Who is Dr. Murtaza Baksh?
The first question is about me. He says, “About your name…” He says, “…About your knowledge. From where you learned; religious and educational (knowledge). “…you are a student of which teachers (scholars)..” “..under who’s guidance you have got knowledge..” “..Were you upon Salafi Methodology (Manhaj) from the start? If not then how you came towards it?”
Anyways; about me, my name is Murtaza Baksh as you know. And I am a MBBS doctor. My name was Ghulam Murtaza Nabi Baksh. And I was from a Barelvi (Sufi) family. My name is Murtaza, Ghulam was removed Alhamdulillaah (Praise be to Allaah). And my Father’s name is Baksh, Nabi was removed. So, Murtaza Baksh meaning my and my father’s name. This is not my name. My name is Murtaza (only) my father’s name is Baksh. And with regards to education after completing MBBS, I came here for Umrah. When I went back from Umrah, then from Allaah……meaning it is a blessing (of Allaah) on me. It got settled in my heart that Barelviat (Sufism) is a false way (tareeqa) and false sect. There is polytheism (shirk), innovations (bidah) and superstitions in it. So Allaah put this in my heart “search for the truth (True Islaamic Creed). And easiness was also from Allaah. I didn’t knew. One thing that I learnt from Medical is “Hardworking/ Striving”. I used to study 12-14 hours daily. Because English was difficult and I did my FSC (College) from here (Saudia) so I used to study 12-14 hours daily in the first two years. And I got this courage and I thought that if I can spend so much time for (worldly) knowledge, then why not spend time for the religion of Allaah? Then I decided that I need to get (learn) this knowledge. In the starting stages, I did not have any special teachers. I started to learn from books. There was a Masjid near my house in Pakistan; Ahle Hadith (Masjid of People of Hadeeth)…May Allah reward them, I became Ahle Hadeeth from there. And whichever book I needed’ they used to provide it to me immediately. Thay had a library so almost all books were available. But in the starting stages, the matters on which I used to argue; like normal matters’ were raising hands (Rafa Yadain) or saying ameen aloud or reciting Fatiha behind them Imaam. I heard very little on the matters of Aqidah (Creed), this is the truth. So, when I came to Saudia, almost 10 or 12 years ago, so I saw the Manhaj (methodology) of Creed (Aqidah) that which is the true methodology. And I started learning knowledge from the houses of Allaah (masajid). I did not learn from any school nor college (religious knowledge). I learnt from the houses of Allaah, from the Masajid. The knowledge of Tafseer (explanation), Aqidah (Creed), Hadeeth, Fiqh (Jursiprudance), and of Arabic grammar. All the knowledge that has relation with Islaamic Law (I learned from Masajid). And the teacher from whom I learnt knowledge; and I still am (learning), are: Sheikh Ibrahim al-Muhaymid (may Allaah protect him). He is my teacher. And he is a student of Sheikh Bin Baaz and Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen (Allaah have mercy upon them). And my teacher is still learning in Madinah from Sheikh Abdul Mohsin al-Abbad al-Badr; who is a Muhaddith of this time. And along with him, I also learnt from Sheikh Ubayd al-Jabiree, Alhamdulillaah (Praise be to Allah). And there are many other scholars. There is Sheikh Saleh al-Fawzaan, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Rajihi, Sheikh ibn Jibreen, I also benefitted from them in some Fiqhi (jurisprudence) matters, Alhamdulillaah (Praise be to Allaah). But most of the knowledge that I got is from Sheikh Ibrahim al-Muhaymid and Sheikh Ubayd al-Jabiree. And as I said, I was not on the Salafi Manhaj (methodology) from the start. I was a Barelvi (Sufi). But Alhamdulillaah (Praise be to Allaah), when Allaah guided me, he also made it easy for me with regards to (knowledge) of Manhaj (methodology). In Manhaj (Allaah made easy to learn the true methodology), Alhamdulillaah (Praise be to Allaah). I saw one thing let me tell you (about it). I just worked hard and tried. And all the ease was from Allaah. And that which I did, you can do better than me. I know this. And Allaah knows better that how the easiness happened, I cannot explain. And with which people Allaah connected me, I could have never thought about it. Alhamdulillaah (Praise be to Allaah).