The Barelvi allegation that Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmed Gangohi (rahmatullah alayh) had declared: “Allah can tell a lie.”, is blatant slander. Hadhrat Gangohi (rahmatullah alayhi) never made such a vile statement nor is this statement recorded anywhere in any of his writings: The Istifta’ (Question) and the Fatwa (the verdict and answer) are recorded in Fatawa Rashidiyya. The translation is presented here:
ISTIFTA’ (THE QUESTION)
What do the Ulama of the Deen say regarding the following question: Does the Zaat (Being) of Allah Ta’ala-Glorious is His Name- have the attribute of kithb (falsehood) or not? Does Allah speak lies or not? How shall a person who says that Allah speaks lies be described? Elaborate and you will be rewarded (by Allah Ta’ala).
The Zaat of Allah Ta’ala is pure and holy, far above being attributed with the quality of kithb (falsehood—lies). Maaathallaah! Never ever is there the slightest vestige of falsehood in His Words (Kalaam). Allah Ta’ala says (in the Qur’aan):
“And, who is more truthful than Allah in word?”
Whoever believes with regard to Allah Ta’ala or says verbally that Allah speaks lies, is an absolute kaafir and mal’oon (accursed). He is an opponent of the Qur’aan Hadith and the Ijma’ (Consensus of the Ummah. Never is he a Mu’min.
“Allah Ta’ala is most high and above the (falsehood) which the transgressors speak.”
However, it is the unanimous belief of all people of Imaan that, for example, while Fir’oun, Haamaan and Abu Lahab have been proclaimed by the Qur’aan to be absolute Jahannami (inmates of the Fire), nevertheless, Allah Ta’ala has the power to grant them Jannat although He will not do so. He has not been rendered impotent (by His promise). He says (in the Qur’aan):
“And, if we desire, we can give every person guidance, but from Me has gone forth the decree that, verily, I shall fill Jahannum with jinn and men.”
It is evident from this verse that if Allah Ta’ala had willed, He would have made everyone Mu’min. But, what He has proclaimed already, He will not act in contradiction thereof. All this is by the volitional power of Allah, not by idhtiraar (i.e. He does not act under compulsion. Whatever He does is by His volitional power and will). He is the Independent Actor. He does as He pleases. This is the belief of all the Ulama of the Ummah. Hence, in the tafseer of Allah’s statement, “If You (O Allah!) forgive them….”, Baidhaawi writes:
“There being no forgiveness for shirk is the effect of the warning (wa-eed of Allah that He will not forgive shirk). Thus, with regard to forgiveness, there is no impossibility in the Zaat of Allah Ta’ala. (i.e. Allah has the power to forgive even the mushrik, if He so wishes).”
The above Question and Answer appear in Hadhrat Maulana Gangohi’s Fataawa Rashidiyya in Volume No.1. It was published more than a decade before the Barelvi’s issued their fatwa of kufr against Hadhrat Gangohi (rahmatullah alayh). From the aforementioned citation, the following facts will be abundantly clear to all seekers of the truth:
* Hadhrat Maulana Gangohi (rahmatullah alayh) never said that Allah Ta’ala speaks a lie or spoke a lie or will ever speak a lie.
* Hadhrat Maulana Gangohi (rahmatullah alayh), himself declared as kaafir and accursed a person who holds the view that Allah Ta’ala speaks lies or that the attribute of kithb is associated with Him.
It is the unanimous belief of the entire Ummah that while Allah Ta’ala will not act in conflict with any of His promises, nevertheless, it does not mean that He is impotent and that He no longer has the power to do anything in conflict with His promise, e.g. Jannat will endure everlastingly by virtue of the will and promise of Allah Ta’ala. But, this does not mean that Allah Ta’ala no longer possesses the power to annihilate Jannat. It is the belief of Islam that Allah Ta’ala has power over all things and that His promises do not render Him impotent from acting.
The Barelvis have distorted and deliberately misinterpreted this Fatwa of Hadhrat Gangohi (rahmatullah alayh) in an insidious attempt to mislead unwary and ignorant people. They have deliberately distorted this Fatwa so that people gain the impression that Hadhrat Maulana Gangohi (rahmatullah alayh) claimed that Allah spoke a lie—Nauthubillaah! When Hadhrat Gangohi, himself proclaims as kaafir a person who holds such an evil belief or who utters such notoriety then it is an act of grave injustice and. blatant slander to accuse him of having declared that “Allah can speak a lie.”, implying thereby that Allah Ta’ala will speaks lies, Nauthubillaah! May the curse of Allah Ta’ala descend on those who have slandered such an illustrious Soul of Islam.
The Barelwi ‘Imkaan-e-Kithb’ Bogey
The Barelwi sect has kicked up much dust and dirt and has blown a lot of hot and stale air in its nefarious ruse of vilifying some of the greatest personages and savants of this Ummah in recent times. They have slapped a ‘fatwa’ of kufr on Hazrat Moulana Rasheed Ahmed Gangohi, Hazrat Moulana Qaasim Saheb Nanotwi, Hazrat Moulana Khaleel Ahmad Ambethwi, Hazrat Shah Ismail Shaheed and many other Akaabir Ulama of this Ummah. May Allah Ta’ala cast His Gaze of Rahmat on these illustrious Ulama of Deoband and grant them Jannatul Firdaus, Aameen. The Father of the patriarch of Barelwism states: “Moulana Rasheed Ahmed Saheb Muhaddith of Gangohi and Moulana Muhammad Qaasim Saheb Nanotwi are Ulama of the Deen and True Mu-mineen,” yet the patriarch and his offspring deem it fit and ‘ibaadat’ to speak in horrendous terms about these Awliya of Allah. There is no escape from hurting Allah Ta’ala’s Friends. Let all Barelwis take note.
We have, through the Fadhl of Allah Ta’ala, responded earlier to the utter calumny which this sect of grave and peer worshippers thrive on. In response, the Barelwi sect could only clutch at the ‘Imkaan-e-Kithb’ bogey desperately flashing what they perceive, or rather, hallucinate to be a dent in the formidable armoury of the Ulama of Deoband. Without applying their brains they blurt out the ‘imkaan-e-kithb’ bogey in front of every tom, dick and harry. The simple Barelwi laity, being completely unschooled in the technical discussions in the Field of Islamic Aqaaid have, true to their addiction, gorged up all the blatant slanders which their errant peers have fed them. Herewith we present a simple explanation for the many seekers of the Truth; those who refuse to be blindly led by the cult leaders of the Barelwi sect. After seven straws of their humdrum blasphemy have sunk into the depths of the deep ocean the only straw which the Barelwi sect still clutches onto for dear life is hereby torpedoed by the Fadhl of Allah. And peace be upon those who seek guidance.
Destroying This Universe
We ask you, O Barelwi Brother, what your belief is in regard to Allah Ta’ala’s qudrat of destroying the entire world at this moment of time? Is it possible; can Allah Ta’ala destroy the universe and everything therein now, or not?
If you say, “no,” we advise you to seek help from a psychoanalyst, for verily you are mentally deranged. Your ‘god’ then is similar to the Greek god, ‘the first cause’. You have stripped your ‘god’ or sheared from His attribute of Omnipotence.
And if you answer, “Yes, He definitely has this power,” then verily the ‘imkaan-e-kithb’ bogey stares at you head on. In spite of it being our Aqeedah – the Aqeedah of the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah – that certain major signs will appear before the destruction of this universe, regardless, Allah Ta’ala has the Full Power of terminating the existence of this universe whenever He wishes, although He will not go against His word and He will let the major signs be enacted before destroying all creation. This is Umoom-e-Qudrat – the universality of Allah Ta’ala’s power. Call it ‘imkaan-e-kithb’ if you like.
Bestowing Imaan to Everyone
If you are still disbelieving, then here is an even simpler illustration; an axiomatic truth. We ask you, O Barelwi Brother, can Allah Ta’ala make the whole world Muslims and People of Imaan at any time He wishes? If you say, “no,” then we admonish you to visit your local Imaam and renew your Shahaadah. And if you declare, “yes” then the ‘imkaan-e-kithb’ bogeyman has hugged and kissed you, for verily Allah Ta’ala declares that He has the Power – the Qudrat – of making all mankind Mu-min if He wishes, but His decision not to, has already been resolved. Can there be a more glaring example of ‘umoom-e-qudrat/ imkaan-e-kithb/ mahaal lizaatihi and mahaal lighairihi/ khalf-e-wa’eed – you can designate it whatever you wish – than this?
This is the simple and straightforward concept of the power of Allah Ta’ala to carry out the contrary to what He has promised. However, in practice and in this present world His erstwhile decision will not change. The terrible and fatal blunder the Barelwi ‘scholars’ have committed is to take literal what is technical, thus extrapolating the appalling charges which they level against the honourable senior Ulama of Deoband. Those for whom hidaayat has been decreed will be guided and those who are destined for Jahannam will never be guided.