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Why Shias bow down to graves?

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Bohra community is known for not allowing the translation of Quran which is of course not correct, I agree, therefore know not what Allah commanded like about invoking the graves and bowing down to them. But the other shiyas-they are allowed to understand the meaning of the Glorious Quran, then dont they know the commandments of Allah? And if they know why then they bow before the graves of Prophet Mohammed (saws)s family? 


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Shias bow down to graves

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Firstly, we would just like to clarify our position, that shirk is not the sole monopoly of the people who call themselves Shias, or Sunnis, or Bohris, or Jews, or Christians, or Hindus, or whatever! And this heinous sin of shirk is definitely not confined to those who call themselves Shias, because there are a lot of people who call themselves Sunnisbut are even more heavily involved in this most hated, heinous and monstrous of sins: Shirk!


All the communities that were destroyed in the past, as related by Allah Subhanah in the Glorious Quran, were all destroyed because they committed this unforgivable sin of Shirk! All the Prophets of Allah, who ever came to this Planet Earth, without exception, warned their people about this heinous sin of Shirk and the Prime Mission of each one of them was to invite the people towards the invocation and worship of the One Lord Alone, and abstain from the practices of shirk!


The one common and standard reason for all the people who call themselves muslims, believe in Allah and the Last Messenger (saws), but are involved in this heinous crime of that they do not read the Quran with understanding themselves! Those who commit shirk, rely on someone else to tell them what the Quran says and teaches; and whatever their scholars and supposed holy men say, these people blindly believe them without ever trying, or taking the effort, to open the Book of Allah, and trying to read it with understanding, themselves! And these supposed holy men, who wear the garb of Islam and look like the most pious people on earth; guide the ignorant and innocent people to invoke and worship themselves and the graves of their ancestors; and sell the Words of Allah for paltry worldly benefits!


And the mode-of-operation of all these unscrupulous supposed holy men, without exception, is always to make sure that their followers never go near the understanding of the Quran! They try to confuse and put doubts in their followers minds about the Quran, and keep saying that the Quran has many meanings, and one should never try to understanding the clear guidance of the Quran because if they do, they will get confused and misguided! They always preach that the Quran can only be understood by some special people (like them!); and this Glorious Book of Allah just cannot be understood by fools like you and me! They will say and do anything and everything to make sure that their followers never read the Quran with understanding for themselves..for they know very well, that if a person reads the Quran, even once, they will realize the Truth of Tawheed and the refutation of Shirk, from the clear guidance and teachings of the Glorious Revelations of Allah!


Allah has warned the believers to beware of these supposed holy men in the Glorious Quran:


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verses 34-35:O you who believe! There are indeed many among the priests and the holy men who devour the wealth of others by evil means, and debar the people from the Way of Allah. Give them the good news of a painful torment, who hoard up gold and silver and do not expend these in the Way of Allah. The Day shall surely come when the same gold and silver shall be heated in the fire of Hell, and with it will be branded their foreheads, their bodies and their backs. (And it will be said): Here is that treasure you had hoarded up for yourselves! Taste now the evil of your hoarded treasure!


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Al-Baqarah verse 174:Indeed those, who conceal the commands that Allah has sent down in His Book and barter them away for paltry worldly gains, fill their bellies with fire. Allah will not speak to them on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He regard them as pure and there is a painful torment for them!


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 159:Those who conceal the clear (Revelations) and Guidance We have sent down, after We have made it clear for the people in the Book, on them shall be Allahs laanah and the laanah of those who are entitled to curse!

In our humble opinion, if the muslims who are involved in shirk, realize that what they are doing is shirk they would leave it immediately! The poor souls are so heavily involved in this most heinous and monstrous of sins, without even realizing it . And almost all of them erroneously think that they are doing exactly what Allah has commanded the believers to do in the Holy Quran!


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 18 Surah Kahf verses 103-106:Tell them (O Mohamed), Should We tell you who are the most unsuccessful people and miserable failures in regard to their deeds? They are those, all whose endeavors in the worldly life, had gone astray from the Right Way, but all along they were under the delusion that everything they were doing, was rightly directed! Those are the people who rejected the Revelations of their Lord and did not believe that they would ever go before Him. Therefore all their deeds were lost, for We shall assign no weight to them on the Day of Resurrection. Their recompense is Hell for the disbelief they showed, and for the mockery they adopted in regard to My Aayahs and My Messengers!


And the only way for one to realize the enormity of this sin, is to read the Glorious Quran, even only once, with understanding! Nothing destroys the disguises, faces, and manifestations of shirk, like the Holy Quran!!!


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.



Your Brother in Islam,





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