Shaykh (Maulana) Ashraf Ali Thanwi (RA) [1863-1943] on Muslim leaders and Hindu-Muslim unity!
Shaykh (RA) writes on page 59. Those who have leadership are the real culprits. They are responsible for these baseless movements and the destruction of the Deen & Dunya of people, particularly those Ulamah who agree with these leaders and issue baseless fabricated Fatwaas! Their fatwaas cost the employment of thousands of Muslims and thousands lost their live, may Allah (SWT) forgive they will know when their eyes close. Is there any limit to selling Deen (for petty gain)? They have agreed to let go of slaughtering a cow which thousands (nay millions) of Muslims established in this land (of India) by sacrificing their lives! To turn away from a single injunction of Islam is to uproot all the injunctions and it conveys to Non-Muslims that Islamic injunctions are just like this (meaning they can be similarly compromised and abandoned). These are the intellectuals who have taken the reins of the Muslims, those who have no idea about the destruction (these compromises) will cause in the future. Today they have comprised on slaughtering a cow and tomorrow they will be made to relinquish the Kalima so unity (between us and them) is achieved. In essence, this enmity is due to recital of the Kalima so what will you do, abandon Islam and turn away from it? It is because they regard unity and agreement as essential (and obligatory). An orientalist foolishly brushed aside a legitimate and needed difference of opinion by claiming that disagreeing is worse than Shirk. The moron had concluded this from the incident of Sayyidia Musa (AS) and his brother Haroon (AS) as stated in the Qur’aan:
[7:150] When Musa returned to his people, angry and sad, he said, .How bad is the thing you have done in my absence! How did you act in haste against the command of your Lord?. He dropped down the Tablets, and grabbed the head of his brother, pulling him towards himself. He (Harun) said, .My mother‘s son, the people took me as weak and were about to kill me. So do not let the enemies laugh at me, and do not count me with the wrong-doers.
The correct Tafseer of this is in Bayanul-Qur’aan. Anyways, the orientalist at least regarded the internal difference amongst Muslims as worse than Shirk, here people regard the difference between Islam & Kuf’r worse than disbelief and want to sacrifice Islam and its commands on Islam-Kuf’r unity. May Allah (SWT) have Mercy on us and give us the correct understanding and sound intellect (Ameen).