By Umer Sultan| Dignity is in adhering to the Qur’an and Sunnah, as understood by the Sahaba-the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad-the Seal of the Prophets.
As some of you may know, I have been following this cult of Zaid Hamid in Pakistan. I also posted twice on this subject at my blog (here and here last year), both of which were re-posted by the Zaid Hamid Exposition [ZHE] team at their website.
After more than a year of exposing and consolidating evidences against him by the ZHE Team, on November 30, 2011, the Ulema (Islamic Scholars) of Pakistan at Jamia Binoria, a well-known and leading Islamic Seminary, gave a detailed verdict (Fatwa) that Zaid Hamid, also known as Zaid Zaman Hamid, and those who follow him are outside the fold of Islam, hence ‘Kafir’ or dis-believers. Thus adding the word ‘Kazzab‘ meaning liar with Zaid Hamid’s name.
Those who can read Urdu, link to the detail verdict is given below. I will talk about it soon in shaa Allah (God willing) but let me give a brief history on Zaid Zaman Hamid-Kazzab.
Who is Zaid Hamid?
Zaid Hamid presents himself as a defense analyst, calls himself a Mujahid (claims to participate in the Jihad against Soviet Union in Afghanistan), calls himself Aashiq-e-Rusool (having immense love for Prophet Muhammad), and is known for dropping war mongering rhetoric against India and American forces in Afghanistan. He has repeatedly said that the Khilafah needs to be established in Pakistan (something that Ulema-Islamic Scholars never preach).
He is always seen in public with a red hat of a soldier, and often in military jacket. He is eloquent and mesmerizing, hence was shooting to his fame last year when few unknown brothers saw the serious issues in his aqeedah (believes) and started organizing against him.
In 2010, I came to know of this name through Kashif Hafeez’s blog Kashifiat. Kashif Hafeez is a columnist at the Ummat Newspaper, Karachi’s well known Urdu newspaper often considered to be ‘right leaning’ or ‘Islamist leaning.’ He posted on March 6 and 7, 2010 two of his Ummat’s columns (Part 1 and Part 2) about Zaid Hamid and his concerns regarding his connection with a person named Yusuf Ali.
Kashif Hafeez, also wrote about the projects Zaid Hamid was publicizing (Part 1 and Part 2), for example ‘Takmeel-e-Pakistan’ (Movement for Completion of Pakistan) and the ‘Wake-Up Call’ for the Pakistani Youth.
Zaid Hamid’s 3 aides
Then Zaid Hamid added three people to his ‘Takmeel-e-Pakistan’ movement. First one was the well-known Pakistani singer Ali Azmat, who was popular and youth loved him. Soon he started to speak like Zaid Hamid, and was invited to speak as an expert on Khilafah (Islamic Caliphate) and religio-political issues. A blog post at Express Tribune humorously presents how it takes place, but reminds us of the dangerous path media is heading in Pakistan to earn ratings.
Second was Ahmed Quraishi, who was the supporter of General Musharraf’s secular policies and now writes and maintains his ‘PakNationalist‘ website creating a new phenomenon of Pakistani Nationalism, which is at its infancy right now. Except, based on his writings and Facebook posts, he believes in separation of Islam and Politics.
Third was Maria B. who is a fashion designer in Pakistan and designs dresses which violates the Islamic instructions of clothing for women- for example sleeve less, short sleeves, Hijab less, tight dresses and other violations. Of course, she is free to do her business in Pakistan, and she is also free to choose the kind of dressing and the life style for herself.
However, in the video [*in English] below from last year, she explains why she supports Zaid Hamid and why she is leading and funding now defunct project “Wake Up Pakistan.” She explains how she has been into “Sufism” and recognizes that Zaid Hamid is a faqir (Sufi ascetic) and this claim of hers would require me to write a whole new post. Needless to say, Sufism is not what she understands, in fact the real Sufi scholars would shun her lifestyle of modeling and glamour, unless of course, she follows the deviated sects and bogus sufis like these. Sufism is free from anything that she associates with.
If the video is missing, click here please.
With such people around him who had no qualifications in Islam, and who were not even practicing Islam in their lives, Zaid Hamid-Kazzab believed that he will bring Khilafah in Pakistan. In March a secret video was released on Youtube, in which he admitted his connection with Yusuf Ali-Kazzab and told the students not to upload this video because the ‘fasadi mullah’ (Mischievous Mullah) will start giving out fatwa as they have nothing better to do.
The video was released and the downfall of Zaid Zaman Hamid-Kazzab started.
Zaid Hamid Exposition Team’s Truth Digging:
ZHE team started a blog on the WordPress.com and started collecting and consolidating the problematic things he said about Islam. During the course their blog was censored by the WordPress probably because Zaid Hamid’s supporters would have sent too many complaints against them.
ZHE team came back with a proper website and continued exposing him. They contacted the Ulema of various school of thoughts and exposed his lies. Since Zaid Hamid had himself admitted that he knew Yusuf Ali and refused to call him “Yusuf Kazzab” (Yusuf Liar), the ZHE team contacted the Khatm-e-Nubuwwat organization [K.N.] (Organization defending the ideology of the Finality of Prophethood). K.N. gave them the conclusive evidences regarding Yusuf Ali Kazzab.
Who was Yusuf Ali?
Yusuf Ali presented himself as a Sufi. He had his own circle of followers, and he had no traditional learning in Islamic sciences. He started a cult in the name of Sufism, due to which a case was registered against him. Khatm-e-Nubuwwat (K.N.) led the Ulema (Islamic Scholars) in 2000, Lahore Session Court of Pakistan declared Yusuf Ali to be a murtid (an apostate) based on overwhelming evidences and sentenced him to death according to the Islamic Law included in the Pakistan’s Constitution. Yusuf Ali was then came to be known as Yusuf Kazzab (Yusuf Liar) and was killed by a prison inmate before the government could hang him.
He was declared murtid (apostate) because he called himself “Anna Muhammad” meaning “I am Muhammad” as a reincarnation of the Prophet Muhammad, idea that is in direct violation of Islam for the Prophet Muhammad is the Final and the Seal of the Prophets according to the Noble Qur’an and Hadith; for associating and equating his congregation and Mosque to the sanctity of the congregation of the Sahaba (companions of the Prophet Muhammad) and the Masjid Al Haram, among many other things.
Passing down the legacy of cult:
Yusuf Kazzab before getting arrested, appointed Zaid Zaman as his ‘Khalifa’ in a secret meeting. According to the Pakistani newspaper reports all collected and posted by the ZHE Team at their website and included in the questioner asking for the Fatwa, give conclusive evidence that Zaid Zaman did everything that he could to save Yusuf Kazzab from the sentence. He defended Yusuf Kazzab and was reported in the Dawn, Pakistan’s major English newspaper. He contacted some scholars and tried to deceive them but couldn’t. At the last resort he also tried to come up with a plan to jail break in order to free his mentor. Yusuf Kazzab was destined to be sentenced to death by the Lahore Session Court of Pakistan and to be killed by a fellow prisoner.
2010-2011 Chasing Zaid Zaman Hamid-Kazzab:
After this incident, Zaid Zaman came back with the name Zaid Hamid after few years of absence from public. He came as a security analyst and talked about how Pakistan is going to fulfill some divine destiny in which a group will wage war with India and will over come.
He is using “Ghazwa-e-Hind” Hadith (saying of the Prophet Muhammad). Since like his mentor, he himself has no qualification in Islamic sciences, he could only fool the masses. According to the Scholars of Hadith, they consider this Hadith to be very weak. When a Hadith is rated weak, it cannot be used for legislation purposes, and definitely not for waging wars.
Weak Ahadith (pl. of Hadith) according to some Hadith scholars can only be used to affirm to the already established practice. For example, if a weak Hadith talks about the rewards of Fasting, then since Fasting is prescribed in the the Qur’an and it is established that it has a high reward from the Qur’an and authentic Ahadith, then the weak Hadith regarding the virtues of fasting could be used. This particular hadith (rated Weak-Da’ef) is only used by groups that like to engage in arms conflict with India. The Hadith is soo weak that I couldn’t verify its authenticity from a couple of different Hadith scholars myself. So it is plausible that it is either fabricated or very very weak, and in either case it cannot be used!
Maulana Jalalpuri led K.N. and chased him from 2009 to 2010 and challenged him to debate at a public forum, until he was assassinated on March 11, 2010 [See the interview with Jalalpuri and his booklet on this issue]. It was a sad incident, but the movement continued. Zaid Hamid was chased by ZHE team and K.N. at every University campus that he was scheduled to speak [see how the last story went], every media outlet he was invited to give his “analysis” and every public forum he tried to speak, so much so that his “Takmeel-e-Pakistan” day met a humiliating fate of only about 25-30 attendees with an anti-Zaid Hamid rally of over 200 people outside the stadium, where he was suppose to speak, and soon he was escorted by the police out of the place lest things get out of hand.
Recently, he was invited to debate at a public forum by Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, but Zaid Hamid-Kazzab didn’t agree to such proposal.
The Fatwa- Verdict has been reached:
On November 30, 2011, Jamia Binoria in Karachi, a well-known Institution of Islamic Sciences published the Fatwa [posted here-in Urdu] in which the Muftis of the Institution presented the evidences of the belief (aqeedah) of Prophet Muhammad being the Final and the Seal of the Prophethood, which is among the important fundamental elements of the Deen (Islamic way of life).
Evidence presented were from the Qur’an, Hadith, and of major Mufasireen (Qur’an exegesist) showing the consensus (‘Ijma) of the scholars that anyone who declares to be the prophet rejecting the belief of Khatm-e-Nubuwwat (the Finality of the Prophethood with the Prophet Muhammad) is outside the fold of Islam, and anyone who follows such a person also becomes a Kaafir (disbeliever).
Allah says in the Noble Qur’an [Surah Ahzab 33:40]:
“Muhammad is not the father of any man among you, but he is the messenger of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets; and Allah is ever Aware of all things.”
Some of the major Mufasireen mentioned in the Verdict (Fatwa) regarding the above verse are ‘Allamah Ibn Kathir ad-Damishqi, Imam Qurtabi, At-Tabari, Mullah Ali Qari, Imam Ghazali, Qadi ‘Ayad Maliki, Ibn Hajar, and ‘Allamah Zafar Ahmed Usmani among others, rahimullah ajma’en (may Allah’s mercy descend upon them all).
Muhammad Ibn Jarir at-Tabari writes:
“Muhammad, peace be upon him, was a Messenger of Allah and The Seal of the Prophets, meaning the one who has finished the Prophethood and put a Seal on it. Thus, it won’t get open after him until the Day of Judgement gets established.”
Allamah Ibn Kathir ad-Damishqi writes:
Allah Ta’ala in His Book and His Messenger in his Ahadith Mutawatira has informed that after me (Muhammad) no Nabi (Prophet) will be born, so that the Ummah can know that every single person who claims to be at the position of Prophethood after Prophet Muhammad, that person is a major liar, iftira pardaz (couldn’t translate this word), Dajjal, himself misguided, and misguiding others.” [Tafseer Ibn Kathir]
Mullah ‘Ali Qari writes:
“After our Prophet peace be upon him, a person claiming to be a prophet is by ‘Ijma (consensus) Kaafir.” [Sarh Fiqh al-Akbar]
‘Allamah Ibn Najeem al-Hanafi writes:
“One who doesn’t know that the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is Allah Ta’ala’s Last Prophet is not a Muslim because to believe in the Prophet’s Finality is among the important elements of the Deen.”
Syed Al-Wasi Baghdadi, in fact writes:
“And Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, to be the Final of Prophets is under such issues over which the Qur’an has spoken and the Ahadith has clearly declared to be, upon which the Ummah reached ‘Ijma (consensus); thus one who claims to be otherwise (claim to Prophethood) will be considered a Kaafir and if doesn’t repent then must be killed.”
*English translations here is by me. Any mistake in translation when compared with the document please do correct me.
The sentence is given by the court of the government, a layman cannot take matters into his/her own hands.
The Fate of Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid-Kazzab:
Will the fate of Zaid Hamid-Kazzab will be the same as of his mentor, Yusuf Ali-Kazzab? This is to be seen. If someone do register a case against him over the Blasphemy Law, the evidences are crystal clear and overwhelming with a precedence from the verdict of the Lahore Session Court of Pakistan. The last thing Maulana Jalalpuri did before he got assassinated was that he finalized the case with the lawyer against Zaid Hamid, according to the ZHE team.
He can still publicly declare that he considers the verdict of the Lahore Session Court of Pakistan to be correct, that he declares Yusuf Ali to be the Kazzab (Liar) for rejecting the belief of the Prophet Muahammad in the Seal of the Prophets. That he distances himself from the teachings of Yusuf Ali Kazzab and he declares that “There is no God worthy of worship except Allah, and Muhammad is His Final Prophet and servant.”
If he doesn’t publicly declares even now (as he didn’t before) then I think we all know where this is going!
The Followers and Fans of the Kazzab
The followers of Zaid Hamid-Kazzab will defend him, and curse the Ulema since they never bothered to study Islam. They are overwhelmed with the ideology of Nationalism, which blindfolds them from witnessing and accepting the Haq (Truth). I sincerely ask the “fans” of the Kazzab, evidences are clear, please offer two rakaah nafl asking for guidance from Allah Ta’ala and go through the entire website and look at each and every evidence from the start. I went through the site last year and it took me a week, it will take you way longer but if you are in search of truth then you owe it to your self.
Otherwise, trust the research and verdict of those who have done this for you to safeguard your ‘Imaan.
Dignity is in adhering to the Qur’an and the Sunnah, as understood by the Sahaba-the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad the Seal of the Prophets. Only adhering to this lies the success of this world and of the hereafter.
“We were the lowliest of people but Allah gave us might and glory through Islam. If we seek glory through other than what Allah gave us glory through, He will abase us (again).”
–Umar ibn Al-Khattab
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[Last Updated: 7/1/2015]