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You would be aware of some of our brothers commonly known as "Barailvis" in India. In southern Bihar (now called Jharkhand), there are a lot of mosques dominated by these "Barailvis".

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Dear Burhan Bhai, Asslam-o-eleikum,

 

This is similar to Q # 3746 asked by a brother earlier.

You would be aware of some of our brothers commonly known as "Barailvis" in India. In southern Bihar (now called Jharkhand), there are a lot of mosques dominated by these "Barailvis". The imams here endorse a lot of "bida`at" like the singing of milad. The singing of "Ya nabi salam alaika" takes place regularly after the Juma`a prayers. The salam is also said before saying the iqama of each prayer. Even the dua at the end of the prayer has a format where at one particular point everybody recites the darood in unison.

Just like the brother who asked question # 3746, whenever I am in my hometown (I live in the UAE), I do not pray in congregation because these practices are rampant in the mosque near my house. For Juma`a I travel some distance to pray in a mosque where these things are not practiced. Am I right in doing this? Should I still pray in congegation in these mosques? Please reply (at least before my next vacation!)


Jazak Allah Khair. 

 


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Iman leading prayer bida

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: Should I still pray in congegation in these mosques?

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 2527 Narrated by Ab uHurayrah

The Prophet (peace be upon him) 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.

 

Dear and Beloved Brother, as long as the imam does not do any act which is tantamount to manifest shirk with the Lord Most High, there is absolutely no harm in praying behind the imam in congregation; and you must try to the best of your ability to honorably abstain from all their acts and deeds of bida.

 

Rest assured that your prayers behind such an imam will be absolutely valid and your Lord Most Gracious will not diminish your rewards in the least. The responsibility of the deeds and acts of bida would be borne by the imam and not by those who pray behind him.

 

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

 

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

Burhan


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