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.

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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.

Sufism and the Islaamic attitude towards it

Question: The Problem of Sufism: What does it mean and what is the attitude of Islaam toward it? I mean Al-Teejaaniyyah and Al-Qaadiriyyah (a deviant sect that claims Allaah has no power over His Creation and humans are independent of Him), as well as the Shee`ah. These sects are centralized in Nigeria. For example, the Al-Teejaniyyah Sufi order has a sort of Salaah (prayer) called Bakriyyah that starts with: “O Allaah, convey Your blessings on our master Muhammad, the Opener of what is closed… As much as his great rank and high esteem.” This invocation is superior to Al-Salaah Al-Ibraheemiyyah (The invocation pronounced in the second part of Tashah-hud). We have read this (invocation) in their book titled “Jawaahir Al-Ma`aanee” (The Jewels of Meanings) Part 1, page 136. Is this correct?

Answer: It is said that Sufism is ascribed to Ahl Al-Suffah (at the time of the Prophet) who was a poor group of Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) that used to take shelter in Al-Suffah (a section inside the Prophet’s Masjid during the Prophet’s time)… read more here.

What is the reality of Sufism, and ruling upon the dome on the grave of the Prophet is no pretext

Question: What is the reality of Sufism? Does it comprise both good and bad aspects? Is Sufism completely independent from Fiqh (Islaamic jurisprudence)?

I hope Your Eminence will discuss the Sufi concept of “Al-Hadrah Al-Nabawiyyah” (seeking the presence of the Prophet). Is it a proper practice?

We have in Sudan some Sufi men who take the dome built on the grave of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) as evidence for the permissibility of building domes on graves. What is the Islaamic ruling on this?

What is the reality of the Sufi concepts of Ghawth (spiritual helper), Qutb (spiritual pole) and Rijaal Al-Kawn (Men of the Universe)?

Answer: First, you may consult the books “Madaarij As-Salikeen” by Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah, and the book “Haathihee Hiya Al-Soofiyyah” (Such is Sufism) by `Abd Ar-Rahmaan Al-Wakeel for information on Sufi-related inquiries… read more here.