UNITY WITH BAATIL
(Hakimul Ummat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi – Rahmatullah Alayh)
When organizations unite on error or sin, opposition to them and dissociation from them become the demands of the Shariah It is essential for Deeni conscious people who have joined such organizations for to the enactment of the transgression to dissociate themselves.
Nowadays the condition of the people of the Deen is lamentable. While the irreligious people are firm on an issue (of error) on which they have taken a stand, the people of the Deen (the Ulama) are lax. What has happened to them? The irreligious people do what their desire commands them to do and whatever appeals to their opinion.
On the other hand the people of the Deen in spite of being aware that this particular activity is in conflict with their Math-hab or it is unlawful or the method is harmful or this activity is in conflict with the outlook and disposition of our Jamaat, then too they submit to the irreligious people for the sake of sustaining the unity.
Subhaanallaah, The attainment of unity is from both sides.
When the other side is not prepared to honour your stand (of Haqq), what type of unity is this? Rather say that you are being subservient to them. Nowadays mutual flattery is described as unity. They therefore fear to dissociate themselves (from baatil). They fear the criticism of the people. They fear being accused of disrupting the unity.
Why are you (0 Ulama!) scared of such criticism? Proclaim boldly: “Yes, we have ruined the unity.”
Unity in every circumstance is not desirable nor praiseworthy. In fact, sometimes disunity is desirable. When the Deen suffers by a unity, then disunity is the best course.”
The aforementioned Naseehat of Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thaanvi (Rahmatullah Alayh) should serve as sufficient advice and direction for muslims.
When Shar’i principles are being violated, there is absolutely no good in the benefits which are being imagined. It is the duty of the Ulama to maintain a strong stand on the Haqq and Sunnah.
The doubtful benefits at the expense of sacrificing Islamic and Sunnah principles and practices are to be confounded and rejected. It is our duty to guard the Shariah, not to woo people of deviation.