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How Does One Seek Knowledge if He Cannot Reach The Scholars? Answered by Shaikh Dr. Ahmad bin ‘Umar Bazmoul (حفظه الله تعالى) (Originally translated in 2005, but recently updated with various additions and links)

How Does One Seek Knowledge if He Cannot Reach The Scholars?

Answered by Shaikh Dr. Ahmad bin ‘Umar Bazmoul (حفظه الله تعالى)

(Originally translated in 2005, but recently updated with various additions and links)[1]

Question: What does a person who wants to seek knowledge do if he is not able to reach the people of knowledge? Does he suffice with taking knowledge from books, and what is the methodology of doing so?

The Shaikh repeated the question and asked:

Is the person an Arabic speaker or a non-Arabic speaker?[2]

The questioner responds that he is an Arabic speaker.

The Shaikh answers:

As for seeking knowledge, the origin is that the Muslim travels to the scholars to gain knowledge from them if he does not have a scholar in his locality. What is befitting for him is to travel to the scholars if he is able. All praise is for Allah (عز و جل), during our present time means of communicating with the scholars have become widespread. (It has become easy for us to communicate with) the scholars who are upon the straight methodology and safe Aqeedah, but we will mention some easy affairs for the one seeking knowledge in our present time so that he can seek it while being in the confines of his home.

This is done in the following ways:

1. If he is able to call a scholar (one upon the Sunnah) if he has the financial means, him and a group of his friends can attend a class with the scholar. This is a means of seeking knowledge.


[1] All footnotes in this article are by the translator.

[2] This is an example of how the people of knowledge are eager to benefit the questioner, after having knowledge of the questioner and his specific needs, abilities and circumstances.


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Benefits Obtained during Our Recent Visit to The City of Shaikh Zaid bin Muhammad al Madkhali (رحمه الله تعالى)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Benefits Obtained during Our Recent Visit to The City of Shaikh Zaid bin Muhammad al Madkhali

(رحمه الله تعالى)


Jamad al Awal 12- 13, 1435 | March 13-14, 2014

During our recent visit to the city of Jizaan, the home of Shaikh Zaid al Madkhali رحمه الله تعالى, Allah blessed those visiting to come into the company of some of the scholars who were present, along with the students and family members of the Shaikh رحمه الله تعالى [1]. During that visit, we took notes of some statements that were made by the scholars and some of the Shaikh’s students, and likewise events, which took place that we felt, would possibly benefit the Salafi communities in the west.

From amongst those benefits:

  1. It was amazing to see how everyone in the city knew of the death of the Shaikh رحمه الله تعالى! Being that we haven’t visited the city in over 10 years, the location of the Shaikh’s home was not known to us, so while driving around the city, we asked normal (non-religious) people about the location of his home, and without delay or hesitation, they informed us exactly where it was located. There was even a man who had no signs of religion, but he said: He lives over there andإن شاء الله, we will be praying over him today after Asr!

This was a clear indication that the Shaikh رحمه الله تعالى was known by the people of his city, which informs of their love and respect for him. This is how the scholars are amongst the people, and that is why the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said concerning them:


إن العالم ليستغفرُ له مَنْ في السموات ومن فى الأرض حتى الحيتانُ فى الماء


“Everyone in the sky and everyone on earth supplicates for the scholar, even the fish within the sea.”

(Sunan Abu Dawood and Jam’e of Tirmidhee)
  1. Another example of the people of the city’s love for him: While purchasing books in one of the local bookstores, we came across a new book of the Shaikh Zaid bin Muhammad Al Madkhali رحمه الله تعالى that was recently published. Upon approaching the cash register, the worker noticed that the book was not yet priced. He then said: The book is not yet priced, and thus I cannot sell it to you out of fear of taking more money than the actual price. We replied: We have come from far and we don’t want to leave without the book. Upon hearing this, the store worker said: He was my Shaikh just like he was yours! I will give the book to you as a gift and once I find out its price, I will pay for it myself.

The Khutbah on the day of the Shaikh’s burial was delivered by Shaikh Muhammad bin Hadee al Madkhali حفظه الله تعالى. During the khutbah he spoke of the high status of the people of knowledge in Islam, and during the second part of the khutbah he mentioned the disappearance of knowledge by the passing away of the scholars, and then he mentioned the name of Shaikh Zaid رحمه الله تعالى and the calamity of his death. At that moment, many people began………..

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[1] A few brothers questioned the permissibility of travelling for the purpose of attending a funeral, due to the fatwa of the scholars that mention that doing so is not supported by Quran, nor Sunnah. We firstly ask Allah to increase those brothers in eman and knowledge, and then we say: It’s important for a student to understand the speech of a scholar correctly, and it’s also important that the fatwa is applied correctly. Those scholars, the likes of Shaikh Muhammad bin Saleh al ‘Uthaymeen (رحمه الله تعالى), have specifically spoken against travelling solely for the purpose of attending a funeral, but this speech does not apply to travelling with the intention of visiting the family and friends of someone who has died, for the purpose of giving condolences, and bringing ease to the family of the deceased person. Travelling for this purpose is allowed and the scholars have not spoken against it, which is the reason why a few scholars visited the family of Shaikh Zaid the following days after his death for the above purpose.

Shaikh ‘Abdul Azeez bin Baaz (رحمه الله تعالى) was asked: What is the ruling on travelling for the purpose of giving condolences to a relative or friend, and is it permissible to do so before the deceased person has been buried?

The Shaikh responded: I do not know of any prohibition in travelling for the purpose of giving condolences to a relative or friend, for indeed doing so brings comfort to the family of the deceased, strengthens the relationship, and gives them ease. There is also no problem in doing so before the burial or after it, but the closer it is to the time of the death, then it is greater in easing the pain of the calamity. (Mejmo’ Fatawa of Shaikh ‘Abdul Azeez bin Baaz 13/376)

Some Fawaaid Obtained While Being in The Company of Sheikh Muhammad bin ‘Umar Bazmoul (حفظه الله تعالى)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Some Fawaaid Obtained While Being in The Company of Sheikh Muhammad bin ‘Umar Bazmoul (حفظه الله تعالى)


Rabe’a al Awal 28, 1435h | February 28, 2014

A little over a week ago, the Western Salafi community of Riyadh had the opportunity to sit with Sheikh Dr. Muhammad bin ‘Umar Bazmoul حفظه الله. Indeed this was a wonderful experience because many of us had never met the Sheikh before, thus his visit was a great opportunity for us to sit with him and gain from his knowledge.

Note: These benefits that are mentioned below were not heard during the sitting because the Sheikh mentioned them while driving, and not in the public gathering with the brothers.

  1. We informed the Sheikh that we have been sitting with Sheikh Saleh al Luhaydan حفظه الله for 3 years now, and by the Grace of Allah, we have completed Kitab al Tawheed with English translation, and now we have started Al ‘Aqeedah al Wasitiyah. We also informed him that before beginning lessons with Sheikh Luhaydan حفظه الله, we previously studied several works with Sheikh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul Rahman al Ghudayan. Upon hearing this the Sheikh commented:

This is a tremendous blessing that Allah has bestowed upon the Western community in Riyadh, and I advise you to continue and benefit from the senior scholars as much as you can.

He furthermore advised that after completing Al ‘Aqeedah al Wasitiyah, that we choose a book other than an ‘Aqeedah book to read to Sheikh Luhaydan. He said: You should try to benefit from the Sheikh in various fields along with ‘Aqeedah.

He commented: Sheikh Luhaydan حفظه الله is from the most senior Salafi scholars today! He is firm in Aqeedah and Salafiyah. His support and call to Salafiyah is clear and this brings joy to the heart of the Salafi.

  1. We noticed that Sheikh Dr. Muhammad Bazmoul حفظه الله had a very strong love for Sheikh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul Rahman al Ghudayan رحمه الله. When we informed him that we sat with him for several years, he mentioned how knowledgeable the Sheikh was and how he too benefitted greatly from him during Sheikh  ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul Rahman al Ghudayan’s  رحمه الله visits to Mecca every year.
  1. The following morning after Sheikh Muhammad’s bin ‘Umar Bazmoul حفظه الله lecture at the Mufti’s masjid, he asked me: What do you think about the number of attendees? I said: “Sheikh, it was more than it usually is”. He replied: “Is this normal in Riyadh”? I said: “For the Thursday lectures, yes. The attendance is always low”. Upon hearing this, he said:” This is normal for the lessons of Ahlu Sunnah”! Then he went on to say: “It is mentioned in the books of the Salaf that people used to hear about the lessons of ‘Atta bin Abee Rabah (رحمه الله) in Mecca and how knowledgeable he was. Once they arrived in Mecca, they searched for his lessons but they were surprised to find him sitting with only a few students! The Sheikh also said: I was informed that Sheikh ‘Abdul Azeez bin Baaz used to give lessons after Fajr in the masjid near his home in Riyadh. One morning after salaah, a person said to him: Oh Sheikh! There is no need to give a lesson this morning, only a few people have come for the lesson. Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz رحمه الله   replied: Then I will give the lesson”.[1]
  2. The Sheikh was asked a question about translating books into other languages without seeking permission from the original author. He replied: If profit is made, then the original author has the right to receive a portion of this profit, and thus his permission should be sought. However, if no profit is being made, then it is not mandatory to seek his permission to translate his works.
  3. The Sheikh was asked: What is the most correct opinion regarding the validity of Talaq al Bid’ee?

He replied: Some forms of Talaq al Bid’ee are valid, while others aren’t. From those which are valid:

  1. If a man divorces his wife 3 times in one gathering, only 1 talaq is valid, but his action is bid’aa.
  2. If a man divorces his wife between 2 menses, but he has had intercourse with her, this is bid’aa, but the divorce is valid.

An example of the type which is not valid is if a man divorces his wife during her menses, this is bid’aa and the divorce is void.

These were some of the benefits that we obtained while driving with the Sheikh, many more can be heard on the audio recording, including:

  1. Advice for firmness upon the straight path
  2. Advice for new students of knowledge
  3. The importance of sitting with the scholars
  4. The importance of seeking knowledge and not allowing old age to hinder one from seeking knowledge
  5. The reason why some individuals will be prevented from drinking from the Prophets  (صلى الله عليه و سلم) basin on the Day of Judgment

And others….

May Allah bless the Sheikh and grant him success in this life and the next, and may Allah allow us to continue to benefit from him.

وصلى الله وسلم و بارك على نبينا محمد و على آهله و صحبه و سلم

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, K.S.A

Jamaad al Awal 8, 1435h | March 9, 2014

[1] This is an important point and reminder because the Hizbees always look at numbers, whereas the Salafi seeks the face of Allah and is not concerned with numbers. He seeks to benefit the people even if only one person attends his lessons!

The Audio of this Blessed Gathering.

Question’s &Answer’s While Being in The Company of Sheikh Muhammad bin ‘Umar

Bazmoul (حفظه الله تعالى)

Importance Of Knowing the Names of The Scholars.

 From The Saying Of Imaam An Nawawee  Rahimahullaah

Imam an Nawawee said:

The 1st thing a student should start with is memorization of the Glorious Quran. It is the most important knowledge.

(Source: Al Mejmoo’ Sharh al Muhathib)

Imam an Nawawee mentioned in one of his books, while discussing the importance of knowing the names of the scholars of the Salaf, he said:

From the importance (of knowing their names): They are our leaders and our Salaf, and they are similar to our parents. (They teach us) what is most beneficial for our next life; which is our final abode. They are the most sincere to us (in teaching) us what will benefit (our religion and worldly life). Indeed it is hideous that we are ignorant of them, and that we neglect learning about them.

(Source: Tahtheeb al Asmaa wa Lugaat 1/69 the intro by Imam al Nawawee)

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,

Seeking Knowledge in Our Time and Before Us

Sheikh Muhammad bin Hadee al Mudkhalee (may Allah preserve him) mentioned:

Questions: What is the reason why students and teachers of today are different from the scholars of the past, even though many of the present teachers have sat in lessons of the scholars, but you find that years pass and their knowledge is still weak, what is the reason for this?

The Sheikh replied:

According to my diligence in seeking the answer, and based on my observation – even thought I consider myself to be very deficient- the reasons are encompassed in 4 matters:

  1. The difference in the manner we presently seek knowledge, and its contradiction to the methodology of the early scholars.
  2. Becoming bored and uninterested; which affects a student during his studies, and thus it is possible he totally abandons seeking knowledge, or he becomes weak in doing so.
  3. One’s preference for comfort and ease in seeking knowledge and obtaining it.
  4. Allah knows best about this particular matter, and its affair is with Him; because it is a matter of the heart: The difference in the intention of seeking knowledge of the previous scholars and the present teachers and students, except for those whom Allah has mercy upon.

Source: Lecture titled: Seeking Knowledge in Our Time and Before Us

By Sheikh Muhammad bin Hadee al Mudkhalee (may Allah preserve him)

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, K.S.A

Safar 8, 1435|Dec. 11,2013

Scholars and Islamic Teachers Act Upon Their Knowledge

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


Scholars and Islamic Teachers Act Upon Their Knowledge


This is an extremely important characteristic which should be found in the individual who is in a position to teach the religion. He should be mindful that he has become an example for others to follow. With this being the case his statements and actions must be in accordance with what Islam legislates and encourages. This also demands that the teacher displays exemplary character, especially when in the presence of others. Allah – The Most High – mentioned in the Glorious Quran concerning Prophet Shua’ib alayhi salaam:


وَمَا أُرِيدُ أَنْ أُخَالِفَكُمْ إِلَى مَا أَنْهَاكُمْ عَنْهُ

{I do not wish to oppose that which I call you to} (Surah Hud)(11:88)


The famous companion Abu Darda (may Allah be pleased with him) said:


إن أخوف ما أخاف إذا وقفت على الحساب أن يقال لي: قد علمت، فماذا عملت فيما علمت


Indeed my greatest fear concerning standing on the Day of Judgment is that it will be said to me: You have learned, hence what have you done with your knowledge?!


(Jam’e Bayaan al ‘Elm wa Fadlihee #647)


Imam al Thahabee Rahimahullah mentioned on the authority of Abu ‘Umraan who said that Hiram bin Hayaan Rahimahullah said:


إِيَّاكُم وَالعَالِمَ الفَاسِقَ.


Beware of the sinful scholar.


When this statement reached ‘Umar ibn al Khattaab (radhiallahu anhu) he wrote to Hiram inquiring about it. Hiram  replied:


مَا أَرَدْتُ إِلاَّ الخَيْرَ، يَكُوْنُ إِمَامٌ يَتَكَلَّمُ بِالعِلْمِ، وَيَعْمَلُ بِالفِسْقِ، وَيُشَبِّهُ عَلَى النَّاسِ، فَيَضِلُّوا

I only intended good ‘oh Leader of the believers! If the scholar speaks with knowledge and then acts with sin, this will confuse the people and they will be led astray. (Tareekh al Islam 5/534)


Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz Rahimahullah said:


Another matter which relates to the student of knowledge with regards to his position with Allah firstly, and secondly with regards to his brothers and the society, is that he should fear Allah within himself. When he learns something, he is diligent in performing it without delay and procrastination. He learns and he acts upon it. It is incumbent that actions accompany knowledge. The student should constantly bring himself to account. (The Obligation of a Student of Knowledge pg.15)


Sheikh Muhammad bin Saleh al ‘Uthaymeen Rahimahullah mentioned:


It is incumbent upon the student of knowledge to act upon his knowledge. This includes belief, worship, manners, character and dealings with others. This is the fruit and result of knowledge. The carrier of knowledge is similar to the carrier of a weapon. This weapon could either defend him or harm him. It is because of this that the Prophet (May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

وَالْقُرْآنُ حُجَّةٌ لَكَ أَوْ عَلَيْكَ


The Quran is a proof for you or against you. (Sahih Muslim)


(Mejmoo’ Fatawaa 26/80)


It is vital that those who are in positions to teach the Muslim communities realize that they must set a good example and display fear of Allah in private and in open. It is due to this that Imam al ‘Awzai’ee Rahimahullah mentioned:

كنا نضحك ونمزح ، فلما صرنا يقتدى بنا خشيت أن لا يسعنا التبسم

We used to laugh, but when we became individuals who others followed, I feared that it was no longer befitting for us to smile.


(Al Madkal ila Sunan al Kubraa 1/448)


Although no Muslim would deny the permissibility of laughing, the above narration displays for us the great importance the Salaf gave to being cautious of one’s character, especially for those who are looked at as examples in the Muslim communities.


Sheikh Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz Rahimahullah said while discussing the great status that Allah has given to the people of knowledge, he said:


The scholars are on a higher level than the layman. This is due to the enormous effect they have on the people, and the tremendous benefit they disperse to the masses. (Knowledge and the Character of its People pg.7)


It is due to this fact that the Salaf were very keen to monitor the teacher’s character before taking knowledge from him. Ibraheem al Nakha’ee Rahimahullah said:



كانوا إذا أتوا الرجل ليأخذوا عنه نظروا إلى هديه وسمته وصلاته ثم أخذوا عنه

If they (students of knowledge) approached an individual for the purpose of study, they would first examine his guidance, character and prayer. Then they would take knowledge from him. (At Temheed 1/48)


In light of this information, it is befitting that the Muslim communities are cautious who they take their knowledge from. They should not lend their ears to any and every individual, even if those individuals claim to have a level of knowledge and are able to benefit others. Rather, the Muslim communities seek to benefit from those who to the best of their ability display exemplified Islamic character. By doing so, these individuals (teachers) have truly helped their Muslim brothers and sisters by first saving themselves, and then trying their level best to save others from a blazing Hell-fire.


The above information is a summarized excerpt of an article soon to be available titled:

The Characteristics of Those Who Knowledge is Taken From

The true knowledge is taken from the scholars.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

إن الحمد لله نحمده ، و نستعينه ، ونستغفره ، ونعوذ بالله من شرور أنفسنا ، ومن سيئات أعمالنا

التعلم هنا معناه : التلقي عن العلماء والحفظ والفهم

والإدراك ، هذا هو التعلم ،

Shaykh Saleh Al Fowzan said:

The meaning of having knowledge here is that the person takes it from the scholars, they memorize it, and they understand it and they comprehend it. This is knowledge.

ليس المراد مجرد قراءة أو مطالعة حرة كما يسموﻧﻬا هذا ليس

تعلما إنما التعلم هو : التلقي عن أهل العلم مع حفظ ذلك وفهمه وإدراكه تماما ، هذا هو

التعلم الصحيح ، أما مجرد القراءة والمطالعة فإﻧﻬا لا تكفي في التعلم وإن كانت مطلوبة ،

وفيها فائدة لكنها لا تكفي ، ولا يكفي الاقتصار عليها .

ولا يجوز التتلمذ على الكتب كما هو الواقع في هذا الوقت ، لأن التتلمذ على الكتب

خطير جدا يحصل منه مفاسد وتعالم أضر من الجهل ، لأن الجاهل يعرف أنه جاهل ويقف

عند حده ، لكن المتعالم يرى أنه عالم فيحل ما حرم الله ، ويحرم ما أحل الله ، ويتكلم

ويقول على الله بلا علم فالمسألة خطيرة جدا .

فالعلم لا يؤخذ من الكتب مباشرة إنما الكتب وسائل ، أما حقيقة العلم فإﻧﻬا تؤخذ


سلسلة شرح الرسائل شرح الأصول اثلاثة 


معالي اشيخ صالح بن فوزان الفوزان


He said: Knowledge is not that a person simply reads or freely reads, as some people say title it. This is not knowledge (this is not studying). Real knowledge is that the person takes it from the people of knowledge, and that they memorize, understand, and comprehend .This is the true (manner of) seeking of knowledge.

As for reading, skimming through books and reading them, this is not sufficient as studying. Even though there is some good present in it, it’s not sufficient. It’s not permissible that a person is only a student of books, as we see during our present time. Because if a person is self-taught (only reads books) then this is something which is very dangerous, this individual will bring about much evil because being self-taught is worse than the ignorant person. The individual who is ignorant he knows he’s ignorant and he stops at the limits. As for the who is self taught, this individual feels he is knowledgeable, and because of this , he makes haram which Allaah has made halal and he makes halal that which Allah has made haram. Likewise, this individual speaks about Allaah ‘Azza Wa Jal without knowledge, and this is a dangerous affair!

The Shaykh goes on to explain that knowledge is not only taken from books but, it is taken from the Ulemah. A person should not limit himself to taking from books; books are only a means. The reality of knowledge is that it’s taken from the scholars, generation after generations, but books are only a means of support and help. The true knowledge is taken from the scholars.

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, K.S.A

26 Thul Hijjah 1434h. | Oct.31 , 2013

The Superiority of Knowledge over Other Righteous Deeds

 بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Superiority of Knowledge over Other Righteous Deeds

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم  said:

إذا مات ابن آدم إنقطع عمله إلا من ثلاثة: صدقة جارية أو علم ينتفع به أو ولد صالح يدعو له

If the son of Adam dies, his actions cease except 3: A continuous charity, or knowledge which people benefit from, or a righteous son who supplicates for him. (Saheeh Muslim)

Sheikh Saleh bin Al Fowzan commented:

I heard Sheikh Muhammad bin Ibraheem رحمه الله mention during a lecture that he delivered in the College of Shari’ah (in Riyadh):

Indeed the continuous charity can possibly discontinue (due to funds depleting, etc.), and the righteous son may pass away. As for beneficial knowledge, its benefit will continue and not cease, and the person will continue to gain reward (after his death).

This is certainly one of the reasons why knowledge is more superior to other righteous deeds.

Source: At Ta’leek al Qaweem ‘ala Kitaab Iqtidaah al Siraltul Mustqeem pg. 22

Translator’s note: In addition to what was mentioned above we also gain the following benefits:

  • Knowledge which other people benefit from is a reason why other people (who are not related to the person responsible for teaching the knowledge) will supplicate for him in addition to the righteous son. If a Muslim dies, the norm is that only his family and friends will supplicate for him. In the case of a scholar, or person who has taught others, those who have benefitted from him will also supplicate for him after his death. It is for this reason why we still supplicate for the great Imam’s of the past; the likes of Imam al Bukhari رحمه الله, Imam Muslim رحمه الله, Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal رحمه الله and others. We also supplicate for the scholars of present days, the likes of Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz رحمه الله, Sheikh ‘Uthaymeen رحمه الله, Sheikh Al Albaani رحمه الله, Sheikh Muqbil رحمه الله and others. We even supplicate for Islamic teachers who have passed away in more recent times, the likes of Abu Uwais رحمه الله   and Abu Talhah رحمه الله. Thus, it is clear how knowledge is more superior to other righteous deeds.
  • As it relates to the righteous son, it is also possible that the person’s son (or daughter) deviate from the straight path (no longer practices Islam), and consequently, their supplications are no longer accepted from them.

May Allah have mercy on our scholars and Islamic teachers who have guided us and taught us the Book and the authentic Sunnah of our beloved Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, K.S.A

23 Thul Hijjah 1434h. | Oct. 28, 2013

Seeking knowledge from other than the Scholars – Shaykh Saalih ibn Fowzaan al-Fowzaan

Seeking knowledge from other than the Scholars
– Shaykh Saalih ibn Fowzaan al-Fowzaan

Reference: Taken from the lesson “The importance of seeking knowledge”
al-Ijaabaat al-Muhimmah fil-Mashaakil al-Mulimmah – Volume 2, Page 81-82

Category: Knowledge

If two or more people gather in a house and begin studying books (of knowledge) and some ahadeeth, what is your opinion regarding that?

The confining of some students to themselves and their (establishing) lessons in some of the homes and memorizing amongst themselves and reading to themselves – in (all of) this there is great danger; This does not benefit them at all, rather, they may become deluded (into thinking they are actually benefiting) by it.

It is imperative they go to the scholars and sit with them in whatever place. As for sitting in the homes and groups of ignorant students reading and explaining and expounding for themselves, then therein is great danger.

And their remaining upon ignorance is better (for them) than following this path. (This is) because (the condition of) al-jaahil al-_base_et (one who is ignorant and knows he is ignorant) is simpler than (that of) al-jaahil al-murakkab (one who is ignorant but does not recognize himself as such). (So) al-jaahil al-_base_et knows he is ignorant, however, al-jaahil al-murakkab thinks he is knowledgeable whilst (in reality) he is ignorant.
Translator: Mohammed Akhtar Chaudhry, Abu Abdullaah
Date Published: Sunday, 20 January 2008
Date Printed Monday, 21 January 2008 at 07:13:13
Printed From: Madeenah.Com website

The Clarification to This Fatwa By Mustafa George

Asalam u alaikum

The people have taken this fatwa out of context. There are several responses to this fatwa, and these are responses of clarification from a student of Sheikh Fowzan (2 years) himself and a student of other senior scholars (Sheikh Abdul Muhsin al Abaad, Sheikh Rabea, Sheikh Ubaid, Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan, Sheikh Abdullah Aqeel, etc)

I myself have presented to many scholars the following question:

Is it allowed for a person who lives in the west and has no ability to sit with the scholars and does not know Arabic, is it possible for that person to come together with other Muslims in his area and read from the translated books of the Ulema?

Many of the senior scholars have answered that this is ok as long as the people follow exactly what is in the book and not make up things from themselves. They should also contact a student who has actually sat with the scholars for some time and inquire about any things they are not clear on, and if they can have the student sit with them from time to time, then this is also good.

A second proof, which clarifies this fatwa, is the fact that Sheikh Saleh al Fowzan and other Ulema have given permission for their books to be translate into other languages. Sheikh Saleh gave Musa Richardson permission to translate: Things which nullify one’s Islam, Sheikh Abdul Muhsin and Sheikh Abdul Razzaq ibn Abdul Muhsin gave me permission to translate many of their works, Sheikh Ubaid gave others permission to translate some of his works, with that being the case, then it is understood that these scholars know that there are people reading their books who do not understand Arabic, that’s why the books have been translated. So with that being the case, they are well aware of people reading these books and not being able to sit with the scholars.

Thirdly, so how should this fatwa be understood?

This fatwa is pertaining to people who have the ability, and know Arabic, and live in countries with scholars, but they still prefer not to sit with them! all of the above mentioned scholars that I myself have sat with have warned against a person living in a country with a scholar and having the ability to sit with him, but instead the person leaves the scholars, abandons their lessons and sits alone or with others in a private place and reads without referring to the scholars nor taking from them! This is what is meant by this fatwa and this is what i have heard from the various senior scholars that i have sat with.

Allah knows best, I hope this brings some clarity to the fatwa, also, if you refer to the advice of Sheikh Ahmed Bazmoul on, on how does a person seek knowledge if he has no access to a scholar, this will also bring about some clarity insha Allah.

Lesson in the Dark!

Lesson in the Dark!


Bismillah Rahman ir Raheem

Recently on April 16, 2011, we were holding our normal Saturday lesson in Kitab al Tawheed with Sheikh Saleh bin Muhammad al Luhaydan in Riyadh. Toward the end of the lesson the electricity in the masjid turned off. At that moment, it became difficult for the translator to continue writing and reading the explanation of the Sheikh, therefore the Sheikh decided to continue the lesson answering questions and answers in the dark! It was a wonderful experience because it reminded us of what we read in the books of the salaf. In order to hear the Sheikh, all the brothers gathered around him very closely and began to ask their questions. The Sheikh patiently answered several questions, and he was willing to continue if it wasn’t for the fact that he realized that the females were sitting in the dark without being able to hear the questions and answers.

Baraka Allahu fee Sheikh. We ask Allah to preserve our beloved Sheikh, and we ask Allah to give us, as teachers, the same dedication in giving da’wah and teaching the people. There is no doubt, we can all benefit greatly from the character and mannerism of our scholars!

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Baraka Allahu feekum

Mustafa George DeBerry
Riyadh, KSA

A Link to a Study Program Written by Sh. Muqbil (rahimahullah)

A Link to a Study Program Written by Sh. Muqbil (rahimahullah)

Nov 16, ’10 8:42 AM

Arabic Version Of Interview with Shaykh Uthaymeen’s Widow

Arabic Version of Interview with Sh. Uthaymeen’s widow Jan 10, ’07 2:04 AM
for everyone

The below link is the Arabic version of the interview with Shiekh Uthaymeen’s  widowed wife

The English version:

Interview with Shayhk Uthaimeen’s wife

Speech Of The Scholars Of The Past and Present and Importance of Studying The Arabic Language

Speech of the Scholars (past and present) on the importance of studying the Arabic language Dec 26, ’06 10:35 PM
for everyone

From time  to time we wish to encourage one another with the importance of studying.  Recently we came across the following speech of the scholars.

Sheikh ul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said:

The Salaf would admonish their children when they made Arabic grammatical mistakes.  Due to this, we are ordered, whether it be an obligation or a recommendation, to preserve the Arabic (grammatical) laws, and to correct the tongues that have deviated from the correct speech.  By doing so, we preserve the methodology of understanding the Quran and the Sunnah.  We also preserve the following of the Arab in their manner of (correct) speech.  If people were left with their grammatical mistakes, this would be considered a great deficiency and despicable mistake.  (source: Majmoo’ Al Fatawa 32/252)

The speech of Ibn Taymiyyah reminds us of the statement of Umm Abdullah al Wadie’yah concerning her father, the beloved Sheikh Muqbil bin Hadee al Wadi’ee.

She wrote:

My father would admonish us (her and her older sister) if we made a mistake in Arabic grammar.  He would say: Don’t be like the people of Sa’daa, they learn Arabic for several years until they reach the level of reading ‘Al Mugnee al Labeeb’ (famous book in Arabic grammar), but they continue to speak like the normal layman. (source: Nubtha Muktesirah)

Sheikh Muqbil also mentioned:

The sciences of the Arabic language (nahoo) is from the important knowledge that is incumbent upon the Muslims to focus on.  This is because the enemies of Islam seek to divert the Muslims away from the language of their deen and busy them with what has less importance in their religion. And Allah is the Helper.  (source: Ershad Thawil Fitan pg.65)

Sheikh Muqbil likewise mentioned:

If a person becomes proficient in the Arabic language, then it will make learning easy for him. (source: Ar Rihlatul Akirah)

Sheikh Uthaymeen said:

From the benefits of learning the  Arabic language is correction of the tongue with the Arabic tongue which the speech of Allah was revealed in.  Because of this, understanding the Arabic language is extremely important.  But the sciences of the Arabic language are difficult in the beginning and becomes easy thereafter.  It is the example of a house made of cane (the likes of sugar cane), but its door is made of steel.  Meaning, it is difficult for one to enter, but once one does, is is then made easy.  Due to this, I encourage the student to learn the foundations of the language in order to make the rest easy for him/her.  (source: Sharh Al Ajromiyah)

In closing we say, one thing that a person especially a salafee who is in seek of knowledge can reflect over to help encourage the studying of the Arabic language, is the following question of reflection and contemplation:

What would you do if you came in to contact with the greatest scholars of our time, the likes of Sheikh Saleh al Fowzan, Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee, Sheikh Abdul Azeez ala Sheikh, Sheikh Ubaid al Jabiree, etc…, what if you came into contact with these scholars without having a translator?! How much would you truly be able to benefit from them?! How many questions could you possibly ask?! How would you understand their answers and advice?!

May Allah guide us to what is good in this life and the hereafter.  May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the last messenger Muhammed, his family members and companions.

Mustafa George DeBerry

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