[By a UK student]
The “majority” argument which is the last refuge of all groups or sects, and which usually translates only to the majority of the particular group or sect citing this argument, is never a criteria for judging the truth. The one and only criteria for judging ALL groups, sects, ideologies, movements etc. is the Shariah – which in the case of women’s attendance at the Masjid is crystal-clear and without the slightest ambiguity as borne out by the Fatwas of the Sahabah (radhiyallahu anhum), Salaf-us-Saaliheen, and Fuqaha cited above.
In these forlorn times, when the Ummah is at it’s lowest ebb and virtually all the minor signs of the Final Hour have already been enacted, “strangeness” is a necessary (though not a sufficient) sign of the Haqq. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) guaranteeing the eventual strangeness of the Deen and the extremely few who will be left adhering to the Haqq, states:
“Islam began as something Ghareeb (strange, lone, forlorn).
And, it will return to being Ghareeb (strange, lone, forlorn).
So give Glad-tidings to the Ghurabaa (strange, lone, forlorn ones)!”_ [Saheeh Muslim]
The authentic Tafseer of the Hadith on the Ghurabaa (strange, lone, forlorn ones) by the Salaf-us-Saaliheen is captured succinctly here by the great Mujtahid Imam of the Salaf-us-Saaliheen era, Hadhrat Imam al-Awza’ee (rahimahullah 88 – 158 AH), who states:
“Indeed, Islam will not disappear. However, Ahlus Sunnah (the people of Haqq) will disappear to the extent that none will remain from them, in any one country, except a single man.”
Other Ahadeeth explicitly indicate that the Muslims will be very many and that the people who pass fatwas for them – i.e. their “Ulama” – will issue fatwas based on personal opinion, just as is the case today with issues such as women attending the Masjid, whose prohibition initiated by the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu anhum) and upheld for 1400 years by REAL Ulama, is suddenly deemed suitable for overturning in this “golden” age by not-so-real Ulama today using an interpretation of the Qur’an and Ahadeeth which conflicts with the interpretation of the Sahabah (radhiyallahu anhum), and using such satanically inspired, man-made logic with which every Law of the Shariah that is unpalatable to kufr-influenced taste-buds is currently being subject to scrutiny and tampering.
1400 years have passed since the blessed era of the Sahabah (radhiyallahu anhum) who first initiated the ban on women’s attendance at the Masjid based on the absence of fulfilment of pre-conditions set by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) himself. The numerous Ahadeeth which confirm the overall trend of decline of this Ummah, entail that the “illat” (cause) of the prohibition – i.e. the widespread failure to meet pre-conditions set by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) – will have become far more pronounced by this time:
“Indeed no era shall come to you except the one after it is worse, right until you meet your Lord.” _ [Bukhari]
“Yesterday is better than today, and today is better than tomorrow, and it will remain likewise [on this pattern] till the Final Hour.” _[Tabarani – Saheeh]
Even 500 years ago, when the Ummah was in a far better state than what it is in today, the Great Mujaddid (reformer) of the 10th century, Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi (rahmatullah alayh), also known throughout the world as Mujaddid Alf-e-Thani (the Mujaddid of the 2nd Millenium), stated in lamentation and condemnation of the “majority of the Ulama” in his times:
“The majority of Ulama prefer Bid’ah and assist in the destruction of the Sunnah.” _ [Maktoob 2:54]
Hafiz Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (rahimahullah) in his Fath-ul-Bari narrates the Tafseer of this overall trend of decline in this Ummah, by the great Sahabi, Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood (radhiyallahu anhu):
“No day will come upon you except it will be worse than the day before it, till the Final Hour is established. I do not mean that the means of living will become worse nor do I mean the wealth that benefits [i.e people]. However (it means) no day will come upon you but it will be lesser in ‘Ilm (Knowledge of the Deen) than the one which passed before it. Thus, when the ‘Ulama (i.e. REAL ‘Ulama such as those who had upheld the ruling of the Aimmah-e-Mujtahideen for 1400 years) pass away, the people will become equal (i.e. the “Ulama” will become more or less equivalent to the “Juhala”). Hence, they will not perform Amr bi’l Ma’roof wa Nahy anil Munkar (Enjoining the Good and Prohibiting the breaking of Allah’s Sacred Laws). At that time they will become destroyed.”
And in another narration:
“It is not because of rains or scarcity of rains but it will be because of the passing away of Ulama (i.e. real Ulama). Then a people will come who will give fatwas (i.e. not-so-real “Ulama”) on matters from their personal opinion so they will puncture Islam and destroy it.”
The words of Hazrat Ibn Mas’ood (radhiyallahu anhu) that, “A people will come who will give fatwas on matters from their personal opinion” precisely fits the “Ulama” of these times who issue fatwas based on their own stupid, man-made logic, and based on their own understanding of the Qur’an and Ahadeeth which conflicts with the ONLY correct understanding of the Qur’an and Ahadeeth – i.e. the understanding of the Salaf-us-Saaliheen as transmitted and upheld by the Fuqaha of all Four Madh-habs for 1400 years.
And, as indicated by the words of Hadhrat Ibn Mas’ood (radhiyallahu anhu), the natural consequence of not preventing the breaking of Allah’s sacred Laws is utter destruction. And how can prevention of evil occur if the “Ulama” today are at the forefront of convincing people that such evil transgressions as women’s unnecessary emergence from their homes, are not transgressions at all? Hence, today the whole Ummah is afflicted with such Azaab (Divine Punishment) of Allah which is reflected in numerous Ahadeeth such as the following:
“You people should continue to enjoin people towards righteous deeds and you should continue to prohibit them from wrong-doing (i.e. breaking of Allah’s sacred Laws as clarified by the Salaf-us-Saaliheen and upheld by the Fuqaha for 1400 years). Otherwise, Allah will place in authority over you the worst of people amongst you (e.g. Bashar Assad, Sisi, Modi, Cameron, etc). Then the most pious [Shaykhs and Buzurghs] amongst you will do Du’a (supplicate to Allah), but their Du’as will not be answered.” [Tabrani, Bazzar, and others]
“…O People! Indeed Allah commands: ‘Enjoin good and prohibit wrong-doing before [a time comes] you will do Du’a to me but I will not answer you, and you will ask me [for something] but I will not give you, and you will seek help from me, but I will not help you.” [Musnad Ahmad, Ibn Majah]
Yet, despite the clarity of the words of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) above, Muslims all over the world decide to come up with their own stupid answers and solutions to the questions:
Why are Muslims all over the world being afflicted with brutal, tyrannical rulers, and other natural disasters???
Why is every Rulership all over the world increasing day by day in their discrimination and oppression of the Muslim communities under them???
How much longer are we going to continue to ignore the words of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) above and come up with such scape-goats and reasons for the Ummah’s current dire situation, which are perfectly designed to soothe our own guilty consciences and deflect blame away from the root-cause of Allah’s Punishment – i.e. our own sinful and unrepentant selves????