QUERIES FROM BANGLADESH
From Bangladesh a Brother writes:
The articles published in the Majlis and Reliable Fatwas are playing a significant role not only in solving confusions, ignorance of common Muslims but also showing the straight path to thousands of laymen. I draw your kind attention to the following issues prevalent in Bangladesh.
1. The Sunnah practice of Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam is a source of hedayat, pleasure of Allah Ta’ala and it ensures peace and comfort in society. Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is one of the world’s most populated cities with a population of 18.89 million people. It is widely known as a City of Masjids. But, giving ‘Athaan’ in a Sunnah way is absent in almost all the Masjids in this mega city.
The ‘muath-thins’ give ‘Athaan’ in a peculiar tone as if they are singing and almost all the masjids have high frequency loud speakers (minimum 02 to 06) on the roof of the masjids. During Athaan these loud speakers create so much noise that it causes severe discomfort to all and the children, the old and the sick are the worst sufferers. When asked, the imaam or muatthin says that it has been encouraged by Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alayhi waSallam to give athaan loudly. Is it so?
Whilst it is Sunnah for the Athaan to be recited in a loud voice, it is not Sunnah to use loudspeakers for this purpose. The Sunnah is for the Muath-thin to climb up the Minaret and proclaim the Athaan from on top. The microphone is an extraneous device which does despoil the original Sunnah method of the Athaan. Although we do not say that it is prohibited to use a microphone for the Athaan, we are averse to it and we believe that it is best to discontinue using loudspeakers for the Athaan. If there are any Ulama who can support prohibition with dalai-il, we shall not oppose it. On the contrary, we shall wholeheartedly accept their fatwa. Emotionally we are inclined to prohibition, i.e. loudspeakers should not be used for even the Athaan.
2. The winter in Bangladesh is a season of evil festivals as well as Wa’z Mahfil (gatherings of lectures). These mahfils are mostly organized by the masjid committee, madrasa authority, various clubs and community leaders. The organizers (99% of them proclaim to be Muslims) of the evil festivals always use loud speakers for singing and dancing and commit kabira sins openly and shamelessly. Similarly, during Wa’z Mahfils the organizers cover the entire locality with loud speakers (the sound becomes clearly audible from a distance of 2/3 miles) and the orators continue making wa’z (delivering lectures) till late at night, 0sometimes till Fajr. We become surprised when we see that the orators at these mahfils are renowned ‘alims’ and ‘buzurghs’, and they have been hired from every nook and corner of the country, and sometimes from abroad. As they are professional speakers, the organizers have to pay them a large amount of money which varies from 50,000 taka (about 12,000 rands) to 10 lac taka (about R200,000). Most of the money is collected from the masses in some cases forcibly. During these mahfils each and every inhabitant of the area and the adjacent areas is forced to remain wake and the condition of the patients (My old sick mother is one of them) and the aged people beggars description. Most of the speakers claim that they are the followers of ‘Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah’ and the students of ‘Deobandi Silsila’. How can a person who lacks understanding and concern for the rights and haqq of the Muslims consider him an Alim? What did he learn from his professed ‘deobandi silsila’? Isn’t it a mockery to shed crocodile tears during mahfil narrating the adversity of Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alayhi waSallam when the audience has seen that the orator has got down from a helicopter a few minutes ago? The short distance could be easily covered by car, bus or train. Don’t the Deobandi Madaris and their scholars have any obligation to expose the truth regarding the actual facts about this Wa’z Mahfils? At least they can teach their students how a wa’z mahfil can be arranged without causing sufferings to others; they can teach their students the rights of a Muslim, a neighbor or even a non-Muslim. Don’t the so called Alims and ‘buzurgs’ know that Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alayhi waSallam strongly forbade us to give pain even to the dumb animals and birds let alone to human beings? Don’t the respected teachers of Bukhari Sharif know that Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam used to dislike sleeping before ‘Isha’ and speaking afterwards? Haven’t the proud students and Alims of the ‘Deobandi silsila’ read the biography of our noble Salaf-e-Saliheen?
Is it permissible to arrange such kinds of Wa’z Mahfil and donate or collect money for such gatherings?
Any moron Muslim provided he is sincere and in search of the truth understands that the type of function you have described is 100% Haraam. A sincere Muslim can understand this issue even if he lacks Islamic knowledge. The reason why such blatant haraam misdeeds are perpetrated publicly by ‘ulama’ and ‘buzrugs’ is that they are all in league with Iblees, knowingly or unknowingly.
Every act you have described of these mahfils is haraam. An external ‘deeni’ facade is presented to dupe themselves and the ignorant. These wa’z mahfils are pure shaitaaniyat.
The claim of being Deobandis is a gigantic LIE. A chap who has studied at Darul Uloom Deoband or at any Deoband affiliated Madrasah is not necessarily a Deobandi. Mere study at these Deobandi institutions does not relate a person to the Deobandi Silsilah. Only those who strictly adhere to the Tareeqah of the Akaabir Ulama of Deonand, such as Hadhrat Maulana Qaasim Nanotwi, Hadhrat Rashid Ahmed Gangohi and Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayhim) are genuine Deobandis.
Besides these genuine Ulama of Deoband, the vast majority of so-called ‘deobandis’ of the current age are Satanists. They are agents of Iblees. Whilst this is cause for extreme grief and lament, we must accept and believe that the predictions of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) must incumbently materialize. Among his predictions is that during later times (such as the present age) the ulama will be the worst scum on earth. They will be mudhilleen leading the ignorant masses to Jahannam. This is the situation of the ‘ulama’ and ‘buzrugs’ you have described.
They all are satanic mercenaries manipulating the Deen for despicable worldly and nafsaani objectives. Confirming this fact, it is mentioned in the Hadith as among the Signs of Qiyaamah: “The world will be pursued with deeds (which are meant) for the Aakhirah, and Ilm will be acquired for purposes other than the Deen.”
Understand well that all institutions of Haqq -Madaaris and Khaanqas –undergo an evil process of metamorphosis in which they degenerate with the passage of time. The further we move away from the Light (the age of Rasulullah – Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) – the darker it becomes. This change for the bad was initiated almost immediately after the demise of Nabi-e-Kareem (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). We have journeyed almost 15 centuries from the Radiant Source of Hidaayat. Thus the rot and corruption in the Ummah are not surprising although extremely lamentable. The process of degeneration and degradation of Muslims, all round, is incremental and the pace accelerates the closer we approach Qiyaamah.
The genuine Khaanqas no longer exist. The khaanqah is extinct. It exists only in the kutub of the Auliya. What remains of this moral institution of Islam is not even a shadow. All sufi tariqas today are satanic cults of fisq, fujoor, bid’ah and even shirk. The Madaaris are today worldly institutions trying to ape kuffaar educational institutions. While textual knowledge is still imparted, the Rooh has long ago been extinguished. The Asaatizah are mercenaries hankering after monetary gains and other despicable worldly objectives. The mass Tabligh Jamaat movement is in an advanced stage of dhalaal (deviation). It has been greatly deflected from Siraatul Mustaqeem. Ikhlaas no longer regulates the activities of this Jamaat. Nafsaaniyat predominates in its ranks in both the leadership and the laity.
Today the madaaris and the khaanqas are the flagships of deviation and corruption that is why most ‘ulama’ and ‘buzrugs’ of this age have become agents of Iblees doing his job. May Allah Ta’ala have mercy on this Ummah. There is no conundrum underlying the regular visit of natural disasters in Bangladesh. The repeated floods plaguing Bangladesh are part of Allah’s Athaab for the villainy of the Muslims, especially of the ulama and buzrugs.
20 Jamaadil Awwal 1439 – 7 February 2018[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]