Seeking forgiveness for hypocrites.

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As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)

 

One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

Dear brother Burhan, Assalamualaykum,

Request you to answer my few questions:

 
1) Is it permissible to ask for MAGHFIRAT from Allah for the parents who died as MUNAFIQ (Due to their ignorance they use to ask for help from the dead like visiting DARGAH and also not so religious)

 
2) What is the TAABIR (meaning) of a dream which one sees quite regulary that he is having physical relations with his mother and somtimes with his sister and even daughter.

 
3) How to go about the interest which is already consumed, willingly or unwillingy

 
Awaiting your early reply.

 
JAZAK ALLAH KHAIR

 

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Answer:

 

Seeking forgiveness for hypocrites

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Q-1: Is it permissible to ask for MAGHFIRAT from Allah for the parents who died as MUNAFIQ (Due to their ignorance they use to ask for help from the dead like visiting DARGAH and also not so religious)

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa Verse 145:

145    The hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of the Fire: no helper wilt thou find for them.

 

Such is the enormity of the heinous sin of hypocrisy in the Sight of the Lord Most Majestic that He has Declared that they will be destined to the ‘Lowest Depth’ of the Hell Fire!

 

As opposed to the other grave sins of ‘kufr’ (disbelief) and ‘shirk’ (polytheism) which one can identify openly, the sin of hypocrisy is a condition of the heart which is known only to Allah Subhanah Alone.  They hypocrites are those who claim to believe, enjoy all the rights of being a believer, but have enmity in their hearts against Allah Subhanah, His Messengers, His deen, and the believers.

 

It is nigh impossible to differentiate between a believer and a hypocrite, nor are the believers who sincerely fear Allah and the Last Day allowed or permitted in Islam to go around and declare such and such amongst the believers is a hypocrite!

 

Now to your specific question whether or not it is allowed in Islam to seek forgiveness for one’s deceased parents whom one deems to be (Allah forbid) hypocrites.

 

 Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 113:

113    It is not fitting for the Prophet and those who believe that they should pray for forgiveness for (deceased) pagans, even though they be of kin, after it is clear to them that they are companions of the Fire.

 

If one is absolutely certain that a loved one has died in the state of ‘shirk’ or ‘kufr’, even if that loved one happened to be one’s own parent, Allah Subhanah guides that it is not fitting for one who has professed belief that they should supplicate their Lord for their forgiveness…..for such is the enormity of their crime that the Lord Most Majestic has deemed it as absolutely unforgiveable in the Hereafter!

 

As grave as the sin of hypocrisy is in the Sight of the Lord Most High, this disease of the heart is known to Allah Subhanah Alone; and it is Allah Subhanah Alone Who will Decide and Declare with absolute Justice on that Tumultuous Day of Judgment who amongst those who professed belief were indeed believers and who amongst them were hypocrites.

 

Allah Subhanah informed the Prophet (saws) through inspiration who amongst the people of Madinah were hypocrites, and Commanded the Prophet (saws) never ever to offer their funeral prayers, or stand at their graves, or make supplications for them after their death! 

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 84:

And in the future, you (O Prophet (saws)) should never ever offer (funeral) prayers for anyone from amongst them (the hypocrites) who dies, nor (even) stand at his grave; for they have denied Allah and His Messenger and died while they were transgressors!

 

This command of refraining from making supplications for the deceased hypocrites was specific and only for the Messenger of Allah (saws) and not for the believers at large….thus after the Revelation of the above quoted Aayah of the Glorious Quran whenever one amongst the hypocrites died in Madinah, the Messenger of Allah (saws) would not attend the funeral prayer of that deceased hypocrite, but he (saws)  asked one amongst his companions to lead the funeral prayers of the deceased hypocrites.

 

Thus in light of the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah, unless one is absolutely certain that one amongst their loved one has died in the state of ‘kufr’ or ‘shirk’, one is permitted to make as many supplications as they wish for them.

 

Q-2: What is the TAABIR (meaning) of a dream which one sees quite regulary that he is having physical relations with his mother and somtimes with his sister and even daughter.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 9.144         Narrated by Abu Huraira

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "When the Day of Resurrection approaches, the dreams of a true believer will hardly fail to come true, and a dream of a believer is one of forty-six parts of Prophetism, and whatever belongs to Prothetism can never be false." Muhammad bin Sirin said, "But I say this." He said, "It used to be said, 'There are three types of dreams:

  1. The reflection of one's thoughts and experiences one has during wakefulness,
  2. what is suggested by the Shaytaan to frighten the dreamer,
  3. or glad tidings from Allah. 

So, if someone has a dream which he dislikes, he should not tell it to others, but get up and offer a prayer.'"

 

If one has experienced an evil dream, without an iota of a doubt, it is from the accursed Shaytaan.  One should immediately take refuge in Allah from the accursed Shaytaan by declaring ‘Aoodibillahi minas Shaitaan ar-rajeem’, disregard the dream nor give it any importance or significance, and abstain from mentioning the dream to anyone; for it will never be able to harm them. 

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 9.168         Narrated by Abu Salama

I used to see a dream which would make me sick till I heard Abu Qatada saying, "I too, used to see a dream which would make me sick till I heard the Prophet (saws) saying, "A good dream is from Allah, so if anyone of you saw a dream which he liked, he should not tell it to anybody except to the one whom he loves, and if he saw a dream which he disliked, then he should seek refuge with Allah from its evil and from the evil of the Shaytaan, and spit three times (on his left) and should not tell it to anybody, for it will not harm him."

 

Q-3: How to go about the interest which is already consumed, willingly or unwillingy

Allah says further in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 278:

O Believers!  Fear Allah and give up that ‘riba’ which is still due to you,  if you are true believers.   But if you do not do so,  then you are warned of the declaration of war against you by Allah and His Messenger!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisa verse 161:

That they took ‘riba’,  although they were forbidden.  And that they devoured men’s substance wrongfully.   We have prepared for those among them who reject faith a grievous punishment (of Hell Fire)!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale-Imraan verses 130-132:

130    O ye who believe! Devour not ‘riba’ doubled and multiplied; but fear Allah; that ye may (really) prosper.

131    Fear the Fire which is prepared for those who reject faith.

132    And obey Allah and the Messenger; that ye may obtain mercy.

 

One can only imagine the severity and the gravity of the sin of consuming ‘riba’ by the statement of Allah Subhanah: ‘…..then you are warned of the declaration of war against you by Allah and His Messenger!’

 

If one has willingly or unwillingly consumed ‘riba’ in their past, their atonement for this grave sin is sincere repentance and ‘taubah’…..for it is sincere ‘taubah’ alone which obliterates the major sins of man!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumur verses 53-54:

(O Prophet) say: “O My servants who have wronged their own souls….Do not despair of Allah’s Mercy!  Surely,  Allah forgives all sins.   He indeed is the All Forgiving,  All Merciful.   Return to your Lord and submit to Him before the scourge overtakes you;  for then you may get no help from anywhere.”

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imraan verse 135-136:

Allah likes such good people very much, who,  if ever they commit a base deed or wrong their own soul by the commission of a sin,  remember Allah instantly,  and ask for forgiveness from Him for their shortcomings.  For who,  but Allah,  can forgive sins?   (And Allah loves those) who do not knowingly persist in the wrongs they did.   These will be rewarded with forgiveness from Allah,  and with Gardens beneath which canals flow,  and they will reside therein forever!   How excellent is the reward of those who do good deeds!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 54:

When those come to you who believe in Our Signs,  say: "Peace be on you!  Your Lord had inscribed for Himself (the rule of) Mercy.  Verily if any of you did evil in ignorance,  and thereafter repented and amended (his conduct),  Lo! He is Oft-Forgiving,  Most Merciful."

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2357        Narrated by Abdullah ibn Mas'ud

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "He who repents of a sin is like him who has committed no sin."

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2338        Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "Allah accepts a servant's repentance (taubah) till he gives up his spirit in death."

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 

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