Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam
October 20, 2014
As is widely approved fact that Takfir of
any Muslim unless he himself openly declares his unbelief is forbidden in
Islam. The Taliban ideologue Mr. Kaashif Ali al-Kheri, however, in the July
2014 issue of “Nawa-e-Afghan Jihad” magazine, vehemently applied the labels
‘Kufr’ and ‘apostasy’ to all those Pakistani Muslims who supported and
described the Zarb-e-Azb operation as a Jihad against Talibani terrorism.
Moreover, he rendered force-fitted legitimacy to kill all these ‘Kuffar’ and
‘apostates’ of Pakistan. Thus, he shamelessly violated not only the divine commands
of the Qur’an and Hadith in each of their different miraculous meanings;
metaphorical, literal, specific and general etc, but also of all the four major
schools of thoughts in Islamic Jurisprudence.
The Talibani ideologue, Mr. Kaashif Ali
al-Kheri posed a severe threat to do more future attacks on
mainstream/Sufi-minded Muslims of Pakistan whom the Talibani ideologue thinks
are a “group of polytheists”. It should be noted here that the so-called Jihad
of Terrorist organizations like ISIL, Tahreek-e-Taliban, Al-Qaeda etc are to
kill these Sufi-minded Muslims, demolish the Islamic cultural heritage;
shrines, graves and holy places. They do it under the false pretext of
Takfirism leading to severe violence and merciless genocide.
According to Mr. Kaashif, it is allowed to
kill nearly all Pakistani Muslims, because they are ‘Kuffar’ and ‘apostates’.
His rushing to call Sufi-minded Muslims Kaafir and thus giving Justification to
kill them greatly violates Islam. It is repeatedly said that let alone Muslims
or Sufi-minded Muslims, killing even non-Muslims is equally forbidden in Islam.
One may ask why terrorist organizations
like Taliban are engaged in targeted killings of non-Wahhabi or Sufi-Minded
Muslims in Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Mali, Syria and
Turkey etc. The response can be better understood in the following statements.
Ibn Abdul Wahhab is the root of Taliban
Maulana Shaykhu-l-Islam Ahmad Zayni Dahlan,
Chief Mufti of Mecca (d.1886) (RA) writes in his essay “Fitna ul Wahhabiyyah”
(The menace of Wahhabism):
“What Ibn 'Abdul-Wahhab's father, brother,
and Shaykhs speculated about him came true. Ibn Abdul Wahhab created deviant
and misleading ways and beliefs and managed to allure some ignorant people to
follow him. His deviant and misleading ways and beliefs disagreed with the
sayings of the scholars of Islam. His deviant beliefs led him to label the
believers as blasphemers! He falsely declared visiting the grave of the Prophet
(peace be upon him) and performing the Tawassul by him as polytheism.
Additionally, he falsely claimed visiting the graves of other prophets and
righteous Muslims (Auliya’) and performing Tawassul by them was shirk
(polytheism) as well. He added to this by saying, "To call upon the
Prophet (peace be upon him) when performing Tawassul by the Prophet is
shirk." He passed the same judgment of shirk on the ones who call upon
other prophets and righteous Muslims (Auliya’) in performing Tawassul by them.
"In an effort to give credibility to
his innovations Ibn 'Abdul-Wahhab embellished his sayings by quotations which
he selected from Islamic sources, i.e., quotations which are used as proofs for
many issues but not the issues which Ibn 'Abdul-Wahhab attempting to support.
He brought false statements and tried to beautify them for the laymen until
they followed him. He wrote treatises for them until they believed that most of
the People of Tawhid (believers in oneness of God) were blasphemers.”
Such were the ideologies that divided
Muslims to a large extent. Hence the extremism, radicalization and every
possible coercive ways began sweeping across the world. It happened so, because
Ibn Abdul Wahhab declared all non-Wahhabi Muslims to be polytheists and called
upon his followers to wage ‘Jihad’ against non-Muslims and as well as all
Following in the footsteps of Ibn Abdul
Wahhab, the Talibani ideologue, Mr. Kaashif Ali accused Sufi-minded and
non-Wahhabi Muslims of being ‘Kuffar’ and thus gave force-fitted justification
to kill them. Sufi-Minded scholars, like
Imam Ahmed Raza known as Ala Hazrat (RA), refuted false ideologues like Ibn
Abdul Wahhab and Ismael Delhavi who described majority mainstream Muslims as
‘Mushrik’. Hence, the majority Muslims are still Muslims. Thus, calling them ‘Kuffar’
was and is still a violation of Islam. As for killing them, it is more
violation of Islam.
The moment we look into the primary sources
of Islam; the Qur'an and Ahadith, we find scores of holy verses and sayings of
the Prophet (peace be upon him), which strictly forbid killing Muslims.
The holy Qur’an forbids killing a believer
Allah Almighty says:
“And those who hurt the believing men and
the believing women without their doing anything (wrong), surely, they bear
(themselves) the burden of a false allegation and an open sin” (33:58)
“Whoever kills a person [unjustly], except
as a punishment for murder or [as a prescribed punishment for spreading]
disorder in the land, it is as if he killed all of humanity” (The holy
The word ‘Nafs’ used in this verse is
equally applied to Muslims and non-Muslims. Thus, unjust killing of any human
being, no matter what religion he follows, is forbidden. Therefore, killing any
non-Wahhabi Muslim is a sin as grave as killing the whole of humanity.
The Qur’an also says:
“And do not kill the soul whose (killing)
Allah has forbidden, except when it is rightfully due (according to law in
self-defence against disruption and whilst combating terrorism). It is these
(injunctions) He has enjoined upon you so that you may apply reason”. (6:151)
Allah Almighty forbids a community to
ridicule another community:
“O believers! Let no community ridicule
another community. It is likely that they may be better than those (who
Killing Muslims is forbidden (Haram) in
Let us ponder over the following Ahadith:
"Abusing a Muslim is Fusuq (evil
doing) and killing him is Kufr (disbelief)." (Sahih al-Bukhari Volume 9,
Book 88, Number 197)
How much importance Islam has given to the
life of a believer can be easily perceived that the sanctity of his blood is
greater than that of Ka’ba. Where are the Talibani militants wandering without
Abu Huraira (RA) narrates that Allah's
Messenger (God’s blessing and peace be upon him) said:
“None amongst you should point a weapon
towards his brother, for he does not know that devil (Satan) might cause the
weapon (to slip) from his hand and (he may injure anyone) and thus he may fall
into Hell-Fire” (Sahih Muslim; the Book of Virtue, Good Manners and Joining of the
Ties of Relationship (Kitab Al-Birr was-Salat-I-wa'l-Adab) Imam Hakim (R) narrated this Hadith in 'Al
Mustadrak, Behqi in As Sunan Al Kubra.
The Prophet Muhammad (God’s blessing and
peace be upon him) also said: “He who pointed a weapon towards his brother the
angels invoke curse upon him even if he is his real brother so long as he does
not abandon it (the pointing of weapon towards one's brother Muslim). (Sahih Muslim, Imam Tirmidhi narrates the
same Hadith in As Sunan, Imam Hakim in Al Mustadrak, Imam Bayhaqi in As Sunan
Pointing a weapon like a knife, dagger,
sword, or gun at a Muslim, even in play, is forbidden in Islam. It is strictly
prohibited for a Muslim to frighten another Muslim unnecessarily. This is what
we learn from the Hadith that the angels curse him who points a weapon at
Imam Behaqi in Sunan al-Kubra, Sunan Ibn
Majah, Imam Ar-Rabee in his Musnad have narrates the following Hadith that
forbid to help in killing a Muslim by even a half word:
“Whoever helps in killing a Muslim by even
half a word will be brought on the Day of Judgment with the words ‘hopeless
from the mercy of Allah’ written between his eyes.”
It is narrated that the Prophet (God’s
blessing and peace be upon him) said: “A true Muslim is one from whose tongue
and hands, all other Muslims are safe; And a true believer is one from whom
people’s lives and wealth are secured; And a true Mujahid is one, who subdues
his inner self and forces it into God’s obedience; And a true Muhajir is one,
who leaves everything that God has disapproved. By Him, Who controls my life in
His hand, no such person shall enter Paradise, whose neighbour was not safe
from his transgressions”. (This Hadith has been narrated with minor variations
in Bukhari Shareef, Muslim Shareef, Tirmidhi, Nasai, Abu Daud, Ahmad Ibn
Hambal, Darmi, Ibn Hibban, Bayhaqi, Nasai Sunan al-Kubra, Ibn Abi Shaybah, Abd
al-Razzaq, Abu Ya’la and Humaydi)
Hadrat Abu Hurairah RA narrated that the
Prophet (God’s blessing and Peace be on Him) said: "He who takes up arms
against us is not of us, and he who acts dishonestly towards us is not of
us." (Muslim Shareef Vol.I, p.58)
All the afore-mentioned divine verses and
Ahadith strictly forbid killing Muslims. Thus, we should repeatedly say that
Talibani terrorists have no Islamic basis to kill Muslim brothers. They have no
religious justification to associate themselves with Islam, the Qur’an, Hadith,
Sharia, Jihad or whatever Islamic terms, as their atrocities—mutilation,
beheading, killing innocent lives etc—are giving ill-reputation to Islam and
(To be continued)
A regular columnist and English-Arabic translator for New Age Islam,
Ghulam Ghaus is an Alim and Fazil (Classical Islamic scholar) with a Sufi
background. He has completed the classical Islamic sciences from a Delhi-based
Sufi Islamic seminary Jamia Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Zakir Nagar, New Delhi with
specialization in Tafseer, Hadith and Arabic. He completed his Alimiat and
Fazilat respectively from Jamia Warsia Arabic College, Lucknow and Jamia
Manzar- e- Islam, Bareilly, U.P. He has graduated in Arabic (Hons) and is
pursuing his M.A in Arabic from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
"The righteous shall rejoice
when he sees the vengeance. He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked."
A bloody fetish of God!
"Every one that is found
shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by
the sword. Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes;
their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished."
God and the prophet on rampage. yet he is merciful god!
"Thus saith the LORD of
hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him
in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly
destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman,
infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass."
who says God kills only wrongdoers? poor animals were not spared.
"And that prophet, or that
dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you
away from the LORD your God..." (Deuteronomy
"If thy brother, the son
of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy
friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go
and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers;" (Deuteronomy
"Thou shalt not consent
unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt
thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him;
thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand
of all the people." (Deuteronomy
"Thou shalt surely smite
the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly,
and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword." (Deuteronomy
Just Imagine How the God was boiling in the rage.
"And he smote the men of
Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote
of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented,
because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter." (I
"And Gideon said, Therefore
when the Lord hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will
tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers"
"Now Zebah and Zalmunna
were Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men, all that
were left of all the hosts of the children of the east: for there fell an hundred
and twenty thousand men that drew sword." (Judges
How merciful God is!
"And Israel joined himself
unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. And the
LORD said unto Moses, 'Take all the heads of the people and hang them up before
the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away
from Israel.'" (Numbers
Rational says, "Quran is for some specific people not for masses. it is not the guide for all Muslims." . . .
All Muslims know that God is kind, merciful, forgiving, all-knowing and omnipotent. The basic message of the Quran is, "Do the right thing". All aayats should be seen in that light, especially by those delivering Friday khutbas and teaching in madrasas.
Rational asks, "if the site belongs to modern muslims what classical scholars are doing here?"
Even ex-Muslims post here, so why not traditional Muslims?
Rational says, "if God wants non-believers, apostates and blashphemers to be punished who are modern Muslims to suggest otherwise." . . .
When reading the Quran, the message of the Quran has to be filtered through our deeply felt knowledge that God is kind, merciful, forgiving, all-knowing and omnipotent. This process will save us from literalist interpretations.