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Dual Islam

I enveloped myself in the study of Islam, the history of Muslims and the world history and devoted 14 years of my life in the search for answers. During this time, I completed eight years of the well-known Dars-e- Nizami of the “Islamic” Madrasahs. My initial impression of Islam:
  1. Belief in the Articles of Faith: Allah, the Last Day, the Angels, the Book and the Prophets (2:177). Add to this the 6th “Imam-made” article of Taqdeer or pre-destiny.
  2. Belief in the Five “Pillars” of Islam: Kalemah, Prayers, Fasting, Charity, Pilgrimage.
  3. Recite the Kalemah after each call to prayers with much reverence.
  4. Saying Allahu Allahu Allahu aloud when possible.
  5. Daily recital of the Qur’an without understanding the meaning.
  6. Khatm (“Wrap up” the reading of the Qur'an individually, and in congregations.)
  7. Pledging allegiance to a saint.
  8. Visiting graves and praying to the dead.
  9. Prostrate at the Khanqahs (sanctuaries).
  10. Consider dirty clothes as the heritage of prophets. 
  11. Amulets and Vird Auraad (repeated invocations) to help solve all problems. 
  12. Considering the Prophet (S) as omnipresent and knower of the unseen. 
  13. Arranging feasts for the Mullah to ward off evil. 
  14. Listening to Qawwali (The Sufi poetry sung with music and clapping) as a way of achieving proximity with Allah. 
  15. Consider every non-Muslim as unclean, defiled. 
  16. Have Iman in Imam Abu Hanifa's Fiqh (jurisprudence). 
  17. Consider the Six Right Ones (6 compilations of Hadith) as Wahi (Revelation). 
  18. Ignore advancements made by the modern sciences. 
  19. Consider one who thinks and reflects a heretic.  
  20. Recite the Kalemah, and Paradise is yours. 
  21. All difficulties are overcome with du'a (praying) and not with proper action.
  22. Reciting words without understanding, engaging in useless rituals in order to attain Paradise filled with palaces and houris.
In my quest for answers, I came upon a stark realization. I learned that 128 flourishing Muslim empires had vanished over the last several centuries.
My spiritual teachers, the Mullahs tried to pacify me, "To these Kaafirs, the world is a pastime. Their glamour, prosperity, rule and success are nothing but a deceitful mirage. Soon they will be thrown on their faces into the Hellfire. While on the other hand, Allah, the Rasool, the Angels, the Garden of Eden, the houris (the heavenly beauties), and refreshing wines all are ours. We Muslims will enjoy the Eternal Life clad in silk and velvet in the well-carpeted, daisy-laden Gardens, embracing houris in our tents and palaces drinking refreshing wines served by the dancing, whirling, handsome servants, watching the waterfalls and fresh water streams, hearing nightingales etc etc etc." I became increasingly uncertain ! 

Excerpts from Book; Dual (dou,2) Islam (دو اسلام ) by Dr. Ghulam Jeelani Barq, Pakistan (1949), English adaptation by Dr. Shabbir Ahmed, Florida (2006) [ دو اسلام : ڈاکٹر غلام جیلانی برق کی شہرہ آفاق کتاب]
The book "Dual Islam" was originally written in Urdu as “Dou Islam” دو اسلام by Dr. Barq. Although it was first published in 1949, the significance of this concise book is increasingly important today. This book commands cautious circulation in Pakistan since it identifies the real, but emotionally sensitive, cause of the global decline of Muslims.
Dual Islam gives a bold, honest and compelling perspective to a subject that is difficult to broach. The Islamic World reigned as a superpower for centuries. Examining the decline of such a giant is no small undertaking. It required great courage by Dr. Barq in his lifetime to criticize and demystify some highly respected figures in Islamic history. In a country where the orthodoxy is persuaded by a powerful, misguided and obstinate clergy, Dr. Barq put his life in peril to reveal the facts stated here.

PREFACE

Barq’s book strives to give young and old alike, a bold perspective on Islamic ideology. It is meant to empower all Muslims to overcome man-made traditions and to revert to the only Authentic Text of Islam, Al-Qur’an. Barq desires to liberate the Islam that exists in Sufi monasteries, Sunni madrasahs, and Shia Imam Bargahs. He wants to free Islam from being bound in the volumes of Fiqh (five schools of Islamic jurisprudence Hanafi, Maliki, Hanbali, Shafi’i, Ja’fari).
Mazahib-e-Islam, a book published in Hyderabad, enumerates so many forms of “Islamic” practice that it is impossible for the government of Pakistan to implement a centralized Islamic guidance. Allah revealed to Prophet Muhammadﷺ only one form of Islam, that which exists in the Qur’an. Dr. Barq calls upon all Muslims to revert to the original Islam in order to achieve success and peace in this life and the Hereafter.

His book will elicit three kinds of reactions:

1. The young generation which is already distraught with the traditional man made Islam, will be overjoyed and they will get a forceful voice. 
2. The serious, mature reader will agree with the author but flay him for being too outspoken. 
3. The Mullah & Sufi oriented Muslims will scream and raise hell against him.
Let us understand that, thanks to the massive body of Ahadith, every sect of ours subscribes to a different brand of Islam. The True Qur'anic Islam is, unfortunately, sobbing, and sighing under the burden of 1.4 million Ahadith.
Did the Messenger of Allahﷺ preach varieties of Islam? Fortunately, the Muslims are realizing to understand that only the Qur'an based Islam can unite Muslims, and that it will come to pass, tomorrow if not today.

PREAMBLE

The Duel Between Deen & Mazhab [دین و مذہب]

*Fazil Deeniyaat, فاضل دینیات Dr. Ghulam Jeelani Barq (1901-1983) of Campbellpur (present Attock), Pakistan, was an accomplished Urdu writer. The brilliant scholar spent 14 years with "Ulama" and Sufis and even completed the 8 year curriculum of the famous DARS NIZAMI. How he remained so brilliant after spending so much time with extreme orthodoxy eludes me!
A recurrent theme of his excellent works was the decline of Muslim civilization. This voracious reader and analytical scholar arrived at the right conclusion: For centuries, the Islamic world has been suffering because of its belief in the Ajami, man-made, and counterfeit Islam (Mazhab مذھب ) that is propagated by our ‘spiritual’ leaders and Mullahs.
Mazhab مذھب is a complex set of rituals, superstition, fatalism and irrational dogmas. It dwells heavily on individually trying to “please” God for attaining “salvation”, whereas Deen دین اسلام is the Divinely Prescribed Way of Life completely enshrined in the Final Revelation of God, Al-Qur’an. The rational Deen enjoins upon humans to strive with their wealth and person to benefit people and it promises profound success (not just salvation) in both lives. The book explores the millennium old duel between Deen and Mazhab دین و مذھب
In its time, DOU ISLAM دو اسلام , was helpful in understanding the main reason for the deterioration of the Muslim World. It has not yet been translated into any language since it was published in 1949. Today, DUAL ISLAM presents to you the adaptation of this concise, yet convincing masterpiece. DUAL ISLAM introduces and illustrates the main ideas of the original. In the interest of brevity, the translator Dr.Shabbir Ahmed, M.D has freely paraphrased from the original. In order to maintain clarity, he has included his thoughts and observations where necessary. These are generally given within brackets [ ].

Hindu Prosperity and Muslim Austerity

As a child in 1918, I went from our village to Amritsar and saw that the majority of Hindus were prosperous business owners while the Muslims toiled at arduous labor. I questioned this disparity in society. My father replied, "My dear son! This world is nothing but carrion and its seekers are worse than dogs. Allah has given this carcass to non-Muslims and the eternal Paradise to us Muslims. Who is better off then?" Reluctantly, I asked, "Baba! Why do you travel to Amritsar on business then?" Annoyed, he chided, "Son! Never argue with elders. Don't you know there is a hadith about this world being analogous to a corpse?" The word hadith startled me and I was silenced, knowing not to question the authenticity of a Hadith. Yet I still had no answer to my question. Upon returning to my village, I approached the Imam of the Masjid with my query. The answer was exactly the same as my father’s! I was left alone with my simmering question

The Beginning of a Lifelong Quest and Some Fitting Answers

Time passed, my questions multiplied, but the answers remained divided among differing schools of thought and ‘spiritual’ leaders. I enveloped myself in the study of Islam, the history of Muslims and the world history and devoted 14 years of my life in the search for answers. During this time, I completed eight years of the well-known Dars-e- Nizami of the “Islamic” Madrasahs.
I enveloped myself in the study of Islam, the history of Muslims and the world history and devoted 14 years of my life in the search for answers. During this time, I completed eight years of the well-known Dars-e- Nizami of the “Islamic” Madrasahs. My initial impression of Islam:
  1. Belief in the Articles of Faith: Allah, the Last Day, the Angels, the Book and the Prophets (2:177). Add to this the 6th “Imam-made” article of Taqdeer or pre-destiny.
  2. Belief in the Five “Pillars” of Islam: Kalemah, Prayers, Fasting, Charity, Pilgrimage.
  3. Recite the Kalemah after each call to prayers with much reverence.
  4. Saying Allahu Allahu Allahu aloud when possible.
  5. Daily recital of the Qur’an without understanding the meaning.
  6. Khatm (“Wrap up” the reading of the Qur'an individually, and in congregations.)
  7. Pledging allegiance to a saint.
  8. Visiting graves and praying to the dead.
  9. Prostrate at the Khanqahs (sanctuaries).
  10. Consider dirty clothes as the heritage of prophets. 
  11. Amulets and Vird Auraad (repeated invocations) to help solve all problems. 
  12. Considering the Prophet (S) as omnipresent and knower of the unseen. 
  13. Arranging feasts for the Mullah to ward off evil. 
  14. Listening to Qawwali (The Sufi poetry sung with music and clapping) as a way of achieving proximity with Allah. 
  15. Consider every non-Muslim as unclean, defiled. 
  16. Have Iman in Imam Abu Hanifa's Fiqh (jurisprudence). 
  17. Consider the Six Right Ones (6 compilations of Hadith) as Wahi (Revelation). 
  18. Ignore advancements made by the modern sciences. 
  19. Consider one who thinks and reflects a heretic.  
  20. Recite the Kalemah, and Paradise is yours. 
  21. All difficulties are overcome with du'a (praying) and not with proper action.
  22. Reciting words without understanding, engaging in useless rituals in order to attain Paradise filled with palaces and houris.

DISILLUSION
In my quest for answers, I came upon a stark realization. I learned that 128 flourishing Muslim empires had vanished over the last several centuries.
My spiritual teachers, the Mullahs tried to pacify me, "To these Kaafirs, the world is a pastime. Their glamor, prosperity, rule and success are nothing but a deceitful mirage. Soon they will be thrown on their faces into the Hellfire. While on the other hand, Allah, the Rasool, the Angels, the Garden of Eden, the houris (the heavenly beauties), and refreshing wines all are ours. We Muslims will enjoy the Eternal Life clad in silk and velvet in the well-carpeted, daisy-laden Gardens, embracing houris in our tents and palaces drinking refreshing wines served by the dancing, whirling, handsome servants, watching the waterfalls and fresh water streams, hearing nightingales etc etc etc." I became increasingly uncertain. 
If Allah was only the God of Muslims, then;
  • Why would He let the Kaafir Hulago Khan inherit the once glorious Abbasid Dynasty (in 1258 CE)? 
  • Why were the Muslims thrown out of their once golden rule in Spain (1492)? 
  • Why would the Mughal Empire of India capitulate to the trading British (1857)? 
  • Why were even our footprints erased from the soils of Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Serbia, Croatia, Ukraine, Greece and Bulgaria? 
  • Why were we evicted from France (Tours 732 C.E) in utter disgrace ? 
  • Tunis, Morocco, Palestine, Kashmir, Algiers, Libya became our graveyards. Why? [add now Afghanistan, Iraq, FATA Pakistan, Syria etc ... 2016]

I had trouble understanding this hapless predicament of the Muslim world and decided to approach the highest Ulama to shed some light on this. I returned to obscurity. I was not satisfied with their answers because they did not make sense. I cannot say I returned empty handed, I had managed to acquire a handful of Fatwas of apostasy. For nearly the next 7 years, any understanding of Islam had eluded me.

THE DUALITY WITHIN ISLAM

As a result, I became withdrawn from Islam and disinterested in reading even the Qur’an. Soon after, things started to change. One morning, on impulse, I opened my Qur’an. As if by Divine Inspiration, the verse before me read:

أَلَمْ يَرَوْا كَمْ أَهْلَكْنَا مِن قَبْلِهِم مِّن قَرْنٍ مَّكَّنَّاهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ مَا لَمْ نُمَكِّن لَّكُمْ وَأَرْسَلْنَا السَّمَاءَ عَلَيْهِم مِّدْرَارًا وَجَعَلْنَا الْأَنْهَارَ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهِمْ فَأَهْلَكْنَاهُم بِذُنُوبِهِمْ وَأَنشَأْنَا مِن بَعْدِهِمْ قَرْنًا آخَرِينَ ﴿سورة الأنعام ٦﴾
“Do they not see how many a generation We (Our Law) annihilated before them? We had established them on earth better than We have established you, and We showered on them abundant blessings from the sky, and caused the rivers to flow beneath them. But, when they trailed behind in humanity, We (Our Law) annihilated them and raised in their stead other generations,” (Qur’an, 6:6)
کیا انہوں نے دیکھا نہیں کہ ان سے پہلے کتنی ایسی قوموں کو ہم ہلاک کر چکے ہیں جن کا اپنے اپنے زمانہ میں دور دورہ رہا ہے؟ اُن کو ہم نے زمین میں وہ اقتدار بخشا تھا جو تمہیں نہیں بخشا ہے، ان پر ہم نے آسمان سے خوب بارشیں برسائیں اور ان کے نیچے نہریں بہا دیں، (مگر جب انہوں نے کفران نعمت کیا تو) آخر کار ہم نے ان کے گناہوں کی پاداش میں انہیں تباہ کر دیا اور ان کی جگہ دوسرے دور کی قوموں کو اٹھایا (Qur’an, 6:6)
I had arrived at the answer. There was a glimmer of light after much darkness. I decided to step out of this darkness, to broaden my vision and free myself from blind following. I continued to read the Qur'an in its entirety and understand the True Message of Allah. I found it replete with motivation to action. Every deed has an exact recompense. I re-examined the Ahadith احادیث in the Light of the Qur’an. It became clear that over time the opponents of Islam had contaminated the original Message. Even our very own spiritual leaders had toyed with the meaning of the Message of Allah and had falsely attributed words and actions to the Prophetﷺ. The Qur’an promises reward for those who make efforts to succeed in this world and the next. The mullas offered the convenient rituals and formulas to achieve results without any action on the part of the person. At this time, the Islamic spirit had been burdened by pointless rituals. So, while the kaafirs (unbelievers) were living comfortably and attaining success in this life, most Muslims continued to drown in their worship and misery.
There were in reality, Two Islams, one in theory and one in practice. The Original Message of Allah (Quran) remained a theory and a parallel Islam emerged centuries ago; one which bases itself on fabricated history and Ahadith. Keep reading << book in English>> or <<اردو >>

Note/Caution ! This book created a lot  of controversies, hundreds of books and articles were written, some links have been given below. Discretion is recommended. People with with mature & free mind, seeking truth & knowledge may read it. The author is reported to have retracted his stance after reading the rebuttal تفہیم اسلام  بجواب دو اسلام  http://ia600503.us.archive.org/35/items/Tafheem-e-Islam/Tafheem-e-Islam.pdf  and wrote a book on "History of Hadith"  Reader can read all these books  <<here>> or at links below, to read and draw his own conclusions:
  1. Dual Islam [English version of DOO ISLAM دو اسلام ]: https://goo.gl/GOZwbf  Pdf
  2.  دو اسلام - ڈاکٹر غلام جیلانی برق 
  3.  تفہیم اسلام جواب، دو اسلام" مولانا مسعود احمد بی۔ایس۔" 
  4. تاریخ حدیث - ڈاکٹر غلام جیلانی برق 
  5.  All books of Dr.Barq in Urdu << ڈاکٹر غلام جیلانی برق کی تمام << کتابیں 
 تبصرے، تنقید  اور خیالات - Controversies & Discussion
This book created a lot  of controversies, hundreds of books and articles were written, some links can be found below. 
دو اسلام کے جواب میں سینکڑوں کتب تحریر کی گئیں۔ جن میں سے مولانا سرفراز خان صفدر نے صرف ایک اسلام، مفتی احمد یا خان نعیمی نے ایک اسلام، حافظ محمد گوندلوی نے دوامِ حدیث، مولانا مسعود احمد بی۔ایس۔سی نے تفہیم اسلام بجواب دو اسلام اس کتاب میں مسعود احمد صاحب نے "دو اسلام" کے ایک ایک پیرا کا علیحدہ علیحدہ جواب لکھا ہے۔ کھا جاتا ہے کہ اس کتاب (تفہیم اسلام بجواب دو اسلام) کو پڑھ کر غلام جیلانی برق صاحب نے اپنے موقف سے رجوع کیا اور کتاب تاریخ تدوین حدیث لکھی۔
غلام جیلانی برق نے اپنی پہلی تین کتب، ایک اسلام، د واسلام، اور دو قرآن سے رجوع کر لیا تھا یا نہیں، اس پر ان کی زندگی میں بھی اور بعد از وفات بھی بحث جاری ہے۔ رجوع کے حامی ان کے کچھ مکتوبات جو جیلانی برق کی حیات میں مختلف کتب میں شائع ہوئے، جن میں انھوں نے اپنی کتب کے مندرجات سے رجوع کیا ہے۔اور دیگر کتب میں ان کتب میں پیش کردہ نظریات کے برخلاف دوسرا نقطہ نظر پیش کیا، جیسے تدیون حدیث، اور محدثین کی زندگی پر کتاب لکھ کر۔ حالیہ برسوں میں پاکستان میں دو معروف کالم نویسوں جاوید چودھری ، اوریا مقبول جان کے درمیان بھی یہ بحث جاری ہے:
  1.  http://www.urduweb.org/mehfil/threads/دو-اسلام-از-ڈاکٹر-غلام-جیلانی-برق.89899/page-2 
  2. Controversy: http://javedch.com/javed-chaudhry-urdu-columns/2015/04/28/41732
  3. http://urdu.alarabiya.net/ur/politics/2015/04/26/-دو-اسلام-.html
  4. http://www.urduweb.org/mehfil/threads/برقیائی-گئی-پانچ-اسلامی-و-تاریخی-کتب-۔.30424/page-3
  5. http://kitaben.urdulibrary.org/Pages/DoIslam.html
  6. دو اسلام از ڈاکٹر غلام جیلانی برق - 1 http://awarafikar.blogspot.com/2016/05/1.html 
  7. https://www.facebook.com/Quddusia/posts/665511020221231 
  8. https://ur.wikipedia.org/wiki/غلام_جیلانی_برق
  9. http://baazauq.blogspot.com/2010/12/inkaar-e-hadees-se-taarikhe-hadees-tak.html
  10. تاریخ حدیث-  ڈاکٹر مرتضیٰ مطھری: http://kitaben.urdulibrary.org/Pages/Tarikh2.html
  11. تفہیم اسلام  بجواب دو اسلام  http://ia600503.us.archive.org/35/items/Tafheem-e-Islam/Tafheem-e-Islam.pdf
  12. Read in Urdu : http://salaamforum.blogspot.com/2016/05/blog-post_27.html
Hadith Literature: 
"It would, therefore, be improper to ignore or underestimate the significance of the Ahadith literature as a historical source even if its authenticity may appeal doubtful. The modern Occidentalists are of the opinion that in spite of the fact that Apocrypha are of doubtful authenticity, we can still peep through them into the social life and behaviour of their fabricators, hence their significance as a source of history should not be denied. Similarly, even such portions of the hadith material as have been declared fake, unauthentic and of doubtful nature, contain most valuable hints regarding one or the other aspect of the early Islamic society" [Encyclopaedia Historiography of the Muslim World, Global Vision Publishing House, First Edition 2003, Page 319]
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