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Grave Worship – [A Brief Admonition By Shaikh Saaleh Aala Ash-Shaikh]

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

Tawaaf [Circumambulation] around a grave, stroking them [with one’s hands] and seeking blessings from them are acts of shirk. Circumambulation is an act of worship and it has not been legislated in any [other place] besides the Ka’bah and likewise walking between Safaa and Marwa is [only legislated at Safaa and Marwa].

Stroking [graves], seeking blessings from them and hoping to be benefited –in this life and the next- by way of such acts is [tantamount to] deification. It is similar to what the pre-Islamic idolaters used to do with their gods. Whoever hopes [for reward, blessings etc] through [these acts of worship at the] graves, then indeed he has exalted that which Allaah has not legislated to be exalted. The proof to show that these practices are acts of Shirk is the hadeeth of Abee Waaqid Al-Laythee [radiyallaahu-anhu] who said:

‘’We went out with the Messenger of Allaah [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] to the [military] campaign to Hunayn, while we were new converts from disbelief to [Islaam]. The idol worshippers had a lote- tree in [whose vicinity] they used to stay and hang their weapons, and it [i.e. this lote-tree] was called Dhaat Anwaat. So when we went pass a tree, we said: “O Messenger of Allaah set up a Dhat Anwat for us just as they have a Dhaat Anwaat.’’ So the Messenger of Allaah [sallal-laahu-alahi-wasallam] said: ‘’Allaah is the Greatest! This is a path that has proceeded (from the people of the past). By Allaah in whose Hand my soul is, you have stated just as the children of Israa-eel stated to Moosaa (alayhis-salaam): “O Musa (Moses)! Make for us an ilahan (a god) as they have aaliha (gods).” He (Moosaa) said: “Verily, you are a people who know not (the Majesty and Greatness of Allah and what is obligatory upon you, i.e. to worship none but Allah Alone, the One and the Only God of all that exists).” Reported by Ahmad and Tirmidhee and it is a sound hadeeth.]

Those [new Muslims] wanted to perform that act of worship is that particular place and (also) to seek blessings; so the Messenger of Allaah [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] referred to what they sought after as worship of another deity besides Allaah. That [act they sought after] is a means to Shirk, but after the Messenger of Allaah [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] clarified the affair for them, they turned in repentance and obedience to [Allaah and His Messenger]. Seeking blessings from graves, circumambulation round them and stroking them are more severe [acts of shirk and sin] than what those [new Muslims] sought after.

[Source: An Excerpt from ‘Al-Min’dhaar Fee Bayaani Katheer Minal Akhtaa Ash-Shaa’i’ah page: 11’. slightly paraphrased]

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[16] Self-scrutiny: An Ingrate Exchanges The Blessings of His Lord With Kufr (disbelief) and Shirk (polytheism) – [A Brief Admonition By Imaam As-Sadi (rahimahullaah)] [PDF 2 Pages]

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

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Allaah [The Most High] said:

وَإِذَا مَسَّ ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنَ ضُرٌّ۬ دَعَا رَبَّهُ ۥ مُنِيبًا إِلَيۡهِ ثُمَّ إِذَا خَوَّلَهُ ۥ نِعۡمَةً۬ مِّنۡهُ نَسِىَ مَا كَانَ يَدۡعُوٓاْ إِلَيۡهِ مِن قَبۡلُ وَجَعَلَ لِلَّهِ أَندَادً۬ا لِّيُضِلَّ عَن سَبِيلِهِۦ‌ۚ قُلۡ تَمَتَّعۡ بِكُفۡرِكَ قَلِيلاً‌ۖ إِنَّكَ مِنۡ أَصۡحَـٰبِ ٱلنَّارِ

And when some hurt touches man, he cries to his Lord [Allah Alone], turning to Him in repentance, but when He bestows a favour upon him from Himself, he forgets that for which he cried for before, and he sets up rivals to Allah, in order to mislead others from His Path. Say: ‘’Take pleasure in your disbelief for a while: surely, you are (one) of the dwellers of the Fire!’’ [Surah Az-Zumar. Aayah 8]

Allaah [The Most High] informed [us] of His kindness, good treatment and generosity to a slave of His and the little thanks [shown by this slave in return]; and that when harm touches this slave of His, such as illness, poverty or he encounters distress at sea [i.e. due to storms, danger of downing etc], or other than that, he [i.e. the person] knows that none can save him in this situation except Allaah. So, he invokes Allaah with humility, turns to Allaah in repentance [with firm faith and obedience], seeks rescue from Allaah to remove what has afflicted him and persists in this [request].

[ثُمَّ إِذَا خَوَّلَهُ ۥ نِعۡمَةً۬ مِّنۡهُ – but when He (Allaah) bestows a favour upon him from Himself] – Meaning: When Allaah removes the harm and extreme hardship he found himself in, [نَسِىَ مَا كَانَ يَدۡعُوٓاْ إِلَيۡهِ مِن قَبۡلُ – he forgets that for which he cried for before]- Meaning: He forgets the harm that led him to invoke Allaah [for help], carries on as if nothing afflicted him and persists in associating partners with Allaah; [وَجَعَلَ لِلَّهِ أَندَادً۬ا لِّيُضِلَّ عَن سَبِيلِهِۦ‌ – and he sets up rivals to Allah, in order to mislead others from His Path]- Meaning: Misguide himself and others.

[قُلۡ – Say]-Meaning: Say (O Muhammad) to this insolent (or arrogant one) who has exchanged the blessings of Allaah with disbelief, [تَمَتَّعۡ بِكُفۡرِكَ قَلِيلاً‌ۖ إِنَّكَ مِنۡ أَصۡحَـٰبِ ٱلنَّارِ – Take pleasure in your disbelief for a while: surely, you are (one) of the dwellers of the Fire!]- Meaning: Your enjoyment will not benefit you when your final destination will be the fire of hell. [Allaah also said in Surah Ash-Shu’araa’ Aayaat 205-207]:

أَفَرَءَيۡتَ إِن مَّتَّعۡنَـٰهُمۡ سِنِينَ

ثُمَّ جَآءَهُم مَّا كَانُواْ يُوعَدُونَ

مَآ أَغۡنَىٰ عَنۡہُم مَّا كَانُواْ يُمَتَّعُونَ

Tell Me, if We do let them enjoy for years, and afterwards comes to them that (punishment) which they had been promised! All that with which they used to enjoy shall not avail them.


[An Excerpt from ‘Tayseer Al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan Fee Tafseer Kalaam Al-Mannaan’. Slightly paraphrased]

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Attempting to Safeguard Oneself from Showing Off (Ar-Riyaa) – Al-Uthaymīn

Attempting to Safeguard Oneself from Showing Off (Ar-Riyaa) – Al-Uthaymīn


There are those who abandon acts of obedience [due to] fear of riyaa [i.e. showing off in acts of worship].

This [occurs] because Shaytān plays about with a person and beautifies for him [or her] the abandonment of acts of obedience out of fearing riyaa; rather you should perform acts of obedience, but there should not be -in your heart- [a desire] to show off.


Al-Qawl al-Mufīd fī Sharh Kitāb at-Tawhīd by Shaykh Uthaymīn, Vol.1 Pg.92

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Shaytaan’s Way of Trapping You – Shaykh Baazmool

Shaikh Muhammad Baazmool ( may Allaah preserve him ) stated : They (i.e. the scholars) say, “Shaytaan calls the son of Adam and the first thing he calls him to is shirk; if he (i.e. the person) does not answer his (i.e. shaytaan’s) call, he calls him to bidah; if he does not answer his call, he calls him to commit major sins; if he does not answer his call, he calls him to commit minor sins; if he does not answer his call, he calls him to commit the (deeds that are not forbidden but they are) disliked; if he does not answer him, he calls him to abandon the recommended deeds; if he does not answer his call, he calls him to increase in (partaking) in the permissible (things of the worldly life).

[Source: At-Tahdheer Minal Bidah Fil Hajj ‘ page 15]

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Obligation of Sincerity to Allah – The Destructive Nature of Showing Off

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 الحمد لله و الصلاة و السلام على رسول الله و بعد

 Obligation of Sincerity to Allah – The Destructive Nature of Showing-off

Showing-off is considered to be from the “concealed shirk”; since the scholars of this nation have explained the two-fold nature of shirk as being “apparent shirk” (such as in open and apparent actions of worshipping idols, tombs, shrines, trees, stones with regards to slaughtering for them or seeking aid or directing supplication to them and other than that), and “concealed shirk” (shirk within the intention of a person, that which resides in his heart and it is concealed from the people and known to Allah alone).

The word “riyaa” (showing-off) in Arabic is derived from the root word indicating vision or sight, and that is due to the one engaging in it intends that the people see him performing his action, or hear of his actions, in order to obtain their praise or other than that.

Showing-off is from the actions of the hypocrites, Allah stated:

“إن المنافقين يخادعون الله و هو خادعهم و إذا قاموا إلى الصلاة قاموا كسالى يراءون الناس و لا يذكرون الله إلا قليلا”

 And Allah has warned those who intend to show-off with their actions,

“فويل للمصلين – الذين هم عن صلاتهم ساهون – الذين هم يراءون”

 And it has been mentioned in a hadith that Allah will say on the Day of Judgement to those who would show-off with their actions, “Go to those whom you would show-off in front of in the world, do you find any reward from them?”

It is therefore incumbent upon the individual to purify his intention for Allah, not that he desires the praise of the people upon his actions or speech, and nor does he desire any worldly gains or benefits.

And as it is well established in the hadith, “إنما الأعمال بالنيات” Indeed actions are in accordance to the intentions.

We ask Allah to grant us sincerity in all our actions and to distance us from corrupt intentions.


[Summarized from Shaikh Saleh al-Fawzaan’s explanation of Kitab-at-Tawhid]

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