MQ: To Comment or To Not Comment?


In light of recent developments regarding the matter of Mumtaz Qadri, we found it necessary to comment, we found it necessary to comment upon the situation due to various questions being asked on the matter. By the will of Allah, this is intended to serve as a sincere brotherly advice that we may all wholeheartedly benefit from.

Regarding the issue, there are innumerable scholars that support Mumtaz Qadri while there is no shortage of those others who have clearly opposed his act. One the one hand there is the argument Mumtaz Qadri acted following comments of blasphemy by the then governor of Punjab whereas the opposite side argue the separation of the substantive element and the procedural element of the law in Pakistan and that any modicum of doubt in matter hinders the clarity of mind regarding whether one can declare the comments of an individual as constituting blasphemy or not under Pakistani law. There is also the stance of Imam Ahmad Ridha Khan (RA) that one committing blasphemy is considered an apostate (Murtad) and that as blasphemy equates to Irtidaad, the Murtad is offered the chance to repent and thus the matter is one of judicial process and not one to be dealt with by individuals of varied intellect, understanding and knowledge.

Putting the stances aside, for the common folk, it is important to remember that such matters are for the scholars and not for individuals. We have witnessed individuals who lack knowledge of the basics rules of Tajweed let alone Arabic grammar commenting upon a matter of such technicality and complexity. One must remember that He or She will not be accountable for the actions of both Salman Taseer nor Mumtaz Qadri in the grave and on the Day of Judgment. If one stays silent and says ‘Allah and His Messenger (Peace be upon Him) know best’, one closes the door of loss and opens the door of benefit. However, if one comments and is wrong- one opens the door of loss as there is a possibility of stating that which is wrong, unacceptable or perhaps even a means of great loss in both worlds while not even being aware of falling into such a state, God forbid!

Thus, such matters are not for the masses and should remain a matter that is to be discussed between those who are well-versed in the law of the land and the jurisprudential considerations on the matter in light of Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (Peace be upon Him). This is so bearing in mind the situation of Pakistan, the condition of the Ummah and the potential increase of fitnah within the Ummah of the Prophet (Peace be upon Him).

Also, we must remember that commenting upon every matter is not a necessity although the current atmosphere may provoke one to do otherwise. In current times, one may feel the need to comment on every matter although this is not the case, this is merely a matter of ego in many cases. Therefore, in some matters one must remain quiet. After all, there are verses of the Qur’an which can be understood and their commands clearly derived whereas there are also verses that are not clear in understanding (these two forms of verses are referred to as Muhkamat and Mutashabihaat in Qur’anic Sciences) Thus, we say, Allah and His Messenger (Peace be upon Him) know best whilst also not criticising those who have passed onto the hereafter as a matter of general principle.

May Allah grant us the light of silence and grant us knowledge through this light. Ameen.

 

Muhammad Umair

3rd March 2016 CE / 23rd Jumaadi-al-Awwal 1437 AH

 

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