AssalamualaykumShaykh, may Allah S.W.T blessed you in this world and the next world.
I have a question the Wahabis in Malaysia are mocking the late Shaykh due to this transcript regarding Sayyidina Husayn R.A.: “The Coming of Sayyidina Imam Mahdi & the Secret of Imam Husayn“.They are accusing our shaykh as outside of ASWJ, on this point “That is Holy Qur’an’s Ayatul-kareemah. They were thinking they slaughtered (him) just as they thought they had caught Jesus Christ, putting him on the cross. That never happened! Wahid, “one” was dressed in his outer appearance as Sayyidina `Isa (a) and another one also looking like Sayyidina Husayn (r), so harm never touched them. Haasha! Haasha thumma kallaa!” ..
Waalaykumussalam warahmatullah. Amin and you also.
To begin: While the honorable authorities so far show patience and tolerance, Wahhabi paper muftis and others of yesterday’s graduates still filled with their mothers’ milk are busy trolling the social media and spewing vicious accusations against honorable elderly Shaykhs of Ahlussunna wal-Jamaa, first and foremost Sultan al-Awliya’ Mawlana Shaykh Nazim. Such accusers never acknowledge the huge da`wah that Allah gave Shaykh Nazim success in achieving, east and west. They never mention the huge numbers of mu’allaf Shaykh Nazim brought to Islam through his tireless travels. They never mention Shaykh Nazim’s high adab and akhlaq with everyone he ever met from drunken addicts to the Pope of Rome, Shaykh Nazim’s intense zuhd (what he called “sifat darwish“) well into his nineties, Shaykh Nazim’s selflessness for the sake of Allah until his last breath, and Shaykh Nazim’s khilafa to thousands of murids across the world.
Those mustahzi’un — scoffers — are boys who took their faith and practice from books and never sat and practiced with Awliya who have uninterrupted silsila to Rasulullah, not even for a brief moment. They are inspired and/or financed by a materialistic propaganda that has been fighting against the core Islamic values of Ahlussunna wal-Jamaa for 200 years. They are supported not by a Nusantara Sunni mandate but by a power-drunk controversial madhhab that has been accusing the Muslims of Hijaz, Yemen, Shaam, Iraq, Misr and Maghreb of being mushrik since before the time their parents were born. So it is easy for such muftis to act above the law and commit ifk and buhtan against other Muslims, especially now when the whole world is sick with similar self-destructive rage. They go where the wind blows seeking exposure, money and fame, pouring oil over the fires instead of putting out the fires. They should fear Allah, fear His ghadab and His `uquba which will not affect only the culprits.
As for the particular question: Everyone knows what the Qur’an says about the failed attempt to crucify the Prophet `Isa alayhissalam, and everyone knows what the Sira states about the murder of the Prophet’s grandson, upon them blessings and peace, which definitely took place and was even predicted to the Prophet — upon him and his Family blessings and peace — long before Karbala’. However, we are obliged to know also that ALLAH HAS THE LAST WORD REGARDING HIS HELPING OF HIS FRIENDS IN DUNYA AND AKHIRA. That reality is mentioned much more in the Qur’an and the Sunna. And that is the message of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim even if he seems to be using shataahaat (exaggerations) that jolt our hearings so as to carry the message across.
For while the “dressing of another one who looked like Sayyidina Husayn (r), so harm never touched him” is impossible according to natural custom, it is not impossible according to reason. If you want to judge as a mufti then you will need to differentiate between the two. The tendency of a mufti who is weak in Usul (such as this one without doubt), or confuses what is categorically necessary with what is possible, to go to unacceptable extremes in condemning a Sufi, was discussed by the impeccable Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Daqiq al-`Id in his book al-Iqtirah and cited by his student Imam al-Dhahabi in his book al-Muqizha. Al-Dhahabi commented: “And it is an extremely dangerous position to be in, for the unjust critic of any Sufi who is on the right becomes subsumed under the Hadith ‘Whoever shows enmity to one of My Friends has challenged Me to a duel to the death.'”
What matters is that those who defend the honor of Ahl al-Bayt for the sake of His Prophet are closer to Allah than those who call themselves mufti but are day and night criminally heedless of the love and honor due to Ahl al-Bayt Ulama, Ahl al-Bayt Shuyukh, Sufis and other Muslims. Yazid b. Mu`awiya was also a Muslim leader and a person of knowledge but he is mostly cursed, just as the Khawarij who killed his victim’s father were cursed in dunya and akhirah. Allah subhan wataala shall have the last word against today’s Khawarij as well, without the shadow of a doubt. Those who still support such people will be as if supporting the killers of Rasulullah’s children in our time.
Hajj Gibril Haddad