Friday, January 9, 2009

Tibyan's "Slicing Sword" document has appeared

Anwar al-Awlaki appears on page 8 of 56, as follows:

Shaykh Anwar al-Awlaki's Foreword

This book "The Slicing Sword" represents the answers given by Shaykh Abd Alluh Abd al Bari al Ahdal to questions on the topic of Hijra (migration for the sake of Allah) and al-wala and al-bara (loyalty to Allah and disavowal of the enemies of Allah.) The importance of this book lies in the fact that the situation that the Shaykh was faced with is similar to our circumstances today which gives relevance to his answers. Aden was occupied by the British in 1837 and the author died around 1854. So his time was one in which the power of the Ottoman Khilafah was waning while the Western powers were on the rise. Therefore, this was a time when there were some Muslims who were replacing their pride in being Muslims and being subjects of Muslim rule with being subjects of Western occupiers and sailing under Western flags.

The author belongs to the Ahdal family who are descendants of al Imam Hussain bin Ali and are a family steeped in Islamic scholarship. They are from the Shafi'i school and live on the Western coast of Yemen on the Red Sea. The same land as the companion of the Prophet Abu Musa al Ashari.

I have studied this book under two scholars from the family of al Ahdal and I would encourage my brother and sisters to benefit from it.