Kissing of Mazaar / Maqam is not worshipping

Now a days alots of misguided peoples saying “Kissing mazaar is Worship” which is totally & completely an Wrong Allegation & creating Misconception between Innocent Ahle Sunnah wal Jamaat (Sufi Sunni Followers). Because “Kissing with Love & Respect is differ than doing Sujood in Respect.

Bowing of Malaikas ( Angels ) towards Anbiyas Alaihisalaams is Worship ? or Respect or ? Shirk ?
Are the acts of Respect of  Malaikas ( Angels ) towards Anbiya Alaihis salaam like Prophet Hazrat Syedina Adam Alaihis salaam and  Hazrat Syedina Muhammadur Rasool ullah ( Sal-lal-lahu alaihi wa Sallam ), Can You label the Malaikas as Worshippers of Anbiya Alaihis salaams ? Astaghfirullah

  • Bowing of head or Kissing of Kiswa is  Worship of Kiswa Cloth or Respect ?
    If any Muslim kisses the sacred cloth of Kaaba namely Kiswa then touches his head etc , Can you label him as Worshipper of Kiswa ? Astaghfirullah
  • Bowing of head or Kissing of Hajre Azwat is Worship of Stone or Respect ?
    If any Muslim Kisses the sacred stone in Kaaba namely Hajre Azwat, with his eyes, libs etc Can You label Him as Worshipper of Stone ? Astaghfirullah
  • Bowing of head or Kissing Quran-e-Kareem is Worship of holy Quran or Respect ?
    If any Muslim Kisses the Sacred Holy book with his eyes / forehead etc Can You label Him as Worshipper of Quran ? Astaghfirullah
  • Bowing of your head towards your beloved family members and Kissing them with love is Worship or Respect ?
    If any Muslim Kisses his child or others with love Can You label Him as Worshipper of Ghairullah / Humans ? Astaghfirullah
  • Bowing of head or kissing Mazaar-e-Mubaraks of Aulias ( Saleheens ) is Worship of Saleheens or Respect ?
    If any Muslim kisses the graves of pious personalities of Islam ( Saleheens ), Can You label Him as Worshipper of Graves ? Astaghfirullah

“Worship is only for Allahu Subhaanahu taala and no other creation is worth of Worship except ALLAH”.

Coming to Point :
Sajdah of Worship is complete only under the circumstances / Conditions for Sajdah of Worship :

1) Wazoo is a must . Without Wazoo sajdah cannot happen
2) Neeyah is a must . Neeyah for worship
3) Qibla direction is very very important
4) 8 parts of the body should touch the ground without which sajdah will not be complete
5) Tazbeeh that is Subhaana Rabi al Aala should be recited in Sajdah of worship.

Bowing towards Mazars e Shareefs or Kissing Mazar e shareefs is not Sajdah of Worship for the following reasons :-
1) First of All Mazars of Momins or graves of muslim on this earth head side ( sirra side is not Qibla direction ) is in not towards Qibla direction only the faces face qibla direciton. The Direction of head is not in qibla direction but the face of muslim or momin faces qibla direction in the grave. So how ever bows or kisses the mazar shareef the person doing so is not bending or bowing towards qibla direction. Now the question arises here is when a person not bowing towards qibla direction how this act can become Sajdah or worship. So it is foolishness to say this act of respect as worship etc.
2) Here the neeyah ( intension ) is not for worship
3) There are no Tazbeehs recited here
4) Also Wazoo is not compulsary here.
5) The Kissing of Feets of pious or elders is reffered as Khadam Boosi is urdu. So people near mazars try to take blessing from feet. Feet has importance in islam so bending near muqam e ibrahim is also allowed in Islam. We bend towards muqam e ibrahim in Nafil salah of worship of allah subhaanahu thaalah. if any one doesn’t like to bend near or in front of Maqam e ibrahim ( Alaihis salaam ) his umrah or hajj will be thrown on his face. Worship is only for Allahu subhaanahu taala. So Blaming innocent muslims as worshipper of graves etc is haram and dead sin. Almighty is aware of all the consequences so he has arranged every thing in order and also kept conditions for Sajdah of worship of him ( Sajdah of Ebadaah for allah ) and it is wrong to blame muslims and patch the name of worship for tazeem.

Therefore Bending or Kissing or Bowing towards Mazar-e-Mubarak is not in Qibla Direction ? Then how you can point this act as worship ?
Worship ( Sajdah-e-Ebadaah )  is for allah which is accepted only  when it is done towards Qibla direction only. So first understand the differences of Kissing in Taazeem  & Sajda e Taazeem.

Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal narrates that before Sayyidina Umar radi Allahu anhu was buried in her room, Sayyidah Aishah radi Allahu anhu would go there without Hijab (head Covering), as the Prophet ( (sal-lal-lahu alai hi w) and Sayyiduna Abu Bakr radi Allahu anhu, who were buried there were her Husband and Father. However, when Sayyiduna Umar radi Allahu anhu got buried there, she would only go in the room with Hijab. (check Mishkat al-Masabih: Bab Ziyarat al-Qubur)

This action clearly shows that according to Sayyidah Aishah radi Allahu anhu, the dead can feel and see their visitors and are aware of those who come to them and how they come to them. It is narrated in a Sahih Hadith that Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, said that every person?s grave would be either a garden from the gardens of Paradise or a hole from the holes of hell (Rawda mim Riyad al-Jannah aw Hufrah min Hufar an Naar)

If the Qabr of a normal mu?min is a garden of paradise, what about the Qubur of the Awliya of Allah, subhanaHu wa Ta`ala. Are they not from the Jannah? If yes, then only a fool can claim that there is no Barakah there!

It is narrated in Sahih Muslim (Kitab al-Zuhd) that Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, was travelling with his Sahabah through the land of Thamud, the land of the people of Nabi Salih, `alayhi-s-salam. While travelling, the Sahabah collected water from the wells in that land. Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, ordered the Sahabah to throw that water away, as those were the wells of the kuffar in the time of Nabi Salih, `alayhi-s-salam. Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, then permitted them to drink from a certain well that the camel of Nabi Salih, `alayhi-s-salam, drank out of.

Imam al-Nawawi (Sharh Muslim vol.8 p.118) comments on this Hadith that we should try to derive blessings from things connected to pious people (wa min fawaid hazel Hadith, at-Tabarruk bi Aasaar as-Saliheen).

It is important to note here that if Barakah is received from the camel of a pious person (who lived about 4000 years ago), what then about the Qubur of the Awliya of Allah, subhanaHu wa Ta`ala?!

In Sahih Muslim, it is narrated that Sayyidina Utbaan, radi Allahu `anh, always asked Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, to pray in a certain part of his house, so that he too may pray there and receive blessings in this regard. Imam al-Nawawi says in Sharh Muslim vol.5 p.161 that there are three main things (Fawaid) we learn from this Hadith:

It is permitted to get Barakah from Pious People and objects connected to them.
It is recommended to pray in the places where the pious used to pray.
It is recommended to seek Barakah from the places where the pious people resided

Ibn Hisham RadiAllahanhu narrates that when Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, had passed away, Sayyidina Abu Bakr As-Siddiq, radi Allahu `anh, went to kiss his forehead and said, How blessed and perfumed are you when you are alive, and how blessed and perfumed are you when you have passed away. Was he making Shirk?

These are evidences from the Sahabah. And the same Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, who instructed us to destroy all the idols also instructed us to kiss the black stone not for worship but because of the stones closeness to Allah, subhana Hu wa Ta`ala. We draw an analogy between this stone and the tombs of the Awliya.

The Kaabah is also a stone building. We pray towards it and tawaf around it. Does imply worship? No! The Kabah represents the presence Allah, subhanaHu wa Ta`ala, just as the shrines of the Awliya are places where Allahs, subhanaHu wa Ta`ala, Rahmah descends.

We also pray at the Maqam Ibrahim, as we are clearly instructed to in the Holy Quran (1:125): And take Maqam Ibrahim as a place of Prayer (wat takhizu min Maqam Ibrahima Musalla ) . Maqam Ibrahim is merely a large slab of stone containing the footprints of Nabi Ibrahim, `alayhi-s-salam. It is thousands of years old, and is not even a grave, nor the physical feet of Nabi Ibrahim, `alayhi-s-salam. Is praying there Shirk or Kufr? If not, then why condemn praying at the tomb of Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, and the Awliya of his Ummah?!

Imam al-Dhahabi narrates in Majmu Shuyukh al-Dhahabi (vol.1 p.72-74) that the son of Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal said to his father that people touch and kiss the Qabr of Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, to get the Barakah. Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal replied that there was no problem with that (la basa bihi).

Imam al-Dhahabi went on to explain that:
Only some of the Sahabah did this, as the Sahabah had (obviously) seen Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, when he was alive, had close interaction with him, kissed his hand, fought over his Wudu water, distributed his Hair for Barakah, and even took his spit and rubbing it over their faces (as in Bukhari in clear words). But those who had not met Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, express their love by going to his Qabr, and kissing and touching it.

Imam al-Ghazali says in his famous work Minhaj al-Abideen (p.347) that the Wali of Allah reaches such a state that: Allah gives Barakah in his Breath, Speech, Clothes, Company, places where he sat and even the Sand he walked on.

“If the Barakaah is there , what is wrong if we try to get it?Edit??”

“[A Summary of the teachings of Saudi Arabian Sunni Islamic Scholar Shaykh As-Sayyid Muhammad ibn `Alawi al-Maliki of  Makkah al-Mukarramah]”

The issue of kissing is often (deliberately) misunderstood. Kissing is a natural human behaviour. One could kiss someone out of love, respect, honour, desire, or maybe even worship. It depends on your intention – the reason why you do it. However, some individuals insist on interpreting all types of kissing as worship. There is no real basis for this view, as it is not found anywhere in the Quran or the Sunnah. Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, used to kiss the black stone, and thus, by the Prophet’s action one can clearly see that there is a distinction between merely kissing and worshipping. And even as this stone is the stone from Heaven (as in Nasai, Tirmidhi and Hakim), so are the Prophets, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, and the saints the People of Heaven.

These individuals then proceed to label Muslims who may kiss them out of veneration or love as Mushriks or Kafir. This labeling is the real act of Kufr.

There is an interesting story about a man who condemned the kissing of the Awliya and the descendants of Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, as Shirk and Worship of other Humans. When he was seen kissing his own son, he was asked why he was now worshipping his son. He said that he kissed his son out of love. The people responded by saying that they, too, kissed the family of Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, out of love. The man then kept quiet.

It is for this reason, the reason of love and respect, that visitors to the Qubur of the Ahlul Bayt, Sahabah, and Awliya kiss their respective Qubur.

If individuals insist on holding the view that kissing a Qabr is an act of worship, let them prove it from Qur’an and Sunnah, and not merely give an opinion based on their hawa, or base desire.

There are many Hadith which show that the Sahabah used to kiss the grave of Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam: Ibn Asakir in Tarikh Dimashq, al-Samhudi in Wafa al-Wafa and al-Imam al-Mujtahid al- Subki in Shifa as-Siqam bi-ziyarat Khayr al-Anaam, narrate that when Sayyidina Bilal,radi Allahu `anh, came back to Madinah after many years, he went straight to the Honourable Qabr of Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, and fell down and put his forehead on the Qabr, and kissed it, saying, “Oh my beloved, Rasulullah, sall- Allahu `alayhi wa sallam.”

This was an expression of his love for Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam. No doubt, some of todays “shaykhs” would label Sayyidina Bilal a “Mushrik”, claiming that he was worshipping the Prophet, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam! Astaghfirullah.

Tabarani narrates that Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, radi Allahu `anh, the Great Sahabi, once put his head on the honourable Qabr of Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, and kissed it. The Umayyad ruler, Marwan bin al-Hakam, a notorious man, asked Abu Ayyub why he was worshipping the stone. Abu Ayyub replied that he was visiting Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, and not a stone. Someone then intervened and warned Marwan not to interfere with Abu Ayyub, radi Allahu `anh, as he was one of the Companions of Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, and Marwan let him be.

Thus, when we visit the tombs of the Ahl al-Bayt and the Awliya, we are expressing our love for them, as Sayyidina Bilal and Sayyidina Abu Ayyub, not worshipping them.

Imam al-Qastalani narrates in his Mawahib Ladunniyyah that when Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, died, his daughter, Sayyidah Fatimah, radi Allahu `anha’, took sand from His Qabr and put it over her face and wept, saying: “Maza ala man shamma Turbata Ahmadin an laa yashumma madaz Zamaani Ghawaliya (The person who has smelt the dust of the Grave of Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, does not need to smell any perfume ever again)

In other words, the Dust on the Qabr of Nabi Muhammad, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, has a better fragrance than any perfume in the world. This is what Imam al-Busiri said in his world famous Qasidat al-Burdah and some ignorant ‘shaykhs’ called him a Kafir too.

Would some of todays “shaykhs” also condemn Sayyidah Fatimah’s act of Love, radi Allahu `anha’! Astaghfirullah!

For them, the following Two Hadiths from Bukhari (Kitab al-Janaiz) should suffice:

It is narrated that once a Janazah went pass the Prophet ( (sal-lal-lahu alaihi wasallam), and some of his Companions praised the dead person, so the Prophet ( (sal-lal-lahu alaihi wasallam) said: It has been affirmed to him. They asked What?. He said The Jannah, giving the reason for it as You are the Witnesses of Allah on this Earth (Antum Shuhada Allah fil Ard).

The Prophet, sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, also said: Any Muslim, who is attested by four people to have Good Nature-Allah will enter him into Paradise.

We say, the Awliya of this Ummah are attested by Millions of Pious Muslims to be from the Friends of Allah, how can one then still question their Imaan?

How can such an evil thought even occur in a Muslims mind concerning those who are honored by both Allah and his Creation?

To have a bad opinion of an ordinary Human Being is a sin, let alone to question the Imaan of those Saints whose holy lives and examples have inspired generations of True Believers in Allah.

Point: If an accusation is made that people are kissing the Aulia out of worship, it remains the onus of the accusers to prove this, as we are all Muslims who say, La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadun Rasul Allah ﷺ .

To brand a Muslim as a Kafir is one of the gravest sins in Islam. We worship Allah, subhanaHu wa Ta`ala, and honour his friends.

Shirk is related to ones internal belief concerning Allah, it is not about kissing and respecting. To consider acts of love and respect as Shirk is a trivialization of the concept of Shirk. In fact, to call Muslims as Mushriks on issues of difference is the real Bidaah that is plaguing the Ummah of Islam.

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