Is showing love and reverence to the Blessed Prophet idol worship? (Refutation of Qur’an Only religion)

“Allah and His angels send blessings to the Prophet: O you that believe! Send blessings on him, and salute him with all respect.” (Qur’an 33:56)

What an honour it is that Allah exalted and glorified above all else has singled out his beloved Messenger (saw) to be singled out for praise and blessings. The one who’s very name means the praiseworthy!

This article is written to refute the extremist view among the (Qur’an only Religion) who believe that we as Muslims when we say: “ashadu an la ilaha illalah wa ashadu an muhammadur rasoolullah”  (I bear witness that there is no God except God and I bear witness that Muhammed is the Messenger of God.) is a form of shirk!

For those who do not know, shirk is the most heinous sin in Islam. It is the association of partners with God.

Here are links to a website that espouses a view that in my humble understanding is both extreme and unwarranted. *

*note for some reason the link was not working. I sincerely believe their position is untenable

Muslims have been handed down the tradition that when we enter into Islam we bear witness of foremost importance that there is only one God worthy of worship. We also bare witness that we accept as God’s Messenger the one brought his message.

Likely what is needed in the future is an article on the issue of ‘tawassul’– seeking the means.

There are many places in the Qur’an where Allah is mentioned alongside the Noble Messenger (saw).  There also many places in the Qur’an where Allah is mentioned alongside his blessed angels.

“O you who have believed, fear Allah and give up what remains of interest if you should be believers. And if you do not, then be informed of war from Allah and His Messenger. But if you repent, you may have your principal – you do no wrong, nor are you wronged.” (Qur’an 2:278-279)

It would have been easy enough just to say ‘a war from Allah’.

“Indeed, those who disbelieve and die while they are disbelievers – upon them will be the curse of Allah and of the angels and the people, all together.” (Qur’an 2:161)

Again it would have been enough to say the ‘curse of Allah’.

“Those – their repayment will be that upon them is the curse of Allah and the angels and the people, all together.”(Qur’an 3:87)

Again it would have been sufficient to say ‘the curse of Allah’.

“He who obeys the Messenger has obeyed Allah; but those who turn away – We have not sent you over them as a guardian.” (Qur’an 4:80)

Here the Qur’an has compared obeying the Messenger to obeying Allah himself.  Assuredly this is more than sufficient proof that testifying that the Blessed Prophet Muhammed (saw). is the Messenger of Allah is not idol worship.  Such a notion is truly absurd, to say the least.

What did Rasul Allah (saw) think when Angel Gabriel (a.s)
said.” Indeed this, your religion, is one religion, and I am your Lord, so worship Me.” (Qur’an 21:92)

Was Gabriel (a.s) making ‘shirk’ when he said that?

Here is something else for people who hold such a view to think about.

“You alone do we worship; You alone do we ask for help.” (Qur’an 1:5)

So are we to understand that if I was to ask the doctor to cure my children am I now associating partners with Allah?

If I were to hold a belief that if I were to pursue a university degree that it would somehow help my lot in life that this would be tantamount to an association of partners with Allah?

What is important for the person to realize is that the Creator is in control of all affairs. The Creator is Sovereign.  If I believe that the doctor himself can cure my child, than yes this is an association of partners with Allah.  If I believe that the Blessed Prophet Muhammed (saw) can guide me independent of Allah than yes I am in error.  If I believe that my university degree will in and of itself guarantee me livelihood, than yes this necessitates a dangerous position. If I believe that a knife can cut me independently of the power of Allah (swt) than yes I am in error.

Adherents of the Qur’an only Religion do not think deeply about these things because their religion is theologically bankrupt.

However, if I believe that Allah has endowed the doctor with the ability to cure my child, and that Allah has blessed the Noble Muhammed (saw) with the ability to guide, and that my degree could increase my chances of getting employment by Allah’s grace than this is the proper focus.

The focus of course should always be Allah (swt).

It is said that this world that we live in is also known as Darul Asbaab– a world of means.

Asbaab can mean ’cause’, ‘reason’.

So we live in a world of cause and effect.

When a Muslim does something kind to another Muslim one will usually say to the other ‘JazakAllahu Khayran‘ (thanks be to God who gave the provision).
If you were ignorant of this you might say to a Muslim, ‘Thank you, brother’. The Muslim may respond, “Al hamdulilllah wa ShukrAllah” (All the praise be to Allah and Thanks to Allah). Notice that the praise and the thanks are deflected away from the person and directed to Allah.

However, if someone said ‘you’re welcome‘ it is not haram (forbidden) nor are they committing blasphemy. No one would assume that if a person said ‘you’re welcome‘ that they are making a claim to divinity.

Examples in the Qur’an of people making sujud -prostration to other than Allah.

So he raised his parents upon the throne, and they bowed to him in prostration. And he said, “O my father, this is the explanation of my vision of before. My Lord has made it a reality. And he was certainly good to me when he took me out of prison and brought you here from bedouin life after Satan had induced estrangement between me and my brothers. Indeed, my Lord is Subtle in what He wills. Indeed, it is He who is the Knowing, the Wise.” (Qur’an 12:100)

When Joseph said unto his father: O my father. Lo. I saw in a dream eleven planets and the sun and the moon, I saw them prostrating themselves unto me.(Qur’an 12:4)

Allah (swt) himself orders the prostration of all the angels and jinn to Adam.

And when We said to the angels, “Prostrate to Adam,” and they prostrated, except for Iblees. He said, “Should I prostrate to one You created from clay?(Qur’an 17:61)

Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the worlds.” (Qur’an 6:162)


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13 responses to “Is showing love and reverence to the Blessed Prophet idol worship? (Refutation of Qur’an Only religion)

  1. “Asbaab” اسباب is the plural of “sabab” سبب
    (smile) so, Asbaab is “reasons”, “causes”, “means” and sabab is “reason”, “cause”, “means” (both plural and singular in English)

  2. anonymous

    salamun alikum,

    “what is important for the person to realize is that the Creator is in control of all affairs. The Creator is Sovereign. If I believe that the doctor himself has the ability to cure my child than yes this is an association of partners with Allah.”

    So you mean If I have this belief that the ultimate power is with Allah, I can seek help from anyone? eg: A person goes to a grave of a ‘maulana’/sheikh and seeks his help for curing a disease? Or A couple goes to a ‘saint’ as they are not having any kids?

    • Bismillah,

      walakum salam wr wb. That is a very fair question. However,

      There could be a caveat placed here. What is normally known to be able to provide such assistance or help. I wonder though how those who say that “La ilaha il law lah Muhammed ar rasul Allah’ deal with the issue of going to the doctor.

      You have brought up the very important issue of tawassul that seems to be hotly contested.

      For me even when I was traveling sufi dhikr circles, I never felt comfortable with doing any of the things that you mentioned above.

      But these are very good questions none the less.

      Thank you

  3. Abdullah

    Salaamun Alaykum brother,

    My Allah (SWT) bless you and your family. I was reading your article and wanted to ask you some questions regarding showing love and reverence to the Noble Prophet (peace be upon him). Although I don’t fully support the arguments brought forward by the Quran-only Muslims but I do believe that Traditionalist Muslims go overboard with it.

    What do I mean by this? And I pray that Allah (SWT) forgives me for anything said in ignorance. First of all, the verse which you mentioned in the article (Holy Qur’an 33:56) in which Allah says: “Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O you that believe! Send blessings on him, and salute him with all respect.” If we are to look at the transliteration of this verse, Allah says “yusalloona Aala annabiyyi”. So Allah and His angels do something called “YuSalloona” on the Prophet. Now if we were to say that Allah has given this special blessing upon our prophet alone, then this is actually incorrect because if you look at a few verses before this one, Allah says: “He it is Who sends blessings on you, as do His angels, that He may bring you out from the depths of Darkness into Light: and He is Full of Mercy to the Believers.” (33:43). The transliteration reads “yusallee AAalaykum.” So Allah is saying that He (as do His angels) also sends this “Salloo” or “Sallee” onto the believers!

    Allah also says the following in verse 2:156-157:
    Who say, when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return”. They are those on whom (Descend) blessings from Allah, and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance.

    From the verse above, Allah promises to send “Salawat” onto believers (AAalayhim salawatun) who say: To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return. So according to the Qur’an, this special blessing (Salloo/Sallee) or salawat is not just sent to our prophet (pbuh) only!

    So my question is why we Muslims insist on sending blessings or Salawat upon the Prophet day and night like some extremist Sufis do? I hear stories like we should send thousands and millions of Salawat onto the prophet. But is this what our noble Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) wanted from us? I mean does it sound logical that the prophet went around telling everyone to send blessings upon him day and night? Morning and evening? When this verse came down, did all the companions sit around in circles repeating salawat unto the prophet like parrots? Our prophet (pbuh) was humble, selfless, and he always cared about others so it wouldn’t make sense to me that he would go around telling everyone to send blessings on him all day. But rather we should turn to Allah for everything!

    Allah also tells us NOT to make a distinction between the messengers (2:136, 2:285, 3:84) so why don’t we send millions of Salawat onto Isa, Yahya, Musa, Ibrahim, Nuh (peace be upon them all)? I just don’t understand why we have to mention the prophet (pbuh) so many times a day when we should be calling upon Allah for our needs, for forgiveness, for guidance, for mercy, for protection, etc. It just doesn’t make sense that we must make mention of the prophet (pbuh) so many times in a day. Wouldn’t Christians be charged with shirk if they mentioned Jesus so many times a day also?

    I don’t know brother, but this concept of sending so many blessing and salawat morning and evening to the prophet doesn’t make sense to me and I pray that Allah makes me understand and guide me for the mistakes I make.

    May Allah bless you brother and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
    Jazaakum Allahu Khayr.

  4. MahdiHasan

    Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

    A Sunni here. May I know what is the position of Ibadi school in regards to Tawassul and Istighatha? Does it render a person Mushrik, as many groups like the salafi dawah tend to say? BarakAllahu feek

    • Walakum salaam wr wb, Thank you for your question respected brother. I will direct this to our respected Shyookh and than reply to your answer. May Allah (swt) keep you and your loved ones safe.

      • MahdiHasan

        Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah akhi, hope you are well. Is there any update?

      • Walakum salam wrwb. The tawassul that is saying oh Allah I ask you by the love of the Prophet or I ask you by the nearness of this person is permissible. But to ask and say Oh Muhammed, Ya Abu Bakr grant me etc is something we seek protection with Allah from. I hope that this answers your question brother..

      • Another example would be to say “Ya ‘Isa or Oh Jesus help! Oh Jesus grant me such and such.” Its not permissible in Islam.

  5. Mohd Adeeb

    “Ya ali madad”

    Is this statement

    Shirk or Haram According to Ibadi scholars?

    Logically the “haram” position makes sense to me because most of those who say “Ya Ali Madad” or phrases, don’t believe Ali can help them independently without the Will of Allah. Usually these people have the belief that God granted some sort of power to Ali. So technically the belief is obviously wrong but is it shirk?

    We all know Ali is dead and can’t help anyone so it’s just like asking money from a beggar.

    • Insh’Allah, brother, the question now becomes one of preference. In Islam is it halal for us to say, ‘Ya Allah?’ Than the next question would become which would be superior to say ‘Ya Allah’ or to say ‘Ya Ali’. It is not matter of permissible or not permissible at this point it is a matter of what should be a preference for the heart and aspirations of the believers.

      I hope this helps brother.

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