This is akin to saying that one follows the Shariah of Eesa (alayhis-salaam) or Moosa (alayhis-salaam) and not the Shariah of Muhammad (alayhi-salaam). Is their any doubt in the kufr of such a person? A Muslim who professes belief in any creed or faith other than that of Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam has without doubt, become a murtadd and is absolutely out of the fold of Islam. This new-found ideology is a direct result of people attempting to interpret The Holy Quran according to their own whimsical understanding. In the last issue of Al-Farouq we highlighted the dangers of self-interpretation of Quran, and the fitnah that arises from drawing uneducated and ill-conceived inferences from the verses of Allah Ta’ala without professional guidance.
The concotors of this false belief fell into manifest error when they misinterpreted the term Millat that appears several times in The Quran and Hadith. For example, Allah Ta’ala says: “And follow the Millat of Ebraheem, pure in Tauheed.”
According to all the commentators of The Holy Quran, the millat of Ebraheem (Alayhis-salaam) refers to the Pure Tauheed that he practiced; a tauheed that eschewed all forms of idolatry and polytheism; a conviction in Allah’s Oneness that was unprecedented. Our Rasool sallallahu alaihi wa sallam was commanded to follow this Tauheed, and so was his Ummat. However, as far as Shariah is concerned, Hazrat Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam was blessed with the final and supreme Shariah that is enshrined in The Book of Allah and Sunnah of His Rasool. Hence Almighty Allah states in Surah Jaathiya, verse 18: “Then We established you on a Shariah in religious matters, so follow it and do not follow the desires of those who are ignorant.”
This Shariah comprises laws, rules, and regulations, that govern every facet of our lives as Muslims and followers of Hazrat Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam. Our tauheed is rooted in the Oneness practiced by Ebraheem (alayhis-salaam); this tauheed remained unadulterated over the centuries. But the Shariah by which we are bound is that of Hazrat Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam. Our Rasool sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said: “I swear by The Being who controls my life, If Moosa (alayhis-salaam) was alive, he would have no choice but to follow me.” (Narrated by Ahmad and Bayhaqi)