Question: I received a message from a unanimous person on my Saudi mobile phone number in Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah. You will find it attached with my letter. As you see, this message includes four Aayaat of the Qur’an, the Book that falsehood cannot come to it from before it or behind it, and this has been mentioned in the introduction. The sender clarifies various, great and fantastical benefits that will be achieved for whoever prints and distributes the message within four days. He has quoted examples of welfare achieved by the people who have printed the message and other examples of distresses inflicted on others who have neglected it.
I know that we should maintain the Noble Qur’aan and act according to it anyhow, but what worries me is the method by which the sender has sent this message, illustrating the tremendous welfare that will be earned for whoever distributes the message, and the great evil that will befall whoever neglects it. I know that good and evil are in the Hand of Allaah (i.e. by His Will), and that nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allaah has ordained for us. I also remember something happened several years ago when people distributed a similar message claiming it was from Shaykh Ahmad, one of the guards of the Masjid (mosque) of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). At the time, Your Eminence explained the truth in newspapers and clarified the ruling on this issue. This is why I am sending this letter to Your Eminence, hoping that you will inform me of the ruling. May Allaah reward you the best of rewards on behalf of Islaam and Muslims!
Answer: Identifying the immediate or deferred reward or punishment of writing or reciting Aayaat of the Qur’aan is of the matters in which knowledge is entitled to Allaah Alone, as it is among the secrets of the unseen that Allaah has taken unto Himself… read more here.
Question: We always receive anonymous letters urging us to pay Sadaqah (voluntary charity) as the end of the world is imminent. I wonder: Is the payment of Sadaqah the only thing that protects us from the punishment in the Hereafter; or can it delay the Resurrection Day? Recently, we have received an unsealed letter written in French, from the Republic of Senegal with no sign indicating its issuing authority. In this letter it is written that the Imaam of Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Shaykh Ahmad, sawthe Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in a dream after reciting the Noble Qur’aan on Friday morning in Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee (the Prophet’s Mosque). He claims that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told him that six thousand people had died that week and none of them entered Jannah (Paradise). This is because the rich do not pay Zakaah or Sadaqah to those who deserve it; women do not obey their husbands and children are not dutiful to their parents; Muslims do not mention Allaah often nor do they perform Hajj. The Prophet also, allegedly, added that the Hour has approached, gates of forgiveness are closed, and the world has come to an end; therefore it is strongly recommended that we regularly fast on Mondays for one month and recite the Qur’aan for it will eventually disappear. The sign of its disappearance is the appearance of a star different from the other stars and that the sun will stay in the middle of the sky. The letter further recommends whoever reads it to pass the message on to others. As a reward, Allaah will provide them from sources they can never imagine. If the person is in debt, Allaah will make it easy for him to repay it and on the Day of Judgment he will be in Jannah (Paradise) with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). It also promises whoever passes this message on with peace of mind and fearlessness of death, if they are truthful. The letter also stresses that Jannah cannot be attained without effort, labor and obedience to Allaah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). It warns whoever does not pass on this message against a life of poverty and indebtedness, their dying as hypocrites and being close to the people of the Hellfire. We believe that entering Jannah and our worldly provision are due to Allaah’s (Exalted be He) Bounty and Mercy. We believe that He may punish us in this worldly life and the Hereafter by His Justice. It is not due to our beauty, wealth or children that Allaah provides for us and shows us mercy. It is rather through our fear of Allaah that induces obedience to Him and urges us to recite the Qur’aan. Comprehending the meanings of the Qur’aan is what makes us hope for Allaah’s Mercy in this worldly life and the Hereafter. Allaah says, O you who believe! Endure and be more patient (than your enemy), and guard your territory by stationing army units permanently at the places from where the enemy can attack you, and fear Allaah, so that you may be successful. He also says: This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion.
Materials of this nature could divert willing non-Muslims from embracing Islaam, not to mention our inappropriate attitudes towards them which contradict Islaamic humane teachings. At present, some Muslim countries lack the application of the true spirit of Islam, which non-Islaamic countries unknowingly apply.
Answer: There is no Imaam in Al-Madeenah called Shaykh Ahmad. It is a principality and there is a government that runs all its administrative affairs. The current Imaam of Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee is Shaykh `Abd Al-`Azeez ibn Saalih We do not know any Imam of Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee called Shaykh Ahmad… read more here.
Question: The questioner said that they had received a paper which said that Shaykh Ahmad, the servant of the Prophet’s room, saw the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in a dream. He said that he told him about the increase of corruption in the world and that every Friday, 160,000 people from the Ummah (Muslim nation) die, who are following something other than Islaam. He also told him about some of the signs of the Hour, which is near, and asked him to give this advice to people. He said that those who believed this message and made an effort to spread it would be granted many favors, and threatened those who denied, hid, or did not tell people what he saw in his Ru’yaa (true dream).
Answer: It is possible for a Muslim to see the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in a dream in the form and shape that Allaah created him. This would be a true Ru’yaa, because Satan cannot imitate him, according to what the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said… read more here.
Question 30: What is the ruling on a person who visits Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee (the Prophet’s Mosque in Madeenah) in a state of Wudoo’ (ablution) and visits Al-Baqee‘ and the rest of the sites without Wudoo’. Is there any blame on him for that?
Answer: There is no blame on him; visiting Al-Baqee’ or the Martyrs of Uhud does not require that the visitor has Wudoo‘. It is Mustahab (desirable) to visit graves, but Tahaarah (ritual purification) is not a condition. This is due to the general meaning of the Hadeeth of the Prophet (peace be upon him): Visit the graves for they remind you of the Hereafter. (Related by Muslim in his Saheeh [Authentic Hadeeth Book])… read more here.
Question 29: People circulate some pictures of the prophet’s room, which includes the graves of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his two Companions (may Allaah be pleased with them both). Also, there are pictures bearing some Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) and on the back a phrase expressing that these pictures are made as a Waqf (endowment) for the sake of Allaah on behalf of a particular deceased person. People usually exchange these pictures on some occasions such as ‘Eeds and the New Hijree Year. We would like to hear your Fatwaa’ in this regard in order to enlighten people.
Answer: It is not permissible to distribute these pictures due to the evils which result,such as exceeding proper limits, Tabarruk (seeking blessings) through them, and exposing the Aayaat and Names of Allaah (Exalted be He) to desecration… read more here.