The Real Meaning of Ḥilf-ul-Fuḍūl and the “Abrahamic” Religion’s Distortion

The Abrahamic Religion, with its sweet and lush slogan, as promoted today, is founded upon deceit. Whilst the name and catchphrase portray a sense of virtue, the reality is quite a different story. The focus of this article is the slogan or catch-phrase of this particular heresy.

In various parts of the world, the Abrahamic Religion is being advertised with the slogan of ‘An Alliance of Virtue’. This is in reference to the Fuḍūl Alliance that took place during the era of ignorance, before the advent of Islām.

When Sayyidunā Muḥammad ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam was about fourteen or fifteen years old[1], there was a bitter war fought among the Arab tribes. This war was referred to as the Fijār war. Fijār means ‘wickedness’.

The reason for the name was that the sanctity of Makkah Mukarramah was defiled and dishonored during the fighting, which is why the people chose this name for the war. The bloodshed and carnage were brought to an end by means of a pact devised and agreed upon by Faḍl Ibn Fuḍālah, Faḍl Ibn Wadā’ah, and Fuḍayl Ibn Ḥārith. This pact was subsequently known as ‘Ḥilf-ul-Fuḍūl’, i.e., Alliance of Virtue.

The fighting that preceded the ‘Ḥilf-ul-Fuḍūl’ flared up between the Kinānah and Ḥawāzin tribes. It started when the guarantee of protection given by the Hawāzin was broken by the Kinānah.

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Now, what link does this original basis have with the modern proposition of the Abrahamic Religion? What justice is being served by those who promote the so-called alliance of virtue today? What fighting preceded the modern-day Abrahamic religion concept? Is the original pact not being misrepresented and taken totally out of context? What link with interfaith did the Fuḍūl pact have?

Revival of the ‘Ḥilf-ul-Fuḍūl’

The Fuḍūl Alliance was revived by Zubayr Ibn ‘Abdul Muṭṭalib[2], a conference was held in the house of ‘Abdullāh Ibn Jud’ān and the participants were the Banū Hāshim[3] and the Banū Taym[4]. The participants of this pact or accord had pledged to assist the oppressed at all cost, whether the oppressed was a resident or a foreign visitor.

The revival of the Alliance of Virtue was based on helping the oppressed at all cost. So, how are the promoters of the modern Abrahamic Religion helping the oppressed? Have they pledged to help the oppressed, or, are they giving a warped interfaith message?

Going ahead, we find that Muslims are told of the Alliance of Virtue, that Sayyidunā Muḥammad Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam is reported to have said:

“I was present at ‘Abdullāh Ibn Jud’ān’s house when an alliance was formed, i.e., the Fuḍūl Alliance. I would not love to have red camels in place of it. If I were invited by it in Islām, I would answer it.”[5]

Let us do some basic analysis. Was a pact undertaken by Sayyidunā Muḥammad Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam in Islām that resembled the modern-day Alliance of Virtue, as promoted by many Compassionate Imāms?

There exists no shred of evidence suggesting that Sayyidunā Muḥammad Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam subverted the Noble Qur’ān and the religion of Islām under the interfaith pretext.

Sayyidunā Muḥammad Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu alayhi wa sallam signed treaties and pacts with the polytheists and Jews of his time, but none of them entailed interfaith. None of the treaties that Sayyidunā Muḥammad Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu alayhi wa sallam entered into entailed compromise and subverting of Islām. Islām had reigned supreme each time and this will continue to be the case, by the grace of Allāh Ta’ālā.

Moreover, when we look into the life of Sayyidunā Muḥammad Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu alayhi wa sallam we find many cases of taking pledges. The Muslims would pledge various things at the hands of Sayyidunā Muḥammad Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. There is no pledge he personally took from the Muslims where he bartered Islām and made compromises to Islām for the sake of some ill-begotten interfaith unity, as is done today.

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Examples of Pledges taken at the hands of Sayyidunā Muḥammad Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam:

1. Sayyidunā Jarīr raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu reports that he pledged allegiance at the hands of Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam that he would establish ṣalāh, pay zakat, and wish well for every Muslim.[6]

2. Sayyidunā ‘Auf Ibn Mālik Ashja’ī raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu reports that he pledged allegiance to Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam in the company of seven, eight or nine people that they will worship Allāh – without ascribing partners to Him, to perform the five daily obligatory ṣalāh and that they will not ask anything from anyone.[7]

3. Sayyidah Umaymah bint Ruqayya raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā came to Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam to pledge allegiance to Islām. Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said to her:

I require you to pledge that you shall not ascribe any partner to Allāh, not to steal, not to fornicate, not to kill your child, not come forth with slander which you fabricate between your hands and legs, not to wail at the death of anyone and not to make a show of yourselves as women would do during the era of ignorance.[8]

4. Pledge Given to Sayyidunā ‘Uthmān raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu – The Third Rightly Guided Khalīfah: Salīm Abū Āmir raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu reports that a delegation from Hamrā came to Sayyidunā ‘Uthmān raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu and pledged allegiance that they would not ascribe anything as a partner to Allāh, they would establish ṣalāh, pay zakāt, fast during Ramaḍān and forsake the festivities of the fire-worshippers. Sayyidunā ‘Uthmān raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu would only accept their pledge after they agreed to all the clauses.[9]

The wayward and lost who feel that the Abrahamic Religion is something of worth and the catch-phrase holds some weight must do some serious thinking. The only religion accepted in the sight of Allāh Ta’ālā is Islām. Period. The ‘Alliance of Virtue’ slogan and call is nothing but deception. The Abrahamic Religion is a sure way to lose one’s true and genuine īmān. By embracing the Abrahamic Religion, in essence, one sells his or her religion for a paltry worldly gain, either wealth or name and fame. May Allāh Ta’ālā save us all from falling into the trap. Āmīn

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Notes

  1. Sīrat-ul-Mustafa, Maulānā Muhammad Idrīs Kāndehlawī raḥimahullāh, vol.1 pp.111-112
  2. The Noble Life of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, Dr ‘Alī Muḥammad As-Ṣallābī, Dār-us-Salām, vol.1 pp. 102-103
  3. Ḥayāt-us-Ṣaḥābah, Maulānā Muḥammad Yūsuf Kāndehlawī raḥimahullāh, vol.1 pp.254-274
  1. Other reports say that he was about twenty years old at the time
  2. Reason for the Revival of the pact: A man from Zubaid, an area of Yemen, had gone to Makkah Mukarramah with merchandise. ‘Ās Ibn Wā’il took goods from him but refused to pay. The Zubaidi man pleaded with the leaders of the Quraysh to help him, but they did not. The man then went to the Ka’bah and called out for help and reproached the people for the refusal to help a distressed and oppressed person. One of the uncles of Sayyidunā Muḥammad Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, Zubayr Ibn ‘Abdul Muṭṭalib responded and then held a meeting in this regard. [The Noble Life of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, Dr ‘Alī Muḥammad As-Ṣallābī, Dār-us-Salām, vol.1 pp. 102-103]
  3. The Tribe of Sayyidunā Muḥammad Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam
  4. The Tribe of Sayyidunā Abū Bakr As-Ṣiddīq raḍiyallāhu anhu
  5. Sīrah Ibn Hishām vol.1 p.134
  6. Bukhārī, Muslim
  7. Muslim, Tirmidhī, Nasa’ī
  8. Ṭabrānī
  9. Musnad Aḥmad, Kanz-ul-‘Ummāl
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Mohammad Talha Ansari

Actually my exposure to the abrahamic religion is only through the Muslim Skeptic. Can you tell me what they are trying to pass along as “hilf al fudul”?

Abdullah Moolla

Hilf ul Fudul is being abused by those who promote the Abrahamic Religion. Hilf ul Fudul, i.e., a virtuous pact, is being promoted today to spread the Abrahamic Religion, whereas it has nothing to do with the religions uniting. In this way, the name signifies one thing, but the reality is something else.