Ruling on collective Thikr as done by Sufi orders

Question: Please give us your Fatwaa concerning a group of people who sit in circles in Masjids (mosques) in which they observe remembrance of Allaah (Exalted be He) and His Messenger. Sometimes in their Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah), they say things that are contrary to Tawheed (Oneness of Allaah). An example of what they say is: “Help us, O Messenger of Allaah!” They repeat these words while their leader says: “O, you (the Prophet) are the key of Allaah’s treasures. O you are the Ka`bah of Allaah’s appearance. O you are the throne of Allaah’s leveling and O you are the chair of Allaah’s descent! Suffice us, O Messenger of Allaah. O Allaah’s beloved! You are the intended one. It is you, O Messenger of Allaah,” and other similar words of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship).

Answer: First of all, collective Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) like what is done in the Sufi orders is an act of Bid`ah (innovation in religion). It was stated that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

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