اس مضمون کا اُردو ترجمہ: اللہ کا دین اور تشریحات
Assalam o alaikum
There are two accusations that are often thrown our way. The first one is that we declare a monopoly on religious knowledge and its interpretation. The second is that we are adding to the fitna (evil) by creating another sect and fragmenting the Deen further. We are told that we are ‘Takfeeri’ and that we should look for commonalities to bring all sects together in harmonious brotherhood. Written below is our response to these accusations.
The Muslim world is composed of countless sects; of these, some identify with the Shi’a or the Sunni and some don’t. The famous hadith report about 73 sects does not mean that Muslims should twiddle their thumbs while sectarian splits take place. Instead, the report is a dire warning against the destruction that has now befallen the Ummah, despite the clear commandment of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) to not divide into sects, a commandment in complete conformity with the message of the Qur’an which forbids us from fragmenting the Deen.
There are some who say that the majority of the Ummah cannot develop a consensus on something wrong; in other words, whatever the majority agrees on has to be correct. This argument is flawed. We know from the benefit of hindsight that the first 3 generations of Muslims represented the best followers of Islam and they certainly would not develop a consensus on what was wrong or incorrect. But to make this argument about Muslims of today is nothing but wishful thinking and a denial of the humiliation and misery of Muslims in the 21st century.
Now there is something rather amusing to note in discussions on sectarianism: Muslims who differentiate from the Shi’a – and consider themselves superior to them – are able to clearly pinpoint wrong Shi’a beliefs and will reject them openly. But when wrong Sunni beliefs are highlighted, they start looking for justifications. Some then go on to heap allegations on people like us who highlight all wrong teachings, whether of Sunni hue or Shi’a.
The first allegation is that, in differentiating ourselves from Sunnis and Shi’as, we are creating a new sect with a monopoly on religious knowledge. Dear brother and sisters, the Glorious Word of Allah and the example of the As-Sadiq and Al-Ameen Prophet (SAW) have been preserved and are freely and widely available. Anyone who reads them with an open mind and heart, with the intention of finding the Truth, will find Allah’s support in his endeavours. No one has ownership of the Truthful Deen. But you see, there is only one truthful Deen, not 73 deens to match 73 sects.
But what is it that complicates the situation? The answer is that we do. We are taught certain beliefs and ideas in our childhood with which we build an emotional bond. When someone challenges these long held beliefs, we go into self-preservation mode, trying to protect ideas and emotions that have always given us much comfort. The extreme culmination of this tendency has been the belief held by the majority of Muslims that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) can visit them in dreams. Our alims have written tomes to justify this belief and we have blindly accepted it all because we wanted a guarantee here and now that we have been saved from Hellfire after having seen the Prophet.
We then turned the simple invitation of Islam – in which there is no crookedness, says the Qur’an – into a complex riddle . And we chose not to reject the teachings of those individuals who were ridiculing the Da’wah of Islam. Instead, we chose to do blind taqlid. The ulema and us, we went on creating ‘interpretations’ to the extent that the interpretations rebelled against the message of Islam and stood in complete contrast to the Qur’an and Hadith. Allah and His angels send prayers of blessing on Muhammad [yusalloona] , but we turned the prayers into ‘duroods’ just so we could justify the falsehood that the Prophet is alive in his grave in Madina and the angels take the durood to him like a gift-wrapped item. We then alleged that this was just what the Qur’an told us; after all, Allah also sends the durood package to the Prophet (SAW). When developing this interpretation, we forgot that the same Book tells us that all matters return to Allah  including the durood we send because the durood is a request to Allah ‘Allah huma’ to bless Muhammad (just as the Qur’an witnesses!)
The interpretations that abound in the Ummah are in shocking opposition to the message of Islam. The dead are alive (doesn’t matter that Allah says that the dead are lifeless and have no spark of life in them). The dead can hear (it is of no importance that Allah says that we cannot cause those to hear who are in the graves) . Another interpretation tells us that Allah is Noor, He is Light and Muhammad is a part of this Light (doesn’t make an ounce of difference that Allah says there is none like Him, or that Muhammad and all the other messengers were human beings who would die. Doesn’t matter that the Sahaba (RA) had consensus on the fact the Muhammad had died. Doesn’t matter that Umar (RA), in his grief and utter shock, pulled out his sword, only for him and other companions to be reminded by Abu Bakr (RA) that the Prophet’s death was but the manifestation of Allah’s promise in the Qur’an.  Doesn’t matter that not a single Sahabi went running for an interpretation, doesn’t matter that no one ‘called on’ Muhammad after his death, doesn’t matter that no one yelled, ‘he is alive and present’).
When Newton tells us that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, we accept his wisdom. When Einstein theorises relativity and tells us about time dilation, we accept it. But when Allah, As-Samee’ ul al-‘Aleem, Al-Hayyu al-Qayyum, tells us that the dead cannot hear, we go running to Ibn-e-Taymiyyah and Ibn-e-Qayyim. We look up their interpretation and say, ‘Look, such great learned man are saying the dead can hear in their graves, they must be correct. I agree with them.’ When Allah tells us that Muhammad (SAW) will die, we find Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi’s interpretation, who not only made the Prophet alive in his grave, he even presented his noble wives to him (naudhubillah). Instead of throwing shoes at a man with such a perverted mind, we turned him into an alim, then created a sect after him and entered the sect in swarms.
Allah tells us that seeking the intercession of dead saints and prophets is shirk. We find an interpretation and say, ‘The dead person is alive, he never died, so where is the shirk in this? And we don’t create colourful statues, no. We only put colourful sheets on graves.’
Would the readers now tell us how and why a Muslim who upholds Tauheed will befriend such people and find common points with them? Isn’t the acceptance of such interpretations tantamount to allowing someone to mock Allah’s Deen? Should a Muslim quietly digest such falsehoods and give a hug to those who invent them? Is this the Sunnah of Muhammad and his Sahaba?
When someone refutes these Taghoots [falsehoods] and politely points out what Allah has said, such a person is told he is ‘creating another sect’. And when someone highlights correct beliefs and asks others to give up wrong beliefs, he is told he is a ‘Takfeeri’ who is spreading hatred and fitna. But what about Muhammad and his sahaba who rejected the shirk of intercession and starved and bled to uphold Tauheed, were they Takfeeris (naudhubillah), considering that the people of Makkah claimed to be the followers of Deen-e-Ibrahimi?
Dear readers, we forget that it is sects that are fragmented and spread hatred; they have blown to pieces the Wahid message of Islam. It is sects and their ‘great leaders’ who have monopoly over religious knowledge, who welcome us to consult them in return for money, who position themselves between us and Allah so their lucrative careers can thrive forever.
Allah’s Deen is free from copyright. Allah’s Deen is not a riddle. The real question we must ask ourselves is this: what is it in our inner beings that prevents us from accepting Allah’s Word, even though we are all agreed that it is the Truth? What is that hesitation that stops us from holding fast to the rope of Allah? Is it our parents, our teacher, society? Is it the fear that our parents have been wrong or that we will have to change ourselves and ask Allah to forgive our sins and mistakes, many of which we made inadvertently? When such hesitation strikes, we must remind ourselves that our Creater is Al-Rahman and Al-Raheem; He is ready to forgive us; He promises to turn our sins into rewards.
But we hesitate.
Today, the Muslim Ummah is divided into fragments, all arguing with each other, humiliated and defeated, unable to grapple with modern reality. All that is needed is for the Ummah to overcome the humiliation is to grab hold of the simple message of Islam. It has to consign these complex and contradictory interpretations to a large rubbish bin. It needs to make the message of Islam accessible to the masses to break the hold of sects. It needs to accept Allah’s invitation to Islam with an open mind.
 Praise be to Allah Who hath revealed the Scripture unto His slave, and hath not placed therein any crookedness. Al-Kahf 18:1.
 Allah sends His Salat (Graces, Honours, Blessings, Mercy) on the Prophet (Muhammad) and also His angels (ask Allah to bless and forgive him). O you who believe! Send your Salat on (Ask Allah to bless) him (Muhammad) and (you should) greet (salute) him with the Islamic way of greeting (salutation i.e. As-Salamu ‘Alaikum). Al-Ahzab 33:56.
 The Qur’an tells us that ‘to Allah return all matters’ in at least seven places! We only refer you to Al-Anfal 8:44 and Luqman 31:22.
 Nor are (alike) the living (i.e. the believers) and the dead (i.e. the disbelievers). Verily, Allah makes whom He wills to hear, but you cannot make hear those who are in graves. Fatir 35:22.
 Narrated ‘Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) Allah’s Apostle died while Abu Bakr was at a place called As-Sunah (Al-‘Aliya) ‘Umar stood up and said, “By Allah! Allah’s Apostle is not dead!” ‘Umar (later on) said, “By Allah! Nothing occurred to my mind except that.” He said, “Verily! Allah will resurrect him and he will cut the hands and legs of some men.” Then Abu Bakr came and uncovered the face of Allah’s Apostle, kissed him and said, “Let my mother and father be sacrificed for you, (O Allah’s Apostle), you are good in life and in death. By Allah in Whose Hands my life is, Allah will never make you taste death twice.” Then he went out and said, “O oath-taker! Don’t be hasty.” When Abu Bakr spoke, ‘Umar sat down. Abu Bakr praised and glorified Allah and said, No doubt! Whoever worshipped Muhammad, then Muhammad is dead, but whoever worshipped Allah, then Allah is Alive and shall never die.” Then he recited Allah’s Statement: “(O Muhammad) Verily you will die, and they also will die.” (39.30) He also recited: “Muhammad is no more than an Apostle; and indeed many Apostles have passed away, before him, If he dies Or is killed, will you then turn back on your heels? And he who turns back On his heels, not the least Harm will he do to Allah And Allah will give reward to those Who are grateful.” (3.144) The people wept loudly, and the Ansar were assembled with Sad bin ‘Ubada in the shed of Bani Saida. They said (to the emigrants). “There should be one ‘Amir from us and one from you.” Then Abu Bakr, Umar bin Al-Khattab and Abu ‘baida bin Al-Jarrah went to them. ‘Umar wanted to speak but Abu Bakr stopped him. ‘Umar later on used to say, “By Allah, I intended only to say something that appealed to me and I was afraid that Abu Bakr would not speak so well. Then Abu Bakr spoke and his speech was very eloquent. He said in his statement, “We are the rulers and you (Ansars) are the ministers (i.e. advisers),” Hubab bin Al-Mundhir said, “No, by Allah we won’t accept this. But there must be a ruler from us and a ruler from you.” Abu Bakr said, “No, we will be the rulers and you will be the ministers, for they (i.e. Quarish) are the best family amongst the ‘Arabs and of best origin. So you should elect either ‘Umar or Abu ‘Ubaida bin Al-Jarrah as your ruler.” ‘Umar said (to Abu Bakr), “No but we elect you, for you are our chief and the best amongst us and the most beloved of all of us to Allah’s Apostle.” So ‘Umar took Abu Bakr’s hand and gave the pledge of allegiance and the people too gave the pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr. Someone said, “You have killed Sad bin Ubada.” ‘Umar said, “Allah has killed him.” ‘Aisha said (in another narration), (“When the Prophet was on his death-bed) he looked up and said thrice, (Amongst) the Highest Companion (See Qur’an 4.69)’ Aisha said, Allah benefited the people by their two speeches. ‘Umar frightened the people some of whom were hypocrites whom Allah caused to abandon Islam because of ‘Umar’s speech. Then Abu Bakr led the people to True Guidance and acquainted them with the right path they were to follow so that they went out reciting:– “Muhammad is no more than an Apostle and indeed many Apostles have passed away before him.” (3.144) (Sahih Bukhari, Book #57, Hadith #19)