can a person take one of ALLAH's titles.
can a person take one of ALLAH's titles.
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Slm.hope you well.with regard to sheigh i have no problem cos sheigh has many meanings in the arabic language.now with regard to the title Maulana it's different.it is a title exclusively for Allah and no man can take it.eg.ARRAGHMAAN,AL AZIZ,AL GHALIQ etc.if someone wants to make use of these titles he should use the Abd before the title.egABDURAGHMAAN,ABDUL AZIZ,ABDUL GHALIQ.may ALLAH give us understanding INSHALLAH,and ALLAH knows best.
As salaamu alaykum
Words have more than one meaning. Read Sura Yusuf, Ayah 42.
And he said to the one whom he knew would go free, "Mention me before your master." But Satan made him forget the mention [to] his master, and Joseph remained in prison several years.
But Satan made him forget the mention [to] his master= fa ansaahush shaytaanu dhikra rabbih
Here the word "Rabb" means master.
Those who are exposed little to the sources seem to have a lot of confidence in their opinions. They ask questions to which they seem to want to provide the answers themselves.
Here is an answer from Shaykh Muhammad ibn Adam Kawthari regarding this silly issue:
Calling A Scholar Mawlana
Question #: q-20114860
Date Posted: 2004-02-04
What is the answer to those who say that only Allah Almighty is Maulana, and it is not permissible to call anyone Maulana?
In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,
The word "Mawlana" literally means our master. It is a word of honour and respect normally used in the Indo/Pak for a person who has graduated from a traditional religious institute (Dar al-Uloom). The words Alim, Mawlavi and Fadhil are also used for the same person.
It is also used in the Arab world (out of regard) for a respectable person, not necessarily a religious scholar. During my stay in Syria, many times I heard the Arabs say: "Ya Mawlana" (O our master) or "Ya Sayyidi" (O our leader).
It is clear from the above that there is nothing wrong in calling someone Mawlana. It is merely a word used to respect someone you have regard for, such as a religious scholar.
Those who object to this, say that the real "Mawla" (master) is only Allah Almighty, and therefore to grant somebody the name of Allah is not permissible.
This however, is incorrect, as many words and titles used for Allah Almighty are also used for his servants. The great commentator of the Holy Qur'an, Imam Ibn Kathir (Allah have mercy on him) states in his Tafsir:
"There are certain names of Allah that are used (as names) for other than Allah, and certain names of Allah are exclusive for Him alone, such as: Allah, al-Rahman (Merciful), al-Khaliq (Creator), al-Raziq (Sustainer) and so forth" (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, 1/42).
The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) was described as "Rahim" in the Qur'an, which is also a name of Allah Almighty. Similarly, the term "Rabb" is used repeatedly in the Arabic language (in connection with another word). The books of Fiqh are full of this. The head of a house is called Rabb al-Bayt, even though, the word Rabb is used for Allah Most High in the very first verse of the Qur'an. The word 'Mawla' itself is used in the Arabic language for a master of a servant or slave.
In conclusion, it is totally permissible to call a person "Mawlana" out of respect. One should always remember that these are trivial matters, and one should avoid arguments with regards to it. The Muslim Ummah is in need of more important matters to be solved.
And Allah Knows Best
Muhammad ibn Adam
Leicester , UK
In Oman protesters have posted signs with their demands for the rulers but guess what right at the beginning of the signs the ruler is addressed by a title of respect....what is that title you ask?
Yaa Mawlay! (oh our master)
if it was shirk to refer to ulema by such a title than why would kings be referred to as such. why would harun al'rashid be referred to as simply "Al'Rashid" (clearly one of the names of Allah) even in the writings of Imam Malik, and remember that Al'Rashid is fondly remembered in Islamic history(i.e. he was no Akbar badshah).
also i might add that Mawla is NOT one of Allah's ninety nine names.
should we honestly think that in the past ~1000 years or so the muslims (at least the sincere ulema) of the indian subcontinent were all too stupid to realize such a source of shirk (i.e. this title) in their midst?
I don't mean to criticize only to make you aware of the facts.
Last edited by dr.ati; 08-03-2011 at 05:13 PM.
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