This post is not about proving which Islamic sect is on the ‘right path’ and who is a deviant. All sects claim to be firqatunNajiiya (the saved sect) about themselves. This post is neither an attempt to malign some sect and humiliate it and its followers. But it is about opening the eye to reality.
It is about Islam and Muslims. A religion and an identity which was the highest honour as declared in Qur’an and which Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم and Sahabah (Comapanions of the Holy Prophet) رضي الله عنه cherished and also identified themselves as Muslims. Allah عز و جل addresses the believers in the Holy book as Muslims and Mu’min (those who have faith).
Prophet Abraham’s عليه السلام dua was to be a Muslim.
“Our Lord! make of us Muslims, bowing to Thy (Will), and of our progeny a people Muslim, bowing to Thy (will); and show us our place for the celebration of (due) rites; and turn unto us (in Mercy); for Thou art the Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.(Al-Baqara: 128)
But these days, merely calling oneself a Muslim is not enough. People are Barelwis, true lovers of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم (as they claim). The Salafies / Ahlulhadith, puritanical and the only guided sect (as they claim). The Deobandis, inheritors of the knowledge from great scholars of the past, now comfortably sleeping, envied fiercely by the previous two sects mentioned.
But wait a minute, we Barelwis are true Sunnis, that is Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’a, we follow and love the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم, as the Sahabah and Aslaaf / Salaf (traditional scholars of Islam) did. The Salafi and Deobandi are Wahhabis. They disrespect the Prophet and the scholars and are not true Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’a. They have wrong AQEEDAH. We can even call other sects as kafirs. We can prove our point from our interpretation of Quran and Hadith. We are on the right path. We are the firqatun najjiya.
Excuse me Mr. Barelwi, I am a Salafi, and I am Ahlul Hadith, doesn’t matter if I do not take things from Aslaaf / Salaf, but I claim that I take things from them and my claim is more loud and more repetitive. I take the literal meaning of hadith without going into the background to formulate a Sunnah. I am pure. You all are people of Bid’ah and Bid’ah leads to hell fire. I am so much paranoid about Bid’ah that I have tailored the beautiful religion of Islam to suit my definition. You all have wrong AQEEDAH. We can prove our point from our interpretation of Quran and the authentic Hadith which we consider authentic ;). We can even call other sects as kafirs and their scholars kafirs too. We are on the right path. We are the firqatun najjiya.
Deobandi: Though we do not delve into such issues much, but let us debate to prove the point, we have whole lot of libraries to back our claims, and to counter the attacks from you two have taken retaliatory measures. We can too spit venom on you. And after a massive online assault on the world wide web have woke up lately to save the Ummah. We are true Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’a, we have the right AQEEDAH. We do the work of Sahabahs رضي الله عنه that is Dawat and Tabligh. We can prove our point from Quran and Sunnah. We are on the right path. We are the firqatun najjiya.
meanwhile the Quran says amidst such disunity and prevailing arrogance:
And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah’s favour on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided. (Aali Imraan: 103)
As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, thou hast no part in them in the least: their affair is with Allah: He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did. (Al-An’aam: 159)
And Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم said,
Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas رضي الله عنه narrates that Rasoollullah صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم looked at the Ka’bah and said: La ilaha illallah, how pure you are, and how sweet is your fragrance, and how great is your honour! However the honour of a Mu’min (believer) is greater than yours. Indeed, Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala has made you respectable; (likewise) the wealth, the blood, and the honour of a Mu’min has been made respectable; and Allah has forbidden us to suspect him of wrongdoing. (Tabarani, Majma-‘uz- Zawaid)
‘Iyyad’ ibn Himar رضي الله عنه, of Bani Mujashi’ narrates that Rasoollullah صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم in a Hadith Qudsi said: Indeed, Allah has revealed to me that you should show humility to the extent that neither one considers himself superior to others, nor oppresses others. (Muslim)
Jawdan رضي الله عنه narrates that Rasullullah صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم said: If anyone offers an excuse to his Muslim brother and he does not accept the excuse, then he becomes guilty of a sin like that of an unjust tax collector. (ibn Majah)
Abu Musa رضي الله عنه narrates that the Sahabah asked: O Rasulallah! Whose Islam is the best? He replied: From whose tongue and hands, other Muslims are safe. (Bukhari)
Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه narrates that Rasullullah صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم said: Indeed the biggest amongst the major sins is to attack a Muslim’s honour unjustly. (Abu Dawud)
Abu Darda’ رضي الله عنه narrates that Nabi صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم said: He who safeguards the honour of his Muslim brother, then Allah عز و جل will save him from the Hell-Fire on the Day of Resurrection. (Musnad Ahmad)
Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه narrates that Rasullullah صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلمsaid: Do not be jealous of one another; do not outbid to deceive without intending to buy; do not hate one another; do not be indifferent to one another; do not enter into a transaction when others have completed it; and O slaves of Allah! Be like brothers amongst yourselves. A Muslim is a brother of a Muslim; he neither oppresses him nor deserts him, nor looks down upon him. Piety is here: Then pointing towards his chest, he said this thrice: It is evil enough for a man to consider his Muslim brother worthless. All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother in faith; his blood, his property and his honour. (Muslim)
Allah عز و جل says in Quran :
Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful penalty,- (3:105)
Every group in Islam has primarily two components, its scholars and its common followers. It is a scholars duty to study the religion in-depth and tell the crux to the common people. However, with the advent of the world wide web and dissemination of knowledge at finger tips. The commoners have taken up the responsibility to learn and teach their version of Islam. Is it not hypocrisy that thing which they claim to be so exalted and dear is being treated by them with utter disregard and disrespect and without manners.
Its unfortunate to see people having no aptitude for the analytical and critical study of the religion has gone up straight to reading the translations of Quran and Hadith without understanding the various disciplines that are needed for its comprehensive understanding.
Many among the Ummah can’t even wake for Fajr Salah, do not keep beard, and miss on numerous Faraidh / compulsory acts in Islam and important Sunnahs and have the audacity to roam about giving sermons to Muslims in real life and virtual. Without and iota of shame and feeling of severe introspection. They are click happy and feel free to ‘share’ and ‘like’ the authentic and unverified post they got on facebook. It ought to be true and authentic as their group has posted it. What the venom spewing scholar of their group says is ought to be true, and he is to be followed blind folded.
Abdullah ibn Mas’ud رضي الله عنه, a famous companion, said,
“Verily, you are in a time in which the scholars are many and the speakers are few. And verily there will come a time after you in which the speakers will be many and the scholars will be few.”
And this overwhelming number of speakers on world wide web and television are doing an excellent job of declaring themselves as the only saviours of religion and their followers to be the only true Muslims. Thus infusing into Ummah, a sense of pride and self righteousness which makes them overlook their own shortcomings of the daily life. However, the conduct of Sahabah was just the opposite, they were so cautious of their own deeds and so fearful of Allah عز و جل that they dared not do such things that ‘great’ scholars of today are doing incessantly.
Hasan al-Basri said when he came across a group of people disputing:
“These ones have become tired of worship, speaking has become easy for them, and their piety has diminished, and that is why they talk.”
If your knowledge of religion is not making you more humble than you were earlier, if it instilling in you the sense of arrogance of being ‘right’, if it making you look down upon fellow believers are deviants and ignorant, Then you have got it all wrong. This is not what messenger of Allah عز و جل taught and this is not what the Companions رضي الله عنهof the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم did.
It is my humble request to the reader to not fall into the Satanic traps which lead to arrogance and division. Instead of focusing on reviving the Ummah, first one should think of reviving oneself.
Learning religion is good, Nabi صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم said,
“When Allah intends good for a person, He grants him understanding of religion” (Bukhari).
But do justice to it. Learn it the traditional way under the guidance of a qualified teacher. As you like in the worldly studies, prefer same for this as well. Repent for the wrongdoings. Most importantly, Choose your teacher wisely. O Muslims, be Muslims.