Asking “Ya Shaykh Madad!” – Istighatha/Isti`ana

“Truly the sun shall draw so near on the Day of Resurrection that  sweat shall reach to the mid-ear, whereupon (ISTIGHÂTHÛ bi âdam  thumma bi mûsâ thumma bi muHammadin Sallallâhu `alayhi wa sallama) they shall ASK HELP from Adam – upon him peace -, then from Musa -  upon him peace – , then from Muhammad – Allah bless and greet him –  who will intercede (fa yashfa`u)… and that day Allah shall  raise him to an Exalted Station, so that all those who are  standing [including the unbelievers] shall glorify him (yahmaduhu  ahlul-jam`i kulluhum).” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (Qadîm Kutub Khâna, Karachi, 1381H), 1:199 (Cf.  Prof. Tahir-ul-Qadri, `Aqida-e-tawassul, p. )]

Obviously, they are not going to be forgetting Allah on that day.  The people seeking help by these Prophets is the same as using  them as a means (wasîla) to Allah and the Hadith continues that  the intercession of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallâhu `alayhi wa  sallam will be accepted. Will those who are against that in this life, be in favour of it in the next? It is for this reason, that  Ala Hazrat (ra) states: “âj madad mâng un se, âj panâ le un se, qal na mânenge qayâmat” “Take his madad today, take his pana, it might not be accepted in  qayamat.”

2. The following quote is from Shaikh `Ali Mahfuz who died in 1361  (1942 A.D.) and was one of the great `ulama’ of Jami` al-Azhar  (Egypt), who praises Ibn Taymiyya and Muhammad `Abduh very much in  his book Al-ibda’. Nevertheless, he says in there: “It is not right to say that the great awliya‘ (rahimahum-Allahu  ta`ala) dispose worldly affairs after death, such as curing the  ill, rescuing those who are about to be drowned, helping those who  are against the enemy and having lost things found. It is wrong to  say that, because the awliya are very great, Allahu ta`ala has  left these tasks to them or they do what they wish or that one who  clings to them will not go wrong. But whether they are alive or  dead, Allahu ta`ala blesses, among His awliya‘, the ones whom He  wills, and, through their karamat, He cures the ill, rescues those  who are about to be drowned, helps those who are fighting an enemy  and recovers lost things. This is logical. Also Qur’an al-karim  reveals these facts.” [Shaikh `Ali Mahfuz, Al-ibda', p. 213, Cairo, 1375 (1956 A.D.);  `Abdullah ad-Dasuqi and Yusuf ad-Dajwi, professors at Jami` al- Azhar, wrote eulogies praising the book at the end of Al-ibda'.  (Cf. The Sunni Path)]

3. Lastly, the Hadith ash-Sharif written in Sahihayn, the two genuine Hadith books, one by al-Bukhari and the other by Muslim  states that the Holy Prophet (Sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam)  visited the graves of the martyrs of Uhud exactly ONE YEAR after  they died. A minbar was BUILT in the graveyard for him to deliver  a sermon. `Uqba ibn Amir (radi-Allahu `anh), the relater of the Hadith ash-Sharif, said, ‘Rasulullah (sall-Allahu Ta`ala `alaihi wa sallam),  ascended the minbar. It was the last time I saw him on the minbar.  He declared: “I do not fear whether you will become polytheists  after I die. I fear that you, because of worldly interests, will  kill one another and thus be destroyed like ancient tribes.” ‘

The profound scholar Shaykh Sulayman ibn `Abd al-Wahhâb an-Najdî  (rahimah-Allahu ta’ala), the author of “as-sawâ’iq al-ilâhiyya“  comments on this Hadîth as follows in refutation of his younger  brother and the rebellious movement started by him in partnership  with the British and al-Sa`ûd family: “Rasulullah (sall-Allahu ta`ala `alaihi wa sallam) foretold all  that would happen to his Ummah till the Resurrection. This sahih hadith states that his Ummah will never worship idols, that he was  assured of it. This hadith ash-Sharif demolishes Wahhabism by the  roots, for the Wahhabite book claims that the Ummat al- Muhammadiyya worship idols, that Muslim countries are full of  idols, that tombs are idol-houses. It says that one also becomes a  disbeliever by not believing that he who expects help or  intercession at shrines is a disbeliever. However, Muslims have visited graves and asked the mediation and intercession of awliya‘  for centuries. No Islamic scholars have called such Muslims  polytheists; they regarded them as Muslims.” [Sulaiman ibn `Abd al-Wahhab an-Najdi, As-sawa'iq al-ilahiyya fir- raddi `alal-Wahhabiyya (Nukhbat al-Akbar press, Baghdad, 1306  A.H), p. 44 (Cf. Advice for the Muslim, Cp. 5)]

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