Seeking the Means

Is Thanking the Prophet a form of Polytheism?

In Tawassul on July 8, 2009 at 11:09 am

It has been narrated in a Ḥadīth found in Biḥār al-Anwār1 that the following discussion took place between Imām Ja`far ibn Muḥammad as-Ṣādiq (prayers be upon him) and Abū Ḥanīfah.


It has been narrated that Abū Ḥanīfah was once eating food with Imām as-Ṣādiq Ja`far ibn Muḥammad (peace be upon both of them). Imām as-Ṣādiq (prayers be upon him) lifted up his hand to eat some food and at this time said (the following Du`ā): “All the praise belongs to Allāh, the Cherisher and Sustainer of all the Worlds. O’ Allāh! This food has come from you and from your Messenger (blessings of Allāh be upon him and his family).”


Abū Ḥanīfah said to the Imām: “O’ Abā `Abdillāh have you set up partners with Allāh (through this prayer of yours)?”


The Imām (prayers be upon him) said to him (Abū Ḥanīfah): “Fie on you! Surely Allāh the Great has said in His Book, and they did not find fault except because Allāh and and His Messenger enriched them out of His grace2

and He, The Noble and Grand has said in another place (in His Book), And if they were content with what Allāh and His Messenger (Muḥammad) have given them and had said: Allāh is sufficient for us, then Allāh would soon give us (more) out of His grace and His Messenger too (would also give us out of his grace).3


Abū Ḥanīfah then said, “I swear by Allāh, it is as if I have never read these two verses in the Book of Allāh nor have I ever heard these two verses up until this point (in my life).”


Abū `Abdillāh (prayers be upon him) said to him, “Rather, you have read these two verses (before) and you have heard these two verses (before) however Allāh the Most High has revealed (in His Book) about you and the likes of you, Or are there locks upon their hearts?4 and Allāh the Most High has also said, By no means! But on their hearts is the stain of the (ill deeds) which they do!5

1 Biḥār al-Anwār, Volume 10, Page 216, Section 13
2 Sūrah al-Tawbah (9), Verse 74
3 Sūrah al-Tawbah (9), Verse 59
4 Sūrah Muḥammad (47), Verse 24
5 Sūrah al-Muṭaffīn (83), Verse 14


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