The Reign of Juhhaal (ignorants)

According to Nabi (Sallallaahou A'laihi Wasallam)'s predictions, a time will dawn before Qiyaamah where the knowledge of Deen will be raised. This is because there will be no-one who will have the knowledge of Deen. Nowadays, ignorance has become so rampant that we can see that the general public no longer has a good judgment to distinguish between a true and a false 'Alim. It is for this reason that people are easily deceived by the eloquence, outer appearance and façade of a speaker. The proverb: "geste touye connaissance" (Pretence suppress/overtakes knowledge) applies 100 percent. In such an atmosphere, even the most inferior Jaahil (ignorant) can act as not only an Alim but a very qualified one. The real 'Ulamaa are no longer taken into consideration and have no merit. A child is always more attracted to a toy than a golden nugget. Concerning the religious domain, the public is degrading itself more and more to the level of a child. This is why they are attracted to fantasies instead of natural and real things. The lack of maturity concerning Deen makes them run after the disguised presentations. Words of wisdom that are simple to understand and very beneficial have no value in their eyes.

It is an atmosphere that is favourable to the Jaahil (ignorant) or "pseudo-alim" who can pass themselves off as scholars. They take advantage of it to create chaos. Things that are foreign to Deen are given more consideration than those that are significant in Deen.  The situation has degenerated greatly and information has been changed. Nowadays, it is not sufficient to merely practice the Sunnah of Nabi (Sallallaahou A'laihi Wasallam) and the Sahaabah-e-Kiraam (Radiyalllahu Anhum) to be Ahl-e- Sunnat Wal Jamaa'ah. You must believe and practice certain things that are not part of the Deen to be Ahl-e-Sunnah Wal Jamaa'ah. You can be a Salafi without following Salafism. Who are the Salaf if they were not the Sahaabah-e-Kiraam, the Taabi'in and the Tab'i Taabi'in? But according to the general tendency nowadays, it is not enough to follow them to be a Salafi. One must also follow a certain Sheikh blindly in order to be able to wear the Salafism emblem instead of just following the noble Sahaabah. It's like being Mauritian without being born in Mauritius and without having the Mauritian passport! How ironic! Or you must neglect a multitude of the Sunnah of Nabi (Sallallaahou A'laihi Wasallam) and the Sahaabah-e-Kiraam (Radiyallahu anhum) to be a Tawhidi!

No doubt, the truth lies in adhering strictly to the Moubaarak Tarîqah of our Nabi (Sallallaahou A'laihi Wasallam) and his Companions (Radiyallahu anhum).Beware! We must not try to understand the truth in relation to our limited mind. We must try to understand it through our elders. They are the Aimmah-e-Mujtahideen such as Imam Abu Hanifah (Rahmatullaahi alayh), Imam Malik (Rahmatullaahi alayh), Imam Shaafi'i (Rahmatullaahi alayh) and Imam Ahmad Bin Hambal (Rahmatullaahi alayh).

But we have misgivings. We do not want to understand the Deen like how those great personalities did. The analysis of these Aimmah means nothing to us. We are impressed by the titles of B.A, M.A, Ph.D or Dr. to such an extent that they are given more importance than the merits of these Aimmah. If we admire and appreciate the intellectual capacity of these modern scholars, then this is one more reason to have a special and unique admiration for the Aimmah. Because, in fact, these contemporary scholars are not comparable to even the pupils of the pupils of these Aimmah.

One must be the greatest idiot to think of​​comparing oneself to these Aimmah. It is true that one must have a certain level of intelligence to be able to evaluate one who is really intelligent. It is for this reason that the 'Ulamaa of great calibre like Allaamah Badrouddin Al-Aini, Allaamah Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani, Allaamah An-Nawawi, Allaamah Jalalouddine As-Suyuti, have found no other way to follow the Deen other than in accordance to the interpretation of one of these Aimmah. They must have seen something stellar in these Aimmah in order for them to follow them, for they themselves were Haafiz of Hadith. In addition, they had expertise in jurisprudence at a very advanced level. In spite of this, they considered it indispensable to seek assistance from these Aimmah in order to be able to practice the Deen in an appropriate manner. This is what leads us to conclude that the more knowledge we have, the more prudent we become. Negligence emanates from ignorance. That is why a child is always imprudent, negligent and irresponsible. When he takes the risk to do something dangerous, that does not mean he is braver than an adult. Rather, it is his lack of knowledge and ignorance of the serious consequences that influence him to take risks.

Nowadays, the society is a bit childish in this aspect. They do not hesitate to interpret the Qur'aan or the Hadith by using their personal opinions which are defective and have been contaminated by the training received elsewhere. They were trained to create dissention within the Ummah under the impression of reformation by fallacious slogans. Their attitudes reveal that they are not satisfied with the research of our great scholars. What one can deduce is that either they regard themselves as great scholars and more intelligent than the Aimmah or they lack the level of intelligence that allow them to understand these Aimmah. Without doubt, the second possibility seems more accurate and applicable. And that's how we find ourselves in a situation where we have an impostor behind the wheel with blind passengers. What else can be expected besides catastrophic consequences?

[English version of "le règne de Juhhaal" - Al Jamiat Vol.6 No.15]