Manhaj (Methodology) of the Salaf


What is Salafiyyah?

http://fatwaislam.com/fis/index.cfm?scn=fd&ID=262

Who are Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah?

http://fatwaislam.com/fis/index.cfm?scn=fd&ID=624

Question & Answer concerning Ad-dawa’tus Salafiyyah

http://www.troid.org/media/pdf/q&aonsalafiyyah.pdf

Our Da’wah

http://al-ibaanah.com/cms/pdf_files/50.pdf

Is Salafiyyah a Group from amongst the party spirited groups?

http://fatwaislam.com/fis/index.cfm?scn=fd&ID=765

Read Kitaab Sharh us-Sunnah of Imam Barbaharee

http://spubs.com/sps/apps_sharhussunnah.cfm

Terrorism and Suicide Bombings

www.fatwaonline.com/worship/jihaad/jih004/index.htm

A famous conversation with Shaykh Nasiruddeen Albanee

Why should we ascribe ourselves to Salafiyyah? Pt 1/3

Why should we ascribe ourselves to Salafiyyah? Pt 2/3

Why should we ascribe ourselves to Salafiyyah? Pt 3/3

What is the Salafi Da;wah by Saeed Rhana al-Maghribee 1/4

What is the Salafi Da;wah by Saeed Rhana al-Maghribee 2/4

What is the Salafi Da;wah by Saeed Rhana al-Maghribee 3/4

What is the Salafi Da;wah by Saeed Rhana al-Maghribee 4/4

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E-BOOKS ON MANHAJ (METHODOLOGY)

Enjoining Right and Forbidding Wrong – by Shaikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah Paperback 124 Pages

Enjoining right and forbidding evil  one of the things for  which Allah  revealed books His books, and with it He sent His messengers, and it is an integral part of the way (i.e. the deen). The message of Allah is composed of informative and directive parts. As for the informative, it is Allah informing us about Himself, such as tauhid (theology), or His informing us about His creation, such as the stories of previous peoples and Prophets in which are contained for us lessons, threats and promises. The directive part consists of commands to do, commands not to do, and things left to our choice and discretion.

‘YOU ARE indeed the best community that has ever been brought forth for [the good of] mankind: you enjoin the doing of what is right and forbid the doing of what is wrong, and you believe in God. Now if the followers of earlier revelation had attained to [this kind of] faith, it would have been for their own good; [but only few] among them are believers, while most of them are iniquitous:’ : Al-Imran (The Family of Imran) 3:110

The Methodology of Ahlus-Sunnah wal- Jamaa’ah in Criticizing Individuals, Books and Groups– by Shaykh Rabee bin Hadee Al-Madkhalee [PDF]

This book is a translation of the monumental treatise “Manhaj Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah fee Naqd-ir-Rijaal wal-Kutub wat-Tawaa’if” [The Methodology of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah on Criticizing Individuals, Books and Groups] by Shaikh Rabee’ bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee.

Although this book has been written in recent times, it has become a classical work and an important source of reference in its own right due to the vast amount of knowledge and clarification of fundamental principles regarding the methodology of the Salaf that are contained in it. This is why the scholars of this era, the likes of Shaikh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez bin Baaz, Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaanee, Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen, Saalih Al-Fawzaan and countless others have praised this book in particular and its author in general.

The Methodology of the Prophets in Calling to Allaah

The Methodology of the Prophets in Calling to Allaah .[MS Word doc] – Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee ‘Umayr al-Madkhalee [PDF Book from Fatwa-online.com – Al-Hidaayah Publishing[ Book]

‘That is the way of wisdom and intelligence’ Calling to Allaah is a very great honour which is not reached through ease, response and love of relaxation. It is not reached except through beneficial knowledge, righteous action, deep understanding and careful following of the way of the Prophets in calling to Allaah. In this book Shaykh Rabee’ ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee explains in detail the methodology of the Prophets in their call to Allaah. In it, he answers those questions which face every caller to the faith who wishes to follow the footsteps of the Prophets: What should his call begin with? What should he concentrate on? And what is the goal of his da’wah to Allaah?

The author Shaykh Rabee Ibn Haadee Al-Madkhalee then compares the methods of the Prophets with the different methodologies employed by various contemporary da’wah groups and movements that have arisen in our time and highlights the stark contrasts between these new, innovated methodologies and the pure and perfect Prophetic way. This book is an important guide for all those active in the field of da’wah, giving them an insight into the methodology of da’wah which the Prophets employed and how it is a divine and precise methodology which leaves no room for personal opinions, experimentation or individual inclinations.

The Status of Sunnah in Islam

The Status of Sunnah in Islam – by Shaik Nasiruddin Albanee [PDF]

This is a translation of a booklet titled Manzilat-us-Sunnah fil-Islaam (The Status of the Sunnah in Islaam) of Imaam Muhammad Naasir-u-Deen Al-Albaanee, may Allaah have mercy on him. The source for this booklet was a lecture he gave in Doha, Qatar during the month of Ramadaan, 1392H. The talk was later transcribed and published. This book can be downloaded in Arabic at http://www.sahab.org.

This treatise clarifies the position of the Sunnah in Islaam, in that it bears the same status as the Qur’aan when it comes to deriving religious rulings and laws. So one cannot possibly understand and implement the Qur’aan in the absence of the Sunnah, rather they go hand in hand. Imaam Al-Albaanee gives several examples for this.

The author then goes on to explain what is meant by Sunnah in his discussion, in that it refers to only the authentic Sunnah, and not the weak and fabricated hadeeth. This is a very important treatise, defining a key principle of the Salafi Manhaj, which consists of following the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, along with the understanding of the Salaf (i.e. Sahaabah, Taabi’een, Atbaa’ at-Taabi’een). This treatise is also a refutation of the deviant groups that rely on the Qur’aan alone, such as the Qur’aaniyoon, etc.

You can purchase this book here .

Foundations of Sunnah – Ibn Hanbal – 178p [PDF]

A Lengthy explanation of the first three points from “Foundations of the Sunnah ” -By Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (d.241H)
Aboo ’Abdullaah Ahmad Ibn Hanbal– rahimahullaah – say: “The Fundamental Principles of the Sunnah with us are: Clinging to that which the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) were upon, taking them as our example to be followed, avoiding innovation; and every innovation is misguidance.”

Indispensable Implication of Sunnah and caution against Innovation

Indispensable Implication of Sunnah and caution against Innovation – Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Baz

Publisher: Darussalam Publishers & Distributors – Pages: 22

People of theSunnah,Be Kind With One Another – Shaykh Abd-ul-Muhsin Al-‘Abbaad – 46 Pages [PDF]

From Author: I hope this book, which focuses on the importance of kindness and gentleness as it relates to achieving love, unity and harmony amongst the People of Ahl-us-Sunnah wal- Jamaa’ah, will help to do that. I believe that this book contains valuable advice for Muslims all over the world. However, none of the advice contained herein should be considered as some sort of a ‘victory’ for some people, nor should it be considered a ‘defeat’ for others. It is simply excellent advice that with the help of Allah, and if the advice is followed, will bring about much needed healing and improvement in many communities around the world, and may restore some of the severed ties between brothers and sisters who used to love one another, and may restore the sometimes interrupted pathway between us and those who have busied themselves seeking knowledge. I pray for the restoration of love, unity and harmony amongst us all. I ask Allah to gather us all together upon the truth and right guidance, and to protect us from all fitnah – that which is apparent from it as well as that which is hidden. Ameen

Alleviating Grievances in Describing the Condition of the Strangers

Alleviating Grievances in Describing the Condition of the Strangers – [ Kashf-ul-Kurbah fee Wasfi Haali Ahlil-Ghurbah ] – Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali [PDF]

This Book is a translation of short treatise entitled “Kashf-ul-Kurbah fee Wasfi Haali Ahlil-Ghurbah” Alleviating Grievances in Describing the Condition of the Strangers By Al-Haafidh Zayn-ud-Deen Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbalee

The Blind Following of Madhhabs

The Blind Following of Madhhabs – Shaykh Muhammed Sultan al-Ma’soomee

[ PDF Bok Here – Edited by Shayk Saleem Hilaalee – Translated by Abu Talhah Daoowud bin Ronald Burbank]

The Way to Salafiyyah

The Way to Salafiyyah – by Shaykh Sultaan ibn ‘Abdurrahmaan al-‘Eed [PDF]
The treatise is divided into two main sections : 1. The means of knowing and sticking to the Manhaj of The Salaf ; The Saved Sect ; The Victorious Group. 2. The description of the traits of those who are in opposition to the Way of the Salaf.The methodology of the innovators , the hizbees (partisans) .

Magnificient Points of Advice To who Turned to Way of Salaf – 23 [PDF]

by Abu ‘Abdillaah Muhammad bin Ahmad ash-Shihhee

  1. March 11, 2007 at 10:35 am

    Excellent free Islamic audio on the correct Creed and Methodology a Muslim is to follow.

  2. March 11, 2007 at 10:36 am

    Why it is Obligatory to Ascribe Oneself to Salafiyah
    http://www.salafitapes.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=44&Itemid=26

  3. Jamal
    March 5, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Quote from Who are Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah?

    “…At-Tableegh are not from Ahlus-Sunnah, because they are upon idelogies that are contrary to them.”

    Wow.

  4. April 12, 2009 at 10:55 am

    http://www.sunnahpublishing.net/modules/Manhaj/sijzeebenefits.pdf would be a good addition to this list inshAllah.

  5. Nadeem Siddiqi
    July 21, 2009 at 2:35 am

    Reading the Book “Blind Following of Madhabs” the author, in his conclusion, mentions the great hadith of the noble messenger (sallahu alayhi wa salaam) that the correct path is “Sunnati wa sunnati khulafaa ar-rashideen”. There is nothing in the Quran or Sahih hadith that following the Quran and Sahih hadith is the true path. This hadith quoted goes against the theory that “Blind Following” is haraam. In fact we are commanded in this hadith to follow the sunnah of the noble messenger (sallahu alyahi wa sallam) and follow (blindly) the sunnah of the khulafa Ar-rashideen.

  6. August 8, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Brother Nadeem, the “Blind Following” that the author of the book “Blind Following of Madhabs” is talking about is in Arabic called ‘taqleed’. Taqleed of any of the 4 Imaams or other Scholars or the 4 madhabs is not necessary as the Deobandis, Brailwees and other deviant sects try to convey. Obviously ‘taqleed’ or ‘ittiba’ of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is obligatory and we also need to ask the People of Knowledge if we don’t know anything. That is not ‘taqleed’.

    What is reprehensible is that some people don’t follow authentic hadeeth just because it goes against their madhab or their favorite Scholar.

  7. August 11, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Brother Nadeem, may Allah guide us and you to the Straight Path of Allah that the Messenger of Allah sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam has left us upon. You are confusing between two kinds of blind following. One is praiseworthy and one is dispraised and haraam. The praiseworthy blind following is where the person follows the authentic ahadeeth and does not take the words of any other person or an Imaam over the authentic hadeeth. This is even if he follows one of the well known madhaahib (i.e. Madhab of Abu Haneefah, Maalik etc), he does not take their speech and opinions if it goes against the authentic hadeeth of the Messenger of Allah sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam.

    The dispraised blind following and the one which is not allowed is where the person sticks to the opinion of a madhab or the opinion of a Shaykh even though it goes against the authentic hadeeth of the Messenger of Allah sallalahu alayhe wasallam.

    And this is where we see that the claim of many of the Muslims that they are following Abu Haneefah, Maalik, Shafi’ and Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal is not true since if they were truly following them, they would act in accordance to their statements like:

    Abu Haneefah (rahimahullaah) said:

    “When a hadeeth is found to be saheeh, then that is my madhhab.”

    “When I say something contradicting the Book of Allah the Exalted or what is narrated from the Messenger (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam), then ignore my saying.”

    Imaam Maalik ibn Anas (rahimahullaah) said:

    “Truly I am only a mortal: I make mistakes (sometimes) and I am correct (sometimes). Therefore, look into my opinions: all that agrees with the Book and the Sunnah, accept it; and all that does not agree with the Book and the Sunnah, ignore it.”

    Imaam Shaafi’i (rahimahullaah) said:

    “The sunnahs of the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam) reach, as well as escape from, every one of us. So whenever I voice my opinion, or formulate a principle, where something contrary to my view exists on the authority of the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam), then the correct view is what the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam) has said, and it is my view.”

    Ahmad ibn Hanbal (rahimahullaah) said:

    “Do not follow my opinion; neither follow the opinion of Maalik, nor Shaafi’i, nor Awzaa’i, nor Thawri, but take from where they took.”

    “The opinion of Awzaa’i, the opinion of Maalik, the opinion of Abu Haneefah: all of it is opinion, and it is all equal in my eyes. However, the proof is in the narrations (from the Prophet (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam) and his Companions).”

    “Whoever rejects a statement of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam) is on the brink of destruction.”

  8. Nadeem Siddiqi
    August 20, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Brother Shahid Al-Hindi,

    I appreciate the clarification, “Taqleed Shakhsi” is what you mean to be more precise. So, like you mentioned, ” ‘taqleed’ or ‘ittiba’ of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is obligatory”, and the author of the book quotes the noble messenger (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying, “Sunnati wa sunnati khulafaa ar-rashideen.” Or as the popular hadith “maa ana alayhi wa ashabi” – my way and that of my companions. Then we also have the verse of the Quran, Atee ullaha wa ateeur rasool wa ulool amr minkum. So, here following (which means Taqleed, Ata’at, Ittiba) “ulool amr” is given as a command.

    You mentioned that “What is reprehensible is that some people don’t follow authentic hadeeth just because it goes against their madhab or their favorite Scholar.”

    May, I ask where in the Quran or Sahih hadith can we find a stament of Allah or his messenger (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) to substantiate the claim you have made. Did the prophet (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) say anywhere that “follow only Quran and Sahih Hadith” and if so please quote the Sahih Sareeh Hadith in Arabic.

  9. Nadeem Siddiqi
    August 20, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Brother Ibn Shahid,
    You have made a good dua about following the straight path. In Surah Al-Fatiha we read, “Siraatal Ladheena anamta alayhim” (the path of those who Thou has favored). The Quran in its definition does not say that the straight path is “Follow the Quran and Sahih Hadith”. Rather it says the “path of those” meaning “people”. So, who are “those” people (Ashkhaas – plural of Shaksh)? This is “Taqleed Shakhsi”.

    The thing I would like to ask is you have talked so much about Madhab. But what Sahih Sareeh Hadith can you find regarding “water”? I mean water which is used for “Taharah” is supposed to have three qualities in it; free of odor, free of taste and clear in color. Do you consider these as conditions for using water? And if so what Sahih Hadith can you quote.

    Secondly, what Sarih Sahih hadith do you have if an ant falls in your food? What do you do if an ant falls in a big pot of food right before you are getting ready to serve your guests during ramadhan? Do you throw the food away? Or do you take the ant out and still serve the food? If you do so, how do you qualify your actions from a Sahih Hadith?

  10. August 20, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Brother Nadeem, u urself quoted the verses of the Qur’an and authentic ahadeeth which prove that ignoring the Statements or actions of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for the opinion of ur favorite Scholar or Madhab is not permissible.

  11. August 20, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Brother Nadeem, may Allah guide us and you, could u please ask one of my question to the Seniormost Deobandi/Brailwee/Tablighi/al-Azhar/any other Scholar alive today?

    “O Shaykh, why is it that you don’t do Raf al yadain when it is proven from so many authentic ahadeeth and other great Imaams like Ash-Shafi, Ahmed ibn Hanbal & even Imam Abu Hanifa’s student Imam Abu Yusuf. O Shaykh, so many Sahaabah used to do Raf al yadain till the end of their lives like Abu Bakr, Umar, Ibn Umar, Ibn Abbas and others radiAllahu anhum. O Shaykh, you are a Senior Scholar and can research these issues then why do you stick to alleged statement of Imaam Abu Hanifah rahimahullah?”

    Jazaakumullahu khayra.

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