The Royal Wedding or Day of Judgement – Which event is more important to you?

Posted: April 27, 2011 in Unity
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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

As I write this blog post, we have less than two days to go before the BIG EVENT on Friday… the Royal Wedding: Prince William and Kate Middleton.

It’s sure to attract attention worldwide with an estimated TWO BILLION people tuning into their TV sets, their social networks, or even gathering outside Westminster Abbey, outside Buckingham Palace and on the streets of London. Around 50 Heads of State throughout the world are taking part, the military are conducting practise operations for the day and the whole world’s media is swarming to London. Believe me, this is no small event at all. The last major Royal Wedding was that of Prince Charles to Diana. And back then, that was a massive occasion. That will pale in comparison to this, because the world is so much more connected now, through technology.

Millions upon millions of UK taxpayers’ money is being put towards this wedding – mine included. Personally, I don’t want my money wasted on this. The economy is in dire straits, thousands of people are losing their jobs; instead of supporting these people, millions of pounds are being spent on TWO people. Newspapers are making money out of this, photographers, companies with memorabilia – but not the ordinary person on the street! These people don’t get any more benefit than watching X-Factor on an evening. So the first point I am making is that this is a waste of money. I’m not against a bride and groom being happy on their wedding day – indeed they should be happy and people around them should celebrate this… but there is a limit. And with this Royal Wedding, we have crossed the limit many times over.

So what is the point I am making? It’s simple… don’t waste your time and put things into perspective. There are more important things going on in the world, and even more important things that will happen after!

There are people dying and being persecuted across the world. Many of whom are Muslims. There is poverty in the world and there needn’t be because there are more than enough resources and money in the world for everyone! But not if we waste our time, money and resources on things like this! So my fellow Muslim Brothers and Sisters, when you’re watching the wedding, spare a thought for the ummah – we are one nation, one body; if one part of it is hurt, we are all hurting. This Royal Wedding is not an Islamic one, it’s not even a Muslim one, so leave this for the non-Muslims. It’s more their day than ours. What loyalty does the Royal Family have to the Muslims? What loyalty does the Royal Family have to you and your family? Islam doesn’t not run on kingship or dictators – it runs on those who rule according to the Law of Allah. The Royal Family does not fit this criteria, so we shouldn’t be giving them the credit and attention that many Muslims are doing. But if your heart is attached to the Royal Family, then you may end up being amongst them at a time when you really wouldn’t want to be.

But the biggest point I am making is this. This Royal Wedding may be a big event. It may even be modern history in the making. But it’s actually very very insignificant. As an event it is miniscule and hardly registers on the scale. Especially when compared to one of the BIGGEST EVENTS to face mankind! And this event will be upon us before we even realise. None can escape this event and it affects every single one of us. What is the event I am talking about?

THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT!

This post isn’t really aimed at non-Muslims, so I don’t expect them to take heed of any of this. But those of understanding will. And ALL Muslims need to put things into perspective. There are many events in all our lives – ones that we are involved in, ones that affect others and we are spectators (like the Royal Wedding). But none of these events compare to the heaviest day of our lives.. the Day of Judgement, the Day of Reckoning, the Day of Fear, the Day when no one will be wronged and all affairs will be settled. How will you be on this day? Will you be under the shade of Allah’s Throne? Will you be sweating and up to your neck in water, struggling to breathe and stand in the gravest of moments?

We will be asked about how we spent our time – it’s a valuable commodity, one that shouldn’t be traded for something that will gain you only a little pleasure in this world. What are you going to say? That you spent the whole day watching and following the Royal Wedding – especially on a Friday? When Brothers and Sisters should be praying and going to Jumuah? There’s a lot that we need to prepare before the Day of Judgement is upon us. Watching the Royal Wedding, watching sports tournaments for hours on end, watching TV endlessly, is not the kind of preparation that will help us. We need our leisure time but surely we need to keep this in check, and not indulge too much time in things like this.

There are much better things to spend your time on: reading Qur’an, praying, making supplications to Allah, helping your fellow Muslim brother and sister, helping non-Muslims, giving in charity, smiling and spreading good cheer (in a way that Pleases Allah), fasting, and much more.

So which is more important to you? The Royal Wedding or the Day of Judgement?

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Comments
  1. Robby says:

    I’m sure there is time for both a Wedding , as well as for the Day of Judgement. Why be so “judgmental” and compare the two, when there is no connection ?
    I have been to many Muslim weddings where a large amount of money was spent.

    • maverick says:

      Thank you for your comment and for asking in such a good way.

      The connection is about all our deeds, which we will be held to account for on the Day of Judgement. So if we spend time and money on the Royal Wedding, we will be asked about this. So there is always a connection with everything we do, and this Day. The point I am making is about getting things into perspective. I’m sure there are many in the UK, for example, who will question why so much of our money is being spent here at a time when jobs are being lost and people’s futures are at threat.

      But the point you make about Muslim weddings is also valid. Muslim weddings are not exempt from the principles that I have briefly outlined in my post. A lot of money is also wasted here and also time and effort. Weddings are glorious days and ones to be celebrated. But, as I said, there are limits – limits on money, time and resources. So let’s keep things in perspective.

      Also, it’s hard to enjoy a wedding like this, when there are many people suffering around the world. If your family was suffering, I doubt that you would be having a leisurely time.

      Thank you again, for your comment.

  2. Robby says:

    Thanks Maverick ; but I think you are actually getting things out of perspective. Of course there are bad things happening in the world [There was the shocking rape of a young woman in Pakistan, on the order of someone in Authority ; there are the brave women facing Assad’s gunmen in Syria – victims of Floods and Earthquakes all around, and so on].

    But I think that your offering your readers a stark [either this or that] Choice between that Wedding and the Day of Judgement , is unfair to them and misleading, suggesting that it will be sinful, by suggesting that this is the ONLY choice they have.

    There is time in our lives for both ; the Wedding is a single day in a lifetime., and many of us do our best to help others – we do not have to feel BAD about joining in a happy day for a while. People can choose BOTH the Wedding AND their duty to others.

    • maverick says:

      Thanks for your coment Robby – much appreciated.

      My post may seem out of perspective to you but this post is mainly aimed at Muslims, and they will understand the position I am coming from, which is an Islamic position. And from this position, it’s not unfair nor misleading at all and things are measured much differently because for Muslims, it’s about our preparation for the HereAfter compared to the time we have in this world.

      • Elder says:

        I speak as a muslim andi know many more will be sharing in the happiness of the wedding. There is too much doom and gloom in this world and celebrations do not come along often. You must also realise that billions of pounds will go back into oursystem to help the economy. Its your right not to partake in the festivities but i dont think you should make other muslims feel they are doing wrong if they do.

      • maverick says:

        Jazak’Allah khayrun for your comment.

        Every Muslim has a duty to Enjoin the Right and Forbid the Wrong. I cannot apologise if some Muslims feel uncomfortable about what I have said above. Rather, if you disagree with what I have said above, then you should support your reasoning with Qur’an and Sunnah about right and wrong. This is a more Islamic position to take and I will present some additional information, which you can find at: http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/11427/festivities.

        Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: it is not permissible for the Muslims to attend the festivals of the mushrikeen, according to the consensus of the scholars whose words carry weight. The fuqaha’ who follow the four schools of thought have stated this clearly in their books… Al-Bayhaqi narrated with a saheeh isnaad from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab that he said: “Do not enter upon the mushrikeen in their churches on the day of their festival, for divine wrath is descending upon them.” And ‘Umar also said: “Avoid the enemies of Allaah on their festivals.” Al-Bayhaqi narrated with a jayyid isnaad from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr that he said: “Whoever settles in the land of the non-Arabs and celebrates their new year and festival and imitates them until he dies in that state, will be gathered with them on the Day of Resurrection.” (Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah, 1/723-724).

        Additional information can also be found at: http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/947.

        I hope this helps you understand the post I have written but more importantly, where a Muslim should stand on issues like this.

        Jazak’Allah khayrun.

  3. Sheriff Mohammed says:

    Assalamu-alaikum, Brother Maverick has done a very good job drawing muslims attention to the fact the we should not live a life of amusement and play which robs us from the purpose of our creation – which is to worship Allah alone. As a muslim you may see harram things when you watch this weeding, including the exposure of the awrah, kissing in public, dancing etc which might corrupt the heart of a muslim or drive him/her to imitate them. Islam is a religion of purity; purity of the mind, heart, the entire body, of one’s actions (not to eat or drink harram). The wedding of non-muslims is not the business of muslims because it is not done according to the sunnah of Mohammed (SAW) the messenger of Allah. We should not waste valuable time of our life watching such an event but rather in the remembrance of Allah. Please remember what is said in Qur’an 57:20.

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