By: Osman Nuri Topbaş

Source: Osman Nuri Topbaş

Imam Malik ibn Anas (may Allah have mercy on him) once said to the Caliph Abu Ja’far ibn Mansur:

“O Commander of the Believers. Do not raise your voice in this masjid an-nabi (the Prophet’s mosque). Allah, Most High, has taught a community adab in this matter by saying:

‘You who have faith! Do not raise your voices above the voice of the Prophet and do not be as loud when speaking to him as you are when speaking to one another, lest your actions should come to nothing  without your realising it’ (Hujurat, 49:2).

He has praised others with the following expression:

‘Those who lower their voices when they are with the Messenger of Allah are people whose hearts Allah has tested for taqwa. They will have forgiveness and an immense reward.’ (Hujurat, 49:3)

And he has censured another group of people as follows:

‘As for those who call out to you from outside your private quarters, most of them do not use their intellect.’ (Hujurat, 49:4)

To respect the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) after his demise is like respecting him while he was still alive”.

Abu Ja’far bowed his head at these words and said:

“O Imam! Should I turn to the Qibla and pray or should I turn to the Messenger of Allah (his tomb) and when I supplicate (to Allah Most High)?”

Imam Malik responded:

“Why should you turn your face from him? He is a means for both you and your father Adam to reach Allah. On the contrary turn to him and ask for him to intercede for you and Allah will allow him to intercede for you. Allah has said in the Qur’an:

‘…If only when they wronged themselves they had come to you and asked Allah’s forgiveness and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them they would have found Allah Ever-Returning, Most Merciful’ (Nisa, 4:64).

This is an extract from a longer article by the Shaykh on the Prophet (peace be upon him). Read the original article here.