Poems that exceed the proper limits in praising the Prophet
Q: In Al-Azhar Magazine, (Vol. 4, Issue 69 - Rabi` Thany 1417 A.H., p. 540), I read a poem called "Castle of Longing" by
marking the occasion of the Mawlid (the Prophet's birthday). I have doubts regarding some of its verses for they include seeking help from other than Allah. The poem reads as follows:O my master! O you the best creature and the splendid light!Save the truth! For it is about to be erased by a foolO Prophet! You are the epitome of every goodO my beloved! Offer your graces for they are thirst-quenchingMy longing for you is an invocation and an echoing voiceChoose me! Shelter me! For my heart is pureMy heart yearns for my beloved and is watered by my tearsWhat a great honor, I chant, if I come close to you! (Part No. 1; Page No. 165
This poem is
an invocation and an appeal to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) after his death regarding matters that Allah Alone can do. The verses contain some polytheistic phrases such as, "Save the truth! For it is about to be erased by a fool", "O my beloved! Offer your graces for they are thirst-quenching" and "Choose me! Shelter me!" To believe in these matters is Kufr (disbelief) that may take a person out of Islam - Allah Forbid. A person should perform sincere Tawbah (repentance to Allah) of this and dedicate all acts of `Ibadah (worship), such as Du`a' (supplication) and Istighathah (beseeching for help), only to Allah. In addition, a person should believe that Allah (Glorified be He) is the only Sustainer Who Alone has the power to bestow benefit or inflict harm.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions.