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AN AZHAR SHEIKH SAYS 'SUNNAH' A PILLAR OF RELIGION

       AN AZHAR SHEIKH SAYS 'SUNNAH' A PILLAR OF RELIGION

 

Note: This article originally written in Arabic and translated by Mohamed Sadek

 

Dr. M. Ashore declared in an Egyptian paper that the "Qur'an-only" adherents are apostates. It is believed that the punishment for apostates in Islam is stoning or killing. Dr. Ashore however, did not advocate 'killing, but said, "only the governor, nobody else, has the authority to impose the punishment."

 

Dr. M Ashore also accused the "Qu'ran-only" adherents saying: "Not only do they deny the Sunnah - which is one pillar of the pillars of the religion, and whoever denies that, by necessity, is denying religion itself – but also, they surpassed that to deny the Devine Inspiration which came to Mohammad, may the peace of Allah be upon him.  Based on that, the verdict against them in Islam is that they are apostates. As such, they should be punished, unless, if in three days, or three months, or three years, or as some say, for the duration of their lives, they recanted their claim and repented.

Dr. sheikh Mahmood Ashore is a past Rector of the Azhar University, and a member of the Council of Islamic Studies in Cairo, Egypt.

 

Sheikh Ashor had participated in a discussion with Mr Ali Abd el-Jawad, who is considered as the leader of the Qur'an-only adherents in Egypt.  The discussion was aired on the Al-Arabia.net, on March 16th, 2009.  That meeting came as a result of  Ali Abd el-Jawad's assertion to "Voice of the Public" (Sout al-Ommah) paper, on Sunday, March 15th, 2009, in which he said that the Messenger Mohammad was indeed able to read and write, and that he wrote the Qur'an himself. Commenting on the decision of "apostates", Abd el-Jawad said, "This is how the Azhar people work. Did they not declare Dr Ahmad Subhi Mansoor an apostate for merely denying any punishment for apostates?"

 

Editor's note;  The Qur'an says that God, and only God, sends down the religion, and that the religion is solely His, which is complete, clear, upright, and true. Also, no one is allowed to tamper with the perimeters and statutes of His Book. (Qur'an: ch.5, v.3;  ch.8, v.39;  ch.10, v.33;  ch.16, v.52;  ch.30, v.30;  ch.39, v.3;  ch.40, v.65;  ch.42, v.21;  ch.61. v.9;  ch.49, v.16).  As for the apostates, the Qur'an says in ch.2, v.17 "…those who revoke their religion and die as disbelievers, their works will be thwarted in this life and in the next…"

 Thus, no mention of someone from Azhar University in Cairo, or any one else, to pronounce somebody as an apostate, let alone decide on the punishment and execution thereof.  All this is God's responsibility.

 

 As to the "sunnah' the Azhar scholars are defending, it is "shirk" to believe in a religious book other than the Qur'an.  It is clearly stated in ch.7 v.3 " Follow what was sent down to you from your Lord, and do not follow any other than Him as ally [or guide]; how little you do remember."  Following religiously a book written by Al-Bokhary, for example, is tantamount to polytheism, or in Arabic is 'shirk'. 

By equating 'hadeeth' books, like that of Al-Bokhary, with the Qur'an, the book sent down by God, Azhar people are in effect elevating Bokhary book above the rank of the messengers of God.  It is stated in the Qur'an, a Muslim believes in God, His Angels, His Books and His Messengers, in that order.  This rank was not mentioned haphazardly, indeed it was stated in ch.2, v.285, and again in ch.4, v.136. Hence, the books of God are ranked next to the Angels, ahead of the Messengers.  By elevating Bokhary's book next to the Angels and ahead of Mohammad is 'shirk', because it is God's work, not theirs.  Following such books is 'shirk', and disobedience of God. 

 

Note: You can read an article “ The False Penalty of Apostasy ” published on 25/07/2008 at

www.ahl-alquran.com by Dr. Ahmed Sobhy Mansour.

 

 


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