THE ROT IN THE HEART OF THE DEENI INSTITUTIONS
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“In the (human) body is a lump of flesh. If it is healthy, the entire body is healthy. If it is corrupt (diseased), the entire body will be corrupt (diseased). Behold! It is the heart.”
This ‘lump of flesh’ – the Heart – of the Muslim Ummah is the Institutions of the Deen which comprise of the Ulama, the Madaaris, the Khaanqas and the Tabligh Jamaat. Collectively these Institutions constitute the Heart of the Ummah. If these Institutions are corrupt, the entire Ummah will be corrupt. We have to eternally lament and proclaim the truth that this Heart is today corrupt, degenerate –rotten to the core, hence the entire Ummah is rotten to the core. The misery, hardship and humiliation of the Ummah are therefore not surprising.
The nettle must necessarily be grasped. It serves no purpose attempting to sweep the filth and corruption under the carpet. It the corruption was small in measure, sweeping under the carpet would still be possible. However, the deluge of corruption racking the Deeni Institutions (the Heart) is drowning the Ummah. The moral and spiritual diseases are put up for public display. There is no secret to conceal. The corruption is no longer a private malady which can be treated in privacy. It is being perpetrated flagrantly with a self-righteous attitude of justification and camouflaged with Deeni garb and hues.
The futile attempt by the Ulama and the leaders of the Deeni Institutions to slink into a fortress of silence in the futile attempt to save credibility by ‘concealing’ the rot plaguing us (the Heart) and gnawing away the foundations of the Ummah’s structure of morality and spirituality, is the machination of enemies of the Ummah. The Ulama have become the enemies of the Deen.
A current example of the rot and corruption is this month’s (September’s) hooliganism perpetrated by members of the Tabligh Jamaat on Hadhrat Maulana Mateenul Haq, the Principal of Jaamiah Mahmoodiyah Ashraful Uloom in the city of Kanpur, India, and at the Madrasah. This Madrasah was established in memory of Hadhrat Mufti Mahmoodul Hasan Gangohi (rahmatullah alayh), the then Chief Mufti of Daatul Uloom Deoband. The Urdu newspaper, BASEERAT, reporting the hooliganism, wrote:
“THE PERPETRATION OF JAMAAT MEMBERS – A SHAME FOR ISLAM
Kanpur: An extremely shameful incident occurred at the famous Deeni Madrasah, Jaamiah Mahmoodiyah of Kanpur City. This Madrasah was established in memory of the Chief Mufti of India, Mufti Mahmoodul Hasan Gangohi (rahmatullah alayh). An Ustaadh of Jaamiah Mahmoodiyah was subjected to the most disgusting behaviour and a Student was assaulted when the Principal had endeavoured to rectify the ideas of members of the Tabligh jamaat.
It is noteworthy that in this region for the past 12 years, the Jaamiyah has been engaged in Ilmi and Islaahi duties. Along with this, the Jaamiyah was also fulfilling the important obligation of Tableegh. However, the local members of the (Tabligh) Jamaat could not digest the Madrasah. Frequently they plotted to assault the Asaarizah and the Talaba.
The day before yesterday, the people of the Tablighi Jamaat incited about 50 to 60 persons and raided the Madrasah. They acquitted themselves with intolerable insolence towards the Principal (Hadhrat Maulana Mateenul Haq Sahib). At the same time they attempted to assault an Ustaadh. Two students stepped forward to protect the Ustaadh. The members of the Tabligh jamaat, chased and assaulted these Guests of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) (i.e. the Students).
They sunk to the ebb of attempting to break down the door of the room of Maulana Mateenul Haqq, but were unsuccessful. Damage was also caused to a section of the Madrasah which was under construction.
The responsible residents of the region were greatly distressed by this incident. People are asking: “Are those engaging in da’wat, now also indulging in hooliganism?”
A few years ago, the people of the (Tabligh) Jamaat had caused a similar disturbance when they labelled a senior Khalifah of Hadhrat Maulana Abraarul Haqq (rahmatullah alayh) – Hadhrat Thanvi’s Khalifah – as a Jewish agent. However, when the Ulama had sent a written complaint to the Kanpur and Delhi Markaz (of the Tablighi Jamaat, they received no response. People are saying that the seniors of the Tablighi Jamaat have not instituted any remedial measures in this regard, and that in Kanpur the members of the (Tabligh) Jamaat are systematically conducting a plot (of harassment) against the Ulama.”
(End of report)
When extremism sets into a movement, the prescribed limits of the Shariah are transgressed. Then the Movement of Haqq is deflected from Siraatul Mustaqeem, its original Path and lapses into bid’ah and dhalaal. If this satanic deflection is not arrested and remedied, the time will come when the Tabligh Jamaat will becomes just another baatil sect. It is therefore imperative that the elders of the Jamaat sit up, take stock and attend to the general ghulu’ which has crept into its ranks.
13 Zil Qa’dh 1435 – 8 September 2014