If the following statements by the founder of the Sufi Barelvi sect, Ahmed Raza Khan (1856 CE/1272 AH – 1921 CE/1340 AH) doesn’t constitute shirk and kufr (on steroids), then there is no shirk and no kufr in this world.
The Sufi ghulat (extremist) such as the Barelvis hold many Rafidi-esque beliefs, sometimes they literally chant Rafidi supplications and use the same Rafidi lingo that is based on nothing but ghuluw in the name of the Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them).
Ask any idol worshipper (except Hindus who have been exposed to Barelvism) the following question: ‘Who is Mushkil Kusha/Gusha (the one who removes all difficulties when called upon) according to Islam and Muslims? Even the dumbest idolater would assume that none but Allah is Mushkil Kusha/Gusha according to Islam and Muslims, yet according to the grave and saint worshippers, the Rafidis and the Sufis, it is ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) who is the one who fulfills all wishes and removes all difficulties, distress, and calamities whenever he’s called upon.
Ahmad Raza Khan writes in Persian, invoking Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) directly:
مُرتَضیٰ شِیرِ خُدا مَرحَب کُشا خَیبَر گُشا
سَرْوَرا لَشکَر کُشا مشکل گُشا امداد کُن
(حدائقِ بخشش, احمد رضا خان)
O Murtada (Ali)! O the Lion of Allah! O the one who knocked down Marhab! O the victorious of Khaybar!
O my master! O the one defeating the enemy’s battalion alone! O the Saviour (‘Mushkil Kusha/Gusha’, the one who removes all difficulties when called upon)! Help me (madad)!
[Hadaiq-E-Bakhshish by Ahmad Raza Khan Barelvi]
“What do the learned scholars and intelligent Muftis state regarding this matter, that is it permissible or not to say ‘O Messenger of Allah’, ‘O Saint of Allah’? And is it permissible or not to seek assistance [madad] from the Prophets and Saints, and to say at the time of calamity, ‘Yā Mushkil Kushā Álī”’[O Remover of Difficulties, Álī]? Please answer along with your signature, that I may clearly explain to people. Also, wherever Arabic verses and Ahadith are mentioned, please write their translation in the Urdu tongue. Please clarify and be rewarded.
Answer: It is permissible when one considers them the servant of Allah and a means [wasilah] in His Court, and one considers this to be with Divine permission, and that they are from those who manage the affairs of the world by the command of Allah [mudabbirāt amrā]…”
“…it was common among the Imams, scholars and the pious of every generation and era, from the time of Prophet, to calling upon the Beloveds of Allah in times of calamities.”
Source: Ahkam e Shariat, 1/30-32 by Ahmad Raza Khan
Barelvi (and other Sufi) scholars have filled pages with the so-called merits and benefits (!) of the fabricated Rafidi prayer called ‘Nadi Ali’ (‘call upon Ali’!), ghuluw upon ghuluw, extremism in the name of the Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them), exactly like the Rawafid:
‘Sham-e-Shabastan-e-Raza‘ (شمع شبستان رضا) which translates to ‘the candle of Raza’s garden’ is a Sufi Barelvi book, an encyclopedia of ‘spiritual remedies’ (batiniyyah). It is filled with spells, shirki prayers/invocations to various saints and diabolic batini (esoteric) talisman (!), horoscopes and numerology (occult meaning of numbers), and other forms of Astrology and fortune-telling based on the works of Sufi ‘scholars’, particularly Ahmad Raza Khan:
This satanic Sufi (Barelvi) book also includes fifteen (!) merits and benefits (!) about the fabricated Rafidi ‘Nadi ‘Ali’ prayer of shirk which is attributed to Imam
Ja’far al-Sadiq (rh) without any shred of evidence.
2. For any particular need or desire, recite Nad e-‘Ali 66 times. Fulfilment of one’s desire will be soon achieved.
3. One who finds no hope for overcoming an illness, should recite Nad e-‘Ali 7 times over rain water, and drink from it daily. He will regain his health, Inshallah, by the power of ‘Ali, who was healed by he Seal of Prophets.
4. If one believes he is being troubled by evil spirits, Jinn and or demons, he should recite Nad e-‘Ali 15 times over water and sprinkle on the affected person or himself. Inshallah they shall be relieved, as ‘Ali’s spirituality will overcome the evil influence.
5. To befriend people, one should recite Nad e-‘Ali 47 times, and blow over ones hands, then rub them over his entire body. People will be courteous, helpful and friendly towards him.
6. To remove all grief and sorrow, one should recite Nad e-‘Ali 1000 times with utmost sincerity to regain happiness. By the grace of Allah, every sorrow and grief will be removed and uplifted.
7. If one seeks to be rich, and solve one’s problems through the acquisition of abundant wealth, let him intend to acquire it and achieve abundance and luxury from ‘Ali. After Fajr prayers, while seated on his prayer rug, Nad e-‘Ali should be recited 91 times daily. He will begin to see his circumstances change within a short span of time, and he should continue this ritual for the rest of his life without fail, on time, and at the same spot when possible.
8. For abundance in wealth and a life of luxury, one should recite Nad e-‘Ali 500 times daily. He will attain his goal with success.
The Barelvi and other batini Sufis literally endorse and chant this Rafidi fabrication to this very day, they even imitate the Rafidis in their chants:
Notice the secondary role (if any) that Allah plays in all those by Satan-inspired polytheistic prayers; At best lip service is given to Allah, the Exalted, so that the priests and rabbis of the grave worshippers can say: ‘But look, we mention Allah (next to mentioning the saints numerous times)! It’s all done with Allah’s permission.’
A permission Allah has never given!
Unsurprisingly, the batini Rafidi Isma’ilis also endorse this zandaqah:
Those who invoke the saints for their needs in times of calamity are more severe in their (committing of) shirk than the first polytheists (during the Prophet’s ﷺ time). This was since the first polytheists used to ascribe partners to Allah at times of ease (rakha) and worship Him sincerely during times of hardship (shiddah). However, the polytheists in our era constantly commit shirk in times of ease as well as in times of hardship. The proof for this is Allah’s statement:
فَإِذَا رَكِبُوا فِي الْفُلْكِ دَعَوُا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ فَلَمَّا نَجَّاهُمْ إِلَى الْبَرِّ إِذَا هُمْ يُشْرِكُونَ
“And when they embark on a ship, they invoke Allah making their Faith purely for Him alone. But when He brings them safely to land, behold they give a share of their worship to others.” [Surah Al-‘Ankaboot: 65]
And also Allah’s saying:
قُلْ مَن يُنَجِّيكُم مِّن ظُلُمَاتِ الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ تَدْعُونَهُ تَضَرُّعًا وَخُفْيَةً لَّئِنْ أَنجَانَا مِنْ هَٰذِهِ لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الشَّاكِرِينَ قُلِ اللَّهُ يُنَجِّيكُم مِّنْهَا وَمِن كُلِّ كَرْبٍ ثُمَّ أَنتُمْ تُشْرِكُونَ
“Say: Who rescues you from the darkness of the land and sea (when) you call upon Him in humility and in secret (saying): ‘If He only saves us from this (danger), we will truly be grateful.’ Say: Allah rescues you from this and from all other distresses, but yet you worship others besides Allah.” [Surah Al- An’aam: 63-64]
So these verses indicate that they would mix partners in their worship with Allah during times of ease only. But as for times of hardship then they wouldn’t.
As for the Sufi (Barelvi)/Rafidi get-out clause: ‘with the permission of Allah’ (a divine formula that they misuse):
There are zero proofs for their excessive (ghuluw) beliefs regarding the saints, and a ‘with the permission of Allah‘ added clause won’t legitimise their heresies. Many things are hypothetically possible but that doesn’t mean that they are true. There is no evidence that ‘Ali/Fatimah/Jesus/Mary (let alone Badawi and Jilani) can listen to millions upon millions of madad/help calls and respond to them. Islam is based on proofs, especially on such a crucial creedal matter such as invoking saints for help in one’s supplication (du’a, the essence of worship) like as if we are in the Catholic Church. Islam came to eradicate such nonsense, it certainly did not come to replace Ya Jesus, Mary, saint X, Y, etc. with Ya Ali, Fatimah, Husayn (much less Badawi, Jilani, Sufi pir, etc.).Deifying one’s favourite set of saints and then adding ‘with the permission of Allah/بإذن الله’ to one’s heresy is a silly get-out clause, of course, the extremists will say that. Believing that anyone or anything is independent of Allah is the most obvious form of polytheism and disbelief, it’s a no-brainer. It’s like saying that there are two gods, literally. Of course, no deviant will say that, even the trinitarian Nasara don’t say that (they argue that the essence of the Trinitarian ‘god’ is one).
If someone says something is independent of Allah, then he is doing kufr/shirk in and of itself anyway (without having to call on it besides Allah). Self-independent is an attribute of Allah. Just like if someone says something is all-knowledgeable or all-hearing besides Allah he is doing kufr/shirk by this statement itself, someone saying something is independent of Allah is similarly kufr/shirk by itself.
Now, to say ‘it (du’a to other than Allah in the religious context) is shirk only when the caller believes the doer is independent of Allah’ is just as silly as saying ‘it is shirk only when the caller believes the doer is all-knowledgeable/all-hearing apart from Allah or only when the caller also adds this and that attribute of Allah in the belief.’ Praying to (not asking your neighbour for salt or ordering a Pizza; some of the fallacious analogies of the Ghulat, the extremists) anything or anyone for a transcendental benefit (rain, fortune, success, children, solution to life crises, etc.) besides Allah [i.e, du’a al-‘Ibadah which is a form of worship] is shirk in and of itself without the contingency on independence from Allah [because it is a right of worship belonging to Allah alone]. And, there is no such contingency condition (of independence from Allah) in the Qur’an in terms of invocation/prayer made to others besides Allah, in order for it to be shirk.
It is truly strange and bizarre, almost sinister, how the grave worshippers are obsessed with the invocation of other than Allah, it’s like they want to create a new Church, the Pir Church may be where they can invoke certain saints/walis for certain tasks. Well, they have already done this, they even have alpha saints (Jilani for the Sufis and Ali for the Rawafid) and a whole set of saints whom the Rafidi-Sufi Church has bestowed shirki titles such as the following:
- ‘Gaus-e-Azam’ (the greatest deliverer from adversity. Used for the Persian-Arab Shaykh Abdul-Qadir Jilani)
- ‘Mushkil Kusha/Gusha’ (used for Ali ibn Abi Talib by Rawafid and Sufis alike)’ (remover of all difficulties/alleviator of hardship)
- ‘Hajat Rawa’/’Qadhi al-Hajat’ (fulfiller of needs. Used for numerous Sufi saints and Shia Imams)
- ‘Ganj Bakhsh’ (bestower of riches. Used for Sufi and Shia saints/Imams)