shaytan posing as Shaykh
According to Imam Ghazali’s Kimya-e-Sa’adat, the “scholar” who gives ignorant people hope and renders them fearless from Allah’s ‘adhab, is squarely a representative of the shaytan.
The person who listens to such shayateen is a bigger destitute than the heedless person.
To give an analogy used by the great Imam Ghazali, a heedless person is like a destitute bum sleeping on the street. However, a person poisoned by the lectures and discourses of such shayateen is as if this heedless bum has been woken up, given an overdose of intoxicating drugs, and then thrown back on the streets to sleep therein. In the latter condition, he is worse than in the former condition. As bad as the former condition was, he could have been awakened by people, were they to call on him. However, in the latter condition he will be lying on the street wallowing in garbage and even if people repeatedly kick his head, he shall not come out of his state of inebriation and drunkenness.
The person who listens to such shayateen will only come out worse from their gatherings, like the homeless bum who would only become worse if he was drugged.
He will have no fear of the akhirah in his heart. On the contrary, when people will warn him, he will say rubbish like:
– Allah is ar-Raheem and al-Kareem. You really think my sins will harm Him?
– Allah’s jannah is abundantly expansive and it can accommodate me and others like me.
The lecturer (or writer) who programs this kind of lack of fear into people’s minds is actually a jahil and a shaytan.
His example is that of an idiot doctor who prescribes the cooling treatment for a patient of heat stroke to a patient of hypothermia, and he administers the warming treatment of hypothermia to a patient of heatstroke!
If he is picked up on it, and asked why he administered the cooling down heatstroke treatment to a patient of hypothermia who requires warming up – being the arrogant moron he is, he will say “it is a treatment”. Of course, it’s “a” treatment! But for who?
Then we must know that indeed the ayahs of the Quran and the ahadith of our beloved Master Rasulullah, sal Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, that offer hope, they are indeed a cure, no doubts about it, but it must be remembered that they are a cure mainly for those diseased people who have committed too many sins and are shamed of them, and they lose hope in the mercy of Allah thinking that the stack of their sins is too high to be forgiven.
Indeed, the ayah 53 of Surah Zumar
قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ
Translation of meaning: Say: O my slaves who have transgressed against their souls, despair you not from the Mercy of Allah; indeed, Allah forgives all sins and indeed He is al-Ghafoor al-Raheem.
is a cure for such a person PROVIDED that it is recited by the immediately following ayah 54 of the same surah:
وَأَنِيبُوا إِلَى رَبِّكُمْ وَأَسْلِمُوا لَهُ مِن قَبْلِ أَن يَأْتِيَكُمُ الْعَذَابُ ثُمَّ لَا تُنصَرُونَ
Translation of meaning: And turn you to your Lord, and surrender to Him, before the ‘adhab (wrath) comes to you, you shall find no help thenceforth.
The above is not a 100% full on translation but a very accurate message of what Imam Ghazali says in the book, Kimya-e-Sa’adat. The original text in Persian can be seen in the following link, and the topic discussed is mentioned on pages 288 & 289 of the Persian text (pg 294 & 295 of the pdf file).
Brothers and sisters,
When ever you see anyone who claims to be a scholar, or is lauded as one, PLEASE apply the above shown litmus test on him.
– Is this character only giving you hope and not scaring you of punishment?
– Does he only endeavor to massage the audience’s ego, at the expense of shaving parts of Allah’s deen off?
We have absolute shaytans who are posing not just as Muslims, but as “Muslim scholars” in our times who have fallen so low that they have even started saying rubbish like even kafirs shall be saved on the day of judgment or that christians and jews as we know them today (ie those who reject the prophethood and the laws given to Prophet Muhammad, sal Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) shall also be granted the Prophet’s shafa’ah. They are truly evil servants of iblees himself, la’anahumullaahu jamee’an, who derive extreme pleasure from muddying the waters between Islam and kufr and from equating Muslims to kuffaar and mushrikeen, while Allah calls kafirs and mushriks as “His enemy”, “the worst of creation” and “filthy/impure” in the Quran.
فَإِنَّ اللّهَ عَدُوٌّ لِّلْكَافِرِينَ
Translation of meaning (2:98): Verily! Allah is the enemy of kafirs.
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا مِنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ وَالْمُشْرِكِينَ فِي نَارِ جَهَنَّمَ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا
أُوْلَئِكَ هُمْ شَرُّ الْبَرِيَّةِ
Translation of meaning (98:6): Indeed those who disbelieve* from the people of the book**, and the polytheists/pagans, they shall be in the fire of hell, therein to abide for ever; they are the worst of creation.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ إِنَّمَا الْمُشْرِكُونَ نَجَسٌ
Translation of meaning (9:28): O you who believe! Indeed the polytheists*** are filthy****.
As you have seen, when Muslims themselves are not given stupid and moronic false hope by our elders, the TRUE Muslim scholars of the Ahlus Sunnah, how on earth can these zanaadiq posing as Muslims, and men of “scholarship” of the Ahlus Sunnah, donning the cloak of “tasawwuf” – ever offer hope to kafirs?
Make no mistake about it dear brother/sister. These people are not offering hope to kafirs. They know full well, as do their kafir masters that there is ZERO HOPE in Islam for someone who dies kafir.
In reality they are servants of such kafirs who seek to muddy the waters between Islam and kufr for YOU. They seek to propagate the disbelief of their kafir masters. They are scavengers on YOUR Islam who seek to eat it from within.
They seek to equate Islam and kufr and the honor of Muslims to the dishonor of the kafirs. Allah has made this distinction very clearly in the Quran. He has honored Muslims and He has disgraced and insulted kuffaar, as is shown in the ayahs above.
These people are filthy zanaadiq and hypocrites. A hypocrite is not just a kafir. He is the lowest form of a kafir. He is ‘kafir-trash’, if you will!
If you TRULY care for your fellow man, brother/sister, please always tell them explicitly that THE ONLY honor in front of Allah is by Islam and THE ONLY salvation in the hereafter is by Islam. Anything else is perdition!
This is the greatest favor you can do them. By speaking in ambiguous, airy fairy language, a person NOT ONLY is not giving them the true message of Islam and doing his bit to save them, BUT ALSO stepping on very dangerous grounds with his own Islam and any slip into equating Islam and kufr will land him into apostasy.
These shayateen posing as scholars don’t fear apostasy or losing their faith because they don’t have it in the first place, and it is their aim to take away your faith too. But any Muslim who values his faith should always seek to guard it. This is the general rule for any wealth one possesses, that it must be guarded, and there is no wealth greater than one’s Islam!
wal Hamdulillahi awwalan wa akhira. w-Allahu waliyyut tawfiq
* “disbelief” is officially defined as having heard of the Prophet Muhammad, and denying his prophet status and/or his message.
** “disbelievers from the people of book” are all the people of book who qualify the above definition of disbelief, that is all the people of book in our times.
*** Although only “mushrikeen” (polytheists) are mentioned, the meaning applies to all kafirs. (mushriks are only one subset of kafirs)
**** Please note that this filth is not outwardly, as far as rules of fiqh are concerned. You do not need to wash your hands if you shake hands with one of them, unless there is some physical impurity present. The filth is the state of their hearts and minds and souls because of their disbelief in Allah and His Messenger.