[Q]: I am a businessman and the day after thanksgiving is the busiest sale day of the year, known as 'Black Friday'. Is it permissible to have special deals and prices on my goods on this day? Or is this considered to be an imitation of the non Muslims?
[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.
This Ebook is a transcription of the summarized translation of a highly pertinent and timely tele-lecture entitled, “The Importance of Being Qualified Before Putting Oneself Forward” delivered by Shaykh ‘Abd Allāh b. Ṣulfīq al-Ẓafīrī (حفظه الله) on Sunday 2nd October, 2016. Listen To The Tele-Lecture Here: http://store.mpubs.org/being-qualified-before-putting-oneself-forward-by-shaykh-abd-allaah-ibn-sulfeeq-adh-dhafeeree/
~ The Chapter Headings ~
II. Knowledge Precedes Statements and Actions
III. Speaking About the Religion of Allāh Without Knowledge Is Greater Than Shirk
IV. The One Who Puts Himself Forward Before Being Qualified Will Corrupt the Dunyā
V. Sitting With the Rabbānī Scholars Develops Fear of Allāh and Produces Fruits
VI. Putting Oneself Forward Before Being Qualified Leads to Humiliation and Disgrace
VII. Signs That a Person Who Has Put Himself Forward Is Not Qualified
It is sufficient of a danger to put oneself forward before becoming qualified that a person has been impressed with himself and considered himself ready for this and thus is exposing himself to destruction. There are a few signs which show that a person is not actually qualified when he has already stepped forward to teach.
From them is that he is pretending to have what he has not been given. He is proud, considers himself great and does not care if the consequences of him speaking are the fitnah, bloodshed and ruin of the honour and reputation of the Muslims. And this is exactly what is happening in our day and time; there are people stepping forward to speak about the religion of Allāh without any knowledge and thus they are those who are calling to evil and inviting others to fitnah. These people did not grow up amongst the scholars and so they were hasty in putting themselves forward to speak on behalf of the religion and the result of that is that they brought about corruption.