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The problem with Islam today

02 January 2014, 12:59

The problem with Islam today.

Written by Aboogouwa Faizall Kassiem (01 January 2014)

Islam, like most divine religions preaches oneness of Allah, The Most High (God Almighty) and a universal message of peace. Sadly today the “adherents” of the divine religions have turned this message into exactly the opposite. Violence, subjugation of others, developing superiority complexes over each other and spreading hate are common themes among the so –called religious leaders and their fanatical followers.

As a Muslim, I know that what the majority of Muslims practice today in South Africa and Cape Town in particular is NOT what Allah, The Most Just revealed in His book or to the Messenger Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him). In fact, it goes contrary to any divinely revealed teaching and the Islam practiced today is one based upon emotion, desires and is aimed at pleasing of the majority of the people. In other words, the greater majority of local Islamic religious leaders have sold their religion in order to gain popularity, for monetary gains and to develop groups of followers to further their own devilish agendas and aims.

Why am I writing this critique?

The reason is very simple, to remind my fellow sincere Muslim brothers and sisters to return to the Book of Allah      (The Qur’aan) and to the authentic teachings (Sunnah) of Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) in order to achieve the ultimate success and true salvation.

A few examples of where we, as Muslims have failed in understanding our religion, and are practicing a way other than brought by Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) follows:

1.       Celebrating the Birthday of the Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon him) otherwise known as Moulood.

The Major religious scholars have issued numerous directives and guidances regarding this matter over the years, yet my fellow capetonians and elsewhere persist in following their indian/ hindu and other non – Islamic cultures and traditions[1] at the expense of the true Islamic teachings. If the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) never celebrated his birthday or even advocated it, where do we get it from and why do we do it? If the wives of the prophet (Peace be upon them all) never celebrated his or their own birthdays or even advocated it, where do we get it from and why do we do it? If the illustrious companions (the best of them being Abubakr, Umr, Uthmaan and Ali (Peace and Blessings be upon them all)) never celebrated his or their own or their children’s birthdays or even advocated it, where do we get it from and why do we do it?

The answer you’ll undoubtedly get from the laymen is that we do it to show our “love” for the prophet. What love is this that destroys his teachings and to do acts which he (Peace and Blessings be upon him) never did or advocated. Who are we following when we go against the teachings of Islam and deviate to a path that is NOT from Islam? If an act is done that is not Islamic then by default it is un – Islamic and can never ever benefit the doer thereof, irrespective of sincere intention or how many people are doing it. Or which so-called religious leader grants permission to do it, If Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) never did it, we should NOT do it.

Allah, The Most Wise says in His Glorious book: Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allaah an excellent example for him who hopes in Allaah and the final day, and who remember Allaah much. (33:21)

Be careful my dear brothers and sisters, you are placing your aakhirah in the hands of devious fame seeking local religious leaders who calls you to openly disobey Allah and his Messenger (Peace and Blessings be upon him).

Allah, The Most High says: Then let those beware who withstand the Messenger's order, lest some trial befall them. Or a grievous Chastisement be inflicted on them (24:63)

To conclude this point: Celebrating the birth of the Messenger Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) is an evil innovation and should be completely abandoned in order to return to the true path of Islam, inshaa Allah. There is no justifiable reason for Muslims to celebrate the birth as this does not indicate Love for the messenger but exactly the opposite, and please bear in mind that action speaks louder than words.

2.       Religious gatherings

There are some groups of individuals who specify certain nights and certain events for this innovated practice which contains words and calls that might lead the innocent Muslim into associating partners with Allah. In other words, these practices and continuous doing of it may nullify a person’s Islam.

As a youngster growing up, I used to attend all these so-called “circles of thikr”; believing it to be good. Upon further investigation and study I found it to be innovated and containing un-Islamic practices that were taken and incorporated into Islam in order to foster a false sense of unity. These thikr sessions contain words that nullify your Islam and is of no benefit for your aakhirah, whether you have done it for a year, 5 years, 10 years of even 50 years. All innovations will be rejected whether your intention was sincere or not. "He who innovates something in this affair of ours (religion of ours) that is not part of it, will have it rejected" [Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim]

It also doesn’t matter if this Shaykh or that Imaam is doing it, we will stand in front of Allah, The Most Just alone and wish that we have not done it and the religious leaders will cut them off from us on that day.  As Allah, The Most High says: (On the day) when those who were followed disown those who followed (them), and they behold the doom, and all their aims collapse with them. And those who were but followers will say: If a return were possible for us, we would disown them even as they have disowned us. (S2: V 166 -167).

To conclude this point: Raatibul Haddaad (Gadat), 3 nights/7 nights/ 40 nights, Ratiep,“Samang Werke” , etc are all innovated practices and should be shunned and removed from our society in order to return to the true teachings of Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him). There are only 2 celebrations within Islam namely Eid Ul Fitr and Eid Ul Adha, and there’s only one BIG night in Islam namely the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr), which must be searched for within the last ten nights of Ramadaan. Return to true Islam based upon its textual proofs and leave the emotion out of the religion, Inshaa Allah (God Willing).

3.       The religious leaders selling their Religion for a measly pittance

In recent months it has become clear that the religious fraternity in Cape Town especially have sold their allegiance to various groups of innovators, deviants and to the highest bidders. The example of the recent meat scandal is but one example where greed formed the cornerstone of the debacle. No checks and balances were done and the unsuspecting Muslim community was sold pork labeled as beef. How can anything be trusted from that “Muslim” organisation again? Are they really putting the Muslim’s interest first or is it really all about the money?

Another point to note is the influx of innovators and deviants into Cape Town and they are being promoted as learned Scholars. These deviants include but are not limited to Habib Umr, Ninowy, Tijani, etc.

All they call towards is leading unsuspecting Muslims away from Islam and into innovations and in some instances disbelief. These individuals view the majority of Capetonian Muslims as easy religious prey and with the blessing of incompetent and immoral local religious leaders, are duped into believing that the Islam being practiced in Cape Town is correct and blessed. These visiting deviants only seek to increase their follower base and increasing their monetary revenue. All this is being done by using scare tactics and labeling others who know their true aims as Wahhabis[2] and [3]Salafis, much like the apartheid government used to do. These scare tactics have reached such bizarre levels that the open threat of Shia’ism is overlooked and ignored whilst increasing hostile emphasis is placed on individuals calling to the oneness of Allah / God Almighty. Mass confusion reigns in the money chasing local religious leadership fraternity. May Allah guide these individuals to the truth or break their backs?

Another soul – selling example is local so-called religious leaders openly canvassing votes for political parties, who in turn legalise acts that completely destroy the moral fabric of society. These political parties have leaders that are openly corrupt and steal from the masses blindly but yet from the pulpits of the mosques we are highly advised to vote for them. What could the reason possibly be that a so-called religious leader/s is so fervently campaigning for corrupt politicians and their parties? I’ll leave you to answer that.

Concluding this point: There are very few sincere religious leaders left in Cape Town who calls towards the oneness of Allah, towards the correct belief and methodology. The greater majority of these local “leaders” are building their own little empires by employing  their family or sons as deputy Imams, friends on mosque committees (irrespective of how incompetent they are or completely lacking in Islamic knowledge and application) in order to remain in power and control. This unfortunately is what religious knowledge is about today, Power and Control.


The problem with Islam today is that the majority of the Muslims are not actively seeking knowledge regarding their Religion (The true Islamic belief and Methodology) and this led to a total dependency on these so-called religious leaders. We are putting these so – called religious leaders on pedestals and when they err we cover it up as if they are angels. If we are to return to that mighty and strong community we once were, then we will need Islamically educated individuals who are sincere in following the Qur’aan and the Sunnah (as practiced by the Imaam of the Sunnah, Muhammad (Peace and Blessing be upon him), the rightly guided Khulafaah (Abubakr, Umr, Uthmaan and Ali) and the rest of the companions (May Allah be pleased with them all)). Only then will we eradicate our social ills and be united in the face of adversity and be a true united community, Inshaa Allah.

Allah, The Almighty said: This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you and have chosen for you Islam as your religion (5:3). Islam is perfect and not in need of any innovations or additions.

To end off; here is some sayings of the Great Imaam of Ahlus Sunnah which the people of Cape Town hold very dear, Muhammad bin Idrees bin al-Abbaas bin Uthmaan bin Shaafi’ (Imaam Ash Shaafie’e)[4] inshaa Allah, for added benefit:

1.       Muhammad bin Yahyaa bin Aadam said ibn abd al-Hakam narrated to us saying I heard ash-Shaafi’ee saying ‘if the people truly knew of what is found in al-kalaam (theological rhetoric) and innovations, then they would flee from it just as they would flee from a lion’.

2.       ‘Abdullaah bin Ahmad bin Hanbal reports saying: I heard Muhammad bin Dawood saying It has not been recorded that during the whole lifetime of Ash-Shaafi’ee, that he spoke from anything relating to innovated desires, nor was anything of the sort ever attributed to him, nor was he ever known for it, even though he had severe hatred for the people of Kalaam (theological rhetoric) and innovation.

3.       From Ibn Abee Haatim who said: Yunus narrated to us saying: ‘ I said to Ash-Shaafi’ee: our companion al-Laith says: If I saw a person of desires walking (innovator) upon water I would not take from him’, so he (Ash Shaafie’e) said ‘rather he fell short, if I saw him walking on air I would not take from him’.

4.       Az-Za’faraanee and others said we heard Ash-Shaafi’ee say: ‘My verdict concerning the people of Kalaam is that they should be whipped with jareed (palm branches stripped of their leaves), then they should be mounted onto camels, and paraded throughout the district and that it be called out: ‘this is the reward for those who abandoned The Book and The Sunnah, and turned their attention instead to Kalaam’.’

5.       Yunus bin ‘Abdil-‘A’laa said: Ash-Shaafi’ee said to me: ‘Pleasing the people is a goal you will never reach, and there is no way to ensure security from them, so upon you be that which will benefit you, then adhere to that.’

6.       It has been narrated that he said: ‘If a hadeeth is proven to be authentic, then it is my Madhab, and if the hadeeth is proven authentic, then throw my saying against the wall’.

7.       Ar-Rabee’ said: I heard him (Ash-Shaafi’ee) say after a man had said to him: ‘do you take this hadeeth O Abaa Abdillaah?’, so he said: ‘when I narrate a hadeeth from the Messenger of Allaah, which is an authentic hadeeth, and that I do not take it, then you should bear witness that my ‘aql (intellect) has gone’. (all of the preceding sayings can be found at footnote 4)

8.        On the beard of the man: As for the Shafi’ees, al-Imam ash-Shafie’e has expressed that it is prohibited to shave the beard [al-Umm]. Also, al-Athru’i said, “The correct position is that it is prohibited to totally shave the beard without a (medical) problem with it.” [Sharh ul-Ubab].

If you have any comments or questions regarding the content of this critique, please contact me on and I’ll respond in writing.

May Allah reward you with abundant good? Ameen

1.       “Whoever imitates a people, he is of them." [Saheeh Sunan Abee Dawood]

2.       Wahhabi - A label initiated by the deviant Shia grouping to oppose the callers to the oneness of Allah (God Almighty) in order to further their own deviant methodology. Whoever uses this term in a derogatory manner is thus following the example of the Shia in this regard. Be careful Oh Sunni.

3.       Salafi – A follower of the Imaam of the Sunnah (Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him), the illustrious companions and the 2 generations after them who practiced Islam in its purest and truest form (As Salaf us Saalih – The Pious Predecessors). Without alterations, amendments and deletions and who is striving to be amongst the saved sect.

4.       Taken from : Siyar ‘a’laam an-nubalaa (Imaam adh-Dhahabee) Muasasa ar-risaalah vol 10 pages 5 – 99;  and Tahdheeb at-tahdheeb (Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalaanee) Hindiyyah Hyderabad - Deccan vol 9 pages 25 - 31

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