In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Firstly: We repeat once again the fact that rebutting false beliefs, ideas and views does not necessitate bad behaviour, rather Muslims are commanded to behave well towards others.
Allaah [The Most High] said:
قُلۡ يَـٰٓأَهۡلَ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبِ تَعَالَوۡاْ إِلَىٰ ڪَلِمَةٍ۬ سَوَآءِۭ بَيۡنَنَا وَبَيۡنَكُمۡ أَلَّا نَعۡبُدَ إِلَّا ٱللَّهَ وَلَا نُشۡرِكَ بِهِۦ شَيۡـًٔ۬ا وَلَا يَتَّخِذَ بَعۡضُنَا بَعۡضًا أَرۡبَابً۬ا مِّن دُونِ ٱللَّهِۚ فَإِن تَوَلَّوۡاْ فَقُولُواْ ٱشۡهَدُواْ بِأَنَّا مُسۡلِمُونَ
–Say (O Muhammad): “O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians): Come to a word that is just between us and you, that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partners with Him, and that none of us shall take others as lords besides Allah. Then, if they turn away, say: “Bear witness that we are Muslims]. [Surah Aal Imraan. Aayah 64]
Meaning: say to the people of the scripture – the Jews and Christians,
[تَعَالَوۡاْ إِلَىٰ ڪَلِمَةٍ۬ سَوَآءِۭ بَيۡنَنَا وَبَيۡنَكُمۡ – Come to a word that is just between us and you]- Meaning: Come let us unite upon the statement which all the Prophets and Messengers agreed upon and none opposes it except the obstinate and misguided. This statement is not specific to anyone of us; rather it is something that you and us should establish between us, so this is justice and fairness in debate. Then Allaah explains this and said:
[أَلَّا نَعۡبُدَ إِلَّا ٱللَّهَ وَلَا نُشۡرِكَ بِهِۦ شَيۡـًٔ۬ا – that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partners with Him]- Meaning: We should single out Allaah in worship, devoting all love, fear and hope to Him alone, and we should not associate anyone as partner with Allaah in worship- neither a Prophet, an Angel, a Righteous Person, an Idol, a Deified image, a living or non-living thing, [وَلَا يَتَّخِذَ بَعۡضُنَا بَعۡضًا أَرۡبَابً۬ا مِّن دُونِ ٱللَّهِۚ – and that none of us shall take others as lords besides Allaah]; rather all obedience is to be devoted to Allah and His Messengers. [فَإِن تَوَلَّوۡاْ فَقُولُواْ ٱشۡهَدُواْ بِأَنَّا مُسۡلِمُونَ – Then, if they turn away, say: “Bear witness that we are Muslims]”. [Tafsir As-Sadi]
A person comes to the grave of someone amongst the righteous people whom he holds in high regard, then sometimes the grave opens and a man with the same image of the deceased exits and at other times he sees that same person entering the grave; sometimes he sees him riding or walking inside that place of the deceased such as shrines built on a grave and at other times he sees him outside that shrine and thinks that he is that righteous man, and people invoke him for rescue, so he comes to them; however it is not that righteous man, rather it is a shaytaan who took his image. This has happened to more than one person amongst those we know- sometimes a people seek rescue from a person about whom they hold a good opinion regarding his piety, either a dead person or one who is absent, then they see him with their own eyes that he has come to them, speaks to them and fulfils some of their needs, so they think that it was him, but rather it is a shaytaan claiming to be that man who has passed away.
Many times a person comes in the image of one who has already passed away, speaks to the people, pays a debt, returns something that was deposited with him and informs the people about the dead, so they think that he is actually that dead person who came to them, but rather it is a shaytaan who took his image. This happens a lot, especially in a land of Shirk such as India and other places similar to it. Amongst these people you see one who is in his coffin during the funeral procession whilst holding his son’s hand, and amongst them is one who says, “When I die, do not call anyone to wash me, rather I will come from such and such direction to wash myself”, then after his death a man comes in the air – in his image – and takes a bath, so the people think that it was him who came, but rather it is a shaytaan who took his image.
Sometimes one of them sees a person flying in the air or one with a mighty image or informs them of affairs they cannot see, and says to him, “I am Prophet khidr”, but rather it is a shaytaan telling him lies, and it may be that the one being lied to is a man who adheres to the religion, devoted in worship and one who suffices with only what he needs of the worldly things and abstains from the things he can do without due to his piety. This has happened to more than one person, so whilst a man is wide awake, he sees a person either riding or not riding and the people saying, “This is such and such Prophet- Ibraaheem, the Messiah or Muhammad; this is that truthful person – Abu Bakr or some of the disciples, or this is such and such person whom the people consider to be righteous, such as Jirjees or other than him amongst those whom the Christians hold in high regard, or some of the Shaikhs of the Muslims; however it is a shaytaan claiming that he is that Prophet, or that Shaikh or that truthful person who have already passed away. The likes of this has happened a lot to the polytheists, the Christians and many people amongst the Muslims. One of them supposedly sees a person [who has passed away] whom he used to hold in high regard, so he says to him, “I am Shaikh such and such”, but actually it is a Shaytaan.
I know a lot regarding this and I know more than one person who invokes some of the Shaikhs – who are not present – for rescue, then he sees him coming to him and helps him whilst he is awake. This happened to me and others I know. More than one person has mentioned to me that they sought rescue from me at a faraway land and saw me come to him. And amongst them is one who said to me, “I saw you physically riding with this clothing of yours”, and amongst them is one who said, “I saw you at a mountain”, so I informed them that I never rescued them, rather indeed that was a shaytaan who took my image to misguide them because they associate partners with Allaah and invoke others besides Allaah. Likewise, there are those amongst our companions whom others invoked due to holding a good opinion of them about their piety, so he came to fulfil their need; but he says to the one who invoked him [i.e. after he was informed of this], “I do not know of anything about this”.
And amongst the Shaikhs is one who says that he heard the voice of the person who was invoking him for rescue and he heard his voice responding to him, but it is a shaytaan who made him hear a voice similar to the voice of the one who invoked him and then responds to the person with a voice similar to that of the Shaikh, so the one who sought rescue hears a voice similar to that of the Shaikh and thinks that it is the voice of the Shaikh. This happened to someone I know, who stated this about himself, saying, “Some jinn spoke to me and then transmitted to me a voice that is similar to that of those who invoke me and then he transmits to them a voice similar to mine”. This is what the devils amongst the Jinn do to the people who depend on them and vow to them.
And likewise there is one who says that the Messiah [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] came to him whilst he was awake, but rather it is a shaytaan, and this has happen to many people. Shaytaan misguides the people and deviates them through what he thinks they will follow him, so he addresses the Christians based on that which agrees with their altered religion and he also addresses the misguided Muslims based on that which agrees with their corrupt beliefs.
[An Excerpt from Al Jawaabus Saheeh Liman Baddala Deen Al-Maseeh 1/278-280. Slightly paraphrased]
None Returns to The World After Death
None Knows The Unseen -Neither Jinns Nor Prophets, Nor Angels
Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic] said:
فَلَمَّا قَضَيۡنَا عَلَيۡهِ ٱلۡمَوۡتَ مَا دَلَّهُمۡ عَلَىٰ مَوۡتِهِۦۤ إِلَّا دَآبَّةُ ٱلۡأَرۡضِ تَأۡڪُلُ مِنسَأَتَهُۖ ۥ فَلَمَّا خَرَّ تَبَيَّنَتِ ٱلۡجِنُّ أَن لَّوۡ كَانُواْ يَعۡلَمُونَ ٱلۡغَيۡبَ مَا لَبِثُواْ فِى ٱلۡعَذَابِ ٱلۡمُهِينِ
Then when We decreed death for him [Sulaiman (Solomon)], nothing informed them (jinns) of his death except a little worm of the earth, which kept (slowly) gnawing away at his stick, so when he fell down, the jinns saw clearly that if they had known the unseen, they would not have stayed in the humiliating torment. [Surah Saba. Aayah 14]
Finally, we repeat once again the fact that rebutting false beliefs, ideas and views does not necessitate bad behaviour, rather Muslims are commanded to behave well towards others.
To be continued InShaaAllaah