An increasingly popular allegation against Sunni Muslims, who stand up for Islam against the apostasy of perennialism is:
You are just like the khawarij. You are a takfiiri zealot. You love to kick people out of Islam rather than bring them into Islam.
NUANCED Sunni response:
Actually, you syncretists are just like the khawarij in that you make sweeping generalizations. The khawarij call anyone who doesn’t toe their line as a kafir. You perennialists (and their apologists) on the other hand, say that no one’s a kafir and salvation awaits all those who die outside of Islam, except perhaps your masters lucifer and abu jahl.
We Sunni Muslims follow the example of our Master Abu Bakr radzi Allahu ‘anhu in JUSTLY calling a spade a spade and standing up for Islam. He made takfiir of those who followed false claimants to prophethood as well as those who denied the obligation of zakat. (Note that those people did not just withhold from payment of zakat, rather they outright denied its existence in the Islamic canon. Not acting upon the canon is sinful, but denying the explicitly stated canonical laws is apostasy. For example, even a straight person who believes that homosexuality is not forbidden, is an apostate from Islam, despite not being a homosexual himself, due to the denial of the Islamic canon.)
The khawarij of today follow the example of the khawarij of yore in UNJUSTLY doing takfiir of Muslims for things like sins, or even without sinning. They even made takfiir of our Master ‘Ali radzi Allahu ‘anhu.
For all your song and dance over NUANCES, you blithering perennialist morons do not understand the difference between JUST & UNJUST.
To you perennialists, a surgeon who administers an incision to perform a life saving operation, is the same as a butcher. To you jahil perennialists, both their actions appear the same.
Being Muslims and followers of the TRUE ways of tasawwuf in no way, shape, or form, means that we have abandoned the principles of Islam and made a wanton, free-for-all rampage out of it! It does not mean that we have become pacifists and will look the other way when infidels like you try to trample all over Islam’s glory and dignity.
Coming to the issue of takfiir. We need to have a NUANCED look at who it is done for –
1 – Those who are openly not Muslim – like christians, jews, atheists, hindus, buddhists, etc. – they are indeed kafirs. The SUNNIS indeed call them kafirs. A mufti or qadzi is not required to label a christian as a kafir. Only someone as pathetic as a perennialist and their filthy apologists will insist that it is necessary to hire a mufti to label those outside of Islam as kafirs. Indeed, refraining from calling such people kafirs makes one a kafir himself.
2 – Those who claim to be Muslim, but deny the BASIC, UNIMPEACHABLE aspects of Islam – be it in articles of creed, or in the Islamic canon – upon which there is no difference of opinion whatsoever. No mufti is required to declare takfiir in such cases too for denial of any fundamental and unimpeachable aspect of Islam is kufr as manifest as can be.
Examples of the unimpeachable articles of creed like the existence of angels, the finality of prophethood at our Master Muhammad ﷺ, the completeness of the Quran, and all the other inalienable core articles of Islamic creed. Examples of matters clearly, explicitly, and unambiguously stated in the Islamic canon (Sharii’ah) like the obligation of salah 5 times a day, the stipulated number of rak’ahs in salah, the prohibition of adultery, the prohibition of homosexuality, or saying or doing something that only a kafir can do like wearing a cross or disparaging our Master RasulAllah ﷺ, or denying explicit verses of the Quran.
In some cases (not all), exceptions can be made here for new Muslims who are still learning about Islam. For example, a very new Muslim may not be aware that there are 4 rak’ahs in the noon (Zdhuhr) and afternoon (‘Asr) prayers and might appear to deny it when in reality he/she is in a learning phase and what appears to be denial is just a result of confusion in the learning phase. However, even a new Muslim is fully aware of the prohibition of homosexuality in Islam, and someone who denies this prohibition and tries to make a case that it is acceptable in the Islamic tradition, then such a person is a filthy kafir outside of Islam.
3 – Those who claim to be Muslim, but their beliefs, words and actions are open to interpretation, wherein it needs to be ascertained if they have really denied any of the very fundamental & unimpeachable aspects of creed or the Islamic canon, or not. It is ONLY in such cases where a mufti or a qadzi is required to declare takfir or lack of it and common Muslims should resort to silence.
We Sunni Muslims WILL NOT & SHOULD NOT fall for this idiotic emotional blackmail by the perennialists and their apologists, all of whom work for the enemies of Islam.
Furthermore, the perennialists work with the same kind of sweeping generalizations that the kharijis work with.
To the wahabis and kharijis, anything that comes out of a “Sufi’s” mouth is by default assumed to be false. The same is the case with the perennialists – to them, any and every takfir is wrong and the way of the khawarij.
It is WE SUNNI MUSLIMS, who look at the NUANCE of the matter – that everything needs to be weighed on the scales of the Sharii’ah.
Just because someone is a khariji, it doesn’t mean that any and everything he says will be deemed to be wrong.
If a khariji says that homosexuality is forbidden in Islam and sodomy is punishable by capital punishment in Islamic law, then his saying so is certainly correct because such is proven from the Quran and Sunnah. If a khariji calls christians and jews as kafirs, then only a perennialist infidel will insist that he is wrong or throw in the ‘takfiri zealot’ comment.
Likewise for the khawarij, their inflated egos have a habit of a) saying something that they wish to say to suit their perverted fancies, and then twist and deny Islamic proofs only to prove themselves right; and b) only look at who is saying something rather than weighing it in the scales of the Sharii’ah, so if something is uttered by any real or perceived “Sufi”, they must spare no efforts in trying to prove it wrong.
The khawarij work for their ego and nafs, and their sayings and actions are dictated by the “how best can I satisfy my nafs and prove my flight of fancy right” guideline.
The perennialists and their apologists, and the false sufis work for shaytan and their sayings and actions are dictated by the “how best can I satisfy the christians, jews, hindus, atheists, etc.” guideline.
No doubt, to REAL Muslims and REAL Sufis, BOTH the nafs and shaytan are sworn enemies and we must oppose BOTH.
Proper Ash’ari & Maturidi Sunnis following a path of REAL tasawwuf, please remember this NUANCE as a rule of thumb:
khawarij & wahabis – followers of nafs and ego
perennialists, false sufis and their ‘interfaith dialog’ apologists – followers of shaytan and kafirs
Orthodox Sunni Sufis have written entire books on apostasy, in order to safeguard Muslims’ faiths. We follow the teachings of our Master RasulAllah ﷺ and his blessed and noble companions, our masters the Sahaba.
We know the NUANCED difference between JUST & UNJUST.
Indeed, we will NEVER shy away from doing JUST TAKFIR for violating inalienable and unimpeachable core fundamentals of Islamic creed and canon – just as our Master Abu Bakr radzi Allahu ‘anhu did takfiir of those who denied the obligation of zakat.
We do not ‘like to kick people out of Islam’. Islam is clearly defined by Allah and His Messenger ﷺ. We say clearly what makes one a Muslim and what makes one a kafir. We do not make a mockery of Islam by abandoning its basic precepts and principles.
The perennialist enemies of Islam can burn in their rage and keep throwing their pathetic comments about “adab” and “you’re a takfiri zealot”. It does not bother us Muslims.
In sha Allah ‘Nuances – Part 3’ will further ruffle perennialist feathers.