The Blindest Taqleed
The blindest form of taqleed (following) is the form of taqleed practised by the deviate Salafi group. While this deviant sect castigates and abuses the Qur'aanic and Sunnah Taqleed of the FOUR authentic Math-habs of Islam–the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama'ah–they have no qualms about blindly following the deviate, Al-Albaani who is the imaam of their math-hab.
Inspite of their vociferous assertions of independent reasoning and independent following of the Sunnah, they in reality follow every opinion handed to them by Al-Albaani who sprang up only a few years ago. Indeed, it is self-deception to abandon a superior and a holy Taqleed–the Taqleed of the Sahaabah and their Students–and to adopt the taqleed of a modernist of this century who possesses no rank in the firmament of Islamic Knowledge.
While the Ahlus Sunnah follow the Sahaabah and the Fuqaha (the Students of the Sahaabah), the modernist Salafis follow a man of this age who has no relationship with the Salf-e-Saaliheen. Shaitaan has truly duped them and is leading them into the fox's den to their doom.
Two mutant accretions which have become attached to Islam in these times are the two deviant groups of Bid'ah, viz., the Barelwi grave-worshippers and the Salafi worshippers of the nafs. Both these groups are extremists, having veered sharply off from Siraatul Mustaqeem (the Straight Path of the Qur'aan and Sunnah). Both groups are guilty of ghulu' fid-deen (excess committed in the Deen). All types of ghulu' fid-deen are haraam and destructive. The Qur'aan Majeed prohibits excesses. Allah Ta'ala says:
"O People of the Kitaab! Do not commit ghulu' (excess) in
your Deen and do not speak about Allah, but the Haqq (truth)."
(Surah Nisaa, aayat 171)
Bid'ah and Ghulu' were common acts of deviation perpetrated by the Yahood (Jews) and Nasaara (Christians). Whenever a Muslim veers off from the straight path of the Sunnah, he emulates the example of the Ahl-e-Kitaab in their practise of ghulu' fid-deen. Just as the Jews and Christians committed ghulu' in abundance, so do the two deviant Barelwi and Salafi sects.
While the Ahl-e-Kitaab committed excesses in their religions in different ways, they differed in their attitudes. The ghulu' of the Yahood was the product of their extreme disrespect for the Ambiyaa while the ghulu' of the Nasaara was the consequence of their extreme veneration for their Nabi (Nabi Isaa – alayhis salaam). The Ghulu' of the Yahood led them to murder the Ambiyaa (alayhimus salaam). In contrast, the ghulu' of the Nasaara led them to elevate Nabi Isaa (alayhis salaam) and even his mother, Hadhrat Maryam (alayhas salaam) to the level of gods and beings of worship.
YAHOOD AND NASAARA
In our time, the Salafis resemble the Yahood and the Barelwis are the specimen of the Nasaara. The Salafis are totally barren – spiritually dry to the point of vulgarity. They are rude, crude and even cruel in their attitude. They lack respect for the illustrious personalities of Islam, especially for the great Salf-e-Saaliheen, viz., the Fuqaha-e-Mujtahideen who were the Students of the noble Sahaabah. Not only are they crude and disrespectful, but they are also devious, for when they discuss with the Ulama of the Ahlus Sunnah or they speak in public, they guard their tongues. They deviously praise the Fuqaha of the Math-habs while subtly negating the Waajib Shar'i concept of Taqleed. However, in their private discussions or when conversing with ignorant members of the Ahlus Sunnah, they mercilessly and rudely condemn the great Imaams. Thus, they are like the Jews who murdered the Ambiyaa (alayhimus salaam) despite their overt acknowledgement of the Nubuwwat of Allah's Messengers. The only difference between the Salafi deviates and the Jewish murderers of the Ambiyaa (alayhimus salaam) is that the crimes of the two groups are committed in different planes. The Yahood physically murdered the Ambiyaa (alayhimus salaam). The Salafis spiritually murder the Rasool (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) by negating most deviously the Sunnah of Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Those who are not prepared to submit to the Fuqaha – the illustrious Students of the Sahaabah – are denying and killing the Sunnah by shaitaani deception.
It should be well understood that the Sunnah is inextricably interwoven with the life and teaching of the Sahaabah. The Sahaabah handed the Sunnah most meticulously by way of practical example and teaching to the Taabi-een who constituted the first group of Aimmah-e-Mujtahideen in the Ummah after the Sahaabah. Thus, obedience to these great Scholars and Ulama among the Taabi-een is pure obedience to the Sahaabah, which in turn is the Waajib obedience of the Rasool (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
When the Qur'aan and Hadith are subjected to personal opinion or the opinions and interpretations of a single Aalim appearing on the Islamic scene a thousand years after the Sahaabah, are accepted as 'Wahi' and the final word of rectitude in preference to the interpretations and rulings of those who had acquired their Ilm (Knowledge) from the Sahaabah, it is pure deviation (dhalaal) and rejection of the Sunnah of the Sahaabah. Such people have no right to call themselves the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama'ah. Their claim is palpably baseless.
The other extremity of the disease of ghulu' is the Barelwi sect. While these people purport to follow the Sahaabah and overtly proclaim themselves as followers of the Math-habs, they are bereft of the Aqeedah (Belief) propagated by the Math-habs of the Ahlus Sunnah. Their adherence to the Math-habs relates to only the external dimension, i.e. to Fiqh, and that too, partially. They commit wholesale Bid'ah (innovation). They destroy their concept of Tauheed with a number of beliefs of shirk. They perpetrate acts of grave-worship. They elevate the Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the Auliyaa (rahmatullah alayhim) to the pedestal of Godhood. In their excessive veneration they resemble the Nasaara who deify Hadhrat Isaa (alayhis salaam) and his noble Mother, Hadhrat Maryam (alayhas salaam).
Muslims should beware of both these mutant groups. They are astray. They have left the Path of the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama'ah. Inspite of their deviation, they dub themselves, Ahlus Sunnah and Sunni. But, their claims are false.
The salient features or symptoms of their spiritual diseases are:
The Salafis reject the four Math-habs; they lack taqwa; they are disrespectful, their Salaat is absolutely devoid of khushu'; they fiddle profusely in their Salaat; they are unable to stand motionless in their Salaat; they sway to and from in their Salaat; they are obsessed with obedience to the views of Ibn Taimiyyah and the modernist Al-Albaani.
The Barelwis prostrate to the graves of the Auliyaa; they make tawaaf of the graves; they decorate the graves with expensive quilts and sheets, they practise meelad, urs, etc.; they believe in the omnipresence of the Rasool (sallallahu alayhi wasallam); their headquarters are the graveyards where they erect mausolea (tombs) for generation of financial income.
The opposite poles of these two deviant groups is their diverging beliefs regarding the attributes of omnipresence. The Salafis have stripped Allah Ta'ala of His Attribute of Omnipresence and have assigned Him into a specified section of created space. In stark contrast to this evil concept of the Salafis, the evil belief of the Barelwis have bestowed the attribute of omnipresence to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). While not negating the Omnipresence of Allah Ta'ala, the Barelwis commit shirk in this Divine Attribute, by their shirki bestowal of the Attribute to our Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). May Allah Ta'ala save Muslims from the evil and ruin of dhalaal (deviation).
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