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Excerpt from al-Sayyid Yusuf al-Rifaʿi's recent epistle, *Advice to Our Brothers the Ulema of Najd* (Nasiha li-Ikhwanina ʿUlama' Najd):

34 - Eradicating the House of his Mawlid ﷺ

You tried and continue to try - as if it were your goal in life - to destroy the last remnant of the historical vestiges of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, namely the noble place where he was born.

This house was razed then changed into a cattle market, then some pious people used ruse to transform it into a library which became "Maktabat Makka al-Mukarrama."

You began to pry at that place with evil stares and vengeful threats, trying to entrap it with the official departments. You openly requested that it be destroyed and have shown hostility to the authorities, pressing them hard to effect such destruction after the decision taken to that effect by the organization of your major scholars a few years ago. I have an explicit taped recording of this decision. But the Custodian of the Two Sanctuaries, King Fahd - the prudent and wise man who is aware of next-worldly consequences - ignored your request and froze it indefinitely.

Alas, for shame! Such disrespect and disloyalty against this noble Prophetﷺ by whom Allah Most High brought us out and yourselves and your ancestors into light! What shamelessness in his presence the Day we come to drink from his blessed Basin! Alas, woe and misery for a Sect that hates its Prophet whether in word or in deed, holding him in contempt and trying its best to eradicate his traces! Yet Allah Most High says to us: {Take as your place of worship the place where Ibrahim stood (to pray)} (2:125). And He said, bestowing on the Israelites the gifts of Talut, Musa, and Harun: {And their Prophet said unto them: Lo! the token of his kingdom is that there shall come to you the ark wherein is peace of reassurance from your Lord, and a remnant of that which the house of Musa and the house of Harun left behind, the angels bearing it. Lo! herein shall be a token for you if (in truth) you are believers} (2:248). The Ulema of Quranic commentary said that these vestiges consisted in the staff of Musa - upon him peace-, his sandals, etc.1

Read also, if you like, the sound and authentic hadiths that pertain to the physical and personal relics of the Prophet ﷺ and the true concern of the Companions - Allah be well-pleased with them - over them as mentioned in the pages of Sahih al-Bukhari. There is enough evidence {for him who has a heart or gives ear with full intelligence} (50:37) and ample provision for those who think and reflect.2


1 "The Beast shall come out and with her is Sulayman's seal-ring and Musa's rod..." Narrated from Abu Hurayra by al-Tirmidhi (hasan gharīb) and Ahmad.

2 Cf. Shaykh H. Kabbani's Encyclopedia (4:135-156) and sunnah.org → /ibadaat/tawassul_3.htm#Tabarruk">http://sunnah.org/ibadaat/tawassul_3.htm#Tabarruk

GF Haddad

Salam ʿalaykum:

Someone wrote in newsgroup soc.religion.islam:

Assalam Alaiqum.

I come from a family where Mawlid (Milad un Nabi) has been regularly observed together with Darood Sharif etc, hence I myself see nothing wrong with it. Please do answer some of my questions:

Is Mawlid only considered a bad innovation in Saudi Arabia or is it considered bad throughout the Middle East (Egypt etc)?

Wa ʿalaykum as-Salam,

It is considered a bad innovation by the Wahhabi school which is prevalent in Saudi Arabia and has spread through the Middle East. However, the prevalent position in the Middle East other than Saudi Arabia, is that Mawlid is permissible and praiseworthy.

Is it true that the saudi Government actually desecrated the grave of the mother of Prophet Muhammed ﷺ last year and further desecrated the grave of his father back some years ago? Even typing this makes me tremble, but is it true? I've heard they accuse people of "worshipping" the graves and that's why they decided to buldoze them.

Yes, as I just mentioned in my post "Grave Destruction and Desecration" they poured gasoline over the grave of the Prophet's Mother Amina bint Wahb RadyAllahu anha wa Ardaha, and may Allah requite them with His full measure.

Yes, they bulldozed the graves of the Noble Family and Companions on the grounds of their impious accusations of shirk against the Umma, but when it came to the University of Damascus bulldozing the graves of their beloved Ibn Taymiyya and his student Ibn Kathir to make way for its campus in the Fifties, King Saʿud ibn ʿAbd al-ʿAziz intervened and they still stand today.

Further, so many historical places, visited by the Prophet ﷺ and his Sahabi's are being destroyed, then why dosen't the Islamic world raise their voices against this and protest to the Saudi Government?

Because - I am sorry to say - the Islamic world has added Riyal Riyal Riyal as a fourth Tasbih after Salat, as our teacher Mawlana al-Shaykh Nazim said. See the page http://sunnah.org/articles/adhan_muhammadi.htm for his complete talk.

The majority of scholars do agree don't they that it is possible to see the Prophet ﷺ in ones dreams? And is it also true that whenever one greets the Prophet ﷺ whether in Medina or any where else, the Prophet ﷺ actually responds to that?

The totality of the Ulema, including the scholars of their school, agree that it is possible to see him ﷺ in dream. Where they rear up their heads is on seeing him while awake, as I mentioned in my original post. For they judge everything according to their blind sights.

GF Haddad ©

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