Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab
Questioner: In the name of Allaah. All praise is due to Allaah, and may prayers and peace be upon the Messenger of Allaah, Muhammad, the son of Abdullaah, and upon his family, his Companions and whoever adheres to him. As for that which follows:
The questioner says, “We have heard a Shaikh say, ‘Whatever miracle it is possible for a Prophet to perform, then it is possible that such a miracle can be a karaamah of a Wali, [i.e., a Wali can perform it too].’”
Al-Albani: It is enough to say that this is a statement of some Shaikhs and the affair is over. It is not a statement made by Allaah, nor a hadith from the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم such that we should worry about tackling it and clarifying the forgery that it is.
From another angle it is a statement which is false from its very root. That is because from the miracles of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم is this Noble Quraan, which is the miracle of all miracles, as has been alluded to in some authentic hadiths.
So if we were to take that statement without exception, i.e., that ‘Whatever miracle it is possible for a Prophet to perform, then it is possible that such a miracle can be a karaamah of a Wali,’ then [as we said] the Quraan is the miracle of our Prophet–is it then possible for it to be a karaamah of an Ally of Allaah who is one of the followers of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم?!
This is impossible.
Yes! [But] according to the path of the extreme Sufis it is possible for that to happen. That which is built upon something corrupt is itself corrupt.
Regretfully, there is a book which it is likely has been reprinted more times than Sahihs Bukhari and Muslim and is known as, Tabaqaat al-Awliyaa of Abdul-Wahhaab ash-Sha’raani, in it he has mentioned a copious amount of catastrophes and calamities which conflict with the principles of the Islamic Sharee’ah.
And I wonder how this book can be reprinted tens of times and be circulated amongst the Muslims while the two Sahihs are not.
In it there occurs that which is relevant to our previous statement. [It is mentioned] that he visited a Shaikh of his and stood near his door, below the window, when he heard a sound that resembled a person reciting the Noble Quraan. Yet when he paid attention and understood what was being recited he realised that it was nothing from the Quraan. For he knew the Quranic aayaat and so was able to distinguish between the Quranic word and that of man.
The man who went to visit the Shaikh said, ‘So when the Shaikh finished his recitation I became sure that he was reciting some divine speech other than the Noble Quraan because he said, ‘O Allaah! Grant the reward of what I recited from Your Speech to my Shaikh so and so.’
This is mentioned in Tabaqaat al-Awliyaa of ash-Sha’raani.
Thus, it is possible that such a statement [as the one just mentioned in the story] came about as a result of that misguidance which has become a principle with them, because it necessitates that it is possible for a person who is not a Prophet to come with something like the Noble Quraan which was revealed by the Lord of all creation, since they said, ‘Whatever miracle it is possible for a Prophet to perform, then it is possible that such a miracle can be a karaamah of a Wali.’ And we find this phrase cited in the aforementioned book Al-Tabaqaat of ash-Sha’raani.
For this reason it is not permissible for a Muslim to be deceived with statements such as these and it is enough for him to know that it is something for which no authority has been sent down.
Fatwaawaa al-Imaaraat, 6.