Alhamdulillah today I’ve found the answer to the burning question I’ve had for some time now: are we allowed to listen to speakers who are known to be sufis/are known to have a problem with their aqeedah or manhaj etc and try to take what is good or is it better to avoid altogether?
I freaked out a bit more today when I saw that another known sufi called Nuh Ha Mim Keller, is popular amongst the Muslims as well. Now he is known to be Sufi, and has actually been “authorised” as a sheikh in Sufism in the “Shadhili” order by the “Syrian Sufi master” Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghouri.
So I sent out messages to various shuyukh and teachers seeking some advice. No one replied 😦 Except Ustadh Abu Mussab! 🙂 May Allah preserve him and reward him. He advised to listen to the above khutbah that he just so happened to have delivered a few days ago regarding my question. I did and Alhamdulillah it really helped.
In this khutbah Ustadh talks about how it’s a challenge now for those of us who get our ilm from YouTube to ensure that the speakers we listen to are legitimate and qualified to speak about their topics. He draws up a checklist for us to tick-off as we listen to various speakers to ensure that we do not end up listening to anything out of the fold of Islam. He acknowledges the fact that while those speakers we should avoid do offer some good points and may have good intentions, they also offer us harmful things as well, and they are not going to tell us beforehand that “hey, i’m about to mention something wrong, so ignore it”. If they believe in certain deviant teachings, they are going to teach us those as well.
About whether we can take whats good and leave the bad…he said the people who can exercise this are the students of knowledge who are grounded in the Deen and have a solid background in it. Only they will be able to tell what is and what is not part of Islam as they have studied it in depth. So to be safe, if we are not students of knowledge who have the background in the Deen, we should avoid such speakers’ talks and leave it up to the real students of knowledge to do the sorting. Ustadh also said that we shouldn’t think that we’re missing out on any blessing or good piece of knowledge because if we are avoiding so as to keep our iman intact since we have doubts concerning it, Allah will open the doors for us to seek the knowledge from better places.
The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Leave that which makes you doubt for that which does not make you doubt.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi. 2518; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
And he (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever avoids doubtful matters will protect his religious commitment and his honour.” This hadith is agreed upon.
Do listen to this khutbah inshaa’Allah. I really feel that all Muslims should watch it, especially since our time is a time of great uncertainty and deviance.
The mp3 recording of this khutbah can be downloaded from this website: http://www.onewaytoparadise.net