Shaykh Ahmad Rumi – Salaf and Istighathah


‘Allamah Ahmad bin ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Rumi (d. 1041 AH / may Allah have mercy on him), an erudite scholar from the people of Akhisar in present-day Turkey, writes in Majalis al-Abrar wa Masalik al-Akhyar, p. 126-127,

“So, one who is in doubt, should see whether it is possible for a man on the surface of earth to bring one authentic or weak proof from any of them (Salaf) that when they felt a need they headed towards graves and supplicated near them and touched them, let aside that they offered salah there and begged to them to fulfill their needs. Never; producing any proof is impossible for them. Yes, it is possible for them to produce much of such proofs from the successors who came later. Then, as the time elapsed by and the gap widened, these matters also increased, until there were found several books which did not contain even a single word from the Prophet (peace be upon him), his rightly guided Caliphs, the Companions and their successors, rather it contained many things contradictory to marfu’ traditions (directly reaching to the Prophet, peace be upon him). One amongst them is this hadith of the Prophet, peace be upon him: “I had stopped you to visit the graves, now one who likes to visit he can do so, but you should not speak any offensive word, and what is more offensive than shirk (associating partner to Allah) by word or action. As far as the traditions narrated from the Companions are concerned, they are in uncountable numbers.”

Note: Imam Shah ‘Abd al-’Aziz Dahlawi praised Majalis al-Abrar in these words, “The book, Majalis al-Abrar, includes much beneficial discourses regarding the secrets of Islamic law, fiqhsuluk, refutation of bid’ah and reprehensible customs. We have no knowledge of the author in terms of his piety, godliness, depth in the sciences of Shari’ah, except that which this book reveals regarding him.” (Mu’jam al-Matbu’at al-’Arabiyyah, 1:388) And ‘Allamah ‘Abd al-Hayy Lakhnawi writes regarding Majalis al-Abrar, “And it is an excellent and reliable book.” (Iqamah al-Hujjah, p.19)

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