Dear readers! What is transgression (Zulm)?
What is called transgression? What is the sign of transgression? The sign of transgression is, Wad’ush-Shaie’i Fee Ghaieri Mahal-lihi, that is putting a thing at a wrong place. Put in simple words, it means punishing “B” for the theft committed by “A”; blaming somebody else for doing a bad act; calling right as wrong and wrong as right; making alterations in Al-Laah’s Words and Commands; changing meanings at one’s own whims; to make additions or subtractions in it; to apply an Aayat to somebody else instead of him for whom it is intended; all this is called transgression, and anybody doing so is a transgressor.
There is a blessed Hadeeth contained in Bukhaari Shareef. Saiyyidina Abdul-Laah (Radiyal Laahu ‘Anhu), son of Hazrat Saiyyidina ‘Umar Faarooq (Radiyal Laahu ‘Anhu) says: “The worst among the creations of Al-Laah are those who apply to Musalmaans Aayaat meant for the infidels and the apostates.
This was the practice of the Khaarijees and the hypocrites during the days of the companions. Today also this is the practice of hundreds of Mullaas. They apply Aayaat meant for the idols and the apostates to the Prophets, the friends of Al-Laah, and the faithful. Listeners and readers do not know the occasion when and for whom an Aayat descended. They hear such Aayat from those calling themselves Maulvees and are misled because of their own ignorance. But
they are to be really pitied who call themselves Maulvees and consider themselves authorities on religion although they have committed such serious mistakes and have misled the people.
Hazrat ‘Abdul-Laah (Radiyal Laahu ‘Anhu) has counted such people among the Khawaarij. According to him, people indulging in such acts and those who follow the Khawaarij and the hypocrites are the worst of the creations.
I appeal to those youths of the Muslim Um-mah who are distancing themselves from spirituality and the spirit of Islaam because of nonsensical utterances by such Mul-laas. Al-Laah has blessed them with robust commonsense and they should think and reflect for themselves.They are, perhaps, under the impression that the whole controversy is about the division of loaves and fishes. This is absolutely wrong. The rule should be kept in view that a thing is known by its opposite Tu’raful Ashyaa’u Bi Azdaadiha. For example, night makes us realise the splendour of day, foul smell tells of the reality of fragrance, and the Deen selling Mul-laas make us aware of the vitalising presence of ‘Ulamaa-i-Haq (right-guided scholars). Would you say that truth is like falsehood? Never. So, they should believe that this is the real controversy.
They will, surely, want to know what is true and what is false, who is in the right and who is in the wrong, who arethe right-guided ‘Ulama and who are those who are upon falsehood. In all honesty, with fear of Allah and full responsibility, this servant of Deen and mil-lat submits before you the following. Please pay attention.
Ameerul Mu Mu’mineen Saiyyidina ‘Umar Faarooq (Radiyal Laahu ‘Anhu) has said: “The holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) has informed us about everything, from the beginning of the creation to the entering into Paradise of the people of Paradise and the entering into Hell of the people of Hell.”— (Bukhaari Shareef).
This blessed Hadeeth tells us that the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) had, with the grace of Al-Laah, knowledge of all’ things, from the beginning to the end. Consequently, the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) has said: “My Um-mat will be divided into 73 factions, one of which will go to Heaven and 72 will go to Hell.” On being asked by his companions (Ridwaanul Laahi ‘Alaihim Ajma’een) as to which would be the group which would go to Heaven, the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: “It would be the Naajiyah (the group which has attained to redemption) which would be largest group and it would follow my way and the way of my companions.” (Tirmizee, Abu Daawood, Ibne Maajah).
It is also mentioned in Ibne Maajah, one of the six famous authentic books of Ahaadeeth, that Hazrat Anas bin Maalik (Radiyal Laahu ‘Anhu) related that he heard the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) say: “My Um-mat would never unite on a deviation.’ when you see differences (in the Um-mat), you should hold fast to the largest group.”
These Ahaadeeth make it clear to us that one of the groups into which Um-mat-e-Muhammadi (‘Alaa Saahibhas-Salaatu Was-Salaam) would be divided would be the largest group and we have been ordered to totally adhere to this group, for the simple reason that it alone would be deserving of Heaven and all the rest would be deserving of Hell.
The holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) has done us a great favour, by informing us of the signs of the group which would be redeemed (Naajiyah). Otherwise every faction would have claimed itself to be Naajiyah. It is thus clear that Naajiyah group is not a separate faction and adhering to its beliefs and disseminating them can in no case be dubbed as indulging in factionalism.
Readers may, perhaps, say that despite this clear saying of the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) every faction calls itself Naajiyah. In reply, let me say that no claimant can be truthful about his claim unless he produces valid arguments in support of his claim and unless he proves the truth of his claim through the Qur’aan and the Sunnat.
The holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) has clarified that the Naajiyah group would be the largest and the noblest group and has urged us to associate with it and has also told us about its signs: it would be following his way and the way of his companions (Radiyal Laahu ‘Anhum).On the basis of these very sayings of the holy Prophet (‘Alaa Saahibahas Salaatu Was-Salaam), the Naajiyah group is called ‘Ahle Sunnat Wa Jamna’at’, or, in one word, “Sun-pee” (that is the- group whose beliefs and acts conform to the way of the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) and of his companions (Radiyal Laahu ‘Anhum). After having been introduced to the Naajiyah group, they should get all doubts removed from their minds, doubts which may arise about
1. The Hadeeth telling us that there would be 73 factions whereas in fact there are many more factions in the
2. Many from amongst the present-day factions claim to belong to the Ahle Sunnat although the “Ahle Sunnat”will be only one group;
3. The Hadeeth mentions “when you see differences”, but the question is what differences are meant since every faction came into existence because of some differences and it is also a fact that there are differences within every faction.
Now, here are answers to these questions. Basically, there are only 73 factions in the Um-mat, 72 of them Hell-bound, and one Paradise bound. Every faction in the Hell-bound faction as well as in the Paradise-bound group is called by a different name and thus people get the impression that the total number is much more. This should be better understood by reference to the root of a tree and its many branches and many other small branches that keep sprouting from the branches, yet the large number of branches do not necessarily mean that there are many roots also. Like there are many families within one tribe and every family has many individuals, so also if out of the roots of 72 irreligious and strayed factions grow thousands of small and big branches and if the 72 Hell-bound tribes produce many families and hundreds of individuals, then this would not mean that the roots and the tribes are also vast in numbers.
By the 72 Hell-bound factions are meant those factions whose foundations contain irreligiousness, apostasy, infidelity and impiety. It is also known to all that branches exist because of the roots, that is to say that no branch can exist after being cut off from its root. The 72 roots which are themselves rotten cannot produce good branches, and all the factions that are the branches of these rotten roots, whatever be their number’ would still be the original 72. We should now try to understand the state of affairs with the Naajiyah group. Placed into its root is the spirit of Islaam and faith and guidance and mercy, and, so, all the branches sprouting from this one root have the same effect as the root itself. Let me explain it further. All four of the creeds (mazaahib) of Sharee’at Hanafee, Shaafi’ee, Maalikee and Hanmbalee—and the four orders of Tareeqat (spiritual orders of Islaam) Naqshbandee, Qaudiree, Chishtee and
Suhrwardee and, among the further branches of Sharee ‘at, Ash ‘aree, and Maatureedee, and, among those of Tareeqat, Saabiree, Nizaamee, Ashrafee, Shaazlee, Rifaa’ee, Mujad-didee etc. All of these belong to the Ahle Sunnat Wa Jama’at and the Naajiyah group. All of these have only one root and one foundation and there is no fundamental difference among them based on infidelity and faith and guidance and deviation from the right path.
This characteristic is exclusive to people of this very Ahle Sunnat Wa Jama’at. Except for them, pronounced and persistent differences on principles exist among all other factions As regards the phenomenon of many factions asserting that they are the Ahle Sunnat, it is submitted that such assertions cannot be justified unless people making such claims are proved to be having the same beliefs and doing the same acts as those of the Ahle Sunnat. There is no faction other than the true Ahle Sunnat Wa Jamaat which can prove its truthfulness through the Qur’aan and the Sunnat and whose beliefs and acts are exactly in accordance with those of the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) and his companions (Radiyal Laahu ‘Anhu).
Even after the lapse of 1400 years, continuation of beliefs and acts of the Ahle Sunnat Wa Jamna’at in complete accord with the Qur’aan and the Sunnat is proved, while all other factions are newly created and all their beliefs and acts are, in essence, not derived from the Qur’aan and the Sunnat. These factions have contributed to their own deviation and ruination by distorting the real meaning of the Qur’aan and the Sunnat.
It is not these people’s lot to have guidance and mercy; their lot is to earn loss in this world and in the Hereafter. But the largest group of the Ahle-Sunnat and the Naajiyah group have been given the good news of the mercy and blessing of Al-Laah being upon them on account of their being slaves to the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) and his companions (Radiyal Laahu ‘Anhum). It is these who have been guided in the right path, and it is
incumbent upon us to remain wholly associated with them.
The “difference” mentioned in the blessed Hadeeth does not at all mean a superficial difference but one which is based on principle, a difference which relates to infidelity and faith and guidance and deviation from the right path. Before explaining the “difference” which is mentioned in Hadeeth Shareef it is best to know that there are two types of differences.
1. (Usoolee) based on principles, and
2. (Furoo’ee) based on non-essentials.
Shar’ee commands and orders have been laid down. The difference based on principles or on non-essentials in which there is clear difference of kufr (infidelity) and leemaan (faith), and guidance and deviation makes a person liable to go to Hell. It should also be noted that there are two kinds of persons in the Um-mat of the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam), i.e.
1. (Um-mat-i-Ijaabat), the Um-mat of acceptance and
2. (Um-mat-i-Daiwat), the Um-mat of invitation.
The Um-mat of acceptance is that which comprises persons who are steadfast on the faith. But those groups, which follow deviation and falsehood, come in the category of the Um-mat of invitation. But some of such factions have not been declared absolute kuf-faar (infidels), since although their beliefs and
ideologies are different no clear distinction of kufr (infidelity) and Ieemaan (faith) is found in them.
All the same, it is settled that he in whom there is a distinction of kufr and Ieemaan should be counted in the factions who will go to Hell.
The Deobandi-Wahaabi-Tableeghi faction is also among those rearing their heads in the Um-mat who not only wish to be called Ahle Sunnat (Sun-pee) but is also engaged in getting all the other factions declared as apostate and innovative and false.Our dispute with the Deobandi-Wahaabi-Tableeghi faction is not at all superficial and just for the sake of stirring up a dispute. It is based on principles, on basic things. You surely would like to know the things on which we differ. So just read on, and tell me, with Almighty Al-Laah and His beloved Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) as witness, if you can accept these things. Can people with such beliefs be called Muslims or Ahle Sunnat?
Beliefs of the Deobandi-Wahaabi-Tableeghi group
1. Al-Laah can tell a lie. (Fataawa Rasheediyah, vol. 1. Page 19).
2. Al-Laah does not know beforehand what His creations would do. Al-Laah comes to know of their doings only after they have done something. (Tafseer Bulghatul Hairaan pages 157 and 158).
3. Shaitaan (Satan) and the Angel of death are more knowledgeable than the holy Prophet is (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam). (Baraaheen-e-Qaati’ah, pages 51 and 52).
4. The Prophet of Al-Laah was not aware of his ultimate fate and of things beyond a wall. (Barraheen-e-Qaati ‘ah, page 51).
5. The kind of knowledge and the amount of knowledge of the unseen given by Almighty Al-Laah to the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) has also been given to animals, lunatics and children. (Hifzul Ieemnan, page 7).
6. Even the thought of the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) occurring during Namaaz is much worse than to be immersed in the thought of an ox or a donkey. (Siraat-e-Mustaqeem, page 86). (But the thought of Thanvi Sahib or any other Deobandi Mullaa coming during Namaaz is justified).
7. The appellation Rahmatul Lil ‘Aalameen is not an exclusive attribute of the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam). Other saintly persons also can be called Rahmatul Lil ‘Aalameen. (Fataawa Rasheediyah vol. 2. Page 12).
8. To the common people, the expression “Khaatim-un-Nabiy-yeen” means the “last Prophet”. To the knowing people this is not a correct view. Even if a Prophet was to be born after the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) it would still have no effect on the concept of the finality of Muhammad (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam). (Tahzeerun-Naas, Pages 3 and 25).
9. The holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) learnt the Urdu language from the ‘Ulama of Deoband. (Baraaheen-e-Qaati ‘ah, page 26).
10. The Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) should be respected as an elder brother. (Taqwiyatul leemaan, page 58). (But to pay exaggerated and undue respects to the ‘Ulama of Deoband is justified.)
11. If Al-Laah so wills He can create millions upon millions of the likes of Muhammad (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam). (Taqwiyatul leemaan, page 161. (But it is not possible to find peers of the ”Ulama of Deoband.)
12. After his death, the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) has mingled with dust. (Taqwiyatul Ieemaan, page 59). (But the power of the ‘Ulama of Deoband to benefit people ever after they are dead continues.)
13. All Prophets and Messengers are worthless. (Taqwiyatul leemaan, page 29).
14. It is not necessary for a Prophet to be free from, and innocent of, every lie. (Tasfiyatul ‘Aqaa’id, page 25). (But nothing but truth comes out of the mouths of the ‘Ulama of Deoband.)
15. A Prophet should be praised only as a human being and even less. (Taqwiyatul leemaan, page 35). (But the ‘Ulama of Deobandi-Wahaabi faction should be praised as much as possible.)
16. The bigger ones, that is the Prophets, and the lesser ones, that is the rest of the creations, all are without knowledge and are ignorant. (Taqwiyatul Ieemaan, page 3).
17. The big creations, that is the Prophets, and the lesser creations, that is all other creations, are, in the eyes of Al-Laah, more lowly than even a cobbler. (Taqwiyatul leemaan, page 141).
18. It is permitted to call a Prophet as a Taaghoot (Satan). –(Tafseer Bulghatul Hairaan, page 431).(But it is kufr (infidelity) to belittle the ‘Ulama of Deoband.)
19. A Prophet holds the same status amongst his followers as is held by a chaudhary (headman) or a landlord in a village. (Taqwiyatul leemaan, page 61). (But the Deobandi Mul-laa, Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi, is the ‘Mutaa’ul Kul’ or the overall sovereign.)
20. Whosoever is named Muhammad or Alee (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa ‘Aalihi Wa Ashaabihi Wa Sallam) has no authority over anything. A Prophet or a friend of Al-Laah can do nothing. (Taqwiyatul leemaan, page 41). (But the Deobandi-Wahaabi ‘Ulama hold sway over the entire world.)
21. The holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) had lost his wits. (Taqwiyatul leemaan, page 55).
22. A follower apparently excels his Prophet in deeds. (Tahzeerun-Naas, page 5).
23. A Deobandi Mul-laa saved the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) from falling off Pulsiraat (the bridge over which the righteous will pass into Paradise). (Bulghatul Hairaan, page 8).
24. It is satisfying to say Laa’llaaha il-lal Laahu Ashraf Alee Rasool-ul-Laah and Al-Laahum-ma Salli ‘Ala Saiy-yidina Nabiy-yina Ashraf Alee and there is no harm in saying so. (Risaalah Al lmaad, page 35) for the month of S. afar 1336 A.H.; and proceedings of a Munuazirah (religious debate) in Gaya, Al Furqaan, volume 3, page 85).
25. Celebrating Meelaad-un-Nabee, Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam (birthday of the Prophet) is like the Hindus celebrating the birthday of their Kanaihya.(Fataawa Meelaad Shareef, page 8; and Baraaheen-e-Qaati ‘ah, page 148). (But it is true Islaam to celebrate days of the Deobandi-Wahaabi ‘Ulama and their Daarul Uloom.)
26. The holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) and the Daj-jaal both are blessed with life. The traits which characterise the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) are shared by the. Daj-jaal also. (Aabe Hayat, page l 69).
27. The holy Prophet’s (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) wish for something to happen is of no consequence. (Aabe Hayat, page 169). (But much happens at the wishes of the Wahaabi-Deobandi ‘Ulama.)
28. Believe in Al-Laah alone, and do not believe in anyone except Him. (Taqwiyatul Ieemaan, page 14).
29. Before Al-Laah, all Prophets and all friends of Al-Laah are insignificant specks of dust. (Taqwiyatul Ieemaan, page 54).
30. It is right to call the Prophet as your brother. – (Baraaheen-e-Qaati’ah, page 3. (Even if believing so is against the Qur’aan).
31. Any Musalmaan who regards the Prophet or the friends of Al-Laah to be Al-Laah’s creations and bondsmen and yet makes them his advocates and intercessors, calls on them for help, and gives nazr and niyaaz equals Abu Jahl in apostasy. (Taqwiyatul leemaan pages 7 and 27).
32. Durood Taaj is disfavored and. reciting it is .not permitted. (Fazaa’il-i-Durood Shareef, page. 73 and Tazkiratur Rasheed vol. 2, page 117). (But to compose and recite. elegies (marsiyah) on the ‘Ulama of Deoband crediting them with much more excellences than those described in the Durood Taaj for the Messenger of Al-Laah (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) is quite right.)
33. A saintly person of the Deobandi faction had been given a bath by Hazrat ‘Alec (Radiyal Laahu ‘Anhu) and Hazrat Faatimah (Radiyal Laahu ‘Anha) had put on clothes on his (naked) body. (Siraat-i-Mustaqeem, Persian, page 164; Urdu, page 280).
34. Meelaad Shareef Mi’raaj Shareef, Giyaarhveen Shareef ‘urs Shareef; Khatm Shareef; Soyem, Chehlum, Faatihah Khawani, and leesaal-e-Sawaab, all are unlawful and bad innovations and the ways of the infidel Hindus. (Fataawa Ashrafyah, volume 2, Page 58; Fataawa Rasheediyah, volume 2, pages 144 and 150; and volume 3, pages 93 and 941).
(It should be noted that the Deobandi-Wahaabi-Tableeghi people who declare that celebrating Meelaad (birth) of the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) is a wrong, unlawful, forbidden act of apostasy must be questioned how is it permissible and right to celebrate the foundation-day of the Daarul ‘Uloom , Deoband, andnto call upon an apostate women to inaugurate it; to celebrate the days and the death anniversaries of their Mul-laas and. their Muftees; to appoint the time, the date and the place of such gatherings; to hold political and non-political demonstrations; to establish institutions in the name of non-Al-Laah; to ask for financial and other kinds of help for the propagation of non-AI-Laah.)
35. To eat a well known indigenous crow is a spiritually rewarding act. (Fataawa Rasheediyah, Volume 2, Page 1301). (But the eating of halwa (a sweet dish) distributed on the occasion of Shabe Bara’at is forbidden).
36. To invoke the friends of Al-Laah even though regarding them as His creations is forbidden. (Taqwiyatul leemaan, 7). (But it is not forbidden if the ‘Ulama of Deoband themselves invoke them).
37. To supplicate after funeral prayers is not permitted. (Fatwa of Muftee Jameel Ahmad Thanvi, Jami’ah Ashrafiyah, Lahore). (But it is not forbidden if the ‘Ulama of Deoband themselves supplicate thus.) ,
38. It is permitted to take gifts distributed on the occasion of the Hindu festivals of Holi and Deewaali. (Fataawa Rasheediyah, volume 2, Page 130). (But to take gifts distributed on the occasion of Faatihah and Niyaaz is prohibited.)
39. There is no harm in eating food, if clean, prepared at the houses of the meanest and the lowliest of people. (Fataawa Rasheediyah, Volume 2, page 130). (But clean and permitted food distributed on the occasion of niyaaz of Giyaarhveen Shareef is altogether prohibited.)
40. Drinking water from the sabeel (kiosk) set up by Hindus (apostates) out of the money earned through interest is permitted. (Fataawa Rasheediyah, Volume 3, pages 113 and 114). (But drinking clean water from the sabeel set up during the month of Muharram for the leesaal-e-Sawaab of Saiyyidina Imaam Husain (Radiyal Laahu ‘Anhu) with money provided by the lawful earnings of Musalmaans is prohibited.)
Books by these Deobandi-Wahaabi-Tableeghi ‘Ulama are replete with many such ranting and faith-destroying utterances. This servant of the Ahle Sunnat seeks forgiveness of Al-Laah Subhaanahu, for my (leemaan) faith is most distressed at reproducing such utterances even though my sole purpose in doing so is that readers come to know the basis of our difference with the Deobandi-Wahaabi-Tableeghi people.
Believe me, these things are such that a Musalmaan’s heart quails at hearing or reading them, and faith testifies that these can be uttered only by one who is an enemy to the Prophet and is faithless. I pray to Almighty Al-Laah that He may, for the sake of His beloved Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam), extend His special protection to us against every insolence and every irreverence of those who make such statements and those who believe in them, and against those who regard those indulging in such writings to be true Musalmaans, and let our end be while we are
firm on the Faith. (Aameen)
Dear readers! Do you believe in such writings? Do you hold such beliefs? Are you prepared to believe in such things? You might be wondering who are the people who say such things and who are the people who write such things. Your answer would surely be that anyone who calls himself Mu’min and Muslim can never say such things. But the irony is that such things have not been said by ignorant and crude men, but those who call themselves the most learned of
the times Mutaa’ul Kul, Mujad-did-i-Mil-lat and Hakeem-ul-um-mat have said such things in books written by them. Such things have been written by people who not only call themselves Musalmaan but authorities on Islaam.
When the ‘Ulamaa-i-Haq pointed out to them that such things were wrong and asked them to repent for doing so, then even after being requested innumerable times the reply of those writing such things was simply that they were in the right in writing what they had written. It was pointed out to them that when they would not tolerate their parents being likened improperly how could they themselves do so in the case of the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam), for whom Al-Laah Subhaanahu has commanded utmost respect. In order to make them understand the gravity of the situation the following line of argument was taken with them. Suppose you are standing somewhere and your father also arrives there. Would you like to be told by one of your
acquaintances that you mother’s husband had come or that he had come who cohabits with your mother? Although the man saying such thing is making a correct statement, in that your father is, of course, the husband of your mother, and his second statement also is correct, but the manner of his speech is crude, uncivilized and insulting. Of course it would have pleased you if he had said that your dear father or your respectful father had come. What possible likeness a particle of dust can have with the heaven! Where do we stand and where does the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) stand!
Bayan of Allama Kokab Noorani Okarvi (arehma)
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