Q: I found a middle-sized book titled
"Al-Majmu`ah al-Mubarakah" (The Blessed Collection).
The title attracted my attention though the book itself was old and in bad condition. I took it and skimmed through it; I liked the Hadith of the Messenger (peace be upon him) about prayers performed to bring a person closer to Allah. (Part No. 24; Page No. 277) Therefore, I performed them, but what really astonished me was the statement of the Messenger (peace be upon him): "Whoever prays on such-and-such day and sleeps while facing the Qiblah (Ka`bah-direction faced in Prayer) will see me." Accordingly, I did this several times, yet I could not see him, which made me very sad. I therefore began to doubt the validity of these Hadith, for they were neither related by the Four Imams (Abu Hanifah, Malik, Al-Shafi`i, and Ahmad) nor mentioned in the Sahih (Authentic book of Hadith) of
It was only mentioned that they were narrated on the authority of
Anas ibn Malik
Mu`adh ibn Jabal
(may Allah be pleased with them). I am still in doubt up till now, not knowing whether or not they are really authentic or just attributed to the honorable Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet) (may Allah be pleased with them). I have been very confused until Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) guided me to the address that can be used to send juristic questions. I am, therefore, writing to you about my problem hoping that you could confirm the validity of this book. I sent it by mail for you to check personally, as I have another copy at home. Please advise, may Allah benefit you!
This booklet entitled "Al-Majmu`ah Al-Mubarakah Fi-Al-Salawat Al-Ma'thurah Wal-A`mal Al-Mabrurah" authored by
`Abduh Muhammad Baba is not reliable. It contains narrations which are not attributed to any of the authentic books of Hadith. On the contrary, it includes Bid`ah (innovation in religion) promoting reports, not to mention the Bid`ah and Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity and worship)-related prayers, devotions and invocations, at the end of the book. They are attributed to some deviant followers of Sufi orders, (Part No. 24; Page No. 278) such as Ibn Mashish, the writer of Dala'il Al-Khairat,
Ahmad Al-Badawy and others. These writings are composed in poetry and prose. It is therefore obligatory to warn against this booklet and others that are similar out of sincerity to Allah, His Book, His Messenger, Muslim rulers, and the people.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.