Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Ruling on one who asks someone other than Allaah for children, or to increase his provision and not reduce it

Ruling on one who asks someone other than Allaah for children, or to increase his provision and not reduce it
What is the ruling on one who believes that a wali (“saint”) or murshid (spiritual leader) gave him a child, or that he can increase or reduce his provision?.


Praise be to Allaah.


Whoever believes that a child may be given by someone other
than Allaah or that anyone other than Allaah can increase or reduce
provision, is a mushrik whose shirk is worse than that of the pre-Islamic
Arabs and others in the Jaahiliyyah. The Arabs and others like them, if they
were asked who granted them provision from the heavens and the earth, or who
brought forth the living from the dead and the dead from the living, would
reply, ‘Allaah.” They only worshipped their false gods because they believed
that they would bring them closer to Allaah. Allaah says (interpretation of
the meaning): 

“Say (O Muhammad): ‘Who provides for you from the sky and
the earth? Or who owns hearing and sight? And who brings out the living from
the dead and brings out the dead from the living? And who disposes the
affairs?’ They will say: ‘Allaah.’ Say: ‘Will you not then be afraid of
Allaah’s punishment (for setting up rivals in worship with Allaah)?’”

[Yoonus 10:31] 

“And those who take Awliyaa’ (protectors, helpers, lords,
gods) besides Him (say): ‘We worship them only that they may bring us near
to Allaah.’ Verily, Allaah will judge between them concerning that wherein
they differ. Truly, Allaah guides not him who is a liar, and a disbeliever”

[al-Zumar 39:3] 

“Who is he that can provide for you if He should withhold
His provision?”

[al-Mulk 67:21]  

It is narrated in the
Sunnah that the power to grant or withhold belongs to Allaah alone. For
example al-Bukhaari (844) and Muslim (593) narrated from al-Mugheerah ibn
Shu’bah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
used to say after each prescribed prayer: “Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu
laa shareeka lah, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in
qadeer, Allaahumma laa maani’ lima a’tayta wa laa mu’ti lima mana’ta wa la
yanfa’ dhaa’l-jadd minka al-jadd (There is no god except Allaah alone
with no partner or associate, His is the sovereignty and to Him be praise
and He is able to do all things. O Allaah, none can withhold what You give
and none can give what You withhold, and no wealth or majesty can benefit
anyone for from You is all wealth and majesty).”

But Allaah may give His
slave children or increase his provision because of his praying to Him and
turning to Him alone, as is clearly demonstrated in Soorat Ibraaheem, where
Ibraaheem al-Khaleel prays to his Lord and Allaah answers his prayer, and in
Soorat Maryam and Soorat al-Anbiya’ and elsewhere, where Zakariya prays to
his Lord and He answers his prayer. And it was narrated that Anas (may
Allaah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: Whoever would like to have
his provision increased and his life span extended, let him uphold the ties
of kinship.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 2067; Muslim, 2557. and Allaah knows

And Allaah is the Source
of strength. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad
and upon his family and companions. 


See Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 1/65.

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