What exactly does someone mean when they say "I'm Salafi"? Generally what they're saying is “I follow the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, based on the understanding and practical implementation of the Salaf as-Sālih (i.e. first three generations)”.
There are a lot of people who like to treat Salafiyyah as if it's a sect or some exclusive group. It's not and it shouldn't be treated as such. I first became familiar with Salafiyyah seven years ago. I remember thinking that it made perfect sense and that it was very self explanatory. Why shouldn't Muslims only follow the Qur'an and Sunnah. I think what turned me off was the fact that so many so-called Salafis treat it as a sect/group and spend so much time badmouthing others. They used the term "Salafi" as a tool to elevate themselves in the eyes of others. So needless to say, I didn't associate myself with Salafiyyah but identified myself simply as "I am Muslim and believe in following the Qur'an and Sunnah".
Fast forward a couple of years and doing more research, I came across Salafiyyah again. Still, I was turned off by the lack of adab many Salafi proponents exhibited, the "obsession" with badmouthing other Muslims who didn't fit their "standard" and the sheer lack of discourse and dialogue among Salafis- every question was answered with a ruling-no feelings, no humanity, no discussions or acknowledgement of the real life difficulties and stressors that come with them. In summary, I found it hard to relate to these people. They seemed to lack a lot of the attributes that many of the Sahabah had.
Fast forward a couple more years, getting married and gaining more knowledge, and my thoughts are about the same. However, I've come to accept that my problem isn't with the methodology. The problem was with the people. I will say that I agree with and follow the Salafi methodology. As a Muslim, I strive to adhere to the Qur'an and Sunnah and utilize the examples of the Sahabah, the Tabi'in and the Tabi al-Tabi'in. My husband and I generally use Salafi "sanctioned" resources when researching, attend a Salafi masjid and most of my good Muslimah friends ascribe to being Salafi. With that being said, as long as a fellow Muslimah is along the same mindset, then I'm all about being her companion. I don't believe we should tell someone that they're "off the Deen" simply because they don't claim to be Salafi but do everything accordingly nor should we assume someone is good or accept everything they say simply because they claim to be Salafi.
May Allah keep us all on the straight path.
What are your thoughts on this subject? I'm very curious :D
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Islam is a very important part of my life and practicing it to the fullest is a priority for me. Every Muslim is different and unfortunately, not all are on the proper path. A quick glance into any masjid or any ‘Muslim’ Facebook group and you’ll see how diverse Muslims can be in regards to aspects of the deen. Everyone has a different opinion and everyone thinks they’re right. In these Muslim groups, most people tend to be split among the following groups:
I am very careful of whom I take advice from when it comes to Islam and matters of fiqh. My husband and I definitely fall into the third category. We practice Islam by adhering to the Qur’an and Sunnah while following the guidance of the righteous predecessors. With that being said, we aren’t fond of labels and generally don’t label others.
While I enjoy engaging in dialogue with Muslims who practice differently, I will admit that it is difficult at times to discuss aspects of Islam with those who have a flawed understanding due to misguided information. If the source of your information is incorrect, then the conclusions you derive from that information will also most likely be incorrect.
I love learning and learning/discovering new things in Islam is something that excites me. Sharing new knowledge with my fellow Muslim sisters and having them share knowledge with me is an integral part of my best friendships. Whenever I come across something new, I take the time to research it more in depth and then think about how I can apply this new knowledge to my life. Now that I am married, whenever I learn something new or decide that I want to look into things further, I approach my husband. We both then individually research the topic and then discuss it together. We’ve recently delved into the subject of celebrating birthdays and niqab(in sha Allah, I’ll do a post on our findings later). After researching and discussing the topic, we follow the ruling that appears to be the most sahih(authentic). Sometimes the ruling that seems to be the most authentic and accurate is not what exactly what we’d like to do or might not naturally fit into our current routines but we know we need to follow it.
The important thing to remember when seeking out information on Islam, especially when it comes to fiqh, is that there is a ton of information out there and a lot of it is wrong. Always ask for proof! Which ayah in the Qur’an or what hadith was used to derive this ruling, what is the educational background of the person giving the ruling, where did the person receive their ijazah from- these are all questions that you should have answers to prior to ‘taking’ from someone and following a ruling.
About "Life Gems"
Welcome to another addition to "Lady_Meansie's Corner". This portion of my corner is essentially my blog. The posts will be short but packed with important reminders for fellow Muslimahs. Remember to leave your thoughts in the comments. I love engaging in dialogue with my fellow Muslimahs.