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Is it correct to say to dead people (saints, etc.), at their graves

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Is it correct to say to dead people (saints, etc.), at their graves, that "O so and so, make dua to Allah for me". For example, is it correct to say, at the grave of Rasool Allah (SAW), "Ya Rasool Allah (SAW), make dua to Allah to grant me this or that". Is this permissible? I have read your standard reply on Tawassul, but i would really appreciate it if you told me whether or not the above statement is permissible? And How is it as people says Mohammed (SAW) (P.B.U.H) was "Noor" & Bushar" at the same time, and they gives an example of cloud that cover him (SAW) all the time whereever he (SAW) goes. They also say that Mohammed (SAW) (P.B.U.H) is still alive and he is in cover (Pardah) so as other saints (Valee Allah).

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Faraz

 

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Invoke noor alive pm

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 none 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: Is it correct to say to dead people (saints, etc.), at their graves, that "O so and so, make dua to Allah for me".

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 35 Surah Fatir verse 22:

22 Nor are alike those that are living and those that are dead. Allah can make any that He wills to hear; but thou canst not make those to hear who are (buried) in graves.

 

Those buried in their graves do not have the power to hear the invocations of the alive, nor do those who are alive have the power to make heard their invocations to the dead.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumar verse 42:

42 It is Allah that takes the souls (of men) at death: and those that die not (He takes) during their sleep: those on whom He has passed the Decree of death He keeps back (from returning to life), but the rest He sends (to their bodies) for a term appointed. Verily in this are Signs for those who reflect.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 23 Surah Muminoon verses 99-100:

99 (In falsehood the disbelievers will remain) until when death comes to one of them (and he sees the Reality), he says: "O my Lord! Send me back (to life)

100 In order that I may work righteousness in the things I neglected." By no means! It is but a word he says; before them is Barzakh (an unpenetrable Partition) till the Day they are raised up.

 

In light of the above absolutely clear guidance of the Glorious Quran, the souls of those who taste death are deposited by Allah Subhanah in the Barzakh, which is an absolutely unpenetrable Partition; and the dead will only be raised again on the Day of Judgment.

 

No human being who is alive can access or correspond with the souls which are deposited in the Barzakh by Allah Subhanah; nor can any deceased soul access or correspond with those who are alive.

 

Your Question (again): Is it correct to say to dead people (saints, etc.), at their graves, that "O so and so, make dua to Allah for me".

It is the Absolutely Exclusive Attributes of Allah Subhanah, that He and He Alone is the All-Hearing, All-Seeing, All-Knowing, and the Ever-and-Always Alive. To assume that those dead in their graves can hear or respond to an invocation is to assign an Absolutely Exclusive Attribute of Allah Subhanah with another in creation, and thus a clear manifestation of the abomination and most heinous crime of shirk!!!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 16 Surah Nahl verse 20-21:

All the other beings, whom the people invoke with Allah, create nothing! Nay, they are themselves created. They are DEAD, not living, and they do not at all know themselves when they shall again be raised to life!

 

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 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.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 46 Surah Ahqaf verses 4-6:

Prophet, say to them, "Have you ever seen them with open eyes those whom you invoke instead of Allah? Show me what they have created in the earth? Or have they any share in the creation and control of the heavens? Bring me a Book revealed before this, or produce some remnant of knowledge in support of your beliefs if you are truthful." And who could be further astray than the one who invokes, instead of Allah, those who cannot answer him till the Day of Resurrection. Nay, they are even UNAWARE THAT THEY ARE BEING INVOKED. And when all mankind shall be gathered together (on the Day of Qiyamah), they (the so called leaders and intercessors) will become enemies of those who invoked them and they will DISOWN THEIR WORSHIP!!!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 10 Surah Yunus verse 66:

Note it well that all the dwellers of the heavens and the earth belong to Allah. And those who invoke partners besides Allah, follow nothing but surmises and merely indulge in guess-works!

 


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 35Surah Fatir verses 13-14:

He merges night into day, and day into night, and he has subjected the Sun and the Moon (to His Law); each one runs its course for an appointed term. Such is Allah, your Lord! To Him belongs all Dominion. Those whom you invoke besides Him, do not own even a blade of grass! If you call them, they cannot hear your prayers! And if they hear, they cannot answer you! And on the Day of Resurrection, they will disown your shirk. None can inform you of the Truth, like the One Who is acquainted with all things.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 10 Surah Yunus verse 18:

These people serve beside Allah those which can neither harm nor benefit them, and say, These are our shofaa (intercessors) with Allah! (O Mohammed), tell them, Do you wish to inform Allah of that thing which He knows not in the heavens, or in the earth? He is absolutely free from, and exalted above the shirk that they commit.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 18 Surah Kahf verse 102:

What? Do these people, who have disbelieved, presume that they would make My servants their auliyaas besides Me? We have prepared Hell for the hospitality of such people.

 

Your Question (again): Is it correct to say to dead people (saints, etc.), at their graves, that "O so and so, make dua to Allah for me".

Beloved brother, in light of the above quoted verses of the Glorious Quran, it is an absolutely clear manifestation of shirk to invoke any dead or deceased person, regardless of whether that deceased person is a saint or a Prophet!!!

 

It is permissible and encouraged in Islam to make dua or supplications for the deceased, but to invoke the deceased, or to make a supplication to the deceased is a clear and manifest act of the unforgivable and heinous crime of shirk in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.

 

Your Question: For example, is it correct to say, at the grave of Rasool Allah (SAW), "Ya Rasool Allah (SAW), make dua to Allah to grant me this or that". Is this permissible?

Regardless of whether the deceased is a saint or one of the mightiest Prophets of the Lord, to invoke them, or make a supplication TO them is a manifest act of the unforgivable and heinous crime of shirk!!!

 

Your Question: How is it as people says Mohammed (SAW) (P.B.U.H) was "Noor" & Bushar" at the same time, and they gives an example of cloud that cover him (SAW) all the time whereever he (SAW) goes. They also say that Mohammed (SAW) (P.B.U.H) is still alive and he is in cover (Pardah) so as other saints (Valee Allah).

Allah Subhanah clearly Declares in the Quran that He created the first human being of clay and created his progeny from a nature of fluid. Prophet Mohamed (saws) was, without an iota of a doubt, a bashar (human being), and thus he (saws) was NOT created from noor like the angels. There is absolutely no truth to the statement that the Noble Prophet Mohamed (saws) was created from Noor or Light!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 32 Surah As-Sajdah verses 7-8:

7                    He Who has made everything which He has created most Good. He began the creation of man with (nothing more than) clay.

8                    And made his progeny from a quintessence of the nature of a fluid despised.

 

Some people, in their excess, try to hold and spread such false beliefs that the Prophet (saws) was not created like the other human beings, and thus try to propagate that he (saws) was created like the Angels from noor or light! Because they believe that if the Prophet (saws) was only a human being, then what would be the difference between him and other human beings? So, in their excess, they try to invent falsehoods and say things about the Prophet (saws) and his self which have absolutely no basis in reality! People who claim such falsehood, in their excess and their ignorance, try to belittle the noble Prophet (saws) by claiming he was created from noor! The greatness and significance of the Noble Prophet (saws) lies in the fact that he, like all the other human beings, was created from clay, possessed the nature of a human being, and was bestowed with a free will to choose like every human being; and the Noble Prophet (saws) chose to submit himself unconditionally to His Supreme Lord and Creator.

 

Had he (saws) been created from noor, he would have been an angel, who do not possess the nature of human beings, do not have to fight temptation like the humans, and do not possess a free will to choose between obedience and disobedience! Greatness and magnificence is when one is bestowed with the weak nature of man, and this human being chooses to remain an obedient slave of his Lord and Creator!

 

Allah Subhanah has Himself commanded the Prophet (saws) to declare in the Glorious Quran, that he (saws) is no more than a bashar (human being); the only difference being that he (saws) has been chosen as a Messenger of Allah, is directly inspired and guided by Allah Subhanah, and receives Revelations from the Lord of the Worlds.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 18 Surah Kahf verse 110:

Say (O Prophet) : "I am but a bashar (human) like yourselves (but) the inspiration has come to me: that your Allah is one Allah: whoever expects to meet his Lord, let him work righteousness, and in the worship of his Lord admit no one as partner."

 

Beloved brother in Islam, we assure you that there is absolutely nothing in the Quran or Sunnah which even implies that the Messenger of Allah (saws) was created from Noor; on the contrary the Glorious Quran clearly declares that the Prophet (saws) was no more than a bashar (human being) like all human beings, and he (saws) received Revelations and Guidance from Allah Subhanah.

 

Your Statement:..and they gives an example of cloud that cover him (SAW) all the time whereever he (SAW) goes.

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 57:

57 And We gave You (O Bani Israel) the shade of clouds, and sent down to you manna (type of flour) and salwa (quails) saying: "Eat of the good things We have provided for you"; (but they rebelled); to Us they did no harm but they harmed their own souls.

 

When the Bani Israel were condemned to wander for 40 years in the desert of Sinai due to their constant transgressions, the Lord provided a constant shade of clouds wherever they wentask the people who say that their evidence for the Noble Prophet Mohamed (saws) being created from noor is due to his being covered by a shade of the cloud, then what about the Bani Israel.are they too created from noor?????

 

Your Statement: They also say that Mohammed (SAW) (P.B.U.H) is still alive and he is in cover (Pardah) so as other saints (Valee Allah).

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 255:

255 Allah! There is no god but He (Alone), The Ever-Living, The Self-Subsisting Eternal.

 

One of the Noble and Exclusive Attributes of Allah Subhanah is that He Alone is the Ever-Living. It is the inherent nature of all creation, and I repeat, all creation without exception, that they shall perish one day!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 28 Surah Qasas verse 88:

88 And call not besides Allah on another god. There is no god but He. Everything (that exists) will perish, except His Own Face. To Him belongs the Command and to Him will ye (all) be brought back.

 

Regardless of whether one in creation is a Prophet of Allah or anyone else, if one believes that there is someone in creation who is ever-living, one would have dared to share an Exclusive Attribute that belongs to Allah Subhanah with one in creation; and that would be a manifest form of the abomination of shirk!

 

Allah is our witness, the Prophets of Allah were human beings and Allahs slave-servants who were sent with a Mission and a Message from their Lord; and once their mission was accomplished, like all human beings, they met with their appointment of death as Decreed and Determined by Allah Subhanah. Like all human beings who have tasted death, they too will only be raised up again on the Day of Resurrection.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumar verse 30-31:

(O Prophet) YOU SHALL DIE, and they too shall die! Then on the Day of Resurrection, you all will present your disputes before your Lord.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imraan verse 144:

Mohamed is no more than a Messenger. Other Messengers have already died before him. If then, he (saws) also dies or is slain, will you turn about on your heels? Remember, he who turns about on his heels, will do no harm at all to Allah. Of course, Allah will duly reward those who live as His grateful servants.

 

It is reported from Aisha that Allah's Messenger (saws) died while Abu Bakr was at a place called As-Sunah (Al-'Aliya). Umar stood up and said, "By Allah! Allah's Messenger (saws) is not dead!" Umar (later on) said, "By Allah! Nothing occurred to my mind except that." He said, "Verily! Allah will resurrect him (saws) and he will cut the hands and legs of some men." Then Abu Bakr came and uncovered the face of Allah's Messenger (saws), kissed him and said, "Let my mother and father be sacrificed for you, (O Allah's Messenger (saws)), you are good in life and in death. By Allah in Whose Hands my life is, Allah will never make you taste death twice." Then he went out and said, "O oath-taker! Don't be hasty." When Abu Bakr spoke, Umar sat down. Abu Bakr praised and glorified Allah and said, No doubt! Whoever worshipped Muhammad, then Muhammad is dead, but whoever worshipped Allah, then Allah is alive and shall never die." Then he recited Allah's Statement.: "(O Muhammad) Verily you will die, and they also will die." (39.30) He also recited: Mohamed is no more than a Messenger. Other Messengers have already died before him. If then, he (saws) also dies or is slain, will you turn about on your heels? Remember, he who turns about on his heels, will do no harm at all to Allah. Of course, Allah will duly reward those who live as His grateful servants. (3.144)

 

In light of the above aayahs from the Quran and the authentic and established narrations, it is proved beyond any doubt that the Last Messenger of Allah and the Mercy and Rahmah of Allah unto mankind, Mohamed ar Rasool Allah (saws) tasted the element of death as Decreed for all in creation by Allah Subhanah.

 

Allah Says in the Glorious Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imraan verse 185:

Every soul shall have a taste of death: and only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense.

 

The Messenger of Allah (saws) died a natural death and was buried in Hadrat Aishas house adjacent to the Prophets (original) mosque in Medina. Thousands of companions witnessed his death, and prayed the janaaza over his dead body! All the scholars of Islam, of all schools and sects, are absolutely unanimous in their opinion that the Messenger of Allah (saws) is dead, and the Quranic aayahs and the above narrations prove this truth beyond any doubt whatsoever.

 

Any who insists that the Messenger of Allah (saws) is not dead, but only in a state of sleep, must be asked to present his evidence from the Quran and the Sunnah for his theory or belief. If the person is unable to present his evidence or proof from the Quran and the Sunnah, and Allah is our witness there is absolutely nothing in the Quran or Sunnah which even remotely substantiates such a belief, then one should know with conviction that the theory or belief that the Prophet (saws) is alive in his grave is absolutely unsubstantiated, baseless and absolutely against the guidance of the Quran and Sunnah.

 

If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one 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), one can be assured of being led astray.

 

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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