Dajjāl: The Great Deceiver

Signs of the Last Day (Ashrā al-Sāʿah)

The Dajjāl

The actual title given to the Dajjāl is al-Masīḥ al-DajjālAl-Masīḥ means Messiah; and the particularisation is due to there being two Messiahs, one of guidance (ʿĪsa (ʿalayhi al-Salām)) and one of misguidance (the Dajjāl).[1] Al-Dajjāl means the Great Deceiver.[2]

The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) told us that, “No tribulation on the face of the earth since Allāh created Ādam’s (ʿalayhi al-Salām) progeny will be greater than the trial of the Dajjāl. Every Prophet Allāh sent warned his people against the Dajjāl.”[3]

And he (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said, “Between the creation of Ādam (ʿalayhi al-Salām) and the coming of the Last Hour, there will arise no creation that is more dangerous than the Dajjāl.”[4]

There are a number of events that will occur leading up to the appearance of the Dajjāl:

1) The Conquest of Constantinople (this refers to the 2nd conquest of Constantinople).[5]

Allāh’s Messenger (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) is reported to have said,

“The flourishing of Jerusalem will mark the (beginnings of the) desertion of Yathrib (Madīnah). The desertion of Yathrib will mark the start of the Great War.[6] The start of the Great War will mark the conquest of Constantinople. The conquest of Constantinople will mark the appearance of the Dajjāl.”[7]

The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said, “The Great Battle, the conquest of Constantinople, and the appearance of the Dajjāl will occur within (a period of) seven months.”[8]

2) The Lake of Tiberius (Sea of Galilee) will dry up.[9]

3) The Arab population will have decreased.[10]

4) Religion itself will be questioned, its adherents will be few and there will be a loss of knowledge.[11]

5) “The Dajjāl will not come until a time when people have forgotten about him and the Imāms no longer mention him on the minbars.”[12]

6) Thirty false dajjāls will already have made a claim to Prophethood. The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said,

“The Hour will not come until thirty dajjāls have appeared, all of them claiming to be a Prophet of Allāh,”[13] another narration has, “all of them lying against Allāh and His Messenger.”[14]

7) Trials that will afflict mankind such that during them a man will awake a believer but become a disbeliever by the evening. People will eventually end up in one of two camps: the camp of faith which will contain no hypocrisy, and the camp of hypocrisy which will contain no faith. “When that happens,” the Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said, “expect the Dajjāl that day or the next.”[15]

8) Before his coming there will be drought and famine for three years. In the first year, one third of rain will be withheld and the earth will not produce one third of its produce. In the second year, two-thirds of rain will be withheld and two-thirds of the earth’s produce. In the third year all rain will be withheld and the earth will grow no produce. During these times, in place of food and drink, takbīrtaḥmīd and tasbīḥ will suffice the believers.[16]

Description:

In order to fully caution us against him, the Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) described the Dajjāl in some detail so that his ummah might recognise him by his appearance when he arrives.

Ibn ʿUmar said, ‘The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) stood up to address the people. He praised Allāh as He deserved to be praised, then he spoke about the Dajjāl saying, “I warn you against him; there is no Prophet who has not warned his people against him, even Nūḥ (ʿalayhi al-Salām) did so. But I will tell you something which no other Prophet has told his people. You must know that the Dajjāl is one-eyed, and Allāh is not one-eyed.”[17]

The Dajjāl is one eyed;[18] he will be blind in the right eye which will be like a floating grape,[19] neither protruding nor sunken.[20] The left eye will also be impaired, partially covered with a piece of flesh protruding from the inner part of the eye.[21] One of his eyes will have a greenish tinge, as if it were a piece of glass.[22]

He will have the word kāfir (kāf fa ra) written on his forehead[23] which only the believers will be able to read,[24] be they literate or illiterate.[25]

This writing will be real, and the fact that some will see it while others will not, and that illiterate people will be able to read it is not problematic.

“This is because Allāh causes people to understand something when looking at it, as He wills and when He wills. So the believer will see with his insight, even if he is illiterate, and the non-Muslim will not be able to see it, even if he is literate. By the same token, the believer will see with his insight evidence that the non-Muslim will not see. Allāh will enable the believer to understand without him being literate, because at that time, extraordinary things will be happening.”[26]

He will be stocky and short,[27] fleshy and light-skinned,[28] with coarse and curly hair[29] that is plaited[30] and resembles branches of trees.[31] He will be relatively young,[32] with a broad upper chest,[33] a hairy body,[34] and a shiny and wide forehead.[35] He will be slightly hunched,[36] pigeon-toed[37] and sterile with no children.[38] Amongst the people who resembled him most was Ibn Qaṭan, a man from the tribe of Khuzāʿa who had passed away in the Days of Jāhiliyyah.[39]

By all accounts, the Dajjāl will not be pleasant to behold, but he will do seemingly miraculous deeds that will fool people into believing in him, and he will, perhaps, play on people’s sympathies.

He will come from the lands of the east,[40] from Khurasān,[41] at a time when the Muslims are split in groups and differing amongst one other.[42] To be more precise, he will come from a place called Yahūdiyyah in Asbahān,[43] a province of Khurasān, and with him will be seventy thousand Jews.[44] Also accompanying him are devils who will speak to people.[45]

He will first claim to be a Prophet, and then later claim to be Allāh,[46] asking, “Am I not your Lord? Do I not give life and death?”[47] He will kill some people and it will seem to others that he brings them back to life and he will ask, “Who but your Lord can do this?”[48] But the Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) remarked, “You must know that no one will be able to see his Lord until he dies.”[49] He (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) further said,

“Whoever responds to him by saying, ‘You are not our Lord! Our Lord is Allāh, and it is upon Him that we trust and to Him we turn in penitence. We take refuge in Him from shirk!’ Then he will have no authority over such as person.”[50]

He will bring with him something which will resemble Paradise and Hell; but what he calls Paradise will in fact be Hell, and what he calls Hell will in fact be Paradise.[51] “He will have two flowing rivers: one will appear to be pure water, and the other will appear to be flaming fire. Whosoever lives to see that, let him choose the river which seems to be fire, then let him close his eyes, lower his head and drink from it, for it will be cool, sweet water.”[52] This is the essence of his fitna: making falsehood look like truth and truth like falsehood, putting people to trial in their very faith.

Upon his order, the sky will bring down rain, and the earth will produce crops for those who believe in him. Their animals will graze on the land and return to them in the evening with large udders full of milk and their flanks stretched and full. He will leave those who refuse to believe in him alone without coercing them, but when they wake up in the morning they will find that they are penniless, and all their properties have been destroyed.[53] All those who do not follow him will be put to trial and endure great difficulty.[54]

He will pass by wastelands and say, ‘Bring forth your treasures,’ and its treasures will follow him like swarms of bees.[55] He will have mountains of bread and meat and water, and those who follow him will eat freely of it.[56] He will call a young man, strike him with a sword and cut him in two, then place the two pieces apart the distance of an archer from his target. Then he will call out to him, and the young man will come forward smiling, with his face shining.[57]

One time, he will approach a Bedouin whose parents have passed away and will ask him, ‘Will you believe that I am your Lord if I bring your parents back to life?’ The Bedouin will reply, ‘Yes.’ The devils that accompany the Dajjāl will assume the appearance of his parents and say to the Bedouin, ‘Son! Believe in him and follow him, he is your Lord.’ The Bedouin will thus be deceived into believing in the Dajjāl.[58]

Other narrations mention him curing the blind and healing the leper.[59]

As a result, he will attract a large, dedicated following.[60] He will be followed by seventy thousand Jews from Aṣbahān wearing heavy striped garments or turbans.[61] He will go down to Khūz (lands east of Iran) and Kerman (a region in Iran) with seventy thousand (soldiers) whose faces look like flat beaten iron (like shields).[62] And he will lure women to him.[63] The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) told us that the Dajjāl will make a stop at a place called Marriqanāh (near Taif, Saudi Arabia). On hearing about his arrival, most of those who go to him will be women, to the point that the men will be forced to tie their mothers, daughters and sisters down to prevent them going to him.[64]

He will travel all over the world, spreading mischief left and right, like a cloud driven by wind,[65] but he will be unable to enter Makkah and Madīnah because it is protected by Angels surrounding them.[66] Madīnah, in particular, will have seven gates at that time, each one protected by two Angels and the fear of him will not enter it,[67] unlike all other places.[68] He will attempt to enter Madīnah but will be unable to do so, and will instead camp at a swamp nearby,[69] behind Uḥud.[70] Madīnah will be shaken by three earthquakes, and after each one there will be an exodus of disbelievers and hypocrites to the Dajjāl.[71] In this way Madīnah will become purified from filth.[72]

While camped there, one of the believers will go out to him, described by the Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) as “the best of people.”[73] The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said, “On hearing about the Dajjāl, a true believer will head towards him. However, on the way, he will be stopped by Dajjāl’s soldiers and asked where he is intending to go. Replying that he is going to meet the person who claims that he is Allāh, the soldiers doubtingly ask, ‘Do you not believe in our Lord?’ He will reply, ‘There is nothing hidden about our Lord, Allāh, so how can I take Dajjāl as my Lord?’ Angry at his reply, they decide to kill him. But all of a sudden, one of them will say, ‘Hasn’t our Lord prohibited us from killing anyone without his permission’ Thus, they will take him to the Dajjāl. On seeing the Dajjāl, the believer will shout, ‘People! This is the Dajjāl that the Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) mentioned and warned the believers against!’ The Dajjāl will give an order for him to be killed. He will be placed on his belly and tortured, then he will be asked, ‘Do you still not believe in him’ ‘No! You are the lying Dajjāl!’ he will reply. The believer will then be cut into two pieces and the Dajjāl will walk in between the two pieces and address him, ‘Stand up.’ The believer will come back to life and stand up in one piece. Yet again, he will be asked, ‘Do you now believe in me?’ He will reply, ‘This has only added to my certainty concerning you that you are really the Dajjāl.’ The believer will then proclaim, ‘People, he will not be able to do anything to any man after me.’ The Dajjāl, angry at his refusal, will grab hold of him and place a knife on his throat to slaughter him, but he will be unable to because Allāh will have put copper in that area which the knife will not be able to penetrate. The Dajjāl will grab hold of his hands and legs and throw him into the fire. However, the fire will turn into a pleasant garden for him. This person will be the greatest martyr in the eyes of Allāh and achieve the highest position due to his first death, which was caused by severance of the body in two pieces.”[74]

Eventually the Angels (protecting Madīnah) will direct his attention to Syria and he will march there, and there will he perish.[75]

In addition, although his dominion will reach everywhere, he will also be unable to enter Masjid al-Ṭūr and Masjid al-Aqṣā.[76]

He will remain on earth for forty days: one day like a year, one day like a month, one day like a week, and the remaining days like normal days.[77] The Companions asked, ‘Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam), for the day which is like a year, will one day’s prayers be sufficient?’ He replied, “No, you must estimate the time and observe the (regular daily) prayers.”[78]

He, with his forces, will fight the Muslims and the Muslims will not be able to defeat him. Instead they themselves will be facing defeat. Those who will fight him most ferociously will be the Banū Tamīm of the Arabs.[79]

By then, some people will have fled to the mountains.[80] Some Muslims will have fled to Jabal al-Dukhān in Syria and the Dajjāl will go there and lay siege to them, forcing them to endure extreme difficulty.[81]

Then, at one such battle, while the Muslim armies, at that time in Syria, are preparing to face him, ʿIsā (ʿalayhi al-Salām) will return to earth just before Fajr time.[82]

He will ask those besieged, “Why aren’t you fighting this filthy liar?” They will reply, ‘This person is no less than a jinn!’[83]

After they have prayed Fajr, the Muslims will go out to face him;[84] this will be the final battle fought between them and the armies of the Dajjāl. The very fragrance of the breath of ʿĪsā (ʿalayhi al-Salām) will kill any disbeliever it reaches, and it will extend as far as the eye can see.[85] The battle will be so fierce that forces of the Dajjāl will flee and hide behind boulders and trees, but those boulders and trees themselves will cry out, ‘Muslims, there is a Jew (that allied with Dajjāl) behind me, come kill him!’[86] except for the Gharqad tree because that is their tree.[87]

As soon as the Dajjāl sees ʿĪsa (ʿalayhi al-Salām), he will start to dissolve just like salt dissolves in water and run away. ʿĪsā (ʿalayhi al-Salām) will pursue him and kill the Dajjāl with his lance at the gate of a place called Ludd (near Tel Aviv, in today’s Israel).[88] He will show the blood on his lance to those around him,[89] proving conclusively that he was just a human being and in no way divine.

The appearance of the Dajjāl is one of a group of signs which, once they occur, a person’s accepting true faith will no longer be of any benefit. Allāh’s Messenger (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said,

“Once three signs occur, the soul will not benefit from believing if it did not believe before: the Dajjāl, the Dābba (the Beast), and the sun rising from the West.”[90]

Protection against Dajjāl

The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) also taught us how to protect ourselves against the Dajjāl. A summary follows:

1 – Sticking firmly to Islām, learning the correct creed, and thereby seeing through his falsehood just as the best of martyrs did.

2 – Seeking refuge with Allāh against the fitna of the Dajjāl, especially in the prayer.

3 – Memorising the first ten verses of Sūrah al-Kahf, “he will be saved from the fitna of the Dajjāl,”[91] and some narrations mention last ten verses.[92]

4 – Fleeing from him, and best of all: residing in Makkah and Madīnah.

“Whoever hears about the Dajjāl should stay well clear. By Allāh a person can come to him thinking he is a believer, then be so confused by the doubts he brings that he will end up following him.”[93]

Ḥadīth of Tamīm al-Dārī

One time the Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) asked the people to gather, after leading them in prayer, he turned to them and asked,

“Do you know why I had asked you to assemble? They said: Allāh and His Messenger know best. He said: By Allāh. I have not made you assemble for exhortation or for a warning, but I have detained you here, for Tamim Dari, a Christian, who came and accepted Islām, told me something, which agrees with what I was telling you about the Dajjāl. He narrated to me that he had sailed in a ship along with thirty men of Banī Lakhm and Banī Judham and had been tossed by waves in the ocean for a month. Then these (waves) took them (near) the land within the ocean (island) at the time of sunset. They sat in a small side-boat and entered that island. There was a beast with long thick hair (and because of these) they could not distinguish his face from his back. They said: Woe to you, who can you be? Thereupon it said: I am al-Jassasa. They said: What is al-Jassasa? And it said: O people, go to this person in the monastery as he is very much eager to know about you. He (the narrator) said: When it named a person for us we were afraid of it lest it should be a devil. Then we hurriedly went on until we came to that monastery and found a well-built person there with his hands tied to his neck and having iron shackles between his two legs up to the ankles. We said: Woe be upon thee, who are you? And he said: You would soon come to know about me. But tell me who are you? We said: We are people from Arabia and we embarked upon a boat but the sea-waves had been driving us for one month and they brought as near this island. We got into the side-boats and entered this island and here a beast met us with profusely thick hair and because of the thickness of his hair his face could not be distinguished from his back. We said: Woe be to thee, who are you? It said: I am al- Jassasa. We said: What is al-Jassasa? And it said: Go to this very person in the monastery for he is eagerly waiting for you to know about you. So we came to you in hot haste fearing that that might be the Devil. He (that chained person) said: Tell me about the date-palm trees of Baisan. We said: About what aspect of theirs do you seek information? He said: I ask you whether these trees bear fruit or not. We said: Yes. Thereupon, he said: I think these would not bear fruits. He said: Inform me about the lake of Tabariyya. We said: Which aspect of it do you want to know? He said: Is there water in it? They said: There is abundance of water in it. Thereupon he said: I think it would soon become dry. He again said: Inform me about the spring of Zughar. They said: Which aspect of it you want to know? He (the chained person) said: Is there water in it and does it irrigate (the land)? We said to him: Yes, there is abundance of water in it and the inhabitants (of Madīnah) irrigate (land) with the help of it. He said: Inform me about the unlettered Prophet; what has he done? We said: He has come out from Makkah and has settled in Yathrib (Mādinah). He said: Do the Arabs fight against him? We said: Yes. He said: How did he deal with them? We informed him that he had overcome those in his neighbourhood and they had submitted themselves before him. Thereupon he said to us: Has it actually happened? We said: Yes. Thereupon he said: If it is so that is better for them that they should show obedience to him. I am going to tell you about myself. I am Dajjāl and I will soon be permitted to get out and so I shall get out and travel in the land, and will not spare any town where I would not stay for forty nights except Makkah and Madīnah as these two (places) are prohibited (areas) for me and I will not make an attempt to enter any one of these two. An angel with a sword in his hand will confront me and will bar my way and there will be angels to guard every passage leading to it.”

It is then that Allāh’s Messenger (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam), striking the pulpit with the help of the end of his staff, said: This implies Taiba meaning Madīnah. Have I not told you an account (of the Dajjāl) like this? The people said: Yes. To which the Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said,

‘This account narrated by Tamim Dari was liked by me for it corroborates the account which I gave to you in regard to him (Dajjāl) at Madīnah and Makkah. Behold he (Dajjāl) is in the Syrian sea (Mediterranean) or the Yemen sea (Arabian sea). Nay, on the contrary, he is in the east, he is in the east, he is in the east’ and he pointed with his hand towards the east.[94]

Source: www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] Aḥmad #7905, Ibn Ḥibbān #6812, Bazzār #3396 where the Prophet (SAW) called him, masīḥ al-ḍalālah

[2] The wazn of faʿʿāl is a ṣīgha of mubālagha.

[3] Ibn Mājah #4077

[4] Muslim #2946

[5] Muslim #2898

[6] ar: al-Malḥamah referring to the war that will start between the Romans and the Muslim forces before the Muslims conquer Constantinople for the second time

[7] Abū Dāwūd #4294, Aḥmad #22023.

[8] Abū Dāwūd #4295, Tirmidhī #2388, Ibn Mājah #4092 with a ḍaʿīf isnād

[9] Muslim #2942

[10] Muslim #2945

[11] Aḥmad #14954

[12] Aḥmad #16667. Haythamī 7:335 said it was ṣaḥīḥ

[13] Bukhārī #3609-7121, Muslim #157, Abū Dāwūd #4333

[14] Abū Dāwūd #4334

[15] Abū Dāwūd #4242

[16] Ibn Mājah #4077, Aḥmad #27568-27579 with a ḍaʿīf isnād

[17] Bukhārī #3057-3337-6175-7127, Muslim #169

[18] Bukhārī #3440-6999, Muslim #273-274-277

[19] Bukhārī #3440-3441-5902-6999-7123-7407, Muslim #169

[20] Abū Dāwūd #4320

[21] Muslim #2934, Aḥmad #12145-13081

Some authentic narrations mention that it is his left eye that is blind. Ibn Ḥajr states that the narrations which state that it is his right are more authentic. Qāḍī ʿIyāḍ said that the word aʿwar used in the ḥadīth means defective, and not necessarily blind. He said that the ḥadīths show that both his eyes are defective, one more so than the other. Nawawī said that this was an excellent reconciliation.

[22] Ibn Ḥibbān #6795, Aḥmad #21145

[23] Bukhārī #7131-7408, Muslim #169-2933

[24] Bukhārī #, Muslim #169-2933

[25] Muslim #2934, Aḥmad #27580-13145-13149-13385-13394-13621-23279-23439

[26] Ibn Ḥajr 13:100

[27] Aḥmad #3546, Abū Dāwūd #4320

[28] Bukhārī #3441-7128, Muslim #275-277

The ḥadīth actually mentions having a reddish complexion, but this term was used to refer to light skinned people.

[29] Bukhārī #3440-3441-5902-6999-7128, Muslim #273-274-277-2934

[30] Aḥmad #23159-23487

[31] Aḥmad #3546

[32] Muslim #2937

[33] Aḥmad #7905

[34] Muslim #2934

[35] Aḥmad #7905

[36] Aḥmad #7905

[37] Abū Dāwūd #3763

[38] Muslim #2937

[39] Bukhārī #3440-3441-7026-7128, Muslim #274-275-277

[40] Muslim #, ibn Ḥibbān #6792

[41] Tirmidhī #2237, ibn Mājah #4072. cf. Mubārakpūri 6:495

Khurasān then was bigger than Khurasān now, and encompassed Naisapur, Harra, Marwa, and Balkh, i.e. it covers northeast Persia (Iran) and parts of central Asia and Afghanistan.

[42] Ibn Ḥibbān #6812, Bazzār #3396

[43] Aḥmad #13344-24467

[44] Muslim #2944

[45] Aḥmad #14954

[46] Muslim #, Ibn Mājah #4077, Aḥmad #23159

[47] Aḥmad #21929

[48] Aḥmad #14954

[49] Muslim #169

[50] Aḥmad #23159-23487

[51] Bukhārī #, Muslim #2934

[52] Bukhārī #3450-7130, Muslim #2934-2935

[53] Muslim #2937

[54] Aḥmad #14954

[55] Muslim #2937

[56] Bukhārī #7122, Muslim #2152-2939, Aḥmad #23090-23683

[57] Muslim #2937

[58] Ibn Mājah #4077

[59] Aḥmad #20151

[60] Muslim

[61] Muslim #2944, Aḥmad #13344

[62] Tirmidhī #2237, ibn Mājah #4072

[63] Aḥmad #5353-14112

[64] Aḥmad #5353

[65] Muslim #2937

[66] Bukhārī #1880-1881, Muslim #2943, Aḥmad #10265-26047

[67] Bukhārī #1879-7125-7126

[68] Aḥmad #20428-20464, ibn Ḥibbān #6652

[69] Bukhārī #1882-7132, Muslim #2943

[70] Muslim #1380

[71] Bukhārī #1881-7124, Muslim #2943

[72] Aḥmad #14112, Muslim #1381

[73] Bukhārī #1882-7132, Muslim #2938

[74] Muslim #2938

[75] Muslim #1380

[76] Aḥmad #23090-23683-23685

[77] Muslim #2937, Abū Dāwūd #4321

[78] Muslim #2937

[79] Bukhārī #2543-4366, Muslim #2525

The majority of the people of the Arabian peninsula are from the Banū Tamīm

[80] Muslim #2945

[81] Aḥmad #14954

[82] Aḥmad #14954

[83] Aḥmad #14954

[84] Aḥmad #14954

[85] Aḥmad #14954

[86] Bukhārī #2925-3593, Muslim #2921, Aḥmad #5099

[87] Muslim#292

[88] Musim #2937, Abū Dāwūd #4321, Tirmidhī #2244

[89] Ḥākim 4:482

[90] Muslim #158

[91] Muslim #809

[92] Muslim #809, Abū Dāwūd #4323, Aḥmad #27516

[93] Abū Dāwūd #4319

[94] Muslim #2942

THE SPEAR’S LENGTH HADEETH

Q&A: SHAYTAANI DISTANCING
THE SPEAR’S LENGTH HADEETH & THE KUFR IDEOLOGY OF CONTAGION
Allah Ta’ala states: “Ask the people of Thikr (Knowledge) if you do not know.” (Qur’aan)


Q. Another Hadeeth making its rounds on social media is:
SOCIAL DISTANCING – The Prophet Muhammed Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “When you speak to someone (who is afflicted with a contagious illness), there should be between you and them a space of the length of a spear (approximately two meters).” [Musnad Imam Ahmed]
Kindly confirm if this Hadeeth is authentic? Is this the correct translation and interpretation of the Hadeeth? Some words are in brackets which is somewhat funny. Your input will be appreciated.

A. Whilst the Hadeeth appears in Musnad Ahmed which may not be rejected, it should be remembered that it is not permissible for the Muqallideen to refer to Ahaadeeth for Masaail. This was the function solely of the Mujtahideen. Only a Mujtahid has the right to directly refer to the Qur’aan and Hadeeth for Masaail – not Muqallideen like us. By referring directly to Ahaadeeth, we will make blunders and remember that misinterpreting what Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, is undoubtedly Kufr. Thus, it is incumbent that we refer to the Fuqaha. Even the Ulama have to incumbently refer to the Fuqaha. Let us not refer directly to
Qur’aan and Ahaadeeth like the wayward Salafis! No wonder the Salafis (antiTaqleed morons) are so deviated, insulting great Ulama such as the Four Imaams of Fiqh, and not realizing that they are plodding the path of Baatil and Kufr! The Hadeeth under discussion has been selectively translated and misinterpreted. The words in brackets (who is afflicted with a contagious illness) are not the words of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, but are the kufr interpretations of the dishonest translator whoever he or she may be.
The full Hadeeth is as follows. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Do not look constantly (i.e. stare) at the Majzoomeen (lepers). And when you speak to them, then there should be between you and them, the distance of a spear.”
The first thing is that the translator conveniently omitted the first part of the Hadeeth and added his own interpretation in brackets for obvious reasons.
Secondly, the Hadeeth refers to lepers. It is misleading to infer that the Hadeeth refers to someone ‘who is afflicted with a contagious illness’ because Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: ‘There is no contagion.’ The Hadeeth does not speak about any other illness besides leprosy. When Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam negated the contagiousness of diseases/illnesses, then it is obvious that this Hadeeth does not refer to Covid-19.
Thirdly, why should one not look at the majzoomeen despite the fact that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: ‘There is no contagion.’? This is because when a leper sees a healthy person, his calamity increases, he feels despondent and his grief increases. Fleeing from a leper and staying a distance of a spear away from him were commands for those of weak Imaan so that their beliefs remain correct.
A person with strong Imaan and correct Tawakkul is capable of warding off from
himself the false beliefs of contagion which the people of Jaahiliyyah held that one
person is the cause of the next person’s illness.
Fourthly, the distance of a spear relates to speaking – not Salaat. In Salaat, the lepers, etc. stood shoulder to shoulder with the rest. There was no social distancing in Salaat. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam practically refuted the Kufr idea of disease being contagious, by eating together with a leper from the same bowl.
And most importantly, health and illness are in the Hands of Allah. Diseases do not operate on their own. Diseases are under the Divine Control of Allah Ta’ala. All such Ahaadeeth which the protagonists of social distancing have cited, were to refute corrupt beliefs. ‘Social contact’ does not transmit diseases. This is the Islamic concept stated with clarity by Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. When Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: ‘Laa adwaa’, a Bedouin said: “O Rasulullah! My camels in the desert are (healthy) like wild bucks. When a camel with scurvy mingles with them, they all get scurvy.”
The mushrikeen held the same belief as the atheists of today regarding diseases being contagious. In refutation of this corrupt belief, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam asked the Bedouin: “Who infected the first camel?” That Being who gave the disease to the very first camel, is the One Who gives the disease to the others. While Allah Ta’ala directly caused the disease to infect the first one, He uses this one as the worldly vehicle to transmit the disease to all those whom He has earmarked. Without Allah’s Command, the disease will not befall those who have not been destined to contract it. Thus, all the measures of Shaytaan being adopted are in vain. The progress of the virus will not be thwarted. It will take in its grasp and stride everyone whom Allah Azza Wa Jal has targeted.
Finally, the Zindeeqs are arguing in favour of social distancing between healthy people whereas Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam did not advocate healthy people staying apart from one another due to others having illnesses. The Hadeeth has no relevance to social distancing and healthy people standing a spear’s length or two meters apart from one another. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam did not state that people should be apart from one another for the fear of contracting a disease. The Zindeeqs should not quote Ahaadeeth just as they feel like, since Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said:
“Whoever attributes a lie to me intentionally, should prepare his abode in the Fire.”
“LAA ADWAA – There is no contagion.”
MAY ALLAH GRANT US ALL THE TAWFEEQ TO PRACTISE ACCORDING TO THE SUNNAH. AAMEEN

Jamiatul Ulama Northern Cape

Participating in Christmas celebrations

Q: What is the ruling with regards to participating in Christmas celebrations? Is it permissible for a person to give gifts to the kuffaar on this occasion to promote his business?

A: Islam is a religion that is complete and perfect in every respect and it provides a person with guidance in all spheres of his life. Even during occasions of happiness, such as marriage, or occasions of sadness, such as divorce or death, a person is not left to himself to decide which path he should adopt and what direction he should take. Rather, Islam guides him every step of the way and teaches him how to conduct himself, both in private and when interacting with people. In essence, there is no religion that is parallel to Islam in offering direction to man and showing him the path towards success.

Allah Ta‘ala has declared in the Qur’aan Majeed:

اَلْیَوْمَ اَکْمَلْتُ لَکُمْ دِیْنَکُمْ وَاَتْمَمْتُ عَلَیْکُمْ نِعْمَتِیْ وَرَضِیْتُ لَکُمُ الْاِسْلَامَ دِیْنًا

Today I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favour upon you and I am pleased with Islam as your religion.

In order to follow deen correctly, we are commanded to emulate the Mubaarak Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in all facets of life. Allah Ta‘ala says,

لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِى رَسُولِ اللَّـهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّـهَ وَٱلْيَوْمَ ٱلاَخِرَ

Indeed, there is in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful example for the one who hopes in Allah Ta’ala and the Final Day.

In the Hadith, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has commanded us to refrain from emulating the kuffaar in their celebrations, customs, culture and ways. Hence, on the occasion of Christmas, a Muslim should maintain his Islamic identity and refrain from emulating the Christians. It is not permissible for a Muslim to have a Christmas sale or give his clientele Christmas gifts. Similarly, wishing the Christians “merry Christmas” is extremely serious as one will be wishing them happiness in their kufr and shirk practices.

The jurists have written that if one participates in the celebration of the kuffaar out of respect for such days, he will become a kaafir. If one participates in their celebration without respecting and honouring their celebration, he will not become a kaafir, but on account of this action being impermissible (makrooh-e-tahreemi), he will be sinful.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said:

من تشبه بقوم فهو منهم

The one who imitates a people will be counted among them (in the sight of Allah Ta’ala).

As believers, we believe that true respect, honour and dignity can only be attained by following the pristine, pure teachings of Islam and the Mubaarak Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). If we seek honour and respect elsewhere, we will bring nothing but disgrace and humiliation to ourselves. Hazrat Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) has emphasized:

إنا كنا أذل قوم فأعزنا الله بالإسلام فمهما نطلب العز بغير ما أعزنا الله به أذلنا الله

We were the most disgraced of people. Allah Ta’ala then gave us honour through Islam. If we ever seek honour in something besides that through which Allah Ta’ala has honoured us (Islam), Allah Ta’ala will disgrace us.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

عن ابن عمر قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم من تشبه بقوم فهو منهم. (سنن أبي داود، الرقم: 4033)

عن عمرو بن الحارث ، أن رجلا دعا عبد الله بن مسعود إلى وليمة ، فلما جاء ليدخل سمع لهوا ، فلم يدخل ، فقال : ما لك رجعت ؟ قال : إني سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول : من كثر سواد قوم فهو منهم ، ومن رضي عمل قوم كان شريكا في عملهم. (إتحاف الخيرة المهرة، الرقم: 3297)

إنا كنا أذل قوم فأعزنا الله بالإسلام فمهما نطلب العز بغير ما أعزنا الله به أذلنا الله (المستدرك للحاكم، الرقم: 207)

من تشبه بقوم أي من شبه نفسه بالكفار مثلا في اللباس وغيره أو بالفساق أو الفجار أو بأهل التصوف والصلحاء الأبرار فهو منهم أي في الإثم والخير. (مرقاة شرح مشكاة 4/431)

( والإعطاء باسم النيروز والمهرجان لا يجوز ) أي الهدايا باسم هذين اليومين حرام ( وإن قصد تعظيمه ) كما يعظمه المشركون ( يكفر ) قال أبو حفص الكبير لو أن رجلا عبد الله خمسين سنة ثم أهدى لمشرك يوم النيروز بيضة يريد تعظيم اليوم فقد كفر وحبط عمله ا هـ (الدر المختار 6/754)

يكفر بوضع قلنسوة المجوس على رأسه على الصحيح إلا لضرورة دفع الحر والبرد وبشد الزنار في وسطه إلا إذا فعل ذلك خديعة في الحرب وطليعة للمسلمين وبقوله المجوس خير مما أنا فيه يعني فعله … وبخروجه إلى نيروز المجوس لموافقته معهم فيما يفعلون في ذلك اليوم وبشرائه يوم النيروز شيئا لم يكن يشتريه قبل ذلك تعظيما للنيروز لا للأكل والشرب وبإهدائه ذلك اليوم للمشركين ولو بيضة تعظيما لذلك لا بإجابة دعوة مجوسي حلق رأس ولده وبتحسين أمر الكفار اتفاقا حتى قالوا لو قال ترك الكلام عند أكل الطعام حسن من المجوس أو ترك المضاجعة حالة الحيض منهم حسن فهو كافر كذا في البحر الرائق. (الفتاوى الهندية 2/276)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

How Sahaba Tied their Camels

The Battle of Uhud was about to take place.
Sahaba Radhiyallahu anhum began preparation for this battle.

In the home of Hadhrat Amr bin Jamuh Radhiyallahu anh, preparation of for battle by his three sons were being undertaken.
Amr was an elderly person. He was physically weak. In some accounts, it has been mentioned that he was lame and his back bent.

He too, began preparing for battle. His family became extremely concerned, trying to dissuade him. They pointed out his physical vulnerabilities. They reminded him of his age. They even explained that there is a valid excuse for him to physically take part in the battle.

Amr, extremely agitated, and despondent presents himself to The Beloved Rasool of Allah Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam. He complains about the restrictions being placed upon him by his sons and family.

Rasoolullah Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam, despite full knowledge of Amr’s condition, advises the sons to leave Amr be. Perhaps his martyrdom is written for him on this battle.

He goes into battle and with a son at his side he fights valiantly, giving his everything. He cried, “I want Paradise, I want Paradise!” And fought till Allah Ta’ala blessed him with Shahadat!

Today, we have many of our elderly and physically challenged men. Medically challenged. They want to return to the Masjid. They want to spend the last moments of their lives in the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala.
Their hearts yearn for shahadat or even a death that is under the condition that Allah Ta’ala is pleased with them.

Oh Trustee, Imam, Family Members, honestly ask your self, if our Beloved Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam had to make a decision in this matter, where you are taking a mere recommendation of the Government and making it a law in your Masjid, what do you think Our Beloved Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam will decide?

In the case of Amr, death was a certainty. For his family, losing their father was a certainty. It was a physical battle. Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam was well aware of the physical condition of Amr. Neither did Amr hide his disability nor did he conceal his age. Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam was well aware of Allah Ta’ala’s Laws and Concessions. He was that glorious Compassionate Being who is the Mercy unto Mankind and Creation. He was that Being who showed sympathy and kindness to even animals and birds.
Yet, Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam overrides the valid concerns of the family and granted the elderly, physically challenged Amr Radhiyallahu anh the permission to seek his Jannah!

Today, it is not the battlefield that your elderly are asking for. They want to be with you in the Masjid, side by side, so that they too can worship Allah Ta’ala in accordance to the Teachings of our Beloved Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam.

You can never be Amr or his sons Radhiyallahu Radhiyallahu anhum. But his spirit can be emulated and expressed.
Just as Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam spoke on behalf of Amr to his sons, we make this plea to you as well.

Please, stop enforcing these restrictions upon our elderly and infirm. Just as how the son of Amr Radhiyallahu anh fought at his father’s side, supporting him, stand and support your elderly and infirm in their quest for Allah Ta’ala’s Pleasure. Encourage them, support them, help them and open the House of Allah Ta’ala for them. If their comfort, joy and satisfaction cannot be found in the House of Allah, where else is it going to be found?

If this virus does reach them, or anyone for that matter, wouldn’t it be far superior for all to be afflicted whilst being in worship of Allah Ta’ala?

Stop throwing those numbers and data around! Stop the fear mongering. Stop making Believers fearful of death!!! Especially death in the worship of Allah Ta’ala! If you are truly a Believer, you should be the last person to be doing this kind of fear mongering! If you are a Believer, you KNOW the reality of this.

May Allah Ta’ala grant us all such Adherence to Shariah that He is pleased with us.
May Allah Ta’ala accept us all for Service to His Deen.
May Allah Ta’ala protect us from doing a disservice to Deen.
May Allah Ta’ala keep us with Imaan, take us with Imaan and Ressurect us with Imaan amongst the Ambiya, Siddeeqeen, Shuhadaa and Saliheen. Aameen

ELEVATES THE KUFR NIQAAB OF IBLEES

U.K. MOLVI ELEVATES THE KUFR NIQAAB OF IBLEES TO THE STATUS OF SUNNAH

When a molvi’s brains are convoluted by shaitaan, then in the words of the Qur’aan Majeed, he blunders with shaitaani intoxication. In this regard, the Qur’aan Majeed states:

“Those who devour riba do not stand except as one who has been afflicted by the touch of shaitaan stands. That is because they say that trade is like riba whilst Allah has made halaal trade and made haraam riba.”

Although the specific circumstance for the revelation of this Aayat is the prohibition of riba, it has a general application. Those who halaalize any of Allah’s prohibitions come within the scope of this Qur’aanic stricture.

The niqaab of Iblees, i.e. the covid mask designed, advised and forced by the atheists and the enemies of Allah Ta’ala, is haraam. Even a face covering not designed by the kuffaar and not accompanied by the kufr contagious belief, and not donned to bootlick the kuffaar, is haraam to wear during Salaat. That is, a man may not cover his face with any cloth or garment whilst performing Salaat. There is specific Nass on this prohibition.

The UK molvi, most ludicrously, stupidly and satanically elevates the haraam niqaab of Iblees to the stature of Sunnah. He disgorges the follow kufr effluvium:

“The blessed Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam was that whenever he would wear something (clothes, shoes etc) he would start from the right. And when he would remove something he would remove the left side first.

For example when he sallallahu alayhi wasallam would wear footwear he would wear the right first and then the left. And when removing he would remove the left first and then the right.

Yesterday our respected Shaykh, Mawlana Muhammad Saleem Dhorat Saheb hafizahullah mentioned nowadays we are constantly a wearing the face mask. When wearing the mask we should tie the rightstrap first (behind the ear) and then the left. And when removing the mask we should remove the left strap first thereafter the right strap and whilst doing this a person should make the intention of acting upon the blessed sunnah. We are wearing and removing the mask multiple times in a day. Like this imagine how much reward we can reap in one day.”

(End of the molvi’s kufr rubbish)

“Like this”, those who don the niqaab of Iblees should imagine how much Wrath and La’nat of Allah Ta’ala settle on them in one day. The molvi has gone haywire with his kufr. Shaitaan has indeed “driven him to madness with his touch” as is mentioned in the aforementioned Qur’aanic Aayat.  Satanism has blinded the eyes of his heart. He has sunk deep into the gutter of kufr by promoting the niqaab of Iblees and by elevating it to the status of Sunnah.

Imaam As-Sarakhsi (Rahmatullah alayh) says:

[مَكْرُوهَات الصَّلَاة]
قَالَ: (وَيُكْرَهُ فِي الصَّلَاةِ تَغْطِيَةُ الْفَمِ) لِحَدِيثِ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ – رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ – أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ – صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ -: «نَهَى أَنْ يُغَطِّيَ الْمُصَلِّي فَاهُ» ، وَلِأَنَّهُ إنْ غَطَّاهُ بِيَدِهِ فَقَدْ قَالَ كُفُّوا أَيْدِيَكُمْ فِي الصَّلَاةِ، وَإِنْ غَطَّاهُ بِثَوْبٍ فَقَدْ نَهَى عَنْ التَّلَثُّمِ فِي الصَّلَاةِ، وَفِيهِ تَشَبُّهٌ بِالْمَجُوسِ فِي عِبَادَتِهِمْ النَّارَ.

It is prohibited (Makrooh Tahrimi) to cover the face during Salaat because of the Hadith of Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallahu anhu): ‘Verily Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) forbade that the musalli covers his face…….

He prohibited talath-thum in Salaat. (Talath-thum: i.e. covering the face with a veil), and in it tashabbuh (emulation) of the Majoos during their worshipping the fire.”

The mushrik Majoos (Fire-Worshippers) don the niqaab of Iblees when they worship the fire. Today molvis are promoting this face-covering of the devil and even elevating it to the status of the Sunnah during Salaat. The molvi’s rubbish kufr advice is in stark conflict and denial of the prohibition proclaimed by Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

“Imaam Maalik (Rahmatullah alayh) narrates from Abdur Rahmaan Bin Al-Mujeer that he saw Saalim Bin Abdullah who would forcefully rip off the cloth (the veil/face-covering) from the face of a person performing Salaat.”

Arabic 1

“Imaam Abu Hanifah (Rahmatullah alayh) narrated that Ibraahim (Nakh’i) regarded as Makrooh that a man covers his face in Salaat, and he (also) regarded as Makrooh that a woman performs Salaat with a face covered with niqaab.”

Arabic 2

“Ibraaheem Nakh’i said: It is Makrroh that he (the musalli) covers his face. Imaam Muhammad said: ‘This is our view. We also regard as Makrooh that he covers his nose. And this is the view of Abu Hanifah (Rahmatullah alayh).

Arabic 3

The molvi’s advice is clearly kufr. He has implied by his satanic advice his rejection of the prohibition stated by Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). This rejection is tantamount to kufr.

“Salaam on those who follow the huda  of Allah”

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The advice given by this molvi has been satanically calculated to convey the absolutely baatil idea of the niqaab of Iblees being permissible, hence the aadaab pertaining to other permissible acts should be extended to this haraam act as well. This stupid haraam advice is similar to saying that when eating pork or carrion one should commence with Bismillaah and eat with the right hand. It is similar to advising men to bestow the Masnoon Aadaab of dressing even if they clothe themselves with female garments or the type of garments which are the styles of immoral fussaaq and fujjaar. The elevation of a kufr act to the level of Sunnah is itself kufr.

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1 Jamaadil Awwal 1442 – 16 December 2020

FLIGHT FROM KUFR

FLIGHT FROM KUFR, FISQ AND FUJOOR

In his Imdaadus Sulook, Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullah alayh) says:

“………….This, then is the Way Allah chose for His Ambiya (alayhimus salaam). To follow the method of these illustrious personages is imperative for the acquisition of spiritual and moral reformation (tarbiyat). Divine Proximity and Favour can be acquired only after adoption of riyaadhat – seclusion, reduction in eating, renunciation and abandoning association (i.e. unnecessary association).

In a narration in Awaariful Ma-aAarif, Hadhrat Ibn Mas’ud (radhiyallahu anhu) states that Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Soon will there dawn an age on people when no one’s Imaan will be safe, except he who takes his Deen and flees from city to city, mountain to mountain and from cave to cave like a fox attempting to escape the clutches of a hunter (in hot pursuit).”

The Sahaabah asked: “O Rasulullah! When will such a time dawn?”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “When sin will be committed in the pursuit of rizq and when abstention from nikah will be lawful.”

The Sahaabah enquired: “We have been commanded with nikah. How will abstention therefrom be lawful in that age?”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“In that age parents will be the cause of a man’s destruction. If a man has no parents, his wife will be the cause of his destruction. If he has no wife, destruction will overtake him from the side of his close relatives.”

The Sahaabah asked: “O Rasulullah! How will they destroy a man?”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“His relatives will criticize him because of the paucity of his earnings. As result of their pressure he will transgress the limits in the pursuit of opulence and become audacious in the commission of haraam. In the pursuit (of more wealth) he will destroy himself and his Deen.”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) also said:

“After the second century, the noblest person will be he whose burden is the lightest.”

When the Sahaabah enquired about the meaning of the “lightest burden”.

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“The person who has neither wife nor children nor wealth, his reckoning will be the lightest.” (Extract from Irshaadul Mulook – Translation of Imdaadus Sulook by Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi –Rahmatullah alayh)

It will not be hidden from intelligent people whose Imaan has as yet not be ruined by the ravages of the times and the predatory villainy of the vile ulama-e-soo’ that we are today in the cauldron of Imaani destruction portrayed in the aforementioned Hadith as well as other similar Ahaadith.

In this age of corruption – fisq, fujoor and kufr – when even wives and children are destroying the Imaan of a man, and when fussaaq/fujjar men are destroying the Imaan of pious wives, the need for greater alertness is imperative. The Qur’aan says: “O People of Imaan! Verily some among your wives and children are your enemies. Therefore, beware of them”. While the Aayat mentions only wives and children, in our age the very same advice and command are applicable to wives – pious wives – who have to beware of villainous husbands who are bereft of any khauf for Allah Ta’ala.

This is an era for seclusion. Only by seclusion is their hope for guarding and saving one’s Imaan. While there are no longer mountains available for refuge, one’s home can still be a substitute if the evil of society is kept out. Hadhrat Junaid (rahmatullah alayh) said:

“Whoever desires the safety of his body and the peace of his soul, should seclude himself from people because this is an age of terror. An intelligent man in this age is only he who adopts solitude.”

Almost all people today – molvis, sheikhs, traders, doctors, and people of every walk of life – are terrorists. They pillage and plunder Imaan and the Deen. Today, wives, parents, husbands and relatives are in the forefront executing the satanic plot of Iblees to destroy Imaan. Remember that obedience to parents and husbands is haraam if they require one to act in contravention of the Shariah.

Hadhrat Maulana Gangohi (Rahmatullah alayh) says in his Imdaadus Sulook:

“In a Hadith, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that association with people and tolerating their inconveniences, are superior to renunciation and solitude. This should not be misunderstood, because it applies to a Muslim who has already adorned his nafs with riyaadhat and lofty attributes, and has attained an elevated stage of roohaani tranquillity. Allah Ta’ala has already bestowed to him a mountain of Sabr and an ocean of Ridha. Peace and tranquillity have already become entrenched in his heart. He has already become an embodiment of the virtues of perseverance, firmness, dignity, moderation in all things, purity, generosity, patience, courage, contentment, piety and honour. He should be a man who has achieved the ability of controlling anger and suffering hardships. He should be one who has already effaced greed, desire, anger, pride, vanity and arrogance. For such a man it will be superior to associate with people and tolerate their inconveniences and the difficulties which they cast in his path. Such a man is a source of moral and spiritual benefit to others. Inspite of association, the khalwat of a man of this virtuous character will not be disturbed.”

26 Rabiuth Thaani 1442 – 12 December 2020

TYING YOUR CAMEL

Islam: A Complete and Comprehensive Way of Life

More than a religion, Islam is a complete and a comprehensive way of life.

It has brought Civilization, Refinement, Contentment, Elegance and Happiness to man. It caters for all the Fields of Human Existence.

In fact, to appreciate the Spirit of Islam is to appreciate the very Spirit of Humanity.

It provides guidance for all walks of life – Individual and Social, Material and Moral, Economic and Political, Legal and Cultural, National and International.

It also has solutions to all our problems provided we obey Allah’s Commands, gain His Proximity by acquiring His Marifat (recognition), as much as we can.

Two Supreme Sources

Allah with His infinite Mercy has provided us two Extraordinarily Supreme and Unmatched Sources from which we can find ways of living such a complete Islamic way of life and solving all our problems in an Islamic way.

These two sources are:

The Kalaam of Allah, the Qur’an Majeed.
The Ahaadith (Hadiths) and the Mubarak Sunnah of His Beloved Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam.
Unfortunately, many of today’s Muslim are misusing the divine texts and the contents provided by these two sources. They tend to use them in wrong contexts. This is especially the case in their interpretation of some Ahaadith for their worldly benefits or for the contentment of their nafs.

Tying Your Camel

In the early periods of the Coronavirus disease when the Masajid were closed, quite a few Muslims, instead of getting upset and sad, became relieved and tension-free. They had a misconception that going to the Masjid for Allah’s ‘Ibadah would make them victims of Coronavirus, Nauzubillah.

Even today when most of the Masajid are open, there are many Muslims who prefer to offer their Salah at home. They do not want to come to the Masjid at all, while there are others who come to the Masjid for the Jumu’ah Salah only.

Then there are others who prefer to offer Salah in the Masjid in congregation, but staying away from the main Saffs (rows) and practising social distancing.

When we ask any one of the above-mentioned men the reasons for behaving in that manner then quite often his answer would be: “We have been told in a Hadith to tie our camel.”

This actually is a part of the following Hadith that seems to have gone viral amongst most of today’s Muslims:

Anas ibn Malik RadhiAllahu ‘Anhu reported: A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I leave her untied and trust in Allah?” Nabi Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam said, “Tie her and trust in Allah.”

Source: Sunan Tirmidhī 2517

In the above Hadith the precaution that we are asked to take is simply ‘to tie the camel’.

This situation can be compared to a present-day one in which a man parks his car to visit somewhere. Obviously, he has to take precaution before relying on Allah. In simple terms this precaution is to lock his car.

It does not tell him to disobey the Commands of Allah nor act contrary to the Mubarak Sunnah of His Beloved Nabi Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam.

However, the precautions that we are asked to take in these Coronavirus Days are grossly and totally un-Islamic. These precautions, instead of letting us gain the proximity of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, are actually taking us away from Him, Nauzubillah.

Ahaadith about importance of offering Salah in Masjid

There are numerous Ahaadith on the importance of offering Salah in the Masjid. Some of them are given below.

Allah’s Shade
A very significant Hadith is the one narrated by Abu Hurairah RadhiAllahu ‘Anhu, in which Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam has defined the seven whom Allah will shade in His Shade on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade. One of these seven will be a man whose heart is attached to the Masjid.

27 times more rewards
Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar RadhiAllahu ‘Anhum: Nabi Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam said: “The reward of the congregational prayer is twenty-seven times greater (than that of the prayer offered by a person alone).” (Sahih al Bukhari and Muslim)

Protection of Allah
Abu Bakrah RadhiAllah ‘Anhu said: The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam said: “Whoever prays Fajr in congregation is under the protection of Allah………” (At-Tabraani)

Gaining Allah’s Pleasure
Nabi Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam said, “He who purifies (performs Wudu’) himself in his house and then walks to one of the houses of Allah (Masjid) for performing an obligatory Salat, one step of his will wipe out his sins and another step will elevate his rank (in Jannah).” (Muslim).

Reward Equal to Praying the Whole Night
Uthman ibn Affan RadhiAllah ‘Anhu reported: The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam said, “Whoever prays the evening prayer in congregation is as if he has stood for prayer half of the night. Whoever prays the dawn prayer in congregation is as if he has stood for prayer the entire night.” (Sahih Muslim)

Wrongs committed in offering Salah at home instead of going to the Masjid.

Hadhrat Mu’az bin Anas RadhiAllahu ‘Anhu narrates that he heard Nabi Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam saying, “A person who does not go for Salah after hearing the Adhan is committing a great wrong and is committing an act of kufr and nifaaq.”

Hadhrat Abu Huraira has reported that Nabi Salallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam said, “I wish I could ask the boys to collect a huge quantity of firewood for me, and then I would go around and set fire to the dwellings of those who say their Salah at their own house without any excuse.”

Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam, who was most kind and merciful towards the Ummah and was greatly pained to see them even in a little trouble, gets offended so much that he is ready to set fire to the houses of those who are content with performing Salah at home.

Shaytan instils weird thoughts in our minds

When you want to go to the shopping mall, to your workplace (office, shop or farm), to the bank, to the playing field to play some games or to a park for a walk, Shaytan offers you the Green Light.

However, when it comes to going to the Masjid, Shayateen at once flashes a bright Red Light in front of you. He drills in your mind the waswasa, “If you go to the Masjid you will be infected with Coronavirus!” (Nauzubillah).

Congregation Salah: Social Distancing v/s Standing Shoulder to Shoulder

It seems to have become a trend, a fashion with many Muslims of today to come to the Masjid and stand with social distancing. In the Masjid social distancing is not recommended at all as the empty space between the two Musallis becomes a gap for the Shaytan to occupy as you can see in the following Hadith:

Ibn ‘Umar RadhiAllahu ‘Anhu reported:

The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam said, “Arrange the rows in order, stand shoulder to shoulder, close the gaps, be accommodating to your brothers, and do not leave gaps for the Shayateen. Whoever joins up a row, he will be joined to Allah (i.e. to the Mercy of Allah); and whoever cuts off a row, he will be cut off from Allah (i.e. from His Mercy).” [Abu Dawud].

Reference: Riyad as-Salihin 1091, Book Reference: Book8, Hadith 101

While we must take precautions, we have to remember that we should not go against the Commands of our Creator, Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala or against the Mubarak Sunnah of His Beloved Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam.

May Allah grant us the right understanding…Ameen.

By Haqqseeker

Powerful Protection

Buraidah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports: “I heard that Mu‘aaz bin Jabal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had captured a Jinn during the lifetime of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). I thus went to Mu‘aaz (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and asked him regarding this incident. Mu‘aaz (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrated the following to me:

“Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had entrusted the dates of sadaqah to me for safekeeping. Thus, I placed these dates in one of my rooms. However, I would daily find that the dates had decreased. So I went to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and complained to him of the dates decreasing, to which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, ‘It is the work of a Shaitaan. Wait for him in ambush.’

I waited in ambush for this Shaitaan, and after a short portion of the night had elapsed, he appeared in the form of an elephant. When he reached the door, he changed his form and entered through a crack in the door. He then approached the dates and began to swallow them. I firstly checked that my clothing was tightly secured and then confronted and apprehended him saying, ‘I testify that there is no deity besides Allah and that Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is His servant and messenger! O enemy of Allah! You have rushed to take the dates of sadaqah whereas the poor are more deserving of it than you! I am definitely going to take you to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and he will disgrace you!’ When he heard this, he began to plead with me and promised me that he would not return (and I thus released him).

The following morning, I went to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) who asked me, ‘What happened to the one you captured?’ I replied, ‘He promised me that he would not return,’ Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, ‘He will return, so wait for him in ambush.’

I waited for him on the second night and again captured him. He again pleaded and promised that he would not return, and so I again released him. In the morning, I proceeded to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to inform him of what had transpired. However, before I could reach Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), I heard someone calling out, ‘Where is Mu‘aaz?’ When I reached Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he asked me, ‘What happened to your prisoner?’ I told Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) what had happened, to which he replied, ‘He will return, so wait for him in ambush.’

I waited for him for a third night. On this occasion, when I apprehended him, I addressed him saying, ‘O enemy of Allah! You have already promised me twice that you will not return! I will now definitely take you to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and he will disgrace you!’ The Shaitaan pleaded, ‘I am a Shaitaan who has dependents and I have come from Naseebeen! If I was able to find some food closer to Naseebeen, I would not have come to you! We used to live in this city of yours (Madeenah Munawwarah). However, after your Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was deputed, there were two verses of your Quraan that were revealed, and these two verses chased us away. We thus went to Naseebeen. If these two verses are recited in any home, no Shaitaaan will enter that home for three days. If you release me, I will teach you these two verses.’ I agreed to release him, after which he said, ‘The two verses are Aayatul Kursi and the concluding verses of Surah Baqarah, commencing from ‘Aamanar Rasulu’ until the end of the surah.’

The following morning, I set out to inform Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) of what had occurred, when I heard someone announce, ‘Where is Mu‘aaz bin Jabal?’ When I entered into the presence of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he enquired, ‘What happened to your captive?’ I replied, ‘He promised me that he would not return,’ and I also told Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) of the two verses that he had taught me. When he heard this, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) remarked, ‘The wretch has spoken the truth, whereas he is normally a liar.’

I would thereafter recite these verses on the dates of sadaqah and would no longer find any decrease in their quantity.” (Tabraani – Majma‘uz Zawaa’id #10920 & Fathul Baari vol. 4, pgs. 614 & 615)

Lessons:

  1. The Quraan Majeed is a powerful means of protection from Shaitaan, black magic, etc. Hence, regularly reciting the Quraan Majeed within the home is a very effective means of protecting the home from evil forces. Furthermore, there are certain verses in the Quraan Majeed that are especially powerful in gaining protection. Most of these verses have been gathered in a compilation known as the ‘Manzil’ which can be recited daily or more frequently if required. Click ‘here’ to download the Manzil.
  2. When reciting the verses of protection and du‘aas of protection, it is important for a person to have strong ‘yaqeen’ (conviction and faith) in the power of these verses and their effectiveness. Hence, they should be read with presence of mind and not merely read in an absent-minded manner, as if one is fulfilling a routine.
  3. The Shayaateen and Jinn are notorious liars, as explained by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) himself. Hence, the information given by Jinn, even if it be through the medium of an ‘aamil, cannot be trusted and relied on – especially if this information accuses any person of being responsible for the black magic, etc. Sadly, people often accept this information and, as a result, commit the major sin of breaking family ties and accusing people of black magic, whereas they have no proof at all.

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The Mustahab Manner Of Clipping Nails

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[Compiled from various sources]

Hadhrat Anas (Radhiyallahu Anhu) relates that the Messenger (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam said, 

“Do not let forty days elapse without  trimming the moustache and pairing  the nails.” [Muslim]

Meaning that we should cut our nails  within forty days. It has been stated that the consequence of keeping long nails are:

1. There will be no blessings in 
your wealth.

2. You will become poor.

3. Illness will plague you.

4. Almighty Allah and His Holy Prophet  Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam will be  displeased with you.

5. The devil sits on long nails. 

The Messenger Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam would cut his nails every fifteen days.

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The preferred way of cutting the nails is as follows: Start with the right hand. Index finger, fore finger, ring finger  and little finger. Then move onto the left hand. This time start with the little finger first, then ring finger, fore finger, index finger, the thumb and  lastly the thumb of  the right hand. (repeat) (ask if the process is understood, if not repeat a 3rd time) It is recommended to wash the hands  after cutting the nails. The  following order when clipping is preferred for toe nails: Again start with the  right foot. Small toe first and proceed  until the big toe. Then move onto the  left foot. This time you start with the big toe and conclude with the small toe. (repeat) (ask if the process is understood if not repeat a 3rd time).

Nowadays it is common to see sisters with nail polish or fake nails on. It is  NOT permissible by Shari’ah (Islamic law) to do this. Most of the nail  varnishes are made from unlawful (haraam) ingredients. If you apply nail polish a coating is formed on top of your nails. This prevents water from  penetrating fully into your nails whilst performing ablution or ghusl. Ablution and ghusl are incomplete and any acts of worship carried out are not accepted. If your ablution and ghusl are not accepted you are counted as impure and the angels do not enter that house where there is a impure person. However, the same acceptable effect  can be created on your nails by  applying henna. This is a recommended act. As stated in a Hadeeth taken from Abu Dawood: Hadhrat Aisha  Radhiyallahu Anha narrates, “A women made a sign from behind a curtain to indicate that she had a letter for the…

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HENNA -THE PRINCE OF DYES

Islam Reigns

History

The use of henna (also known as lawsonia inermis) for decoration and cosmetic purposes goes back to the time when the Berbers first migrated to the area of North Africa. However, as henna spread, it’s varied usages spread as well. Other sources date Henna’s routes as having first come into use in Egypt for beautification purposes; colouring fingertips and finger nails, palms of hands, and soles of feet.

One of the earliest documented uses of henna is found in the archeological evidence of Egyptian tombs in the valley of Nile. Ancient Egyptians applied it to the fingers and toes of the pharaohs before mummification.

Today, large quantities of Henna are grown in Sudan and India. By the time of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaiyi wassallam) people were using henna, not only for decoration, but for hair dyeing and healing purposes as well.

One tradition of the Prophet (sallallahu alaiyi…

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