Benefits from ‘Bayān Fadl Ilm al-Salaf’ of Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali [Part 2] – By Abu Iyaad Amjad Rafiq – SalafiPublications Winter Conference 2022.

Abu Iyaad Amjad Rafiq

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[25/12/2022] Benefits from ‘Bayān Fadl Ilm al-Salaf’ of Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali [Part 2] – By Abu Iyaad Amjad Rafiq حفظه الله. The SalafiPublications Winter Conference at Masjid As-Salafi, Birmingham, UK.

Some points discussed during this lesson:

  • Review of the previous lesson.
  • Five innovated sciences that entered upon the Muslims and took the people away from beneficial knowledge [continued]:
  • 2. ‘Ilmul-Kalām
  • The danger of the Mu’tazilah’s invented speech regarding the Essence of Allāh.
  • How they adopted this type of innovated language.
  • The two categories of people who adopted this speech.
  • Those who introduced Tashbīh into the ummah.
  • The way of the Salaf regarding the texts about the Attributes of Allāh.
  • The Ṣaḥābah never entered into Philosophy. 
  • The great danger of ‘Ilmul-Kalām. 
  • 3. The claim that logic is needed to evaluate affairs of Fiqh.
  • Ibn Taymiyyah (رحمه الله) on the harms of Greek Philosophy upon the Muslims.
  • Restricting our opinions to that of those who came before us.
  • 4. Disputation and argumentation.
  • The Salaf’s rejection of disputation and argumentation regarding ḥalāl and ḥarām.
  • Proof for the blameworthiness of argumentation.
  • An apt similitude used by Imām Mālik (رحمه الله) that highlights his dislike of great amounts of speech and issuing of fatāwā.
  • The negative effects of disputation in knowledge.
  • Statements from the Salaf regarding why they remained silent and did not enter into debate and argumentation.
  • The most beneficial sciences.
  • 5. Taṣawwuf 
  • The evil outcome of not restricting knowledge to the Qur’ān and Sunnah.
  • An example of how these foreign influences lead to kufr and shirk.
  • The path of safety and beneficial knowledge.
  • The foundation of all knowledge.
  • Striving to preoccupy ourselves with beneficial knowledge and develop a private relationship with our Lord.


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