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Apropos of:'s 'Turbah: Sajdah to the Imams'

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The Shia place a piece of stone or clay, known as “Turbah,” on the ground so that their forehead touches the stone when they prostrate themselves in prayer. The Turbahs are made out of the stone or clay from the shrines of Imams or saints. Oftentimes, the Turbah is made from the clay or stone from Imam Hussain’s shrine. The Shia Ulema have declared that no Turbah has a higher sacredness than a Turbah made from Imam Hussain’s shrine, not even the stone from the Holy Ka’abah.

By praying to stones made from the shrines of their Imams and saints, the Shia are practising a polythiestic and paganistic act of grave-worshipping; they are quite literally making Sajood (prostration) to the Imams or saints. Indeed, praying to the Turbah of these Imams and saints is Bidah (evil innovation) and Shirk; it is not much different than idol worshipping. What is the difference between the idol that Hindus do Sajood to and the Turbah that the Shia do Sajood to? Both are considered Waseelah to bring them closer to God, and both of them are prostrated to.

Shi’ism is rooted in Shirk; the Shia have allowed their so-called love for the Imams translate into polythiestic adoration.

Books and websites should always watch what they state. Anything immature, illogical or a lie makes the whole thing loose it's credibility. I expected more maturity and knowledge from the author.

I would like to share a shocking truth with the readers, which i just discovered after reading the above excerpt. All the Muslims in the world, most of them, from every sect, do something very strange during their prayers. They ask for a Ja-Namaz or prayer rugs before praying to Allah. They stand on the rug, and they prostrate on the rug. How could we not realize it? The Muslims do not prostrate to Allah when they perform Salaat, they only prostrate to the rug, they worship the rug when they perform Sajdah on it. How could we not have known? I thank the author for helping us uncover this conspiracy. I believe the author should now post a Fatwa on his website that the use of Prayer rugs is also haraam.

Okay, what the above paragraph stated was only sarcasm, in case you did not realize and took things literally as the author usually does. I wanted to discuss issues without any form of sarcasm but the statements the author makes, empty of logic and sense, give no other choice.

Putting your forehead on a stone when Praying to Allah does not mean you are praying to Allah. It is insignificant what you and I think because we do not know the intentions. Fortunately Allah knows the intentions in one's heart and he knows that when one prostrates his head facing the Qiblah, during Salaat, he is worshipping Allah and Allah alone, irrespective of his forehead touching a stone, a leaf or a prayer rug.

Praying on the Turbah and praying to the Turbah are two things at opposite ends. Equating the both is nothing but immaturity and lack on knowledge.

Narrated Abu Salama bin 'Abdur-Rahman: .....  The people returned to the mosque (for Itikaf). There was no trace of clouds in the sky. But all of a sudden a cloud came and it rained. Then the prayer was established (they stood for the prayer) and Allah's Apostle prostrated in mud and water and I saw mud over the forehead and the nose of the Prophet.
Sahih Bukhari Volume 3, Book 33, Number 252

Narrates 'Abdullah bin Shaddad: Maimuna said, "Allah's Apostle was praying while I was in my menses, sitting beside him and sometimes his clothes would touch me during his prostration." Maimuna added, "He prayed on a Khumra (a small mat sufficient just for the face and the hands while prostrating during prayers).
Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 8, Number 376

"The Prophet said to his wife Umme Salma, "Please fetch the 'Khamrah' (Sajdaghah) from the mosque." The word Khumrah means a small piece of chatai made from palmleaf on which only the head could be rested when prostrating.
lbn-e-Aseer in his Jam'a-ul-Usool

The Prophet declared that the best spot for prostration was the earth or a thing that grows from the earth.
Kanz-ul-Ummal Part 4. p. 113

Coming back to the author's literal conclusions, did the Prophet (SAW) pray to and worshipped his Khumra (god forbid)? The prophet (SAW) has advised that the best spot for prostration to Allah is the earth or what grows from it, such as leaves, mud, sand etc. You must note that it is not the only spot, it is just recommended. It is for this reason also that whenever Rasool (SAW) prayed, he prostrated on a Khumra made from palm leaves.

It is for this reason alone that when we prostrate Sajdah to Allah in Salaat, we use a Turbah, or a piece of hardened mud, usually that from Kerbala. Are we in any way worshipping the mud we prostrate on?

It is not necessary for anyone to prostrate on the Turbah, but it is highly recommended that we do so. It is also not necessary that the Turbah be from the sand of Kerbala, but what can be better than a sand which holds the blood of sons of Rasool (SAW) who sacrificed everything for the Tauheed of Allah?

I request mature minds to ponder before jumping to literal conclusions.

The author asks what is the difference between the idols the hindus do sajood to and the Turbah to which the Shias do sujood to? I would have loved to answer it, if only the Shias prostrated to the Turbahs. The Sajdah is to Allah and Allah alone, creator of everything, sustainer of everything, God and master of Muhammad (SAW) and Ali (AS), who bestowed prophet hood to Muhammad (SAW) and Walayat to Ali (AS). This sajdah is done on a Turbah whenever possible.

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