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.

Seeking help from and making vows to the Awliyaa’

Question: What is the ruling on seeking help from the Awliyaa’ (pious people), offering vows to them, considering them intercessors with Allaah, making Tawaaf (circumambulation) around their graves, seeking blessings from the stones thereof, and shading them ?

Answer: Seeking the Awliyaa’s help at their graves, vowing to them or considering them intercessors to Allaah and asking them to do so is Shirk Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah) that drives a person away from Islam and admits them permanently into Hellfire if they die while believing in this… read more here.

Vowing to offer lawful food or animals for the sake of other than Allaah

Question: Making vows for other than Allaah is void. However, is it valid, for instance, to vow a sheep for Shaykh Muhyee Al-Deen or `Abdul-Qaadir Al-Jeelaanee and then give the meat to the poor, claiming that the Shaykh receives the reward and so he blesses whoever made the vow? If not, is it lawful to eat the meat of these vowed sheep? Does this fall under the saying of Allaah, …and that on which Allaah’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering, (that which has been slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allaah because the vowed animal is Taahir (purified)? Can that Taahir animal be unlawful because of a void vow?

Answer: First of all, vowing and slaughtering are acts of `Ibaadah (worship) that should not be offered to other than Allaah (Exalted be He). Whoever vows or slaughters for other than Allaah commits Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.