Khalid Zaheer
“I am convinced about the veracity of my opinions, but I do consider it likely that they may turn out to be incorrect. Likewise, I am convinced about the incorrectness of the views different from mine, but I do concede the possibility that they may turn out to be correct.” — Imam Shafa’i

Response to a comment about Dr. Khalid's summary of various approaches

The hadith-centered approach = The Ahl-Hadith/Salafis/Wahabis/Ghair-Muqallids
The fiqh-centered approach = The Hanafis, Shafi’is, Hanbalis, Malikis
The tasawwuf-centered approach = The Ahl-Tassawwuf
Th history-centered approach = The Shi’is/Shias

It is honestly amazing sir how you have attempted to refute all these groups and more in less than ten paragraphs. But of course such an over-simplistic and biased analysis cannot be put forward without a gross mis-representation of facts and an extremely narrow scope of research and understanding.

As a university level student of Jurisprudence and Tassawwuf I can see the ways in which you have molded the understanding of all these movements to present your argument. This is very unfortunate and I hope your readers go to the actual texts of all these movements (I am not supporting any of them here but I do not think that they way you have critiqued them is justified and intellectual honesty) or at least look at serious academic work done by the scholars on Islam and Islamic Traditions in the best academic institutions all over the world.

May Allah give us all hidayat.

I welcome your comments. Let's decide at the outset that we are not allowed in Islam to doubt the intentions of others. You have a right to believe that I have made incorrect presentations of the tasawwuf-based and other approaches, but if you claim that I have done so intentionally so as fool my readers, then you are not criticizing me in a way the Almighty has allowed. I believe that one's attitude may still be acceptable to the Almighty if one was espousing incorrect views but with good intentions; however, if one were accusing an individual for having malafide intentions while criticizing views, the onus of proving before the Almighty that such was the case would lie on the accuser.

The very purpose of presenting my views in such simple and clear way as I have done is to bring them out in the open so that a common person knows what he/she is following.

You have very rightly given the details of the four groups I have mentioned in my article. If you have disagreement with what I have mentioned, you are welcome to mention them in your messages which will be made available to the readers of this site.

[This is Dr. Khalid Zaheer's response to a blog comment.]

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