By Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (rahmatullah alayh):
This is the age in which Fitnah is in the form of ilhaad and zindaqah (the professing Muslim who holds beliefs or follows practices contrary to the central orthodox Islam. a zindiq is perceived to be incorrigibly disloyal to the tenets of Islam)
Besides the open enemies of Islam, there are numerous enemies lurking within (the Muslim nation) pretending to be the friends of Islam. From within they give effect to their plots. Their plots come within the purview of the aayat: “Verily, their plots are such that even mountains will be eliminated.”
However, Allah Ta’ala has given the assurance: “Verily, We have revealed the Thikr (the Deen), and most certainly We are its Protectors.” Accordingly, Allah Ta’ala has created a group to defend His Deen. In this regard, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “There will ever remain a group in my Ummah who will be aided on the Haqq until the Day of Qiyaamah.” Thus Allah Ta’ala establishes the Ulama-e-Haqq to neutralize all the clamour and deception of the people of baatil.
The reformers and so-called friends of Islam of this age are in reality enemies of Islam whose salient feature is to mutilate the ahkaam (laws) of Islam.
‘Mujtahids’ like Rain-frogs
Nowadays, like rain-frogs, numerous ‘mujtahids’ have mushroomed. Their outstanding feature is to mutilate and distort the ahkaam (laws) of the Deen. This is their occupation night and day. They have made the ahkaam of Islam a target for practice. They expend their entire intellectual ability to nibble at the Deen. Undoubtedly, these claimants of Islam cause greater harm to Islam and the Ummah than aliens (the kuffaar).
These people (the modernist zindeeqs) masquerading as ‘friends’ of Islam and Muslims are in reality enemies. Under guise of Islam, they engage in the destruction of the Deen and the Ummah. While they conspire to destroy the Deen, they are in fact destroying themselves. Islam will remain pure forever.
They say that they understand the Qur’aan and Hadith better than the Ulama. On the basis of this corrupt understanding they interpolate and transmogrify the Shariah. The changes they wrought in the meanings and concepts of Islam are worse than the changes which a total ignoramus effects in the text of the Qur’aan. In this manner with their interpolation they destroy their Aakhirat. May Allah Ta’ala bestow righteous intellect to them. Source: Malfoozaat of Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi