Salafism in the UK. A threat to society?

My next Blogging Theology video (out tomorrow, Wednesday) will feature important academic research into Salafism in the UK, particularly Salafi Muslim women. Are they hapless victims of a fanatical version of Islam? Do they support Jihadist extremism?

I explore recent research from Kings College, London.

Categories: Salafi

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  1. Hey, don’t speak ill about our women just like we don’t speak ill of your women!

    Besides, I don’t see any problem if I as Sunni Muslim would marry a Salafi Muslim, I am pretty sure they don’t support terrorism.

  2. I mean, to marry a Salafi Muslim woman

  3. Technically, a more appropriate term should be neo-Salafi or pseudo-Salafi.

    • and why would that be?

      • As-Salaf was a blessed epoch, not a school of thought (unlike what the neo-Salafi claimants understand to be.) Infact, the neo-Salafi claimants follow a particular strand of understanding of the Salaf mainly through the quite unique and unprecedented understanding of Taqi ad-Din Aḥmad ibn Abd al-Halim aka ibn Taymiyyah.

      • As per the rigorous authoritative epistemology unique to Islam, the following criteria are used to authenticate matters of Deen.

        1. The immediate source of the knowledge
        2. The unbroken chain of authority (isnad) of this source(s)
        3. Evidence that this unbroken isnad (chain of authority) reaches all the way to the epoch of salaf and by extension to RasulAllah (saw.)
        4. Evidence that the source(s) and all its unbroken isnad have ijma’ (scholarly consensus) of the contemporary and post-contemporary ulama (scholars)

        The neo/pseudo-Salafi claims have not been able to satisfy criteria 3 and 4. (This is primarily because most of the neo-Salafi knowledge and understanding is through the person of Taqi ad-Din Aḥmad ibn Abd al-Halim aka ibn Taymiyyah, whose opinion did not have any unbroken isnad nor did it receive the ijma of the contemporary ualama.) Hence the justification of the prefix of “neo” or “pseudo” to the label.

      • A quick glance into that documents reveals serious issues with no. 16, 23, 25, 33, 74, 76, 82. You should discuss it with an ulama who has an ijaza through an unbroken isnad reaching all the way to the RasulAllah (saw.).

      • I was hoping *you* would enlighten me as you are making the accusations.

      • I apologise for disappointing you. In matters of Deen, it is better to be enlightened on these serious issues from someone with ijaza, ie., an authority which can be traced to the source. For example, the document in question, was it compiled or written by someone with an ijaza? If not, then this document fails the authoritative epistemological criteria I had mentioned earlier.

      • You spoke of ‘neo/pseudo-Salafi claims have not been able to satisfy criteria 3 and 4.’

        Can you give a specific example?

    • This is BS, Fulan. You need to keep you hatred to yourself.
      If salaf is not a school of thought( regardless what this claim means), then why do ash’ris keep saying وكل خير في اتباع من سلف “Each good is by following the salaf?”
      You’re just a fanatic dude. That’s all.

      You say that salaf is not a school of thought because their beliefs are against your doctrines derived by Greek philosophy which has nothing to do with companions of the prophet pbuh nor their companions. We know that already. And no wonder that some of your doctrines match jahmi and mu’tazili beliefs.

      I can qoute from Jilāni if your a sufi dude to see that he’s against your hybrid beliefs. 🙂

  4. Examples of some of the claims of the neo-Salafi which may be mentioned are :
    Anthropomorphic and literal (Zahiri) understanding of certain attributes of Allah;
    Considering the seeking of waseela of Prophets and Awliya as shirk;
    Rejecting the Ash’ariyah and Maturidiyah (who comprises the vast majority of the Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah) as false and misguided, and thereby contradicting the ijma’ of the vast overwhelming majority of the ulama;

    For further analysis, I recommend you discuss these issues with an ulama who has ijaza through an unbroken chain of isnad reaching all the way to RasulAllah (saw.).

    As mentioned, As-Salaf is defined a blessed epoch (not a school of thought). All Muslim ulama understand the Deen of Islam through unbroken chains of isnad reaching the epoch of As-salaf. Every understanding within the Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah has its isnad, methodology and ijma’. Referring to the As-salaf is not something exclusive to the neo-Salafis.

    For anyone much beyond the well defined epoch of As-Salaf, referring themselves as Salafi, ideally should qualify the word with either “neo” or “pseudo”.

    • As-salaf is a blessed epoch, and not a school of thought, by definition. Corollary statements do not change a definition. Difficulty in comprehending this concept stems from ignorance of what a definition or axiom is.
      Any claim to be Salafi outside the blessed epoch of Salaf is equivalent to a twenty first century group claiming themselves as Bronze Age-ians!

  5. What Is Mainstream Traditional Sunni Islam? – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

    Why did Muslims Create Science of Aqeedah – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

    Hadith about Hanafi ,Maturidi and Naqshbandi – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

    Literalism Was Never The Way Of The Salaf – Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad

    The Salafi Fallacy – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

    Imam ash-Shafi’i Refutes Ahlul Hadeeth – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

    Saudi Arabia Leaving Salafism? – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

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