I heard a shaykh saying that it is not permissible to say, “O Allah, accept from us our righteous deeds”, because that may imply that Allah could accept evil deeds from us, and Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, is Good and does not accept anything but that which is good; and it is more correct to say “O Allah, accept from us our deeds”. Is this correct?.
Praise be to Allaah.
There is nothing wrong with saying in du‘aa’: “O Allah, accept from us our righteous deeds” and there is nothing objectionable in this from a shar‘i point of view. Rather the wording and meaning of this supplication are sound, because Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, accepts righteous deeds and does not accept bad deeds.
Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):
“That Allah may reward them according to the best of their deeds, and add even more for them out of His Grace”
“They are those from whom We shall accept the best of their deeds”
What is meant by “the best of their deeds” is their good, righteous deeds, because they are the best of what they do. They may do permissible things and other things, but the reward is only for good deeds, as Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“So that Allah may expiate from them the evil of what they did and give them the reward, according to the best of what they used to do”
Tafseer al-Sa‘di, p. 569
Moreover, when a person asks Allah to accept his righteous deeds from him, it doesn’t occur to him that he may also ask Allah to accept his bad deeds from him; rather he says the word righteous to highlight the reason for acceptance, which is the righteousness of the deed, and this is correct linguistic usage in Arabic, for example in the verse in which Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And whoever invokes (or worships), besides Allâh, any other ilâh (god), of whom he has no proof, then his reckoning is only with his Lord. Surely! Al-Kâfirûn (the disbelievers in Allâh and in the Oneness of Allâh, polytheists, pagans, idolaters) will not be successful”
Al-‘Allaamah Muhammad al-Ameen al-Shanqeeti (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
There is no difference of opinion among the scholars concerning the fact that the words here, “of whom he has no proof” do not imply the opposite. It is not correct for anyone to say that if the one who worships another god alongside Him has any proof for that then there is nothing wrong with it, because it is impossible for there to be any proof for worshipping another god alongside Him; rather the overwhelming and definitive evidence indicates that there is only One Who is deserving of worship, and it is not possible for there to be any proof to justify worshipping anything else at all.
That is because this phrase “of whom he has no proof” describes reality, because they call upon the other god without any proof. So this is just stating the fact and it is not suggesting that there could be any proof because there is definitely no proof at all.
Another example from the Qur’aan is the verse in which Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Let not the believers take the disbelievers as Awliya’ (supporters, helpers) instead of the believers,”
[Aal ‘Imraan 3:28].
This was revealed concerning some people who took the Jews as friends and supporters instead of the believers. The words “instead of the believers” is describing what really happened, and it cannot be interpreted as meaning that if the believers took some disbelievers as friends alongside believers, it would be acceptable, because it is well known that it is forbidden for the believers to take the disbelievers as friends and supporters in all cases. End quote.
Adwa’ al-Bayaan, 5/364
To sum up, it is not permissible for anyone to speak about the religion of Allah without knowledge or insight, and thus take on a task that he is not qualified for, of which he has no knowledge, and stir up among the Muslims views that cannot be approved of by any scholar of sharee‘ah. Rather what is required is to adhere to the Qur’aan and Sunnah and to teach the people the clear issues of Islam, and leave everything else to specialist scholars. The scholars are still using this supplication in their books and speeches, for example the speech of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) in which he says:
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