بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله, و الصلاة و السلام على رسول الله و على اله و صحبه و من اتبع الهدى. اما بعد
The title of this post is to address a sad reality based upon what I listened to.
There was a podcast wherein Muhammad Al Jaylani (Abu Taymeeyah) was interviewed by Muhammad Al Hijaab. In that interview some dreadful things were said by the latter which are:
- The Ikhwan Al Muslimeen is a political group (although the major scholars of this time have declared them as deviant.) See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fobRZwqFPPM
- That Yasir Qadhi should not be refuted because of his station in the west! Indeed YQ has clarified by his statements and his actions that he is deviant. From them; alluding that the Qur’an is not perfectly preserved, speaking ill of Shaikul Islaam Muhammad Ibn Abdil Wahhab, saying that Ya’juuj and Ma’juuj are Zombies, saying that he is Post-Athari (as if there is something past the Qur’an and Sunnah), saying that Umar Ibn Khattab would fail an ‘Aqeedah test, saying that calling upon the dead is Bid’ah and not major Shirk etc.
- That calling upon the dead is an argument within the “paradigm” of Islam (when it was admitted that it is clear Shirk). And that the Hujumaat (attacks) of the Kuffar and heretics are bigger than the issue of calling upon other than Allah in times of difficulty. Alhamdu lillah this, and the doubts surrounding it has also been dealt with here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9SuCslPbR8
The sad reality is that in many cases when individuals find themselves in Da’wah they don’t base their Da’wah upon that which the Prophets and Messengers propagated. Every single Prophet and Messenger called to the oneness of Allah in worship. Rather, this is the only reason Allah ta’ala sent books and Prophets. Allah has said:
وَلَقَدْ بَعَثْنَا فِي كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ رَّسُولًا أَنِ اعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ وَاجْتَنِبُوا الطَّاغُوتَ ۖ فَمِنْهُم مَّنْ هَدَى اللَّهُ وَمِنْهُم مَّنْ حَقَّتْ عَلَيْهِ الضَّلَالَةُ ۚ فَسِيرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ فَانظُرُوا كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ
And We certainly sent into every nation a messenger, [saying], “Worship Allah and avoid Taghut.” And among them were those whom Allah guided, and among them were those upon whom error was [deservedly] decreed. So proceed through the earth and observe how was the end of the deniers. (16:36)
From that worship is Du’a (supplication) and from the specific categories of supplication is Istighaatha (calling upon Allah in times of difficulty).
Furthermore, even the polytheists of the Arabs DID NOT call upon other than Allah in times of difficulty. Allah said in his book:
فَإِذَا رَكِبُوا فِي الْفُلْكِ دَعَوُا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ فَلَمَّا نَجَّاهُمْ إِلَى الْبَرِّ إِذَا هُمْ يُشْرِكُونَ
“When they were on the boat THEY CALLED UPON ALLAH with sincerity in his religion. However, when we brought them to safety on land they commit Shirk.” (29:65)
Imam At Tabari said:
يقول تعالى ذكره: فإذا ركب هؤلاء المشركون السفينة في البحر، فخافوا الغرق والهلاك فيه ( دَعَوُا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ ) يقول: أخلصوا لله عند الشدّة التي نـزلت بهم التوحيد، وأفردوا له الطاعة، وأذعنوا له بالعبودة، ولم يستغيثوا بآلهتهم وأندادهم،
“Allah has said: When the polytheists were on the boat in the water, fearing drowning and destruction in it, “THEY CALLED UPON ALLAH with sincerity in his religion,” they were sincere in times of hardship, worshiping Allah as one, and singling him out in obedience and submitting to him in worship. They DID NOT seek assistance during hardship from their Gods and what they supplicated to.” (https://quran.ksu.edu.sa/tafseer/tabary/sura29-aya65.html#tabary)
A similar meaning is found in the Tafaseer (exegesis) of Imam Ibn Katheer, Baghawi, Qurtubi and As Sa’di.
Indeed, Muhammad Hijab did call it (Istighatha to other than Allah) Shirk, however to say that the argument regarding Istighatha toward the dead falls within the paradigm of Islam ,when it is in complete opposition to the Da’wah of the Prophets and the Messengers, in addition to alluding that the attacks of the Kuffar and heretics are of more importance to deal with than the aforementioned issue is indeed a catastrophe.
Hence, as the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said to Mu’aadh: “Let the first thing you call to be to worship Allah alone.” Abdur Rahmaan Ibn Shaikh Hasan Ibn Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab said regarding this:
“In this is evidence that Tawheed in worship is the first obligation; because it is the basis and the foundation of the religion of Islaam…for this reason the first thing the Prophets gave Da’wah toward their people was: “Worship Allah, there is nothing worthy of worship beside him,” meaning: don’t worship other than Allah.” (Majmuu’at At Tawheed: 419-420)
Hence, the advice I give to myself and others who are on the Da’wah scene is to make the call to Tawheed paramount as this is the essence of Islam, the essence of the propagation of the Prophets and the Messengers, the reason why Allah has sent his books and Messengers and the reason why Allah created paradise and hellfire.
و صلى الله على نبينا محمد و على اله و صحبه و سلم