Prophet saws and wasila
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Brother you first told that don`t take the wasila of anyone else`s even of Prophet Muhammad (saws), this is not his teaching. Now in question about Adhan you are talking about wasila of Prophet Muhammad (saws).
Jabir reported that the Prophet (saws) said, "Whoever says (after) hearing the call to prayer, `O Allah, Lord of this complete call and of the established prayers, grant Muhammad the place of wasilah, the most virtuous place, and raise him to a praiseworthy position that you have promised him,` will have my intercession made permissible for him on the Day of Judgement. (Related by al-Bukhari.)
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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.
Dear and beloved brother in Islam, there is no doubt that there is a concept of ‘shafaa’ or intercession in Islam; and when taken in the right context it clearly strengthens the concept of ‘Tawheed’ or Oneness of Allah Subhanah, where the Majestic Lord is the One Who Alone chooses who will be the intercessor and who will be those for whom intercession can be accepted by Him.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumar verses 44: What! Have they taken besides Allah others as ‘shofa’a’ (intercessors)? Say to them, “Will they intercede even if they have no power whatever nor understanding?” Say, “Shafa’a is wholly in the Power of Allah Alone!”. His is the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth. Then to Him you will be returned.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 34 Surah Saba verse 26: Say, “Our Lord will gather us all together, then He will Judge between us with Truth. He Alone is the One Who Decides, and He Alone Knows everything.”
Subhanah has reserved ‘a’ place of honor in
ibn 'Amr related that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "If you hear the
call to prayer, repeat after it. Then supplicate for me, for whoever makes one
supplication for me, Allah makes ten for him. Then ask Allah to grant me the
place of wasilah. It is a place in
Related by Muslim.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Israa verse 79: And pray in the small watches of the morning: (it would be) an additional prayer (or spiritual profit) for thee (O Prophet (saws)): soon will thy Lord raise thee (O Prophet (saws)) to a station of ‘Mahmuda’ (praise and glory)
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.331 Narrated by Jabir bin Abdullah
The Prophet (saws) said, "I have been given five things which were not given to any one else before me.
1. Allah made me victorious by awe, (by His frightening my enemies) for a distance of one month's journey.
2. The earth has been made for me (and for my followers) a place for praying and a thing to perform Tayammum, therefore anyone of my followers can pray wherever the time of a prayer is due.
3. The booty has been made Halal (lawful) for me yet it was not lawful for anyone else before me.
4. I have been given the right of intercession (on the Day of Resurrection).
5. Every Prophet used to be sent to his nation only but I have been sent to all mankind.
Thus in essence, and when taken in the right context, there is a provision for intercession on the Day of Judgement in Islam; but the determination of who will be the intercessor and who will receive intercession is something that the Majestic and Supreme Lord Alone will Decide and Decree.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 20 Surah Taha verses 108-109: On that Day the people will come straight to the call of the summoner! No one will dare show any haughtiness, and all the voices will be hushed before the Merciful and you will hear nothing but a whispering mumur. On that Day, no intercession shall avail save his, whom the Merciful may allow to intercede and be pleased to give him a hearing.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 19 Surah Maryam verses 87: (On that Day) no one shall have the ability to make ‘shafaa’, except the one who may have received permission from the Merciful.
But unfortunately, what some misguided people have done is, from themselves and without any right whatsoever, they have chosen their own intercessors to intercede for them on the Day of Judgement! This is a thoroughly wrong and fatal interpretation of the concept of intercession the misguided people have invented for themselves, whereby they start doing deeds to please their intercessors, and thus associate themselves with the heinous and unforgivable sin of ‘shirk’!
It is this false interpretation of ‘waseelah’ or intercession which the misguided people have invented for themselves, which is absolutely and completely baseless and which has been sufficiently declared as an absolute falsehood in various Aayahs in the Holy Quran.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anam verse 94: (And Allah will say), “So, you have come before Us all alone, as We created you at first. Now, you have left behind all that We gave you in the world. Now We do not see with you those ‘shufa’a’(intercessors), who, you believed, had a share in moulding your destinies! All the relations between you and them have been cut off, and all those, in whom you trusted, have left you in the lurch.”
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 10 Surah Yunus verse 18: These people worship beside Allah those which can neither harm nor benefit them, and say, “These are our ‘shofa’a’ (intercessors) with Allah!” O Mohammed, tell them, “Do you wish to inform Allah of that thing which He knows to be neither in the heavens nor in the earth?” He is absolutely free from, and exalted above the shirk that they commit.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 41 Surah Ha Meem Sajdah verse 47-48: Then on the Day when Allah will call out to the people asking, “Where are those associates of Mine?” They will say, “We have submitted: there is none of us to bear witness to that.” At that time, all those deities whom they used to invoke before this, shall be lost to them, and they will realize that they have no refuge.
A simple worldly example will make the matter of intercession very clear. On the day of graduation from any university, the moderators of the university invite and honor a ‘chief guest’ to give away the certificates to those who have passed their examinations. It is the moderators of the university alone who decide who will be their ‘chief guest’ and who amongst the students have passed the examinations, and will thus receive their graduation certificates. Neither the ‘chief guest’ nor the students have the right or privilege to choose their ‘chief guest’, nor does the ‘chief guest’ have a right to award the graduation certificate to the student who has failed the examinations. It is the moderators of the university who alone decide who will be the ‘chief guest’ and it is they alone who determine who amongst the students deserve to be certified.
Similarly, Allah Subhanah will honor one amongst His fortunate slaves and grant him the place called ‘Al-Waseelah’, and Allah Subhanah will choose whomever He Wills to forgive, and then honor this fortunate person of ‘Al-Waseelah’ if he would intercede for them; and that fortunate person will thus be honored as the ‘intercessor’ in the Presence of all mankind on the Day of Judgment! Neither the intercessor nor those who are being forgiven will have the power to make any decisions on that Day, for it will be Allah Subhanah Alone Who will be the Maalik of that Inevitable Day of Judgment!
We humbly pray and beseech the Merciful Lord that He honor and bless and grant this lofty and honorable status of ‘Al-Waseelah’ to our beloved Prophet, Mohamed ar-Rasool Allah (saws) on the Day of Judgment; and we, in all humility and hope and extreme fear, beg our Lord that we be amongst those whom Allah Subhanah has chosen to be forgiven and thus granted the intercession of the noble Messenger of Allah (saws). Ameen.
My beloved and dear Brother in Islam, this concept of ‘waseelah’ and intercession is so pivotal, that when taken in the wrong context, has allowed the Shaytaan to lead many amongst mankind to the heinous and unforgivable path of ‘shirk’! Without exception, all the nations that were destroyed and related by Allah Subhanah in the Glorious Quran were victims of this false belief of intercession, whereby they invented their own deities and invoked them to intercede for them in the Presence of the Majestic Lord; and thus became involved in the heinous sin of ‘shirk’!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumur verse 2-3: So worship Allah Alone, making your religion His exclusively. Beware! Religion is the exclusive Right of Allah. As for those who have taken other ‘auliyas’ (guardians) with Allah (and justify their this conduct by saying): “We serve them only that they may bring us closer to Allah.” Allah will surely judge between them concerning all that in which they differ. Allah does not show guidance to any liar and denier of the Truth.
It is indeed unfortunate, that even after having believed in the Quran and in the Last Messenger of Allah (saws), many amongst the Muslim Ummah have fallen in this exact same trap of Shaytaan and chosen their own intercessors without any right or authority! They invoke the graves of their intercessors, celebrate and commemorate their birthdays and their death-days, feed people in their names, and invoke them at all times to intercede for them in the Presence of Allah Subhanah for all their needs! Little do they realize that this is precisely the sin of ‘shirk’ that overwhelmed those nations who were destroyed by Allah Subhanah before them!
May Allah Subhanah have mercy on the Muslim Ummah and save them from this evil and heinous temptation of the Shaytaan who leads them to ‘shirk’.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 16 Surah Nahl verse 98-100: Then, when you begin to recite the Quran, seek Allah’s refuge against the accursed Shaitaan, for he has no power over those who believe and put their trust in Allah. Shaitaan has power (to inspire) only over those people, who make him their patron, and practice ‘shirk’ by his temptation.
My beloved and dear Brother in Islam, if in spite of our best efforts, and due to the shortcomings in our writing and explanations, if we have not been able to completely clarify this concept of ‘waseelah’ , or if there is any doubt in your mind regarding this concept of ‘intercession’; we humbly request you to ask us or any good scholar as many questions as you may like to clarify and fully understand this concept of ‘intercession’ from the Truth of the Quran and Sunnah. This concept is so pivotal in the deen, that if understood or taken in the wrong context, it leads straight to the path of the unforgivable and heinous sin of ‘shirk’.
If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), he can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), he can be assured of being led astray.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s 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,