Imam Malik (r.a.) on the Means to Forgiveness

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following was recorded by Qadhi ‘Iyadh (r.a.) in his Shifa’ and Tartib al-Madarik with an authenticated chain.

Imam Malik (r.a.) was asked by the caliph, Abu Ja’far al-Manswur, “Shall I face the qiblah with my back towards the grave of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) when making du’a?”

Imam Malik (r.a.) replied, “How could you turn your face away from him when he is your means and your father, Adam’s means to Allah on the Day of Rising?  No, rather you should face him and ask for his intercession so that Almighty Allah will Grant it to you, for Allah Said:


We Sent not an Messenger but to be obeyed, in accordance with the Will of Allah.  If they had only, when they were unjust to themselves come unto thee and asked Allah's Forgiveness and the Messenger had asked Forgiveness for them, they would have found Allah indeed Oft-Returning, Most Merciful. (Surah an-Nisa’:64)”


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