Interview With a Great Islamic Scholar

           

Our journey ended in front of the gate of the huge villa, or let us say, the moderate palace, the palace of the great Islamic scholar.  He is so famous and his name fills every ear and eye. His voice resonates day and night, and his news and reputation is everywhere.  Many invitations come rushing to him from all countries.  If he attends, everyone recedes for him.  If he sits down, all eyes look at him.  If he stands up to speak, he has to be respectfully presented.  When he takes the podium, all bodies become stiff and every eye widens and the field is totally cleared for him. He speaks and speaks, while all ears are listening intently, and the hearts and selves are very interested.  No one is allowed to oppose or protest, and there is no talk by anyone after him.  His tongue starts to move to and fro.  His lips begin to open and close.  His mouth becomes wide open and his teeth are showing.  His hands strongly move and wave, while his body shakes together with his leg and feet.  The battle or speech intensifies.  His cheeks become hot and red.  Words fly together with the phrases and sentences…while minds are in full concentration!  At times, tears are shed and cries are heard.  Sounds of appreciation and glorification of the Creator are heard as if he is a singer or an artist.  It is no wonder, as he is one of the famous activist scholars and he has in the field of propagation of Islam many rounds.  He also wrote many books and texts and has pictures, articles, tapes, recordings, programs, and debates.  His celebrity status cover all continents, so he became a symbol of faith and a scholar of religion, knowledgeable of good and bad deeds, and a leader (Sheikh) for male and female Muslims.   He became a reference for the inquirers and hope for those who seek salvation.  In front of the people, he is a miracle from the miracles of God.  And in the eyes of the public, he is an extraordinary phenomenon!

 

I knocked on the door and the doorman opened for me, after checking my identification.  He led me through the garden, or rather, the gardens which surround the villa or palace, which is full of trees, flowers, and fruits.  In the middle, there is a water fountain surrounded by a table and set of chairs and a swing sofa.  The garden was surrounded by high and strong fence.  We reached the door of the villa where we were welcomed by the secretary who led us to a big and vast reception filled with luxurious furniture, antiques, hangings, and curtains.  The floor was covered with a wonderful carpet, and there are bright and shiny chandeliers hanging from the ceiling with dazzling light.  After a while of waiting, quietness, and terrorizing silence, the secretary asked me to move to the office.  It is a big air-conditioned room and its walls were covered with written verses, and book shelves with a countless number of books.  A big comfortable sofa was there along with a set of luxurious leather chairs.  There was also a TV, video, and DVD set.  A big stereo was present inside the entertainment center.  A wide window which views the garden was there.  All of that makes you feel as if you are in the office of the president of the state.  At the end of the room, there was a big desk.  There was a great wall picture of the Holy Kaaba hanging over the desk.  A frame carrying the name, Allah the Great, was hung on the wall.  Behind the desk, he was sitting there… the famous great Islamic scholar.  After exchanging greetings and salutations together with common compliments, the following interview took place:

 

Author:  Can you describe to us how the life of the Prophet Muhammad (SA) was, both in the private and personal level?  And how did he deal with the pleasures of this life and its ornaments?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  The life of the Prophet (SA) was simple by all means.  His home was simple and his bed was made of straw.   He ate and sat on the ground like the slaves do.  He rode on donkey and let somebody ride behind him.  He held the sheep and accepted the invitation of a slave, and he greeted the young children.  He stitched and patched his clothes, and he mended his shoes.  He did not like luxury, extravagance, or pleasure.  And he used to say "Train yourself on the harshness of life because bounty is never continuous."  Whenever he sat on soft furniture, he would recite, "Then on that day, you shall certainly be asked concerning pleasure [102:8]." Whenever he saw pictures on curtains or walls or rugs, he would say, "Hide it from me, for when I look at it, I remember the life of this world and its ornaments!"  He was very generous and giving and he did not like to hoard money and he used to forbid that.  One and two months would pass by without any cooking at home.  He and his household used to live on dates and water.  Even when some of his wives asked him for a bigger house and more food, a verse of the Quran was revealed as follows, "O Prophet! Say to your wives: If you desire this world's life and its adornment, then come, I will give you a provision and allow you to depart a goodly departing [33:28]. In the morning, he would ask if there is something for him to eat for breakfast.  If there was nothing available, then he made the intention of fasting for that day.

 

At this point, a handsome servant entered as he pushed a coffee table that contained luxurious china set upon it surrounding a big cake and a group of other sweets, snacks, and milk.

 

The Islamic Scholar:  (continues on) The Prophet (SA) have died and departed from the life of this world without owning any property.  Even his shield was given as a mortgage to a Jew and in the narration, he said, "Gabriel came to me and said, 'If you want, I will turn these mountains into gold for you, and if you want I will bring to you the treasures and gold of the earth under your feet.'  So I answered, 'Gabriel my loved one, what have I to do with the treasures and gold of this life and its pleasures?!  I'd rather live me and my Lord.  If I become hungry one day, I ask him, and if I become satiated another day, I would thank him.'"

 

Author:  Was that due to inability of the Prophet (SA) to attain the ornaments of this life or lack of ability to earn and gain money, property, luxuries, or was it due to inability of his Lord to provide him with all that?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  Glory be to Allah (SWT)!  No my brother, of course as I said to you.  If the Prophet (SA) wanted to own anything, he would've owned it even before the Migration to Medina.  After all, don't forget that Quraish and its leaders came to his uncle Abu Taleb and proposed to him, "If your nephew wants kingship, then we will make him our king.  And if he wants money, we will gather money for him till he become the richest one among us."  But the Prophet (SA) rejected all of that even though he was in need.  He said his well-known statement, "By God, Oh uncle, if they placed the sun on my right and the moon on my left in return to abandon this religion, I will never abandon it until Allah (SWT) spreads it or I die defending it."  After that, the whole Arabian peninsula became under his rule after the conquest of Mecca.  If he wanted, he could've owned anything he desired.  Not to mention that Allah (SWT) is capable if He (SWT) wanted to make him rule over all of Earth, as He (SWT) did with Prophet David, or as He (SWT) did with Joseph, and King Solomon.  So the matter is not like that.

 

Author:  What do you think is the wisdom of Allah (SWT) for His Prophet when He (SWT) took away from him the luxuries of this world and its ornaments?  And what do you see in the desire of the Prophet (SA) and his concern to distant himself away from the world and its ornaments and pleasures?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  The wisdom is clear.  Allah (SWT) wants for man to know that the properties and luxuries of this world is not worth anything to Him.  And if it had any value in Allah's eyes, then He (SWT) would've surely given it to His Prophet.  As for the concern of the Prophet to distant himself away from the pleasures of this world, this is to make himself an example for us to urge us not to seek the temporary luxuries and transitory ornaments.  Excuse me, my brother, can you please press that button beside you to turn on the AC, for the weather is hot today as it seems?  Thank you…may Allah (SWT) reward you.

 

Author:  So do you say that this behavior is restricted to the Prophet (SWT) only and is not incumbent on any Muslim to abide by?  Or is it general behavior in the dealing of a true Muslim with the luxuries, ornaments, and pleasures of this life?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  The Holy Prophet (SA) was a great role model and example whom every Muslim should imitate.  As the Quran says, "Certainly you have in the Messenger of Allah an excellent exemplar for him who hopes in Allah and the latter day and remembers Allah much [33:21]."  It also says, "Whatever Allah has restored to His Messenger from the people of the towns, it is for Allah and for the Messenger [59:7]."  So this guidance from the Prophet (SA) is Sunnah, and the Sunnah is obligatory to follow as there is goodness in that for the Ummah.

 

Author:  So what do you say to those Muslims who seek and run after the pleasures and ornaments of this life?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  We say to them, abandon it for it is spoiling.  And abide by the guidance and Sunnah of your prophet and messenger.  However, there is no problem if a Muslim wanted to expand his home or utilize the recent innovations in order to further develop his life, if it is Halal, and without falling in love with such things.

 

Author:  Wasn't the Holy Prophet (SA) capable of expanding his home from Halal, and to enjoy from Halal?  And if he did that, would he be falling in love with these things, while all of us know that the love of the life of this world has been pulled away from his heart, as he himself said?  So why didn't he do so?  And why then do you permit things which he never did?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  He didn't do it, but he didn't forbid it either.  And the basis in everything is that it is permissible, except what Allah (SWT) and His Messenger forbid.  No forbidding has been mentioned in this matter.  And Allah (SWT) has said, "Say: Who has prohibited the embellishment of Allah which He has brought forth for His servants and the good provisions? [7:32]".

 

Author:  First of all, you have said that the behavior of the Prophet (SWT) is Sunnah which is required to follow and you supported your statement with clear verses from the Holy Quran.  Then now you are making it permissible to deviate from this behavior of the Prophet and act in the contrary to it.  Don't you notice a clear contradiction in that which may confuse the Ummah and make matters vague?  Furthermore, why didn't you complete the verses which follow the one you just mentioned?  "Say: These are for the believers in the life of this world, purely (theirs) on the resurrection day; thus do We make the communications clear for a people who know [7:32]."  The verses are clear in saying that the ornaments themselves as things are beautiful creation of Allah (SWT).  So who can describe them as forbidden in themselves?  But they are ornaments that will be permissible and good on the Day of Judgment for those who believe.  Therefore, the verses do not indicate the permissibility of enjoying and seeking the pleasures of this world and its ornaments, as we see most Muslims doing now.

 

The Islamic Scholar:  Subhanallah, there is no contradiction there, brother.  Anybody who challenges the religion will be a loser.  So take another look at the whole matter and you will not find any contradiction as the religion is easy.

 

Author:  The contradiction in your words are very clear.  And if I looked at the matter a thousand times, I will see it more clear.  But you can request me to close my eyes  so that I don't see this contraction in your answers and actions.  Okay, but don't you see a great danger that threatens the Ummah if it seeks and goes after the luxuries, pleasure, ornaments, and money, etc.  And for that sake, it sacrificed everything whether it is principle or belief, religion, or jurisprudence.

 

The Islamic Scholar:  If a person earned from Halal, then there is no objection in that, with the condition that the rules and laws of Islam are not violated. 

 

Author:  We are not talking about earning or the rules and laws of Islam.  We are just asking you about your opinion regarding a behavior which became widespread in the Ummah.  Do you see it as dangerous or not?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  The real danger is that the Ummah live a way of life that is far behind other nations, on the pretext of ascetism, Sufism, humbleness, and that they don't join the procession of modernism and civilization.

 

Author:  What does the procession of modernism and civilization have anything to do with what we're asking now regarding the danger of rushing after and seeking the pleasures, ornaments, and luxuries of this life?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  Without a doubt, rushing after and excessive seeking of ornaments and pleasures without any restrictions and abidance by the rules of Allah (SWT) poses a great danger on the Ummah.

 

Author:  And it leads to the corruption of man, weakness of his will, and his inability to stand up against the enemies of Allah (SWT) to raise His Word.  Because at that time, he will be a slave only to the life of this world and its benefits.  His silence could be bought by throwing some benefits to him.  This is the wisdom of Allah (SWT) and His Prophet behind calling for abandonment of the luxuries, ornaments, and pleasures of the life of this world, and speaking negatively of it.  Isn't that true?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  Yes, but Allah (SWT) did speak negatively about the life of this world, my brother.

 

Author:  He (SWT) spoke about it negatively when He (SWT) took it away from the most closest and loved one to him.  While He (SWT) gave it to the nonbelievers, hypocrites, and the corrupt.  He (SWT) spoke negatively about it when He (SWT) said in Surat Al Zokhrof, "Will they distribute the mercy of your Lord? We distribute among them their livelihood in the life of this world…" [43:34]. öAnd (SWT) spoke about it negatively when He (SWT) said in Surat Hud, "Whoever desires this world's life and its finery, We will pay them in full their deeds therein, and they shall not be made to suffer loss in respect of them.  These are they for whom there is nothing but fire in the hereafter, and what they wrought in it shall go for nothing, and vain is what they do.  [11:15-16]."  So, is there anything more clear or stronger proof than that?  Not to mention what Allah (SWT) revealed with a strong statement to the wives of the Prophet (SWT) who asked for something simple which is not considered to be ornaments in our world today.  But Allah (SWT) named it "zeena" (ornaments) even though it is relatively small.  So the case here is clear and is not in need of any debate.

 

The Islamic Scholar:  Some of the companions of the Prophet (SA) enjoyed pleasure after the conquest of other country sides.  If that was forbidden, they wouldn't have done so, and they are the closest to the Holy Prophet (SWT).

 

Author:  The actions of human beings which may be right or wrong, could never stand as proof over the religion and Book of Allah (SWT) and the actions of the Holy Prophet (SWT).  If you reviewed the lives of the four Caliphs, you will find that it did not differ from the life of the Prophet (SWT).  And they are the closest to him from the companions, so why not take from them a proof over others?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  Do you have any other questions?

 

Author:  Yes, what is your opinion regarding the conditions of the Muslims today?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  The nation has been left far behind when it did not use the modern sciences, and ran after the trivial matters, and did not understand the reality of its religion.  Therefore, you see Muslims in great poverty, retardedness, and illiteracy.

 

Author:  And who is responsible for that?  Them, or their ruler, or the scholars like yourself?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  The responsibility is shared by the whole nation.

 

Author:  But who specifically carries the greater share of it?  Is it the simple, humble, poor, ignorant and starving people who have neither power nor strength?  Or the rulers who have power and live in palaces between sin and evil?  Or the scholars who do not enjoin the good or forbid the evil?  They do not correct or direct or teach or call for wakefulness or revolt or rebel, or change or reform while they see the matters of the religion and life ever since the death of the Holy Prophet, are being played with, torn apart, and destroyed.  They don't even keep silent.  Rather, they approved corruption and ruled against Islam to go along with the rulers.  They changed the rules and laws of Islam, seeking to please the rulers to gain temporary benefits.  So who exactly will attain double punishment on the Day of Reckoning?

 

The Islamic Scholar: Not all the scholars and not all the rulers.  Judgment in that is not for me or you.  It is only for the Lord of the Worlds.  What's more important is that we now look at our future and leave the past behind our backs.

 

Author:  Without pinpointing the guilty and transgressor party, and identifying the cause behind the disorder which misled the nation?!  The nation which should be the best nation set alive for the people!  How can we look at the future without determining the disorder in the past so that we may avoid it?  We study the past for the sake of a better future and so that we don't repeat our mistakes.  It is true, judgment is only for the Lord of all Worlds.  But that will be on the Day of Judgment and in the Hereafter, when He the Almighty will be the One and Only Ruler and King.  But in the life of this world, Allah (SWT) have designated us as representatives for Him, and He (SWT) gave us the authority to rule and judge according to His orders and laws.  Based on that, we set trials for killers and criminals and we sentence them.  Why then can't we set trial to try those who corrupted and spoiled the nation and diffused its religion and its life, since the demise of its Prophet until today?  As for the future which you speak about, this future has the same three accused:  the people, the rulers, and the scholars.  So if we do not reach a verdict in the case and identify the criminals, who then will protect the nation from the detrimental flaws which took place in the past and we don't want them to be repeated in the future?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  Do you have other questions?

 

Author:  What is your opinion regarding what is happening in some or most of our Islamic countries from torture, persecution, imprisonment, murder, and execution of Muslims?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  There are some groups who misunderstand the religion and do not ask the real scholars to correct their beliefs and their understanding.  These groups misrepresent Islam and its image in front of the world.  Therefore, they are responsible for what is happening to them, even though we regret that very much.

 

Author:  Can you specify for us exactly, and sorry for our insistence every time to be specific.  What is the mistake in which they fall into in understanding the religion?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  Using violence in promoting the religion, killing the innocent, and inflicting harm in the countries.  That does not please Allah (SWT) and is not from Islam which is the religion of compassion and forgiveness, and which calls for the invitation to Islam using wisdom, soft talk, and gentle preaching.

 

Author:  Invitation!  Which invitation are you talking about, Sheikh?  We are in the Islamic countries already, and we are speaking about what is happening in countries that are Islamic since hundreds of years ago!  And most of its population is Muslims, also since hundreds of years ago!  So which invitation are you talking about?  Is there still invitation to Islam in the Islamic countries?!  Will the true religion (Islam) of Allah (SWT) be widespread again after more than 1400 years of its propagation?  Will we return to square one when we should have already established ourselves, and the invitation to Islam has expanded to cover the whole face of earth!  If you're talking about the invitation to apply the laws and rules of Allah (SWT) and raise His word, this is not an invitation which you call through wisdom and gentle preaching!  Yes, if you were going to invite a  group of idol worshippers or Christians or Jews living in the Eskimo or China or Africa, then surely you should do that using wisdom and gentle preaching.  But to invite a Muslim who abandoned his religion and made the word of Allah (SWT) the lowest, and made the rule of Allah (SWT) seem old-fashioned and become as a legend that is not suitable for our modern life today, here there is no room for wisdom and gentle preaching or softness or leniency.  After all, a Muslim who reverts back from Islam should be killed, and the corrupt or disobedient Muslim should be sentenced according to Islamic law.  Those who reject to establish the Islamic Sharia and rule according to what Allah (SWT) has revealed in the Islamic countries, is considered to be a nonbeliever (kafir) and enemy of Allah (SWT) according to the Quran and the Sunnah.  Such a nonbeliever and whoever supports and accepts his action and keeps silent about him and acts as hypocrite, can you call such people innocent according to the Sharia?!  Who then are guilty if they are innocent?  And if the Muslim is the one who is attacked, imprisoned, tortured, killed, and executed because of his religion, isn't it his right to defend himself against the enemy of Allah and his own enemy?  Or that after Allah (SWT) permitted those who are being fought and oppressed to defend themselves, has deleted this verse in the Quran and replaced it by another verse stating that "whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn your left cheek to him to give you another slap!!"  As for your talk about inflicting harm in the countries, which country are you talking about?  The countries that were built from the forbidden (Haram) and have been filled with forbidden, the countries that are filled with places of corruption, gambling, wine, conspiracies, intelligence, tortures, and executions…the countries that are ruled by the enemies of Allah (SWT) and are inhabited by those who surrender to the enemies of Allah (SWT) and those who are hypocrites to the enemies of Allah (SWT), and those who are helpers to the enemies of Allah (SWT)?  Yes, Islam is the religion of mercy and forgiveness, if it has been enabled and ruled on earth and if it prevailed and became in control. As for the enemies of religion and enemies of Allah (SWT) and His Messenger, did the religion treat them with compassion and forgiveness?  Did the Prophet (SWT) treat them with compassion and forgiveness?   No, so why all that mixing between matters and fabrication of the truth?  Whoever is doing that is the real one who is misrepresenting the religion to please others and to please the non-Muslims!  Is the person who wants to raise the word of Islam considered to be harmful to Islam?  What kind of logic is that?!  And if one of them came to you saying that they want to raise the word of Allah in the Islamic countries, and he wants these countries to be ruled according to the laws and Sharia of Allah (SWT)…if such person came to you, should you have to correct his corrupt belief?  Will you tell him for example, "No, correct your faith and make the word of Allah (SWT) the lowest, review your beliefs and do not carry out the laws of God because Islam is the religion of love and forgiveness.  I am pleased with what you see from corruption and consider that the will of Allah (SWT)."  Can you say that to him and carry that responsibility in front of Allah (SWT)?  And where will you find the verses to support your talk?  From what book and which narrations will you base you verdict on?  Is this what you're going to direct the people to do, and is this your guidance, Oh scholars?!  Is this the knowledge which Allah (SW) entrusted you with?  Is that your way of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil?! 

 

The Islamic Scholar:  The whole matter is filled with confusion and vagueness, and everything can be solved best using wisdom.

 

Author:  Did you try to practice that role?  Did you try to establish the laws and rules of Allah (SWT) using wisdom?  If you did that, then why did these groups have to come out and those youth had to carry out the role which you scholars should've carried out but you didn't?  Those youth came out to defend the religion of Allah (SWT) whom you failed to defend when you preferred safety and ran after the life of this world and its pleasures!

 

The Islamic Scholar:  Don't be unjust to the scholars, brother, as Allah (SWT) doesn't like injustice.  The scholars are carrying out their duties using wisdom, carefulness, and politics.

 

Author:  That is between you and Allah (SWT) and you will be held accountable for that.  But we bear witness in front of Allah (SWT) that you did not carry out your duties.  And you did not stand up against the oppressor!  On the contrary, you were against the oppressed, the weak, the poor, and the humble.  You did not enjoin the good or forbid the evil.  You kept silent regarding the injustice and violation of the sanctities of God.  You didn't move when they threw to you money, positions, titles, and respectable ranks! Yet you claim that all this is politics, wisdom, and carefulness!  We cannot testify except what we see and know.

 

The Islamic Scholar:  Do you have more questions?

 

Here, the secretary entered and spoke with the scholar, reminding him of his appointment tomorrow with the President at 9 pm sharp.

 

Author:  Will you meet the President tomorrow?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  Yes, he has invited me so I will answer his invitation.

Author:  But I understand that scholars should be visited, not pay the visit.  Will you then enjoin him with the good and forbid him from evil?  Will you request from him  to stop oppressing the Muslims and carrying out executions?  Will you ask him to apply the laws of Allah (SWT) and close the liquor stores and taverns?  Will you ask him to stop committing injustice and fix what needs to be fixed?  Will you ask him to refrain from working as puppet in the hands of strangers and imperialism?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  We will try our best, and don't forget that the rulers are the guardians.  Their obedience is an order from Allah (SWT) that is mentioned in the Quran and we should be polite and gentle in speaking to them and we should show them respect and obedience.

 

Author:  No, they have taken guardianship by force and aggression without oath of allegiance or democracy.  Their obedience should only be in what pleases Allah (SWT).  So, if they ordered disobedience to God and widespread of corruption, then there should not be obedience.  That is clearly the order of Allah (SWT) and His Messenger, without vagueness or confusion.  To use soft words with them is against Islam and will only increase them in arrogance and aggression.  If you show them obedience, this is hypocrisy.  And if you show them respect, they will ride on your shoulders and will not then accept from you any talk.

 

The Islamic Scholar:  If I did what you want me to do, they will kill me, imprison me, or charge me with insanity!

 

Author:  If they kill you, then you will have achieved your mission and you will die as a martyr.  If you get imprisoned, then let your slogan be like that of Prophet Joseph (May Allah be pleased with him) when he said, "He said: My Lord! the prison house is dearer to me than that to which they invite me…" [12:33] And if they accused you of insanity, you are not better than Prophet Noah (May Allah be pleased with him) as they called him mad and he was driven away.  And you are not better than the best of Allah's creation, Muhammad (SA) as they said on him, "What! Shall we indeed give up our gods for the sake of a mad poet [37:36]?"  So, all the options are good for you and your Hereafter and the day of your judgment in front of your Lord.

 

The Islamic Scholar:  Do you have any more questions?

 

Author:  Is it permissible to make religion a business?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  What do you mean by that, please clarify?

 

Author:  Business is buying and selling, or taking and giving.  So, is it permissible for a person to give religion and religious knowledge and take in return money as a salary?  Or to sell the words of Allah (SWT) and His laws, and the Sunnah of the messenger and take in return money or position, or certificate or post?  In other words, is it allowed for the religion to be a job or profession?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  (He looked irritated and signs of anger started to show on his face) I refuse to answer that question and I consider it to be an insult.  I will forgive you in that because Allah (SWT) ordered us to forgive and forsake.

 

Author:  We will then leave that question and raise it to Allah (SWT), so long as you scholars refuse to answer, and we don't understand why.  But we'd like to remind you that all of the Prophets who have the highest rank of knowledge, jurisprudence, and recognition, never took any reward and they never earned income from conveying the message of God.  Each of them had a different profession or job; some of them were tailors, others were merchants, and others were herdsmen.  They never used religion as a profession.  They did not invite and call for the religion of God in return for money.  They did not seek reward or sell the words of Allah (SWT) to those who can pay more.  They never made knowledge and invitation to religion become a job and occupation.  The sincere companions after the Prophet (SA) did the same thing.  Then why do we see those who are much inferior allow themselves to take religion as business and make religion a job and profession?  They allow themselves to sell the words of Allah and His teachings in return for money and benefits in such a way that I can now employ you to give a speech.  Or I can make a contract with you to write some article or give a lecture, or give you a position as a college professor or hire you in a governmental job.  The award in all cases is money and other benefits.  And of course your devotion will be to whoever pays more.  Isn't that the truth?  So I wonder on which basis do you allow yourself to do that?!  And you consider it Halal (permissible)!  Life became corrupt when the scholars became corrupt.  And the scholars became corrupt since this trend was innovated.  You became like the priests of Judaism and Christianity who accept money and sell their religion.  See for yourself what words Allah (SWT) described them in the Quran.

 

The Islamic Scholar:  May Allah (SWT) forgive you.  Do you have other questions?

 

Author:  You're making as if I'm unjust to you, but Allah (SWT) will judge between us.  And now, allow me to ask another question.  What are your future plans?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  I will travel to Country A to make a radio program.  And to Country B to do some TV interviews.  And Country C to participate in a religious debate.  Then, I will return back here to record some lectures during the holy month of Ramadan which will be distributed in the Islamic countries.  Then, I'll travel to the Umm Al Qora University in Mecca where I work as Chairman, then I'll visit that continent.  We will say the Adhaan in that country, and so on and so forth.

 

Author:  Why do you plan to go and invite people to Islam in all countries on earth, while you abandon your country that is in darkness, and your own people lay in backwardness, poverty, oppression, and injustice.  You go to fix other people's homes while your home needs fixing.  You go to teach other children while your child is illiterate.  You go to sell religion and Islam to others while your people need it the most.   What a great mistake which I don't know if you are aware of it or you ignore it or you escape from it?!

 

The Islamic Scholar:  We carry out our duty in every place according to what pleases Allah (SWT) and as He (SWT) ordered.

 

Author:  We leave that for Allah (SWT) to judge, but tell me, why do you dedicate all your life to Islam and for the invitation to Islam?

 

The Islamic Scholar:  As a service to God, and to raise His Word, and seeking His Pleasure, and in fear of His punishment.  Nothing else. Oh brother, despite your words, we do not fear but Allah (SWT), and we only hope for His Grace and Reward.  We want to spread His religion and may Allah (SWT) be witness on what is in our hearts.  We are not money-seekers or world-seekers.  Rather, we seek the Hereafter, and this world is not worth anything to us.  We are the carriers of the Book of Allah and the carriers of the religious knowledge.  We are the scholars and we are the inviters.  We are the trust keepers and we are the trustworthy .  We are the warriors and we are the righteous.  We work only for Allah (SWT) and we don't fear death or care for life because we have performed our duties towards Allah (SWT).

 

 

Suddenly, an earthquake took place…which caused the books to fall down, and the chandeliers danced around.  The AC stopped and the walls started to crack.  The screams increased.  And here, I found the scholar frowning and his face turned pale. Suddenly, I saw him taking off his turban and stepping over his desk while he cried out loud, "Rescue yourself!  It is an earthquake!"  Then he yelled for help and threw himself out the window and ran away.

 

After that, quietness and complete silence prevailed.  I woke up from my shock.  Where is the scholar?  Where is the secretary?  Where is the household?  Everyone has escaped…and I said Subhanallah!  A few seconds ago, that man was saying that he is ready to face death and did not care about life and he make Allah bear witness to the contents of his heart!  What happened now?  Allah (SWT) has tested and exposed him! As soon as he thought it was an earthquake and that it was definite death and punishment, he escaped as if he is a mouse or squirrel.  Glory is to you Oh Lord, how Wise You are!  You didn't accept that anyone dare on you, use you, lie on you, or lie using you!  As the Holy Quran says, "They desire to put out the light of Allah with their mouths but Allah will perfect His light, though the unbelievers may be averse [61:8]."

I looked around me and saw that everything fell down, except what contained the name of Allah (SWT).  From among the books that fell on the floor was a book which was written by our scholar himself which he named, "Tafseer Surat Al Bara'a."  In it, he speaks about hypocrisy as it is depicted in Surat Al Tawba.  He was not even bashful in writing about hypocrisy and putting it down, while he himself follows that path!  He and those like him ever since the death of the Prophet and the injustice that was committed against the Prophet's holy family.  That was the cause of every tragedy and disaster.  Those hypocrites are the one to be blamed for the misguidance of the Ummah.  In their necks lie the blood of the martyrs and those killed by the hands of the oppressors.  They are hypocrites who love money, sell the religion, and kiss up to the rulers.  May the curse of Allah (SWT) be upon them all as they are fake scholars and real traitors!

 

Finally, I came out of the huge villa or let us say, the moderate palace.  The palace of the great Islamic scholar whom we came to know as a cunning and scornful hypocrite!  His like is present in every place.  They have different names and titles in every age and time.  And they have foolish followers and companions.  They have people who take them as lords besides Allah (SWT).  They see the scholars as cornerstones of the religion and take them as guardians and loved ones.  They take the knowledge, rulings, and laws of the religion from them, without being aware that those scholars are phony, liars, and hypocrites.   They play with the laws and rules of Allah (SWT).  They don't carry out what Allah (SWT) conveyed to His messengers that we should stand up against the oppressors, support the helpless, and enlighten the way of the believers…and support the righteous, help those who struggle in the way of Allah (SWT)…and giving glad tidings to the patient ones…be companions to the poor and needy…and be humble to the Muslims… speak the truth with humbleness and soft talk but with strength and clarity.  Those fake scholars who ever since the death of the Prophet (SA) until now were unjust to themselves and follow the path of the devils!  So they should await their punishment from Allah (SWT).  There is no power or strength but with Allah.  And don't think that Allah (SWT) is unaware of what the unjust do! 

Glory is to Allah, the Lord of Dignity and Honor.  Peace be upon the messengers.  Praise be to Allah the Lord of the Worlds!  May peace and blessings be upon the best of messengers, Muhammad (SWT) and on his purified progeny!