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Ruling On Saying “Taqabbal Allah (May Allah Accept It)” After Finishing The Prayer

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question

Some brothers say “Taqabbal Allah
(May Allah accept it)” after the end
of the prayer, and I know that it is
an innovation, but I would like to
know more details: why is it an
innovation? Who among the
scholars said that it is an
innovation? Because many of the
ignorant, when you tell them that it
is an innovation, get upset and say
that it is just a du‘aa’ (supplication)
asking that Allah accept your
prayer!

Answer

Praise be to Allah
Firstly:
The basic principle with regard to
rulings on matters of worship is
that they are either Sunnah or
bid‘ah (innovation), i.e., they were
either narrated from the Prophet
(blessings and peace of Allah be
upon him) or they were not.
Whatever was the practice of the
Prophet (blessings and peace of
Allah be upon him) is Sunnah, and
whatever was not part of the
religion at the time of the Prophet
(blessings and peace of Allah be
upon him) and his Companions is
not part of the religion for us today.
Abu Dawood (4607) and others
narrated that al-‘Irbaad ibn Saariyah
(may Allah be pleased with him)
said: The Messenger of Allah
(blessings and peace of Allah be
upon him) said: “Whoever among
you lives after I am gone will see
great disputes; you must adhere to
my Sunnah and the way of the
Rightly Guided Caliphs. Hold on to it
and cling fast to it. And beware of
newly-invented matters, for every
newly-invented matter is an
innovation and every innovation is a
going astray.” Classed as saheeh by
al-Albaani.
Al-Haafiz Ibn Katheer (may Allah
have mercy on him) said:
Ahl as-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa‘ah
describe every deed or word that is
not proven to be from the Sahaabah
as an innovation (bid‘ah), because it
were good, they would have done it
before us, for they did not leave
any good deed but they hastened to
do it. End quote.
Tafseer Ibn Katheer (7/278-279)
Shaykh al-Fawzaan said:
The innovations that have been
introduced in the field of acts of
worship in the current era are
many, because the basic principle
concerning acts of worship is
tawqeef [i.e., they can only be
known through divine Revelation
and sound texts of Qur’an and
hadith, with no room for personal
opinion]. So no act of worship can
be regarded as Islamically
prescribed except on the basis of
evidence. So long as there is no
evidence for it, then it is an
innovation, because the Prophet
(blessings and peace of Allah be
upon him) said: “Whoever
introduces something into this
matter of ours that is not part of it
will have it rejected.” Narrated by
al-Bukhaari (2697) and Muslim
(1718).
The acts of worship that are done
nowadays, for which there is no
evidence, are many indeed… End
quote.
Al-Bid‘ah ‘Anwaa‘uha wa
Ahkaamuha, in Majmoo‘ah
Mu’allafaat al-Fawzaan (14/15)

Secondly:
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah
have mercy on him) was asked:
What is your opinion on shaking
hands and saying “Taqabbal Allah
(May Allah accept it)” immediately
after finishing the prayer?
He replied:
There is no basis for shaking hands
or saying “Taqabbal Allah (May Allah
accept it)” after finishing the
prayer; that was not narrated from
the Prophet (blessings and peace of
Allah be upon him) or from his
Companions (may Allah be pleased
with them). End quote.
Majmoo‘ Fataawa wa Rasaa’il Ibn
‘Uthameen (13/171)
He was also asked:
There are some people who add
things to the adhkaar following the
prayer, such as when some of them
say “Taqabbal Allah (May Allah
accept it)”; or after doing wudoo’
they say “Zamzam.” What do you
think?
He replied:
This does not come under the
heading of dhikr; rather this is a
kind of du‘aa’, when a person
finishes (the prayer) and says
“Taqabbal Allah mink (May Allah
accept it from you).” Nevertheless,
we do not think that people should
do this, either after wudoo’ or after
the prayer, or after drinking
Zamzam water, because if you do
such things, it may become
something that people do regularly
and think it is prescribed, for lack of
knowledge. End quote.
Majmoo‘ Fataawa wa Rasaa’il Ibn
‘Uthaymeen (13/211)
However, it should be noted that
one should be wise and gentle in
explaining such matters, concerning
which many people may be unaware
of the implications, because they
think that it is simply a du‘aa’ and
does not come under the heading of
innovation. Part of good etiquette in
such matters is to respond to the
other person’s du‘aa’ for you by
saying a du‘aa’ for him, or by saying
to him “Jazaak Allahu khayran (may
Allah reward you with good)” and
the like, then gently explain to him
the Sunnah with regard to such
matters.
At-Tirmidhi (2738) narrated from
Naafi‘ that a man sneezed next to
Ibn ‘Umar and said “Al-hamdu Lillah
wa as-salaam ‘ala Rasool Allah
(praise be to Allah and peace be
upon the Messenger of Allah).”
Ibn ‘Umar said: “And I say: Praise be
to Allah and peace be upon the
Messenger of Allah, but this is not
how the Messenger of Allah
(blessings and peace of Allah be
upon him) taught us; rather he
taught us to say: ‘Al-hamdu Lillah
‘ala kulli haal (Praise be to Allah in
all circumstances).” Classed as
hasan by al-Albaani.
See how Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be
pleased with him) explained to him
that such words were not
objectionable in and of themselves;
rather what was objectionable was
ignoring the Sunnah of the Prophet
(blessings and peace of Allah be
upon him) and choosing these words
instead, or saying them habitually
as if they were Sunnah.
Think about the kindness shown to
the one who made the mistake, and
how Ibn ‘Umar softened his heart,
whilst pointing out to him the
Sunnah to be followed in this
situation.
See also the answer to question no.
And Allah knows best.

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