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Now, I have spent some more time listening to his other lectures and two things which seriously concern me.
- Time and time again he claims for himself to be highly intellectual and his understanding to be superior to “normal people”. He actually claims this multiple times, this is highly problematic from a Tazkiyah point of view. When you read the stories of major Islamic scholars, hardly any of them claimed to be on a higher level of intelligence and understanding then rest of humans. This is an extremely dangerous situation.
- Secondly, in one of the lectures he holds Muwatta Imam Malik (RA) and reads a narration. This is an extremely problematic situation because a narration in Muwatta Imam Malik (RA) NEITHER means that it is the position of Imam Malik (RA) nor that of Madhab. In fact Imam Malik (RA)’s position on Rafa Yadain is an interesting conundrum for Salafees where he declares the traditions to be strong but gives a Fatwa against Rafa Yadain. In other words, a tradition can be sound but the practise may be opposite. Imam Abu Haneefa (RA) and Imam Malik (RA) rely on PRACTISE of the Salaf and not the narrations of the Salaf. They WERE Salaf so they had no reason to look at the practise it was right in front of their eyes.
As someone who was a Salafi and came from this background, DO NOT fall for this obvious trap!
Having said this, people like him are prospering because our Ulama are not improving their game. Times have changed and for the professionally inclined and educated Muslims (specially women) our Ulama need to be treat them with a little more respect and give references.
As I said before, don’t focus on Maulana Maududi (RA), Dr Israr Ahmed (RA), Dr Zakir Naik, Dr Farhat Hashmi, Engineer Mirza and there will be more BUT FOCUS on the issue…Why are they finding people who feel captivated and attracted?
BUT our Ulama will lurch from Maulana Maududi (RA) to Engineer Mirza and treat symptoms and go from one crisis to another