Q. An organization called, The South African National Quraan Council, is organizing a Quran ‘memorization competition’. Are such competitions permissible?
A. The Qur’aan competition is a shaitaani function. It is haraam to participate in this mockery of the Qur’aan Majeed. This type of haraam mockery of the Qur’aan Majeed is among the Signs of Qiyaamah. The Qur’aan Majeed states:
“Verily this nation of mine took the Qur’aan as an object for buffeting.”
This will be the complaint of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) on the Day of Qiyaamah.
Competitions of this nature make the Qur’aan Majeed into a toy for stupid and haraam entertainment. The Objective of the Qur’aan Majeed is the guidance of mankind. It is a capital crime to use and misuse the Qur’aan Majeed for merrymaking and stupid competitions.
Shaitaan has urinated the idea of Qur’aan competitions into the brains of the organizers of this haraam mockery. Since Muslims all over the world are making a mockery of the Qur’aan Majeed in various shaitaani ways, Allah Ta’ala, in order to punish us, causes defilement of the Qur’aan Majeed at the hands of kuffaar. Since Muslims themselves defile and desanctify the Qur’aan Majeed, in different ways – one way being these satanic competitions – Allah Ta’ala permits the kuffaar to defile the Qur’aan Majeed in various ways, e.g. burning the Qur’aan Majeed.
While defilement of the Qur’aan Majeed and of the Musaajid by kuffaar has no effect for Allah Ta’ala, it is a form of punishment for Muslims who are grieved by such defilement. During its history, Allah Ta’ala had handed Musjidul Aqsa to the kuffaar for defilement and pollution to punish Muslims. The same is happening today. Musjidul Aqsa has been handed to the Yahood for defilement, and the Kuffaar are allowed to burn and defile the Qur’aan.
All of this is merely a reflection of the villainy, treachery, fisq and fujoor of Muslims. The kuffaar are not blameworthy. Muslims are the vile and treacherous criminals who are the cause of such defilement at the hands of the kuffaar. Qur’aan competitions are one form of Qur’aanic defilement.
It is haram to participate in any way whatsoever in the stupid ‘memorization’ competition of this miscreant body called SANQC.


Question: What is the view of the Shariah with regarding monetary incentives to draw people in particular the youth towards the Masjid? A competition was recently held in one town whereby children/youth of up to a certain age were to register with an organisation and thereafter attend a particular salaah with jamaat in a few masaajid that were part of this competition.
The attendance was to be done for a certain number of days after which successful candidates were to get awarded. To maintain “integrity”, roll calls were also done for that particular salaah.
I cannot come to terms with this initiative. I feel it to be in direct contradiction to the ways and methodologies set down by the Shariah. Further, there exists a serious concern as to whether those participating in this competition are performing salaah for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala (which should be the object of our life) or to gain the insignificant material incentives being given by this organisation.
Please advise what is the stance of the Shariah regarding this type of competition.

Answer: All these competitions and prizes doled out ostensibly to draw people to the Musjid are a mockery of the Deen and inspirations of Iblees. It is a method of riya, takabbur and pure nafsaaniyat. This mockery of Ibaadat is akin to kufr. There is absolutely no Ikhlaas in such ‘ibaadat’. In some places in America to lure people, especially their youth drifting into atheism and barbarism, to the empty churches, they served hot dogs and coke as holy communion. These haraam ‘ibaadat’ competitions are worse than the hotdog-coke scheme of the Christian priests.
It is not permissible to participate in these haraam competitions which make a joke and mockery of Salaat which the Qur’aan describes as the “Greatest Thikr”. The exceptionally low and degraded level of spiritual degeneration in which Muslims are wallowing can be adequately understood from this mockery of Salaat organized by Munaafiq rascals. Whereas ibaadat is a sombre exercise of meditating on Allah Ta’ala, these rascals have transformed it into a merrymaking stunt for winning stupid, haraam prizes. Their hallucinated objective for the shaitaani completion is waswasah urinated into their brains by Iblees.
The slightest contamination in niyyat corrupts the ibaadat which is rejected by Allah Ta’ala. Prizes for ibaadat? It is indeed shocking and unimaginable. But we are in the era which is in close proximity to Qiyaamah, hence the fitnah of the dunya is incremental by the day. The Hadith instructs us to constantly make dua for protection from the ‘fitnah of the dunya and the athaab of the qabr’. Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan Majeed:
“The life of this world is but play and amusement while the abode of the Aakhirat is best for those who have Taqwa (who fear Allah Ta’ala). What! Have you no intelligence?”

Today even ibaadat has been transformed into play and amusement based on Riya (show and ostentation). Those rubbishes who have devised this satanic scheme of  ‘ibaadat’ competitions are in reality bereft of Imaan.
In a dream a man saw a Buzrug. On asking of the Buzrug’s condition in Barzakh, he  replied:

“A meticulous reckoning of my a’maal (deeds) was taken. I was rewarded for the death of my cat because I had grieved. But, was not rewarded when my donkey had died because I was annoyed and a curse slipped from my mouth. A silk thread in my topi of which I was not even aware was recorded as an evil deed in my account.
The ibaadat which made me happy when people saw me engaging in it was not recorded among my good deeds.” In other words, such ibaadat was nullified by the feeling of happiness which was tantamount to riya.
On hearing this, a Wali commented: “He is most fortunate for not being punished for such ibaadat.” Now form your own conclusion regarding these shaitaani schemes of ‘ibaadat competitions’.

from the majlis volume 26 number 06

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