Now that my internet is back, time to blog.
I sent out an e-mail a little while ago over the MSA listserv about SunniPath opening up for their summer registration. The way I see it, if the MSA has more Muslims who are knowledgeable about the deen, especially Islamic Creed, the more successful MSA will be because of the increased baraka, better dawah, and all around stronger Muslims. I used SunniPath because I know that many of the teachers working with it studies with some of the greatest scholars in the world. Sheikh Nuh Keller studied under the brilliant Sheikh Abdul-Rahman Shaghouri (may Allah have mercy on his soul). Sidi Faraz Rabbani studied with the greatly esteemed Sheikh Adib Kallas and hence my choice for SunniPath. Anyway, someone replied with this:
assalamu alaikum, Please do not promote sufi/ashari aqeedah on a message board open for students of all madhahib. if you want to promote what you deen(sic) to be part of this religion, please do it a place where people will not be guided away from the sunnah. please keep the message board for events related to muslims at usf jazakAllah khair
What a hater. The vast majority of our great Damascus scholars, who are praised in many ahadith, are Ashari and according to Imam Ghazali (who was apparently not a Sufi according to my Middle East book), tassawuf is a fard 'ayn. This does not necessarily mean that all Muslims have to join tariqas rather, it means all Muslims must be on the quest to be closer to Allah. Therefore, to imply that the vast majority of the scholars of Damascus are misguiding people and that Imam Ghazali was wrong can only be the result of the lack of knowledge. So if you are the person who wrote this e-mail, I strongly recommend you go to SunniPath and take some classes. I also recommend this for every Muslim because knowledge is the greatest of superrogatory acts.
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