Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Deobandi Fatwas on Dr. Zakir Naik .
By: Maulana Muhammad A. K. Azad [ Abu Arif Al Alawi ]
One may download the entire pdf book “Zakir Naik In The eyes of Salafi- Deobandi Scholars & Civil War Among Salafi Sub-Firqas”from http://www.islamicresearchmission.blogspot.in/2012/10/zakir-naik-in-eyes-of-salafi-deobandi.html
Dear Readers ! You have just learnt the Salafi Views on Dr. Zakir Naik’s fitna . Now, I would love to present the views of Deobandi Scholars on him. As salafis have called his dawah as the dawah of Shaytan, Deobandi Ulemas too confirm that Zakir Naik is “spreading mischievous things and misguiding simple Muslims to wrong path”. Let us go through the standpoints of Darul Ifta, Darul Uloom Deoband and other Deobandi Scholars:
No. 01--- Deobandi Scholars say Zakir Naik is misguiding simple Muslims to wrong path: Darul Ifta, Darul Uloom Deoband was asked , “Kindly also thru light on the knowledge & working of Dr. Zakir Naik who is famous for his comparative religion lectures & debates, also runs a Tv channel by the name of PEACE TV.” [ Ref: (Fatwa: 288/B=274/B) English Fatwas Total Issued: 4894 اردو فتاوی Total Issued: 10311 Miscellaneous>> Halal & Haram Question: 110 India]
Darul Ifta of Darul Uloom Deoband answers : “We do not have details about Dr. Zakir Naik, only we know that he is an agent of Ghair Muqallideen, away from knowledge and wisdom, spreading mischievous things and misguiding simple Muslims to wrong path. Allah (Subhana Wa Ta'ala) knows Best” [ Ref: (Fatwa: 288/B=274/B) English Fatwas Total Issued: 4894 اردو فتاوی Total Issued: 10311 Miscellaneous>> Halal & Haram Question: 110 India] Darul Ifta, Darul Uloom Deoband http://www.darulifta-deoband.org/viewfatwa.jsp?ID=9421]
No. 02--- Deobandi Scholars say Zakir Naik is not reliable: Darul Ifta of Darul Uloom Deoband was asked , “My question is regarding the famous daee of Islam Dr.Zakir Naik whether the method & way of his preaching,debating, studing different religons' scriptures are valid in the light of Quran & Hadith or not, and should Muslims learn his Dawah techniques or not? what are the particular things in his work that are against Islam?” [ Ref: (Fatwa: 1541/1322=B/1429)English Fatwas Total Issued: 4894 اردو فتاو Total Issued: 10311 Faiths & Beliefs>> Deviant Sects Question: 7077 Afghanistan]
Darul Ifta of Darul Uloom Deoband answers : “The statements made by Dr Zakir Naik indicate that he is a preacher of Ghair Muqallidin, he is of free mind and does not wear Islamic dress. One should not rely upon his speeches.
Allah (Subhana Wa Ta'ala) knows Best” [ Ref: Answer: 7077 Aug 21,2008 (Fatwa: 1541/1322=B/1429 Darul Ifta, Darul Uloom Deoband http://www.darulifta-deoband.org/viewfatwa.jsp?ID=9421]
No. 03--- Deobandi Scholars say Zakir Naik is spreading Fitna: Darul Ifta of Darul Uloom Deoband was asked , “Mera Naam Mohammad Ashraf hai, I am working as a software professional I want to know about Dr. Zakir Naik (Islamic Research Foundation ka Head). I know that he is fitna. But I want to show this fatwa to my friends and relatives. 1. Dr. Zakir Naik ka Bayan sunanaa chaahiye ki nahi. 2. Vo TV per aataa hai, TV ke baare me islaam kya kahataa hai. 3. Vo Tie aur suit pahanataa hai, sariyat ne is libaas ke baare me kya kahaa hai. 4. Vo khade hokar ulte haath se paani(water) peeta hai, is baare me sariyat kya kahti hai. 5. Vo Dusare Dharam(Religion) se Islam ka muzakaraa(Comparison) kartaa hai, yaani dusare Dharam ko neecha dihkaataa hai, kya sariyat is cheez ki izaazat deti hai. 6. Vo Aurato ( [Masturaat] [Ladees] ) ke beech me bhi bayaan kartaa hai, ye sariyat ki nazar me kaisi cheez hai. 7. Vo Islam aur Sunnat per research (tahkeek) kar rahaa hai, kyaa iski izaazat hai. 8. Usaki tasveer (photo) hamesha akhbaar(news paper), magzine me aati hai, Sariyat photo ke baare me kya kahti hai. Also I will tell you 1 truth, I know 1 person (Dr. Warsi) he has done PHD in Fiqua from Al-Azhar Egypt. He told me that once he attended Zakir Naik session, Dr. Warsi told me that his brother in law was IRF volunteer; he gave 1 cheat to Dr. Warsi and told him to ask the written question to Dr. Zakir Naik. Question was ?Gurugranth me Allah ka naam kha ayaa hai.? Dr. Warsi told I got scared that question was pre-prepared, then Dr. warsi asked the same question to Dr. Zakir naik and Dr. Warsi he himself answered (he read the line from Gurugranth publicly, as Allah also given him too much knowledge), after that he asked Dr. Zakir naik that I will ask you another Question that, Dr. Warsi Asked ?Gurugranth me Allah ka naam 2nd time khaa ayaa aur kyu ayaa.? After listing this question Dr. Zakir Naik get scared and told will meet later, Dr. Warsi again answered. Then He called Dr. Warsi to his office (in Mumbai) after meeting,Dr. Zakir Naik asked to whom you follow, Dr. warsi told I am mureed of Imam Ghazali. Dr. Zakir Naik told who is Imam Ghazali. Dr. warsi told him he is your father and left his office. 9. I want to ask you he don?t follow Imam Ghazali, which maslak he is from. Please meraa jawaab(Answer) kitaab(book) ke hawaale ke saath dena. Meraa matalab hai ki jawaab ke baaju me hawaale kaa naam bhi likh denaa, mujhe public ko dikhana hai. Note: Agar iske alaawa bhi usake baare me kuch aur baat ho to aap log vo bhi likh denaa. [ Ref: English Fatwas Total Issued: 4894 اردو فتاوی Total Issued: 10311 Faiths & Beliefs>> Deviant Sects Question: 9421 India]
Darul Ifta of Darul Uloom Deoband answers : (1) The extracts quoted by the questioners about him indicate that he is having deviation; therefore one is most probably feared to fall in fitnah by listening his speeches.
(2, 3, 4, 6, 8) These matters are against Shariah, even some of them are unlawful and haram. (5, 8) What do you mean by neecha dikhana? Please, clarify. Only the eligible ones are allowed to establish the truth of Islam and refute the false beliefs of others within Shariah limits. (9) We are not aware of his maslak. Allah (Subhana Wa Ta'ala) knows Best” [ Ref: Answer: 9421 Dec 30,2008 (Fatwa: 2355/2128=D/1429) Darul Ifta, Darul Uloom Deoband http://www.darulifta-deoband.org/viewfatwa.jsp?ID=9421]
No. 04--- Deobandi Scholars say Zakir Naik needs to be avoided in Fiqh issues: Deobandi Scholar Mufti Ibrahim Desai says that “Dr Zakir Naik is a Da'ii and we give him his due respect for that. He knows himself that he is not an Alim in Deen. Thus Ulema have given their decree that he, not being an Alim in deen, should focus his da'wah to what he is good at (i.e. comparative religion), and leave religious answering to the Fuqaha.” [Ref: Mufti Ibareem Desai Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In'aamiyyah--- www.central-mosque.com/fiqh/zakirnaik.htm]
No. 05--- Deobandi Scholars say Zakir Naik lacks of fiqh and understanding of Shairah: Deobandi Mufti Ibrahim Desai was asked : “Could you please comment about Dr. Zakir Naik. Is he preaching according to Suunah? He has views which do not agree with schools of thoughts. Should we learn from his scholarship?” Deobandi Mufti Ibrahim Desai answers: “Zakir Naik is known for discussions on comparative religions. He is not a qualified Aalim of deen. His comments on fiqh have not merit. If it is true that he condemned the fiqh of the Imams, then that in itself is a clear indication of his lack of fiqh and understanding of Shairah. We have come across a fatwa from Darul Ifta Jamia Binnoria, regarding Zakir Naik not being a certified Aalim of Deen. Zakir Naik should consult with Ulama in his endeavor of propagating deen.” [Mufti Ebrahim Desai, Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In'aamiyyah --- www.central-mosque.com/fiqh/zakirnaik.htm]
No. 06--- Deobandi Scholars say Zakir Naik is not a qualified Islamic scholar: Verdict of Darul-uloom Karachi (Mufti Taqi Usmani's Institution) on Dr Zakir Naiik http://ahlehaq.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=349&p=1810&hilit=zakir+naik#p1810: “…According to information provided by people Dr Zakir Naik is an expert on comparative religion and he is known as a good orator, however he is not a qualified Islamic scholar or a Mufti. Furthermore he not only doesn’t do Taqleed (himself) of any of the four Imams of Fiqh but criticises the ones who do Taqleed (of these four Imams).Therefore the opinions of Dr Zakir Naik in Shariah matters and injunctions will not be deemed acceptable unless they are endorsed by a trusted scholar or a Mufti and general public are advised not to heed his opinions in Shariah matters… Allah (SWT) knows best.”
Darul-Iftaa, Darul-uloom Karachi
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Darul-Iftaa, Darul-uloom Karachi
This answer is correct!
Darul-Iftaa, Darul-uloom Karachi
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Darul-Iftaa, Darul-uloom Karachi
[Ref : www.central-mosque.com/fiqh/zakirnaik.htm]
No. 07--- Deobandi Scholars say Zakir Naik is not an Authentic scholar: Verdict of Jamia Binoria (Karachi, Pakistan) on Dr Zakir Naik http://www.jamiabinoria.net/efatawa/fatawa/27189.html “…The above-mentioned Dr (Saheb) is not an Authentic scholar of Islam and from his external appearance doesn’t appear to be “strictly religious” therefore following him in matters of religion could be detrimental. However, if the intention of respected Dr (Saheb) is to propagate the Deen then it is advised that he should fulfil this noble obligation (of Islamic propagation) under the guidance and with consultation with Authentic and trusted scholars (of Islam) so that it may become a means of great benefit for all parties involved.
Humble servant, Saifullah Jameel, Darul-Iftaa, Jamia Binnoria Karachi
No. 08--- Deobandi Scholars say Zakir Naik is not trustable: Verdict of Mufti Shah Mohammed Naval-ur Rahman Miftahi (Shariah Institute, USA) on Dr Zakir Naik http://www.shariahboard.org/viewfatwa.aspx?Question_ID=1341
Question: Is Dr. Zakir Naik's material on 'Islam and comparative religion' reliable? I know that he is not an Alim but can we listen to his lectures on 'Islam and comparative religion' without paying attention to matters of Fiqh which, I agree, he is not qualified to discuss and elaborate? Is Harun Yahya's literature (not videos) reliable? Is one allowed to listen to his lectures on topics other than the ones he is not qualified for? For e.g. his books on Darwinism and nature deserve appreciation. [United States]
Answer: The answer is within your question, itself. Those who are not authentically qualified and have learned through “Self-study” are not trustable, therefore we should be cautious and such people should be avoided.
Question: I have a question about Zakir Naik. I heard your fatwa to one of the questions posted earlier that Zakir Naik is Going Astray (gumrah hain). I just want to know on what basis is he gumrah according to you? I myself totally believe in what you have said, I don't need any Daleel but I told this to one of my friend and he was asking me for the reason. [Canada]
Answer: The injunction of him (Dr Zakir Naik) being on error was passed because on some occasions he was asked about “Sunnah” and “Dress code” etc. and in his response he denied these matters and stated that they have no importance in Islam. Furthermore, he is not an authentic scholar of Islam and for obvious reasons to enquire from someone who is not a qualified, trusted and authentic scholar of Islam can’t be deemed appropriate because a laymen would be unable to judge between the right and wrong being uttered from an unqualified person. The times which we live in has given rise to groups and individuals who are free-thinking and he (Dr Zakir Naik) agrees with them and is one of them.These are the reasons why we felt the need to disagree with him and point out his error.
No. 09--- Deobandi Scholars say Zakir Naik is "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making" : Deobandi Scholar Maulana Sved Salman Hussaini Nadwi writes, “ Constructive steps are always welcomed and admired unreservedly not only by the intellectuals but also by the common men and women. But when in the name of constructiveness, destructive notions are presented, it muddies the waters. Deviations from the truth cannot remain hidden for a long time. And when they are discfosed, they become a curse for those people who purveyed them as constructive.” [ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar Maulana Sved Salman Hussaini Nadwi continues on Zakir Naik : “Nowadays trickery is widespread in day to day affairs, such as in business, politics and in other spheres of life. It is also known that a group of people, spellbound in that deception, willingly consider it as a stratagem to gain vested worldly gains. But it is also a fact in the whole of human history that a large number of people were not deceived in the name of religion for a long time.
Though there have been many fake reformers who trapped many innocent people in their net but they were always given a good retort by the people who favour the truth. Automatically their sand castles fell down and they were buried in its
debris.” [ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar Maulana Sved Salman Hussaini Nadwi continues on Zakir Naik : “The central point of this piece of writing is to unmask a reality
which is ignored not only by ordinary people but also by a group of respected religious scholars (ulama). We may name it 'Zakir Naik: A crisis in the making'.” [ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar Maulana Sved Salman Hussaini Nadwi continues on Zakir Naik : “Dr. Zakir Naik stands in the category of those people who made their own commentary of the many verses of the glorious Qur'an. Is it just a wrong commentary to satisfy his audience? He has done it repeatedly. For instances when he was asked, if a man is given houris in paradise, what would be given to a woman. He replied women would be given male houris. It is not merely a mistake but rather it is a blunder. It is proved by the context of the verse in which this matter is mentioned that houris would only be female. Moreover in the entire collection of hadith there is not even a single shred of evidence in support of his comment”. What would you do with those traditions of the Prophet (saws) in which there are glad tidings for women that , they would be in paradise in the company of their husbands? Every learned man can read and understand the commentary of the glorious Qur'an but to do a personal commentary is another matter altogether. Seventeen (17) kinds of religious sciences are necessary to be acquired to be a commentator. How many sciences out of seventeen has Dr. Zakir Naik learnt? The question is whether, in religious matters, Shaikhul Hadith Maulana Mohammad Zakariya (rah) is more learned or self-styled Dr. Zakir Naik? Shaikhul Hadith was a person whom both Arabs and non- Arabs regarded as an authoritative scholar of hadith. And where Dr. Zakir Naik does stand is known to all as he cannot pronounce even a few Qur'anic verses correctly. “[ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar Maulana Sved Salman Hussaini Nadwi continues on Zakir Naik : “Visiting a graveyard or mausoleum or even praying for dead persons (isaal-e-sawab), tasawwuf etc. are innovations and unlslamic according to the school Zakir Naik belongs too. If one is a murid of a pir (disciple of a spiritual teacher), according to 'Zakiri school' it is as though he has nearly committed a grave sin like that of shirk (associating partners with Allah) ! There are other so many issues where Dr Zakir Naik and all mainstream ulama stand on opposite sides. We do not wish to and cannot critique them all in these limited pages of a magazine. Leave aside Deobandi ulama; Dr. Zakir Naik also made Barelvi and the Shia groups angry by his amateurish remarkr .” [ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar Maulana Sved Salman Hussaini Nadwi continues on Zakir Naik : An Arab alim Abu Abdur Rahman Yahya expressed his disagreemerit with Dr Naik's veiws in his book "Zakir Al-HIndi..." A sizeable number of the ulama oppose Dr. Zakir Naik and company because instead of preaching Islam they target particular religious groups, according to their bent, for the sake of propagating their own vested ideology. They do not want madrasas t o get zakat money from Muslims. On the contrary, they use zakat funds to run their own English medium school, which collects monthly fee in thousands from children who are mostly from well- off families. How does he justify doing so? This year too a dozen odd ulama with a few big names were invited to Dr. Zakir Naik's international peace conference in Mumbai from 22nd - 31st October 2010. Some happily accepted it as usual - as if they got heaven-sent chance, and some made excuses for their attendance - "we would use his stage and reach to a far and big audience"— which shows them up as the real opportunists- they are; and the other group rejected the blandishments of the Zakir showand preferred not to attend it.” [ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar Maulana Sved Salman Hussaini Nadwi continues on Zakir Naik : “To show support to a controversial person is to support the controversy itself, which is against the spirit of Islam. Pious ulama are expected to walk on mustahab tracks (special ways of lif e desired by Islam) rather than following the mubahat (allowed) ones, which are just common tracks. Most of. the prominent ulama who have national or international fan following have so far kept themselves away from Dr Zakir's stage, but one does not know about their future course of action.” [ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar Maulana Sved Salman Hussaini Nadwi continues on Zakir Naik : “It is undoubtedly one's personal freedom to decide what to do and what not to do, where to go and where not to go and what to talk and what not to say. But when one is a public figure, his personal likes and dislikes influence others. Most icons do understand their dual responsibility - as a person and as
public entity. Dr Zakir Naik has tried his best to bring in his fold a number of ulama with major fan followings. Till date those who kept their distance from Dr Naik and preferred to stay away from the limelight are:
Maulana Syed Rabe Hasan Nadwi, president Ali India Muslim Personal Law Board and rector Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama Lucknow, Maulana Mohammad Salim Qasmi, vice president Ali India Muslim Personal Law Board and rector Darul Uloom Waqf Deoband, Maulana Syed Mahmood Madni, MP and leader of Jamiat Ulama-e Hind, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, MP and member shura (executive body) of Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, general secretary, Ali India Fiqh Academy and rector Al-Mah'dul Ali Hyderabad as well as
Maulana Kalim Siddiqut, Maulana Sajjad Naomani and Maulana Abdul Aleem Farooqui, to name a few. [ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar Maulana Sved Salman Hussaini Nadwi continues on Zakir Naik : “Those who so far succumbed to Dr Zakir's corporate preaching and hi-fi life style, risking their own reputation and public responsibility, are: Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Wastanwi, member shura (executive body) of Darul Uloom Deoband and rector Jamia Isha'tul Uloom, Akkalkuwa, Maulana Syed Salman Hussaini Nadwi, professor at Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow and a few others with local or limited popularity. [ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar Maulana Sved Salman Hussaini Nadwi continues on Zakir Naik : “They have actually compromised with their own religious ideology and let down the spirit of the reputed institutions they are attached with. Both the world famous Islamic learning centres of India - Darul Uloom Deoband and Nadwatul Ulama Lucknow do not endorse all that Dr Zakir Naik preaches or believes in. How these ulama found excuses to be a part of Dr. Zakir's popularity stunt is a mystery among their followers. Anjuman-e Ahlus Sannat Wal Jama'at, a body of Deobandi and Nadwi alumni in Mumbai which counts among its objectives to work for and safeguard the internal purity of Islam, with thousand plus members mostly madrasa teachers, imams of masjids or self-employed ulama in Mumbai, have repeatedly appealed to a few of invited ulama not to panicipate in the Zakir Naik's international peace conference. The Anjuman and its officials, reportedly, put reasons for their appeal in black and white before them and they personally talked to some of them about their stand on Zakir Naik and his controversial status among Muslims. However, a few ulama such as rnentioned above overlooked the appeal and decided to be a part of 'Naik's light and show' programme. If one does any thing wrong in the state of ignorance, one might be free from accountability. But after knowledge one's wrong deeds would be considered a revolt against the truth. Maulana Wastanwi has name and fame and a wide body of work to his credit, but then what brought him to the glittering world of Dr. Zakir Naik? Darul. Uloom Deoband has issued an advisory against Zakir Naik's explanation of Islam and restricted people from participation in his programmes at its online fatwa web site. It is a question in the minds of thousands of Darul Uloom alumni and well wishers how a shura member could go against Deoband's advisory! Should he remain in the Darul Uloom's body after this rmsstep, an answer many arelooking for?” [ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar Maulana Sved Salman Hussaini Nadwi continues on Zakir Naik : “Zakir Naik is a medical professional; brought up in Mumbai's corporate world and he learnt well how to fetch business through religious preaching. Baba Ramdev is popular among Hindus, using his media management skill to popularize yoga for the masses. Similarly, Dr Zakir Abdul Karim Naik is popular among a section of Muslims, thanks to his corporate management skill, for his Iearnt- by-heart English speeches.” [ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar Maulana Sved Salman Hussaini Nadwi continues on Zakir Naik : A section of Muslims feel Dr Naik is heading towards making a new sect among Muslims. He is gradually growing to be an issue for Muslim Indians. An expert on comparative religion and preacher Maulana Sajjad Naomani termed Dr. Zakir Naik as 'khudrow ghas' that is a kind of unwanted grass which grows in the fields during the rainy season and later automatically vanishes during faming period. “[ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
No. 10--- Deobandi Scholars say Zakir Naik’s speeches vis-a-vis ijmah of the ummah : Maulana Mahmood Ahmad Khan Daryabadi, general secretary of Alindia Ulama Council said , "I think the time has arrived to genuinely check Dr Naik's speeches vis-a-vis ijmah of the ummah, otherwise Dr Naik may create a new crisis for the entire Muslim ummah"
How a Maulana Rejects Zakir Naik's Glamour World?
No, 11-- Deobandi Scholar continues to expose Zakir Naik : The famous Indian scholar Mendana Muhammad Satini Qasmi, vice president ofAU India Muslim Personal Law Eoard and the Muhtamim (VC) ofDarul Uloom Deoband (n?aqf) was invited to International Peace Conference of Dr. Zakir Naik in Mumbai for Jhe second time thisyear. There was an appeal from Deoband alumni for Maulana not to participate in the programme following controversies swirling aroundDr. Naik. But Maulana Qasmi came to Mumbai and talked to a number of ulama in Fine Touch Masjid of Central Mumbai in his effort to persuade them infavour of his participation in the Conference. Here is an extract by one ofthe participants ofthe diseussion.” [ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar M. Taugeer Qasmi illustrates how Maulana Salim Qasmi Deobandi is made to Reject Zakir Naik's Glamour World: “When I entered Fine Touch building, Maulana Salim Qasmi Saheb was asking the ulama present (around 100) the reasons why they did not want hira to participate in Dr Zakir Naik's programme. Mufti Saeedur Rahman Qasmi of Darul Uloom Imdadia Madras a at Mohammad Ali Road, Mumbai gave him a booklet - 'Dr Zakir Naik - Ek Mut'ala' (Dr Zakir Naik - A Study) compiled by Mufti Obaidullah As'adi, Shaikhul Hadith of Jamia Arabia, Hatura, UP which gives details about issues that are controversial among Dr. Naik and general Muslims. He also presented before him alengthy (496 page) book -Haqeeqat-e Zakir Naik' (The True Cotour of Zakir Naik) written by a Pakistani author, Maulana Syed Khaleeq Sajid Bukhari, and published from Maktaba Madina, Deoband, in April2010. Maulana Mohammad Salim Qasmi opening his heart to the audience, said 'you are from me and I am from you. We have a elose relation with Darul Uloom Deoband. He further said that ulama have been addressing the needs of the ummah. Even if a Muslim holds the feast of "aqiqah", he has at least one Maulana on his guest list, That shows the love and regard of the Muslims for the ulama. Maulana Qasmi explained to his selected audience who were mostly Deoband and Nadwa alumni that the akabir (elders) of Deoband had three major characteristics, among others: 1 . They made all-out efforts to preach Islam. 2. They never hesitated to share the dais even with those Muslim sects who called them kafir. 3. They never gave the ismissive tag of kafir to any Muwahhid (one who believes in monotheism) even though the others had termed them as kafir”. [ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar M. Taugeer Qasmi further says on Zakir Naik, “Maulana Salim Qasmi shared his experience saying that once he was called to a conference held by presently banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Despite ideological differences between SIMI and Deoband, when they listened to him, they were not only impressed but many of them realized their own mistakes. "Our point of view j is so strong and factual that no one can oppose it by mere argument. Every one has to admit the strong basis of our religious stance" he said. Maulana further explained that the differences in Muslim sects are primarily because of excess of knowledge. That is the reason that Muslims have a large number of sects. There are not so many sects in Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism etc, because they generally do not study their own scriptures. He emphasized a lot on the point that if somebody believes in the basics of Islam that is in the five pillars of Islam and Eiman-e Mufassal, one should try to ignore
other differences. Such kind of Muslim is not ZALL (One who makes people astray) or MUZILL (who is astray) he is just a KHATEE (wrong doer). There is no problem to share the stage with such kinds of people. On being asked about Dr. Zakir's wrong explanation of the Qur'an, Maulana Salim Qasmi responded saying: If some people do taweel (uncommon explanation) with good intentions in the Qur'an, it should be accepted but tahreef (wrong explanation) of the Qur'an is totally unacceptable. “[ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar M. Taugeer Qasmi further says on Zakir Naik, : “Than I got my chance to speak and I addressed Maulana Salim Qasmi Saheb: "Hazrat we see you as one of the great scholars of Islam, son of Hazrat Hakimul Islam Maulana Qari Tayyab (rah), an ideologue of f amous Darul Uloom
Deoband and we do respect your views. But Dr. Zakir Naik attempts to deny ijma and qayas and this is against the spirit of Shari'ah. It is a fact that by virtue of lis Peace TV there is a craze for Zakir Naik among some youngsters and ultra modern Muslims not only in Mumbai but in some other parts of the world too. Some consider him a scholar of Islam.” [ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar M. Taugeer Qasmi further says on Zakir Naik, : “ Zakir Naik repeats that he believes only in Qura'an and Sahih Hadith. All Muslims from Ahle Sunnah Wal Jama'h believe and consider the Qura'an, Sunnah, Ijma and Qayas as sources of Islamic Shar'iah." I informed the Maulana that Dr Naik hides his ideological identity and misleads common youth by not conforming to these traditional sources of the Sharia'h. Manypeople come to us enquiring about Zakir Naik, and when we reply that we neither appreciate nor endorse his style of preaching, some argue that a few ulama, even frorn Deoband, support him, share the stage with him which show their agreement withDr. Naik!" Maulana Qasmi responded to my last point and said: 'I do not agree with the point that sharing the stage with somebody means an agreement. I would rather go there and put forward my point of view'. [ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar M. Taugeer Qasmi further says on Zakir Naik, : “Mufti, Saeedur Rahman as ke d 'Maulana you would be given a specific topic and have to speak accordingly. How would you be able to put across your point of view? ' Maulana Qasmi replied that he was not bound by any particular topic. "I can put across my point of view," he said. The Maulana was enlightened by a member that he may put forth his point of view but it could reach only to the audience he was directly interacting with on that day and place. As far as the TV
iewer-ship was concerned, his point of view would reach to them only after it is 'suitably' edited and 'ideologically' scanned. It was also pointed out to Maulana Salim Qasmi that the Isiamic Research Foundation (IRF) of Dr. Zakir Naik was not at all interested in putting the Maulana's message across through their TV channel but they were interested in putting his f ace on TV as attending an IRF programme with the tag of 'Muhtamim Darul Uloom WaqfDeoband' alongside. The host of the discussion, Rafique Dudhwala asserted that, "I have seen people there scanning every part of a speech that goes against their beliefs". Mufti Azizur Raman Fatehpuri, the grand Mufti of Maharashtra, added that Dr, Asrar Ahmad of Pakistan was delivering a speech at IRF programe in Mumbal's YMCA ground just a few years ago, and a questioner asked whether taqleed (following) of any of four imams is shirk or not. Dr. Asrar answered it was not only allowed but it was an obligation for every common individual to follow any of the four imams - Shafi, Malik, Ahmad bin Hambal or Abu Hanifa. But later that answer was omitted from the CD.” [ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar M. Taugeer Qasmi further says on Zakir Naik, : “Zakir Naik does everything that may catch public attention, I info rm e d the Maulana. At a programme in Mumbai's Hajj House, where I was also present, his father Dr Abdul Karim Naik announced that his son - Zakir Naik has discovered a method that enables everyone who wants to become a hafiz or memorize the whole Qur'an, to do so with in just three months' time. He also blamed. madrasas in the same breath that they together could not do such 'an easy work' in hundred years and asked the audience about the usefulness of present madrasas in India. IRF had also published the same idea in major Mumbai-based Urdu newspapers and explained that through an Arabian scientist they found a 'method' through which students can memorize the whole Qur'an within three months. To get to the truth of this extraordinary finding and get supplementary details, Eastern Crescent sent two of its trainee journalists to IRF. After enquiry, they found the entire claim was a hoax. The actual 'discovered method' of memorizing the whole Qur'an in 90 days was that a teacher recites a verse of the Qur'an and the student follows. This they do with the whole of the Qur'an and thus the student memorizes' the whole Qur'an within three months but the student cannot read out even some verses of the Qur'an without looking at it. After this three months' training, the student requires three more years to
'perfect' his memorization. Is there a ny t h i n g extraordinary in this method? Madrasas generally produce huffaz", memorisers of the Qur'an, in 2-3 years. Some extraordinary students perfect it in a year and in very special cases in less then a year.Eastern Crescent carried an article about this 'new method' in one if its 2008issues”. [ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar M. Taugeer Qasmi further says on Zakir Naik, : “A member of the discussion argued that Dr Zakir Naik has been doing exactly the same that the Christians and Jews are failed to do in India, that is alienating common Muslims from madrasas and ulama. He and his men discourage people from visiting ulama for knowledge and sending children to madrasas. On this Maulana Salim Qasmi said, 'he has debated successfully with the Christians and preached Islam far and wide'. It stunned every one for a while. An uneasy gossip started all around. Than one person remarked: "We cannot ignore his negative side ahogether". He might be doing some good work which we do not deny, he said. But his thrust on Dawah work is now becoming part of his past, and he has now become more of a glamorous person, looking for petro-dollars to finance his mega events in India, he added. Before he was caught in controversies, some of our ulama from Mumbai not only appreciated him but also supported him in his work. But later through critical observation it was found that IRF is working to promote its undeclared mission to force people to convert to "ghair muqallidiat", i. e. WBM those who do not m follow any school of theology.” [ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar M. Taugeer Qasmi further says on Zakir Naik, : “ Mufti Azizur Rahman cited the e x a m p 1 e of one Shehzad Malik,
formerly working with IRF, who was forced to put hands on chest instead of navel, which all Hanafi Muslims do, during salah. A friend from Safa School observed | that the reality behind calling big names and ulama like Maulana Salim Qasmi is that complaints have been made to the Awqaf ministry of Saudi Arabia that Zakir Naik is misusing their money and no authentic alim of India supports him. So Dr Naik is looking to bring renowned ulama to his fold to market his position around the world. Maulana Salim Qasmi was also inf ormed that the expenditure of zakat money mentioned by Zakir Naik includes his programme advertisements, TV channel cost and the expenses of the speakers in his conferences. Mufti Azizur Rahman added "you might also be paid for five star hotel stay, air tickets and even 'hadiya' (gift) from the zakat money". On this Maulana Mohammad Salim Qasmi said, a I already have said in the very beginning you are from me and I am from you. If you do not agree on my participation, than how can I go?" This is how one more Maulana rejected Dr Zakir Naik's overtures, where the strobe lights of the show try to dispel the darkness but just for only ten days of the year”. [ Ref : "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"]
Deobandi Scholar M. Taugeer Qasmi publishes following tawbanama of Zakir Naik in his book, "Zakir Naik A Crisis in the Making"
Deobandi Scholar M. Taugeer Qasmi concludes , “ From time to time Dr Naik retracts from his previous statements. This 'Tauba Nama' is a proof which he presented to the jotnt police commissioner of Mumbai”.
Wa Maa Alaina Illal Balag.
[ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED : This writing is taken from Abu Arif Al Alawi's “Zakir Naik In The eyes of Salafi- Deobandi Scholars & Civil War Among Salafi Sub-Firqas”.
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