Professor Ahmad Rafique Akhtar has no personal agenda, like most scholars do. You cannot blame him for teaching ‘his way’. He has no way other than Islam. He borrowed knowledge from Quran and Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The rules, he is practicing are visible inside the Quran and the Hadith. These rules are simple and straightforward; His first rule;
- God is the top priority of intellectual curiosity.
To explain it, I don’t need books to explore or philosophers to consult. Simply it is the translation of
“La elaha Illa Allah” (There is no god but God)
- The only way to approach God is the ‘middle way’.
Middle way is known as ‘aitdaal’. It is a Prophetic way of living a life according to God’s demand. When a person lives under ‘atidaal’, or ‘normalcy’, he is living a best life. This is the way of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Prophet told us to choose the ‘middle way’. He said; if you can’t then try to remain closer to the middle way. Again Professor has nothing to do with this rule, as this rule is borrowed from Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
- To assure that you are following the ‘middle way’, also to assure that you are not distracted, you need to tasbih (remembrance of God) daily.
Tasbih, or to remember God as the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) told taught us. He taught us supplications in a book collected “Hisn-e-Hasin”. Quran is full of supplications of the Prophets. It is the way of God to remind a human being, that whenever you remember me I will remember you. The remembrance of God according to Prophetic teachings is mandatory. Without ‘Tasbih’, hearts remain barren. There are a lot of Hadiths and Quranic verse in favor of ‘Tasbih’. Professor again borrowed the rule of remembering God from the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
He is totally Khayr and barakat. His aim to motivate people in the way of God towards God is as pure as Fresh River. I have heard people blaming ‘good people’. He is a good person and he needs no praise from people, because praise came from God. When God loves someone, he orders angels to praise a man, God loves. That’s how people on earth start praising the person, whom God loves.
Praise and popularity are two different things. Popularity is a fake reputation, praise is a true reputation. Praise increases with the passage of time, while popularity may decrease in future.
Professor is so clean to contradict that once a governing body of ISI came to see him, while he was sitting among students. During their meeting, a student asked; Prof, the last blast killed more than 80 people. I have heard, ISI is behind it. Professor’s intentions were so clear that he replied; yes we make mistakes sometimes. He didn’t care some guy is sitting there, he may feel awkward, but he tell the truth to his disciple. That kind of character is rare. People, who don’t know him, don’t understand him. He deserves attention. If someone pays no attention to what Professor is teaching and doing, and start blaming him, is a liar. Every teacher needs your attention. It is your duty to investigate him either he is a good guy or a shepherd in the skull of a sheep. To do so, you have to sit with him, talk to him.
I was reading a book on Molana Modudi. After reading few pages, I told my friend that I don’t like Modudi; he was this or that type of person. My friend asked; have you studied Modudi in detail? I replied; No.
Then you should, because without reading him, without knowing him, you can’t blame him.
This is our fault. We blame people without knowing a single word about him. We know people from people. We don’t directly judge people. We claim, there is no time to waste, while we are wasting time. To know a good person and to waste time knowing a good person isn’t a waste of time.
Waste your time with Professor Ahmad Rafique Akhtar, and Allah will never let you waste your life.