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“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?

Proof one

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.

Posted by Jafar

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  1. umm khadeeja
    May 2, 2011 at 12:39

    asalaamu alaikum –

    could you post the weblink to the above mentioned blog inshallah as will help to demonstrate this important point to some.
    JazakAllah khair
    asalaamu alaikum

  2. May 12, 2011 at 09:15
  3. May 13, 2011 at 13:59

    Mu humble question is what is your fatwa on “Mufti” Muhammad ibn Adam al-kawthari, “Mufti of Leicester”? Is he Mushrik or Muslim?

  4. May 17, 2011 at 12:37

    May I have your attention please? I have asked a question. I repeat it.what is your fatwa on “Mufti of Leicester ” Muhammad ibn Adam al-kawthari, an open caller to major shirk ( as per you) ? Is he Mushrik or Muslim?

  5. May 18, 2011 at 00:00

    I wont give a fatwaa on him because I am not a Mufti,but I do know what major shirk is and he is a caller to that.

  6. May 20, 2011 at 10:47

    Don’t play word-game.

    You yourself had declared in this very post (above- in the para starting with “The second proof”) “Muhammad Ibn Adam uses to call his followers to become Mushrikeen” . Were you Mufti then?

    You yourself had declared his followers as “companions of the hell-fire to dwell therein forever” ( above – just below the picture of jamiah maszid). Were you Mufti then?

    Countless Wahabis across the globe are slandering Muslims as Mushriks. are all of them Muftis? If no, Why are’nt you preventing them fron creating fitna?

    British-agent Md Bin Abdul Wahab Nazdi declared almost all the Muslims (who believe in wasila & Istigatha) as Mushriks. Was he Mufti? From which educational Institution was he certified as Mufti?

    • May 20, 2011 at 18:35

      my dear deobandi

      I will explain this Issue once and if you dont understand any aspect of what I am about to explain I will clarify for the benefit of the other readers as for going back and forth with you opening countless debates to be quite frank i haven’t got the time.So here we go with the help of Allaah.

      GENERAL TAKFEER.

      Whoever Invokes/makes dua to someone other than Allah or along with Allah These people are musrikeen in the general sense so.

      The hindu who calls upon his Idols
      or a christian who calls upon Isa ibn Maryam
      or a sikh who calls on his guru
      or a rasta who calls on hali salasi
      or a muslim who calls on the prophet muhammed(salla alla alahi wasalm or ibn Arabi or any other wali
      or a rafida shia who calls on Ali and hussain
      Are musrik/kafir in General because of the following statement of Allah:

      And whoever invokes (or worships), besides Allâh, any other ilâh (god), of whom he has no proof, then his reckoning is only with his Lord. Surely! Al-Kâfirûn (the disbelievers in Allâh and in the Oneness of Allâh, polytheists, pagans, idolaters, etc.) will not be successful. (Al-Mu’minun 23:117)

      As for the christian the hindu,the sikh,the rasta We salfis deal with them collectively and individual as musriks in this life that is because they are what we call Kafir_usli original kafirs that is because Allah declared the Jews christians and other idol worshippers to be musrikeen and kuffar and they never entered Islam.So we deal with them like kuffar in this life so we wont pray for them when they die.We wont marry our daughters and our sisters to them We dont inherit from them and so forth.As for the hereafter Allah knows best if each and every individual musrik will be in the fire that is because Allah doesn’t punish anyone from his creation with the fire until the message of Islam and Correct tawheed has reached him.As Allah said

      And We never punish until We have sent a Messenger (to give warning). (Al-Isra 17:15.
      I hope this point is clear

      Specific Takfeer of a Muslim

      As for the specific takfeer of a Muslim who ascribes himself to Islam whether he be a brelwi who worships his dead saints or a deobandi who worships the prophet or Ibn Arabi or a rafida shia who worsips Ali and hussain.Then We Salafis hold that firstly this Takfeer is to be done by our Major Scholars

      secondly certain conditions have to be fulfilled and Impediments removed before specific Takfeer of an individual is made

      The conditions are following 1 that the muslim is sane and mature 2.The Muslim chose to the act of major shirk or kufr intentionally.
      The impediments to be removed are 1.Ignorance,is this muslim simply ignorant then the scholar will explain to him/her 2.Misunderstanding(shubahaat)has this muslim misunderstood certain ayah or ahadeeth,then the Scholar will remove these misunderstanding.

      If after The Scholar sits with this specific muslim and removes his Ignorance and removes his misunderstandigs and this specific brelwi/deodandi/rafida to continue arrogantly with the belief that it is permissible to worship others along
      with Allah then that specific Scholar will declare that specific muslim to be a musrik Kafir.As for ordinary laymen salafis like myself we are not allowed to declare specific muslims to be musrik.You may find some salafis that do it but they have gone pass their limits. I hope this clear.

      As for Muhammed ibn adam and his call to worship the prophet and declaring that Allah is not above his throne we laymen salafis recognise this to be major shirk and Major Kufr and warn against this Major shirk and Kuffar and warn the muslims that these beleifs lead to the hellfire in General,but we dont declare him to be a specific Musrik/Kafir because of the reason previously explained.I hope this is clear.

      If you want a specific Fatwaa on Him request from him the next time he goes to saudi to make Umrah or HAJJ to go and and see the salafi Scholars in Mecca MADINA OR Riyadh and let him say in front of them his beliefs that it is permissible for for him to stay in Leicester or Delhi and supplicate to the prophet who is in grave in madina and ask the prophet to ask Allah for his needs,Let him go to the Salafi Scholars and declare his beleif that Allah is not above his Throne.
      Our scholars will then explain to Kawthari and remove all his Misconceptions and if he says “I have heared all your proofs and explanations and I still hold to my beliefs then they will declare him to be a musrik and let him record it for your benefit.

      As for the general deodandi/brelwis we hold that these people are Muslims who have been deceived by their maulanas and they may have an excuse on the day of judgment if they die on these beliefs this is because they live far away from the true Scholars and their lack of understanding of the Arabic language.So we give them their rights as Muslims in general we pray for them when they die we visit them when they are sick. We inherit from them and them from us and so forth.I hope I have made the Salafi postion clear.If it is not clear you can ask me to clarify on this specific Issue of Takfeer if you try to change the subject.I will simply delete your post.

      Jafar

  7. mohammed
    May 25, 2011 at 13:45

    Aww.
    Dear brother in Islam,
    After reading your comments, I decided to research the issue above myself. I feel you are either slightly ignorant or deliberately attempting to cause mischief. In the mentioned blog regarding Muhammad ibn Adams comments:
    1) He has not mentioned that one should believe in the intermidiary rather from his own mouth I have heard: the ONLY method that prayers are accepted is through the grace of Allah. I have also heard him state: if someone believes that beacuse of such and such wali I have received so and so, then this will be classed as shirk.
    2) He has not once mentioned that one should “worship” (your words) others besides Allah Almighty.
    3) You have raised a number of concerns, however, without adequate and substantial proof. You have tainted the as-salafiyyah of Leicester, with your foolhardy and ridiculous comments.
    4) To M D Abul kalam azad- Brother you have also commited an awful act. Please do not accuse people of things for like the brothers behind this website you will be involved in the grave and dangerous sin of “buhtaan”
    5) Instead of wasting your time debating and trying to knock down others (this was not the way of our salaf as saliheen) why don’t you use your website to promote Islam and teach people regarding akhlaaq (etiquttes and
    Mannerisms) for this is one of the greatest sunan of our beloved Messenger (peace be upon him)
    Wassalaam

  8. Abizia
    May 27, 2011 at 22:41

    My dear brothers & sisters in Islam,
    Please lets not allow the Shaytan the pleasure of disuniting the muslim Ummah over minor issues. Whoever has issues with other people then meetup and clarify the issue. By muslims not uniting as ONE UMMAH, we are giving the Crusaders the upper hand. For ALLAH’s sake, Allah will be more pleased if we are united than muslims fighting amongst each other.

    Sister-in-Islam
    Abizia

  9. May 30, 2011 at 16:48

    Dear Mohammed

    1. I copied and pasted directly from his blog and he used the word intermediary twice it was his writing not mine and he wrote that its recommended to use the pious as intermediaries if he does not believe this ask him to make a public clarification and correct what is written on his blog.
    2.He mentioned istagahtha which means to seek help or deliverence and istagahtha is a type worship of the heart the proof of this the saying of Allah
    “(Remember) when you sought help of your Lord and He answered you (saying): “I will help you with a thousand of the angels each behind the other (following one another) in succession.” (Al-Anfal 8:9)
    The word in Arabic Allaah used was “tastagithoon” Istagatha was the word that was used by Ibn Adam on his blog which he said you can seek help from The Prophets and the Awliya When praying directly to Allaah.This is Major shirk.His writing not mine
    As Sheikh ul Islaam said Worship is a comprehensive word that includes actions that hidden and apparent:Apparent like Salat Hajj sawm etc hidden like tawakul,fear istagatha(seeking deliverence)istiaanna(seeking help)and other actions of the heart.So istigatha is a form of worship

    Lastly you said that one should not believe in the intermediaries and that the prayers are only accepted by the grace of Allah.This was Exactly the same argument of the musrikeen in the time of Our prophet and Allaah refuted this type of shirk when he revealead”

    Surely, the religion (i.e. the worship and the obedience) is for Allâh 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)

  10. August 6, 2011 at 12:51

    In those issues known in the religion by necessity (Ma’lum min ad-Din bi-Dhururah), like worshipping Allah alone, not ascribing partners to Him and so on. There is no ‘Udhr or Ta’wil. Thus I say, if indeed this Mufti made the comments you mentioned above he is a Mushrik. In fact, he is worse than the average Mushrik, since he calls to this Kufr.

    • shen
      May 23, 2012 at 00:17

      does Ma’lum min ad-Din bi-Dhururah change from time and place…. if not please explain why some of the salafee scholars of the past have even given the excuse of clarifying first before takfeer when a person makes sujood at grave.

      what about hadith of people near end of time who will only know la ilaha illalla and nothing else.

  11. Abu Abdillaah
    April 18, 2012 at 09:17

    Assalaamu alaykum,

    alhamdulillaah, I know he has been getting a lot of pressure from both inside and outside the deobandi / TJ community over this dodgy kufr calling fatwah and he has now withdrawn it,

    lets however wait and see what he comes back and says as it is necessary to publicly withdraw his comments and explain the truth, not just take it down off his website.

    Here is what he has put up…

    1) Urgent and important message from Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari: “In 2004, I wrote a short answer titled “Calling someone besides Allah for help” posted on my website http://www.daruliftaa.com and elsewhere, discussing the issue of ‘using intermediaries in supplication to Allah (tawassul)’ and ‘seeking help from other than Allah (istigatha)’. However, the answer was deficient, vague and failed to address the issues properly. Thus, as of this moment, it has been removed from the Darul Iftaa website, and I retract whatever was stated in it, and I request that you do not attribute the contents of the article to me anymore. This is not to say that I consider the answer as wholly incorrect; and as such, I hope to clarify the matter in much more detail soon, InshaAllah.”

  12. shehzadsattar
    May 19, 2013 at 12:54

    May 2013 and I don’t believe al-Kawthari has clarified the matter as of yet?

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