Poems praising the Prophet excessively

Question 16: In Al-Azhar Magazine, (vol. 4, issue 69 – Rabee` Thaanee 1417 A.H., p. 540), I read a poem called, “Longing” by Ibraheem `Eesaa marking the occasion of the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday). I have doubts regarding some of its verses for they include seeking help from other than Allaah. The poem reads as follows…

Answer: This poem is an invocation and an appeal to the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) after his death regarding matters that Allaah Alone can do. The verses contain some polytheistic phrases such as, “Save the truth! For it is about to be erased by a fool”, “O my beloved! Offer your graces for they are thirst-quenching” and “Choose me! Shelter me!” To believe in these matters is Kufr (disbelief) that may drive a person out of Islaam, Allaah Forbid! A person should perform sincere Tawbah (repentance to Allaah) of this and dedicate all acts of `Ibaadah (worship) such as Du`aa’ (supplication) and Istighaathah (seeking help) to Allaah only. In addition, a person should believe that Allaah (Glorified be He) is the only Sustainer Who can extend benefit and afflict Harm… read more here.

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