Reading ‘Burdah’ and the like as an act of worship

Question 205: In our country, there is a book entitled “Burdat Al-Madih” (A deviant eulogy composed in praise of the Prophet) used in making supplication. What is the ruling on this book? Will I be rewarded for reading it? Does this reading reach the Prophet (peace be upon him) as some people claim or not?

Answer: Instead, you should better read the Glorious Qur’aan as often as you can and the Adkaar (invocations and remembrances said at certain times on a regular basis) that are authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him), which will make you abandon reading this poem book and its like. Reading this type of books and its like as an act of worship counts as Bidd‘ah (innovation in religion). It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours (Islaam) that is not part of it, will have it rejected.” In another narration: “Whoever does an action which is not in accordance with this matter of ours (Islaam), will have it rejected.” Accordingly, reading such a book will earn you no thawaab (reward from Allaah). On the contrary, some of its verses involve phrases of major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) such as the poet’s saying: “O noblest of all creatures! I have none except you to whom I may resort when serious afflictions will befall me”, until his saying: “If you will not take my hand when my destined time should come, my feet will certainly slip. For this world’s good and ill but rely on your munificence. And from your knowledge is the knowledge of the Pen and Tablet.”... read more here.

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