Modern Day Muslim Scholars

During a Recent episode of Q&A on ABC TV, Muhammad Abdullah, a well known Muslim Scholar of Australia presented his case that how Islam is actually a victim of mis-interpretation by Religious Fundamentalists and how Islam perfectly accepts the people of other Faiths and in fact encourages Inter-faith harmony for the peaceful coexistence of mankind on this planet.


Muhammad Abdullah, quite a popular scholar among the center-left as well as center-right Muslims of Australia is known for his soft tone, communication skills, and a lot of people assert that he makes sense because he shows what the Real Islam is. People also credit him for his ability to cite References for the points that he makes.

I really wonder how true is that. Lets analyze few things here.

Concepts of Heaven and Houris:

In an Answer to one particular question about the fact that Muslim Suicide Bombers are promised 72 women in Jannah (Heaven), he replied that the number of 70 or 72 is a made up thing and he has no idea where that number came from. Presenter of the program immediately interfered and told him that it comes from Hadith. But he continued to assert that the Hadith does not talk about number. Here is the hadith that talks about 72 women.

Abu Umama narrated: “The Messenger of God said, ‘Everyone that God admits into paradise will be married to 72 wives; two of them are houris and seventy of his inheritance of the [female] dwellers of hell. All of them will have libidinous sex organs and he will have an ever-erect penis.’ ”

Sunan Ibn Majah, Zuhd (Book of Abstinence) 39

Interestingly, the Hadith is part of Ibn-e-Majah and this particular hadith is classified as Hassan (Good) with just one narrator.

Will non-Muslims make it to the Jannah:

Another question asked was about whether or not the Non-Muslims will be able to make it to Jannah. He said yes, all those believers who follow Prophets before Prophet Muhammad and they follow the Teachings of Jesus and Moses exactly the same way as they were taught by those Prophets will definitely make it to the heaven of Allah. He also asserted that there had been 124000 Prophets altogether in the human history.

Basically, the Christians will have to accept Christianity on the basis of Islamic Teachings in order to be able to enter into Jannah …

For all those who claim that Muhammad Abdullah provides references whenever he says something, I wonder if they knew that nowhere in the Authentic Islamic Teachings, the number of 124000 Prophets is mentioned anywhere. Not in Quran, not in a Sahi Hadith and not in any of the Sirrat-ul-Rasool (Biography of Prophet Muhammad) Books. This number rather appears in a Very Weak (Dhaieef) Hadith from the collection of Imam Ahmad and there is absolutely none whatsoever evidence in any of the text confirming if Prophet Muhammad ever said this. However, he did say about 72 Houris in Jannah, the number that Muhammad Abdullah decided to reject and label it as unreal.

So where does this number of 124k Prophets come from:

This number comes from a long hadith in Musnad Imam Ahmad, narrated by Abu Umamah al-Bahili relating a conversation that Abu Dharr had with the Prophet. This is some text from toward the end of that hadith:

قُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ كَمْ وَفَّى عِدَّةُ الْأَنْبِيَاءِ قَالَ مِائَةُ أَلْفٍ وَأَرْبَعَةٌ وَعِشْرُونَ أَلْفًا الرُّسُلُ مِنْ ذَلِكَ ثَلَاثُ مِائَةٍ وَخَمْسَةَ عَشَرَ جَمًّا غَفِيرًا‏.‏

To translate roughly, this says

I said “O Messenger of Allah, how many Prophets were there?” He replied “One hundred twenty four thousand, from which three hundred fifteen were jamma ghafeera.”

To make it clear, all narrations of these numbers in Musnad Ahmad, ibn Hibban, ibn Hatim etc. are all declared weak by the scholars of hadith.

On the other hand, the question that who will enter into Allah’s Jannah he answered quite honestly that those who follow the teachings of Jesus and Moses (and other Prophets) in its original form, they will surely co-habit with Muslims in the Jannah.

Again, this is a rather twisted phrase and what it doesn’t do is to tell the Audience that essentially no Christian and / Jew will be able to enter into Jannah because they do not Follow or Accept the faith of Christianity and Judaism as Islam thinks / Asserts that they were told by Jesus and Moses. In other words, Christians got to accept the Muslim Version relating to who Jesus was instead of believing that Jesus was either son of God, spiritual son, or a physical form of God himself on earth. Moreover, Christians also got to accept that Jesus did not die on the Cross but rather taken alive by the God.

Winning an argument is one thing but what about the internal satisfaction and / or to be honest to yourself ?

He conveniently skipped to explain how a Christian will be able to meet the conditions of following Jesus as per Islamic Teachings. The kind of teachings that rather Assert things about others faiths and tell them in their face that how wrong they are about the faith they have been following since centuries.

I wonder how many Christians we’ll be able to find who satisfy these conditions.

New Age Mullahism:

Just like anything, Mullahism is evolving and in the light of current criticism against Islam, the modern day Mullahs have started painting a new picture of Islam, the picture which is more acceptable to the modern world of today. Obviously, as it happened in case of creating a new re-interpreted version of Christianity where the Scripture was re-interpreted to make it compatible with the modern values of new times, the same approach is being adopted here in case of Islam as well. However the obstacle here is that in case of creating a new-face Christianity, its scripture was being sidelined but I’m not sure how it can be done in case of Islam where its scripture if considered a literal word of Allah.

Modern day Muslims, however are quite desperate to look towards these new-age Mullahs as they are telling them the kind of Islam that is exactly what they want to hear, an Islam which is peaceful, able to co-exist with other religions, and an Islam where literal Ahadith are kept hidden.

Question is, how these modern day scholars are able to satisfy themselves with the hypocritical and dishonest answers that they are shamelessly providing in front of a large audience and while doing this, do they have any fear of the God that they think they will be answerable to on the day of judgement ?

Winning an argument is one thing but what about the internal satisfaction and / or to be honest to yourself ?


3 thoughts on “Modern Day Muslim Scholars

  1. It is truth that Islam is not for any particular creed or race of humanity and encompasses every human on this planet who loves to live in peace within himself/herself and within society. But unfortunately todays secret societies bent on a New World Order leave no stone unturned in maligning Islam and its followers. The Mullahs are pitifully taken by slumber and busy in petty affairs concerning religions leaving aside the most crucial fundamental issues confronted by the vast masses. However alhamdulillah there are some noteworthy scholars and dawah workers who understand, practice and guide not only the muslims but all human beings irrespective of caste, creed, sex and region in today’s world. For proper understanding of Islam in context of today’s world seek truth from scholars like Dr.Israr Ahmed, Imran Nazar Hussein etc.

  2. I prefer scholars that go with the time. Not Jahil ones that still believe that women are lesser beings and that they have no desires and wishes.
    Jannah is for everyone where everyone’s desires and dreams will come true. No one will be forced to do something they don’t want to. How can it be Jannah otherwise?

    And convey good news to those who believe and do good deeds, that they shall have gardens in which rivers flow; whenever they shall be given a portion of the fruit thereof, they shall say: This is what was given to us before; and they shall be given the like of it, and they shall have pure MATES in them, and in them, they shall abide.

    Applicable to both men and women. Qur’an takes precedence over any and all Hadith.

  3. Salafi / ahl e hadith Speakers:

    English speakers:
    Abul Abbaas Moosa Richardson (Musa Qayyum) (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
    Abu Ishaaq Nadeem
    Mustafa George DeBerry (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
    Abu Hafsa Kashif Khan (Saudi)
    Abu Mujahid Fareed Abdullah
    Abu Abdullah Awes alHashmi
    Abu Khadeeja Abdul Wahid
    Abu Hakeem Bilal Davis
    Abu Abdullah Hasan AsSomali
    Abu Muhammad Al Maghrabi
    Abu Sohail Umar Quinn
    Abu Abdis Salaam Siddiq al Juyaanee
    Abu Idrees Muhammad
    Shaikh Salim al-Amry (UAE)
    Sheikh Assim Al Hakeem (Saudi Arabia)

    Urdu speakers:
    Dr. Murtaza Bin Bakhsh (Pakistan)
    Irshad ul haq Asri (Pakistan)
    Shaikh Abdullah Nasir Rahmani
    Shaikh Abdul Haseeb Madani (CIS Bangalore India)
    Shaikh Abdul Azeem Madani (CIS Bangalore India)
    Abu Zaid Zameer (Pune, India)
    Shaikh Tawseef ur Rahman
    Shaikh Meraj Rabbani
    Shaykh Wasiullah Muhammad Abbas (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
    Shaykh Muaz Abu Quhafah Nazeeri
    Shaykh Noorul Hasan Madani (CIS Bangalore India)

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