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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AL ‘ARSH: THE THRONE OF ALLAH  2 of 2

AL ‘ARSH: THE THRONE OF ALLAH  2 of 2

 Ibn Katheer said: “and He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne” [9:129] means, He is the Sovereign and Creator of all things, because He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne which is the roof of creation. All created things, the heavens and the earth and all that is in them and in between them are beneath the Throne of Allaah and are subject to His power. His knowledge encompasses all things and His power controls all things, and He is Watcher over all things. (Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 2/405). “Owner of the Throne” [85:15] means, the Master of the Mighty Throne which is above all created things. “The Glorious” – there are two readings of this word (al-Majeed). If it is nominative (al-Majeedu) it is an adjective referring to the Lord, may He be glorified, and if it is genitive (al-Majeedi), it is an adjective referring to the Throne. Both meanings are correct. (Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 4/474). Majeed means vast and mighty in power. It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed that the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “The people will fall unconscious on the Day of Resurrection; I will be the first to regain consciousness, and Moosa will be there, holding on to one of the pillars of the Throne. I do not know whether he woke up before me or if he was exempted because he had fallen unconscious at the Mount of Sinai.” (Bukhaari). The Throne has bearers who carry it. Allaah says: “Those (angels) who bear the Throne (of Allaah) and those around it glorify the praises of their Lord, and believe in Him, and ask forgiveness for those who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah) (saying): ‘Our Lord! You comprehend all things in mercy and knowledge, so forgive those who repent and follow Your way, and save them from the torment of the blazing Fire!’” [40:7]. They are of immense size: Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah that the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “I have been granted permission to speak about one of the angels of Allaah, one of the bearers of the Throne. The space between his earlobes and his shoulders is the distance of seven hundred years’ travelling. (Abu Dawood). Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar said concerning this hadeeth: its isnaad meets the conditions of being saheeh. (Fath al-Baari, 8/665).

The shaking of the Throne at the death of Sa‘d ibn Mu‘aadh was only because of the joy of the Lord, may He be exalted; it was not a reflection of any imperfection https://islamqa.info/en/197531

Does the Throne of Allaah shake because of divorce? NO

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The Throne is above the Kursiy, and is above all of creation. Ibn al-Qayyim said: If Allaah is separate from His creation, then either He is encompassing them or He is not. If He is encompassing them, then He must be above them, because that which encompasses must necessarily be above that which is encompassed. Hence because the heavens encompass the earth, they must be above it, and because the Kursiy encompasses the heavens, it must be above them, and because the Throne encompasses the Kursiy, it must be above it. Whatever encompasses all of that must necessarily be above it. HE (ALLAH) IS NOT IN PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH ANYTHING THAT HE ENCOMPASSES; NEITHER IS THERE ANY SIMILARITY OR RESEMBLANCE BETWEEN HIM AND THAT WHICH HE ENCOMPASSES. (al-Sawaa’iq al-Mursalah, 4/1308).

Shaykh `Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi’s (d. 1143) : “Whoever believes that Allah permeates the Heavens and the Earth, or that He is a body sitting on His Throne, is a disbeliever, even if he thinks of himself as a Muslim. IBN HAJAR ALSO REJECTED THE STATEMENT THAT ALLAH IS ON THE THRONE “IN PERSON” AS EQUALLY PREPOSTEROUS AS SAYING THAT HE IS EVERYWHERE “The Throne is neither Sovereignty (al-Mulk) nor the Kursiy. Ibn Abi’l-‘Izz al-Hanafi said: What would those who distort the word of Allaah and say that the Throne is an expression referring to al-Mulk or sovereignty say about the following aayat? –

“…and eight angels will, that Day, bear the Throne of your Lord above them” [69:17]

“…and His Throne was on the water…” [11:7]

Will they say that eight angels will, that Day, bear the Sovereignty of Allaah, and that His Sovereignty was on the water? Will Moosa be holding on to one of the pillars of Allaah’s sovereignty? Can any sane person who knows what he is saying utter such things? Concerning the Kursiy, Allaah says : “His Kursiy extends over the heavens and the earth” [2:255]. It was said that this is the Throne, but the correct view is that it is something else. This was transmitted from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) and others. Ibn Abi Shaybah narrated in Sifatal-‘Arsh, and al-Haakim narrated in his Mustadrak that [the following  report] meets the conditions of the two Shaykhs [al-Bukhaari & Muslim] although they did not narrate it: (it was reported from) from Sa’eed ibn Jubayr that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) said, concerning the aayah: “His Kursiy extends over the heavens and the earth” [2:255]: The Kursiy is the footstool, and no one can comprehend how vast the Throne is except Allaah. This was transmitted as a marfoo’ report (attributed to the Prophet), but the correct view is that it is mawqoof, stopping at Ibn ‘Abbaas.

Abu Dharr (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) say: “The Kursiy in relation to the Throne is like an iron ring thrown out into empty land.” AND, AS ONE OF THE SALAF SAID, BEFORE THE THRONE IT IS LIKE A STEP. (Sharh al-‘Aqeedah al-Tahhaawiyyah, p. 312, 313). Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said: There are those who say that the Kursiy is the Throne because of the hadeeth, “Allaah will set up His Kursiy on the Day of Resurrection.” They think that the Kursiy is the Throne. Similarly, some people claim that the Kursiy is Allaah’s knowledge, and say that the aayah: “His Kursiy extends over the heavens and the earth” [2:255] refers to His Knowledge. The correct view is that the Kursiy is a footstool, and the Throne is that which the Most Merciful rose above (istiwaa’). And knowledge is the attribute of the knowledgeable one by means of which he understands that which he knows. (al-Qawl al-Mufeed Sharh Kitaab al-Tawheed, 3/393, 394). Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, is unique in His divinity, so there was no created entity with Him in past eternity. Rather He was Allah, and there was nothing before Him. Then He created His creation and rose above His Throne, as He has told us in His Book, in such a manner as He willed, may He be exalted, and there is none that can dispute with Him regarding His sovereignty and He has no partner in His authority. The Throne, angels bearing the throne, water, the heavens and all creatures only exist and continue to exist by the support of their Lord, Who is the one who created them and created them for the purpose for which they were created, and sustained them and provided for them, and that the Throne needs its Lord, and it is held up by His might and power not by the powers of the angels tasked to bear it, for “Verily! Allah grasps the heavens and the earth lest they move away from their places, and if they were to move away from their places, there is not one that could grasp them after Him. Truly, He is Ever Most Forbearing, Oft-Forgiving” [35:41]. It was reported from Abu Hurayrah (radiallahuanihu) said that the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “There are seven whom Allaah will shade with His shade on the day when there will be no shade except His: the just ruler; a young man who grows up worshipping his Lord; a man whose heart is attached to the mosque; two men who love one another for the sake of Allaah and meet and part on that basis; a man who is called by a woman of rank and beauty and says ‘I fear Allaah’; a man who gives in charity and conceals it to such an extent that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives; and a man who remembers Allaah when he is alone, and his eyes fill up.” (Agreed upon). Tap link for details of these (7).  https://islamqa.info/en/924  Are you one of them? Tap this link to know the virtues of the Greatest Ayah of the Qur’an (Aayat al-Kursiy) https://islamqa.info/en/6092

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SHOULD HE RESPOND TO NON-MUSLIMS WHEN THEY WISH HIM A HAPPY NEW YEAR?

SHOULD HE RESPOND TO NON-MUSLIMS WHEN THEY WISH HIM A HAPPY NEW YEAR?

It is not permissible to greet or congratulate the kuffaar on the occasion of Christmas, New Year or any of their other holidays, and it is not permissible to respond to them when they greet us on those occasions, because they are not festivals that are prescribed in our religion, and returning their greeting is an affirmation and approval of them. The Muslim should be proud of his religion and its rulings, and he should be keen to call others and convey to them the religion of Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted. 

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him)  asked about the ruling on greeting the kuffaar on the occasion of Christmas and how we should respond when they greet us on this occasion. Is it permissible to go to the parties that they hold on this occasion? 

Is a person sinning if he does any of the things mentioned without intending to, and he only does it to be nice, or because of or shyness or embarrassment or other reasons? Is it permissible to imitate them in that? 

He replied: 

Greeting the kuffaar on the occasion of Christmas or any of their other religious holidays is haraam according to scholarly consensus, as was stated by Ibn al-Qayyim in his book Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah, where he says: 

“Congratulating the kuffaar on the rituals that belong only to them is haraam by consensus, as is congratulating them on their festivals and fasts by saying ‘A happy festival to you’ or ‘May you enjoy your festival,’ and so on. If the one who says this has been saved from kufr, it is still forbidden. It is like congratulating someone for prostrating to the cross, or even worse than that. It is as great a sin as congratulating someone for drinking wine, or murdering someone, or having illicit sexual relations, and so on. Many of those who have no respect for their religion fall into this error; they do not realize the offensiveness of their actions. Whoever congratulates a person for his disobedience or bid’ah or kufr exposes himself to the wrath and anger of Allaah.” End quote. 

Congratulating the kuffaar on their religious festivals is haraam to the extent described by Ibn al-Qayyim because it implies that one accepts or approves of their rituals of kufr, even if one would not accept those things for oneself. But the Muslim should not accept the rituals of kufr or congratulate anyone else for them, because Allaah does not accept any of that at all, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

If you disbelieve, then verily, Allaah is not in need of you, He likes not disbelief for His slaves. And if you are grateful (by being believers), He is pleased therewith for you.  .
[al-Zumar 39:7]

. . .

 This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion . .

[al-Maa’idah 5:3] 

So congratulating them is forbidden, whether they are one’s colleagues at work or otherwise.

If they greet us on the occasion of their festivals, we should not respond, because these are not our festivals, and because they are not festivals which are acceptable to Allaah. These festivals are innovations in their religions, and even those which may have been prescribed formerly have been abrogated by the religion of Islaam, with which Allaah sent Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to the whole of mankind. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

Whoever seeks a religion other than Islaam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.

[Aal ‘Imraan 3:85]


It is haraam for a Muslim to accept invitations on such occasions, because this is worse than congratulating them as it implies taking part in their celebrations.

Similarly, Muslims are forbidden to imitate the kuffaar by having parties on such occasions, or exchanging gifts, or giving out sweets or food, or taking time off work, etc., because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyah said in his book Iqtidaa’ al-Siraat al-Mustaqeem Mukhaalifat Ashaab al-Jaheem: “Imitating them in some of their festivals implies that one is pleased with their false beliefs and practices, and gives them the hope that they may have the opportunity to humiliate and mislead the weak

End quote from Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 3/44. 

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WHO IS ALLAH?

WHO IS ALLAH?

The proper terminology used, in Islam, for God is “Allah.” There are a number of reasons for having a special word for God. First of all, the term “Allah” means, in Arabic, the one and only universal God or uncreated Creator and Provider of the universe. Notice here, emphasizing “the one and only.” So, a Muslim would not simply say, “There is one God.” That would not be as accurate or as strong an expression as saying ‘the one and only God’.

The main point to be emphasized here is that, unfortunately many of the writings that are found in various libraries in the West, which are not written from a Muslim standpoint or how Muslims understand Islam, depict Allah as if He is some type of a tribal Arabian God or even the ‘God of Muslims’. For example, they’d say Mohammed worshiped his Allah. Or Muslims worship Allah. Even if they use the term Allah they put it in such a way that leaves the reader or audience with the impression that maybe it is not exactly the same God.

The reason for considering the term Allah as more accurate, is that Allah is not only just a meaning of God it is also a personal name for God, both a reference to God and His personal name. This is beautiful in a sense. You don’t just say God but you can also say Lord but when you say Allah you’re invoking the name, the personal name, of God. It establishes a personal touch or a pull between the human being and the creator. ‘Allah’ represents purity of Islamic monotheism. Allah is from an Arabic root word (ilah = any god) while ALLAH is (Al ilah = The  uniquely one God).

The other thing, which is also relevant, is that the term Allah, in Arabic, is not subject to plurality. For example, in English you can say God and you can also say gods. In Arabic  there is nothing that is equivalent to [the English term] Gods, nothing whatsoever. In other words, there is no Allahs for example. This emphasizes the purity of Islamic monotheism.

A third reason, which is quite interesting as well, the term Allah does not lend itself to any gender. In other words, there is no female or male gender for the term Allah. In English you can have god and goddess. In Arabic, this simply doesn’t exist, which shows that the term Allah is a lot more accurate than using the term God even if you are using a capital G. At least it is relatively more accurate in conveying the true nature of the Supreme Creator. The most fundamental teaching of Islam is to believe in the Oneness of God, in the sense of His being the only Creator, Preserver, Nourisher, etc. But this belief is not enough. Many of the idolaters knew and believed that only the Supreme God could do all this and yet they associated other gods with Him. Therefore, one must acknowledge the fact that it is God alone who deserves to be worshipped, and thus abstain from worshipping any other thing or being. Likewise, Muslims believe that God has no father or mother, no son or daughter. None is equal to Him. He is God of all humankind, not of a special tribe or race. It is important to note that “Allah” is the same word that Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews use for God.  If you pick up an Arabic Bible, you will see the word “Allah” being used where “God” is used in English. On page one [1] of Genesis in the Old Testament, we find the word “Allah” seventeen [17] times. Same applies in the new testament.

It is interesting to note that the Aramaic word “El”, which is the word for God in the language that Jesus spoke, is certainly more similar in sound to the word “Allah” than the English word “God.”  This also holds true for the various Hebrew words for God, which are “El” and “Elah”, and the plural or glorified form “Elohim.”  The reason for these similarities is that Aramaic, Hebrew and Arabic are all Semitic languages with common origins.

“For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent”. Zephaniah vs 3: 9.

 

The Quran, the holy book of Islam, reminds us of the falsity of all alleged gods. To the worshippers of man-made objects, it asks: ‘How can you worship things you carve with your own hands, when it is God who has created you and all your handiwork?’ (37:95-96)

At another point, God says, “Say, ‘Why do you take protectors other than Him, who can neither benefit nor harm even themselves?’ Say, ‘Are the blind equal to those who can see? And are the depths of darkness equal to the light?’ Have the partners they assign to God created anything like His creation so that their creation is indistinguishable from His? Say, ‘God is the Creator of all things: He is the One, the All Compelling.’” (13:16)

To the worshippers of heavenly bodies the Quran cites the story of Abraham: “When the night grew dark over him he saw a star and said, ‘This is my Lord,’ but when it set, he said, ‘I do not like things that set.’ And when he saw the moon rising he said, ‘This is my Lord,’ but when it too set, he said, ‘If my Lord does not guide me, I shall be one of those who go astray.’  Then he saw the sun rising and cried, ‘This is my Lord! This is greater.’ But when the sun set, he said, ‘My people, I disown all that you worship beside God. I have turned my face as a true believer towards Him who created the heavens and the earth. I am not one of the polytheists.’”  (Q6:76-79).

Having achieved this knowledge of the One True God, one should constantly have faith in Him, and should allow nothing to induce them to deny the truth. When true faith enters a person’s heart, it impacts the person’s outlook and behaviour. Prophet Muhammad, the final messenger of Islam, said, “Faith is that which resides firmly in the heart and which is proved by deeds/limbs.”.

One of the striking results of faith is the feeling of gratitude towards God, which could be said to be the essence of worship.

Believers love, and are grateful to, God for the bounties He bestowed upon them. They are aware of the fact that their good deeds can never be equivalent to Divine favours, and therefore they are always anxious to please God. They remember God often. The Quran promotes this feeling of gratitude by repeating the attributes of God very frequently.

Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. Q2: 255. Say, “He is Allah , [who is] One, Allah , the Eternal Refuge , He neither begets nor is born, Nor is there to Him any equivalent.” Q 112 : 1-4. “He is God: there is no god other than Him. It is He who knows what is hidden as well as what is in the open, He is the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy. He is God: there is no god other than Him, the Controller, the Holy One, Source of Peace, Granter of Security, Guardian over all, the Almighty, the Compeller, the Truly Great; God is far above anything they consider to be His partner. He is God: the Creator, the Originator, the Shaper. The best names belong to Him. Everything in the heavens and earth glorifies Him: He is the Almighty, the Wise.” (59:22-24).

REFUTATION TO “ALLAH IS A MOON GOD”  http://www.answering-christianity.com/moon_god.htm

 The difference between the names and attributes of Allaah

https://islamqa.info/en/22642

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