Last edited by PeaceSeeker; 11-04-2012 at 04:54 PM.
And Allah knows best.
Allah says, "Say, 'If you truly love Allah, follow me; and Allah shall love you and forgive you your sins." (3:31)
Here is the response of our Amir saheb, Mufti Husain (Allah preserve him) on istighatha in a nutshell:
"All humans are dead except those who have knowledge. And all those who have knowledge are asleep, except those who do good deeds. And those who do good deeds are deceived, except those who are sincere. And those who are sincere are always in a state of worry." [Imam ash-Shafi`i]
I believe some of the Mauritanian scholars/students are quite similar to Deobandis in their adherence to Sunnah and "sober" tasawwuf. I'm sure there are others like them in other Arab countries as well.
And there are plenty of Arab scholars who reject Istighatha as well. I believe there's a thread on this forum somewhere that lists them.
I'm not Pakistani or Indian, I'm a white, revert to Islam living in America, but I follow the Deobandi Shaykhs. I used to be in a somewhat similar position to you, akhi (though I never had a deviant Aqidah, alhamdulillah). When I first came to Islam I was unintentionally psuedo-Salafi for about the first two or three months after I took Shahada. I was a revert and had very little knowledge, and psuedo-Salafi dawah is so prolific in the west and I didn't know any better, so they were who I followed. Fortunately, early on I had somehow stumbled on writings about correct Aqidah, and so when I heard "Shaykhs" I listened to and took fiqh from talking about Allah literally having hands, feet, etc. (astaghfirullah wa audhu billah) I became very worried and confused. And when I heard these "Shaykhs" constantly ranting about following the Qur'an and Sunnah only, and then contradicting each other on matters of Fiqh, it confused me even more, and when they'd say things like "follow the sahih ahadith", I wondered how I was supposed to do that. I had no knowledge of Arabic and I had only been Muslim for a few weeks, how was I supposed to interpret ahadith? Also, I had no idea about Madhahib; I had never heard of Hanafis, Shafis, etc. and I certainly had no respect for Sufis. I thought (astaghfirullah) they were a sect, rather than practitioners of Tasawwuf/Tazikiyah-ul-nafs, because that's what these "Shaykhs" said.
Eventually, I grew very depressed and confused. I was always worrying about whether or not I was praying correctly, making wudhu correctly, etc. because of these people constantly contradicting each other. I began to constantly make du'a begging Allah to guide me, and I eventually ended up finding out about Madhahib. At first I was resistant to the very concept of Madhahib, because it went against all of my psuedo-Salafi brainwashing, but as I continued making du'a and thinking about the issue it became very clear that Madhahib were the way to go, and everything started to finally make sense.
I became Hanafi, because the Hanafi Madhab has the most easily accessible materials in english, at the time I couldn't find many books or comprehensive websites about the other three Madhahib that were in english. However, I found more information than I could handle about the Hanafi madhab in English. So, I picked it because it was the one I knew I could follow easily and easily find answers to any questions I had. Eventually, I realized that most of the stuff I had been reading and watching came from Deobandis, so I learned more about them and became very impressed. So, I stick with Deobandis. Not because I think they have a monopoly on the Haqq or that no one else is on it, but because it's safe and easy for me, as a layman, to stick with them. I know the scholars are serious people with who have undertaken rigorous schooling, in the traditional manner, rather than random people running around acting like their PhD in Islamic Studies is an Ijaza (or even worse just random laymen giving fatwa and their interpretation of the Qur'an and ahadith, audhu billah). I'd again like to stress that I don't think Deobandis have a monopoly on the Haqq, I just personally think their work is more easily accessible than others'.
I'd recommend checking out this channel on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/hanafifiqhso now I am totally lost then I find some deobanis that seem good but I become ill and feel like they're just one tiny group of people from Pakistan and I just become filled with sadness and confusion
and these sites:
and about (correct) Sufism:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNYKuR0L64g - Mufti Taqi Usmani on Tasawwuf
I'd also recommend Hazrat Yunus Patel's here again.
As a side note on Faraz Rabbani:
http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/show...879#post662879Mufti A.S Desai (hafidhahullâh) replied to a question on this specific fatwa :
Your e-mail dated 12 August 2011 refers.
It is shirk to direct supplications (duas) to the dead. The fatwa
which you have mentioned is erroneous. The statement, “Ya Ali I
invoke thee..” is shirk.
It is necessary to refrain from the lectuires, etc. of this ‘famous
Aalim”. It appears that he is from among the people of bid’ah.
Attached is an explanation on Tawassul.
Mujlisul Ulama of S.A.
Assalamualaikum dear brother I pray that you are well and that Allah gives you the strength to come out of your spiritual dilemma. Indeed it is a sign of true iman that you are striving to find the truth. Without sounding patronising I would like to give you my tuppence understanding on your situation.
1. First and foremost you need to educate yourself on the fundamentals of your religion without jumping too ahead of yourself. Issues such as istighatha fall under the grey area and you will not be taken to task if you do not have any opinion regarding it.
2. STOP sheikh-shopping. The internet is a spider-web of confusion and you will be more confused than where you started. True ilm comes from dedicated painstaking study and not through high-speed internet sound-bites (please read my review of sheikh akram nadwis book on Imam abu hanifa somewhere on this forum). Start from the basics and work your way up. If there is a good scholar in your area then please benefit from him/her. If not then the Sunnipath modules are good and they will give good understanding of the basics.
3. Understand that Ulama are not infallible and they are prone to mistakes. This should not make you despondent.
4. Know that all the different aqida strands and fiqh schools that we have are simple human attempts to understand the divine. Some have come closer to the truth and others not so close. What actually matters at the end is NOT aqida (belief/theology) but faith (iman). How your relationship is with Allah. How you call unto him in your most sensitive and private moments surpasses all forms of systemic processes of theology. This is what Allah means when he says that 'We are closer to them than their jugular veins. Where is Allah in your life? Find him and make him personal and intimate to you and inshallah you will find strength in dealing with whatever problems you have in life. Empty theology without any essence is a sheer intellectual game and this is why Imam al-Ghazali himself broke in to a crisis and left the most prestigious position of professorship at the Nizamiya Madrasa in pursuit of some meaning to his life.
5. This is the same reason that Imam Fakhr al-Din al-Razi said that he wishes that he dies on the iman of the old lady from the village of Baghdad. The old lady is not bothered with systemic thought processes but only knows that there is one God and Muhammad is the last Prophet and that she be obedient to Allah.
6. For brothers and sister who are more advanced I refer you to two books written by Professor Sherman Abdul Hakim Jackson on this subject. (a) On the boundaries of theological tolerance (a translation of Imam al-Ghazali's faysal al-Tafriqa. Note: this book is out of print and can be bought for £800 from Amazon (sorry), (b) Islam and the problem of black suffering. It should be noted that both of these books are very advanced and should only be broached by the advanced students in Islamic theology.
6. I pray Allah helps you find your path.
And Allah knows best.
کي محمد سے وفا تو نے تو ہم تيرے ہيں
يہ جہاں چيز ہے کيا، لوح و قلم تيرے ہيں
If you are loyal to Muhammad (peace be upon him) we are yours
This universe is nothing the Tablet and the Pen are yours
(Allama Iqbal, Bang-e-Dara: Jawab-e-Shikwa)