Shocking Images of Graves and Tombs from Bangalore, India
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Special Report: Shocking Images of Graves and Tombs from Bangalore, India.
During a recent Dawah Tour of Ahya’s delegation to Bangalore and Mysore, I visited few tombs and gravesides and was extremely shocked to see the state of affairs. It has been a long time since I had been to one of the tombs, but this tomb (the images of which are being shown) was particularly shocking since it had all major forms of Shirk, under one roof!!?
Such images make us thank Allah for the blessing of Tawheed that he has granted us, which we at times take for granted. Had Allah not blessed us, we too would depend upon and hope from those who have no power to benefit or harm.?
As you will see in images 2, 15 and 16 – that misguided Muslims make Qiyaam (standing), Ruku (bowing) and Sujood (prostrations) towards graves, actions that are to be done purely for the sake of Allah during Salaat. Image 2 shows a woman prostrating totally at the feet of the engraved, just as the idol worshippers fall at the feet of their idols.
I say with much regret and saddened heart that I did not have to wait at all to click pictures of people prostrating to graves. Prostration to graves is a very normal practice and majority of those who come to these graves do as such. Apart from this people also circumambulate the graves, just as the Muslims do Tawaaf around the Kaa’ba.?
Image 3 shows a group of women seeking blessings from the flames of oil lamps. They place their palms over the fire, and then rub the fumes on their limbs, in order to seek blessings. This very action exactly resembles the Hindus in manner and belief. This same is done with the ashes.?
“O you who believe! Verily, there are many of the rabbis and the monks who devout the wealth of mankind in falsehood, and hinder (them) from the Way of Allah.”[Soorah at-Tawbah (9: 34]
There is a footprint in plaster of Paris, which has been enclosed in a glass frame (image 8). It is alleged that this footprint belongs to Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam). Needless to say that this is a big lie, and that even the very companions of Allah’s Messenger * did not have any such prints.?
This frame has been placed on a wall decorated with stones. On the ceiling above is a tank of water from which water flows over the stones and the frame. The water is then collected in a steel cylinder and given to the people to drink (as seen in image 7). The people are made to believe that drinking this water cures illnesses and this has been painted on the walls of the tomb (as seen in image 8).
Image 10 shows the keeper of the grave handing out amulets covered in black cloth. The price of these amulets varies and accordingly effectiveness of the amulet. This amulet is specifically given at this grave (shown in image 9).?
Image 12 shows locks, which are basically put on different objects on the tombs, especially on the grills around the graves. After making the intention, mostly women put these locks for the fulfillment of their needs. The need is not declared to anyone because those who put these locks believe that the engraved have knowledge about their intentions and consider such matters to be purely those between them and the engraved.?
Image 13 shows the engraved who was an army major during his lifetime, and has now become a Taghoot (false god), such that people come to his grave and perform all acts of worship and believe that he directly has the power to benefit and harm.?
Sufis in general, and the Barelwia of India in particular encourage and justify actions at graves that openly amount to clear Shirk, whilst falsely claiming that they believe that ultimately all good and evil are in the Hands of Allah. They are truly responsible for the actions of the people at the graves, who rarely ask other than the engraved for their needs. Whilst the scholars amongst the Barelwia mention that calling upon other than Allah, believing them to be creators and sustainers like Allah is Shirk, they have misguided and confused masses of people to the extend that people rarely distinguish between worshipping the Creator and the created. They also do vary little to stop their followers from directly worshipping the engraved.?
Image 14 shows the close relation between Shiaism and grave-worshipping. In fact, both these groups even celebrate the same festivals, like distributing water to commemorate the battle at Karbala and organizing processions in which effigies of the tomb of Hussain are paraded and after the festivities are over, they are immersed in water. The image shows the five fingers, the Sheite innovation that symbolizes the “Panj Tan Paak” or ‘the five pure ones’ referring to Allah’s Messenger, Alee, Fatimah, Hassan and Hussain. 11 depicts the horse of Hussain. During Muharram a horse is decorated and paraded, depicting as the Horse of Hussain. (The “Panj Tan Paak” is also seen in image 4 and we witnessed it in all tombs that we visited).
Contemplation: There is insha’allah, a lesson to be learnt from these images:.
1 – The Need for Dawah and Education amongst the Muslims, in order to rectify their Aqeedah (Beliefs), and the substantial effort needed to achieve this awareness.
2 – Tawakkul (hope) in anything other than Allah is not only futile and a cause for grave punishment in the Hereafter, but is also a cause of humiliation in this world. How miserable is the case of those who rely upon black threads, hoax footmarks and locks for the fulfillment of their needs. Not only are they deprived of their religion but also of their wealth, time, honor and peace of mind. Those who fear other than Allah, in matters in which only Allah should be feared, are constantly exploited and made to prostrate to lifeless and helpless inhabitants of the graves. So: “put your trust in the Living One, Who will never die, and glorify His praises; Sufficient He is, in being aware of the sins of His Ibaad.” [Soorah al-Furqaan (25): 85]
“So seek with Allah your sustenance and worship Him (alone), and be grateful to Him. To Him (Alone) you will be brought back.” [Soorah al-Ankaboot (29): 17]
“There is no compulsion in the religion, Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Taghoot and believes in Allah, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is all-Hearer, all-Knower.” [Soorah al-Baqarah (2): 256]
was-salaam alaikum wa-rahmatallahi wa-barakaatuhu
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|(1) Gate of the Tomb which mentions the engraved as Pir Syed Hyder Shah Qadri||(2) Women Prostrating and Bowing to the saints grave.||(3) Hindu-Customs – Seeking blessings from fire and ash.||(4) Alleged footprint of Allah’s Messenger and man-made water fountain.?|
|(5) A Closer Look at the setup – footprint, water fountain and glasses.?||(6) Close-up of the foot impression.||(7) Drinking water for Shifaa (cure from diseases).||(8) Benefits of drinking the water painted on the tomb walls.|
|(9) An Amulet especially given from this grave? .||(10) Handing out hope!!!||(11) Venerating the Horse of Hussain (the Sheite Connection)||(12) Locks of Hopes or Locks on Hopes ?|
|(13) Army Major in Life .. Taghoot in Death.||(14) 5 Fingers : The Sheite influence.||(15) Some stand in Qiyaam … others kiss the graves.||(16) Seeking blessings from ordinary objects inside the tombs.|