A Female on Darul Uloom Zakariyya’s Ladies Group goes against the Madressah’s Teachings

Question:

Assalamualaykum. My wife came home and told me she is on this particular group called ‘DuzLadies across borders‘. I was highly shocked when she said, “we ladies do not have to pray 20 rakaats of Taraweeh and we may pray 11 rakaats.” When I corrected her and also instructed to correct the false message of 11 rakaats sent on the group, she said, “no, a female with courage already attempted to and the admin of the group did not tolerate it and deleted her message that stressed the Taraweeh Salaah is 20 rakaats. However, the message of 11 rakaats simply remained. Apparently the admin of the group told few people, it is a mistake and we should not attack publicly. When we private messaged the 11 rakaat promoter, she said, “it is fine and one could read more too”.

This made it clear it was no mistake. However, how is it that the admin allowed this falsehood to remain and deleted the Haqq? Is this not a major crime?

The title of the message was ‘EFFECTIVE RAMADAN ROUTINE’: Here is the screenshot:

Response:

There are three issues here:

  1. The woman who knowingly and intentionally spread this evil as stated in no.15 of the really defective ramadhaan routine.
  2. The admin who allowed this evil and clearly deleted the Haqq.
  3. The Fatwa of Darul Uloom Zakariyya itself.

1. Dealing with the woman who spread this Dhalaal. Imaam Muslim رحمه الله mentions under the sub heading: The One Who Starts Something Good Or Something Bad; The One Who Calls Others To Guidance Or Misguidance Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam says,

مَنْ دَعَا إِلَى ضَلاَلَةٍ كَانَ عَلَيْهِ مِنَ الإِثْمِ مِثْلُ آثَامِ مَنْ تَبِعَهُ لاَ يَنْقُصُ ذَلِكَ مِنْ آثَامِهِمْ شَيْئًا‏

“he who called (people) to error, he shall have to carry (the burden) of its sin, like those who committed it, without their sins being diminished in any respect

(Muslim: Hadith 2764 )


This Dhalaalah (deviation of going against the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam which includes following the Khulafa-e-Rashideen as per instruction of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) is clearly spelt out in this Hadith:

فَإِنَّهُ مَنْ يَعِشْ مِنْكُمْ فَسَيَرَى اخْتِلَافًا كَثِيرًا، فَعَلَيْكُمْ بِسُنَّتِي وَسُنَّةِ الْخُلَفَاءِ الرَّاشِدِينَ الْمَهْدِيينَ، عَضُّوا عَلَيْهَا بِالنَّوَاجِذِ، وَإِيَّاكُمْ وَمُحْدَثَاتِ الْأُمُورِ؛ فَإِنَّ كُلَّ بِدْعَةٍ ضَلَالَةٌ”.

رَوَاهُ أَبُو دَاوُد، وَاَلتِّرْمِذِيُّ

Verily he among you who lives on will see great controversy, so you must keep to my Sunnah and to the Sunnah of the Khulafa ar-Rashideen (the rightly guided caliphs), those who guide to the right way. Cling to it with the molars [literally: with your molar teeth]. Beware of matters of innovation, for verily every bidah (innovation) is misguidance.” [Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi]

Taraweeh has been 20 Rakaats throughout the ages. The Haramain Sharifain is a solid proof for this. Only recently they changed it to not 8 but 10 Rakaats. The proof of Darul Uloom Zakariyya is sufficient and is mentioned in no.3.

2. The admin who deleted the Haqq when it was put down, allowed the 11 Rakaats promotion and left it to brainwash the members should take clear heed:

Allah Ta’ala clearly and emphatically instructs us:

Quran – Surah No. 2 البقرة
Ayah No. 42

أَعُوذُ بِاللّٰهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ
بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

وَلَا تَلۡبِسُوا الۡحَـقَّ بِالۡبَاطِلِ وَتَكۡتُمُوا الۡحَـقَّ وَاَنۡتُمۡ تَعۡلَمُوۡنَ

Translation:
And do not confound truth with falsehood, and do not hide the truth when you know.

3. The stance of Darul Uloom Zakariyya on this is clear and there is no need for any deviance from this clear cut fatwa:

Our advice is since this seems to be a group which is run by no real supervision and those who goes against the teachings of whom the name it resembles, it is thus imperative for member’s to free themselves from such Dhalaal and those who allow or entertain this mischief and leave peacefully.

Further for more information Mufti Ridha-ul-Haqq Saheb has solidly refuted those who claim other than 20 Raka’ah’s of Taraweeh. Go see Fatawa Darul Uloom Zakariyya in volume 2 (the english translation is available)

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Allah Ta’ala guide us all!

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