Innovations during the 17th night of Ramadaan

Question: Some People recite the birth story of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and Soorah Yaaseen and Soorah Al-Faatihah, dedicating them to those who were martyred in the Battle of Badr on the 17th day of Ramadaan. They gather in the Hanafee Masjid and supplicate to Allaah for their sake. They also recite the birth story of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), Soorah Yaaseen and Soorah Al-Faatihah then make supplication. Is doing so sanctioned by Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law) or not? Please, show us the truth about this matter with citing evidence! May Allaah reward you!

Answer: Texts of Sharee‘ah denote the sublimity of the status of our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and his lofty position. He is the Khaleel (close friend) of Allaah and His most beloved one. He is the last of Allaah’s Messengers and the best of all His creatures. They also indicate that none will truly believe until his love for Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is superior to his love for himself, parents, children and all mankind. There is no other Shar‘ (law) except that with which he was sent and he conveyed to his Ummah (nation). Allaah did not take his soul except after religion was completed and the grace of Allaah upon His servants was perfected… read more here.

Allocating specific Thikr for a certain day in the name of Salafiyyah

Question: Some brothers in Pakistan claim that they are Salafee Muslims (those acting upon the views of Salaf [righteous predecessors]) but they always hold sessions for Dhikr (Remembrance of Allaah) on Thursdays after the `Asr (afternoon) Prayers. They think the time after `Asr Prayer is a suitable time, if not the most suitable time, for Thikr. As to the manner in which they perform Dhikr (Remembrance of Allaah), it is as follows: One of them sits in front of the group and starts saying “Allaah” in a loud voice.

Other people repeat after him in a lower voice. Then he says, “Subhaan Allaah” (Glory be to Allaah) or “Al-Hamdu-lillaah” (Praise be to Allaah), and so on, and they repeat after him. These brothers think that in this way they are purifying their souls. They quote some of the Ahaadeeth that encourage holding sessions of Thikr to justify this practice. What is the ruling on them?

Answer: If the case is as you have mentioned, these people are not Salafees’. Their practice does not belong to Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) either. In fact they are committing Bid`ah (innovation in religion)… read more here.

Ruling on making Thikr loudly while swaying

Question: What is the ruling on those who make Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) in unison and raise their voices while jumping and swaying from side to side?

Answer: It is not permissible to do this, for this way is Bid`ah (innovation in religion). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said… read more here.

Ruling on saying Thikr collectively between Taraaweeh prayers

Question: In Ramadan We find people in some Masjids (mosques) who invoke Allaah’s peace and blessings upon the Prophet, the Rightly-Guided Caliphs, the Mothers of the Believers, and the Ten Sahaabah (Companions) given the glad tidings of entering Jannah (Paradise) loudly in congregation. They do this following each two Rak`ahs (units of Prayer) of Taraaweeh (special supererogatory night Prayer in Ramadaan) in a specific order known to them. What is the ruling on this? How many Rak`ahs are there in Taraaweeh prayer? When is it performed? Is it performed on the night of the first or the second day of Ramadaan? What is the ruling on some Imaams reciting half an Aayah, one, or two short Aayaat in Taraaweeh and Maghrib prayer especially in Ramadaan?

Answer: Dhikr (Remembrance of Allaah) and invoking Allaah’s peace and blessings upon the Prophet in congregation after Fard (obligatory) or Nafilah (supererogatory) prayer, or following each two Rak`ahs of Taraaweeh is Bid`ah (innovation in religion)… read more here.

Reciting Al-Faatihah after Du`aa’

Question: Did the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) recite Al-Faatihah after Du`aa’ (supplication)?

Answer: It is not reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him be upon him) used to recite Al-Faatihah after du`aa’, as far as we know. So, this is an act of Bid`ah (innovation in religion)… read more here.

Reciting selected lines of poetry after Friday Salaah

Question: After every Friday Prayer, people in our country recite the following lines of poetry. Is this permissible?

These lines read:
O Lord, I deserve not in Paradise to dwell
Nor can I endure the fire of Hell
So may you my repentance accept and my sins obliterate
For indeed You forgive sins, no matter how great.

Answer: A Muslim is allowed to make Du`aa’ (supplication) and to beseech Allaah humbly at any time and in all circumstances. Allaah (Exalted be He) stated… read more here.

Ruling on reciting Al-Faatihah for the dead and otherwise

Question: Some people may say, “Let’s recite Al-Faatihah for the soul of so-and-so!” or “Let’s recite Al-Faatihah for Allaah to make such-and-such work easy for us!” People then start reciting Al-Faatihah. Besides, a person may say, “Let’s recite Al-Faatihah” after he finishes reciting the Qur’aan. The listeners then start reciting Al-Faatihah. Also it is a habit of some people to recite Al-Faatihah as a betrothal ceremony. What is the ruling on all these deeds?

Answer: Reciting Al-Faatihah by the listeners after invoking Allaah, reciting the Qur’aan or as a betrothal ceremony is a Bid`ah (innovation in religion). None of these deeds is authentically reported from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or any of his Sahaabah (Companions) (may Allaah be pleased with them)… read more here.

Desirability of observing the Sharee`ah way of Thikr

Question: What is the ruling on saying any formula of Thikr (remembrance of Allaah) in a specific number of times? How can it be impermissible while there are the two following Hadeeth: If anyone invokes blessings on me once on Friday, Allaah will bless them ten times, and whoever invokes blessings on me ten times, Allaah will bless them one hundred times and Whoever says: ‘There is none worthy of worship (in truth) but Allaah. He is alone, Who has no partner. To Him belongs the sovereignty and to Him praise is due. He gives life and causes death and He is Potent over everything,’ a hundred times every day, they will get the reward of emancipating one thousand persons from the progeny of Ismaa`eel (Ishmael) ?

Answer: It is desirable to say the formulae of Thikr for a specific number of times, if this is stated in the Share`ah (Islaamic law). Regarding the formulae of Thikr for which there is no mention of a specific number of times, it is permissible to say them without being bound by a specific number. Accordingly, this permissibility does not contradict the authenticity of the Ahaadeeth mentioned above… read more here.

Repetition of the phrase: “Yaa Lateef”

Question: There is a group of people in our Masjid (mosque) who always repeat the phrase “Yaa Lateef” (O Most Kind and Gentle) 122 times after reciting Allaah’s Noble Names. Is this valid?

Answer: This is impermissible, because this has not been reported from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), who stated in an authentic Hadeeth… read more here.

Swaying while saying Dhikr

Question: Some people in Egypt and its rural areas say Thikr (remembrance of Allaah) collectively while swaying. Does this act have an origin in Islaam?

Answer: This act has no origin in Islaam. Rather, it is a Bid`ah (innovation in religion), which contradicts the Sharee`ah (Islaamic law)… read more here.

Making Thikr collectively and reciting the entire Qur’aan together in one voice

Question: What is the ruling on making Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) collectively in one voice as done by the followers of Sufi orders in Al-Hadrah (A Sufi session of Thikr) or as called in Morocco, Al-`Imaarah, and the collective recitation of the Qur’aan in one voice in Masaajid (mosques), houses and celebrations.

Answer: Making collective Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah), reciting the entire Qur’aan together in Al-Hadrah (Sufi session of Thikr) and reciting the entire Qur’aan in one voice in the Masaajid (mosques), houses, celebrations, and funerals, all have no origin in the Sharee`ah… read more here.

Assigning someone to recite the daily Wird of the morning and the evening

Question: When some Muslim brothers set out on a journey or to perform `Umrah, they ask one of them to recite the Wird (portion recited with consistency) of the morning and the evening reported from the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), while the rest of the group listen to him. What is the ruling on this?

Answer: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to say certain forms of Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) and Du`aa’ (supplication) through which he supplicated to Allaah every night and day in private… read more here.

Ruling on reciting the Qur’aan collectively and in unison on Friday before the Imaam enters

Question: What is the ruling on reciting the Qur’aan collectively and in unison on Friday before the Imam enters the masjid?

Answer: This is impermissible, and confining this to Friday before the Imaam’s entry is introducing a Bid`ah (innovation in religion)… read more here.

Ruling on reciting the Qur’aan collectively and in unison after the prayer

Question: Some Moroccans are accustomed to reciting the Qur’aan collectively after Fajr (Dawn) Prayer and Maghrib (Sunset) Prayer. Is this an act of Bid`ah (innovation in religion)?

Answer: Indeed, the regular custom of reciting Qur’aan collectively after Fajr (Dawn) Prayer and Maghrib (Sunset) Prayer or after any other prayer is an act of Bid`ah… read more here.

Gathering for reciting the Qur’aan

Question: What is your opinion (may Allaah safeguard you) of a man who gathers a number of people in his house to recite some verses of the Qur’aan, supplicate Allaah (Exalted be He) for themselves and for all Muslims, eat food that he prepared beforehand then depart?

At the same time, the person who invites, distributes separate parts of the Qur’aan to his guests so that once each person finishes his part, having thus finished the whole Qur’aan, one of them supplicates Allaah (Exalted be He) for themselves and for all the Muslims. By doing so, they consider that they have recited the whole Qur’aan seeking the blessing thereof.

Answer: First, gathering to recite and learn the Qur’aan by having someone to recite while others listen to it, mutually studying and trying to understand the meanings of it, is permissible… read more here.

Books free from Bid`ahs and warning against Bid`ah-tinged Tareeqah

Question: First: We live in a village called Baqur in Aboo Tij town, Asyut Governorate. We live in worry due to the innovation of new matters that are far from religion. We would like a decisive answer for the things that have been innovated to avoid indulging in them, to apply the principles of Islaam with deep insight and to reject Bid`ahs (innovations in religion). What are the books that point out these matters for us? May Allaah guide you and us to goodness and guidance!

We are young men who are keen to know our religion in spite of what we find of obstinacy and stubbornness of our fathers who have become busy with material life and neglect their religion. What are the recommended books that are free from Bid`ahs, and what are the means to help guide us to the truth? Moreover, our parents deprived us of our allowance due to our religious behavior. They do so because we deny their ignorance and innovation in religion. We would like you to give us a list of useful books so that we can buy some of them and worship Allaah with deep insight and knowledge. Are there weak and fabricated Ahaadeeth? How can we know these kinds of Ahaadeeth especially if they are circulated among some Imaams?

What is the reality of the Tareeqahs (Sufi orders) we have like Al-Shaadhooliyyah, Al-Ahmadiyyah, Al-Sa`diyyah, Al-Burhaaniyyah and the like? How can we refute their allegations? What books are considered to be decisive in this regard? Are they following the truth as they claim?

We find that some Imaams follow a juristic school that is different from others. Differences among them usually end in quarrel that leads some of the worshippers to give up prayer. We would like a decisive answer in this regard. Can we follow only one of these juristic schools? How can we bring about agreement between these juristic schools in order to restore order?

Some of them may insult the Qur’aan by interpreting some Aayaah (verses) according to their desires and whims in order to mislead people. They interpret, for example, Allaah’s saying in Soorah Al-‘Imraan: Those who remember Allaah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides as those who offer Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) while dancing and swaying to their left and right sides humming unknown words and saying: “Alla Hayy” and other things. Moreover, they permit birth control, women’s singing and praising the Messenger of Allaah by using musical instruments. We would like you to guide us to the truth in matters of our religion in order to refute the claims of those who innovate in matters of their religion.

Answer: Firstly: You did not mention the Bid’ahs you want to ask us about in order to answer you. We would like to bring to your attention a great rule concerning acts of worship. The basis of all acts of worship is that you should not do them unless there is evidence that denotes them. A person should not say that this worship is legal according to its origin, number, or manner except with legal proof for it.… read more here.

Two Ahaadeeth: “Whoever innovates anything in this matter” and “Whoever introduces some good practice”

Question: I would like Your Eminence to explain the two Ahaadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), in detail: Whoever innovates anything in this matter of ours (Islaam) which is not a part of it will have it rejected and Whoever introduces some good practice in Islaam which is followed after him (by people) will be assured of reward like one who follows it (until the Day of the Resurrection)…”


Answer: The first Hadeeth means that when someone introduces a Bid`ah (innovation in religion) to be counterpart to what Allaah has legislated, it will not be accepted and he will be a sinner.… read more here.

Ruling on making Thikr and reciting Aayatul-Kursee loudly after Salaah

Question: In Damascus, at one of its Masaajid (mosques), after every obligatory Salaah, a person is entrusted with reciting Aayat-ul-Kursee (the Qur’aanic Verse of the Throne, Soorah Al-Baqarah, 2:255) loudly, Soorah Al-Ikhlaas (112) and Muawwidhatayn (Soorah Al-Falaq and Al-Naas). Once this person finishes the recitation, every one who offered Salaah re-recites Aayat-ul-Kursee and the Muawwidhatayn altogether.

Is the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) reported to have done so, or is it a Bid`ah (innovation in religion)?

Knowing that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is authentically reported to have recited Aayat-ul-Kursee and the Mu`awwidhatayn after Salaah, should I do as they do and do this regularly?

Is it permissible for a person who is offering obligatory Salaah to recite Aayat-ul-Kursee or other verses loudly with the intention of teaching those who do not know how to recite Aayat-ul-Kursee and the Mu`awwidhatayn?

Answer: It is impermissible for a certain person who is offering Salaah or for all of those offering Salaah to recite the above-mentioned verses after the Salaah loudly; not even with the intention of teaching.… read more here.

Good and evil Bid`ah

Question: Some of my colleagues said: “Bidah (innovation in religion) falls into two categories. The first is a good one and a person can work accordingly. The second is the evil one." I believe that this division is invalid relying on the Hadeeth that says: <img src="" align="middle" border="0" /><a name="Themostevilofaffairsarenovelties;"></a><span id="ContentParagraph" class="HarfBody">The most evil of affairs are novelties; every novelty is a Bidah (innovation in religion); every Bid`ah is misguidance; and every misguidance is in Hellfire. What is the viewpoint of jurists and Imams of Islaam concerning this point in light of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah?

Answer: This explanation is not valid because of the general meaning of the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him): The most evil affairs are their novelties; and every innovation is an error. This Hadeeth was reported by Muslim in his Saheh. There are many Ahaadeeth in this topic that denote the same meaning.… read more here.

Is Dammah, Fathah and Kasrah considered to be Bid`ah in the Qur’aan?

Question: How many types of Bid‘ah (innovation in religion) are there? Is every Bid‘ah misguidance? If yes, are the diacritical marks used in the writing of the Qur’aan, such as Dammah (a small curl-like diacritic standing for the short vowel /u/), Fathah (a small diagonal line placed above a letter to stand for the short vowel /a/), Kasrah (a small diagonal line placed below a letter to stand for the short vowel /i/), Sukoon (a circle-shaped diacritic placed above a letter with no vowel), Nuqtah (dots and diereses placed above and below Arabic letters to distinguish between them) or Nabrah (a carrier on which the letter Hamzah is placed in cases of Kasr) an act of Bid‘ah, as the Qur’aan was written during the lifetime of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) without any diacritical marks? Is the writing of these marks an act of Bid‘ah? Is this Bid‘ah a deviation from what is right?

Answer: Bid‘ah (i.e. An invented or newly introduced thing) is divided into Bid‘ah in religion and ordinary Bid‘ah. The ordinary Bid‘ah includes all newly manufactured products and inventions… read more here.

Rejected and accepted Bid`ah

Question: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Whoever introduces in our matter i.e. religion, things extraneous to it, will be rejected. Does Allaah reject all acts of a Mubtadi(one who introduces rejected innovations in religion) or only the acts of the Bidah (innovation in religion)?

Answer: Some Bidahs are incongruous with the fundamental articles of Islaam. Others are related to the descriptive manner of acts of worship. A third type of Bidah involves the introduction of unsanctioned practices… read more here.

Meaning and types of Bid`ah

Question: We would like you to explain the meaning and types of Bid’ah (innovation in religion) in detail for us.

Answer: Bid’ah is an act of worship that was not legislated by Allaah such as celebrating the birth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), Israa’ (Night Journey), and Mi’raaj (Ascension to Heaven) and the raising of the Mu’ath-thiin’s (caller to Prayer) voice in offering peace and blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) after pronouncing Athaan (call to prayer) and the like… read more here.

Someone who recites the Qur’aan over the dead before and after burial, and does Talqeen to dead

Question: What is the ruling on a person who persists in committing Bid`ahs (innovations in religion) like reciting Qur’aan over the dead before and after burial, slaughtering a sheep to prepare food for the attendees of the funeral, reciting the supplication of Al-Qadiriyyah Order “O Allaah, for the sake of Ahmad’s honor, facilitate our mission!”, burning incense in their gatherings, reciting Tahleel (saying: “Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah [There is no god except Allaah]”) while walking in the funeral procession. They also practice Talqeen to the dead (standing by their grave in an attempt to remind them to say: “Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah”)? Consequently, Fitnah (hostile divisions) arises due to people’s rejection of the acts of Sunnah which contradict their desires.

Some scholars say that people who commit these Bidahs are disbelievers, as they do not abide by the Prophet's warning against Bidahs. Other scholars view that those people are sinners, but are not taken out of Islaam.

Answer: Bidahs are not all equal in evil. Some Bidahs represent sins that are lesser than Kufr (disbelief). For example reciting the Qur’aan over the dead before or after their burial and slaughtering a sheep to prepare food for the attendees of the funeral are Bidahs. Reciting Tahleel while walking in the funeral procession and Talqeen to the dead person at the grave are Bidahs… read more here.

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.

What are the Bidd`ah that if a person avoids they will be saved from punishment?

Question 450: As Bidd`ahs (innovations in religion) spread nowadays; what are the Bidd`ahs that if a person avoids they will be saved from punishment in the Hereafter?Provide us with your beneficial answer please. May Allaah reward you with the best.

Answer: The word “Bidd`ahs” is a plural of “Bidd`ah” which refers to something that is innovated in Deen (religion). Muslims have to avoid Bidd`ahs and beware of them for the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, Anyone who does an action which is not stated in this matter of ours (Islaam) will have it rejected. He (peace be upon him) also said, Avoid novelties [in religion], for every novelty is a Bidd`ah, and every Bidd`ah is deviation.... read more here.

The grave worshippers claim that they call dead only to bring them near to Allaah

Question: What about the questioner’s saying that such worshippers claimed that they worshipped them only to bring them near to Allaah, thus acknowledging their worship of them, while the latter (group) claimed that they did not worship them but only sought their blessings?

Answer: Consideration is given to facts and meaning and not to words. Thus, if they say that they do not worship them but rather seek their blessings, it would not avail them as long as they perform the practices of the Mushriks preceding them, even if they do not call it worship (as they call it seeking their intercession or blessings). Seeking other than Allaah and invoking the dead, the prophets, and the righteous, and offering sacrifices to them, prostrating to or calling for their help – are all acts of worship, even if they call it service or anything else, since what count are facts and not names, as explained above… read more here.

Are Qubooriyyoon (grave worshippers) Mushriks, although they only seek blessings through them?

Question: It is said that the early Mushriks (those who associate others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) admitted that they worshipped their gods only to bring them near to Allaah. They were in fact idol worshippers, so how can you declare those you call Qubooriyyoon (i.e.) grave worshippers, to be Mushriks although they do not worship idols or claim that the dead should be worshipped, but they only seek blessings through them?

Answer: Worship is not defined through people’s views but it is determined through Allaah’s Judgment (Glorified and Exalted be He). The early Mushriks are divided into different categories, such as those who worshipped idols, those who worshipped prophets, those who worshipped righteous people, those who worshipped trees, those who worshipped stones, and those who worshipped other things. Thus, they are not on an equal level. However, Allaah declared them all to be disbelievers until they enter His Religion and worship Him Alone. He (Exalted be He) says: Nor would he order you to take angels and Prophets for lords (gods). Would he order you to disbelieve after you have submitted to Allaah’s Will? (Tafseer al-Tabaree). Thus, He declared those who worship the prophets and angels disbelievers if they do not submit to what is right. Moreover, it is well known thatthe people of Al-Ta’eef worshipped Al-Laat, who was a righteous man. However, Allah declared them to be disbelievers until they entered Islaam. Likewise, the Christians would worship the Messiah (Jesus) and his mother, while he was a Prophet and his mother was a Siddeeqah [i.e. she believed in the Words of Allaah and His Books], and in turn they (Christians) were declared disbelievers. The same applies to the Jews who worshipped their rabbis and their monks and worshipped ‘Uzayr (Ezra) claiming that he was the son of the Lord, and in turn they became disbelievers… read more here.

Islaamic unity, Sufi groups, spread of Bid`ahs and misguidance, and the duties of Ahl-al-Sunnah towards them

Al-Tadamun Al-Islami Magazine had the honor of making interview with His Excellency, Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz, Chairman of the Departments of Scholarly Research, Iftaa’, Da`wah, and Guidance.

His Excellency, Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz was one of the scholars of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islaamic Ummah (nation based on one creed). He is a remarkable authority in Islaamic education and one of the great figures of the Islaamic thought in this age. Moreover, he exerted great efforts in promulgating the pure Islaamic creed, removing the misconceptions, spreading the Islaamic Da`wah (Call) all over the world.

His Excellency kindly answered the questions of the reporter of Al-Tadamun Al-Islami Magazine about many issues that concern the Islamic Ummah.

Following is the account of this view:

The issue of Al-Quds and Afghanistan:

Talking about the impact of Islamic conferences and meetings headed by his Excellency on the Islaamic work, Islamic creed, and on particular the Islamic awakening, he said:

In the Name of Allaah, the All-Merciful, the Ever-Merciful. May the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon Allaah’s Messenger, and upon all his family and Companions.

We gather in these meetings with fellow Muslims working for the sake of Islaam and Islaamic scholars and intellectuals from all the countries of the world. Through these meetings, we wish welfare and prosperity for Muslims as such meetings are for the sake of Islaam and its followers.

Among the most important of these meetings is that of the members of the founding council of the Muslim World League, which is being held these days for the sake of discussing the issues concerning the Muslims and exerting every possible effort in an attempt to illustrate and bring about sound solutions, in the hope that they might benefit the Muslims and solve their problems.

The most important issue that concerns the Muslims is the issue of the Middle East. It is a chronic issue and the issue of Palestine and Al-Quds (Jerusalem). The late events of Lebanon took place at the hands of the enemies of Allaah from the Jews, and the struggle among the Lebanese themselves, made things even worse and aggravated the catastrophe.

The future is for the Mujaahids:

The founding council of the Muslim World League pays great attention to these two issues, about which they issued resolutions and recommendations that they deemed appropriate. I ask Allaah (Exalted be He) to benefit the Muslims through this.

Another issue that concerns the Muslims is that of the ongoing war between the Afghani Mujaahids (those fighting in the Cause of Allaah) and the hireling communist government in Kabul.

This Jihaad (fighting or striving in the Cause of Allah) undoubtedly concerns all the Muslims. Thanks to Allaah, the realities augur well and the victories of the Afghani Muslim Mujaahids are successive, since their lands were occupied and they were oppressed in their religion. Thus, we wish victory for them and ask Allaah to grant them good endings. All current good omens indicate that the future bodes well in favor of the Mujahids, and that Allaah will grant them victory over their enemy and return them successful, triumphant and high-mettled to their countries. It also indicates that Allaah will humiliate their hireling enemy and those who helped and assisted it… read more here.

Vowing to the Shrines of “Shaykhs”

Question 26: I am a secondary school student, and since my tender age I have seen my family in Sudan flocking to the shrines of shaykhs to rub them, seeking their blessings, and make vows by them. I have denounced such scenes within myself, but I could not declare it, because in their view I am considered a Kaafir (disbeliever) and that they can poison me, and definitely can do me harm. For they claim that these people have Karaamahs (extraordinary events performed at the hands of pious people) as they are Awliya’ (pious people), and that most of them claimed to have seen Allaah. I used to resent this inside me, until I came to know some people from Ansar Al-Sunnah Al-Muhamadiyyah; they showed me that these people’s claims are only delusions and Shirk. They also taught me that these people are followers of Bid‘ah (innovation in religion) and that every Bid‘ah is a going astray that leads to the Fire. I also came across some books of theirs on Tawheed (Monotheism), written by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhaab. However, I cannot afford to get them due to my straitened circumstances, so I just borrow them and return them after a short while.

I hope that you, as a father and a Daa‘ee (caller) to the truth, will explain to me in a personal letter, your opinion on this group and send me some books, if possible, to enlighten me. And Allaah is the Knower of intentions.

Answer: Making vows by the shrines of shaykhs is Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), because making vows is an act of ‘Ibaadah (worship), and so dedicating a vow to other than Allaah… read more here.