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Dargah and wasila of Awliya

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Assalam,

 

Whatever status you have i respect it but I am afraid to tell you that you are misleading a lot of people concerning Dargah`s and Awliyah`s.

 

First of all i wish to ask you what is the meaning of Awliyah Allah?

 

As you know Death for them means immortality.They simply cross the stage of fana to reach the station of BAKA.

Allah Almighty has glorified them to such an extent that they shall be ever remembered.

 

i agree with you that you cannot bestow towards their grave, you cannot ask them what you want because it is only Allah who gives and takes.But you definitely can go to darga and use Awliyaah Allah`s as Wasila.

 

Allahu Ta`ala declares: "Oh believers! Fear Allah and look for a wasila to approach him"(Al Maida, Verse35)

 

I will definitely gather up all the necessary information i have about Dargha`s and Awlia Allah and will forward them to you.

 

I would also like to know whether it is considered to be a shrik using Awlia Allah as Wasila ?

 

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Dargah and wasila of Awliya

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.

 

Q-1: First of all i wish to ask you what is the meaning of Awliyah Allah?

Awliya is the plural of the word wali, which basically means a friend or a patron.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 257: Allah is the Wali of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness, He will lead them forth into light. Of those who reject faith, their Awliyaa are the Evil One (Shaitaan): from light they will lead them forth into the depths of darkness. They will be companions of the fire to dwell therein (for ever).

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 107: Knowest thou not that to Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth! And besides Him ye have neither Wali (patron) nor helper.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 18 Surah Kahf verse 102: Do the Unbelievers think that they can take my servants as Awliyaa besides Me? Verily We have prepared Hell for the Unbelievers for (their) entertainment.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 76: Those who believe, fight in the cause of Allah and those who reject faith fight in the cause of evil: so fight ye against the Awliyaa (friends) of Shaitaan: feeble indeed is the cunning of Shaitaan.


 

Q-2: As you know Death for them means immortality.They simply cross the stage of fana to reach the station of BAKA.

Allah Almighty has glorified them to such an extent that they shall be ever remembered.

The only Being who is Immortal, and will never ever die is the Being of the Merciful Lord Alone!

 

If death approaches a being, then he obviously cannot be called immortal!!

 

Q-3: i agree with you that you cannot bestow towards their grave, you cannot ask them what you want because it is only Allah who gives and takes.But you definitely can go to darga and use Awliyaah Allah`s as Wasila.

Allahu Ta`ala declares: "Oh believers! Fear Allah and look for a wasila to approach him"(Al Maida, Verse35)

 

The translation of the full Aayah 35 of Surah Maidah is as follows: O ye who believe! Fear Allah and seek the wasila (means of approach) unto Him; and strive with might and main in His cause: that ye may prosper.

 

Under no circumstances or contexts can the above Aayah of the Glorious Quran even remotely imply that wasila means to take the graves of the pious righteous deceased slaves of Allah Subhanah and start invoking these Awliyaas as a means of approaching Allah Subhanah!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumar verse 3: Is it not to Allah that sincere devotion is due? But those who take awliyaas other than Allah (say): "We only serve them (the awliyaas) in order that they may bring us nearer to Allah." Truly Allah will judge between them in that wherein they differ. But Allah guides not such as are false and ungrateful.

 

But wasila is a means to approach Allah Subhanah by doing righteous good deeds like Jihad (striving in His Cause), Prayer, Fasts, Charity, etc.; the striving of doing righteous good deeds are the means whereby one may approach the Pleasure and Good Will of the Merciful Lord and Creator; and the one who does so will indeed be deemed successful.

 

Your Statement: But you definitely can go to darga and use Awliyaah Allah`s as Wasila.

It has indeed always happened that when some true and pious servant of Allah Subhanah died, some people declared him after his death as a Wali(plural Awliya) from themselves, and shared some of Allahs Rights and Attributes with this departed person! Some made images and worshipped them, some made idols and invoked them, and some turned their graves into places of worship and invocations!

 

Allah Alone is All-Hearing; but some ignorant people shared this Noble Attribute of Allah with their Awliyaas and declared them to be all-hearing too!

 

Similarly, Allah Alone is All-Seeing; but some ignorant people shared this Noble Attribute of Allah with their Awliyaas and declared them to be all-seeing too!

 

This is precisely what has been termed shirk in the Glorious Quran!

 

One who we think is a righteous and pious man and declare him a wali, may or may not be a wali; for Allah Subhanah Alone knows the condition of his heart and his intentions. But there is absolutely no doubt that all the Messengers of Allah Subhanah are His Walis! And the Messenger of Allah (saws) invoked the curse of Allah Subhanah on those who made and used the graves of the Noble Prophets of Allah as dargahs or places of worship!

 

Abu Hurairah reported: "The Prophet (saws) said: 'May Allah destroy the Jews, because they used the graves of their prophets as places of worship (dargahs).''

Related Bukhari and Muslim.

 

Abu Hurairah narrated: "The Prophet (saws) said: 'May Allah curse the Jews and the Christians for they turned the graves of their Prophets into places of worship' (dargahs).''

Related by Bukhari and Muslim.

 

Aishah reported: "Umm Habibah and Umm Salamah mentioned to Allah's Messenger (saws) a church in which they saw drawings while in Abyssinia, whereupon he (saws) said: 'Those people used to build a place of worship (dargah) over the grave of a righteous man among them when he died, and make such drawings in it. These will be the worst of people in the sight of Allah on the Day of Resurrection.''

Related by Bukhari and Muslim

 

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.706 Narrated by Aisha and Abdullah bin Abbas

When the disease of the Messenger of Allah (saws) got aggravated, he covered his face with a Khamisa, but when he became short of breath, he would remove it from his face and say, "It is like that! May Allah curse the Jews and Christians because they took the graves of their prophets as places of worship. (dargah)" By that he warned his followers of imitating them, by doing that which they did.

 

It is indeed unfortunate and absolute and utter ignorance, that after being specifically warned by the Messenger of Allah (saws); some people who profess their belief in him and his message start making and using the dargahs of the deceased pious slaves of Allah Subhanah as places of worship and invocation!

 

Your Question: I would also like to know whether it is considered to be a shrik using Awlia Allah as Wasila ?

If one invokes anything or anyone other than Allah Subhanah, or if one invokes or calls upon anything or anyone with Allah Subhanah there is absolutely no doubt that such a person will be committing the heinous abomination of shirk!!!

 

It is the strict command and sole Right of Allah Subhanah, as the Creator and Sustainer of the World, that He and He Alone should be invoked for anything one desires and needs; for there is none in the Universe who can give anything if Allah does not will to give, and there is none in the Universe who can stop Allah if He wills to show mercy on His slaves!

 

If one so much as even tries to invoke someone or something other than Allah Subhanah Alone, he will be committing the most heinous of crimes in the sight of Allah Subhanah; that is, shirk!!!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 10 Surah Yunus verse 18: These people serve beside Allah those which can neither harm nor benefit them, and say, These are our shofaa (intercessors) with Allah! (O Mohammed), tell them, Do you wish to inform Allah of that thing which He knows not in the heavens, or in the earth? He is absolutely free from, and exalted above the shirk that they commit.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 18 Surah Kahf verse 102: What? Do these people, who have disbelieved, presume that they would make My servants their auliyaas besides Me? We have prepared Hell for the hospitality of such people.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 72: Whoever commits shirk (invoking anything with Allah), Allah shall forbid for him Paradise, and Hell shall be his abode. And for such wrong doers there will be no one to help.

 

Beloved brother in Islam, the Glorious Quran is overflowing with the warnings of Allah Subhanah regarding every manifestation of the heinous sin of shirk. Every nation which was destroyed before, be it the nation of Prophet Nooh (a.s.), the nation of Aad, the nation of Thamud, the nation of Prophet Lut (a.s.), the nation of Prophet Shoaib (a.s.), etc. Every nation was destroyed by Allah Subhanah because they did exactly what they were warned against by the Prophets who came to them: they invariably invoked others with Allah Subhanah and were guilty of the heinous crime of shirk!

 

Some invoked the sun, the moon, the stars; some invoked animals; some invented their own gods; and some made images and graves of the deceased righteous pious people (awliyaas) and invoked them with Allah Subhanah.and thus became guilty of the abomination and the most hated crime in the sight of The All-Mighty Lord, shirk!!!

 

My beloved brother in Islam, Allah has narrated the stories of the old nations in the Glorious Quran in detail, and why they were destroyed and annihilated by Him. We humbly urge you to please read and study the warnings of wisdom by the Merciful Lord before you propagate the invocation of the awliyaas at their dargahs.

 

May Allah have mercy on the Ummah of Mohamed (saws), and save them from ever committing this abomination and heinous crime of shirk!

 

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,

 

 

Burhan

 


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