Shaikh Saleh al Fawzaan states in his explanation of Kitab at-Tawhid under the chapter [From Shirk is to seek Aid and Assistance (after a calamity befalls) from other than Allah or to Call Upon Others]:
“Indeed Shaikh ul-Islam ibn Tamiyyah mentioned in one of his works – or rather, in many of his works – paraphrased as follows; Indeed that which occurs to the worshippers of graves in terms of their needs being fulfilled [i.e. the affair they seek at the grave actually occurs for them], then that is not an evidence upon the correctness of their methodology [i.e. the methodology of grave worship], because obtaining what is desired is [a means of] trial and test upon them from Allah……so this is not from the beneficial affairs for the grave worshipper, so if something does occur from what they desire then it is [actually] a degradation from Allah upon them…[despite the fact that he may think he is upon the correct methodology and be pleased and therefore continue upon his way believing his request has "apparently" been answered by the dead in the graves that he calls upon!].
Furthermore, Shaikh ul-Islam mentioned also, that it is possible the shayaateen [referring to the devils of jinn in this instance] sometimes take the appearance of the one buried and rise up from the grave in that appearance and speak to the people who are calling upon the dead. They then say to them we will take care of your needs, and they bring them items from far away, they may steal from the items of the people and bring them…and the one who was calling upon the dead thinks this is actually the dead individual himself who has arisen from the grave since the shaytaan has taken that appearance! In reality the actual dead individual does not have the slightest idea of what is occuring above his grave! Rather he is preoccupied with himself, either in blessings or punishments of the grave.
Thereafter, when the people are all raised on the Day of Recompense, those dead individuals on that Day will declare their innocence of the mushrikoon who used to call upon their graves in this World…..”
[Translators Note: For further details on issues of grave worship and seeking intercession etc, an excellent source of information are the various books of Shaikh Mohammad bin Abdul Wahhab, namely Kashf as-Shubuhaat (Exposition of the Doubts), as well as Kitab at-Tawhid, al-Qawaa'id al-arba'a (The Four Fundamental Principles)....exactly the types of books the scholars advise with in the early stages of seeking knowledge].
May Allah place ease into the affair of seeking knowledge, in order that we may remove ignorance from ourselves and others, for indeed the numbers of individuals that have succumbed to the whispers of the Shaytaan in such affairs as mentioned above are of considerable proportions across the World.
Prostration السجود in the language means placing one’s forehead upon the ground as is said in the language of the Arabs.
It is a great act of worship such that the nearest the slave is to his Lord is when he is prostrating. This is because it contains a manifestation of complete humility and humbleness to the Majesty of Allaah and His Might; since the prostrating one places the most noble of his body parts upon the earth willfully, obediently, and happy at that which he is doing; because he knows that he is prostrating to the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He is prostrating to his Creator, the One who controls his affairs, his Provider, the One who gave him Life, the One who will cause him to die, and the One who will resurrect him of the Day of Standing. He is prostrating to the One in Whose Hand is the Command in the Dunyaa and the Hereafter. He is prostrating to He in Whose Hand is Paradise and the Hellfire so He has the right that the foreheads should prostrate before Him; that the faces should turn towards Him; and that the necks should bend in humility for Him, Glorified and Exalted be He.
Allaah has commanded that one should prostrate to Him Alone. He said:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ارْكَعُوا وَاسْجُدُوا وَاعْبُدُوا رَبَّكُمْ وَافْعَلُوا الْخَيْرَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
“O you who believe! Bow down, prostrate, and worship you Lord. Do good so that perhaps you will be successful.” (Al-Hajj 22:77)
وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمُ اسْجُدُوا لِلرَّحْمَنِ قَالُوا وَمَا الرَّحْمَنُ أَنَسْجُدُ لِمَا تَأْمُرُنَا وَزَادَهُمْ نُفُورًا
“And when it is said to them: ‘Prostrate to the Most Merciful,’ they say: ‘And what is the Most Merciful? Shall we prostrate to that which you command us?’ and it increased them in flight (from the truth).” (Al-Furqaan 25:60)
وَمِنْ آيَاتِهِ اللَّيْلُ وَالنَّهَارُ وَالشَّمْسُ وَالْقَمَرُ لَا تَسْجُدُوا لِلشَّمْسِ وَلَا لِلْقَمَرِ وَاسْجُدُوا لِلَّهِ الَّذِي خَلَقَهُنَّ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ إِيَّاهُ تَعْبُدُونَ
“And from His signs are the night, the day, the sun and the moon; do not prostrate to the sun nor to the moon, but prostrate to Allaah who has created them if it is He Whom you worship.” (Al-Fusilat 41:37)
فَاسْجُدُوا لِلَّهِ وَاعْبُدُوا
“Prostrate to Allaah and worship Him.” (An-Najm 53:62)
In spite of all that, we find the Raafidah-and their brothers, the extreme Soofees share with them in this-prostrating upon the graves of their Imaams. Even though they call this prostration إنكباب (devotion), changing the names of thins does not change their realities in the least. They do at the graves that which Allaah does not like to be given to any except Him, from displaying humility, lowliness, fear, turning in repentance, seeking help and other than that from that which displays subservience. Here are some narrations in this regard; and Allaah’s Aid is sought:
They narrated from Ja’far As-Saadiq that he said regarding that which is befitting for the one who visits the grave of Al-Husayn that he ordered him, before beginning this visit, to fast for three days then perform Ghusl and put on two clean garments; then pray two Rak’ahs and he said:
“When you come to the gate stand outside of the shrine and turn your glance towards the direction of the grave and say: ‘O my patron, O Aboo Abdullaah, on son of Allaah’s Messenger; your slave, the son of your male slave and the son of your female slave stands in humility before you; deficient within the loftiness of your status; acknowledging your right; coming to you seeking refuge in your custody, with intentions toward your sacred (precincts), facing your station…’”
(Up to his statement):
“Then prostrate upon the grave and say: ‘O my patron! I have come to you in fear, so give me safety. I have come to you seeking refuge, so give me refuge…’ Then prostrate on the grave again.”
Bahaar Al-Anwaar 101/257-261, transmitted from Al-Mazaar Al-Kabeer by: Muhammad Al-Mash-hadee pg. 143-144
Translated By: Raha Batts
Excerpted from “A Gift to the Sunni in demolishing the Creed of The Shi’ah” (formerly advertised as Ruin Not Rapprochement) (an upcoming MTWS Publication)
Taken from http://www.salafitalk.com
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Can women visit the Cemetery?
Answered by Shaykh Bin Baz
Question: The questioner asks: Is it permissible for me to visit the graves? Meaning, I visit my brother may Allah have mercy upon him. Since my brother passed away I always go visit him. I bring him some incense, I spend time with him, I ask Allah to have mercy upon him, and I always supplicate for him to enter paradise.