The ‘Bātiniyyah’ is a title and name for many sects that hold blasphemous beliefs, even though outwardly they link themselves to Islām. The Ismā’īliyyah, Nusayriyyah, and Druze fall under the Batiniyyah directly, whilst the Qādiyānī, Bahā’ī, and Rawāfid fall under the Batiniyyah title by extension.
These sects have come out in the open more vociferously in recent times, whilst their beliefs and ideologies have had disastrous repercussions for the Muslim Ummah at large.
These sects and groups have spread blasphemous beliefs and ideas amongst the Muslims whilst pasting an Islamic label on them. Their claim was never to establish and set up an independent religion (which they actually are), but on the contrary, they would tell others that they are Muslim, whereas their belief systems are totally different from that of Islām.
Creating Rifts Among Muslims
These sects and groups have created great differences and problems amongst Muslims. They have destroyed the unity of the Ummah, with their evil aims and goals of raising points of difference and creating divisions. In the background, they have always been supporting the enemies of Islām, their governments, movements, and organizations whilst creating division, instability, and insecurity in the Muslim society. By doing so, they have deprived the Muslims and the Muslim society of peace, prosperity, advancement, and progress.
These sects and groups have always been plotting and planning against Islām and causing harm to the true religion. They would help the Jews and Christians and gave their full support and aid to the invaders and occupiers.
1. When France invaded Syria, the Muslims stood up in defense of their faith and land. The Nusayriyyah supported the French in opposition to the Muslims.
After France occupied Syria, the French repaid the favor and set up an independent government of the ‘Alawis, giving leadership to the Nusayriyyah.
2. Hasan ‘Alī Shah [1804 – 1881] was a highly active member of the Ismā’īlī sect. He dreamt of the Iranian leadership. With the help of the British, he tried to create a revolution, which was unsuccessful. After he was freed, he was appointed as the Imām of the Ismā’īliyyah Nizāriyyah and was given the title of Aga Khan by the Persian King Fatah ‘Alī Shah.
Hasan Ali Shah soon proceeded to Sindh, where he rendered further services to the British. The British were able to annex Sindh and for his services, Hasan Ali Shah received an annual pension of £2,000 from General Charles James Napier, the British conqueror of Sindh with whom he had a good relationship.
3. The Druze had helped the Crusader society, to the extent that they are part of the Israeli army to this day. One of the Druze also served as an Israeli military secretary.
4. The beliefs of the Rawāfid are quite similar to those of the Bātiniyyah, although their extremism is less in comparison to those of the Ismā’īliyyah and Nusayriyyah. Despite this, they can be included under the Bātiniyyah umbrella by a broad reference because they also state that the clear Islāmic texts can be studied under a zāhir and bātin lens. They also strive hard to take out far-fetched interpretations and understandings from the texts. This is the case with the Ithnā Ashariyyah. In the beginning, their books were not published and were hard to come by. Now that they are openly published and spread, we understand that the Rawāfid have also been utilized to take revenge from the Ahl-us-Sunnah wal Jamā’ah.
After acquiring leadership and rule in Iran, the Rawāfid have helped the invaders and occupiers to weaken the Ahl-us-Sunnah wal Jamā’ah in various parts of the world.
5. The belief systems of the Bahā’īs and the Qādiyānīs are similar and they bear very serious and dangerous consequences. They have brought great harm to the Muslim Ummah by continuously supporting the Crusaders and occupiers. In lieu of their services, considerations and rewards were always warmly pocketed.
The Bātinī name might not be mentioned so much, but the hard reality is that the ideologies of the Bātinī sects are promoted under a different name today. Hence, supporting the ideas of liberalism, secularism, modernism, feminism, and so on is for all practical purposes, the very same thing as supporting the sects and groups who refer to themselves as Muslims, but have nothing to do with Islām.
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Muhādarah ‘Ilmiyyah: Liberalism aur Islām, Maulānā Ghulām Nabī Qāsimī, HUjjat-ul-Islam Academy, Dar-ul-‘Ulūm Waqf, Deoband, 1435/2014
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