Saying: “The Khalaf are wiser, while the Salaf are more knowledgeable”

Question 13Once in an Islaamic lesson, a professor stated that the Khalaf (later scholars) are wiser, while the Salaf (righteous predecessors) are more knowledgeable; is this correct? What is meant by “more knowledgeable” and “wiser”?

Answer: This is a false statement meant to disparage the Salaf of this nation, accuse them of lack of knowledge and wisdom and glorify the scholars of Kalaam (a discipline that searches for answers to creedal issues using logic) for their knowledge and wisdom. Theologians were the first to make this statement. Inferentially, it follows that the successive generations are better and more knowledgeable than the preceding most righteous generations... read more here.

Impermissibility of ascribing Ta’weel of Allaah’s Attributes to the Salaf

Impermissibility of ascribing Ta’weel of Allaah’s Attributes to the Salaf:

It is also impermissible to ascribe Ta’weel (allegorical interpretation) to Ahl-ul-Sunnah (adherents to the Sunnah) as this is contrary to their Madh-hab (School of Jurisprudence). Rather, Ta’weel is ascribed to Al-Asha`irah (a Muslim group that bases its creedal issues on logic) and other innovators in religion, who allegorically interpreted texts, giving them incorrect meaning. As for the examples quoted by fellow Al-Saaboonee that refer to Ta’weel with regard to Ahl-ul-Sunnah, they bear no argument in this point. The statements of quoted scholars do not involve Ta’weel but explain the meanings and remove any confusion that may affect some people as regards their denotation.

As for, Allaah’s Saying: They have forgotten Allaah, so He has forgotten them. Forgetting here is not equivalent in meaning to that mentioned in Allaah’s Saying: …and your Lord is never forgetful Or in His Saying: …in a Record. My Lord neither errs nor He forgets. It has a different meaning from the confirmed forgetting in Allaah’s Saying: They have forgotten Allaah, so He has forgotten them. It means that Allaah (Exalted be He) left them in their aberration and abandoned them because they neglected His Commands and turned away from His Religion due to their hypocrisy and denial. The kind of forgetting that is negated with regard to Allaah (Exalted be He) is that which denotes inattention and oblivion; for Allaah (Exalted be He) is far above such forgetting due to His Perfect Omniscience and Encompassing Knowledge of all the affairs and conditions of His slaves. Indeed, He is the Ever-Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists; no slumber or sleep overtakes Him. Glorified and Exalted be He above all this… read more here.

Treating a patient by reciting Qur’aan and saying authentically reported supplications

Question 15: There are many shaykhs in my country who do the following things: They play Duffs (tambourine-like instruments without bells) and go to graves where they slaughter sheep, camels, and cows, and they cook food there. Is this Haraam (prohibited) or not? They have also constructed a dome outside the city where they play Duffs and drums, and shout loudly: “Help us, O our Shaykh Jeelaanee!” They also invoke the help of other shaykhs. In addition to this, they walk among the people collecting money from them, and say that it is to visit Shaykh so-and-so and for other matters. If someone falls ill, they take them to these shaykhs who recite Aayahs (Qur’aanic verses) over them, and ask them to bring a ram, a bull, a camel, or other animals. People pay them large sums of money over the year and they go to them. Are these practices prohibited according to our Deen (religion)?

Answer: It is not permissible to slaughter camels, cows, sheep, or anything else on graves.In fact, it is an act of major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) that puts the doer beyond the pale of Islaam, if by doing so… read more here.

Seeking the help of the dead or absent living beings from the Jinn, Angels or Humans

Question 14: There are many shaykhs in my country who do the following things: They play Duffs (tambourine-like instruments without bells) and go to graves where they slaughter sheep, camels, and cows, and they cook food there. Is this Haraam (prohibited) or not? They have also constructed a dome outside the city where they play Duffs and drums, and shout loudly: “Help us, O our Shaykh Jilaanee!” They also invoke the help of other shaykhs. In addition to this, they walk among the people collecting money from them, and say that it is to visit Shaykh so-and-so and for other matters. If someone falls ill, they take them to these shaykhs who recite Aayahs (Qur’aanic verses) over them, and ask them to bring a ram, a bull, a camel, or other animals. People pay them large sums of money over the year and they go to them. Are these practices prohibited according to our Deen (religion)?

Answer: It is not permissible to slaughter camels, cows, sheep, or anything else on graves.In fact, it is an act of major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) that puts the doer beyond the pale of Islaam, if by doing so… read more here.