Ways of denouncing Bid`ah (innovation in religion)

Question: Some people prefer to avoid discussing subjects related to Bid`ahs (innovations in religion) or acts of Sunnah. According to them, discussing these matters may lead parties to fall into troubles that may further develop into clashes with the audience who are ignorant of the Prophet’s Sunnah. Consequently, Fitnah (hostile divisions) arises due to people’s rejection of the acts of Sunnah which contradict their desires.

Is it true that a person who purifies Aqeedah (Islaamic creed) from Bid'ahs is a troublemaker? Or is this nickname applied to a person who violates the norms of Shareeah?

Answer: The Islaamic Daa`iyah (caller) should be both knowledgeable and wise enough when enjoining right or forbidding wrong. He should also balance between the public interests of people, giving precedence to the preponderant interest over the preponderated one… read more here.

The meaning of “Newly invented things” (innovation in religion)

Question: What are the “Newly invented things” (mentioned in a Hadeeth)?

Answer: The Hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): Beware of newly invented things (in religion) includes all things which people have introduced into the Islaamic religion. They are the acts of Bid`ah (innovation in religion) in creed, worship, and all things that are neither mentioned in the Qur’an nor in the authentically reported Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him); however, people have taken them as religious rites in worshipping Allaah… read more here.

Meaning of Bid‘ah Al-Hasanah and Bid‘ah As-Sayyi’ah (good innovation and evil innovation)

Question: Scholars hold different opinions concerning Bid‘ah (innovation in religion); some of them say that there is a good Bid‘ah and a bad one. Is this true?

Answer: Bid‘ah, it can be defined as all things invented or acts done for which there is no precedent. It can be either related to the dealings and affairs of worldly life, such as inventing planes, cars, trains, electrical devices, cooking utensils, air conditioners used for warming and cooling, and even war machines such as bombs, submarines, tanks, and other objects made to serve people in this world. Such things in themselves are permissible and there is no sin in inventing them… read more here.

Validity of the theory of evolution

Question: Some people claim that long ago humans were apes, and then later evolved into the current form. Is this true? Is there evidence for this?

Answer: This claim is not true. The evidence is found in the Quraan’ where Allaah describes the stages of Aadam’s creation, as He states, Verily, the likeness of ‘Eesaa (Jesus) before Allaah is the likeness of Aadam. He created him from dust (Soorah Aal-‘Imraan, 3: 59)… read more here.

Movement of a soul (Rooh) from one person to another

Question: Our philosophy teacher told us that the soul moves from one person to another. Is this correct? If this is correct, then how can the soul of one person be called to account and punished then moved to another person who will also be brought to account because of the deeds of the same soul?

Answer: It is not true that the soul moves from one person to another as is claimed by this philosophy teacher. This is based on the following Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) in which Allaah (Exalted be He) says: And (remember) when your Lord brought forth from the Children of Aadam, from their loins, their seed (or from Adam’s loin his offspring) and made them testify as to themselves (saying): “Am I not your Lord?” They said: “Yes! We testify,” lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection: “Verily, we have been unaware of this.”

Regarding the interpretation of this Aayah, Maalik related in his Muwatta’ that `Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) was asked about the interpretation of this Aayah… read more here.

Al-Mahdiyyah sect

Question: There is a Sufi Order called “Al-Ansar” (the followers of Al-Mahdee) which is widespread in Western Sudan. The supporters of this order are millions of common people. Al-Mahdee said in his publications: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to walk before my army and give me glad tidings of victory.” What is your opinion about these superstitions and deceit?

Answer: Firstly: The claim that this man is Al-Mahdee and that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to walk before his army and give him glad tidings of triumph is an open lie and contradiction to the Sharee`ah and the realities agreed upon among Muslims… read more here.

Freemasonry

Question:

a) What is the ruling on a man who bequeathed to be buried in a coffin?
b) A Muslim who was a Mason died. The Islaamic Funeral Prayer was observed for him followed by the rites of Freemasonry. What is the Islaamic ruling on this dead person and on those who performed these rites or allowed them to be performed?
c) What is Freemasonry? What is the Islaamic ruling regarding it?

Answer: a) Placing the deceased in a coffin was an unknown practice at the time of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or the time of the Sahaabah (the Companions of the Prophet – may Allaah be pleased with them)… read more here.

Druze (Batini Qarmatians)

Question: All praise is due to Allaah and peace and blessings be upon His Prophet, upon his family and Companions.

To proceed:
The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa’ have studied the letter sent by His Excellency the Deputy-Interior Minister to his Eminence the General Chairman No. 2/5400 on 15/5/1397 A.H. The Committee also read the two brochures attached to his letter detailing two alleged debates: The first was held between a durzi student who is studying in Al-Az-har and someone that he claimed to be the Grand Shaykh of Al-Azhar called Mustafa Al-Rafiee. The second was held between a person who ascribed himself (according to the letter) to Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaaah (those adhering to the Sunnah and the Muslim community) called Shaykh Al-Haq Al-Husaynee and a durzi professor called Aboo Hasan Hany Zaydan. According to the request of His Excellency to study this letter, the response comes as follows:

Firstly: An abstract about the doctrine of the Druze which unveils their reality.
Secondly: A brief explanation about the two debates explaining their illusion and misconception.

Answer: Druze are a secret sect of the Batini Qarmatians who entertain camouflaging their religious convictions to deceive non-Durzi people. Sometimes, they pretend to be religious, ascetic, pious and show false religious jealousy… read more here.

Barelvi sect

Question: In Pakistan, there is an order known as the Barelvis or the order of Nawaree, as named after its current leader Nuwaree. I ask Your Eminence about the ruling of Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) on this order, its beliefs and the validity of offering Salaah (Prayer) behind one of its members. May your answer relieve many confused hearts that are unaware of the truth! I again remind you of some of their common myths and beliefs, which are:

1- Believing that the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is alive
2- Believing that the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) knows the Ghayb (unseen) and is present, especially after the Jumuah (Friday) Prayer
3- Believing that the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) has the right of giving intercession in advance
4- Believing in the Awliyaa' (pious people) and the dead at whose graves they offer Salaah and ask for help
5- Building domes and lighting the graves
6- Repeating their famous supplication: O Muhammad, the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
7- Getting angry with anyone who says Ta'meen (saying: "Aameen" after reciting Soorah Al-Faatihah) aloud and raise their hands in Salah and considering them as belonging to the Wahhabi order
8- Finding it extremely strange that people use Miswaak (tooth-cleansing stick) before offering Salaah
9- Kissing the fingers during Wudoo' (ablution) and Athaan (call to Prayer) as well as after Salaah
10- Their Imaam always recites the following Aayah (Qur'anic verse) after Salaah: Allaah sends His Salaat (Graces, Honours, Blessings, Mercy) on the Prophet (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), and also His angels (ask Allaah to bless and forgive him). Consequently, the Ma'mums (persons being led by the Imaam in Prayer) invoke Allaah to send peace upon the Prophet collectively and loudly.
11- Gathering in circles after the Jumu
ah Prayer and engaging in loud singing and praise
12- Serving many kinds of food, including desserts, inside the Masjid (mosque) after ending the recitation of the whole Glorious Qur’aan during Taraaweeh (special supererogatory night Prayer in Ramadaan)
13- Building Masjids and being too preoccupied with decorating them in addition to writing on the Mihraab: O Muhammad
14- Considering themselves the followers of the Sunnah and true Aqeedah (creed) and deeming those who do not follow their order as wrong
15- What is the ruling of Sharee
ah (Islaamic law) on offering Salaah behind the members of this order?
It is worth mentioning that I am a medical school student, living in Karachi near a Masjid subject to the supervision of the Barelvi order.

Answer: It is impermissible to offer Salaah behind an Imaam who adopts such beliefs. If the Ma’mum knows that the Imaam adopts these beliefs, then the Salaah of the former will not be valid. Most of these beliefs entail Kufr (disbelief) and Bid`ah (rejected innovations in religion)… read more here.

Al-Baatiniyyah

Question: What is the view of Sunni scholars regarding Al-Ismaa`iliyyah and Agha Khani sects who live in many places and most of them live in the north of Pakistan.

Following are some of their views that explain their doctrine:

1- The word of Shahaadah: ‘I testify that there is no god but Allaah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah, and Alee, the Commander of Believers, is Allaah.' The Ismailis and Agha khans say these words are the word of Shahaadat Al-Tawheed i.e. the testimony of belief in monotheism, and the true word of Islaam.
2- The Imaam: They believe that Agha Khan Shah Karim is their Imaam (religious leader) who has dominion over everything; the earth, the heavens, and what is in and between them. They even believe he is the supreme ruler of the whole world.
3- The Shareeah: They do not believe in the truth of Islaamic Shareeah. In fact, they believe that Agha Khan is the embodiment and the true tongue of the Qur’aan. They also believe that he is the “Kabah" and "Al-Bayt-al-Ma'moor" (i.e. Allaah's House in the seventh heaven) and the one to be followed and no one else. Their books say that the word "Allah" mentioned in the Qur'aan is the apparent term used to refer to Imaam Agha Khan.
4- Salaah (Prayer): They do not believe that the Five Prayers are obligatory. Only three formulae of supplication are required instead.
5- The Masjid (mosque): They take a place of worship called Jama
at khanah instead of mosques.
6- Zakaah (obligatory charity): They deny that Zakaah is obligatory. They instead allocate 10% of their wealth to the Agha Khan calling it as “dushond” or “Mal-Al-Waajibat i.e. money for religious obligations”.
7- Sawm (Fast): They deny that it is obligatory to fast the month of Ramadaan.
8- They do not believe that Hajj is obligatory, rather they believe that their belief in Agha Khan is itself Hajj.
9- Salaam (Islaamic greeting): Instead of the Islaamic formula of greeting, they invented a special greeting. When one of them meets another, he says, “Alee madad" (MayAlee help you!). The other replies, “Mawla Alee madad" i.e., (Alee is a sufficient master for help!) This is a brief note about their sayings and the `Aqeedahs (creeds) they adopt.

Now I would like to ask few questions:

1- Are the Isma`ilis considered a Muslim sect or a disbelieving one?

2- Is it permissible to offer Funeral Prayer for their dead people?

3- Is it permissible to bury them in the Muslims’ graves? 4- Is it permissible to intermarry with them?

5- Is the meat of their sacrificed animals lawful for Muslims?

6- Should they be treated like Muslims?

In the Name of Allaah, the Great, we ask you to answer our request for Fatwaa to dispel the doubts in many Muslims’ minds. In the past, the followers of this sect used to hide their false Aqeedah (creed), therefore the early Muslim shaykhs called them Al-Baatiniyyah (those who hide their real faith). Nowadays, they overtly call people to their falseAqeedah (creed) to lead Muslims astray in matters related to `Aqeedah (creed) and for some other purposes we do not yet know.

Answer: First, The belief that Allaah is incarnated in `Alee or in any other being is sheer disbelief that excludes a person from Islaam. Likewise, the belief that any being other than Allaah (Glorified be He) can control the heavens and earth, is disbelief as well. Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Ruling on religious persecution in Islaam

Question: Does Islaam permit persecution on a religious basis? Bohras are Muslims who believe in all the teachings of Islaam and the Qur’aan. All Muslims should believe in the Qur’aan.

Answer: Islam does not permit persecution against true Muslims who are truthful in their faith and in following the Qur’aan and the guidance of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him. Moreover, doing so is prohibited and may be considered Kufr (disbelief)… read more here.

The leader of Bohras claiming he has the right to socially boycott those who object to him

Question: He claims that he has the right to announce repudiation and social boycott from those who object to these deeds.

Answer: If these are the traits of the senior scholar as is mentioned in the question, Bohras then he is not permitted to announce repudiation from those who object to what he commits of kinds of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

The leader of Bohras claiming he owns all Waqf properties

Question: The leader of Bohras, India, claims that he owns all the Waqf (endowments) properties and he will not be called to account for all the Sadaqah (voluntary charity). He was claimed to be Allaah on earth, by the late scholar, Taahir Sayf Al-Deen, during a case in the High Court of Bombay, who said that he has complete power over his followers.

Answer: What was mentioned in the question, regarding the claims of the leader of Bohras, that he owns all the Waqf properties, that he will not be called to account for all the Sadaqah, and that he is Allaah on earth, all these are false claims, whether they were made by him or by others… read more here.

The grand scholar of Bohras claims to be the overall controller of the soul and eemaan

Question: The grand scholar of Bohras claims to be the overall controller of the soul and faith – meaning, religious beliefs – on behalf of his followers.

Answer: If it is true that the grand scholar of Bohras claims to be as such, his claim is false. However, his claim denotes one of two possible meanings, both of which are false. First, by claiming that he is the controller of the souls and faith he might mean that the hearts and souls are controlled by him so that he directs them wherever he likes either guiding them to faith or leading them astray… read more here.

Bohras women kissing their leader’s hands and feet and those of his family

Question: It is a tradition for women to kiss the hands and feet of the leader of their sect. They even kiss the hands and feet of each one of his family members. Is it permissible in Islaam for women to touch the hands of these non-Mahram men?

Answer: Firstly, what you have mentioned in regards to women who belong to Bohras and kiss the hands and feet of their leader and each of his family members, is impermissible. There is no report affirming that this act was done to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or any of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs… read more here.

Prostrating to other than Allaah as Bohras do

Question: The chief scholar of Bohras urges his followers to prostrate before him each time they visit him. Was this a practice in the lifetime of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or the Rightly Guided Caliphs? A recent photo has been published of a man prostrating to the Chief scholar of Bohras in the well-known Pakistani newspaper “Man” on 6/10/1977. Find attached a photocopy of the issue.

Answer: Prostration is one of the acts of worship which Allaah has ordained His Servants to offer exclusively for Him, and a means by which a servant can draw closer to Allaah alone. Allaah (Glorified be He) stated… read more here.

The reality of the Iranian Shee`ah and confuting those who claim there is no true Muslim leader except Ayatollah Khomeini

Question: It is common in Nigeria that Muslim youth express their love of Ayatollah Khomeini and support for the Iranian Islaamic Revolution. These youth think that in today’s Muslim world, there is no state that applies Allaah’s Rulings except Iran and that there is no true Muslim leader except Ayatollah Khomeini. Now these views have started to spread widely in Nigeria. Therefore, we would like you to provide us with a sufficient explanation of the truth of the Iranian Shiites, the leader of their state Ayatollah Khomeini, and what he calls people to?Allaah Willing, we will translate this explanation into Hausa, our mother tongue, and into English so that we may get rid of these views, for every month the Republic of Iran sends many books to the Muslims of Nigeria. We appreciate your advice. May Allaah reward you well and bless you!

Answer: As to the claim that in today’s Muslim world Iran is the only state that abides by Allaah’s rules and that there is no true Muslim leader but Ayatollah Khomeini, it is sheer falsehood and a lie… read more here.

Ruling on the Imaamite Shee`ah sect in Islaam and its origin

Question: Is Imamite Sheeah an Islamic sect? Who is the founder? In fact, the Sheeah claim their sect is traceable back to `Alee. However, if the sect of the Shiites is not Islaamic, in what way will it be non-Islaamic? I hope Your Eminence graciously gives me a detailed account provided with valid evidence of the Shiite sect and their beliefs along with highlighting some innovative Islamic sects.

Answer: The fundamentals and secondary elements of the Imamite Sheeah </span>are Bidahs (innovations in religion)… read more here.

Ruling on the followers of Al-Imaamiyyah

Question: What is the ruling on the followers of Al-Imaamiyyah Al-Ithnaa Ashriyyah (the Twelve Imaamee Shiites), which is one of the Rafidee sects (Shiitic sects which openly reject the legitimacy of the Caliphs before `Alee ibn Aboo Taalib)? Is there a difference between the scholars of any deviant Muslim sect and its mere followers regarding being deemed as Kuffaar (disbelievers) or Faasiqoon (those who openly and flagrantly violate Islaamic law)?

Answer: Any person who follows one of the leaders of Kufr (disbelief) and misguidance and supports their chiefs and masters in oppression and enmity will receive their same ruling, that is, being deemed among the Kuffaar and Faasiqoon… read more here.

Claiming : `Alee is ranked as a prophet and Jibreel made a mistake

Question: What is the ruling on Shiites especially those who say that `Alee is ranked as a prophet and that Jibreel (Gabriel) (peace be upon him) mistakenly descended to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)?

Answer: Shiites have been divided into many sects. Whoever among them says that `Alee (may Allah be pleased with him) is ranked as a prophet and that Jibreel (Gabriel) (peace be upon him) mistakenly descended to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) counts as Kaafir (disbeliever)… read more here.

Difference between Sunnee (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) and Shee`ah

Question: Please clarify the differences between Sunnis and Shee`ah (Shi’ites) Which of them is the closest to the Sunnah?

Answer: The differences between Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) and the Shiites are major regarding Tawheed (Oneness of Allaah), Prophecy, Imaamah (leadership or governance) and more… read more here.

Are all the present Shiites Kuffaar, or just their Imaams or leaders?

Question: Are all the present Shiites Kuffaar (disbelievers) or just their Imaams?

Answer: Shiites nowadays have many sects. For more clarification on this issue, refer to the contemporary books written on deviant sects… read more here.

Scholars’ books on Shiite `Aqeedah and their details

Question: What is the Shiite `Aqeedah (creed)? Please clarify as much as possible.

Answer: Shiites have numerous sects, some are extremists and others are not. Hence, we recommend you read books written by scholars about their sects and the `Aqeedah (creed) of each… read more here.

Ruling on marrying from those who invoke Al-Hasan, Al-Husayn and `Alee apart from Allaah

Question: We are from a tribe living on the northern borders (of Saudi Arabia), and we mix with tribes from Iraq . Those people are idolatrous Shiites who worship shrines and call them Al-Hasan, Al-Husayn and Alee. When one of them stands up he says: OAlee, O Husayn. Some people from our tribe have intermarried with them and mix with them in all circumstances. We have tried to teach them but they do not listen. I do not have enough knowledge to teach them but I hate what they do, and I do not mix with them. I have heard that we cannot eat the meat of their sacrificed animals, but some people eat their meat and do not care. Could you please clarify this matter for us?

Answer: If the situation is as you have mentioned, and those people invoke `Alee, Al-Hasan and Al-Husayn, and the like, then they are committing major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), which takes them out of Islaam… read more here.

The slaughtered animals of those who invoke Al-Hasan, Al-Husayn and `Alee at times of adversity

Question: The person asking this question along with a group of people live at the northern borders close to the Iraqi centers. There is a Shiite community belonging to the Jafaree school of thought. Some people refuse to eat the meat of animals sacrificed by these Jafaree people. Others eat from it. We wonder if it is lawful to eat this meat or not taking into consideration that they invoke `Alee Al-Hasan, Al-Husayn, and their leaders in times of adversity or prosperity.

Answer: If the situation is as the questioner mentioned that the Shiites of the Jafaree </span>sect invoke<span id="ContentParagraph" class="HarfBody">Alee Al-Hasan, Al-Husayn, and their leaders, they are committing an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) and thus they are apostates… read more here.

Al-Ibaadiyyah is one of the deviant sects

Question: Is Al-Ibaadiyyah regarded as one of the deviant sects of Al-Khawaarij, and is it permissible to pray behind them?

Answer: Al-Ibadiyyah is one of the deviant sects because of their aggression and rebellion against Uthman ibnAffaan and `Alee (may Allaah be pleased with them both), and it is not permissible to pray behind them.… read more here.

The meaning of the Hadeeth: “During the last days, some young foolish people will appear”

Question: What is the meaning of the Hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) During the last days, some young foolish people who will say the best words will appear. Their faith will not go beyond their throats (i.e. they will have no faith) and will go out from (leave) Islaam as an arrow when launched from a bow. So, wherever you find them, kill them, for whoever kills them shall be rewarded on the Day of Resurrection.

Who is meant by this Hadeeth? Which time is the Messenger (peace be upon him) referring to in this Hadeeth?

Answer: In this Hadeeth, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) refers to the Al-Khawaarij. This is because they go to extremes in religion and declare Muslims to be disbelievers because of the sins they commit, which do not nullify faith… read more here.

Al-Habriyyah (Sufi order)

Question: What is the Sharee`ah ruling on the two Tareeqahs (Sufi orders) that are prevalent in Algeria called Al-Habriyyoon. They were named after their grand shaykh Al-Habree, who is beloved by them. They believe that they alone are on the right path while other Muslims are in error. Is this Tareeqah truthful?

Answer: The only sound and truthful order is that which was introduced by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and followed by his Companions. Thus, the one who follows his example will be on the right path. However, any order that was innovated after the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) are to be referred to the Sharee`ah. In this way they will be authorized if they are in line with the Sunnah… read more here.

The Naqshabandiyyah Order

Question: I am seeking knowledge and Eemaan (Faith) that may please Allaah and His Messenger (peace be upon him). Which Islaamic books would you advise me to read to strengthen me, especially nowadays when there are many books that contain doubtful matters and falsehoods about the Deen (religion)?

Secondly: What is the ruling, in your understanding, on the Sufi Tareeqahs (orders) in general, and the Naqshabandiyyah order in particular?

Answer: Firstly, You should devote your attention to the Qur’aan, reciting it regularly and contemplating its meanings, as the Qur’aan is the root of all that is good. You should then attend to the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). We recommend the following books on Tawheed (monotheism)… read more here.

Ruling on reading the virtues of Shaykh Abdul-Qaadir

Question: What is the ruling concerning gathering one’s neighbours to read the virtues of Shaykh Abdul-Qaadir, believing that this leads to the love of Awliyaa (pious people), then offering a feast honoring the guests acting upon the Hadeeth which reads: “He who believes in Allaah and the Last Day should show hospitality to his guest.” What is the ruling on that? Is it Haraam (prohibited) or Makrooh (disliked) or Sunnah (a commendable act as done by the Prophet)?

Answer: Love of the Awliyaa’ of Allaah and honoring a guest are among the most outstanding virtues of Shari`ah and exhorted by the Qur’aan and the Sunnah… read more here.

Excessiveness of the Qaadiriyyah Order

Question: The questioner would like to be given a general idea about the Qaadiriyyah Tareeqah (Sufi order). He read one of the Qaadiriyyah books: “Al-Fiyudat Al-Rabbaaniyyah fi Al-Ma’athir wa Al-Awrad Al-Qaadiriyyah”, and saw a poem including some of the claims and feats performed by the shaykh of this Tareeqah. He asks if what is said in this poem is true or untrue.

The questioner sent the poem along with his question to ask for a general Fatwaa (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) on it.

Answer: The poem that was sent by the questioner shows that the one who wrote it was ignorant, as the things that he ascribes to himself are Kufr (disbelief) and misguidance. He claims that all the scholars’ knowledge has been derived from his knowledge and is part of him… read more here.

The so-called Salaat Al-Faatih

Question: The Al-Teejaaniyyah sect has their own supplication called Salaat Al-Faatih, which they consider to be better than reciting the Qur’aan. Is this true? Moreover, on Friday before Maghrib (Sunset) Salaah and after Subh (Dawn) Salaah, they circle around a piece of cloth on which, they claim, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and Ahmad Al-Teejaanee sit. During such times they recite the supplication called Salaat Al-Faatih. Please, provide evidence and clarify if this practice is proper.

Answer: All their claims are false. Moreover, their deeds are null and void and are considered to be Bid’ahs (rejected innovation in religion)… read more here.

Ruling on the Wirds of Al-Teejaaniyyah, Al-Qaadiriyyah and others

Question: What is the ruling on the Wird (sayings recited with consistency) of the Teejaaniyyah, Qaadiriyyah and other Sufi Tareeqahs (orders)?

Answer: Their Wirds are full of the Bid`ah (rejected innovations in religion) and innovated Thikr (Remembrances of Allaah) like other Sufi orders. It is better for Muslims to take Wird for themselves… read more here.

 

Does the Shirk mentioned in the Aayah: “And do not marry Al-Mushrikaat till they believe” include those who follow some Tareeqahs such as Al-Teejaaniyyah

Question: Does the Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) mentioned in the Aayah (Qur’anic verse) And do not marry Al-Mushrikaat (idolatresses, etc.) till they believe (worship Allaah Alone). Include those who follow some Tareeqahs (Sufi orders) such as, Al-Tijaniyyah, Al-Qaadiriyyah, those who wear amulets containing Aayaat from the Qur’aan, and Muslims who follow idolatry traditions?

Answer: Shirk mentioned in this Aayah includes those who seek the help of jinn, the dead and the absent instead of Allaah and those who wear amulets containing anything other than the Qur’aan seeking its benefit and recovery from illness… read more here.

 

Ruling on the recitation of Al-Teejaaniyyah and Al-Qaadiriyyah and praying behind their followers

Question: What is the ruling on reciting the utterances said on a regular basis by Al-Teejaaniyyah and Al-Qaadiriyyah Tareeqahs (Sufi orders)? And what is the ruling on whoever recites them till death? Is it permissible to perform Salaah (Prayer) behind such a person and is it permissible to offer the funeral prayer for them after their death? Appreciate your guidance, may Allaah guide you.

Answer: The utterances said on a regular basis by Al-Teejaaniyyah and Al-Qaadiriyyah is full of superstitions and Bid`ahs (rejected innovation in religion) that lead to Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), such as seeking help from people other than Allaah and the kinds of Thikr that are not derived from the Qur’aan or the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)… read more here.

 

Ruling on the Imamate of a follower of Al-Teejaaniyyah and praying behind them

Question: In our village, there is an Imaam who follows Al-Teejaaniyyah Tareeqah (Sufi order). The followers of this Tareeqah receive the wird (sequence of devotional phrases to be repeated at certain times) from the Muqaddam (representative of the order). It is to be pronounced in a loud voice inside the Masjid (mosque) while sitting in a circle, in the middle of which there is a white cloth.

This wird is called Al-Hilaalah and it is repeated everyday after Fajr (morning) and Asr (afternoon) prayers. There is another wird called Al-Wazhifah, which is to be said afterAsr (afternoon) prayer on Friday. This wird ends by saying Al-hamdu lillah [All praise is due to Allaah] and other forms of Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah).

After preparing for the burial of one of its followers who has died, they put the deceased in the middle of a circle and recite Al-Wazheefah over them. They say while carrying them to the grave, “Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah (there is no god but Allaah)” in a very loud voice.They place the deceased in the grave while saying Salaat-ul-Faatih (Remembrance from the Teejaaniyyah order). This Imam collects money from the poor and the rich people and gives them to the shaykh at his Zawiyah (Sufi lodge). He praises Shaykh Ahmad Al-Teejaanee with those who praise him by swaying and tottering.

In addition, he goes around the grave of Sidi Al-Hajj in Admasin and supplicates to him to fulfill people’s needs. He also gives Fadwat-ul-Ikhals, a type of redemption which is said to save its giver from sins on the Day of Resurrection. The Imams are entitled to grant it only to the followers of the Tareeqah. It usually costs 800 Algerian Dinar or more to obtain it. Is it permissible for such person to lead the Salaah? Is a congregational Salaah that he leads valid?

Answer: Al-Teejaaniyyah Order is one of the worst sects in terms of deviation and misguidance and propagation of Bid`ahs (innovations in religion) which are sanctioned neither by Allaah (Glorified be He) nor by His Messenger. It is not permissible to pray behind an Imam who follows this Tareeqah for Salaah behind him is invalid… read more here.

 

Ruling on abandoning the Masjid controlled by Al-Teejaaniyyah followers

Question: There is a village with a relatively large population. It has a spacious Masjid (mosque) where a group of righteous people offers the five congregational Salaahs, for it is the only Masjid in the village. Despite its being able to accommodate a large number of people, it is always vacant as not all villagers maintain the congregational Salaah there, except for few righteous people.

This dedicated group has seceded from the villagers and admonished them about their Bid`ah (innovation in religion), to say nothing of their differences and negligence in performing their religious obligations incompletely and incorrectly. These villagers adhere to the Teejaaniyyah Sufi order.

The small (righteous) group has decided to abandon congregational Salaah behind the Imaam of the village, who is not qualified to lead because he adheres to the villagers’ corrupt Teejaanee creed and encourages their well-known polytheistic gatherings wherein they go beyond the boundaries by deifying the Prophet (peace be upon him).

As a result, the new group decided to build a Masjid that is not far from the first one where they can teach their followers the principles of Tawheed (Oneness of Allaah), sound Aqeedah (creed), and warn them against Bidah and superstitions. Many young men among the Teejaanee have now joined the new group which the villagers accuse of being mavericks.

They claim that the new Masjid is “Masjid Diraar” (established by way of harm), even though the group has a Shaykh who graduated from Al-Zaytunah (University) and specialized in Malikee Fiqh (Malik’s School of Jurisprudence). What is the ruling on this newly established Masjid? Can it be branded as “Masjid Dirar”?

What is the ruling on resisting the Tijanee’s? What degree of Imaan (Faith) do they have? Is it permissible for a student of knowledge to try and rectify this deviant Teejaanee sect from within their Masjid, while keeping away from the other group that follows the Truth to avoid Fitnah (temptation/trial/sedition) resulting from the establishment of the new Masjid? Should a student of knowledge stand with the minority righteous party and leave the others?

Answer: First: If the situation is as mentioned – that is, the only Masjid in the village is controlled by followers of the Teejaaniyyah Sufi order who practice Bid`ah and superstitions, and that the righteous group has resisted their acts, but they have not responded; resulting in the righteous group leaving to establish a Masjid to offer prayers in …Etc. Then, this Masjid is not Diraar… read more here.

 

Ruling on praying behind an Imaam who adheres to Bid`ah and follows Al-Teejaaniyyah

Question: Scholars have expressed conflicting views on offering Salaah while being led by imaams who adhere to Bidah (rejected innovations in religion) or who follow Tareeqahs (Sufi orders), especially the followers of Al-Teejaaniyyah order. Perusing the treatise composed by ShaykhAbdul-Rahmaan Ibn Yoosuf Al-Ifriqee (may Allaah show mercy to him), who was later the chairman of Daarul-Hadeeth in Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah entitled “Al-Anwarul-Rahmaaniyyah fi Hidaayat Al-Firqah Al-Teejaaniyyah”, I came to know that the followers of this order, may Allah guide them to the right path, hold false beliefs. I also learnt that they are closer to Shirk and error than to faith, belief in the Qur’aan and following the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

Consequently, is it permissible to offer Salaah while being led by an Imam who is a follower of Al-Teejaaniyyah order? If your answer is in the negative, is a Muslim permitted to perform Salaah with his family at home when all the imaams of the Masjids (mosques) in his town adhere to Bidah? Furthermore,is it permissible to offer a second congregational Salaah in the same Masjid after the one that is led by the Imam who adheres to Bidah and the followers of Al-Teejaaniyyah order finishes? My concern is that this might lead to confusion and disunity among the Muslims.

Answer: Al-Teejaaniyyah Order is one of the most disbelieving and erroneous sects. Moreover, they are one of the most straying sects who innovate in religion things for which Allaah (Exalted be He) has given no permission… read more here.

Introducing Ahmad Al-Teejaanee, his Tareeqah, beliefs and the Sharee`ah ruling on his followers

Question: What is your opinion concerning Al-Teejaniyyah Tareeqah (Sufi order) and seeing the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in wakefulness?

Answer: Al-Teejaaniyyah is one of the most disbelieving, misguided and innovative Tareeqahs. The Permanent committee has been asked before regarding this Tareeqah, and wrote a research paper detailing a lot of their Bid`ahs (rejected innovation in religion) and falsehoods… read more here.

Ruling on reading poems after Khatmah

Question: I hope that your esteemed committee will read the poem submitted to you. This poem is a versified Du‘aa’ (supplication) and is recited after Khatmah (completing of one reading of the whole Qur’aan). I request for a Fatwaa regarding this issue, for I find no one in my country who can give me convincing proof. Would you please give your legal ruling on the permissibility of this Du‘a’?

Answer: First of all, it is not permissible to recite any poem after Khatmah. This applies to the poem in question as well as any other… read more here.

Ruling on saying the Wirds of Al-Qaadyaaniyyah and Al-Teejaaniyyah

Question: What is the ruling on Wirds (portions of Qur’aan recited with consistency) said on a regular basis by Walee’s and the pious such as those adopted by Al-Qaadyaaniyyah, Al-Teejaaniyyah and other Sufi orders? Is it permissible to recite such utterances regularly? What is the ruling on the Sufi Book entitled Dalaa’il Al-Khayraat?

Answer: First, The Qur’an and the Sunnah contain the permissible Athkaar (mentioning Allaah). Some scholars collected these Athkaar such as; Al-Nawawee in his book Al-Athkaar, Ibn Al-Sunnee in his book `Amal Al-Yawm Wal Laylah, and Ibn Al-Qayyim in his book Al-Waabil Al-Sayyib. The books of Sunnah contain specific chapters about supplications and you should refer to them… read more here.

Ruling on reading the Wird of Al-Teejaaniyyah and worshipping Allaah through it

Question: Is it permissible to read the Wird (portions of Qur’aan recited with consistency) of Al-Teejaaniyyah order on a regular basis and worshiping Allaah through it or not?

Answer: Al-Teejaaniyyah order is an abominable Bid`ah (innovation in religion) which contradicts the guidance and Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him). Some of these utterances lead to Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) and takes whoever believes in it out of Islaam, may Allaah protect us… read more here.

Ruling on the Wird of Al-Teejaaniyyah order

Question: What is the difference between the Muslims and Al-Ahmadiyyeen ?

Answer: The Islaamic Shareeah enjoins Muslims to perform Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) and encourages it greatly. The Shareeah explains that Thikr revives souls and relieves hearts. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: O you who believe! Remember Allaah with much remembrance. And glorify His Praises morning and afternoon [the early morning (Fajr) and ‘Asr prayers].Allaah also says: Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allaah – Islaamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allaah: verily, in the remembrance of Allaah do hearts find rest.… read more here.