حلّ نداء يارسول الله
Taajul-Ulama Badrul-Foqaha Mujaddid-e-Mehta-Haadara
Hujjate-Qaahira Imam Ahmad Rida Al-Qaadiri Barkaati Muhaqqiq Bareilwi
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Name of Original Kitaab: Anwaarul
Intiba fi-hallil intiba Ya Rasoolullah
Author: Taajul-Ulama Badrul-Foqaha
Mujaddid-e-Mehta-Haadara Hujjate-Qaahira Imam Abu-Haamid Ahmad Rida Al-Qaadiri
Barkaati Muhaddith Bareilwi t
Abu-Muhammad Abdul-Haadi Al-Qaadiri
edition: Muharram 1421 - April 2000
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This thesis is dedicated to Abdaalul-Waqt, Hadrat Mujaahid-e-Millat Moulana Habeebur-Rahmaan Qaadiri Radawi t. He was a great Mujaahid of Islam who declared Jihad on the Kufaar of Hindustan and the Deobandi/Wahabies of the world. He was sentenced several times to prison in India for opposing the Hindu government’s anti-Muslim policies. The notorious Wahabi dictators of Hijaz Shareef also imprisoned him for refuting their corrupt and Kufr beliefs. He had many debates with Wahabi “Popes” in Madina Munawwara and silenced them. They could not bare the humiliation of defeat so they sent him to jail and stopped him from performing the sacred rituals of Hajj.
Due to his love for Jihad, his Murshid-e-Kaamil, Hujjatul-Islam Allama Moulana Muhammad Haamid Raza Al-Qaadiri Noori t conferred the title of Mujaahid-e-Millat on him. He was a descendant of Sayyiduna Abbaas ibne Abdul-Muttallib t (Uncle of the Beloved Habeeb e) and hence, was an Abbasi Sayyid. He was the most humble person I had ever met in my entire life. In fact it seemed as if he never had any Nafs at all. But when it came to the defense of Islam, he was a naked sword. He was an Abdaal of his time and often appeared at many places at the same time. He left thousands of students and Khulafa who are serving Islam throughout the world. One of his beloved Mureed and student is Mufti Muhammad Naseem Ashraf Habeebi who is the Chief Administrator and Mufti of the Imam Ahmad Raza Academy (Durban). May Allah I sanctify the soul of Hadrat Mujaahid-e-Millat t and shower us with his Barkaat. Aameen
It is not permissible for one to remain silent when he sees someone distorting the Religion of Almighty Allah I - if he is able to stand up to him. It is not permissible to leave the Muslims without guiding them and warning them against such people who distort the Religion of Allah I - once they are able to do so. This falls under the obligatory advice to the Muslims, as it was indicated by the Holy Prophet Sayyiduna Rasoolullah e. If the person leaves out ordering al-ma’ruf (good) and forbidding aI-munkar (evil), when it is obligatory on him, then this person is committing a sin. The Ahle Sunnah scholars used to take many hardships to warn against someone misrepresenting the Religion of Allah I. This has great reward for them. If that obligation was left out in a community, those people would lose the support of Almighty Allah I.
Ala’ Hadrat Imam Ahmad Raza’s
age, Islam was being subjected to attacks from the West, the modernists and the
enemies from within, especially the Wahabi
and Deobandi schools of
thought. These attacks could only succeed if they were able to convince the Muslims of the of the Holy
“lack of authority”. They tried to run down the status of Beloved Nabi e by
claiming that he was dead and turned to dust, that he was just an ordinary human
like their elder brother, that he was not present and watching over his Ummah, etc. May Allah
I save us from such slandering! The enemies of the Deen know that without the love for the Holy Prophet e,
the Muslims will be useless.
Imam-e-Ahle Sunnat, Ala’ Hadrat Imam Ahmad Raza Al-Qaderi t,
to prove the superiority of the Holy
was thus the defense of the Muslims, and in this Kitaab,
Ala’ Hadrat Imam Ahmad Raza
did just that - that it was
absolutely permissible to call on the Holy Prophet
by proclaiming “Ya Rasoolullah
even after the Holy Prophet’s e demise.
He did this to defend True Islam
and save the Muslims from misguidance
Imam Ahmad Raza Al-Qaadiri t proved that to proclaim “Ya Rasoolullah e” is the Sunnah of the Sahaba t, the Taba’een t, the A’imma Mujtahideen t, the Awliya tand scholars of the Ahle Sunnah.
The entire great Imam’s works, especially those written in defense of the Holy Prophet e, radiate with Imaan and excellence of proofs. It has to be! The way the book is written, the way the arguments are pursued, the manner in which the proofs are given, all point to the immense knowledge of Ala’ Hadrat Imam Ahmed Raza Al-Qaderi t and show us what a real Scholar is. Only a first-class mind, absolutely soaked in the most profound knowledge of Quran, Hadith and Fiqah, could produce a work such as this. It also shows that the arguments presented by the enemies, who think that they can reform and change the Deen of Islam, have no backbone in their arguments!
Indeed, Mujaddid-e-Deen-o-Millat, Ala’ Hadrat t has broken the backbones of the enemies of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah e. He has once again proved that the Ulama of the Ahle Sunnah are far superior in knowledge to the “so called scholars” of the other Sects.
Be cautious! If you hear someone claim that it is not permissible to utter “Ya Rasoolullah e”, do not lend him a listening ear. Respond to him. Tell such a person about the Hadith of the blind Sahaba. This will be a service to the Religion of Islam.
We ask Allah I to bless us with the guidance and to make us steadfast in following the methodology and the path of the Holy Prophet e.We ask Allah I to let us consume all of our life in following the ٍteachings of the Holy Prophet e and the Awliya. May this Kitaab illuminate the hearts and souls of the sincere seekers of Truth.
Though great precautions have
been taken in translating this book from the original Urdu text, which is
generally a very difficult task, it is hoped that the present translation is
free of errors. If there are any, then it is certainly not the errors of the
original works of the Great Mujaddid t
as his research is flawless. Please inform us of any errors.
All Praise are due to Allah
Allah I and His Beloved
Rasool e knows best.
ISLAMIC JUDICIAL QUERY
hat is the ruling of the Ulama of Islam on
the following matter? Zaid is a Muslim and believes in Almighty Allah
and the Prophethood of His Beloved Rasool e. After every Salaah, and at other times, he
recites the following verses:
يا رسول الله *
Peace and Blessings upon you, O Messenger of Allah
رسول الله *
I seek from you Shafaa’at (Intercession), O
Messenger of Allah e.
I ask the
learned Scholars of Islam:
Are such calls to Sayyiduna
Rasoolullah e or
the Awliya permitted in Islam or not?
What is the ruling of the
Learned Scholars concerning individuals who condemn Zaid as a Kaafir
and Mushrik because he seeks assistance by calling to the Prophets and Awliya
with Harfe-Nida (e.g. Ya Rasoolallah, Ya Ali or Ya
Sheikh Abdal Qaadir, etc.)?
enlighten us on this in accordance to the Shari’ah. We pray that you
enjoy the Mercy of Allah I on
the Day of Judgement. Aameen.
الحمد لله و
كفى و الصلوة و
و اله و
الصدق و الصفا
he utterance of the above words are indeed
permitted. Only the misled or ignorant will contest it.
We shall consult the books of the following great Jurists of Islam
for reference on this matter:
1. Shifa’us-Siqaam, by Imam Taqi’udeen Abul
Hasan Subki t,
Muwaahibul-Ladunnia, the Shar’ha (Commentary) of Sahih-ul-Bukhari,
by Khatimul-Muhaditheen Imam Haafiz Ahmed Qastalaani t,
Zurqaani, the Shar’ha of the Muwaahibul-Ladunnia, by Allama Imam
Abdul Baaqi Zurqaani t,
Mutaaliul-Musar’raat by Imam Allama Faasi t,
Mirqaat, the Shar’ha of Mishkaat, by Mulla Ali Qaari Makki t,
Ash’atul Lam’aat, Jazbul Quloob and Madaarijun Nubuwwah, by Sheikh-e-
Muhaqqiq Allama Abdul-Haq Muhaddith Dehlawi t,
Afdalul Qur’ra, which is the Shar’ha of Ummul Qur’ra by Imam
Haafiz Ibne-Hajr Makki t,
who is the Ustaaz of Mulla Ali Qaari t.
I will now quote a Hadith that supports and also
promotes the above-mentioned words. The following great Scholars of Islam
have certified this Hadith as authentic:
A. Imam Bukhari t,
Ibne Maaja t,
Ibne Hazeema t,
Abul-Qaasim Tabraani t,
above authorities of Hadith narrate on the authority of Sayyiduna
Uthmaan bin Haneef t
that a blind Sahabi was taught a special Du’a by Sayyiduna
which he was to recite after every Salaah.
is as follows:
اني أسلك و
نبي الرحمة يا
أتوجه بك إلى
في حاجتي هذه
“O Allah I, I ask from You, and turn towards You through the Waseela (Medium) of Your Nabi Muhammad e, who is indeed a Prophet of Mercy. O Muhammad e, with your Waseela (Medium) I turn towards Allah I for my need so
that it may be bestowed. O Allah I, accept the
Prophet’s intercession for me.”
in his Muh’jam records the following incident:
كان يختلف الي
عنه في حاجته
له و كان عثمان
لا يلتفت اليه
و لا ينظر في
عثمان بن حنيف
تعالى عنه ايت
ثم ايت المسجد
ركعتين ثم قل
محمد صلي الله
تعالى عليه و
اتوجّه بك الي
حاجتي و تذكر
حاجته و رد الى
الرجل صنع ما
قال له ثم اتى
باب عثمان بن
بن عفّان رضى
الطنيسة و قال
ما حاجتك ؟
قال ما ذكرت
حاجتك ؟ حتى
الساعة و قال
ما كان لك من
خرج من عنده
فلقى عثمان بن
حنيف رضى الله
فقال له جزاك
الله خيراً ما
كان ينظر في
عثمان بن حنيف
تعالى عنه و
الله ما كلمته
و لاكن شهدت
رسول الله صلى
عليه و سلم و
اتاه رجل مزيد
فقال له النبي
صلى الله عليه
و سلم اِئت
فتوضأ ثمّ صلى
فقال عثمان بن
حنيف رضى الله
فرّقنا و طال
كانّه لم يكن
به ضريرا قط
A person in dire need visited Ameeril Moh’mineen
Sayyiduna Uthmaan Al-Ghani t. The Khalifa was busy with some other work and he
did not pay any attention to his need. Thereafter, this person went to Sayyiduna
Uthmaan bin Haneef t and complained about the matter. Sayyiduna Uthmaan bin
ordered the man to perform Wudhu (ablution) and go to the Musjid and offer two
Rakaats of Nafil Salaah. He then ordered the man to recite the following Du’a
and mention his need to Allah I:
Allah I, I beg of
You and I seek Your assistance, through the Waseela (Medium) of Your beloved
Prophet e who is
of Mercy. O Muhammad! I turn to Allah I with
Waseela so that my needs be fulfilled.”
doing this, Sayyiduna Uthmaan bin Haneef t
ordered the man to now visit Sayyiduna
Uthmaan Al-Ghani t
and relay his problem. When he came to the
door of Ameeril Moh’mineen, the doorkeeper held his hand and took him straight
to the great Khalifa. He was shown great respect and the Khalifa made him sit
besides him on his personal platform. The Khalifa compassionately spoke to him
and fulfilled all his needs. He
then said to the man, “Why did you not inform me earlier of your needs? In
future if you require anything, come directly to me.”
After they had left the court of the Khalifa, the man
thanked Sayyiduna Uthmaan bin Haneef t for recommending him to the Khalifa. However, Sayyiduna
Uthmaan bin Haneef t said that he had not even approached or spoken to the
Khalifa concerning this matter. He then said; “By Allah I, I saw
Sayyiduna Rasoolullah e teaching this Du’a to a blind man (Sahaba) who read
it. Miraculously, the blind man’s
eyesight was restored. He then approached us and before we could even complete
our conversation, it appeared to us as if he had never been blind.”
Tabraani t and Imam Munzari t have
both recorded this Hadith as authentic. They said والحديث
صحيح (and this Hadith is sound).
(3) Imam Bukhari t in his
book Kitaabul Adaabul Mufrad, Imam Ibnus Sinni t and Imam
Ibne Bashkool t have also recorded the following incident:
ان ابن عمر
له اذكر احب
Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibne Omar t once
suffered from a cramp. Someone advised him to remember the person
he loved the most. He proclaimed loudly, “Ya Muhammadahu!” He was
Nawawi t in
his commentary of the Sahih Muslim, and also in Kitaabul Azkaar,
records that some individuals were sitting in the company of Sayyiduna
Abdullah Ibne Abbaas t, when suddenly one of them suffered from cramps. The
Noble Companion advised the man to remember the person whom he loved the most.
The man screamed,“Ya Muhammadahu!” He was immediately cured.
There are many As’haab who narrate incidents of similar nature.
Substantiating this, Allama Shahaab Khafaaji Misri t states in his book, Naseemur-Riyaad, commentary
of Shifa by Imam Qaadi Ayaad t, that:
هذا مما هده
It is a common practice of the people of Madina
Munawwara to proclaim “Ya Muhammadahu!” in times of difficulty
(6) Sayyiduna Bilaal bin Al-Haarith Muzani t states that a drought once
occurred in the year 18 A.H. during the Khilafat of Sayyiduna Omar
Al- Farooq t.
The drought was known as “Aamur-Ramada”. His tribe, Bani Muzaina
approached him and complained that they were dying of hunger, and that he must
request the Khalifa to sacrifice a few sheep for food. He said that there were no sheep left to sacrifice, but they
insisted. However, a sheep was
found and was slaughtered. When it was cleaned, the people were amazed to see
that there was no meat in the animal besides red bones. Sayyiduna Bilaal t saw this distressing sight and screamed in grief,“Ya
Muhammadahu!” That same night he dreamt of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah
who informed him of future glad tidings. As time passed all these Prophetic
predictions did occur accordingly. ذكره فى
(7) Imam-wa-Mujtahid Sayyidi Abdur-Rahmaan Huzaili
Kufi Mas’oodi t, was the grandson of Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibne
He was a very great Jurist and a Taaba’ee of high rank. It is said that
he used to wear a long hat with the words, “Muhammad, Ya Mansoor” inscribed
was also confirmed by Imam Hasheem bin Jameel Az-Zaki t who was amongst the great Ulama
and Muhaditheen of that time. He states:
ورايته و على
اطول من زراع
محمد يا منصور
I saw him (i.e. Sayyiduna Abdur Rahmaan Masoodi t) place a
long hat on his head, with the words “Muhammad,
Mansoor” inscribed. This is recorded in
and other books.
following is recorded in the Fatawa of Sheikhul Islam Imam Allama
Shahaab Ramli Al-Ansaari t :
عمّا يقع من
و نحو ذالك من
الصالحين و هل
موتهم ام لا
فاجاب بما اضة
The question asked is whether it is permissible for the people to invoke the names of Prophets, Saints and Ulama in times of difficulty as it is normally done. Is it permissible to seek such help and do they assist after their death? The great scholar replied: “Undoubtedly, it is permissible to seek the assistance of great Prophets, Saints and Ulama. They do in fact assist, even after their (physical) departure from this world.”
(10) Imam Allama Khairudeen Ramli t,
the illustrious teacher of the scholar who has written the authentic book on Islamic
Jurisprudence, “Durre Mukhtaar”, states in his Fatawa Khayriyya:
قولهم يا شيخ
People who proclaim, “Ya Sheikh Abdul Qaadir”,
merely emulating a call.
What, therefore is the reason
for it not to be permissible?
Jamaal bin Abdullah bin Omar Makki t, in his Fatawa states:
يقول في حال
رسول الله او
مثلا هل هو
جائز شرعاً ام
امر مشروعٌ و
الا مكابر و
معاند و قد
I was questioned about those people, who in times of difficulty proclaim
“Ya Rasoolullah, Ya Ali, Ya Sheikh Abdul Qaadir,” and whether these
proclamations were permissible in Islam.
The great scholar replied: “Yes, these proclamations are permissible. To
call to them is permissible including using
their names as Waseela. This is allowed in the light of the Shari’ah.
Such an act is desirable and approved. Only the stubborn and arrogant would
oppose or question this reality. These individuals are certainly unfortunate and
of the Barkaat (blessing) of the Awliya Allah”.
(12) Imam Abdur-Rahmaan Ibne Jouzi t, in his book, Oyunil
Hikaayat, narrates a strange and amazing incident of three brothers who
loved Jihad so much that they always engaged in it.
Once they were engaged in Jihad with the Christians of Rome. They
were captured and the Romans began torturing them.
و تدخلون فى
محمداه ! *
The Roman King told them that if they adopted
Christianity, he would set them free. The brothers refused and instead
proclaimed aloud, “Ya Muhammadahu!”
The King was furious at this and ordered two of them to
be thrown into boiling oil. They were eventually martyred.
The younger brother was placed in prison.
While in prison, the King’s daughter became attracted to this prisoner.
She was very amazed at his devotion and piety and this drew her closer to him.
After some time, she secretly released him and escaped with him. After
their escape, the Muslim Mujaahid presented Islam to the princess
and she whole-heartedly accepted it.
Six months later, they decided to marry. On the day of
the Nikah, the groom was astonished to see his two martyred brothers
appear with a group of Angels to attend the wedding. Their physical presence
shocked everybody, as they were known to have been martyred.
Upon being questioned about it, they replied:
ما كانت الا
When you saw us being thrown into the boiling oil,
you indeed saw us enter the pot. To you it was the pot but for us, it was
actually entrance into Jannatul-Firdous.
Imam Abdur-Rahmaan Ibne Jouzi t states that the brothers lived
in Syria and were notably famous. Many couplets have been written in their
praise. This incident has been shortened. Imam Jalaludeen Suyuti records
this incident in detail in his Sharhus-Sodoor:
Those who wish for details should refer to it.
Our object is to highlight how beneficial it is to call
out to the Holy Prophet e. We have seen that the brothers, at a time of extreme
peril and danger, did not hesitate in calling to the Prophet e.
How were they rewarded? They were rewarded with such blessings that the two Shuhada
immediately entered Jannah, while the youngest brother was saved and
married the King’s daughter. The two Shuhada, accompanied by a group of
Angels, were actually given permission to attend the marriage of their younger
brother. If calling out with “Ya” is Shirk, then why
were the brothers forgiven and blessed with Jannatul-Firdous and Angels
attended the wedding?
those persons who proclaim that it is Haraam to call on great Prophets
and Saints for assistance? If they firmly believe that it is Haraam then
why have the great scholars clarified this action as permissible and extremely
Ghous-e-A’zam Sheikh Abdul-Qaadir Jilaani t, states:
استغاث بي في
كربة كشفت عنه
و من نادى
باسمي في شدة
فرجت عنه و من
توسل بي الى
الله عز و جل
في حاجته قضيت
له و من صلى
في كل ركعة بعد
عشرة مرة ثم
يصلى على رسول
عليه و سلم بعد
السلام و يسلم
عليه ثم يخطوا
اسمي و يذكر
If a person in distress or hardships calls out to me, his hardship will be eradicated. If a person uses my name
as a Waseela
(medium) when he pleads to Allah I, his
will be fulfilled.
should perform two Rakaats of Salaah and in every Rakaat one should recite the
Sura Fateha eleven times, and thereafter, Sura Ikhlaas eleven times. After
completing the Salaah, one must recite the Durood and Salaam (Salawaat
Darood Shareef) upon Sayyiduna Rasoolullah e.
remembering me one should take eleven steps
the direction of Baghdad invoking my name in
step and also one’s need and wish. In this manner, (Allah I Willing),
his need and wish will be granted.
above method has been mentioned and prescribed by eminent scholars such as, Imam
Abul Hasan Ali bin Jareer Nahmi Shat’nooni t, Imam Abdullah bin Asad Yafa’ee Makki t, Sheikh Mullah Ali Qaari Makki t
author of Mirqaat Shar’he Mishkaat, Moulana
Abul Ma’aali Mohammed Salmi Qaadiri t
Sheikh-e-Muhaqqiq Moulana Abdul Haq Muhaddith Dehlawi t.
Some of their thesis are, Bahjatul Asraar, Khulaasatul
Mafaakhir, Nuzhatul Khaa’tir, Toh’fa-e-Qaadiriyyah and Zubdatul
A’thaar, etc. Numerous other Ulama and Awliya also
promote it. One should also remember that the great Ulama and Saints
attribute extreme authenticity to the above. I (Imam Ahmad Raza)
have written a detailed book, انهار
الانوار من يم
صلوة الاسرار, specifically on the excellence of the mentioned Salaah
(Salaatul-Asraar). I have given from the Shari’ah and sayings of
the Ulama and Awliya of Islam proofs to authenticate this Salaah.
A point to mention about Imam Abul Hasan Noorudeen Ali
the author of Bahjatul Asraar, is that aside from being a great Sufi,
he was also considered to be a great Imam of Qiraat. He received
his spiritual training under the guidance and tutorship of Sheikh Sayyidi
Abu-Swaleh Nasr t, who was the great grandson of Sayyiduna Ghousal
A’zam Sheikh Abdul-Qaadir Jilaani t. He lived only two generations from the Great Ghous
Sheikh Abdul-Qaadir Jilaani t. He met those who sat in the company of the Sayyiduna
Ghouse-A’zam t. The most remarkable thing of this Kitaab is that
Imam Noorudeen was the first person in history to compile the most
comprehensive biography of Sayyiduna Ghouse-A’zam Sheikh Abdul-Qaadir
Every quotation or incident found in this book is fully backed by an authentic
chain of Thaqqa (Trustworthy) narrators giving account of how, when and
where it happened.
Allama Abdul Haq Al-Qaadiri Muhaddith Dehlawi t in his book, Zubdatul
A’thaar, has attributed great excellence to the stature of the
book, Bahjatul Asraar. In fact Zubdatul-A’thaar is an concise
version of Bahjatul-Asraar. Sheikh-e-Muhaqqiq t states that the book is indeed considered to be
extremely authentic and factual in the eyes of the distinguished Ulama
and Awliya. This book has also been quoted very widely in reference. Imam
Shamsudeen Zah’bi t in his Kitaab, Tabqaatul-Muqir’reen and Imam
Jalaludeen Suyuti t in Husnul-Muhadara, have both addressed Imam
Noorudeen t as Imamul-Awhad (The Matchless Leader). The author of Hisne-Haseen, Imam Muhaddith Muhammad bin Muhammad bin
Muhammad bin Jazri t, is a student of the students of Imam Noorudeen t and he has read and taken Ijaza
of the entire Bahjatul-Asraar in the presence of his Ustaaz.
Arife Billah Sayyidi Abdul Wah’haab Sharaani t, in his book, Lawaaqi-ul-Anwaar Fi Tabqaatil
Akh’yaar, records a strange and miraculous incident. He reported that a Mureed
of Sayyidi Mohammed Ghamri t was once passing through the market when the
foot of the animal he was riding on slipped. In extreme panic, he screamed:
سيدي محمد يا
Ya Sayyidi Muhammad, Ya Ghamri!
Co-incidentally, in that very market place, Ibne Omar
Saeed, the captured ruler, was being taken as a prisoner. He was captured by
Sultan Chiq’miq and was ordered to be imprisoned. The captured ruler
heard the scream and inquired from the Mureed as to who was Sayyidi
When he was informed about this, he also screamed:
سيدي محمد يا
غمرى لا حظني!
Ya Sayyidi Muhammad, Ya Ghamri, assist me!
As soon as he proclaimed the name of the great Wali,
the spiritual master appeared and drove away the capturers and freed the ruler.
The Sheikh then blessed the ruler, and departed.
(16) Imam Abdul Wah’haab Sharaani t also records a similar
incident of Sayyidi Shamsudeen Mohammed Hanafi t. He was once performing Wudhu. Suddenly, he
removed his sandal and threw it with fury. It disappeared into the air. He then
removed his other sandal and ordered one of his Mureeds to keep it until
such time that the other sandal was returned. After some time, a traveler from
Syria, who was a Mureed of the Sheikh, arrived with the missing
sandal along with some gifts for Sayyidi Shamsudeen t. He said that not long ago
while he was travelling, a robber attacked him and wanted to slit his throat.
Under this extreme situation, he called out aloud, “Ya Sayyidi Muhammad,
Ya Hanafi!” Suddenly, a sandal appeared from the sky and struck the
robber unconscious. The Mureed then stated that it was indeed through the Waseela
and assistance of his Murshid that Allah I saved him.
(17) It is
also recorded in the same book that the Spiritual Master Sayyidi Shamsudeen
wife was once very sick. People thought that she is going to die. She constantly
called out from her sick bed:
يا سيدي احمد
يا بدوي خاطرك
معي ! *
O my Master Sayyid Ahmad Badawi! Your grace is
That night, she dreamt of Sheikh Sayyid Ahmad Kabeer
Badawi t who told her: “How long are your going to
call on me? Do you not know that that you live under the security of a very
great Wali? (Referring to her husband). We are not to respond to the call of a
person who lives under the
command and protection of a high-ranking Wali. You should instead call:
يا سيدي محمد
يا حنفي! *
O my Master Muhammad! O Hanafi!
The lady did that and awoke the next morning totally
cured. Imam Sharaani t
also notes that the Grand Master, Sayyidi Muhammad Shamsudeen Hanafi t, was in his deathbed when he called his Mureeds and said to them:
كانت له حاجة
قبري و يطلب
له فانّ بيني و
ترابٍ و كل رجل
من ترابٍ فليس
If anyone of you has any wish or need, he should come to
grave and I will indeed help him in fulfilling it.
Remember that between you and me, there is only a handful of sand, and how can a
handful of sand be a screen between a Murshid and his Mureed. If the sand does
become a screen, then the Murshid cannot be perfect a Man (Insaan-e-Kaamil).
(18) Incidents of similar nature are recorded by Imam
Abdul Wah’haab Sha’raani t in his
book, Tabqaat-e-Kubra. We shall quote a few.
Sayyidi Mohammed Far’ghal t states:
يقول انا من
في قبورهم فمن
كانت له حاجة
قبالة وجهي و
اقضها له *
The great Wali said, “I am indeed amongst those Saints who
can assist you from the grave. Therefore, if you have any
wish or need, come to my grave. Face me and mention
your desire and I will fulfill them”.
(20) It is also mentioned in the same Kitaab that
while Sheikh Sayyidi Madeen bin Ahmed Shamooni t was performing Wudhu,
he suddenly threw his sandal towards the eastern direction of the city. A year
later, a man arrived and reported an experience of a strange incident. He said: “Once
my daughter was walking in the jungle when an evil man tried to molest her. At
that moment she could not remember the name of my Murshid. In that state of
distress, she screamed, يا شيخ
ابي لاخظني! ‘O
Murshid of my father! Save me!’ Suddenly, a sandal appeared from the air and
struck the evil man unconscious.” Imam Sharaani t says that the same sandal is still in the possession of
that Mureed’s family.
comments about the excellence of Sheikh Sayyidi Moosa Abu Imraan t:
من مسيرة سنة و
It is said that whenever any of his Mureeds called
on to him
for help, he immediately assisted them, even
Mureed was as far away as a year’s journey or
(22) Imamul Muhaditheen Sheikh-e-Muhaqqiq Abdul Haqq
Muhaddith Dehlawi t, in his famous book, Akhbaarul Akh’yaar,
mentions about Sheikh Baha’udeen bin Ibra’heem Ata’ullah Al-Ansaari
The illustrious Aarif is the author of the famous book on Tasawwuf entitled
has recorded in his book a specific type of Zikr known as Zikr-e-Kashful
The great Master says: “There are two ways of
making the Zikr of ‘Ya Ahmed’ and ‘Ya Muhammad’. The first way is to
recite ‘Ya Ahmed’ from the right side and ‘Ya Muhammad’ from the left
side, concentrating on the thought of ‘Ya Mustafa.’
“The second method is to recite ‘Ya Ahmed, Ya Ali, Ya
Hasan, Ya Hussein, Ya Fatima’. This is to be read from all six directions. In
other words, one should begin with ‘Ya Ahmed’ till the end. Thereafter, the
next names and so on. By performing this Zikr in the specified manner, one will
obtain the secrets of Kashful Arwah (Manifestation of the Souls).
Zikr of the names of Angels are performed in the same manner and has the same
effect, namely ‘Ya Jibra’eel, Ya Israfeel, Ya Meka’eel, Ya Izra’eel.’
This is performed from all four sides and also results in attaining Kashful
method is by reciting ‘Ya Sheikh, Ya Sheikh’ one thousand times in the
following manner. The person should pronounce the word, ‘Ya Sheikh’ from the
right side of the heart and at the time of pronouncing the word ‘Sheikh’ he
should concentrate on striking it on the heart (Darb). By this method, one can
also achieve Kashful Arwah.”
(23) Discussing the life and teachings of Aarif
Moulana Jalaludeen Rumi t, Sayyidi
Sheikh Noorudeen Abdur Rahmaan Jaami t writes in his book, Nafhaatul-Ons:
“At the last moments before the passing away of Moulana Rumi t, he
revealed a startling secret to his Mureeds. He said: ‘Do
not be sad at my passing away because one hundred and fifty years after the
passing away of Hadrat Mansoor t, his Noor beamed on the soul of Hadrat Fareedudeen Attar
and became his Murshid (Spiritual Guide) in the spiritual world’”.
Rumi t then
said: “Whatever conditions you may be in, remember me, so
that I can be your protector and helper, irrespective of what state I may be
states: “In this world I have two types of relationships. One is with my
body and the other with you. When the Mercy of Allah I frees my
Soul from my body and exposes the world of solitude to me, I will divert the
attention of my soul to you.”
Wali’ullah Muhaddith Dehlawi t, in his book, At’teebul Nigham fi Madhe-Sayyadil
Arabi Wal Ajam, comments on the state of ecstasy in the love for the Holy
Prophet e. He writes:
و صلى عليك
و يا خير
و يا خير من
و انت مجيري
اذا انشبت في
O Unique! Among those who can be depended on.
O Unique! Among those who can be depended
upon to eradicate difficulty.
O Cherisher! Among those whose generosity
showers more than rain.
I indeed testify to the fact that at the time when
my heart is engulfed in this dilemma,
You are indeed the one who gives me assistance
In the commentary of the above verses, Shah
also writes about the difficult moments in which it is most necessary to seek
assistance from the sacred Soul of the Holy Prophet t. At the beginning of this chapter, he writes: “I
cannot perceive any one besides the Holy Prophet e who
stretches out a helping hand for a depressed person in times of calamities.”
Wali’ullah in his Madhiyaa Hamziyya comments that in the august
court of the Holy Prophet e one should consider oneself insignificant and inferior.
With a broken heart and with total sincerity, one should call to the Prophet
Du’a. The person will indeed attain Salvation if he states:
اذا ما حلّ حطب
اليك توجهي و
و يك مطامعي
Rasool of Allah e! O Unique among the Creation! I seek
favour on the Day of Justice. On that Day when there
be a great test, only you, O Prophet of Allah e!
Would give me security from all calamities. I have turned to you
for salvation and placed my trust in you.”
(26) Shah Wali’ullah t, records a method for
achieving and fulfilling one’s wishes in his book, Al-Intibah-fi-Salasil-e-Awliya.
He states; “One should first perform two Rakaats of Nafil Salaah. After
completion, he should recite the following - 111 times Darood Shareef
(Salawaat), 111 times Kalima Tamjeed and 111 times ‘Shay’an-Lillah, Ya
Sheikh Abdal Qaadir Jilaani’.”
this book, it has been proven that all the aforementioned great Luminaries
believed in the proclamation of “Shay an Lillah” and “Ya”
as being valid and a great solution to many unsolved problems. The Shari’ah
does not forbid to call on Ambiya and Awliya for assistance
with the Harf of Nida (“Ya”). They also
gave permission to their students and disciples to practice it without any
hesitation. Sha Wali’ullah Muhaddith Dehlawi t spent numerous years in the company of his Sheikh
and Ustaaz of Hadith Shareef, Sheikh Moulana Sheikh Abu-Taahir
and Mashaa’ikh of Sha Waliullah who agreed and
practiced the use of the Harf of Nida and sought assistance from the Ambiya
and Awliya are as follows:
in Hadith of Shah Wali’ullah t, Sheikh Taahir Al-Madani t,
27.2 His Sheikh
and father, Sheikh Ibra’heem Kardi t,
27.3 His Ustaaz,
Sheikh Ahmed Kashshaashi t,
27.4 His Ustaaz,
Sheikh Ahmed Shanawi t,
grand Ustaaz, Sheikh Ahmed Nakhli t,
above Scholars are also recorded in the chain of Shah Wali’ullah’s Salasil-e-Ahadith
(Orders of Ahadith).
27.6 The Murshid
of Shah Wali’ullah, Sheikh Mohammed Lahoori t, about whom he has attributed
the title of Sheikh Mu’ammar Thaq’qa (The Blessed and Trustworthy
Master). Refer to Shah Wali’ullah’s book, Al Intibah.
Moulana Abdul Maalik t and his Murshid,
Ba’Yazeed Thaani t and his Murshid,
(7 and 8) Murshid and Sheikh, Allama Sheikh Wajeehudeen Alawi
t (the commentator of Hidayah
and Sharha Waqaya) and his Murshid,
Aarifeen Khaja Mohammed Ghous Gawalyarit.
above Ulama and Awliya have recited the Naade-Ali and also
the daily recital of “Ya Ali, Ya Ali.” They also issued permission to their disciples to recite the
Wazeefa of Naade-Ali.
who wish to gain more information on this subject, are advised to read the
books, Anhaarul Anwaar and Hayatul Mawaat fi Bayaani Samaa’il Amwaat,
both these books written by Ala’ Hadrat Imam Ahmed Raza t.
Abdul Azeez Muhaddith Dehlawi t, in his book, Bustaanul Muhaditheen, praises Sayyidi
Sheikh Ahmed ZarooqMagh’ribi t, as follows: “Hadrat-e-Arfa wa Ala (The Highly
Exalted Sheikh), Imamul Ulama (Leader of the Ulama) and Nizaamul Awliya
(Governor of the Awliya). This great Saint is also among the Abdaal Sab’ah
(The Seven Magnificent Abdaal) and is an authority amongst the Sufis. Among his
illustrious students are personalities like Imam Shamsudeen Luq’qaani t and Imam
Shahaabudeen Qastalaani t. The Saint was a Master in Shari’ah, Haqiqah and all
Mystical Fields. Some of his books can be consulted to appreciate his immense
knowledge and unique qualities.”
Azeez t further states: “In brief, the Saint was a man
of exceptional qualities. It was beyond the comprehension of the common man and
to fully comprehend his qualities is indeed beyond comprehension.”
Abdul Azeez t,
then quotes two sentences stated by Sheikh Ahmed Zarooq Magh’ribi t, which further highlights his
ما سطا جور
و ان كنت في
ضيق و كرب و
I indeed bless my (Mureeds) with tranquillity
of difficulty and perplexity, when cruelty and
evil oppresses them and in times of misery and fear. Therefore (during
these times) call to me ‘Ya Zarooq’, I will
come to your assistance.
(30) Allama Ziyaadi t, Allama Ajhoori t, Allama Dawoodi t (The marginal writer of the Sharah
Minhaaj) and Allama Ibne-Aabideen Shaami t, have all prescribed a method
for finding a lost item. They say: “One should climb on to a high spot
and offer Fateha for Sayyidi Ahmed bin Alwaan Yamaani t.
Thereafter, invoking his name, one should say, ‘Ya Sayyidi Ahmed, Ya Ibne
is due to Allah I,
who has guided me to compile this book with quotations from the golden era of
the noble Sahaba and followed by the generation of Ulama and Awliya
to the present time.
very briefly, quoted these Luminaries. There are too many to mention.
I ask all
those with corrupt beliefs and who are engaged in corrupting others: What is
your verdict on the Noble Sahaba, great Ulama and Awliya who believe that it is
permissible to call out with the Harf of Nida to Ambiya and Awlia for
assistance? What will you label such great personalities?
Do you regard them as Kaafirs and Mushriks? If not, then Alhumdulillah!
You are on the straight path. Do you classify them as Muslim or Mushrik?
If you do, then all we can say is that may the Merciful Lord give Hidaya.
Please open your eyes and see whom you are branding as Kaafirs!
list of a few personalities who believed in seeking help from the Ambiya
and Awliya by addressing them with the Harf of Nida (i.e. Ya).
Sayyiduna Uthmaan bin Haneef Sahabi t,
Raeesul-Mufassireen Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibne Abbaas t,
Sayyiduna Bilaal bin Haarith Munzani t,
Imam Bukhari t,
Imam Muslim t,
Imam Tabraani t,
Imam Tirmidi t,
Imam Nisaa’ee t,
Imam Bayhaqi t,
Imam Taqi’udeen Abul Hasan Ali Subki t,
Abdul Azeem Munzari t,
Haafiz Ahmed Qastalaani t,
Shahab Khafaaji t,
Abdur Rahmaan Huzaili t,
Islam, Shahaabudeen Ramli Al-Ansaari t,
Khairudeen Ramli t,
Jamaal bin Abdullah bin Omar Makki t,
Abdur-Rahmaan Ibne Jouzi t,
A’zam, Sayyid Abdul Qaadir Jilaani t
Jalaludeen Suyuti t,
Abul Hasan, Noorudeen Ali bin Jareer t,
Abdullah bin Asad Yafa’ee Makki t,
Mulla Ali Qaari t,
Abul Ma’aali Mohammed Muslimi t,
Aarifeen, Sayyidi Abdur Razzaaq Qaadiri t,
Shah Abdul Haq Muhaddith
Abu Swaleh Nasr t,
Shamsudeen Zah’bi t,
Mohammed bin Mohammed Al Hizri t,
Aarife-Billah Abdul Wah’haab Sharaani t,
Mohammed Ghazni t,
Shamsudeen Mohammed Hanafi t,
Ahmed Kabeer-e-Awlia Badawi t,
Mohammed bin Ahmed Farghal t,
Madeen bin Ahmed Ashmooni t,
Moosa Abu Imraan t,
Noorudeen Abdur Rahmaan Jaami t,
Billah, Moulana Jalaludeen Rumi t,
Wali’ullah Muhaddith Dehlawi t,
Allama Ziyaad t,
Abdur Raheem Dehlawi t,
Allama Ajhoori t,
Allama Ibne-Aabideen Shaami t, and
Sayyidi Ahmed bin Alwaan Yamaani t.
Abdul Azeez Muhaddith Dehlawi t
is your opinion about these great Luminaries of Islam? They have clearly substantiated their belief that it is
permissible to call upon Prophets and Saints for assistance. It is serious crime
to condemn a Muslim as a Kaafir. It is reported in the Sahih
Hadith that if anyone calls a Muslim a Kaafir, he himself
becomes a Kaafir. The Ulama and A’immah of Deen have
unanimously agreed on this decision. One can consult my Kitaab, النهى
for details on this subject.
We would like to categorically state an amazing fact -
that how unfortunate is that group which considers the Muslims from the
generation of the As’haab to the present times as disbelievers and Mushriks
because they call upon Prophets, Saints and Ulama for help in times of
difficulty. Such people have in fact declared themselves as Kaafirs and Mushriks.
They should read the Kalima afresh and re-enter the fold of Islam.
Such individuals cannot be true Muslims who claim to have respect for the
Sayyiduna Rasoolullah e but regard the righteous Ulama and Awliya
of his Ummah as misled because they call on Prophets and Awliya
for help. This gives a clear picture of the hatred they have for the Beloved
Servants of Allah I. One cannot imagine their ignorance and arrogance
because Allah I
the Almighty befriends his Awliya and they reject them. The Sublime Lord
Praises His Awliya and these idiots condemn them. What a tragedy!
question of Disbelief and Belief has been clearly explained in the famous and
authentic book of Jurisprudence, Durre Mukhtaar.
Yet, there are misled individuals who deliberately enforce their corrupt
beliefs on the simple and unwary Muslim public. They strive to mislead
and confuse the Muslims and proudly regard their endeavour as Tableegh
and propagation of Islam. How unfortunate are these people! May Almighty Allah
keep us steadfast on the Maslak of the Ahle-Sunnah-wa-Jama’ah
and protect us from the evil of all astray groups. Aameen.
most beautiful proof of calling to the Beloved Habeeb e is found in Tashahud.
Here, every worshipper salutes and calls unto the Habeeb e. If by using the Nida
causes one to be guilty of Shirk, why then is Shirk prescribed in
individuals state that one does not have the intention of calling to Sayyiduna
Rasoolullah e in
Tashahud. In fact, one is merely conveying a message. This opinion is
baseless. The religion of Islam has never commanded us to recite any Zikr
without pondering on its meaning. Therefore, when reciting Tashahud,
we should believe that we are directly addressing Sayyiduna Rasoolullah e and sending Salaams on
him, upon oneself and upon all the pious of the Ummah.
(32) It is
recorded in Tanweerul Absaar and Shar’ha Durre Mukhtaar that the
intention while reading the Tashahud is to be as follows: “The
intention one must have at the time of reciting the Tashahud is the
concentration on its meaning. In other words, one must remember that one is
sending Salaams upon the Holy Prophet e and that one is praising Allah I Almighty.
One must be assured of the fact that one is sending Salaams and not
merely relaying a message.”
Alamgeer and Shar’he Qudoori are authentic Kitaabs of
Islamic Law and are accepted by all. If one carefully reads them one will
find numerous proofs of similar nature. Therein is stated:
بد ان يقصد
وضعت لها من
عنده كأنه يحي
الله تعالى و
عليه و سلم
نفسه و على
It is necessary that the words of Tashahud be interpreted
according to the fact of its origin (i.e. to be present at the sacred court of
the Habeeb), which means that Allah gives
life to his Nabi, and He Himself sends Salaams on him
and His Awliya.
On the same note it is stated in Tanweerul-Absaar
and its commentary, Durre-Mukh’taar, that:
مرادة له على
كأنه يحي الله
على نبيّه و
على نفسه و على
في المجتبى *
It is necessary that the words of Tashahud be interpreted
according to the fact of its origin as if it is presently happening, which means
that Allah I gives
life to His
Nabi, and He Himself Sends Salaams on His Divine Self
and His Awliya.
(34) Allama Imam Hasan Sharanbalaani t, in his book, Maraqi-ul-Falah
مرادة على انه
ينشأها تحيه و
سلاما منه *
The meaning will be considered as if it is
i.e. Salaam and Salaat from the reciter.
He further states: “Numerous Ulama have in fact
clarified this belief. There are some misled individuals who profess that
because Angels are deputized to convey the Salaams to the Holy Prophet e, one
should not use the tense of Nida. These individuals have forgotten that twice
daily, the deeds of the Ummati are presented to the Beloved Habeeb e. It is
clearly stated in many authentic Ahadith that all the deeds of a Muslim are
placed in front of the Holy Prophet e, the deceased family and the deceased parents.”
numerous Ahadith on the above topic is evident in the book composed by
this servant of Islam (Imam Ahmad Raza) entitled, Saltanatul-Mustafa-fi-
(35) Substantiating this, I will conclude this book by
mentioning a Hadith reported by Sayyiduna Imam Abdullah Ibne Mubarak
narrated by Raeesut-Taba’een Sayyiduna Saeed Ibne Musayyib t, who states:
من يوم الا و
عليه و سلم
امته غداوة و
Not a single day or night passes by without the
deeds of the
Ummati being presented in front of Sayyiduna
Rasoolullah e. Therefore, the Glorious Prophet of Allah e
recognizes his followers in two ways, firstly by their Alamat (signs), and
by their Ah’mal (deeds).”
humble servant of Islam (Imam Ahmad Raza), with the Infinite Mercy
of Allah I
could have compiled a more detailed book concerning this issue, however, herein
are sufficient proofs for a pious person who loves justice and honesty.
Certainly, for those whom Allah I guides, a single letter is sufficient.
كافي و صلى
و آله وصحبه
والحمد لله رب
تعالى عليه و
the cause of the Ahle Sunnah
The Imam Ahmed Raza Academy is an organisation that was established on the 5th of July 1986 (1406 A.H.) in South Africa with the sole purpose of serving the Muslim community and to provide some form of academic and spiritual direction to the Muslims.
The organisation has been named
after the great Muslim scholar and Saint, Imam Ahmed Raza Khan
Bareilvi t, who lived in India between 1856 and 1921, and was popularly known as
"Ala’ Hadrat" in the Islamic world. Al’a Hadrat Imam Ahmed
Raza Al-Qaderi t achieved the status of a versatile scholar and obtained a high
distinction in over 50 branches of learning. On his visit to Makkatul Mukarramah
and Madinatul Munawwarah, Imam Ahmed Raza Al-Qaderi t
treated with great dignity and was conferred the title of "Imam-e-Ahle-Sunnat" by eminent Ulema. He was also
hailed as the Mujaddid or Revivalist
of the Century. He acted as a shield against those who wanted to assault the
principles of the Ahle Sunnah Wa Jamaah.
As a devout Sufi, Al’a
Hadrat Imam Ahmed Raza t was awarded the Ijaazah and Khilafat (Certificate of
Spiritual Successorship) in the Qaaderiya Silsila (Order), as well
as in 13 other branches of Sufism. As an author, Imam Ahmed Raza Khan
Al-Qaderi t has left to his credit more than a 1 000 books on 50 different subjects
ranging from Tafseer, Logic, Grammar, Literature, Islamic Jurisprudence,
Education, Sociology, Astronomy, Mathematics, Physics, History, Science of
History, Engineering, Biographies, Philosophy, Mysticism to Persian, Arabic,
Urdu and Hindi Literature.
are presently offering a variety of services to the community on a daily basis,
from being a centre for imparting Islamic education for our children - to
issuing Fatawa (Legal Islamic Decrees). At the same time, in the last few
years, we have also developed as an organisation laying emphasis on the
publication of Sunni literature for the community and have thus far to
our credit a regular newsletter – “Raza” and numerous titles of
authentic Sunni books, and we will,
Insha-Allah, be adding more titles each year. We have already
designed a set of madressa textbooks that are being implemented locally
and, we are proud to add that these textbooks have gained international repute.
The key aim of the Imam Ahmed
Raza Academy is to promote and propagate the teachings of the Ahle Sunnah
Wa Jamaah. In order to achieve
this key objective we have dedicated ourselves to translate, compile, publish
and distribute useful Islamic literature, books, magazines, brochures,
periodicals, newsletters, pamphlets, etc. with special reference to the
teachings of Ala’ Hadrat Imam Ahmed Raza Al-Qaderi t and his Successors t In this age of immorality and emergence of corrupted Sects claiming to
be the beacons of salvation, it is our responsibility to save our society from
such wickedness and adopt the correct perspective of Islam based on the
teachings of the Ahle Sunnah. A vital ingredient in this work is the
publication of Sunni literature in English – to which we have committed
We need your help not only to
retain but promote our Ahle Sunnah Aqaa’id at a time when we are
surrounded and bombarded by non-Sunni publications, which have corrupted
our Aqeeda and have made deep inroads in the minds of the youth. All such
activities in Islam that helps in promoting Islam constitute an
act of Jihad for which there will be an enormous reward. The celebrated
Saint, Hadrat Sheikh Sirri Saqti t
“That person can never become perfect
until he does not give preference to Deen over his personal desires.”
The Imam Ahmed Raza Academy
is an organisation that relies solely on the assistance and Wasila of Sayyiduna
Rasoolullah r and the Fuyooz and Barakaat
of the Awliya Allah, and
the support of our well-wishers, and our vision for the future and our
dedication to the mission of Ala’ Hadrat Imam Ahmed Raza Al-Qaderi t has a significant contribution
to be made locally and in the world - a world in which, we pray, that Sunni
Islam dominates. Insha-Allah!
Yunus Abdul-Kareem al-Qaadiri