مضل له ومن يضلله فلا هادي له ، ونشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له، ونشهد أن سيدنا ونبينا ومولانا محمدا عبده ورسوله ، ونشهد أن الله سبحنه وتعالى جعله خاتم الأنبياء والمرسلين ، وأرسله إلى الناس كافة بشيرا ونذرا ، وداعيا إلى الله وسراجا منيرا ، صلى الله عليه وعلى اله وصحبه ومن تبعهم باحسان إلى يوم الدين. أما بعد:
The Distinguishing Characteristic of Islam
The distinguishing characteristic of Islam compared to all other religions of the past is the aspect of authenticity and reliability. Every detail of Islam has been accurately and precisely preserved from the very inception of wahi (revelation) up to this day.
Fourteen centuries have gone by, yet the Holy Qur’an has remained to this day in its original form without the slightest change. Let alone a verse of the Qur’an, not even a single letter has been distorted or changed. Its preservation is not limited to the scrolls and pages; instead it is preserved in the recesses of the hearts of even little children of this ummah. Similarly theMubaarak Ahaadith of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) – which in reality is the commentary of the Qur’an Shareef – have been preserved with sound authentic chains joining up to Hazrat Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).
How can it not be so, when Allah Ta’ala himself had taken the divine onus and responsibility of protecting and preserving the Shari’ah of Islam till the end of time? Allah Ta’ala states:
إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ ﴿الحجر: ٩﴾
“Indeed, We are the Ones who have sent down the Zikr (the Qur’aan), and We will surely protect it.” (Surah Al-Hijr, Aayah 9)
Main causes for the Misguidance of Jews and Christians
Among the many reasons for the deviation of the Jews and the Christians, the main two reasons which the Quran highlights are as follows:
Firstly, they distorted and interpolated their books and divine scriptures (the Tawraah andInjeel) to such an extent that not even a single narration remains that is authentically linked to their Ambiya’ , Hazrat Musa (Alayhis Salaam) and Hazrat Isa (Alayhis Salaam).
Secondly, they adopted the path of extremism in their Deen. In the case of the Jews, they disrespected their Ambiya and pious and bore hatred against them, to such an extent that they hurled abuse and physically tormented them, and even went to the point of killing them. In the case of the Christians, they praised and extolled Nabi Isa (Alayhis Salaam) beyond limits, till finally they elevated him to the position of a deity. Hence we gauge that the misguidance of these two deviant sects revolved around distortion (of their divine religion) and extremism (the elements of extreme love and excessive hatred).
Shi’ism under the Microscope
An in-depth study of Shi’ism will bring one to the realisation that it is nothing but a combination of Judaism and Christianity in various respects.
Apart from the element of distortion which is evidently witnessed in the books of the Shia – where a concerted effort was made to fabricate narrations and distort the true facts of Islam and attributing them to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) – the elements of love and hatred stand out distinctly in nearly every branch of Shi’ism. They have limited their innovated religion to the extreme love and extolment of some prominent personalities from the Ahle Bayt, and have exhibited hatred beyond limits and bounds for the rest of the family of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and the galaxy of Sahaabah.
The difference between Islam and Shi’ism
The superstructure of Islam with all its pillars rest on a rock-solid foundation of faith and correct beliefs. Merely practising on the main tenets of Islam, viz. Salaah, zakaat, fasting, Hajj, etc., without bringing true faith, will render one a kaafir and take him out of the fold of Islam. A person can strive to be a devoted worshipper and have mountains of good deeds apparently to his credit. However due to the lack of correct beliefs, all those good deeds will prove worthless on the day of Qiyaamah. Hence studying the religion of shi’ism brings one to the realisation that they have denied the main tenets of Islam and disbelieve in those fundamental beliefs upon which true salvation lies. In regard to the one whose beliefs are corrupt, Allah Ta’ala explains in the Holy Qur’an:
مَثَلُ الَّذينَ كَفَروا بِرَبِّهِم أَعمـلُهُم كَرَمادٍ اشتَدَّت بِهِ الرّيحُ فى يَومٍ عاصِفٍ لا يَقدِرونَ مِمّا كَسَبوا عَلى شَىءٍ ذلِكَ هُوَ الضَّلـلُ البَعيدُ ﴿ابراهيم: ١٨﴾
“The likeness of those who reject faith in their Lord is that their (good) deeds are as (worthless) as dust, on which the wind blows furiously on a stormy day; they shall acquire nothing of what they have earned. That indeed is being misled and straying far (from the right path, (Surah Ebrahim, Aayah 18)
In yet another verse of the Qur’an Allah Ta’ala says:
قُل هَل نُنَبِّئُكُم بِالأَخسَرينَ أَعمـلًا ﴿١٠٣﴾ الَّذينَ ضَلَّ سَعيُهُم فِى الحَيوةِ الدُّنيا وَهُم يَحسَبونَ أَنَّهُم يُحسِنونَ صُنعًا ﴿١٠٤﴾ أُولـئِكَ الَّذينَ كَفَروا بِـٔايـتِ رَبِّهِم وَلِقائِهِ فَحَبِطَت أَعمـلُهُم فَلا نُقيمُ لَهُم يَومَ القِيـمَةِ وَزنًا ﴿١٠٥﴾ ذلِكَ جَزاؤُهُم جَهَنَّمُ بِما كَفَروا وَاتَّخَذوا ءايـتى وَرُسُلى هُزُوًا ﴿الكهف: 106 – ١٠٣﴾
“Say: Shall We inform you of those who are the greatest losers in terms of their deeds? Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they thought that they were acquiring good by their deeds. They are those who deny the aayaat (proofs, verses, signs) of the Lord and the meeting with Him (in the Hereafter). So their deeds are in vain, and on the day of resurrection, we shall assign no weight for them. That shall be their recompense: Hell, because they disbelieved and took my signs and my Messengers as means of jest and mockery. (Surah Al-Kahf, Aayah 103- 106)