In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

The Efforts of the Hanafi Scholars in (showing) the falsity of the creed of the grave worshippers

Shaikh Shamsuddeen al-Afghaanee (rahimahullaah) said:

Indeed, it not hidden that Allaah (The Most high) chose the Religion of Islaam for His slaves- the Religion of truthfulness and Justice, as He (The One from all imperfections) said: ‘’[وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا ] [and have chosen for you Islam as your religion] [Maa-idah: Ayah:3] And He (The mighty and Majestic) said: [وَتَمَّتْ كَلِمَتُ رَبِّكَ صِدْقًا وَعَدْلًا] [And the Word of your Lord has been fulfilled in truth and in justice][An-An’aam: Ayah:115] The foundation of this upright Religion is to declare the Oneness of Allaah and to worship Him alone without partners. This is the loftiest intention, the highest goal, the greatest objective and the most exalted desire (of a person). He (The Most High) sent the Messengers for this call and revealed the Books to ascertain it. It is the first and final obligation obligatory upon those who have reached the age of (puberty), and fighting (to uphold this obligation), allegiance and enmity are (established) as a result of it. However, the grave-worshippers violate this principle and destroy Islaam from its foundation.

Indeed, Allaah created Aadam the father of mankind and his wife the mother of mankind, and He chose this upright religion for them and all the children of Aadam. They worshipped their Lord (alone) and associated none as a partner with Him. They were one nation upon one Religion-declaring the Oneness of their Lord (The Mighty and Majestic) and worshipped Him alone without partners, and were upon a singular path to which the Prophets of Allaah guided them. They neither associated anyone as a partner to their Lord in worship nor worshipped Him (The Most High) through innovated religious practices. They were all Muslim men and women—Muwahhideen (those who single out Allaah in worship) and Sunniyyeen (those who follow exactly the way of their Prophets without innovating in religion).

There were neither amongst them those who associated partners to Allaah (in worship) nor a worshipper of graves; neither a worshipper of so called sacred images nor an idol worshipper; neither an innovator in the religion of Allaah nor one who brought about fictitious affairs in Allaah’s divine law.

There were neither idols to which people prostrated nor so called sacred images that were worshipped; there were neither graves (in whose vicinity people) stayed (as an act of worship) and seeking closeness to Allaah through them (in order to receive His favours) nor were there (so called sacred) trees through which blessings were sought.

There were neither so called sacred stone (images) in whose vicinity people offered animal sacrifices nor did they make vows to an angel as an act of worship. They neither sought rescue and deliverance from a Prophet (in affair that only Allaah has the ability to do so) nor did they seek aid and assistance from a righteous slave of Allaah (in that which only Allaah has ability to do so).

And indeed Iblees (may the curse of Allaah be upon him) had enmity towards all of them, so he fabricated this (practice) for them because he saw that all of them obeyed Allaah, followed His divine laws, worshipped Him alone and declared His Oneness. Therefore, he (Iblees) at times took the opportunity to misguide them through his hidden devilish beautified paths, but he was not able to do so until when some righteous men of high status whom they used to love dearly passed away, such as the likes of Wad, Suwaa, Ya’ghooth, Ya-ooq and Nasr—which greatly saddened them. So shaytaan tricked them and gradually enticed them towards some practices until they (i.e. the people) took the graves of these righteous men as places to spend time for religious purposes, which further led them to start worshipping them.

So, through this satanic path the grave worshipping sect appeared amongst the children of Aadam before Nooh (alayhis-salaam) the Messenger of Allaah. The people had deviated from worshipping Allaah alone and violated His Oneness—worshipping so called sacred images became attached to their hearts and they started worshipping those righteous men with different acts of worship under the premise of exalting them, showing allegiance to them, love of them, seeking a means of nearness to Allaah through them and seeking intercession through them. [1] [Paraphrased: For further details see, page: 16-18 Juhoodu Ulamaa Al-Hanafiyyah Fee Ibtaali Aqaa-idil Qubooriyyeen of Shaikh Sham-suddeen Al-Afghaanee (rahimahullaah)]


[1]Narrated Ibn Abbaas (radiyallaahu-anhumaa): All the idols which were worshipped by the people of Nuh were worshipped by the Arabs later on. As for the idol Wadd, it was worshipped by the tribe of Kalb at Daumat al-Jandal; Suwa was the idol of Bani Hudhail, and Yaghuth was the idol of (the tribe of) Mourad and then by Bani Ghutaif at Al-Jauf near Saba; Ya’uq was the idol of Hamdaan, and Nasr was the idol of Himyar, the branch of Dhil –Kala. The names (of the idols) formerly belonged to some pious men of the people of Nuh, and when they died, satan inspired their people to (prepare) and place idols at the places where they used to sit, and to call those idols by their names. The people did so, but the idols were not worshipped till those people (who initiated them) had died and the origin of the idols had become obscure, whereupon people began worshipping them. [Saheeh al-Bukhaari: 6/4920]

To be continued Inshaa-Allaah

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