Please advise regarding the books on Tasawwuf and spiritual advices by Mufti Taqi Usmani. Should I study these books?
Generally, the books on Tasawwuf authored by Mufti Taqi will be correct. However, we do not advise that his books should be studied. Although Mufti Taqi is an Aalim of the Deoband School of Thought, he has drifted from the Minhaaj of the Akaabir Ulama of Deoband. He has become a liberal
His dalliance with the kuffaar capitalist bankers, and his association with the fussaaq and fujjaar rulers of Pakistan have desensitized his initial inhibitions to deviation and baatil. He mingles freely with the people of Baatil. Having drifted from the Tareeqah of the Akaabir of Deoband he has effectively become a bootlicker of the Pakistani government.
Association with kuffaar, fussaaq and fujjaar exercises a dangerously detrimental effect on Imaan. On this issue, Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) said:
“Nooraaniyat (spiritual light) is extinguished by association with kuffaar and fujjaar. In the wake of such association, zulmat (spiritual darkness) develops. The knowledge which emanates from the niches of Nubuwwat is adorned with Noor. On the contrary, what emerges from the heart of the faasiq is zulmat.”
When a man freely mingles and associates with kuffaar, fussaaq and fujjaar, then by imperceptible degrees his Imaan and Akhlaaq are eroded. Without him realizing, he becomes the victim of his nafs and shaitaan. The Haqq becomes blurred in consequence of the zulmat overwhelming his nooraaniyat which is ultimately displaced and extinguished. Then this Aalim joins the fraternity of the ulama-e-soo’ in whose gatherings, seminars and conferences he is at home.
This is the fate that has overtaken Mufti Taqi to whom we all once upon a time looked up and believed that he would be able to offer guidance, direction and solutions for the ills of the Ummah of this era. Alas! He has fallen from that lofty expected pedestal to the depths of bootlicking governments and kuffaar riba bankers of the West.
It is necessary to abstain from reading even his Tasawwuf books. Everything has an athr (impression/effect) which may be good or bad, beneficial or harmful. Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) said that even a book of Arabic grammar written by a faasiq should not be used for study since the fisq of the faasiq author permeating the book will exercise a spiritually and intellectually detrimental effect on the reader.
Mufti Taqi’s association with fussaaq/fujjaar rulers, kuffaar riba-bankers and the ulama-e -soo’ fraternity is total. The satanic athr of this haraam association is his bootlicking of the Pakistani government, his displacement of the Sunnah from his Madrasah and his incremental liberalism.
This evil metamorphosis which he has undergone as a result of the evil association is manifest in the jinnah hat he dons. The jinnah cap is the garb of fussaaq political rulers who have made Pakistan a kufr state from the very inception despite having bamboozled the then Ulama with the chimera of establishing an ‘Islamic’ state. He abandoned the simple Sunnah headgear of his Akaabir Deobandi predecessors for this hat of fussaaq who rule the land in accordance with the demands of the kufr laws of the West.
The zulmat of fisq and fujjoor is manifest in Mufti Taqi’s haraam, most reprehensible act of kicking out from his Madrasah Rasulullah’s system of eating. Mufti Taqi displaced the Sunnah of eating on the floor, and introduced in its place western tables and chairs for all the students who are supposed to become Heirs of the Ambiya (Alayhimus salaam) – Wala houla wala quwwata illaa billaah!
He flirts with the capitalist kuffaar bankers, not for nothing. He flies in style at kuffaar expense to the West to legalize the riba products of the capitalist bankers. He unnecessarily indulges in haraam travelling styles to answer the call of the bankers in the West. On his unnecessary journeys, he reacts with the prostitute air-hostesses, taking contaminated food from their immoral hands. What athr does he expect from such association?
In these haraam trips to the West he is not serving Islam and the Ummah. He serves the kuffaar capitalists, and what for? For the haraam boodle of tens of thousands of dollars which they pay for halaalizing their riba products. Mufti Taqi’s function is to provide by hook or crook Fiqhi arguments to halaalize the riba products. The bankers pay handsomely for such haraam services.
His total participation in Pakistan’s haraam independence day celebrations, and his lauding of accolades on the corrupt Pakistani authorities and portraying that evil state in glowing light display the effect which the zulmat is exercising on Mufti Taqi’s thinking. This topic shall be further pursued, Insha-Allah.
Although it pains us to criticize Mufti Taqi who is supposed to be a senior Aalim of Deoband, silence on his deviation will render us “Dumb Shayaateen” in the words of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). There is the imperative need to forewarn the Ummah about his deviation so that Muslims are not deceived into deviation.
Furthermore, there is no need to read his books on Tasawwuf when the kutub of the Authorities of Tasawwuf are available in abundance. Read the kitaabs of Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi, Hadhrat Maulana Masihullah, Hadhrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariyyah and the books of Imaam Ghazaali (Rahmatullah alayhim). When the books of such noble masters of Tasawwuf are available, there is then no need to read the books of juniors, especially juniors who have strayed from the Path of their illustrious Masters.[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]