Consider an Unnecessary to be Necessary
Hazrat Thânwî rahimahullâh and a person who said that he does not wear a lungî because his body becomes exposed. Hazrat Thânwî rahimahullâh said: “I also feel hot and therefore do not wear a turban. The person said: “May Allah Ta’ala increase the heat which you are experiencing.” Some ignorant people are so disrespectful. Hazrat rahimahullâh replied: “May Allah Ta’ala make you more naked.
Hazrat Thânwî rahimahullâh then explained to him in a calm and collected manner that because of a lack of knowledge, people begin considering an unnecessary to be necessary. A person performs the tahajjud salâh and reads durûd (salutations upon Rasulullah (sallellaho alaihe wasallam) day and night. However, he holds the belief that if he does not stand and read the durûd, it will never be accepted, and if he does not make sweetmeats on Laylatul Barâ’ah (15th of Sha‘bân) he will be completely deviated from Islam. Such a person is thus committing excesses in religion and is gone astray because he is considering an unnecessary to be necessary. Is there any Hadîth which states that durûd sharîf has to be read while standing? True lovers like the Sahabah (Radhiallaho anho) never made
sweetmeats on Laylatul Barâ’ah. It is thus not correct to consider something unnecessary as necessary.
When you stand before the blessed grave of Rasulullah (sallellaho alaihe wasallam) and read durûd, you do so with a soft tone. This verse is written at the blessed grave:
“O believers! Do not raise your voices above the voice of the Prophet.”
In other words, do not raise your voices above the voice of My Prophet (sallellaho alaihe wasallam). Those whom Allah Ta’ala enabled to visit Madînah know fully well that durûd is not read with a loud voice over there. Instead, people read the durûd with a loving tone like that of the buzzing of bees. If they read it aloud, it is considered disrespectful. After reading the at-tahiyyât in salâh, the method of reading durûd after it, was not taught by the maulânâs but by Rasulullah (sallellaho alaihe wasallam). Allah Ta’ala taught Rasulullah (sallellaho alaihe wasallam) how to perform salâh on the night of Mi‘râj (Ascension). He did not teach him to read the durûd while standing, but while sitting. If Allah Ta’ala liked the durûd to be read while standing, He would have issued the order that you must send salutations to My Prophet (sallellaho alaihe wasallam) while you are standing. But Allah Ta’ala taught him to sit and read the durûd. However, these days if you do not stand and read durûd, it is as though you have committed a major crime. In actual fact, this displays audaciousness and disrespect to Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (sallellaho alaihe wasallam). It entails considering an unnecessary to be necessary, and this is a serious deviation. Friends, I therefore say that love for Allah Ta’ala entails acting according to the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala and love for Rasulullah (sallellaho alaihe wasallam) entails acting on his Sunnah.