Interpretation of the Qur’aan – Not Permissible for even the Ulama

By Mujlisul Ulama


A MISCREANT MODERNIST who himself is unaware of his Imaani status, whether he is a zindeeq, mulhid or munaafiq, claims that modernists like him with some secular education and lawyers with LLB degrees and others of such ilk who have made a self-study of some books on Islam, or a study under fussaaq university professors have the right to interpret the Qur’aan and to bandy fatwas based on such corrupt and unqualified opinion of non-entities.

He further avers that the Ulama in South Africa have always claimed that it is only their right to interpret the Qur’aan and to deliver lectures in the Musaajid. The miscreant modernist and others of his brand are merely displaying their stark ignorance of issues pertaining to the Shariah. It was never claimed that it was the exclusive right of the Ulama to interpret the Qur’aan. The claim of the Ulama has always been that it is the right of only Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) to interpret the Qur’aan. The Deen of Islam is not the product of human interpretation of the Qur’aan. Islam is the perfected and finalized Code of Law revealed by Allah Azza Wa Jal.

The Ulama do not interpret the Qur’aan. The obligation of the Ulama is to defend the Shariah – to safeguard Islam from the attacks of marauders such as the modernist zindeeqs and mulhids who lack totally in the qualifications of Knowledge. Without possessing any qualifications they aspire to enter into the elevated domain of the Ulama.


Islam is the product of Wahi (Divine Revelation). It is not the product of human interpretation, least of all the interpretation of modernist fussaaq and zindeeqs who lack adequate knowledge of even the basic masaa-il of Tahaarat and Salaat. Yet, their arrogance and ignorance constrain them to set up business as mujtahids’. Their ijtihaad’ and interpretation are akin to the inferior plastic toys manufactured in China.

In rebuttal of the charge made by these modernist donkeys, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Whoever, speaks about the Qur’aan with his opinion, should prepare his abode in the Fire.” Hadhrat Umar Ibn Khattaab (radhiyallahu anhu) describing these modernist asses of bloated self-opinion, said: “Verily, the people of opinion are the enemies of the Sunnah.” To clinch this argument, the Qur’aan-e-Hakeem declares in rejection and condemnation of these modernist miscreants who distort and mutilate the Deen of Allah Azza Wa Jal:

“Why do you (O ignoramuses!) dispute in matters in which you lack knowledge?” [Aal-e-Imraan, aayat 66]

“Verily, many (are the miscreants) who mislead (others) without knowledge.” [An-Nisaa’, 119]

With their compound jahaalat the modernist zindeeqs endeavour to mislead juhhaal of their ilk.

“Who is a greater oppressor than the one who fabricates lies about Allah without knowledge.” [An-Aaam, 144]

These unqualified modernist mulhideen are among the greatest ‘oppressors’. They come within the full glare of this and other Qur’aanic strictures.

“Do not fabricate anything regarding which you have no knowledge. Verily, the ears, eyes and the heart, everyone of them will be subjected to questioning (by Allah Ta’ala).” [Bani Israaeel, 36]

“And among people there is such (a miscreant) who disputes about (the laws) of Allah without knowledge, and he follows every rebellious shaitaan.” [Hajj, 3]

This appropriately describes the modernist zindeeq who seeks to set himself up as an authority of the Shariah despite his lack of qualifications.

“In fact, the transgressors follow their base desires without knowledge. Who then can guide one whom Allah has misled?” [Ar-Rum, 29]

Modernist miscreants who speak without Shar’i qualifications are transgressors who voice nothing but their silly opinions – products of their jahaalat.

“And, among the people are those who dispute about (the laws of) Allah without knowledge, without guidance and without a glittering kitaab.” [Luqmaan, 20]

All modernist zindeeqs suffer from this malady stated in this aayat. Their arrogance and pride do not allow them to submit to those who have the requisite Ilm to speak on matters of the Deen.

“And they do not have knowledge in this regard. They merely  conjecture.” [Al-Jaathiyah, 24]

“Only the unbelievers dispute in the aayaat of Allah. Therefore, do not let their strutting in the cities deceive you.” [Al-Mu’min, 4]

Zindeeq is a class among the kuffaar. Modernist zindeeqs who subject the Qur’aan to their whimsical opinions and forge interpretations of their nafs display their kufr.

“Those who dispute in the verses of Allah without proof (qualified Ilm of the Deen), (indeed their crime) is a great sin by Allah and by those who Believe. In this way does Allah seal the heart of every arrogant oppressor.” [Al-Mu’min, 35]

“Verily, those who dispute in the aayaat of Allah without any proof (Knowledge) having come to them, verily, in their hearts is a (lust for) greatness which they will not attain. [Al-Mu’min, 56]

The unqualified modernists who dispute and deny the Shariah of Allah Ta’ala and who attempt to wrought changes in this Deen qualify themselves for Divine  Wrath. Rejecting their disputation and interpretation of the Qur’aan, Allah Ta’ala says: 

“Those who dispute about Allah after acceptance of Him (of His Deen), their disputation is baseless by their Rabb, and on them is Wrath (of Allah), and for them is a severe punishment.”   [As-Shura, 16]


The ‘Ulama’ are not a special class in society in terms of lineage, race, or any other worldly and artificial factor. The speciality of the Ulama has never been posited on any such grounds. But, indeed the Qur’aan and the Ahaadith do allocate a special – an extremely elevated – pedestal to the ‘Ulama. Qur’aanic verses declaring the elevation of the Ulama, is aayat 11 of Surah Mujaadalah:

“Allah elevates the Believers among you, and those who have been granted Ilm by many ranks.”

This aayat is explicit in declaring  the superiority of the Ulama. By virtue of the Knowledge of the Qur’aan and Sunnah, they occupy a lofty pedestal, loftier than the rank of even the pious ordinary Mu’mineen. Hence, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Verily, the Ulama are the Heirs of the Ambiya”. Numerous Ahaadith testify to the superiority of the Ulama. While the modernist zindeeq tries to deny this superiority, nothing will be able to dislodge the Ulama-e-Haqq from the pedestal of elevation divinely bestowed to them. They are the Officers of Allah Azza Wa Jal here on earth. They are the Defenders of His Law and they are the Representatives of His Nabi.

This lofty pedestal is not for every molvi, least of all for the LLB asses who are awarded a mantle of ‘qualification by a bunch of donkeys. A man does not become a qualified Aalim by virtue of his MA and LLB secular qualifications. University donkeys (professors) cannot appoint Ulama. Speaking on this subject, Hakimul Ummat Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thaanvi (rahmatullah alayh) said: “The affirmation of a few donkeys does not elevate a man to the status of Hadhrat Isaa (alayhis salaam).”


Nowadays, we find cranks with LLB qualifications aspiring to be mujtahids. They labour under the colossal misconception of their LLB scrap degrees and their secular law professions elevating them to the lofty pedestal occupied by the Ulama. We reiterate that the Ulama are not a racial class nor is their hallowed status the effect of lineage nor of wealth nor of any other worldly factor. In the early epoch of Islam, emancipated slaves were among the great Mujtahideen and Spiritual Masters of the Ummah. What promoted them to such a lofty pedestal? It was their qualification. They acquired the Ilm of the Deen which the Sahaabah had imparted. They acquired Ilm of the Deen authoritatively from expert Ulama who were linked to a Golden Chain of Asaatizah linking up with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). There is no missing link in this Chain which binds the qualified Ulama to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

An Aalim of the Deen is one who acquires his Ilm from Asaatizah who are all, without any exception, links in the Golden Sanad which emanated from the noble and blessed Breast of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). An Aalim is not one who sits at the feet of kuffaar professors wallowing in physical and spiritual janaabat, nor does he acquire damaged knowledge from fussaaq and fujjaar Muslim professors in a spiritually and morally filthy university in an environment of fisq and fujoor. 

There is no barrier for any Muslim to become an Aalim and become an Ambassador of the Rasool (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Any person from whichever wrung of society he may be, be he a scavenger, may aspire to enter into the domain of the Ulama. The Ilm of the Deen is not the capital of any special class of persons. This is where the stupid modernist seek to mislead ignoramuses. He and others of his ilk are usually at pains in the attempt to create the picture of the Ulama positing themselves as a special racial class. This is furthest from the truth. Even the modernist zindeeq may join the ranks of the Ulama. He only has to abandon his Irtidaad, renew his Imaan and pursue the Knowledge of the Deen from authorities of the Shariah whose Sanad is authoritative. Then the qualifications of Ilm will be conferred on him as well. But, a book study, a self-study, a study under men of kufr, fisq and fujoor will never elevate him to the pedestal which Allah Ta’ala has conferred to the Ulama-e-Haqq.


As long as a man does not possess qualified Ilm of the Deen, he remains a donkey who cannot become an Aalim by being invested with ‘authority’ by a group of other asses. A donkey appointed by asses remains a donkey. He does not become a qualified Aalim. Commenting on the trend of asses appointing donkeys, Hakimul Ummat Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thaanvi (rahmatullah alayh) said:

“Nowadays, every person considers himself to be an Aalim and a Mujtahid. But when he is confronted by a Muhaqqiq then he discovers that his ‘knowledge’ is pure jahl (ignorance). Only if a Muhaqqiq affirms your knowledge, then regard it to be correct otherwise it is nothing but jahl.…. Even among the Ulama, everyone is not a Muhaqqiq. A very few among them are (in the class of) Muhaqqiqeen. The majority possesses only book knowledge. Their knowledge is restricted to translating the Arabic.

Nowadays the situation has deteriorated so much that one who studies Meezaan (i.e. the ABC of Arabic grammar) is regarded as a molvi, and the one who has completed darsiyaat (the academic course) is portrayed as if he is a registered molvi. Ilm (i.e. qualified Ilm of the Deen) is not restricted to this (i.e. to mere textual knowledge). Beyond this there is another Ilm by means of which one becomes a qualified Muhaqqiq. By this Ilm he acquires the aptitude of Ilm.”

The modernist miscreant who excels in heresay and kufr, and those who seek to pass off their scrap LLB degrees as qualification for Ijtihaad should understand that they remain donkeys, and donkeys cannot become Ulama notwithstanding their braying. About their braying, the Qur’aan Majeed says: “Verily among the worse of sounds is the braying of an ass.” So, understand well, Mr. Unqualified Modernist! You remain an ass which cannot aspire for the lofty pedestal which Allah Ta’ala has conferred to the Ulama, and if all the university donkeys unite in the attempt to jack you onto the stage of the Ulama, you will remain where donkeys dwell. Donkeys cannot propel an ass to the pedestal of Isaa (alayhis salaam), and as long as you remain a donkey, you have no right to  speak in any Musjid. If you do, you are a fraud!


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