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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

At the time of writing, we are in the ‘festive season’ according to Christians – Christmas time. And many Muslims around the world will be actually taking part in these festivities. They will do this without really questioning what they are doing, without even asking themselves if, as Muslims, they should be partaking in this.

The fact is that Muslims should not be taking part in Christmas or other festivals that are not based in Islam, that do not uphold the principles that we have been taught by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). But many Muslims do. A sad fact and one that undermines the establishing of Islam and a united Ummah.

Why does it undermine things?

Committing Shirk

Firstly, and this is the key point, Christmas is the religious festival of the Christians – this is a time that is one of the most holiest for them. It means a lot to them – it means that they are celebrating the birth of JESUS Christ, who they MISTAKENLY BELIEVE IS THE SON OF GOD. This is the worst sin that you could commit and even worse if you die believing this. This is completely incompatible with Islam. All Muslims should know that THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD – ALLAH. There is no other deity, there is nothing equal to Allah, there is nothing that can be compared to Allah – there simply is no son of God, no family of God, there is only God – Allah, The Benificent, The Most Merciful.

So why would Muslims then help support Christianity, which is based upon a false premise? Why would Muslims then go against Islam – and Allah – by wishing Christians joy and happiness in their mistaken belief? This is wrong. If anything, Muslims should be trying to give da’wah to the non-Muslims, such as the Christians.

Some Muslims say that it is a sign of respect to say “Happy Christmas”. Who is most deserving of our respect? It is Allah! Surely it is a greater deed to show respect to Allah than to misguided servants of Allah? Never forget that when you say “Happy Christmas”, you are saying it to someone who is disobeying Allah and possibly doesn’t even believe in Allah! It is not fitting for a Muslim to act in this way and any Muslim who does, should be educated upon the principles of Islam, of Tawheed and of submitting to Allah, NOT to His Creation.

Be firm in Islam, not in other religions

Secondly, we are Muslims and we distinguish ourselves as being Muslims and following Islam. There is no need to follow the tradition of another religion, especially if we have been Commanded by Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) not to. Allah Has Prescribed for us the festivities we should follow and there is no need to add to this by following something else. If celebrating Christmas was allowed, it would have been stated in hadith or the Qur’an. If doing this was ok, then would there be a need for Islam? Isn’t Islam enough for the Muslims?

“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]

Christmas is a made-up festival

Thirdly, Christmas is a pagan festival – it has NOTHING to do with Christianity. It isn’t the birthday of Isa/Jesus (as) and many Christians know this. Christmas is depicted as being lots of snow, Christmas trees, Santa Claus, Reindeers, magical things – nothing to do with Christianity. It doesn’t snow in the Middle East, there’s no Christmas trees there, no such thing as Santa Claus, no such things as flying reindeers – absolutely nothing to do with Isa/Jesus (as). So what we are actually engaging in has no basis in any religion and as Muslims are supposed to be religious, then this is a bit hypocritical. Christmas has nothing to do with Allah or the Prophets, so as Muslims, it has nothing to do with us.

Even if Christmas WAS the birthday of Isa/Jesus (as), this is not something to be celebrated as, in Islam, Muslims are not supposed to celebrate birthdays. We do not celebrate the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) birthday and this was not done by the Sahabas (Companions) either. Those Muslims who do celebrate birthdays need to check their beliefs and look into why Islam does not allow this.

It’s about money and materialism – not about God

Another point is that Christmas is a commercial affair these days. It’s all about selling presents, making money out of Christmas and this in itself is wrong. Many families are put under stress and the financial burden of trying to keep up with Christmas. People in the UK even start buying for Christmas months in advance to help with the finances. And if you cannot give presents, then how does this make you look? Any festivity that puts this kind of pressure and adversity on people is wrong. Even Eid is starting to go this way and Muslims need to wake up to this and not let festivities get out of hand.

Muslims are not Christians, pagans, jews, buddhists, hindus, sikhs, atheists or belonging to any other religion or way of life. Muslims are Muslims and follow Islam. By celebrating Christmas you are actually following something else. And this undermines the strength of the Ummah. This is one of the reasons why the Ummah is weak – we do not adhere to Islam and only Islam. There is nothing wrong with saying that you are a Muslim and so do not celebrate Christmas. Non-Muslims respect this but it seems that Muslims do not want to feel like they are upsetting others.

Evidence

The following hadiths are examples of how Muslims should not imitate the actions of non-Muslims.

On the authority of Abdullah ibn Amr ibn Aas who said: “The Messenger of Allah saw me wearing two saffron garments and he said: ‘Indeed these are from the dress of the Kuffaar so do not wear them.’ [Collected by Muslim (1/144), An-Nisaaee (2/298), Al-Haakim (4/190), and Ahmad in his Musnad (2/172, 164, 193, 207, and 211)]

At-Tirmidhi narrated that Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: “He is not one of us who imitates other than us. Do not imitate the Jews or the Christians.”

At-Tabarani and Abu Dawud narrated that Ibn Umar and Hudhayfah رضي الله عنه reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: “Whoever imitates a people, he is one of them.”

Al-Bayhaqi reported in his Sunan that Anas Bin Maalik رضي الله عنه said: “When the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم came to Medina, the people had two holidays from the days of Jahiliyyah.”

He صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: “When I came to you, you had two days which you used to celebrate in Jahiliyyah. Allah سبحانه وتعالى has replaced them for you with better days, the days of slaughter (Adhaa) and the day of fitr.”

What does Christmas mean to most people? Well most people are not devout Christians and do not even believe Christmas to be connected to Isa/Jesus (as). For these people, Christmas is just a time to feel good, have parties, have a good time. And that’s about it. This is not what Muslims are about or should be about.

Muslims need to start standing up for Islam and stop acting like non-Muslims. We are not Christians and do not hold to those beliefs, unless they coincide with what is from Qur’an and Sunnah. We are not pagans, taking part in rituals that have no significance with Allah.

This is not about Muslims being segregated from society but more the opposite. This is about Muslims standing up and being identified as Muslims – not as though they have some confused fusion of identities. Islam is clear and Muslims need to be also. By being identified as Muslims, what Muslims stand for, what Islam stands for, you will gain respect from other Muslims, gain understanding and respect from non-Muslims and start to create societies where Muslims can be seen to have their place. This is about societies welcoming Muslims and Islam – it isn’t about eating into Islamic identity, which is what those Muslims are doing who are taking part in Christmas, Easter, Diwali, Hannukah and other non-Islamic festivals.

What should Muslims do?

Muslims need to stop engaging in Christmas festivities, parties, the giving of presents, sending cards, giving Christmas greetings. This is not Islamic so don’t have one foot in Islam and one foot in something else – that is a hypocritical stance to have. Instead, celebrate Islam – you have two Eids and can make the most of this. Be devout and upstanding Muslims that non-Muslims can respect for their Islamic values and morals and beliefs. If you don’t then what do you stand for?

Muslims need to come to terms with an Islamic identity and the fact that we are ordered by Allah not to imitate the kufaar – the non-Muslims. If anything, the non-Muslims have much to gain by imitating Muslims and learning from Muslims. We should be the role models, not the other way round. How will non-Muslims learn the errors of their ways, if we imitate them? Also, if we imitate the non-Muslims in the things they do, then where do you draw the line? Would you take part in Diwali which celebrates the many gods of the hindus? This would be committing shirk – the worst sin in Islam. The fairest and most just way is to not engage in festivities that are not Islamic.

Muslim parents need to explain to the schools that their children attend about Islamic values and why their children shouldnt take part in Christmas plays. This increases their understanding about Islam and helps future Muslims. Whenever I have explained things to non-Muslims, they have never looked at me in a bad way but respected me for my beliefs.

Explain to non-Muslims about Islamic values and how we celebrate on Eid. They are not aliens and will understand.

Muslims… you need to act like Muslims and BE Muslims, following Islam and showing everyone the beauty of Islam.

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100 Fabricated Hadiths

Posted: October 20, 2013 in Unity
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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

One of the problems in the Muslim world today is trying to work out whether what you are being told about Islam is genuine or not. We are divided into sects and they follow things that are based in Islam and also things that are NOT based in Islam.

You can get further information in the book – 100 Fabricated Hadith.

Here are 100 hadith that have been fabricated – they are untrue and not to be relied upon.

  1. Conversation in the Masjid eats up good deeds the way animals consume grass. (This hadith is devoid of isnad)
  2. Beautify your table with herbs for verily it drives away the devil upon reciting Bismillah hir Rahman nir Raheem. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee)
  3. Prayer performed in a turban is equivalent to 15 prayers without a turban. And a Jumu’ah prayer performed in a turban is equivalent to 10 Jumu’ah prayers without a turban. Verily the angels wear turbans for the Jumu’ah prayer and they continue to send blessings on the people who wear turbans until sunset. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Hajar)
  4. Love the Arabs for three reasons: because I, Muhammad (pbuh) am ar Arab, the Holy Qur’an was revealed in Arabic and the language of Jannah will be Arabic. (Related as false by Al-Haakim)
  5. When Adam committed the sin of approaching the forbidden tree, he said, “O Lord, I beg of Thee to Forgive me due to the right of Muhammad (pbuh) over You” So Allah said, “O Adam, how did you know about Muhammad (pbuh) seeing that I have not yet created him.” He (Adam) replied, “O Lord, when You Created me with Your own hands and blew in me of Your soul, I raised up my head, thereupon I saw on the pillar of Your throne; There is no god but Allah and Muhammad (pbuh) is His Messenger; written on it. I therefore know that You wouldn;t have mentioned someone’s name beside Yours unless he was the most beloved person to You in the whole of Your creation.” So Allah said to him, “O Adam, you have spoken rightly, verily he is the most loved by Me of all My creation. Call upon Me by his right over Me and I’ll forgive you. And if it wasn’t for Muhammad (pbuh) I wouldn’t have created you.” (Related by Al-Haakim as very weak; Adh-Dhahabee classified it as fabricated)
  6. There is not a single person from among the Muslims who has not been forgiven by Allah for his sins on Jumu’ah day. (Classified as fabricated by Al-Asqalaani and Adh-Dhahabee)
  7. He who gets married before he performs Hajj has indeed started (his life) by committing a great wrong. (Graded fabricated by Ibn Jawzee)
  8. He who visits the grave of his parents every Jumu’ah and recites Surah Ya-Sin over them or one of them, shall have his sins forgiven by the number of each verse or each letter. (Graded fabricated by Ibn Adee – devoid of isnad)
  9. I am a city of knowledge and Ali is the gate by which you pass to obtain that knowledge. (Classified fabricated by Imam Bukhari)
  10. The members of my household are like the stars in the sky. Whichever one you follow you shall be guided. (Classified fabircated by Adh-Dhahabee)
  11. My companions are like the stars in the sky. Whichever one you follow you shall be guided. (Related by Ibn Hazm who said a liar was found in the isnad called Salam Ibn Sulayman)
  12. Diversity among my followers is a Mercy from Allah. (Ibn Hazm said this is not a hadith)
  13. If it weren’t for women, Allah would have been worshipped properly. (Related by Ibn Adee – a man in the isnad is deemed a liar)
  14. Obedience to a woman’s advice causes regret. (Related by Ibn Abu Haatim – fabricated)
  15. There is no sin in backbiting an evil-liver. (Related by Tabaraani)
  16. Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab is the light of Islam in this world and the lamp (light) for the people of Jannah in the Hereafter. (Related by Ibn Jawzee)
  17. Seek knowledge even as far as China. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Jawzee and Ibn Hibbaan)
  18. The scholars od my Ummah (ie. Ummah of Muhammad (pbuh)) are like the Prophets of Israel. (Classified as fabricated by the IIjmaa of the scholars)
  19. The sneezing of a person while another is speaking is a proof that what the person is saying is the truth. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Jawzee)
  20. To think for an hour is better than to be engaged in worship for a period of 60 years. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Jawzee)
  21. When Allah Created the Aql (human intellect) He Commanded it by saying “Come” and it went to Allah. He then said to it “Retreat” and it retreated. So He Said, “By My Glory and Majesty, I have not Created anything more precious than thee.” (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee)
  22. An illegitimate child cannot enter Paradise nor anyone from his descendants to as far as the 70th generation. ((Classified fabricated by Ibn Jawzee)
  23. There is no adhaan nor iqaamah for women and no Ghusl for Salaat-ul-Jumu’ah. ((Classified fabricated by Ahmad Ibn Hanbal)
  24. There isn’t a Prophet that was sent except after reaching the age of 40. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Jawzee)
  25. Allah Will not Punish (His Servants) over an issue in which there was a difference of opinion concerning it. (Classified fabricated by Sakhaawi)
  26. Bury your dead in the graveyards of the pious people, for verily the dead is hurt by a bad neighbour the same manner in which a living person suffers from a bad neighbour. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Jawzee)
  27. I begged my Lord (Glorified be He) not to send any member of my household to the Hellfire and He Granted my request. (Classified fabricated by Nisaai’)
  28. He who invited someone to Islam, causing him or her to embrace it, then he, the caller, shall surely enter the Paradise. (Classified fabricated by As0Saghaani)
  29. He who plays chess is cursed. (Classified fabricated by Imam Nawawi)
  30. Were I to swear by Allah and tell a lie, is more preferred by me than to swear by someone other than Allah and speak the truth. (Classified fabricated by Daar Qutnee)
  31. Verily the Angels said to Allah, “O Lord, how do You exercise patience in regards to the many sins of Bani Adam?” He said, “I test them, then I Pardon them for their sins.” The Angels said, “If only we were in their place, we wouldn’t have disobeyed you.” He Said, “Then choose two Angels from among you to be in their place.” So they chose Harut and Marut; and they both descended towards the Earth. Allah then Gave them sexual desires. They then finally descended to the Earth. Upon reaching Earth there came to them a woman called Zuhra and they both fell in love with her. So they both began to conceal from each other the feelings of lust, which they had in their hearts for Zuhra. One of them returned to her; then the other same and said, “Do you feel what I feel for her?” He said, “Yes.” Then they both asked her for her body. She replied, “I will never submit my body to you both until you teach me the secret word that you use to ascend the Heavens and return to Earth.” Then both Harut and Marut refused; then again they asked for her body but she refused also. They both then gave in and taught her the secret words to ascend in the Heavens. She immediately used it and as soon as she ascended the Heavens, Allah tossed a star at her, which destroyed all her wings. Harut and Marut then begged Allah to forgive them; so Allah gave them a choice. He Said, “If you like, I can Return you to your angelic state and punish you now in the duniya and return you to your angelic state on Judgement Day.” One of the them said to the other, “The punishment of duniya is temporary.” So they chose to be punished in the duniya rather than to be punished in the Hereafter. Allah then Todl them to go to Babylon, so they both went there and stayed. They are presently hanging between the Heavens and the Earth, being punished until Judgement Day. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Jawzee)
  32. The carrying of a rod is a sign of a true Muslim and a tradition of all Prophets. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee)
  33. He who practises I’tikaaf for 10 days of Ramadhan, will get the reward of 2 Hajj and 2 Umrah. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee)
  34. It is better for you to speak in Arabic and avoid speaking in Persian, for verily it breeds hypocrisy. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee)
  35. There is no good in black people. When they are hungry, they steal and when their stomach is full, they commit zina. However they have 2 noble characteristics, which are generosity to their guests and perserverance at times of hardship. (Classified fabricated by Imam Bukhari and Ibn Jawzee)
  36. The Holy Prophet (pbuh) once seat on a cushion made of silk. (Classified fabricated by Al-Haafiz Zaylaee)
  37. Marry and do not divorce for verily Allah’s Throne shakes whenever a divorce occurs. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Jawzee)
  38. The Holy Prophey (pbuh) never used to visit a sick person until after 3 days. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Jawzee)
  39. Beware of sins (unlwaful sexual intercourse) for verily it results in 6 evil consequences, 3 of which occur on earth while the others occur in the Hereafter. As for those that occur on earth, they are:It takes away radiance from your face.It breeds poverty.

    It causes your sustenance to decrease.

    And for those that will occur in the Hereafter, they are:

    It brings down the wrath of the Lord.

    It makes one’s reckoning become difficult.

    It causes one to abide in the Hellfire forever.

    (Classified fabricated by Ibn Jawzee)

  40. He who begets a son and names him Muhammad  for the sake of blessing, both he and his son will be in Jannah. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Jawzee)
  41. He who begets 3 sons and doesn’t name any of them Muhammad is indeed an ignorant person. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee)
  42. He who builds a house bigger than what is necessary will be made to carry it on his shoulders on the Day of Judgement. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Jawzee)
  43. To love your country is a part of Imaan. (Classified fabricated by Saghaani)
  44. A small amount of deeds backed up by knowledge is beneficial, while penty of good deeds without any knowledge is useless. (Classified fabricated by Imam Suyooti)
  45. Beware of the duniya for verily its magical powers are greater than that of Harut and Marut. (Classified fabricated by (Al-Haafiz Al-Iraqi)
  46. He who made Hajj to the house in Makkah and didn’t visit my grave in Madinah has indeed treated me badly. (Classified fabricated by Ash-Shoukaani)
  47. He who makes Hajj and then viists my grave when I die, will be like the one who visited me when I was alive. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Ma’een)
  48. Chicken takes the place of lamb for the poor of my ummah and Jumu’ah is their Hajj. (Classified fabricated by Adh0Dhahabee, Ibn Jawzee and Ad-Daar Qutnee)
  49. Whenever anyone of you cohabits with his wife, let him avoid looking at her private parts because it causes blindness, and also let him avoid excessive talking because this causes dumbness. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee and Ibn Hibbaan)
  50. The Holy Prophet (pbuh) forbade that one should cohabit with his wife before foreplay. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee)
  51. Allah Shall Call people by their mother’s names on teh Day of Judgement in order to cover for them. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Jawzee)
  52. The aubergine is a cure for all ailments. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Hajar Al-Asaqalaani)
  53. Let the most handsome among you lead the prayer because it is more likely that he will be the best in character and use your wealth to safeguard yoru honour and safeguard yoru deen by guarding your tongue. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Jawzee)
  54. He who travels on umu’ah day shall have 2 angels invoking Allah against him, that he should have no one accompanying him on his journey and that he should not accomplish whatever aim and objective he set out to accomplish. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee and Ibn Hibbaan)
  55. Verily for everything there is a heart and the heart of teh Qur’an is Surah Ya-Sin. He who reads it once will have the reward of reading the Qur’an 10 times. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Abee Haatim)
  56. He who charges a fee for teahcing teh Qur’an to others, then that will be his only reward in regards the Qur’an. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee)
  57. Wudhu on top of wudhu is light on top of light. (Classified fabricated by Al-Mandharee)
  58. Backbiting nullifies one’s wudhu and salah. (Classified fabricated by Ad-Daar Qutnee and Al-Haakim)
  59. Verily it is the non-Arabic speaking nations that do this (ie. kissing the hands of their kings) and I, Muhammad (pbuh), am not a king. I am but a man from among you. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Jawzee)
  60. The mistake of Prophet Dawud was in his lust. (Classified fabricated by Imam Suyooti and Adh-Dhahabee)
  61. Whenever soemthing is comprised of halaal and haraam, the haraam always outweighs the halaal. (Classified fabricated by Al-Haafiz Al-Iraqi)
  62. To look at a beautiful face improves one’s eyesight and to look at an ugly face causes one’s eyesight to fade. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Hibbaan)
  63. To look at the face of a beautiful woman and green vegetation, improves one’s eyesight. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee)
  64. If the Arabs should become degraded, then Islam would become degraded too. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Abee Haatim)
  65. The Prophet (pbuh) had teh ability to see in the dark the way he used to see in the daylight. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee)
  66. It is the sunnah that one should not perform more than one salaah with tayammum; instead he should make a fresh tayammum for each and every salaah. (Classified fabricated by Ahmad Ibn Hanbal)
  67. Allah Has Sworn that He Shall never Allow a stingy person to enter the Paradise. (Classified fabricated by Ad-Daar Qutnee)
  68. Whenever the Imam ascends the Mimbar on Jumu’ah day, there should be no salah and talking. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee)
  69. He who shortens the Iqaamah by reciting (Allahu Akbar) twice, is not one of us. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee)
  70. He who raises his hands in Salaah, has no Salaah. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Taahir)
  71. He who performs wudhu and wipes his neck, will not have iron fetters placed around his neck on Judgement Day. (Classified fabricated by Ad-Daar Qutnee and Al-Haakim)
  72. Verily Allah Loves to See His servant tired and exhausted in his quest for halaal things. (Classified fabricated by Ad-Daar Qutnee)
  73. The ink of a scholar is holier than the blood of a martyr. (Classified fabricated by Khateeb)
  74. The Holy Prophet (pbuh) was once returning from a battle with his companions and he turned to them and said, “We have returned from the lesser Jihad to the greater Jihad; Jihad-un-Nafs, Jihad-Al-Akbar, ir. to fight against your evil desires is the greatest.” (Classified fabricated by Ibn Hajar)
  75. He who eats with someone whose sins are forgiven will have his sins forgiven also. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Hajar)
  76. The spider is a shaytaan transformed by Allah, so kill it. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Adee)
  77. He who prays 20 rak’at between Maghrib and Isha shall have a house built in the Paradise. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Jawzee)
  78. A scholar of Islam will never become senile. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Abee Haatim)
  79. A reciter fo the Qur’an will never become senile. (Classified fabricated by Suyooti)
  80. There shall arise a man from among my followers by the name of Muhammad Ibn Idrees (Imam Sha’afi). He will be more deterimental to my followers than iblees. And there shall arise a man from among my followers by the name of Abu Haneefa, he will be the light of my ummah. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Jawzee)
  81. Allah Had Disallowed the recitation of the Holy Qur’an with a charming voice. (Classified fabricated by Al-Haythamee)
  82. He who recites while he is praying behind the Imam will have his mouth filled with fire on the Day of Judgement. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Taahir)
  83. Whenever one performs a lot of Hajj and Umrah, he or she is protected from poverty. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Hibbaan)
  84. He who prayed 2 raka’ah of prayer in privacy without being seen by anyone except Allah and the angels, will be saved form the Hellfire. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee)
  85. The heart of a believer is Allah’s dwelling place. (Classified fabricated by Az-Zarkashee and Ibn Taymiyyah)
  86. Madinah is holier than Makkah. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee)
  87. Verily Allah does not accept a supplication which has a grammatical error in it. (Classified fabricated by Mula Ali Qaari)
  88. If a people should enter a man’s house, then he, the owner of the house, is their amir until they depart; it’s incumbent on them to obey his orders. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee)
  89. The Jumu’ah prayer is compulsory on 50 men and whenever they are less than 50, Jumu’ah is not compulsory on them. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee)
  90. There is not a single Prophet who had a nocturnal emission (wet dream) for verily nocturnal emission is from the shaytaan. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee)
  91. There will be no Mahdi and no Isa, ie. the return of Jesus. (Classified fabricated by Shawkaani and Saghaani)
  92. The Mahdi shall come from the lineage of my uncle Abbas. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Adee)
  93. He who knows himself knows his Lord. (Classified fabricated by As-Sakhaawi)
  94. Make your tawwassul with my Glory for verily my Glory, in the sight of Allah, is great. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Taymiyyah)
  95. Allah the Most High Has Promised this house (the Kaa’ba) that 600,000 worshippers shall viist it yearly for Hajj and if this number is not present, He Shall Make it up with the angels. (Classified fabricated by Al-Haafiz Al-Iraqi)
  96. Verily Allah Has angels whom He Has Assigned to transport the Deeds. (Classified fabricated by Sakhaawi)
  97. The white rooster is my friend and a friend of my friend and an enemy of my enemy. (Classified fabricated by Ibn Jawzee)
  98. Music sows hypocrisy in the hearts like the water causes the crops to germinate. (Classified fabricated by Imam Nawawi)
  99. A shaikh is like a Prophet among his people. (Classified fabricated by Ash-Shawkaani and many others)
  100. Necessity knows no law. (Classified fabricated by Adh-Dhahabee)

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Xmas haraam

Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

Another year passes and we’re again approaching Christmas time. I’ve previously posted about the fact that many Muslims around the world will be actually taking part in these festivities and that taking part in these festivities is wrong and haraam. This then provokes a defensive stance with those Muslims, who then cry out ‘extremism!’ The simple fact is this, Islam allows things and doesn’t allow things. If you don’t like the rulings about things that are not allowed, then you really need to check yourself, not lash out at what Islam says. The second fact is this – I am supplying the reader with the sources from Qur’an and hadith. These are not my rulings – these are Islamic rulings that have come down from scholars, the sahabas and the Prophet (pbuh) himself. In the end, we are Muslims and we shouldn’t have one foot in Islam and another in Christianity or Hinduism or any other religion. If that’s difficult to get your head around, then you probably need some more grounding in Islamic knowledge – especially issues of Aqeedah (belief/creed).

Here are some good links to Shaikh Al-Munajjid’s website that explain these issues:

http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/69811/christmas

http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/85108/christmas

http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/7876/christmas

http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/161539/christmas

http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/947/celebrating%20Christmas

http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/101347/celebrating%20Christmas

http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/12777/celebrating%20Christmas

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http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/108996/imitating

Think of it this way, if you’re a Muslim that celebrates Christmas, can you cite any hadith that shows the Prophet (pbuh) celebrating Christmas? The answer is no – and the below hadith explains why we do not partake in any celebrations other than Eid. When the Prophet (pbuh) was young, he was inclined to go into Makkah and partake of the celebrations, however Allah Caused him to sleep instead – these are not fairy tales – they are serious learning points for Muslims today!

The fact is that Muslims should not be taking part in Christmas or other festivals that are not based in Islam, that do not uphold the Islamic Principles that we have been taught by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). But many Muslims do. A sad fact and one that undermines the establishing of Islam and a united Ummah.

Why does it undermine things?

Firstly, we are Muslims and we distinguish ourselves as being Muslims and following Islam. There is no need to follow the tradition of another religion, especially if we have been Commanded by Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) not to. Allah Has Prescribed for us the festivities we should follow and there is no need to add to this by following something else. If celebrating Christmas was allowed, it would have been stated in hadith or the Qur’an. If doing this was ok, then would there be a need for Islam? Isn’t Islam enough for the Muslims?

“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]

Secondly, Christmas is a pagan festival – it has NOTHING to do with Christianity. It isn’t the birthday of Isa/Jesus (as) and many Christians know this. Christmas is depicted as being lots of snow, Christmas trees, Santa Claus, Reindeers, magical things – nothing to do with Christianity. It doesn’t snow in the Middle East, there’s no Christmas trees there, no such thing as Santa Claus, no such things as flying reindeers – absolutely nothing to do with Isa/Jesus (as). So what we are actually engaging in has no basis in any religion and as Muslims are supposed to be religious, then this is a bit hypocritical. Christmas has nothing to do with Allah or the Prophets, so as Muslims, it has nothing to do with us.

Even if Christmas WAS the birthday of Isa/Jesus (as), this is not something to be celebrated as, in Islam, Muslims are not supposed to celebrate birthdays. We do not celebrate the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) birthday and this was not done by the Sahabas (Companions) either. Those Muslims who do celebrate birthdays need to check their beliefs and look into why Islam does not allow this.

Another point is that Christmas is a commercial affair these days. It’s all about selling presents, making money out of Christmas and this in itself is wrong. Many families are put under stress and the financial burden of trying to keep up with Christmas. People in the UK even start buying for Christmas months in advance to help with the finances. And if you cannot give presents, then how does this make you look? Any festivity that puts this kind of pressure and adversity on people is wrong. Even Eid is starting to go this way and Muslims need to wake up to this and not let festivities get out of hand.

Muslims are not Christians, pagans, jews, buddhists, hindus, sikhs, atheists or belonging to any other religion or way of life. Muslims are Muslims and follow Islam. By celebrating Christmas you are actually following something else. And this undermines the strength of the Ummah. This is one of the reasons why the Ummah is weak – we do not adhere to Islam and only Islam. There is nothing wrong with saying that you are a Muslim and so do not celebrate Christmas. Non-Muslims respect this but it seems that Muslims do not want to feel like they are upsetting others.

The following hadiths are examples of how Muslims should not imitate the actions of non-Muslims.

On the authority of Abdullah ibn Amr ibn Aas who said: “The Messenger of Allah saw me wearing two saffron garments and he said: ‘Indeed these are from the dress of the Kuffaar so do not wear them.’ [Collected by Muslim (1/144), An-Nisaaee (2/298), Al-Haakim (4/190), and Ahmad in his Musnad (2/172, 164, 193, 207, and 211)]

At-Tirmidhi narrated that Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: “He is not one of us who imitates other than us. Do not imitate the Jews or the Christians.”

At-Tabarani and Abu Dawud narrated that Ibn Umar and Hudhayfah رضي الله عنه reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: “Whoever imitates a people, he is one of them.”

Al-Bayhaqi reported in his Sunan that Anas Bin Maalik رضي الله عنه said: “When the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم came to Medina, the people had two holidays from the days of Jahiliyyah.”

He صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: “When I came to you, you had two days which you used to celebrate in Jahiliyyah. Allah سبحانه وتعالى has replaced them for you with better days, the days of slaughter (Adhaa) and the day of fitr.”

What does Christmas mean to most people? Well most people are not devout Christians and do not even believe Christmas to be connected to Isa/Jesus (as). For these people, Christmas is just a time to feel good, have parties, have a good time. And that’s about it. This is not what Muslims are about or should be about.

Muslims need to start standing up for Islam and stop acting like non-Muslims. We are not Christians and do not hold to those beliefs, unless they coincide with what is from Qur’an and Sunnah. We are not pagans, taking part in rituals that have no significance with Allah.

This is not about Muslims being segregated from society but more the opposite. This is about Muslims standing up and being identified as Muslims – not as though they have some confused fusion of identities. Islam is clear and Muslims need to be also. By being identified as Muslims, what Muslims stand for, what Islam stands for, you will gain respect from other Muslims, gain understanding and respect from non-Muslims and start to create societies where Muslims can be seen to have their place. This is about societies welcoming Muslims and Islam – it isn’t about eating into Islamic identity, which is what those Muslims are doing who are taking part in Christmas, Easter, Diwali, Hannukah and other non-Islamic festivals.

What should Muslims do?

Muslims need to stop engaging in Christmas festivities, parties, the giving of presents, sending cards, giving Christmas greetings. This is not Islamic so don’t have one foot in Islam and one foot in something else – that is a hypocritical stance to have. Instead, celebrate Islam – you have two Eids and can make the most of this. Be devout and upstanding Muslims that non-Muslims can respect for their Islamic values and morals and beliefs. If you don’t then what do you stand for?

Muslims need to come to terms with an Islamic identity and the fact that we are ordered by Allah not to imitate the kufaar – the non-Muslims. If anything, the non-Muslims have much to gain by imitating Muslims and learning from Muslims. We should be the role models, not the other way round. How will non-Muslims learn the errors of their ways, if we imitate them? Also, if we imitate the non-Muslims in the things they do, then where do you draw the line? Would you take part in Diwali which celebrates the many gods of the hindus? This would be committing shirk – the worst sin in Islam. The fairest and most just way is to not engage in festivities that are not Islamic.

Muslim parents need to explain to the schools that their children attend about Islamic values and why their children shouldnt take part in Christmas plays. This increases their understanding about Islam and helps future Muslims. Whenever I have explained things to non-Muslims, they have never looked at me in a bad way but respected me for my beliefs.

Explain to non-Muslims about Islamic values and how we celebrate on Eid. They are not aliens and will understand.

Muslims… you need to act like Muslims and BE Muslims, following Islam and showing everyone the beauty of Islam.

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

It saddens me to think that we are living in times when the Muslims are being misled, not only by the Cristians and Hindus and Buddhists and those from other faiths – they are being misled by other Muslims! Celebrating festivals like Easter is haraam.

Although it may be viewed as harmless fun, having an easter egg, sending easter greeting cards, wishing Christians a Happy easter, you are (as a Muslim) doing more harm than good. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) never adopted the ways of Jahiliyyah (ignorance) to try and bring people to Islam. And even if you’re just trying to be polite and neighbourly, you are actually undermining the principles of Islam and keeping people in misguidance.

Other than that, there is the added problem of imitating the kuffaar. We are Muslims and we distinguish ourselves as being Muslims and following Islam. There is no need to follow the tradition of another religion, especially if we have been Commanded by Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) not to. Allah Has Prescribed for us the festivities we should follow and there is no need to add to this by following something else. If celebrating easter or any other festival was allowed, it would have been stated in hadith or the Qur’an.

“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]

The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” [Abu Dawud]

“You must keep to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly-guided Caliphs; cling to it firmly. Beware of newly invented matters, for every new matter is an innovation, and every innovation is misleading.” (Bukhari)

The following hadiths are examples of how Muslims should not imitate the actions of non-Muslims.

Al-Bayhaqi reported in his Sunan that Anas Bin Maalik رضي الله عنه said: “When the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم came to Medina, the people had two holidays from the days of Jahiliyyah.” He صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: “When I came to you, you had two days which you used to celebrate in Jahiliyyah. Allah سبحانه وتعالى has replaced them for you with better days, the days of slaughter (Adhaa) and the day of fitr.”

This is not about Muslims being segregated from society but more the opposite. This is about Muslims standing up and being identified as Muslims – not as though they have some confused fusion of identities. Islam is clear and Muslims need to be also. By being identified as Muslims, what Muslims stand for, what Islam stands for, you will gain respect from other Muslims, gain understanding and respect from non-Muslims and start to create societies where Muslims can be seen to have their place.

What should Muslims do?

Muslims need to stop engaging in non-Muslim festivities, parties, the giving of presents, sending cards, giving greetings. This is not Islamic so don’t have one foot in Islam and one foot in something else. Instead, celebrate Islam – you have two Eids and can make the most of this. Be devout and upstanding Muslims that non-Muslims can respect for their Islamic values and morals and beliefs. If you don’t then what do you stand for?

Muslims need to come to terms with an Islamic identity and the fact that we are ordered by Allah not to imitate the kuffaar – the non-Muslims. If anything, the non-Muslims have much to gain by imitating Muslims and learning from Muslims. We should be the role models, not the other way round. How will non-Muslims learn the errors of their ways, if we imitate them? Also, if we imitate the non-Muslims in the things they do, then where do you draw the line? The fairest and most just way is to not engage in festivities that are not Islamic.

Explain to non-Muslims about Islamic values and how we celebrate on Eid. They are not aliens and will understand.

Muslims… you need to act like Muslims and BE Muslims, following Islam and showing everyone the beauty of Islam.

Other similar topics:

Halloween and Islam

Diwali and Islam

New Year’s and Islam

Christmas and Islam

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

Al-Mawlid: Celebrating the Prophet’s (pbuh) birthday – why is it a big NO?

Valentine’s Day and Islam

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Islamic ruling on celebrating and engaging in non-Islamic festivals > click here

It’s the time of the year when Muslims are getting involved in celebrations that have nothing to do with Islam. It’s the usual thing, they think that there’s no harm in taking part, that it would be considered rude to not congratulate the non-Muslims in their festivities, and that it doesn’t impact on their deen. This is not right and certainly not the right approach for a believer.

The strange thing is that Muslims will try and find all sorts of reasons to justify celebrating with the non-Muslims. They don’t see the difference between what Allah Has Granted us and what has been made up by disbelievers. Can you imagine the Prophet (pbuh) greeting non-Muslims with ‘Happy New Year’? No. So why do it yourselves?

The fatawa about celebrating non-Muslim festivals is agreed by the schools of thought in Islam (see fatawa link above), so rather than get involved in these festivities, why not actually spend a few minutes to find out what the Islamic ruling is? After all, we are Muslims and so should FOLLOW Islam.

The following hadiths are examples of how Muslims should not imitate the actions of non-Muslims.

On the authority of Abdullah ibn Amr ibn Aas who said: “The Messenger of Allah saw me wearing two saffron garments and he said: ‘Indeed these are from the dress of the Kuffaar so do not wear them.’ [Collected by Muslim (1/144), An-Nisaaee (2/298), Al-Haakim (4/190), and Ahmad in his Musnad (2/172, 164, 193, 207, and 211)]

At-Tirmidhi narrated that Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: “He is not one of us who imitates other than us. Do not imitate the Jews or the Christians.”

At-Tabarani and Abu Dawud narrated that Ibn Umar and Hudhayfah رضي الله عنه reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: “Whoever imitates a people, he is one of them.”

Al-Bayhaqi reported in his Sunan that Anas Bin Maalik رضي الله عنه said: “When the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم came to Medina, the people had two holidays from the days of Jahiliyyah.”

He صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: “When I came to you, you had two days which you used to celebrate in Jahiliyyah. Allah سبحانه وتعالى has replaced them for you with better days, the days of slaughter (Adhaa) and the day of fitr.”

This is not about Muslims being segregated from society but more the opposite. This is about Muslims standing up and being identified as Muslims – not as though they have some confused fusion of identities. Islam is clear and Muslims need to be also. By being identified as Muslims, what Muslims stand for, what Islam stands for, you will gain respect from other Muslims, gain understanding and respect from non-Muslims and start to create societies where Muslims can be seen to have their place. This is about societies welcoming Muslims and Islam – it isn’t about eating into Islamic identity, which is what those Muslims are doing who are taking part in Christmas, Easter, Diwali, Hannukah and other non-Islamic festivals.

Explain to non-Muslims about Islamic values and how we celebrate on Eid. They are not aliens and will understand.

Muslims… you need to act like Muslims and BE Muslims, following Islam and showing everyone the beauty of Islam.

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Isa

Prophet Isa (as) – commonly known as Jesus – is one of the greatest Prophets and also one of most debated in the world. The Jews did not accept him, the Christians have revered him and raised him to a status which is the worst sin against Allah (committing shirk) and the Muslims recognise Isa (as) as a true prophet of Allah.

He was born miraculously from Mary (daughter of Imran), a chaste and God-fearing woman, one of the best women of the whole of mankind. Prophet Isa (as) performed miracles, by the Will of Allah but he was not crucified. He will return to the earth and fill it with justice and peace and this is what we are now waiting for.

Here are snippets of the true story of Jesus. The full story can be downloaded using the link below.

Stories Of The Prophets By Ibn Kathir

The following are some snippets of the Stories of the Prophets as written by the renowned scholar (masha’Allah), Ibn Kathir and translated by Sheikh Muhammad Mustafa Geme’ah (Office of the Grand Imam, Sheikh Al-Azhar). I hope you will find them beneficial, insha’Allah.

MARY RECEIVES NEWS OF JESUS
While Mary was praying in her temple, an angel in the form of a man appeared before her. Filled with terror, she tried to flee, praying:

“Verily! I seek refuge with the Most Beneficent (Allah) from you, if you do fear Allah.” The angel said: “I am only a Messenger from your Lord, (to announce) to you the gift of a righteous son.” She said: “How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?” He said: “So (it will be), your Lord said: “That is easy for me (Allah): And (We wish) to appoint him as a sign to mankind and a mercy from Us (Allah), and it is a matter (already) decreed, (by Allah).'” (Ch 19:18-21 Quran)

THE MIRACLES OF JESUS

Allah the Almighty said:

“Remember when Allah will say (on the Day of Resurrection): “O Jesus, son of Mary! Remember My Favor to you and to your mother when I supported you with Ruh-ul-Qudus (Gabriel) so that you spoke to the people in the cradle and in maturity; and when I taught you writing, Al Hikmah (the power of understanding), the Torah and the Gospel; and when you made out of the clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, by My Permission, and you breathed into it, and it became a bird by My Permission, and you healed those born blind, and the lepers by My Permission, and when you brought forth the dead by My Permission; and when I restrained the Children of Israel from you (when they resolved to kill you) since you came unto them with clear proofs, and the disbeliveers among them said: ‘This is nothing but evident magic.'” And when I (Allah) put in their hearts of the disciples (of Jesus) to believe in Me and My Messenger, they said: “We believe. And bear witness that we are Muslims.” (Ch 5:110-111 Quran).

JESUS’ CRUCIFIXION

But the faith of Islam came with views quite different from that of the extend gospels with regards to both the end of Jesus and his nature. The Glorious Qur’an affirms that Allah the Exalted did not permit the people of Israel to kill Jesus or crucify him. What happened was that Allah saved him from his enemies and raised him to heaven. They never killed Jesus, they killed someone else.

Allah the Almighty declared:

“And because of their saying (in boast), “We killed Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah,” but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but the resemblance of Jesus was put over another man (and they killed that man) and those who differ therein are full of doubts. They have no certain knowledge, they follow nothing but conjecture. For surely; they killed him not (Jesus, son of Mary): But Allah raised him (Jesus) up (with his body and soul) unto Himself (and
he is in the heavens). And Allah is Ever All Powerful, All Wise.

And there is none of the people of the Scripture (Jews & Christians), but must believe in him (Jesus, son of Mary, as only a Messenger of Allah, and a human being0, before his (Jesus or a Jew’s or a Christian’s ) death (at the time of the appearance of the angel of death). And on the Day of Resurrection, he (Jesus) will be a witness against them. ( Ch 4:157-159 Quran)

Download the book and read more about the Story of Isa (as) (Jesus) and other Prophets in the Stories Of The Prophets By Ibn Kathir

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

Islamic ruling on celebrating and engaging in non-Islamic festivals > click here

The advice is pretty simple.

  • WE ARE MUSLIMS NOT CHRISTIANS
  • It’s haraam to support the idea of Christmas by celebrating it
  • It’s haraam to support the idea of Christmas by sending Christmas cards
  • It’s haraam to support the idea of Christmas by buying Christmas presents
  • It’s haraam to support the idea of Christmas by wishing others Merry Christmas
  • It’s haraam to support the idea of Christmas by going to and holding Christmas parties
  • It’s haraam to support the idea of Christmas by singing Christmas songs
  • It’s haraam to support the idea of Christmas by telling your kids about a fictional figure like Santa Claus
  • It’s haraam to support the idea of Christmas by doing secret Santa
  • It’s haraam to support the idea of Christmas by going to your company Christmas party
  • It’s haraam to support the idea of Christmas, we should educate people on Islam instead
  • It’s haraam to support the idea of Christmas by having one foot in Islam and one foot in Christianity
  • It’s haraam to support the idea of Christmas, you are after all celebrating SHIRK
  • It’s haraam to support the idea of Christmas by buying your kids advent calendars
  • It’s haraam to support the idea of Christmas by putting up a Christmas tree
  • It’s haraam to support the idea of Christmas by having your kids take part in Christmas nativity plays
  • Christmas is for Christians, Eid is for Muslims.
  • Christmas is a made-up, pagan festival 4 the Christians/non-Muslims. Eid is a Gift from Allah for the Muslims

You may think, this is extreme. Actually, it isn’t. Christmas is a pagan festival which has been connected with the Christian concept of Prophet Isa (as). In Christianity, Jesus is God and this is just plain shirk. So being associated with Christmas is haraam on many levels, as described above. Read on for more explanation from authentic hadith.

Many Muslims around the world will be actually taking part in these festivities. They will do this without really questioning what they are doing, without even asking themselves if, as Muslims, they should be partaking in this. Basically, what springs to mind for those Muslims who aren’t learned in deen, “what’s the big deal?”. It IS a big deal.

The fact is that Muslims should not be taking part in Christmas or other festivals that are not based in Islam, that do not uphold the principles that we have been taught by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). But many Muslims do. A sad fact and one that undermines the establishing of Islam and a united Ummah.

Why does it undermine things?

Firstly, we are Muslims and we distinguish ourselves as being Muslims and following Islam. There is no need to follow the tradition of another religion, especially if we have been Commanded by Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) not to. Allah Has Prescribed for us the festivities we should follow and there is no need to add to this by following something else. If celebrating Christmas was allowed, it would have been stated in hadith or the Qur’an. If doing this was ok, then would there be a need for Islam? Isn’t Islam enough for the Muslims?

“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]

Secondly, Christmas is a pagan festival – it has NOTHING to do with Christianity. It isn’t the birthday of Isa/Jesus (as) and many Christians know this. Christmas is depicted as being lots of snow, Christmas trees, Santa Claus, Reindeers, magical things – nothing to do with Christianity. It doesn’t snow in the Middle East, there’s no Christmas trees there, no such thing as Santa Claus, no such things as flying reindeers – absolutely nothing to do with Isa/Jesus (as). So what we are actually engaging in has no basis in any religion and as Muslims are supposed to be religious, then this is a bit hypocritical. Christmas has nothing to do with Allah or the Prophets, so as Muslims, it has nothing to do with us.

Even if Christmas WAS the birthday of Isa/Jesus (as), this is not something to be celebrated as, in Islam, Muslims are not supposed to celebrate birthdays. We do not celebrate the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) birthday and this was not done by the Sahabas (Companions) either. Those Muslims who do celebrate birthdays need to check their beliefs and look into why Islam does not allow this.

Another point is that Christmas is a commercial affair these days. It’s all about selling presents, making money out of Christmas and this in itself is wrong. Many families are put under stress and the financial burden of trying to keep up with Christmas. People in the UK even start buying for Christmas months in advance to help with the finances. And if you cannot give presents, then how does this make you look? Any festivity that puts this kind of pressure and adversity on people is wrong. Even Eid is starting to go this way and Muslims need to wake up to this and not let festivities get out of hand.

Muslims are not Christians, pagans, jews, buddhists, hindus, sikhs, atheists or belonging to any other religion or way of life. Muslims are Muslims and follow Islam. By celebrating Christmas you are actually following something else. And this undermines the strength of the Ummah. This is one of the reasons why the Ummah is weak – we do not adhere to Islam and only Islam. There is nothing wrong with saying that you are a Muslim and so do not celebrate Christmas. Non-Muslims respect this but it seems that Muslims do not want to feel like they are upsetting others.

The following hadiths are examples of how Muslims should not imitate the actions of non-Muslims.

On the authority of Abdullah ibn Amr ibn Aas who said: “The Messenger of Allah saw me wearing two saffron garments and he said: ‘Indeed these are from the dress of the Kuffaar so do not wear them.’ [Collected by Muslim (1/144), An-Nisaaee (2/298), Al-Haakim (4/190), and Ahmad in his Musnad (2/172, 164, 193, 207, and 211)]

At-Tirmidhi narrated that Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: “He is not one of us who imitates other than us. Do not imitate the Jews or the Christians.”

At-Tabarani and Abu Dawud narrated that Ibn Umar and Hudhayfah رضي الله عنه reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: “Whoever imitates a people, he is one of them.”

Al-Bayhaqi reported in his Sunan that Anas Bin Maalik رضي الله عنه said: “When the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم came to Medina, the people had two holidays from the days of Jahiliyyah.”

He صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: “When I came to you, you had two days which you used to celebrate in Jahiliyyah. Allah سبحانه وتعالى has replaced them for you with better days, the days of slaughter (Adhaa) and the day of fitr.”

What does Christmas mean to most people? Well most people are not devout Christians and do not even believe Christmas to be connected to Isa/Jesus (as). For these people, Christmas is just a time to feel good, have parties, have a good time. And that’s about it. This is not what Muslims are about or should be about.

Muslims need to start standing up for Islam and stop acting like non-Muslims. We are not Christians and do not hold to those beliefs, unless they coincide with what is from Qur’an and Sunnah. We are not pagans, taking part in rituals that have no significance with Allah.

This is not about Muslims being segregated from society but more the opposite. This is about Muslims standing up and being identified as Muslims – not as though they have some confused fusion of identities. Islam is clear and Muslims need to be also. By being identified as Muslims, what Muslims stand for, what Islam stands for, you will gain respect from other Muslims, gain understanding and respect from non-Muslims and start to create societies where Muslims can be seen to have their place. This is about societies welcoming Muslims and Islam – it isn’t about eating into Islamic identity, which is what those Muslims are doing who are taking part in Christmas, Easter, Diwali, Hannukah and other non-Islamic festivals.

What should Muslims do?

Muslims need to stop engaging in Christmas festivities, parties, the giving of presents, sending cards, giving Christmas greetings. This is not Islamic so don’t have one foot in Islam and one foot in something else – that is a hypocritical stance to have. Instead, celebrate Islam – you have two Eids and can make the most of this. Be devout and upstanding Muslims that non-Muslims can respect for their Islamic values and morals and beliefs. If you don’t then what do you stand for?

Muslims need to come to terms with an Islamic identity and the fact that we are ordered by Allah not to imitate the kufaar – the non-Muslims. If anything, the non-Muslims have much to gain by imitating Muslims and learning from Muslims. We should be the role models, not the other way round. How will non-Muslims learn the errors of their ways, if we imitate them? Also, if we imitate the non-Muslims in the things they do, then where do you draw the line? Would you take part in Diwali which celebrates the many gods of the hindus? This would be committing shirk – the worst sin in Islam. The fairest and most just way is to not engage in festivities that are not Islamic.

Muslim parents need to explain to the schools that their children attend about Islamic values and why their children shouldnt take part in Christmas plays. This increases their understanding about Islam and helps future Muslims. Whenever I have explained things to non-Muslims, they have never looked at me in a bad way but respected me for my beliefs.

Explain to non-Muslims about Islamic values and how we celebrate on Eid. They are not aliens and will understand.

Muslims… you need to act like Muslims and BE Muslims, following Islam and showing everyone the beauty of Islam.

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Here are the questions asked in the Qur’an quizzes I have held so far. Questions are on a separate post.

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QUIZ 57: JUZ NINETEEN

  1. So fear Allah, keep your duty to Him and obey me
  2. Nuh(as) and Hud (as) and Salih (as) and Shuaib (as)
  3. They didn’t give full measure to the people, they caused loss to others, they didn’t weigh with a true and straight balance, they defrauded people by reducing their things, they did evil and made corruption and mischief in the land
  4. They threatened to stone him to death
  5. As-Saami’ (the All-Hearer), Al-‘Aleem (the All-Knower)
  6. Angel Jibreel
  7. A she-camel
  8. Every lying, sinful person
  9. Sodomy
  10. All that with which they used to enjoy shall not avail them
  • BONUS ANSWER: Surah 97
  • BONUS ANSWER: Abu Ayub al-Ansari (ra) narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “The one who observes the six fasts of Shawwal after (having fasted throughout) Ramadan has, as if, fasted throughout the year.” [Muslim]
  • BONUS ANSWER: He fasted one day and missed a day, fasted one day, missed a day
  • BONUS ANSWER: Mondays and Thursdays

Questions can be found here

QUIZ 58: JUZ NINETEEN

  1. Ta-Sin – no one knows the meaning except Allah
  2. Drive out the family of Lut from your city. Verily, these are men who want to be clean and pure.
  3. The hoopoe
  4. An Ifrit (strong Jinn)
  5. A Jinn who had knowledge of the scriptures
  6. Oh Musa! Verily It is I, Allah, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise
  7. 9
  8. 9
  9. A glass surface with water underneath (or a palace)
  10. The sun
  • BONUS ANSWER: Fidya

Questions can be found here

QUIZ 59: JUZ TWENTY

  1. Say ‘None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghaib except Allah, nor can they perceive when they shall be resurrected
  2. Musa (as) fled to Madyan
  3. Firaun told Haman to bake bricks of clay and build a Sarhan (tower) so that Firaun could look for Allah
  4. They will be terrified and come to Allah, humbled
  5. His brother Harun (as)
  6. To us our deeds and to you your deeds. Peace be to you. We seek not the way of the ignorant.
  7. Ta Sin Mim – none knows the meaning of this except Allah
  8. Those who are prevented from receiving Allah’s Mercy  or any good
  9. Some information or a fire-brand to warm his family
  10. Firaun was going to kill Musa (as) when he was a baby
  • BONUS ANSWER: Father of the cat

Questions can be found here

QUIZ 60: JUZ TWENTY

  1. Allah Would Have Sent them a Messenger
  2. Those who exult (ungrateful because of their riches)
  3. 950 years
  4. And your Lord Knows what their breasts conceal and what they reveal
  5. You should not obey your parents
  6. The Spider
  7. A witness
  8. They invent falsehood
  9. Do people think they will be left alone because they say, ‘We believe” and will not be tested
  10. The Qur’an

Questions can be found here

QUIZ 61: JUZ TWENTY & TWENTY-ONE

  1. See they not how Allah Originates the creation, then Repeats it. Verily that is easy for Allah
  2. Prophet Shuaib (as) and the Punishment was an earthquake
  3. Hell
  4. They will disown each other and curse each other
  5. Death
  6. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had not read nor written anything before the Qur’an
  7. Sodomy
  8. Like a spider who builds for itself a house but the frailest of houses is the spider’s house
  9. He Punishes whom He Wills, and Shows Mercy to whom He Wills, and to Him you will be returned
  10. Lut’s (as) wife

Questions can be found here

QUIZ 62: JUZ TWENTY-ONE

  1. Alif Lam Meem. The Romans have been defeated
  2. Mankind does, from their own evil actions and sins
  3. Do not let them discourage you from conveying Allah’s Message
  4. Dust
  5. None knows the meaning except Allah
  6. They will suffer from their disbelief
  7. Allah (Alone) Originates the creation, then He Will Repeat it, the to Him you will be returned
  8. You follow nothing but falsehood and magic
  9. Glorify Allah
  10. Creation of the heavens, Creation of the earth, difference of languages, difference of colours

Questions can be found here

QUIZ 63: JUZ TWENTY-TWO

  1. Alif Lam Mim. No one knows the meaning except Allah
  2. O my son! Join not in worship others with Allah. Verily joining others in worship with Allah is a great Zulm indeed
  3. So that the earth would not shake
  4. And turn not your face away from men with pride., nor walk in insolence through the earth.
  5. A mercy and guidance for Al-Muhsinun (good-doers)
  6. You must not obey them  but behave with your parents kindly in the world (2points)
  7. wisdom
  8. Perform prayer, Enjoin the good, forbid the wrong, bear with patience what befalls you,
  9. Music and singing
  10. Allah

Questions can be found here

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

Here are the questions asked in the Qur’an quizzes I have held so far. Answers are on a separate post.

Learn Islam! In doing so, you will… Stand Up 4 Islam!

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QUIZ 57: JUZ NINETEEN

  1. Quote Surat Ash-Shu’ara v108
  2. Name the four Prophets who said “So fear Allah, keep your duty to Him and obey me”. Clue Surat As-Shu’ara v108-179
  3. Name 1 of the sins that the people of Prophet Shu’aib (as) used to commit. Clue: Surat Ash-Shu’ara v181-183
  4. What did the people of Nuh (as) threaten to do to him? Clue: Surat Ash-Shu’ara v116
  5. Name the Attributes of Allah mentioned in Surat Ash-Shu’ara v220
  6. Who brought down the Qur’an? Clue: Surat Ash-Shu’ara v193
  7. What was the sign given to the people of Thamud? Clue: Surat Ash-Shu’ara v155
  8. Upon whom do the Shayateen descend? Clue: Surat Ash-Shu’ara v222
  9. What was the sin of the people of Lut (as)? Clue: Surat Ash-Shu’ara v165-168
  10. Quote Surat Ash-Shu’ara v207
  • BONUS QUESTION: What surah number is the Surah that contains the verses of Laylatul-Qadr?
  • BONUS QUESTION: What is the reward of fasting the 6 days in Shawwal?
  • BONUS QUESTION: Describe the fast of Prophet Dawud (as)
  • BONUS QUESTION: What days did the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) like to fast?

Answers can be found here

QUIZ 58: JUZ NINETEEN

  1. Quote Surat An-Naml v1 and give the meaning of this verse
  2. What did the people of Prophet Lut (as) say in Surat An-Naml v56?
  3. Which bird was missing from the ranks of Prophet Sulaiman? Clue: Surat An-Naml v20
  4. Who said that he would bring forth the throne of the Queen of Saba in Surat An-Naml v39
  5. Who was more faster than the Ifrit and why? Clue: Surat An-Naml v40
  6. Quote Surat An-Naml v9
  7. How many men were the main mischief-makers of the people of Thamud? Clue: Surat An-Naml v48
  8. How many signs did Allah Send to Firaun? Clue: Surat An-Naml v12
  9. What is As-Sarh as mentioned in Surat An-Naml v44?
  10. What did the people of Saba (Sheba) worship instead of Allah? Clue: Surat An-Naml v24
  • BONUS QUESTION: If you have to miss a fast because of illness, what is the payment called that you have to make?

Answers can be found here

QUIZ 59: JUZ TWENTY

  1. Quote Surat An-Naml v65
  2. Where did Musa (as) escape to, when he fled Egypt? Clue: Surat Al-Qasas v22
  3. What did Firaun tell Haman to do , when Musa asked him to believe in Allah? Clue: Surat Al-Qasas v38
  4. What will happen to the people when the Trumpet is blown, as described in Surat An-Naml v87?
  5. Who went with Musa (as) to Firaun as his helper? Clue: Surat Al-Qasa v34
  6. What should Muslims say when they hear evil, vain talk? Clue: Surat Al-Qasas v55
  7. Quote Surat Al-Qasas v1 and what is its meaning?
  8. Who are Al-Maqbuhun? Clue: Surat Al-Qasas v42
  9. What did Musa (as) hope to get from the fire that he saw in Surat Al-Qasas v29?
  10. What was Firaun going to do before his wife stopped him in Surat Al-Qasas v9?
  • BONUS QUESTION: Abu Hurairah was one of the sahabas who quoted most hadith. What does Abu Hurairah mean?

Answers can be found here

QUIZ 60: JUZ TWENTY

  1. What would have happened before Allah Destroys a town? Clue: Surat Al-Qasas v59
  2. What does Allah Not Like, as described in Surat Al-Qasas v76?
  3. How long did Prophet Nuh (as) sta with his people? Clue: Surat Al-Ankabut v14
  4. Quote Surat Al-Qasas v69
  5. What should you do if your parents try to make you associate partners with Allah, as described in Surat Al-Ankabut v8
  6. What is the meaning of Surat Al-Ankabut?
  7. What Will Allah Bring Out from every nation? Clue: Surat Al-Qasas v75
  8. What do the disbelievers invent in Surat Al-Ankabut v17?
  9. Quote Surat Al-Ankabut v2
  10. What is the Mercy that Allah Has Sent Down in Surat Al-Qasas v86?

Answers can be found here

QUIZ 61: JUZ TWENTY & TWENTY-ONE

  1. Quote Surat Al-Ankabut v19
  2. Who was sent to the people of Madyan and what was the form of the Punishment that Allah Sent them? Clue: Surat Al-Ankabut v36-37
  3. What will encompass the disbelievers, as mentioned in Surat Al-Ankabut v54?
  4. What will the idol worshippers do to each other on the Day of Judgement, as described in Surat Al-Ankabut v25
  5. What shall everyone taste (Muslims and non-Muslims), as described in Surat Al-Ankabut v57?
  6. What had the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) read or written before the Qur’an? Clue: Surat Al-Ankabut v48
  7. What was the sin that the people of Lut (as) committed that no people before had done? Clue: Surat Al-Ankabut v28
  8. What is the likeness of those who take protectors other than Allah? Clue: Surat Al-Ankabut v41
  9. Quote Surat Al-Ankabut v21
  10. Who, from Lut’s (as) family, was NOT saved as mentioned in Surat Al-Ankabut v33

Answers can be found here

QUIZ 62: JUZ TWENTY-ONE

  1. Quote Surat Ar-Rum v1-2
  2. From Surat Ar-Rum v36, who inflicts evil on mankind?
  3. What should we NOT allow people who have no faith in Allah and Islam, to do? Clue: Surat Ar-Rum v60
  4. What are human beings created from, as mentioned in Surat Ar-Rum v20
  5. What is the meaning of Surat Ar-Rum v1?
  6. What will happen to those who disbelieve, as mentioned in Surat Ar-Rum v44
  7. Quote Surat Ar-Rum v11
  8. What do the disbelievers say to the believers in Surat Ar-Rum v58?
  9. What should you do when you come up to the evening? Clue: Surat Ar-Rum v17
  10. Name 2 of the Signs of Allah mentioned in Surat Ar-Rum v22

Answers can be found here

QUIZ 63: JUZ TWENTY-TWO

  1. Quote Surat Luqman v1 and explain what this verse means
  2. What did Luqman say to his son in Surat Luqman v13?
  3. Why did Allah place mountains on the earth? Clue: Surat Luqman v10
  4. Complete the ayat in Surat Luqman v18: “…Verily Allah Likes not any arrogant boaster.”
  5. Describe what the Qur’an is as mentioned in Surat Luqman v3
  6. If your parents insist on you following other than Allah, what must you do? Clue: Surat Luqman v15
  7. What did Allah Bestow upon Luqman? Clue: Surat Luqman v12
  8. Name 2 of the commandments of Allah mentioned in Surat Luqman v17
  9. What is meant by ‘idle talks’ in Surat Luqman v6?
  10. To Whom is the final destination? Clue: Surat Luqman v14

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Here are the answers asked in the Qur’an quizzes I have held so far. Questions are on a separate post.

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QUIZ 50: JUZ SEVENTEEN

  1. Say ‘O Mankind. I am (sent) to you only as a plain warner
  2. The Fire of Hell
  3. The Oft-Pardoning, the Oft-Forgiving
  4. Allah Send Down rain from the sky and the earth becomes green
  5. Generous provision, ie. Paradise
  6. And those who disbelieved and belied Our Verses, for them will be a humiliating torment
  7. Bow, prostrate and worship Allah and do good deeds
  8. Those who emigrated in the Cause of Allah and after were killed or died
  9. Shaytaan threw falsehood into the message. Allah Abolishes that which shaytaan throws in
  10. Falsehood

Questions can be found here

QUIZ 51: JUZ EIGHTTEEN

  1. They said that Nuh (as) is just a human being and Allah Could Have Sent an Angel, and they never heard their forefathers saying this
  2. (Allah) said, “In a little while they are sure to be regretful”
  3. Offer Salat with solemnity and full sibmissiveness; turn away from Al-Laghw (evil talk and that which Allah Has Forbidden); pay Zakat; guard their chastity
  4. No one is tasked except according to his capacity, and no one will be wronged
  5. All the praises and thanks are to Allah, Who Has Saved us from the people who are Zalimun
  6. Broken their religion among them into sects
  7. The clot
  8. Isa (as) and his mother Maryam
  9. Our hearing, eyes and heart (understanding)
  10. Nuh said: “O my Lord! Help me because they deny me”

Questions can be found here

QUIZ 52: JUZ EIGHTEEN

  1. Say: “Who is the Lord of the seven heavens and the Lord of the Great Throne?” – Allah
  2. The Fire will burn their faces and they will grin , with displaced (disfigured) lips
  3. Repel evil with that which is better
  4. Mankind was not created for play and without a purpose
  5. Each god would have taken away what he created and some would have tried to overcome others
  6. Seek refuge in Allah from the whisperings of the shayateen
  7. No you cannot come back because of the Barzakh (barrier)
  8. “Remain you in it with ignominy. And speak you not to Me”
  9. My Lord! Then (save me from Your Punishment) , put me not amongst the people who are the Zalimun
  10. They are those whose scales are heavy with good deeds
  • BONUS ANSWER: Allah’s Throne is above the seven heavens; Shaytaan’s throne is upon the water/sea
  • BONUS ANSWER: In disgrace

Questions can be found here

QUIZ 53: JUZ EIGHTEEN

  1. Four
  2. Ask for permission to enter and greet those in them
  3. They are like a mirage
  4. The Slander of Aishah
  5. And he for whom Allah Has Not Appointed light, for him there is no light
  6. Bad statements for bad people; good statements for good people, and forgiveness and generous provision
  7. Lower their gaze and protect their private parts from illegal sexual intercourse
  8. Lower their gaze, protect their private parts from illegal sexual intercourse, and not show off their adornment (except what is apparent); draw their veils all over and not receal their adornments except to whom is allowed; and let them not stamp their feet
  9. Every living moving creature has been created from water And why did you not, when you heard it, say: ‘It is not right for us to speak of this. Glory is to You (O Allah). This is a great lie
  • BONUS ANSWER: I’tikaf
  • BONUS ANSWER: Laylatul-Qadr
  • BONUS ANSWER: Deliberately vomiting

Questions can be found here

QUIZ 54: JUZ EIGHTEEN

  1. We hear and we obey
  2. So that you may receive Mercy from Allah
  3. The Qur’an. Furqan means criterion
  4. When it (Hell) sees them from a far place, the will hear its raging and its roaring
  5. To convey the Message of Allah in a clear way
  6. The comfort they received from Allah caused them to forget the warning
  7. Give a greeting from Allah (eg. Asalaam alaikum)
  8. Succession in the land (to present rulers); and authority to practice their Islam; safe security after their fear
  9. You follow none but a man bewitched
  10. Before Fajr, when you put off clothes in midday, after Isha

Questions can be found here

QUIZ 55: JUZ NINETEEN

  1. They think highly of themselves and are scornful with great pride
  2. Guide, Helper
  3. One is palatable and sweet, the other is salt and bitter; a barrier is between them both
  4. The deeds will be as scattered floating particles of dust
  5. The winds, heralding good tidings
  6. Blessed is He Who Placed in the heavens big stars and Has Placed therein a great lamp (sun) and a moon giving light
  7. “Oh Would that I had taken a path with the Messenger”
  8. The shadows – how it spreads, due to the sun guiding it.
  9. Six days. After, Allah Rose above the Throne
  10. So that Allah Can Strengthen your hearts
  • BONUS ANSWER: 23 years

Questions can be found here

QUIZ 56: JUZ NINETEEN

  1. They walk on the earth with humility and when the foolish address them, they reply back with words of gentleness
  2. Musa (as) threw his stick and it became a serpent, he drew out his hand and it was white to all beholders
  3. Ta Sin Mim – no one knows the meaning of this except Allah
  4. Allah Will Change their sins into good deeds
  5. Alas! If only we had a chance to return to the world, we shall truly be among the believers!
  6. Sunrise
  7. He was afraid that the people of Firaun would kill him because of the crime he had committed
  8. And whosoever repents and does righteous good deeds; then verily, he repents towards Allah with true repentance
  9. Hukm; to join him with the righteous; to grant him an honourable mention in later generations; to make him one of the inheritors of Paradise; and to forgive his father; and to not disgrace him on the Day of Resurrection
  10. They fell down prostrate and believed in Allah
  • BONUS ANSWER: Odd nights of the last 10 nights of Ramadan
  • BONUS ANSWER: 9th
  • BONUS ANSWER: Yes you can
  • BONUS QUESTION: 1000 months

Questions can be found here

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