ANY good thing in the world can be abused, deliberately or unwillingly. Almost in all Muslim countries, the parable of the little boy who tried to outsmart his teacher is popular. Perhaps a lot of the western Muslim “scholars” are not aware of this parable, but it is suggested they come to grip with it.
It is about a little boy who didn’t prepare for his exams and answered every question on his exam by “Allah knows best” thinking that since it is definitely the right answer, the teacher would be forced to give him a full 100. There is no way the teacher would argue against “Allah knows best” or say that it is wrong to say it, thought the little boy. The teacher gave him a zero saying that he will ask Allah for all the answers and that the boy deserved no marks at all for he knew nothing [of the subject].
A lot of so-called “scholars” of our times also work with the smartness of this little boy. When asked by innocent new Muslims if christians and jews shall be punished everlastingly in the inferno, just like this smart little boy, they too answer with “Allah knows best”. Only they don’t do it to outsmart someone, but rather they do it to plant doubts into people’s minds or to please their kafir masters.
There can be only three possibilities for their answering with “Allah knows best” in such cases:
1- They do not want to upset their disbeliever brothers and sisters by saying that the Quran promises everlasting damnation to anyone who doesn’t accept Islam.
2 – Perhaps they are themselves doubtful of Allah’s Promises & Warnings explicitly stated in the Quran
3 – They wish to plant doubt into the hearts and minds of innocent Muslims and corrupt their faiths.
Of course “Allah knows best” about everything. There isn’t a quark in the universe that He doesn’t know about. But Allah has also revealed the Quran to us and informed us of His Commandments and Promises through His Messenger ﷺ.
There isn’t a truth greater than the shahadah – Allah is the One & Only God of everything, and our Master Muhammad ﷺ is the slave and Messenger of Allah.
And yet, the Quran calls the hypocrites as LIARS, despite uttering the blessed truth that our Master Muhammad ﷺ is Allah’s Messenger:
إِذَا جَاءَكَ الْمُنَافِقُونَ قَالُوا نَشْهَدُ إِنَّكَ لَرَسُولُ اللَّهِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ إِنَّكَ لَرَسُولُهُ وَاللَّهُ يَشْهَدُ إِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ لَكَاذِبُونَ
اتَّخَذُوا أَيْمَانَهُمْ جُنَّةً فَصَدُّوا عَن سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّهُمْ سَاءَ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ
Translation of meaning: When the hypocrites appear before you, they say, ‘we testify you are Allah’s Messenger’; and Allah knows that you are His Messenger; and Allah testifies that the hypocrites are liars. They rendered their oaths as shields so as to stop from Allah’s path; indeed they commit evil deeds. [Holy Quran 63:1-2]
Any Muslim is smart enough to draw an analogy between the hypocrites mentioned in the verses and the state of some modern “scholars”.
The hypocrites of then abused for evil purposes, the TRUTHFUL declaration of the faith, and because of their evil intentions towards His Beloved Messenger and Islam, Allah declared them LIARS. The hypocrites of today are no different.
A Muslim is someone who communicates the Commandments and Promises and Warnings of Allah honestly, as has been revealed in the Book & Sunnah; not someone who succumbs to political correctness and plants doubts in peoples minds, and prevents people from the path of Allah.
To expose their hypocrisy, try these 3 questions with them to see if they still come back with “Allah knows best”:
Is Mr. XYZ your father? [See if they respond with “Allah knows best” despite the answer being completely right]
Do you work on the payrolls of the enemies of Islam? [Again, the answer “Allah knows best” is right, but see if they respond with it!]
Are you a well-wisher of Islam or an enemy of Islam? [Let them respond with “Allah knows best” here too.]
Do note that there is no Divine Revelation on the answers to any of the above 3 questions, so it is only more fairer and more apt to use “Allah knows best” in answer to the above questions.
On the contrary for Allah’s Promises and Warnings, and whom He defines as Muslim or kafir – these are EXPLICITLY taught to us by Divine Revelation making them an ABSOLUTE certainty!
The ‘aqidah of the Ahlus Sunnah on who will be punished in the inferno and for how long, as stated in the Quran, Hadiith, teachings of sahaba, and the ijma’ of the scholars:
1. Sinful Muslims of the Ahlus Sunnah – for a temporary period of time to chastise them of their sins.
2. Those ahlul bid’ah (people of innovation) of the Muslims whose beliefs were somewhat corrupt and misled, but NOT to the extent of them becoming kafir – for a temporary period of time to chastise them of their sins and corrupt beliefs are a greater sin than corrupt actions.
3. ALL kafirs – whether they are those ahlul bid’ah whose beliefs became corrupt to the extent of them becoming kafirs (like the isma’ilis and alevis for instance); or other kafirs like christians, jews, atheists, buddhists etc. who heard the Prophet’s name and his call to worship Allah alone – they shall stay in the inferno unceasingly, for ever, their punishment shall neither be lessened, nor shall they ever leave the inferno, there shall be NO intercessors for them either – the Quran says this in black and white.
We pray to Allah to grant us a life on Iman and a death on Iman, and to let us be benefitted by His Beloved Messenger’s intercession on the day of judgment. Aamiin bi hurmati Nabiyyihil ameen.