The Qur’an on Intercession

The Quranic statements on intercession are generally warnings against, rather than encouragements towards, taking Muhammad as an intercessor, or anyone else for that matter, except Allah himself.

Peace be with you. Thanks be to Allah who has given me sight, hearing, the ability to think, and so much more. Thanks be to Allah who has revealed the Qur’an, made it easy, preserved it, and taught it.

Dear believers, I urge you to fear Allah, who has sent us his signs as a means of testing us. The signs are there to show us what Allah wants to show us. He has selected what to show us because He will question us about it.

These signs are the truth from our Lord. A book which has no doubt in it. A book explaining all things. A book that is guidance. It is not written by scholars, but it is a great, great gift from Allah, it is a book written by Him for us. What a great, great gift it is. What an enormously kind gift!

And here is what it says: Qur’an surah 2, verse 254:

Believers, give away some of what We have provided for you before a Day arrives on which there is no trading, no close friendship and no intercession. It is the disbelievers who are the wrongdoers.

This verse states that there is a day when there is no intercession. I assume it means the Day of Recompense (Yaum id-Deen).

Many people believe that Muhammad will act as an intercessor on that day. This claim is based on reports which claim that he will intercede on the Day of Recompense. It is not based on Quranic verses, but on the ahaadith.

It is difficult for me to believe that these reports are accurate because they appear to contradict the above verse in the Qur’an, and to contradict other verses as well. At this point in time, I do not believe those hadith to be true. Allah knows best, of course.

The following verse from the Qur’an is a warning that the prophet had to deliver to the believers. I would like to point out to you, my dear brothers and sisters in faith, that Muhammad has indeed delivered this warning to us!

Qur’an 6:51

Give the warning to those who fear that they will be brought before their Lord: Except for Him, they will have no protector nor intercessor. Thus they may fear God.

Muhammad has indeed delivered this warning to us! The Master of The Day of Recompense has prepared us by revealing a great tip. The tip is:

To fear Allah, hear that there is no intercessor for you but Allah.

And look at the definitional statement regarding the day of recompense – Yaum ud Deen – in the Qur’an, surah 82, verses 17-19:

And what will make you know what The Day of Recompense is? Again, what will make you know what The Day of Recompense is? It is a day when no soul will avail another, and the command, that day, will be with Allah.

After these statements, direct clarifications from the Master of the Day of Recompense, I cannot understand why people are ready to believe that Muhammad will intercede on their behalf on the Day of Recompense.

Allah alone has the authority to explain to us what The Day of Recompense is like. He alone is Seer of The Unseen.

The Master of The Day of Recompense has given us some information regarding the events of the Day of Gathering. These are not statements from unauthorised parties!

Where is the intercession by a prophet? It’s not mentioned in the Qur’an. I don’t know how I could agree to it after reading all the Quranic verses about intercession.

There are 2 contradictory claims here. Did Muhammad contradict himself? It’s not possible. So one of the claims must be wrong.

Discussions of the meanings of the Qur’an are a source of difference among people of a faith – the believers. However, I don’t think we can fight over them. I think Allah would be displeased with us if we did.

CONCLUSION

I cannot accept the ahaadith about Muhammad’s alleged intercession on the Day of Recompense. It appears to me to contradict the Book of God. If I’m wrong, yet I hope Allah will forgive me and guide me to a better understanding. He is indeed The Guide and The Oft-Forgiving.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Abdullah Reed

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