Sunday, June 15, 2014

"Islamic" leaders without External Sunnah?

"Islamic" leaders without External Sunnah?

It is clear that no Muslim has a right to be judgmental about the other Muslims who do not make their external appearance according to Sunnah. 
They are our brothers in faith, they have their weaknesses and we have ours. But accepting such people as mentors and religious Leaders or guides is problematic. 

When the outward is questionable and the inward, nobody can see, so, how can you trust their sincerity to the Deen and soundness of their knowledge? 

Just because someone belongs to an 'Islamic organisation' or subscribes to some particular  ideology or he is a 'good' speaker or writer is not a proof of his trustworthiness- nor do these qualities compensate for his lack of following the Sunnah in appearance and outward acts. We still do not judge them but we do not take our understanding of deen from them either.

Umar ibn Khattab [R.A.] said, "there were some people excused by the wahi (revelation) in the time of Rasulullah [SAWS], but now the wahi has stopped. Now we account you by what you do that is apparent. And whoever shows us any corruption, we will never believe him nor trust him even if your intention was good." [Bukhari]

The famous Taba'ie, Imaam Muhammad bin Sireen said:

إِنَّ هَذَا العِلْمَ دِيْنٌ؛ فَانْظُرُواْ عَمَّنْ تَأخُذُوْنَ دِيْنَكُمْ

“Indeed this knowledge is the religion, so be careful with regards to the one whom you take your religion from”
[Imaam Muslim related it in the introduction to his 'Sahih Muslim']

Better to be careful before following such people.

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