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Evidence in Qur’an for Praying at Holy Sites

Sultan al-Awliya

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani

29 July 2011 Lefke, Cyprus

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, laa ilaaha illa-Llah. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, wa lillahi 'l-hamd!

Anta Rabbuna! Anta Hasbuna! Anta Waliyuna! Yaa Rabbana! Fa`fu `ana wa `ighfir lana wa ’rhamna, wa ’hdina. Yaa Rabbana! Deenak, Deen al-Islam, ayyid habeebak wa ummatahu. Yaa Mawlay! Thumma alf salaat wa alf as-salaam `alaa Sayyidi 'l-Awwaleen wa `l-Akhireen, Sayyidina Muhammad wa aalihi wa sahbihi ajma`een.

O Allah! You are The Greatest and The Only One; to You is all praise. You are our Lord and You are enough for us. You are our Master and our Lord. O Allah! Please relieve us, forgive us and send Your mercy to us. O Allah! Support us. Support Your religion of Islam and support Your beloved Prophet (s) and his nation. One thousand prayers and greetings to the Master of the First and Last Nations, Prophet Muhammad (s), all his family and companions! (r)

Madad, yaa RijaalAllah, `alaykum as-salaam. SubhaanAllahi 'l-`Aliyyu 'l-`Azheem.

لكل دا ء دواء

Likulli daa'un dawaa', hadeeth shareef,

For every sickness there is a remedy.

First we are saying, “a`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytani 'r-rajeem.” The biggest fitna for human beings is Shaytan, who is the greatest, most dangerous enemy of human beings. May Allah disgrace him! We say, “a`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytani 'r-rajeem.” Don't think that you are able to defeat Iblees; he has thousands of tricks. May Allah protect us from his evil! The order is in the Holy Qur'an to ask protection from Iblees before reading Qur'an and before every matter, because Shaytan is the root of all evil and without him there would be no evil. Always he is evil, evil, evil! May Allah protect us from his evil and curse him. Ask for protection from Allah (swt) as that is a weapon against Iblees.

When you read Qur'an, Shaytan is focused on you, but what about in other matters? Shaytan never leaves you! Therefore, we are ordered that when one of you wants to go out of his house, step out with your left leg, not with your right leg, because the markets are the places of Shaytan.

شر الأماكن أسواقها

sharra al-amaakin aswaaqihaa

The worst of the places are its marketplaces.

This is a holy hadith of the Prophet (s):

Whoever leaves his home will find shaytans waiting like hungry beings waiting to be fed. When you leave your home you will find one Shaytan on your right and one on your left to tempt you. As for ladies, when they go out of their homes, seven devils are waiting to tempt them.

According to the hadith of Prophet (s), women walk in an attractive way and they dress in a way that reveals their beauty. That is the work of devils who are waiting to encourage ladies and then corruption starts. When ladies go out of their houses with some serenity in their hearts, they come back with a heart full of things that overtake them and make them broken and resentful, because they cannot have, for example, dresses of a certain kind that are not easy for ordinary people to acquire. In such cases, ladies are sensitive and get crushed.

Shaytan has permission to enter into every house inhabited by humans, so do you think in mosques or at the House of Allah are there are no shaytans? There, shaytans equal the number of pilgrims! At the Rawdat ash-Shareefah there are shaytans also, standing in the form of human beings!

Allah (swt) says:

هُنَالِكَ دَعَا زَكَرِيَّا رَبَّهُ قَالَ رَبِّ هَبْ لِي مِن لَّدُنْكَ ذُرِّيَّةً طَيِّبَةً إِنَّكَ سَمِيعُ الدُّعَاء

Hunaalika da`a zakariyya rabbahu qaala rabbee hab lee min ladunka dhurriyyatan tayyibatan innaka samee`u ’d-du`a.

There did Zakariyya pray to his Lord, saying, "O my Lord! Grant me from You a progeny that is pure, for You are He that hears prayer!” (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:38)

Why does Allah (swt) mention that Sayyidina Zakariyya (a) prayed in that particular place? What is the lesson, what should we learn? Every verse from the Holy Qur'an has a teaching for different people. If there was no barakah or preference in places, Zakarriya (a) would have prayed anywhere. This proves that there are blessings in certain places. Why? Because Sayyida Maryam (a) was at her niche worshipping Allah (swt) and His mercy descended upon her, since she brought different kinds of fruits that were out of season. That miracle was granted to her because she reached a station where she can obtain the best of fruits from the Unseen World.

Sayyidina Zakarriya (a) asked his Lord in that place to gain from its blessings. Wahabbis and Salafis and others cannot understand that! Why did Allah (swt) mention that particular place? If there were no wisdom in that matter, would Allah mention it? Zakarriya asked his Lord for a child as he had no children and he saw that his prayer will be accepted in honor of the place because the person inhabiting the place gives it honor.

O Arabs! You have to understand this! Why do you prohibit people from praying at the shrine of Prophet (s)?

قال ذو النون المصري: من عمل بما علم, أورثه الله علم ما لا يعلم

Dhun-Nun said, “He who applies what he knows, Allah will grant him what he does not know.”

These words are a proof! The level of tafaqquh is higher than the level of knowledge. Therefore they say, “faqeeh al-ummah” and not “`aleem al-ummah.” When people do not understand they need to take advice from a faqeeh and not from scholars. Those Wahabbis and Salafis and Saudis have no mind. If the place did not have honor why did Allah (swt) order...

هُنَالِكَ دَعَا زَكَرِيَّا رَبَّهُ قَالَ رَبِّ هَبْ لِي مِن لَّدُنْكَ ذُرِّيَّةً طَيِّبَةً إِنَّكَ سَمِيعُ الدُّعَاء

Hunaalika da`a Zakariyya Rabbahu qaala Rabbee hab lee min ladunka dhurriyyatan tayyibatan innaka samee`u ’d-du`a.

There did Zakariyya pray to his Lord, saying, "O my Lord! Grant me from You a progeny that is pure, for You are He that hears prayer!” (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:38)

What is even more clear is the story of Sayyidina Ibraheem (a):

طَهِّرَا بَيْتِيَ لِلطَّائِفِينَ وَالْعَاكِفِينَ وَالرُّكَّعِ السُّجُودِ

Taahhir baytee li 't-taa'ifeen wa 'l-`akifeen wa 'r-ruka`i 's-sujood.

That they should sanctify My House for those who compass it round, or use it as a retreat, or bow, or prostrate themselves (therein in prayer). (2:125)

No mind! Have they no scholars to reply? Allah (swt) is saying, “Take the place of Abraham as a place of prayer.” How do they prohibit praying in maqaams of Holy Family of Prophet (s) and of saints, which Arabs say is bid`a! Let them die with their frustration (because of this)! Allah (swt) says in this holy verse, "the place of Abraham," which is proof the place of Abraham is a preferred, honored, generous place! Heavenly blessings are always descending upon it, so pray there so that blessing will descend upon you.

The general Arab position on this issue is based solely upon their ignorance and they are the most ignorant of the meanings of Allah's words and of actions blessed in Islam! They say, “Don't kiss the hands of this one or that one.” They don't honor our beliefs and practices! I am asking them to put the Holy Qur'an under them and step on it. Let them step on it! A`oodu billahi! Their fiqh is finished and ignorance has spread. The knowledge of Truth will spread across the nation soon, inshaa-Allah.

It is enough. I was thinking about another subject but this subject came to me as an inspiration. It is an important matter. Do you understand? Why do people go to the stone of Sayyidina Isma`eel? Why do people flood to it, because it is at the Ka`aba or it came from Heaven? It is his maqaam! The stone became sacred because Sayyidina Isma`eel is buried there and, therefore, hearts are attracted and want to pray there. But Saudi officials prohibit them as they have no knowledge.

According to the Prophetic hadith about Sham, it is prohibited for their hypocrites to shine over their believers:

وحرام على منافقيهم أن يظهروا على مؤمنيهم

Wa haraam `alaa munaafiqayhim an yazhharoo `alaa muminayhim.

It is prohibited for their hypocrites to surpass their believers.

Wa min Allahi 't-tawfeeq, bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.

It came to my heart to speak about what Prophet (s) mentioned, that war is a trick. This is an ocean but I did not come to it. It has power. Neither Arabs nor Persians understand. Some things are coming to my heart, but I am tired now and my Arabic is little.