Halloween: An Impermissible Celebration in Islam
Every year, on the evening of October 31st, millions of children across the world paint their faces, dress up in costumes, and go door to door collecting treats. The adults often decorate their houses with ghostly figures, carve scary faces on pumpkins, and put candles in them to create “Jack-O-Lanterns.” Unfortunately, among the millions of people indulging in this custom, many are also Muslims. This article will shed some light on the significance and origins of Hallow’een, and why Muslims should not participate in it. (Text Source: Troid.org)
Listen the Excellent lecture: Halloween: An Impermissible Celebration in Islaam – by Br. Abu Sufyaan ‘Abdul Kareem McDowell. – from albaseerah.com
MashAllah Br. Abu Sufyaan hafidhahullah gives some good tips based on his own experiences on how should a Muslim reply to the wishes on occasions of the non-Muslims’ festivals. What to do and say when someone gives you a gift on the occasions like Halloween, Christmas, etc.? The brother gives some anecdotes on how to give Da’wah with hikmah without compromising the principles of our deen.
The Ignorance and Hastiness of the Khawaarij [Some of what follows in this specific section (quote block) is not verbatim, but a summary from an excellent ‘aqeedah and manhaj class a few years ago; may Allaah reward the khateeb with good and preserve him.]
You may or may not remember that in Pakistan a few years ago, people rebelled and took to establishing their own government in a masjid they named “The Red Mosque.” If these renegades found someone committing zina (adultery), they brought him in and punished him in the masjid. But they left the grave-worshippers across the street alone.
Here is another excellent audio clip from one of the lectures of Shaykh Saalim at-Taweel.
In this audio clip, he talks about the four different types of disbelievers and what our position should be in regards to them.
At the end of the clip, he also talks about what the scholars have said regarding what the position of the Muslims should be when they are in weakness and the kuffaar (disbelievers) are stronger and have power over the Muslims.
Very beneficial listen!
A very good reminder for us in the West not to be impressed with the degrees of the people in the arena of da’wah.
Be weary of the speakers who are not known to the senior scholars of Ahlus Sunnah or they are not known to be from those who would sit with the people of knowledge or keep in contact with them.
What’s even worse are those speakers, may Allah guide them, who try to take the youth away from the senior scholars and establish themselves as the scholars of the land like what has happened with many here in the west. Allahul musta’aan.
Sometimes a Graduate is the Most Ignorant of People
By Ash-Shaykh Salih Al-Fawzan (may Allah preserve him)
Question: If a person wants to teach people Islam, is having a degree from a university enough or must he have a tazkiyah from a scholar as well?
Answer: He must have knowledge. Everyone who graduates with a degree doesn’t become a person of knowledge. What’s required is to have knowledge and understanding of Allah’s religion. Degrees don’t prove that a person has knowledge. Sometimes the most ignorant of people possess degrees. And at other times there are people without degrees, who are the most knowledgeable of people.
Sufyaan once wrote to one of his Muslim brothers
May Allaah, with His Mercy, protect both me and you from the Hellfire.
I advise both you and myself to fear Allaah.
And I warn you not to turn to ignorance after you have learned, not to turn to destruction after you have seen and recognized the truth, and not to leave the (Straight) Path after it has been made clear to you.
Do not become deceived by worldly people, and do not become unduly impressed by the way they strive for and greedily gather worldly things, for the terror (that will envelop them on the Day of Resurrection) is indeed SEVERE.
The danger (of the Day of Resurrection) is grave indeed, but what is more, is that it is near at hand.
So occupy yourself exclusively with the Hereafter, and empty your heart of all other thoughts; once you have done that, work hard! Do not waste time! And flee from the world and its temptations! Travel to the Hereafter (with your worship) before you are taken there… I have indeed given you the same advice that I gave myself.
And understand that success comes from Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala). The key to gaining His help is supplication, prayer, feeling remorse for past negligence, and complete submission to Him.
Your days and nights are numbered, so use the time you have left wisely, and do not be negligent in fulfilling the rights of your Lord.
I ask Allaah, Who has blessed us to know Him, not to entrust us and you to our ownselves; and I ask Allaah to be our Guardian and Helper, just as He is the Guardian and Helper of His beloved, righteous slaves.
Beware of doing that which will spoil your deeds, and know that it is showing off that spoils a person’s deeds; and if it is not showing off, then it is conceitedness – for you to imagine that you are better than one of your Muslim brothers, when in reality he performs more good deeds than you do; or perhaps he performs his deeds with a purer intention than you do.
And even if you are not conceited, beware of developing a love for praise.
Be ever so careful not to come to love other people’s praise of your good deeds, or the respect they feel for you and bestow upon you because of your good deeds.
And beware of desiring that others should help you in your personal affairs just because they have become impressed with your good deeds.
You surely claim (as does everyone else), after all, that you are doing good deeds only for the sake of Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala); well, then turn that claim into a reality.
If you want to be less desirous of this world – its things, wealth, and pleasures – and more desirous of the Hereafter — Paradise and its bliss – then remember death frequently.
And know that you have long term hopes for this world – which one should not have — if you fear Allaah only a little or if you recklessly perpetrate sins.
And one will be sufficiently regretful and wretched on the Day of Resurrection if he has knowledge but does not apply it.
* Transcribed from: The Biography of Sufyaan Ath-Thauree, rahimahullaah, page 181-182
A Simple Way to Stay out of Hell- Inshallah
عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- « مَنْ سَأَلَ اللَّهَ الْجَنَّةَ ثَلاَثَ مَرَّاتٍ قَالَتِ الْجَنَّةُ اللَّهُمَّ أَدْخِلْهُ الْجَنَّةَ. وَمَنِ اسْتَجَارَ مِنَ النَّارِ ثَلاَثَ مَرَّاتٍ قَالَتِ النَّارُ اللَّهُمَّ أَجِرْهُ مِنَ النَّارِ
Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated the Messenger of Allah said: “ Whoever asks Allah for Jannah three times, Paradise says, “ Oh Allah enter him into Jannah. Whoever seeks protection with Allah from Hell three times, Jahanim says, “ Oh Allah protect him from the Fire.”
Collected by At-Tirmithi (2572) and others. Shaykh Al-Albani (May Allah have mercy on him) graded this hadeeth as being Saheeh in Saheeh At-Tirmithi.
Benefits for this subject:
Shaykh Al-Hafith Al-Mubarkfuri ( [1353 H] may Allah have mercy on him) mentioned some valuable information about this hadeeth. He wrote:
“Whoever asks Allah for Jannah…” This can be said with the following words “ Oh Allah, I ask you for Jannah” or “Oh Allah, let me enter Jannah”
“ three times…” This means he repeats that request at one time. Saying it three times is an earnest request. This etiquette of supplication is authentically reported in the Sunnah.
“Paradise says, “This is a petition or with it’s tongue. Allah has the ability to make things that don’t normally speak or are non-living talk.
“Oh Allah enter him into Jannah…”Allow him to enter with those in the beginning or with those later.
“Whoever seeks protection…”This refers to the person who seeks guard or protection from the Fire.
“ from Hell…”This can be said with the following words, “Oh Allah, protect me from Hell.”
“Jahanim says,.. “ This means that Hell says,” Save him and rescue him.”
“ from the Fire…”These words refer to Hell asking Allah to allow the slave to be saved from entering the Fire or residing inside it forever.
Taken from “ Tuhfatul Ahwathee bi Sharhee Jami’ At-Tirmithi”
Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Lamont Battle
Doha, Qatar 1431 ©
Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem
Wal – Alhamdulillaahi Rabbil-`Aalameen was-Salaatu was-Salaamu `Alaa Rasoolillaah, Wa ‘ala Alihe wa As-habihe, ajma’een.
Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatu,
Allah has described the people of Jannah as those who treat the creation well by means of their good deeds and wealth, and they are patient when harmed. He said,
“And hasten forth to forgiveness from your Lord, for Jannah is as wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for the pious. Those who spend in prosperity and in adversity, who repress anger, and who pardon people; verily Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (the good-doers).” (Aali Imraan 3:133-134)
Spending in prosperity and in adversity with one’s wealth implies the highest level of doing good. Repressing anger and pardoning people means that one does not reciprocate evil with evil, which entails that one must have pleasant speech and avoid ill-mannerism when it is permissible, thus He says, “Verily Allah loves Al-Muhsinun.”
Some of them have been asked: what is good character? They replied: Generosity and the withholding of harm. This description mentioned is even more comprehensive in the Qur’an for they are described as being generous and they are patient when harmed. The servant who has good character reaches the level of those who do many acts of worship as the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Indeed a person with good character would reach the level of the one who constantly fasts in the day and stands at night.” (1)
It is also recommended to have pleasant speech when commanding good and forbidding evil i.e. a person should be gentle as He said regarding the NonMuslims, “And argue with them with that which is best.” (An-Nahl 16:125) Some of the Salaf have said, “He who you make angry will never accept anything from you.” (2) Whenever the companions of Ibn Masud saw a people committing an evil act, they used to say, “Slow down, slow down, may Allah bless you.” (3) One time a Tabi’i saw a man standing with a woman, so he said to them both,“Indeed Allah sees both of you. May Allah conceal our sins and yours.” Al-Hasan Al-Basri was once invited to a dinner, and he was served some sweets in a utensil that was made of silver. So he took the sweets and placed it on the bread and then ate from on top of it. Thus some of his companions said: This is prohibiting evil in a silent manner.
Sufyan said: “One should not command good and forbid evil except if he possesses these three qualities:
1. He is gentle in that which he commands, gentle in that which he prohibits;
2. Just in that which he commands, just in that which he prohibits;
3. Knowledgeable in that which he commands, knowledgeable in that which he prohibits.” (4)
Many of the Salaf would not command good and forbid evil except in private between the one who they are commanding or prohibiting. Umm Darda said,“Whoever admonishes his brother in private has treated him well. Whoever admonishes his brother in public has disgraced him. “ (5)
Likewise, repelling harsh words by pleasant speech as He the Most High said,“Repel (the evil) with one which is better…” (Fussilat 41: 34) And His, the Most High, statement, “And defend evil with good, for such there is a good end.” (Ar-Ra’d 13: 22 )
1. Narrated by Abu Dawud (3798), ibn Hibban (1967), and Al-Hakim (1/60). Al-Albani said that the hadith is sahih (Silsilah as-sahihah: 2/421)
2. He is Sulaymaan At-Taymee as is mentioned in Al-Khalaal’s book Al-Amr bil-Ma’roof wa Nahee anil Munkar ( Commanding the Good and Forbidding the Evil), pg. 9
3. Narrated by Al-Khalaal, pg.8
4. Narrated by Al-Khalaal, pg. 8
5. Narrated by Al-Khalaal, pg. 10
- Transcribed from: The Dispute of the Highest Angels | Ikhtiyar al-Awlaa fee Sharh Hadith Ikhtisaam al-Mala al-A’alaa | Al-Hafidh Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali
- Transcription done by Eeasa Ibn Roy