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Sajdah to anyone other than Allah

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An Answer to those who infer the permissibility of sajdah to anyone other than Allah on the basis of the sajdah of the angels.
 

Question: Hadrat Yusuf's (alayhis salaam) parents and brothers made sajdah to him. What was the basis of the sajdah at that time? Why was it made? Similarly the angels made sajdah to Hadrat Adam (alayhis salaam).



Why then isn't it permissible for us to make sajdah in front of some grave or to one's peer and murshid (spiritual mentor) like how it was permissible for those people? 
 

 
Answer: A son used to be born for Hadrat Adam (alayhis salaam) in the morning and a daughter in the evening. The daughter born on one day could marry the son born the next day. What answer will be given to one who says that just as it was permissible for a person to marry his or her brother or sister in the past then it should be made permissible for us to do the same today as well! Obviously it will be said to him that it was permissible for them and not for us. Allah Ta`ala has the right to make lawful whatever He wishes for whichever Nabi He desires. It is not necessary that we may do whatever they were allowed to do.

With regards to the Qur'an, Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam said that it is the kalaam (speech) of Allah Ta`ala. Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam also said "I am a Nabi. The kalaam (speech) of Allah Ta`ala has been revealed to me". We believe in this.

Now Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam himself has prohibited making sajdah to anyone besides Allah. So it is necessary to believe in this as well. Why is it that they do not believe in this?

It appears in the hadith shareef that a sahabi had gone abroad and saw people there making sajdah before their king, who was an atheist. After returning, he said to Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam: "O Nabi of Allah! You are even more deserving of our making sajdah before you". Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam asked him, "If I pass away will you make sajdah before my grave?" The sahabi replied in the negative. Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam then said, "It is impermissible to make sajdah before anyone besides Allah. Had making sajdah before anyone besides Allah been permissible, I would have commanded women to make sajdah to their husbands".

Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam has mentioned, "May the curse of Allah befall the Jews and Christians. They have made the gravesites of their prophets into places of worship." Similarly Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam has cursed the grave worshippers.

Towards the end of his life Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam had made this dua:



Now if any ummati (follower) has to say that we will do that which Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam had strongly prohibited, then how can he be a true ummati?

If someone says that just as it was permissible in the past nations then it should be permissible in this ummat as well, the reply to him will be that: "Was it Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam who had informed us of its being permissible in the past nations or was it someone else who told us?" It is evident that Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam himself informed us.

This person completely relies on the information of Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam about its being permissible in the past nations yet he does not accept the prohibition of Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam directed specifically towards this ummat. How surprising indeed! اللهم لاتجعل قبرى وثنا يعبد "O Allah I entrust my grave to you. Do not make it an idol that people prostrate to."

 

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