قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم

‏  بَدَأَ الإِسْلاَمُ غَرِيبًا وَسَيَعُودُ كَمَا بَدَأَ غَرِيبًا فَطُوبَى لِلْغُرَبَاءِ ‏.‏

Islam initiated as something strange, and it would revert to its (old position) of being strange. so good tidings for the stranger.

(Sahih Muslim, The Book of Faith – كتاب الإيمان, Hadith 145, Chapter: Clarifying that Islam started as something strange, and will revert to being something strange, and it will retreat between the two Masajid)

Circa 1400 years ago, the Prophet (ﷺ) preached about the Oneness of Allah to his people. The people believed in Allah, but Islam was strange to them. Islam speaks of one God (Allah) that there is no god but Allah. (La ilaha illa Allah). They believed that the Creator of the heavens and the earth is Allah Almighty, the Knower of all things. (Surah Luqman: 25, Surah Az-Zukhruf: 9). They believed in Allah Almighty as the provider and that the power of seeing and hearing is given by Him and that all matters are under His control (Surah Yunus: 31, Surah Al-Mu’minun:84-89, Surah Al-Ankabut: 61-63).

The mushrikeen (the one who associates with Allah) of that time also used to invoke (dua) Allah (Surah Al-An’am:40-41). They used to perform prayer (Salah) (Sahih Muslim, The Book of the Merits of the Companions). They used to fast (Sahih Muslim, The Book of Fasting, Chapter: Fasting on the day of Ashura’). They used to give charity (Sahih Bukhari, Book of Sales and Trade). They even used to perform Hajj of Bait-ul-Allah and recite the Talbiyah (اللھم لبیک) (O Allah here I am) in it.

Despite these beliefs and deeds, the Prophet said, “Islam was strange,” no one was aware of it. Why was this said even the Book of Allah confirms that they believed and worshiped Allah? In reality, the difference was that Islam is based on “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad (ﷺ) is the messenger of Allah” لا الٰہ الا اللہ محمد رسول اللہ. This invitation towards no other god except the one and only Allah was strange to them. They made an idol of “Lat” (the righteous man of their time), they used to invoke Lat and Uzza. (Sahih Bukhari, Prophetic Commentary on the Qur’an (Tafseer of the Prophet (ﷺ)). They made idols of the Prophets (علیہم السلام) (Sahih Bukhari, Book of Hajj (Pilgrimage)), they used to predict omen from them. They used to seek help in absentia (ghaibana) from Hubal. (Sahih Bukhari, Book of Fighting for the Cause of Allah (Jihad)). They used to create sanctums of the Prophets graves and other pious people for worship. (Sahih Muslim, the Book of Mosques and Places of Prayer).  The point is that they made honourable people in the shape of idols their “God.”

They rejected the invitation to worship one God (Allah) instead of their numerous gods. This is still prevalent in our present times and instead of invoking Allah, the misguided witness bearers have made various dead humans their gods, problem solvers (Mushkil Kusha), the one who gives to the poor (Gharib Nawaz) or the provider (Daata).

Islam is the religion given by Allah, other religions besides Islam have been adopted in the name of Islam. Allah said in the Quran:

اِنَّ الدِّيْنَ عِنْدَ اللّٰهِ الْاِسْلَامُ

“Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam”

(Surah Ali ‘Imran: 19)

And also stated in the same surah :

وَ مَنْ يَّبْتَغِ غَيْرَ الْاِسْلَامِ دِيْنًا فَلَنْ يُّقْبَلَ مِنْهُ١ۚ وَ هُوَ فِي الْاٰخِرَةِ مِنَ الْخٰسِرِيْنَ

“And whoever desires other than Islam as a religion – never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers”

(Surah Ali ‘Imran: 85).

But the ummah has accepted the religions of sects formed in the name of Islam such as Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, Hanbali, Deobandi, Barelvi, Shia, Ahl-e-Hadith, Salafi, and Sufism etc. It does not end here, they also have adopted the system of democracy created by the Jews and Christians as a part of Islam.

When our Allah is one, the last Prophet ﷺ is one, the Qur’an is one, the commentary of the Qur’an in the form of authentic hadiths is one then why and how were these sects formed? Of course, these sects had some differences with the Qur’an and Hadiths that led them to create a separate group.

Since this common witness bearer (the one who claims to take Shahadah) is far from the Qur’an and Hadith, so now for him whatever his Imam or sheikh of the sect has said or given fatwas are Islam to him, so today Islam has become strange again. Sheikhs and Imams of these sects have made enormous changes in the belief, and because of these changes, the witness bearer partakes in shirk (associating partners with Allah).

This website is published as an attempt to make people aware of the false beliefs spread throughout this ummah. Our effort is to point out the different aspects of faiths, so they recognize the commandments of Allah and the teachings of His last Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) to save themselves and their loved ones from the eternal fire of Hell. There are possibilities of mistakes in this website due to human errors. You are most welcome to point them out provided you do so with evidence from the Qur’an and Sahih Hadiths so that we can rectify them.