Q. The recent trend among the ulema (I mean no disrespect to ulema) is to have special ulema programs when senior pious Alims come to our shores, where presumably, they, like Christian priests, discuss what information to keep from the Ummah. Otherwise it makes no sense because Ulema get the same deeni knowledge when they study surely. If the aim is to get real piety and taqwa like our Akabereen (Senior Ulama) of the past, then this can’t be achieved in one special ulema program. To achieve this if they lack it, what they should do is go and spend 6 months – 6 years in their khanqaas or longer. Did Rasullallah (sallallahu alaihi wassallam) do this, i.e. Did he restrict knowledge for only the senior Sahaabah? Please comment.
A. Some decades ago when Hadhrat Masihullah (rahmatullah alayh) was requested by Maulana Abdul Haq Omarjee (Rahmatullah alayh) to convene a special program for the Ulama, he refused. Hadhrat Masihullah (Rahmatullah alayh) said that the Ulama should attend the same bayaan (talk) which he will be giving to all and sundry. These special ulama programmes are deceptions of the nafs. There is no goodness in nafsaaniyat. Shaitaan and the Nafs are cunning ustaadhs. They dupe even senior Ulama into misguidance and misconceptions.
There is no copyright on the Ilm emanating from the Qur’aan which Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) taught for the benefit of entire mankind. This Knowledge is not the capital of any exclusive class or strata of society. Ulama is not a special class for whom knowledge may be restricted.
While a Madrasah may refuse to enrol a person as a student, it has no right to prohibit any person from the public sitting in the classes to listen to the bayaans on the Qur’aan, Hadith, etc. “Special” bayaans for only the Ulama are indeed deceptions of the nafs. It creates false pride and selfesteem (ujub) in those attending. There are many youngsters who have just emerged from Darul Ulooms, who with their smattering of knowledge believe themselves to be Ulama whilst in reality they are juhala. Their nafs becomes bloated when they attend bayaans restricted for Ulama. Then comes the question:
Who are the Ulama? Any person who regards himself as an Aalim is in fact a jaahil. The Madrasah certificate does not make a chap an Aalim. Only a stupid molvi thinks of himself to be an Aalim. A person who is a Sanadi Molvi should have gained sufficient insight to understand his own jahl relative to the Ocean of Uloom, only the surface of which he is able to partly scan with the limited knowledge he has acquired at a Darul Uloom. And, this applies to the genuine student who had passed his Madrasah days with Taqwa and diligence.
As for the majority, we see only flotsam, hence the dunya abounds with what we term ‘ulama’-e-soo’. A better designation would be Juhala -e-Soo’ because the vast majority is ignorant of even the rudiments of the Uloom – Zaahiri and Baatini – which goes into the making of an Aalim who becomes an Heir/Representative of the Ambiya.
The malady of bayaans for the ‘Ulama’ specially, has become a grounded disease especially in the Tablighi Jamaat. In fact, at their Ijtimas they post guards at the entrance to debar Muslims from entering the ‘special’ bayaan. In fact, nowadays, ‘visas’ are required to visit and meet the big Buzrug in his special tent guarded by bodyguards. Indeed, Christian priesthood has crept into the ranks of Muslim scholars.
We say ‘scholars’, for they are not Ulama in terms of the Qur’aan. The Qur’aan stipulates the condition of Khashiyat as a qualification for an Aalim. Khashiyat is a whole concept embracing the entire Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), from A to Z. We are undoubtedly living in an age in which the Juhala-e-Soo’ are in the ascendency.
HAZRAT UMAR IBN ABDUL AZEEZ ON SPECIAL BAYAANS
In the previous issue of The Majlis, the error of bayaans exclusively for the ulama was explained. The Ulama are not a class apart from the masses of the Ummah in so far as naseehat and practical implementation of the Deen are concerned. The very same advice and admonition which are imparted to the masses are also meant for the Ulama. Special bayaans for only the ulama to the exclusion of others are snares of Iblees. Such special talks are the basis of deviation (dhalaal). Riya (show) and takabbur (pride) are the hallmarks of these talks.
In Hulyatul Auliya of Abu Naeem appears the following narration:
“Imaam Auzaa-ee said: ‘Umar Bin Abdul Azeez said: ’When you see people secretively (or privately) speaking about their Deen to the exclusion of the masses, then know that verily, they are engaged in the casting the foundations of dhalaalah (deviation).”
Thus these talks organized for only the so-called ulama, and from which the ordinary people are stupidly and arrogantly excluded, are in reality shaitaani traps of dhalaalah. Even some senior Ulama have fallen into this deception of Iblees.[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]