Shirk among Muslims in Trinidad.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين و الصلاة  و السلام على  رسوله الكريم على نبينا محمد و على اله و صحبه و سلم.

Among the serious problems we have in Trinidad is Shirk in Tawakkul (reliance upon Allah عز و جل). There are those in the Muslim community who engage in acts which are clearly contradictory to Tawheed. From them are:

1.The use of talismans (ta’weez) which have other than Qur’an on it. I saw one which had the names of Muhammad, Jibreel, Israfeel, Izra’eel (who supposed to be the angel of death), Mikaeel, ‘Ali and Faatimah.

2. The use of Jinns to take out Jinns. This is popular in Trinidad among the so called “jinn men” who upon hearing about a situation send their Jinns to assess it and use them to remove Jinns from the possessed person.

3. Those who do healing through “spiritual language” which is not understood by the layman. Their ignorance is so compounded that some even believe that the spiritual language may not necessarily be Arabic. There was even the case where one devil recited half the Faatihah in Arabic and half in Hebrew.

Additionally, many Muslims in Trinidad have the belief that Qur’an, Masnoon Du’as and Prophetic Medicine are not enough to heal the one possessed. Rather, their belief is that one must go to someone who has the “ability” to the point that the issue of making partners in Allah does not take precedence in their minds. The verse in Surah Yusuf where Allah says:

“و ما يومن اكثرهم بالله الا و هم مشركون”

That most of them don’t believe in Allah except that they make Shirk. (Yusuf: 106)

And from those who engage in their actions and encourage them are men who are supposed to be learned and have been given titles like “Mufti” and “Maulana” and “Haafiz” within our community. They are paid thousands of dollars for their quackery with individuals and families entering into Shirk from the front door.

And Allah’s help is sought.

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