“Mufti of Leicester” Openly Calls to Major Shirk (Istigatha)
“Mufti” Muhammad ibn Adam al-kawthari was asked on his blog the following question:
Is it permitted to call someone other than Allah for help? Is this not bordering on shirk? How about taking vows for other than Allah?
He responded by writing the following:
Seeking help from other than Allah (istighatha)
If by seeking help from the Prophets and pious means making them an intermediary between the seeker and Allah, then there is nothing wrong in seeking their help. Tawassul (using intermediaries in supplication to Allah) through the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace), Awliya and righteous believers is permitted, rather recommended according to the four schools of Sunni Islam.
It is quite perfectly permissible for one to seek the help of a Prophet or a righteous person by asking him to pray to Allah on one’s behalf, or to use him as an intermediary when praying directly to Allah.
Explicit narrations and implicit indications of the Qur’an fully justify this practice, and it would be wrong to condemn it as being forbidden or to include it among the various forms of polytheism (shirk). end of quote.
Muhammad ibn Adam who is a teacher at the Jamiah masjid openly calls the Muslims of Leicester to make major shirk with Allah thus making all their deeds null and void and Become companions of the hell-fire to dwell therein forever Allah the Most High said:
And indeed it has been revealed to you (O Muhammad SAW), as it was to those (Allâh’s Messengers) before you: “If you join others in worship with Allâh, (then) surely (all) your deeds will be in vain, and you will certainly be among the losers.” (Az-Zumar 39:65)
Muhammad Ibn abdul wahab said in his book nawaqid Islaam(things that nulify Islaam)”Whoever places between himself and Allaah an Intermedery calling upon him and asking for him intercession and having reliance upon him(the intermediary) he has committed major kufr by consensus” (of the ulama)
What are the proofs that Muhammad ibn Adam uses to deceive his followers?
O you who believe! Do your duty to Allâh and fear Him. Seek the means of approach to Him, (Waseela) and strive hard in His Cause as much as you can. So that you may be successful. (Al-Ma’idah 5:35)
Muhammad ibn Adam argues that the Prophets and the Awliya are a means of aproach to Allah (waseela,tawwasul) and he uses the above ayat as one of his proofs.
Sheikh Fawzaan said refuting the misconception in Nawaqid ul Islaam page 62 said “This tafseer (explanation) is batil (falsehood) none of the Imams of tafseer explained waseela like this, rather they explained waseela as obediance and drawing close to Allaah with worship and waseela is a path that one takes to Allah by worshiping him ALONE with no partners”.
The second proof that Muhammad Ibn Adam uses to call his followers to become Mushrikeen is the hadeeth of the blind man which goes as follows:
Imam Ahmad narrated with a authentic chain that a blind man came to the Prophet (salla alahi wasalam) and said “Supplicate to Allah that he should cure me” so he said “If you wish I will supplicate for you and if you wish I will delay that for that is better”. So he said “Supplicate to Him” so he ordered the man to make wudoo and make wudoo well and pray two rakats and supplicate with this dua “O Allaah I ask you and turn to you by means of your Prophet, the Prophet of mercy, oh Muhammed I have turned by means of you (i.e by your dua) to my Lord Allah in this need of mine so that it may be fulfilled for me. Oh Allah accept him as a supplicant on my behalf and accept my supplication for him (to be accepted for me) he said, so the man did it and he was cured.
Ibn Adam argues that the above hadeeth proves you can supplicate to the Prophet and the awliya while they were alive and in their death.
Sheikh al-Albaanee said in his book Tawassul explaining some of the misconceptions that people like Muhhamed ibn adam use to confuse his gullible followers.
” The reason the blind man came to to the prophet(salla alahi wasalam) was for him to make supplication dua for him as he said “supplicate Allaah that he should cure me”. So he sought to use his (salla alahi wasalam) du`aa as a means of nearness to Allah, the most,since he Knew that his(salla alahi wasalam) supplication was more likely to be accepted by Allaah than the dua of others,and if the intention of the blind man was to seek nearness of Allaah by means of the prophet`s person or status or his right then he would have no need to go to the prophet(salla alla alahi wasalam)or ask him to make du`aa for him,rather he would have sat in his house and supplicated to his lord saying for example “O Allah i ask you by the status of your prophet and his station with you,that you cure me and enable me to see.
but this is not what he did.Why Since he was an Arab and he Knew very well the meaning of tawassul in the Arabic language,and knew that it was not a word said by a person with a need,mentioning the name of a person as an intermediary,rather it had to include coming to one whom he believed to be pious and have Knowledge of the book and Sunnah and ask him to make dua for him (end of qoute)Tawassul page 69 eng translation.
We should point out to Ibn Adam that not one of the companions supplicated of the Messenger of Allah to intercede with Allah on their behalf for a need that they had in this world or the hereafter.
Allah the Most High said regarding people who use intermediaries to call upon Him with:
Surely, the religion (i.e. the worship and the obedience) is for Allah only. And those who take Auliyâ’ (protectors and helpers) besides Him (say): “We worship them only that they may bring us near to Allâh.” Verily, Allâh will judge between them concerning that wherein they differ. Truly, Allâh guides not him who is a liar, and a disbeliever. (Az-Zumar 39:3)
So Allah the Most High called those who use intermediaries to draw close to Allaah as liars and kuffar (kathibun, kufarun)
So We warn the Muslims of Leicester in particular and the Muslims in general to stay away from the teachings of this man this is the call to Major Shirk which will cause one to dwell in the fire forever if one were to die upon this belief.
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