In this talk from 2008, talks are delivered by both Shaykh Zayd bin Haadee Al Madkhalee Rahimahullaah and Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadee Al Madkhali Hafidhahullaah. Both talks were translated at the end by Ustadh Abdulilah Lahmaami Hafidhahullaah.
Shaykh Zayd’s Lecture
The Shaykh’s lecture was concerning knowledge and seeking it. From the benefits of the lecture:
Strive for Knowledge!
- Striving for knowledge is done in order to gain knowledge of the Shari’ah and to act upon it and to share it with the muslims and the non muslims. There are 2 types of “Striving” for knowledge;
- Striving in the heart – Having a great desire for seeking knowledge and spreading it
- Striving of the body – Physically travelling for knowledge and seeking out the means of gaining knowledge, for example, in our time using the internet to connect with scholars.
Be with the ‘Ulamaa!
- It is imperative that you connect yourself to the Ulamaa. “Ulamaa” – refers to scholars of the shari’ah and the sunnah, those who follow the Prophets and the righteous predecessors. Life cannot be upon goodness unless a person returns their affairs back to the scholars. Being with the scholars has different levels;
- Directly gaining from the scholar – Benefit from rectification of your belief, understanding what opposes the correct belief, knowing the major and minor shirk, bid’ah and disobedience (major and minor sins). This is the highest of the levels.
- Indirectly gaining from the scholar – Benefiting from the books and tapes of the scholars.
Study your religion!
- The reward for the one who spreads and the one who studies knowledge is the same. It is an obligation on the scholar to teach and it as an obligation upon the student to learn.
- The student must give importance to studying, they should seek Allaah’s aid in learning His Religion and they should focus the most important affairs followed by the next important and so on. For example, they should begin with;
- Know the 3 categories of Tawheed
1) Uloohiyyah – Worshipping Allaah alone with your wealth and your self.
2) Ruboobiyyah – Oneness in Lordship, He is sole Creator, Provider, Giver & Taker of Life and Maintainer of All Affairs. Ruboobiyyah will not benefit unless you learn Uloohiyyah.
3) Names and Attributes – Affirm them, following the footsteps of the Salaf. Restrict affirmation to Quran and Sunnah.
- 5 Pillars of Islam
- 6 Pillars of Iman
- Learn how to recite the Quran, its meanings
- Learn the Ahadith of the Prophet Alayhis Salaatu Was salaam, relating to Tawheed, halal and haram, etc.
Shaykh Muhammad’s Lecture
Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadee’s lecture revolved around the Middle Path and what opposes it. What follows is a brief account of what the Shaykh explained;
Stay Away from Excessive Harshness!
- Extremism (in being harsh) – in its correct meaning – is rejected in the Quran and the Sunnah. Nations before us were destroyed as a result of this excessive harshness and sternness. It is something Allaah warned from in the Quran and likewise the Prophet warned from this extremism.
- The one who falls into extremism, in reality is claiming that there is a deficiency in the religion of Allaah Subhaanahu wa ta’aalah, and they are completing this deficiency. While Allaah says in the Qur’an:
“This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.”
Beware of Being Lax!
- However, it is important to differentiate between this blameworthy extremism and the extremism directed towards the people of innovation. As some people will try to use this statement of “Harshness” and direct it at those who refute the people of desires.
- It is important not to be fooled by these claims, in reality, it is legislated to refute the person of innovation and make his affair known to the people.
Follow the Middle Path!
- The middle path – in between harshness and being lax with the religion.
- The Middle path is to:
- Honour the Book of Allaah.
- Honour those who have the attributes of achieving Allaah’s Love.
- To fulfil the halal and avoid the haram and the doubtful.
- Studying with the scholars will aid you to be upon the middle path.
Before concluding, Abdulilah translated the answers to some questions that he had put forward to Shaykh Zayd, those questions were:
- Can we collect donations after Jummah or is this an innovation?
- Can you recite Qur’an in a state of Janabah?
- Can one pray Tarawih and Tahajjud as well in Ramadan?
- What are the characteristics of the scholars?
- Can you take knowledge from the People of Innovation, if you take the good and leave the bad?
To find out the answers to these questions, and more details from both of these excellent talks, listen to the audio! BaarakAllaahu feekum.