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Twelve significant points that you should know about intercession/12

Twelve significant points that you should know about intercession/12

Resembling Polytheists In the glorious Qur’an, God considers the polytheists of the time of the Prophet (s) polytheist because they ask Shafa’a from other than God, “They worship besides Allah that which neither causes them any harm, nor brings them any benefit, and they say, ‘These are our intercessors with Allah.'” (10:18) Answer: There is no doubt that polytheists of the time of the Prophet (s) considered the rights to ... Read More »

Twelve significant points that you should know about intercession/11

Twelve significant points that you should know about intercession/11

The most important criticisms about intercession Asking Shafa’a from Anyone other than God is Polytheism Asking Shafa’a from the intercessor means to call anyone other than God and this is polytheism in worshipping, because God says, “so do not invoke anyone along with Allah.” (72:18) Answer: The above criticism comes from Wahhabis’ misunderstanding of the meaning of unity of God and polytheism. The true understanding of polytheism and unity of God ... Read More »

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Twelve significant points that you should know about intercession/10

Deniers of Shafa’a Those who have basically denied Shafa’a have mentioned some reasons: Shafa’a Causes Boldness over Sinning Some believe that believing in Shafa’a causes boldness over sinning in people and revives the spirit of transgression in sinners and criminals; thus, believing in it is not compatible with the spirit of the Islamic law and other laws. Answer: firstly, if it is so, repentance which brings the forgiveness of sins ... Read More »

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Twelve significant points that you should know about intercession/9

Effects of Shafa’a The nature of Shafa’a is neither encouraging to sin, nor a green light for sinners. It is not a cause of staying behind or mediation either; rather, it is an important educational issue which has constructive effects, some of which are mentioned below: Raising hope: Usually, the power of the self and lowly desires leads to committing great sins and following it, a spirit of disappointment takes ... Read More »

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Twelve significant points that you should know about intercession/8

Intercessors Shafa’a in creation as the influence of causes exists in whole creation. Therefore, in hadiths, the right to make Shafa’a is also mentioned for some places as well as for people and groups and it refers to the effect of such issues in the guidance of people. In Shafa’a of legislation, intercessors are either among the righteous acts of a person, prophets (s), friends of God or other issues. ... Read More »

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Requirements of the One to be Interceded for Shafa’a is the very same forgiveness and mercy of God and God does not exclude anyone from His mercy, but sometimes people fail to receive mercy due to incompetence. Therefore, for Shafa’a, it is necessary that the person for whom intercession is going to be made has the necessary competence. Due to the educational purpose and avoiding people from being bold in ... Read More »

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Types of Shafa’a Shafa’a in Creation and Legislation Shafa’a in creation means that the origin of any action or effect is God and all other causes and means are only means which deliver God’s mercy to lower levels by His permission. This way, all the causes in the world are intercessors of their effects since they deliver God’s mercy to lower levels. For example, the sun is the intercessor of ... Read More »

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Twelve significant points that you should know about intercession/5

Shafa’a in the View of Intellect From the point of hadiths, validity of Shafa’a is definite and its rulings are clear; however, Muslim thinkers have mentioned rational justifications as well. Murtada Mutahhari wrote, “Even if there was no traditional justification for Shafa’a, we had to justify it using intellect and rational arguments such as the argument of Imkan Ashraf [the Possibility of the Superior] and the nature of organizational creation. ... Read More »

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Shafa’a in Hadiths In hadiths narrated from the Prophet (s) and the Ahl al-Bayt (a), the truth of Shafa’a has clearly been approved and explained. The Prophet (s) stated, ” God blessed me with five privileges…one of which is [the right to make] Shafa’a and I have secured it for my people. Shafa’a will be for those who do not commit polytheism.”[5] Also the Prophet (s) said, “three groups make ... Read More »

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Twelve significant points that you should know about intercession/3

Shafa’a in the Qur’an The noble Prophet’s (s) Shafa’a has been clearly stated in the Qur’an and Muslims have no disagreement on the principle of Shafa’a in general and disagree only on its rulings and position. For example, in the verse “And keep vigil for a part of the night, as a supererogatory [devotion] for you. It may be that your Lord will raise you to a praiseworthy station.” (17:79) ... Read More »