Nothing wrong in doing Sajdah
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
Yusuf ( AS) succeeded the throne after the toil and trial that he went through with the queen's accusation.His brothers who had deserted him in the jungles were brought to him by Allah's command. When they recognised Yusuf (AS),then with guilt and shame they prostrated Yusuf (AS) in order that he pardons them. Later when Yusuf (AS) father learnt about the whole story and that Allah had chosen his son as prophet then he too fell in sajda to Yusuf (AS) with due respect. When Allah declares that a father prostrates his son, then dont you think that there is nothing wrong in our sajda to bawa saheb.It only spells our gratitude and respect for him.The sajda is no way an ibadat or worship.
(There may be some grammatical and spelling errors in the above statement. The forum does not change anything from questions, comments and statements received from our readers for circulation in confidentiality.)
Nothing wrong in doing Sajdah
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.
In the story of Hadrat Yusuf (a.s.) in Surah Yusuf of the Holy Quran, Allah does say that his brothers bowed down to Yusuf(a.s.) in sajdah. We believe in every word of the Glorious Quran and what you have said is true.
But the question here is not whether Yusufs brother did sajdah to Yusuf (a.s.) or not, but whether we can do sajdah to some human being today in Islam, even if it is for respect and gratitude.
The Messenger of Allah (saws), even after reading and understanding the same aayahs of Surah Yusuf as we recite today, did not allow any of his companions or believers to do sajdah to any human being in Islam. He absolutely forbade this act of prostration and said from the Holy Quran that this is a rite of worship in the Shariah of Islam. He commanded that Allah Alone deserves the right of prostration or sajdah and no body else. The Prophet (saws) was the best of creation, and his companions loved and respected him (saws) more than their lives, their wealth, their parents and their children put together! Even then, there is not one instance where it is mentioned that they did prostration to the Prophet (saws). In the Shariah revealed to Prophet Mohamed (saws) sajdah is a rite of worship and the only being who deserves to be prostrated to, is the Lord of the Worlds and no one else.
When Hadrat Ali (r.a.) became the Ameer ul Mumineen, some people who loved and respected him beyond imagination, came to Ali, and said that they wanted to prostrate themselves to him. Ali forbade them in strong terms, but they would not listen. It has been report that Hadrat Ali (r.a.) rebuked them, and put them in prison, but they would not budge from their belief of wanting to do sajdah to Hadrat Ali (r.a.). It has been reported in some narrations that ultimately Hadrat Ali (r.a.) sentenced them to death!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 41 Surah Fusselat verse 37:Do not do sajdah to the sun and the moon, but do sajdah to that Allah, Who Created them, if you really are indeed His worshippers.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 22 Surah Hajj verse 77:O you who believe, do rukoo and sajdah to Allah Alone, worship Allah Alone, and do righteous deeds. It may be that you attain true success.
Allah Himself states in the above aayahs of the Glorious Quran, that He Alone deserves our rites of sajdah and no one else. In the Shariah of Mohamed (saws), sajdah is an integral part of our prayers and worship and these are for Allah Alone. It is a confirmation that we submit our lives and our wills to the Will of the One we are doing sajdah to.
The Holy Quran has 15 places in it, where we are commanded to do sajdah when reciting the Quran. All of these sajdah aayahs are when Allah says He is our Lord and we are commaded to worship Him Alone and everything in Creation is doing sajdah to Him, therefore we are commanded to do sajdah along with them in humility and worship to our Lord and Creator. There are approximately 20 times where the story of Adam (a.s.) and Iblis is related in the Quran, but not once are we commanded to do sajdah when we recite these aayahs of the Quran. Similarly there is one aayah where the brothers of Yusuf did sajdah to Yusuf (.a.s..), but we are not commanded by Allah to do sajdah when we recite this aayah. This is not because Allah and His Messenger (saws) forgot to tell us to do sajdah, but it is because we are not allowed to do sajdah to anybody or anything else other than Allah Alone in Islam, be it in love and respect, or worship and ibaadah.
The second part of your question states that mumineen do sajdah to the TUS in love and respect and not ibaadah or worship.
Brother, please note that nobody loved the Prophet (saws) more than his companions and the believers, but they never did the act of sajdah to him (saws) Not even once! In the shariah revealed to Prophet Mohamed (saws), sajdah is an act of worship and ibaadah and not love and respect, and make no mistake about it, that if anyone does sajdah to anybody or anything else, Allah has termed it shirk in the Holy Quran. And shirk is the only sin which Allah has made it incumbent upon Himself not to forgive, and the doers of shirk are confirmed the fire of Hell.
The other reason sajdah cannot
be done to the TUS is there is absolutely no daleel or evidence from the
Quran that he deserves your sajdah.
Why only him and his ancestors, etc.?
Just because Yusufs brothers are mentioned in the Quran doing sajdah
to Yusuf, it does not mean that the TUS deserves our sajdah! The Holy Quran has to be understood in
context, and the whole Quran is exhorting us not to worship or invoke anybody
or anything except Allah Alone. We are
not even allowed to invoke our beloved Prophet Mohamed (saws) after he
died!! Have you ever wondered why the
sajdahs to the TUS are only done in India, Pakistan, UK, USA and other
polytheistic nations. Why does he not
accept the sajdah of the mumineen in places like
If you read the letters that one writes to the TUS, you will notice an arabic phrase which most people write but dont understand. The words used just before signing off are maa sajdatul uboodiya, which simply means with the sajdah of worship (uboodiya is derived from the same root of the Arabic word ibaadah). You might say that you have never written this letter, but this is the standard of all the letters that are sent to the TUS. You might say, that the TUS did not write it True, but he accepts it, and does not stop the mumineen from writing these abomination and ghastly words!! The act of sajdah is nothing but the act and rite of worship and this act is due to no one else, except the Creator of the Universe. He is our Lord and the Lord of the TUS, and He alone deserves the act of sajdah.
Brother, the concept of practising shirk is so great and grave, that it cannot even be done in ignorance. This matter of shirk is so serious, that I urge you not to take my word for it. But at least give Allahs words, one hearing! I urge you to read and understand the Quran once. Then after understanding the context of the Holy Quran, you still think that the sajdah to the TUS is allowed, follow your way. Allah says in the Holy Quran that if someone worships or invokes Allah, and also invokes somebody else, it is like not having worshipped Allah at all! When Allah asks you on the Day of Judgment why you shared his rites of worship to somebody else, you try to explain to Him that you did it out of love and respect. If you think He will accept your excuse, fine. If not, prepare yourself for a severe accounting, for shirk completely destroys and overtakes all the good deeds done in your life!
Allah says in the Holy
Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 72:Whoever commits shirk (invoking
anything with Allah), Allah shall forbid for him
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumar verse 65-66:But it has already Been revealed to thee-If you commit shirk all your works will be rendered vain and you will be among the losers. Therefore, you should worship Allah Alone, and be among His grateful servants.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumar verse 67:These people (who commit shirk) have not recognized the true worth of Allah, as His worth should truly be recognized. (As for His Omnipotence) the entire earth on the Day of Resurrection shall be in His grasp and the heavens shall be rolled up in His Right Hand. Glorified is He and Exalted above the shirk that these people commit.
Allah is Most High and Exalted above the shirk these people do and accept in the name of Islam. May Allah guide us to read and understand the Glorious Quran, so that we can understand the difference between love and respect, and worship and ibaadah. May Allah keep us far away from committing any acts of shirk, the reward of which is confirmed to the eternal torture of the fire of Hell. May Allah guide you and us all to the Straight Path of Islam. Ameen.
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,