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Naad-e-Ali: Ismaili Agakhani Call to Shirk

Among the Agakhanis, the following innovated Du’a is recited as Tasbih and it is Aqeeda of the Agakhanis that it should be recited at times of difficulty.

Naad-e-Ali

Naad-e-Aliyyan mazharai’l ajaib tajid-hu awnan la ka fin-nawaib:kullu hammin wa ghammim sayanjali bi wilayatika. Ya Ali. Ya Ali. Ya Ali.

Translation:

“Invoke Ali! Invoke Ali! Who is the Revealer of wonderful things and you surely find Him helping you in difficulties. All worries and sorrows shall be cleared away by His help. O Ali! O Ali! O Ali!”

However, when researched we couldn’t find even a single Hadith on it in any of the the books.

● Invoking anybody other than Allah (ﷻ) is Shirk

Explanation:

In the name of Allah (ﷻ), We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah ﷻ Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (ﷺ) is His slave-servant and the Seal of His Messengers.

According to the very basic principles of Islam, this is Shirk (associating partners with Allah ﷻ). What power does Ali (RA) have to grant our requests? What power does Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) have to grant our requests? Indeed, nobody save Allah (ﷻ) has the power to grant our requests.

It is not permissible to ask Allah (ﷻ) by the virtue of anyone, not even by the virtue of the Prophets or Messengers or Awliyaa’ or righteous people. No one can compel Allah (ﷻ) to do anything. It is not permissible to ask Allah (ﷻ) in any way except by His Names and Attributes, as Allah (ﷻ) says:

“And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allah, so call on Him…” (Qur’an, 7:180)

And yet we see the Agakhanis reciting things like “Naad-e-Ali” which means “call on Ali!” We should only call on Allah (ﷻ). If Ali (RA) was alive, he would tell these deviant Agakhanis to stop invoking him as he has no power, and invoke Allah (ﷻ) for help. In the same manner will Prophet Isa (AS) repudiate the Christians for calling on him as opposed to Allah (ﷻ).

With regard to saying to the occupant of a grave, “O So and so, help me,” this is obviously Shirk, because it is a supplication to someone other than Allah (ﷻ). Asking by the virtue of someone is a means to Shirk, and calling upon a created being is Shirk in worship.

How can a Muslim seek assistance from any other than Allah Almighty? Despite the fact that every Muslim must repeat the following words from the Qur’an in his prayer (salaat) at least seventeen times a day:

Allah (ﷻ) Says in the Holy Qur’an Chapter 40 Surah Mu’min, verses 65-66:

65: “He (Allah) is The Ever-Living (One): There is no god but He: Call upon Him giving Him sincere devotion.Praise be to Allah Lord of the Worlds!

66: Say (O Prophet (saws)): “I have been forbidden to invoke those whom ye invoke besides Allah seeing that the Clear Signs have come to me from my Lord: and I have been commanded to bow (in Islam) to the Lord of the Worlds.”

Allah says in the Holy Qur’an, Chapter 6 Surah Anaam, verse 19:

(O Prophet (ﷺ)) Ask them, “Whose testimony is most reliable?”. Say (O Prophet (saws)), “Allah is a Witness between me and you, and this Quran has been revealed to me so that I should thereby warn you and all whom it may reach. What! Will you really testify that there are other deities besides Allah?” Say, “As for me, I will never testify such a thing.” Say, “Indeed, He (Allah) Alone is The Deity, and I feel disgusted with the ‘shirk’ you practise.”

Allah (ﷻ) Says in the Holy Qur’an, Chapter 39 Surah Zumar, verse 38:

If indeed thou ask them who it is that created the heavens and the earth they would be sure to say “Allah.” Say: “See ye then? The things that ye invoke besides Allah: can they if Allah wills some penalty for me remove His penalty? Or if He wills some Grace for me can they keep back His Grace?” Say: “Sufficient is Allah for me! In Him trust those who put their trust.”

To invoke or call upon anyone or anything other than Allah (ﷻ) alone in the ‘unseen’ is a manifest act of the abomination of ‘shirk’…..and it is absolutely and categorically inconceivable that the Noble Prophet Muhammad () would ever come close to or even contemplate making such an invocation!

Allah (ﷻ) Says in the Holy Qur’an, Chapter 46 Surah Ahqaaf, verses 3-5:

3: “We created not the heavens and the earth and all between them but for just ends and for a term appointed: but those who reject faith turn away from that whereof they are warned.

4: “Say: “Do ye see what it is ye invoke besides Allah? Show me what it is they have created on earth or have they a share in the heavens? Bring me a Book (revealed) before this or any remnant of knowledge (ye may have) if ye are telling the truth!””

5: “And who is more astray than one who invokes besides Allah such as will not answer them until the Day of Judgment, and who (in fact) are unconscious of their call (to them)?”

Those who chose to invoke anyone other than the One Lord Allah (ﷻ), our Creator, are the ones who make such invocations of manifest Shirk.

It is considered a pure Shirk to call upon Hazrat Ali (RA) for help.

Allah (ﷻ) says in the Holy Qur’an, Chapter 10 Surah Yunus, verse 18:

These people serve beside Allah those which can neither harm nor benefit them, and say, “These are our ‘shofa’a’ (intercessors) with Allah!” (O Prophet ()), tell them, “Do you wish to inform Allah (ﷻ) of that thing which He knows not in the heavens, or in the earth?” He (Allah Subhanah) is absolutely free from, and exalted above the shirk that they commit.

Allah (ﷻ) says in the Holy Qur’an, Chapter 16 Surah Nahl, verse 20-21:

All the other beings, whom the people invoke with Allah (ﷻ), create nothing! Nay, they are themselves created. They are DEAD, not living, and they do not at all know themselves when they shall again be raised to life!

Allah (ﷻ) says in the Holy Qur’an, Chapter 10 Surah Yunus, verses 28-30:

“On the Day when We will muster them together, We shall say to those who committed ‘shirk’, “Stay where you are, you and those whom you set up as partners with Us.” The We shall remove the state of strangeness from among them, and the partners they had set up will say, “You did not worship us! Allah suffices as a Witness between you and us, and (even if you worshiped us), we were utterly unaware of your worship!” At that time everyone will taste of what he did. All shall be brought back to Allah, their real Lord, and all the lies they had invented will vanish from them!”

Allah (ﷻ) says in the Holy Qur’an, Chapter 19 Surah Maryam, verses 81-82:

“These people have set up other deities with Allah, so that they may become their supporters! There will be no supporters! They will not only disown their worship, but also become their opponents!”

Allah (ﷻ) says in the Holy Qur’an, Chapter 10 Surah Yunus, verse 66:

“Note it well that all the dwellers of the heavens and the earth belong to Allah. And those who invoke deities besides Allah, follow nothing but surmises and merely indulge in guess-works!”

Allah (ﷻ) says in the Holy Qur’an, Chapter 18 Surah Kahf, verse 102:

“What? Do these people, who have disbelieved, presume that they would make My servants their ‘auliyaas’ besides Me? We have prepared Hell for the hospitality of such people.”

Allah (ﷻ) says in the Holy Qur’an, Chapter 35 Surah Fatir, verses 13-14:

He (ﷻ) merges night into day, and day into night, and he has subjected the Sun and the Moon (to His Law); each one runs its course for an appointed term. Such is Allah, your Lord! To Him belongs all Dominion. Those whom you invoke besides Him, do not own even a blade of grass! If you call them, they cannot hear your prayers! And if they hear, they cannot answer you! And on the Day of Resurrection, they will disown your ‘shirk’. None can inform you of the Truth, like the One Who is acquainted with all things.

In light of the absolutely clear guidance of the Glorious Qur’an, to invoke or call upon anyone or anything other than Allah (ﷻ) alone in the ‘unseen’ is a manifest act of the abomination and unforgivable crime of ‘shirk’…..

If a person continued to recite it till death approached him/her, that person will be destined to the eternal fire, even if the person testified “La illaha ill Allah.”

Allah (ﷻ) says in the Holy Qur’an, Chapter 5 Surah Maidah, verse 72:

“Whoever commits Shirk, Allah (ﷻ) shall forbid for him Paradise, and Hell shall be his abode. And for such wrong doers there will be no one to help.”

Allah (ﷻ) says in the Qur’anm Chapter 4 Surah An-Nisa, verse 48:
Shirk is the only sin that Allah does not forgive, and He forgives, whomsoever He pleases, sins other than this. For whosoever associates any other partner with Allah, does indeed forge a big lie and commits the most heinous sin.”

Allah says in the Holy Qur’an, Chapter 39 Surah Zumar, verse 65-66:

“If you commit ‘shirk’ all your works will be rendered vain and you will be among the losers. Therefore, you should worship Allah Alone, and be among His grateful servants.”

If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah (ﷻ) and His Messenger (), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah (ﷻ) and His Messenger (), one can be assured of being led astray.

Whoever worships Ali (RA) should know that he is dead and that he cannot hear our cries, and even if he could, he could do nothing to help us. But whoever worships Allah (ﷻ), let him know that Allah (ﷻ) is Alive and can never die, and that He (ﷻ) has promised us help if we just turn to Him (ﷻ) and Him ((ﷻ)) alone. We should say only “Ya Allah Madad.”

Nad-e-Ali is NOT Authentic

“Nad-e-Ali” is a clear and apparent manifestation of Ghuluww (extremism) in the status of ‘Ali ibn Abi Taleb, which has unfortunately been normalized in Ismailism/Agakhanism. Similarly, it is an example of how Shirk had been appropriated in the name of ibadah.

Ironically, Ismailis had no authentic books of their own, so they borrowed this Shirk from Bihar al-Anwar and ironically this famous supplication is not even authentic according to Hadith standards. The author of the first Shi’ite source to ever allude to this supplication died in 1111 AH, a whopping 1000+ years after the death of the Prophet. The author of this book Bihar al-Anwar is Al-Majlisi (died in 1699). What is further damning is that the late Majlisi did not even list an isnad for this supposed supplication, so it is a baseless report even according to Shi’ite standards, let alone Sunni standards.

What did Al-Majlisi say, as he listed this supplication in his compilation?

Al-Majlisi simply commented saying: “It is said that Messenger of Allah was told on that day [Badr]: ….” and he proceeded to list the du’a known as Nad-e-Ali (Majlisi 20:73).

Even the Shi’ite editor of Bihar Al-Anwar, Ali Akbar Ghifari, made note of the report’s bizarre wording. In the footnotes, he said:

The last sentence [in the report] is weird, and it does not fit with the previous sentence. It seems as though it is an addition by some ignorant folk or the misguided Sufis who claim that such statements are supplications. Thus, they mention them as dhikr and repeatable prayers. Some of them even believe that repeating these statements has a virtue that is not even found in Salah! May Allah protect us from innovations and followers of their desires. (Majlisi 20:73)

One may find himself asking, “What is the source of this baseless fabrication?”

The Afghan Sunni theologian, Mulla ‘Ali Qari (d. 1014) was the first individual to ever cite this alleged supplication. In his collection of fabricated reports, Al-Asrar Al-Marfu’ah fi Al-Ahadith Al-Mawdu’ah, he said: “Another appalling fabrication of the Shia is the hadith: call upon ‘Ali the manifestor of wonders….” (Qari 385). One hundred years later, the report “magically” appears in the Shi’ite collection, Bihar Al-Anwar, without an isnad with a 1000+ year-long gap in its transmission.

What is noteworthy is that Mulla ‘Ali Qari and Al-Majlisi came from the same era, and they both came from proximate Farsi-speaking regions. Thus, it is evident that this report was first circulated in Khorasan and surrounding Farsi-speaking provinces by the tenth/eleventh century, which unsurprisingly coincides with the rise of the Twelver Safavids in Persia. Hence, the report is exclusively found in collections from that era.

Twelver Shi’ite prayer books today contain various renditions of this fabricated supplication, with some spanning multiple pages.

Those who opt to base their faith on 11th century Shi’ite Safavid fabrications from Persia will cling on to this report (and similar fabrications), but those who follow Allah’s commands will remember his words:

When my servants ask you about Me, tell them that I am very close. I answer the prayer of the supplicant when he calls Me; therefore, they should respond to Me and put their trust in Me, so that they may be rightly guided. [Quran 2:186]

And Allah (ﷻ) is the Witness of Abu Al-Abbas.

Sources:

  • Al-Majlisi, Muhammad. Bihar Al-Anwar Al-Jami’ah li Akhbar Al-A’immah Al-Athar. Edited by ‘Ali Akbar Ghifari, 3rd ed., Dar Ihyaa Al-Turath Al-‘Arabi, 1403.
  • Qari, Mulla ‘Ali. Al-Asrar Al-Marfu’ah fi Al-Akhbar Al-Mawdu’ah. Edited by Muhammad Al-Sabbagh, Dar Al-Amanah.

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He (ﷻ) is the Only Source of Strength.

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