Question 239: How many Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon them) were there?
Answer: No one knows their number except Allaah, because Allaah (Exalted be He) says: And, indeed We have sent Messengers before you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): of some of them We have related to you their story. And of some We have not related to you their story Those who are known are those who are mentioned in the Qur’aan or authentically reported in the Sunnah... read more here.
Among the Bid`ahs (innovations in religion) that have become widespread in Muslim societies is the celebration of the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday); observed during the days of Rabee` Al-Awwal. Since it has become such a widespread practice, I see it necessary to address this issue here in some detail. I say, and Allaah is the Grantor of success:
That none should be worshipped but Allaah, and that He should be worshipped only in the way He ordained in His Book and the Sunnah (acts, sayings, or approvals of the Prophet), is a basic principle of this religion, established by conclusive evidence from the Qur’aan and Sunnah. For this reason, scholars maintain that all acts of worship are Tawqeefee (bound by a religious text and not amenable to personal opinion). In other words, a Muslim should only draw closer to Allaah through the means He (Glorified and Exalted be He) legislated and the Sunnah of His Messenger (peace be upon him) has clarified. Anyone who tries to draw closer to Allaah through acts they think are good or have adopted from some eminent scholar or any other, their action counts as a rejected newly-invented practice in religion. This is so, regardless of how noble the intentions of the person doing it are. Therefore, it is reported that Ibn Mas`ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “Many a people intend good but actually do not attain it.“ He said it to some who were glorifying Allaah (Exalted be He) while counting by using pebbles. When he forbade them from doing so, they said: “We only intend good.“… read more here.
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.