All praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Last of the Prophets.The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ has reviewed the question sent to His Eminence the Grand Mufty (Islamic scholar qualified to issue legal opinions) by the questioner through His Excellency Dr.
Muhammad ibn Sa`d Al-Shuway`ir
which was forwarded to the committee by the General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars, no. 3598, dated 9/7/1420 A.H. It reads: (Part No. 24; Page No. 282) A citizen brought a leaflet to me that he said he had found in the Masjid (mosque) where he performs Salah (Prayer) and he asked for a Fatwa (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) on it. The leaflet states:There is no god but Allah, the Sublime, the Compeller. There is no god but Allah, the One, the Subduer. There is no god but Allah, the Exalted in Might, the All-Forgiving. There is no god but Allah, the Generous One, the Concealer of faults. There is no god but Allah, the Grand, the Exalted. There is no god but Allah Alone Who has no partner, the One God, the Lord, the Witness, the Self-Sufficient Master; we all are submissive to Him. There is no god but Allah Alone, Who has no partner, the One God, the Lord, the Witness; we all are worshippers of Him. There is no god but Allah Alone, Who has no partner, the One God, the Lord, the Witness; we all are devoutly obedient to Him. There is no god but Allah Alone, Who has no partner, the One God, the Lord, the Witness, for Whose Sake we all are all patient. There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and ‘Aly is the Waliy (pious servant) of Allah. O Allah! I have turned my face toward You, and I have entrusted my affairs to You and rely completely on You, O Most Merciful of those who show mercy! It was reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said in a Hadith,
Whoever recites this Du‘a’ (supplication) at any time, it will be as if they have performed Hajj 360 times, Khatmah (completing of one reading of the whole Qur’an) 360 times, freed 360 slaves, given 360 Dinars in Sadaqah (voluntary charity), and relieved 360 troubled and deprived people. The moment the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said these words, the Angel Jibril (Gabriel, peace be upon him) descended and said, “O Messenger of Allah! If any servant of Allah, male or female, among your Ummah (nation based on one creed), O Muhammad, recites this Du‘a’, even if just once in their lifetime, (Allah swears) by My Sanctity and My Glory that they will receive the following seven things:1. Removal of poverty.2. Security from the questioning of Munkar and Nakir (the two angels who test the faith of the dead in their graves). (Part No. 24; Page No. 283) 3. Crossing the Sirat (the bridge over the Fire) safely.4. Protection from sudden death.5. Making the Fire prohibited to them.6. Protection from the squeezing of the grave.7. Protection from the wrath of an unjust and oppressive ruler.”
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) spoke the truth.
Having studying this Fatwa request, the committee replied as follows:
du‘a’ that is ascribed to the Prophet (peace be upon him) is false and there is no basis to it in the Book of Allah or the Sunnah of His Prophet (peace be upon him). Moreover, the Hadith which is related about its virtue is a false fabricated Hadith; we do not know of any scholar of Hadith who related it with this wording. This is clearly a Hadith Mawdu‘ (fabricated Hadith) for the following reasons:1. This Du‘a’ contradicts and opposes common sense and the authentic religious texts from the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Prophet (peace be upon him) and promises huge rewards for anyone who recites this Du‘a’.2. The supplication contains the words:
`Aly, is the Waliy of Allah. Undoubtedly, the Amir Al-Mu’minin (Commander of the Believers)
`Aly ibn Abu Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) was one of the Awliya’ (pious people), In sha’a-Allah (if Allah wills); but calling him so exclusively, without mentioning any of the others, bears the imprint of the Rafidah (a Shi‘ah group denying the caliphates of Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq and ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab and making accusations against them and many other Companions of the Prophet).3. It implies that anyone who recites this Du‘a’ will be admitted to Jannah (Paradise), even if they commit major sins or do anything that is contrary to Iman (Faith), and this is false and is rejected by ‘Aql (reason) and Shari‘ah (Islamic law). (Part No. 24; Page No. 284) Accordingly, it is obligatory on every Muslim to pay no attention to this leaflet and to destroy it. They should warn people against it to prevent them from being misled by this leaflet and its like. Muslims should make sure that they know about their Din (religion) and ask the people of knowledge to avoid becoming victims of imposters and those weak in faith, who only want to distract Muslims away from what will benefit them in their Din and worldly matters and make them adhere to illusions and groundless Bid‘ahs (innovations in religion).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.