CHAPTER No: 22
The protectiveness of Al-Mustafa (May Allah be pleased with him) of Tauhid
and his blockading every path leading to Shirk
Allah the Most Exalted said:
"Verily, there has come unto you a Messenger (Muhammad P.B.U.H) from amongst yourselves (i.e. whom you know well). It grieves him that you should receive any injury or difficulty. He (Muhammad P.B.U.H) is anxious over you (to be rightly guided, to repent to Allah, and beg Him to pardon and forgive your sins, in order that you may enter Paradise and be saved from the punishment of the Hell-fire), for the believers (he P.B.U.H) full of pity, kind, and merciful. But if they turn away, say (O Muhammad P.B.U.H): Allah is sufficient for me. La i/aha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), in Him I put my trust and He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne."
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah's Messenger (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) said:
"Do not make your homes graves. Do not make my grave a place of celebration. Send your Salat (blessings, graces, honours and mercy) on me. Your Salat will be conveyed to me, wherever you may be." [Abu Dawud recorded this Hadith with reliable chain of narrators].
And Ali bin Husain narrated:
He saw a man at a space that was at the grave of the Prophet (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) and he would go in it and supplicate. So he (Ali bin Husain) prevented the man and instructed him saying, "Should I not tell you a Hadith which I heard from my father who in turn heard it from my grandfather (Ali (May Allah be pleased with him)) who reported from Allah's Messenger (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) said: 'Do not take my grave as a place of celebration, nor your homes as graves, make Salat (blessing, graces, honours and mercy) upon me, for, your salutation (asking safety for me) will be conveyed to me from wherever you are.'"
[Al-Mukhtdrah (the collection of Imam Al-Maqdasi)]
Important issues of the Chapter
1) Explanation of the verses in Surah Bar 'ah (Taubah).
2) The Prophet (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) did his best to keep his Ummah far away from the boundaries of Shirk as far as possible.
3) The Prophet's concern for our well-being and success and his compassion and mercy.
4) The Prophet (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) forbade visiting his grave in a certain manner, though visiting his grave is among the best of deeds.
5) The Prophet (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) forbade us making excessive visits to his grave.
6) His urging to perform voluntary prayer in the home.
7) It is established among the Companions (May Allah be pleased with him) that offering Salat in the cemetery is prohibited.
8) The explanation that a person's invocation of Salat (blessings, graces, honours and mercy) and Salam upon the Prophet (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) is conveyed to him even if he may be far away. So there is no need of what some misconstrue as a necessity to be in close proximity (to his grave).
9) He (the Prophet P.B.U.H) is in Al-Barzakh where the Salat and Salam of his Ummah are conveyed (to him).