It was a beautiful day. I got out of bed without switching off the alarm, made it to the gym, went to dinner, and enjoyed good food & company. I smiled so much that my face hurt. I was wary not to do anything that would dampen my mood. I felt compelled to uphold my high spirits. I felt pressured to do everything I could to have a memorable day; then, I did the GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY. The next day was quite the opposite. It was raining, I was sluggish & bored. It wasn’t special, so I didn’t feel obliged to make it memorable. This made me wonder: To what extent do we act and think differently on our birthdays? The way we feel about our birthdays evolves as we hit the different milestones in life. As a child, birthdays mean presents/gifts. At 18yrs; it’s legal adulthood, you can vote, sign a contract, legally purchase alcohol, tobacco & free to do every stupid thing. 21 is the big one & the game changer.

A Swiss study in the Annals of Epidemiology found that people are about 14% more likely to die on their birthdays than other days. Birthdays are stressful for older people (heart problems, strokes, suicides &accidents), Alcohol & “birthday blues”. Someone has constructed a script he wants us to follow & the birthday industry has monetized on the birthday feeling. Its pop culture, movies & cards largely tell us how we should feel on our birthday. Cake & candles are always involved. We must party & give out party favours, we must get drunk & have illicit sex on our 18th & 21st birthday, we must announce it on Face book so that friends can comment e.g. a card reads “Another birthday? Well, look in the mirror! Do you see wrinkles? Do you see grey hairs? Of course you don’t!” Inside, it reads: “Your eyesight’s gone!” We pay no heed to the fact that these are warning signs of death day & have nothing to do with birthday. The “many happy return wishes we get from our family & friends are actually false because every birthday in reality gets us closer to death; there will be lesser such returns not many.

As kids, we grow wishing we would grow up faster until a certain age when we wish life would slow down. Then, each birthday becomes dreaded. Why? — getting closer to the grave. Scary? Birthday is indeed a celebration of closeness to death & a futile attempt to ignore the reality of death. We are pressured to celebrate & feel good about ourselves. When people can’t reach that expected level of happiness & feeling of goodness, they actually become sadder, because of an unfulfilled expectation that they’re supposed to be happy; it is called — “BIRTHDAY BLUES.”  Your birthday is the same as other days. There are still 24 hours in that day & the Universal laws of Allah are still same. Birthday is of PAGAN ORIGIN & ALIEN TO ISLAM! The World Book — Childcraft International says regarding “Holidays and Birthdays,” “For thousands of years people all over the world have thought of a birthday as a very special day. Long ago, people believed that on a birthday a person could be helped by good spirits, or hurt by evil spirits. So, when a person had a birthday, friends and relatives gathered to protect him .And that’s how birthday parties began.” Why do people say, “Happy birthday!” to each other? “For the good wishes of our friends & relatives are supposed to protect us from evil spirits.”. Artemis was the goddess of the moon. The Greeks celebrated her birthday once each month by bringing special cakes to her temple. The cakes were round like a full moon. And, because the moon glows with light, the cakes were decorated with lighted candles.” The origin of the birthday candles. People the world over attach a certain magic to their actual date of birth . We may wear a ring with our birthstone in it for good luck. And when we blow out the candles on our birthday cake, we are careful to keep what we wished a secret. If we tell, of course, our wish won’t come true. We do these things mainly for fun. But it is also possible that there is something deep inside us that wants to believe.”

It is a tradition to give the birthday child pinches, smacks, spanks, thumps, bumps, or punches. Even though they may hurt a little, they are said to be very lucky & spank away any evil. Party snappers, horns, bursting balloons, firecrackers, and other noisemakers are just one more way of trying to scare off any bad-luck spirits that may be hovering about. The games we play at birthday parties are often a symbol of trying to know the unknown. e.g. “Pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey”. Birthday & all the customs & traditions connected with its observance have pagan origin & have to do with guessing the future, good wishes for the future, good luck charms against evil spirits etc. A true Muslim should never indulge in birthday celebration whether for self, children or for Prophet Muhammad, just because it seems so attractive, fun, and harmless. It turns people away from the reality of death, truths of Allah & idolizes the SELF.  SO, WHO WROTE THE BIRTHDAY SCRIPT? SHAYTAN DID! Tap link for Pagan origin of Birthday Dr. Bilal Philip



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The Madhaiib are a pathway to learn the deen; they do not replace the deen. The 4 popular madhaaib  are named after  –: Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Muhammad ibn Idrees ash-Shaafa‘I, Imam Maalik ibn Anas, Abu Haneefah an-Nu‘maan ibn Thaabit (may Allah have mercy on them all).Other madhaaib include  al-Layth ibn Sa’d, al-Awzaa’I etc. These imams learned fiqh (jurisprudence) from the Qur’an & Sunnah. They are mujtahideen (reason based on Quran/authentic hadith available to them, to give verdicts). None of them called his students or other people to follow his verdicts blindly. Rather, they used to call people to follow the Qur’an & Sunnah, criticized those who called people to blindly follow them. They all said: “When a Hadeeth is found to be Authentic, then that is my MATH-HAB.”( An-Nawawi – Al-Majmoo’ – vol 1 pg 63).”. Imam Malik bin Anas (rh) said: “Anyone’s opinion may be accepted or rejected, except the occupant of this grave,” (the grave of the Prophet (SAW)). [al-Bidayah Wan-Nihayah, (14/160)].If our salvation is based on blindly following one of these 4 madhaaib who came after the departure of the prophet and his companions, we may well ask; what is the madhab of Prophet Muhammad (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), Abubakr, Umar, Uthman, Alli & other companions (radiallahuanihuma)? Were they hanafis or malikis or shaifiis  or hanbalis?  Did they belong to any group(s) claiming exclusivity to salvation without a sharia based proof? We may further ask the blind followers of madhaib what the madhab of the 4 Imams themselves were. Was Imam Abu Hanifah a hanafi? Was Imam Malik a Maliki? Was Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal a hanbali? Was Imam Shafii a shafii? No, they were not, they all followed the Madhab of Rasullulah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam).

The common defence question from the blind followers of the madhaib is: does it mean that the great & real scholars of our time know more than the great & real scholars of the past & the pious imams of the madhaib of the 2nd & 3rd centuries? How dare you say the 4 imams made few mistakes here & there on certain issues or gave a few wrong religious verdicts? Yes, they made mistakes but not on purpose. “The prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said every son of Adam makes mistakes…..(Trimidhi)”.This includes all scholars & the companions of the prophets. It is ONLY the prophets of Allah that can be blindly followed because they are “Maasuum”: divinely protected from making mistake(s) in the delivery of the divine message of Islam to the people but they made mistakes in their personal lives. Tap link for proofs. Are Prophets infallible? Therefore, the Quran & authentic  sunnah are  always the criteria, no human being  including  the companions  of  the  prophets  should   be  blindly followed “taqleed”, rather  we should do “iithibaa” follow  their  authentic  proofs.

These imams got some rulings right and got some wrong due to the lack of access to some hadith; because hadiths were still in the process of compilation & access to hadiths were limited by long distances, primitive level of technology, unlike today where there is easy access to compilations and authentications that had been done by Muhadiths e.g. Imam Bukhari, Muslim & scholars of our time. A fresh graduate of science today is definitely  not as genius as Albert Einstein but he has more knowledge than Einstein because he has now learnt all the corrections of the errors that Einstein made and has learnt from further advancements made after the death of Einstein. Tap this link for a video that elucidated on this by Dr. Zakir Naik

“If a Muslim is following any of the rulings of these pious imams of the madhabs or a group, and he sees that the view or authentic evidence of another madhhab or scholar concerning a given matter is stronger, and he follows that, then he has done well, and that does not detract from his religious commitment or good character. There is no scholarly dispute on this point. Rather this is more in accordance with the truth and is more beloved by Allaah and His Messenger.” (Shaykh al-Islam – may Allaah have mercy on him – in al-Fataawa, 22/247).

Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) : “If a judge passes judgement based on his own ijtihaad and he is correct, he will have two rewards; if he passes judgement based on his own ijtihaad and he makes a mistake, he will have one reward.” (Bukhaari). What the sincere believer must do is to follow the truth & what is correct based on authentic & verifiable evidences in the Quran & authentic hadith & avoid blindly following groups or madhabs or scholars when he knows the truth lies elsewhere. Raf’ al-Malaam ‘an al-A’immah al-A’laam by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah. Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam): “ARROGANCE MEANS REJECTING THE TRUTH AND LOOKING DOWN ON PEOPLE.”(Muslim).

Is it obligatory to follow a particular madhhab?

Ruling on one who rejects a saheeh hadith

Are Prophets infallible?

Brief Overview of the Madhab of Imam Abu Hanifah

Which of the madhhabs is most closely based on the Sunnah and saheeh hadiths?

Ruling on “Saying I am a salafi”

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A lady called in on an Islamic show to ask the Maulana if it is halal to eat (lobster, crabs, and shrimps) & the fish eye. The Maulana said: it is allowed in so & so madhaaib but not in our madhab. The answer given by this Maulana is contrary to the answer in the book of Allah & the authentic hadith of His Rasool; all in the name of blindly following a madhab. The correct answer is in Qur’an 5: 96 & 16:14. Allaah says: “Lawful to you is (the pursuit of) water-game and its use for food – for the benefit of yourselves and those who travel…” [5:96]. Ibn ‘Abbaas said: “Sayduhu (lit. Hunting, pursuit) refers to whatever is taken from it alive, and ta’aamuhu (lit. its food) means whatever is taken dead.” The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) informed us that it is halaal (lawful) to eat dead creatures from the sea and no part of the fish was excluded from this permission. Hence all kinds of food from the sea are permissible, whether they are plants or animals, alive or dead See also [Q 6: 145], 5:87, 10:59, 16:116. The principle established by Islam is that the things which Allah has created & the benefits derived from them are Halal except what is prohibited explicitly in the Qur’an or the sound Hadith. Are there any types of seafood that Muslims are not permitted to eat? Tap link for more info.

A Muslim was asked why he does not do Raf’ al-Yadayn (raising of hands in salah) & why he does not say “Ameen” loudly after surah Al-fatiah is read aloud in salah, despite many authentic hadiths on these issues? He responded; because it is not part of the Hanafi madhab. He was asked, do you follow the madhab or you follow the prophet? He responded saying the prophet prophesized & instructed us to follow one of these 4 imams. He was asked for the proof for his claim, he became dumbfounded. Proof of saying Ameen aloud Proof of Raf’ al-Yadayn,

A Muslim sister was asked why she makes salah in a manner similar to doing gymnastics & why she refuses to obey the command of the rasool which mandates all women (old, young, menstruating & non to attend the Eid salah). She responded that the gymnastic salah is the salah of women according to the Hanafi madhab & the madhab prohibits attendance of eid salah by women. She added, that is part of the reason most Hanafi madhab masaajid do not have female salah facilities. We wonder who she is really following, the prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) to whom Islam was revealed or the Madhab?, dumbfounded. Proofs that the prophet commanded women to go out to the Eid prayers

Proof that the prophet never differentiated between salah of men & women, rather he said “pray as you see me pray” . For the authentic practical salah of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) devoid of baseless inclusions tap this link

Another was asked about his religion, he said he is a “Salafi” not just a “Muslim”. His logic is that there are so many misguided groups today; so it is no more sufficient to say you are a muslim but there is a real need to differentiate one by adopting  this name. He quoted some of the characteristics of the saved sect in the hadith “Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr  ………..They said: Who are they, O Messenger of Allaah? He said: “(Those who follow) that which I & my companions follow, (Tirmidhi). Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam):The  best  of  people  is my generations , then those  who come  after  them , then those  after  them (1st 3 generations  of Muslims ).Bukhari. These best 3 generations in Islam are called THE SALAFU SALIHEEN; it is from these authentic hadiths that the name MANHAJ SALAFIYYAH was derived. Other authentic hadith derived synonyms of the word salafiyyah include (ahlul sunnah wa jamah, ahlul hadith, etc). These names became popular as a way of differentiating the true Islam/Muslims from the deviant groups. e.g shia, sufis, khawarij etc in the early days of Islam. Another modern day label given by enemies of Islam to Muslim individuals/groups who are striving to be upright & practice the pure & pristine Islam is “Wahabism”.This is a modern day synonym of salafiyyah, ahlul sunnah wa jamah, ahlul hadith etc. Tap links for who are the Wahhaabis & what is their message?, Salafiyyah & its synonyms mean the practice of Islam following the Quran, the authentic Sunnah, according to the understanding of the salafu saliheen (devoid of innovations in religion). It is not the practice of Islam according to the understanding of group(s) called “Salafis”. It does not refer to groups called “SALAFIS” who baselessly claim superiority & exclusivity to guidance. In fact, Salafiyyah is against that. There is no doubt that the correct way to understand Islam is through this concept but not through blind following of the groups called “SALAFIS”.

Every true Muslim should be upon this Manhaj according to the authentic hadiths but not a member of group(s) called “SALAFIS”. Salafiyyah & its synonyms are a concept not a name of a group. In fact, no living persons can become a salaf because the salafs are in their graves. A Muslim does not need to call him or herself a “Salafi” in other to follow the path of salafiyyah. Come what may, we must stick to the best name Allah gave us “MUSLIM” in Quran (6:163) (39:12). Tap links for further proofs, Blindly following any group, madhab, scholar, calling to exclusivity, insisting on calling oneself a salafi at the expense of the name “Muslim” all qualify as taqleed. Taqleed is also an important tool used by Christians, deviant sects/kufr groups (Shiism, Ahmadiyyah/Qadiyani, ibaadis Sufism,Bahaism, Qur’aaniyyeen, Modernist movements, Nation of Islam etc.) to indoctrinate the ignorant or the unsuspecting.

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