Javed Ghamidi: An Introduction to a Prominent Hadīth Denier

The original name of Javed Ahmed Ghamidi is Shafīq Ahmed, other reports say Muhammad Shafīq. He was born in 1951, in a district of Sahiwal, Pakistan.

After passing Matric level schooling at his local school, he came to Lahore in 1967. He began to study the traditional sciences under a number of teachers. In 1973, he began to learn under Amīn Ahsan Islāhī. Amīn Ahsan Islāhī had a great impact on his life and thought.

From 1979 to 1991, Javed Ghamidi served as an Arabic teacher at the Civil Services Academy in Lahore. After September 11, there seems to be a significant shift in the ideas and teaching of Javed Ghamidi, where he leans towards a framework of Islām that can be brought in conformity with American interests.

This comes as no surprise, especially since realising that his mentor, Islahi, was significantly influenced by Lord Curzon, the British Viceroy to India (Redefining tradition in Political Thought, p.438, Iqtidar). Some news reports, like Daily Jasarat News, suggest that Ghamidi actually did work resembling that of an American agent.

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One of the great trials and fitan of this age is the fitnah of Javed Ahmed Ghamidi. The Muslim youth who have been deprived of primary Islāmic education as well as the Muslims educated in various fields that speak Urdu have fallen in the trap of Javed Ahmed Ghamidi. As we speak, the thought of Javed Ahmed Ghamidi has taken on the form of a complete and independent religion.

The followers of Ghamidi see themselves as progressive and modernistic. Under the tutelage of their masters, they have set about their work of trying to change the meanings of the words of the Noble Qur’ān and Hadīth in order to prepare their ‘American Edition’ of Islām. In no unclear terms, Javed Ahmed Ghamidi is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. In simple terms, he is presenting poison that is wrapped in a colorful and attractive capsule.

Javed Ahmed Ghamidi is not only a denier of the Hadīth, but he is the flagbearer of a parallel religion to Islām. By means of his eloquent tongue, this fitnah has spread far and wide. He has the help of electronic media – as is the case with the other fitan – and his message is promoted widely as though it is gospel truth.

There are a number of reasons why Javed Ahmed Ghamidi is said to be a denier of the Hadīth. He has his own set of principles for Hadīth. Then, he has changed the technical definition of Hadīth and Sunnah, all the while denying thousands of authentic Ahādīth. To make it easy to understand, he does not accept a Sahīh Hadīth reported from Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam to stand as proof in Islām.

The traditional scholars of Pakistan have been at the forefront of refuting Javed Ahmed Ghamidi. A number of books that contain the statements of Ghamidi have been penned. A time came when Ghamidi resorted to exile because of the infertile ground for him that the scholars had prepared. He now resides in Dallas, USA.

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Problematic Statements of Javed Ahmed Ghamidi:

  1. ‘Īsā ‘alayhi as-salām has passed away.[1]
  2. No Mahdī will come close to Qiyāmah.[2]
  3. No practice or belief can be proven from the Hadīth at all.[3]
  4. The total number of Sunnah practices are 27.[4]
  5. The beard has no place in the Sunnah or religion.[5]
  6. The hadd for adultery and drinking are not Shar’ī punishments.[6]
  7. There is only one Qirā’ah of the Qur’ān. The rest of the Qirā’āt are the fitnah of the non-Arabs.[7]
  8. Every person has the right of Ijtihād. There are no conditions stipulated for being able and worthy of making Ijtihād. Whoever feels that he has acquired an understanding of religion, i.e., tafaqquh fid dīn, he can make Ijtihād.[8]
  9. The government has the right to change the nisāb amount in Zakāt.[9]
  10. The Jews and Christians are not bound to believe in Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. They will be forgiven, even if they do not hold this belief.[10]
  11. Sunnah is only that which Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam had stipulated as religious practice from the Abrahamic Religion. This was even before the Noble Qur’ān. If there is a clash between the Noble Qur’ān and the thought of the Jews and Christians, then instead of the Noble Qur’ān, preference will be given to the mass transmitted practices of the Jews and Christians.[11]
  12. Women can lead men, i.e., Imāmat.[12]

It is the binding duty of all Muslims to protect their beliefs and practices. We are bound to increase our knowledge and also to stay very far away from the lecturers that promote and spread fitnah. Āmīn

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Notes

  1. Mīzān, ‘Alāmāt e Qiyāmat p.178, [2014]
  2. Ibid p.177
  3. Mīzān p.15
  4. Ibid p.14
  5. Maqāmāt p.138 [2008]
  6. Burhān pp.35-146 [2009]
  7. Mīzān p.32 [2002]
  8. Sawāl wa Jawāb [2009]
  9. Ishrāq, p.70 [June 2008]
  10. Ibid
  11. Mīzān p.14 [2014]
  12. Ishrāq pp.35-46 [May 2005]
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Ahmad

What?!! When did this infidel move to Dallas?

Ibrahim Ihsan

Bro, stop takfiring when you haven’t even met him. Realize his beliefs and their justifications then when unfaithfulness is proven, call him an infidel, and only if you are a shaikh who has experience on these matters.

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Ahmad

His beliefs are a mockery of deen. I know it.

Ammar

why are you defending such an ignorant human being???? going against the Quran and denying the Sunnah is totally out of Islam. that’s it

Fmp

I haven’t read it yet, but Alhamdulillah I’m glad someone is speaking about him in English too. He has unfortunately deluded much of the ‘educated class’ in Pakistan with his tv show appearances. 🙁

akh

To make it easy to understand, he does not accept a Sahīh Hadīth reported from Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam to stand as proof in Islām.”

So, how do his followers perform the five daily prayers and other types of worship?

This Ghamidi guy sounds eerily similar to Adnan Ibrahim. A Palestinian deformer residing in Switzerland.

These defiants are intimately connected to the business class. Which explains why commercial media outlets roll out the red carpet for them.

Ahmad

Yes. Another prominent zindiq. The imam of my mosque has spoken against him in Jum’ah khutbah’s as well.

Another Pakistani similar to this Ghamdi character is some guy called Mohammed Sheikh in Karachi, Pakistan. He even posits that women shave their heads after Umrah!

akh

He even posits that women shave their heads after Umrah!”

LOL.

He doesn’t know that women who intentionally resemble men are cursed?

Muzammil

Can anyone tell me that is engineer muhammad ali mirza a fitnah?

Ali Usman

No, Brother. He always Speaks With reference(Quran and Sahih Hadith) and is trying his best to end Sectarianism in Pakistan. You should watch his videos with a skeptic mind, u will realize that he is very unbiased.
Btw, by no mean i m saying that he is perfect or something,everyone has flaws.

Ahmad

He is a closet shia who speaks ill about sahaba.

akh

He always Speaks With reference(Quran and Sahih Hadith) and is trying his best to end Sectarianism in Pakistan.”

Ending secterianism is done by teaching people the correct aqeedah, not by kowtowing to deviants and heretics. Doing that will only make the situation much worse, see: Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.

Ali Usman

Brother, How can u say that he is Teaching people Wrong Aqeedah? how can u call him a deviant?Have u even watched his videos Completely? I think u dont know whats happening in pakistan. majority of Ulma Are Preaching hate against other Sects and the only way u can Unite Muslims is by completely seperating yourself from Sects and Holding the rope Of Quran And Sahih Hadith.. Obviously taking good from All the Great Fuqaha and Muhadiseen of the past and present.. May Allah Increase Us in knowledge.

Sauban

I found him sometimes idealize west for being advanced and disciplined, in a way that Muslims should have been in that position whom world looks as an ideal.
But He has never been apolegetic about any of the aspects of Islam and Shariah as whole.
He does not seems to be so skeptical about liberalism, but he do not accept anything from liberalism and plainly refutes any nonsense from liberals that contradicts with traditional Islamic understandings. He infact refuted Ghamidi in many cases.

Muhammad Abdullah

traditional scholars reject him so yeah

Muhammad Umair ul Haq

Yes he definitely is! He disgraces the scholars and speaks bad about sahaba, following the footsteps of Shia

Haseebullah

To some extent. You can watch the complete vidoes of mufti Tariq Masood in this regard.

Skeptic-Bot

You haven’t tackled him properly. He’s gonna give you a tough time if a debate happens between you two.

Last edited 3 months ago by Skeptic-Bot
Ammar

he can’t do anything against the truth, plus Daniel is not someone easy to give rough time to, he knows what he’s doing, Alhamdulillah we have people like him, may Allah keep him for us and give us the knowledge to defend this great deen and stop being so apologetic.

Numbers

He can’t even get his fundamentals right. He isn’t giving a tough time to anyone but people with double digit IQs.

Irfan

Good Article, I have met people who get involved in riba due to this person.

Ume Arslan

Point 11 is not true. He says that if there is a clash between jews and Christian practices and mufassireen then jews and Christian practices willbe preferred. He didn’t said this about Quran.
Anyhow you are right that he is a hadith denier and a fitna. Pakistani youth is following him. After all who is going to dislike islam having music, showbiz and no pardah

Nasir Ch

Hi can I get the links to the references? I am not able to find them
Thanks