Al Malfuz Al Sharif Vol 1 – Anecdotes of AlaHadrat, Imam Ahmad Rida Khan عليه الرحمة (A Must Read & Share)
Question: Did the Wahabis exist in the time of the Khulafa al-Rashidin?
Answer: It was this very sect that Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ requested permission from Amir al-Mu‘minin Sayyidina “Ali al-Murtadah رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ to confront. They were 10,000 in number. Amir al-Mu’minin رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ granted him permission and he went to them and asked, “What was it about Amir al Mu‘minin that you so strongly disagree with?” They replied, “Why did the Amir appoint Sayyiduna Abu Musa Ash‘ari رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ as a judge (Hakam) In the event of Siffin?” This is Shirk, because Allah عزوجل states in the Qur’an:
Judgement is from none, but Allah عزوجل. – [Surah Yusuf, Verse 40]
Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Abbas رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ replied , “Is it not in the very same Qur’an that Allah عزوجل states:
And if you fear a dispute between husband and wife, then appoint an arbiter (Hakam) from the side of the family of the man and an arbiter from the side of the family of the women (to solve the problem). If these two will desire reconciliation then Almighty Allah عزوجل will cause unity between them. Undoubtedly, Allah عزوجل is All-Knowing, Aware. – [Surah: An-Nisa, Verse 35]
Remember that this is the same format of argument used by the present day Wahabis. They turn a blind eye to the differences between bestowed and personally acquired knowledge and also reject the legality of seeking assistance from anyone other than Allah عزوجل. It is an Islamic belief that Allah عزوجل has bestowed His elite servants with this science of knowledge and powers. This knowledge and power is purely ‘Ata’i (bestowed) and not Zati (personal), But, the Wahabi rejects this in totality and says that such beliefs are Shirk.
However, after quoting the above Ayah, Sayyiduna ‘Abd-Allah Ibn ‘Abbas رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ then asked them, “What type of belief do you hold that you claim Iman with all the Ayahs of negation (nafi), and Kufr with the Ayahs of affirmation (Ith’bat)?” On hearing this realistic statement of Sayyidund Ibn ‘Abbas رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ , half of this group (5,000) repented and joined Amir al- Mu’minin رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ . The remainder of the group (5,000) were devious and held fast to their false beliefs. After this dialogue, Amir al- Mu‘minin رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ issued the order to the Muslim army to kill the remainder.
Sayyiduna Imam al-Hasan رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ , Sayyidund Imam al-Husainرضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ and many other eminent spiritual personalities hesitated because this group spent the entire night in Ibadah and recited the Holy Qur’an during the day. They protested, “How could we raise our swords on such people who are soaked in ‘Ibadah?” Meanwhile in the past, Sayyiduna Rasulullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم had already informed Sayyiduna ‘Ali رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ about this sect. The Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said, “These people will revolt against Islam and they will be very staunch in their external duties of Salah and fasting, etc. They will leave the Din as an arrow leaves the bow for its target never to return again. They will recite the Holy Qur’an but it will not proceed below their throats.” Eventually the Muslim army was compelled to execute the command of Amir al-Mu’minin رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ . Hence, the battle commenced. In the course of the Jihad, the Amir was informed that the enemy had retreated to the banks of a river.
‘On hearing this Sayyidund ‘Ali al-Murtudah رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ said, “By Allah! Not éven 10 of them will cross the river and all will be killed on this side.” So it did happen. Every single one of the 5000 were killed before crossing the river.
Since the army of the Amir al-Mu’minin رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ was impressed by the piety of the enemy, he had to clear their minds and hearts of their misconception. To do this, he ordered his army to search the corpses of the enemy and find one named Zul-Thadiyya. Sayyiduna ‘Ali رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ also gave some physical description of this person to make it easy to find him, The Amir said, “If you find him dead, then you have verily killed the most evil man on earth, But if you do not find him amongst the dead, then you have killed the best of men on earth.” The search began and every corpse was inspected. This cursed person was found below a pile of bodies. His one hand was shaped like the breast of a woman. When Amir al-Mu‘minin رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ saw him he glorified Allah عزوجل and shouted the Takbir (Allahu-Akbar). The entire Muslim army was convinced and satisfied by the Karamah (‘Ilm al-Ghayb) of Amir al-Mu‘minin رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ. They too praised Allah # and thanked Him عزوجل for cleansing the earth of this filth. Then, the illustrious Amir رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ addressed the army and said, “Do you think that this cursed sect and their following are totally cleansed? Certainly not! Some of them are still in the womb of their mothers and others are in the sperm of their fathers. When one of these groups is exterminated, another will rise with Fitnah and this will continue till the last group emerges with the cursed Dajjal!”
This is the very sect that will emerge in every era with different names and disguise. Now, in this last period of time, the very sect has emerged as “Reformers of Din” and called themselves Wahabis. Their signs and descriptions are foretold in the Sahih Ahadith Sharif, which clearly befit the present day Wahabis.
Some of the Prophecies are as follows:
If you compare your Salah with their Salah, you will regard yours as insignificant and insufficient, Likewise will be the situation of your fasiing and good deeds.
They will recite the Holy Qur’an but it will not go below their throats (not enter their hearts).
Their words and speech will be very sweet and appealing and they will quote the Hadith Sharif in every thing they say.
They will leave the (boundaries) Din as an arrow leaves the bow for its target (never to return again).
One of their signs is that most of them will have shaven heads.
Their pants will be raised high above the ankles.
– (Musnad Imam Ahmad ibn Hambal رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ , Hadith no. 11047, narrated by Sayyiduna Abu Sa’id al-Khudri رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ. A similar Hadith is also cited in Tahzib al-Kamal, Vol.7,p.409, Hadith no. 3061, narrated by Sayyiduna Abi-Bar’za رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ .)
N.B.: [It is known that the father of the present day Wahabis is Ibn ‘Abd al-Wabhab Najdi, It is said that he used to exercised the shaving of the head so strongly that if any woman accepted Wahabism, he ordered the hair on their heads to be shaven off. This was done because he said, “This is the hair of the period of Kufr and therefore it must be shaven off.” The shaving of hair of the females carried on for some time until one frustrated lady confronted him and said, “Why do you not order the beards of your new recruits to be also shaven off when they enter your Din? That is also the hair of the Kufr period.” It was after this objection that he stopped this shameful and irreligious practice.
Look at the present day Wahabis. The majority of them shave off their hair and lift their pants high above their ankles, How true are the Prophecies of Sayyiduna Rasulullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم? They perfectly fit the norms of the present day Wahabis.]
AlaHadrat عليه الرحمة went on further to say:
Once while the Holy Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم was distributing booty after the Battle of Hunain, a person objected to the manner of the Holy Prophet’s صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم distribution, This disrespectful person remarked, “I don’t find justice in your distribution because some persons are getting more while others less.” On hearing this absurd remark, Sayyiduna ‘Umar al-Faruq رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ was outraged. He drew his sword and said, “Ya Rasulallah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم! Grant me permission to behead this Munafiq (hypocrite).” The loving Habib صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم replied, “Leave him because such and such type of people will be from his offsprings. ” Then the Holy Prophet of Allah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم further said, “Unfortunately, if I don’t exercise justice with you, then who will be just to you? May Allah عزوجل have mercy on my brother Musa علیہ السلام who was oppressed more than me!”
The illustrious ‘Ulama state that the distribution of the Holy Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم on this single day was more than a lifelong charity of generous kings. The jungle was full of booty and the Sahaba came in huge numbers to collect their share. The Nabi of Allah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم distributed the booty to them moving backwards as it got lesser until all of it was given out. While this virtuous distribution was carrying on, a Bedouin came up to the Noble Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم and excitedly pulled away his mantle (Rida) from his blessed shoulders. The force of that snatching left marks on the shoulders and back of the Beloved Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. This did not annoy him, instead he compassionately said, “Oh people! Do not hasten, by Allah عزوجل! You would never find me a miser at any given time.” Certainly, by the Lord of Power who has sent his beloved Rasul صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم with truth and ultimate guidance, the most esteemed Khalifah of the Almighty Allah عزوجل is Sayyiduna Rasulullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. Whatever bounties and Mercy are received in this universe, are indeed his blessings, In fact, his blessings in this universe are not equal to an atom of his Divine Rahmah.
‘Arif-Billah, Imam Sharf al-Din Bu’sayri رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ states in his famous Qasidah al-Burdah Sharif,
Verily the Mercy of this Duniya and Akhirah are but a trace of your blessings (Beloved Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) and the Knowledge of the Unseen (Ilm-e-Ghayb) is but a glimpse of your knowledge.
One day the eminent As’hab were assembled around the Holy Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم and a person came by and stood at the edge of the Majlis Sharif. He glanced at the Majlis Sharif and proceeded to the Musjid. The Holy Prophet # said to the Sahaba, “Who amongst you will go and kill him?” Sayyiduna Abi-Bakr al-Siddique رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ got up and went towards this person. He found him engaged in Salah. He could not kill someone engaged in Salah and therefore, returned to the Holy Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم and explained the situation.
The Beloved Nabi of Allah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم again said, “Who is it that will kill him?” Sayyiduna ‘Umar al-Faruq رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ got up and went towards him. He too found him in the same situation and returned.
For the third time, the Holy Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم stated, “Who is it that will kill him?” Sayyiduna ‘Ali al-Murtudah رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ got up and said, “I will kill him.” The Holy Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said, “Yes you would, if you find him. He will not be there.” When Sayyiduna ‘Ali رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ went into the Musjid Sharif, he found nobody there. The man had already left as predicted by the Glorious Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم . The exalted Habib صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم remarked, “If you had killed him, then verily a very great Fitnah (problem) would have been removed from this Ummah,”
This man was the father of Wahabism whose contemporaries are found today. They are soiling this earth and causing Fiinah in this Ummah. That rude person stood on the edge of the Majlis Sharif and looked at everyone present there. His egotism led him to believe that there is no one in this Majlis better than he is. He was very proud and boastful of his Salah and piety. Least did he realize that Salah or any other virtue is nothing but the mercy of the Glorious Prophet of Allah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم.
One can never be a devout servant of Allah عزوجل until one sincerely pledges one’s allegiance to the Beloved of Allah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم, Allah عزوجل places great emphasis in the Holy Qur’an concerning the respect and honour of His Beloved Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم before His worship. Therefore, Allah عزوجل states:
So that you may believe in Allah عزوجل and His Messenger (Rasul), and respect and honour him, and glorify Allah عزوجل day and night, (reference to Salah). – [Surah Al-Fatah, Verse 9]
The first and foremost factor of Iman is respect for Rasul صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. Salah or any form of ‘Ibadah is useless without reverence for the Rasul صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. There are many ‘Abd-Allah (servants of Allah عزوجل) in this world, but the true and sincere ‘Abd-Allah is he, who is ‘Abde-Mustafa (servant of the Holy Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم). If it is not so, then he is surely an ‘Abde Shaytan (servant of the cursed Devil). May the Merciful Allah عزوجل save us all from this curse!
AlaHadrat, Imam Ahmad Rida Khan عليه الرحمة has explained it beautifully:
Tere Ghulamon Ka Naqshe Qadam Hai Raahe Khuda;
Woh Kya Behak Sake Jo Yeh Suraagh Le Ke Chale!
O Prophet ﷺ! The footprints of your servants are the surest guide to Allah-consciousness;
Those, who follow their example, are destined to achieve supreme spiritual success!
TaajushShariah, Mufti Akhtar Rida Khan عليه الرحمة has explained it beautifully:
Naqsh-E-Paa-E-Sagane Nabi ﷺ dekhiye!
Yeh pata hai bohat Rehbari ke liye!
Follow the footprints of the servants of Prophet ﷺ;
These are more than sufficient for guidance!
SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam wa ‘Ala Alihi wa Sahbihi Wa Baraka Wa karam