STARTLING CONFESSIONS OF THE “IMAMS”
Let us examine the personal confessions of some of the ancient and foremost "Imams" ('Canonical' authorities) who narrated History, Hadith, laid down Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) and did Tafseer (explanation) of the Qur’an.
IMAM FAKHR-UD-DIN AR-RAZI'S HORRIBLE CONFESSION: [1149-1209 CE, 543-606 AH]
Most Muslims have heard of the famous Tafseer-e-Kabeer (The Great Exposition of the Qur’an) by Imam Fakhruddin Razi. This tafseer is one of the tops being followed by our Mullahs to this day.
Allama Masriqi writes: “Imam Razi, after writing his 300 volumes of the great exposition, TAFSEER-E-KABEER, happened to be so sensitive in this matter that he frankly admitted the following in couplets. Here are those couplets.” (Translated by Allama Mashriqi).
Imam Razi's confession: "All my intellectual and ‘logical’ statements in the explanation of the Qur’an turned out to be lame. Most of the endeavors of ‘scholars the Quran’ were misguided and misleading. Our souls were polluted by our bodies (physical desires). The end result of our life of this world promises to bring us nothing but torture and doom. We gained nothing from our lifelong arguments and efforts except that we accumulated a mountain load of meaningless pages based on he said this and he said that.”
[“Hadith-ul-Qur’an” Urdu by Allama Inayatullah Khan Al-Mashriqi, 1954 edition (dated 28 Dec 1954) pg190]
Since this is an extraordinary confession by Razi, PLEASE CHECK the readily available book by Allama Mashriqi for yourself.
On page 189 of Hadith-ul-Quran, Allama Al-Mashiqi writes that the huge useless burden of penmanship in thousands of pages of Quran exposition created by Rumi and Razi were the blunted swords of declined Muslims which they wielded in their times with no positive results. On the contrary, Hazrat Umar and his companions had conquered 36,000 towns and forts, since their actions were based on pristine Imaan and beneficial works. To make a long story short, the Muslim influence had spread to the entire civilized world within a century. [Remember that Umar the Great had ruled only for 12 years, until 23 AH = 644 AD.
The most important thing to understand is that in the Deen of Hazrat Umar, a poet and philosopher like Rumi and an exponent of the Quran like Razi hardly had a place. Their mountains of pages failed to motivate a single Muslim. In fact, Muslims became disenchanted with these Imams’ so-called Allah’s Deen. Imam Razi, after writing his exposition in 300 volumes, (Tafseer-e-Kabeer) became so nervous and paranoid that he exposed in the following poetry what he truly felt:
Repeat: "All my intellectual and ‘logical’ statements in the explanation of the Qur’an turned out to be lame. Most of the endeavors of ‘scholars the Quran’ were misguided and misleading. Our souls were polluted by our bodies (physical desires). The end result of our life of this world promises to bring us nothing but torture and doom. We gained nothing from our lifelong argumentations and efforts except that we accumulated a mountain load of meaningless pages based on he said this and he said that.”
The question is, why hundreds of these compilations failed to clearly explain the Quran? What happened to the knowledge that some mu’mins had learned from the exalted Prophet?
IMAM TABARI'S STRANGE CONFESSION: [838-923 CE, 224-310 AH, Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Jarir / ibn Rustam at-Tabari]
“I am writing this book as I hear from the narrators. If anything sounds absurd, I should not be blamed or held accountable. The responsibility of all errors or blunders rests squarely on the shoulders of those who have narrated these stories to me.” So, Tabari wrote nothing but hearsay.
Tabari's Tareekhil Umam Wal Mulook (The History of Nations and Kings) popularly called "Mother of All Histories" is the first-ever "History of Islam" written by 'Imam' Tabari at the junction of the third and fourth century AH. He died in 310 AH, 3 centuries after the Prophet (S). What were his sources? Not a scrap of paper! "He told me this who heard it from him who heard it from so and so," and so on. By compiling his 13 volume History and his 30 volume Exposition of the Qur’an under royal patronage, he became the Super Imam. The later historians until this day have persisted in following the trails of the Super Imam.
IBN KATHIR'S CONFESSION: [1301-1373 CE, Abul Fida Imaduddin Ismail bin Umar bin Kathir Al-Qurashi Al-Busrawi]
Had Ibn Jareer Tabari not recorded the strange reports, I would never have done so. (Tafseer Ibn Katheer, Khilaafat-e-Mu'awiya-o-Yazeed, Mahmood Ahmed Abbasi)
IMAM AHMAD BIN HANBAL'S CHASTISEMENT: (780 - 855 CE, 164 - 241 AH)
(Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Hanbal Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Shaybani)
Allama Shibli Nomani, on page 27 of his Seeratun Nabi has given a startling quote of Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal (780-855 CE, d. 241 AH), "Three kinds of books are absolutely unfounded, Maghazi, Malahem and Tafseer.” (The exalted Prophet's Battles, Dreams, and Expositions of the Qur’an).
IBN KHALDUN'S THRASHING: [1332-1406 CE, 732-808 AH, Abu Zayd ‘Abdur-Rahman bin Muḥammad bin Khaldun Al-Hadrami]
The Muslim historians have made a mockery of history by filling it with fabrications and senseless lies. (Muqaddama).
SHAH ABDUL AZIZ DEHLAVI’S CRITIQUE: [1745-1823 CE] Six pages of Ibn Khaldun's History have been deliberately removed since the earliest times. These pages had questioned the most critical juncture of Islamic history i.e. the Emirate of Yazeed and the fiction of Karbala. [Even the modern editions admit in the side-notes that those pages have been mysteriously missing from the ancient original book. Khilaafat-e-Mu'awiya-o-Yazeed, Mahmood Ahmed Abbasi]
SHAH WALIULLAH DEHLAVI'S CHASTISEMENT: [1703-1762] Imam Jalaluddin Sayyuti's Tarikh-ul-Khulafa is the prime example of how our Historians, Muhaddithin and Mufassirin, each has played like Haatib-il-Lail (One who collects firewood at night not knowing which piece is good and which one is bad).
IMAM RAGHIB'S PROTEST: [Abul-Qasim Husayn bin Mufaddhal bin Muhammad al-Raghib al-Isfahani 1027-1109 CE (AH 502)] Tabari, Waqidi, Mas'oodi et al wrote any reports they heard. Moreover, Abu Mukhnif, Lut bin Yahya and Muhammad bin Saaeb Kalbi, in whose names the civil wars within Islam during the times of Hazraat Ali, Mu'awiya and Yazeed are reported, never existed. Their names have been concocted and narratives in their names have all been invented by one man, the Zoroastrian "Imam" Tabari bin Rustam.