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    Mufti : Muhammad Salih

    A fatwa translated into English in which Sh. Muhammad Saleh Al-Munajjed answers the following question, "On every last Sunday of the month, we get together with a group of 30 or more sisters and each of us reads two or three hizb (portions of the Quran) until we complete the entire Quran in one and a half or two hours. We have been told that this will count, insha Allah, as a completion of the Quran for each one of us. Is that correct? Afterward, we supplicate and ask Allah to give the recitation reward to the rest of the believers, living and dead. Will the reward reach the dead? They quote as evidence for that the words of our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), “When a man dies, all his good deeds come to an end except three: Ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge, or a righteous son who will supplicate for him.” On the festival of the Prophet’s birthday, they hold a ribaat (vigil) which starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m. They start with prayers for forgiveness, praise of Allah, and exalting the Prophet's mention silently then they read the Quran, and some sisters fast on that day. Is singling out this day for all these acts of worship regarded as a heresy? We also have a long supplication seeking blessing that we say at the time of suhoor for those who are able to say it. It is called du’aa’ al-raabitah. It starts by sending greetings to our Prophet Muhammad, his family, other Prophets, Mothers of the Believers, the female companions of the Prophet, the Rightly Guided Caliphs, the Taabi’een, and the righteous close friends (awliya’) of Allah, mentioning each of them by name. Is it correct that mentioning all these names will make their owners recognize us and call out to us in Paradise? Is this supplication a heresy? I feel that it is, but most of the sisters disagree with me. Will I be punished by Allah if I am wrong? How can I convince them if I am correct? This matter is making me lose sleep and every time I remember the Prophetic saying that every newly-invented matter is a heresy and every heresy is a going-astray, and every going-astray will be in the Hellfire, my worry and grief get even worse."

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