The Bid`ah of reciting Surah Yasin 41 times to ward off harm
Q: A man wants to know the ruling on the way that
Tariqah (Sufi order) follows to eliminate catastrophes through reading Surah (Qur'anic chapter) Ya-Sin. The translation of his letter states:A group of people follows the Tariqah called
belonging to the so-called
Ahmad ibn Idris.
The questioner sent this letter as a response to campaigns leveled against Islam by its enemy and the way they use to overcome these campaigns by reading Surah Ya-Sin forty-one times. The sender supports his letter with two incidents. First: During the reign of the president
the communist leader called
was arrested and sued because -according to the sender- the members of this Tariqah recited Surah Ya-Sin forty-one times every Thursday consecutively - May Allah guide them.Second: A president of a Muslim country (Part No. 2; Page No. 175) took it upon himself to make scholars of his own country like the scholars of
According to the sender, this President was deposed from authority because they read Surah Ya-Sin three times at night on three consecutive Thursdays - May Allah guide them. The sender requests the Committee members to perform Salat-ul-Istikharah (Prayer for guidance) before answering his question and take his letter seriously to fully grasp its contents and enable the Muslim organizations to protect Muslims. The sender is ready to send the exact method in which people read Surah Ya-Sin forty-one times, if needed.
Reading Surah Ya-Sin forty-one times is a Bid`ah (innovation in religion) that has no basis in Islam. It was authentically narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
Anyone who introduces anything into this matter of ours (Islam) that is not part of it will have it rejected.
Fighting the enemies of Islam and frustrating their evil plots should be done by the Shari`ah proofs that disclose their falsehood and foil their plots. If the enemies who are disbelievers refuse to repent, Muslims must fight them. If they are disobedient Muslims, the Muslim ruler must punish them in a way that wards off evil and harm from Muslims. If they do acts that entail Had (ordained punishment for violating Allah’s Law), the Had must be carried out.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.