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Old 03-10-2008, 12:41 PM
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Some of the people in my class often say, "Ya Muhammad", when they want to stand up or need help to do something. They say it is part of tawassul and Sunnah of Rasulullah (the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him) to ask his help and that only </I>Wahhabis</I> oppose this practice. What does Hanafi School teach about saying "Ya Muhammad", instead of "Ya Allah"? Is it true that this is tawassul or is part of Sunnah? Shukran (Thank you)!


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In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear brother, we commend your pursuit of knowledge and your keenness to seek what is lawful and avoid what is not. We earnestly implore Allah to bless your efforts in this honorable way.

It is to be stressed that when a Muslim prays he asks none but Allah and when he seeks help, he seeks the help of Allah alone. We pray to Allah, not to any creature, including the Prophets and Messengers of Allah. There is no authentic hadith which teaches that Muslims should pray with the words "Ya Muhammad" and none of the Prophet's Companions did so. So we should follow in their steps.

In his response to the question in point, Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi, former President of the Islamic Society of North America, states:

"The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) himself told us in a very authentic hadith that is reported by `Abdullah ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him), "When you ask something, you ask in the name of Allah and when you seek help, you seek help of Allah. Know that if the people were to gather together to benefit you with anything it would benefit you only with something that Allah had already prescribed for you and that if they gathered together to harm you with something, they would harm you only with something Allah had already prescribed for you." So the Sunnah is that we pray to Allah (Mighty and Exalted be He).

Tawassul means that in our du`a', we mention also the salat and salam (seek peace and blessings) for the Prophet Muhammad, or we show our love and our faith in Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), so in this way our prayer becomes more acceptable to Allah, but we must always pray to Allah, not to any creature, including the Prophets and Messengers of Allah. There is no authentic hadith which teaches that Muslims should pray with the words, "Ya Muhammad", and the Companions of the Prophet also did not do that and we should follow the way of our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and his Companions in our prayers. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was the last and the final Messenger of Allah. He is the beloved of Allah (Habibullah). We believe in him, honor him, respect him and love him, but we do not worship him or come to Allah through him."
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Intermediary between a Person and Allah (Tawassul)

Is Muhammad (PBUH) an Intermediary Between Man and Allah?



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is one allowed to pray behind someone who says 'ya muhammad' and the like? because i know someone who says: 'ya ummi' (oh my mother) and it feels really weird to pray behind them.
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Praise be to Allah.

Firstly:

It was not permissible to address the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) by saying "Ya Muhammad" during his lifetime, because Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"Make not the calling of the Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) among you as your calling one of another"
[al-Noor 24:63].

Al-Dahhaak said, narrating from Ibn "Abbaas: They used to say Ya Muhammad, Ya Aba'l-Qaasim, but Allah told them not to do that, out of respect to His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). So they said Ya Rasool Allah (O Messenger of Allah), Ya Nabi Allah (O Prophet of Allah). Mujaahid and Sa'eed ibn Jubayr said something similar.
Qataadah said: Allah enjoined that His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) should be treated with respect and venerated and honoured as a leader. Muqaatil ibn Hayyaan said: Do not address him by name when you call him and say Ya Muhammad, and do not say Ya Ibn "Abd-Allah. Rather address him with honour and say Ya Nabi Allah or Ya Rasool Allah.

Maalik said, narrating from Zayd ibn Aslam: Allah enjoined them to address him with honour.
So the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) should not be addressed by name only, rather it should be said: Ya Rasool Allah, Ya Nabi Allah.

Secondly:

It is not permissible to call on the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in du'aa' after his death, because du'aa' is an act of worship that can only be directed to Allah. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"And the mosques are for Allah (Alone), so invoke not anyone along with Allah"
[al-Jinn 72:13]

"And who is more astray than one who calls on (invokes) besides Allah, such as will not answer him till the Day of Resurrection, and who are (even) unaware of their calls (invocations) to them?"
[al-Ahqaaf 46:5]

And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said to Ibn "Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him): "If you ask, then ask of Allah, and if you seek help then seek help from Allah."
Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2516) and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan al-Tirmidhi.

Du'aa' is asking for benefit and asking for harm to be warded off, and it is not only done by saying Yaa (O…), rather it has become customary among people to use this call in du'aa', especially when hardship comes and calamity strikes, so they say Ya Allah, meaning O Allah, save us, give us help, support us.

This is the action of monotheists (believers in Tawheed) who do not call upon anyone other than Allah. As for those who worship graves and tombs, they call upon their "saints" and revered ones, saying Ya Badawi, Ya Rifaa'i, Ya Jilaani, and what they mean is, O Badawi, help us, come to our aid, save us.

And some of them say: Ya Rasool-Allah, Ya Muhammad, in this manner also. This is calling upon him, seeking his help and turning to him.
It is well known that this is one of the worst ways of going against the message that was brought by Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and the other Messengers, and that was revealed in the Books, namely the call to Tawheed and worshipping Allah alone, and forsaking the worship of all others.

It is not acceptable in the religion of Islam, which Allah has chosen as the religion for His slaves, to call upon anyone except Allah, not any Prophet who was sent or any angel who is close to Him. Rather we are to call upon Him alone. Hence Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"Is not He (better than your gods) Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls on Him, and Who removes the evil, and makes you inheritors of the earth, generations after generations? Is there any ilaah (god) with Allah? Little is that you remember!"
[al-Naml 27:62]

Thus it is known that if a person says Ya Muhammad or Ya Rasool Allah, not intending thereby to call upon him and seek his help, then there is nothing wrong with it, such as if he wants to call him to mind and remember him, such as if he reads a hadeeth and says Sall-Allah "alayka ya Rasool-Allah (May Allah send blessings upon you, O Messenger of Allah) or How great and beautiful are your words, O Messenger of Allah. But saying Ya Muhammad is contrary to good manners, as explained above.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked: Is it shirk if someone says in any place on earth, Ya Muhammad Ya Rasool-Allah, calling him?
He replied:

Allah has stated in His Holy Book and on the lips of His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that worship is the right of Allah alone and no one else has any share of it, and that du'aa' is a kind of worship, so if a person says in any place on earth, Ya Rasool-Allah, Ya Nabi Allah or Ya Muhammad, help me, or save me, or support me, or heal me, or support your ummah, or heal the sick Muslims, and guide their misguided ones and so on, then he is making him a partner with Allah in worship. The same applies to those who do the same thing with regard to other Prophets, angels, awliya' ("saints), jinn, idols or any other created beings, because Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone)"
[al-Dhaariyaat 51:56]

"O mankind! Worship your Lord (Allah), Who created you and those who were before you so that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious"
[al-Baqarah 2:21]

End quote from Majmoo' Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz (2/453).
Shaykh Ibn "Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked: Some people at times of hardship say Ya Muhammad or Ya "Ali or Ya Jilaani. What is the ruling on that?
He replied:

If the intention is to call upon them and seek their help, then the person is a mushrik in the sense of major shirk that puts one beyond the pale of Islam, and he must repent to Allah and call upon Allah alone, as Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"Is not He (better than your gods) Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls on Him, and Who removes the evil, and makes you inheritors of the earth, generations after generations? Is there any ilaah (god) with Allah? Little is that you remember!"
[al-Naml 27:62]

As well as being a mushrik, he is also fooling himself. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"And who turns away from the religion of Ibraaheem (Abraham) (i.e. Islamic Monotheism) except him who befools himself?"
[al-Baqarah 2:130]

"And who is more astray than one who calls on (invokes) besides Allah, such as will not answer him till the Day of Resurrection, and who are (even) unaware of their calls (invocations) to them?"
[al-Ahqaaf 46:5]
End quote from Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn "Uthaymeen (2/133).
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Assalam o alaikum

Jazak Allah for this useful info. I was looking at this yesterday at a website which said that we can say YaMuhammad. It was run by Indian or Pakistani sects of Islam. Although they didnt give any reason to support their view yet they say they are Alhus Sunnah.

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Assalam o alaikum

Jazak Allah for this useful info. I was looking at this yesterday at a website which said that we can say YaMuhammad. It was run by Indian or Pakistani sects of Islam. Although they didnt give any reason to support their view yet they say they are Alhus Sunnah.

may Allah guide all of us.
i don't think they are Ahlus Sunnah, in fact they're not
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asalaam alaikum


sis um sufyan, it depends since the person might not mean it in a shirky way. some people say things as a figure of speech.
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Wa'alaykum As-Salam

like brother Qatada said, i've read that the rulings differ depending upon the people's intention but it is better not to say it as most of time people only use it when they're thinking of asking for help and such, which is plain shirk.

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My father used to say "Ya Muhammad" when he got up. Alhamdu-le-llah he has stopped now. But i'm 100% sure that whenever he said "Ya Muhammed" he did acknowledge that Muhammed (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) was just a prophet and could not Help him.

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It was not permissible to address the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) by saying “Ya Muhammad” during his lifetime, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

Make not the calling of the Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) among you as your calling one of another
[al-Noor 24:63].

Al-Dahhaak said, narrating from Ibn ‘Abbaas: They used to say Ya Muhammad, Ya Aba’l-Qaasim, but Allaah told them not to do that, out of respect to His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). So they said Ya Rasool Allaah (O Messenger of Allaah), Ya Nabi Allaah (O Prophet of Allaah). Mujaahid and Sa’eed ibn Jubayr said something similar.

Qataadah said: Allaah enjoined that His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) should be treated with respect and venerated and honoured as a leader. Muqaatil ibn Hayyaan said: Do not address him by name when you call him and say Ya Muhammad, and do not say Ya Ibn ‘Abd-Allaah. Rather address him with honour and say Ya Nabi Allaah or Ya Rasool Allaah.

Maalik said, narrating from Zayd ibn Aslam: Allaah enjoined them to address him with honour. So the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) should not be addressed by name only, rather it should be said: Ya Rasool Allaah, Ya Nabi Allaah.

The above is relevant to those who say "Ya Muhammed" without the intention of dua or anything like that.

Full fatwa link - here.
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we had did a thorough desecting of the subject at the multaqa ahlul-hadeeth forum

Can We Say 'Ya Muhammad'? - Multaqa Ahl al-Hadeeth
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NARRATION OF SAYING "YA MUHAMMED"may peace be upon him)
IMAM AL-BUKHARI NARRATES:
ABU NU'AYM RELATED TO US WHO SAID THAT SUFYAN RELATED TO US FROM ABU ISHAQ FROM ABDUL RAHMAM IBN SA'D , WHO SAID:
IBN UMAR HAD NUMBNESS IN HIS LEG , WHERE UPON A MAM SAID TO HIM : "REMEMBER THE MOST BELOVED OF PEOPLE TO YOU ", SO HE SAID :" YA MUHAMMED"may peace be upon him). THIS HADITH HAS BEEN NARRATED BY IMAM BUKHARI IN HIS BOOK AL-ADAB AL MUFRAD, UNDER THE CHAPTER : WHAT SHOULD BE DONE IF A PERSON HAS NUMBESS IN HIS LEG ( P 207,HADITH 993)
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