Prophet’s Protection of Tawheed

Posted on March 8, 2007. Filed under: 101 - Ruboobiyyah and Uloohiyyah |

Just as alcohol and adultery were made haram, so too were all the roads leading to them. When this is the case for major sins, then it must be even more so for the sin of shirk.

Prohibited Mosques over Graves

“May Allaah (swt) curse the Jews and Christians who took the graves of their Prophets as places of worship – do not imitate them.”

Forbade Burying the Dead Inside Mosques

“The Messenger of Allaah (SAS) said: “Oh, Allaah! Do not let my grave become an idol that is worshipped: Allaah’s Wrath is immense against those peoples who turned the graves of their Prophets into mosques.”

“Do not make your homes into graves, nor make my grave into a place of celebration. Send your prayers and blessings upon me, for they will be conveyed to me wherever you may be.” (Narrated by Abu Dawood)

Forbade Worshipping Allaah at Places Where Shirk Occurs or Has Occurred

“At the time of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), a man vowed to sacrifice some camels in Buwaanah. He came to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said, ‘I have vowed to sacrifice some camels in Buwaanah.’ The Prophet Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘Were there any idols there that were worshipped during the Jaahiliyyah?’ He said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Did they hold any of their festivals there?’ He said, ‘No.’ The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Then fulfil your vow, for there is no fulfilment of any vow which involves disobeying Allaah, or with regard to something that the son of Adam does not own.’” (Narrated by Abu Dawood)

Forbade Worshipping Allaah at Times Shirk Occurs

‘Uqbah bin Aamir said, There were three times at which Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) used to forbid us to pray or bury our dead: (i) When the sun began to rise until it was fully up, (ii) When the sun was at its height at midday till it passed the meridian, (iii) When the sun drew near to setting till it had set. (Muslim)

Forbade Exaggeration in General

“Beware of exaggerated praise, for it was only this which led those before you to destruction.” (Reported by Ahmad, An-Nasaa’ee and Ibn Maajah)

“Destroyed are those who are extreme” And he repeated it three times. (Muslim)

Forbade Muslims from Excessively Praising Him

“Do not extoll me as the Christians extolled the son of Maryam (AS); I am no more than a slave (of Allah) and so (instead), say: Allah’s Slave and His Messenger.” (Bukhari)

Forbade the Companions to Stand up in His Presence

‘You were about to do what the Persians and Romans do. They stand in front of their kings when they are seated. Do not do that.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari)

“No person was dearer to them than the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), but when they saw him they did not stand up for him because they knew that he disliked that.” (Related by Ahmad and At-Tirmidhi)

Forbade Image-Making

“The people who will receive the severest punishment on the Day of Resurrection will be those who try to make the like of Allah’s creation.” (Related by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

“The painters of these pictures will be punished on the Day of Resurrection, and it will be said to them, Make alive what you have created.’ (Bukhari)

“While I was with Ibn ‘Abbaas a man came and said, “O father of ‘Abbaas! My sustenance is from my manual profession and I make these pictures.” Ibn ‘Abbaas said, “I will tell you only what I heard from Allaah’s Apostle . I heard him saying, ‘Whoever makes a picture will be punished by Allah till he puts life in it, and he will never be able to put life in it.’ “Hearing this, that man heaved a sigh and his face turned pale. Ibn ‘Abbaas said to him, “What a pity! If you insist on making pictures I advise you to make pictures of trees and any other unanimated objects.” (Related by Al-Bukhari, 3/428)

This is why we do not have any images of the Prophet (saw) or any of the Sahabah. Contrast this to the images made of Isa (as) and how they are worshipped.

Forbade Muslims from Imitating the Disbelievers

“Whoever imitates a nation is one of them!” (Abu Daawood)

“The one who imitates people other than us (i.e., in faith) is not from us. Do not imitate the Jews or the Christians” (Reported by At-Tirmidhi)

Commanded to Level all Raised Graves

“Should I not despute you on a mission on which I was sent by Allaah’s Messenger (saw)? Deface all the pictures which you come across and demolish all the high graves to the level of earth.” (Muslim)

Reminded Muslims Regarding True Purpose of Visiting Graves

“I had forbidden you to visit the graves, but (now I allow you) so visit them for they remind you of the Hereafter.” (Reported by Muslim and Abu Dawood)

“The Prophet (saw) used to teach them (what to say) if they went out to the graveyards. They used to say: Peace be upon you all, O inhabitants of the graves, amongst the believers and the Muslims. Surely we will, Allaah willing, be united with you, we ask Allaah for well-being for us and you.” (Muslim)

Forbade Certain Phrases Which Lead to Shirk

A Jewish man came to the Prophet (saw) and said to him: “Verily, you (Muslims) commit Shirk, for you say: “As Allaah (swt) Wills and as you will;” and you say: “By the Ka’bah!” And so the Prophet (saw) ordered whoever wanted to swear, to say: “By the Rabb of the Ka’abah!” and to say: “As Allah (swt ) Wills, then as you will.” (Narrated by An-Nasaa`ee)

A man came to the Prophet (saw) and he said: “As Allaah (swt) and you, will,” at which, the Prophet (saw) said: “Would you set me up as a partner beside Allaah (swt )? (Say:) “As Allah (swt), Alone Wills.” (Narrated by An-Nasaa`ee)

“Verily, the lowest name to Allaah is that of a man who calls himself “King of kings,” for there is no king except Allah (swt).” (Bukhari)

Prohibited Making an Oath or Swearing by Any Created Object

“Whoever swears by anything other than Allaah has committed shirk.” (Ahmad)

Forbade Undertaking A Religious Journey Except to Three Masaajid

“Do not saddle up your riding beasts, except to three mosques: “The Sacred Mosque, this mosque of mine, and Al-Aqsaa Mosque (in Jerusalem).” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)

Completion of the Message

(On the authority of Abu Dharr) “Indeed the Messenger of Allaah (SWT) passed away and there is not a bird flapping its wings in the sky, except that he mentioned to us some knowledge about it…” (Ahmad)

Tawheed and shirk then also must have been clarified in such a manner.

“… upon clear evidence whose night is like its day. No one deviates from it except that he is destroyed.” (Reported by Ahmad, Ibn Maajah and others)


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