This Fatwa [edict] concerns the ethics, reverence and the proofs of the Tabarrukat [relics] that has a chain of authenticity and those which do not have one and what is to be done with such things. It also discusses taking and giving Nazrana [gifts, offerings] off people for its viewing.
Anything linked or touched by the Prophets' and the Awliya became sacred in Islam. Initially in Islam, honouring the relics of the pious was an accepted and virtuous act and the Muslim's were ordered to show reverence to them. After all, these relics are a reason to create the remembrance of the Sublime Lord in the heart and attain His Divine Proximity. It is for this reason that the Holy Qur'an has described them as 'Shi'arullah' and 'Ayatullah' - the Signs of Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala.
'The Brilliant Moon on the Ethics of Relics' is the first English translation of 'Badr al-Anwar li Adab al-Athar,' authored by the Imam of Ahl al-Sunnah, the Muhaqqiq & Muhaddith of his era, Shaykh Imam Ahmad Rida Khan al-Baraylawi, alayhi ar-rahman w'al-Ridwan. Imam
About the Author :
He is Al-Im?m Al-Shaykh Abu'l Mustafa Ahmad Rid? Kh?n al-Qadiri (b. 1272 AH/1856 CE), alayhi ar-Rahman w'al-Ridwan. Imam Ahmad Rida (Raza) was a renowned Hanaf? jurist, had?th expert and theologian par excellence, recognised by scholars from the Islamic world to be a reviver [mujaddid] of his era.
He was a prolific writer whose legal edicts were gathered into twelve encyclopedic volumes and covered almost every science of his day.
Also see Barakah
: The Prophet, ?, & His Relics,
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