Asif Shiraz was an ex-member of Brasstacks. During the recent on-going controversy surrounding Zaid Hamid, Asif also came forward and released a 6 part video on Youtube in which he called Yusuf to be a Kazab and asked Zaid Hamid to clarify the issue.
We wrote about this and published the videos on our own site in the article Asif Shiraz: A dialogue with Brasstacks and zaidhamidexposition regarding Zaid Hamid and Yousuf Kazzab. In this article we praised Asif’s sincerity and truthfulness and wrote:
We appreciate the sincerity with which Asif Shiraz , an ex-Brasstacks member, has come out and laid down the points in the form of dialogue with Brasstacks & zaidhamidexposition and also other Muslim Ummah to explain the matter. Though, as per the advice given by Asif Shiraz, we very much agree on ONE point in this regard, that Yousuf was Kazzab, and Zaid Hamid has to clear himself of it as soon as possible. There is no running away methods available now.
However, a couple of days after the videos were released an embedded on our blog, Asif took the videos offline and left a message on his Youtube profile, which read as follows:
Note: Some of videos have been temporarily removed after assurances from BrassTacks team that they will come out openly in the public about Zaid Hamid’s association with Yousaf Kazzab and explain all the details about it, and either declare him kazzab and his disociation with him, or else bring multiple, credible, renowned scholars who will themselves say that yousaf was not a kazzab.
When that happened we tried searching for the videos on Youtube, to see if someone else downloaded and uploaded the videos from his/her account. Fortunately a user named drbeelz had uploaded the videos from his account. We changed the urls and embedded the videos from drbeelz account.
Asif Shiraz contacted drbeelz and asked him to remove the videos because they are his property and drbeelz is violating his copy rights. drbeelz sent us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org asking us to guide him on this matter. We asked drbeelz not to take down the videos and inform Asif to get in touch with us.
As a result Asif contacted us and stated that he is not required to contact anyone on this matter, because the videos are his property. We told Asif, that we consider all material on Yusuf Kazab issue to be a property of the Muslim Ummah. We further informed him that he could try taking down the videos by contacting Youtube, and in case the videos are taken down, we will upload them from other accounts – and if need be will upload them from a private server.
Asif Shiraz contacted Youtube and got the videos taken offline. The videos hosted by drbeelz now show a message stating “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Muhammad Asif Shiraz.”
We have not uploaded the videos from multiple accounts, because we ourselves wanted to give Asif time on this issue.
Asif Shiraz: Zaid Hamid Has No Links With Yusuf Kazab – Sep 2008
However, people are continuously sending us emails on the issue. One specific email that we have received highlights a very important point. The sender of the email has shared a link of a discussion on Facebook. The topic of the discussion is “Zaid Hamid links with Yousuf Kazzab” and it was started by a person named Jalal Saima on 26 Sep, 2008.
Jalal Saima asks the following question in the discussion:
This link shows a book which i have gone through recently, this book mentions the name of Mr. Zaid Zaman many times and tries to prove that he had strong links with Yousuf Kazzab.
Further more i happend to find out following article on the net which talks about the same links,
Can any one validate or nullify these claims. Is Mr. Zaid Zaman is Mr. Zaid Hamid, the description in these articles is true or not …
Can any one please answer
The first person to respond to the discussion is none other than Asif Shiraz. Asif’s response in being provided below:
Asif Shiraz Assalam o Alaikum,
This is Asif Shiraz, I work for brasstacks. Someone posted a similar question on facebook group, and I replied there. I will just copy and paste my earlier reply.
I see that some of you are getting confused over that article. To vilify a great person is the readiest means of a small person to achieve greatness.
For all the users out there on the internet, I know you love zaid sahib, but still have been bitten many times by dubious leaders and want to be cautious. Fair enough. There are two solutions to getting this thing clear, one of the heart and one of the mind.
The way of the heart is that of Hz. Abu Bakr Siddique. When Abu Jahl approached him saying that your friend(sm) today has said he went up till the heavens, Abu Bakr replied (without hesitation) that I believe in it. If you have all heard zaid sahib. If you think he can be an imposter these guys are claiming him to be, I can only wonder at your perception and “aqal” 🙂 If this is so, just wait. and watch. When you see Zaid sahib steadfast, and brasstacks, actually walk the distance in the service of this nation, then reconsider your conclusion. We will welcome each and every Pakistani and now and forever, to join us in this noble work.
The other option is logical. Verify what they are saying. How? They have written an article. We can also write one to refute it. That wouldn’t help right? What would help is to seek out people who actually know Zaid Sahib. And ask them about who Zaid sahib is, what his background is.
I for one can claim that I know Zaid sahib for the last 15 years, and I can testify, in witness of Allah(sw) and his Prophet(sm), that all these allegations trying to link Zaid sahib with Kazzab yousaf’s ideology are all false propaganda. Zaid sahib is a staunch muslim, and dearly, dearly loves the Holy Prophet(sm). It is blasphemous even to think of linking him to Kazzab Yusuf. Instead of believing in that spin article, go out and actually verify.
This is nothing new. They try to do this with any good person that comes. Even with the Holy Prophet(sm) they tried to label him as “Sahir”. Nothing to worry. “Innal baatila kaana zahooqa”. Chill 🙂
The most interesting part of the response is where Asif states that he knows Zaid Hamid for the last 15 years or since 1993 and can testify with Allah(sw) and his Prophet(sm) as a witness that all these allegations that try to link Zaid Hamid to Yusuf Kazab are all false propaganda. Asif further states that it is blasphemous even to think of linking Zaid Hamid to Kazzab Yusuf.
Interesting isn’t it, because in his videos released this month, Asif Shiraz has himself admitted that Zaid Hamid was linked to Yusuf Kazab. How come Zaid Hamid developed connections with Yusuf Kazab between Sep 2008 to March 2010 – when Kazab is not alive any more. Does this not mean that Asif Shiraz was lying through his teeth in Sep 2008 when he said that Zaid Hamid has no links to Yusuf Kazab. And to top it all he lied with Allah(sw) and his Prophet(sm) as a witness.
Another interesting point of the discussion is the next response after Asif’s message. This is a response posted by someone named Refuting Lies and he has basically pasted an email from Zaid Hamid to the discussion. This part of the conversation is embedded to highlight the spelling of Muhemmed in Zaid Hamid’s email. The response follows:
Refuting Lies “Assalam-0-Alikum”
This is the mail i got from Zaid Hamid:-
aa and dua. Total non-sence and shameless bohtan.
Curse of Allah, angels and momineen be on those liars who claim to be “prophets” after Sayyadna Khatim un Nabiyyeen Muhemmed Rasul Allah (saw). Also cursed and Rajeem are those who follow such liar “prophets” and also cursed are those who accuse innocent Muslims of following such false prophets. There will be no prophet after our beloved Sayyadna, Maulana, Muhemmed Rasul Allah, Rehmat ul lil Aalimeen (saw). May Allah keep us in His serene and blessed noor and Rehma in dunya and Akhira.
May Allah be my witness in both the worlds and forgive our errors, mistakes and sins and have mercy on Ummat e Sayyadna Rasul Allah (saw). Indeed Allah is the best of Protector and most merciful on His slaves.
Alhamdolillah, all my life has been spent keeping my self under tests and trials of fire, sword and blood for the sake of this deen and in love of Rasul Allah. My prayers, sacrifices, my life and death remains for Allah and His Prophet (saw). My izzat, life, parents, property, family and even good deeds are sacrificed on Rasul Allah. I am not mad to follow false prophets after Sayyadna Rasul Allah (saw).
We will inshallah, will not be distracted and continue our mission of protecting Pakistan against all threats, internal and external.
Wassalam and duago
DID IT ANSWER YOU??
The discussion could be followed by clicking on this link. For historical referencing we are embedding the screen shot of this discussion below.
The image could be viewed in full screen mode by clicking here.
The eGold and Brasstacks Connection
In his videos Asif Shiraz begins with an introduction of his company eGold, that is trying to sell gold coins and ultimately make them a store of value and tender for monetary transactions in Pakistan. In this regard Asif Shiraz made a Facebook comment which stated:
Asif Shiraz We have decided that is in the best interest of both eGold and BrassTacks to completely separate them from each other. This way, no one will think that zaid hamid is trying to profit from his own ideologies by selling gold coins now. And at the same time,. eGold’s universal appeal will not suffer because of zaid hamid’s yusuf kazzab controversy, his military-ISI support, or the stereo typical image of his ideological baggage.
The comment can be viewed on Facebook here and a snapshot of the comment is embedded below as well:
What does it mean to separate eGold from Brasstacks ? Were they one and the same thing before ? If not, does it make any sense to separate two organizations that are independent of each other ?
Asif Shiraz further clarifies Zaid Hamid’s association with eGold on his own site in a post titled “How eGold came into being”. The relevant part of the post is embedded below:
23 MARCH 2009 NO COMMENT
Note: (Mar 03, 2010)
The following post was written back in september when I used to volunteer part-time for BrassTacks. Back then, I did not know much details about the Yousaf Kazzab controversy. Since I worked with Zaid Hamid, I believed in what I was told, and also wrote an article about the issue, which is quoted here. I still stand behind that article in that it was written in good faith, and because it is true that Zaid Hamid himself never ever said anything in front of me to suggest that he had any doubts about the finality of the Prophethood of Hz. Muhammad Mustafa (sm). However, I never questioned Zaid Hamid in detail about his beliefs regarding Yusuf Kazzab, and had always believed that he considers him a Kazzab too. Now, however, after these clarifications, I want to make the following points clear:
a) I, Asif Shiraz, consider Yousuf kazzab to be a liar and a kazzab.
b) eGold’s as a company, only had this much association with Zaid Hamid that the idea of its inception was taken from one of this TV programs. Zaid Sahib was never on our board of governors, board of directors, shareholders, officers, employees or contractors, in a formal capacity.
I still have high regard for Zaid Hamid, and believe that he is a very capable and sincere person, and is and has always been a staunch muslim of the Ahl-e-sunnat-wal-jamaat school of thought. His affiliation with Sufi ideology, however, appears to make him accept certain things which may otherwise have been disallowed in Shariah. During my volunteership in BrassTacks, I privately urged him many times to make this issue clear upon the public, because the people love him, and have a right over him to know the truth. Now that he has finally spoken, I disagree with his view regarding Yousaf Kazzab, and find it sad that a person of his stature and wisdom is compromising his sincere mission of the nation’s revival over such a petty issue regarding a man who has long since died. However, I am not a Shariah expert to make a judgement on whether it is incumbent upon Zaid Hamid sahib to declare Yousuf as a Kazzab or not, but I do hope that scholars will look into this matter again, and provide guidance to the general public about the truth of the issue from an objective point of view, and consider the evidences which Zaid Hamid is claiming to possess about Yousaf’s so called innocence.
I would advise everyone to focus more on ideology, rather than personalities, and to move ahead with creating an interest-free, gold-backed economic system in Pakistan, and we welcome everyone, including Zaid Hamid, Nadeem farooq paracha, and Maulana Jalapuri to join our efforts in this direction.
In the highlighted part of the post, Asif Shiraz is basically asking the religious scholars to consider Zaid Hamid’s evidences that Zaid Hamid is providing in favor of his claim about Yusuf Kazab’s innocence.
Our readers would certainly be enlightened to see these evidences, but what exactly are these evidences ? Zaid Hamid’s 58 mins leaked video ? or are we seriously missing something ?
Update 1: One of our reader has informed us that the Brasstacks domain has been registered by a person named “Asif Shiraz”
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Comments from Asif Shiraz:
My statement was: “all these allegations trying to link Zaid sahib with Kazzab yousaf’s ideology are all false propaganda”. This was because I did not beleive zaid follows yousaf’s “ideology” anymore. I did not say “linking to yousaf”, I had said “linking to yousaf’s ideology”.
I swore to this statement, and I still stand by it, because I was a witness to zaid leaving yousuf in his last days, and once you do tauba, you get a clean slate. I always believed brasstacks was entirely a patriotic endeavour by Zaid, and he has completely left yousaf. That is why I wrote that, and that is why I swore to it, because back then, it was what I believed to be the truth.
I still do not believe brasstacks is anything about promoting yousuaf’s ideology. The only reason zaid is not calling yousaf a kazzab is for his personal reasons and past associations, and some tassawuf related misconceptions. Still, I left brasstacks because i had differences over this issue, and to play my part in trying to resolve those differences was why I made the video. BrassTacks promised to issue a statement to clarify and settle the issue so I took them down. The gold project was inspired by brasstacks, was originally intended to run in collaboration, but we learned that brasstacks wishes to continue its focus on political, strategic and defence issues, and not get into financial sector directly yet. So we separated.
Lastly, zaid hamid expositions guys: You suck.
Also, what the exposition guys fail to mention is that even back then of my message of 2008 which they have dug up, I have used the words “kazzab yousaf’s ideology”.
A person named Abdul Muez has added the following comment to this article. His comment is no 50 on this post.
The original wikipedia article about Yusuf Kazzab was started by someone named Asif Shiraz. This article was basically the same thing that was written by ZH in an online post.
I noticed this fact when I was adding “citation needed” tags to this article.
That wikipedia article got deleted a few days ago!