An Advice to the Muslim Youth Who Attend Hyde Park Speakers' Corner (Audio)

To the young brothers (and sisters) who ascribe to Salafiyyah, who gather in Hyde Park Speakers' Corner to shout and debate in the name of dawah ...

I ask you a simple question:

"Who, upon the Sunnah of the Messenger ﷺ and the Manhaj of the Salaf preceded you in this action of gathering to shout face to face, arguing and debating with Ahlul Bida, the people of the Book and Atheists?"
I advise those who go to witness these debates with the words of the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ who said:
“From the signs of the hour is when knowledge is sought from al-asaagheer (the young ones)”
And from the words of Shaykh Abdus Salaam bin Burgess who mentioned:
"That is because taking knowledge from those who are young in age; those who did not firmly establish their feet in knowledge, their beards did not become grey within it (they did not spend a long time with seeking knowledge) along with the presence of those older than them in age, whose feet are grounded, because of this the foundation of the beginner is weak. He is prevented from the benefit of the experience of the major scholars and attainment of their manners which is established by knowledge and time ..."
And he also mentions the following quote.
Hajjaaj bin Ar-Taah said:
“The people use to dislike that a man speak until grey was seen in his beard.”

[End Quote] Read the Shaykh's statement in full
HERE, inshaa'Allah.

So, we can see from this that the beard was an established Sunnah amongst the Salaf and it was customary for the people of knowledge to be recognised by their grey beards (meaning they were elderly) and it was disliked for younger men to speak and put themselves forward as people of knowledge.
So what does that say about these young brothers who come out to debate, some having no beard at all? If they had knowledge they would know that the beard is an obligation upon men and that one of the steps of seeking knowledge is implementing it before teaching it so that they might lead by example.
And if these brothers truly are unable to grow a beard, then we ask Allah to rectify that for them and to beautify their faces and their characters and to guide their actions to be upon the methodology of the Salaf.
Listen to the statement of brother Ahmed Jazairi of Cricklewood Bookshop ( @Cmyt_Bookshop )
Advice to Muslims who Attend Hyde Park Speaker's Corner by Ahmed Jazairi - 3 Part Audio (click to listen)

Regarding Debating Ahlul Bida' by Abu Khadeejah Abdul Wahid (click to read)

Shaykh Ubayd al-Jaabiree, hafidhahullah, mentioned in his advice regarding 'Returning to the Elders': Ibn Mas’ood (rahimahullah) said: The people will not cease to be righteous and upright as long as knowledge comes to them from the companions of Muhammad [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] and their elders. But if knowledge comes to them from their young ones, they will be destroyed. [SOURCE]

A Short Benefit for the One Who Enquired about the Statement ‘’The Blessing is with your elders’’ by Shaykh Ubayd al-Jaabiree (published by Salafi Centre, Manchester)
The Messenger (sallal laahu alayhi wasallam) said: ”Indeed from the signs of the hour is that knowledge will be sought from the young ones.”
Ibn Mas’ood [radiyallaahu anhu] said: ”The people will not cease to be upon good as long as they acquire knowledge from their elders, their trustworthy ones and their scholars, for if they acquire it from their young ones and evil ones, they will be destroyed.”
Shaikh Abdus Salaam Burgess [rahimahullaah] stated in Awaa’iq At-Talab pages 29-35 that this ruling is not an absolute [or unrestricted] one against the young ones, for indeed there were a group of the Sahaabah and the Taabi’een who taught and gave verdicts in their young age, whilst the elders were present. However, the likes of these people are hard to find amongst those who came after them. So if they are found and are known for being upright, upon a sound [path] and they possess knowledge, and their firmness is manifested, whilst there are no elders to be found, then  knowledge of the Sharee’ah is acquired from them – if they are free from fitnah!

So the intent is not that the knowledge possessed by the young person is boycotted, whilst the elders are present; rather the intent is that the people are placed in their rightful positions. [1] The right [place] for the young one is that he is benefited from in studies, revision and research.

As for issuing fatwa and questions sent to him [i.e. like the scholars are sent written questions to give fatwa], then no. Likewise, he does not enter into authorship. [Source: Awaa’iq At-Talab’ by Shaikh Abdus Salaam Burgess (rahimahullaah)…the above statement is an excerpt and a paraphrase, so refer to the Shaikh’s Risaalah on pages 29-34 for more benefits]

[1] NB: We return to the scholars to make known the positions and abilities of the students, whether they are young or old. [SOURCE]

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