Salaah behind a person who believes that Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam) is omnipresent
Q: After reading namaaz behind a barelvi who believes that Rasullullah Alayhis Salaam is hazir nazir as he reads assalamualayka Ya Rasulullah, should one repeat the Salaah?
The one who believes that Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam) is like Allah Ta’ala in the attribute of haazir naazir (omnipresent) i.e. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is present everywhere at all times and has knowledge of everything, then since this attribute is exclusive to Allah Ta’ala, such a person has committed shirk in the siffaat (attributes) of Allah Ta’ala and comes out of the pale of Islam. The salaah performed behind him is invalid. However, just by a person saying “Ya Rasulullah” does not mean he subscribes to the above-mentioned belief. Most people who say “Yaa Rasulullah” when asked whether they subscribe to the view that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is like Allah Ta’ala in the attribute of being omnipresent, they answer in the negative and deny this belief. Some people hold the belief that Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam) is present at the time the maulood takes place. Though this cannot be substantiated and supported by any proof, this belief does not amount to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) being omnipresent, and hence it will not take the person out of the fold of Islam. Hence, your salaah performed behind the imaam is valid if he does not believe that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is omnipresent.
And Allah Ta’ala knows best.
إِنَّ اللَّهَ لا يَغْفِرُ أَنْ يُشْرَكَ بِهِ وَيَغْفِرُ مَا دُونَ ذَلِكَ لِمَنْ يَشَاءُ
وفي البزازية قال علماؤنا من قال أرواح المشايخ حاضرة تعلم يكفر ( البحر الرائق ج 5 ص 209 رشيدية )
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
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