2. HARAAM: Haraam foods are such foods in which the prohibition is clear. There is no doubt in its prohibitions, e.g. haraam meat and food in which haraam ingredients are used.
  3. SPIRITUALLY HARAAM: Halaal food, whether meat or any other kind acquired with unlawful money or by unlawful means. While such food remains halaal, its consumption is haraam for the one who has acquired it by foul or haraam means.
  • MUSTABAH: Such food, the permissibility of which is in doubt. Some factors indicate permissibility while other factors indicate prohibition. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) commanded abstention from such doubtful foods.
  1. PHYSICALLY IMPURE: Generally, the foods prepared in public places such as cafes, restaurants and hotels fall in this classification. Although halaal, such food is not tayyib (wholesome). Some physical dirt and unclean hands, etc. go into its production, hence its contamination.
  2. SPIRITUALLY IMPURE: Such food which is halaal and ordinarily tayyib, but for people of high taqwa (i.e. for the Auliya) even such halaal tayib food constitutes contamination, and impedes their spiritual progress, e.g. halaal tayyib food served by a faasiq or zaalim, halaal tayyib food served with a contaminated worldly motive.


The greater the degree of one’s abstention from contaminated food, the more will on incline towards piety and ibaadat and the converse is also true. Abstention from the first two categories (mentioned above) is Fardh. Eationg such food is a major sin for which Jahannuum is the punishment. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said about those who consume the contaminated food mentioned in these two categories:

“The Fire of Jahannum is more befitting for a human body nourished by haraam.”

The Auliya say that the high stages of piety a man attains are dependent on his halaal and tayyib consumption of food. A man can spend an entire lifetime in abundance of thikr, nafl ibaadat and fasting etc, but as long as the food he consumes is not physically and spiritually pure, he will be deprived of the high stages of taqwa and Divine proximity.




Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“He who honours a man of bid’ah has aided in the demolition of Islam.”
“I would be grateful if The Majlis could provide some valuable comment on the following Malfooz:

“Hakim al-Islam Qari Muhammad Tayyib Sahib (rahmatullahi alayhi) relates:

‘I witnessed Mawlana Thanawi (rahmatullahi ‘alayhi) differering with Mawlana Ahmad Ridha Khan marhoom in many issues, such as qiyam, ‘urs, milad etc., but whenever mentioning him in a gathering he would say “Mawlana Ahmad Ridha Khan Sahib”. Once a person in the gathering said “Ahmad Ridha”, without using the title mawlana. Hadhrat rebuked him and said angrily, “He is still a scholar, even if we differ with him. You are disrespecting his position; how is this permissible? Our difference of opinion is in its place. It is a different matter that we consider him to be wrong and do not agree with him. But what is the meaning of humiliating him and disrespecting him?”

‘The Mawlana opposed to Mawlana Thanawi (rahmatullahi ‘alayhi) was extremely disrespectful. But Mawlana Thanawi (rahmatullahi ‘alayhi) was from the people of knowledge. Whenever someone was mentioned, he considered respect to be imperative, even though it is of an open opponent. One should not lose hold of respect.’

This Malfooz is being propagated with great relish by Mudaahins (spineless, toadish psycophants and bootlickers) who have a Nafsaani inclination to a pet deviant or to some deviant group(s). Numerous websites have cited this Malfooz within a short space of time.

The term ‘respect’ can have various connotations. However, it is clear that the Mudaahins who are exploiting this Malfooz intend the meaning that is Haraam according to the Shariah. One popular modernist “Maulana” who is liberal in his praise for, and interaction with certain segments of the Ahlul Bid’ah, issued the following message to accompany this Malfooz:

“The term “Mawlana” is an honorific title and it’s used for respect. The following anecdote, in the Urdu picture, is a good exemplification of respect despite having differences.”

Rather than resorting to a variety of Ta’weels (interpretation) that can easily be made in regards to this incident that occurred in a private setting, in order to exonerate Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi from the act of conferring respect to a man of Bid’ah, the Mudaahins are exploiting this Malfooz to justify transgressing a well-known ruling of the Shariah whist also attempting to implicate Hazrat Maulana Thanwi (rahmatullahi alayh) in their crime.

The Fuqaha have conveyed Ijma’ on the prohibition of conferring respect to a Mudhil (one who misguides), even if he is from Ahlus Sunnah, let alone one who is outside the fold of Ahlus Sunnah. Imaam Ghazaali (Rahmatullah alayh), one from many who could be quoted, said:

“All of them (i.e. the Salaf-us-Saaliheen) reached consensus on manifesting hatred for the oppressors and innovators, and all who disobeyed Allah with a sin that extends from himself to others because, verily the evil of the kaafir is not contagious, for verily, Muslims are aware of his kufr, hence they will not heed what he says since he does not attribute Islam to himself nor the belief of Haqq. However, the Bid’ati who calls to bid’ah and believes that he is calling to the haqq, is a cause for the deviation of people, hence his evil is contagious. Despising him, vilifying him for his bid’ah, and to inculcate aversion in people for him are of greater importance (than disparaging the kuffaar).”

Even if, for argument’s sake, no possible Ta’weel could be provided to exonerate Hazrat Maulana Thanwi, then to exploit this incident to justify transgressing a rule of the Shariah, rather than set it aside as an error, is the very essence of Hazrat-worship. (The jaahil opportunists are not worshipping Hadhrat Thanvi. In fact, they have no affinity with him. They are merely misusing Hadhrat Thanvi’s malfooth for justifying their compromise with baatil and its votaries. –The Majlis) In fact, this trend of extracting a Haraam interpretation from statements of the Ulama, which can be subject to various legitimate interpretations, in order to override the Shariah is becoming increasingly common today. Furthermore, the liberals (those suffering from the malady of compound ignorance – The Majlis) of this age have made a vile habit of scavenging for the slips and tafarrudaat (isolated eccentricities) of senior Ulama from the past. Then they employ such tafarrudaat to justify baatil and bid’ah, thus flagrantly violating even those rulings of the Shariah which have been established by the Consensus of the Fuqaha.

In response to this Malfooz, one Mufti issued the following message:

“In Muhannad, Ahmad Rida Khan is referred to as a “Muharrif” (distorter) and a “Dajjal-Makkaar” (scheming dajjal). Hazrat Thanawi was a signatory of Muhannad. (This fact alone cancels the ambiguous malfooth. It is tantamount to a retraction by Hadhrat Thanvi – Rahmatullah alayh – The Majlis)

In al-Shihaab al-Thaaqib, Hazrat Madani refers to Ahmad Rida Khan as “Mujaddid al-Takfir”, “Dajjal”, amongst other terms.

This attitude makes more sense from the perspective of expressing bugdh for Ahl al-Bida and those who call to misguidance.

“Whoever shows respect to a Saahib Bid’ah has aided in the destruction of Islam.” (i.e. whoever does this in a public way)” – (In fact, even in privacy – The Majlis) – (End of the Brother’s letter)


Ahmed Ridha Khan was an incorrigible Bid’ati – a destroyer of the Sunnah and a demolisher of the Deen. About such bid’atis, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “He who respects a man of bid’ah aids in the demolition (destruction) of Islam.” Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) also said: “Bughd (hatred) is for the Sake of Allah.”

When a man is involved in the elimination of the Sunnah and the structuring and introduction of Bid’ah, he is the enemy of Allah Ta’ala. Bid’atis are referred to in the Hadith as Kilaabun Naar (The Dogs of the Fire). How is it possible to abrogate this Hadith with an error or an opinion of a senior?

The instruction to have hatred for the sake of Allah Ta’ala, brings within its purview Bid’atis, and to a greater degree Bid’atis of the calibre of Ahmed Ridha Khan who was the imaam of Bid’ah, a Muharrif (an interpolater of falsehood), Dajjaal, Makkaar (Deceit), Mujaddid-e-Takfeer (Renewer/Reviver of branding Muslims kaafir), etc. These were designations conferred on him by some of our Akaabir Ulama.
Furthermore there is Ijma’ of the Fuqaha on the issue of not honouring a Bid’ati. In the light of the Ahaadith and the Ijma’, the view of Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) has to be incumbently set aside as an error based on lack of information regarding the true beliefs of Ahmed Ridha Khan, or an idiosyncrasy. Even great Fuqaha sometimes display peculiar views as an effect of their tabiyat (natural disposition) which sometimes overshadows reality and rectitude. Regarding such idiosyncratic views, Allaamah Abdul Wahhaabh Sha’raani (Rahmatullah alayh) as well as other illustrious Fuqaha, said:

“He who holds on to the nawaadir of the Ulama, verily, he has made an exit from Islam.”

Some decades ago, Maulana Manzoor No’maani (Rahmatullah alayh) had visited South Africa. He was our guest. He was famous for his debates with the Bid’atis. He personally mentioned to us:
“I went to visit Hadhrat Thanvi in Thanabovan. Hadhrat Thanvi said to me:

‘It appears to me that misinformation has reached him (referring to Ahmad Ridha) about us, hence the misunderstanding. How is it possible for him to accuse us of so much falsehood despite being an Aalim?’

From this statement, it is clear that Hadhrat Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) had no clarity of the shaitaaniyat of Ahmed Ridha Khan. Maulana Manzoor No’maani then responded as follows:
“Hadhrat! It is not an issue of misunderstanding. The fact is that Allah Ta’ala has made maskh of his aql. Hadhrat Thanvi then did not comment further.”

Maskh means disfigurement. In other words, Ridha Khan’s were convoluted to the extent of totally blinding him of the Haqq and understanding baatil to be haqq.

On account of this deviate’s profession of takfeer and slander of great Auliya, his intelligence suffered from the pangs of satanic convolution. Thus, his ability of distinguishing between Haqq and baatil, Sunnah and bid’ah was extinguished His deliberate lies and mutilation of the texts of our Akaabireen to cloak it with his fabricated theories of kufr, clearly reveals his dajjaaliyat. Whatever rubbish he had attributed to the Ulama of Deoband, and on which hallucinated basis he had branded these Auliya and Ulama as ‘kaafir’, was glaringly false. There is not an iota of truth in what he had claimed.

The spineless molvis of today who labour to strike up haraam dalliances with the Qabar Pujaaris and with every group of deviates of whatever kufr persuasion they may be, despite their academic and spiritual bankruptcy, are fully aware of the fact that the mujaddid of shaitaani bid’ah, Ridha Khan, had branded all of the Ulama of Deoband, Akaabir as well as Asaaghir, as kaafir. This alone conspicuously evidences the divine disfigurement of his brains and the ruin of his heart. A wicked transmogrification of his intelligence was effected by his inherent Satanism.

Now what do these spineless juhhaal expect from the Ulama-e-Haqq? Do they expect us to elevate and propel the jaahil Ridha Khan into the loftiest spatial and celestial heights on the basis of Hadhrat Thanvi’s error of judgment? If Hadhrat Thanvi advised a person to prefix the name of the mudhil agent of Iblees with the honorific title of ‘Maulana’, it never ever justifies respecting and honouring the devil when Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had categorically prohibited the conference of accolades to those who are designated as Kilaabun Naar. The Arsh of Allah Azza Wa Jal shudders and the plot to demolish Islam is set in motion when a bid’ati is praised or honoured. Said our Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam):

“He who honours a man of Bid’ah, aids in the demolition of Islam.”

These moron, spineless cranks who are seeking to extravasate capital from Hadhrat Thanvi’s error, are enemies of the Sunnah, hence they seek to honour morons and deviates who conspire to undermine the Deen, and the way of achieving this satanic objective urinated into their brains by the devil is to the Ulama-e-Haqq a target for criticism. These Ulama are the bulwarks of Allah’s Deen. They should understand that the errors of the Ulama regardless of their lofty status, never constitute Shar’i daleel. The Sunnah is not scaled on the personal preference or attitude of an Aalim even if his soul happens to flutter around the Arsh. The Haqq is measured and ascertained on the Standard and Scale of the Qur’aan, the Sunnah and the Dalaa-il which the Aimmah Mujtahideen formulated on the basis of these two primary sources of the Shariah.

Maulana Manzoor No’maani (Rahmatullah alayh) was well aware of the intricacies of the shenanigans of these Bid’atis and of Ridha Khan. On the other hand, Hadhrat Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) lacked such information which confirms the true evil bid’ati status of Ridha, hence his mild approach. Hadhrat Maulana Khalil Ahmad Saharanpuri, Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi, Hadhrat Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani and the many other senior Ulama of Deoband were more aware of the personality of the bid’ati dajjaal, hence they named and branded him with the epithets which were most deserving of him. The spineless molvis and deviates who are at pains to collaborate with bid’atis, heretics and zindeeqs seek justification for their haraam and miserable attitude on the basis of an error of Hadhrat Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh). They cast themselves into deliberate blindness regarding the beliefs of kufr, bid’ah and shirk of these Qabar Pujaaris – they pretend to be unaware of the notoriety of their rotten characters and their factory of takfeer – they overlook all the Satanism of the fraud, Ridha Khan, but they deem it appropriate to criticize and malign those who uphold the Sunnah.

The moron spineless molvis are stupidly using the personal idiosyncratic preference, in fact error, of Hadhrat Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) to scuttle the Ijma’ of the Ummah on the prohibition of honouring/praising a man of bid’ah. For these morons, Allaamah Sha’raani sounded an adequate warning: “He who grabs hold (as daleel) of the nawaadir of the Ulama, verily has made an exit from Islam.”

Even if we have to assume that Hadhrat Thanvi had in fact held the view of addressing the Bid’ati with a title of respect, it will be haraam to make taqleed of such a glaring error. All Ulama, regardless of their lofty status, even Aimmah Mujtahideen err. It is haraam to make taqleed of their errors. The Qur’aan Majeed explicitly forbids this practice of stupid ‘taqleed’ by means of which Bani Israaeel scuttled the Tauraah with corrupt fatwas of their Ulama.

At one stage, Hadhrat Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) used to attend the Meelaad functions of the Bid’atis in Kanpur. He would only give a bayaan of the Seerat and leave. When Hadhrat Gangohi (Rahmatullah alayh) was informed of this, he wrote a long letter explaining the grievous error of attending the function of the Bid’atis. In several letters to and fro, Hadhrat Thanvi accepted his error and abandoned attending such functions.

There are many issues on which Hadhrat Thanvi had erred and for which he had issued retractions. The juhala molvis of our time who are traitors to the Deen and who spinelessly participate in all functions of bid’ah, fisq and fujoor, search for the errors of the seniors, which they stupidly and satanically use as ‘daleel’ for their haraam views and bid’ah activities. They will ignore the Ijma’ of the Fuqaha and cling to the error like a dog clings to bone to deceive themselves and mislead others.

It is haraam to cite Hadhrat Maulana Thanvi’s error to scuttle the direct command of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) on which is based the Ijmaa’ of the Fuqaha. When all the Fuqaha and the Ahaadith prohibit honouring and respecting a man of bid’ah, then it is contumacy bordering on kufr to attempt to cancel this Ijma’ on the basis of an isolated view or an error of a senior. Thus, the view expressed by Hadhrat Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) in the Malfooth cited by you, has no validity. It is haraam to refer to the Bid’ati Dajjaal with a title of honour. It has to be incumbently set aside.

12 Jamaadiyith Thaani 1440 – 18 February 2019


Every practice of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), irrespective of its apparent superficiality, is a Sunnat worthy of emulation, and on which even a person’s Najaat (Salvation) in the Aakhirah could be achieved. A person who suffers the misfortune of being deprived from Sunnat practices, should be remorseful and supplicate for taufeeq to observe the blessed Sunnat acts of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). But never should one mock any Sunnat practice. The consequences for mockery of any Deeni tenet or act regardless of how insignificant it may appear, can be catastrophic, both spiritually and physically, in this world and in the Aakhirah.

Abu Salmah, a resident of Basrah (in Iraq) was a notoriously insolent person who derived pleasure mocking Sunnat practices. Regarding this most unfortunate, miserable man, Allaamah Qutbuddin Yooqeeni (rahmatullah alayh) narrating from Allaamah Ibn Khalqaan (rahmatullah alayh) said that Abu Salmah was extremely insolent. One day when the virtues of the Miswaak were being explained, Abu Salmah who was also present, derisively commented with extreme insolence and mockery: “I shall use the Miswaak on my anus.” He promptly inserted a Miswaak inside his pants and for a few moments held it on his anus.

Subsequent to the perpetration of this extremely disrespectful vile act, Abu Salmah was overtaken with extreme pain in his stomach and anus. He suffered for nine months. His stomach became bloated resembling a pregnant woman. In the ninth month he gave ‘birth’ to a creature. A rat-like creature emerged from his anus. This creature had four legs and its mouth had the appearance of a fish. Four teeth protruded out of its mouth. Its tail was one cubit (about 9 inches/15 cm). The posterior of its body was like a rabbit.

On its emergence, this frightful creature let out a terrible piercing scream. Abu Salmah died three days after giving birth to this animal which was his punishment in this world for having insolently mocked the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Whilst perishing, he cried that the creature is killing him. Numerous people in the vicinity saw this frightful animal. Some saw it whilst it was alive while others saw it after its death. “May Allah protect us from such vile insolence and evil mocking of the Sunnah. May Allah grant us a Maut on His Beloved Path (the Sunnah), and may He resurrect us (on the Day of Qiyaamah) with the pious Souls.”

Al-Bidaayah Wan Nihaayah of Ibn Katheer) This awful episode happened in the year 668 Hijri.

Zindeeqs and modernists whose Imaan has been corrupted and deranged with the pollution of westernism and liberalism should take lesson and fear. The Athaab of Allah which will overwhelm them assumes a variety of forms, both exoteric and esoteric. The Divine Punishment consisting of Allah’s Wrath and Curse, disfigures both the body and the soul. His Chastisement is commensurate to the crime.

Leaders who are afraid to be clear about Islam do us a disservice

Posted by: a sister in islam

In Islām the rules are clear and for new Muslims and young people, leaders must also be clear
I would not have come to Islām if Muslims had told me that everything going on in the Western world was fine and workable with Islām.

Becoming a Muslim (or for those returning to the religion after drifting away), involves a psychological and spiritual process by which you unlearn, let go of, filter and mostly reject many of the rules that were instilled in you from birth, that conflict with the rules of Allāh.

It is a bit like disentangling yourself from the clasp of a giant octopus. For some it is quick, but for others it can take years.

To do this you first have to have clarity on the key issues, and you need to know what is bad for you spiritually and psychologically. This translates seamlessly into what is known as the ‘harām’, and basically is what causes the believer psychological ‘fuzziness’ or, more scientifically put, doubt, anxiety, or sadness.[1]

Barring those who have had real traumatic experiences, it is the harām that leads you to psychological distress (which is a sign within yourself[2]), and if you ignore it, or follow it because others—many psychologists for example—tell you it just has to be ‘managed correctly’, you will adjust to it and it will become fair-seeming to you.

The rules therefore must be crystal clear, so you know what you need to get rid of immediately in your life, and what you need to filter out slowly with the support of good, clear people. This is needed if you are going to get yourself and your environment to the state you need to in order to please Allāh and live a life of inner peace.

This place of peace, I have learned, is what psychologists and self-help people refer to as ‘authenticity’. What they don’t tell you is that you can only be true to yourself—and I mean really true to yourself—if you are true to Allāh first.

After that He will show you your beauty and amplify your gifts.

However, without clear rules, you cannot adequately get to this place.

You cannot properly adjust your life, your choices, relationships, your outlook and long-term educational and spiritual goals.

Becoming Muslim is a lifestyle shift. It is indeed belief, but must then be followed by action. The shahāda is a serious thing, and Allāh makes it so—for after it is uttered, follows a series of choices where you must show your commitment to submit to Him, and none others.

We need help with this. If we don’t have the rules clearly set in place for us, and haven’t chartered a good course to follow them, our plan, actions, journey, our entire existence ends up being a mish-mash. In the end, we lack authenticity, beauty and peace.

Muslims who are afraid to be clear on what is permissible and what is not, do us a disservice
Without firm rules to follow, new Muslims (and young, born Muslims) can end up as fence-sitters, partly entangled in the other systems from which Allāh has so beautifully and clearly offered to free us. This can go on for years and can be very damaging to them and the people around them.

This psychological wavering means a person has not entered fully into Islām, as we are commanded to do.[3] The result is an inner feeling of anxiety, discontent and conflict, which inevitably overflows outside and wreaks havoc.

Only now and then—when you take action to obey a law—do you experience that buoyant and blissful spiritual state that is His Pleasure.

For the rest of the time, we may seek solace in the very things that are taking us further from Him.

When I became Muslim, I had to resist a culture that advocates that I knew everything, and put me as the rule maker, the deal breaker, the change agent—that put me and my wants and ‘needs’ (most of which, I realised, have been manufactured by that culture) at the centre.

I had to remind myself and live in a way that showed submission, that I understood that He knows best. We are commanded to follow the Law, because the rules are good for us.

That is why we hear and we obey.[4] Because we trust that He knows and loves us. The rules are there not to be debated, shaded and modernised, but because they are serving a greater purpose that only He knows.

Trust this. And be at peace.

Islām, wholly entered into and its laws obeyed (acted upon), results in a feeling of inner freedom, and peace—on top of that, we are given the promise of forgiveness.

This is why it is important the scholars and leaders are firm and clear on the key issues, and they don’t compromise on them, whatever the cost to their wealth, or social media following. If they compromise and go muddy and mulchy on the issues, they are doing us a huge disservice because we aren’t able to formulate a clear plan for our lives or act accordingly to find peace.

Worse yet, harām will become negotiable, and then fair-seeming. When it is not.

New Muslims or those returning, need to seek out and find good company – but what is that?
Calling others to Islām can only be done from a standpoint of clarity and strength, and it is why I have resisted doing so for the first six years of my life as a Muslim. I had to sort my life out first, and it is by no means a finished project.

It is true we must speak with mercy, but also with principles intact. This is a matter of utmost importance. It is actually everything, and it is why we are here. There is indeed much joy in embracing Islām, but there is also sacrifice. And we are grateful for the sacrifices, as this is the means by which we are tested and elevated.

But for it to be worth it, and to make it easier and better, there needs to be a community of Muslims around whom we as new Muslims want to be.

These are the people who warm our hearts, yes, but they also offer firmness and clarity (because from this firmness comes protection, courage, comfort and then peace).

In short, good company reminds us of the balance inherent in Islām, the balance between hope and fear, between joy and discipline.

We don’t want populists, capitulators or negotiators. We don’t want people who outwardly appear to be Muslims, and yet they go towards the West in apology and silent envy, so that their inner lives become indistinguishable from the world that we have, through great struggle, pain and eventual reward, unstuck ourselves and left behind.

We also don’t want people who are afraid, depressed, hopeless, in dark despair, or deeply cynical.

We have had enough of these people from our past, and we have experienced deep wounds from the many ways people like this who have led us astray in the name of pleasing others besides Allāh.

We lacked firmness and clarity, light and peace in our old lives. That is why we came to Islām.

Islām must be presented as an entire system to be lived and shared – for this is what it is
I became a Muslim because Allāh showed me first what was wrong with the way I had been raised through “Western values”.

He literally destroyed—and I mean, obliterated—all the ‘pillars’ constructed for me by my education, family and society: socialism; communism; vague ‘spiritualism’; feminism; secularism; Western intellectualism, liberalism, capitalism… and so on, all came tumbling apart (but this is another story entirely).

I reached a point where I was confronted with my own pain. I saw clearly the hurt and deception caused to others I loved by these ‘values’ that were at their heart empty and unendingly corruptible.

Through my work as a journalist and writer, I saw the sheer injustice all around me due to the employment of these ‘isms’ by governments, organisations and individuals who may have been well-meaning, but who had been blinded by the marketing of these ideas so that they were uncritical of them, because it was not fashionable or—in some cases—not allowed.

These personal experiences were then buffered by conversations with others who were also alive to the failures of these ‘isms’ to deliver happiness, peace and justice to society.

Most of the time, these people were Muslims.

I had no idea, before I researched Islām, that it was an entire political, economic and spiritual system. I thought it was just a religion.

Once I realised this, I was so happy.

The Muslims that Allāh used to guide me to Islām were generous, firm, modest – and just
When I acknowledged the dire need for a new system like this, and the need to move myself and my own life towards this state of Islām, Allāh put the right Muslims in my path.

I met Muslims in different countries and of many different appearances, persuasions and income brackets, who:

Were of outstanding principle and character (most notably, they were generous with their time, they intelligently fielded my idiotic questions and arguments, and they had good manners).
Stood firmly for justice and were at the forefront of such initiatives, whether it was exposing corruption at a primary school fundraiser, or on a grander scale.
Told me firmly and reasonably and in an intellectual fashion, what the rules were and why they were there, and the consequences that faced me in detail, if I did not accept them and submit to them. They were not afraid to do this, even if it made them unpopular in the group we were in at the time or if it made me look at them funny and move away. These rules were consistent on the major issues and checked out with the Qur’ān when I looked.
Were beautiful, gentle and modest in words and appearance and never wanted centre stage.
Alhumdullillah for all of them. They obeyed the Law and were happy and content in doing so.

They told me the Truth about difficult issues with soundness and the light of their faith, and in one voice—they did this even, and especially, when it was hard. This included risk. From being labelled “extreme”, to losing our friendship, or to simply ruining dinner table conversations.

After that, it was my choice to accept it or reject it.

Islām is clear, and the system has been perfected
For those coming to Islām, and those returning to it, the Truth, and the courage and reasonableness of those who are guiding them to speak it, is really crucial. So is the understanding that Islām has been perfected. There is no need for change in it, and it is forever protected—He has, in his grace assured us of that.[5]

But this must be presented to those who are asking, challenging or exploring Islām, in a way that shows contentment with it.

Detractors cannot argue with contentment and peace.

It boils down to fear of none other than Allāh. And of living this rules-based and beautiful way of life, with joy and discipline (not just one of them). I know there are so many of you like this.

And we can take comfort in the fact that there are thousands out there who are hurting or discouraged, even outraged at the world, and they are yearning for this Truth. They are hurting because of the lies and fuzziness presented to them, which keep letting them down.

The Book is Clear. Islām is clarity – and it must, and will, always be so.

So, go out there and learn it, and speak it, and if people reject it, let them reject it.

If they accept it, then love them and meet them with the courage it has taken them to get to you.

Most of all, don’t compromise with the world. It is a deception, and there is nothing of real substance or peace to envy there.

I pray Allāh grant us all courage and firmness of words and does not test us more than we can bear. I ask that He bring those who need Islām and yearn for this peace and who are deserving of this greatest of gifts, towards us, in the most beautiful and faith-building of ways. Āmīn.

Source: http://www.Islā


[1] Whatever misfortune happens to you, is because of the things your hands have wrought, and for many (of them) He grants forgiveness – Ash-Shura 42:30

[2] We will show them Our Signs in the universe, and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Qur’ān) is the truth” – Fussilat 41:53

[3] O you who have believed, enter into Islām completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy. – Baqarah 2: 208

[4] “The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have believed in AllāhAllāh and His angels and His books and His messengers, [saying], “We make no distinction between any of His messengers.” And they say, “We hear and we obey. [We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the [final] destination.” Baqarah 2: 285

[5] This day are those who disbelieve in despair of (ever harming) your religion; so fear them not, fear Me! This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favour unto you – and have chosen for you as religion, al-Islām. – Maidah 5:3




Letter one


What is the status in the Shariah of Ruqyah as is being practised by a group who present themselves as experts in this science?

Can you please as a matter of urgency advise with regards to the Ruqya treatment that has taken the Cape and now KZN with a storm. Programs are held at Masaajid, etc., where they advise regarding treatment with Quranic Aayaat for removing of Jinn from people. Sometimes demonstrations are done in the Masjid.

To top it all programmes are held in the Masjid encouraging people to come for their treatment which comes with a cost. In our town the Imams have not allowed the programme at the Jamia Masjid. However Ml Hashim Gori has invited them, being a Mutawallee of Masjid-un-Noor. He is inclined to this Ruqyah venture, hence allowing them there.

If it is not compliant please advise the Ummah as a priority.
Letter two

Please advise on what is acceptable according to Shariah regarding Ruqyah? Ruqyah SA is hosting Sheikh Abder Rahman Ben Halima who is said to be a renowned ruqyah specialist.

He recently gave a talk and he emphasised that raqyah is only taken from Quraan and Sunnah. Having little to no knowledge about this subject, besides the Masnoon wazaaif like Aayatul Kursi, 3 Quls, etc, I am unsure as to what is Haqq and what is not.

Of the things he mentioned, he spoke about the ‘phenomenon’ of reversing jinn catching. I’m not sure I understood exactly what he was explaining.

His wife is the ‘bait’ that catches the Jinnaat. Then wazeefahs are read after which the jinn can take Shahaadah or die.
If possible, can Molana please outline what is the Shar’i limits of ruqyah.


While Ruqyah (Ta’weez, etc.) is permissible, the group of so-called ruqyah ‘specialists” is a baatil group which should not be touched with a bargepole. These ruqyah characters are liable to drive you into paranoia with their jinn and ‘gin’ talk. It is indeed lamentable that these chaps are allowed to misuse the Musaajid for marketing their baseless ‘ruqyah’ wares.

Their objective is purely monetary gain. Their ruqyah business is HARAAM. They are selling and misusing the Qur’aan Majeed for the miserable, cheap gain of the dunya. They are bartering away their Deen for the dunya.

Their jinn-catching stunts, even if assumed to be true, are HARAAM. While there are amaliyaat for subjugating, enslaving and controlling jinn, these are HARAAM. Jinn, like Insaan (the human being) is azaad (free). Jinn are not animals which may be trapped, eaten, encaged, etc. They are intelligent, free beings. They are Muslims and kuffaar. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had gone to the abode of the Jinn specially to present Islam to them. Innumerable Jinn are Muslims, and there are still Sahaabah Jinn alive today.

It is HARAAM to subjugate a Jinn and to utilize him for any purpose whatsoever, even for reciting the Qur’aan Majeed. The act of using his wife as bait by the ruqyah character, is despicably HARAAM. This man has no shame. If he does have the ability to subjugate Jinn, then know that his baiting act with his wife as the ‘prawn’ of the hook, is immoral and HARAAM. It is tantamount to zina. If he genuinely is able to catch a jinn, then it is HARAAM to compel the kaafir jinn to recite the Kalimah. The Qur’aan Majeed states: “There is no compulsion in Deen.”

Indeed this ruqyah character is ignorant. He fails to understand, that a non-Muslim declaring the Shahaadat with the gun at his head, is not a true Muslim. If the Jinn is given the choice of Islam or death, and he submits to the former, he remains a kaafir because his Shahaadat is not by a voluntary expression of Imaan.

In our book, SIHR, we have explained the Shariah limits for the permissibility of Ruqyah. The book is available from us.

It is essential for Muslims to remain far from this money-coining clique. Just imagine! They charge R400 or more for a charade diagnosis and some laughable ‘ruqyah’ artefacts consisting of a small bottle of olive oil, senna leaves and some salt. The parcel is worth about R20. This is their standard medicine for all cases of imagined magic and jinn-afflictions.

Whether a person suffers from a headache or has marital problems, financial problems, haraam-love problems, etc., etc., it is always the effect of magic according to these chaps. Muslims are required to employ their brains and to seek the Shariahs’s ruling from the Ulama-e-Haqq because plunging headlong in a venture or in a morass of weird stunts is Imaani destruction.

Sure signs of the bogus nature of such people who claim to operate mysteriously are: (1) They enlist the aid of jinn, and (2) The boodle. They are out to become millionaires overnight.
They attend to thousands of people all over the world 12 months of the year. The boodle flows into their coffers like water because people are just too stupid due to Imaani deficiencies, hence they are ensnared into baatil with the greatest ease by such stunters.

It is necessary for the safety and well-being of Muslims that the Ulama proffer guidance to the morons in our community who allow themselves to be sucked for money. Do not be fooled by their employment of the Qur’aan Majeed. This is merely to impress the gullible community. Remember, that even kuffaar Jinn will be reciting the Qur’aan to mislead and misguide Muslims. Some of these ruqyah people perform weird shaitaani stunts with wazeefahs of Durood Shareef and Qur’aanic aayaat. In their weird and bizarre stunts, they acquire shaitaani assistance. May Allah Ta’ala save us all from their shaitaani depredations.

Adopt and adhere to the masnoon recitations of Ruqyah, and have yaqeen. Make Dua. But remember that Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Whatever is by Allah is attainable by means of only obedience.”

Therefore, morally reform yourself and seek Allah’s aid. Be patient in trials. All trials are almost always the consequences of our sins. Increase Istighfaar and Thikrullaah. This is the best Ruqyah.

8 Jamadiyuth Thaani 1440 – 14 February 2019

Athaab – Do Not be Deceived

Islam Reigns

“It (the hurricane/ tornado) is a wind in which there is a painful punishment. It destroys everything (in its path) by the command of its Rabb.” (Qur’aan)

All the forces of nature are the slaves of Allah Azza Wa Jal. They constitute His Army. The Qur’aan says: “No one knows His armies except He.” The variety of natural disasters – hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones, wild raging fires, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, etc., – occur by the Command of Allah Azza Wa Jal. Nothing is accidental. The Athaab, in which ever form it is unleashed, accomplishes its task meticulously as decreed. The destruction it wroughts should not be understood to be accidental and haphazard. The Qur’aan Majeed states: “Everything by Allah is according to a fixed measure.”

When the elimination of the nation of Nabi Loot (Alayhis salaam) was decreed, the punishment came in the form of showers of stones from the…

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