Ruling on making vows at the shrines of righteous people

Question: 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 Karaamaat (extraordinary events performed at the hands of pious people) as they are Awliyaa’ (pious people), and that most of them claimed to have seen Allah. I used to resent this inside me, until I came to know some people from Ansaar 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 is a major form of Shirk… read more here.

Speech during Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhaab week

All praise be to Allaah, Lord of the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon the most honorable Prophet and Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his family and Companions.

Dear brothers:

Al-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you)!

The greatest blessing Allaah has conferred upon us is Islaam. There is no other grace equal to Islaam which Allaah has granted to Muslims. He (Glorified be He) has made us the best community and has perfected for us our religion which He has chosen for us. Allaah (Exalted be He) states: This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion. A perfect religion is that which fulfills all immediate and deferred needs of life and deals with all its aspects and whose Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) – with its fundamental and subsidiary branches – is independent and covers all the needs of people… read more here.

Imaam Muhammad ibn `Abdul Wahhaab: His Da’wah and biography

All praise is due to Allaah, Lord of the worlds, and peace and blessings be upon His servant, Messenger, and chosen one amongst His creatures, our master and Imaam Muhammad ibn `Abdullaah, and upon his family, Companions, and all those who follow him.

Dear brothers and sons, this brief lecture aims at enlightening your ideas, clarifying facts, and offering sincere advice to Allaah’s servants for the Sake of Allah. By this lecture, we are trying to give some of the rights due to the person whom the lecture is about. This lecture is about Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhaab, His Da`wah (calling to Islaam) and biography.

Definitely, it is good to hear about reformers, Du`aah (callers to Islaam), and revivalists and to be reminded of their conditions, good traits, and righteous deeds, and to learn about their biographies, which serve as a testimony of their sincerity and honesty in Da`wah and reform, and about their manners and deeds. This topic, which makes the hearts feel at ease, is a favorite subject of every person who takes pride in Islaam and desires reform and calling to the way of Al-Haqq (the Truth). That is why I thought of talking to you about a great man, an excellent reformer, and a devout Daa`ee (caller to Islaam), namely, the revivalist of Islaam in the Arabian Peninsula during the twelfth century of Hijrah (Prophet’s migration to Madeenah), Imaam Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhaab ibn Sulaymaan ibn `Alee Al-Tameemee Al-Hanbalee… read more here.

Note: It was published by the Presidency of the Departments of Scholarly Research, Ifta’, Daw`ah, and Guidance under no. 50 in 1403 A.H.