Ask Imaam

What is the Islamic ruling about a person who insults the Holy Prophet ( ) by saying he is dead and to visit him in Masjid Nabawi is shirk?

In the name of Allah al-Rahman al-Rahim

To disrespect the Holy Prophet of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him) even slightly is blasphemy (kufr) and will lead to destruction and doom in both worlds.

Allah Ta'ala says in the Holy Qur’an:

“Do not make excuses, you have become infidels after being Muslims”.  [Al-Taubah verse 66]

And also:

“Your actions might be destroyed and you won’t even know”. [Al-Hujurat verse 2]

To believe that visiting the grave of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) is shirk and there is no benefit in visiting it etc. is clear misguidance, heresy and blind imitation of the strayThis is completely against the command of Allah and his Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).

Allah Ta'ala says in the Holy Qur’an:

“And if they oppress themselves they should come to you O Beloved”. [Al-Nisa verse 64]

In this blessed verse we have been clearly instructed to visit the sacred court of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and it clearly proves the immense benefit in this. This command of the Holy Qur’an applies to not just the lifetime of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) but also the era succeeding it; this is mentioned by the majority of scholars and Qur’anic commentators. In fact scholars have always believed that visiting the grave of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) is one of the greatest acts of worship and obedience. Books of Hadith are full of encouragement for this blessed action. Here I will mention only three examples;

1.

?“And he has no other purpose other than to visit me”.

[Tabarani fil-Kabeer, Daru-Qutni, Ibn-Asakir, Abu-Nu’aim ‘an Ibn Umar RA] Ibn Asakir said that the authenticity (sihhat) of this hadith is agreed (ijmaa’) upon by experts of hadith.

2.

“Whoever visited my grave my intercession is necessary for him”.

Mentioned by Ibn Khuzaimah in his Sahih, Imam Baihaqi, Imam Bazzar and many other Muhaddithin with different chains. Muhaddith Abdul-Haqq Dihlwi (RA) has clarified that this Hadith is Sahih.

3.

“Whoever visits the grave of the Messenger of Allah (??? ???? ???? ? ???) is in the protection of the Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him)”.

[Ibn Asakir – Fatawa Ridawiyyah vol 10]

How can anyone have the audacity to deny that the Holy Prophet of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him) is alive when there are so many Sahih ahadith proving this. In fact even Shaukani believes this.

[Nail-ul-Autaar v.1 p.651 Abwab-ul-Jumu’ah]

Ibn Majah in the chapter of Jumu’ah and Abu-Daud along with many Muhaddithin have reported:

“Allah has made it haram for the earth to eat the bodies of the Prophets; the Prophets of Allah are alive and receive sustenance”

[Al-Mustadrak vol 1 page 413 chapter of Jumu’ah]

Regarding the Holy Prophet’s (Peace Be Upon Him) power, it is a fact that he helped mankind before he was born, during his life on the earth and even after he passed away. The famous story of the Prophet Adam (AS) is clear proof of this.

[Al-Khasais-ul-Kubra lil-Suyuti v.1]

Sayyiduna Rabee’ah  asked the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) for his companionship in Paradise.

[Sahih Muslim vol 1 page 193, Benefits of Sajdah]

Sayyiduna Abu ‘Ayyub Khalid bin Zaid visited the grave of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and said: “I have come to the court of the Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him) not a stone.”

[Ahmad – Tabarani]

Remember, everyone believes that he (Peace Be Upon Him) will help the whole of mankind on Judgement Day.

Therefore it is not permissible to appoint a man with such corrupt beliefs as a responsible person in any Masjid for as long as he has such heretic beliefs and opinions, especially paying him to serve in a Masjid. It is necessary to keep away from such people to prevent their evil and corrupt opinions from spreading through the community. If this man’s opinions spread and lead to the deviation of other Muslims then in the court of Allah Ta'ala and His Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him) the committee members will be questionable and responsible for employing him.

It is necessary for us all to fear Allah Ta'ala and His punishment.

Allah Ta'ala is most knowing.
Answered by Mufti Shams ul Huda Misbahi
Translated by Mawlana Muhammad Rashid Madani