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.

 

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