Opposing Seniors

Protecting The Deen

For protecting the Deen, one should have no concern for even one’s beloved relatives regardless of one’s love for them. The love of the Deen is greater than all loves. Our concern should be for the greater love. Protecting the Deen is extremely delicate. One’s focus should be on all angles.

Hadhrat Moulana Naseeruddin was in conflict with his Shaikh, Hadhrat Sultaanji regarding the mas’alah of Sama’ (singing the praises of Allah Ta’laa and our Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Despite Hadhrat Sultaanji engaging in Sama’ without musical instruments, Hadhrat Maulana Naseeruddin proclaimed it impermissible. (This is the fatwas of all the Fuqaha – Majlisul Ulama). When someone mentioned to him that his Shaikh, Hadhrat Sultaanji practiced Sama’, Hadhrat Naseeruddin said,

“The action of the Shaikh is not Sunnah”

When the person conveyed this comment to Hadhrat Sultaanji, he said,

“Naseeruddin has proclaimed the truth”

These Seniors were true servants of Deen.

After returning from Hajj, Maulana Muhammed Ali Ambhetwi made known that Hadhrat Haaji Saheb had granted him Ijaazat (permission) for practicing ‘Sama’.

When this information was conveyed to Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmtullahi Alayhi), he commented:

“What he says is erroneous, and if indeed what he said is true, then Haaji Saahib has erred. In masaa-il of this kind, Haaji Saahib should refer to us, then act (make amal). In matters of Islaah of the Nafs, we refer to him.”

People using this comment of Hadhrat Gangohi spread much mischief. However, the mischief which would have ensued from the Maulana’s statement was neutralized. For protecting the Deen, Hadhrat Maulana Gangohi did not care about his own reputation and name.

As long as the intention is sincere for protecting the Deen, then opposing even one’s seniors is acceptable. (However, opposing and criticizing seniors should be with respect. While seniority should not prevent the Aalim of Haqq from proclaiming the Haqq, the status of the senior should not be impugned. But the Haqq may not be concealed or abandoned on account of the error being that of a senior. – Majlisul Ulama)

Malfoothaat of Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (Rahmatullahi Alayh)

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