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Do Weak Hadeeths Prove A Deed To Be Minimally Desirable?

Posted in Hadith Studies with tags , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Istihbaab (desirability) is not proven by da’eef (weak) ahaadeeth because istihbaab is one of the five decrees of the Sharee’ah (1) and any Sharee’ah decree can only be proven on the basis of some authentic hadeeth, which is not the case in da’eef ahaadeeth. Shaykh Al-Islaam, Ibn Taymiyyah also adopted the same point of view.

Similarly Shaykh Naasir Ad-Deen Al-Albaanee says that it is not lawful to establish the obligatory nature of acting on da’eef hadeeth because the least level of legality is istihbaab (desirable), which is one of the five decrees of Islaam and none of the decrees could be proved without any authentic argument in its favour.

[Taken from Shaykh Imraan Ayoob’s introduction to Shaykh Ehsaan Aly ‘Uteby’s book, “100 Famous Weak Hadeeth Among Khateebs And Speakers”, p.20]

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Speaking Against The People Of Innovation

Posted in Biddah / Innovation with tags , , , , , , , on March 26, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Some of the people said to Ahmad bin Hanbal:

“I find it difficult to say about a person that he has such and such problem, and so and so is like such and such.”

Imam Ahmad said:

“If you remain silent and I remain silent when will an ignorant person know the authentic from the unauthentic?!”

[Majmoo Fatawa, 28/231]

Corrupt Beliefs Stemming From Fazaa’il-e-Amaal [Story 5]

Posted in Various Other Misguided Sects/Groups Exposed on March 24, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

As we have seen in our last few posts, doing du’aa to other than Allaah is shirk and futile. Even though this is a fundamental principle of Islaam, the Tablighi Jamaat promote calling out to the Prophet (saw) and complaining to him about one’s needs. The following story from Fazaa’il-e-A’maal shows this:

Three men fasted for days on end since they could not find food. One of them went to the grave of the Messenger of Allaah (saw) and said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, hunger has overtaken us.

Soon afterwards a man from the Alawi family knocked at the door. They opened the door and found a man with two servants, each one carrying a large basket with many delicious foods. Then the man from the Alawi family said before leaving, ‘You have complained about hunger to the Messenger of Allaah. I have seen the Messenger of Allaah in a dream and he commanded me to bring food to you.

[Fazaa’il-e-A’maal, ch.9, p. 177]

As is the norm in the book Fazaa’il-e-Amaal, there are numerous stories which promote such false stories which cause nothing but corruption to one’s ‘aqeedah.

Corrupt Beliefs Stemming From Fazaa’il-e-Amaal [Story 4]

Posted in Various Other Misguided Sects/Groups Exposed on March 22, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

As we have seen in our last few posts, doing du’aa to other than Allaah is shirk and futile. Even though this is a fundamental principle of Islaam, the Tablighi Jamaat promote calling out to the Prophet (saw) and complaining to him about one’s needs. The following story from Fazaa’il-e-A’maal shows this:

In Madeenah there lived a woman from the Haashimee family whose servants used to ill-treat her. She went with her complaints to the Messenger of Allaah (saw) where she poured her heart out.

From the grave she heard this reply, ‘Do you not prefer to follow my excellent example? Have patience, as I patiently persevered.

She then said, ‘After hearing that voice, all my grief disappeared and all the servants who used to annoy me passed away.’

[Fazaa’il-e-A’maal, ch.9, p. 175]

This story, as is obvious, is promoting nothing but shirk. As Muslims we complain to none but Allaah (see Quraan, 12:86), however this story is promoting otherwise.

Corrupt Beliefs Stemming From Fazaa’il-e-Amaal [Story 3]

Posted in Various Other Misguided Sects/Groups Exposed on March 20, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

As we have seen in our last few posts, doing du’aa to other than Allaah is shirk and futile. Even though this is a fundamental principle of Islaam, the Tablighi Jamaat promote calling out to the Prophet (saw) and complaining to him about one’s needs. The following story from Fazaa’il-e-A’maal shows this:

Hazrat Ibn Jalaa relates, “While in Madeenah, I once suffered tremendous hunger. It became so unbearable that I presented myself at the grave of the Messenger of Allaah (saw) and said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, I suffer great hunger. I am now your guest.

Thereafter, sleep overtook me and in a vision, I saw the Messenger of Allaah (saw) give me a piece of bread. I ate half of it and when I woke up, I found myself with the other half of that piece of bread still in my hands.”

[Fazaa’il-e-Amaal, ch.9, p.178]

Doing Du’aa To Other Than Allaah

Posted in Tawheed/Shirk with tags , , , , , , on March 17, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Proof One:

The Prophet (saw) said, “Du’aa is ibaadah (worship).” [Aboo daawood]. And as every Muslim knows, ‘none has the right to be worshipped besides Allaah’.

This narration shows that doing du’aa to other than Allaah is unlawful and nothing short of shirk, as you are directing an act of worship (du’aa) to other than Allaah. And Allaah clearly mentions this prohibition in the verse, “Invoke not anyone along with Allaah.” [72:18] So he who directs an act of worship to other than Allaah has committed shirk (an act of associating partners with Allaah).

Proof Two:

Allaah says: “To You alone we worship, and to You alone we ask for help.” [1:4] This verse has many fascinating points which stress that only Allaah should be called upon for help. (1) Firstly, Allah repeats the word “iyyaaka (to You alone)” twice, and did not mention it only once by saying, “To You alone we worship and ask for help.” This is in order to emphasise that worship and seeking aid is solely for Allaah alone. (2) Secondly, we look at the structure of the sentence. A normal sentence would be phrased as “We worship You and we ask help from you.” where the doer of the action comes before the object. However the structure of the aayah has been phrased such that the object “You” is mentioned first then the doer and verb “we worship”. This is called “Al-hasr” (restriction/limitation) in the Arabic language, which in this case means to negate the performance of acts of worship to other than Allaah (swt). (3) Thirdly, we see that Allaah not only says “To You alone we worship” but also brings out  specific type of worship and stresses it again, by adding, “and to You alone we ask for help.” In this way, Allaah shows us the importance of this specific type of worship, as even though seeking aid is worship, and we have already stated we worship Him alone, Allaah brings it out again to emphasise its importance. (4) This statement is repeated at least 17 times a day. We say it again and again to as to drill it in ourselves that we only ask Allaah for help.

Proof Three:

Nay, the inhabitants of the graves cannot even hear the one doing du’aa to them. Allaah says: “The living and the dead are not alike. Allaah makes hear whoever He wishes hear, but you cannot make those in their graves hear.” [35:22]

Here, Allaah explains to the Prophet (saw) that he cannot make the rejecters of faith hear the message (as they are dead in heart and in spirit) any more than he can make those in their graves hear what is spoken to them. (See Tafseer At-Tabaree 21/36)

Proof Four:

Allaah says: “Verily, you cannot make the dead to hear, nor can you make the deaf to hear the call, when they flee, turning their backs.” [27:80]

Here, Allaah addresses the Prophet (saw) reminding him that he cannot make the disbelievers hear his invitation to Islaam, for they are like the dead who do not hear either.

Proof Five:

We also have the ahaadeeth which show that the dead cannot hear. The Prophet (saw) said: “Allaah has angels who travel about the earth; they convey to me the peace greetings from my Ummah.” [Aboo Daawood, from Ibn Mas’ood]

If he (saw) could hear it directly there would be no need for the angels to convey it to him. So since the best of creation cannot hear our pleads and our conversation, it hold even more true that those of lesser status than the Prophet (saw) cannot even have this feature of hearing us.

Proof Six:

Allaah says: “And those, whom you invoke or call upon instead of Him, own not even a Qitmir (the thin membrane over the date-stone). If you invoke (or call upon) them, they hear not your call, and if (in case) they were to hear, they could not grant it (your request) to you. And on the Day of Resurrection, they will disown your worshipping them.” [35:13-14]

So this verse proves the following four points: (a) The dead cannot hear, as it was the dead pious people whom the Mushriks used to call upon for help. (b) Even if they could hear you, they cannot even grant your request. (c) They will disown your worship of them. (d) And furthermore, this verse proves that du’aa is a form of worship, as the verse is talking about ‘calling upon’ others for help, and how those called upon will disown your worshipping them.

Proof seven:

So since it is established that not even the prophet can hear us, we realise the foolishness of calling out to him (saw) or other than him (saw). And this is even shown in the aayah where Allaah says: “And who is more astray than one who calls (invokes) besides Allah, such as will not answer him till the Day of Resurrection, and who are (even) unaware of their calls (invocations) to them?” [46:5]

Proof Eight:

Indeed we worship none but Allaah, and we have our complete trust in Him, as he says: … if Allah touches you with hurt, there is none who can remove it but He; and if He intends any good for you, there is none who can repel His Favour which He causes it to reach whomsoever of His slaves He will…” [10:107]

And there are numerous other verses that prove doing du’aa to other than Allaah is futile including 35:13-4

Corrupt Beliefs Stemming From Fazaa’il-e-Amaal [Story 2]

Posted in Various Other Misguided Sects/Groups Exposed with tags , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Fazaa’il-e-Amaal, written by Moulana Zakariyyah, is a authoritative book used by the Tableeghee Jamaat world-over and has been translated into several languages. It is full of fabricated stories promoting shirk.

For example, it mentions a story of two brothers whose father died leaving behind an inheritance, which included three strands of hair of Allaah’s Messenger (saw).

“The brothers divided the property in half so that they had one strand of hair each. However they disputed about the third strand of hair. So the elder brother agreed to give the younger brother all the three strands of hair if the younger brother gave up his share of the property, to which the younger brother agreed.

When the younger brother died, many pious people dreamt of the Holy Prophet (saw) who told them, “If a person has any need he should ask it from Allaah sitting at the side of his grave.” “[Fazaa’il-e-Amaal, ch.5, p.128]

The futility of this story is too obvious to even refute. We have seen in our previous two posts that the Prophet (saw) forbade taking graves as places of worship, and begging Allaah of ones needs (i.e., du’aa) is worship, as he (saw) said:

Du’aa is worship (ibaadah).” (Aboo Dawood)

So it seems quite strange that the Messenger of Allaah would tell someone to do something which he himself forbade! And likewise, the book is full of fabricated stories which not only serve no purpose but contradict the very fundamentals of this Deen.