THE TEACHINGS OF AHMAD RAZA KHAN

I Hope our Barelvi brothers start following the below teachings of Ahmad Razaa khan 

RADD ALAL QUBOORIYYAH MIN KALAAM AHMAD RAZA KHAN IMAAM FIRQATUL HINDIYYAH BRAILWEEYYAH.

 
 
TO VISIT THE TOMBS, CIRCUMBULATING AND PERFORMING PROSTRATION OF VENERATION.
Ahmad Raza Khan states:
‘To circumbulate the  graves of the pious with the sole intention of tazeem [respect and veneration] is not permissible as the place which is deserving of circumbulation with veneration is the kabah. (Fataawa Ridhwiyyah of Ahmad Raza (4/7)
 

 KISSING THE GRAVE/TOMB.

Ahmad Raza Khan states:

‘One should not kiss the tomb’ (Fataawa Ridhwiyyah of Ahmad Raza (4/7)
KISSING THE PLACE OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMADS (Sallalahu Alayhee Wasallam) GRAVE.
 
 Ahmad Raza Khan states:
“Be aware, refrain from kissing and holding the railings [that cover the prophets grave] as this is against good mannerisms. Instead, stay as far as four foot away from the railings that surround the prophets grave” (Fataawa Ridhwiyyah of Ahmad Raza (10/765)
TO CIRCUMBULATE AND PROSTRATE AT THE PROPHETS GRAVE.
 
 Ahmad Raza Khan states:
“Do not circumbulate the prophet’s grave, do not prostrate at it, nor lower yourself so much so that it is as though one is making rukoo (bowing). The veneration of the prophet is in following him.” (Fataawa Ridhwiyyah of Ahmad Raza (10/769)
TO PLACE COVERINGS [CHAADAR] ON THE GRAVES AND TOMBS.
 Ahmad Raza Khan was asked about placing the covering on the tomb/grave and he replied,
“when one has a covering present and it is of some use then to utilise it to cover the grave is useless. Instead one should spend the money that was going to be used to purchase the covering to feed the poor.” (Ahkaam Shar’eeat (1/42)
TO CELEBRATE URS AND THE CUSTOMS (DESIGNATED DAY FOR REMEMBERANCE AND CELEBRATION OF A WALI).
 Ahmad Raza Khan was asked ,
When celebrating urs of the pious fireworks and lights are lit, food is made by way of benefiting the deceased by reward (Ithaal Thawaab), then to use these acts as adding blessing to the urs. What is the Islamic view concerning this?
 
He replied,
“To use fireworks is wastefulness, and wastefulness is haram” (Fataawa Ridhwiyyah of Ahmad Raza (24/112)
DANCING, WAJD (SPIRITUAL TRANCE OR FAKE FAINTING!) AND MUSIC.
 
 Ahmad Raza Khan was asked dancing and going into wajd in a gathering in which there was no music or singing.
 
He replied:
 
If he has wajd and dances with a certain style [imitating dancing] then it is haram. If he goes into wajd and dances to show others then he is destined for the hell fire. (Malfoozaat (pg.231)
 
 
THE CHISHTEES, MUSIC AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
 
 Ahmad Raza Khan said:
 
“Music and musical instruments are haram without a doubt. The awliyaa and scholars are agreed upon this. To use and listen to music is a major sin without a doubt. Those that ascribe the permissibility of music and musical instruments usage to the Chishtee (sufi tariqah) is unfounded and a slander.” (Fataawa Ridhwiyyah of Ahmad Raza Khan (2/54)
 
 
PICTURE TAKING AND PICTURE MAKING.
 
Ahmad Raza Khan states:
 
“to make the picture of a living thing by hand is haram, whether it be by hand or photography. Then to make the pictures of the false gods is even more haram and false. It is a sin to make any of the people who take and make pictures as Imaams (leaders in prayer) and to pray to pray behind these people is highly disliked near haram.” (Fataawa Ridhwiyyah of Ahmad Raza Khan (3/190)
 
 
PROSTRATE TO ALLAH AND DO NOT APOSTATE.
 
 Ahmad Raza Khan said:
 
“Muslims! O you followers of the prophets ways! Know with the utmost conviction and yaqeen [certainty without any doubt] that  the prostration is for none other than Allah.  To prostrate by way of worship to other than Allah is by consensus clear shirk and kufr and the prostration of Tazeem [respect] is haram and a major sin with yaqeen (certainty without any doubt).” (az-Zuda tuz-Zakiyyah li Tahreem Sujood at-Tahiyyah (pg.5)
 
 
LIGHTS AND DECORATING GRAVES/TOMBS.
 
Ahmad Raza Khan said concerning placing lights, candles at graves that:
“Abdul Ghani Naablusi was asked concerning this in his book ‘hadeequn nadiyyha’ and he said it was a bidah and waste of money” (al-Bareequl Manaar Bi-Shumoo il-Mizaar (pg.9)  
 
 
In fact Barailwee Ahmad Raza Khan says in another place:
 
“If the deceased is a man of paradise then in his grave he shall be smelling the gardens of paradise and is no need of your burning of incense, lights at his grave!” (as-Sunniyatil Aaniyqaa (pg.70)
 
 THE VIRTUAL TOMB AND MAUSOLEUM.
 
Ahmad Raza Khan said:
 
“To make a virtual tomb and to treat as a real tomb is impermissible and a bidah.” (Fataawa Ridhwiyyah of Ahmad Raza Khan (9/425)
 
 
 WOMEN VISITING SHRINES AND GRAVES FOR MANNATS AND ETC 
 
Ahmad Raza Khan said:
 
“It is stated in the Gunyah (of Abdul Qaadir Jelaani) that do not ask about whether it is permissible for the women to attend the tombs and graves of saints. Instead ask how much la’na [curse] of Allah and the one in the grave is upon the women who attends a tomb/grave. The time she intends to leave her house to visit the tomb and grave her curse begins from then and up until her return the angels curse her. “(Malfoozaat (pg.240)
 
 
SHIAISM AND THE QUBOOREE
 
Ahmad Raza Khan states:
“it is from the customs of ignorance of those who do not [out of respect for the martyrdom of Hussain] cook all day of the 10th of Muharram, change their clothes or get married” (Fataawa Ridhwiyyah of Ahmad Raza Khan (24/488]
 
 
SWEARING AN OATH
 
Ahmad Raza Khan was asked about a person who attends a gathering [of muharram or otherwise] and makes an promise that if Allah accepts his pray [wish] then he will attend a year later and offer blessings.
 
He replied,
 
“This oath and promise in baatil and forbidden”. (Fataawa Ridhwiyyah of Ahmad Raza Khan (24/501)
 
 CUSTOMS DONE AFTER DEATH
 
Ahmad Raza Khan said,
 
“If one thinks that there is extra reward to [feed the poor on the third day after death]  then this belief is incorrect.  Likewise there is no need and use of the peas [which are distributed on behalf of dead and used to count tasbeeh on].” (al-Hujjatul Faatiha li Tayyib at-Tayun Wal Faatiha (pg.14)
 
 
He also said,
 
“To gather at the house of the deceased after death and then to eat the foot and disturb the deceased’s family is strictly forbidden.” (Jall as-Sawt an-Nahee ad-Dawaat Umaam al-Mawt (pg.2)
 
 HIGH AND TALL GRAVES AND TOMBS.
 
Ahmad Raza Khan was asked about having a high grave raised off the ground. He replied,
 
“It is against the sunnah” (refer to Radd ul-Mukhtaar (3/167)
 
And,
 
“Look at the graves of my mother, father and brother you will not find them higher than a hand span” (Malfoozaat (pg.428)
 
 
MORE FOOD AFTER DEATH.
 
Ahmad Raza Khan said,
 
“There are some that think that until food is not placed before them then they should not pray for the deceased, this is incorrect and sinful.” (al- Hujjatul Faatiha (pg.16)
READING QURAAN FOR THE DECEASED.
 
Ahmad Raza Khan said,
 
“It is not permissible in the religion to take payment for the recitation of the Quran that is read to benefit the dead” (Fataawa Ridhwiyyah of Ahmad Raza Khan (4/317)
 

 THE PEER AND HIS MUREEDAH [FEMALE FOLLOWER].

 
Ahmad Raza Khan said,
 
“No doubt it is obligatory that a non mahram must be covered when before a non mahram man. Similairy a Peer [Alleged sufi and saint] is not a mehram for his follower [murshid]. Who is going to be a greater guider that the Prophet Muhammad? [yet he did not mix with non mahram women].” (Masaa’il Samaa (pg.23)
 
BLACK CLOTHES AND MUHARRAM.
 
Ahmad Raza Khan  said,
 
“to wear black clothes as some do in order to grieve in muharram [due to husayn’s martyrdom] is haram. The wearing of black clothes is specific to the Raafidhee shias in Muharram.” (Fataawa Ridhwiyyah of Ahmad Raza Khan (23/756)
 
 
THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE UNSEEN.
 
Ahmad Raza Khan said,
 
“The prophets knowledge of the hidden affairs that was bestowed upon him was only because Allah gave him that knowledge. Never mind even thinking that the prophets knowledge [bestowed upon him] and Allahs knowledge are similar, no, in fact if the knowledge of all those from the beginning of time until it’s end was put together it then it cannot be compared to the knowledge of Allah. The knowledge of all others in comparison to Allah is like one millionth part of a drop is thrown into one million oceans.” (Malfoozaat (pg.93)
 
 
THE SHAYTAAN PEER.
 
 Ahmad Raza Khan said,
 
“To be the mureed [follower] of an ignorant peer is to be a mureed of shaytaan himself.” (Malfoozaat (pg.98)
 
 
COPPER AND METAL AMULETS.
 
Ahmad Raza Khan said,
 
“to wear amulets made from copper and metal is highly disliked for both men and women and to have an amulet in gold and silver for men is haram” (Malfoozaat (pg.328)
 
 
IMAAM ZAAMIN AMULET.
 
Zaamin amulet is that which people tie on their arms or bodies as an amulet so that any journey that they are about to take they are protected on.
 
Ahmad Raza Khan said,
 
“It has no basis and to collect money to spend on Imaam Zaamin amulets has no basis whatsoever.” (Malfoozaat (pg.328)
 
 
AASHIQ-E-ALLAH AND RASOOL
 
 Ahmad Raza Khan was asked if it was permissible to call Allah ‘Aaashiq’ [the loved] and the prophet Muhammad ‘Mashooq’ [the lover of Allah]?
 
He replied,
 
“it is not permissible to call Allah Aashiq is impermissible as it is incorrect without any doubt to ascribe such to Allah.” (Fataawa Ridhwiyyah of Ahmad Raza Khan (21/114)
 
 
ABDUL QAADIR JEELANIS FIGHT WITH THE ANGEL OF DEATH.
 
 Ahmad Raza Khan was asked about the story of Abdul Qaadir Jeelani snatching the tray form the hands of the angel of death due to being angry and whether this was true?
 
He replied,
 
“It has no basis at all and is from fabrications and ignorance. The angel of death is from the angels and they are more superior than the human being. It is obligatory on a muslim to refrain from such falsehood.” (Fataawa Ridhwiyyah of Ahmad Raza Khan (28/419)
 
 
 THE LONG HAIR OF THE PEER QALANDAR.  
Ahmad Raza Khan was asked about the one who grows his hair long as part of the religion [showing nearness to Allah].  
 He said,  
“this is pure ignorance. The prophet in numerous narrations has cursed them men who imitate women, and imitation is not in all parts but can be some only [growing the hair long].”  (Malfoozaat (pg.297) 

THE CUTTING, SHAVING AND TRIMMING OF THE BEARD 

 Ahmad Raza Khan said,  
“The one who trims and shaves his beard he is a sinner, cursed and to make an Imaam [lead the prayer] is a sin.” (Ahkaam Sharee’at (2/321)  

MAKING PHOTOS OF THE SAINTS FOR BLESSINGS 

Ahmad Raza Khan said,  
“to take photos or images of the saints so that blessings can be sought from them is forbissen as when the prophet conquered Makkah he removed all pictures from the kabah of the pious.” (Malfoozat (pg.278)  
 PLEDGE OF ALLEIGENCE TO THE PEER/MURSHID.  
 Ahmad Raza Khan said,  
 “To be saved [from the fire] it is not neccseary for the muslim to give his pleadge of allegianmce to anyone from the Mureeds [saints] as if one accepts the Prophet Muhammad as his Murshid [guide] and this will suffice.” (Fataawa Ridhwiyyah of Ahmad Raza Khan (10/990) 
 
PRAYING TOWARDS THE GRAVE 
Ahmad Raza Khan said,  
 “It is haram to pray towards or upon a grave. It is haram to step upon a grave and haram to build a masjid upon a grave.”  [Irfaan e shariat part2] 

WAHDATUL WAJOOD [NOTHING EXISITS EXCEPT ALLAH].  
 Ahmad Raza Khan says,  
 “The hadeeth of Allah creating Adam in his image does not mean that Allah became a part of or entered into anything [adam] but it means that Allah created Adam in a image that was best for him.”  [Fataawa Ridhwiyyah of Ahmad Raza Khan (27/43) 
Compiled by Abu Hibbaan & Abu Khuzaimah Ansaari
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