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    Clarification about the spread of innovated du’aa’s


    Question:I seek your advice regarding a matter that became widespread on the internet. This is writing fabricated ahadeeth and innovated du’as on forums. We do not know if those ahadeeth and du’as are sound or weak. People became attached to such things; they forward them to one another via the internet and mobile phones.
    Among these du’as I read ‘A du’a that shook the heavens’: “Oh All-Loving, Oh All-Loving! Oh Lord of The Mighty Throne! Oh Who creates from the very beginning and restores life! Oh Doer of All that He intends! I ask You by the light of Your Face that lightened Your Throne, and ask You by Your Power by which You control All creatures, and by Your mercy that comprehend every thing, There is no God except You. Oh Who Helps! Help me”
    Then I read that this du’a is innovated. So many similar things are being spread.
    What shall we do when we find such ahadeeth in days where temptations are so many? I seek your advice regarding this matter so that I put it on forums, hoping that it limits such mistakes.
    Please remember to make du’a for me, make du’a that Allah gives me success in my study, ease our anguish, and bless us with righteous offspring and to keep them on the straight path. Make du’a that Allah cures the Muslim patients. May Allah reward you and bless you with the high paradise! May he make the knowledge you provide beneficial for all Muslims!.

    Answer:Praise be to Allaah.

    In recent years we have – unfortunately – seen a serious spread of an abhorrent sin that is a major sin and one that dooms people to Hell, but many people are heedless of it, and thus their religious commitment is corrupted thereby, and they show a great deal of disrespect towards the Noble Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). This phenomenon is the spread of ahaadeeth that are falsely attributed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the grave audacity to narrate things from him (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) without checking or verifying them.

    Hence we and every Muslim who feels a sense of pride in his religion must remind the people and tell them of the seriousness of what they take so lightly, and we must warn them of how bad the situation is, out of sincerity towards Allaah and to His Messenger and to the ordinary Muslims.

    So we say:

    Firstly:

    Our duty is to support the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and to love him properly by following him properly and protecting the purity of his sharee’ah at a time when the fools and haters are showing a great deal of disrespect towards him (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). Undoubtedly one of the greatest ways of supporting the faith and honouring the Messenger is being truthful in narrating his words and reports from him, and rejecting the lies that are attributed to him. If we know that no one would accept to have words attributed to him that he did not say, then what should we think about the Messenger who received Revelation from Allaah, may He be blessed and exalted, and his eternal sharee’ah which came to set the affairs of all people straight until the Day of Resurrection? Undoubtedly he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is the one who would most hate to have lies attributed to him. Hence al-Mugheerah ibn Shu’bah (may Allaah be pleased with him) narrated that he said: “Lying about me is not like lying about anyone else. Whoever tells a lie about me deliberately, let him take his place in Hell.” Narrated by Muslim in the Introduction to his Saheeh (no. 4). Al-Haafiz Ibn Hibbaan included a similar hadeeth from Abu Hurayrah under the heading: Chapter: Inevitability of entering Hell for one who attributes anything to al-Mustafa (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) when he does not know whether it is sound.

    By Allaah, the Muslim is astounded when he sees people doing their utmost to avoid falling into blatant sin, such as cheating, backbiting, stealing or committing zina, then they treat this matter with such carelessness, thinking that it is insignificant when in fact it is very serious before Allaah. So you see them memorizing false ahaadeeth and narrating them in gatherings and on websites, and they do not take care to ask about that or to verify whether they are saheeh (sound).

    Secondly:

    Everyone who spreads a hadeeth without ascertaining whether it is saheeh – whether that is via a text message or in an internet forum or transferring it from one site to another or attaching it to an e-mail – should understand that he is deserving of that punishment in the Hereafter, both he and the one who fabricated the hadeeth in the first place. The crime of transmitting it without verifying it is like the crime of the liar who has the audacity to show disrespect towards the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

    The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever narrates a hadeeth from me thinking that it is false is one of the liars.” Narrated by Muslim in the Introduction to his Saheeh (p. 7).

    Al-Nawawi said, commenting on this hadeeth in Sharh Muslim (1/65):

    This is a stern warning against lying or taking part in narrating lies. The one who thinks that what he is narrating is mostly likely false but still narrates it is a liar; how can he not be a liar when he is narrating something that did not happen? End quote.

    Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Tamaam al-Minah (32-34):

    Many writers – especially in the current era – regardless of their madhhabs and specialities, narrate ahaadeeth that are attributed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) without pointing out which are da’eef (weak), either because they are ignorant of the Sunnah or they are too lazy to refer to the books of specialists. Abu Shaamah said in al-Baa’ith ‘ala Inkaar al-Bida’ wa’l-Hawaadith (p. 54): This, according to the scholars of hadeeth and of usool and fiqh is a mistake, and it should be pointed out if known, otherwise it comes under the warning in the hadeeth in which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever narrates a hadeeth from me thinking that it is false is one of the liars.” Narrated by Muslim. End quote.

    This is the ruling of one who keeps quiet about da’eef (weak) ahaadeeth about righteous deeds! So how about if it has to do with rulings and the like?

    It should be noted that the one who does that has to be one of two things:

    1 – Either he knows that these ahaadeeth are weak but he does not point out their weakness, so he is deceiving the Muslims and he definitely is included in the warning mentioned. Ibn Hibbaan said in his book al-Du’afa’ (1/7-8): This report indicates that the one who narrates something that is not saheeh from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), which is something fabricated about him and he know that, then he is like one of the liars, but the apparent meaning of the report is stricter than that. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever narrates a hadeeth from me thinking that it is false ...” And he did not say ‘and he is certain that it is false’. So anyone who doubts whether what he is narrating is saheeh or not is included in the apparent meaning of this report.

    2 – Or he does not know that it is weak, but he is also sinning because he is attributing it to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) without knowledge, and he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “It is sufficient lying for a man to speak of everything that he hears.” Narrated by Muslim in the Introduction to his Saheeh (no. 5)

    So he has a share of the sin of the one who told the lie about the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) indicated that the one who speaks of everything that he hears – and the one who writes everything that he hears – will inevitably lie about him (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and thus he is one of the two liars, the first of whom is the one who fabricates it and the second of whom is the one who spreads it.

    Ibn Hibbaan also said (1/9): The report also contains a rebuke to the one who speaks of everything that he hears, unless he knows that it is definitely sound. End quote.

    Al-Nawawi stated that if a person does not know whether a hadeeth is weak, it is not permissible for him to quote it as evidence without examining it if he is knowledgeable, or asking scholars about it if he is not knowledgeable.

    End quote from Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allaah have mercy on him).

    Thirdly:

    What these people are falling into – when they spread ahaadeeth without checking or verifying – is very serious, as they spread what they fabricate far and wide and it is read by millions of people, and it is transmitted through many generations. The one who fabricated it and the one who helped him to spread it will bear that sin until the Day of Resurrection.

    It was narrated from Samurah ibn Jundub (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

    “Last night I saw two men come to me … they said: ‘The one whom you saw with the side of his mouth being torn is the liar who tells lies that are conveyed from him until they reach the horizon; that will be done to him until the Day of Resurrection.’” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (6096).

    Fourthly:

    All we can do – in the light of all these warnings – is to remind ourselves and our Muslim brothers to fear Allaah with regard to our religion and sharee’ah, and not to be the cause of doom and corruption. Propagating false ahaadeeth is one of the worst means of corrupting religion; the Jews and Christians were only doomed when they fabricated lies against Allaah and His Messengers, and they attributed things to their religions that the Messengers did not bring, thus they incurred the wrath and anger of Allaah.

    Does these people who are so careless about fabricating ahaadeeth without verifying them want to be included with those with whom Allaah is angry and whom He has cursed?!

    Would anyone want to be a tool for the propagation of corrupting material, or to help the heretics who tell lies against our sharee’ah and our Prophet?!

    Or would he work to propagate ahaadeeth without checking them to imitate groups that follow misguidance such as the Raafidis who have filled the world with lies against the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the members of his household?!

    Do these people realize that their prayer, fasting and worship will not avail them anything before Allaah and will not ward off from them the shame and sin of that lie, if they take part in propagating these false ahaadeeth?!

    There may be a sin that a person commits, taking it lightly, but it will cause him to fall into the Fire and be the cause of his doom.

    Abu’l-Wafa’ ‘Ali ibn ‘Aqeel al-Hanbali said:

    Our Shaykh Abu’l-Fadl al-Hamdaani said: Those who introduce innovations in Islam and fabricate ahaadeeth are worse than the heretics, because the heretics want to corrupt the religion from without, but these people want to corrupt it from within. They are like the people of a city who want to spread evil and corruption inside it, but the heretics are like those who are besieging it from without, and those evildoers within are able to open the gate to the enemy. They are more dangerous to Islam than those who do not claim to be Muslims. End quote.

    Quoting from al-Mawdoo’aat by Ibn al-Jawzi (1/51).

    Fifthly:

    After all of that there comes to you one who apologizes for his mischief and spreading false ahaadeeth by saying: The weak ahaadeeth may be quoted as evidence with regard to righteous deeds.

    But he should understand that this is the deception of the shaytaan, and it is a sign of sophisticated ignorance; the one who says this will increase his burden of sin. This principle, which was mentioned by some scholars, is subject to a number of conditions, which must be followed by the one who wants to apply it. They are:

    1- The hadeeth should have to do with righteous deeds for which there is a basis in sharee’ah, and not with matters of ‘aqeedah, rulings or reports on which fiqh and actions are based. It should not have to do with righteous deeds for which there is no basis in sharee’ah.

    2- It should not be very weak (da’eef). It is not permissible to narrate or act upon mawdoo’ (fabricated) and munkar ahaadeeth, according to scholarly consensus.

    3- It should not be believed that it can be attributed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

    4- The one who narrates the hadeeth should state clearly that it is weak, or he should indicate its weakness by using phrases to indicate that it is weak: it was narrated, it was said, and so on.

    These conditions are derived from the words of al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar in his book Tabyeen al-‘Ajab and some of them were narrated from al-‘Izz ibn ‘Abd al-Salaam ibn Daqeeq al-Eid.

    For information on accepting weak ahaadeeth, please see the answer to question no. 44877 and 49675.

    So those scholars who follow this principle do not say that it is permissible to do what these people are doing by publishing every hadeeth and every report in the chat rooms, whether it is saheeh or false or da’eef (weak).

    Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Tamaam al-Minah (36):

    Unfortunately we see many of the scholars – let alone the common folk – neglecting these conditions, so they act on the basis of a hadeeth without knowing whether it is saheeh or da’eef, and if they know it is weak they do not know to what extent – is it slightly weak or is it so weak that it may not be accepted? Then they demonstrate that they are accepting it and acting upon it as if it were a saheeh hadeeth . Hence there are many acts of worship done by Muslims which are not valid, and which distract them from valid acts of worship which were narrated with sound isnaads. End quote.

    Sixthly:

    If a person repents from propagating false ahaadeeth or he finds out that what he was doing is haraam after he was unaware of the ruling, then the door of repentance is open, but it is subject to the condition of disclosure after concealment, and correction after corruption.

    Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “Except those who repent and do righteous deeds, and openly declare (the truth which they concealed). These, I will accept their repentance. And I am the One Who accepts repentance, the Most Merciful”

    [al-Baqarah 2:160]

    Hence every Muslim should propagate saheeh hadeeth instead of false and fabricated ones. The books of the saheeh Sunnah are filled – by Allaah’s grace – with proven ahaadeeth which if a man were to spend his life memorizing and studying them, he would hardly be able to do it. It is sufficient to find a scholar of hadeeth who has judged a hadeeth to be saheeh and acceptable, so let him accept it from him and propagate the hadeeth along with the scholar’s ruling on it.

    But if it so happens that he has propagated weak ahaadeeth, then he must publish the comments of the scholars concerning them. On our site there are a number of answers concerning weak ahaadeeth that are widespread on forums, and he can make use of these answers. That includes the hadeeth mentioned in the question, which has been explained as da’eef (weak) in the answer to question no. 98821.

    And Allaah knows best.

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    Lies about a dream falsely attributed to the Watchman of the Prophet’s tomb

    Lies about a dream falsely attributed to the Watchman of the Prophet’s tomb ​


    Question:I recieved this email and was wondering how much truth is behind it. I would be grateful if you could clarify this matter. Shukran. May Allah bless you. This is a letter from Saudi Arabia and addressed to all the muslims. These are the words of Sheikh AHMED, the WATCHMAN of the Prophet MOHAMMED's MOSQUE(PBUH).
    On Friday night after reciting the HOLY QURAN, SHEIK AHMED slept and saw the HOLY Prophet(PBUH) in his dream.
    The Prophet (PBUH) said to him " Sheik Ahmed, this Friday about six thousand (6,000) people Died but none of them went to heaven.
    The women do not follow what their husbands tell them anymore.
    The believers who have money do not help the poor. people do not perform their pilgrimage as it has been prescribed. The Muslims do not say their prayers regularly, let alone how it is supposed to be. Sheik Ahmed, tell the Muslims that this letter comes from you. They are to produce more copies of this letter and give to other Muslims so that it can be spread and get to all the Muslims in this world.
    Anyone who produces this and spreads it to other Muslims will see it indeed (Will see the REWARD). The Prophet (PBUH) will count a person to Paradise along with his children. The Muslims who receives this letter and refuses to disperse it among other Muslims will not see benediction (INSHALLAH).
    Those who are indebted must write. Allah in his ! infinite mercies will send help to pay his debt."
    I, Sheik AHMED, if what I said is a lie, may be Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) not send his divine benediction to me. Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, you must follow the religion the way Prophet (PBUH) honored it, like the divine revelation it is. Ask for forgiveness, fast every Monday.
    Produce 20 copies of this letter and spread it to all Muslims Anyone who does the until all Muslims get a copy, will INSHALLAH, see the opening of the Prophet (PBUH) success will follow. He will see the things he had never seen before. This is not a letter to be kept. It must be dispersed in quantities.
    A man called Klavern, got this letter and gave it to his secretary to produce 20 copies and dispersed them. After some days, he saw more doors of opportunities opening up for him.
    Another person named Abdul-Salam got it and forgot it in the drawer of his office and after a certain time he lost his job. He later remembered the letter and went and produced 20 copies which were distributed and within (5) days he got employed and is in a higher position than what he had before.
    Another man called Balemanthan received it and he thought it was something useless and treated it without respect or courtesy.
    He tore the letter and within none (9) days he died.
    I am appealing to anyone who comes across this letter to kindly circulate it in large volume.
    HANKS.. MAY ALLAH BLESS YOU.".

    Answer:Praise be to Allaah.

    Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

    We have heard of this false letter many times for many years; it spreads among the people from time to time and has become widespread among the common folk. Its wording varies, but the writer says that he has seen the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in a dream and he gave him this message to pass on… This fabricator makes many claims in his letter that are obvious lies and blatantly false. I have drawn attention to it in the past, and have explained to people that it is obviously false. When I looked at this latest version I hesitated to write about it, because it is obviously false and because the fabricator has the great audacity to tell such lies. I did not think that its falseness would trick anyone who has the least insight or common sense.

    But many brothers have told me that this letter has deceived many people, and they have circulated it amongst themselves, and some of them have believed it. Because of that I thought that people like me should write about it, so as explain that it is false and that it is a fabrication against the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), so that no one will be deceived by it. Anyone with knowledge and faith, or a sound nature and common sense who studies this letter will realize that it is a lie and a fabrication in many ways.

    I asked one of the relatives of Shaykh Ahmad to whom this lie is attributed about this letter, and he told me that it is falsely attributed to Shaykh Ahmad, and he never said this at all. The Shaykh Ahmad mentioned here died a while ago. Even if we assume that this Shaykh Ahmad or someone greater than him claimed to have seen the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in a dream or whilst awake, and he gave him this advice, we would know for certain that he was lying, or that the one who said that to him was the Shaytaan, and not the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), for many reasons, including the following:

    The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would not say anything but that which is the truth, either during his life or after his death. This letter clearly goes against his sharee’ah in many ways – as we shall see below. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) may be seen in a dream, and the one who sees him in his true form has indeed seen him, because the Shaytaan cannot appear in his form, as it says in the saheeh hadeeth. But it all depends on the faith, sincerity, good character, accuracy, religious commitment and trustworthiness of the one who claims to have seen him, and whether he saw the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in his true form or in some other form. If there is a hadeeth that was narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) who supposedly said it during his lifetime, but it is not transmitted by trustworthy men of good character, it cannot be accepted or used as evidence; or it is transmitted by trustworthy and accurate narrators, but it goes against a report narrated by stronger narrators and cannot possibly be reconciled with that more accurate and more trustworthy report, then one of them is abrogated and cannot be followed, and the second one abrogates it and is to be followed wherever possible and when its conditions are met. If that is not possible and they cannot be reconciled, then the report which is less reliable should be rejected. The ruling in this case is that it is odd (shaadhdh) and should not be followed. So how about a letter whose author, who supposedly narrated it from the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), is unknown and it is not known whether he is trustworthy or not? In this case it should be rejected and no attention should be paid to it, even if it contains nothing that goes against sharee’ah, so how about if the letter contains many things that indicate that it is false and that it is falsely attributed to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and it includes rulings [?] that Allaah has not permitted? The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever attributes words to me that I did not say, let him take his place in Hell.” End quote.

    Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan wrote an article about this letter, warning against it, which was published in al-Da’wah magazine, issue no. 1082, in which he said:

    This fabricated letter is old. It appeared in Egypt more than eighty years ago, and the scholars refuted it and ruled it to be false, and they pointed out the lies and falsehoods it contains. One of the scholars was Shaykh Muhammad Rasheed Rida, who said in his refutation of this letter:

    We answered this question in 1322 AH, and we remember that we have seen something like this letter many times from when we were learning how to read and write until now. All of them are attributed to a man called Shaykh Ahmad, the Watchman of the Prophet’s Tomb. The letter is definitely false, and no one who has had the faintest whiff of knowledge and religion would dispute that. Rather it is only the simple-minded among the illiterate masses who believe it.

    Then he refuted it at length, refuting each fabrication contained in the letter. Moreover this letter has been warmly accepted by some of the ignorant, and they started to print it and distribute it, because they were influenced by the promises and warnings contained therein, because this immoral person who composed it said that whoever makes x number of copies and distributes it will get what he wants, and if he is a sinner Allaah will forgive him, and if he is employed he will be promoted, and if he is in debt his debt will be paid off, and whoever disbelieves it will be humiliated and such and such bad consequences will come to him. When some of the ignorant read this, they are affected by it and they go ahead and distribute it out of fear and greed.

    The scholars have stated that this letter is false and they have warned people against distributing it and believing in it. These scholars include Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz, who refuted it in an excellent article and pointed out the lies and deception that it contains. This letter is false for a number of reasons:

    Firstly:

    the rulings of Islam, the promises and warnings, and information about what the future holds are all matters that can only be proven through revelation from Allaah to His Messenger. Revelation came to an end when the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) died, after Allaah had perfected the religion through him. We have inherited the Qur’aan and Sunnah which are sufficient to guide us. As for dreams and visions, they do not prove anything, because most of them are the fabrications of the devils, aimed at leading people astray from their religion. The fabricators of this letter promise those who believe in it that they will enter Paradise and that their needs will be met and they will be relieved of distress, and they warn those who disbelieve in it that they will go to Hell and be humiliated. This is prescribing a new religion and telling lies against Allaah – we seek refuge with Allaah from that.

    Secondly:

    The fabricator of this letter makes it greater than the Qur’aan, because one who copies the Qur’aan and sends it from one country to another will not get the reward which this liar says the one who distributes this letter will get; and the one who does not copy the Qur’aan and send it from one country to another will not be denied the intercession of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) if he is a believer – so how can the believer be denied intercession if he does not copy this letter and send it from one country to another as this fabricator says?

    Thirdly:

    This letter makes a claim to have knowledge of the unseen, as it says in it: “this Friday about six thousand (6,000) people Died but none of them went to heaven”. This is a claim to have knowledge of the unseen which no one knows except Allaah, for He is the One Who knows how many people die in Islam and how many die in kufr. Whoever claims to have knowledge of the unseen is a kaafir who disbelieves in Allaah.

    Fourthly:

    Reward and punishment in this world and in the Hereafter can only be proven by a text from the Book of Allaah or the Sunnah of His Messenger. This fabricator says that those who believe in this letter will be rewarded and those who disbelieve in it and do not distribute it will be punished. Allaah has proven it to be a lie – praise be to Allaah – because many Muslims have disbelieved in it and believed it to be a forgery, and nothing but good has happened to them, whilst those who believed in it and distributed it have been met with nothing but disappointment and loss.

    Moreover this fabricator wants to make the masses and the ignorant believe in this letter, so he swears an oath by Allaah repeatedly, that he is sincere and that his letter is true, and that if he is lying, may he exit this world following a religion other than Islam. He wants to make a show of loving Islam and hating sin and evil, so that people will think well of him and believe him.

    This is part of his evil scheming, and indeed of his stupidity and ignorance. Swearing and making repeated oaths does not indicate that everyone who does so is sincere. Many liars swear oaths in order to deceive the people. Iblees swore to our parents [Adam and Hawwa – peace be upon them],

    “Verily, I am one of the sincere well-wishers for you both”

    [ al-A’raaf 7:21 – interpretation of the meaning].

    And Allaah said to His Prophet (interpretation of the meaning):

    “And (O Muhammad) obey you not everyone Hallaaf Maheen (the one who swears much and is a liar or is worthless)”

    [al-Qalam 68:10].

    Allaah tells us that the hypocrites swear when telling lies, and they do that knowingly, as He says of them (interpretation of the meaning):

    “they will indeed swear that their intention is nothing but good. Allaah bears witness that they are certainly liars”

    [al-Tawbah 9:107]

    Does this ignorant fool think that if he fabricates lies against Allaah and His Messenger in this letter and swears at the end of it, that the Muslims will believe him and accept his words? No way! As for his making a show of feeling proud of Islam and being pained by evil deeds, this is a kind of statement which is aimed at making people think well of him and accept what he says, but he does not realize that the accursed Pharaoh made a show of being sincere and kind to his people when he said, preventing them from following Moosa (peace be upon him),

    “I fear that he may change your religion, or that he may cause mischief to appear in the land”

    [Ghaafir 40:26 – interpretation of the meaning]

    Not everyone who appears to be offering advice and to be proud of Islam is sincere. The warnings against evil and sin that are narrated in the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and their descriptions of the resulting punishments are sufficient for those who have faith.

    Perhaps someone may ask, what is the goal of the author of this letter? What is the motive that made him fabricate it and distribute it?

    The answer is that his goal is to mislead people away from the Book of their Lord and the Sunnah of their Prophet, and towards myths and false stories. If they believe him in this and it becomes widely accepted among them, then he will invent more and more for them, so that they will be distracted by that from the Qur’aan and Sunnah, then it will be easy to introduce more false ideas to them and change their beliefs. For so long as the Muslims adhere to the Book of their Lord and the Sunnah of their Prophet, those who seek to misguide them will never be able to divert them away from their religion, but if they forsake the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and believe in myths and stories and devilish dreams, it will be easy for any misleader and heretic to lead them astray. There may be secret kaafir organizations behind this, who are working to distribute these fabrications in order to lead the Muslims astray from their religion. This is indicated by the fact that this myth has been around for a century, and it is unlikely that its inventor is still alive. So if there were not someone working to distribute it after his death, it would not have appeared. So beware, O Muslims, of believing in these fabrications. Do not distribute them amongst yourselves, and ask the scholars about anything that you do not understand.

    The enemies of Allaah and His Messenger among the kaafirs, hypocrites and devils of the jinn and mankind are always trying to lead people astray from the true religion and make them follow false religions; to lead them astray from the path that leads to Paradise and make them follow the path that leads to Hell, from following the Messengers to following the devils and those who lead people astray. So they used to distort the laws of the Prophets and alter the Books that were revealed to the Messengers, as they did with the Tawraat (Torah) and Injeel (Gospel). When Allaah sent the Seal of the Prophets – Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) – and revealed to him the Holy Qur’aan and the straight path, He guaranteed to preserve the Qur’aan and protect it from being changed and altered. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “Verily, We, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur’aan) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption)”

    [al-Hijr 15:9]

    “Falsehood cannot come to it from before it or behind it, (it is) sent down by the All‑Wise, Worthy of all praise”

    [Fussilat 41:42]

    And He protected the Sunnah of His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) from the lies of the liars by means of the keen efforts of the trustworthy scholars who preserved it and transmitted it, and eliminated the fabrications of the liars who tried to interfere with it. So they set out guidelines and principles by means of which the saheeh (sound) hadeeths could be distinguished from false hadeeths, and they compiled the saheeh hadeeths and protected them, and they listed the false hadeeths and fought them and warned people against them. Because the enemies of Allaah and His Messenger were unable to introduce false ideas into the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, they resorted to attempting to divert the people away from the Qur’aan and Sunnah and distract them with false stories and alleged dreams, filled with false promises and warnings which may tempt and deceive those who are weak in faith and ignorant, and lead many of them into shirk and heresy and innovation in the name of religion, worship and asceticism, following these myths.

    The way of these deviants is not based on the Qur’aan and Sunnah, rather it is based on false stories and so-called dreams. So they go astray from true guidance and forsake the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, and pay heed to the whispers of the Shaytaan. This is the recompense of the one who turns away from the Qur’aan and Sunnah. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “And whosoever turns away blindly from the remembrance of the Most Gracious (Allaah) (i.e. this Qur’aan and worship of Allaah), We appoint for him Shaytaan (Satan ‑ devil) to be a Qareen (a companion) to him.

    And verily, they (Satans / devils) hinder them from the path (of Allaah), but they think that they are guided aright!”

    [al-Zukhruf 43:36]

    So fear Allaah, O slaves of Allaah, and adhere to the Book of your Lord and the Sunnah of your Prophet, and beware of false ideas propagated by the enemies of Islam.

    May Allaah help us all to adhere to the Qur’aan and Sunnah. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon His family and companions.

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