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Mufti Taqi’s adept with words, such that he retains plausibility in the eyes of the gullible masses. The Molvis that follow him are worse. They are blinded by loyalty as opposed to gullibility. Their studying of Deen for 7 years did not imbue them with the requisite Taqwa to see through the loopholes of his words.

For example, when Mufti Taqi says it is “inappropriate how much the Ulema are using digital cameras for taking photos.” This is not condemnation. It is implied permission by using the phraseology of “how much?” So he mixes some haq with batil & feeds the public a poisonous concoction, & he has a history of it from home finance to Covid.

If I sat & read his so-called “fatawa” on a number of pressing issues, I could spot multiple examples of the dilly dallying & zigzagging such as the one above.

Let’s take another example to reiterate the point. How can he say on the one hand that the Masajid should be protected from photography (implied prohibition) & also state that it is separate maslah whether photography is included in the ruling of Tasweer (tenuously implying potential permission). So the photography is not good in the Masjid, but it’s ok outside the Masjid? If it was not a serious issue, it would make great comedy.

I would have “credited” him with being  but he is so poor at deception that he hasn’t acquired “mastery” in that field.

His followers are not anymore adept than he is. They resort to saying Mufti Taqi saw Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam in a dream as if this is regarded as Shar’i proof of his authenticity. We live in times where the masses swallow anything they are told. (After all, most of them injected themselves with najasat at the behest of their najis masters, so it shouldn’t really be a surprise).

Back in the day Mufti Taqi was at the forefront of legitimising interest by using fancy Arabic terminology. The Ulama lauded his fatawa as “academia.” Conveniently, this is a phrase that it is used in matters of dunya too, in order to shut up the masses from questioning the legitimacy of “professional views.”

Anyone who took out the home finance or similar packages was left bewildered as to how in practice the transaction was a mirror image of an interest-based one. In fact the payments were higher in some cases than an interest-based transaction. The Hadith mentions that alcohol will be consumed under a different name. Presumably this Hadith can be extrapolated for other sins, including interest. Change interest to Ijara & there you have it. A house that is valued at £140000 suddenly became twice that over a fixed period with fluctuating payments.

Abu Huraira Radiallahu Anhu reported: Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “A time will come upon people in which they will consume usury.” It was said, “All of the people?” He Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Whoever does not consume it will be affected by its dust.”

Mufti Taqi was the enabler to this.

We are approaching Qiyamah quickly where the Hadith comes to mind: “The worst of the people under the canopy of the sky will be their ulama. From them will gush fitnah & (the fitnah) will rebound on them.”

As a lay person I always advise others to adopt caution when seeking guidance from Ulama nowadays. Reputation amongst the masses or even amongst the “Ulama” is not proof of authenticity, as gauged by the above Hadith. One could have studied at Deoband, but nowadays it seemingly makes no difference. We’re not in the era of Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah Alayh) or other such luminaries where blind following would almost certainly lead you down the right path. Caution is required.

Nowadays we have quacks telling us if you put the face mask on the right ear first & then the left, you’ll get thawaab. The next retrograde step is to tell us to consume alcohol with the right hand as it’s Sunnah. People study Bukhari by such individuals. So what else can one expect of their students? And yet in true zombi fashion, the masses flock to such “Shaykul Hadiths” & “Muftis.” A zombie will do what a zombie does, no matter what explanation is given.

Nowadays, anyone with a semblance of Imaani fervour should adopt the Hadith which to the nearest effect states that sin is that which irks your conscience. A “Mufti” may give jawaz for something, but nowadays they give “jawaz” for anything hiding behind fancy terminology like dharoorah and umum balwa. I have seen fatawas about non-compulsory insurance using such terminology. Isn’t interesting that they never fully expand on these concept and when they are applicable?

Over the years I have grown wise to these shenanigans and I’m extremely careful who I take Deeni Ilm from.

May Allah Ta’ala protect and grant us maut with Imaan.

3 Sha’baan 1444 – 24 February 2023

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