Ask About Islam

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

 

This Live Session was concluded on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 19:00 Makkah/16:00 GMT.

 

This session was dedicated to “Ask About Islam”; Br. Maan Khalife replied to general questions about Islam and Ramadan including interfaith issues, misconceptions and misinterpretations of Islamic concepts.

 

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Saturday, Jun. 25, 2016 | 17:00 - 19:00 Makkah | 14:00 - 16:00 GMT

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Is going to mazaar and niyaz allowed in Islam? Is it mentioned anywhere in hadith or is it forbidden in Islam? Please explain.



Is Visiting the Grave of Saints Allowed in Islam? - About Islam

Wa Alaykum Assalam and thank you for your question.

 

Some scholars completely forbid visiting the graves of saints, while others allow it provided that the Muslim avoids certain rituals that are acts of shirq (associating other lords with Allah).

 

What is the Muslim’s intention from visiting graves of saints and leaving food at such sites? This is the question that needs to be addressed because we are judged by our intentions.

 

Is it because we feel that our dua is better accepted? This is a big misconception.

 

Is it to make dua to the deceased or to ask dua from him? We need to ponder upon the meaning of the duas that we say. If they address the Saint directly then how could we possibly ask from a dead person to help us when we are taught by our Prophet (peace be upon him) that his deeds have halted.

 

Fadalah bin ‘Ubaid (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:
The actions of every dead person come to a halt with his death except the one who is on the frontier in Allah’s way (i.e. observing Ribat). This latter’s deeds will be made to go on increasing for him till the Day of Resurrection, and he will be secure from the trials in the grave.” (Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi)

 

The only exception is the one who was in Jihad protecting the frontier of the Muslim lands. Does the saint fall under this category?

 

Finally, the Prophet (peace be upon him) advised us not to just go on a journey for the purpose of visiting any house of worship. Abu Hurairah (Allah be pleased with him) reported it directly from Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him) that he said:

“Do not undertake a journey to visit any Mosque, but three: this Mosque of mine, the Mosque of al-Haram and the Mosque of Aqsa (Bait al-Maqdis). (Sahih Muslim)

 

In addition, most of these shrines are actually masjids where the saints’ graves are located within their boundaries such that people prostrate to the grave during prayers or otherwise; while we are warned not to do so, even for the Prophet (peace be upon him); It was narrated from Aishah that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“May Allah curse people who take the graves of their prophets as Masjids.” (An-Nasai, Sahih)
Please note that the Prophet’s grave in Madinah is placed in the far corner of the Masjid that no one prostrates in front of it.
If we ponder upon the above mentioned, we realize that there is no good purpose from visiting the graves of saints (mazaar). We visit graves to remind us of death and ask forgiveness for the deceased.

As salaamu alaikum sir, my question is that Quran is just perfect no doubt about that but why non-Muslims are pointing errors in the Quran. I am confused please clarify me sir.



Are there Errors in the Quran? - About Islam

Wa Alaykum Assalam and thank you for your question.

 

Some anti-Muslims have their own agenda of misrepresenting Islam; therefore, they conveniently mistranslate Quranic verses and hadith to say that they are incorrect in some way or another.

 

It will suffice for such people to mistranslate a single world in a verse or hadith, which will sound absolutely correct to most Muslims.

 

To avoid confusion, I advise you not to read from anti-Islamic sites. Only a reliable Muslim scholar can interpret and explain the Quran and hadith, not a non-Muslim.

 

Christians don’t go to Buddhist to explain their religion to them.