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The issue of Shafaa

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Can you let me know in the light of Quran where it is mentioned that we cannot take Mannat of somebody, I do understand that by doing this we are associating partners with allah, but in other sence we are asking god through them or through his prophets. This question was asked by one of my bohri friend who fails to understand that we cannot associate anybody with allah & gives me examples of Offices where the boss is not availbale for everybody one has to go through this managers... etc... Please give me quotations for Quran where my above questions answer are


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The issue of Shafaa

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.


The only reason someone would take a mannat of someone is that he wants something from that being! And get that thing, or get his prayers answered, the person will then try to please the being whose mannat he has taken. If the mannat is taken on a grave, then the person will try and visit it for a number of days, or travel to it if it is in a distant place, or feed some people in the graves name (niyaaz), or maybe he might take mannat to spread a chaadar on the grave, etc. The only reason one does any or all of these acts is that he wants this dead person in the grave to get his prayers answered from Allah Subhanah! THIS IS PRECISELY WHAT THE HOLY QURAN HAS TERMED THE HENIOUS SIN OF SHIRK, OR ASSOCIATING OTHER BEINGS WITH ALLAH!


Shirk is taking the intercession of someone who is non-existent, an idol, a dead person, a grave, or even a living person who is not directly in your company, and requesting them to get something for you from Allah; or even requesting any of the above to take your message to Allah; or even talking to Allah directly and asking Allah to give you your wish, in sadaqa or waseela of so and so grave or dead person! This sort of invocation is precisely what Allah terms as shirk in the Holy Quran. And brother, this is stated so many times in the Quran, and in so many different ways, that there is absolutely no room for mis-interpretation or mis-understanding. Allah mentions all the concepts and manifestations of this heinous sin very clearly in the Glorious Quran, and there absolutely no chance of any mis-understanding. The only way that some people would not recognize, and practice this horrendous and abominable sin, is if they do not understand the Holy Quran, or are kept away from its clear guidance and teachings.


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.


How clear is the above aayah of the Holy Quran! The people who invoke or call these Maulas, and Auliyaas, and graves of their pious holy men of days gone by, know that these people cannot actually give them anything. They assume that by invoking these names, they will get closer to Allah! This is precisely what Allah terms shirk.


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.


Glory be to Allah, the Supreme!! Just see what Allah says in the above aayah. These people invoke others besides Allah, and say These are our intercessors with Allah!. Then Allah says, Do you wish to inform Allah of something which He does not already Know? Allah knows even the secrets of our hearts! We do not need to ask somebody to take our message to Allah, as Allah already knows what is in our hearts. He Alone has the Power to hear us when we call on Him! He Alone has the Power to grant us what we ask of Him! He Alone has the Power to grant us our wishes and our prayers and our supplications. Thus He commands us to invoke Him Alone, and show our humility and subservience to Him Alone and nobody else If we beg someone else, we have give the right that was due to Allah to somebody else, and that is shirk or associating another being with Allah!!!


Just imagine, one might be in, lets say, Bombay and the sect-leader or Maula might be in Houston. The person sitting in Bombay lifts his hands or goes in prostration and says, O Maula, give me so and so, and help me in such and such a thing. This person knows the Maula cannot give him children, or health or wealth, etc. What he is implying is that his Maula will take his prayer to Allah, and then Allah will give it to him! This is precisely what Allah calls shirk in the Glorious Quran. Without realizing, this person assumes, that the Maula has the power to hear his prayer! That the Maula has the power to take his supplication to Allah! That the Maula even has the power to get his prayer answered by Allah! Allah Alone is the One Who hears everything! Allah Alone is the One Who can answer your prayers! Allah Alone is the One Who deserves our invocation and our supplication! Allah Alone is the One Who has all the Powers with Himself!!!


Even if this person asks Allah directly, to give him so and so, using the waseelah and in the sadaqa of his Maula, or someone dead, or the imam, or the ahle bayt, or Hadrat Ali (r.a.), or even the Prophet of Allah (saws) That is precisely what is shirk. Because he assumes that the person who is dead for 1400 years , no matter who the person is, from the Messenger of Allah (saws) to anybody else, can actually hear his supplication, understand it, and has the power to fulfill his prayer!!! This is absolutely a form of shirk!!!


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 7 Surah Aaraf verse 190-196:They associate with Allah partners who do not create anything, but are themselves created! Who cannot help them nor have the power to help themselves! If you invite them to follow the Right Way, they will not follow you! It will be all the same for you whether you call them or keep silent. Those whom you invoke with Allah are MERE SERVANTS OF ALLAH LIKE YOU! Just invoke them, and if what you say of them be true, they will answer your prayers! Have they feet that they should walk with them? Or have they hands that they should hold with them? Or have they eyes that they should see with them? Or have they ears that they should hear with them? Tell them, O Mohammed, Call up the partners you have set up, and then all of you sit down together and plot against me, and give me no respite. My Protector and Helper is Allah, Who has sent down this Book (Al Quran), and, it is He who protects the righteous people.


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 22 Surah Hajj verse 71-72:They worship besides Allah those for whom Allah has sent down NO AUTHORITY! Nor they themselves have any knowledge about them. Such transgressors have no helper! And when our CLEAR REVELATIONS are recited to them, you perceive signs of disdain on the faces of the disbelievers, as though they were going to ASSUALT those who recite our Revelations to them!


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzab verse 66-68:On the Day their faces are rolled about on the Fire, they will say, Would that we had obeyed Allah and His Messenger! And they will say, O our Lord, we obeyed our CHIEFS and our GREAT MEN, and they led us astray from the Right Path. O our Lord, give them a double chastisement and curse them severely.


Allah is the One Who hears everything! Allah Alone is the One Who can answer your prayers! Allah Alone is the One Who deserves our invocation and our supplication! Allah Alone is the One Who has all the Powers with Himself!!! Sharing or giving any of Allahs Beautiful Attributes to anyone of his created slaves or things, is one of the biggest forms of shirk.


We all agree that a Hindu who prays in front of his idol of Ram, Sita, Ganpati, whatever, commits shirk. He stands in front of his idol, and asks the idol to give him this and that. He knows that the idol cannot give him anything, as it is only a piece of stone or clay! What he implies is either, Ram or Sita or whatever can hear him, or that Ram or Sita can influence the One Being who Created everything, and get these things for him! This belief we all agree is shirk!


But when a muslim stands in front of the grave and prays to the person who is dead for hundreds of years, and asks him for this favor and that, we dont call it shirk!!! Again, the person standing and supplicating at the grave, knows that the grave cannot do anything It is only sand and stones!!! But implies and assumes that the person who was buried in this place hundreds of years ago is alive, has the power to hear him, has the power to understand the language he is speaking, has the power to take his message to the One Being Who Created everything, or has the power to get these things for him!!! What is the difference between the actions of the Hindu who invokes his idols, and the muslim who invokes the graves of his pious holy men? Both of them are involved in the most heinous and horrendous of all sins, SHIRK!!!!!!


It is a major misconception and misunderstanding that the pagans of Makkah like Abu Jahl and Abu Lahab, etc. did not believe in Allah. They all believed Allah created them and everything else in existence! They believed Allah was the One who gives life and ordains death! They believed Allah was the One who created the Sun and the Moon! They believed the Kaabah was Allahs House and was built by their forefathers Ismail (a.s.) and Ibrahim (a.s.)! They regularly did tawaaf of the Kaabah, performed Umrah, and even performed the Hajj! They were the caretakers of the Kaabah, and the custodians of the waters of zam zam! They believed in Allah! But they built these idols and images, most of whom were the images of their forefathers and some were the images of their holy and pious men of days gone by. They believed that these pious and holy men were close to Allah, and if asked through them, Allah would have to grant them their requests and prayers! This is precisely what Allah termed as shirk in the Holy Quran, and this is precisely why Allah condemned them!


The only way to recognize this abominable crime of shirk is to read the Holy Quran with understanding. All the communities that Allah relates in the Holy Quran who were destroyed by Him, they were destroyed because they were guilty of this one heinous, horrendous, and unforgivable sin: SHIRK!! Allah forgives any sin He pleases, except this one sin of shirk!!! And unfortunately, a multitude of muslims are involved in this very crime May Allah guide them to read and understand the Quran, so that they can recognize and stay away from this abominable crime!!!!


Allah says in the Quran: Chapter 4 Surah An-Nisa Verse 48: Shirk (associating other deities with Allah) is the only sin that Allah does not forgive, and He forgives, whomsoever He pleases, sins other than this. For whosoever associates any other partner with Allah, does indeed forge a big lie and commits the most heinous sin.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 72: Whoever commits shirk (invoking anything with Allah), Allah shall forbid for him Paradise, and Hell shall be his abode. And for such wrong doers there will be no one to help.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumar verse 65-66: 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 7 Surah Aaraf verses 197:Those whom you call besides Allah, cannot help you, nor can they help themselves.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 34 Surah Saba verses 22: (O Prophet) say, Call on those whom you invoke as deities besides Allah. They neither own an atoms weight of anything in the heavens, nor in the earth. Nor have they anything to share in either, nor is any of them a helper of Allah


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imran verses160: If Allah helps you, none can overcome you! And if Allah forsakes you, who is there, then, after Allah that can help you? Therefore, the true believers should trust in Allah Alone.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 22 Surah Hajj verse73: O mankind! A parable is related to you, so listen to it! Those on whom you call besides Allah, cannot create a fly, even though they may all combine together for this purpose! Nay! If a fly snatches away anything from them, they would have no power to release it from the fly! How weak are the those who petition, and how weak are those to whom they supplicate!


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 10 Surah Yunus verses 106-107: And do not call besides Allah, any being that can neither do you any good nor any harm. For if you will do so, you shall be one of the doers of wrong. If Allah afflicts you with a calamity, there is none to remove it, but He Himself. Likewise, if Allah wills to bestow a favor on you, there is none to withhold Allahs bounty. He bestows His bounty on anyone of His servants He wills. And He is The Forgiving, The Merciful.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Isra (Bani Israel) verses 56-57:(O Prophet) say, You may call for help those, besides Allah, whom you fancy. They have neither the power to remove your troubles from you, nor change them! In fact, those beings whom these people call for help themselves seek the means of approach to Allah, and vie with one another to be nearer to Him, and hope for His Mercy and fear His Wrath. The fact is that the Wrath of your Lord is a thing to be dreaded!


The fact is that the whole Quran is full of aayahs explaining this sin of shirk in detail! But in our laziness, heedlessness and negligence, we just do not take the time and effort to read the Message that Allah Himself has revealed for our guidance. We take the word of some self-proclaimed holy men, and assume that they are guiding us towards the Quran and Allah, when in fact they are guiding us towards themselves, their ancestors and most definitely the everlasting torture of Hell Fire! We make every excuse we can to not understand the clear teachings of the Holy Quran!


Your Question: This question was asked by one of my bohri friend who fails to understand that we cannot associate anybody with allah & gives me examples of Offices where the boss is not availbale for everybody one has to go through this managers... etc...

This is the standard examples the doers of shirk use to justify their heinous and unforgivable crime of shrik!!!! The key phrase in your Bohri friends argument is that if the boss is not available.. What we need to explain to him is that our Lord is always available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 a year!! Our Lord is the One Who Created everything that exists; He neither sleeps nor tires; He Alone is in charge of everything; He has the Power to listen to our prayers directly; and He Alone has the Power to answer them if He wills.


Just see what Allah is calling upon us to do He commands us to call upon Him Alone, for He Alone can answer our prayers. He says that is quite near to us; He hears and answers the prayers of the supplicant.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 186:And if My servants ask you, O Prophet, concerning Me, tell them that I am quite near to them. I hear and answer the prayer of the suppliant, when he calls on Me. So let them respond to My call and believe in Me. (Convey this to them), perhaps they may be guided aright!


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 40 Surah Mumin verse 60:And Your Lord says, Call upon Me. I will answer your prayers. Those who disdain My worship on account of arrogance, shall certainly enter Hell in disgrace!


In this imperfect and corrupt world, one might need to go through managers to the boss, or through a minister to the king; but not when our Boss, our Merciful Lord is always available. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. His gates are always open. All we need to do is raise our hands and call upon Him! Those who believe that Allah is busy and not available, have just not understood the Power, Majesty, Might, and Glory of Allah Subhanah!


May Allah guide you and us all to the Straight Path of Islam.


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,





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