Edit 01/26/2012: This bit from another post is copied here too, since a lot of people looking for a definition of istidraj bump on this post.
The ahl al-istidraj are the people of istidraj, that is, they either are infatuated by it, or by the people expressing istidraj. They can be sinful Muslims, mubtadi’s, or kafirs.
Istidraj is proven by the Quran itself and is explained in our texts of ‘aqidah, for example, our master, Imam Al-A’azdham’s Fiqh Al-Akbar. It is Allah’s granting the kuffaar, mubtadi’s, and sinful Muslims, their desires and them thinking they shall escape, but they know not, they are headed for Allah’s ‘adhab, and we seek His refuge from it.
The verses of the Quran pertaining to it are:
وَالَّذِينَ كَذَّبُواْ بِآيَاتِنَا سَنَسْتَدْرِجُهُم مِّنْ حَيْثُ لاَ يَعْلَمُونَ
Translation of meaning: The people who belie Our signs, We shall take them gradually [towards humiliating punishment] from where they know not. Holy Quran – 7:182
Translation of meaning: Then leave him to Me, who denies this revelation, We shall take them gradually [towards humiliating punishment] from where they know not. Holy Quran 68:44
This is from the text of Fiqh Al-Akbar:
وأما التي تكونُ لأعدائِهِ مثلِ إبليسَ وفِرْعَوْنَ والدجالِ مما رويَ في الأخبارِ أنهُ كانَ لهم فلا نسمّيها ءاياتٍ ولا كراماتٍ، ولكنْ نسمِّيها قَضاءَ حاجاتٍ لهم، وذلكَ لأنَّ اللهَ تعالى يقضِي حاجاتِ أعدائِهِ استدراجاً وعقوبَةً لهم، ويزدادونَ عصياناً أو كفراً، وذلكَ كلُّهُ جائِزٌ وممكِنٌ
Supernatural feats manifested by the enemies of Allah, such as by ibliis, the pharaoh and the anti-Christ (dajjal), which are recorded in narrations as having happened in the past or will happen in the future, are neither called ‘signs’ nor karaamaat. Instead, we call them as the granting of their desires, and this is because Allah Ta’ala grants the desires [istidraaj] of His enemies to seize and punish them, and they increase in heedlessness and/or kufr. This is all practicable and possible. (Fiqh Al-Akbar)
An istidraj is akin to sorcery, even if not direct sorcery. It is the display of paranormal events that are neither mu’ajizaat of the anbiyaa nor karaamaat of the awliyaa/pious.
While mu’ajizaat are the domain of the prophets of Allah, ‘alaihimus salam, and karaamaat Allah’s blessings to pious Muslims, istidraj can happen to an openly sinful Muslim like a drunk, a person of bid’ah, and even a kafir, like this filthy trinity thumping sharrul bariyyah, john paul ii, la’anahullah.
Muslims should take note that it is well possible for the event mentioned in this report to be true. They have no need to deny or refute it.
Why? Because these are exactly the kind of events that will also be displayed at the hands of the cursed dajjal. We have plenty of sahih ahadith on the amount of paranormal events displayed at the hands of the dajjal and how people will fall for it in droves. Anyone can easily read the narrations regarding the dajjal in Sahih Bukhari, Muslim, and other books of hadith.
The manhaj of the Ahlus Sunnah is that ‘aqidah and shari’ah are ALL that matter. Any so-called tasawwuf that does not have its foundations in the ‘aqidah of the Ahlus Sunnah and adherence to the noble shari’ah, is not tasawwuf, but rather a toy of the shaytan. The reason we accept mu’ajizaat of the prophets as proofs of their prophethood, is because prophethood is accompanied by a call to worship Allah alone, negating idiotic concepts like worshiping the sun and moon or elephant headed monkeys like retarded hindus worship or worshiping humans like the retarded christians – something a sound, intelligent mind, simply can not deny; the fact that a prophet’s mu’ajiza being inimitable by any & all around him only being secondary. There is a reason the Quran calls these people (kafirs) as void of any human sense and further misguided than cattle!
The reason we praise and describe the karaamaat of the awliyaa is because of their following the ‘aqidah of the Ahlus Sunnah and thier strict adherence to the shari’ah brought by our Master Rasulullah ﷺ, sal Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam.
It is imperative that Sunnis of our times understand this topic well.
It is because in our times, a lot of Sunnis have started to fall for this charade. They state paranormal events as being proofs of a person being right. This is simply against the teachings of our Master Rasulullah ﷺ. The istidraj at the hands of a mubtadi’ or kafir is only a dajjalic feat, albeit not at as magnanimous as his istidraj, la’anahullah. We seek refuge in Allah from the fitnah of the dajjal.
It is well possible for the kafir-loving hypocrites who masquerade as men of Islamic learning, and misguided people of bid’ah who grossly violate the ways of the TRUE Sufis – to also display such kind of events at their hands.
It is necessary to mention this on this blog since it is dedicated to destroying the filth of apostates who call themselves “Sufis” but actually seek to praise kufr and equate Islam and kufr. A lot of them cause such diversions and subliminally try to give a message to innocent Sunnis that suggests, “Hey guys, I’m a waliy / I know [x] waliy who has me listed in his good books. That means I’m always right. Better not oppose me or ever question me or some harm will befall you.”
At times, they cash in on the karaamaat of other pious people. For example, a pious Muslim may have karaamaat attributed to him. A false sufi or a seeker of fame and riches will try to sit with this pious person, and lie to the pious person and deceive him into looking favorably towards himself (as these pious people are extremely Allah-fearing and generous). Once the cunning false sufi achieves this feat, he will flamboyantly cash in on his relation with the pious Muslim ALL Muslims love and accept. (It is no different than the clowns who pose for photo-ops with celebrities/famous politicians and then cash in on it claiming to be their “friends” and “associates”.)
Another thing Muslims should remember is that at times the kuffar too present this logic to them, “Your waliy exhibited such a paranormal feat. Our kafir saint too can do the same. This is a sign from god that both religions are acceptable to him and he accepts all good people.”
To respond to this, the Muslim should know his ‘aqidah very well and know that THE ONLY religion acceptable to Allah is Islam (Quran 3:19, 3:85). They should know that ALL of kufr is one nation as the scholars of Islam have taught. Anyone who believes another religion/way to be valid and acceptable to Allah alongside Islam is simply a kafir apostate who has left Islam. Muslims should tell them that indeed the feats may be real. Our ahadith attest to it. But what drives these feat, i.e., the persons behind them, are poles apart. The kafirs of the past too accomplished many magnanimous feats. To this day people can’t explain properly the building of the pyramids! All events are created by Allah. Some are a blessing from Him, while others are destruction for those in whose fate mercy is not written.
Is a $100 bill possessed by a laborer who earned it as his wage the same as a $100 bill possessed by a person who robbed it from a bank?! One is going to be arrested and punished for it while the other will enjoy the fruits it brings with it.
Muslims should bear in mind that our esteemed elders, who were actually blessed by Allah with supernormal events at their hands, have stated in numerous texts that ANY PERSON WHO VIOLATES THE MANHAJ OF THE AHLUS SUNNAH IS EITHER A MISGUIDED DEVIANT OR A KAFIR. He can walk on water or fly on a magic carpet or anything else. It doesn’t make him any worthy.
As our own esteemed Sufi awliyaa say regarding REAL karaamaat – istiqaamah fauq al-karaamah – steadfastness [on Allah’s deen and the manhaj of the Ahlus Sunnah] is above [ACTUAL] karaamaat – what then can we say about the istidraj at the hands of apostates pretending to be “sufis” and the evil, heads of the kuffar like the pope.
Please note that the Quran has stated that our faiths shall be tested, one way or another. Islam is not a free ride for anyone as far as the life of this world is concerned.
Our ‘aqidah in accordance with the ‘aqaid of the Ahlus Sunnah (the Ash’aris and the Maturidis) and our adherence to the shari’ah are THE ONLY THINGS that matter. Any deviation from this and falling for such deceptions will lead to perdition.
We simply can’t afford to let ANY deviation from the ‘aqidah of Ahlus Sunnah and the noble shari’ah fly by, regardless of any feats a person may display, regardless of any association with a scholar/waliy, regardless of any ijaza he/she possesses.
What defines people is the ‘aqidah of the Ahlus Sunnah and the noble shari’ah of Allah’s deen. People, regardless of how high and mighty they are, or perceived to be, simply do NOT define religion.
Our Master Rasulullah ﷺ has commanded us to seek Allah’s refuge from four things (amongst others) in plentiful ahadith: the punishment of hellfire, the punishment of the grave, the trials of life & death, and the trials caused by the evil of the dajjal.
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ عَذَابِ جَهَنَّمَ وَمِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ وَمِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَحْيَا وَالْمَمَاتِ وَمِنْ شَرِّ فِتْنَةِ الْمَسِيحِ الدَّجَّالِ
Translation: O Allah! I seek refuge in You from the torment of hellfire, and from the torment of the grave, and from the trials of life and death and from the evil trials of the masih dajjal – dua taught in Sahih Muslim (also in slightly varying wordings in numerous ahadith)