Asslamo Allaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,
So the social media is abuzz with the news of the “drunk Mullah” of Pakistan…
The Secularists, Modernists and Anti-Islam forces are rubbing their hands with glee and working overtime to spread the news of Hafiz (Maulana) Tahir Mahmood Asrhafi (HA) and the video of his apparent slurred speech and incoherent gestures. I say “apparent” because so far nothing has been proven and human dignity and decency demands that “Maulana” be treated as innocent until proven guilty. However, in the present day climate of hysteria all reason has been efficiently dispensed with and let alone “Maulana” but even Islam (and its principles) have been judged to be guilty. Who needs “sound reason”, “proper investigation” and “due process” when we have youtube, twitter and facebook? Take a good look at the subject of the tweet which impartial, above-board BBC decided to feature in association with this scandal.
Most of those tweeting and updating their facebook, mocking are showing their ignorance to the religion of Islam. My religion (and I have no qualms in using these words) was declared by Allah (SWT) to be the final religion, perfect and free from error and the divinely guided choice for my salvation.
ٱلۡيَوۡمَ أَكۡمَلۡتُ لَكُمۡ دِينَكُمۡ وَأَتۡمَمۡتُ عَلَيۡكُمۡ نِعۡمَتِى وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ ٱلۡإِسۡلَـٰمَ دِينً۬اۚ
[5:3] ...Today, I have perfected your religion for you, and have completed My blessing upon you, and chosen Islam as Din (religion and a way of life) for you...
Once someone has cepted “Islam” to be perfect and adopted it to be their way of life then they have to look at issues in the light of revelation from Allah (SWT) upon His Prophet (Peace be upon Him). Allah (SWT) commands a Muslim to be just (above all):
يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ كُونُواْ قَوَّٲمِينَ بِٱلۡقِسۡطِ شُہَدَآءَ لِلَّهِ وَلَوۡ عَلَىٰٓ أَنفُسِكُمۡ أَوِ ٱلۡوَٲلِدَيۡنِ وَٱلۡأَقۡرَبِينَۚ إِن يَكُنۡ غَنِيًّا أَوۡ فَقِيرً۬ا فَٱللَّهُ أَوۡلَىٰ بِہِمَاۖ فَلَا تَتَّبِعُواْ ٱلۡهَوَىٰٓ أَن تَعۡدِلُواْۚ وَإِن تَلۡوُ ۥۤاْ أَوۡ تُعۡرِضُواْ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ بِمَا تَعۡمَلُونَ خَبِيرً۬ا
[4:135] O you who believe, be upholders of justice - witnesses for Allah, even though against (the interest of) your selves or the parents, and the kinsmen. One may be rich or poor, Allah is better caretaker of both. So do not follow desires, lest you should swerve. If you twist or avoid (the evidence), then, Allah is all-aware of what you do.
The most perfect Human being who was chosen to be recipient of this (divine) revelation through his perfect speech, perfect character and perfect example personified (nay excelled) in implementing this golden commandment of implementing justice (at whatever cost) and declared that if his own daughter Fatima (RA) would have been guilty he would not hesitate to punish her in the following words:
أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّمَا أَهْلَكَ الَّذِينَ قَبْلَكُمْ أَنَّهُمْ كَانُوا إِذَا سَرَقَ فِيهِمُ الشَّرِيفُ تَرَكُوهُ وَإِذَا سَرَقَ فِيهِمُ الضَّعِيفُ أَقَامُوا عَلَيْهِ الْحَدَّ وَايْمُ اللَّهِ لَوْ أَنَّ فَاطِمَةَ بِنْتَ مُحَمَّدٍ سَرَقَتْ لَقَطَعْتُ يَدَهَا
...O people, those who have gone before you were destroyed, because if any one of high rank committed theft amongst them, they spared him; and it anyone of low rank committed theft, they inflicted the prescribed punishment upon him. By Allah, if Fatima, daughter of Muhammad, were to steal, I would have her hand cut off..[Muslim]
Pakistan was formed in the name of Islam and if Islam was (truly) implemented then there would be no mocking and venting frustration on twitter; rather the matter would have been investigated and dealt with!
So far there has been no investigation, no proof and no charges against the Maulana. But let’s jump the gun and assume the trial by social media to be valid that he was indeed drunk, so what? Islam is pIF he is proven to be guilty he has made an error (of judgement) and committed a sin. The same rules and regulations apply to him and the same privileges are granted to him (by Islam) as any other Muslim. Being a “Maulana” neither absolves him from rules and regulations of Islam nor suspends his privileges in any way. Islam is perfect but its adherents are humans and to err is human as Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) said:
كل ابن آدم خطاء وخير الخطائين التوابون
Every son of Adam sins, and the best of those who sin are those who repent. [Tirmidhi]
It is a failure of Pakistan and its system in not imparting swift (and above board) justice which has led people to vent their frustrations on social media, this is the not the fault of Islam or being a “Maulana” but the fault of Pakistan veering off course from its original goal to be an exemplary Islamic state.
The naïve and unlearned (from an Islamic perspective) beat the drums of their ignorance at all such occasions in jest and mockery but perhaps they should spend their energy in learning Islam, following Islam and (above all) implementing Islam.
As for Hafiz (Maulana) Tahir Mahmood Asrhafi (HA) let Justice take its course and remember that basic decency (let alone Islam) demands for us to presume innocence until proven guilty and if he is (found to be) guilty then don’t tarnish the whole of “Islam” with the actions of one man; isn’t this what the war on terror has been doing to all of us in the name of actions of a few???