Complete refutation of Shaykh Faaik

Complete refutation of Shaykh Faaik

In The Name Of Allah The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful

A COMPLETE REFUTATION OF SHAYKH FAAIK GAMIELDIEN

AND THE REAL ISLAMIC VIEWPOINT CONCERNING THE GRAVES OF THE AWLIYA(FROM QURAN & SUNNAH) by STUDENTS OF ISLAMIC KNOWLEDGE (BASED ON THE RESEARCH OF AL-IMAM AL-SAYYID MUHAMMAD ALAWI AL-MALIKI OF MAKKAH MUKARRAMAH)

A refutation to Shaykh Faaik Gamieldien’s letters and program on VOC Radio

Recently, there has been much controversy regarding the well-established practice of Muslims of visiting the shrines of the Awliya and paying homage to them. A local Muslim cleric, Shaykh Faaik Gamieldien, has referred to the Muslims who show respect to the blessed shrines as “Mushriks” and “Kafirs“. He further claims that there is no Qur’anic or Sunnah injunction to justify the visiting of these graves. He holds that the dead have no awareness or spiritual life and there is no Baraka at the shrines of these saints. He goes on to claim that it is forbidden to build structures around or above the graves of the saints and to honour them. He claims that expressing respect and veneration for the Prophets (s) leads to Shirk.

These outrageous claims have caused an uproar and unnecessary conflict and division in the Muslim community. The great scholar of Makkah, and one of the most highly respected `Ulama (religious scholars) of the contemporary Muslim world, Sayyid Muhammad bin Alawi Al-Maliki, has discussed these issues in detail, especially in his major work (Mafahim Yajib an Tusah-hah.), a book recognised by `Ulama from every Muslim country, including the muftis of Al-Azhar and Pakistan. 

Using the eminent Shaykh’s research, in the following pages we will expound upon the true Islamic viewpoint concerning these important issues, based on the Quran, Sunnah and the Sayings of the great scholars of Islam.

QUESTION 1:

What do the Qur’an and Sunnah say concerning the visitation of graves, the spiritual life and awareness of the dead, and the presence of Baraka (grace) and Nur (light) at the graves of the pious ones among Allah’s (swt) servants?

ANSWER:

Visiting graves

Firstly, Allah (swt) says in the Holy Qur’an about the qabr of the munafiq (hypocrite): “do not stand at his grave” ( Wa la Taqum ala Qabrihi   ). From this the `Ulama have deduced that we should visit the graves of the mu’minin, i.e. our Muslim brothers and sisters..

Also, it is narrated in Sahih Muslim, Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, Nasai and Musnad Ahmad (Bab al-Jana’iz) that Nabi Muhammad (s) said:

“I had previously forbidden you to visit graves, but I now permit you to visit them, for it will remind you of the Akhira.”

Even the Nabi Muhammad (s) used to visit the graves of his companions who had passed away at that time. It is narrated in the six authentic compilations of Hadith that the Nabi Muhammad (s) used to regularly visit the graveyard of Madinah, Jannatul-Baqi and make Du`a there (Muslim and Tirmidhi). 

Al-Bayhaqi, narrates that he used to visit the graveyard of the martyrs of Uhud annually (Ala r’a s kulli Hawl). 

So, besides merely visiting the graves, in some cases, the Nabi Muhammad (s), also did so at specific periodic intervals, e.g. annual commemoration, for visiting certain graves, as is the custom of many Muslims all over the world today.

We also know that the Nabi Muhammad (s) visited the Jannat al-Mua’lla graveyard in Makkah, where his dear wife Sayyidah Khadijah is buried and called the whole place a blessed graveyard “Ni’m al-Maqbarah Hazihi” (contrary to Shaykh Gamieldien’s claim that he did not give any importance to his wife’s grave). Narrated by al-Bazzar.

Imam Muslim narrates that the Prophet (s) even visited his honourable mother’s grave, which is in a place between Makkah and Madinah. He cried there and made everybody else also cry.

We also ask, why was the Jannatul Baqi` in Madinah made the holiest graveyard on earth as in the Sahih AHadith?

Precisely because of the Holy people who were going to be buried there, a fact which clearly shows that not all graves and graveyards are the same in status and Darajah (level), according to the Shariah. Those graveyards in which Holy people are buried are definitely higher in Status and Baraka, otherwise, why visit Jannat ul-Baq`i and Jannat ul-Mu`alla in  Madinah and Makkah?

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