Monday, July 26, 2010

Dr. Farhat Hashmi and Al Huda

  1. Mufti Taqi Usmani, Darul Ifta, Darul Uloom Korangi, Karachi:
     Part 4  Part 3 Part 2 Part 1
  2. Mufti Muhammad Abdullah Hashmi, Darul Ifta, Jamia Binoria, Karachi:
    Part 2 Part 1
  3. Mufti Muhammad, Darul Ifta wal Irshad, Nazimabad, Karachi:
  4. Darul Ifta, Jamia Farooqia, Shah Faisal Colony #4, Karachi:
    Part 4 Part 3 Part 2 Part 1
    Part 8 Part 7 Part 6 Part 5
    Part 12 Part 11 Part 10 Part 9
    Part 16 Part 15 Part 14 Part 13
          Part 17


  1. With the greatest of respects, in all cases, the remarks are similar, coming from only from scholars who do not differ from the classic positions of their respective schools. The issues are that she is:
    * taking a stand against taqleed
    * taking stands against ijma
    * holding a Phd from Glasgow (although I dont know why this is a problem)
    * etc.

    Please see book entitled "khair khawahi ba jawab hidayat ya gumrahi" by abu insha qqari khalilurahman javaid which talks about these issues.

    In any case, I have not seen any opinion coming from her, which was not held by some salafi scholar. For example, her position that celebrating the 15th of Shaában is bidah, is the position held by ALL salafi scholars.

    However, there was one issue which I read about, to be fair to the argument: she re-printed a book by Mufti Muhammed Shafi and had inserted one line from herself, without marking it as her own insertion. I am told that she has since apologised about this error.

    In her defense I would also like to point out that zakir naik has her listed on his website, something which points to me that he shares her positions : http://www.irf. net/index. php?option= com_content&view=article&id=163&Itemid=177
    Let me clarify that I am not raising either of them to the position of scholars, but I say that both follow the salafi/ahlehadith positions on matters of law.

    Do let me know if there are issues that I may not be aware of. Indeed, no one is perfect, and every one is prone to error and mistakes, so we help each other in righteousness and guide each other in mistakes, and we avoid those who would remain stubborn in their wrongdoings.

    May Allah guide us all to the right path, free from errors and grants us all Jannatul firdaous without any reckoning.

  2. @Anonymous - Yes I agree that so far, whatever I've read about her, she seems quite close to Salafi ulema. And the issues you highlighted, like her stand against Taqlid and Ijma, is nothing new. Salafis, though they themselves practice, are well known for their refutation of Taqlid and Ijma.

    Having a PhD from Glasgow University does not meant the scholar is not credible or authentic as mentioned by Mufti Taqi Usmani sahab in his fatwa. However, the kind of faculty (, they have and the kind of scholar they've produced, it seems, the reservations of Ulema in general are quite reasonable.

    Dr Zakir Naik is not an Aalim, he's an expert on comparative religion and thats his field. So, I suppose any mention of her on his website does not make a solid defense.

    Can you give me any references of her apology on the plagiarism issue? because I didn't find any such statement from Dr Farhat Hashmi.

  3. I dont intend to sound rude, but im highly surprised at the allegations set on Dr. Farhat Hashmi. The student who went to alhuda obviously went to point out the flaws and her distortion of facts is highly condemnable. I have myself read from Alhuda, and Not once did the dr. say or prject anything like that.. She always encourages to sit in lectures of diverse Ulemas, never speaks against anyone, and always respects Ulemas of deeni madrassas. I must add that the deeni madarass that also give a Quran course of 2 yrs call it a an Alim, Alima course. And the basic Quran course offered by Alhuda is a taleemul Quran course. Dont you think that its the madariss who should not name a mere 2 yr course as an alima course? who can become an alim in only 2 yrs?

    And as for the majority of the points written against the scholar, they are not true. She always quotes hadees about namaz that its not prohibited for women to got the mosques(eg one can go once in a lifetime, and its important to learn the rules of jamat for women have to go to perform haj and umrah too and be informed as well,but its not recommended by her as a daily practise), but its better to offer salah at home. there have been congregation prayers by alhuda before, but for a very long time she has refrained from them and does not hold them anymore.

    And its absolutely wrong that in that institute arabic language and grammar is not stressed upon ,because it highly is.
    No-one at alhuda favors fashion and parties, that is a sangeen ilzam. if people hold such functions out of their own interest, dont blame the institute.
    And abt divorce, all scholars project the same views that she does. its not what the perpetrator has alleged.
    Im no scholar ,but hidayat comes from Allah only, and Mufti Usmani sahab or any of his disciples should speak to the authorites in alhuda in a calm manner and adress his concerns in an islamic way so that truth be propagated and understood between ullema.

    I must add though, that she and her dignitaries always stress upon confirming masla's with mufit's and scholars of high level, if she was so bent upon the ideas that the mis-informant has propagated out of lack of knowledge or jealousy, she would never have encouraged her students to seek scholarly help and keep themselves open to authentic knowledge.

    I respect all the mufti sahabs, but i have to say that her lectures have effect, and her way of discription is very refreshing and enlightening. And May Allah give us all guidance and keep us in his hifzo -iman ,ameen.