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  1. #21
    Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu 'ala rasulullaah
    Amma ba'd

    When Abu Uwais (rahimahullaah) died over seven years ago, the following was posted: What Abu Talha is to the United Kingdom, so was Abu Uwais rahimahullah to the United States. I am deeply saddened by his passing away, may Allah have Mercy upon our brother Abu Uwais.

    When I met Abu Talha for first time, he informed me that it was Abu Uwais who had first called him to the Salafi Dawah and that he was his close companion who lived together with him in Jamiyah Islamiyyah. And whenever I spoke to Abu Uwais (rahimahullah), he would always ask me if I met Abu Talha...

    Subhanak Allaahuma wa bihamdika ash-hadu anlaa illaaha illa anta astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk

    If I said anything correct, then it is from Allaah (subhanahu wa taa'ala), and if I erred, then that is from me and shaytan.

  2. #22
    Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu 'ala rasulullaah

    Dying Upon The Sunnah

    Student Abu Hasan Maalik relayed the following:

    Hammaad Ibn Zayd (d.181H, rahimahullaah) mentioned that Ayoob as-Sakhtiyaanee (d.131H, rahimahullaah) said: "When I am informed of the death of a man from the people of the Sunnah, it is as if I have lost one of my limbs." Refer to Sharh Usoolul-I'tiqaad of al-Laalikaa`ee (1/66).
    Student Aboo Soohailah 'Umar Quinn relayed the following:

    'Abdullaah ibn al-Mubarak Maroodi (rahimahullaah) said: "
    Know, ya akhee (my brother) that death is a gift from Allaah for whoever meets Allaah Subhanahu wa Ta'aala upon the Sunnah of Muhammad (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam). And we complain to Allaah Subhanahu wa Ta'aala concerning the death of our brothers, and the fewness of those who support the religion, and the appearance of many innovations in the religion."

    Student Aboo 'Abdilaah Hasan as-Somali relayed the following from Sharh Usool I'tiqaad Ahl Us Sunnah Wal Jamaa'h:

    Mu'tamir Ibn Sulaymaan (rahimahullaah) said: "I entered upon my father and I was sad. So he said to me, 'What is wrong with you?' I responded, 'A friend of mine passed away.' He said, 'Did he die upon the Sunnah?' I said 'Yes.' He said, 'Don't feel sorry for him.'"

    Mu'aafah Ibn 'Imraan (rahimahullaah) said: "Do not praise a man until death, as he will either die upon the Sunnah or die upon innovation."

    Al-Fudayl Ibn Iyaad (rahimahullaah) said: "Tooba is for the one who dies upon Islaam and the Sunnah. If it is like this (i.e. a person dies upon Islaam and the Sunnah), then frequently say, 'Maa Shaa` Allaah.'"

    'Awn (rahimahullaah) said: "Whoever dies upon Islaam and the Sunnah, then for him are glad tidings of all that is good."
    Subhanak Allaahuma wa bihamdika ash-hadu anlaa illaaha illa anta astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk

    If I said anything correct, then it is from Allaah (subhanahu wa taa'ala), and if I erred, then that is from me and shaytan.

  3. #23

    Bismillaah wal-Hamdulillaah was-salaatu was-salaam 'alaa Rasoolullaah

    This is indeed a tremendous loss, Qadr Allaah, I think few knew, behind the scene, how important a role Abu Talhah had in influencing the da'wah in the West (which have now been exemplified in this discussion). As difficult as this is for the community of Birmingham and the UK at large, and for all of us. It was a tremendous blessing to benefit from Abu Talhah's efforts over the last twenty or more years, for that we are greatly appreciative and have fond, happy memories. He has touched the lives of practically every salafee in the West, through his translations, lessons or by the influence and teaching he gave to others, particularly in the UK, which reveberated worldwide. I can't imagine how this would have affected the da'wah if it happened say in 1994 when JIMAS and IANA where distorting the reality of salafiyyah, a time when most of us had yet to understand the clarity of this blessed da'wah, and many of those who ascribed to it - didn't understand manhaj. So we have to be thankful for the time benefited from him and Allaah is the best of planners.

    Insha'Allaah, between the experienced du'aat left behind and the new wave of young students that you have in the UK, the da'wah will continue, strong and firm insha'Allaah, salafiyyah without compromise, an encouragement to the younger du'aat to step up to the challenge and to continue good efforts that have been laid by your predecessors. Like many who commented, we spent some time with Abu Talhah, here and there (the last time being in al-Madeenah in May), and over the phone, he always displayed excellent behaviour and this is the most important thing we will try to take away from his legacy; salafee, steadfast, upright, uncompromising (with the haqq) but mannerly and easy-going (not letting life's ups and downs weigh on his disposition) such that his enemies always struggled to pin something negative on him, they had to grin and bear it! Amazingly, even those who fight against the very organisation he helped found and was a key part of, up until his death (Salafi Publications), have mentioned him with goodness now (something they should ponder deeply).

    To the brothers at the Maktabah (Birmingham) and to the communities around the UK, remain steadfast, continue serving Allaah (ilal-yaqeen), the da'wah will continue insha'Allaah, be bright, cheerful and industrious!

    Have great hope for Abu Talhah and Umm Talhah, we are so sad but subhan'Allaah, we can only smile when thinking about his life, his works, his noble children, and his end.
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  4. #24
    Posted on behalf of the brothers of Philadelphia, Abu Zaahid Jalil Meekins and Abu Suhayl Anwar Wright

    As Salaamu alaykum

    It brought us great sorrow and many tears when we were informed of the passing of Abu Talha and his wife. He was our elder and a mountain in the West. It was well known by all that he gave his life to implimenting the Sunnah and striving against Bidah, and how many groups were silenced in the West by way of his detailed translations? We don't say he reached the level of a scholar but by Allah there isn't any Salafi in the West who could doubt his worth and importance. Abu Talha left behind a legacy of calling to the correct Creed and I ask Allah to make his departure from us a means to be raised up in the company of the Prophets, the truthful, the martyrs and the pious. In conclusion I attached a file written by our noble brother Anwar Wright about our beloved elder Abu Talha Dawud bin Ronald Burbank.

    Your brothers from America
    Abu Zaahid Jalil Meekins
    Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

    To be honest, after the words of our noble brother Abu Khadeejah and Abu Iyadh, what can one mention that has not already sufficed us regarding our dear brother Abu Talha Dawood Burbank, may Allah have mercy upon him. However, just as has been reported by the messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam

    “ The likeness of the believer in their mutual love, their togetherness and the mercy they have between one another is the likeness of one body. If one of the body parts complains, the rest of the body calls out with fever and sleeplessness.”

    So I say when the news reached me regarding the passing of Abu Talha and Umm Talha, it felt like I loss a close relative. Even though I only met Abu Talha once, I loved him for the sake of Allah due to what had reached me from the likes of our brother Abu Idris Muhammad ibn Aslam and Abu Ummayah Abdul Mateen from the firmness of Abu Talha upon the sunnah, and his zuhud in worldly affairs and his consistency in the call to tauheed and salafiyyah. I remember sitting in high school in the heart of North Philadelphia, reading the beneficial translation of The three fundamental priniciples by Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen.

    I met Abu Talha if my memory serves me correct in the summer of 2004 in front of Shaykh Rabee’s – may Allah preserve him- house. I did not know who he was because I never saw him before and he was standing alone, shy and humble with his head down. One of the brothers I was with, Yusuf Eritree from Sweden, recognized Abu Talha due to him travelling to Birmingham before and mentioned to me that that was Abu Talha, so we went and embraced him, and he smiled and I felt nothing but sincere brotherhood from him, Rahimahullah. Just recently where I work in the prison I was going through with the brothers there the abridgement of the Prophets prayer described. During my preparations I would stumble through some words and I would return back to the translation of Abu Talha and he would hit the translation right on the mark. I ask Allah with His perfect names and Lofty attributes to reward Abu Talha with a good reward and make him and his wife from those who are raised up on the day of resurrection reciting the talbiyyah and to continue to bless his children to be upon righteousness and steadfastness upon Tauheed and Sunnah. Ameen.

    Wa salla Allahu wa sallam ala nabiyyanaa Muhammad.

    Abu Suhayl Anwar Wright

  5. #25

    Post He Died Proceeding to Hajj, in Ihraam, in Prayer.

    He Died in Prayer!

    Article by Abu Hakeem Bilaal Davis

    Bismillahi wal hamdillillah was salaatu was salaamu alaa rasoolillah
    Ammaa ba’d:

    After arriving for hajj with the premier hajj group yesterday, alhamdullillah so far Allah has facilitated ease in the performance of the hajj. With the expected crowds and Hujjaaj in their millions the Hajj is now well underway.

    While driving from the airport to Makka I could not help reflecting on my dear brother and companion Daawood Rahimahullah .

    I thought about how Allah fulfilled for him a wish of his I remember hearing him say more than once:

    ‘I don’t want to die here’

    It made me think about my own loved ones and how much we take them for granted.

    I reflected upon the manner in which he spent his life teaching the Sunnah and spreading it and it brought to mind something mentioned in the biography of Al imaam Ash shaikh Muhammad ibn Abdil Wahaab Rahimahullah. And it is that he used to make the dua ‘Allahumma ijalnee mubaarakan’ (Oh Allah! Make me Mubarak) that is Oh Allah make me a source of blessings for those who come in contact with me.

    And those who really knew him will know that he was a source of good and khair for the Muslims of the west generally, the people of Sunnah specifically.

    I met a brother today from the UK in Mina who when we spoke of Abu Talha he wept and said that I was carrying out various acts today and I realised that most of what I know and practice of the Sunnah I learnt by way of Abu Talha, and the reality is that many in the west if they reflect will share the sentiment

    Even after his death there is no one that knew him that I meet except that he says that this has caused him to look at himself and think about what deeds he will leave, realise how much he needs to improve and question what type of end he will have

    I also spoke to his sons who are fine examples of young men upon the Sunnah not leaving the Sunnah even in adversity. From the shrouding to the movement of the body to the burial their concern has only been whether or not it has all been in accordance to the Sunnah. They were invited to the house of the deputy minister of Hajj in Saudi Arabia who gave them pieces of the Kiswa (the cloth that covers the ka’bah) for them and their siblings

    As far as the our brothers Janaaza then it was honourable, having a police convoy similar to the funerals of Saudi dignitaries having more than 2 million worshippers praying over him with Ameer Naa’if being among the attendees

    But possibly the profound thing that has reached me so far is what many people don’t know and that is just before the accident Daawood had started praying dhuhr in the coach and soon after (in literally seconds I’m told by the brothers who were there) it was engulfed in flames!

    When they went to view the body they realised he died with his right hand over his left hand over his chest!

    We ask Allah to forgive them both and bless us with a husnul khaatima (good end)

    Wa sallallahu ‘alaa nabiyinaa Muhammad

    Abu Hakeem Bilaal Davis

  6. #26

    Arrow When I Became Muslim and Saw Abu Talhah

    When I Became Muslim and I saw Abu Talhah...
    Abu Tameema Abdul Muhsin
    Head teacher
    Salafi Independent School

    When I became Muslim nearly ten years ago, I remember going to the “old maktabah” on Muntz Street for my first lesson. I was very nervous and unsure about what I would find. When I entered the room in which the lesson was taking place, I saw a white English Muslim sitting at the front of the room. He was reading from a book and other people of varying nationalities were sitting around him. This was my first lesson and my first experience of our noble brother, Abu Talha.

    I was amazed that there could be someone else (I am also English) who was English and a Muslim. This gave me a lot of confidence and encouraged me to study my new religion of Islam.

    As I sat in his lesson I was very impressed with his precision and nature of teaching and particularly with his softly spoken voice and calm mannerisms. Abu Talha was teaching Silsilah ahaadeeth as-saheehah of Shakyk Al-Albani at the time. (Although I did not know this at the time) I decided that I would travel from Solihull to attend Abu Talha’s lessons every week and try and learn more about the religion.

    As time went by, I began to practice the religion more and began to understand the importance of aqeedah and the noble Salafi Dawah. Abu Talha’s simple teaching methods and translations helped me immensely. I did not realise until later, how much work he put in to his lessons. Anyone who sat in his lessons should understand the amount of research he underwent to give us so many benefits and side points. I will always remember him saying ‘as a side point,’ or ‘and as an additional side point,’ many times, adding to benefit of his lessons. The ‘side points’ were always from Salafi Scholars past or present and enriched the lessons and the learning that was taking place.

    When we acquired the new building on Wright Street, Abu Talha began teaching various books. From them were;

    • Aqeedatul Waasitiyah
    • Aqeedatul Tahawiyah
    • Lumu'at ul-I'tiqaad
    • Thalaathat ul-Usool
    • Creed by Al Barbaharee
    • Riyaadus Saaliheen

    Abu Talha was punctual, consistently in attendance and accurate when translating. He always stuck to the text of the book being studied, usually using the books of Shaykh Salih Al Fawzan, whilst bringing other benefits when appropriate.

    I have seen many brothers sit with Abu Talha year after year at The Salafi Masjid. The sisters too have sat and benefitted from him. My heart goes out to the brothers and sisters who have sat with Abu Talha or listened to him via Paltalk. I know we all miss him and the sisters who knew Umm Talhah, his noble wife too. I urge patience and continuation in seeking knowledge. I cannot write too much as it makes me too upset and Abu Talha taught me the narration, ‘From the Fiqh of a man is the shortness of his speech and the length of his prayer.’ Abu Talha’s lessons were never prolonged and always kept the students focussed and attentive.

    I was with Abu Talha last Friday night (30th October) as I had the privilege of driving him and his son Talha, to Manchester to give lessons on Muhammed ibn Abdul Wahab’s book, The Pillars of The Prayer and it Conditions. I was very happy to spend time with him and I can still vision him sitting at the front of The Masjid with his old brief case, his pocket watch, plain thawb and koofi. His manners on the journeys were a mirror of the Sunnah and this is one of the ways a person gets to know another. He was gentle and kind and spoke to me and humoured me in case I became tired through driving, as our return to Birmingham was quite late. My first lesson (as mentioned above) was with Abu Talha and I was privileged to witness his last lesson. I thank Allah for that and praise him.

    With kindness and gentleness in mind I advise our brothers and sisters with this. Whether you are a parent, a guardian, an uncle, auntie, a teacher or have any dealing with or responsibility for children, then be kind and gentle and give good Tarbiyyah. None of us know what our children will become. With good Tarbiyyah from adults, perhaps a child will grow up and become a caller to the noble Religion of Islam, a caller to the Sunnah and Salafiyyah.

    Abu Talha was an example for us and taught us patiently. I know his wife was also an exemplary example for the sisters. We ask Allah to raise callers like him from our ranks to maintain his tremendous Deen , Aameen.

    We ask Allah to forgive Abu Talha and Umm Talha and raise them up to Jannatul Firdaus, Allahumma Aameen.

    Abu Tameema Abdul Muhsin
    Head teacher
    Salafi Independent School

  7. #27
    Assalaamu alaikoum wa rahmatullaah wa barakatuh
    Subhana Allah, every time I read something about brother Abu Talha (RahmahiuAllah) it moves something inside me ma sha Allaah, there are not words to explain the feeling. I would love to read anecdotes of how righteous Umm Talha was and examples of how she raised her children, so in sha Allah she may inspire other sisters like myself. May Allah have mercy upon their souls aameen. Jazakallahu khayran.

  8. #28

    Abul-Hasan Maalik on the Death of Abu Talhah Dawud Burbank - rahimahullaah

    On the Death of Abu Talhah Dawud Burbank

    Hammaad Ibn Zayd (d.181H) mentioned that Ayoob as-Sakhtiyaanee (d.131H) said, “When I am informed of the death of a man from the people of the Sunnah, it is as if I have lost one of my limbs.” Refer to Sharh Usoolul-I’tiqaad of al-Laalikaa‘ee (1/66).
    It was this narration that was from the first that came to mind upon hearing of the death of our beloved brother Abu Talhah Dawud Ibn Ronald Burbank—may Allaah have mercy upon him. I thank Allaah that I had the opportunity to meet him for the first time two years ago on our first visit to the United Kingdom. Even in this first encounter, I found him a very humble and kind brother who demonstrated great concern for the Da’watus-Salafiyyah in the United States. We spoke about a number of topics; from them his days in the Islamic University of al-Madeenah and his close relationship with our brother Abu Uwais—may Allaah have mercy upon him. He spoke lovingly about Abu Uwais and expressed how many students from the West were benefited by Abu Uwais’ tireless efforts in defense of the Salafee methodology and calling his classmates to sit at the feet of the Scholars. One could feel the love and great respect Abu Talhah had for Abu Uwais; it was touching to see this level of honour for one’s brothers and it made the eyes well up with tears. That one short meeting with Abu Talhah two years ago had a profound effect upon me; it cemented for me everything I had heard about him over the years from our brothers in the UK, from them his shyness and humble disposition, not to mention his great diligence in teaching and meticulousness in translating classical works that have been from the greatest contributions to the Salafee call in the English speaking world.

    One can never underestimate the great service of Abu Talhah’s many translations; for indeed translation is a form of transmission of the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam). One need only look at the narration collected by Imaam al-Bukhaaree (d.256H) in his Saheeh regarding Heraclius when the letters of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) were sent to the non-Arab rulers of the time; it mentions what Aboo Sufyaan (radiyallaahu ’anhu) narrated regarding their encounter. The narration is on the authority of Ibn Abbaas (radiyallaahu ’anhu) who said, “Aboo Sufyaan Ibn Harb informed me that Heraclius had sent a messenger to him while he had been accompanying a caravan from Quraysh. They were merchants doing business in Shaam at the time when Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) had a truce with Aboo Sufyaan and the Quraysh infidels. So Aboo Sufyaan and his companions went to Heraclius at Ilya (Jerusalem). Heraclius called them in the court and he had all the senior Roman dignitaries around him. He called for his translator who, translating Heraclius’s question said to them, “Who amongst you is closely related to that man who claims to be a Prophet?” Aboo Sufyaan replied, "I am the nearest relative to him (amongst the group).”

    The point of benefit we wanted to extract from this narration was the fact that Heraclius, and the other non-Arab kings who the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) sent letters to, were in need of translators to convey and transmit the meaning of the letters sent by the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) calling them to the worship of Allaah alone. It is because of this that Ibn Hajr (d.852H) says in Nuzhatun-Nadhr,

    “As for relating [ahaadeeth] by their meaning, then the difference of opinion in this matter is well known, and the majority [of the Scholars] are of the opinion that it is permissible; and from the strongest of their proofs is the consensus [of the people of knowledge] regarding the permissibility of clarifying the Islamic Legislation for the non-Arabs in their language. So if it is permissible to change it into another language, then it is permissible to do so (i.e. narrate it by its meaning) in the Arabic language for all the more reason.”
    So as we have mentioned, one could never underestimate the great service of Abu Talhah’s translations to the English world. I say this because not only were we witnesses to the great need of those translations, but we were also beneficiaries. I recall that in the nineties, in the days of hard fought battles with the people of innovation and misguidance, that it was Abu Talhah’s translation of Imaam al-Barbahaaree’s Sharhus-Sunnah (Explanation of the Creed) that was a weapon of razor-sharpness upon the necks of the people of desires. I can also recall at that time teaching the book in Germantown Masjid in our city of Philadelphia and looking out into the crowd seeing Abu Talhah’s translation in the hands of many of the students. The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) says in the authentic hadeeth collected by Muslim upon the authority of Aboo Hurayrah (radiyallaahu ’anhu), “When a person dies, his deeds are cut off except three: some ongoing charity, some beneficial knowledge or righteous offspring to supplicate for him.” I have rarely gone into the house of a Salafee in the last ten years or so and not seen this book upon the shelf, and I pray that this effort is weighty in his scales of good on the Day of Resurrection.

    I was humbled the day I met Abu Talhah in Birmingham due to what I witnessed from humility and modesty - as I am saddened at the news of his loss today, but as the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said in the authentic narration after the death of his son Ibraaheem,

    Indeed the eyes shed tears, and the hearts feel sadness, but we only say that which pleases our Lord.
    From Allaah we come and unto Him we return. I ask Allah by His Lofty Attributes and Beautiful Names to have mercy upon our brother and Umm Talhah and that He bless them with Jannatul-Firdaws.

    Abul-Hasan Malik Adam al-Akhdar

  9. #29

    Abu Talhah

    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu 'ala Rasoolullah.
    "Innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji'oon."
    "Indeed to Allaah we belong and to Him we shall return."

    May Allah the most merciful the bestower of mercy grant our dear brother Abu Talhah and his wife jannatul firdous, and protect his children from any harm.*

    My first encounter with Abu Talhah was around 20 years ago at a mini conference in East London, I was there with some brothers from Reading, we had just started
    practicing and *we asked Abu Talhah *(rahimahullaah) about reciting Al-Fatiha behind the imaam in Salah.
    He explained the different opinions and I remember asking him what opinion he follows
    and he did not say out of his humility and fear that we *may follow him blindly. That incident has stuck with me ever since. Abu Talha introduced us to the manhaj of The Shaikh, the Muhadith, the reviver of the sunnah Muhammad Nasirudeen Al-Albaanee*(rahimahullaah).

    *One of the last times I saw the brother was when he came for umrah *last year and I took him to some bookshops, *as we stopped at the masjid qiblatain traffic lights, he started telling me about the area, that it is where the tribe of Bani Salama lived and they asked Allah's Messenger if they could move closer to the masjid and that's when the messenger of Allah *told them about the reward of every step one takes going to the masjid (Sahih Muslim, *side point Shaikh Abd Al-Muhsin Al-Abaad says and for every step one takes coming back from the masjid).
    **And also pointed out the mountain on which the sahabee stood to call out to Ka'ab bin Malik to inform him regarding the ayah bearing witness to his truthfulness( Tawbah:17-18) It was beautiful to have knowledge based background to the area.

    I found the brother to be consistent from *my first to the last meeting with him.
    There was something special about him,**he was a man of honour, people loved him and respected him immensely. He was humble and you could see that he was a man of sunnah who implemented knowledge through his actions.*
    It is reported that the Imaam of jarh wa ta'adeel As Shaikh Rabaee bin Hadee said about Abu Talha that he is more beloved to him than his own son.

    The *janaza was prayed at the Ka'bah after Fajr *prayer and they were buried in the cemetery *closest to the Haram called Malla.

    Oh Allah grant our brother and his wife the highest jannah.

    Hudhaifah (Naveed) Madinah KSA.

  10. #30
    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

    ''Verily, those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, the Most Beneficent (Allaah) Will bestow love for them (in the hearts of the Believers.)'' Surah Maryam 19:96

    Book Love and Hate for the Sake of Allaah: Translated by Abu Talhah Dawood ibn Ronald Burbank.

    Allah’s messenger (Salallaahu alayhi wa salaam) said:
    A deceased who you praise will be granted Jannah. And He whom you condemn will be granted the Fire. The angels are Allaah’s witnesses in the heavens; and you the (believers) are Allaah’s witnesses on earth; you are Allaah’s witnesses on the earth; you are Allaah’s witnesses on earth!

    Verily Allaah has angels who speak upon the tongues of the human beings, telling of any good or evil that is in a person.” A combined report recorded by Al- Bukhari, Muslim, Ahmed, and others.

    Whenever four (Muslims) testify on behalf of a (dead) Muslim, Allaah will let him into Jannah. Recorded by al Bukhari, an Nasai and others from Funerals: Regulations and Exhortations.

    We cannot enumerate the blessing of Allaah. From among those blessing is that He gives us companions upon the Quraan and Sunnah. I thank Allaah above His Arsh that I was blessed to have known Umm Talhah. Truly this was a great blessing as we were in different cities and then in different countries. We never physically met. Their deaths came as an absolute shock as I was preparing to meet her for the first time.
    Qadr Allahu wa masha fa'aal.

    Umm Talhah Khaalidah Dost (rahimah ullah).

    Umm Talhah was a devoted mother and wife.

    She was also a seeker of knowledge and a propagator and support to her husband in dawah Salafiyyah. She remained obscure from mention with regards to her direct efforts for dawah Salafiyyah. She was like so many brothers and sisters who work from behind the scene but whose efforts are integral to the success of the dawah.

    What I write now is difficult (I do not like to expose my private relationships with sisters on such a public forum) but I feel her efforts also need to be recognized,mentioned and appreciated. From this, I hope that what I write will inspire others to seek knowledge and strive for the pleasure of Allaah…..

    So, who was it that typed up all those beautifully handwritten articles and manuscripts ? Who was it that got questions answered patiently and promptly from her husband the many questions that the sisters had regarding minute details about the practice of their religion/deen? No doubt you can realize the answer.

    Umm Talhah loved Allaah and she loved His Messenger immensely. She loved the Book of Allaah and she loved the Sunnah of the Messenger (Salallaahu alayhi was salam).

    Umm Talhah was a mother of eight children who she gave her time to, home schooling them and nurturing them upon good manners and adherence to the Sunnah. When I would speak to her in Ramadaan she would tell me her children were fasting.

    She placed importance on spending the precious moments that we have in life to increase in seeking knowledge. She encouraged sisters to do likewise. She would listen to tapes while she cooked. She was an example that being married with many children does not stop you from learning. It just means that you adapt ways to fit that learning into your life in a way that can be managed. She listened to the lessons on the internet that Abu Talhah gave at the Masjid which were lessons in aqueedah and manhaj, clarifying tawheed from shirk, sunnah from bidah, people of sunnah from the people of bidah and she read books when she had the time. She gave books and tapes as gifts.

    I was amazed how she would fit everything in her time.

    One of the last books to be published by Abu Talhah was the “Tafseer of Sooratin- Naba” a lot of time and effort had gone into the production of this book.

    Umm Talhah sent me the book last year and emailed me when I had received the copy, as follows:

    <<I am so happy that you have the book and I am sure you will find it very beneficial and the biographies at the end are just amazing. I know this book is very special to you. I remember when I used to read the tafseer to you and you would say things like 'Khaalidah you should get it printed', or 'it really should be printed', as we both appreciated the knowledge contained within it.>> she lamented << I don't know what it is with people these days they just don't have the time to read or make the time to read.>>

    As mentioned in the email, she offered to read the tafseer of the surahs from Juzz ‘Amma. She could have posted me the manuscript which would have saved her time and effort. When, I mentioned I knew she was busy she insisted she would read it as it would help her too. She would call when all her household chores and duties were completed at night, once a week. She slowly read each ayah at a time, followed by the tafseer. She read while, I took notes, often repeating each sentence or even paragraphs and never complaining if I asked her to slow down or didn’t understand her accent!! If I didn’t understand something she would go back to Abu Talhah and return with a fuller explanation and if I still didn’t understand she would email me with evidence and proofs. She kept to her level of understanding and never claimed to know what she didn’t know. She read to me she didn’t explain.

    One time I waited for her call but she didn’t call. I didn’t call until the next day as I thought she must have been busy. She told me she had forgotten and apologised. Two days later I got a parcel in the post. A card with an apology, a pen with the words 'I love you' and a little miniature book called ‘For my friend’. When I received the post and read the card I remember I cried tears of love and amazement. She took keeping an appointment as a trust. I hadn’t known anyone like her, her generosity and kindness. She was really really really special.

    She called the tafseer a ''unique piece of work'' and it was her ''dream'' to see it in print. It was part of what was hoped to be a series of the tafseer of Juzz 'Amma. The printing of the second book had been holted because the first book was not selling as well as expected. I pray that her dream and a dream I shared too of the rest of the series being published comes true one day. All success lies with Allaah.

    Those are/were precious moments and memories I shall treasure forever.

    These moments were a treasure because she was giving me her precious time so we could understand the Book of Allaah. This is what Salafiyyah is about. It is about helping each other to worship Allaah upon knowledge and insight with compassion, mercy and steadfastness and offering.

    This is just a glimpse of Umm Talhah’s character and how she loved the Qur’aan and how she made you feel special on a personal level. I know I am not the only sister she made feel special or helped to understand the deen better. I know there were probably other projects she initiated incognito to benefit others and sisters that she helped.

    Her love for Allaah, His Book, His Messenger and the Sunnah was shown in her actions, kindness and character.

    There are some people in life who touch you more than others and she was one of them (rahimah ullaah).

    Two very very special, noble, kind, generous, trustworthy, dependable, humble seekers and propagators of knowledge have returned to Allaah our Lord (May Allaah have Mercy on them). We console ourselves with the reminder of the death of the Prophet (Salallaahu alayhi wa salaam) and (our scholars) and how the Companions had patience and continued spreading the deen.

    We praise none above Allaah but we relate what we witnessed.

    Recently, much of Abu Talhah’s translations began to be posted on the website set up by the family

    I pray that this is a time to reflect upon the purpose for which we were created and prepare for our own deaths. I pray that the deaths of Umm Talhah and Abu Talhah is a cause to unite the Salafis upon the truth when people read these threads. I pray that their efforts continue to be a benefit for the people.

    As I finish writing this I think about it being Yaumal Arafat and the Ayah:
    “This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion.” Suratul Ma’idah 5:3

    Alhumduillaah…. and all the muslims including Abu Talhah and Umm Talhah’s, Talhah and Saad standing at Arafah completing the rites for Allaah that they came for. May Allaah grant them Hajj Mabroor and accept the Hajj of all the muslims ameen.

    ‘’Verily, those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, the Most Beneficent (Allaah)Will bestow love for them (in the hearts of the Believers.) Surah Maryam 19:96

    He (Salallaahu alayhi wa salaam) says in what he reports from His Lord:
    “Allaah the Mighty and Magnificent, says;

    Those who have mutual love for the sake of My Glory will have Pillars of light and will be envied by the Prophets and martyrs.
    Reported by at-Tirmidhee [no.2390] and Ahmed [5/236-237] its isnaad is Saheeh.

    I thank Allaah that He has blessed me to know Umm Talhah and Abu Talhah (through her). I thank Allaah for the Salafi and non Salafi sisters and brothers that are dear to me that have helped me in my deen and dunyah. May Allaah preserve and guide me and them all ameen.

    We ask Allaah to forgive our sins and shortcomings, and our shortcomings in honouring the rights of our families, friends, muslims and non muslims over us. May He preserve our scholars and grant us deaths upon the Qur’aan and Sunnah ameen.

    Alhumduillaahi Rabil alamin.
    ام عبد الرحمن صالحة بنت احمد

    Umm AbdurRahmaan Saleha bint Ahmed

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    Whoever dies performing Hajj

    Imaam Aboo Ya`laa - rahimahullaah - reported in his „Musnad‟ (11/238-239/6357):

    “Ibraaheem ibn Ziyaad Sabalaan narrated to us: Aboo Mu`aawiyah narrated to us: Muhammad ibn Ishaaq narrated to us: from Jameel ibn Abee Maymoonah: from 'Ataa· ibn Yazeed alLaythee: from Aboo Hurairah, who said: Allaah's Messenger, sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said:

    "Whoever goes out to perform Hajj, and he dies, then Allaah will write for him the reward of a person who performs Hajj until the Day of Resurrection; and whoever goes out to perform 'Umrah, and he dies, then Allaah will write for him the reward of one who performs 'Umrah until the Day of Resurrection; and whoever goes out as a fighter in Allaah’s cause, and he dies, then Allaah will write for him the reward of one who fights in Allaah’s cause until the Day of Resurrection.”

    * Shaikh al-Albaanee - rahimahullaah - said in Saheehut-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb (no.1114): "Saheeh ligharihi"

    [Compiled by Aboo Talhah Daawood ibn Ronald Burbank rahimahullah]
    Taken from:

    Also refer to this thread:

    The Glad Tidings Given to A Believer & The Death of Dawood Burbank

  12. #32
    Jazakallaahu khayran sister Saleeha for posting such an delightful reading about Umm Talha. I find her character very inspiring ma sha Allah. I see her actions as an encouragement to all sisters to seek knowledge despite of all our commitments, chores, nappies and shopping lists, no matter what, we must seek knowledge. What a wonderful example she was, ma sha Allah. May Allaah reward you so much for posting that my sister. I could see it was written from your heart ma sha Allah, very touching indeed. May Allaah make you both from the people of the hadith you mention:

    [Those who have mutual love for the sake of My Glory will have Pillars of light and will be envied by the Prophets and martyrs.
    Reported by at-Tirmidhee [no.2390] and Ahmed [5/236-237] its isnaad is Saheeh.]

    [ This is what Salafiyyah is about. It is about helping each other to worship Allaah upon knowledge and insight with compassion, mercy and steadfastness and offering. ]

    [I pray that this is a time to reflect upon the purpose for which we were created and prepare for our own deaths. I pray that the deaths of Umm Talhah and Abu Talhah is a cause to unite the Salafis upon the truth when people read these threads. I pray that their efforts continue to be a benefit for the people]


  13. #33

    From Awn bin Abdullaah (d. around 110 A.H.) who said:

    Whoever dies upon Islaam and the Sunnah, then he has the glad tidings of all that is good.’

    [From ‘Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahl-us-Sunnah’ al –Laalkaee 2/67]
    أَنا الفَقِيرُ إلي رَبِّ البريَّاتِ، أنا المُسيكينُ في مَجموعِ حالاتي
    أنا الظَّلومُ لنفسي وهي ظالمتي، والخيرُ إن يأننا مِن عندِهِ يأتي ~ ابن تيمية

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    As-Salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu.

    I recall being present in a sitting with a number of brothers in the house of Abu Aqeelah Mustafah Nesbeth. It was conveyed to us (words to the affect) by either Abu Sufyaan Abdul-Kareem McDowell or Abu Junaide Yusuf Bowers who were both present,
    "That Abu Talha Raheemahullaah used to send correspondence from Madeenah University regarding the term 'Ad-Dawatus-Salafiyyah'." Also, " That it was a term that was not known at that time in the UK...."
    No doubt he (Raheemahullah) has a portion of the propagation and dissemination of Ad-D'awatus-Salafiyyah here in the UK.

    Some of the characteristics of Abu Talha (Raheemahullaah) I have witnessed:
    • His head was always covered
    • He always wore white
    • He would walk over 4 miles every Friday to attend the Khutbatul-Jumu'ah
    • I never heard ANY foul speech from him
    • My character would alter for the better whilst in his pressence
    • He would always bring a smile to my face when he met me
    • He lived in the centre of a notorious gangland area and to my knowledge has never been adversely troubled
    • I never witnessed him to look down upon the those subordinate to him
    • He was a simple brother

    And there are maybe more of which I have not witnessed that has maybe been witnessed by others...

    We ask Allaah that his (Raheemahullaah) and his wife (Raheemahallaah) time in the grave is a time of which is spacious and not too constricting... I hope that the people who have benefited from them both are supplicating for them both!

    Ad-D'awatus-Salafiyyah still continues...
    When a man knows his ownself, speech of the people is of no benefit to him!

  15. #35
    Anas ibn Malik said, while we were sitting with the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in the Masjid a man entered upon a camel so he made it kneel in the Masjid and then he tied it. Then the man said, “Which one of you is Muhammad the Prophet?” (He asked this question) while the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was reclining amongst us. We said, “This white man reclining.” …the hadith. Collected in Al Bukari in the book of knowledge.

    When I met Abu Talha and his son Sa’d for the first time May 2011 during Umrah, this hadith came to mind.

    The friendly, personable way he interacted with me, I thought to myself for a minute, maybe he has mistaken me for someone else, someone he already knows; but this is just how he was. It was as though he didn’t know he was Abu Talha, and how much we looked up to him. I can’t explain it, truly a ‘had to be there’ moment.

    Then I understood the response of Hasan Somoli and Abdul Jaleel Meekins when I asked them concerning Abu Talha on two separate occasions, they both replied with the exact same answer. “My brother; he is just different.”

    May Allah have mercy upon him and his wife, and protect their family.

    Rasheed Barbee
    Durham, North Carolina


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