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Fazaail-e-Aamaal and Exaggeration in Praising Allah’s Messenger

Many examples of excessive praise can be found in the Fazaail-e-Aamaal. We have already seen many examples of invoking Allah’s Messenger for one’s needs in the chapter of Waseelah. In the virtues of Hajj, we find another exaggerated statement in which Moulana Zakariyah says, “…His (Allah’s Messenger’s (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam)) grave is more exalted than any part of the earth and the position adjacent to his holy body is even more exalted than the Ka’bah itself, more even than the throne (Arsh), and the Kursi, even more than any other place in Heaven and on earth.”[1]


Moulana Zakariyah also says while explaining the verse, “Soon will your Lord raise you (O Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam)) to a position of praise and glory (Maqaam-e-Mahmood),”[2] in Virtues of Darood: “The Holy Prophet would be asked to sit on the Sublime Throne (on the Day of Judgment).”[3]


The Maqaam-e-Mahmood (station of praise and glory), which Allah mentions in the Qur’aanic verse[4] is as Umar (radhi allahu anhu) explained, “On the Day of Resurrection, the people will be humbled to their knees, each nation following their Prophet and saying: ‘O so-and-so intercede’, ‘O so-and-so intercede.’ Until the power to intercede will be given to Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) and that will be the day when Allah raises him to a position of praise and glory.”[5]


It is reported that a storyteller in Baghdad was explaining this verse (Soorah Isra (17): 79) and said that Allah would seat the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) next to Him on His Throne. This explanation was reported to Muhammad Ibn Jarir at-Tabaree (a prominent Mufassir of the Qur’aan) (d. 310 A.H. /922 A.D.) who rejected the idea vehemently to the extent that he inscribed on his door the following line: “Glorified is He, Who has neither a companion nor anyone sitting beside Him on the Throne.” This created a fury among the people of Baghdad who pelted his house with stones till his door was covered by them.[6]

[1] Faazail-e-Aamal, (Eng. Trans.), Virtues of Hajj, Chapter. 9, p.143, no. 14 (New Edition 1982, Published by Dini Book Depot - Delhi).

[2] Soorah Isra (17): 79.

[3] Fazaail-e-Aamaal, (Eng. Trans.), Virtues of Durood , Chapter.2, p.56. (Edt. 1985, Published by Dini Book Depot - Delhi).

[4] Soorah Isra (17): 79.

[5] Saheeh al-Bukharee vol. 6, no. 242.

[6] Tahdhir al-Khawas min Ahadith al-Qussas, p.161 by Jalal al-Din as-Suyutee (Beirut - 1972). See Criticism of Hadeeth among Muslims with reference to Sunan Ibn Majah, p.40.