You would wonder when liking or disliking ibn Taymiyya (R) became part of
the deen. It is extremely distrubing people have lowered their conception
of Islam to this level. Everyone of them calls themselves ahlus-sunnah,
yet they are a shame to them. And you would wonder why the ulema never
accomplished much. As a side note, it was the suffiyya who never
engaged themselves in petty discussions contrary to the shamelessness of
some Salafis who never hold their tongue with regards to them. Of course
at the same time, the many jahils have come into sufiism claiming
themselves sufi. This has stained sufiism to such an extent that
sometimes you cannot blaim a Salafi for reacting in harsh measures.
But the path was meant for few anyways. None wants to live an asthetic
all their life.
By the way, ibn Taymiyya (R) was a brilliant thinker who was one of those
sparking Islamic revivalism. It is a shame everyone claims they belong to
his creed when in fact they are far from his spirit. He (R) was like a
burning fire like the few few burning fires among the ummah. Among the m
Shaykh Sirhindi (R), Shah Waliullah (R), the tradition of Deoband, Said
Nursi (R), Hassan al Banna (R), Sayyid Qutb (R), Sayyid Ahmed Shaheed
(R), Allaama Iqbal (R), Maulana Maududi (R). Some of them layed the
theoretical foundations and some were practical exapmles of revolution and
revivalism. These were people that understood Islam, and they burned with
passion for it. That is why they laid down their lives.
So if you see someone working for Islam, he is always going to have his
critics and enemies.
The Arafat of lovers is at the head of the Beloved's lane;
It would be shameful for me to leave this door
to circle the Ka'aba.