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From the Worst of Mankind by Shaykh Bin Baaz

May 27, 2012

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

ولأحمد بسند جيد، عن ابن مسعود مرفوعا إن من شرار الناس من تدركهم الساعة وهم أحياء، والذين يتخذون القبور مساجد – – – رواه أبو حاتم في صحيحه.

Reported by Ahmad (rahmatullahi alaihi) with a good chain, on the authority of Ibn Mas’ood (radi Allahu ‘anhu) reaching back to the Prophet (sallAllaahu alaihi wa sallam),

“Verily from the worst of mankind are those whom the Hour will be established upon and they are alive, and those whom have taken the graves as places of worship (masaajid).”

Also reported by Abu Haatim (rahimahullah) in his Saheeh.
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This Hadeeth is reported on the authority of Ibn Mas’ood (radi Allahu ‘anhu) reaching back to the Prophet (sallAllaahu alaihi wa sallam),
“Verily from the worst of mankind are those whom the Hour will be established upon and they are alive, and those whom have taken the graves as places of worship (masaajid).”
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This is because the Hour will only be established upon the worst of creation. As far as the believers their souls will be taken by a pleasant wind prior to this (i.e. the establishment of the Hour).

Those who take the graves as places of worship are from the worst of mankind because they are a means and cause for the people falling into shirk (polytheism), innovation, and erroneous acts. This is because once the people view such a thing as correct they will naturally conclude and say, “Since they have built (a place of worship over this grave, the occupant of it) must then be supplicated to and called on in times of peril.

However, there is no problem if the grave is in close proximity to the cemetery. This is because the walkway in that case will separate between the two, and this is superior (to masaajid being on top of graves).

This is correct just as we have previously mentioned (when speaking about) extremism, that results in the one whom they are extreme about being taken as an object of worship instead of or along with Allah. Due to this the people exaggerated the status of some of the righteous. They thus, took them as objects of worship instead of or along with Allah. Examples of this are like the graves of Al Hassan (radi Allahu ‘anhu), Al Hussain (radi Allahu ‘anhu), Faatimah (radi Allahu ‘anha) and other than them. This nation has likewise exaggerated the status of the Messenger (sallAllaahu alaihi wa sallam) and consequently fallen into (shirk by) worshipping him (by supplicating to him and the like) and seeking his aid in times of peril instead of or along with Allah; this (also happened) in the times of antiquity when the people of Nuh (sallAllaahu alaihi wa sallam) exaggerated the status of the righteous until they eventually worshipped them (which is polytheism) as we have already mentioned.

Author: Imaam ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Bin Baaz (may Allah have mercy upon him)
Source: “Sharhul Kitaabit Tawheed” pages 107-109
Translator: Abu ‘Abdis Salaam Siddiq Al Juyaanee

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2 Comments
  1. Jazaak Allaahu Khairan, Nice post

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