It is not permissible to glorify the traces of scholars so as to avoid exceeding the proper limits and falling into Shirk
Q. It is impermissible to glorify the traces of scholars in a manner that leads to exceeding the proper limits and committing Shirk?
A. Praise be to Allah. May peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, Companions, and whoever follows his guidance!
Riyadh newspaper published in its issue dated (21/10/1412 A.H.) an article by S.D. entitled (The restoration of the house of shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhab in Huraymila'). The writer mentioned that the Directorate of Antiques and Museums paid a great attention to the house of the revivalist of the Salafi Call (the way of the righteous predecessors), shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhab (may Allah be merciful to him) in the district of Ghaylan, Huraymila'. Thus, the house has been maintained and restored with a clayish material that resembles the original one used in construction. A special guard has been entrusted with guarding this house, etc."
The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa' in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had read the mentioned article and saw that this is impermissible act, for it is a means to exceeding the proper limits in shaykh Muhammad (may Allah be merciful to him) and his likes scholars of truth. Furthermore, it involves seeking the blessings in their traces and consequently falling into shirk. The committee has also recommended to demolish it and benefit from the area in extending the road so as to block the means to shirk and excessiveness and put a decisive end to that. Moreover, it requested the competent authorities to undertake that immediately.
This declaration comes to unveil the truth and warn against this abominable act.
May peace and blessing be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!
Chairman of the Departments of Scholarly Research, Ifta', Da`wah, and Guidance
Chairman of the Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta'
`Abdul `Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz
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