Living Islam : Islamic tradition

For this reason, there were few of them who returned in the end to simply leaving the matter to Allah (tafwîd), so much so, that one of them used to say: "O Allah, grant us faith like the faith of old women!"

The important thing is that they are all Ahl al-Sunna wa al-Jamâ`a, believers in all that came to them from Allah and His noble Messenger, as He ordered - so how could they be accused of being disbelievers or heretics?

It is nothing but bigotry and small-mindedness, if not political. Indeed, in Morocco, when al-Mahdî b. Toumart returned from his travels seeking knowledge in the East, meeting many great Ash’ari scholars like al-Kiyâ al-Harrâsî, he proceeded to disseminate the school throughout Morocco. When he claimed to be the Mahdi, and established the Almohad state, he obliged the population to adhere to the school, and fought against the school of the early Muslims, dismissing the previous Almoravid state as "anthropomorphists", when they actually were upon the way of the early Muslims in their beliefs. He called his own dynasty Muwahhidûn ("Monotheists"). He also opposed the Maliki school and the scholars of Morocco and Andalusia who adhered to it. In this way, enmity developed between the two groups; and the inherent cause was political.

What has been said about this issue, which the first section of the book handles, can also be said about the issue of the celebration of the Prophet’s ( sallAllahu `aleihi wa sallam ) birthday in the second section, and the issue of visitation in the third.

Although people did not celebrate the Prophet’s ( sallAllahu `aleihi wa sallam ) birthday in the past, there are many things that we do that they did not, and al-Faruq (’Umar rA`a) did not accept this argument from al-Siddîq (Abu Bakr rA`a) when he bade him compile the Qur’an, and Abu Bakr eventually changed his mind, and compiled it.

The like of this occurred when ’Umar b. ’Abd al-’Aziz ordered the scholars of the Muslims world to write down the Hadith reports. In the past, they had abstained from doing so, but they acquiesced to him, none of them saying: "Would you do that which the earlier generations did not?" The same thing can be said for the adding of diacritics to the written text of the Qur’an, and the development of prayer niches in the mosques and the building of minarets, until it reached the point where no mosque was built



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Shaykh Muhammad b. `Alawi al-Maliki al-Hasani;


When the people of the Sunna and the community follow all that came to them from Allah and His noble Messenger - how could they be accused of being disbelievers or heretics? This is nothing but bigotry, small-mindedness and political scheming.