A Warning to the Scholars of the Riba ‘Shariah’ Boards

[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“The Ulama are the Warathah (Heirs) of the Ambiya.”

Add to this, Rasulullah’s command:

“Beware of sitting in the company of the wealthy.”

Also, reflect on the Hadith:

“Verily, the most hated of the Qurraa’ (Qaaris and Ulama) by Allah, are those who frequent the rulers.”

The following episode should constrain the scholars for dollars to look into their hearts for comprehending and apprehending the thieves of hubb-e-jah (love of fame) and hubb-e-maal (love of wealth) which have ruined them, and which have converted them into Ulama-e-Soo’

The governor of Egypt sent a messenger on foot to Hadhrat Yazeed Bin Abi Habeeb Misri (rahmatullah alayh) with the instruction: “I have a mas’alah to ask, please come!” Hadhrat Habeeb told the messenger to say to the governor: “You, yourself come and ask the mas’alah. For you to come to me is a virtue and an adornment for yourself. My coming to you, is for you a defect and an ugliness.”

It always was the practice of the Ulama-e-Haqq to avoid going to the people of the dunya. Whoever desired a fatwa, be he the Sultan/Ruler of the time, was constrained to come to the humble cloister, hut or home of the Ulama. The lofty pedestal of Waraathat- e-Ambiya did not permit the Ulama-e-Haqq to respond to the requests of the wealthy and the rulers who desired their presence at their palaces/mansions for the purpose of issuing Fatwas.

It was the practice of the ulama-e-soo — ‘palace ulama’, the scholars for dollars – who would sully their knowledge and rank by hovering around kings and the wealthy. Following in the footsteps of such ulama-e-soo’ who considered it an honour to be in the company of rulers and the wealthy, are the scholars of the ‘shariah’ boards of the riba banks. Shamelessly and most dishonourably insulting and demeaning themselves, they sit in the mal-oon offices of the riba banks who pay them from riba funds to churn out fatwas of permissibility for their riba products.

Then there are some of the Ulama who may not be seeking monetary gain from the banks. Nevertheless, they too bring disrepute and insult to the lofty Office of Nubuwwat – of being the Heirs of the Ambiya – by visiting the offices of the riba banks and by sitting in their stupid board rooms where the Mufti Sahib makes a mockery of himself sitting like a clown and a serf in the midst of the capitalist bankers whose worldly ‘superiority’ overawes the Molvi Sahib. This type of bootlicking Mufti hankers after jah (cheap name and fame).

Associating with world-famous capitalist bankers bloats the ego of the Mufti Sahib. The moron feels ‘great’ in the company of the riba capitalists whose haraam products he promotes with his confounded concoction of ‘fatwas’. Anyone who seeks a fatwa, be he a banker or a ruler or a government official or the president of the country, should come to the Mufti’s humble quarters and present his istifta’ (question).

It is impermissible and most demeaning for a Mufti to bootlickingly answer the ‘summons’ of the banker. If the Mufti occupies his post for the Sake and Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala and for his salvation in the Aakhirah, he will remain with noble dignity in his simple and humble environment, guarding the Shariah and strengthening the bond of Muslims with Allah Ta’ala with his naseehat and Amr Bil Ma’roof.

It does not behove an Aalim of the Haqq to be an employee of a riba bank. It is extremely insulting for the Ulama to sit in conference in the boardrooms of secular ‘personalities’. According to the Hadith, the ultimate abode of the scholars for dollars –the ulama-e-soo – is the Valley in Jahannam called Jubbul Huzn (The Pit of Grief). This terrible abode, constrains Jahannam itself to seek “Allah’s refuge from it 400 times daily”

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