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Aqidah: Basic Tenets of Faith

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Fatwa By : Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Language English
Reference By Islam Q&A
Addition Date 25/09/2013
Meaning of The Hadith: The Shaytan Has Despaired of Ever Being Worshiped By The Worshipers In The Arabian Peninsula
It is narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The Shaytan has despaired of ever being worshipped by the worshippers in the Arabian Peninsula.” In another hadith it says: “Night and day will not cease until al-Laat and al-‘Uzza are worshipped.” And in another hadith it says: “Until the buttocks of the women of Daws bump into one another going around Dhu’l-Khalasah.”
My question is: from the first hadith it may be understood that no shirk will ever be committed in the Arabian Peninsula. Whereas the second hadith indicates that it will be committed.

Praise be to Allah.  

One of the things that are established by the scholars is that shirk will take place in the ummah as is indicated by the sound texts, and reality confirms this.

Many of the Arabs apostatized after the death of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and many of them went back to worshipping idols.

The mujaddid (renewer of the Faith) Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhab said: “Chapter: Reports that some of this ummah will worship idols”, then he mentioned some ahadith which indicate that.  

With regard to the hadith: “The Shaytan has despaired of ever being worshipped…” the scholars have interpreted it in several ways:

1. That the Shaytaan has despaired of ever getting all worshippers to unite on kufr.

This view was favoured by the great scholar Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali. Al-Darar al-Sunnah, 12/117.

2. That this is a report of the despair that befell the Shaytan when he saw the conquests and how the people entered the religion of Allah in crowds. So the hadith is telling us what the Shaytan thought and he expected to happen. Then what really happened was something other than that, for a reason decreed by Allah.

This view was favoured by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymin (may Allah have mercy on him). Al-Qawl al-Mufeed, 1/211.

3. That the Shaytan despaired of the believers whose faith is complete, because the Shaytan has no hope that they will worship him.

This view was favoured by al-Aloosi. See Da’aawa al-Munaawi’een, 224.

4. That the “al-” in the word “al-musalloon” (worshippers) refers to a specific group of worshippers, and that what is meant is the Sahabah.

All of these interpretations are close in meaning, and the most likely is the second. And Allaah knows best.

See Ahadith al-‘Aqeedah allati yuwahham Zaahiruha al-Ta’aarud fi’l-Saheehayn, 2/232-238 .

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