A DEADLY VIRUS WORSE THAN EBOLA                        & HIV 2 OF 2.

A DEADLY VIRUS WORSE THAN EBOLA & HIV 2 OF 2.

Prohibition of imitating the kuffaar is one of the basic principles of sharee’ah–whether they are idol-worshippers or People of the Book – is haraam, whether that imitation is of their worship – which is the most serious form – or of their customs & behaviour. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam): “Whoever imitates a people is one of them. There is no religion which encourages its followers to love and care for all creations more than Islam. Infact, Islam encourages us to express love at all times, as the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “If a man loves his brother, let him tell him that he loves him.” (Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi, saheeh).And he said: “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, you will not enter Paradise until you truly believe, and you will not truly believe until you love one another.  Shall I not tell you of something that, if you do it, you will love one another? Spread (the greeting of) salaam amongst yourselves.” (Muslim).

Love in Islam is more general & more comprehensive; it is not restricted to love between a man & a woman. There is the love of Allaah, of His Messenger (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), his companions, love for good & righteous people, love & support for the religion, love of martyrdom for the sake of Allaah. It is a dangerous mistake to restrict this broad meaning to this one kind of love which many a time does not even distinguish between the legitimate love in marriage & the forbidden love of mistresses, boy & girlfriend. In Islam, true & sincere couples should express love throughout the year – not just on one day of the year. Those who claim that celebration of this pagan “feast of lovers” helps to promote love between married couples; see statistics in countries where it is widely practiced. American Time magazine stated that around 4,000 wives out of approximately 6 million who are beaten die as a result of that beating. So how can we believe that Valentine’s Day is of any benefit to married couples? The truth is that it is a call for more permissiveness, immorality & the forming of forbidden relationships.

The exception to the general rule of Love in Islam is undoubtedly the love of the kaafirs. One of the basic principles of Islam adhered to by the pious predecessors is  al-walaa’ wa’l-baraa’ (loyalty and friendship vs. disavowal & enmity) only for the sake of Allah. It is obligatory for everyone who says Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah Muhammad Rasool Allaah to follow this principle.  Allaah says :

“You (O Muhammad) will not find any people who believe in Allaah and the Last Day, making friendship with those who oppose Allaah and His Messenger (Muhammad), even though they were their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred (people)…”[58:22]

“O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Awliyaa’ (friends, protectors, helpers), they are but Awliyaa’ of each other. And if any amongst you takes them (as Awliyaa’), then surely, he is one of them. Verily, Allaah guides not those people who are the Zaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers and unjust)”[5:51]

Real Muslims are proud of their religion & are not weak characters who follow every Tom, Dick & Harry. TAKE A STAND, STAY CLEAR OF THE DEADLY VIRUS OF VALENTINE; A GLOBAL PAGAN VISA FOR OBSCENITY & IMMORALITY.

Ruling on celebrating Valentine’s Day ;  https://islamqa.info/en/73007, https://abuwhy.wordpress.com/tag/islamqa/page/3/, https://islamqa.info/en/145893,

Love: https://islamqa.info/en/82941

The difference between love & a haraam relationship : https://islamqa.info/en/82010

What are the Signs of Allaah’s Love for His Slave? https://islamqa.info/en/7232

Ruling on Men and women talking in chat rooms https://islamqa.info/en/34841

Love for the sake of Allah https://islamqa.info/en/173

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A DEADLY VIRUS WORSE THAN EBOLA &                       HIV.  1 OF 2.

A DEADLY VIRUS WORSE THAN EBOLA & HIV.  1 OF 2.

Indeed, a virus more deadly than EBOLA is eating up the global fabric of humanity & threatening our moral sanity. It has become a global epidemic. It glorifies fornication & adultery, promotes indecent & extra-marital affairs, revives paganism, displays animalistic tendencies etc., all in the name of lust. Human beings are expected to condescend lower than animals & do as they will even if it is obscene. A day we are expected to throw all caution, sanctity & morality  to the wind ; all in the name of a pagan festival which glorifies immorality.

A day we are are expected to get  by hook or  crook  an illicit sexual partner; inability to find one makes us  feel  incomplete for  the  illicit game. A day virginity is to be lost indecently & extramaritally, but with pride.  A day full of time wasting, music, extravagance, men mixing with women & other haram in the name of love, entertainment & fun. A day we are expected to openly, bluntly & officially disobey the creator of the heavens & earth by removing our garments of decency, morality & putting on the garment of obscenity with pride. What a day?

A day popularly called “VALENTINE’S DAY”. A day planet earth becomes red. All red colored products become more expensive than any color & we are expected to adopt a pagan bloody dress code of red, exchange  red gifts  e.g. roses, toys etc. On these cards & gifts, are pictures of “Cupid”, who appears as a child with two wings, carrying a bow & arrows. This was the god of love of the pagan Romans. This concept is further fuelled by capitalist profiteering.

Statistics indicate that Valentine’s Day is second only to Christmas in popularity. Just like Christmas; it is also a christianized pagan Roman festival. The Romans believe that Romulus, the founder of Rome, was suckled one day by a she-wolf, which gave him strength & wisdom. They used to commemorate this event in mid-February annually. One of the rituals of this festival was the sacrifice of a dog & a goat. Two strong & muscular youths would daub the blood of the dog & goat onto their bodies, then wash the blood away with milk. These youths would whip everyone who crossed their path with a leather. Roman women would welcome these whips, because they believed it could prevent or cure infertility. The names of girls who had reached maturity would be written on small rolls of paper & placed in a dish. Then, the young men would be called to pick a piece of paper. He would be at the sexual service of the girl whose name he had drawn for one year, so that they could find out about one another. They could get married, or they could repeat the same process the next festival. Romans embraced Christianity, changed this pagan “Feast of Lovers”, to  the “martyrs of love”, represented by Saint Valentine who had advocated love & peace. The Roman emperor Claudius II decreed in the third century CE that soldiers should not get married, because marriage would distract them from the wars they used to fight. This decree was opposed by Saint Valentine, who started to perform marriages for the soldiers in secret. When the emperor found out about that, he threw him in jail & executed him on 14 February 270 CE, on the eve of February 15, the festival of Lupercalis.

It is not permissible for a Muslim to celebrate any of the festivals of the kuffaar, because festivals come under the heading of shar’i issues which are to be based on the sound texts. Indeed, festivals are one of the most unique features that distinguish various religions. They are part of the clear way & rituals of which Allaah says:

 “For every nation We have ordained religious ceremonies which they must follow”[22:67]

— such as the qiblah, prayer  & fasting etc. Joining in fully with the festival is joining in with kufr, and joining in with some of its minor issues is joining in with some of the branches of kufr, disobedience & sin. Anas (radiallahuanihu) said: When the Messenger (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) came to Madeenah, they had two days when they would play. He said: “What are these two days?” They said: “We used to play on these days during the Jaahiliyyah.” The Messenger (saw) said: “Allaah has given you instead of them two days that are better than them: the day of al-Adha and the day of al-Fitr.” Saheeh Abi Dawood. This indicates that festivals are among the characteristics by which nations are distinguished, and it is not permissible for the Muslims to imitate them in anything that is uniquely a part of their festivals e.g. food, clothing, bathing, lighting fires, refraining from a regular habit, doing acts of worship or to give a feast or gifts, or to sell anything that will help them to do that, or to allow children and others to play games or wear their costumes or anything else. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam); “You would follow the ways of those who came before you step by step, to such an extent that if they were to enter a lizard’s hole, you would enter it too.” They said, “O Messenger of Allah, (do you mean) the Jews and Christians?” He said, “Who else?” (Bukhari).

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             WHERE IS ALLAH 1 of 2 ?

WHERE IS ALLAH 1 of 2 ?

Where is Allah?  Is it permissible to ask such a question? Muawiyah Bin Al-Hakam said: “I had a maid-servant who tended goats by the side of Uhud & Jawwaniya. One day I happened to pass that way and found that a wolf had carried a goat from her flock. I am after all a man from the posterity of Adam. I felt sorry as they (human beings) feel sorry. So I slapped her. I came to the Messenger of Allah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) and felt (this act of mine) as something grievous. I said: Messenger of Allah, should I not grant her freedom? He (Prophet) said: Bring her to me. So, I brought her to him. He said to her: Where is Allah? She said: He is in the heaven (i.e. His throne is above the heavens & gestured towards the sky). He said: Who am I? She said: You are the Messenger of Allah. He said: Grant her freedom, she is a believing woman”. The people of Sunnah & Jama’ah (adherents to the prophetic way) believe that Allah is exalted above His creation because of the evidences of the Quran, Sunnah, consensus of the scholars, common sense & man’s innate instinct (fitrah).
(1) THE QURAN DESCRIBES THE “EXALTEDNESS” OR “HIGHNESS” OF ALLAH in different ways, as His being high and above, and by describing how things come down from Him, and go up to Him, and by stating that He is above the heavens.

“Surely, your Lord is Allah Who created the heavens and the earth in six days (periods) and then rose over (istawa) the Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty), disposing the affair of all things.” [Q10:3]
HIGHNESS:
“… and He is the Most High, the Most Great.” [Q2:255]
“Glorify the Name of your Lord, the Most High.” [Q87:1]
ABOVE:
“And He is the Irresistible, above His slaves …” [Q6:18]
“They fear their Lord above them, and they do what they are commanded.” [Q16:50]
THINGS COMING DOWN FROM HIM:
“He arranges (every) affair from the heavens to the earth … ” [Q32:5]
“Verily We: it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e., the Quran) …” [Q15:9]
THINGS GOING UP TO HIM:
“… To Him ascend (all) the goodly words, and the righteous deeds exalt it …” [Q35:10]
“The angels and the Rooh (Jibreel) ascend to Him …” [Q70:4]
ALLAH IS ABOVE HEAVEN:
“Do you feel secure that He, Who is over the heaven, will not cause the earth to sink with you …?” [67:16]

(2) THE SUNNAH: “MUTAWATIR” (i.e. with a large number of narrators at every stage of the isnad/chain, such that it is impossible for them all to have agreed on a lie) from the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), describing his words and deeds and things of which he approved. For example, he used to say “Subhana Rabbi al-A’la (Glory be to my Lord Most High)” in sujood (prostration), and in some ahadeeth (reports) he is reported to have said “By Allah Who is above the Throne.”
Among his deeds is the gesture of pointing up with his finger, when addressing the people in the greatest gathering, on the Day of ‘Arafah during his Farewell Pilgrimage. He asked the people, “Have I not conveyed the message?” and they said, “Yes!” He asked again, “Have I not conveyed the message?” and they said, “Yes!” He asked a third time, “Have I not conveyed the message?” and they said “Yes!” Each time, he said: “O Allah, bear witness!” – pointing up to the sky and then at the people. He also used to raise his hands towards heaven when he made du’a (supplication), as reported in many ahadeeth. This is proof via his actions that Allah is exalted and high. Another example is the hadith concerning the young slave girl mentioned above. This slave girl was uneducated, as many are, and she was a slave, but she knew that her Lord is above the heaven. Some misguided people deny that Allah is above heaven, and say, “He is neither above nor below; neither to the right nor to the left. He is everywhere!”. Sh. Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said: This view has implications that are very, very false, because if you say that Allah is everywhere, this implies that He is in lavatories – Allah forbid – and in other places that filled with impurities and filth, and who would describe his Lord in such terms? It is not possible for any believer to describe his Lord in such terms. End quote from Fataawa Noor ‘ala ad-Darb by Ibn ‘Uthaymeen.

(3) THE CONSENSUS OF THE SCHOLARS: The salaf (pious predecessors) agreed that Allah is above heaven, as is reported by scholars such as al-Dhahabi, may Allah have mercy on him, in his book Al-‘Aluw li’l-‘Aliy al-Ghaffar.
(4) COMMON SENSE: Highness is a quality which is associated in people’s minds with perfection. If this is the case, then it should be attributed to Allah because every absolute perfection should be attributed to Him.

 

  WHERE IS ALLAH 2 of 2 ?

WHERE IS ALLAH 2 of 2 ?
(5) THE INNATE INSTINCT OF MAN (FITRAH). There should be no dispute that humans instinctively know that Allah is above  the heaven. Whenever something overwhelming befalls a person, and he turns to Allah for help, he looks towards heaven, not in any other direction. But it is strange that those who deny that Allah is above His creation still raise their hands in supplication to no other direction than towards heaven.
Even Pharaoh, the enemy of Allah who disputed with Moosa (peace be upon him) about his Lord, told his minister Haman : “O Haman! Build me a tower that I may arrive at the ways, – the ways of the heavens, and I may look upon the god of Moosa …” [Q40:36-37]

He knew in his heart of hearts that Allah is real: “And they belied them (those ayat/signs) wrongfully and arrogantly, though their own selves were convinced thereof …” [Q27:14]
It is proven in the Quran, Sunnah & by the consensus (ijma’) of the salaf (early generations) of this ummah (global Islamic nation) that Allah is above His heavens over His Throne (as befits His Majesty), and that He is the Exalted, Most High. He is above all things, and there is nothing that is above Him. Allah says:

“Allah, it is He Who has created the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them in six days. Then He rose over (istawa) the Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty). You (mankind) have none, besides Him, as a Wali (protector or helper) or an intercessor. Will you not then remember (or receive admonition)?” [Q32:4]

“Surely, your Lord is Allah Who created the heavens and the earth in six days and then rose over (istawa) the Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty), disposing the affair of all things.” [Q10:3]

“To Him ascend (all) the goodly words, and the righteous deeds exalt it (i.e. the goodly words are not accepted by Allah unless and until they are followed by good deeds).” [35:10]. “He is the First (nothing is before Him) and the Last (nothing is after Him), the Most High (nothing is above Him) and the Most Near (nothing is nearer than Him).” [57:3]. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “You are the Most High and there is nothing above You…”. There are many similar ayat (verses) and ahadeeth. But at the same time, Allah tells us that He is with His slaves wherever they are:

Allah has combined mention of His being above His Throne with mention of His being with His slaves in these ayahs:

“Have you not seen that Allah knows whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is on the earth? There is no najwa (secret counsel) of three but He is their fourth (with His Knowledge, while He Himself is over the Throne, over the seventh heaven), — nor of five but He is their sixth (with His Knowledge), — nor of less than that or more but He is with them (with His Knowledge) wheresoever they may be.” [58:7]

“He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six days and then rose over (istawa) the Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty). He knows what goes into the earth and what comes forth from it, and what descends from the heaven and what ascends thereto. And He is with you (by His Knowledge) wheresoever you may be.” [57:4]

Saying that Allah is with us does not mean that He is mixed with (or dwells in) His creation; rather He is with His slaves by His knowledge. He is above His Throne and nothing is hidden from Him of what they do. With regard to the ayah : “And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein (by Our Knowledge).” [50:16]

Most of the mufassireen (exegesists) said that what is meant is that He is near by means of His angels whose task it is to record people’s deeds. And those who said that it means that He is near explained it as meaning that He is near by His knowledge, as is said concerning how He is with us. This is the correct view  & that of Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jama’ah (followers of prophetic guidance), who affirm that Allah is above His creation and that He is also with His slaves, and they state that He is far above dwelling  within His creation. With regard to the denial of all Divine attributes as voiced by the Jahamiyyah (a deviant sect) and their followers, they deny that His Essence is above His creatures and that He rose above His Throne, and they say that He is present in His Essence everywhere. This is a denial of the Qur’an. God is separate from His creation, does not dwell in his creation, was never & will be never a part of it. Sufis’s deviation from Islam & anti-tawheed believes are (a) Al-Hulool: that God dwells in His creation. (b) Al-It’tihaad: that God & the creation are one, united presence. (c) Wahdatul-Wujood: that one should not differentiate between the Creator & the creation, for both the creation & the Creator are one entity. Tap this link https://imadawah.wordpress.com/2018/12/09/sufism-is-not-islam-so-what-is-it-1-of-2/

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Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

Allah was and there was nothing with Him, then He created the universe, so it must be one of three scenarios:

  1. Either He created it within Himself, then He separated from it. This is impossible; Allah is far above being in contact with filth and other things;

Or

  1. He created it outside Himself, then He entered it. This is also impossible; Allah is far above entering into His creation. There is no dispute among any of the Muslims that these two scenarios are impossible.

Or

3.He created it outside of Himself, and did not enter into it. This is the truth; no other scenario is possible and nothing but this is befitting to Allah. End quote from Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa (5/152).

Should they pray behind someone who says that Allah is everywhere?

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