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Sunday, 05 November 2017

Finding the True Ulama

The following article is the first writing of two chapters about the true ulama. This article is the result of discussions with our Guru in a night of study forum.

Perhaps it is only in the religion of Islam, the Organization of Ulama are not as strict as the organizations in other religions. In the Islamic ulama organization, anyone could get the title as ulama. There is no governing body or a Committee that will filter and assign the title ulama to a person. As long as someone can and has lectured worshipers then that person could bear the title as ulama.

This kind of thing is then had been used by Snouck Hurgronje during colonial era of the Netherlands. After living some time in Saudi Arabia, Snouck Hurgronje then came to Indonesia and posing as a Ulama by the name of Haji Abdul Ghafar. With a fluent Arabic and a bit knowledge of Quran and Hadith, then he was sent to Aceh to divide Muslims and learning the structure of Aceh society to form resistances against the colonialism of the Netherlands.

And apparently, this kind of weakness in the system of appointment of ulama still exist until today. In the system of ulama appointment, there is not much changes since the days of the past colonial era.

As a result, up to this day we still find a lot of false Ulama springing up. We can find today that there is a fake Ulama who claimed to be a prophet or apostle. There are also fake ulama who is teaching heresy. There are fake ulama who is teaching radicalism and encourage their followers to become terrorists. There also fake ulama who are mixing up Islam with the occult, that allow their follower to work altogether with Supernatural being like gene and any spiritual beings. But the most case found are the celebrity Ulama, Ulama that is not much different from the artist's profession. Charging an expensive fee for all lectures, as well as the artist set up fee for their performances. Whereas in the Qur'an it was clearly stated that none of the prophets and messengers of God who receive wages while preaching.

Current conditions grew into worse with the passion from the moslem to realize the hadith: "Convey that came from me even though only one verse." Everyone though does not have sufficient knowledge then he already felt enough to become Ulama. This was because of his understanding of that verse of Hadith.

Whereas, the truth is purpose and context of the Hadith from the Prophet Muhammad was not at that kind of intention to encourage someone who is only understand one verse alone, then he shouldn't be lecturing and becoming ustadz. Just imagine what would happen if there were a person who only understand one verse of the Qur'an then he lectured everywhere and claiming to be the ustadz.

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قَاتِلُوا الَّذِينَ يَلُونَكُمْ مِنَ الْكُفَّارِ وَلْيَجِدُوا فِيكُمْ غِلْظَةً ۚ وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الْمُتَّقِينَ
"O you who have believed, fight those adjacent to you of the disbelievers and let them find in you harshness. And know that Allah is with the righteous.” (QS 9:123)

If someone who understand one verse only, then he delivered lectured everywhere and claimed himslef as an ustadz, then surely it can be imagined what would happen. Riots and wars running everywhere. That's probably what is happening now in the countries of the Middle East, where everyone can become Ulama, even though they only understand one verse, then the consequence is war and conflict occured everywhere.

So, we as Muslims in Indonesia, we should use our common sense and wisdom. Look for true knowledge of our religion from a true ulama, not from fake Ulama. So, then we won't fall into false teachings, and heresy.

The true Ulama is someone who already knows himself, able to control his personal passions. The True Ulama is someone who already knows God, not only limited to mere theory, but does really know their Lord in the practice of daily life. A true Ulama was also knows who is his friends and who is his opponent or his enemies.

While Fake Ulama is the one who actually has not yet know himslef, and not being able to control his passions. He can not sense the difference between a whisper from satan or inspiration from Allah swt. His hearts is not so sensitive to the direction of God and natural signs. Whereas the animal has more sensitive heart to natural signs, so they know what is going to happen in nature.

The fake Ulama is the one who does not know God, except to the extent of the theory which he learned in the book of al-Quran and hadeeth. They thought that by understanding the theory of al-Quran and Hadith then they already know God. When in fact that is not the case. Someone who is just reading your profile in a social media, does it mean he really know you?

At the time of the Prophet Muhammad era, there were someone (Nadhar bin Al-Harith) who uses poetry and songs in order to accompany the people who converted to Islam. This is wrong and mistaken, then Allah almighty stated for this below verse in al-Quran.

وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَنْ يَشْتَرِي لَهْوَ الْحَدِيثِ لِيُضِلَّ عَنْ سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَيَتَّخِذَهَا هُزُوًا ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ مُهِينٌ
"And of the people is he who buys the amusement of speech to mislead [others] from the way of Allah without knowledge and who takes it in ridicule. Those will have a humiliating punishment." (QS 31:6)

That is why within this day our Guru often complained about the efforts of a few ustadze who use songs for Sholawah.

The fake Ulama is he that when you ask: who is our enemy? Then he will answer that our enemies are infidels, Christians and Jews. But on the other hand, the Quran states unequivocally that our real enemy is satan. The fake Ulama is not so well understood satan, except only as a theory the he learned through theses and books. So, because he does not quite understand and know satan, then satan is considered as an abstract being only. Something that isn't real and doesn't have any role in the throes of a human life.

As a result, the Fake Ulama did not know what has to do to counteract his main enemy, namely satan. Then because he does not know what has to do, then as a result, many of the Fake Ulama and ustadz unintentionally has become friend or accomplice of satan. Then, nowadays there are Fake Ulama who claim to be the prophets or messengers, there also are taught heresy, and some are then taught the teachings of radical and advocated his followers to become terrorist. Creating damages, spreading fears and anxieties as well as encouraging animosity and hatred.

On this day, in the midst of rampant Fake Ulama and confusion amongst Muslims about their religion's teachings, there are still exist several true Ulama even though their quantity is very small. They are like a beautiful flower and a fragrant smell, the true Ulama were still exist. They are in remote corners and remote spots, even in solitude places. But, it is truly their existence that is well recorded and notified by heavens. (AK/ST)

Posted by YAKDI (Foundation of AKHLAQUL KARIMAH DARUL IMAN) in INDONESIA at 23.02