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Hajj "Badal"!
By:Syed Sadruddin, Karachi
Date: Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 1:23 am

The fact is due to lack of Quranic knowledge on our part, many 'bogus' persons took advantage to make claims of even Prophet, Imams, Pirs, Faqirs, Babas, Sajada Nashin, Wasila/intermediary to Allah etc.

The Saudi government taking into consideration lack of Quranic knowledge among non-Arabic Ajami Muslims, has published the Holy Quran with its easy translation in all languages of the world and distributing it free to spread Allah's Message to non- Arab Muslims.

We should therefore give prime importance to reading and understanding the Holy Quran through its translation to understand Islam correctly to avoid all exploitation, misguidance, deviations, extremism, sectarianism, Maslak and Fiqah differences, religious groups and parties which divide us, Shirk and Bidah practices, bogus Wasila/intermediaries to Allah, excesses in religious matters and rituals, un Islamic customs, belief in weak and unauthentic Hadiths not according to Holy Quran etc.

Please also read the book 'From Jinnah to Zia' by Mohammed Munir, Rtd. Chief Justice of Pakistan. He mentions at page 149-150 that a retired ICS officer, Masud Khaddar started Namaz in Urdu in Bagh Jinnah (Lawrence Garden), Lahore but he was stopped by our Mullas as if Allah is Arabic knowing only. Then Maulana Ghulam Murshid , Khatib of Shahi Masjid, Lahore in the course of Eid Khutba said that sacrifice of animals other than Makkah on occasion of Hajj need not be performed. The Mullas raised hue and cry and the Maulana had to leave his office.

Hajj is Fard once in a life time subject to affordability. There is no concept of Hajj Badal for others (living or dead ones) or free Hajj. Allah says that those who can not afford to do sacrifice of animals on Hajj occasion, they should fast for three days during Hajj and the rest 7 days after reaching their homes (2:196/22:26-37). Allah has made the religion of Islam clear and easy to follow (5:15/6:105/19:97/24:18/27:1-2/54:17,32,40).

But our Mulla community has made Islam a very hard Deen to impose their priesthood domination on us debarred by Allah (57:27). Allah further says that there is no compulsion or force at all in religious matters and rituals (2:256/18:1/22:78). Allah asks us to follow only those who are righteous as per Holy Quran and do not seek reward/wages/money (12:104/36:21) being a Fi Sabillah voluntary work to achieve Allah's Blessings. Thanks.