Ruling on reading the virtues of Shaykh Abdul-Qaadir

Question: What is the ruling concerning gathering one’s neighbours to read the virtues of Shaykh Abdul-Qaadir, believing that this leads to the love of Awliyaa (pious people), then offering a feast honoring the guests acting upon the Hadeeth which reads: “He who believes in Allaah and the Last Day should show hospitality to his guest.” What is the ruling on that? Is it Haraam (prohibited) or Makrooh (disliked) or Sunnah (a commendable act as done by the Prophet)?

Answer: Love of the Awliyaa’ of Allaah and honoring a guest are among the most outstanding virtues of Shari`ah and exhorted by the Qur’aan and the Sunnah… read more here.


Excessiveness of the Qaadiriyyah Order

Question: The questioner would like to be given a general idea about the Qaadiriyyah Tareeqah (Sufi order). He read one of the Qaadiriyyah books: “Al-Fiyudat Al-Rabbaaniyyah fi Al-Ma’athir wa Al-Awrad Al-Qaadiriyyah”, and saw a poem including some of the claims and feats performed by the shaykh of this Tareeqah. He asks if what is said in this poem is true or untrue.

The questioner sent the poem along with his question to ask for a general Fatwaa (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) on it.

Answer: The poem that was sent by the questioner shows that the one who wrote it was ignorant, as the things that he ascribes to himself are Kufr (disbelief) and misguidance. He claims that all the scholars’ knowledge has been derived from his knowledge and is part of him… read more here.

Ruling on the Wirds of Al-Teejaaniyyah, Al-Qaadiriyyah and others

Question: What is the ruling on the Wird (sayings recited with consistency) of the Teejaaniyyah, Qaadiriyyah and other Sufi Tareeqahs (orders)?

Answer: Their Wirds are full of the Bid`ah (rejected innovations in religion) and innovated Thikr (Remembrances of Allaah) like other Sufi orders. It is better for Muslims to take Wird for themselves… read more here.


Does the Shirk mentioned in the Aayah: “And do not marry Al-Mushrikaat till they believe” include those who follow some Tareeqahs such as Al-Teejaaniyyah

Question: Does the Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) mentioned in the Aayah (Qur’anic verse) And do not marry Al-Mushrikaat (idolatresses, etc.) till they believe (worship Allaah Alone). Include those who follow some Tareeqahs (Sufi orders) such as, Al-Tijaniyyah, Al-Qaadiriyyah, those who wear amulets containing Aayaat from the Qur’aan, and Muslims who follow idolatry traditions?

Answer: Shirk mentioned in this Aayah includes those who seek the help of jinn, the dead and the absent instead of Allaah and those who wear amulets containing anything other than the Qur’aan seeking its benefit and recovery from illness… read more here.


Ruling on the recitation of Al-Teejaaniyyah and Al-Qaadiriyyah and praying behind their followers

Question: What is the ruling on reciting the utterances said on a regular basis by Al-Teejaaniyyah and Al-Qaadiriyyah Tareeqahs (Sufi orders)? And what is the ruling on whoever recites them till death? Is it permissible to perform Salaah (Prayer) behind such a person and is it permissible to offer the funeral prayer for them after their death? Appreciate your guidance, may Allaah guide you.

Answer: The utterances said on a regular basis by Al-Teejaaniyyah and Al-Qaadiriyyah is full of superstitions and Bid`ahs (rejected innovation in religion) that lead to Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), such as seeking help from people other than Allaah and the kinds of Thikr that are not derived from the Qur’aan or the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)… read more here.


Ruling on the Imamate of a follower of Al-Teejaaniyyah and praying behind them

Question: In our village, there is an Imaam who follows Al-Teejaaniyyah Tareeqah (Sufi order). The followers of this Tareeqah receive the wird (sequence of devotional phrases to be repeated at certain times) from the Muqaddam (representative of the order). It is to be pronounced in a loud voice inside the Masjid (mosque) while sitting in a circle, in the middle of which there is a white cloth.

This wird is called Al-Hilaalah and it is repeated everyday after Fajr (morning) and Asr (afternoon) prayers. There is another wird called Al-Wazhifah, which is to be said afterAsr (afternoon) prayer on Friday. This wird ends by saying Al-hamdu lillah [All praise is due to Allaah] and other forms of Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah).

After preparing for the burial of one of its followers who has died, they put the deceased in the middle of a circle and recite Al-Wazheefah over them. They say while carrying them to the grave, “Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah (there is no god but Allaah)” in a very loud voice.They place the deceased in the grave while saying Salaat-ul-Faatih (Remembrance from the Teejaaniyyah order). This Imam collects money from the poor and the rich people and gives them to the shaykh at his Zawiyah (Sufi lodge). He praises Shaykh Ahmad Al-Teejaanee with those who praise him by swaying and tottering.

In addition, he goes around the grave of Sidi Al-Hajj in Admasin and supplicates to him to fulfill people’s needs. He also gives Fadwat-ul-Ikhals, a type of redemption which is said to save its giver from sins on the Day of Resurrection. The Imams are entitled to grant it only to the followers of the Tareeqah. It usually costs 800 Algerian Dinar or more to obtain it. Is it permissible for such person to lead the Salaah? Is a congregational Salaah that he leads valid?

Answer: Al-Teejaaniyyah Order is one of the worst sects in terms of deviation and misguidance and propagation of Bid`ahs (innovations in religion) which are sanctioned neither by Allaah (Glorified be He) nor by His Messenger. It is not permissible to pray behind an Imam who follows this Tareeqah for Salaah behind him is invalid… read more here.


Ruling on abandoning the Masjid controlled by Al-Teejaaniyyah followers

Question: There is a village with a relatively large population. It has a spacious Masjid (mosque) where a group of righteous people offers the five congregational Salaahs, for it is the only Masjid in the village. Despite its being able to accommodate a large number of people, it is always vacant as not all villagers maintain the congregational Salaah there, except for few righteous people.

This dedicated group has seceded from the villagers and admonished them about their Bid`ah (innovation in religion), to say nothing of their differences and negligence in performing their religious obligations incompletely and incorrectly. These villagers adhere to the Teejaaniyyah Sufi order.

The small (righteous) group has decided to abandon congregational Salaah behind the Imaam of the village, who is not qualified to lead because he adheres to the villagers’ corrupt Teejaanee creed and encourages their well-known polytheistic gatherings wherein they go beyond the boundaries by deifying the Prophet (peace be upon him).

As a result, the new group decided to build a Masjid that is not far from the first one where they can teach their followers the principles of Tawheed (Oneness of Allaah), sound Aqeedah (creed), and warn them against Bidah and superstitions. Many young men among the Teejaanee have now joined the new group which the villagers accuse of being mavericks.

They claim that the new Masjid is “Masjid Diraar” (established by way of harm), even though the group has a Shaykh who graduated from Al-Zaytunah (University) and specialized in Malikee Fiqh (Malik’s School of Jurisprudence). What is the ruling on this newly established Masjid? Can it be branded as “Masjid Dirar”?

What is the ruling on resisting the Tijanee’s? What degree of Imaan (Faith) do they have? Is it permissible for a student of knowledge to try and rectify this deviant Teejaanee sect from within their Masjid, while keeping away from the other group that follows the Truth to avoid Fitnah (temptation/trial/sedition) resulting from the establishment of the new Masjid? Should a student of knowledge stand with the minority righteous party and leave the others?

Answer: First: If the situation is as mentioned – that is, the only Masjid in the village is controlled by followers of the Teejaaniyyah Sufi order who practice Bid`ah and superstitions, and that the righteous group has resisted their acts, but they have not responded; resulting in the righteous group leaving to establish a Masjid to offer prayers in …Etc. Then, this Masjid is not Diraar… read more here.


Ruling on praying behind an Imaam who adheres to Bid`ah and follows Al-Teejaaniyyah

Question: Scholars have expressed conflicting views on offering Salaah while being led by imaams who adhere to Bidah (rejected innovations in religion) or who follow Tareeqahs (Sufi orders), especially the followers of Al-Teejaaniyyah order. Perusing the treatise composed by ShaykhAbdul-Rahmaan Ibn Yoosuf Al-Ifriqee (may Allaah show mercy to him), who was later the chairman of Daarul-Hadeeth in Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah entitled “Al-Anwarul-Rahmaaniyyah fi Hidaayat Al-Firqah Al-Teejaaniyyah”, I came to know that the followers of this order, may Allah guide them to the right path, hold false beliefs. I also learnt that they are closer to Shirk and error than to faith, belief in the Qur’aan and following the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

Consequently, is it permissible to offer Salaah while being led by an Imam who is a follower of Al-Teejaaniyyah order? If your answer is in the negative, is a Muslim permitted to perform Salaah with his family at home when all the imaams of the Masjids (mosques) in his town adhere to Bidah? Furthermore,is it permissible to offer a second congregational Salaah in the same Masjid after the one that is led by the Imam who adheres to Bidah and the followers of Al-Teejaaniyyah order finishes? My concern is that this might lead to confusion and disunity among the Muslims.

Answer: Al-Teejaaniyyah Order is one of the most disbelieving and erroneous sects. Moreover, they are one of the most straying sects who innovate in religion things for which Allaah (Exalted be He) has given no permission… read more here.

Introducing Ahmad Al-Teejaanee, his Tareeqah, beliefs and the Sharee`ah ruling on his followers

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

Answer: Al-Teejaaniyyah 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… read more here.

Ruling on reading poems after Khatmah

Question: I hope that your esteemed committee will read the poem submitted to you. This poem is a versified Du‘aa’ (supplication) and is recited after Khatmah (completing of one reading of the whole Qur’aan). I request for a Fatwaa regarding this issue, for I find no one in my country who can give me convincing proof. Would you please give your legal ruling on the permissibility of this Du‘a’?

Answer: First of all, it is not permissible to recite any poem after Khatmah. This applies to the poem in question as well as any other… read more here.

Ruling on saying the Wirds of Al-Qaadyaaniyyah and Al-Teejaaniyyah

Question: What is the ruling on Wirds (portions of Qur’aan recited with consistency) said on a regular basis by Walee’s and the pious such as those adopted by Al-Qaadyaaniyyah, Al-Teejaaniyyah and other Sufi orders? Is it permissible to recite such utterances regularly? What is the ruling on the Sufi Book entitled Dalaa’il Al-Khayraat?

Answer: First, The Qur’an and the Sunnah contain the permissible Athkaar (mentioning Allaah). Some scholars collected these Athkaar such as; Al-Nawawee in his book Al-Athkaar, Ibn Al-Sunnee in his book `Amal Al-Yawm Wal Laylah, and Ibn Al-Qayyim in his book Al-Waabil Al-Sayyib. The books of Sunnah contain specific chapters about supplications and you should refer to them… read more here.

Ruling on reading the Wird of Al-Teejaaniyyah and worshipping Allaah through it

Question: Is it permissible to read the Wird (portions of Qur’aan recited with consistency) of Al-Teejaaniyyah order on a regular basis and worshiping Allaah through it or not?

Answer: Al-Teejaaniyyah order is an abominable Bid`ah (innovation in religion) which contradicts the guidance and Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him). Some of these utterances lead to Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) and takes whoever believes in it out of Islaam, may Allaah protect us… read more here.

Ruling on the Wird of Al-Teejaaniyyah order

Question: What is the difference between the Muslims and Al-Ahmadiyyeen ?

Answer: The Islaamic Shareeah enjoins Muslims to perform Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) and encourages it greatly. The Shareeah explains that Thikr revives souls and relieves hearts. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: O you who believe! Remember Allaah with much remembrance. And glorify His Praises morning and afternoon [the early morning (Fajr) and ‘Asr prayers].Allaah also says: Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allaah – Islaamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allaah: verily, in the remembrance of Allaah do hearts find rest.… read more here.

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.

A Sufi Order called “Al-Ansaar” (Al-Mahdiyyah)

Question:  There is a Sufi Order called “Al-Ansaar” (the followers of Al-Mahdee) which is widespread in Western Sudan. The supporters of this order are millions of common people. Al-Mahdee said in his publications:

“The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to walk before my army and give me glad tidings of victory.” What is your opinion about these superstitions and deceit?

Answer: Firstly, The claim that this man is Al-Mahdee and that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to walk before his army and give him glad tidings of triumph is an open lie and contradiction to the Sharee`ah and the realities agreed upon among Muslims… read more here.

What is the Islaamic ruling regarding Freemasonry?


a) What is the ruling on a man who bequeathed to be buried in a coffin?

b) A Muslim who was a Mason died. The Islaamic Funeral Prayer was observed for him followed by the rites of Freemasonry. What is the Islaamic ruling on this dead person and on those who performed these rites or allowed them to be performed?

c) What is Freemasonry? What is the Islaamic ruling regarding it?

Answer: a) Placing the deceased in a coffin was an unknown practice at the time of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or the time of the Sahaabah (the Companions of the Prophet – may Allaah be pleased with them). It is better for Muslims to follow the path of the Prophet and his Companions… read more here.

An abstract about the Druze doctrine (a secret sect of the Baatinee Qarmatians)

Question: All praise is due to Allaah and peace and blessings be upon His Prophet, upon his family and Companions.

To proceed:
The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa’ have studied the letter sent by His Excellency the Deputy-Interior Minister to his Eminence the General Chairman No. 2/5400 on 15/5/1397 A.H. The Committee also read the two brochures attached to his letter detailing two alleged debates:

The first was held between a durzi student who is studying in Al-Az-har and someone that he claimed to be the Grand Shaykh of Al-Azhar called Mustafaa Al-Raafi`ee. The second was held between a person who ascribed himself (according to the letter) to Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (those adhering to the Sunnah and the Muslim community) called Shaykh Al-Haq Al-Husaynee and a durzi professor called Abu Hasan Hany Zaydan. According to the request of His Excellency to study this letter, the response comes as follows:

Firstly: An abstract about the doctrine of the Druze which unveils their reality.

Secondly: A brief explanation about the two debates explaining their illusion and misconception.

First: An abstract about the Druze doctrine

Druze are a secret sect of the Baatinee Qarmatians who entertain camouflaging their religious convictions to deceive non-Durzi people. Sometimes, they pretend to be religious, ascetic, pious and show false religious jealousy. They also feign love of Raafidah, Sufism and Ahlul-Bayt (Members of the Prophet’s extended family). They claim that they are reformers who reconcile between people and gather them aiming to deceive them with regards to their religion. They continue doing so until they become strong and receive support from a ruler, they then show their reality, declare their dogmas and reveal their intentions.

At this time, they will be the callers to evil, corruption and a destructive means to religions, dogmas and ethics… read more here.

Al-Ismaa`eeliyyah and Agha Khani sects who live in many places and most of them live in the north of Pakistan

Question: What is the view of Sunni scholars regarding Al-Ismaa`eeliyyah and Agha Khani sects who live in many places and most of them live in the north of Pakistan. Following are some of their views that explain their doctrine.

1- The word of Faith: ‘I testify that there is no god but Allaah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah, and `Alee, the Commander of Believers, is Allaah.’ The Ismaa`eelis and Agha khans say these words are the word of Shahaadat Al-Tawheed i.e. the testimony of belief in monotheism, and the true word of Islaam.

2- The Imaam: They believe that Agha Khan Shah Kareem is their Imaam (religious leader) who has dominion over everything; the earth, the heavens, and what is in and between them. They even believe he is the supreme ruler of the whole world.

3- The Sharee`ah: They do not believe in the truth of Islaamic Sharee`ah. In fact, they believe that Agha Khan is the embodiment and the true tongue of the Qur’aan. They also believe that he is the “Ka`bah” and “Al-Bayt-al-Ma’moor” (i.e. Allaah’s House in the seventh heaven) and the one to be followed and no one else. Their books say that the word “Allaah” mentioned in the Qur’aan is the apparent term used to refer to Imaam Agha Khan.

4- Salaah (Prayer): They do not believe that the Five Prayers are obligatory. Only three formulae of supplication are required instead.

5- The Masjid (mosque): They take a place of worship called Jamaa`at khanah instead of mosques.

6- Zakaah (obligatory charity): They deny that Zakaah is obligatory. They instead allocate 10% of their wealth to the Agha Khan calling it as “dushond” or “Mal-Al-Waajibat i.e. money for religious obligations”.

7- Sawm (Fast): They deny that it is obligatory to fast the month of Ramadaan.

8- They do not believe that Hajj is obligatory, rather they believe that their belief in Agha Khan is itself Hajj.

9- Salaam (Islaamic greeting): Instead of the Islaamic formula of greeting, they invented a special greeting. When one of them meets another, he says, “`Alee madad” (May `Alee help you!). The other replies, “Mawlaa `Alee madad” i.e., (`Alee is a sufficient master for help!) This is a brief note about their sayings and the `Aqaa-id (creeds) they adopt.

Now I would like to ask few questions:

1- Are the Ismaa`eelis considered a Muslim sect or a disbelieving one?

2- Is it permissible to offer Funeral Prayer for their dead people?

3- Is it permissible to bury them in the Muslims’ graves?

4- Is it permissible to intermarry with them?

5- Is the meat of their sacrificed animals lawful for Muslims?

6- Should they be treated like Muslims?

In the Name of Allaah, the Great, we ask you to answer our request for Fatwaa to dispel the doubts in many Muslims’ minds. In the past, the followers of this sect used to hide their false `Aqidah (creed), therefore the early Muslim shuyookh called them Al-Baatiniyyah (those who hide their real faith). Nowadays, they overtly call people to their false `Aqeedah (creed) to lead Muslims astray in matters related to `Aqeedah (creed) and for some other purposes we do not yet know.

Answer: First, The belief that Allaah is incarnated in `Alee or in any other being is sheer disbelief that excludes a person from Islaam. Likewise, the belief that any being other than Allaah (Glorified be He) can control the heavens and earth, is disbelief as well… read more here.

What is the Sharee`ah ruling on Al-Habriyyah Tareeqah?

Question: What is the Shari`ah ruling on the two Tareeqahs (Sufi orders) that are prevalent in Algeria called Al-Habriyyoon. They were named after their grand shaykh Al-Habree, who is beloved by them. They believe that they alone are on the right path while other Muslims are in error. Is this Tareeqah truthful?

Answer: The only sound and truthful order is that which was introduced by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and followed by his Companions. Thus, the one who follows his example will be on the right path… read more here.

Which books would you advise me to read to strengthen my Deen; and Ruling upon the Naqshabandi order in particular

Question: I am seeking knowledge and Eemaan (Faith) that may please Allaah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

Which Islaamic books would you advise me to read to strengthen me, especially nowadays when there are many books that contain doubtful matters and falsehoods about the Deen (religion)?

Secondly: What is the ruling, in your understanding, on the Sufi Tariqahs (orders) in general, and the Naqshabandiyyah order in particular?

Answer: Firstly, you should devote your attention to the Qur’aan, reciting it regularly and contemplating its meanings, as the Qur’aan is the root of all that is good. You should then attend to the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). We recommend the following books on Tawheed (Islaamic monotheism):

“Sharh Al-`Aqeedah Al-Tahaawiyyah”, “Tat-heer Al-I`tiqaad” by Al-San`aanee, “Al-Tawheed” by Ibn Khuzaymah, “Mukhtasar Al-Sawaa`iq Al-Mursalah” by Al-Mawsilee. “Kashf Al-Shubuhaat” and “Al-Tawheed” by Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhaab, “Al-`Aqeedah Al-Wasitiyyah” by Ibn Taymiyyah, along with its commentaries, and also his two books: “Al-Hamawiyyah” and “Al-Tadmooriyyah.”… read more here.

Ruling upon Al-Burhaamiyyah Tareeqah (of Sufism)

Question: We trust Your Eminence and have confidence in your Fatwaa; therefore, we wish that Your Eminence will read this book carefully and give us a legal opinion about it, bearing in mind that the book is distributed to a wide range of people who worship Allaah through the regularly said supplications and utterances of Thikr (remembrance of Allaah) cited in this book.

We want to know whether it is permissible to worship Allaah through what is cited in it or not?

Answer: It is impermissible to worship Allaah through what is cited in this book – i.e. Awraad Al-Burhaamiyyah Tareeqah (Invocations of Al-Burhaamiyyah Order). To clarify, it involves reciting the Qur’aan for the dead, or more correctly for specific dead people, more likely for the purpose of seeking their blessings, as in the openings dedicated to the so-called “Ahlul-Silsilah” (people of spiritual lineage)… read more here.

Muslim’s attitude towards innovated sects in Islaam

Question: There are at present many Muslim sects such as the Sufi orders of Al-Shadhooliyyah, Al-Ibraaheemiyyah, Al-Qaadyaaniyyah, etc. What is the Islaamic attitude towards these sects?

What is our attitude as Muslims towards these sects and the ideas promulgated by their followers which defame Islaam?

Answer: We accept their deeds that go in agreement with Allaah’s Book (the Qur’aan) and the Sunnah of His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and refuse their deeds that differ from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah… read more here.

Ruling on sitting with Sufi orders making Thikr while swaying

Question: Praise be to Allaah, I like to follow the example of the Messenger (peace be upon him) and the Salaf (the pious predecessors). I attended some Sufi sessions just to know what is happening there and I was astonished by the movements and the dances which are not in conformity with human reverence, shyness and dignity, to say the least. They interpret static things and focus their worship around torturing themselves by several means. Most of their worship depends on Thikr.

They frequently mention the names of the pious people and believe in them more than they believe in Allaah and His Messenger. They have some views, most of which attack the pious Salaf who adhere to the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

However, they have some views which are in conformity with the Sunnah as understood by the Salaf. I sat with them more than once trying to figure out the secrets of this world. Most of the people are of the first social class; professors, doctors, engineers, employees, ordinary people and a lot of youth.

Am I committing a sin by sitting with them despite what I have mentioned? I wish you could clarify the matter of Sufi Orders and their dogmas, specially now that they’ve became organized in bodies and organizations recognized by the state.

Answer: It is well known about all Sufi orders and sects that they mention Allaah through Bid`ah (innovation in religion). They mention, dance, sway and totter right and left, up and down. They call Allaah during their Thikr with names unlike the names He set for Himself or set by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) such as “Hee, Hee, Hee”, “Ah, Ah” or mention Him by name such as “Allaah, Allaah, Allaah, Allaah”. They call Him by “Mentioning by the heart” Naqshabandi Order does… read more here.

Ruling on offering salaah in a Masjid that has a Sufi Tariqah

Question: In the suburb where I live there is a Masjid (mosque) with a Zawiyah (corner, prayer room) reserved to a Tareeqah (Sufi order). Is it permissible to pray in it?

Answer: Do not pray with these Sufis in their Zawiyah, and beware of keeping company with them and mixing with them, lest you should be influenced by their acts… read more here.

Ruling on the so-called “Hizb Al-Amaan”, “Salaah Al-Nuqtah” and “Al-Salaah Al-Lahutiyyah”

Question: What is your opinion concerning these things written in the attached paper: “Hizb Al-Amaan”, “Raqam 2”, “Salaah Al-Nuqtah” and “Salaah Al-Lahutiyyah”?

Answer: What has been mentioned in the attached paper with your question; Hizb Al-Amaan, Salaah Al-Nuqtah, and the Salaah Al-Lahutiyyah etc. Are kinds of Sufi Bid`ah (innovations in religion) and doing them is not permissible… read more here.

Ruling on some Sufi orders such as Izaalaat Al-Bida` and Al-Qaadiriyyah

Question: A questioner states that there are three religious groups in his country, namely:

(1) The Group of Izaalaat Al-Bida` wa Iqaamat Al-Sunnah (Bid`ah Elimination and Sunnah Establishment),

(2) Sufi orders, and

(3) Al-Qadiriyyah (Sufi order).

He asks that you shed light on these three groups and clarify their position with respect to the Noble Qur’an and the honorable Sunnah of the Prophet.

Answer: First, whoever calls to (adherence to) Allaah’s Book (Exalted be He) and to what is authentically reported from the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), acts accordingly, denies whatsoever opposes them, tries to remove innovated acts of Bid`ah, cooperates with and befriends the people of Sunnah, refutes the people of Bid`ah, and rejects their innovations in Islaam with sure knowledge and upon clear proof, will be of Ahl Al-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (those adhering to the Sunnah and the Muslim community)… read more here.

The Bid`ah related to Sufi Thikr said in one voice while swaying

Question: Is the way of Thikr (remembrance of Allaah) prevailing now among the people of the Sufi orders right or wrong? Is it reported in the Sunnah? Supposing that it is reported in the Sunnah, what is the supporting evidence, because it is the cause of many conflicts among people?

Answer: Making Thikr by the Sufis in one voice while swaying is an act of Bid`ah. It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said… read more here.

Ruling on delaying slaughtering the sacrificial animals three days after the `Eed

Question: I live near the Egyptian-Sudanese borders. There are many Sufi orders that have gone astray and led people astray there. Some people delay slaughtering their sacrificial animals three days after `Eid-ul-Ad-haa (the Festival of the Sacrifice), so the Sufi people may eat from them when they come to perform their empty rituals. People think by doing so they are doing something religious. Is their sacrifice valid? Or is it mere meat as stated in the Hadeeth?

Answer: Indeed, you told the truth about the deviation and innovations of the Sufi orders… read more here.

The Bid`ah of chanting Thikr in various ways after Salaah

Question: I came from North Africa to work here in the KSA. I ask Your Eminence to enlighten me. I am a Sufi; one of my shaykhs has ordered me to glorify Allaah after Subh and Maghrib prayers. The group of this shaykh form circles of Thikr (remembrance of Allaah) that begin after `Ishaa’ prayer.

In such circles they do the following: they start saying Allaah’s greatest Name, i.e. Allaah, prolonging and accenting it along with some other utterances of Thikr. Afterwards, we stand up on the rooftop and chant the word “Allaah” till its letters fade away to merely become “Ah Ah”. I, like some friends of mine, became charmed with it. People used to call us the Kittah party.

Kindly, guide me, is Thikr in such a manner correct that I may go on doing it or I had better abandon it? People claim that there is no mention of this Kittah in the Qur’aan or Sunnah.

Answer: It is impermissible to follow the way of the Shaykh you mentioned above or to glorify Allaah in such a manner, for this is one of the Bid‘ah (innovations) introduced into the religion… read more here.

Invoking Allaah in the single pronoun formula – “Yaa Hoo”

Question: Is it permissible to invoke Allaah saying “Yaa Hoo” i.e. referring to Allaah with He meaning: “He is Allaah”?

Answer: Single pronouns refer to the speaker, the addressee or the absent. They are not names of Allaah in the lingual or the Shar`ee meaning because He does not name Himself by it. So, invoking Him with them is nomination, calling and mentioning Him with anything other than His names which is not permissible… read more here.

The Bid`ah of holding banquets on birthdays celebrating the Prophet and righteous people

Question: In Tanzania we hold a banquet in a special location in our town where we gather and say: “This banquet is offered by the founder of Qaadiriyyah Tareeqah (Sufi order).”

Is this act regarded as Bid`ah (innovation in religion) or does it comply with the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him)? We do not visit the Masaajid (mosques), unless we make this banquet and recite the birth narrative of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Is there anything wrong with these practices?

Answer: No banquets were held for honoring any of the late righteous men during the lifetime of the Prophet (peace be upon him), the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet), or the Salaf (righteous predecessors… read more here.

Ruling on following some Sufi Tariqahs such as Al-Shaadhiliyyah

Question: Is there any harm if a Muslim follows the Tareeqah (Sufi order) ascribed to shaykh `Abd Al-Qaadir or Aboo Al-Hasan Al-Shaadhlee? Is it a Sunnah (a commendable act) or a Bid`ah (innovation in religion)?

Answer: It is narrated by ‘Aboo Daawood and other Compilers of the Sunan on the authority of Al-`Irbaad Ibn Saariyah who said… read more here.

Invalidity of the permission granted by a shaykh to his follower and claiming so

Question: Some Sufis say that the permission granted by one of their shuyookh to his disciple is done by saying: “O Follower, I permit you to recite in His remembrance ‘Laa Ilaaha Illaa Allaah’ (There is no deity except Allaah) 140 times reported through chains of transmission to the Prophet (peace be upon him), then to Jibreel (Gabriel) and then to Allaah (Exalted be He)”.

Is this saying valid or not? Is this permission authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) or is it an act of Bid`ah (innovation in religion)?

Answer: Remembrance of Allaah (Praised be He) is to recite His Book and authentic remembrance formulas reported from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him); whether by Tasbeeh (Saying Subhaan Allah [Glory is due to Allaah]), Tahmeed (saying Al-Hamdullilaah [Praise is due to Allaah]), Takbeer (Saying Allaah Akbar [Allaah is Most Great]) or Tahleel (Saying La Ilaaha Illaa Allaah [There is no deity except Allaah]), as has been ordained by Allaah and recommended by His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)… read more here.

Falsity of claiming that Thikr is better than the obligatory Salaah and refuting it

Question: Some Sufis say that Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) is better than the obligatory Salaah. Allah says: …and the remembering (praising) of (you by) Allaah (in front of the angels) is greater Is Thikr of Allaah better than Salaah as they say?

Answer: Allaah orders us to offer Thikr. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: O you who believe! Remember Allaah with much remembrance. And glorify His Praises morning and afternoon [the early morning (Fajr) and ‘Asr prayers]. He (Exalted be He) points out that hearts receive tranquility and rest by remembering Him… read more here.

Is the dead body of a Walee (pious person) raised to heaven after his death?

Question: It is said that when a Walee (pious person) dies and is buried in a grave, the angels come to take his body out and raise it to heaven. Is this statement true?

Answer: No, it is not true. Rather, the soul is raised to heaven and its doors will be opened if the soul belongs to a believer… read more here.

Causes of disagreement between scholars

Question: Why did the four Imaams (scholars) disagree on some legal matters? Did the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) know that these Imaams would come after him?

Answer: We do not know whether the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) knew that the four Imaams would come after him or not. This is because the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not know the Ghayb (the unseen), but knew only what Allaah informed him… read more here.

Ruling on consulting soothsayers who claim the knowledge of the Ghayb

Question: What is the legal ruling on consulting soothsayers who claim knowledge of Ghayb (the Unseen)? What about those who hold back from taking action against them?

Answer: Knowledge of the Ghayb is exclusive to Allaah Alone. Whoever claims to possess it is certainly assuming the acquisition of a Divine attribute that Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) Alone possesses, and is making himself a rival with Allaah… read more here.

Claiming to have knowledge of the Ghayb

Question: We have a woman whom people call “the Ghayb (unseen) claimer”, if this is due to her claiming the knowledge of the Ghayb, then what is the ruling?

Answer: Claiming the knowledge of the Ghayb is Kufr (disbelief). Allaah (Exalted be He) says: Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghayb (Unseen) except Allaah” This woman must change her name to something more acceptable, such as Faatimah, `Aa’ishah, and the like until she is no longer known for claiming the Ghayb… read more here.

Hadeeth: “After more than fourteen centuries, there will be the time of the Hour”

Question: We heard some scholars say that there is a narration that says: “After more than fourteen centuries, there will be the time of the Hour (the Day of Judgment).” Is this narration true? Taking into consideration that about fourteen centuries have passed and nothing has happened.

Answer: No one knows exactly the time of the Hour except Allaah (Exalted be He). There is no authentic Hadeeth that denotes the authenticity of what is mentioned by those whom you have mentioned in the question… read more here.

Does a Waliy (a righteous practicing Muslim) know Ghayb (Unseen knowledge)?

Question: Allaah (Exalted be He) states: “(He Alone is) the All-Knower of the Ghaib (Unseen), and He reveals to none His Ghayb (Unseen).” Except to a Messenger (from mankind) whom He has chosen (He informs him of unseen as much as He likes) Can a Waliy of the messenger’s Ummah (nation based on one creed) succeed him in knowing the Ghayb (Unseen)?

Answer: Allaah (Glorified be He) has decreed that the knowledge of the Ghayb is exclusively His, for He states: Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghayb (Unseen) except Allaah” He has not excluded any one except his messengers (from mankind) whom He has chosen, at that time… read more here.

Eating the meat of a sacrificial animal slaughtered on the occasion of the Mawlid

Question: Is it permissible to eat from the meat slaughtered in commemoration of the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday) or any other birth anniversary?

Answer: Sacrificing animals on the occasion of commemorating the birth of a prophet or a Walee (pious person) to glorify them is judged as sacrificing an animal to other than Allaah, which is Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Eating the meat of the sacrificial animal offered for a Walee

Question: In our country, there are some people who visit the graves of Awliyaa’ (pious people) and slaughter sacrificial animals with the intention of vowing for the sake of their dwellers. After that they distribute the meat of these sacrificial animals between the neighbors of the grave or the shrine they have visited.Is it lawful to eat the meat of a sacrificial animal that is slaughtered for the Waliy or does this fall under what is mentioned in the saying of Allaah (Exalted be He): Forbidden to you (for food) are: Al-Maytah (the dead animals- cattle- beast not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which Allaah’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering ?

Answer: If the case is as you have mentioned, then it is not permissible to eat this meat because it is considered slaughtered for other than Allaah and this is an act of major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), for Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Believing in Muhammad, then associating others in worship with Allaah

Question: Some scholars say: “The Mushrik (one who associates others with Allaah in worship) of this Ummah (nation) should be similar in status to the People of the Book with regard to the permissibility of eating the animals they slaughter and marrying their women. They justify this by saying that the Book of the Jews is the Tawraah (Torah) and their prophet is Moosaa (Moses) even if they are liars.The same applies to the Christians. Their Book is the Injeel (Gospel) and their prophet is ‘Eesaa (Jesus) even if they are liars. These people claim to be the followers of their prophets but they have abandoned their religions. Those resemble the Mushriks (those who associate others with Allaah in worship) of this Ummah. They claim that their Book is the Qur’aan and that their Prophet is Muhammad (peace be upon him). Therefore, it is permissible to marry their women and to eat the animals they slaughter and the same is permissible with regard to the People of the Book.

Answer: Whoever believes in Muhammad (peace be upon him) then associates others in worship with Allaah through making Sujood (Prostration), vowing or slaughtering for anyone other than Allaah is not similar to the People of the Book... read more here.

Slaughtering on the threshold of a new house

Question: In Al-Riyadh newspaper, Issue no. 6411 of 01-05-1406 A.H., we read an article, of which a photocopy is included, under the following title “Slaughtering on the Threshold of the New House”. The editor wonders whether this belief is valid as it is a habit that some people have. The editor proceeded: I do not know where this custom of slaughtering on the threshold of a new house comes from. However, it is customary that slaughtering in this way as well as before entering is believed to be one of the most important means of fending off the evil eye, blessing the house, and avoiding harmful calamities and accidents. We believe that caution does not ward off predestination and thus, we do not know whether this belief is valid or not. Any way, this point is worthy of consideration.

Answer: If this habit is practiced as a means of satisfying Jinn (creatures created from fire) and avoiding calamities and unpleasant incidents, as it appears from what was mentioned that the slaughtering takes place before entering the house and specifically on the threshold, it will be regarded not only as an unlawful habit but also as Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Slaughtering in the Name of Allaah to feed guests or relatives

Question: Slaughtering animals for the sake of anyone other than Allaah is prohibited and Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). What is the Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) ruling on slaughtering animals for guests or relatives?

Answer: Slaughtering animals to draw closer to the person for whom the animals are slaughtered, or for the sake of bringing benefit or removing harm is Shirk. The Prophet (peace be upon him) cursed the person who slaughters for any one other than Allaah… read more here.

Slaughtering animals for other than Allaah

Question: There are some people who are known as Arab witch doctors. When someone who is sick, including those who are possessed by Jinn, visit those doctors, they advise them to slaughter certain kinds of chickens having specific colors; for example a black or white rooster.The blood of this slaughtered bird, which is probably slaughtered without mentioning the Name of Allaah, is then applied to the body of the sick person. What is the ruling on this practice?

Answer: Slaughtering a sacrifice to other than Allaah (Exalted be He) is major Shirk (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah), as He (Exalted be He) commands saying (what means… read more here.

The superstition of slaughtering animals to pass safely through a valley

Question: There is a group of people residing in a neighboring valley called Umm Al-Safaa’. At the beginning of every summer, they purchase a bull or a cow and slaughter it at Al-Safa’. This happens every year, at the beginning of summer. I see this as an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), because they slaughter this animal to those who live in the valley from Jinn and devils, and other superstitions.They do this at the beginning of the year in one specific place. If it was done anywhere, it would not be a problem, because it would be done for Allaah. What is the ruling on this practice? Is it an act of Shirk? If not, why not?

Answer: If the situation is as you described and they offer sacrificial animals in this valley for the Jinn, it is a major form of Shirk that takes the person who performs it out of Islaam. Allaah (Exalted be He) says (what means)… read more here.

Claiming the lawfulness of eating the slaughtered animal of a Mushrik

Question: Is it an act of Kufr (disbelief) if someone claims that eating from the meat of animals slaughtered by Mushriks (people who associate others with Allaah in worship) is lawful on the grounds that Allaah says: So eat of that (meat) on which Allaah’s Name has been pronounced (while slaughtering the animal), if you are believers in His Aayaat (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.). ? They argue that the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) is self-explanatory, stick to their opinion, and do not accept anyone’s advice; are they considered kaafirs (disbelievers)?

Answer: Whoever regards eating from the meat of animals slaughtered by Mushriks as lawful – if Allaah’s Name is mentioned at slaughtering – is wrong. However, they are not Kaafirs, as there is a doubtful matter, but there is no proof for this view in the Aayah… read more here.

Slaughtering animals for the jinn and invoking them to fulfill a need

Question: What is the ruling on people who adhere to the pillars of Islaam but slaughter animals for the sake of Jinn (creatures created from fire)or make Du`aa’ (supplication) to them to fulfill their needs? Are they excused for being ignorant of the fact that Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) prohibits such practices? Can they be called Mushriks (those who associate others with Allaah in worship) even before the matter is explained to them?

Answer: It is obligatory for those who have knowledge of true Tawheed (monotheism) and who know of those people’s practices to explain to them that sacrificing animals for the sake of Jinn, prophets, angels or idols is considered an act of Al-Shirk Al-Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah) which takes them out of Islaam… read more here.

Slaughtering animals for Jinn

Question: Some religious brothers come to us in the desert and advise us that if people slaughter animals as a sacrifice to the Jinn (creatures created from fire), their Salaah and Hajj will be invalid. When I heard this from them, I repented to Allaah for sacrificing animals to the Jinn. I had already performed Hajj, but they tell me that my previous Hajj is invalid. Is my Hajj valid or not? If it is invalid, should I perform Hajj again.

Answer: Sacrificing animals to the Jinn is considered Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). If a person who commits this dies before repenting to Allaah, he will abide eternally in Hellfire… read more here.