4. THEY CLAIM NAQSHBANDIS COMMIT SHIRK BUT THEY THEMSELVES MAY BE COMMITTING KUFR!

The "Salafis" in their attack on the Naqshbandi order quote from the book Mercy Oceans - Part I p. 33 whereby "The power of the wali is such that he only needs to say Kun (be) and that will be." Then they claim: "The above is another clear example of Shirk (association) in the aspect of the Lordship of Allah." This is another thoughtless accusation which betrays their own confusion between divine Lordship and divine favor!

Answer:

1. The above quote is not found in Mercy Oceans - Part I p. 33. We have looked up the 1980 edition with a plain green cover which is the only edition of that book that we know of.

2. To say to a thing "Kun (be) and it will be" belongs to Allah, just like drawing life out of death and drawing death out of life, however, as we said, it is obligatory to also believe that Allah grants His permission to whomever He will without impediment whatsoever, as He did with Ibrahim when he called the dead birds to life by Allah's permission, and as He did with `Isa when he raised the dead by Allah's permission.

The Prophet said, as narrated by Abu Hurayra in Bukhari's Sahih and Ahmad's Musnad:

Allah said: Whosoever shows enmity to one of My Friends, I shall declare war on him. My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask something of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask refuge in Me, I would surely grant him it...


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The Prophet also said, as related by Abu Hurayra in Muslim's Sahih:

It may be that a disheveled servant will be pushed out of doors, but if he were to swear an oath by Allah, Allah would certainly fulfill it for him.


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3. By denying the above, the "Salafis" have put a limit on Allah's power to grant His permission to one of His servants to do what usually belongs only to Him, and this is kufr. The fact that they label Naqshbandis with shirk is a smokescreen, an attempt to camouflage their actual enormities by accusing others of inexistant enormities.

4. The statement which they characterized as shirk has been said before by great Muslim figures whom the authorities recognized by the "Salafis" have praised for their uprightness and standing in the Umma. For example, Ibn Taymiyya's grand-shaykh, `Abd al-Qadir al-Gilani, said it more than once in his writings and attributed it to Allah Himself:

O son of Adam, I am Allah; there is none worthy of worship besides Me. I will say to a thing "Be," and it comes into being. Obey Me; I will make you such that you say to a thing, "Be," and it will be.

Shaykh `Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, Futuh al-ghayb,

Thirteenth Discourse, trans. Mukhtar Holland p. 37.

O son of Adam, I am Allah. There is none worthy of worship but I alone. I say to a thing "Be," and it comes into being. Obey Me and I will make you such that you say to a thing, "Be," and it will come into being.

Shaykh `Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, Futuh al-ghayb,

Sixteenth Discourse, Holland trans. p. 44.

O son of Adam, I am Allah, there is no god except Me; I say to a thing "Be," and it comes to be. Obey Me, so I may let you say to a thing, "Be," and it will come to be.

Shaykh `Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, Futuh al-ghayb,

Forthy-sixth Discourse, Holland trans. p. 118.

We intend to to expose these anonymous slanderers so that we can expose those who attribute shirk to Shaykh `Abd al-Qadir Gilani among other vile acts. Know, dear reader, that `Abd al-Qadir Gilani is the one whom the "Salafi" authority Ibn Taymiyya in his Majmu`at al-fatawa al-kubra calls "our shaykh" (shaykhuna) and "my master" (sayyidi), and the one about whom Imam al-Dhahabi in his Siyar a`lam al-nubala' says:

al-Shaykh `Abd al-Qadir (al-Jilani): The shaykh, the imam, the scholar, the zahid, the knower, the exemplar, Shaykh al-islam, the distinguished one among the Awliya... the Hanbali, the Shaykh of Baghdad... I say: There is no one among the great shaykhs who has more spiritual states and miracles (karamat) than Shaykh `Abd al-Qadir…

Once more we ask the "Salafis": Do you say that Ibn Taymiyya and al-Dhahabi were mistaken in their praise of Shaykh al-Islam `Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, since he uttered not once, but three instance of what you call shirk?