Right to practice Islam but dont get personal
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
Dear Mr.Burhan: I have been reading your sabaks regularly. Your recent article stating that the Bhaisaheb cursed you and used foul language. I think even you have referred to Dr.Burhanuddin Aqa Mola (TUS) as a "Mis-guided" & "Money-Mongering" man. I see no difference between you and the Bhaisaheb. No matter what you feel, you have right to state your views about Islam, practice and preach but not to get personal with ANYBODY. Your challenge may not be worth accepting after-all.
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Right to practice Islam but don’t get personal
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Our beloved brother in Islam, we do sincerely apologize if our statements have hurt your feelings; Allah is our witness, that was not our intention. We did not use these words like ‘money-mongering’ and ‘mis-guided’ from ourselves, but rather just stated what Allah Himself states in the Glorious Quran regarding the priests and holy men who debar people from the Straight Path of Allah.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verses 34-35:O you who believe! There are indeed many among the priests and the holy men who devour the wealth of others by evil means, and debar the people from the Way of Allah. Give them the good news of a painful torment, who hoard up gold and silver and do not expend these in the Way of Allah. The Day shall surely come when the same gold and silver shall be heated in the fire of Hell, and with it will be branded their foreheads, their bodies and their backs. (And it will be said): “Here is that treasure you had hoarded up for yourselves! Taste now the evil of your hoarded treasure!”
The above aayah of the Quran is directed to the believers and is a warning from Allah to those who believe about some of the priests and holy men who wear the garb of Islam, but their mission is to devour the wealth of others by evil means, and mis-guide them from the Way of Allah!
It is not our intention to get personal with anyone; nor do we have any personal enmity with the Syedna or his family! They are responsible for their deeds and we are for ours. On the Day of Judgment Allah Subhanah will neither ask them about our deeds, nor will He ask us about theirs! Every one will be brought before his Lord absolutely Alone, to give a full accounting of his deeds.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anam verse 94:(And Allah will say), “So, you have come before Us all alone, as We created you at first. Now, you have left behind all that We gave you in the world. Now We do not see with you those ‘shufa’a’(intercessors), who, you believed, had a share in moulding your destinies! All the relations between you and them have been cut off, and all those, in whom you trusted, have left you in the lurch.”
Your Statement: I see no difference between you and the Bhaisaheb.
Well then, allow me to point a few differences:
We invoke and worship Allah Subhanah Alone; they invoke human beings and the graves of their ancestors!
We invite you towards the clear guidance and teachings of the Holy Quran; they invite you towards a book ‘Daim ul Islam’ written by a man called Qadi Noaman!
We invite you to obey and follow the commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws); they invite you to obey and follow them and their ancestors!
We invite you towards Tawheed (the Oneness of Allah Subhanah); and they invite you towards Shirk (associating others with Allah Subhanah)!
We invite you to be ‘Abd-Allah’ (Slaves of Allah Subhanah); they invite you be ‘abde-syedna’ (Slaves of syedna)!
We invite you to the vast Mercy and Forgiveness of Allah Subhanah; and they invite you to the Wrath and Anger of the Lord of the Worlds!
We invite you to unconditionally obey and follow Allah and His Messenger, Mohamed ar-Rasool Allah (saws); they invite to unconditionally obey and follow them and their families!
We invite you to do deeds to win the Pleasure and Good Will of our Lord and Creator; and they invite you to do deeds to win their pleasure and the good will of their ancestors!
We invite you to invoke and worship that One Lord Alone, Who is the Sole Creator of the heavens and the earth and everything in between; and they invite you to invoke and worship the pious slaves of Allah who have passed away!
We invite you to submit yourselves and do sajdah to Allah Subhanah Alone; and they invite you to submit and do sajdah to them and at the graves of their ancestors!
We invite you to fear Allah; they invite you to fear human beings like themselves and their holy men!
We invite you to put your trust in Allah and His Messenger (saws); and they invite you to put your trust in them and the names that they have invented!
We invite you to Praise and Glorify Allah Subhanah, as He Alone deserves All Praise; and they invite you to praise and glorify human beings!
We invite you to be ‘muslims’; and they invite you to be ‘mushriks’!!!!!!!
We invite you to Islam; and all they invite you to, is the History of the Muslims!!!!!
Your Concluding Statement: Your challenge may not be worth accepting after-all.
Our challenge to the scholars
and bhaisahebs of the sect was to produce the
evidence from the Holy Quran that what they propagate
and do, is indeed in accordance with the commands of Allah! And to date, we have never found anyone from
the community to accept our challenge; and we do not blame them…because there
is simply no way that these people can justify their deeds of invoking and
bowing down in sajdah to human beings and the graves
of their holy men, and associating others with the Merciful Lord! Have you ever wondered why one is not
allowed to do the acts of ‘tasleem’, ‘sajdah’, or kissing the feet of the
high priest and his family in public in the muslim
And besides this challenge of producing the evidence and proof is not that we made up ourselves! Allah Subhanah Himself asks those who commit shirk to produce their evidence for their associating other deities with Allah in invocation and worship! These people say that they follow what Allah has revealed and are doing these acts in accordance with the guidance of Allah and His Messenger (saws)…. And Allah Himself challenges them and asks them in the Holy Quran to produce their evidence if what they say is the Truth!!!!
Allah Himself Challenges the people who invoke others besides Him, in the Holy Quran Chapter 27 Surah Al Naml verse 64: Bring forth your ‘burhan’ (evidence), if indeed what you say is the Truth!
Glorified and Far Exalted is Allah Subhanah from the shirk that the people commit!!!!
My beloved brother, read the Glorious Quran with understanding once, and then decide who is on the Straight Path and who is astray! That would be the single biggest favor you could do on yourself. Don’t trust us; don’t trust the bhaisahebs; don’t trust anyone! But please, we implore you in the name of our Merciful Lord; Trust Allah Subhanah Alone to guide you to the Truth! Allah, in His Sublime and Infinite Mercy and Grace has revealed His Book for the guidance of all mankind…. The least one can do is read and understand this Message from our Lord and Creator! And if after reading and understanding the Quran you still feel that the bhaisahebs and the hierarchy are guiding you to the Straight Path… by all means, follow what you think is right! But at least, consult with Allah Subhanah before taking a path!
The only reason one claims to be a Bohra is because he was born into it and because he found his forefathers practicing this way of life! This is the exact same excuse all the people who disbelieved in the Message of Allah gave to His Messengers!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Al Aaraf verse172-173:This We did lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection, “We were unaware of this thing.” Or lest you should say, “Our forefathers started the practice of ‘shirk’ before us and we were born after them to their descendants. Do You, then, punish us for the sin that was committed by the wrong-doers?” Behold, this is how We make Our Signs clear, so that these people may return to Us.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 31 Surah Luqman verse 21:And when it is said to them, “Follow what Allah has sent down”, they say, “We shall only follow that upon which we found our forefathers.” What! Will they still be following them even if Shaitaan had been calling them to the raging Fire?
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 43 Surah Zukhruf verse 22-25:Nay! But they say, “We found our forefathers on a way and we are only walking in their footsteps.” Even so, whenever before you We sent a warner to a habitation, its people of means said, “We have found our forefathers on a way and we are only following in their footsteps.” Every Prophet asked them, “Will you still go on following the same old way even if I guide you to a more right way than that you found your forefathers following?” They replied, “We disbelieve the religion with which you have been sent.” Consequently, We took vengeance on them. Just consider what was the end of those who denied.
Our duty was no more than to invite you to the guidance and teachings of Allah and His Messenger, Mohamed ar Rasool Allah (saws). You bear witness with us, and Allah is enough as a witness, that we have done our duty to our brethren!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 157-158:Now that a clear proof, a Guidance and Blessing, has come to you from your Lord, who can be more unjust than the one who treats Our Revelations as false and turns away from them? We will inflict the severest torment on those who turn away from Our Revelations because of their aversion. Do the people now await that the angels should come down before them? Or that your Lord may Himself come down? Or that the manifest Signs of your Lord should appear?
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verses 2-3:This is a Book which has been sent down to you. So, let there be no hesitation in your mind about it. This has been sent down that you may thereby warn (the disbelievers), and that it may be an Admonition to the believers. O people, follow what has been sent down to you from your Lord, and do not follow other ‘auliyaas’ besides Him. But you seldom take Admonition!
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,