Imam Ahmed RiDa radi allahu anhu: Subjects of the Fatawah

Taken from ‘Ahl as-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah: an Introduction’Imam Ahmed Raza Barelwi radi allahu anhu in his fatawa – like other scholars of Ahlu’s Sunnah – has enjoined Muslims to be steadfast in their belief and better their social standing. These are available as small booklets and following are the subjects of his fatawa:

– Shari’ah is the ultimate law and following it is obligatory for all Muslims;

– to refrain from Bid’ah is of utmost importance

– a Sufi without knowledge or a Shaykh without actions is a joke of the devil;

– it is impermissible to imitate the Kuffar, to mingle with the misguided [and heretics] and to participate in the festivals of the Hindus.

– it is polytheism [shirk] to prostrate to any other than Allah táālā with the intention of worship. And if such a prostration is out of reverence [sajdah at-taĥiyyah], it is Haram.

– it is prohibited to ridicule other muslims and consider oneself higher than others.

– the iconography of the Shi`ah [ta’aziyah] and respecting such icons is forbidden

– Qawwali [sama’a] with musical instruments is forbidden

– it is not permissible for women to travel to visit graves [or maqams of awliya]

– it is not permissible to make pictures of living things.

– abbreviating the blessing ‘sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam’ to an acronym ‘sa’d lam ayn meem’, [in english it is abbreviated as PBUH] is impermissible

– to visit fake graves [that have no basis or record but simply the product of folklore] is impermissible

– feeding the poor and needy with the intention to donate the reward to the dead is permissible; but to hold obsequies and banquets where even the rich are invited is impermissible

Translated by Sidi Muhammad Aqdas

http://www.thesunniway.com

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AN ILLOGICAL ARGUMENT

The third fraudulent argument of this disbelieving group is that the Islamic law states that a person, who has 99 things of disbelief and one thing of Islam in his personality, should not be labelled as a disbeliever. Firstly, this flimsy argument is the worst and the weakest of all. If a person gives a call to prayer or performs a prayer of two-Rakah once in the day and worships the idols, blows the clarions or rings the bells in the remaining part of the day for 99 times, he is by this definition a Muslim. Such a person is not a man of faith. Let alone faith, such a person cannot be described as a Muslim by a sensible man.

Secondly, in the light of this definition except the atheists, who deny the very existence of Allah, all other disbelievers, like Hindus, Christians, Jews etc, will have to be described as Muslims. They have one thing in common; they all believe in the existence of Allah. This one thing is one of the most important principles in Islam. The philosophically-inlined disbelievers, or Aryans or similar other people have their own concepts of the unity of, Allah. The Jews and Christians will have to be regarded as very distinguished Muslims because in addition to the unity of Allah they also believe in many of His Scriptures, thousands of His Prophets, the Dooms-day, accountability on the final Day of Judgement, reward, and punishment, Heaven and Hell etc, most of these doctrines being in conformity with Islam.

(Tamheed Ul Iman by Ala Hazrat radi allahu anhu)

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