Aulia: Miraculous powers

Q50 :In the India-Pak region people visit tombs of holy men (Aulias) whom they believe to have personal or spiritual powers called 'karamats'. People who visit these tombs believe that those who are buried in them can give relief or remedy of physical or spiritual illness, or can accomplish other things as well. Is this correct from the Islamic point of view? I found no such practices in the Arabian world, apart from the fact that people visit the Prophet's tomb in Madinah.


A50 : Islam does not recognize any powers, miraculous or otherwise, to any dead person, no matter how good or 'holy' he was in his life. For one thing, we cannot judge any person fully. It is only Allah who judges people according to what He knows of their intentions and their actions. No human being can pretend to know the intentions of another. As you realize, it is easy to have wicked intentions behind some action with appears to be good. Apart from this, the Prophet has stated unequivocally that when we die we lose our power to do anything. He says: When a human being dies, all his actions come to an end, except in one of three ways: a continuous act of charity, or a contribution to knowledge which benefits mankind, or a good child who prays for him. Reading his statements of the Prophet, one is bound to realize that no dead man can relieve or cure an ill person, or be indeed of any benefit to him, apart from the first two ways which the Prophet spelled out. We derive our teachings from the Prophet, not from any other source. This is what Islam requires of us. No one can add to what the Prophet has conveyed to us as Allah's message to mankind. Any addition is thus rejected. I am afraid visits to tombs of 'holy' men wit the aim of asking them to exercise their assumed powers is not part of Islam. They cannot be of any benefit whatsoever. All this is innovation which cannot be condoned. When we go to Madinah, we visit the Prophet's Mosque. This is because praying in the Prophet's Mosque earns us for every prayer we offer there the reward of 1,000 prayer offered elsewhere, apart from the Grand Mosque in Makkah. We also greet he Prophet in his grave, acknowledging that he has conveyed to us Allah's message and given us sound advice. We also pray Allah that the Prophet may intercede on our behalf on the Day of Judgment. We do not ask or pray the Prophet to cure our illnesses, because he cannot. Only Allah can cure such illnesses or answer our prayers, whatever they are. I strongly recommend you to forget all about 'holy' men and their special powers, for they have none.


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