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Praying behind a sinner

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I have read ur answer to Question No. 350-2311: Which mosque to pray? but i have a question that :

I know what are the beliefs of a sect in islam, i.e, sunni(Barelvi) or shia!..

They take waseela for the prays and prayers also. I mean they make an image in their mind of their peer to make a wasila.

Of,course we dont know what is in the herats of others but i have myself made a criteria, that the person who follows bidaa`t very often i try not to say prayers behind him cause i have heard that ur prayer behind a person is not maqbool against whom u r in doubt.

Pls correct me if i am wrong.

Thanks

 

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Praying behind a sinner

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Your question: I know what are the beliefs of a sect in islam, i.e, sunni(Barelvi) or shia!..

They take waseela for the prays and prayers also. I mean they make an image in their mind of their peer to make a wasila.

Of,course we dont know what is in the herats of others

Beloved brother in Islam, it is the Being of Allah Subhanah Alone Who Knows what are the intentions and deeds of each and every individual in His creation. Regardless of what sect of Islam one claims to follow; be it Sunni or Shia; as long as one has declared the shahaadah or testimony of faith in Allah and His Last Messenger (saws), he will be deemed a muslim in the sight of the believers; and all the rights that are due to a muslim will be accorded to him. Only on the Day of Judgement will each one be judged by the All Knowing Lord according to his intentions and his deeds.

 

It is the persons own choice to be recognized by one of the man-invented names that he is a Shia, or a Sunni, or a Barelvi, or a Ismaili, or a Bohra, etc.; but it is the duty of the true believers to treat him as a muslim as long as he has declared the shahaadah or testimony of faith in Allah and His Last Messenger (saws)! In these trying times for the Muslim Ummah, our energies should be invested to unite the muslims rather than alienate each other.

 

Your question: Of,course we dont know what is in the herats of others but i have myself made a criteria, that the person who follows bidaa`t very often i try not to say prayers behind him cause i have heard that ur prayer behind a person is not maqbool against whom u r in doubt. Pls correct me if i am wrong.

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 2527 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

The Prophet (saws) said: Striving in the path of Allah (jihad) is incumbent on you along with every ruler, whether he is pious or impious; the prayer is obligatory on you behind every believer, pious or impious, even if he commits grave sins; the (funeral) prayer is incumbent upon every Muslim, pious and impious, even if he commits major sins.

 

It is not the responsibility of the believers to investigate the conduct of every person who leads the prayer, nor is it our responsibility to determine what image the person leading the prayer has in his heart, etc. The criteria declared by the Messenger of Allah (saws) is very clear: the prayer is obligatory on you behind every believer, pious or impious, even if he commits grave sins.

 

If one has declared the shahaadah, regardless of what man-made sect of Islam he wishes to be recognized by, the prayer of the believers who pray behind him will be considered valid in the sight of Allah Subhanah, and they will get a full reward for it.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 

 


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