What is the advise for us laypeople in this age when the majority of the ‘Ulama are corrupt or remain silent? How do we know what is Halaal and Haraam or what is Sunnat and what is Bid’at?
For us laypeople, the actions of the ‘Ulema, Tabligh Jamaat, and Sufi Shuyookh (those in the Silsilah of the Akaabir) are our ‘Fiqh kitaabs’. Their actions are the standard that us laypeople adopt.
How do we survive?
If a person refrains from commercial chicken, for example, then it will be said, ‘Hadhrat So-and-So eats these chickens. And Hadhrat So-and-So is a Khalifa of Arif Billah Hadhrat So-and-So. And he is a big Shaykh in India. So many ‘Ulama go to him. Hence, if all these are Haraam as you say, then do you say all these Auliya eating commercial chickens are eating Haraam?”
The same was said regarding the mass Itikaafs.
How can one reason with people if they have such a line of reasoning?
Majority of the ‘Ulama do anything and everything. Sunnat, Mushtahab and Nafl have no more status.
What is the way out for us laypeople? Should we study the more senior kitaabs in Fiqh and fataawa? I mean, not only Waajib Ilm like from Bahisti Zewar.
For example, there was this recent Salatus Istisqa story. I am quite certain that any Aalim who had went through a Darul Uloom would be well aware regarding the ‘point of need’ described in the Kutub. Yet this was not considered. And hundreds of ‘Ulama in South Africa all went along with it doing their Salatul Istisqa.
That single email Hadhrat Mufti A.H Elias Sahib sent out on Salatus Istisqa, I feel, was a great point of embarrassment for the ‘Ulama. The Masaa’il are so clearly laid out. Why the deviation?
(1) Anyhow, should us laypeople now study these senior Kutub of Fiqh to prepare ourselves against the brazen ‘halaalization’ of the Muftis and Maulanas?
(2) Furthermore, what is the manner of correction for the ‘Ulema? Is the small group of the Haq, that is, The Majlis, sufficient for the rectification of the ‘Ulema? Or should this not be the concern of the layperson?
Hadhrat Mufti Sahib, please correct this useless one.
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