[Q-ID0540] Can we do dhikr to welcome a Scholar or Pir?

QUESTION:

What do the scholars and muftis of the noble Shari’ah say regarding the following matter: how is it to perform the dhikr of Allah upon the arrival of a scholar or a pīr? Please clarify this matter with evidences. 

Questioner: Abdullah from UK

ANSWER:

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

Performing the dhikr of Allah or reciting durūd upon seeing a sheikh or a pīr, with the intention that others become aware of his arrival and stand and leave their places out of respect is impermissible and a sin.

Allāma ibn-A’bidīn علیہ الرحمۃ states in Radd-ul-Muhtār:

هَذَا يُمْنَعُ إذَا قَدِمَ وَاحِدٌ مِنْ الْعُظَمَاءِ إلَى مَجْلِسٍ فَسَبَّحَ أَوْ صَلَّى عَلَى النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إعْلَامًا بِقُدُومِهِ حَتَّى يُفَرِّجَ لَهُ النَّاسُ أَوْ يَقُومُوا لَهُ يَأْثَم

Performing tasbīh (dhikr of Allah) or reciting dur̄ud upon seeing someone of great status with the intention of alerting others of his presence so that people stand and leave their places is impermissible and a sin.

[Radd al-Muhtār, Vol. 2, Pg. 281]

It is mentioned in Bahār-e-Shari’ah:

When presenting goods to a customer, it is impermissible for the trader to recite durūd sharīf or say subhān-Allah with the intent of expressing the great value of the product to the buyer.

Likewise, reciting durūd sharīf upon seeing someone of great status with the intention that they become cognisant of their arrival and leave their seats out of respect is impermissible.

[Bahār-e Sharī’at, vol. 1, pg. 533 Maktab tul Madinah]

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri

Translated by Dawud Hanif

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