I just returned from a tasawuf class with our beloved teacher Syeikh Muhammad Fuad bin Kamaludin al-Maliki. [Found out that while at Al-Azhar University, he was the best student for – among others – mantiq, usul fiqh, qawaidh fiqh.] Among the things that he stressed today, for the umpteenth time (which signifies its degree of importance), was about the Holiness of our beloved Prophet, Sayyiduna Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam. The exaltedness of the Holy Prophet entails that we treat him in a proper manner. He reminded us of the Qur’anic verse – a verse which was revealed upon an incident where some of the people who were with the Holy Prophet during pilgrimage insulted Usamah the son of Zaid ibn Harithah who is the Prophet’s beloved adopted son – in which Allah gives us a harsh warning against hurting (insulting/demeaning) Allah and His Prophet, which ultimately means a warning againts hurting those that Allah and His Prophet love.
Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala says in the Glorious Qur’an, which means: “Those who annoy Allah and His Messenger – Allah has cursed them in this World and in the Hereafter, and has prepared for them a humiliating Punishment.” (Al-Ahzab: 57)
Therefore, it is of utmost importance that we really ponder upon our words and be very meticulous with what we say when talking about the Holy Prophet. For, the Holy Prophet is not just any other human being.
In indentifying the core problem of the ummah today, Prof. Dr. Syed Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas underlines it as “loss of adab”. I remembered what Prof. Al-Attas said during our historic seminar in December, that nowadays “the Holy Prophet is being misunderstood”. Clearly, the ummah today faces a problem of adab with Allah and His Messenger; as manifested by yet another incident which happened in Syria. Sadly, one of our ‘ulama, Syeikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, in his attempt to defend the Holy Prophet and Islam becomes a victim of the people in power – another manifestation of “loss of adab”. Read the article below.
May Allah shower His blessings and guidance upon Syeikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, and upon this ummah always.
Upon Refuting The Mufti Of Syria In A Friday Speech, Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi Is Dismissed From His Job In Damascus.
In defence of the Prophet Muhammad, Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi delivered this past Friday a speech rebuking the Mufti of Syria, Shaykh Ahmad Hassoun, for his scandalous blasphemy against the Prophet. He also demanded that the Mufti resign and leave public service out of embarrassment and shame before his Lord Allah and the Prophet.
On Tuesday January 19, 2010, the Mufti of Syria made some very troubling remarks about the Prophet of Islam in front of an American delegation lead by the Orthodox Rabbi Marc Gopin.
The Mufti's remarks, which were published in the Jerusalem Post and aired on Israeli Army Radio, included: “If the Prophet Muhammad had asked me to deem Christians or Jews heretics, I would have deemed Muhammad himself a heretic...If Muhammad had commanded us to kill people, I would have told him he was not a Prophet...”
Shaykh al-Yaqoubi devoted his Friday speech on January 22nd to this subject refuting the Mufti and asserting the necessity to obey the Messenger of Allah in every command including the news about the Qur'an and the names of the Prophets.
In his speech, Shaykh al-Yaqoubi explained, “We know that Moses and Jesus are prophets only because our Prophet Muhammad told us so. Had he told us otherwise, we would have had to believe him.” He added, “Believing in Moses and Jesus does not imply the validity of Judaism and Christianity of today.”
The speech, which lasted for 40 minutes, addressed in detail the points Mufti Hassoun made afterwards in his attempt to clarify his outrageous remarks.
What is particularly troubling about the Mufti's remarks is that according to Jerusalem Post, the Israeli Army Radio aired Mufti Hassoun's statements to encourage Palestinians to protect Jewish settlers at the illegally occupied Palestinian territories.
Shaykh al-Yaqoubi ended his speech by asking Mufti Hassoun to resign his job out of embarrassment before Allah and His Messenger and protect the dignity of Islam and the integrity of the Ulema of Syria.
On the following day, and as a result of his speech, Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi was sacked from his job as the Friday public speaker of al-Hasan Masjid in the affluent Abu Rummaneh neighbourhood in Damascus.
Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi is a world-renowned sufi scholar, a charismatic public speaker in both Arabic and English, and well known for his encyclopaedic knowledge and powerful style of delivery. Several of his speeches, including the speech from last Friday, can be found on YouTube.
Commenting on the decision to ban him from public speaking, Shaykh Muhammad said, “This is nothing for the sake of the Beloved of Allah, our Master Muhammad. The problem now is not whether I should be back to my job, but how to stop the Mufti of Syria from deforming Islam.”