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In Reply To The Salafi Beliefs

key: In blue itallics you will find the references and/or point of view of the Salafis (usually with reference links provided below; mainly the following: http://ahnazeer19.arabblogs.com/archive/2008/4/519791.html & http://www.muftisays.com/viewarticle.php?article=zntaqleed). In green Itallics you will find the references or quotes that I have provided with their respective links provided with them.

The Holy Prophet-SAAW brought us one deen and that is Islam, and that is one which brings ease for everyone. All four Fiqh's are accepted as authentic Islam, with very slight variations in the do's and dont's all agree on the exact same beliefs, there is no variation there. And the do's and don'ts are all such that the Prophet-SAAW taught on different times and occasions and all are considered valid and authentic. My question to the Salafis is that do they believe that they or anyone else today has more knowledge and authority regarding Islam than a Tabaee (Imam Abu Hanifa) who met atleast four Sahabis-RAU during his life time, which include Hazrat Anas-RAU? Are the Salafis attempting to or trying to claim that the Prophet-SAAW never offered his-SAAW salah according to the Hanafi Fiqh? ... yet all the other 3 Fiqh's have no issues with the Hanafi Fiqh or vice versa ... A direction from the Hadith informs us: "Also perform your prayer just as you see me perform my prayer." (Bukhari Vol. 1, p. 1076) It is not said: "Perform your prayer in the manner you may infer from the Holy Qurn."

Masa'il or precepts are of four kinds:-

1Clear instructions from the Holy Qurn and Ahadith. No Qiyas is allowed nor Taqlid permissible. The order is to practice on the clear injunction.

2In such propositions where there are two injunctions, one earlier, and one later, and through historical evidence both renown, then the earlier proposition is abrogated (Mansukh), whilst the latter command is ordered. Here too Qiyas and Taqlid ~ not permitted.

3Those propositions that have two clear injunctions but it is not known which is earlier and which later, i.e. no historical evidence.

4Those propositions of which there exist no clear injunctions. (http://reformationofheart.blogspot.com/2012/04/what-is-taqleed-taqlid-falsification-of.html)

The Tabaeen visually saw the Sahabah-RAU performing the Salah in manners they learnt from visually seeing the Holy Prophet-SAAW performing the Salah in person, live in front of them. Now how can one expect us to accept the statements and rulings of those random common Muslims (who have no knowledge of Islamic Jurisprudence, who casually come across one Sahih Hadith and base their entire understanding of the complete matter on the basis of that one Hadith) over that of a Tabaee like Hadhrat Imam Abu Hanifa-RUA?

With all due respect are all Salafis Muftis? Or masters of Islamic Jurisprudence? or these points are not infact their own learnings and deductions but are the learnings of those whom they consider a valid scholar? The mentioned four schools are derived from the Sunnah and the Hadith and the practical demonstration of how and where they are applied; First taught directly by the Prophet-SAAW to the Sahabi-RAU and then from the Sahabi-RAU to the Tabaee-RUA. Thus yes their interpretation of the Islamic Law's and rituals of worships will be considered more accurate and authentic as compared to one who got up today studied some Hadith and decided as per his understanding and imagination how they should apply to our practical lives and rituals of worship. Also in regard to the matter concerning the slight differences in the manner of offering Salah, that is because the ProphetSAAW at different time periods in his-SAAW used all of the prescribed methods and none of them were specifically asked to be abandoned. Therefore all four are correct. The Fiqhs have been derived bearing different era's of the ProphetSAAW's life, Imam Abu Hanifa followed the teachings and methods of the last era of the Prophet-SAAW's life (I believe, I'm not 100% sure on this one, I will have to validate the time period), thus the Hanafi Fiqh is derived from the rules of Islamic Jurisprudence according to the Hadith and Sunnah of that time. quote from the Holy Quran is from Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 59: O you who believe, obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those entrusted with authority amongst you. Then if there arises any dispute about anything, refer the dispute to Allah and the Messenger, if you truly believe in Allah and the Last Day. That would be the best way and most suitable for final determination. The Arabic word 'ati' means obey.. In the above aayah, Allah commands the believers to obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those entrusted with authority (olil-amr) amongst you. The above verse is extremely clear whereby Allah says: 'Ati-Allah' meaning 'obey Allah'

'wa ati-ar Rasool' meaning 'obey the Messenger' 'wa olil-amr minkum' meaning 'and those entrusted with authority amongst you.' Allah does not say 'wa ati olil amr minkum'. The command 'ati' (obey) is not placed independently before the 'olil-amr'. And anyone who knows even basic Arabic grammar will confirm with you that because the word 'ati' (obey) is not placed before 'olil-amr' (those entrusted with authority), then it becomes a 'mashroot' (condition), that you have to obey those entrusted with authority amongst you, ONLY IF THEY OBEY ALLAH AND THE MESSENGER! Then Allah states in the same aayah, that if there arises a dispute about anything, refer the dispute back to Allah (the Quran) and the Messenger (His Sunnah or Way).... If you truly believe in Allah and the Last Day.

Before I delve any further, into this discussion, I would like to reply to their above comment. The insinuation of ONLY IF THEY OBEY ALLAH AND THE MESSENGER! as per the context of this discussion and their point of view or rather the salafi point of view is, that (nauzubillah) they did not obey Allah-SWT and the Messenger, and therefore we (the ones who believe in the Taqleed of either of the 4 Aimah-e-Fiqh) are wrong in doing their Taqleed. Whereas our stance is this that according to the above mentioned ayat, after Allah-SWT and the Prophet-SAAW if we are to do anyones Taqleed it is of those entrusted with authority amongst us and in the order of precedence they would be as follows Sahabah-RAU, Tabaee-RUA, Taba Tabaee-RUA and the learned Fuqaha (Mufti or masters of Islamic Jurisprudence). We take as further reference of this, the famous Hadith (which I will not be surprised if the salafi conveniently declare unauthentic) in which the Prophet-SAAW clearly stated that if only one Sahabi-RAU from the Ghazwa of Badr were to remain alive amongst all other Sahabis-RAU. And a conflict arose over a matter and all the other Sahabis-RAU were unanimously agreeing upon one stance while the Sahabi-RAU of Badr was the only one upholding the conflicting stance. Thereupon it would be incumbent upon them all to do the Taqleed of the Sahabi-RAU of Badr, as his-RAU understanding of the Quran and Sunnah would be considered superior in authenticity and his spiritual connection with the Holy ProphetSAAW and Love for Allah-SWT would far supersede them all. Thus when the matter arises of conflict today and we have the clear teachings of a Tabaee. Whom we believe to be an ardent and obedient follower of the Quran and Sunnah, we believe that there is no question regarding whose teachings we should adhere to: a Tabaees or some random scholars of today (no matter how qualified they claim to be or how many medals they may have hanging around their necks)? For us the matter is of no conflict at all, for we shall abide by the Quran and the Sunnah and we believe that the four respective Imams did an immaculate job of doing the Taqleed of the Quran and Sunnah and deriving the Fiqh thereof. May Allah-SWT be pleased with them all, and rightly guide those who are audacious enough to get up centuries later under various pretexts and justifications pointing fingers at them and proclaiming themselves to be more authentic then

them (nauzubillah). Aameen! (The act itself seems nothing but replicating that of Ibn Muljam and the khwarij and this has always been the way of satan, to confuse people with a play of words and then secretly fill their hearts with self-love and the belief of their own superiority of beliefs and ideology etc. Truly it is them, who are the misguided and they know not. They have harboured arrogance in their hearts and blasphemed through their actions and their beliefs such that they do not even know and all their acts are lost. For such only the Judgment Day will be proof enough of who was right and who was wrong, and they might be shocked to find the four blessed Imam-e-Fiqh standing amongst the Muqaraboon in the plain of Arafat while they are standing on the left side wondering what happened.) May Allah-SWT protect us from such an end and such a fate and allow our hearts to be opened to the truth and cleansed and purified such that every heartbeat of ours, every pulse, every breath is engaged in zikr-Allah. And our hearts are softened with love for Allah-SWT, His-SWTs beloved Prophet-SAAW, the Prophets-AS, the Khulfa-e-Rashidoon-RAU, the Ahl-e-Bayt-RAU, the Sahabi-RAU, the khair-ul-Quroon-RUA, the Aulia-e-Ikram-RUA, and the rest of the Ummah and all of humanity and all of the creation of Allah-SWT. Aameen! Now in an attempt to only provide clarity to those who might get mislead after this debate, if I leave some matters unanswered and unsubstantiated. Therefore, I will make my utmost effort in replying with all earnestness regarding the links and references provided. the reference salafi comment from the link provided below are given in quotes and italics: whereas my reply is provided in black font without italics. http://ahnazeer19.jeeran.com/archive/2008/4/519791.html No doubt these imams were very high in their knowledge and deeds,and there were lot of others of similar caliber and even of higher than these imams in rank and caliber. And beside these four scholars, three other scholars were also followed by people similar to "Hanafi" "Maliki" "Shafaee" and "Hanbali" as we find today people only following them. There are some important points to be kept in mind here. What is the reference of the comment in bold and who are they to randomly get up today and make claims in regard to which imam supersedes which in rank and caliber, especially when one of the Imams under discussion was a Tabaee? v Whatever Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) had given us that is intact and not lost, and can not be lost as Allah Himself is its Guardian. No doubt about that. Islam is preserved in its most authentic form through the four duties of the Prophet-SAAW being upheld todate by the four respective fields: i) Hufaaz-e-Quran; who learn each and every word (with its perfect pronunciation) and punctuation of the Quran by heart. ii) Sufia-e-ikram; tassawwuf /tazkeeyah for the purification of the

heart and the spirit. iii) the Ulema-e-Ikram: the Muhadith and the Mufasir, iv) the Fuqaha; masters of Islamic Jurisprudence who tell us how the Quran and Sunnah apply to our practical lives. v Secondly that very religion was in practice in the time of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and after him, even till the time of imams who were born in the 2nd and 3rd century Hijri. Then they compiled their books. It is very clear here that a lot of time of Ummat al Muslima had passed practicing the same religion of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) without following any sect and Prophet said about those people who followed his way (other than any sect). "Khair al-qaroon qarnee thummalazeena yalonahum thummalazeena yalonahum" Means, the best period is of mine, then that which is adjacent to the period of mine then which is connected to that and so on. All these three spans of time which are said to be the best by Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) had passed before these 4 imams came in this world. Therefore the best people of this umma had gone before the "Hanafi" "Maliki" "Shafaee" and "Hanbali" periods. Whose followers were these best people of umma and to whom they never followed? The period of imams came long after the period of the best followers of Prophet. What lies do they go around stating. They should atleast authenticate their nonsense with some reference and not their unqualified opinions. Numn ibn Thbit ibn Z ibn Marzubn[4] (Persian: ,) better known as Imm Ab anfah, (699 767 CE / 80 148 AH) was the founder of the Sunni Hanafi school of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence). Status as a Tabii. Imm Ab anfah was born 67 years after the death of Muhammad, but during the time of the Sahaba of Muhammad, some of whom lived on until Ab anfah's youth. Anas bin Malik, Muhammad's personal attendant, died in 93 AH and another companion, Abul Tufail Amir bin Wathilah, died in 100 AH, when Ab anfah was 20 years old. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ab%C5%AB_%E1%B8%A4an%C4%ABfa)

Mlik ibn Anas ibn Mlik ibn Ab 'mir al-Asbah (Arabic ( ) c. 711 795) (93 AH 179 AH ) is known as "Imam Malik, Malik took advantage of the fact that he was contemporary to many of the Tabiin to formulate his school of thought, which gave precedence to the acts of the people of Medina over the Hadith if they were in conflict. This was done due to the sizeable amount of scholars, and companions of Muhammad residing in the city where Malik's reputation grew immensely. Imam Malik died at the age of 86 in Medina in 795 and is buried in the famous Jannat ul-Baqi cemetery across from the Masjid al Nabawi. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malik_ibn_Anas)

Ab Abdullh Muhammad ibn Idrs al-Shfi (Arabic: ) was a Muslim jurist, who lived from 767 CE to 820 CE. He was active in juridical matters and his teaching eventually led to the Shafi'i school of fiqh (or Madh'hab) named after him. Hence he is often called Imam al-Shafi'i. He is considered the founder of Islamic jurisprudence.[2]:1 al-Shfi belonged to the Qurayshi clan Banu Muttalib which was the sister clan of the Banu Hashim to which Muhammad and the Abbasidcaliphs belonged. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_ibn_Idris_ash-Shafi%27i)

Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Hanbal Abu `Abd Allah al-Shaybani (Arabic: ) was an important Muslim scholarand theologian. He is considered the founder of the Hanbali school of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence). Imam Ahmad is one of the most celebratedSunni theologians, often referred to as "Sheikh ul-Islam"[8] or the "Imam of Ahl al-Sunnah," honorifics given to the most esteemed doctrinal authorities in the Sunni tradition. Imam Ahmad personified the theological views of the early orthodox scholars, including the founders of the other extant schools of Sunni fiqh, Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Malik ibn Anas, and Imam ash-Shafi`i. Born 780 CE/164 AH- died 855 CE/241 AH (aged 77) On Friday, the 12 of Rabi' al-Awwal 241 AH, the legendary Imam breathed his last. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmad_ibn_Hanbal)

Muhammad Ibn Ismail Ibn Ibrahim Ibn al-Mughirah Ibn Bardizbah al-Bukhari (Persian/Arabic:

,) popularly known as Bukhari or Imam Bukhari, (196-256AH / 810870AD), was a Sunni Islamic scholar of Persia.[3][4] He authored the hadith collection named Sahih Bukhari, a collection which Sunni Muslims regard as the most authentic of all hadith compilations. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_al-Bukhari) provided above with the clear references are the time periods of these respective Imams. Which clearly shows Imam Abu Hanifa to be a respected Tabaee, and Imam Malik I believe was a Taba Tabaeen. Thus they were both from the Khair-ul-Quroon to say the least! I also added the details and reference of Imam Bukhari who is famous for his compilation of Sahi Hadith and as one can see that he and Imam Hanbal had an over lapping era. v In so many issues these scholars had used their rational power, as the collection work of Aadeeths (Tradition of our Prophet) could not be done in their period, as now easily available to every Muslim. So these imams had used their rational power and later on it is found Ahadeeths were there on those issues.

If one were to go over the various links provided above under each Imams details, one would see that they themselves were well versed in Hadith and are used as authentic sources of compiled Hadith. They were the Muhadith, the Mufasir and the Fuqaha of their respective eras. So this nonsense regarding their knowledge of Hadith being less authentic then those of today is preposterous. Our knowledge of our religion especially the Hadith and the Sunnah has survived through their sacrifices and their efforts to begin with. It is unbelievable and unacceptable to anyone with any amount of religious devotion and sense that a Tabaees understanding of the Quran and Sunnah would be less authentic to some scholar of today! Now I give you an example. Suppose you are traveling in the night, at the time of Isha' prayer you were not certain of the side of Qibla. You seriously ponder and decided to pray choosing one, same you did in Fajr prayer. After the dawn, you realized that your selection of Qibla side was wrong. Your Isha' and Fajr which you have prayed are correct in absence of any authentic source of correction, so no need to repeat those prayers. But which side would you choose for your Zuhar prayer in the open light of sun? Obviously towards the true Qibla side, as it is now day light to guide you. Your Zuhar prayer would not be accepted by Allah (SWT) if prayed toward the same side you prayed Isha. Similarly whatever decision imams have taken, as well as their followers did, in the light of their best knowledge, in absence of Hadeeth, was correct. As it is obligatory to decide after proper consultation (Ijtihad) in absence of any Hadeeth on any particular problem, so their act was quite correct. But when all the Ahadeeth have been collected and it is found that some of the decisions were against the Ahadeeth of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), then there is no room to follow imams' decision which contradicts with Hadeeth of Prophet Mohammad. It is similar to your Zuhar prayer which can not be prayed towards the wrong side of Qibla you had chosen previous night, for your Isha prayer and followed the same for your Fajr prayer, because you are now in daylight.

I think with the provided references I have already refuted these preposterous claims and twisted beliefs and logic of these salafis. I would like here to provide three links below which clearly provide evidences of the forgeries, tampering and tehreef done by the salafis in their Darussalam printed editions of various (previously authentic and pure works of renowned Ulema-e-Haq). (http://www.marifah.net/forums/topic/3246-examples-of-salafis-salafi-publishing-houses-tamperingalteringforgingtexts/) (http://www.marifah.net/forums/topic/3246-examples-of-salafis-salafi-publishing-houses-tamperingalteringforgingtexts/page__st__15) (http://www.marifah.net/forums/topic/3246-examples-of-salafis-salafi-publishing-houses-tamperingalteringforgingtexts/page__st__30)

You will find this:_Translated and abridged by a group of scholars under the supervision of Sheikh Safiur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri. Written and complied by Hafiz Ibn Kathir - The Qur'an is the revelation of Allah's Own Words for the guidance of His creatures. Since the Qur'an is the primary source of Islamic teachings, the correct understanding for the Qur'an is necessary for every Muslim. The Tafsir of Ibn Kathir is the most renowned and accepted explanation of the Qur'an in the entire world. In it one finds the best presentation of Ahadith, history, and scholarly commentary. - Dar-usSalam is proud to present for the first time this abridged version of Tafsir Ibn Kathir, which is free from unauthentic Ahadith._ On the link provided :(http://www.meccabooks.com/quran-tafsir-commentary/418tafsir-ibn-kathir-10-volume-set-9781591440208.html) And my question would be that who has given any one of them the authority to tamper with the authentic works of Ibn-Kathir? If they actually believed that his Tafseer contained supposed unauthentic Hadith they should take the matter up in Sharaee court with dalail and make their own learned scholars write their own Tafseer rather than confusing other Muslims that their abridged version is infact the authentic Tafsir Ibn-Kathir. Which true to God person needs to do such devious acts as tampering with renowned religious works of others to promote their own wicked concepts and ideologies? Which man of Allah-SWT needs to tamper with the authentic works of renowned scholars and pass them of as the originals in order to prove or spread his own point of view. If one disagrees with the works or some parts thereof, of renowned scholars, he should clearly provide his chain of knowledge and religious background, point of difference and write his own works and spread them under his own name, leaving it to the people if they choose to read or agree with his point of view. This stance of attempting to mislead people into believing that the edited versions of the authentic works are the original works themselves is in fact not the way of a Muslim, let alone a man posing to be a religious authority or scholar or cleric etc. About twelve centuries have passed to the period of imams while the period of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is of more 225 years older. Suppose Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) comes to you alive and asks you to do any deed and tells you the way how to do that, same time imam also comes to you alive and ask you to do the same task in different way, who would be obeyed. Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) or imam? There is no confusion in its answer that imam's way would be rejected and Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) would be followed. Yes, you are ordered to follow and obey the right path of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and not the path of contradiction. While a clear path is in front of us lead by our Prophet, why to accept the wrong one. Neither the prophet is alive now, nor the imams but their paths are in front of us. Since there is no doubt that the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) would be obeyed and imams' contradictory path would be rejected if they come alive, there must not be any hesitation to follow the path of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in the light of his Ahadeeth rest all would be rejected.

The above is a clear example of the hypothetical nonsense they come up with in order to confuse those with little or even less knowledge. These are weapons of satan to cause a rift and confusion amongst the Ummah.These questions are exactly like the ones the atheists put forth saying can GOD create a rock that HE cannot break? And if there would be a rock that HE cannot break than HE would not be GOD and if HE cannot make such a rock, then HE is not GOD because HE cannot make anything and everything! All this is rubbish and a ploy of satan. The respective Imams followed the Quran and Sunnah immaculately and would continue to do so, if all were to come alive even today. We follow the Quran and Sunnah in doing their respective Taqleed, as was the way taught to us through the times of the Khulfa-e-Rashideen-RAU. All did the Taqleed of the Khaleefa of the time, irrespective of the fact that the rest of the people might also have been Sahabi-RAU. Interestingly the same is taught by these four imams in their teachings. None of them said whatever I adopt you have to follow. Imam Shafaee (RA) said " Iza saha al-hadeeth fa hua mazhabee"means "when there is authentic hadeeth available that is my religion". Imam Abu Hanifa said " when you find a Hadeeth contradicting my mandate, throw my decision on wall, means DO NOT FOLLOW MY SAYINGS. Please show me an authentic reference whereby I know that Imam Abu Hanifa-RUA said what they claim he has stated about throwing his ruling against the wall... secondly what my understanding of this matter is - that if he did state this it was because of his surety that there is no contradiction between his qiyas and understanding of the Quran and Sunnah, therefore no such issue will arise. The above statement of Imam Abu Hanifa-RUA (if true) only goes to show how sure he was of his qiyas being in absolute adherence to the Quran and Sunnah that he would say "when you find a Hadeeth contradicting my mandate, throw my decision on wall, means DO NOT FOLLOW MY SAYINGS. Because he knew there was no such issue whatsoever. It is exactly as when the Prophet-SAAW proposed the Mubahala challenge with the Arab Christians (Al-Quran 3:61), that whichever one is wrong may the wrath of Allah-SWT seize him, because he-SAAW was absolutely sure of his-SAAW validity. Just like in the case of the proposed Mubahala challenge by the Prophet-SAAW, whereby he-SAAW wanted to invoke Allah-SWT's curse on the liar/the deviant, because he-SAAW was certain that he-SAAW was absolutely TRUTHFUL!

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (RAU), reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "Allah the Almighty has said: 'Whosoever acts with enmity towards a Wali (of Allah), I will indeed declare war against him. Nothing endears My servant to Me than doing of what I have made obligatory upon him to do. And My servant continues to draw nearer to Me with nawafil prayers so that I shall love him. When I love him, I shall be his hearing with which he shall hear, his sight with which he shall see, his hands with which he shall hold, and his feet with which he shall walk. And if he asks (something) of Me, I shall surely give it to him, and if he takes refuge in Me, I shall certainly grant him it. Our belief regarding the Aimah-e-Fiqh. We believe them to be devout followers of the Quran and Sunnah. We believe them to be fully adept in Islamic Jurisprudence thereby their understanding and interpretation would be considered to be

correct and authentic one, even if we seemingly came across a hadith that apparently seemed contradictory; however, recognizing the fact that we are not masters in Tafseer-e-Quran or Tafseer-e-Hadith and neither Islamic Jurisprudence. We have no knowledge of when and where and under which circumstances that hadith took place and how it was meant to apply to our practical lives unless first the Prophet-SAAW enacted it or approved it in the actions of the Sahabi-RAU who in turn taught the pristine actions, meanings, and message to the Tabaee-RUA. We would still go by with the understanding or verdict provided by the Aimah-e-Fiqh - especially Imam Abu Hanifa as he himself was a Tabaee. Because we believe that he is immaculate in his understanding and depiction of the Quran and Sunnah. Thus in emulating his Law, we are infact attempting to authentically emulate the Quran and Sunnah and not deviate as per our convenient understanding or lack thereof.

When imams (RAA) in absence of Hadeeth did "Ijtehad"and instructed that do not follow this path if Hadeeth is available on this subject, REJECT US PLUNTLY. They got free with this expression, in the sight of Allah. Those who systematically follow the way of their imams rigidly are introducing a new thing which was never introduced before in Islamic Sharia. just imagine that during the time of the Imam the Hadith was absent and its suddenly present now, yet those who do taqleed are introducing new things into Islamic Sharia! Unbelievable! What can one say to such absurdity? Also to further explain this point I would like to recommend the reading of the following book The Status of Imam Abu Haneefah in the Science of Hadith By Shaykh Abu Umar Irfan Kabeeruddin, on the below provided link. I think it will clarify the misconceptions of many an individual and many an ignoramous who questions Imam Abu Hanifas authority in regards to Islamic Jurisprudence and his knowledge of the Ahadith. http://www.muhammadiyah.info/Books/The%20Status%20of%20Imam%20Abu%20Hanifa%20in%20Hadees.pdf please of.html ... read the following:http://reformationofheart.blogspot.com/2012/04/aqeedah-tahawiyyah-aqaidbeliefs-

"73. We follow the Sunna of the Prophet-SAAW and the Congregation of the Muslims (Khair-ul-Quroon), and avoid deviation, differences and divisions."

"97. The learned men of the Predecessors, both the first community and those who immediately followed (Khair-ulQuroon: Sahabah, Tabaee, Taba Tabaeen): the people of virtue, the narrators of hadith, the jurists, and the analysts-they must only be spoken of in the best way, and anyone who says anything bad about them is not on the right path."

"101. We do not accept as true what soothsayers and fortune-tellers say, nor do we accept the claims of those who affirm anything which goes against the Book, the Sunna, and the consensus of the Muslim Community (Khair-ul-Quroon, Fuqaha, the learned scholars, and Aulia)."

I think as Muslims we really need to be very clear about our Aqeedah/Aqaid in depth.

May Allah-SWT guide us all to the right path and choose us to become His-SWT Muqariboon, and on the Day of Judgement may we be amongst those who receive salvation without accountability and May He-SWT make us a source of pride and pleasure for the Prophet-SAAW, the Sahabah-RAU, the Khair-ul-Quroon and the Aulia-e-ikraam. Aameen!

I believe in the Quran and Sunnah and Authentic Hadith books (in their original prints), I believe in the authenticity of the four Fiqhs, I believe the pious Predecessors (the Khair-ul-Quroon) as the authority for upholding the most authentic and correct Islam. I believe they were living examples / embodiment of the teachings of the Holy Prophet-SAAW. I take their word over any later scholars any day. I believe in their Taqleed as tantamounting to being the closest to the correct Sunnah. I believe deviations and sects would not have arisen had everyone simply done Taqleed of the four Aimah-e-Fiqh in the most sincere way. The day we stopped doing that and started issuing our own ideas and logic as means of acceptance of Hadith and Sunnah and Fiqh, we fell prey to satan and his attacks and divided into endless sects. below is a abstract from the post(article) Taqld or Ittib in essence, simply refers to the practice of an unqualified, lay person (in a specific field of specialisation) submitting to and accepting the authority of an expert in that field, without demanding proof and justification for every view, opinion or verdict expressed by such an expert authority will you agree with the above blindly? how came? you go to shop and just blindly purchase something without investigating and search? I was asked the above and my reply is YES! I would believe it! And yes when I go shopping and a box of eatables is stamped with the halaal seal, I just pick it up blindly and eat it without further investigating who and how and when and where and why was this stamped as halaal. The stamp of Imam Abu Hanifa-RUA on a verdict or ruling or teaching is more authentic to me than the present day stamp of halaal on the eatables world over. _"Narrated Aisha The Prophet (may peace be upon him) kissed one of his wives and went out for saying prayer. He did not perform ablution. (Sunan Abu Dawood Vol. 1 Chapter No. 70 Hadith No. 179)_ Thus this particular teaching of Imam Shafi contradicts the authentic saying of the Prophet. So I reject this specific ruling of Imam Shafi who himself said , If I say something, then compare it to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His messenger and if it agrees to them, then accept it and that which goes against them, then reject it and throw my saying against the wall This is a saying of ash-Shafiee-rahimaullah. See Al-Majmoo of an-Nawawee (1/63).

Thus by rejecting this particular teaching of Imam Shafi which contradicts the authentic Hadith, I am practically a better follower of Imam Shafi than those who call themselves Shafi." (http://www.muftisays.com/viewarticle.php?article=zntaqleed) A strange tragedy of today is that whereas we do have the exact chain of transmission of the knowledge and education that the Aimah-e-Fiqah received and how it traces back to the Prophet-SAAW. Today random scholars make absurd claims regarding these Aimah-e-Fiqh and we have no knowledge of the chain of education or transmission of knowledge that they have received and how it traces back to the Prophet-SAAW. Yet we are ever so willing to believe them over these Aimah-eFiqh solely because their beliefs and ideologies suit our fancy and give way and room for our own desires and change of Fiqh as per our own likes and preferences. For example: We want to kiss our wives and not bother to do wuzu again, so lets completely deny the authenticity of the Islamic Jurisprudence of Imam Shafee The teachings of 4 imams are within the parameters of ahadith! and we just cannot interpret the meaning of a hadees with our own understanding.

Have these people never heard of the fact that the Fiqh of the Prophets-AS is different to those of the masses? The Prophet-SAAW had more than 4 wives at a given time. Then as per the Ayat and the Hadith mentioning that should all Muslim men be allowed more than 4 wives? Please understand that the matter of Islamic Jurisprudence is not a joke. People of great Eemaan and spiritual enlightenment and purification, dedicated their entire lives, sacrificing all their energies, efforts, money etc for achieving perfection of Islamic Jurisprudence. We today, who dare to question their works and are audacious enough to believe that our knowledge is more enduring than theirs, must be certain that we have devolped such an illness and hardness in our hearts that can only be cured through constant zikr-Allah. And May Allah-SWT grant us the taufeeq to do it (Aameen), for otherwise we are cetainly doomed in our arrogance, the stench of which will never allow us to come close to the gardens of Allah-SWT's beloveds. In the whole of the Christian world, the Pope is the last word, why shouldn't in Islam everyone just consult Imam-eKabah

Also regarding the matter of doing taqleed of the Imam-e-Kaba. Well the Imam-e-Kaba himself is ghair Muqalid, then how come he would accept that others should do his Taqleed, when he considers even the Taqleed of a Tabaee an unnecessary bidah? Besides that everyone should consult the Ameer-ul-Momineen - for that the revival of Khilafat is required. Which as per the prophecy of Prophet Muhammad-SAAW will now be at the hands of Hazrat Imam Mehdi. Until then we have the Sunnah and we have the four valid and authentic Fiqhs which are good enough for us Muslims. - We do not emulate the Christians and their Pope in any which way. How abnormal or normal would I be considered if I had a bunch of law books lying in my shelf and even after never having formally studied Law, I began to claim that I was equipped in matters of law because now I had the authentic books????

And just for the record I would like to clarify: Taqleed of the four Imam-e-Fiqh is not obligatory if one is himself well equipped with the formal knowledge of Islamic Jurisprudence, and is a master of the Tafseer and the Hadith (Muffasir-e-Quran and Muhadith), thereupon one may derive ones own Islamic law and practice it. But he will still not be considered authentic enough that others should do his Taqleed. And Allah-SWT knows best!

... In conclusion: I read a book that a friend shared with me sometime back, called "The Devils Deception" there was a part in there which I want to mention here ... page 9: Any comprehensive study of Shi'ism has to include the Khawaarij, because to a large degree the Shi'ite deviation represents an extreme reaction to the extremes of the Khawaarij. The Khawaarij declared 'Alee(RAU) ibn Abee Taalib to be a Coffer (disbeliever) and the Shi'ite elevated him and some of his descendants to the leval of demi-gods. Meanwhile mainstream Islaam, often referred to as Sunni Islaam, considers him to be neither a coffer nor a demi-god, but one of the greatest companions of the Prophet (SAAW), and the fourth of the Righteous Caliphs (RAU). No serious historical study of the Shee'ah could be considered complete without a look at what it gave birth to, the ultra-deviant sects of the Baatineeyah. page 26: The arbitration was subsequently delayed till the month of Ramadaan.During this period, the very validity of men deciding something which lay in Allaah's jurisdiction, was questioned by one of 'Alee's followers by the name of 'Urwah ibn Uthainah39 who said, "Judgement belongs only to Allaah." When 'Alee turned his army away from the plain of Siffeen and entered Kufah, about twelve thousand of his followers did not enter the city with him. Instead, they camped at the town of Harooraa4 0 and raised their voices in unison reciting the slogan, 'Judgement belongs only to Allaah!'This incident marks the first appearance of the Khawaarij as a sectarian movement. They subsequently appointed Shuaib4 1 ibn Rib'ee at-Tameemee as their Ameer for battle, and 'Abdullaah ibn al-Kawwaa al-Yashkaree as their Ameer for Salaah. These Khawaarij were initially very pious and meticulous about the performance of the various acts of worship. *However, their belief that they were more knowledgeable than the Prophet's (SAAW) companion

(RAU), 'Alee (RAU) ibn Abee Taalib, became the basis of a terrible sickness which afflicted them and led them astray. you can read the rest of it yourself, however I shall share you the catastrophic and detrimental result of this blaphemous audaciousness of these cursed men: page 34: Muhammad ibn Sa'd reported from his teachers that three Khaarijites, 'Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Muljam, al-Burak ibn 'Abdillaah and 'Amr ibn Bakr at-Tameemee, gathered in Makkah and pledged to kill 'Alee-RAU,65 Mu'aawiyah and 'Amr ibn al-'Aas respectively and not betray one another. Ibn Muljam went to Kufah and on the appointed night when 'Alee left his house to lead the early morning prayers (Salaah al-Fajr), he struck him a vicious blow on the forehead which penetrated to his brain. 66 'Alee-RAU cried out to the people not to let him escape and they caught him. When Umm Kulthoom-RAU 67 screamed at him, 'Oh enemy of Allaah, you have killed the Ameer al-Mumineen-RAU wrongly, he replied, 'Cry then.' He then went on to say, 'I poisoned my sword, so if he survives me, I pray that Allaah banishes him and destroys him.' So when 'AleeRAU died, Ibn Muljam was brought out to be executed and even though Abdullaah ibn Ja'far cut off both of his hands and feet, he did not cry out or speak. Next both of his eyes were pierced by red hot nails, but he still did not cry out. Instead he began to recite Soorah al-'Alaq: Read in the name of your Lord who created mankind from a leach-like clot - and he finished it while blood flowed from his eye-sockets. However, when a section of his tongue was burned, he cried out and when asked why he did so at this point, he replied, 'I hate to die in this world with other than Allaah's remembrance on my tongue.' Looking at the skin on his forehead one could see brownness; the effects of constant prostration in prayer - may Allaah curse him! .... My point here is this: that during those times, after the Holy Prophet-SAAW, the pious Sahabi-RAU and that too the Khulfa-e-Rashideen, faced people such who decide to go against them and declare themselves as being more authentic. And in their actions, they were very staunch in their worships and presentation. Yet the arrogance they harboured inside their hearts was such that they were audacious enough to declare their knowledge superior to that of the Sahabi-RAU. Nowadays we do that with the Khair-ul-Quroon. But the fact remains that this act is the one that made Satan become the accursed one. It was his arrogance in his own knowledge that made him undermine the status of Hazrat Adam-AS, to the extent of defying Allah-SWT's Command. The fact of the matter is that the Quran clearly states the reason for satan's defiance to prostrate before Adam-AS, however had his reason been solely that no-one other than Allah-SWT should be prostrated before, even then he would have been the accursed one, since no one has the right to pick and choose the commands of Allah-SWT

and decide as per his own whim and will how and where they apply! When Allah-SWT commands us to do something, we look at the Prophet-SAAW (and his-SAAW's Companions-RAU and their CompanionsRUA and their Companions-RUA) as to how and where that Command is applied and we comply and adhere to it as immaculately as we can, with utmost sincerity in our hearts. Allah-SWT knows best! And may He-SWT rightly guide us, even if we have the slightest sincerity towards Allah-SWT, the Prophet-SAAW, the Sahaba-RAU, the Khulfa-e-Rashideen-RUA and Islam, in our hearts. Aameen (for Islam would have never survived in its pure and pristine form if it were not for the efforts, sacrifices and dedication of the khair-ul-Quroon) May Allah-SWT bless them all. Aameen I have more or less read the claims made by these salafis on the provided links. They are preposterous to say the least and exceptionally audacious at most. I have found similarity in their behavior, debates and their beliefs with those of Jews, Khwarij and the Shiites. The Jews disregarded and undermined the ProphetAS. The Khwarij and Shiites did the same with the Sahaba-RAU, the Salafis do the same with the Khairul-Quroon-RUA and the pious predecesors. All of them claim to be more authentic and more ardent followers of Allah-SWT and uphold themselves as the chosen authentic true beloveds of Allah-SWT. I find in my dealing over the years with them, the same two-faced bigotry.

I find them focusing mainly on their outward following and practices of their religions and that too more so publically. I find that privately or in their homes they live dual lives, with their main focus being on creating public impressions of authenticity. For example one would not find TVs in their lounge, but one would find them hidden away in their bedrooms. I find many of them running dual internet accounts on public platforms, either a fake one for their un-Islamic activities or a fake one for preaching. I have found them to lie at their convenience, even in matters pertaining to deen just to uphold their arguments. They make light to undermining the khair-ul-Quroon, yet when anyone of the scholars they accept as authentic is undermined, they would cut throat. What is OK for them, is not OK for others. I find them judgmental and hardened of heart. They are quick to point fingers at others and engage in long extensive arguments and almost invariably redundantly repeating over and over again the same lines they have been brain washed / indoctrinated with. They are quick to assume everyone else is bound for hell whereas they are the only ones worthy of receiving Allah-SWTs mercy. I find in their beliefs, behaviour and arguments like those of the Qadiyani's or any of these similar people or groups who wish to distort the teachings and interpretation of the Quran and Sunnah to propagate their own heretic beliefs for vested interests. May Allah-SWT protect us from these ever forming new fitnas. Aameen!

The matter of these salafis is similar to: 'A serious doubt of pharmacists' - if a poison has an expiry date, would it become more poisonous or less?

I would like to highlight and anyone can go and look this up, the salafis tamper with religious texts and books in matters of Tassawuff and Taqleed. The two things which, if one removes, there is no way left to keep a Muslim safe from the satanic whispering of self-love, arrogance and conceit!

Surah Az-Zumar (39:22-23) Is one whose breast Allah has opened [wide with willingness] to Islam, so that he is illumined by a light [that flows] from his Sustainer [follows a Light from Allah], [no better than or be likened to the blind and deaf of heart, one hardened of heart]? Woe to those whose hearts are hardened against the [dhikr] remembrance of Allah. They are manifestly wandering [in error]! Allah bestows [Light, inspiration, revelation] from on high the best of all teachings [manifest] in the shape of a divine writ [the Quran] fully consistent within itself, repeating each statement [of the truth] in manifold forms [a divine writ] whereat shiver [tremble, vibrate] the skins of all, who stand in awe of their Sustainer: Then their skins and their hearts do soften with the remembrance [dhikr] of Allah. Such is Allahs guidance: HE guides therewith him that wills [to be guided] whereas he whom Allah lets go astray can never find any guide.

I know the teachings of the Salafis and their redundant arguments, all I can say is, that May Allah-SWT protect all earnest and sincere Muslims from falling victim to them and falling into their trap. Aameen! If there is an iota of truth and khuloos in us may Allah-SWT guide us to the true and authentic Islam and bless us with the taufeeq to engage in constant zikr-Allah. Aameen!

Your (Muhammad's s.a.w) duty is only to convey (the Message) ..." [3:20] " The Messenger's (Muhammad's s.a.w) duty is nothing but to convey ..." [5:99] "... Your (Muhammad's s.a.w) duty is nothing but to convey (the Message) ..." [42:48] I have done my duty ... you may believe what you wish. JazakAllah Khair