Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Will the real inheritor please stand up?

Bismi'llah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim...for the sake of Prophet Muhammad saws and Sheikh Nazim may Allah protect his secret.

This probably won't make me very popular in some circles (I see from the calendar that it is Tuesday today .. Shaytan's day.) However, in others it will be easily understood, and might even provide a little relief from perplexity and suffering.
I've noticed the tone getting higher and tighter on Sheikh Hisham's anti-Wahhabi campaign .. perhaps he will finally see himself in the mirror and another chunk of nafs will be knocked off.The Steven Schwartz episode has started to get a bit messy on the net too.
I saw this today and added my comments at the end.


Stephen Schwartz: Pseudologist
Pseudologist \Pseu*dol”o*gist\, n. [Gr. ?.]1. One who utters falsehoods; a liar.2. Stephen Schwartz.
First, let me say that, before today, I had never heard of Stephen Schwartz. Perhaps Allah had blessed me. Today, I happened to stumble upon an article of his declaring Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) to be a “fundamentalist” Muslim who was rightfully barred from entering the United State.
Schwartz is most famous for his book The Two Faces of Islam: Saudi Fundamentalism and its Role in Terrorism. You can find a criticism of the book at its link.
You should also read this article that reveals much about Schwartz’s ideology, which he has apparently learned from his teacher, Hisham Kabbani, “Shaykh” of the US branch (or splinter sect) of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order (tariqa). They’ve essentially declared everyone who does not conform to their skewed interpretation of Islam to be “Wahhabi” and “extremist.” Apparently, CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, and even Hezbollah are all “Wahhabi” organizations, despite the fact that these groups bear little resemblance to organizations that claim “salafism” (claiming adherence to the teachings of Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhab), or the teachings of Saudi-Wahhabi scholars, such as the late Shaykh Ibn Baz. Hezbollah is even a shi’a group, loyal to Iran (most wahhabi/salafi scholars consider shi’a to be non-Muslims/kuffar).
Assuming Schwartz is actually Muslim, he is, at the least, committing a major sin by lying so blatantly (thus taking on the long believed to be archaic term, pseudologist). At the most, he is perpetrating a great fitna (sedition) against Islam, allying himself with the enemies of Islam, justice, and human rights. He is a charlatan who has duped numerous news sites that have lost all journalistic credibility, and has managed to convince the US government (big surprise) of his contrived nonsense.
Amir ul-Mu’minin Ali ibn Abi Talib (peace be upon him) said: “The foolish does not advise you of good and is not expected to save you from any problem even if he does his best. Moreover, he may harm you as he intends to benefit you. His death is better than his life, his silence is better than his words, and his remoteness is better than his closeness.” — Bihar ul-Anwar; Kitab ul-Ashara 56
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3 Responses to “Stephen Schwartz: Pseudologist”
Rahmana Says: July 10th, 2005 at 9:54 pm
BismillahirRahmanirRahimAs-Salam aleikum,Keeping the details of my low opinion of Shwartz’s opinions to myself, I just wanted to inform you that Shaikh Kabbani does not control, nor does he speak for, all followers of Mawlana Shaikh Nazim an-Naqshbandi al-Haqqani el-Qibrisi, Grandsheykh of the Naqshbandi Haqqani tarikat. Much as he and his followers claim to the contrary, and true as it may have been in the 1990’s, Shaikh Kabbani has gone way out of line from the teachings of Mawlana Shaikh Nazim and the high honor with which our Grandshaikh holds Islam. Shaikh Kabbani’s influence over followers of Mawlana Shaikh Nazim in the United States and worldwide is becoming more and more limited and questionable. Please do not judge the Naqshbandi Haqqani tarikat by what you hear about and from Kabbani. As he likes to say about wahabbis, he himself has “hijacked the microphone” (of the tarikat); but he has gone his own way with a band of blind people behind him. May Allah forgive me for speaking ill of someone whom I once respected as a shaikh of the tarikat; but I speak the truth that is subtly dawning among more and more Naqshbandi Haqqanis through their own contact with Grandshaikh. Alhamdulillah.
sufibridge Says: August 15th, 2005 at 10:56 pm
As a long time observer of all things tariqat Naqshbandi Haqqani it is interesting to see Sheikh Hisham finally getting his “come uppance”. Not to worry it’s all part of his training for sure, and well within the hands of Sheikh Nazim, who said a long time ago that Sheikh Adnan (Sheikh Hisham’s younger brother) would be his inheritor …The Sheikh won’t leave anybody outside or unpurified, no matter how messy it gets at times.
sufibridge Says: August 15th, 2005 at 11:01 pm
As an interesting aside I was once told by A European murid close to the Sheikh that Sheikh Adnan told him the following story.He said that when a son is asking his father for a bicycle the father will often tell him “Here have a sweet, I’ll give you the bicycle tomorrow.” He said that the Sheikh had offered him America as well , but he wanted the bicycle.

I wonder if all this has anything to do with the disappearance of so much of Sheikh Hisham's web sites?
Even if he thinks he's taking them off for some reason, for sure the Sheikh has it all under control and is finally reigning him in a bit.
I heard that he was very quiet on a recent visit to Cyprus and that the Sheikh had mentioned publicly (in that way of his to teach and rip off more muck from our egos) "I thought Sheikh Hisham was coming to help me, but look how quiet he is."
As they used to say in some mystical circles.
"Those who know don't speak.Those who speak, don't know."

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