Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Barelwi Shirk: Salat al Ghawthiya (Prayer to Shaikh Abdal Qadir Jilani)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

والصلاة والسلام على خاتم النبيين

وعلى اهل بيته الطيبين الطاهرين المظلومين

In a recent discussion with some Barelwis, I mentioned the idolatrous Salat al-Ghawthiya which their sect approves of and encourages. They denied its existence or feigned ignorance of it, knowing full well that such a thing constitutes shirk and kufr, but unwilling to disassociate from the Barelwi sect. In this entry, I shall direct the readers to some of the Barelwi books in which Salat al-Ghawthiya and its method of offering have been detailed. Firstly, Salat al-Ghawthiya, according to the Barelwis, is offered as two optional Raka’at after Salat al-Maghrib. Then after making the Taslim, the worshiper invokes salat and salam upon the Prophet (sall Allahu alayhi wasallam). Then he faces in the direction of Baghdad, Iraq, where the tomb of Shaikh Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (rahimahullah) is located, and while walking eleven steps toward it recites an idolatrous prayer to the Shaikh, supplicating to him for help (Fada’ile Nawafil p.13):

This idolatry is being published by the so-called “Da’wate Islami” sect led by Ilyas Qadiri, the largest Barelwi religious organization. The founder of the Barelwi sect, Ahmad Rida Khan Barelwi, wrote a risala justifying the Salat al-Ghawthiya entitled Anharul-Anwar man Yam Salatil-Asrar:

Similarly, another Barelwi mulla, Muhammad Amir Shah Qadiri Gilani, has written a book Salate Ghawthiya in which he has also sought to justify the idolatrous practice of offering this prayer:

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