Imam Ahmad Bin Hanbal has rightly said that our funeral procession will manifest our truth. When he passed away, many people turned in great numbers to attend his funeral prayer.
Seeing that many non Muslims converted to Islam. On November 3rd, Akora Khattak while attending the funeral prayer of deceased Maulana Sami-ul Haq and witnessing the outnumbered scholars reminded me about the aforementioned saying of Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal. “To anyone who wants to seek the truth must come and see the funeral prayers of deceased Maulana”, I said in my heart.
Attendees of the funeral procession were not bothered about Maualna’s political journey, they came here to pay tribute to a religious scholar who was martyred on Friday’s Asr time. The perpetrators of Maulana’s killing chose the time when there was mayhem across the country over the blasphemy issue, even Maulana was found till his last days very concerned over the issue as he delivered the last speech of his life on this critical issue.
But his funeral procession proved to be a source of comfort rather than escalating tension in the country. After his martyrdom many things were said. Few remarked his death “As Death of Taiban’s Father”. Some hurled allegations that his founded seminary in Akora Khattak, Daar-ul-Uloom Haqqania is the “nursery for Jihadis.” Few even did not like why Maulana is being called a ‘martyr’.
This is the same extremist conduct which is further dividing us. The Maulana which I know is that he used to accept differences with an open smile and has high level of tolerance. I first met him in 1988 in Rozanama Lahore Jung building. During that times he was considered to be a close ally of General Zia-ul-Haq. Whereas I was one of the staunch critic against the dictatorial regime. But this did not prevent a beginning of personal relationship between me and Maulana which continued till his last breath and I must acknowledge that Maulana played a major role in carrying that relationship further.
In every difficulty he used to stand with me and never complaint about any pressure he sustained while supporting me. Few years back after the attack on Malala Yousafzai, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan issued apostasy edict against me. The reason was I condemned the attack as TTP claimed the responsibility. Then the bomb was planted below my car to intimidate me and Ahsanullah Ahsan claimed the responsibility. This was the time when Maulana Samiul Haq came in my support and told me that he is here to extend support and whoever I wish, he will denounce that group.
When I was attacked in Karachi, Maulana refused to issue edicts against me and Geo News as few so called ‘Islamic Mujahideens’ issued treachery verdicts and labeled me anti-Islam. In 2016, few powerful forces tried to involve me in blasphemy case as I wrote an article on ‘honor’ Killing which was later used as a weapon to involve me in blasphemy case. Once again Maulana Sami-ul-Haq came to my rescue and he issued a detailed edict from seminary Darul-Uloom Haqqania in my support.
In that edict, the deceased contended that it is not right but sinful to issue blasphemy verdict against anyone before investigating the matter. In my favor Jamia Ashrafia Lahore, Jamia Naeemia Lahore issued edicts, but the edict issued by Mukhtarullah Haqqani in my favor from Darul Uloom Haqaania was comprehensive.
When few people complained him over supporting me, he used to smile away not caring about their grievances.
Similarly, Maulana confronted many forged allegations. An ill famed woman was used against Maulana in 1991, which could not substantiate her claims against Maulana. However, Maulana was weak in politics his name was used by major political parties to take benefit. For few years Maulana was busy in Research/Publications. In 2015 he compiled sermons consisting of 10 editions by the name of ‘Mashahir’ in which many sermons of renowned personalities from Haqqania Pulpit wre gathered all together.
In First chapter of Khutbat-e-Mushahir he included speech of Qari Muhammad Tayyab Qasmi, former chief of Deoband in which he paid respect to religion and said that Religious scholars should not disrespect each other. On many occasions Imam Shafi R.A opposed Imam Abu Hanifa R.A but we havent seen any contempt in it.
Once upon a time Maulana Qasim desires to perform Fajar prayer behind Imam of Lal water well mosque in Delhi because his recitation of Quran was so good. Maulana Mehmuudul-Hassan told Muhammad Qasim Nanotvi that the following abovementioned Imam accused him of impiety, but Nanotawi on next morning went to offer prayer with his students at Red (Laal) water well mosque.
When Prayer ended and Imam came to know that Maulana Mehmood and Maulana Qasim has offered prayer behind him, he was so embarrassed and expressed embracement with them while shaking hand. Maulana Qasim at the same time ended the misunderstanding due to which he used Apostasy against him.
In 2016, Maulana Sami-ul Haq published his diary and everyone who used to say him Father of Taliban should read his diary. Maulana Abdul Haq father of Maulana Sami-ul-Haq has taken allegiance in the hands of saint Haji Sahib of Turangzai. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (Bacha Khan) was also the follower of Sahib of Turangzai and Maulana Sami-ul-Haq has mentioned his discussion with Bacha Khan in his diary which tells about the weaponry movement of 1958. The motive of that movement was to vanish away English people from Sub-continent.
In his diary he mentioned about the arrival of Wali Khan to Haqqaniya Seminary and some discussion with Ajmal Khan. He mentioned about the days spent with Maulana Mufti Mehmood in Haripur Jail, and discussed about the prayers offered at shrine of Hazrat Data Ganj Buksh.
In his diary there is a glimpse of poetry in respect of Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal and mentioned about the visit to shrine of Hazrat Shah Ali Baghdadi R.A.
Maulana Sami-ul-Haq has published a book in English on Afghan Taliban and has told that many Afghan Taliban are students of his Maddarasa but he didnt send his Pakistani students of Maddarasa to Afghanistan for the purpose ofbattle. The biggest achievement of Maulana Sami-ul-Haq was, he always did Democratic struggle by remaining under the constitution of Pakistan.
He was not in the favor of violent movement and disruption against the state of Pakistan. When some terrorists attacked Some polio workers in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa it was Maulana Sami-ul-Haq and Maulana Doctor Ali Sher who did edict in favor of polio vaccine.
Maulana Sami-ul-Haq through his one student has translated the book of International Islamic Fiqah Academy in Urdu with the name of Jadeed Fiqahai Faisaley. In this book he presented the solutions of modern era in the light of (Hadith and Quran).
Maulanas booklet is the reflection of his sincerity with Islam. It was the sincerity which has taken me to the funeral prayers of Maulana Samiul-Haq. The funeral which has proved the sayings of Iman Ahmed Bin Hanbal that Our funeral will symbolize our truthfulness.
By: | Hamid Mir |