بسم الله و الحمد لله الذي رفع راية التوحيد إلى يوم الدين, و الصلاة و السلام على إمام الموحدين و قائد المتوكلين, نبينا و سيدنا محمد و على آله الطيبين و صحبه الغر الميامين, و بعد:
Here’s a compilation (of Shia and Sunni) SAHIH (authentic) narrations about the prohibition of erecting structures over graves, venerating graves, kissing them etc. Many Shias are not even aware that these reports exists in their books, this might be due to the allergy their scholars have when it comes to Tawhid. Shia scholars usually do not mention the narrations we are going to present you, and if they do (only due to pressure of the Internet that has exposed their religion), they (as usual) come up with abstract and far-fetched interpretations to explain the monothestic narrations that are deeply buried somewhere in their Madhhab (yes, even in their Madhhab, despite all the lies they have attributed to the Ahl al-Bayt) away in order to secure their money-machines, which you will soon find out are the exravagant palace+5* looking tombs, shrines and mausoleums.
The Imams of the Ahl al-Bayt preached that erected graves (let alone shrines and mausoleums) must be torn down
وعنهم،عن سهل،عن جعفربن محمدا لأشعري،عن ابن القداح،عن أبي عبدالله ( عليهالسلام ) قال : أميرالمؤمنين ( عليهالسلام ) : بعثني رسول الله ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) في هدم القبور وكسرالصور.
ورواه البرقي في ( المحاسن ) عن جعفر بن محمد الأشعري ، مثله.
From them from Sahl from Ja`far b. Muhammad al-Ash`ari from Ibn al-Qaddah from Abu `Abdillah who said: “The Chief of the Believers (Ali) said:
“The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله sent me to tear down the graves and break the images.”
Source: Wasa’il ash-Shi’ah, chapter: Decorating houses with images
وعن علي بن إبراهيم ، عن أبيه ، عن النوفلي ، عن السكوني ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) قال : قال أمير المؤمنين ( عليه السلام ) : بعثني رسول الله ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) إلى المدينة فقال : لا تدع صورة إلا محوتها ، ولا قبراً إلا سويته ، ولا كلباً إلا قتلته.
ورواه البرقي في ( المحاسن ) عن النوفلي ، مثله.
And from `Ali b. Ibrahim from his father from an-Nawfali from as-Sakuni from Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام. He said: Amir al-Mu’mineen عليه السلام said: The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله sent me to Madina, and said: Do not leave an image but that you have effaced it, nor a grave but that you have leveled it, nor a dog but that you have killed it.
Source: Wasa’il ash-Shi’ah, chapter: Decorating houses with images and al-Barqi narrated it in al-Mahasin from an-Nawfali likewise.
محمد بن الحسن بإسناده عن الحسين بن سعيد ، عن النضر بن سويد ، عن القاسم بن سليمان ، عن جراح المدائني ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) قال : لا تبنوا على القبور ولا تصوروا سقوف البيوت فإن رسول الله ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) كره ذلك.
أحمد بن محمد البرقي في ( المحاسن ) عن أبيه ، عن النضر بن سويد ، مثله.
وعن يوسف بن عقيل ، عن محمد بن قيس ، عن أبي جعفر ( عليه السلام ) ، مثله.
Muhammad b. al-Hasan by his isnad from al-Husayn b. Sa`id from an-Nadr b. Suwayd from al-Qasim b. Sulayman from Jarrah al-Mada’ini from Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام. He said:
“Do not build upon the graves and do not make images on the roofs of the houses, for the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله disliked that.
Source: Wasa’il ash-Shi’ah, chapter: Decorating houses with images. Ahmad b. Muhammad al-Barqi in al-Mahasin from his father from an-Nadr b. Suwayd likewise.
Notice how he had put an entire Fiqh chapter about the prohibition of decorating houses with images (something later Shi’ahs are known for more than any other sect, in fact they are the only sect that have spread the ugly innovation of hanging up bizarre portraits of the Prophet’s Household, peace be upon him) and the prohibition of erecting structures over graves and the obligation of destroying (i.e. leveling) such tombs. Sounds very Wahhabi …
Needless to say that the above narrations in similar form have been narrated in authentic Sunni collections as well, however, and we shall repeat that again and again, the difference is that Shi’ah scholars do not act upon these narrations, in fact they barely mention them, and if they do (when their followers start doubting) then all they do is to dismiss the narration or to come up with strange interpretations and other acrobatics of their tongues, all in order to save their livelihood, the shrines.
The Imams of the Ahl al-Bayt narrated that even their own graves must be kept leveled and simple (refuting the excuse of Shia scholars who claim that the shrines of the Imams are an exception)
وعن علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، عن ابن أبي عمير، عن حماد بن عثمان، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: إن أبي قال لي ذات يوم في مرضه: إذ أنا مت فغسلني وكفني، وارفع قبري أربع أصابع، ورشه بالماء،
And from Ali ibn Ibrahim, from his father, from ibn Abi ‘Omayr, from Hammad ibn ‘Othman, from Abu Abdullah (Ja’far al-Sadiq) who said: “My father said to myself in day of illness: “When I die bathe me and shroud me, and raise my grave by four fingers, and sprinkle it with water.
Shia source: Wasail al-Shia with an authentic chain of narration (Sahih)
Subhan Allah, a similar narration by one of the descendants of Abu Bakr can be found in the books of the Sunnah, proving that the early Salaf (Ahl al-Bayt are part of them), were united in their understanding of leveling graves and keeping them simple and modest:
قال يا بني لا تكتب على قبري ولا تشرفنه إلا قدر ما يرد عني الماء
Qasim b. Muhammad b. Abu Bakr as-Siddiq said: “O my son! Do not write something on my grave, do not elevate it, but as much as the water remains a side (Musannaf b. Abi Shayba 3/335)
And here is what the heavyweight classical Shia scholar Tusi says about what the four (4) fingers should be:
و يرفع من الأرض مقدار أربع أصابع و لا يطرح فيه من غير ترابه
Graves should be four fingers above the ground, no dirt other other than the dirt of grave should be placed on it
(Tusi, al-Mabsut fi fiqh al-Imamiyyah, vol. 1, pg. 187)
The Imams of the Ahl al-Bayt would rejoice watching the leveling of their (and others) graves
Indeed, neither al-Baqir nor his son al-Sadiq (whom the Shia claim to follow) were from Qom or Karbala’, they were in fact raised with the descendants of the Sahabah, their brothers, their own companions in Madinah. In fact they were both born in Madinah, lived all their life there and passed away there. They were upon the same creed and understand as the rest of the pious Salaf and insisted of having simple and modest graves that are only raised by four fingers (so that it can be identified as a grave). Now guess in which part of the world the graves look exactly as the Ahl al-Bayt wished:
One rule for everybody: Imams of the Ahl al-Bayt were upon the same creed and understanding as the Sahabah
Al-Shawkani (Ex-Shia Zaydi scholar from Yemen) said:
“The phrase ‘erecting structures over them’ (in several narrations) indicates that it is Haram to build anything over a grave.”
He also said:
“The words ‘do not leave any raised grave without leveling it’ means that the Sunnah is that a grave should not be made very high, and there should be no differentiation between those who were virtuous and those who were not virtuous.”
“I saw the imams in Makkah ordering that what had been built (over graves) was to be knocked down.”
‘Abdullaah Ibn Sharjil Hasanah said: “I saw ‘Othman b. ‘Affan order the leveling of the graves. So it was said to him: ‘This is the grave of Umm ‘Amr the daughter of ‘Othman!’ However, he commanded that it too should be leveled.”
(Related by Ibn Abee Shaybah in al-Musannaf (4/138) and Abu Zur‘ah in at-Tarikh (22/2) with an authentic chain of narrators)
Yet look at the tombs (or shall we see Pre-Islamic, Persian palaces of the likes of Kisra or a 5 star hotels?) of those who claimed modesty while they were alive, yet at the same time were at the forefront of propagating shrine-veneration and the erection of wasteful golden and silver tombs and mausoleums (this itself is a refutation of the objection of Shia apologists who claim that their “Ayatullahs” wouldn’t agree having extravagant shrines after their demise. If this is true, then these very Ayatullahs could have started with the shrines of the Imams and other Shia clerics who are all erected and covered with gold and silver and huge tombs due to the teaching of themselves and their opposition to the traditions of the Ahl al-Bayt):
There are many more narrations proving without a doubt that the Ahl al-Bayt used to be full blown “Wahhabi Sunnis” (according to Shia standards) for they detested the erection of structures over graves for themselves and others. In fact, if you think about it; With whose grave will people exaggerate more, with the layman’s or the great Shaykh or Imam (let alone Prophet or so called infallible Imam)? History teaches us that people fell into polytheism due to over-exaggeration with saints, the veneration of them and their graves (just look at what Catholics do and how striking similar it is to Shi’ite rituals). It wouldn’t make sense at all if Islam would tolerate (let alone encouraged) the veneration of graves by erecting shrines and mausoleums over them (ta waste of resources) for whom will the laymen venerate more, the great personalities or random deceased Muslims? Of course great personalities, hence the prohibition applies even more so for them.
There is no doubt that if the gullible masses of the Shia knew the true creed of the Ahl al-Bayt, they would accuse them of being Wahhabis just as they accuse the monotheists of today who uphold the Sunnah of Rasul Allah and the Sirah of the Ahl al-Bayt by keeping graves simple and modest and leveling erected graves.
The Sunnah of the Jews and other polytheists
The following is a very strong Sahih narration in the books of the Shia (for obvious reasons the Shi’ah clerics are not very fond on spreading these kind of Ahadith, most Shi’ah don’t even know they exist, they would thing these are Sunni or Wahhabi sources):
Mulla Ali Qari said:
قَالَ ابْنُ الْمَلَكِ: إِنَّمَا حُرِّمَ اتِّخَاذُ الْمَسَاجِدِ عَلَيْهَا ; لِأَنَّ فِي الصَّلَاةِ فِيهَا اسْتِنَانًا بِسُنَّةِ الْيَهُودِ اهـ.
Ibn al-Malik said the prohibition of building places of worship over graves is because of praying in them is the Sunnah of the Jews. (Mirqat 1/470)
عن أبي جعفر عليه السلام قال: إن رسول الله ص قال: لا تتخذوا قبري قبلة ولا مسجدًا، فإن الله عز وجل لعن الذين اتخذوا قبور أنبيائهم مساجد
Abu Ja’far (al-Baqir, father of al-Sadiq) narrates that the Prophet (صل الله علیه و أله و سلم) said:
“Don’t take my grave as a Qiblah nor as a place of worship, for indeed, Allah has cursed those who took the graves of their Prophets as places of worship”.
Source: Saduq’s “Man la yahduruhu al-Faqih” vol 1, p 178, hadith# 532. Also in Majlisi’s “Bihar al-Anwar” vol. 79, p 20; and vol. 80, p 313
لنبي صلى الله عليه و آله و سلم لا تتخذوا قبري قبلة ولا مسجداً؛ فإن الله عز وجل لعن اليهود حين اتخذوا قبور أنبيائهم مساجد
“The Prophet (صل الله عليه و آله و سلم) said:
“Don’t take my grave as a Qiblah nor as a place of worship, for indeed, Allah the Almighty cursed the Jews who took the graves of their Prophets as places of worship.”
Source: Saduq’s “Man la yahduruhu al-Faqih” vol. 1, p. 178, hadith# 532; Also in Majlisi’s “Bihar”, vol. 79, p. 20; and vol. 80, p. 313.
رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ( ص ) يَقُولُ لَا تَتَّخِذُوا قَبْرِي عِيداً وَ لَا تَتَّخِذُوا قُبُورَكُمْ مَسَاجِدَكُمْ وَ لَا بُيُوتَكُمْ قُبُوراً
The Prophet (صل الله علیه و على آله و سلم) said: “
“Do not take my grave as a place of festivity, nor take your graves as places of worship nor make your houses graves.”
Source: Tabarsi “Mustadrak Wasael” vol 2, p 379.
And similar beautiful narrations from the Ahl al-Bayt in Sunni books:
عن علي بن الحسين بن علي بن أبي طالب زين العابدين الثقة الثبت، الفقيه أنه رأى رجلا يجئ إلى فرجة كانت عند قبر النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم، فيدخل فيها فيدعو، فدعاه، فقال: ألا أحدثك بحديث سمعته من أبي عن جدي رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم؟ قال: ” لا تتخذوا قبري عيدا، ولا بيوتكم قبورا، وصلوا علي، فإن صلاتكم وتسليمكم تبلغني حيثما كنتم ” أخرجه ابن أبي شيبة 2 / 375
The Messenger of Allah may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said:
“O Allah! Do not make my grave an idol that is worshipped. The anger on those who took the graves of their Prophets as places of prostration was terrible.”
(Related by Ahmad (no. 7352,) and the Muwatta of Malik, Book 9, Number 9.24.88)
سئل مالك عن الغريب يأتي قبر النبي كل يوم ، فقال : ما هذا من الأمر ، وذكر حديث : اللهم لا تجعل قبري وثنًا يُعبد
Imam Malik was asked about a stranger who comes to the grave of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) each day. He said, ‘That is not right,’ and quoted the hadith, ‘O Allah, do not make my grave an idol that is worshipped.’” (al-Jami’ li’l-Bayan by Ibn Rushd Classed as sahih by al-Albani in Tahdhir al-Sajid min Ittikhadh al-Qubur Masajid, p. 24-26)
The Imams of the Ahl al-Bayt said: DO NOT build structures over graves
عَلِيُّ بْنُ الْحُسَيْنِ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ الْحُسَيْنِ بْنِ أَبِي الْخَطَّابِ عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ أَسْبَاطٍ عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ جَعْفَرٍ قَالَ سَأَلْتُ أَبَا الْحَسَنِ مُوسَى ع عَنِ الْبِنَاءِ عَلَى الْقَبْرِ وَ الْجُلُوسِ عَلَيْهِ هَلْ يَصْلُحُ قَالَ
لَا يَصْلُحُ الْبِنَاءُ عَلَيْهِ وَ لَا الْجُلُوسُ وَ لَا تَجْصِيصُهُ وَ لَا تَطْيِينُهُ
‘Ali b. Ja’far asked Abu al-Hassan Musa (al-Kadhim) about building upon graves and sitting (by them). He said:
“One cannot build upon it, and sit, and plaster, and “clay” it over.”
Source: Al-Tusi, Tahdhib al-Ahkam, vol. 1, ch. 23, pg. 461, hadith # 148, also in al-Istibsar, vol. 1, ch. 128, pg. 217, hadith # 1 and in Wasa’il ash-Shi’ah, vol. 3, ch. 44, pg. 210, hadith # 3426 and in Majlisi’s, Bihar, vol. 3, ch. 12, pg.79
Grading: Majlisi said this hadith is Muwaththaq kas-Sahih (Reliable (taken as a) Sahih (hadith))
Apart from invoking Allah’s forgiveness for the engraved, all act of worship are prohibited at the graves like, formal prayers, reciting the Qur’aan, sacrifice, etc. (all things that are the hellmarks of Shi’ism) because this would contribute to making the graves as places of worship.
That every elevated structure over graves be demolished is rigorously authenticated from the he Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم), he repeatedly condemned grave-veneration and the elevated graves in many authentic Ahadith:
“Verily, those who were before you all, used to take the graves of their Prophets and righteous people as Masjids. So, do not take the graves as Masjids, for verily I prohibit you all from that.” (Muslim no. 532)
“May Allah’s curse be on the Jews for they built the places of worship at the graves of their Prophets.” (Sahih Bukhari)
“May Allah curse the Jews and Christians for they built the places of worship at the graves of their Prophets.” (Sahih Bukhari)
“If any religious man dies amongst those people they would build a place of worship at his grave and make these pictures in it. They will be the worst creature in the sight of Allah on the Day of Resurrection.” (Sahih Bukhari)
“Cursed are those women who visit the graves and those who take them as places of worship and hang lights around them.” (Narrated by Abu Dawood, At-Tirmizi and Ibn Majah)
“Do not sit on the graves and do not pray facing towards them.” (Sahih Bukhari)
“Do not pray towards the graves and do not sit on them.” (Muslim no.972)
“The messenger of Allah prohibited that the grave be plastered,sat on or built over.”(Muslim no.970)
At-Tirmithi added in his version, with an authentic chain of narration, that he also forbade that it (the grave) be written on. Thus, these Hadiths, and what has been reported with the same meaning, all prove the forbiddance of building over graves, constructing Masjids over them, praying (As-Salah) over them, plastering them and similar things that lead to shirk making association of those buried in the grave with Allah.
The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “There is no slaughtering (at the graves) in Islam” (Sunan Abu Dawood)
The most evil of mankind are those who will be alive when the Last Day arrives and those who take graves as places of worship. (Musnad of Ahmad b. Hanbal)
Abu’l-Hayyaj al-Asadi told that ‘Ali (b. Abu Talib) said to him: Should I not send you on the same mission as Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) sent me? Do not leave an image without obliterating it, or a high grave without levelling It. This hadith has been reported by Habib with the same chain of transmitters and he said: (Do not leave) a picture without obliterating it. (Sahih Muslim, Book#004, Hadith#2115)
Imam al-Shafi`i said in his book, al-Umm,
“I have seen the scholars of Mecca command the demolition of [graves] that are built over. Such demolition is supported by the hadith (of ‘Ali), “… nor an elevated grave except that you level it …””
Shrines are completely Haram (forbidden) in Islam because they are paganistic and polythiestic in nature. Historically, Prophet Muhammad (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) destroyed all the shrines in Mecca. This point cannot be stressed enough: the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) shed blood of the Sahabah in order that Mecca be cleansed of shrines, and this was one of the Prophet’s first legislative acts after the Muslims conquered Mecca. How is it that the Shia do not realize that what they are doing is completely antithetical to the entire mission of the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) who was sent to guide a shrine-venerating people?
All of these pagan shrines should be torn down and removed. Instead, all of the dead should have flat and level graves equal to everyone else. This is the faith of Islam. For the one who cannot accept this, he has deviated away from the path of the Hanif (i.e. the monotheists) and inclined himself towards the Mushriks, like the Rafidah who literally revived all sorts of paganism that the Prophet, his companions and Ahl al-Bayt fought against.
The first time in human history that people commited the sin of idol-worship was around the time of Prophet Nuh (عليه السلام). A very pious man passed away. Shaytan whispered in the ears of the tonwnspeople: he urged them never to forget this pious man lest the towns people abandon his example and be lost to sin. Once Shaytan had convinced them of the necessity to revere the memory of this pious dead man, he then then convinced them to erect a shrine over the grave of this man. Eventually, the people started praying in the shrine, and soon thereafter Shaytan convinced them to pray to the deceased man.
It was in this step by step fashion that Shaytan was able to misguide people into Shirk. He convinced them that they were doing a good thing by respecting a pious man, and he allowed them to add one Bidah (evil innovation) after another, infusing polythiestic practise in their belief. Likewise do the Shia believe that they are being pious by visiting shrines but in reality they have been fooled by Shaytan. The following Hadith applies so very well on the polytheists of our time:
In the Two Sahihs it is reported from the mother of the believers Umm Salamah and Umm Habibah (sister of Mu’awiyah, wife of Prophet Muhammad) that they mentioned to the Prophet a church that they saw in Ethiopia and what was in it of pictures. So, he said:
“These are people that whenever a righteous man dies among them, they build a Masjid over his grave and make these pictures in it. These people are the worst of creation with Allah.” (Al-Bukhari no.427,1341 and Muslim no.528.)
Shaikh al-Islam Abu al-‘Abbas Ibn Taymiyyah has explained the wisdom behind the prohibition of taking graves as places of worship. He said: “The Companions of the Holy Prophet knew that Allah had exterminated the very root of polytheism by forbidding the graves to be taken as places of worship. Similarly, Allah has forbidden prayer at the time of sunrise, even though the observer of the prayer might be praying with sincerity, lest they should resemble the worshipers of the sun. The Companions never indulged in this sinful act (of taking graves as places of worship)”As Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) was about to breathe his last, he drew his sheet upon his face and when he felt uneasy, he uncovered his face and said in this very state: “May Allah’s curse be upon the Jews and Christians for taking the graves of their Prophets as places of worship.” He in fact warned against what they (the Jews and Christians) did.”Aa’ishah reported: “Had it not been so, his (i.e. the Prophet’s) grave would have been in an open place, but it could not be due to the fear that it could be taken as a mosque.”
Ponder over that: At the last moments of his blessed wife, the Prophet (peace be upon him) was not concerned with shrines and lies and superstitions like visiting the shrine of al-Hussein (may Allah be pleased with him) and other Imams who were not even born. His concern was Tawhid (monotheism) and the danger of shirk (polytheism), the very topic you barely hear Shi’ites and their scholars talk about (in fact many mock the so called Wahhabis for talking too much about Tawhid and Shirk!), particularly the veneration (let alone erection of shrines) of graves, a practice that might be common to Catholics, Hindus and other polytheists, but certainly not to Muslims and Islam.
Shia objection: But Abu Hanifah has got a shrine, so does al-Bukhari
Unfortunately this very weak and poor argument is the most common response from Shias we have heard when they justify the waste they call shrine and palace like mausoleum. It’s like they believe that two wrongs make a right, like here, on the infamous Shiachat website, where a user posts pictures of the shrines of several Sunni scholars, missing a very important point …
… the point which they miss in their shrine-obsession is that the very inhabitants of those shrines and graves where vehemently against the erection of any structure of tombs, especially Ibn Taymiyyah and Bukhari who filled chapters with the prohibition of erecting structures over graves. Are they blamed for what others did to their graves? Yes, the likes of Majlisi, Khomeini and other Shia Ayatullats ARE to be blamed for their palace like shrines and mausoleums for it was them themselves who propagated and sanctified the veneration of all graves (especially Imams and scholars), however, orthodox Sunni scholars can’t possibily be blamed for what some people did (or turned their graves into), for they were at the forefront of fighting such superstitions (unlike the Shia scholars who all their lives champion such superstitions, making it look as if they have a race with other pagans such as Hindus). Take for instance the shrine and mausoleum of Abu Hanifah (whose grave was defiled by the Shia Safavid rulers and praised by Shia scholars who seem to only object to the demolition of their own shrines) in Baghdad, neither he himself nor any of his students advocated such a shrine.What Shias don’t seem to understand when they object like children (“he got it, I want it to”, “he made a mess, why can’t I make a mess”?) is that most if not all of the shrines in the Sunni world were built hundreds of years after the demise of the inhabitants of the graves. Take for instance the Prophet’s (صل الله علیه و على آله و سلم) mosque and the often repeated shubha (doubt) where Shias and other grave-worshipers object and ask why the Prophet’s grave is inside the Mosque. Ignorant of history (as they are only obsessed with the fitan between the Sahabah), they often simply don’t know that it wasn’t the Prophet, nor his Household nor his companions who included his house (actually it was his beloved wives A’isha’s house, where his modest and simple grave is located) into the complex of the Mosque, it were the Umayyads (who are so hated by the Shias) who did that. The mosque was expanded in the time of al-Walid b. Abd al-Malik (in 88H) who ordered the governor of Madinah, ‘Omar bin Abd al-Aziz, to expand it, who did so reluctantly, and it incorporated the grave of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and al-Waleed was criticised by some of the people of knowledge for that in his time, though he considered nothing wrong with this, and he ordered that it be done. Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen explains it very well for those who have not just eyes but hearts that are open for the truth.
Even most Salafi scholars have no issue with the Prophet’s (صل الله علیه و على آله و سلم) grave being covered by a roof (i.e. having a structure over it), because his case is exceptional, as his grave had a roof to begin with, as he was buried inside his modest house, right next (not inside) the Mosque, however, nobody ever came to the idea to place his grave in the middle of his Mosque, with a golden shrine and golden dome as the Shias (and extremists amongst the Sufis) do with their Imams.
As for other shrines, tombs and mausoleums, like the shrine of Salman al-Farsi and a number of other Sahabah (like Khalid b. al-Walid in Syria), Imam Ahmad in Baghdad etc. then again, these were built hundreds of years after their demise, mainly by Umayyad, Abbasid and Ottoman rulers (all hated by the Shia), who are no Hujjah (proof) in Islam, nor the scholars who either silently or actively supported such things. Unfortunately Shia propagandists (like ‘Ammar Nakhshawani (actually Nakhjavani of Iranian Azeri descent) misuse Qur’anic verses (and suddenly become literalists dismissing the Sunnah and traditions of the Ahl al-Bayt) like the story of the People of the Cave to support their specious argument that it is allowed to erect structures and places of worship over graves:
“(then) those who won their point said (most probably the disbelievers): ‘We verily, shall build a place of worship over them’” [al-Kahf 18:21 – interpretation of the meaning]
The answer to that is: that Allaah has told us about the leaders and powerful people of that time, and that they said these words. That does not imply that He liked that or approved of them, rather He said that by way of blaming them and condemning their action. This is indicated by the fact that the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to whom this verse was revealed and who was the most knowledgeable of people as to how it should be interpreted, forbade his ummah to build mosques over graves, warned them against doing so, and cursed and condemned those who did that. If that had been permissible, then the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would not have discouraged it in such emphatic terms, and gone to the extent of cursing those who did it, and said that they are the most evil of mankind before Allaah. This is sufficient to convince the seeker of truth. Even if we were to assume that building places of worship over graves was permitted to those who came before us, it is not permissible for us to follow their example in that, because our Shari’ah abrogates the laws that came before it, and our Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is the Final Messenger whose Shari’ah is complete and universal. This is no different to how in Yusuf (as) time bowing to people was allowed in a way greeting and to show respect (something rigorously condemned and forbidden in our Shari’ah, yet common praxis amongst Shias and extremists amongst the Sufis when they visit the shrines). These and other proofs (read spoofs) such as Prophet Isma’il having buried his mother inside the Ka’bah) are in reality straws at which the Rafidah clutch instead of simply following the Messenger and his progeny whom they claim to love and follow. Next they’ll be using Saba’, 13 to justify idolatry and making of idols! After all, they have many of these as well in their Rafidi religion.
So surprise surprise, it turns out the real stance of the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt as reported by multiple narrations from the giants of Shiaism, authentic Shia and Sunni Hadith prohibit on building over graves and levelling them is a Prophetic tradition! So why are the Shias allow the building of gigantic wasteful shrines made of gold over the Imams and every random deceased Shiite personality when they have been commanded to not do so? Why the pilgrimages, the monetary offerings, the calling out to tombed imams for their needs when all of that is the Sunnah of the Jews, Christians and other polytheists? How will they claim that these teachings are from “narrow-minded, literalist, extremist, Saudi Wahhabi teachings” when it is the mainstream orthodox Islamic position on graves? Is it because “others” did it and do it? Is is because you with some effort you might be able to quote Hanafi Shaykh X and Maliki Shaykh Y who happen to be wrong on the subject of elevated graves? Is this what you follow? Your whims and desires? Are the constructions of the Umayyads, ‘Abbasids and Ottomans now a proof for you (or for us)? Are you Shias of Umayyads or Shias (followers of) ‘Ali? Are we, the Ahl al-Sunnah supposed to submit to what Islamic dynasties (and few or many scholars, doesn’t matter) did and abonden the teachings of the Ahl al-Bayt whom you Shias (ironically) claim to follow? Never, not in a million years, we will stick to the Ahl al-Bayt, to the Sunnah of the Prophet that was narrated by them and others, the Sunnah that your scholars detest as it is a threat to their shrine-business and all the religious carneval they orchestrate around the shrines. The Prophet (peace be upon him) did not come to replace the invocation of the saints of the Quraysh with his family, or the prayers to Mary and saints to Fatimah and Imams, neither was he sent to raise and elevate graves (like Khomeini’s Zoroastrian king-like palace) and hang pictures inside those tombs and mausoleums as the Rafidah do. Never. He came with a perfect Shari’ah, a Shari’ah that not only teaches that polytheism is wrong but also cuts off the routes to polytheism, the routes that are so beloved to the Shayateen of Najaf and Qom who have misguided the Shia in the name of loving the “holy progeny”.
The ultimate Hujjah (proof) in Islam is the Qur’an, the Sunnah with understanding of the Sahabah/Ahl al-Bayt who without a shred of doubt were staunch opponents of grave veneration, let alone the erection of tombs, golden shrines, domes and mausoleum over graves, entire palaces that cover their once simple and modest graves. May Allah have mercy upon the souls of our righteous predecessors and guide the Ummah back to their practice and understanding of the Deen.
وآخر دعوانا أن الحمد لله رب العالمين ، والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء المرسلين و على آله الطيبين
Article written by: Ebn Hussein
Sources: Narrations taken mainly from Tashayyu.org and Islamqa.info and own research.
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