The Admonitions & Refutations of ash-Shaykh al-ʿAllāmah al-Muhaddith Badīʿuddīn Shāh as-Sindī ar-Rāshidī (raḥimahullāh) on Jamʿiyyah Ahle-Ḥadīth
The following are extracts from a lecture given atleast more than 22 years back by the Shaykh رحمه الله which was later transcribed and compiled into a booklet.
The Shaykh said, “I have been requested to present my views on the topic of “Rectification of Ahle-Ḥadīth“. It is astonishing that Ahle-Ḥadīth are in need of rectification. Allāh the most High has mentioned two characteristics of the one who rectifies. Firstly, he should establish his salāh in accordance to the mannerisms of the Messenger ﷺ. The reality is that worship is only what is established on the mannerisms of Messenger ﷺ. Otherwise the Jews, the Christians, and the Hindus also perform acts of worship but they are not accepted by Allāh. The second characteristic of the rectifier is that he should adhere to the divine revelation, and it is only the Qur’ān and the Sunnah that can be referred to as divine revelation. So the rectifier is the one who establishes his salāh and adheres to divine revelation in all of his affairs. He should not adhere to anything else. In this respect this definition does not apply to anyone other than Ahlil-Ḥadīth, so they themselves are the rectifiers. Now they too are in need of rectification; indeed this is something new.”
HABITS OF PICTURE TAKING (PHOTOGRAPHY), VIDEO RECORDINGS, & THE FOUNDATIONS OF SHIRK
The Shaykh Badīʿuddīn said, “For example, now our brothers from (Jamʿiyyah) Ahle-Ḥadīth have a love for picture-taking. Our conferences are not established except that there is picture-taking. How can a conference be blessed when the curse of Allāh is showered upon it (because of picture-taking)! Can that conference be a means of guidance, a means of righteousness? And those people who commit these actions, should they be considered people who strive in the path of Allāh or a disgraceful shameful people. May Allāh give you good, why has this shamefulness occurred? It has come because we have lost the safeguarding of the religion, insight, and knowledge of the Messenger ﷺ that Allāh has placed in our hearts. Now what is the reality; we have begun video recording and picture-taking, when (before,) this never took place. For Allāh’s sake, tell me: When these actions did not take place, when the people did not know these affairs, were the Muslims in a better condition then or is their condition better now? There was Īmān, Taqwā, and dependence on Allāh in the previous condition, there is no Īmān, Taqwā, and dependence on Allāh in the present one.
(نُوَلِّهِ مَا تَوَلَّىٰ)
“We will leave him to what he has chosen.”
[Surah An-Nisā’ 115]
This has taken place. This is how Shirk will take place. We will have pictures taken, and then we will exalt them and venerate them, and adorn them with flowers. Indeed this is the original source of Shirk. Those people, who partake in actions of Shirk such as these, are they going to strive for the sake of Allāh, or bring about corruption.
He continued, “I have been attending your conferences in Punjab for 45 years. At these times when the people used to invite us to their homes to eat, we used to find written in their homes,
رَبَّنَا ظَلَمْنَآ أَنفُسَنَا وَإِن لَّمْ تَغْفِرْ لَنَا وَتَرْحَمْنَا لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ ٱلْخَٰسِرِينَ
“Our Lord! We have wronged ourselves. If You do not forgive us, and bestow Your Mercy upon us, we shall certainly be of the losers.”
[Sūrah Al-A’raf 7:23]
We used to find the aḥādīth and advices of the Messenger ﷺ written in their homes; they had matters of the religion written in their homes. Today if you go to the homes, you find in places the pictures of men and in places the pictures of women; it is the opposite of how things used to be. This is the condition. Where is the honor of these people today.
Islām erased these affairs and closed the doors of Shirk. People give us the example of identification cards and passports. Allāh knows that our hearts rebuke us, but we do not do these things because of personal desires. Are the conferences going to cease to be beneficial without photography? Have you ever seen a gathering larger than this? So this habit should not be found amongst us (Ahle-Ḥadīth). Others are responsible for their own affairs. We are saddened by the actions of our people. Our own people have destroyed this religion. They have made the Jamʿiyyah a means of bringing about disagreement. If you truly desire to be rectified, then repent to Allāh that neither will you take pictures nor will you have pictures taken. This is the first affair, if you desire to rectify yourself, then make yourself aware of these problems. My friends, all of these affairs are in need of our rectification, so make a firm decision that we will never commit actions such as these.
THE CURSE OF DEMOCRACY IN THE RANKS OF JAMʿIYYAH AHLE-ḤADĪTH
Has Islām not taught you how to run the governments? Did not the Messenger (ﷺ) establish an Islamic government within a kingdom of kufr? How did the Messenger (ﷺ), how did he establish this government? He acted upon the guidance of Allāh and he was successful, Allāh gave him victory, Allāh gave him success. All forces were in opposition to the Messenger (ﷺ) and they still are; the forces of these selfish maulvīs (religious leaders), the forces of saints (pīr), and the forces of the wealthy. All of these groups are against each other but are united against the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ). The time came when the Messenger (ﷺ) was given victory, and he announced on the hill of Ṣafā,
لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ، نَصَرَ عَبْدَهُ، وَهَزَمَ الْأَحْزَابَ وَحْدَهُ
“There is none worthy of worship except Allāh alone”, and He aided His slave, and completed His promise, and He by Himself defeated the forces.[Sahīh, Reported by Ahmad with a sound chain of narration]
This is Islām, and this is our methodology, and this is our Imām.
How is it that we accept those things that he (ﷺ) cursed, and we accept the methodology of the enemies of the Messenger (ﷺ)??
Today, there is a group that claims that they are from the upholders of the religion, and they used to claim at one time that it was impermissible to partake and run in elections. Later, they claimed that all of these things are necessary and permissible if we want to gain power, so they began to partake in all of these things that these worldly (political) parties partake in. The people of the Jamʿiyyah (Ahle-Ḥadīth) began to walk in their footsteps.
This is what taqlīd (blind-following) is, acting upon the correct and incorrect actions of your Imām; they do not separate, take what is correct and what is incorrect, this is the Muqallid (blind-follower). When these people (who partake in elections) received the fatwa that these action are impermissible, none of them objected, even though it is necessary that one of the two is incorrect.
An ideology in which an individual who seeks leadership stands in elections, and they divide into groups and parties, and they severely waste the wealth of the Muslims on backbiting and mud-slinging, how can an ideology such as this be correct?
So my brothers, this methodology in not found in the Qurʾān and the Sunnah. The methodology of the Qurʾān and the Sunnah is that of the Khilāfah, where the Muslims have one leader under whose order all are included…”
LIMITING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ḤADĪTH [ONLY] TO THE PRAYERS AND THE AFFAIRS OF THE MASJID
The reality is that being from Ahle-Ḥadīth for us is like the coverings of our heads in the Masājid. You have witnessed that in many Masājid there are caps, since the maulvīs have given fatāwa that the prayer cannot be performed except that the head is covered. So a person enters the mosques, covers his head while he is praying, and after he finishes, removes and returns the hat to its place.
O Ahle-Ḥadīth!! Your methodology has become like those caps in the mosques! When you enter the Masājid, you say Āmīn with a raised voice, you perform Rafʿul-Yadayn (the raising of the hands before and after Rukūʿ), and you implement all the affairs. When you leave the mosques, there is no regularity/consistency in your actions!
We consider Ahle-Ḥadīth to be those who are Ahle-Ḥadīth when they are in the Masājid, and they are Ahle-Ḥadīth when they leave the Masājid, and they are Ahle-Ḥadīth when they are cutting wood in the jungles, and they are Ahle-Ḥadīth when they are plowing the lands, and they are Ahle-Ḥadīth when they are managing shops, and they are Ahle-Ḥadīth when they lift their pens as judges, and they are Ahle-Ḥadīth when they are seated on royal thrones.
Ahle-Ḥadīth are those that keep the Qurʾān and the Sunnah in the forefront regardless of the condition in which they find themselves. It should not be that you are Ahle-Ḥadīth when in the Masjid, and when outside, then politics are by personal desires, livelihood is by personal desires.
(From the book “Rectification of Ahle-Ḥadīth”, compiled from an Urdu lecture titled “إصلاح أهل حديث” given by the Shaykh)
Urdu booklet: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P5536DPgGx8DVyGjZmea6YI8t9_rWw_p/