Percakapan dengan pak GFH

Alaykum as-Salam wa Rahmatullah:

> We, Indonesian moslems community, regularly recite Surah Yasin and zikr  common one practiced by Indonesian moslems) and Mawlid Syarif Ad Diba’ie  here in Melbourne. Recently, I’ve been attacked by kind of Wahabi’s  staunch in many aspects of the tarikat, the trigger of which was the story about the Du’a of Saint of Rajab. Would you shed me a light as to  which source of this story that I can share with this wahabi.

Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim. Allahumma salli `ala Sayyidina Muhammadin wa `ala Alihi wa-Sahbihi wa-Sallim.

Thank you for your question and may Allah Most High bless you also. May Allah Most High turn every attack on your Muslim faith and Tariqa practice into rewards for you.

It is true that we should narrate only what is authentic about the Holy Prophet, upon him and his Family and Companions blessings and peace, because he strenuously warned that no one should put words into his mouth or claim that he said or did something which he never said or did in reality. This is a basic rule which Hadith scholars follow especially closely. (1) However, it is also true that other types of scholars in the Ummah, such as scholars of Tafsir, or legal theory (Usul), or Sufis,  often have a different focus, not only because hadith transmission is not their specialty but also because they are mostly emphasizing the spirit of the message and its practical lessons. They leave it to other scholars to verify issues like means of transmission (sanad) and textual authenticity. Also, (2) their gaze in on Allah Himself and Rasulullah himself; if their excellent Teacher mentions a report they say Sami`na wa-Ata`na, without discussion. Our hadith teacher in Damascus Dr. Nur al-Din `Itr said: “The manner of the Righteous [= Salihin, Zuhhad, Sufis] who narrate everything indiscriminately stems from purity of
heart and good opinion (husn al-zann).”

Yes, scholars were strict when it came to teaching the hadith itself and its transmission; but as for morals (akhlaq) it did not require strict verification. For example, Imam Malik did not narrate any Prophetic hadith from his main teacher Ibn Hurmuz. However, he took from him countless valuable teachings which he applied in his own life and practice; otherwise, why would he sit with him every morning for up to sixteen years?

Now, regarding this story, we can benefit from its lessons even if its authenticity is unestablished; for example:

(i) the story contains only what the Law confirms, namely, that unrepentant highway robbers are muharib and criminals deserving of the most severe punishment (al-Ma’idah 5:33) as they make a living from committing enormities (kaba’ir) such as killing and robbing, and the funeral prayer is not performed over them because they stand indebted to all their victims whose rights they have violated;

(ii) someone’s repentence (tawba) may not always be public in which case he remains a fasiq or kafir in the eyes of the Community and according to Shari`a, while he becomes a righteous believer in the eyes of Allah Most High and His Prophet; however, the Prophet obligates himself to judge according to externalities. Imam al-Suyuti authored an entire book on this specific issue, entitled al-Bahir fi Hukm al-Nabi Salla Allahu `alayhi wa-Sallam fil-Batin wal-Zahir (“The Dazzling Light Concerning the Prophet’s Judgment over Hidden and Visible Matters”);

(iii) whoever Prophet (upon him blessings and peace) curses undeservedly, such curse is in fact a blessing for them as narrated in Sahih Muslim;

All the above is established in the Qur’an, the Sunna, and the Consensus (Ijma`) of the scholars. To conclude: the main issue here is not the story which is secondary, but the dua which the story underlines. A story is for motivation; do not leave good `amal in the process as you will be the loser. Some people like to split hairs and show how strict they are but Sufis are easy-going, all-trustful (siddiq) and they focus on `amal, not critique and disputation.

Dua (supplication) to Allah subhan wa taala is a command in the Qur’an: {Call unto Me and I shall answer you. Verily, those who are too proud to worship Me shall enter Hellfire} (40:60). Moreover, the modalities of dua are unlimited. The best duas are those taught to us in the Qur’an and the Sunna; and this specific dua (which can be found here: is all based on duas which are found in the Qur’an and the Sunna.

WAllahu a`lam wa-minhu al-tawfiq wal-hidaya.


As salamun alaikum brother GFH,

Number (1) in your answer to the Australian muslim question, is it possible that instead of different focus, what really happens was that Allah gives different (whatever) knowledge to different persons as He wants, as He wishes? So if a certain knowledge is given to A and is not given to B, even if A tries to explain to B until his mouth dry, B could not accept it. The story of Nabi Musa a.s. and Nabi Khidr a.s. is a good example on this.

Number (2) in your answer to the Australian muslim question, is likely closer to my argument above.

And this bring to my next question : is it not better for every one if more people realize the fact that  Allah gives whatever He likes to whoever He likes? The role of ‘Ulama or Muslim Scholar in collecting the hadith, is a very gigantic one and has help keep the Islamic Teaching “pure” as long as it is nowadays. Is it not better to move forward a better understanding of the “Algoriithme of Learning Process as Demonstrated by the Holy Prophet”?

Thank you for your attention.


Sutono Saimun Joyosuparto (SSJ)


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