The World Union of Muslim Scholars strongly condemns what happens during the religious occasions of some sects, which includes heresy, insult, and vilification of Muslim symbols such as the Rightly-Guided Caliphs and the Mothers of the Believers (May Allah be pleased with them all).
It warns that this is a deviation and sedition that leads to further division and fragmentation within a single country.
The union calls on government officials and the religious references of these sects to prevent these heresies and seditious acts.
The World Union of Muslim Scholars follows with pain and regret what has happened and is happening in some religious occasions that commemorate blessed Imams who died or were martyred more than a thousand years ago (May Allah be pleased with them), although mourning in Islam does not exceed three days. Such occasions see practices that breach the fundamentals of the true creed, which is based on the monotheism of God in divinity and lordship, that He has no partner, and that humans, no matter how elevated, even if they were prophets, cannot reach divine creation or the knowledge of the unseen. The Lord of the Worlds said to His beloved Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him: "Not for thee, (but for Allah), is the decision: Whether He turn in mercy to them, or punish them; for they are indeed wrong-doers." (Surah Al-Imran: 128). All prophets acknowledged the oneness of God, pure monotheism, they are humans, but God honored them by sending down the revelation and entrusting them with the duty of conveying the message. He said: "The Messenger's duty is but to proclaim" (Surah Al-Ma'idah: 99), and also: "The duty of the messenger is only to convey the message clearly" (Surah An-Nur: 54).
Reading the Quran, one can easily see its emphasis on monotheism, explaining its rights, the gravity of associating partners with God, and its severe consequences.
Therefore, it is absolutely forbidden to confuse the status of messengers and prophets with other righteous saints, and their love and appreciation, with heresy or attributing the characteristics or knowledge of the unseen to them. This is fundamental to the creed for which God sent down books and sent messengers.
Regrettably, during these mentioned occasions, there are also insults, vilification, and slander against the prominent symbols of Islam, including the Mothers of the Believers and the Rightly-Guided Caliphs. This is another grave offense in the eyes of Islam. It is also a great sedition that contributes to the fragmentation of Muslims and prevents their unity. This sedition aids the enemies of Islam in dominating and controlling our resources, for their slogan is "divide and conquer."
For all these reasons, the World Union of Muslim Scholars strongly condemns these heresies and seditions and forcefully calls on relevant governments and religious references to prohibit them by issuing decisions and fatwas.
God says: "Hold fast to the rope of Allah, all of you, and do not split" (Surah Al-Imran: 103).