Asslaamu 'alaikum brother and sisters,
I am new to the site and have been practising Islam for the past 7 years. I was born a muslim. Although having the utmost respect for the religion and all that it stands for I didn't really practice it as muslim should. AlhamduLillah, Allah SWT the most merciful gave me a jolt and things changed drastically overnight. I am coming from a salafi back ground although I did start off with traditional islaam, doing dhikr listening to nasheeds etc... I was made to feel that the salafi interpretation was the most correct one and at the time being given evidences etc. in favour of it who was I to deny their claims (being of limited knowledge myself back then), they actually seemed correct. When I think about it now what felt good was believing that I was right and everyone else was wrong and living in ignorance, even my family (AstaghfirUllah). I remember thinking “how can they deny these clear proofs”, especially the verses that were revealed concerning the kuffar that they apply to Ahlus Sunnah (may Allah SWT forgive my ignorance), I’m just glad I never personally made takfeer of anyone/group. Slowly slowly the spiritual goodness and immense peace of mind I had felt when I first started to practice started to fade away, it was replaced by contempt for most off the muslim ummah and my ill conceived notion that they were ruining Islam. Over the years I have seen the salafi da’wa slowly evolving in certain ways, i.e when I first got into it the brothers were of the strict opinion that covering the head wasn’t a sunnah and more of a cultural thing that the arabs did then, so they would go out of their way not to wear it hoping that people would ask them and they could argue their case, now they are just as staunch about it being a sunnah !!! and everyone should do it. I know it’s a pretty irrelevant issue but it’s just an example of the thinking. What really bugged me was a lot of my questions were never answered and all the students of knowledge that study with the Ulema (who by the way can only be Saudi educated) kept saying was these are was wassa from shaytan and u should avoid these questions, and you shouldn’t sit with people of bid’a etc…. or read their books, the accusations of brainwashing they attribute to everyone they are guilty of themselves.
Anyhow, my constant du’a to Allah SWT was always to show me the right path and keep me on it, and since coming back I have now felt that I actually enjoy reading Salat rather than seeing it just as a duty that needs to be done. I am glad I found this site as it looks like it has mature brothers on it and most importantly some who are educated in the real sunnah of the deen, I think this is the main reason why a lot of people go over to the wahhabi da’wa because people with traditional knowledge are very little. On that note I would like to ask my main question that I started this thread (just wanted to give the brothers a little back ground). Are there any masaajid in the west London (Hounslow, slough, maidenhead) area that hold classes in aqida, fiqh etc.. I have previously followed Shaafi’i fiqh and am strongly intending to go to Qasid institute after getting a few things sorted out here. Will be taking my family with me insha’Allah (wife and 2 small kids), so would appreciate if anyone has any knowledge or experience of going there with family and education for kids of 5 years old, I would like her to study while she’s there also, don’t want her schooling to be effected if I can help it.
Jazaak Ullah khairen