Imam Ahle Sunnat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Qadiri (may Allah be pleased with him), as a mufti writing fatawa [legal opinion], as a Sufi preceptor giving guidance to his followers in his Malfuzat, and as a poet expressing his personal longings and passions, held much the same views.
1. Did the Wahabi Sect exist at the time of the Khulafaa-e-Rashideen?
2. Can one recite Sura Mulk while he is alive or can someone recite for him after his demise for the purpose of protection in the
Kabr? And what quantity of bread must be given for charity to the poor?
3. Is it permissible to marry in the family of Razees (Shi'as)?
4. Which days are good to travel?
5. A person is a Murid of a certain Murshid who passed away a long time ago. Now, can this Murid of the demised Shaikh become
the disciple (Murid) of another Shaikh?
6. Can a person go to the toilet if he has Arabic writing on a piece of paper kept in his pocket?
7. Is there any wisdom in fixing dates of Urs of Awliya?
8. It is commanded in the Shari'ah to approach the grave from the leg-side. If the graves were very close to one another, how
would this be possible?
9. Is it permissible to drink out of a container that has Quranic verses engraved on it?
10. Is the hair of a dog clean?
Did the Wahabi Sect exist at the time of the Khulafaa-e-Rashideen?
It is the very sect about whom Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibne Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) requested the permission from Ameeril Mu'mineen, Sayyiduna Ali Al Murtudah (Karramallahuwajhahu) to confront. After obtaining permission from Ameeril Mu'mineen, Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibne Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) went to these people and asked them: "What was it about the Ameeril Mu'mineen that you so greatly disagree with?" They replied: "Why did the Ameer appoint Sayyiduna Abu Moosa Ashari (radi Allahu anhu) as a Hakim (Judge) in the Event of Siffeen? This is Shirk (Polytheism) because Allah states in the Quran: 'That judgement is from none but Allah'". Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibne Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) replied: "Is it not in the very Quran that states, 'If there arises a dispute between husband and wife then get one Hakam (Judge or Arbitrator) from both sides, and if the couple require a reconciliation then Almighty Allah will put them together".
(This is absolutely the same tactics used by today’s Wahabis. They close their eyes when it comes to the belief of I'lm-ul-Ghaib - Knowledge of the Unseen - possessed by Sayyiduna Rasoolullah -sallalahu alaihi wasallam. It is an Islamic belief that he did possess this Science of Knowledge as an Ataee - Gift of Allah and not Zaati (Personal). But the corrupt Wahabi totally refutes this. According to them such belief is Shirk).
Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibne Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) then asked them as to what type of belief do they hold that they claim Imaan with all the Ayahs of Nafi (Negation), and Kufr with the Ayafs of Ithbaat (Affirmation). On hearing this scholastic statement of Sayyiduna Ibne Abbas (radi Allahu anhu), half of that group (5, 000) made Taubah (Repented) and joined Ameeril Mu'mineen. The remainder of the group (5, 000) remained stubborn. After this dialogue the Noble Ameeril Mu'mineen issued the order that the remainder be killed.
Sayyiduna Imaam Hasan, Imaam Husein and many other eminent scholars hesitated because this group spent the entire night in Tahajjud and spent the day in the recitation of the Holy Quraan They said: "How could we raise our swords on such people." On the contrary, Sayyiduna Rasoolulah (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) had already in the past informed Sayyiduna Ali (Karramallahu wajhahu) about this sect that will revolt against Islam and they will be very staunch in their external duties, like fasting, prayers, etc. They will leave the Deen as an arrow leaves the bow for its target, never to return again, and they will recite the Holy Quran but it will not go below their throats.
Eventually the Muslim army was compelled to execute the command of the Ameeril Mu'mineen. Hence, the battle commenced. In the course of the Jihad, the Ameer was informed that the enemy had reached the river in retreat. On hearing this, Sayyiduna Imaam Ali Al-Murtudah (Karramallahu wajhahu) said: "By Allah! Not even 10 if them will cross the river. All will be killed on this side". So it did happen. None of the 5 000 escaped and all of them were killed. Since the army of the Ameer was impressed by the piety of the enemy he had to clear their minds and heart. To put this into effect, the Ameer issued an order to his army: "Search the bodies of the enemy. If you find Zul Thadiyya amongst them, then you have verily killed the most evil of men on earth, and if you do not find him amongst them (killed) then you have killed the best of men on earth." The search began and all the corpses were inspected. Below a pile of the executed was lying the body of this cursed person. His one hand was shaped like the breast of a woman. When Ameeril Mu'mineen saw him, he loudly shouted the Takbeer (Allahu-Akbar) and praised the Almighty Allah. Likewise, the entire Muslim army was convinced and satisfied by the Karamat (I'lm-e-Ghaib) of the Ameer, praised Allah and thanked Him for cleansing this filth from the earth. Then the illustrious Ameer again addressed the army and said: "Do you think that this cursed Sect is totally exterminated? Absolutely not! Some of them are still in the womb of their mothers and others are in the sperm of their fathers. When one of these groups will be exterminated the others will rise with the Fitna and this will continue until the last group will emerge with the cursed Dajjal!"
This is the very sect that will emerge in the future in different names and famous disguises. Now, in this last period of time the very same cult emerged as "Reformers of Deen" and called themselves Wahabis. All the signs about this group that were foretold in the Sahih Ahadith Shareef are found exactly in the present Wahabi followers. A few prophecies were mentioned here.
1. If you compare your Salaah with their Salaah you will regard yours as insignificant
and insufficient. Likewise, your fasting in comparison to theirs (Wahabis) and your
good deeds to that of theirs.
2. They will recite the Holy Quraan but it will not go below their throats.
3. Their words and speech will be very sweet and appealing and they will quote in
4. Their condition will be such that they will leave the (boundaries of) Deen as an
arrow leaves the bow for its target.
5. One of their signs is that most of them will shave the hair of their heads.
6. Their pants will be raised high above the ankles.
N.B.: It is said that the father of Wahabism, Ibne Abdul Wahab Najdi, used to exercise the shaving off the hair so strongly that if any women converts to his corrupt cult (Wahabism), he ordered the female to shave off her hair. This was done because he said: "This is the hair of the period of Kufr therefore it must be shaven off". This shaving off of the female hair carried on for some time until one lady confronted him and said: "Why don't you shave off the beards of your recruits when they enter you Deen. That is also the hair of the period of Kufr?" It was from then that he stopped this shameful and disgusting practise.
Look at the Wahabis of today. Majority of them shave off their hair and lift their pants high above their ankles. How true are the prophecies of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) of over 1 400 years ago. They fit on the behaviour of the present day Wahabis perfectly.
Alahazrat (may Allah santify his soul) went on further to say:
When the Holy Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) was distributing booty after the Battle of Hunain, one person (that day Wahabi), objected to the manner of the Holy Prophet's (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) distribution and said: "I do not find justice in this distribution because some persons are getting more than the other". On hearing this remark, Sayyiduna Omar Al-Farouq (radi Allahu anhu) became furious and said: "Ya Rasoolullah! Grant me permission to behead this Munafiq (hypocrite)". He replied: "Leave him because such and such type of people will be from his offspring’s". Then the Holy Prophet of Allah (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) further said: "Unfortunately, if I do not exercise justice with you then who will be just to you? May Allah have mercy on my brother (Nabi) Moosa (alaihis salaam) who was oppressed more than me!"
The pious Ulema state that the distribution of the Holy Prophet (sallalahu alaii wasallam) on the single day was more than the lifelong charity of generous kings. The jungle was full of booty and the Sahabas came in huge numbers and the Nabi of Allah distributed the booty to them moving backwards (as the goods got lesser until all was given out).
While this virtuous distribution was carrying on a Bedoin came up to the Noble Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) and kindly pulled away his Rida (Mantle) from his blessed shoulders. The force of that snatching left marks on the shoulders and the back of the Beloved Nabi (sallalahu alaihi wasallam). He did not get annoyed by this act, but all he humbly said: "Oh People! Do not hasten, by Allah you would never find me a miser at any given time". Certainly by the Lord of Power Who has sent his beloved Rasool (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) with the truth and ultimate guidance, the most esteemed Khalifa of the Almighty Allah is Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallalahu alaihi wasallam). Whatever bounties and mercies are received in this universe is indeed due to his blessings. In fact, his blessings in this universe is but an atom of his Divine Rahmah.
Arif-e-Billah, Imaam Sharfudeen Busiri (may Allah sanctify his soul) states in his famous Qasidah Burdah Shareef: "Truly the mercies of this Duniya and Akhirah is but a trace of the blessings of the Beloved Nabi (sallalahu alayhi wasallam) and all the Knowledge of the Unseen (I'lmul-Ghaib ) is but a glimpse of the sacred knowledge of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallalahu alaihi wasallam)". One day the eminent Ashaab of the Holy Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) were assembled around him and a person came by and stood at the edge of the Majlis Shareef. Immediately, he proceeded from there into Musjid-e-Nabawi Shareef. The Holy Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) addressed the Sahaba and said: "Who amongst you will go and kill him?" Sayyiduna Abu Bakr As Siddique (radi Allahu anhu) got up and went towards this person who was engrossed in Salaah. He could not kill a person who was engrossed in Salaah, and returned to the Holy Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) and explained the situation.
The Beloved Nabi of Allah (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) stated again: "Who is it that will kill him?" Sayyiduna Omar Al Farouq (radi Allahu anhu) got up and went towards that person and found him in the same situation.
For the third time the Holy Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) stated: "Who is it that will kill him?" Sayyiduna Ali Al Murtudah (radi Allahu anhu) got up and said: "I will kill him". The Holy Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) said: "Yes, you would if you find him but he will not be there". When Sayyiduna Ali (radi Allahu anhu) went to the Musjid Shareef the man had already left. Then the Nabi of Allah (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) said: "If you had killed him then a very great Fitna (dissention) would have been removed from this Ummah". He was the father of Wahabism whose offspring’s are found today. They are soiling this earth and causing Fitna in this Ummah. That rude person stood on the edge of a Majlis Shareef of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and gave one look at everyone present there. His corrupt heart told him that there is no one in this Majlis better than himself. He was very proud and boasted of his Salaah and piety. He did not realize that Salaah or any virtue is but a mercy of the Glorious Prophet of Allah (sallalahu alaihi wasallam).
One can never be a devout servant of Allah until one sincerely pledges his allegiance to the beloved of Allah (sallalahu alaihi wasallam). In the Holy Quraan Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta'ala places the respect and honour of His Beloved Nabi before His worship. Therefore, Allah states: "So that you bring faith on Allah and his Rasool and respect and honour his Rasool and glorify Allah day and night, (meaning, perform Salaah)". The first and foremost factor of Imaan is respect for the Rasool. Without respect for the Rasool, Salaah or any from of Ibadaah is useless. There are may Abdullahs (Servants of Allah) in this world but the true and sincere Abdullah is he who is Abde-Mustafa (servant of the chosen Prophet - sallalahu alaihi wasallam). If it is not so then the servant is Abde-Shaytaan - servant of the cursed Devil. Allah forbids this!
Can one recite Sura Mulk while he is alive or can someone recite for him after his demise for the purpose of protection in the Kabr? And what quantity of bread must be given for charity to the poor?
Perform this virtuous act every year of your life for the purpose of Esaale Sawaab. There is no specific quantity stipulated for Sadaqa in Shariah, whenever possible, with clean earnings, (bread or naan). In fact, to do it continuously and then omit it is not a good practice.
There are numerous benefits concerning this Blessed Surah in the Ahadith Shareef. There is no other thing or virtue equivalent to the recitation of Sura Mulk for the removal of the punishment of the grave and achieving tranquillity in it. When the Angels of punishment tries from all sides in the grave to approach the reciter of this Surah, this Mubarak Surah rebukes the Angels, "Do not come close to this person because he used to recite me". The Angels will reply, "We have been sent by Him Whose Speech you are". The Surah replies, "Await until I return and do not go near this person".
This Surah Mubarak proceeds to the Divine Court in the Presence of Allah and disputes with Him is such a manner that no creation of Allah has the courage or strength to do so. So much so that there is a delay in the pardoning of the reciter and this Sacred Sura again requests to the Almighty Lord, "This person regularly recited Me and You did not forgive him. If I am not Your Words, then peel me off from your Kitaab (Quran)". Then, the Merciful Creator will reply, "Go, I have forgiven him". Surah Mulk will immediately proceed to Jannah and get silk clothes, a comfortable pillow, flowers and fragrance, and then go back to the grave. It will then console the reciter and affectionately say to him, "I hope that you did not get frightened due to My delay in returning to you!" This Sura will lay the comfortable bedding on the floor of the grave and the order will come from Allah to the Angels of Punishment to return at once.
Is it permissible to marry in the family of Razees (Shi'as)
It is not permissible. There are great dangers in such marriages. Your Imaan will leave your heart and the love for Allah and His Rasool (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) will also leave you. Almighty Allah states in the Holy Quraan, "If you come to your senses after the Shaitaan makes you forget, then do not sit in the company of the oppressors". Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) states, "Run far from them and keep them away from you so that they may not mislead you". There is a Hadith Shareef that is specifically related to the Rafzees, "A nation will come, they will have a bad title, they will be called Rafzee. They will not come for Jummah nor Jamaat. They will insult the pious predecessors. You must not sit in their company, nor eat, nor drink nor marry in them. If they get sick, do not visit them nor attend their funeral if they die".
Imraan bin Khataan Raqqaashi was regarded as one of the greatest Aalims and authority on Hadith (Muhaddith). He married his cousin sister who was a Kharijite. The Ulema were very disturbed and opposed this marriage. He said to them, "I have married her in order that I may guide her on the right path". Not even a year had passed before she had converted him to a Khariji. He went to hunt but became the target. This rule applies to all corrupt sects who have deviated from the Ahle Sunnah wa Jamaat. Due to their Kufr beliefs, the Ulema of Islam have passed the Fatwa of Irtidaad on them. People with such Kufr beliefs are regarded as Murtads, hence association and social bonds with them is strongly opposed as mentioned in the Hadith Shareef. Some of these corrupt cults are Wahabi, Deobandi, Qadiani, Rafzee (Shia), etc. In fact, the Nikah of a Muslim is not valid with them because of their Kufr. Children born from such marriage will be Waladu-Zina (illegitimate). Consult "Fatawa-e-Alamgeer" for details.
Which days are good to travel?
Wednesday, Saturday and Monday. It is stated in the Hadith Shareef that if a person departs before sunrise on a Saturday for travel, then I (Holy Prophet - sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) am his security. A'la Hadrat (radi Allahu anhu) then states: "Alhamdulillah! My second trip for Hajj and my return were within these 3 days, and by the grace of Allah, I was born on a Saturday".
A person is a Murid of a certain Murshid who passed away a long time ago. Now, can this Murid of the demised Shaikh become the disciple (Murid) of another Shaikh?
It is forbidden to change the Bay'at for no specific valid Islamic reasons. Yes, it is permissible to renew one's Bay'at (Tajdeed). In fact, it is recommended to take Bay'at with another Murshid-e-Kaamil in the exalted Silsila of Qadiriyah without breaking ties with your Shaikh. Such Bay'at will not be regarded as a new one but a renewal of the old one. This is so because all Silsilas (Spiritual orders) leads to the main stream being the Silsila of Qadiriyah.
Alahazrat went on further: Once three Qalandars (certain type of Dervishes) humbled themselves in the illustrious presence of Shaikh-ul Mashaa'ikh, Sultan Nizamuddin Mehboob-e-Elahi (radi Allahu anhu). They requested for food so the Shaikh ordered the Khadim (servant) to give them whatever was present. When the Khadim presented the food, the Qalandars looked at the food, picked it up, threw it and demanded better food. Witnessing this attitude of the guests, the great Sheikh did not comment, but ordered the Khadim to present better food. The Khadim then got better food and presented it to the guests. They looked at the food, picked it up and threw it for the second time. They then demanded better food. The Noble Shaikh still kept calm and ordered for better food. Better food was presented for the third time and the Qalandars threw it away and still demanded better food. After the third time, Shaikh-ul Mashaa'ikh called the Qalandar close to him and spoke very softly in his ears: "At least this food is better than the dead ox you ate on your way to me".
When he heard this, the condition of the Qalandar changed. (On their way they were without food for three days and were starving. Eventually they came across a dead ox so they ate from it to survive). The Qalandars fell on the feet of great Shaikh and cried. Shaikh-ul Mashaa'ikh lifted them up and embraced them. They were spiritually blessed by the Sheikh. After this spiritual blessing, they started dancing in ecstasy saying: "My Murshid blessed me with Ne'mah". The disciples present there said to them: "You fool! You came here as a destitute. Whatever you received was from our Shaikh (Murshid) and not from your Murshid". They replied: "You are fools, because if it was not by the guidance of our Murshid, why would your Murshid bless us?" On hearing this, Khwaja Nizamuddin said: "They are speaking the truth. O my Brothers (disciples), if you want to learn how to become a Murid, learn from these Qalandars".
Can a person go to the toilet if he has Arabic writing on a piece of paper kept in his pocket?
Yes, if it is hidden in his pocket, but it is better and more advisable to remove them.
Is there any wisdom in fixing dates of Urs of Awliya?
Yes, on the day of their Wisaal (passing away), their souls have greater concentration in the respected graves. Hence, this is the perfect time to derive the bounties of Rahmah from them.
It is commanded in the Shari'ah to approach the grave from the leg-side. If the graves were very close to one another, how would this be possible?
Firstly, enter the graveyard in such a manner that you face the leg-side. From this position, so that none of the deceased will have the difficulty to turn or rise their heads to answer you, offer greetings to the deceased and make Esaale Sawaab for them. If you intend to visit a specific grave, take such a route that you approach the grave from the feet-side. Make sure that you do have to jump over other Muslim graves to obtain this position, or else it is forbidden. The great Fuqaha (Jurists of Islam) have ruled that it is Haraam to cross or jump over Muslim graves.
Is it permissible to drink out of a container that has Quranic verses engraved on it?
Yes, it is permissible for the purposes of cure (Shifa) from sickness. Here too, one must be in Wudhu.
Is the hair of a dog clean?
It is correct that only the saliva of a dog is unclean (na-Paak). One should not keep a dog without having a valid reason for doing so because the Angels of Mercy do not visit that house. It is recorded in an authentic Hadith Shareef that one day the Angel Jibra'il (alaihis salaam) promised the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) to visit him the next day on a specific time. The Nabi of Allah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) waited on that day but he did not arrive on the promised time. Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) left his room and went outside to investigate. He found the Angel standing outside the door and hence asked him the reason for doing so. The Angel Jibra'il (alaihis salaam) replied: "The Angel of Mercy does not enter that home which has a dog or photographs." The Prophet of Allah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) went inside and searched all the rooms and did not find anything. A puppy then emerged from under the bed. It was removed and then the Angel entered.
[Courtesy of Imam Ahmad Raza Academy - South Africa]