If you analyse Mr. Maududi’s books objectively, you will see that he has critisized every one whom the Ummah has considered as its icons through the 14 centuries. He recklessly critisized the Anbiya, the Sahaba, the Imams of Fiqh, the Mujaddideen of all centuries and prominent Ulema and Auliya of the Ummah! Not only that, he has cast serious doubts on the Ilm e Hadith, Ilm e fiqh, Islamic History, books of Seerah, Ilm e Tasawwuf etc. Those who have formed their concepts of deen only by reading his books will definitely come out with a contempt for the entire intellectual and deeni heritage of the Ummah and its leaders. He presents a very dark picture of the Ummahs past on the whole which is very dangerous for those who are trying to stick to the deen in this age of Materialism and post modernism.
Many jamaat-Islami (a party and a modernist sect founded by Mr Maududi) leaders have differences with him on many issues, but still the Jamaat has not been able to come out of the “Hero-worship” syndrome. Thats why they continue to publish his controversial books even after decades of his death.
More dangerously, the jamaat members have inherited to varying degrees his contempt for the Ummah’s past as is seen from some of the books by other jamaat writers and the general attitude of the culture of the Jamaat and lts off-shoots (which I witnessed for 12 long years even at the highest levels as an insider).
Let us analyze some of his writings:
The criticizm of the Anbiya:
No interpretation should ever be made wherein the status and honour of any Nabi (alaihi salaam) is slurred. The perfect example of our Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) is right before our eyes. Study the entire treasure of Ahaadith , and you will never find a single word which denotes even the slightest disrespect to any Nabi. However, the sharp pen of Moulana Maududi has even reached the sanctity and respect of the Ambiyaa. He mentions with indifference and informality:
a). “ The example of Moosa (alaihis salaam) is like an impatient conqueror, who marches ahead without making arrangements for those whom he left behind, and behind him rebelliousness spreads like a wild, uncontrolled fire.” [Risaalah Tarjumaan Qur`aan, vol.29, no. 4, page 5]
b). “Hadhrat Dawood (alaihi salaam) was influenced by the general Israeeli society‟s custom during his era and asked Urya to issue a Talaaq.” [Tafheemaat, Part 2, page 42, second edition]
c). “There was base and carnal desire in the act of Hadhrat Dawood (alaihi salaam) and there was inappropriate usage and abuse in his authority. It was an act which did not suit any consenting person in the government.” [Tafheemul Qur`aan, part 4, Surah Swaad, page 327]
d). Regarding Hadhrat Nooh (alaihi salaam) he states: “Sometimes a delicate and natural occasions arises for a Nabi, even such lofty and honoured humans are prone to give in to their human weaknesses. But when Allaah Ta`ala gave him a warning that the son who left the Haqq and took to Baatil, understand him to be yours purely for this reason that he was born from your back. It was the result of ignorance. He then immediately disregarded this wound in his heart.” [Ibid]
e). Regarding the statement of Hadhrat Yusuf (alaihi salaam): “Appoint me as treasurer of the land”, Maududi states: “This was not merely a request for the post of the treasury, as some people assume, in fact, it was a desire for dictatorship. As a result of this, the position which Yusuf (alaihi salaam) achieved was very much similar to the position Mussolini had held in Italy.” [Tafheemaat, part 2, page 122]
f). “Hadhrat Yunus (alaihi salaam) was neglectful in the duty of prophethood. Presumably he left his place before time after losing his patience.” [Tafheemul Qur`aan, Part.2 Surah Yunus, footnote 312, 313]
g)“Here you should understand the reality of the human weakness that was apparent of Adam (alaihi salaam). A spontaneous emotion caused by satanic encouragement made him negligent. As soon as his self-control languished he fell from the lofty pedestal of obedience into the pit of sin.” [Tafheemul Qur`aan, page 133, vol. 3]
May Allah Ta’ala save us from deviant sects and their misleading ways and teachings. Aameen.
(Note: The page numbers may vary due to different editions)