[Maulana Yusuf Ludhiyanwi Shaheed (rahimahullah)]
Moulana Maududi states in his book “Tajdeed Wa Ahyaa-e-Deen”, regarding Imaam Mahdi (alaihissalaam):
“Those Muslims who believe in Imaam Mahdi are not very far behind in their misconception from those revivalists who do not believe in him. They think that Imaam Mahdi will be some kind of future molvi or sufi who will suddenly emerge from a certain Madrasah or khanqah with a tasbeeh in his hand. Upon arrival he will announce “I am Mahdi”. The Ulama and Mashaaikh will proceed to him with books in hand and recognize him by comparing the written signs with his external features. Then the pledge will occur and the announcement of Jihad will be proclaimed. The forty day sages and the old-fashioned predecessors will gather under his flag. They will use their swords as a mere formality to fulfil the conditions of Jihad. The actual work will be performed by blessings and spiritual powers. They will be victorious due to incantations and wazifas. On whichever kafir their sight falls, he will fall unconscious. By mere dua, tanks and aircraft will be infested with worms.” [Page 55]
I cannot believe that such disparaging fairy tales can emanate from the pen of an Aalim. Maududi’s hatred for the pious servants of Allaah has driven him to mock and humiliate them. Does he claim that any victory can be achieved without any Barakah (blessings)? Just as he has mocked Imaam Mahdi, how will Maududi react to someone who mocks Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) in a similar manner (Nauthubillaah)? Is he denying the Mu`jizaat of the Ambiyaa (alaihi salaam) and Karaamaat of the Auliyaa? Did the battle of Badr, which was won by two horses, eight swords and three hundred and thirteen dedicated soldiers against a well-equipped army lack in blessings? On the occasion of Badr Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) spent the entire night supplicating to Allaah Ta`ala. He made the following dua: “O Allaah! If you annihilate this little group (of Sahaabah) there will be none to worship You after this day.” Did the Assistance of Allaah Ta`ala descend without Barkat (blessings)?
On the occasion when Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) cast the sand rearding which Allaah Ta`ala says in the Qur`aan Majeed: “And you did not throw when you threw, indeed it was Allaah who threw.” In Moulana’s estimation was this not Barkat? When Moulana Maududi can poke fun and jest at the coming of Imaam Mahdi (alaihi salaam) it is not far-fetched for an atheist to go one step further and mock at the Battle of Badr.
Moulana Maududi goes on to say this about Imaam Mahdi:
“My estimate is that the person will be a modern leader of the times. He will have a deep insight into all the prevailing sciences of the day. He will possess a proper understanding of all the important daily laws. He will have complete authority in mental leadership, political strategy and war-time expertise. He will be so much more modern than the others that I fear the molvis and sufis will be first to raise a hue and cry.” [page 55]
Are the statements of Rasulullaah (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) not sufficient regarding Imaam Mahdi that Maududi has to conjure up his own predictions concerning a personality that is to appear in the future? Predictions are either formulated by means of divine inspiration, correct intuition or by stronomers who combine fact with fiction. What is Maududi’s “estimation” of Imaam Mahdi based upon?
Disregarding Maududi’s fear of the molvis and Imaam Mahdi’s ‘modernism’, I wish to ask him what quality he (Maududi) lacks from amongst the qualities he has assigned to Mahdi? He possesses all the above-mentioned qualities but yet his movement has not progressed. Let alone the entire world, he has not even been able to forge his authority on Pakistan. Leave aside Pakistan, he has failed to create an Islaamic government even in his own village. Imaam Mahdi, according to Maududi will not be super-human. Hence if all blessings, Thikr, dua, tasbeeh and the musAllaah are taken away from him, will he be able to forge his authority with all his modernism? Has Maududi pondered over these issues when making his predictions. In reality, Maududi wanted only to mock the saints, their khanqas and their blessings in the shadow of Imaam Mahdi. In fact he falls short in his own logical deductions.