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📣 Madrasah Start Date

 السلام عليكم و رحمة الله وبركاته

Dear Parents,

The start date of the Madrasah will be delayed by one week insha Allah.

Madrasah will start on Monday 10th September bi’idhnillaah.

Jazaakumullaahu khairan.

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Authentic Adhkar: Lesson 21

Sat  25th Aug 2018

Lesson 21: Exaggeration at the graves of the Righteous people

  • One of the greatest types of misguidance is what the shaytaan (satan) has whispered to people in order for them to commit shirk at the graves of the Prophets and righteous people
    • At first, people make pictures and then later these are turned into statues
    • Eventually those graves become shrines and temples and the people worship the deceased
  • The first time this type of shirk occurred was at the time of Prophet Nūh (may peace be upon him)
    • See Surah Nūh (Chapter Noah)
    • Narrated Ibn `Abbas: “All the idols which were worshiped by the people of Noah were worshiped by the Arabs later on. As for the idol Wadd, it was worshiped by the tribe of Kalb at Daumat-al-Jandal; Suwa` was the idol of (the tribe of) Hudhail; Yaghouth was worshiped by (the tribe of) Murad and then by Bani Ghutaif at Al-Jurf near Saba; Ya`uq was the idol of Hamdan, and Nasr was the idol of Himyar, the branch of Dhi-al-Kala`. The names (of the idols) formerly belonged to some pious men of the people of Noah, and when they died Satan inspired their people to (prepare and place idols at the places where they used to sit, and to call those idols by their names. The people did so, but the idols were not worshiped till those people (who initiated them) had died and the origin of the idols had become obscure, whereupon people began worshiping them.” [Sahih al-Bukhari]
    • Ibn Jariir explains that at first people made pictures and idols which they named after righteous deceased people, then the later generations that came were convinced by shaytaan that these idols were worshipped by their forefathers as gods, and since the later generations did not know the exact reason why they were made, they fell for the misguidance of shaytaan
  • Eventually Allah sent Prophets and Messengers (may peace be upon them all) to correct this and warn from it
  • The Prophet () stressed to us that we should not turn the graves into places of worship and we should not call upon the deceased
    • Narrated `Aisha: “Um Habiba and Um Salama mentioned a church they had seen in Ethiopia and in the church there were pictures. When they told the Prophet of this, he said, “Those people are such that if a pious man amongst them died, they build a place of worship over his grave and paint these pictures in it. Those people will be Allah’s worst creatures on the Day of Resurrection.” [Sahih al-Bukhari]
    • Jundub reported: “I heard from the Apostle of Allah () five days before his death and he said: I stand acquitted before Allah that I took any one of you as friend, for Allah has taken me as His friend, as he took Ibrahim as His friend. Had I taken any one of my Ummah as a friend, I would have taken Abu Bakr as a friend. Beware of those who preceded you and used to take the graves of their prophets and righteous men as places of worship, but you must not take graves as mosques; I forbid you to do that.” [Sahih Muslim]
    • Abu Huraira reported: “The Messenger of Allah () said: Let there be curse of Allah upon the Jews and the Christians for they have taken the graves of their apostles as places of worship.” [Sahih Muslim]
    • ‘A’isha reported: “The Messenger of Allah () said during his illness from which he never recovered: Allah cursed the Jews and the Christians that they took the graves of their prophets as mosques. She (‘A’isha) reported: Had it not been so, his (Prophet’s) grave would have been in an open place, but it could not be due to the fear that it may not be taken as a mosque.” [Sahih Muslim]
  • Currently in our Ummah, there are people who would go to the Prophet’s () grave and make sajda, make dua to him and pray to him if this had not been barred from them. We know this because such people are already doing this for their “pirs”, Imams or shaykhs. This is the level of misguidance present.
  • The Prophet () made severe warnings against making dua at the graves and used strong and clear language

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