This is the first round of refutations. In this article, I will give answers to the extremists, enemies of Sunnah but appear as if they uphold the sunnah. In Nigeria, one of the leaders of these extremist groups is an Ilorin based ex-convict who leads a group of radical, rude and insolent youths that have no regard for Scholars and the renowned people of Sunnah, they condemn to hell.
Now, why do these people believe comparative religion is a bidi’ah that takes one to hell?
* PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PBUH) WASN’T INVOLVED IN COMPARATIVE RELIGION
One of their arguments is that the prophet (pbuh) was not involved in comparative religion therefore no Muslim should do it since it has a rewarding act and every innovation in acts of ‘Ibaadah leads to hell.
As I have stated in the preamble, Comparative religion is defined thus;
“Comparative religion is the branch of the study of religions concerned with the systematic comparison of the doctrines and practices of the world’s religions. In general the comparative study of religion yields a deeper understanding of the fundamental philosophical concerns of religion such as ethics, metaphysics, and the nature and form of salvation. Studying such material is meant to give one a richer and more sophisticated understanding of human beliefs and practices regarding the sacred, numinous, spiritual and divine.
In the field of comparative religion, a common geographical classification of the main world religions includes Middle Eastern religions (including Zoroastrism and Iranian religions), Indian religions, East Asian religions, African religions, American religions, Oceanic religions, and classical Hellenistic religions.” (Source : Wikipedia)
Comparative Religion is categorized under education and also religion being that it is a field of study as regards the former and it is about religion as in the latter.
Therefore, Comparative religion is not a Muslim only thing. It is a field of study more like chemistry, physics or any other field of study. No sane comparator will say that Comparative religion is the only means acceptable to call to Islam.
This people do not have a problem if we study texts related to biology, chemistry, physics, law etc.
When as a Muslim, you make comparative analysis and someone wishes to embrace Islam, will you say, “NO, DON’T EMBRACE”?
In the world today, we cannot account how much we have gathered on social media to help people at certain points. These are rewarding acts and the prophet (pbuh) nor his companions did it, are we going to hell for this too?
If we agree with them, that means giving Da’wah in any language other than Arabic is bidi’ah that takes one to hell as none of the companions nor the prophet did it. It is unfortunate that these people dress, eat and do many things as regards means of transportation other than how prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did. They believe that eating with a spoon takes you to hell.
THE PROPHET (PBUH) FROWNED AT ‘UMAR FOR READING THE TORAH
This is also one of their arguments . Here is the hadith,
It was narrated from Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allah be pleased with him) came to the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) with some written material he had got from one of the people of the Book. He read it to the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), and he got angry and said: “Are you confused (about your religion), O son of al-Khattaab? By the One in Whose hand is my soul, I have brought it (the message of Islam) to you clear and pure. Do not ask them about anything, lest they tell you something true and you disbelieve it, or they tell you something false and you believe it. By the One in Whose hand is my soul, if Moosa were alive, he would have no option but to follow me.”
While I will not dwell on questioning its authenticity, I will take the hadith into scrutiny. Let us read the response of the prophet,
“Are you confused (about your religion), O son of al-Khattaab? By the One in Whose hand is my soul, I have brought it (the message of Islam) to you clear and pure. Do not ask them about anything, lest they tell you something true and you disbelieve it, or they tell you something false and you believe it. By the One in Whose hand is my soul, if Moosa were alive, he would have no option but to follow me.”
Therefore, we can say the prophet feared that ‘Umar reading the torah for guidance different from what a comparator does. However, it is required for a comparator to be strong in faith and have knowledge about the religion. When one of these extremists called me to tell me comparative religion should be abstained from, I replied, “Don’t you think you should sensitize Saudi Arabia first as comparative religion is a course in Islamic University, Medina?”but to him, they are Kaafir.
I said to him again,” Which renowned Scholar of the Deen are you quoting or haven’t you read ANSWERING THOSE WHO ALTERED THE RELIGION OF JESUS CHRIST. By: Shaikhul- lslam Ibn Taimiyah? ” but to him, scholars are of no importance.
InnaliLlahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un
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