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Mindunillah - Idols, or the prophets and the saints

Date published: 8 December 2021
Topic: Aqeeda

MINDUNILLAH: IDOLS, OR THE PROPHETS AND THE SAINTS

 

Idolatry (shirk), polytheism and ignorance was prevalent when Allah Ta'ala sent Prophet Muhammad to this world. There were people worshipping idols, worshipping the sun, the moon, stars, animals, and trees. Idolatry was prevalent to such an extent that they had three hundred and sixty idols in the Kabah, which they worshipped. The infidels had a god for rain, another god to heal etc. They asked for help from the idols by worshipping them.

The oneness and the sovereignty of Allah Ta'ala were rejected by the mushraqeen.

There was an urgent need to free them from their false beliefs, and free them of their love for their false gods. They needed to be educated that their hand made gods could not help and defend themselves, how could they benefit the people.

 

To expose the falsehood of the idols and idol worshippers, Allah Ta'ala

revealed a few verses in The Holy Quran. The verses were revealed to dispraise the idols and idol worshippers, but sadly the deviant sect (Wahabis/Deobandis) refer the verses to prophets and the saints (wali/awliya). The weaknesses that Allah Ta'ala exposed for the idols, the deviants refer those weaknesses to be present in the prophets and the awliya. In a nutshell, they are propagandizing that there is no difference between idols, and the prophets and the mystics. Just as the idols cannot help or benefit anyone, the prophets and the wali cannot help and benefit anyone. They propagandize that these verses were revealed in reference to the prophets and the awliya. Ma'az Allah.

 

They come out loud and clear that seeking help from prophets and saints is polytheism (shirk), and whoever seeks help from the prophets and the saints are infidels (kafir). The deviants equate the prophets and the saints to the idols. Ma'az Allah.

Pause for a second, and give a serious thought:

Is there no difference between the prophets and saints, and the idols?

Is it proper to equate the weaknesses in idols to prophets and saints?

Has Allah Ta'ala not granted any splendour and honour to His prophets and the saints?

Are the prophets and the saints weak and useless like the idols? Ma'az Allah.

 

Hazrat Abdullah Ibne Umar(Radi Allaahu Anhu) narrates that whoever equates the verses revealed in the condemnation of the idols, to prophets and the saints; they are the worst creations of the entire world. (Bukhari)

Imagine, which part of the Hell would such people end up in?

 

When the Holy Quran was revealed, Prophet Muhammad and his companions(Radi Allaahu Anhum)[all of whom were perfect saints {wali e kamil}] had to face the infidels of Mecca.

It is appropriate to ask now, when the verses condemning the idols and idol worshippers were revealed, did Allah Ta'ala condemn the idols and the idol worshippers or did Allah Ta'ala condemn Prophet and his companions(Radi Allaahu Anhu)?

Obviously, it was for the idols and the idol worshippers.

Hence, the deviant sects equating these verses to the prophets and the saints are liars, corrupt, immoral, and interpreting the verses of The Holy Quran to suit their hidden agenda.

Prophet said, 'whoever interprets the verses of The Holy Quran to suit their hidden agenda, they become worthy of being thrown in the Hell'.

Allah Ta'ala revealed the verses in the condemnation of the idols and their worshippers, but the deviants equate it to prophets and saints, and proclaim the Ahlus Sunnah Wa Jama'ah as committing shirk and are kafir. [The Sunnis believe in the authority and power of the prophets and the saints, and call upon for help]. Some of these verses are:

 

'And those who call on from besides Allah, themselves do not create them from anything but'

'They are dead, not alive, and they do not know when the people will be raised'

(Surah Nahal. verses 20,21)

 

The verses refer to the idols of the polytheists of Mecca. To include the prophets in this verse is deception. The verse means that the lifeless idols are neither aware of your present worship nor do they have any knowledge of your future conditions when you would be resurrected from the grave. To worship such lifeless objects is indeed foolish. The verse refers to worship. No Muslim worships prophets and the saints. Having immense love for the prophets and the saints, and worshipping them are two different things. The polytheists of Mecca worshipped the idols.

Hence, the verse refers to the idols and their worshippers, and not to prophets and the saints.

 

Hazrat Abdullah Ibne Abbas(Radi Allaahu Anhu) narrates that in this verse of The Holy Quran, the idols are being condemned. Thus, the belief (aqeeda) of the Ahlus Sunnah Wa Jama'ah is the same as the aqeeda of the companions(Radi Allaahu Anhum) of Prophet .

 

Allah Ta'ala states in the Holy Quran:

 

'Say you, call them whom you think besides Allah, then they have no authority to remove affliction from you nor to avert it'

(Surah Bani Israel. verse 56)

 

In this verse of The Holy Quran, the infidels are not given permission to practice idolatry, i.e. to call upon their idols. The infidels are told that the idols will not be able to help. Then why do you worship such helpless objects? This means that they are neither objects of worship nor do they have the power to remove difficulties. '

And, here we have the deviant sects, who without having the understanding of the verses equate the idols to the prophets and the saints. And proclaim the Muslims of committing shirk and declaring them as kafir.

 

'Those chosen bondsmen whom the infidels worship, they themselves seek access towards their Lord that who is near to Him, in them, they hope for His mercy and fear. His torment. No doubt the torment of your Lord is a thing to be feared'

(Surah Bani Israel. verse 57)

 

Hazrat Abdullah Ibne Masood(Radi Allaahu Anhu) narrates that this verse was revealed regarding the infidels of Arabia who were worshipping the jinns. However, the jinns had accepted faith in Prophet , but the infidels continued to worship them.

Hazrat Ibne Abbas(Radi Allaahu Anhu) also narrates that this verse was revealed regarding the infidels of Mecca who were worshipping the jinns.

But, the Wahabi Mulla of nowadays refers theses verses to the prophets and the saints.

Allah Ta'ala further condemns the idols, and the idol worshippers:

 

'He merges the night with day and He merges the day into the night. And He engages the services of the sun and the moon that each one runs up to appointed times. This is Allah, your Lord. His is the kingdom of the entire universe. And those who you worship besides Him, own not even the husk of a date palm'

(Surah Faatir. verse 13)

 

'If you invoke them they will not listen to you, and even if they hear, they cannot grant your wish. And on the Day of Judgment, they will deny your associating in their worship. And none can inform you like the (one who is) All Aware'

(Surah Faatir. verse 14)

 

The deviants take the meaning of this verse to be that those prophets and saints, whom you are calling, they do not listen to you, nor are any prophet or saint the owner of anything or the provider of needs. The deviant sects apply the verses regarding the infidels to the believers, and those regarding the idols to the prophets and the saints. But, we ask these foolish people that at the time of the revelation of this verse, it was the period of Prophet Muhammad . The companions(Radi Allaahu Anhum) called upon Prophet for help and assistance, were they polytheists (kafir)? Ma'az Allah.

 

The Muhadditheen have written that these verses do not refer to prophets and the saints, but refer to the idols, and idol worshippers.

In Tafseer Ibne Abbas, Tafseer Ibne Jarir, Tafseer Qurtabi, Tafseer Ibne Kaseer, Tafseer Ibne Kabeer, Tafseer Rooh Ul Bayan, Tafseer e Khazin, and Tafseer e Jalalain, it is recorded that these verses were not revealed in the condemnation of the prophets and the saints.

Mindunillah is neither the owner of anything nor the provider of needs.

Mindunillah have no authority to remove affliction from anyone or to avert it. How can it be believed that the prophets and the saints cannot provide for the needs? (The deviants refer mindunillah to the prophets and the saints).

Allah Ta'ala states in The Holy Quran:

 

'O Beloved Prophet they question you regarding the spoils of war. Say you: 'the spoils belong to Allah and His Messenger. So, fear Allah, and keep things right among yourselves. And obey Allah and His Messenger, if you believe'

(Surah An-Anfaal. verse 01)

 

The spoils belong to Allah and His Messenger . Allah Ta'ala has made Prophet the sole Master for the distribution.

 

'They swear by Allah before you that you may be pleased. And Allah and the Messenger had a greater right, that they should please him, if they had faith'

(Surah At-Tauba. verse 62)

 

Allah Ta'ala and the Messenger had a greater right. Acts of worship with the intention of pleasing Prophet is not polytheism; instead it is the completion of the faith.

 

'What good would it have been if they had been pleased, with what Allah and His Messenger had given them and would have said: 'sufficient for us is Allah'. Allah gives us of His bounty and so the Messenger of Allah. To Allah only, we turn in submission'

(Surah At-Tauba. verse 59)

 

Allah gives us of His Bounty and so the Messenger of Allah. From this we learn that Allah Ta'ala and Prophet shower their bounties upon us and will continue to do so. Whatever Allah Ta'ala gives, its through the medium of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

 

'By this proclamation a disassociation of Allah and His Messenger is made from the polytheists with whom you O Prophet had entered into an agreement and they did not keep it'

(Surah At-Tauba. verse 01)

 

''.And they desired that which they could not get, and what they felt bad, that Allah and His Messenger had enriched them with bounties'.'

(Surah At-Tauba. verse 74)

 

The (infidels) felt bad, that Allah and His Messenger had enriched them with bounties. The deviants of this century feel the same.

In these verses, Allah Ta'ala mentions that He has made Prophet the owner of the spoils and Prophet is the sole Master for the distribution.

Referring back to the verses, which condemn the idols and idol worshippers, Allah Ta'ala says that the idols don't own anything, not even the husk of a date palm (Surah Faatir. verse 13). But, as we have seen from the last few verses, Allah Ta'ala says that He made Prophet the owner and the sole Master for the distribution.

Now! Who doesn't own anything, not even the husk of a date palm? Clearly, it's the idols that the infidels of Mecca worshipped.

 

Allah Ta'ala has condemned the idols as not owning anything, and not having any authority to remove affliction from, nor to avert it, they are dead. But, instead of condemning the idols, and the idol worshippers, as Allah Ta'ala did, the deviants are taking out their anger and frustration on the prophets and the saints by propagandizing that prophets and saints don't have any authority to help. The verses that were revealed in the condemnation of the idols, the deviants refer it to prophets and saints.

 

Allah Ta'ala has clearly stated the authority of the prophets. Here are a few hadith in relation to the authority of Prophet that would further expose the lies of the liar deviants, their deception, their fraud, and how they misinterpret the verses of The Holy Quran to mislead the Muslims astray.

 

Hazrat Anas Ibne Malik(Radi Allaahu Anhu) narrates that the non-believers challenged Prophe t to perform a miracle and then only they would believe him to be a prophet. Prophet pointed towards the moon, and it split into two halves. After sometime, the moon eventually converged back to its original state. Yet, the deviants deny the authority of Prophet ﷺ.

Hazrat Hurairah(Radi Allaahu Anhu) narrates a man came to Prophet and said, 'I am destroyed O Messenger of Allah. I had sexual relationship with my wife while fasting in Ramadhan'. Prophet asked him to free a slave, but he said he couldn't. Prophet asked him to fast for sixty days continuously, but he said he couldn't. Then Prophet asked him to feed sixty poor people, but again he said he couldn't afford it. The Messenger of Allah then asked him to sit down. After a little while, Prophet was presented a basket full of dates. The Messenger of Allah gave the basket of dates to the man and said to go and distribute the dates as charity to the poor. The man said that there is no one poorer than him. Prophet Muhammad smiled till his blessed teeth became visible, and said to the man, 'go and feed your family with it'.

 

In the hadith Miskat, it is narrated that Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq(Radi Allaahu Anhu) was bitten by a snake in the Cave Saur (Gaar e Saur). Prophet put his blessed saliva on the wound. The poison went away and Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq(Radi Allaahu Anhu) was free of any pain.

 

There are many more verses of The Holy Quran and the hadith, that provides evidence to the fact that prophets and saints have been granted authority to own and distribute, and have the authority to remove affliction and to avert it.

 

The deviants believe that prophets and saints to be mindunillah, but according to The Quran and hadith, no prophets of Allah Ta'ala and the saints were like the idols. Allah Ta'ala grants the prophets and the saints with authority.

Hazrat Musa(alaihis salaam) hit the rocks with his stick and it spur foundations of water. The same stick when he hit the sea, the sea split and paved way for Musa(alaihis salaam) and his believers.

Hazrat Daud(alaihis salaam) could soften iron in his hand and make armours with them.

Hazrat Sulaiman(alaihis salaam) had the authority to control the wind.

Hazrat Isa(alaihis salaam) could make birds out of clay and blow life into them. He(alaihis salaam) could bring dead back to life, and he could heal the sickly and give sight to the blind.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad would make the stones recite kalima and make animals prostrate. Prophet could call trees to him, command the sun to reappear from the west, and point towards the moon and split it into two halves. Prophet milked the goat and fed many people, and filled many pots at one time. He could spur water from his fingers and heal others with his blessed saliva.

 

Hence, the verses of' The Holy Quran that mention mindunillah cannot benefit others, does not refer to the prophets and the saints, but to the polytheists and their idols.

Those attributing the verses relating to the idols and their worshippers to prophets and saints are either doing it deliberately or they don't have the understanding of the interpretation of the verses of The Holy Quran.

If they knew or understood their actions, they wouldn't have become infidels themselves by falsely declaring those who believe in prophets and saints as kafir.

 

None of the verses of The Holy Quran condemning the mindunillah refer to prophets and the mystics. Instead, they refer to those who worship the moon, the sun, the stars, and the idols. Whoever says that seeking help from prophets and saints is shirk, are oblivious of The Quran and hadith. Those against The Quran and hadith will end up in the Hell.

 

Who is mindunillah?

The word mindunillah is used in the verses that condemn the polytheists (kafir). Allah Ta'ala says about the infidels and the polytheist:

 

'Do you know that to Allah belongs the kingdom of the Heavens and the earth, and besides Allah, you have no protector nor any helper'

(Surah Al-Baqara. verse 107)

 

'No protector nor any helper' does not include the prophets and the saints because their help in reality is the help of Allah Ta'ala. Thus, by 'none' is meant the idols upon whom the idol worshippers were counting on for help. You have no protector or any helper (saints) amongst the mindunillah-the idols. The infidels have no saints, nor the deviants, but for the Muslims, Allah Ta'ala states in The Holy Quran:

 

'Only Allah is your friend and His Messenger and the believers, that they establish Prayer and pay Zakaat and bow down before Allah'

(Surah Al-Ma'ida. verse 55)

 

The meaning of the word 'wali' here is a friend or helper. Allah, His Messenger and the believers (saints) are the helpers. Thus, if the wali are the true believers, then those who believe in the saints are indeed the true believers.

For those who do not believe in saints (wali), and those who equate prophets and saints to the idols, Allah Ta'ala states in The Holy Quran:

 

''.he whom Allah guides is on the right way, and he whom sends astray for him you will never find a supporter to guide'

(Surah Al-Kahf. Verse 17)

 

Those on the path of guidance acknowledge the miracles of the saints of Allah Ta'ala, but who are misguided will always reject their miracles. They will either enter into discussions or pass verdicts of polytheism. Thus, there is neither any helper for the misguided people, nor do they have any guide. Where as the believers have both, those who are without religious guides and mentors are groping in heresy.

Allah Ta'ala has stated that from the mindunillah, there is no saint, nor supporter. So, who is mindunillah?

 

When Hazrat Ibrahim(alaihis salaam) destroyed the idols, the idol worshippers asked Hazrat Ibrahim(alaihis salaam), 'who has done this to our gods?' Hazrat Ibrahim(alaihis salaam) said that instead of asking him, why wouldn't they ask their god. They became shamefaced and said that you know very well that these idols don't speak. Hazrat Ibrahim(alaihis salaam) then said:

 

'Woe upon you and those deities, which you worship besides Allah, do you then have no wisdom'

(Surah Al-Ambiya. Verse 67)

 

Were the infidels at that time worshipping prophets and the saints?

Hence, from this we know that Allah Ta'ala referred mindunillah to the idols, and not to prophets and the saints.

 

 

 

 

Are the prophets and the saint's mindunillah?

Allah Ta'ala states in The Holy Quran:

 

'Undoubtedly, you and whatever you worship besides Allah, all are the fuel of the Hell, and you have to enter therein'

(Surah Al-Ambiya. verse 98)

 

Allah Ta'ala states that the mindunillah are the fuel of the Hellfire. Is Allah Ta'ala saying that the prophets and the saints are the fuel of the Hell? Ma'az Allah.

 

In the verses of The Holy Quran, when the word mindunillah is used, it refers to the lifeless things that are the deities of the polytheist, e.g. the moon, the sun, the stars, some trees, and stones that the polytheist worshipped, and not to the prophets and the saints. Allah Ta'ala has condemned the idols of worship and described their weaknesses.

 

Allah Ta'ala has granted the prophets and the saints the authority to bestow mercy and blessings upon the believers.

Seeking assistance from prophets and saints is not shirk, but according to The Holy Quran, hadith and from the practice of the companions(Radi Allaahu Anhum), it is real imaan.

 

Whoever fits the verses mentioning mindunillah to prophets and saints, and whoever displays disrespect to the prophets and the saints are acting against the teachings of The Holy Quran, and are making a place for themselves in the Hell.

 

 

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This article is an abridged English translation of an Urdu sermon delivered by his eminence, Peer Syed Imroz Dean Saifi, Hanfi, Maturidi of Masjid Anwaar e Madina, Surrey BC Canada

If there is an inaccurate translation, please pardon it and not let it be a means to negatively reflect on the honoured presenter.