as-Salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah,
It was with great sadness that I heard that Shaikh Muhammad al-Ya`qubi was now facing persecution due to his rightfully denouncing the statements of the Mufti of Syria; but on another level I am proud. It was in AD 1996 that I heard the only preacher to date in the United States denounce Inter-Faith and say that it is kufr and there is only one true faith of the Prophet Ibrahim, peace be upon him, and not three.
It was Shaikh al-Ya`qubi who I first heard say these words in public, words that were needed so that people could see that those in authority were also saying the same thing. It is indeed the case that Islam on the West Coast, which was growing and trying to plant roots, has now been stamped out by dirty gardeners in favour of ecumenical slumber whose end result leads to kufr and back-door Christianity, but there are others who still have the desire to try to adhere to the truth.
Thus although I have always denounced the jumping jacks and other similar gestures used by some of the tariqah adherents, I know that this is something that I can stand behind. This is not the first time and will not be the last time that government scholars will make comments that have to be denounced by other scholars. The only difference in this case is that we have heard about it before the Shaikh was killed. Let us hope that if this will be the case with this teacher that we learn from his example before Allah takes him from us.
And with Allah is every success,
brother in Islam,
Al-Hajj Abu Ja`far al-Hanbali