Mashriqi and his Works

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Q: What do the Deobandi Ulama say about Allama Mashriqi and his tafseer?

According to the Ulama, Inaayatullah Mashriqi held and propagated kufr beliefs. So he and those of his followers with the same beliefs are Kaafir.

Many Ulama have written against him, refuting his Kufr beliefs. (Fataawa Mahmoodiyah V4 P480/481). 

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Friendship with Ahmadis

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Q: Is it permissible to be friends with another Muslim from a different sect, in this case an Ahmadi?   

A: Ahmadis are not Muslim. If the friendship is to invite him towards true Islam, then it is okay. It must not happen that a person gets influenced by the Ahmadi.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Imam Mahdi according to Sunnis and Shias

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Q: A friend of mine says that when an Imaam speaks about Imaam Mahdi then it is Shiasm. Can you please clarify the difrennce between Sunnis and Shias on Imaam Mahdi.

When a Sunni speaks about Imam Mahdi, he refers to the person mentioned in the hadith of the Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, as mentioned in Ibni Majah and Abu Dawood. He will be born towards the end of the world and will establish justice on earth. Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam gave certain signs which will herald the arrival of this great Imam as well as a detailed description of him. The Ahadeeth on this issue leave no room for rejecting or even doubting the coming of Imam Mahdi. Neither do the facts leave us in the dark as to recognising this great Imam when he eventually does arrive.

The Mahdi whom the Shias refer to is Muhammad al-Mahdi, the so-called twelfth Imam, who was born in 869 CE and was supposedly hidden by God at the age of five (874 CE). They believe he is still alive but has been in hiding, awaiting the time for his return. They believe that when Imam Mahdi was five years old, he fled from his enemies and went to hide in a cave in the city of Samarra, Iraq. He is still hiding in that cave till this very day, according to Shia Doctrine.

So there is a huge difference between the true Mahdi spoken of in authentic ahadeeth, and the Mahdi of the Shias, who exists only as a figment of their imagination.

And Allah knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

Belief Regarding the Arsh

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Q: What is the Shariah-stance according to the ahanaaf regarding the salafi belief of Almighty Allah and the Arsh (Throne)?

Salafi is the name of a group who emerged during the last century. This group does not follow one particular math-hab but will take from each math-hab whatever appeals to them. The name Salafi comes from the word Salaf which means pious predecessors and refers to the great Imams of former times during the period after the Sahaaba, such as Imam Maalik, Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Ahmed bin Hambal, etc.

They believe that it is not necessary to follow one particular math-hab, and that one should follow the math-hab that has the strongest daleel or proof. Another aspect of the Salafi sect is their interpretation of certain Special Attributes of Allah Ta’aala. For example, they will interpret the Hand or Face of Allah in a literal way but without attributing to Him the physical qualities of the creation. Likewise, they believe that Allah Ta’aala is on His Arsh (Throne) in a literal sense but without the physical location and place that are attributes of creation. Salafis do not accept that these Attributes of Allah can be interpreted in a metaphorical or figurative way. This is the major difference between us and them. We believe these Attributes of Allah cannot be applied in a literal sense and that only Allah knows its meaning, as former Scholars have stated, or that it is permissible to describe these Attributes in a figurative way that ordinary Muslims can easily understand but without taking away the essence and main application of such Attributes. This is a view taken by latter Scholars and is a valid position. Some Salafis strictly condemn taqleed or following of math-habs.

These views of the Salafi are incorrect and baseless, and in various publications we have refuted and answered their beliefs. It is essential to read our writings in order to fully understand the falsity of Salafi views. If you would like to read these publications, write to us providing a postal address. We will post them to you free of charge.

Mufti Siraj Desai

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 February 2011 16:02

Clarification on the Murabitun Movement

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In an earlier answer pertaining to the nature and origin of the Murabitun group it was stated that this group regarded non-Muslim countries as Darul-Harb or enemy territory, as a result of which they consider it permissible to loot and rob in these countries. Subsequent to this answer, we have had communication from Imam Abdus-Samad Clark of the UK, who we believe is one of the senior members and leaders of the Muribitun. He has provided us with references to dispel this belief and has made it very clear that the Muribitun do not subscribe to the belief or view that all non-Muslim countries are Darul-Harb. Our statement in this regard was taken from the activities and pronouncements of a former South African member of the Murabitun, who has since been expelled from the group. This particular individual engaged in criminal activities in the name of the Muribitun whilst serving as an Imam locally. In the process, he disseminated the view that these activities were consistent with Muribitun belief and practice. Later, the Murabitun leadership expelled him from their midst and withdrew his membership We, therefore, reiterate that it is not the Muribitun policy to promote or support criminal activities in any non-Muslim country and we unequivocally retract this aspect of our fatwa.

Imam Abdus-Samad has also conveyed to us that the Murabitun believe in the importance of pardah and hijaab and ensure that females are separated from the males in their gatherings. In this regard, we have accepted the Imam’s information in good faith.

As for the other issues mentioned in the fatwa , they still stand. On that our stance remains unchanged.

And Allah knows best.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 October 2010 01:26

Status of Shias

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Q: Are the Shia raafidah sect declared kuffar (disbelievers)?
A: Shias are kaafiers (disbelievers) because they reject the present Quran, claiming that it is incomplete, they insult Abubakr and Umar (radhiyallahu anhuma), and they slander Our Mother Ayesha (radhiyallahu anhaa). These and many other kufr beliefs are quite clearly mentioned in the Shia books. In the slander of Hazrat Ayesha radhiyallahu anhaa, they reject clear and categorical verses of the Holy Quran. There can be no doubt in the kufr (disbelief) of such people.
Allah Ta'ala protect our iemaan till the last breath, aameen
Mufti Siraj Desai

Murabitun Movement

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Q: Please could I have a view and opinion on the Murabitun movement?
A. The Murabitun is a sect that claims to belong to the Shadhili/Qaadiri spiritual order, yet the activities and beliefs of this sect do not conform to the true Qaadiri Soofies, as is mentioned further on.

This group was founded by one Abdul-Qaadir “soofi” a man of Scottish origin who converted to Islam and set up base in Morocco, which is where the adherents of this sect are predominantly found.

They are Maliki in Math-hab.

The Murabitun believe in the establishment of the “khilafat” and declare non-Muslim countries as Darul-Harb or War Territory. This gives them a free licence to rob and pillage the belongings of the Kuffaar. This is contrary to true Islamic belief and was never the view of the pious predecessors. 

They believe in the hadhara, or a form of zhikr in which they twirl, dance, and whirl. In this gathering men and woman intermingle. Some women are not even properly clad. The senior people in this group trim their beards to less than the fist length, another act that is totally Haraam.

The above is all we know about the Murabitun, but is enough to make one realise that this is one of the many deviant sects that are outside the fold of the Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’ah, though they are still Muslims. The activities mentioned above are contrary to Shari'ah.

And Allah knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

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