Were the heavens and the earth created for the sake of Muhammad?

Question: Is it true that the heavens and the earth were created only for the sake of Muhammad (peace be upon him)?

Answer: This is not true because Allaah (Exalted be He) created the jinn (creatures created from fire) and mankind for the sole purpose of worshipping Him alone, without associating any partners with Him. Allaah (Exalted be He) says (what means)… read more here.

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Where is Allaah?

Question: How do I answer someone who asks where Allaah is?

Answer: You should say that He is over His Throne, as Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

The formula of sending blessings on the Messenger when visiting his grave

Question: Among the common formulae of greeting the Prophet when visiting his grave are the following, “Al-Salaatu wa Al-Salaamu `alayka yaa rasool Allaah, i.e. Peace and blessings be upon you, O Messenger of Allaah” and “Allaahumma salli `Alaa Muhammad wa `alaa aali Muhammad, i.e. O Allaah, invoke blessings upon Muhammad and his family,” which of them is better?

Also, does the Prophet (peace be upon him) look at a person who greets him at his grave? Is it true that the Prophet (peace be upon him) waved a hand out of his grave to greet one of his honorable Sahaabah (Companions) or the pious people in return for their greetings?

Answer: (A) To the best of my knowledge, no certain formula of greeting the Prophet has been authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him). Thus, both the formulae mentioned above are true… read more here.

Invoking the Prophet after his death to fulfill needs or seek his help in removing distress

Question: Is it an act of Shirk (Associating others in worship with Allaah) if someone calls and makes Du`aa’ (supplication) to the Prophet (peace be upon him) near his grave or far from it to fulfill their needs or seek his help when calamities and misfortunes afflict them?

Answer: If someone makes Du`aa’ to the Prophet (peace be upon him) after his death to fulfill their needs or seeks his help to remove distress, they are committing an act of Al-Shirk Al-Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah) which will take them outside the fold of Islaam… read more here.

Do the dead people hear the calls or supplications of living people?

Question: Does the Prophet (peace be upon him) hear every call and supplication made at his grave? Does he hear us when we invoke blessings on him there, as it is narrated in the Hadeeth, “Whoever invokes Allaah’s blessings on me at my grave, I hear him…”? Is this Saheeh (authentic), Da‘eef (weak) or Mawdoo‘ (fabricated) Hadeeth?

Answer: Basically, the dead do not hear the calls or supplications of the living people, as Allaah (Exalted be He) says (what means): …but you cannot make hear those who are in graves. Nothing in the Qur’aan… read more here.

Is the Prophet alive in his grave?

Question: Regarding the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him), is he (peace be upon him) alive in his grave, in the worldly sense, with the return of his soul to his body, or is he alive in the sense of the life of Al-Barzakh (period between death and the Resurrection) with no legal liabilities or obligations? The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, during his final illness, “O Allaah! With the highest companions (i.e. The prophets in the highest part of Paradise).” Is his body as it was when it was placed in the grave, without a soul, and his soul is in the highest part of `Illiyyoon (a register inscribed, to which the angels bear witness) and it will join his body on the Day of Resurrection? Allaah (Exalted be He) says: And when the souls are joined with their bodies, (the good with the good and the bad with the bad).

Answer: Our Prophet (peace be upon him) is living in his grave the life of Al-Barzakh, so he is enjoying the blessings that Allaah has prepared for him as a reward for the wonderful deeds he performed in this world. But his soul has not joined his body to be alive in the grave as it was in this world, because life in the grave is not like the life of this world, or the life in the Hereafter; it is the life of Al-Barzakh, which comes between life in this world and life in the Hereafter… read more here.

Were the heavens and earth created for the Prophet’s sake?

Question: Can we say that Allaah created the heavens and the earth only to create the Prophet (peace be upon him)? What is the meaning of “If not for you, if not for you, He wouldn’t have created the orbits”? Is this saying a Hadeeth? If it is, is it authentic or not? Please tell us!

Answer: The heavens and the earth were not created for the sake of the Prophet (peace be upon him) but were created for the reasons which Allaah mentioned in the following Aayah… read more here.

Hadeeth: ” Had it not been for you, the orbit of celestial bodies would not have been created”

Question: “Had it not been for you, orbits of celestial bodies would not have been created.” Is this Mawdoo‘ (fabricated) or Da‘eef (weak) Hadeeth?

Answer: This Hadeeth was cited by Al-‘Ajloonee in his book entitled (Kashf Al-Khafa wa Muzil Al-Ilbaas ‘Amma Ishtahar Min Al-Ahadeeth ‘Ala Alsinat Al-Naas), in which he reported that Al-Saghaanee said: “This Hadeeth is a Mawdoo‘ (fabricated) Hadeeth”… read more here.

Ruling on Tabarruk from the Prophet’s grave and saying “Universe was created for the Prophet”

Question 7: Muslim brothers, I want you to enlighten me and answer a question that worries me a great deal about the beloved and chosen Messenger of Allaah, Muhammad, may peace and blessings be upon him, his family and Companions. Muslim brothers, I heard some Shaykhs in the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday) ceremonies saying that if it were not for Muhammad (peace be upon him), the heavens and the earth would not have been created, and that Allaah created him (the Prophet) before Aadam (peace be upon him) by thousands of years. They also say that Allaah (may He be Exalted and Glorified) has created the sun from the light of the Prophet’s forehead, the stars from the light of his teeth and many other similar things which I cannot recall. I also hear that “Laa ilaahaa illaa Allaah, Muhammad Rasool-ul Allaah” (There is no deity but Allaah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah) is written on the gate of Jannah (Paradise)…

Answer: First: Celebrating the birth of the Messenger (peace be upon him) is an act of Bidd‘ah (innovation in religion) that was neither observed by him (peace be upon him) nor by any of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs nor his Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet, may Allaah be pleased with them). It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Anyone who does an action which is not in accordance with this matter of ours (Islaam) will have it rejected.read more here.

The claim that “The world was created for the Prophet Muhammad and he is Noor”

Question 330: Many people claim that Allaah created the universe for the sake of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and that were it not for the Prophet, Paradise and Hellfire would not have been created. They also claim that he is created from light. How can we refute these claims?

Answer: The claim that the universe was created for the sake of Muhammad (peace be upon him) and that he is created from light is false and a kind of extravagance and exaggeration. Allaah has created mankind to worship Him. Allaah (Exalted be He) says, And I (Allaah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone). And He has created the heavens and the earth with truth. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is a man who was created in the same way as mankind; namely, through a father and a mother. Allaah says, Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “I am only a man like you. Moreover,Paradise and Hellfire are created as a reward and a punishment for the deeds of man. Paradise is the home of the pious people, whereas Hellfire is the home of the Kaafirs (disbelievers)... read more here.