Barakah through relics

Question ID: 19853


It is stated by the Barelwi scholars that the companions (R.A.) sought blessings through the relics of the Prophet (S.A.W.). They say that their are narrations proving this in Bukhari and Muslim.

1) Is this true?
2) If this is true could you please elaborate on what it means by seeking blessings through the relics of the Prophet (S.A.W.)? How is this not shirk – i.e. how can a relic give barakah when all benefit and harm is from Allah alone? How is this different from idol worship?


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Asked on April 26, 2016 3:47 pm
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1) The cloth touched by a truly pious will have imbibed blessing transmitted via the pious. Thus everything is from Allaah via the relics. This is not Shirk.

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Answered on May 16, 2016 8:54 pm