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Pakistani Ulama and Their Rhetoric (9): Maulana Muhammad Nawaz

(From Mashal Books)

Speaker: Maulana Muhammad Nawaz
Location: Jamia Masjid Ahle Hadith Chanchalwal, Faisalabad
Sect: Ahle Hadith
Language: Punjabi
Time: June 2010


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Don’t go near a place declared out of bounds by the Prophet PBUH. And when he orders you to do something act on it with all your heart. This is kalima, this faith and this is obedience. This is also the faith of Islam.

Abu Daud in his collection of Hadith says that the Prophet PBUH taught double azan and double takbir (double call to prayer and start of prayer) Azan has 19 phrases and takbir has 17. Now I ask you who acts on double azan? Only Ahle Hadith. Other sects should tell me how many mosques they have in Pakistan? Has anyone observed double azan in your mosques? If someone does it by mistake he is actually criticised. If you argue with me then prove that the hadith about double azan is wrong. If you can’t prove the hadith wrong then I will tell the people of Chanchalwal that the clerics are false and are in disobedience of the Prophet PBUH.

I will say obey the prophets and obey the apostles. I will add also obey say the Companions and Family of the Prophet PBUH. Hazrat Ali says the Prophet PBUH told him that if a grave appears to be high then take the earth from it and make it even with ground. In the Hadith collection of Abu Muslim it says that the Prophet PBUH disallowed the making of a concrete grave. And he disallowed the affixing of tablets on them announcing the name of the dead. And don’t sit on the graves like hermits. And don’t build structures on top of the graves to make them like tombs with domes.

We are Muslims and obey the Prophet PBUH but you turn your face away. The Ahle Hadith acted on the word of the Prophet PBUH and stopped making concrete graves. And stopped placing tablets on them and building tombs. Allama Ehsan Elahi Zaheer Shaheed (assassinated) had challenged the country from Lahore saying bring one hadith which allows concrete grave and we will make all your graves concrete by collecting funds. Today I too challenge you to show one hadith like that, strong or weak.

If you believe in the Prophet PBUH why do you make concrete graves? If you say you obey the Prophet PBUH then why do you disobey him? Shah Ismail is often quoted by the other sects as saying that apart from Allah don’t obey anyone. But this translation of what he said was wrong. He had said accept as god no one except Allah. This means Shah Ismail believed in obeying the Prophet PBUH.

By M R

Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Masood Ashraf Raja is an Associate Professor of Postcolonial Literature and Theory and the editor of Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies.
Raja tweets @masoodraja

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