I find it strange that ‘The Majlis’ although being the organ of the Ulama–Haqq, brands people kaafir without hesitation. Hazrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi criticized this attitude. He said that on the Day of Qiyaamah there will be people in Jannat despite having been regarded as kaafir here on earth. Please comment on your attitude for our understanding..?
Answer (by The Mujlisul Ulama of South Africa)
Brother, what we find strange is your partial citation of Hadhrat Gangohi (rahmatullah alayh)’s comment. A person becomes a murtad/kaafir by his volitional acts and statements of kufr. If a man commits an act of kufr or he changes Allah’s laws, there is no designation for him other than kaafir/murtad. Why do you say and believe that a Qadiani is a kaafir despite him proclaiming the Kalimah, performing Salaat, etc.? Neither should a Muslim be branded kaafir nor should a kaafir be proclaimed Muslim. Let us first enlighten you with regards to Hadhrat Gangohi’s comment which you have mangled and misinterpreted either by deliberate design or because of ignorance.
Hadhrat said: “What are these fatwas of kufr you are making, saying that a certain person is a kaafir? I take qasam (oath) by Allah! On the Day of Qiyaamah you (Ulama) will see some such persons being forgiven who on earth were regarded as total kaafir. There is nothing wrong, if as a threat for the purpose of maintaining the order (of the Shariah) someone is branded a kaafir, e.g. the Hadith saying that one who does not perform Salaat is a kaafir. However, do not believe (in your heart) that the person whom you have branded kaafir, is indeed a kaafir.”
Well Brother, this is our amal and stance. We follow Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (rahmatullah alayh) and our other Akaabireen Ulama in the mission to safeguard the Shariah. The principle referred to by Hadhrat Gangohi is known as Kufr Tahdeedi.
Hadhrat Junaid Baghdaadi signed the death sentence of Hadhrat Mansur Al-Hallaaj declaring him a kaafir despite the full awareness that Mansur was NOT a kaafir. Mansur (rahmatullah alayh) was executed on the strength of the kufr fatwa of Hadhrat Junaid Baghdaadi (rahmatullah alayh). Other great Ulama/Auliya too had proclaimed some great Soul as kaafir, but when the great Soul died, the proclaimer of the kufr fatwa said: ‘A Wali of Allah has died.”
Our duty is to protect the Divine Shariah. Whoever seeks to interpolate and mangle the Shariah will be declared a kaafir. The affairs of the Aakhirah are the prerogatives of Allah Ta’ala. He will judge.