An Insight into the Jama’at of Slanderers

I did a Google search for Muhammad Shareef yesterday, for reasons I can’t quite remember. One of the first things it came up with was this discussion on SalafiTalk.net which really demonstrates what an awful group they are. The amazing thing about this group is how it gives complete nobodies the impression that they have the right to judge people who are far greater than they are. (For more on this, have a listen to Shaikh Abu Yusuf Riyadh al-Haq’s lecture, The Legacy of Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud.) They have a great presence in the Islamic student society scene in the UK, including at my own university here in Kingston, and the lectures are nearly always by “brother so-and-so” or “Abu so-and-so”. The slanders on Muhammad Shareef are bad enough: they allege that he calls to only taking knowledge from African scholars (not true: I was there, at Streatham mosque in south London, when he approved of the Light Study sessions with Shaikh Muhammad al-Ya’qoubi, who is white and comes from Syria). The slanderers also claimed that he calls to black nationalism (I’ve never heard this and they don’t provide any examples). One “Abdul Malik Muhammad Ibn Salafiyyah Al Amreeky” claims that Muhammad Shareef is “my next door naighbor basically Ahkee” by which he means living in the same city and that Shareef “has an impact of the people”. One of them also calls Shareef “ignorant of Tawheed and Aqeedah”, by which they mean, of course, that he is not a Wahhabi.

Worse, one of the contributors dares to make negative comments about Shaikh Uthmaan Dan Fodio himself, regarding his belief about “good bid’ah” which is the well-known position of the ‘ulama (for example, the practice of building Islamic universities was not known in the time of the Prophet, sall’ Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). Shaikh Uthmaan studied the deen for years under people well-connected to the international community of ulama (including one with a silsila back to one of Muhammad b. Abdul-Wahhab’s shaikhs or grand-shaikhs, who came from Sind in India). He defended Islam in the courts of the corrupt (and sometimes disbelieving) rulers of the time, he taught Islam to the people, and he fought jihad to establish the Shari’ah. Unlike Ibn Abdul-Wahhab, who lived around the same time, no sect has appeared with his name - his people are Sunni Muslims like any other. These sniping slanderers behind their computer screens are not fit to clean the Shaikh’s shoes.

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