[quote name='Hamzah' timestamp='1308305976' post='425316']
I personally feel that the haq chaar yaar response is a valid response. (To a matter which is not from the essentials of deen!!). To consider Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali to be on haq is not to say that the rest of the companions are not on haq. In the same way that to consider the Ashara Mubashara to be Jannati, does not mean the rest of the companions are excluded, Ma'azAllah.
This comparison is not valid because the distinction of ashra mubashra has been made by Rasool Allah (peace be upon him)by the permission of almighty Allah, but no such distinction is made for those four. That is what mufakkire Islam was asking Mufti Jalali to provide the evidence from Quran and Sunnah that would distinguish them from others who are on haq. There is no daleel that can distinguish them from others sahaba as far as the matter of haq is concerned. They have more fazail than others and they were khulafa but Quran considers them all to be on haq. To say that they are more on haq than others, one needs a daleel based on a matwatir hadees or a mashoor hadees to make distinction in this matter which Irfan Shah and Abid Jalai have failed to produce.
The issue that remains is why Imam Hasan is excluded. The Naara is not specifically for khilafath, it symbolises the great status of these four companions of our Messenger SAWAS, as those who were his most closest aids. Syedina Hasan is the son of Syedina Ali, and so his relationship with Our Messenger SAWAS, differs from that of his father (RA) and his father's peers. If we are also to include imam hasan, then why should Imam Hussain be left out? This is just being picky and playing semantics. We could go on and on and find reasons and excuses to obstruct a lot of minor actions, which no one considers to be from the important matters of deen.[/font]
If only these four were the closest then why the prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) chose some one else to confide the names of munafikeen not any of these four? Your claim is based on just conjectures, have you any daleel for it? These Sahaba were not the friends of the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) but his relatives. He was father in law of two of them, and other two were his sons in law.
If mentioning of the blessed four is considered a problem then what will you say of Busiri, who writes:
thumma al-rida `an abi bakrin wa `an `umarin / wa `an `aliyyin wa `an `uthmana dhi al-karami
And may Allah's good pleasure be with Abu Bakr, `Umar, `Ali, and `Uthman the noble one,
Again you give an example which has nothing to do with their being exclusively on haq. They are all worthy of praise but you can not take that for their being more on haq. I f one calls them Ya abubakr Ya Omar, Ya Uthman like we already say Ya Ali no objection can be made, because all these are nidia slogans and do not testify any thing but haq is a testification.
To be honest, I feel that this problem could have been avoided a long time ago, if we all started using the naare tahqiq in our gatherings, and everyone responded however they wish, be it chaar, panj or sab yaar. You would not really notice different replies. At least there would have been unity. But instead what we find is that in some gatherings, whilst the naara e tahqiq was not proclaimed at all, the naara e haidiri was used as a political tool, proclaimed many times repeatedly, though the naara e takbeer and risalat were only proclaimed once, and proclaimed more loudly. Outsiders feel that a point is trying to be made, and cant understand why there is such stubborness against shouting one small nara at the end - any nara, whatever you want to call it, in favour of the sahaba.
When you noticed that Nahra Haidri is proclaimed more loudly and more often in some gatherings, then you also must have realized that there were efforts from other side to stop nahra haidri or at least demote its order (tapes are on yanabi.com). Muslims have been chanting those slogans before even khalafat started. Slogan of Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) was proclaimed by the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him), Sahaba (including those mentioned in char yar),and angels when Khalafat was not in existence. Therefore, it is an obvious reaction that Nahra Haidri is chanted more loudly to let others know that they may not change the tradition of Ahl Sunna by their self created and flawed slogans.