FAZAIL E AMAAL and stories of shirk

Discussion on THE ISSUE OF fazail-E-Amaal and SHIRK(May Allah save us all from shirk and Bidat)
1.   We went through of critical book/articles from ..................... brothers against Tablighi Jamaat. What I found that their allegation against Tablighi Jamaat other than the issue of Fazail e Amaal is very vague and of superficial nature and has no substance, like 3 days and 40 days. (Which the jamaat call just a system/Tarteeb).
After going deep into the issue and reading 3 books and article against FAZAIL E AMAAL what is clear that these allegation are basically based on the difference of opinion on certain issues among the scholars of Sunni  Ulema and....................... Group Ulemas.

Because of difference of opinion on these broader issues Same story that Sunni Ulema (Hanafi shafaee hanbali maliki Ulema) regard as correct and are under KARAMAT E AULIA ,& Special Life of Qabar for ANBIA AND SHUHADA

the ............................. scholars has a divergent view on these issues and consider it as impossible and alledges that it is showing Shirk

 This difference of approach leads to different view on a particular story of KARAMAT E AULA

Problem areas between .................... and sunni scholars leading to Shirk allegation

There are a lot of things which only Allah knows, And only Allah has right to know.
but it is Allah will that He can let some of it known to others. No one can ask question to Allah.Why he gave this special blessing to a particular person at a particular time. 

Yaqub Alaihissalam could not trace from the well of Kunan which was nearby But By will of Allah he could smell the cloths of Yusuf Alaihissalam from far away Egypt. 
He used Isa Alaihissalam for showing the cure of leprosy and blind but didnot give to many other Prophet.
He knows from the beginning, but He may let it know some part later to his Prophet or his friends (Aulia Allah)
"(And all who obey Allah and the Apostle) are in the company of those on whom is the grace of Allah: of the prophets, the sincere lovers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous; Ah! what a beautiful fellowship." (an-Nisa', 69,70)

 A muslim believe that Karamat/ Kashf is totally under control of Allah. 

It is not related to the will or status of a person (Aulia Allah) .
It is by Allah will and not the Desire/status of person have much Role. 

Sometimes a person other than Prophet may get Kramat from Allah. 
Eg:   Quran says that  Hazrat Mariyam used to get fruits without season and Prophet Zakaria was not getting,But it does not mean that she became bigger than Prophet.As already being said that through kashf a lot of things can be seen/feel with the permission of this one:

'A'ishah narrated: "When he(Abu bakr) was on his deathbed, my father(Abu bakr) said to me: "Verily, you have two brothers and two sisters." So, I became startled at this, as I only had two brothers and one sister. He referred to his then-pregnant wife, Bint Kharijah, saying: "I see that she is pregnant with a girl," and that turned out to be exactly the case."
[Reported by ash-Shatibi in 'al-Muwafaqat' (4/85), and Ibn Taymiyyah mentioned it in 'Majmu' al-Fatawa' (11/318)] 

Yaqub Alaihissalam could not trace from the well of Kunan But By will of Allah he could smell the cloths of Yusuf Alaihissalam from far away Egypt.
"The miracles of saints are absolutely true and correct, by the acceptance of all Muslim scholars. And the Qur'an has pointed to it in different places, and the Hadith of the Prophet (s) has mentioned it, and whoever denies the miraculous power of saints are only people who are innovators and their followers." [al-Mukhtasar al-Fatawa, page 603].

 Ibn Taymiyya says, "what is considered as a miracle for a saint is that sometimes the saint might hear something that others do not hear and they might see something that others do not see, while not in a sleeping state, but in a wakened state of vision. And he can know something that others cannot know, through revelation or inspiration." [Majmu'a Fatawi Ibn Taymiyya, Vol. 11, p. 314]. 
Ahlus Sunnah believe in Karamat of Auliya: By Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taimiyah (RA) [Sharh Al-Aqeedat-il-Wasitiyah]

وَمِنْ أُصًولِ أَهْلِ السُّنَّةِ: التَّصْدِيقُ بِكَرَامَاتَ الأَوْلِيَاءِ وَمَا يُجْرِي اللهُ عَلَى أَيْدِيهِم مِّنْ خَوَارِقِ الْعَادَاتِ فِي أَنْوَاعِ الْعُلُومِ وَالْمُكَاشَفَاتِ وَأَنْوَاعِ الْقُدْرَةِ وَالتَّأْثِيرَات ، وَالمَاثُور  عَنْ سَالِفِ الأُمَمِ فِي سُورَةِ الْكَهْفِ وَغَيْرِهَا، وَعَنْ صَدْرِ هَذِهِ الأُمَّةِ مِنَ الصَّحَابَةِ وَالتَّابِعِينَ وَسَائِرِ فِرق الأُمَّةِ، وَهِيَ مَوْجُودَةٌ فِيهَا إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ ۔
The testimony of the Karamat (charismata) occurred by the Auliya (those righteous people who are close to Allah) also forms part of the principles of Ahlus-Sunnah, as also the testimony of all those extraordinary occurrences and habits which Allah manifests through them in terms of various knowledges, spiritual experiences, powers, and influences and those that are mentioned in the Qur'anic Surah Al Kahf etc. regarding former communities and about the initial period of the Sahaba and Taba'een of this Ummah till today and will continue to remain till the day of judgement.
So if you will see the Karamat e Aulia with Muslim visionyou will find the greatness of Allah. 
Otherwise you may find something else if you consider that it has been done by the Aulia Allah, then it will become shirk,as Some of the groups are making Propaganda of  Shirk in Aulia Allah Stories IN FAZAIL E AMAAL.(These stories are from older book of great Imams and scholars REPRODUCED WITH REFERENCE)
May Allah show all of us Right path.

A. ....................Group also accept KARAMAT E AULIA as correct but Practically their stand is  to “DENY ANY OCCURRENCE OF KARAMAT 
So they denotes all the stories of Aulia Allah Kramat as Fabricated /showing shirk/ etc word of their choice
Actually Karamat are impossible thing. But everything is  under the control of Allah will,power and knowledge. And doing impossible as possible is by Allah only. Auliah has no role except Allah chosen them for manifestation of Power. So this should be approach of a muslim. 
Their are certain things that can be disapproved as wrong through logic, But in the light of Quran and Hadith they are correct and certain. A muslim should have an approach that even if something looking impossible but proved by Quran and authentic sources he should 

C. This difference of approach leads to different view on a particular story of KARAMAT E AULA
ILevel of life in Qabar of Prophet and Shuhada and Aulia Allah Issue.
1. Every one has to taste the death,(Kulli Nafsin ZaeqatulMaut)........ and Prophet S.A.W. has also tasted it...............There is no controversy on it...........Then there is a life for everyone in Graves /That is life of Barzakh in Qabr for all human being thats why ..............authentic Ahadith about AZAB E QABR.......COMES IN HADITH .....
There is no difference upto this Point.............
All are agreed that everyone has to die and for everyone their is life in Qabar, So he will taste pleasure/ Azab e Qabr as mentioned in Ahadith.

there is difference of opinion between Scholars about the level and detail explanation of life in Graves of Anbia and Shuhada/siddeeqeen and saliheen. 

Majority of Scholars of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat has a view.......

They consider that all have died but the Grave life/Barzakh of Anbiya and Shuhada is special.And it is not like the life of common man...........
In surah Baqra (2:169) Allah Taala says
And never take those killed in the way of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive, with their Lord, well-provided, happy with what Allah has given them of His grace; and they feel pleased with the good news, about those who, after them, could not join them, that there shall be no fear for them nor shall they grieve. [I70]
They present following Evidences from Quran and Ahadith in support of special Life for Prophet and Shuhada.

1.Allah (SWT) explicitly confirms the life of Shuhada (martyrs) in the Qur'aan:

وَلَا تَقُولُواْ لِمَن يُقۡتَلُ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ أَمۡوَٲتُۢۚ بَلۡ أَحۡيَآءٌ۬ وَلَـٰكِن لَّا تَشۡعُرُونَ

[2:154] Do not say of those who are slain in the way of Allah that they are dead. Instead, they are alive, but you do not perceive.{jb_bluebox}

The prophets of Allah (SWT) are the best and the most noble of Allah (SWT)'s creation with our beloved Nabi (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) ranked the most high amongst them therefore since the Shuhada (martyrs) are alive we can state that the prophets of Allah (SWT) including the best amongst all of them Nabi (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) is also alive.

2.Bodies of Prophets (AS) don't decay:

The earth is forbidden from decomposing the bodies of the prophets of Allah (AS).

حَدَّثَنَا هَارُونُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ حَدَّثَنَا حُسَيْنُ بْنُ عَلِيٍّ عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ يَزِيدَ بْنِ جَابِرٍ عَنْ أَبِي الْأَشْعَثِ الصَّنْعَانِيِّ عَنْ أَوْسِ بْنِ أَوْسٍ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِنَّ مِنْ أَفْضَلِ أَيَّامِكُمْ يَوْمَ الْجُمُعَةِ فِيهِ خُلِقَ آدَمُ وَفِيهِ قُبِضَ وَفِيهِ النَّفْخَةُ وَفِيهِ الصَّعْقَةُ فَأَكْثِرُوا عَلَيَّ مِنْ الصَّلَاةِ فِيهِ فَإِنَّ صَلَاتَكُمْ مَعْرُوضَةٌ عَلَيَّ قَالَ قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَكَيْفَ تُعْرَضُ صَلَاتُنَا عَلَيْكَ وَقَدْ أَرِمْتَ يَقُولُونَ بَلِيتَ فَقَالَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ حَرَّمَ عَلَى الْأَرْضِ أَجْسَادَ الْأَنْبِيَاءِ

{jb_bluebox}Sayyidina Aws ibn Aws (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) said: Among the most excellent of your days is Friday; on it Adam (AS) was created, on it he (AS) died, on it the last trumpet will be blown, and on it the shout will be made, so invoke more blessings on me that day, for your blessings will be submitted to me. The people asked: Apostle of Allah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam), how can it be that our blessings will be submitted to you while your body is decayed? He (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) replied: Allah, the Exalted, has prohibited the earth from consuming the bodies of Prophets. [Abi Dawud]{jb_bluebox}

3.Prophets are alive and they pray in their graves:

(حديث مرفوع) أَخْبَرَنَا أَبُو سَعْدٍ أَحْمَدُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ الْخَلِيلِ الصُّوفِيُّ ، رَحِمَهُ اللَّهُ ، قَالَ : أنبأ أَبُو أَحْمَدَ عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ عَدِيٍّ الْحَافِظُ , قَالَ : ثنا قُسْطَنْطِينُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ الرُّومِيُّ , قَالَ : ثنا الْحَسَنُ بْنُ عَرَفَةَ , قَالَ : حَدَّثَنِي الْحَسَنُ بْنُ قُتَيْبَةَ الْمَدَائِنِيُّ , ثنا الْمُسْتَلِمُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ الثَّقَفِيُّ , عَنِ الْحَجَّاجِ بْنِ الأَسْوَدِ , عَنْ ثَابِتٍ الْبُنَانِيِّ , عَنْ أَنَسٍ , رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ ، قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : " الأَنْبِيَاءُ أَحْيَاءٌ فِي قُبُورِهِمْ يُصَلُّونَ " , هَذَا حَدِيثٌ يُعَدُّ فِي إِفْرَادِ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ قُتَيْبَةَ الْمَدَائِنِيِّ ، وَقَدْ رُوِيَ عَنْ يَحْيَى بْنِ أَبِي بُكَيْرٍ ، عَنِ الْمُسْتَلِمِ بْنِ سَعِيدٍ ، عَنِ الْحَجَّاجِ ، عَنْ ثَابِتٍ ، عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ .

{jb_bluebox}Sayyidina Anas (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) said: The prophets (AS) are alive in their graves and they pray. [Baihaqi]{jb_bluebox}
Nature of life of Prophets & Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam):

Prophets of Allah (AS) and Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) are alive in their graves and possess the life of Barzakh but in reality we do not know the exact nature and reality of their lives.

Angels convey the Salutations to Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) from distance:

When Salautations and Salawaat are sent to the noble and beloved Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) from a distance then it is carried by specially appointed Angels and presented in his noble and auspicious presence.

(حديث مرفوع) وَفِي هَذَا الْمَعْنَى الْحَدِيثُ الَّذِي أَخْبَرَنَا أَبُو الْقَاسِمِ عَلِيُّ بْنُ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ عَلِيٍّ الطَّهْمَانِيُّ ، ثنا أَبُو الْحَسَنِ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ الْكَارِزِيُّ ، ثنا عَلِيُّ بْنُ عَبْدِ الْعَزِيزِ , ثنا أَبُو نُعَيْمٍ , ثنا سُفْيَانُ , عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ السَّائِبِ , عَنْ زَاذَانَ , عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ مَسْعُودٍ , رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ ، قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : " إِنَّ لِلَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ مَلائِكَةً سَيَّاحِينَ فِي الأَرْضِ يُبَلِّغُونِي عَنْ أُمَّتِي السَّلامَ " .

{jb_bluebox}Sayyidina Abdullah Ibn Masood (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) said: Indeed there are many Angels of Allah (SWT) who sojourn the Earth and bring the Salam of my Ummati to me.[Baihaqi]{jb_bluebox}

Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) personally hears Salutations from close:

((حديث مرفوع) أَخْبَرَنَا عَلِيُّ بْنُ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ بِشْرَانَ , أنبأ أَبُو جَعْفَرٍ الرَّزَّازُ , ثنا عِيسَى بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ الطَّيَالِسِيُّ , ثنا الْعَلاءُ بْنُ عَمْرٍو الْحَنَفِيُّ , ثنا أَبُو عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ , عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ , عَنْ أَبِي صَالِحٍ , عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ , رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ، قَالَ : " مَنْ صَلَّى عَلَيَّ عِنْدَ قَبْرِي سَمِعْتُهُ ، وَمَنْ صَلَّى عَلَيَّ نَائِيًا مِنْهُ أُبْلِغْتُهُ " ، أَبُو عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ هَذَا هُوَ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ مَرْوَانَ السُّدِّيُّ فِيمَا أَرَى وَفِيهِ نَظَرٌ , وَقَدْ مَضَى مَا يُؤَكِّدُهُ . .

{jb_bluebox}Sayyidina Anas (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) said:Whoever invokes blessings on me at my grave, I hear him, and whoever invokes blessings on me from afar, I am informed about it.[Baihaqi]{jb_bluebox}

This narration has been Authenticated by the famous Hadeeth Master commentator of saheeh bukhari Al-Hafidh Ibn Haj'r Al-Asqalani (RA):
بسند جيد بلفظ من صلى على عند قبري سمعته ومن صلى علي نائيا بلغته

Sahaba (RA) sending Salutations to Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam):

It has been an unbroken practise of the Muslims to send Salutations to not only Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) but also to Khalifatur-Rasool Sayyidina Abu-Bak'r As-Sideeq (RA) and also to Ameerul-Mumineen Sayyidina Umar (RA) in Madina and the practise of the Sahaba (RA) is confirmed by

this Authentic Athar of Sayydina Abdullah Ibn

Umar (RA).
فقد كان ابن عمر يقول : السلام عليك يا رسول الله ، السلام عليك يا أبا بكر ، السلام عليك يا أبتِ ، ثم ينصرف . صححه الحافظ ابن حجر

{jb_bluebox}Sayyidina Ibn ‘Umar (RA) used to say, “Al-salaamu ‘alayka ya Rasool-Allaah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam), al-salaam ‘alayka ya Aba Bakr (RA), al-salaamu ‘alayka ya abati (O my father) (RA),” then he would go away. This was classed as saheeh by al-Haafiz ibn Hajar.

The lives of the Anbiyaa (Alayhis salaam) are also proven through the Ahaadith of Mi'raaj narrated by Bukhari and Muslim where it is mentioned that Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) led the Anbiyaa (Alayhis salaam) is Salaat and also his meeting them in Jannah.
ibn Mas'ood (Radhiallaahu Anhu) narrates that Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, 'Verily, Allah has angels travelling through the earth, they bring to me the salaams of my Ummah.' (Targheeb wat Tarheeb vol.2 pg.498)

Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, 'Whoever recites Salawaat upon me (in my presence, I hear it and whoever sends Salawaat to me and he is not by me, his Salawaat is brought to me.' (Nasaaie)

......................... Group SCHOLARS VIEW about life in Qabar/Grave 
There is no difference in the life of Grave of Prophet and of General Muslim/Common man. Both have life of Barzakh and for all practical purposes there is no difference.
This difference bring a major impact on interpretation of stories
1)  WASEELA and its permissible type......................... scholars do not allow Waseela from prophet /Auli a after their death.Whereas sunni scholars permit it.(In principle all are agreed that waseela is permissible. And Scholars like Ahmad ibne hanbal,Imam Nawwi,Imam Shoukani has allowed waseela from pious dead).   Full discussion and Hadith Reference plese see
3.Issues of Sufism
A) Present day ................. scholars and brothers are permanently dead against Sufism. They have a allegy of very severe type with this .They demonise Sufism by all their effort. They uses the word as synonymous to shirk.
B)However the forefathers of ................ thought like Ibne Taimiya and Abdul Wahab has endorsed Sufism and always used to have good words about sufism.

C) Present day .................. are very liberal in branding anyone sufi according to their definition and this labeling is enough to brand someone wrong.Whatever good comes from a person has been labeled by them as sufi they will not accept.

A. These differences are at much higher level among Ulemae e karam. On all these issues 90% of muslim (Hanafi Shafai Hanbali,Maliki) are on one side of Table while .................... are on the other side.
B. If Ummat solves these broader issues the consequential differences can also be solved.

C. It is very important,novel but untouched area to work  between Ulmae Karam. If anyone want to do something for ummat it is a very good opportunity and area to work among scholars of Islam. It is broader and continuing issue that should be solved at higher level between scholars. Only big Ulemas and Madarsas representing salafi and sunnis can solve these issues.

What I think it is wrong and unjustified to expect from Tablighi jamaat/Fazail e amaal/Maulana zakariya to solve these root cause of differences. This issue is outside their scope/jurisdiction/interference/authority.
 Maulana zakaria the (author of FAZAIL E AMAAL) stand on all these issues according to the majority of muslims that is Ahle sunnat wal jamaat/sunni approach (that has difference with salafi approach).
His approach is  broadly reflected in selection of stories in FAZAIL E AMAAL .

1)  Volumes has been written on for and against of Fazail E Amaal.I have three books and one 20 page article in favour of Fazaaile amal and also 2 books against Fazail E Amaal.All these for and against centre around these core issues.
2)  Muslim are wasting their energy and resources on these discussion and publication no significant effort is on to solve the core issue.
3)  They are abusing each other making fun of teaching of quran and Hadith.

4)  Tablighi Jamaat has been blessed specially by grace of Allah and Ummat can get benefit from their effort. They are generally devouted ,Allah Fearing and having love for Sunnat and also practice it considerably.But this allegation and counterallegation has its own impact.

5)  Tablighi Jamaat has nothing to loss. It is not an party or organization or having membership /financial or administrative position .

It is an effort (JUHAD FIDDEEN ) AND WHO SO EVER REMAIN ATTACHED WITH IT HAS TO SACRIFICE HIS TIME MONEY AND NAFS for the sake of Allah and his DENN. So there is no loss or gain for it

6)  Only and only ummat/muslims are losing.Our duty to convey massage to all human being is losing.