Why Irreligiousness Succeeds:
But how did this new faith infiltrate the Islamic World? How did it come to acquire the strength to engulf Muslims within their own homes; what can explain the mighty hold it enjoys over the hearts and minds of men? All these questions require careful examination. Read more... (992 words, estimated 3:58 mins reading time)
“I trust that Hadhrat is in good health. I am making a request to you regarding research on the Mas`alah of the beard. I hope that you will enlighten me on the subject. We have heard that the Deobandis, Barelwis, Ahle Hadith and pious personalities of every faction have placed considerable stress on the beard. Read more... (6846 words, estimated 27:23 mins reading time)
In conclusion, I would like to list a few things which the Ulama of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat have branded as Bid`ah. All Muslims of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat must necessarily abstain from such acts. Those who practice these acts are not from the Ahle Sunnat, rather they belong to the Ahle Bid`ah:
To have all sorts of functions and festivities at the gravesites.
To solidify the graves.
To construct domes at the graves.
To drape sheets (Chadars) over the graves.
To prostrate at the graves.
To make Tawaaf there. Read more... (404 words, estimated 1:37 mins reading time)
After the Qur`aan, the Hadith is the most important source of Islaamic knowledge. Maududi‟s opinion regarding the Hadith is also very vague. Briefly, I will mention a few points.
Firstly, according to the Ulama, Hadith and Sunnat are synonymous, but Mr. Ghlaam Ahmad Parwez, Dr.Fazlur Rahman and others have differentiated between the two. Maududi has also adopted the same belief but fails to clarify the difference. [Refer to Rasaail Wa Masaa`il, page 310 part 1]
Secondly, he claims to be an authority on the Messenger. Hence he makes his own decision regarding the authenticity of a Hadith. He writes: Read more... (1989 words, estimated 7:57 mins reading time)
The origin of the Islaamic Shariah is derived from four important factors which are known as the four principles. They are the Qur`aan. the Hadith-e-Nabawi, consensus of opinion (Ijma)and deductions of the Mujtahideen (Qiyaas). The fact that Maududi distances himself from the predecessors and deduces his own understanding of the four principles is indeed shocking. Regarding the Qur`aan he claims that its teachings were gradually distorted and forgotten, and after the period of revelation it became meaningless (Nauthubillaah). He writes in his book “Qur`aan Ki Chaar Bunyaadi Istikaahe” that the four words Ilaah (Allaah), Rabb (Sustainer), Deen (religion) and Ibaadat (worship) have a basic importance in Qur`aanic terminology. The reason for their importance according to him is: Read more... (1436 words, estimated 5:45 mins reading time)
After Fiqh another important aspect of Deen exists viz. Tasawwuf, which could be regarded as the very spirit of Deen and it has been called Ihsaan in the Hadith of Hadhrat Jibraeel (alaihi salaam).
Three responsibilities or aims of Rasulullaah‟s (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) duty have been explicitly mentioned in the Qur`aan:
(1) Recitation of the Qur`aanic verses.
(2) Educating by means of the Qur`aan and Hadith.
(3) Spiritual Purification. Read more... (1202 words, estimated 4:48 mins reading time)
If all the seniors of the Ummat were deprived of Maududi.s and his followers. trust, then how can the knowledge which we received through them be trusted as otherwise. Maududi has mentioned his mistrust for each one individually. He has thus totally discredited the elders and has convinced his followers consequently of a need for Ijtihaad in all the Islaamic sciences. Regarding the science of Tafseer he writes: ¡°There is no need for a Tafseer (commentary) of the Qur`aan. A highly qualified professor who has studied the Qur`aan in depth, and has the ability to teach the Qur`aan in a modern way is sufficient. By means of his lectures he can develop the skill of understanding the Qur`aan in intermediate students. Thereafter he can teach the Qur`aan for the BA. Degree in such a manner that they progress sufficiently in Arabic and thereby become fully acquainted with the spirit of Islaam.¡± [Tanqeehaat, page 193] Read more... (1444 words, estimated 5:47 mins reading time)
In the discussion of the differences between the Deobandis and Barelwis, you have come across the important Masaa`il from the Qur`aan Majeed, Sunnat and Aimmah Ahle Sunnat. Since in the preceding pages the words Sunnat and Bid`ah have come quite often, hence, I will now discuss these two terms so that you have no confusion with regard to who the Ahle Sunnat are.
(1). Sunnat and Bid`ah are two complete opposites. When it is said that a certain thing is Sunnat, then it means that it is not a Bid`ah and if it is said that a certain thing is Bid`ah, then in other words it implies that that particular thing is contrary to the Sunnat. Read more... (1733 words, estimated 6:56 mins reading time)
A clear result of establishing divine qualities for Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) would be to liken him and grant him a share in divinity. Due to this some people aver that Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) has control over the doings of the universe and that Allaah Ta`ala had given Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) complete choice and will in the running of the universe. Read more... (1181 words, estimated 4:43 mins reading time)
My belief regarding Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) is that he is not merely a human being, in fact, he is the best and the leader of the human species. He is not merely an offspring of Hadhrat Adam (alaihi salaam), he is, in fact, the best of all the children of Hadhrat Adam (alaihi salaam) – sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam – Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) himself said:
“I will be the leader of the children of Adam on the day of Qiyaamah.”
The fact that he (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) is the best of man and humankind is not only a matter of honour and pride for himself, in fact, his being from amongst the human nation is a matter of envy for the angels. Read more... (651 words, estimated 2:36 mins reading time)