Akram Nadwi: A Deviant Par Excellence

A Translation of selected portions from Dr Muḥammad Akram Nadwī ke Afkār wa Naẓriyyāt by Mawlānā ‘Abdullāh Kawthar (Jāmi‘ah ‘Ā’ishah, Jehlam)

Translated by Mufti Abdullah Moolla

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Within the blessed Aḥādīth corpus, Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam has described the era that will precede Qiyāmah. Some of the features of this era will be the following: scarcity of true knowledge; abundance of ignorance; and a preponderance of people filled with self-conceit. It is quite clear that during such a time, there will be a large number of people that will claim to be worthy of carrying out and implementing their own ijtihad. The path adopted by such people, i.e., Modernists is—in search of fame, prominence, renown and popularity⁠—to contradict and oppose that which is established in tradition, so that the ignorant and unwary will be swayed. In this way, the Modernists remain under the impression that their ‘knowledge’ and ‘ijtihād’ will take root in the minds and hearts of the masses. Such Modernists have no reservations whatsoever with targeting the great scholars of this Ummah; criticizing the luminaries of Islām; and damaging the corpus of Islāmic scholarship in the process.

Some mention that the Modernists actually have a following and that their statements are taken very seriously too. The response to this is found in an Arabic proverb:

‘لكل ساقطة لاقطة’

For everything that falls, there will always be someone that picks it up.

For this reason, the Modernists, Liberals, and self-conceited scholars will find many supporters and followers who match their own selves in terms of following desires, looking for new things, testing shubuhāt and seeking glory in such. These fallen things are presented to their followers and the masses in the name of taḥqīq (research and verification), and through this supposed taḥqīq, discord and conflict is created within the Muslim Ummah. When we look at the supposed research of such academics and scholars, we find that the overwhelming amount of it is utterly laughable.

It resonates with undertones of:

‘It is only I that have understood correctly, and it is only my research that is worthy of acceptance.’

While, at the very same time, the Modernist scholar will say:

‘You don’t have to accept our research, and everyone has the right to criticize.’

Now, when their ‘research’ is weighed up and scrutinized in light of principles that are accepted across the board, we find a change in the disposition and character of the Modernist. The real and actual intention and objective of the Modernist is laid bare, and we come to realize and understand that what the Modernist is actually saying is that only they have the right to criticize, and they place themself on a lofty pedestal which transcends analysis and critique.

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There is a long list of such modernists, academics and scholars. One such individual is Dr Muḥammad Akram Nadwī, who is based in Oxford, UK. He lectures at various seminaries and also authors books. When, in recent times, he started to amass influence, his true thought and ideology emerged into the limelight.

The salient features of his thought are: denial of Ṣaḥīḥ Aḥādīth; criticism of the Salaf and eminent scholars of this Ummah; accusing the jurists of being influenced and impacted by Greek Philosophers.

Dr Muḥammad Akram Nadwī stops his followers from adopting an argumentative way when it comes to matters of difference of opinion; he advises them to devote their attention to the hereafter and doing good deeds. However, it is astonishing, nay, a matter of great remorse that he does not heed his own advice and instead takes every opportunity to speak on matters that serve only to create discord and disharmony.

The objective of this work is simply to inform the Muslim Ummah of some of the ideas and views of Dr Muḥammad Akram Nadwī. The scholars can gauge and judge for themselves the kind of thought this person exudes and what value such views hold. After reading and perusing this work, you should be in a better position to be able to tell us if the person who spreads such views is worthy of praise; or, is it a responsibility upon the scholars of this Ummah to inform and warn the Ummah of his fitnah, as is the case with other Modernists and Liberals?

A View of the Market of Madīnah Munawwarah During the Era of Rasūlullāh ﷺ

Dr Muḥammad Akram Nadwī said:

“People prevent the women from going to the Masjid for fear of fitnah. What fitnah? During the prophetic era, zinā (adultery) was common in the markets of Madīnah Munawwarah. Sayyidah Asmā’ raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā would wear very tight clothing.”[1]

[We seek Allāh’s refuge from such nonsensical drivel.]

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Imām Ghazālī raḥimahullāh & the Imāms of Fiqh Were Influenced by Greek Philosophy

Dr Muḥammad Akram Nadwī said:

“Coming to the later eras, the fifth century, Imām Ghazālī was very intelligent. He wrote many books, but what is the position of women [in these books]? He did not take this from the city of Madīnah. Where did he take it from? [He took it] from the Greek Philosophers.”[2]

[This has been discussed in a little more detail here by Mufti Zameelur Rahman (see point number 7).]

There Is No Need for ‘Aqīdah

Dr Muḥammad Akram Nadwī said:

“I do not understand why people are so worried about ‘Aqīdah. Learn about your Lord; learn the Qur’ān; obey it; learn how to perform wuḍū’ and ṣalāh. The idea of ‘Aqīdah came about in Islām when the sects arose. There was no ‘Aqīdah for the Muslims. During the time of the Ṣaḥābah there was no ‘Aqīdah. The word ‘Aqīdah is not mentioned in the Qur’ān. The Qur’ān has not mentioned ‘Aqīdah. There is no mention of the word ‘Aqīdah in the Sunnah. ‘Aqīdah came into Islām only when the sects came into existence. At that time, the Khawārij, Mu’tazilah, Shī’ah and Ahl us Sunnah wal Jamā’ah made their ‘Aqīdah. We have no need for ‘Aqīdah.”[3]

The Teaching of Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī within the Deobandi Madāris

Dr Muḥammad Akram Nadwī said:

“In the Deobandi Madāris, aside from Mawlānā Anwar Shāh Kashmīrī and Shaykh Yūnus, no one else afforded Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī its due right by teaching it in accordance with the outlook of Imām Bukhārī raḥimahullāh.”[4]

The ‘Great Benefit’ of the Intermingling of the Sexes

Dr Muḥammad Akram Nadwī said:

“Many people say that if males and females come into one class, they will speak to each other, and they will fall in love with each other. I say that what is the issue with this? By this, ease has been created because they all keep looking for how to get married. If they see each other and fall in love, this is the best thing.”[5]

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Women Did Not Get Justice after the Time of Rasūlullāh ﷺ

Dr Muḥammad Akram Nadwī said:

“The summary is that women never got justice, except for a short while when Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam was present and he taught the people in Madīnah. After this, at rare occasions, when someone revived the religion, then the women realized that they are also human beings. Otherwise, the generality of women were not treated well.”[6]

Akram Nadwī’s View on the Niqāb

Dr Muḥammad Akram Nadwī said:

“It is not necessary in any madh-hab to cover the face. There is no concept of Niqāb in Islām. Rather, it is a pre-Islamic practice.”[7]

[See here for a detailed analysis of this ridiculous claim.]

May Allāh Ta’ālā save us all from the misguidance and deviation being spread by this individual and all the others like him. Āmīn.

Notes

  1. Page 7
  2. Page 11
  3. Page 12
  4. Page 18
  5. Page 20
  6. Page 9
  7. FOSIS Winter Conference 2011 – Shaykh Akram Nadwi, Q&A – YouTube [Page 8]

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FrenchMuslim

I am not afraid nor ashamed to call him a borderline كافر
It is obvious to anyone with a little bit of intellect that when a “muslim” starts acting like a feminist and talk like one, then he is just bending over to his Western overlords. He is even worse than an outright disbeliever because he is propagating his twisted views of Islam.

Al-Farsi

We leave takfir of particular individuals in the hands of the Ulama akhi. This individual boils my blood too subhanAllah. May Allah protect us.

FrenchMuslim

I agree with this usually but if someone says obvious kufr repeatedly as a supposedly “educated” man, then I don’t think we need to be a Sheikh.
And I did precisely say “borderline” for a reason.

Maaz Ahmad Khan

Calling someone a kaafir brings accusations that you are a takfeeri and then that becomes the focus point rather our criticism against someone. Let’s stick to criticism. Allah knows the hearts of the munafiqoon.

FrenchMuslim

You are right, I actually changed my mind from the last comment I posted, I will use better terminology in the future. From now on I will use the term deviant (when I want to be harsh) or misguided (when staying polite).
Djazakallahu khayran akhi.

Rumman

Deviant par excellence indeed

Sayf Roberts

Is it just me or does anyone else think it’s possible that this guy might have some sort of severe learning disability that’s just been left undiagnosed?

Yaala musa

Nailed it. MashaAllah

akh

 ‘Aqīdah came into Islām only when the sects came into existence. At that time, the Khawārij, Mu’tazilah, Shī’ah and Ahl us Sunnah wal Jamā’ah made their ‘Aqīdah. We have no need for ‘Aqīdah.”

So, he doesn’t identify himself as Sunni? Who is the ‘we’ he’s refering to in the last sentence?

Khalifa

Brother Daniel i am fearful of starting my own vlog especially due to all the evidence quoted here. My only question is this: if we are not allowed to criticise those traitors of Islam which is evident and they label it as forbidden criticism of people we never gave bayah to. How would an avg. Moe correct this. You’ve experienced this with the court the mainstreamers set up against you for something as small as criticizing Halloween. Please do reply.

Syed Mujtaba Ali

Daaaktaaar Nadwis POV’s make me sick
May Allah guide him