Refutation of the Ibadi da’i Masoud al-Miqbali

Bismillah ir rahman ir raheem,

“Wicked women are for wicked men, and wicked men are for wicked women. And virtuous women are for virtuous men, and virtuous men are for virtuous women. The virtuous are innocent of what the wicked say. They will have forgiveness and an honourable provision.” (Qur’an 24: 26)

“And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility (litaskunū) in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.” (Qur’an 30:21)

The root of the first Arabic word used in the verse is “sakan”, which means ‘it went into a state of rest, quiet, calm; unruffled, appeased, allayed, or motionless’.

“Those will have lost who deny the meeting with Allah , until when the Hour comes upon them unexpectedly, they will say, “Oh, our regret over what we neglected concerning it,” while they bear their burdens on their backs. Unquestionably, evil is that which they bear.” (Qur’an 6:31)

“Every soul will taste death.” (Qur’an 21:35)

“O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your own families from a Fire whose fuel is mankind and stones, (and) over which are harsh, severe Angels, who do not disobey Allah in whatever He commands them and who perform whatever they are commanded to.” (Qur’an 66:6)

And do not marry polytheistic women (l-mush’rikati) until they believe. And a believing slave woman is better than a polytheist, even though she might please you. And do not marry polytheistic men to your women until they believe. And a believing slave is better than a polytheist, even though he might please you. Those invite you to the Fire, but Allah invites to Paradise and to forgiveness, by His permission. And He makes clear His verses to the people that perhaps they may remember.” (Qur’an 2:221)

Now here are the questions that our brother Shaykh Masoud al-Miqbali (and any who hold his view are going to have to answer).

  1. Are Sunni and Shi’a from the Ahl Kitab?
  2. Are Sunni and Shi’a from the Mushrik (those who devote themselves to other than Allah or devote themselves to others with Allah) ?
  3. Are Sunni and Shi’a Muslims?

Now an answer to the affirmative for question one is beyond incredulous.

An answer to the affirmative to question two would need to be answered with evidence. Alas, it is well known that in the Ibadi school, the school of Ahl Haqq Wal Istiqamah that Ibadi Muslims can marry Shi’a Muslims and Sunni Muslims.

So naturally, the follow up question is can we marry the Mushrik and the answer to that is a resounding No! The evidence for that has already passed.

And do not marry polytheistic women (l-mush’rikati) until they believe. And a believing slave woman is better than a polytheist, even though she might please you. And do not marry polytheistic men to your women until they believe. And a believing slave is better than a polytheist, even though he might please you. Those invite you to the Fire, but Allah invites to Paradise and to forgiveness, by His permission. And He makes clear His verses to the people that perhaps they may remember.” (Qur’an 2:221)

It also known that in our school we can only judge by the dhahir (apparent). It is known what the belief of the Shi’a and the Sunni are, by their outward statements that appear on the tongues and in their books of creed.

“Wicked women are for wicked men, and wicked men are for wicked women. And virtuous women are for virtuous men, and virtuous men are for virtuous women. The virtuous are innocent of what the wicked say. They will have forgiveness and an honourable provision.” (Qur’an 24: 26)

Given the verse above, the assumption is that the followers of the Ibadi school, the Ibadi creed are Ahl Haqq Wal Istiqamah (The People of the Truth and Steadfastness). They are among the virtuous.

So the question to our brother Shaykh Masoud al-Miqbali is:

If virtuous men are for virtuous women, can the Sunni and Shi’a women be considered virtuous or unvirtuous at the time of marrying them? Likewise, can the Sunni and Shi’a men be considered virtuous or unvirtuous at the time of marrying them?

How can our school of jurisprudence consider a partner to be tayibatu/tayibuna if their belief makes them destined for hellfire?

The next question to our brother Shaykh Masoud al-Miqbali is:

We know that death can come to us at any time. We also know that the day of resurrection can come unexpectedly at any time.

“Those will have lost who deny the meeting with Allah , until when the Hour comes upon them unexpectedly, they will say, “Oh, our regret over what we neglected concerning it,” while they bear their burdens on their backs. Unquestionably, evil is that which they bear.” (Qur’an 6:31)

“Every soul will taste death.” (Qur’an 21:35)

Based upon those two verses, and the knowledge that death can come during a nikah or even immediately after a nikah, or at any time, how does our school of jurisprudence and school of creed expect for a husband/wife to reach the following condition with their spouse:

“And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility (litaskunū) in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.” (Qur’an 30:21)

How does an Ibadi expect to find litaskuna (tranquility) with their Sunni/Shia husband/wife if the Ibadi is of the view that unless that Sunni/Shi’a accepts the Ibadi creed they will be in hellfire?

How does one find time to laugh, smile, enjoy the prayer together, dhikr together, the blessings of each other’s company, if the angel of death can snatch away an individual’s partner and carry them off to hellfire for having the incorrect creed? How does one reach litaskuna (tranquility) oh dear brother, Shaykh Masoud al-Miqbali

How does one fulfil the following admonition in the Qur’an dear respected Shaykh?

“O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your own families from a Fire whose fuel is mankind and stones, (and) over which are harsh, severe Angels, who do not disobey Allah in whatever He commands them and who perform whatever they are commanded to.” (Qur’an 66:6)

We know that even we as Ibadi are not guaranteed paradise. That we must enjoin the good and ward off evil. That we must do what pleases Allah (swt) and leave that which displeases Allah (swt). This in and of itself is jihad an nafs (a struggle with the self) from moment to moment until death approaches us.

So that being the case, how do you protect your wife/husband from the hellfire when by marrying that person and knowing that they could die at any moment upon the incorrect creed that they would be consigned to the flames?

Unless of course your advise oh Shaykh is for the Ibadi not to marry the Shi’a or Sunni? Is that your advise? Are you making the halal, haram? Or rather, have our scholars made the haram, halal?

I am your brother in Islam. I am a student of this path. I profess the creed of Ahl Haqq Wal Istiqamah. I profess the Ibadi school. I deeply respect and admire all that you do for the sake of Allah (swt). May Allah (swt) grant you paradise.

Yet, certain views of yours have been spread among the students of knowledge. They are views that are not evidences upon the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Rather, the evidence of the Qur’an is sufficient to overwhelm your position.

My pen is a sword, a sword for the truth, a sword for Allah (swt). This pen of mine will spare no one, not even those who share nomenclature.

May Allah (swt) guide us to the truth. May Allah (swt) guide us to what is beloved to Allah (swt).

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