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Islams Reformers

The bigotry of the religion reformers or bigots of science who surfaced lately to blame all previous scholars, basic fundamental beliefs or practices

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tag along behind them and accompany them to their disastrous destination. As a matter of fact, thousands of Egyptian youngsters enraptured by Sayyid Qutb’s writings were led to torments in this world and the next. And now, with the apprehension that young people, who thirst for Islamic knowledge, may fall for those heretical and aberrant writings, -or for their all the more exacerbated mistranslations fudged by some false men of religion-, we feel deep pity and sorrow for them. A strange malady is rife among ignorant and incompetent people: maligning the past and animadverting on the ancestry. Wahhâbîs and Sayyid Qutb evince the terminal cases of this malady. “After as-Sahâba, for many centuries Muslims made undestructible barricades between the Qur’ân and life. The Qur’ân became melodies at mihrâb and prayers at graves. Eventually, laying his finger on this great problem of Islam, Sayyid Qutb has written his book Fî dilâl al-Qur’ân,” they say. We would ask them: Who established those Islamic universities which spread the teachings and the light of the Qur’ân over the world and which founded the home of today’s civilization? Our ancestors adapted their lives to the Qur’ân perfectly in knowledge, in jihâd, in science and in morals. Hundreds of thousands of books which they wrote and various Islamic civilizations which they established have been praised in world’s annals. Sayyid Qutb’s followers who make fun of our ancestors’ reciting the Qur’ân for the dead should know well that our Prophet (’alaihi ’s-salâm) commanded to visit graves and to recite the Qur’ân for the dead, and also he himself did so. Our ancestors, in order to obey this command, this sunna, visited the dead and recited the Qur’ân for their souls. Thus they held fast to the Qur’ân and to the Sunna in everything they did. Those who say, “Sayyid Qutb’s book is not a series of narrations,” think that they praise him, while in fact they betray his disgrace, for a religious teaching which is not narrated (riwâya) from Rasûlullah (sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam) or from as Sahâbat al-kirâm is called a “bida’”. It is declared in a hadîth sherîf, “All religious teachings which are not narrated from us but which have been fabled later are bida’.” Another hadîth declares, “No worship of the inventors of bida’ is acceptable. They will go to Hell.” These hadîths clearly show that the followers of Sayyid Qutb are very wrong and that only Ahl as-Sunna will be rescued, for Sayyid Qutb refuses the narrations coming from the Salaf as-Sâlihîn. On the other hand, Ahl as-Sunna hold fast to the narrations which the – 224 –

Salaf as-Sâlihîn broght from Rasûlullah (’alaihi ’s-salâm). It is written in the commentary of al-Birghiwî’s Wasiyyat-nâma, “It is fard for every Muslim to learn the madhhabs of Ahl as-Sunna and the i’tiqâd reported by these scholars and to correct his belief in accordance with it. Everybody should learn this. They should not remain ignorant, for a belief which does not agree with Islam is very harmful. Recently bida’ have spread far and wide. There are very few people left who know the i’tiqâd of Ahl as-Sunnat wa ’l- Jamâ’a. Ignorance has covered the entire world. The words of those scholars whose deeds are suitable with their knowledge are dependable. There are many people who are deprived of knowledge but who have disguised themselves as scholars and become famous. We should not fall for their appearance and fame. There is the famous saying: ‘A semi-religious man will ruin one’s faith; a half doctor will ruin one’s body.’ Recently, many ignorant people using names such as shaikh, ’âlim or murshid have been deceiving Muslims and leading them to heresy. May Allâhu ta’âlâ protect Muslims from believing them! We should beware these heretics very much. We should not follow the books and the words of any person who passes for a religious man, who might cause us to fall into heresy. We should not follow those fatwâs and decisions which have not been derived from fiqh books and which have been given by modernists, and we should look for and find one who knows the matter and ask him and learn the truth of the matter.” Every Muslim should take this advice of Islamic scholars as a warning for himself, come to his senses and should not believe the deceptive advertisements and misleading propagandas of heretical books. It is dismaying to know that there are people who look on Sayyid Qutb’s heretical thoughts as ‘sagacious tafsîrs’. We should hold fast not to the corrupt thoughts produced by Sayyid Qutb but to the teachings which Allâhu ta’âlâ’s Messenger (’alaihi ’s-salâm) understood and conveyed from the Qur’ân and to the real books of tafsîr which the Ahl as-Sunna scholars built up by gathering these teachings. Those who want to attain happiness by sheltering in the shade of the Qur’ân should believe not those books of tafsîr written by this person or that but the correct books of tafsîr written by the Ahl as-Sunna scholars. Those who will make one attain to happiness are not the inheritors of Sayyid Qutb, but they are the Ahl as-Sunna scholars, who are Rasûlullah’s (’alaihi ’s-salâm) inheritors: Sayyid Qutb’s followers say that he was a Shâfi’î. However, – 225 –

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