Q: I read an article by Mash`al Al-Sidiry entitled, "`Ala Al-Ta'ir Al-Maymun" in `Ukaz Newspaper, Issue no. 12320 on 16/2/1421 A.H. The writer quotes parts of a petition made by female students to His Excellency the President of Girls' Education including: "We beseech You by Allah, the Almighty, and the Qur'an to be merciful to us...Etc." Your Eminence, what is the ruling on such a phrase? Is it included in the Hadith,
"Do not intercede by Allah for His creatures"
mentioned by Imam
Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhab
in his book, ''Al-Tawhid''. He also cited the Hadith narrated on the authority of
Jubayr ibn Mut`im
(may Allah be pleased with him) and related by
Abu (Part No. 1; Page No. 188) Dawud.
Would you please - if the phrase is legally unacceptable -warn the newspaper and the writer against it.
Yes, the phrase: "We beseech You by Allah" is like, "We seek Shafa`ah (intercession) to you through Allah, the Almighty." The Prophet (peace be upon him) prohibited it and got angry when he heard it, for it is an offence against Allah. It indicates that the intercessor is less in rank than the one before whom intercession is made. The person who said this phrase should repent to Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) and determine not to use such phrases that breach the `Aqidah (Creed).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.