Q) I would like to know your stand on Fazail-e-amal which is being read in Many masjid.
Moulana Zakariyah mentions in Fazaail-e-Aamaal: -
“Shaytaan does not have the power to declare himself a Prophet in a dream.”“It is impossible that that the person dreaming may misunderstand Shaytaan as the Holy Prophet.” “If the person does not see the Prophet in a good feature, then that is the fault of the dreamer.” “If the person sees the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) doing an unlawful act, then the dream need interpretation in light of Islamic law even though (the person who dreamt) may be a pious saint.”
ref: Fazaail-e-Aamaal, (Eng. Trans.), Virtues of Darood , Chapter.2, p.67. (Edt. 1985, Published by Dini Book Depot - Delhi.
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
How unfortunate it is that in matters related to our worldly affairs we are always looking for the experts of the field.
If someone wants to put up a structure, he will look for an experienced architect, builder etc. He will not just call any Zaid or Bakr to draw his plans.
On the contrary when it comes to matters of religion, everyone becomes their own specialist of the field despite him not knowing and understanding the very basics of Islamic law.
They also pluck the courage of becoming arbiters and passing verdicts over the authorities of Islamic law. These were mountains of knowledge. They thoroughly understood shariah, Quran and Hadith before penning anything. They passed verdicts and interpreted Ahadith only after gathering the different variations of any Hadith. They also understood what is saheeh, hasan and da’eef and what are their implications. Where could it be used and where it could not be. These were masters of knowledge.
What fault there is in any book containing weak narrations, if the author did not take it upon himself that he will not mention any weak narrations?
A study of the six famous books of Hadith will prove that they too contain some weak narrations. The vast majority of scholars accept weak narrations, especially when it is related to fadha’il.
But unfortunately the modern day homemade, unbaked, microwave “scholars” through their sheer ignorance totally reject such narrations.
The examples given in your query is sufficient prove to show your ignorance.
Firstly, the Ahadith regarding seeing the Noble Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) in a dream aren’t weak.
Secondly, the interpretation given by Allama Shaykh al-Hadith(RA) is totally correct. This explanation was also given by great scholars like Mullah Ali Qari (RA) and Allamah Munawi (RA).
Regarding the second part of your query, the given so called proofs do not have any link with tawassul. Therefore, we see no need in wasting time in responding to them.
And Allah knows best
Ml. Ishaq E. Moosa,
Student Darul Iftaa
Checked and Approved by:
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In'aamiyyah