Calling Upon The One In The Grave To Intercede With Allaah? Sin or Shirk? Ibn Baaz

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Question: May Allaah bestow upon you good O Shaikh. The one who comes to a grave, and requests from the deceased that he make Du’aa (supplicate) to Allaah for him?

Answer: This is Shirk (idolatry), because the deceased has no ability over this matter. So if a person calls upon the deceased saying: “Intercede for me, call upon Allaah for me,” then he has associated partners with Allaah in worship – he has requested from a dead person that which he is incapable of.

Question: Some people claim that this saying (i.e. that it is not shirk) is the saying of Ibn Taymiyyah, is that correct?

Answer: No, that is not correct. Indeed Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) was clear in stating that it is Major Shirk. 

Sharh Kashfish-Shubuhaat of Imaam Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhaab, by Shaikh Abdul-Azeez Ibn Baaz (rahimahullaah), p. 59, (Daarul-Minhaaj).

Note: This is an excellent rebuttal of the saying of those who claim that it is a sin less than Shirk to visit the graveside and seek from the dead to supplicate to Allaah.




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