The Call To Tawheed and the Arrows (Attacks) of the Biases, By Shaykh Salih al Fawzan


دعوة التوحيد و سهام المغرضين
لمعالي الشيخ الدكتور
صالح بن فوزان  بن عبد الله الفوزان


 

“The Call to Tawheed and the Arrows of the Biases ”

By Dr. Shaykh Salih bin Fawzan bin Abdillah al-Fawzan.

Translated by Abul Bara’a Muhammad Abdullah bin Earl bin Earl A’l Allister Amreeki


Chapter 1. Tawheed

All the Praise is due to Allah the Lord of the worlds, and peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his family and his companions.

The title just as all you heard:

دعوة التوحيد و سهام المغرضين

The call to Tawheed and the arrows (attacks) of the Bias (against Tawheed and the People of Tawheed).

Tawheed: It is to single out Allah Exalted and Most High in worship and that to make the one who is worshiped one. This is Tawheed, indeed to make Him one, which is to make the one who is worshiped the superior one in worship [Him Allah Alone in worship], and for this when the Prophet sallahu alayhi wa sallam said: this to the people of Makah:

قولوا: لا إله إلا الله. أجعل الآلِهة إلَهًا واحدًا

سنن الترمذي

 

“They said: There is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, They said: Is this to make our gods into one god?”

This is He, whom Allah created for His reasons, He the Most High said:

“ وَ مَا خَلقتُ الجَنَّ و الإنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدونِ56 مَا أُريدُ مِنهم مِّن رِّزقٍ و مَآ أُريدُ أَن يُطعِمُونِِ 57 إِنَّ اللهَ هُو الرَّزاقُ ذُو القُوَّةِ المَتِينُ .
سورة الذرايات” 56 و57

“And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone).
I seek not any provision from them (i.e. provision for themselves or for My creatures) nor do I ask that they should feed Me (i.e. feed themselves or My creatures).
Verily, Allah is the All-Provider, Owner of Power, the Most Strong.”
Surah Adh-Dhariyah verse: 56-57

So the wisdom of His creation, Glory to Him for the creation, for His creation from the Jinn and Mankind for He orders them with worshiping Him “إلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ which is ordering them to worship Me [Allah].

And the benefit of that returns to them for indeed if they worship Allah, making Him one in worship [without rivals in worship with Him.]. That they will escape from the Punishment of Allah and they will enter Paradise, and everything that surrounds them will be good in this life and in the hear-after.

So the merits of worship that  it does not return to Allah, for indeed Allah is not in the need of them and concerning their worship, if all of them disbelieve they do not decrease from His Kingship a thing, and if they all obeyed [Allah] they do not increase in His Kingship a thing.

Musa alayhi wa sallam said: to the tribe of Israel:

إن تَكفُرُواْ أَنتُم ومَن في الأَرضِ جَمِيعًا فإِنَّ اللهَ لغَنِيٌّ حَمِيدٌ.
سورة إبرهيم 8

And Musa (Moses) said: “If you disbelieve you and all on earth together, then verily! Allah is Rich (Free of all wants), Owner of all Praise.”
Surah Ibrahim: verse 8

Allah the Exalted and Most High said in Hadith Qudsi

“ يا عبادي لو أن أولكم وآخرَكم و إنسَكم و جنَّكم كانوا على أتقى قلبٍ رجلِ واحدٍ منكم , ما زاد ذلك في مُلكي شيئًا , ولو أن أولَكم و آخرَكم و أنسَكم و جنَّكم كانوا على أفْجَرِ قلبٍ رجلٍ واحدٍ منكم , ما نقص ذلك من مُلكي شيئًا

“Oh, my servants were the first of you the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as pious as the most pious heart of any one man of you that would not increase my kingdom anything. Oh, my servants were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as wicked as the most wicked heart of any man of you that would not decrease My kingdom in anything…..”
Hadith Narrated by Muslim

Surely Allah all Rich [Independent, have no needs] concerning us and concerning our worship, and for sure we are the ones in need of worship of Allah for us to get close to Him. So that is to connect us with our Lord the Most High, and us to know with Him we will obtain happiness in this life and the hear-after.

And Allah the Exalted and Most High command us with worshiping Him, for it benefits us and pushes and keeps away harm concerning us, this is the wisdom of the commandment of worshiping Him Glorified is He, the Most High. The opposite of Tawheed is Shirk [to make rivals} in worship with Allah the Most High and Exalted.


 

 Chapter 2. Shirk and the First People to Commit Shirk from the People of Nuh, and the Attitudes of those like them from the pass up till our times. The Answer to the grave worshippers.

And الشرك Shirk: It is to worship other than Allah with Allah [ in worship ], It is to take a thing from these types of worship for other than Allah The Exalted and Most High like Sacrifice, Vows, Supplication, Seeking Aid, and Fear, Awe/tranquility and Hope and other than that.

So if you take a thing from these kinds of worship other than Allah for this is Shirk.
Indeed that if you make shirk [to make rivals in worship with Him or worship other than Him] with Allah along in worship with Him this is Shirk [Polytheist beliefs].

And the first to embark upon shirk on the earth were the people of Nuh, whatsoever extreme in al salihoon
[ the pious people who worship Allah].

The first people were upon Tawheed from the covenant of Adam up to the people of Nuh they were upon Tawheed, and between the people of Nuh were righteous and pious men upon knowledge [of Allah, and Scholars]. The worshipers had extreme and profound love for them, so they died [these pious men] all in one year, so there was sadness upon their people, so Shaitan came to them and said to them: Draw an image of them and raise it up high your place of sitting for that is the best way for you to remember worship if you see the pictures of them.

He [Shaitan] came from the path of giving advice and to promote upon the good, and they did not think or ponder to the penalties, and they were not aware perhaps they were their enemies [ meaning the pious men who died, by raising this picture they doing wrong] so they obeyed him [Shaitan].

So this affair is clear that it is good? Because it targets itself, their diligent upon worship, after that shirk did not innovate in the first raising of these pictures because with them were scholars [people of knowledge] and Shaitan did not dare to say to them that these pictures are benefits and harm, because the people of knowledge the scholars would of have prohibited this.

So when the period past and the scholars died from the people of Nuh, so none was left behind with knowledge, so the knowledge was wipeout [disappeared], and none was left back except the ignorant. So Shaitan came to them and he said: that your fathers did not raise these pictures [idols] except for worshiping it, and worshiping it will bring you rain.

So that enter their understanding for their ignorance, and there was no scholar to refute this doubt, and this shirk for this is the first sihaaamu al-mugrideen [arrows {attack} bias haters] upon Tawheed [Islamic Monotheism] so they worship them from other than Allah, which was these pictures [of these pious men].

So Allah sent Nuh upon him is blessings and peace with them he called them to the oneness of worship to Allah [making Him one in worship]. And leaving off the worship of these idols and him [Nuh] restore them to the origin which they were created for, and this is the mercy of Allah the Exalted and the Most High, for His slaves that he did not leave them behind in front of their enemies, rather He sent to them whom he warns them and weakens the doubts which promoted between them.

This is the mercy of Allah for His slaves, that He sends Messengers and He send down books which clarifies and explain the correct path and connects to Allah the Exalted the Most High and He who clarify and explain as-shirk [what is worship other than Allah and made rivals with Him in worship] and its paths and means, for He did not leave His slaves behind without a purpose and do not leave them for Shaitan.

 

 

And for that Allah sent Nuh [upon him be blessings and peace] he call them to Allah The Exalted the Most High, he ascribed to the origin which is Tawheed which they were created for that reason, so he stayed with them just as He the Exalted the Most High said :

ألْفَ سَنةٍ إِلَّا خَمسِينَ عَامًا.
سورة العنكبوت: 14
“Thousand years less fifty years [inviting them to believe in the Oneness of Allah (Monotheism)”

Look to the evil if it enters upon the hearts it hard to expel it and its doubts and if it nest, it is hard to battle it, [being establish] nine hundred years to a thousand years.

And the Prophet and Messenger of Allah [ upon him be peace and blessing] he knowing this problem, and dealing with it, and calling to Allah Exalted and the Most High mentions that in His Book.

From that, he mentions it in Suratu Nuh the complete story of Nuh with his people

He the Most High said:

إَنّآ أَرْسَلنَا نوحًا إَلى قَومِهِ أَنْ أَنْذِرْ قَوْمَكَ مِن قَبلِ أَن يَاْتِيهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ 1
قَالَ يَقَوْمِ إِنّي لَكُم نَذِيرٌ مُّبِينٌ2 أَنِ اعْبُدُوا اللّهَ وَ اتَّقُوهُ وَ أَطِيعُونِ 3
يَغْفِرْ لَكُم مّن ذُنُوبِكُمْ وَ يُؤَخِرْكُمْ إِلىَ أَجَلٍ مُّسِمًّى إِنَّ أَجَلَ اللّهِ إِذَا جَآءَ لاَ يُؤَخَّرُ لَو كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ 4
سورة نوح

Verily, We sent Nuh (Noah) to his people (Saying): “Warn your people before there comes to them a painful torment. He said: “O my people! Verily, I am a plain Warner to you, that you should worship Allah (Alone), be dutiful to Him, and obey me, “He (Allah) will forgive you of your sins and respite you to an appointed term. Verily, the term of Allah when it comes, cannot be delayed, if you but knew.”
Surah Nuh verse: 1-4

  

Like this, he called them to Allah, with evidence and proofs and gentleness and softness and spiritual admirations so perhaps they will respond to his call.

Then indeed they increase their evil:

قَالَ رَبِّ إِنّيِ دَعَوتُ قَومِي ليلاً ونَهَارًا 5 فَلَمْ يَزِدْهُمْ دُعَآءِى إِلاَّ فِرَارًا6
وَإِنّيِ كُلَّما دَعَوْتُهُمْ لِتَغْفِرَ لَهُمْ جَعَلُوا أَصابِهُمْ في ءَاذَانِهِمْ وَ أسْتَغْشَوْا ثِيَابَهُمْ وَ أَصَرُّواْ وَ اسْتَكْبَرُوا اسْتِكْبَارًا7
سورة نوح

He said: “O my Lord! Verily, I have called my people night and day (i.e. secretly and openly to accept the doctrine of Islamic Monotheism). But all my calling added nothing but to (their) flight (from the truth). And verily! Every time I called unto them that You might forgive them, they thrust their fingers into their ears, covered themselves up with their garments, and persisted (in their refusal), and magnified themselves in pride.” Surah Nuh verse 5-7

They did not love to listen to the voice of the Messenger of Allah: أسْتَغْشَوْا ثِيَابَهُمْ
“Covered themselves up with their garments…”

They wrapped themselves in their garments for perhaps they do not see Allah’s Prophet Peace and blessings be upon him.

Like he was an enemy of them:

 وَ أَصَرُّواْ وَ اسْتَكْبَرُوا اسْتِكْبَارًا

“And persisted [in their refusal], and magnified themselves in pride.”

They magnified themselves with pride concerning the call of the truth, so they did not accept it.

 

” ثُمَّ إِنِّي دَعَوْتُهُمْ جِهَاراً (8(ثُمَّ إِنِّي أَعْلَنتُ لَهُمْ وَأَسْرَرْتُ لَهُمْ إِسْرَاراً (9) فَقُلْتُ اسْتَغْفِرُوا رَبَّكُمْ إِنَّهُ كَانَ غَفَّاراً (10) يُرْسِلِ السَّمَاءَ عَلَيْكُم مِّدْرَاراً (11وَيُمْدِدْكُم بِأَمْوَالٍ وَبَنِينَ وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ جَنَّاتٍ وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ أَنْهَاراً (12)

“And verily every time I called unto them that You might forgive them, they thrust their fingers into their ears, covered themselves up with their garments, and persisted (in their refusal), and magnified themselves in pride. “Then verily, I called to them openly (aloud); “Then verily, I proclaimed to them in public, and I have appealed to them in private, “I said (to them): ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; ‘He will send rain to you in abundance; ‘And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.” Surah Nuh 8-12

 

Look at the caller to Allah: مّا لَكُم لا تَرجونَ لِلهِ وَ قَارًا

“What is the matter with you, [that you fear not Allah (His punishment), and] you hope not for reward (from Allah or you believe not in His Oneness). “
Surah Nuh: 13

 

What is the matter, you are not mighty than Allah the Most High, and that you respect and have honor for Him. Because [your actions] worshiping other than Him, is a contradiction to Allah the Most High. What do you think you are, on the same level as Him, you are not on the same level as Him. And you worship with Him and take rivals in worship with Him by taking His creation he who is like you [as gods beside Him, like those pious men the people of Nuh took as gods beside Allah], rather yet are you more powerful than death?! You walk about [your lives] and your earnings while they are dead in their graves [those who they worship who is powerless, for Allah is all Powerful all Mighty Ever Living].

  

مَا لَكُمْ لاَ تَرْجُونَ لِلَّهِ وَقَاراً (13وَقَدْ خَلَقَكُمْ أَطْوَاراً (14) أَلَمْ تَرَوْا كَيْفَ خَلَقَ اللَّهُ سَبْعَ سَمَوَاتٍ طِبَاقاً (15وَجَعَلَ القَمَرَ فِيهِنَّ نُوراً وَجَعَلَ الشَّمْسَ سِرَاجاً (16) وَاللَّهُ أَنْبَتَكُم مِّنَ الأَرْضِ نَبَاتاً (17ثُمَّ يُعِيدُكُمْ فِيهَا وَيُخْرِجُكُمْ إِخْرَاجاً (18) وَاللَّهُ جَعَلَ لَكُمُ الأَرْضَ بِسَاطاً (19)

“What is the matter with you, [that you fear not Allah (His punishment), and] you hope not for reward (from Allah or you believe not in His Oneness). While He has created you in (different) stages [i.e. first Nutfah, then ‘Alaqah and then Mudghah, see (VV.23:13, 14) the Quran]. You know not how Allah has created the seven heavens one above another, and has made the moon a light therein, and made the sun a lamp? And Allah has brought you forth from the (dust of) earth. Afterward, He will return you to it (the earth), and bring you forth (again on the Day of Resurrection)? And Allah has made for you the earth wide spread (an expanse).”
Surah Nuh 14-19

Allah reminds them of His Ayah [signs, and proofs] of the universe and the outer and inner of His blessing.

Concerning those who are dead what they establish for you? Did they create the heavens and the earth? Do they know what your provision will be? Do they send down to you rain, which thing you are predetermined with them?

و الله أنبتكم من الأرض نباتًا ، ثم يعيدكم فيها و يجرجكم إخراجًا، و الله جعل لكم الأرض بِسَاطًا، لتسلكوا منها سبلًا فجاجًا

“And Allah has brought you forth from the (dust of) earth. Afterward, He will return you to it (the earth), and bring you forth (again on the Day of Resurrection)? And Allah has made for you the earth wide spread (an expanse). That you may go about therein in broad roads.”
Surah Nuh: 17 – 20

 

So when all of this did not affect them, Nuh said:

قَالَ نُوحٌ رَّبِّ إِنَّهُمْ عَصَوْنِي وَاتَّبَعُوا مَن لَّمْ يَزِدْهُ مَالُهُ وَوَلَدُهُ إِلاَّ خَسَاراً

“Nuh (Noah) said: “My Lord! They have disobeyed me and followed one whose wealth and children give him no increase but only loss. “
Surah Nuh 21

They left the Messenger of Allah and they followed the call to shirk [polytheist beliefs] and Sihamul Mugrdeen, the arrows [the attacks] of the bias [against Tawheed {Islamic Monotheism]:

” وَاتَّبَعُوا مَن لَّمْ يَزِدْهُ مَالُهُ وَوَلَدُهُ إِلاَّ خَسَاراً (21) وَمَكَرُوا مَكْراً كُبَّاراً (22) وَقَالُوا لاَ تَذَرُنَّ آلِهَتَكُمْ وَلاَ تَذَرُنَّ وَداًّ وَلاَ سُوَاعاً وَلاَ يَغُوثَ وَيَعُوقَ وَنَسْراً (23)”

“Nuh (Noah) said: “My Lord! They have disobeyed me and followed one whose wealth and children give him no increase but only loss. And they have plotted a mighty plot. And they have said: ‘You shall not leave your gods, nor shall you leave Wadd, nor Suwa’, nor Yaghuth, nor Ya’uq, nor Nasr (names of the idols) “Surah 21 -23

These are the pious men, whom they died, and they made these idols of them, and these are their names. [Wadd, Suwa, Yaghuth, Ya’ug, Nasr]

They convince with staying upon idol worshiping, and they reject the call of Tawheed [ Monotheism] and they obey the false and astray call, and they reject the call of Tawheed [Monotheism], and the preacher of Tawheed [Monotheism]. They are enjoining each other with this, and this word, they say the Kufar [disbeliever in Islamic Monotheism] and the Mushrik [people of shirk {polytheist}] toward the call of the Prophets all around history, just as the people of Nuh said:

 

” أءنا لتاركوا آلهتنا لشاعر مجنون
“And (they) said: “Are we going to abandon our aliha (gods) for the sake of a mad poet?”
Surah as-Saffat verse: 36

أجعل الآلهة إلها واحدًا إن هذا لشئ عُجاب
“Has he made the aliha (gods) (all) into One Ilah (God – Allah). Verily, this is a curious thing!”

Its meaning: Shirk [polytheist beliefs] not strange and Tawheed [Islamic Monotheism} is strange?!

ما سمعنا بهذا فى ملة الآخر
“We have not heard (the like) of this among the people of these later days….”
Meaning: it’s the religion of our forefathers.
إن هذا إلا اختلاق
“…This is nothing but an invention!” Surah Sad: 5 -7

Which it is a lie, and he who calls to shirk [polytheist beliefs] as if it is the truth, and the Messenger who calls to Tawheed [Islamic Monotheism] a liar?! Like this is their understanding as if to corrupt the image of the truth as falsehood and the falsehood as truth, ‘Allah forbid’, they shaped the Messenger as a liar? And their way more advisable than the Creator, and more knowledgeable than the Creator, and they make Him the liar, and they make the call of astray and falsehood and the call of shirk [polytheist beliefs] as being the truth, and the correct advice and way. Thus if Allah makes them blind to see the truth so this is what comes from them and exhort this between various nations:

أجئتنا لنعبد الله وحده و نذر ما كان يعبد آباؤنا ، فأتينا بما تعدنا إن كنت من الصادقين

“They said: “You have come to us that we should worship Allah Alone and forsake that which our fathers used to worship. So bring us that wherewith you have threatened us if you are of the truthful.”
ٍSurah al A’raaf: 70

 

Allah calls them for worshiping Him Alone, so they said: Out of the question that we abandon the worship of idols, and like this is evil, and like this is their ugly understanding. If it nests in the heads and it connects with the hearts, so indeed it is especially hard to abandon and stop it.

Who is accustom to evil, and evil is feasible for him, surely it hard to deal with it and cure it.

Concerning he who is in this life concerned or his natural inclination is open, and the affair of ignorance are addressed to him and he requests clarification of the truth and he accepts it.

But he who is persisting in being astray for indeed there is no return for him ever. But this does not mean that we abandon Dawah [ the call to Islamic Monotheism] rather we call him to Allah and persist for the reason to establishing the proof upon him, for the reason to abolish his doubts so that he is not misleading by it, to the end [of his life].

So we do not abandon to clarify the truth, and that many of the people will not accept it rather we clarify the truth and who accept it alhamdullillah [ All Praise due to Allah] and this is for the one who seeks the truth. And he who does not accept the truth, so surely we establish the proof upon him, and we free our protection and Allah the Most High say:

لم تعظون قومًا الله مهلكهم أو نعدهم عذابًا شديدًا ,قالوا معذرة إلى ربكم و لعلهم يتقون
“Why do you preach to a people whom Allah is about to destroy or to punish with a severe torment?” (The preachers) said: “In order to be free from guilt before your Lord (Allah), and perhaps they may fear Allah.”
Surah A’raf: 164

So the way of the Mushrik [polytheist] that they do not want to come out of their shirk [worship other than Allah or to take rivals in worship with Allah]

 

 

Allah the Most High say :
أجئتنا لتنهانى عن ما وجدنا عليه آبائنا و تكون لكم الكبرياء فى الارض و ما نحن لكم بمؤمنون
“Have you come to us to turn us away from that (Faith) we found our fathers following, – and that you two may have greatness in the land? We are not going to believe you two!”
Surah Yunus: 78

They said that to Musa and Harun upon them two peace. They said “you came to turn us away from our gods and you and the grandeur and presidency over us:

ما هذا إِلاَّ بَشَرٌ مِثْلُكُمْ يُرِيدُ أَنْ يَتَفَضَّلَ عَلَيكُمْ
“He is no more than a human being like you, he seeks to make himself superior to you.”
Surah Mumin: 24

Like this, they accused the Messengers peace be upon them. Do not be surprised if callers [of Islamic Monotheism] are accused of things like that the Messengers were accused:

و تكون لكم الكبرياء فى الارض و ما نحن لكما بمؤمنين
“ ..and that you two may have greatness in the land? We are not going to believe you two!”
Surah Yunus: 78

Rather that Faroun said:

ذرونى اقتل موسى و ليدعوا ربه إنى أخاف أن يبدل دينكم أو يظهر فى الارض الفساد
“Leave me to kill Musa (Moses), and let him call his Lord (to stop me from killing him)! I fear that he may change your religion, or that he may cause mischief to appear in the land!”
Surah Ghafir verse: 26

Look at how he came at the true correct path, and at Musa, that he shall change their Deen [way of Life, of Islamic Monotheism]¿! To make it clear on the earth as to be corrupt?! Shirk [polytheist beliefs] and they name it the Deen [True way of life] along with the correct Deen which is Tawheed [Islamic Monotheism] and they name Shirk to be the Deen [True way of Life], and it is the false Deen. And the Deen of Truth it is Tawheed which the Creator created it for that purpose.

Faroun’s people said:

“Will you leave Moses and his people to cause corruption in the land and abandon you and your gods?” Surah Araaf: 127

And they describe them being corrupt on the earth, and they describe the Prophets and the scholars, and the Pious with them being corrupt in the earth “and abandon you and your gods?”

And this is bad company, like this, is the inner evil they confront the King or President or upon the one who is over affairs with, and he [ the ruler] turns away from the call of Truth, and banish the call of Truth. Because of they, just as they claim – the corrupt ones on earth, and they named them to be the ones that were corrupt on earth. Because this is their nature, or because they want to change the people concerning the call of the pious and they want to describe the Pious with corruption in the earth. This is at all times and places and this is from the Sihaamul Mugrideen the opposite of the call of Tawheed at all times and places.

And the polytheists, those who worship the idols so they do not establish that the idols create or give or provide or give life or death because they know that the idols have no power upon that and that there no power except the Power of Allah. Allah the Most High states:

And if you asked them, “Who created the heavens and earth?” they would surely say,” Allah.”
surah Luqman :25

And He the Most High says:

“And if you ask them who created them, they will surely say: Allah”
Surah Zukruf :87

And He the Most High says:

“Who provides for you from the heaven and the earth? Or who controls hearing and sight and who brings the living out of the dead and brings the dead out of the living and who arranges [every] matter?” They will say,” Allah,”
Surah Yunus :31

So they are well informed of Tawheed Rububiya [ Oneness of the Lordship of Allah] and that there is no power over a thing from the creation except Allah and that their idols have no power upon a thing from that, hence why do you worship them? They say:

شُفَعَؤُنا عِندَاللهِ
“These are our intercessors with Allah” Surah Yunus :18.

We do not worship them because they do not create, provide or they are not aware, but they are our intercessors with Allah, a mediator with Allah and they mediate for us with Allah. Did Allah close His door concerning his caller [who calls upon Him], concerning His slaves until he needs a mediator? So Allah open His door for those who ask, and He answers the call or the caller and if he calls upon Him, He Allah feels compel to answer him and give to the one who is asking.
And He comes down every night to the sky of this world and he says:

“Who ask and I give him and who seeks repentance for I accept repentance upon him, He who seeks forgiveness for I forgive him” Hadith Bukhari.

So do you need to make between you and Him a mediator when the only thing you need to do is to stretch out your hands to Him [all Glory and the Most High] with the heart present and to seek from Him as you wish and seek from Him the worldly and hereafter for He is Ganee Kareem The all Rich free of wants all Noble. So there is no need to want to make between you and Him a mediator.

Concerning the rulers of the world do not reach to them, except as an agent and mediator [for diplomacy]. Concerning Allah [The Majestic and Most High ] He is the Hearer and the Close Responder, and answers who calls on Him, night and day and His door is open and He Hears and Sees all, Glory be unto Him. There no need for no one or thing to make between you and Him an intercessor.

He the Most High say:

“And they worship other than Allah that which neither harms them nor benefits them, and they say, “These are our intercessors with Allah.” Surah Yunus:18

Which: they intercede for us with Allah:

“Unquestionably, for Allah is the pure religion. And those who take protectors besides Him [say], “We only worship them that they may bring us nearer to Allah in position.”
Surah Zumur :3

Hence why do you not get near to Allah in position, either Allah is far from you and He does not hear you or see you?! Either Allah does not give you that which you seek from Him?! Did Allah close His door concerning you?!

This is from the doubts of the Shaitan that which it meets in the heart of the people, and it puts doubt deeply rooted in the heart that it becomes hard to resist it.

And in our time this grave worshiping is in the likeness of the Pre-Islamic polytheist Arab pagans the same as them except that the Pre-Islamic polytheist Arab pagans were more clever and smart from them [the grave worshipers of the Muslims]. Because when the Messenger sallahu wa alayhi wa sallam said to them [the Polytheist of Makkah] “There is no deity worthy of worship except Allah”
they said:

“And the leaders among them went about (saying): “Go on, and remain constant to your aliha (gods)! Verily, this is a thing designed (against you)! “We have not heard (the like) of this among the people of these later days. This is nothing but an invention!”  Surah Sad: 5-6

So they know the meaning of “ There no deity worthy of worship except Allah” and it means you leave the worship of other than Allah, and that they single out Allah in worship and they do not need [mediators], rather they need to worship with Him other than Him and they claim that they are the intercessors and that they will get them near to Allah in position.

Concerning the grave worshipers of today so in them there is stupidity because they say there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and they worship other than Him, concerning the Polytheist for they refuse to say it, for that they contradict, and with that, they say ‘there no deity worthy of worship except Allah’ and they call upon in worship other than Allah.

This is a contradiction, and those who do not need contradiction they resist shirk and avoid contradiction, concerning the foolish and the ones unaware in this time for they worship those who are dead and tombs and they say ‘There no deity worthy of worship except Allah’ they call upon Allah with all kinds of remembrance from night and day and they say: Oh Ali, Oh Hussein, Oh Abdul Qaadir,

Oh Nashaqabandi, Oh so and so relief me, give me and they say ‘There no deity worthy of worship except Allah’. This is a big contradiction!

How you say there no deity worthy of worship except Allah and you call upon other than Allah?! So the Polytheist they refuse to say there no deity worthy of worship except Allah, contrary, contradiction and those who do not raise up from contradictions [the grave worshipers]  for they say there no deity worthy of worship except Allah abundantly and they associate [with Allah] abundantly, ‘ for Allah forbid’.

So this is why As-Shaykh Al-Islam Muhammad Abdul Wahab rahimallah Allah [may Allah have mercy upon him] when he mentions this principle he said:

 “ There is no good in a disbeliever man of Quraish who know the meaning of ‘ There is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, so  disbelievers of Quraish they knew the meaning of there  is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, and they refused, and they were determined on it for that those who did not know the meaning of there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and for that they called upon other than Allah, and they sacrifice to other than Allah and they did not name this shirk rather they named it with Tawasil [a thing or action to get them close to Allah] and they said Allah the Most High say:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَابْتَغُوا إِلَيْهِ الْوَسِيلَةَ وَجَاهِدُوا فِي سَبِيلِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ ﴿٣٥﴾
(35) O you who believe! Be careful of (your duty to) Allah and seek means of nearness to Him and strive hard in His way that you may be successful.

And He said:

أُولَـٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ يَبْتَغُونَ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِمُ الْوَسِيلَةَ

‘Those whom they call upon, themselves seek the means of access to their Lord’ Al Isaaraa:57


 

Chapter 3. What is Al-Wasilah -Means to get Near to Allah- and What Opposes it

 

What is Al Wasilah [means of approach]: They said it is a mediator so we created been Allah a mediator so they explain the verse from other than its meaning, and different from what Allah the Exalted and the Most High intended in its meaning. And this, no one did not say this or explain it from the Mufasireen [ Mufasir explainers of Quran] ever.

Al Wasilah explained by the Mufasiroon [explainers of Quran]: It is [a means of approach] that which gets one close to Allah. Which thing gets one close to Allah? It is Tawheed [Islamic Monotheism] and righteous actions.

It is that which gets one close to Allah the Exalted and the Most High and this is al Wasilah, and this is al Wasilah that is correct and it is the worship of Allah, Him only without associating partners in worship with Him. It is al Wasilah and At-tawasil [means of approach and a way to get close] to something: It is what connects to something. The rope is name wasilah because it brings out with it water from the well for it is wasilah,
[Means to approach; the way to get close].

So the means to get close to Allah is it Shirk [Polytheist beliefs] or Tawheed [Islamic Monotheism]? So he who wants to get close to Allah The Most High, it is with:
At-Tawheed and the worship of Him exclusively, and exclusively Him without associating partners in worship with Him.

And the meaning: ‘Those whom they call upon, themselves seek the means of access to their Lord—‘.

That you get close to Him with [correct] worship: “O you who believe! Be careful of (your duty to) Allah and seek means of nearness to Him and strive hard in His way that you may be successful.”

The nearness to Him and to Glorified Him with worship this is the meaning of al Wasilah, and it does not mean how the grave worshipers explain by it, with making with Allah mediator in worship between you and Him Allah.

At-Tawasil [means to get near to Allah]: mention the scholars that its types and they are two sections, Tawasil that is lawful, and Tawasil that is prohibited.

Tawasil that is lawful: That you get near to Allah [Glorified is Him] with His names and attributes. Allah the Most High says:

وَلِلَّهِ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَىٰ فَادْعُوهُ بِهَا

‘And Allah has the best Names; therefore call on Him thereby,’ Surah alAraaf :180

So we say; O Gufoor [All Forgiver] forgive me! O Raziq [Provider] provide for me! Cure me for you are the Curer! There no treatment is except your cure!
To get near to Him with His names and attributes Glorified and the Most High is He. To get near to Him with righteous actions with making you near to Him, the proof Hadith of three who seek refuge in and cave as the Prophet Sallahu wa alayhi wa sallam narrated:

‘[Narrated by Ibn Umar the Prophet said] While three persons were walking rain began to fall and they had to enter to a cave in a mountain and while they were inside a big rock rolled over and blocked the entrance of the cave. They said to each other, ‘Invoke Allah with the best deed you have performed [so Allah might remove the rock]. One of them said O Allah! My parents were old and I used to go out for grazing my animals. On my return I would milk the animals and take the milk in a vessel to my parents to drink. After they had drunk from it I would give it to my children, family and wife. One day I was late and on my return I found my parents sleeping, and I disliked waking them up. The children were crying  at my feet because of hunger. That state of affairs continued till it was dawn. O Allah! If you regard that I did it for your sake, and   please remove this rock so that we may seek the sky. So the rock was moved a bit.

The second said, o Allah! You know that I was in love with my cousin of mine, like the deepest love a man may have for a woman, and she told me that I would not get my desire fulfilled unless I paid her one hundred Dinars gold pieces. So I struggled for it till I gather the desired amount, and when I sat in between her legs, she told me to Fear Allah, and asked me not deflower her except rightfully by marriage. So I got up and left her. O Allah! If you regard that I did for your sake kindly remove this rock. So two thirds of the rock was removed.

Then the Third man said O Allah No doubt you know that once I employed a worker for on Faraq [Three Saa] of millet, and when I wanted to pay him he refused to take it, so I sowed it and from its yield I bought cows and a shepherd. After a time, the man came and demanded his money. I said to him: Go to those cows and the shepherd and take them for they are for you. He asked me whether I was joking with him. I told him that I was not joking with him and all that belonged to him. O Allah! If you regard that I did it sincerely for Your sake, then please remove the rock. So the rock was removed completely from the entrance of the cave.’ Narrated by al Bukhari.

So to get near to Allah with sincere righteous actions and Allah the Exalted and the Most High, He says:

ثُمَّ نُنَجِّي رُسُلَنَا وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ۚ كَذَٰلِكَ حَقًّا عَلَيْنَا نُنجِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ

‘Then We deliver Our messengers and those who believe– even so (now), it is binding on Us (that) We deliver the believers.’ Surah Yunus:103

So Allah delivers the Believers [of Tawheed] with their worship [that is upon Tawheed] and their obedience to Allah ‘Glory and the Most High’. He said The Most High:

فَلَوْلَا أَنَّهُ كَانَ مِنَ الْمُسَبِّحِينَ
لَلَبِثَ فِي بَطْنِهِ إِلَىٰ يَوْمِ يُبْعَثُونَ

‘But had it not been that he was of those who glorify (Us), He would certainly have tarried in its belly to the day when they are raised. ’Surah Saafat:143- 144

This is the story of Yunus Alayhi Salam [peace be upon him]. When he was swallowed by the whale and became into afflictions: So he called to his Lord, [Glory is to Him]:

أَن لَّا إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

‘There is no god but Thou, glory be to Thee; surely I am of those who make themselves to suffer loss.’ Surah An-anbiyyah: 87

So he got near to Allah with Tawheed [Monotheism] ‘There no god except You!’ So he draws near to Allah with his confession of his grievance and error. Thus Allah the Exalted delivers him.

Therefore in the other verse:

‘But had it not been that he was of those who glorify (Us)’.

Which from those who pray, so indeed Yunus peace be upon him, prays much.

لَلَبِثَ فِي بَطْنِهِ إِلَىٰ يَوْمِ يُبْعَثُونَ
He would certainly have tarried in its belly to the day when they are raised.
Surah Safaat: 144

So Allah delivered him because indeed he was from those who glorified, and praise [Allah].
And this is proof upon the righteous actions, Allah deliverance its companion if he falls into hardship and this is the saying of the Messenger Salahu alayhi wa sallam “ If you know Allah in easiness and He will know you in difficulty” narrated by Imam Ahmed in his Musnad.

Therefore the means to get close to Allah, with the righteous actions this is the way to seek and this is the lawful way [from Shariah]. He said the Most High concerning His slaves the believers:

رَبَّنَا آمَنَّا بِمَا أَنزَلْتَ وَاتَّبَعْنَا الرَّسُولَ فَاكْتُبْنَا مَعَ الشَّاهِدِينَ
Our Lord! We believe in what Thou hast revealed and we follow the messenger, so write us down with those who bear witness.
Surah Al Ilraaam :53

And He said:

رَّبَّنَا إِنَّنَا سَمِعْنَا مُنَادِيًا يُنَادِي لِلْإِيمَانِ أَنْ آمِنُوا بِرَبِّكُمْ فَآمَنَّا ۚ رَبَّنَا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَكَفِّرْ عَنَّا سَيِّئَاتِنَا وَتَوَفَّنَا مَعَ الْأَبْرَارِ

Our Lord! Surely we have heard a preacher calling to the faith, saying: Believe in your Lord, so we did believe; Our Lord! Forgive us, therefore, our faults, and cover our evil deeds and make us die with the righteous.
Surah Al Imran:193

So they got near to Allah with their faith in [following] the Messenger Sallahu wa alayhi wa salam:

فَاسْتَجَابَ لَهُمْ رَبُّهُمْ أَنِّي لَا أُضِيعُ عَمَلَ عَامِلٍ مِّنكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَىٰ ۖ بَعْضُكُم مِّن بَعْضٍ
So their Lord accepted their prayer: That I will not waste the work of a worker among you, whether male or female, one of you being from the other;
Surah Al Imran:195

Hence the means to get near to Allah, with the righteous actions it benefits the companion of it. If he falls in a hardship indeed Allah open for him from his difficulties. There no deliverance, with shouting and with wealth or with the devils or with Jinn. Just as it upon many of the Muslims today those who call upon Islam with sorrow. If they are afflicted with difficulty they do not say: Oh Allah rather they say oh Abdul Qadir, oh so and so, oh Husein, Oh Ali and they forget Allah the Glorified and the Most High.

With that the Polytheist upon their Shirk [polytheism] in the time of al-Jahiliyah [pre-Islamic Arab pagans era] if they fall into difficulties they single out Allah in their supplication. Allah the Most High:

وَإِذَا مَسَّكُمُ الضُّرُّ فِي الْبَحْرِ ضَلَّ مَن تَدْعُونَ إِلَّا إِيَّاهُ ۖ فَلَمَّا نَجَّاكُمْ إِلَى الْبَرِّ أَعْرَضْتُمْ ۚ وَكَانَ الْإِنسَانُ كَفُورًا

And when distress afflicts you in the sea, away go those whom you call on except He; but when He brings you safe to the land, you turn aside; and man is ever ungrateful.
Surah Israa:67

So when they fall into difficulty they know there is no liberation from the difficulty except Allah. So they are saved because of their supplication to Allah. He the Most High said:

قُلْ مَن يُنَجِّيكُم مِّن ظُلُمَاتِ الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ تَدْعُونَهُ تَضَرُّعًا وَخُفْيَةً لَّئِنْ أَنجَانَا مِنْ هَـٰذِهِ لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الشَّاكِرِينَ

Say: Who is it that delivers you from the dangers of the land and the sea (when) you call upon Him (openly) humiliating yourselves, and in secret: If He delivers us from this, we should certainly be of the grateful ones.
Surah al-Anaam:63

And the Mushrik [Polytheist] they are saved because of their supplication to Allah in their hardship. Concerning those who claim that they are Muslims from the grave worshipers and the extreme of Sufism, so when they fall into difficulty they call on other than Allah, they shout the names of Jinns and Devils and the dead: O Ali, O Husein, O Abdul Qadir and this thing is well known to them and they do not prohibit it.

For this Sheikh Muhammad Abdul Wahab [rahimuhu Allah] said: Shirk [polytheist beliefs] those who are more extreme from the earlier groups of people upon shirk. Because of the earlier groups of peoples upon shirk associate partners in worship with Allah when they were at ease and return back to single out Allah when they fell into hardship. And you have those who always associate partners in worship with Allah in ease and hardship. Rather yet you have those who increase in shirk in hardship ‘Allah forbids’. They forget about Allah the Most High, and the mentioning of Allah is not upon their tongues. Only what comes out is the mentioning of the thing that they worship from other than Allah the Most Mighty the Most High.

This matter is very severe, so At-Tawheed is strenuous upon many of the people. As he who calls to [tawheed], for he is their target and blame, and it is thrown that he is from the Khawaarij, because of his call to Tawheed. With [those who are biases against Tawheed and its caller with] they are worshiping graves and him who forbid these actions they consider him from the Khawaarij, and this is what they utter.
The Khawaarij are those who rebel against a ruler and announce Kufr [disbelief] upon the Muslims. Regarding who calls to Tawheed they are pure worshipers of Allah, and they are sincere, and they carry this sincerity, and love for good and guard on saving the people from destruction. And they bear the hardships and they hinder the dangers, and they are patience upon decease, and admonition, and menace for the reason to rescue the people from darkness and bring them into the light.

Hence those who say about them being Khawaarij, rather they are those who are sincere and give advice and they follow the Messengers peace be upon them, and he the Messenger of Allah upon him is peace and blessing said:

و العلماء ورثة الأنبياء والأنبياء لم يورثوا دينارًا ولا درهماً و إنّما ورثوا العلم, فمن أخذه أخذ بحظ وافر

“ And the scholars are inheritors of the Prophets, and the Prophets do not leave behind for inheritance Dinar and Dirham [ monies, wealth, gold/silver coins] and they only leave behind for inheritance knowledge and he who takes it for he takes an abundance portion of it [the Islamic knowledge]” Narrated by Abu Dawud and Tirmithi.

Like this is At-Tawaasil al-Masroo’a [The lawful means to get near to Allah]:
For you to think about your situation and you are poor compared to Allah the Majestic the Most High. Just as Ayub he said peace be upon him in what Allah said about him:

وَأَيُّوبَ إِذْ نَادَىٰ رَبَّهُ أَنِّي مَسَّنِيَ الضُّرُّ وَأَنتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ

And Ayub, when he cried to his Lord, (saying): Harm has afflicted me, and Thou art the most Merciful of the merciful.
Surah Anbiyaa:83

So he got close to Allah with his situation, he was touch with a serious affliction and it was apparent upon the people because his color change and his appearance were repugnant from the seriousness of the illness. Therefore with that, he called his-Lord:  
“Harm has afflicted me, and Thou art the most Merciful of the merciful.”

 


Chapter 4. At-Tawasil Al-Masroo’a – Lawful Means to Get Near to Allah

 

The means to get near to Allah with two things:

1. With that, He is the Most Merciful of the merciful.
2. With the situation which reaches you to that point. [Towards the hardship which afflicts you].

That is from at-tawasil al-masroo’a: The one who supplicates seeks from a pious person who is present. That you seek from the pious slave who is alive and present. That he calls for you or that he calls to Allah for the Muslims behalf. This is from at-tawasil al-masroo’a.

The proof of that, the companions may Allah be pleased with them, they were in drought and that the rain was held back. They sought from the prophet sallahu wa alayhi wa salam to ask for them and he call to Allah for them, that it rain for them. Hadith in Bukhari number 1017 narrated by Anaas ibn Malik radi allahu anhu.
And when the prophet sallahu alayhi wa sallam passed away and they suffer from drought they went to al-Abaas bin Abdil Mutalib the uncle of the prophet sallahu alayhi wa salam and Umar radi allahu anhu said to him “ O Allah just as we draw near to you with your prophet , for him to call to you for rain for us, and indeed we draw near to you Allah with the uncle of your prophet for him to pray for rain for us, and he stood al-Abaas and he called to Allah and they were assure. Thereafter rain was sent down upon them. Hadith al-Bukhari number 1010 from ibn Anas.

This is Tawasil with the supplication of the Pious and it is to be pious slave alive, present and with you supplicating for you, this is Tawasil that is lawful no problem with this and these are the types of Tawasil that are lawful.

2. Regard to Tawasil that is prohibited: it is to make an intermediary between the one who supplicates and between Allah as a set requirement. This is forbidden this is divided into two sections.
First section: If you get near to this mediator [intercessor with Allah] by slaughtering to it, and making vows to it, for this is Major Shirk, which put one outside the religion of Islam. Then there are those who they slaughter to the graves and they vow to the graves and they say these are our intercessors with Allah like the earlier of the Musrikoon [Polytheists].

Second section: That you do not draw near to the mediator [intercessor with Allah] as an act of worship. Merely you call to Allah and you claim that this mediator will intercede for you with Allah, for this is an innovation and the means to shirk and there no escape from becoming aware of this factor.
So Tawasil, not all of it is shirk and not all of it is permitted, there is no escape from knowing this detail because many of those who are biases [against the call of Tawheed] they mix this affair [with falsehood]. They say you are harsh and you are Khawaarij, and you are harsh upon the people and they say this is from tawasil and Allah order with it, with the saying:

وَابْتَغُوا إِلَيْهِ الْوَسِيلَةَ
“ .. And seek means of nearness to Him”
Maidah verse:35

It is obliged to know this and that the Scholars explain and make it clear to the people, this affair and that they abandon these biases people who mix the truth with falsehood onto the people.

In conclusion, we ask Allah that He shows the reality of the Truth, and He provides us with the following and that He shows us the false of falsehood and He proves us with abandoning it.

And Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family, and companions.