In a recent program of Point Blank with Mubashir Lucman in which Zaid Hamid was present, a religious scholar named Muhammad Ayub was also invited. To be honest I have never heard about Muhammad Ayub before, neither do I know from which Madrassah has he obtained his religious education.
Referring to Sura e As Shuara, Muhammad Ayub claimed that Poetry is not allowed in Islam and no Poet was a Prophet or a Sahabi. He at one time stated that Quran states that people should leave poetry to become momin.
Firstly, it was beyond me that how on earth was the topic of “Poetry in Islam” relevant to the issue of Zaid Hamid and Yusuf Kazzab. It seems that Mubashir Lucman invited Muhammad Ayub on purpose to disgrace Ulema e Karam and make this point that:
Ulema are against poets and consider poetry to be haram and poets to be kafir and people on whom Shayateen descend. And that since Allama Iqbal was also a poet, so he is also a kafir.
After allowing Muhammad Ayub to discuss the issue of “Poetry in Islam”, Mubashir Lucman gave his final statements that just like Muhammad Ayub considers poetry to be haram and poets to be kafir on the basis of verses of Quran, similarly there could be different interpretations of other verses of Holy Quran. So we should not be against Zaid Hamid specially when he has denied his association with Yusuf Kazzab and have clarified every thing.
Mubashir Lucman should know this that the issue of Khatam e Nabuwwat is not an issue on which Ulema have different interpretations. Ulema’s of all maslaks are unanimous on this issue that Yusuf Kazzab was a Kazzab and it is the Ijmah of the Ummat that any person who does not consider a Kazzab to be a Kazzab is a Kafir.
Poetry is not Haram and Poets are not Kafirs
Now lets address the controversy that Muhammad Ayub has raised, which helped Zaid Hamid and Mubashir Lucman to skip the real topic and issue of Khatam e Nabuwwat. Muhammad Ayub should know that not only did Prophet Muhammad saaw himself used to listen to poetry, he used to ask his companion Hazrat Hassan bin Sabit RA to do poetry in his (saaw) presence.
Hassan bin Sabit RA is a famous Sahabi (companion of the Holy Prophet saaw). Hassan bin Sabit RA was famous in all of Hejaz for his poetry and after accepting Islam, used his poetry to defend the honor of Prophet Muhammad saaw. At one occasion, non-believers wrote defamatory verses against Prophet Muhammad saaw. When Prophet Muhammad saaw got to know about those verses, he called Hassan bin Sabit RA to Masjid e Nabwi. When Hassan bin Sabit RA came to Masjid e Nabwi, Prophet Muhammad saaw stood up from his Mimbar and asked Hassan bin Sabit RA to sit on the Mimbar of the Holy Prophet saaw and reply to the defamatory poetry.
Prophet Muhammad saaw sat on the floor, while Hassan bin Sabit RA responded to the defamatory poetry against our Holy Prophet saaw. The verses that Hassan bin Sabit RA said at that occasion are now known as “Qaseeda e Hassan bin Sabit RA”.
Wikipedia Article states the following about Hazrat Hassan bin Sabit RA:
In his youth he traveled to Al-Hirah and Damascus, then settled in Medina, where, after the advent of Muhammad, he accepted Islam and wrote poems in defence of him. He was one of the best poets of the time, who would often win poetry competitions and the like. He was a prime example of how the early Muslims were able to use their pre-Islam talents for the cause of Islam.
Muhammad gave Hassaan his slave Sirin, the sister of Muhammad’s wife Maria al-Qibtiyya. The sisters were Egyptian Coptic Christians sent as gifts to Muhammad by Muqawqis, a ruler of Egypt, in around 628. Sirin bore Hassaan a son, ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Hassaan.
Poetry is not haram in Islam and Poets are not Kafirs. In fact some of the most beloved companions of the Holy Prophet saaw were poets and Holy Prophet saaw used to ask them to say verses in his presence.
Muhammad Ayub should learn Holy Quran from some authentic Alim e Deen before preaching it on National TV.
Mubashir Lucman should not deviate from the real issue of Khatam e Nabuwwat by creating confusion about “Poetry in Islam”, which is never a point of contention between Zaid Hamid and AMTKN/ZHE.
If Mubashir Lucman really believes in objective journalism, he should have invited someone from AMTKN instead of Muhammad Ayub and should have allowed that Alim from AMTKN to present his case on the issue as well.
Qaseeda e Hassan bin Sabit RA
Mufti Anas Younus, who is an Alim from Deoband has now translated the “Qaseeda e Hassan bin Sabit RA” into urdu and has read it in a nasheed. Both the exact arabic verses that Hazrat Hassan bin Sabit RA read in front of Prophet Muhammad saaw and the urdu translation of those verses can be heard in Mufti Anas Younus’s voice in the videos embedded below: