Writing the Exalted Name “Allaah” and “Muhammad” parallel to each other on a paper

Question 331: As it is clear for you, may Allaah protect you, many plots are being made nowadays against this religion to undermine the `Aqeedah (creed) and spread acts of Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) all over Islaamic Ummah (nation) by the enemies of Allaah (Exalted be He) and religion. However, people may neglect small things that grow to become serious problems that become hard to stand up to, as happened with the people of Nooh and their statues. Please find attached herewith some of the patterns that grew to become very serious to the extent of holding comparisons between Allaah (Glorified be He) on one hand and the Prophet, (peace be upon him) on the other. I do not know what worse could happen than this. The fellows at the Committee of Observing the Abominable Acts in `Aqeedah have written this small leaflet that I hope you will read and provide us with your comments. Perhaps this may help to remove such evil. May Allaah guide you and benefit His Servants by you, and enjoy your life in worshiping Him, Aaameeen.

Answer: It is not permissible to write the Exalted Name “Allaah” and “Muhammad” (peace be upon him) parallel to each other on a paper, portrait or a wall. This act includes excessive reverence to the Messenger (peace be upon him); it also includes equality to Allaah (Exalted be He), leading to a means of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, Do notover praise me as the Christians did with the son of Maryam (Mary), for I am only a servant (of Allaah). Therefore you should say (about me) “the Servant and Messenger of Allaah.” Therefore, such portraits or papers should not be hung. Any similar writings on a wall should also be wiped out, to protect the `Aqeedah (creed) and act in accordance with the recommendation of the Messenger (peace be upon him)... read more here.

Denunciation of producing the movie: “Muhammad, the Messenger of Allaah” directed by Mustafa Aqqad

All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Noblest of the Messengers, our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions.

I have read the article published by Kuwaiti Al-Mujtam` magazine, issue no. 162, on 6 Rajab, 1393 under the title “Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah.” The article states that the contract of establishing the Arab Film Company for Production and Distribution had been signed in the past days by representatives of governments of Libya, Kuwait, Morocco and Bahrain. This company signed a contract with director Mustafa `Aqqad to produce a movie about the Prophet (peace be upon him), his life, and his teachings in cinemascope and colors. The length of the film is about three hours and it will be presented in twenty international languages, including Arabic… read more here.

When was Hajj prescribed?

Question 1: In which year, following the Hijrah (Prophet’s migration to Madeenah), was Hajj made obligatory? What is the most authentic report in this regard?

Answer: Scholars have differed concerning the year in which Hajj was made obligatory. It was said that it was in the fifth year after Hijrah. Others said that it was in the sixth year after Hijrah. It was also said that it was in the ninth or tenth year after Hijrah… read more here.

The Saa`(measure) used by the Messenger of Allaah

Question 9: What was the amount of a Saa` in handfuls as was used by the Messenger (peace be upon him)?

Answer: What has been verified for us regarding the Prophetic Saa` is that it is four handfuls of a moderate-sized man. This is what was mentioned by some Muslim scholars such as Ibn al-Atheer in his book Al-Nihaayah and Al-Fayruzabadee in his book Al-Qaamoos… read more here

Zakaah on rabbits

Question 6: How should I pay Zakaah on rabbits if I buy, breed and sell them?

Answer: Zakaah is due on rabbits that are used in trade if their value reaches the Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due) on their own or by being added to other objects on which Zakaah is due and after a year passes… read more here.

Does being in debted exempt one from paying Zakaah?

Question 2: I borrowed 300,000 riyals from the Real Estate Development Fund in order to reconstruct my house where my family and I live. Because I own part of the building, I receive some money as rent from it and I pay the Zakaah due on this money every year. Please clarify whether I should subtract the loan from the amount of money upon which I pay Zakaah,or whether the loan is not regarded as a debt and thus I must add it to the sum upon which Zakaah is due. Please inform me what I should do to act accordingly.

Answer: The correct opinion of Muslim scholars is that it is irrelevant to the calculation of Zakaah whether the money is from a debt or not. The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to send his representatives to collect the Zakaah and estimate the amount of fruit to be paid in Zakaah… read more here.

An old lady was ignorant of the rulings on menstruation for many years during which she did not make up for missed Ramadaan fasts; what should she do?

Question 7: A sixty year old lady was ignorant of the rulings of menstruation for many years. She did not make up for the days she had not fasted in Ramadaan because she thought these days were not to be made up for as she had heard from some common people.

A: This lady has to make Tawbah (repentance to Allaah) from doing so because she did not ask people who are knowledgeable of the rulings of Islaam. She should also make up the number of days that she thinks were most probably missed. Moreover, she has to offer a Kaffarah (expiation)… read more here.

Does fasting on certain number of consecutive days without breaking it during night suffice for the fasting during Ramadaan?

Question 1: Is it permissible for someone to fast continuously day and night, for three days during the month of Ramadaan instead of fasting the whole month?

Answer: It is not permissible to do so and none of the scholars have ever said that it is permissible to do so, as night is not a time of fasting. Anyone who does so is in violation of Islaamic law, and has innovated a new legislation that was not ordained by Allaah. Additionally, they will be breaking their fast during the month of Ramadan without a legal excuse. Allaah (Glorified be He) made fasting the entire month of Ramadaan… read more here.

A person drinks Khamr (intoxicant) at night and performs Salaah during the day. Is their Salaah valid?

Question 9: What is the ruling on a person who drinks Khamr (intoxicants) at night and offers Salaah (Prayer) during the day? As Salaah should prevent a person from committing immoral acts and Munkar (that which is unacceptable or disapproved of by Islaamic law and Muslims of sound intellect), is their Salaah valid or not?

Answer: If a person offers Salaah with all its obligatory acts and fulfills its conditions, it is considered valid. They will be rewarded for it, and they will be sinful for drinking Khamr. They are considered among those who mix good deeds with evil ones… read more here.

Is it permissible to urinate while standing?

Question 10: Is it Halaal (lawful) or Haraam (prohibited) to urinate while standing?

Answer: All Praise is due to Allaah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family and Companions. To commence: It is not Haraam to urinate while standing, but it is a Sunnah to urinate while sitting, as `Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said, “If anyone tells you that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to urinate while standing up, do not believe him, for the Prophet always used to urinate while sitting”. Narrated by Al-Tirmidee who commented that this Hadeeth is the most authentic one in this regard, as this entails modesty and caution of being soiled with urine… read more here.

Recording the recitation of the Qur`aan on CD’s & tapes and selling them

Question 9: What is the ruling on preferring some Qur’aan reciters to others and recording the Qur’aan recitation on tapes and selling them?

Answer: It is permissible to prefer some Qur’aan reciters to others due to their excellent recitation and mastery of its rules. It is also permissible to record the recitation on tapes and sell them… read more here.

What exactly is the difference between the ‘Mustahab’ (stressed sunnah) and the ‘Waajib’ (obligatory)?

Question 9: Any command given by the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) indicates obligation and duty. However, there is a Hadeeth whose apparent meaning contradicts the Hadeeth narrated by ‘Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him): When I command you to do anything, do of it as much as you possibly can. How can a Muslim reconcile these two Hadeeths?

Answer: The basic rule concerning any commands of the Prophet (peace be upon him) is that they denote obligation, unless otherwise indicated. However, fulfillment of obligation is in accordance with one’s ability, because Allaah (Exalted be He) says: So keep your duty to Allaah and fear Him as much as you can This is also supported by the Hadeeth mentioned in the question… read more here.

How authentic is the following Hadeeth سنن الدارمي المقدمة (157) “The most daring to give Fatwaa is the most daring to enter the fire.”?

Question 8: Is it permissible for a person to practice Ijtihaad (juristic effort to infer expert legal rulings) in the Islaamic rulings? Are there certain conditions for a Mujtahid (a scholar qualified to exercise Ijtihaad)? Is it permissible for any person to give an opinion without being aware of the clear evidence supporting it? How authentic is the following Hadeeth: “The most daring to give Fatwaa (recklessly) is the most daring to enter the Hellfire.” Or the Hadeeth that means the same as this?

Answer: All praise is due to Allaah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family, and Companions! The door to Ijtihaad in the rulings pertaining to Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) is open for any qualified person provided that they know the sources they need to use as reference – the Aayaahs (Qur’aanic verses) and Hadith, and have the ability to understand them and use them as supporting evidence. In addition, a Mujtahid should have knowledge of the grade of the Hadeeth they use as evidence and of the issues on which Ijmaa` (consensus) has taken place so… read more here.

Upon mentioning the names of the Sahaabah (Companions), should we say: عليه السلام or رضي الله عنهم ?

Question 10: Is it permissible upon mentioning the name of one of the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) to say, “Peace and blessings be upon him” instead of “May Allaah be pleased with him”?

Answer: It is permissible to say, “Peace be upon him” upon mentioning a Sahaabee (Companion of the Prophet) or some other person, for Imaam Al-Bukhaaree reported in his Saheeh (Book of Authentic Hadeeth), under the chapter on “Sending peace and blessings on other than the Prophet (peace be upon him)” and Allaah’s saying: …and invoke Allaah for them. Verily, your invocations are a source of security for them on the authority of the following chain of narration… read more here.

‘Aboo Bakr said: “I wish I were a tree cut down by the axe of a woodcutter,” is it True?

Question 8: Is it true what was reported about ‘Aboo Bakr Al-Siddeeq that he said, “I wish I were a tree cut down by the axe of a woodcutter”?

Answer: As far as we know it was not authentically reported that ‘Aboo Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him) said so; but Ahmad related in “Al-Zuhd”, on the authority of ‘Aboo ‘Imraan Al-Jawnee that ‘Aboo Bakr Al-Siddeeq said, I wish I were a hair on the body of a believer. This Athar (narration from a Companion) is not true either, because ‘Aboo ‘Imraan Al-Jawnee never met ‘Aboo Bakr Al-Siddeeq… read more here.

 

The Prophet’s (peace be upon him) life at his home and morals

Question 7: What was the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him) like at home? What were his manners?’

Answer: The manners of the Prophet (peace be upon him) were that of the Qur’aan as `Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) described him, deriving her portrayal of his character from Allaah’s saying: “And Verily, you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) are on an exalted (standard of) character.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) dealt mildly and gently with his family… read more here.

Making up for missed Salaah due to unconsciousness in the hospital

Question 6: My ninety-nine year old father was hit in a car accident. He was taken to a hospital where he remained unconscious for seventeen days during which he did not perform Salaah. When he recovered, he asked about making up for the missed Salaahs. Please advise!

Answer: If he was conscious during the period when he abandoned Salaah, he should make up for the missed Salaahs according to his ability, whether standing, sitting, or lying on his side or back. He should observe them in the same order from the first day missed starting with the first Salaah… read more here.

What is the ruling on using sun heated water and solar heaters?

Question 6: Is using sun heated water and solar heaters permissible in Islaam?

Answer: All Praise is due to Allaah alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family and Companions. To commence: We do not know of any authentic evidence that prohibits the use of water heated by the sun… read more here.

Claiming that al-Jaami’ al-Saheeh of al-Bukhaaree contains weak Hadeeths

Question 6: Some people claim that the Saheeh (Authentic Hadeeth Book) of Al-Bukhaaree includes some Da‘eef (weak) Hadeeth, although we told them that all Muslims unanimously agree to its authenticity, could you please show the right opinion?

Answer: This claim is untrue, for all the Hadeeth in Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree that are Musnad (Hadeeths with a sound chain of narration) and Muttasil (Hadeeths with a continuous chain of narration to a Companion of the Prophet or Follower; the generation after the Prophet’s Companions) are authentic… read more here.

Delaying performing Fajr Prayer from its due time

Question 5: What is the ruling on the Salaah (“Prayer”) of a person who has been in the habit of offering the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer after sunrise for two years? He claims that sleep overpowers him as he stays up late until midnight sitting at cafés or nightclubs.

Question 5: Is it permissible to dine with this person, keep company with him, or live with him?

A: It is prohibited to delay Salaah until its appointed time elapses. Every Muslim should give due concern to offer Salaah at its appointed time. He may ask someone to remind him of its time or he may set his alarm clock at prayer time. A person is prohibited to stay up late at night clubs or other places of entertainment which make him miss the Fajr Prayer or miss the reward of congregational prayer… read more here.

 

What is the ruling on performing Wudoo’ with leftover water from containers that has turned red?

Question 5: What is the ruling on performing ablution (wudoo’) with the red water leftover in containers?

Answer: All Praise is due to Allaah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family and companions. To commence: It is permissible to use this water, if what caused… read more here.

Who are the two Shaykhs?

Question 5: After citing some Hadeeth, the phrase “Rawaahu Al-Shaykhaan (Related by the two Shaykhs)” comes at the end; who are the two Shaykhs?

Answer: The phrase “Rawaahu Al-Shaykhaan” refers to Muhammad ibn Ismaa‘eel Al-Bukhaaree, who compiled the most authentic collection of Hadeeth entitled [Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree]and Muslim ibn Al-Hajjaaj Al-Naysabooryee, who compiled… read more here.

Naming the Soorahs of the Qur’aan (Qur’aanic “chapters”)

Question 3: Who was it who named the Soorahs (Qur’aanic chapters)? Was it the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him)?

A: We do not know of a text that was authentically reported from the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) about the naming of all the Soorahs. The names of some Surahs are reported in Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeths, such as Soorahs Al-Baqarah and Aal-‘Imraan… read more here.

Regarding a person who denies the punishment in the grave?

Question 4: What about a person who denies the punishment in the grave, because the reports in this regard are Hadith-ul-Ahad (Hadiths which at some point in the chain have only a single narrator) which -they hold- can never be taken as basis for beliefs? They do not judge reports in terms of authenticity, acceptability, and weakness, but in terms of the numerous chains of transmission; whether it is a singular report or recurrently reported at each generation of narrators. Upon finding out that a certain report is singular, they reject it. How does one respond to this?

Answer: All Praise is due to Allaah Alone. Peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family, and Companions. To commence, if a singular report is authentically reported from Allaah’s Messenger (peace be upon him), it is a credited proof according to the consensus of Ahl-al-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (those adhering to the Sunnah and the Muslim community), whether on issues of worship or creed… read more here.

Are there many types of Nahy as Nahy Tahrim, Nahy Takrim and Nahy Tanzih

Question 2: In reference to the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) Hadeeth “When I command you to do anything, do as much of it as is within your capability; when I forbid you to do anything, stay away from it,” is it true that there are levels of Nahy indicating how serious it is to do or not to do something, including Nahy Tahreem (forbidding something due to its being prohibited, Nahy Takreem (forbidding something for the sake of reaching perfection) Nahy Tanzih (forbidding something despite its close proximity to being lawful), Nahy Nadb (forbiddance denoting recommendation not to do something but no strict prohibition), and the like? Another example is the Hadeeth narrated in Saheeh Al-Jami` to the effect that The Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade combing the hair everyday (unless urgently needed). Does the forbiddance imply prohibition or is it just discouraging it?

Answer: Praise be to Allaah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family and Companions. In principle, Nahy (forbiddance) implies prohibition unless otherwise indicated by contextual evidence. There is nothing called Nahy Nadb. If there is contextual evidence denoting that Nahy… read more here.

What is the difference between Sunnah and Fard?

Question 1: People in our country differentiate between Sunnah (supererogatory act of worship following the example of the Prophet) and Fard (obligatory). They say that Allaah’s punishment takes place only when someone leaves the acts that are relevant to Fard or stressed Sunnah. However, I believe that anything which Muhammad (peace be upon him) has done or clarified to his Ummah is an obligation. Accordingly, those who do not do this are considered to be hateful of what Muhammad has come with. Growing the beard for example, has been ordained by Muhammad (peace be upon him), is it authentically proven that he shaved it? Does shaving it imply a sign of hatred to what Muhammad (peace be upon him) has come with? Does whoever does this fall under the same Aayah?

Answer: All Praise be to Allaah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family and Companions. To proceed: Obligation is what a person is rewarded for doing and punished for abandoning. Sunnah or (the desirable acts) is what a person is rewarded for doing… read more here.

What is meant by ‘Hadeeth Mursal’?

Question 1: What is the meaning of Hadeeth Mursal? It was reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “O Asmaa’, when a woman reaches the age of menstruation, nothing should be seen of her except this and this” and he pointed to the face and hands. Is this Hadeeth Mursal or Da‘eef (weak)? Was this Hadith stated before or after the revelation of the Aayah (Qur’aanic verses) of Hijaab (veil)?

Answer:  Hadeeth Mursal is a Hadeeth with no Companion of the Prophet in its chain of narration. As for the above-mentioned Hadith of Asmaa’… read more here.

Offering sacrifices to the Jinns in order to please them or to ward off their evil

Question 29: The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said: “Allaah curses the person who offers a sacrifice to anyone other than Allaah …” what is meant by this exactly given that here in the South when we slaughter animals to entertain guests or as meat for the household, people say, “In the Name of Allaah and upon the religion of the Messenger of Allaah, this is a Sadaqah (voluntary charity) purely for the Sake of Allaah. O Allaah! Please grant the reward for this to me and my household?”

Answer: What is meant by this Hadeeth is the prohibition of offering sacrifices to the dead prophets or Awliya’ (pious people), seeking their blessing; or offering sacrifices to the Jinn (creatures created from fire), so as to please them and… read more here.

 

Slaughtering animals for a dead person who is claimed to be a Walee (pious person)

Question 28: What is the ruling on slaughtering an animal for a dead person who is claimed to be a Walee (pious person) and shrines are built over his grave?

Answer: Slaughtering for the dead person mentioned above is a type of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). A person who slaughters for the sake of this Walee is a Mushrik (one who associates others with Allaah in worship) and… read more here.

Ruling on Vowing

Question 24: Some people vow to give Sadaqah (voluntary charity) or offer a sacrifice to attain what they want; some in hope of recovery, others of restoring a lost right, and so on. Some devote their vows to Allaah sincerely or for the sake of Allaah’s Love,others offer the vow to other people. Please, advise me on this matter and clarify the correct way of offering a vow. May Allaah admit you to the best of life and Hereafter.

Answer: Firstly, Vowing is an undesirable act for a Muslim, for it is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

Seeking intercession from Awliya’ and doing Tawaaf around graves for the barakah

Question 22: What is the ruling on seeking help from the Awliya’ (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 Awliya’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 Islaam and admits them permanently into Hellfire if they die… read more here.

Calling to, “O Aboo Al-Qaasim, or O Shaykh `Abdul-Qaadir” and so on

Question 19: There is a Muslim who testifies that there is no god but Allaah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah but when standing up or sitting down, he says: ‘O Messenger of Allaah’, ‘O Aboo Al-Qaasim’, or ‘O Shaykh `Abdul-Qaadir’, and such words of seeking help from people other than Allaah. What is the ruling on doing so?

Answer: The person who invokes Allaah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) or other people such as `Abdul-Qaadir Al-Jeelaanee or Ahmad Al-Tijanee when standing up or sitting down, and whoever beseeches them for help whether to bring good or ward off harm is committing an act of Al-Shirk-ul-Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah). These acts were common during Jahiliyyah (pre-Islamic time of ignorance). Then, Allaah sent His… read more here.

Invoking the dead and the absent like Prophets and Awliya’ (pious people)

Question 11: My father believes in the righteousness of a dead shaykh known as a Walee’ (a pious person). He makes Tawassul (supplicating to Allaah through a means) by this shaykh and associates him with Allaah in Du’aa (supplication), for example, he says: “O Allaah! O master Abdul-Salaam!” What is the ruling on this, taking into account that my father performs Salaah (Prayer), observes Sawm (Fast) and, pays Zakaah (obligatory charity)?

Answer: Making Du’aa to the dead and the absent like the Prophets, Awliya’ (pious people), and the like, whether alone or along with Allaah, is an act of Al-Shirk-ul-Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah), even if… read more here.

Claiming the knowledge of the Unseen (al-Ghayb)

Question 10: There is a righteous person or so we call him who lives at my residence.He is still alive and people honor him greatly. He has yearly banquets prepared by the rich men of the tribes for him. One person may come and say: ‘O sir, you will have dinner with me’ as a matter of blessing. Another says: ‘O sir, you will have lunch with me.’ As for the banquet, they slaughter one or two animals. About fifty or sixty people gather at the banquet and recite formulae of thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) in the nightly banquet. The cost of the banquet may be around one hundred pounds. When the pious man leaves, the owner of the banquet follows him and gives him from twenty to fifty pounds. This happens every year by the well-to-do people. He knows that people make Du‘aa (supplication) to Allaah by means of his position or honor in his absence.

For example, when a person who thinks highly of this man’s piety, falls into distress, he says: ‘O sir so and so, by your position and dignity with Allaah, relieve my distress, whether it be sickness, fear of a road, or darkness at night, etc. After Du’aa, the person says: ‘I will give you five pounds when you cure my sickness or relieve my fear.’ All this happens in the absence of this righteous man. On meeting the righteous man, a person says: ‘Here is one pound.’ Thereupon, the pious man says: ‘Give me the five pounds you mentioned in your distress.’ The distressed person wonders as this has happened in the absence of this man. Does this indicate the righteousness of this man? Or is it a fortuneteller’s act, which is forbidden? We hope you explain this matter and identify its essence; is it an act of righteousness, or a forbidden act?

Answer: Firstly, Making Du’aa to others instead of Allaah such as Awliya’ (pious people) to remove harm, cure the sick, or secure a road is Shirk Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah) that takes its doer away from the realm of Islaam. Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Invoking others such as Awliya’ (“pious people”) and “righteous people” instead of Allaah

Question 9: There is a righteous person or so we call him who lives at my residence.He is still alive and people honor him greatly. He has yearly banquets prepared by the rich men of the tribes for him. One person may come and say: ‘O sir, you will have dinner with me’ as a matter of blessing. Another says: ‘O sir, you will have lunch with me.’ As for the banquet, they slaughter one or two animals. About fifty or sixty people gather at the banquet and recite formulae of thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) in the nightly banquet. The cost of the banquet may be around one hundred pounds. When the pious man leaves, the owner of the banquet follows him and gives him from twenty to fifty pounds. This happens every year by the well-to-do people. He knows that people make Du‘aa (supplication) to Allaah by means of his position or honor in his absence.

For example, when a person who thinks highly of this man’s piety, falls into distress, he says: ‘O sir so and so, by your position and dignity with Allaah, relieve my distress, whether it be sickness, fear of a road, or darkness at night, etc. After Du’aa, the person says: ‘I will give you five pounds when you cure my sickness or relieve my fear.’ All this happens in the absence of this righteous man. On meeting the righteous man, a person says: ‘Here is one pound.’ Thereupon, the pious man says: ‘Give me the five pounds you mentioned in your distress.’ The distressed person wonders as this has happened in the absence of this man. Does this indicate the righteousness of this man? Or is it a fortuneteller’s act, which is forbidden? We hope you explain this matter and identify its essence; is it an act of righteousness, or a forbidden act?

Answer: Firstly, Making Du’aa to others instead of Allaah such as Awliya’ (pious people) to remove harm, cure the sick, or secure a road is Shirk Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah) that takes its doer away from the realm of Islaam. Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Doing the collective thikr like what is done by the Sufi orders and Tariqas

Question 8: Please give us your Fatwaa concerning a group of people who sit in circles in Masjids (mosques) in which they observe remembrance of Allaah (Exalted be He) and His Messenger. Sometimes in their thikr (Remembrance of Allah), they say things that are contrary to Tawheed (Oneness of Allaeh). An example of what they say is: “Help us, O Messenger of Allaah!” They repeat these words while their leader says: “O, you (the Prophet) are the key of Allaah’s treasures. O you are the Ka`bah of Allaah’s appearance. O you are the throne of Allaah’s leveling and O you are the chair of Allaah’s descent! Suffice us, O Messenger of Allaah. O Allah’s beloved! You are the intended one. It is you, O Messenger of Allaah,” and other similar words of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship).

Answer: First of all, collective thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) like what is done in the Sufi orders is an act of Bidd`ah (innovation in religion). It was stated that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

Seeking help from someone who is not Present

Question 7: What is the ruling on seeking help from the dead, such as saying, “Madad (Give me help and strength), O so-and-so!”, or seeking help from the living who are absent and do not hear the one calling for their help?

Answer: Firstif one calls upon a dead person for help saying: “Madad (Give me help and strength), O so-and-so!”, they must be advised and warned that this is Haram (prohibited); it is even an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). A person who insists on doing… read more here.

Saying the phrase, “O servants of Allaah’s magnificent names, answer and fulfill my needs!”

Question 5: Is it permissible for a Muslim, while making du’aa (supplication) to Allaah, to say: “O servants of Allaah’s Most Beautiful Names, answer and fulfill my needs!”?

Answer: Calling the servants of Allaah’s Most Beautiful Names to fulfill one’s needs is Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), for it involves… read more here.

Is seeking help from someone who is absent or dead Kufr (disbelief)?

Question 3: Is seeking help from someone who is absent or dead considered an act of major Kufr (disbelief)?

Answer:  Yes, seeking help from someone who is dead or absent is considered an act of major Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship) and doing so puts the doer outside the fold of Islam, for Allah (Glorified be He) says… read more here.

Anyone who believes that someone besides (or with) Allaah is managing the Universe

Question 1: Is a person who believes that someone other than Allaah is managing the universe considered a Kaafir (disbeliever)?

Answer: Whoever believes this is considered a Kaafir, because he has associated partners with Allaah in His Lordship (al-Ruboobiyyah). He is even worse in disbelief (Kufr) than … read more here.