Dua through prophet(saws) and martyr 70 intercession.

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may allah tallah reward you for the work u r doing. my question is, if some one is making a dua, can they ask allah tallah to help them for the sake of prophet mohammad (sa)or for the sake of any other pious person. is it true that a shahid can take 70 people with him to jannat. jazak allah 


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Dua through prophet(saws) and martyr 70 intercession

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.


Your Question: …..if some one is making a dua, can they ask allah tallah to help them for the sake of prophet mohammad (sa)or for the sake of any other pious person

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Israa verse 110:

110    Say: "Call upon Allah or call upon ‘The Rahman’ (The Most Gracious): by whatever Name ye call upon Him (it is well): for to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names.


Beloved Brother in Islam, it is absolutely fine, permissible, acceptable and encouraged to implore and beseech Allah Subhanah through His Noble Names and Attributes when supplicating to Him; but it is absolutely and categorically forbidden and impermissible in Islam to use a creation of Allah as an intermediary when supplicating the Lord Most Gracious, or beseech the Lord Most Gracious to give them something for the ‘sake’ of anyone in creation…. even if that creation happens to be a Prophet, or an Angel, or a Saint, etc.!


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 186:

And if  My servants ask you,  O Prophet, concerning Me, tell them that I am quite near to them. I hear and answer the prayer of the suppliant, when he calls on Me.  So let them respond to My call and believe in Me.  (Convey this to them), perhaps they may be guided aright!


Our Lord is indeed the All-Hearing, All-Knowing, and He indeed hears and responds to those who call upon Him in humility and in hope.  The Messenger of Allah (saws) himself called upon His Lord directly and without any intermediary and encouraged the believers to do the same.  Never ever did he encourage or endorse supplicating Allah Subhanah through an intermediary!  In fact, asking or supplicating Allah Subhanah through or for the ‘sake’ of a deceased or absent intermediary is regarded as a form of ‘shirk’ and ‘disbelief’ in Islam.


Instead of adding ‘weight’ to one’s supplication by using the name of a deceased or absent pious slave or a creation of Allah, the Messenger of Allah (saws) guided the believers that if indeed they wished to add ‘weight’ to their supplications to their Lord Most Gracious, they should in absolute humility, and fear, and in hope, indicate some amongst their good deeds which they have done purely for the Sake and Pleasure of Allah Subhanah; for it is one’s own belief and one’s own deeds which indeed add ‘weight’ to one’s supplications in the Presence of the Lord Most Merciful.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.671         Narrated by Ibn Umar

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "Once three persons (from the previous nations) were traveling, and suddenly it started raining and they took shelter in a cave. The entrance of the cave got closed while they were inside. They said to each other, 'O you!  Nothing can save you except the truth, so each of you should ask Allah's help by referring to such a deed as he thinks he did sincerely (i.e. just for gaining Allah's pleasure).'  So one of them said, 'O Allah! You know that I had a laborer who worked for me for one Faraq (i.e. three Sas) of rice, but he departed, leaving it (i.e. his wages). I sowed that Faraq of rice and with its yield I bought cows (for him). Later on when he came to me asking for his wages, I said (to him), 'Go to those cows and drive them away.' He said to me, 'But you have to pay me only a Faraq of rice,' I said to him, 'Go to those cows and take them, for they are the product of that Faraq (of rice).' So he drove them. O Allah! If you consider that I did that for fear of You, then please remove the rock.' The rock shifted a bit from the mouth of the cave.

The second one said, 'O Allah, You know that I had old parents whom I used to provide with the milk of my sheep every night. One night I was delayed and when I came, they had slept, while my wife and children were crying with hunger. I used not to let them (i.e. my family) drink unless my parents had drunk first. So I disliked to wake them up and also disliked that they should sleep without drinking it, I kept on waiting (for them to wake) till it dawned.  O Allah! If You consider that I did that for fear of you, then please remove the rock.' So the rock shifted and they could see the sky through it.

The (third) one said, 'O Allah! You know that I had a cousin (i.e. my paternal uncle's daughter) who was most beloved to me and I sought to seduce her, but she refused, unless I paid her one-hundred Dinars (i.e. gold pieces). So I collected the amount and brought it to her, and she allowed me to sleep with her. But when I sat between her legs, she said, 'Be afraid of Allah, and do not deflower me but legally. 'I got up and left the hundred Dinars (for her). O Allah! If You consider that I did that for fear of you then please remove the rock. So Allah saved them and they came out (of the cave)."


Allah’s Messenger (saws) guided the believers on how to best supplicate their Lord Most Merciful:

  1. Call upon the Lord Most Merciful through His Noble Attributes and Praise Him.
  2. In absolute humility, fear and hope declare one’s own servitude and utter helplessness in the Presence of their Majestic Lord.
  3. If one wishes, one may, in humility and in fear, indicate one’s own good deeds one may have done for the Sake and Pleasure of Allah Subhanah Alone.
  4. Then, beseech the Lord Most Gracious for whatever one wishes.
  5. And then in conclusion to the supplication, recite the ‘durood’ or salutation to the Noble Prophet and his family.


Ibn Mas'ud reported that the Prophet (saws), said, "If any servant of Allah afflicted with distress or grief makes this supplication, his supplication will be accepted:  'O Allah, I am Your servant, son of Your servant, son of your maidservant.   My forehead is in Your hand.   Your command conceming me prevails, and Your decision concerning me is just.  I call upon You by every one of the beautiful names by which You have described Yourself, or which You have revealed in Your book, or have taught anyone of Your creatures, or which You have chosen to keep in the knowledge of the unseen with You, to make the Qur'an the delight of my heart, the light of my breast, and remover of my griefs, sorrows, and afflictions'." A supplication in these words will be answered.  Allah will remove one's affliction and replace it with joy and happiness.


Salman reported that the Prophet (saws), said, "Your Lord, the Blessed and the Exalted One, is Modest and Generous, and He loathes to turn away His servant empty-handed when he raises his hands to Him in supplication."

Narrated by Ahmad and Ibn Hibban.


Your Question: ….is it true that a shahid can take 70 people with him to jannat.

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 2516  Narrated by Abud Darda

The Prophet (saws) said: ‘The intercession of a martyr will be accepted for seventy members of his family.’


Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 3834        Narrated by Al-Miqdam ibn Ma'dikarib

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "The martyr will receive six good things from Allah:

  1. he is forgiven at the first shedding of his blood;
  2. he is shown his abode in Paradise;
  3. he will be preserved from the punishment in the grave;
  4. on his head will be placed the ‘crown of honour’, a ruby of which is better than the world and what it contains;
  5. he will be married to seventy-two wives from amongst the ‘hoor’s of Paradise;
  6. and is made intercessor for seventy of his relatives."


In light of the above quoted guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws), it is indeed true that a true ‘martyr’ in the Cause of Allah will be permitted by the Lord Most Exalted to intercede for seventy members of his family on the Day of Resurrection.


Allah Subhanah has reserved ‘a’ place of honor in Paradise called ‘Al-Waseelah’ for ‘a’ slave from amongst His slaves.  The Messenger of Allah (saws) hoped (and was subsequently informed by Allah) that Allah would grant him this supreme honor.


Abdullah ibn 'Amr related that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "If you hear the call to prayer, repeat after it. Then supplicate for me, for whoever makes one supplication for me, Allah makes ten for him. Then ask Allah to grant me the place of ‘Wasilah’. It is a place in Paradise reserved for a slave from among the slaves of Allah. I hope to be him."

Related by Muslim.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Israa verse 79:

79      And pray (O Prophet (saws)) in the small watches of the morning: (it would be) an additional prayer for thee (O Prophet (saws)): soon will thy Lord raise thee (O Prophet (saws)) to a station of ‘Mahmuda’ (praise and glory)


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.331         Narrated by Jabir bin Abdullah

The Prophet (saws) said, "I have been given five things which were not given to any one else before me.

1.                  Allah made me victorious by awe, (by His frightening my enemies) for a distance of one month's journey.

2.                  The earth has been made for me (and for my followers) a place for praying and a thing to perform Tayammum, therefore anyone of my followers can pray wherever the time of a prayer is due.

3.                  The booty has been made Halal (lawful) for me yet it was not lawful for anyone else before me.

4.                  I will be given the right of intercession (on the Day of Resurrection).

5.                  Every Prophet used to be sent to his nation only but I have been sent to all mankind.


Respected brother, having said that the Messenger of Allah (saws) will intercede for the believing Ummah, or that the ‘martyr’ has been promised intercession for seventy of his relatives……it is not as if the Messenger of Allah (saws) or the ‘martyr’ will be allowed to pick and choose whoever ‘they’ wish to intercede for….but rather ‘intercession’ is and will remain Solely in the Power and Hands of Allah Subhanah Alone! 


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumar verses 44 :

What!  Have they taken besides Allah others as ‘shofa’a’ (intercessors)?  Say to them, “Will they intercede even if they have no power whatever nor understanding?”  Say, “Shafa’a (intercession) is wholly in the Power of Allah Alone!”.   His is the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth.  Then to Him you will be returned.


The Lord Most Majestic, Most Supreme categorically Declares that Intercession is wholly in the Power of Allah Subhanah Alone!  It is Allah Subhanah Alone Who Will Decide and Determine whom He Wills and Pleases to make an ‘intercessor’….and Allah is our witness, it is the Lord Most Supreme Who Alone Will Decide and Determine for whom He will accept ‘intercession’ from His nominated ‘intercessors’.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 20 Surah Taha verses 108-109:

On that Day the people will come straight to the call of the summoner!  No one will dare show any haughtiness,  and all the voices will be hushed before the Merciful and you will hear nothing but a whispering mumur.   On that Day,  no intercession shall avail save His, whom the Merciful may allow to intercede and be pleased to give him a hearing.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 19 Surah Maryam verses 87:

(On that Day) no one shall have the ability to make ‘shafaa’,  except the one who may have received permission from the Merciful.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 34 Surah Saba verse 23 :

(On that Day) no intercession before Allah can avail anyone,  except for the one for whom Allah permits it.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 78 Surah Naba  verses 38:

The Day when the Spirit (Jibrael) and the Angels shall be standing up in ranks (means..Day of Judgement),  none shall speak except the one whom the Merciful may permit,  and (the one permitted) will only speak what is right.


Neither the ‘intercessor’ nor the ones who are to be interceded for, will have any power or authority whatsoever in the absolute least in the Majestic Presence of their Lord Most Exalted, Most High!  Intercession is wholly in the Power of the Lord Most Supreme Alone; and He Alone will Decide and Determine who will intercede for whom!


A simple worldly example will make the concept of intercession in Islam very clear.  On the day of graduation of any good university, the moderators of the university invite and honor a ‘chief guest’ to give away the certificates to those who have passed their examinations.  It is the moderators of the university alone who decide who will be their ‘chief guest’ and who amongst the students have passed the examinations on merit, and will thus receive their graduation certificates.  Neither the ‘chief guest’ nor the students have the right or privilege to choose their ‘chief guest’, nor does the ‘chief guest’ have a right to award the graduation certificate to whomever he wills and pleases from amongst the students!  It is the moderators of the university who alone decide who will be the ‘chief guest’ and it is they alone who determine who amongst the students deserve to be certified.  


Similarly, Allah Subhanah will honor and nominate one (or more) amongst His fortunate slaves to be the ‘intercessor’, and Allah Subhanah Alone will Decide whomsoever He Wills to forgive……and then honor this fortunate person to intercede for them; and that fortunate person will thus be honored as the ‘intercessor’ in the Presence of all mankind on that Day of Judgment!  Neither the intercessor nor those who are being forgiven will have the power to make any decisions on that Day, for it will be Allah Subhanah Alone Who is and will remain the Supreme Master of that Inevitable Day of Judgment!


Thus in essence, and when taken in the right context, there is a provision for intercession on the Day of Judgement in Islam; but the determination of who will be the intercessor and who will receive intercession is something that the Majestic and Supreme Lord Alone will Decide and Decree.


We humbly pray and beseech the Merciful Lord that He honor and bless and grant this lofty and honorable status of ‘Al-Waseelah’ to our beloved Prophet, Mohamed ar-Rasool Allah (saws) on the Day of Judgment; and we, in all humility and hope and extreme fear, beg our Lord that we be amongst those fortunate beings whom Allah Subhanah has chosen to be forgiven and thus granted the intercession of the noble Messenger of Allah (saws).  Ameen.


My beloved and dear Brother in Islam, this concept of intercession is so pivotal, that when taken in the wrong context, has allowed the Shaytaan to lead many amongst mankind to the heinous and unforgivable path of ‘shirk’!  Without exception, all the nations that were destroyed in the past and related by Allah Subhanah in the Glorious Quran were victims of this false belief of intercession, whereby they invented their own deities and invoked them to intercede for them in the Presence of the Majestic Lord; and they thus became involved in the heinous sin of ‘shirk’!


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39  Surah Zumur verse 2-3:

So worship Allah Alone,  making your religion His exclusively.   Beware!  Religion is the exclusive Right of Allah.  As for those who have taken other ‘auliyas’ (guardians) with Allah (and justify their this conduct by saying): “We serve them only that they may bring us closer to Allah.”   Allah will surely judge between them concerning all that in which they differ.   Allah does not show guidance to any liar and denier of the Truth.


It is indeed unfortunate, that even after having believed in the Quran and in the Last Messenger of Allah (saws), many amongst the Muslim Ummah have fallen in this exact same trap of Shaytaan and chosen their own intercessors without any right or authority!  They invoke the graves of their intercessors, celebrate and commemorate their birthdays and their death-days, feed people in their names, and invoke them at all times to intercede for them in the Presence of Allah Subhanah for all their needs!  Little do they realize that this is precisely the sin of ‘shirk’ that overwhelmed those nations who were destroyed by Allah Subhanah before them!


May Allah Subhanah have mercy on the Muslim Ummah and save them from this evil and heinous temptation of the Shaytaan who leads them to ‘shirk’.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 16 Surah Nahl verse 98-100:

Then,  when you begin to recite the Quran,  seek Allah’s refuge against the accursed Shaitaan,  for he has no power over those who believe and put their trust in Allah.   Shaitaan  has power (to inspire) only over those people,  who make him their patron,  and practice ‘shirk’ by his temptation.


Beloved Brother in Islam, if in spite of our best efforts, and due to the shortcomings in our writing and explanations, if we have not been able to completely clarify this concept of ‘intercession’ in Islam, or if there is any doubt in your mind regarding this concept of ‘intercession’; we humbly request you to ask us or any good scholar as many questions as you may like to clarify and fully understand this concept of ‘intercession’ from the Truth of the Quran and Sunnah.  This concept is so pivotal in the deen, that if mis-understood or taken in the wrong context, it leads straight to the path of the unforgivable and heinous sin of ‘shirk’. 


If one trusts,  obeys,  and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws),   he can be assured of never ever being misled;   but if one believes,  obeys and follows any other guidance,  other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws),  he can be assured of being led astray.  


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


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,





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