In The Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Allah [The Exalted] said:
ٱتَّبِعُوا۟ مَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكُم مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا۟ مِن دُونِهِۦٓ أَوْلِيَآءَ قَلِيلًا مَّا تَذَكَّرُونَ
[Say (O Muhammad to them)]: “Follow what has been sent down unto you from your Lord (the Quran and Prophet Muhammad’s Sunnah), and follow not any (protectors and helpers, etc. who order you to associate partners in worship with Allah), besides Him (Allah). Little do you remember!” [Surah Al-A’raaf. Ayah 3]
The cretins stated: “On Friday, 24 August 2012, Islamists loyal to Muhammad al-Madkhali, demolished Sufi shrines in Zliten in Libya with construction equipment and bulldozers. The act was condemned by twenty-two NGOs, in addition to the post-war Libyan government’s top religious official and UNESCO General Director Irina Bokova. The post-war Libyan government filed a complaint with the Saudi government regarding Muhammad al-Madkhali, who is a professor at the Islamic University of Madinah”. [End of quote]
Under the guise of academic research and well-founded criticism against a so-called group, movement, or strain within Salafiyyah known as Mad’khalis, the cretins at Wikipedia once again show their reprehensible ignorance of the sound Islamic creed while seeking to wage war against Salafiyyah. InShaaAllah, the first issue we must address is how grave worship began in this Ummah.
Shaikh Shamsuddeen al-Afghaanee As-Salafi [may Allah have mercy upon him] said:
“Allah [The Exalted] guided mankind through Muhammad [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] and what he conveyed of clear manifest proofs and guidance – guidance that could not be described by those skilled in description and transcended the knowledge of those with great perception. As a result of this guidance, Allah opened the eyes of the blind, the ears of the deaf, and the hearts of the heedless. After they had been in a state of disunity and hatred towards one another, having followed destructive and corrupt creeds, Allah united them on one religion- the religion of pure Islamic monotheism, Prophet Ibraaheem’s religion of pure monotheism. Through great blessing, Allah united their hearts, and they became true brothers in Islam. Following that, everything else that was worshipped ceased, including graves, trees, stones, images, and idols, and all worship was devoted to Allah (alone). Except for those whom Allah willed to remain as people of polytheism, hypocrisy, and followers of the altered and perverted old scriptures, the people followed the true Religion of Islamic monotheism, worshipped Allah alone, and established worship sincerely for Allah. The darkness of shirk (polytheism) was removed, and the banner of Tawheed (true Islamic Monotheism) was raised in the lands among Arabs and non-Arabs. Allah’s Messenger [Muhammad] returned to his Lord, while Islam was established and ruled supreme over all other ways of life and creeds. Following that, the Messenger’s rightly guided khulafaa [AbuBakr, Umar, Uthmaan, and Ali] continued on this path until the two powerful and great nations at the time- Rome and Persia- ended up in humiliation, degradation, and fear after they had been in security, and thus Caesar was restricted and besieged, and khosrau was subdued and destroyed.
When the enemies of Islam realised they couldn’t destroy it, they implanted their disbelieving agents within Islam, pretending to be Muslims in order to foment confusion, trials, and tribulations, and spread Shirk (polytheism) by exaggerating the status of the pious people – exalting their graves through (beliefs and practices) that are not ordained by Allah. So, this Ummah faced trial through the schemes of the [atheist, heretic, and hypocrite] Abdullah Bin Saba, who claimed Uloohiyyah for Ali Ibn Abee Taalib [i.e. that Allah is to be worshipped]. The followers of Abdullah Bin As-Sabah were known as the Saaba’iyyah, and afterward as the rawaafid (shiites), ismaaliyyah (shittes), nusayriyah (shiites), and others among the Baatiniyyah. They used to worship graves and the deceased, erecting places of worship and domed (shaped) shrines on top of them. As a result, they revived the practices of Jews, Christians, and idol worshippers, and so the practices of grave worshippers in this Muslim Ummah manifested from the deeds of the rawaafid (shiites). [Footnote a]
Then the books of Greek philosophy that featured the ideas of grave and idol worship were translated into Arabic, thus many Muslims became preoccupied with these books, such as Al-Faraabee, Ibn Sinaa Al-Hanafi, Naseer At-Toosee, a proponent of disbelief and polytheism, and others who sought to play tricks on Islam in the same way that Paul did on Christianity”. [(1)]
Second, the cretins must also be informed that the Ummah was forewarned by Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) not to adopt the heresies of the Jews and the Christians. Imaam Al-Aloosee [May Allaah have mercy upon him] said: “It has been reported in a hadeeth in Al-Bukhaari and Muslim that the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “Indeed, you (Muslims) will follow the way of those before you (i.e. the misguided Jews and Christians), hand span by hand span, cubit by cubit, to the extent that if they entered into the hole of a lizard, you will enter it too”. [Al-Bukhaari 1397, Muslim 4822] The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] informed us that indeed there will be in his Ummah those who will follow the previous nations – the ignorant people amongst the people of the scriptures and other than them – hand span by hand span as has been explained in the hadeeth. There is no doubt that what he [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] informed us has occurred because indeed he is As-Saadiq Al-Masdooq [the truthful one and the one who is to be believed in everything he says] and he does not speak out of his own desires. Certainly, those who adhere to his guidance and follow that which has been established in his Sunnah are not the ones intended in this hadeeth, therefore, it has to be the case that the people who follow the footsteps of the Jews and Christians are those who substitute and change (the religion), innovate in religious affairs and distort, imitate the previous nations in their actions and deeds, such as building tombs and mosques on the graves of their righteous people- invoking them during important events, during times when they face very painful situations and other than that (similar) to what the Jews, Christians and idol worshippers used to do. [(2)]
Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi Al-Mad’khali [may Allah preserve him] sid: Ibn Abbaas and Aa’isha [may Allaah be pleased with him and his father] said: When the last moment of the life of Allah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] came, he started putting his Khameesah [a woolen blanket] on his face and when he felt hot and short of breath he took it off his face and said, “May Allaah curse the Yahood and Nasaaraa [i.e. those amongst them who changed the pure religion of the Prophets and Messengers of Bani Israa’eel – Mussa, Eesaa, etc (peace be upon them)], for they built the places of worship at the graves of their Prophets”. The Prophet was warning (Muslims) of what those people had done. (a) They [the Prophet’s companions] understood that the Messenger was giving a warning; Aa’isha and Ibn Abbaas said, “He was warning the (Muslims) of what these people had done”. Therefore, when it is the case that the Yahood and Nasaaraa were cursed and they earned the severe wrath of Allaah, even though they loved the Prophets and built places of worship on their graves, then what about those who defile the greatest religion [i.e. Islaam] with shirk by doing what those Yahood did. [(3)]
The late Mufti of Saudi Arabia Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: Shrines are graves and the Prophetic tradition regarding this affair is that graves are to be raised a hand span from the ground so that they are recognised as graves and not degraded. This is why in the hadeeth of Sa’d Bin Abee Waqqaas [may Allaah be pleased with him], it is reported that the grave of the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] was raised a hand span and Sa’d also gave orders that the same should be done to his grave. As for building over them, taking them as Masaajid, and building domes, this is not permissible. According to the people of knowledge, this is evil, innovation in religion, and one of the means to Shirk. And due to this, the Prophet stated in an authentic hadeeth, “The curse of Allah is upon the Jews and Christians [i.e. those Jews who deviated from the pure message of Musa and those Christians who deviated from the pure message of the Messiah] because they took the graves of their Prophets as places of worship”. And in a hadeeth in Saheeh Muslim, the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] forbade that graves should be plastered (made into permanent structures), used as sitting places, and built over them. [(4)]
Where Was The Grave of The Prophet Initially?
Shaikh Abdul Waahid Abu Khadeejah [may Allaah preserve him] stated as follows: The grave of the Prophet (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) was initially outside of his Mosque in Madeenah – the fact is that his house was next door to the Mosque and that is where he was buried after his death. Later, during the time of the rule of Waleed Ibn Abdul-Malik, he commanded that the Mosque be expanded, and thus the house of the Prophet (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) was included in the Mosque as it was extended. This occurred to the displeasure of the Scholars – and they hated it – from them, Sa’eed Ibn Al-Musayyib (died 94H). As for the green dome that was erected high over the grave of the Prophet (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam), then it was built at the end of the 6th century – it was built by one of the kings of Egypt. So whoever uses the grave of the Prophet (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the Mosque as proof, or the presence of the green dome then, in reality, has no proof at all. That is because these constructions and affairs were initiated by people ignorant and devoid of knowledge. They had authority and the people were not able to prevent them. So they did what they did due to their claim that they were expressing their love of the Prophet (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) and respect for him. This green dome at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madeenah, over his grave, was a later addition of the sixth century. It was not built or approved by the Companions or by the early scholars and well-known Imāms. [(5)]
Do the cretins want grave worship and other acts of shirk to continue in the Ummah of Muhammad [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him]? Ibn Abbaas [may Allah be pleased with him and his father] said that the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] said, “The most hated people to Allaah are three: a person who deviates from right conduct [i.e. an evil doer] in the Haram [sanctuaries of Makkah and Medeenah], a person who seeks that the traditions of the Pre-Islamic Period of Ignorance should remain in Islam and a person who seeks to shed somebody’s blood without any right”. Al-Allaamah Zaid Bin Haadi Al-Mad’khali [may Allah have mercy upon him] said, “The second major sin is committed by the person who wants the pre-Islamic traditions to remain in Islam as if he gives precedence to the pre-Islamic traditions – the evil customs that were followed during that period and the misguided deeds- over the Islamic practices, Imaan Ihsaan, their virtue and virtue of the Sunnah. He is guilty of committing a major sin, and this includes giving precedence to Bidah over (the authentic) Sunnah that guides (him) to the straight path”. [(6)]
Finally, it goes without saying that a Muslim who is aware of the serious sin of grave worship will not support or enable any means to this Shirk. Therefore, to a Muslim who is aware of Allah’s decree in this matter, no NGO or other protest is of the slightest significance. However, this does not imply that we are those who impose our own laws; rather, enjoining good and prohibiting evil must be done in accordance with one’s capacity and the authority that one is granted.
Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said:
“Anyone of you who sees evil (i.e. what is clearly declared to be evil in Islaam), then let him stop it with his hand. If he cannot, then with his tongue; and if he cannot, then with his heart, and that is the weakest of faith”. [Reported by Muslim, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi & others] However, stopping evil by hand must be based on ability and should not result in greater corruption or evil. A man has the right to rectify matters with his hand in his home, a manager has the authority to make changes with the hand within the organization they are responsible for, in accordance with the instructions that were given to them (i.e. the authority given to them by the state authorities), otherwise, people should not change with their hand anything they are not authorised to change. If they do make changes in matters that they have no authority over, this will result in more evil and great corruption between them and the people and between the people and the state. In this case they should stop evil with their tongue (by speaking out). They may say: ‘’O Fulaan! Fear Allaah! This is not permissible; this is Haraam, or “This is obligated on you,’’ and clarify it with evidence from Shariah. [NB: In the UK, objecting to certain behaviour can be viewed as harassment or verbal abuse, therefore a Muslim should be aware of what the law allows him before he says or does anything whilst living in the West]. As for stopping evil with the hand, this should be done where one has authority, such as one’s home (i.e. within what the law allows) when dealing with those under one’s responsibility, or those authorised by the ruler, such as organisations given permission and authority to enjoin Good. They should make changes in accordance with the authority they have been given- in the way prescribed by the Shariah, without exceeding their jurisdiction. The same applies to the governor of a city. [(7)]
This is the information that the cretins do not want to hear because they have been completely misled by their invented belief in a so-called group known as the Mad’khalis, despite the fact that the worship of graves and shrines and the construction of places of worship on them are clearly forbidden in the divine texts of the Shariah. Therefore, a Muslim ruler who has been taught Tawheed and Sunnah is commended if he demolishes shrines and tombs to eradicate Shirk from a Muslim country. May Allah also facilitate him with helpers in carrying out this mission. As for the Takfeeris (ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and others), they lack understanding and guidance, then they hasten in putting an end to what they perceive as evil, coupled with their terrorism and corruption in the world. May Allah guide the khawaarij or destroy them, and likewise, may Allah guide the compulsive liars at Wikipedia or break their backs Aameen.
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Chapter 21: Exaggeration in the graves of the righteous leads to them to be taken as idols that are worshipped besides Allah: Kitāb At-Tawheed.
Footnote a: http://www.shia.bs/index.cfm
To be continued…InShaaAllah
[(Ref1)]: Excerpt from Juhoodu Ulamaa Al-Hanafiyyah Fee Ibtaal Aqaa’id Al-Qubooriyyeen. Vol 1. Page 19-25
[(Ref2)]: Ghaayah Al-Amaanee Fee Radd Alan Nabahaanee. 1/19-20
[(a)]: Saheeh al-Bukhaari’ Number 436
[(Ref3)]: Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ pages 110-111
[(Ref4)]: https://binbaz.org.sa/fatwas/16337/%D8%AD%D9%83%D9%85-%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B6%D8%B1%D8%AD%D8%A9-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%A8%D9%88%D8%B1 paraphrased]
[(Ref6)]: At-taleeqaat Al-Maleehah Alaa Silsilah Al-Ahaadeeth as-Saheehah. 1/429-430
[(Ref7)]: Fataawa Ibn Baaz 8/208