Ruling upon the Barelvi sect in Pakistan, and their false beliefs

Question: In Pakistan, there is an order known as the Barelvis or the order of Nawaree, as named after its current leader Nuwaaree. I ask Your Eminence about the ruling of Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) on this order, its beliefs and the validity of offering Salaah (Prayer) behind one of its members. May your answer relieve many confused hearts that are unaware of the truth! I again remind you of some of their common myths and beliefs, which are:

1- Believing that the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is alive
2- Believing that the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) knows the Ghayb (unseen) and is present, especially after the Jumu`ah (Friday) Prayer
3- Believing that the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) has the right of giving intercession in advance
4- Believing in the Awliyaa’ (pious people) and the dead at whose graves they offer Salah and ask for help
5- Building domes and lighting the graves
6- Repeating their famous supplication: O Muhammad, the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
7- Getting angry with anyone who says Ta’meen (saying: “Aameen” after reciting Soorah Al-Faatihah) aloud and raise their hands in Salaah and considering them as belonging to the Wahhabee order
8- Finding it extremely strange that people use Miswaak (tooth-cleansing stick) before offering Salaah
9- Kissing the fingers during Wudoo’ (ablution) and Athaan (call to Prayer) as well as after Salaah
10- Their Imaam always recites the following Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) after Salaah: Allaah sends His Salaah (Graces, Honours, Blessings, Mercy) on the Prophet (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), and also His angels (ask Allaah to bless and forgive him). Consequently, the Ma’mums (persons being led by the Imaam in Prayer) invoke Allah to send peace upon the Prophet collectively and loudly.
11- Gathering in circles after the Jumu`ah Prayer and engaging in loud singing and praise
12- Serving many kinds of food, including desserts, inside the Masjid (mosque) after ending the recitation of the whole Glorious Qur’aan during Taraaweeh (special supererogatory night Prayer in Ramadaan)
13- Building Masaajid and being too preoccupied with decorating them in addition to writing on the Mihraab: O Muhammad
14- Considering themselves the followers of the Sunnah and true `Aqeedah (creed) and deeming those who do not follow their order as wrong
15- What is the ruling of Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) on offering Salaah behind the members of this order?

It is worth mentioning that I am a medical school student, living in Karachi near a Masjid subject to the supervision of the Barelvi order.

Answer: It is impermissible to offer Salaah behind an Imaam who adopts such beliefs. If the Ma’moom knows that the Imaam adopts these beliefs, then the Salaah of the former will not be valid. Most of these beliefs entail Kufr (disbelief) and Bid`ah (rejected innovations in religion)… read more here.

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Wahabiyyah and Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abd Al-Wahhaab

Question: Some people told me that there is a thing called “Wahabiyyah”, but I explained to them that there is no such thing called “Wahabiyyah”; that this is merely a name given by those who claim to be Ashraf (Muslim descendants from the Prophet’s family) to turn people away from the reformative call. Yet, one of them retorted saying that Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd Al-Wahhaab (may Allaah be merciful to him) was indeed a religious reformer, but he deviated from the right path at the end of his life, for he denied some of the authentic Ahaadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) because they did not agree with his viewpoints. What is your answer on that?

Answer: Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd Al-Wahhaab (may Allaah be Merciful with him) was indeed one of the great callers to Salafiyyah (following the way of the righteous predecessors), and to the sound ‘Aqeedah (creed) and the morally correct, upright method. His books abound with these aspects… read more here.

Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah as one of Ahlus-Sunnah

Question: Some people claim that Ibn Taymiyyah does not belong to Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream). They further claim that he is astray and leading people astray. The same was adopted by Ibn Hajar (Al-Haythamee) and other scholars. Is such a claim truthful or not?

Answer: Undoubtedly, Shaykh Ahmad ibn ‘Abd Al-Haleem ibn Taymiyyah is one of the ‘A`immah of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa‘ah who called people to the truth and to the right path, through whom Allaah supported the Sunnah and subdued the people of Bid‘ah (innovation in religion) and perversity… read more here.

The best book on the true `Aqeedah

Question: What is the best book on Tawheed (monotheism) and `Aqeedah (creed) and how can a person get that?

Answer: The greatest and best book to clarify the sound `Aqeedah (creed) is the Glorious Book of Allaah, the Qur’aan, then the Hadeeth of His Messenger (peace be upon him). The following is a list of some of the most beneficial books on this subject… read more here.

Useful books on Fiqh, `Aqeedah and Seerah

Question: Please, inform us of the useful Islaamic books that we may refer to in matters related to `Aqeedah (Islaamic creed), Fiqh (Islaamic jurisprudence), and authentic books of Seerah (biography of the Prophet).

Answer: You should first refer to the Noble Qur’aan and the books of Sunnah like the Two Saheeh (authentic) Books of Hadeeth (i.e. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) and the Sunan (Hadeeth compilations by Aboo Daawood, Al-Tirmithee, Al-Nasaa’ee and Ibn Maajah)… read more here.

Some useful books for understanding religion

Question: What are the useful books that Muslims should read to understand their religion?

Answer: You should read the Noble Qur’aan; the books of Sunnah such as: Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree, Saheeh Muslim and the four Sunan (Hadeeth compilations classified by jurisprudential themes… read more here.

Advice for those who wish to adopt a suitable methodology to study `Aqeedah

Question: I want to adopt a suitable methodology to study ‘Aqeedah (creed), especially after I have learned about the Pillars of Islaam, such as Salaah (Prayer) and Sawm (Fast). I thank Allaah for I also studied the books of “Tawheed” (Monotheism) by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Al-Wahhaab and “Al-Waasitiyyah” by the Shaykh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah. Would you recommend a proper methodology that would help me pursue a serious study?

Answer: May Allaah increase your deep insight and knowledge! We recommend reading the books of the Salaf (righteous predecessors) on `Aqeedah, among which are what you have already mentioned in your question in addition to the explanatory books… read more here.

Two books of Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah: “Minhaaj As-Sunnah” and “Sharh Hadeeth Al-Nuzool”

Question: What is your opinion on the two books “Minhaaj As-Sunnah” and “Sharh Hadeeth Al-Nuzool” written by the Shaykh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah be merciful to him)??

Answer: These two books are among the best books available today. They provide authentic information, evidence, good presentation and are very powerful in terms of supporting truth, refuting falsehood and correctness and authenticity of ‘Aqeedah (creed)… read more here.

What is Wahhabism ?

Question: What is Wahhabism ?

Answer: Wahhbism is the term which the enemies of Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abd Al-Wahhaab (may Allaah be merciful to him) gave to his call to purify Tawheed (islaamic monotheism) from all forms of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) and to renounce all the ways except that of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)… read more here.

Meaning: As-Salafiyyah

Question: What is “As-Salafiyyah”? What do you think of it?

Answer: As-Salafiyyah (Salafism) is a term derived from the word “Salaf”, which refers to the righteous predecessors of the first three generations of Muslims which include the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet), Taabi‘oon (Followers, the generation after the Companions of the Prophet) and Tabi‘ Al-Taabi‘oon (Successors, the generation after the Taabi‘oon)… read more here.

Imaam Muhammad ibn `Abdul Wahhaab: His Da’wah and biography

All praise is due to Allaah, Lord of the worlds, and peace and blessings be upon His servant, Messenger, and chosen one amongst His creatures, our master and Imaam Muhammad ibn `Abdullaah, and upon his family, Companions, and all those who follow him.

Dear brothers and sons, this brief lecture aims at enlightening your ideas, clarifying facts, and offering sincere advice to Allaah’s servants for the Sake of Allah. By this lecture, we are trying to give some of the rights due to the person whom the lecture is about. This lecture is about Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhaab, His Da`wah (calling to Islaam) and biography.

Definitely, it is good to hear about reformers, Du`aah (callers to Islaam), and revivalists and to be reminded of their conditions, good traits, and righteous deeds, and to learn about their biographies, which serve as a testimony of their sincerity and honesty in Da`wah and reform, and about their manners and deeds. This topic, which makes the hearts feel at ease, is a favorite subject of every person who takes pride in Islaam and desires reform and calling to the way of Al-Haqq (the Truth). That is why I thought of talking to you about a great man, an excellent reformer, and a devout Daa`ee (caller to Islaam), namely, the revivalist of Islaam in the Arabian Peninsula during the twelfth century of Hijrah (Prophet’s migration to Madeenah), Imaam Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhaab ibn Sulaymaan ibn `Alee Al-Tameemee Al-Hanbalee… read more here.

Note: It was published by the Presidency of the Departments of Scholarly Research, Ifta’, Daw`ah, and Guidance under no. 50 in 1403 A.H.