Ignorance Is NOT Bliss

In the last few years, I have seen people’s understanding of Islam get stranger by the day. Plus, with the influence of international media and ancient culture, I have seen new traditions and customs in the religion that hold no place in it. Still what shocks me more than anything is where Muslims are putting a major part of their beliefs and the ignorant practices they follow.

Prophet Muhammed (P.B.U.H) was certainly one of the greatest man that ever lived; so were the Prophets who were sent before him. All the Prophets preached the same basic principles, the only difference being that Prophet Muhammed (P.B.U.H) was sent to all humanity for all time while the others were sent to specific nations at specific times.

Yes, he does hold a special place for respect and half our belief is based on believing in him, but we have to remember that he was mortal, a human being. And like human beings, he does not hold the power of life and death or accepting prayers or supplications. That authority is reserved only for Allah.

At the time of Prophet Muhammed’s (P.B.U.H) death, the Muslim Ummah was shocked to the core. They would not believe it had happened until they would see it with their own eyes. At a time like this, when the Prophet’s (P.B.U.H) closest companion were stricken with grief, Abu Bakr As Sidiq, the first Caliph and one of the Prophet’s (P.B.U.H) closest companion,  announced:

To proceed, if anyone amongst you used to worship Muhammad , then Muhammad is dead, but if (anyone of) you used to worship Allah, then Allah is Alive and shall never die. Allah said, “And Muhammad is no more than a messenger; the messengers have already passed away before him; if then he dies or is killed will you turn back upon your heels? And whoever turns back upon his heels, he will by no means do harm to Allah in the least and Allah will reward the grateful.” (Al-E-Imran : 144)

When the Prophet Muhammed’s (P.B.U.H) closest companions believed that he was just a messenger and no more, how is it that a major part of the Muslim Ummah gives more to him rather than Allah. How is it that during the fasts, when it is a time for Mercy and Blessings, when one should perform as many good deeds as possible, when one should pray and read Quran, many people sing praises of the Prophet Muhammed (P.B.U.H)? How come during Sahar or Iftar, the ideal times when supplications are accepted, people put on Naats and praises of the Prophet (P.B.U.H) rather than praising Allah?

Moreover, there is the lyrics of such praises; lyrics about how respectable it would be to prostrate in front the Prophet (P.B.U.H) or about how all the rest of Allah’s messenger want Prophet Muhammed’s (P.B.U.H) approval and companionship (rough translation). Being Muslims we should be aware that we are not allowed to prostrate before anyone except Allah and Allah’s messengers seek only Allah’s approval. Moreover, many believe that invoking Allah by calling on Prophet (PBUH) is going to help in getting their prayers and supplications accepted? How is this possible when it is clearly mentioned in the Quran:

…مَن ذَا ٱلَّذِى يَشۡفَعُ عِندَهُ ۥۤ إِلَّا بِإِذۡنِهِۦ‌ۚ…

…Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave?… (Al-Baqarah : 255)

Keeping this in mind, let us consider, are we not doing the very thing that the Prophet Muhammed (P.B.U.H) was sent to forbid us from, the greatest sin, Shirk, by giving preference to Prophet Muhammed (P.B.U.H) over Allah?

And it doesn’t end here. A major part of the Muslim Ummah has entombed saints and decorated their places making them into places of worship where many go to plead for acceptance of their supplications. Why do we need someone to intercede on our behalf when Allah is closer to us than our jugular vein? Many respond to this citing the piety of saints making closer to Allah. But does not Allah listen to those who do not believe in Saints, does He not accept the prayers of those who have done wrong and are trying to make amends? Asking saints of something that only Allah has authority of is a form of the Shirk, the only unforgivable sin.

If we understand what Islam is about, we do not need anyone to ask Allah for His help, mercy and blessings. It is very clearly said:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle (P.B.U.H) said, “When it is the last third of the night, our Lord, the Blessed, the Superior, descends every night to the heaven of the world and says, ‘Is there anyone who invokes Me (demand anything from Me), that I may respond to his invocation; Is there anyone who asks Me for something that I may give (it to) him; Is there anyone who asks My forgiveness that I may forgive him?’ ” (Bukhari 8.75.333)

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle (P.B.U.H)said, “The invocation of anyone of you is granted (by Allah) if he does not show impatience (by saying, “I invoked Allah but my request has not been granted.”) (Bukhari 8.75.352)

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said, “On Friday there is a particular time. If a Muslim happens to be praying and invoking Allah for something good during that time, Allah will surely fulfill his request.” The Prophet pointed out with his hand. We thought that he wanted to illustrate how short that time was. (Bukhari 8:75:409)

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said, “When the Imam says ‘Amin’, then you should all say ‘Amin’, for the angels say ‘Amin’ at that time, and he whose ‘Amin’ coincides with the ‘Amin’ of the angels, all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari 8:75:411)

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari 3:31:125)

When it is made clear that Allah listen favorably to the supplications of His creations, then why is our faith and our belief so weak that we need someone to intercede?

Islam is a very simple and direct message. We do not need all the added rituals, customs, or traditions to become successful Muslims or human beings. All we need to do is follow the basic principles, do good, and abstain from evil to be successful. After all, that is all what Islam is about.

In the end, to achieve pure bliss, we need to end ignorance.

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3 Comments

  1. MashAllah a very beautiful article …hats off to you. I have been trying to write on this topic for quite some time now as I have myself observed the ignorance of the people regarding Islam whether Muslims or non-Muslims.
    The first commentor appears very aggressive towards Islam and while ironically blames Islam for spreading hatred. I think he should first get rid of his own loathing, do his study and then present valid facts and proofs on why he thinks Islam spreads hatred.
    As far as the article is concerned I completely agree with you that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the Messenger of Allah(SWT) and yes he has passed away, the only prophet whom we do not believe to have died is Prophet Isa (PBUH) and even then we are not to supplicate to him as he was merely a human being and a messenger sent down by Allah(SWT).
    There are certain people who seek the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) intercession while supplicating. This is a bi’daa quite wide spread in our society and should be stopped as it leads to a point where people actually start praying to the Prophet which is shirk (an unforgivable sin).
    It is said in the Ayat-ul-Kursi which we all know by heart Alhamdulillah.
    “..man thal-lathee yashfa’u ‘indahu ‘illaa bi’ithnihi,….”
    Translation:
    “.. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His permission?..”
    Therefore no one not even the prophet (PBUH) can intercede for us unless he has been granted permission to do so and he has been granted permission to intercede only on the day of judgement as is mentioned in the dua we make after the call to prayers
    “O Allah, Lord of this perfect call and establshed prayer. Grant Muhammad the intercession and favor, and raise him to the honored station You have promised him, [verily You do not neglect promises]”
    Hence seeking prophet Muhammad’s intercession during supplication is a bi’daa (an invention in our religion) and is not validated by any Hadith. I hope that our brothers and sisters in Islam will come to the right path (InshAllah).

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  2. For you Sir, Ignorance is just plain ignorance…

    Muhammed was not a prophet. He made no prophesies.If we take the Islamic texts at face value, then he was no more than a mediocre, ignorant preacher, preaching to people who were more ignorant than he was.

    Those who heard him and knew better, mocked him for his ignorance, and for that they suffered a terrible fate.

    His followers have been doing the same to this day – attacking and killing anyone who dares challenge Muhammad’ words.

    Muhammad’s words are just distorted and misinterpreted regurgitation of what was said before him.

    Islam has nothing original to offer, other than the violence of Jihad.

    If you want to cure your ignorance, please have a read of my blog th3cow.wordpress.com

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    • Actually people’e perception of Jihad now-a-days is also wrong. It’s not supposed to be violence, its just self defense, yet many fail to understand that. Moreover, Muslims are supposed to live in harmony with non-Muslims, just preach but not enforce and definitely not kill or attack them. I am afraid the world’s perception of that is wrong because we have been preached very clearly that:

      Let there be no compulsion in religion… (A-Baqarah : 256)

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