[Q]: Is it permissible to sit and eat thanksgiving dinner with non-Muslim relatives? Because this is not a religious holiday, but rather a holiday based on American culture.
The following Ebook, translated by our brother Abū Afnān Muḥammad 'Abd Allāh (حفظه الله), with express permission from and compiled by Shaykh Khālid Ibn Ḍaḥwī al-Ẓafīrī (حفظه الله) who said:
"I have read this noble and profound treatise of al-Imām Abī Naṣr al-Sijzī (رحمه الله) in his refutation of those who deny (Allāh’s Speech consisting of) sound and letters. Indeed, I found that it comprises several foundational principles of Salafiyyah and immensely important principles related to methodology. Thus, I wanted to compile some of them so that the Sunnī may benefit from them and know that the Pious Predecessors traversed upon these principles for ages and advised (with adhering to them) until our era of today, especially since many of the People of Bid’ah of our time have caused confusion regarding these principles."
~ An Excerpt from the Book ~
“Therefore, it is imperative that every claimant to the Sunnah be requested to provide an authentic narration for what he says. If he provides such, his truthfulness is known and his statement is accepted. If he is not able to narrate what he is saying from the Salaf, then it is known that he is a deviant innovator and does not deserve to be listened to or even debated regarding his statement.”
Shaykh Muḥammad Bāzmūl was asked:
Question: May Allāh extend you good, the questioner asks: “Can the student of knowledge who has not sought knowledge with the scholars, teach the laity (general people). Is there a principle regarding this and does this fall under 'putting one's self forward'?”
Answer: Yes, this falls under putting one's self forward and it is not befitting that the person, whom the scholars have not recognized as being able to teach the people, puts himself forward to teach them.