We keep getting Messages and mails on why Majlisul Ulama (from whom we share most of our Articles) are “Rude in tone” “Harsh” “Humiliating” etc etc…
The Head of Majlisul Ulama, Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai (Daamat Barakatuhum) himself answers the Question in the topic:
Your e-mail dated 12 March 2011 refers.
While we do not answer letters questioning our attitude and methodology, we shall go this extra mile to assist you to understand reality.
People who have no real intention of following the Deen, present the excuse of ‘harsh attitude’ and ‘akhlaaq’ to justify their misdeeds. With this red herring they deflect the minds of people from the problem and the corruption.
For example, when a Molvi engages in prayers, sits in a church under twelve crosses alongside priests these critics do not see the harshness and the lack of akhlaaq and the kufr of this practice. But when someone criticizes the kufr, he is reviled on the basis of his ‘harshness’.
When molvies commit capital kufr by abrogating the ahkaam of the Shariah with their kufr MMB, people accept such harsh perpetration of kufr, But when we criticize this perpetration, we are reviled for being ‘too harsh’. Furthermore, what you are blissfully unaware of is that our ‘harsh attitude’ is instituted after all other methods of consulting and convincing the miscreants have failed.
When they are not prepared to listen and meaningfully discuss in privacy, then our ‘harsh’ attitude becomes Waajib, nay Fardh.
Since all of these critics enjoy the haraam activities which the molvies have halaalized nowadays, they try to justify and defend the evil practices and the errant molvies. But in the process of doing so they are unable to refute our arguments. They only harp on our attitude and methodology. In this way they detract attention from the problem.
Our attitude is commensurate with the crime. If our tone appears to be ‘too harsh’, then their crime is too vile. The attitude is the effect of the villainy of the sin.
Most people fail to understand the permissibility, efficacy and necessity of the ‘harsh’ attitude because they lack knowledge of the variety of attitudes among the Ambiya and Sahaabah. While they the harp on one dimension of Rasulullah’s attitude, they are ignorant or deliberately blind to the other ‘harsh’ dimension which dictated even gourging out the eyes of criminals. They forget that in Daarul Islam the consequence of the type of kufr they are perpetrating nowadays is execution with the sword. We do not know if execution with the sword is ‘too harsh’ or within the confines of ‘good akhlaaq’. We do not know if whipping the public is perhaps ‘too harsh’ or not within the limits of ‘good akhlaaq’.
Once Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) remarked to a person who looked into the house, that he felt like throwing a scissors into his eyes. Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that hot iron rods will be inserted into the eyes of a man who looks at the beauty of a strange woman. Are these comments perhaps ‘too harsh’, and do they not form part of ‘good akhlaaq’.
Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) without making the slightest investigation to establish the factual position grabbed hold of the hair and beard of Nabi Haaroon (alayhis salaam), his elder brother, and violently shook him. Allah Ta’ala did not upbraid him for this act. Allah Ta’ala upheld it. Was his violent act against his elder, Nabi brother perhaps ‘too harsh’. Was his action beyond the confines of ‘good akhlaaq’?
When the Qur’aan and Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) describe the believers and doers of immorality and kufr to be kaafiroon, fasiqoon, faajiroon, jaahiloon, munaafiqoon, etc., are these epithets ‘too harsh’ and beyond the confines of ‘good akhlaaq’?
Is the halaalizing and consumption of rotten, diseased haraam carrion a tolerable deed? Is it not ‘too harsh’ to make halaal what that Allah has made haraam’. Does ‘good akhlaaq’ allow that we feed carrion and poison to your children? If your beloved child is about to ingest a lethal poison and we who are observing this suicidal act leave the child to consume the poison because he/she refuses to accept our soft an ‘akhlaaqi’ approach to abstain from the poison will you praise and commend us for our ‘good akhlaaq’ and not abstain from adopting ‘too harsh a tone’, when you see the dead body of your dead because we contented child – dead because of the poison and we contented ourselves with ‘good akhlaaq’? Or will you praise shower on us other rewards if we had harshly grabbed your child’s hand and rudely snatched the poison from his hand and left him kicking up a tantram like Sanha and Radio Shaitaan?
Once when a molvi said that he felt like becoming a Christian, Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (rahmatullah alayh) gave him a full and a hard clout full in the face and shouted at him: ‘Shaitaan! Get away and become a Christian!’ Those who have read the writings of Hadhrat Thanvi can testify to his ‘too harsh’ attitude. So ‘harsh’ was his attitude and methodology that even The Majlis would not have become his mureed if it (The Majlis) had existed if during Hadhrat’s lifetime. Was the action and attitude of Hadhrat Hakeemul Ummat then ‘too rude’ and beyond the confines of ‘good akhlaaq’ merely because we may not be able to tolerate it?
Hadhrat Gangohi (rahmatullah alayh) said in his fatwa that those who believe against and propagate against polygamy like the MMB crowd, will ‘hang upside down in Jahannum’; they are ‘kaafirs, murtads, enemies of Allah, enemies of the Rasool, etc..etc. Was his attitude ‘too harsh’ and beyond the limits of ‘good akhlaaq’?
Brother, we can write a volume of examples from the lives of the Ambiya, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), the Sahaabah and the Auliya to show the beloved ‘harsh attitude’ which by Allah Azza Wa Jal is an act of ibaadat of the highest merit. You will not hesitate to permit the doctor to treat you harshly by stabbing into your body and cutting you up and opening up your heart to save you from the disease which threatens to destroy you. Because you understand physical and worldly benefits, you will praise and reward the doctor who had treated you harshly. But since deep down in your heart Deeni benefit is an insignificant issue, the ‘harsh/ rude/ insulting attitude’ argument is a convenient scape-goat for justifying the maladies of kufr, fisq and fujoor. But when we adopt ‘harsh attitudes’ to operate on Muslims who are suffering from spiritual cancer and spiritual Aids, then there is a clamour of baseless criticism. People should look at their crimes and their harsh attitudes of pride and arrogance, not at our ‘harsh’ remedial attitude. The problem, disease and cancer are their sins while our ‘harsh’ attitude is the medicine and the cure for the malignant cancer devouring their hearts, souls and bodies.
For Mujlisul Ulama of S.A.
The view of Mufti Ebrahim Desai on Mujlisul Ulama
The editor of the Majlis, Hazrath Moulana Ahmad Sadeck Desai Saheb Madda Zilluhu is an Aalim of a very high calibre. He has a deep understanding of Shariah. This is clearly gauged from his innumerable publications. Hazrath Moulana is the Khalifa of Hazrath Maseehullah Khan Saheb rahmatullah alayh. Hazrath has been selflessly dedicated to Amal bil Maroof and Nahi Anil Munkar for the past few decades. Hazrath is also engaged in various other activities. It is surprising how much one person can do. Allah has granted Hazrath great courage and strength. He is a person of high level of taqwa and mujahadah. He does not go after position and fame. If that was the case, Hazrath would not have selflessly and openly condemned many wrongs and evils for the fear of becoming unpopular. Many people throughout the world continue to benefit from Hazrath Moulana’s publications.
Television is haraam and we concur with Hazrath’s view on that. It is possible that the different radio stations err in some issues. If Hazrath points that out, it should be accepted and corrected. It is incorrect to brand Hazrath of being over extreme when he is fulfilling his obligation on Nahi Anil Munkar. Those that claim that Hazrath is extreme, what is their measure to claim that? If people violate the laws of Shariah and Hazrath rightfully condemns that, how can that be extremism? What do such people expect Hazrath to do? Keep quiet? What will that be then? Complacence, which is a sin.
It should also be pointed out that differences of opinions among academics is regarded as academic honesty. This is common even among academics in secular qualifications. The different views among the Ulama, based on academics is a mercy upon the ummah and should be tolerated. If other Ulama have differing views from Hazrath’s views and both are based on academic substantiations, then it will be incorrect to brand any one view as being an extreme view. While we concur with Hazrath on the issue of television and open wrongs of television and radio stations, we may differ with him on other issues. However, we will respect his view and tolerate it as Hazrath’s views are generally substantiated by Shariah.
If anyone claims to have an academically different opinion and he does not stand up to the academic challenges made to him, that is academic dishonesty and such an opinion cannot be tolerated as that is regarded as academic dishonesty.
Another issue is the tone and manner of condemning a vice. This is based of hikmah and wisdom. At times, the Quran condemns certain wrongs in certain ways, medium to harsh. This is based on what is best in the interest of that time and matter. An Aalim of Deen is imbued with hikmah. He exercises that hikmah and whatever he honestly feels between him and Allah is the most efficient tone in condemning a wrong, he does that.
The different ways of Ulama condemning wrongs, some with softness and others harshly etc. should be viewed in this light. Concentrate on the actual issue pointed out rather than focus on the style and tone.
When the laws of Shariah are violated and people, especially Ulama, keep quiet, that incurs the wrath of Allah. The silence of Ulama will lead to distortion of Shariah and Deen. Allah condemned the Ulama of the Yahood and Nasaara for keeping quiet against open violation of the Shariah. Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said,
“This knowledge of Deen will be carried by just people from pious predecessors. They will refute distortions of extremists, refute baseless claims and wrong interpretations of ignorant people”.
And Allah knows best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai