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Your Fingers- Instruments of Ibaadat or Sin

Posted on Mon 28 November 2011
RINGS ON YOUR FINGERS

“A man approached Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) wearing a ring (made of) iron. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) commented: “Why am I seeing on you the jewels of the people of the Fire?” Then he (the Sahaabi) threw away the ring. Later he (the Sahaabi) came wearing a ring of copper/brass. Then Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Why am I smelling the odour of idols from you?” Then he (the Sahaabi) said: “O Rasulullah! From what material should I make it (the ring)?” Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “From silver which should be less than one mithqaal (about 4 grams).”

According to the Shariah, it is not permissible for both males and females to wear any kind of imitation rings. For females only rings of gold and silver are permissible. For males only rings made of silver weighing about four grams are permissible. Rings of copper, brass, iron, plastic, aluminium and of any material whatsoever are haraam. Thus, fingers on which such rings are worn are instruments of sin and the Fire of Jahannum will be the punishment.

LICKING THE FINGERS

“Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “When any of you have eaten, do not wipe (or wash) your hands until he has licked his fingers.”
A Sahaabi narrated: “I saw the Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) eating with three fingers, and licking his fingers before wiping (or washing) them.”
Jaabir (radhiyallahu anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “After meals, lick the fingers, for verily, he (the one who eats) does not know in which portion of the food the barkat is.”
Anas (radhiyallahu anhu) said that after Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had eaten, he would lick his fingers thrice.”
It is Waajib to lick the fingers after meals, before washing. It is also necessary to thoroughly cleanse the plate with the fingers before washing it. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that even the cleansed plate supplicates to Allah Ta’ala.

INTERLACING THE FINGERS IN THE MUSJID
(This interlacing of the fingers is called Tashbeek)

“Once while Hadhrat Saeed Al-Khudri was sitting in the Musjid, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) entered. He saw a man sitting in the centre of the Musjid with the fingers of both hands interlaced. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) indicated to the man, but he did not understand (what was being conveyed to him). Then Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) turned to Abu Saeed Al-Khudri and said: “When any one of you performs Salaat, never should he interlace his fingers, for verily, interlacing fingers (Tashbeek) is an act of Shaitaan, and verily, as long as you are in the Musjid you are in Salaat until you leave from the Musjid.”

TAKHLEEL OF THE FINGERS DURING WUDHU

(Takhleel means to pass the fingers of one hand through the fingers of the other hand to ensure that water has reached the spaces in between the fingers.)

“Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) commanded: “When you make wudhu then make Takhleel between your fingers and your toes.” (Takhleel of the toes is made with the little finger of the left hand.) Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Make takhleel of your fingers so that Allah does not make takhleel of (your) fingers with fire on the Day of Qiyaamah.”

COUNTING ON THE FINGERS

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said to (the lady) Busrah: “Make incumbent on you (to recite) Tasbeeh, Tahleel and Takbeer, and count (the thikr) with the anaamil, for verily, they (the anaamil) will be questioned and interrogated on the Day of Qiyaamah. Do not become oblivious (of Allah’s Remembrance), for then you shall be deprived of Rahmat (Mercy).”
(Anaamil refers to the finger-joints. On each finger there are three joints. Tasbeeh means to recite any form of thikr in which appears ‘Subhaanallaah’, even if only Sunhaanallaah. Tahleel is to recite: Laa ilaha il lallaah. Takbeer is to recite: ‘Allaahu Akbar’.

The fingers will testify on the Day of Qiyaamah in favour of the one who had used them to count the number of times Thikr was made.

CRACKING THE FINGERS DURING SALAAT

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said to Hadhrat Ali (radhiyallahu anhu): “Verily, I love for you what I love for myself. Do not crack your fingers whilst you are in Salaat.”
The Wrath of Allah descends when fingers are cracked during Salaat.

EATING WITH THE FINGERS

“Hadhrat Ka’b Bin Maalik (radhiyallahu anhu) narrated that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) would eat with his three fingers. He would lick the food from his three fingers.”
Eating food with the fingers is Sunnah. Generally three fingers are used when eating. However, food such as rice is eaten with all five fingers.

Every act of the Mu’min, if done consciously in emulation of the Sunnah, is an act of ibaadat of high merit. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The Mu’min is rewarded for every (lawful) act he does, even for the morsel of food which he (affectionately) lifts (with his fingers) to the mouth of his wife.”

40 Aḥādith in Refutation of the Abrahamic Religion

The Abrahamic Religion, also known as Abrahamia, is a concept that is being promoted for the amalgamation of three faiths: Islām, Christianity and Judaism. Interfaith advocates and their supporters seem to be blinded by the reality that there is only one true religion in the world today, and that is Islām.

The following is a collection of the blessed sayings of the final Messenger, Sayyidunā Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam). This compilation has a two-fold purpose. Firstly, to acquire the great reward that has been promised in the Aḥādīth (prophetic narrations) for collecting forty Aḥādīth. Secondly, to educate the Ummah about the great fitnah of the Abrahamic Religion in light of the Aḥādīth. The Arabic title for this collection is Al-Arba‘īn al-Ḥanīfiyyah fi Naqḍ al-Diyānat al-Ibrāhīmiyyah.

As a Muslim studies the Aḥādīth closely, he or she will come to understand that there is absolutely no place for the Abrahamic Religion within our hearts and minds. May Allāh Ta’ālā accept this humble effort from this lowly servant and allow it to shine throughout the world, for the guidance of humanity, until the end of time. Āmīn.

Ḥadīth One

Sayyidunā Abū Hurayrah (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“During the end times, there will be liars and swindlers that will come to you with such aḥadīth that you or your fathers have never heard. Beware of them, save yourselves from them, so that they do not lead you astray or throw you into fitnah.”[1]

Ḥadīth Two

Sayyidunā Ibn Mas’ūd (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“There was no Nabī (Prophet) that Allāh sent before me to his nation, except that he had friends and supporters from them that took his Sunnah and followed his command. Then, there will be such incapable people that will be born, they will say that which they do not do, and they will do that which they do not command. Whosoever strives against them with his hand, he is a believer. Whosoever strives against them with his tongue, he is a believer. Whosoever strives against them with his heart, he is a believer. After this, there is not even a mustard seed’s worth of faith.”[2]

Ḥadīth Three

Sayyidunā ‘Umar (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“O Ibn Al-Khaṭṭāb, go and announce to the people that none will enter paradise except the believers.”[3]

Ḥadīth Four

Sayyidunā Abū Bakr (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“The person who accepts the statement (testimony of faith) that I offered to my uncle [Abū ṭālib, at the time of his death] and which he refused to accept, it will be (a means of) salvation for him.”[4]

Ḥadīth Five

Sayyidunā Al-‘Abbās Ibn ‘Abdil Muṭṭalib (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“A person has tasted īmān (faith) when he is pleased with Allāh as the Rabb, with Islām as the religion and with Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) as the messenger.”[5]

Ḥadīth Six

Sayyidunā Anas Ibn Mālik (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“I have this desire that if only I could meet my brothers.”

The ṣaḥābah (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhum) said:

“Are we not your brothers?”

He replied:

“You are my companions. My brothers are those who will believe in me despite not having seen me.”[6]

Ḥadīth Seven

Sayyidunā Abū Mūsā (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“There are three types of people who will receive a double reward. A person from the people of the Book, i.e., the Jews and the Christians, who believed in the Messenger sent to him and believed in Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam); a slave who fulfils his duties to Allāh and his duty to his master; and a person who owned a slave woman, taught her good etiquette, provided her with a sound education, then frees and marries her.”[7]

Ḥadīth Eight

Sayyidunā Sufyān Ibn Abdillāh ath-Thaqafī (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that he said:

“O Messenger of Allāh, tell me something about Islām after which I will not have the need to ask anyone else.”

Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Say: ‘I believe in Allāh,’ then remain steadfast on it.”[8]

Ḥadīth Nine

Sayyidunā ‘Uthmān (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“He who passes away while having full conviction that there is none worthy of worship but Allāh shall enter paradise.”[9]

Ḥadīth Ten

Sayyidunā Mu’ādh Ibn Jabal (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Any person who passes away while testifying with full conviction that there is none worthy of worship but Allāh, and that I am the Messenger of Allāh, then Allāh will most certainly forgive him.”[10]

Ḥadīth Eleven

Sayyidunā Abū Hurayrah (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

“The person who will be most fortunate to receive my intercession on the day of resurrection will be the person who said lā ilāha illā Allāh with sincerity of his heart.”[11]

Ḥadīth Twelve

Sayyidunā Anas (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“I entered paradise and saw that on either side, the following three lines were written in gold:

• There is none worthy of worship but Allāh, and Muḥammad is the Messenger of Allāh.

• Whatever we sent forth (charity and other good deeds), we received the reward thereof. Whatever we ate, we enjoyed the profits thereof. Whatever we left behind, we experience loss therein.

• The Ummah is sinful, but the Rabb is Forgiving.”[12]

Ḥadīth Thirteen

Sayyidunā Jābir Ibn Abdillāh (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Whoever meets Allāh without having ascribed any partner to him will enter paradise; and whoever meets him having ascribed partners to him shall enter the hell fire.”[13]

Ḥadīth Fourteen

Sayyidunā An-Nawwās Ibn Sam’ān (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“The person who passes away while not ascribing any partner to Allāh, his forgiveness is guaranteed.”[14]

Ḥadīth Fifteen

Sayyidunā Ibn ‘Abbās (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhumā) reports that Jibrīl (‘alayhi as-salām) came to Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and asked:

“What is īmān?”

He (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied:

“Īmān means that you believe in Allāh, the last day, the angels, the books of Allāh, the Messengers, that you believe in death and life after death, that you believe in paradise, hell fire, the accounting of deeds, the scale (for the weighing of deeds) and that you believe in fate – the good thereof and the bad thereof.”

He asked:

“If I believe in all this, will I be a believer?”

He (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied:

“If you believe in all this, you will be a believer.”[15]

Ḥadīth Sixteen

Sayyidunā Ubayy Ibn Ka’b (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that the polytheists said to Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam):

“O Muḥammad, tell us what the genealogy of your Rabb is.”

Allāh revealed:

“Say: He is Allāh, the One. Allāh, the self-sufficient. He neither begets nor was he begotten. And there is none equal to him.”[16]

Ḥadīth Seventeen

Sayyidunā Abū Hurayrah (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said in a ḥadīth qudsī, that Allāh said:

“The son of Ādam rejects me while it is not proper for him to do that. He abuses me while it is not proper for him to do that. As for his rejection of me, he says that I will never bring him back to life as I had created him the first time. As for his abuse of me, he says, ‘Allāh has a child’, whereas I am self-sufficient, who did not beget nor was begotten and there is none equal to me’.”[17]

Ḥadīth Eighteen

Sayyidunā Abū Hurayrah (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that he heard Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) saying:

“People will continue asking each other (about the essence of Allāh) to such an extent that someone will say, “Allāh created all the creation, but who created Allāh?” When they ask such a question, say, “Allāh is One. Allāh is self-sufficient. Allāh did not beget nor was he begotten. And there is none equal to him.” You should then spit to your left side thrice and seek refuge from Shayṭān, the accursed.”[18]

Ḥadīth Nineteen

Sayyidunā Abū Mūsā Al-Ash’arī (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“There is no one more patient than Allāh in hearing something that is hurtful. The polytheists claim that he has offspring, yet he provides them with well-being and sustenance.”[19]

Ḥadīth Twenty

Sayyidunā Abū Hurayrah (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“I take an oath by the being in whose control is the life of Muḥammad, there is no Jew or Christian from this nation who hears of me and then dies without believing in the religion I have been sent with, except that he will be from the dwellers of the fire.”[20]

Ḥadīth Twenty-One

Sayyidunā Abdullāh Ibn ‘Amr (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“None of you can have perfect faith until his desires are not subservient to the religion with which I came.”[21]

Ḥadīth Twenty-Two

Sayyidunā Anas Ibn Mālik (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that a person asked Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam):

“When is the final hour, O Messenger of Allāh?”

He (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied:

“What have you prepared for it?”

He replied:

“I did not prepare for it by way of much ṣalāh, fasts, and charity. However, I love Allāh and his Messenger.”

Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“You shall be with those whom you love.”[22]

Ḥadīth Twenty-Three

Sayyidunā Abū Hurayrah (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“I have been given superiority over the other Messengers by way of six things:

• I have been given comprehensive speech, i.e., few words with deep and abundant meaning;

• I have been helped with awe;

• The spoils of war have been made lawful to me;

• The earth has been made a source of purification and a Masjid for me;

• I have been sent as a Messenger to the entirety of humanity;

• The chain of Nubuwwah has come to an end with me.”[23]

Ḥadīth Twenty-Four

Sayyidunā ‘Irbāḍ Ibn Sāriyah (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“I am the servant of Allāh and the seal of the Messengers.”[24]

Ḥadīth Twenty-Five

Sayyidunā Abū Hurayrah (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“From among those of my Ummah who love me the most are also those who will come after me, and their desire would be to sacrifice their families and wealth in order to see me.”[25]

Ḥadīth Twenty-Six

Sayyidunā Anas (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Resurrection will not take place as long as there is no one to say, ‘Allāh, Allāh,’ in the world.”[26]

Ḥadīth Twenty-Seven

Sayyidunā Samurah (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“In the afterlife, every Messenger will have a pond. The Messengers will boast with each other as to which of them has the greatest number of people drinking from it. I hope that I will have the largest number of people coming to drink from my pond.”[27]

Ḥadīth Twenty-Eight

Sayyidunā ‘Ubādah Ibn Aṣ-Ṣāmit (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Whoever testifies that there is none worthy of worship but Allāh, he is One and has no partner, that Muḥammad is his servant and Messenger, that ‘Īsā is the servant and Messenger of Allāh, and His word which he cast into Maryam, and a spirit from him, that paradise is true, that hell fire is true, Allāh will admit him into paradise, irrespective of his deeds.”[28]

Note: This report does not give a license to people to commit sins. It indicates the importance of having the correct beliefs required in order to gain entry into paradise.

Ḥadīth Twenty-Nine

Sayyidunā Abū Sa’īd Al-Khudrī (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“When a person embraces Islām and the beauty of Islām comes into his life, i.e., he lives a good life in Islām, Allāh wipes out every evil he had previously committed. Then, the account of his deeds is like this: a single good deed is rewarded from ten to seven hundred times, while the punishment for an evil deed is the like thereof, unless Allāh pardons him that as well.”[29]

Ḥadīth Thirty

Sayyidunā Abū Hurayrah (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Continue renewing your īmān.”

He was asked:

“O Messenger of Allāh, how should we renew our īmān?”

He replied:

“Say lā ilāha illā Allāh in abundance.”[30]

Ḥadīth Thirty-One

Sayyidunā Ṭalḥa Ibn ‘Ubaydillāh (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“I know a statement, which if a person says at the time of his death, his soul will experience comfort at the time of leaving his body and it will be a light for him on the day of resurrection.”[31]

The statement is lā ilāha illā Allāh.

Ḥadīth Thirty-Two

Sayyidunā Anas (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“A person will enjoy the sweetness of īmān if three qualities are found in him:

• He loves Allāh and his Messenger more than anyone else;

• He loves a person solely for the sake of Allāh;

• He abhors going back to disbelief just as he abhors being cast into the fire.”[32]

Ḥadīth Thirty-Three

Sayyidunā Anas Ibn Mālik (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“One glad tiding to the person who believed in me and saw me. Seven glad tidings to the person who believed in me but did not see me.”[33]

Ḥadīth Thirty-Four

Sayyidunā ‘Amr Ibn ‘Abasah (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that he asked Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam):

“What type of īmān is the most superior?”

He (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied:

“That īmān with which there is hijrah.”

He asked:

“What is hijrah?”

He (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied:

“That you abstain from evil.”[34]

Ḥadīth Thirty-Five

Sayyidunā Abdullāh Ibn Thābit (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Sayyidunā ‘Umār Ibn Al-Khaṭṭāb (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) came to Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and said:

“O Messenger of Allāh, I passed by a brother of mine from the Banū Qurayzah. He wrote a few comprehensive teachings from the Tawrāt and gave them to me. If you permit, I will read them to you.”

The face of Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) changed color. So I, i.e., Sayyidunā Abdullāh Ibn Thābit (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu), said to him:

“O ‘Umar, don’t you see the anger on the face of Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam)?”

‘Umar (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) immediately realized his mistake and said:

“We are pleased with Allāh as our Rabb, with Islām as our religion and with Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) as a Messenger.”

On hearing these words, the effects of anger disappeared from his face and he said:

“I take an oath in the name of that being in whose control is the life of Muḥammad, if Mūsā (‘alayhi as-salām) was present among you and you were to follow him and leave me, you would go astray. From among all the nations, you have fallen into my lot. And from among all the Messengers, I have fallen to your lot.”[35]

Ḥadīth Thirty-Six

Sayyidah ‘A’ishah (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“He who introduces a new concept in this matter of ours, i.e., Islām, it will be rejected.”[36]

Ḥadīth Thirty-Seven

Sayyidunā Ibn ‘Umar (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhumā) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Follow the large group (sawād al-a’dham). He who separates from the group, he will fall alone into the fire.”[37]

Ḥadīth Thirty-Eight

Sayyidunā Jābir (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Sayyidunā ‘Umar (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) came to Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and said:

“We hear the talks of the Jews and it seems good to us. Do you permit that we write them down?”

Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Are you astonished just as the Jews and Christians were? Know well, I have indeed come to you with a clear and bright sharī’ah. If Mūsā (‘alayhi as-salām) was alive, he would have no option but to follow me.”[38]

Ḥadīth Thirty-Nine

Sayyidunā Mu’ādh Ibn Jabal (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Indeed Shayṭān is the wolf for man, just as there is the wolf for the sheep. The wolf catches that sheep that flees from the flock or goes far away from the flock or it is at the edge of the flock. Beware of the valley, i.e., deviation. Hold firmly on to the group and the main body (of Muslims).”[39]

Ḥadīth Forty

Sayyidunā Abū Dharr (raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu) reports that Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“He who separates from the group, even the distance of a handspan, he has removed the yoke of Islām from his neck.”[40]

May Allāh Ta’ālā keep all Muslims firm upon true faith, keep us safe from deviation, allow us to die upon īmān and unite us with Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in Jannah. Āmīn.

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Notes

  1. Muslim 
  2. Muslim 
  3. Muslim 
  4. Musnad Aḥmad 
  5. Muslim 
  6. Musnad Aḥmad 
  7. Bukhārī 
  8. Muslim 
  9. Muslim 
  10. Musnad Aḥmad 
  11. Bukhārī 
  12. Al-Jāmi’ As-Saghīr 
  13. Muslim 
  14. Ṭabrānī 
  15. Musnad Aḥmad 
  16. Musnad Aḥmad 
  17. Bukhārī 
  18. Abū Dāwūd 
  19. Bukhārī 
  20. Muslim 
  21. Sharḥ As-Sunnah 
  22. Bukhārī 
  23. Muslim 
  24. Ḥākim 
  25. Muslim 
  26. Muslim 
  27. Tirmidhī 
  28. Bukhārī 
  29. Bukhārī 
  30. AḥmadṬabrānī 
  31. Abū Ya’lā 
  32. Bukhārī 
  33. Aḥmad 
  34. Aḥmad 
  35. Aḥmad 
  36. Bukhārī, Muslim 
  37. Ibn Mājah 
  38. Aḥmad, Bayhaqī 
  39. Aḥmad 
  40. Aḥmad, Abū Dāwūd 

IS CONCERN OF CONTRACTING THE CORONAVIRUS OR TRANSMITTING IT A VALID REASON TO NOT ATTEND JAMĀ‘AH OR JUMU‘AH?

ZAMEELUR RAHMAN

DARUL MA’ARIF MARCH 18, 2020

Some people are asking if it is permissible for men to not attend the masjid for Jamā‘ah or Jumu‘ah on account of fear of being infected by the coronavirus or transmitting it to someone else.

“Sickness” is a valid excuse to not attend Jamā‘ah/Jumu‘ah. Sickness in this context refers only to such sicknesses that make it intensely difficult to attend the masjid. Hence, ‘Allāmah Ẓafar Aḥmad al-‘Uthmānī explains the sickness that excuses one from attending Jamā‘ah as follows:

والمراد بالمرض ما يتعذر به الحضور إلى الجماعة

“What is meant by sickness is that which makes it intensely difficult to attend the Jamā‘ah.” (I‘lā’ Sunan, Idārat al-Qur’ān, 4:204)

Similarly, ‘Allāmah Ibn ‘Ābidīn describes sickness as falling under such excuses that make it near-impossible to attend, as opposed to excuses that do not. (Radd al-Mutār, Dār al-Thaqāfah, 3:511)

Likewise, an old man who finds it difficult to walk and is thus not able to attend the Jamā‘ah without intense difficulty is excused from attending Jamā‘ah and Jumu‘ah. (āshiyat al-aḥṭāwī ‘alā Marāqī al-Falā, Dār al-Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyah, p298; Radd al-Mutār, 3:514; albat al-Mujallī, 2:513-4)

If someone has a minor cough or minor fever, or has no symptoms at all but is merely concerned he may be infected by, or transmit a virus to, someone else, this is not a valid excuse for missing Jamā‘ah/Jumu‘ah. (Radd al-Muḥtār, 9:587) Yes, if the circumstances are such that the people at the masjid will very likely be offended and take issue with one coughing/showing signs of being infected by a virus, then it will be permissible to not attend. (Radd al-Mutār, 4:216-7)

The reality is it is always possible to be infected by or transmit an illness when in close proximity with others, hence the argument that this would open the door to fatalities is merely an emotional argument as this is always a possibility.If the chances are increased somewhat, this does not change the ruling of Sharī‘ah. Yes, one can take more precautions within permissible means, but it is not a valid reason to dispense with something that is a known obligation.

Even if contracting the virus was valid grounds to not attend Jamā‘ah or Jumu‘ah, it would only be when one is almost certain or very sure that this would happen, and almost certain or very sure that contracting it will be debilitating or fatal, and not just a minor illness. (Radd al-Muḥtār, 9:588) In this case, the probability that an individual will contract the virus by attending the masjid is low and, even if contracted, the probability that it will be debilitating or fatal is also low (less than 50%). [1]

The author of al-Hidāyah says:

لا يجوز تأخير الواجب لأمر موهوم

“It is not permissible to postpone an obligation for something speculative.” (al-Hidāyah, Idārat al-Qur’ān, 4:331)

‘Allāmah Ibn Nujaym explains, with reference to the rulings of Fiqh, that the feeling or judgement that is given consideration in Sharī‘ah is a dominant judgement or feeling (ghalabat al-ann), not merely any judgement (ann), let alone a mere speculation (wahm). (‘Umdat Dhawi ‘l-Baā’ir, al-Irshād, 1:199-200)

The solution to the current situation is not less dīn but more. It is a very telling sign of our failings as an ummah that people are fleeing from the masjids, the most beloved of places to Allāh, but rushing to the markets, the most detested of places to Allāh. The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) foretold that our downfall as an ummah will be on account of “love for [worldly] life and hatred of death.” (Musnad Amad, Mu’assasat al-Risālah, 37:82)

A Muslim should have full and complete conviction that no illness or calamity will befall him if Allāh does not wish it. And by turning to Him and gaining closeness to Him, Allāh will avert calamities and trials and, even if Allāh decrees that he suffers a trial, Allāh will make it a cause of blessing and mercy, and make it bearable and even pleasurable.

Allāh says: “Whoever adopts taqwā of Allāh, He will make a way out for him.” (Qur’ān, 65:2) It is reported that the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “Be mindful of [the commands of] Allāh, Allāh will be mindful of you. Be mindful of [the commands of] Allāh, you will find Him before you. When you ask, ask Allāh, and when you seek help, seek help of Allāh…Become acquainted with Allāh in ease, He will recognise you in difficulty. Realise that what missed you was never to befall you and what befell you was never to miss you. Realise that [divine] aid comes with patience and relief comes with distress and that with hardship comes ease.” (al-Arba‘ūn al-Nawawiyyah, no. 19) It has thus been reported from ‘Alī (raḍiyAllāhu ‘anhu) that: “A slave should have hope in nothing but his Master and fear nothing but his sins.” (Muannaf Ibn Abī Shaybah, Dār al-Qiblah, 19:157)

This is not a time for panic, but a time for introspection and rebuilding our broken connection with Allāh and preparing for the ākhirah, by making tawbah & turning away from all sin, observing taqwā & increasing our efforts in obedience to Allāh, giving in ṣadaqah, observing ṣabr, being punctual on obligatory and optional ṣalāh and increasing in tilāwah, dhikr and optional worship. May Allāh give us the correct understanding and enable us to follow the correct path and protect us from incorrect understandings and enable us to stay away from incorrect paths, āmīn.[1] It should also be noted, there is no certainty that holding congregations will cause the virus to spread. Such things are entirely in the hands of Allāh. It may be because of maintaining congregational ṣalāh that Allāh halts or reduces the spread of the virus.


Addendum

Some people have proposed that the fear of being infected by the coronavirus is comparable to the excuse of heavy rain, which the Fuqahā’ have listed amongst the excuses that permit one to not attend Jamā‘ah/Jumu‘ah.

Heavy rain is a real and obvious inconvenience for a person making their way to the masjid, and may even act as a barrier. (Radd al-Mutār, 3:514-5) Fear of being infected by the coronavirus is in no way comparable. It does not cause any real and obvious inconvenience (only an imagined and speculative one) and in no way functions as a barrier to making one’s way to the masjid.

Instead of Your Children Loving Marvel Heroes, Teach Them to Love These Heroes

Last night, I went to the kids’ room to check on them for the night as usual.

I found all four kids awake and talking animatedly. Way past their bedtime.

I chastised them for staying up so late, talking and laughing, keeping themselves and each other awake too long.

“Even Khalid is still awake!” I said to them with disapproval.

Khalid lay there next to his brothers, grinning at me.

One boy said, by way of explanation,
“لا ننام ولا ننيم!”

“We neither sleep nor do we let [others] sleep!”

I laughed.

This is a reference to Khalid ibn Al-Waleed during times of battle, who was described as,
“لا ينام ولا ينيم.”

“He neither sleeps nor lets [others] sleep.”

He often encouraged his soldiers to stay awake for portions of the night, engaged in tahajjud and worship. He himself did the same, while also strategizing, planning, and thinking about the battle of the day ahead. He was always awake, aware of every movement of his own forces and enemy forces, sending spies and patrol men to gather intel. He basically never slept, could never be caught off guard in battle situations.

And here is a group of four boys between the ages of ten and four, comparing their late-night slumber party to Khalid’s all-night vigils before battle.

🤣

But despite the craziness of their comparison, it still amazes and fascinates me that children can be so attached and inspired by the great characters of the Sahaba, the best generation that ever lived.

Who we introduce our children to matters.

RELATED: Superman Is Gay and Your Muslim Children Are Still Watching His Cartoons

Who we expose our children to becomes their role model, their aspiration, their ideal.
We as Muslims have such a rich history, teeming with men and women of lofty character and astounding abilities: the Sahaba molded by the best of mankind, Rasul Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم.

What a shame to fail to teach our children their stories and heroic feats, and instead let our children become attached to and inspired by cheap Disney characters or fictional Marvel superheroes.

We have actual, genuine, real-life superheroes in our Islamic history! We only need to teach our children their stories.

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At The Approach of Rajab and Sha’ban

Assalamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

At The Approach of Rajab and Sha’ban

With the sighting of the crescent of Rajab, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would anticipate and begin preparations for the month of Ramadan. This is two months in advance! People “live to see” various accomplishments in their lives, but a Believer “lives for” and yearns to witness sacred days like these.

Rajab Du’a

Sayyiduna Anas Ibn Malik (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would recite the following supplication when the Month of Rajab would commence:

اَللّٰهُمَّ  بَارِكْ لَناَ فِيْ رَجَبٍ وَشَعْبانَ وَبَلّغْنَا رَمَضَانْ

Allahumma barik lana fi Rajabiw wa Sha’bana wa balligh na Ramadan

Translation:Oh Allah! Grant us Barakah (Blessing) during (the months of) Rajab and Sha’ban, and allow us to reach Ramadan.

(Shu’abul-Iman, Hadith: 3534, Ibnu Sunni, Hadith: 660, Mukhtasar Zawaid Bazzar, Hadith: 662, also see Al-Adhkar, Hadith: 549)

Hafiz Ibn Rajab rahimahullah says this narration is suitable to prove  the merit of reciting this du’a -“istihbab. Lataif, pg.172. To declare this du’a as baseless is exaggerate. See here for more.

Sacred Months

Rajab is the second of the “four sacred months” in the Islamic Calendar which are referred to as: Al-Ash-hurul hurum (Surah Tawbah, verse: 36)

The others are: Zhul Qa’dah, Zhul Hijjah and Muharram.

Explaining their significance the ‘Ulama mention that during these months, good deeds are more virtuous and evil deeds are more detestable to Almighty Allah. (Lataiful-Ma’arif, pg.163)

A pious person once fell ill before Rajab. He made du’a to Allah that He allow him to live till Rajab (at least) because he had heard that Allah frees people from punishment in Rajab. Allah Ta’ala had accepted his du’a. (Latiful Ma’arif, pg.173)

Sha’ban

As for Sha’ban, authentic Hadiths describe special significance for the 15th night. (see detailed article here)

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is reported to have said: “Certainly Almighty Allah forgives everyone on this night besides those who ascribe partners to Him and those who harbor enmity for others”.

(Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 5665, Al-Targhib, vol. 3  pg. 459, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 8 pg. 65 & Lataiful-Ma’arif, pg. 194)

Imam ‘Ataa Ibn Yasar (rahimahullah)- a distinguished Tabi’i- said:

“After Laylatul Qadr, there is no other night more virtuous than the middle (15th) night of Sha’ban.”

(Ibid, pg. 197)

Du’as are accepted

Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah) has stated: “I have heard that du’as are accepted by Almighty Allah on five nights:

1) The night of Jumu’ah,

2 and 3) The nights of the two ‘Eids,

4) The first night of Rajab,

5) The middle (15th) night of Sha’ban,

(Lataiful Ma’arif, pg. 196. Also see Kitabul Umm, vol. 2 pg. 485)

In fact, the experience of people prior to Islam even, shows that Allah Ta’ala would accept their du’as during the month of Rajab. Imam Ibn Abi Dunya (rahimahullah) has cited several examples of this in his book: “Mujabu Da’wah”. (ibid)

Specific forms of worship 

There are no specific types of Salah etc. that are prescribed for the Month of  Rajab or the 15th night of Sha’ban. One may engage in whatever form of ‘ibadah one is comfortable with. (Lataiful Ma’arif, pg.168, Islamic Months by Mufti Taqi Uthmani, pgs. 63 and 79)

The Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) and the Tab’un (rahimahumullah) would increase their Quranic recital during these months (especially in Sha’ban), i.e. in preparation for Ramadan. (Lataiful Ma’arif, pg. 192)

The beginning of a new season

The crescent of Rajab actually signals the start of a “New Season”. One of hope, mercy and forgiveness for a believer. This “season” only finishes three months later; on the day of Eid!

Shaykh Abu Bakr Balkhy (rahimahullah) says:

“Rajab is a month in which we plant the seeds of good. i.e, by increasing our ‘ibadah. In Sha’ban we water them, to cultivate (and reap the rewards) in Ramadan”

(Lataif, pg. 173)

Opportunities like these only come once a year. Fortunate are those who maximise their benefit there from.

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Shocking: Major New Findings on the Extent of US Crimes in Afghanistan

The more that emerges regarding America’s twenty-year stint in Afghanistan (you can review some hereherehere and here), the more tragic it just gets.

A reporter, Lynzy Billing, whose mother and sister were killed in Afghanistan thirty years ago, went back to the country to investigate what exactly had happened (Billing was orphaned and then adopted by a British couple), only to be overcome by the stories and eye-witness accounts she heard about special operations, CIA-backed units that went on night raids—“brutal operations designed to have resounding psychological impacts while ostensibly removing [i.e., killing] high-priority enemy targets.”

Here is one of the stories that compelled her to investigate these crimes:

“Mahzala watched as the gunmen questioned Safiullah, 28, and 20-year-old Sabir, before roughly pinning them against a courtyard wall. Then, ignoring their frantic protests of innocence, the masked men put guns to the back of her sons’ heads. One shot. Two. Then a third. Her youngest, ‘the quiet, gentle one,’ was still alive after the first bullet, Mahzala told me, so they shot him again.

Her story finished, Mahzala stared at me intently as if I could somehow explain the loss of her only family. We were in the dim confines of her home, a sliver of light leaking in from the lone window above her. She rubbed at the corner of her eyes; her forehead creased by a pulsing vein. The voices of her sons used to fill their home, she told me. She had no photos of them. No money. And there was no one who would tell her, a widow in her 50s, why these men dropped out of the sky and killed her family or acknowledge what she insisted was a terrible mistake.”

Haunted by Mahzala’s story, the reporter embarked on an investigation into these crimes (there are more heart-breaking stories in her piece)—this was an investigation that took years—culminating in a new report, documenting her findings.

Below are some highlights from the report along with my own two cents.

These special CIA-backed units were called “Zero Units.” There were four of these units in total, and the report focuses on the operations of just one of them, known as “02,” spanning over a four-year period.

The units, or at least the one that the reported focused on, comprised Afghan soldiers accompanied by “US special operations soldiers working with the CIA.” Here is what one Afghan soldier from the unit described about his experience in these raids:

“‘These deaths happened at our hands. I have participated in many raids…and there have been hundreds of raids where someone is killed and they are not Taliban or ISIS, and where no militants are present at all.’”

During the four years investigated, “at least 452 civilians were killed in 107 raids. This number is almost certainly an undercount.” This is in part because of the way in which militaries are allowed to count and categorize kills. In places like Afghanistan, where villagers and actual combatants may live side-by-side, the military can be quite lazy in their categorization of civilians versus combatants killed. Others killed, Billing notes, are often just “written off as collateral.” A’udhu Billah!

Another reason for the likely too-low civilian count is this:

“One coroner in Jalalabad described how, at times, 02 soldiers had brought bodies to the morgue themselves, dismissing the staff and using the facilities before leaving with the dead. These deaths were not allowed to be recorded by him or other staff.”

RELATED: A Step-By-Step Guide to Avoid Accountability for War Crimes: Afghanistan Edition

Shooting in the Dark

A significant number of raids were carried out based on “faulty intelligence by the CIA and other US intelligence-gathering services.”

Subhan Allah. This always gets me—one would think that with all of the money and resources the US has at their disposal, they would be able to get the story straight. But far too often, they seem to stumble through their “freedom wars,” rarely winning yet astonishingly still eager to undertake wars, both declared and undeclared, time and time again. I’ve discussed this problem before and, once again, it seems relevant. As Billing reports:

“Lisa Ling spent 20 years in the military and built technology that was ultimately used to process intelligence that targeted Afghans. ‘I understand very viscerally how this tech works and how people are using it,’ she said. The counterterrorism mission is essentially: “Who am I fighting, and where will I find them,” she said. But the U.S. struggled to differentiate combatants from civilians, she said, because it never understood Afghanistan.”

This time, I think I’m closer to understanding why exactly this is the case, closer to understanding why the US almost always fails to ‘get’ the people they are fighting. I think the reason is arrogance. Why even bother trying to understand those that are beneath you?

Indeed, Billing also discusses America’s history of sloppy, carnage-filled raids, dating it back to the Phoenix Program of the Vietnam War. The raids under that program killed only 3% of “full or probationary” Viet Cong members. Nonetheless, the program, she describes, served as a “blueprint” for future raids (you can read about that here, especially in Chapter Four).

It will come as little surprise to you then that “[former US Air Force intelligence analyst Daniel] Hale was convicted for disclosing classified information that nearly 90% of the people killed by U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan were not the intended targets.” We commend Hale for his bravery in speaking out.

The US’s twenty-year foray into Afghanistan created a vicious cycle of destruction. Whether the US was busy installing corrupt leaders, figuring out how to brand the war in an attempt to legitimize it (a war for women, a war [not] against opium), this new report reaffirms that seemingly every action taken by the US in Afghanistan led to deeper entrenchment and, by default, more harm for civilians. In the words of one US Army Ranger:

“You go on night raids, make more enemies, then you gotta go on more night raids for the more enemies you now have to kill.”

RELATED: US Evacuates Elite Killing Squad that Murdered Countless Muslims

The Leahy Law: Convenience Human Rights

The Zero Units have been kept under wraps thanks to a legal loophole—the Leahy Law. With this law, the US military is prohibited from “providing training and equipment to foreign security forces that commit human rights abuses, but it does not apply to US intelligence agencies.”

This law plus bogus bureaucracy and nonchalance makes for a terribly grim combination which allows for selective ‘human rights.’

Despite all of this, what do we typically hear from the US?

The TaLiBAnS iS HarMINg WoMYN!

Go and tell that to all those women whose children and husbands you killed, to whom you offered little or no support after the fact. It simply makes my blood boil.

Let us never forget that so many innocent people have perished from these heinous actions; that so many lives and families were destroyed.

May Allah reward the people of Afghanistan for their steadfastness through all that they have suffered, and may He preclude us from being among the arrogant. Amin.

RELATED: Lessons from the Arrogance of Iblis

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Marital Problems

FROM THE MAJLIS

Posted on Sun 3 October 2010
Question

I WOULD LIKE YOUR ADVISE ON A QUESTION THAT IS TROUBLING MY MIND.I AM MARRIED FOR 14 YEARS AND HAVE THREE KIDS,I CAME INTO THE DEEN BY MARRIAGE AND TOOK IT UPON MYSELF TO BECOME MORE EDUCATED ABOUT ISLAM BECAUSE MY HUSBAND AND FAMILY HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS ISLAM ABOUT.I HAVE BEEN FOR HUJJ AND THEN FOR UMRAH AND READ MY NAMAAZ 5 TIMES A DAY. UNFORTUNATELY THOUGH WHEN MY HUSBAND STARTED TO EDUCATE HIMSELF IT ALL WENT A/Y. HE SAYS HE LOVES ME AND BECAUSE OF EVERYTHING HE WAS BLESSED WITH WOULD LIKE TO TAKE 3 MORE WIVES. HE ADMITS THERES NO FAULT WITH ME AND IM IN HIJAB ALL THE TIME.
WHEN WE MET HE HAD NOTHING NOR DID I BUT I HAVE WORKED VERY HARD IN THE BUSINESS WHILE HE USED TO DO ALL THINGS-WRONG-EVERY THING AGAINST ISLAM BUT TODAY HE SAYS THAT THE WEALTH IS HIS BLESSING AND NOTHING THAT IVE ACHIEVED IS MINES.
HE SAYS ME THE NASTIEST THINGS AND RETURNS TO ME AT NIGHT.
IS ISLAM ONLY FOR MEN DOES HE HAVE TO USE MY HARD WORK AND HARD EARNED MONEY THAT IVE BEEN BLESSED WITH.
HE REFUSES ME A THALAAQ BECAUSE IM CANT SHARE A HUSBAND.
ITS NOT HOW I GREW UP WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE SO HARD ON ME,ITS LIKE SLAVERY

PLS SEND ME YOUR THOUGHTS
JAZAAKALLAH

ANSWER
ASSALAMU ALAIKUM 19 Muharram 1431 (6-01-2010)

It is essential to understand that the Shariah (Allah’s Law) is one thing, and your husband’s actions are something else. Many women appear to confuse the two issues. If the husband is unjust and fails to fulfil his marital obligations, the wife lacking in sound Islamic knowledge invariably equates her husband’s misdeeds with Islam. It is precisely for this reason that you ask: “Is Islam only for men??” This questions displays your lack of understanding of Islam. If a wife is unfaithful to her husband and commits sins, you will not find the husband asking: “Is Islam only for women??”

You and us all do commit sins. If you commit a sin will it be proper to infer that Islam teaches you to sin? You should reflect deeply because the question which you have asked is exceptionally grave in that it is a sign of great deficiency in Islamic beliefs.

The second issue which you should understand is that Islam does permit a man up to four wives. This is Allah’s Law. Any Muslim who refutes this confirmed law of the Shariah does so at the peril of his/her Imaan.

We cannot comment on the ownership of the wealth you and your husband possess. We do not know what the initial arrangement/agreement was between the two of you. If you explain in detail how the business was structured and what agreement existed, then we shall refer the matter to the Ulama to obtain the Shariah’s Ruling.

Surely you are intelligent enough to understand that Islam does not teach your husband to say ‘the nastiest things’ to you. It is therefore highly improper to ask: ‘Is Islam only for men.’ It conveys the impression that you believe that Islam allows your husband to say ‘the nastiest things’ to you.

Even if you are averse to your husband taking another wife, you must be careful of falling into the trap of jeopardizing your Imaan by rejecting the Law of Allah Ta’ala. If you cannot accept your husband taking another wife, then while understanding and accepting that it is permissible for him, you may ask him to divorce you. Initially he may not be inclined to divorce you. But if you persist in your request and ask some seniors to persuade him, then he will ultimately relent. Also remember, that you as a Muslim should react intelligently and with dignity in this matter. If your marriage must end, let it be amicably in the way Islam teaches.

May Allah Ta’ala guide and protect you.

Was-salaam

DON’T ARGUE WITH “DONKEYS”

Fable: DON’T ARGUE WITH “DONKEYS”

The donkey said to the tiger:

– “The grass is blue”.

The tiger replied:

– “No, the grass is green.”

The discussion heated up, and the two decided to submit him to arbitration, and for this they went before the lion, the King of the Jungle.

Already before reaching the forest clearing, where the lion was sitting on his throne, the donkey began to shout:

– “His Highness, is it true that the grass is blue?”.

The lion replied:

– “True, the grass is blue.”

The donkey hurried and continued:

– “The tiger disagrees with me and contradicts and annoys me, please punish him.”

The king then declared:

– “The tiger will be punished with 5 years of silence.”

The donkey jumped cheerfully and went on his way, content and repeating:

– “The Grass Is Blue”…

The tiger accepted his punishment, but before he asked the lion:

– “Your Majesty, why have you punished me?, after all, the grass is green.”

The lion replied:

– “In fact, the grass is green.”

The tiger asked:

– “So why are you punishing me?”.

The lion replied:

– “That has nothing to do with the question of whether the grass is blue or green.

The punishment is because it is not possible for a brave and intelligent creature like you to waste time arguing with a donkey, and on top of that come and bother me with that question.”

The worst waste of time is arguing with the fool and fanatic who does not care about truth or reality, but only the victory of his beliefs and illusions. Never waste time on arguments that don’t make sense…

There are people who, no matter how much evidence and evidence we present to them, are not in the capacity to understand, and others are blinded by ego, hatred and resentment, and all they want is to be right even if they are not.

When ignorance screams, intelligence is silent. Your peace and quiet are worth more. ❤️

The Multi-Faith Prayer Room: Modern Equivalent to the ‘Ibādat Khāna of Akbar?

The Moghul Emperor, Akbar, founded his own religion in 1582. This religion of his was called Dīn-e-Ilāhī. It was a synthesis of Jainism, Hinduism, Islām and Zoroastrianism. Akbar took parts from each of the religions and amalgamated them.

Akbar established the ‘Ibādat Khāna (House of Worship) for conducting religious debates and discussions among theologians and professors of different religions. These discussions led the emperor to the conclusion and belief that there is no absolute truth, and he thus created his own, new faith.[1]

Let us fast forward to today, where the Abrahamic House has been set up, ostensibly to build bridges and create harmony between Islām, Christianity and Judaism, for the purpose of peaceful co-existence.[2] The Abrahamic House, located in Abu Dhabi ‘will be a place for learning, dialogue, and worship.’[3]

Just as Akbar established his ‘Ibādat Khāna for discussions, the Abrahamic House will host dialogue between the three religions (Islām, Christianity and Judaism). A fourth space has also been allocated in the Abrahamic House for those who are not affiliated with any specific religion.[4]

The idea behind the Abrahamic House is to cause the Muslims, Christians, Jews and adherents of other faiths to first become confused about their own religions and, then, just as Akbar was led to believe that there is no absolute truth, embrace a new religion that synthesizes all of these religions.

It is interesting to note that the idea of a multi-Faith prayer room has actually been trending for a while, under our very noses. Multi-Faith prayer rooms have already been successfully established in numerous places.[5]

In addition to this, we have the ifṭār parties that are organized specifically for people of various different faiths to attend.[6]

RELATED: Reviewing Yaqeen Institute: A Source of Certainty or Doubt?

These multi-Faith venues and activities must be scrutinized in light of what they are designed to promote. For decades now, Muslims have been in the headlines of news agencies throughout the world. I highly doubt that the Christian and Jewish world is not aware of Islāmic practices such as ṣalāh and fasting. So what exactly is going on here? The obvious trap behind the multi-Faith prayer room is to lure Muslims into places where polytheism is practiced and places they should never go to for the purpose of seeking guidance.

The project is now being accelerated, with the plot to turn Muṣallas and Masājid into multi-Faith prayer halls by hosting Open Days and other functions, designed to pull the non-Muslims into the venue under the guise of da’wah.

After many Muslims were led to believe that the Masājid are super-spreaders of viruses, causing them to frequent the houses of Allāh less often due to fear, etc., they are now being programmed into believing that the Masjid can host polytheistic practices and that the worship of things other than Allāh Ta’ālā can take place therein. We seek refuge with Allāh Ta’ālā from such warped and distorted understandings.

RELATED: The Abrahamic Religion: Historical Precedent for this Heresy

The Masājid Are for Allāh Ta’ālā Alone

وَأَنَّ الْمَسَاجِدَ لِلَّهِ فَلَا تَدْعُوا مَعَ اللَّهِ أَحَدًا

Now, indeed, the places of worship are [solely] for Allah. So do not call upon anyone [in worship] along with Allah.[7]

The verse above is very clear in its purport. Likewise, so are the scholars of Tafsīr in their explanation of this verse. According to Mujāhid (raḥimahullāh), when the Jews and Christians entered their Churches and Synagogues, they would include partners alongside Allāh Ta’ālā in their worship. Allāh Ta’ālā instructed his messenger and the Muslims that, when they enter the Masājid, they should keep their worship and supplication solely for Allāh Ta’ālā.[8]

In this regard, Muslims must be vigilant and on their guard at all times. We live in an era when Islām, Muslims, the Masjid, Islāmic dress, Islāmic practices and laws, etc., are all being targeted. We need to be able to quickly identify every new attempt at deforming Islām. All attempts to turn the Masjid into a multi-Faith prayer hall must be actively opposed, thwarted and stopped at all costs.

May Allāh Ta’ālā protect the Muslims and the Masājid in all parts of the world. Āmīn.

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Notes

  1. https://www.worldhistory.org/Ibadat_Khana/ 
  2. https://www.forhumanfraternity.org/abrahamic-family-house/ 
  3. Ibid 
  4. Ibid 
  5. https://www.asianimage.co.uk/sport/16412413.mufti-menk-opens-new-multi-faith-prayer-room-blackburn-rovers/ 
  6. https://www.thekashmirmonitor.net/mufti-menk-attends-iftar-with-jewish-rabbi-in-uae-social-media-erupts-with-questions-he-responds/ 
  7. Sūrah al-Jinn: 18 
  8. Ṣafwah At-Tafāsīr vol.3 p.448 

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Can Men and Women Be Just Friends in Islam?

Is it possible for men and women to just be friends? And by that I mean, can they be friends without experiencing any kind of feelings of a unilateral or multilateral romantic or sexual bond?

We need a clear answer because Islam warns strongly against friendships between the genders. This is despite the unfortunate fact that many Muslims today do not heed this warning.

Then you have many convert sisters who feel hurt when they are forced to sever ties with their male friends. They are simply not able to understand, at least at first.

And I wish this was a problem that was exclusive to converts. However, sadly it is common even among sisters who were born into Muslim families. Many sisters think it is perfectly fine to have male friends prior to getting married, so long as they just send out messages on the evening of their wedding, politely asking these men to not contact them anymore.

Most of them view this prohibition as simply being a cultural practice, or no longer relevant during this day and age. This is a view that is also perpetuated by modernists/deformists who try to distort the teachings of Islam.

As such, these sisters believe we are simply overreacting. They even wonder how they’d ever be able to find a husband if they’re now allowed to speak with men casually and enjoy their company.

Without even delving into the obvious negative effects that developing bonds with strange men can have on their future marriage, let’s address the nonsensical ideas of it being fine to be friends with men; and that such relationships can flourish in an unambiguous way.

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Allah (Mighty and Majestic is He) says:

وَلَا تَقْرَبُوا۟ ٱلزِّنَىٰٓ ۖ إِنَّهُۥ كَانَ فَـٰحِشَةًۭ وَسَآءَ سَبِيلًۭا

And you shall not ever approach illicit sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is [utter] lewdness and a most evil way. (Qur’an, 17:32)

We already know it is forbidden, but if it can be proven that friendships between males and females may involve arousal and attraction in any sort of way, this should be sufficient for any doubters that such friendships would constitute an “approach” towards Zina and should thus be stopped and prevented altogether.

Take a look at this survey which was conducted in 2007 on a college campus. It highlights how 7 out of 10 women had reported that someone of the opposite sex had misperceived their friendliness as sexual interest. Before you jump the gun and accuse all men of being irrational perverts, 6 out of 10 men reported the same regarding their female friends:

Both women and men frequently report that their sexual intentions have been misperceived by someone of the opposite sex, although substantially more women than men report that their level of sexual interest was overperceived (Abbey, 1987Haselton, 2003Koss & Oros, 1982). For example, Koss and Oros (1982) found that 70% of the female and 53% of the male college students in their survey reported that the level of sexual intimacy they desired from a member of the opposite sex had been misperceived at least once. Similarly, Abbey (1987, Study 1) found that 72% of college women and 60% of college men reported that someone of the opposite sex had misperceived their friendliness as a sexual come-on. Among those students who had been misperceived, the average number of misperceptions was 4.8. These findings are typically explained in terms of the ambiguous meaning of many nonverbal and verbal cues (P. A. Anderson, 1985Fichten, Tagalakis, Judd, Wright, & Amsel, 1992Kowalski, 1993). People may be signaling sexual interest when they smile, stand close, give a compliment, or pat someone of the opposite sex on the arm; however, they also may be signaling friendship or attention. The multiple meanings associated with flirtatious cues contribute to frequent misunderstandings, particularly early in an interaction (Henningsen, 2004Koeppel, Montagne-Miller, O’Hair, & Cody, 1993).

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The reality is that women are very skilled when it comes lying to themselves and ignoring the obvious desires of their male friends. Cynics may argue that women are highly aware of these cues, but they ignore them out of fear of ruining their “backup plan.” This is where women keep a male friend⁠—who is otherwise not “good enough” for them to even consider romantically⁠—so that she can settle for less and simply marry him if she can’t find the man she actually wants. This practice is referred to as “monkey branching,” and some informal surveys suggest that a significant number of women take part in it:

A new, not-so-scientific survey of 1,000 married women conducted by the Daily Mail found that 50 percent have a “fall-back partner” should their current marriage take a turn for the worse.

A spokesman for OnePoll.com — the online market research company who conducted the poll for the Daily Mail — said, “For our research to establish that 50 percent of women in relationships have a ‘Plan B’ is a worrying sign.”

To conclude with, a 2012 study showed that men reported a higher average level of attraction to their female friends than vice-versa, succinctly ending the debate over cross-sex friendships once and for all:

The findings from Study 1 highlight men’s greater physical-sexual attraction to their cross-sex friends relative to women’s, as well as men’s tendency to overestimate their friends’ attraction to them. These findings provide initial support for the overarching hypothesis that men’s and women’s perceptions of their cross-sex friends reflect the structure of men’s and women’s evolved mating strategies. We documented these effects using pairs of friends, so the higher level of attraction reported by young men cannot be a result of men’s responses being about a different “type” of friend compared to womenPerhaps the young women were less inclined than men were to admit attraction to a cross-sex friend, but our findings coincide with a variety of other studies that have documented sex differences in attraction toward friends (e.g., Kaplan & Keys, 1997).

There is no absolutely justification for your wife to have male friends or casual, friendly chats and meetings with other guys. Only an effeminate, honorless, ghayrah-less dayyuth would be fine with other guys developing feelings towards their wife and fantasizing about her.

Friendship with a member of the opposite sex is a clear and undeniable path towards fornication. I urge every Muslim, especially the youth, to completely abandon this dangerous practice that has been picked up from the disbelievers. Sacrificing your desires is not always easy, but do it for the sake of Allah and He will facilitate it for you and grant you immense rewards. Otherwise, it may ruin both your dunya and your akhirah; it may destroy your soul as well as your present or future marriage.

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