[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]
A very concerned sister from England writes
I am living in Birmingham, UK. I find myself in a dilemma and very concerned with what the future holds. Despite this being a city with a very big Muslim population, I feel there is no barakah, no sense of tranquillity and serenity. Rather I sense that something terrible is on the way. The reason is: I see sisters do something with sincere intentions but with haraam means because they genuinely trust the ‘scholars’ (scholars for dollars – boot-lickers and boot-leggers –The Majlis) whom they believe are real scholars. Things are very confusing because in this city, and in the UK, there are no scholars talking out against the ulama-e-soo and the Haraam rulings being given by ‘scholars’ to sincere sisters and brothers who are mostly ignorant and will follow naively.
These ulama-e-soo’ are doing their own ‘ijtihad’ by saying that times have changed so the ruling should be changed too. Many sisters follow and are direct students of these ulama-e-soo’, because there do not seem to be any alternative scholars to go to, and no other scholars are highlighting errors and warning the people. So sincere people who are new to Islam or newly practicing on the deen will naturally trust these ulama-s-soo’.
To give an example, a sister wanted to raise money for her Alimi institute that’s forever eating the money of it’s students and other people. The naive sister who is still really ignorant even though she is in the 4th year of alimah course (Jaahilah course – The Majlis) in that institute, recently took part in a marathon which entails wearing tight clothes, free mixing, running out in the open, etc. I have advised this sister previously myself but it fell on the deaf ears. Why should the sister listen to a layperson like myself when she has so many ‘great’ and ‘knowledgeable’ scholars (Juhala predicted by Rasulullah –sallallahu alayhi wasallam – The Majlis) to take rulings from?
I know people have informed the Alimi institute a while ago about the bad behaviour of many of their female-students who are now in the higher years of the Alimi course and about to become the next generation of ‘Alimahs’ (Jaahilahs will lead other jaahilahs. Signs of Qiyaamah -The Majlis) from whom people will take rulings. Not only this institute but many other institutes seem to be producing the same type of ‘Alimahs’ with really bad adab and akhlaaq, and following the wrong rulings of their scholars.
There is no emphasis at all on Tasawwuf and Taqwa. And maybe they’re not completely to blame for not putting emphasis on Tasawwuf because the people of Tasawwuf in Birmingham do weird stuff, like constantly over-praising their shaykh, saying ‘shaykh did this’, or ‘shaykh had this for breakfast’, or ‘shaykh dreamt something today’ and so on, and becoming more and more similar to the tasawwuf cults of the Barelwis. So these new ‘Alimahs’ along with their teachers think that such Tasawwuf is more of a problem and no longer necessary.
One example of a wrong ruling that the Ulama of these institutes give to their students is that for ‘special’ circumstances a group of sisters can travel more than 48 miles as long as there is one mahram of one of the sisters in the group. Some of my close relatives and friends follow this ruling and it looks like any Aalim can decide when these ‘special’ circumstances apply. But I was even more shocked to learn that this ruling is not a new ruling. The senior Ulama of the big madrasahs in this country issued this ruling many years ago, when girls madrasahs started. In order that girls can be transported from their homes to these madrasahs, the senior ulama said that one mahram in the van or coach is sufficient. They also said that this is a very ‘special’ ruling and should not be publicised.
I request The Majlis to comment on this ruling of senior ulama of the UK who are very big and famous ‘buzurgs’, and regarded as ‘Walis’ of Allah. (Genuine Ulama and Walis do not issue haraam twaddle as ‘fatwas’. – The Majlis) Who can decide when to apply these ‘special circumstances’? Now it looks like any group of Aalims and buzurgs can decide when these ‘special’ circumstances apply so that women can travel over 48 miles in a group. And then other Aalimahs take further advantage of this ruling by deciding that they can decide themselves when these ‘special’ circumstances apply such as going sight-seeing to ‘appreciate’ the wonders of Allah, and even coming home extremely late at night.
This state of affairs exists even though the situation in this country is getting worse and worse in terms of safety. Just recently a sister wearing a hijab who was waiting at a bus stop was dragged to a nearby bush, violently assaulted and dishonoured terribly.
I see sisters who are sincerely practising and new to Islam but are extremely naive and confused. How do I convince them not to follow the ‘ulama-e-soo’ and instead stick to the original fiqh rulings like those in Beheshti Zewar? When I give such advice, these sisters don’t listen, and I ask myself why should these sisters even listen to me? What qualification do I have compared to the big mufti titles of their teachers who quote even bigger muftis and buzurgs to justify their rulings.
I wanted to ask, as these things are becoming more apparent in our community, I am worried that Allah’s athaab is on its way due to these sins and lack of taqwa in the community – the same athaab that is currently ravaging Syria, Palestine, Egypt, China, Burma, in fact most of the Muslims around the world What is a layperson to do? Should I email the relevant ulamas and explain what they and their Alimahs are doing is affecting the community? Should I warn people of these ulama as there is no other ulama reprimanding them and tell them not to attend their classes?
My heart is in despair. I am crying because people have started to use the religion to fulfil their desires and what they want to believe to be the deen. Basically deen is being used for dunya with even sincere but ignorant people being dragged in. It hurts me that they are upsetting Allah. Allah has put it in my heart to email you regarding this, and seek advice on what can I do. Sometimes its difficult, and I wish to do hijrah to South Africa because it seems there might still be true scholars there. Here in Birmingham things are just going worse and worse, and it is affecting so many families who I know personally, and I am afraid of Allah’s athaab coming.
As sisters who are struggling with holding onto deen, who can not find good company in this day and age. What advice do you have for them? Jazak’Allah khayr for reading this
(End of the Sister’s lament).
OUR COMMENT AND ADVICE
Sister, South Africa is not much better than the rotten state of U.K. where you are living. This is the era of the increase of the ulama-e-soo’. Just as in the U.K., there is a glut of these worldly ‘scholars’ – scholars for dollars’ – evil molvis and sheikhs in South Africa. There is really no place to migrate to. Remain where you are and do for the Deen and for yourself whatever you are able to, and leave the end result to Allah Ta’ala.
As long as you are concerned and do what Allah Ta’ala wants you to do, you will be saved from His Athaab, Insha-Allah, when it settles on the community. You may write to the ‘scholars’ and ulama-e-soo’ to discharge the obligation of Amr Bil Ma’roof Nahyi Anil Munkar.
Tampering with the Shariah and legalizing what Allah Ta’ala has made haraam is tantamount to kufr. Those ‘scholars’ who have claimed that it is permissible for a group of women to travel with a ghair mahram male as long as he is accompanied by a mahramah (female), are zindeeqs. They are following in the footsteps of the ulama-e-soo’ of Bani Israaeel whose profession it had become to tamper with and alter the Tauraah and the Shariah of Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam). These ulama-e-soo’ are embarking on the same mission initiated by the ulama-e-soo’ of Bani Israaeel. They are astray and they mislead others. They are juhalah who deceive and misguide the juhalah among the masses.
The so-called ‘special circumstances’ hallucinated by these scoundrel ‘scholars’ is a typical example of Talbeesul Iblees (Deception of the Devil). With this absolutely ludicrous argument the ulama-e-soo’ deem it appropriate to tamper and mutilate the crystal clear command of the Shariah regarding the prohibition of females travelling without their male mahrams.
Anyhow, we have to reconcile ourselves with the predictions of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Fulfilment of predictions is a sign of the truth of Nubuwwat. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had predicted the present degenerate state of the ‘scholars’, hence he said: “Verily, I fear for my Ummah the Aimmah Mudhilleen.” They are the ‘scholars for dollars’ – the ‘scholars of deviation – the ‘scholars’ who are astray and lead others astray as well. They prowl the world today in search of nafsaani gratification and securing worldly goals in the name of the Deen. Stating this fact, Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood (radhiyallahu anhu) mentioning some of the signs of Qiyaamah, said: “The dunya will be pursued with the amal of the Aakhirah.” Deeds which are exclusively for the Hereafter, will be presented as a front to entrap people for the sake of monetary purposes and other base nafsaani motives.
Regarding these ulama-e-soo’ Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“There will dawn a time when nothing will remain of Islam but its name. Nothing will remain of the Qur’aan but its text. The Musaajid will be beautifully adorned structures, but devoid of guidance. The worst of the people under the canopy of the sky will be their ulama. From them will emanate fitnah and the fitnah will rebound on them.”
Rasulullah’s predictions are materializing right in front of our eyes. These ulama-e-soo’ to whom you have referred are running amok with the Deen all over the world, not only in the U.K. They are vermin eating away the foundations of Islam. But Allah Ta’ala has His Own plans to thwart these vile shayaateen in human form. There will always be the group of Haqq to proclaim the pristine pure Deen and the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
These villains masquerading as Ulama and Shaikhs of Tasawwuf should hang their heads in shame and disgrace for tampering and mutilating the Ahkaam of the Shariah. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that it is not halaal for a woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day to undertake a journey without her mahram. But these human shayaateen seek to override this Law of the Shariah with their copro-opinion. It is haraam for women to travel without their male mahrams. The one male who is a mahram for one woman is never ever the mahram of the other women. By what stretch of Shar’i logic and intelligence did these villain ‘scholars’ override what Allah Ta’ala and His Rasool (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had decreed?
The blame for the ravaging and plundering of the sister’s honour by the kuffaar louts must be borne by these evil ‘scholars’ who issue vulgar and stupid ‘fatwas’ of the nafs granting women a licence to roam around without mahrams. Nowadays, it is not permissible for a woman to be out of her home on the streets without a mahram even within the precincts of the town. This is an age of extreme fitnah and fasaad. Just look what has happened to the sister at the bus station. She had no right to be at the bus stop. She violated Allah’s Law on the basis of the haraam ‘fatwas’ of the zindeeq ‘scholars’, hence her honour was plundered and pillaged and she was seriously assaulted.
It is indeed shocking that a girl pursuing Deeni studies participates in a kuffaar marathon, dressed like a prostitute, running in the open in the mix with men and women of all varieties of kufr, fisq and fujoor. These ignoramuses are supposed to be ‘aalimahs’. They are nothing but the worst type of jaahilahs. They and their teachers are all ignoramuses – moron miscreants who deceive and mislead Muslims.
These girls madrasahs and makshoofaat (ladies) tablighi jamaats are curses which destroy the hayaa and morality of females. They rip out the veil of Imaani haya from the hearts of the women who are lured out of their homes with the chimera of ‘deen’. It is all a ploy of shaitaan. It is the devil’s trap to ruin the nation of Islam. The consequence of mass emergence of women from their homes is only fitnah and fasaad. This fitnah is being enacted in the name of Islam by the ulama-e-soo’ who hoodwink the masses with their deceitful talk presented in deeni hues. What you have said about Allah’s Athaab is correct. There does overhang the Muslim nation the dark clouds of Divine Chastisement. The extent of the fitnah and immorality – fisq and fujoor – in the community has gone far beyond the limits.
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that in the human body there is a lump of flesh. If it is healthy, the entire body is healthy. If it is diseased, then the entire body becomes diseased. That lump is the heart. The Heart of the Ummah is the Ulama. But the ulama are today corrupt – rotten to the core. Thus, we see the masses too are corrupt – rotten to the core. The kuffaar may not be blamed for the humiliation and oppression which have become our lot. Muslims are deserving of these calamities. They are divinely imposed on us via the kuffaar servants of Allah Ta’ala.
Hitherto, Allah Ta’ala has given us just a taste of chastisement as a warning and an eye-opener so that we heed and turn back to obedience. He states in the Qur’aan Majeed:
“Fasaad has appeared in the ocean and the land because of the deeds which people have perpetrated so that He (Allah) gives them a taste of some of the deeds they have earned, for perhaps they will return (to obedience).”
[A detailed exposé of the Evil, Baatil ‘fatwas’ of these so-called ‘Shaykhs’, ‘Burzurghs’, ‘Walis’, which are butchering and mutilating the Imaan and Hayaa of Muslim women, will be forthcoming very soon here insha-Allah]