Yusuf Estes, controversial American preacher, explains the meanings of three important Arabic terms: shirk, dua, and ibadah.
In this new innovative explanation, he introduces the idea that when a Muslim asks another Muslim, who is both alive and present, to make dua for him to grow a beard, that this is a clear act of shirk! He says:
A brother comes to me and he says, “Imam, please make dua for me.”
I said, “OK, for what?”
He said, “Make dua I can grow my beard. Make dua I’ll grow my beard.”
I said, “I can’t do that.”
He said, “Why?”
I said, “That’s shirk!”
He said, “Shirk?! How is it shirk that you make dua for me to grow my beard?!”
“Shirk means to make partners with Allah. You want me to make partners with Allah?!”
He said, “I just asked you to make dua that Allah… I wanna grow my beard, just… just make dua I’ll grow my beard!”
I said, “I can’t. Because it is Allah who grows your beard, not you! But I will make dua that you quit cuttin’ it off.” (crowd laughs)
This is a very strange verdict indeed, one that the scholars of Islam and their students have never heard of before. It is, in fact, totally baseless and thus incorrect. A Muslim may ask another (live, present, capable) Muslim to call upon Allah alone for any need he has. This is from the legislated ways of tawassul (drawing near to Allah) in our supplications. This is towheed, and absolutely not shirk.
This is not an isolated teaching of Yusuf Estes, nor a slip of the tongue, as Yusuf Estes repeats this same story at different events at different places, enforcing this new fatwa of how someone asking a Muslim to make dua for him to grow a beard is shirk.
At another lecture: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZnEHBX33jY&t=2m10s
Another one alongside of Dr. Bilal Philips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVtlSHW3DwA
Our sincere apologies go to the poor Muslim man who heard some words about Islam and became enthused and interested in practicing Islam, but was then unjustly blamed for an act of shirk that he did not commit. May Allah increase him in patience and guidance.
A proper Islamic response to such a request would be simply:
Of course, brother, I’ll make dua for you to grow a beard. Make sure you ask Allah yourself and try your best to practice what you know to be correct. May Allah aid you and give you success.
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