A few days go coming back from Birmingham, i had an interesting discussion with some young brothers, in their early teens. Just coming into the grasp of understanding the world, slowly blossoming into adulthood. Asking several inquisitive questions out of which the most interesting was as follows: “In the indian sub continent i and my brother have heard from my parents that there are a lot of ‘pirs’ who sit idly in mazars (colosseums) all day long. People go to them ask for all sorts of things from duas to asking them for ‘divine help from ALlah’. Some even go to the shrine of the deceased person – next to the grave to which this ‘pir’ sits, and ask him directly to grant them children and some even go to the extent of doing shajdah to the grave! What is all this about?, we have some teachers of ours who we go to for learning arabic, always bring up this issue, of how astray these ‘pirs’ are.”
Interesting point to note here though.. instead of feeding the intellectual growth of these youngsters these arabic teachers it seems, prefer to help lay the seed of hatred and animosity of the real awliyah (pirs) in the hearts of these young brothers. Rather than tell them the right from the wrong i.e with everything there are the FAKE products/people or you may call it the imposters, however there are also the real, genuine products/people on the Market, from whom a particular science comes to exist. Likewise in this issue the fake ‘pirs’ who are rampant in the indian sub-continent are only a sign that there are real awliyah also known as (aka) pirs – the term coming from the persian language. They are in the world and it is unto us to find the true friends of Allah and distinguish them from the false ones. Common sense says that if there exists a fake copy of something then there MUST be the real thing/product on the market hence the fake product existing otherwise the fake will the real. This is the same case with the ‘pir’ issue. Just as there are many fake prophets in the world or were claiming prophet hood, there also were real prophets, namely the right ones, the ones who taught the shahadah to the people and connected them back to Allah. Another example is, just as there are many fake GODs being worshiped. likewise there is a real GOD – Allah. What we learn from this is that we should not condemn ALL the ‘Pirs’ then this would also include the real men of Allah. We should travel the earth and find the real men of Allah who only serve the people in connecting the people back to Allah. In building the relationship with the messenger (saw) and nothing extra. They are the true reflection of the messengers who were sent to do this job. The FAKE and the imposter ‘pirs’ which are eating off the names great awliyah of the past and present are fraudsters who will be judged by Allah on the day of judgement! They will have to be accountable for their sinful actions. For misleading and corrupting the people and making them become hopeless in the success of the hereafter. Teaching and making them do unislamic rituals and practices. These FAKE ‘pirs’ are vultures who are feeding of the well beings of the people, eating them alive, – their money, property and emotionally, physiologically, socially draining the people of spirituality and ihsan. Imam Ghazali once said regarding them these ‘pirs’, – referring to the imposters have one right only, and that right of theirs is that their heads need to be severed from their bodies i.e slaughtered, hanged etc! It seems a harsh statement, well, it is NOT! to be frank as the actions and deeds of these imposter ‘pirs’ have great re-precautions for the future generations to come. As they will then grow up either hating the ‘pirs’ or completely been taking over by them, by this i mean brainwashed into doing whatever this fake ‘pir’ will say or do as being the HAQ – Truth.