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.