Mufti, Know Thyself – a response to Suhaib Webb

It’s sad to see this repetitive pattern from Imam Suhaib over the years, who, as I have said before, has so much to offer our youth but is hell-bent on getting caught up in rants, squabbles and arguments. Sad indeed as by his own definition he claims to be an Azhari and such behaviour is unbecoming of one who claims affinity to this institution.

From Andalus blog:

“For the past few years Suhaib [Webb] has regularly gotten into internet squabbles, wasted time and energy, gossiped, backbit, associated himself with people who slander Muslims and Muslim scholars, lost his temper, retracted statements made in fits of anger and then returned to those statements (presumably when he’s lost control again). He’s been corrected publicly regarding public mistakes and has been advised privately. And he’s lost the respect of many of the good people who once respected him.”

The article has since been removed by the blogger but has these comments on a new post which echo the sentiments expressed in the original:

I understand that it is often better to abstain from these polemics. And I want to be clear that my issue here is not that people disagree with a legal ruling or a theological position. There are a number of scholars who disagree with istighatha, tawassul etc. and who I respect greatly and believe are true scholars.

Sh. Yasir Qadhi is the one name that comes to mind and there are numerous others, including many of the Ulema of Deoband.

An advanced student of knowledge is free to add his voice to ages old debates as much as he wants. It’s unlikely that anything new will be said, but it’s his time to do with as he wishes.

The problem, rather, is that a new crop of internet gossipers seem to have a personal grudge against Sheikh Nuh (and a few others) which comes up from time to time on their blogs and in emails which they send out to different lists and individuals. I’ve addressed this issue with at least three of them privately, and when that failed, I have tried to hint at it in public comments, again to no avail.

Now, Im no one give advice, but at some point, someone has to be willing to say that this is ridiculous, unseemly behavior and needs to stop.

So, to all those who’ve been involved in this latest round of web-beef- You think Sunnipath are like Christians? You really don’t like Sh. Nuh?

Alhamdulillah. You’ve said it (repeatedly). Drop it already and stick to what works.

These posts will be gone soon. I pray the underlying problems will too.

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