Taken from ‘Ahl as-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah: an Introduction’Imam Ahmed Raza Barelwi in his fatawa – like other scholars of Ahlu’s Sunnah – has enjoined Muslims to be steadfast in their belief and better their social standing. These are available as small booklets and following are the subjects of his fatawa:
- Shari’ah is the ultimate law and following it is obligatory for all Muslims;
- to refrain from Bid’ah is of utmost importance
- a Sufi without knowledge or a Shaykh without actions is a joke of the devil;
- it is impermissible to imitate the Kuffar, to mingle with the misguided [and heretics] and to participate in the festivals of the Hindus.
- it is polytheism [shirk] to prostrate to any other than Allah táālā with the intention of worship. And if such a prostration is out of reverence [sajdah at-taĥiyyah], it is Haram.
- it is prohibited to ridicule other muslims and consider oneself higher than others.
- the iconography of the Shi`ah [ta’aziyah] and respecting such icons is forbidden
- Qawwali [sama’a] with musical instruments is forbidden
- it is not permissible for women to travel to visit graves [or maqams of awliya]
- it is not permissible to make pictures of living things.
- abbreviating the blessing ‘sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam’ to an acronym ‘sa’d lam ayn meem’, [in english it is abbreviated as PBUH] is impermissible
- to visit fake graves [that have no basis or record but simply the product of folklore] is impermissible
- feeding the poor and needy with the intention to donate the reward to the dead is permissible; but to hold obsequies and banquets where even the rich are invited is impermissible
Translated by Sidi Muhammad Aqdas