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THE HOLY PROPHET (SALLAL LAAHU ALAIHI WASALLAM) IS NOOR

We are living in a world of uncertainty and misconceptions. Man is beginning to


question the very roots of his beliefs about Allah Almighty and the Holy Prophet Sall
Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim, to create doubt in the minds of the simple and un
suspecting Muslims.

Here is proof from QUR'AN, Ahadith-e-Nabawi (Sallallaho Alaihi Wasallam), Sayings


of Sahab-e-Kiram and from the writings of great and authentic scholars of Islam
which show beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Messenger of Allah Sall Allahu
alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim is NOOR.

Tere Nasle Paak me he bacha bacha Noor ka


Too he Aine Noor tera sub gharana Noor ka

The Aqida of the Ahle Sunnat Wa Jama'at is that Rasool (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)
is Nur (Light) and human. The being and existence of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam) is even before that of humans but when he came into this world he came
in the garb of a human. It should be noted that originality does not change by the
changing of a garb. Just as Hadrat Jibraeel Ameen (Alaihis Salaam) is Nur but when
He used to go before Hadrat Maryam (Alaiha Salaam) he used to be in the form of
human. Concerning this Almighty Allah states in the Holy Quran:

"Thus He used to appear before her in the form of a healthy (well built)
man"

In the Ahadith of Mishkaatul Masabih, Narration has been made by? The second
khalifa of Islam Hadrat Umr Farouk (radi Allahu anhu). He states:

"Once? we were in the presence of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). A man
came to us. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) asked Hadrat
Umr Farouk (radi Allahu anhu), "Do you know who that person was? Hadrat Umar
Farouk (Radi Allahu anhu) said, "Almighty Allah and His beloved Rasool (sallal laahu
alaihi wasallam) know better." The Prophet (Sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, "That
is Jibraeel (Alaihis Salaam)." (Mishkaat - ul - Masabih - Bukhari Shareef)

It is obvious that the Sahaba referred to Hadrat Jibraeel (Alaihis Salaam) as a man
since they had seen him the
form of a human being. Black hair, hands, legs, eyes, ears and a nose. All these are
human qualities yet it is
obvious that he is not human but an Angel who is nur/noor. As it is well known to the
people of knowledge that in the hadith it has come many a time? about how Hadrat
Jibraeel (Alaihis Salaam) came into the court of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal
laahu alaihi wasallam) as a Human. On many instances he came in the form of
Sahabi e Rasool Hadrat Wahia Kalbi (Radi Allahu anhu). This has also been proven by
one of the so called knowledgeable persons of the wahabi jamaat :

"And verily Allah has informed us that the Angels came to Hadrat Ebrahim (alaihis
salaam) in the form of human and the angels appeared before Hadrat Maryam
(alaiha salaam) in the exact human form and Hadrat Jibraeel (alaihis salaam) used
to come before the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) in the form of Hadrat Wahia
kalbi and in the form of a villager and the people used to always see him this way."
(Al Furqan bainal Awliyah ur Rahman wa shaitaan, page 41)
What the HOLY BOOK (Qur'an) have to say about this subject:

ALLAH Ta'aala Says in the Holy Quran:

1. "Surely, there comes from ALLAH a Light and a illuminated Book" (Al-
Quran, Al-Maidah - 15)

The Imam of all the Mufasireen of the Ummahe Muhammadi (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam) Hadrat Abdullah ibn Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) has stated concerning the
Tafseer of the ayat He states:
"Surely, there comes from ALLAH a Light, refers to the Holy Prophet
Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)." (Tafseer ibn Abbas pg 72 -
Published Egypt)

(More References: Sharah Shifa Shareef - page 42 Vol 1, Tafseer-e-Kabeer


Vol 3 page 348, Tafseer Ibn Jareer
Al-Tibri Vol2 page 161)

2. "Disbelievers desire to extinguish ALLAH's Light, with their mouths. But


He will not allow that except to flourish this light, though the disbelievers
do not like it" (Al-Quran, Al-Tawba - 32)

3. "O communicator of Unseen, We did not send you, but as a present and
seeing, a bearer of glad tidings and a warner as one who invites people
towards ALLAH, by his permission, and as a lamp spreading light"

4. "ALLAH, is the Light of Heavens and the Earth. The parable of His Light is
like a Niche, within it is a lamp and that lamp is in a glass and that glass is
like a brilliant star" (Al-Quran, Al-Noor - 35)

All these verses of Holy Quran indicates that Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) was
created from NOOR (Light) by ALLAH Ta'aala.

What the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) himself have to say about this subject:

1. Pupil of Imam Malik and the teacher of Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal and Hafizul
Hadith Abdul Razzak Abu Bakr Bin
Hamman, the teacher of the teachers of Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim, in his
Book "Musannaf", has narrated from Hazrat Jabir bin Abdullah Ansari and his son
(radi Allahu anhum), that he asked the Holy Messenger of ALLAH Ta'aala (Peace Be
Upon Him)

"O Prophet of Allah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) ! My parents be sacrificed upon
you, What did the Almighty Allah first create?" The Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam) replied: "Allah first created my Noor (Light) of His Noor. This Noor
traveled about according to the Will of Allah. At that time, there was no Heaven,
Hell, Lawh (Divine Tablet), Pen, Earth, Skies, Sun, Moon, Jinn or Human Beings.
When He decided to create, He divided that Noor into four parts. From one part He
created the Pen, from the second, the Lawh and from the third, he made the Arsh
Throne). He divided the fourth part into a further four parts. From one, He created
those Angels who carry the Arsh, from the second, the Kursi (Divine Chair) and from
the third, He created the Angels. He again divided the remaining parts into a further
four parts. From one, He created the skies. The second was used in creating the
planets. From the third, Heaven and Earth were created. Once again, He divided the
fourth part into a further four parts. From one part He created the power with which
the believers see. From the second, He created in the hearts of the Believers the
Noor of Marifat. From the third, He created in the tongues of the Believers, Noor, so
that they can read the Kalima of Tauheed".

(Ref: Muwahibul Ladaniyah Shareef page 9 Vol 1 - Zirkani Shareef page 46 Vol 1 -
Seerate Halbia page 37 Vol 1 -
Mutali ul Musarraat Sharah Dalail Kheyraat page 610 - Afzalul Qura by Imam Ibn
Hajr Makki - Hujatullahu alal
Alameen page 68 - Anwaarul Muhammadiya Page 9 - Aqidatush Shuhada page 100 -
Fatawa hadithia page 51,
Dalaa'il-un-Nubuwwat By Imam Baihaqi, Khamees by Allama Dayar Bakri, Madarij-
un-Nabuwwat by Skaikh Abdul Haq Muhaddith Dehlvi)

2. Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said : “When my mother gave birth to me she
saw a light proceeding from her which showed her the castles of Syria”

(Ref: Ibn Hisham; Tafsir Ibn Kathir 4:360; Bayhaqi, Dala’il an-Nubuwwa 1:110;
Haythami, Zawa’id 8:221; Ibn al-Jawzi, ‘al-Wafa’; Qadi Iyad, ‘al-Shifa’)

3. Allama Jauzi in his KITABUL WAFA narrates a hadith from Hazrat Abdullah ibn
Abbas, the cousin of the Holy Prophet Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim: "Allah's
Rasul had no shadow, not while standing in the sun, but the brilliance of his Noor
surpassed the rays of the sun; nor while sitting before a burning light, but his
luminous Noor excelled the luster of the light".

4. Imam Jalaludeen Suyuti in his KHASAAISUL KUBRA "This is also a unique feature
of the Holy Prophet Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim that his shadow did not
touch the ground, because he was Noor, and when he used to walk in the sunshine
his shadow could not be seen".

Tu Hay Saaya Noor Ka har uz'w tukra noor ka


Saaiey ka saaya na hota hay na saaya noor ka

5. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) has stated, "The very
first thing which Almighty Allah created was my Noor."

(Ref: Tafseer Nashyapuri Page 55 Vol 8 - Tafseer Araa'is ul Bayaan page 238 Vol 1 -
Tafseer Roohul Bayaan page 548 Vol 1 - Zirkaani Shareef page 37 Vol 1 - Madarijun
Nabuiwat page 6 Vol 2 - Bayaanul Milaadun Nabi Li ibn Jauzi page 24 - Matali'ul
Musarraat lil faasi - Itr ul Wirda - Tafseere Husaini - Sharah Qasida Imali).

6. Shareh Bukhari Imam Ahmad Qistalaani (radi Allahu anhu) states in his most
distinguished work "Mustataab Muwahibul ladaniyah" that narration has been made
by Hadrat Imam Zainul Abedeen (radi Allahu anhu) who narrates from His father
Hadrat Imam Husain (radi Allahu anhu) who narrates from His father Hadrat Ali
Mushkil Kusha (radi Allahu anhu) that the Holy prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)
has stated," 14000 years before the creation of Hadrat Adam (Alaihis Salaam) I was
a noor by my creator."

(Ref: Muwahibul ladaniyah pg 10 vol 1 - Zirkani Shareef pg 49 vol 1 - Jawahirul


Biharul Nibhaani page? 774 -
Anwaarul Muhammadiya pg 9 - Hujjatullahi Alal Alameen - Tafseer Roohul Bayaan pg
370 vol 2).

7. Hazrat Abu Huraira (Radi ALLAH Anho) narrates "Once Holy Prophet (Peace be
Upon Him) asked Jibril
(Alaihissalam) about his age, Jibril Replied "I only know that after every 70,000
years a STAR appears and i have seen that STAR 72000 times, then Prophet (Peace
Be Upon Him) replied "I am that STAR". (Ref: Jawahirul Bihar page 886)

After examining these sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam) it is as bright and clear as the sun that the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu
alaihi wasallam) explained Himself being noor in a very clear manner to His Ummah.
Thus those who oppose and contradict the Nooraniyat of the Holy Prophet (sallal
laahu alaihi wasallam). There ways and methods are against that of the Holy Prophet
(sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).

What the Glorious Sahaba Ikram have to say about this subject:

Now let us examine the Aqida (belief) of the Glorious Sahaba Ikram who are guiding
beacons for us.

1. Renowned Muhaditheen of the Ummahe Muhammadi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)


Allamah Muhadith Baihiqi and Hadrat Allamah Yusuf Nibhaani have explained the
belief of Hadrat Abu Bakr siddique (radi Allahu anhu) from one of his stanzas in
praise of the Hoy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). "Muhammad Mustapha
(sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is the Honest and is the one who brings you towards
good. His light takes away darkness like the full moon." (Dalail-un-Nabuiwat pg 228
vol 1 - Jawahirul Bihaar pg 96 vol 1).

2. The fourth khalifa of Islam, The true khalifa of Islam Hadrat Ali Murtuza (radi
Allahu anhu) states, "When the Beloved of Allah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) used
to speak then noor could be seen emerging from between his blessed teeth."
(Muwahibul Ladaniyah pg 27 vol 1 - Anwaarul Muhammadiyah page 132 - Zirkaani
Shareef).

3. After gaining victory and success in Ghazwa Tabook when Rasoolullah (sallal laahu
alaihi wasallam) arrived in Madinatul Munawwara, Hadrat Sayyiduna Abbas (radi
Allahu anhu) requested permission of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) to
read a few stanzas in his praise then Rahmate Alam (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)
said, " My dear Uncle ! Go ahead. May Almighty Allah keep your mouth well."

This is what al-`Abbas ibn `Abd al-Muttalib was indicating when he said:

... Before you came to this world,


you were excellent in the shadows and in the repository (i.e. loins)
in the time when they (Adam and Eve) covered themselves with leaves.
Then you descended through the ages...
When you were born, the earth shone
and the horizon was illuminated by your light.
We travel in that illumination and in the light and in the paths of right guidance.”

Mullah Ali al-Qari in his ‘Sharh al-Shifa’(1:364) says it is related by Abu Bakr al-
Shafi`i and Tabarani, and cited by
Ibn `Abd al-Barr and Ibn al-Qayyim respectively in ‘al-Isti`ab’ and ‘Huda Nabiyy
Allah (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim)’.

This has been stated in distinguished works of great Muhaditheen such as Imam
Jalaluddeen Suyuti, Muhadith ibn
Jauzi, Allamah Ibn Hajr, Allamah Halbi, Allamah Dahlaan Makki, Allamah Nibhaani,
Allamah ibn Abdul Birr, Allamah
Haakim, Allamah Ibn Kathir and Allamah Sharistaani (radi Allahu Anhumul Ajmaeen).

(Ref: Kitaabul Wafa pg 35 vol 1 - khasais ul kubra pg 97 vol 1 - Insaanul Uyoon page
96 vol 1 - Seeratun Nauwiya pg 37 - Jawahirul Bihaar pg 40) - Anwaarul
Muhammadiyah pg 62-84 - Hujjatulahi Alal Alameen pg 222 - Muwahibul Ladaniyah
pg 23 - Al Istiaab Mustadrik pg 327vol 3 - Albidaya Wan Nihaya pg 258 vol 2 -
Kitaabul Mallal wan Nahal pg 240 Vol 2 - Majma'i Zawahid pg 217 vol 8 - Talkheesul
Mustadrik pg 327 vol 3).

4. The blessed and distinguished Sahabi-e-Rasool Hadrat Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu
anhu) states, "When the beloved Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) used to smile
then the walls use to glow with his Noor."

(Ref : Muwahibul Ladaniyah pg 271 vol 1 - Anwaarul Muhammadiyah pg 133 - Shifa


Shareef pg 39 - Hashia Shamail Tirmizi pg 16 - Shera Shifa Mula Ali Qari, Hashia
Naeemur Riyaz pg 338 vol 1 - Madarijun Nabuiwat (persian) pg 12 - Hujatullahi Alal
Alameen pg 689)

5. The beloved sahabi of Huzoor Pur Noor (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) Hadrat Anas
(radi Allahu Anhu states, "The day on which Huzoor (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)
arrived in Madinatul Munawwara then through his noor every thing in Madinatul
Munawwara became bright."

(Ref : Tirmizi Shareef pg 202 vol 2 - Mishkaatul masabih pg 547 - Ibn Majah Shareef
pg 119 - Tabqaate ibn Sa'ad
pg 221 vol 1 - Muwahibul ladaniyah pg 68 vol 1 - Anwaarul Muhammadiyah pg 38 -
Zirkaani Shareef, Seerate Halbia pg 234 vol 2 - Jawahirul Bihar pg 60 - Khasaisul
Kubra pg 471 vol 1 - Madarijun Nabuiwat pg 81 vol 2 - Mustadrik pg 12 vol 3 -
Talkheesul Mustadrik pg 12 vol 3)

6. Hadrat Sayyida Halima Sa'adiya (radi Allahu anha) who was the one responsible
for feeding milk to the Holy Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam). The one before
whom the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) used to eat and drink. Even she
believed that the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was Noor and this has
been explained by Allama Muhadith Ibn Jauzi and Qazi Thanaullah Paani Pati (radi
Allahu anhum) as follows: "When I used to feed milk to the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu
alaihi wasallam) then I never felt the need for a light in my house. Thus one day
Umme Khula Sa'diya said, "O Halima ! Do you leave the fire burning for the entire
night in your house? and I answered by saying, "No! I swear by Almighty Allah that I
do not keep the fire burning at all. This Noor and brightness is that of Sayidduna
Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). (Bayaanul Miladun Nabwi pg 54 - Tafseere
Mazhari).

7. The second nurse of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) who also fed
him milk also believed that Huzoor (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is Noor. This is
obvious from one of the stanzas of the poem which she had written at the time of
the Demise of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). "And
although verily you were Noor, A sun. And you used to give brightness in darkness
and emptiness." (Tabqaat ibn Sa'ad pg 333 vol 2)

8. Ummul Mo'mineen, Sayyida Aisha Siddiqa (radi Allahu anha) is recorded to have
said: "In total dark nights, I used to put the thread into a needle with the help of the
Noor of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)." (Shara Shifa Bar Hashia
Naseemur Riaz)

9. Imam of all the Mufasireen of the Ummahe Muhammadi (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam) Hadrat Abdullah ibn Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) has stated concerning the
Tafseer of the ayat: "Verily came to you from the side of Allah a Light and a bright
kitaab."? He states: "Verily came towards from the side of Allah a light, refers to the
Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)." (Tafseer ibn Abbas pg 72 -
Published Egypt)

After examining the Ahadith quoted by the bright Sahaba-e-Ikram it is very clear and
obvious that they accepted the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) to be Noor. As
for the deobandis who accept the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) only to be
human and continuously say the words human, human but yet they claim to be the
Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaat. In the light of Ahadith of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal
laahu alaihi wasallam) it is clear that the claim of the Deobandis that they are the
Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaat is only a hoax and a fraudulent act. The proper Ahle
Sunnah Wal Jamaah are those who accept the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)
as Noor and they are the ones who are known to the Deobandis as Sunnis
(Bareilvis).

The Deobandis say that the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) had wives, He
had children, He used to eat and drink and it is for this reason that He is not Noor
(In other words He possessed all human qualities). The brain capacity and the
knowledge of the Deobandis is such that? they do not accept our Prophet (sallal
laahu alaihi wasallam) as Noor since He had wives, children, He ate and drank etc;
but the Sahaba of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) also saw that He
had wives, children etc; but still they accepted him to be Noor.

What the Aunties (Paternal) of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) have to say
about this subject:

After Examining the Belief of a few distinguished Sahaba Ikram (radi Allahu anhum),
let us examine the belief of the Aunties (Paternal) of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam):

1. Hadrat Allama Abdur Rahman Jaami (radi Allahu anhu) narrates that Sayyida
Safiya the Aunty of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) states
"On the eve of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam) I was present at his home. I had seen that His Noor became more
powerful than the light from the lamp." (Shawaahidun Nubuiwat (Persian) pg 22)

2. After the demise of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) Hadrat Safia
(radi Allahu anha) said the following stanza due the sorrow and thought of the
demise of The Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) from which one may
conclude that she also accepted him as Noor. "I am weeping on the demise of the
Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) who was really Noor."
(Tabqaate ibn Sa'ad pg 329 vol 2).

It is obvious from the above mentioned narrations that Hadrat Safia (radi Allahu
anha) always accepted the Holy
Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) to be Noor.

3. The belief of the second Aunty of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam),
Hadrat Aatika (radi Allahu anha) also said that the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam) was Noor. On the demise of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam) she said the following : "Oh eyes tear and be sad. I am weeping in the
loss of the Noor of the cities, Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
That Mustapha (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) who is Noor. and who is filled with
righteousness and Full of guidance." (Tabqaate ibn Sa'ad pages 326/327 - Published
Beirut).

4. On the demise of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) the third aunty of the
Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) Sayyida Arwa (radi Allahu anhu) pointed
out what she believed and which was copied by ibn Sa'ad in his book: "Oh!
Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is Noor for all the cities. Let me have the
opportunity of praising you." (Tabqaate ibn Sa'ad pg 325)

After knowing the wives and children of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam) and even after watching him eat and drink, the blessed Aunties of the
Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) still believed that He is Noor.

What the great scholars have to say about this subject:

Having read the words of those who had lived with the Holy Prophet Sall Allahu alaihi
wa Aalihi wa Sallim and had
closely watched his every action, we shall now turn to some great scholars of Islam,
whose writings are considered most authentic in Islamic affairs. Pay heed to these to
dispel any doubts that you may have regarding the subject. All these great scholars
firmly believed that the Holy Prophet Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim is NOOR.

1. Hazrat Imam-e-Azam Abu Hanifa (radi Allahu anhu) praises the Holy Prophet
(sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) in the following poem: "You are that Noor that the full
Moon is brightened by your Noor and you are with your beauty and elegance a
shining sun." (Qasidaul Nu'maan)

2. Syyedi Abul Hasan Al-Ashari said "ALLAH Ta'ala, is NOOR, and the Soul of Holy
Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), is the refulgence of that light. The angels are Flower
of this Light". (Matale-ul-Masarrat, sharah of the Book DALAIL-UL-KHAIRAT)

3. Imam Qazi Ayaaz in his ASH-SHIFA states:" The Holy Prophet Sall Allahu alaihi wa
Aalihi wa Sallim did not possess a shadow in the brightness of the sun or in the
moonlight, because he was Noor (light)".

4. Sharaf al-Din al-Busiri the author of the ‘Burda’ said [in another poem]: You (O
Muhammad) are the light of every perfection, And no light takes its source from
other than your light.” (p. 68-69)
Who then can deny that Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) is not Noor
(light)?

THE PERMISSIBILITY OF PROCLAIMING YA RASOOLALLAH


"Anwaarul Intibah Fi Hallil Nidaa Ya Rasoolallah"
by
A`LA HAZRAT, IMAM-E-AHLE SUNNAT, ASH SHAH IMAM AHMED RAZA
BAREILVI AL-QADERI (RADI ALLAHU ANHU)

AN ISLAMIC JUDICIAL QUERY

QUESTION: What is the ruling of the Ulama of Islam on the following matter:

Zaid, who is a Muslim and believes in Almighty Allah and the Prophet hood of his
beloved Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), recites after every Salaah and at
other times, the following verses: As Salaatu Was Salaamu Alaika Ya Rasoolullah -
"Peace and Blessings upon you, O Messenger of Allah." Or As Alukash Shafaa`atu Ya
Rasoolullah - "I seek from you Shafaa`at (Intercession), O Messenger of Allah."

I ask the learned Scholars of Islam:

(1) Are such calls to the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) permitted in
Islam?

(2) What is the ruling of the Learned Scholars concerning individuals who refer to
those who call to the Prophets and Saints as Kaafirs and Mushriks?

Please enlighten us on this. We pray that you enjoy the mercy of Allah on the Day of
Judgement. Aameen.

ANSWER:

Alhamudullilahi wa Kafaa Was Salaatu Was Salaamu alaa


Habeebihil Mustafa wa Aalihi Wa Ashaabihi Oolis Sidqi Was Safaa

The utterance of the above words are indeed permitted and no person other than
those who are misled would argue with it. For reference on this matter, we shall
consult the following great Jurists of Islam and their books:-

A. "Shifa-us-Siqaam", by Imaam Taqi`udeen Abul Hasan Subki (radi Allahu anhu),


B. "Mawaahibbe Ladunnia", by Imaam Ahmed Qastalaani (radi Allahu anhu), being
the Sharah (Commentary) of Sahih-ul-Bukhari,
C. "Sharah of the Muwaahibbe Laddunnia", by Allama Zarqaani (radi Allahu anhu),
D. "Mutaali-ul-Mussarraat" by Imaam Allama Faasi (radi Allahu anhu),
E. "Sharah of Mishkaat", by Allama Mulla Ali Qaari (radi Allahu anhu),
F . "Ashatul Lamaat", including the books, "Jazbul Quloob" and "Madaarijun
Nubuwat", by Shaikh Muhaqqiq Allama Abdul Haq Muhaddis Dehlwi (radi Allahu
anhu),
G. "Afdalul Qur`a", which is the "Sharah of Ummul Qur`a" by Imaam ibn Hajar
Makki (radi Allahu anhu).
I will now quote a Hadith, proving that it is permissible to utter the above mentioned
words. This Hadith has been certified authentic by the following great Scholars of
Islam:-

A. Imaam Nisaai (radi Allahu anhu),B. Imaam Tirmidhi (radi Allahu anhu),
C. Imaam ibn Maaja (radi Allahu anhu),
D. Imaam Haakim (radi Allahu anhu),
E. Imaam Baihaqi (radi Allahu anhu),
F. Imaam ibn Hazeema (radi Allahu anhu),
G. Imaam Abul Qasim Tabraani (radi Allahu anhu),
H. Imaam Manzari (radi Allahu anhu),
I. Imaam Muslim (radi Allahu anhu),
J. Imaam Bukhari (radi Allahu anhu).

(1) All the above mentioned Scholars of Ahadith, narrate on the authority of Hazrat
Uthman bin Haneef (radi Allahu anhu), that a Sahabi who was blind by birth was
taught a special Du`a by the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), which he
was to recite after every Salaah.

The Du`a is as follows: Allahumma Inni As Aluka Wa Ata Wajjahu Ilaika Binabiyika
Muhammadin Nabiyyir rahmati Ya Muhammadu Inni Ata Wajjahu Bika ila Rabbi Fi
Haajati haazihi lituqda li. Allahumma Fashaf`fi`u Fiya.

"O Allah, I ask from you, and turn towards you through the Wasila (Medium) of Your
Nabi Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), who is indeed a Prophet of Mercy. O
Muhammad, with your Wasila (Medium) I turn towards Allah for my need so that it
may be bestowed. O Allah, accept the Prophet`s intercession for me."

(2) Imaam Tabraani (radi Allahu anhu), in his "Muhjam" records the following
incident:

A person in dire need visited Ameerul Mu`mineen Hazrat Uthman Ghani (radi Allah
anhu). The Caliph was busy with some other work and he did not attend to his need.
Thereafter, the person went to Hazrat Uthman bin Haneef (radi Allahu anhu) and
complained about the matter. Hazrat Uthman bin Haneef (radi Allahu anhu) ordered
the man to perform the Wudhu (ablution), enter the musjid and to offer two Rakaats
of Nafil Salaah. He was then to recite the following Du`a:Allahumma Inni As Aluka
Wa Ata Wajjahu Ilaika Binabiyina Nabiyyir rahmati Ya Muhammadu Inni Ata Wajjahu
Bika ila Rabbi Fayadiha Haajati wa tazkuru haajataka wa ruh illaya hatta arooha
ma`aka. "O Allah, I beg of you and I seek your assistance, with the Wasila (Medium)
of your beloved Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) who is the Prophet of Mercy. O
Muhammad! I turn to Allah with your Wasila so that my needs be fulfilled."

Thereafter, he was told to mention his need. On completion, he was told to visit
Hazrat Uthman bin Haneef (radi Allahu anhu), so that both could visit the august
court of Hazrat Uthman Ghani (radi Allahu anhu). When he presented himself in front
of the great Caliph, he was not only shown great respect, but his need and wish were
also immediately granted. The Caliph, then addressing the man stated: "In future if
you require any favour, come immediately to me."

After they had left the court of the great Caliph, the man thanked Hazrat Uthman bin
Haneef (radi Allahu anhu) for mentioning him to the Caliph, the latter clearly stated
that he had not even approached the Caliph. He then stated: "By Allah, I saw the
Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) teaching the very same Du`a to a blind
man. Miraculously, the blind man then approached us before we could even complete
our conversation, and it appeared as if he had never been blind."

Imaam Tabraani and Imaam Munzari (radi Allahu anhuma) have both stated that this
Hadith is authentic.

(3) Imaam Bukhari (radi Allahu anhu) in his "Kitaabul Adaabul Mufrad", Imaam
Ibnus Sinni and Imaam ibn Bashkool (radi Allahu anhuma) have recorded that,
Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Omar (radi Allahu anhu) once suffered from a cramp. Someone
advised him to remember the person whom he loved the most. The great companion
then proclaimed loudly, "Ya Muhammadah." It is recorded that he was immediately
relieved.

(4) Imaam Nawawi (radi Allahu anhu) in his commentary of the Sahih Muslim,
including in his book, "Kitaabul Azkaar", records that some individuals were sitting in
the company of Hazrat Abdullah ibn Abbas (radi Allahu anhu), when suddenly one of
them suffered from cramps. The great companion advised the man to remember the
person whom he loved the most. The man proclaimed, "Ya Muhammadah." He was
immediately cured. There are in fact many Ashbaab who narrate incidents of similar
incident.

(5) Substantiating this, Allama Shahaab Khafaaji Misri (radi Allahu anhu) states in
his "Naseem-ur Riyaaz" a commentary of the "Shifa" by Imaam Qaadi Ayaaz (radi
Allahu anhu), that it is an established practice of the people of Medina Shareef to
proclaim "Ya Muhammadah" in times of difficulty and anxiety.

(6) Hazrat Bilal bin Al Haarith Muzani (radi Allahu anhu) states: A drought which was
known as "Aamur Ramadah" once occurred during the Caliphate of Hazrat Umar Al
Farouk (radi Allahu anhu). His tribe the Bani Muzaina approached him and
complained that they were dying of hunger, and thus requested the Caliph to
sacrifice a few sheep. When he told them that there was nothing left of the sheep,
they still insisted. After the sheep were cut and cleaned they noticed that only red
bones were to be seen. Hazrat Bilal (radi Allahu anhu), seeing this state of affairs,
proclaimed loudly, "Ya Muhammadah", in grief and concern.

He was then blessed with seeing the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) in his
dream, who informed him of future glad tidings which did occur later on.

(7) Imaam-e-Mujtahid Sayyidi Abdur Rahman Huzaili Kufi Masoodi (radi Allahu
anhu), was the grandson of Hazrat Abdullah ibn Masood (radi Allahu anhu). He was
also a very great Jurist and a Taabi`in of high rank. It is stated that he used to wear
a long hat with the inscribed words, "Muhammad, Ya Mansoor."

(8) This was also confirmed by Imam Hasheem bin Jameel Az Zaaki (radi Allahu
anhu) who was among the great Ulema and Muhadditheen of the time states: "I saw
him (ie, Hazrat Abdur Rahman Masoodi) place a long hat on his head, with the words
inscribed, `Muhammad, Ya Mansoor`."

(9) It is recorded in the Fatawa of Hazrat Imaam, Shaikul Islam, Shahaab Ramli
Ansaari whether it was permissible for the people to invoke the names of Prophets,
Saints and Ulema in times of difficulty as they normally did. The great scholar
replied: "Undoubtedly it is permissible to seek the assistance of great Prophets,
Saints and Ulema. They do in fact assist, even after they have departed from this
world."

(10) Imaam Allama Khairudeen Ramli (radi Allahu anhu), the illustrious teacher of
the scholar who has written the authentic book on Islamic Jurisprudence, "Durre
Mukhtaar", states in his "Fatawa Khayria": "People who proclaim, Ya Sheikh Abdul
Qaadir (are merely emulating) a call, what, therefore, is the reason for it, not to be
permissible?"

(11) Sayyidi Jamal bin Abdullah bin Omar Makki (radi Allahu anhu), in his Fatawa
states that he was questioned about those people who proclaim in times of difficulty,
"Ya Rasoolullah, Ya Ali, Ya Sheikh Abdul Qaadir" as to these proclamations being
permissible in Islam. The great scholar replied: "Yes, these proclamations are
permissible, to call to them is permissible including using their names as Wasilas.
This is permissible in the light of the Shari`ah. Such an act is desirable and
approved. Only those individuals who are stubborn and arrogant would oppose or
question this reality, and they certainly are unfortunate and deprived of the Barakaat
(blessing) of the Awliya Allah."

(12) Imaan ibn Jouzi (radi Allahu anhu), In his book, "Oyunil Hikaayat", narrates a
strange and amazing incident of three brothers who were constantly engaged in
Jihad (Holy Islamic War). He narrates: Once, while engaged in Jihad with the
Christians of Rome, they were captured and tortured. The King informed them that if
they adopted the religion of Christianity he would set them free. The brothers
refused to do so. Instead they all proclaimed aloud, "Ya Muhammadah." The King
became furious and ordered two of the brothers to be thrown into boiling oil. After a
while, the youngest escaped from the clutches of his capturers accompanied by the
daughter of the King, whom herself was amazed at the piety of the young Muslim.

Six months later when they were about to be married, the two martyred brothers
amazingly appeared accompanied by a group of Angels. When it was inquired as to
how they had survived they replied: "When you saw us being thrown into the boiling
oil, you indeed saw the truth, yet as we entered the pot, we entered into the high
stages of Jannah."

Imam ibn Jouzi (radi Allahu anhu) states that the brothers lived in Syria and were
extremely famous. Many couplets have been written in their praise. This incident has
been shortened.

Our object is to highlight how beneficial it is to call out to the Holy Prophet (sallal
laahu alaihi wasallam). We have seen that the brothers at a time of extreme perils
and danger did not hesitate in calling to the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
How were they rewarded? Very clearly they were rewarded with such blessing that
the two Shuhada immediately entered Jannah, while the youngest brother was saved
and married the King`s daughter, and the two Shuhada were actually given
permission to attend the marriage of their younger brother accompanied by a group
of Angels.

Where are those persons who proclaim that it is Haraam to call on great Prophets
and Saints for assistance? If they firmly believe that it is Haraam, why have the
great scholars clarified this action (of calling to Prophet`s and Saints) as permissible
and extremely beneficial?
(13) Huzoor Pur-Noor, Sayiddina Ghous-e-A`zam (radi Allahu anhu), states: "If a
person in distress or hardships calls out to me, his hardship will be eradicated. If a
person uses my name as his Wasila (medium) and pleads to Allah, his need will be
fulfilled."

The great Saint then goes on to describe a Salaah, which can be extremely
beneficial. He states: "A person should perform two Rakaats of Salaah, in every
Rakaat he should recite eleven times the Sura Faatiha and thereafter Sura Ikhlaas
eleven times. After completing the Salaah, he should recite the Durood and Salaam
upon the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), then remembering me he
should proceed eleven steps towards the direction of Baghdad invoking my name in
every step, including mentioning his need and wish. In this manner (Allah willing) his
need and wish will be granted."

(14) The above-mentioned medicant has been described and mentioned by scholars
such as, Imaam Abul Hasan Ali bin Jareer, Imaam Abdullah bin Asad Yafa`ee Makki,
Shaikh Mulla Ali Qaari, Moulana Abul Ma`aali Mohammed Muslimi Qaderi and Shaikh-
e-Muhaqqiq Moulana Abdul Haq Muhaddis Dehlwi (radi Allahu anhum) in their
treaties, "Bahjatul Asraar", "Khulaasatul Mafaakhir", "Nuzhatul Khaatir", "Toh`fa`ee
Qaderia" and "Zubdatul Aasaar", among others. One should also remember that the
great Ulema and Saints attribute extreme authenticity to the mentioned article.

A point to mention about Imam Abul Hasan Noorudeen Ali (radi Allahu anhu), the
author of "Bahjatul Asraar", is that aside from being a great Sufi, he was also
considered to be a great Imaam of Qiraat. It is reported that he received his spiritual
training under the guidance of Hazrat Sayyidi Abu Swaleh Nasr (radi Allahu anhu),
the great grandson of Hazrat Ghousal Azam (radi Allahu anhu).

Describing the greatness and stature of the book, "Bahjatul Asraar", Hazrat Abdul
Haq Muhaddis (radi Allahu anhu) in his book, "Zubdatul Aasaar", states that the book
is indeed considered to be extremely authentic and factual in the eyes of the
distinguished and esteemed Ulema and Saints. The book has also been used as a
reference on many occasions.

(15) Imaam Arif Billah Sayyidi Abdul Wahab Sha`raani (radi Allahu anhu), in his
book, "Lawaaqi-ul-Anwaar Fi Tabqaatil Akhyaar", records a strange and miraculous
incident.

It is recorded that a Mureed of Sayyidi Mohammed Khawri (radi Allahu anhu) was
once passing through the market, when the foot of the animal he was riding slipped.
In extreme panic he screamed, "Ya Sayyidi Muhammad, Ya Ghamri!" Co-incidently,
in that very market place, the captured ruler ibn Omar Sa`eed was also passing
through. He inquired from the Mureed as to who was Sayyidi Mohammed. When he
was told who he was, he asked permission to use the name of the Murshid so that he
could also be released. As soon as he had proclaimed the name of the great Wali, the
spiritual master appeared and driving away the capturers, freed the ruler. The
Shaikh then blessed the ruler, and thereafter departed.

(16) A similar incident is mentioned of Sayyidi Shamsudeen Mohammed Hanafi (radi


Allahu anhu). It is stated that the great Saint while performing Wudhu removed his
sandal and threw it with tremendous fury and it disappeared into thin air. He then
removed his other sandal and advised one of his Mureeds to retain it until such time
that the first sandal was returned.

After some time a traveller from Syria arrived with the missing sandal and some gifts
for Hazrat Shamsudeen (radi Allahu anhu). He then narrated that while he was
travelling, he was attacked by a highwayman, who overpowered him and wanted to
slit his throat. Under this extreme situation he called out aloud, "Ya Sayyidi
Muhammad, Ya Hanafi." Suddenly, a sandal appeared from thin air and struck the
robber. This Mureed then stated that it was indeed through the Wasila and power of
his Murshid that he had been saved.

(17) In the very same book it is recorded that when the Spiritual Master, Hazrat
Sayyidi Shamsudeen Hanafi (radi Allahu anhu) was on his death-bed, he called his
Mureeds and said: "If anyone has any wish or need, he should come to my grave, I
will indeed help him in fulfilling it. Remember between you and me, there is merely a
handful of sand, and how can a mere handful of sand be a screen between a Murshid
and his Mureed. If the sand does become a screen, then the murshid cannot be
perfect a Man (Insaan-e-Kaamil)."

(18) Incidents of similar nature are recorded by Hazrat Imaam Abdul Wahab
Sha`raani (radi Allahu anhu) in his book, "Tabqaat-e-Kubra." We shall quote a few.

(19) Sayyidi Mohammed Farghal (radi Allahu anhu) states: "I am indeed amongst
those Saints who can assist you from the grave. If, therefore, you have any wish or
need come to my grave and facing me, mention your requirements. I will fulfill
them."

(20) It is recorded that while Hazrat Sayyidi Madeen Ahmed Ashmooni (radi Allahu
anhu) was performing the Wudhu, he suddenly threw his sandal towards the Eastern
side of the city. A year later a man arrived and described a strange incident. He said:
"My daughter was once walking in the jungle, when an evil man tried to entrap her.
She did not at the time remember the name of her father`s Murshid, yet in panic,
she screamed, `O Murshid of my father, save me!`. Suddenly, a sandal appeared
from thin air and rendered the evil man unconscious." It is stated that the sandal is
still in the possession of the mentioned family.

(21) Among the excellences of Hazrat Sayyidi Moosa Abu Imraan (radi Allahu anhu),
it is recorded that whenever his Mureeds used to call to him, he immediately use to
assist them, even though the Mureed was as far away as a year`s journey or even
more.

(22) Hazrat Shaikh-e-Muhaqqiq Abdul Haq Muhaddith Dehlwi (radi Allahu anhu), in
his famous book, "Akhbaarul Akhyaar" mentions Shaikh Baha`udeen bin Ebraheem
Ata`ullah Al Ansaari Ash Shattari (radi Allahu anhu), who is the author of a very
famous book on Tasawwuf entitled "Risaala Shat`taaria", has recorded in his book a
specific type of Zikr known as "Zikr-e-Kashful Arwah."

The great Saint mentions: "There are two ways of making the Zikr of `Ya Ahmed`
and `Ya Muhammad`. The first way is to recite `Ya Ahmed` from the right side and
`Ya Muhammad` from the left side, concentrating on the thought of `Ya Mustafa.`

"The second method is to recite `Ya Ahmed, Ya Ali, Ya Hasan, Ya Husain, Ya


Fathima.` This is to be read from all six directions. In other words, one should begin
with `Ya Ahmed` till the end. Thereafter, the next name and so on. By performing
this Zikr in the specified manner one will obtain the secrets of Kashful Arwah
(Manifestation of the Souls).

"The Zikr of the names of Angels, which is performed in the same manner and which
has the same effect, namely `Ya Jibraeel, Ya Israeel, Ya Mikaeel, Ya Izraeel.` This is
performed from all four sides and also results in Kashful Arwah.

"Another method is by reciting `Ya Shaikh, Ya Shaikh` one thousand times in the
following manner. The person should pronounce the word, `Ya Shaikh` from the
right side of the heart and at the time of pronouncing the word `Shaikh` he should
concentrate on striking it on the heart. Through this method, one can also achieve
Kashful Arwah."

(23) Discussing the life and teachings of Hazrat Moulana Jalalludeen Rumi (radi
Allahu anhu), Hazrat Sayyidi Noorudeen Moulana Abdur Rahman Jaami (radi Allahu
anhu) writes: At the last moments, before the passing away of Moulana Rumi (radi
Allahu anhu), he revealed to his Mureeds a startling secret. He said: "Do not be sad
at my passing away, because one hundred and fifty years after the passing away of
Hazrat Mansoor (radi Allahu anhu), his Noor beamed on the soul of Hazrat
Fareedudeen Attar (radi Allahu anhu) and became his Murshid (Spiritual Guide) in
the spiritual world."

Moulana Rumi (radi Allahu anhu) then stated: "Whatever condition you may be in,
remember me, so that I can be your protector and helper, irrespective of what state
I may be in."

He further states: "In this world I have two types of relationships, one with my body
and the other with you, and when, with the Mercy of Allah I am freed from this
contact with my body and the world of loneliness is exposed to me, I will divert the
attention of my soul to you."

(24) Hazrat Shah Wali`ullah Dehlwi (radi Allahu anhu), in his book, "Ateebul
Ghanum fi Madh-e-Sayyadal Arabi Wal Ajam", comments on the Quranic verse
pertaining to the state of ecstasy in the love for the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam). He states:

Wa Salla alaikal laahu Ya Khaira Khalqihi


Wa Ya Khaira Ma`moolin Ya Khaira Wa hibi
Wa Ya Khaira May yurja likashfira zee yatan
Wa man Jooduhu Qad faaqa Joodas sahaa`ibi
Wa anta mujeeri min hujoomi mulimatin
Iza anshabat filqalbi sharral makhaalib

"O Exceptional! Among those who can be depended on.


O Exceptional! Among those who can be depended upon to eradicate difficulty.
O Exceptional! Among those whose generosity showers more than rain.
I indeed testify to the fact that at the time when my heart is engulfed in this
dilemma,
You are indeed the one who gives me assistance and consolation."

Under the same commentary, Shah Wali`ullah (radi Allahu anhu) states concerning
those moments of difficulty in which it is most necessary to seek assistance from the
sacred Soul of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). At the beginning of
this chapter, he writes: "I cannot perceive any one besides the Holy Prophet (sallal
laahu alaihi wasallam) who, for the depressed person at times of calamities, will
forward a helping hand."

(25) The same scholar in his "Madhiyaa Hamziya" explains: In the august court of
the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) one should consider oneself
insignificant and inferior. With a broken heart and with total sincerity one should call
to the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) in Du`a. The person will indeed attain
Salvation if he states, "O Rasool of Allah! O Unique among the Creation! I seek your
favour on the Day of Justice. On that Day when there will be a great test, only you,
O Prophet of Allah, would give security from all calamity! I have turned to you for
salvation and have my trust in you."

(26) Hazrat Shah Wali`ullah (radi Allahu anhu), records a method for achieving and
fulfilling one`s needs and wishes in his book, "Al intibah fi Salasil-e-Awliya". He
states: "One should first perform two Rakaats of Nafil Salaah. After completion he
should recite the following - 111 times Durood Shareef, 111 times Kalima Tamjeed
and 111 times `Shay an Lillah, Ya Shaikh Abdal Qaadir Jilaani`."

(27) From this book, it has been proven that all the great Luminaries (to be
mentioned), believed in the proclamation of `Shay an Lillah` as being a valid and a
great solution to many unsolved problems. They also gave permission to their
students and disciples to proclaim it, without any hesitation.

The names of some of these great Scholars and Saints are among others:

27.1 Ustaad and Shaikh-e-Hadith of Shah Wali`ulllah, Moulana Tahir Madani (radi
Allahu anhuma),
27.2 His Shaikh and father, Moulana Ebraheem Kardi (radi Allahu anhu),
27.3 His Ustaad, Moulana Ahmed Kashshaashi (radi Allahu anhu),
27.4 His Ustaad, Moulana Ahmed Shanawi (radi Allahu anhu),
27.5 His grand Ustaad, Moulana Ahmed Nakhli (radi Allahu anhu),
N.B. The above mentioned Scholars are also quoted in the sequence of Shah Sahebs
Salasil-e-Ahadith (orders of Ahadith).
27.6 The Murshid of Shah Saheb, Shaikh Mohammed Lahoori (radi Allahu anhu),
about whom in the book, "Al Intibah", the title of Shaikh Mu`ammar Thaqqa (the
blessed and trustworthy master) is attributed, this title is also attributed to his
Shaikh,
27.7 Shaikh Moulana Abdul Maalik and his Shaikh (radi Allahu anhu),
27.8 Shaikh Bayazeed Thaani and his Murshid (radi Allahu anhu),
27.9 Moulana Wajeehudeen Alawi (the commentator of the "Hidaayah" and the
"Sharhah Waqaya"), including his Murshid (radi Allahu anhu),
27.10 Taajul Aarifeen, Shah Mohammed Ghous Gawalyari (radi Allahu anhu).

All the above Ulema and Awliya have recited the Naade Ali and the daily recital of
"Ya Ali, Ya Ali."

For those wishing to gain more information on this subject, I (Imam Ahmed Raza)
advise them to read the books, "Anhaarul Anwaar" and "Hayatul Mawaat fi Bayaani
Samaa`il Amwaat", both written by A`la Hazrat Shah Ahmed Raza (radi Allahu
anhu).

(28) Shah Abdul Aziz Dehlwi (radi Allahu anhu), in his book, "Bustaanul
Muhaditheen", praises Hazrat Sayyidi Ahmed Zarooq (radi Allahu anhu), by
describing him as follows: "Hazrat-e-Arfa wa Ah`la, Imaamul Ulema and Nizaamul
Awliya (The Highly Exalted Shaikh, Leader of the Ulema and the Governor of the
Awliya). This great Saint is also among the Abdaal Sab`a (The Seven Magnificent
Abdaal) and is an authority amongst the Sufis. Among his illustrious students are
personalities like Imaam Shamsudeen Lagaani and Imaam Shahabudeen Qastalaani
(radi Allahu anhuma). The Saint was a master in Shari`ah, Haqiqat and all Mystical
Facets. Some of his books can be consulted to gain a better appreciation of his
immense qualities."

Shah Abdul Aziz (radi Allahu anhu) further states: "In brief, the Saint was a man of
exceptional attributes, to fully comprehend his qualities is indeed beyond
comprehension."

(29) Shah Abdul Aziz (radi Allahu anhu), then quotes two sentences stated by Hazrat
Ahmed Zarooq (radi Allahu anhu), which further highlights his greatness, "I indeed
bless my (Mureeds) with tranquillity during times of difficulty and perplexity, when
cruelty and evil oppresses them and in times of misery and fear. Therefore (during
these times) call to me `Ya Zarooq`, I will immediately come to your assistance."

(30) Allama Ziyadi, Allama Ajhoori, Allama Dawoodi (who also happens to be the
marginal writer of the "Sharah Minhaat") and Allama Shaami (radi Allahu anhum),
have all prescribed a method for finding mislaid items. They state: "One should climb
on to a high spot and offer Faatiha for Hazrat Sayyidi Ahmed bin Alwaan Yamaani
(radi Allahu anhu). Thereafter invoking his name one should say, `Ya Sayyidi
Ahmed, Ya ibn Alwaan`."

All praise is due to Allah, in that this servant has compiled a book in which
quotations from the generation of the Sahaba and from the generations of Ulema
and Awliya following them have been mentioned.

As to those who are corrupted and hope to corrupt, we ask them what are their
views on these great scholars and Saints who also believed that it was permissible to
call out to great Saints and Prophets for assistance with the Harf-e-Nidaa? What will
they label such great personalities, which include among others:

30.1 Hazrat Uthman bin Haneef (radi Allahu anhu),


30.2 Hazrat Abdullah ibn Abbas (radi Allahu anhu),
30.3 Imaam Taqi`udeen Abul Hasan Ali Subki (radi Allahu anhu),
30.4 Imaam Ahmed Qastalaani (radi Allahu anhu),
30.5 Imaam Abdul Azeem Munzari (radi Allahu anhu),
30.6 Imaam Bukhari (radi Allahu anhu),
30.7 Imaam Muslim (radi Allahu anhu),
30.8 Imaam Tabraani (radi Allahu anhu),
30.9 Imaam Baihaqi (radi Allahu anhu),
30.10 Imaam Tirmidhi (radi Allahu anhu),
30.11 Imaam Nisaai (radi Allahu anhu),
30.12 Imaam Nawawi (radi Allahu anhu),
30.13 Imaam Shahab Khafaaji (radi Allahu anhu),
30.14 Imaam Bilal bin Haarith Munzani (radi Allahu anhu),
30.15 Sayyedi Abdur Rahmaan Huzaili (radi Allahu anhu),
30.16 Shaikul Islam, Shahabudeen Ramli al Ansaari (radi Allahu anhu),
30.17 Allama Khayrudeen Ramli (radi Allahu anhu),
30.18 Sayyidi Jamal bin Abdullah bin Omar Makki (radi Allahu anhu),
30.19 Imaam ibn Jouzi (radi Allahu anhu),
30.20 Ghousal A`zam, Syed Abdul Qaadir Jilaani (radi Allahu anhu),
30.21 Imaam Jalalludeen Suyutwi (radi Allahu anhu),
30.22 Imaam Abul Hasan, Noorudeen Ali bin Jareer (radi Allahu anhu),
30.23 Imaam Abdullah bin Asad Yafa`ee Makki (radi Allahu anhu),
30.24 Mulla Ali Qaari (radi Allahu anhu),
30.25 Moulana Abul Ma`aali Mohammed Muslimi (radi Allahu anhu),
30.26 Taajul Aarifeen, Sayyidi Abu Bakr Taajudeen Abdur Razzaq Qaderi (radi Allahu
anhu),
30.27 Shah Abdul Haq Dehlwi (radi Allahu anhu),
30.28 Sayyedi Abu Swaleh Nasr (radi Allahu anhu),
30.29 Imaam Shamsudeen Zahbi (radi Allahu anhu),
30.30 Mohammed bin Mohammed Al Hizri (radi Allahu anhu),
30.31 Imaam Abdul Wahab Sha`raani (radi Allahu anhu),
30.32 Sayyedi Mohammed Ghazni (radi Allahu anhu),
30.33 Sayyedi Shamsudeen Mohammed Hanafi (radi Allahu anhu),
30.34 Sayyedi Ahmed Kabeer-e-Awliya Badawi (radi Allahu anhu),
30.35 Sayyedi Mohammed bin Ahmed Farghal (radi Allahu anhu),
30.36 Sayyedi Madeen bin Ahmed Ashmooni (radi Allahu anhu),
30.37 Sayyedi Moosa Abu Imraan (radi Allahu anhu),
30.38 Imaam Noorudeen Abdur Rahman Jaami (radi Allahu anhu),
30.39 Arif Billah, Moulana Jalaalludeen Rumi (radi Allahu anhu),
30.40 Shah Wali`ullah Dehlwi (radi Allahu anhu),
30.41 Allama Ziyaad (radi Allahu anhu),
30.42 Shah Abdur Raheem Dehlwi (radi Allahu anhu),
30.43 Allama Ajhoori (radi Allahu anhu),
30.44 Allama Shaami (radi Allahu anhu), and
30.45 Sayyidi Ahmed bin Alwaan Yamani (radi Allahu anhu).

Now what is your opinion about these great Luminaries of Islam, who so clearly
substantiate the belief that it is permissible to call upon Prophets and Saints for
assistance. If you consider them to be Muslims, then Alhumdulilah, you are on the
straight and correct path. On the other hand, if you consider them disbelievers then
all we say is, "May Allah assist you in seeing the correct path." Aameen.

We would like to categorically state an amazing fact - how unfortunate is that group
which considers Muslims from the generation of the Ashbaab to the present times as
disbelievers and Mushriks (because they call upon Prophets, Saints and Ulema to
help them in times of difficulty). They cannot be true "Muslims" who respect the Holy
Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), if this is their belief concerning the Ulema and
Saints of his Ummah.

The question of Disbelief and Belief has very clearly been explained in the book of
Jurisprudence, "Durre Mukhtaar", yet there are individuals who themselves are
misled and hope to deliberately mislead and confuse the Muslims so that their true
state is not revealed.

(31) The most beautiful proof of calling to the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)
is in the Attahiyaat, wherein every worshipper salutes and calls unto the Prophet
(sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). If by using the Nida, causes one to be guilty of Shirk,
then how is it that it is found in the Salaah?
Some individuals state that, one does not have the intention of calling to the Prophet
(sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) in the Attahiyaat, rather one is merely conveying a
message. This opinion is without basis. The religion of Islam has never commanded
us to recite any Zikr, without pondering on its meaning. Therefore, when we are
reciting the Attahiyaat, we should not possess this belief, rather we should believe
that we are directly addressing the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and
sending Salaams to him, upon oneself and upon all the pious of the Ummah.

(32) It is recorded in the books, "Tanweerul Absaar" and "Sharah Durre Mukhtaar"
that, "The intention which one must possess at the time of reciting the Tashahud is
the concentration on the meaning of this, that is, in other words, one must
remember that one is sending Salaams upon the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam) and that one is praising Allah Almighty. One must be assured of the fact
that one is sending Salaams and not merely relaying a message."

(33) Words of similar effect are also found in the books of Jurisprudence, "Fatawa
Alamgeeri" and "Sharhe Qudoori".

(34) Allama Hasan Sharanbulaani (radi Allahu anhu), in his book, "Maraqi-ul-Falah"
states: "Numerous Ulema have in fact clarified this belief. There are some misled
individuals who profess that because Angels are deputized to convey the Salaams to
the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), one should not use the Harf-e-Nidaa.
What these enlightened individuals have forgotten is that twice daily the deeds of the
Ummati are placed in front of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). In
many authentic Ahadith, it is quite clearly stated that all deeds of the individual are
placed in front of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), the deceased family
and the deceased parents."

The numerous Ahadith on the above topic, is evident in the book composed by this
servant of Islam entitled, "Saltanatul Mustafa fi Malakoot-e-Kullil Wara."

(35) Substantiating this, I will conclude this book by mentioning a Hadith reported by
Hazrat Imaam Abdullah ibn Mubarruk (radi Allahu anhu), narrated by Hazrat Sa`eed
ibn Musayyib (radi Allahu anhu), who states: "Not a day or night passes by, without
the deeds of the Ummati are being placed in front of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu
alaihi wasallam). Therefore the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) recognizes
his followers in two ways, firstly by their Alamat (signs) and secondly by their Amaal
(deeds)."

This humble servant of Islam, with the Infinite Mercy of Allah could have compiled a
more lengthy book concerning this issue, however, this is ample proof for a person
possessing qualities of piety, justice and honesty. Certainly, for those who have
Allah`s guidance, a single letter is sufficient.

Ikfina sharal mudilleena Ya Kaafi wa salli ala Sayyidina wa Maulana Muhammadinish


shaafi wa Aalihi Wasahbihi Humaatid Deenis Saafi Aameen wal Hamdulillahi Rabbil
Aalameen.
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