Sahih Bukhari Volume 009, Book 088, Hadith Number 187.
Sahih Bukhari Book 88. Afflictions and the End of the War
Narrated By 'Abdullah : The Prophet said, "Near the establishment of the Hour, there will be the days of Al-Harj, and the religious knowledge will be taken away (vanish i.e. by the death of Religious scholars) and general ignorance will spread." Abu Musa said, "Al-Harj, in the Ethiopian language, means killing," Ibn Mas'ud added: I heard Allah's Apostle saying; (It will be) from among the most wicked people who will be living at the time when the Hour will be established."
Sadaqa Rasulullahi Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.
Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
Dear brothers and sisters in Islam,
The recent change of leadership amongst the ones calling the shots in PAS ~ the Pan Islamic Party of Malaysia comprising those who are non religious scholars somehow reminds me of the realization of the authentic hadith of Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam as published above.
Whether we like it or not, we are living in the Age of Fitan @ Trials where all that the Blessed Final Prophet of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala prophesied has come to pass and in our current life we see, each of his authentic prophesies being realized right before our very eyes.
The gradual passing away of religious scholars of our times signals the truth of what our Blessed Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam's prophesied in saying that religious knowledge will be taken away pending the establishment of The Hour @ Yaum al Qiyamah.
This hadith by the Blessed Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam is now being realized by the truth of what Allah's Final Messenger warned us about with regard to the consequences of the religious scholars passing away and in a way of them also losing their standings in society due to the loss of their positions in our social hierarchy ~ by way of losing whatever leadership positions they were holding in the political parties or social organizations!
When Muslims are no longer being led or ruled by the ulamaks in important matters concerning their daily lives, then what Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam warned us about has then come to pass and we as Muslims having faith in Allah Azza Wa Jalla and His Final Messenger ought to be prepared for what is coming next?
There might be those who'd accuse me of being an alarmist by saying so, but then isn't this sidelining of those who might be considered as being the ulamaks of our time signify what the hadith above relates to?
I am referring to PAS because it is the only party that claims to be led by religious scholars ~ all these while whereas UMNO isn't!
That's a fact. UMNO is led by nationalist politicians and those who are considered to be the religious scholars of UMNO do not hold sway over their party's political direction.
The Religious Bureau of UMNO is there just as a namesake. They do not have any direct authority over what the UMNO Supreme Council decides and even if they did propose anything to the said council, chances are that they might get vetoed or told that their views have been heard and it is now up to the UMNO President and Supreme Council to decide as to any matter concerning their proposals?
The significance in power or position of any such ulamaks in UMNO varies from what their counterparts in PAS possess? That was until lately when the tide changed for the ulamaks in PAS after the latest General Convention!
The new lineup of those who call the shots in PAS are now made up of almost entirely non religious scholars and the retaining of Dato Seri Abdul Hadi Awang as the incumbent PAS President is in my opinion just as a symbolic gesture on the part of the decision makers of the evolving party. Evolving from being once an Islamic based party to one that no longer has an agenda to form an Islamic state as its main mission.
The voices of the ulamak in PAS are gradually being stifled and from what I have been reading from the various PAS associated blogs and web portals, there is now a concerted effort to gradually ease off PAS conservative ulamaks such as Prof Dato Dr Harun Din Al Haj, the Deputy Spiritual Head from having any say in its policies.
Frankly speaking, I am quite concerned to see this scenario unfolding before us for the future of Malaysia's Muslims depends on the presence of bona-fide ulamaks in the mainstream of our society as a check and balance measure to correct any injustices committed against the ummah of this land by any governments whether state or federal?
I pray that the current political upheaval affecting the roles and position of the religious scholars in PAS does not abode of an imminent demise and sub-sequential erosion of their standings in this nation.
The eventuality will be just too disastrous for this ummah!