Have I Committed Shirk by Praising the Prophet (Allah Bless Him and Give Him Peace) This Way?

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

Question

I sang a song in praise of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) in which the lyrics call Him “Shehenshah e deen (King of all kings).” Have I committed shirk (associating partners with Allah)?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Singing a song in which the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) is called King of kings (of the religion) is not shirk.

You did not translate the part “of the religion,” although it is in the Urdu transliteration (e deen) that you wrote in your question.

Describing anyone other than Allah Most High as king of kings is strictly prohibited. However, if it is conditioned and qualified, such as “the king of kings of created beings,” the ruling differs.

Without qualifying the statement, calling anyone king of kings is prohibited because this is an attribution that belongs only to Allah Most High. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “The most abased name in the sight of Allah on the Day of Judgment is that of a person called ‘king of kings.’” [Bukhari & Muslim]

Sufyan added, narrating from others that the king of kings is Shahan shah (i.e., in other languages). [Bukhari]

Caution

Even though the qualification of the king of kings by adding king of kings (in the religion) is not the same as saying it without the qualification – it is best to abstain from such statements.

Despite this, singing something is not the same as believing something. Even if the phrase was not qualified with (in the religion), you singing it does not necessitate that you are affirming it and thus, it is still not shirk.

Allah knows best

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.