Ikhtiyar al-Kull

One of the false beliefs of the Barelwis, is the belief in ikthiyar al-kull, which means that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) can do whatever He wants in all aspects of this life and the hereafter. Needless to say, this belief goes against the fitra of each and every Muslim and the mainstream belief that the Muslims held for 1400 years.

Amjad Ali, a Khalifa of Ahmad Raza states in his Bahar-e Shari’at (a must have book for every fanatic Barelwi) states under the chapter of Aqida:

“Our Master, the Prophet (may Allah bless him and give him peace), is the absolute deputy of Allah Most High. He has been given control (tassaruf) over the entire universe. He may do as he desires, give to whomsoever he wishes, take from anyone whatever he desires. None in the universe can deny his rulings. The entire universe is under his governance and he is under the authority of none except Allah. He is the owner (malik) of all humans. Anyone who does not accept him to be his owner (malik) remains devoid of the sweetness of the Sunnah. All the earth is his property. Paradise is his estate. The angels of earth and the sky are under his authority. The keys to paradise and hell have been given to him in his noble hand. Sustenance, goodness and other types of blessings are distributed from his noble office. This world and the hereafter is a portion of his blessings. The rulings of Sharia have been delegated to his authority. He may make impermissible (haram) for anyone whatever he decides. Similarly, he may make permissible (halal) whatever he wishes and exempt whatever obligation (fard) he desires.” (Bahare Shari’at, p. 12-13)

See here for the original Urdu scan: https://barelwism.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/baharashariattasarruf.jpg

One of the leaders of the Barelwis, Mufti Faiz Ahmad Owaisi, khalifa of the son of Alahazrat wrote even a special book on this topic called ikhtiyar al-kull al-mukhtar al-kull trying to prove that Allah has given the Messenger full freedom in his acts.

He referred to this booklet in another book of him called khazana-e khuda ki chabiyan habibe khuda ke haath may hai: http://www.faizahmedowaisi.com/read/Khazana-e-Khuda-Ki-Chabiyan-Habib-e-Khuda-K-Hath-Mein/page/26.html

This Barelwi scholar again in this book, made the full comparison of the Messenger with Allah saying that since “everything lies in the hand [power] of Allah,” everything should also lie in the hands of the Messenger:


Shaykh Sarfraz Khan Safdar dealt with this false notion in his book called dil ka surur, where he mentions plenty of Qur’anic verses and ahadith in order to refute the false concepts of full tasarruf, ikhtiyar al-kull which the Barelwis proudly defend. InshaAllah we will mention the proofs against this belief in our other posts.

We wil suffice ourselves with one vers from the Qur’an refuting this belief:

72:21. Say: I do not control for you evil or good

The hadith of the last moments of Abu Talib is also well-known where the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) stressed his uncle to pronounce faith. Mentioned in Bukhari under the chapter of Tafsir:

When Abu Talib was on his death bed, Allah’s Apostle came to him and found with him, Abu Jahl and Abdullah bin Abi Umaiya bin Al-Mughira. Allah’s Apostle said, “O uncle! Say: None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, a sentence with which I will defend you before Allah.” On that Abu Jahl and ‘Abdullah bin Abi Umaiya said to Abu Talib, “Will you now leave the religion of ‘Abdul Muttalib?” Allah’s Apostle kept on inviting him to say that sentence while the other two kept on repeating their sentence before him till Abu Talib said as the last thing he said to them, “I am on the religion of ‘Abdul Muttalib,” and refused to say: None has the right to be worshipped except Allah. On that Allah’s Apostle said, “By Allah, I will keep on asking Allah’s forgiveness for you unless I am forbidden (by Allah) to do so.” So Allah revealed:–

‘It is not fitting for the Prophet and those who believe that they should invoke (Allah) for forgiveness for pagans.’ (9.113) And then Allah revealed especially about Abu Talib:–‘Verily! You (O, Muhammad) guide not whom you like, but Allah guides whom He will.’ (28.56)

 4819 ـ حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو الْيَمَانِ، أَخْبَرَنَا شُعَيْبٌ، عَنِ الزُّهْرِيِّ، قَالَ أَخْبَرَنِي سَعِيدُ بْنُ الْمُسَيَّبِ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، قَالَ لَمَّا حَضَرَتْ أَبَا طَالِبٍ الْوَفَاةُ جَاءَهُ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَوَجَدَ عِنْدَهِ أَبَا جَهْلٍ وَعَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ أَبِي أُمَيَّةَ بْنِ الْمُغِيرَةِ، فَقَالَ ‏”‏ أَىْ عَمِّ قُلْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ، كَلِمَةً أُحَاجُّ لَكَ بِهَا عِنْدَ اللَّهِ ‏”‏‏.‏ فَقَالَ أَبُو جَهْلٍ وَعَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ أَبِي أُمَيَّةَ أَتَرْغَبُ عَنْ مِلَّةِ عَبْدِ الْمُطَّلِبِ فَلَمْ يَزَلْ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَعْرِضُهَا عَلَيْهِ، وَيُعِيدَانِهِ بِتِلْكَ الْمَقَالَةِ حَتَّى قَالَ أَبُو طَالِبٍ آخِرَ مَا كَلَّمَهُمْ عَلَى مِلَّةِ عَبْدِ الْمُطَّلِبِ، وَأَبَى أَنْ يَقُولُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ‏.‏ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ وَاللَّهِ لأَسْتَغْفِرَنَّ لَكَ مَا لَمْ أُنْهَ عَنْكَ ‏”‏‏.‏ فَأَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ ‏{‏مَا كَانَ لِلنَّبِيِّ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَنْ يَسْتَغْفِرُوا لِلْمُشْرِكِينَ‏}‏ وَأَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ فِي أَبِي طَالِبٍ، فَقَالَ لِرَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏{‏إِنَّكَ لاَ تَهْدِي مَنْ أَحْبَبْتَ وَلَكِنَّ اللَّهَ يَهْدِي مَنْ يَشَاءُ‏}‏‏.


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