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Is it possible that a Miracle of a Prophet can be a Karaamah of a Wali [An Ally of Allaah]?

Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab

Questioner: In the name of Allaah. All praise is due to Allaah, and may prayers and peace be upon the Messenger of Allaah, Muhammad, the son of Abdullaah, and upon his family, his Companions and whoever adheres to him. As for that which follows:

The questioner says, “We have heard a Shaikh say, ‘Whatever miracle it is possible for a Prophet to perform, then it is possible that such a miracle can be a karaamah of a Wali, [i.e., a Wali can perform it too].’”

Al-Albani: It is enough to say that this is a statement of some Shaikhs and the affair is over. It is not a statement made by Allaah, nor a hadith from the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم such that we should worry about tackling it and clarifying the forgery that it is.

From another angle it is a statement which is false from its very root. That is because from the miracles of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم is this Noble Quraan, which is the miracle of all miracles, as has been alluded to in some authentic hadiths.

So if we were to take that statement without exception, i.e., that ‘Whatever miracle it is possible for a Prophet to perform, then it is possible that such a miracle can be a karaamah of a Wali,’ then [as we said] the Quraan is the miracle of our Prophet–is it then possible for it to be a karaamah of an Ally of Allaah who is one of the followers of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم?!

This is impossible.

Yes! [But] according to the path of the extreme Sufis it is possible for that to happen. That which is built upon something corrupt is itself corrupt.

Regretfully, there is a book which it is likely has been reprinted more times than Sahihs Bukhari and Muslim and is known as, Tabaqaat al-Awliyaa of Abdul-Wahhaab ash-Sha’raani, in it he has mentioned a copious amount of catastrophes and calamities which conflict with the principles of the Islamic Sharee’ah.

And I wonder how this book can be reprinted tens of times and be circulated amongst the Muslims while the two Sahihs are not.

In it there occurs that which is relevant to our previous statement. [It is mentioned] that he visited a Shaikh of his and stood near his door, below the window, when he heard a sound that resembled a person reciting the Noble Quraan. Yet when he paid attention and understood what was being recited he realised that it was nothing from the Quraan. For he knew the Quranic aayaat and so was able to distinguish between the Quranic word and that of man.

The man who went to visit the Shaikh said, ‘So when the Shaikh finished his recitation I became sure that he was reciting some divine speech other than the Noble Quraan because he said, ‘O Allaah! Grant the reward of what I recited from Your Speech to my Shaikh so and so.’

This is mentioned in Tabaqaat al-Awliyaa of ash-Sha’raani.

Thus, it is possible that such a statement [as the one just mentioned in the story] came about as a result of that misguidance which has become a principle with them, because it necessitates that it is possible for a person who is not a Prophet to come with something like the Noble Quraan which was revealed by the Lord of all creation, since they said, ‘Whatever miracle it is possible for a Prophet to perform, then it is possible that such a miracle can be a karaamah of a Wali.’  And we find this phrase cited in the aforementioned book Al-Tabaqaat of ash-Sha’raani.

For this reason it is not permissible for a Muslim to be deceived with statements such as these and it is enough for him to know that it is something for which no authority has been sent down.

Fatwaawaa al-Imaaraat, 6.

Is the Sufi’s Stabbing themselves with Skewers a Miracle? | 1


Questioner: In relation to some of the Sufis lodges [zawaayaa], they beat the daff and use skewers, yes, what is the ruling regarding this issue?

Al-Albani: Striking the daff for entertainment is haram, but that which is even more severe than this haram is to include it as a part of worship in the remembrance of Allaah the Mighty and Majestic.

This is haram and is not permissible.

Because committing an act of disobedience is [in and of itself] disobedience, but more severe than that is seeking nearness to Allaah the Blessed and Most High, through it.

These Sufis or those who follow these tariqahs who dance when performing dhikr and beat the daff, indeed even the drum [tabl], the saying of one of the people of knowledge applies to them:

“When did the people come to know that in our religion singing is a Sunnah which is followed

And that a man eats just as a donkey does and dances amongst hordes until he falls

And they say, ‘We are drunk with the love of Allaah.’ But nothing intoxicated them except a platter stuffed with food

Just like the animals who prance around once quenched and satiated

So O People of Intellect and O Men of Understanding! Is there not one from you to denounce such innovations?

Our Mosques are disgraced by listening [to Music] and are now ‘honoured’ as churches are?” [i.e., singing and dancing is part of worship in churches under the pretense that they are honouring their places of worship through that, so these Sufis have imitated them in this by dancing and singing in the mosques].

And another said:

“O You evil, innovating generation!
You have come with an affair which is inconceivable.
Was it in the Quraan that my Lord told you–
to ‘Eat like animals and dance for Me?!”

Far be it.

So, the forbiddance of beating the daff or the drum [tabl] as part of dhikr is more severe than beating the daff as part of mere entertainment. Because the [following] Saying of Allaah the Mighty and Majestic in His Book applies to them, “Those who took their religion as amusement and play and the life of the world deceived them.” [Al-A’raaf 7:51]. And the Blessed and Most High said regarding the polytheists, “Their prayer at the House was nothing but whistling and the clapping of hands.” [An’aam 8:35].

“Their prayer …” i.e., their worship, “… at the House …” the Haram, [Ka’bah].

“… was nothing but whistling …” whistling, and nowadays you see how the youth whistle. This is a legacy which the disbelievers have inherited one from another. During the Days of Ignorance the polytheists would seek nearness to Allaah through whistling and clapping.

“Their prayer at the House was nothing but whistling and the clapping of hands.” Likewise some of the Muslims today do the same thing, and you have come to know the censure of the faqihs of the Muslims and their severe repudiation of them. So much so that some of them declared that the place where these eating dancers perform their ‘remembrance’ be razed because it is impure, i.e., the disobedience of Allaah the Mighty and Majestic having occurred therein.

That dhikr which they regard as being remembrance [of Allaah] is only idle speech.

As for striking oneself with skewers, this is the calamity of all calamities–that there are hundreds of thousands of Muslims who falsely assume that harming oneself in this way is a miracle. It is a miracle [karaamah] for those people who falsely think that they are on some [sort of Truth] in regards to the religion.

But they follow nothing.

Because the religion is [nothing but] following what the Prophet was upon عليه السلام. And neither the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم nor his noble Companions remembered Allaah in this manner. [A method of remembrance] which you have come to know something about from the lines of poetry that I recited to you.

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