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Exclusivity of “Sijda” – by Kazim Shah

The concept of Shirk in Islam is the most critical aspect of the entire faith. The recognition of God, as one and with no affiliates is the life line which sustains all diversities within the faith, no matter how sharp they tend to be.  The two single most words, Wahdahoolaashareekallahoo, Sole, without any affiliates, have over a period of 1400 hundred years coasted the faithful the blood of hundred million lives to hold the ground against the plurality of the Devine authority that the various other faiths so savagely introduce.

Although the taboo against alcohol in the Holy Quran is raised so politely, but the breach of the taboo is never taken lightly. It ranges from fifty to hundred lashes and the execution of imperative worship which must be up held in the most abysmal of conditions must be suspended when a believer of Islam is under the influence of alcohol until its intoxication has entirely dissipated. The logic behind this intolerance is that the path of the consumption of alcohol leads to intimacy with those whose beliefs endorse plurality of Devine authority there by ultimately seeping into the mind of the faithful of Islam over a period of time.

The very walls of the Kabba stands in testimony to the harsh reality of indulgence into Alcohol and it’s relationship to shirk. The Muslims of Abrahim(AS) coexisted with Idol worshippers, fire and sun worshippers , Christians and others.

Alcohol was not forbidden to anyone.  They all joined in drinking bouts including those Muslims. Friend ships become intimate quickly among those who drink together. Over a sustained period of centuries the Shirk rubbed so deep into the Muslims through these hinder less intimacies that these Muslims admitted 360 different affiliates to Allah and entrenched them inside the Kabba.  So it was this Shirk more than anything else which caused the absolute taboo against alcohol in the chosen faith of God. No wonder that the cause of this taboo as described in the Quran is, “It’s pleasures are few and it’s damages are extensive”

As imperative is the recognition of the sole Authority of Allah absent any affiliates in Islam, no less imperative is the exclusivity of “Sijda”. In its totality, it is only reserved for Allah. In pre-Quranic  era you do find “Sijda” performed out of sheer reverence in some instances, but the dawn of Quran brought an end of  “sijda ” for everyone else except Allah. Inspired by this edict, it was his Highness, Jaffar Taiaar who refused to bow down before Najashi, the king of Abyssinia, when the entire court had bowed down before him up holding the royal decree. This took place in the most abysmal of situations. The future and the very security of the entire party of the Muslims seeking asylum with the king was at stake. Yet Hazrat Jafar could not compromise the very practice which had initially brought around the very predicament. There is no deity except Allah and there would be no Sijda to anyone except Allah.  Thus in Islam the proclmation of One Allah and without any affiliates is directly contingent to the exclusivity of “Sajida”, as reserved only for Allah.

Sorrowfully however, you find Shia faithfuls in Sijda before the Allam of Hazrat Abbas(AS) and dropping down in Sajida before the Zari of Imam Hussain(AS).  No one objects and the numbers of those given to this savage practice is multiplying   Does the Verse of Asar, doesn’t imply that those are among the losers who do not stand to support Haq and those who stand firm.  The very salvation of Imam Hussain is being flouted right at his door steps and the faithful are so unconcerned, so detached.  In this age of rapid communications how many of such images will make their way to those messengers of death who pull over busses loaded with lovers of Sakina (AS) and Zainsb(AS) on their way to their Shrines and spray them with bullets or put them under the knife.
All for the whims of some souls who have drifted astray.  It is both the call of Faith and the call of time to realize the potency of this heresy and confront it like a believer in the cause of the Imam

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4 comments on “Exclusivity of “Sijda” – by Kazim Shah

  1. Ijaz Urrahman
    October 15, 2012

    I am surprised to read “alcohol was not prohibited” in pre Islam days. It is wrong to put this in writing as it has no basis all previous books prohibited consuming alcohol and the writer need to be made aware of this

  2. Abbasali Kerawala
    October 19, 2012

    Iblees was the first one to think that sajdah is exclusively for Allah (swt)

    We read the article of Kazim Shah and we suggest him to read thoroughly about the concept of sajda-e-Uboodiyyat and Sajda-e-Ta’zimi without involving ego, self-centrism and guess. Because Iblees also believed in such tawhid invited wrath of Allah (swt). We have serious objections on the following;
    1)Thus in Islam the proclmation of One Allah and without any affiliates is directly contingent to the exclusivity of “Sajida”, as reserved only for Allah.

    2)The very salvation of Imam Hussain is being flouted right at his door steps and the faithful are so unconcerned, so detached. In this age of rapid communications how many of such images will make their way to those messengers of death who pull over busses loaded with lovers of Sakina (AS) and Zainsb(AS) on their way to their Shrines and spray them with bullets or put them under the knife.

    3)All for the whims of some souls who have drifted astray. It is both the call of Faith and the call of time to realize the potency of this heresy and confront it like a believer in the cause of the Imam.
    The above statements are based on lack of knowledge about true Islam from its authentic sources .e. Qur’an and Ahlulbait (as). Because there are two types of sajda, as per Qur’an & Ahlulbait (as), sajdae Uboodiyyat (exclusively for Allah (swt)) and sajda-e-Ta’zimi. Iblees was the first one to considered that sajdah is exclusively for Allah(swt) and he (la) denied the sajdah of Adam due to which he was expelled with all his worship of more than 30 thousand years and was cursed forever. Moreover Allah (swt) will never order for something which is considered by Him to unforgvable polytheism.
    To know the correct concepts, we should always go back to the divine sources i.e Holy Qur’an & Holy Ahlulbait (as). Following is the tafseer and hadith about Sajda-e-Tazeemi.
    تفسيرفرات‏الكوفي ص : 57
    تفسيرالقمي ج : 1 ص : 42
    قال الصادق ع فأول من قاس إبی و استكبر و الاستكبار هو أول معصية عصي الله بها قال فقال إبليس يا رب اعفني من السجود لآدم ع و أنا أعبدك عبادة لم يعبدكها ملك مقرب و لا نبي مرسل قال الله تبارك و تعالى لا حاجة لي إلى عبادتك إنما أريد أن أعبد من حيث أريد لا من حيث تريد فأبى أن يسجد فقال الله تعالى « فَاخْرُجْ مِنْها فَإِنَّكَ رَجِيمٌ وَ إِنَّ عَلَيْكَ لَعْنَتِي إِلى‏ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ»
    Tafseer Furat Ibne Ibrahim Kufi Page:57
    Tafseer Al-Qummi Vol:1 Page: 42
    It s narrated that while explaining about the verses [ related to sajdah of Adam (as), Imam Sadiq(as) said: ” Eventually the first one to guess (do Qiyas) was Iblees. He denied and sought pride and pride was first sin by which Allah (swt) was disobeyed. He (as) said, Iblees said in his argument that O! my lord forsake me for the sajdah of Adam (as) and I will worship you in such a way that neither any close angels nor any Nabi to be sent would have done such a worship. Allah (swt) I do not have any need of your worship, I want that I should be worshipped the way I decide and not the way you decide. Then he (Iblees) denied to do sajdah (of Adam (as)). Then Allah (swt) told him get lost from here, you are cursed one and my wrath will befall you till the day of jadgement.
    There are hundreds of such Ahadith, but the above oe is more than sufficient to understand that Sajdah is not exclusively for Allah (swt). Sajdae Uboodiyyat is exclusively for Allah (swt). Hence the second point is also answered and true lovers of Imam Husain (as) who know that He (as) is superior than Adam(as) and per khutba of Imam Husain (as) himself, tha sajdah of adam (as0 was due to respect of Noor of Ahlulbait (as) do pay respect and do sajdae Ta’zimi to protect themselves from misconception of tauheed by Iblees. Following is a reference from Balaghatul-Husain (as) by Ayatullah syed Mustafa Aale Etemaad. Page :170 which shows that the sajdah of adam was for Jalal of Azmatillah & Tazeem of Noore Ahlebai

    فسجدوا (لآدم) الا ابلیس ابیٰ ان یتواضع لجلال عظمۃ الله وان یتواضع لانوارنا اهل البیت ؑو قد تواضعت لها الملا ئكۃ كلهاواستكبر و ترفع و كان باِبائهذالك و تكبره من الكافرین

    Then all the angels prostrated to him (Adam (as)) except Ibless. He denied to be humble infront of Jalal of Azmatillah and to be humble infront of Noor of Us Ahlulbait (as) and Indeed all angels were humble (in sajda) for Noor. and he soght pride and thought himself to be the most high and he was amongst Kafirs due to his denial (of sajdah) and pride (against sajda to Adam (as)).

    The third point highlighted is nothing but an accusation n defamation, Quran condemns accusng believers in surae Humaza. ” Woe unto the slanderers and defamers.ence the first Hence the secong point is also answered by t

    May Allah (swt) protect us from pride and personal opinions and concept of tauheed of Iblees and give us all to do Sajdae Ta’zimi to the Noor of Allah (swt) by bowing down humbly at their doorstep and Sha’airullah related to them.

    Was salam.

  3. Waqar Ali Shah
    October 26, 2012

    Brother Kazim Shah, has actually well documented his thoughts; his intention was to prevent the believers from practising what had been done in earlier times, out of their ignorance. As far as “Abbasali Kerawala” has raised the issue of ‘sajida’, that is a good effort, too. But he seems to be a bit away from the reality of “sajida Ta’zimi’. Sajid-e-Uboodyat is specific to Allah Almighty while latter is to ‘human’ himself which was commanded by Allah to angels. We can not attribute this type of Sajida to Ahelbait A.S only as quoted above with reference which must be re-thought. Dr. Ali Shariati has well talked about ‘humanism’ in Islam–he has described the importance of SAJIDA to human. He mentions that ‘According to most of other religions except Islam, human is considered to be a very marginalized being having his existence on earth, angles above them on skies; and God over the angles on top. This view marginalizes human existence on earth. Islam just rejects this view and sets him in a position where he is prostrated by angels on the basis of obedience to GOD when he was asked to take care of the creation of Allah. Allah offered every of His creature to look after His Creation plan; no creature came forward to welcome that offer. But human did; on this basis GOD appreciated human and asked angels to bow down before him. This type of Sajida basically is meant to signify human superiority over all creatures of ALLAH Almighty.

    While, the Sajida is only to God, alone. I appreciate Kazim Shah for this attempt to help remove some traditional in-practice rituals among our shia brothers and sisters.

  4. Abbasali Kerawala
    October 29, 2012

    Wa Alaykumas salam.

    Waqar Ali Shah has given a very weak argument and weak reasoning that defies logic, besides being wrong as per the most authentic divine sources i.e Holy Qur’an & Holy Ahlulbait (as). Waqar Ali shah is completely away from the facts as he mentions;

    Quote 1: “Sajid-e-Uboodyat is specific to Allah Almighty while latter is to ‘human’ himself which was commanded by Allah to angels. We can not attribute this type of Sajida to Ahelbait A.S only as quoted above with reference which must be re-thought.”

    Quote 2: “This type of Sajida basically is meant to signify human superiority over all creatures of ALLAH Almighty. While, the Sajida is only to God, alone. I appreciate Kazim Shah for this attempt to help remove some traditional in-practice rituals among our shia brothers and sisters.”

    It’s strange to even think that sajda to human (fallible and much inferior to Ahlulbait (as)) was to prove human superiority over all creatures. But even in this case sajda-e-Ta’zimi to Infallible Noor of Allah (swt) Ahlulbait can not shirk or out of ignorance at all, because none among creatures is superior to Ahlulbait (as) neither fallible humans. nor the prophets like Adam (as).

    No argument is valid in the matter of divine religion but the arguments of Holy Qur’an & Holy Ahlulbait (as). I mentioned the verses related to sajda of Adam (as) and narrations. Following is a narration from Imam zainul-Abideen (as) in mentioned in Tafseere Imam Askari (as) under the tafseer of the verse of sajdae Adam (as) Al-Baqrah 2:34

    تفسير الإمام عليه السلام‏]
    قَالَ الْحُسَيْنُ بْنُ عَلِيٍّ ع إِنَّ اللَّهَ تَعَالَى لَمَّا خَلَقَ آدَمَ وَ سَوَّاهُ وَ عَلَّمَهُ أَسْمَاءَ كُلِّ شَيْ‏ءٍ وَ عَرَضَهُمْ عَلَى الْمَلائِكَةِ جَعَلَ مُحَمَّداً وَ عَلِيّاً وَ فَاطِمَةَ وَ الْحَسَنَ وَ الْحُسَيْنَ أَشْبَاحاً خَمْسَةً فِي ظَهْرِ آدَمَ وَ كَانَتْ أَنْوَارُهُمْ تُضِي‏ءُ فِي الْآفَاقِ مِنَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَ الْحُجُبِ وَ الْجِنَانِ وَ الْكُرْسِيِّ وَ الْعَرْشِ فَأَمَرَ اللَّهُ الْمَلَائِكَةَ بِالسَّجْدَةِ لآِدَمَ تَعْظِيماً لَهُ إِنَّهُ قَدْ فَضَّلَهُ بِأَنْ جَعَلَهُ وِعَاءً لِتِلْكَ الْأَشْبَاحِ الَّتِي قَدْ عَمَّ أَنْوَارُهَا الْآفَاقَ فَسَجَدُوا إِلَّا إِبْلِيسَ أَبَى أَنْ
    يَتَوَاضَعَ لِجَلَالِ عَظَمَةِ اللَّهِ وَ أَنْ يَتَوَاضَعَ لِأَنْوَارِنَا أَهْلَ الْبَيْتِ وَ قَدْ تَوَاضَعَتْ لَهَا الْمَلَائِكَةُ كُلُّهَا فَاسْتَكْبَرَ وَ تَرَفَّعَ فَكَانَ بِإِبَائِهِ ذَلِكَ وَ تَكَبُّرِهِ مِنَ الْكَافِرِينَ

    The last red highlighted part means, ” Then all of them prostrated to Adam (as) except Iblees, he refused to bow down to the dignity of greatness of Allah (swt) and to bow down to us Ahlulbait (as)’s lights (anwaar). And ndeed all of the angels bowed down in Ta’zeem, he then sought pride and was high headed. He turned kafir due to his refusal to that (sajda-e-Ta’zimi) and his pride.

    This narration clearly shows that the Tazeem of Adam (as) was not due to he being human, but due to the Anwar of Ahlulbait (as). So the first sajda-e-tazimi was actually to Ahlulbait (as). And Allah (swt) got so annoyed in this matter that he cursed Iblees, announced him to be kafir and threw him out with his sajdae uboodiyat of 30,000 years. This shows that Allah (swt) is very strict in the matter of sajdae Tazimi. Hence

    Moreover none knows tawheed more than Allah (swt) the wahid and none should borther about shirk more than Allah (swt)

    Now Let me quote statement of kazim shah pasted by waqar ali shah and analyse it for the wise readers and true believers.

    Kazim Shah quoted: “The concept of Shirk in Islam is the most critical aspect of the entire faith. The recognition of God, as one and with no affiliates is the life line which sustains all diversities within the faith, no matter how sharp they tend to be. The two single most words, Wahdahoolaashareekallahoo, Sole, without any affiliates, have […]”

    The above statement of Kazim Shah doesn’t support his conclusion i.e “Exclusivity of Sijda”, because Allah (swt) Himself did not make this rule. Secondly Allah (swt) is wahdahoolashareek in deciding the matter of sajda as well. Hence none should interfere in the laws made by Him. If He Himself orders for sajdae Ta’zimi to Adam (as) due to Anwaar of Ahlulbait (as), it will be shirk and kufr to stop people from sajda-e-tazimi of Ahlulbait (as) and it will be making oneslef partner to Allah (swt) in deciding the law of sajda. This partnership is serious kufr of shirk and Allah (swt) will never tolerate this. Hence all those who believe that Allah (swt) should be careful about the matters of sajdae ta’zimi and refrain from giving comments except the Holy Qur’an & Holy Ahlulbait (as).

    May Allah (swt) make us true muwahhid and give us tawfiq to honor the doers and do both sajdae ubudiyyat and sajdae ta’zimi.

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