Praise be to Allah that is due from all grateful believers, a fullness of praise for all his favours: a praise that is abundantly sincere and blessed. May the blessings of Allah be upon our beloved Master Muhammad, the chosen one, the Apostle of mercy and the seal of all Prophets (peace and blessings of Allah be upon them all); and upon his descendants who are upright and pure: a blessing lasting to the Day of Judgment, like the blessing bestowed upon the Prophet Ibrahim (alaihis salam) and his descendants. May Allah be pleased with all of the Prophetic Companions (Ashab al-Kiram). Indeed, Allah is most worthy of praise and supreme glorification!
I was forwarded this short epistle in repudiation of the claim that the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) will be seated upon the Throne (Arsh) with Allah subhana wa ta’ala, by the righteous Shaykh, Muhammad Yasir of Bradford, UK. It being the compilation of the noble brother and student of knowledge, Usamah Muttakin, who I have met in the recent past. His riposte is directed at an individual using the screen name – “Ahlul-Isnaad”, also known as Raza Hassan. A simple internet search lead to the conclusion that he seems to be closely associated with the methodology of the late Zubair Ali Za’i (1) of Pakistan when it comes to their understanding of the principles connected to Hadith. He is also linked with similar minded disseminators in England and Pakistan that have been the subject of a few responses from this pen.
What is most peculiar is that the named individual has betrayed his own screen name and has not bothered to scrutinize the very narrations he brought forth to propagate his belief in an analytical fashion as determined by sound principles connected to Ulum al-hadith. Indeed, this is not a novel matter, for those who know a little about Salafism in this age have noticed how their putative authorities of the past like ibn Taymiyya, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya and Muhammad ibn Abdal Wahhab have all used rejected narrations to spread their ideologies and beliefs. This has also despondently continued to be seen in the writings of their modern day writers like the late Muhammad ibn Salih al-Uthaymin (2) et al. Indeed, this is a gross contradiction of their shrill claim to follow only the Qur’an and Sahih ahadith.
It is even more bewildering to note how Raza Hassan failed to provide a single authentic narration from Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) on this matter, and instead went out of his way to promote weak and rejected narrations collated by the Hanbali Shaykh, Abu Bakr al-Khallal (d. 311 AH). Naturally, if Raza Hassan was capable of bringing forth just one Sahih hadith in line with his claims and belief, then his whole sarcasm filled attempt at promoting this view would have had a sounder basis of credibility.
Since this was not witnessed from him as the counter response has demonstrated with succinct brevity and light humour, the onus is on him to show why and how he came to accept the narrations predominantly from Imam Mujahid ibn Jabr (3) (ra) on this matter using the principles of narrator disparagement (jarh) and accreditation (ta’dil). In order for him to do this he is advised to also answer the editor of Kitab al-Sunna of al-Khallal named within this retort by the compiler, who has also weakened these types of narrations promoted by the detractor.
The counter reply is thus of value to the students of aqida (creed) who wish to know where the truth lies, and we ask Allah subhana wa ta’ala to accept this work that was written to defend the real way of the Salaf, and its accepted creed emanating from Allah’s Messenger (sallallallahu alaihi wa sallam), as well as those who imitated his path in strict adherence on such tenets of beliefs as noted by the recognised scholars of Ahlus Sunna wal Jama’a via the ages.
Peace and blessings be upon our Master Muhammad
(Shaykh Dr.) Abul Hasan
June 2nd 2014/5th Sha’ban 1435 AH
1 See here what his fellow sect members had to say about him – https://www.darultahqiq.com/zubair-ali-zai-exposed-by-yaser-et-al/
2 See here for his aqida and fiqhi positions that are at odds with those from his sect, like the late Bin Baz and Nasir al-Albani: https://www.darultahqiq.com/differences-between-al-albani-ibn-uthaymin-and-ibn-baz-in-fiqh-and-aqida/
See here for some other matters related to Imam Mujahid – https://www.darultahqiq.com/the-makan-narration-attributed-to-imam-mujahid/