Emphasis on Allah or Prophet, Quran or Sunnah
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
Salaam alikum my brother, I must breifly comment on the tremendous
work you brothers; have been doing, out of the little knowdledge Allah has
blessed you with.I have read many of you responses and gained a loty of
knowdledge from it.
I have recently read a question where the brother asked about the kissing of the black stoned and ur response signifued that the prophet had done it also, the yemeni corner and the black stone.In reading more and question it was also stated that the stones are known to forgive the sins of mankind if it is touch or recognised by the pointing of your fingure, if it is not in ones reach.
Well if this is true, is it not similar to what the christians are involved in and we call shirk! example the pray to statues and also carryitems like beeds and stuff thinking it can forgive or protect them.
well if it is we( muslims) are doing the same, by kissing the stone, and thiniking it can forgive us, well it might be, we are involved in shirk as well.
Also if i am correct, one does not engage in almost everything the (phrophet muhammad) had done, and is not likely that someone would, Muhhamad certainly came as a warner to mankind, and now he is dead, he is no longer alive to reform, what needs to be reformed, only left his teachings and examples.
Is it entirely correct 2 do almost everything he has done? and also isnt my relation to Allah(God), more important than the emphasis being placed on muhammad, please answer out of you knowdlege thank you.
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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.
Question: Well if this is true, is it not similar to what the christians are
involved in and we call shirk! example the pray to statues and also carryitems
like beeds and stuff thinking it can forgive or protect them. well if it is we
(muslims) are doing the same, by kissing the (Black) Stone, and thiniking it
can forgive us, well it might be, we are involved in shirk as well.
It is reported that Hadrat Umar (r.a.) approached the Black Stone and kissed it. Then he said: "I know that you are a mere stone that can neither harm nor do any good. If I had not seen the Prophet (saws) kissing you, I would have never kissed you."
Related by Bukhari, Muslim and Abu Daw'ud
In any and all rites of worship, it is imperative that one follows the example of the Messenger of Allah (saws). There are several authentic narrations which state that the Messenger of Allah (saws) himself kissed the Black Stone. The statement of Hadrat Umar (r.a.) signifies that the Black Stone can neither do anyone any harm, nor bring anyone any good.
It is the belief propagated in the Glorious Quran that whatever the Prophet (saws) did, he did it with the permission and under the guidance of Allah Subhanah. It is absolutely inconceivable to the believers that the Messenger of Allah (saws) would ever do an act which could even remotely be considered a sin, or an act displeasing to Allah Subhanah.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 53 Surah Najm verses 3-5:
3 Nor does he (the Prophet (saws)) say (aught) of (his own) desire.
4 It is no less than inspiration sent down to him:
5 He was taught by one mighty in Power
Thus to kiss the Black Stone would be to follow the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) and considered an act of worship; but if one believes that the Black Stone can do any good or bring any harm to anyone, or that kissing the Black Stone forgives ones sins, then indeed it would be tantamount to the heinous crime of shirk!; for none can forgive sins except Allah Subhanah Alone.
Your Question: Also if i am correct, one does not engage in almost everything the (phrophet muhammad) had done, and is not likely that someone would, Muhhamad certainly came as a warner to mankind, and now he is dead, he is no longer alive to reform, what needs to be reformed, only left his teachings and examples. Is it entirely correct 2 do almost everything he has done?
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzab verse 21: There is indeed the best example for you to follow, in the Messenger of Allah, for every such person looks forward to Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imran verse 31-32: O Prophet, tell the people, If you sincerely love Allah, follow me. Then Allah will love you and forgive you your sins, for He is All Forgiving, All Merciful. Also say to them, Obey Allah and His Messenger. And if, in spite of this, they do not accept your invitation, warn them that Allah does not love those, who refuse to obey Him and His Messenger.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisa verse 79-80: We have sent you (O Mohamed) as a Messenger to mankind, and Allahs witness suffices for this. Whoever obeys the Messenger, in fact obeys Allah, and whoever turns away from him, he will be accountable for his deeds. Anyhow, we have not sent you (O Mohamed) to be a guardian over them.
Beloved brother in Islam, in every aspect of ones life, the one who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day, must obey and follow the Messenger of Allah (saws), if he wishes to be guided aright.
In some technical fields, which can be learnt through mans experiences and experiments, the Messenger of Allah (saws) allowed the believers to do as they see best; but in all other matters which cannot be learnt by experience or experiments, it is obligatory to follow the Messenger of Allah (saws).
Sahih Muslim Hadith 5832 Narrated by Anas ibn Malik ; Aisha
Allah's Messenger (saws) happened to pass by the people in
It would be incorrect to refuse to travel by cars, or trains or airlines simply because the Messenger of Allah (saws) never traveled by these vehicles!
It would be incorrect to refuse to go to the hospitals and have surgery, simply because the Messenger of Allah (saws) never went to a hospital!
It would be incorrect to refuse to use a computer, or refuse to listen to the quranic recitations on the radio, cassette players, televisions, etc., simply because the Messenger of Allah (saws) did not do such a thing!
But in all matters of guidance, it is absolutely imperative and obligatory that the Messenger of Allah (saws) is followed. No amount of experience or experiments in the laboratories can produce a tablet which if taken would stop injustice, or dishonesty, or lies, or theft, or burglary, or murder, or rape, or zina, or kufr (disbelief), or hypocrisy, or shirk, etc.!!! No amount of experiences or experiments can guide mankind what is the perfect way to worship Allah Subhanah!
No matter how much and how many advances the world might make in the fields of science and technology, medicine and astronomy, geology and biology, etc.; the guidance required to tread the Straight Path will never ever change; and the only way to learn and follow the path is through the example of the Messenger of Allah (saws).
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verse 157:"Those who follow the Messenger (Mohamed (saws)), the unlettered Prophet whom they find mentioned in their own (Scriptures); in the Torah and the Gospel; for he commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil: he allows them as lawful what is good (and pure), and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure); He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the yokes that are upon them. So it is those who believe in him, honor him, help him, and follow the light which is sent down with him, it is they who will prosper."
Your Question: and also isnt my relation to Allah(God), more important than the emphasis being placed on muhammad, please answer out of you knowdlege
Beloved brother, the only way to recognize and establish a proper relation with ones Creator is through His sent Prophets, and the Message His Prophets brought! Is there any other way to become a believer without these two sources of guidance?
Thus, it would be incorrect to declare a competition between whose relation is more important; for it never happened that a Prophet of Allah ever invited his people to worship him instead of the One and Only All Mighty Lord! They simply declared the Message they were sent with clearly and openly to the people who wanted to listen to good caution, and they set a practical example in their own lives on how to best live the Message, in letter and in spirit; for that indeed was the role they were commanded by their Lord to fulfill.
Thus, Allah Subhanah Himself makes it a condition on those who believe in Him, that they profess belief and unconditionally follow His Prophets. If one claims that He believes in Allah Alone, but denies His Prophets; his deen would be incomplete and rejected in the sight of Allah Subhanah, and he would be amongst the disbelievers on the Day of Judgment.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verses 158: (O Mohamed (saws)) say, O mankind, I am a Messenger to all of you from Allah, to Whom belong the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth! There is no deity but He Alone! He bestows life and He ordains death! So believe in Allah and His Messenger, the illiterate Prophet, who believes in Allah and His Commandments. Follow him! It is expected that you will be guided aright.
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,