Allamah Kawthari’s Tribute To The Scholars of India
Allamah Zahid ibn Hasan al-Kawthari (1879-1951 or 1296 AH-1371 AH) was the deputy to the last Shaykhul Islam of the Ottoman Empire and a peerless authority in the Sunni scholarly arena throughout the Arab lands. Being extremely well-traveled, and having settled in several countries including Egypt and Shaam, he was intimately aware of the state of Islamic scholarship throughout the world. Continue reading
The Spiritual Lethargy of the Present-Day Men ofKnowledge
A salient characteristic of the majority of the Maulanas and Sheikhs of the present-day is their spiritual lethargy and indifference to the very important and significant acts of ibaadat. The lackadaisical attitude of these learned men in regard to ibaadat is not restricted to Nawaafil (plural of Nafl), but extends to Waajib (compulsory) and Sunnatul Muakkadah (Near compulsory) acts of ibaadat as well.
Unity of the Ulama
In some Ulama quarters there is much discussion on the preservation of the ‘unity’ of the Ulama. They have a morbid fear for public criticism and for the protection of something they call the ir ‘image’. The issue of ‘unity’ has developed into an obsession with them. This obsession constrains them to advocate ‘unity’ at all costs, even if theHaqq has to be concealed. The argument is: What will the public say and think of the clashes among the Ulama?
“Surely, Allah will send for this Ummah at the beginning of every hundred years a person who will revive its religion for it.”
(Hadith from Abu Dawud)
“The one who imparts Ilm to a person who is not fit for it, is like one
who garlands swines with diamonds, pearls and gold.”