Q. A Barelwi follower mentioned a narration in which it is mentioned that the Sahaabi Hadhrat Ayyub Ansaari (Radhiyallahu anhu) had placed his cheek on the Qabr of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). On the basis of this narration the Barelwi claims that it is permissible to kiss the graves of the Auliya and also bow as a mark of respect. What is the answer for this argument?

A. The brains of the Barelwi qabar pujaari (grave worshipper) have become convoluted with his acts of shirk which he perpetrates during his qabarpuja sessions. The barelwi qabar pujaari is a jaahil. No one has the right to dig out hadith narrations, subject these to opinion and formulate masaail. The Shariah has been formulated and finalized 14 centuries ago. The Fuqaha were the highest authorities of the Deen after the Sahaabah. The rulings of the Fuqaha are final and may not be abrogated by juhala of this age who extract Hadith narrations and issue stupid ‘fatwas’ in terms of their crooked understanding.

It is not permissible to kiss graves. The people of today are not Hadhrat Ayyub Ansaari whose profound love for Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had delivered him i n t o a s t a t e c a l l e d ‘Istighraaq’ (total absorption beyond himself). Such isolated practices of Sahaabah do not constitute daleel in the Shariah. The Fuqaha understood the Ahaadith better than all the people of these times. About the Fuqaha authorities of the Shariah, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had ordered the Sahaabah to deliver his Ahaadith to all and sundry. He added that there will be people who will better understand the Ahaadith than their carriers, viz., the Sahaabah. Not every Sahaabi was a Faqeeh.

The fact that Marwan (the governor of Madinah) had prohibited the act, is evidence for the validity of the prohibition. Since he saw Hadhrat Ayyub (Radhiyallahu anhu) acting in conflict with the law, he (Marwan) prohibited him.

The Fatwa of the Shariah is available from the Fuqaha, not from Hadith narrations. That age of Istimbaat from the Qur’aan and Hadith has terminated with the ending of the Khairul Quroon (the first three noble ages of Islam).

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