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#631 [Permalink] Posted on 11th May 2018 05:45
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Qalandar is a kind of Temperament running in salasil of Sufis.. There cannot be a classification of Good or Bad Qalandars..

If someone perceived to be a sufi was seen doing acts which contradicted General norms of Shariah & Plain reason & in opposition to the accepted sufi way of life, then he probably is a Majzoob & cannot be followed or held accountable to..

We had a thread with a detailed description of Qalandars & Their Way of Life.. with an attachment of a Risalah By Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rah) on the same Topic.. Here is the Link.

duas..

wa Assalam..
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#632 [Permalink] Posted on 17th May 2018 09:01
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A Facebook friend posted the following status.

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Sharing a message received in WhatsApp: "Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Indonesia and Egypt were NOT Islamic countries to begin with.
Remaining India also will NOT remain secular the day there are even 40% Muslims. Islam and secularism, democracy, equality don’t go together. Secularism doesn’t sustain simply because it is written in some book called constitution. Resolutions of vegetarianism by sheep don’t matter as long the wolf has other ideas."


I was upset. Muslims are getting the worse end of the stick in India today and then the Saffronites have the cheek to sow and plant this kind of messages. The person who posted this is a convent educated Hindu physicist who gets upset with every manifestation of communal bigotry in our country. He resides in a very communally charged state of Rajasthan in North India. So many times even a person of his sagacity gets stumped by the questions hurled at the people by the Saffron bigots.

Here I shall not answer the accusation inherent in above WhatsApp message by my friend. I would like to answer the other side of the question.

If we look at the Islamic history we realize that Islam did not spread by constant conquests by the big-wigs of Islamic military cavalcade. Look at the initial events. Badr was certainly a monumental victory. After that Uhad was less than a face saver. Hunain was a lesson to us. The Battle of Confederates was merely an escape more out of providence than the physical efforts that were certainly valiant. Take the numerous battles amongst the Sahaba RA themselves - they do not inspire much confidence.

Take later times. The crusaders unleashed long drawn calamities on Muslims. The Mongols did to Islam and Muslims what history never did before and after.

Come to still later times. Muslims were expunged from Europe and from Spain the expulsion was most horrific.

Then we have the that ignominious period called the European Colonization of Muslim world. At the moment we are living in a period that the West has told us to be the Post Colonial period yet it is most ugly period from the point of view of self respect. The West has the Muslim world in its complete grip economically, politically and militarily and allows Israel to commit most heinous crimes against us.

In this background the the views expressed in the above status received by my friend on WhatsApp and posted on Facebook are very strange.

How did Islam spread and how did it become glorious? Above set of events would give a very different outcome from what is presented in the Facebook status and what we know of history of Muslims.

Clear we have to separate two things. Muslim conquests and spread of Islam. By the Grace of Allah SWT an Aligarh scholar of British origin Professor Thomas walker Arnold has already done the needful for half of the problem more than a hundred years ago. He wrote the famous book called The Spread of Islam. Earlier it was called the Preaching of Islam in the World. This is a must read book for every Muslim and we better learn to shove it down the throat of anyone hinting, following Edward Gibbon, that Muslims came out with the Qur'an in one hand and the sword in the other. (I suppose they were holding the reins of the horse by the mouth.) In that monumental survey Arnold broke the backbone of Gibbons conjecture once and for all. Remember scholars and scholarship like TW Arnold is not going to return to this world again and hence the enemies of Islam might try as much as they can they will never be able to over through this finest academic analysis. And those who try can be answered in a befitting manner.

So this Spread of Islam Using Sword theory is long dead and it can be allowed to remain so.

But the fact remains that many of the Muslim countries of today were free from Islam. How did it happen. If we think carefully then this question too has been answered already. Specific answer is that Islam spread through the Sufis and the traders and that is all. In fact our Dawah department has not been as active and assertive as the Christian proselytizers. Never. The Sufis were busy spreading the message of love and the traders were busy doing trade on Islamic principles. The whole miracle of spread of Islam resides in these twin facts.

We are still left to deal with the military conquests by Muslims. To be on the forthright side we Muslims of today neither owe any explanation in this regard nor there is any cause to be ashamed of.

Some critics might still ask questions about the values and the way of life and the culture spread by Islam. The answer in each of these three issues is most glorious and Muslims do keep telling about it. Arnold again did the needful in his another compilation edited by Gillaume called The Legacy of Islam. That is another book that every Muslim must read.

All this will still leave those people unsatisfied who asked the question in the Facebook status. We shall allow those people to simmer in their own soup for neither they are in a condition to imbibe the truth now nor they ever will be.

This finally brings me to a very important question that is there in the background of this all. The Saffronite Hindu is using this kind of calumny to spread hatred and venom against hapless Muslims. What should be done in this matter and what can be done?

I have some raw ideas, after investing so many years here at MS and before that on SF. I need friends both here at MS and in AMU to clarify these ideas. I have been constantly reporting on these two fronts here. My ideas revolve around Muslim academics taking the initiative to do their bit in the process of taking Muslim Ummah out of her present bad state.
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#633 [Permalink] Posted on 17th May 2018 11:34
What is written by the learned writer on the Facebook and quoted by you obviously does not make sense.One could argue that the present day Hindu religion was not the faith of the local Indians before Arian invasion,Christianity was not the religion of Europe,America,australia etc. Ideologies do spread,sometimes through physical conquest,sometimes through economic benefits attached or social acceptance but mostly through the spiritual force of the ideology...

Had muslims used force or used their dominance in any other way across India when they ruled,today Muslims would be in majority in India. I wish they had done that....but it remains a fact that Muslims had always been the most tolerant rulers wherever they ruled,in terms of personal faith.

Maripat,we learn one simple rule from Sharia: where we can fight and resist,we do that; where we can’t fight we remain patient and steadfast. In both instances we remain attached to Allah swt and remain dependant on HIS mercy.

What I suggested earlier in another post on another thread was the result of my deliberation on the situation,whatever it’s worth may be :

*Working for Muslim unity

*closing ranks by all Muslim groups irrespective of minor differences

*remaining peaceful and avoiding provocations

*taking advantage of Indian‘democracy’,using the ‘power of vote’

*and defeating extremism with non-violence and the message of peaceful coexistence

Those are the key components of the strategy we must adopt. Knee jerk reactions,emotional outbursts,ideas of armed resistance must be discouraged. Those secular forces who politically oppose the extremists must be kept on our side using the strength of our vote and support. If possible a movement (without a religious outlook) should be started on the lines of پیامِ انسانیت model which was initiated by Syed Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi ra in early eighties. You may find some more details about it in his autobiography.

In the long run,concrete efforts are needed for economic uplift and education of our youth. There are still some rich Indian Muslims left,they should be convinced to contribute to “interest free loan programme” started by Ml Asad Madani (رحمہ اللہ). This way muslims can start small business easily and help in the economic revival of the community. May Allah SWT help us all. Having written it all I must state that if it comes to the Iman of Indian Muslims then there is only one option left..Fight like true Muslims do.
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#634 [Permalink] Posted on 17th May 2018 12:17

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Brother I agree with most of the points and I suppose we shoud start a concrete programme for the betterment of Muslim Ummah in all earnest. I shall take up your suggestions and those of another brother and a few sisters later on.

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