Not every Sufi is a moderate

Sufis are sometimes thought to be Moderate. Morocco is promoting Sufism to counter the Salafis. It is said that America also favours this approach. The following are some views of a Sufi – Jiffry, written for North American audiences in a Shariah Lesson: Jehad – The Middle Way. My comments are without quotes, and labeled MC, and Jiffry’s statements are in quotes, headings are added.

NO FRIENDSHIP WITH KAFFIRS

“We have those who say, “We must love the kuffar, be kind with them, and esteem them. They are nice people and they have a lot of good in them.” People who say this have mixed truth with falsehood, …

It is impossible for a true believer to love a kafir: “

“You will not find people who believe in Allah and the Last Day having love for anyone who opposes Allah and His Messenger” (Qur’an 58-21). “

SO-CALLED LOVE IS FOR CONVERSION

MC: What is the meaning of “love” expressed by Sufis then? The love expressed is only for purposes of conversion. It is explained:

“With this said, we do love goodness for them. There is a clear difference between loving them and loving goodness for them. ..you love the good qualities in them while desiring that the possessor of these qualities is saved from the fire, and uses them in the service of Allah, . then in this case you have understood how to interact with them.”

“So we view all the kuffar as being, firstly, the creation of Allah. And as Muslims, we love Allah’s creation. Therefore, we do not love the kafir, rather, we love Allah’s creation (suna’ Allah). We view them as being a means for our spiritual transaction with Allah; a means for our drawing nearer to Allah.”

CONVERSION IS THE AIM OF SO-CALLED GENEROSITY

MC: What is this spiritual transaction with Allah? It is conversion to Islam.

“The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “For Allah to guide one person (to Islam) through you is greater than the whole world and all that is in it.”

“Hence, through this balance do we interact with them upon the foundation of having mercy for them, compassion for them, and a desire to try to save them from the fire. This is the only way we should view our interaction with them. We do not esteem the influential one among them because he can benefit us in our da’wah (as a kafir), nor are we generous with the needy among them because we love them in themselves, …”

These are the views of: Ba Alawi Tariqa of sufism, which is widely followed in Hadhramaut, Yemen and Hijaz. It also has following in Gujarat and Malabar in India. One of its leaders: As-Sayyid Al-Habib‘Ali Al-Jifry , once put up a Shariat Lesson on Jehad: The Middle Way, for North Americans. This post which was there for almost 8 years, has now seems to have been withdrawn

HOW TO CONVERT THE KAFIRS?

MC: So called ‘Love’ and the sword are only different ways to convert infidels, explains the Sufi.

“The way we enter discourse with them should be in ways that their intellects can understand, using means that they like and are familiar with, as long as it is not prohibited in the Sacred Law.”

SO CALLED LOVE IS NOT THE ONLY MEANS

“This is not because those means are the only means, but rather, because they are means that Allah loves.”

“So if the time comes that it is more pleasing to Allah that we use another type of means, with some of them, then we do not hesitate for even one second to abandon the old method and to use the new method. “

“The principle is that we are expansive and inclusive of everyone, merciful with everyone, loving and wanting goodness for everyone, from societies to leaders, from Muslims to kafirs.”

“then if a situation arose that calls us to deal with sternness, even if it reached the level of fighting, then we do not allow our previous ways of mercy and gentleness to delay that which allah has commanded.”

PURPOSE OF KILLING KAFIRS : CORRECT CONCEPT OF JIHAD

“If a believer is forced to fight a kafir, … he fights him only because he is an enemy to Allah, the time to fight has come, and the command from Allah has been given.”

“The Muslim fights the kafir because he has prevented and has become a barrier for the guidance to reach others.”

SENTIMENTS, EMOTIONS, NATIONALISM WILL NOT STAND IN THE WAY OF JIHADI KILLING

“Anyone who makes the claim that he wants to serve the Deen yet is not thinking about jihad in the way of Allah, either has no understanding (of jihad) or he is not a truthful and sincere person.”

MC: One must not hesitate to kill anyone for jihad. Nationalism, personal likes and dislikes, emotions of love etc. are not relevant in jihad. The, the “correct concept of jihad” is explained thus:

““One of the sons of Abu Bakr As-Siddiq, … did not become a Muslim while they were in Mecca, and as you know, the affection of a father to his son is much greater than the affection of a son to his father. … Sayyidina Abu Bakr made Hijrah and later went to fight in the battle of Badr. This son of his also went out on the day of Badr, yet he was with the kuffar. The son was trying his best to avoid his father so they would not have to fight each other. Later, … son … said to his father, ‘Oh my father, on the day of Badr (when I was a kafir) I was avoiding you so we would not have to fight.’”

“Sayyidina Abu Bakr replied to him, ‘As for me, if I met you on that day I would have killed you.’”

“What is the reason behind this? This intricate point is necessary for us to understand.”

“When the action of the son wasn’t based on servitude to Allah, but rather, was based on compassion (for his father), and his going out to battle was only for glory, honor, and nationalistic goals, this was how he acted. His actions were a slave to his emotions.”

“On the other hand, the actions of Sayyidina Abu Bakr (in Mecca) and his love and compassion were not for himself, but for the sake of his Lord. So when the time came that he had to serve Allah by fighting against his son, he didn’t waiver, even if it meant his own son’s death.”

“We are in need of this criterion in establishing the correct concept of jihad with the kuffar.”

Reference:

These are the views of: Ba Alawi Tariqa of sufism, which is widely followed in Hadhramaut, Yemen and Hijaz (Saudi Arabia). It also has following in Gujarat and Malabar in India. One of its leaders: As-Sayyid Al-Habib‘Ali Al-Jifry , once put up a Shariat Lesson on Jehad: The Middle Way, for North Americans. This post which was there for almost 8 years, has now seems to have been withdrawn.

Article contributed by – Dr.Rahul Shastri

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