#59: No Comparison
(In reply to Husain Qutbuddin’s Youtube video)
All throughout his banter, Husain Qutbuddin would not have us reflect on fundamentals and have us focus instead on incorrect historical analogies and skewed character analysis. Lets look at a couple of examples.
What’s happening right now is similar to Rasoolullah’s initial establishment of Islam. Only three individuals were with him at its inception, so only a few Mumineen today is acceptable. Majority is not a proof of haqq. The Quran has chastised the majority in many instances. Isn’t this analogy logical etc etc?
Why this is false? First of all, even if any parallels were allowed between Rasoolullah SA and Khuzaima, all the premises and analogies drawn by Husain are proven inappropriate upon reflection.
Rasoolullah SA was establishing a whole new religion amongst a community of polytheists (mushrekeen). He was asking them to leave idols they had worshipped for centuries if not millennia. Is Khuzaima establishing a new religion different from what his predecessor espoused? Are we being asked to convert to an entirely different religion? It is understandable that at the onset of Islam conversion would take place gradually. This has been the case with all previous Anbiyaa Kiraam SA that introduced a new shari’ah, Musa Nabi SA and Eesa Nabi SA, for example. Therefore, the analogy of Khuzaima’s clan resembling followers of early Islam is misleading, as is the analogy that Mumineen believing in Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS resemble those Mushrekeen who would not even listen to the Quran Majeed. The messages of the Quran Majeed might have been new to Mushrekeen but the parameters of a valid nass have been known to Mumineen for over 1400 years. They know that nass should be attested by witnesses in private or should be publicly proclaimed, and, hence, have no reason to pay heed to a claimant that has not even a shred of proof for his appointment, apart from his word. Even if his word was above question, which it is not, it is not nearly enough to hold credence. Therefore, Mumineen are justified in refusing to hear Khuzaima’s banter on the basis of their knowledge and the virtue of their righteousness.
Ameerul Mumineen after Rasoolullah SA
Husain would also like us believe that Khuzaima’s clan today resembles the followers of Ameerul Mumineen after Rasoolullah’s demise. This is not true because, around that time, a clear distinction was being formed between being Muslim and being Mumin, which was not so apparent in Rasoolullah’s time. After his demise, there was a repetition of what had taken place in the period of every wasi, prior to Ameerul Mumineen. Every ummat would disobey their nabi’s instruction of staying true to his wasi, and only Mumineen, the privileged and chosen few, would follow him. The majority of the nabi’s ummat would betray his wasi and therefore bore the brunt of Allah Ta’ala’s disdain as stated in the Quran Majeed, which criticises and chastises this majority of disbelievers.
However, Mumineen in satr are already within the haram (sanctuary) of emaan. Since Ameerul Mumineen’s time we have always been a minority within the larger Muslim majority. However, this does not mean that being a minority itself is proof of haqq as Husain would have us believe. Over 1400 years there have been many splinter groups within Mumineen who were minorities in respect to the majority of Mumineen. This does make them righteous. Aligning to haqq has never been a competition of who has the smallest group of people supporting him. It might be poor reflection on the efforts of all our Hodaat Kiraam SA over a period of 1400 years if suddenly overnight only 70 odd individuals stayed true to haqq from a community of several hundred thousand. If being a majority is by itself not proof of haqq then neither is being a minority proof of such. This false premise leads to these false analogies: Rasoolullah SA had few supporters. Imam Husain SA has 72 shohada and so on. Because of such comparisons, a weak mind might be duped into thinking that being few in number, on its own, is a sign of righteousness.