Criticizing the Noble Predecessors

By Mujlisul Ulama

“It is indeed sheer stupidity to criticize any of the Mutaqaddimeen servants of the Deen. (The Mutaqaddimeen are the illustrious Fuqaha of the first two centuries of the Islamic era.) Such criticism is like finding fault with superbably baked bread. It is very simple to criticize. But to render the services of the Mutaqaddimeen is entirely another matter. If anyone should attempt to do what they had presented, he will then understand the reality (of his stupidity and the reality of their yeoman services). Today, when a slight problem pertaining to a new development arises, not even one aspect of it can be solved satisfactorily. But the illustrious predecessors had solved and formulated tens of thousands of masaa’il.”

The dearth of true Ilm-e-Deen, the shallowness in understanding and the superficiality of academic knowledge in this age bear testimony to what Hakimul Ummat (rahmatullah alayh) says above. In the endeavour to formulate a fatwa on any new development nowadays, ‘academies’ are established; national and international conferences are organized; millions of dollars are squandered in traveling, hotel expenses, etc. and in setting up these futile ‘fiqh academies’ and conferences of ostentation. Scholars from different countries jet in to participate in the conferences of mockery and futility.

Five star hotel accommodation is arranged for the ‘delegates’ and ‘scholars’. Their only function at the conferences is to present a ‘paper’ on a mas’alah and to ostentatiously ‘discuss’ the issue for a day or two. Much of the time is squandered in devouring ‘20 course’ meals, welcoming speeches and sight-seeing. All this at public expense at a time when the Ummah is wallowing in grinding poverty and misery. Yet these Ulama of the world find the leisure and pleasure for such academies and conferences of futility and show.

After all the noise, then too they fail to issue a proper ruling based on the Principles of the Shariah. They mouth their personal opinions and issue their ‘fatwa’ as if it is part of Wahi (Divine Revelation).

Regardless of any modern or new development, be it in any sphere of life, thorough research by some Ulama-e-Haqq in the privacy of their Madaaris, homes or libraries is adequate for the formulation of the correct Rulings based strictly on the Principles of the Shariah as expounded and employed by the illustrious Fuqaha of the Khairul Quroon era.

Inspite of the modern day ‘scholars’ of the ‘academies’ and ‘conferences’ having set themselves up as Mujtahideen, not a single one of them is independent of the works of the Aimmah-e-Mujtahideen. Every scholar and Aalim is totally reliant on the Kutub of the Mathaahib, even the Salafis who have an inveterate aversion for the Salf-e-Saaliheen, the Exponents of Taqleed. No one and no scholar can speak on any new development in Shar’i terms without being constrained to make reference to the Works of our illustrious Predecessors, the Aimmah Mujtahideen.

Simple issues such as banking, modern medical practices, test-tube babies, abortion, so-called Muslim Personal law issues, etc., remain insoluble inspite of years of discussion, conferences. The more they deliberate, the more intractable become the issues. The true Ulama have departed from the world and the Janaazah of Ilm is on the move to the Qabrustaan. Today is the age of the Juhala (Ignoramuses). According to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) a time will dawn on us when the ignorant will turn to the ignoramuses for the acquisition of fataawa (rulings on Shar’i matters). The muftis of ignorance will be astray and lead others astray into deviation (dhalaal). An example of such jahaalah is the ‘fatwas’ emerging from places like Egypt. Riba, deeming Hijab as non-Islamic origin (we will post an article later this week In Sha Allah), baatil and kufr are all declared permissible on the basis of fallacious interpretation.

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