The paths (turuq) of the awliya' (Sufi Masters) are right. Not to a smallest degree have they separated from Islam.
Harmful separatist movements among Muslims attack books of Knowledge and try to vilify the 'ulama' of Ahl as-Sunnat and the great masters of Sufism/Tasawwuf. The Masters of the Ahl as-Sunnat wrote necessary answers against them and protected the true meanings our Master (sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam) derived from Quran from their attempts to change it. We entreat Almighty Allah that, by studying this website carefully with their common sense and pure conscience, our valuable readers will judge it fairly and stick together in the right and true way of the Ahl as-Sunnat and avoid lying, slanderous and heretical people. By doing this, they will escape eternal damnation.
Recently some people like Mawdudi of Pakistan and Sayyid Qutb and Rashid Rida of Egypt have appeared. They and those who have been deceived by reading their books say that the four Madhhabs should be united and that Islam should be made easy by selecting and gathering the rukhsas of the four Madhhabs. They defend this idea with their short minds and deficient knowledge. A glance over their books will show at once the fact that they know nothing about tafsir, hadith, usul or fiqh, and that they reveal their ignorance through their unsound logic and false writings.
History has witnessed many people who wanted to make changes in 'ibadat and who insulted the 'ulama' of the Ahl as-Sunnat (rahmat-Allahi ta'ala 'alaihim ajmain). It is obvious that the people who say it is necessary to select the rukhsas of the Madhhabs and to abolish the four Madhhabs cannot even correctly read or understand one page of the aimmat al-madhahib's books. For, understanding the Madhhabs and the superiority of the aimma requires being deeply learned. A person who is profoundly learned will not lead people to ruination by opening an ignorant, stupid path. Those who believed in the ignorant, and heretical people, who have appeared in the course of history, have ended up in perdition. Those who follow the 'ulama' of the Ahl as-Sunnat, who have come in every century for fourteen hundred years and who have been praised in hadiths, attain to happiness. We, too, should hold fast to the right way of our ancestors, of those pious, pure Muslims, of those martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the Name of Allahu ta'ala and for the promulgation of Islam. And we should not be deceived by the poisonous, harmful articles of upstart reformers!
Unfortunately, the poisonous ideas of 'Abduh, the chief of the Cairo Masonic Lodge, have recently spread in Jami' al-Azhar in Egypt; thus, in Egypt there have appeared religion reformers such as Rashid Rida; Mustafa al-Maraghi, rector of the Jami' al-Azhar; 'Abd al-Majid as-Salim, Mufti of Cairo; Mahmud ash-Shaltut; Tantawi al-Jawhari; 'Abd ar-Raziq Pasha; Zaki al-Mubarak; Farid al-Wajdi; 'Abbas 'Aqqad; Ahmad Amin; Doctor Taha Husain Pasha; Qasim Amin; and Hasan al-Banna. Even more unfortunately, as was done to their master 'Abduh, these have been regarded as "modern Muslim scholars," and their books have been translated into many languages. They have caused many ignorant religious men and young Muslims to slip out of the right way.
All Islamic scholars and thousands of Awliya', whom Rasulullah (sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam) praised and lauded, unanimously say that the way which has been given the good news of salvation from Hell is the way of those 'ulama' who are called the Ahl as-Sunnat wal-Jamaat, and that those who are not Sunni will go to Hell. They also say unanimously that talfiq (unification), that is, selecting and gathering the rukhsas of the four Madhhabs and making up a single false Madhhab, is wrong and absurd.
Enemies of Islam have been trying to annihilate Islam since the time of our Prophet. Today, freemasons, communists, Jews and Christians attack with various plans. Also, those heretical Muslims, who, as it was declared, will go to Hell, play tricks and slander the Ahl as-Sunnat, the followers of the right way, and mislead Muslims off the true way. Thus they cooperate with the enemies of Islam in order to demolish the Ahl as-Sunnat.
Not only were Muslim countries stained with blood by the British for hundreds of years, but also Scotch freemasons deceived thousands of Muslims and religious men, made them freemasons, and through such empty words as "helping humanity, brotherhood," caused them to dissent from Islam and become apostates willingly. In order to annihilate Islam thoroughly, they used these apostate masons as tools. Thus, freemasons such as Mustafa Rashid Pasha, 'Ali Pasha, Fuad Pasha, Midhat Pasha and Tal'at Pasha were used to demolish Islamic states. Freemasons such as Jamal ad-din al-Afghani, Muhammad 'Abduh and novices trained by them were the cat's paws in defiling and annihilating Islamic knowledge. Of the hundreds of destructive and subversive books written by these masons, who occupied religious posts, the book Muhawarat by the Egyptian Rashid Rida has been translated into many languages and distributed in Islamic countries; with this method, they have been trying to defile Muslims' religion and faith. And it is seen that those young religious men who have not read or understood the books of the 'ulama' of the Ahl as-Sunnat (rahmat-Allahi ta'ala 'alaihim ajmain) have been seized by this current and pushed into perdition and have also brought perdition to others.
Those who do not learn the faith and teachings ('ilm al-hal) of Ahl as-Sunnat or teach them to their children are exposed to the danger of deviating from Islam and falling into the abyss of disbelief. The prayers of such people are not acceptable. Then, how can they protect themselves against disbelief? Rasulullah (sall-Allahu ta'ala 'alaihi wa sallam) said, "There is Islam where there is knowledge. There is no Islam where there is no knowledge." As it is necessary to eat and drink in order not to die of hunger, so it is necessary to learn our religion in order not to be deceived by disbelievers and not to become non-Muslims. Our ancestors frequently assembled and read 'ilm al-hal books and thus remained Muslim and enjoyed Islam. They communicated this light of bliss correctly to us. So, for remaining Muslim and not letting our children be captured by the enemies inside or outside, the first and the most necessary preventive measure is to read and digest the 'ilm al-hal books prepared by the scholars of Ahl as-Sunnat. Parents who
want their child to be a Muslim should send it to a teacher and make certain that it shall learn how to read the Qur'an al-karim. Let us read, learn and teach our children and those we are responsible for while we have the chance. It will be difficult or even impossible for them when they go to school. It will be useless to lament after the degeneration takes place. We should not believe the enemies of Islam, their deceptive and false books, newspapers, magazines, television and radio programs, and motion pictures. Ibn Abidin (rahimah- Allahu ta'ala) wrote in the third volume [of Radd al-mukhtar ] that those insidious disbelievers who, though they do not believe in any religion, pretend to be Muslims and teach things that cause disbelief as if they were Islamic, and who strive to cause Muslims to go out of Islam, are called "zindiqs."