so saqib has gotten the cake and eating it too. fact check: - did saqib say all that in front of tahir OR before/after tahir came in/went out? - was it tahir's gathering or was he another guest like saqib? - why the "shaykhu'l islam, mufakkir e islam, huzur"? if you say he is a sunni defending sunni-aqayid; i may be wrong, but i think saqib is just like tahir in his modus operandi (though he is not a sell-out heretic like tahir). - charismatic speaker? check. - crowd puller (facebook followers)? check. - short beard? check. - sama qawwali? check. - shouting and fawning over sunni practices? check. for me, i was reminded of another politician like tahir; exploiting sentiments and gaining popularity points. we have seen this pattern in many cases. people use sunniyat to gather followers, and then chart their own course - blind followers in tow. don't be fooled by firebrand speakers. ----- i am willing to take back my words, if saqib will run a sustained campaign on his facebook page. i understand he has thousands of 'followers' so let saqib begin doing the follow-up, fresh from basking in the fame of "fearlessly refuting tahir". if you don't have the heart to spend your capital for the benefit of sunniyat, don't come in this arena. for the benefit of his followers (i don't really care about him; if he is good, he does it for his own life; if bad, he hurts his own self. i am not going to answer in his grave). - first let him list down problems with tahir (let his followers know what the hoo haa is all about) - list them in various levels of ikhtilaf (nazriyati, usuli, iytiqadi) - and point out which of them are merely offensive, which are heresies, and which are kufriyat - list aHkam about all those ikhtilafat - share fatawa of ulama who have refuted tahir - explicitly advise your followers to stay away from minhajis - openly advise your followers to renounce tahiri fitna if he cannot do this - doing publicity stunts to gain followers and mark up credentials are just that. not a genuine service to sunniyat. --- tahir is a zindiq - the man went to india and says those who say 'bharat mata ki jai is against islam' are jahil and they need to read islam! woh shankaracharya, is "shaykhu'l islam" se behtar rahaa - and he understands islam better than this zindiq! al-iyadhu billah. nas'alu Allaha al-aafiyah.