|04-26-2006, 04:52 PM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Quincy, MA
Sujood of Respect vs. Sujood of Worship
Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh Shaykh,
Was doing some reading and came across a statement in an explanation of Aqeedah at-Tahawiyyah that seemed strange to me. It is reproduced below (this is not the matn, just sharh taken from a certain website...)
From what I remember from LOG class was that there are 2 types of sujood: sujood of respect and sujood of worship. Sujood of respect (to other than Allaah) has been made haraam for our ummah (the ummah of the Prophet Muhammad sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) but it is not shirk. The angels and iblees were commanded to make sujood to Aadam alayhi as-salaam, and this sujood was sujood of respect.
Sujood of worship, however, entails the saajid placing his love, hope, and fear in the object of sujood. This type of sujood when done to other than Allaah is shirk in Uloohiyyah.
Is my understanding of sujood correct? Can sujood to other than Allaah be only haraam and not shirk if it is only meant for respect (so it is then a sujood of respect)?
Finally, it seems that the line separating "highly esteemed respect" and "worship" can be a blurry one. If someone respects a king, he may also love him, fear him, even hope that the king will pardon him for a crime... Where does the sujood of respect reach the level of worship? Is there a clear way to draw this line? Sorry if this sounds confusing.
Jazaakumullaahu khayran Shaykh! I realize I asked a lot .
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:
Allah said: I have prepared for My righteous servants what no eye has seen and no ear has heard, nor has it occurred to human heart. Thus recite if you wish (1): And no soul knows what joy for them (the inhabitants of Paradise) has been kept hidden (Quran Chapter 32 Verse 17).
(1) The words "Thus recite if you wish" are those of Abu Harayrah. It was related by al-Bukhari, Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah.
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|04-27-2006, 08:16 AM||#2|
Join Date: Sep 2004
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Re: Sujood of Respect vs. Sujood of Worship
then is touching the parents feet 'out of respect' be considered sujood of respect or sujood of worship. even though no actual 'sujood' is made but just touching the parents feet.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
"Verily, the world has been created for you while you have been created for the Akhirah"
Ali bin Abi Talib is reported to have said, may Allah be pleased with him, “O son of Adam, do not be happy with richness and do not despair of poverty. Do not feel sad during affliction and do not rejoice over prosperity, for just as gold is tried by fire, the pious are tried by affliction. You will not attain what you want except by giving up what you desire, and you will not attain what you aspire to except by enduring patiently what you hate, and exerting yourself in implementing that which has been made compulsory upon you (by Allah).”
|04-27-2006, 10:09 AM||#3|
Instructor, AlMaghrib Institute
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: New Haven, CT
Re: Sujood of Respect vs. Sujood of Worship
You hit the nail on the head here. Basically the 'shaarih' (the one who explained the matn) is stating that - in his opinion - doing such sajdah is blatant shirk because it is done with that feeling of devotion (love, fear and hope) which constitutes ibaadah.
While I would agree that the general rule is that one who does sajdah to a religious figure or icon would have such feelings, I would be more hesitant to categorically and unequivocally label all such people as committing shirk!
With regards to a king, the opposite is true. For the majority of people, they seek to come close to such figures and please them for wordly benefits; it is not done out of genuine love (yes there is fear and hope, but not love). But there are exceptions, as you pointed out.
So, basically, yes you're right in some instances there will be a fine line. But for most cases its pretty clear cut. Also realize we are talking about the perfection of these three emotions, simaltaneously being present in the individual. This type of perfection does not exist for one's parents, even though the core of those three emotions might be present. (Of course this doesn't mean that its ok to do sajdah to them, but it means that such sajdah would be one of respect, therefore haram, and not one of worship, which would be haram and shirk).
Wa Allahu alam...
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