Degrading of the Ulema
There is something quite significant in the last two thoughts expressed here. It is one thing to perform a bad deed and completely and infinitely a worse thing to consider that bad deed to be a good thing. In the light of Shariat it is not as bad a thing to perform an evil deed as it is to consider that evil deed to be good.
Degrading of the Ulema
In another Hadeeth it is reported: “Even if a believer should one day take refuge in the hole inhabited by a lizard, Allah will send over him such a per- son who will cause him untold harassment and torment.” (Majma-ul-Zawaid)
So we see that the showering of the Allah-fearing ones with insults and abuse, is an activity which will continuously be on the increase. As bad as that is in itself, it is still nothing in comparison to something else which we now see taking place.
Question: We see that the dignity of the Ulema is purposely being destroyed and on every front we hear them being criticised and abused.
What you say is completely true.
But I ask you: In which period of history was it ever so that enmity was not shown towards the Ulema, and when they were not insulted? Is it riot true that Imam Abu Hanifa was imprisoned? Was Imam Malik not badly beaten? And what severe sufferings did not Imam Ahmed bin Hambal have to bear?
Today our ‘deen’ has become the search for sustenance. Our ‘religion’ now is to accumulate wealth. The total sum of our aspirations is the acquisition of rank and status in the world. In order to acquire position and to uphold our so- called dignity, or for some desirable worldly gain, we do not care whether we attack someone‟s honour. For that we do not hesitate to utter lies or to take false oaths.
According to one Hadeeth Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:
“When a man speaks such a thing about a Muslim which is not in him (of which he is not guilty), Allah will imprison him in that part of hell where the sweat, blood and pus of the inmates of hell accumulate.” (Targheeb)
It is true that we do not have our tongues under control. Whatever we like to speak about somebody, we express without any second thoughts. We must be very careful. Control over the tongue is very important. A certain Sahabi once asked Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) “Pray, teach me something which I may hold onto firmly.”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) once gave some advice to Sayyidina Ma‟az (Radjallahu anhu). Then he said to him: “And now, after all that, shall I tell you that whereby it will be easy for you to act on these?”
Ma‟az (Radiallahu anhu) said: “Yes, indeed, do tell me.”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) then pointed towards his tongue and said: “This is it. Keep it under control.” (Mishkat)
Sayyidina Ma‟az (Radiallahu anhu) asked: “0 Messenger of Allah! Will we be called to account for our tongues also?”
If these people who are so ready to defame and accuse others would only reflect on the sayings of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) in this regard, they will surely come to know that they only do great harm to themselves. Whatever they do to others will certainly be done to them. For Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:
As you do to others so shall be done to you.”(Maqousid-e-Hasanah)
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) also said: “Goodness never becomes old; sin is never forgotten, and Allah, the Compensator never dies. Do whatever you wish, for as you do to others, so shall be done to you.”
“To dishonour a Muslim is tantamount to taking the highest form of usury.”
Numerous Ahaadeeth in various different wordings have been reported on this subject. Some of these have already been quoted on previous pages. It is a serious affair. But for us it seems like an easy matter. For a very minor thing or at times merely on suspicion, we have no qualms about defaming, deriding and dishonouring others. In the eyes of Allah this dishonouring and disrespectful abuse of a Muslim is such an evil deed that it has been compared with the worst form of usury. Just imagine! There is not only one Hadeeth stating this, but many. In one Hadeeth it is said: “The worst form of usury is to degrade a Muslim over another with abuse.” (Jami)
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied: “If this man should go forth in order to (work and) maintain and support his minor children, he strives in the Path of Allah. And if he goes forth to support his elderly parents, he also strives in the Path of Allah. And if he goes forth to acquire (that whereby he sees to) his own daily necessities and to save himself from consuming (and performing) that which is prohibited, he is also in the Path of Allah. However, if he sets forth for fame or for show to be seen by others, he is in the path of Shaytaan.” (Targheeb)
According to another Hadeeth Allah says: “O Children of Adam! Free yourself of all duties to serve Me and I will fill your hearts with independence of others and cause your worries to disappear. Otherwise, I will fill your hearts with continuous pre-occupations and not let your worries leave you.” (Targheeb)
It thus becomes quite clear that all those people who desire only worldly benefits and strive only to attain these useless benefits, have wasted their valuable time and effort.
Sayyidina Ka‟ab (Radiallahu anhu) reports that Rasuluilah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Give glad tidings to the Ummat and they shall attain glory, devotion to their deen, high rank and conquest of the land.