1. I read in Fazail-e-Amal that Shaikh Akbar Teahreer (R.A.) said (not exact words) one should have a shaikh or a really pious person whom he should always obey because a company of pious person helps you become pious too. And you should do what ever he tells you to do. You shouldn?t listen to your nafs but do what he tells you and completely surrender yourself to him. But the part that I don’t understand is that isn?t this shirk or riyakaari? Shouldn?t one do everything for Allah and not for a pious person or anybody? It is on page 34 in the Fazail e Tableegh portion (urdu version). Please explain. 2. Is this practice allowed to do in Islam: when someone moves in a new house they do a Quran Khuwani in which they call people to finish one quran? The purpose for this is that before moving in the house, Quran is read and so there will be brakaah in the house, or something like this. They don’t think it is necessary but good to do? Is this ok to do? It this mustahib, sunnat or just biddat or what? ( I have seen this being done in Pakistan)
In the Holy Qur’aan Allah Ta’ala mentions: “O people of Imaan, Obey Allah,
Obey His Rasool, and those in charge of your affairs.”
The Shaikh Kaamil (true and perfect spiritual guide) falls under the
category of “those in charge of your affairs”. Hence obedience to him is
necessary. This obedience is undertaken for the sake of Allah Ta’ala, and
for no other reason. Hence it is not shirk. The sign of this is that if the
Shaikh tells you to do something that is clearly against the command of
Allah Ta’ala, then you and should disobey him. This itself shows that this
obedience and submission is for Allah Ta’ala, otherwise the obedience would
have been unconditional.
Let us illustrate by way of an example. The Shariah enjoins strict obedience
to the parents. Now if the mother tells her son to recite the Qur’aan for
example, it may appear that he is doing it to please his mother, but it is
still Ibaadat, because obedience to the mother is Ibaadat.
The purpose of this obedience to the Shaikh is training. Initially to train
ourselves in carrying out the Islamic injunction, we need to be put under
pressure and train ourselves under an expert. Once we are trained, then we
take it a step further and refine our intention. So in the beginning stages,
the intention will not be one hundred percent perfect, but this will slowly
develop to perfection.
Take the example of Salaah. In the Ahadith we are taught that we should
command our children to perform Salaah when they are seven years old, and
hit them at the age of ten. This is the training phase of the child’s life.
He will perhaps only perform the Salaah because of the fear of his parents.
However, once it becomes his nature to perform Salaah, he will then develop
the correct intention. If this was shirk or riya, then the Hadith would not
have given this directive.
The custom of Qur’aan Khuwaani is something that has no basis in the
Shariah, and hence should be shunned. There should not be any special
arrangements made for the Khatam of the Qur’aan. Any individual can at
anytime read any portion of the Qur’aan, and it will definitely be a source
of Barakah, but no special customs should be attached to this.
and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Moulana Imraan Vawda
CHECKED AND APPROVED CORRECT: Mufti Ebrahim Desai