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39. Using the dead as intercessors / intermediaries

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Note: This post, and many others are not specific to Muslim society. So, when you see “Grave worship” please don’t think that we are talking only about Muslims. Please don’t be offended. Not all the Muslims who visit the graves, worship the dead in grave.

Those who practice grave worship direct prayers to the dead in two ways. One way is using the dead as intercessors.

They pray to them in the way that Catholics use their priests in the confession of their sins. Catholics confess their sins to their priests and the priests ask God’s forgiveness for them. Thus, the priests act as middle-men between the people and God.
The pre-Islamic Arabs viewed their idols in a similar way. Allaah quoted the pagan Arabs as saying,

(Quran Chapter az-Zumar, 39:3)

We only worship them so that they may bring us closer to Allaah

Some grave worshippers among Muslims pray to the dead asking them to convey their requests to Allaah for the fulfillment of their needs. This practice is based on their belief that righteous dead people are not only closer to Allaah than they are, but also that they are capable of hearing any man’s request and fulfilling it, even after their death. Thus, the dead become idol intermediaries capable of doing favors for the living.

One of the reasons cited for using the intermediaries is “You can’t directly go to a Governor or a President. You go via someone who is known to them”


1. You know Allah, and He knows you – better than those who are dead. He created you, and gives you food, shelter and peace. Also, those wordly intermediaries are appointed or approved. Did Allah declare anyone to be His assisstants or intermediary?

2. Is God like a human? Do you think Allah gets busy and He needs assisstants?

(Quran Chapter Yunus, 10:18)

They worship besides Allah that which neither harms them nor benefits them, saying: These are our intercessors with Allah. Say: Do you inform Allah of something He does not know in the heavens or on the earth? Exalted is He and high above what they associate with Him!

Question: Ok. But, prophet will intercede for us in the Hereafter. Why can’t he do that in this world?

Answer: Yes, the Prophet will be given the permission to intercede, which Ahl al-Sunnah firmly affirm. However, his intercession solely depends on Allah’s permission for him to intercede, and only for those whom the Prophet has been given the permission to intercede for. For example, Prophet can’t ask/intercede for his uncle Abu Talib. So, that intercession is not for everybody, and that intercession happens after Allah gives permission.

(Quran Chapter 19. Maryam ayat 87)

None shall have the power of intercession, but such a one as has received permission (or promise) from the Most Beneficent (Allah).

Now, tell me did Allah permit prophet to intercede while he was in his grave? Even some of the Prophets’ intercessions in this world were rejected by God. The intercession of Nuh (Nooh, Noah) was of no use for his son, or that of Ibrahim for his father, or that of Lut (Lot) for his people, or the Prophet Muhammad’s – SallAllahu ‘alaihi wa-sallam – prayer over the Munifiqin (hypocrites) and his seeking forgiveness for them

Ayat-ul-Kursi (Quran Chapter 2. Al Baqarah ayat 255)

Allaah! None has the Right to be worshipped but He, the ever living, the one who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber, nor sleep overtakes Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except as He permits? He knows what happens to them (his creatures) in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter. And they will never compass anything of his knowledge except that which He wills. His Kursî extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great

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