Padri Kaun aur Kyun?
These days, we have narrowed our minds and have limited the knowledge. One who has the knowledge, the people around him bound him to put veils on it and simply go against the very own traditions.
These days similar kind of case is in front of our eyes. A while ago, Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri allowed the Christians brothers to come to the Minhaj-ul-Quran mosque whenever they wish to and even offer their prayers if they want. Some illiterate people who just have a bit of Islamic knowledge started calling him as ‘Padri’ (Pope) and ignored the whole history of the most perfect creation of this universe, the ‘Rehmatal-lil-Alameen’ and our own Prophet (صلی اللہ علیھ وآلھ وسلم). Today people have lost everything and even the Knowledge.
Today I’m here to reveal this word ‘Padri’ and also to ask a simple question from those who use this word very openly and happily. Let’s go back to the time of our Prophet (صلی اللہ علیھ وآلھ وسلم).
Whenever any foreigner Non-Muslim delegations came in the Barigah-e-Noori صلی اللہ علیھ وآلھ وسلم, He صلی اللہ علیھ وآلھ وسلم Himself used to take care of every thing. Thus, when a Christian delegation from Ethiopia came to Madinah in his barigah He صلی اللہ علیھ وآلھ وسلم made them to stay inside Masjid-e-Nabwi صلی اللہ علیھ وآلھ وسلم and himself took the responsibility of their hospitality and said:
“These people are special and prestigious for our companions, that’s why I liked to take care of their respect and honor and hospitality by myself”.
1. Sahih Bukhari: 3:1154, Hadith No. 2995
2. Shawkani, Neel al-Awtaar: 7:155
3. Sin’ani, Sibl al-Islam: 4:69
Today when somebody tries to show the right image of Islam to the whole world following the true soul of Islam and the holy teachings of Muhammad-e-Mustafa صلی اللہ علیھ وآلھ وسلم then people tag him with words like ‘Padri’. I’d really like to ask those Muftis and all those people including many stupid ones as well that what would they say now? I’m really waiting for the reply.
Once a delegation of 14 Christians came from Nijran to Madinah, Prophet صلی اللہ علیھ وآلھ وسلم made them to stay inside Masjid-e-Nabwi صلی اللہ علیھ وآلھ وسلم and allowed them to offer their prayer according to their own way in Masjid-e-Nabwi صلی اللہ علیھ وآلھ وسلم.
1. Ibn-e-Sa`ad, Al Tabqaat-al-Qubraa: 1:357
2. Imam al-Qurtubi, al-Jameya al-Ahkaam-ul-Qur’an: 4:4
Does any Jameya, Masjid, Madrassa or any institute carry a higher dignity or standard than Masjid-e-Nabwi صلی اللہ علیھ وآلھ وسلم? NO, then who gave the right to any Mufti to call a person a ‘Pope’ who allows Christians to come to a Masjid which is under his Imamat or Leadership? And then people start calling him as ‘Padri’ as well on the basis of stupidity and ignorance. All they are denying this Hadith Paak and this holy act of the Prophet صلی اللہ علیھ وآلھ وسلم. I can only ask those brothers and sisters to act Islamically and just think once that what a tough time Muslims are suffering from. May Allaah SubhanaHoo help us and guide us to the right path through the sadqah of His Beloved صلی اللہ علیھ وآلھ وسلم.
What calling a Muslim a 'Padri' (Kafir) brings to us?
It is reported on the authority of Ibn `Umar that the Prophet صلی اللہ علیھ وآلھ وسلم said: Any person who calls his brother: O Unbeliever (Kafir)! (then the truth of this label) would return to one of them. If it is true, (then it is) as he asserted, (but if it is not true), then it returns to him (and thus the person who made the accusation is an Unbeliever). [Muslim]
Therefore, if people like calling Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri as ‘Padri’ (kafir) then people can find that they have left Islam, according to the words of the Prophet صلی اللہ علیھ وآلھ وسلم, in less than a second because its proved from the authentic Ahadith that only the act of calling Christians into mosques or allowing them to pray their does NOT turn a staunch Muslim into a Padri Kafir.
We have a very important and sensitive role to play. We are the trusted Ummah of the Rasool صلی اللہ علیھ وآلھ وسلم, servants of God. It has been made our duty and our obligation to pass on the pure, unadulterated truth - make honest and full use of this honorable task.
Now anyone dare calling him a Padri