al-Imam Ahmed Rida: The lies of the Deobandis

When these folk are helpless to do anything else, and cannot see a place to flee; and because Allāh táālā has not given them guidance to repent; and they do not refrain from uttering those blasphemies said against Allāh táālā and His Messenger sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam; nor withdraw insults that were published, nor proclaim this withdrawal, they resort to slander, which is the:

FIFTH SUBTERFUGE

This kind of behavior is described in the verse:

they seek to prevent from the path of Allah and wish to subvert it. (Sūrah Al-Aárāf, 7:45)

To thwart poor common folk from the path of Allāh and to instigate them, and seeking to pull wool over their eyes in broad daylight, they tell them: “What is the reliability of these scholars of Ahlu’s Sunnah? And what is the credibility of their fatāwā? These people do takfīr for even petty things and their machine always keeps churning out fatāwā of kufr. After all, they have declared Ismāýīl Dihlawī as kāfir; Maulvi Is’ĥāq[1] as kāfir; Maulvi Ábd al-Ĥayy[2] as kāfir…”

And those who have a greater degree of shame[3] add that MáādhAllāh! we have declared Shaykh Shāh Ábdu’l Ázīz, Shāh Walīyullah, Hājī Imdādullāh, Mawlānā Shāh Fađlu’r Raĥmān as kāfir[4]. And those who are beyond all bounds of shame, accuse us of saying – and I seek Allāh’s refuge from such thing, MáādhAllāh – that Shaykh Mujaddid e Alf-e-Sāni[5] was kāfir.

Wherever they see that someone has a special reverence for a certain personality, there they use his name and say that Sunnis have declared him a kāfir. This kind of defamation has reached such a state, that some esteemed and honorable[6] people went to Mawlānā Shāh Muĥammad Husayn Ilāhabādī and told him that we have said – and I seek Allāh’s refuge: MáādhAllāh, MáādhAllāh, MáādhAllāh – that Sayyidunā Shaykh al-Akbar Muhiyuddin Ibn al-Árabi [may Allāh sanctify his secret] is a kāfir. May Allāh táālā grant the noble Mawlānā lofty stations in paradise, that he acted upon this verse: Read the rest of this entry »

al-Imam Ahmed Rida: …two things are necessary for faith

Listen! Verily you shall be tested; and you will be considered a Muslim only if you pass the test. In any test, it is seen  whether indeed, the thing (being claimed) is present or not, to justify that claim. We have seen earlier that the Qur’ān and Ĥadīth say that two things are necessary for faith to be real and present:

• Respect and reverence of Sayyiduna Muĥammad RasūlAllāh sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam

• Love of Sayyiduna Muĥammad RasūlAllāh sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam more than anything in this world. 

The way to test this definitively is thus: Suppose those whom you respect; no matter how much you revere them, or have a close friendship with them, or have affectionate relations with them; like your father, your teacher, your guide, your brother, your relatives, your companions; the scholar, the reader, the Muftī, the preacher – whosoever it may be; if you find them disrespectful towards Sayyiduna Muĥammad RasūlAllāh sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam then you should have no love or respect for them.

Separate from them immediately, and cast them away like you would cast a fly fallen in a glass of milk. Dislike them and do not even look at their faces. Do not bother about their relationship or friendship; or their being scholars or shaykhs; or their piety or elderliness.

All these qualities should be respected for the sake of Sayyiduna Muĥammad RasūlAllāh sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam. When such a person is disrespectful to the master himself, then what is the value of this relationship?

al-Imam Ahmed Rida, Tamhid e Iman (The Preamble to Faith), pp. 5

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