciful- stated:

وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنْكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ كَمَا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِهِمْ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ دِينَهُمُ الَّذِي ارْتَضَىٰ لَهُمْ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّهُمْ مِنْ بَعْدِ خَوْفِهِمْ أَمْنًا ۚ يَعْبُدُونَنِي لَا يُشْرِكُونَ بِي شَيْئًا

{Allah has promised those who believe from amongst you and do righteous deeds, that He will allow them to inhabit the earth just as He allowed those who came before them to do so, and He will establish for them the religion that He is pleased with. He will also replace their fear with safety. They will worship Him and not commit partners with Him.}
Sûrat An-Nûr (24:55)

The above verse is a promise from our Lord, and indeed He does not break His promise. But if at any moment we believe that we can alter the Islamic legislation (with the justification that our communities are struggling and we need professionals to support them) and turn our backs on the advice and direction of the scholars of Islam, those whom Allah has granted sound wisdom and understanding of His religion, then we will certainly blame ourselves when we fail in the long run.

Lastly, it is important to mention that although what takes place is some Salafi communities in the West of harms and vices are certainly displeasing, the questions that pose themselves are:

  1. What is the benefit of mentioning the ills of the Salafi communities in the West in an article which is intended to advise someone who has apostated from Islam? Indeed most would agree that the last thing he (the apostate) needs is to be reminded of the faults of the Salafi communities.
    1. What is the benefit of mentioning the specific names of individuals who Shadeed holds to be some of the main causers of trouble in the Salafi community in the West in an article authored to advise an apostate? Would this be a means of calling this individual back to the correct path?
    2. Has Shadeed Muhammed done a thorough, extensive study and an accurate comparison of all, or most non-Salafi communities in the West, and thus has based his comparison on significant findings? The reality is, if one were to visit the non-Salafi communities in the West and inquire about their problems, he would shockingly come to know that they too share the same social grievances of the Salafi communities[7]. A proof for this is the fact that in many prisons in the United States and England, you have a large number of Arab and Indo-Pak inmates who are not at all connected or associated with the Salafi communities in those countries. Likewise if one were to visit, for example, Masjid Takwa in Brooklyn New York, or Masjid Farook on Atlantic Avenue in New York, and speak to those in authority in these masjids, you will find that they too complain of them losing or having totally lost grip on the younger generation of Muslims. Many of their sons are no longer practicing Islam, their daughters have taken off their hijabs and now are indulging in indecent relationships with the opposite or even the same sex. Some time ago BBC did a complete program focused on Asian gangs in the UK, in which most, if not all members of these gangs are from Asian Muslim families who are not associated with Salafi communities, but rather, they are associated with those communities which Shadeed constantly describes as being advanced and going somewhere! It is likewise becoming more common in the West that Indo-Paks from Muslim families, are converting to Christianity, and thus you have forums and websites supporting them. Once again, these individuals were never associated with the Salafi communities.

Upon Sheikh Muqbil al Wadi’ee’s (may Allah have mercy on him) visit to America, he informed of the many horrific stories which he heard from the Yemeni Muslim community in California. Some individuals approached him and informed that their daughters lost their virginity before marriage to disbelieving men, while others informed that their wives and/or sisters are having extra marital relationships with foreign men, and the list goes on.[8] As I have stated, the stories which were told to the Sheikh were told to him by Arab Muslims living in America which is a clear indication that they too suffer from what the African-American Salafi communities suffer from. This proves that in reality, the Muslim (Salafi and non-Salafi) communities in the West all share the same frustrations related to raising children, marital disputes, crimes committed by Muslims, etc. even though those Arab, or Indo-Pak communities have a greater number of professionals who support the communities, they own large, beautiful buildings and at times have established schools, where as many of the Salafi communities do not have the same luxuries as they do. None the less, the Salafi communities indeed must strive harder to:

  1. Educate their community members and their families upon Tawheed and abstinence from Shirk.
  2. Cultivate the character of the members of their communities and those who attend or visit their masjid or organization.
  3. Provide larger and more comfortable places of worship for the believers, and more suitable educational institutions for our Muslim women and children.
  4. Call the society, as a whole, to the pure religion of Allah.

All of the above (and more) must be striven for and accomplished, with the commands of Allah and His Messenger being the measures by which we work for success and improvement. In no way is it acceptable that one persistently highlights and focuses on the dilemmas present in the Salafi communities as a means of rectification. It would be more beneficial that instead of persistently highlighting these dilemmas, he breaks his pen of criticism and grabs a shovel, for indeed his pen is not that which will build and develop our communities!

As for the five lies of Shadeed presented in his recent article, then all of these lies have been responded to with absolute, undeniable proofs. However, many questions arise:

  1. Why would Shadeed make up lies, and why would he fabricate statements that can be easily responded to with documentation and evidence?
    1. Why wouldn’t he search and investigate before seeking to blemish and debase someone’s honor?
    2. Is lying something minute in the eyes of Shadeed that he would not take time to properly investigate before belittling another Muslim?

Till now, he still has not informed the public that he was mistaken in transmitting the fatwa of Sheikh Saleh al Luhaydan حفظه الله concerning mixed universities.

  1. What is the reason for this delay, even if he himself disagrees with the Sheikh’s حفظه الله, opinion?
    1. Why won’t he humble himself and clarify this mistake to the public so that they can see his sincerity and honesty?

In closing, I advise Shadeed to take some more time out to learn his religion, because his recent actions and statements are possible indications that he needs to become more grounded in Islamic knowledge and propagation. The Muslim communities are in desperate need of individuals who:

  1. Have gained a strong foundation in the matters of Aqeedah, Minhaj, and Fiqh (preferably at the feet of the scholars).
    1. Are sincere in their quest to teach the Muslims the foundations of Tawheed and strict adherence to the authentic Sunnah (and this sincerity is displayed in their statements and actions).
    2. Try their level best to warn the Muslim communities of everything detrimental to their religion (i.e. shirk, innovation, deviant methodologies, dishonest dealings, etc.).
    3. Display the best of character in calling the masses to the religion of Allah.
    4. Work diligently to correct their defects, that of their communities, and finally the Muslim Ummah as a whole.

This is that which I have to offer in this short, constricted time. I ask Allah to guide those whom have gone astray back to the straight path, and I ask Him to allow us to die in a manner which is pleasing to Him.

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His slave and messenger Muhammad, and upon his family members and companions.

Mustafa George DeBerry | June 4th, 2013 |Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

(Please view the picture attachments below)

Picture Attachments

The above picture is my university certificate showing the ending of my name, my country, city, and the academic graduation year 2003/2004.

 

The above picture is the certificate awarded from the Islamic University of Madina language program stating my name, nationality, year of completion and grade: Jayid Jiddan (very good).

The above picture is a letter of praise from Sheikh Khalid Radadee (a teacher in  Madina and one who Shadeed has great respect for). In this letter Sheikh Khalid حفظه الله (who taught me during my stay in Madina) states that while studying in the Islamic University, he knew me to be diligent in seeking knowledge.

The above tax document states my name, city, and year of tax return (1995)


[1] The question and answer sessions which I compiled between 2006 -2007 are present on the internet. They clearly indicate dates, and my place of residence (U.A.E). It is sad that Shadeed would make such an incorrect statement, or blatant lie about something that can easily be researched on the internet.

[2] Towards the end of my 3rd year in college I was informed that my scholarship in the university may be in jeopardy due to me being absent a number of times in the second term. Upon receiving this information I approached the university administration and presented to them evidence that a person in America sent me a car (by sea cargo), but the car was stolen upon arriving at the sea port in Jeddah, which required that I appear in court in Jeddah during school hours. After investigating the documents and with the intervention of Sheikh ‘Abdul Razzaq al ‘Abaad (may Allah preserve him) my claim was proven to be authentic and the administration apologized and allowed me to continue my studies. What also proved to the administration that I was honest in my claim was the fact that I had received good grades prior to this occurrence and I was not known for being tardy or absent. This was the reason why at that time, other students’ files were closed but mine was not and I completed my studies and thereafter graduated from the university. All of the car shipment and police documents are still present with me till this day and can be viewed by anyone who requests to see them. There is no reason for me to lie in this matter or any matter and I seek refuge in Allah from being amongst those who are not truthful.

[3] At times we have witnessed students who, due to family circumstances, they were not able to complete their studies in the Islamic University. Some of these individuals, although they did not graduate, upon returning to their countries, they provided great support as it relates to teaching and cultivating the people in their communities. It is for this reason that we should clarify, being a graduate within itself, doesn’t prove that a person is a sincere, strong student of knowledge. At times you have graduates who have caused more harm than good upon returning to their communities. This indicates that the true criteria, as has been mentioned by the scholars of the past and present, is that which an individual is calling to and his dedication toward teaching the people, not what degree he has obtained.

[4]Shadeed is very much aware of this fact because during this time, his wife and my wife (who was still present in Madina) would occasionally gather and visit one another. He knows very well that I was present in America doing Da’wah work and that I wasn’t present in Riyadh teaching English.

[5] It is surprising to see that this individual would make this statement of falsehood when he himself resided in Riyadh for one year during the time that I was teaching Islamic Education at an international school. Not only did he live in the city, but his son attended my school and he also lived in the same apartment building as my Supervisor (Sabur Abdul Bassit). With all of this being said, it’s extremely hard to believe that he did not know that I was an Islamic Education teacher and not an English teacher.

[6] In a recent article authored by Sheikh Saleh al Fowzan he mentioned in response to someone who said:

If the fatwa of the Sheikh (Saleh al Fowzan) was presented to him once again (for review), he would indeed retract his statement. (summarized)

Sheikh Saleh responded: I seek refuge in Allah from retracting from the truth or to give a verdict without accurate contemplation and seeking the truth….!

Link: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/14527

[7] Along with the greater problem that many non-Salafi communities are involved in or support major or minor actions related to innovation, and some of them are even involved in and propagate actions which are considered Shirk.

[8]Al Rihlatul Akheerah Lil Imam al Jazirah by Umm Salamah al Salafiyah pg. 28.

 

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