Performing the pillars of Islaam and supplicating to other than Allaah

Question: Is seeking the help of the Prophets, Awliyaa’ (pious people) and good people when they are alive and after their death to lift a person’s affliction, bring good and making Tawassul (supplicating to Allaah through a means) by them either to fulfill a need or achieve their goals permissible or not?

Answer: As for seeking help of the dead, whether prophets or others, it is not permissible, rather it is an act of Al-Shirk Al-Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah). As for seeking the help of living people with whatever they can do, there is no harm in it… read more here.

Seeking the help of and supplicating to the deceased besides Allaah

Question: The Imaam of a Masjid (mosque) in one of the villages in Egypt where we live is a Sufi who follows Al-Shadhuliyyah Tareeqah (Sufi order). This man teaches people to seek to draw close to Allaah (Tawassul) by means of the creatures of Allaah, such as the prophets and the Awliyaa’ (pious people), and he urges them to visit shrines. He tells them it is lawful to swear by the Prophet and the Awliyaa’, and to make Kaffaarah (expiation) if they break an oath made in their name. Our group, which is one of the Islaamic groups, debated with him over the errors he is committing and teaching to the people, but he remained adamant, citing Da‘eef (weak) and Mawdoo‘ (fabricated) Hadeeths to defend his opinion. Is it permissible to pray behind such a man (when he leads congregational prayers) given we have not yet finished building a Masjid? We have only collected some donations for it, so we still have not built it. We would like to know your Fatwaa concerning this issue.

May Allaah grant us all success. In addition, he declared the great scholars of Islaam, such as the Shaykh of Islaam Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah and Imaam Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhaab (may Allaah be pleased and merciful to them) as disbelievers.

Answer: Seeking the help of the dead and calling upon them instead of or along with Allaah are considered acts of major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) which takes one out of the fold of Islaam, whether the one whose help is sought is a prophet or otherwise… read more here.

Continue repeating the Name of Allaah by placing a piece of cloth and people gathering around it

Question 442: In some Masjids (mosques) here, people gather and continue repeating Allaah’s Name around a piece of white cloth. What is the importance of the white cloth in Islaam?

Answer: Placing a piece of cloth in the Masjid and gathering around it to repeat the Name of Allaah is a misleading act of Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) undertaken by some Sufis who deviate from the course of the Messenger (peace be upon him). Therefore, it is not permissible to do orattend. This should also be prohibited and disavowed. Masjids should be protected from such acts of Bid`ah... read more here.

Does Sufism pose a danger to Islaam?

Question 441: What is Sufism? Does it pose a danger to one’s Islaam? What is the ruling on keeping company with Sufis?

Answer: In general, Sufism as it exists at the present time refers to a misguided group, which adopts a Manhaj (methodology) in `Ibaadah (worship) that opposes the Sunnah. The followers of Sufism receive their teachings from their leaders and shaykhs of Tareeqah (Sufi order) whom they believe can bring benefit and cause harm besides Allaah. Therefore, it is not permissible to keep company with or befriend them except to call them to Allaah and help them to correctly understand the Sunnah... read more here.

Salaat-ul-Faatih (Remembrance from the Tijaaniyyah order)

Question 150: The Al-Tijaaniyyah sect has their own supplication called Salaat Al-Faatih, which they consider to be better than reciting the Qur’aan. Is this true? Moreover, on Friday before Maghrib (Sunset) Salaah and after Subh (Dawn) Salaah, they circle around a piece of cloth on which, they claim, the Prophet (peace be upon him) and Ahmad Al-Tijaanee sit. During such times they recite the supplication called Salaat Al-Faatih. Please, provide evidence and clarify if this practice is proper.

Answer: All their claims are false. Moreover, their deeds are null and void and are considered to be Bid’ahs (rejected innovation in religion)… read more here.

Al-Tijaaniyyah (A deviant Sufi sect embraces strange beliefs far from Islaam)

Question 149: What is your opinion concerning Al-Tijaaniyyah Tareeqah (Sufi order) and seeing the Prophet (peace be upon him) in wakefulness?

Answer: Al-Tijaaniyyah is one of the most disbelieving, misguided and innovative Tareeqahs. The Permanent committee has been asked before regarding this Tareeqah, and wrote a research paper detailing a lot of their Bid`ahs (rejected innovation in religion) and falsehoods. As for the claim of some Sufis that they see the Prophet (peace be upon him) while they are awake, this is absolutely baseless,and Baatil (null and void). The Prophet will be seen on the Day of Resurrection when the dead emerge from their graves. It is authentically reported that he (peace be upon him) said: I will be the first one to emerge from the earth on the Day of Resurrection.... read more here.