Sufi Tariqahs and Charlatanism (piercing the body with skewers, eating glass, and stabbing with daggers)

Question 95: There are many followers of Sufi Tariqahs (orders) these days who perform questionable acts, such as hitting the sick with Al-Shish (a thin iron stick) to cure them, eating glass, and piercing themselves with daggers. What is the legal ruling on these acts, bearing in mind that they claim to be Allaah’s Awliyaa’ (pious people) and consider such acts as Karaamahs (extraordinary events performed by a pious people)?

Answer: These acts are charlatanry or magic, and are used as means to deceive people; they are therefore Haraam (prohibited). It is obligatory for those in authority, whether they are scholars or rulers, to renounce and put an end to these things. These odd activities are not Karaamahs produced by Allaah (Exalted be He) through his believing Awliyaa’ to honor them, nor are they indications of the righteousness of those who produce them. This is because the Awliyaa’ of Allaah are those who have Eemaan (Faith) and Taqwaa (fear of Allaah as He should be feared) and are known for their obedience to Allaah and His Messenger. As Allaah (Glorified be He) says: No doubt! Verily, the Awliyaa’ of Allaah [i.e. those who believe in the Oneness of Allaah and fear Allaah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which he has forbidden), and love Allaah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)], no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve. Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allaah – Islaamic Monotheism), and used to fear Allaah much (by abstaining from evil deeds and sins and by doing righteous deeds).... read more here.


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