Against Principles of Islamic Law and Spirituality
The Islamic Post Newspaper
It is our duty as Muslims to command what is right and forbid what is wrong. Unfortunately, sometimes it is from the very ranks of the Muslim communities that some of the most absurd wrongs are committed as is the case of Baba Jani Sarkar who claims that on his forehead, Almighty God is displaying His most sacred name, Allah, on the wrinkles in the corners of his eyes. Some have even reported seeing the name of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the venerable names of Imam Ali and Hazrat Imam Hussein (ra) on Baba Jani’s face.
Logically, one should first ask why Allah would send down His Pure Name as a physical manifestation of His glory permanently attached to the head of a person who is undoubtedly going to enter the bathroom as well as come into contact with other impurities. It is absolutely impossible for Allah to do such a thing.
No Muslim would dare take Quran Majid or anything that contained a portion of Quran or Allah’s name into the bathroom. As an Ummah, it is shameful if we just accept anything without first performing investigation.
Muslim brethren be warned: do not fall prey to Baba Jani, a false bringer of glad tidings. Instead, pay heed to the words of Allah and His Holy Last Messenger, for Allah says in Quran al Majid:
“And who is more unjust than one who invents a lie about Allah or says, ‘It has been revealed to me’, while nothing has been revealed to him, and one who says, ‘I will reveal [something] like what Allah revealed.’
And if you could but see when the wrongdoers are in the overwhelming pangs of death while the angels extend their hands, [saying], “Discharge your souls! Today you will be awarded the punishment of [extreme] humiliation for what you used to say against Allah other than the truth and [that] you were, toward His verses, being arrogant.”6:93
Each of us are accountable for our own actions. It will not be acceptable to say “we didn’t know any better, we just followed so and so”. We are commanded to “seek knowledge from cradle to the grave”, so that we can differentiate between truth and falsehood.
We have viewed several videos and pictures of Baba Jani and there is nothing to see; some of the pictures even look as if he has manipulated his forehead.
Many hadith have been narrated regarding the emergence of false prophets and dajjal’s (antichrists) during the latter days. It is reported that the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The Hour (last day) will not be established until about thirty Dajjals [liars] appear, and each one of them will claim that he is God’s Apostle”. (Sahih Bukhari)
We know from other authentic traditions that the dajjal will lead people away using all sorts of trickery and that people won’t be able to tell the difference between false and actual miracles of Allah, except for those people who have true imaan. Hence, it is not strange to see things which are outwardly good, but ultimately poison to the core of our beliefs and lead us astray. This is known as istidraaj, meaning a person is allowed to continue doing the act of disobedience and prosper in it to the point where he thinks he is actually correct and justified in what he’s doing; and then he is punished by Allah.
This is a warning for all parts of the world to keep away from these types of people. We, as scholars of Al Azhar Al Sharif strongly denounce the claims of “Baba Jani” and those of his supporters as they go against all the principles of Islamic law and spirituality.