Mislead by Traditions and Ignorance.

It was in the blessed month of Ramadhan, that the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed. (Peace and blessings be upon him)

The first word uttered was ” Iqra ” ~ meaning “READ” or RECITE.

Read: to understand the meaning of written symbols
Recite: to verbally repeat from memory (read aloud)

Muslims, young and old, have been encouraged to seek knowledge ~ to broaden their horizons with reference to this beautiful deen of Islam.

Sadly, muslims, are too preoccupied in hoarding worldly knowledge so as to attain higher degrees in science, maths and engineering, so as to attain better salaries and fulfill their worldly desires  ~   while totally neglecting to seek knowledge of the one book, that will eventually, be the ONLY source of “respite” and intervention for him/her in his/her grave !!!!

Because, parents have been idly following traditions, they prefer their offspring to continue doing so. The Asian upbringing is not the best, to say the least. We demand our children, not question, any traditional values ~  Centuries of misinformed people, who never once tried to “understand” and “apply” what the Quran preached ~ what the hadiths enlightened us with, never reached so many more of us. We have been swimming in a tide of bidaah and we fiercely support them !! We are a naïve lot and what’s worse is that we are an arrogant lot, at that .

The one who guides us to the righteous path, has to be lamented, his motives, questioned and his image, tarnished.

This is how low we have stooped. We, the ummah of Rasool Allah, sallallahi wa sallam 😦

Here is an example of a ‘top notch’ bidaah.

23 rakaahs of Taraveeh in 7 minutes !!!!!!

Now that we are aware of how the situation is over there, Can I request ANY aalim in this country/state/city to please reach out to our brothers and sisters and guide them in the right ways. I am sure, these people have good intentions but have NEVER researched their own religion. Instead they have accepted age-old traditional practices.

May Allah swt give them hidayah and guidance. Ameen

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Hajj ~ A Discovery (part 2)

Assalam Alaikum dear brothers and sisters,

This post is in continuation of my previous post Hajj – A Discovery (part 1).

Like I mentioned in my previous post, we were blessed to be able to have had performed Al Hajj this year.

It was an enlightening experience, to say the least. In reality, it was a road to self-discovery as much as understanding where I could, possibly stand in this huge universe, in terms of my love for my Allah swt.

Living in Dubai comes with its own set of ‘tiny’ drawbacks. We tend to become rather self-centered or self-absorbed, as you would, in any fast-paced and diverse metropolitan city.  Time is a commodity and we are almost always, utilizing to its best.  Grabbing fragmented moments of joy, as you attempt, in futile, to race against the merciless movement of the clock hands. Sometimes, you need to gain momentum in life. You need to stand still and figure out your place, in your own life and that of those close to you. You need to figure out, just how deep is your relationship with the Creator.  Where are you heading ? And regardless of how high you fly, you will still need to get a grip with reality, for your final abode is deep within the breasts of mother earth.

The days spent in Al Hajj, particularly in Muna (Mina) were an eye-opener. It unveiled  me to an unchartered territory of my own behavior and tolerance.

I resided in Muna (The tent city) with 11 other women under a single concrete tent~ surrounded by hundreds more tents.  It took me a few hours to come out of the shock of being one of the 12 to sleep in a makeshift dormitory !! (Did I mention I had braced myself for a similar situation, if not worse ??)  🙂

Most, if not all, were Urdu speaking from Uttar Pradesh( a northern state of India) or Delhi. Mainly three age groups  60+, 40+ and 30+

Allah swt has blessed the Muslim Ummah with two strong traits namely Sabr (Patience) and Shukr (gratefulness) ~ The Hajj is an excellent time for both of these attributes to be tested !

You are in Ahraam, in that situation, as a guest of Allah swt. What an amazing honor !! And what is it that we do when we visit someone special ? We maintain our dignity and put our best foot forward in every possible way.

Years before, we learnt that every action has an equal reaction. You get hurt and you hurt back. But in Hajj, (as it should be in our routine life too), one must maintain his/her dignity and tolerance. One of the most crucial lessons, I learnt is to restrain myself.  It is not easy becoz you have just left the protection of your shell, you are out exposed and you want nothing more than to please Allah swt.

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There will always be people ready to push you in a crowd ~ question remains ~ will you push back ?

  • you are sleeping on an uncomfortable bed,
  • the people around you may not smell the best,
  • they speak loudly to eachother,
  • they may eat snacks (which they bought with them from their home country) which gives out an unusual smell and worse, loud crunchy noises,
  • the introductions seem to take forever, with each one, wanting to discuss, their pregnancy deliveries, their family structure, their photographs, their daily schedule, the stories of their departures from their home country, right up to their experience so far.
  • you realize, people are far more focused towards the meal times than the salaah times.
  • and then their almost NEVER content with the amazing food to be had, in the middle of the desert !!!
  • lack of comfortable and continuous sleep can make you a switched-on walking-talking time bomb !! and yet you keep reminding yourself, the REAL purpose of being here.
  • you realize 5 out of 12 ladies, snore and you have no escape from that relentless drumming of octaves 😦
  • you realize, there is always one person, who selfishly wishes the lights to remain switched on, so she may read her dua books ~ late into the night !!
  • and some may also be inconsiderate enough to sit right over your head, and read tahajjud salaat in loud-enough voice !!
  • you realize your personal belongings are gradually becoming a thing, for all to “lend” !!
  • and then there are those clashes in debate sessions about the benefits of a joint family, or that children should be educated in convents, or even the recipe discussions !!!
  • endless amount of door knocks, from the spouces for the ladies in the tent !  All this ~ when one can easily relay the message on the mobile phone.
  • for the ladies in perpetual hijab, it is a quiet a trial. Especially when some ignorant spouces tend to drop their necks in, like ostriches trying to communicate with their obliviously relaxing wives.  Ofcourse, they were better than some of those, who assumed that we were their appointed pigeons, to relay messages when their wives awoke !!!

Women !!!! Shaitaan really has it easy !!! Women make his job pretty convenient.  He just has to play the fiddle around a tune of  ideas of greed, lust, temptation, anger, selfishness and confusion on women and the lives of all the men, next door is played havoc with in just a matter of minutes.

Luckily for me, Allah swt found an exceptional way of keeping me protected from gheebat and unnecessary loose talks.

  • My throat was choked with phlegm and as such, my voice was a mere exhausted coarse whisper. Luckily I had passed the stage of frequent coughs and moved into the sorry stage of  carrying a small plastic bag, and a couple of toilet rolls, for the constant flow of mucus.  Initially, I was embarrassed with my medical condition, not a pleasant sight to see someone spiting into some tissue or blowing one’s nose into a tissue so frequently
  • In addition, inspite of the several over 60 year-olds in the group, I was the only one carrying my loyal folding chair with me !! Naturally it got lent pretty often too 😦

All through it, I had to constantly remind myself, to continue making dhikr.  Its difficult to focus on your salaat and your tasbeeh, when so many distractions  surround you. The longer and harder, you focus on your dhikr, the more the reward ~ naturally. But its not as simple as that.

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Gradually, I began to realize, coming from my own tiny world, what a large world existed ~ with people of such varied tastes, needs and aspirations, that Allah swt had to deal with.

I realized from some of the stories, how fortunate we had it in life.

I realized I was grateful for a little over a million (if not easily more) blessings that Allah swt had showered me with.

I also realized that most Indian/Pak muslims are rather fickle minded.

  • They come up with a ridiculous theory about not eating certain foods coz it may cause a cold !!! Eg, Tomato ketchup, yoghurt etc !!! Yes, I am referring to some rather seemingly ‘educated’ people !!
  • When dealing with a medical ailment, we tend to ‘assume’ “kissi ne kuch karwa diya” as in, ‘some one has cast a spell’, sorcery, witchcraft etc, rather than believing that it was genuinely a case of appendicitis !!!!!
  • We have a tendency to turn to all sorts of QUACKS for so-called ‘treatments’ ~ rather than the conventional route of medical doctors inorder to treat our ailments.

I had already mentioned in my previous post about the hygiene habits or rather, the lack of them 🙂

Consoling myself, that it was for a mere couple of days and that, it was a test of the sorts from the Almighty himself, was helping. But I pondered over this thought for sometime, was the Almighty actually trying to bring this change in me, to be more tolerant and aware of other people’s habits, nature and characteristics ! Was I being prepared for something higher and deeper ? Was I gaining any momentum in my quest for pleasing Allah ?

While I befriended each one of the ladies and bid farewell, after reaching Medina. It occurred to me, that Allah swt enfolds a lesson in each of our tasks.

Some of us, tend to commit to these tasks without so much as batting an eyelid, while some of us learn the lesson “WE WANT TO LEARN” while there are still some, who might truly decipher the code as he meant for us to.

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  1. In any case, I feel, I now find myself more tolerant and aware and slightly more forgiving than I was.
  2. I realized that I was the impatient one ~ they were just driven by their own conveniences
  3. I realized that I was self-centered ~ happy to be couped up in a corner with another English speaking broad minded family. It was my initial comfort zone.
  4. I realized that we tend to place people into virtual pockets and judge them on those basis.
  • The filthy rich women with no class, lapping up all the gold jewelry just to gain some recognition
  • The cultured advocates wife, who kept a firm thumb inspite of a sophisticated language
  • The tag-alongs who were so limp, they really had no decisive opinion of their own
  • The tabligi-jamaat ladies who spoke fluently in English, much to the amazement of the others.
  • And then there was me, imploring Allah swt to bless me with guidance and tolerance to bear them all !

Gradually I realized that each one of them, was fighting their own battle silently. Many silent prayers were being made ~ many silent tears were being shed and many quiet hopes were raised. For that moment in time, we all were in it together ~ each with his own individual issue, his own complex, insecurity, ordeal, trial, suffering. We were all there together, looking after eachother’s needs, our belongings, our luggage, our food and our chappals (slippers )too !!

That feeling of being together, inspite of not having ANYTHING in common except your belief in Allah swt and being at a certain place, performing specific rituals, and making small and big sacrifices just to please the Almighty, is a very unusual but special feeling.  We met as strangers and parted as sisters.

If that’s not self-discovery ~ what else can be !!

May we all discover ‘THAT”  amongst the 1 billion muslims in the world today, that one feeling of “brotherhood/sisterhood” is enough to bind us all together, inshallah. Ameen.

 

 

 

 

 

Gaza ~ the world’s largest prison.

Salam Alaikum brothers and sisters.

I have been ‘missing in action’ on this blog and I apologize for that, but who in their rightful mind, could focus on a blog in the midst of the hideous massacre taking place in Gaza !!

This ramadhan was a blessing for us. We were blessed to be in good health, blessed to be together and blessed to be fasting.  Sadly this Ramadhan also bought with it an awful reminder. A reminder of death, a reminder of mass scale destruction of the muslim ummah and a reminder of how we could, can and would perish if we did not remain steadfast in our worship and stand for our brothers and sisters, suffering in different parts of the world.

Also a reminder that, inspite of all the chaos and loss of life in Gaza, the world’s largest democratic government did not reach out to help them, send aid to them, or even condemn the oppressor. It was a reminder that NO HUMAN OR NATION can or will, help the muslim ummah except ofcourse, Allah Almighty, and hence we should not beseech anyone but Allah swt.

I will not repeat here, about the mass-scale destruction of homes, hospitals, schools, industries and even the power station ~ And I will not repeat the images of blown bodies, mutilated heads, pregnant mothers shot in the head, babies dying in the neo natal wards due to lack of medication and electricity.  Those are stories that you already know.

But I will say that I am appalled by the total lack of empathy on the part of the United Nations. I will say, that it leaves me with despair to realize that this organization has failed miserably in saving precious lives, taking immediate and appropriate action in rescuing the old, the women and children ~ the civilians, who had nothing to do with Hamas. This organization has shown us that the reins lie in the hands of the world’s largest bully.

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There are countries, who refuse to call it a genocide while there are countries, where thousands have come out on streets in protest.  South American countries, South Africa, Ireland, Turkey, Afghanistan are some of the amazing countries which were vocal in their decisions to stand against the Zionists.  While what is appalling is the silence by the Muslim world including Pakistan !!

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This genocide is a reminder of how real the holocaust is for the muslims ! It is a reminder of which muslim state, stands by his brother and which muslim state has become so addicted to his lavish lifestyle that he dare not get out of his comfort zone. Politics and power is the price they are NOT ready to pay for.

Another aspect that became crystal clear is the sly role of the “media” ~ while American channels like ABC had even shown blown up Palestinian homes claiming them to be Israeli !! (which they apologized for later ~ when mass damage had already taken place ) ~  BBC in particular has played the most  ‘shocking’ role !! Thousands of English people gathered in protest of BBC’s preposterous role in the entire coverage of the “war on Gaza”

There is a saying that only in trial, we realize who our friends and our foe are. Before the trial ~ all are our friends.

Man proposes his plans and he is arrogant for he believes his plans will succeed but Allah Almighty has his own plans and his plans are righteous and Just. He is the best judge. For all those little children who were drilled with bullet holes and shrapnel, brutally murdered mothers and callously shot grandparents. For all those lifeless babies who couldn’t make it to their first breath in this world ~ to all those fathers who had to silently carry the mutilated bodies and limbs of their precious sons and daughters ~ ALLAH ALMIGHTY is the best judge. So fret not ~ Your loss in this world will be highly rewarded in the next.  Inshallah.

And for the silent muslim spectators ~ you have a lot to answer to Allah Almighty ~ so be prepared.

The only silver lining in the Gaza Massacre was that people all over the world ~ sat up, took notice and reacted in a positive way ~ the learned realized researched the archives of Palestinian history ~ the wise discovered how atrocious Israel’s plans were and scores of Jews, themselves protested against it ! One such remarkable name is Naomi Wolf.  That itself, is a victory of the sorts. What with, having spent millions in keeping a tight grip on the media for decades ~ finally the social media has been able to deliver where the news media failed.

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And as for Israel’s media and economics control: people are now waking up to crimes that are committed by Israel, thanks to the social medias, people like myself are boycotting all Israeli products. It’s slowly showing up in the stock market. The fact is, Israel can try to control people by feeding them wrong propagandas and lies, but a ‘woken up’ mind is more lethal than any of their tactics. It’s time to call a spade a spade!

Islamophobia !!

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/faultlines/

Islamophobia !!! According to http://crg.berkeley.edu/content/islamophobia/defining-islamophobia, this term was coined only 20 years back – meaning ?  “Unfounded hostility towards Muslims” ~ and yet today, we tend to find a lot of western governments are so paranoid with this basic “make-believe” disease.

Watching this weeks Fault Line on Al Jazeera TV made me realize to what extent, what I have been suspecting for a very long time was surely not a figment of my imagination ~ this is a paranoid government ~ which says something while acts differently. Talks about transparency while holds back the real ugly web of lies.

For hundreds of years, the native Americans and the colored people were targeted ~ and subjugated to a degraded life style. Until, the end of the century saw the dawn of a beautiful concept. ” Democracy “. America was not only the land of freedom and equality but also justice. Fast forward a couple of decades, and where are we ??   There is still subjugation, there is still hostility, there is still racism. The contenders have changed though. Its them (the islamophobes) against the Muslims ?? Which Muslims ? The ordinary Muslims ~ the Muslims who teach in schools or the Muslims who learn in schools, the Muslims who own a restaurant or the Muslim who serves in a restaurant, the Muslim father who takes the trash out in the night or the Muslim son who’s  working to gain a law degree, the Muslim mother who is running errands at the grocer or the Muslim daughter who wears the hijab.  The imam who is petrified of carrying every word in his khutbah like walking on the edge of a sword, with grave consequences and the jammah who is feeling paranoid looking around to who is spying on him for sitting and praying in a Masjid !! What has become of them ??? What has become of them ALL ???

Why and How can a community be targeted in such an indifferent manner ?? Was this the dream his father had, when he boarded on a flight to JFK, 40 years ago, wanting a better life for his children ~ wishing for them to grow up in a society that has respect and concern for their neighbor, a country where you are tolerated and even accepted for being of any color, race or salary bracket ???  What happened to those beliefs ???  Why are they spying when you make sujood ? Why are innocent people being scrutinized and stripped when they have nothing but their integrity and izzah at stake ???

Which world did you come to, oh father ? and which world has this become ?

 

And for the next century or so ~ will the American government, “keep connecting all the dots” (as per the NSA bosses !!)  and harassing Muslims, all in the name of 911 ???  You don’t see the Japanese doing ” that” for Nagasaki and Hiroshima  or the Vietnamese for Vietnam ~ You don’t see the Native Americans doing “That” for being subjected to the largest massacre in the history of the world !!!

Wake up America ~ Use your resources rightfully.  You have bigger problems to worry about in your own backyard ~economy,  drugs, health bill, gang wars, teenage pregnancies etc etc. Your plates are full of its own backyard issues ~ Put your resources to sorting those issues instead of fighting a “make belief” war !!!!!

Enough damage is done with Iraq and Afghanistan ~ Now move on to “real” problems.

PS. To the third party “spying” on this post ~ Life is too short ~ live and let live, man !!

Muslim Neighbors.

http://www.5pillarz.com/2013/11/09/mumbai-property-ad-specifies-no-muslims/

Being a “Bombayite” (Sorry, just never got around to calling it Mumbai ~ having spent 40 years calling it Bombay )  ~ We have been subjected to this kind of unspoken but direct discrimination for decades and yet, it infuriates me that people now have the audacity to say it out openly !!

We tend to throw every tiny and huge issue at our political system and probably to a certain extent, it is the divide that they (political parties ) cause between us during the election drama, that has left this stigma in society.  But I don’t believe that ONLY areas like Bhindi bazaar, Mohammed Ali road, Mumra, Mira Road, Bhivandi etc are where the concentration of Muslims, deserve to reside. Perhaps a jolt down memory lane is that in the late 50s, a large part of the polished Film fraternity were Muslims and had made the plush but then-quiet area of Bandra, including Pali hill, Carter road and Bandstand, their home. They still inhabit these now-sadly-over populated areas in co-existence with the rest of the world.

Scores of authentic hadiths have been told about a Muslims behavior towards his neighbor.  I’ll share just one here :-

The Prophet (pbuh) explains the rights and obligations toward a neighbor in the following hadith of Tabarani.

The rights of the neighbour is that, when he is sick you  visit him; when he dies, you go to his funeral; when he is poor you lend him (money); when he is in need you protect him; when he is in happiness you congratulate him; when he is struck with  a calamity, you condole him; don’t raise your building above his to cut off the wind from him; don’t harm him with the good smell of your food unless you let him have part of it.   [Tabarani]

That is the perfect neighbor ! And if Muslims practice this hadith ~ then they too are the perfect neighbors !

It baffles me, why while a Muslim boy from a chawl – celebrates every Hindu, Christian and Sikh festivals, what could prompt people to refrain from keeping Muslim neighbors ??

When we educate a community ~ it grows ~ it develops ~ becoz we have empowered it with education and rational thinking.

When we add hurdles, lest a community not taste the fruit of education ~ we are shunning an entire generation from seeing the light of the day. We are depriving it from moving, from change, from improvement, from betterment, from growth.

If Convents are going to target Muslim parents for enormous donations, how do you think, these children are going to make a difference, if not to the whole of humanity, at least to his own capabilities ~ to his own family ?  Are the parents not being penalized for being Muslims ?

If 60% of jobs are safely reserved for the privileged  (non-muslim) class, how do you expect the Muslim student to score a reasonably good job ?? Would we rather he turn back and run a kebab store or even better, flee to the middle eastern states ~ while depriving his own country of his abundant talent and economy ??

Why are we so judgmental ? What makes us above the next person we are seated beside ?  What he wears ? What he eats ? What he believes ? Where he prays  Or how he behaves with us ??? Lets just say, I expect a complicated answer with twists and turns from the learned  ~~ but from the righteous ~ He has already embraced his neighbor regardless his religion.

Our forefathers fought and won our freedom decades ago but its a pity, that they could not free our enslaved minds of our preconceived notions ~ “about ourselves” !!

Grow up and grow out of your self contained and self contaminated shells. Live and let live.

 

The Real Enemy.

“The real enemies are not in some distant land, they are not peoples who’s names we don’t know and cultures we don’t understand. The enemy is people we know very well and people we can identify. The enemy is a system that wages war when it’s profitable. The enemy is the CEO’s that lay us off from our jobs when it’s profitable. It’s the insurance companies that deny us health care when it’s profitable. It’s the banks that take away our homes when it’s profitable. Our enemies are not five thousand miles away, they are right here at home. If we organize and fight with our sisters and brothers, we can stop this war, we can stop this government and we can create a better world.”

— Mike Prysner
US Army Veteran who served in Iraq

 

If only there were more people who say this truth ~ accepted this truth and could do something to stop “that” enemy.

New Year Greetings ? Happy Diwali ? Merry Christmas !!

Assalam Alaikum to all my muslim brothers and sisters who are visiting me today.

One often wonders which direction our ummah are heading in !!  I was totally shocked to see, my facebook page flooded with my muslim friends (and sadly) relatives, wishing all their friends ~ a prosperous Diwali ~ a happy diwali ~ a joyful diwali  ~ and what have you !!

Do you think, if I were to point out to some of them that wishing non-muslims on their own festivals was not permissible ~ do you really think, they would pay heed to my advise ???

Tell me, what do you do, when you see, that your brother’s son or your sister’s daughter,  is walking too close to the railway track ?? Do you just ignore it and carry on ? Do you warn them ? Do you caution them  ?

What worries me most are those who are already aware of ” deviation of path ” they have chosen. The ones who casually and sometimes, rebelliously say, ” I dont care” ~ and two years later, you find the very same people, bowing down before the Almighty, when their dear one has been diagnosed with a rare liver disorder !! Such are the ways of the Lord.

Then ofcourse there are those sisters, who innocently put it as “There’s no harm to include such and such ….. ” and before we know it, her son has already married a kuffar ~ and ofcourse, all her liberties and ideologies have carved the path to such a major decision for her son ..

Sheikh Assim Al Hakeem, is a well known Scholar. I have immense respect for the gentleman, becoz although he is a Saudi national based in Saudia Arabia ~ he has surprised me several times, by picking very controvertial subjects of today, and showing it in light of the Saheeh sunnah and Hadith.  He does not bend the rulings and he does not take the middle path ~ ( a path, unfortunately, taken by some scholars to please the leaders). He calls a spade a spade and does it with logic and a rational thought process ~ keeping Islam, Quran and Sunnah in the center.

15th November 2012, is first of Hijri ~ The muslim New year ~ as always, we are quick to inculcate “non-islamic” practises into anything that pleases us. Hence, quite beautifully, Sheikh explains on his facebook site, what and what not, we should do

” The question that is asked every year as we are approaching its end; what the ruling is on greeting others: happy New Hijri Year. Initiating it is not permissible as it is not something done by our Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam nor his companions. However, if someone greats you with such a greeting, you may greet him back and hope the Ummah and him a blessed year. This is the fatwa of Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal, Sheikh Ibn Bazz and Ibn Othaimeen. Therefore, don’t initiate the greeting but respond to it if greeted in a cordial manner. ~~ Sheikh Assim Al Hakeem “

So I placed this quote in my facebook status for all my brothers and sisters in deen ~ who are going to take the initiative to leave a status update on 1st of Hijri.

I do hope some of them realize that when  it is not advisable to wish our own brothers and sisters in deen, with a greeting that our beloved prophet did not practise ~ how does it “okay” us greeting non-muslims on their occasions ?????

Dr Zakir Naik carefully explains why it is forbidden to greet christians with a “Merry Christmas” in this youtube video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiOBpgEVLt4

And yet again, there is an elaborate explanation from : – 

Majmoo’ah Fataawa wa Rasaa’il al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 3/369)

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

To read more on this explanation, please go here

500 years back, some folks decided to make a “tiny variation” in our deen to sit well with the culture of which ever country they were in, 500 years later, it is a part and parcel of their religion ~ the roots of which are nowhere to be found  in our sunnah or Quran yet they are practised more ardently than our own salaat ~ na-audhubillahi.

Dr Zakir Naik had said a very beautiful thing.” There are only two type of muslims, the practising and the non-practising”.

The so-called moderate muslims are the only munafiqs around. Those who conveniently bend the rulings of Quran and Sunnah to suit their convenience.  There is only more damage than good when rules are bend.

I believe, one must be kind, courteous and respectful of the other person’s character (muslim or non-muslim) ~ whether he/she be your neighbour, the person sitting next to you in a metro, the person working with you for a good 8 hours, the janitor or the postman. It is polite to share a meal, help with someone’s luggage, even get the disabled to cross the road, or to feed a stray cat/dog ~ there are hundreds of deeds that Allah rewards us for but clearly ~ inculcating another religion’s practises has no place in our religion, for please remember ~ Islam IS the last religion ~ Prophet Mohammed PBUH WAS THE LAST MESSENGER ~ and  clearly  in his last Khutbah amongst other things, he says 

“Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion.  He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things. “

Thus the beloved Prophet completed his Final Sermon, and upon it, near the summit of Arafat, the revelation came down:

“…This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My Grace upon you, and have chosen Islam for you as your religion…” (Quran 5:3)

If our religion is perfect today ~ why are we still practising non-muslim traditions and greetings. Again, I am quoting an excellent explanation by Sheikh Assim Al Hakeem :-

“There are Muslims who claim their unconditional love to the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, yet they are up to their necks in innovation. Their actions falsify their claim. An innovator is either accusing the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam of withholding information from us or accusing him of ignorance. He accuses the Prophet of not knowing that this innovation was good for his Ummah. How can an innovator claim that he loves the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam? What earth carries you when you believe that you know more than him? Your only means of salvation is when you submit your will to Allah and completely follow the Sunnah without innovation.
~ sheikh Assim Alhakeem

I trust you found this article informative and I so hope, you find, in your heart a way to strengthen your deen. Inshallah.

If the mountain looks too large, we can always start with one step, at a time. And inshallah, Allah swt will make our path easy. Ameen.

Jazak Allah khair for visiting me today.