Esteemed Respect

Bismillah

Taken from “Taqwiat-ul-Iman” By Shah Ismail Shaheed al-Naqshbandi rahimahullah [Adams Publisher]

Esteemed Respect
Third practice is the abundance of esteemed showered upon an individual. Such an extremity of honour for one another is tantamount to disgrace Allah, the Almighty, but they are quite oblivious to its evil. For instance, prostration of reverence is confined to Allah and to do it for anyone other than Allah is an affront to Him. Similarly, it is particular for Allah to show respects to Him by standing silent and bow down in ruku, for He is the Creator of the universe and king of kings, only one liable to be worshipped, purveyor of reward and punishment to one and all. Now to bow before aybody else, to stand before anyone with folded hands or to call anyone king of kings etc. is to show disrespect to Allah, the Almighty. All these sayings and gestures are against the dictates of the Qur’an and Sunnah and hence they must be discarded and the right path followed. Moreover, everybody should be paid respect according to his status.

Allah, the Almighty says in Surah Bara’at of the Holy Quran:
“But (even so), if they repent, establish regular prayers and pay Zakat they are your brethren in Faith.” (9:11)

This Ayah tells that the muslims have been commanded to treat as their brethren who repent for evil doings and refrain from doing so in the future, establish prayer and pay zakat. One should neither stand in esteem for another person nor prostrate for him nor call him king of kings etc. One should say ‘Assalaamu alaykum’ to another in a simple and dignified manner.

The ayah also denotes that one should not be treated as brother who commits sin, ignores prayers and evades paying of Zakat even if he is his blood brother, what to speak of unbelievers and transgressers.

Allah, the Almighty says in Surah Bara’at of the Holy Quran:
“The Believers, men and women, are protectors, one of another.” (9:71)

If a muslim imparts some benefit to his muslim brother, it should be considered from Allah and his muslim brother was just a helper. He, therefore, does not deserve any undue thanksgiving, bowing and prostraton from one who has been helped. No authority in any form or shape deserves respect beyond his status and capacity.

Allah, the Almighty says in Surah al-Hujurat of the Holy Qur’an
“The Believers are but a single brotherhood” (49:10)

Hence one who is greater in Islamic activities is the real “big brother” one who is weak in Islamic activities is the “younger brother”, and one who performs no Islamic act is not at all a brother, whether he be a ruler, king or saint.

Tirmidhi rahimahullah reports from Anas (radiallahu anhu) that a certain person submitted:

“O Prophet of Allah (salalahu alayhi wa salam) should anyone while meeting his friend or muslim bow before him?
“No” The Prophet of Allah (salalahu alayhi wa salam) said.

“Should one embrace and kiss him?” he asked
“No” the Apostle (salalahu alayhi wa salam) said.

“Should one hold him for a handshake?” he asked

“Yes” the Prophet of Allah (salalahu alayhi wa salam) said.

Thus this hadith tells that while meeting a brother or friend or a muslim, one should not go beyond handshaking. Bowing, embracing, holding one’s hands or touching his feet are all acts of unbelievers and hypocrites.

Tirmidhi rahimahullah reports from Anas (radiallahu anhu)
“None was dearer to the Companions of the Apostle (salalahu alayhi wa salam) than the Messenger of Allah (sallaahu alayhi wa salam). BUt they would noever stand up to welcome him because of his displeasure at this act.”

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