Reply from Shaykhul-Hadeeth Maulana Zakariyya (RA)

Dawah & Tabligh, Islamic Politics (Al-Eitidal fi Maratib ul Rijal) / Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Dearest Brother,

Assalaamu Alaykum. Your kind letter reached me.

It gave me great pleasure to note with what sincerity and deep feeling you express your thoughts. The type of questions which you posed, are quite frequently put to me.

Generally, I reply in a concise manner. This could possibly be as a result of incompetence but on the other hand it could also be because I am extremely busy.

This time however, because of your sincere intentions and special relationship with me (and the importance of your question), I have decided to write the replies in considerable detail. I advise you to seclude yourself and pursue this letter with close attention. Do no confine yourself to reading it merely once, but do so repeatedly with thought and reflection.

Because of the special relationship that you have with me, I am sure that you will definitely go through the contents more than once. It is only as a precautionary measure that I saw fit to appeal to you to cut yourself off from feelings of sadness, anger, passion and prejudice, while reading with an open mind. Should my words make sense to you, then please accept; otherwise there is no compulsion upon you to do so.

As I understand the contents of your long letter, the gist of it consists of the following points:

a) Although Maulana Thanwi and Maulana Madani are both saintly personalities of high character, how is it that between them there exist such deep differences in (political thought)? How can there be such deep differences between the saints of Allah?

b) Who in your opinion is on the right path and with whose views do you find yourself in agreement?

c) What should we do? Why is it that you do not side with any of the parties?

d) Today the Muslims are being crushed, overwhelmed and destroyed. What should they do?

e) Selfish personal matter play a great role in peoples actions and intentions, and it seems as if everyone is following his own desires.

f) We see that the dignity of the UIema is purposely being destroyed and on every front we hear them being criticized and abused.

g) Through the differences of the UIema, the Ummat is suffering great loss.

These points seem to be the gist of your letter. These very same points are continuously being written and talked about. For this reason I feel that even though greatly troubled by the same, I shall now proceed to answer your queries in some detail. I am not saying that whatever I shall write will be the exact truth and the correct replies. What I am in fact saying is this, that in my humble opinion, I see matters thus: And the Real True Knowledge is only with Allah (Wal Ilmu Indallah).

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