Take care with the stories.

In the course of their religious discourses, called bayaan, our present leaders tend to narrate stories which are intended to misguide the audience.

In a similar bayaan at the inauguration of a mosque, an 'aalim told a story that was apparently to show the piety of a learned 'aalim, who lived some decades ago, in Northern India. The elderly leader said that along with 'Aalim-A lived another 'Aalim-B, in a madrasah. 'Aalim-B noticed that the senior 'Aalim-A started to go out of the madrasah, night after night. He grew suspicious. So he told the matter to the cook of the institution and asked him to follow him and see where the senior 'Aalim was going. The next night, when the senior 'Aalim-A went out, the cook followed him. The cook saw that 'Aalim-A went and opened a khankhah (a seminary) and when he started to do zikr-jahree, i.e., Loud Zikr, the door and walls of the building started to shake. The cook went back to 'Aalim-B and told him what he saw and the junior 'aalim felt ashamed.

The apparent purpose of the bayaan is to inculcate good values among the audience. But the real purpose of the narrator is :

  • to build a high esteem for his breed of 'Aalims.
  • to indirectly promote zikr-jahree, i.e., Loud Zikr, which is not allowed, and most importantly.
  • to promote acts that Allaah has specifically advised us against. Please read the verse below:

  • " O you who believe! Shun suspicion much ; for indeed some suspicion is a sin ; and spy not on each other, nor speak ill of each other behind their backs. Would one of you love to eat the flesh of his dead brother ? You abhor that (so abhor the other)! And fear Allaah ; Indeed Allaah is Relenting, Merciful." (49:12)

    So we have to be alert and we should compare what comes to us disguised as guidance, with the verses of Qur-aan, so that we are not misguided.

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