The Kufr of Not “Blindly Following”

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Kufr

The Kufr of Not “Blindly Following” (Pdf)

(Taqleed and Akhir al Zaman)

I have taken this book down temporarily to correct some minor mistakes, it will be up again soon insha Allah.

The Prophet (saws) established in a number of narration’s that we should stick to the main body of the Ummah: “My community will not come together on misguidance.”; “A group of my community will continue on truth until the coming of the Hour.”; “Whoever leaves the community or separates himself from it by the length of a span, dies the death of the Jahiliyya (period of kufr prior to Islam).”;”You have to follow the congregation for verily Allah will not make the largest group of Muhammad’s community agree on error.”; “Whoever among you wants to be in the middle of Paradise, let him cling to the congregation.”; “Shaytan is a wolf like the wolf that preys on sheep, taking the isolated and the stray among them; therefore, avoid factionalism and keep to the congregation and the collective and the masjid.”; “Verily Allah has protected my Community from agreeing upon error.”; “Allah’s hand is over the group, and whoever dissents from them departs to hell.”; “Allah’s hand is over the group, follow the largest group, for verily whoever dissents from them departs to hell.” Continue reading

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Imam Abu Hanifah and the Roman Envoy

One day, the ruler of Rome at the time sent an envoy to Baghdad with three challenges for the Muslims. When the messenger reached the city, he informed the khalîfah that he had three questions which he challenged the Muslims to answer.

The khalîfah gathered together all the scholars of the city and the Roman messenger climbed upon a high platform and said, “I have come with three questions. If you answer them, then I will leave with you a great amount of wealth which I have brought from the king of Rome.” As for the questions, they were: “What was there before Allâh?” “In which direction does Allâh face?” “What is Allâh engaged in at this moment?”

The great assembly of people were silent. In the midst of these brilliant scholars and students of Islam was a man looking on with his young son. “O my dear father!

I will answer him and silence him!” said the youth. So the boy sought the permission of the khalîfah to give the answers and he was given the permission to do so.

The Roman addressed the young Muslim and repeated his first question, “What was there before Allâh?”

The boy asked, “Do you know how to count?”

“Yes,” said the man.

“Then count down from ten!” So the Roman counted down, “ten, nine, eight, …” until he reached “one” and he stopped counting

“But what comes before ‘one’?” asked the boy.

“There is nothing before one-that is it!” said the man. “Well then, if there obviously is nothing before the arithmetic ‘one’, then how do you expect that there should be anything before the ‘One’ who is Absolute Truth, All-Eternal, Everlasting the First, the Last, the Manifest, the Hidden?”

Now the man was surprised by this direct answer which he could not dispute. So he asked, “Then tell me, in which direction is Allâh facing?”

“Bring a candle and light it,” said the boy, “and tell me in which direction the flame is facing.” “But the flame is just light- it spreads in each of the four directions, North, South, East and West. It does not face any one direction only,” said the man in wonderment. The boy then said, “Then if this physical light spreads in all four directions such that you cannot tell me which way it faces, then what do you expect of the Nûr-us-Samâwâti -wal-’Ard: Allâh – the Light of the Heavens and the Earth!? Light upon Light, Allâh’s Light encompasses all directions at all times.”

The Roman was stupefied and astounded that here was a young child answering his challenges in such a way that he could not argue against the
proofs. So, he desperately wanted to try his final question. But before doing so, the boy said,

“Wait! You are the one who is asking the questions and I am the one who is giving the answer to these challenges. It is only fair that you should come down to where I am standing and that I should go up where you are right now, in order that the answers may be heard as clearly as the questions.” This seemed reasonable to the Roman, so he came down from where he was standing and the boy ascended the platform. Then the man repeated his final challenge, “Tell me, what is Allâh doing at this moment?” Continue reading