Notorious for their slander, distortions and deliberate mutilation of the texts of kitaabs, the Qabar Pujaari (Grave-Worshipping) miscreants have accused great Ulama and Auliya of blasphemy.
Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi, Hadhrat Maulana Qaasim Nanotwi, Hadhrat Maulana Khaleel Ahmad Ambethwi and Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (rahmatullah alayhim) have been singled out in particular for the vilification and slander of the Qabar Pujaaris.
Grave worshippers leech and thrive on falsehood, hence they attribute their noxious slanders of blasphemy based on falsehood to these great and illustrious Stars of Uloom and Taqwa, who had adorned the firmament of Islam in recent times.
Since these noble Souls were in the front line of the fight against bid’ah and shirk, they became the natural targets for the abuse and slander of the Qabar Pujaaris.
This brief article responds to and refutes some of the slanders which the grave-worshippers have directed against these noble Ulama of Islam. May Allah Ta’ala bestow the loftiest mansions of Jannatul Firdaus to these Mujaddideen who had cleared the weeds and poison of Bid’ah and Shirk from the Fields and Body of Islam.
Mujlisul Ulama of South Africa
27 Zil Qa’dh 1431 – 4 November 2010
SLANDERING HADHRAT MAULANA RASHID AHMAD GANGOHI (rahmatullah alayh)
The Barelvi allegation that Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmed Gangohi (rahmatullah alayh) had declared: "Allah can tell a lie.", is blatant slander. Hadhrat Gangohi (rahmatullah alayhi) never made such a vile statement nor is this statement recorded anywhere in any of his writings:
The Istifta' (Question) and the Fatwa (the verdict and answer) are recorded in Fatawa Rashidiyya. The translation is presented here:
ISTIFTA' (THE QUESTION)
What do the Ulama of the Deen say regarding the following question: Does the Zaat (Being) of Allah Ta'ala-Glorious is His Name- have the attribute of kithb (falsehood) or not? Does Allah speak lies or not? How shall a person who says that Allah speaks lies be described? Elaborate and you will be rewarded (by Allah Ta'ala).
The Zaat of Allah Ta'ala is pure and holy, far above being attributed with the quality of kithb (falsehood—lies). Ma-aathallaah! Never ever is there the slightest vestige of falsehood in His Words (Kalaam). Allah Ta'ala says (in the Qur'aan):
"And, who is more truthful than Allah in word?"
Whoever believes with regard to Allah Ta'ala or says verbally that Allah speaks lies, is an absolute kaafir and mal'oon (accursed). He is an opponent of the Qur'aan Hadith and the Ijma' (Consensus of the Ummah. Never is he a Mu'min.
"Allah Ta'ala is most high and above the (falsehood) which the transgressors speak."
However, it is the unanimous belief of all people of Imaan that, for example, while Fir'oun, Haamaan and Abu Lahab have been proclaimed by the Qur'aan to be absolute Jahannami (inmates of the Fire), nevertheless, Allah Ta'ala has the power to grant them Jannat although He will not do so. He has not been rendered impotent (by His promise). He says (in the Qur'aan):
"And, if we desire, we can give every person guidance, but from Me has gone forth the decree that, verily, I shall fill Jahannum with jinn and men."
It is evident from this verse that if Allah Ta'ala had willed, He would have made everyone Mu'min. But, what He has proclaimed already, He will not act in contradiction thereof. All this is by the volitional power of Allah, not by idhtiraar (i.e. He does not act under compulsion. Whatever He does is by His volitional power and will). He is the Independent Actor. He does as He pleases. This is the belief of all the Ulama of the Ummah.