Imam Malik (d. 179H) (RA) said, "How evil are the people of innovation, we do not give them salam." Reported by Al-Baghawee in Sharus-Sunnah 1/234.
Wa Laikum Salam, reply between believers... Again I'll address your points in the order they were presented,
1) I'll reply to your question since you asked the question first. We ask a question to get an answer, as does anyone I should think. The first question I asked was who wrote the book [Doctrine of Ahl Assunnah wal Jama`a]. I asked because I never heard of it. As for Kabbanis' qualifications on your website, I'm sure we're all aware of his qualifications. I don't visit your site and to be honest, if you didn't reply to our letter it doesn't make a difference to me. Our point will be made when we open the Janazza Center.
2) Now I'll answer your question. Who am I to declare...etc. Firstly, when I was introduced to Islam I was told Islam the Religion of proof. As Allah says "Produce your proof if you are truthful." (Qur'an 2:111) And in Bukhari, The Prophet(SAW) said "The burden of proof lies on the claimant." Simply put, if you wanted to pray 4 rakat for Fajr and say it was pleasing to Allah, you would have to bring proof, yes or no? Do you need qualifications to determine when an action or belief is not supported by authentic texts? Listen, Bill Clinton is not a Muslim. Do you need to ask a qualified person, yes or no? And if someone said he was a Muslim, he would have to bring proof of some witnesses, or Clinton would have to say it publicly correct? I don't need qualifications to say Madonna is not a Chinese jet pilot do I? It's funny that when we become Muslims people expect us to no longer ask for proofs. If I didn't ask for proof I could be a Rafffidee or a Qadiyyani for that matter.
2b) We are "dropping" scholars names to indicate the importance of proofs and research. I couldn't care the slightest if you were impressed or not. As for what we believe, We believe in the Qur'an and Authenticated Sunnah and understood and practised by the Sahaba and the next 2 generations who are th e best of humanity. We can go into proofs and evidences if you want, but I don't like to debate with people who call me a donkey! Hey! You new Muslims are donkeys with books piled on you!!! What's that? I got one for you, (I'll type in English so we don't have difficulty with transliterating) "And recite (O Muhammad(SAW)) to them the story of him who We gave Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, etc.), but he threw them away, so Satan followed him up and he became of those who went astray. And had We willed, We would surely have elevated him therewith BUT HE CLUNG TO THE EARTH AND FOLLOWED HIS OWN VAIN DESIRE. So his description is the description of a dog: if you drive him away, he lolls his tongue out, or if you leave him alone, he still lolls his tongue out." Qur'an 7:175-176
3) I guess Allah sent this Qur'an and Sunnah in everybody's mailbox to read it and say, I know what it means, I'm not an idiot! If I gave you a scalpel and asked you to perform a lobotomy on me, could you? Even if you had all the tools? Of-course not, you would need to study with someone who had successfully performed that operation. Allah says in qualifying The Messenger of Allah (SAW)'s Companions "So if they believe in the like of that which You believe they are rightly guided." (Qur'an 2:137) Who were the Muslims at the time this verse was revealed? Did they believe they would get nearer to Allah by doing things like celebrating the Prophets(SAW)' Birthday like the Christians? "And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger after the right path has been clearly shown to him, and follows other than the way of the BELIEVERS. We shall keep him in the path he has chosen and burn him in the Hellfire-what an evil destination." (Qur'an 4:115) Who were the believers at the time this verse was revealed? Think about it. Knowledge of the Qur'an and Sunnah must be extracted using a methodology. Do you read a Stephen Hawkings (Theoretical physicist) book and understand things like "Quantam Gravity" and "Tensor" Calculus? I don't think so. If you can show me where we don't follow the Qur'an and Sunnah and where we reject authentic scholars I'll do a cartwheel, maybe I'll buy a Madonna album. As for this point it was already addressed in our last letter point # 7. I suggest you re-read it & write me back if you still don't get it.
Lastly, none of us here wanted to even get into this with you or your group, we just sent you the article about your tareeqah to illustrate shirk and what would be coming in the future. Al-Hassan Al-Basree (d.110H) said "Do not sit with the people of innovation and desires, nor argue with them, nor listen to them" (Ad-Daarimee in his Sunan 1/121 and al-Laalikaa'ee, #240) Al-Hamdullilah we are pretty strong in this community and that Baatil in our area will be wiped out soon. (InshAllah). With the exception of a yearly visit by Hamza and Nuh Ha Keller (Good Cop and Bad Cop) we are not poisoned by your da'wah except for a few people who are ignorant and weak. Al-Hamdulliah Allah put some strong Somalis and studied brothers in our community. Also, I'd like to get the Encyclopaedia if I could, I'll pay for it and the shipping & handling.
Hey! It's been fun! Sincerely,