According to some ulama, if someone learns without a teacher (someone by his side), then the teacher is Satan. Because I think outside the box, as they say today, the bureaucrats of religion allege that my thinking is wrong. My book Hadith: A Re-evaluation was decreed in a fatwa as deviant and banned.
In the book, I merely gave a different opinion. Differences of opinion are allowed in Islam, as stated in Quran 39:17-18, ‘Those who eschew Evil, and fall not into its worship, and turn to God in repentance, for them is Good News: so announce the Good News to My Servants. Those who listen to the Word, and follow the best meaning in it, those are the ones whom God has guided, and those are the ones endured with understanding’.
Religious bureaucrats who banned my book follow in the footsteps of the Christian Church in the Dark Ages.Kassim Ahmad in An Autobiography of A Rebel.
Translated by Zakaria Ali
Wrong ideas must be combated with the right ideas in an open debate, not banned. Modern Europe rose after studying the works of Islamic scholars in Baghdad for 300 years, from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries. Islamic civilisation stretched for eight centuries until 1258, when Baghdad fell to the Mongols.
The question ‘Who are the teachers of Kassim Ahmad?’ is shallow and stupid. Like they say, I have many teachers. My teachers include my parents, my teachers in all stages of my schooling, and also many writers whose books I read. But my greatest or ultimate teacher is none other than God. He teaches me what I do not know.
The problem with most people is that they tend to worship their teachers or leaders. We only worship God; leaders are people with strengths and weaknesses. In two places, God admonishes Prophet Muhammad.
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