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"AL-Eti'daal" Weekly Article-Issue 25
16 Shawwaal 1434 / 24 August 2013

Is Islam narrow-minded?

At this stage I want you to ponder over another thing. Today true Islam is being terribly treated and criticised. Those trying to be its true adherents are accused of foolishly following Islam of the dogmatic, bigoted fundamentalist, narrow-minded Molvis, the religion of monks who are ill-educated and one-track minded.

But let them know that those ancestors of ours who over-ran thousands of well defended forts and in the process of their endeavours brought millions into the fold of Islam, while establishing the rule of Islam all over -those brave ancestors were followers of this same so-called dogmatic, fundamentalist Islam.

Yes, if you call it “narrow-mindedness”, then those brave ancestors were even more “narrow-minded” than any Molvi. In their eyes the worst possible fate awaited anyone who deviated even one inch of Deen. When anyone refused to give Zakaat they were prepared to go to war against him. When anyone had the guts to consider the drinking of wine as permissible, he had to be killed. And, for drinking it, knowing it to be prohibited, he was whip-lashed severely.

They used to say: “Among us only such a person will refrain from Salaah who is such a hypocrite whose hypocrisy has become clear and manifest.” Even the general body of hypocrites did not dare neglect Salaah. Among them if ever any obstacle or problem arose they would immediately seek help through Salaah.

Hazrat Abu Darda, (Radiallahu anhu) reports that whenever a strong wind blew, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasaliam) immediately went into the Masjid and did not reappear until such time that the wind subsided. Many other Sahabah (Radiallahu anhum) reported that it was the usual practice of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) that at all times of consternation, he always resorted to Salaah.

They also reported that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said this was the general practice of the other Prophet‟s (Alayhimus Salaam). There is more detail about this in my previous book -“Fazail-e-Namaaz” -Virtues of Salaah. For more elucidation, consult it.

Such were those people that during Salaah they were struck by arrows and even though hurt and with blood streaming down their bodies, they would not break off the Salaah for the great pleasure and ecstasy they experienced therein. On hearing the call to prayer they immediately closed their shops and hurried to the Mosques.

During his Khilaafat, Sayyidina Umar (Radiallahu anhu) sent a notice to all his governors informing them that “the most important thing to me is Salaah. Whosoever observes its due performance properly, can surely guard over the rest of his Deen. And whosoever fails therein is more likely to fail in the proper performance of the rest of his deen and is more likely to allow his deen to be destroyed.”

When Sayyidina Abu Bakr (Radiallahu anhu) sent Sayyidina Khalid bin Waleed (Radiallahu anhu) as commander-in-chief against the apostates -(the Murtads) — he advised him: “There are five principles of our Deen — namely Kalima, Salaah, Zakaat, Fasting and Haj. Make war against anyone who denies any of these.” (Khamees)

When Sayyidina Umar (Radiallahu anhu) appointed Sayyidina Utbah bin Gazwan (Radiallahu anhu) as commander of an army to Persia, he said to him:

“Fear Allah as much as possible! Judge between people with justice. Perform the Salaah at their appointed times and remember Allah in Zikr excessively.”

During the Khilaafat of Sayyidina Abu Bakr (Radiallahu anhu) the famous decisive battle of Ajnadain took place. During the course of the battle the Roman commander sent an Arab as a spy into the Muslim ranks to inquire about conditions there. The spy was asked to remain in the Muslim camp for a full day and night so as to make a proper observation. The spy, being Arab, was able to move quite freely in the Muslim camp and on returning reported his findings about the Muslims in these significant words:

“By night they are as monks (prostrating before Allah in worship) and by day they are riders on horseback (fighting in His path). If among them, the son of  a king should steal, they cut off his hand. And if he commits adultery, they stone him to death and so they uphold the truth.” (Khamees)

Whatever this spy reported is completely true.

“Al-Eti‟daal Fe Maraatibur-Rijaal” by Sheikh-ul-Hadith, Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariya Kandhalwi R.A, Page 116-117 - Published by Darul Uloom Zakariyya.) To be continued Insha-Allah.

MAJLIS: Mufti RadhaulHaq Shb DB

Hazrat Mufti Sahib DB weekly Islahi Majlis will commence as of  tomorrow morning at the Darul Uloom Insha-Allah. The Majlis will begin at 7:30am. For live audio streaming of the Majlis please click here


The Darul Uloom is saddened at the demise of one of its former graduates Moulana Ahmed Seedat Sahib (R.A.) who passed away yesterday in Rynsoord - Benoni. Moulana was a Senior Khalifa of Hazrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Ishaq Sahib DB.

He had come to the Darul Uloom in 1984 and completed 17 paras Hifz by Haafiz Farouq Mansur Sahib before starting Kitaabs. Allah Ta'ala had blessed him with great Isti'daad, he excelled, and would always feature amongst the top 3 in class. Moulana was amongst the first students to graduate at the Darul Uloom under Hazrat Moulana Mueinudden Moradabadi (R.A.) in 1992. After graduating he successfully completed his Hifz in one year.

He took bay'ah to Hazrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Sahib DB and taught at Darul Uloom Azaadville until he took ill and returned to Benoni. Moulana did the Zikr very beautifully and often was appointed by Hazrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Sahib to do so. Moulana was a very warm, respectable, humble and pleasant person. His elder brother was also an Aalim who passed on some time ago.

May Allah Ta'ala forgive Moulana (R.A.) and grant him the highest stages in Jannah. Aameen.

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