Allegation On Fadha’il ‘Amaal: The Hand From the Ka’bah

ALLEGATION: The following is an extract from the Saudi Gazette (30 March 2012), which is a daily English newspaper in Saudi Arabia:

Moreover, it is not permissible to offer Salah behind an Imam who believes in this story as he is in the wrong, with regard to this Aqidah (creed) and believes in superstitions. It is not permissible to read books like Fada’il Amal or any similar book that contains superstitions or lies or misleads people and by spreading false narrations. (Fatwa no. 21412 – Abdullah Ibn Ghudayyan, Salih Al-Fawzan, Bakr Abu Zayd) 

In Fada’il Haj there is another fabricated story which is very hard to accept if we compare it with the teachings of Islam. 

“It is narrated that, Moosa Bin Muhammad (radhiyallahu anhu) said, “Once a most God-fearing and righteous stranger performed Tawaf. While performing Tawaf he heard a voice of a woman and he stared at her. A hand come out of the Ka’ba at the Rukn-ul-Yamani and smacked him so hard that his one eye fell out. Another voice came from near the door of the Ka’ba and said, “How is it that you perform Tawaaf around my house and yet you stare at some-one else? This blow is the punishment for that. If it happens in future we shall take greater revenge.”  (Fada’il Haj)  

After reading this story and specially the statement – `How is it that you perform Tawaf around “my” house and yet you stare at someone else?” This gives readers the impression that Allah was be-hind the wall of the Ka’bah and He was the one who smacked him. Now, this is truly the highest level of ignorance. 

May Allah guide us all to His path and give us more opportunities to propagate His Deen based on authentic information.

                          ANSWER

The Saudi Gazette and the Arab News  papers, in terms of the Shariah are pornographic scrap paper. The flotsam which the Salafi shaikh has disgorged  only displays his spiritual aridity and intellectual stagnation  which are salient features of all Salafis. 

Shaikh Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullah alayh) was among the leading Ulama and Auliya of recent times in the Indo-Pak subcontinent. Furthermore, Hadhrat Shaikh Zakariyyah devoted his entire life to teaching Hadith. These wayward Salafi sheikhs are ignorant of the status of Shaikh Zakariyya, hence they blurt out just any drivel. The claim that Salaat is not valid behind Shaikh Zakariyya and those who read and derive naseehat from the  episodes of the Auliya recorded in Fadhaail-e-A’maal, is vile  in the extreme. It is gross stupidity to say the least. 

Miracles (Karaamat) of the Auliya are the Haqq. Those who deny the truth of the Karaamaat of the Auliya should examine their own Imaan. Since they are bereft of spiritual fibre – nooraaniyat – these creatures do not know what they let loose from their mouths. 

There is nothing in conflict with the Shariah in the  episode of the hand miraculously appearing and striking the person who was casting haraam glances whilst in the state of Tawaaf. What is the stupid man’s daleel for claiming that acceptance of this episode is kufr? In which way does it violate any teaching, belief or principle of the Shariah? Whilst the episode is in conflict with natural order, it is not in violation of any Shar’i pre-cept. An act which is in con-flict with nature is supernatural. If a supernatural feat is demonstrated by a person of Taqwa who is a strict follower of the Deen in every aspect, it is called karaamat. If is is displayed by a kaafir or a faasiq, it is called Istidraaj which is the effect of some satanic  manipulation. 

The Hand miraculously appearing to administer admonition to the culprit was a karaamat which does not  conflict with the Shariah in any way whatsoever. There is absolutely no kufr and shirk  in the   statement: “MY HOUSE”. The Qur’aan Majeed itself attributes the Ka’bah to Allah Azza Wa Jal, and says: Baitullah (The House of Allah). 

“We commanded Ibraaheem and Ismaaeel to purify MY HOUSE for  the Taa-ifeen (those who make tawaaf)….” (Baqarah, aayat 125)

“…And (O Ibraaheem!) Purify MY HOUSE for the Taa-ifeen….”  (Al-Hajj Aayat  26)  

Every Masjid is described as the “House of Allah”. Only  a moron will display his ignorance  by claiming that it is kufr or shirk or superstition to describe the Ka’bah as Baitullah or Baiti. Allah Ta’ala Himself has  applied these designations to the Ka’bah. 

The designation, The House of Allah or  My House does not convey the idea that Allah Ta’ala is physically in the Ka’bah.  Salafis are guilty of the kufr and shirk of demarcating and cordoning off Allah Azza Wa Jal into a fixed abode, namely the Arsh (Throne). No one who is a non-Salafi, will gain the impression that Allah Azza Wa Jal is behind the wall of the Ka’bah. The allegation is a stupid canard. 

The story does not claim that the Hand which smacked the culprit was Allah’s Hand.  Allah Ta’ala punishes in a great variety of ways. Allah Ta’ala had  destroyed cities by means of a mighty scream. The scream could have been that of an Angel or could have been a sound created  by Allah Ta’ala for the destruction of the errant people. Only stupid salafis will believe that it was the physical voice of Allah Azza Wa Jal because they have an anthro-pomorphic conception of Allah Azza Wa Jal – Nauthubillaah! 

Just as the mighty scream to which the Qur’aan attests, was a created  entity, either the voice of an Angel or a sound specially created for the occasion, so too was the Hand. It  could have been the Hand of an Angel or a Hand  specially created to administer the punishment to the errant person. 

The Qur’aan Majeed, describing the occasion when Nubuwwat was conferred to Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam), says: “When he (Musa) reached it (the fire which he had seen), a call came from  a tree on the right side of the valley in the blessed ground: ‘O Musa! Verily, I am Allah, The Rabb of all the worlds.”  

The Voice speaking from the Tree said: “Verily I am Allah.” Was Allah Azza Wa Jal inside the tree? A stupid Salafi may pose this stupid question in the same way as he asks: “Was Allah behind the wall of the Ka’bah?”  Whatever answer there is for the Voice coming from the Tree applies to the Voice coming from the Ka’bah.  These Salafis are genuine morons. Without having any Shar’i daleel they will swiftly brand an act kufr or shirk simply because  their spiritual bankruptcy finds it unappealing. 

There is nothing in this miraculous episode which conflicts with intelligence and the Shariah.

[By Majlisul ‘Ulama]

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